Karnataka, Bengaluru News: Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh said the wearing of the hijab would not be allowed during the Class 10 examination of the state board. The exams started on Monday and end on April 11. More than 8.76 lakh students are appearing for the exam in over 40,000 halls in 3,440 centres across the state.
“After the High Court order, we’ve not allowed that (hijab). We’ve given clarification that they (students with hijab) can come into the campus wearing the hijab but they cannot put it on in the classroom. The same condition will apply during the exams,” Nagesh told reporters.
Meanwhile, a 25-year-old woman was arrested in Karnataka on Thursday for allegedly posting a WhatsApp status message on Pakistan’s Republic Day, which falls on March 23. The incident took place at Mudhol in Bagalkot district, located in the northern part of Karnataka. Sources in the police department said the message posted by Kuthma Sheikh read: “May God bless every nation with peace, unity and harmony”. Sheikh was released on bail a day later, on March 25.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Karnataka High Court verdict which had dismissed the petitions seeking permission to wear Hijab inside the classroom saying Hijab is not a part of the essential religious practice in the Islamic faith.
Several other petitions have already been filed in the apex court challenging the high court verdict of March 15.
The AIMPLB, along with two other petitioners, have said in its plea that the four issues framed by high court do not address the “core issue” of whether or not it was necessary to consider the doctrine of essential religious practice where the petitions have asserted their fundamental rights under Article 25(1) and 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. (PTI)
In the wake of denial of permission to non-Hindu traders and vendors to carry on business during annual temple fairs and religious events in some parts of Karnataka, BJP legislator Anil Benake on Monday said everyone can ply his or her trade and that it is for the people to decide where to buy what.
The MLA from Belagavi north cited the Constitution to drive home the point.
“There is no question of imposing any restrictions during the temple fair, we will not impose, but if people do, we can’t do anything. We will not allow it (imposition of restrictions),” Benake told reporters here. (Read More)
The police have arrested two Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) officials in connection with the transformer blast incident that led to the death of a man and his daughter. The two were, however, released on station bail within a few hours of their arrest on Monday.
The accused have been identified as junior engineer Mahanthesh and assistant engineer Dinesh. The duo was arrested under Section 304(a) (death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). (Read More)
The standing committee of the National Board of Wildlife (NBWL) has rejected the proposal of the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) to build a concrete road to Kodachadri hills cutting through Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary.
A senior official from the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) confirmed that the NBWL in its 67th meeting, which was held last week, discussed the feasibility of the project and decided that the path will not be concretised but a mud road will be allowed instead.
The KRDCL had sought the diversion of 5.50 hectare of forest land and 0.0676 hectare of non-forest land for the “improvement of mud road to cement-concrete road from Kattinahole to Kodachadri hill top and Chakra forest”. One of the vital points of concern for the environmentalists was that the intended project falls in the eco-sensitive zone of Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary. Out of the total proposed area for diversion, 4.5053 hectare belongs to Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, which falls under Kudremukh Wildlife Division, and 0.99 hectare comes under Sagar division. The total cost of the project was estimated to be Rs 9,74,00,000. (Read More)
City police have arrested two Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) officials in connection with the electricity transformer blast incident that killed a father and a daughter. The duo were released within a few hours after the arrest on Monday.
The arrested have been identified as Mahanthesh, Junior Engineer and Dinesh, Assistant Engineer with BESCOM. The duo has been arrested under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 304 (a) (death due to negligence). According to the police officials Dinesh was responsible to rectify the transformer and Mahantesh was his immediate senior. They both were arrested on Monday morning and after taking statements, they were released by evening on station bail.
On Wednesday, Shivaraj (55) and Chaitanya (19), were traveling in their scooter near Manganahalli bridge near NICE road. As they came near the transformer installed on the footpath, it exploded and Shivaraj died and Chaitanya succumbed due to burn injuries on Thursday. Chaitanya’s marriage was fixed and both father and daughter had gone to book a marriage hall and were returning.
The investigation suggested that due to the blast, the transformer oil had spilled all over, including the scooter and Shivaraj was riding slowly due to the bad condition of the road which led to the incident.
Karnataka Energy Minister V Sunil Kumar had informed that there was negligence on BESCOM part which led to the incident. Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) had received a complaint at 12.50pm but it was not addressed. The incident took place around 3.10pm which led to the death of the father and daughter.
The Karnataka High Court on Monday said it was not satisfied with the compliance affidavit filed before it by the state government regarding the establishment of ‘goshalas’ (cattle sheds) for taking care of stray cattle across Karnataka.
The court directed the Karnataka government to take necessary steps to establish the goshalas in the identified lands and a file a status report in the next hearing in June.
“We are not satisfied with the details given either in the compliance affidavit or in the documents with regards to the steps taken by the state government to establish Goshalas. (PTI)
Three elephants have died in Karnataka after being hit by trains between 2018 and 2021. In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the corresponding figures were four and one, said Union minister for environment, forest and climate change Bhupender Yadav.
He said that 19 elephants were killed across the country on railway tracks in 2018-19, 14 in 2019-20 and 12 in 2020-21. His ministry has been coordinating with the Railways to take measures so as to prevent elephant fatalities.
