1. Two-Phase Polls in Karnataka
Elections to the 17th Lok Sabha will be held in Karnataka in two phases — on 18 and 23 April. While 14 constituencies in south Karnataka will go to the polls on 18 April, 14 constituencies in north Karnataka will go to the polls on April 23.
Counting of votes would be taken up on 23 May. The model code of conduct came into effect in the state from 5 pm on Sunday.
Constituencies that would go to the polls on 18 April are Bengaluru South, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru Central, Bengaluru Rural, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi-Chikkamagaluru, Chitradurga, Tumakuru, Mandya, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Chickballapur, and Kolar.
(Source: The Hindu)
2. Woman Assaulted in Bengaluru for Feeding Stray Dogs
Two women have approached the Ulsoor police saying they were attacked by a group over feeding of stray dogs. Sujatha, a resident of Gupta Layout, and advocate Geetha Mishra of Rajainagar have filed a police complaint against three women and two men for assaulting them on 6 March.
The complainants said Sujatha was first attacked by some women who said that her habit of feeding strays put them in danger of attacks by the animals. When her friend, Geetha, who tried to help her file a police complaint, went to drop her back home, they again attacked Sujatha. When Geetha tried to make a video of the assault, she too was allegedly beaten up.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
3. Last Match at Kanteerava Stadium? Bengaluru Football Club Says Bye
If the Karnataka Athletics Association (KAA) has its way, 11 March may be the last time Bengaluru Football Club (BFC) plays a match at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. Following a history of altercations between the KAA and JSW Sports (which owns BFC), the former has approached the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports (DYES) with an appeal to “permanently give back the Stadium to the KAA from 15 March onwards,” says Elvis Joseph, CEO, KAA.
He adds that K Srinivas, commissioner – DYES, has assured him it will happen.
Naturally, this will be a big blow for BFC, which has, in a short time, put football on the city’s map and amassed a legion of fans – fans who say they cannot be hosted by the Bangalore Football Stadium, because of an unstable spectator stand and a lack of world-class facilities. And the casualty, they fear, will be football.
(Source: Bangalore Mirror)
4. Power Disruptions may hit Water Supply
With a strong monsoon shower filling up reservoirs, Bengaluru may be comfortable in terms of supply of water. However, the capacity to pump depends entirely on electricity supply, which has become a problem over the past month.
According to Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), there have been 14 disruptions in power supply at their pumping stations at TK Halli since January. This compounded the scheduled shutdown of pumping stations to shield equipment from sudden power failures. Water supply in several areas returned to normalcy only a fortnight later.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. Gang Stealing Cheques From Courier Delivery Boys Held
A retired Karnataka legislative assembly employee, his son, a rowdy-sheeter and three others have been arrested by Vidhana Soudha police for allegedly stealing cheques from courier boys in Chennai and siphoning off lakhs of rupees by depositing them in third persons’ bank accounts in Bengal. The arrested are Sripad GS, 64, a resident of Thyagarajanagara and retired assistant editor of the state legislative assembly, his son Ananda Theertha, 30, Venkatesh alias Kencha, 30, a resident of Subramanyapura, and his associates Harish, Pratap and Prashant, all aged between 25 and 35 years and residents of various localities in south Bengaluru.
“Efforts are on to arrest two more accused identified as Naveen and Rajeev Shetty,” a police officer said.
Police said they busted the racket while probing a cheating case registered by Ashok Ramamurthy, chief manager of SBI’s Vidhana Soudha branch. Ashok alleged that Sripad had tampered with a cheque issued for Rs 57,750 by AKCT Cidambaram Cotton Mill Pvt Ltd, Chennai and changed the amount to Rs 5,77,500.
(Source: The Times of India)
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