State News SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. State News Polling time extended for May 12 election in Karnataka The Election Commission has decided to extend the polling timing to 11 hours for the May 12 election to Karnataka Legislative Assembly. Ten dead, six injured as lightning strikes three districts on Sunday TEN people were killed and six injured in lightning strikes in separate incidents in Yadgir, Raichur and Vijayapura districts on Sunday. Karnataka polls: Owaisi's AIMIM to back JD(S) The AIMIM today announced its decision to back the JD(S), led by former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, in the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections. Karnataka assembly election: Congress releases 218 candidates list for upcoming polls Congress on Sunday released its first list of 218 candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka. Candidates for the remaining six out of the total of 224 seats have not been named so far. As per the list, chief minister Siddaramaiah will be contesting from the constituency of Chamundeshwari. PM Modi: Ambedkar ensured rights of backwards were protected Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that BR Ambedkar had made provisions in the Constitution for the protection of the rights of backward classes as he appealed to the people not to join the Naxals for securing their rights. 5,000 new EVMs in Bengaluru for Karnataka polls A total of 5,000 advanced EVMs and VVPATs which can automatically detect errors and any tampering with the vote will be used in Bengaluru for the May 12 Karnataka Legislative Assembly election, the state's Chief Election Official said on Tuesday. Classes of II PU to start from May 2 and I PU from May 14 The classes of PU second would commence on May 2 while the PU first classes would start on May 14. Sushil, Aware strike gold, Babita settles for silver in wrestling  Double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar (74kg) and Rahul Aware claimed contrasting gold medals even as defending champion Babita phogat (53kg) settled for a silver on the opening day. Bengaluru: Missing woman anthropologist found  A 35-year old woman anthropologist who was reported missing since last week has been traced here, police said toda Cauvery verdict: SC asks Centre to file draft scheme by May 3 The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to formulate and file the draft Cauvery management scheme before it by May 3 and directed the authorities of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and other stakeholders to ensure peace in the meantime. Man murders wife in Belgavi Suspecting the fidelity of his wife, a man, strangulated her at Bharat Nagar, in Shahapur suburb, on Wednesday night. Amit Mahadev Shetwe, resident of Bharat Nagar suspecting fidelity of his wife Naina (20), strangulated and murdered her. Amit was arrested by the police. Karnataka polls: Congress to announce all candidates by April 15: Parameshwara The Karnataka Congress on Wednesday said all candidates for the 224-member state assembly polls will be announced in a single phase by April 15. Karnataka elections: NGO says lakhs of Muslim are missing from voters' list The names of about 18 lakh Muslim voters are either missing from the recently updated voters' list or they don't have voter ID cards issued in their name for the Karnataka Assembly election 2018, according to a New Delhi-based NGO. The Centre for Research and Debates in Development Policy (CRDDP), headed by Dr Abusaleh Shariff, renowned economist and member of the Justice Sachar Committee, has now begun a campaign to rectify this.  Dharwad: Culprits who looted lorry driver arrested after two months Police have arrested two accused in connection with the incident of thrashing a lorry driver and then looting him. The accused are Malik Hazratsab Bepari and Sanjaya Basavaraj Sutagatti of Azad Nagar and Jannat Nagar in Dharwad respectively. Karnataka polls on May 12; counting on May 15; Watch Video recording The Karnataka Assembly polls would be held on May 12 and the votes would be counted on May 15, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat announced on Tuesday. Congress' Lingayat move aimed to prevent Yeddyurappa from becoming CM: Shah BJP President Amit Shah today maintained that the Siddaramaiah government's move to accord separate religious minority status to Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats was aimed at preventing B S Yeddyurappa from becoming Chief Minister.  Cardiac check-up camp for children to be held on 31 March at AJ hospital Mangalore A.J. Hospital & Research Centre Mangalore has organized a heart check-up camp for children which will be held on Saturday, 31 March. 