QBengaluru: Another Leaked Video of Siddaramaiah Surfaces & More 

Latest news updates from Karnataka 

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Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy with former CM Siddaramaiah.

1. Siddaramaiah Expresses Doubts About Longevity of Coalition Government

Dharmasthala’s Shantivana appears to be creating a hostile environment for the coalition government, with one more video of former chief minister Siddaramaiah expressing displeasure over the coalition government surfacing on Tuesday on a news channel.

In the footage, Siddaramaiah is heard talking to an anonymous person and expressing apprehension over the coalition government. He says it will not complete its five-year term and tells the other person to wait till the next Lok Sabha election.

"Let us see what happens after the Parliament election,” says Siddaramaiah in a video purportedly shot at Shanthivana: SDM College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences in Dharmasthala where he is undergoing nature therapy.

2. Heavy Rains Disrupt Normal Life in Coastal Karnataka

A view of flooded roads of Mangaluru after heavy rains as monsoon entered early to the Karnataka on 29 May 2018. 
A view of flooded roads of Mangaluru after heavy rains as monsoon entered early to the Karnataka on 29 May 2018. 
(Photo: IANS)

Heavy rains measuring upto 13 cm disrupted normal life again in coastal Karnataka districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada, after the incessant rains which lashed the region till last week took a break, the weather office said on Tuesday.

"Heavy rainfall was witnessed in most places of coastal Karnataka and few parts of interior Karnataka. The southwest monsoon, however, has been weak over north interior Karnataka," the Bengaluru division of India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on its website.

According to the data from the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), Udupi district received an average of 13.7 cm rainfall over the past 24 hours, while Dakshina Kannada received an average of 10.7 cm.

(Source: The News Minute)

3. Judge to Gauri Murder Accused: Why Aren’t You Ready for Narco Test?

Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on 5 September. 
Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on 5 September. 
(Photo: PTI)

A sessions judge hearing the bail petition filed by KT Naveen Kumar, the first accused in Gauri Lankesh murder case, on Tuesday asked the petitioner as to why he wasn’t volunteering to undergo narco analysis.

Judge Ramalinge Gowda was of the view that if Naveen agreed to undergo the test, they can go proceed. Vedamurthy, counsel for Naveen, said he’ll speak to Naveen on the issue and get back to the court.

The judge wondered as to why Naveen had first agreed to voluntarily undergo the test and backed off when he was taken to an Ahmedabad forensic lab. As public prosecutor Narendra sought time to file his response, the court adjourned the hearing to 28 June.

4. Siddaramaiah Trains Guns on Budget, But Target is Loan Waiver

According to sources, Siddaramaiah, who is aware of the popularity HD Kumaraswamy will gain from the loan waiver, is stalling it through the budget.

Whether he was aware of the mobile phone camera capturing his chat remains unclear, the video has now spiralled into a political controversy creating tension in Karnataka’s coalition government.

Rejecting the rumours, however, Congress leaders claim Siddaramaiah is batting for his political gains. But there are some others who believe that his actions are in the best interest of the Congress – even if it isn’t the best for the coalition.

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5. Why a Quick-fix Won’t Solve Issue of Loose Cobblestones on Church Street

Church street. 
Church street. 
(Photo Courtesy: Naresh Narasimhan)

A recent news report raised alarm bells about the state of Bengaluru's Church Street which was inaugurated with much fanfare earlier this year in March. The report highlighted how granite cobblestones that make up the road were coming off and how the packing between the cobblestones had come apart.

On Tuesday, the condition of the road was not as dismal as the report suggested. A few loose cobblestones on the road appeared to have been relaid recently, possibly after the issue was highlighted.

V Naresh Narasimhan, the architect credited with designing the street, acknowledged that there was an issue but says it was fixed in 24 hours.

(Source: The News Minute)

6. Man Held For Killing Wife Because Of Her “Mobile Phone Addiction”

Representational image of a crime scene.
Representational image of a crime scene.
(Photo: iStock)

Furious with his wife for being busy on her mobile phone and not paying attention to him, a 28-year-old man allegedly killed her in west Bengaluru last week.
Kamakshipalya police on Monday arrested the man, Kailash Chandra, a resident of Kaveripura who belongs to Odisha. The couple has a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter.

Kailash, working with a mosquito net manufacturing factory, had married Malathi Sahu, 25, four years ago after courting her for some time. He wasn’t happy with his what he wife’s alleged mobile phone addiction and suspected her of having an extra-marital affair.

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