QBengaluru: Congress Announces Candidates for Polls & More

1. Congress Releases Candidate List: Siddaramaiah to Contest From Chamundeshwari

After hours of speculation, the Indian National Congress on Sunday evening released its first list of candidates for 218 out of total 224 seats for the all important Karnataka Assembly polls.

CM Siddaramaiah who was expected to contest from two seats will be contesting only from the Chamundeshwari seat as he had earlier announced.

Putting end to speculations that Siddaramaiah will also contest from Badami, Devraj Patil has been given the seat.

His son Yathindra who is entering politics officially with this election will contest from the constituency of Varuna. He is most likely to be facing BS Yeddyurappa's son BY Vijayendra this election.

(Source: The News Minute)

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2. Bengaluru Businessman Loses Rs 60 lakh to Woman on Dating Site

Representational image for cybercrime.

A 34-year-old Bengaluru businessman, who was trawling a dating website, lost almost Rs 60 lakh to a woman he had befriended online.

According to the complaint filed with the cybercrime police, businessman Satish (name changed) had opened a profile on a dating website. On 18 July 2017, he came across a woman whose user ID was ‘shompa76’ and who introduced herself as Arpita from Kolkata. After a brief chat, the duo shared their mobile numbers and started chatting on WhatsApp and exchanged photos too.

After a few days, Arpita sought his help as her father had been admitted to hospital and needed Rs 30,000. Suresh transferred the money to her account. A few days later, she requested for more money, stating her father had been admitted to BM Birla Heart Research Centre, Kolkata. Between 15 December 2017 and 23 January 2018, Suresh transferred more money in multiple transactions.

(Source: The Times of India)

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3. Committee Inspects Bellandur Lake

The fire at Bellandur lake kept hundreds of residents in south-east Bengaluru on tenterhooks.

The committee formed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) inspected Bellandur lake and its inlet points on Saturday. The committee was formed to monitor measures being taken to prevent fires that plague the lake.

The committee, led by senior advocate Raj Panjwani, inspected Bellandur lake, and asked BDA and BBMP officials to submit their reports on the cause of repeated fires in the lake within a week. It also inspected the stormwater drain in ST Bed Layout, Koramangala, a private STP of an apartment on the banks of the lake and the STP on the Koramangala-Challaghatta valley.

Panjwani later met the officials concerned and asked departments to address various questions raised by the NGT in its recent order. The BBMP has been asked to estimate the quantum of sewage, solid waste and construction debris let or dumped into the lakes over the years.

(Source: The Hindu)

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4. Gang Attacks Five, Damages 11 Vehicles in Bengaluru

Representational image of a crime scene. 

Tension prevailed in Modi Garden, DJ Halli, east Bengaluru on Saturday night after a rowdy sheeter and his gang allegedly attacked at least five people and damaged 11 parked vehicles on Saturday. Police said none of the five were seriously injured. The incident occurred around 10 pm.

Police said Aneef, a history sheeter, was incensed after a woman had refused to give her daughter in marriage to a friend of his.

Police said Aneef, his friend Khaleem and others had gone to the house of a woman asking her for her daughter’s hand in marriage for one of his associates. But she refused citing his criminal activities.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Bengalureans Unite to Protest Kathua, Unnao Rapes

Protestors at Freedom Park in Bengaluru. 

There were silent protests organised across the city on Sunday, keeping in line with the pan-India protests against child rapes in Kathua and Unnao. The students, staff and families at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) held a silent meeting on Sunday evening in solidarity with the minors who were raped.

Residents of Koramangala, Siddhapura, Whitefield, Kammanahalli, Richard’s Park, Benson Town, and Cooke’s Town also joined in the protest against rapes in different parts of the city. Due to the impending Assembly elections and the model code of conduct in place, sloganeering was not allowed. The residents resorted to silent protests, candlelight marches, placards and posters voicing their sentiments instead of shouting slogans against the government. Posters with statements like “Don’t you dare talk religion! There is no God in a temple where children are raped” and “Neither her God nor yours helped her in that temple!” were held up by the protesters.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

Also Read: Hundreds Gather in Delhi to Speak Out Against Unnao & Kathua Rapes

6. India Seeks China’s Help for Expediting Bengaluru-Chennai Rail Corridor

The Indian Railways. For representational purposes only.

India has sought China’s assistance to speed up the Bengaluru-Chennai railway corridor besides redevelopment of Agra and Jhansi railway stations, a senior Indian official said on Sunday.

The request was made at the Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) held here between the two countries.

“We offered them speeding up of Bengaluru-Chennai railway corridor,” NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said on Sunday.

The SED was held between delegations headed by Kumar and He Lifeng, the chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The proposal was made for increasing the speed of the corridor to 150 kmph.

(Source: The Hindu)

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