Bengaluru News Live Updates: Congress promises 200 units of electricity free if voted to power – The Indian Express

Bengaluru News Live Updates, January 11, 2023: The Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D K Shivakumar Wednesday promised that 200 units of electricity would be free for the residents of the state if Congress is voted to power. The announcement was made by MP Randeep Singh Surjewala over Twitter. “Sh. @siddaramaiah & Sh. @DKShivakumar unveil @INCKarnataka “1st Guarantee” for all Kannadigas! 200 UNITS ELECTRICITY FREE!,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) Wednesday launched its ‘Praja Dhwani Yatra’ in Belagavi, as part of its campaign ahead of the upcoming state Assembly elections in May 2023. The Yatra will traverse different parts of the state throughout the month of January. The committee also released a chargesheet against the BJP government in the state on Tuesday when president D K Shivakumar told reporters that a ‘Paapada Purana’ (an account of sins) will be placed before people during the yatra to seek their support for change in Karnataka.
In other news, absence of safety engineers, election-oriented deadlines and lack of transparency on safety policies, mobility experts and citizen groups Wednesday raised a series of issues plaguing the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL). The issues were pointed out a day after a mother and her toddler son died after an under-construction Metro pillar collapsed in Bengaluru. Satya Arikutharam, an independent mobility activist, said the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is not transparent about their safety policies.
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The Mangaluru city police on Wednesday said that they had arrested 10 people including doctors and medical and dental students on the charges of drug peddling and consumption.
The arrested accused were identified as medical officer Dr Sameer (32), surgeon Dr Manimaran Mutthu (28), MS Orthopaedics student Dr Kshithij Gupta (25), MBBS intern Dr Nadiya Siraj (24), MBBS intern Dr Varshini Prathi (26), BDS student Riya Chadda (22) and MBBS student Ira Basin (23)—all from the Kasturba Medical College and Hospital—and Dr Bhanu Dhahiya (27), an MD Psychiatry student at the Yenepoya hospital; and Mohammed Rauf (34), a resident of Bantwal, and Neel Kishorilal Ramji Shah (38), a British citizen. Read more
Following the death of a mother and her toddler after an under-construction pillar at Nagavara crashed on them on Tuesday, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) MD Anjum Parvez Wednesday said the corporation will now be changing the reinforcement construction process by switching to two-stage casting.
In technical terms, reinforcement for concrete is provided by embedding deformed steel bars or welded wire fabric within freshly-made concrete at the time of casting the pillar. The purpose of reinforcement is to provide additional strength for concrete where it is needed. Read more
While the Karnataka government is all set to implement the Kalasa-Banduri project after the Centre approved the revised detailed project report (DPR) in December 2022, the chief wildlife warden of the Goa Forest Department on January 9 issued a stop-work notice to the Karnataka government as the project site falls within the jurisdiction of the Mahadayi Wildlife Sanctuary.
The notice issued by the chief wildlife warden, Goa, Saurabh Kumar stated that no water flowing into the sanctuary from Kalasa and Banduri rivulets can be diverted under Section 29 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Read more
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 26th edition of the National Youth Festival on Thursday, January 12, at Hubballi. More than 7,500 youth delegates from different parts of the country will take part in the festival scheduled till January 16.
The theme of the festival — the inauguration of which coincides with the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda — is ‘Viksit Yuva, Viksit Bharat’, and is organised by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in collaboration with the Karnataka government. Read more
The Karnataka High Court court Tuesday gave the state government two days to respond to a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) petition against the failure of the government to consider a requisition made by the agency on August 30, 2022, for the attachment of properties of former BJP minister and illegal mining scam accused politician G Janardhana Reddy.
The high court expressed surprise over the state government’s delay in responding to the CBI requisition.Read more
Following the statutory inspection by Commissioner Railway Safety (CRS) Shri A.K. Rai, the newly doubled railway line between Haveri and Devargudda (24.57 Km) has been commissioned on Wednesday. 
With the commissioning, only 20 km track (Hubballi South- Saunshi) of the Hubballi-Bengaluru route would be left to be doubled which is targeted to be completed by March-2023. With this, the entire Hubballi – Bengaluru route will be doubled, enhancing the capacity as well as safety. Closely on the heels of doubling, electrification is also being carried out in full swing on this route.
During the inspection of CRS, a speed trial at 127 kmph was also carried out in the Haveri-Devargudda section. 
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday directed officials to establish the mini-textile parks in 25 taluks of the State that have a larger concentration of weavers’ population.
Speaking after launching Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for the handloom and power loom weavers/workers under the “Nekar Sanman Scheme” (providing financial assistance), he said the mini textile parks will help weavers starting from the processing of cotton to manufacturing readymade garments. (PTI)
Sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing into the Shivamogga Islamic State conspiracy case, on Wednesday questioned former Minister Kimmane Rathnakar pertaining to the Congress office building at Thirthahalli in Shivamogga district that was taken on rent.
Rathnakar, a former Thirthahalli MLA, said the sleuths reached the Congress office and asked him how the party took the building on rent from its owner Hashim. (PTI) 
ಇಂದು ಬೆಳಗ್ಗಿನ ನನ್ನ ಉಪಹಾರ ಬಲು ವಿಶೇಷವಾಗಿತ್ತು.ಮನುಷ್ಯನ ಜೀವಿತಾವಧಿಯ ಅಂತಿಮ ಯಾತ್ರೆಯ ಕ್ರಿಯೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ನಡೆಸುವ ಸ್ಮಶಾನ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಉಪಹಾರ ಸೇವಿಸಿದೆನು. ಶ್ರಮಿಕ ಹಾಗೂ ದುಡಿಯುವ ವರ್ಗಗಳಿಗೆ ಆತ್ಮಸ್ಥೈರ್ಯ ತುಂಬಿ, ಅವರಿಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲರಂತೆ ಸ್ವಾಭಿಮಾನದ ಬದುಕನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಡಲು ನಮ್ಮ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಸದಾ ಬದ್ಧವಾಗಿದೆ. pic.twitter.com/oDBOxWzS3V
ಇಂದು ಮಾಜಿ ಪ್ರಧಾನಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳಾದ ಶ್ರೀ ಲಾಲ್ ಬಹದ್ದೂರ್ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರಿಯವರ ಪುಣ್ಯಸ್ಮರಣೆಯ ಅಂಗವಾಗಿ ವಿಧಾನಸೌಧದ ಪಶ್ಚಿಮದ್ವಾರದ ಬಳಿ ಇರುವ ಅವರ ಪ್ರತಿಮೆಯ ಬಳಿ ಭಾವಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಮಾಲಾರ್ಪಣೆ ಮಾಡಿ ಪುಷ್ಪ ನಮನ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿ, ಗೌರವ ಅರ್ಪಿಸಿದೆನು. pic.twitter.com/nB1oTFkUag
The National Investigation Agency has arrested two alleged operatives of global terror group Islamic State in connection with the Shivamogga IS conspiracy case. Four other accused had earlier been arrested in the case, which is closely linked to Mohammed Shariq, recently arrested after a cooker bomb he was carrying exploded in an auto rickshaw in Mangaluru.
The two men NIA arrested on Tuesday are: Mazin Abdul Rahman from near Hira College in Permannur in Mangaluru, the district headquarters town of Dakshina Kannada district, and Nadeem Ahmed K A of Devenayakanahalli in Honnali Taluk of Davanagere district. (PTI)
Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research undertook a study to assess the immune status of 350 health care workers which included doctors, nurses, technicians, wards, helpers and other office staff who have received booster dose of Covishield vaccine in the month of January 2022.
The study found that all of them showed very good presence of neutralising antibodies. There were 148 Males (42%) and 202 Females (58%) across the age group between 19- 60 years.
Dr CN Manjunath, director of the institute, said that the presence of neutralising antibodies indicate persistent antibody levels even at the end of 12 months following booster dose. Read more
Bengaluru on Wednesday recorded a minimum temperature of 13 degrees Celsius, thereby making it the city’s coldest morning in the last four years, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). 
The Met department, in its forecast, said that for the next 48 hours, the city will witness moderate fog/mist and the maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 28 and 13 degrees Celsius, respectively. Read more. 
According to a report by the news agency PTI, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday conducted searches at various locations in Karnataka’s Mangaluru. The move is part of a money laundering probe based on an FIR by the National Investigation Agency linked to a cooker bomb blast that took place in November 2022, official sources said.
The ED officials conducted raids at a building in Mangaluru, where a Congress party office is also located, apart from some other locations as part of gathering documents and evidence in the case filed under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), they said.

