Bengaluru News Highlights: Congress pans Karnataka plan to paint classrooms saffron, CM cites colour in national flag – The Indian Express

Bengaluru News Highlights, November 14, 2022: A decision to give the saffron paint to classrooms constructed under the Viveka scheme in Karnataka has evoked strong reactions from the Opposition Congress, which accused the BJP government of “saffronisation”. Karnataka school education minister B C Nagesh has triggered a fresh controversy by indicating that over 7,500 new classrooms being constructed under the Viveka scheme in the state will be painted saffron. Speaking at an event in the north Karnataka district of Gadag on Sunday, the BJP minister said, “The new Viveka classrooms will be saffron in colour as per the suggestion of architects and not in line with any ideology.”
In other news, a BJP leader from Kalaburagi, who had issued a death threat to Congress MLA Priyank Kharge, was arrested and released on bail after the local Congress unit threatened to disrupt Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s programme in Kalaburagi over the issue. Manikanth Rathod was arrested in Hyderabad on Sunday evening and released on bail Monday. Rathod had threatened Kharge, son of AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge, at a press conference held on Friday. “You (Kharge) can shoot us with an AK-47 rifle or a gun. We are ready to die. We are also ready to shoot you,” Rathod had said.
Reacting to Congress MLA Tanveer Sait’s proposal to install a 100-feet statue of Tipu Sultan at Srirangapatna in Karnataka’s Mandya district, JD(S) state president CM Ibrahim Sunday said there was no culture of setting up statues among Muslims. Sait’s statement came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 108-feet statue of Kempegowda. About 200 people including members of AIMIM and the Samata Sainik Dal celebrated the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan amid tight security, on Thursday.
People hit by soaring prices have received a jolt in the state as the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) has decided to hike the price of the Nandini brand milk and curd by Rs 3. The new prices will be effective starting Tuesday.
The decision was taken at an administrative board meeting of KMF and was approved by the government, said KMF chairperson Balachandra Jarkiholi. The hike, according to the KMF, is meant to aid farmers involved in animal husbandry who have been hit by various problems, including floods and lumpy skin disease in cattle. Read more
As major parties in Karnataka have embarked on yatras in the run-up to the 2023 Assembly elections, Opposition leader Siddaramaiah has unveiled an ultra-luxury bus to be used for his yatra, one of the two announced by the Congress.
While the Congress yatras are scheduled for January, Siddaramaiah took a trial run of the bus on Sunday by travelling to Kolar along with a few other leaders. Videos showing features of the bus were shared on social media.
The air-conditioned bus is from the Japanese company Isuzu and is altered to seat six people, with comfortable pushback seats and a table in the middle. Four seats are placed on one side of the bus, with two seats on the other side separated by a small walkway. Read more
A BJP leader from Kalaburagi, who had issued a death threat to Congress MLA Priyank Kharge, was arrested and released on bail after the local Congress unit threatened to disrupt Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s programme in Kalaburagi over the issue.
Manikanth Rathod was arrested in Hyderabad on Sunday evening and released on bail Monday. Rathod had threatened Kharge, son of AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge, at a press conference held on Friday. “You (Kharge) can shoot us with an AK-47 rifle or a gun. We are ready to die. We are also ready to shoot you,” Rathod had said. Read more
At an event to celebrate the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru and children’s day, Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot presented Hoysala and Keladi Channama Shourya awards to Namratha, Prarthana, Kousalya, Keerthi Vivek and Kavya Bhaskar Hegde. The programme was organised by the Women and Children Development Department at Bal Bhavan, in Bengaluru on Monday.
 
Minister Achar Alappa, MLA Rizwan Arshad and other dignitaries were present.



