Karnataka, Bengaluru News Highlights: KR Puram, Mahadevapura most-affected due to Bengaluru rains, says BBMP chief – The Indian Express

Bangalore, Karnataka Live News Today (August 04): BBMP chief commissioner Tushar Giri Nath said that the most-affected areas in Bengaluru city due to heavy rainfall on Monday and Tuesday were KR Puram and Mahadevapura. Yelahanka, Manyata Tech Park, Hosur road, Bellandur, HSR Layout, Kanakapura road, Bannerghatta Road and Outer Ring Road witnessed traffic snarls due to heavy rains.
While no casualties were reported, the BBMP control room received complaints of tree uprooting from Rajajinagar, RT Nagar, RV Road and Kasturba road. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for the districts of the coastal region of the state and Bengaluru city, forecasting ‘heavy to very heavy rain’ till August 5.
Union Minister Amit Shah said at the Sankalp Se Siddhi conference in Bengaluru that several big nations were not able to manage the Covid-19 vaccination process as well as India. Shah recounted the schemes and initiatives that the central government put in place to handle the pandemic. His visit comes a day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s state visit in which the party leader met with Lingayat seers and addressed a public rally in Davangere.
Waterlogged Rainbow Drive on Sarjapur road due to heavy rain


A rare traffic signboard in Bengaluru city has drawn social media attention leading netizens to ponder over what the sign showing only four horizontal dots could possibly mean.
Twitter user Aniruddha Mukherjee wrote, “What traffic symbol is this? @wftrps @blrcitytraffic This is put up just before the Hopefarm signal! #curious.”
The Whitefield traffic police responded, “Dear Sir, That is a Cautionary sign board which tells about a possible blind person likely on the road. Exercise caution while driving. There is a blind school at hopefarm junction where this board is placed. Regards.” Read more
A 43-year-old man, who previously worked as a staffer at the office of Karnataka animal husbandry minister Prabhu Chauhan, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly cheating 12 aspirants by promising them jobs in the department.
The arrested was identified as Jnanadev Jhadav, a resident of Belagavi, who worked as staffer in the office between 2020 and 2021. He quit his job citing personal reasons and settled in Belagavi. Read more
Officials from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), Bengaluru, have approached the police saying that a lawyer appeared on their behalf before the Karnataka High Court, without authorisation, in several cases related to the malpractice reported in the postgraduate medical entrance examination at Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS), Ballari, in 2011.
University officials told the police that recently, while reviewing the cases, they realised that they were losing many cases and learnt that Shivakumar S Badwadagu was representing the university, without approval from its legal department. Badwadagu allegedly appeared before the Dharwad bench of the Karnataka High Court, claiming to be representing RGUHS, the university told the police. Read more
BBMP chief commissioner Tushar Giri Nath said that the most-affected areas in Bengaluru city due to heavy rainfall on Monday and Tuesday were KR Puram and Mahadevapura. 
“Water is being pumped out from Sai layout, Pai layout and Nagappa Reddy layout in KR Puram. The Rainbow Drive layout in Sarjapur is also badly affected and we are working on redesigning of the drains. The work has been taken just now,” he said. 
Yelahanka, Manyata Tech Park, Hosur road, Bellandur, HSR Layout, Kanakapura road, Bannerghatta Road and Outer Ring Road witnessed traffic snarls due to heavy rains. While no casualties were reported, the BBMP control room received complaints of tree uprooting from Rajajinagar, RT Nagar, RV Road and Kasturba road.
Union Minister Kishan Reddy said India has moved eight places ahead to land at the 142nd rank out of 190 countries in the ‘Ease Of Doing Business’ rankings.
India has made a resolve to be #AtmaNirbhar. Today, India has moved 8 places ahead to land at the 142nd rank out of 190 countries in the ‘Ease Of Doing Business’ rankings, formulated by The World Bank. – @kishanreddybjp, Hon Minister of Culture, Tourism & Development of NE Region pic.twitter.com/sB6pINn3MA

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said Wednesday it has provisionally attached assets worth Rs 40.14 crore of Bengaluru-based Kavveri Telecom Infrastructure Limited under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.
The ED initiated a money-laundering investigation based on a first information report (FIR) registered by the Central Investigation Bureau in July 2017. It was filed based on a complaint by the then deputy general manager of Dena Bank alleging cheating by the company and its directors concerning loans taken by them. (Read more)
Union Minister Amit Shah said at the Sankalp Se Siddhi conference in Bengaluru that several big nations were not able to manage the Covid-19 vaccination process as well as India. Shah recounted the schemes and initiatives that the central government put in place to handle the pandemic. 
Follow his speech here. 

