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 Mahadayi award; Karna says it will take appropriate decision after studying report The Karnataka government today said it would take an appropriate decision on the final award of the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal only after studying the report in detail and consulting relevant authorities. Karnataka CM writes to PM, insists Bengaluru 'best choice' for holding Aero India The Karnataka government today stepped up pressure on the Centre to conduct the "Aero-India" 2019 edition here itself, amid reports that the venue for the prestigious air show hosted by the city for over two decades might be shifted to Lucknow. No 'Gabbar Singh Tax' if we come to power; Rahul Gandhi announces in Bidar Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday slammed the Goods and Services Tax as "Gabbar Singh Tax" and said that one slab GST would be implemented when the "Congress party-government" comes to power at the Centre. Kumaraswamy to enter national politics after completing full term as Karnataka CM: Deve Gowda Predicting about the entry of national politics by his son HD Kumaraswamy, the JD(S) supremo HD Devegowda on Monday said that the former will enter the national politics after completing the full term of five years as the Chief Minister of the coalition government in the state. CM writes to Defence Minister to hold Aero India in Bengaluru The Karnataka government today stepped up pressure on the Centre to conduct the “Aero-India” 2019 edition here itself, amid reports that the venue for the prestigious air show hosted by the city for over two decades might be shifted to Lucknow. Karnataka asks Centre to clarify stand amid reports that Aero India may be shifted Amid reports of the Defence Ministry planning to shift the venue of Aero India, the country's biennial air show and aviation exhibition, from Bengaluru to Lucknow, Karnataka today asked the Centre to clarify its stand on the matter. Karnataka CM plants saplings in Mandya district In a display of solidarity with farmers facing crisis in the state, Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy today sowed paddy saplings in a muddied agriculture field in a village in Mandya district. Karnataka High Court hands back reins of Gokarna temple to government In a major development, the Karnataka High Court on Friday put an end to a decade-old dispute by quashing an order passed by the then B S Yeddyurappa-led BJP government handing over control of the Sri Mahabaleshwara temple at Gokarna in Uttara Kannada district to the Sri Ramachandrapura Mutt in Hosanagara taluk of Shivamogga district. Karnataka to deport more than 100 Africans for illegal stay The Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister, G Parameshwara, has said the state government will take steps to deport 107 people from African countries staying in the state. Set up central agri varsity in Raichur: Ktaka to Centre The Karnataka government today urged the Centre to set up a central agriculture university in Raichur, one of the most backwards districts in the state. Bengaluru airport handles 33% more pax in Q1 at over 8 million The Bengaluru international airport has clocked around 33 per cent growth in passenger traffic in the June quarter at over eight million, the airport operator said today. Siddaramaiah urges Kumaraswamy not to shift film city project Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah wrote a letter to his successor HD Kumaraswamy, urging him not to shift Film City project from Mysuru to Ramanagar. ‘Who is the real CM in family?’: BJP mocks Karnataka’s Kumaraswamy BJP on Monday asked the first family of the JD(S) to decide who among its members was the real Karnataka chief minister as it taunted the regional party amid reports about ‘interference’ of PWD minister HD Revanna, son of parry supremo HD Deve Gowda, in other departments. Rahul Gandhi’s hug to PM Modi was ‘childish act’: H Vishwanath Bengaluru: Janata Dal (Secular) Karnataka president H. Vishwanath on Monday reacted on Congress President Rahul Gandhi hugging PM Modi during no-confidence. Vishwanath replaces Kumaraswamy as JD(S) Karnataka chief JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Sunday relieved his son and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy from the post of party's state unit chief, replacing him with Adaguru H Vishwanath, who belongs to the backward Kuruba community. Sitharaman calls on startups to develop unmanned drones with missiles Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday asked the Indian startups to develop unmanned drones with missiles for the Indian armed forces. Man arrested for derogatory post against K'taka CM The Mangalore Police have arrested a man for trolling Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on social media. 