QBengaluru: Urban Local Body Polls Today; State Seeks Flood Relief
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1. Karnataka Urban Local Body Poll Battle Today
Polling for 105 urban local bodies (ULBs) across 21 districts will be held on Friday, 31 August. Polling between 7 am and 5 pm will seal the fate of the three major parties – BJP, Congress and JD(S) – in the first electoral big fight post assembly elections. In all, 8,340 candidates are in the fray in 2,529 wards of town municipal councils and town panchayats while 814 candidates are contesting in 135 wards of three city municipal corporations of Mysuru, Tumakuru and Shivamogga.
Despite talks of forging an alliance for the Lok Sabha elections, Congress and JD(S) are fighting it out as rivals in the ULB polls.
The results of the polls to all 105 ULBs are scheduled to be announced on 3 September. Polls to other ULBs across the state are likely to be held in November.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
2. State Estimates Rs 3,435 Cr Damage From Floods, Seeks Rs 2,000 Cr From Centre
The Karnataka government on Thursday appealed to the Centre for funds to start relief and rehabilitation work in Kodagu district, which was affected by floods and landslides earlier this month.
In a memorandum to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy estimated losses worth Rs 3,435.80 crore and reiterated his earlier demand for Rs 2,000 crore from the central government.
"We have suffered losses of around 65 human lives and 165 animals. More than 5,500 houses have been destroyed and nearly 1,400 km of roads have been damaged as per initial estimates. Since it is still raining in these areas, especially in Kodagu district, a detailed survey of the affected villages will be undertaken as soon as the conditions are favourable," reads the letter.
(Source: The News Minute)
3. Kumaraswamy Urges Rahul to Take Early Decision on Cabinet Expansion
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday met Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi and urged him to take an early decision on the state Cabinet expansion.
The Chief Minister said the JD(S)-Congress coalition government was secure under the leadership of senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
In a brief meeting with Gandhi at his residence, Kumaraswamy also apprised the former about the 100-day performance of the coalition government.
“In the meeting, I requested the Congress president to take an early decision on the expansion of the Cabinet and appointment of corporation boards chairmen,” Kumaraswamy told reporters after the meeting.
4. 'Rafale Deal Will Cost 10,000 HAL Employees Their Job'
Senior Congress leader S Jaipal Reddy on Thursday said the contentious Rafale deal had “inflicted a grievous wound” on the Bengaluru-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Addressing reporters, he said HAL had been “consigned to hell”, while industrialist Anil Ambani had been “granted a privilege entry into heaven” following the Rafale deal inked by the NDA government.
Reddy, who held discussions with office-bearers of the HAL employees’ union earlier in the day, said that around 10,000 employees had been rendered jobless because of the deal, which he reiterated, was “struck directly” between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ambani.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
5. Raid on Rose Garden Yields 174 kg of Marijuana
The vigilance squad of the Excise Department raided a rose garden in Kammasandra village near Banaswadi and seized 170 kg of marijuana plants that were being grown there. According to the police, the banned weed was being grown amidst roses and guava trees.
The team was led by inspector Asha V and was acting on a tip-off.
“The garden belongs to M Narayanappa, who is absconding,” said the police, who later raided his house where they seized four kgs of marijuana, which he was planning to sell.
(Source: The Hindu)
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