Latest News Today – Basavaraj Bommai To Succeed BS Yediyurappa As Karnataka


Basavaraj Bommai, 61, is the current Home Minister of Karnataka. He joined the BJP in 2008.

New Delhi:

Basavaraj Bommai may have joined the BJP way back in 2008, but his family’s political history came a full circle only today after his name was announced as the next Karnataka Chief Minister. His father, SR Bommai, occupied the position for a brief period in the 1980s, making a whole lot of difference to India politics.

He succeeds the 78-year-old BS Yediyurappa who announced his resignation on Monday after weeks of speculation.

The BJP veteran is considered the tallest leader alive today of Karnataka’s Veerashaiva-Lingayat community, which constitutes 16 per cent of the state’s 68 million population. His departure was risky business for the BJP since the party has had strong backing from this segment for long.

While it can’t be anyone’s claim that zeroing-in on Mr Bommai as replacement was easy, the choice may be easily justified.

The Karnataka Home Minister, an MLA from central Karnataka’s Haveri district, is also a Lingayat — although the term ‘Basava’ also means ox in Kannada, it strongly resonates the name of Basaveshwara, the 12th century founder of the community.

Before joining the BJP, he was with the Janata Dal United, defecting, along with 22 others JDU functionaries.

Ironic, since his staunchly socialist father, a leader of the Janata Party and later Janata Dal, is best remembered for a landmark battle in the Supreme Court — SR Bommai versus Union of India — that he fought after losing his government in Karnataka following defections. The judgment in that case laid down certain guidelines against the misuse of Article 356 of the constitution by the Central government to impose President’s Rule on states with unfriendly governments.

Nevertheless, Basavaraj Bommai has remained a close confidant of Mr Yediyurappa and has risen in the party ranks to last helm the state’s Home Ministry. A mechanical engineer who reportedly began his career with Tata Sons, he has also held the water resources portfolio in the past.

Married to Ms Chennamma, Mr Bommai has a son and a daughter and is a permanent resident of Dharwad district.

His interests include reading, writing, playing golf, and cricket.



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Latest News Today – Karnataka Minister Murugesh Nirani In Delhi Amid Buzz


Over 500 Veerashaiva-Lingayat leaders have demanaded that BS Yediyurappa be allowed to continue (File)

New Delhi:

Amid heightened speculations about Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s exit, state minister Murugesh Nirani arrived in the national capital on Sunday apparently to meet BJP leaders, party sources said.

People close to Mr Nirani, however, claimed he is on a personal visit to the national capital.

Earlier in the day, when Mr Yediyurappa was asked about his future, he said he would take an appropriate decision once he receives directions from the party high command on his continuation in the post.

“By evening once it comes, you will also get to know about it. Once it comes I will take an appropriate decision,” the 78-year-old BJP leader said in response to a question on whether the directions from the high command were expected today.

The Lingayat strongman said he will abide by the party’s decision and his “lone target” would be toiling for the next two years and bringing the BJP back to power in Karnataka, where Assembly elections are due in 2023.

Mr Nirani, the Minister for Mines, hails from the Lingayat community like Mr Yediyurappa and is being seen as one of contenders for the chief ministerial post along with BJP general secretary CT Ravi, Home Minister in Karanataka government Basavaraj Bommai and Union minister Pralhad Joshi.

Meanwhile, over 500 Veerashaiva-Lingayat seers from different parts of Karnataka on Sunday demanded that Mr Yediyurappa should be allowed to continue in office.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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Latest News Today – “If The Message Comes By Evening…”: BS Yediyurappa On


Karnataka: BS Yediyurappa made a sudden visit to Delhi earlier this month where he met PM Modi.

Bengaluru:

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had said he expects to receive a message from the BJP high command about his political future today amid speculation about his replacement. “If the message comes by evening, I will let you know immediately,” the Chief Minister said today when asked about the matter.

The 78-year-old made a sudden visit to Delhi earlier this month where he met the prime minister and other senior leaders.

Through weeks of speculation, the Chief Minister has said that he has not received asked to resign. On Thursday, he told reporters, “There is an event on July 26 on completion of two years of our government here. After this, I will follow whatever (BJP president) JP Nadda will decide”.

