Karnataka Bengaluru Live Updates: Congress leaders cycle to Vidhana Soudha to protest rising fuel prices

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News Live Updates: Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai is expected to respond to the discussion in the legislature this week.

Karnataka Bangalore News Live Updates: Congress leaders including former Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah and KPCC president D K Shivakumar cycled to the Vidhana Soudha on Monday to attend the state legislature session. The move was part of continuing protests in the state over the rise in prices of fuel, LPG and essential items.

The first week of the legislature session was marked by a long discussion on price rise. Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai is expected to respond to the discussion in the legislature this week.

The results of the second-year PUC exams will be announced today. According to a statement from the minister’s office, the results will be available on the official portal http://www.karresults.nic.in from 10.30 am. The exams were held from August 19 to September 3 for candidates who chose to reject the scores allocated by the department as per the evaluation criteria it had devised.

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Plastic surgeons at leading private hospitals in Bengaluru have of late noticed a surge in people approaching them to erase stretch marks caused due to weight loss/gain, especially after the second wave of the pandemic plateaued.

Dr Gunasekar Vuppalapati, Consultant Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon at GVG Invivo Hospital told The Indian Express that more people aged between 16 to 60 have visited him in recent months complaining of stretch marks. “Weight loss is often associated with loose skin on the body, neck, and face for people aged 40 or in younger people who have seen a difference of nearly 30 kilograms in their overall body weight,” he explained. The surgeon added that people in different job roles and college students returning to campuses were approaching them for various similar surgeries.

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Congress leaders including former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC president D K Shivakumar cycled to the Vidhana Soudha on Monday to attend the state legislature session. 

The move was part of continuing protests in the state over the rise in prices of fuel, LPG and essential items. 

The first week of the legislature session was marked by a long discussion on price rise. Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai is expected to respond to the discussion in the legislature this week.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Sunday exhorted party leaders and workers to gear up for the upcoming bypolls and Bengaluru municipal elections and said the party has to win all the elections.

“There are two Assembly bypolls (Hanagal and Sindagi constituencies), legislative council elections and a few panchayat elections. We, seniors, have discussed about them. We will take every election seriously right from the local-level elections to Parliamentary elections,” he said at the inaugural session of the BJP’s State core committee meeting.

He shared his joy over the BJP’s victory in the Belagavi municipal election for the first time.

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With fewer than two lakh houses in the city of Bengaluru having installed rainwater harvesting systems since a 2011 law made it mandatory for new houses, city officials and experts are not enthused by a new bill that makes it necessary for all large buildings to harvest and utilise rainwater.

The Karnataka legislative assembly passed the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Amendment) Bill, 2021 on September 16 making it mandatory for buildings built on sites measuring 60×40 feet and more to harvest and utilise rainwater for internal purposes. Houses constructed on large sites will have to install a dual piping system and rainwater harvesting structure for storage and supply of water to toilets, for gardening and washing.

The law does not apply to old houses built on 30×40 feet sites but new houses on the smaller sites will also have to install rainwater harvesting systems.

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Karnataka on Sunday clocked 783 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the caseload to 29.67 lakh, while 16 deaths pushed the toll to 37,603. The day also saw 1,139 people being discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 29.15 lakh. Active cases stood at 15,383, a health department bulletin said.

Bengaluru Urban accounted for the maximum number of 267 cases and seven fatalities, it said. Dakshina Kannada district bordering Kerala remained a major COVID-19 hotspot with 97 fresh infections and one death.

Other districts too reported fresh cases with Udupi logging 82, followed by Mysuru (69), Kodagu (41), Chikkamagaluru (36) and Hassan (34). Bagalakote, Koppal, Raichur, Ramanagara and Yadgir reported zero infections and zero deaths. Twenty-five districts reported zero fatalities, the bulletin said. 

