1. Yediyurappa Passes Floor Test, Speaker Ramesh Kumar Resigns
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday sailed through the floor test in the legislative Assembly, with the victory likely to sound the death knell of the coalition between the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(S).
The victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the floor test through a voice vote, helped 76-year-old Yediyurappa break the jinx of not being able to muster a majority in at least two of the four attempts he has had at the top office. Very few legislators raised their hands against the motion of trust in the government.
(Source: The Mint)
2. Speaker Bids Adieu With Plea for Electoral Reforms
With the new state government taking charge, Legislative Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar tendered his resignation to the office on Monday, after making a strong plea for electoral reforms and strengthening the anti-defection law.
Soon after the trust vote and passing of the Appropriation Bill, Ramesh Kumar announced to the House that he was resigning as the Speaker with immediate effect. He handed over his resignation letter to Deputy Speaker JK Krishna Reddy.
Ramesh Kumar, who ordered disqualification of 17 rebel MLAs in the last few days, said the root of corruption was enormous expenditure during elections.
(Source: The Hindu)
3. Tiger Census: Karnataka Slips to Second Position
Karnataka slipped to the second position in tiger numbers, behind India's new Tiger State Madhya Pradesh in the new tiger census which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
While India's tiger count now stands at 2,967, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh have 524 and 526 tigers respectively. As per the new figures, Karnataka gained 112 tigers since the last census conducted in 2014.
The Karnataka Forest Department credited the increase in numbers of tigers to its 'frontline' staff. Karnataka PCCF Punati Shridhar told TNIE that the state has registered a 29 percent increase in tiger numbers with an annual growth rate of 7.5 percent.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
4. Construction Worker Falls From Fourth Floor, Dies
A 25-year-old construction worker was killed and another injured when the duo fell from the fourth floor of an under-construction school building at Sathanur village in Bagaluru on Saturday.
The deceased has been identified as Koimul Haq, a native of Assam. His friend Abdul Zakir, 27, who sustained injuries, has been admitted to a private hospital.
According to the police, the duo was doing fabrication work sitting on the centering folds put up on the fourth floor of the Delhi Public School building. One of the centering folds broke and the duo crashed to the ground. The other workers rushed them to a nearby hospital, where Koimul was declared as brought dead. Zakir sustained multiple injuries.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. The Tenth Edition of Bangalore Queer Film Festival is Here
Now in its 10th year, the Bangalore Queer Film Festival is back this week, with an international line-up of feature films, shorts and documentaries as well as panel discussions and performances. The film screenings kick off on Thursday, 1 August and will continue till Sunday, 4 August at Alliance Française and Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan.
Before the film screenings begin, the festival’s curtain raiser is set for Wednesday, 31 July at the Bangalore International Centre, where Karnataka Rajyotsava awardee B Manjamma Jogathi and her traditional folk art troupe will perform.
(Source: The News Minute)
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