QBengaluru: Karnataka Bandh Today; First Trans Marriage Registered
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1. Karnataka Bandh: Private Schools Closed, Cabs May Ply
Several private schools in the city have declared a holiday on Thursday, 25 January, in view of the Karnataka bandh called by Kannada organisations to press for a speedy resolution to the Mahadayi water dispute.
The Department of Public Instruction will decide on Wednesday whether to declare a holiday for government schools in the state.
The bandh is likely to throw life out of gear with cabs, taxis and autorickshaws likely to stay off the road. KSRTC, BMTC buses and Metro will ply as usual, but their services could be withdrawn based on the law-and-order situation on that day.
2. Trans Activist Akkai Padmashali Registers Marriage, First in Karnataka
Just about a year after they were married, trans woman Akkai Padmashali and her partner Vasu, an LGBTQI activist, have broken the norms yet again.
On Tuesday, 23 January, the happy couple registered their marriage in Bengaluru, and Akkai reportedly became the first transgender person in Karnataka to have done so.
Akkai and Vasu got married on 20 January after being in a relationship for eight years. It took a year to register the marriage as Vasu had to put together various documents and Akkai, a transgender rights activist, was busy working on various issues.
They applied for the registration in December last year and it came through within the stipulated period of 30 days, on Tuesday.
(Source: The News Minute)
3. Padmaavat Opens to Good Response; No Violence in Bengaluru
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat opened in at least 40 single-screen theatres and several multiplexes in Bengaluru on Wednesday, 24 January.
No incidents of interruptions or violence were reported, with most theatres running a paid premiere, open even to the general audience without invitation.
Of the 100-odd single screens in the city, exhibitor-representatives in the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), said at least 40 screened the movie at least for one show, while many had multiple shows. Most of the 126-odd multiplex screens had multiple shows.
4. Siddaramaiah’s AHINDA Strategy Will Face Its Real Test in 2018
Any discussion on current Karnataka politics sans the words ‘AHINDA strategy’ is a rarity. This was the political strategy that helped the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government to come to power in the 2013 Assembly elections. And even for the 2018 elections, AHINDA remains Siddaramaiah’s primary strategy.
In Karnataka, the Lingayats and the Vokkaligas community constitute a large chunk of the state’s vote bank. AHINDA was an attempt to consolidate the votes of the other communities to create a third large vote bank against these two.
In recent political dialogues, the AHINDA strategy has become associated with the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who used it effectively in 2013. However, the story of AHINDA dates back to the 70s
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5. Doctor, 65, Misbehaves with Patient, Booked
A 65-year-old doctor has been booked for misbehaving with a woman patient at his private clinic in Anjana Nagar in West Bengaluru.
Dr Shivaram had retired after working for a government hospital for 30 years and set up his own clinic. Police said the doctor had earned a good name for himself in the locality by offering generous concessions on his treatment fees.
However, a 25-year-old woman who came to his clinic on Monday for treatment has alleged that Dr Shivaram misbehaved with her. She stated in her complaint that she ran out of the clinic raising an alarm. A passerby rescued her and called the police.
6. Police Shoot at Rowdy
After a series of attacks on cops last week, the police on Wednesday, 24 January, shot a rowdy on the leg thrice when he resisted them while they were trying to arrest him.
Aleem Khan, 34, a fugitive, had attacked constable Rajendra, 50, a patrol vehicle driver, when he went to attend a complaint that some people were causing nuisance in J J Nagar.
Khan and his gang members attacked Rajendra with weapons and escaped. Rajendra is still recovering from the injuries. On Wednesday, J J Nagar police inspector Lingaraj received information about Khan's presence near Chikkabasti in Ullal.
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