Latest News Feeds SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. Recent Posts CISF seizes 10,000 US Dollars from passenger at Mangalore Airport A total of 10,000 US dollars were seized from a passenger en route to Dubai from Mangalore Airport, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said on Monday. According to the CISF, foreign currency was recovered from a passenger, identified as Shashank Bysani Gupta, during the frisking process at the Mangalore airport. "The passenger had concealed a bundle of foreign currency (5100 USD) in his trouser's pocket. When his handbag was searched thoroughly, an amount of 4900 USD was also found kept in a pouch," CISF said in an official statement. The officials also added that the passenger along with confiscated currency 10,000 USD has been handed over to Customs officials for further necessary action. Customs officials offloaded the passenger and an investigation in this regard is underway. K'taka floods: Death toll reaches 82, state govt releases Rs 195 crore for relief measure Karnataka government on Monday released Rs. 195 crore for relief measure and to provide immediate compensation of Rs. 10,000 to the flood victims in the state. Meanwhile, the death toll in flood-related incidents in the state has mounted to 82. An official statement issued by N.Bhrungeesh, Media Secretary to the Chief Minister said, "The Government has released Rs. 195 crore for relief measure and to provide immediate compensation of Rs. 10,000 to the flood victims." It added, "The Government has released Rs. 80 crore towards additional grant under SDRF to meet the state share to pay Rs. 10,000 each to the flood victims to buy basic necessities such as clothes etc." PM Modi to visit France, UAE, Bahrain; will discuss climate change, digital technology at G-7 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a three-nation tour of France, UAE and Bahrain from August 22 and also attend the outreach session of G-7 meeting at Biarritz in France in which he will focus on how India has been approaching issues of climate change and biodiversity while also showcasing how it has used technology to boost inclusive development. Prime Minister Modi will first reach France on August 22-23 for a bilateral visit during which he will discuss defence cooperation and regional and global issues with President Emmanuel Macron. Karwar-Mysuru train service to begin soon South Western Railway (SWR) has proposed introduction of a direct train service between Karwar and Mysuru via Mangaluru which is expected to start running soon. The train is likely to run once a week to begin with and later its frequency will be increased to four days a week, SWR sources said. ​​​​​​​The SWR has prepared temporary time table for the proposed train and sent it to the Southern Railway and Konkan Railway for their permission. After getting their nod, the proposal will be submitted to the Railway Board. Not afraid of any probe into phone tapping: Kumaraswamy Bengaluru:  Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Monday said he was not afraid of any probe into the phone tapping allegations, as he accused the BJP government of running a "transfer business" in the State. The JDS leader's statement triggered a war of words with chief minister B Yeddiyurappa's son B Y Vijayendra saying it was not appropriate to make "baseless allegations." Yediyurappa, however, said he was not going to react to the charges. "Why do you want to put words in my mouth? May God bless him. The whole world knows what he has done..," he told reporters. It all started with Kumaraswamys purported statement on Sunday that Yediyurappa had left his sons to run the 'transfer businesses' as reported by some news channels. Taking a serious note of it, Vijayendra tweeted the clipping of Kumaraswamys statement as it appeared in a Kannada news channel, which read that Yediyurappa has "let his son loose to run the transfer business." "...You cannot pass the buck on somebody else for your deeds. Stop trying to mislead the people through falsehood just because you are scared of the CBI probe into the telephone tapping case," he said. Vijayendra also tweeted links to news reports that claimed the then PWD minister H D Revanna had transferred 700 officials on a single day last year when Kumaraswamy was the chief minister. Later, speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, Vijayendra slammed Kumaraswamy for making "baseless allegations" against him and his family. "It is not appropriate to make baseless allegations against me and our family. It does not befit his stature," Vijayendra said. He challenged Kumaraswamy to make the facts public if he has evidence to back his claim. "People have seen how during your tenure governance had collapsed due to the involvement of your family. People of the state have seen how 700 staff in the PWD were given promotion and transferred," Vijayendra said. Reacting, Kumarasawmy cautioned chief minister Yediyurappa to keep his children "within their limits." He alleged that the chief ministers residence has turned into a "transfer market" these days. Speaking about the governments intention to conduct a CBI probe into the alleged phone tapping, Kumaraswamy said he was not scared of any probe because he did not do anything wrong. However, he asked the chief minister not to fix innocent people only to take revenge on him. Days after phone tapping allegations during the previous Congress-JDS coalition government surfaced, Yediyurappa on Sunday said he will order a CBI probe citing demands by several political leaders including from the Congress. India rejects Pak's claim of using water as 'weapon of war' amid Kashmir turmoil  Accusing India of waging "fifth-generation warfare", Pakistan said on Monday that New Delhi had failed to inform it about the release of water from a dam that could cause flooding across the border. India, however, rejected the claim saying that under the terms of a water treaty between the two nations it had informed Pakistan about the release of excess water late on Monday when it crossed a certain threshold. Relations between the neighbours, already hostile, have been further strained after India revoked the special status of the Jammu and Kashmir region. Pakistan reacted with fury, cutting transport and trade links and expelling India's ambassador in retaliation. Islamabad said the unexpected release of water into the River Sutlej that flows from India to Pakistan was part of an attempt by New Delhi to flout the longstanding treaty between the countries. Teachers should take classes, not agitate: Mamata Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has hit out at para-teachers for launching agitations demanding salary hike, instead of taking classes. Para-teachers, contractual educators in government and government-aided schools of the state, had recently staged a protest in Nadia's Kalyani demanding pay hike, following which they were allegedly caned by the police. "Para-teachers should know, I have great respect for you. You educate the young generation. But should you stop taking classes for joining agitations and wear black badges?" Banerjee said at an administrative meeting in Howrah on Monday. Mentioning that the para-teachers had been recruited by the previous Left Front regime, Banerjee claimed that after coming to power, her government had effected a substantial rise in their salary. "While they (para-teachers) were getting Rs 4,000 in 2011-2012, we increased it to more than double in 2018. Now just a year has passed and they are demanding another hike", she said. She regretted that para-teachers are even threatening to call a strike. Banerjee also announced regularisation of services of part-time and whole-time contractual college teachers. These teachers would be able to continue their services