Bengaluru News Highlights: Three arrested for firing at Sri Rama Sene’s Belagavi president and his driver – The Indian Express

Bengaluru News Highlights January 8, 2023: The Belagavi city police Sunday arrested three persons in connection with the firing at Sri Rama Sene’s Belagavi president Ravi Kokitkar on Saturday night. According to police, the accused — Abhijeet S Bhatkande, Rahul N Kodachawad and Jyotiba G Mutagekar — attacked Kokitkar out of old rivalry. The three had shot at Kokitkar and his car driver Manoj Desurkar, who were travelling in an SUV, in the Hindalga village on the outskirts of the Karnataka district. The bullet hit Kokitkar on the chin while Manoj suffered injuries to his shoulder, the police said, adding that both were in stable condition.
Veteran journalist K Satyanarayana passed away at 82 on Sunday at his residence at Jayanagar in Bengaluru on Sunday. According to sources close to him, he was suffering from age-related ailments, according to news agency PTI. His last rites will take place today evening. Satyanarayana was particularly know for his articles and columns on contemporary political and economic issues of the state and the nation. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah have condoled his demise.
A major event to look out for this weekend is the Bengaluru’s famous Avarebele food festival which is back for its 2023 edition and city residents are once again unable to resist its famous delicacies. The Avarebele Mela, which usually takes place at the narrow yet iconic food street at VV Puram, has now shifted its venue to National College Grounds, Basavanagudi, to accommodate more visitors. To be open till January 9, the food fair offers several  delecacies to choose from — masala idli, holige, samosa, dosa, paddu, ice-cream, payasa, vada, gobi manchurian, peri peri masala and sweets.
Colours and creativity were galore at the 20th edition of Chitrasanthe on Sunday with huge crowd gathering to watch and purchase paintings and handicrafts. 
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The Karnataka government on Sunday clarified that the State’s tableau did not get the chance to take part in Republic Day parade this year, following the Union government’s guidelines, providing opportunity to the States that took part least number of times during the last eight years.
The clarification comes following the controversy over Karnataka’s tableau being excluded from the Republic Day parade in New Delhi this year, after having showcased the State’s culture for 13 consecutive years.
Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah has targeted the State BJP government in this regard. On the other hand, C R Naveen, Nodal Officer for Republic Day tableau said in a statement, “Regarding participation of States’ tableau in Republic Day parade this year, Government of India has issued guidelines, providing opportunity to the States that did not take part/took part least number of times during the last 8 years. Hence, the State of Karnataka has not got the chance to take part in the Republic Day parade.” 
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Sunday praised the Chitrakala Parishath institution, saying it should expand beyond Karnataka and grow at the national level. He was speaking at the iinauguration of the 20th Chitrasanthe organised jointly by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and the Department of Higher Education.
‘The government is ready to extend all cooperation to build this organization further. This is one of the institutes which can take the Brand Bengaluru to the national level, and it must grow along the lines of IIT, IIM, and the National School of Law University,’ news agency ANI quoted Bommai as saying.
ಇಂದು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಚಿತ್ರಕಲಾ ಪರಿಷತ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಆರಂಭವಾದ ಚಿತ್ರಸಂತೆಗೆ ಬಾತುಕೋಳಿಯ ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನು ಬಿಡಿಸುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಉದ್ಘಾಟಿಸಿ, ಚಾಲನೆ ನೀಡಿದೆನು. ಚಿತ್ರಕಲೆ ಒಂದು ವಿನೂತನ ವಿದ್ಯೆಯಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಅದನ್ನು ಪೋಷಿಸಿ, ಪ್ರೋತ್ಸಾಹಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಚಿತ್ರಕಲಾ ಪರಿಷತ್ ನ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ಶ್ಲಾಘನೀಯ. pic.twitter.com/81Zd2dcRRl