There are, however, questions on whether the 78-year-old will be asked to step down as the state battles floods.

This morning, Mr Yediyurappa left Bengaluru to fly to Belagavi, one of the flood-affected districts in the state. The torrential rain over the last few days in several districts of the state has left nine people dead and three people missing.

Thousands were evacuated after their homes were flooded. Dams in the northern region, including the Almatti Dam, released water as river levels rose.

The met department has removed the red alert that had been in place for many districts but says heavy rain will continue in some areas until the July 28.

Boats have been used by the NDRF and other disaster relief agencies to rescue stranded people.

When Mr Yediyurappa took over from the coalition government in 2019, heavy rain and floods were battering the state.

He had visited Delhi after his oath ceremony, but was sent back to the state by Union Minister Amit Shah, who told him to take care of the flood situation.

With nobody else in his cabinet for several days, Mr Yediyurappa had toured the rain hit districts to supervise relief operations as the only member of the cabinet.

This time, he has asked his ministers to remain on the ground in their districts to supervise the rescue and relief efforts.



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Telangana raises Covishield gap to 98-112 days | Hyderabad | Sidnaz Blog


HYDERABAD: In a development that has left many vaccine beneficiaries in Hyderabad and elsewhere in Telangana surprised, health authorities have raised the gap between two Covishield shots to 98-112 days.
Scores of beneficiaries are being turned away, saying the second dose will be given at 98- 112 days, unlike 84-112 days after the first dose, making it the first such move to raise the gap between two doses of Covishield.

The centre had recently said that the second dose can be given after 90 days. Both the Centre and the state have adjusted the time gap between two doses of Covishield.
Interestingly all the neighbouring states are still following the 84 days routine for Covishield, including Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.
While several theories of the gap between two doses of this vaccine are being discussed, experts say that delay may not negatively impact the efficacy of the vaccine. “There is flexibility to adjust the dose gap, but it is important that two doses are taken within prescribed period,” said Dr Subodh Kandamuthan. professor and centre director for health care management at the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) Many people who are going to government vaccination centres are being asked to come after completing 98 days of taking first dose of Covishield. “The decision was to be reviewed after third week,” said a health department official, adding that they have not received any fresh communication on this.



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Latest News Today – Pegasus Used In Karnataka To Collapse Our Government,


Key numbers were allegedly selected when HD Kumaraswamy-led government was battling a huge crisis.

New Delhi:

Phone numbers linked to the Janata Dal Secular-Congress government in Karnataka were possible targets for surveillance in 2019, at a time when the ruling coalition collapsed and the BS Yediyurappa-led BJP took power, the Wire has said in the latest revelations connected to Israeli spyware “Pegasus”.

The Wire report links the fall of the JDS-Congress government in July 2019 and the BJP’s takeover to alleged snooping, though there is no evidence to establish whether phones were hacked.

The Congress alleges Pegasus was used to execute ‘Operation Lotus’ to topple the state government.

“I was surprised to know that Pegasus has compromised my phone when I was deputy chief minister, and that of Siddaramaiah and chief minister’s secretary. Snooping activity by Pegasus is highly condemnable… Without the permission of the government of India, either the ministry of Home or the PM’s office they cannot do it. I am sure the government is involved. I condemn this… They have misused their power to topple governments in this country,” G Parameshwara, who was the deputy Chief Minister then, said.

Key numbers were allegedly selected when the HD Kumaraswamy-led government was battling a huge crisis following a rebellion by MLAs.

The phone numbers of Mr Parameshwara and the personal secretaries of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and former chief minister Siddaramaiah were allegedly selected as potential targets.

The Wire says these numbers showed up in its review of the list of numbers “of interest” to an Indian client of Israel’s NSO group, which sells its Pegasus spyware only to governments.

The numbers form part of a leaked database accessed by the French media non-profit Forbidden Stories and shared with an international media consortium as part of what is called the Pegasus Project.

It is not, however, established whether the phones were infected or hacked.

The Wire says the period coincides with the selection of a new number Congress leader Rahul Gandhi began to use after discarding his earlier one.

The JDS-Congress government fell after the abrupt resignation of 17 MLAs, who later joined the BJP and helped BS Yediyurappa return to power.

