QBengaluru: EC Says Disqualified MLAs Can Contest Polls & More
Latest Bengaluru news updates.
1. No bar on Disqualified MLAs From Contesting Bypolls: EC
Giving renewed hope to 17 disqualified Karnataka MLAs, the Election Commission on Monday told the Supreme Court it has no objection to them contesting the October 21 bypolls.
This was when a three member bench headed by Justice NV Ramana took up a batch petitions filed by 17 disqualified legislators — 14 from Congress and three from Janata Dal (S) — challenging their disqualification and agreed to hear their plea on contesting the bypolls.
As the bench heard the arguments, EC counsel Rakesh Dwivedi intervened and told the court the poll body sees no reason to stay the polls and said disqualification doesn’t bar a person from contesting elections. Citing the precedents set by Tamil Nadu and other states, he added the EC has no objection to the candidature of disqualified legislators in the bypolls.
2. NLSIU Students end Boycott After Alumnus Meets CJI
Students of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) ended the boycott of classes and exams on Monday after an alumnus met the Chief Justice of India (CJI), who is the Chancellor of the university.
CJI Ranjan Gogoi reportedly assured them that only a formal decision by the Chancellor regarding the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor was pending and it would be done shortly. Earlier in the day, the tussle between the students and the administration of the NLSIU intensified with students deciding to boycott their end semester examination scheduled to begin on Monday.
Speaking at a press conference, Hamza Tariq, president, Student Bar Association, said students would attend classes and appear for the examinations scheduled on Tuesday. Many alumni of the university, Supreme Court advocates and politicians also expressed solidarity with the students.
3. South Interior Karnataka Experiences Widespread Rain
South interior Karnataka, which had experienced a below-par monsoon so far, is experiencing widespread rain since Sunday night. Water bodies in the parched Tumakuru and Chikkaballapur have received good inflows owing to incessant rain in the last two days.
Tumakuru city and parts of the district witnessed heavy showers intermittently. Overnight showers hit normal life in Tumakuru city. Residents of low-lying areas, including Nandeesh layout, Siddarameshwara Layout and Kotitopu Circle and surrounding areas, spent a sleepless night clearing rainwater from their houses. Flooded Shettihalli Underpass was off-limits for traffic on Monday.
Barguru recorded 8 cm of rain in 24 hours (ending 8.30 am on Monday). Tiptur experienced 7 cm of rainfall, Sira 4 cm and Madhugiri, Gubbi and Huliyurudurga 2 cm each.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
4. Boy With Karnataka Roots Gets the Prized Selfie
Satwik Hegde, a boy from Siddapur, Uttara Kannada district, has shot into the limelight by clicking a selfie with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump on Sunday during the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event at Houston.
Satwik’s parents Prabhakar Hegde and Medha Hegde hailed from Siddapur and moved to the US 17 years ago. The 13-year-old was standing in a line of boys and girls in traditional Indian dress. As the PM and President walked past, he stepped out and requested a selfie. While PM Modi patted Satwik, Trump shook hands with him. Predictably, the selfie has gone viral on social media.
Modi shared the selfie video on his official Twitter handle which has received more than 54,000 likes so far. Modi tweeted: “Memorable moments from #HowdyModi when PM @narendramodi and @POTUS interacted with a group of youngsters.”
5. Man Robs Policeman for Booking him
Slapping a fine on a rider for wrong parking proved costly for a traffic constable who was allegedly robbed of his raincoat, electronic tab provided by the department and a mask inside the police quarters in Ashok Nagar on Wednesday.
The police suspect that the fined rider followed the constable home after duty to steal from him.
Mustafa Mulla, 32, with High Grounds traffic police, was on Cobra duty on September 18. Around 8.30 p.m., he was instructed to attend to a tree fall near Gandhi Bhavan bus stop.
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