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Petroleum dealers across Karnataka to protest on May 31

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Chirajneevi Kulkarni, DHNS, Bengaluru

Petroleum dealers across the state have decided not to purchase petrol and diesel from oil depots on Tuesday as a mark of protest.Akhila Karnataka Federation of Petroleum Dealers has joined the dealers in 23 other states of the country to demand higher margin and protest sudden cuts in excise duty. A Taranath of the Federation said steps have been taken to ensure no inconvenience is caused to the public. “We had to take up this protest as the government has failed to consider our demands despite repeated requests. However, members of the public need not panic as there we have enough fuel stock in the petrol stations,” he said.

BJP eyes Vokkaliga votes with Jaggesh’s Rajya Sabha entry

Iit will help the party balance the caste equation of its candidates as none of the four candidates for the Legislative Council is a Vokkaliga

DHNS, Bengaluru, MAY 30 2022

The surprise selection of actor-politician Jaggesh as the BJP’s second candidate for the June 10 Rajya Sabha election is aimed at serving several purposes, say party sources. The primary objective is to woo the Vokkaliga community – especially in the old Mysuru region, where the BJP is looking to improve its prospects in the Assembly elections scheduled next year. Moreover, it will help the party balance the caste equation of its candidates as none of the four candidates for the Legislative Council is a Vokkaliga. Since Jaggesh enjoys mass appeal due to his popularity as a film actor, he can be roped in as a star campaigner during elections, it is said. The party also had to ‘rehabilitate’ him as he was earlier the BJP candidate from Yeshwantpur in the past. His hopes of getting the BJP ticket again was affected after Cooperation Minister S T Somashekhar, formerly with the Congress, switched to BJP. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Jaggesh said his nomination came as a surprise as he had not expected to be a Rajya Sabha member. “I was serving the party loyally. The chief minister, ministers, MLAs and seniors from the Sangh decided to give me this position,” he said.

Congress high command prevails over Karnataka unit in selection of RS polls candidates

It was suggested that the seat should be given to a Christian community leader since the seat fell vacant after the death of Oscar Fernandes

Ajith Athrady, DHNS, New Delhi, MAY 30 2022

The Congress high command prevailed upon Karnataka Congress leaders and cleared the renomination of former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha election, despite their opposition. Opposition leader Siddaramaiah and Pradesh Congress president D K Shivakumar met the party general secretary in charge of Karnataka affairs Randeep Surjewala to discuss Rajya Sabha candidates in Delhi recently. The Congress central leader communicated to them the instructions from Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi that Jairam Ramesh will be the candidate and the state leaders should ensure his victory. Since Congress can win one seat comfortably in the electionThe Congress has fielded former union minister Jairam Ramesh (pictured) and Karnataka Congress general secretary Mansoor Ali Khan as its candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections. Credit: PTI Photo from the state, Siddaramaiah suggested the candidature of former MLC Ivan D’souza. However, Shivakumar favoured giving the ticket to family members of the late Oscar Fernandes. Both the leaders, while opposing the re-nomination of Jairam Ramesh, suggested that this seat should be given to a Christian community leader since the seat fell vacant after the death of Oscar Fernandes. The state leaders are said to have suggested that fielding a Christian leader would ensure representation to the community and would help the party in next year’s assembly polls. The state leaders’ grouse against Jairam Ramesh was that he was always aloof and did not raise state issues prominently in the Upper House. But the party central leaders refused to budge on fielding Jairam Ramesh. They asked the state leaders to field a second candidate of their choice if required. Jairam Ramesh, who is close to Sonia, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, always played a key role in the preparation of the party manifesto, relying upon various reports on the Modi government’s failures, and drafting resolutions in important party meetings.

Rakesh Tikait’s attackers not from BJP, says home minister Araga Jnanendra

Opposition leader Siddaramaiah slammed the BJP government over the attack on Tikait

Bharath Joshi, DHNS, Bengaluru, MAY 31 2022

Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Monday said the three persons arrested for allegedly attacking farmers’ leader Rakesh Tikait are not BJP members.“Those involved in this are not BJP leaders. We won’t let them go. We won’t allow this in Karnataka,” Jnanendra said, condemning the attack. “Nobody can curtail an individual’s constitutional right to express an opinion,” he said. Asked if this was a reflection of a law and order breakdown, the minister said: “Nobody encourages such minor incidents. This episode happened suddenly”. “If we don’t act, then you can say it’s a law-and-order breakdown. We’ve taken legal action and we will send the culprits to jail,” he said.

‘Goonda raj’

Meanwhile, opposition leader Siddaramaiah slammed the BJP government over the attack on Tikait and accused the party of turning Karnataka into “goonda raj”. “Mr CM, remember that these goondas have smeared black ink on the face of the Karnataka government,” he said. “Mr CM, remember that these goondas have smeared black ink on the face of the Karnataka government,” he said. He claimed, “Physical assault on Tikait is a testimony to BJP’s inability to face opponents on an ideological basis and has exposed BJP’s intellectual bankruptcy”. Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar met Tikait at Gandhi Bhavan. “Tikait is the voice of farmers. The attack on him, because he was not given police protection, is an insult to Karnataka,” he said.

Huge Crowd Gather Outside His Residence in Mansa; Cremation At 12 PM Today

A large number of people gathered at the home of Punjabi singer and Congress leader Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, 28, better known by his stage name of Sidhu Moose Wala today morning to pay him last respects.

