QBengaluru: Fake News Site Postcard News’s Founder Arrested & More
Latest news updates from Karnataka.
1. Founder of Fake News Website Postcard News Arrested in Karnataka
Circulating fake news is as risky as spreading communally sensitive rumours. The Karnataka police has arrested one Mahesh Vikram Hegde, the founder of fake news website Postcard News on Thursday, 29 March. Hedge has been booked under sections 153A, 295A and 120B of the IPC, according to AltNews.
Confirming the arrest, Bengaluru police commissioner T Suneel Kumar said the central crime branch arrested Hegde for a fake news story about a Karnataka Jain Muni or Monk being attacked by a Muslim youth.
(Source: The Quint)
2. Siddaramaiah Bats for Primacy for Kannada and State's Own Flag in Farewell Post
With Chief Minister Siddaramaiah poised to create history – the first chief minister in 40 years to complete a full five-year term – he took to social media to bid farewell while batting for primacy for Kannada and the state's own flag.
"I thank the people of Karnataka for this honour...Going forward, we will work with all to strengthen and build the Karnataka model of development," he wrote in a Facebook post. "The Nava Karnataka we build together is one where the Kannada language has primacy, where the Kannada dhwaja (flag) will stand tall and proud and where Karnataka makes India proud."
3. In Old Mysuru, Shah set for Another Temple Run
Even while the Congress, led by chief minister Siddaramaiah, is seeking to use development as the poll plank, BJP chief Amit Shah’s visit to slain RSS activist Raju’s house in the city on Friday could change the narrative of the political discourse in the CM’s hometown.
While his tour of Shivamogga, Chitradurga and Davangere was aimed at addressing concerns of the Lingayat community in the aftermath of the state government’s move to accord them religious minority status, the BJP national chief’s visit to Mysuru is aimed at consolidating Hindu voters. Raju’s house is in communally sensitive Kyathamaranahalli area in Narasimharaja segment where Muslims are in majority.
(Source: The Times of India)
4. Bengaluru Gets First Pre-Monsoon Shower, More Rain in the Offing
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast rain and thundershowers for the next two days in Bengaluru and parts of south interior Karnataka.
While it drizzled in some parts of Bengaluru on Thursday, the IMD recorded no rainfall in the city and HAL airport till 5:30 pm. The Kempegowda International Airport received 0.6 mm rain up to 5:30 pm.
Hailstorm was reported in Padmanabhanagar, Banashankari and Nelamanagala.
IMD (Bengaluru), director-in-charge, L Ramesh Babu said it was the first pre-monsoon shower, also known as mango showers, of the season.
The maximum temperature in Bengaluru was 34 degree Celsius and minimum 22.7 degree Celsius.
5. Two Bengaluru Policemen Held for Assaulting, Extorting Spa Owner
Two police constables attached to the Hennur Police Station in Bengaluru were arrested on Wednesday on charges of attacking and robbing the owner of a spa and two employees.
According to reports, the constables, Sharukh Dongaragaon and Nagappa Vithal Daddi, allegedly tried extorting the owner of the spa, Swathi, and then made away with Rs 28,000 and two mobile phones. They also beat up two employees of the spa - located near Kalyanagar bus stand – who tried to stop them.
The policemen were reportedly under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred.
(Source: The News Minute)
6. CBSE Schools ask Parents to Shelve Travel Plans
Several city-based schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have sent letters and messages to parents of students who have taken their board examinations this year. They have asked parents to put off travel plans and ensure that the morale of students is not affected.
The board on Wednesday had declared that Class X students will have to appear for the mathematics examination again while Class XII students will have retake the economics paper. Both papers were allegedly leaked.
Dakshayini Kanna, Principal, Harvest International School, in a message to parents said they should encourage children to play, practice music or dance, take them for a short weekend outing and keep them relaxed and happy.
(Source: The Hindu)
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