Karnataka Bengaluru News Highlights: Hijab controversy resurfaces in Mangaluru college; Rajnath Singh on 2 day visit – The Indian Express

Karnataka Bengaluru News Highlights: The hijab controversy resurfaced in Karnataka on Thursday after a group of students from Mangaluru University College staged a protest and asked the college authorities to ban wearing of hijab inside classrooms. The protesting students, who were wearing the college uniform, claimed that 44 students are wearing hijab to college and some of them are doing so in classrooms, too, news agency PTI reported.
In other news, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday interacted with Indian Navy personnel and their families at Karnataka Naval Area in Bengaluru. “Our defence personnel serve the nation diligently and keep our country safe and secure. Their family members also serve the country by giving them support and strength,” he said.
Meanwhile, a day after the BJP ignored his younger son B Y Vijayendra’s name while picking candidates for the June 3 Karnataka Legislative Council polls, veteran party leader and former chief minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday said he believed that his party would reward his son in due course of time.
 
 
argeting the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, senior Karnataka Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Friday questioned whether those who belonged to the outfit were “native Indians”, “Dravidians” or “Aryans”.
The Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly also blamed the lack of unity within Indian society for the invasion of Mughals and British and their rule for a long period.
Angered by comments against their ideological parent organisation, several BJP leaders have sharply reacted and have hit out at the former chief minister. (PTI)
The Karnataka government on Friday appointed senior IAS officer Vandita Sharma as the state’s new Chief Secretary. Sharma, a 1986-batch IAS officer, is currently Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner. She will succeed P Ravi Kumar who will retire on May 31.
The senior IAS officer will be in office till November 2023. The state goes to assembly polls next year. Sharma will be Karnataka’s 39th chief secretary, and will be the fourth woman to occupy the post, after Teresa Bhattacharya in 2000, Malathi Das in 2006, and K Ratna Prabha in 2017. (PTI)
After the meeting with CDC members and other authorities Mangalore University has decided to enforce the Karnataka HC order and not allow hijab inside the class.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will propose to the state government to handover the Indira Canteens to the ISKCON. Confirming the development, BBMP special commissioner (finance) Tulasi Maddineni Thursday said that the proposal will be sent to the office of the additional chief secretary (urban development department) in a day or two. Read More
All the seven candidates in the fray for the biennial election to Karnataka Legislative Council, slated to be elected by the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs), were on Friday declared as elected “unopposed”.
The declaration paved the way for the BJP to gain a majority in the Upper House as four out of the seven new members are from the ruling party, two from Congress and JD(S) one.
The seven candidates declared elected include BJP’s vice-president and former deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi, party’s state secretaries Hemalatha Nayak and S Keshavaprasad, and President of SC Morcha Chalavadi Narayanaswamy.
Congress’ M Nagaraju Yadav, former chairman of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and K Abdul Jabbar, the President of KPCC’s minority cell and a former MLC; and JD(S)’ T A Saravana, a former MLC, were elected in the other three seats. (PTI)
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) have seized 34.89 kilograms of heroin, valued at around Rs 52.5 crore, and apprehended a Nigerian man said to be the kingpin of the drug racket operating from New Delhi along with nine gang members.
Based on credible information that they received, officers of NCB Bengaluru Zonal Unit, seized seven kg of heroin, concealed in a suitcase of a female passenger coming from Zimbabwe to Bengaluru by flight at the airport here on May 24.
The woman was apprehended along with her associate at the airport, an NCB statement said on Friday. (PTI)
 
