Farmers being paid to hold sit-in protest at Delhi borders, accuses BJP MP

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January 12, 2021

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Bengaluru, Jan 12: Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Member of Parliament S Muniswamy on Monday alleged that farmers who are protesting at the borders of Delhi have been paid and brought to the agitation sites.

BJP's Member of Parliament from Kolar said: "They are middlemen and fake farmers. They are eating pizza, burger,s and KFC products, and have set up a gym there. This drama should stop."

Farmers have been protesting at different borders of the national capital since November 26, 2020, against the farm laws - Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

The minister also reacted over the violence at Wistron Pvt Ltd, in Kolar district, which took place on December 12.

Muniswamy said, "They (Wistron) didn't make proper payments to labourers so it happened. Communists also joined them via WhatsApp and Facebook."

He further said, "I think it's linked to China, it's working with Communists to ensure other companies don't come to India.

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February 22,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 22: The National Investigative Agency (NIA) filed a supplementary chargesheet before a special court here on Monday against two people allegedly linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for their alleged involvement in a conspiracy to commit subversive activities and wage a war against India.

The NIA in a statement said that arrested men were also involved in the killing of key personalities of the Hindu community in the country.

The chargesheet was filed against Dr Sabeel Ahmed of Bengaluru and Asadulla Khan of Hyderabad under sections of the India Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

According to the country's premier investigation agency, the case, initially registered in August 2012 in Bengaluru, pertains to a conspiracy hatched by members of proscribed terror organisations LeT and Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami (HuJI) to "commit subversive activities and wage a war against the government of India".

"They had procured illegal arms and ammunition for targeted killings of important personalities of the Hindu community in Karnataka's Bengaluru and Hubli, Maharashtra's Nanded and Telangana's Hyderabad to disturb communal harmony and strike terror in the society," the NIA said.

The investigative agency re-registered the case in November 2012 and filed chargesheets against 17 accused.

Ahmed and Khan were involved in a criminal conspiracy, along with other accused, in supporting and furthering the cause of the terror outfit in Saudi Arabia's Dammam and Riyadh, the NIA said adding that they had actively participated in meetings, where terrorist activities like targeted killings of important personalities of the Hindu community in Bengaluru, Hubli in Karnataka and Nanded in Maharashtra were planned.

The special NIA court in Bengaluru convicted 13 accused in the case in September 2016 and sentenced them to five years of imprisonment for their involvement in offences under the UAPA, IPC, Arms Act and Official Secrets Act.

A trial is continuing against three accused who were named in an earlier chargesheet and further investigation against six absconding accused is underway.

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February 15,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 15: A new Covid-19 cluster emerged in Bengaluru among Nursing College students last week. Now, 56 residents of an apartment complex in ward 188, Bilekahalli have tested positive for Covid-19.

As many as 513 have been tested so far, and the testing is still continuing among the complex's 1,500 odd residents living in 435 flats. A party attended by at least 45 people at the apartment complex proved costly as all tested positive and also ended up infecting their respective family members.

BBMP officials, however, said that none of them exhibited any symptoms and none required hospitalisation. They said most of them were youngsters and all have been put under voluntary home quarantine and the apartment complex has been thoroughly sanitised and disinfected.

M Ramakrishna, Joint Commissioner, Bommanahalli zone, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), said, "Till Sunday we tested more than 500 residents in three blocks of the apartment complex. Testing is still going on. By the end of Monday, we will complete testing. There was a party here on February 6. The first case was diagnosed on February 10, when the resident got tested on his own after experiencing some Covid symptoms. He went to the hospital and information was relayed to the BBMP."

Thereafter in the process of contact tracing, others in the apartment complex were tested and one by one, everyone started testing positive. "On Sunday, BBMP officials rushed to the apartment complex. Fortunately most of them are youngsters and are asymptomatic. None required hospitalisation. 

None of the 56 have a domestic travel history either. But further contact tracing is on. There were 45 to 50 people at this party who further infected their respective families. We even held a meeting with the apartment association at SNN Lakeview apartment," Ramkrishna said.
 

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February 28,2021

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Mangaluru, Feb 28: A proposal for a tourist circuit to connect the state’s 320-km long coastal belt by seaplane has been submitted to the Centre, Minister for Tourism, Ecology and Environment C P Yogeeshwara said.

Speaking to newsmen here on Sunday that the seaplane will help woo tourists to different destinations in Karnataka, the minister said. He said that though investors are keen on the seaplane project, the state lacks basic landing facilities.

Seaplane services have already been launched in Gujarat and once a similar service is introduced here, those wishing to travel to Goa, Mumbai, and Kerala can use the facility.

He said that to promote tourism in the coastal belt, infrastructure for landing of yachts needs to be developed. He said a heli tourism service will be launched in Mysuru shortly and stressed on a similar service in Mangaluru for foreign tourists arriving by cruise ships so that they can visit Lakshadweep and other tourist destinations from Mangaluru.

“Cruise passengers stay only for eight to nine hours in Mangaluru. If their stay is extended to two to three days by providing them with facilities, then we can chalk out programmes to introduce local culture and tourist spots in and around Mangaluru he said and relaxation of CRZ rules will be sought on the lines of Kerala and Goa to promote tourism. Further, he said tax on tourist taxis was high in Karnataka compared to Kerala and Tamil Nadu.,”

“I will bring the issue to notice of the chief minister,” he said. The minister said the Tourism Policy 2020 will be implemented from April, he said .

He said backwaters in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts will be used to promote sports which in turn will generate jobs and boost tourism. The 20-km stretch of Gurupura river backwaters will be developed on the linesof Alappuzha in Kerala. Priority will be given for promotion of eco tourism in Tannirbavi in Mangaluru. He said the government needs to promote Mangaluru as a brand and explore the potential in health tourism, religious tourism, eco tourism and local and We need to develop a circuit to promote temple tourism in the district,” he said.

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