QBengaluru: Cong Wins Jayanagar, HDK Spurns PM’s Fitness Challenge
1. Congress Takes Control of Bengaluru, Bastion of the BJP
Long considered the bastion of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on account of the large middle class and upper middle class presence, the Congress has finally appeared to have made inroads in the capital city of Karnataka with the victory in Jayanagar on Wednesday, 13 June.
KPCC president, deputy chief minister and Bengaluru development minister G Parameshwara also hinted at capturing Bengaluru city with his tweet, "A heartfelt thank you goes to the voters who saw the future in @INCKarnataka. With this impactful win, we have now conquered 15 out of 28 Assembly seats in Bengaluru."
2. ‘I Am More Concerned About Developing State's Fitness’: HDK to PM
Responding to the fitness challenge from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday, 13 June, said he was more concerned about "developing fitness" of the state and sought his support for it.
"Dear @narendramodi ji I am honoured & thank U very much for d concern about my health I believe physical fitness is imptnt for all & supportd cause," Kumaraswamy said in a tweet on his official Twitter handle @CMofKarnataka.
"Yoga-treadmill r part of my daily workout regime.
Yet, I am more concerned about devlpment fitness of my state & seek ur support for it," he said.
3. Bengaluru Airport Opens Crew-Only Terminal
Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) has introduced a crew-only terminal dedicated for airline staff.
A press release from Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) on Wednesday, 13 June, claimed that KIA is the first airport in the country to set up a dedicated terminal for airline crew.
"Located in close proximity to the airline offices, the crew terminal seeks to decongest the main terminal as well as provide crew easy access in and out of the airport," said the statement.
4. Cabinet Expansion on 17 June, Rebels Likely to Make It
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is likely to expand his ministry on 17 June. At least three to four Congress leaders are expected to be inducted. On 6 June, he had inducted 25 ministers (15 from the Congress and 10 from the JD(S)).
As per the power-sharing formula, the Congress had 22 ministerial berths, including that of deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara while the JD(S) got 12, including the CM. The Congress still can induct six members while the JD(S) is left with just 1 slot in the Cabinet.
5. Plentiful Rains This Year Will Take a Toll on Roads, Says BBMP
The skies have opened up, but so have the roads. In Bengaluru, it’s the pothole season. After last year’s mess, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is hoping to nip it in the bud this time before the rain sets in, in all its glory. But given the wet circumstances, the civic agency believes roads may be in a worse shape than last year.
About 6,000 potholes have been identified across the city – 1,200 of these are craters (> 1 sq mt). The Palike has been given two Python (pothole-filling) machines and a sum total of 10 days to level up the 1,200 big ones.
6. Girish Karnad Was on the Hit List of Gauri Lankesh Murder Suspects: SIT
Eminent film and theatre personality Girish Karnad and several litterateurs and rationalists were on the hit list of those suspected of killing journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, officials said on Wednesday, 13 June.
Besides Karnad, a recipient of the Jnanpith Award, the highest honour in literature, politician-litterateur B T Lalitha Naik, pontiff Veerabhadra Channamalla Swamy of Nidumamidi Mutt and rationalist C S Dwarakanath also figured in the list, sources in the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Lankesh murder case said.
7. Family of Boy Blinded by School Teacher Seeks Help
The family of Giri Mallesh, a student who lost his eye after a teacher flung a stick at him, wants the Primary Education Minister, N Mahesh, to help them fight a legal battle against the CRBPHPS Ramasamudra school in Chamrajnagar district.
The parents allege that the school authorities are trying to protect the teacher, Joseph, who has been absconding since Bangalore Mirror broke the story on 3 June.