1. Mirage 2000 HAL Aircraft Crashes in Bengaluru, Both Pilots Dead
Two pilots died after a Mirage 2000 trainer fighter aircraft of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) crashed at the HAL Airport in Bengaluru on 1 February.
Both pilots in the aircraft had ejected, but one of them died after landing on the wreckage of the aircraft, according to the report. The other pilot succumbed to his injuries in hospital, where he was admitted in a critical condition.
According to the HAL PRO, the aircraft crashed into a blockade near the runway. The crash took place when the pilots were on an test flight after the aircraft was upgraded.
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2. Budget Proposals are Just Fluff and Cotton Candy, say Coalition Leaders
The interim Budget’s cash incentive to farmers potentially threatens to steal the thunder from Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy’s pet project — the farm loan waiver scheme — barely three months before Lok Sabha elections, but the ruling JD(S)-Congress coalition were nonchalant about it.
Leaders of the two parties dubbed the Narendra Modi government’s farm sops derisively as “cotton candy”, “popcorn” and “pepper mint candy” — an attempt to payback the Prime Minister, who called Kumaraswamy’s waiver scheme “lollipop”, in his own coin.
“When I had announced the Rs 48,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme for about 44 lakh farmers in the state last year, Modi had ridiculed it as a ‘lollipop’,” Kumaraswamy said.
(Source: The Times of India)
3. Suburban Rail Project Put on Backburner
The announcements by state and Central leaders which boosted the expectations of the suburban rail project have proved to be nothing more than a set of empty promises as the Union government has put the project on the backburner.
The interim Budget presented by Piyush Goyal has allocated Rs 10 crore for the Rs 17,000 crore project during the financial year 2019-20, which eliminates the possibility of any work happening for the next year.
In December 2018, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had promised to lay the foundation stone for the project after meeting Piyush Goyal in Delhi. “The railway minister promised to take the matter to Niti Ayog for its approval. The minister also assured us of allocating some money for the project in the Union Budget,” he had said on 27 December.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
4. Karnataka Cop to Bring Underworld Don Ravi Pujari From Senegal
Underworld don Ravi Pujari, believed to have been mentored by Chhota Rajan, has been arrested from the West African country of Senegal, media reports said on Friday, 1 February. According to a statement by the state government, Dr Amar Kumar Pandey, ADGP Intelligence, Karnataka coordinated with authorities in Delhi and Senegal to make possible the detention and eventual extradition of Pujari to India from Dakar. He is to complete the necessary formalities and bring Ravi Pujari back to the country.
The arrest took place on 22 January in Senegal's capital Dakar, with the Indian embassy getting intimated on 26 January, a Hindustan Times report said.
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5. The Mandya Dilemma: Will Sumalatha Contest Lok Sabha Polls in 2019?
After the death of rebel star Ambareesh, a void has been created in the Mandya Congress. With hundreds of Ambareesh fans demanding that his wife Sumalatha contest from the Mandya Lok Sabha constituency, the question is – will she? On Friday, 1 February, hundreds of Ambareesh fans gathered outside Sumalatha's residence in Bengaluru and requested her to contest the Lok Sabha elections as an independent candidate.
Speaking to the media after interacting with the fans, Sumalatha said, "Ambareesh's fans were very supportive when he contested elections. Even after his death, they are offering to support me. I had never given a thought about entering politics or contesting elections in the past. Seeing the amount of respect they have for Ambareesh and me, I do not want to disappoint them. However, this is not an easy decision to make and I feel like I still need to think about it," Sumalatha said.
(Source: The News Minute)
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