The High Court of Karnataka has rejected the bail plea of IAS officer J Manjunath who is in custody in the Rs 5 lakh bribery case. He was the Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner (DC) when the alleged bribery incident happened in his office.
He was arrested on July 4, just days after he was transferred from the post of Bengaluru DC. The arrest came after observations of the High Court in the bail plea of a deputy tahsildar who was already in custody in the same case.
Manjunath’s bail plea before the special court was rejected on July 11 and he approached the single judge bench of the HC of Justice K Natarajan. The judgement was reserved on Monday and was pronounced on Wednesday. The copy of the judgement is however, yet to be uploaded by the High Court and more details are awaited. (PTI)
ADGP Law and Order Alok Kumar on Thursday visited areas in Suratkal and Bajpe police station limits in Mangaluru and interacted with the people and the police personnel there.
The senior IPS officer has camped in Mangaluru following three murders which took place in the Dakshina Kannada district.
A division bench of the High Court of Karnataka has set aside the order of subpoena summoning the the Ex-Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora issued by a single judge bench, to testify in an election petition.
The single judge had issued the subpoena in the order dated June 17, 2022 in the election petition filed by Ravishivappa Padasalagi challenging the election to the Assembly of Mahesh Kumatahalli in the 2019 by-election to the Athani Vidhana Sabha constituency. (PTI)
Bannerghatta Biological Park is set to welcome Hamadryas Baboon from the Singapore zoo shortly.
Hamadryas Baboons are old-world monkeys native to Africa and are found in sub-deserts, steppes, alpine grass meadows, plains and short-grass savannahs. Mostly terrestrial, they rest on trees or cliffs and are omnivores feeding on both plant and animal origin food. These primates are known to form large troops of several hundred individuals known as ‘clans’.
Hamadryas Baboon faces threats such as loss of natural habitat, and human-animal conflict and being hunted for their skin. They play an important role in the ecosystem due to their habit of digging for tubers, roots, and rhizomes. In this manner, they contribute to the soil aeration in their range and are important seed dispersers in their habitat.
Baboons from the Singapore zoo have been tested for HIV-AIDS and other diseases which could transmit to indigenous species, and upon clearance, have been shifted to Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in Mysore, where they will be quarantined for one to three months and will be shifted to BBP after the quarantine period.
Here’s the live feed of the third Sankalp Se Siddhi conference in Bengaluru. Minister Amit Shah is among the attendees. 
The conference is organised by the Ministry of Culture and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) jointly.
3rd Edition Sankalp Se Siddhi Conference in Bengaluru#SankalpSeSiddhi #indiaat100
https://t.co/BSl60qlJPO

Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah met several state BJP leaders and lawmakers during his visit to Bengaluru on Thursday.
Extended a warm welcome to Union Home & Cooperation Minister Shri @AmitShah who is in Bengaluru on an official visit.

I was accompanied by CM Shri @BSBommai, State President Shri @nalinkateel, State OGS Shri @RajeshGaVee & Vice President Shri @BlrNirmal. pic.twitter.com/q7ijkfzd8J

ವಿವಿಧ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಲು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿಗೆ ಆಗಮಿಸಿರುವ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಗೃಹ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಹಕಾರ ಸಚಿವರಾದ ಶ್ರೀ ಅಮಿತ್‌ ಶಾ ಅವರನ್ನು ಸನ್ಮಾನ್ಯ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ ಶ್ರೀ @BSBommai ಅವರು ಭೇಟಿಯಾಗಿ ಮಾತುಕತೆ ನಡೆಸಿದರು. pic.twitter.com/3AuvDryDjc

RAHUL Gandhi was a man on a mission on his two-day tour to Karnataka starting Tuesday. If one of his aims was to settle the tremors within the Congress over a grand Siddaramaiah birthday that left rivals – particularly D K Shivakumar – jittery, another crucial move was an outreach to the influential Lingayat community. On a visit to the Murgha Mutt, a prominent ashram in the Chitradurga region, Wednesday, Rahul took “initiation” into the Lingayat sect, which is considered a separate religion by its followers.

