Top stories from Karnataka: Lokayukta scandal rocks assembly again, bill withdrawn amidst furore
news Wednesday, July 08, 2015 - 05:30
1. After facing criticism from the Opposition, the Karnataka government on Wednesday withdrew the Karnataka Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill 2015 that was tabled last week. The BJP and JD(S) demanded comprehensive amendments to the Bill ever since reports of alleged corruption in the Lokayukta involving the son of Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao surfaced. 2. Five more farmers have committed suicide in various districts of the state due to crop failure and debt burden. Three of the farmers ended their lives due to water scarcity leading the failure of crops. Two of the farmers belonged to the districts of Haveri, one each from Ballari, Vijayapura and Yadgir. The Agriculture department said 183 farmers, including sugarcane growers, have ended their lives in the last 3 years. 3. Ashwin Rao, son of Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao, has moved an interlocutory application before the Karnataka High Court seekingquashing of the FIR registered against him by by Lokayukta SP Sonia Narang on July 1. The court refused to quash the FIR before hearing the arguments from the Lokayukta police. 4. Karnataka ranks among the top five states to have built community and public toilets and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swacch Bharat' mission. Delhi leads the race with 5,776 community and public toilets, followed by Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Chandigarh and Karnataka with 1,680 toilets. 5. The State government has hiked the salary of doctors working in government hospitals, community and health centres, health minister U T Khader informed the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday. The minister said the hike in salary would address the problem of shortage in government hospitals especially in rural areas. The hike will come into effect from July 1,2015.