Bengaluru News Live Updates: Bommai orders probe hours after Congress accuses Karnataka CM of corrupt electoral practice – The Indian Express

Bengaluru News Live Updates: Hours after Congress in Karnataka accused the Chief Minister of corrupt electoral practice, Basavaraj Bommai termed the allegations “baseless”, but said a “comprehensive probe” will be conducted into the issue. Congress general secretary and the party’s Karnataka in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said at a press conference Thursday that Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had authorised a private firm in August to carry out a door-to-door survey of voters ‘ free-of-cost’ who gathered information about their gender, mother tongue, collected voter ID and Aadhaar details.
Addressing the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2022, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavarj Bommai announced that six new high-tech cities in Hubbali, Dharwad, Mysore, Mangalore and central Karnataka, including one near Bengaluru will be built within a period of six months.

The Karnataka school education department clarified that the 6 years rule for enrollment in class 1 in schools will kick in from the academic year 2025-26. As per the rules, a child must have finished 6 years in June during the start of the academic year, to qualify for admission in class 1.
The State Election Commission Thursday said that it has directed the District Election Officer (DEO), BBMP to conduct a probe into allegations of illegal voter data and submit a detailed report. Officials of the Commission also filed a complaint at the Whitefield Police Station over alleged misuse of identity cards of Booth Level Officer (BLO).
In a statement, Manoj Kumar Meena, Chief Election Officer, Karnataka said that BBMP had not granted permission for any NGOs to conduct surveys or collect voter information. “The permission granted to the NGO Chilume to create voter awareness was withdrawn soon after a complaint was received (against the NGO),” he said.
On Thursday, Army Service Corps (ASC) Centre and College campus in Bengaluru having more than 300 horses established the first of its kind, a vermicompost unit to dispose of dung being generated in its stables. Ashwasara Vermicompost Unit is a joint venture of Agram Riding and Polo Academy, Bengaluru of ASC and SMG Biotech Private Limited Shivamogga with an annual capacity of more than 1,100 tons. 
Ashwasara Vermicompst Unit, a joint venture of #Agram Riding and Polo Academy, #Bengaluru and SMG Biotech Private Limited #Shimogga .(1/2) pic.twitter.com/qfK1FAxhEs

Vermicompost is a process of converting biodegradable waste into organic manure with the help of earthworms.  
“Organic horse dung manure is highly valued by farmers as it increases soil fertility, regeneration and high-quality yield. Horse manure can give new plants a jump start while providing essential nutrients for continual growth. It averts the negative effects of salinity and improves the capacity of soil water retention. It is recommended for Nitrogen seeking crops like lettuce, tomato and mint etc. Horse manure is a good source of nutrients and a popular additive to many home gardens with slightly higher nutritional value than cow or steer manure,” said the Defence public relations office (PRO), Bengaluru in a statement.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that he would issue directions for a comprehensive probe regarding a private NGO collecting voter information in Bengaluru city, even as he maintained that the allegations levelled by Congress were ‘baseless’.
Bommai said that voter awareness programmes under Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) are routinely taken up by the Election Commission and were entrusted to NGOs by local bodies.
“The NGO has misused (its ambit of creating voter awareness) is what has come out. I will see that the entire episode — right from the Election Commission sanctioning it (SVEEP), BBMP handing it over to the NGO, NGO misusing it and further links (to any politician is investigated). I will issue directions for a comprehensive probe,” he told reporters.
BJP MP from Karnataka’s Mysore-Kodagu region Prathap Simha has threatened to demolish a bus stand in Mysuru for having dome-like structures resembling a mosque.

Speaking at an event in connection with the release of a book titled ‘Tipu Nijakanasugalu (Real dreams of Tipu)’ in Mysuru on Monday, the former journalist said, “I have seen pictures on social media of a bus stop with domes. There are three domes, one big dome and two small ones beside it. It is a masjid. I have told engineers to demolish the structure and if they don’t do it, I will take a JCB and demolish it.” (Read more)
A notable sidelight of the Karnataka government’s Global Investors Meet in Bengaluru this month was ringing praise for the hit Kannada film Kantara by Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal.

