Bengaluru News Highlights: Karnataka Legislative Council passes anti conversion bill – The Indian Express

Bengaluru, Karnataka news highlights:  Karnataka Legislative Council on Thursday passed the contentious “anti conversion bill”, amid objections from the opposition Congress and JD(S). The ‘Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill’ was passed by the Legislative Assembly in December last.
In another news, Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar today said that he has been summoned by ED as the Legislative Assembly session is underway. “I’m ready to cooperate but the timing of this summon &harassment I am put through, is coming in the way of discharging my constitutional and political duties,” he adds.
Benefits worth Rs 2,829.02 crore were disbursed outside the core Direct Benefit Transfer portal by 22 government departments, even after its launch in Karnataka, due to delay in onboarding of identified schemes, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said in its report. Though all departments were required to use the certified core DBT portal compulsorily for all fund transfers by the end of 2018-19 and 239 schemes implemented by various departments were identified for transfer of benefits through DBT, the state could achieve only in respect of 83 schemes as of April, 2021, PTI reported. The CAG report regarding performance audit of Direct Benefit Transfer was tabled in the Legislative Assembly by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday.
Artist Vidwan Akshay Jalihal creates a rangoli of Mokshagundam of Sir MV Vishveshwaraya on the occasion of Engineers Day, at Kempegowda METRO station, in Bengaluru.

The Supreme Court said on Thursday it is not the “interpreter” of the Holy Quran and it has been argued before it in the Karnataka Hijab ban matter that courts are not equipped to interpret religious scriptures.
The apex court, which was hearing arguments on a batch of pleas challenging the Karnataka High Court verdict refusing to lift the ban on Hijab in educational institutions of the state, made the observation after a counsel for one of the petitioners said the judgement under challenge is touching upon the Islamic and religious perspective.
“The one way is to interpret the Quran…. We are not interpreters of the Quran. We cannot do it and that is the argument raised also that the courts are not equipped to interpret religious scriptures,” a bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia said. (PTI)
Karnataka Legislative Council on Thursday passed the contentious “anti conversion bill”, amid objections from the opposition Congress and JD(S).
The ‘Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill’ was passed by the Legislative Assembly in December last.
As the Bill was pending for passage in the Legislative Council, where the ruling BJP was short of majority then, the government had subsequently promulgated an ordinance in May this year to give effect to the bill.
Home Minister Araga Jnanendra piloted the Bill for the consideration of the Upper House today. (PTI)
The police have seized 10 kg of Ganja grown on an agricultural farm in the Belagavi district and have taken custody of the land owner 42 year-old Anna Saheb Mudukappa B Patil.

