QBengaluru: Sumalatha to Take on CM’s Son as Independent & More
Latest Bengaluru news updates.
1. Sumalatha Ambareesh Goes Up Against Kumaraswamy’s Son Nikhil Gowda
Putting an end to speculation around her candidature, Kannada actor and former Congress MP MH Ambareesh’s wife Sumalatha, on Monday, 18 March, announced she will contest as an independent from Mandya.
She announced her decision at a press conference in Bengaluru and said she would file her nomination on 20 March from Mandya. Sumalatha has become a roadblock for the Gowda family, which is preparing to launch its youngest member and Chief Minister Kumaraswamy’s son, Nikhil Gowda.
She was initially expected to get a ticket from the Congress party, however, the Mandya seat was given to the JD(S) during coalition seat-sharing negotiations. It was after the Congress denied support to the JD(S) that Sumalatha stood her ground, saying she would contest from Mandya.
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2. Karnataka Congress Formally Invites Rahul Gandhi to Contest From State
The Congress in Karnataka on Monday formally invited All India Congress Committee President Rahul Gandhi to contest from Karnataka.
In a letter addressed to Rahul Gandhi, KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao said, “Your candidature from Karnataka will not only boost the rank and file of our party in the entire state but also in South India. The ruling NDA is losing its shine and our alliance in the south is on a strong wicket.”
Sources in the Congress say that the state leaders have been scouring for candidates to contest from Udupi-Chikkamagaluru and Ballari. With no appropriate candidate to pick, the party handed it over to the JD(S).
(Source: The News Minute)
3. Chief Minister’s SUV Booked for Traffic Violation
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s private SUV was booked twice for violating traffic rules in February.
The offences include using mobile phone while driving, booked on 10 February, and another one for speeding, booked near Basaveshwara Circle in the city on 22 February. The latter offence has attracted a fine of Rs 300.
The offences were recorded by the automated enforcement cameras. Notices were generated and sent to the postal address of Kasturi Media Pvt Ltd, which was mentioned at the time of registration of the vehicle.
4. Three-Year-Old Kidnapped and Sold for Rs 1.5L, Rescued
A three-year-old boy, who was abducted by an autorickshaw driver and sold for Rs 1.5 lakh to a woman, was rescued by Girinagar police on Monday morning.
The driver had spent only Rs 20 to abduct Bhagesh, third son of mason Channappa Basappa and Devamma, a domestic help in D’souza Nagar near Girinagar.
The boy was kidnapped when he was playing with his elder brother Mounesh (5), at 11 am on 14 March. The abductor gave Rs 20 to Mounesh and asked him to bring juice from a nearby shop. Mounesh went to the shop and returned to find his brother being taken away by the miscreant in an auto.
(Source: The Times of India)
5. Tiger Cub Dies in Snare in Kodagu
A tiger cub was strangulated in a snare laid for wild boars in Harihara village in Ponnampet territorial division in Kodagu district on Monday.
The cub was a male and reckoned to be one-year-old. The authorities, who confirmed the incident, said the snare was laid on the periphery of a private land and action would be initiated against the property owner.
Kodagu has protected areas such as Nagarahole, which is abutted by territorial forests as well as vast swathe of private estates providing good vegetation cover for animals to freely move from national parks to private land. Though illegal, snares are routinely laid to prevent wild boars from entering farms and damaging crops, but other animals get killed in the process.
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