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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.

Mysuru: In a bizzare incident, a drunk mother flung her two-year-old infant to the fire at Chikkerehaadi in HD Kote near Mysuru on Tuesday. The baby has been admitted to the hospital with burn injuries. Heavily drunk Sudha was cooking at her home when the baby came near her. She flung the baby in to the fire. The baby has suffered injuries on its face, reports Public TV.

Bengaluru: A resident of Gubbi taluk, Tumakuru district, was reportedly beaten up by a gang for allegedly harassing a girl.  The victim Abhishek, said to be from the Dalit community, was badly beaten by Kaadu Prakash and his friends. Abhishek reportedly had been teasing Prakash's daughter for the past four months. 

Bengaluru: Governor Vajubhai Vala has rejected the state government's proposal to appoint Justice P Vishwanath Shetty as Lokayukta. The governor has sent back the proposal expressing his displeasure over the appointment of Justice Shetty. According to a report in Prajavani, the governor in his letter has cited the allegations levelled against Justice Shetty by SR Hiremath of Samaja Parivarthana Samudaya. It is learnt that Governor took note of the documents submitted by Hiremath on Justice Vishwanath Shetty to Raj Bhavan.

Bengaluru: A police officer was arrested for allegedly raping a mentally challenged woman in Tumakuru town, officials said on Monday. "The accused, Assistant Sub-Inspector Umesh, 54, has been suspended and arrested after the victim's mother filed a complaint on Sunday evening," Tumakuru Superintendent of Police (SP) Isha Pant told IANS. The jeep driver, Ishwarappa, 32, was also arrested for abetting the crime.

Bengaluru: Makar Sankranti, the first festival in the calendar is here. The markets in the city are buzzing with fresh harvest especially avarekayi, sweet potato, sugar cane and groundnuts. Vendors at Gandhi Bazar, KR Market, Yashwanthpur, Jayanagar, Malleswaram and Dasarahalli are making a killing. But people were seen cribbing about the skyrocketing prices of almost all the essential products - Sesame seeds, sugar cane and avarekayi – essential for Sankranti.

Bengaluru: The Karntaka High Court on Thursday has acquitted four accused in the 16-year-old Hangarahalli bonded labour case citing lack of evidence. Justice Anand Byrareddy quashed cases against Puttaswami Gowda, proprietor of Chamundeshwari Stone Crushing Industry, his son Arun Kumar, Mahalinga, proprietor of Yogesh Industry, Mysore and worker Shivaiah, reports Prajavani. The court observed that the lower court has unnecessarily dragged the case and the prosecution has also failed in proving the charges against the accused.

Bengaluru: Gaurishankara swami, who headed Siddaganga math in 1988, passed away here due to multiple organ failure at the Kempegowda Hospital on Wednesday. He was 71. The seer was being treated at the hospital for the past three months, said a close relative of the seer to mediapersons.

Bengaluru: The authorities concerned are yet to take any action against State Planning Board vice-chairman CM Ibrahim, who is accused of allegedly forcing his four-month-old pregnant daughter to undergo abortion. But on Monday, the health minister warned the district health officers (DHOs) of suspension if they fail to register criminal complaint against unauthorised scanning centres by January 24.

Bengaluru: Lakhs of students who are aspiring to join medical and dental courses are worried over delay in announcement of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) date for 2017. Worst, several online forums – that appear similar to the government websites – have cropped up misguiding the candidates about NEET exam date and guidelines.

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.

Bengaluru: The state government has recommended the name of former high court judge Justice P Vishwanath Shetty to the post of Lokayukta. The post of Lokayukta had fallen vacant following the resignation of former Lokayukta Bhaskar Rao. The government will send his name to Raj Bhavan for the approval of the Governor. Justice Shetty was a high court judge between 1995 and 2006. He was a chairman of Bar Council during the year 1989 to 1991 and was elevated as a judge of High Court on December 18, 1995.

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday sought a compensation of Rs 2,480 crore from Karnataka for not releasing water to the state despite getting a Supreme Court directive to do so. The apex court in its sitting today has ordered both the Tamil Nadu and the Karnataka governments to file a list of witnesses within a week. It also said that the details of witnesses affidavit should also be listed within four weeks. However, the apex court on January 4 announced to continue the hearing of the Cauvery water issue on February 7.

Bengaluru: The 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas or Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Day got off to a colourful start here on Saturday, with the young Indian diaspora from across the world connecting with their motherland and discovering its wonders. "With 65 per cent of the Indian population being under 35 years, it's a great opportunity for the young diaspora to foster friendship, discover the country's hoary tradition and rich culture and identify with its ethos," said State Industries Minister RV Deshpande at the inaugural session of the three-day event.

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