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Arun Dev is an Assistant Editor with the Karnataka bureau of Hindustan Times. A journalist for over 10 years, he has written extensively on crime and politics.

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Yediyurappa announces 7,800 crore for Bengaluru, mostly for ongoing projects

During his budget speech, CM Yediyurappa announced the construction of Bengaluru Signature Business next to Kempegowda International Airport. The agency responsible had listed this project on their website in 2018 itself

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa presents the state budget 2021-22 in the Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru, Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 08, 2021 07:00 PM IST
ByArun Dev , Hindustan Times, Bengaluru

100 years apart, a tale of Bengaluru's two pandemics

Much like the plague of 1898, experts say the Covid pandemic will change the DNA of Bengaluru

A view of Bangalore during the 1890s (left); MG Road in Bengaluru wears a deserted look during the lockdown imposed due to Covid-19 on July 5, 2020(WikimediaCommons/PTI)
Updated on Mar 08, 2021 09:06 AM IST
ByArun Dev , Hindustan Times, Bengaluru

Bengaluru’s BBMP said no potholes on 74 roads. Court ordered survey finds 437

The report said of the 5,435 responses from citizens and survey, 437 cases were related to potholes and bad roads. The rest 4,998 cases were related to footpaths

A report by the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority has revealed that there are at least 5,435 potholes, bad roads or patchy footpaths in Bengaluru(HT Photo)
Published on Mar 06, 2021 10:30 AM IST
ByArun Dev , Hindustan Times, Bengaluru

Complainant fails to join probe against Karnataka ex-minister Ramesh Jarkiholi

A police officer said that the complainant's status as witness in the case of alleged sexual exploitation against former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi is also unclear.

File photo of Karnataka Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi as he resigns from his post, in Bengaluru on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Mar 04, 2021 11:01 PM IST
ByArun Dev

Once a source of drinking water, Bengaluru river now filled with froth, stench

The degradation of Vrishabhavathi river began around 50 years ago when industrial areas began cropping up along the catchment areas of the river – in Peenya, Yeshwanthpura, Kumbalagou and so on.

The 57-km-long Vrishabhavathi river used to be a picnic spot in the late 1960s. Due to pollution, the river now has an alternative name – Gutter of Kengeri(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 03, 2021 07:09 PM IST
ByArun Dev , Hindustan Times, Bengaluru

Karnataka HC refuses to stay proceedings against Kangana Ranaut

Ranaut had moved the high court, seeking to quash the First Information Report filed against her by the Tumkuru police here last year. The court has posted the matter for hearing on March 18

Kangana Ranaut. (File photo)
Published on Mar 02, 2021 03:33 PM IST
ByArun Dev

Karnataka man found alive just before autopsy, is responding to treatment

A private hospital in Belagavi declared Shankar Gombi brain dead after keeping him under two-day observation and asked his family to take his body after he met with an accident in Mahalingapur on February 27

Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Mar 02, 2021 04:19 PM IST
ByArun Dev, Hindustan Times, Bengaluru

Only 22% Covid-19 vaccination amid glitches on Day 1 in Bengaluru

BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad, said that the app and portal were unable to handle the traffic and the glitches needed to be fixed at the earliest

Infosys co-founder Narayan Murthy receives his first dose of COVID vaccine during the second phase of the countrywide inoculation drive, in Bengaluru,(PTI)
Updated on Mar 02, 2021 11:06 AM IST
ByArun Dev , Hindustan Times, Bengaluru

Manual scavenging continues to mar Karnataka as conviction stays zero

The deaths of 30-year-old Lal Ahmed and 25-year-old Rasheed Ahmed in north Karnataka’s Kalburgi on January 26 were the latest in the list of people who died because of manual scavenging.

