Bengaluru News Highlights: IMD predicts cold, dry weather in Karnataka; TN leader weighs in on Tejasvi Surya-Indigo emergency door row – The Indian Express

Bengaluru, Karnataka News Highlights: Karnataka will see dry weather, with temperatures hovering 3-4 degrees below normal, the news agency ANI reported quoting the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). “The minimum temperature will remain 3 to 4 notches below normal at isolated places in the state during the next 24 hours and 2 to 3 notches below normal during the next 48 hours,” IMD said. The dry weather was attributed to light to moderate southeastern and eastern winds over Karnataka’s lower tropospheric levels.
Meanwhile, controversy over Tejasvi Surya’s alleged opening of the emergency exit door of an IndiGo aircraft before takeoff continues. Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai, who was his co-passenger on the flight from Chennai airport on December 10, 2022, has claimed that Surya just reported “a gap in the door” to an air hostess. This comes despite Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia confirming that Surya had “accidentally” opened a flight’s emergency exit and apologised for the same.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday that the Bharatiya Janata Party government stands not for vote bank politics, but for development. He was speaking at an event in northern Karnataka’s Yadgiri district. The Prime Minister was in poll-bound Karnataka for the second time this month to lay the foundation stone and inaugurate a bevvy of development projects valued worth Rs 10,863 crore.
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Rudragouda Patil alias R D Patil, considered the kingpin of Karnataka’s sub-inspector recruitment scam, escaped from his Kalaburagi home when Criminal Investigation Department officials went there to arrest him on Thursday night.
Wanted at least in eight cases related to the scam, R D Patil was lodged in prison in April last year and released on bail. The CID recently informed a court that he had been absconding while on bail, and a local court had issued a warrant against Patil in a scam case registered in Tumakuru. Read more
The conversion of the coaches of the following trains into LHB Coaches has been postponed until further notice.
1.    Train 16527/16528 Yesvantpur – Kannur – Yesvantpur Daily express.
2.    Train 16591/16592 SSS Hubballi – Mysuru – SSS Hubballi Hampi Daily express.
3.    Train 16535/16536 Mysuru – Solapur – Mysuru Gulgumbaz Daily express.
The above mentioned trains will run with no changes in LHB composition.
Bengaluru Police have registered an attempt to murder case against a woman named Priyanka for driving her car despite a man was sitting on her car’s bonnet after the accident. The police said that two cases have been registered (counter complaints).  A total of five persons have been arrested.
Amid calls for protest against the alleged injustice meted out to students from Karnataka at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bengaluru, the varsity on Wednesday released the provisional list of candidates for admission in its undergraduate programme in the wake of the Common Law Admission Test or CLAT 2023.
 
The provisional list shows that out of the total 240 seats, as many as 60 (25%) have been offered to Karnataka students. According to the NLSIU Inclusion and Expansion Plan 2021-2025, the university voluntarily adopted a 25% horizontal compartmentalised reservation for Karnataka students from the 2021-22 academic year. As a result, NLSIU ensures that students from the state are admitted to 25% of seats in every vertical category, including general/SC/ST/OBC/EWS and, as a result, constitute at least 25% of the overall student body. In this case, Karnataka students are those who have studied in any recognised institution in the state for not less than 10 years.
 
Earlier, Karnataka Law Minister J C Madhuswamy wrote to the vice-chancellor of NLSIU complaining that the “university has compartmentalised the reservation and provided a quantity of 25% including those who have been selected under the All India Rank”. He highlighted that “NLSIU is grouping even meritorious students who are supposed to be under general category along with domicile reserved students”. 
The Bharatiya Janata Party national president JP Nadda will flag off the nine-day state-wide Vijaya Sankalpa Yatra from Vijayapura in poll-bound Karnataka Saturday, the party said.
With Assembly elections due in the state in about four months, the BJP has intensified its poll campaign by launching the nine-day public outreach programme from Vijayapura.
The campaign is being launched two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Yadgir and Kalaburagi where he kickstarted irrigation, drinking water and highway projects and distribution of Hakku Patras (land title deeds) to the nomadic tribe Lambanis. (PTI)
Despite transferring a rape, assault and harassment case filed by a woman against political fixer and alleged sex trafficker ‘Santro’ Ravi to the Criminal Investigation Department, the Karnataka Police is yet to decide on the modalities of investigating an alleged fake case of dacoity registered against her at Cottonpet police station in Bengaluru in November 2022.
 
