Chikkaballapur incident explosives were stored before Shivamogga blast, claims Murugesh Nirani

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February 23, 2021

6 dead after gelatin sticks meant for quarrying explode in Karnataka's  Chikkaballapur | Deccan Herald

Chikkaballapur, Feb 23: Karnataka Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani on Tuesday said that the explosives in the Chikkaballapur incident were stored before the Shivamogga blast.

"I have learnt from officials that explosives were stored before the Shivamogga blast. The accused will not be spared no matter how much influence they wield. I am in Delhi for official work. I will be leaving for Bengaluru this evening and directly head to the blast site," said the Karnataka minister.

Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani said that the Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar, Chikkaballapur District Collector, Superintendent of police and our department officials have inspected the spot and assessing the situation.

"These tragic incidents remind us the importance of training skilled workers and establishment of mining school. The people involved in the mining activities should be given training on careful handling of gelatin sticks, detonators and other explosive items at mining sites," he said.

He further said that the government is planning to set up a mining school and committed to ensure the safety of people in the mining areas. Stringent action will be taken against anyone involved in illegal mining activities and irregularities.

At least six people have died and others have sustained injuries in a quarry blast at Chikkaballapur district.

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February 25,2021

Mangaluru, Feb 25: The South Canara District Central Co-operative Bank (SCDCC) and the Navodaya Self-Help Groups have together donated a sum of Rs 1,01,11,072 towards the construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.

The cheque towards the same was handed over to Sri Vishwa Prasanna Theertha Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt during a Guruvandana programme held at the T V Raman Pai Hall on Wednesday night. The event was held on the sidelines of the Nidhi Samarpan event and the 72nd birthday celebrations of Rajendra Kumar.

Addressing the function after receiving the Guruvandana, the Pejawar seer said there was a need for the society to emulate the ideals of Sri Ram. He described the Ram Mandir to be built at Ayodhya as a symbol of Indian culture.

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February 21,2021

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Madikeri, Feb 21: Forest Department personnel of Karnataka successfully tracked and tranquillised a tigress that had killed two persons within a span of 12 hours between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

The animal was tranquillised late on Sunday evening.

Forest officials said on Monday that while a 60-year-old woman, Chinni, was killed by the tigress in T Shettigeri village close to Srimangala on Sunday morning, a 14-year-old boy named Ayyappa, was killed by the animal on Saturday evening at Kumtur village in Ponnampet taluk.

Chennai's killing took place within a distance of two to three km from Saturday’s attack and hence the authorities suspected that the same Tiger may have caused both the killings.

The woman was killed when she ventured out early in the morning from her home. Panic gripped the local community following her killing.

Chief Conservator of Forests T Hiralal said the focus was on capturing the striped cat alive as per the protocol and it was tracked by a battery of Forest Department personnel engaged in combing operation on Sunday evening.

The authorities constituted different groups and used four elephants during the combing operations. But one group identified pug marks and tracked them to the spot where it was finally located near Manchalli village and managed to dart the animal.

The animal had pre-existing wounds on its right legs and was unable to hunt. The Tigress is believed to be aged around nine years, she was caged and a decision was taken to shift it to a rescue centre for observation at Chamundi Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Mysuru.

It appeared emaciated and it is speculated that the injury could have been caused by a territorial fight with another dominant tiger.

Some locals said both the deaths could have been avoided had the Forest Department responded to reports of recent cattle kills from the area.

While earlier in the day villagers had demanded that the big cat be put down, forest officials managed to convince them and capture the animal.

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February 22,2021

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Mangaluru, Feb 22: Amid rising cases in neighbouring Kerala, authorities in Karnataka have decided to close 13 points of entry located in Wayanad and Kasaragod district in Kerala.

A long queue of vehicles was seen at the Talapady checkpost since Monday morning as officials have initiated the process of screening travellers from Kerala who enter Dakshina Kannada through the check-post.

Senior officials including District Health Officer, Tahsildar and police officials are at the spot.

All vehicles entering Mangaluru from Kerala are stopped and Covid reports of the people concerned are verified. Covid negative reports not older than 72 hours is mandatory for those entering the district from Kerala.

The measure has been taken in the wake of a spike in Covid cases in Kerala in the recent past. All inter-state borders with Kerala are closed except the borders at Talapady, Nettanige Mudnuru, Saradka in Bantwal, Menala in Puttur and Jalsur in Sullia.

Meanwhile people living along the border areas in the district are protesting against the inconvenience caused to them.

This has come as a jolt for Kerala residents living in these border areas as the open borders provide a huge succour to the people living on either side. They move freely for various needs, especially the farming community who regularly move from Kerala to engage in such activities on the lands they either own or take on lease in Karnataka.

According to travellers, Karnataka is insisting on negative RT-PCR covid test results. While Kerala has called the move unwarranted, Karnakata authorities say it is a necessary one.

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