1. South Karnataka Votes Today in a Critical Two-Way Contest
Polling in 14 Lok Sabha seats of South Karnataka will be held on Thursday amid tight security. The remaining 14 constituencies, mostly in North Karnataka, will go to the polls in the second phase on April 23.
An estimated 2.67 crore voters will exercise their franchise in the first leg in the state to decide the fate of 241 candidates. “All preparations have been made for the polling between 7am and 6pm,” chief electoral officer Sanjiv Kumar said on Wednesday.
Given the increased awareness, experts and election officials hope the turnout will improve by at least 5%-10% in all constituencies. While BJP is contesting in 13 constituencies and supporting independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh in Mandya, Congress is in the fray in 10 and the JD(S) in 4.
(Source: The Times of India)
2. Prakash Raj to Tejasvi Surya: K’taka to See Key Battles in Phase 2
On 18 April, 14 constituencies in Karnataka will go to polls. From debutants to film actors, the first round of polls in the state is expected to be fiercely fought.
Divided geographically, 14 districts of South and Coastal Karnataka will go to polls on 18 April and constituencies in the northern part of the state will hit the booths on 23 April.
Here are some of the key contests in the first phase of elections in Karnataka.
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3. Rain Kills 3 in Bengaluru
Three people, including an 8-year-old boy, were killed as heavy rain lashed Bengaluru and Doddaballapura on Wednesday.
While a woman and her son were killed after a wall of a dilapidated house collapsed on them in Doddaballapura, Bengaluru Rural district, a 27-year-old delivery boy died after a tree fell on him in Hebbal.
The first tragedy was reported around 4 pm when a tree fell on Kiran Kumar at Yogesh Cross, near Lumbini Garden, Hebbal. Eyewitnesses said, “Kiran was riding from Mariyannana Pallya towards Amruthahalli. He was on the extreme left of the road when the tree fell on him.”
“Before passersby could pull him out, he was dead, ” police said. Traffic was disrupted for over 30 minutes as BBMP staff and police cleared the tree. Kiran stayed at his sister’s house in Hebbal Kempapura and was from Kunigal in Tumakuru district.
(Source: The Times of India)
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4. Four Police Officers Guilty of Favouritism Towards Candidates: Report
Favouritism by police officers towards electoral candidates has caused a major embarrassment to the Police Department. An inquiry report submitted to the Karnataka Chief Election Commission (CEC) on April 15 found four officers, including an Assistant Commissioner of Police and three inspectors, guilty of favouring candidates fielded by “ruling parties” and discarding complaints filed against them ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
The issue of favouritism was brought up by members of the BJP, who filed several complaints with the CEC, which then sought a report from the DG-IGP’s office, and necessary action to be taken against Ravi Prasad, ACP (Yeshwantpur sub-division); P.T. Srinivas, Inspector (Peenya); Shiva Reddy, Inspector (Jnanabharathi); and Mudduraj, Inspector (Yeshwantpur).
(Source: The Hindu )
5. KIA Opens new Gate for Passengers With Hand Baggage
The Kempegowda International Airport has opened a new entry gate (Gate No. 5) exclusively for air passengers with a printed boarding pass and only hand baggage.
A release from the airport states that passenger with trolleys and wheelchairs will not have access to this gate.
“With nearly 55,000 passengers departing from BLR airport on a daily basis, this dedicated gate promises to improve throughput and reduce wait time at the security check point. Currently, the number of passengers travelling with only hand-baggage constitutes 23% of total departure traffic, and the count is surging upwards. Passengers will benefit from a quicker passage through security checkpoints,” states the release.
(Source: The Hindu)
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