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Remains of Indias only Homo Narmadensis in Ballari museum

BALLARI: The Robert Bruce Foote Sangankal Archaeological Museum (RBFSAM) in Ballari has become even richer in its collection as it added one more 3-4 lakh year old skull Homo Narmadensis - the only one from India. The said Homo Narmadensis was discovered by a well-known geologist late Arun Sonakia on the banks of river Narmada in Hathnora in 1982. This is the cranial part of the right side of the human skull. This is the only human remains of an early man found in the country. The skull gained i

22 Apr 2024 8:59 am
Karnataka: Nadda seeks CBI probe into Neha Hiremaths murder

HUBBALLI: BJP national president JP Nadda, who visited the residence of Congress corporator Niranjan Hiremath in Hubballi demanded for a CBI probe into the murder of the latters daughter, Neha. Neha Hiremath, 24, was stabbed to death on her college campus on April 18 allegedly by Fayaz, who is currently under police custody. Nadda was accompanied by Union Minister Pralhad Joshi. Both leaders came down heavily on the Karnataka Congress government. While Nadda demanded that the State Government ta

22 Apr 2024 8:56 am
BJP claims of appeasement politics absurd: Karnataka Minister Santosh Lad

VIJAYAPURA: Expressing grief over the brutal murder of student Neha Hiremath recently in Hubballi, Labour Minister Santosh Lad accused the BJP of trying to turn the issue into a religious one to gain political mileage out of a tragic incident. Addressing media persons here on Sunday, he said the BJP always looks for a communal angle into tragic and unfortunate incidents. I am asking the BJP, if the accused were a Hindu, will it take up the issue with the same intensity that it has taken now as t

22 Apr 2024 8:55 am
Modi-Shah woo SCs, STs, OBCs on their own

BENGALURU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah seem to be executing their own strategy to woo backward classes and Dalits across the country, including Karnataka. Continuing to take the name of Dr BR Ambedkar at his rallies, Modi at Chikkaballapur on Saturday claimed, The SC/ST and OBC communities have gained tremendously from our (Centres) development initiatives. Taking the partys pitch further, Shah is holding an OBC rally at Kibbanahalli Cross in the Tumakuru Lok S

22 Apr 2024 8:53 am
Cracks in Karnataka BJP, Jarkiholi, Katti, Kore stay away from poll campaign

BELAGAVI/ATHANI: Thwarted personal ambitions and a lack of unity are apparent among senior leaders of the BJP, due to which they are staying away from campaigning in Chikkodi Lok Sabha constituency. These leaders include former MP Ramesh Katti, former Rajya Sabha member Prabhakar Kore and Gokak MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi. It is an open secret that Katti was interested in contesting from Chikkodi and had approached the BJP central leadership several times. But the BJP high command refused to give him t

22 Apr 2024 8:51 am
I.N.D.I.A an alliance of the corrupt: Nadda

HUBBALLI: BJP national president J P Nadda came down heavily on Congress and other party leaders of the I.N.D.I.A bloc, saying that its nothing but an alliance of family politics and corruption. Most of the alliance leaders are either on bail or in jail. Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, are not ashamed of associating with anti-national elements, he said at a public gathering in Vidyanagar in Hubballi on Sunday. Referring to Congress leader DK Suresh over the separate nation for South st

22 Apr 2024 8:48 am
Will BJP's Preetam, JD(S)'s Prajwal bury the hatchet in Hassan for an NDA win?

HASSAN: The strained relationship between former BJP MLA Preetam J Gowda and NDA candidate Prajwal Revanna does not seem to get any better in Hassan. Now, with Lok Sabha elections less than a week away, JDS leaders are making futile attempts to take Preetam, who is also the BJP state general secretary, into confidence to ensure that Prajwal emerges victorious. Preetam, who campaigned for the NDA in Hassan recently, avoided taking Prajwals name and campaigned by highlighting the achievements of t

22 Apr 2024 8:47 am
Karnataka may get drought relief through SCs intervention: Minister Krishna Byre Gowda

BENGALURU: Revenue Minister Krishna Byre Gowda here on Sunday expressed confidence that the Supreme Court would issue directions to the Centre to release NDRF funds against drought relief. As the Supreme Court will hear the writ petition filed by the state on Monday, Gowda left for the national capital on Sunday to hold deliberations with the states counsels. On April 8, the Supreme Court heard the case during which the attorney general representing the Centre sought two weeks time and it is lis

