QBengaluru: Govt Lifts Ban on Ola; Kalari Warrior in Manga Comic

1. Ola Cabs Back on Bengaluru Roads as Karnataka Govt Lifts Ban

The Karnataka government on Sunday, 24 March, announced that it had revoked the suspension handed to Ola, two days after it issued a notice banning the cab-hailing service from operating in the state for six months.

“@Olacabs will run their business as usual from today. However, there is an urgent need for policies to catch-up with new technologies and also industries too should work closer with the government to help evolve policies for innovations," Priyank Kharge, the state minister for social justice wrote on Twitter.

The company reached out to Kharge on Friday after its licence was suspended for six months, a decision which apparently was taken by the Karnataka transport department without consulting Karnataka's IT Ministry or the government.

(Source: Live Mint)

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2. Man Booked For ‘Sexually Assaulting’ Classmate

Stop sexual assaults against women.

A 24-year-old student was allegedly sexually assaulted by her classmate while she was staying at his apartment in Kothanur.

Though the incident happened on 15 March, the woman filed a complaint on Friday, based on which the police registered an FIR against the accused, Shadath Mohammed.

The accused is on the run and efforts are on to track him down, said the police. In her complaint, the woman told the police that she, along with few of her friends, including the accused, had gone to a pub in Indiranagar.

(Source: The Hindu)

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3. Bengaluru South: Congress Picks Hariprasad, BJP Dithers

Congress leader BK Hariprasad.

Sunday was a tense day for the state BJP, as the central leadership still appeared confused on a candidate for Bengaluru South, the parliamentary segment which is considered a safe seat for the saffron party. And to make matters worse for the saffron brigade, the principle opposition from the JD(S)-Congress coalition declared the name of Rajya Sabha member and confidant of the Gandhi family, BK Hariprasad.

With less than 48 hours to go for the last day of filing of nominations from the constituency — it goes to polls in the first phase on 18 April — the party was still grappling with the situation and awaiting the final decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party’s national president Amit Shah.

Sources suggest the party is likely to rule out both frontrunners, Tejaswini Ananth Kumar (wife of late Union minister HN Ananth Kumar) and Tejasvi Surya (state youth general secretary) and dismissed talk of PM Modi himself contesting from the segment as rumour.

(Source: The Times of India)

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4. Kalari Warrior To Be 1st Indian Character in Manga Comic

Kalaripayattu

Ravi, a master of Kerala martial art form Kalaripayattu, will soon be the first character of Indian origin to feature in a Japanese Manga comic, said artists working on the comic on Sunday.

While speaking at the second edition of the Manga Planet Cosplay Walk 2019 in Bengaluru, artists pointed out the comic is expected to be ready for release by end of this year. It will first come out in Japanese and English, and later in several regional languages, including Kannada, Tamil and Hindi.

Over 70 cosplayers, including the Japanese consul general in Bengaluru Takayuki Kitagawa, gathered at the second edition of the Manga Planet Cosplay Walk 2019 in the city on Sunday. The unique cosplay walk, which kicked off from St Mark’s Hotel, came to a close near St Mark’s Circle.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Bandipur Forest Fire: Police Arrest One Person For ‘Setting Fire Again’

Volunteers and forest officers attempt to douse the flames at Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

Karnataka police have arrested one person for allegedly setting the sensitive Bandipur Tiger Reserve on fire on Saturday, and have seized one mobile phone from him. Two other suspects are absconding. The fire, which is now under control, had razed 80 hectares in the Kundakere range. The ravaging fire destroyed acres of forest grassland and shrub jungle common to the habitat.

Kundakere Range forest officials confirmed the development. The person arrested has been identified as one Chandru, resident of Chelavarayanapura of Gundlupet taluk in Chamarajanagar. His associates Chikkamadappa and Muniraju are currently absconding.

Saturday’s fire comes a month after a similar man-made fire had engulfed hectares of pristine forest land with more than 500 hectares of forest land being gutted.

(Source: The News Minute)

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