Karnataka elections 2018: Rahul Gandhi on a four day state visit

Rahul Gandhi, the newly elected Congress party President, is on a four day election campaign in Karnataka. This began on Saturday, February 10, and is his first state to go to polls as party President. A senior party member stated that this is a semifinal, do or die election that could shape the face of the party before 2019.

A Times of India repot mentioned that Rahul spoke about the administrative work done by the Karnataka state government headed by Siddharamaiah. He expressed displeasure about the Rafale deal given by Narendra Modi to an industrial acquaintance. This deal was given to Bengaluru’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) during Congress regime.

He also spoke about the failure of BJP to deliver their promises and their lack of recognition given to the underprivileged classes in society. He opined that Siddharamaiah focuses on the future of the state, and does not delve in the past during elections, like his opposition.

News 18 informed that the campaign commenced in Bellary. Sonia Gandhi began her first rally there after taking charge as party President 19 years ago. Congress, under SM Krishna won the polls after major debacles, which included the invincible nature of the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

After Bellary, Rahul will be visiting Hospet, Huligemma temple, and Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah. His four day visit will end at Anubhava Mantapa in Bidar district.

Cauvery Water dispute: SC to declare verdict within four weeks

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Supreme Court will be giving out its verdict on 22-year-old Cauvery river dispute within four weeks.

New Delhi, January 09: The Supreme Court has decided to declare its verdict on the Cauvery water dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka within four weeks. The water-sharing row had snowballed into a massive problem resulting in protests and subsequent violence in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu after the Supreme Court directed Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu in September 2016.

A three-judge bench of the apex court has reserved its verdict on appeals filed by Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu against the 2007 order of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) on sharing of the river water.

There has been enough confusion on the row for over two decades, said the Top court. The court has also said that any forum is allowed to discuss further on the matter after the verdict on this issue is delivered after four-weeks. The three judges involved in passing the judgement are Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.

The court remarked the following during the hearing of the plea filed in 2016 by a citizens’ group called Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC) led by philanthropist Kiran Mazumdar Shaw. He sought its intervention for the supply of drinking water to residents of Bengaluru and surrounding districts.

There has been an acute shortage of drinking water in Bengaluru and other districts of South Karnataka. Bengaluru city alone requires more than 19 TMC of water and the annual drinking water requirement of districts near the Cauvery basin including Bengaluru is around 26 TMC.

The BPAC has appealed to the court that citizens of Bengaluru need adequate drinking water and their right to life needed to be protected by the top court.

 

Sources: The Times of IndiaScroll.in

SC reserves order on the Cauvery dispute

SC reserves order on the Cauvery dispute

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order on the Cauvery river water dispute involving Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry on the 2007 Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal.   The apex court bench completed the hearing earlier today.

According to Hindustan Times, during the course of the hearing today, the court ordered that the Centre shall have to frame a scheme for the implementation of its orders on the river water-sharing between the states and Puducherry after the judgement is pronounced.

Reserving the order, the three member bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy, and Justice AM Khanwilkar asked the parties involved to present written submissions on various aspects of the issue that had emerged during the course of hearing on the 29 days which spread over eight months.

In September last year, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry filed petitions seeking modification of Cauvery Tribunal’s final order, which was delivered in 2007. In its order, the court had allocated the highest share to Karnataka followed by Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union Territory of Puducherry.

The apex court had, on July 11 commenced the final hearing on the appeals filed by the three states and the Union Territory which saw the reserving by the court today.

Sources: ANI, Hindustan Times

I-T raids on Karnataka minister; over 10 crores recovered

Multiple properties linked to DK Shivakumar, Karnataka Energy Minister, were raided by the Income Tax Department on Wednesday. The raids on the Congress minister and his brother D.K. Suresh come after they were made responsible to host around 40 MLAs from Gujarat in the posh ‘Eagleton resort’ outside Bengaluru, ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections in their state in order to cope with defections. “Yes, the I-T department conducted raids on my brother’s house, offices and my home as well,” said Suresh.

Jewelry, investment documents, and about Rs 10 crore in cash, much of it from his Delhi homes, were allegedly recovered. Note-counting machines have been used at a location in Safdarjung Enclave, Delhi, and in Hasan and Mysuru in Karnataka to count the cash.

