Celebrating indigenous traditions

BENGALURU: In an era where cultural preservation is paramount, celebrating and showcasing indigenous traditions holds significant value. The exhibition Walking Through A Songline, set to be the attraction at the Science Gallery Bengaluru on Bellary Road exemplifies this through a captivating blend of ancient tradition and modern technology. This immersive multimedia installation, brought to the city by the Australian Consulate-General, will be showcased from July 18 to August 18, offering visitors a unique opportunity to delve into the ancient Aboriginal Australian knowledge that has been passed down through generations. Hilary McGeachy, Consul General of the Australian Consulate-General in Bengaluru, highlights the exhibitions alignment with the recently-opened Science Gallerys mission. This exhibition marks the one-year anniversary of the Australian Consulate-General in Bengaluru. Walking Through A Songline is a natural fit for the Science Gallery, as an exhibition which demonstrates the potential of new technologies to preserve art and cultural legacies. This is an opportunity for those in Bengaluru to experience a dynamic showcase of the oldest continuous culture on earth. At its core, Walking Through A Songline is more than just an art exhibition. It is an invitation to experience the sacred Aboriginal tradition of Songlines or Dreaming Tracks pathways of knowledge that map the routes and activities of ancestral beings across Australia. These tracks are brought to life through vibrant digital projections, allowing visitors to walk a digital songline and immerse themselves in stories which are part of a sacred Aboriginal tradition and have shaped one of the worlds oldest continuous cultures. Produced by the National Museum of Australia in collaboration with Australias Mosster Studio, and with the ongoing support of traditional Aboriginal custodians and knowledge holders, this exhibition uses contemporary technology in preserving and sharing ancient cultural legacies. Margo Ngawa Neale, Emeritus Curatorial Fellow, First Nations, National Museum of Australia, emphasises the contemporary relevance of these ancient stories Although this story has ancient origins, it has critical contemporary relevance and by using dynamic, contemporary technology we can bring this First Nations songline to Indian audiences.

The New Indian Express 17 Jul 2024 9:53 am

Former minister B Nagendra remanded to 6-day ED custody in Karnataka ST corporation scam

BENGALURU : Former minister and Bellary Congress MLA B Nagendra, who was arrested by the officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the alleged multi-crore scam in the Karnataka State Maharshi Valmiki Scheduled Tribe Development Corporation on Friday night, was remanded in ED custody till July 18. Nagendra, who was arrested under various provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act late on Friday night after a day-long inquiry, was subjected to mandatory medical tests at Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital. At around 6 am on Saturday, he was produced before Santhosh Gajanan Bhat, judge of the Special Court for trial of cases against sitting and former MPs/MLAs, at the latters residence. The ED officials brought informed the court that Chandrashekharan N, an account superintendent of the corporation, ended his life and claimed in his death note that the officials of the corporation pressured him to transfer the money, claiming that it was under the directions of the former minister. The ED also contended that the accused (Nagendra) was not cooperating with the probe and hence they need his custody for investigation. Based on the request of the central agency, the judge remanded the accused in its custody for six days. Nagendra, while being taken to the judges residence, told reporters that he had no knowledge of the happening in the corporation and alleged that he was being framed in the case. It is learnt that the ED is looking into multiple aspects including whether the misappropriated funds were diverted towards election expenses in the neighbouring states. The ED officials grilled Nagendra for over 12 hours on Friday after bringing him from his residence in Dollars colony to ED office in Shanthinagar, before formalising his arrest. Meanwhile, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has issued notice to Raichur Rural MLA Basavangouda Daddal, who is allegedly absconding after his questioning on Friday, to appear for inquiry on Monday. Also woman who sold her property to Daddals relative Karthik was served notice by ED officials to appear for questioning. She reportedly sold 3.5 acres of agricultural land to Karthik and Anjaneya for Rs 4 crore. The scam B Nagendra is accused in a money laundering probe linked to alleged irregularities in the Karnataka Maharshi Valmiki Scheduled Tribes Development Corporation Limited. Following allegations against him in connection with the scam, Nagendra, who was Scheduled Tribes Welfare Minister, had tendered his resignation on June 6.

The New Indian Express 14 Jul 2024 9:36 am

Valmiki corporation scam: ED detains former Karnataka minister B Nagendra in money laundering case

The Enforcement Directorate detained former Karnataka Minister B Nagendra in a Valmiki Development Corporation scam, also targeting MLA Daddal. Shobha Karandlaje demanded CM Siddaramaiahs resignation over Rs 187 crores transfer. Chandrasekaran's suicide note led to SIT and CBI probes. Deputy CM opposed ED's role. Raids were conducted in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Bellary.

The Times of India 12 Jul 2024 10:21 am

Karnataka to Link Farmers' Aadhaar to IP Set Numbers for Accurate Power Allocation

BELLARY: Energy Minister KJ George has said that linking farmers' Aadhaar numbers to their IP set RR numbers is intended to ensure accurate record-keeping. Speaking at a press conference in Ballari Zilla Panchayat hall, the minister said This initiative aims to provide clarity on the number of irrigation pump sets (IP sets) in Karnataka and their electricity requirements. Currently, agricultural pump sets up to 10 HP are provided free electricity. However, the exact power needs of these pump sets are unclear. Illegal pump sets exacerbate power issues for regular sets. Linking RR numbers of IP sets with Aadhaar will help determine the exact number of pump sets and their power needs, facilitating adequate power supply, he said. There are many illegal pump sets in the state, with some individuals using them to pump water from rivers and canals. Illegal pump sets with a capacity of more than 10 horsepower will be disconnected. However, power supply will continue for pump sets up to 10 horsepower until alternative arrangements are made, he said. George reassured the public of the states commitment to providing uninterrupted power, noting that even during droughts, farmers received seven hours of electricity daily without load shedding. We will ensure electricity is available as per demand. However, there are occasional supply interruptions. District-level meetings will be held once in every three months to address these issues and guarantee adequate power supply, he added. The minister also outlined plans to regularize illegal IP sets located within 500 meters of power transformers. For pump sets beyond this distance, farmers will be provided with solar pump sets under the Kusum B scheme, which includes a 30 percent subsidy from the Central Government and a 50 percent subsidy from the state, leaving farmers to cover the remaining 20 percent. The Minister announced a statewide recruitment drive for 2,000 linemen, set to be initiated within the next 15 days.

Deccan Chronicle 12 Jul 2024 2:40 am

Andhra Pradesh: Poor condition of Kurnool-Ballari road irks commuters

Kurnool : Despite the National Highways Authority of Indias (NHAI) proposal for a six-lane main carriageway between Devanahalli and the Andhra Pradesh border of NH-44, there is no such facility from Kurnool to Ballari. This important road was damaged by heavy rains in 2019, and its condition remains poor. Many sections between Kurnool and Ballari were damaged by torrential rains five years ago, with breaches to causeways and bridges due to overflowing local tanks and rivulets at more than 20 locations. Areas such as Alur, Holagunda, Halaharvi, and others experienced heavy rains, severely damaging the Adoni-Bellary, Alur-Bellary, and Siriguppa-Adoni stretches. Although these stretches were temporarily restored, their current condition still poses a major problem for commuters. Karnataka has proposed widening the Ballari Road stretch from Devanahalli to the AP border of NH-44 into a 10-lane road, featuring a six-lane main carriageway and two-lane service roads on either side. This widened road will connect to the Satellite Town Ring Road, facilitating a link to the proposed Bengaluru-Chennai expressway, enhancing convenience for commuters. The NHAI has undertaken the upgradation of the road from Devanahalli to Kurnool. The proposed road in Karnataka will offer good connectivity between bordering AP and Kempegowda International Airport. The total length of the stretch between Devanahalli and Kurnool is 340 km, with 72 km falling within Karnataka between Devanahalli and the AP border. The remaining 270 km of the road should be developed by the AP Government to improve comfort for commuters. The state government must pressure the Centre to undertake the construction of a highway between Kurnool and Ballari to facilitate travel. The NHAI already has plans to extend the highway, and this should be pursued with political will. Otherwise, commuters will continue to face difficulties, said an NHAI official. Recently, Kurnool MP B. Nagaraju met the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, and requested the sanctioning of a highway between Kurnool and Ballari. This request now awaits materialization following the formation of the new alliance-led government in the state.

Deccan Chronicle 11 Jul 2024 9:44 pm

Bengaluru's office space to skyrocket to 340 million sqft by 2030: Report

BENGALURU: The real estate sector is expected to see a huge boom in the country and Bengaluru will lead the trend. According to a report, Bengalurus office stock (commercial spaces given out for leasing) is expected to touch 330-340 million sqft by 2030, the highest in the country. Currently, the city has 223 million sqft in Q2 2024, compared to 100 million sqft in 2013. The report, Karnataka Horizon: Navigating Real Estate Excellence in the South, released by CBRE, the real estate consulting firm, and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), on Wednesday, stated that Bengaluru has emerged winner in the office absorption (occupied by companies) segment compared to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai. The IT capital is also expected to see a spill-off of the trend in neighbouring districts. Major industries contributing to this boom are technology engineering, manufacturing and Banking Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI). The sectors that drive demand for office space are life sciences, aviation and automobile. Emerging locations in North Bengaluru such as Bellary Road, Yelahanka and other areas, including Varthur Road and Kadugodi, are evoking significant interest due to improved infrastructure. Ram Chandnani, Managing Director, Advisory and Transaction Services, CBRE India, told TNIE that 48-50% of commercial space leasing comes from South India. Bengaluru houses 41% of 1,600 Global Capability Centres (GCCs) in India. This is because of the talent pool available in neighbouring states, growing infrastructure and sustainable cost of living, including rents which are affordable compared to other cities, he said. Golden period for country, its industry Ram Chandnani, Managing Director, Advisory and Transaction Services, CBRE India, told TNIE that with the boom in the commercial real estate sector, there is a need to scale up infrastructure in the city. Currently, Bengaluru is playing catch-up with the growth. He said, With a commercial boom, marginal increase in rentals is expected as companies look at various amenities an office space can provide. Experts said that to keep the momentum going, emerging industries need to upskill and attract more talent. This is a golden period for India and its industry. The state and Union governments should fuel the growth, Chandnani said. Record-high warehouses Despite global headwinds and economic slowdown in 2023, Bengaluru achieved a recordhigh warehousing space of 4.6 million sqft with local developers leading the supply additions. The city now has 54 million sqft of warehousing spaces, ranking among the top three industrial and logistics hubs in India alongside Mumbai and Delhi-NCR.

