QBengaluru: BJP’s Rebel Dilemma Before Bypolls; NLSIU in Protest

1. BJP’s Bypoll Dilemma: Honour Rebels or Field Winnable Candidates?

Chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s decision to return to power on the back of support from ‘rebel’ Congress and JD(S) legislators – who have since been disqualified – has come back to haunt him ahead of bypolls to 15 assembly constituencies. He faces the infinitely difficult task of balancing interests of his own party leaders and that of the rebels.

With the Supreme Court yet to deliver a verdict on pleas to overturn their disqualification, the BJP is stuck in limbo as it cannot take a political decision on the disqualified MLAs without keeping in mind its “obligation” to them. On the other hand, the party faces the threat of rebellion if it fails to consider its own leaders in these segments.

“This is a testing time for Yediyurappa’s leadership,” said a senior BJP leader.

(Source: The Times of India)

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2. Why Law Students in the Prestigious NLS Bengaluru are Threatening to Skip Exams

A statement was issued by student body against the delay in appointing the VC. 

Students of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bengaluru have intensified their stir against the present administration over the post of the Vice Chancellor (V-C) of the university. Over Friday and Saturday all classes including those for post-graduate courses were cancelled as students boycotted classes as a mark of protest. Now, students have threatened to boycott their semester exams that are set to start on Monday.

At the heart of the matter is the appointment of the Vice Chancellor of the university. On 31 July, R Venkata Rao completed his 10 year term. As per procedure, a high-level committee appointed by the Chief Justice of India – who is the Chancellor of the law university – had identified a successor even before Venkata Rao’s term ended. The three-member consisting of MP Singh (distinguished Jurist), KK Venugopal (Attorney General for India) and Arvind Datar (senior advocate) had named NLSIU alumnus and Azim Premji professor Sudhir Krishnaswamy as Vankata Rao’s successor, and this was officially announced on 2 August this year.

(Source: The News Minute)

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3. Monsoon Almost Over, yet 46% of K’taka Recorded Below-normal Rain

Heavy rains in Karnataka also led to water logging.

Heavy rain and floods may have marked monsoon in Karnataka this year, yet 14 of the 30 districts in the state received below-normal rainfall. With the southwest monsoon set to exit this month-end, 46% of the state is experiencing below-normal rain, statistics accessed by TOI revealed.

Rainfall has been severely deficient in Yadgir, Vijayapura, Bengaluru Rural, Ballari and Kolar districts.

A senior official with the meteorological centre, Bengaluru said among the three weather subdivisions in the state, districts with below-normal rain are spread over north interior and south interior Karnataka. “The third subdivision — coastal Karnataka — has no district with below normal rainfall,” he added.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Drought to Floods: Behind Karnataka’s Extreme Weather Conditions

4. Ola, Uber Drivers Call for Strike on 30 September

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As discontent against app-based aggregators refuses to die down, a new group of drivers has entered the ring threatening a city-wide strike on September 30 against the government’s failure to provide relief to drivers.

Namma Chalakara Trade Union has urged the government to regulate the app-based taxi aggregators or bring in new rules allowing them to operate on the model of auto-rickshaws by installing fare meters. “We are not satisfied with Ola and Uber. Our earnings have dropped after the companies started offering own vehicles to drivers on lease. We want to offer regular taxi services. The government should listen to our demand as we are paying taxes as per rules,” Somashekhar K, the founder and president of the union said.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

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5. Man Smashes Live-in Partner to Death With LPG Cylinder

Representational image of a crime scene. 

A 30-year-old man allegedly bludgeoned his livein partner to death with an LPG cylinder in front his neighbours in the wee hours of Saturday in KR Puram.

Venkatagiriyappa, 30, a farmer and tomato trader, and his partner, Shashikala, 26, were from Mulabagal in Kolar district. The couple, along with the woman’s three-year-old daughter, rented a house at Lourdu Nagar in KR Puram eight months ago. They were posing as husband and wife.

Venkatagiriyappa, who suspected Shashikala of having an affair with another man, assaulted her on Wednesday night, said police.

(Source: The Times of India)

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