QBengaluru: Kumaraswamy Says Cong Did Injustice to Kharge & More
1. 'Kharge Should Have Been Made CM Long Time Ago'
Amid the 'Siddaramaiah for CM' clamour in Karnataka, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has said Congress veteran M Mallikarjun Kharge should have been given the position a long time ago and "injustice" was done to the leader.
His remarks come amid a bitter spat between the leaders of the ruling coalition partners Congress and JD(S) to make Siddaramaiah the state chief minister once again. But the comments gave fresh ammunition to the BJP to target the alliance government. BJP state unit chief B S Yeddyurappa asked Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) to immediately vacate the post for Kharge, the leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha.
Kharge, a nine-time MLA and two-term Lok Sabha member who has never tasted electoral defeat, termed Kumaraswamy's remarks as "election-time statement."
2. Karnataka Govt Plans Rs 88 Crore Cloud Seeding for 2 Monsoons
With some weather companies forecasting a deficit monsoon, the government has decided to resort to cloud seeding this year in June to cover the shortfall in rain. Cloud seeding in the state has had limited success in the past, but the government intends to go ahead with the process at an estimated cost of Rs 88 crore to the exchequer.
The process involves planes releasing chemicals in the air, leading to greater precipitation and resulting in rainfall.
“We have already called for tenders for two years and we plan to spend an estimated Rs 88 crore for the purpose,” rural development and panchayat raj minister Krishna Byregowda told reporters.
(Source: The Times of India)
3. Commuters Can Soon Use One Smart Card for Bus and Metro Trains
If things go as planned, Bengalureans can soon travel cashless on metro trains and buses across the city. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation will soon introduce an interoperable smart card that would work for both modes of public transport.
Currently, the smart card ensures users do not have to wait in the queues while using the metro. The new cards will work both at the metro automatic fare collection gates and also the handheld ticketing machines used by BMTC conductors.
Studying the usage patterns of both BMTC and BMRCL, it has been decided that the pilot project will be carried out in Bayappanahalli and Kempegowda (Majestic) metro stations. Speaking to TNM, BMRCL Managing Director Ajay Seth said that the pilot project will start in October first week.
4. Mangaluru Couple Held for Murder of Woman Whose Body Was Found in Gunny Bags
Mangaluru police arrested a couple in connection with the gruesome murder of Shreemathi Shetty, whose body parts were found stuffed in gunny bags from different areas in the city.
Preliminary investigation suggested that the motive for the murder was financial. Mangaluru Commissioner Sandeep Patil confirmed that they have arrested Jonas Samson (36) and Victoria Mathias (46), a husband-wife duo who are residents of Attavar in the city.
As per the police, Jonas had borrowed around Rs 1 lakh from Shreemathi Shetty (36) and had repaid a part of the loan. Shreemathi had requested Jonas to pay her back the balance amount of Rs 60,000 at the earliest. "When we went to Jonas' residence to arrest him, he tried to kill himself. We immediately took him to Father Muller Hospital, the doctor has stated that the injuries are not serious. We interrogated his wife Victoria and found that they had borrowed money from Shreemathi," the Commissioner said.
5. Face Recognition Tech for Dog Census
After drawing flak over the dog menace in Bengaluru, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will take up the much delayed canine census. And to rule out any errors, the BBMP will adopt scientific methods like face and skin recognition tools in the exercise.
The survey will also help the BBMP keep a tab on the implementation of the controversial Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme. A similar initiative has already been carried out on a pilot basis in New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.
The civic body is close to finalising tenders for the project which is likely to be rolled out in a few days.
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6. ‘Don’t We Have Freedom Over Our Bodies?’ Ask B’luru’s Sex Workers
“This is my personal life. Don’t we have the freedom to use our bodies and do the work we want? I am doing it to feed my children,”asks”Sruthi*, single mother and sex worker
Out at odd hours, creeping in before the sun rises and still being present for their families and community – this is the life led by many sex workers in the IT capital, as they struggle to chalk out a living.
Not given a designated place of work in Bengaluru, like red light districts in other cities, sex workers here have to protect themselves – from a threatening client, strangers who view them as ‘easy’ and public glare.
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