22 Apr 2024 8:36 am
A first, Ceylon frogmouth spotted in Uttara Kannada

JOIDA(UTTARA KANNADA): Ceylon Frogmouth, a rare endemic bird species, has been photographed and recorded for the first time in Joida and surrounding areas. This is one of the very few sightings of this bird recorded in the state. Ceylon frogmouth is a species endemic to the Western Ghats, which has been sighted on a few occasions in Brahmagiri, and a few parts of Dakshina Kannada. This nocturnal bird has for the first time been recorded in Uttara Kannada. I heard the call which is quite rare her

22 Apr 2024 8:34 am
No lightning arrester at ancient monuments in Vijayapura

VIJAYAPURA: The severe damage to one of the minarets of the ancient Mehtar Mahal monument of the city on Thursday evening due to lightning has brought a shocking information to light that none of the ancient monuments of city have lightning arrester system installed or functioning. They are either completely damaged or never installed in the first place. Thursdays incident where a portion of minaret was destroyed that resulted in severe damage to a car parked near the monument, has proved that t

22 Apr 2024 8:33 am
Karnataka registers 28,000 teen pregnancies in 2023; CM launches task force

BENGALURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has instructed officials to constitute a central task force, given the alarming number of teen pregnancies in Karnataka. According to the Central governments Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) portal, 28,657 cases of underage girls (below 18 years) getting pregnant were reported in the state between January and November 2023. Taking cognisance, Siddaramaiah on April 15, 2024 issued a letter to seven departments Women and Child Development, Health and Fam

22 Apr 2024 8:30 am
Karnataka's Nandini dairy brand to sponsor Scotland, Ireland teams in T20 World Cup

BENGALURU: The Nandini logo will now be seen on the jerseys of Scotland and Ireland cricket teams in the ICC Mens T20 World Cup, to be played in the United States of America and West Indies from June 1 to 29. Under the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) -- a dairy cooperative owned by the state, Nandini, a household name with its various dairy products used by lakhs, aims to acquire a global image by sponsoring the two teams. During the tournament, the brand is also looking to launch a whey-based e

22 Apr 2024 8:26 am
IT dept clears Rs 2 crore seized, CEO files case against BJP worker

BENGALURU: A day after Rs 2 crore was recovered from a vehicle by the SST team, election officials on Sunday filed a case against a BJP worker after seeking permission from the court and Election Commission of India. The SST team of Chamarajpet, Benagluru, on April 20, had intercepted a car carrying Rs 2 crore cash at 4.05 pm. The vehicle was seized and the income tax officials were alerted. The IT team verified the documents and summoned BJP office-bearers and concluded that there was no violat

22 Apr 2024 8:21 am
Congress Minister urges EC to probe release of Rs two crore to BJP

BENGALURU: Revenue Minister Krishna Byre Gowda on Sunday went hammer and tong against the Income Tax department, specifically the officer who released Rs 2 crore cash belonging to the BJP, that was seized during a raid by election staff. He urged the Election Commission of India to conduct a probe into the incident. It is the first such case in the country that a decision was made at lightning speed and an order issued to release the cash. Its a surgical strike on democracy, he said at a press c

22 Apr 2024 8:17 am
INTERVIEW | Modis BJP wont get more than 220 seats: Telangana CM

BENGALURU: Terming this Lok Sabha election as a vote for or against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy declared, I dont see Narendra Modis BJP getting more than 220 seats. Here to galvanise the Telugu speaking population -- about 28 lakh in Bengaluru and about 40 lakh across Karnataka -- for Congress candidates, Reddy said the electorate does not give someone more than two chances. The people gave former PMs Atal Behari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh two chances, s

22 Apr 2024 8:13 am
Congress model tried & tested: Randeep Singh Surjewala

MYSURU: AICC General Secretary and party in-charge of Karnataka, Randeep Singh Surjewala, has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will demit office on June 4, when the results of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections are declared. He said that the people of the country have lost faith in the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre because of its hollow promises. Accusing that the BJP has launched a conspiracy against the Constitution as many of its MPs have come out in the open stating that the Consti