till the age of 60 and the gratuity would be increased from Rs one lakh to Rs three lakh. The state will name the part-time and whole-time contractual teachers of colleges as 'State Aided College Teachers' (SACT), the CM said. While those meeting the educational qualifications set by the UGC and with more than 10 years of experience would get Rs 30,000 per month and those having the requisite qualifications but with less than 10 years experience would be paid Rs 26,000. Teachers not fulfilling the UGC criteria but with above 10 years experience would be given Rs 20,000. Those with up to 10 years experience would be given Rs 15,000, Banerjee said. She said there are around 13,500 such teachers in different colleges, who will come under the SACT. From now on, college managing committees would not be allowed to appoint any contractual teacher without the approval of the Higher Education department, the chief minister said.  17 MLAs to be inducted as cabinet ministers in Karnataka Bengaluru:  Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will expand his ministry on Tuesday by inducting 17 ministers in the first phase. This will be the first-ever expansion of Yediyurappa's ministry after he assumed office on July 26 and proved his government's majority on the floor of the Assembly on July 29. Having run the government with a "one-man cabinet" for over 20 days, the chief minister had on Saturday managed to get the nod from BJP national president Amit Shah to undertake the exercise on August 20. Among those to be administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan here at 10:30 am are Govind Karajol, Ashwath Narayan C N, Laxman Savadi, K S Eshwarappa, R Ashoka, Jagadish Shettar, B Sreeramulu and S Suresh Kumar. V Somanna, C T Ravi, Basavaraj Bommai, Kota Shrinivas Poojari, J C Madhu Seamy, C C Patil, H Nagesh, Prabhu Chauhan and Shashikala Jolle Annasaheb are the other names on the list. The chief minister has sent an official list of 17 ministers to be inducted into the cabinet to the governor, requesting him to administer the oath to them. With no clarity on who all were to be inducted into the ministry till Monday night, aspirants and the state BJP leadership were anxiously awaiting clear instructions from the party high command in Delhi. Amid pressure from within, the opposition Congress and the JD(S) too had hit out at the BJP over the delay in cabinet expansion and had even raised questions about government's "existence". The Congress had claimed that Yediyurappa's one-man cabinet administration "resembled the President's rule". Chandrayaan 2 successfully enters orbit around Moon  In a major milestone for India's Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft successfully entered the lunar orbit on Tuesday. Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully at 0902 hours as planned, using the onboard propulsion system, the Bengaluru headquartered space agency said in a statement. "The duration of maneuver was 1,738 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit," ISRO said. Following this, a series of orbit maneuvers will be performed on Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft to enable it to enter its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moons surface, it said. Veteran music composer Khayyam passes away at 92 Veteran composer Khayyam, best known for his music in classic films such as 'Kabhi Kabhie' and 'Umrao Jaan', passed away after prolonged illnesses at a hospital here on Monday. He was 92. The noted composer was admitted at the ICU at Sujay Hospital in suburban Juhu due to lung infection over 10 days ago. "He was admitted to the hospital a few days ago owing to breathing issues and other age-related illnesses. He died at Sujay Hospital at around 9.30pm," a family friend told PTI. SC grants time till Sept 6 to CBI to complete probe in accident case involving Unnao rape survivor New Delhi:  The Supreme Court Monday granted to the CBI time till September 6 to complete the investigation into the road accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts killed. The apex court, which had earlier given two weeks to the CBI to complete the probe, extended the time while noting that the probe agency has done "extensive investigation" in the case so far. "We have perused the report of the CBI. This court, vide order dated August 1, 2019, granted an outer limit of two weeks to complete the investigation. On perusal of the report, we find that the CBI has done extensive investigation but some loose ends need to be tied up," a bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said. "Some of the investigation relates to collating and analyzing the material already collected, especially the electronic records. Most importantly the statements of the victim and her counsel who was driving the car could not be recorded till date, as they are both not in a position to make a statement," the bench noted in its order. While seeking four more weeks to complete the probe, CBI told the top court that statements of rape survivor and her lawyer have not been recorded yet and it wants to analyse certain electronic evidence collected so far during the probe. The court also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs 5 lakh to the lawyer who is in a critical condition and undergoing treatment. The bench however took exception to some public statements made by the family members of the rape survivor in the media and said it might help the accused during the trial of the case. "If you have any grievances, feel free to tell us. We are here to help you. Some members of her family are going to the media. It may rather help the accused," the bench observed. At the outset, senior advocate V Giri, assisting the top court as an amicus curiae in the matter, told the bench that the lawyer injured in the road accident is still in a critical condition and he has been shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, for further treatment. "A lot of money is required for his (lawyer) treatment and attendance. Though treatment has been provided to him free at AIIMS, there are expenditure which needs to be made. We, therefore, direct the state of UP to pay a sum of Rupees five lakhs to the wife of the victim's counsel within three days from today," the bench said, adding that "the amount be adjusted against the compensation finally adjudicated". During the hearing, the bench asked, "Who is appearing for the CBI? You (CBI) have asked for extension of time (to complete the probe) in the ground that statements of the victim and her lawyer have not been recorded yet". Advocate Rajat Nair, appearing for CBI, said that the agency has filed an application in this regard. The bench has posted the matter for further hearing on September 6. On August 1, the apex court had directed Uttar Pradesh government to provide Rs 25 lakh to the rape survivor as an interim compensation. The top court had on August 2 directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the investigation in the case within seven days, adding that the agency could avail additional seven days in exceptional circumstances, but in no case the time frame would be extended beyond a fortnight. It had earlier ordered transfer of all the five related cases in the matter to Delhi but later modified its order putting in abeyance shifting of the accident case till the probe was completed. The modification was done stating that due to shifting of the case, the local court was facing technical hurdle in passing orders of remand for the accused who are being arrested in course of the probe. The court had said the order transferring the accident case "shall remain in abeyance for the period during which the said case remains under investigation, which we have stipulated in the order dated August 1, 2019, to be completed in a