Karnataka Cabinet exercise on Jan 13 or 14; BJP national prez will be invited: BSY

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January 11, 2021

Bengaluru, Jan 11: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said the much-awaited expansion or reshuffle of his cabinet will take place on January 13 or 14, and BJP National President J P Nadda will be invited for the swearing-in.

Though the Chief Minister indicated that seven new faces will be inducted, he did not make it clear whether it will be cabinet expansion or reshuffle.

"On January 13 or 14 according to convenience of our national President J P Nadda and Karnataka in-charge (general secretary Arun Singh), by inviting them, swearing in ceremony will be organised," Yediyurappa said.

Speaking to reporters here after paying tributes to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his death anniversary, he said, about seven members will be inducted.

Asked whether it will be cabinet expansion or reshuffle, he said, "let's see, you will get to know."

Yediyurappa on Sunday had held discussions with Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi about the cabinet exercise.

On returning from New Delhi late on Sunday, the Chief Minister had said that seven members will be inducted on January 13 afternoon, and that he will finalise the names on Monday after discussions.

Yediyurappa has been waiting for some time now to carry out the cabinet exercise, as he was asked by the BJP president during their meeting in New Delhi on November 18, to wait for the clearance from the central leadership.

The cabinet expansion or reshuffle is expected to be a tightrope walk for the Chief Minister, considering that there are too many aspirants, from the party old guard to Congress- JD(S) rebels who are now BJP legislators.

While several of the old guards like Umesh Katti (eight-time MLA) and Arvind Limbavali are waiting for a chance to be inducted into the Ministry, Congress-JD(S) rebels like Munirathna, R Shankar and M T B Nagaraj, who helped the BJP come to power and are now party legislators, are also aspiring for slots.

While Munirathna is now BJP MLA from RR Nagar, Shankar and Nagaraj are MLCs.

Yediyurappa had recently also indicated that MLC C P Yogeshwar, who is said to have played a key role by managing Congress-JD(S) rebel MLAs, during the political turmoil in the state in 2019, that eventually led to BJP to come to power, will be inducted into the Ministry.

The cabinet currently has 27 members, and seven berths are still vacant. 

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Bengaluru, Mar 2: Social activist Dinesh Kallahalli on Tuesday approached the city police commissioner Kamal Pant and demanded a detailed probe into an alleged sex scandal involving BJP leader Ramesh Jarkiholi, who is also Minister of Water Resources.

Kallahalli in his complaint to the police commissioner alleged that the woman aged about 25 was sexually assaulted by the minister many times after being promised a job in KPTCL but later he refused.

After knowing that she had recorded their private moments, he allegedly threatened her with dire consequences. Video footage which went viral in the media on Tuesday is said to have taken place a month ago.

The victim's family approached Kallahalli who in turn approached the police and he demanded that the commissioner provide police security to the woman and her family as she feared for her life.

Kallahalli claimed that the incident took place in a hotel in Cubbon Park police station limits in Bengaluru. The police commissioner later asked him to approach Cubbon Park police to lodge a complaint.

Kallahalli said, "A senior police officer in Cubbon Park police station said that they will conduct an internal enquiry before filing an FIR since it is a sensitive case."

Meanwhile, sources said that Jarkiholi has been asked to resign from his minister’s post immediately by the BJP high command.

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February 25,2021

India's total tally of Covid-19 cases surged to 1,10,46,914 with 16,738 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries have crossed 1.07 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

The death toll increased to 1,56,705 with 138 new fatalities, the data updated at 9 am showed.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,07,38,501 which translates to a national Covid-19 recovery rate of 97.25 per cent and the case fatality rate stands at 1.42 per cent.

The active coronavirus infections in the country increased to 1,51,708 which comprises 1.33 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.

It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

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March 1,2021

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New Delhi, Mar 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he has taken the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the AIIMS in New Delhi and appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated.

"Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19," he tweeted.

"I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!" Modi said.

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