QBengaluru: 110 Register for NEET Re-exam; ‘Gay’ Priest Attacked
Latest news and updates from Karnataka.
1. Only 110 Students Register for NEET Re-exam After Train Delay
Only 110 candidates have registered for the National Eligibility Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) re-exam scheduled for 20 May for the students who missed it earlier due to a seven-hour train delay.
Earlier reports had suggested that 365 students had missed the exam due to the delay in the arrival of the Hampi Express, which runs from Hampi to Bengaluru via Mysuru, on 5 May. The train, which was supposed to reach Bengaluru at 7 in the morning reached at 2:30 pm, while the exam began at 2 pm.
Upset on missing out on their rightful chance at the exams, the students started mass tweeting, tagging Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and many other politicians also urged the Centre to conduct a re-exam for the affected students.
(Source: The News Minute)
2. Mangaluru Priest Assaulted by Violent mob for Allegedly Being Gay
In a shocking incident, godman Lokesh Pujari, was manhandled by a violent group of people, including women, in Mangaluru for allegedly being gay on Monday, 13 May.
In a video which went viral on social media, the mob can be seen ruthlessly beating the priest.
They also demanded an apology from him. But when the godman failed to apologise, the mob ripped apart his clothes and tried to shave his hair using a sickle. The victim, on the other hand, can be seen pleading for mercy.
(Source: Bangalore Mirror)
3. The Accidental Terror Suspect
Every question alarms Sajid Khan. With his eyes wide open, he makes an effort to listen to every word said in the room, eager to tell his side of the story.
Holed up in a dingy lodge room in west Bengaluru for two days, this visitor from Rajasthan is apprehensive of strangers, and he has his reasons too. A week ago he was branded a ‘suspected terrorist’ by the media in Bengaluru, and he didn’t even know about it for four days.
On the wall of the lodge, next to a red stain of a stray spit of pan, hangs a black vest coat which Sajid wore on 6 May when he went to Majestic Metro Station. A CCTV footage from that evening showed him walking out of the station after the lights on a metal detector beeped. Soon after, media outlets ran stories about him trying to bomb the station and some even called the black jacket a bomb vest.
Read the full story here.
4. Rain Uproots Trees, Floods Low-lying Areas
Southern Bengaluru on Monday, 13 May witnessed minor inconvenience as trees were uprooted in Indiranagar, Kengari and Koramangala due to thirty-minute-long rain.
Low lying areas such as BTM Layout 2nd stage, Bilekahalli Main Road and surrounding low lying areas were also flooded. Groceries of an anganawadi centre were submerged in water in Kodichikkanahalli of Bommanahalli zone. Joint Commissioner of Bommanahalli Zone, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), visited the spot and collected the details. The Palike officials have been asked to clear fallen trees.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
5. Postal Employee Accused of Stealing ₹9 Lakh Ends Life
A postal assistant with the General Post Office, Bengaluru, who was accused of siphoning off Rs 9 lakh to be paid as pension to senior citizens, allegedly committed suicide in his RT Nagar house on Sunday, 12 May night.
Srinivas Reddy AV, 29, was found hanging from the ceiling by a neighbour. His wife, who was staying with her parents, had alerted the neighbour that Reddy was not responding to her calls and asked him to check on him. Reddy got married in October last year and his wife, who is one month pregnant, had been staying with her parents at Azadnagar in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, since March.
A suicide note recovered from his room stated he was addicted to online cricket betting and misused the money.
(Source: The Times of India)
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