Bengaluru News highlights: Karnataka govt mulling implementation … – The Indian Express

Bengaluru News Highlights: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that his government was strongly mulling the implementation of the uniform civil code in the state to ensure equality. Addressing his party workers in Shivamoggaon Friday, the CM pointed out that the preamble of the Constitution speaks of equality and fraternity.
The Mangaluru blast accused had got ‘Islamic State training’ and had imparted the same to more than 40 people, Union Minister Shobha Karandlaje has said. Terming the information available about the blast accused Mohammed Shariq (24) as scary, she said the accused came out on bail in the anti-India graffiti case because an intense investigation did not take place.
In other news, the Election Commission (EC) directed officials on Friday for a review of the deletions and additions in the voter lists of three Assembly seats in Karnataka and ordered the suspension of two poll officials after allegations of “electoral fraud” in the state. The poll watchdog also directed the chief electoral officer of the southern state to share a list of all deletions and additions effected in the electoral rolls of the Shivajinagar, Chickpet and Mahadevapura Assembly seats after January 1, 2022 with all the recognised political parties so as to enable them to file claims and objections.
Members of Rajya Kabbu Belegarara Sangha (State Sugarcane Growers Association) and Rajya Raitha Sangha (State Farmers Association) protested in Bengaluru, demanding to solve the pricing problem of sugarcane.




Union Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman was part of the start-up inclusion summit organised by “Vananam” at Bengaluru.




Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar Saturday said the state has ranked first in the registration of health professionals and number two in the registration of health facilities under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission.
“Karnataka holds the first position with 28,643 doctors and nurses registered in the Healthcare Professionals Registry (HPR). Karnataka has also secured the 2nd position under the Health Facility Registry (HFR) and a total of 27,244 facilities have been registered. The state has also made significant progress in setting up section and block-wise fast-track counters in outpatient departments using the ‘scan and share’ feature under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM). The ABDM aims to develop a comprehensive digital health infrastructure in the country. This will bridge the gap between various stakeholders of the healthcare ecosystem through digital channels,” he said. Read more
Following a statement by an unknown outfit called the Islamic Resistance Council (IRC), which claimed that the suspect of the accidental blast in an auto-rickshaw in Mangaluru was ferrying an IED to target the Kadri temple in Mangaluru City, the temple officials Friday filed a complaint against unknown persons.
Based on the complaint, the Mangaluru police have registered a case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 and Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code for criminal intimidation against unknown persons. The complaint was filed by the executive officer of the Shree Manjunatha Temple at Kadri in Mangaluru, Jayamma, a government official. Read more
In the wake of the Election Commission of India (ECI) ordering the suspension of two officials linked to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in connection with allegations of illegal voter data collection, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that the state government is carrying out an impartial probe into the charges.
The officials were suspended for allowing the impersonation of block level officers by third parties for voter data collection and awareness activities.
On Saturday, Bommai said the government is probing the controversy “in an impartial manner” and “any officer or organisation or agency found guilty will be punished”.
“Several persons are already arrested in this connection and the inquiry of officials is on. The Election Commission of India has decided to revise the voter’s list where the deletion of names has occurred and the government will welcome it. The election must be held in a free and fair manner,” Bommai said. Read more
A bust commemorating Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was unveiled at The Frank Anthony Public School (FAPS) in Bengaluru.
Major Unnikrishnan had spent 14 formative years at the esteemed institution.
Major General Ravi Murugan, AVSM, General Officer commanding Karnataka and Kerala Sub area unveiled the bust in the presence of Air Commodore B S Kanwar, VSM, Deputy Director General, NCC, Directorate Karnataka and Goa.
The programme commenced with the ceremonial marching of the student council members, bearing the school banner and accompanied by the NSG group. 
A classical dance performed by the students was a blend of invocation and patriotism. A warm welcome speech was rendered by Mr Kevin Dominico Pope, the Principal welcoming the dignitaries. A special prayer written by the Principal was read by the Headmistress, Mrs L Briggs.
A motivating speech highlighting the life in defence forces was delivered by the chief guest. This was followed by a touching reflection by the FAPS Music Director, Mr V Narayanswamy, a close associate and teacher of Major Unnikrishnan.
The school band and choir rendered euphonious piece title ‘Lead Kindly Light’. 
The program concluded with the Karnataka State Anthem and the National Anthem.



