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Manish Sisodia’s Roadshow to CBI Office in Excise Policy Scam Case.

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Manish Sisodia's Roadshow to CBI Office in Excise Policy Scam Case.
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New Delhi: The CBI on Sunday began the second round of questioning of Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia in the Excise Policy scam case. However, Sisodia made an event out of his appearance before the CBI. Before the hearing, Sisodia reached Rajghat and paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi there. After this, reached the CBI office with a crowd of party workers. This road-show brought back memories of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut’s muscle. The Aam Aadmi Party tried to present this roadshow as a victim card. Many leaders took the front along with Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh.

Aam Aadmi Party was seen standing with Sisodia. There were continuous tweets from AAP in which the entire action was described as BJP sponsored. Aam Aadmi Party said in a tweet – BJP police is taking our councilors and MLAs into custody. We will give arrests for the country not once, but thousand times. Even Sisodia was seen playing the victim card. Before the appearance, he told reporters – I am not afraid of going to jail. My family stands by me. If I am arrested, my workers will take care of my family.

In his statement, Sisodia, describing himself as a follower of Bhagat Singh, said that he is going to the CBI office. I will cooperate fully with the investigation. I have the love of lakhs of children and blessings of crores of countrymen with me. I don’t care if I have to stay in jail for a few months. Bhagat Singh went to the gallows for the country. In such a situation, going to jail because of these false allegations is a very small thing. Sisodia was seen showing the victory sign during the roadshow. Meanwhile, AAP leaders and workers started gathering near the CBI office to protest. When he was stopped on the way, he sat on the road itself.

When the police saw that the Aam Aadmi Party was projecting this inquiry as an event, it imposed Section-144 in the area. Police took a total of 50 people into custody including Delhi Minister Gopal Rai, AAP MP Sanjay Singh. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also did not miss playing the victim card. He said- Manish God is with you. The prayers of lakhs of children and their parents are with you. You are going to jail for the sake of country and society. Going to jail is not a curse for the society, it is the glory of the heroes. You return from jail soon, children of Delhi, parents will wait for it.

It is worth noting that the CBI has not arrested Sisodia yet, but efforts are being made on his part to show that he will be arrested. The Aam Aadmi Party and its chief Arvind Kejriwal are also raising similar apprehensions. Sisodia also indicated the agenda for the 2024 general elections through this event. He said, in a country where those who give good education to poor children are in jail. How can a country progress in which scamsters are close friends of the Prime Minister? Sisodia’s target was towards Adani. The signal is clear that AAP will not miss out on raising the Adani issue.

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Karnataka Council Passes FAR Amendment Bill

Karnataka Council approves FAR Bill amidst uproar. Premium FAR capped at 0.4%, Transferable Development Rights at 0.6%.

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The Legislative Council approved the bill enabling the sale and purchase of premium Floor Area Ratio (FAR) despite the BJP members staging a walkout during the session on Thursday.

Presented by Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar, who oversees Bengaluru City Development, the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill 2024 received passage in the Council after its prior approval in the Assembly. This legislation permits developers to augment building floors by acquiring additional FAR through a fee payment equivalent to 40% of the guidance value, as sanctioned by local planning authorities. Furthermore, the bill sanctions the sale of FAR.

According to Shivakumar, the inclusion of premium FAR provision is anticipated to augment the revenues of local planning authorities, enabling investment in developmental endeavors. The premium FAR allotment is capped at 0.4%, with Transferable Development Rights limited to 0.6%.

The bill mandates that the proceeds from premium FAR fees be allocated towards land acquisition and the enhancement of basic amenities. Presently, FAR determination hinges on factors like road width, zoning regulations, and other pertinent parameters.

Expressing concerns, BJP MLCs cautioned against potential traffic congestion arising from the proliferation of buildings due to additional FAR. They proposed referring the matter to a select House committee for comprehensive deliberation, while some members advocated for an in-depth discussion before tabling the bill.

