Karnataka, Bengaluru Highlights: Rahul Gandhi slams BJP govt in Karnataka over ‘saffronisation’ of textbooks – The Indian Express

Karnataka, Bangalore News Highlights:  In a series of tweets, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Saturday slammed the BJP government in Karnataka for the textbook controversy and said that the ‘saffronisation’ of textbooks is an insult to India’s diversity. A controversy erupted in Karnataka over the alleged inclusion of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology in school textbooks. Some Kannada writers, including professor S G Siddaramaiah and Devnoor Mahadev, have sought the withdrawal of their works from the textbooks reportedly in protest against the inclusion of a speech by RSS founder K B Hedgewar and exclusion of works of social reformers like Narayan Guru, among others.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai dissolved the controversial textbook revision committee and said that the government was open to re-revising the content of the textbooks if people had objections to the changes introduced by the panel. Bommai’s decision came after state Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh submitted a report on the committee. Bommai said the committee was dissolved as its work was complete.
Security has been heightened in Srirangapatna, the erstwhile capital of 18th century ruler Tipu Sultan in the district, following Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) call to perform puja at the Jamia mosque, claiming that it was built after razing a Hanuman temple. Prohibitory orders have been imposed in the temple town under section 144 of the CrPC to prevent any protest or procession from taking place.
Karnataka on Sunday reported 301 fresh COVID-19 infections and one fatality, the State Health department said.
The 301 new cases took the as against the 222 on Saturday took the overall virus tally in the state to 39,53,359 while one death pushed the toll to 40,066.
The infections include 291 in Bengaluru Urban district, three in Mysuru, and two in Dakshina Kannada.
There were zero infections and fatalities in 23 districts of the state.
The Health department said 146 people were discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 39,10,837 till date. The number of active cases stood at 2,414.
The positivity rate for the day was 1.40 per cent and case fatality rate was 0.33 per cent. (PTI)
Some Veerashaiva-Lingayat seers on Sunday appealed to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to survey the ‘Peer Pasha Bangla’ in Basavakalyan in Bidar district, claiming that it was the original ‘Anubhava Mantapa’, the sacred seat of the founder of Lingayat sect and 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara.
“The first parliament of the world, Anubhava Mantapa now happens to be the Peer Pasha Bangla (Bungalow), which requires immediate protection and a survey by the Archaeological Survey of India,” the seers said in a joint statement.
The seers, led by Sharanu Salagar, BJP MLA from Basavakalyan, and Pradeep Kankanvadi, president of Veerashaiva-Lingayat Sanghatana Vedike, called on Bommai at his residence. (PTI)
Union Minister G Kishan Singh has been appointed as the in-charge for Rajya Sabha polls in Karnataka.
In the Sherlock Holmes short story titled ‘The Adventure of the Empty House’, author Arthur Conan Doyle refers to a British army regiment called the 1st Bengaluru Pioneers where the villain of the story, Colonel Sebastian Moran, had served.
The reference to the 1st Bengaluru Pioneers is believed to be a fictionalised version of the 1st Madras Pioneers regiment raised in 1780 by the British – which was based in Bengaluru in the 1800s – since there is no historical account of a Bengaluru Pioneers regiment during the British era.
The Madras Pioneers, disbanded and absorbed into the Madras Engineers Group or the Madras Sappers in 1933, still have an existence in Bengaluru through a war memorial built in 1928 for 449 soldiers of the regiment killed in battles around the globe during World War I between 1914 and 1918. (Read More)

The Vishva Hindu Parishad has given 25 days’ time for authorities in Karnataka’s Mandya district to conduct a survey at the iconic Jamia mosque in Srirangapatna town, 120 km from Bengaluru, to find out whether it had been a temple.
On Friday, despite prohibitory orders, the VHP and other outfits held a massive march in Srirangapatna claiming that the mosque built around 1782 during the rule of Tipu Sultan had been a Hanuman temple. More than 300 members of various Hindutva outfits tried to enter the mosque but were thwarted by police.
