QBengaluru: Govt Asked to Reconsider Scrapping Tipu Jayanti & More
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1. HC Directs Govt to Reconsider Scrapping Tipu Jayanti
The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to reconsider the decision on scrapping Tipu Jayanti celebration.
Hearing a PIL filed by Bilal Ali Shah, Tipu Sultan United Front and Tipu Rashtriya Seva Sangha, a division bench headed by Chief Justice Abhay S Oka asked the government to reconsider its decision on Tipu Jayanti within two months and file additional objections in the matter.
The government has only withdrawn the financial assistance for the celebration of Tipu Jayanti and not prohibited any person to celebrate the same. This court will not exercise drastic decision to stay the government order.
2. 37 Catholic Priests and a Woman Accuse Mysuru Bishop of Sexual Misconduct, Corruption
Thirty-seven catholic priests from different parishes in Mysuru district of Karnataka have levelled serious allegations against Bishop KA William, the seventh Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Mysore. The allegations include sexual misconduct, criminal activities and kidnapping.
"We have come to know that there are as many as four women who have raised complaints against the Bishop in the last two-and-a-half years," Melwyn Fernandes, General Secretary of the Association of Concerned Catholics (AOCC) told TNM. AOCC has also alleged that the Bishop has fathered two children.
The main allegation is that the Bishop had a relationship with a woman, and had a child with him. According to AOCC, the child is studying in a school on the outskirts of the city. However, this woman, has not spoken out or corroborated the allegations.
3. Flood of Low-Grade Onions; Price May Hit Rs 100/kg
Devastating floods across North Karnataka and incessant rain in parts of Central Karnataka and neighbouring Maharashtra have left the onion market in Karnataka in a peculiar situation. The market is flooded with onions but of poor quality owing to high moisture content.
The situation has benefited neither the farmer nor the trader and has brought tears to consumers’ eyes with retail prices touching Rs 80 to 90 a kg in Bengaluru on Wednesday. In a bid to tame the prices, the Centre on Wednesday relaxed quarantine rules for imported crop to ensure speedier access to the market.
The Onion and Potato Traders Association in Yeshwantpur APMC market agreed that it is a peculiar situation.
4. BSY, Deve Gowda Dismiss Claims on Future Alliance
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Wednesday sought to draw the curtains on speculations that their parties will join hands to form an alliance.
While Yediyurappa rubbished reports that he had spoken to Gowda over the phone, the former prime minister clarified that he was not planning any alliance with the saffron party. Speaking to reporters, Yediyurappa dismissed talks of a possible coalition with JD(S), despite reports that the Gowda-led party was warming up to the BJP to avoid mass defection of his legislators.
"There is no element of truth in these rumours," Yediyurappa said. "Gowda is a former PM and is capable of taking decisions regarding these issues," he said, adding that there was no proposal for coalition between the two parties.
5. Police Arrest Man for Assaulting Daughter With Hammer
Police officials in Hassan district arrested a man after a video of him assaulting his daughter with a hammer emerged on Tuesday.
The video showed Prashanth, 47, charging towards his 12-year-old daughter with a hammer in-hand. Prashanth was in an inebriated condition and hit his daughter on her left hand. The video, which was shared widely on social media, was being filmed by the daughter.
The incident occurred around 10 pm on November 2 in the residence of Prashanth and his family in Champakanagar in Sakaleshpura of Hassan district. In a complaint filed by Janaki, a Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) working in Hassan, it was stated that Prashanth, had come home in an inebriated condition. At the time, his wife and two daughters were at home.
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