QBengaluru: Congress on Edge After Two Exits; Poor Rains Expected

1. Cong Leaders in Firefighting Mode; Warn Rebels, Lash out at BJP

A day after two of its MLAs rattled the party by resigning from the legislative assembly, the Congress slipped into firefighting mode on Tuesday, 2 July, with top leaders holding talks with potential rebel legislators, even while sending out a stern warning that it will not tolerate what it called “blackmailing and threatening” tactics.

The party also warned the opposition BJP that the JD(S)-Congress coalition will not hesitate to counter the saffron party’s Operation Lotus (poaching MLAs) with an operation of its own and was only keeping quiet because of its 70-year-old value system.

“Silence is not a weakness,” the Congress’ state unit tweeted on Tuesday, 2 July

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: After Anand Singh, 2nd Karnataka Cong MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi Resigns

2. Poor Rains in Parts of State for 2 More Weeks

Villagers fill their pots of drinking water in Karnataka’s drought-hit Chikmagalur. Representative image.

Sub-optimal monsoon conditions recorded in South Interior Karnataka are expected to continue as India Meteorological Department has forecast below normal rainfall in the region for the next two weeks.

Data shows that due to delay in monsoon onset, the State has recorded a deficit of 28 percent in June. A deficiency of 20 percent of more in June has been recorded only seven times since 1971 and thrice since 2010, including this year.

Moreover, the four reservoirs in Cauvery basin which receive an average inflow of 31.5 tmc ft in the month of June have received only three tmc ft this year. Speaking to Deccan Herald, GS Sreenivas Reddy, Director, Karnataka Natural Disaster Monitoring Cell, said that forecast was not encouraging for the next couple of weeks, especially in the South Interior Karnataka.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

Also Read: Deficient Pre-Monsoon Showers Behind Water Crisis in Karnataka

3. Fake Currency Worth ₹3.1 Crore Seized in K’taka Over 3 Years

Representative image.

Karnataka appears to be emerging as a hotbed of fake currency circulation, with counterfeit notes with a face value of Rs 24,728 (on average) being seized every day over the past three and a half years.

Various state and central agencies seized fake currency with a face value of Rs 3.1 crore in Karnataka during the period, whereas the nationwide haul was around Rs 75.5 crore. The figures came to light through a reply by the ministry of home affairs to a query in Parliament.

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) officer said currency racketeers from Bangladesh have managed to cultivate a network in the state.

(Source: The Times of India)

4. Mumbai Airport’s Main Runway Shut After Heavy Rain, Several Flights Diverted to Bengaluru

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.

The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru faced congestion as several flights were diverted here from Mumbai after heavy rains brought the Maximum City to a standstill. A SpiceJet flight from Jaipur-Mumbai, SG6237, overshot the main runway at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport close to midnight, halting operations on it.

Confirming the same, KIA officials issued a passenger advisory on Tuesday warning them about congestion at the airport. “Flights have been diverted from Mumbai to Bengaluru due to technical issues at the Mumbai airport. This is likely to cause congestion at the BLR Airport. Passengers are requested to contact airlines for updates. Apologies for the inconvenience,” it read.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

Also Read: Mumbai Rains: 26 Dead in Wall Collapse, Shiv Sena Defends BMC

5. Woman Jumps From 7th Floor Along With son

Representational image of a crime scene. 

A woman and her two-year-old son allegedly jumped to death from a seventh-floor flat near RT Nagar, North Bengaluru, on Tuesday, 2 July. Her family alleged that marital torture drove her to the extreme step.

Police have detained the husband for questioning.  Bhavana, 29, a chartered accountant by qualification, fought with her husband Arihant, an advertising professional, who allegedly abused her and suspected that she was having an affair.

The couple, married for four years, often fought, and Arihant sometimes beat Bhavana, her family claimed. The couple was living on the seventh floor of Whitehouse apartment complex on Dinnur Main Road. Arihant’s parents and younger brothers lived with them

(Source: Deccan Herald)

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