At the end of the process of applications to contest for the 2023 Karnataka Assembly polls on Congress tickets, which the party began early, insiders have revealed that on seats where senior party leaders and sitting MLAs have filed applications, there are no competing aspirants. Instead, the most number of applications have come for seats where the Congress currently has no representation in the Assembly, especially in north Karnataka.
A quick analysis of the 1,350 applications received by the Congress for contesting the polls for 224 Assembly constituencies in the state next year – following the end of the last date for applications on November 21 – has revealed that all sitting MLAs and senior leaders of the party have filed applications, according to Congress sources familiar with the application process. (Read more)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that his government was strongly mulling the implementation of the uniform civil code in the state to ensure equality. Addressing his party workers in Shivamoggaon Friday, the CM pointed out that the preamble of the Constitution speaks of equality and fraternity.
Reaffirming his commitment to implement the UCC, he said, “..we have been talking about uniform civil code from the time of Deendayal Upadhyay. There is a serious thought going on in the country at the national and state level. There is also an intention to implement it when the right time comes.” “… we are also discussing how to do (implementation) it in our state.”
Bommai also told the gathering that the state government will take all necessary measures to implement it. “I would like to say very clearly that we not only expound things we believe in that can make people’s welfare possible and bring equality, but also will take all strong measures to implement it,” the Chief Minister explained. (PTI)
A bus driver of the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) was suspended Thursday after a viral video showed him thrashing a bike rider in a road rage incident on Tuesday near Yelahanka.
 
In his complaint to the Yelahanka New Town police, 44-year-old Sandeep Boniface said he received injuries on his ribs, legs and face. He also told the police that his wife, Laura, a Canadian national, was riding pillion at the time. (Read more)
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For 48 hours: Generally cloudy sky. Rain or thundershowers very likely. Fog or mist is very likely during early  morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 27 and 19 Degree Celsius respectively.
Karnataka higher education minister C N Ashwathnarayan and school education minister B C Nagesh convened a meeting on Friday to discuss measures to enable students fill in the Common Entrance Test (CET) applications for engineering admissions in a hassle-free manner.

It was decided that help centres would be set up in every pre-university science college in the state to advise students on filling in CET applications without making mistakes.
According to Nagesh, there are plans to integrate SSLC-level information available on the Student Achievement Tracking System (SATS) with information available with the Karnataka Examination Authority. The authority will inform students about the required information and the two education departments would work in coordination to ensure a hassle-free process. (Read more)
Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shobha Karandlaje Friday said the Mangaluru blast accused had got ‘Islamic State training’ and had imparted the same to more than 40 people.
Terming the information available about the blast accused Mohammed Shariq (24) as scary, she said the accused came out on bail in the anti-India graffiti case because an intense investigation did not take place.
The graffiti case refers to slogans praising terror groups that had surfaced on some public walls in Mangaluru city in November 2020. Shariq was arrested in connection with the case and later released on bail. (PTI)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday condemned the alleged incidents of painting of Karnataka buses with pro-Maharashtra slogans and appealed to the Eknath Shinde government to take immediate steps to put a stop to this. Bommai also said such incidents will create a division among the states and hence Maharashtra should act swiftly.
Reports from Pune said a group of activists allegedly from a pro-Marathi outfit painted state-owned buses with slogans such as “Jai Maharashtra” in black ink and raised slogans against Bommai. 
“Our India is a union of states. Every state has got its own rights. These states were formed under the State Reorganisation Act. The law is very clear and it is the duty of the respective government to maintain peace, law and order and see that there is peace and tranquility between the states,” Bommai told reporters in Bengaluru. (PTI)
Soak yourself in the celebration of FIFA World Cup 2022 by catching live football streaming and savouring some sport-themed delicacies and beverages at some of Bengaluru’s happening hotspots. Catch the live action in the following places:
1) Drop in at Hard Rock Cafe, St Marks Road or Whitefield and dig into some yummy food and grab a drink with your friends as you watch the game live.
2) Homegrown coffee roasters Maverick & Farmer at Ulsoor has launched a special menu of Coffee for the 2022 Football World Cup. 