maximum period of 15 days, preferably within seven days. The order dated August 1, 2019, is modified accordingly". The woman, allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor, is battling for life after a truck rammed into the car she was travelling in with some family members and her lawyer. Two of her aunts died in the road accident. She was airlifted from a hospital in Lucknow and brought to the AIIMS for better care as she continued to be critical. Hearing pollution matters regularly so that people can get clean air: SC   The Supreme Court on Monday said it is hearing matters related to severe air pollution in Delhi and National Capital Region "day in and day out" so that people, especially the children, could breath clean air. The apex court observed this while coming down heavily on the Delhi Transport Department, which has filed an affidavit raising objections over the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) asking it to purchase five machines to identify polluting vehicles. The department requested the court to consider asking it to purchase "only one or two machines" for remote sensing technology to identify such vehicles. "Do not you think that people and children should live in a clean environment?," a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta told the counsel appearing for the Delhi Transport Department. Karnataka govt can take Donald Trump’s help to probe phone tapping case, says HD Kumaraswamy There could be more trouble for HD Kumaraswamy, after chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday announced that the investigation into the alleged phone tapping scandal will be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The former chief minister who visited Kukke Subrahmanya temple, about 100 kilometers from Mangaluru, on Sunday, while speaking to reporters said, “Let them (government) take up any possible inquiry. It can be either a CBI inquiry or any agency of international standards. If need be, they can even speak to the US president Donald Trump and seek his assistance to investigate the case. JD(S) will co-operate with any kind of investigation,” he said. This comes amidst widespread allegations that HD Kumaraswamy had got telephones of several politicians and rebel MLAs tapped during the political crisis in the state. Recently, an audio recording of a telephone conversation allegedly of Bengaluru po 'Operation Lotus' should be handed over to CBI for thorough inquiry: Siddaramaiah ormer Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday made a veiled attack on the ruling dispensation in the state when he suggested that Operation Lotus should be handed over for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry. The opposition parties alleged that 'Operation Lotus' was the attempt by the BJP to form the government in the state by any means. On being asked about the phone-tapping case being handed over to the CBI by the Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah said, "Yediyurappa has not said the truth. He said that on my request he has ordered a CBI enquiry in the phone-tapping case. But it is not true. What I said was that let there be an impartial enquiry. Whoever is involved in it, must be punished. I actually suggest that let Operation Lotus also be referred to CBI for a thorough inquiry." Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday said that the phone tapping case filed during the previous (HD Kumaraswamy) government will be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as many leaders have demanded a probe into the matter. Release political leaders in J-K: Azad Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday made a veiled attack on the ruling dispensation in the state when he suggested that Operation Lotus should be handed over for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry. The opposition parties alleged that 'Operation Lotus' was the attempt by the BJP to form the government in the state by any means. On being asked about the phone-tapping case being handed over to the CBI by the Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah said, "Yediyurappa has not said the truth. He said that on my request he has ordered a CBI enquiry in the phone-tapping case. But it is not true. What I said was that let there be an impartial enquiry. Whoever is involved in it, must be punished. I actually suggest that let Operation Lotus also be referred to CBI for a thorough inquiry." People suffering from floods but K'taka govt focused on phone tapping case: Deve Gowda JDS chief HD Deve Gowda on Monday hit out at BS Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government for focussing on the phone-tapping case at a time when the people in the state were facing the wrath of the deluge. Former Karnataka chief minister, Deve Gowda's comments came a day after Yediyurappa announced that the phone tapping case filed during the previous government-led HD Kumaraswamy, will be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as many leaders have demanded a probe into the matter. "I have been the prime minister. I have never seen politics like this. People of flood-affected Karnataka are suffering and the state government wants to talk about the phone-tapping case," Deve Gowda said during a press conference here. Criminal complaint filed against Shehla Rashid under sedition charges Supreme Court lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava on Monday filed a criminal complaint against student leader Shehla Rashid, seeking her arrest for allegedly spreading fake news against Indian Army and the government. The complaint copy stated that Rashid is deliberately and intentionally spreading fake news with the intention to incite violence in Jammu and Kashmir and in other parts of the country. It further stated that her tweets are being shared by many Twitter users on international platforms, causing irreparable injury to the reputation of India. Priyanka slams govt over economic 'slowdown' New Delhi, Aug 19 (PTI) Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday hit out at the Modi government over alleged economic slowdown in the country, saying the Centre's "silence" over the matter is "dangerous". She cited media reports on economic slowdown and job losses to attack the government. "Government's absolute silence is dangerous. The work of companies has been ruined. People are being removed from their jobs. The BJP government is mum," Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. Who is responsible for this "major economic slowdown", she asked. Manmohan Singh elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan Jaipur: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan on Monday. He was declared elected unopposed as the deadline for the withdrawal of nominations for the bypoll ended at 3 pm. