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Bengaluru: The wild fire that devastated Bandipur tiger reserve has continued its dance of destruction. The fire was seen in places like Gopalaswamy hills range and Maddur range on Friday. The blaze that took the toll of innumerable wildlife and forest trees has now spread to other parts with the pristine Gopalaswamy hills (GS Betta) burning. The incident has taken a toll on the forest staff too as hundreds of fore watchers have rushed to the spot douse the fire.

Bengaluru: Unmindful of the scorching sun, Krishnappa, who is in his late 60s, is busy mending the iron string into different shapes outside the famous Channakeshava temple in Belur. He churns out metal trinkets of various shapes and sizes from dawn to dusk. They may look simple but city folk hardly get to see such ingenious brain-teasers. With the help of a mere cutting plier, Krishnappa makes at least 50 suchbrain-teasers every day.

Bengaluru: AIADMK chief VK Sasikala who has been jailed on the charges of disproportionate assets case here at Parappana Agrana has appealed for better facilities like table fan, bed and cell with attached toilet from the jail authorities. Conveying her request, AIADMK Karnataka region secretary has appealed to the authorities to honour her request. However, it is not known whether the jail authorities have honoured her request, reports Public TV.

Mysuru: Lokayukta SP Ravikumar (34) and his driver Kiran Kumar died on the spot in a head-on collision between a car and a tipper lorry near Ramohalli on Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway on Wednesday. It is said that the tipper lorry collided head on with Ravikumar's car and even hit an auto rickshaw. The impact was such that the duo died on the spot. Ravikumar's wife Anitha had delivered a baby girl only eight days ago.

Ballari: It was a near-stampede situation at Kottureshwar car festival near Kottur here when the beeding of the wheel came off causing the chariot to collapse on Tuesday.  The 60ft chariot came off and many have been suspected to be caught in the wheels. The incident occurred when Gurubasaveshwara swami chariot was being drawn by thousands of devotees gathered there.  While a few of them have sustained minor injuries, no major casualties have been reported so far.   

Mysuru: The Mysuru city police on Tuesday arrested three suspects in connection with the molestation case involving a 23-year-old German woman. The police arrested the suspects based on the sketches prepared with the help of the woman, said the police. The German woman was molested and robbed atop Chamundi Hill on Monday evening. The woman reportedly had come to India on a three-month tour and had been camping in Mysuru for the past three days. 

Bengaluru: A KSRTC bus went up in flames on the outskirts of Nelamangala in the early hours of Tuesday killing one woman passenger on the spot. Eye witnesses said the Bengaluru-bound bus from Chikmagaluru suddenly went up in flames and passengers were screaming for help. Sources said 58-year-old Bhagyamma has been charred to death while another passenger Mamatha has suffered more than 70 per cent burns. She has been rushed to Victoria Hospital and is fighting for her life, it is said.

Bengaluru: Senior RSS pracharak MC Jayadev passed away at a private hospital in Bengaluru on Monday morning. He was 85. Jayadev reportedly had been ailing for some time.  Jayadev's body has been kept at the RSS office in Mysuru for public darshan. The last rites will be performed on Tuesday at 3 pm.

Mysuru: The Tipu’s armoury which is adjacent to the railway track at Srirangapatna Railway Station will be shifted by 100 mts by March 10 and once done, this will cut down travel time between Mysuru and Bengaluru by 10-15 minutes. The shifting of nearly, 1000-tonne armoury began recently under the supervision of teams from India and US. The armoury will be put on a trolley and moved to its new location.

Bengaluru: Continuing his tirade against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's alleged payment to the high command, BJP State president BS Yeddyurappa said here that he will send Siddaramaiah to jail in 24 hours, if the BJP comes to power in the next elections, in the state.   

Tumakuru: A poverty-stricken family in Tumakuru district was forced to shift their daughter's dead body in a two-wheeler as there was no ambulance at the government hospital. A few months ago, a similar incident in Odisha had shook the nation where a poor man carried his wife's dead body on his shoulders, as he could not afford an ambulance. Ironically, the incident has been reported from legislator KN Rajanna's constituency, Kodigenahalli in Madhugiri taluk of the district.

Bengaluru: “We wanted to turn back and run. But the fire was so severe that within a flash it had engulfed whatever was in front of me. I could see nothing. It’s a miracle, how I’m alive today,” recounted one of the guards who had survived the fire mishap that burnt down the core critical Tiger habitat at Bandipur.

Bengaluru: It took nearly 16 hours for the forest staff and volunteers to mitigate the rapid wildfire that broke out claiming large swathes of green cover and a life of a guard at the Bandipur Tiger Reserve on Saturday. They struggled until the wee hours of Sunday to control the fire that had spread along the borders of N Begur range.

Bandipur: In what is considered as a major fire accident in the recent days, thousands of acres of forest cover burnt down in Bandipur tiger reserve (BTR) on Saturday killing a forest guard and seriously injuring three more staff including a range forest officer (RFO). The fire – according to the forest department source – is the handiwork of locals. “The incident happened close to Kebbepurahaadi. We suspect the handiwork of the people here,” said a forest source on condition of anonymity.

Bandipur: Thousands of acres of forest cover burnt down in forest fire in Bandipur tiger reserve on Saturday and a forest guard succumbed to burn injuries while preventing the flames from spreading. The victim is identified as Murigeppa Tammangol. Sources in the department said, three more forest personnel are also said to be missing. Forest guard Murigeppa Tammangol

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