Karnataka Bangalore News Highlights: Coordinated IT raids in over 50 places in Karnataka – The Indian Express

Bengaluru News Highlights: Income Tax sleuths on Thursday carried out raids at multiple places in Karnataka including in Bengaluru in connection with tax evasion and amassing wealth more than the known sources of income, news agency PTI reported citing sources.
The sources said the raids took place in over 50 places across Bengaluru, Bagalkote, Belagavi, Vijayapura and Davangere. One of the persons raided was close to a former chief minister, the source added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased in Belagavi. Seven members of a family died after a house collapsed at Badal-Ankalgi following heavy rain.
In terms of Covid, Karnataka again reported 523 new cases of COVID-19, and nine new deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,79,331. The current toll is 37,854. Bengaluru Urban topped the list in number of infections with 205 new cases. The total number of active cases in the state is 11,819.
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A three-storey building collapsed in Kasthurinagar in Channasandra on Thursday. All occupants were evacuated hours before the building collapsed.

Representatives of the Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) Thursday met Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar and handed over a memorandum at the Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMCRI).

“With a positive note from the government, we are calling off the strike. If the government fails to respond back, we will plan for escalating our protests,” the KARD said in a statement.

Junior doctors and PG interns had decided to boycott elective services across the state, alleging delay in the disbursement of the Covid-19 risk allowance, and stipends from the Karnataka government.
President Ram Nath Kovind Thursday inaugurated a new 450-bed hospital within the premises of Chamarajanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS). First Lady Savita Kovind, Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, CM Basavaraj Bommai were also present during the event.
With the Karnataka forest department proposing a five-star hotel near the Jog falls, environmentalists have said the move will destroy the natural flora and fauna of the place. The office of the deputy commissioner and chief executive officer of the Jog Management Authority has sought diversion of 0.8536 hectares of forest land in Nadawada Talakalale village, Shivamogga district, for the project.
While the Forest Department has recommended the hotel in lieu of an existing PWD guest house, the state government is yet to approve the project. The site falls in the deemed eco-sensitive zone of Sharavathi Valley Lion Tailed Macaque Sanctuary.
Major wild animals found in and around the project area include langoors, spotted deer, wild boars, gaurs, Malabar giant squirrels, king cobras, Malabar grey hornbills and peacocks. Click here to read the full report.
Income Tax sleuths on Thursday carried out raids at multiple places in Karnataka including in Bengaluru in connection with tax evasion and amassing wealth more than the known sources of income, sources in the I-T department said.
According to the sources, contractors in the Irrigation department were the prime target of the coordinated raids. The I-T sleuths also conducted searches at the residences and offices of a few chartered accountants. Sources said one of the persons raided was close to a former chief minister.
The sources said the raids took place in over 50 places across Bengaluru, Bagalkote, Belagavi, Vijayapura and Davangere. However, senior I-T officials remained tight-lipped and did not react to media queries. (PTI)
The famous 10-day long Dasara festivities commenced in this palace city on Thursday with religious fervour, amid the shadow of COVID-19 pandemic for the second consecutive year.
Former Chief Minister and Union Minister SM Krishna inaugurates #Dasara2021 celebrations in Mysuru. He was accompanied by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, among others. #Mysuru #mysurudasara #Karnataka
(📸: special arrangement) pic.twitter.com/ta22GNAQlw

