QBengaluru: Meeting on ‘AudioGate’ Today; Speaker Jokes About Rape
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1. Audiogate: Speaker, CM, BSY to Discuss Way Forward
Under pressure from the BJP, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar will convene a meeting on Wednesday, 13 February, with Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Leader of the Opposition BS Yeddyurappa, whose outcome will determine how the controversial audio clip should be probed.
The clip, which allegedly features Yeddyurappa and BJP legislator Shivanagouda Naik trying to lure the son of a JD(S) legislator, contains a claim that Kumar had been bribed to accept resignations of disgruntled MLAs and pave the way for Kumaraswamy government to be toppled.
Like Monday, 11 February, all of Tuesday’s Assembly proceedings witnessed the government and the Opposition locking horns. The ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition and the speaker maintained that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) should probe the audio clip.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
2. Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar Compares Himself To Rape Survivor
The proceedings of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly hit a new low on Tuesday, 12 February, when the Speaker made a rape joke during the Budget Session. Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar compared himself to a rape victim during a debate on the Yeddyurappa audio tapes, claiming he was like a victim who had been verbally raped several times during a trial.
“My situation is like that of a rape victim. Rape happened just once. If you had left it at that it would have passed. But when you have reported the rape and the accused is put in jail, his lawyers will ask how did the rape happen, what time it happened, how many times it happened, how all did he rape... etc. At the end of it, you get justice or not, rape happened once, but you get raped 100 times in the court. This is my condition. (sic),” said Kumar.
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3. Artists at Loggerheads with NGMA in Bengaluru as Well
Actor-director Amol Palekar's recent statements at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in Mumbai criticising the administration’s attempts to silence him has stirred up a hornet's nest in the city as well, giving a fillip to artists who were already at loggerheads with the national gallery over multiple issues.
For at least two months, several artists have been boycotting the NGMA in Bengaluru over its decision to charge an entry fee and disbanding the advisory committee to the administration.
“The NGMA administration has imposed an entry fee of Rs 20. It’s not about the quantum of money, but the principle that it is a public democratic space that should genuinely remain so. The advisory committee was the only forum where artistes – the biggest stakeholders – were a part of decision making,” said senior artist Suresh Kumar G of VAG Forum, which was formed to fight privatisation of Venkatappa Art Gallery.
4. Over Past Decade, Toxicity of Bengaluru Air Worsened 46%
Toxicity level in Bengaluru’s air is increasing at an alarming rate. A recent analysis of air quality data from the city shows that its PM10 level has gone up by 46% in the past 10 years.
PM10 are particulate matter with less than or equal to 10 micrometres in diameter present in air. These tiny particles of dust and other pollutants are small enough to enter lungs through breathing and cause complications ranging from coughing and sneezing to heart attack and stroke.
Researchers from the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a New Delhi-based research and advocacy think tank, analysed the air quality data collected by the Central Pollution Control Board from various cities. Bengaluru was fourth, after Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi, in a list of cities that reported increase in toxicity in the air.
(Source: The Times of India)
5. Boy Falls From Second Floor of Commercial Building
The Marathahalli Police have registered a case of negligence against the owner of a shop after a 16-year-old boy fell from the second floor of a commercial building onto a high tension pole below. The incident took place on January 21, but the parents lodged a police complaint on Saturday, 9 February.
The victim, Ritvik Wuyyuru, is a Class 12 student. He had accompanied his mother to the shop to get some study notes photocopied. The shop is on the second floor of JVK Complex near Marathahalli bridge. As there was no retention wall outside the shop, Ritvik, while walking on the parapet, lost his balance and fell on a high tension pole before landing on the ground. The police estimate he fell 12 feet.
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