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As Umesh Katti passes away, Karnataka government declares one-day mourning

Katti had died due to heart attack at a private hospital in Bengaluru

PTI, Bengaluru, SEP 07 2022, 10:24

Minister Umesh Katti. Credit: IANS File Photo

The Karnataka government declared one-day state mourning across the state on Wednesday as a mark of respect on the passing away of Minister Umesh Katti, who died Tuesday night due to heart attack. The state government in its official notification said that the last rites of the minister, who held the food, civil supplies and consumer affairs, and forest portfolios, will be performed with full state honours. It has also declared a holiday to all schools and colleges, along with government offices in Belagavi district on Wednesday. Katti had died due to heart attack at a private hospital in Bengaluru on Tuesday night. He was 61. According to sources, Katti collapsed in the bathroom of his Dollar’s Colony residence in Bengaluru and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors there said Katti had no pulse when he was brought in. His mortal remains will be taken by an air ambulance to his home district of Belagavi, from where it will be taken to Hira Sugar Factory in Sankeshwar for public to pay their last respects. The body will be later shifted to Katti’s native village of Belladbagewadi in Hukkeri taluk, where the last rites will be performed in the evening.Katti is survived by his wife, son and daughter. During the day-long state mourning, no official entertainment programmes will be conducted and the national flag will be flown at half mast in all official buildings and places, the notification said. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had on Tuesday night broke down remembering his long association with Katti, calling him a “close friend and brother”. Katti was an eight-time MLA from Hukkeri assembly  constituency. He entered politics following the demise of his father Vishwanath Katti in 1985. Before joining the BJP in 2008, Katti was with the Janata Party, Janata Dal, JD(U) and JD(S). He had earlier served as a minister in the Cabinet headed by J H Patel, B S Yediyurappa, D V Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar. Katti was often in news for his statements demanding statehood for the north Karnataka region and also openly expressing his chief ministerial ambitions.

Delhi bans production, sale, use of firecrackers till January 1, 2023

This time there will also be a ban on online sale and delivery of firecrackers in DelhiRepresentative image. Credit: PTI File Photo

PTI, SEP 07 2022

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday said the production, sale and use of all types of firecrackers will be banned in the national capital till January 1.He said the ban extends to online sale of firecrackers. “Production, storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers are being completely banned so that people’s lives can be saved,” Rai tweeted. This time there will also be a ban on online sale and delivery of firecrackers in Delhi. The restriction will remain in force till January 1, 2023. “Online sale/delivery of firecrackers will also be banned in Delhi this time. The restriction will remain in force till January 1, 2023,” he said. Rai said an action plan will be drawn up with the Delhi Police, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and Revenue Department to ensure strict enforcement of the ban. Last year, the Delhi government had ordered a complete ban on the sale and bursting of firecrackers in the national capital from September 28 to January 1, 2022. The city government had also launched the ‘patakhe nahi diye jalao’ campaign to create awareness against burning of firecrackers. Action was taken under relevant Indian Penal Code provisions and the Explosives Act against those found burning firecrackers.

Asia Cup 2022: India still in it, but only just

Asia Cup 2022 Scenario: With Sri Lanka already with two Super Four wins, that will confirm a Pakistan-Lanka title clash.

By: Express News Service

Asia Cup 2022 Scenario: India’s second defeat in three days in the Super Four stage has not exactly eliminated them from the Asia Cup, but left them precariously dependent on results of matches not involving them. Needless to say, they need to beat Afghanistan on Thursday, that too by as convincing a margin as possible. But the result of that match could very well be of only academic interest as far as qualification for Sunday’s final is concerned as India could well be out of the reckoning before taking the field. That’s because Pakistan face Afghanistan in Sharjah on Wednesday, and a win for Babar Azam’s team will put them out of India’s reach. For that reason, Rohit Sharma & Co will be supporting the underdogs in that contest. With Sri Lanka already with two Super Four wins, that will confirm a Pakistan-Lanka title clash. Even if Afghanistan manage to beat Pakistan and then lose to India, India will still depend on Sri Lanka beating Pakistan on Friday.When India captain Rohit Sharma was asked about the prospect of India Pakistan final, “hoga hoga kyun tension le rahe ho (Will happen, why are you taking tension?”

We’re not the underdogs anymore: SL’s Bhanuka Rajapaksa after win over India

After their six-wicket win over India in their Asia Cup Super 4 match, Sri Lanka batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa said, “We’re not underdogs anymore.” He added, “We want to win the title. We are pretty confident, we are backing our team.” Rajapaksa remained unbeaten at 25 off 17 deliveries to help Sri Lanka chase down India’s 174-run target.

Sidhu Moosewala’s father gets death threat, mail demanding money

In a complaint made to the police, Sidhu Moosewala’s father Balkaur Singh has stated that he got a mail wherein a threat was made to his life and money was demanded from him. The person who sent the mail, which was in Hindi, said that Singh should stop speaking against Lawrence Bishnoi and Goldy Brar.

B’luru’s Epsilon housing Wipro’s Premji, Byju’s CEO, submerged; residents evacuated

Bengaluru’s upscale gated apartment, Epsilon, which houses billionaires like Wipro Chairman Rishad Premji and Byju Raveendran, has been submerged under water. Videos on social media showed inflatable boats being used to evacuate residents from their apartments while cars and other vehicles were surrounded by water. Notably, a basic villa in Epsilon costs ₹10 crore.



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