Keeping in mind the large gathering, the police had made elaborate security arrangements to prevent the Hindutva activists from coming near the mosque. The activists were stopped nearly 4 km away, off the Mysuru-Bengaluru expressway. They were later shifted to Banni Mantap in Mysuru. (Read More)
The rooftop solar will play a major role in achieving the target of 500 GW of non-fossil by 2030, Union Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy Bhagwant Khuba has said.
“The Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is working towards achieving target of 500 GW of non-fossil by 2030 as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the Panchamrit targets. The rooftop solar will play major role,” the Minister said on Saturday at the launch of Pan-India Rooftop Solar Awareness Campaign titled “Ghar Ke Upar, Solar is Super.” The campaign should aim at mobilising local government, citizens, Residents’ Welfare Associations and municipalities to spread awareness of solar rooftop, the Khuba said.
The minister was optimistic that the Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities will offer maximum potential in achieving this target.
According to him, Karnataka alone has the potential of one GW rooftop solar. (PTI)
Congress is indulging in a slander campaign against RSS. But the people know everything about RSS, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
The Chief Minister was speaking to media persons in Hubballi.
RSS is a patriotic, nationalist organisation engaged in social service. RSS activists were in the forefront in rescuing the people during calamities and serving the affected people. RSS has done commendable work in many states. Congress party and leader of the opposition Siddaramaiah are known RSS baiters. Congress has lost power and its base in many states due to this stand. It will repeat in Karnataka too, Bommai said.
Replying to a question on textbook review issue, Bommai said, Congress leaders were indulging in politics over textbook review too. The Education minister would reply to that.
The Karnataka unit of the Congress party has decided that it will take up the cause of communities, including Muslims and Christians, who have been hurt by the policies of the BJP government in the state.
Following a two-day exercise to draw up an action plan in the run-up to the Karnataka Assembly elections in 2023, state Congress chief D K Shivakumar announced that the party will be speaking out on issues concerning communities targeted by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Read more
The Special Public Prosecutor in the murder case of journalist Gauri Lankesh filed a list of witnesses before a Bengaluru City Civil and Sessions Court. The SPP submitted the list to the court on Saturday. In response, the defendants’ attorney appealed for a list of electronic evidence that are part of the investigation.
The court has adjourned the hearing to June 6 for objections, if any to the plea, to be filed. The trial will be held from July 4 to July 8 and for a week every month. Lankesh was killed outside her residence in Rajarajeshwari Nagar in the city on September 5, 2017. (PTI)
The Singena Agrahara lake in the Anekal taluk dates back thousands of years and is said to have been constructed by Rajaraja 1, an emperor of the Chola dynasty. Local residents say that the lake was traditionally used for irrigation but over the years, not only was the 106-acre waterbody encroached but also did it become a major spot to dump garbage. Last year, it was also observed that the farming has been taken up in the buffer zone of the lake.
However, in June 2021, as a part of the initiative ‘Lake Protection in Anekal Taluk’, former lake activist Captain Santhosh Kumar (Retd), who is presently working as an assistant commissioner, GST, raised the issue of the rejuvenation of the lake and worked with Bengaluru urban deputy commissioner J Manjunath to evict the encroachers from the lake and drains. Read more

Angered by his mother’s reluctance to get him a new mobile phone, a 26-year-old man in Bengaluru strangulated his mother to death, the police said.
The accused, identified as Deepak, a resident of Mylasandra, was arrested on June 3. His mother Fathima Mary (45) and her family members lived by selling home-grown crops in local markets. Based on Deepak’s version, his younger sister Joyce Mary (24) filed a complaint with the police stating that some strangers had killed her mother on their farm, which is around 5 km from their house. The incident took place on June 1, the police said.
Karnataka on Saturday reported 222 fresh Covid-19 cases taking the total infections to 39,53,058, the state health department said. There were zero fatalities due to Covid-19 in the state during the last 24 hours. The infections include 210 in Bengaluru Urban district, four in Udupi and two in Chitradurga.
