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Former chief minister Basavaraj Bommai.
Former chief minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Bengaluru LIVE: The ongoing Cauvery river water sharing dispute between southern states Karnataka and Tamil Nadu continued to rage on, with members of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike staging protests in Bengaluru and Udupi on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Farmers also called for a “bandh”. Read more here The Karnataka capital also geared up for the Bengaluru - Hyderabad Vande Bharat express train launch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow....Read More

Regional party, the Janata Dal (Secular) or JDS on Friday formally joined the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) after striking a political pact with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. This prompted sharp reactions by the ruling Congress party in Karnataka, with minister Priyank Kharge saying that the JDS should drop the word ‘secular’ from their party’s name.

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Bengaluru will continue to see disruptions in both power and water supply today as well as traffic congestions as Lord Ganesha idol immersions will go on in several areas.

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Sep 23, 2023 6:51 PM IST

JD(S) joining NDA fold will strengthen alliance in entire south India, says Goa CM Sawant

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said the Janata Dal (Secular) joining BJP-led NDA will strengthen the alliance “not only in Karnataka but also in entire south India.”

The former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda-led party announced that it would ally with the BJP, following a meeting of its leader and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy with Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President J P Nadda.

Sep 23, 2023 6:15 PM IST

Do not play politics on Cauvery water issue: HD Kumaraswamy to Congress party

Responding to the Congress leaders' comments that the Cauvery water was also released when JDS chief HD Deve Gowda was the Chief Minister of the state, Kumaraswamy, asked the government not to play politics over the Cauvery water issue. He said that when Deve Gowda had released the water from the reservoir there was sufficient rainfall in the Cauvery basin.

"In 1994 when H D Deve Gowda was Chief Minister of Karnataka, he released water to Tamil Nadu from KRS reservoir after the Center made a request to do so. Also that time there was sufficient rainfall in the region. I want to tell the government that don't do politics over Cauvery water issue," Kumaraswamy said.

Sep 23, 2023 5:54 PM IST

Foreign YouTuber sneaks into Bengaluru metro without buying the ticket, internet schools him

Fidias Panayiotou, a YouTuber, is facing criticism after he shared a video of himself sneaking into the Bengaluru Metro and riding without a ticket. Panayiotou is famously known for his viral video that captures how he convinced Elon Musk to hug him after camping outside his offices for months.

The content creator recently took to Instagram to share a video of his metro ride in India. “How to sneak into the Indian metro,” he wrote while posting the video on Instagram. Read full story

Sep 23, 2023 5:34 PM IST

JDS should drop the word ‘secular’ from their party’s name: Priyank Kharge

Slamming the Janata Dal (Secular) for joining hands with National Democratic Alliance, Karnataka Minister and Congress leader Priyank Kharge opined that JDS should write to the Election Commission and drop the word ‘secular’ from their party’s name.

Priyank Kharge, while talking to the reporters here said that the word ‘secular’ from the JD (S) should be removed as the party has now joined hands with the BJP which the Congress leader accused of being the “most communal party” in the history of independent India.

Sep 23, 2023 5:07 PM IST

Vande Bharat Express to Goa from Mangaluru by Oct end: Nalin Kumar Kateel

The Railway Ministry has informed that a Vande Bharat Express will be made operational from Mangaluru to Goa by October-end, BJP Karnataka unit president and Daskhina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel has said.

Kateel said in a statement here that Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has assured that the express train will start operations from Mangaluru.

Sep 23, 2023 4:45 PM IST

Many ministers are in the favour of multiple DCMs idea: Congress MLA

Congress MLA Basavaraj Rayareddy said that many ministers are in favour of multiple deputy CMs idea, ahead of general elections.

"The proposal has already received support from several senior members of the cabinet, including G Parameshwara and MB Patil. I, too, agree with Rajanna's proposal that the government needs to bring in more deputy chief ministers to ensure better governance and administration," he added further.