A decision to give the saffron paint to classrooms constructed under the Viveka scheme in Karnataka has evoked strong reactions from the Opposition Congress, which accused the BJP government of “saffronisation”.
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Congress state working president Salim Ahmed said the government had resorted to diversionary tactics over the past three years. “They should be ashamed. There are not enough classrooms, books and midday meals are not provided to students, and there are not enough teachers,” he said. Read more
Scattered very light to light rains are likely to prevail over the BBMP area today, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its daily bulletin.
The maximum and minimum temperatures in Bengaluru are likely to be around 26 and 19 degree Celsius respectively.
Poor roads have claimed yet another life in Karnataka as an ex-serviceman was killed in an accident at Kaaremane Gate, Sathanur near Mandya on Sunday, according to the police.
Officers identified the deceased as S N Kumar, 39, who had recently retired from the armed forces. He had then been selected as a constable with the state police and had been undergoing training in Bengaluru for the past six months.
The accident occurred when Kumar, who was visiting his village, tried to avoid a pothole near Sathanur, officers said. Read more
Karnataka school education minister B C Nagesh has triggered a fresh controversy by indicating that over 7,500 new classrooms being constructed under the Viveka scheme in the state will be painted saffron.
Speaking at an event in the north Karnataka district of Gadag on Sunday, the BJP minister said, “The new Viveka classrooms will be saffron in colour as per the suggestion of architects and not in line with any ideology.” Nagesh has been at the forefront of controversies in connection with the alleged saffronisation of school textbooks and alleged overreach in terms of prescribing uniforms following a controversy over the use of hijabs in a few state schools.
The latest move has been criticised by some educationists and the Opposition who have pointed out that it is inappropriate for secular institutions like a government school classroom to be painted saffron. Educationist Niranjanaradhya V P has termed it a “new form of saffronisation of education”. Read more
Karnataka school education minister B C Nagesh has triggered a fresh controversy by indicating that over 7,500 new classrooms being constructed under the Viveka scheme in the state will be painted saffron. Nagesh has been at the forefront of controversies in connection with the alleged saffronisation of school textbooks and alleged overreach in terms of prescribing uniforms following a controversy over the use of hijabs in a few state schools. Read the full report here.
Bengaluru will very likely witness light rains along with cloudy skies for the next 48 hours, according to state Meteorological Centre.
The maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 24 and 18 degrees celsius respectively today. 
On the occasion of former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth anniversary, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Monday paid floral tributes to him. 
A leading figure in India’s Independence struggle, Nehru was born on November 14, 1889 into a Kashmiri Brahman family in Allahabad (now Prayagraj). This year, India marks the 133rd birth anniversary of the political leader.

Traffic on Jeevan Bima Nagar, Indiranagar, and Halasoor traffic police limits are reportedly moving slow as roads are white-topped in and around East Bengaluru. Access from Indiranagar to Old Madras Road has been blocked around the Indiranagar BDA complex area. 
The white-topping work is being carried out on 100 Feet Road, parts of Old Madras Road. 
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Sunday sought approval from the government to white-top 39 more roads, stretching across 114.46 km in the city, at an estimated cost Rs 1,449 crore, officials said. This will be the third phase of the white-topping project in Bengaluru. Read more. 
A school bus suffers a breakdown at Varthur Government PU College junction early Monday morning. This has led to slow-moving traffic in the surrounding area.
Whitefield Traffic Police has appealed the commuters to “kindly co-operate and maintain lane discipline.” The area officer and staff are present at the junction, and are assisting the traffic movement.
The bus will soon be moved from the site of the incident.
While reacting to Congress MLA Tanveer Sait’s proposal to install a 100-feet statue of Tipu Sultan at Srirangapatna in Karnataka’s Mandya district, JD(S) state president CM Ibrahim Sunday said there was no culture of setting up statues among Muslims. On Saturday, Sait triggered strong reactions from the ruling BJP over his proposal to install the statue. His statement came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 108-feet statue of Kempegowda.
Read the full report here.  
The incident wherein a group of people had threatened to file a cheating complaint against a local BJP leader for allegedly not paying the assured amount to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent rally near Bengaluru was resolved amicably. The group had staged a protest at Shidlaghatta in Chikkaballapur district Saturday, accusing the local BJP leader of paying only Rs 200 each for participating in the rally held near Devanahalli after assuring them Rs 500 each. Read more here.