The New Indian Express 11 Jul 2024 7:18 am

SIT serves notice to 2 Karnataka MLAs in Valmiki Development Corporation scam

Bengaluru: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the scandal in the Karnataka Maharshi Valmiki Development Corporation has issued a notice to former Minister, MLA from Bellary Rural Constituency B. Nagendra, and President of Valmiki Corporation, MLA from Raichur Rural Constituency Basanagowda Daddal. A notice has been issued to both of them to appear at the Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 7 Jul 2024 4:31 pm

BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan Appointed as District In-Charge Minister of Bellary

Bellary: Housing, Waqf, and Minorities Welfare Minister BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan has been appointed as the district in-charge minister of Ballari. The order was issued on June 28. Zameer, who is currently the in-charge minister of Vijayanagara, has now been given additional charge of Ballari, officials confirmed. When Siddaramaiah government came to power in 2023 Minister B Nagendra, a native of Ballari district, held the in-charge position. As Nagendra resigned following allegations of a Valmiki Corporation fund scam, the government has now appointed Zameer as the district in-charge minister of Ballari.

Deccan Chronicle 29 Jun 2024 1:26 am

CM Siddaramaiah Defends Resource Mobilisation and Addresses Petrol Price Concerns

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah (X.com) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah (X.com) BELLARY: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has underscored the critical necessity of mobilizing resources for development works in Karnataka, stating that Rs 60,000 crore must be provided for guarantees this year. Speaking to reporters at Toranagallu today, Siddaramaiah posed a pivotal question: Should resources be mobilized for development works or not? Addressing concerns regarding the recent rise in petrol and diesel prices, which have sparked worries about potential increases in Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) fares, Siddaramaiah challenged, Let the BJP propose stopping the guarantee schemes. Will they do that? He firmly clarified that there is no proposal before the government to hike the fares of KSRTC, the state-owned Road Transport Service. Siddaramaiah also launched a sharp attack on the BJP for criticizing the Congress government over the rise in fuel prices. He pointed to the Modi government's significant increase in excise duty on petrol, from Rs 9.48 per liter to Rs 32.98 per liter. Drawing a contrast, he noted that during Manmohan Singh's tenure as Prime Minister, crude oil was priced at $113 per barrel. Now, how much is it? When it fell to $50 in 2015, did the Modi government reduce the petrol and diesel prices? Even when crude oil prices dipped to $27, was there any decrease in petrol and diesel prices? he questioned. Siddaramaiah emphasized that allegations should be based on facts. While crude oil prices have decreased, petrol prices have risen under the Modi government. We have increased prices for development purposes. Despite this increase, our prices are still lower compared to neighboring states, he added. On the topic of the Tungabhadra Balancing Reservoir construction at Navale in Koppal taluk, Siddaramaiah announced that discussions would be initiated between Karnataka, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh, and a Detailed Project Report (DPR) would be prepared. This project aims to address water management and distribution issues in the region. In conclusion, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's statements highlight the Karnataka government's focus on resource mobilization for development, refute speculations about KSRTC fare hikes, and call out the BJP's misleading allegations regarding fuel price hikes.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Jun 2024 2:48 am

Kurnool: Man Dies in Road Mishap

Compared to the last year, road accidents have decreased in the Kamareddy district this year, said police. Last year, 516 road accident cases, including 243 deaths were reported and this year, 221 persons died in 496 mishaps. (DC Image) Compared to the last year, road accidents have decreased in the Kamareddy district this year, said police. Last year, 516 road accident cases, including 243 deaths were reported and this year, 221 persons died in 496 mishaps. (DC Image) Kurnool: A man from Karnataka died and two others were injured in a road accident at Kalvabugga in Orvakal mandal on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as P. Venkateswara Rao, 58, a farmer and resident of Vijayanagar Colony in Bellary, Karnataka. According to police, the incident occurred when the car in which they were travelling hit a tractor near Kalvabugga. Venkateswara Rao died on the spot, and two others, including the driver, were injured in the incident. A case has been registered, and an investigation is ongoing.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Jun 2024 12:43 am

NIA files charge sheet against 7 for recruiting young people as mujahideens

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed charge sheet against seven persons for recruiting and radicalising vulnerable youths as mujahideens to operate as terrorist sleeper cells, an official statement said. They were part of a bigger conspiracy by proscribed terrorist organisation Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to prepare 50 such sleeper cells in each district of India by 2025, it said. The sleeper cells were being prepared to carry out guerrilla attacks on Indian soldiers, police personnel and leaders of specific religious organisations, the statement issued by the NIA said. The accused were also involved in the fabrication of explosives for furtherance of the ISIS goal to establish the Caliphate system in India by waging jihad against the government of India, it said. In a major step towards demolishing the ISIS anti-India module network, the NIA on Thursday charge sheeted seven accused involved in the Bellary IS module case, the probe agency said.

Business Standard 13 Jun 2024 8:14 pm

NIA chargesheets 7 ISIS terrorists for setting up sleeper cells in Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi, June 13: In a significant move to dismantle the ISIS-linked anti-India network, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a chargesheet on Thursday against seven suspects involved in the Bellary IS module case on charges of setting up Uttar Pradesh sleeper cells and fabricating explosives. These seven accused were earlier arrested by the NIA. As per the agency, the accused have been charged with recruitment and radicalization of vulnerable youth as mujahideens to operate as terrorist sleeper cells. They [] The post NIA chargesheets 7 ISIS terrorists for setting up sleeper cells in Uttar Pradesh appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 13 Jun 2024 7:49 pm

NIA Chargesheets 7 ISIS Terrorists Involved In Bellary Module Case

Hyderabad: In a major step towards demolishing the ISIS anti-India module network, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday chargesheeted seven accused involved in the Bellary IS module case. The seven accused, arrested earlier by NIA, have been charged with recruitment and radicalization of vulnerable youth as mujahideens to operate as terrorist sleeper cells. They were part of a bigger ISIS conspiracy to prepare 50 such sleeper cells in each district of India by 2025. The accused were also involved in the fabrication of explosives for furtherance of the ISIS goal to establish the Caliphate System in India by waging jihad against the Central government. The men, who were actively engaged in propagating the ISIS ideology, have been chargesheeted under various sections of IPC, UA(P) Act, Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act. As per NIA investigations in the case, RC-03/2023/NIA/BLR, registered in December 2023, the Bellary module was inspired by the separatist and violent ideology of the proscribed terrorist organisation, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The sleeper cells were being prepared to carry out guerrilla attacks on the Indian soldiers, police and leaders of specific religious organisations. The improvised explosive devices prepared by the accused were meant to unleash terrorist violence in various parts of the country, NIA investigations have further revealed. The accused had already carried out a trial blast in Bellary, Karnataka, and had also been sharing jihad related digital documents and data with other vulnerable youth. The NIA had, during investigation, seized explosive materials, sharp-edged weapons, digital devices containing propaganda magazines related to jihad, khilafat, fidayeen attacks published by various terrorist organisation including ISIS, and several incriminating documents/data exposing the ISIS roadmap for establishing Islamic rule in India. Six of the chargesheeted accused had taken bayath (pledge of allegiance) from their co-accused Md. Sulaiman alias Minaj, who had proclaimed himself as Amir of the group created by him. Besides Minaj, the others chargesheeted by NIA have been identified as Mohammed Muniruddin, Syed Sameer and Md. Muzammil, all residents of Karnataka, Anas Iqbal Shaikh, a resident of Maharashtra, Mohd. Shahbaz alias Zulfikar of Jharkhand, and Shayan Rehman alias Hussain of Delhi. Further investigations are in progress to unravel the complete conspiracy and identify others involved in the same.

Deccan Chronicle 13 Jun 2024 5:33 pm

Bellary Election Result 2024 Live Updates: Counting of Votes Starts Today

Bellary Election Result Live Updates: Get all the latest news and updates on Lok Sabha elections 2024 results on The Quint.

The Quint 4 Jun 2024 4:42 am

Karnataka Exit Polls 2024 Live Updates: Will Prajwal Revanna scandal hurt the BJP-JDS alliance?

Exit Polls 2024 Karnataka News Live: Bagalkot, Bangalore Central, Bangalore North, Bangalore Rural, Bangalore South, Belgaum, Bellary, Bidar, Bijapur, Chamrajanagar, Chikkballapur, Chikkodi, Chitradurga, Dakshina Kannada, Davanagere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Hassan, Haveri, Kolar, Koppal, Mandya, Mysore, Raichur, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi Chikmagalur, Uttara Kannada are in contention in the southern state.

