Top stories from Karnataka: Residents panic as smoke, fire emanates from ground in Anekal
news Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 05:30
Image for representation purpose only 1. Residents of Lakshmipura village in Anekal taluk have been living under constant fear for the last three days as there is thick smoke and fire emanating from an abandoned landfill. The reason behind this phenomenon is unknown, yet it is believed that large amounts of methane gas is trapped under the soil due to years of dumping of garbage which has led to a chemical reaction. 2. In an embarrassment to the Congress government, the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (Amendment) Bill 2015 introduced to decide the splitting of BBMP into two or more divisions was defeated in the Legislative Council by two votes. The state government has decided to re-introduce the Bill in the Assembly as it enjoys majority there. 3. Congress MLA from Ballari, Anil Lad, who was recently arrested by the CBI officials on charges of alleged illegal export of iron ore from Belekeri port has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days. The CBI produced him before a special CBI court seeking extension, after his police custody expired on Monday. He has now been sent to Bangalore Central Prisons. 4. Upalokayukta Subhash B Adi who was accused of jurisdictional encroachment by Justice SB Majage and Congress MLA Ugrappa, has shot back saying that the allegations against him are "false". He said the case pertaining to Dr. Sheela Patil who was accused of siphoning medicines from government hospital for her husband's maternity clinic, was a case of confusion as the file was unknowingly handed over to him. 5. Home Minister K J George told the Assembly that the CBI is yet to officially accept the State government's request seeking a probe into the illegal single-digit lottery scam. George said that the government was ready to continue the CID probe if opposition parties agree.