Bengaluru News Highlights: Marriage registered days after it was forcibly stopped; We want to live together, will follow our own practices, says Karnataka interfaith couple – The Indian Express

Bengaluru, Karnataka news Highlights (September 19): An interfaith couple, who were forcibly stopped from getting married by members of the Bajrang Dal at a sub-registrar’s office in Karnataka’s Chikkamagaluru on Wednesday, have countered allegations of ‘love jihad’, saying they were getting married for love and had no plans for any religious conversion. Their marriage was eventually registered on Friday. The Bajrang Dal members on Wednesday stopped the registration of Jaffar and Chaitra’s marriage, claiming it was a case of so-called ‘love jihad’. Amid the chaos that ensued, police had to intervene to ensure the security of the couple.
Bengalis across Karnataka’s Bengaluru assembled on the premises of the Bengalee Association in Halasuru Sunday morning to kick off preparations for this year’s Durga Pujo celebrations which will begin from October 1. Wearing traditional clothes, they formally exchanged pujo invitations with fellow organisers and began arrangements for the much-awaited festival. The Bengalee Association, the oldest association in the city, will mark the 73rd year of its celebrations in Bengaluru with a theme based on Amar Bangla Gram Bangla, which focuses on the celebrations in Bengal’s villages. This year, the organisers said they will display a mellow idol of the goddess Durga.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said Sunday he has turned down three proposals of Kerala government following his meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.  In a bilateral talk held on Sunday, Vijayan asked to allow Kanhagad  – Panathur – Kaniyur Railway line. This will cover 45km in Karnataka and 31km in Kerala. Earlier Indian Railways had rejected the plan but later they gave a nod on the condition that both the states agree.
Captain Santhosh Kumar (retd) has been working to restore connectivity between lakes through storm-water drains in Karnataka’s Anekal taluk. He coordinates with the locals, NGOs and government departments to identify and remove encroachments on drains and lakes. In an interview with indianexpress.com, Kumar, now working as a GST assistant commissioner, talks about the recent flooding in Bengaluru and the way forward. Continue
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that certain forces in Karnataka were bringing a bad name to the state by turning it into a ‘communal laboratory’ akin to some north Indian states. Vijayan met his Karnataka counterpart Basavaraj Bommai in Bengaluru Monday to discuss rail connectivity issues and later attended a party meet at Bagepalli in Kolar.
He said, “There have been a lot of efforts to saffronise the next generation and textbooks are being used as a tool. The thoughts of progressive thinkers have been replaced by introducing communal minds as idols.” Read More






An operation to clear encroachment was built over the Rajakaluve today in 5 places within the Mahadevpur zone and other places under the jurisdiction of BBMP.

Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah meets former prime minister HD Devegowda at his residence on Monday.
A drug peddler who was allegedly supplying narcotics in the guise of a food delivery boy was arrested on Saturday in Karnataka’s Udupi district, the police said, adding that two other youths were also held in connection with the case.
According to the police, Udupi resident Devi Prasad, 23, allegedly sourced drugs from a person named Ravi Shankar and supplied it to customers by pretending to be a food delivery boy. Shankar, 22, and Anjan Baiju, 21, both from Palakkad in Kerala, were also arrested on Saturday. Continue…
The government will introduce Bhagavad Gita in schools and colleges from this academic year itself, said school education minister BC Nagesh on Monday while responding to a question by legislative member MK Pranesh during the ongoing assembly session at Vidhana Soudha. 
In April, Nagesh had announced that Bhagavad Gita will be introduced in schools and colleges and had also courted controversy after claiming that Gita, unlike the Quran and the Bible, is not a religious book, instead it teaches ‘values on life’.
Speaking to the media in Shivamogga, the former RDPR minister KS Eshwarappa expressed his displeasure stating, “I am not attending the assembly session because I did not get a cabinet berth despite of getting a clean chit from contractor Santosh suicide case”. 
“I have no hesitation to speak. Despite of getting cleanchit in Santosh’s suicide case, I was not inducted to cabinet and which is why am not attending the session. It is left to the high command to decided whether I need to be inducted or not, he added.
The RSS will hold a national colloquium, Lokmanthan 2022, from Wednesday in Assam as a response to “inimical forces projecting India’s cultural diversities as differences”, it was announced in Bengaluru on Monday.
“Multiple breaking India brigades are advocating sentiments like Free Northeast, Free Kashmir, Free Kerala, etc. Lokmanthan is an answer to such forces who are dividing the nation. Sanskriti is the basis of cultural unity although India has got contradictory traditions, customary practices and bewildering cultures. Lokmanthan also aims to bridge the gap between intellectual and cultural aspects of India,” said J Nandakumar, chief convener of the RSS-affiliated Prajna Pravah, which organises the colloquium. Read More
Bugworks Research Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, and Cytecare Cancer Hospitals today announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind collaboration. Bugworks develops best-in-class, novel therapies for cancer and infectious diseases & has set up a dedicated research centre within Cytecare, which is committed to excellence in treating cancer patients.
The coming together of a leading innovator in drug discovery and a state-of-the-art cancer hospital promises to be a game changer in saving countless human lives. Bugworks’ drug discovery engine coupled with Cytecare’s excellence in delivering optimal clinical outcomes will offer differentiated solutions to patients all over the world.
Commenting on the significance of this strategic collaboration, Suresh Ramu, Co-Founder & CEO, Cytecare Cancer Hospitals, said, “We are excited to partner with Bugworks Research, in this inspiring endeavor to discover novel treatments for different types of cancers. In 2016, we started with the vision of building the country’s best institution for cancer care, supported by India-specific research data. At Cytecare, we are committed to provide the best possible treatment to patients and support cutting-edge research. We strongly believe that affordable and accessible immuno-oncology therapies can come from India and be made accessible to all patients. This collaboration heralds a brave new beginning to a healthier future.”
The Karnataka State Wildlife Board meeting which was supposed to discuss the fate of Hesaraghatta grasslands on September 5 was cancelled and has not been rescheduled yet. Senior officials of the forest department said the meeting has been delayed indefinitely.
In July, the Karnataka High Court had directed the State Government to reconsider its earlier decision of rejecting the proposal of declaring Hesaraghatta grasslands as a conservation reserve in 2021. After that, the board had scheduled the meeting of its members along with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who chairs the board, on September 5. However, owing to the devastation caused by heavy rain in Bengaluru on September 5 Bommai had scheduled his visit to the flood-hit areas of the city.
“Since then no new date has been allotted. Now, the Assembly session is going on. Meanwhile, Forest Minister Umesh Katti also passed away on September 6. Apart from Hesaraghatta grasslands, there were other important issues like declaring MM Hills as a tiger sanctuary were also on the list,” said a senior forest official. (Read More)
A senior IAS officer in Karnataka has lodged a complaint with a cyber crime and economic offences police station in Bengaluru, saying his photo is being used on social media by unidentified persons to solicit funds from his colleagues and colleagues.
Rakesh Singh, an additional chief secretary for urban development in the Karnataka government, has filed a complaint that unidentified persons were using his photo as their WhatsApp profile. The complaint was filed on September 17.
In July this year, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) chief commissioner and IAS officer Tushar Girinath filed a police complaint over the use of his identity by an unknown person to solicit Amazon gift cards from people on his social media contact list. (Read More)
Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar appeared before Enforcement Directorate in Delhi for questioning in money laundering case, said Officials. (PTI)
Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar is likely to appear before the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) on Monday after he was served a summon last week. Shivakumar stated last week that he had been summoned by the ED amid preparation for the Congress party’s Bharat Jodo Yatra in Karnataka from  September 30.
Former Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa’s plea against a Karnataka HC order which restored a corruption complaint against him is likely to be heard by the Supreme Court on Monday. Following the restoration of the complaint, a sessions court ordered the registration of an FIR against Yediyurappa and his family members. An FIR was registered by the Karnataka Lokayukta police on September 16.
Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday held discussions with the fishermen community here at the Vadackal beach ahead of the 12th day of his party’s Bharat Jodo Yatra.
In an early morning meeting, Gandhi discussed the challenges of rising fuel costs, reduced subsidies, dwindling fish stock and environmental destruction among other issues.
“At 6am, @RahulGandhi interacted with fisherfolk at Vadackal beach in Alappuzha on their challenges—rising fuel costs, reduced subsidies, dwindling fish stock, lack of social welfare & pensions, inadequate educational opportunities, and environmental destruction. #BharatJodoYatra,” senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh tweeted.
The Yatra on Monday was kick-started from Punnapra while senior Congress leaders K Muraleedharan, Kodikkunnil Suresh, Ramesh Chennithala, K C Venugopal and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly V D Satheesan accompanied Gandhi. The morning leg of the yatra will conclude at Kalavoor, after covering around 16 km. (PTI)
Without harmony, there is no progress, without progress, there are no jobs and without jobs, there is no future, said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday while addressing thousands of people who gathered to hear him during the conclusion of Sunday’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ at Vandanam near here.
Gandhi continued his attack on the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said the saffron party was dividing the country on religious and linguistic lines.
He said a handful of businessmen, close to the Prime Minister, can monopolise any business they want but a common man was still unable to get a loan. At the end of the 11-day of the yatra which began from Kanyakumari on September 7, Gandhi criticised the the Left government in Kerala also and said the unscientifically constructed roads were creating backaches for the users. (PTI)
The Railway Protection Force have arrested 4 people in connection with blocking of a railway berth through e-ticket, sources in the railways said.
The RPF suspect the involvement of some Pakistani citizens in the fraud, the sources said. The RPF has seized mobile phones and a few e-tickets have been obtained from them, they said.
They said the kingpin hails from Bihar but had migrated to Bengaluru. He was running a Madrassa here. After blocking seats, they used to search for their clients and sell the tickets at an exorbitant price, the sources said.
This has led to huge losses to the railways, they added. (PTI)
Karnataka on Sunday reported 306 fresh COVID-19 cases and two deaths, taking the cumulative infections and fatalities to 40,61,463 and 40,234 respectively so far, said the Health Department.
The day also saw 293 people being discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 40,17,441, according to a bulletin. Active cases stood at 3,746, the bulletin said. Bengaluru Urban accounted for the maximum number of 145 cases.
Other districts, too, reported infections, including 28 in Mysuru, 25 in Shivamogga, 15 in Ramanagara, 14 each in Dakshina Kannada and Belagavi, and 11 in Chikkamagaluru.
The two deaths occurred in Shivamogga and Tumakuru, the bulletin said. (PTI)
Bengalis across Karnataka’s Bengaluru assembled on the premises of the Bengalee Association in Halasuru Sunday morning to kick off preparations for this year’s Durga Pujo celebrations which will begin from October 1. Wearing traditional clothes, they formally exchanged pujo invitations with fellow organisers and began arrangements for the much-awaited festival. (Read More)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday termed as a systematic conspiracy the billboards against the BJP government that have allegedly come up in Telangana.
“I am not aware of them (billboards in Telangana against 40% commission) as I have not been there, but if it’s true, then it is systematic conspiracy,” Bommai told reporters.
He was replying to a query on some billboards having come up in Telangana stating that there is 40% commission government in Karnataka and alleging corruption in the State. Bommai wonders how appropriate it would be if such billboards are put up in Karnataka itself. (PTI)

According to state health minister K Sudhakar, the campain focuses on screening of and creating awareness about non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will launch the campaign on September 17.

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