QBengaluru: Flood Death Toll Rises to 54; Rebel MLAs Move SC
1. Death Toll Rises to 54 in Karnataka as Rains Continue
The true extent of the damage caused by the downpour over the last two weeks started to emerge in parts of Karnataka as the rains began to subside in some regions of the state.
Though people are yet to return to their villages, videos and pictures of homes filled with several feet of silt, shops and small businesses washed away, inundated banks among other miserable scenes started to fill up social media and news broadcasts in the state.
A total of 54 humans and at least 852 animals are dead, 15 people are missing and 100 talukas are affected by the downpour in Karnataka.
2. 544 Tourists Rescued From Island Near Hampi Site
After 500 tourists stranded at Virupapura Gadde (island) near World Heritage Site Hampi were rescued, the Karnataka government has initiated legal action against owners of hotels and resorts on the island for ignoring the flood warning.
“We’ll initiate action against owners of hotels and guest houses for putting the lives of guests at a risk,” said Koppal deputy commissioner C Sunil Kumar. He’s also contemplating recovering fees paid to NDRF teams from erring hoteliers. According to sources, a platoon of NDRF team is paid Rs 40,000 per day.
The hoteliers reportedly misled authorities on number of tourists stuck on the island. “They said there are around 200 tourists, including four or five foreigners. But there were over 450 tourists,” Sunil Kumar said. The administration vacated the entire island, including hoteliers and staff.
3. Disqualified Karnataka Legislators Move SC for Urgent Hearing of Pleas
A Supreme Court Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on Tuesday asked disqualified Karnataka legislators to communicate their urgency to the court Registrar to list their pleas against their ouster from the House under the anti-defection law for hearing.
Several MLAs, including Pratapgouda Patil and AH Vishwanath, have approached the Supreme Court jointly and separately.
Their separate petitions have arraigned the then Speaker, the State of Karnataka, Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah and State Congress president Dinesh Gundurao and the former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy as respondents.
4. 17-yr-old at SUV Wheel Runs Over PU Student
A 17-year-old boy who borrowed an SUV for a joyride caused a series of accidents in the city on Tuesday, leading to the death of a pre-university student. Police have filed a case against the minor, his 18-year-old friend who was in the car at the time of the accident and his neighbour who let him drive.
Police said Manjunath, a lorry driver who lives in Gayatripuram, had rented the SUV on Tuesday morning to take his family members for an outing. His neighbour, a college student, asked to take it for a quick spin while they were getting ready. Manjunath agreed and the boy picked up a classmate from Yuvaraja’s College where they both study.
At MUDA circle, the youngster lost control of the vehicle and hit two students who were crossing the road at the junction towards Maharani’s College. Ashwini, 18, was badly injured while her friend, Prema received minor injuries. Both girls were taken to KR Hospital and later shifted to a private hospital. Ashwini died soon after while Prema has been discharged.
5. External Affairs Minister Backs Request for US Consulate in Bengaluru
External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has responded positively to a request by the Bharatiya Janata Party State unit for a US consulate office in Bengaluru.
BJP State co-spokesperson AH Anand had written to the External Affairs Minister through Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on 10 July seeking a US consulate general’s office in Bengaluru. In the letter, he had pointed out that despite being a major centre of economic activity and the country’s IT leader, Bengaluru is yet to get the office of the US consulate general.
This had resulted in about 450 US visa applicants from south Karnataka travelling to Chennai every day and an equal number of applicants from north Karnataka visiting Hyderabad every day to get their work done at the US consulate general’s offices located there, he had said.
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