6 dead after crane collapses at under-construction site in Kalaburgi As many as six labours died on Thursday after a crane collapsed at an under-construction cement factory in Kalaburagi, Karnataka. Police will take action if people continue #KikiChallenge: K'taka Dy CM Taking a firm stand against the viral 'In My Feelings' challenge - also known as the 'Kiki' challenge - Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara said police will take strict actions against those people, who will continue the "dangerous" Bengaluru pub owners wary of implementation of SC order on playing music Owners of pubs and bars here are wary that strict implementation of a Supreme Court order by the city police on playing music and other norms needed to obtain a licence may lead to closure of many establishments. Don't take up Kiki Challenge, says Karnataka deputy CM The Karnataka government today advised young people against taking on the 'Kiki dance challenge' as it would endanger their lives and that of others. Bengaluru airport wants tariff unchanged for nearly 3 years The Bengaluru International Airport Limited has asked the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority to maintain its existing tariff for the next 2.5 years as part of efforts to implement the expansion plan of the city airport. North Karanataka bandh for separate statehood BJP sponsored, alleges Karnataka Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar today termed as "BJP sponsored" the call for north Karnataka bandh tomorrow given by various outfits demanding separate statehood for the region. CM Kumaraswamy mulls shifting some offices to north Karnataka Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Tuesday hinted at shifting some offices to north Karnataka to quell demand for a separate state. Karnataka: Caught using plastic bag? Be ready to pay fine The next time you choose to step out with a plastic bag in your hands, chances are you could be facing a Rs 500 fine. Three years after the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) enforced a plastic ban in the city, the civic agency is now gearing up to enforce it with the help of technology. Yeddyurappa blames JDS for ‘fuelling’ North Karnataka statehood issue Karnataka BJP President B S Yeddyurappa on Monday alleged that the JDS was responsible for stoking the demand for separate North Karnataka state to strengthen its base in southern parts of the state. Separate NK statehood row: Karnataka CM blames media for controversy Targeting the media for "misquoting" him, Kumaraswamy said he had not made any wrong comments on the issue, but had just responded to a BJP MLA's statement in the Assembly. Implement loan waive in transparent way: Kumaraswamy Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday asked officials to implement agricultural loan waive scheme in a transparent manner. KSRTC depots to have rooftop solar units All the workshops and depots of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will have rooftop solar power units, according to Transport Minister D C Thammanna. 2019 polls: Congress launches Shakti App in Karnataka The Congress on Saturday launched the Shakti App in Karnataka for better booth management. This is in preparation for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Bengaluru: People stage protest against rituals during eclipses Scores of people gathered outside Bengaluru's Town Hall on Friday to stage protest opposing the weird practices followed during eclipses. Bandh on Aug 2 in 13 dists of N.Karnataka demanding statehood A day-long bandh has been called by some outfits in 13 districts of north Karnataka on August 2 demanding statehood for the region, alleging discrimination by successive governments towards it. Kumaraswamy lashes at pro-farm loan waive protesters Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy wondered recently why those farmers who have been protesting for complete loan waive did not vote for him in the assembly election in May. Karnataka rivers in spate after record monsoon rains Rivers in Karnataka are in spate following record southwest monsoon rains over the last seven weeks, inundating low-lying areas, submerging road bridges and flooding farmlands, said an official on Monday. Mhadei water already diverted towards Malaprabha: Minister The Karnataka government has already diverted the flow of the Mhadei river at Kalsa-Bhandura and the Goa government will file a contempt petition before the central tribunal, appointed to resolve the inter-state dispute, as a counter-measure, Water Resources Minister Vinod Palienkar said on Tuesday. 2 more arrested in Gauri Lankesh murder case The Special Investigation Team (SIT) has arrested two more suspects in connection with the Gauri Lankesh murder case. Free bus passes to govt school, college students: CM Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said, that the government was contemplating issuing free bus passes to students of government schools and colleges only. Madhu Bangarappa among probables to head JD(S) With the possibility of an early Lok Sabha election looming large, JD(S) is preparing to strengthen its organisational base with a new team of office-bearers. The change is likely to start from the top by replacing state president H D Kumaraswamy, who wants to be relieved from the party post. Woman among four questioned in Shiroor Mutt seer death case The police on Saturday questioned a few people associated with Shiroor Mutt seer Lakshmivara Theertha, who died at a hospital in Manipal on Thursday. HC stays special court proceedings against Karwar Ex-MLA Satish Sail The Karnataka High Court on Friday stayed the special court proceedings against former MLA Satish Sail and others in connection with their alleged involvement in illegal mining. No plans to contest LS polls: Siddaramaiah Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said he would not contest the next Lok Sabha polls. Minister Zameer Ahmed Khan flags off first batch of Haj pilgrims in Mangaluru Karnataka State Haj and Wakf Minister Zameer Ahmed Khan on Saturday, July 21, flagged off the first batch of holy Haj pilgrims leaving from Mangaluru International Airport through Haj Committee of India. Gauri Lankesh murder case: SIT arrests seventh suspect involved in journalist's killing; accused sent to 6-day custody The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh