Bengaluru, Karnataka News Highlights: Heavy rains continue in coastal Karnataka; CM Bommai orders survey of flood-prone areas to shift residents – The Indian Express

Bengaluru, Karnataka Highlights: Heavy rains in Karnataka has prompted Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to mull ways to relocate flood-affected villagers. This is because efforts to relocate them permanently had failed in the past, said Bommai.
“In 2009, after a massive flood caused havoc, 60 villages were permanently relocated. But people returned to their earlier habitations once the flood waters receded. We are considering the option of building well-equipped rehabilitation centres in higher locations along the river banks and low-lying areas so that people could be shifted there whenever they are affected by floods,” Bommai said.
Three labourers from Kerala were killed in a landslide in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district on Wednesday night as incessant rains lashed parts of the state. The deceased were identified as Biju (45) from Palakkad, Santhosh (46) from Alappuzha, Babu (46) from Kottayam. Another labourer from Kerala, Johnny (44) from Kannur, was rescued.
Kalasipalya Police Inspector Chetan Kumar and police sub-inspector Prasanna Kumar have been suspended by Bengaluru city police commissioner for not registering FIR and leaving accused without legal action. Accused were associates of Saleem alias Bombay Saleem who is in Dharwad jail.

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The AICC today appointed Sasikanth Senthil as chairman of Karnataka congress war room for upcoming assembly elections in the state. Sunil Kanugolu will remain the overall incharge.
Karnataka reported 1,053 fresh Covid-19 cases and zero deaths today. Of the new cases, Bengaluru accounted for 966, the highest daily cases among districts.  State’s positivity rate stood at 3.88 per cent
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has called upon the entrepreneurs in the Electronics and R & D sector to use Karnataka as a springboard to fly high and take the state to a higher level.
The Chief Minister was addressing the ’11th Strategic Electronics Summit(SES 2022)-Defence & Aerospace’ organised by the Electronic Industries Association of India.
Karnataka is in the forefront in R & D with over 400 R & D centers of international fame having their presence in Bengaluru, more than any other city in the world can boast of. About 400 of the 500 Fortune Companies have their base here. If it is about electronics, then it has to be in Bengaluru, nowhere else. Bengaluru is like a springboard to fly high in this sector, Bommai said.
“We are the first state to have an exclusive Aerospace and Defence R & D policy. We have separate Semiconductor and Renewable Energy policy too. The new R & D policy would be approved in the next cabinet meeting. We want to encourage Research and innovation from a Garage level to higher institutions level. We will help them, incentivise them. I want a very creative society in my state. My dream of Karnataka is not just about a livelihood producing state, I want my state to produce a good life for the future through R & D. About 2000 acres of land has been reserved for Defence production and another 1000 acres for Defence and Aerospace manufacturing units. We are ready to extend all the help and cooperation for industrialists to set up their units here,” Bommai said.
Three labourers from Kerala were killed in a landslide in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district on Wednesday night as incessant rains lashed parts of the state.
The deceased were identified as Biju (45) from Palakkad, Santhosh (46) from Alappuzha, Babu (46) from Kottayam. Another labourer from Kerala, Johnny (44) from Kannur, was rescued.
According to police, the trio died on the spot when a hillock collapsed on the temporary shed where the four people were staying. Johnny managed to escape. The laborers, who worked in rubber plantations, had got buried under a pile of mud, they added. Read More
Many trees were uprooted following rain in Hassan district of Karnataka causing roads getting blocked, ANI reported.
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Taking a dig at the 75th birthday bash planned for former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Karnataka BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel on Thursday said it is being organised to “finish off” state Congress chief D K Shivakumar politically, and the saffron party has nothing to fear from it.
Noting that the event is aimed at sending out a message to Congress high command and to put pressure on them to name him as the CM candidate for 2023 assembly polls, poking fun at the grand old party he said, the BJP is ready to support Siddaramaiah to gather more people for the programme, if he wants.
“We are very happy, let Siddaramanna (Siddaramaiah) gather another four to five lakh people, if he wants we (BJP) will cooperate. We are not jealous, but Shivakumar has not slept for a couple of days. Siddaramotsava is not being organised against the BJP, it is against Shivakumar,” Kateel said in response to a question. (PTI)
People of Karnataka are happy at the nomination of Dr. Veerendra Heggade for Rajya Sabha. His vast experience would benefit the country, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Thursday. 
Speaking to media persons Bommai said, Mr. Heggade has been serving the people for over four decades not only as the Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala, but has taken up various welfare programmes all over the state. His rural development programme has been a huge success. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has nominated him to Rajya Sabha after recognising his contribution for the society in taking public welfare programmes in health, education, clean drinking water units, rejuvenation of lakes, financial assistance for women self help groups, distribution of farm equipments and science, Bommai said.
Dr Heggade would raise the quality of debates in the Rajya Sabha to higher levels through his knowledge, Bommai said. (ENS)
Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) ADGP Seemanth Kumar Singh has moved the Karnataka High Court seeking to expunge the remarks made by a single judge against him and the state anti-graft bureau during hearing of a bail petition in connection with a bribery case.
The ADGP’s petition recalls Justice H P Sandesh’s remarks calling the ACB a “collection centre” and Singh its head a “tainted officer”.
Veerendra Heggade, a philanthropist and hereditary administrator of the Dharmasthala temple in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district, is one of the four eminent persons nominated to Rajya Sabha Wednesday.
Heggade, 73, took over as the administrator of the 800-year-old religious place at the age of 20 and has been running several social, economic and cultural institutions.
After his nomination, Heggade told the media: “I never expected that I would be nominated to Rajya Sabha. It is a good opportunity and I am now thinking how it can be utilised. And also on how the programmes that we have come up with in Karnataka can also be implemented at national level. As the nomination came as a surprise, I am yet to think about the future.” Read more

