Top stories from Karnataka: As opposition tries to impeach Lokayukta, CM Siddaramaiah stays aloof
news Tuesday, July 07, 2015 - 05:30
1. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday kept himself away from the efforts being made by Opposition leaders to move a motion in the Assembly to impeach the Lokayukta. He has said that the onus is on Governor Vajubhai Vala to remove the Lokayukta embroiled in corruption allegation. The governor has sought a report from the government on the recent developments and is seeking legal opinion for the Lokyukta's removal. 2. Keeping up its word to pay the first installment by July 10, the state government on Monday released Rs 315.14 crore towards payment of dues to sugarcane growers as sugar factories had defaulted and failed to clear their dues in 2013-14. The sugar factories must now clear rest of the dues by July 31, failing which the government will raise money by auctioning the sugar. 3. The BBMP Restructuring Committee will submit its final report on the division of the civic body to the Chief Minister on July 11. According to a Deccan Herald report, the Palike is likely to be split into five corporations with Greater Bengaluru administrative set up as an umbrella-body. 4. Replying to a question in the Legislative Assembly. Agriculture Minister Krishna Byregowda said that the government would set up a committee to look into the sudden spike in the number of farmers committing suicide and ascertain the reason behind it. 5. Biotech company Biocon Limited has been charged for allegedly dumping chemically hazardous waste at the dumping yard handled by Terra Farm at Doddabelavangala on the outskirts of the city. The samples of the waste has been sent to a Forensic Laboratory for tests. Four FIRs has been lodged against the company. The villagers have been complaining of pungent smell and diseases.