QBengaluru: More Heavy Rain Likely; Cabinet Expansion Soon
Latest news updates from Karnataka.
1. Rain Likely for Two More Days
For the third consecutive night, heavy rains lashed the city on Wednesday, 26 September, causing traffic snarls and water logging on several arterial roads.
The Meteorological Centre, Bengaluru has forecast incessant rains in Bengaluru for the next two days.
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has asked BBMP officials to be on high alert and take necessary precautions to avert any mishap. Rain and winds could get stronger in the next two days and, hence, people residing in low-lying areas should be cautious, he said.
2. Karnataka is Home to Nearly 2,500 Leopards
The study was conducted extensively across Karnataka covering Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, M M Hills, Biligiri Rangathaswamy Temple (BRT) Tiger Reserve, Timalapura Wildlife Sanctuary, Jayamangali Conservation Reserve, and leopard habitats across Tumakuru, Ramanagara, Mysuru, Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Bhadravathi, Ballari and Chitradurga forest divisions.
The study included habitats outside reserved forests, rocky outcrops, private lands, etc, and is reckoned to be the first such exercise in the country on leopard population estimation carried out over such large areas.
3. Cabinet Aspirants Keep Congress on Tenterhooks
Countdown for the expansion of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s Cabinet has begun in the Congress camp, where ministerial aspirants are mounting pressure on the party to get a berth.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president, Dinesh Gundu Rao, said on Wednesday, 26 September, that the Cabinet is likely to be expanded on 10 October.
The party has six Cabinet berths that it can fill up from its quota of 22. The likely inductees may be finalised after the Congress Working Committee meeting scheduled for 2 October, Rao added.
While the party is heaving a sigh of relief over the BJP pulling out of the Legislative Council bypolls, the Congress was afraid of cross-voting in the wake of disgruntlement in its ranks, as legislators from Ballari are mounting pressure to get inducted.
Source: Deccan Herald
4. Tobacco Products’ Sale May Need Licence in Karnataka
Shops selling tobacco products may have to take a licence from the urban local bodies in Karnataka in the days to come, if the State government’s plan in this regard is any indication.
Chairing a review meeting of Karnataka Development Programme in Mangaluru on Wednesday, 26 September, State Urban Development Minister U T Khader said, tobacco-based products such as cigarette are now conveniently available in petty shops and retail stores, including those near the educational institutions, in urban areas.
Stating that it is not possible for police to check each of these shops and book cases under the provisions of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), he said his department is contemplating to make it compulsory for shops to obtain special permit from the urban local bodies in their area, to sell tobacco-based products.
Source: Business Line
5. K'tka Govt Wants to Go Ahead With Elevated Corridor in B'luru
Not wanting to learn lessons from the proverb, 'once bitten, twice shy,' the Karnataka government still wants to go ahead with the controversial elevated corridor in the city. After having lost the battle to construct a steel flyover, the Karnataka government has now decided to build six steel flyovers across the length and breadth of Bengaluru.
The project will cost upwards of Rs 19,000 crore under the hybrid annuity, and the government claims it will provide good transport in the city. This project will be taken up through Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL). Rs 1,000 crore has already been earmarked for this year.
The Detailed Feasibility Report (DFR) states that, "Government of Karnataka has planned for six elevated corridors to ensure safe, fast and congestion free connectivity to different parts of the city. The project constitutes a total of six corridors for a length of 92.2 km."
Source: India Today
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