Karnataka Bengaluru News Highlights August 29: SC forms three-judge bench to hear Idgah maidan case; hearing to begin shortly – The Indian Express

Karnataka Bengaluru News Highlights (August 30):  The Supreme Court Tuesday refused permission for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations on Bengaluru’s Idgah ground and ordered status quo.  The matter was heard by a three-judge bench of Justices Indira Banerjee, A S Oka, and MM Sundresh. Earlier, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court referred the Idgah maidan case to a 3-judge bench citing differences of opinion among the judges. During the hearing against the HC order in the matter, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed SC that the Karnataka govt had permitted the ground to be used for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations for 2 days; tomorrow and the day after.
Several districts of Karnataka are expected to see thunderstorms accompanied by lightning with heavy rains, said the meteorological centre in Bengaluru Tuesday. Uttara Kannada, Belagavi, Bagalkote, Dharwad, Gadag, Koppal, Haveri, Ballari, Davanagere, and Shivamogga too are scheduled to recieve rains.
Preparing the pitch for the Assembly polls next year, the Congress in Karnataka on Monday announced a campaign “Nim Hatra Idya Uttara?” (Do you have an answer?), against the ruling BJP in the State for its “unfulfilled” promises made by the party in its election manifesto in 2018. The campaign, seen as a counter to BJP’s ‘Janotsava’ campaign, was launched by AICC general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala, KPCC president D K Shivakumar, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah, among others, and will go on till the 2023 Assembly polls with the Congress asking the BJP questions every day.
 
Karnataka High Court will hear at 10 PM today a plea challenging Govt order allowing Ganesha Chaturthi festival at Idgah ground at Hubbali-Dharwad.  Hearing will be held at the chamber of Justice Ashok S Kinagi. Earlier today, SC refused permission fro Ganesh Chaturthi celebration at Idgah Maidan and ordered status quo.
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Ganesh Utsav will not be held on Bengaluru’s Idgah ground as Supreme Court ordered maintaining the status quo.
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Lahar Singh Siroya, a BJP Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, has suggested transferring out of the state the sexual assault case against Lingayat seer Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru, who is yet to be arrested.
“If there is even an iota of doubt that interests of justice will be served better if this case is transferred outside Karnataka, then that too should be considered. An FIR under the POCSO Act has been registered against the pontiff of the very influential Muruga mutt in Chitradurga. Minor girls have made serious allegations of sexual harassment…” Siroya said in a press release issued on Monday. Read More
SC forms a three-judge bench of Justices Indira Banerjee, A S Oka, and MM Sundresh. The matter will be heard today at 4.35 PM.
Today, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court referred the Idgah case to a 3-judge bench citing differences of opinion among the judges. They also granted liberty to mention the case before CJI. 
Earlier, during the plea hearing against the HC order in the Bengaluru Idgah matter, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed SC that the Karnataka govt had permitted the ground to be used for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations for 2 days-tomorrow and day after.
The India Matereologocal Department (IMD) has predicted rain and thunderstorm over Karnataka for the next 24 hours. The met department has predicted heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places over Belagavi, Bidar, Dharwad, Kalaburgi, and Yadgiri districts of North Interior Karnataka and over Chikmagaluru and Kodagu districts of South Interior Karnataka and heavy rain at isolated places over all the districts of Coastal Karnataka and over Gadag, Haveri and Raichur districts of North Interior Karnataka and over Bangalore Rural, Bangalore Urban, Chamrajanagara, Hassan, Mandya, Mysore, Ramanagara and Shivamogga districts of South Interior Karnataka. 
Heavy rain on Monday has led to waterlogging and inundation of residential layouts, the impact of which was felt on Tuesday as well. On the Bellandur Outer Ring Road (ORR) the commuters faced a harrowing time navigating the path. 
The city received 12.8 mm of rainfall on Monday. According to the statistics by the India Meteorological Department, in August, Bengaluru has recorded 364.2 mm of rainfall. It is short of breaking the all time record of 387.1 mm in August 1998. 
The state authorities on August 30 sent rafts to evacuate the stranded residents of Rainbow Drive Layout in Sarjapur. The residents said that the water level inside the residential layout reached six feet making it difficult for a tractor to move inside for evacuation. 
The Bengaluru Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) Monday directed the Ganesh Chaturthi pandal organisers to seek its approval and obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for temporary electricity connections.
BESCOM managing director (MD) Mahantesh Bilagi said: “Organisers who install public Ganesh idols should obtain NOC from the BBMP and the same should be submitted to the concerned BESCOM sub-division office to take electricity connection. Organisers have been asked to pay the necessary fees to the BESCOM while taking electricity connection approval for the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration. Before taking approval for electricity connections, they should allow the BESCOM officials to examine the place where the Ganesha idol is installed. They can take electricity connections by drawing them from overhead lines. However, they should ensure that there should be no joint or loose connections while drawing the power.” (Read more)
Several districts of Karnataka are expected to see thunderstorms accompanied by lightning with heavy rains, said the meteorological centre in Bengaluru Tuesday.
Uttara Kannada, Belagavi, Bagalkote, Dharwad, Gadag, Koppal, Haveri, Ballari, Davanagere, and Shivamogga too are scheduled to recieve rains.
Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru Urban K Srinivasa ordered closure of all schools and PU colleges on Tuesday following forecast of heavy rainfall across the district.
According to the forecast, cloudy skies and light to moderate rainfall are expected in Bengaluru till September 1.
On Monday, heavy rainfall in Ramanagara region of Karnataka lead to heavy snarls on the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway, while the underpasses in the district were waterlogged. (Read more)
The Karnataka health department has issued instructions for adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour during Ganesh Chathurthi and other festivals over the next few days and in September to prevent any spike in infections.

