Thousands throng to catch final glimpse of Bekal Ustad

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September 24, 2020

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Mangaluru, Sept 24: Thousands of Muslims thronged the house of Ibrahim Musliyar Bekal at Montepadavu on the outskirts of the city to catch a final glimpse of their spiritual guru.

Bekal Ustad, who was the Qadhi of Udupi, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan and Shivamogga amalgam Jama’at breathed his last earlier today at a private hospital in Mangaluru after months of illness.

His mortal remains were kept at Montepadavu for public viewing. In spite of fear of covid-19, thousands of people from different parts of coastal Karnataka reached the remote village within hours.

Leaders from various political parties, social and religious organisations were also among those who paid their last respect to the departed soul. A pall of gloom has descended on Muslim colonies across coastal Karnataka.

There were hundreds of volunteers in Montepadavu to prevent chaos among mourners. Police have also tightened the security arrangements.

Also Read: Acclaimed Islamic scholar, Qadhi Ibraheem Musliyar Bekal passes away

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October 8,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 8: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National General Secretary and Karnataka Minister C T Ravi on Thursday expressed confidence to wrest both the Assembly seats, Sira and Rararajeshwari Nagar, for which byelections are scheduled to be held on November 3.

Talking to media here, the newly appointed BJP's National Secretary said that the party's Central Election Committee would announce the candidates to contest the byelections, very soon.

Stating that every partymen will abide by the decisions of the Central party leaders on finalising the candidates names, he said, "All the leaders including the Chief minister will work for the success of the party candidates in the byelections."

Referring to the Congress leaders' charges that the CBI raids, conducted recently on the KPCC president

D K Shivakumar was nothing to do with the byelections, he said that "If D K Shivakumar is maintaining a clean hand why should he worry about the CBI or any other Inquiries".

"Let Shivakumar introspect himself, whether he was innocent or not, before hurling baseless charges over the issue" he said.

Answering a question over his newly assigned responsibility as the BJP's national General secretary, he said that

"I have been humbled by the party's central leaders decision by entrusting the responsibility".

Mr Ravi, a four-time MLA from Karnataka had been appointed as one of the BJP's National General Secretary, recently.

He had also submitted his resignation to the Cabinet, after his nomination to the party post, which is however yet to be accepted by the Chief Minister.

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October 17,2020
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Bengaluru, Oct 17: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President D.K. Shivakumar said on Friday that he would always be looked upon as a Congressman, and not a caste leader.

Speaking to reporters here, Shivakumar said that he is a Vokkaliga because he is an agriculturist and was born to Vokkaliga parents.

“No doubt I am proud of my caste Vokkaliga. But that doesn’t mean that I would indulge in caste or religion-based politics. Being a Congress member and KPCC President, I have only one caste and that is Congress. Why should I speak about other castes,” he shot back to his rivals in general and JD(S) leader H.D. Kumarswamy in particular.

He said that there is no politics involved in attracting people into the party fold and all these things generally happen during every election.

“In every election, our rivals BJP and JD(S) do the same by visiting our party leaders and we also do it, which is just fair and square. Why should anyone be worried about it,” he asked.

Categorically ruling out any race between him and Kumaraswamy for the Vokkaliga leadership, a dominant community in the south Karnataka region to which both leaders belong, Shivakumar said that he has never indulged in caste politics and for him Congress is his only caste.

On Thursday, Kumaraswamy had alleged that the Congress, which lacks a worker base in Rajarajeshwari Nagar (R.R. Nagara) Assembly constituency, was trying to lure his party workers ahead of the by-elections.

R.R. Nagara, along with the Sira Assembly segment in Tumakuru, will go to bypolls on November 3.

With both seats having considerable presence of the Vokkaliga community, winning them is crucial for both the leaders to consolidate their position in the community.

With the community seen as a strong vote base of JD(S), Kumaraswamy is looking at keeping it intact. Shivakumar, who is the top leader in the Congress from the community, is looking at consolidating his position within the party by winning the bypolls.

Winning R.R. Nagar is even more crucial for him as it comes under the Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha constituency, represented by his brother D.K. Suresh.

In this constituency, Congress has pitted political greenhorn Kusuma H against battle hardened N. Munirathna of the BJP.

In Sira, Congress has fielded party veteran and former minister T.B. Jayachandra against Ammajamma of the JD(S), the widow of late party MLA Sathyanarayana, and Rajesh Gowda of the BJP.

The Sira by-elections were necessitated following the death of JD(S) legislator B. Sathyanarayana in August, while the R.R. Nagar seat fell vacant after the disqualification of Congress MLA N. Munirathna under the anti-defection law last year.

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October 7,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 7: The government of Karnataka today decided to slash fine amount for not wearing a face mask in public to Rs 250 from Rs 1,000 in urban areas and Rs 100 from Rs 500 in rural areas.

The decision to slash the fine amount for not wearing face masks was taken “in the backdrop of public opposition and experts’ opinions,” said chief minister B S Yediyurappa said in a statement.

The new fines will come into effect immediately.

About a week ago, the state government decided to impose Rs 1,000 fine in urban areas and Rs 500 in rural areas on citizens who are found in public places without wearing a face mask. The move was aimed at containing Covid-19 with cases rising.

Marshalls in Bengaluru and other designated enforcement officials have been penalizing citizens. Several cases of citizens refusing to pay the fine citing it is “too much” have been reported.

“Ever since Covid-19 was first reported in Karnataka, the government is doing everything possible to contain it. Since there is no vaccine, it is inevitable to make mandatory wearing of face masks, using hand sanitizer and maintaining social distance,” Yediyurappa said.

“As Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, the government is making all efforts to balance life and livelihood. I request citizens to voluntarily wear masks, use hand sanitizer and keep social distance and cooperate with the government,” Yediyurappa said.

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