QBengaluru: Protest Against Amit Shah’s Hindi Push & More
Latest Bengaluru news updates.
1. Karnataka Leaders, Activists Seethe at Amit Shah’s Hindi Push
Union Home Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah’s tweet on Hindi Divas, saying Hindi was the only language that can unify the country, drew widespread condemnation in the State.
The Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) and other Kannada organisations held a protest rally here on Saturday, while the Opposition parties Congress and Janata Dal (S) condemned it. The Kannada activists observed Saturday as “black day” with #StopHindiImposition trending on Twitter. State BJP leaders were silent on the subject through the day.
Shah, to whom Rajbhasha Ayog that strives to promote Hindi also reports, took to Twitter and said while India was a land of multiple languages and every language has its importance, there is a need for a common language across the country, which becomes the identity of the country.
2. 11 Held for Cheating BE, MBBS Seat Aspirants
Central Crime Branch (CCB) police busted a medical, dental and engineering seat scam by arresting 11 touts in an operation on Saturday and Sunday in Bengaluru.
Police identified the arrested as Rahul Singh, Ankit Kumar Singh, Pavan Kumar, Nishant, Munish, Nitin, Tinku Mandal, Kushal Kumar, Sizu Daniel, Snehal and Kunal Kumar Singh — aged between 22 and 35 —and from Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.
Based on a petition from a victim, joint commissioner of police (crime) Sandeep Patil said CCB officials picked up nine members near Dr BR Ambedkar Medical College on Saturday.
3. Bengaluru MP Wants White-Topping Road Projects to be Withdrawn
Adding to the chorus of BJP leaders in Karnataka including Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, three-time Bengaluru Central MP PC Mohan has suggested that the contentious white-topping projects be called off. This remark came when the MP was interacting with residents of the Central Business District on Saturday.
“I have requested the Chief Minister to stop this project. I am not the deciding authority,” the MP told TNM. The MP cited the high cost of Rs 12 crore for one kilometre of road, and traffic jams caused due to the extended construction period, as reasons against the project.
Currently, the CM has ordered a probe by the Chief Secretary on the use of funds for two phases of white-topping works and all further works are stalled until the probe report is ready.
(Source: The News Minute)
4. Rs 1,700 Crore Needed to Rebuild Kodagu, Says District Administration
This year, the loss suffered by the coffee industry in flood-hit Kodagu was over Rs 53 crore. The black pepper industry suffered losses to the tune of Rs 83 crore. The number of losses has only risen with Kodagu facing colossal damages in the wake of successive floods and landslips.
Almost all sectors were staring at an uncertain future and the debt-stricken were mulling over leaving the district in search of jobs and livelihood.
This year, the Kodagu district administration has estimated that Rs 1,700 crore was needed for rebuilding Kodagu from two back-to-back calamities.
5. Two Held for Abducting, Extorting Money From 68-Year-Old Scribe
Kaggalipura police arrested two persons on Friday for allegedly laying a honey trap to abduct a 68-year-old freelance journalist from a hotel room and extorting money from him.
Police said Govindrajanagar residents Suresh, 48, president, Rajya Karmika Seva Sangha and Chandrasekhar alias Chandru, 32, general secretary of the same organisation, confessed to have conspired and executed the plot in association with the main accused, a 23-year-old woman TV journalist, who is now on the run.
According to police, Shivakumar Bhojashettara, a resident of Hubballi, was arrested by south division police, after the TV journalist lodged a sexual harassment complaint against him. She claimed she was an event organiser and Shivakumar promised her projects and sought sexual favours from her.
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