Green Tribunal Fines Karnataka Government Rs 50 Crore Over Frothing Bengaluru Lakes

Industrial effluents and excessive use of detergents cause Bengaluru’s lakes to froth. Bengaluru:  With Bengaluru’s lakes making headlines for their froth, flames and overall pollution, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) today found Karnataka negligent in protecting its water bodies and keeping the city’s drains free of encroachments. The HD Kumaraswamy government has been asked to pay Rs 50 crore as “environmental penalty”, which would be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for restoring the environment. The city’s civic body — the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike — has also…

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Special Tamil Nadu Assembly Session Over Mekedatu As Another Cauvery Face Off Looms

Chennai:  Raising the prospect of another showdown over river water sharing with Karnataka, The Tamil Nadu assembly will meet for a special session today to discuss the proposed construction of a reservoir-cum-drinking water project at Mekedatu across the Cauvery, about 110 km from Bengaluru. Despite opposition from Tamil Nadu, the Central Water Commission has given its in-principle approval for preparing a detailed project report — or DPR for the Rs. 5,000-crore project capable of storing 66 TMC feet of water. As Karnataka views this as a victory for the state,…

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European Union Announces Rs 84 Lakh For Cyclone Gaja Relief

New Delhi:  The European Union (EU) on Thursday announced emergency assistance of 105,000 euros to the communities most affected by cyclone Gaja that hit Tamil Nadu in November. “In response to cyclone Gaja, which wreaked havoc across large parts of Tamil Nadu in mid-November, the European Commission is allocating 105,000 euros to provide emergency assistance to the most affected communities,” the EU said in a statement. “The aid will directly benefit 17,500 people in the worst-hit districts of Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur and Thanjavur,” it stated. Cyclone Gaja crossed Tamil Nadu coast…

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Meet Karnataka Veterinary Doctor Who Lives With Parrots From 29 Countries

The doctor says he feeds parrots cerelac, imported from Brazil, four times a day. Kalaburagi:  Parrots are like family for this Karnataka-based veterinary doctor in Kalaburagi. Vishwanath Hegga, who is “crazy” for birds, boasts of a collection of 29 different species of parrots from various parts of the world. “I am a veterinary surgeon working with the state government. Now I am breeding parrots from 29 countries. I started with lovebirds which I got from New Zealand,” the veterinary doctor told news agency ANI. It’s a work of passion and…

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In Telangana, Rs 86.5 Crore Cash, 4 Lakh Litres Of Liquor Seized

Four lakh litres of liquor has been seized in Telangana. Hyderabad:  Telangana State Police on Wednesday seized Rs 86.5 crore cash, four lakh litres of liquor, and more than 8,400 arms have been deposited till now as part of preparations ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. Special arrangements have also been made in Naxal-affected areas to avoid untoward incidents ahead of polls, scheduled to be held on December 7 (Friday). Speaking to the media, ADG law and order Jitender said, “Polls are going to be held on December…

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Jayalalithaa Remembered On Death Anniversary, Probe Into Death Continues

The AIADMK leaders and workers paid tributes to Jayalalithaa on her second death anniversary today Chennai:  A probe into the circumstances of the death of J Jayalalithaa is far from over two years after the former Tamil Nadu chief minister breathed her last in a Chennai hospital where she was admitted for 75 days. The AIADMK leaders and workers paid tributes to Jayalalithaa on her second death anniversary today. State Chief Minister E Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam were joined by rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran, party legislators for a silent…

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French Team In Kerala To Question ISIS Suspect In 2015 Paris Attacks Case

Thiruvananthapuram:  A five-member team of French investigators arrived in Kerala to interrogate an alleged ISIS terror operative Subahani Haja Moideen in connection with the 2015 Paris terror attack, sources said. Facilitated by the National Investigative Agency, the officials of the French anti-terrorism agency will question Subahani Haja Moideen currently lodged in Viyyur Central jail in Kerala, news agency PTI reported. The team that arrived in the country after an NIA court in Kochi granted them permission to interrogate Subahani Haja Moideen will be in the state till Friday. He is from…

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HD Kumaraswamy Cabinet To Be Expanded On December 22

This will be the second expansion of HD Kumaraswamy’s ministry. (File Photo) Bengaluru:  Ending the suspense, the Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka Wednesday announced that the HD Kumaraswamy cabinet would be expanded on December 22. The decision was taken by the coordination committee of the coalition that met under the chairmanship of former chief minister Siddaramaiah. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda were consulted before deciding the date, Siddaramaiah told reporters after the over two-hour long meeting of the committee. Six members from the Congress and two…

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