The Economic Times 1 Jun 2024 6:06 pm

Bellary district admin orders joint survey of mines on AP-Karnataka border

Bengaluru: As the demarcation of the inter-state border between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, which has been affected by illegal mining, remains incomplete, the Department of Mines and Earth Sciences has initiated a joint survey of seven B-1 category mines along the border of the two states. The joint survey, set to begin on May 29 Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 27 May 2024 6:42 pm

Rayalaseema Still Has Sir Thomas Munro Ingrained Within

Anantapur: Sir Thomas Munro, the first collector of Dattamandalam in Rayalaseema region in AP, including the present Bellary district of Karnataka, spanned various military and administrative roles, culminating in his becoming the governor of Madras Presidency. It is his association with Rayalaseema that still finds an echo in the region. Gooty Kota Parirakshana Samithi president Dr. M. Virupaksha Reddy and Praja Science Vedika president Dr. M. Suresh Babu point out that many villagers in the region still name their sons as Munrolappa or Munrolayya. It may not be known that the Scottish soldier and British colonial administrator considered himself to be a priest during his previous life. He thus had close attachment with spiritual systems wherever he worked. Munro's control as Bellary collector in 1800 included the then village of Mantralayam, home of the revered Dvaita saint Raghavendra Swami. Madras presidency tasked Munro with collecting taxes from the Math and the village. When local officials failed to do so, Munro personally visited the Math. It is said Raghavendra Swami Himself appeared and conversed with him. Following this divine encounter, Munro issued an order favouring the Math and village, which was published in the Madras Government Gazette. Significantly, this document remains preserved in Fort St. George and Mantralayam. Historians say Munro is also the only person to have darshan of the golden Thoranam at Gandi Hanuman Temple during past few centuries. Munro's contributions and legacy are honoured by a memorial at St. Mary's Church in Madras. His life and work continue to be celebrated for their enduring impact on the administrative systems and historical narratives of Madras Presidency. Incidentally, Thomas Munro had been born in Glasgow on 27 May 1761 in the family of Alexander Munro, a Glaswegian merchant whose prosperity in the American tobacco trade. Thomas received a robust education at the University of Glasgow. Known for his open temper, generosity, courage, and athletic prowess, Munro initially intended to follow in his father's footsteps, but chose a military career instead. He joined an infantry cadet ship in Madras in 1779. Munro's military service has been marked by several key campaigns, including war against Hyder Ali (17801783) and first campaign against Tipu Sultan (17901792). His experience in these wars laid the foundation for his future administrative roles, including in territories captured from Tipu Sultan. He introduced the ryotwari system, a land revenue system that empowered individual cultivators. Known as father of the Ryotwari system, Munro's published minutes compiled by Sir A. Arbuthnot served as a valuable manual for contemporary and future civil administrators, say Dr. Virupaksha Reddy and Dr M. Suresh Babu.

Deccan Chronicle 26 May 2024 9:26 pm

Cyclone Remal brings rains to AP, disrupts life

Vijayawada: Severe Cyclone Remal brought rains to Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, disrupting normal life at several places for some hours. In Vijayawada, light to moderate rains began from the early hours and continued till evening, submerging roads and low-lying areas in knee-deep water and disrupting normal life. However, heavy downpour battered arterial and sub-arterial roads in and around Pinnamaneni Polyclinic Road, MG and Eluru Roads, Auto Nagar, I Town, including key traffic junctions like Benz Circle and NTR Circle, causing inundation in low-lying areas and disrupting vehicular traffic throughout the day. Commuters using city buses experienced severe inconvenience with water logging at several bus stops on the MG and Eluru roads. According to IMD, Amaravati, Vijayawada and Gannavaram recorded 4.5 cm of rain. NTR district recorded total 268.4 mm rainfall across 20 mandals on Saturday. While the district recorded an average rainfall of 13.42 mm, Vijayawada Central and Vijayawada West mandals receiving the highest rainfall of 34.6 mm between 8:30 am and 7 pm on Saturday. Vijayawada North, East and Rural mandals received 34.2 mm, 34 mm and 32.8 mm rainfall. Rains brought down the mercury levels providing the much-needed respite from the summer heat. Gannavaram registered 31 degrees Celsius with a negative departure of 12 degrees Celsius. In Anantapur, heavy rains on Friday night resulted in massive damage to standing crops in Uravakonda, Madakasira and Kalyandurg areas. The heavy downpour filled channels and small tanks overflowed. Traffic was disrupted between Palthur and Govindawada, Penchikalapadu on the main road of Bellary-Anantapur. Power supply got disrupted in many parts of the Vidapanakal mandal after a number of big electric poles got uprooted. At least 19 villages in the mandal had no power till Saturday afternoon. Jammanipalli irrigation tank in Madakasira mandal witnessed overflow. Hundreds of acres of agriculture fields overflowed with rain water and badly damaged the crops. The sea along the Uppada-Kakinada coast remained rough. Kakinada registered 31.1 mm rainfall and Tuni 30.7 mm. IMD director S. Stella told Deccan Chronicle that except for Gannavaram and Vijayawada, other places received moderate to light rains during the day. Tomorrow (Sunday), the state will receive light rain. After that, the temperature will increase slowly till the monsoon sets over Andhra Pradesh, Stella stated.

Deccan Chronicle 25 May 2024 11:21 pm

Adoni brothers busted in cross-border ganja operation: Bellary police net 50 kg

Kurnool: In a significant bust, Bellary police have arrested two brothers from Andhra Pradesh for cultivating and selling ganja. The operation, conducted on Tuesday in Adoni mandal, netted a seizure of 50 kilograms of dry ganja.The accused, Ravi and Chandra, hail from Santhekudluru village, which straddles the border between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Police allege the brothers have been cultivating ganja for the past two years, cleverly disguising it within their green chili fields. Their illicit operation involved transporting the ganja across the border to Bellary town in Karnataka, where they sold it to users and retailers. The arrests stem from an ongoing investigation into a ganja smuggling case. Acting on a tip from an apprehended user, the Cowl Bazar police of Bellary zeroed in on Santhekudluru village. A raid on the brothers' residence yielded the sizeable stash of ganja, which was promptly seized.

Deccan Chronicle 22 May 2024 12:30 am

Despite heat, Karnataka Phase-3 polls records 70.41 per cent voting

BENGALURU: Despite the maximum day temperature touching 45 degrees Celsius in some segments, 14 constituencies in the state recorded a voter turnout of 70.41%, as tabulated till 11.17 pm on Tuesday in the Phase - 3 Lok Sabha elections. According to election officials, the overall voting percentage in Karnataka was69.96,better than the national average of 67.40. IMD officials had issued a heatwave alert for most parts of Karnataka, including the 14 constituencies that went to polls on Tuesday. The maximum temperature in Gulbarga and Raichur constituencies was around 45 degrees Celsius. In Koppal, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gadag, Bellary, Bidar and Yadgir constituencies, it was around 43 degrees Celsius. Election and IMD officials said despite the harsh weather, the voter turnout in Phase-3 elections was excellent. The voter turnout in Phase-2 elections was 69.56%. Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka Manoj Kumar Meena said the overall voter turnout for Phase-3 was better compared to Phase-2 elections, given the weather conditions Chikkodi sees highest voter turnout Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Majok Kumar Meena because of the poor turnout in Bengalurus three urban constituencies, the overall percentage dropped in Phase-2 elections. The constituencies that went to polls in Phase-3 in the state have no metropolitan cities. Hence, the overall turnout was good, he added. In Bellary, election officials Lakshmi Devi and Ravichandra were rushed to hospital after they suffered low blood pressure. According to doctors, it was due to heatwave. Meena said despite the ban on using mobile phones inside polling booths, incidents of people voting, videographing and posting it on social media were reported. Details were being collected from polling officials and action will be taken accordingly, he added. Many politicians, including All-India Congress Committee (AICC) president Mallikarjun Kharge, former chief ministers BS Yediyurappa and Basavaraj Bommai, and Union Minister Pralhad Joshi exercised their franchise. Padma Shri awardee and poll icon Manjamma Jogatti also exercised her franchise. Lok Sabha elections ended in Karnataka on Tuesday. Of the 93 constituencies that went to polls, 14 are from Karnataka. At 9am, the voter turnout was just 9.45%. This made the election officials a little apprehensive as they expected a huge turnout during morning hours, given the weather conditions. The turnout increased to 24.48% at 11am, giving the officials some hope. It rose to 41.59% at 1.30pm and then to 54.20% at 3pm. At 5pm, the turnout was 66.05%. Highest and lowest The highest voter turnout of76.99% was recorded in Chikkodi constituency and the lowest of 61.73% in Gulbarga, the home constituency of AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge. Uttara Kannada, with the least number of voters (16,41,156), recorded 73.52%.

The New Indian Express 8 May 2024 7:29 am

Completion of pending projects is priority, says YSRC's Ramaiah

Kurnool: Kurnool city mayor B.Y. Ramaiah, contesting from the Kurnool Lok Sabha constituency on the ruling YSRC ticket, exudes confidence about his victory. A civil engineering graduate with a postgraduate degree in law, Ramaiah feels the Kurnool area is highly underdeveloped, plagued by issues like drinking and irrigation water scarcity and lack of employment opportunities. He pointed out that annually nearly 60 per cent of agricultural labour and small farmers migrate to areas like Hyderabad, Guntur, Bellary, Chennai and Bangalore in search of livelihoods. His primary agenda is to alleviate the plight of people, especially farmers, from severe drought conditions, and create job opportunities locally. His promises include construction of irrigation projects, such as Vedavathi and Nagaradona, to address water scarcity issues. He says he has already initiated the establishment of a tomato processing unit at a cost of 12 crores near Pathikonda, which will boost the local economy.