By India.com News 

Sidhu Moose Wala Murder: Huge Crowd Gather Outside His Residence in Mansa; Cremation At 12 PM Today | LIVE

Villagers gather outside the residence of Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, also known around the world by his stage name Sidhu Moose Wala, in Musa village, near in Mansa, Punjab state, India, Monday, May 30, 2022. Indian police are investigating the killing of the popular Punjabi rapper, who blended hip-hop, rap and folk music, a day after he was fatally shot. (AP Photo)

Punjabi singer and Congress leader Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead in Mansa on Sunday, less than 24 hours after his security cover was scaled down. Moose Wala’s cousin and a friend, who were travelling in a Mahindra Thar jeep with him, were also injured in the attack which is suspected to be a fallout of inter-gang rivalry, Mansa Senior Superintendent of Police Gaurav Toora told reporters. Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar took responsibility for the murder after which two gangsters were arrested in Moga in connection with the case. Following political pressure, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann has announced a judicial probe into the incident.

Delhi Rain Aftermath: 2 Dead, Historic Jama Masjid’s Middle Dome Damaged

Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari said that two people were injured by stones which fell from minarets and other parts of the mosque.

By India.com News 

Delhi Rain Aftermath: 2 Dead, Historic Jama Masjid's Middle Dome Damaged

As heavy rains accompanied by strong winds battered the national capital on Monday evening, two persons were killed and several injured in separate rain-related incidents. While there were hundreds of uprooted trees across the region, and damaged vehicles and buildings, the historic Jama Masjid’s middle dome also suffered a major damage in the heavy downpour and thunderstorm. The iconic Jama Masjid in the walled city area lost the finial of its main dome and witnessed some stones getting loose and falling overhead as it weathered a rainstorm Monday evening. Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari said that two people were injured by stones that fell from minarets and other parts of the mosque. “The Kalas (finial) of the main dome fell off. It needs urgent repair to prevent further damages. Some stones of the mosque structure also loosened and fell off. I will write to the Prime Minister for immediate repair of the mosque roping in Archaeological Survey of India,” said Bukhari. Delhi Waqf Board officials said a team was sent to Jama Masjid for inspection and assessment of the damage. “The finial weighs around 300 Kgs. It’s a difficult task to fix it back and undertake the repairs. We will take a decision after the damage is fully assessed,” said a Waqf Board official. In June last year also, some stone pieces from the southern minaret of Jama Masjid had fallen after a storm. In 2020 too, the mosque had suffered damage due to tremors the city. A few pieces of stones had fallen off from minaret near gate number 3 of the mosque premises, its caretakers said.

BJP vs BJP in East Delhi unit, Gautam Gambhir in eye of storm

Sharma, in a letter to state president Adesh Gupta, accused the MLA of issuing false statements against Gambhir to the media and of constantly speaking against the party.

Discontent has surfaced in the BJP’s East Delhi unit, with district president from Shahdara Ram Kishore Sharma writing a letter to the state unit head, demanding action against Gandhi Nagar MLA Anil Bajpai for “conspiring” against East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir. Sharma, in a letter to state president Adesh Gupta, accused the MLA of issuing false statements against Gambhir to the media and of constantly speaking against the party.Bajpai hit back, saying that he has never spoken against the MP or the party. “I have no ill will against him (Gambhir). I have never engaged in anti-party activities,” he said.Shahdara Ram Kishore Sharma, Ram Kishore Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, East Delhi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Delhi news, Delhi city news, New Delhi, India news, Indian Express News Service, Express News Service, Express News, Indian Express India News Sharma, in the letter, said Gambhir arranged for them to stay in the same hotel as him and they went to meet him. An aide of Gambhir claimed: “As the MP was quarantining, he met the district president and former councillor from a distance. However, the MLA from Gandhi Nagar claimed that Gambhir meets karyakartas at a distance or uses sanitiser after meeting them.” Bajpai, however, said the district president should have clarified things with him first. “It is he (Sharma) who has engaged in anti-party activities by writing such a letter,” he said. When contacted, Gambhir told The Indian Express that everything is in the public domain and such things have been happening for a long time: “It is for the state leadership to decide if they want it to be this way or take some action.”

Had no films for 3-4 years before ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’, I was gone: Arshad

Actor Arshad Warsi said he doesn’t think the third instalment of the ‘Munna Bhai’ franchise will be made. “I wish it would, that we could have a proper closure,” added Arshad. Arshad stated he had no films for three to four years before the Sanjay Dutt starrer ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’, adding that he was out of sight and “gone”.

If speaking against Savarkar is anti-national then put me in jail: Cong leader

Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao said if speaking against Veer Savarkar is anti-national, then he should be put in jail. “BJP is saying that if anyone speaks against Veer Savarkar then he is an anti-national. Yes, I am saying I am speaking against him. If I am anti-national, arrest me and put me behind bars,” he added.

5 Pune minors detained in attempt to murder case over social media post

Police detained five minors, aged around seventeen years, in an attempt to murder case over a social media post by a 16-year-old boy in Pune’s Ghule Nagar. The victim was at an ATM when the accused attacked him from behind with an iron scythe and also threatened to kill him for posting a threatening status on social media, police said.

B’luru’s mango, jackfruit fair returns after 2-yr pandemic hiatus

The annual mango and jackfruit fair is being held in Bengaluru after a gap of two years as it was put on hold over the COVID-19 pandemic. The fair started on May 27 and is scheduled to continue till June 13. As many as 30 to 40 varieties of mango and 10 to 12 of jackfruit are on display.

Sachin Tendulkar names his Team of IPL 2022

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar named his Team of IPL 2022. Sachin has named GT skipper Hardik Pandya as the captain of his side. He has included RCB’s Dinesh Karthik as the wicketkeeper. His four foreign players include Jos Buttler, David Miller, Liam Livingstone and Rashid Khan. Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal complete his XI.
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