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 Non-declaration Of CM candidate will not affect Cong prospects: KPCC chief Karnataka PCC chief G Parameshwara today said non-declaration of chief ministerial candidate before assembly polls will not have any impact on the party prospects as it has not been the convention even at the time of Devaraj Urs. Bengaluru: 5 killed as car crashes into bus stand Five persons, including a 10- year-old girl, were killed today when a car crashed into a bus stand at Lakkenahalli in Ramanagara district, police said. Of the five, four persons, including the girl, were waiting for a bus, while the other deceased was a passenger of the car, the police said, adding that the three other occupants of the car were also injured in the incident. PM Modi blaming others to hide his govt.'s failures: Congress Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of backing away from responsibilities by shifting blame and slamming Opposition at every failure of the ruling dispensation at the Centre. K’taka Minister conducts night inspection of road works in Bengaluru Karnataka Minister for Bengaluru Development and Town Planning K J George conducted an inspection in Bengaluru on Thursday night to oversee the progress of road works. Siddaramaiah urges exemption of GST on handmade products Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday wrote to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, requesting him to exempt various categories of handmade products from the Goods and Services Tax (GST). In a letter dated October 19, the Chief Minister, who received a representation from a committee constituted by Gram Seva Sangh, mentioned that the imposition of the GST on such products has had an adverse effect on the livelihood of artisans, who are engaged in producing these products. Rahul asked us to avoid making personal comments against BJP: Parameshwara  Karnataka Congress leader G Parameshwara today said Rahul Gandhi has advised state party leaders against making personal comments on opposition BJP leaders and instead engage them on national and local issues in run up to the next year's assembly elections. KPCC leaders including Parameshwara, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Karnataka party incharge and AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal had met Gandhi in New Delhi on October 12 to discuss the poll strategy. Actor Prakash Raj joins protest against GST on handmade products Noted film actor Prakash Raj today joined the protest being staged by theatre personality Prasanna against the imposition of GST on handmade products. Prasanna is on indefinite hunger strike for the last five days demanding total waiver of GST on handmade products, saying it would cause the collapse of the rural economy.  Girl, rescued from Bengaluru building collapse, passes away The three-year old girl, who was rescued from the Ejipura building collapse site earlier this week, passed away on Thursday due to multiple organ failure. On Monday, seven people were killed after a two-storeyed residential building collapsed due to a cylinder blast in Bengaluru's Ejipura district. Four gold biscuits seized from woman Four gold biscuits valued at Rs 14 lakh were today seized from a woman passenger at Kempegowda International Airport here, customs officials said. She had arrived by an Emirates flight E K 568 from Dubai early morning, they said. Absence of doctors in K’taka hospital leaves pregnant woman in distress A 22-year-old pregnant woman struggled for an hour at a government hospital in Karnataka's Mandya district on Wednesday. The family claimed there were no doctors present in the hospital when the woman was brought there at around 7.30 on Wednesday morning. They added that even primary health centres in the district were closed. We don’t need lesson on patriotism from RSS: E. Abubacker  ​Popular Front of India held a grand conference on October 15 in Bangaluru. ​According the media statement issued by PFI, ​more than 150,000 people from all the districts of Karnataka attended the conference. The conference started with hoisting of the Popular Front flag by state president of ​PFI Mohammed Saqib. Later the exhibition was inaugurated by National Secretary of Popular Front, Abdul Wahid. Bengaluru building collapse: Owner arrested Police have arrested the owner of the building that collapsed in Ejipura area here following a suspected LPG cylinder blast, killing seven people and leaving scores injured. Gunesh was arrested last night, police said today. Gold Biscuits for MLAs: Siddaramaiah denies reports over proposal on gifting Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday denied the reports about gifting gold biscuits to every legislator for the diamond jubilee of the Vidhana Soudha. ​​​​​​​“There are no gold biscuit or any other thing; there are no mementos” said Siddaramaiah in reference to the distribution of gold biscuits to MLAs and MLCs in the state. Post office PSKs soon to speed up issue of passports Here is a breather for all those who have spent long hours at the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) for your application to be processed. Soon Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) will be set up in various parts of the Karnataka. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is implementing the project in three phases. Kannada now compulsory in all schools Kannada will now be taught either as first language or second language between Class I and X in all schools across the state. The government has issued an order in this regard, covering Kendriya Vidyalayas, CBSE and ICSE schools and schools following the state syllabus in English medium. The order follows the Kannada Language Learning Act, 2015, the guidelines of which the government has finalised.  