Sep 23, 2023 4:19 PM IST

Govt failed to convince water boards: Ex Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy

Former Karnataka CM and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy said that the Congress led Karnataka government has failed in convincing the Cauvery water boards and said that the water level is coming down in the KRS dam every day.

HD Kumaraswamy said, “Almost every day in the reservoir the water level is going down. Two times water has to be released for the standing crop. Our farmers are facing severe problems for the future, even for drinking water and to save the cultivated crop. It's an impossible situation here. This government from day one has failed to convince the Cauvery Water Management Authority and Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee. They have taken it very lightly.”

Sep 23, 2023 3:56 PM IST

'We are here to make them accountable': BJP leader Dr CN Ashwath Narayan

“Since the (Karnataka) government has failed to protect the interests of farmers and people of the state in regards to the drinking water, we are here to get the attention of the government and making them accountable,” says BJP leader Dr. C.N. Ashwath Narayan as party stages protest in Bengaluru over the Cauvery water dispute. (PTI)

Sep 23, 2023 3:45 PM IST

Karnataka's minorities must note regressive parties' tie-up: Chidambaram on BJP-JDS alliance

Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday took a swipe at the BJP and the JD(S) over their alliance and said the SC, ST, OBC, minorities and women of Karnataka must take note of this tie-up between "conservative, regressive and misogynist parties". (PTI)

Sep 23, 2023 3:31 PM IST

‘Karnataka does not own Cauvery’: DMK leader TKS Elangovan

Amid the Cauvery water sharing row with Karnataka, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader TKS Elangovan on Saturday said, Karnataka does not own Cauvery. The DMK spokesperson added that no state can claim a river as its own if it flows from its state. (ANI)

Sep 23, 2023 3:20 PM IST

Man killed as scooter collides with car in Bengaluru

A scooter rider died after he collided with a speeding car near the Kariyana Palya area in Bengaluru, said police. According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) West Bengaluru, the deceased has been identified as Ajay Kumar. (ANI)

Sep 23, 2023 3:02 PM IST

Cauvery was born in Karnataka, it is not Tamil Nadu's property: Ex CM Bommai

Former Karnataka CM and BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai said that the Tamil Nadu is getting water and the people of Karnataka are effected. Speaking to reporters at the protest, Bommai said, “Cauvery is born in Karnataka and because of the catchment area in Karnataka, they are getting the water all these years. So it is not even the property of Tamil Nadu. It is because Karnataka has saved this water by building dams. At the cost of Karnataka, they are getting water.”

Sep 23, 2023 2:52 PM IST

“Why not declare every Minister as a Deputy CM?” asks Tejasvi Surya

Bengaluru south MP Tejasvi Surya has slammed the Congress party after an MLA revealed about the proposal of six deputy CMs in the state.

Tejasvi Surya said, “Karnataka Congress MLA proposes half a dozen DCMs for Karnataka. Why not declare every Minister as a Deputy CM? This is the state of affairs of the Congress Party and it’s Govt in Karnataka. The only casualty in all this politicking is the governance in the state.”

Sep 23, 2023 2:29 PM IST

“Govt holding discussions on proposal for 6 deputy CMs”: Karnataka Congress MLA

Karnataka Congress MLA Basavaraj Rayareddy on Saturday said the government was holding discussions on a proposal to bring in five more deputy chief ministers to the cabinet headed by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, with some ministers already coming out in favour of it.

As of now, CM Siddramaiah has only one deputy in DK Shivakumar. However, Rayareddy said the government was seriously considering bringing in more ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Sep 23, 2023 2:00 PM IST

Bengaluru police conduct road safety awareness drive to gig workers

The HAL traffic police on Saturday conducted a safety awareness drive to food delivery workers who drive on the road on daily basis. The workers were ordered to follow the traffic rules without any violations.

In an X post, Bengaluru police wrote, “Today our staff conducted a road safety awareness program to Swiggy, Zomato and other delivery agent's,and discussed with them about the importance of the safe driving and following traffic rules.”