has arrested the seventh suspect in the case, according a senior police official. Probe into seer's death begins; Police ban access to mutt Police imposed a blanket ban on public access to Shiroor mutt in Udupi as they began the probe into a complaint suspecting foul play in the death of its head Sri Laxmivara Teertha Swamiji. Karnataka CM seeks Centre's help to roll out Rs 40,000cr farm loan waiver Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today called on Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and sought financial help for implementing the Rs 40,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme announced by the state government. K'taka MPs to seek debate over Cauvery authority in Parliament Cutting across party lines, Karnataka MPs today decided to press for a debate in the ongoing session of Parliament on the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA), which the state feels is against the interests of its farmers. Yeddyurappa demands whitepaper on state’s finances The BJP’s Karnataka unit today demanded that the Congress-JDS government come out with a ‘whitepaper’ on the state’s finances. Centre dissolves 28-yr-old Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal The Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT), constituted on June 2, 1990, has been dissolved by the Centre as it stated that all the disputes over sharing of the river water among states had reached a "finality" and the panel was no longer needed. State govt to decide on free bus pass to students in a week The Karnataka government today said it would take a decision soon on the issue of providing free bus pass to all categories of students across the state. ISRO ropes in three vendors to assemble 27 satellites The Indian Space Research Organisation has signed contracts with three vendors to outsource Spacecraft Assembly Integration and Testing (AIT) activities. Cong wants coalition govt with JD(S) to function effectively: KPCC chief Rao The Congress wants its coalition government with the JD(S) in Karnataka to function effectively and H D Kumaraswamy to remain as chief minister for the next five years, KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao said today. Seperate state no solution for N. Karnataka: Yeddyurappa Criticising the growing demand for a separate statehood to North Karnataka, BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa said such a demand will not lead to any solution. He suggested that the present Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government should work towards the development of the state instead. The demand for separate statehood came after several leaders accused the state government of having done injustice to North Karnataka in its state budget. International burglar gang busted with arrest of 5 Colombians' Police today claimed to have busted an international gang of burglars with the arrest of five Columbian nationals, including a woman, who targetted homes, including that of a former Chief Secretary. 950 grams of gold ornaments, foreign currencies, expensive watches, pens and two cars were seized from them, Commissioner of Police T Suneel Kumar said. The gang had purchased one of the cars from an online car purchase firm, which helped police track them, he said, adding CCTV footage enabled police to identify and then arrest them. All opposition parties to move Vote of No-Confidence Motion in session tomorrow: Kharge Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday said that all opposition parties have come to a consensus to move the Vote of No-Confidence Motion in the monsoon session, which commences on Wednesday. I was misinterpreted: Kumaraswamy over coalition govt remark Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday claimed that he was "misinterpreted" on his comments last week that said he was unhappy heading a coalition government in the state and was swallowing the pain of it. Tears don't reflect helplessness, never said Congress troubling me: CM Kumaraswamy After his emotional speech at a JD(S) event fuelled speculation about strain in ties with ally Congress, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said he had shed tears not out of "helplessness" and asserted that he did not speak anything against the Congress. Karnataka Congress asks spokespersons to defend CM The Congress in Karnataka on Tuesday asked its spokespersons to defend its alliance partner and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, saying he is "an emotional person" -- a reference to his recent teary outburst on coalition compulsions. Cabinet expansion likely to be discussed with Cong highcommand: DyCM With six ministerial berths alloted to the party remaining to be filled, Congress leaders from Karnataka are likely to discuss about cabinet expansion with the party high command during a visit to Delhi on July 18. Deve Gowda defends son over budget; hits out at Congress leaders JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda on Sunday hit out at Congress leaders for levelling regional bias charge against his son and chief minister HD Kumaraswamy over the budget and said he would ask him to table a white paper in the assembly on allocations made to different regions since 1956. "From 1956 till today how much money spent whether it is for irrigation, roads, much was spent on different regions, let there be a discussion in the Vidhana Sabha for two or three days with statistics, and let a white paper be brought out... at least then there be enlightenment," he said. Talking to reporters in Hubballi, the former prime