QBengaluru: HDK Summoned in Land Denotification Case & More  

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File photo of former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy.

1. Denotification Case: Karnataka Special Court Issues Summons to HD Kumaraswamy

The Special Court for Elected Representatives in Bengaluru on Thursday issued summons to former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to appear for questioning in the alleged illegal denotification case. In 2007, when Kumaraswamy was serving as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, a complaint was filed with the Lokayukta that he illegally denotified land in Banashankari’s Halage Vaderahalli. The court has summoned Kumaraswamy for questioning on October 4.

On July 20 this year, special judge Ramachandra D Huddar had rejected the Lokayukta’s B Report (closure report) in the case, where it had cited lack of evidence. The court had also directed the complainant in the case to record his statement in court.

2. Ravish Kumar to Receive First Gauri Lankesh Award for Journalism

Magsaysay awardee Ravish Kumar is the recipient of the first Gauri Lankesh Memorial Award for Journalism.
Magsaysay awardee Ravish Kumar is the recipient of the first Gauri Lankesh Memorial Award for Journalism.
(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Senior journalist and Magsaysay awardee Ravish Kumar will receive the first Gauri Lankesh Memorial Award on 22 September. The award was announced on Thursday, 5 September, on the occasion of the latter journalist’s second death anniversary.

Gauri Lankesh, a prominent activist and an outspoken journalist, was shot by an assailant in front of her house in Bengaluru’s Rajarajeshwari Nagar on 5 September 2017.

The award was announced by Gauri Lankesh Memorial Trust, formed after her death. The organisers of the event said Kumar has been chosen for the award for ‘sharp news analysis and uncompromising secular stance’.

(Source: The Quint)

3. Three Aides of Shivakumar Will Now Have to Appear Before ED

DK Shivakumar 
DK Shivakumar 
Photo: PTI 

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday assured a Division Bench of the High Court of Karnataka that it will not arrest till 17 September the three associates of the former Minister D.K. Shivakumar if they appeared before the investigation officer for questioning as per the summons issued to them.

An assurance was given to the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Mohammad Nawaz during the hearing of the appeals — filed by Sunil Kumar Sharma, Sachin Narayan, and Anjaneya Hanumanthaiah — challenging 29 August, 2019 single judge order that had rejected their plea against summons issued to them by the ED in January.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Chandrayaan-2’s Final Descent to Begin Saturday Night

Chandrayaan-2 will take off from Satish Dhawan Space centre in Sriharikota at 2:43 pm on 22 July.
Chandrayaan-2 will take off from Satish Dhawan Space centre in Sriharikota at 2:43 pm on 22 July.
(Photo: ISRO)

Early on Saturday, when Chandrayaan-2’s lander Vikram would be the closest to the Moon, about 35 km above the lunar surface, it will begin its most challenging manoeuvre till date—the 15-minute power descent.

As it comes down, it will hover over the rugged lunar surface, continuously scanning for the targeted site near the south pole of the Moon as loaded on board by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) until it’s sure that it has found the designated site for landing.

To overcome the communication delay, scientists have ensured that there is no ground control from earth during the 15-minute exercise, which begins at 1.40 am on Saturday.

(Source: Mint)

5. Traffic Fines: Rs 30 Lakh in Five Hours

Picture for representation. 
Picture for representation. 
ImagesMart.co/Anwar Qureshi

The Bengaluru Traffic Police have announced that they will be strictly implementing the hefty penalties under the amended Motor Vehicles Act. In a span of five hours, the police, on Thursday, collected Rs 30.11 lakh as fines for traffic violations.

On 4 September, the first day the new fines were levied, the total collection reached Rs 21.8 lakh within a few hours.

Traffic police had booked 2,978 cases till Thursday 1 p.m. The bulk, 2,639, were for riding without a helmet. That alone accounted for Rs 26.3 lakh.

(Source: The Hindu)

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