The film has been produced by a company that is closely linked to BJP leader and Karnataka minister Dr C N Ashwathnarayan.
Asked about his link to the production house, Hombale Films LLP, Ashwathnarayan said: “He is my cousin, the film producer (Vijay T Kiragandur).” But records accessed by The Indian Express show that the association between the state minister, the company and Kiragandur runs deeper. (Read more)
The Congress in Karnataka Thursday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, alleging he is directly responsible for a corrupt electoral practice by assigning a private entity to collect door-to-door voter information.
Fraud, Impersonation, Stealing Voter Data & Conspiracy of Bommai – BBMP exposed

40% Commission Sarkara & its officials, BBMP & Election Authority are partners in crime in trampling democracy

FIR must be immediately lodged against CM Bommai & all others named in Our Statement -: pic.twitter.com/JcHCaWzDDZ

Congress general secretary and the party’s Karnataka in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said at a press conference here that Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, the civic agency, authorised a private firm in August to carry out a door-to-door survey of voters ‘free of cost’ who gathered information about their gender, mother tongue, collected voter ID and Aadhaar details.
Alleging that ‘the chief minister was the conduit of the electoral fraud,’ he said, ‘there has to be an FIR against Basavaraj Bommai and he should be arrested.’ The cache of data was not fed into the Garuda application of the government but into an application ‘Digital Sameeksha’ of the private firm, Surjewala charged. (PTI)
A committee will be formed to monitor and check unnecessary C-section deliveries in the district and taluk govt hospitals in Tumkur said health and medical education minister Dr K Sudhakar. The minister was speaking to the media after inspecting the district hospital and interacting with patients in the hospital.
“C-section deliveries should generally remain within 20-40% of the total deliveries. C-sections should not be recommended in cases where normal delivery is feasible. If this is being deliberately done we will take strict action to stop this. District surgeons should have a weekly meeting with all department heads every Friday and address any issues that they may be facing. DC is also being directed to regularly visit the district hospital,” said the minister.
Bengaluru-based Music composer Ricky Kej has been nominated for Grammy awards for the third time. His recent music album ‘Divine Tides’ with rock-legend Stewart Copeland (The Police) has been nominated for ‘Best Immersive Audio Album.’
The 65th annual grammy awards will be held in Los Angeles, US, on February 5 next year. 
Just got nominated for my 3rd Grammy® Award! This time “Best Immersive Audio Album” for DIVINE TIDES. @copelandmusic & I are immensely grateful to the entire team of Divine Tides, especially Immersive mix engineer Eric Schilling and Mix Producer Herbert Waltl. Feels surreal 🙂 pic.twitter.com/HQwrv1e7Bx

For 24 hours: Generally cloudy sky. Fog or mist is very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 28 and 18 Degree Celsius respectively.
For 48 hours: Generally cloudy sky. Fog or mist is very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures very likely to be around 28 and 18 Degree Celsiusrespectively.
Several parts of Bengaluru are expected to face power outages on November 17, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Bescom) said. 
Here are the affected areas:
AK Ashram Road, Devagowda Road, RT Nagar 1st Block, Thimmaiah Garden, Modi Garden, Military Area, Veerannapalya, Lumbini Garden, BWSSB Sewage plant, Mariyannaplaya, Coffee board L/O, Kempapura, Dasarahalli, Maruthi L/O, Buvaneshwari nagar. BEL Corporate Office, Chankya L/O, Nagawara, M.S.Ramaiah North city, Thanisandra main road, Ashirwad Nagar, Amarjyothi L/O, Rachenahalli main road, Mestry Palya, Royal enclave, Sri Rmpura village, VHBCS L/O, Veeranaapalya, Jojappa L/O, 17th cross Govindpura, Veerannapalya Main Road, Byrappa L/O and surrounding areas.” (Read more)
Karnataka State Permanent Backward Classes Commission (KSPBCC) chairman K Jayaprakash Hegde on Wednesday said the panel is recommending to the government to make provision for reservation in education institutions and jobs for the orphans.
Hegde, a former minister, has been touring districts and meeting members of various Other Backward Caste to prepare a report on their demands for reservation.
“We were not giving any reservation to the orphans because they don’t have any clue about their caste or category. Now, we have taken this up. We thought of giving them justice,” Hegde told reporters in Gagag. (PTI)
Ajay Gopalswamy, CEO of DiFACTO Robotics and Automation, has called for setting up a National Robotics Association of India on the lines of Nasscom to set standards and safety norms besides giving innovation a boost.

Speaking at a session on “Building a robotics ecosystem for the developing world: Challenges and Opportunities”, he said robotics should become the future of manufacturing in India and set a target of making 100,000 robots by 2030 in the country, which he said was achievable. Read More
A witness has identified the alleged shooter in the Gauri Lankesh murder case in court and said the latter, Parshuram Ashok Waghmore, was known as a “bodybuilder”.