minister referred to criticism by some Congress MLAs, including senior leader H K Patil, about the budget presented by Kumaraswamy on July 5 over alleged discrimination of north Karnataka. Swallowing pain like Lord Shiva who drank poison, says tearful Kumaraswamy Reflecting strains in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has said he was "not happy" being in the top post and was swallowing the pain like 'Vishakantha' (Lord Shiva), who drank poison. The Congress and the JD(S) had bitterly fought against each other for the May 12 Assembly polls, but joined hands to form the government as the election threw up a hung verdict. Yeddyurappa threatens protest if state govt. fails to clarify stand on loan-waiver Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader BS Yeddyurappa on Thursday threatened to protest if Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy failed to clarify state government's stand on farm loan waiver. JDS-Cong govt 'directionless', says BJP in the assembly The BJP today sought to corner the H D Kumaraswamy government on an array of issues in the state assembly, accusing it of being "directionless" and "compromising" the state's finances. Our main aim is to rejuvenate the party: Dinesh Rao Newly appointed Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President Dinesh Gundu Rao on Wednesday said that his main aim is to rejuvenate the party and will work as a bridge between the seniors and the youngsters. Congress pressure on Kumaraswamy to roll back fuel price hike Karnataka Chief Minister and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy has come under mounting pressure from the ruling coalition partner Congress to roll back the hike in petrol and diesel prices announced in the budget last week. BJP MLAs seek extension of Karnataka assembly session BJP MLAs today demanded extension of the Karnataka legislative assembly session, scheduled to end tomorrow, saying they have not had enough time to discuss various issues concerning the state. Bank manager booked over fake notes in UP Police have booked an Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) branch manager here for allegedly depositing fake demonetised currency notes to the RBI, officials said today. Karnataka signs MoU with Taiwanese science parks Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two Taiwanese Science Parks to strengthen links with the parks there. 58 PU colleges with under 10 students to be merged Primary and Secondary Education Minister N Mahesh told the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday that 58 government pre-university colleges with less than 10 students will be closed. However, the students and the faculty will move to a nearby college. Most Karnataka dams full due to torrential rain Torrential rains in many parts of Karnataka have resulted in many dams, including those across the river Cauvery, receiving copious inflows and some reaching their full level,a top official of the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre said on Tuesday. Former minister B.A. Moideen passes away Former Karnataka Higher Education Minister B.A. Moideen passed away in a hospital in Bengaluru on Tuesday. He was 81. HDK to take stock of situation in rain-hit Malnad Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said he would camp in the rain battered Malnad region of the state and take stock of the infrastructure needs there. Shed weight or face action: K'taka' ADG tells cops Karnataka's Additional Director General (ADG) of Police, Bhaskar Rao, has directed officers to lose weight or face s Karnataka Govt Formed Under Strange Circumstances, Can’t Do Jaadu: Kumaraswamy Asserting that the Congress-JD(S) coalition government headed by him is committed to providing a good and stable administration, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday sought time to address various issues. Rs 2 Lakh Loan Waiver Not Enough, Says Protesting Karnataka Farmers Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy's waiver for crop loans up to Rs 2 lakh has not pleased the farmers, who are demanding a complete waiver of all loans. Today, hundreds of farmers descended upon state capital Bengaluru to press for their demands. Ambulance Gets Preference Over VIP Convoy in Karnataka Ambulances across Karnataka need not wait for a VIP convoy to pass for rushing patients to hospitals for emergency treatment, a top city police official said on Monday. Karnataka announces support price for mango farmers Coming to the rescue of mango farmers in distress in the state, Karnataka government today announced a support price of Rs 2.50 per kg. Kumaraswamy seeks time to address issues facing state Asserting that the Congress-JD(S) coalition government headed by him is committed to providing a good and stable administration, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today sought time to address various issues. Kalaburgi: Government school students forced to study in damaged classrooms Despite the worn out and damaged conditions of the classrooms in Nimberga Government School here, students haven't stopped attending their regular classes. Complete ongoing highway works in a year: Kumaraswamy to NHAI Taking note of the delay in executing national highway works, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has directed the National Highways Authority of India to complete the ongoing projects of around 4,000 km in the State within a year. HD Kumaraswamy directs DCs to hold 'Janata Darshan' Upset about people travelling hundreds of kms to meet him for solution to their grievances, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Saturday ordered all deputy commissioners to hold 'Janata Darshan' once a week in their respective districts to address problems of local people. 