In the nerve-wracking power tussle leading up to the transition, rebel MLAs were sequestered at a hotel in Mumbai for days and Congress leader DK Shivakumar tried and failed to meet them. The MLAs were finally disqualified after they turned in their resignation.

After Mr Yediyurappa took power, the MLAs joined the BJP and contested bypolls. Many of them became ministers in the BJP government.

The Wire said two phone numbers belonged to Satish, the personal secretary of Mr Kumaraswamy. The phone number of former Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s personal secretary Venkatesh was also added at the time.

The JDS and Congress had accused the BJP of engineering defections and bringing about the fall of the government with active help from the Centre.

Over the past few days, The Wire, Washington Post and other media partners in the “Pegasus project” have revealed that the numbers of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, poll strategist Prashant Kishor, two union ministers, Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee and some 40 journalists were selected as potential targets of snooping.



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Latest News Today – No Weekend Curfew From Next Week As Karnataka Relaxes


All activities have been allowed to resume in places outside the containment zones (File)

New Delhi:

Karnataka today announced the lifting of weekend curfew starting next week as it treads cautiously even as daily Covid cases continue to drop. The night curfew will, however, continue to be in place from 9 pm to 5 am across the state, a government order said.

Karnataka, which reported more Covid cases in 24 hours than Maharashtra at the peak of the second wave of the pandemic in May, began witnessing a gradual dip in the number of infections over the past few days. On Friday, the state reported 2,984 cases of coronavirus in 24 hours with state capital Bengaluru logging 593 cases.

Now, more relaxations to the lockdown-like restrictions have been announced from 6 am tomorrow in places outside the containment zones. However, all educational institutions, tutorial centres, and colleges will continue to remain shut until further orders.

Starting tomorrow, Public transport will be allowed to operate up to their seating capacity.

Access to swimming pools has been granted for training purposes only with strict adherence to Covid safety protocols.

Sports complexes and stadiums will be allowed to open for training but no spectators will be allowed inside.

The state has now capped the number of guests at a wedding to 100 and those attending funerals to 20 with full compliance with Covid rules.

Places of worship have now been allowed to open to devotees for only darshan.

During the hours of the night curfew, only essential services will be allowed and the movement of individuals will continue to be restricted.

Public transport, private vehicles, and taxis will be allowed to run to and from airports, bus terminals, and railway stations. Those carrying valid travel documents and tickets will be allowed to travel.

No permissions have been given yet for congregations and gatherings – social, political, religious, academic, and cultural – even outside containment zones. Theaters, cinema halls, malls, restaurants, shops, and offices will also remain shut.



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Telangana assembly had only 9 days of sitting post lockdown | Sidnaz Blog


HYDERABAD: The pandemic has hit not only every sector but also the functioning of administration and legislative assemblies across the country in 2020.
An analysis of the annual review of state laws 2020 by an independent research group has shown that the Telangana state legislative assembly had an average sitting of just nine days post lockdown in 2020 as against 25 working days in a year between 2016 and 2019.
But, Telangana seemed to have done much better when compared to states like Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh which had only 2-5 working days of their assemblies in 2020 post lockdown. Many states, however, had better number of average working days of assembly than Telangana during 2016-2019, the analysis revealed.
Interestingly, states like Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Karnataka and Bihar had reported more average working days of 10-12 days post lockdown 2020. For the purpose of the analysis, the research group took March 24, 2020, as a cut-off date when India went into a lockdown mode to combat Covid-19.
The research group, in its report, also said that Telangana assembly brought out 20 Acts in 2020. It also also enacted 18 laws and passed four important ordinances during this period.
During the pandemic, a few states had enacted laws to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act (Telangana also made one), while some states notified temporary regulations under the 1897 Act or promulgated ordinances. A few states also enacted laws to bring changes in elections to local governments.
Maharashtra enacted a law to postpone the elections to the offices of the mayor and deputy mayor of some municipal corporations. Kerala amended its panchayat and municipal laws to facilitate postal and direct voting for persons affected by Covid-19 or those in quarantine, the research group said.
Other legislative actions triggered by the pandemic included reducing salaries of legislators (like in Telangana) and amendments to labour laws to enable longer shifts in factories.



