QBengaluru: PM Says Kumaraswamy is Congress’ Punching Bag & More
1. Kumaraswamy is Cong's Punching Bag: PM Modi at Hubballi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took on the ruling coalition in Karnataka on Sunday, 10 February, terming it a government in duress that has failed on all fronts. Speaking at a well-attended rally at the KLE Medical College Grounds in Hubballi, Modi wondered "who was in charge of the state.
“The chief minister has become a punching bag in the alliance and is being blamed for everything. So much so that he weeps openly in public,” Modi said, without naming HD Kumaraswamy.
2. HDK’s Audio Tape Allegations: Yeddyurappa Admits He Met MLA’s son
Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, who earlier rubbished the audio clips released by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy as mimicry, took a U-turn on Sunday, 10 February, and admitted that he did meet Sharanagouda, son of JD(S) MLA from Gurmitkal Naganagouda Kandkur.
Speaking to the press persons at Hubballi Airport, Yeddyurappa, however, accused Kumaraswamy of writing the script for the recording.
"Kumaraswamy is indulging in third grade politics. It is true that I met Shankargouda. Kumaraswamy sent the MLA's son to me to make me speak according to their requirements and then used whatever was useful to them. But they have covered up few truths", he alleged.
3. I’m Anthony Fernandez, not Ravi Pujari: Gangster Claims After Arrest in West Africa
The elusive gangster Ravi Pujari is once again trying to give the Karnataka Police the slip and this time, he is trying his hand through a legal route. Pujari was arrested on 19 January by the West African police in Senegal after intimation from their Indian counterparts. After his detention, Pujari was to be brought back to India. However, in a new turn of events, the gangster has approached the Senegal authorities, alleging that his name is Anthony Fernandez.
Ravi Pujari's lawyers have written to Senegalese authorities that Ravi Pujari is a citizen of Burkina Faso citizen and is named Anthony Fernandes, TOI reported. The External Affairs Ministry is coordinating Ravi Pujari's extradition and is now trying to prove his identity. The Ministry had earlier sent dossiers of Ravi Pujari's criminal history and gang-related activities to the Indian embassy in Senegal.
(Source: The News Minute)
4. Bengaluru Sees Highest Rainfall For February In At Least 10 Years
The city received 58 mm rainfall (till 8.30 pm) on Saturday, 9 February – the highest in 10 years for February. The highest ever rainfall recorded in the city for a day in February, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), was 67.3 mm in 1901.
However, the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) data shows pockets of the city received rainfall over 100 mm. The IMD recorded 58 mm of rainfall in the city and 45.2 mm of rainfall at HAL station.
The sudden rain caught Bengalureans off guard, as they were forced to deal with inundation and water-logging were reported from many arterial roads, which also lead to traffic pile ups during evening peak hours.
5. Chikkamagaluru Stares at Water Crisis
Villages situated in plane regions in Chikkamagaluru district are staring at a water crisis. The residents and cattle are struggling for water. Already, the authorities are supplying water to 10 villages in Kadur taluk and five villages in Chikkamagaluru through tankers.
Authorities have taken private borewells for rent at Kanchagallu, Girithimmapura and Madalu villages in Kadur taluk to supply water to the residents.
Water is supplied once in four days or 10 days at Lakya, Belavadi, Hiregowja, Ishwarahalli, Lakkammanahalli and Kyathanabeedu in Chikkamagaluru. The water level in borewells has declined drastically.