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 Coalition in Karnataka proved costly for both Congress, JD(S): KH Muniyappa Congress leader KH Muniyappa has blamed Janata Dal- Secular (JDS) for the Congress-JDS coalition's rout in the Lok Sabha elections, asserting that stitching an alliance with HD Deve Gowda's party cost dearer, amidst deep fissures in the ruling front in Karnataka. In a clear sign of simmering political differences between the two sides, Muniyappa also said that Congress will contest alone in the local body elections next year. "Coalition has not just proved costly to Congress but also for JDS. We saw someone like HD Deve Gowda lose. We have to make amendments for the future. We will run the coalition government. But, we will contest the local body elections independently," he told reporters here on Sunday. No possibility of mid-term polls in Karnataka: Siddaramaiah The ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition coordination committee chief Siddaramaiah Monday ruled out any possibility of mid-term polls to the Karnataka assembly. "No, there won't be any mid-term poll," he told reporters in Mysuru, days after former prime minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda had sent alarm bells ringing in the Congress after he spoke of such a possibility. In a sign of growing tensions in the coalition, Gowda last Friday said he has no doubt that there would be mid-term polls to the state assembly, but had backtracked later, saying he had spoken about urban local bodies election. Gowda had also said he did not know how long the government, headed by his son H D Kumaraswamy, would continue and it was in the hands of the Congress. In 2 months, SSLC student grows younger, denied hall ticket In a bizarre incident, the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) has denied hall ticket to an SSLC student saying he is ‘underage’ to attend the supplementary exam currently under way. Ironically, the same board had issued the hall ticket to the student for the main exam held in March-April this year. Uraim Sada, a resident of Bhatkal, now has no other option but to wait for another year to pursue his education. According to department sources, Uraim studied in Jamiya Madarasa for 11 years and wanted to pursue formal education. He applied as a private candidate in Saraswathi Vidyalaya in Karwar and also got the hall ticket from the department. On March 21 he, along with four other students, left Bhatkal in a car to attend the exam. IMA founder urges police to arrange his return to India, blames political leaders for firm's collapse I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Jewels founder Mansoor Khan, who is accused of perpetrating financial fraud worth crores, released a video on Sunday, urging police to arrange his return to India so that he could join the probe. He promised to fully cooperate in the investigation being conducted by an 11-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) and also assured to return the investors' money by liquidating the company's assets. "Alok Kumar Sir (Bengaluru Police Commissioner), please send the details about whom I need to contact to return. I want to return to India to put forward the truth before your team. I am very hopeful that you will do justice to me," he said in a video released on YouTube. He alleged that some bigwigs are behind his company's collapse and demanded a CBI inquiry into the scam. Upset Over Congress Leaders Remarks, HD Deve Gowda Meets Son Kumaraswamy Veteran Karnataka politician and Janata Dal (Secular) president HD Deve Gowda on Sunday met his son and Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy amid turmoil in the state's coalition government. According to sources, the JDS supremo is not happy with some of the developments and comments of most of the Congress lawmakers and leaders in the state. Earlier, Deve Gowda had said there is "no doubt that there will be mid-term election", setting off alarm bells. The former prime minister, however, later clarified that he was referring to the local body election and not the state election. Mr Kumaraswamy drew criticism from senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily who openly slammed him for his "five-star" stay even during his village tour in Kalburgi.  "Simply sitting after becoming a chief minister or minister does not work. It is importa Mid-term polls in Karnataka would be a burden on people: Sadananda Gowda  Union minister D V Sadananda Gowda Sunday said mid-term polls would be an additional burden on the people of Karnataka and if given a chance the BJP would "rectify things". Speaking to reporters after inaugurating a Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra at Nelamangala on the city outskirts, the minister for chemicals and fertilisers said elections bring to halt all development works. "Mid-term poll is a burden on the people. Under the present circumstances, let new government take over but burdening people with mid-term poll is not proper," Gowda said. "We don't like to trouble people just to achieve our political ambitions. If they cannot rectify things then we will do it if given a chance," he added. Heavy rain pounds Ankola; houses, fields inundated Heavy, incessant rain for the last two days triggered flood fears in Ankola of Uttara Kannada district. The weatherman has forecast heavy rain in the taluk in the next 24 hours, according to the taluk administration. Kodsani and Kurve islands are facing a flood threat with more than 50 houses inundated as a pond overflowed near Poojageri and Nadibaga villages. Water from the pond also entered agricultural lands. A sea wall constructed along the coast to prevent erosion was washed away by heavy tides. High tides left houses flooded and turned tiny villages into islands, cutting them off from the rest of the world. People risked their lives by wading through waist-high water. Karnataka crisis: Yeddyurappa says no mid-term polls; asks Congress-JD(S) govt to quit if it can’t govern state Ruling out any mid-term polls, Karnataka BJP President B S Yeddyurappa Saturday said the Congress-JD(S) coalition