Top stories from Karnataka: Woman sells kidney to repay loan, police suspect racket
news Friday, July 10, 2015 - 05:30
Image for representation purpose only/ Flickr 1. A woman from Ramanagar district has sold off her kidney for Rs three lakh to repay loans. However, the police suspect that this is a case of illegal kidney racket and believe that it has been thriving in and around Bengaluru. The woman who had contested gram panchayat elections three years ago had lost the election and had borrowed upto seven lakhs. Unable to repay them, she sold her kidney by creating fake documents. 2. Chaos prevailed in Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) hospital after two more new born babies died late on Wednesday night bring the toll to four. Agitated parents have alleged medical negligence by medical staff and have suspected infection in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). However, doctors claim that the babies had died due to various health-related complications. 3. Replying to a question in the Assembly, Chief Minister Siddaramiah said that houses had been illegally built on 3,750 acres of BDA land. He said that some of the houses were built without authorisation even before BDA acquired the land. The committee looking into this issue has suggested that all the encroached houses be regularised after collecting penalty from them. 4. Three more debt-ridden farmers have committed suicide in Mandya and Mysuru districts and another farmer set his standing sugarcane crop on fire after a sugar factory refused to buy his crop. The farmer had borrowed loans to the tune of Rs. 9.85 lakh from nationalised banks and private money lenders. Though he got a bumped yield this year, he could not harvest in time due to the stand-off with sugar factories and the authorities had stopped releasing water to the canal, which led to his crop drying up. 5. A week after the state government announced that a Special Investigation Team will investigate the internal corruption case in Lokayukta and even set-up a 12-member team, the SIT team is yet to start its probe and register cases as it is yet to receive a government order. The team is worried that delay in starting the investigation could lead to evidence getting tampered and witnesses turning hostile.