Over 100 history-sheeters detained ahead of Karnataka bandh today

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December 5, 2020

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Bengaluru, Dec 5: More than a hundred history-sheeters were detained in the wake of a Karnataka bandh called by pro-Kannada organisations on Saturday, according to the DCP (West), Bengaluru.

The bandh was called by pro-Kannada organisations, led by Vatal Nagraj group, against the state government's decision to form a Maratha Development Authority and allot it Rs 50 crore.

Meanwhile, people seemed cautious to step outside with metro stations wearing deserted looks in Bengaluru.

Yesterday, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa had appealed to the groups not to call the bandh as it caused inconveniences to others.

"I promise to take all sections of society together," Yediyurappa said.

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January 12,2021

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Mangaluru, Jan 12: The inefficiency of Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC), Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) and the BJP government has resulted in the high court suspending all ongoing works of smart city mission in the city, alleged Mangaluru MLA UT Khader.

He was speaking at a protest organised by the Dakshina Kannada District Congress Committee (DCC) against the MSCL, MCC and the government on Tuesday.

“The MSCL has failed to implement the Smart City projects effectively and it has been stopped following high court direction. It is the inefficiency of the MCC council led by the BJP. They failed to convince the high court and present facts. The MSCL should have made provisions to dispose construction debris scientifically before commencing works. I had prepared an action plan for the disposal of construction debris when I was the urban development minister,” Khader said and demanded the MSCL to clear the legal hurdles for smart city works.

Noting the BJP that bagged majority in the MCC council is vision less, Khader said the voters of the city voted the party with the hopes of presenting a better administration. “Now people of Mangaluru are repenting for electing the BJP in the MCC council. They have no futuristic vision towards city’s development. Though the state government had earmarked Rs 125 crore for MCC in the 2019-2020 budget, the BJP government has not released it. Meanwhile, the BJP corporators and MLAs in the city have no courage to question the government,” he said adding that people in the city have been facing multiple issues related to roads and infrastructure.

On the protest against farm laws, Khader said that it should not be considered as an agitation of farmers alone. The new laws will allow capitalists to exploit farmers, he said and called upon party workers to launch protest in favour of farmers.

K Harish Kumar, MLC and DCC president, said the ministers, MLAs, corporators and mayors from the Congress were instrumental in various development works that were launched the city.

However, in BJP’s administration in the MCC, they have failed utterly even in the implementation of solid waste management. “They increased the water supply cess three times even when people were facing difficulties due to pandemic,” he added.

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January 4,2021

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Lebanon, Jan 4: Since the Pentagon assassinated Iran’s popular anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and his companions in January 2020, there have been growing calls for the expulsion of US forces from the region, and this is only one of the repercussions of the cowardly act of terror, says the secretary general of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah.

"One of the main outcomes of the assassination of General Suleimani and [deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units Abu Mahdi] al-Muhandis is the calls made for the expulsion of US forces from the region," Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Sunday in a speech delivered live from Beirut on the first anniversary of the assassination, which was authorized by President Donald Trump.

“Such calls had not been made prior to the assassination. The martyrdom of the resistance leaders set US troops on the track of leaving Iraq,” the Hezbollah leader added.

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was accompanying General Soleimani on the night of their martyrdom.

The Hezbollah leader said General Soleimani was a hero and an international icon of sacrifice, loyalty and defending the oppressed.

Nasrallah then addressed the United States, the Israeli regime and all those conspiring against the resistance front, saying, “When you assassinate our leaders, we get more determined and strong-minded to assert our rights.”

“Those thinking of weakening us through killings, wars and car bomb attacks are delusional. The US believed it could weaken Iran and the axis of resistance by assassinating Qassem Soleimani, but we are the ones who know how to turn threats into opportunities.”

Tensions are high in the region, he added, and there are major concerns among Persian Gulf states. The Tel Aviv regime is high on alert for possible Iranian retaliation on the anniversary of the assassination.

“The resistance front will be always respecting and glorifying its martyrs. Iran will take military revenge by itself. It has strength and capability as well as power to defend and does not need any proxies. The friends of Iran will take their own decisions if they want to respond to this crime,” Nasrallah stressed.

The Hezbollah leader blamed Washington and the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for the creation of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, stating that their main reason was to fight the resistance front.

He also criticized some Lebanese media outlets for distorting latest remarks by Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Aerospace Division of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), saying, “Lebanon and the Gaza Strip are naturally at the frontlines of the Muslim world due to their geographical proximity to the Zionist entity.”

The Hezbollah secretary general said Iran’s support for the resistance movement and Palestinian groups has been unconditional, and the Islamic Republic has never stopped backing Lebanon; even during the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war.

Nasrallah dismissed Slovenia’s recent decision to designate Hezbollah a 'terrorist' organization, terming such moves as part of a psychological war aimed at frightening ordinary Lebanese people of the resistance movement.

“We have Allah (God) by our side. Whatever you do is doomed to failure, because those who depend on Allah will emerge victorious. Victory is not but from Allah.”

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January 14,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 14: Frustrated over dissidence in the Karnataka BJP after cabinet expansion, chief minister B S Yediyurappa today asked the disgruntled legislators to complain to party high command instead of blaming his government. 

"If any of the MLAs have reservations (about Cabinet expansion), let them go to Delhi and complain about it to the BJP national leadership," he told reporters on Thursday.

The legislators should not damage the image of BJP in the state by making remarks against the government, Yediyurappa said. 

The chief minister is again battling disgruntlement from various MLAs of the state BJP unit following the much delayed Cabinet expansion on Wednesday. 

While Vijayapura MLA Basangouda Patil Yatnal and MLC A H Vishwanath alleged that Yediyurappa had succumbed to 'blackmail' and inducted ministers, others such as MLAs M Satish Reddy and Arvind Bellad lashed out for not accommodating young leaders of the party in the Cabinet.

"They can go to Delhi. Party leaders will decide what is right and what is wrong," he said.

On why R R Nagar MLA Muniratna was not inducted, Yediyurappa declined to comment. Muniratna was among the 17 MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) coalition to resign in 2019, and was assured a Cabinet berth before the BJP high command advised against it ahead of expansion. 

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