Karnataka is the first state to give Production-Linked Incentives (PLI) to Semiconductor and FMCGs, said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
He was speaking after inaugurating the India Manufacturing Show organised by Laghu Udyog Bharati-Karnataka IMS Fondation at BIEC here on Thursday.
The CM said the government has understood the contributions of industries to state development. The State budget has given special preference to industrial-friendly policies, Ease of Doing Business, and ABC Policy for the development of industries in the next five years. Some of them are the setting up of Industrial towns on the Chennai-Mumbai Corridor, the development of industries in Tumkur, Chitradurga, Haveri, Dharwad, and Belagavi, and the setting up of industrial parks in Kalaburgi, Yadgir, and Mysore. A lot of development is taking place in the field of technology in Bengaluru. There are 400 international-level R&D centres and 400 fortune companies in Bengaluru. The ecosystem here was excellent. 
Karnataka has adopted a Research Policy under which any research works are encouraged. The importance of science will be more if a common citizen starts using it. The semiconductor policy, R&D policy, and employment policy exist in the state. More incentives will be given to those companies which would give more employment opportunities for the local youths. 
Two patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital in Ballari died allegedly during power outage, a charge denied by the Karnataka government which said it is ready to conduct a probe into the issue that rocked the State Assembly on Thursday.
Maula Hussein (35), suffering from kidney-related ailments, and Chettemma (30), a snake-bite victim, died at the Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) in the district headquarters town of Ballari on Wednesday at 9.30 AM and 9.35 AM respectively.
Some reports attributed the deaths to power-cut and a defunct power generator or backup at the government medical college hospital. (PTI)
A 36-year-old woman and her 13-year-old daughter were found dead inside their room in Bengaluru Monday allegedly after her husband and in-laws refused to give away the pet dog despite doctors advising her to stay away from dogs due to an allergy. The police said the woman was depressed and prima facie it seems to be a case of suicide.
The deceased were identified as Divya R (36) and daughter Hrudaya S (13), residents of HBR Layout in Banaswadi, east Bengaluru. Divya was a homemaker while her daughter was studying in Class VI. A case of abetment to suicide has been filed at the Govindpura police station against Divya’s husband Srinivas, mother-in-law Vasanth and father-in-law Janardharn. Srinivas was arrested and later sent to judicial custody. Read More
Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai today introduced the Karnataka Right to Freedom of Religion Bill 2021 or the Anti-conversion bill in the state legislative council on Thursday afternoon. Bommai stated that the law is not intended to target any community but to prevent illegal religious conversions. 
Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition in the council B K Hariprasad has accused the BJP government of facilitating the targeting of minority groups through its policies.
The anti-conversion bill was first introduced in the state legislative assembly in December 2021 and was passed on December 23, 2021.  It was not tabled in the state legislative council after the state assembly passed it. In May 2022, an ordinance was issued to facilitate the introduction of the anti-conversion law on account of the delay in the passage of the bill in the council – due to the BJP lacking a clear majority.The BJP now has 41 members in the 75-member council – compared to 26 for Congress and eight for the JDS – putting it in a position to pass the bill without opposition hurdles.
Karnataka Congress Pres DK Shivakumar today said that he has been summoned by ED as the Legislative Assembly session is underway. “I’m ready to cooperate but the timing of this summon &harassment I am put through, is coming in the way of discharging my constitutional and political duties,” he adds.
In the midst of the #BharatJodoYatra and the assembly session, they have again issued me an ED summon to appear.

I am ready to cooperate but the timing of this summon and the harassment I am put through, is coming in the way of discharging my constitutional and political duties.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said the State has signed memoranda of understanding worth Rs 1.3 lakh crore in the renewable energy space and soon work will start in the area of hydrogen fuel.

The Chief Minister said his government wants to set up industries all along the Karnataka stretch of the Mumbai-Chennai corridor and renewable energy all along the seashore. “We are doing extensive work in the field of renewable energy. We will soon start producing hydrogen fuel. We have signed Rs 1.3 lakh crore worth MoUs in renewable energy,” Bommai said.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of the Indian Manufacturing Show-2022, organised by the ‘Laghu Udyog Bharati’ at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre. (PTI)
The BBMP will carry out the demolition of properties which have encroached on storm water drains at Challaghatta and Shantiniketan layout even today. The survey department officials accompanied with BBMP are making the encroached areas from Pattendur Agrahara to Nallurhalli, Sheelvant kere to TZED apartment and Doddakannahalli lake to Saul kere lake. The BBMP officials said that only after the areas are marked by the survey department they will go ahead with the demolition.
Hundreds of Hindu activists gathered near a supermarket at Tingaladi in Puttur rural station limits hearing the news of the harassment of a woman at the bazaar. The workers alleged that a youth belonging to another community had harassed her while shopping late Wednesday.

