QBengaluru: Elections in Karnataka Likely in April-May and More
Latest news updates from Karnataka
1. Elections in Karnataka Likely Between Last Week of April and First Week of May
A six-member team of officials of the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday concluded a two-day review of the Legislative Assembly election preparedness in Karnataka, after holding consultation with representatives of political parties and election officials for conducting free and fair polls.
It also took stock of the schedule of various examinations, fairs, and festivals in the state. Sources who attended the meeting indicated that the possible election dates could be between the last week of April and the first week of May since the Common Entrance Test for admissions to engineering courses will be over on 19 April. “In all possibility, the election schedule will be announced after the second week of March,” an official said.
The team headed by Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha assessed the revision of electoral rolls, law and order situation, use of information technology, availability of manpower, polling booths, and other facilities to ensure free and fair elections.
(Source: The Hindu)
2. Process to Allow Private Players to Make Rockets has Begun: ISRO Chief
After a lull following a rare failure in August 2017, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has a packed schedule in 2018, with the first launch scheduled for Friday, also taking the 100th indigenous satellite into orbit.
As he oversaw last-minute preparations of the launch in Sriharikota, ISRO's new chairman, Sivan K, pegged as the 'rocket man', took a few minutes off to speak with TOI, about ISRO's future launches, role of private players in building rockets and exploratory missions.
While the department of space has been speaking about allowing private players to build rockets in future, which is expected to increase the frequency of launches, Sivan said: "We're already in the process of moving it to the industry and it will take some time for it to materialise."
3. In-Laws in Soup for Destroying Death Note of a Newly-Wed
In-laws of a 23-year-old newly-wed woman, who committed suicide in her southwest Bengaluru residence on Wednesday alleging dowry harassment, found themselves in more trouble for destroying evidence. They had attempted to cover their tracks by destroying their daughter-in-law's suicide note. But police found the shredded note in a dust bin following a search of the house.
Police have detained Nagaraj, 58, and Prema, 55, the in-laws of Nirmala Vishwanath. Police are waiting for the return of their techie-son, N Vishwanath, who is away on a work trip to Japan.
Nirmala was found hanging in a room in her husband's residence in RR Nagar, West Bengaluru. Police said they could only partially piece together the note from the shreds they had gathered, but it was enough to point a damning finger at her in-laws. In her note, written in Kannada, Nirmala said she was being tortured for dowry and things had become impossible to bear.
4. Realtor Dials 100, Kills Self Before Cops Arrive
A 55-year-old realtor committed suicide, minutes after dialling 100 – the police helpline number. He told the police that he was going to end his life.
The deceased has been identified as Venkatesh Kumar, a resident of Annapurneshwari Nagar off Kanakapura Road.
According to the police, Kumar called the helpline at 10.30 am on Wednesday. He said he was being harassed by a financier over Rs 2 lakh loan that he had taken for his daughter's wedding and was going to end his life, and hung up.
The officials at the control room tried to call back, but his mobile phone was switched off. All efforts were made to trace Kumar's location. The officials tracked down the location and informed the Konanakunte police, who reached Kumar's house in 30 minutes. But when they got there, they found him hanging from the ceiling.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
5. Inspector Suspended For Bengaluru Bar Fire Was On A Maha Criminal Pursuit
R Prakash, the police inspector attached to the Kalasipalya police station, was in Maharashtra, chasing a criminal when a fire in the early morning at Kailash bar and restaurant killed five persons on Monday.
The inspector had been in Maharashtra for the last one week then. When he returned to the city, having caught the accused, he was welcomed by a suspension order for dereliction of duty. Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy, however, told BM the action against the inspector had nothing to do with the fire accident, but was to do with allowing the bar to function round-the-clock.
With this punishment, Prakash has lost out on the chance for promotion as an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) under the Hyderabad-Karnataka quota, for which he was due within a month.
(Source: Bangalore Mirror)
6. ‘No Job, No Vote’ Campaigner Attacked in K’taka CM’s Constituency
Chandra Mishra, the national coordinator of the ‘No Job, No Vote’ campaign, was allegedly attacked by a group of men led by a Congress corporator in Mysuru on Thursday, 11 January.
The attack took place at around 9:15 am near Mysuru’s Freedom Fighter’s park, where Mishra and three volunteers were preparing for a press conference to be held at the Mysuru Press Club.
‘No Job, No Vote’ is a nationwide campaign that demands youth employment – the press conference was called by Mishra to present the findings of a survey on employment they had conducted in Varuna, the constituency of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
(Source: The Quint)
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