Isolated very light rains likely over BBMP area. Maximum & Minimum temperatures likely to be around 33 & 22 degree C respectively.
State: Isolated very light to light rains likely over the State.
SIK: Isolated to scattered very light to light rains likely over Kolar,Chamarajanagara,Tumakuru and Mysuru districts and dry weather very likely to prevail over remaining districts of the region.
NIK: Isolated very light to light rains likely over Bidar district and dry weather very likely to prevail over remaining districts of the region.
Malnad: Isolated very light to light rains likely over Kodagu district and dry weather very likely to prevail over remaining districts of the region.
Coastal: Isolated very light to light rains likely over Dakshina Kannada ,Uttara Kannada & Udupi districts.
The department of Electrical Communication Engineering (ECE) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has developed a record-breaking true random number generator (TRNG), which can improve data encryption and provide improved security for sensitive digital data such as credit card details, passwords and other personal information. Read More
A day after a 25-year-old Dalit youth was killed for allegedly having a relationship with a Muslim girl, Karnataka’s Kalaburagi district stayed tense on Friday, even as the police arrested two men, including the woman’s brother, for the crime.
According to the police, Vijaya Kamble, who worked on contract as a cook in the railway department, was in love with a girl and wanted to marry her. The girl’s family however opposed their relationship. Despite this, Kamble continued to stay in touch with her, police said. Read More 
Karnataka | Family and friends including the mother of the deceased Vijay Kumar mourn his death in Kalaburagi

He was stabbed to death by two men namely Shahabuddin & Nawaz on May 25 because of his alleged interfaith relationship with Shahbuddin’s sister pic.twitter.com/JAwKuIkxdn
A 16-year-old girl riding pillion on a bike died after she came under the wheels of a school bus in Bengaluru on Thursday. Her sister and a friend, who were travelling with her, sustained minor injuries. The accident took place near Devegowda Petrol Bunk in Banashankari where the deceased Keerthana, her elder sister Harshitha (18) and their friend Darshan (21) were travelling on a bike.
Around 9.20 am, they were heading towards Kamakya from Chennamma Circle. As they neared the petrol bunk, a school bus belonging to Delhi Public School (DPS) South knocked them from behind. The trio fell on the road, Keerthana came under the rear wheel of the bus and died on the spot. Read More
During his two-day visit to the naval base in Karnataka, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday performed yoga on the Karnataka Naval Area Beach, Karwar. Singh interacted with the Indian Navy personnel and their families a day before. 
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday interacted with Indian Navy personnel and their families at Karnataka Naval Area here.”Our defence personnel serve the nation diligently and keep our country safe and secure. Their family members also serve the country by giving them support and strength,” he said. Singh arrived on a two-day visit to the naval base here in Uttara Kannada district to interact with personnel of the Indian Navy.
Delighted to interact with the Indian Navy personnel and their families at Karnataka Naval Area in Karwar. Our Defence personnel serve the nation diligently and keep our country safe and secure. Their family members also serve the country by giving them support and strength. pic.twitter.com/sYvHKo7PWM

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Wednesday issued a notification delegating more administrative and financial powers to the zonal commissioners. The notification was signed by BBMP chief commissioner Tushar Giri Nath.
While the state government had appointed zonal commissioners to the civic agency’s eight zones in April 2021 for better coordination during the Covid-19 pandemic, they had to coordinate with joint commissioners and the chief commissioner with little control over administrative and financial matters. (Read more here)
Two contract workers died and one was seriously injured after getting electrocuted while changing an 11KV capacity Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) wire at Heerekattiganahalli in Chintamani (Chikkaballapur) rural division at 5.45 pm on Wednesday. The deceased were identified as Sanjeev (22) and Siddappa (19) from Haveri. Parvez (22) from Bihar was seriously injured and shifted to R L Jalappa Hospital in Kolar.
The hijab controversy resurfaced in Karnataka on Thursday after a group of students from Mangaluru University College staged a protest and asked the college authorities to ban wearing of hijab inside classrooms.
According to a student, they had submitted a letter regarding this after the Karnataka High Court order — the HC, on March 15, had dismissed petitions filed by a group of Muslim students seeking permission to wear hijab in classrooms. But the college management did not pay attention, the student said. “If they are allowed to attend college wearing hijab, we will also wear saffron shawls and come to college,” the student said. Read more