Karnataka Assembly speaker denies issuing gold coin gifts to state legislators Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.B. Koliwada on Monday refuted reports of a proposal of distributing gold coins and silver plates to MLAs and MLCs being passed by him. According to reports, to mark 50 years of celebrations of the Vidhan Sabha building on October 25, the Karnataka Government had forwarded a Rs. 26.87-crore proposal to the state Finance Minister that sought allocation of funds for various purposes. But what has drawn attention to the proposal is its enlisted 14th point (page 3) which mentions that Rs. 3 crore will be spent on gifts to be distributed to state legislators. Bengaluru: Six killed in roof collapse due to cylinder blast, govt. announces compensation At least six people were killed and a few are feared trapped after a two-storeyed residential building collapsed due to a cylinder blast in Bengaluru's Ejipura district. Bengaluru Development Minister K.J. George has announced that a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh would be given to the kin of the deceased. Moily appointed chairman of manifesto panel of Karnataka Cong The Congress party today appointed former Union minister M Veerappa Moily as the chairman of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Manifesto Committee and B L Shankar as its vice chairman. The committee, cleared by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, has 33 other leaders of the state as its members, including former Union minister and ex-governor Margaret Alva. Karnataka CM favours appointing Dalit priests in temples Taking a cue from neighbouring Kerala, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today spoke in favour of appointing Dalit priests at temples in the state. "No opposition to appoint Dalits as priests at Muzrai (Department of Religious and Charitable Endowments) temples in Karnataka as done in Kerala. We will do it," Siddaramaiah was quoted as saying in Mysuru. Tipu Sultan a greater freedom fighter than Gandhi: Jnanaprakash Swamiji The remarks by Jnanaprakash Swamiji of Urilingapeddi Mutt, Mysuru, hailing the ruler of erstwhile Mysore Tipu Sultan and placing him above Gandhi, Bhagat Singh and Jawaharlal Nehru in the freedom fighter’s list, has raised many eyebrows and stoked a new controversy. While addressing a massive gathering during PFI’s grand conference ‘We Also Have Something to Say’ at Palace Ground on Saturday, he said that considering the sacrifices made by Tipu Sultan for the country, his statue should have been installed at Red Fort. BJP demands defamation case against K'taka minister for profanities against PM Modi The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday wrote to Karnataka Police to register a defamation case against state’s Urban Development Minister Haj R Roshan Baig for using foul language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP’s Bengaluru unit on Saturday wrote to police and requested to register defamation case against Baig and demanded to punish him for the same. A viral video purportedly shows Baig using unprintable language in Tamil while hitting out at Prime Minister Modi for banning the Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 denomination notes late last year. Several dead as torrential rains continue to lash Bengaluru Several people have been reported dead as incessant rainfall continues to lash Bengaluru and other parts of south India. Reports say that at least five people died on Friday in rain-related incidents in the city, days after four lost their lives in pothole-related accidents. Earlier, a day after the Chief Minister instructed Bengaluru Development Minister K.J. George, local MLAs and the city's municipal corporation to fill all 16,000 potholes dotting Bangalore's roads within 15 days, a 21-year-old woman became the fourth victim of accidents caused by craters. The woman died after allegedly ramming her bike into a lorry in Bengaluru's Devanahalli. BJP flays state minister Baig for using expletive against PM Flaying Karnataka Minister Roshan Baig for using abusive language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, State BJP Incharge Muralidhar Rao today said the Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, talk about parliamentary system, but use unparliamentary language.    "They don't know to use good language. From Rahul Gandhi to Roshan Baig why have they taken time to disown (the remarks). They talk about Parliamentary system, but use unparliamentary language," he told reporters here. Karnataka State Open University will not be closed down, assures Javadekar Giving a glimmer of hope for students of Karnataka State Open University, Union Human Resources Minister Prakash Javadekar has assured that the university will not be closed down. The university, which is facing the threat of closure in the light of alleged financial irregularities of `580 crore, will not be closed in the interest of students. The University Grants Commission has initiated a probe into the alleged scam and action will be taken based on its report, Javadekar said after a delegation of students from the Heavy rains in Bengaluru claim 2 more lives, 3 washed away Torrential rains continued to pummel the city today, claiming two more lives, while three people were washed away in stormwater drains, the police said. For the past 10 days, the city was witnessing heavy rains which inundated several low-lying areas. Karnataka Minister Uses Expletive Against PM Modi, Kicks Up A Row Karnataka minister R Roshan Baig was at the centre of a controversy today for hurling an expletive at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, triggering an angry reaction from the BJP which demanded his resignation. Mr Baig made the remark in his address to Congress workers of Pulikeshinagar assembly constituency, which has a large Tamil population, in the city three days ago. It stirred a huge controversy as the video clipping of his speech, delivered in Tamil, was