Shivakumar defended the legislation, asserting its simplification aimed at benefiting all stakeholders and bolstering the revenues of local planning authorities. He underscored that the previous BJP administration under Basavaraj Bommai had intentions to amend this law.

“We’ve introduced certain amendments to the law. Premium FAR has been operational in Mangaluru for some time now, generating approximately Rs 3,000 crore in additional revenue over the past six years. This amendment extends the same benefit to the entire state,” remarked Shivakumar.

However, BJP members opposed the bill and subsequently staged a walkout from the Council.

In addition, the Council ratified the BBMP Property Tax Amendment Bill, which previously received approval in the Assembly.

Shivakumar elucidated that the bill aimed to rectify an oversight from the previous government, which led to substantial penalties on property owners. He highlighted that the 15th Finance Commission stipulated the release of grants contingent upon property tax aligning with the guidance value, necessitating the introduction of this amendment bill.

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Forest personnel in Karnataka search for leopard, find dog

Forest officials in Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on high alert on Monday and Tuesday in response to reports of leopard sightings from concerned residents.

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Forest officials in Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on high alert on Monday and Tuesday in response to reports of leopard sightings from concerned residents. However, their efforts were met with an unexpected discovery. Despite the urgency of the calls, upon investigation, officials determined that the alleged leopard was, in fact, a dog.

Responding to multiple calls from RR Nagar residents who claimed to have seen a leopard in their vicinity on February 11 and later on February 19, forest personnel conducted a thorough search operation. However, their efforts yielded no evidence of a big cat prowling the area.

Even as some residents maintained night vigils in hopes of catching a glimpse of the elusive creature, no leopard was sighted. The situation escalated when residents of a local apartment complex shared CCTV footage capturing an animal moving along the road, albeit unclearly.

With concerns mounting, residents promptly alerted forest authorities, presuming the creature to be a leopard. Forest officials mobilized their resources for a comprehensive search, only to discover that the supposed leopard was, in reality, a domestic dog.

The incident highlights the importance of accurate identification and prompt response in wildlife management, even in urban areas where encounters with wildlife are rare but not unheard of.

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Karnataka mandates state anthem for all schools

The Kannada & Culture Department reversed its decision, now mandating all schools to sing the state anthem. Confusion stemmed from a “printing mistake.

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The Kannada and Culture Department, which previously issued an order excluding private schools from singing the state anthem during assemblies, has now reversed its decision. In a new government order issued on Wednesday, it has been clarified that all schools, including private ones, should sing the state anthem. Kannada and Culture Minister Shivaraj Tangadagi attributed the confusion to a “printing mistake.”

The issue was brought up in the Assembly by Leader of Opposition R Ashoka, who questioned the initial order’s intention of excluding private schools from including the state anthem, “Jaya Bharatha Jananiya Thanujathe,” penned by Kuvempu, in their assemblies. He expressed bewilderment at why private schools were being excluded from the purview of the education department.

Ashoka criticized the officials for such decisions and expressed frustration with Minister Tangadagi’s apparent lack of control over them. The BJP state president BY Vijayendra demanded an apology from the state government, citing a recent attempt by an official from the Social Welfare Department to alter Kuvempu’s slogan in residential schools as another instance of disrespect towards the poet.

Senior BJP MLA Suresh Kumar emphasized the Kannada and Culture Department’s responsibility to safeguard the Kannada language and questioned the rationale behind such orders. Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao downplayed the issue, stating that it was a minor matter that has already been rectified, but his statement was met with condemnation from BJP members.

Tangadagi clarified that the confusion arose during the preparation of the government order, where the term “all schools” was inadvertently changed, leading to the exclusion of private schools. He termed it a “printing mistake” and assured that it has been rectified. Law Minister HK Patil acknowledged the lapse and promised action against those responsible for the error. The latest government order issued by the department now includes all schools, irrespective of their ownership status.

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