Karnataka bandh: Bengaluru's outskirts witnesses stone pelting incidents

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December 5, 2020

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Bengaluru, Dec 5: Pro-Kannada organisations had called for Karnataka bandh over the state government's decision to form Maratha Development Corporation, but the bandh has so far received a mixed response.

Till 8 am there was a mixed reaction for a bandh in the city, the business in KR Market is as usual. Namma Metro services have been stopped, security staff have closed the doors of the metro station entrance and exit in Majestic.

Few unknown protesters pelted stones at a BMTC bus early Saturday morning in Chandapura located in the outskirts of Bengaluru.

As a security measure, the police have tightened security from 4 am across the city including near the chief minister's office and residence, Krishna, around Town Hall, Corporation circle and Freedom Park. The West Division police have detained more than 100 persons with criminal background from Friday night to maintain law and order.

As of now autorickshaws, cabs, KSRTC, BMTC bus services are available across the city. Hotels, fuel stations, and provision stores are open.

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV), pro-Kannada organisation members protest near BDA office by giving roses to motorists seeking their support for the bandh. In Anekal, hundreds of protesters blocked the national highway. A large number of protesters from many pro-Kannada organizations led by Vatal Nagaraj will take out a rally from Town Hall to Freedom Park.

Rally against the government's decision will begin at 10 am.

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January 1,2021

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Belagavi, Jan 1: Members of Uttar Karnataka Horat Samiti hoisted a separate North Karnataka flag at Hirebagewadi in Belagavi taluk on Friday demanding bifurcation of the state and a new state for the north region.

Led by Adivesh Itgagi, Samiti members hoisted the separate state flag in the village near Bailhongal bus stop located along the Pune-Bengaluru national highway, about 18 km from the district headquarters.

Efforts by the police to prevent this incident were thwarted by Samiti members by singing the national anthem to divert the police while others took the opportunity to hoist the flag.

Itagi said they hoisted the separate state flag for the third time as successive state governments failed to ensure the development of North Karnataka and have meted it step-motherly treatment.

Samiti secretary Srikant Madhubharmanavar said, Suvarna Vidhan Soudha in Belagavi has been idle and it needs to be made functional if development of the region has to be realised.

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January 14,2021

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Bengaluru, Jan 14: Bengaluru has emerged as the world’s fastest growing mature tech ecosystem in the world since 2016, followed by the European cities of London, Munich, Berlin and Paris, with India’s financial centre of Mumbai in sixth place, according to new research released in London on Thursday.

Dealroom.co data analysed by London & Partners – the Mayor of London’s international trade and investment agency – reveals that investment in the Karnataka capital of Bengaluru grew 5.4 times from $1.3 billion in 2016 to $7.2 billion in 2020, with the Maharashtra capital of Mumbai growing 1.7 times from $0.7 billion to $1.2 billion in the same period.

The UK capital of London registered an impressive three times growth between 2016 and 2020, rising from $3.5 billion to $10.5 billion.

“It’s fantastic to see that Bengaluru and London ranked as the top two fastest growing global tech hubs for VC investment. Our two great cities share mutual strengths in entrepreneurship and innovation – creating lots of opportunities for tech investors and companies to do business across both regions,” said Hemin Bharucha, Chief Representative of India at London & Partners.

“London has a strong trade and investment relationship with cities across India and today’s figures show the opportunities for future partnerships between UK and India on technology. Despite the pandemic, tech companies in London and India are continuing to lead the way in creating game changing technologies – especially in high growth sectors such as EdTech and Fintech,” he said.

“The UK government's recent Brexit deal with the European Union brings certainty for Indian companies and investors looking to London and we look forward to welcoming more Indian businesses to the UK capital in the years ahead,” he added.

Bengaluru is also ranked sixth for the world’s tech venture capitalist (VC) investments, on a global list topped by Beijing and San Francisco, New York, Shanghai and London making up the top five. Mumbai comes in at No. 21 in the worldwide ranking, with Boston and Singapore among the other high-ranking cities.

Skillmine, a Bengaluru-headquartered tech company offering new generation IT consulting and managed services which expanded to London last year, highlighted access to “like-minded tech entrepreneurs alongside a deep tech talent pool” as the highlight of what has been referred to as India’s Silicon Valley in the past.

“It has been exciting to be part of Bengaluru’s emergence as a world-class tech hub. From here we expanded our business operations into London in May last year, as well as into the Middle East and America markets. London is a global tech hub with access to a thriving tech talent pool alongside growth capital and a wide customer base. We are excited to grow our business in the city,” said Anant Agarwal, Managing Director, Skillmine.

Behind Bengaluru and London, the other fast growing tech hubs include the two German cities of Munich and Berlin and the French capital of Paris, all three more than doubling their investments in the 2016-2020 period. The UK capital, however, cemented its status as Europe’s leading tech hub – with London companies receiving over three times the amount of investment than any other European tech city.

“London is the global tech capital of Europe. Despite the challenges brought about by Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, London’s tech sector continued to thrive in 2020 and has an important role to play in the city’s economic recovery. London is already home to some of the world’s best technology companies and will remain open to international investment and tech talent from all over the world,” said London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Despite the global pandemic and the UK’s exit from the EU, London tech firms raised $10.5 billion in 2020 – significantly more than the total amount raised in 2017 ($7 billion) and 2018 ($5.9 billion) and close to the record in 2019 ($10.7 billion).

“It's brilliant to see how resilient London's tech sector has been, despite all the challenges of 2020. International investors have shown real confidence in London, with new venture capital funds setting up here to invest in high-growth companies in sectors like fintech, cybersecurity and health tech. This is because London continues to be the gateway to the European market and a fantastic place to set up and scale a tech company," said Laura Citron, CEO of London & Partners.

The new research from Dealroom.co and L&P also reveals that mega funding rounds for London-based tech companies increased VC investment levels for UK tech in 2020, with British tech firms raising a record USD 15 billion in 2020. Additional findings show that London is now home to 1,252 VC firms – more than any other European city.

Following the outbreak of the global pandemic and an increase in remote working in 2020, enterprise software technologies emerged as a top sector for VC investors.

London saw an 82 per cent increase in enterprise software investments last year, with the UK capital’s firms raising a total of $1.9 billion.

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January 11,2021

Ankola, Jan 11: Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik was injured, while his wife and Secretary died on the spot when their car overturned at Hosakumbi in Ankola taluk on Monday.

Condition of the Minister was stated to be critical.

Naik was traveling with his wife, driver, and others from Goa to Yellapur when the driver lost control over the steering and the car overturned.

Minister's wife Vijaya and his Secretary Deepak died on the spot.

Naik, who was injured, was rushed to a Hospital in Goa, after first aid in a local hospital.

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