aired by TV channels here today. Govt begins work on merging high school with pre-university The state government has initiated the process of bringing high school education and pre-university under one wing, a full five years after a government-appointed committee recommended doing so to provide barrier-free education for students. At present, high schools comprising Classes 8 or 9 till 10 come under the Department of Public Instruction whereas pre-university is under the Department of PU Education. It is argued that this division breaks the continuity required for students to reach higher education. Rahul Gandhi discusses poll strategy with Karnataka leaders Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today discussed with Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah and other state leaders the party's strategy and preparedness for assembly elections due next year. BJP attacks Siddaramaiah government over pothole deaths Launching a scathing attack on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for recent pothole deaths in the state, Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Wednesday said that poor roads in Bengaluru were a reflection of the government's performance. BJP State President BS Yeddyurappa, who led a protest here condemning the incidents, also said that Congress government's tall claims of providing world-class infrastructure in the state have fallen flat. Sasikala leaves for Bengaluru prison as parole ends Deposed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala left for Bengaluru by road to report at the Parappana Agrahara Prison as her parole for visiting her husband in a hospital here ended on Wednesday. Sasikala left from the residence of Krishna Priya, her close relative in T Nagar on Thursday morning. She had visited her husband M Natarajan, who underwent liver and kidney transplantation at the hospital, Winter session of Karnataka legislature from November 13 The winter session of the Karnataka legislature will commence on November 13 at Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in the border district of Belagavi, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said today. "It will be a 10 day session, starting from November 13," he told reporters here after a cabinet meeting. SC hails Karnataka law prohibiting child marriage The Supreme Court today hailed a law enacted by the Karnataka government which declared that every child marriage, where the groom is below 21-year-old and bride less than 18, is invalid at the outset. The apex court favoured all other states to follow the Karnataka law that declared the sexual intercourse between a girl child and her husband a punishable offence under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Indian Penal Code. K'taka Govt decides to open 'Indira Canteen' in all cities The Karnataka government on Wednesday has decided to open 'Indira Canteen' facility to other parts of the state having a population of one lakh or above from January 1, 2018. Karnataka Congress MLA Accused Of Abusing Bureaucrat Over Mining Contract  A top IAS officer in the Karnataka state secretariat on Tuesday alleged that a legislator of the ruling party "abused and threatened" him for not clearing his son's application over granting a mining lease. Rejecting the charges, the legislator K Shivamurthy Naik, told news agency PTI, "There is CCTV camera. Let people see whether I attacked him." Rajender Kumar Kataria, the secretary in the Commerce and Industries Department, said he has briefed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on the incident and sought protection from the MLA. Bengaluru: IAS officers transferred The Government of Karnataka on Tuesday transferred few Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers in the state. Accenture Techie Stabbed To Death In Bengaluru  A techie of global software major Accenture was found murdered in Bengaluru's south-east suburb under mysterious circumstances, sthe police said on Monday. "The victim, Pranoy Mishra, 28, was found stabbed earlier in the day at Madiwala. Someone who saw him bleed took him to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead," Bengaluru Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) M.B. Borolingaiah told IANS. Ananth Kumar questions FSL investigation in leaked video case Union Minister for Fertiliser and Chemical Ananth Kumar on Monday questioned the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) investigation in a leaked video against him and Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President B.S. Yeddyurappa. In the video clip, there is a purported conversation between Yeddyurappa and Kumar in which the two are allegedly deliberating on how to politically use allegations made against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that he paid Rs. 1,000 crore to the Congress high command to stay in power. Siddaramaiah asks civic officials to make Bengaluru pothole free in 15 days Facing heat over battered city roads becoming a nightmare for commuters claiming three lives in the past one week and leaving scores of others injured, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today directed the civic agency to make the city roads pothole free within a fortnight. Yesterday a woman, identified as Radha (47), lost her life when she was run over by a truck at Pantharapalya near Nayandahalli.  