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K’taka politicians at it again! Cong MLAs wedding see hundreds gather without a mask

Social distancing and COVID-19 norms once again went for a toss in Karnataka this time at the wedding of a Congress MLA. The videos showed that Health Minister B Sriramulu, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah, and G Parameshwara, former Deputy Chief Minister, attended the wedding happily breaking social distancing protocols. The venue also had some...

JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda to contest RS polls from Karnataka

Former prime minister and JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda has decided to contest the June 19 Rajya Sabha elections from Karnataka. He will file his nominations on Tuesday, his son and former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said on Monday. He said his father made the decision following the request of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, several...

K’taka health minister violates own rules, fails to wear mask, maintain social distance at religious procession

A controversy broke out after Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu took part in a religious procession in Chitradurga district with hundreds of supporters without wearing a mask and failing to maintain social distancing. This was in complete violation of the social distancing guidelines set forth by the state government to fight COVID-19 pandemic in the...

BJP MLA’s lunch meeting fuels speculations in K’taka political circles

A lunch meeting by a group of BJP MLAs at the house of a fellow MLA Umesh Katti has set tongues wagging in Karnataka’s political circles again, a report by The Outlook said. Explaining why the buzz matters, the magazine said it could be because most of the newcomer MLAs have won their by-elections and...

K’taka suspends all incoming transport from five COVID-19 severely affected states

BJP-ruled Karnataka has once again suspended incoming transport from select neighbouring states to contain spread of COVID-19 in the state. Earlier it had banned traffic from four states. This time around the five states include those that are severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are the states...

Political Row: Congress, JD(S) oppose naming of flyover in Bengaluru after Savarkar

The Congress and JD(S) in Karnataka have opposed the move to name a flyover in Bengaluru after Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar, and termed it as an insult to freedom fighters of the state. The 400-metre-long flyover, constructed at an approximate cost of Rs 34 core, is scheduled to be inaugurated by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa...

Karnataka seeks PM Modi’s permission to reopen religious places from June 1

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting that the state should be allowed to reopen temples, mosques, churches, and other religious places. If the CM has his way, these religious places could open from June 1. “We have to get a lot of permissions before opening up, so let’s...

India’s COVID-19 case tally crosses 1.5 lakh, death toll rises to 4,337

India, which initially claimed to have performed exceptionally well as compared to other countries in containing the spread of coronavirus, on Wednesday crossed the 1.50 lakh-mark in terms of the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported from the country. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that the death toll due to...

Union minister cites ‘I am minister, I am exempted’ logic after violating Karnataka’s travel diktat

Union Minister and BJP MP Sadananda Gowda was exempted from compulsory institutional quarantine after he took a flight from Delhi to Bengaluru on Monday. After landing at Bengaluru airport, Gowda straightaway got into his car and drove off to his residence. His assistant said that Gowda had tested negative for COVID-19, so he can be...

International flight operations may resume from mid-June if situation improves: Centre

Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that international flight operations in the country may start by mid-June or end-July if the COVID-19 virus “behaves in a predictable manner”. He said this on Saturday afternoon, during an online discussion with the public to clarify norms governing “calibrated” restart of domestic flights from...

Mysterious loud boom heard in several parts of Bengaluru, police launches probe

A loud, booming sound was heard across several areas in eastern Bengaluru on Wednesday afternoon, prompting the police to launch a probe. The noise was heard in areas like Old Madras Road, Ulsoor, Kundanahalli, HAL, Kammanahalli, Cooke Town, Vivek Nagar, Ramamurthy Nagar, Koramangala, Hosur Road, CV Raman Nagar, Whitefield and HSR Layout of Karnataka’s capital...

Karnataka bans entry of people from Gujarat, Maharashtra

Karnataka has banned the entry of people from Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu—the three states worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic with COVID-19 case count over 10,000. It has also banned the entry of people from the neighbouring Kerala. The development comes a day after the Centre said that the movement of passengers would be...