Bengaluru News Live updates: Karnataka puts Nandini milk price hike on hold – The Indian Express

Bengaluru News Highlights: The decision to increase the price of milk and milk products in Karnataka from Tuesday has been put on hold following the intervention of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who called for a meeting on November 20 to decide on the price hike proposal. The Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) decided to hike the prices of Nandini brand milk and curd by Rs 3 on Monday. The new prices were to be effective from Tuesday. However, Karnataka CM Bommai announced in Kalaburagi Monday that the price hike would not come into effect immediately and that a meeting had been convened with the KMF chairman Balachandra Jarkiholi and other officials for November 20 to discuss the issue.
In other news, members of 21 autorickshaw driver unions, representatives from ride-hailing apps Ola, Uber, and Rapido, and officials of the transport and road safety department held a meeting to resolve differences over fare rates, among others, in Bengaluru Monday. The meeting, though, did not result in any breakthrough. Meanwhile, the newly appointed commissioner of transport SN Siddaramappa called for another meeting Tuesday, involving representatives from the general public and the traffic police in Bengaluru to discuss the issue.
The Karnataka government on Monday effected a host of transfers in the police department and put an officer of the rank of additional director-general of police in charge of the management of traffic in Bengaluru apart from appointing a new joint traffic commissioner. Appointed as a special commissioner, M A Saleem is the new head of the Bengaluru traffic police. The 1993-batch IPS officer, who has been in charge of traffic in the state capital in the past, will replace joint commissioner Ravikanthe Gowda, an officer of the rank of deputy inspector-general of police and function under 1991-batch IPS officer and police commissioner C H Prathap Reddy, also an ADGP-rank officer.
While Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had in the first week of November assured that all potholes in the city would be filled by November 15, the civic body has once again missed the deadline. Officials said rain in the city further delayed the work to fill the potholes.
On October 30, BBMP chief commissioner Tushar Giri Nath had told the media that all the potholes would be filled by November 5. The deadline was pushed to November 15 by the BBMP.
However, keeping Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bengaluru on November 12 in mind, the civic body had managed to asphalt stretches in Majestic and Gubbi Thotadappa road areas. “We have filled 29,517 potholes till now and over 2,000 potholes are still left to be filled. Due to rain in recent days, there were delays in filling the potholes. The remaining identified potholes will be filled soon,” a BBMP official said. Read More
While India has had a healthy run in scientific and technological progress in the last few years, the nation needs to do more in the field of scientific research, said Infosys founder Narayana Murthy Tuesday.
Speaking at the Infosys Science Foundation (ISF), Murthy said: “The country has had a healthy run in scientific and technological progress in the last few years. We rolled out our Covid-19 vaccines for billions of Indians. These were produced by Indian firms and this was a remarkable achievement. But we still have challenges. There is not a single Indian institution of higher learning in the top 250 of the world university global rankings that were announced in 2022. Consequently, we have still not produced a vaccine for dengue and chikungunya, which have been ravaging us for the last 70 years.” 
He also said the recent death of 66 children in Gambia, resulting from India-produced cough syrup, has brought unimaginable shame to the country. Read More
In the second such incident in two weeks in Bengaluru, a 16-year-old student allegedly died by suicide on Sunday after reportedly being pulled up at her school for cheating during a term exam, the police said. On Monday, the girl’s family staged a protest at the school with her body.
The Class 10 student was found dead at home, following which her father approached the Ramamurthy Nagar police in east Bengaluru and registered a case. The girl’s father has blamed the school for the death.
The student was allegedly reprimanded by a teacher at her school on November 10 after she was found referring to a chit during the examination. Her parents were also summoned to the school and informed about the incident. Read More
A school teacher in the Mudhol region of the Bagalkot district of Karnataka was arrested Sunday on charges of provocation and incitement to violence over social media posts against Water Resources Minister Govind Karjol.
