QBengaluru: Kannada Rajyotsava Celebrated; Bypoll Drama & More

1. Kannada Rajyotsava: 63rd Karnataka Day Celebrated

Karnataka on Thursday, 1 November, celebrated the 63rd year of its formation with pomp and gaiety. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy along with his cabinet and others took part in the Kanteerava Stadium ground celebrations in Bengaluru.

He unveiled the yellow and red state flag as the Karnataka anthem penned by eminent Kannada poet Kuvempu was rendered by all present at the city centre.

"Unity in diversity is our culture. As Kuvempu described, Karnataka is a peaceful garden of all religions. Let Kannada prevail in our words, thoughts and actions. Let us build a prosperous Karnataka," Kumaraswamy said.

Thousands of school students and public took part in the Bengaluru celebrations. The students from across the state showcased various cultural programmes.

(Source: Bangalore Mirror)

2. Two Days to Bypoll, BJP Candidate Returns to Congress

L Chandrashekar, the BJP’s candidate for the Ramanagara by-election in Karnataka, backed out just two days ahead of voting on Saturday, 3 November, saying he was ignored by BJP leaders who didn’t turn up for campaigning as promised.

Chandrashekar had switched over to the Bharatiya Janata Party only last month after Congress’ decision to allow its alliance partner Janata Dal (Secular) to contest the seat.

“They told me that my victory would mark the downfall of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government. But all the leaders were camped elsewhere and did not show any intention to campaign for me,” Chandrashekar said.

“I wish to extend my support to the coalition candidate Anitha Kumaraswamy in the bypoll,” he said during a press conference at the residence of Bengaluru Rural MP DK Suresh, brother of Congress strongman DK Shivakumar.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

3. Video Shows Karnataka MLA Throwing Kits at Sportspersons

Karnataka revenue minister RV Deshpande was seen throwing kits at sportspersons in a video that was widely shared on social media.

Karnataka revenue minister RV Deshpande courted controversy after a video showing him throwing sports kits at beneficiaries at a function in Haliyal was shared widely on social media.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, 31 October, at a function that he chaired in his constituency, a senior Congress leader. The event was organised to inaugurate a new indoor stadium and to honour local sportsperson who had excelled at the district, state and national levels .

Deshpande was seen standing on a stage and throwing the kits at the sportspersons.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

4. Bengaluru Cab Driver Tails Singer Vasundhara Das, Hurls Abuse

Vasundhara Das

In an incident of road rage, a cab driver allegedly followed singer and entrepreneur Vasundhara Das for more than 4km, blocking her way twice to verbally abuse her.

According to police, the incident took place around 4.30pm Monday, 29 October, near 13th Cross bus stand on Margosa Road in Malleswaram. Though the owner of the vehicle is yet to be traced, Vasundhara Das filed a complaint with police, with the registration number of the car as KA-05 AE-3933.

According to the complaint, Vasundhara had stopped her car at Bhashyam Circle as the traffic signal turned red. A Toyota Etios at the same signal was waiting to take a right turn. The vehicle was on her left side. When the signal light turned green, Das headed straight towards Malleswaram, which prevented the cab driver from taking a right turn. Offended, the driver then followed Das, honking at her.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Bengaluru Traffic Third Slowest in India: Report

Image of a traffic jam used for representation.

If you are reading this while stuck in traffic, there’s a good chance you will finish the report before you get moving. Confirming what Bengalureans have long suspected, the city has ranked third — behind Patna and Kolkata — in slowest moving traffic in the country. The average speed of vehicles in Bengaluru’s traffic is just 15.5km per hour, says a recent study.

Despite a widespread public transport network of buses, Metro rail, cabs and auto-rickshaws, private vehicle usage is high, which makes travelling during peak hours 162% slower than in non-peak hours, says Ola’s Ease of Moving report.

Heavy usage of private transport is one of the major factors for traffic congestion, it said, while vehicle emission accounts for 37% of pollutionin the city.

(Source: The Times of India)

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