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How a Bengaluru man and his family were 'abandoned' by an Ola cab on a highway

A Bengaluru man booked an outstation ride for his family to travel to Mysore on Sunday, but the journey turned awry when collection agents blocked the car and threatened the driver that they'll confiscate the vehicle if he did not pay up his past instalments right at that moment.
An Ola cabs journey went bad when agents stopped a cab to recover loans and left customers stranded in a highway.(AP file photo)
An Ola cabs journey went bad when agents stopped a cab to recover loans and left customers stranded in a highway.(AP file photo)
Updated on May 17, 2022 08:47 PM IST
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ByYamini C S | Edited by Aryan Prakash

Karnataka Governor gives assent to anti-conversion ordinance

  • Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot on Tuesday gave his assent to the Ordinance that gave effect to the Karnataka Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021, commonly known as the anti-conversion bill.
Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot. (Source: Current Affairs)
Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot. (Source: Current Affairs)
Published on May 17, 2022 07:49 PM IST
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Amid row, Karnataka Textbook Society says Chapter on Bhagat Singh 'not removed'

  • Amid allegations in some quarters that a lesson on freedom fighter Bhagat Singh was omitted, the Karnataka Textbook Society clarified that the chapter has not been removed, and the Kannada textbook of Class 10 is currently at the printing stage.
Indian Freedom Fighter Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar.(HT Photo/Virendra Prabhakar)
Indian Freedom Fighter Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar.(HT Photo/Virendra Prabhakar)
Published on May 17, 2022 07:09 PM IST
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Bengaluru BJP leader's suicide due to honey-trap: Reports

  • Byadarahalli Police has recovered a suicide note from the residence of the deceased BJP leader.
46-year-old BJP leader Anantharaju from Bengaluru died by suicide on Thursday.
46-year-old BJP leader Anantharaju from Bengaluru died by suicide on Thursday.
Published on May 17, 2022 07:09 PM IST
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ByYamini C S | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Karnataka governor gives his nod to ordinance on anti-conversion bill

  • Anti-conversion legislation: 'The Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill' was tabled and passed by the BJP-led government in the southern state in December last year.
File image of the Karnataka Assembly.
File image of the Karnataka Assembly.
Updated on May 17, 2022 05:56 PM IST
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Karnataka Home Minister affirms strict implementation of 'Anti-Conversion' law

  • State Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Tuesday said the anti-conversion law is not against any religion, but religious conversion by force or through inducement has no place under the legislation.
The Karnataka government gave effect to the controversial anti-conversion law by way of ordinance last week.
The Karnataka government gave effect to the controversial anti-conversion law by way of ordinance last week.
Published on May 17, 2022 04:59 PM IST
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At 100 per kg, tomato prices skyrocket in Bengaluru: Here's why

  • Tomato prices in Bengaluru have skyrocketed further to cross the 100 mark from the 80 per kilogram two weeks ago, thanks to the short supply due to high temperatures in neighbouring state Maharashtra.
A stall selling tomatoes on Monday. (Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
A stall selling tomatoes on Monday. (Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 17, 2022 05:19 PM IST
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ByYamini C S | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Karnataka govt has taken away our powers: Election Commission tells High Court

  • With corruption allegations levelled against several high-profile political leaders in Karnataka, it comes as no surprise that the state's election commission (SEC) is also not spared. The Karnataka SEC told High Court judges that it is unable to announce the election schedule for the impending local body polls as the State government has taken its powers away.
The Election Commission was forced to schedule the long overdue local body poll dates in Karnataka after the Supreme Court gave all states and UTs a two-week deadline last Tuesday. (File Photo)
The Election Commission was forced to schedule the long overdue local body poll dates in Karnataka after the Supreme Court gave all states and UTs a two-week deadline last Tuesday. (File Photo)
Published on May 17, 2022 04:44 PM IST
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Kannada TV actress Chethana Raj dies at 21 after plastic surgery goes wrong

  • Chethana Raj died after suffering complications from her ‘fat-free’ surgery at a private hospital in Bengaluru.
TV actress Chethana Raj's family alleged that she died due to negligence by a private hospital in Bengaluru. (Source: English Sakshi)
TV actress Chethana Raj's family alleged that she died due to negligence by a private hospital in Bengaluru. (Source: English Sakshi)
Updated on May 17, 2022 03:29 PM IST
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ByYamini C S

Who is CH Pratap Reddy - Bengaluru's new police commissioner?

