QBengaluru: BJP Clarifies Mystery of Black Box & More

1. BJP Lifts the lid off Mysterious Black box

A mysterious black box offloaded from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chopper cavalcade a few days ago during a campaign rally in Chitradurga led to intense speculation, with the Congress party tweeting and demanding a probe into it.

With everyone talking about it, the Chitradurga district BJP has finally come out with a clarification: the box had electronic equipment and party logos to be set up on the dais for the prime minister’s speech during the rally. Hitting out at KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao’s tweet that the Election Commission must probe into it, KS Naveen, President of the Chitradurga unit of the BJP, told DH that the tweet was a testimony to the sense of desperation within the state Congress.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

2. Rahul Dravid, Karnataka Election Ambassador, Cannot Vote This Time

Rahul Dravid. 

Former Indian cricket captain and Karnataka election ambassador, Rahul Dravid, cannot vote in the upcoming elections since his name has been deleted from the electoral list of a Bengaluru constituency.

Dravid’s name was deleted from his old Indiranagar constituency after he changed his residence. However, reportedly Dravid’s name was not updated in the constituency where he is currently living. The confusion appears to have occurred when Dravid’s brother Vijay submitted Form 7 (for deleting names from voters’ list) on 31 October, 2018 mentioning that Dravid and his wife Vijeta had shifted to Ashwathnagar in RMV Extension from Indiranagar.

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3. B’luru man Among 21 Ship Crew Held by Egypt Navy

Representative image of a Merchant Navy ship.

Family members of a 30-year-old Bengalurean working on a merchant navy ship have said the youth and his 20 colleagues have been detained allegedly by the Egyptian navy after seizing their vessel in December.

According to family members of Charan Krishnan Venugopal, the detainees include five Indians. They are now stranded on the ship at Berenice port, with water and food in short supply. The navy has seized the detainees’ passports, said the family members, adding they were yet to know the reason for their detention.

Charan’s father Venugopal is a retired employee and mother Padma works with the telephone exchange, and the family resides in Jayanagar ‘T’ Block. Parents said Charan, a deck cadet, briefly speaks to them on WhatsApp twice a week.

(Source: The Times of India)

4. Private School fee in Karnataka to go up as Govt Increases Staff Salary

File photo of school girls in a classroom 

A recent decision by the Karnataka Education Department to increase the minimum salaries of both teaching and non-teaching staff is set to further the burden of many parents whose children are studying in private schools.

As a result from the coming 2019-20 session, private schools in the state including those in Bengaluru is set to increase their fees steeply.

While private school managements have opposed the government decision to hike the minimum wages in a sudden decision, they claim they have no other option other than to go for a fee hike.

(Source: The News Minute)

5. 2 Labourers die in Drain Wall Collapse, Official Booked

Representative image of a crime scene.

A BBMP official and a civil contractor have been booked over the death of two labourers in eastern Bengaluru.

Sudarshan, 30, from West Bengal, and Shabirul Islam, 25, from Uttar Pradesh, were killed when the mud wall of an open stormwater drain collapsed on them at Jeremiah Road, Fraser Town, on Saturday, 13 April evening. Three other workers — Hussain, Muzaffar and Taibul — had escaped with injuries. The labourers had been constructing the wall.
On Sunday, 14 April, the jurisdictional Pulakeshi Nagar police took the statement of Taibul and conducted a spot inspection.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

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