QBengaluru: Toddler Dead in Dog Attack; Cabinet Expansion & More

1. Dog Attack: Toddler Succumbs in Belagavi

A two-year-old boy died after he was attacked by a pack of stray dogs at Pantbalekundri village in Belagavi taluk. The victim, Abbas Ali, was answering the nature’s call near his house when he was attacked by a bunch of stray dogs on Wednesday, 28 November night.

He suffered severe injuries on his head, legs, chest and hands and was rushed to a private hospital, but failed to respond to the treatment and died on Thursday. The Marihal police have booked a case.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

Also Read: Not Just a Stray Case: Bengaluru’s Dog Dilemma

2. Cabinet Expansion Before Session?

HD Kumaraswamy. 

The chatter on expanding chief minister HD Kumaraswamy’s six-month-old cabinet is back. The debate was triggered after a meeting of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy on Wednesday, 28 November night.

The Congress fears the cabinet expansion exercise would lead to fresh dissidence in the party which is why the process has been hanging fire for the past four months.

At the meeting on Wednesday, 28 November, sources say the trio decided to hold a meeting of the coordination committee – tentatively on 3 or 5 December – to discuss expanding the cabinet as well as appointments to boards and corporations.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. 845 Two-bedroom Houses for Flood Victims by May: Khader

Kodagu: An aerial view of the flood-hit Kodagu district of Karnataka. 

Minister for Urban Development and Housing UT Khader, on Thursday, 29 November, said that the eco-friendly houses for Kodagu flood-affected victims will be ready by six months. In a press conference, the minister said, the government will construct 845 two-bedroom houses.

The survey of the land is completed and the sites handed over to the Deputy Commissioner, he said. The construction work will commence on 8 December and Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is likely to inaugurate the works.

Each house costs Rs 9.85 lakh and the government has earmarked additional Rs 32 crore for providing infrastructure, he said. Replying to a query, the minister said, the process of rehabilitation was not delayed.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

4. 17 Polluted Rivers: State to Make Them fit for Bathing

Cauvery river flowing through the two states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

There’s fresh hope for some highly polluted stretches of the Cauvery, Kabini and Arkavathi rivers, with the Karnataka government forming a “river rejuvenation committee” in accordance with directions the National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued in September.

The NGT noted on 20 September that in the assessment of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), there were 351 polluted river stretches in the country, in which the biological oxygen demand (BOD) content is more than 3mg/L.

Dissolved oxygen is consumed by bacteria when water contains large amounts of organic matter from sewage or other discharge. A low BOD is an indicator of good quality water, while a high BOD is indicative of pollution. The tribunal directed that action plans be prepared to rejuvenate these rivers and ensure that they are at least fit to bathe in.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. ‘Why Was Tipu Jayanthi Celebrated?’ BJP Upset After Karnataka Govt Cancels Hampi Utsav

A cycling trail in Hampi

The BJP in Karnataka has taken strong exception to the state government’s decision not to celebrate Hampi Utsav, citing the drought condition in the state. So far, 100 taluks in 24 districts of the state have been declared drought-hit.

Water Resources Minister and senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar on Tuesday, 27 November, had announced, “There’ll be no Hampi Utsav in Karnataka this year. Last year, the festival was held at a cost of Rs 15 crore. This time, all taluks in the district are drought-hit. Also, we need at least a month to prepare. After a discussion with the Chief Minister, the festival stands cancelled for the current year.”

(Source: The News Minute)

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