  • The Karnataka government on Monday appointed senior IPS officer CH Pratap Reddy as the new Bengaluru city police commissioner, replacing Kamal Pant.
Bengaluru's new police chief C H Pratap Reddy is from the 1991 batch of the IPS.
Bengaluru's new police chief C H Pratap Reddy is from the 1991 batch of the IPS.
Published on May 17, 2022 10:55 AM IST
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Ravi says Bajrang Dal’s arms camp similar to police training drills

On Sunday, the Karnataka police are trying to collect information about a week-long “arms training” camp conducted by a right-wing group, Bajrang Dal, in Ponnampet in Kodagu district, about 240km from Bengaluru.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary and Chikmagaluru legislator CT Ravi equated the arms training given by the Bajrang Dal with that of the police on Monday. (HT Photo)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary and Chikmagaluru legislator CT Ravi equated the arms training given by the Bajrang Dal with that of the police on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2022 12:30 AM IST
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Karnataka anti-conversion bill ‘fallacious’: Archbishop

The delegation met Karnataka Governor Thawarchand Gehlot at the latter’s residence in Bengaluru and submitted a memorandum, asking the latter not to give his consent to the Protection of Religious Freedom Bill or anti-conversion bill.
The statements come days after the Basavaraj Bommai-led cabinet gave its approval to promulgate an ordinance to implement the anti-conversion bill, which has been stuck in the Upper house of the state legislature since December last year. (ANI)
The statements come days after the Basavaraj Bommai-led cabinet gave its approval to promulgate an ordinance to implement the anti-conversion bill, which has been stuck in the Upper house of the state legislature since December last year. (ANI)
Published on May 17, 2022 12:29 AM IST
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IISc develops nanobots to deep clean teeth

The researchers added that by tweaking the frequency of the magnetic field, they were able to make the nanobots move at will, and penetrate deep inside the dentinal tubules, said IISc researchers.
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru on Monday said that it had developed nano-sized nanobots robots capable of killing bacteria deep inside dentinal tubules, and boosting the success of root canal treatments, (Getty Images/Representative use)
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru on Monday said that it had developed nano-sized nanobots robots capable of killing bacteria deep inside dentinal tubules, and boosting the success of root canal treatments, (Getty Images/Representative use)
Updated on May 17, 2022 12:29 AM IST
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Delay hits implementation of order on loudspeaker use in Karnataka

According to a senior city police officer, so far, no permits have been issued for the use of loudspeakers in the city as the process of identifying and issuing the permissions is still being finalised
A week after Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai issued an order making a permit mandatory for the use of loudspeakers in the state, departments responsible for enforcing these permits are still struggling with the implementation. (HT PHOTO/Representative use)
A week after Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai issued an order making a permit mandatory for the use of loudspeakers in the state, departments responsible for enforcing these permits are still struggling with the implementation. (HT PHOTO/Representative use)
Published on May 17, 2022 12:28 AM IST
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Demand for national anthem at madrasas sparks slugfest in Karnataka

Pramod Muthalik, the chief of Rashtriya Hindu Sena, which is the parent organisation of the right-wing group Sri Ram Sene, in a video demanded the state and the central government ban all madrasas and that national anthem is not sung there
Days after singing the national anthem was made mandatory at all madrassas in Uttar Pradesh, calls for a similar order has arisen in Karnataka, sparking a political slugfest in the state. (PTI)
Days after singing the national anthem was made mandatory at all madrassas in Uttar Pradesh, calls for a similar order has arisen in Karnataka, sparking a political slugfest in the state. (PTI)
Published on May 17, 2022 12:28 AM IST
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Karnataka minister says no objection to RSS founder’s speech in textbooks

Karnataka minister Nagesh said the textbook does not contain anything about Keshav Baliram Hedgewar or RSS, but only his speech on what should be an inspiration to people, especially the youth, and that those who have raised objections have not gone through the textbook.
Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh has defended the inclusion of a speech by founder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Keshav Baliram Hedgewar in a revised Kannada textbook for students of class X. (Alamy Stock Photo)
Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh has defended the inclusion of a speech by founder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Keshav Baliram Hedgewar in a revised Kannada textbook for students of class X. (Alamy Stock Photo)
Published on May 17, 2022 12:28 AM IST
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Civic body BBMP says 9.5k potholes identified in Bengaluru

This is just the beginning of the process in Bengaluru and more potholes will be identified and filled up in the coming days, said a BBMP official, requesting not to be named.
Civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Monday said so far, around 9,500 potholes have been identified across the city. (HT File/Representative use)
Civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Monday said so far, around 9,500 potholes have been identified across the city. (HT File/Representative use)
Published on May 17, 2022 12:27 AM IST
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BC Nagesh defends including RSS founder's speech in revised Kannada textbook

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh has defended the inclusion of a speech by founder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Keshav Baliram Hedgewar in a revised Kannada textbook for students of class X.
Karnataka education minister BC Nagesh (File Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Karnataka education minister BC Nagesh (File Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 16, 2022 05:58 PM IST
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Here's why you may not get liquor in Bengaluru between May 17 and 19

