QBengaluru: Cong Wins Jayanagar, HDK Spurns PM’s Fitness Challenge
Congress MLA Sowmya Reddy, who won from Jayanagar on Wednesday, 13 June. 
Congress MLA Sowmya Reddy, who won from Jayanagar on Wednesday, 13 June. (Photo: Twitter/@INCKarnataka)

QBengaluru: Cong Wins Jayanagar, HDK Spurns PM’s Fitness Challenge

1. Congress Takes Control of Bengaluru, Bastion of the BJP

Karnataka Congress leader Siddaramaiah (Left) with Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.
Karnataka Congress leader Siddaramaiah (Left) with Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.
(Photo: PTI)

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."

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Jayanagar Poll Results: Cong Defeats BJP, Adds to Karnataka Tally

2. ‘I Am More Concerned About Developing State's Fitness’: HDK to PM

Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on 28 May 2018.
Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on 28 May 2018.
(Photo: IANS/PIB)

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.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read: Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy Rejects PM Modi’s #FitnessChallenge

3. Bengaluru Airport Opens Crew-Only Terminal

Image used for representational purposes only.
Image used for representational purposes only.
(Photo: The Quint)

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.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Bengaluru airport wins best award in regional category

4. Cabinet Expansion on 17 June, Rebels Likely to Make It

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is likely to expand his ministry on 17 June.
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is likely to expand his ministry on 17 June.
(Photo: IANS)

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.

(Source: Bangalore Mirror)

Also Read: 25 Karnataka Cabinet Ministers Take Oath; Unrest In Congress Camp

5. Plentiful Rains This Year Will Take a Toll on Roads, Says BBMP

Bengaluru recorded the highest rainfall in the last 115 years, in 2017. 
Bengaluru recorded the highest rainfall in the last 115 years, in 2017. 
(Photo: The Quint)

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.

(Source: Bangalore Mirror)

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6. Girish Karnad Was on the Hit List of Gauri Lankesh Murder Suspects: SIT

Gauri Lankesh.
Gauri Lankesh.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

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.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read: Girish Karnad’s Name in Diary of Gauri Lankesh Killers: SIT Probe

7. Family of Boy Blinded by School Teacher Seeks Help

Image used for representational purposes.
Image used for representational purposes.
(Photo: iStockphoto)

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.

(Source: Bangalore Mirror)

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