Karnataka Bengaluru News Highlights: School asks alumni to change Gyanvapi Mosque to Gyanvapi Temple on Google Maps – The Indian Express

Karnataka Bengaluru News Updates: 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.
Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) Wednesday announced that its turnover had increased to Rs 15,044 crore (audited) in 2021-22 from Rs 13,818 crore in 2020-21 registering a growth of 8.87 per cent. The company said its turnover from indigenous technology is 78 per cent.
BEL’s Chairman & Managing Director Anandi Ramalingam said the order book as on April 1, 2022, is around Rs 57,570 crore. “We expected a growth of 10-15 per cent but due to a global chip shortage, a pandemic and the geo-political situation has affected the logistics. It is to be noted that the expenditure on research and development (R&D) has been increased from Rs 873 crore in 2020-21 to Rs 1,045 crore in 2021-22. We also achieved a market capitalisation of Rs 60,000 crore. It is significant to state that the BEL’s turnover from indigenous technology is 78 per cent. The sales from defence business is 88 percent,” Ramalingam said. (Read full report by Aksheev Thakur)
A day after Punjab Health Minister Dr Vijay Singla was sacked and arrested on the charges of corruption, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Karnataka Wednesday challenged the ruling BJP government to initiate action against corrupt ministers on the lines of what Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann did.
AAP state convener Prithvi Reddy, who held a press meet, levelled several charges against Karnataka ministers and said no action has been taken despite demands from the Opposition and the people of the state. “We (AAP) are fighting against corruption in the state and have filed several complaints over 40 per cent commission charges sought by the BJP ministers. However, the government has turned deaf and does not have the courage to take action against the ministers.” (Read more)
The Centre on Wednesday announced support to a Bengaluru-based company for the commercialisation of a domestically-developed high-powered magnetron with a capability to treat even a two-mm brain tumour with precision radiation.
The Technology Development Board (TDB) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Panacea Medical Technologies Private Limited to provide financial support for the development and commercialisation of “S Band Tunable Magnetron for Particle Accelerators”. The pact was inked in the presence of Union Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh.
The TDB has agreed to provide a loan assistance of Rs 4.87 crore, of the total project cost of Rs 9.73 crore, to the company. Singh said the high-powered magnetron developed by the CSIR-Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (CEERI) for commercial use will be a pathbreaking technology for oncologists to treat even a brain tumour with a two-millimetre diameter with precision radiation and with very little side-effects. (PTI)
A special court here on Wednesday granted exemption from personal appearance for the day to former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in an alleged corruption case.
The BJP veteran’s counsel submitted a medical certificate saying the 79-year-old was advised bed rest for 10 days by doctors from Sagar Hospital, who are treating him especially for bi-lateral pneumonitis. The special court that deals exclusively with criminal cases related to Legislators in Karnataka exempted his appearance on medical grounds and adjourned the case to June 17.
Yediyurappa will have to appear in person on the next date of hearing. The private complaint was filed in 2013 by Vasudeva Reddy, who alleged that Yediyurappa who was Deputy Chief Minister in 2006 had illegally denotified several parcels of lands in Whitefield and Electronics city in Bengaluru. (PTI)
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday suggested Axis Bank to take up upgradation of some of the engineering colleges and universities in the state under its Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) programmes. Bommai met Managing Director and CEO of Axis Bank Amitabh Chaudhry at the World Economic Forum Meet being held in Davos and held talks on investment opportunities in Karnataka.
There are ample opportunities for Axis Bank to take up various projects in association with the Karnataka government, Bommai said and suggested the Axis Bank chief to take up upgradation of some engineering colleges and universities in the state under the Bank’s CSR programmes.
Axis Bank is India’s third largest bank in the private sector. The bank is providing financial services for small, medium and large businesses, farmers and small businessmen. It has over 4000 branches in India. It has its branches in Singapore, Hongkong, Dubai and many other countries too. (ENS)
Heads of major multinational corporations and prominent non-resident Indian entrepreneurs participated in the breakfast meeting hosted by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai at the World Economic Forum Meet being held in Davos on Wednesday.
Founder of Indiaspora in USA,  M R Rangaswami, Chairman of Indorama Corporation in Singapore Prakash Lohia, Managing Director of Hitachi Japan Bharat Kaul, Chairman of VPS Healthcare in UAE Shamsheer Valayil, Industries minister Murugesh Nirani, IT, BT minister CN Ashwathnarayan, Additional Chief Secretary in the department of Industries EV Ramana Reddy, CM’s Principal Secretary N Manjunath and Commissioner in the department of Industries Gunjan Krishna were among those who attended the meeting. (ENS)
Had a fruitful discussion at the Breakfast session organised by @FollowCII. I thank Shri Rangaswami – Founder, @IndiasporaForum, US, Shri Prakash Lohia- Chairman, #Indorama, Singapore, Shri Bharat Kaushal, MD, @Hitachi Japan,
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CEO of Ingka Group (Ikea), Jester Brodin met Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai at the World Economic Forum Meet being held in Davos and held discussions in the backdrop of an Ikea Store being opened in Bengaluru.
The Ikea store (furniture) is set to be inaugurated at Nagasandra in June and Jester Brodin invited the Chief Minister for the event. The India head office of Ikea is in Bengaluru and issues related to extensive use of Bamboo and other locally available raw materials in making of furniture came up for discussion during the meeting.
Industries minister Murugesh Nirani, IT, BT minister CN Ashwathnarayan, Additional Chief Secretary in the department of Industries EV Ramana Reddy, CM’s Principal Secretary N Manjunath and Commissioner in the department of Industries Gunjan Krishna were present. (ENS)
I am pleased to announce that @IKEAIndia will be opening their flagship store in Nagasandra in June 2022. We are also in talks with the organisation to encourage local manufacturing, thus boosting employment and economic growth. #KarnatakaAtDavos #BuildForTheWorld @wef pic.twitter.com/SXQDlri96N


Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai at the Davos summit on Wednesday said, ‘I am blessed to be born and educated in Karnataka. Blessed that I represent my state and lead it.’ 
‘We have a rich culture and heritage. God has endowed Karnataka with nature’s bounty. We are blessed with rich bio-diversity, having 10 Agro-climatic zones & 300 days of sunshine,’ he added. 
I am blessed to be born & educated in Karnataka. Blessed that I represent my state & lead it. We have a rich culture & heritage. God has endowed Karnataka with nature’s bounty. We are blessed with rich bio-diversity, having 10 Agro-climatic zones & 300 days of sunshine. #Davos22 pic.twitter.com/ThRp4aOCtq


After 28 years and three failed attempts, 42-year-old Rahmathulla finally achieved his lifelong dream of clearing his Class X exams when the results were declared in Karnataka and he learnt that he had passed with 333 marks. What made the accomplishment sweeter was that he shared the achievement with his son Mohammed Faraan, who scored 98 per cent.
“My father always insisted that I study and pass the 10th standard…which I did not do. But now, after nearly 30 years, I have achieved this only because of my son,” said a teary-eyed Rahmathulla, crediting son Faraan for his success. (Read more)
With a number of Indian states lining up here at the WEF Annual Meeting to woo investors, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Bommai on Wednesday said his state is the ‘safest place to do business’ and it is not competing domestically but at the international level and listed hydrogen and ammonia fuel as the next focus areas.
He also said that nearly half of the foreign companies present in India are already in Karnataka and all of them are planning to expand and diversify in the state while many more are evincing interest attracted by the robust infrastructure, talent pool and ease of doing business in the state.
‘We have got long-standing relations with most of the forward looking countries, both in the European and American blocks. Almost 50 per cent of the foreign companies present in India are already in Karnataka. The state is also on the top in terms of the FDI flow in the last one year, with almost 42 per cent share of the total flow coming into the country,’ Bommai said. Further, the CM said that in niche areas like renewable energy, electric vehicles and battery storage, the state government has taken a lot of initiatives. (PTI)
The biennial election to seven seats of Karnataka Legislative Council scheduled for June three, is set to be “unopposed”, as all the seven nominations filed are in order.
The ruling BJP has fielded former Deputy Chief Minister and party vice-president Laxman Savadi, party’s state secretaries Hemalatha Nayak and S Keshavaprasad, and president of SC Morcha Chalavadi Narayanaswamy in the MLC elections in which the Members of the Legislative Assembly will vote.
The Congress has fielded one of its media faces and former chairman of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) M Nagaraju Yadav and K Abdul Jabbar, who is currently the president of its minority cell and a former MLC, while the JD(S) has announced former MLC T A Saravana as its candidate.
M K Vishalakshi, Returning Officer for MLC polls and Secretary, Karnataka Legislative Assembly, in a statement, said, “All the seven nominations are in order and have been accepted.” With the three major political parties in the state fielding candidates only to the number of seats they can win, the election is bound to be unopposed. (PTI)
Karnataka BJP strongman B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday indicated the possibility of a bigger role for his son and the state Vice President B Y Vijayendra in the party, a day after he was denied a ticket to contest the MLC polls.
Ignoring the recommendation of the state unit to field Vijayendra for the June 3 biennial elections to seven seats of Karnataka Legislative Council, the party central leadership on Tuesday announced names of four candidates, hours before the deadline for filing of nominations ended.
The move is being seen in some political quarters as a setback to former Chief Minister Yediyurappa.
“There is no need to attach special meaning to Vijayendra being denied a Legislative Council ticket. I’m confident that naturally Vijayendra will get a big opportunity in the future. Party will never let down those with capability and loyalty,” Yediyurappa said on Wednesday. (PTI)
Scattered to fairly widespread very light to moderate rains are very likely over Coastal Karnataka and Malnad districts and isolated to scattered very light to moderate rains likely over South interior and north interior Karnataka districts.
Lightning associated with thunderstorms likely at isolated places over Karnataka.
Scattered very light to light rains are likely over BBMP area, with maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be around 30 and 21 degrees C respectively.
Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal performed the ‘Tambula Prashne’ ritual at Sri Ramanjaneya Bhajana Mandira in Malali after a “temple structure” was found when the renovation of the mosque was on, stirring up a controversy.
The ‘Tambula Prashne’ is performed before the priests to to find out the truth about divine presence at a site in a traditional way. In coastal Karnataka, people approach priests to know about the history of previous generations. It is a widely practiced custom which people believe in.
Karnataka | VHP and Bajrang Dal perform ‘Tambula Prashne’ at Sri Ramanjaneya Bhajana Mandira in Malali

