Uber driver breaks techie’s nose after arguing for more fare

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October 8,2019

Bengaluru, Oct 8: In yet another case of rowdyism by cabby in the city, a young techie was assaulted by an Uber driver for refusing to pay the extra fare in advance.

The victim, Aneek Roy (23), is an employee at a software firm at Whitefield and a resident of the Mahaveer Tuskan Apartment in Hoodi.

In his complaint to the Mahadevapura police, Roy said that he had booked an UberPool ride to reach the airport on October 3 evening. After he placed the luggage inside the car, driver Harish K S demanded that Roy pay the UberGo fare, which is costlier than Pool, in advance.

Roy refused to do so, telling the driver that he would pay the fare for UberPool under which he had made the booking. When the driver asked Roy to cancel the ride, he questioned the driver as to why had he agreed to take the booking in the first place. Soon, an argument ensued and Roy told him that he would raise a complaint with Uber.

Harish finally cancelled the ride and threw Roy’s luggage out of the cab. When Roy objected to his rude behaviour, the driver got angry and started punching and kicking him.

A shopkeeper came to his rescue as he pacified the driver. Roy started bleeding from his nose and could not stand for a while. Since he was running late, he booked another cab to the airport.

Roy reached the airport, but the staff refused to allow him to fly as his nose was bleeding. He was given medical aid at the hospital in the airport and later taken to Manipal Hospital on Old Airport Road, where doctors said that his nose bone had been dislocated. He filed a police complaint the next morning.

The Mahadevapura police said they were yet to arrest Harish as he was absconding, and efforts were on to nab him.

Reacting to the incident, an Uber spokesperson said: “We have removed the driver partner’s access to the app. We stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation.”

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Lockdown hits livelihoods of vendors

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July 18,2020

Bengaluru, Jul 18: Vendors in Bengaluru are finding it hard to earn a livelihood as the state government has allowed the sale of products only for a few hours each day. The lockdown imposed by the Karnataka government on July 14 will continue till July 22.

Speaking to ANI, Vanajakshi, a local vendor said, "We took loans from banks and small financiers to run our business. But we are finding it tough to pay back as our livelihoods have been hit."
"Because of the lockdown, no one comes to buy and markets remain vacant. There was a time when the Gandhi Nagar market was filled with customers, but now it looks like a vacant playground," she added.

Mythri, an advocate, said, "Look at the conditions of vendors. It's precarious. They do not have any business at all. Even now they have been allowed to sell products till 12 noon, which is not sufficient. It's time for the government to step in and provide assistance. If the Central government can reduce corporate taxes, why can't it help them? At least it will help them pass off these difficult times. "

"They are earning through daily wages. The government imposed lockdown suddenly. Where will they go? The city market in Bengaluru is famous. At least 8,000 people come from slum areas. People here are poor. The lockdown was done suddenly and led to problems for these people," said Congress MLA Zamil Ahmed Khan.

Referring to a recent meeting with the chief minister BS Yediyurappa, he said, "During the meeting called by the CM, I suggested that food kits must be arranged for vendors. The CM said the government is providing rice and wheat but that's not enough."

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Karnataka Forest Minister Anand SIngh tests covid positive

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July 26,2020

Ballari, July 26: Karnataka's minister for forests and environment Anand Singh has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in quarantine at his residence in Hospet town of Ballari district.

Minister's son-in-law Sandeep Singh confirmed it and said he has been home-quarantined and the doctors are treating him at home. It is not known who have contracted the virus from him, he told.  

A few days back, the car driver of the minister had tested positive for Covid-19. Old house of the minister located at Ranipet here was sealed down and he was quarantined at his bungalow off the ring road. 

A week ago, the minister held a meeting which was attended by doctors, hotel owners, the officials and journalists. Hence, they have been advised to undergo Covid-19 test, said a Government hospital doctor.

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Centre extending all possible help to Karnataka in combating COVID-19: Sadananda Gowda

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July 18,2020

Bengaluru,  Jul 18: Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers DV Sadananda Gowda on Friday said that Government of India headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been extending all possible assistance to state government in their endeavour to combat the deadly coronavirus.

In a statement released after participating in a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru today, Gowda said he shared his views with the state government on how to control the spread of COVID-19 in the state in general and Bengaluru in particular.

He said the Centre was in constant touch with the state government on the issue. The centre is more than happy to extend any help further if Karnataka requires so.

"Being a Union Minister handling the Pharmaceutical Department also, I am closely monitoring the medicine demand and supply situation across the country on a day-to-day basis. The availability of required medicines including HCQ and Paracetamol is satisfactory in all states including Karnataka. Also, there has been enough lifesaving drugs in our Jan Aushadhi Kendras all over India. Over 600 such outlets exist in Karnataka alone," he said.

"If there is any issue related to medicine shortage or overpricing, one can bring it to my knowledge or call PMBJP tollfree number 18001808080 or NPPA number 18001112550 / 011-23345118 / 011-23345122. The grievances will surely be resolved to everybody's satisfaction" added the minister.

With related to state governments or private agencies seeking to import emergency medicines, medical equipment etc., Gowda assured, we would facilitate required licences without any delay.

"I strongly feel that it is our collective responsibility to use everything in our armour to defeat the pandemic. We also seek public support in this mission. Together, we will win," he said.

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