Celebrated as ‘Nada Habba’ (state festival), the festivities began with senior political leader and former Chief Minister S M Krishna and Chief Minister B Basavaraj Bommai along with other dignitaries showering flowers on the idol of goddess Chamundeshwari, the presiding deity of Mysuru royals, atop the Chamundi Hill.
Krishna, who had also served as Union External Affairs Minister and Governor of Maharashtra, was chosen by the government for inaugurating the Dasara festivities.
The deceased in the house collapse at Badal-Ankalgi village in Belagavi district included three children of whom two were eight years old. 
The victims have been identified as Arjun Khanagavi (48), his wife Satyavva Khanagavi (48), daughters – Lakshmi (17) and Puja (8), their relatives Gangavva Khanagavi (50), Savita Khanagavi (28) and Kashavva Kolappanavar (8). The adults in the family worked as construction labourers and were renovating an old house.
Five persons died while the house caved in and two died after they were taken to the hospital. 
The follow-up investigations into the kidnapping of a newborn child from a Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) hospital last year has led to the busting of a large network that was allegedly involved in selling infants in southern India. The Bengaluru police have, so far, rescued 15 children and arrested five members of the network.
The sources said that the gang, over five years, sold 28 infants for amounts ranging from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. The babies were aged anywhere between 10 days to three months. The gang had networks in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Kerala. (Read more)
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday announced fielding Shivaraj Sajjanar from Hanagal and Ramesh Bhusanur from Sindagi Assembly constituencies respectively for the by-polls to the two segments on Oct 30.
The BJP said in a statement that the BJP national general secretary and Karnataka in charge Arun Singh communicated that Sajjanar and Bhusanur will be fielded in the by-polls. Fielding Sajjanar has come as a surprise as there were strong rumours that the party would give ticket to former Hanagal MLA late C M Udasi’s daughter-in-law Revathi Udasi.
It was Udasi’s demise in June this year, which had necessitated the bypoll to Hanagal constituency. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased in Belagavi. Seven members of a family died after a house collapsed at Badal-Ankalgi following heavy rain. Police sources said this included two girls who were around eight years old.
The loss of lives due to a house collapse in Belagavi, Karnataka is saddening. My thoughts are with the bereaved kin in this hour of sadness. An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be paid to the next of kin of the deceased: PM @narendramodi

The Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) is boycotting elective services today, across the state.
Protesters have been alleging delays in the disbursement of the Covid-19 risk allowance, and stipends to post-MBBS junior doctors and interns from the Karnataka government. However, emergency, ICU, and Covid-19 services are not being affected by the strike, as promised by KARD earlier.
Junior resident doctors and PG interns boycott elective services demanding protesting alleged delays in #Karnataka govt disbursing #Covid19 risk allowance and stipends. Pics from SIMS, #Shivamogga & VIMS, #Ballari. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/E5bd3Ve1yT

Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is all set to offer medical courses from next year. The announcement was made by Institute Director Govindan Rangarajan during the convocation ceremony held virtually on Wednesday.

“After about 100 years of excellence in science and engineering, we are planning to start a postgraduate medical school on campus,” Rangarajan said citing the interdisciplinary nature of other courses offered at the premier science institution in the country. (Read more)
President of India Ram Nath Kovind is set to inaugurate the newly built teaching hospital of the Chamarajanagar Institute of Medical Sciences at Chamarajanagar today. He will also visit Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham and Shankara Advaita Research Centre in Sringeri on Friday, according to an official statement.
The President, who arrived in the State on Oct 6, was welcomed by Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot and Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on his arrival at Bengaluru airport. 
Governor of Karnataka Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot and Chief Minister Shri Basavaraj S Bommai receiving President Kovind on his arrival at Bengaluru. pic.twitter.com/KBYUnTW5rf

Petrol prices are up in Bengaluru city, and now cost Rs. 106.79.
Diesel prices too have been hiked to Rs. 97.37.
A 14.2 kg LPG cylinder in the city now costs Rs. 902.50.
Seven of a family died after a house collapsed at Badal-Ankalgi village in the district on Wednesday following heavy rain, police sources said.
Of the seven, five died on the spot and two on the way to hospital, the sources said. Two of the deceased were girls of about 8 years, they said.
Karnataka | Seven people including two kids died in a house collapse incident due to heavy rain in Badala Ankalagi village, Belagavi at about 9 pm yesterday. CM Basavaraj Bommai has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the deceased’s families. pic.twitter.com/HPUcII5GLq

