QBengaluru: Centre Releases Rs 1,200 Crore as Flood Relief & More
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1. Centre Releases Rs 1,200 Crore in Interim Flood Relief
More than two months after floods devastated most districts of Karnataka, the Union government on Friday released Rs 1,200 crore interim relief to the state.
The Karnataka state government had submitted a memorandum seeking central assistance of Rs 35,000 crore with a request to release one-fourth in interim relief. In all, 103 taluks across 22 districts were affected by floods in August in which 91 people died and 7 lakh people were affected.
BJP governments at the Centre and the state have been facing flak from its party leaders and also opposition Congress and JD(S) over delay in grant of central funds.
2. Bengaluru Police Forbids Ola, Uber From Using Alternate Routes to Airport
The Bengaluru police have issued an advisory to all cab aggregators that alternate routes to the Kempegowda International Airport must not be taken by its drivers between 7 pm and 7 am.
The advisory was issued on Friday, days after an Ola driver dumped a 32-year-old woman on the BK Halli-Bagalur road. The woman had pressed the emergency button as she realized that the driver was taking the alternate road, which has no street lights. The driver allegedly refused to call his supervisor and Ola allegedly took two hours to respond to her calls for help.
The police arrested the Ola cab driver on Thursday, after the victim filed a complaint with the International Airport Police on Monday.
(Source: The News Minute)
3. Startup CEO Held for Impersonating Ex, Posting ‘Obscene’ Pictures
It took several weeks, a second FIR and more alleged abuse before Bengaluru Police arrested Rahul Singh, CEO of a Bengaluru-based startup, under various sections of the IT Act for circulating obscene images of his former girlfriend by impersonating her on Instagram.
A 24-year-old woman had accused the 28-year-old resident of Kanakpura Road of creating a fake Instagram account in her name, posting her private pictures on the site and sending friend requests to people in her friends circle. Singh was picked up from Toit, an establishment in Indiranagar on Thursday night, 3 October, when he was out with friends.
Another FIR was earlier registered against him on charges of anonymous criminal intimidation, sexual harassment, stalking, trespassing and more with the HSR Layout police station.
(Source: The Quint)
4. Karnataka Brings Back Public Exam in Class 7
Starting this academic year, Karnataka will introduce public exam for Class 7 students.
The no-detention policy, introduced as part of the Right to Education Act, came under criticism for bringing down learning levels. The state will hold exams for Class 7 students and answer-scripts will be evaluated at the district level. This academic year, students will sail through as usual as the exam has been announced mid-year. Tamil Nadu has already scrapped the no-detention policy.
According to the education department, the question will be prepared by the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board, which conducts the SSLC exam. A committee will be formed to decide on the paper pattern
5. Man Sends Bomb Threat to HC Posing as his Father-in-law
The police have arrested a New Delhi-based man for allegedly writing to the Karnataka High Court threatening to set off bombs on the premises. He signed the letter in the name of his father-in-law.
The accused, Rajender Singh, 36, is a businessman. According to the police, he had used his father-in-law’s name to create trouble for him, as they are involved in a bitter family feud. He had written a similar letter to the Madras High Court as well and had been arrested by the Chennai police.
The Karnataka High Court received a letter on September 17 in which a man claimed that several bombs would be set off on the premises on September 30. “The letter was signed by Hardarshan Singh Nagpal, from International Khalistan Support Group. He gave a residential address in New Delhi,” said the police.
(Source: The Hindu)
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