During its inquiry of the September 5, 2017, murder of the journalist outside her Bengaluru home, a special investigation team (SIT) of the Karnataka police had incidentally found clues to Waghmore’s identity on the basis of diary entries of a key accused that contained notes on an individual identified as a “builder” who was part of a right-wing extremist crime syndicate. Read More
Hindu Janajagruti Samiti in Kundapura staged a protest against The Mother Teresa Memorial School in Shankarnarayana after the school management ‘forcefully’ played azaan amidst an ongoing cultural show during the school’s annual sports meet.

The incident took place 3 days ago and Pro Hindu activists alleged that the school management played the azaan amdists a cultural event and girls started offering namaz and that this act has hurt the sentiments of Hindus. However, the management has apologized saying ‘it was a mistake and expressed regret for hurting the religious sentiments by playing the azan.’ 

Pro Hindu activists also alleged that the school doesn’t allow girls to wear bindi and bangles and doesn’t offer holidays to students during Hindu festivals.


Rampant encroachment of Gatahalli lake worries Bengalureans, who say one lakh square feet of the waterbody off Sarjapur Road in Anekal have been encroached on in the past one year.

The lake is under the control of the zilla panchayat. Although the Bengaluru Urban district administration removed parts of encroachments on the lake last year, the residents allege the waterbody has again been encroached on by a private builder.

According to Citizens Movement East Bengaluru, a huge area of the lake spread over 100 acres has been encroached on. Read More


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The Karnataka High Court has adjourned the hearing of the petition filed by microblogging site Twitter against the Central government’s takedown orders to December 12.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology sought time to present its arguments in the case following which Justice Krishna S Dixit adjourned the case on Wednesday.

Twitter has approached the High Court challenging the several blocking directions issued to it to remove tweets, accounts and URLs on the platform. (PTI)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai released the ‘Karnataka Research Development and Innovation Policy’ on Wednesday which has the objective of financing the infrastructure and institutions.

The policy which was released during the inaugural session of the Bengaluru Tech Summit also aims to provide support for robust and well-connected ecosystem, a government statement said.

It intends an easy access to a skilled talent base, grassroot innovators, support for university based cutting edge research and researching enterprises for cooperation between industry and science and for innovative startups. (PTI)
The city of Bengaluru is known as an IT hub and it comes as no surprise that people of the city are mostly tech-savvy. A woman living in Bengaluru shared her “Peak Bengaluru moment” on Twitter as her auto-rickshaw driver returned her Apple AirPods by managing to locate her.

The woman named Shidika Ubr shared how she lost her AirPods while travelling in an auto. However, the driver of the auto managed to locate her and dropped the AirPods half an hour later at the entrance of her office where he had dropped her. Read More


There will be power supply interruption on 17.11.2022 (Thursday) 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM in the following areas of “66/11kV Yellar Bande MUSS“ as there is a Line Clear availed by KPTCL for carrying out  Maintenance work of incoming line, outgoing line, Transformer Bays, 66kV bus Gos, 11kV bus and breaker maintenance, for attending Hotspot works, for conducting Tan-Delta of 20MVA Power Tr-1 & its CTs & CTs of 66kV Lines at 66/11KV Yellar Bande MUSS.

The affected areas are as noted below.

“A.K.Ashram Road, Devagowda Road, R.T.Nagar 1st Block, Thimmaiah Garden, Modi Garden, Military Area, Veerannapalya, Lumbini Garden, BWSSB Sewage plant, Mariyannaplaya, Coffee board L/O, Kempapura, Dasarahalli, Maruthi L/O, Buvaneshwari nagar. BEL Corporate Office, Chankya L/O, Nagawara, M.S.Ramaiah North city, Thanisandra main road, Ashirwad nagar, Amarjyothi L/O, Rachenahalli main road, Mestry palya, Royal enclave, Sri rampura village, VHBCS L/O, Veeranaapalya, Jojappa L/O, 17th cross Govindpura, Veerannapalya Main Road, Byrappa L/O and surrounding areas.”
Difficult to develop app for auto services: Karnataka govt in meeting held to fix fares
It “will be difficult” for the government to develop an app to offer auto services, the Karnataka transport and road safety department said Tuesday in a meeting with the traffic police from all the zones, mobility activists and the general public. The meeting was held to reach a decision on how to fix fares for app-based autos.
The department’s response came after people demanded the government to come up with their own ride-hailing app and fix the rates for auto services.
Commissioner of transport S N Siddaramappa said, “Developing a ride-hailing app by the government will be difficult now. Government coming up with an app is something that will take its own course and until then, we will have to work within the framework of the Constitution. However, we will make efforts to bring justice to the public in this direction by taking in inputs from all the stakeholders of the issue.” (Read more)

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