1. I-T Dept Accuses HDK of Intimidation, Seeks Action
In an unprecedented move, the income tax department has requested the chief electoral officer, Karnataka, to act against the state’s top leaders for criminal offences, including obstructing public servants from discharging duties when they protested in front of its Bengaluru office on 28 March 2019.
In response, the election authorities have said the Commercial Street police station registered an FIR over the protest following a complaint by a flying squad officer. The leaders against whom action has been sought include Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, deputy CM G Parameshwara, former CM Siddaramaiah and minister DK Shivakumar.
(Source: The Times of India)
2. Bypolls to Karnataka’s Kundgol Assembly Seat to be Held on 19 May
The Election Commission of India on Tuesday announced that by-elections will be held for the Kundgol Assembly constituency in Dharwad district of north Karnataka on 19 May. Results for the same will be declared on 23 May, along with the Lok Sabha Elections.
Bypolls will also be held in four seats in Tamil Nadu and one seat in Goa, announced the EC. 19 May is also the date of polling for the last and seventh phase of Lok Sabha polls across the country. According to the Election Commission, the date of notification for the seats going to bypolls on 19 May will be 22 April.
The last date of nominations will be 29 April, while the scrutiny of nominations will be carried out on 30 April. Candidates can withdraw from participation latest on 2 May.
(Source: The News Minute)
3. NIRF Rankings: IISc, IIMB, NLSIU Bag Top Spots
Three premier education institutions from the city have bagged the top spots in their respective disciplines in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rankings 2019, released by the Ministry of Human Resource (MHRD) on Monday, 8 April.
The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) was ranked number one in the management category, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru (NLSIU) in the law category, and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in the university category.
While IISc and NLSIU have retained the top slots from last year, IIMB has dislodged Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
(Source: The Hindu)
4. 947 Kannada, Urdu Govt Schools Set to Go English
In his 2018-19 budget speech, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had announced that English-medium classes would be held along with the existing Kannada-medium lessons in 1,000 government Kannada primary schools to draw more children. Now, the department of public instruction (DPI) is all set to introduce English medium in class 1 at 947 select Kannada and Urdu government schools across the state.
In Bengaluru Urban district, comprising Bengaluru South and North education districts, 122 government Kannada and Urdu medium schools will function as English-medium schools. The district accounts for the highest number of schools under the initiative.
S Jayakumar, director, DPI, said as part of the initiative, English-medium classes will be introduced in class 1 in the coming academic year. “The following year, it will be extended to class 2. The expansion will be taken up in a phased manner,” he added.
(Source: The Times of India)
5. Employees Abduct, Abuse Start-up Owner Over Severance
Employees of a start-up, including a woman, abducted and assaulted its owner for refusing to agree to a three- month severance pay after the firm folded up under mounting losses.
Entrepreneur and Cambridge Layout resident Sujay SK (23) said in his complaint to the Halasuru police that he took sleeping pills and swallowed rat poison to end his life as a result of the torture from the employees.
Police booked the employees Likith, Rashmi, Vishwa, Tanzeem, Sanjay, Rakesh, and Darshan for kidnap for ransom, wrongful confinement, assault and criminal intimidation.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
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