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai expressed grief about the incident and announced Rs 5 lakh as compensation to each of the victims. Also, Bommai advised the district in-charge Minister Govind Karjol to visit the spot on Thursday and the Deputy Commissioner of the district to take all the necessary measures. (PTI)
The announcement of the Rs 81-crore rejuvenation plan for Mallathahalli lake by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has raised concerns of discerning citizens. The rejuvenation plan, reportedly, contains the construction of a walking path and a children’s park near the lake, which several environmentalists view as wasteful expenditure.
Earlier, a BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) divisional engineer deputed with the Rajrajeshwari Nagar division had floated a tender to rejuvenate the Mallathahalli lake. The plan entailed laying of a railway track for toy trains, and construction of a hanging bridge and a glass house on the lake bed.
Notably, the lakes division of the BBMP was not informed before the tender was floated. Read More
Eight days after the murder of a 24-year-old man, whose dismembered body was found on railway tracks in Karnataka’s Belagavi, the police are yet to make any arrest in the case and have remained tight-lipped over the investigation.
Arbaz Aftab Mullah’s body was found in a mutilated state on September 28. His mother Najeema Shaikh, 46, has alleged he was killed over an interfaith relationship, and named three accused — the father of Arbaz’s girlfriend, and two associated with a radical right-wing group.
Arbaz, a resident of Azam Nagar in Belagavi, was a civil engineering graduate who worked as a car dealer in Belagavi city. Belagavi District Superintendent of Police, Laxman Nimbargi, said investigations are progressing but no information can be revealed in the sensitive case. Read More
In contravention of the Indian Forest Service (Cadre) Rules 1966, non-IFS (Indian Forest Service) officers are holding on to cadre posts in Karnataka without approval from the central government.
BK Singh, former principal chief conservator of forest (head of forest force) Karnataka, explained that IFS officers are recruited and trained for managing forests of the country but they tend to get posted to ex-cadre posts (posts outside the forest department) leaving a large number of cadre posts empty.
“This certainly impacts conservation and development of forests. This is done by senior IFS officers in collusion with the state government so that they could be promoted. Some of the posts outside the forest department which are occupied by the IFS officers include MD tourism corporation MD, jungle lodges MD, agriculture director, special director environment, state disaster management director,” he added. Read More
The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) on Wednesday announced its candidates for Sindagi and Hangal bypolls. KPCC president DK Shivakumar announced that Ashok Managuli will be contesting from Sindagi constituency and Srinivas Vishnurav Mane will be contesting from Hangal constituency. 
The seats have remained vacant for months on account of the deaths of the respective MLAs and the elections will be held on October 30. 
Meanwhile, the JD(S) has announced Naziya Shakeel Ahmed Angadi from Sindgi and Niyaz Shaikh from Hangal as its candidates from Sindgi and Hangal, respectively. 
The BJP core committee which held a meeting on Sunday in the presence of Arun Singh, the party’s Karnataka in-charge are yet to announce their candidates. (ENS)
Students of various undergraduate courses in state-run universities in Karnataka will be introduced to an updated assessment pattern beginning this academic year (2021-22) on the side-lines of the implementation of the new National Education Policy (NEP-2020).
The Karnataka State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) recently approved the revision in the assessment pattern by increasing the internal assessment share against end-term exam scores for theory subjects to a 40:60 ratio as opposed to the 30:70 followed till now. The ratio for practical subjects, however, is fixed at 50:50.
Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor Dr K R Venugopal, one among the incumbent VCs who had proposed the KSHEC to update the assessment pattern, told The Indian Express that it was high time the pattern shifted from a summative nature to a formative model. “With quizzes, multiple-choice question activities, roleplays, seminars, presentations, and other activities being held over a period of four months in a semester, students can be empowered to transform themselves to skilled and employable graduates,” he said. Read More
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