Bengaluru News highlights: PM Modi inaugurates Invest Karnataka … – The Indian Express

Bengaluru News highlights: The Karnataka government on Wednesday signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) worth Rs 5.20 lakh crore during the inaugural day of the three-day Invest Karnataka 2022 – Global Investors Meet. This was apart from announcements made by some industry leaders assuring investment in the state. Seven companies invested Rs 2.9 lakh crore in the ‘Manufacturing – Green Hydrogen and Derivatives’ sector. The investors in this sector were ACME (Rs 51,865 crore), ReNew and ABC (both Rs 50,000 crore each), Avaada (Rs 45,000 crore) and JSW (Rs 43,470 crore), among others. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the event earlier today via video conferencing.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is investigating the murder case of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha leader Praveen Nettaru in Sullia, has announced a cash reward to those who provide clues regarding the whereabouts of four accused in the case. The NIA, which has been probing case for the last two months, was not able to trace the four accused, who were members of the banned Popular Front of India. A cash reward of Rs 5 lakh each has been announced for information regarding Mohammad Mustafa Bellare and Tufail Madikeri, while cash reward of Rs 2 lakh each has been announced for those providing clues about Ummar Farooq Sullia and Aboobakker Siddique Bellare.
The Karnataka government conferred the ‘Karnataka Ratna’ award on late actor Puneeth Rajkumar during an event held at the grand steps of Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru Tuesday. The highest civilian award of the state was received by Puneeth Rajkumar’s wife Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar. Puneeth Rajkumar is the ninth recipient of the award.
Primary and secondary education minister of Karnataka B C Nagesh Thursday directed the education department to accommodate a 10-minute slot for a daily session of meditation at all schools and PU colleges.
In a letter issued to the principal secretary of the department of school education and literacy, Nagesh said daily meditation will help improve concentration and reduce mental stress among the children.
According to the minister, the letter came after it was suggested by the Karnataka State Primary School Teachers Association. In the letter, Nagesh said meditation will help to develop optimism, good habits and shape the students as responsible citizens.
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The airport authority of India (AAI) has issued an official publication stating the change of city and airport name from Mangalore to Mangaluru with effect from December 1.
The purpose is to officially inform all stakeholders regarding the name change for Mangalore Airport and Mangalore city.
The name of city ‘Mangalore’ is changed to ‘Mangaluru’ and name of the airport ‘Mangalore’ Airport is changed to ‘Mangaluru International Airport, Mangaluru.
(PTI)

The AAI had handed over the airport in October 2020 to Adani Group to operate, manage and develop for 50 years. 
Retired IAS officer B H Anil Kumar, film actor Shashikumar and former MP Muddhahanume Gowda joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday. 
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai was present during the event.


The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) police have arrested Supriya Hundekar in connection with Police Sub-Inspector recruitment examination scam.
26-year-old Hundekar had secured the first rank in the PSI recruitment exam under women’s quota in the Kalyana Karnataka region. According to the CID police, she managed to clear the examination by using a bluetooth device.
A total of 545 candidates who were selected in January 2022 from among 54,287 candidates who took the written exam on October 3, 2021. Out of these, 52 candidates have been arrested for cheating in the exam by the state’s CID police. The number of candidates arrested for cheating through the use of Bluetooth devices has risen to 20.
Karnataka Education Minister B. C. Nagesh has directed all government schools and PU colleges in the state to organize 10 minutes of meditation sessions for students.
In a letter addressed to the Director of Public Instruction and Director of Pre-University colleges, the minister has emphasized on practising meditation daily to improve concentration and the overall mental well being of students.

