Bengaluru News Highlights: CM Bommai’s Delhi visit triggers fresh speculations on Cabinet rejig – The Indian Express

Bengaluru News Highlights: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s sudden New Delhi visit scheduled for Thursday, his second this month, has sparked off speculation in political circles, especially within the ruling BJP, about the much-awaited expansion or reshuffle of his cabinet. According to the tour programme released by his office, the Chief Minister would reach New Delhi on Thursday afternoon and return Friday evening. His schedule in the national capital includes meeting Union Ministers. Though there is no reference to any meeting with party leaders in the schedule, speculation is that it is the BJP central leadership that has asked Bommai to come to the capital.
Meanwhile, Karnataka logged 676 fresh Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the active caseload to 4,892, the Department of Health and Family Welfare said in its health bulletin. Bengaluru alone had an active tally of 4,665 cases, including 626 fresh cases reported on Wednesday.
In other news, the Janata Dal (Secular) on Wednesday expelled two of its MLAs on charges of cross voting during the Rajya Sabha elections for four seats in Karnataka held recently. A decision to this effect was taken during the core committee meeting held at the party headquarter JP Bhavan. The party also decided to seek their disqualification from the Karnataka assembly, party’s core committee president Bandeppa Kashempur told reporters. Former Prime Minister and party supremo H D Deve Gowda, state president C M Ibrahim, MLA and Deve Gowda’s son H D Revanna, MP and Revanna’s son Prajwal Revanna, Jafarulla Khan, M Krishna Reddy, Raja Venkatappa Naik and others attended the meeting.
Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Thursday claimed that there is a “Congress wave” in the state and the party will come to power in 2023.
Addressing Congress party workers at the Navsankalp Chintan Shibir in Mysuru Thursday, Siddaramaiah, who is also Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, said that the Congress victory in the recent MLC polls is an indication that Congress has all the chances to come to power.
The Grand Old Party had won the recently-held council elections from the South Graduates’ constituency covering Mysuru, Mandya, Chamaajnagar and Hassan districts. “Because of the ‘Congress wave’, the party won in the election. It is an indication of the growing acceptance of the party by the electorate,” Siddaramaiah said. Read more
The Rotary Club of Bangalore decided to pro-actively upgrade government-run Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the rural areas around Bengaluru.
Over 30 different types of equipment have been donated to these PHCs which provide first-level healthcare to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. These include ECG machines, birthing beds, cots, mattresses, washing machines, laptops, examination tables, crash carts, refrigerators, UPS, autoclaves, nebulizers, glucometers, OT focus lamps, oxygen concentrators, cylinders, suction apparatus, BP apparatus and pulse oximeters and Oxygen cylinders.
In yet another rain-related accident in Bengaluru, a 33-year-old contractor died after a compound wall of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) collapsed on him on Wednesday.

The wall collapsed after a tree inside the campus fell on it. This is the fourth death in the last week due to rain-related incidents in Bengaluru. The police identified the deceased as B Vasanth, a resident of Anekal who worked as a subcontractor. According to the police, Vasanth and two others were engaged in a stormwater drain work at a layout adjoining IISc.

Around 3 am, the wall collapsed and Vasanth came under it. Though Vasanth was rushed to M S Ramaiah Medical College Hospital, doctors declared him dead on arrival. Read more. 
BJP minister Umesh Katti, a vocal proponent of separate statehood for north Karnataka, has said that Karnataka will be divided into two and India will have 50 new states after the next Lok Sabha elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself will take the initiative on this issue, Katti added. Katti, who is the Minister of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Forests of Karnataka, made the statement at a Belagavi Bar Association event on Wednesday. A video of his speech has now gone viral.

“A debate is trending on social media that over 50 states will be formed in the country after next Lok Sabha polls. It is for sure that North Karnataka will also become a separate state on the basis of population spread across Karnataka. After the 2024 elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself will form new states. Maharashtra will become three, Karnataka two, and Uttar Pradesh will become four states,” Katti said. Read more. 
Villagers in Karnataka’s Hassan district ran out of their houses early Thursday after a moderate earthquake was reported in the area. The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) confirmed that there was an earthquake of magnitude of 3.4.

According to the centre, the epicentre of the earthquake was located at 0.8km NNE of the Maluganahalli village under the Nagaranahalli gram panchayat of the Holenarasipur taluk of Hassan. The tremor was reported at 4.37 am. “As per the seismic intensity map of the said earthquake from the epicentre, the intensity observed is moderate and the tremor might be felt up to a maximum radial distance of 40-50km from the epicentre.

This type of earthquake does not create any harm to the local community, although there might be slight shaking observed locally,” said the KSNDMC in a release. Read more. 
The civic bodies and district authorities of Karnataka spent around Rs 56 crore, mostly to asphalt the roads taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day visit to Karnataka for the International Yoga Day, reveals figures released by the respective bodies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Karnataka Monday around 12.30 pm and participated in several programmes. The same day he left for Mysuru and the next day he participated in the International Day of Yoga (IDY) and left for Delhi by 11 am.

While Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has officially disclosed that it spent Rs 23.51 crore for road infrastructure during Modi’s visit to Bengaluru, Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) commissioner G Lakshmikanth Reddy said that it has roughly spent around Rs 10.08 crore for laying asphalt on roads and taking up cleaning works. Reddy clarified that MCC is yet to receive the bills and release the money but the rough estimates show an expenditure of Rs 10.08 crore. Read more. 
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai inaugurated IKEA’s Nagasandra store in Bengaluru Wednesday. The Bengaluru store is IKEA’s third outlet in India after the ones in Hyderabad and Mumbai.
Spread over 4.6 lakh sq ft, the store is the largest IKEA outlet in the country and is located close to the Nagasandra station of Bengaluru Namma metro.
“The locals would get maximum employment opportunities in Ikea furniture and home furnishing outlet. In fact, the company heads have assured 75 per cent jobs for the local people,” Bommai said after the inauguration. Read More
The civic bodies and district authorities of Karnataka spent around Rs 56 crore, mostly to asphalt the roads taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day visit to Karnataka for the International Yoga Day, reveals figures released by the respective bodies.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Karnataka Monday around 12.30 pm and participated in several programmes. The same day he left for Mysuru and the next day he participated in the International Day of Yoga (IDY) and left for Delhi by 11 am.
While Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has officially disclosed that it spent Rs 23.51 crore for road infrastructure during Modi’s visit to Bengaluru, Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) commissioner G Lakshmikanth Reddy said that it has roughly spent around Rs 10.08 crore for laying asphalt on roads and taking up cleaning works. Reddy clarified that MCC is yet to receive the bills and release the money but the rough estimates show an expenditure of Rs 10.08 crore. Read More
The Janata Dal (Secular) on Wednesday expelled two of its MLAs on charges of cross voting during the Rajya Sabha elections for four seats in Karnataka held recently. A decision to this effect was taken during the core committee meeting held at the party headquarter JP Bhavan.
The party also decided to seek their disqualification from the Karnataka assembly, party’s core committee president Bandeppa Kashempur told reporters.
Former Prime Minister and party supremo H D Deve Gowda, state president C M Ibrahim, MLA and Deve Gowda’s son H D Revanna, MP and Revanna’s son Prajwal Revanna, Jafarulla Khan, M Krishna Reddy, Raja Venkatappa Naik and others attended the meeting. (PTI)
A video of Mandya JD(S) MLA M Srinivas purportedly slapping the principal of an ITI has gone viral on social media. The incident is said to have occurred during the inauguration of the renovated Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar ITI College in Mandya district on Monday.
According to sources, the MLA was inspecting the upgraded college when he is said to have sought some information and there was some delay in the response from Principal Naganand. Also, the principal was reportedly away and came after Srinivas called out for him.
The video in which the exchange between the legislator and the principal is not clear shows that as soon as the principal appears before him, Srinivas abuses him verbally and slaps him twice, in front of other people and the staff. No complaint was filed by the principal, sources said. (PTI)
A 24-year-old man was allegedly murdered by his friend after a fight over Rs 50 in Bengaluru on Tuesday night, police said. The police identified the deceased as Shivamadhu, a resident of Laggere, and named the accused as Shanthakumar, a resident of Jai Maruthi Nagar in Bengaluru.

According to the police, the incident took place around 7.15 pm near Kurubarahalli Circle. Shivamadhu allegedly took Rs 50 from Shanthakumar’s pocket and this angered the latter, police said.

The two got into a fight and Shanthakumar killed Shivamadhu by stabbing him twice in the chest before fleeing the spot, police added. Shivamadhu was taken to a nearby private hospital where he was declared brought dead. Read more. 
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Tuesday claimed that the prime minister appreciated the work of the state government during his two-day trip to Karnataka.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his appreciation for the welfare programmes and development works of the state and Union governments being implemented in the state,” Bommai said.

Speaking to media persons, the chief minister said: “Modi usually likes good governance and development-oriented administration. The prime minister’s appreciation has given me more strength to work with greater vigour and efficiency.” Read more. 
With Bengaluru, where air and water pollution levels are soaring to dubious heights, slowly gearing up for the civic body elections to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) which is most likely to be held in the coming months, a latest survey shows 89 per cent of the voters are worried about the environmental issues and climate change of the metropolitan city.

Yet only 25 per cent feel the elected representatives are giving due importance to environmental issues.

A new survey released Tuesday tried to gauge public perception on local governance, expectation from the upcoming polls, city budget, issues that affect the quality of life, citizens’ engagement with councillors as well as basic knowledge of the citizens on matters pertaining to city governance and politics. Read more. 
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai during the mass Yoga event at the Mysuru Palace Grounds in Karnataka, led by PM Modi, on the occasion of International Day of Yoga today. (Express photo by Jithendra M)
Bengaluru airport will soon be connected to new international routes
The Bengaluru international airport will launch new international routes this year. This includes flights to Sydney, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Seattle, and other parts of the world, the Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) announced Wednesday.
A BIAL spokesperson said all airlines currently operating at the airport are expected to resume most of their international (pre-Covid) non-stop destinations by the second quarter of FY23.
PM Modi relishes authentic Mysuru delicacies at breakfast hosted by erstwhile royal family
Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his two-day visit to Karnataka with a breakfast hosted by the erstwhile Mysuru royal family at the Amba Vilas Palace in Mysuru Tuesday.
Modi met with erstwhile royals Wadiyars for breakfast after participating in the Yoga Day celebrations held on the premises of the Palace.
After the breakfast meeting with Modi, Pramoda Devi Wadiyar of the erstwhile royal family said: “I had written a letter to the prime minister earlier, inviting him for breakfast at our house. It may be a palace for others, for us it’s our house. He has accepted our invitation and we are happy.”
89% Bengaluru voters more concerned about environmental issues: Survey
With Bengaluru, where air and water pollution levels are soaring to dubious heights, slowly gearing up for the civic body elections to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) which is most likely to be held in the coming months, a latest survey shows 89 per cent of the voters are worried about the environmental issues and climate change of the metropolitan city.
Yet only 25 per cent feel the elected representatives are giving due importance to environmental issues.
A new survey released Tuesday tried to gauge public perception on local governance, expectation from the upcoming polls, city budget, issues that affect the quality of life, citizens’ engagement with councillors as well as basic knowledge of the citizens on matters pertaining to city governance and politics.

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