Karnataka Bengaluru News Highlights: Medical student from state killed in Ukraine’s Kharkiv – The Indian Express

Karnataka News: An Indian student was killed after being hit by shelling in Kharkiv, a city in eastern Ukraine, the government said Tuesday. The victim is from Karnataka, and was a fourth year medicine student of Kharkiv National Medical University.
Earlier, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has assured that all measures are being taken to bring back students from the state who are still stranded in Ukraine. “We are in constant contact with the Union Minister for External Affairs to bring the remaining students back safely,” the CM said. According to the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority, 397 students from Karnataka were identified as having been stranded in Ukraine, of which 30 reached India on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Karnataka on Monday registered 268 fresh coronavirus cases and 14 virus-related fatalities, taking the aggregate to 39,41,063 and the toll to 39,950. There were 1,119 discharges, pushing the total number of recoveries in the state to 38,95,452, a Health bulletin said.
Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday expressed grief over the death of an Indian student in war-hit Ukraine.
“Really pained to hear about the untimely demise of NaveenShekarappa, the Indian student who lost his life during shelling in Kharkiv. May Waheguru grant peace to the departed soul & give strength to the bereaved family members in this hour of grief,” he said in a tweet. Former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal also condoled the death of the student.
“Grieved to hear about the tragic & untimely demise of Indian student Naveen, who lost his life amid shelling in Kharkiv. My heart goes out to the family of the deceased. May Gurusahib rest the departed soul in peace,” she said in a tweet. (PTI)
Grieved to hear about the tragic & untimely demise of Indian student Naveen Kumar, who lost his life amid shelling in Kharkiv. My heart goes out to the family of the deceased. May Gurusahib rest the departed soul in peace. pic.twitter.com/drTEMF8b9Z

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said several leaders from Congress and JD(S), from various districts, who wish public welfare, are in touch with the BJP and will be joining the party in the days to come.
The Chief Minister was speaking after inducting former JD(S) MLA from Devanahalli, Pilla Munishamappa and his supporters, and some Congress leaders into BJP at the party state headquarters here.
Pointing out that the joining of Congress and JD(S) leaders and workers from Bengaluru Rural and Ramanagara districts will strengthen the party in the region, a BJP release quoting Bommai said, such events of leaders from other parties joining BJP would continue in the months to come.
He also expressed confidence that the BJP will increase its strength in north and southern Karnataka regions and will return to power in 2023. (PTI)
Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagouda, India’s first tragic casualty in the ongoing military offensive in Ukraine, died when he stepped out of a bunker to fetch food, his relative said, while another concerned parent wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure a ceasefire in the eastern European nation till their wards return home safe and sound.
Allegations also cropped up against the local BJP MP that he did not respond to the SOS calls from the stranded students, a charge denied by the elected representative. Naveen was killed when he stepped out of his bunker to exchange currency and fetch some food, his uncle Ujjanagouda claimed.
Ujjanagouda said Naveen along with others from Karnataka was stuck in a bunker in Kharkiv. He had gone out in the morning to exchange currency and to fetch food when he was caught in the shelling, in which he was killed instantaneously. On Tuesday when he rang up his father, Naveen said there was no food and water in the bunker, Ujjanagouda stated.
According to Pooja Praharaj, a student coordinator in Kharkiv, soon after the attack, an Ukrainian woman picked up Naveen’s phone and said its owner was being moved to a morgue. “He lived near the Governor’s House and had been standing in the queue for food. Suddenly there was an air strike that blew up the Governor’s House and he was killed,” Praharaj told NDTV. (PTI)
Moments after the news of the death of an Indian student, Naveen SG, in Ukraine’s Kharkiv city trickled in, his friend, who is also stranded in the same city, said Naveen had postponed his plan to travel to India Monday and was supposed to fly back Wednesday so that his juniors are not left behind in the war-torn country.
Naveen’s friend Amit Vaishyar, who’s a year senior to the former, spoke to the media and said, “A team took the risk to travel towards the Hungarian border Monday and left. Naveen suggested waiting and taking along juniors as they are less than a year old in Ukraine. It was his idea to leave Kharkiv Wednesday morning.” Both Naveen and Vaishyar are from Karnataka. (Read more)
Karnataka on Tuesday reported 202 fresh Covid-19 cases, 971 recoveries and 7 deaths. The active cases in the state is 4847. 
Karnataka reports 202 fresh #COVID19 cases, 971 recoveries and 7 deaths in the last 24 hours.