Municipal worker attempts to unblock a sewer overflowing with human excreta in New Delhi. Although a law bans manual scavenging - the manual removal of human excreta from 'dry toilets' - the practice is widespread across cities and towns in India.(Photo: Raj K Raj / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 27, 2021 03:06 PM IST
ByArun Dev , Bengaluru, Hindustan Times

Prime accused in Karnataka quarry blast case arrested in Tamil Nadu

GS Nagaraja, the accused, who is also a local leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, had been on the run since the blast

Police said that following a police raid on the quarry on February 7, Nagaraja ordered the removal of the explosives, which led to the blast on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Feb 25, 2021 12:57 PM IST
ByArun Dev

WhatsApp used to coordinate riots in Bengaluru's DJ Halli: NIA charge sheet

A WhatsApp group comprising more than 100 members had instigated people to assemble in front of KG Halli and DJ Halli police stations

The violence in DJ Halli and adjoining areas on August 11 night was unleashed by hundreds of people over an inflammatory social media post.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Feb 25, 2021 11:33 AM IST
ByArun Dev , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Karnataka puts on hold mandatory RT-PCR rule for commuters from Kerala

The interdependence between Kerala’s Kasaragod and Dakshina Kannada’s district headquarters Mangaluru has fuelled resistance to travel restrictions.

People from Kasaragod stage a protest at Karnataka-Kerala border in Mangaluru against the Karnataka Government's order to produce RT PCR test report before entering Karnataka,.(ANI)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 06:44 PM IST
ByArun Dev

Panic over crackdown on illegal explosives led to Chikkaballapur blast

The Karnataka Police had begun a state-wide crackdown on illegal explosives after a blast in Shivamogga, chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s home constituency

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai visited the quarry blast site at Hirenagavalli in Chikkaballapur on Tuesday.(ANI)
Updated on Feb 24, 2021 09:05 AM IST
ByArun Dev , Hindustan Times, Bengaluru

‘Didn't know what was in bag’: Driver who transported explosives before blast

Villagers felt the vibrations from the explosion even a kilometre away

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai visited the quarry blast site at Hirenagavalli in Chikkaballapur on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 07:25 AM IST
ByArun Dev , Bengaluru

‘My trust in judiciary has increased’, says Disha Ravi’s mother

Disha Ravi was arrested by the Delhi police from her residence in Bengaluru on February 13, following an FIR filed on February 4 charging her with sedition among other things.

Disha Ravi, a 22-year-old climate activist, leaves after an investigation at National Cyber Forensic Lab, in New Delhi, India, February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 23, 2021 06:34 PM IST
ByArun Dev

6 die in dynamite blast in Karnataka; second such incident in a month

The minister in charge of the district said the explosives belonged to a quarry that was closed down on February 7 for not storing explosives properly and not having an engineer at the site

On January 22, eight people were killed in a dynamite blast at a railway crusher site in Shivamogga. (AP)
Updated on Feb 23, 2021 11:25 AM IST
ByArun Dev

25,000 private school teachers, others to protest 30% fee cut in Karnataka

As Karnataka government has decided not to reverse its decision to impose a 30% cut on tuition fees, more than 25,000 teachers, non-teaching staff and management members from several private schools in the state will take out a rally in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

In some areas of the district school fees had been exempted due to efforts of the DM.
Published on Feb 22, 2021 01:34 PM IST
ByArun Dev

Dark web, drugs and bitcoins send Bengaluru police into a tizzy

Bengaluru police opened a bitcoin account recently and told the accused to transfer his bitcoin to the account because it had to seize the cryptocurrency.

The RBI had issued guidelines about bitcoins many times but recently a revised advisory was issued regarding it on December 5, 2017.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Feb 22, 2021 09:06 AM IST
ByArun Dev , Hindustan Times, Bengaluru

Karnataka makes RT-PCR test mandatory for those arriving from Maharashtra

The Karnataka government had introduced similar travel restrictions on those arriving from Kerala after two Covid-19 clusters were reported in Bengaluru city earlier this week.

The test rates had been revised following a downward revision in other states, the order said. Delhi and Gujarat are among some states which have reduced charges of RT- PCR test.(Bloomberg)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 05:26 PM IST
ByArun Dev

Organisers of PFI event booked after minister takes offence to Ram Mandir remark

PFI general secretary Anis Ahmed appealed to the people not to donate money for the temple at the rally.

