QBengaluru: Dasara Begins in Mysuru; Singer Named in #MeToo
Latest news updates from Karnataka.
1. 10-Day Dasara Celebrations Begin in Mysuru
Celebrations for the famed Dasara festival in Mysuru kick-started on Wednesday, setting the stage for a 10-day festivities, witnessed by thousands of visitors who throng the city. This year, Sudha Murthy, writer and philanthropist who heads the Infosys Foundation, inaugurated the celebrations.
The festivities would begin with the Wodeyar royal couple performing a special puja to Goddess Chamundeshwari in the Chamundi Temple located on the top of Chamundi Hill at Mysuru. This year, the festival celebrations at the temple were carried out by Sudha Murthy, accompanied by Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, his ministers and other officials.
2. Draft Rule Notified to Deactivate Child Locks in Cabs
The State government on Wednesday submitted a draft notification issued on 9 October to amend the Karnataka Motor Vehicles Rules for deactivating the child lock system in all types of taxis/cabs, including those operating under technology-based taxi aggregators, in the state.
Submitting a copy of the draft notification before a division bench comprising Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice SG Pandit, the government counsel said that 30 days have been provided for the public and others to send their suggestions and objections to the proposed amendment.
The amendment states that grant or renewal of permits and fitness certificates will be subject to deactivation of the child lock system in all types of taxies/cabs.
3. Singer Raghu Dixit Named as #MeToo Outs More
Bengaluru-based singer Raghu Dixit, singer-composer Kailash Kher and woman comic star Aditi Mittal were among the names that surfaced as the movement escalated. There were also fresh charges against Union Minister MJ Akbar and actor Alok Nath.
Raghu Dixit, the frontman for the Raghu Dixit Project, a multilingual folk music band, was accused of sexual harassment by two anonymous women, whose accounts were shared by singer Chinmayi Sripaada on Twitter.
One woman, who called the musician “among the top predators”, said Dixit once molested her at a recording. “Many years ago, I was called to his studio for a recording and he started talking ill about his wife... When we got done with an ad hoc recording, he pulled me closer and asked me to give him a kiss when he was signing my cheque... Later at the door, he tried to carry me and I ran down crying... he’s a creep,” she said.
Source: Deccan Herald
4. Congress to Wait Till Rahul’s Visit to Finalise Candidates
With candidates not too keen on contesting the by-elections to the Lok Sabha on 3 November — particularly in Ballari and Shivamogga — the Congress is likely to finalise its candidates for the constituencies after party president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Bengaluru on Saturday.
Senior leaders of the party are expected to hold talks with Gandhi on Saturday and announce the candidates for the two constituencies. With just six months left for the present Lok Sabha, there are not many ticket aspirants in the Congress.
5. BJP MP Pratap Simha Asks CM Kumaraswamy to Stop Tipu Jayanti Celebrations
For the past three years, Karnataka has witnessed a political issue consistently. Every year during the month of October, the BJP and Congress leaders begin a game of political one-upmanship surrounding the state-sponsored celebration of Tipu Jayanti.
This year too, the political blame game has begun. During the inauguration of the Dasara celebrations in Mysuru on Wednesday, BJP MP for Mysuru and Kodagu, Pratap Simha called for Chief Minister Kumaraswamy to stop Tipu Jayanti celebrations.
Speaking to the media during the celebrations at Chamundi Hill on Monday, Pratap Simha said, “Kumaranna (referring to CM Kumaraswamy) must understand why Mahishasura Dasara and Tipu Jayanti must be stopped. These kinds of celebrations seriously hurt our religious sentiments. Besides, by celebrating someone who harassed the Mysuru rulers, it is an insult to the members of the royal family,” Pratap Simha said.
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