As part of the initiation, the senior Congress leader was given Ishtalinga, a symbol of ‘the universal force’, to wear. Tied to a thread that lies across the chest or body, Ishtalinga is usually put on children born in Lingayat families at the time of their naming ceremony, but can be tied at any time by persons who accept the Lingayat philosophy that revolves around a universal force, equality and secular values, say experts. (Read more)
The Karnataka government has reserved 33 per cent of 243 constituencies in the Bengaluru city council for other backward classes (OBC) and 13 per cent for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) in a notification fixing the ward wise reservations for the city issued late on Wednesday night.

In the new reservations matrix for Bengaluru, the percentage for SC/ST quota has reduced from the normal 18 per cent on the basis of the population of the communities in the city. The total reservations remain below 50 per cent as mandated by law despite an increase in OBC quota from 27 to 33 per cent. (Read more)
Former Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday in Bengaluru.
ವಿವಿಧ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಲು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿಗೆ ಆಗಮಿಸಿರುವ ನಮ್ಮ ಪಕ್ಷದ ಹಿರಿಯ ನಾಯಕರು, ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಗೃಹ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಹಕಾರ ಸಚಿವರಾದ ಶ್ರೀ @AmitShah ಅವರನ್ನು ಭೇಟಿಯಾಗಿ ಮಾತುಕತೆ ನಡೆಸಿದೆನು. pic.twitter.com/LfG9U7qeb4

BJP generally secretary C T Ravi, state president Nalin Kumar Kateel and minister Murugesh Nirani too met Shah. Ministerial aspirant S A Ramdas was another high-profile visitor for the BJP chief. 
United Way Bengaluru (UWBe) and the Women and Child Development (WCD) Department, Government of Karnataka Thursday announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), as a step towards ensuring quality early childhood care and development among children up to 6 years and improving quality services across Anganwadi Centres in Karnataka.
UWBe will work with all 66361 Anganwadi centers that are functioning in Karnataka. The partnership will benefit around 40 lakh children (21.16 lakh children between 06 months to 03 years and 18.67 lakh children between 03 years and 06 years) enrolled in these 66361 Anganwadi centres.
Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai greeted union home minister Amit Shah at the Taj West End hotel on Thursday morning.
Shah and Bommai will attend a Ministry of Culture and CII event Sankalp ke Siddhi following which he is likely to hold a meeting with Karnataka ministers on Thursday afternoon. Bommai was not in Bengaluru on Wednesday night to receive Shah on account of a visit to rain hit areas on the Karnataka-Goa border.
In the last 24 hours (i.e. until 8.30 am Thursday), Bengaluru has received 1.9 mm of rainfall. 
For the next 48 hours, the IMD forecast is as follows: “Generally cloudy sky. Light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely. Maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 28 and 20 degrees Celsius respectively.” 
What was once a godown at Kamaraj Road that used to supply bread, salt biscuits, buns, and rusks in 1902, now stands as a major cultural landmark in central Bengaluru. Even after 120 years, the hot cross buns during Christmas or the mutton brain puff during Ramadan at Albert Bakery still tingles the taste buds of dessert and snack lovers in Bengaluru.
Chicken swiss roll, chicken shami kababand potato bun at the Albert bakery.
Mohammad Sabir, who is the managing director of Albert Bakery and the fourth generation businessman, believes that ‘keeping it simple and affordable’ is the key factor behind the bakery becoming a culinary landmark known for its lip-smacking desserts.
“It was my grandfather Mohammad Suleman who started the godown in 1902. However, in 1921 we moved to Frazer Town and converted the godown into a bakery. We realised bread and buns were part of the daily livelihood for people and that is mostly the reason why we wanted to open a bakery,” said Sabir. Read here.

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