She was riding pillion with her nephew Ravi Kumar (24) in a bike which skidded while negotiating a crater likepothole. The State government and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the city civic body, came under sharp criticism following the incident. Siddaramaiah today visited the spot where the accident took place. He was accompanied by Bengaluru Mayor S Sampath Raj and BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad. Speaking to reporters, Siddaramaiah said unprecedented rains this year had badly damaged the city roads. The Chief Minister said "This year we received rains like never before due to which potholes have surfaced on the road. This accident should not have happened. Bengaluru Airport to be India’s first fully Aadhaar-enabled airport by Dec 2018  Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is all set to become India’s first Aadhaar-enabled airport by December 2018 with complete biometric boarding system. The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) had conducted a two-month trial period in February. According to a Request For Proposal (RFP) issued by BIAL, the KIA is expected to be completely Aadhaar-enabled by December 2018. As per the RFP that was issued on October 3, BIAL has set a 325-day deadline to implement the new system. As far as airport entry is concerned, the project will go live by March 30, 2018 and in another 90 days, under phase-2, all domestic airlines will be roped to make phase-2 live, an ET report said. No FIR filed against Yeddyurappa, Ananth Kumar, clarifies ACB The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Sunday clarified that no FIR has been filed against Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief B.S. Yeddyurappa and Union Minister for Fertiliser and Chemical Ananth Kumar in the leaked video matter. The ACB has also stated that the case is with the cybercrime unit. Doklam standoff was resolved because India is a global power: Rajnath Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the Doklam standoff with China was resolved because India has become a global power in recent times. The remarks came in view of the recent standoff between India and China in Doklam region, where troops from both sides were locked in a faceoff for over two months. Speaking at the 9th Vishwakarma Jayanothsav in Bengaluru, Singh said, "Everyone was expecting that relation between China and India will deteriorate due to the Doklam issue, but both the countries resolved the issue with comprehension." ACB files FIR against Ananth Kumar, Yeddyurappa over leaked video The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Sunday filed an FIR against Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief, B.S. Yeddyurappa and Union Minister for Fertiliser and Chemical Ananth Kumar on the basis of Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report in which the lab cleared the voice of both the leaders in a leaked video where they spoke about money transaction done by local political leaders to their high commands. Cong created hurdles in passage of NCBC Bill in Rajya Sabha Blaming the Congress for creating hurdles in the passage of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the Union government would ensure that the bill was accorded constitutional status. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi had worked towards giving constitutional status to NCBC, but some Congress members in the Rajya Sabha did not allow its passage," he said, speaking at a rally taken out by the Vishwakarma community here. Karnataka: Two cops injured while preventing rowdy-sheeters from escaping Two cops, including a lady inspector, were injured after they got indulged into a scuffle with two rowdy-sheeters in Kalaburagi's Dabarabad village in Karnataka on Sunday. The cops opened fire to prevent the accused from escaping, following which the exchange of fire took place between them in which both the cops and the accused were injured. SSLC exams may be advanced to avoid clash with poll dates More than eight lakh class 10 students, who are set to take SSLC exams this academic year, may have to start their preparations early. With the Karnataka state assembly elections being planned for April-May of 2018, the Election Commission of India has instructed the Karnataka Secondary Education and Examination Board (KSEEB) to look into the option of advancing the SSLC exams for 2018. White tiger cubs maul keeper to death at Bannerghatta An animal keeper was allegedly mauled to death by two white tiger cubs inside the Bannerghatta Biological Park today. Anji (41), who was recruited about a week ago, had gone to place meat inside the enclosure for the animals without noticing that it was open on the other side where the cubs were resting, park sources said. Kannada outfit members barge into Education minister's bungalow Members of a Kannada outfit protesting against private schools for demanding donations today vandalised the official bungalow of the state Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait, following which all 22 of them were arrested. Karnataka Rakshana Yuva Sene workers assembled from various parts of the city outside Sait's residence and raised slogans against him, police said, adding the minister was not at home at the time of the incident. Five linked to Sanatan Sanstha are key suspects in Gauri Lankesh’s murder Five persons linked to the right-wing Sanatan Sanstha organisation, including four with Interpol red-corner notices against their names for their alleged involvement in a bomb blast in Madgaon in Goa in 2009, have emerged as key suspects in the murder of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh outside her home in Bengaluru on September 5. The five missing persons are: Praveen Limkar, 34, from Kolhapur; Jayaprakash alias Anna, 45, from Mangalore; Sarang Akolkar, 38, from Pune; Rudra Patil, 37, from Sangli and Vinay Pawar, 32, from Satara. Sasikala walks out of jail on emergency parole AIADMK leader V K Sasikala today walked out of the Parapana Agrahara central jail here after being granted emergency parole for five days to meet her husband, who underwent a liver and kidney transplant at a Chennai hospital. Sasikala had sought 15-day parole, but was granted only five days with tough conditions, including that she should not involve in political or any other public activity or take part in party activities, jail authorities said. Six killed by