3) Enjoy the game day at Hopshaus (Indiranagar and Whitefield) with an array of appetising treats curated especially for the World Cup.
4) Join Sanchez (UB City and Indiranagar) with your amigos while enjoying this big delight and catching the big game. 
5) All Social outlets in Bengaluru are running a FIFA campaign till December 18. (Read more)
A bus driver of the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) was suspended Thursday after a viral video showed him thrashing a bike rider in a road rage incident on Tuesday near Yelahanka.
In his complaint to the Yelahanka New Town police, 44-year-old Sandeep Boniface said he received injuries on his ribs, legs and face. He also told the police that his wife, Laura, a Canadian national, was riding pillion at the time.
His complaint to the police read, “We were sandwiched between the two buses and disturbed by the continuous honking. I gave way to the driver. Suddenly, the driver got down from the bus and assaulted me. He took the bike key and snatched the phone. When I got into the bus, he once again assaulted me.” The two buses were racing, Boniface told the police. (Read more)
Karnataka higher education minister C N Ashwathnarayan and school education minister B C Nagesh convened a meeting on Friday to discuss measures to enable students fill in the Common Entrance Test (CET) applications for engineering admissions in a hassle-free manner.
It was decided that help centres would be set up in every pre-university science college in the state to advise students on filling in CET applications without making mistakes.
According to Nagesh, there are plans to integrate SSLC-level information available on the Student Achievement Tracking System (SATS) with information available with the Karnataka Examination Authority. The authority will inform students about the required information and the two education departments would work in coordination to ensure a hassle-free process. (Read more)
The Election Commission on Friday directed officials for a review of the deletions and additions in the electoral rolls of three Assembly seats in Karnataka and ordered the suspension of two additional district election officials after allegations of “electoral fraud” in the state.
The poll authority also directed the chief electoral officer to share a list of all deletions and additions made to the electoral rolls of the Shivajinagar, Chickpet and Mahadevapura Assembly seats after January 1, 2022 with all the recognised political parties so as to enable them to file claims and objections.
The Election Commission directives came a day after the Congress petitioned the poll authority, seeking a detailed investigation into the “voter information theft fraud” in Karnataka. (PTI)
Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shobha Karandlaje on Friday said the Mangaluru blast accused had got ‘Islamic State training’ and had imparted the same to more than 40 people. Terming the information available about the blast accused Mohammed Shariq (24) as scary, she said the accused came out on bail in the anti-India graffiti case because intense investigation did not take place.
The graffiti case refers to slogans praising terror groups that had surfaced on some public walls in Mangaluru city in November 2020. Shariq was arrested in connection with the case and later released on bail.
“He (Shariq) had given ISIS training to more than 40 people. There is information that he himself got ISIS training,” Karandlaje told reporters here. According to her, the suspected cooker bomb that exploded in a moving autorickshaw was meant for targeting the Kadri Manjunatha Swami Temple in Mangaluru. (PTI)
Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Friday said the Centre has directed the National Investigation Agency to probe the Mangaluru blast case. In a statement, Jnanendra said the state government had recommended an NIA probe into the cooker bomb blast in a moving autorickshaw, which the Union Ministry of Home Affairs accepted and ordered a probe by the premier investigation agency.
“With regard to the incident occurred within the Kankanadi police station limits, the state government had taken a decision to recommend an NIA probe based on the evidences and other information collected during the preliminary investigation,” the Home Minister said in his statement.
In the order, which Jnanendra’s office shared, the Under Secretary in the Home Ministry Vipul Alok said: “The Central government is of the opinion that a scheduled offence under the NIA Act, 2008, has been committed and having regard to the gravity of the offence and its repercussions on national security, it is required to be investigated by the NIA in accordance with the NIA Act, 2008.” “Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred under sub-section (5) of section 6 read with section 8 of the NIA Act, 2008, the Central government hereby directs the NIA to take up investigation of the aforesaid case,” the order said. (PTI)
Where to watch FIFA World Cup 2022 in Bangalore – Here are the top places
Soak yourself in the celebration of FIFA World Cup 2022 by catching live football streaming and savouring some sport-themed delicacies and beverages at some of Bengaluru’s happening hotspots. Catch the live action in the following places:
1) Drop in at Hard Rock Cafe, St Marks Road or Whitefield and dig into some yummy food and grab a drink with your friends as you watch the game live. Also savour its latest release of its fan-favourite Messi Burger – Champion’s Edition. The fan-favourite burger features a juicy double stack of freshly ground beef patties along with a winning combination of toppings. When: Monday to Sunday, 12 noon to 1 am. More options here.
Man-elephant conflict: Karnataka conservationists, forest officials apprehensive of task force
In order to contain rising man-elephant conflict, the Karnataka government has constituted a task force in four districts—Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, Mysuru and Kodagu—but some conservationists and forest department officials are not impressed given that “government policies have led to the fragmentation of elephants’ habitats”.
A senior forest officer said on the condition of anonymity that Monday’s decision to set up the task force was made with the upcoming elections in mind. The officer also pointed to the recently introduced Karnataka Land Grabbing Prohibition (Amendment) Bill 2022, “which seeks to avoid criminal proceedings against farmers who have encroached on government land in rural areas”. (Read more)
 
 

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