Bengaluru News highlights: Puneeth Rajkumar conferred 'Karnataka Ratna' posthumously – The Indian Express

Bengaluru News highlights: Karnataka’s highest civilian award the ‘Karnataka Ratna’ was conferred posthumously on late actor Puneeth Rajkumar on Tuesday, on the occasion of the 67th Kannada Rajyotsava (the state formation day). He is the 9th recipient of this prestigious honour. The event on the foresteps of Vidhana Soudha, the seat of state legislature and secretariat here, was shortened and held in a hurried manner, due to sudden rains. Cine actors Rajinikanth and Junior NTR, and Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murty were guests at the event in which Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai conferred Karnataka Ratna on Puneeth Rajkumar.
The Karnataka High Court has observed that special enactments like the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and the Indian Penal Code prevailed personal laws when it came to cases related to sexual activities. This was based on two cases heard by the High Court. In the first case, one Aleem Pasha had approached the court for bail after being booked by K R Puram police in Bengaluru as he had married and impregnated his 17-year-old wife. The defendants seeking bail contended that the accused had not committed any offence under provisions of the Child Marriage Restraint Act, as under “Mohammedan Law, the puberty is the consideration for marriage and normal puberty age is treated as 15 years…” Justice Rajendra Badamikar, however, ruled that “such arguments cannot be accepted in view of the fact that the POCSO Act is a Special Act and it over rights [rides] personal law and under the POCSO Act, the age for involving in sexual activities is 18 years.”
The 67th Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations in Karnataka were marred by protests from a group demanding a separate state for the Kalyana Karnataka region and calls for a black day in Belagavi district by the Maharashtra Ekikarana Samithi. Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated on November 1 to mark the formation of Karnataka state.
A deputy superintendent of police (dy SP) slapped a constable job aspirant in Tumakuru in southern Karnataka Tuesday. The incident happened when a group of job aspirants went to meet Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra to request him to raise the upper age limit for police constable posts.
Jnanendra, also the district in-charge minister of Tumakuru, was in Tumakuru town Tuesday to attend a Kannada Rajyotsava event.
After the video of the incident went viral, deputy SP P Srinivas claimed that he slapped the aspirant as the latter spoke ill of police personnel. Read More
JD(S)’ ambitious “Pancharatna Ratha Yatre” that was kick-started at Kurudumale here on Tuesday morning, with an aim of winning at least 123 seats and independently forming a “government of Kannadigas” in Karnataka after the 2023 Assembly polls, has now been put off for a week, due to rains.
Earlier in the day, a special puja was performed by JD(S) at the Kurudumale Ganesha temple here, in the presence of the party patriarch and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, who flagged off the ‘Pancharatna Ratha Yatre’.
However, as there was continuous rains in the region, JD(S) leader and H D Kumaraswamy later, citing the downpour and the forecast that it may continue for next couple of days, announced the decision to put off the Yatre by a week, and said that it will resume, as soon as there is respite from rains. (PTI)
Since 2019, the Karnataka government has diverted 1,836.31 acre of forest land for government and private projects. According to official documents of the Karnataka forest department, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, majority of the conversions took place in Ballari and Uttara Kannada districts.
The documents revealed that 48 projects were approved, for which the diversion of the forest land was required. Of the total diverted forest land, 786.77 acre of forest land in Ballari and 424.45 acre in Uttara Kannada district were transferred for mining and government infrastructure projects.
While Chikkamagaluru lost 266.89 acres, Tumkuru had to do away with 101.8 acre of the forest landscape. Read More
The Bangalore University (BU) Monday decided to provide free education to the younger sister of Shilpashree, the 23-year-old postgraduate student who died in a road accident inside the campus last month. The victim’s family, however, said the university had promised a government job and they expected the authorities to realise it.