The woman, a resident of Sarvey Nerolthadka, filed a complaint with the police that an unknown person had inappropriately touched her while buying grocery at the shop. Hindu activists, who alleged that Badruddin alias Badru, a resident of Sorake Olemundovu, was the person who harassed the woman, later staged a protest before the police station demanding his immediate arrest. (PTI)
Police in Chikkamagaluru has registered a case against four Bajarang Dal activists for allegedly assaulting an inter-faith couple and stopping their marriage at a sub-registrar office. The Muslim boy and a Hindu girl were assaulted and handed over to police. The case was registered based on the boy’s complaint.
Shivananda flyover in Bengaluru which was previously opened partially has been fully opened to vehicle movement from Wednesday. The flyover was partially opened after commuters questioned the quality of work. Following this, the BBMP which has closed the road, completed few rectifications and have opened it for public use. The road connects  Race Course road and Sheshadripuram.
Two patients admitted in the ICU of Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) in Ballari died reportedly after a power cut in the hospital on Wednesday. While VIMS director Dr T Gangadhara Gouda said that the patients deaths and power shutdown was conincidence, the patients relatives alleged that there was shutdown of power between 6am and 10pm led to the deaths.
Commuters at the Ecospace junction in Bengaluru had to face trouble as evening showers in the tech capital caused waterlogging in the area, leading to traffic jam. (Express Photos by Jithendra M)


The decision of the Government Upper Primary School in Karnataka’s Mithoor to grow arecanut trees around four years ago has started to bear fruit. The 112-year-old school began organic farming activities on its four-acre campus to tide over fund crunch.
The institute, located in Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada, recently purchased a school bus worth Rs 5,00,000 with earnings made from selling arecanut. School authorities told indianexpress.com that the bus would be used to help students commute to school and travel back home.
Puttur MLA Sanjeev Mantadoor flagged off the bus Saturday. Read more
The Supreme Court Wednesday asked whether there is any authentic figure regarding dropping out of students from educational institutions in Karnataka because of the Hijab ban and the subsequent judgement by the high court on the issue.
“Do you have those authentic figures that because of this Hijab ban and the subsequent judgement of the high court, 20, 30, 40 or 50 students have dropped out?,” a bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia asked after the counsel appearing for one of the petitioners raised the issue of students, especially girls, dropping out of school.
While senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, representing one of the petitioners, referred to a report and said it has testimonies of several students, the bench observed that it does not go by what is written in the newspapers. Read more
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which demolished encroachments at Challaghatta, Shantiniketan Layout and Munnekolalu on Wednesday, is dependent on a 1984 map for its anti-encroachment drive in the Mahadevapura zone.
Among the demolished encroachments was a compound wall of Nalapad Academy, a school owned by Shantinagara Congress MLA N A Haris. The wall was found to have encroached on a 2.5m wide and 150m long part of a storm-water drain. A compound wall of Sri Chaitanya School in Shantiniketan Layout and a concrete slab placed on a storm-water drain by Bagmane Tech Park were also removed.
The BBMP’s list of encroachments includes Wipro’s campus in Doddakannelli, which the information technology major said had been constructed as per the sanctioned plan. “Wipro abides by the laws of every jurisdiction where it does business and adheres to the highest standards of integrity. The Wipro in Doddakannelli is as per the sanctioned plan. We have not received any notice from the BBMP,” its statement said Wednesday. Read more
Bengaluru and its neighbouring areas are likely to witness few spells of light to moderate rain/thundershowers over the next 24 hours, the India Meteological Department’s (IMD) evening forecast for the city said.
The maximum and minimum temperatures of the state capital will likely hover around 28 and 20 degrees Celsius respectively, the IMD predicted.
It was indeed a proud moment for Gulman Ahmed Zardi after he became the first person from his family to crack the NEET (National Entrance cum Eligibility Test) 2022 with 646 marks. This year, 12 students of Karnataka-based Shaheen Group of Institutions, including Zardi, all former madrasa students, have excelled in NEET 2022 and are expected to get admission in government medical colleges.
Gulman Ahmed Zardi Gulman Ahmed Zardi said, “It is indeed a proud moment as I am set to become the first person from my family to pursue medical education.”
Dr Abdul Qadeer, chairman of Shaheen Group of Institutions, said around 1,800 students were trained for NEET this year at Shaheen College Bidar, out of which around 450 students are expected to secure medical seats, while 12 candidates have high chances of bagging a seat in a government medical college. (Read more)

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