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot congratulated Singh on his election to the Upper House of Parliament. "Congratulate former PM Dr #ManmohanSingh ji on being elected unopposed as a member of #RajyaSabha from #Rajasthan. Dr Singh's election is a matter of pride for the entire state. His vast knowledge and rich experience would benefit the people of Rajasthan a lot," he tweeted. Returning Officer and Assembly Secretary Pramil Kumar Mathur made the announcement. The government's chief whip, Mahesh Joshi, received the election certificate on behalf of Singh. The former PM was nominated by the Congress while the BJP did not field any candidate for the bypoll, necessitated due to the death of Rajya Sabha MP Madan Lal Saini. The former PM had filed the nomination papers on August 13. Singh was a member of the Upper House of Parliament from Assam for almost three decades. He was a Rajya Sabha member for five consecutive terms from 1991 to 2019 and the country's prime minister for two consecutive terms between 2004 and 2014. His tenure in the Rajya Sabha ended on June 14 this year and he could not be renominated as the Congress party did not have the strength to send him to the Upper House from Assam again and there was no other vacancy left. Rajasthan has 10 Rajya Sabha seats. Remaining nine seats of Rajya Sabha from the state are with the BJP. Sangh should shed anti-reservation mindset: Mayawati BSP chief Mayawati on Monday asked the RSS to shed its "anti-reservation mindset", saying reservation was a constitutional provision and disturbing it would be an injustice. A day after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said there should be a conversation in a harmonious atmosphere between those in favour of reservation and those against it, Mayawati said such a debate would generate a dangerous situation of doubt which was not n Karnataka Cabinet to be expanded tomorrow: Yediyurappa The expansion of the Karnataka cabinet will take place on Tuesday and 13-14 ministers are likely to be inducted, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Monday. "The cabinet expansion will take place between 10:30 and 11:30 am tomorrow. I have already written a letter to the Governor in this regard. I have asked Chief Secretary to make all arrangements," he said. Former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra passes away Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra died on Monday following a prolonged illness, family sources said here. The 82-year-old leader had been suffering from cancer and was undergoing treatment at the national capital, where he breathed his last in the morning, they said. Condoling his demise, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced a three-day state mourning. Chidambaram slams govt, alleges 'new normal' in J-K New Delhi, Aug 19 (PTI) Senior Congress leader and former home minister P Chidambaram on Monday hit out at the Centre over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, alleging that there was a "new normal" in place. "Everything is normal in J&K. Schools open, no students. Everything is normal in J&K. Internet shut down once again," Chidambaram said. "Everything is normal in J&K. Mehbooba Mufti's daughter under house arrest. She asks why? No answer," he said. "If you are wondering what is going on, please understand, this is the new normal," he added. Jammu and Kashmir was placed under an unprecedented security cover and curfew-like restrictions on August 4, a day before the Centre revoked the state's special status under Article 370 and bifurcated it into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. On World Humanitarian Day, Mamata alleges 'human rights violations' in Kashmir West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged of human rights violation in the Kashmir region while asserting that the subject of human rights was very close to her heart. Bengaluru: Drunk driver hits 7 pedestrians in HSR Layout At least seven pedestrians were injured after a drunk driver drove his car onto a pavement here at HSR Layout locality on Sunday. SKSSF gives shelter to family Samastha Kerala Sunni Students Federation (SKSSF) Innoli unit has given shelter to a Hindu family, whose house was damaged in the recent rain, at its office at Innoli. Woman killed in building collapse A woman was killed after the wall of a building belonging to Subrahmanya Swamy School collapsed at Kadandale in Paladka Gram Panchayat jurisdiction on Sunday. Dist admin to test water from 300 wells in taluk The district administration has launched a campaign in which it will collect water samples from more than 300 wells in the flood-affected villages across the taluk, under the ‘Arogya Suraksha’ programme.  Ready to face post-flood challenges: R V Deshpande MLA R V Deshpande has stated that the rains and flood have receded and water-level in the rivers has come to a standstill. But we have to be ready to face the post-flood challenges. Hence, flood relief works should be taken up in a sensitive manner.  Tourist commits suicide in Murdeshwar A tourist committed suicide by hanging himself to the fan at a guest house in Murdeshwar. North India rains: Rivers in UP, including Ganga and Yamuna flow above danger mark Rivers in Uttar Pradesh, including the Ganga, Yamuna and Ghaghra, are in spate following heavy rainfall in neighbouring states. According to the Central Water Commission, the Ganga is flowing above the danger mark in Badaun, Garhmukteshwar, Naraura and Farrukhabad. Similarly, the Sharda in Palia Kalan and the Ghaghra at Elgin Bridge in Barabanki of UP are flowing above the danger mark. Toll in flood hit Karnataka goes up to 76 Bengaluru, Aug 16 (PTI) The toll in rain related incidents in flood hit Karnataka went up to 76 on Sunday, with the recovery of 10 more bodies, while 10 persons are still classified as missing in the state, where relief and rehabilitation work is underway,officials said here on Sunday. The districts of north, coastal and Malnad regions were badly affected in the rains, floods and landslides in the last couple of weeks. Relief operations were being constantly monitored by the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary, officials said, adding that the Chief Secretary visited flood affected areas in Belagavi district to review relief operations. As many as 526 relief camps are operational as on Sunday, where clean drinking water, food and other relief materials were being provided to 2,20,906 people, they said. Officials said 103 taluks in 22 districts have been affected by floods and incessant rains in the past few days, resulting in loss of agriculture and horticulture crops on 6.9 lakh hectares and damage to 75,317 houses. In the past 24 hours ending 8 AM today, north Interior Karnataka received light to moderate rain while coastal and Malnad regions received moderate rains. There was heavy rain at isolated places, officials said. The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre said north interior Karnataka was likely to receive fairly widespread, moderate rains while isolated areas would receive heavy in the next two days Coastal and Malnad regions were most likely to receive moderate to heavy rains for the next two days, the centre said. 15 killed as truck collides with state bus in Maharashtra Mumbai: At least 15 people were killed and 35 injured when a container truck collided with a state transport bus coming from the opposite direction in Maharashtra's Dhule district, police said on Monday. The accident took place near Nimgul village on the Shahada-Dondaicha road around 10.30 pm on Sunday, an official said, adding that the bus was headed for Aurangabad. Eleven people, including both drivers, died on the spot, he said. The injured were rushed to a state hospital in Dhule, the official said. The process of registering a case of accidental death was underway, police said. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem, he said. Hope BJP K'taka won't use CBI to unleash political vendetta: Siddaramaiah Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Sunday welcomed Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa's decision to handover the phone tapping case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), even as he expressed apprehension if the agency was going to be used to "unleash venomous political vendetta" as has allegedly been done before. Instead of Uttam Pradesh, UP now known as Hatya Pradesh: Akhilesh Yadav takes jibe at Yogi govt Samajwadi Party leader and former Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday hit out at Yogi Adityanath government in the state, saying that the state which should be known as "Uttam Pradesh is now known as Hatya Pradesh". 