66 year old gets a new lease of life through heart transplant from a 20 year old youth 66 year old  lady gets a new  life as she undergoes a heart transplant at M S Ramaiah Narayana Heart Centre – a unit managed by Narayana Health. The donor was 20 year old youth who had met with an accident at Sakleshpur and was initially admitted at private hospital in Sakleshpur. Dakshina Kannada students to write SSLC exam twice In a serious lapse from the department of public instruction in Dakshina Kannada, around 20 SSLC fresh candidates were given question papers of repeater candidates and vice-versa at an unaided school in Konaje near here on Friday. Bhatkali Muslim Women put up a strong protest against Triple Talaq bill; condemn President's remarks against Muslim Women Hundreds of Muslim women came out in a strong protest against the Triple Talaq bill in a programme organized by Bhatkal's most powerful NGO Majlis-e-Islah Wa Tanzeem on Wednesday. Rahul begins 3rd Karnataka visit; assails Modi, BJP; Says Modi is "insulting" the common man Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “insulting” the common man by claiming credit for India’s progress, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said today, as he embarked on this third visit of poll-bound Karnataka. Congress govt in Karnataka to recommend religious minority tag to Lingayat In a significant move, the Congress government in poll-bound Karnataka on Monday decided to recommend to the Centre to grant religious minority tag to the numerically strong and politically-influential Lingayat and Veerashaiva Lingayat community. Sirsi: Kumaraswamy dubs CM ‘mad’ over Wadiyar statement JD(S) State President H D Kumaraswamy, on Wednesday, dubbed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah as a ‘mad person’ for comparing his government with that of the administration of Mysuru Wadiyars. Mangaluru pub attack: Videos, photos of assault were not brought before court The videos and photographs of the pub attack of January 2009 — the wide circulation of which brought the incident to national limelight — were not among the material evidence produced before the 2nd Judicial Magistrate First Class, which acquitted all the 26 accused on Monday. State receives around 120 courses of life-saving TB drugs India has only 1,000 doses of Bedaquiline, obtained as donations from manufacturers for .......................... 'Congress will win all three seats in upcoming RS elections'- CM Siddaramaiah Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah expressed confidence that the Congress will win all three seats in the upcoming............................. Assault on minor in Bengaluru, Councillor’s wife arrested, later released on bail The Nandini Layout police have arrested the wife of a BBMP councillor for allegedly assaulting the daughter of ...................... Bengaluru: Around a century old govt school faces threat of annihilation A government higher primary school, which is all set to enter its centenary year in........................................ Bengaluru: 'Vikram Investment fraud', three teams set up by police to investigate Complaints were being filed against Raghavendra Srinath, director of Vikram Investments due to which........................... Indira Canteens opened at Five locations in Ballari Indira Canteens at five locations were inaugurated by................................... Hassan: Several localities face scarcity of drinking water Around 1,000 families of Kenkere village in Arsikere taluk are dependant on one borewell for ............................... Belagavi: Land acquisition, farmers protest outside DC office Farmers protested outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Belagavi on Friday demanding.......................... Bengaluru: SIT submits sealed cover to the court in Gauri case A massive manhunt has been launched to nab suspects includes those from Karnataka and outside of it,.......................... Honnavar Gau Raksha attack: Tanzeem demands strong action, warns of protest  Local NGO Majlise Islah wo Tanzeem put forth a strong demand to the police and asked the authorities to nab all the accused and take proper action against them. Mysuru: Four zebras gifted to Mysuru zoo by Israel After a period of five years, an Israeli zoo is once again gifting four zebras to the..... Prisoners released from Bengaluru Central Prison on basis of good conduct Around 92 prisoners were released from the Bengaluru Central jail for................................. Bengaluru: 'Free education for girls from April' -CM Siddaramaiah Girls will be provided free education from primary level to post-graduation from 1st April................. Police constables assaulted in Chikkamagaluru, accused nabbed Three police constables were allegedly assaulted while on duty at ..................................... Bengaluru: Plea dismissed for action against 78 MLA's by high court A Division Bench comprising Justice H.G. Ramesh and Justice B.M. Shyam Prasad said........................ Secular parties must unite at national level to defeat BJP: Siddaramaiah Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that national-level secular parties must join hands to defeat 'communal BJP'. "Bengaluru Rakshisi Padayatre is necessary, but to to save the city from BJP"- Siddaramaiah Retorting to the BJP’s ‘Bengaluru Rakshisi Padayatre’, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who was ......................... Gauri Lankesh Murder Case: Man taken into custody by SIT for questioning  The Special Investigation Team probing senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh's murder case today took into custody a man for interrogation in connection with the sensastional killing last year. Ballari: Cop's husband assaulted by local politician Dr D Vinod, the husband of Gayathri, inspector of the mahila police station in Ballari has lodged a complaint that he was assaulted while on duty, by a local politician. BIFA to represent Karnataka 7 team in All India Senior National Football 7 tourney Bhatkal Inter Football Association (BIFA) is all set to start its journey in the national level games as it will be representing Karnataka State in All India Senior National Football 7 championship 2018 Attempt to throw Crude bomb on Bhatkal MLA in Honnavar; MLA safe, accused injured A bomb exploded at the venue where Bhatkal-Honnavar Constituency MLA Mankal Vaidya attended District level volleyball tournament in Hosad village of Honnavar Taluk on 25th February, in which the person who targeted the platform to explode got himself injured seriously. First explain how money was taken away under your nose, Rahul to Modi Dismissing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement that strict action would be taken in the PNB fraud case, Congress President Rahul Gandhi today asked him to first explain how the money was taken away from the bank under his government's RPT government's nose. Karnataka polls: Rahul Gandhi to release Congress manifesto in March The ruling Congress' manifesto for the coming assembly polls in Karnataka would be released by AICC president Rahul Gandhi next month, the party said today. Clash erupts between two groups during Shivaji jayanti in Hospet A clash broke out during the Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti procession here between HJV................................ Karnataka elections: Siddaramaiah hits back at Modi, says he is morally not fit to be Prime Minister Hitting back at Narendra Modi for his all-out attack on his Congress government, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today accused him of telling a "tissue of lies" and said he was "morally not fit" to be prime minister. N A Haris apologises in Assembly over assault by son in pub brawl Ruling Congress MLA N A Haris today apologised to the state legislative Assembly about his son's involvement in an assault case at an upscale pub-cum-restaurant that has stirred a huge political row. Bus services between TN, Karnataka resumes: Official Inter-State bus services between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, suspended in the wake of the judgement on the Cauvery issue, has resumed, a senior district official said here today. Karnataka to get enhanced share of Cauvery water The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Karnataka government to release 177.25 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from its inter-state Biligundlu dam. Karnataka budget: Siddaramaiah announces free LPG gas, universal health scheme In his pre-assembly election budget for 2018-19, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Feb. 16 announced schemes for universal health coverage, providing free LPG gas connections and mitigating the miseries of dry land farmers. Yeddyurappa's 'chicken' barb shows 'sick mentality' of the 'nervous' BJP: Shiv Sena Slamming Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa over his remarks that Congress president Rahul Gandhi had consumed meat before visiting a temple Shiv Sena today said that discussing such issues during poll campaign shows the "sick mentality" of the "nervous" BJP. Kalaburagi: 'Functioning of Union Govt Departments monitored by RSS'- Rahul Gandhi The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is functioning as the policy monitor of the Union government said AICC President Rahul Gandhi. Each department of the Union government has 'RSS directors' he remarked. Shivamogga: Two dead after consumption of contaminated water, 45 ill A man and his son died while 45 others fell ill after drinking contaminated water at Maidolalu village in Bhadravati taluk on Sunday. Mysuru: Anila Bhagya will end end discrimination of PMUY- U T Khader The state government, through its Anila Bhagya scheme, will end discrimination by the Union government’s Pradana Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Food and Civil Supplies Minister U T Khader has said. “The Union government under PMUY gave free gas cylinders to 100 deserving beneficiaries in a village. Mandya: Two dead due to vaccination, seven hospitalised Panic gripped Channagiri village on Saturday following the death of two infants, who............................ Nagarahole: Tiger cub found dead in Mysuru A carcass of a tiger cub was found at Machuru in D.B. Kuppe range of the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve on Saturday. Karnataka Congress working president Dinesh Gundu Rao calls Amit Shah 'coward' Accusing BJP of using government machinery to target political opponents, Karnataka Congress Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao today called its national President Amit Shah "a coward".  