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Ambassador of Ukraine to India, Dr Igor Polikha on Tuesday expressed his condolences over Naveen’s death.
In a statement he said, “I extend my deepest condolences on the death of Indian student Naveen Shekharappa who was killed in shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Earlier shelling and bombings happened on military sites but now also happening in the civil areas.”
I extend my deepest condolences on the death of Indian student Naveen Shekharappa who was killed in shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Earlier shelling and bombings happened on military sites but now also happening in the civil areas: Dr Igor Polikha, Ambassador of Ukraine to India pic.twitter.com/rsvIzuM4TX

The cyber crime police in south Bengaluru registered a case against an online forum and an individual allegedly over social media posts against a Karnataka High Court judge who is part of the bench that is hearing petitions on the hijab controversy in the state.
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The Bengaluru South CEN (cyber, economics and narcotics) police station registered a suo motu complaint on February 23 over a post on the Facebook page of the Mangalore Muslims forum on February 9 and a subsequent post on the Facebook page of an individual, Ateeq Shariff. (Read more)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said that his government was committed to implement the Mekedatu project across river Cauvery, as he hit out at the opposition Congress for staging ‘padayatra’ (foot march), demanding its quick implementation. Accusing the grand old party of not doing anything for the implementation of the project while in power, he said, it had no moral right to stage a protest now.
“Congress which was unable to implement the project during their tenure are protesting now, they could not even prepare a DPR for the Mekedatu project, now they are demanding immediate implementation of the project. We (BJP) have made progress during our tenure and are committed to implement the Mekedatu project and we will do it,” Bommai said.
Speaking to reporters here, he said the Congress has no moral right to protest or criticise the current government on the issue, as they did not do anything for the project during their tenure. (PTI)
In its latest report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that by the middle of the 21st Century the international transboundary river basins of Amu Darya, Indus, Ganges and the interstate Sabarmati river basin in India could face severe water scarcity challenges with climate change acting as a stress multiplier.
Both climatic and non-climatic drivers, such as socio-economic changes, have created water stress conditions in both water supply and demand in all subregions of Asia. These changes in space and time directly or indirectly affected water use sectors and services, said IPCC.
The second instalment of the IPCC Working Group II report on Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability mentioned that urban development has taken a toll on the water tanks which were managed traditionally by communities. (Read more)
BJP leaders on Tuesday condoled the death of an Indian student in shelling in Kharkiv city of war-hit Ukraine. The student, Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagoudar, was a native of Chalageri in Karnataka’s Haveri district. The BJP’s foreign affairs department in-charge Vijay Chauthaiwale mourned the incident terming it “very tragic” and offered his heartfelt condolences.
BJP general secretary C T Ravi tweeted, “Deeply distressed with the unfortunate death of Karnataka student Naveen Gyanagoudar in bomb shelling in Ukraine. I pray for the Sadgati of Naveen’s soul and offer my deepest condolences to His family members.” The student’s death was confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs.
The MEA said the foreign secretary is calling in ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine to reiterate its demand for “urgent safe passage” to Indian nationals who are still in Kharkiv and in other cities which have become conflict zones.
“Similar action is also being undertaken by our ambassadors in Russia and Ukraine,” the MEA said. The Kharkiv city is witnessing increasing fighting between the Ukrainian troops and Russian forces. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the father of Naveen Shekharappa, an Indian student who died in shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine this morning.