lightning in Mysuru district Six people were killed and four injured when lightning struck a temple in a Mysuru village today, the police said. The victims were shepherds and had taken shelter in the temple at Nandinathapura as rain pounded southern Karnataka, including the city. All the injured have been hospitalised, the police said. Karnataka HC strikes down forest development fee The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday struck down the Forest Development Fee collected by the state government from more than 40 mining companies since 2008 and directed it to refund the money to the firms. The tax has no constitutional validity, a division bench comprising Chief Justice S K Mukharjee and Justice P S Dinesh said in its judgement, observing that the state government has no right to impose such tax. This order is estimated to cost Rs 3,000 crore to the state exchequer. The counsel for Vedanta Limited, K N Phanindra, told PTI that the state government had issued a gazette notification about introducing eight per cent forest development tax on the sale value of iron ore under Section 98 of the Karnataka Forest Act, 1963. I have not violated law: K’taka Minister DK Shivakumar summoned by I-T dept Karnataka's Energy Minister and senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar was summoned by the Income Tax Department, on Thursday. Earlier this year in August, I-T sleuths raided Shivakumar's various properties for three consecutive days for his alleged connection in tax evasion. Manmohan Singh says process of economic reforms still incomplete, fresh thinking needed to design new policy  Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the process of economic reforms he was associated with was "still incomplete" and that a "fresh thinking" was needed to evolve a new design for the country's social and economic policy. The policy should be a judicious mix of both high rate of economic growth and a strong focus on containing economic inequalities, said Singh, considered the architect of the economic liberalisation measures unleashed in 1991. Noting that the opening of new opportunities for people born without social and economic privileges was the beacon behind economic reforms he was associated with, he said the process was still incomplete, and "we need fresh thinking." Gauri Lankesh's family urges govt., SIT to punish culprits as soon as possible The family of late journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead at her residence by few unidentified assailants on September 5, on Thursday urged the Government and the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to find out and punish the killers as soon as possible. Speaking to ANI here, Gauri Lankesh's brother Indrajeet Lankesh said, "I would request the government and the SIT to find out killers as soon as possible. We are trying to search the reason behind Gauri's murder. Everyday, there is a new angle in the investigation. But for now the motive behind her murder is important." BJP forms panel for Karnataka assembly polls The BJP's Karnataka unit has constituted a 17-member manifesto committee in the run up to the state Assembly election due early next year. The committee is headed by former minister and MLA from the city S Suresh Kumar. BJP hits out at actor Prakash Raj for criticising Modi The BJP's Karnataka unit today hit out at actor Prakash Raj for criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on those "celebrating" the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, saying he has shown "political immaturity."  Raj had described as "chilling" the silence of Modi on those "celebrating" the killing of Lankesh, including the ones followed by him on Twitter. Pathetic road conditions claim lives of couple The pathetic road conditions here claimed the lives of a scooter borne couple today, while their granddaughter escaped with minor bruises early today on Mysuru Road. Police said Anthony Joseph (55) and his wife Sagai Mary (52) were on their way home on their scooter with their six-year-old granddaughter from St Johns Hospital, where they had taken her as she was running a fever. Karnataka unveils scheme to feed 12 lakh pregnant women Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday launched the "Mathru Purna" scheme, which aims to provide nutritious meals to about 12 lakh pregnant women and lactating mothers in the state. "The scheme aims at reducing under-nutrition among women and children," the Chief Minister said while announcing the launch of the scheme here, serving food to pregnant women in the banquet hall of Vidhan Soudha, the state secretariat. Gauri Lankesh murder: SIT has got clues, says Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy on Monday claimed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the killing of senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh has got clues and is in the process of gathering evidence. Gauri Lankesh, known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-Rght wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her home in Bengaluru on the night of September 5. Six dead, five injured in yet another accident involving parked lorry in Karnataka HAVERI: Six people including five women died on the spot and another six persons were severely injured when a van in which they were travelling hit a lorry parked on the Koda-Halageri Road in Ranebennur taluk at midnight Sunday. The deceased were family friends from Makanooru, Kavalethu and Kodiyal Hospet villages of Ranebennur taluk and were returning from a picnic in the vehicle. The lorry loade Infant Reportedly Placed on Doused Coals as ‘Ritual’ in Karnataka In the name of rituals, infants wrapped in banana leaves are made to lie down on a bed of hot coals in Dharwad's Kundgol town near Hubli. The act is reportedly part of a Muharram ritual and is performed after a wish sought for the child gets fulfilled. Narendra