Another Voice stifled: Senior Journalist Gauri Lankesh Shot dead at Bengaluru residence

Prominent Journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by  three unidentified assailants while she was entering her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar around 8pm on September 5.

According to M.N. Anucheth, DCP (West), her body was found on the verandah of her house. The neighbours said that they heard multiple shots being fired at her after which she collapsed and died on the spot.

Lankesh was the editor of weekly Kannada bulletin- Lankesh Patrike. She is well-known for her critical acclaimed work that often lambasted Hindutva extremism, caste system and the current government. She had come under fire previously for her criticism against Sangh parivar.

The Press club has strongly condemned the murder and thousands of people including prominent journalists like Sagarika Ghose, Rajdeep Sardesai etc have gathered to protest the rise in violence against journalists for speaking their minds.

Several politicians have to social media to express their shock and angst over the killing. BJP State Chief BS Yeddyurappa, terming the murder ‘inhuman’ and ‘barbaric’ tweeted that the law and order situation in the state has completely collapsed.

Investigations are on but the police is yet to check the footage from CCTV installed on her porch. Her funeral will be conducted as per the Lingayat customs.

Lankesh, an agnostic, was a fiesty, independent voice of journalism that has been silenced with bullets.

Sources: The Hindu, The Wire

Image Source: Facebook- Official page of Gauri Lankesh

Flipkart Delivery Man Killed by Gym Trainer for Smartphone

Bangalore – K. Varun Kumar, a 22-year-old gym trainer from Bangalore, has been arrested on charges of allegedly murdering Nanjundaswamy, a delivery man working for Flipkart, on December 9. NDTV reports that the reason for the murder is that Kumar did not have Rs 11,999 to pay for the order of his smartphone.

The 29-year old delivery man’s body was found in the elevator shaft of a building where he went to deliver the smartphone. Kumar had given the address and phone number of his gym, which resides in a building in Vijayanagar. The identity of Nanjundaswamy was confirmed by his father, who had had filed a missing person’s complaint since the day of his murder.

The police suspected Varun’s involvement in the murder when on investigation, they found out that the gym had not been opened since Friday. The police also informed the Pune Mirror that this was a planned murder, as Varun had kept the kitchen knife in the gym a day before the phone was to be delivered. After murdering Swamy, Varun kept the smartphone, along with an HTC smartphone as well, that was worth Rs 24,000, and gave to a friend.

Kumar has been booked under IPC 302 (murder) and IPC 397 (robbery).

 

Sources: NDTV, Pune Mirror, Deccan Herald

Karnataka facing the brunt of the all-India ‘bandh’

As the nation prepares itself for Fridays’ big strike announced by the trade union, concerns are rising among the common people due to the unavailability of public transport. The strike largely affects the office goers who will be unable to report at their workplaces. With the Auto and Cab drivers complying with the strike, people are losing out on alternate transportation options.

Karnataka is joining the states which are supporting the strike called by the union traders. Friday’s strike will mark to fifth such incident in the past couple of months which saw a halt in the public transportation. Earlier, such strikes were a rare phenomenon, but lately, with the growing number if such incidents, Karnataka seems to be following the likes of West Bengal (Bengal) and Kerala in the frequency of trade union strikes. Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka is one of the fastest growing cities in the country in the recent past. With the IT boom, Bangalore has managed to get the country’s GDP growing at a very fast pace but with the recent instances of strikes, Bangalore also seems to be facing a severe beating.

Various firms which need employees to be working during the nationwide strike are now making arrangements for the commute of the essential staff to the workspace. HRs of firms are now drawing lists in order to figure out the indispensable employees which have to report to the office. Many offices have extended the option of working from for the employees, keeping in mind the inconvenience and safety issues.

Bangalore was a booming industrial city in Karnataka because it did not get affected by the various political conflicts and the tiff with the union. With the growing cases of strikes in the state, Karnataka is losing out on capital and industrialists and IT firms might soon retreat from the state just like in the case of the communist dominant states of Kerala and Bengal. Contrarily, The West Bengal Chief Minister has refrained from complying with the Friday strike.

The union members do have a fair right to call a strike to meet their demands and negotiating with the government but the incidents of violence during this period is the biggest cause of concern. In many cities across the nation, cabs and other vehicles on the road have been destructed.  These incidents also expose the lack of adequate policing and that a handful of people are trying to exploit the situation in their favour.

With the shutting down of the country, huge losses will be incurred by the economy. According to industry experts, the city is set to lose hundreds of crores if it comes to a standstill and a day-long strike will zero out on a day’s revenue which otherwise ranges from Rs120-140 crore. Bangalore primarily is a service based industrial city and the bandh will not be of any gain as it is mainly associated with those who are in the manufacturing sector.

Strikes are one of the major reason due to which the country has failed to establish a strong industrial hold and now due to the trade union’s efforts to show power and disrupt hierarchy, the city is suffering a great deal. Brand Bangalore is now at stake due to the blackmailing tactics used by the trade union members and the support of counterproductive measures by the state government for political gains. In this situation, the city is facing adversities and bleeds of its revenues.

Source: TOI  Navbharat Times

Clear Skies Ahead

Since the time of it’s inception Air Asia has brought nothing but smiles on the faces of the common man. The budget carrier has introduced a promotional offer with flights starting at as low as Rs. 438. The airline’s offer is valid on bookings made till August 9th and for travel between August 11th 2014 and January 29th 2015. Tickets on the Chennai-Bangalore route start at Rs. 438 and flights from Bangalore to Goa, Kochi and Chennai range Rs. 635 on wards.

The airline is in talks of starting flights from Bangalore to Jaipur and Bangalore to Chandigarh in early September. This is the airline’s first expansion into North India. Mittu Chandilya, CEO Air Asia India tweeted, ‘Excited about Chandigarh and Jaipur, not done yet finalizing the next set of destinations’

Feeling the desperate need to keep up, other flight carriers have also launched several promotional offers. Late in July Jet Airways launched a pan-India sale, offering fares of as low as Rs. 1,499 on its economy class domestic flights. SpiceJet, GoAir and Indigo had also launched individual promotional offers with flight fares starting at Rs. 1,699.

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MBBS students protest against the Rural Posting

Students protesting in Bangalore | Image source: newindianexpress.com

Bangalore: MBBS students have launched a countrywide protest against the Government. ‘Save the Doctor’ campaign is against the mandatory rural posting and the unfair ratio of seats in undergraduate and PG medical courses. The students are backed by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Association of Healthcare Providers India (AHPI).

The Government had made it compulsory for the MBBS students to undergo one year rural training in order to sit for their PG entrances. This was done with an aim to improve the healthcare in rural parts.

The students said that they are not against the training but feels that it will make things worse for them. They want the rural training to be a part of their post graduation or training. Another argument put across by students was that the rural areas are in need of specialized doctors and not just MBBS graduates. As a part of the campaign, the students plan to wear ‘Save the Doctor’ t-shirts and black badges, and create awareness through social media.

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