QBengaluru: Suburban Rail Project Approved; SC May Hear Cong Plea
Latest news and updates from Karnataka.
1. Bengaluru’s Suburban Rail Dream now Closer to Reality
In a major relief for Bengalureans struggling with chaotic traffic and rising pollution, the extended railway board on Monday approved the much-delayed Bengaluru suburban rail project.
The nod for the 148-km project, with four corridors proposed by RITES, came from an extended railway board that included members from the Union finance ministry, Niti Aayog and ministry of statistics and programme implementation. The proposal will be placed before the Union cabinet for approval.
Following the meeting, Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi tweeted: “In order to fast track the #BengaluruSuburbanRail, the extended railway board met today & has given its clearance. In this regard, I assure the people of Bengaluru that Shri @PiyushGoyal Ji & I shall make all efforts to ensure the project is brought to fruition at the earliest.”
2. Top Court May Hear Cong Plea on BSY Video Today
The Supreme Court is likely to hear on Tuesday a Congress petition that says the party has videographic evidence to substantiate its claim that BJP leaders engineered poaching of 17 Congress and JD (S) legislators leading to the collapse of the coalition government in July.
The Congress submitted an application on Monday seeking to bring fresh arguments into the case filed by 17 MLAs challenging their disqualification from the legislative assembly. Sources said the top court is likely to deliver its verdict on the petitions of disqualified MLAs on Tuesday, besides forming a special bench to hear Congress’ plea on video.
3. Oyo CEO, 6 Executives Accused of Cheating Domlur Hotel
The Halasuru police have issued notices to the CEO of Oyo and six others in connection with a cheating complaint filed by a hotel owner.
Betz Fernandes, the owner of Roxel Inn in Domlur, stated in his complaint that as per an agreement, hospitality services provider Oyo had to pay his hotel Rs 7 lakh per month as minimum guarantee. However, since May 2019, Oyo has not fulfilled its promise and ignored his reminders for paying outstanding dues of Rs 35 lakh. After repeated attempts to reach the company failed, he approached the police.
Notices were issued to Oyo CEO Ritesh Agarwal; Rohit Srivastava, Head of South; Madhvendra Kumar, Head Business Development; Gourab De, Head Business Development and in charge of property; and Prateek Agarwal, Manjeet Singh and Mrinmoy Chakraborty, from finance, to appear before the investigating officer on 7 November for questioning.
4. Apartments Plan Ban on Migrant Workers
The recent crackdown on illegal immigrants of Bangladeshi origin by the Bengaluru police seems to have triggered panic among residents in the city which has a considerable population of migrant labourers.
Afraid of police action and subsequent “interrogation”, several apartment complexes in the eastern and northeastern parts of Bengaluru have decided not to employ Bengali-speaking people, especially minorities, as domestic maids and other workers.
DH accessed internal communication and emails shared among several apartment dwellers in Kadubeesanahalli, Koramangala, HSR Layout, Somasundara Palya, Panathur, Sarjapur Road, Kundalahalli and Tubarahalli limits, about plans to enforce an informal ban from Monday.
5. Woman Dies in Pothole Accident
A 23-year-old engineering graduate who was set to take up her first job died after her father, riding a two-wheeler, tried to negotiate a pothole on Chikkamagaluru-Kadur road on Sunday.
Sindhuja K, who recently completed computer science engineering from a college in Tiptur, Tumakuru district, was to join a Bengaluru-based company this month. She was in the process of getting her passport, as part of the joining process, when the accident claimed her life.
The girl’s death led to huge protests by citizens, who were more furious with police for booking her father for rash and negligent driving resulting in the accident. They launched an online campaign — ‘Fill potholes, save lives’ — urging the government to take concrete steps. District minister CT Ravi was at the receiving end.
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