Newly-appointed ministers will be allocated portfolios soon: Yediyurappa

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August 22,2019

Bengaluru, Aug 22: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday said the newly-appointed ministers will be allocated portfolios in a couple of days.

"It will be done by tomorrow or the day after," he told reporters in response to a question about portfolio allocation to new ministers.

More than three weeks after he was sworn in as the Chief Minister, Yediyurappa on Tuesday expanded his ministry by inducting 17 ministers into his Cabinet.

The Chief Minister had been running a "one-man cabinet" that had drawn flak from the opposition Congress and JD(S).

Among those inducted into the cabinet on Tuesday, 16 are from the BJP and one independent.

They include former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, two former deputy Chief Ministers — K S Eshwarappa and R Ashoka, independent MLA H Nagesh and Laxman Sangappa Savadi, who is not a member of the Assembly or Council and MLC Kota Srinivas Poojari.

Others sworn in were: Govind M Karajol, C N Ashwath Narayan, B Sriramulu, S Suresh Kumar, V Somanna, C T Ravi, Basavaraj Bommai, J C Madhuswamy, C C Patil,Prabhu Chavan and Shashikala Jolle Annasaheb, who is the lone woman cabinet minister.

The newly appointed ministers are currently on a two day visit to flood, rain and landslide ravaged parts of the state to review relief and rehabilitation work being undertaken there.

Soon after the swearing-in, the expanded cabinet met for the first time under the leadership of Yediyurappa on Tuesday and decided to send all newly appointed Ministers to various flood ravaged districts.

Even as the expansion has brought an end to the nearly month long wait for the cabinet to take shape, it triggered some unrest within the BJP as several MLAs made no secret of their discontent after failing to secure Ministerial berths.

Karnataka can have a maximum of 34 ministers, including the Chief Minister.

With this "limited" expansion, 16 cabinet berths are vacant, leaving space for some of the disqualified former Congress and JDS MLAs who helped bring down the coalition government headed by Kumaraswamy to get on board.

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HDK hits out at BSY govt over anniversary celebration amidst people's suffering

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July 27,2020

Bengaluru, Jul 27: Former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Monday took strong exception to the BJP's celebration over completing one year in office and alleged that people are suffering due to anti-people policies of the state government.

In a tweet on Monday, he said that since the last six months pension due to physically challenged, old age and Widow pensions were not paid. He urged the Government Issue emerge order to release pension amounts immediately. It was shameful on the part of the Government to keep the pension amount being kept pending.

This government has no eyes and ears and claiming only challenging years and transparent government, what examples required for them, he questioned.

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Rain continues to lash coastal Karnataka; major landslide near Belthangady

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August 10,2020

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Mangaluru, Aug 10: Moderate to heavy rain continued to lash across Karnataka’s coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada on Monday. 

In the Coast, Udupi received the highest amount of rainfall at 127mm, followed by Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada at 73mm each.

Meanwhile, there was a major landslide inside the Kudremukh National Park at Alladakadu, Belthangady taluk, about 70 kms from Mangaluru. 

According to reports, the landslide has occurred in over six acres of uninhabited land. Tehsildar Mahesh J said that the landslide was about three km away from inhabited area and there was danger to people.

The incident came to light after villagers saw slushy water flowing in the rivulets and informed the authorities. 

In Dakshina Kannada, in the last 24 hours a total of 230 persons (102 males and 128 females, including children) were shifted to relief camps. The crop loss is yet to be estimated. In the last 24 hours, five houses have been damaged completely and 20 partially, according to the district bulletin.

Even in Udupi there was damage to houses and property, but the damage was yet to be estimated.

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Karnataka industrialist celebrates house warming with dead wife's silicon wax statue

August 11,2020

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Koppala,Aug 11: Industrialist Shrinivas Gupta, celebrated house warming function in Koppal with his wife Madhavi's silicon wax statue, who died in a car accident in July 2017.

It is a great feeling to have my wife again at my home, as this was her dream home. An artist Shreedhar Murthy from Bengaluru took a year to prepare my wife's statue. Silicon was used for the statue for durability," said Shrinivas Gupta on installing silicon statue of his deceased wife.

The statue was built inside Madhavi's dream house with the help of architect Ranghannanavar.

"Our artist suggested me to have silicon statue instead of the wax statue as we live in Koppal which is a hot place, and an AC cant be open all the time to maintain the wax. So as per the suggestion, we got the silicon statue prepared," Gupta added.

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