Sep 23, 2023 1:42 PM IST

Seat sharing is not discussed yet: Nikhil Kumaraswamy after meeting HM Amit Shah

Former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy's son and JDS leader Nikhil Kumaraswamy said that there has been no discussion about the seat sharing with the BJP. He met union home minister Amit Shah in the national capital and said that the decision has been taken for the people of Karnataka.

He said, “We still haven't got to the roots of the alliance, about seat sharing and other things. We might take sometime, those things have not been discussed yet. This decision has been taken for the good of the people of Karnataka, especially HD Devegowda, whose identity has always been secularism, for him to ally with BJP is a big decision.”

Sep 23, 2023 1:13 PM IST

Former Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai protests against govt in Bengaluru

Former Karnataka CM and BJP leader Basavaraj Bommai protested against the Congress led Karnataka government for releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) had on Monday asked Karnataka to continue releasing 5,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu for another 15 days, after the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) made such a recommendation last week.

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to interfere with orders of the CWMA and CWRC directing Karnataka to release 5,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu, following which protests erupted in different parts of the state.

Sep 23, 2023 12:45 PM IST

Cauvery issue: Farmers' and pro-Kannada outfits observe bandh in Mandya

In the wake of a call by pro-Kannada organisations for a 'bandh' to oppose the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from dams in Karnataka, most of the shops in the district headquarters town of Mandya, the Cauvery heartland, remained closed on Saturday.

Irrigation department officials told PTI that Karnataka was releasing 5,000 cusecs water to the neighbouring state as per the Cauvery Water Management Authority's direction. (PTI)

Sep 23, 2023 12:31 PM IST

Bengaluru techie held for 'forcing' live-in partner to convert, engaging in 'unnatural sexual acts'

Karnataka police has arrested a 32-year-man from Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir for allegedly trying to convert a woman from another faith and engaging in "unnatural sexual acts" on the pretext of marriage, police said on Friday. The accused, identified as Mogil Ashraf Baig, used to work with an IT firm here. (PTI)

Sep 23, 2023 12:20 PM IST

Three more deer die at Bengaluru biological park

Three more deer died at Bannerghatta Biological Park in Bengaluru allegedly due to a bacterial infection, the officials said on Friday. Thirty-seven spotted deer were shifted from St. John's Hospital in Bengaluru to Bannerghatta Biological Park here last month. (PTI)

Sep 23, 2023 12:00 PM IST

Karnataka: Drug peddlers held, MDMA seized in Mangaluru

As part of its drive to make Mangaluru drug-free, the central crime branch (CCB) police have arrested two drug peddlers who were selling banned MDMA drug to students and the public in the city. Police said the arrest was made after receiving credible information that the drug peddlers were selling the banned substances at K S R Road.

(PTI)

Sep 23, 2023 11:46 AM IST

Bengaluru to face interruptions in power supply this weekend

Bengaluru is likely to witness scheduled power interruptions this weekend, as power supply companies has undertaken several projects, according to data uploaded on the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company's (BESCOM) website. Check areas list, timings and other details here

Sep 23, 2023 11:31 AM IST

Cops issue traffic advisory over Ganesh idols immersion in Bengaluru

Sep 23, 2023 11:14 AM IST

Moral policing case registered in Karnataka

Two college students belonging to different faiths from Kaup taluk in Udupi district were allegedly harassed by a group of right-wing activists when they were returning after visiting a waterfall at Agumbe in Shivamogga district on Friday, police said. (PTI)

Sep 23, 2023 10:31 AM IST

'We will safeguard farmers' interest: Karnataka DCM Shivakumar amid Cauvery row

Amid the Cauvery water sharing row with Tamil Nadu, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar on Friday said that the government will safeguard the interests of the farmers of the state. The Deputy Chief Minister of the state also said that the Friday Cabinet meeting has decided to follow the court order regarding the Cauvery water distribution. (ANI)

Sep 23, 2023 10:16 AM IST

JDS formally joins NDA for 2024 Lok Sabha polls

The Janata Dal (Secular) agreed to join the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) after striking a political pact with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, leaders of the two parties announced. However, there is still no clarity on how they will carve out the seats in Karnataka between them. Read more here