The ‘dacoity’ case has been handed over to the Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) police after an internal police probe revealed that the case was foisted on the 27-year-old woman and her 20-year-old sister last year, allegedly at the behest of ‘Santro’ Ravi. Based on the internal probe, Police Inspector K Y Praveen was suspended by Karnataka police chief Praveen Sood last week. (Read more)
Karnataka Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) recruitment scam kingpin R D Patil has escaped from CID custody.
R D Patil was out on bail since December but did not respond to police notices to appear for investigation. He was detained in Kalaburagi by the CID on Thursday. Patil was questioned by the ED as well on Thursday.
Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai will inaugurate the 213th edition of Bengaluru’s annual Republic Day flower show on Friday.
The show will go on till January 29 at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden. The theme this year is the city’s history and evolution.
“The city of Bengaluru has 1,500 years of rich history. We hope to depict every phase in its history through the flower show,” said Dr M Jagadeesh, joint director of horticulture.
Customs sleuths at the Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) have seized a total of 3,677 grams of smuggled gold worth Rs 2,01,69,800 between Jan 1 and 18 this year, successfully foiling gold trafficking to a considerable extent.
Eight passengers travelling from Dubai and Abu Dhabi had tried to smuggle gold into the country through nefarious means, a Customs release here said.
A passenger from Dubai had also smuggled e-cigarettes with e-nicotine liquid in them worth Rs 3,20,265, which were hidden in his baggage. Customs officials said investigations are underway and are at different stages in various cases that have been detected. (PTI)
For 24 hours: Mainly clear sky. Shallow to moderate fog/mist is very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 30 and 14 Degree Celsius respectively.
For 48 hours: Mainly clear sky. Shallow to moderate fog/mist is very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 30 and 14 Degree Celsius respectively.
It’s blooming time in Bengaluru, the Garden City of India. Parts of Bengaluru are decked in breathtaking pink flowers. Amazing photographs of the towering trees embellished with the pink flowers that were shared by the official Twitter handle of Karnataka Tourism Department have gone viral.
📍 AECS Layout, Whitefield
The Pink Trumpets or the Tabebuia Avellaneda have started to blossom here in Bengaluru. That time of the year when certain parts of Bengaluru turns completely pink 😍🌸
PC: ( IG @ reflectionofmymemories )#pinktrumpets #karnatakatourism #Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/Z6Tol7f53Y

 
While cherry blossoms are associated with countries like Japan and South Korea, the glimpse of pink flowers lying on the roads in India is indeed a sight to behold. As buses pass through the road, the bloomed trees on both sides of the road render the effect of a painting.
The photographs were captured from the Whitefield area in the IT hub by shutterbug Biplab Mohapatra. “AECS Layout, Whitefield The Pink Trumpets or the Tabebuia Avellaneda have started to blossom here in Bengaluru. That time of the year when certain parts of Bengaluru turns completely pink PC: ( IG @ reflectionofmymemories ),” tweeted Karnataka Tourism. (Read more)
Karnataka will see dry weather, with temperatures hovering 3-4 degrees below normal, the news agency ANI reported quoting the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
“The minimum temperature will remain 3 to 4 notches below normal at isolated places in the state during the next 24 hours and 2 to 3 notches below normal during the next 48 hours,” IMD said. The dry weather was attributed to light to moderate southeastern and eastern winds over Karnataka’s lower tropospheric levels.
Even after Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said that Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya had “accidentally” opened a flight’s emergency exit, Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai, who was his co-passenger, has claimed that Surya just reported “a gap in the door” to an air hostess.

“Surya noticed a gap in the door where the beading was peeling off and informed the air hostess, who informed the pilot. After checking it, the pilot followed the due procedure and de-boarded the passengers. It was rectified and that is why the delay was caused,” said Annamalai, who was at Chikkamagaluru in Karnataka on Thursday. (Read more)
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi distributed title deeds to nomadic Lambani (Banjara) tribes in Kalaburagi district, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah charged the ruling BJP in Karnataka with “feasting on the meals” prepared by the previous Congress government headed by him.
The senior Congress leader claimed that the BJP was trying to project that they were granting revenue village status to ‘Thandas’ (this community’s habitations), which was “misleading”.
According to Bommai government, the move to distribute these deeds (‘Hakku Patra’) would benefit 52,072 nomads in five districts of north Karnataka, providing them a “permanent roof”. (PTI)
The South Western Railway Thursday said it would regulate a few trains due to line block for engineering work at Holenarsipur yard.
1. Train No. 16225 Mysuru – Shivamogga Town Express starting from Mysuru on January 20, 21, 23 & 25, 2023 will be regulated for 90 minutes enroute.
2. Train No. 16221 Talguppa – Mysuru Kuvempu Express starting from Talguppa on January 20, 21, 23 & 25, 2023 will be regulated for 30 minutes enroute.
Anjum Parvez, the managing director of Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL), Thursday said the transit-oriented development (TOD) policy will be implemented on a pilot basis in six metro stations on the Central Silk Board and Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) stretch. Officials said the policy aims to make the best use of the public transport network through appropriate land use in urban spaces.
The Urban Development Department in an order dated November 17, 2022, had approved the TOD policy for Bengaluru. “The TOD aims to be an enabler to increase the viability of public transport, as a revitalizing tool to transform urban core areas through redevelopment and planning land uses that create lively sustainable places in greenfield development. It also aims to reduce private vehicle dependency for commuting,” said an official. Read more
Socialist and progressive leader PA Mallesh passed away on Thursday. He lived in Mysuru.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asserted said the BJP government focused only on development, and called out the opposition parties for their “vote bak poloitics”.
Referring to the advantage of having a BJP government at both state and the Centre, Modi said, “A double-engine government means double benefit, double welfare and double fast-paced development and Karnataka is the best example for this.”
Karnataka is expected to go to assembly polls in May. “It has been 75 years of India’s development and now the country is marching ahead with the focus on the next 25 years. These 25 years are going to be the Amrit Kaal for every citizen and state, during which we have to build a developed India,” Modi noted.
Water security is essential for the development of India in the 21st century, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday after inaugurating and laying the foundation stone for projects worth Rs 10,863 crore in Kodekal under Karnataka’s Yadgir district.
The ‘double engine government’ — referring to the BJP regime at the Centre and the state — was giving importance to micro-irrigation, improving groundwater by funding the creation of lakes, and ensuring tapped water supply to rural households under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), Modi said.
“Along with border security, coastal security and internal security, water security concerns should be tackled,” Modi said, noting that the Centre and state governments were taking up several schemes to ensure the same. (Read more)

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