1. Fire Breaks Out at Mysuru’s Chamundi Hills
Fire broke out on Chamundi Hills triggered by burning embers on land adjoining Gowrishankar Nagar and Bandipalya, on Friday.
Forest Department officials reached the spot. The extent of the damage is yet to be ascertained but the fire, which broke out late in the evening, was brought under control late at night. Chamundi Hills has shrub and dry vegetation and fires are common in summer.
Meanwhile, a body was found close to the area where authorities were dousing the fire. Officials are yet to ascertain the identity of the deceased. It is not clear whether the person was killed or was a victim of the fire.
(Source: The Hindu)
2. Karnataka Speaker Issues Notice to Ex-Cong MLA Umesh Jadav for Quitting Assembly Seat
Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar served a notice to Umesh Jadhav to explain the reasons for resigning from the Chincholi Assembly seat as a Congress member weeks after his party sought his disqualification under the anti-defection law, an official said on Friday.
"Though Jadhav resigned on March 4, the Speaker is yet to accept the resignation as the Congress petition for his disqualification is pending since February 11. Jadhav has been given a week to clarify his position," an official of the Assembly Secretariat told IANS.
Even before his resignation from the Assembly seat and the Congress formally accepting it, Jadhav joined the BJP at Kalaburagi on March 6 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a party rally.
(Source: The News Minute)
3. Heat is on: Bengaluru Hottest Metro City
Summer has just begun but Bengaluru and other districts have already got a taste of what is to come. On Thursday, the maximum temperature stood at 37 degrees Celsius in the city, a notch lower than the previous highs seen on March 26, 2017, and March 29, 1996, when Bengaluru witnessed a temperature of 37.2 degrees and 37.3 degrees Celsius respectively.
It is not just Bengaluru, but a large part of Karnataka and areas in other southern states are also reeling under high temperatures. Mysuru recorded an all-time high of 37.9 degrees Celsius on March 7. highest-ever temperature was recorded on March 30, 1931, when the city witnessed 37.8 degrees Celsius.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
4. Teenager Dies in Gas Leak, Younger Brother Critical
A 13-year-old child died due to asphyxiation while his younger brother is critical after a leak filled their house with LPG at Jagadish Nagar near Jeevanbhima Nagar on Friday morning.
The siblings lived in a small room, under an apartment’s staircase which had no windows or ventilation. Their mother, Kalavathi, 40, a widow and a native of Nepal, was away at work. She eked out a living as a domestic help.
Around 5.30 a.m., she left the house, as per her routine. She locked the room where the two children were sleeping. When she returned around 8 a.m., she was met with a strong whiff of LPG, said the HAL police. The two children were unconscious.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. Bengaluru Airport Inducts 14 Women Firefighters Into its Crew
On the International Women's Day, Bengaluru airport operator BIAL on Friday announced it has inducted 14 women firefighters into its aircraft rescue and firefighting squad.
"Recruited from across Karnataka, the women, who were inducted on February 19, are currently undergoing training at the Bengaluru airport," the Bangalore International Airport Ltd said in a statement.
BIAL also claimed that it has become the first airport in the country to have women firefighters in its crew and among the few Asian airports to have a female contingent of its size after these appointments.
(Source: Business Standard)
6. Why PM Modi Hasn’t Mentioned Balakot Air Strikes in Karnataka
Notwithstanding the calls against politicising an anti-terror operation, the air strikes in Balakot is arguably one of the biggest political issues in the country ahead of a crucial election. Both the government and the Opposition have been using it as a campaign issue since the Indian Air Force said it bombed a Jaish-e-Muhammed camp in Pakistan on 26 February, in retaliation for the JeM-claimed Pulwama terror attack.
From praising Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in his home state to attacking the Opposition for questioning the strikes’ effectiveness, PM Modi has using the strikes in his campaign speeches.
But in Karnataka, his strategy has been different. Prime Minister Modi has addressed two rallies in the state so far – one before the air strikes and one after. In both speeches, his main argument has been the alleged difference between the Congress and the JD(S).
(Source: The Quint)
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