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The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has issued a notice to the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) seeking an explanation on why sewage has been entering the Horamavu-Agara lake which has resulted in the death of fish. Residents of Horamavu noticed dead fish floating in the lake on Sunday. (Read more)
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Tuesday spoke to the father of the Karnataka student killed in shelling in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, and offered his condolence.
Expressing his grief over the death of Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagoudar, 20, Bommai told his father, Shekar Gowda, over the phone that he was with the family during their hour of grief. “It is a big blow. May the almighty bestow eternal peace on Naveen. You must be brave to bear the tragic happening,” Bommai said.
During his conversation with Shekar Gowda, the chief minister said that all efforts were being made to bring Gyanagoudar’s mortal remains back to India and that they were talking with officials of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in this regard. (Read more)
No one form the Indian Embassy reached out to stranded Indian students in Kharkiv in Ukraine, where a Karnataka native pursuing medicine was killed in shelling amid a Russian military offensive, the victim’s father alleged on Tuesday.
Naveen Shekargouda from the district was killed when he stepped out of his bunker to exchange currency and fetch some food, his uncle Ujjanagouda claimed. Shekaragouda’s residence in Chalageri in this district slipped into gloom upon receiving the news of their child killed in the faraway European nation, with a large number of people thronging the house to console the bereaved family.
Shekaragouda complained that no one from the Indian embassy reached the students stuck in Kharkiv, which is witnessing hostilities. His family members said Naveen was in the fourth year of his course in the Kharkiv medical college.
Ujjanagouda said Naveen along with others from Karnataka was stuck in a bunker in Kharkiv. He had gone out in the morning to exchange currency and to fetch some food when he was caught shelling happened, in which he was killed instantaneously. On Tuesday when he rang up his father, Naveen said there was no food and water in the bunker, Ujjanagouda stated. (PTI)
The Kharkiv city is witnessing increasing fighting between the Ukrainian troops and Russian forces. Official sources said the deteriorating situation in Kharkiv is a matter of grave concern and that the safety and security of Indian nationals in that city is of utmost priority for the government.
They said India has already taken up up with the Russian and Ukrainian embassies the “pressing” requirement of safe passage to Indian nationals, including students, from Kharkiv and other cities in conflict zones.
“This demand has been repeatedly made of Russia and Ukraine since the beginning of this conflict on February 24. It has been conveyed to both their ambassadors in New Delhi as well as taken up in their capitals,” said a source. The sources said the preparations for evacuation of Indians from the Indian government side have been in place for sometime now.
“An Indian team has been positioned in the Russian city of Belgorod, close to the Ukrainian border. However, the conflict situation in and around Kharkiv and nearby cities has been an obstacle,” the source said. (PTI)
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Expressing his grief over the death of Karnataka student Naveen Gyanagoudar from Haveri in Ukraine, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday spoke to Naveen’s father Shekar Gowda over phone and consoled the family.
Bommai obtained more details about Naveen and stated that he was with the family at this hour of grief. “It is a big blow. May the almighty betwo eternal peace on Naveen. You must be brave to bear the tragic happening,” Bommai said.
All efforts are on to bring the mortal remains of Naveen to India. Talks are on with officials of the External Affairs ministry in this regard, Bommai said during his conversation with Neveen’s father.
Choking with grief, Shekar Gowda said that he had spoken with his son just in the morning over the phone and he used to call up twice or thrice every day. (ENS)
A case has been registered against the administrator of a Facebook page ‘Mangalore Muslims’ and another person who had posted against one of the three judges of the Karnataka High Court hearing the hijab case.
The cyber crime division of the Bengaluru South division registered a case on its own against Ateeq Shariff from Bengaluru and the administrator of ‘Mangalore Muslims’ on February 23, which came to light only recently. The complaint says that Ateeq Shariff posted derogatory content on February 12 against one of the judges questioning his credentials and integrity.
Those who had liked the post against the judge may also incur the penal action, a police officer said. This incident comes close on the heels of derogatory remarks against the same judge by Kannada actor Chetan Kumar Ahimsa who was arrested and remanded to judicial custody.
The three-judge bench specially constituted to hear the hijab case comprises Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice J M Khazi and Justice Krishna S Dixit. (PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condoled the death of the Karnataka student who died in Kharkiv.  In a tweet he said, “Received the tragic news of an Indian student Naveen losing his life in Ukraine. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. I reiterate, GOI needs a strategic plan for safe evacuation. Every minute is precious.”
Received the tragic news of an Indian student Naveen losing his life in Ukraine.

My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

I reiterate, GOI needs a strategic plan for safe evacuation.

Every minute is precious.

Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai expressed his condolences over the death of Naveen Shekarappa Gyanagoudar who was studying in Ukraine. Speaking to media, Bommai said that he spoke to the parents of Naveen and efforts are being made to bring his body to India. 
Bommai said that Shekargouda Gyanagoudar said that everyday he called atleast 2-3 times before the incident took place.

The Indian who was killed in Ukraine’s Kharkiv is from Karnataka, and was a fourth year medicine student of Kharkiv National Medical University. 

‘Naveen was shot dead around 10.30am Ukranian time today. He was standing in the queue before a grocery shop when Russian army fired at people. We have no information about his body, none of us were able to visit the hospital, probably where it is kept now,’ said Sridharan Gopalakrishnan, who was Naveen’s hostel mate.
Talking to The Indian Express, Sridhar, from Chennai, said they have now taken shelter at a hostel bunker and that there is no news about an evacuation plan for them. ‘Only rumours, there was no communication from Indian authorities,’ he said.
(Read more)
Members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Hindu Jagarana Vedike stage a protest in Bengaluru. (Photo: PTI)
Karnataka Bajrang Dal activist murder: Probe points to local rivalries
The murder of a 27-year-old Bajrang Dal activist Harsha Hindu in the city of Shivamogga in Karnataka by a gang of armed men on February 20 is being currently viewed by police as a localised crime stemming from a long-standing communal rivalry, even as investigations are looking closely at how the gang of 10 people who have been arrested so far assembled to carry out the murder. All the arrested individuals have been sent to police custody till March 7 by a local court.
The timing of the murder of the right-wing activist, who has antagonised Muslims in the region in the past with derogatory remarks against Islam on social media, amid the ongoing protests over restrictions on wearing the hijab by Muslim girls in schools and colleges is also under police scrutiny.

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