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Yadgir: Dalits in Chandapur village in Shahpur taluk, Yadgir district, cannot fetch water from the village well. Why? Because they would invite the wrath of Lord Hanuman. This is the ruse being used by upper caste people of the village to prevent them from accessing water. According to a report aired by a television channel, Dalits have to wait for upper caste men to give them water, as they have been warned from getting into the well. 

Mandya: In a shocking incident, a 9th standard boy pushed a girl, who is two years junior to him, from a thrid floor building for allegedly spurning his love, in Mandya. The incident which occurred on March 16 has come to light now. The girl who has suffered severe injuries is battling for her life at the hospital. It is alleged that the boy had been professing his love for her for the past one year. But the girl had never reciprocated. Allegedly, frustrated over this, the boy pushed her from a third floor building in an attempt to kill her.

Ballari: Fans of ‘Power Star’ Puneth Rajkumar in Ballari were the first to watch his new movie 'Rajakumara' on Thursday at 12.30 am in Ballari. They went crazy as the movie opened to a packed hall at Shiva-ganga Theatre on Thursday midnight. Audience were hooting and dancing for their ‘Appu’, say eyewitnesses. Police had a tough time to control the mob who broke the gate to gain entry into the theatre. The movie that boasts of powerful ensemble is directed by Santhosh Anandram.​

Bengaluru: Colors Kannada's 'Putta Gowri Maduve' has finally lost its top slot after dominating TRP ratings for nearly three and a half years. According to the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India viewers data published on Thursday, 'Putta Gowri Maduve' was unseated by Zee Kannada's 'Comedy Khiladygalu'.  In fact, Putta Gowri Maduve' fell to No.3 position behind Saregamapa Season-13, another Zee Kannada offering. 

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Former Congress leader S.M. Krishna on Wednesday joined the BJP, calling it "very important stop in my onward journey". The former Karnataka Chief Minister heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying "a great India is emerging under his leadership". Krishna formally became a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of party President Amit Shah. He left the Congress earlier, saying he was feeling neglected.

Bengaluru: In a major reshuffle, the state government on Wednesday transferred eight IPS officers and named MN Reddi as the DGP (Intelligence), which comes directly under the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The list is as follows: Neelmani N. Raju, Director General of Police, Internal Security, Bengaluru, has been given concurrent charge of the post of Director General of Police & Commandant General, Home Guards, M.N. Reddi transferred with immediate effect and posted as DGP, state Intelligence.

Belagavi: In a case of fence eating the crop, a CCTV footage has gone viral where a police sub-inspector in Belagavi district has been found thrashing a bar manager and vandalising the bar for allegedly denying his quota of bribe. The incident which occurred on March 13 at Om Shiv Shakthi a bar and restaurant in Kudachi in Raibagh district has come to light recently. Watch Video: 

Bengaluru: The alleged illegal construction of a road within the Cauvery wildlife sanctuary has stoked a controversy, with wildlife activists accusing the forest department of carrying out the road building activity without obtaining permissions.  However, the forest department has rubbished the allegations. According to activists, the road is being built inside Gopinatham range from Palar anti-poaching camp up to Padasalanatta, and from Padasalanatta to Nagamalai. Activists have alleged that the road work did not have the necessary permissions.

Molakalmur: Eleven persons who eked out a living in a brick kiln died when the passenger auto in which they were travelling was knocked down by a speeding lorry at Rampura in Molakalmur taluk in Chitradurga district on Saturday. It is said that the lorry driver lost control over the wheels after the tyres burst and collided head on with the passenger auto.

Tumakuru: More than 60 people travelling in a bus had a providential escape after the driver suffered heart attack while driving. Thankfully, the driver showed presence of mind and managed to halt the bus in the nick of time, thereby saving the lives of the passengers. The deceased has been identified as 55-year-old Nagaraju, a resident of Madhugiri.  

Belagavi: The Belagavi city police have arrested a man who allegedly insulted the Tricolour here on Wednesday. The accused Miniyar Saab Yergatti had liked and tagged a picture of a man who stood on the national flag while wearing a kurta resembling Pakistan national flag on Facebook. Miniyar Saab is a gram panchayat member of Modga village and the people of his village have strongly condemned his act. A few villagers thrashed him and handed him over to the police after filing a complaint of anti-national activity against Miniyar Saab with Marihal police station.

Davanagere: Kannada writer Yogesh Master, who is said to have hurt the sentiments of Hindus with his 2013 novel "Dhundi was the victim of an ink attack by a group of suspected right-wing activists. The event unfolded on Sunday in the Karnataka town of Davangere, where Master attended a book release event. The writer was reportedly surrounded by an aggressive group who smeared his face with black ink.

Tumakuru: Food poisoning at Vidyavaridhi International School in Huliyaru, Tumakuru district has claimed one more life totalling the death toll to four. A security guard Ramesh (45) who was also admitted to the hospital has breathed his last on Sunday. It may be recalled here that three students died due to food poisoning at the school, last week. Meanwhile, school owner and former legislator Kiran Kumar and his wife Kavitha were granted bail by the Chikkanayakanahalli JMFC Court in the wee hours ofSaturday.

Tumakuru: Post-mortem reports have confirmed traces of poisoning in three students who died after consuming food at Vidyavaridhi Residential School in Huliyaru, Tumkauru district. “Prima facie there have been traces of food poisoning,” said Dr Dinesh. However, blood samples of the victims have been sent to State Forensic Science Laboratory, he added. However, questions are being raised that why would these innocent lives would be poisoned and who would do that.

Bengaluru: By-elections to Gundlupet and Nanjangud constituencies will be held onApril 9, as per the notification issued by the Election Commission of India. Gundlupet constituency was vacated after minister HS Mahadevaprasad passed away. By-election to Nanjangud constituency was necessitated after Congress legislator V Srinivas PRasad joined BJP. BJP candidate and former minister V Srinivas Prasad will contest from Nanjangud and late Mahadevaprasad's wife Geetha will contest from Gundlupet constituency on Congress ticket.

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