Deccan Chronicle 7 May 2024 11:59 pm

Summer heat seems a slight deterrent to voter turnoutin Karnataka

BENGALURU: The rising temperatures seems a slight deterrent for people voting in 14 Parliamentary Constituencies of Karnataka in Phase-3 elections. As of 1.30 pm, the voter turnout stood at 41.59%. Voting at various poll stations in Karnataka had started at 7 am and till 11 am the turnout was 24. 48% till. It was 9.45% till 9 am. As per data from the office of the chief Electoral Officer Karnataka, the highest voter turnout was in Chikkodi -45.69%, followed by Shimoga--44.98%. The election officials said all measures have been taken for the safety of voters to beat the summer heat. Sufficient shade, water, medicines and juices or other liquids have been arranged for hydration. Each polling booth is equipped with ambulances and health centres in case of emergency. A total number of2,59,52,958 voters are eligible to vote in the Phase-3 elections that will decide the fate of 227 candidates. Officials in the office of Chief Electoral Officer Karnataka (CEO) have taken all measures to ensure that people come in large numbers to vote before the temperatures start to rise. The election officials have also taken inputs from India Meteorological Department (IMD) on the rising temperatures as the IMD had issued a heat wave alert for most parts of North Karnataka for May 7, the polling day. The constituencies going to polls inPhase-3 elections are- Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bellary, Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bidar, Koppal, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davangere and Shimoga. The largest number of voters in Phase-3 elections are in Gulbarga parliamentary constituency- 20,98,202 and the lowest in Uttara Kannada- 16,41,156. The second largest number of voters are in Raichur- 20,10,103. There are 6,90,929 young voters, 2,29,263 voters are aged above 85 years of age and 3,43,966 voters are listed as People with Disabilities (PwD). Of the 227 candidates contesting- 206 are males and 21 are females. Nine candidates are from Bahujan Samaj Party and 14 from BJP and Congress each. 117 independent candidates are also contesting in Phase-3 elections. The highest number of candidates (30) are from Davangere constituency, followed by Shimoga (23) and Bagalkot (22). Eight candidates, each, are contesting from Bijapur and Raichur.

The New Indian Express 7 May 2024 3:05 pm

Karnataka Lok Sabha Elections: 42% Voter Turnout in 14 Constituencies by 1 PM

Karnataka Lok Sabha Elections: 42% Voter Turnout in 14 Constituencies by 1 PM An estimated 41.59 per cent turnout was reported at 1pm on Tuesday for the second phase of Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka in 14 constituencies. The polling began at 7 am and will end at 6 pm. Out of the 14 segments, highest turnout of 45.69 per cent was recorded in Chikkodi, followed by Shimoga 44.98 per cent, and least 38.06 per cent in Raichur. A total of 227 candidates -- 206 men and 21 women -- are in the fray for the second phase covering northern districts, where more than 2.59 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in 28,269 polling stations. The Congress and BJP are locking horns on the electoral battleground again in less than a fortnight in Karnataka. It's a straight fight between the ruling Congress and the BJP in these segments. The JD(S) is not contesting in these seats and is supporting its NDA alliance partner -- the BJP. The state has a total of 28 Lok Sabha constituencies. The first phase of polling in the other 14 seats in most of the southern and coastal districts was held on April 26. The segments where elections are being held are: Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davangere and Shimoga. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, BJP had swept all these 14 seats, defeating Congress and JD(S), which were in alliance and ruling the state back then.

devdiscourse 7 May 2024 2:09 pm

LS Polls Phase 3: Brisk polling in northern Karnataka

Mangaluru: The Northern districts of Karnataka witnessed brisk polling since morning during the third phase of Lok Sabha elections. People were seen eagerly waiting in queues to exercise their democratic rights on Tuesday morning. According to early data, the approximate voter turnout at 11 am is 24.48 percent across the 14 constituencies that went to polls. Uttara Kannada recorded the highest turnout at 27.65 percent by 11 am. Other constituencies of North Karnataka also saw encouraging voting percentage, with figures Chikkodi registering 27.23 percent, Bellary (26.45 percent) Bagalkot (23.80 percent), Belgaum (23.91 percent), Bidar (22.33 percent), Bijapur (23.91 percent), Dharwad (24.00 percent), Gulbarga (22.64 percent), Haveri (24.24 percent), Koppal (24.64 percent) and Raichur. Long queues of voters were seen even in rural areas, reflecting the determination of citizens to exercise their right. Many candidates and senior political leaders exercised their franchise early in the day. Notable figures spotted at polling booths included AICC president and Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge who voted alongside his wife Radhabai at booth number 120 in Kannada Higher Primary School, Basavanagara in Kalaburagi City. Meanwhile, his son, Rural Development Minister Priyank Kharge, and daughter-in-law Shruthi Kharge exercised their franchise at booth number 26 in Government Higher Primary School, Gundagurthi village of Chittapura. Gulbarga candidate Radhakrishna Dodmani also cast his vote in the same booth. Former Chief Minister and BJP candidate from Haveri, Basavaraj Bommai, along with his family members, marked their ballots at Government Model Kannada Boys Higher Primary School in Shiggaon. In Bidar constituency, Congress candidate Sagar Khandre, accompanied by his father and Forest Minister Eshwar Khandre, and his grandfather and former Minister Bheemanna Khandre, cast their votes.

Deccan Chronicle 7 May 2024 12:46 pm

High Turnout in Karnataka: 25% Voters Cast Ballots in First Four Hours

High Turnout in Karnataka: 25% Voters Cast Ballots in First Four Hours An estimated 24.48 percent turnout was reported till 11 am since voting began for the second phase of Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka in 14 constituencies, on Tuesday. The polling began at 7 am today and will end at 6 pm. About 24.48 per cent of the electorate cast their ballots in the first four hours of voting, election officials said. Out of the 14 segments, highest turnout of 27.65 per cent was recorded in Uttara Kannada, followed by Shimoga 27.22 per cent, and least 22.05 per cent in Raichur. A total of 227 candidates -- 206 men and 21 women -- are in the fray for the second phase covering northern districts, where more than 2.59 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in 28,269 polling stations. The Congress and BJP are locking horns on the electoral battleground again in less than a fortnight in Karnataka. It's a straight fight between the ruling Congress and the BJP in these segments. The JD(S) is not contesting in these seats and is supporting its NDA alliance partner -- the BJP. The state has a total of 28 Lok Sabha constituencies. The first phase of polling in the other 14 seats in most of the southern and coastal districts was held on April 26. The segments where elections are being held are: Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davangere and Shimoga. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, BJP had swept all these 14 seats, defeating Congress and JD(S), which were in alliance and ruling the state back then. MP Umesh Jadhav, who is contesting from Gulbarga against Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge's son-in-law Radhakrishna Doddamani, Congress' candidates -- Anjali Nibalkar, Prabha Mallikarjun and Samyukta Patil from Uttara Kannada, Davangere and Bagalkot Lok Sabha segments, respectively, and also former Minister and BJP leader G Janardhana Reddy were among the promInents who voted.

devdiscourse 7 May 2024 12:08 pm

Polling begins in 14 Karnataka constituencies for Lok Sabha elections

Polling begins in 14 Karnataka constituencies for Lok Sabha elections Voting for the second phase of Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka began on Tuesday in 14 constituencies. Polling began at 7 am and will end at 6 pm. A total of 227 candidates -- 206 men and 21 women -- are in the fray for the second phase covering the northern districts of the state where more than 2.59 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in 28,269 polling stations. The Congress and BJP are locking horns on the electoral battleground again in less than a fortnight in Karnataka. It's a straight fight between the ruling Congress and the BJP in these constituencies in the northern districts. The JD(S) is not contesting these seats and is supporting its NDA alliance partner -- the BJP. The state has 28 Lok Sabha constituencies. The first phase of polling in the other 14 seats in most of the southern and coastal districts was held on April 26. The segments where elections will be held on Tuesday are: Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davangere and Shimoga. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, BJP had won all these seats, defeating Congress and JD(S), who were in alliance and ruling the state back then. Speaking to PTI, Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Manoj Kumar Meena said adequate security arrangements have been made for Tuesday's polling. ''Around 1.45 lakh polling officials have been deployed across the 14 constituencies. In addition, 35,000 civil police personnel, 65 companies of Central Paramilitary forces and armed police of other states will be deployed for the polling day,'' he said. Besides this, 4,000 micro observers will also be on duty, and 17,000 polling stations will be covered by webcasting, he added. Davangere has a maximum number of 30 candidates, followed by 23 in Shimoga while Raichur has the least - eight. Former Chief Ministers Basavaraj Bommai (Haveri) and Jagadish Shettar (Balgaum), Union Ministers Pralhad Joshi (Dharwad) and Bhagwanth Khuba (Bidar) -- all from BJP; Congress' Geetha Shivrajkumar (Shimoga) -- wife of actor Shivrajkumar and daughter of former CM S Bangarappa, and AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge's son-in-law Radhakrishna Doddamani (Gulbarga), are among the prominent people in the fray. Also in the contest are MP and veteran BJP leader B S Yediyurappa's son B Y Raghavendra, party's suspended leader and former Deputy CM K S Eshwarappa -- both from Shimoga, former Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri and ex- Minister B Sreeramulu of BJP from Uttara Kannada and Bellary respectively, and retired IAS officer G Kumar Naik of Congress from Raichur. Stakes are high for several Ministers in this phase with their children contesting. Sons of Ministers Laxmi Hebbalkar and Eshwar Khandre-- Mrinal Ravindra Hebbalkar and Sagar Khandre-- are contesting from Belgaum and Bidar respectively, while daughters of Ministers Satish Jarkiholi and Shivanand Patil-- Priyanka Jarkiholi and Samyukta Patil respectively-- are in contention in Chikkodi and Bagalkot respectively. Prabha Mallikarjun, wife of Minister S S Mallikarjun and daughter-in-law of veteran Congress leader Shamanur Shivashankarappa, is contesting from Davangere.