'CM will reply in Assembly to Congress's criticism of budget' Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S) supremo and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda on Saturday said that Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will give all necessary details and reply on the budget on the floor of the House. 2.8 Kg Gold Jewellery Found Abandoned In Bengaluru Airport Toilet Customs officials have seized 2.8 kg of gold ornaments, worth about Rs 85 lakh, found abandoned in a dustbin inside a toilet at Kempegowda International Airport, officials said today Karnataka budget: senior Cong leader strikes discordant note In the first discordant note over the budget, senior Congress leader H K Patil has written to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, demanding programmes tothe minority community and also the northern region of the state. Six inter-linked elevated corridors in 4 years: Karnataka C M In a move to address traffic woes of Bengaluru, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today proposed in the State budget construction of six inter-connected elevated corridors at a cost of Rs 15,825 crores in the next four years Brahmin Development Board" proposed in Karnataka budget The Karnataka government today proposed to establish a Brahmin Development Board for development of economically backward people of the community. 'Budget lacks vision, nothing for coastal districts' While politicians from the ruling alliance have appreciated the state budget as people- and farmer-friendly, the BJP members have said the budget will be of little help to common man and the coastal districts. Coastal districts not neglected in budget: U T Khader Minister for urban development and housing U T Khader said chief minister H D Kumaraswamy has presented a good budget by continuing all the schemes announced by the previous government. Dinesh Gundu Rao named new Karnataka Congress chief Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday appointed Bengaluru MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao as President of the party's Karnataka unit. Hike in fuel prices won't be a burden: Siddaramaiah After Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy proposed a hike in fuel price while presenting the state budget, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said it would not be a burden on the people. Indira canteen gets boost in K'taka budget The Karnataka Government-led by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday proposed to expand Indira Canteens across the state. K'taka Govt to increase petrol and diesel prices The Karnataka Government-led by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday announced a hike in petrol prices by Rs 1.14 and Rs 1.12 in diesel. Forced to travel 300 km daily: Karnataka minister denies astrologer's advice A minister in the Karnataka cabinet and the elder brother of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy refuted reports of him travelling 300 kilometers everyday on the advice of an astrologer. Kumaraswamy announces Rs 34,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme In a big relief to the farm sector, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today announced a mega Rs 34,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme in the maiden budget of the Congress-JDS coalition government. CM Kumaraswamy denies family named as defaulters in BBMP survey Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday denied allegations against his family members of defaulting property tax based on the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) survey. Karnataka Budget: CM Kumaraswamy Expected to Give Farm Loan Waiver Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will present the Congress-JD(S) coalition government's maiden budget on Thursday, 5 July, amid high expectations of farm loan waivers. BJP demands 'whitepaper' into state's financial position Opposition BJP today demanded that Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy come out with a "white paper" on the state's financial position before presenting the budget on July 5. Karnataka Speaker irked over ministers' absence in Assembly Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar today took strong exception to the absence of several ministers in the House, saying its proceedings could not be taken "lightly." An angry Kumar went to the extent of naming the ministers absent and said the Speaker and Chair cannot be taken for granted. BJP Leaders Willing To Join Congress, Says Karnataka Minister A day after state BJP President B S Yeddyurappa claimed that several leaders from Congress and JD(S) were ready to join his party, Karnataka Municipality and Local Bodies Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi today said people from the saffron party were in touch with him to join Congress Karnataka to file appeal in Supreme Court against Cauvery authority, committee Backed by an all-party meet, the Karnataka government today decided to go in for an appeal in the Supreme Court against the setting up of the Cauvery Water Management Authority and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee. Vijay Bhaskar appointed Chief Secretary of Karnataka The Karnataka government today appointed T M Vijay Bhaskar as the new Chief Secretary. Bhaskar, a 1983 batch IAS officer, was serving as Additional Chief Secretary to the government.