Former MP Shri SP Muddahanumegowda along with film actor and former MP Shashikumar will be joining the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will likely be attending the programme.
Belonging to the Indian National Congress, Muddahanumegowda has served as the Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly for two terms, between 1994-2004. He was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha in 2014. Shashikumar presently belongs to the Janata Dal (United), and was an elected member of the 13th Lok Sabha in 1999.
Bengaluru will witness generally cloudy sky on Thursday. Light rains are very likely to hit the city in the next 48 hours. 
Early morning hours will likely be misty in some areas. The maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 25 and 19 degrees respectively.
The police on Wednesday apprehended a 17-year-old boy in connection with the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl in Aland taluk in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi district. The girl who had stepped out of her house to attend to nature’s call around 3 pm on Tuesday was found dead in a sugarcane field on the outskirts of the village.
SP Pant said that the boy was addicted to pornography and urged parents to monitor the content that their children were watching online. Read more here.  
The semi-high-speed train Vande Bharat Express will start to run on the Mysuru-Bengaluru-Chennai route from November 11. The train that has a maximum speed of 160-180kmh will run at a speed of 75-77kmh on the route, a bit faster than the Shatabdi Express.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the train from Bengaluru. It will cut the journey time by a small margin. With restrictions on speed due to various reasons, south India’s first Vande Bharat Express will be the slowest in the country. Know More
With elections almost at his doorstep, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai is scurrying to make his list of achievements impressive. On Wednesday, when the first post-Covid investment summit began, he managed to get four Union Ministers — Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, Pralhad Joshi and Rajeev Chandrasekhar — in attendance, along with some big names from Indian and international industry. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the event virtually.
But on the inaugural day, the attendees had a tough time coping with the “long and boring” speeches. The first half, which started at 10 am and went on till 3 pm, comprised 16 speeches. So, the lunch time was consumed by conversations on speeches “too long and too many”. Read More
Karnataka Transport Minister B Sriramulu, who also handles the department of tribal welfare, staged an overnight protest over the ‘delay’ in repair works of the Low-Level Canal (LLC) of Tungabhadra river.
The minister staged the overnight protest at Bhairadevanahalli village under Ballari taluk.
Sriramulu stayed beside the canal on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday and announced that he would not budge from the spot until repair works were completed. He, however, tweeted Wednesday that it was not a protest against the state government. Read More
A 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered and her body was found in a sugarcane field in Kalaburagi district, police said Wednesday.
The minor, a class 9 student, was at her home in Aland taluk of the district on Tuesday as it was a school holiday. According to police, at around 3 pm, she went to the fields to attend a nature call but did not return.
Her parents and neighbours later discovered her body in a sugarcane field on the outskirts of the taluk. Read More
A proposal demanding recognition of Hesaraghatta grasslands as a conservation reserve has been signed by 75,000 Bengaluru residents and was handed over to the principal chief conservator of forest Vijaykumar Gogi Wednesday.
It comes just a day before when the State Board for Wildlife will hold a meeting to discuss the fate of the grasslands spread over 5,000 acres of land and over 40 km away from the state capital Bengaluru.
Vijay Nishanth, president of the NGO Project Vruksha Foundation, who started the signature campaign on October 28, said, “We had hoped to run a campaign for 15 days to appeal that the entire 5,000 acres of Hesaraghatta grasslands be declared as a conservation reserve. However, with the announcement of a wildlife board meeting scheduled for November 3, we had to trim down the campaign to three days (October 28-31). In these three days, we have garnered 75,000 signatures.” Read More
Honnali BJP MLA M P Renukacharya has said his nephew Chandrashekar had been missing since Sunday. According to Renukacharya, who is also the political secretary of Karnataka Chief Minister Basvaraj Bommai, his nephew was inclined to spirituality and he had gone to Gourigadde near Shivamogga to meet a spiritual guru and did not return.
Renukacharya, in a video, pleaded with Chandrashekhar, his brother’s son, to return home. According to Renukacharya, his nephew had gone to meet Vinay Guruji along with his friend Kiran. He said Chandrashekharan is an ardent follower of Jaggi Vasudev’s ISHA Foundation.
According to the police sources, Chandrashekar was travelling in a car through Shivamogga around 11.50 pm Sunday and his mobile phone remained switched off from 6.48 am Monday. While rumours of Chandrashekar being kidnapped are doing the rounds in Honnali, the police were yet to confirm it and launched a probe. Read More
Last week, at the Union Home Ministry’s Chintan Shivir, a meeting of home ministers and state police chiefs, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar flagged a major concern of police departments across the country – the epidemic proportions acquired by cyber crimes – and said that the Centre must direct banks to facilitate the prevention of cyber fraud.
In the city of Bengaluru, where 75 percent of all crimes registered is a cyber crime, the highest for any city in India as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report of 2021, a system being used by the local police to tackle cyber fraud with the help of banks is now facing the prospect of being replaced by a set-up proposed by the central government for the entire country.
Multiple sources in the state told The Indian Express that Bengaluru’s Cyber Crime Information Report system, or CIR, is set to be replaced by the cyber crime reporting system of the MHA, linked to helpline number 1930. Read More
The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to conduct an inspection on the quality of the potholes filling or repair work undertaken by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and its contractors, and to submit a detailed report within four weeks.
The direction came from the bench comprising Chief Justice P B Varale and Justice Ashok S Kinagi, hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) regarding the bad condition of roads in Bengaluru.
BBMP, the city’s civic body, submitted a report to the HC on Wednesday on the status of the pothole-filling work undertaken. (PTI)
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Senior Karnataka BJP MLA GH Thippareddy, 72, Monday filed a police complaint over a possible attempt by unknown persons to trap him in a sex video.
The MLA from the Chitradurga region of central Karnataka stated in his complaint to the cybercrime police that on October 31, he received a Whatsapp video call in which an unknown woman appeared naked. (Read More)
The IMD has predicted widespread very light to light rains likely over Bengaluru and its neighbouring areas. Maximum & minimum temperatures likely to be around 26 & 19 degree C respectively.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said that despite the effects of the war and Covid pandemic, the world was looking at India and the country was attracting record investment.
The PM was speaking after inaugurating ‘Invest Karnataka 2022’, the Global Investors Meet of the state, via video conferencing. The three-day meet being held in Bengaluru is aimed at attracting prospective investors and setting up development agenda for the next decade. (Read More)

After being pulled up by National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Karnataka minor irrigation department Friday floated tenders worth Rs 2.53 crore to carry out the restoration of Chandapura and Muthanallur lakes in the Anekal taluk of Karnataka by clearing the encroachments.
According to the department, the restoration work has to be completed by mid-2023, before the onset of monsoon. The work involves desilting the lakes and making arrangements for the natural treatment of untreated water flowing into the lakes. The revenue department has been asked to conduct surveys of the lakes and remove encroachments accordingly.
A leopard aged about three years died after allegedly being hit by a vehicle on the Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway near Jigenahalli in Ramanagara district, 50 km from the Karnataka capital, on Monday morning.
According to forest officials, the leopard was a male. “We suspect a speeding vehicle might have hit the leopard injuring it seriously in the head, which led to its death,” said an official.
While there has been no evidence of any vehicle, forest officials have filed a case under the Wildlife Protection Act and are investigating.

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