government would not survive for long because of internal differences and asked it to quit if they were not able to govern the state. “I have already said this clearly as the state president. We are 105 MLAs. There are more than 20 disgruntled (MLAs) in Congress-JD(S). If you don’t have the capability to run the administration, resign,” Yeddyurappa said. Speaking to reporters here, he said voters of the state would not agree for another election, 13 months after the assembly polls. “Taking such decisions with selfish motives is not right. Resign and go home, we will run the administration- I have already said this…According to me, this government will not survive for long if you look at their infighting,” he added. Yeddyurappas statement comes a day after former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda Friday said there was no doubt there would be mid-term polls to the state assembly. Gowda had also said he did not know how long the Congress-JD(S) government, headed by his son H D Kumaraswamy, would continue and it was in the hands of the senior coalition partner. IMA Jewels case: Interpol issues blue corner notice against founder Mansoor Khan A blue corner notice has been issued by the international police (Interpol) against I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Jewels founder Mansoor Khan, who is accused of perpetrating financial fraud running into several crores of rupees. Khan's company, IMA Jewels, has allegedly cheated a large number of investors, mainly Muslims, after promising them impressive returns on their deposits. Walkathon organised to promote 'greener and safer Bengaluru' A walkathon was organised on Sunday as part of a campaign for "greener and safer Bengaluru". With an aim to spread awareness about climate change and depleting water levels in the state, people marched across the city in the morning. Kumaraswamy shortens Karnataka village stay because of rain The much-publicised two-day village stay of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy was cut short on Saturday due to heavy rains and inclement weather in north Karnataka, an official said. Heavy rains and inclement weather in the state's northern region forced Kumaraswamy to put off the second leg of his village stay at Herur in Afzalpur taluk of Kalaburagi district for Saturday night, an official of the Chief Minister's office told IANS. Karnataka celebrates international yoga day The World Yoga Day was Fridaycelebrated across Karnataka with people participating in various events. K'taka to teach English along with Kannada in 1,000 govt schools Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara on Thursday said the government has decided to start teaching English in 1,000 government schools across the state. "We are planning to teach English along with Kannada in 1,000 government schools. It is very important to teach English as a language to understand many global issues," said Parameshwara after releasing a report on the achievements of Cong-JDS government in o Disproportionate assets: ACB raids public servants across Karnataka Karnataka Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials on Friday carried out searches at properties of public servants in the state who alleged to have disproportionate assets. The searches in the state are currently underway, the ACB said. Want to do 2-4 'village stays' every month: Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday revived his 2006 rural outreach programme, in which he stayed at the homes of villagers. Kicking off the programme today, the chief minister said he wanted to start two to four programmes on 'Grama Vaastavya' or the village stay tour every month. JD(S) chief Deve Gowda doesn't rule out midterm polls in Karnataka mid simmering differences between Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka, former prime minister and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda on Friday claimed that mid-term elections will "no doubt" be held in the state. "There is no doubt that the IMA jewels case: ED summons main suspect Mansoor Khan Bengaluru, Jun 20 (PTI) The ED has summoned Mohammed Mansoor Khan, the owner of IMA Jewels, for questioning in connection with its money laundering probe into the alleged ponzi scam perpetrated by his group that is said to have duped thousands of investors, officials said Thursday. They said Khan has been asked to depose before the investigating officer in the case at the central agency's zonal office here on June 24. The agency wants to question and record his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), under which a probe is underway in the alleged ponzi and investment fraud scam, the officials said. While Khan is said to be absconding, with reports suggesting that he has crossed the Indian borders, the agency wants to give him a "fair chance" to present his side, they said. The ED has already sought permission from a court to interrogate the seven directors of the firm arrested by the Karnataka Police, they added. The central agency has recently filed a case of money laundering in this case which is said to have left thousands of gullible investors in the lurch. It has taken cognisance of a complaint registered by the Karnataka Police and the subsequent creation of a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the alleged fraud. The agency is now gathering documents in the case and is looking for possible assets of the accused for attachment under the PMLA and also obtain an Interpol arrest warrant against Khan. The SIT has already sought the CBI's help in obtaining an Interpol red corner notice against him. The team also raided the IMA Jewels showroom at Jayanagar here and seized 43 kg gold, worth Rs 13 crore, 5,864 carat of diamond, worth Rs 17.6 crore, 520 kg silver, worth Rs 1.5 crore, and precious gems worth Rs 1.5 crore. It also raided the office of the company and the premises of the third divorced wife of Khan, Tabassum Bano, and found 1.5 kg of gold, 1.5 kg silver and Rs 2.69 lakh cash. It said the SIT has identified 26 immovable properties, including commercial buildings, land, school property and apartments, which are said to be of Khan. Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has asserted that his government would bring to book the perpetrators of the ponzi scheme fraud, irrespective of how influential they were. It is feared that the size of the scam is around Rs 5,000 crore, with more than 30,000 people cheated by the ponzi scheme floating company. People not only from Bengaluru and Karnataka, but also from Hyderabad, the neighbouring Tamil Nadu and New Delhi are said to have invested in the company. As many as 26,000 police complaints have been filed by the investors against the 'I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Jewels' store after an audio clip surfaced in which Khan was purportedly heard saying that he is going to commit suicide as he was fed up with corruption. He also alleged that Shivajinagar Congress MLA Roshan Baig took Rs 400 crore from him and was not returning it. Baig has, however, rubbished the charge, and alleged that his political adversaries had orchestrated the "series of events" to tarnish his character. Police said that they have received thousands of complaints against IMA Jewels and Khan from investors, who are mainly vendors, small businessmen and from the middle and the lower middle class. State Home Minsiter M B Patil said that most of the investors in the now-feared defunct group were from the minority community. Since drawing interest is prohibited in Islam, Khan had turned the investors into shareholders and promised to distribute profits from his earnings, he added. 'One Nation, One Election' will create confusion among voters: Deve Gowda Former prime minister and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda on Thursday said "One Nation, One Election" -- holding simultaneous polls to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies -- would create confusion among the voters. I have asked Rahul not to resign as Congress president: Gowda Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) founder HD Deve Gowda on Thursday said that he has asked Rahul Gandhi to reconsider his decision to resign from the post of Congress party president. "I have briefed Rahul Gandhi and told him to reconsider his stand to resign," Gowda told reporters during a press conference here. Karnataka: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw holds discussions with CM HD Kumaraswamy over infrastructure development Biocon Chairman Kiran Mazumdar Shaw met Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday to discuss the infrastructure development in Bengaluru. In the meeting, Shaw raised many questions on road safety and management of infrastructure and held discussions on civic issues in the city like garbage, mobility and poor infrastructure. Shaw also gave suggestions to improve the infrastructure on high traffic congestion on the roads, drainage and sewage system management. Moreover, she also highlighted the far-reaching impact of the poor drinking water facility in the city. Siddaramaiah has never tolerated any big and good leaders, says JDS leader Vishwanath Launching a scathing attack on the state government's coordination committee chief Siddaramaiah, former Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) president H Vishwanath on Thursday said that former Chief Minister is trying to end the political careers of those who speak against his "vindictive attitude, style of functioning and failures." "He has never tolerated any big or good leader. He tried to even end my political career," said Vishwanath, while talking to ANI. He held Siddaramaiah responsible for Bengaluru MLA Roshan Baig's suspension. "He wrote against Roshan Baig for personal reasons, which is not the right thing to be done by any leader," he said. Ponzi scam: SIT raids IMA Jewels head office in Bengaluru A team of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Karnataka Police conducted a search at I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Jewels head office in Shivaji Nagar area here on Thursday in connection with the multi-crore ponzi scam. The IMA Jewels is embroiled in a case where the firm had allegedly cheated a large number of investors after promising them impressive returns on their deposits. IMA Jewels auditor Iqbal Khan wa BJP still trying to topple my govt, alleges Kumaraswamy Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Thursday alleged the BJP was continuing its efforts to 'destabilise' the Congress-JD(S) coalition government led by him, but asserted it was stable and would complete its term. He also said the challenge before him was to take the administration close to the people in a way that they should repent about their decision not to support Congress-JD(S) alliance in the Lok Sabha elections. The ruling alliance partners had fared miserably winning only one seat each and conceding 25 out of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state to the BJP. An independent candidate had won in Mandya. IMA scam: Roshan on SIT radar, could be grilled Shivajinagar MLA R. Roshan Baig who was suspended for 'anti-party activities' on Tuesday amid the multi-crore IMA investment scam fallout is likely to be questioned by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the scam running over Rs 2,000 crores. Mr. Baig's name figured prominently in the audio clip purportedly by Mohammad Mansoor Khan, MD of IMA group, who accused him of harrasing him by sending goons to his office and his house after he asked the MLA to return Rs 400 crores. While the SIT has approached the Home and External Affairs Ministries to issue Red Corner Notices against Mansoor Khan who is believed to be hiding in Dubai, the team has already seized gold, silver, diamonds and commercial complexes worth Rs.33 crores. Karnataka BJP MPs discuss state's development over dinner Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda organised a meeting of all BJP members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha from Karnataka to discuss the issues pertaining to the development of the state at his residence here on Wednesday evening. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Gowda said, "We discussed to have a united approach towards the development of Karnataka. Issues related to Karnataka should be dealt with above political lines. We discuss the matter in detail." Yeddyurappa took Rs 20 crore from JSW: Kumaraswamy Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has alleged that BJP state chief BS Yeddyurappa had taken Rs 20 crore cheque from the JSW Steel when he was the state CM. "I'll discuss everything in the Assembly session. BS Yeddyurappa got a cheque of Rs 20 Cr for offering land deal sale to Jindal steel works. I know the truth and I'll speak," Kumaraswamy told media here on Tuesday. Siddaramaiah could be reason behind my suspension from Cong: Roshan Baig Disgruntled Congress MLA in Karnataka Roshan Baig on Wednesday alleged that he was being targetted, saying that former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah could be the reason behind his suspension from Congress. "It is obvious that I have been targeted by the state leadership. Is speaking the truth a crime? I have the highest regard and respect for Rahul Gandhi. I never criticised him. I am a worker of Indian National Congress, not Siddu (Siddaramaiah) Congress. I had only spoken about the poor performance of the party. Siddaramaiah could be the reason for my suspension from the party," he told reporters, a day after the AICC suspended him for "anti-party" activities. Baig raised a question why the state leadership did not take moral responsibility following Congress's poor show in the Lok Sabha elections when Gandhi had offered to resign as the party president. No threat to Cong-JDS government: Siddaramaiah Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said that there is "no threat" to the Congress-JDS alliance government in Karnataka. "There is absolutely no threat to the government in Karnataka. There is no problem. They (BJP) are trying desperately but they will not succeed," Siddaramaiah said here. Siddaramaiah met Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the latter's residence today to wish him on his birthday. Belagavi: Protest against Union Minister for taking his oath in English Karnataka Police on Wednesday detained members of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, who were protesting against Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways, Suresh Angadi, for taking oath in English as a member of the Lok Sabha. Can't express pain I go through every day: HD Kumaraswamy In what is being inferred as a sign of rift in the Congress-JD(S) coalition, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said that he cannot express the pain he goes through every day as he has to run the government smoothly. "I promise I will fulfil your expectations. I can't express the pain I am going through every day. I want to express it with you, but cannot. But I need to solve the pain of people of the state. I have the responsibility of running the government smoothly," Kumaraswamy said at an event here on Tuesday. Kumaraswamy further alleged that one of his party MLA was offered Rs 10 crore by the BJP. Congress Dissolves its Karnataka State Unit, Retains Chief and Working President Amid growing rumblings in the Karnataka Congress, the grand old party dissolved its unit in the southern state on Wednesday, while retaining its president and working president. "The AICC has decided to dissolve the present committee of (the) Karnataka Pradesh Congress. The president and working president remain unchanged," a statement issued by AICC general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal said. BJP continuing bid to topple govt, tried to bribe JDS MLA:CM After a lull, the fear of 'Operation Lotus' to topple the government returned to haunt the coalition government with Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Tuesday accusing the BJP of attempting to bribe one of his party MLAs. Addressing a public meeting at a village in Ramanagar, Kumaraswamy said relentless efforts have been made to pull down the government and he knew who have been behind it. To back his claim, the chief minister recalled that when he was on the way from Ramanagara to Bidadi, one of his MLAs called him at about 11 pm on Monday. "The MLA said that half-an-hour ago a BJP leadercalled him. The leader said the government's fall was imminent by tomorrow evening. Already nine MLAs from Congress and the JD(S) have signed. The leader told him that if he (MLA) agreed he would dispatch Rs 10 crore at his location," the chief minister alleged. Petition seeks Karnataka HC's intervention in probe of multi-crore IMA ponzi scam A petition was filed in the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday seeking its intervention in the investigation of IMA jewel ponzi scam, which duped several thousands of investors to the tune of over Rs 15,000 crore. The plea, moved by an investor through advocate Muiz Ahmed Khan, has sought directions to the state and investigating agencies to take urgent steps for the attachment, seizure of the properties of the company and its directors. The petitioner has also sought a direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to "conduct a fair and impartial investigation in the matter as the transparent investigation is bleak because of the allegations against top mighty politicians." The petitioner alleged that the main accused and director of I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Private Limited -- Mansoor Khan, after collecting a huge amount of money from the people in the name of investment, share, and partnership, fled from the country, leaving several thousands of investors and depositors in deep turmoil. Congress suspends Roshan Baig for 'anti-party' activities The Congress Tuesday suspended rebel MLA R Roshan Baig from the party with immediate effect for "anti-party" activities. "All India Congress Committee has approved the proposal sent by KPCC to take action against R Roshan Baig, MLA on account of his anti-party activities," the state Congress said in a release. Karnataka's Irrigation minister meets Nirmala Sitharaman, seeks co-operation in key projects New