Handcuffs - Handcuff
Published on Feb 20, 2021 04:56 PM IST
ByArun Dev

Karnataka cops put ink away as fingerprints go hi-tech

More than 1,000 fingerprint scanners and proprietary software have been deployed at all police stations across Karnataka.

It is only in January this year that the state police launched a digital database of fingerprints.(HT File)
Published on Feb 20, 2021 10:57 AM IST
ByArun Dev , Hindustan Times, Bengaluru

'You have to stay strong': 102-year-old freedom fighter's message to Disha Ravi

Freedom fighter and Gandhian HS Doreswamy, 102, draws parallels between the times he has lived through and the present state of affairs in the country.

HS Doreswamy says he hopes the judiciary will stand up for justice as that judge during Emergency did(HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 19, 2021 10:11 AM IST
ByArun Dev , Hindustan Times, Bengaluru

IT dept unearths 'cash for medical seat' scam worth 400 cr in Karnataka

The search was conducted at 56 different locations across Karnataka and Kerala

Image for representation.(Reuters)
Updated on Feb 18, 2021 10:30 PM IST
ByArun Dev , Bengaluru

Karnataka gives in to protesters, puts Turahalli tree park project on hold

Forest minister Arvind Limbavali said the government had decided to temporally stop the tree park (project) in the Turahalli reserve forest area.

Protests against the tree park project at Turahalli reserve forest area in Karnataka(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2021 10:25 AM IST
ByArun Dev , Hindustan Times, Bengaluru

Father of 19-yr-old who died due to pothole makes emotional appeal for justice

He lost his 19-year-old daughter who was studying to be a doctor in a road accident linked to potholes.

Syed Mushtaq Ahmed, the Bengaluru man who lost his daughter to a road accident, appealed for justice for the 19-year-old(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 17, 2021 10:35 AM IST
ByArun Dev , Hindustan Times, Bengaluru

Over 300 alumni from Disha Ravi's college slam her arrest in toolkit case

Alumni of Mount Carmel College condemned what they called “blatant targeting of a young woman citizen expressing her support with the nation’s protesting farmers.”

A woman holds a placard next to policemen during a protest against the arrest of climate activist Disha Ravi, in Bengaluru, India.(Reuters)
Updated on Feb 17, 2021 09:34 AM IST
ByArun Dev , Hindustan Times, Bengaluru

Karnataka imposes restrictions on travel from Kerala amid Covid spike in B'luru

Apart from travel restrictions, the Karnataka government has decided to declare any hostels, boarding or residential, educational institutions with a cluster of five or more Covid cases, a containment zone.

Bengaluru: A medic administers first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a municipal worker, in Bengaluru, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)(PTI02_12_2021_000160B)(PTI)
Published on Feb 16, 2021 07:58 PM IST
ByArun Dev

Karnataka police yet to file charge-sheets in 3 sedition cases filed a year ago

Data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that Karnataka registered the maximum number of sedition cases, 22, by any state in 2019 and was able to file a charge-sheet in 13 . This marked an eleven-fold increase in sedition cases registered in Karnataka in 2019 compared to 2018.

Students wave the national flag and shout slogans during a protest at the Jawaharlal Nehru University against the arrest of a student union leader in New Delhi(AP Photo)
Updated on Feb 16, 2021 09:43 AM IST
ByArun Dev

Were informed about activist Disha Ravi's arrest later, says Bengaluru police

The Delhi Police earlier said Disha Ravi was arrested in the presence of her mother and the Station House Officer from the Bengaluru police station.

Protesters hold placards during a demonstration against the arrest of climate activist Disha Ravi, in Bengaluru on Monday.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 16, 2021 12:17 PM IST
ByArun Dev , Hindustan Times, Bengaluru

Karnataka home minister gives police a new target: Crack the dark web

Chief minister BS Yediyurappa, who chaired the meeting, said that the government would give all support to equip the force to fight cybercrime, which has emerged as “the biggest challenge for the state police”

Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Feb 12, 2021 04:45 PM IST
ByArun Dev
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