1. CBI Raids 2 IPS Officers, IAS Officer in IMA Scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday, 8 November, raided the premises of two senior IPS officers, one IAS officer and six other junior officers in the Rs 4,000-crore IMA Ponzi scheme. The raids were conducted in Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.
The CBI said in a press release that it conducted searches at 15 locations – 11 in Bengaluru, one each in Mandya, Ramanagara, Belagavi and in UP’s Meerut – at “the residential premises of the then IG, Economic Offences Wing, CID; a DySP, CID; the then DCP (East); an inspector and the then station house officer, Commercial Street police station; the then SI of Commercial Street police station; the then assistant commissioner, Bengaluru North subdivision; the then deputy commissioner, Bengaluru Urban district; a village accountant, Bengaluru North, and the then chief engineer, BDA, in an ongoing investigation of a scam”.
(Source: The Times of India)
2. Schools & Liquor Shops Shut; Ban Orders in Place
Authorities have sounded a high alert in Bengaluru and across the state for Saturday when the Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on the Ayodhya dispute.
The government declared a holiday for all schools and colleges across Karnataka on Saturday, primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar said on Friday.
Sale of liquor will be banned from 6 am on Saturday till Sunday midnight in Bengaluru, police commissioner Bhaskar Rao said in a late-night press conference. He said ban orders under Section 144 of CrPC will be in force from Saturday morning to ensure no processions are taken out, nor protests held. Hotels in the departure lounge of international flights from KIA are exempt from liquor ban, he said.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made and special forces, including 50 Karnataka State Reserve Police and 35 City Armed Reserve platoons will be deployed across the city. Rapid Action Force personnel and one Central Reserve Police Force platoon will patrol the city, Rao said.
(Source: The Times of India)
3. Medicos End Strike as 12 Accused of Harassing Colleague Surrender
Junior doctors, who had been protesting the alleged harassment of a colleague by a pro-Kannada group at state-run Minto Eye Hospital, ended their week-long strike on Friday afternoon as the members surrendered to police.
The Karnataka chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) also withdrew its call to halt outpatient care in private hospitals in the state. It had issued the shutdown call to show support for the striking postgraduate doctors from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI). Students of BMCRI are posted at associated medical facilities, including Minto.
Outpatient departments (OPDs) at many private facilities in the state didn’t function from 6 am to 3 pm, and hundreds of patients were inconvenienced. Scores arrived at hospitals in Bengaluru for their scheduled appointments only to be turned away. Private hospitals which responded to the IMA solidarity call included MS Ramaiah Memorial Hospital, Mallya Hospital and Fortis in Rajajinagar.
4. Disqualified Karnataka MLAs Move SC, Want 5 December Bypolls to Be Deferred
The disqualified MLAs in Karnataka on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking that the bye-elections in the state be deferred till the court pronounces its decision on their disqualification. The bye-elections are scheduled to be held on December 5.
The 17 Karnataka rebel MLAs of Congress and JD(S) have moved the court challenging their disqualification by the then Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
While the Supreme Court refused to direct the Election Commission to defer the polls, it has agreed to hear the MLAs in court. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court told the Congress party that the judgement is ready in the Karnataka disqualification case and asked the party to wait for the verdict.
(Source: The News Minute)
5. Karnataka Soldier Dead in Ceasefire Violation Along LoC in Poonch
A soldier was killed as Pakistan violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district in the intervening night of 7-8 November, an Army official said.
In the ensuing exchange of fire, Sepoy Rahul Bhairu Sulagekar, 21, sustained gunshot wounds and was evacuated to the nearest Medical Aid Centre wherein he was provided medical aid and resuscitation. However, he succumbed to his injuries was martyred on 8 November.
Pakistan fired at forward posts along the LoC around 2:30 am in Krishnaghati sector in Poonch, in which the Army personnel was killed, the official said. The ceasefire violation was accompanied by suspicious movement of Pakistan Army-abetted terrorists, said an official statement, following which Indian troops engaged the terrorists and Pakistani troops effectively.
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