10 councillors rejoin TMC; 'BJP scared them with central agencies,' says WB minister State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim on Saturday welcomed 10 councillors of the Naihati Municipality back into the TMC fold and alleged that they could have joined the BJP under duress. Yediyurappa is right in handing over phone tapping case to CBI: Shahnawaz Hussain BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Sunday applauded Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa's decision to hand over the phone tapping case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Shoaib Akhtar slams Archer for not checking up on Smith Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Sunday slammed Jofra Archer for not showing the basic courtesy of checking on Steve Smith after the Australian batsman was felled on the ground by a nasty bouncer from the England fast bowler during the second Ashes Test. BJP govt's negligence led to acquittal Pehlu Khan lynching case accused: Rajasthan CM Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday said negligence by the former BJP government led to the acquittal of the accused in the Pehlu Khan lynching case and stated a fresh probe will be initiated. 51 years after it went missing, parts of AN-12 BL-534 Aircraft recovered A joint team of Dogra Scouts and Indian Air Force (IAF) on Sunday recovered parts of AN-12 BL-534 Aircraft that had gone missing over Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh about 51 years ago. Heavy rainfall likely in several districts of Karnataka: IMD Heavy rainfall is predicted during the next 24 hours at most places over coastal Karnataka and south interior Karnataka and at a few places over the north interior of the state, the IMD said on Sunday. Five students die of electric shock in Koppal Five students died due to an electric shock at a hostel here on Sunday. Talks with Pak only if it stops patronising terrorism: Rajnath Singh Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) will be on top of the agenda if talks are held with Pakistan in future, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday, adding that dialogue will only be held if the neighboring nation stops supporting terror. EC wants legal backing to seek Aadhaar numbers to clean up voters list The Election Commission has asked the government to give it statutory backing to collect Aadhaar numbers of new applicants and existing voters to check multiple entries in electoral rolls. Ready for international-level probe: Kumaraswamy on phone tapping Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Sunday said he was ready to face any investigation into the alleged phone tapping case which will now be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Appeasement politics behind continuance of Triple Talaq: Amit Shah Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on Sunday, said the politics of appeasement, which led to the Partition, was the reason for the continuance of the "evil practice" of triple talaq for so long. Biker killed in Kumta road accident Biker was killed on the spot after witnessing a collision with a gas tanker here at APMC NH-66 in the town on Saturday. Siddaramaiah warns of protests if rice quantity is cut under Anna Bhagya scheme Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on August 17 warned of protests by his party if the BJP-led government in Karnataka meddled with the 'Anna Bhagya scheme of offering free rice to the poor. Claiming that there was a proposal to cut down the quantity of rice given under the pro-poor scheme, he wanted the state government not to tamper with it. "Poor people will not tolerate this move. Our party will also protest against this decision. We will fight against it inside and outside the assembly," the former Chief Minister said. ".. I learnt that the amount of rice given under Anna Bhagya scheme will be curtailed and funds will be diverted to the Prime Minister Kisan Samman Scheme... This decision is anti-poor," Siddaramaiah told reporters here. In 2013, the "Anna Bhagya" scheme was unveiled by then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Its an ambitious initiative to supply 30 kg of rice at Re one to nearly one crore poor families across the state. Mangaluru: Locals forced to abandon houses after dumping yard collapses After incessant rains, waste materials from Pachanady dumping yard here has spilled on to agricultural land near the residential areas forcing locals to abandon their homes due to foul smell and the fear of contracting communicable diseases. "We are vacating our houses as it has become impossible to live here. We were having a lot of problems. There is no food or drinking water. We cannot even sleep due to the foul smell. Mosquitoes have been swarming the area," Karunakar, one of the villagers told ANI. ​​​​​​​Over 30 residents have vacated their homes fearing a spread of communicable disease. "Don't we have the right to live here or breathe fresh air? People are suffering because of this dumping yard. There are schools, collage and other institutes with around 3,000 students. Locals are also forced to live like animals," said Sagaya Selvi, principal of a school nearby. Reportedly, the villages have been suffering from the same problem for a long time. Mangaluru: Look out for unflagged boats, fishermen told Police have beefed up security in the coastal districts following a tipoff from Centre-based intelligence agencies.  The security officials have stepped up vigil at major installations such as airports, railway stations, dams, power stations, naval base, IT sectors and hospitals in the region. As the perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in 2008 had entered the country through sea route, Navy, Coast Guard and the Coastal Security Police are keeping a close watch on the boats operating in the region. ​​​​​​​Fishermen of the coastal region have been told to keep an eye on the boats in their vicinity and report if they come across any suspicious movement, persons or boats in the region. Security stepped up in Uttara Kannada Security has been stepped up in Uttara Kannada district in wake of Intelligence agencies warning of terror threats emanating from across the border. Police and security agencies have been checking the vehicles, especially those coming from outside, and the materials being carried in the vehicles. On Saturday, checking of vehicles was at its peak at the temporary checkpost set up near London Bridge in Karwar. Security measures have been intensified at Karwar commercial port also. Two navy boats have been keeping an eye on every boat that is coming in. Even the boats entering and leaving the Baithkhol fishing port are being monitored. Seabird Naval base, which is a sensitive area, is also under high alert. Naval base Public Relations Officer Ajay Kapoor confirmed about security being stepped up. Deputy Commissioner K Harishkumar, on Friday, has also asked the officers of the Fisheries Department to be careful. Deputy Director of Fisheries P Nagaraju said that the Fisheries Department, Coastal Security Police, Coast Guards and the Navy are checking the boats within the State and those coming from outside. Based on the directions of the DC, officers of all the departments and also fishermen association have been alerted about the security concerns. People have also been asked to inform the police in case they come across some suspicious boats. Chandrayaan-2 to land on lunar south polar region on Sept 7: ISRO  Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday stated that India's indigenous moon mission - Chandrayaan-2 is on course to land on the lunar south polar region on September 7. "Hello! This is Chandrayaan 2 with a special update. I wanted to let everyone back home know that it has been an amazing journey for me so far and I am on course to land on the lunar south polar region on 7th September. To know where I am and what I'm doing, stay