Few MPs, ministers in House in last day of 14th Lok Sabha
The shadow of the imminent end of the 14th Lok Sabha hung high in the House on Thursday.
There were few members in the House and for some time the only Minister present was Minority Affairs Minister A R Antulay.
Antulay has already declared that he will not contest Lok Sabha polls anymore.
Speaker Somnath Chatterjee also told members that he would not be the stickler for rules on Thursday as he asked one Minister to lay a paper in the House listed in the name of another, who was absent.
Apparently busy ahead of the next polls, several Ministers, who were to lay papers, were absent on Thursday.
Praful Patel laid papers listed in the name of Sharad Pawar while Kanti Singh did the job for Ambika Soni. Chandrashekhar Sahu stood in place of B K Handique as also Suryakanta Patil.
TDP leader K Yerrannaidu was heard remarking after the Question Hour that the last supplementary of the Zero Hour of the 14th Lok Sabha has been asked by him.
Karnataka logged 1,127 cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, compared to the 839 cases registered the day before. As many as 1,053 of Wednesday's cases were from Bengaluru. Karnataka's cumulative Covid count is 39.75 lakh, with a positivity rate of 4.26%. Bengaluru's 1,053 cases were a big spike over the 775 reported Tuesday. Active cases in the city are 6,056. There are 29 active clusters in Bengaluru, with 26 reporting less than five cases each.
Three people have died after a landslide in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district, a senior police official told news agency ANI Thursday morning. A fourth is being treated in hospital, Rishikesh Sonawane, a police superintendent, said. Three people were rescued from amid the debris, Dr KV Rajendra, the deputy commissioner had said late last night. The Udupi district has called a holiday for anganwadi schools and colleges. Heavy showers are expected there till July 9.
A level-2 fire broke out in a supermarket in the Powai area of Mumbai Thursday morning, according to civic officials. The blaze was reported in the Haiko Supermarket on the main street of Hiranandani locality in Powai at around 6.05am. At least eight fire engines and five jumbo tankers were rushed to the site to douse the fire. There was no report of any casualty, the officials said.
Owing to continuous rain, educational institutions in several parts of Karnataka will remain shut on Thursday. Top officials in the 4 districts of Karnataka - namely Udupi, Kodagu, Hassan and Uttara Kannada -- have declared holiday for Anganwadi schools and colleges amid the 'red alert' issued by the weather department. The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted extremely heavy rain, ranging above 204.5 mm for these 4 cities.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.