Four dead after a Tanker rammed into a tractor in Koppal, eight injured In an accident which occurred here on NH-63 near Bannikoppa village in the district, four people ....................... BSP, JD(S) announce alliance for Karnataka polls The BSP and the Janata Dal (Secular) today announced that they are entering into an alliance to contest the Karnataka Assembly polls together. Protest held outside residence of B S Yeddyurappa, 35 Youth Congress activists arrested in Shivamogga The police here arrested around 35 youth Congress activists for trying to picket the residence of B S Yeddyurappa in the city on 4th February, Sunday. Siddaramaiah asks PM Modi to resolve Mahadayi row Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public rally here, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today asked him to "find time" to resolve the inter-state Mahadayi River water row with neighbouring Goa. Claiming that Karnataka is the number one state in investment and innovation, and highlighting Bengaluru as a start up and innovation hub, Siddaramaiah boasted about having scripted several national firsts across key sectors through a unique model of development. Instigating communal tension is Amit Shah's 'standard', charges Siddaramaiah Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today attacked BJP chief Amit Shah, alleging that instigating communal tension was his "standard". Will make sure Karnataka is Cong-free, countdown has begun: Modi In a stinging attack on the Siddaramaiah government on all fronts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused it of setting new records in corruption and asserted that the countdown for its exit has begun. Karnataka High Court stays bandh called by pro-Kannada outfits on Feb 4 Terming it unconstitutional, the Karnataka High Court on Friday stayed the bandh called by pro-Kannada farmers’ groups in the city on Sunday on the Mahadayi water dispute issue. Bonanza for Bengaluru suburban commuters in Budget Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today announced a corpus of Rs 17,000 crore for the local rail network in Bengaluru. The decession came a day after the state cabinet approved the Bengaluru Suburban Rail Projects' first phase to be implemented in the next three years. Three including Bhatkali youth killed in Mysore road accident In a tragic road accident that happened in Mysore today on 31st January, three youths including a Bhatkali student were killed on the spot after the car in which they were traveling in hit a roadside pole. The accident happened when a group of five students were returning to the home from college. Mahadayi dispute: Siddaramaiah hits out at Goa Deputy speaker's charge Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today hit out at Goa's accusation that his state was diverting the water of a Mahadayi tributary into the Malaprabha river basin. Kidnapped boy rescued in filmy style in Bengaluru, four held A five-year-old boy, allegedly kidnapped for ransom, was rescued by police who shot at and injured the kidnapper following a hot chase, police said on Tuesday. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah criticizes BJP for ‘communalising’ circular issue Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday cried foul over the minority circular row and accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of communalising the issue. Hindu Maha Sabha to contest Assembly polls in Karnataka The Akhil Bharat Hindu Maha Sabha has said it will contest in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Karnataka from 150 seats. Karnataka ready for talks with Goa on Mahadayi water: Siddaramaiah Karnataka is ready for talks with Goa on the Mahadayi river water sharing issue to meet the drinking needs of the state's four drought-prone districts, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Saturday. Mandya: Minor Girl ends life fearing punishment, parents seek justice A suicide case has been reported here at Navodaya Minority Residential School where a girl..................... Amit Shah foresees end of Congress in Karnataka Accusing Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of attempting to scuttle the BJP's rally here, party's National President Amit Shah on Thursday said he aforesaw the end of the Congress regime in the southern state. Karnataka Governor unfurls Tricolour to mark Republic Day Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Friday unfurled the Tricolour to mark the 69th Republic Day at the Sam Manekshaw parade ground here amid tight security. Karnataka celebrates Republic Day with pomp, pageantry Karnataka on Friday celebrated the 69th Republic Day with pomp and pageantry amid tight security. Karnataka CM opens mobile canteens in Bengaluru Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday unveiled 24 mobile Indira Canteens that will serve food to the poor at subsidised rates. Protest over Mahadayi river hits normal life in Karnataka A shutdown across Karnataka on Thursday has logged out India’s tech hub, with IT majors Infosys, Wipro and other multinational firms suspending their operations for the day. Bantwal elections will be a contest between Allah and Ram: BJP MLA Sunil Kumar In a brazzenly communal statement, BJP MLA from Karkalla Sunil Kumar went where no BJP leader seems to have gone so far: Kalasa-Banduri agitation: Karnataka bundh on Jan 25; Bengaluru bundh on Feb 4 The federation of pro-Kannada organisations have decided to call a Karnataka bundh on January 25, and a Bengaluru bandh on February 4 (day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Bengaluru). Navneet Chahal goes grey for