QBengaluru: Modi to Speak at 4 Rallies; Acid Attack on 2 Children

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1. Modi to Speak at Four Rallies in Karnataka

With the Assembly elections in Tripura, billed as a grand face-off between the left and the right in the country, concluding on 18 February, the BJP will turn its attention to Karnataka.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address at least four rallies in the next month or so: in Mysuru on 19 February; in Davangere on 27 February; in Bijapur on 4 March; and in Raichur on 13 March.

Top sources in the party said the Bijapur rally would take care of the Bombay-Karnataka region, which has 50 constituencies.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Police Bust Medical, Engineering Seats Racket, Arrest Two

A gang of fraudsters allegedly conned many graduates of crores of rupees in Bengaluru.
A gang of fraudsters allegedly conned many graduates of crores of rupees in Bengaluru.
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A gang of fraudsters who allegedly conned many graduates of crores of rupees under the pretext of providing them post graduate seats in prominent medical and engineering colleges in Karnataka, has been busted, police said.

Two of their accomplices are absconding. They said Rajath Shetty, an engineering graduate and Jaiprakash Singh, a management degree holder, both aged 31, had set up offices in the city under the names of six fictitious firms.

The duo convinced medical and engineering graduates that they could offer them seats in prominent colleges and collected huge amount of money from them to the tune of crores of rupees, police said.

(Source: Times of India)

3. Acid Attack on Two Children

Two brothers became victims of an acid attack while playing at the ground. 
Two brothers became victims of an acid attack while playing at the ground. 
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Acid was thrown on two brothers, aged 4 and 10, when they were playing in a ground at KR Layout in Tiptur town of Tumakuru district on Tuesday.

Dashavanth, 10, and Vinay, 4, who stay at Jaipura Mallenahalli in Tiptur, were attacked by a group of unidentified persons. Anand, the father of the children, told the police that on Saturday when the children were playing in the playground, a group of youths had told them not to play there as it was only for “adults”. They had shouted at the children and forced them out of the playground. The children then complained to their father, who then tried to trace the youths.

However, on Tuesday, around 9 am, when the children were playing in the ground, the same group of around seven people came on cycles and threw acid on them.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. First Two Doors in Each Metro Coach Only for Women

The first two entrances of each Metro coach will be reserved for women.
The first two entrances of each Metro coach will be reserved for women.
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From 1 March, the first two entrances of each Metro coach will be reserved for women to enter and exit the train. The move by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is similar to the system in BMTC buses where men are not allowed to enter and exit from the front door.

Metro authorities have decided to test the system following complaints from women about difficulty in getting into the coaches, especially during peak hours. Each Metro coach has four entrances.

BMRCL managing director Mahendra Jain said: “The idea is to ensure convenience for women while entering or exiting the train.”

(Source: Times of India)

5. Choppers, Stop! Attempt to Amend Karnataka Tree Preservation Act Has Bengaluru Seething

The government's attempt at a bill that would amend the Karnataka Tree Preservation Act of 1976 in a way that would allow authorities to hack away at most trees that line the city's roads, couldn't be more ill-timed. With polls in a few months, the flak it has received from citizens and activists alike, when Mirror first wrote about it yesterday, is bound to dent its image. Meanwhile, citizen groups have swung into action, chalking out plans to register their protest against the move and exert pressure on the government to withdraw the bill.

Among the first to voice his protest has been Parliamentarian Rajeev Chandrasekhar. "If we give CM Siddaramaiah and his steel flyover minister more time—there will be no trees, lakes, residential areas, safety, health, no happy citizens but only plenty of happy builders and contractors," tweeted the MP, referring also to Bengaluru Development minister KJ George.

6. Garment Worker Kills Wife, Attempts Suicide

A garment factory worker killed his wife by slitting her throat in Bengaluru. 
A garment factory worker killed his wife by slitting her throat in Bengaluru. 
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A garment factory worker killed his wife by slitting her throat and later attempted suicide by stabbing himself in Hongasandra in Bommanahalli on Tuesday.

The victim has been identified as Radhika (21). The suspect Thyagaraj is being treated at a hospital where his condition is said to be critical. The couple, married four years ago, were from Tamil Nadu.

The police said they would fight frequently over some domestic issues and this was repeated on Tuesday afternoon also. In a fit of rage, Thyagaraj slit her throat with a kitchen knife and later stabbed himself before informing his friend over the phone.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

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