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Latest News Today – Net Subscribers Under EPFO Went Up By 13.7% in April


EPFO provisional payroll data for April 2021 showed that subscribers had increased over March

During April 2021, when the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic had begun to rage across the country,  the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) added around 12.76 lakh net subscribers, 13.7 per cent more than March 2021, when 11.22 net subscribers had been added to the payroll.

According to the provisional payroll data of EPFO released today, the number of exits in the month of April declined by 87,821 and rejoining increased by 92,864 subscribers as compared to March, 2021.

Of the 12.76 lakh net subscribers added during April, around 6.89 lakh new members have come into the social security coverage of EPFO for the first time. Also approximately 5.86 lakh net subscribers exited and then rejoined EPFO by changing their jobs within the establishments covered by EPFO and choose to retain membership through transfer of funds rather than opting for final settlement.

As per the age-wise comparison of payroll, the data showed that the age-group of 22-25 years has registered highest number of net enrollments with around 3.27 lakh additions during the month of April, 2021.

This was followed by the age-group of 29 years to 35 years with around 2.72 lakh net enrollments. The members within the 18 years to 25 years of age-groups, usually first timers in the job market, have contributed around 43.35 per cent of total net subscriber additions in April, 2021.

State-wise comparison of payroll figures showed that establishments registered with the states of Maharashtra, Haryana, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, led in terms of adding approximately 7.58 lakh subscribers during the month, which was around 59.41 per cent of total net payroll addition across all age groups.

The north-eastern states showed above average growth in terms of net subscribers’ addition as compared to March 2021. 

Gender-wise analysis indicated that the share of female enrolment is approximately 22 per cent of total net subscribers addition during the month. Month-on-month analysis revealed an increasing trend in net female subscribers as 2.81 lakh enrollments were recorded during April, 2021 which was at 2.42 lakh during March, 2021.

In addition to this, number of female subscribers who have come under the ambit of EPFO for the first time, also increased to 1.90 lakh in April, 2021 from 1.84 lakh in March, 2021.



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V Hanumanth Rao urges Sonia Gandhi to send AICC observers to | Live Newspaper Hyderabad


HYDERABAD: With the likelihood of a new president being appointed to Telangana Congress anytime soon, Congress veteran and former MP V Hanumanth Rao (VHR) on Saturday shot off a letter to the party president Sonia Gandhi requesting her to send central observers to elicit the opinion of all senior and junior leaders before taking a decision on appointment of new TPCC president and CLP leader.
In his letter, Hanumanth Rao urged Sonia Gandhi not to depend solely on the report submitted by AICC in-charge of Telangana Manickam Tagore for appointment of a new TPCC president. “AICC central observers were sent to Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala when there was a difference of opinion on PCC chief posts in the respective states. The same policy should be followed in Telangana too as Congress veteran and loyalist’s opinion should be taken on important party matters,” he said.
Taking a hasty decision relying only on Tagore’s report may cause severe damage to the party. Already 12 Congress MLAs have defected to the TRS and that it cannot be ruled out that a few more MLAs will not leave the party. Also, there is no guarantee that those who have joined the Congress from other parties will continue to remain in the Congress, he stated in the letter.



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Latest News Today – 13,800 New Infections, 2,686 In Bengaluru


Bengaluru registered worst-hit district with 2,686 cases. (File)

Karnataka on Friday registered 13,800 new coronavirus cases and 365 deaths, data released by the state health department said today. The total active Covid cases in the state now stand at 2,68,275, while the positivity rate and the death rate were reported at 9.69 per cent and 2.64 per cent, respectively. As many as 25,346 patients were discharged on Friday.

State’s capital Bengaluru remained the worst-hit district with 2,686 cases and 206 deaths. The city currently has 1,24,807 active cases and over 14,000 people have lost their lives due to the highly contagious virus.

Mysuru district emerged as the second major Covid hot spot with 1,155 cases and 22 fatalities.

According to the health bulletin, there were 568 infections in Hassan, 695 in Tumakuru, 714 in Dakshina Kannada and 847 in Belagavi.

The state recorded lesser cases in comparison to the preceding day when it reported 16,068 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 364 deaths.

The lockdown in the state has been extended till June 14, with Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa saying that the government would consider lifting lockdown restrictions once the positivity rate came below 5%.



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