A Hindu temple-like architectural design was allegedly discovered underneath an old mosque on the outskirts of Mangaluru on April 21. pic.twitter.com/QnlXtAV3US

Madhaiyan, the elder brother of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan died of a cardiac arrest at the Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College and Hospital in Salem, police said.
Madhaiyan, aged 80 was undergoing a life term in the Salem Central prison and was admitted to the hospital, following complaints of severe chest pain on May 1.
A court in Erode had sentenced him to a life term in connection with the murder of a forest ranger, Chidamabaram in 1987 and was in jail for the last 34 years. He had served a jail term in Mysuru for a murder case and was then shifted to the Coimbatore and Salem prisons, police said. (PTI)
Karnataka Congress general secretary Kavitha Reddy lashed out at her party for not promoting women empowerment while picking candidates for the June 3 Legislative Council elections.
Reddy said that social justice is irrelevant and incomplete without gender justice in political representation.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Reddy wrote, “All men who get MLA/MP ticket will not win, so winnability question is ONLY for women? Men with all resources also have lost elections, but the question on resources is ONLY for women? Social justice is irrelevant/incomplete without Gender justice!”
The Karnataka Police have cracked a murder case of a two-and-half-year-old child after five months and arrested five persons, including a minor. The police said the investigation revealed that the accused had killed the child over a fallout with his father.
The arrested were identified as Nawaz (20), a resident of Kalaburgi district, Saddam (35), Haneez Sohail (22), Zaheer (23) and a minor, all residents of Kalaburgi. The incident took place inside the Kalaburgi University premises where 2.5-year-old Muzamil Ahmed, son of Nisar Ahmed, was killed in December last year. Read more
A 44-year-old Nigerian national has been arrested for allegedly assaulting the police when they went to recover drugs at a cafe in Chikka Banaswadi on Saturday. 
The accused has been identified as Elvis Kayine, a Nigerian national who ran a cafe in city. A team from  Siddapura police station raided his cafe based on information about drugs being sold at his place. The police recovered 12 grams of MDMA from the premises.
According to the police, Elvis attacked them with a liquor bottle, injuring three police constables. The entire act was recorded by one of the persons who helped police. The police said that they have arrested Elvis and he is presently being questioned to ascertain the source of drugs.
A KSRTC bus conductor has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a 39-year-old woman passenger in Karnataka on Tuesday morning. 
The incident took place near in Dasarahalli bus stand when the accused bus conductor Ravi Kumar slapped the woman over a heated argument. She immediately informed the police who booked Ravi Kumar under IPC 354.
The woman was heading from Koppa to Bengaluru with her two kids when the incident took place. Following to the incident KSRTC Bengaluru central division issued a statement stating that Ravi Kumar was suspended. The office said, “Senior KSRTC officials have met the victim and have apologised. We have also initiated an inquiry. Safety of women passengers is KSRTC’s top priority.”
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.
Recently, a “temple structure” was found when the renovation of the mosque at Malali was on, stirring up a controversy. The row seemed to have settled as Hindu activists did not raise the issue after the court ordered to stop the work. However, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists have now decided to ascertain the truth in the form of a traditional way by raising ‘Tambula Prashne’ before the priests. In coastal Karnataka, people approach priests to know about the history of previous generations. It is a widely practiced custom which people believe in. Read more
With the first Pre-University College (PUC) classes set to commence on June 9, Bengaluru institutes are reportedly planning to offer bridge courses to help students make up for the learning gap owing to the Covid-induced pandemic iIn an effort to placate rival Congress groups in Karnataka, the All India congress Committee (AICC) on Monday named two low-profile candidates, affiliated to each camp, for polls to two seats that the party expects to win in the state Legislative Council elections on June 3.
The party announced the candidature of M Nagaraju Yadav, a Congress spokesperson and chairman of Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation between 2016 and 2018 when Siddaramaiah was chief minister, and Abdul Jabbar, veteran Congressman who was appointed head of the party’s minority cell by state Congress president D K Shivakumar.n the last two years. Notably, the Secondary School Leaving Certificate examination results were announced last week.
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