Modi bigger actor than me, says actor Prakash Raj  It was the turn of a silver screen star to take on PM Minister Narendra Modi with multi-lingual actor, Prakash Raj, who has excelled in villain roles, remarking on Sunday that the PM’s silence on his ‘followers’ celebrating the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, was akin to an “actor trying to please his followers”. Green nod to Karnataka's Rs 1,561 cr Harohalli industrial park The Centre has given its green light to the combined development of Harohalli industrial zone in Ramnagara district of Karnataka entailing an investment of Rs 1,561 crore, a government official said. The Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB)’s proposal is to build a multi-product industrial park in about 904.86 hectares. “The Union environment ministry has given environment clearance (EC) for combined development of phase II and III of Harohalli industrial park in Karnataka,” the official said. Dasara festivities conclude with spectacular procession he curtains came down on the 10-day world renowned Dasara celebrations here today with a spectacular procession marking the grand finale. Lakhs of people watched the procession, known for its grandeur and regal splendour. "Music Heals the Heart" - 92.7 BIG FM celebrated "World Heart Day" 92.7 BIG FM, one of the India's largest radio networks on the occasion of 'World Heart Day' promoted the idea of 'Music Heals The Heart'. The radio network fortified its new music promise offering by weaving in the day-long celebrations with a ‘BIG Bandstand - More Music na Tonic” MJs present at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath encouraged the citizens to take a pledge to maintain a healthy heart. Siddaramaiah writes to Goa CM on plight of Kannadigas Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday took exception to the Goa government evicting Kannadigas from the Baina area and asked the neighbouring state to immediately rehabilitate the affected people. Tanker turns turtle, people rush to take cooking oil A tanker, carrying cooking oil worth around Rs 25 lakh, turned turtle on the National Highway 50 near Chikkajogihalli cross. The tanker, which was traveling towards LN Gudi (Tamil Nadu) from Rajkot (Gujarat), met the accident, because of the driver's negligence. Fortunately, the driver and cleaner escaped without any injury. Congress-JDS coalition bags mayor, deputy mayor posts in Bengaluru  Congress' Sampath Raj was today elected the 51st Mayor of Bengaluru and its coalition partner JDS' Padmavathi Narasimhamurthy, the Deputy Mayor.  The election was a cakewalk for the Congress-JDS coalition in the city civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike as the opposition BJP, which has a majority of corporators but lacks the numbers in the electoral college, staged a walkout.  Karnataka Cabinet clears anti-superstition bill The Karnataka Cabinet today cleared the much-awaited anti-superstition bill to prevent and eradicate "inhuman evil practices" and said it would be tabled in the next state assembly session for approval. The legislation was earlier proposed as The Evil, Inhuman and Superstitious Practices Prevention Bill. After omitting the word superstitious, it is now titled The Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017. Karnataka to feed 12 lakh pregnant women from October 2 Nutritious meals would be served daily to 12 lakh pregnant women and lactating mothers at child care centres across the state from October 2, said Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday night. “Besides nutritional supplements, counselling and other maternity benefits will be provided at the centres (anganwadis) under the Mathrupoorna lifecycle health scheme,” said the Chief Minister at a state conclave, organised by the ‘India Today’ media group here. In view of the state’s commitment to health for all, the government will unveil a free comprehensive ‘Arogya Bhagya’ scheme from November 1 to benefit 1.4 crore households across the state. Heavy rains disrupt normal life in parts of Bengaluru Life was disrupted as torrential rains lashed the city since last night till early today, as also several other parts of the state. Areas such as Krishnarajapuram, Nelamangala, Koramangala and surrounding areas in the city received more than 180 mm rain. Krishnaraja Puram alone received 196 mm rain. Radio City Cine Awards 2017- Kannada Launched by leading divas of Sandalwood Industry in Bengaluru Radio City 91.1FM, India’s leading radio network, in yet another pioneering move, today announced the second leg of Radio City Cine Awards Kannada 2017, to applaud the exceptional artists and technicians of the Kannada film fraternity. Radio City Cine Awards Kannada, will provide transparent access to listeners to cast their vote and support their favorite Kannada superstars. Work towards achieving goal of 'Clean India' by Oct 2,2019: VP Venkaiah Naidu Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu today urged the people to work towards ending open defecation and join the "public movement" to achieve the goal of a 'Clean India' by October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi had accorded highest priority to sanitation and cleanliness and had famously said sanitation was more important than political freedom, Naidu said. He was addressing a gathering at the inauguration of 'Swachhta Hi Seva' (sanitation campaign) and 'Shudda Kudiyuva Neerina Ghataka' (clean drinking water) project at Konnur Village in this district in north Karnataka.  Karnataka HC judge Justice Jayant Patel resigns, no reasons cited Karnataka High Court judge Justice Jayant Patel has resigned but has not cited any reasons.  "Justice Jayant Patel yesterday sent in his resignation to Karnataka Chief Justice S K Mukherjee, who is retiring from the current post on October 9," office of the Karnataka High Court Registrar General told PTI here.  