B’luru: Tipu troubled us, says Pramoda Devi

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BELAGAVI/BENGALURU: Hours after a senior member of the Mysuru royal family conceded Tipu Sultan had unleashed trouble on Wadiyars, the coalition government on Wednesday defended its decision to hold the birth anniversary of the erstwhile Mysore ruler. The development comes five days after Tipu Jayanti in Karnataka turned out to be a Congress-only event, with the JD(S) staying away and the BJP holding protests. Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy denied confusion over holding the event, and said the celebrations were started by the previous Congress government and they will continue it…

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Cattle in K’taka to get digital chip ear implants

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BENGALURU: Soon, cattle owners in the state will be able to track their animals electronically, using digital chips. Under the state government project, GPS-enabled digital chips, each costing Rs 6.2, will be implanted in the ears of cattle. The state has 1.3 cattle, including 71 lakh milch cows. “It will help tracking the animal if it has been misused for slaughter and track its health condition to ensure proper and timely medication,” animal husbandry minister Venkatrao Nadagouda said and added that such chips have already been implanted on 56 lakh…

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‘Cauvery statue will be built under PPP model’

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BENGALURU: Even as the Congress at the national level continued to oppose Gujarat government’s decision to build the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Patel by spending a whopping Rs 3000 crore, Karnataka government on Thursday strongly defended its decision to erect a 25-feet tall statue of Mother Cauvery at KRS reservoir in Mandya district. “We are building the statue and the garden on public-private-partnership model and the government is not spending any money. We are only giving land,” Karnataka water resources minister D K Shivakumar said. He also took objection…

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Didn’t misuse power against Janardhana Reddy: CM

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BENGALURU: Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said his government has not indulged in “hate politics” or misused power against mining baron G Janardhana Reddy arrested in connection with a multi-crore ponzi scam case. Reddy, a former Karnataka minister, had alleged “political conspiracy” against him. “Developments are taking place in the court with regard to this case. Neither I nor my government or officials have indulged in hate politics or misused (power) in this issue. I’m saying this very clearly,” Kumaraswamy told reporters here. After remaining elusive Since November…

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ICGS Vikram aids in rescue of TN fishing boat

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MANGALURU: The Indian Coast Guard undertook a search and rescue (SAR) mission, some 200 nautical miles off the New Mangalore Port, with ICGS Vikram being deployed to Bitra Island to tow fishing boat Luminous with 13 crew members on board. The boat, owned by Cleetus, which is of Tamil Nadu origin, was crippled following a suspected defect in its prime motor, said DIG S S Dasila, commander, Coast Guard, Karnataka. Noting that fishing boat Luminous was reported to be in distress by a Coast Guard Dornier on a routine sortie,…

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2 IISc professors among 6 Infy prize winners

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BENGALURU: Imagine your smartphone alerting you about air pollution hotspots. This could well become a reality once IISc professor Navakanta Bhat’s innovation is implemented. Bhat, one of the six persons selected for this year’s Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) awards, has developed novel biosensors which can detect pollutants and dangerous gases in the air and send real-time phone alerts to road users about pollution levels at various traffic junctions. These sensors are likely to be deployed across Bengaluru in a year’s time. Bhat, a professor and chairperson of the Centre for…

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20 CBD roads to get smart; motorists in for mess

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BENGALURU: The central business district (CBD) will soon get a facelift, with the Bengaluru Smart City Limited (BSCL) ready to redevelop 20 roads, including Brigade Road, under the Smart City project. These roads will be remodelled as per TenderSURE specifications; this envisages uniform standard carriageway width with ample space for pedestrian movement. Tenders were invited for the Smart City roads project on Tuesday, and technical bids will be opened on December 17. The total cost of the project is Rs 250 crore, and it is expected to take at least…

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