QBengaluru: Farmers Served Arrest Warrants, Tipu Jayanti Polarises

1. CM Seeks Report on Arrest Warrants Served on Farmers

The state government, which is in the midst of implementing its farm loan waiver scheme, has sought a report from the Belagavi district administration about a few farmers receiving arrest warrants from a court in Kolkata. The warrants followed a petition by Axis Bank alleging that the farmers had defaulted on loans taken for machinery purchase and land development.

The Ninth Metropolitan Magistrate of Kolkata recently issued the warrants, to be served by the district police, to five farmers in the district.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday directed the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police to safeguard the interests of farmers. “He has said the government will stand by the farmers. Those benefiting under the government loan waiver scheme need not worry,” a statement from the CM’s Office said.

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Read: Karnataka coordination panel okays farm loan waiver

2. K’taka Govt Accuses BJP of Trying to Disturb Communal Harmony on Tipu Jayanti Issue

The Karnataka government is all set to celebrate Tipu Jayanti on 10 November amid tight security.

Karnataka government Sunday charged BJP with trying to disturb communal harmony over the issue of ‘Tipu Jayanti’ celebrations on 10 November and warned of stern action against those trying to violate law and order that day.

The birth anniversary celebrations of Tipu Sultan, the 18th-century ruler of the princely state of Mysore, have been held on 10 November by the state government since 2016. “BJP has been trying to disturb communal harmony on the Tipu Jayanti issue. We will not allow them to do it. Any attempt to disrupt law and order will be dealt with an iron hand,” Deputy Chief minister G Parameshwara said.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: Ahead of Tipu Jayanti, Bengaluru Fears Unrest & Chaos

3. In Karnataka, Crackers can be Burst Only Between 8 pm and 10 pm

The air quality in five northern cities was among the world’s worst over the Diwali 2016 weekend. 

In line with the Supreme Court directive, the state government has fixed two hours  — 8 pm to 10 pm — to burst crackers this Deepavali. In a circular, the state government has further directed that crackers can be burnt only for four days starting 5 November.

A recent apex court directive had restricted the timing of bursting crackers to two hours. The circular, issued by Under Secretary (Law and Order) to Home Department, has asked the Police Department to ensure that the rule is followed and to initiate action against violators.

The state government has also restricted manufacture and sale of joined crackers (series crackers).

(Source: The New Indian Express)

4. Coalition Government Will Complete Term: Parameshwara

Dr G Parameshwara, who is to be sworn is as Karnataka’s new deputy chief minister. 

Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said the coalition government would complete its term and stressed that there was no difference of opinion among leaders of both parties.

Speaking to reporters after visiting Murugamutt here on Sunday, he said that former chief minister Jagadish Shettar and BJP State president BS Yeddyurappa were eager to become CM of the state, so they often issued statements that the coalition would collapse shortly.

This year too, Tipu Jayanti would be organised by the state government, but the final decision on giving permission for the procession on that day would be left with the Deputy Commissioners of concerned districts. They will take the final decision depending on the law and order situation in the districts, he said.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Karnataka HC now Sets Deadline for Cleaning up of Storm Water Drain to BBMP

Since 2009, at least 7 children have been washed away in the storm water drains. 

The Karnataka High Court on Saturday asked Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to ensure that the Storm Water Drains (SWDs) are cleaned by 15 December. This is in view of state government releasing Rs 42 crore to BBMP for a one-time cleaning of the SWDs post monsoon across the city.

The judgment was passed after Senior Counsel Aditya Sondhi informed the court that state government was releasing Rs 42 crore for a one-time cleaning of SWDs to avoid the inundation of water during rains. Sondhi was inducted by the court as an independent member of the Coordination Committee headed by the Chief Secretary, which was constituted to find solutions to the civic issues.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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