QBengaluru: CET To Go Online; Day 2 of Bandh Sees Buses Stoned

Latest news updates from Karnataka.  

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1. CET Likely To Be Online This Time

The Higher Education Department is gearing up to conduct an online Common Entrance Test (CET) for admissions to engineering, agriculture, AYUSH, and several other courses for the 2019–20 academic year.

Higher Education Minister G.T. Deve Gowda The Hindu that this would be decided at a meeting with officials of the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) on 19 January. “I have instructed officials to make all preparations to ensure that this takes place for the upcoming CET. The only challenge is to make sure that the online facility is made available across Karnataka,” he said.

Several students said it was important that the authorities take a decision on the format as soon as possible so that they could prepare accordingly.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Bandh Effect: 46 BMTC Buses Stoned, 3 Drivers Injured

Day 2 of the Bandh saw a lukewarm response, but BMTC buses were targeted.
Day 2 of the Bandh saw a lukewarm response, but BMTC buses were targeted.
(Source: PTI)

Forty-six BMTC (Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation) buses and 17 KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses were damaged in incidents of stone pelting on Wednesday, 9 January, the second day of the two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions.

A dozen BMTC buses were damaged on Tuesday, 8 January and 46 on Wednesday, 9 January, taking it to 58 in all. Officials said damages were reported from Chikkajala, Ulsoor, Malleswaram, Sadanahalli, Chandra Layout, Kengeri and RT Nagar.

“We never thought so many buses would be targeted,” said a senior BMTC official. “We are still assessing damages. It could be much higher than estimated. We have registered complaints with the respective police stations. Most incidents were reported outside depots and miscreants were riding two-wheelers.”

3. Steel Flyover Project Cannot Go On Without Environmental Clearance: HC

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Image used for representational purpose. 
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The Karnataka government’s plan to revive the controversial steel flyover project costing almost Rs 2,000 crore and 2,000 trees in Bengaluru is facing a roadblock. The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday, 9 January, noted the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) cannot go ahead with the controversial steel flyover project without receiving the mandatory environmental clearance from the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority— Karnataka.

This means the 7-km long steel flyover project between Esteem Mall in Hebbal to Chalukya Circle in Bengaluru is likely to fail the legal scrutiny, according to activists.

"We welcome High Court’s order. Hope Government drops this ‘Anti-Bengaluru Project," Suresh NR, Director Namma Bengaluru Foundation, said.

(Source: The Newsminute)

4. Snapdeal to Face Prosecution for Illegally Selling Drugs: Karnataka Govt

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Image for representation.
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The Karnataka government has issued an order permitting authorities concerned to initiate prosecution proceedings in competent jurisdiction court against e-tailer Snapdeal and a Ludhiana-based company for unlawfully selling drugs.

"We had issued an order, on 21 December last, permitting our assistant drug controller in Belagavi to initiate prosecution proceedings against Snapdeal, its CEO Kuar Bahl, COO Rohit Kumar Bansal for their involvement in display, sale and distribution of Suhagra 100, a schedule H drug, on their platform.

The drug cannot be sold over the counter in violation of drugs and cosmetics norms," Karnataka Drugs Controller Amaresh Tumbagi told PTI here Wednesday, 9 January.

Suhagra-100, a sex stimulant drug which falls under Schedule H category of drugs, cannot be purchased over the counter without doctor's prescription, he noted.

5. Auto Driver Murdered for Charging Minimum Fare

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Representational image of a crime scene. 
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Charging the normal fare and being friendly with passengers could prove fatal for a regular city autorickshaw driver. In a shocking incident, a 67-year-old autorickshaw driver was beaten to death by a fellow auto driver at the Yamaluru autorickshaw stand last Wednesday, 3 January.

YM Narayana, a former staff at the Commercial Tax Department, and a resident of Yemaluru died soon after, when another auto driver Babu, hit him while passengers were boarding Narayana’s auto around 5 am on 2 January. Babu (20), had a heated argument with Narayana on Wednesday, 3 January over a fare offer he made to a potential passenger, the police said.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

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