Student drowns while friends were busy taking selfies  In what was another case of 'selfie fever' claiming lives, a 17-year-old student yesterday drowned in a pond near Karnataka's Kanakapura, while his friends were busy taking group selfies. Karnataka govt launches Vision-2025 project The Karnataka government today launched Vision-2025 project aimed at evolving a draft policy for development of the state in next seven years by seeking the opinion of the public. Under the project, the government would seek public opinion on how they want their dream state to be in the next seven years, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said. Karnataka CM plays safe: Government’s got nothing to do with rallies by Lingayats Amidst an intensified campaign for separate religion status for the  Veerashaiva-Lingayat faith, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said the state government has nothing to do with the rallies being organised in this regard. With resentment growing within the community over projecting Lingayats and Veerashaivas as the same, he clarified that the stands taken by few of his ministers on the issue as "their personal view". Garbage scam: Complaint against Karnataka CM Alleging a ‘mega garbage scam’ involving an amount of Rs 688 crore in the civic body here, the city unit of the BJP on Saturday lodged a complaint with the Lokayukta and Anti-Corruption Bureau against Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and Bengaluru Development Minister K.J. George.  Cong launches campaign to reach out to voters In the run up to the Assembly elections early next year in Karnataka, the ruling Congress here today launched "Mane-Manege Congress" (Congress at every doorstep) to reach out to the voters. Chief minister Siddaramaiah along with state Congress president Dr G Parameshwara launched the campaign. Besides highlighting the achievements of the government by reaching at the doorsteps of the electorate, the party intends to counter, what it calls the "fake" campaign by the BJP. Abducted I-T officer's son murdered by friend The 19-year-old son of an Income Tax (I-T) Department officer, who was abducted 10 days ago, was murdered by his childhood friend and four of his accomplices. The police found Sharath Niranjan’s body in a decomposed state on Friday near a quarry in Ajjenahalli, Ramanagara district. Sharath’s friend and kingpin H P Vishal (21) has been arrested with three of his accomplices Vinay Prasad (24), a driver, Karan Pai (22), an employee at a private factory in Bidadi, and Vinod Kumar V (24). One accomplice, Shanta Kumar, an Uber driver, is absconding. Bengaluru Police summons Yedurappa in connection with kidnapping case Bengaluru Police on Friday summoned former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in connection with the kidnapping case of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader K S Eshwarappa’s personal assistant Vinay Kumar. Yeddyurappa will appear before police on September 28. HC grants interim stay on probe against Yeddyurappa  In a temporary relief for state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa, the Karnataka High Court today granted an interim stay on FIRs filed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau against him for alleged illegal denotification of land by him as chief minister. Justice Aravind Kumar granted the interim stay on the grounds of lack of sufficient material to prove cognisable offences of Yeddyurappa under the Prevention of Corruption Act or IPC, both in the complaint and preliminary probe conducted by ACB. Karnataka strongly opposed to Cauvery Management Board: CM Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said his government was opposedto the formation of the Cauvery Management Board and that the lawyers representing the state had been asked to put forward this position very strongly in the Supreme Court.  "The judges in the Supreme Court, who are hearing the case, had made a passing remark yesterday about the formation oftheCauvery Management Board. It was not an order, it was only a passing remark," he said.  First-time ever: Muslim poet Nissar Ahmad inaugurates Mysuru Dasara festivities Kannada poet K S Nissar Ahmad inaugurated the 408th Dasara festivities in Mysuru by showering flowers on a chariot-borne idol of the deity Chamundeshwari atop Chamundi hill on Thursday. Ahmad is the first Muslim called upon to inaugurate the Dasara festivities for which the town of Mysuru is famous. He was accompanied in the ceremony by Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah and minister H C Mahadevappa. I-T dept raids premises of former K'tka CM's son-in-law Income Tax officials today raided properties belonging to former Karnataka chief minister S M Krishna's son-in-law V G Siddhartha, who is also the chairman and managing director of the Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) group, sources said.  Sleuths raided proprieties, including CCD's office here. Searches are being conducted at over 20 locations across the country, including those in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai and Chikkamagaluru, Income Tax department sources said.  