1. Karnataka Govt Increases Petrol, Diesel Rates by ₹1.8
The Karnataka government on Friday, 4 January increased sales tax on motor-fuel products, taking the price of petrol up by Rs 1.79 a litre and that of diesel by Rs 1.83 a litre. A litre of petrol in Bengaluru will cost Rs 70.84 per litre and diesel Rs 64.66.
The Kumaraswamy government offered rate comparison with neighbouring states as balm, saying the prices of motor fuel, even after revision, are lower than in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala.
The sudden move has left motorists furious, who were heaving a sigh of relief over falling prices of petroleum products over the past one and a half months.
Petrol prices, which have been declining since October 18 except for one day, were at the lowest level on the last day of the year that went by. Diesel rates were at their lowest since March.
(Source: The Times of India)
2. English Poses Threat to Regional Languages: Kambar
President of the 84th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana Chandrashekhar Kambar has strongly pleaded that education from pre-primary level to class 7 should be in Kannada medium and the private schools should be allowed to impart education from Class 8.
Delivering the presidential speech at the inaugural ceremony of the three-day annual literary festival on the University of Agricultural Sciences campus here on Friday, he said this is the only way to save Kannada language which is facing danger from the onslaught of English in every field.
Kambar said, “The English schools are run by elected representatives and businessmen and the education is being commercialised. The children, studying in government schools, look like destitutes for want of educational facilities.”
(Source: Deccan Herald)
3. K'taka Files Counter to TN in Supreme Court Over Mekedatu Row
The Karnataka government on Friday. 4 January filed a counter to Tamil Nadu's application in the Supreme Court seeking to restrain Karnataka from proceeding with its detailed project report (DPR) in the Mekedatu reservoir-cum-drinking water project.
In the counter affidavit filed by IM Bangaraswamy, chief engineer with the Water Resources Development Organisation in Karnataka, he alleged that the application filed by the Tamil Nadu government was made with the intention of preventing Karnataka from preparing the DPR on the project over the Cauvery river.
(Source: The Newsminute)
4. B’luru Pays Highest Rental Deposits
Bengalureans renting property pay the highest in security deposits, followed by those in Chennai. The tech city’s average rentals saw one of the highest increases among Indian cities last year. These are some of the findings of a study-survey by property search portal NoBroker.
People who move to Bengaluru from cities such as New Delhi and Mumbai often complain of the sky-high deposits they pay the owner of an apartment.
The NoBroker study finds the average deposit in the city was eight months of rent, which translates to an average of about Rs 1,34,500. In Chennai, the average deposit is seven months of rent, amounting to an average of Rs 1 lakh. New Delhi-NCR was the friendliest, with owners seeking a mere two months of rentals as deposits.
(Source: The Times of India)
5. Karnataka Minister's Staffer Caught With Rs 14-Lakh Cash
A staffer of Karnataka Congress Minister C. Puttaranga Shetty was caught with unaccounted Rs 14 lakh in cash at the entrance of the state secretariat in the city centre, police said on Friday, 4 January.
"We have detained the Minister's staffer Mohan and seized the cash (Rs 14 lakh) from him at the secretariat, as he could not explain its source or account for it," city central Deputy Commissioner of Police Devaraj told reporters here.
Shetty, a legislator from Chamarajanagar Assembly segment in the southwest old Mysuru region, is the Social Welfare Minister in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in the southern state.
(Source: Business Standard)
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