QBengaluru: Cabs to Cost More as Government Sets New Fare & More
Here’s a news roundup of the top headlines in Bengaluru.
1. Cabs to Cost More as Government Sets New Fare
Commuters who opt for cabs will have to pay more from their pockets as the state government has fixed a minimum fare of Rs 44 on small cabs and Rs 80 for luxury cabs for the first four kilometres.
The government has issued an order to Karnataka State Transport Authority and all regional transport authorities fixing minimum and maximum prices for all air conditioned and non-air conditioned cabs operating in the state.
Taxis operating in the cities have been split into four classes based on the cost of the vehicle, and the fare has been fixed on that basis. Minimum fare for Class A taxis has been fixed at Rs 80, Rs 68 for Class B taxis, Rs 52 for Class C, and Rs 44 for the Class D vehicle for the first four kilometres.
(Source: Bangalore Mirror)
2. I-T Raids on Hotels, Jewellery Chains
Income tax sleuths on Wednesday carried out searches and surveys at properties belonging to business houses, including a jewellery chain in Bengaluru as well as other cities for suspected tax evasion.
Hotels and hospitality firms were among the businesses under the scanner of the I-T department. An official from the I-T department, Karnataka and Goa region, said simultaneous searches were conducted at 34 premises belonging to four groups from hotel, hospitality and food business.
The operations were spread over Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi, Indore and Faridabad. Searches are being carried out against Kerala-based jewellery group Joyalukkas and another firm linked to it. Officials said over 100 outlets of the jewellery chain in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and other cities were covered.
3. Jilted Lover Held for Murder
A 30-year-old cab driver, based in the UAE, was arrested for murdering his girlfriend and mother of two children at her house in the city on 26 December 2017, after she refused to marry him. The Kamakshipalya police tracked the accused, Mohammed Mubeen Sheikh, who was on the run, in Karwar.
The police said the victim, Taslima Banu, and Sheikh are from the same village near Sirsi and they were in a relationship before her marriage. But Sheikh was arrested and sent to judicial custody in 2006 in a land dispute case. Taslima was married to her distant relative and moved to Bengaluru.
According to the police, Sheikh, after his release from jail, went to Dubai to work as a driver, but continued to be in touch with Taslima over the phone and would even meet her whenever he came to Bengaluru. He also gave her costly gifts, including jewellery.
4. Kalburgi Case: CBI, Karnataka Get SC Notice
Slain Kannada writer and rationalist MM Kalburgi's wife told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that emerging evidence made it essential that a composite probe be initiated into her husband's murder along with the killings of scholars Govindrao Pansare and Narendra Achyut Dabholkar.
The SC sought the response of probe agencies NIA and CBI and the governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka within six weeks on her allegation that no substantial investigation has been carried out so far in the murder case. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud took note of the petition filed by Umadevi Kalburgi, wife of the author, and issued the notices.
5. Kailash Bar Fire: Cop Suspended
Two days after five employees of a bar were suffocated to death in a fire, a police inspector attached to the Kalasipalyam station was suspended on Wednesday for dereliction of duty.
Ramalinga Reddy, while taking charge as the home minister in March 2017, presented a 30-point agenda to the police force, one of which was strictly ensuring the stipulated closing hours of liquor outlets in the city.
Following the incident, Reddy, along with Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George, visited Kalasipalyam and learnt from the locals that several bars were open through the night for labourers at the market. Local residents, including a corporator, told Reddy about the 'window sales' at night, home department officials said.
6. Amit Shah gives Rs 3 lakh crore ‘hisaab’ to Siddaramaiah, reaches out to SC/ST voters
BJP national president Amit Shah on Wednesday used the Parivarthana Yatra platform in Holalkere to settle scores with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who had questioned the Centre's contribution to Karnataka.
Choosing Holalkere as his first rally outside Bengaluru, BJP sources said Shah wanted to reach out primarily to the Congress vote bank of backward castes, including SC/ST voters, numbering over 35,000 in this reserved constituency.
Shah was vocal in his attack against Siddaramaiah. "Arrey, CM Siddaramaiah ne hamse hisaab manga hai, hum unhe hisaab dene Karnataka aaye hai (CM Siddaramaiah has asked for the accounts of Centre's contribution to Karnataka, I am here to give the accounts)," Shah said.
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