tuned," read a post on the official Twitter handle of ISRO. ​​​​​​​Chandrayaan-2 will explore a region of the moon wh CBI to probe phone tapping charges in Karnataka Days after charges of phone tapping during the previous coalition government headed by JDS surfaced, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday said he will order a CBI probe into the allegations citing demands by several Congress leaders. "On the telephone tapping issue. Several leaders, including Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah, have said it should be probed and truth should come out, so I have decided to order a CBI probe. Tomorrow itself I will order the probe," Yediyurappa told reporters here. He also said it was the expectation of the people of the state that a detailed inquiry should be made and the culprits punished. Yediyurappa's announcement comes amid signs that the scandal is gaining political steam ever since disqualified JDS MLA A H Vishwanath, who served as the JDS state president and turned rebel later, last week dropped the political bomb, accusing the H D Kumarswamy government of tapping phones and spying on more than 300 leaders, including him. Congress leaders, including Siddaramaiah, M Mallikarjun Deepa Malik joins Bajrang for Khel Ratna, cricketer Jadeja among 19 for Arjuna Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik was on Saturday nominated for the country's highest sporting honour -- the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award -- along with Asian and Commonwealth Games champion wrestler Bajrang Punia. The name of 48-year-old Deepa, who won a silver in the shot put F53 category in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was added for the Khel Ratna by a 12-member selection committee on the second day of the two-day meeting. World No. 1 wrestler in 65kg, Punia was nominated for the country's top award on Friday by the panel headed by Justice (Retd) Mukundakam Sharma. Six-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist boxer M C Mary Kom recused herself from the meeting to avoid conflict of interest as her personal coach Chhotelal Yadav was in contention for the Dronacharya Award. Karnataka cabinet expansion on August 20 Having run the government with a one man cabinet RPT a one man cabinet for 22 days,Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa finally got the go-ahead on Saturday from BJP national president Amit Shah to undertake the exercise on August 20. "BJP legislative party meeting will be held on Tuesday at 10 AM at the conference hall, Vidhan Soudha. The cabinet expansion will take place on the same day post noon," the Chief Minister tweeted. Before leaving for Delhi on Thursday, Yediyurappa had said he would hold talks with the party president Amit Shah and finalise the much awaited expansion of his cabinet. BJP sources told PTI that there was a possibility that 13 ministers would take the oath Tuesday against the approved strength of 34 and that the rest of the positions would be filled later. SIT files chargesheet in Kalburgi case Ganesh Miskin, the hitman allegedly involved in the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, had also shot literatteur and researcher Dr M M Kalburgi dead in August 2015, according to the special investigation team (SIT). SIT, probing the case, stated this in a charge sheet it filed in the district court of Hubballi-Dharwad on Saturday. The other accused in the case were Amol Kale, Praveen Prakash Chatur, Vasudev Bhagavan Suryavamshi, Sharad Kalaskar and Amith Ramchandra Baddi, the SIT said in a press release. The gang was allegedly inspired by a book 'Kshatra Dharma Sadhana' brought out by the Sanatan Sanstha, a Hindu extremist group, the SIT said. PM Modi holds talks with Bhutanese counterpart, launches Rupay card, signs MoUs Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering held wide ranging talks on Saturday during which they discussed steps to further expand the bilateral partnership across several sectors as the two countries inked 10 MoUs to infuse new energy in their ties. "We had a comprehensive meeting, where we deliberated on the relations between India and Bhutan. There is great scope to further improve economic and cultural ties between our nations," Prime Minister Modi said. All countries should isolate nations aiding terror: VP Naidu Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has stressed the need of collective action from all countries to tackle terrorism and also to isolate those nations who aid and abet terror. "Terrorism is one of the major challenges confronting the world today. All the nations must intensify their collective efforts and strive to eliminate the menace of terrorism and also isolate nations which aid and abet terrorism," he said in a joint presser along with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Saturday. India has extended e-Visa facility to Lithuanian nationals for ease of mobility, Naidu said. Urging Lithuanian businesses to take advantage of economic opportunities in India, the Vice President said, " Cong will become stronger under Sonia Gandhi's leadership: Adhir Ranjan Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday said that under the leadership of interim president Sonia Gandhi, the party will become stronger. "Congress party has been associated with the Nehru-Gandhi family even before Independence. Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi have sacrificed their lives for India. In Congress, everybody respects this family. That's why when a leader is chosen from this family to run the party, the Congress workers across India feel overjoyed. It will be profitable for the party to have Sonia Gandhi has interim president," Chowdhury told ANI here. ​​​​​​​"We all have worked under her in the past. We will happily work under her. Also, w Vigil stepped up across Dakshina Kannada The police and other security agencies across the district stepped up their vigil in the reported background of a high alert issued by Central intelligence agencies on Friday. Deputy Commissi Honnavar: Fisherman missing after boat capsized; search underway One fisherman went missing after drowning in the Arabian sea, while his partner managed to reach the shores after the boat in which they were carrying fishing activity capsized. Eight member gang of burglars held in Mangaluru Eight suspected members of a burglary gang, which was allegedly planning to carry out a heist in Mangaluru have been arrested, police said Saturday. The gang members who were moving around in a Sports Utility Vehicle displaying, were arrested Friday night. "Based on the information, we tried to nab the gang of eight people. They were staying in a room in a hotel. They tried to run away from the scene. We surrounded them, picked them up and questioned for more details," Mangaluru Police Commissioner P S Harsha told reporters. ‘My Beat My Pride’ launched to strengthen policing A new initiative ‘My beat My pride’ (MBMP) was launched in the city on Friday to strengthen the beat policing system in Mangaluru Commissionerate jurisdiction. Commissioner of Police Dr P S Harsha the MBMP system is unique and all senior officers, including the city police commissioner, will participate in beat policing along with the designated beat constable, to get first-hand information from the public. The city police commissioner himself engaged in beat duty in beat number 7 of Mangaluru North Police Station from Kandathpalli Masjid to Mission Compound. Abandoning the official vehicle, he walked along with the beat constable and interacted with the public. Gehlot orders reprobe into Pehlu Khan lynching case, to appeal against acquittals also Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday ordered a fresh investigation into the 2017 Pehlu Khan lynching case and decided to follow it up with