A total of 1,29,874 samples were tested in the state on Sunday, taking the cumulative number of specimens examined so far to 4.63 crore. The number of vaccinations done so far in the state rose to 5.20 crore, with 58,509 people being inoculated on Sunday, it said. (PTI)

Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday cautioned his party colleagues against taking the opposition lightly in the upcoming elections.

“I have a suggestion to all of you. None of you should take the opposition lightly. They have their own calculation and strengths,” Yediyurappa said at the BJP Core Committee meeting in Davangere.

The Lingayat strongman claimed that a few Congress leaders are in touch with some BJP leaders. “You need to tread with confidence without giving chance to such incidents (defection). We have to make a sincere effort for the BJP to come back to power with 140 seats in the next assembly elections,” Yediyurappa, who stepped down as the Chief Minister on July 26, said in Davangere.

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A Hindu man who was dropping his Muslim woman colleague home on his two-wheeler was stopped and assaulted in Bengaluru by two men who questioned why she was travelling with a man from a different faith.

The men, who were later arrested by the police, forced the woman to get off and take an auto rickshaw home.

The incident took place on Friday evening near the Dairy circle when the miscreants stopped their bike and started questioning the woman, who was wearing a burqa.

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The Mangaluru city police on Sunday arrested three right-wing activists for issuing threats to Karnataka BJP leaders over a court-monitored drive to demolish or relocate illegal religious structures in the state.

The arrests come a day after Dharmendra Surathkal, one of the right-wing activists, had in the course of a press conference called by the Hindu Mahasabha targeted Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, former CM B S Yedyiurappa and state Muzrai Minister Shashikala Jolle over the demolition drive, which saw the demolition of a temple in Mysuru’s Nanjangud area on September 10.

“When we didn’t spare Mahatma Gandhi and killed him to protect Hindus, do you think we will spare you?” Surathkal had stated.

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Public sector undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is hoping to get approval soon for government funding to the tune of over Rs 700 crore for what is now a self-financed project to develop an indigenous High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) as part of a drone warfare programme for the defence forces.

“We will get the approval sometime in October. First there will be a scaled prototype of about 70-feet wing span. The initial prototype may cost less than Rs 50 crore. It will take a minimum of 3-4 years to develop HAPS. We are already working on its design. Moreover, funds will be utilised over a long period of time,” an official working closely with the project said.

HAL chairman R Madhavan confirmed to The Indian Express that an institutional prototype will be ready soon.

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The results of the second-year PUC exams will be announced today. According to a statement from the minister’s office, the results will be available on the official portal www.karresults.nic.in from 10.30 am.

The exams were held from August 19 to September 3 for candidates who chose to reject the scores allocated by the department as per the evaluation criteria it had devised.

According to data shared by the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE), a majority of those who appeared for the exams (17,470) are private candidates. Of the remaining 943 candidates, 592 are freshers and 351 are repeaters who chose to reject the scores allocated by the department. Officials had clarified that the results of this exam would be final and repeaters would not get a chance to revert to their previous marks.

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A day after right wing ‘activist’ Dharmendra Suratkal reportedly issued a threat to BJP leaders over demolition of a temple in Karnataka, he along with two others were arrested. On Saturday, Dharmendra had, while referring to the demolition of a temple as part of a drive against illegal religious structures in Karnataka, reportedly issued the threat to the BJP leaders, saying even “Mahatma Gandhi was not spared in a bid to protect Hindus”.

READ | After saying ‘even Mahatma was not spared’, right wing ‘activist’, 2 others arrested in Karnataka

Plastic surgeons at leading private hospitals in Bengaluru have of late noticed a surge in people approaching them to erase stretch marks caused due to weight loss/gain, especially after the second wave of the pandemic plateaued. Dr Gunasekar Vuppalapati, Consultant Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon at GVG Invivo Hospital told The Indian Express that more people aged between 16 to 60 have visited him in recent months complaining of stretch marks.

READ | With Covid cases on the wane in Bengaluru, more people are opting for aesthetic surgeries

Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp – +91 97777 77684, Voice call – 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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