Delhi:  DK Shivakumar, Karnataka's Water Resources Minister, met Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman here on Tuesday to seek cooperation in Krishna Water Disputes issue and other projects, including Mekedatu balancing reservoir. The Mekedatu balancing reservoir-cum drinking water project, to be constructed across the Cauvery river basin, has been at the centre of controversy between the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Last year, Karnataka government got approval from Central Water Commission (CWC) for preparing a detailed project report for the proposed multipurpose project at Mekedatu on which Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly passed a resolution, urging the CWC to withdraw the permission given to Karnataka. Karnataka govt to announce new IT policy soon With focus on tier-2 cities, the Karnataka government would soon announce a new information technology policy to drive investment and employment opportunities in the state, a senior government official said Monday. "We are in the process of formulating a revised IT policy for the state. Our aim is to strengthen the states leadership position in the IT/ITeS industry through increased thrust on emerging technologies and R&D," Gaurav Gupta, principal secretary to the department of information technology and biotechnology. "Our focus would be to enhance necessary support through key incentives and facilitation through institutional mechanism," said Gupta at the 15th Vision Group meeting. The objective behind the new IT policy is to push Karnataka as the global 'first choice' for innovation and technology, the officer said. He added that there would be inclusive digital growth by adopting strategies that would promote emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning, virtual realty etc. The Vision Group led by industry captains had advised the government to organise the upcoming Bengaluru Tech Summit-2019 scheduled on November 18 and 19. The event would be a major platform to showcase the technology prowess of Karnataka. Infosys co-founder and chairman of Alixor Ventures Kris Gopalakrishnan was also present at the meeting. BJP wants assembly session to discuss JSW land sale The BJP's Karnataka unit Tuesday demanded that the State government convene an assembly session immediately to discuss the sale of land to JSW steel. Senior BJP leader andformer deputy chief minister R Ashoka said the party will intensify its protest on the issue. The BJP will not accept the cabinet sub-committee report on it, he said. "On Jindal issue our fight will continue, it will not stop here...we will not leave the issue until Karnataka: CM Kumaraswamy meets family members of farmer who committed suicide Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy paid a visit to late farmer Suresh's family in Krishnarajapet, Karnataka here on Tuesday. Suresh, a farmer from the southern state of India committed suicide after sending a video message to the chief minister on the acute water scarcity in his region. Kumaraswamy in response said, "I am pained by the death of the farmer Suresh who had demanded to fill the lakes in the areas. I urge the farmers not to take such extreme steps." The minister informed the public present at the location and said, "We are trying to fill all lakes and wells as soon as possible and have allocated Rs 253 crores to do so. This will also help raise the groundwater level simultaneously, not only in Mandya but in all the districts of the state." The minister also has announced a sum of five lakh for the family as compensation, stating that officials are to stay at villages and talk to villagers to resolve the problems from next week on. BDA gets woman commissioner after 20 years of hiatus Perhaps taking a leaf out of his father and former PM H D Deve Gowda’s administrative experience, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy on Monday appointed a woman IAS officer to head the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). Yeddyurappa accuses Karnataka CM of trying to mislead people In continuing war of words with Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy over the JSW Steel land issue, BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa Tuesday accused the former of trying to mislead people by uttering lies. Marginal farmer’s son emerges ‘Golden Boy’; 76 PHDs, 43 gold medals, nine cash certificates bagged by students at UAS convocation It was a dream come true for farmer-couple from Haveri district to see their son awarded two gold medals and cash certificates after he emerged as the ‘Golden Boy’ during the 32nd convocation of the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) held here on Monday. Ensure IMA investors get money back: Dinesh to CM Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Dinesh Gundu Rao on Monday mounted pressure on Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to ensure that investors of the I Monetary Advisory (IMA) get their money back. K'taka IPS reshuffle: Alok Kumar appointed Bengaluru police commissioner In a major reshuffle of IPS officers in Karnataka, Alok Kumar has been appointed as the city's new police commissioner. Kumar was earlier serving as the Additional Commissioner of Police, Crime. The state government on Sunday made major changes in the role of the top cops in the state including the transfer of current police commissioner T Suneel Kumar who has now been appointed as the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Recruitment. Other officials who were transferred include Inspector General of Police (IGP) Administration Amrit Paul wh IMA Scam: "Khan came to me with Roshan Baig," says Karnataka revenue minister Against the backdrop of the alleged financial fraud involving IMA jewels here, Revenue minister R V Deshpande Mondaysaid Congress MLA R Roshan Baighad introduced the firm's owner Mohammed Mansoor Khan to him about two months ago but denied doing any undue favour. Speaking to reporters, Deshpande said, "Mansoor had come to me along with Roshan Baig. What Baig told me was that he belongs to his constituency (Shivajinagar). He (Baig) said he (Khan) runs a good school and is a good man. He told me that he runs a jewellery shop and he spoke to me about some difficulties. I told him that whatever is possible within the framework of law I will do it. Medical services in K'taka hit as doctors protest Hundreds of private hospitals, nursing homes and clinics in Karnataka suspended outpatient services on Monday following a call by the Indian Medical Association to hold a day-long strike in solidarity with the doctors sitting on a protest in West Bengal. Keep protest symbolic: Karna govt to docs Karnataka Health Minister Shivanand S Patil Sunday appealed to the doctors in the state to keep "symbolic" their protest to express solidarity with their West Bengal counterparts. APCR ready to provide legal aid for defrauded victims of IMA APCR Karnataka state secretary Advocate Mohammed Niyaz, in a press release, said that the Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) is ready to provide all kind of legal assistance to the victims of IMA fraud. IMA Jewels case: SIT conducts searches at residences of all accused Six teams of Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Karnataka government on Saturday conducted searches at the residences of accused persons in Govind Pura, Shivaji Nagar, Tasker town and HBR Layout in connection with IMA Jewels case. The teams retrieved documents during the searches. 'India has wage problem, not job problem': Mohandas Pai Former Infosys CFO and multi-sector investor T V Mohandas Pai has said India does not face a job problem, but one of wages, as a lot of low paid jobs being created do not find favour with degree holders. "India is not producing good jobs, but creating a lot of Rs 10,000-Rs 15,000 low-paid jobs which are not fancied by degree holders. India has a wage problem, not a job problem," he told PTI. Also, India has regional and geographical problems, Pai said. Handover IMA jewels scam investigation to CBI: B S Yeddyurappa Leader of the Opposition B S Yeddyurappa on Saturday demanded a CBI probe into the multi-crore IMA fraud. Will push for CBI probe into IMA: B S Yeddyurappa The opposition BJP MPs will urge the Centre to get justice for the victims of IMA financial fraud. Opposition leader, B.S. Yeddyurappa said this when a group of victims of IMA scam met him near Maurya circle where he has been sitting on a dharna on Jindal land allotment issue. He also said that only a CBI probe could get justice to the victims. Dandeli Samagra Abhivrudigagi Horata Samiti demand Rail connectivity between Dandeli and Hubballi Members of Dandeli Samagra Abhivrudigagi Horata Samiti on Friday submitted a memorandum to Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi demanding rail connectivity between Dandeli and Hubballi. Kumaraswamy govt refers JSW land sale to cabinet panel amid BJP protests Caught in a row over the controversial JSW Steel land sale, the Karnataka cabinet on Friday decided to refer its decision on the sale of 3,667 acres to the firm at Ballari to a cabinet subcommittee for reconsideration. Karnataka doctor studying in Rohtak commits suicide, department head booked A 30-year-old doctor hailing from Karnataka, who was pursuing his MD course from PGIMS, Rohtak in Haryana, allegedly committed suicide in the hostel of the hospital's campus, police said Friday. Karnataka to amend state startup policy in tune with central policy The Karnataka Cabinet Friday decided to amend the Karnataka Startup Policy 2015-2020 in line with the national policy. New party launched in Karnataka A group of activists, farmers and litterateurs from Karnataka, especially from the state's northern region, today launched a new party that would "work for the welfare" of the common man and farmers. Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy expands cabinet by inducting 2 ministers Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Friday expanded his cabinet by inducting two Independent MLAs into the ministry in an apparent move to give stability to his 13-month-old wobbly government. Karnataka: Journalist attacked by employees of pharmaceutical company in Tumkur Local journalists on Wednesday here were allegedly attacked by the employees of a pharmaceutical firm as the scribes were trying to report issues faced by locals due to the presence of the company in the vicinity. Karnataka Ponzi scheme fraud: 7 directors held, SIT formed Seven directors of a firm at the centre of an alleged financial fraud that left thousands of investors in the lurch here were apprehended Wednesday even as an 11-member special investigation team was formed by the Karnataka government to probe the case. Karnataka government announces farm loan waiver will be made in one go Karnataka government has ordered release of money toward farm loan waiver in commercial banks in one-go as against four instalments announced in the budget last year. IMA scam: 6 Directors surrender to police A day after a controversial audio clip purportedly by Mansoor Khan, the MD of I Monetary Advisory (IMA), accusing Shivaji Nagar MLA Roshan Baig of harassment went viral, six absconding directors of the group surrendered before the police. SIT will be set up to investigate IMA jewels case: Karnataka Home Minister Karnataka Home Minister MB Patil on Tuesday said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) will be constituted to investigate the fraud in the IMA jewels case. BJP accuses Kumaraswamy of openly threatening, abusing scribes The Karnataka BJP Tuesday took a dig at Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, accusing him of openly threatening and abusing journalists in the state. IMA Jewels scam: Fraud in the name of religion This sums up the business trajectory of I Monetary Advisory (IMA), a company founded in 2006 by Mohammed Mansoor Khan. Investors throng jewellery store as owner 'disappears' Hundreds of investors thronged a prominent city jewellery store Monday after an audio clip surfaced where a person alleged to be the owner is heard saying he is going to commit suicide as he was fed up with corruption. The owner was also into the chit fund business. "Cabinet expansion