A bomb blast took place in an auto-rickshaw on the outskirts of Mangaluru on November 19 last year. The man who was allegedly handling the explosives while on the rickshaw, Mohammed Shariq, is the main suspect in the case. According to police, Shariq and his accomplices were allegedly inspired by the terror outfit Islamic State. Police said their handlers outside India had sent a document to guide them in making a bomb, PTI reported.
The Department of Pre-University (PU) Education in Karnataka’s Dharwad district on Wednesday withdrew its order asking all Hubballi town PU college principals to bring at least 100 students to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s event which he is scheduled to attend on January 12 after it drew widespread criticism.
“A mistake happened due to oversight. We have withdrawn the order and are issuing a fresh circular which will say if any students are interested, they can participate in the event,” PU department deputy director Krishna Naik told The Indian Express.
Modi is set to inaugurate the National Youth Festival in Hubballi on Thursday. The festival will be held till January 16, and will see participation from the youth of 28 states and eight central provinces. Read more.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (east) Bheemashankar S Guled on Wednesday said that 7-8 persons related to BMRCL’s Metro project have been summoned and are being questioned. 28-year-old Tejaswini and her two-year-old son Vihan were killed on January 10 when an under-construction Metro pillar in Bengaluru collapsed on them, near the Hennur main road. Her husband and daughter who were together on the motorbike escaped unhurt.
Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said that the action is being initiated and the following have been named in the FIR: 
The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) Wednesday launched its ‘Praja Dhwani Yatra’ in Belagavi, as part of its campaign ahead of the upcoming state Assembly elections in May 2023. The Yatra will traverse different parts of the state throughout the month of January.

The committee had released a chargesheet against the BJP government in the state on Tuesday when president D K Shivakumar told reporters that a ‘Paapada Purana’ (an account of sins) will be placed before people during the yatra to seek their support for change in Karnataka.
In a sharp attack, the Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar termed the collapse which claimed Tejaswini and her son’s lives on Tuesday, after an under-construction metro pillar collapsed on them, a result of the “40 per cent commission” government.
He said that there is “no quality” in development works, according to the news agency ANI. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh for the family of the deceased. The BMRCL also announced a Rs 20 lakh compensation for them. The treatment costs of the victims – Tejaswini’s husband and their daughter – will also be borne by the firm, according to a release issued by the BMRCL.
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Blackbucks are found only in the Indian subcontinent.
A new study from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) analysed the genetic profiles of blackbucks found in India to shed light on how they have fared in the face of natural and human-induced challenges to their survival.
They found that in spite of immense losses in grassland habitats across northern, southern and eastern regions in India, blackbucks seem to have well-adapted to human-altered landscapes and their numbers are beginning to show an upward trend. Read more.

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