QBengaluru: Congress Single Largest Party in Civic Polls & More

Latest news updates from Karnataka.

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The crowd at  Rahul Gandhi’s rally in north Karnataka.

1. Karnataka Local Body Polls: Win-Win for Congress and Coalition

The results of the Urban Local Body (ULB) elections are out and the Karnataka Congress finally has reason to cheer. When the result of the polls for 105 ULBs were announced on Monday evening, the Congress emerged as the single largest party, commanding power in 37 of them.

While the Congress won 37 ULBs, the BJP won 31 and the JD(S) secured 12, the Congress-JD(S) coalition won 12 ULBs, and 13 local bodies saw a hung mandate, according to the State Election Commission.

The 12 ULBs won by the Congress-JD(S) coalition is the result of a pact between the two parties to join hands for any seat where either of the two parties failed to get majority and the BJP is in the lead.

Source: The Quint

2. Acid Attack on Congress Workers

Around 10 Congress party workers were injured in an acid attack while they were carrying out a procession to celebrate the victory of their party candidate in the urban local body polls in Tumakuru on Monday.

Congress candidate Inayathulla Khan was carrying out the procession along with his supporters on Barline road when some miscreants threw acid on them. The supporters felt a burning sensation on their skin and they were immediately shifted to Kothi Thopu primary health centre.

Police are conducting investigation on the acid attack.

Source: The Hindu

3. Not Just Dunzo, all Alcohol Delivery Services may Stop in Bengaluru

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Picture for representation purpose only.  
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Ordering a home delivery for alcohol via the internet could soon get tougher in the state of Karnataka if the State Excise Department has its way.

The Excise Department has come down heavily on internet-based alcohol delivery systems and those affected include popular local concierge application 'Dunzo' and HipBar, which allow the home delivery of beverages.

"We have not created a license for online modes of alcohol delivery and they are not legal. We are planning to file cases against any businesses selling alcohol via the internet," Rajendra Prasad, Additional Commissioner of Excise (Indian Made Liquor), told TNM

'Dunzo,’ which delivers alcohol from government-licensed vendors, has also been affected by this as it has stopped delivering alcoholic beverages for the last two weeks. An official in the company told TNM that the decision was taken in order to avoid issues with the Excise Department.

4. Police Open Fire at Rowdy

A representational image of a crime scene.
A representational image of a crime scene.
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The Banaswadi Police opened fire on a 22-year-old rowdy who allegedly attacked them in a bid to escape. The accused, Syed Suhail, is named in over 15 criminal cases. He was stopped by Sub-Inspector Sharath Kumar and Constable Rafiqh on Monday morning. According to the police, he was on a scooter.

Suhail attacked them with a lethal weapon and tried to escape. Sharath, who was injured in the attack, fired a warning shot in the air, and later two shots at his legs.

He alerted the control room following which additional police personnel rushed to the spot. They shifted Suhail to Bowring Hospital.

Source: The Hindu

5, Is BBMP’s Laxity Leading to an Increase in Stray dog Attacks in Bengaluru?

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Picture for representational purposes.
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Several animal rights activists point out that the BBMP’s slipshod handling of the Animal Birth Control programme has resulted in the continuing dog-human conflict.

“The issue is not a new one. In 2007, a similar incident had happened and the BBMP was found guilty of laxity in handling the issue. Now, over 11 years later, the problem of faulty animal birth control programme still exists,” says Priya Chetty Rajgopal, who is part of the movement Citizens for Animal Birth Control.

“Neutering makes males less aggressive, prevents testicular cancer, and reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Altered animals are less likely to contract deadly, contagious diseases, such as feline AIDS and feline leukaemia, that are spread through bodily fluids,” a notice by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) states.

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