Bengaluru News Highlights: BJP's central leadership pleased with Bommai's performance, to be CM candidate – The Indian Express

Bengaluru, Karnataka News Highlights, October 16: The BJP’s central leadership is pleased with the performance of Basavaraj Bommai, the party’s in-charge for Karnataka Arun Singh said on Sunday, and made it clear that he will be its Chief Ministerial candidate in the poll-bound State. “They are very happy with Bommai, the kind of work he is doing,” the party national General Secretary told news agency PTI in an interview. Singh was asked about the assessment of the party’s central leadership on the performance of the Chief Minister Bommai, the role of BJP strongman B S Yediyurappa, the party’s prospects in the Assembly elections, just a few months away, and whether it would project a Chief Ministerial candidate.
Meanwhile, four people participating in Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra sustained injuries after getting electrocuted near Moka in Karnataka’s Ballari district on Sunday. According to AICC general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala, all the injured people are out of danger.
In other news, Karnataka police Friday registered a case against a candidate who obtained 63rd rank in the controversial police sub-inspector (PSI) exam held on October 3, 2021, unearthing a fresh cheating case in the exam using Bluetooth devices. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) found that Shrimant Satapur – who secured a total of 144 marks out of 200 (16/50 in the essay exam and 127.5/150 in the multiple choice exam) was using his phone for extended periods while writing both the essay and multiple choice exams, officials said.
A 50-year-old woman suffered grievous injuries after she fell off a scooter and was run over by a bus as her daughter, who was riding the two-wheeler, tried to navigate a pothole along Vatal Nagaraj Road in Bengaluru Monday, the police said. Umadevi, the victim, was riding pillion when the accident occurred.
Her daughter Vanitha S suffered minor injuries, officers added. After Umadevi fell off the scooter, the bus crushed her legs. She also suffered injuries on her abdomen and head, and is being treated at the ESI Hospital in Rajajinagar. Read more

With Shivamurthy Sharanaru, the pontiff of the influential Murugha mutt in Karnataka’s Chitradurga, being lodged in prison since September 1 in an alleged sexual assault case, the seer has appointed Davangere Virakta mutt seer Basavaprabhu Swamiji as the interim pontiff of the Lingayat mutt.
According to sources associated with the Murugha mutt, the formalities of appointing the seer Basavaprabhu as the interim head were completed on Saturday after taking permission from the Karnataka High Court. On Sunday, the mutt issued a press statement saying that the advisory committee and management committee of the mutt have approved Basavaprabhu’s appointment as its temporary head.
Sharanaru has been jailed since September 1 after a complaint of sexual assault was lodged against him on August 26 by the Mysuru police under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act and section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). This came after the minor survivors told members of the state Child Welfare Committee that they were sexually assaulted by him between January 1, 2019 and June 6, 2022. The case was later transferred to the Chitradurga district police.
While the bail pleas of the seer have been rejected on multiple occasions, another case was registered against him under the POCSO Act on October 13 in which the complainant stated that the seer allegedly assaulted two children of a woman who worked at the mutt.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Karnataka government to deposit Rs 2,900 crore as compensation for failure to implement solid waste and liquid waste management norms in the state.
The “admitted gap in generation and scientific handling of waste has resulted in damage to the environment and public health for which the state of Karnataka is liable to pay compensation of Rs 2,900 crore,” the NGT said in an order on October 13 in the course of continued hearings regarding the state’s compliance to waste management norms. Know More
Rahul Gandhi casts his vote in a meeting room container converted into a polling booth at the Bharat Jodo Yatra Camp site.

Rahul Gandhi and other AICC delegates to vote for Congress presidential elections in this booth.
This is the polling booth at the #BharatJodoYatra campsite in Sanganakallu that will open at 10am. It is the meeting room container converted into a polling booth for the Congress Presidential elections. pic.twitter.com/3LvvALEHp9

The elections for Congress Party President will be held on the 17th of October between 10am and 4 pm at the camp site in Sanganakallu.
The Karnataka government has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the family of a minor who was raped and murdered by her 51-year-old tuition teacher in the state’s Mandya district. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced the compensation on Sunday.
The chief minister said the inhumane incident has shocked the region. “An FSL (forensic science laboratory) report is awaited, following which a chargesheet will be filed against the accused,” Bommai added. Read more
ಮಳವಳ್ಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇತ್ತಿಚೆಗೆ ನಡೆದ ಘಟನೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಅಮಾನುಷವಾದುದು. ಆರೋಪಿಯನ್ನು ಬಂಧಿಸಲಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಆದಷ್ಟು ಶೀಘ್ರ ಆರೋಪಿಗೆ ಶಿಕ್ಷೆಯಾಗುವಂತೆ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ರೀತಿಯ ಕಾನೂನು ಕ್ರಮಗಳನ್ನು ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗಿದೆ.ಮೃತಪಟ್ಟ ಬಾಲಕಿಯ ಕುಟುಂಬಕ್ಕೆ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ವತಿಯಿಂದ 10ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ ಪರಿಹಾರ ನೀಡಲಾಗುವುದು.
For some, it is a discovery of India, for others, a tryst with hope, for many, the kilometres are catching up: A look beyond the photo-ops, the press meets and the slogans of a march. Kiran Parashar and Akram M report



Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee co-coordinator and former corporator Prathiba Kulai has hit out at the police for allegedly knocking on the doors of Surathkal toll gate protesters late at night for issuing summons.
In a Facebook post, the Congress worker said that five police personnel from Surathkal visited her house at around 11.45 pm to serve the summons. “I am a social worker and not a terrorist,” she wrote, noting that her 74-year-old mother-in-law was in shock as the police knocked on her doors late in the night.
“Since I was not at home, I have not received the notice… Are women safe in Mangaluru? Can anyone come to the house where women are residing and knock on its doors in the middle of the night? What kind of democracy is this,” she said, adding that the local BJP MLA and MP have ‘lost their mind’ over the toll gate protest. Read more

Over the last 10 years, there has been a gradual change in the system of waste collection in Bengaluru leading up to the 2017 decision of the city corporation, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to make segregation of waste a mandatory practice in the city.
The dry waste collection which was once left to hundreds of unorganised solitary ragpickers, who had little dignity of labour, has been transformed into a well-organised system in many parts of the city through the door-to-door collection and dry waste centres – operated by waste collectors themselves. Read more
A few Congress activists, who were taking part in the Bharat Jodo Yatra, suffered an electric shock Sunday while they were trying to tie flags to a pole.
Sharing the news via his Facebook account, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said: “An unfortunate incident occured during the Yatra today. A few of our friends suffered an electric shock while tying flags to a pole. They have been tended to in the Civil Hospital, New Moka, Ballari. I am happy to see that they have not suffered any major injuries, and their morale continues to remain high.”
“Even in this moment of distress, the spirit of the #BharatJodoYatra took over. Those injured were immediately helped and taken care of, their safety and health prioritised. I would like to take this opportunity to tell all those involved in the Yatra to take safety precautions and utmost care while they go about fulfilling their duties as we forge ahead in our mission to unite India,” he added.
Widespread moderate rains and isolated heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning are likely over areas that fall under BBMP limits on Sunday. Maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 29 & 20 degree C respectively.
The BJP’s central leadership is pleased with the performance of Basavaraj Bommai, the party’s in-charge for Karnataka Arun Singh said on Sunday, and made it clear that he will be its Chief Ministerial candidate in the poll-bound State.
“They are very happy with Bommai, the kind of work he is doing,” the party national General Secretary told PTI in an interview.
Singh was asked about the assessment of the party’s central leadership on the performance of the Chief Minister Bommai, the role of BJP strongman B S Yediyurappa, the party’s prospects in the Assembly elections, just a few months away, and whether it would project a Chief Ministerial candidate. (PTI)
An animal rights group has filed a complaint against Jaggi Vasudev of Isha Foundation for allegedly displaying a rat snake during an event in Karnataka’s Chikkaballapur on October 9, forest department officials said, adding that an inquiry was underway. Read more
The Congress party has resumed its Bharat Jodo Yatra, led by party leader Rahul Gandhi, from Sanganakal village in Ballari.
This is the 39th day of the Yatra that started from Kanniyakumari in Tamil Nadu and will culminate in Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI)
#WATCH | Bharat Jodo Yatra of the Congress party resumes from Sanganakal village, Ballari in Karnataka.

This is the 39th day of the yatra that started from Kanniyakumari in Tamil Nadu and will culminate in J&K. pic.twitter.com/4f0N7Vmgx8

Nine people, including four children, were killed and 10 injured in a pile-up involving three vehicles here, police sources said. The accident involving a milk tanker, a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus, and a tempo traveller took place in Arsikere taluk here around 11 pm on Saturday, they said.
All those killed were travelling in the tempo traveller, which was crushed between the bus and the milk tanker. While six of them died on the spot, three succumbed on the way to the hospital, the sources said.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy consoled the demise of the nine persons. Bommai said that the government would announce suitable compensation soon. (With inputs from PTI)
Hassan, Karnataka | 9 people died in an accident involving a head-on collision between a Tempo traveller vehicle and a KMF milk vehicle near Gandhinagar in Arsikere taluka while returning home after visiting Dharmasthala, Subramanya, Hasanamba temples: Police pic.twitter.com/DTbMkbWnWI
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The Karnataka Samskrit University has 29 affiliated colleges across the state and three constituent colleges based in Bengaluru, Mysore, and Gokarna. (Express photo by Jithendra M)
The National Education Policy 2020 envisages a greater role for Sanskrit at all levels of school and higher education. Some Sanskrit scholars, however, are of the opinion that more needs to be done to protect the classical language.
For over a decade, Karnataka Samskrit University, which was established by the state government in Chamarajpet in 2010, has been trying to promote the study of Sanskrit. The Directorate of Samskrit Education was also established by the Karnataka government to administer Sanskrit pathshalas and to encourage the study of Sanskrit language and literature as initially envisioned by the kings of Mysore.
Uttarahalli Lake in Bengaluru. (Express photo by Jithendra M)
Spanning across 15.16 acre in Bangalore South, the Uttarahalli Lake falls in the Vrishabhavathi valley lake series. Experts point out that despite being a major lake, the poor water quality is not conducive for the biodiversity in and around the lake.
While 2.14 acre of the lake has been encroached for the government projects, according to officials of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the survey to determine the type of encroachments is yet to be carried out.
Prasanna Balachandra Varale was sworn as the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court on Saturday. In a simple but graceful ceremony, Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot administered him the oath of office.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Karnataka High Court judges, Chief Secretary Vandita Sharma, and senior officials of the state government attended the event at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.
A youth who eloped with a girl has been arrested by the Bengaluru police on charges of converting her to another religion in violation of the newly introduced state anti-conversion law — the Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Act-2022. The case filed on October 8 at the Yeshwanthpur police station is the first under the newly enacted law that was notified by the state government on September 30.

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