22 Apr 2024 8:11 am
BJP's BY Vijayendra criticises Congresss 'Chombu' campaign

MYSURU: The BJP intensified its campaign as state president BY Vijayendra led the partys Mahasamparka Abhiyan launch in Chamaraja constituency of Mysuru on Sunday. Criticising the Congress for its Chombu campaign, Vijayendra accused the government of emptying the state treasury and relying on Central government funds. He told reporters that post Lok Sabha elections, he predicted a similar fate for Congress leaders like Nalapad, referring to the mug which he showed during Prime Minister Narendra

22 Apr 2024 8:09 am
Bengaluru Metro clocks highest ever profit of Rs 130 crore

BENGALURU: For the second consecutive financial year, the Bangalore Metro Rail Network Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has clocked operational profits. It has touched Rs 129.3 crore for the fiscal 2023-2024, the highest ever, said Metro sources sharing the provisional figures readied by them. It has also clocked a ridership figure of 23.28 crore during the period on its network which now stretches to 73.8 km. A senior Metro official said, The revenues are in line with what we had anticipated. Our in

22 Apr 2024 8:01 am
Service plan, not master plan to solve Bengalurus issues, say experts

BENGALURU: A five-element seminar on sustainable urban ecology - Bengaluru 2050 was conducted by Rotary International districts 3191 and 3192 in association with Sycom Global, a services marketplace and Indian Green Building Council, known for developing green buildings at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on Sunday. During the discussion The missing master plan, experts highlighted urban planning and development challenges, citing the lack of a comprehensive master plan, fragmented decisio

22 Apr 2024 8:00 am
Up tax for car ownership to reduce traffic

BENGALURU: Building good infrastructure, increasing public transportation networks, improving cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, levying additional tax on the purchase of new vehicles and improving policy on electric vehicles were some of the major measures recommended by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) mobility expert Ashish Verma. He made these suggestions in his presentation titled Manage Commute-2050, one of the five-element seminars on sustainability urban ecology during the Bengalur

22 Apr 2024 7:57 am
Flag hoisted, rallies held for voter turnout in Bengaluru

BENGALURU: To create awareness on the importance of voting and to increase the turnout, officials from the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Karnataka, and District Returning Officer and BBMP Chief Commissioner, Tushar Girinath, launched and hoisted a flag on Sunday to urge voters to exercise their franchise and inform them of their nearest polling booth. CEO, Karnataka, Manoj Kumar Meena, said the flag was first introduced during the 2023 Assembly elections to inform people of their nearest pollin

22 Apr 2024 7:55 am
Human chain formed to create voter awareness in Bengaluru

BENGALURU: To create awareness among voters to cast their votes in the Lok Sabha elections on April 26, a human chain was formed at Jakkur Circle here on Sunday. An awareness song was also sung as part of the Namma Nade Matagatteya Kade (Our step is towards the polling booth) campaign led by the Election Commission and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). Students along with the BBMP staff and Chief Electoral Officer Manoj Kumar Meena, District Election Officer and BBMP Chief Commissio

22 Apr 2024 7:53 am
Father of accused in Hubballi murder seeks harshest punishment, apologizes to victim's family

HUBBALLI: Demanding maximum punishment for his son, the father of 23-year-old Fayaz, who allegedly killed the daughter of a Congress councillor inside a college campus in Hubballi, has apologised to the victim's family and said his son should be given strict punishment. Baba Saheb Subani, a school teacher and Fayaz's father told media on Saturday that he came to know about the incident around 6 pm on Thursday and was completely shocked and shattered with his son's act. He (Fayaz) should be punis

21 Apr 2024 11:55 am
Meet the woman transforming water conservation in Bengaluru with simple, sustainable practices

BENGALURU : Way before water scarcity hit the headlines, Odette Katrak, an environment and sustainability changemaker and co-founder of Beautiful Bharat, has been taking extreme measures to conserve water... from taking baths with just three mugs of water to watering over 350 plants without fresh water since 2009. Her bathing practice has been a butt of joke among her friends, who tease her about auto-correct changing Odette to Odour. With her unique ways, she has inspired many, including Anand

21 Apr 2024 11:24 am
Security breach? KPYC president, worker detained

BENGALURU : Police detained Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress (KPYC) president Mohammed Haris Nalapad and a youth Congress worker on Saturday evening for staging a chombu (a small water container) protest when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was about to leave the Palace Grounds after addressing a BJP rally. Minutes before the PMs convoy left for Kempegowda International Airport, an escort vehicle passed through the designated route. Nalapad raised slogans Nalapad and the KPYC worker, who were in a