will be 'foundation stone' for collapse of govt" Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda Sunday said the much awaited expansion of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy led cabinet in Karnataka, aimed at saving the coalition government, would be the "foundation stone" for its collapse. Veteran playwright-actor Girish Karnad dies at 81 Noted playwright, actor and director Girish Karnad, a progressive voice that championed the freedom of expression, died at his residence here Monday, official sources said. He was 81. Country needs a pragmatic language policy: VP Naidu Amid the three-language norm row, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday opined that the country needs a "pragmatic language policy". Land deal: Cong-JDS coalition received kickbacks, alleges Yeddyurappa The state cabinet had recently decided to convert the lease of 3,667 acres land to JSW Steel in Ballari district into sale, in accordance with the initial agreement. Karnataka cabinet rejig will only flame rebellion: Yeddyurappa The Karnataka BJP Chief B S Yeddyurappa Saturday predicted that Congress-JD(S) government's exercise to quell the growing dissent within the coalition through cabinet rejig on June 12 would only flame rebellion. Govt will complete full term, says Kumaraswamy after son speaks of polls Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Friday said the coalition government headed by him would complete its five-year term and any talk of mid-term polls now is "irrelevant". His comments came as a video of his son Nikhil asking JD(S) workers to get ready for assembly polls doing rounds on social media. "Nikhil Kumaraswamy cheering up party workers has told them that they should always be ready to serve the society. Not only during elections, they should always keep the party in a state of activeness so as to win the election whenever it comes. This statement of his has been quoted out of context by the media to represent that there may be election anytime," H D Kumaraswamy said in a statement. He said, "The coalition government will successfully complete its five-year term. Any talk of mid-term polls now is irrelevant." In an indication of lack of trust between coalition partners the JD(S) and the Congress, the video purportedly showed Nikhil asking JD(S) workers to prepare themselves for assembly poll, saying one doesn't know when it would come. Give up power if you can't rule: Yeddyurappa to Cong-JD(S) coalition Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa Friday asked the Congress-JD(S) to give up power if it cannot run the government and asserted that his party would govern in case the coalition collapses and would make sure there is no mid-term polls. The former chief minister said no one has confidence that the H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition government would last long. "Kumaraswamy's son (Nikhil) has asked JD(S) workers to prepare for election. I'm saying that there won't be election at any cost. It has been just a year (since assembly elections). We (BJP) have 105 legislators, if they can, let them govern, if they can't let them give up, we will govern," Yeddyurappa said. Speaking to reporters at Hubballi, he said, "There is no question of going for fresh elections for any reason. We will not agree to it. We will go to election only after five years. No one has confidence that this government will continue for long, let's wait and see." Gowda slams those trying to write his political epitaph JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Friday said his dignity has been impacted due to his and party's rout in the Lok Sabha polls and hit out at those trying to write his political epitaph, asserting he would "rise from the dust." Gowda, a former prime minister, and his grandson Nikhil lost in a big way in the recent Lok Sabha election, which saw the BJP sweep the polls winning 25 out of 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka. The only face saver for the JD(S) was Gowda's another grandson Prajwal Revanna, who won from Hassan, a seat Gowda had held. The Congress, an ally of JD(S) in the government, was equally brutally hit as it could win only one seat from Bengaluru rural constituency. "On a personal front, my dignity has been impacted. I will reorganise the party," Gowda vowed while addressing the JD(S) leaders who won in the recent urban local body elections. He, however, said the party's defeat was for a good. Karnataka: After Reddy, Baig targets state Congress leaders Endorsing former minister Ramalinga Reddy's view that senior leaders are being ignored in the party, Karnataka Congress leader Roshan Baig on Tuesday said that the party will get into trouble if the state leadership is not changed. Village in Shivamogga district sets example for water conservation Amidst the scorching heat and delayed monsoon across the country, residents of the Vitagondana Koppa village in Shivamogga district are living happily with sufficient drinking water and are easily able to meet the requirements of their livestock. Siddu slams BJP for not inducting Dalit MP from Karnataka Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah has hit out at the BJP for not inducting a Dalit MP from Karnataka in the Union cabinet, saying "upliftment" of the community will not happen just by "big talk". No mismatch between EVMs and VVPATs reported in LS polls, says BEL CMD Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) MV Gowtama on Saturday said that no mismatch was reported between votes recorded in electronic voting machines (EVMs) and the voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines during the recently held Lok Sabha polls. Coalition concerns: Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy holds talks with Congress' Siddaramaiah Amid talks of cabinet expansion to save the government in Karnataka, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on June 1 met the Congress-JD(S) coalition coordination committee chief Siddaramaiah and held discussions. 