Karnataka Bengaluru Highlights: Petrol prices crosses Rs.110 per litre in B’lore; electricity charges hiked across state – The Indian Express

Karnataka, Bengaluru Highlights: Petrol and diesel prices were Tuesday hiked by 80 paise a litre each, taking the total increase in rates in the last two weeks to Rs 9.20 per litre. With this, the petrol price in Bengaluru is now Rs. 110. 25 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 94.01 per litre.
In other news, the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission approved an increase in energy charges by five paise per unit and raised fixed charges ranging between Rs 10 and 30 per kilo watt. The overall average increase accounts for 35 paise per unit for the financial year 2022-23, which is up by 4.33 per cent.
Amid opposition by some right-wing groups to the use of loudspeakers at mosques, senior Karnataka Minister K S Eshwarappa on Monday said, any solution to the issue can be found by taking the Muslim community into confidence, keeping the interests of students and patients in mind. Stating that it is not a competition to play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers to counter its use at mosques, and that it may lead to conflict between communities, Eshwarappa advised Muslim leaders to see to it that speakers are limited to their places of worship and don’t disturb people living in surrounding areas.
With several states lifting the rule requiring mandatory wearing of masks in public places, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Monday said he will consult the state Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the chief minister on the issue.
“Though there is no official order on this, 90 per cent of the people are not wearing masks. The government is not imposing fines for not wearing masks as well. It is an undeclared order. Since the fourth wave has hit some countries, I will consult the TAC and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai before making any announcement,” he said.
Reacting to the development, epidemiologist Dr Giridhara R Babu tweeted, “Instead of consensus, (it is) ironic that the use of face masks has become a contentious issue.” Read More
A decentralized system for waste disposal in the city is needed. In this regard, the bulk waste generators and the bulk waste collection service providers within the BBMP area should take responsibility to get rid of the problem of bulk waste, said the Chief Commissioner, Gaurav Gupta.
Addressing a meeting held at the IPP center in Malleshwaram, today, to discuss the segregation and management of waste at source by bulk waste generators within the BBMP limits, he said that, almost 6,000 Metric tonnes of waste is generated per day within the BBMP limits, and among which, 1,500 tonnes of waste is being generated by bulk generators. The problem of waste should be eradicated through a decentralized system for waste disposal even by these bulk waste generators.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said he hopes to get instructions from the party leadership on the expansion or rejig of his cabinet, during the New Delhi trip.
The Chief Minister, who will be in the national capital today and tomorrow, is expected to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President J P Nadda.
“I have no such instructions so far, when I go there and when I meet Amit Shah and Nadda ji, I hope to get….” Bommai said in response to a question on cabinet expansion or rejig.
Speaking to reporters here ahead of his travel, he said he has sought appointment from Nadda and Shah. “…it is not yet fixed, if it is fixed, I will meet them.” When told that some Ministerial aspirants are in Delhi, he merely said, “…naturally.” There is pressure mounting on the Chief Minister to expand or rejig his cabinet soon, after the recent Assembly elections in five states. PTI
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday dismissed Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao’s attempts to compare Bengaluru with Hyderabad as “utter joke”.
He was responding to Rao’s recent tweet asking an entrepreneur in Bengaluru to shift to Hyderabad, claiming better physical and social infrastructure there.
”It is an utter joke….not just India, people from across the world are coming to Bengaluru. Highest startups are in Bengaluru. Highest unicorns are in Bengaluru, million and billion dollars worth,” Bommai said in response to a question on Rao’s tweet. PTI
Starting from Friday, April 8, the South Western Railways (SWR) will run Memu trains on the Bengaluru-Tumakuru line to facilitate office-goers, officials informed Tuesday.
The SWR has decided to run Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (Memu) trains between the two cities for the first time. On October 29, 2021, as a part of the Chikkabanavara-Hubballi electrification project, the SWR completed the electrification of the 64-km stretch.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Chief Public Relations Officer, South Western Railway, Aneesh Hegde said, “The train will leave from Tumakuru at 11:15 am and arrive at the Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (KSR) railway station at 1:25 pm and depart from KSR at 1:50 pm and arrive at Tumakuru at 3:40 pm.” Read More
A day after retired IPS officer Bhaskar Rao joined Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), retired Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) officer K Mathai on Tuesday announced that he is joining the party next week. His announcement comes a year before assembly elections in the state.
Mathai who spoke to Indian Express confirmed that he is joining AAP. “I have been in touch with Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders of AAP from many days and time has come to join AAP. Karnataka is struggling in corruption and bad governance and in the present situation only AAP can bring change,” he added.
Mathai said, “we have been witnessing Congress, BJP and JD(S) in Karnataka and how people have lost trust because of their bad governance. Karnataka needs a change.” Read More
A special court in Bengaluru Tuesday convicted a head cashier to seven years of imprisonment for fraudulently exchanging demonetised currency with legal notes worth Rs 2.18 crore.
The convicted officer was identified as B Dinesh, who worked as the head cashier in the State Bank of Mysore’s (presently merged with State Bank of India) Periyapatna branch in Mysore district of Karnataka. Read More
A special court in Bengaluru has convicted a head cashier for seven years of imprisonment for fraudulently exchanging demonetized currency with legal notes for the tune of Rs 2.18 crore.
The convicted officer is B Dinesh who worked as head cashier in State Bank of Mysore (presently merged with State Bank of India) of Periyapatna branch in Mysore district in Karnataka.
The subsidy being paid for the SC-ST communities, under the Land Ownership Scheme, would be raised to Rs 20 lakh from the present Rs 15 lakh. A decision to this effect has been taken, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
The Chief Minister in his address at a function to present the Babu Jagjivan Ram award said, the subsidy being paid for the construction of homes for the SC, ST communities would be raised to Rs2 lakh from the present Rs1.75 lakh.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday approved a 2.75 per cent increase in the Dearness Allowance (DA) for state government employees with retrospective effect from January 1 this year, the state finance department said.
The decision would result in an additional annual expenditure of Rs 1,447 crore and the state government has issued the orders in this regard, a release from the Chief Minister’s Office said. With this, the DA of government employees has been revised to 27.25 percent from 24.50 percent of their basic pay. According to the finance department, the hike would benefit around six lakh employees and 4.5 lakh pensioners in the state.
The Bengaluru city police have taken custody of a 26-year-old man from Gujarat who allegedly flew down to the city to commit chain-snatching last year.
The arrested has been identified as Umesh Khatik, a native of Ahmedabad. According to police sources, he came to Bengaluru on December 26, 2021, and snatched two gold chains from a woman on 100 Feet Ring Road. The police said that he had flown down from Gujarat to Bengaluru and stolen a bike in the city before snatching the chains.
The Ahmedabad police were alerted about the thief who then arrested him and recovered the chains he had stolen. He was lodged in the Sabarmati central prisons and brought to Bengaluru on a body warrant. On interrogation, it was found that he was involved in three chain snatching cases, in CK Achukattu, Mico Layout and Malleshwaram police limits, said the police. Read More
Retired Karnataka Administrative Service officer K Mathai is set to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Speaking to Indian Express, K Mathai, who was transferred 28 times during his 10-year tenure, said that he has already spoken to Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal. He said he will be joining the AAP in a week’s time.
A 12-year-old boy in Bengaluru allegedly made a hoax bomb threat call to the railway police helpline to stop his classmate from boarding a train at the Yelahanka railway station as he would then lose his partner in the online multiplayer game PUBG and have to stop playing it.