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Karnataka police, which is investigating the police sub-inspectors’ (PSI) recruitment scam in the state, has questioned a senior police official who headed the Karnataka police recruitment cell for the last two years.
Police sources said that Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Amrit Paul has been questioned by CID officials over the police recruitment exam scam where over 30 candidates who obtained the top ranks were found to have indulged in malpractices with the help of middlemen and police officials.
Two bike-borne miscreants opened fire at a woman in Hulgur in the Shiggaon taluk of Haveri district Wednesday night around 9 pm. While the woman, identified as Salma, 31, miraculously escaped unhurt, the incident came days after another similar incident was reported in the home constituency of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
The miscreants shot at Salma when there was no electricity and the initial probe has revealed that the miscreants have fired six rounds at her but all of them missed her. Read more
“After two or three months, you will get sensational news. No more questions. Thank you,” Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao replied to reporters’ questions about his national ambitions in Bengaluru, where he met Janata Dal (Secular) supremo HD Deve Gowda on Thursday.
That the Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief chose to fly to the Karnataka capital to meet the former prime minister while Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the former’s home state was viewed as a symbolic protest against the central government’s alleged apathy towards Telangana.
While KCR said his meeting with Gowda was pre-scheduled, it was the second time in the past four months that the Telangana chief minister had missed out on a Modi visit to his state. Read more
Chief Minister Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao met with former Prime Minister Sri @H_D_Devegowda and former Chief Minister of Karnataka Sri @HD_Kumaraswamy in Bangalore today. pic.twitter.com/lWvpLCzW9e
We’ve discussed national & Karnataka politics issues. There’ll be a change at national level & nobody can stop it…Tribals, farmers & poor aren’t happy in the country. Industries are getting closed, GDP is crashing, inflation is rising & Rupee’s value is falling:Telangana CM KCR pic.twitter.com/V9tDXVqpF8
Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Thursday ruled out any ‘political relationship’ between his party and the JD(S) either during the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls or the 2023 Assembly elections in Karnataka.
His statement gains significance, as none of the three parties has an adequate number of votes to win the fourth Rajya Sabha seat from the State Assembly. The Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly also made it clear that he would not go to national politics, and would remain active in the State.
“There will not be any relationship (alliance or understanding) with JD(S)…we (Congress) will not have any political relationship with JD(S), there will not be any relationship during the elections or any other political relationship,” Siddaramaiah said in response to a question. (PTI)
Members of the Aam Aadmi Party’s Karnataka unit speak to the media, in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Karnataka’s team at the World Economic Forum in Davos, led by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, has inked Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with two major companies, for a total investment flow of Rs 52,000 crore, the government said on Tuesday. Along with the two deals signed, other companies have expressed interest in investing in the state, the government said.
A Bengaluru-based private school on May 20 allegedly sent an email to its alumni asking them to change the name of Gyanvapi Mosque to Gyanvapi Temple on Google maps. Preethi Krishnamoorthy, an alumnus based in Hawaii, received the controversial email on May 20. She even took to social media to expose the school’s “shocking” conduct.
Amid the Gyanvapi Mosque row, the Mangaluru Police had to clamp Section 144 around the Assaiyeed Adbullahil Madani Mosque in Malali Tuesday after Hindu Right-wing activists planned to perform religious rituals near the mosque after claiming that it was built on a temple. Malali is located close to Mangaluru, which is regarded as a communally sensitive region. Any disturbance here will affect all the three coastal districts. The region is considered as a BJP bastion.
In other news from the city, two Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) schools in the city scored zero per cent in the recently-announced SSLC exam results. As many as 19 students from Murphy Town and two from K G Nagar BBMP school who appeared for the SSLC exam have failed. The BBMP has issued a showcause notice to the headmasters of both the schools and have also terminated the services of the teachers.

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