According to a report, bar and wineshop owners have decided not to buy liquor from KSBCL in Bengaluru and the countryside tomorrow.
Representational Image(HT_PRINT)
Representational Image(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 16, 2022 05:47 PM IST
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“India has 100 unicorns…”: DK Shivakumar on MBA grad's suicide 

DK Shivakumar said: “India has 100 unicorns now. Karnataka creates jobs for people from across India. So why are we seeing a high unemployment rate and even suicides? And why doesn’t media discuss this?”
Sahana, an MBA graduate who committed suicide and DK Shivakumar
Sahana, an MBA graduate who committed suicide and DK Shivakumar
Published on May 16, 2022 04:53 PM IST
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Former BJP MLC appointed Bengaluru Mutt Head Seer

  • BJP’s former Member of the Legislative Council BJ Puttaswamy was appointed the head seer of the newly inaugurated Thaileswara Ganigara Mahasamsthana Mutt located near Nelamangala in Bengaluru on Monday.
Earlier this month, Puttaswamy had taken ‘Brahmacharya’ (the vows of celibacy) and had acquired the ascetic name Poornanandapuri Swami.((via tv9kannada.com))
Earlier this month, Puttaswamy had taken ‘Brahmacharya’ (the vows of celibacy) and had acquired the ascetic name Poornanandapuri Swami.((via tv9kannada.com))
Published on May 16, 2022 01:58 PM IST
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Bengaluru Metro work hits a roadblock, needs 1.5 more years for tunnelling

Tunnelling through this central business district has been found to be the most challenging as the geological conditions forced BMRCL to suspend boring work 713 times for repair/maintenance of the seven Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs).
Bangalore metro rail corporation limited (BMRCL) suspended boring work for Namma Metro 713 times due to unfavourable geological conditions.(PTI Photo)
Bangalore metro rail corporation limited (BMRCL) suspended boring work for Namma Metro 713 times due to unfavourable geological conditions.(PTI Photo)
Published on May 16, 2022 12:58 PM IST
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Bengaluru: Man electrocuted at Hebbal bus stop by ‘illegal’ ad panel

A 30-year-old man died of electrocution near the Hebbal bus stand on Saturday night after he accidentally came in contact with a live electric wire.
The tragic incident occurred at around 9.40 pm when the victim touched the metal part of the bus shelter ( Representational image).(Getty Images/iStockphoto/Representative)
The tragic incident occurred at around 9.40 pm when the victim touched the metal part of the bus shelter ( Representational image).(Getty Images/iStockphoto/Representative)
Published on May 16, 2022 10:54 AM IST
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How Bengaluru Police tracked down a man who stole a car via an OLX ad

The accused stole the car on the pretext of taking it for a test drive. 
Representational Image (Pexels) 
Representational Image (Pexels) 
Published on May 16, 2022 09:48 AM IST
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Fresh directives issued to contain pollution in B’luru

Activities like rise in construction, increased commercialisation and vehicle usage, encroachment of lakes and erosion of green cover has added to the decline in air and water quality.
The measures to contain pollution include road-side plantation for reducing dust re-suspension, use of geo-synthetic materials to cover open areas on road dividers and footpaths among others. (HT File)
The measures to contain pollution include road-side plantation for reducing dust re-suspension, use of geo-synthetic materials to cover open areas on road dividers and footpaths among others. (HT File)
Published on May 16, 2022 12:32 AM IST
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BySharan Poovanna, Bengaluru

Power Crisis: Industrialists perform ‘aarti’ for BESCOM officials

The protesting industrialists are reported to have stormed the assistant executive engineer’s (AEE) office of Bescom’s Kengeri subdivision on Thursday and ridiculed the engineers by performing ‘aarti’ to mark the mounting frustration level among the consumers.
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Published on May 15, 2022 05:01 PM IST
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ByAswetha Anil

CM Bommai helps physically-challenged youth with a three wheeler 

The humane response to the plight of a physically challenged youth, Shivappa from Adavibavi village of Kanakagiri in Koppal district on Saturday has touched hearts.
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Published on May 15, 2022 01:30 PM IST
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Bengaluru: Police arrest gang who looted thousands from elderly man

A pack of  thieves were arrested by Banasawadi police on Friday while withdrawing thousands of rupees from an elderly man's ATM card as he had jotted down the PIN on it.
(HT File/Representational image)
(HT File/Representational image)
Published on May 15, 2022 12:10 PM IST
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ByAswetha Anil

BBMP garbage truck mows down Swiggy delivery boy

In the fourth such incident in two months, the BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) garbage truck mowed down a 25-year-old delivery boy working with Swiggy in Bengaluru on Saturday evening while he was on duty.
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Published on May 15, 2022 11:21 AM IST
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