an appeal against the acquittal of all six accused in the case by an Alwar court two days ago. Internet with 2G speed restored in Jammu, restrictions lifted in Rajouri after 12 days The snapped mobile internet service was restored with 2G speed on Saturday in Jammu district while restrictions have also been lifted in Rajouri district, an official here said. Bike thieves caught in Sirsi Sirsi Police have arrested three thieves involved in various two-wheeler theft cases that took place in various places across the district. Valuables lost in train Joseph Liyo, a native of Coimbatore (or Koyamuthur) in Tamil Nadu, reportedly lost valuables worth Rs two lakhs while travelling in Tirunelveli-Dadar Express train recently. Sirsi college student hangs herself A student reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself in the toilet of her college on Thursday. NCB seizes drugs worth over Rs 10 cr within first half of Aug The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) intensified the heat on drug traffickers in the run-up to the Independence Day, carrying out operations across the country that resulted in the arrest of 19 persons and seizure of drugs worth more than Rs 10 crore, officials said on Friday. India suspends Thar Link Express to Pakistan  India on Friday suspended the weekly Thar Link Express which connects Jodhpur in Rajasthan to Karachi in Pakistan, a railway official said. Debt-ridden man kills pregnant wife, son and parents before shooting self In a suspected suicide pact, a man allegedly shot dead his pregnant wife, son and parents before shooting himself at Gundlupet in Chamarajnagar district in the early hours of Friday, police said. Malaysia To Question Zakir Naik For Comments Against Malaysian Hindus Malaysian authorities will summon controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for questioning after he allegedly made racially sensitive remarks in the multi-ethnic nation, the government said on Thursday. Punjab on high alert after heavy rain forecast Amid a forecast of heavy rainfall in the state in the next 48 to 72 hours, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday night ordered a high alert and directed all the Deputy Commissioners to monitor the situation closely. Acquittal of the accused in Pehlu Khan Lynching Case is a big blot on Indian judiciary: SDPI The acquittals of the six accused in Pehlu Khan lynching case in Rajasthan in April 2017 has come as a shocker to the nation and a  big blot on Indian judiciary, said M K Faizy, the president of  the Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI) in a statement issued by him. Pehlu Khan Lynching Case : Trial Court Acquits All 6 Accused An Alwar court on Wednesday acquitted all six accused in the lynching of Pehlu Khan, allegedly killed two years ago by a mob that set upon him while he was transporting cows. Haryanvi model raped by photographer in UP Haryanvi model was repeatedly raped by a photographer on the pretext of marriage in western Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district, an official said on Friday. Pakistan gets backing only from China at UNSC meeting on Kashmir With only China "openly favouring" Pakistan at the UNSC, a leading Pakistani newspaper on Friday commented that the top organ of the world body's current composition does not seem to favour Islamabad as the Council discusses India's revocation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. High alert continues in Karnataka, security beefed up Security arrangements across major towns and cities in Karnataka have been beefed up after a high alert was sounded on Friday. Ayodhya case: Photo of deities found at disputed site, Ram Lalla counsel tells SC The advocate for Ram Lalla Virajman, one of the parties in the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri masjid case, on Friday told the Supreme Court that there were several pictures of deities found on pillars at the disputed site in Ayodhya. Dist admin committed to rehabilitate flood-affected: Uttara Kannada DC “Natural calamities are out of reach of man. None can gain control over it. Thousands of people in Uttara Kannada have incurred loss and are facing pain due to the floods. The district administration is committed to initiating rehabilitation projects, provide compensation and bring back hopes in lives of people,” said Deputy Commissioner K Harishkumar. Bhatkal celebrates 73rd Independence day with patriotic fervour The 73rd Independence Day celebrations were held at Taluka Stadium (YMSA Ground) here on Thursday, August 15 with pomp, colour and patriotic fervour. Advocate Usman new APCR chief, Adv Niyaz re-elected secretary The new office bearers of 'Association for Protection of Civil Rights' (APCR) Karnataka chapter were elected on Thursday, in which a senior Advocate of Karnataka High court, Usman P, was unanimously elected as the new president, whereas advocate Muhammed Niyaz was re-elected as the secretary. Bhatkal student hangs self to death A student of Bcom at Sri Guru Sudhindra College, Bhatkal, committed suicide by hanging herself to the roof of her house at Shirur in Byndoor taluk of Udupi district on 15th August, Thursday. Mundgod: Chigalli farmers take Uttara Kannada BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde to task Former Union Minister and Uttara Kannada BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde was at the receiving end of tongue lashing by flood-hit farmers of Chigalli village in Mundgod taluk on Wednesday, who felt he had not responded properly to their pleas regarding their assistance. PM Modi Announces Creation of Chief of Defence Staff In a major decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced the creation of a chief of defence staff (CDS) as head of the tri-services. ‘Precaution must to prevent floods into villages’ Revenue Dept asked to identify safe places to build houses Karwar-Ankola MLA Roopali Naik has stated that people of the district should join their hands together to help the people affected by the deluge in various parts of the district. Kerala floods: Death toll mounts to 102, 59 missing As Kerala continues to battle monsoon fury, the death toll on Wednesday afternoon mounted to 102, according to a data of the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA). Amit Shah undertakes aerial survey of floot-hit areas Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday undertook an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Karnataka, where 31 people have lost their lives and more than four lakh have been displaced. Shah, also the BJP president, arrived by a special aircraft from Chennai at the Sambra Airport in Belagavi and set out on the survey of some of the affected areas onboard an army helicopter, official sources said. Siddaramaiah accuses Centre of ignoring Karnataka floods, seeks Rs 5,000 cr assistance BENGALURU: Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiahon Sunday accused the Central government of ignoring the flood situation in Karnataka and demanded an assistance of Rs 5,000 crore. "The Central government is still sleeping even after seeing the severity of floods and the damages due to floods. It should immediately declare this as a national disaster. Prime minister Narendra Modishould visit these places, conduct a scientific survey and release Rs 5,000 crore," Siddaramaiah said in a tweet. He also accused the Central government of giving Karnataka 'step-motherly treatment' and said that the funds released so far are not even sufficient for the first-aid. "Due to the ongoing flood situation, more than a lakh crore worth public and private assets have been destroyed. Roads, bridges, railway lines and many other things have washed away. It may take years to set it right," the tweet reads. "There should not be any politics in this distress situation. It will be very difficult for chief minister BS Yediyurappa to act alone and is quite impossible to ensure justice in all the departments. I urge him to immediately form the Cabinet and make ministers in-charge for each district," it added. Earlier today, the Congress leader held a press conference, where he slammed the Central government and Yediyurappa. "I don't know how Yediyurappa calls himself the chief minister when there is no Council of Ministers. In this kind of situation, you need a revenue minister, agriculture minister to take stock of the situation. Since there is no government, proper measures are not being taken," Siddaramaiah said. At least 24 people have lost their lives while around 1,024 villages in 80 talukas of 17 districts have been affected due to floods caused by incessant rains in the region. "Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the state yesterday. Union home minister Amit Shah is coming today, but the prime minister has not come yet. I demand that the Prime Minister visit the flood-affected areas and do an aerial survey," he said. 