Priests, other staff in temples to get insurance cover in Karnataka

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July 26, 2020

Mangaluru, Jul 26: Karnataka government has initiated steps to provide insurance cover for priests and others working in temples coming under the Endowment Department -- a move that will benefit 50,000 people and their families.

Speaking to media here on Saturday evening, Minister for Endowment Kota Srinivas Poojary said there is a need to implement the decision at the earliest to provide relief to the priests and families of employees working in temples.

Department officials have been directed to include employees of state-owned temples under the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyothi Bima scheme and also enrol them under State Bank of India’s group personal accident insurance policy at the earliest. The Central insurance scheme will provide Rs 2 lakh cover to family members in case of death due to accidents.

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September 26,2020

Mangaluru, Sept 26: Television anchor Anushree was on Saturday questioned in connection with the drug consumption and peddling case involving dancer-choreographer Kishore Aman Shetty.

Anushree, who appeared before the police at 9 am, was interrogated for three-and-a-half hours, police sources said. Anushree told the probe team that she knew Tarun Raj, the close friend of Shetty, who is also an accused in the drug case, for the last 12 years.

He had done dance choreography for her for six months. The anchor said she had no links with Tarun relating to drug use and had not attended any party with him, the sources added.

Talking to reporters after coming out of the police station, Anushree said she had given answers to all the questions put to her by the investigating team.

She said she would come for further interrogation if the police summoned her again.

The police have not confirmed whether there will be further questioning, she said. "Drug mafia is a ghost that has haunted our state and the police are trying their best to root out the mafia. We will cooperate with the investigation," she added.

Anushree was summoned after Tarun disclosed to the police that she had also attended Shetty's party. DCP Vinay Gaonkar and inspector Shivaprakash led the probe team.

The state CCB police is investigating drug abuse among bigwigs, including those in the film industry after the Narcotics Control Bureau arrested three people from Bengaluru with a drug haul.

They were allegedly supplying drugs to Kannada film actors and singers.

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September 23,2020

Bengaluru, Sept 23: Congress party in Karnataka on Wednesday accused Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's family members of corruption and demanded his resignation.

Addressing a press conference here, Congress party's newly appointed party-in charge for Karnataka, Randeepsingh Surjewala claimed that "We have proof to pin-down Yediyurappa's family members on corruption charges".

Stating that the Congress party leaders in both the houses in the Karnataka Assembly and the Council, will raise

the corruption issues, he said that "Government should order for a probe to be investigated by a Special Team".

Accusing that the 'Union Government's Enforce Directorate (ED) seems to have closed its eyes' on Yediyurappa family's corruption. he said that "Transactions had been done in large sums and had been done through RTGS transfer".

Claiming that the state government is trying to cover-up the corruption in transactions, he said that "attempts also are being made to destroy the evidence".

The Opposition leader in the Karnataka Assembly K Siddaramaiah, who was also present on the occasion,said that "This government is most corrupt and I wonder what Prime Minister Narendra Modi would say".

"In the last 12 months, the corruption in Karnataka peaked" he said.

Accusing that there exist two Chief ministers in the state, he said that this government had not came through

people's mandate.

Congress party's opposition leader in the Karnataka Legislative Council, S R Patil, former KPCC president

Dinesh Gundu Rao and others were also present on the occasion.

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September 29,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 29: Slamming BJP MP Tejasvi Surya over his recent comments that Bengaluru has become the "epicentre of terror activities", former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said the remark is a disgrace to the city, which "does not belong to militants".

The Janata Dal (Secular) leader further said that the statement was even an "insult to senior BJP leaders" and demanded an apology from the "concerned BJP leader".

"Some people having links with terrorist organisations were caught after the D J Halli incident. Our criticism must be against them... not the home of millions of people... Bengaluru does not belong to militants, it is ours... Bengaluru is our pride," Kumaraswamy's tweet in Kannada read.

He was referring to an incident of mob violence on August 11 when over 3,000 people went on a rampage, torching the residences of Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy and his sister Jayanthi, besides D J Halli and K J Halli police stations in Bengaluru.

Without naming the BJP leader, he added, "The insult made by some commentators within the BJP that Bengaluru is a centre of terror activities is a disgrace to the city. I saw in media how CM B S Yeddyurappa struggled to justify such a statement, during a press conference on Monday. This slanderous statement is an insult to the senior BJP leaders as well."

A day after becoming the president of the of BJP's youth wing on September 26, Surya had said that Bengaluru has become an epicentre of terror activities and that he has urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to set up a permanent division of the National Investigation Agency.

The statement drew sharp criticism from the Opposition. Earlier, Congress' D K Shivakumar had asked the BJP to sack him from his new post.

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