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Belagavi: Income Tax officials conducted a surprise raid on Congress leaders in the district on Thursday. Raids were held on the residences of District in-charge and Small industries minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, his brother and Congress leader Lakhan Jarkiholi and KPCC Women's wing president Laxmi Hebbalkar in Belagavi and Gokak.  Ramesh Jarkiholi  

Belagavi: BJP legislator Raju Kage and his family members who were accused of assaulting Congress worker Vivek Shetty are learnt to be in the Belagavi police custody. According to a report in Prajavani, the accused were picked up from Maharashtra. Kagawada legislator Raju Kage, his daughter Trupti Kage, family members Siddagowda Kage, Shobha Kage, Prasad Kage and car driver Bahubali were said to have been arrested from Bheemashankara town in Maharashtra on Wednesday. The arrested will soon be produced before Athani court, it is learnt.

Bengaluru: A youth and his mother were severely assaulted by relatives and daughter of BJP legislator Raju Kage in Belagavi on January 1. However, the incident came to light on January 9 after CCTV images of the assault were being telecast on television. Kage's brother Shivagund Kage, his son Prasad and legislator’s daughter Trupti beat up Vivek Shetty and his mother Ujjwala Shetty at the latter's residence for allegedly putting up derogatory comments against his daughter Trupti on Facebook.

Bagalkot: Vijayalakshmi Saroor, the victim in former minister's HY Meti sleaze CD, who lodged complaint against Subhash Mugalkhod and three others, has now recorded her statement before the Bagalkot judge here on Friday. She arrived with the investigating officer, Jamkhandi DySP Ramanagowda Hatti to the court and recorded her statement before the senior Principal Civil Judge, according to police sources.

Bengaluru: An 18-year-old girl was attacked by an alligator on the banks of Bheema river in Bhosga village, Jevargi taluk, in Kalburgi district on Tuesday evening. According to reports, the incident occurred when the girl, Ashwini, went to the river to wash clothes. The villagers informed the forest department officials soon after the incident. Forest and emergency fire service officials have launched a search operation to recover Ashwini's body.

Bengaluru: In a surprise crackdown, at least 32 illegal immigrants from Bangladesh were arrested byVijayapura APMC police here on Saturday for not having valid passport. Acting on a tip-off, the police raided Alb Hashmi Limited, a factory that had employed them and took the workers to custody. It is alleged that they were illegally supplying meat to the factory. The police have now locked down the factory and are gathering details about the owner, who is said to be absconding.

Bengaluru: Four devotees of Lord Aiyappa, who had kicked up a storm after they began worshipping in the nude at a village near Khalghatgi in Dharwad, reportedly halted the practice on Thursday evening following widespread criticism.   The four, Anil Patil, Prakash, Gangaram and Manjunath, were performing nude worship for the past fifteen days under the guidance of the group leader, Ramesh Guruswamy.

Dharwad: In a bizzarre incident, a group of Aiyyappa devotees have resorted to nude worship annoying many Shabarimala devotees in Khalghatgi. Shabrimala devotees generally take up 41-day penance as a mark of their devotion to Lord Aiyappa and visit Shabarimala temple. However, this group’s deviation from the “set norms” to worhsip the diety has angered many, especially, women.

Mangaluru: Team India cricketer Irfan Pathan wished ‘Suratkal Strikers’ good luck for the upcoming Mangaluru Premier League (MPL) from December 17 to 31. Pathan is the brand ambassador of ‘Suratkal Strikers’. The team owner Hasan Shahid told mediapersons that this is the third edition of the MPL and Suratkal Strikers is playing for the second time. “Last time, we lost out in the Semifinal tournament, after a tough fight. We have realised our mistakes and we are sure to win this time,” he said.

Belagavi: Reeling under severe drought, Karnataka on Thursday urged the Centre to waive off 50 per cent of the farm loans, as the state government is ready to write off the rest. "We will write off 50 per cent of the loans if the central government waives off 50 per cent of the money farmers borrowed from banks for the kharif season this fiscal," Chief Minister Siddaramiah told lawmakers attending the 10-day winter session of the state legislature that started here on November 21. Belagavi is about 500 km from Bengaluru in the state's northwest region.

Belagavi: There was high drama, literally, near Suvarna Soudha in Belagavi on Wednesday.  Chandru, a sugarcane grower, from Kunigal climbed a cellphone tower demanding hike in support price for sugarcane.  The farmer was on the tower for more than two hours and refused to come down. He threatened to jump from the tower if the government failed to the hike the support price from the present Rs 2,200 by 6 pm. 

Hubballi: A visually impaired association in Karnataka's Hubballi district, while lauding the demonetization initiative, has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to print the new currency notes in the Braille script. The Chickennakoppa Andhara Kalyana Samithi, a local blind organisaion, expressed this views to the media here.

Belagavi: The Belagavi city police arrested Rathnaprasad Pawar for brandishing a gun during a rally organised by the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) condemning the Karnataka Rajyotsava in Belagavi. A resident of Chawatagalli, Belagavi, Pawar had brandished a gun while riding a horse during the procession. Pawar will be produced before the court soon, said DCP G Radhika. The images of Pawar leading the rally, in which even Belagavi mayor and deputy mayor took part, were splashed on the television attracting widespread criticism.

Kalaburagi: A heavy downpour in southern India has brought life to a standstill in most parts, including Gulbarga in Karnataka. Due to the heavy rainfall, agricultural land and crops have been damaged considerably. For the last two years, farmers were facing a major drought due to deficit rainfall in the Gulbarga region, and now they facing crop damage due to heavy rains this year. Expecting a good rainfall this year, the farmers had taken loans, but the monsoon showers have virtually destroyed their crops and hopes of earning from a good harvest.

Hubballi: Art has no language, no boundaries and an artist, if a true artist, can turn anything into a masterpiece. One such incident has come to light, where an artist named Shivlingappa Badhiger is using vermicelli to make sculptures. Badhiger is now making a statue of former Karnataka Chief Minister D. Devaraj Urs so that it can be displayed on the occasion of Dussehra in Mysore city.

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