‘The Chitrasanthe must not be restricted to Bengaluru alone as there are a good number of artists in Kalyana Karnataka and south Karnataka but they lacked a proper platform for the exhibition of their talent. This year, the Chitrasanthe must be held in four divisional headquarters, Mangaluru, Mysuru, and Hubballi-Dharwad for which the government will give full cooperation’ he added.
Veteran journalist K Satyanarayana passed away on Sunday at his residence at Jayanagar in Bengaluru on Sunday. He was 82.
According to sources close to him, he was suffering from age-related ailments, according to news agency PTI. His last rites will take place today evening. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah have condoled his demise.
ಹಿರಿಯ ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರು, ಕನ್ನಡಪ್ರಭ ದಿನಪತ್ರಿಕೆಯ ಸಂಪಾದಕರಾಗಿದ್ದ ಕೆ.ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣರವರ ನಿಧನದ ಸುದ್ದಿ ತಿಳಿದು ಮನಸ್ಸಿಗೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ದುಃಖವಾಯಿತು. ಕನ್ನಡ ಪತ್ರಿಕೋದ್ಯಮದಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟ ಛಾಪು ಮೂಡಿಸಿ, ಹಲವಾರು ಜನರಿಗೆ ಪ್ರೇರಣೆಯಾಗಿದ್ದ ಶ್ರೀಯುತರ ಆತ್ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಸದ್ಗತಿ ಕೋರುತ್ತೇನೆ.
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Satyanarayana, who is survived by wife and a daughter, began his journalistic career with the ‘Taynadu’ newspaper and later served ‘Kannada Prabha’, a prominent Kannada daily for more than three decades, and went on to become its editor. He was particularly know for his articles and columns on contemporary political and economic issues of the state and the nation.
Bengaluru’s famous Avarebele food festival is back for its 2023 edition and city residents are once again unable to resist its famous delicacies. The Avarebele Mela, which usually takes place at the narrow yet iconic food street at VV Puram, has now shifted its venue to National College Grounds, Basavanagudi, to accommodate more visitors.
Inaugurated by author and Infosys co-founder Sudha Murthy on Thursday, the unique food festival hosts around 40 stalls featuring over 100 delicacies with avare or hyacinth bean as the chief ingredient. This includes masala idli, holige, samosa, dosa, paddu, ice-cream, payasa, vada, gobi manchurian, peri peri masala and sweets. Read more
The investigation into the recent hoax bomb threat email received by a private school in Bengaluru has revealed that the email was sent by a Class VII student of another school. In the email, the student purportedly said that he has “four sticks of dynamite”.
A senior police official said: “The boy (sender) lives with his mother and grandparents. He is a student at an international school. He used his mother’s iPad to send the email… He did not understand the magnitude of the issue and sent an email. When asked, he said that he did it for fun.”
The police said they will file a chargesheet and submit it to the juvenile board, which will summon the boy and his family. Read more
While science can be a very niche domain for some, it can also be a ‘Eureka’ moment for others. Museums, laboratories, and exhibitions can help you navigate through the world of science and technology, but with Curiouscity, a discovery centre off Sarjapur Road, you can have ‘fun’ with science.
That is how Bengaluru-based Dr Shonali Chinniah, a marine ecologist, expresses her love for science. Established in 2020, Curiouscity aims to be the go-to destination for students between Class 4 and 7 and for young adults who are curious to know diverse topics of science. Read more
The Belagavi city police Sunday arrested three persons in connection with the firing at Sri Rama Sene’s Belagavi president Ravi Kokitkar on Saturday night.
According to police, the accused — Abhijeet S Bhatkande, Rahul N Kodachawad and Jyotiba G Mutagekar — attacked Kokitkar out of old rivalry.