After a syndicate meeting, BU vice-chancellor Dr Jayakara SM told the media that the university would provide free postgraduate education to Shilpashree’s younger sister, who is currently pursuing an undergraduate course. The the university staff decided to donate one day’s salary as well as the meeting’s remuneration to Shilpashree’s family though it was not compulsory, he added.
Earlier, students had staged protests demanding Rs 1.5 crore compensation to Shilpashree’s family. Dr Jayakara said there was no provision to release such a huge amount of money but the university would seek special permission from the higher education department. Read More
The Karnataka High Court has ordered issuance of notice to all concerned authorities in a public interest litigation against illegal electric fences causing death of elephants and other wild animals in the State.
The PIL filed by advocate Ankush Yennemajal was heard by a division bench headed by Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale on Monday.
Citing news reports of elephant deaths due to electrocution, the PIL claimed: “The Forest Department of Karnataka and the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited do not seem to be bothered by the fact that illegal connections are now being given in several places of Karnataka, especially in rural areas.” It alleged that of the about 6,000 elephants in the state forests, 70 died in 2021 out of which 15 were due to unnatural causes including electrocution. The PIL seeks direction to the authorities to prevent such deaths of wild animals. (PTI)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said the three-day ‘Global Investors’ Meet’ (GIM) which will begin in Bengaluru from November 2 is expected to attract investment worth about Rs 7 lakh crore and generate over 3 lakh jobs in the state.
Stressing on the primacy of Kannada language, he said his government’s aim is to create a revolution in the industries and education sector, and thereby laying the foundation for the ‘Nava Karnataka’ (New Karnataka). 
The CM was addressing the 67th Kannada Rajyotsava event here, organised by the Department for School Education and Literacy, after unfurling the national tricolour. (PTI)
M R Ravikumar has been appointed as the new deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district. He is taking charge from Dr Kumara, who was appointed as DC (in-charge) after the transfer of K V Rajendra to Mysuru.
Ravikumar belongs to Karnataka cadre IAS of 2012 batch and currently the registrar of Rajiv Gandhi university of health sciences (RGUHS) Bengaluru. (PTI)
A woman, her boyfriend and his associates have been arrested in Karnataka for allegedly murdering the woman’s husband and burning his body in a trench, officers said. The victim had been reported missing on Saturday.
The deceased Kiran Gowda, 27, a resident of Maralavadi village near Harohalli, 47 km from Bengaluru, went missing on Friday. He was the son of Dasappa, a former president of Maralavadi grama panchayat. The arrested accused have been identified as Gowda’s wife Chaitra, her boyfriend Yashwanth and his associates Karthik and Tayappa. Another accused, Annaiah, is still at large, officers added.
According to the police, Kiran ran a chicken stall and used to shut the shop by 8.45 pm every night. On Friday, however, he did not return and his mobile phone was found to be switched off. The next day, Dasappa filed a missing complaint with Harohalli police. Read More
The Karnataka government has reinstated IAS officer J Manjunath, who was previously arrested on bribery charges this year, and appointed him as special officer and ex-officio joint secretary to the health and family welfare department. The order was issued by the state government on Monday.
Manjunath was arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials in July over bribery allegations. He was then the Bengaluru (urban) deputy commissioner (DC).
In May 2021, ACB officials arrested deputy tahsildar Mahesh P S and contract worker Chetan after they were allegedly trapped while receiving a bribe of Rs 5 lakh to get a favourable order from the deputy commissioner’s court over a land dispute. They were working in the deputy commissioner’s office. The Karnataka High Court, which was hearing the case, had taken ACB to task for not questioning or interrogating Manjunath, who was later arrested and suspended. 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. (Read More)
Greeting the people on the occasion of 67th Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations, he said this festival celebration must not be restricted to only celebrations but it must remain in the hearts of millions of Kannadigas. The government has formulated several schemes for the Kannadigas to come up in various fields including education, employment, and this facility must be utilised. (Express Photos by Jithendra M)