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The High Court of Karnataka has been informed that as many as over 10 lakh children below the age of 14 in the State are out of schools and anganawadis. The survey report was submitted to the court by ‘amicus curiae’ in a public interest litigation (PIL) senior advocate K N Phaneendra.
The PIL was initiated on its own by the court in 2013 and Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe heard the case on Wednesday.
The submission contains the status report of children collected through door-to-door survey conducted by various government departments including Urban Development, Rural Development, Women and Child Development Department and others.
The court recorded the report and directed the committee of higher officials constituted by it to meet on July 16 and find ways to bring back children, especially those between three and six years of age, to anganwadis. Hearing of the case was adjourned to July 19. (PTI)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has instructed district authorities to survey the flood-prone coastal areas of the state to assess whether the residents needed to be relocated temporarily or permanently.
Speaking to media persons at the Mysuru airport on Wednesday, Bommai said the government was mulling ways to relocate flood-affected villagers temporarily as efforts towards permanent relocation proved to be futile in the past. “In 2009, after a massive flood caused havoc, 60 villages were permanently relocated. But people returned to their earlier habitations once the flood waters receded. We are considering the option of building well-equipped rehabilitation centres in higher locations along the river banks and low-lying areas so that people could be shifted there whenever they are affected by floods,” he said. (Read more)
BBMP chief commissioner Tushar Girinath Thursday said that a fake number has been circulating in his name online. He said that he has filed a complaint with officials in this regard.
“Please note that 7076522681 is not my number. It has come to my notice that some fraudster has been misusing this as the number of the BBMP Chief Commissioner and misleading the public and officials. An official complaint has been registered against this fraudster with cyber crime CID. I request all officers and citizens to stay cautious of the same and report any suspicions to cyber crime immediately,” said the commissioner. 
Communal tensions escalated in Karnataka’s Kerur town of Bagalkote district after four people were injured in a clash between two groups on Wednesday.
Watch: Communal tensions escalated in Karnataka’s Kerur town of Bagalkote district after four people were injured in a clash between two groups on Wednesday. #Karnataka

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The incident took place in the Kerur town of Bagalkote district in the northern part of Karnataka. Each group alleged that the other one had harassed women, which led to the incident. A group of men attacked each other with knives, injuring one. Three others were injured in the incident. Soon after the incident, both groups vandalised shops and carts. A bike too was set on fire.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Karnataka on Wednesday cited an Enforcement Directorate (ED) report and said that Congress MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan had amassed disproportionate assets worth Rs 87 crore, 2,031 per cent more than his known sources of income.
Following the ED report, in a raid that lasted two days, 85 ACB officials conducted search operations at five locations linked to Khan and seized several documents. According to ACB officials, Khan’s residence in Cantonment railway zone, flat at Silver Oak apartment, guest house at Sadashivanagar and National Travels office at Kalasipalya were raided. (Read more)
Karnataka recorded 1,127 new Covid-19 cases in a 24-hour window of which Bengaluru accounted for 1,053 cases, the Karnataka health department said in its daily bulletin issued on July 6 evening.
Here are the latest Covid numbers from Karnataka, in comparison to the previous day’s data.
Bengaluru city is likely to see a maximum temperature of 25 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 20.3 degree Celsius, according to an 8.30 am update from the Meteorological Centre in Bengaluru. The humidity is set to be 95%.
Here’s the local forecast:
For 24 hours: Partly cloudy sky. Light rain is likely in some areas. Fog or mist is very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 29 and 18 degrees Celsius respectively.
For 48 hours: Partly cloudy sky. Fog or mist is very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 29 and 17 degrees Celsius respectively.
Other news stories from Bengaluru, Karnataka, include: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials in Karnataka arrested IAS officer J Manjunath after the high court pulled up the agency on Monday for “protecting” the officer despite two of his subordinates having allegedly been caught taking a Rs 5-lakh bribe in return for a favourable order from him. Manjunath was the deputy commissioner of Bengaluru Urban district before being transferred as director of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme recently. Read more.
The Karnataka Forest Department staff tranquilised and captured a 10-year-old tigress on the outskirts of Gopalswamy Betta under Bandipur Tiger Reserve Sunday. The tigress is to be sent to a rehabilitation centre in Mysuru.
The Karnataka Police have booked an unidentified man who allegedly sought tourist arrangements in the Chamarajanagar district of the state by claiming to be a retired Gujarat Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer working in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Chamarajnagar deputy commissioner (DC) Charulatha Somal filed the police complaint after receiving a call on June 27 from a man who identified himself as “Rao” from the PMO and sought arrangements for the travel of his family to tourist spots in the district. Read more.

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