The I-T department said that the raids were part of an investigation held over a considerable period of time. “The timing of the search was decided well in advance. The events involving certain MLAs of another state being brought to Karnataka were unforeseen and unpredictable events,” claimed the department in a statement on Wednesday.

The raids led the Congress leadership to accuse the Narendra-Modi led government of misusing state machinery to intimidate opposition parties by carrying out “an unprecedented witch-hunt”. MPs from the party disrupted proceedings in Parliament on Wednesday and raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, forcing four adjournments of the former and staging a walkout in the Lok Sabha.

News Source: Hindustan Times, NDTV

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President approves ordinance allowing traditional buffalo racing game of Karnataka

Months after the Karnataka Government passed an ordinance in February to legalise the buffalo and/or bullock racing game of Kambala, after massive protests in the state, the President of India has finally approved prevention of cruelty to animals (Karnataka Amendment) Ordinance, 2017.
Earlier President Pranab Mukherjee had sent the bill back to the government since it included an ambiguous statement i.e. that the law is, “subject to such other conditions as may be prescribed”, which meant that the law may or may not apply to sports other than Kambala, as reported by One India. In the amended ordinance, only Kambala, the 800-year-old traditional sport is allowed to be legally played in the state.
The country saw massive agitation in southern states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, after protests in the latter over legalisation of Jallikattu (bull-taming sport). In 2014, sports like Jallikattu and Kambala were banned by the Supreme Court, after cases were filed by animal rights organisations, since the sport is a crime under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
Supporters of the sport have endorsed the game by calling it an emblem of ‘agrarian culture’ that is believed to please the gods and give good harvest to the village, according to TOI.
News Sources- India Today, One India 

Sasikala’s lawyer to seek her transfer from Bengaluru prison to Chennai jail

On February 14, Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on disproportionate assets case and convicted Sasikala and her relatives J Ilavarasi and V N Sudhakaran. Now, jailed AIADMK general secretary, Sasikala’s lawyers are trying to seek her transfer from Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara jail to Chennai’s Puzhal Central Prison.

According to the procedures, Sasikala’s lawyers have to apply either to the superintendent of ParappanaAgrahara jail or approach the Karnataka law minister. “It is up to the consent of the two states. We will move the plea to Karnataka government Karnataka government which will in turn forward our request to the Tamil Nadu government,” said N D S Kulasekharan, Sasikala’s counsel.

Sasikala’s counsel said that they are considering to move to the Supreme Court with a review petition. Sasikala has to file a review petition within 30 days of the proclamation of her verdict.

B V Acharya, the special public prosecutor in the disproportionate assets case said, according to the jail guide, shifting a prisoner could be decided among the top officials of the two prisons. He also added, “However, Sasikala’s case is different. She has been imprisoned in the Karnataka jail as per the directions of the Supreme Court. According to me, she cannot be shifted without the SC’s permission. If they do so without informing the apex court, then it can be challenged.”

Sources – TOI, IndiaTv

Image source – NewsMinute

 

Rs 93 lakh in 2000 notes confiscated in Karnataka; 7 arrested

The crackdown on black money continues, and this time the Enforcement Directorate has tracked down Rs 93 lakh in new currency notes in Karnataka, arresting seven alleged middlemen.

The Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) comes in handy in putting behind bars the accused, one of whom in this case happens to be a government official.

In this case, the ED officials garbed them as ‘customers’ who look to exchange old currency illegally, after paying the agent his due commission. This is the most prominent modus operandi among the law keepers, as this honey trap becomes impossible for the agents to reject.

This new seizure is another addition to a chain of other confiscations, throughout the country by other law enforcement bodies. This shows a clear nexus of middlemen with senior bank employees. According to a report by Indian Express, these middlemen offer the bank employees 15 to 35 percent commission depending on the amount to be exchanged.

Around Rs 250 crore has been confiscated till date in new notes from agents by carrying out multiple raids across the country. The Home Ministry is aware of this evil, and is keeping close tabs on all nationalized as well as private banks.

SOURCE : TOI

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