Karnataka minister slams Centre, dismisses oppns phone-tapping Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy today hit out at the Centre, alleging that it was not only tapping "our phone calls", but also misusing agencies like the CBI to harass Congress leaders. Dismissing the allegation of the opposition BJP that the phones of its leaders were being tapped by the ruling Congress party in the state, he said the charges were not only "unfounded, but it is the other way round". Now, pressure on Siddaramaiah to contest from North Karnataka A section of Congress leaders is said to be mounting pressure on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to contest from North Karnataka region in the next Assembly polls to counter the BJP, which is planning to field its chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa from the region. Excise Minister R B Timmapura has reportedly urged Siddaramaiah to contest from any of the constituencies in Bagalkot district. Similarly, senior leader and former minister Satish Jharkiholi is learnt to have requested Siddaramaiah to contest from Athani constituency in Belagavi district. BS Yeddyurappa to contest assembly polls from North Karnataka Karnataka BJP president B S Yeddyurappa will contest from North Karnataka instead of Shikaripura in the 2018 assembly polls, his media adviser said today. The former chief minister took this decision in the interest of the party after the central leadership suggested him to contest from North Karnataka, the Lingayat Leader’s Media Advisor Anand Vijayender told PTI here. However, no decision has been taken about the assembly constituency from which he will contest, Vijayender said. “Yedduyurappa readily gave in to the central leadership’s suggestion as his interests are in line with the BJP’s,” he said. According to political observers, the decision of Yeddyurappa to contest from North Karnataka is to counter the Congress’ strategy to divide Lingayat votes by raising the issue of separate religion tag to Lingayats. Former Karnataka Minister Qamarul Islam dies of cardiac arrest in Bengaluru A senior Congress leader, former Karnataka minister and Gulbarga MLA, Mr. Qamarul Islam passed away in a private hospital here at Bengaluru at the age of 69 due to cardiac arrest. As per the sources, it was reported that his health was not well since few days, due to which he was admitted to the hospital. Hubli: Rs 18 lakh stolen from SBI ATM Thieves made away with around Rs 18 lakh in case, after breaking open an ATM of State Bank of India at Deshpande Nagar in the early hours of Saturday. APCR's Karnataka chapter hosts one-day seminar for district office bearers in Bengaluru The Karnataka Chapter of the Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) hosted a one-day seminar for state's district office bearers here at Bengaluru on 17th September, Sunday. Heavy rain in coastal districts Heavy rain lashed Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada districts on Saturday. No extension for filing GSTR-3B after December: Govt The government today ruled out any further extension of timeline after December for filing GSTR-3B tax returns by businesses. GSTR 3B is a simple return form introduced by the CBEC for the month of July and August, following the roll out of the Goods and Services Tax from July 1. "We have already extended the period for GSTR-3B... Ola ties up with Karnataka Tourism to launch responsible tourism campaign  In line with United Nations' theme for this year's World Tourism Day, cab aggregator Ola on Saturday kicked off a tourism campaign in the state. The campaign is being carried out in association with Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation to promote and raise awareness about responsible tourism, Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge told reporters here. Karnataka Cop D Roopa, Who Exposed Sasikala's VIP Treatment in Jail, Gets President’s Medal Former DIG D Roopa, who highlighted in a report alleged irregularities at the central jail in Bengaluru, including preferential treatment to AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, was conferred the President's Medal on Saturday. Will table bills on anti-superstition, reservation in Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said his government will table two important bills to curb superstition and to give reservation in promotions to SC/STs in state services during the November session of state assembly. On the demand for separate religion status to Lingayats, the CM said he would recommend it to the central government if religious groups come with a requisition in this regard. BJP demands resignation of Karnataka Minister K J George over SC order on CBI probe BJP on Saturday staged a demonstration here demanding the resignation of Karnataka Minister K J George in the wake of the Supreme Court ordering a CBI probe into the alleged suicide of a DySP, who had accused him and some senior IPS officers of harassing him. The apex court had on September five ordered a CBI probe into the death of M K Ganapathy, a deputy superintendent of Karnataka police, saying there were “startling facts” in the case which needed to be probed in a fair manner. Demonetisation hit newspapers due to fall in ads: INS The demonetisation exercise "worsened" the financial position of newspapers due to fall in advertisements, the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) said today, urging the government to "support and strengthen" the industry. It also condemned incidents of violence and attack on media offices and journalists, describing them as "undisputedly serious threats to the freedom of press". Narendra Modi turning India into Hindu Rashtra: HD Deve Gowda Former Prime Minister and national president of Janata Dal (S)  H.D. Deve Gowda on Friday  accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of turning India into a Hindu-Rashtra.   Addressing a gathering of JD(S) workers here, Mr Gowda expressed his dissatisfaction over the way in which Mr Modi was ruling the country. "But as long as I'm alive, I will not allow Mr Modi to succeed in his designs to turn India into a Hindu-Rashtra", he added. CID will assist SIT probing Gauri Lankesh's killing: Official The CID will share the details of its probe into the killing of rationalist M M Kalburgi with the Special Investigation Team probing the Gauri Lankesh case, a top official said today. Gauri was shot dead outside her house by unidentified men who came on a motorcycle on September 5. The modus operandi bore a grim resemblance to the way rationalists Govind Pansare, Narendra Dabholkar and Kalburgi were gunned down.