3 ministers: Karnataka gets Namo blessings Karnataka struck it rich when the Union Cabinet portfolios were announced on Friday with Hubballi-Dharwad MP and former BJP state president Pralhad Joshi bagging the prized portfolio of parliamentary affairs while D.V. Sadananda Gowda was allotted the no less important ministry of chemicals and fertilizers. Nirmala Sitharaman, the Rajya Sabha MP from the state, has been given the crucial finance portfolio. BBMP bypolls: Congress, BJP bag one seat each BJP and Congress-JD(S) coalition on Friday bagged one seat each in the by-election to two BBMP wards - Kaveripura and Sagaipuram. BJP decides to not destabililise the Karnataka government BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa said that the leaders of his political quarter have instructed him not to make any move which can destabilise the coalition government in Karnataka. He also informed media that Congress' Siddaramaiah is plotting to get some legislators to defect. 3 dead, 4 injured as roof collapses in Kalaburagi At least three people were killed and four others sustained injuries after the roof of the house they were living in collapsed due to rain in Kalaburagi on Saturday, police said. Electricity charges hiked for domestic, commercial users in Karnataka The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has approved an increase of 33 paise per unit in the electricity bills of all electricity supply companies (Escoms) in the state. Cong hails victory in local body polls in K'taka The Congress Friday hailed its victory in local body elections in Karnataka saying it was glad that people changed their mind soon after the Lok Sabha elections, but raised the issue of efficacy of EVMs. Karnataka CM meets Rahul Gandhi, assures coalition govt functioning smoothly Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy met Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday and conveyed to him that the state government was functioning smoothly and there was coordination between ruling coalition partners JD(S) and the Congress. Sadanand Gowda: From student leader to union minister From a student leader associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in Udupi to now a union minister in the Modi government for the second time, D V Sadananda Gowda has covered a long way. Karnataka BJP expects more representation in Modi cabinet With the BJP routing the ruling Congress-JDS combine in Karnataka by winning 25 of the total 28 Lok Sabha seats, there is expectation in the party's Karnataka unit that members elected from the state would get more representation in the Narendra Modi cabinet. Karnataka Congress MLAs ask Rahul to continue as party chief Congress MLAs in Karnataka Wednesday urged party President Rahul Gandhi not to insist on his resignation offer following the Lok Sabha poll debacle and continue to lead the party. Karnataka Head Constable Turns Fiber Baton Into Flute A constable posted at the Hubli Rural police station has converted his fibre baton into a flute, through which he belts out melodies during his time off from duty. BJP to offer Rajya Sabha seat to R Roshan Baig? If the informal talks between former Union minister and BJP leader, M.J. Akbar and Congress MLA, R. Roshan Baig, held over a cup of tea in the city four days back, reach the logical end, then Mr Baig may leave the Congress party and join the BJP. Will request Rahul to continue as Cong chief: Kumaraswamy Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said on Wednesday he would request Rahul Gandhi to continue as Congress president during his visit to New Delhi to attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in as prime minister. Will wait for Cong.-JDS govt to collapse on its own: Yeddyurappa The Bharatiya Janata Party would wait for the Congress-JDS government in Karnataka to collapse on its own due to its infighting, state party chief B.S. Yeddyurappa said Wednesday. Congress goes into overdrive to save coalition govt in Karnataka As the Lok Sabha election debacle pushed the ruling coalition in Karnataka into a greater turmoil, the Congress went into an overdrive to avert a potential existential crisis to the one-year-old H D Kumaraswamy ministry. Karnataka CM, BJP's Yeddyurappa to attend Modi's swearing-in Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy would attend the swearing-in of Narendra Modi as Prime Minster in New Delhi on Thursday evening, an official said on Wednesday. Congress workers protest against Rahul Gandhi's resignation ongress workers demonstrate outside party office urging Rahul Gandhi to continue as Congress President in Bengaluru on Wednesday. They are saying the worker's decisions need to be considered too in the process. Meeting between Karnataka CM, Congress leaders underway A meeting is underway between Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and other senior leaders of Congress including Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parmeswara, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah among others ahead of the cabinet reshuffle. Ministerial aspirants lobby as Karnataka CM struggles to save Cong-JD(S) govt Ministerial aspirants started lobbying Tuesday, with Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy reportedly planning cabinet expansion or reshuffle in a bid to savethe Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in Karnataka. Bengaluru DCP K Annamalai resigns, to pursue public service Deputy Commissioner of police (Bengaluru South) K Annamalai, who is popularly known as 'Singham' of Karnataka, Tuesday resigned from the Indian Police Service, to pursue "public service Azad, Venugopal rush to Bengaluru amid reports of rift between Congress, JDS Amid reports of a rift between ruling coalition partners Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka, top Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and AICC general secretary in-charge of the state K C Venugopal are rushing to Bengaluru to sort things out. 353 students lose marks in PUC, after re-evaluation Some of the candidates, who had applied for re-evaluation of their second year Pre-University course answer script of March/April 2019 exams with the hope of getting more marks, ended up losing marks!