21 Apr 2024 11:20 am
Congress tainting Kempegowdas vision of Bengaluru: PM Modi

BENGALURU : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday highlighted the declining security in Karnataka and slammed the Congress government for its shortcomings while wooing voters to vote for BJP and exercise more caution towards Congress. Addressing party workers during his Vijay Sankalpa Yatra at Palace Grounds here, Modi called Congress anti-youth, anti-investment, anti-farmer, and anti-entreprenur. During the Congress rule here, our daughters are attacked; in markets bombs are being exploded;

21 Apr 2024 11:19 am
Bengaluru police record 6.47 lakh calls to Namma 112 in three months

BENGALURU : From January to March, the city police recorded over 6.47 lakh calls made to Namma 112. Of this, slightly over 1.5 lakh calls required actionable signals. In the last three months, on almost every day, more than 6,500 calls were made to Namma 112. The average time recorded for each response by Hoysala, the first responders, has been reduced to 7-9 minutes from 11-15 minutes. However, some police officials opine that an updated SOS manual should be in place. Improvement is needed in p

21 Apr 2024 11:16 am
Despite ban, use of plastic common in rallies, campaigns, no cases registered

BENGALURU : Despite a ban on the use of single-use plastic, it can still be seen in several political campaigns and rallies. However, not a single case has been filed against political parties, candidates, or the organisers of such events, as the authorities concerned are busy with election duty. The use of single-use plastic is prohibited under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986. The solid waste management rules of Karnataka also ban its use. There are also directives from the El

21 Apr 2024 11:15 am
Micro observers given training in Bengaluru

BENGALURU : District Election Officer and Chief Commissioner Tushar Girinath instructed micro observers to work vigilantly in polling stations in the city, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Speaking at the training programme conducted for micro observers on Saturday at Puttanna Chetty Town Hall, he pointed out that all micro observers should monitor polling booths assigned to them on the polling day. 305 critical and vulnerable polling stations will be set up in 28 assembly constituencies, inclu

21 Apr 2024 11:10 am
Tinder, Yuvaa encourage, educate first-time voters

BENGALURU : With 20 million voters eager to cast their votes for the first time in the Lok Sabha elections, brands are doing their best to encourage the youth to make an informed decision. Tinder, an app for meeting new people launched Every single vote counts awareness campaign across the country in collaboration with Yuvaa a youth media organization and Mark Your Presence, a non-partisan organization that aims to empower and educate young voters. The company witnessed a three-times increase in

21 Apr 2024 11:09 am
Lalbagh inaugurates insect cafes to promote conservation

BENGALURU : To foster engaging habitats for insects, Ernst and Young - Global Delivery Services (EY-GDS), a multinational professional services collaborated with NGOs - Bhumi and Vibhinna India Foundation - to establish eight insect cafes at Lalbagh Botanical Garden to enhance insect conservation and improve their overall ecosystem. The set-ups are placed at eight locations within Lalbagh as directed by the horticulture department, to ensure visitors safety and minimal human intervention. The in

21 Apr 2024 11:08 am
Congress workers protest in Bengaluru holding 'chombu'

BENGALURU : Hundreds of Congress workers, led by AICC state in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala, protested with chombu (drinking water pot), alleging that the BJP-led Union government has not released drought relief to the state and a rightful share of central taxes. He said the central government has given Kannadigas the chombu, a figurative term for swindling. The protesters held up chombus and protested on Saturday morning at Mekhri Circle, the spot not far from where Prime Minister Narendra Mo

21 Apr 2024 11:02 am
INTERVIEW | Congress guarantees not sustainable, not empowering women: Sumalatha

After officially joining BJP recently, actor-turned-politician Sumalatha Ambareesh is campaigning for the party. She was elected as an independent MP from Karnataka's Mandya Lok Sabha constituency in 2019 and was hoping to seek reelection on a BJP ticket. Sumalatha spoke to Ashwini M Sripad of The New Indian Express about her political future, decision to join BJP and State government's guarantee schemes, which she says are not sustainable and have not empowered the women. Excerpts . Q: You won