'Will be based in Wayanad,' says Rahul as flood death toll in Kerala reaches 60  Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrived on a two-day visit to Kerala this afternoon. He will visit his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad, which is among the worst affected because of the floods that have claimed 60 lives. Taking to Twitter Rahul Gandhi said, "For the next few days I will be based in my Lok Sabha constituency, Wayanad that has been ravaged by floods. I will be visiting relief camps across Wayanad and reviewing relief measures with District & State officials." He is expected to visit relief camps at Kottakal in Nilambur, Mambad, Edavannappara and attend a review meeting at the Malappuram Collectorate, Congress sources said. Gandhi will visit the affected areas in Wayanad on Monday. Car-Pickup collision in Sirsi kills 3, injures 2 Three persons were killed on the spot in a ghastly collision involving car and a pickup vehicle near Balehadda cross on Sirsi-Yellapur state highway on Sunday morning. Hajj: Stoning at Jamarat Al-Aqaba marks first day of Eid At the dawn of the first day of Eid al-Adha – the third day of Hajj - hundreds of thousands of Hajj pilgrims walked together to Jamarat Al-Aqaba in Mina. It is at this site the pilgrims throw seven pebbles at a wall in a ritual that symbolizes the stoning of the devil. Security at the site are managing the flow of the more than 2 million pilgrims, to ensure that congestion is kept to a minimum. Over 300 houses inundated in Ullal As many as 300 houses on the banks of River Nethravathi are submerged as the river is in spate, in Ullal. The affected families had been shifted to safer locations. Flood victims stage flash protest Flood victims temporarily rehabilitated at Kinnar gram panchayat limits in Karwar taluk staged a flash protest by blocking the State Highway for some time complaining that the officials were dillydallying in providing basic facilities to the flood-affected. Water vending machine set up ‘Janajal’ water vending machine installed by Konkan Railways was inaugurated at Bhatkal railway station recently. Shah to conduct aerial survey of flood-hit Karnataka New Delhi: Four more people have died in rain-related incidents in Karnataka, taking the toll to 31 on Sunday as the flood situation remained grim in the state.  Union Home Minister Amit Shah will conduct an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Belagavi district and Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will join him in the exercise.  An official release said the death toll has risen to 31 with four more deaths last night while 14 people were missing. As many as 3.14 lakh people have been evacuated and of them 2.18 lakh people are staying in 924 relief camps, it said.  "I am going to Belgaum (Belagavi). Our (BJP) national president Amit Shah is arriving there. Together we will conduct an aerial survey in Belgaum, Bagalkote and other areas. I will be back after he leaves for Delhi," Yediyurappa told reporters here.  The state government on Saturday declared 80 taluks in 17 districts flood affected and said relief and rescue operations will be carried out in a more focused manner in these places. Most of the Taluks are in Belagavi district which bore the brunt of nature's fury.  The government has assessed that 21,431 houses and crops in 4.16 lakh hectares had been damaged in the floods following heavy rains. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday conducted an aerial survey of the worst-affected Belagavi and Bagalkote districts.  In the wake of series of landslides, the national highway connecting Bengaluru and Mangaluru will remain closed at least till Monday, official sources said. They also said there was a slight reduction in the water level in the Netravati river in Dakshina Kannada district.  The water level near Bantwal has reduced from 11 metres above the danger level to 9.1 metres above the danger level. The overflowing river waters inundated several areas in Bantwal with the affected people, including the family of former union minister Janardhana Pujari, being rescued.  Reports received here said Tungabhadra river in Ballari completely submerged a bridge near Hampi Fort, affecting road traffic between Kampli and Gangawati towns. Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar visits Mundgod Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar accompanied by a team visited the flood-affected areas of Mundgod taluk on Saturday. Will move UN Security Council with China’s ‘full support’: Pak on Kashmir Pakistan on Saturday said it will move the United Nations Security Council with China’s support with a motion to condemn India for its decision to strip its portion of the Kashmir region of special status. “I have shared with China that the Pakistan government has decided to take this issue to UN Security Council. We will be needing China’s help there,” Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told a press conference on Saturday. Indian Railways announces free transportation of aid in flood-affected states Indian Railways on Saturday announced to provide free transportation of aid and relief measures in flood-affected Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala till August 31. "All Government Organisation across the country can book relief material for free of cost to Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra States. Other organisation as deemed fit by Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) may also avail of this provision," an official press note said. "However, it may be ensured that shipper is District Magistrate/Deputy Commissioner in whose jurisdiction the dispatching/ receiving station is situated," it added. Karnataka floods: FM Nirmala Sitharaman takes stock of flood situation in Belgaum Belgaum: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the flood-affected areas in Belgaum here on Saturday to take stock of the situation. During the visit, Sitharaman visited the flood relief shelters in the region and met the people. She had arrived in Bangalore earlier today, from where she travelled to Belgaum. The BJP leader is a Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka. Earlier today, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of people who lost their lives in the floods that have crippled the state. He also informed that 24 people have been killed while over two lakh have been evacuated from flood-affected areas across the state. Around 1024 villages in 80 taluks of 17 districts have been affected due to the floods caused by incessant rains in the region. Several teams of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Army and Navy are engaged in rescue operations across the state.