“The public celebration of Ganesha festival on August 31, 2022, shall be observed, preferably outdoors and with strict compliance to Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB), thermal screening at entrances, a social distancing of one meter, provision of hand sanitiser at strategic places, compulsory face masking throughout and fully vaccinated persons encouraged to participate,” said state health commissioner D Randeep in a circular Monday. (Read more)
Preparing the pitch for the Assembly polls next year, the Congress in Karnataka on Monday announced a campaign “Nim Hatra Idya Uttara?” (Do you have an answer?), against the ruling BJP in the State for its “unfulfilled” promises made by the party in its election manifesto in 2018.
The campaign, seen as a counter to BJP’s ‘Janotsava’ campaign, was launched by AICC general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala, KPCC president D K Shivakumar, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah, among others, and will go on till the 2023 Assembly polls with the Congress asking the BJP questions every day. (PTI(

Owing to waterlogged roads due to heavy rainfall on Monday and weather predictions for tomorrow, Deputy commissioner of Bengaluru Urban, K Srinivasa ordered the closure of all schools and PU colleges on Tuesday. 
 
The decision was taken after consulting educational institutions and predictions of rain across the Bengaluru district on Tuesday. As per the forecast, cloudy skies and light to moderate rainfall are expected in Bengaluru till September 1.
 
On Monday, heavy rainfall in Ramanagara region of Karnataka threw traffic out of gear on the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway as underbridges in the district were waterlogged. Schools were also shut following incessant rainfall in Channapatna, Chamarajanagar, Kanakapura and Ramanagara. The schools in the district will also be shut for the next two days on the account of Ganesha Chaturthi festivities. 

The Karnataka government may allow a temple linked to the Muzrai department, not any Hindutva or local group, to erect a one-day pandal at Bengaluru’s disputed Idgah Maidan for Ganesh Chathurthi on August 31, sources said.
Since the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) ruled on August 6 that the 2.5-acre Idgah Maidan belonged to the state rather than the Waqf board, which was granted congregational rights over the land in 1965, the BJP government has been under pressure from Hindutva groups wanting to install a Ganesh statue at the ground in south Bengaluru. Read more
Karnataka school education minister B C Nagesh said Monday that he would file a defamation case against Lokesh Talikatte, president of the Registered Unaided Private School Association (RUPSA), who accused his department of corruption.
“Lokesh has made baseless allegations against me and the education department without proper evidence. So I will be filing a defamation case against him soon. At the same time, if I find any block education official (BEO) or deputy director of public instruction (DDPI) guilty of corruption or giving illegal permissions to run private schools, I am ready to initiate a third-party inquiry and take appropriate action against them,” Nagesh said.
Nagesh told indianexpress.com that Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai last month gave the go-ahead to act against BEOs for various “irregularities”. Read more
Activists of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Bengaluru were on Monday briefly taken into custody after they installed a banner on the steel flyover at Shivananda Circle in the city alleging that the BJP government pocketed 40 per cent commission while building it. The party workers also cut a cake with the words ‘40 per cent commission’ written on it.
AAP Bengaluru unit chief Mohan Dasari said, “The flyover work started at a cost of Rs 19 crore and it has been completed at an expense of Rs 39 crore after seven years. Even after spending double the actual cost of the flyover, its quality is pathetic. The BJP government has looted the taxpayer’s money by giving a poor-quality flyover.”
The flyover, which starts at Shivananda circle and ends near the Race Course Road, had faced opposition from local residents, besides legal hurdles. Read more
The Supreme Court will Tuesday hear a plea moved by the Karnataka Waqf Board against plans to hold the Ganesh Chathurthi celebrations at the Idgah Maidan in Bengaluru.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal mentioned the plea before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India U U Lalit and sought an urgent hearing saying “unnecessary tensions will be created” if it is not taken up immediately. Sibal said Muslims had been performing prayers at Idgah Maidan for several years. Read more
The Karnataka State Wildlife Board will discuss a proposal for declaring the 5,000-acre Hesaraghatta grasslands as a conservation reserve on September 5, as per official documents accessed by indianexpress.com.
Last month the Karnataka High Court set aside the board’s rejection of the proposal in 2021. The court also directed the board to reconsider the proposal, after a petition filed by conservationist Vijay Nishanth questioned the decision to reject it without any discussion. Read more
It was 4 am in the morning on one of the days in July 2020 when Basavaraj Sungari, a government school science teacher from Belagavi, was learning about Augmented Reality (AR)-based experiment for students of Model Higher Primary School at Bhutramanahatti in Belagavi.

While the pandemic did bring in stories of distress and devastation in the education sector and stopped children from attending schools due to lockdown, Sungari’s novel initiative did just the opposite.

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