devdiscourse 7 May 2024 7:17 am

BJP and Congress Lock Horns in Crucial Polls Northern Karnataka

MANGALURU: May 7th marks a crucial electoral showdown in the Northern Karnataka region, with 14 constituencies, including Kalyana-Karnataka and Kittur Karnataka, heading to the polls. The electoral arena is set for a fierce contest between the Congress and BJP, both vying to secure significant seats and bolster their respective standings at the Center. Amidst this electoral fervor, several constituencies are poised for particularly intriguing battles. The BJP is primarily focusing on the image of Modi and showcasing developmental initiatives, including the Ayodhya Ram Mandir, in its bid to secure votes. Meanwhile, the Congress party is relying on its guarantee schemes and leveraging the anti-incumbency sentiment as key strategies for electoral success. The 14 constituencies slated for elections tomorrow encompass Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga, and Davangere. In the 2019 election, BJP had won all these seats. This electoral spectacle features a noteworthy lineup of candidates, including two Union Ministers, two former Chief Ministers, and the children of three Karnataka Cabinet Ministers, alongside the son-in-law of the AICC president. The districts have witnessed a flurry of political activity, with both state and central leaders canvassing extensively for their candidates. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with leaders like Amit Shah, JP Nadda, and Vijayendra, has spearheaded vigorous campaigns, while Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, and AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge have mobilized their forces with equal fervor. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Deputy CM and KPCC president DK Shivakumar have strategically shifted focus to the North Karnataka region post the conclusion of elections in South and Coastal Karnataka on April 26. Of particular interest is the Gulbarga constituency in the Kalyana Karnataka region, where sitting MP Dr. Umesh Jadhav locks horns with Congress candidate Radhakrishna. Radhakrishna, who is the son-in-law of AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge, is at the heart of a political battleground. With the BJP determined to unseat the Congress candidate on the home turf of the AICC president, the Congress has launched an extensive campaign to reclaim its stronghold. Mallikarjun Kharge himself has undertaken numerous tours across Kalyana Karnataka, leaving no stone unturned in his efforts to bolster his party's influence in the region. Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi is fighting against Congress candidate Vinod Asooti in Dharwad. Lingayat seer Dingaleshwar Swamiji's vocal opposition to Joshi's candidacy further underscores the intricacies of local dynamics, leaving people curious about the seer's followers' voting patterns. In Bidar, Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Bhagwanth Khuba, seeks reelection against Congress' youthful contender Sagar Khandre, son of Karnataka Minister Eshwar Khandre, amplifying the clash of political legacies. Similarly, in Chikkodi, Priyankar Satish Jarkiholi, daughter of PWD Belagavi district witnesses familial and political confrontations, with PWD Minister Satish Jarkiholi's daughter Priyankar Satish Jarkiholi stepping into the electoral arena for the first time against BJP's sitting MP Annasaheb Jolle in Chikkodi. Former CM and BJP leader Jagadish Shettar squares off against Women and Child Welfare Minister Laxmi Hebbalkars son Mrinal Hebbalkar in Belgaum. Former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai's bid for an MP seat from Haveri faces a challenge from Congress' Anandswamy Gaddadevaramath, while Samyukta Patil, daughter of Agriculture Marketing Minister Shivanand Patil, confronts BJP's PC Gaddigaudar who has been winning the seat for BJP since 2004. JD(S), which is in alliance with BJP in Karnataka, is not contesting in any of the 14 constituencies where the election is scheduled on Tuesday. However, JD(S) state president and former CM HD Kumaraswamy, along with his leaders, has been campaigning for the BJP candidates in the North Karnataka region.

Deccan Chronicle 6 May 2024 9:19 pm

Bellary Lok Sabha polls 2024: Date, schedule, result, party-wise candidates and other key details

The Bellary Lok Sabha constituency, formed post-2008 delimitation, is reserved for Scheduled Tribes. With eight Assembly segments, Congress holds most seats, while BJP and JD(S) have one each. Elections for 2024 are set for May 7 (Phase 3) with results on June 4. Notable candidates include B. Sriramulu (BJP) and E Thukaram (INC). In 2019, BJP's Y Devendrappa won with a significant margin of 55707 votes.

The Economic Times 6 May 2024 5:01 pm

Tents, Fans, and Ambulances Deployed at Karnataka Polling Stations to Aid Voters Amidst Heat on May 7

Tents, Fans, and Ambulances Deployed at Karnataka Polling Stations to Aid Voters Amidst Heat on May 7 With just two days left for the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka, the Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements to increase voter turnout amid the soaring temperatures in the 14 constituencies that go to the polls on May 7. The first phase of the general elections in 14 of Karnataka's 28 Lok Sabha constituencies was held on April 26, and the second, for the rest of the 14 segments, is on May 7. From arranging shamianas and tents, additional fans and drinking water facilities, to keeping ambulances on standby and using adjacent rooms of the polling booth as waiting areas, the Election Commission is making efforts to ensure that the polling percentage is not affected due to the ''harsh summer''. There are 28,269 polling stations in these 14 constituencies -- Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davangere and Shimoga --which are going to the polls on May 7. In this first phase, Karnataka recorded 69.56 per cent voter turnout. Speaking to PTI, Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Manoj Kumar Meena said the constituencies where polling will take place on May 7 are in North Karnataka region and the temperature is slightly high there, ''so we have made all necessary arrangements to ensure that people aren't deterred from coming out of their homes to vote.'' He further said, ''It is a harsh summer, so we are making special arrangements to mitigate this temperature, (and the possibility of) stroke, dehydration... So, we are making special arrangements for shades, drinking water, fans wherever required at the polling stations.'' The poll body has also roped in ASHA workers and Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) workers to handle any medical emergency that may arise at the polling stations. ''We also have local-level health workers including ASHA workers and ANMs from primary health centres, so they will have basic medical kits to ensure that first aid is given to voters and polling officials in case of any medical emergency,'' he said. Ambulances have also been kept ready in a cluster of polling stations so that patients requiring more than first aid can be quickly taken to hospital, he added. The priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of poll officials and voters, especially senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Adequate number of tents and umbrellas for shade, and chairs to seat the officials and voters have been provided at the polling stations to ensure that they are not exposed to direct sunlight. ''All arrangements are being done to ensure that people have a pleasant experience and that the harsh summer will not deter them from coming to vote. We will do our best to see that people will not face any problem,'' the CEO said. There are a total of 2,59,52,958 electors in these 14 constituencies, out of which 1,29,83,406 are male, 1,29,67,607 are female and 1,945 are others.

devdiscourse 5 May 2024 5:28 pm

Silent period for Phase-3 poll sets in from May 5

BENGALURU: All sorts of loud political campaigning using loudspeakers, microphones, banners and mega rallies will end at 6 pm on Sunday (May 5). After which political parties and candidates can only carry out door-to-door campaigning. This is because 14 parliamentary constituencies -- Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davangere and Shimoga -- are going to the polls on May 7. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka (CEO) said that from 6 pm on Sunday, state borders in districts going to the polls will also be sealed. Additional CEO Venkatesh Kumar R told The New Sunday Express that from the silent period till the polls are over, the sale of liquor is not permitted. Liquor cannot be brought from other states also. As per Election Commission directions, liquor outlets in other states falling within 5km of the Karnataka border too should remain closed. Bidar, Kalaburagi, Raichur, Yadgir, Ballari, Uttara Kannada, Belagavi and Vijayapura share borders with Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Maharashtra. The CEOs office also requested state governments of neighbouring states to give all employees and labourers paid holiday on May 7 to allow them to vote. The state government has declared a general holiday that day for all government offices, educational institutions and public sector undertakings falling within these constituencies. Also, business enterprises, industries and other institutions have been directed to sanction a paid holiday to allow daily wagers and permanent staff working with them to vote. Kumar said that many people in North Karnataka work in Maharashtra, Hyderabad and other places. The district administrations were directed to call them and persuade them to come to their respective constituencies to vote. The election officials said that no opinion polls are permitted. Restrictions on opinion polls were imposed from Phase-1 elections. There is a ban from April 19 to 6.30 pm on June 1, Kumar said. The election officials have also directed all parties and candidates to ensure that no one except residents remain in the constituency.