21 Apr 2024 11:00 am
Then PayCM, now Karnataka Congress launches Chombu campaign against PM

BENGALURU : The Congress, which had set a narrative with its PayCM campaign against the previous BJP government led by Basavaraj Bommai during the 2023 Assembly polls, has launched a new chombu (vessel) campaign against the Centre in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka. Coinciding with Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to the city, Congress leaders, including MLA Rizwan Arshad and AICC secretary Abhishek Dutt, staged a demonstration at Mehkri Circle under the leadership of AICC general se

21 Apr 2024 10:53 am
Everyone now wants strong ties with our country: PM Modi

BENGALURU : Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Saturday that everyone across the globe wants to have a strong relationship with India now. We are not followers anymore, we have become the first mover, he said, and vowed to work 24x7 to make India a developed nation by 2047. Speaking at Vijay Sankalp Yatre in Bengaluru, he said ten years ago, the country was in a bad shape because of its struggling economy. Investors would not come forward then. But now, they are investing huge amounts, br

21 Apr 2024 10:51 am
Forgive us, pleads mother of Hubballi girl murder accused

DHARWAD : Mumtaz, mother of Fayaz, the accused in the Hubballi college girl murder case, on Saturday admitted that what her son did was wrong and he should be punished according to the law of the land. However, she claimed that her son and Neha, the victim, were in love. Addressing reporters here, Mumtaz revealed how the relationship between her son and Neha developed. Neha took Fayazs phone number when he won the University Blue title at a bodybuilding competition and started interacting with h

21 Apr 2024 10:47 am
Harbour trial of 'Samudrayaan' deferred to June

BENGALURU : The harbour trial for Samudrayaan -- a three-member deep sea mission that is scheduled for 2025 -- is now likely to be held in June, after the Lok Sabha elections, said sources, who didnt wish to be named. The harbour trials were initially scheduled for March-April this year in Chennai by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT). The postponement is because of delay in delivery of some components of the vehicle, the sources added. Samudrayaan is an ambitious project of the M

21 Apr 2024 10:38 am
UGC urges universities to educate students on mental health helpline

BENGALURU : With students taking the extreme step under academic pressure, the University Grants Commission (UGC) earlier this month directed all higher educational institutions (HEIs) to widely publicise the free mental health helpline number available 24/7 for the benefit of those in need of help. Data accessed by TNSE from the Tele Mental Health Assistance and Networking with States (Tele MANAS) programme revealed that an average of 9,000 calls are recorded every month from individuals in the

21 Apr 2024 10:35 am
12-yr-old killed in lightning in Karnataka many parts of state get rain

BENGALURU/KALABURGI : A 12- year old boy, died after he was struck by lightning in Narona village of Aland taluk, Kalaburgi on Saturday afternoon. The boy has been identified as Mahesh Tegginamani. His father Nagaraj, sustained severe burn injuries due to the lightning, and was immediately rushed to a hospital for treatment. India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said that all areas of North Karnataka, barring Raichur, Yadgir, Dharwad and Haveri, experienced severe lightning and thunder

21 Apr 2024 10:33 am
Telangana CM campaigns for Congress candidates in Bengaluru

BENGALURU: Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy campaigned for Congress candidates in Bengaluru on Saturday. Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Reddy said the former has joined hands with the JDS in Karnataka despite attacking JDS patriarch and former PM HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy in the past. This shows that Modi wont walk the talk, and winning elections is his only agenda, Reddy said while campaigning for Bangalore Central Congress candidate Mansoor Ali Khan in Mahad

21 Apr 2024 10:31 am
Change in caste equation may favour NDA candidates in Tumakuru, Chitradurga

BENGALURU : Caste equations seem to have undergone a major change in this Lok Sabha elections as communities like Lambani, Bhovi, SC (left) and Kadu Golla may back BJP for their own reasons. The turning point was former prime minister HD Deve Gowdas speech on the floor of the Rajya Sabha promising the Scheduled Tribe tag for Kadu Gollas, which is considered a masterstroke as the video of his speech went viral on social media circuits. Taking advantage, Gowda is now reiterating it during his camp

21 Apr 2024 10:29 am
Ex-CM Basavaraj Bommai takes on political novice in Haveri

HUBBALI : It is the battle between a former chief minister from BJP and a political novice from Congress in the Haveri parliamentary constituency. Though the saffron party has been winning the seat for the last four hustings, the Grand Old Party is trying hard to wrest back the constituency, which was once its pocket borough. What is common between the candidates of both the national parties is that their candidates are facing the national election for the first time. As the incumbent MP Shivaku

