QBengaluru: Modi Calls Siddu Govt ‘Seedha Rupaiyya’ Sarkar & More

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1. Modi: Siddaramaiah Govt 'Seedha Rupaiyya' Sarkar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, 27 February, hit out at the Siddaramaiah government, terming it as "seedha rupaiyya (direct commission) sarkar," and said that Karnataka needs freedom from corruption.

"It is not Siddaramaiah government, but 'seedha rupaiyya' that drives the administration in the state. Everything seems to be happening at a price here. Karnataka needs freedom from such corruption," he stated, while addressing the BJP's farmers' rally – "Raitha Bandu Samavesha" – organised to mark the 75th birthday of chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

2. Rapist, Murderer ‘Psycho’ Shankar Found Dead in Bengaluru Prison, Cops Suspect Suicide

The Karnataka Police have registered a case of suicide and are conducting a preliminary probe into Shankar’s death.
The Karnataka Police have registered a case of suicide and are conducting a preliminary probe into Shankar’s death.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

Rapist and murderer Psycho Shankar, who spread terror in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, died in the wee hours of Tuesday, 27 February, at Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara Central Prison.

Prison authorities found him lying in a pool of blood, with his throat slit. Officials suspect that it was a suicide as Shankar, whose real name is M Jaishankar, was serving his term in solitary confinement.

“It was around 2-2.30 am when beat officers found him lying, with his throat slit. We suspect that he used a shaving blade. We suspect it is a case of suicide as he was alone in his cell, and no one is allowed to go near where he was incarcerated. We immediately shifted him to the Jail Hospital, but his condition only began deteriorating. We rushed him to Victoria Hospital, but he died in the ambulance itself,” sources in the prison said.

(Source: The News Minute)

3. Prosecution: Assault by Nalapad, Aides Act of Terrorism

Youth Congress general secretary Mohammed Haris Nalapad being taken away by the police for allegedly assaulting a person in Bengaluru on Monday, 26 February. 
Youth Congress general secretary Mohammed Haris Nalapad being taken away by the police for allegedly assaulting a person in Bengaluru on Monday, 26 February. 
(Photo: PTI)

The hearing on the bail plea of Mohammed Nalapad Haris, who is accused in the attack on 23-year-old Vidvat at an upmarket cafe in Bengaluru this month, was adjourned for further arguments till 1 March, by the City Civil and Sessions court on Monday, 26 February.

The hearing for the other accused will also come up on Tuesday. Special Public Prosecutor Shyam Sundar, while arguing against the bail of Mohammed Nalapad, termed the attack on Vidvat “an act of terrorism, which had created a fear psychosis among the people,” and said granting bail to the accused would hamper the investigations. He argued that the attack was an act of “barbarism” as the accused, after assaulting Vidvat in the cafe, followed him to the hospital and attacked him again.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. In 2017, Only 5 People Fined for Urinating in Public

A picture of Karnataka Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf urinating on the walls in Jaipur.
A picture of Karnataka Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf urinating on the walls in Jaipur.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@danishabrar2016)

The unseemly sight of people urinating on roads may be common, but the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has fined only five people for the offence since 2017, raising a pittance of Rs 1,300 as penalty.

Civic experts, however, feel awareness and provision of more toilets are better ways to handle the menace instead of relying on punitive action.

“While fining is a good practice, it depends entirely on chance. Officials are able to penalise violators only if they happen to catch them in the act... We must ensure there are enough toilets. Policies like the notification issued by the commissioner, stating that all petrol pumps should allow the public to use their toilets, don’t seem to have been implemented,” said NS Ramakanth, member, BBMP expert committee on solid waste.

5. Church Street Inauguration Advanced by 3 days, to be Opened on 1 March Now

Church street. 
Church street. 
(Photo Courtesy: Naresh Narasimhan)

The inauguration of the Church Street has been advanced to 1 March 1. Earlier, the BBMP had planned to open it on March 4.

The Palike has completed all the work on the stretch. However, the four-wheeler parking bays will be constructed after the inauguration, a senior BBMP official said. The event has been advanced following a change in the chief minister's schedule.

"We have got the schedule of the chief minister for the inauguration function on 1 March and we are working day and night to complete the work," the officer said.

The work on the stretch had begun on 22 February, 2017. After missing several deadlines, the BBMP is finally set to throw open the 750 metre stretch for the public. BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad on Tuesday, 27 February, inspected work on the stretch. After the inauguration, the civic body will hold a meeting with the traffic police to ensure that the entire street was free of vehicles on all weekends.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

6. Robbers Take Locker Weighing 25 kg, but Find Only a 100 rupee Note Inside

Robbers looted a locker. Representational image.
Robbers looted a locker. Representational image.
(Photo: iStock)

Assuming that a treasure of gold and silver was locked inside a locker, robbers took away the locker weighing 25 kg after breaking into the house of businessman and assaulting two employees. However, when they opened the locker, they found only a Rs 100 note!

The robbers broke into the house of Ashok Bhatia, located on Millers Road, on February 20 at 3 am. As they entered the house, they assaulted Hitesh Sharma and Yogesh, both employees of Bhatia. They tied them up and started searching for valuables.

They spotted a huge locker in a room. They tried to break it open, but failed. They decided to take the locker with them. To transport the locker, they used Bhatia's car, which was parked outside the house.

Local police said that the robbers managed to break it open, but found only Rs 100 inside.

(Source: The Hindu)

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