The New Indian Express 5 May 2024 8:53 am

Modi fears washout of NDA in Lok Sabha polls, says Congress

AICC general secretary Jairam Ramesh says Mr Kharge is in touch with leaders of all parties in the INDIA bloc to give structure to ensure closer coordination in the alliance. (Image source:Twitter) AICC general secretary Jairam Ramesh says Mr Kharge is in touch with leaders of all parties in the INDIA bloc to give structure to ensure closer coordination in the alliance. (Image source:Twitter) New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of indulging in fear mongering as the BJP-led NDA faces washout in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls. The grand old party also criticised the Prime Minister for his political support to JD(S) Hassan candidate Prajwal Revanna, accused of sexually abusing women, and questioned Modis policy on Mahila Samman. Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said, Why did Modi campaign for the Hassan video perpetrator? Is the BJP washing machine at full spin for Janardhan Reddy? Instead of lying and fear mongering, these are the questions he should answer. Ramesh said the Hassan video has shocked the conscience of the nation. Prajwal Revanna, a sitting JD(S-anghi) MP, has been accused of creating thousands of sexually explicit videos of women. The videos were then distributed by pen drive across the district, much to the distress of the victims, some of whom have attempted to take their own lives. The fact that these videos existed was known, an ex-MLA from Hassan had even written to his own party leadership stating that they shouldnt support this MP. Rather than prioritising justice for the women, the NDA had systematically suppressed the scandal till polling. Why has Modi, so often delivering platitudes on Mahila Samman and Nari Shakti, endorsed Prajwal Revanna despite being aware of his crimes? Ramesh asked. He also accused the BJP of giving clean chits to the accused in various scams and scandals. On March 25th, Bellary Janardhan Reddy, accused in a `35,000 crore scam and with 20 criminal cases against him, joined the BJP. Is this another instance of the BJP washing machine slowing down or exempting BJP leaders from corruption investigations? Why did the Prime Minister take in a leader under investigation for corruption into the party? Ramesh asked. Meanwhile, responding to Modis attacks on the Congress over its leader Sam Pitrodas inheritance tax comments, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram said the Prime Minister has imagined a Congress manifesto written by one of his ghost speech writers and he should debate the real issues included in the document. The Prime Minister continues to discover and read in the Congress manifesto words and sentences that are not there! He has imagined a Congress manifesto written by one of his ghost speech writers The phrase inheritance tax does not occur anywhere in the manifesto, wrote Chidambaram on X.

Deccan Chronicle 28 Apr 2024 11:46 pm

Six RTC passengers injured seriously

Anantapur: At least six passengers of an APSRTC bus belonging to the Kalyandurg depot suffered serious injuries when the bus overturned near Mallikarjunapalli in Kalyandurg mandal of the district on Friday evening. Kalyandurg circle inspector Harinath said the bus with 50 passengers had been coming from Bellary district headquarters of Karnataka to Kalyandurg. When the bus reached Mallikarjunapalle. the driver noticed a buffalo suddenly crossing the road. While trying to avoid the animal, the driver lost control, leading to the bus falling on the left side of the road. Six passengers suffered serious injuries and have been shifted to the Kalyandurg hospital.

Deccan Chronicle 27 Apr 2024 1:14 am

Karnataka Election Commission Files 189 Major Election Violation Cases

Karnataka Election Commission Files 189 Major Election Violation Cases As Karnataka gears up for the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 26, the Election Commission on Wednesday said all the polling stations in the Bangalore Rural and Mysore constituencies will be webcast. As of now, a total of 189 cases have been booked against political parties or candidates for major violations under the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), they said. Addressing a press conference here, Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Manoj Kumar Meena said 1.4 lakh polling officials will be on duty at the 30,602 polling stations across the 14 constituencies which are going for polls in the first phase on Friday. Besides them, 5,000 micro observers, 50,000 civil police personnel, 65 companies of Central Parliamentary Force and State Armed Police force of other States will also be deployed for security at these polling stations, he said. ''All the 2,829 polling stations of Bangalore Rural parliamentary constituency will be 100 per cent webcast. This is as per the request of our returning officers and observers; so we have given more than double central parliamentary force for the Bangalore Rural Constituency. Seven companies of central paramilitary forces have been inducted at the constituency since April 22,'' Meena said. Out of the 30,602 polling stations --- 19,701 polling stations will be webcast while 1,370 will be covered via CCTVs, he said. Out of the total 189 cases booked against political parties or candidates 23 are related to hate speeches, 28 related to inducement, and 15 related to misuse of religious places among other MCC violations, the official said. Listing out the alleged MCC violations by political parties, he said for hate speech, 12 cases have been booked against BJP or its candidates, nine cases against Congress and two cases against JD(S). In connection with inducement, eight cases have been filed against BJP, nine against Congress, three against JD(S) and eight against independent candidates or unrecognised political parties. For misuse of religious places, eight cases have been booked against BJP, six against Congress and one against an independent candidate. For using children for canvassing, seven cases each have been booked against BJP and Congress and one against an independent candidate, he added. The 14 segments facing polls in the first phase are: Udupi-Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bangalore Rural, Bangalore North, Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Chikkballapur and Kolar. There are a total of 2,88,19,342 electors in these constituencies -- 1,44,28,099 male, 1,43,88,176 female and 3,067 third gender, according to the poll body. Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere and Shimoga will go to polls in the second phase on May 7. In these constituencies, there are a total of 2,59,52,958 electors 1,29,83,406 are male, 1,29,67,607 are female and 1,945 are third gender -- and 28,269 polling stations.

devdiscourse 24 Apr 2024 5:12 pm

Tanker Driver Killed in Fiery Kurnool Crash

Compared to the last year, road accidents have decreased in the Kamareddy district this year, said police. Last year, 516 road accident cases, including 243 deaths were reported and this year, 221 persons died in 496 mishaps. (DC Image) Compared to the last year, road accidents have decreased in the Kamareddy district this year, said police. Last year, 516 road accident cases, including 243 deaths were reported and this year, 221 persons died in 496 mishaps. (DC Image) Kurnool: A tragic road accident claimed the life of a truck driver on Sunday night near Chinnahothur village in Aspari mandal. Naseer, a 35-year-old driver from Haryana, was reportedly speeding when his tanker, carrying cement mixed crushing stones from Bellary to Hyderabad, collided with a stationary truck on the national highway. The impact triggered a fire that engulfed the tanker. Despite attempts to escape the inferno, Naseer was unable to exit the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries. Firefighters arrived swiftly and extinguished the blaze. The Aspari circle inspector, Hanumatappa, confirmed the incident and stated that an investigation is underway.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Apr 2024 12:55 am