Sep 23, 2023 10:01 AM IST

Dasara celebrations set to be scaled down in Mysuru, says minister Mahadevappa

The Karnataka government has decided to scale down the celebrations of state festival, Dasara, in Mysuru, in view of the drought, minister for social welfare HC Mahadevappa said. Read more here

Sep 23, 2023 9:47 AM IST

Notify time-bound approval of licence plate manufacturers: Karnataka HC

The Karnataka high court on Friday refused to stay the state government’s notifications mandating fixing of High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) on vehicles registered before April 1, 2019, by vehicle manufacturers and their authorised dealers. Read more here

Sep 23, 2023 9:31 AM IST

Saffron flag put up on mosque in Karnataka's Bidar; case filed: Police

Unidentified individuals placed a saffron flag on top of a mosque in Basavakalyana taluk of Bidar district late on September 21. According to police officers, the incident occurred in Dhannur and came to light at 7 am on Friday when a resident, Ismail, went to the mosque to offer Namaz. Read more here

Sep 23, 2023 9:23 AM IST

Decision to be made by Sept 26 on Cauvery water release

The Karnataka cabinet announced that a decision on water sharing with Tamil Nadu will be made by September 26, the date of the next meeting of the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee. Deputy chief minister DK Shivakumar, during a media briefing, said that the state is currently releasing approximately 3,000 cusecs of water daily. Read more here

Sep 23, 2023 8:58 AM IST

Farmers, pro-Kannada outfits stage protest in Mandya over Cauvery dispute with TN

Farmers in Mandya continued with protests over the ongoing Cauvery river water sharing dispute with neighbouring state Tamil Nadu. Pro-Kannada outfits including the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike also participated in protests in Bengaluru and Udupi on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Farmers also called for a “bandh”. Read more here

Sep 23, 2023 10:16 AM IST

JDS formally joins NDA for 2024 Lok Sabha polls

The Janata Dal (Secular) agreed to join the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) after striking a political pact with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, leaders of the two parties announced. However, there is still no clarity on how they will carve out the seats in Karnataka between them. Read more here

Sep 23, 2023 10:01 AM IST

Dasara celebrations set to be scaled down in Mysuru, says minister Mahadevappa

The Karnataka government has decided to scale down the celebrations of state festival, Dasara, in Mysuru, in view of the drought, minister for social welfare HC Mahadevappa said. Read more here

Sep 23, 2023 9:47 AM IST

Notify time-bound approval of licence plate manufacturers: Karnataka HC

The Karnataka high court on Friday refused to stay the state government’s notifications mandating fixing of High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) on vehicles registered before April 1, 2019, by vehicle manufacturers and their authorised dealers. Read more here

Sep 23, 2023 9:31 AM IST

Saffron flag put up on mosque in Karnataka's Bidar; case filed: Police

Unidentified individuals placed a saffron flag on top of a mosque in Basavakalyana taluk of Bidar district late on September 21. According to police officers, the incident occurred in Dhannur and came to light at 7 am on Friday when a resident, Ismail, went to the mosque to offer Namaz. Read more here

Sep 23, 2023 9:23 AM IST

Decision to be made by Sept 26 on Cauvery water release

The Karnataka cabinet announced that a decision on water sharing with Tamil Nadu will be made by September 26, the date of the next meeting of the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee. Deputy chief minister DK Shivakumar, during a media briefing, said that the state is currently releasing approximately 3,000 cusecs of water daily. Read more here

Sep 23, 2023 8:58 AM IST

Farmers, pro-Kannada outfits stage protest in Mandya over Cauvery dispute with TN

Farmers in Mandya continued with protests over the ongoing Cauvery river water sharing dispute with neighbouring state Tamil Nadu. Pro-Kannada outfits including the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike also participated in protests in Bengaluru and Udupi on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Farmers also called for a “bandh”. Read more here