The three had shot at Kokitkar and his car driver Manoj Desurkar, who were travelling in an SUV, in the Hindalga village on the outskirts of the Karnataka district. The bullet hit Kokitkar on the chin while Manoj suffered injuries to his shoulder, the police said, adding that both were in stable condition.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said Thursday that the Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway would be open by February and hinted that access to the road would not be free. He expected the Bengaluru-Chennai expressway to be completed by March next year.
After holding an aerial inspection of the road works, Gadkari told a press conference, “If you need good roads, you will have to pay for it. These roads are going to save you fuel and time as well. We have built quality roads. You will remember me if you take the Mysuru-Bengaluru expressway.” Read more
Two-wheelers and three-wheelers will not be allowed entry on Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway, which is set to be inaugurated in February, said Mysuru-Kodagu BJP MP Pratap Simha Saturday.
Addressing the media, Simha said the expressway will be exclusive for four-wheelers and heavy vehicles. “Bikes and autorickshaws will be allowed for a brief period but cannot give them access to the expressway beyond that. Once the service road gets ready, they will be allowed to ply on the same. The commuters need to understand this.” Read more
For 25 years, Bengaluru-based non-governmental organisation Environment Support Group (ESG) has been involved in environmental and social justice initiatives across India.
ESG took shape as a result of the socio-economic and environmental upheaval that was adversely affecting dozens of communities in the Dakshina Kannada region due to reckless industrialisation and urbanisation, says Leo F. Saldanha, the full-time coordinator. Saldanha is assisted by Bhargavi S. Rao, who works as a trustee and senior fellow with the NGO that had its informal launch in 1996. Read more
Sri Rama Sene belagavi district president Ravi Kokitkar and his driver were injured in a firing incident at Hindalaga village near Belagavi late Saturday evening. According to the police, bullets were fired by two unknown persons, hit the chin of Kokitkar and the shoulder of his driver Manoj Desurkar. The two have been admitted to a private hospital and are said to be out of danger.
Facing the challenge of retaining the status of India’s “tiger state”, Madhya Pradesh lost 34 big cats in 2022 as compared to just 15 in Karnataka, its nearest competitor in housing the number of tigers in the country, according to official data.
The deaths were reported in the survey year for the country’s tiger census, whose results will be announced later in 2023.
A senior forest department official said it is a “mystery” as to why Madhya Pradesh has recorded higher tiger deaths than the southern state though both had almost the same number of big cats as per the 2018 count.
Karnataka, home to 524 tigers as per the 2018 census, is competing with Madhya Pradesh (526) for the tag of India’s ‘tiger state’.
The national tiger census is conducted once in every four years. The latest All India Tiger Estimation (AITE) was conducted in 2022 and its report is scheduled to be released this year, a forest department official said. (PTI)
The Ramamurthy Nagar locality has been historically filled with lakes. The Kalkere, Maragondanahalli, Kithanagur, Yele Mallappa Shetty and Vijinapura lakes. Of these, Vijinapura is one of the smallest lakes which originally spread across 10.3 acre. However, a Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) record state that 5.7 acre of the total area of the lake has been encroached by government and private bodies.
Residents staying in the vicinity of the lake say that till a few years back, the lake was in bad condition. The local residents used to carry clean up drives in and around the lake. Agreeing to the demands of the residents, the BBMP started the restoration of the lake in 2017. However, soon, the condition deteriorated due to lack of maintenance, said the residents. Read more
A man was brutally thrashed in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka for talking to a minor girl from a different community, police said. The incident took place at Subrahmanya in Dakshina Kannada on January 5.