According to the railway police officials, the call to the helpline came around 2 pm on March 30 and the Railway protection Forces (RPF) employed an anti-sabotage squad and dog squad at the railway station. Later, it was established that the call was a hoax, said officials. (Read more)
The Karnataka government has revised the Dearness Allowance rates payable to the State government employees in the 2018 Revised Pay Scales from the existing 24.50% to 27.25% of basic pay with effect from January 1, 2022.
Karnataka Government revises the rates of Dearness Allowance (DA) payable to the State Government Employees in the 2018 Revised Pay Scales from the existing 24.50% to 27.25% of Basic Pay with effect from 1″ January 2022. pic.twitter.com/EvulQNsxqf

A 45-year-old truck driver from Bengaluru has been arrested and his vehicle seized for allegedly running over a stray dog in Andheri (west) in the early hours of Monday, said the police.
The incident took place around 1.45 am near the Bharat Petroleum pump in the Kapaswadi area of Andheri (west), said the police. The truck filled with coconuts allegedly ran over the dog leading to its death and Simon Rodriques, a marketing professional, who lives in the same locality, witnessed it, added the police. (Read more)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will embark on a visit to New Delhi on Tuesday afternoon to hold consultations with central leaders of the BJP regarding changes in the Cabinet as the BJP government in the state enters its final lap before the upcoming Assembly polls in April 2023.
Several aspirants for vacancies and ministers fearing ouster from the state Cabinet have also moved to Delhi to push their cases before party leaders, according to BJP sources. The party currently has four vacancies in a full quota of 34 ministerial berths in the government. There is speculation that the party may drop at least four ministers to induct new faces. 
“I have sought time to meet Nadda-ji and Amit Shah-ji but an appointment is yet to be scheduled. I will meet them if time is allotted,” Bommai said Tuesday morning. (Read more)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai took to Twitter to greet the maritime community on the occasion of National Maritime Day.
Salute to our seafarers & the maritime community on #NationalMaritimeDay for protecting & standing as vanguard for our naval territory. Let us keep setting new benchmarks in safe and sustainable shipping beyond Covid-19. pic.twitter.com/EW0KvWkuFh

Express’ Bengaluru-based correspondent Kiran Parashar joins host Shashank Bhargava to discuss how right-wing groups, such as the VHP, are trying to restrict Muslim vendors from putting up stalls during temple fairs in Karnataka.
🔊 Right wing groups in #Karnataka are trying to ban Muslim vendors from putting up stalls in temple fairs. And they are doing this by citing a 2002 order.

Today on 3 Things, @KiranParashar21 joins host @shashankbhrgv to explain the controversy.

Listen: https://t.co/zn77S9v5Fg

Bengaluru city is likely to see a maximum temperature of 34.6 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 21.7 degree Celsius, according to an 8.30 am update from the Meteorological Centre in Bengaluru. The humidity is set to be 79%. No rainfall has been predicted. 
Here’s the local forecast:
For 24 hours: Partly cloudy sky. Mist is very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 34 and 22 degrees Celsius respectively.
For 48 hours: Partly cloudy sky. Mist is very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 34 and 22 degrees Celsius respectively.
Petrol and diesel prices were Tuesday hiked by 80 paise a litre each, taking the total increase in rates in the last two weeks to Rs 9.20 per litre.
The new fuel prices in Bengaluru are as follows: 
Petrol: Rs. 110. 25 per litre
Diesel: Rs. 94.01 per litre
Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:
Covid-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp – +91 97777 77684, Voice call – 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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