Top stories from Karnataka: Spate of farmer suicides continues, seven dead in 24 hours
news Friday, July 24, 2015 - 05:30
1. Unable to cope with the burden of debts, seven more farmers committed suicide in various districts of the state in the last 24 hours. Of the seven, two farmers were from Haveri district, one each from the districts of Belagavi, Tumakuru, Mandya and Chamarajanagar. 2. The State government in the amended version of the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1984, has proposed a 90-day time frame for the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court who is required to conduct investigations into allegations against the Lokayukta and submit a report to presiding officers of the state's legislature. The legislature can take up the issue of Lokayukta's removal if one third of MLA's or MLC's want it. 3. A special legislature session is likely to be convened on July 30 and 31 to discuss the Karnataka Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2015. Since the Bill is mostly likely to be watered down to ease the removal of the Lokayukta, BJP leader KS Eshwarappa feels that a detailed debate is necessary before amending the original Act. 4. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is probing the internal corruption scandal in Lokayukta is likely to interrogate Joint Commissioner, Public Relation Officer Syed Riyaz for his alleged involvement in the racket. The officer has been on a month long leave citing health reasons. An investigating officer has said that so far the three arrested men have given "strong" leads in the case. 5. Two Green Corridors were formed in Bengaluru on Thursday to transport the organs of two persons, who were declared brain dead by doctors. Twenty-two-year-old Chetan had suffered grievous injuries in a freak accident at his workplace and his father consented for Chetan's organs to be harvested. His heart was transported from Sagar Hospital in Bannergatta to Narayana Health City near Bommasandra.