QBengaluru: CM Calls Meeting With Factory Owners; FIR Against MLCs

Latest news updates from Karnataka.

Published21 Nov 2018, 02:09 AM IST
India
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1. Factories to Clear Dues to Farmers, Amount Undecided: Kumaraswamy

All eyes on Tuesday, 20 November, afternoon were trained on the Vidhana Soudha as Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy convened nearly a day-long meeting with sugarcane growers, sugar mill owners, chief secretaries and other stakeholders concerned.

Staunchly staking his government’s support for the plight of farmers, Kumaraswamy said in no uncertain terms that the sugar factory owners must cough up all dues to the sugarcane growers, without exception. That includes the pending dues that farmers claim haven’t been paid for years together, under the ambit of FRP (fair and remunerative price).

This, however, is not the final resolution. The Chief Minister has called for another meeting with the factory owners by 22 November to settle on the exact amount to be paid by them to all the farmers. The representatives present at the meeting on Tuesday did not call the shots, he later said in a briefing, giving rise to the efficacy of today’s talks.

(Source: The Quint)

2. FIR Against MLCs for Furnishing False Info

(Top row from left): N S Bose Raju, M D Lakshminarayana, Allum Veerabhadrappa and N Appaji Gowda. (2nd row from left)  S Ravi, R B Timmapur, C R Manohar and Raghu Achar.
(Top row from left): N S Bose Raju, M D Lakshminarayana, Allum Veerabhadrappa and N Appaji Gowda. (2nd row from left)  S Ravi, R B Timmapur, C R Manohar and Raghu Achar.
(Photo: Deccan Herald)

The Vidhana Soudha Police filed an FIR against 7 MLCs of the Congress and the JD(S), along with a former independent MLC, for submitting false information for the 2016 Bengaluru mayoral election. The MLCs are also booked for submitting fake bills.

A special court directed the Vidhana Soudha police to take cognisance of the case and initiate action against the MLCs following a petition filed by R J H Ramanna from Raichur, the state president of the Republic Party of India.

Police booked them under IPC Sections 420 (cheating), 177 (furnishing false information), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) and the Representation of the People Act.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

3. Panic Buttons Installed in 150 Bengaluru Govt Buses as Women's Safety aid

A BMTC/KSRTC bus. Photo used for representation.
A BMTC/KSRTC bus. Photo used for representation.
(Photo Courtesy: BMTC/KSRTC’s Facebook Page)

In a bid to make public transportation safer for women, an MOU has been signed by BMTC and Durga, a citizen organisation to install panic buttons or Durga alarms in buses.

“Women have been victims of physical harassment and other dangers in public transport. So we wanted to equip them with a measure to tackle these issues,” said Priya Varadarajan, founder of Durga.


Four panic button are placed on either side of the bus, where the seats reserved for women are located. The buttons positioned on the panel between the windows are at a height that is easily accessible to women, while children can stand and reach out to them. There is a pictorial representation to describe the functioning of the alarm along with instructions in Kannada. Users can alert the driver and other passengers by pressing the alarm. As per the protocol, the driver is required to the stop the bus and intervene. If the driver is unable to resolve the matter, higher BMTC officers need to be called.

(Source: The NewsMinute)

4. ACB Sleuths Arrest Officials Over Demanding Bribes

A man who was wanted for allegedly plotting explosions in 2004, was arrested by Telangana Police after his deportation from Saudi Arabia.
A man who was wanted for allegedly plotting explosions in 2004, was arrested by Telangana Police after his deportation from Saudi Arabia.
(Photo: iStockphoto)

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Tuesday, 20 Tuesday arrested an official of town planning and another from BBMP on graft charges.

Rangaswamy, assistant director of town planning at Mahadevapura Zone and assistant engineer Srinivasa Gowda are the arrested officers. The complainant wanted to construct a house at Ammani Bellandur Khane in Mahadevapura. He had approached Rangaswamy’s office with an application seeking plan sanction for a two-storied house. However, Rangaswamy and Srinivasa Gowda demanded a bribe of Rs 5 lakh to issue the building plan.

When the officials did not clear the file even after three months, the site owner filed a complaint with the ACB. The officials laid a trap and arrested Rangaswamy while accepting while accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh from the complainant.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

5. 2,391 Surgeries in 15 Days Under new Health Scheme

While there have been cases of in-utero surgery before, this is the first instance of an in-utero balloon atrial septoplasty.
While there have been cases of in-utero surgery before, this is the first instance of an in-utero balloon atrial septoplasty.
(Photo: iStock)

As many as 2,391 surgeries have been conducted free of cost in the state between 30 October and 13 November under the cobranded health scheme Ayushman Bharat-Arogya Karnataka (AB-ArK).

The procedures totally cost Rs 11.4 crore, of which the Centre will bear Rs 6.8 crore and the state government Rs 4.5 crore.

The scheme was rolled out in Karnataka on 30 October, when the Centre and the state inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). As per the data available with Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST), which implements the scheme, more surgeries happened in private hospitals.

More AB-Ark surgeries took place in private hospitals than in government ones. While 1,331 (56%) surgeries were conducted in private hospitals, 1,060 (44%) operations were performed in government hospitals.

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