INTERVIEW | Opposition doesnt have any reliable data on joblessness: Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman has not had an easy time as Indias finance minister six months into her stint, the COVID pandemic hit India and the world. Two full financial years thereafter went in keeping the economy out of the negative in the face of a global recessionary crisis. Sitharamans hand was at the wheel all during the grim battle that kept Indias macro-economy above troubled waters and then into a rebound, with the GDP coming out one of the most creditable among major economies. But the strain of uneven, jobless growth was being felt down the line and has become the prime focus of the Oppositions 2024 election campaign. In an interaction with TNIE Editor Santwana Bhattacharya and Business Editor Dipak Mondal , Sitharaman takes all the hard questions on the economy, responds with her usual panache on the controversies, and discusses the BJPs prospects in southern India. Excerpts: Economic issues usually do not have much resonance in elections, unless cast in simplified relatable terms. Its the emotive issues which connect and rouse people to vote. This time, the opposition is focusing on issues like unemployment and inflation. Do you think it will get traction? I think the opposition is just using those issues to get some talking points. Strictly speaking, this government, since 2014, has constantly kept inflation within the RBI range. Only once or twice, it might have crossed that. So, the data does not support the opposition claims. The mechanisms are all there for you to see. The supply side problems were addressed by a group of ministers who constantly made sure, in advance, that the commodities we dont produce were imported -- edible oil is a classic case, also the various pulses. Some agricultural exports were giving great income for the farmer -- whether it was onion, or even rice and barley, wheat and sugar. But when needed, we took the decision to ban exports. But the opposition has raised the issue of unemployment in a very consistent manner Yes, but what the opposition fails to understand is that there is a complete reset in our labour market. Work has been going on to expand the areas from where data on jobs can be collected. It is a fact that in India we do not have data which is reflective adequately of the labour situation on the ground. We collect data on formal employment, but formal employment doesnt constitute a large chunk of all employment in the country. The informal sector is today widening its base, and more and more new jobs are coming there. The gig economy is one of the biggest in-your-face examples of a sector which has grown exponentially, but on which data is not adequately catching up. There are some areas where (this new) data is being captured. An e-shram portal has been launched, where people can register with a trade specified. Another example of data coming through a different source on the informal sector is where we have launched schemes, giving money through banks for beneficiaries to expand their business or put some investment into the business. Under PMs Swanidhi, you get data of people in the urban informal sector people who are vendors in the streets. Similarly, we look at where the GST returns are coming from, whether it is to track demand for a particular product, or the MSMEs that are supplying them. Data is also coming from the GeM portal the number of informal or small MSMEs who are getting registered in the GEM portal. So, it is one thing for us to look at the same set of numbers coming from the same set of sources and say jobs are not growing. On jobs, I dont think the opposition has got any data which is reliable. I am quite happy the opposition is raising the issue, and I am quite willing to give an answer. The BJP has been strongly focusing on electoral success in the South. It has a history of being largely thwarted in the region, barring Karnataka. Is that changing this time? Dont accuse me of doing whataboutery, but I will start with a whataboutery. You keep asking us why the BJP never intends to solve that issue of there being just the one fortress that we have in Karnataka. Tell me one place where Congress can enter now, anywhere in this country. I come from Tamil Nadu, I am married in Andhra Pradesh. Where is Congress there? If I remember correctly, it was 1964 when Kamaraj was the last of Tamil Nadus Congress CMs. After that a national party like the Congress, even under Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, could not set foot in Tamil Nadu. They played second fiddle to the DMK or once with the AIADMK. Even today, their candidates cannot even function without DMK support. Would you ask the Congress why they could not set foot in Tamil Nadu? You ask this question to the BJP, which is definitely showing signs of gradually expanding into all areas. Is the Congress there in Andhra? Has Congress formed the government in Odisha? It is a very important question for our democracy to ask why a national party like the Congress today is only a second fiddle to state parties. India needs a good, solid national party as opposition and the Congress is failing this country on that. The Congress is in power in Karnataka and Telangana.. You can always offer this kind of piecemeal logic. We were also in power in Karnataka. And then we also had some MPs from Tamil Nadu...you can always do this balancing act. I have asked you a question which is more pertinent to our democracy than your enthusiasm to prove the BJP is getting rejected in Tamil Nadu. No state rejects any party. From the Jan Sangh days, there have been (our) people in Tamil Nadu. Pon Radhakrishnan was elected from Kanyakumari, no less. And he was a minister under Vajpayee and again under Modi from 2014 to 2019. So let us not revel in this idea about the BJP getting rejected somewhere. Pound the Congress if you have the courage, they are losing one after the other in states. It is becoming a fringe party, going along with people who shout separatist slogans, and theyre happy to be there. What a shame for a party which claims to have fought for independence. So, among the southern states, where do you think is the fight heating up most? I think each of the states presents a different challenge to the BJP somewhere youre just entering, somewhere else youre trying to reclaim what political presence we have or had. The big thing about the BJP is that it tries newer ways -- either offering a different set of candidates, or using old stalwarts, and making sure that we articulate the discourse which we are likely to take forward in that state. So, whether it is Andhra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu or Kerala, you have every possible option. The contest between Rajeev Chandrashekhar and Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvananthapuram is a very interesting fight. Similarly, Suresh Gopi, who lost in 2019 (from Thrissur) but kept doing his work on the ground, without any noise. Sobha Surendran (Alappuzha) is another one of our really committed hardcore workers. Anil Antonys candidature (Pathanamthitta), I think, has so much potential. And again, K. Surendran in Wayanad, a veteran BJP leader. Kerala has gone to the court on the issue of State-Centre relations, so has Karnataka. The opposition has been saying that the Centre is showing a stepmotherly attitude towards states run by the opposition. What is your view on this? First of all, I cannot say that states should not go to the Supreme Court, they are well within their rights to go to the SC, and I am happy to provide any data that they want from the finance ministry. And this, I am sure, is true for any department in this government because we are led by a prime minister whos been a chief minister, and who during UPA had seen what stepmotherly treatment is. With that experience, Mr Modi, being in the Centre now as PM, knows that unless states get money in time, Indias development will be affected. You may have political differences, fight it out during polls, but theres no business for any government to curtail the development of any state. I had said this at a public meeting in Kerala much before Kerala went to court that I will put all the data out right there in the public meeting, which is what I did, and said I will equally be happy and ready to put the data before the Supreme Court, if they choose to go. We were happy to show the records. And the court has not told us we are wrong in the Kerala case. The court didnt say we have to give an interim relief. The court has of course referred it to a constitutional bench to see about borrowing etc. One other thing about Kerala every state is allowed, according to the FRBM Act, to borrow to the level of 3% of the GSDP without any conditions. This is applicable to all states. What happened about the borrowings they did outside the budget is that CAG came down heavily not just on Kerala, there were other states, too. The treatment offered to Kerala was the treatment offered to all those on which CAG had come down heavily saying that you borrowed from outside the budget, and that has to be reconciled. In the reconciliation process, they were given four years to return that money back to the system. In fact, much before Kerala went to court, I myself called the finance minister of Kerala and told him if in that particular year they are really in a difficult position, we could extend the reconciliation by another year. Not a special favour to Kerala, but offered to all such similarly placed states. The court took cognizance of that as well. Coming to Karnataka, I would like to point out two-three things before I get to this particular point. There has been some totally baseless commentary by the ruling dispensation to the effect that Karnataka was better off prior to GST, in that their indirect tax collection was growing at 15%. Data shows that pre-GST revenue growth for Karnataka was around 11.60% CAGR and post-GST revenue growth is similar at 11.35% despite COVID, which affected two financial years (2020-21 & 2021-22). So the Karnataka government is completely misleading the people with false data. The second allegation is that compensation cess dues of Karnataka were not being given. There are no unpaid compensation dues to Karnataka, Rs 1.06 lakh has been given to the state between July 2017 and June 2022. On their grievance that Karnataka pays one rupee, but gets only 29 paise...so I asked this question in reverse in Karnataka. The highest taxes in Karnataka are paid by the Bengaluru city. Can Bengaluru say we pay this much, give me the total money and leave Chitradurga, Bellary, etc without any money. So these are misleading, separatist kinds of arguments. The last grievance is that the Centre is collecting cess and surcharges and that should also be put into the divisible pool. Cess and surcharges are collected as per the Constitution, over and above the tax collected. And that money also goes to states. So this is a vicious way of misinforming the people. As for the recent case in the Supreme Court which, if I understand correctly, is about NDRF funds which have to come to the drought-hit areas of the state. The matter has been sent to the Election Commission. If they clear it, the high-level committee will meet and the money will be released. There is concern in the South that they are going to get penalised for performing better, being more industrialised, for progressing better than other states. How do you address this concern? These are very legitimate concerns. I have no differences here. I also know that some distinct progress has been made in some areas, and I agree they should not get disincentivised for that. But thats not the business of the central government, thats the business of the Finance Commission. If the Finance Commission gives me a recommendation, its my duty to obey. So voice those concerns, I repeat, legitimate concerns, with the Finance Commission, rather than politicising the issue. Whats your view on the Congress manifesto, especially the parts about the economy? They are talking about a single-slab GST, which is present in some other countries. Is that implementable here? I am really amused that they want to suggest improvements in the GST. People who were calling it Gabbar Singh Tax, and saying they would throw it out when they come to power, are now saying they will have to amend it and calling it GST 2.0. On the issue of single (GST) rates, Arun Jaitley Ji, finance minister at the time of introduction of GST, had openly said that in a country like India, with so many differences in levels of economic well-being, a single rate may not be fair. I am not arguing against it at the moment. But very clearly, what Jaitley ji said then holds true even now. On the economy, I am not sure that they have taken a complete picture to be commenting on it. They are fiscally flamboyant and saying they will pay Rs 1 lakh to every (poor) family, they should explain where they are going to get the money from. Their approach to the economy is more knee-jerk, not well-thought through. You mention economic disparities in the country. Recently, the Inequality Lab report termed the last 10 years as Billionaire Raj, and said that inequality is at the peak in India. It is one thing to take a foreign study and say look at what is happening in India. I have my own doubts on some of these foreign studies. We are providing 80 crore people free foodgrains for the last five years, and that is continuing for the next five years, yet on the Hunger index, India is ranked below some of our neighbours -- where people who are standing in queues to get even rotis are said to be better off than us. On income disparity, the way in which we have attended to providing basic amenities, houses for all, toilets for all, safe drinking water, Swachhata Abhiyan, they have made an impact. The World Bank study says that on multi-dimensional poverty, which is what NITI Aayog assessment results also show, extreme poverty has been brought down drastically in India. Its one thing to say poverty exists while people are accumulating wealth, but we are also lifting people out of poverty. Electoral bonds have been creating headlines. How do we create transparency in electoral funding and, after the Supreme Court order, what is the plan for political funding? The Supreme Court, in its wisdom, has rejected electoral bonds. We respect it and we will have to follow the order. But electoral bonds were one step better than what went before. Earlier, there was no framework under which you were to function. At least here you purchase and redeem the bonds through a bank account. Of course, given the banking laws, and also given the way in which funding during elections happened in pre-electoral bond days, donors wanted to have confidentiality, and that was part of the law. Now, after the Supreme Court order, even those who benefited from the bonds are calling it a scam. How much of a chameleon can you be? But irrespective of which party was taking donations, there is this question of actual quid pro quo. How do you address this allegation? As far as quid pro quo is concerned, you are putting two and two together and saying this is a quid pro quo. These are monies coming from bank account to bank account. Our attempt was to clean up electoral financing. Thats why we moved to bonds, which was discussed in and approved by Parliament. Electoral funding will have to go through a lot more transparency, and on that BJP is committed. Let us come to the other very political allegation against the BJP: that it is using ED, CBI etc against members of other political parties and forcing them to join the BJP. And once they join your party, they are kind of free of those charges... People have moved from one party to another, gone back to the original party, come back to the second party they left and so on. Clean chits are not given by political parties, clean chits are given by the courts. Some parties are unable to retain their own flock, because members see no hope in their respective parties performance. They see a prime minister whos working non-stop 24/7 and a party which is energised by that kind of leadership, they think they are in the wrong place, they move out. People are getting out of family- and caste-driven parties. They see hope in the BJP because it showed how people who were pasting wall posters or working at the booth level are rising to become somebody. But what about allegations of high-handedness in dealing with the opposition bank accounts are being frozen just before the election, sitting CMs are being arrested... The first tax notice (to Congress) was sent in 2021. They did not respond, they hadnt even filed the assessment paper. All that a political party needs to do to remain out of the tax net is to file an assessment. And then you are taken to courts, everywhere people pay up, you did not pay. And accounts were not frozen, there is a lien put on the money you owe the Income Tax department to the extent that to use that money; you will have to seek the courts permission. You have not followed the rule of law or the law of the land, and you expect to be treated differently. On the question of chief ministers being arrested, eight summons were sent and yet you did not appear (before ED). Didnt the Prime Minister, then the Chief Minister, appear before the CBI just before the Gujarat elections? He went and answered all the questions. But now this has become a big deal. I think it has become a business in this country to create that kind of sympathy, victimhood and then say this government is awful. Of late there has been some criticism about Indias official data. The previous household consumption survey was not published, apparently, because data was not favourable. The census itself was not conducted. How do you do your planning and economic focusing if you dont have these basic data points? Theres no denying that data is important -- particularly that data which only the government collects, and when government collects, it collects from a large canvas, and therefore, it is necessary for policy planning, it is necessary for people to do further research on the economy. An immense amount of work is going towards building proper teams which can do this work, statistically sound work, and therefore, I expect that should be ready as soon as the new government comes into place. And I certainly reject this observation that the last consumption survey was not published because it didnt go in our favour. Thats absolutely not right. There were methodological problems. And as a result, they had to hold it.

