1. HD Kumaraswamy Meets Rahul Gandhi, Assures Karnataka Govt is SafeWhile a panic-stricken Congress party is going on an overdrive to save the coalition in Karnataka, on Thursday, 30 May, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy called on Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi, and assured him the coalition government is stable.The meeting comes amidst speculations that the Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) efforts to topple the Karnataka government would begin soon after the swearing in of the new government at the Centre led by Narendra Modi.In a statement after the meeting, the Chief Minister’s office said both leaders discussed the current political scenario in the state. “The CM apprised Rahul Gandhi of the current situation in the State and said that coalition government in the state is functioning smoothly with cooperation and coordination between both the parties,” said the statement.(Source: The Quint)Will JD(S) Jump Ship in Karnataka After BJP’s Big Win?2. BJP Sticks to 2014 Pattern in Choosing Ministers From KarnatakaBharatiya Janata Party central leadership has stuck to the same formula adopted in 2014 in choosing candidates from Karnataka for the Union Ministry, despite the party making almost a clean sweep of the Lok Sabha seats in the State this time.When Narendra Modi took oath as Prime Minister for the first time in 2014, four MPs from the state (including a Rajya Sabha member) were chosen for the ministerial posts.Then, political representation was given to dominant communities of Vokkaliga and Lingayats by accommodating DV Sadananda Gowda and GM Siddeshwara, respectively. Representation to Brahmin community had been given by choosing the late Ananth Kumar, while the then Rajya Sabha member M. Venkaiah Naidu too had been accommodated.(Source: The Hindu)2 ministers in new Modi government from Northeast3. Man Throws Mom out of his House, Cites bad BreathChildren abandoning parents over property issues and financial disputes is something elders and women’s helplines deal with on a daily basis. But what came to them as a shocker was a private company employee throwing his mother out of the house citing bad breath.Shut out of her house, the widow is now spending her days in an old-age home.Shyamala, 47, was living with her only son Vikas and daughter-in-law (names changed on request) at their residence in Bharathinagar.In January 2019, she approached a private hospital as she was suffering from toothache. The doctors decided to extract her tooth. Post surgery, the area operated upon developed an infection. It spread, resulting in a swollen, pus-filled mass on her jaw. The mass developed a terrible odour.(Source: The Times of India)4. Electricity Bill for Bengaluru Households to Increase by About 5% From JuneBengaluru residents, your electricity bills will get more expensive from June onwards. This after the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) on Thursday announced a hike of 33 paise per unit for Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) customers.Officials said this would effectively mean that expenses towards electricity for households will increase by 4.9% on average for domestic users.BESCOM facilitates electricity supply in eight districts of Karnataka – Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Chikkaballapura, Kolar, Davanagere, Tumakuru, Chitradurga and Ramanagara.(Source: The News Minute)5. Penalties for not Implementing Rainwater Harvesting may DoubleCitizens who are yet to install rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems may have to cough up double the penalty amount.The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has proposed to increase the penalty. For domestic consumers, the penalty on the water bill will be increased from 25% to 50% for the first three months, and 100% after three months; and for non-domestic consumers, the penalty would be increased to 100% from the earlier 50% for the first three months, and 200% after three months.BWSSB Chairman Tushar Girinath said, “On Wednesday, the Board took a decision to double the penalty. We will write to the government about the decision. Once the government comes out with a notification, the same will be implemented.”(Source: The Hindu) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.