QBengaluru: Mayor Promises Home Loans for Transgender Community
Here’s your roundup of news from Bengaluru.
1. Mayor Promises Bus Passes, Home Loans for Transgender Community
Mayor R Sampath Raj on Tuesday held a meeting with transgender community in the city. During the meeting, Raj promised them that the BBMP would fulfill all of their demands.
He also assured them that he would write a letter to housing minister and chief minister Siddaramaiah requesting them to consider the application of community to include them in various housing schemes. He also said that a letter will be written to consider application of transgenders for BDA sites.
Sampath Raj said, “The BBMP has allotted Rs 2 crore for the transgender community in the city but it has not been spent yet. Thus the applications for the loans from the transgender community will be invited and the BBMP will soon approve the loan application from the community.”
2. Patients Dropping Like Flies as Government, Doctors Spar
At least five patients died even as the stand-off between private medical doctors and the state government over the Karnataka Private Medical Establishment (amendments) Bill 2017 continued on Tuesday. Protesting doctors, meanwhile, have started a hunger strike.
According to sources, two babies, a three-year-old from Tiptur, and another child from Chikodi taluk in Belagavi, reportedly died due to lack of treatment. In another incident, a public development officer (PDO) from Koppal reportedly succumbed to heart attack after failing to get proper medical attention in time.
Another two deaths have also been reported from elsewhere due to lack of immediate medical care. Meanwhile, most private hospitals in the city stopped attending to outpatients as around 50,000 doctors joined the protest against the KPME Bill. Multiple talks between Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and representatives of the protesting doctors have failed to yield results.
3, Bengaluru's Rugby Team Qualifies Into Division 1 Rugby Championships Again
Bengaluru's sports buffs have reason to cheer. The city's rugby team just won the Division 2 championships and qualified back into Division 1 league. The team is back from Jaipur, where they clinched the trophy. "The city's rugby team has been in Division 1 before, but in the past few years there was a slump owing to many reasons, such as a lack of proper infrastructure. We are delighted that we have now overcome all of that and have a good young team that has brought us back to the fore," says Tarun Appanna from the team.
The team is ensuring that they stay on top of the game for the championships next year, which will be held in Mumbai. "That will be held in September, so we have almost an entire year to practice. The teams there will be tough; some of them are professional rugby players. These teams include those from the armed services and police. Since the Division 1 is a South Asia championship, there are also international teams that partake in the same. We hope to be ready and equipped to take on all of that," says Tarun.
4. Ganapathi Suicide: CBI Team Recovers One Bullet From Lodge
Following a Supreme Court directive, a team from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), probing the suicide of DySP MK Ganapathi, visited the local Vinayaka Lodge on Tuesday where he had allegedly committed suicide. The experts recovered one of the three bullets reportedly fired by the DySP before he ended his life.
The team, led by investigation officer Thalaimani, visited the lodge at 10 am and took the statements of the staff at the lodge. The forensic experts from Delhi opened room number 315 of the lodge and verified the fan and bed.
During their investigation, forensic experts recovered one bullet from the bed in the room occupied by the DySP. It was reported that before committing suicide, he had allegedly fired thrice on the bed using his revolver.
5. Bengaluru's Robin Hood Arrested After Duping Rs 1.30 Cr From ATMs
A real-life Robin Hood was arrested in Bengaluru last month for stealing money worth Rs 1.30 crore from ATMs, which he used to distribute among the poor in his village in Karnataka's Kollegala.
In 2013, Shivakumar joined Safe Guard, a company which loaded cash in ATM machines in Bengaluru. He along with Gangadhar were entrusted with the responsibility of feeding cash into 31 ATMs of HDFC & ICICI banks and given passwords to access the machines. During his employment, Shivkumar came in touch with Sunil, an ex-Safe Guard employee who had been expelled for stealing money from the ATMs.
Sunil shared the tricks of his trade with Shivkumar and inspired him to be a part of the fraud.
6. Taxman Seizes 9 Top-End Cars From 'Conman' Sukesh
The income tax department has confiscated nine expensive cars and a super bike from high-profile 'conman' Sukesh Chandrashekhar. Now in a Delhi jail, Sukesh is making the rounds of courts across the country under police escort.
Tax sleuths from Bengaluru raided a property in Kochi on 10 November and seized seven cars: a Porsche, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Range Rover, BMW, Fortuner, Prado. They also seized a Ducati bike.
Sukesh shot into the limelight earlier this year when the political drama in Tamil Nadu was at its peak, and he was arrested on the charge of trying to bribe Election Commission officials for an election symbol. Sukesh is said to be close to TTV Dhinakaran, nephew of Tamil Nadu politician VK Sasikala. Both Dhinakaran and Sasikala, convicted in a disproportionate wealth case, are in jail in Bengaluru.
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