There were zero infections and fatalities in 22 districts of the state. The health department said 191 people were discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 39,10,691 till date. The number of active cases stood at 2,260. The positivity rate for the day was 0.93 per cent. (PTI)
In the aftermath of fatal accidents owing to cases of electrocution in the month of April, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) Friday said it has sped up the process of removal of unauthorised OFC cables laid at the transformer units. Officials said the removal of unauthorised cables is a continuous process but during monsoon, cases of accidents are common.
“BESCOM officials have removed 1,46,281 metre of OFC cables, 87,665 metre of dish cables, 87,007 metre internet data cables and 928 hazardous electrical items situated near transformers by the end of May. Action will be taken against the officers who failed to remove unauthorised cables and wires,” said M L Nagaraj, CGM (Operations). Read more
German telecom major Deutsche Telekom, which has moved a US federal court for enforcement of an international compensation award of $135 million from the Government of India (GoI) over the failed 2005 Devas-Antrix deal, has sought the posting of the full amount as security by India even as the GoI has sought a stay in the proceedings, citing a case filed in a Swiss court against the compensation award.
In April 2021, Deutsche Telekom filed a petition in the US District of Columbia court seeking confirmation of compensation of over $135 million (including interest) awarded by a Permanent Court of Arbitration in Geneva in 2020 over the annulment of a satellite deal signed in 2005 by a Bengaluru based start-up Devas Multimedia (where Deutsche Telekom had stakes) and Indian Space Research Organisation’s (Isro) commercial arm Antrix Corp. Read more
In a series of tweets, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Saturday slammed the BJP government in Karnataka for the textbook controversy and said that the ‘saffronisation’ of textbooks is an insult to India’s diversity.
A controversy erupted in Karnataka over the alleged inclusion of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology in school textbooks. Some Kannada writers, including professor S G Siddaramaiah and Devnoor Mahadev, have sought the withdrawal of their works from the textbooks reportedly in protest against the inclusion of a speech by RSS founder K B Hedgewar and exclusion of works of social reformers like Narayan Guru, among others.
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Karnataka on Saturday reported 222 fresh Covid-19 cases taking the total infections to 39,53,058, the state health department said. There were zero fatalities due to Covid-19 in the state during the last 24 hours.
The infections include 210 in Bengaluru Urban district, four in Udupi and two in Chitradurga. The positivity rate for the day was 0.93 per cent. There were 9,891 inoculations done on Saturday, taking the total vaccination count to 10.93 crore so far, the health department said. (PTI)
 
Expressing his confidence in the Union government declaring Upper Bhadra as a National Project, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that the Union cabinet is likely to approve the Rs13,000 cr project soon. The credit for this should go to  Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Chief Minister in his address after launching a slew of development works including construction of a bridge across the backwaters of Vanivilas Sagar reservoir and a Drip Irrigation Project in Hosadurga said, the farmers were convinced to give up their lands for the Upper Bhadra project with the state government making special grants to pay them compensation, many hurdles for the project were overcome after relentless efforts aking to the legendary Bhagirath, who brought Ganges to the earth, Bommai said.
In a series of tweets, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Saturday slammed the BJP government in Karnataka for the textbook controversy and said that the ‘saffronisation’ of textbooks is an insult to India’s diversity.
A controversy erupted in Karnataka over the alleged inclusion of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology in school textbooks. Some Kannada writers, including professor S G Siddaramaiah and Devnoor Mahadev, have sought the withdrawal of their works from the textbooks reportedly in protest against the inclusion of a speech by RSS founder K B Hedgewar and exclusion of works of social reformers like Narayan Guru, among others. (Read More)
In a series of tweets, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Saturday slammed the BJP government in Karnataka for the textbook controversy and said that the ‘saffronisation’ of textbooks is an insult to India’s diversity.
A controversy erupted in Karnataka over the alleged inclusion of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology in school textbooks. Some Kannada writers, including professor S G Siddaramaiah and Devnoor Mahadev, have sought the withdrawal of their works from the textbooks reportedly in protest against the inclusion of a speech by RSS founder K B Hedgewar and exclusion of works of social reformers like Narayan Guru, among others. (Read More)
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