Yadav said, “A permanent co-ordination committee has been constituted between the Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) for preventing elephant death in train accidents. Imposition of permanent and temporary speed restrictions in identified elephant corridors and habitats was done. Wildlife Institute of India in consultation with the MoEF&CC, National Highway Authority, National Tiger Conservation Authority and World Bank Group has published a document namely ‘Eco-friendly Measures to Mitigate Impacts of Linear Infrastructure’ to assist project agencies in designing linear infrastructure, including railways lines, in a manner that reduces human-animal conflicts.” (Read More)
20 thousand students remain absent for the 10th class board exams on day one. The first day of examination witnessed the attendance of 97.59 percent but 20,994 students remained absent. While Hijab row continues to be a concern, overall the examination in Karnataka was successful.
Compared to previous year, the absent numbers have increased by 457 percent. In 2020-21, the absentees numbers on day one of the examination was 3,769 but this year it has increased to 20,994.
A proposal by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka in the state budget earlier this month to free temples from government control is set to face impediments as most of the temples lack the resources to function without state support and priests fear that temple properties would be used for private profit if it is realised.
According to government data, only 205 of the 34,563 temples under the Muzrai department in the state earn up to Rs 25 lakh per annum or more and 139 up to Rs 10 lakh. Meanwhile, 34,219 temples earn less than Rs 5 lakh per annum, according to the data.
In his budget speech on March 4, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai reiterated a commitment he had earlier at a BJP state executive meeting to free temples from state control as sought by a section within the party. As many as 34,563 temples come under the purview of the Karnataka government at present under three separate categories. (Read More)
The Common Entrance Test (CET)-2022, the eligibility test to seek admission for professional courses in Karnataka, will be held on June 16, 17 and 18, Minister for Higher Education C N Ashwath Narayan said.
Exams are scheduled for Biology (morning) and Maths (afternoon) on June 16 and Physics (morning) and Chemistry (afternoon) on June 17, the Minister was quoted as saying by his office in a statement. Kannada Language Test will be conducted on June 18 for Horanadu and Gadinadu (other state and border region) Kannadiga candidates at selected centres.
The aspirants can register their names for CET-2022 from April 5 to April 20 and submit applications online, it said, adding candidates can pay the prescribed fee online before April 22. (PTI)
As the tenth standard examinations began on Monday, Karnataka Ministers said anyone violating the High Court ruling on hijab will not be permitted to write the tests.
According to Home Minister Araga Jnanendra, anyone violating the rules would face action. “Whoever violates the rule will face the action. We will not compromise on it. Everyone should obey the high court order. Students have to remove hijab and write the exam,” Jnanendra said. Read more
A Class 10 student appearing for board exams collapsed and died in Mysuru district on Monday.
The deceased is identified as Anushree of Akkur village. She was appearing for examination at Vidyodaya College exam center. Anushree collapsed while writing the exam. She was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors said that she was brought dead.
Anushree was a student of Government high school in Madapura.
DDPI Ramachandra Raje Urs has confirmed the death of the incident said that doctors told that they are yet to ascertain the reason behind anushree death.
Employees at the rail wheel factory at Yelahanka in Karnataka spotted a leopard at 11 pm on Saturday prompting forest department officials to set up a cage to capture the animal.
The Railway Protection Force personnel sighted the leopard at the periphery of the factory during their routine patrol. On scanning the CCTV footage later, they found the leopard prowling along the road adjacent to the factory’s compound wall. Read more
Amid the ongoing hijab row, the Class 10 board examinations in Karnataka began on Monday morning, with Section 144 being imposed in front of schools where the exams are being held.
The exams started on Monday and will end on April 11. More than 8.76 lakh students are appearing for the exam in over 40,000 halls in 3,440 centres across the state.
The state government said that the only uniform prescribed by Schoold Development Monitoring Committee (SDMC) would be allowed according to the court order. Dakshina Kannada district administration said that girls are allowed to wear hijab in the exam hall if it is part of their school uniform.
The BJP government in Karnataka is complicit with demands by the groups affiliated to the Sangh Parivar to bar Muslim street vendors from Hindu temple fairs, trade bodies of street vendors have said.
The statement was made in the wake of reports of right-wing groups barring Muslim vendors from setting up shops inside temple premises during the current festival season. Read more
A 25-year-old woman was arrested in Karnataka on Thursday for allegedly posting a WhatsApp status message on Pakistan’s Republic Day, which falls on March 23. The incident took place at Mudhol in Bagalkot district, located in the northern part of Karnataka.
Sources in the police department said the message posted by Kuthma Sheikh read: “May God bless every nation with peace, unity and harmony”. Sheikh was released on bail a day later, on March 25. Read more
Just a day before the Class X board examinations begin in Karnataka, state education minister B C Nagesh on Sunday said that no student will be allowed to wear the hijab inside examination halls.
“Following the Karnataka High Court order, we have decided that students wearing hijab or any other religious attire will not be allowed inside the examination hall. They can come to campus wearing the hijab but they need to remove it before entering the hall,” said Nagesh, who visited the Gadag, Bagalkot and Hubballi districts. Read more
Karnataka on Sunday recorded 64 fresh Covid-19 cases and one death, according to the Department of Health. These took the hitherto tally to 39,45,311 and 40,050, it said. Of the infections, Bengaluru urban district saw 51 and the lone death. There were four new cases in Chitradurga, two in Ramanagara and one each in Ballari, Chamarajanagar, Dakshina Kannada, Kalaburagi, Mandya, Mysuru, and Tumakuru.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said Chitrakala art galleries will be set up in six places in Karnataka as he laid emphasis on extending the art of drawing and painting across the state. Noting that there is a demand to make Chitrakala Parishath, an autonomous institution, into a deemed university, he said steps in this direction would be taken in the next session of the State Legislature.