QBengaluru: Karnataka Drops NRC Move; Murder Suspect Shot At
1. Karnataka Drops NRC Move, to Create Citizen Database
The Karnataka government has put the Assam-like National Register of Citizens (NRC) proposal on the backburner and decided to narrow down its exercise to creating a database of immigrants without documents and foreign nationals overstaying their visa.
The dilution in the exercise move comes a fortnight after Karnataka home minister Basavaraj Bommai announced the NRC would soon be introduced in the state. He had said this was part of the Centre’s plan to extend the NRC across the country to identify and weed out illegal immigrants.
The change in stance is also partly due to practical difficulties in preparing and maintaining a registry of that magnitude. Basavaraj Bommai said, “We’ll not introduce an Assam-like NRC. However, we are considering compiling details of citizens that must help the government in tracking down illegal and overstaying foreign nationals.
2. Alliance University Murder: Police Open Fire to Arrest Third Accused
The police had to open fire to arrest an accused in the murder of Ayyappa R Dore, the former vice-chancellor of Alliance University who was hacked to death outside his house in RT Nagar on the night of October 15. The accused, Ganesh, 37, is a habitual offender from Munireddypalya and allegedly played a key role in the murder.
“When we tracked him down to the Karnataka State Seeds Corporation Limited godown in Sanjay Nagar where he was hiding, he attacked two police personnel in an attempt to escape,” said a senior police official.
Ganesh is a close associate of Suraj Singh, an employee of Alliance University who was hired by Chancellor Sudhir Angur to murder not just Ayyappa but also his brother and varsity co-founder Madhukar Angur. Suraj and Sudhir were arrested less than 24 hours after the murder.
3. Smoke in Bengaluru Metro Triggers Panic, Passengers Made to Deboard
Users of the Namma Metro in Bengaluru were in for a scare on Saturday after a purple line train emitted smoke from underneath a coach at around 5 pm in the evening. The incident occurred when the train was about to leave Indiranagar Station for the Swami Vivekananda Road station.
A video of the incident has been tweeted by one metro user Kashyap Jagadeesh. He tweeted the video with the text— “Technical issue in Bengaluru Metro train/ coach. Smoke from Battery and LTEB box..Commuters evacuated.”
BMRCL Executive Director (Operations) A Shankar confirmed the development. “There was no fire. We took a precautionary measure to take it into the depot. The casing of a battery used for UPS in the coach had got heated up which led to the smoke. We are suspecting short circuit inside the battery to be the cause but at present we are still analysing.”
(Source: The News Minute)
4. Heavy Rain Hits Life in Dharwad,Haveri and Gadag Districts
Life was affected due to heavy rain in the districts of Dharwad, Haveri and Gadag on Sunday.
Loss of property and infrastructure due to heavy rain has been reported from Gadag and Haveri districts, which were drenched by heavy downpour since Friday evening.
It started raining in Hubbali and Dharwad since evening on Sunday and life came to a standstill within a few minutes. As rain became heavy, storm water entered several residential and commercial buildings in Dharwad. Several areas, including Lakshmisingan Keri, Jannat Nagar, Narayanpur, Sadhankeri and Bavikatti Plot, were inundated, leaving residents troubled.
5. 27 Legislators Raise Red Flag, Put JD(S) on Notice Before Bypolls
As many as 27 JD(S) legislators, including 11 council members, have put the party on notice, unmasking their deep differences with the first family.
Sources said the strained ties between the legislators and the party’s top leadership — former PM HD Deve Gowda, former CM HD Kumaraswamy and former minister HD Revanna — seem to be beyond repair. After unhappy legislators met a week ago, Deve Gowda reportedly tried to broker peace but none expressed desire to show up at that meeting.
The development comes weeks before the December 5 Karnataka byelections. Sources said the disgruntled legislators are likely to hold a meeting in Mangaluru in the first week of November to discuss the next step. The party put up a brave front and said it will take steps to contain the rebellion.
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