QBengaluru: BJP Sweeps 12 of 15 Seats in Karnataka Bypolls & More

1. BSY Gains Full Control as BJP Sweeps 12 of 15 Bypoll Seats

The fourmonth-old BJP government’s gambit of fielding 13 defectors in the bypolls paid off big time as the party won 12 of the 15 seats that went to polls. Chief minister BS Yediyurappa now has an absolute majority with 117 seats in an assembly of 223.

The Lingayat strongman has emerged as the big winner of this election as he led the campaign. His strategy of rewarding defectors and promising them ministerial positions on victory — against much internal opposition from his own partymen — worked with the voters seeming to prioritize stability over qualms about electing turncoats.

The Congress was a distant runner-up, winning just two seats. Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal Secular drew a blank.

(Source: The Times of India)

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2. ‘Transfer Case to Bengaluru’: Nithyananda Rape Case Whistleblower Moves HC

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Lenin Karuppan, a former disciple, who exposed the controversial self-styled godman in 2010, has moved the High Court seeking transfer of the rape case against Nithyananda to Bengaluru from the Additional District and Session Court in Ramanagara.

Justice G Narendra, who was hearing the transfer petition in the High Court, on Monday issued a notice to the state government in connection with the absconding rape-accused Nithyananda. He also sought a reply from the state government about the Nithyananda’s whereabouts -- he has been skipping court since mid-2018.

The transfer petition will next be heard again on December 12.

(Source: The News Minute)

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3. Two More Cheated in QR Code Scam

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More cases of people losing money after falling prey to QR code scamsters are coming to light. Two city-based software engineers were allegedly cheated of Rs 1.17 lakh in separate incidents when they were trying to sell old furniture online.

Mahesh Prasad, 33, in his complaint to the police on Saturday, said he had put an online advertisement to sell a sofa and storage cabins. A few hours later, a man called Mr. Prasad and offered to buy the items and said he would the make payment online.

He sent a QR code to Mr. Prasad asking him to scan it so that the money could be sent to him. As soon as the QR code was scanned, Rs 66,000 was deducted from his account, Mr. Prasad said in his complaint.

(Source: The Hindu)

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4. 30 Lakh Kg of Onions Arrive in City; Wholesale Price Dips

The arrival of about 30 lakh kg of the vegetable saw its wholesale price plunge by Rs 20 to Rs 90-120 a kilo

Onion prices are set to come down, thanks to 280 truckloads of the produce landing in wholesale markets of Bengaluru on Monday. The arrival of about 30 lakh kg of the vegetable saw its wholesale price plunge by Rs 20 to Rs 90-120 a kilo on Monday.

The trucks reached the APMC yard in Yeshwantpur at 9am. Of the 60,000 50kg bags that arrived, 57,000 were from different places of Karnataka like Bagalkot, Gadag, Vijayapura and Chitradurga. The rest of the consignment came from Rajasthan and Gujarat, sources in the Bengaluru onions and potato merchants association said.

A couple of trucks also brought onions imported from Egypt and Turkey by a private agency. Sources say more onions are likely to arrive from Solapur in Maharashtra on Tuesday. However, it may take some time before retail prices see a drastic dip as traders have to clear the stock they had bought for a higher price.

(Source: The Times of India)

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5. Private Schools Say No to Declaring Per-Child Expenditure

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Private school managements, which were supposed to declare their per-child expenditure by the end of the month, have declined to do so. Instead, they have termed the government’s fee structure “rigid and impractical”.

The Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka has written a letter to the Principal Secretary of the Department of Primary and Secondary education raising objections to many of the clauses.

They have urged the department to tweak certain clauses in the fee-structure formula, and stated that many unaided schools, which are self-financed, impart “high-quality education and standards” and should be allowed to charge their own fees.

(Source: The Hindu)

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