The youth, students of the KLE Institute of Technology in Hubballi, have been in the eye of a storm after a video clip showed them raising pro-Pakistan slogans and celebrating the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed. Protests broke out in the twin cities last week after the clip went viral.
The dust following the latest cabinet reshuffle has barely settled, but there is talk already of upheaval for some incumbents of the ministry once the BJP government completes a year in office in Karnataka.
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa is expected to make another round of portfolio changes in his cabinet, after his decision to allocate the forest, environment and ecology portfolio to BS Anand Singh has come under sharp criticism.
Sources in the government said that in response to criticism from various quarters including the opposition Congress and civil society, Singh himself has offered to give up the portfolio. Sources said that the CM who seemed unperturbed over the issue during the last two days, has now changed his mind.
Ramesh Jarkiholi (Gokak) and Byrati Basavaraj (KR Puram) got water resources and urban development, respectively. Basavaraj, however, will handle statewide urban affairs except that of the meaty Bengaluru. His friend and Yeshwanthpur MLA ST Somashekar had eyed Bengaluru city development, but got cooperation instead.
12 districts, largely in the Old Mysuru and Kalyana Karnataka (formerly called Hyderabad Karnataka) regions, which rank low in the development index, remain under represented.. In terms of caste representations too, the ministry looks skewed. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's new Cabinet has thrown up caste and regional imbalance.
The 10 ministers were sworn-in at a simple ceremony at Raj Bhavan with the Governor Vajubhai Vala admistering oath of office and secrecy.
After coming under extensive criticism for the way they treated schoolchildren in Bidar town in a case of alleged sedition, the Karnataka Police on Wednesday maintained that their actions were in compliance with the Supreme Court directions.
Minority educational institution Shaheen Primary & High School in Bidar was at the centre of controversy after the police arrested the head teacher and a parent for staging a play criticising the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and "portraying the prime minister in poor light".
The new system has not led to the desired results with applications lying with the department for long. And, data show that citizens have not benefited.
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