The man who was thrashed by 10- 12 people has been admitted at a local hospital after the attack, police said.

According to them, the man, identified as Hafeed had apparently got aquainted with the girl over social networking site Instagram. (PTI)
One person has been arrested and sent to judicial custody for allegedly stabbing a police constable in Karnataka’s Hubballi, police said.

A police constable was stabbed with a knife by a man in a quarrel in the Bhandiwad outpost of Hubballii Rural police station on Thursday.

Mahantesh Maddgola, who is serving as a constable at Hubballi Rural police station had earlier scolded Suresh Shivanand Bhandiwad, a resident of Bhandiwad village for some reason. (PTI)
Bengaluru-based non-governmental organisation Environment Support Group (ESG) has been involved in environmental and social justice initiatives across India for the past 25 years.
Leo F. Saldanha, the full-time coordinator, explains that ESG took shape as a result of the socio-economic and environmental upheaval that adversely affected dozens of communities in the Dakshina Kannada region due to reckless industrialisation and urbanisation.

Saldanha is assisted by Bhargavi S. Rao, who works as a trustee and senior fellow with the NGO that had its informal launch in 1996. After the organisation was formally registered as a Public Charitable Trust in 1998, it worked among a huge spectrum of communities spread across Dandeli in Karnataka to Loktak in Manipur, from Odisha to Kerala. Read more.
The bomb threat email received by National Public School, Rajajinagar on Friday, has been detected to be sent by a minor student from another school, without any knowledge of the consequences. As per law, the report will now be transferred to the juvenile board for further inquiry.
Following the bomb threat on Friday, students were evacuated from the premises, according to new agency ANI. The Deputy Commissioner of Police, West Bengaluru, Laxman B Nimbaragi, had said, ‘We’ve ensured students are taken to a safe place, bomb disposal & dog squad have reached the spot.’ A case was registered in the matter and an investigation was underway since then, according to the DCP.
Shankar Mishra, the man accused of urinating on a female co-passenger on an Air India flight in November last year was arrested by the Delhi Police from Bangalore on Saturday morning.
Mishra was arrested with the assistance of the Central Crime Branch police in Bengaluru. “He was detained and taken to the Sanjaynagar police station and was there for two hours before a flight arrangement was made to transport him to Delhi,” a Bengaluru police official said. The accused was staying at the home of a relative in the Sanjaynagar police limits and was picked up early on Saturday.
The suspect who was a senior official at the multinational firm Wells Fargo was dismissed by the company on Friday as per an official statement from the company. Read more.
Responding to Karnataka Law minister J C Madhuswamy’s letter on ‘non implementation of domicile reservation policy’ for Karnataka students, The National Law School India University, Bengaluru Friday issued a statement clarifying that the university voluntarily adopted a 25 per cent horizontal compartmentalized reservation for Karnataka Students from the Academic Year 2021-22 under the ‘NLSIU Inclusion and Expansion Plan 2021-2025’.
The university stated, “NLSIU ensures that Karnataka Students are admitted to 25 per cent of seats in every vertical category, including General/ SC/ ST/ OBC/ EWS and as a result, constitute at least 25 per cent of the overall student body.”
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Karnataka’s order banning the hijab in school education at the senior level may not have affected exam attendance or girls’ enrolment but in Udupi district, the epicentre of protests for and against the headscarf in the state, there has been a significant shift of Muslim students from government to private pre-university colleges (PUC), according to admissions data accessed by The Indian Express.
Data accessed by The Indian Express shows that while the number of Muslim students entering Class 11 (known as first PUC or PUC I in Karnataka) across all pre-university colleges in Udupi is almost the same (1,296 in 2021-22 to 1,320 in 2022-23), their enrolment in government PUCs has dropped by half from the previous year — the number is also the lowest in five years.
The Ramamurthy Nagar locality has been historically filled with lakes. The Kalkere, Maragondanahalli, Kithanagur, Yele Mallappa Shetty and Vijinapura lakes. Of these, Vijinapura is one of the smallest lakes which originally spread across 10.3 acre. However, a Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) record state that 5.7 acre of the total area of the lake has been encroached by government and private bodies.
Residents staying in the vicinity of the lake say that till a few years back, the lake was in bad condition. The local residents used to carry clean up drives in and around the lake. Agreeing to the demands of the residents, the BBMP started the restoration of the lake in 2017. However, soon, the condition deteriorated due to lack of maintenance, said the residents.

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