QBengaluru: Deadline Extended, New Year Celebrations Till 2 am
Latest news updates from Karnataka
1. New Year Celebrations Till 2 am in Bengaluru, Authorities Extend Deadline
Have plans to ring in 2019 at a pub or bar in Bengaluru? Well, the New Year’s Eve party will be on till 2am with Bengaluru’s watering holes being granted an hour’s extension to serve their customers. For the last two years, the extension of an hour was given by authorities for the New Year revelry. Bengaluru City Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar said the decision was made after various forums represented by multiple restaurant and hotel associations approached them for an extended deadline.
The Excise Department will issue a no objection notice to this effect to the respective establishments which apply for this extension. The police have warned, however, that establishments will be fined if they violate the deadline. Bars have also been asked to make necessary arrangements to maintain public order.
However, alcohol retail stores will be close at 10.30pm on New Year’s Eve, with no extension granted.
Source: (The News Minute)
2. Repair Works Hit Bengaluru Metro Rail, Services to Remain Affected on December 31
Due to the ongoing maintenance work at Trinity Metro Station in Bengaluru, the rail services between MG Road and Indiranagar stations will be restored on January 1, 2019 instead of December 31, 2018, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) said in a statement today. The services were suspended on December 28, 2018.
BMRCL will continue to run free bus services between Cubbon Park and Byappanahalli stations on December 31, 2018. The bus service will operate from between 11 pm on December 31 and 2pm on January 1, 2019.
Train services between Mysore Road and MG Road stations and between Indiranagar and Byappanahalli stations will continue to be operational. Services will be normal on the rest of the network.
3. IPS Officer Madhukar Shetty Cremated With State Honours
A pall of gloom descended on Kundapura taluk of Udupi district when news of IPS officer K. Madhukar Shetty’s death reached his native place on Friday night. When his body was brought home to Yadadi Mathyadi on Saturday night, all those present broke down while paying their last respects to the mortal remains of the officer.
Hundreds of fans and well-wishers thronged Shetty’s farmhouse on Sunday morning. A host of IPS officers, both from Karnataka and Hyderabad were also there to pay their last respects. After his colleagues, friends and relatives paid tributes, the body was taken for the last rites to the place where his parents’ last rites were conducted. Director of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, D.R. Doley Burman, handed over the officer’s uniform to his wife. Shetty’s daughter and brother Murali Shetty lit the pyre as the police fired 30 rounds in his honour.
(Source: The Hindu)
4. Manish Pandey Takes Over Baton as Karnataka Ranji Captain
R Vinay Kumar, who has an impeccable record as captain, handed over his leadership duties to Manish Pandey. The aggressive batsman, who led the State side in the Vijay Hazare Trophy this season, was named skipper for all formats.
Injuries have plagued Vinay in recent times. Since the unprecedented double-treble between 2013-15 when Vinay was at the helm, Karnataka haven't won a single title under the right-arm medium pacer. Choosing Pandey for captaincy is a fresh start for Karnataka cricket.
"We want to try a new younger leader and Manish is the best candidate. He’s young, fit and available for the rest of the season. We have to keep the future in mind,” said Sudhakar Rao, secretary, Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA).
5. Sudanese Woman Among Three Held for Smuggling Gold
Customs officials at the Kempegowda International Airport on Saturday arrested three persons, including a woman from Sudan, for allegedly smuggling gold bars by concealing them in their private parts.
A senior officer from the customs department said that following a tip-off, soon after the accused landed in KIA, they were taken into custody and 4.4 kg gold worth Rs 1.45 crore was seized. As the legal procedures are yet to be completed, the identities of the accused could not be revealed, the officer said. The Sudanese national, who arrived from Dubai, was frisked and 1.3 kg of gold biscuits hidden in her private parts were seized. She was later handed over to police.
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