The New Indian Express 11 Apr 2024 8:01 am

Truck Carrying Matchsticks Gutted in Kurnool

Kurnool: A truck carrying a load of matchboxes was completely gutted at Kothuru village in Kodumur Mandal of Kurnool district late on Tuesday. No casualties were reported. Kodumur police said that the truck met with the accident when it was heading to Hyderabad from Bellary. The driver and cleaner observed smoke emanating from the engine and stopped the vehicle near Kothuru. However, it abruptly caught fire. Both individuals managed to escape unharmed and sought safety. Passerby on the route assisted in dousing the flames before fire tenders arrived. By the time the fire service department arrived at the scene, the lorry was fully engulfed in flames. The police had attributed the incident to high temperatures and technical issues.

Deccan Chronicle 11 Apr 2024 12:55 am

Video: Rs 5.6 Crore Cash Seized From Karnataka Jeweller, Cops Suspect Hawala

Rs 5.60 crore in cash, 3 kg of gold, 103 kg of jewellery, and 68 silver bars were seized by Karnataka Police in a major raid ahead of Lok Sabha polls 2024. The raid was conducted in Bellary town of Karnataka.

NDTV 7 Apr 2024 10:06 pm

Siblings stave off rivalry, pick different states, parties

Brother-sister duo B Sriramulu and J Shantha, known for contrasting political views, now contesting in separate constituencies after 15 years of alternating in Bellary. Sriramulu, a former BJP minister, stands for BJP in upcoming elections, while Shantha, now representing YSRCP in Hindupur, Andhra Pradesh.

The Times of India 6 Apr 2024 3:11 am

Ratna | Song - Modala Dinada Maathu

Watch the song 'Modala Dinada Maathu' from Kannada movie 'Ratna' starring Harshala Honey and Vardhan. 'Modala Dinada Maathu' is sung by Rajesh Krishnan and Shruthi Prahlada and music of the song is given by Sathish Babu. Lyrics of 'Ratna' song 'Modala Dinada Maathu' are written by Basavaraj Bellary. To know more about 'Modala Dinada Maathu' song from Harshala Honey and Vardhan starrer 'Ratna' watch the video.

The Times of India 4 Apr 2024 11:47 am

Brother-sister duo to contest LS polls from different parties in Karnataka, AP

Bengaluru: In a unique twist of political fate, the brother-sister duo of B. Sriramulu and J. Shantha have ventured into the electoral arena in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, albeit in different states and from different political parties. The siblings, hailing from Bellary in Karnataka, have garnered attention for their divergent political paths. In the Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 3 Apr 2024 4:40 pm

Karnataka govt yet to form committee to survey interstate border with AP

Bellary: The Karnataka government, which had said in the Belagavi Legislature session in December 2023 that it would appoint an expert committee to review the survey conducted to demarcate the inter-state border between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, has not yet come forward to form the committee. As a result, the preparation of an accurate official Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 2 Apr 2024 7:29 pm

Jagans Memantha Siddam yatra receiving huge response

ANANTAPUR : Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddys four-day long Memantha Siddam Bus Yatra has received a huge response from Kadapa districts Idupulapaya, where it started, to Dharmavaram in Satya Sai district, the point it reached on Saturday night. In between, the CM has also passed through Kurnool and Anantapur districts. Though the public meetings that he has addressed during his journey have been very few, massive crowds of people and party cadres have gathered to hear him, whether at the meetings or at every point that the bus has halted during the bus yatra over past four days. A person from Bellary in Karnataka, who came to Gooty to see Jagan, said he is neither a beneficiary nor voter, but a fan of the CM. Though Jagan has been greeting public at every point, he has made it a point to personally interact with women and physically challenged, who he realised had waited for a long time to see him. He has also offered them solutions for the issues they mentioned. were eagerly waiting to speak with the CM. A senior YSRC leader observed, These crowds are not paid, unlike TD. Every person has come voluntarily. During the four-day-long yatra, more than 10 leaders, including TD Kalyandurg assembly constituency in-charge Umamaheswar Naidu, have joined ruling YSRC in the presence of Jagan.

Deccan Chronicle 31 Mar 2024 12:15 am

Lok Sabha polls: Congress fields CP Joshi from Bhilwara, opts for new face over Moily in Chikkaballapur

Congress released its ninth list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, including veteran CP Joshi from Rajasthan's Bhilwara. In Karnataka's Chikkaballapur, youth was prioritized over experience, with Raksha Ramaiah nominated instead of former Union minister M Veerappa Moily. The party continued its candidate announcements, with E Thukaram nominated for Bellary (ST) and Sunil Bose chosen for Chamarajanagar (SC).

The Economic Times 29 Mar 2024 10:17 pm

Bobba Group's Strategically Located Bengaluru Distribution Hub Redefines Logistics Efficiency

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devdiscourse 28 Mar 2024 2:08 pm

Partha of TD Is the Alliances Nominee for Hindupur LS Seat

TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu addressing the inaugural session of the party's 33rd Mahanadu (conclave) at Gandipet near Hyderabad. (Photo: AP) TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu addressing the inaugural session of the party's 33rd Mahanadu (conclave) at Gandipet near Hyderabad. (Photo: AP) Anantapur: Telugu Desam has succeeded in convincing its alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party to drop its demand for the Hindupur Lok Sabha constituency. Following this, TDP has announced that its Satya Sai district party president and former Penukonda MLA B.K. Parthasarathi will be its candidate from the Hindupur parliament seat. The development comes in the wake of Telugu Desam leaders belonging to the Hindupur Lok Sabha area, including sitting Hindupur MLA Nandamuri Balakrishna, opposing allotment of the parliamentary seat to BJP. The TD leaders had been worried that if the Lok Sabha seat goes to BJP, it will impact the prospects of TDP candidates contesting from assembly seats within the Lok Sabha constituency. Incidentally, former TD MLC from Madakasira area G. Thippeswamy had been expecting the ticket from the Hindupur Lok Sabha constituency. Thippeswamys supporters are dissatisfied with the party high commands decision to nominate Parthasarathi from the seat. Thippeswamy is under pressure from his supporters to quit the TDP on being denied the MP seat, sources said. Parthasarathi himself had been hoping that he will be fielded from the Penukonda assembly constituency. But the TD has allotted the seat to K. Savitha. There had been a stage when BJP had mounted tremendous on TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu to allot it the Hindupur Lok Sabha seat. At that time, the TD high command had reportedly offered the Anantapur Lok Sabha seat to Parthasarathi. YSRC has already announced that J. Santha, former MP from Bellary in Karnataka, will be its nominee from the Hindupur Lok Sabha ticket. The ruling party has decided against fielding sitting MP Gorantla Madhav from the seat after his alleged nude videos went viral on social media. Fielding Madhav from the seat would have damaged YSRCs image. The ruling party leadership has also ordered Madhav to refrain from campaigning for YSRC in the forthcoming elections

Deccan Chronicle 23 Mar 2024 1:25 am

Border areas put on alert to thwart illegal activities in poll season

Picture used for representational purpose. (photo: DC/File) Picture used for representational purpose. (photo: DC/File) Ananthapur: Border areas in the region have been put on high alert and additional check posts have been set up to prevent flow of illicit liquor and cash into the state, in view of the general elections. The Anantapur and Satya Sai districts are set along the Karnataka state borders. Assembly segments like Madakasira, Hindupur, Kalyandurg and Rayadurg are located close to Karnataka. Five mandals of Madakasira Assembly segment have only road access to Hindupur while all other sides are covered by Karnataka areas like Pavagada, Madhuguri, Sira and Hiriyur. Though Lok Sabha elections are held in both Karnataka and AP, Assembly elections are taking place in AP only, which would see a shift in illicit activities in the region towards AP. Additional check posts have been set up at Kodikonda, Ukkadam, Amidalagondi, Moda and Santhebidanur areas to check illicit transportation of liquor from Karnataka. The Satya Sai district authorities recently conducted meetings with the police teams of border districts of Tumkur, Chikkaballapur etc for joint efforts to thwart illicit activities, mainly liquor flow and transportation of black money into AP. Satya Sai district SP Madahva Reddy said all border areas were on a vigil against transportation of liquor and other material into the state. We are also keeping a vigil on the routes of entry in border regions where there is no check post, the SP said. Sources said illicit transportation of the arrack sachets and ID liquor was on rise in view of the huge difference in prices in Karnataka and AP. A volunteer from the border mandal of Rayadurg was detained while transporting ID sachets from nearby Karnataka. The Vidapankal check post near Uravakonda, located between Bellary-Anantapur, is also watched by the SEB teams to prevent illicit liquor flow to AP. The SEB wing is also keeping an eye on possible transportation of non-duty-paid liquor from Goa through Guntakal area towards Kurnool.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Mar 2024 10:48 pm