QBengaluru: Hospital Services to be hit; BJP Protests JSW Deal

1. Hospital Services to be hit Across Karnataka

In response to the Indian Medical Association (IMA) call for a nationwide strike, hundreds of hospitals in Bengaluru and across Karnataka are expected to cancel their outpatient and other non-essential services on Monday.

Thousands of doctors are also expected to participate in silent protests against the attacks on doctors in Kolkata. Several major medical facilities in Bengaluru, including MS Ramaiah Memorial Hospital, said they would keep their outpatient departments shut on Monday to protest against the attacks.

“The Indian Medical Association calls for an all-India nation-wide withdrawal of non-essential services in all healthcare institutions on Monday, June 17, 2019,” said an IMA statement. “All nonessential services including OPDs will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6am to 6am the next day. All emergency and casualty services will continue to function.”

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: IMA to Hold 24-Hour Nationwide Strike on Monday

2. K'taka CM Offers to Hold Talks With Oppn, BJP Leaders Court Arrest During 'Siege' Protest

BS Yeddyurappa and HD Kumaraswamy. 

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy Sunday offered to hold talks with opposition BJP on issues raised by it even as the saffron party workers courted arrest while attempting to proceed towards his official residence despite police barricades.

As the state BJP, led by its chief B S Yeddyurappa, intensified its two-day sit-in over issues, including sale of land in Ballari to JSW Steel at a "throw away" price, drought and farm loan waiver, Kumaraswamy, in a letter to the opposition leader, said he was prepared to discuss all matters.

"I am always ready to discuss with you. Steps will be taken to seek your time as per your convenience," the chief minister said in the letter to Yeddyurappa, a copy of which was released to the media.

(Source: Business Standard)

3. Bonded Labourers Rescued From Police Quarters

Bonded labourers preparing to make bricks in a Kota kiln. 

In a joint operation, officials of the Revenue Department and the jurisdictional police recently raided the City Armed Reserve (CAR) quarters and rescued 12 bonded labourers who were working there for one-and-a-half months.

The victims, natives of Andhra Pradesh, were brought by a contractor, identified as Madhuvath Gopal currently on the run.

They were working on an ongoing construction project inside the CAR grounds in Adugodi. The victims told officials that Gopal had “bought” them by giving some money in advance to their family.

(Source: The Hindu)

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4. IMA Jewels Scam: How Mansoor Khan Evaded Law Despite 2 RBI Alerts

The RBI had first issued an alert against IMA Jewels and Mansoor Khan in 2015.

At Bengaluru’s Commercial Street police station, next to .303 rifles, piles of documents lie in a corner. There are more than 10 bundles, each about four feet tall. These are the 30,000 odd complaints registered against I Monitory Advisory (IMA) and its chairman Mohammad Mansoor Khan, responsible for an alleged Rs 2,000 crore scam in Bengaluru.

Even though the police are receiving fresh complaints every day, and one of the cheated investors died of  a heart attack, Khan’s whereabouts remain a mystery.

But the most wanted suspect in Bengaluru was flagged as a potential fraud by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as early as 2015, and again in 2018. Also, according to reports, as recent as 8 June, just two days before he allegedly left the city, on the instruction of Karnataka DG & IGP, the Central Crime Branch had called him for questioning.

(Source: The Quint)

Also Read: A Rs 2,000-Crore Scam Becomes Political in Karnataka

5. 12 African Nationals Arrested for Overstaying

The Yelahanka police conducted a drive on Saturday and arrested 12 African nationals, who were allegedly overstaying in the city.

The accused — from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Kenya, and other African countries — had come to the city on tourist and student visas. They, however, continued to stay in the city despite the expiry of their travel documents, according to the police.

Based on a tip-off from their FRRO counterparts, the police conducted the drive and arrested the accused. They have been booked under under various sections of the Passports Act and the Foreigners Act.

(Source: The Hindu)

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