Kempegowda 2 Navneet Chahal, a marketing professional-turned-actress, debuts with the Kannada film Kempegowda 2, directed by Shankar Gowda, which has Komal Kumar in the lead. "Navneet plays a character with shades of grey; the villain Sreesanth's sister. Her character brings in a few twists in the tale, when she falls in love with the hero," explains Shankar. Constitution is the greatest public policy: Justice Chelameswar Supreme Court Judge, Justice J Chelameswar, on Saturday asked the youth to value the biggest public policy document — the Constitution of India — which was prepared by people who made great sacrifices for the country as freedom fighters. Nine cars torched by gang of miscreants within two days in Kalaburagi Following the eight car torching incidents in the city on Sunday, another ........................... Kannada TV journalist's body taken in trash van: Siddaramaiah assures action Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said he has directed officials to "take action" with regard to the reported incident in which the body of a journalist who died in an accident was carried to hospital by police, allegedly in a municipal garbage van. Bike rams into tree: Suddi TV correspondent dies A district correspondent of a TV news channel died on Sunday early morning  after the bike he was travelling on lost control and rammed into a tree near Hangal in Haveri district BJP submits complaint against Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah for terror jibe The BJP's Karnataka unit on Friday submitted a complaint to the city police seeking action against chief minister Siddaramaiah for his "inflammatory" and "derogatory" remarks branding members of the party and RSS as "terrorists." BJP to hold 'Jail Bharo' agitation tomorrow against Siddaramaiah govt Opposition BJP in Karnataka will launch Statewide 'jail bharo' agitation on Friday against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's remarks that BJP and RSS were extremists, BJP General Secretary and Lok Sabha member Shobha Kharandlje said here on Thursday. Members of RSS and Bajrang Dal are terrorists’ says Karnataka C M Siddaramiah Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah called the members of RSS and Bajrang Dal as terrorists during a Sadhna Samavesha program held at Chamrajnagar district on Wednesday. Karnataka yet to release 81 tmcft of Cauvery to TN, says K Palaniswami Tamil Nadu government today said Karnataka has so far released 111 tmcft of Cauvery water of stipulated 192 tmcft annually (April-May) and steps were being taken to get the remaining quantum. Free laptops for general category students from next academic year Higher Education Minister Basavaraj Rayareddi noted that free and good quality laptops will be distributed to around 1.50 lakh students of general category, Rs 1 crore defamation suit against JDS chief HD Kumaraswamy Mangaluru North BJP unit president Dr Y Bharath Shetty has filed a defamation suit of Rs 1 crore against JD(S) state president and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy for blaming BJP for the murder of the party worker Deepak Rao at Katipalla in Surathkal. Beef shortage in Goa as Karnataka abattoirs refuse meat supply Goa is likely to face a shortage of beef for the next couple of days as slaughterhouses in neighbouring Karnataka have refused to supply meat till the government takes steps to stop harassment by cow vigilante groups, an official said today. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah gifts free laptops to 31,000 SC/ST students Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday gifted free laptops to about 31,000 degree college students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). Anantkumar Hegde apologises for his remarks on Constitution “As a citizen, I can’t think of violating the Constitution,” Anantkumar Hegde says in Lok Sabha. Dalit leader announces 1 crore for anyone who cuts MP Anant Kumar Hegde's tounge Dalit leader and former Zilla Panchayat member of Kalaburagi, Gurushanth pattedar announced a reward of Rs one crore to anyone who cuts and brings the tongue of Union minister Ananth Kumar Hegde,  who has made a statement on changing the constitution.  Legal Awareness Workshop by APCR to tackle communal violence held in Bhatkal The Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) Karnataka chapter team visited Bhatkal on Tuesday and held a district level legal awareness program with various leaders of Uttar-Kannada district at Rabita Hall in Nawayath colony, Bhatkal and also studied about the recent violence that took place in the region. 'We have come to change the Constitution': Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde has again stoked a controversy, saying those who consider themselves secular and intellectual do not have "their own identity" and they were also unaware of their parentage. FIR registered against BJP leader Shobha Karandalaje for spreading hateful rumors BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje was on Thursday booked for a tweet that alleged the role of “jihadis” in what she said was attempted “rape and murder” of a 14-year-old girl in Maagod in Uttara Kannada’s Honnavar taluk, while the incident actually involved a girl and a stalker.