Responding to plea of an acid attack victim, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai promised a government job as well as a flat for a woman acid attack victim.Talking to reporters on Tuesday, he said a woman, who has been a victim of acid attack, met him and requested for the government job on the compassionate ground.
The chief secretary was instructed on the spot to give her a job. The state government has hiked pension for the acid attack victims to Rs 10,000 per month as they had to take care of the family needs.
The victim also asked for a house and he will talk to Housing Minister V.Somanna to allot one of the 40,000 flats being constructed in Bengaluru.
Film Actor Rajinikanth arrives to Bengaluru to participate in Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations. The state government will honour late film actor Puneeth Rajkumar with Karnataka Ratna award.

A special court has sentenced a 22-year-old to five years simple imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 for making derogatory comments on Facebook posts after the terrorist attack on CRPF jawans in Pulwama in 2019.
The order was passed by Judge Gangadhara C M of the Additional City Civil & Sessions Judge (Special Judge for trial of NIA Cases).
The accused was 19 and a college student at the time of the crime and has been in custody for three-and-a-half years.
The court found him guilty under Section 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion,) and Section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence). (PTI)
The 67th Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations in Karnataka were marred by protests from a group demanding a separate state for the Kalyana Karnataka region and calls for a black day in Belagavi district by the Maharashtra Ekikarana Samithi. Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated on November 1 to mark the formation of Karnataka state. (Read More)
The 67thKarnataka Rajyotsava (Karnataka Formation Day) celebrations were inaugurated by CM Basavaraj Bommai at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday morning. 

Karnataka’s highest civilian award ‘Karnataka Ratna’ will be conferred posthumously on actor Puneeth Rajkumar on Tuesday, on the occasion of the 67th Kannada Rajyotsava (the state formation day). He will be the 9th recipient of this prestigious honour.
The grand event will be held on the fore steps of Vidhana Soudha, the seat of state legislature and secretariat this evening.
Cine actors Rajinikanth and Junior NTR, and Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murty will be the guests at the event.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will be presenting the award, which is likely to be received by the late actor’s wife Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar, and his actor brothers Shivarajkumar and Raghavendra Rajkumar.
Puneeth, popularly known as ‘Appu’ and ‘power star’, by his fans, made debut on screen when he was just six-months old and went on to win a national award as a child artiste for the film ‘Bettada Hoovu’. He then re-emerged as a lead actor in 2002 and went on to star in 29 films, delivering some big hits. (PTI)
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. (Read More)
Vidhana Soudha is lit up for Kannada Rajyotsava Day Celebrations, in Bengaluru on Monday

The ruling BJP in poll-bound Karnataka received a shot in the arm as the party won 17 out of 35 seats in the Vijayapura municipal elections and emerged as the single largest party. The party also performed well in the Kollegal city municipal council bypoll by winning six out of seven seats.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai congratulated Vijayapura BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal and party workers for achieving an “unprecedented feat” in the municipal polls. The municipal elections in Vijayapura and Kollegal were held on October 28 and the results were announced on Monday.
According to officials, the Congress won 10 seats, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) two, and the JD(S) one while five Independents also emerged victorious in Vijayapura (earlier known as Bijapur) in north Karnataka.
Sources in the BJP said the party is confident of coming to power in Vijayapura with the support of independents. (PTI)
Lingayat seer suicide: 3 including a woman and Kannur mutt seer held for blackmail
Karnataka police have arrested three persons, including a 21-year-old woman and a seer, in connection with the suicide of Kanchugal Bandemutt seer Basavalingeshwara Swamy. Ramanagara SP Santosh Babu on Sunday said that Basavalingeshwara was reportedly being blackmailed by Kannur mutt seer Mruthyunjaya Swamy and Mahadevaiah, a retired teacher and practising advocate.
The 44-year-old Basavalingeshwara was found hanging in his room on October 24 in the mutt located in Magadi taluk of Ramanagara district, 50km from Bengaluru. Read more.
Amid ‘overcharging’ by cab aggregators, Bengaluru auto unions prepare to switch to alternative platforms
Amid growing allegations of top cab aggregators in Bengaluru overcharging passengers and imposing inordinate charges on drivers, autorickshaw unions in the city are preparing to switch to alternative applications that offer rides through new aggregator platforms.
Peace Auto Union’s mobile application Rook will be launched on November 9, which is observed as Autorickshaw Day by drivers in the state. Moreover, Autorickshaw Drivers’ Union, which unofficially rolled out the Namma Yatri app two weeks ago, already sees about 500-1,000 rides every day on the platform. Read more.


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