In 1996, when the Karnataka forest department was looking for someone to write a proposal for central funds to conserve the lakes of Bengaluru, they turned to Birdwatchers’ Field Club of Bangalore – an amateur club whose members had done serious scientific work to study lakes and their ability to support bird life in the city.
One of the oldest standing members of the club, ecologist and ornithologist M B Krishna, now 61, drew on the experience of a report prepared by the Birdwatcher’s Club, titled `Water Birds and Wetlands of Bangalore: A report on the status, water quality, plankton, and bird populations of the lakes in and around Bangalore and Maddur’, to write the proposal.
The proposal prepared on behalf of the forest department brought the Karnataka government Rs 28 crore of funds from the River Action Directorate to conserve urban lakes. It has been responsible for saving several lakes in Bengaluru, including the Hebbal lake in north Bengaluru – earmarked for a bus stand at the time – and the Agara lake in the south.
“At that point, nobody in Bengaluru had provided a snapshot of the lakes in the city as we had done. Some people had done a thesis on individual lakes but there was no single snapshot of how the lakes looked comparatively. We did that. Twice, we collected water samples for water quality analysis and we came out with reports providing information on where the birds were located,” said Dr Krishna.
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The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has sought approval from the government to white-top 39 more roads, stretching across 114.46 km in the city, at an estimated cost Rs 1,449 crore, officials said.
This will be the third phase of the white-topping project in Bengaluru. A proposal in this regard was recently submitted to the state government seeking nod and funds for the road infrastructure project, they added.
Among the key roads that will be white-topped are the Outer Ring Road (ORR) from Silk Board to KR Puram, Hennur Main Road, Horamavu Agara Road, Kaggadasapura Main Road, Kammanahalli Main Road, Ulsoor Lake Road, New Thippasandra Main Road, Indiranagar Double Road, Indiranagar 12th Main Road and Inner Ring Road at Yeshwanthpur, among others. Read more
The Karnataka Appellate Tribunal (KAT) has rejected the tax demand made by the Commercial Taxes Department on oil marketing companies over denatured anhydrous ethanol that is blended with petrol. (PTI)
Last month, 50-year-old Umadevi was riding pillion with her daughter Vanitha near Lulu mall in Bengaluru when a state-owned bus rammed into their scooter from behind. The probe revealed that Vanitha was trying to avoid a pothole that led to Umadevi falling off the two-wheeler and coming under the wheels of the bus.
Bengaluru’s pothole trouble is as intractable as its traffic woes, yet little has been done to address the issue. In order to draw the attention of civic agencies, citizens have in the recent past resorted to unique protests, including performing pooja and sowing plants in potholes. Know more…
The local forecast predicted a generally cloudy sky with widespread very light to moderate rains likely to prevail over BBMP area. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 22 and 18 degree celsius respectively.
Bengaluru received 0.7 mm of rainfall Saturday morning. In its weather forecast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the city will receive light rainfall till November 15. “Thunderstorm along with lightning is likely to occur at isolated places over Dakshina Kannada & Udupi districts in coastal Karnataka. Heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Kodagu, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Chikkamagaluru districts in south interior Karnataka,” the IMD said.

Music is not meant to be just for your ears all the time. Music can also be immersive, interactive, innovative and also therapeutic sometimes. This description is not a fallout of any song or an album, but a unique musical museum that can take you to an immersive world.
Located south of Bengaluru city in JP Nagar, Indian Music Experience (IME) museum is believed to be India’s first interactive music museum. IME is a non-profit initiative supported by the Brigade Group. The vision of IME is to introduce the youth to the diversity of Indian music and to preserve India’s rich musical heritage.
The museum comprises hi-tech multimedia Exhibit Galleries, a Sound Garden, a Learning Centre for music education, and several performance spaces. Established in 2019, the museum is one of its kind that chronicles the evolution of music in different forms in India.

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