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(L-R) Actor Ragini Dwivedi, party planner Viren Khanna and actor Sanjjanaa Galrani | Twitter | @virenkhanna @raginidwivedi24 @sanjjanagalrani

‘Tantrums, forgotten password, Covid lie’ — Sandalwood drug suspects keep police on toes

Prime suspects in the alleged Sandalwood drugs scandal, including actor Ragini Dwivedi & party planner Viren Khanna, are allegedly not cooperating with probe. Their lawyers deny the charge.
Sanitary pads in a store (representational image) | Commons

No budget for free sanitary pads as Karnataka govt wants to ‘save funds’ for Covid fight

Karnataka govt didn't allocate funds for Shuchi scheme in March as it wanted to streamline its budget to 'save funds' to fight the Covid-19 outbreak, say officials.
Karnataka police personnel are tested for Covid-19 at a station in Bengaluru | Representational image | ANI

Symptomatic Covid patients drove infection in Karnataka, study finds

The study, a preprint, is a joint initiative of Public Health Foundation of India, NIMHANS, and the Karnataka government’s Directorate of Health and Family Welfare.
File image of Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa | Photo: PTI

Karnataka wants to tweak narcotics law in state as it cracks down on drug rackets

The Karnataka govt has approached legal experts to close loopholes in the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act that allow accused to get away on technical grounds.
Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu at the Shahapur Durga temple on 17 September 2020 | Photo by special arrangement

Karnataka minister Sriramulu writes to Goddess Durga, says wants to ‘become deputy CM’

Health Minister Sriramulu visited the Durga Shahapur temple where he offered a piece of paper along with his prayers, which the priest claims mentions his wish to become deputy CM.
A file photo of late BJP leader Ashok Gasti. | Photo: Facebook

BJP leader Ashok Gasti, first-time Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka, dies of Covid

55-year-old BJP leader Ashok Gasti had been battling a severe Covid infection since 2 September. He could not attend any session of Parliament.
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‘Bangalore Rose’ onion growers hit hard by Modi govt ban on export, say will affect income

Karnataka BJP MP Tejasvi Surya appealed to the Centre to exempt ‘Bangalore Rose’ from the ban as this special variety is grown for export to Southeast Asian countries.
Kannada activists protest against the imposition of Hindi in Bengaluru on Hindi Diwas Monday | Photo: ANI

Politicians add to Karnataka’s anti-Hindi drive, actors join in with T-shirt campaign

Former CM H.D. Kumaraswamy calls Hindi Diwas ‘symbol of linguistic arrogance’, while actors insist no language is superior to another in any way.
During the meeting between Karnataka ministers and protesting doctors in Bengaluru on 15 September 2020 | Karnataka Deputy CM's office

Karnataka govt agrees to hike salary of doctors after they threaten to go on strike

Over 5,000 govt doctors began an indefinite strike, threatening to shut OPDs & not release daily Covid data. But they budged after intervention by senior ministers.
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan | Source: Deputy CM's office

Karnataka will soon have anti-drug committees in all schools and colleges, minister says

Karnataka Deputy CM and Higher Education Minister Ashwath Narayan says managements will be held responsible if there is any complaint of drug peddling in school and colleges.

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Stigmatise and shame nations that keep nukes if treaties are futile in banning them

Stigma could, in time, turn domestic opinion in China, sway public attitudes in Russia, India & elsewhere, or even bring the U.S. back to the arms-control negotiating table.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.


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India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?