Karnataka likely to see total bandh on Sept 28 as farmers protest against contentious bills intensify

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September 27, 2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 27: Monday's Karnataka bandh called to protest anti-farmer and anti-labour bills is expected to be total as farmers associations, trade unions, various rights groups and organisations have come together.

All the associations passed a resolution under the banner of the 'Raita, Karmika, Dalit Aikya Horata' forum, condemning the state government's move to pass the Land Reforms Bill, which they said, would hand over the farmers' rights to the rich and the real estate, and establishes power of corporates over the APMC markets. 

The forum said that Monday's bandh will be the beginning of its fight to prevent the government from implementing the amended laws.

The forum also said that in the coming days, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa would be gheraoed wherever he is seen. Farmer leader Kodihalli Chandrashekhar, whose faction stayed away from Friday’s road blockage protests, said there was no difference among the factions on Monday's bandh.

"Hundreds of organisations will join hands on Monday to stage the biggest protest. The state will go under voluntary shut down from 6 am to 6 pm. This is a collective decision," he said.

Goods transporters, taxi and auto rickshaw drivers have already announced their support to the bandh. The government will try to keep its services, including banking and transport, running despite the bandh. However, the protest is likely to disrupt them during the course of the day.

What's available: Vegetable, milk, medicine, petrol and diesel and other essential services, including Namma Metro.

Services to be affected: Taxi, auto-rickshaw, BMTC, KSRTC and other transport services.

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October 23,2020

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Mangaluru, Oct 23: A gang of miscreants today hacked a youth to death at Bolangady near Melkar in Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. 

The deceased has been identified as Umar Farooq aka Chenna Farooq, a resident of Kalladka. 

He was riding his motorbike when the miscreants chased and attacked him with a machete, sources said. 

Farooq reportedly breathed his last while being taken to a hospital after the attack. 

He was said to be a rowdy-sheeter and multiple cases stand registered against him at different police stations in Bantwal taluk. 

Police suspect rivalry within friends gang as the motive behind the cold-blooded murder. Investigations are on.

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October 20,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 20: Karnataka's Transport Department has made helmets mandatory for all people riding on the two-wheelers and imposed a three-month suspension of driving license for non-compliance.

"As per new directives, helmets are mandatory for all two-wheeler riders who are over four years of age. State govt has imposed a 3-month suspension of driving license along with a penalty in case of violation," said State Department of Transport, Karnataka.

The state transport department has also issued a directive to strictly enforce the old rules for the safety of the riders.

As per the rule, Under the Central Motor Vehicle Act, motorcycle riders must wear a helmet. As per the Karnataka Motor Vehicle Rule, all bikers in the state wearing helmets are mandatory.

This new order comes after the Supreme Court's direction to the state's Road Safety Committee to strictly enforce the mandatory helmet-wearing rule for all persons traveling on two-wheelers in the state.

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October 14,2020

Bengaluru, Oct 14: Heavy rains for the past three days wreaked havoc in some parts of north Karnataka causing inundation, crop loss, and damage to houses, sources in the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) said.

According to the KSNDMC officials, all major dams in the Cauvery and Krishna basins are brimming and their floodgates were opened once again. The officials said Kalaburagi, Yadgir and Bidar were the severely affected districts as small streams were in spate with many lakes overflowing and inundating villages.

In Chincholi Taluk of Kalaburagi district, the stop- gates of Nagarala and Chandrampalli lakes were opened, flooding the nearby villages.

Small islands were formed due to the sudden release of water from the lake, the sources said. Normal life was paralysed due to heavy rains resulting in the overflowing of a major lake in Aland Taluk of Kalaburagi district.

Due to torrential rain in Yargol village in Yadgir district, water gushed out of the weir of the lake resulting in damage to the crops and water-logging. The KSNDMC had on Tuesday predicted medium to heavy rains in the northern part of the state, interior, and coastal Karnataka in the next 24 hours.

The recent rain-related damage is the third such instance in the past four months. Certain regions had twice suffered floods in August and September.

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