Ningappa Matagar, 32, was arrested by the Bagalkot police following a complaint filed by advocate Shivanand Tavali, who alleged that the teacher posted messages on Facebook that showed Karjol “in a poor light and posed the threat of incitement of violence”. Those were not based on facts, the complaint alleged.
Matagar allegedly posted messages questioning the absence of the minister from his constituency in Mudhol. Karjol, a senior BJP leader from the scheduled caste community, is a five-time MLA from Mudhol in Bagalkot and a former deputy chief minister.
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.
The Government of Karnataka (GoK) entered a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Centre for Effective Governance of Indian States (CEGIS) today in the presence of the Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. 
CEGIS will provide technical support to government departments and their agencies on outcome measurement, personnel management, strategic public finance and improving state’s capacity to work with markets.
At present, CEGIS is engaged with the governments of Telangana, NCT of Delhi, Bodoland Territorial Region, Assam, and Tamil Nadu.
The department of Transport and Road Safety, Karnataka, will convene a meeting with general public and traffic cops on Tuesday. The meet is to gather inputs and opinions on fixing the price for auto services offered by apps Ola and Uber.
The government held a similar meeting over auto drivers unions demanding a complete ban on auto services offered by apps, on Monday.
Meanwhile Uber and Ola have requested the government to permit them to introduce dynamic pricing.
Siddaramappa, commissioner of transport, said all the inputs and opinion expressed in the meetings will be submitted to the Karnataka High Court.
The winners of the 14th Infosys Prize will be announced today.
The Infosys Prize award is given annually to contemporary researchers and scientists in different categories.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday defended his government’s controversial decision to paint more than 7,500 classrooms, being built under a new scheme, in saffron.
“What is wrong? The tendency to politicise every issue is going to an extreme,” Bommai told reporters after launching the scheme in Kalaburagi district.
“Saffron colour is a part of the national flag. We cannot understand why people get affected if they see the saffron color. We are building the classrooms and dedicating them to Swami Vivekananda who was a monk who wore saffron clothes.” Read more.
Bengaluru to experience generally cloudy sky today. Light rain very likely towards evening/night. Mist very likely during early morning hours in some areas. The Maximum and Minimum temperatures are likely to be around 28 and 18 Degree Celsius respectively.
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A BJP leader from Kalaburagi, who had issued a death threat to Congress MLA Priyank Kharge, was arrested and released on bail after the local Congress unit threatened to disrupt Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s programme in Kalaburagi over the issue.
Manikanth Rathod was arrested in Hyderabad on Sunday evening and released on bail Monday. Rathod had threatened Kharge, son of AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge, at a press conference held on Friday. “You (Kharge) can shoot us with an AK-47 rifle or a gun. We are ready to die. We are also ready to shoot you,” Rathod had said.
This was after Kharge, who represents Chittapur in Kalaburagi, lashed out at BJP workers over a campaign carried out against him on November 8 in the constituency. BJP workers had stuck posters saying that their MLA was missing, prompting an angry outburst from the Congress leader who had said that it would be difficult for BJP leaders to move around if they continued such tactics.
In other updates, a decision to give the saffron paint to classrooms constructed under the Viveka scheme in Karnataka has evoked strong reactions from the Opposition Congress, which accused the BJP government of “saffronisation”.
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Congress state working president Salim Ahmed said the government had resorted to diversionary tactics over the past three years. “They should be ashamed. There are not enough classrooms, books and midday meals are not provided to students, and there are not enough teachers,” he said.
Karnataka school education minister B C Nagesh has triggered a fresh controversy by indicating that over 7,500 new classrooms being constructed under the Viveka scheme in the state will be painted saffron.
Speaking at an event in the north Karnataka district of Gadag on Sunday, the BJP minister said classrooms built under the Viveka scheme will be uniform in nature. “The new Viveka classrooms will be saffron in colour as per the suggestion of architects and not in line with any ideology,” said Nagesh who has been at the forefront of controversies in connection with the alleged saffronisation of school textbooks and alleged overreach in terms of prescribing uniforms following a controversy over the use of hijabs in a few state schools.

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