21 Apr 2024 10:28 am
Air India Express flight from Saudi Arabia to Mangaluru diverted to Bengaluru

Bengaluru: An Air India Express flight with 130 passengers on board from Damman International Airport in Saudi Arabia to Mangaluru was diverted to Bengaluru on Saturday morning due to inclement weather. Flight IX 886 finally reached Mangaluru International Airport 7.15 hours later than scheduled. According to an Air India Express spokesperson, Due to inclement weather, our flight from Dammam to Mangaluru was diverted to Bengaluru. In compliance with the permissible duty time limits, we organised

20 Apr 2024 5:44 pm
'Dummy' candidates spice up Karnataka LS polls; fake Rahul Gandhi, PS Yaurappa among the list

MYSURU: A list of dummy candidates with stark similarity to several big shots including Rahul Gandhi, BS Yediyurappa and HD Revanna have made into the political arena of Karnataka's Lok Sabha elections. In what may seem like a harmless coincidence lies the age old tactic of the Indian politics to confuse and mislead the voters inside the election booths. In Karnataka, PS Yaurappa, HD Revanna and even a dummy 'Rahul Gandhi' have made into the list of candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections.

20 Apr 2024 11:50 am
Youth who made Modi song alleges attack by several people in Karnataka

MYSURU: A viral video on social media has ignited a fierce debate with a youngster, claiming to be a fervent follower of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and creator of a Modi song, alleging that he was viciously attacked by several Muslim youths and was forced to shout pro-Pakistan slogans here on Friday. The incident, captured in the video where the youth, identified as Lakshmi Narayana alias Rohith, a resident of Hallikere village in Varuna hobli of Mysuru, is seen being taken by the police for m

20 Apr 2024 8:32 am
INTERVIEW | Even Rahul Gandhi knows I.N.D.I.A is not winning: Karnataka BJP leader Vijayendra

BJP state president BY Vijayendra says Congress leaders are under an illusion and think they can convince the voters by talking about guarantees. People are intelligent. They will easily differentiate between the state and the national elections, Vijayendra told Ramu Patil of The New Indian Express. Excerpts. Is BJPs claim of winning all 28 seats realistic? Despite the Congresss so-called guarantee schemes, people want Narendra Modi to again become the PM. That is the mood in all constituencies,

20 Apr 2024 8:26 am
Beware! dont divulge info to tele-automated calls on Lok Sabha polls

BENGALURU: Tele-automated calls that voters are receiving on the pretext of conducting a poll opinion survey have been red-flagged by election officials as well as TrueCaller as a scam. They have alerted people not to take such calls, or if they did, to cut the calls. Several people have reported receiving such automated calls asking them to press 1 if you are voting for Congress; press 2 if you are voting for BJP which is in stark violation of the secret ballot that characterises the Indian el

20 Apr 2024 8:24 am
Its battle of political veteran vs greenhorn in Dharwad constituency in Karnataka

HUBBALLI: The contest in the Dharwad parliamentary constituency this time is between an experienced politician and a political greenhorn. While BJP has held this seat since 1996, winning seven times in a row and wants to retain it, Congress is employing every possible tactic to wrest it from the saffron party. The battle has turned three-cornered with a noted Lingayat seer joining the fray. BJP has reposed its confidence in Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi,

20 Apr 2024 8:22 am
Karnataka MPs underperformed in five years of their term: Study

BENGALURU: Even as polling for the Lok Sabha elections is just a few days away, a performance analysis of all the 28 Members of Parliament in the state reveals that the majority of them underperformed in five years of their term. The survey considered their attendance in Parliament, questions asked, participation in key debates and performance in their constituencies. The survey revealed that the average, combined attendance of all the MPs was 71 per cent. Former chief minister and Bangalore Nor

20 Apr 2024 8:17 am
INTERVIEW | BJPs internal feud will explode after LS polls, says Laxman Savadi

BELAGAVI: Once a staunch BJP leader and close to the RSS ranks, former deputy CM Laxman Savadi, who switched to the Congress last year, said the raging internal feud in the state BJP is reaching a boiling point and will explode soon after the Lok Sabha polls. In an exclusive interview with TNIE on Friday, Savadi, who is on a whirlwind election campaign in Chikkodi, said, You must know that there is a massive internal fight in the BJP. (BJP leader) KS Eshwarappas main objective of contesting from

20 Apr 2024 8:14 am