Markets begin Samvat 2074 on weak note

With banks and financial services stocks leading the slide, the Nifty index too closed lower, ending 64 points down at 10,147. Tensions in the Korean peninsula, weakness in the technology sector and rising crude oil prices are some of the reasons market players sited for the bearish investor sentiment globally. Source: TOI

3 drown as car falls into tank near Ramanagaram

Three people, including two children, drowned when the car in which they were travelling fell into a tank at Managanahalli in Ramanagaram taluk on Wednesday night. The deceased are Chidanand, 24, Shashank, 6, and Impana, 4, all from Gottegahalli in Kanakapura taluk. Dileep, 12, who was also in the car escaped unhurt. The incident occurred…

Woman smuggles gold biscuits in her rectum

A 48-year-old woman was arrested at the Kempegowda International Airport on Thursday and four gold biscuits weighing 466 gm worth Rs 14 lakh were seized from her. The suspect, Poonselvi Narayanakumar, is a native of Thindivanam in Tamil Nadu, and had concealed four gold biscuits in her rectum, the Air Intelligence Unit of Customs sleuths…

3 cabbies held for chain-snatchings

Three cab drivers who stole gold chains from women were arrested and 18 cases were solved as a result. The Mahalakshmi Layout police have recovered property worth Rs 24 lakh, a release said on Thursday. The accused have been identified as Pradeep K D, Purushotham and Prajwal L, all residents of Kengeri and aged about…

Man posing as journalist held for drug peddling

A fake journalist is among two suspected drug peddlers arrested by the police in Southeast Bengaluru’s Koramangala. Rs 3 lakh worth of hashish (charas) is reported to have been seized from them. Rakesh (26) and Amul Hasan (23), both from Mangaluru, were arrested during a police raid at 20th Main, 7th Block, near the BBMP…

Fake cop, aide held for robberies, impersonation

The Southeast division police have arrested a 30-year-old MBA graduate who posed as a senior police officer, raided two offices and robbed electronic gadgets worth Rs. 3 lakh from the employees. The suspect has been identified as Irfan Pasha, a resident of BTM Layout, and was arrested based on the CCTV footage which helped the…

Stunt performing biker kills girl

A seven-year-old girl was killed when a bike rider knocked her down allegedly while attempting some bike stunts at Maranayakanahalli Colony in Chikkajala on Thursday evening. However, the police said the stretch of the road did not have sufficient width to perform such a stunt. Sahana was standing outside her house watching fireworks for Deepavali….

Rail roko protest over reduction of bogies in Swarna Express

Members of various political parties and organisations held a rail roko protest at the Marikuppam railway station in the district on Thursday, against the reduction of the number of bogies in Swarna Express from 18 to 12. The train travels between Marikuppam in Bangarpet taluk and Bengaluru, with effect from Thursday. Members of the Congress,…

Rera-K to assess projects on ground

The Real Estate Regulatory Authority Karnataka (Rera-K) will assess all ongoing real estate projects in the city and take suitable action against defaulters. “In the last three months, we have received 1,600 applications, which include three from Karnataka Housing Board and around 14 from Bangalore Development Authority (BDA),” said Priya Vinoth, Rera-K Secretary. Another official…

Encroachments shrink Hoodi, Sadaramangala lakes to death

Plaster of Paris Ganesha idols and heaps of garbage dumped in Sadaramangala Lake, KR Puram, have remain uncleared, painting a sorry picture of the waterbody. Hoodi Lake, which is situated nearby, is also in shambles. The two lakes have shrunk drastically over the years. Hoodi lake, at one point in time, spanned 15.10 acres. The…

Fresh notices to Darshan, Shamanur hospital over land grab

The Bengaluru Urban district administration has served notices on Kannada actor Darshan Thoogudeepa, SN Hospital and owners of 69 other properties for encroaching on government land at Ideal Home township in Rajarajeshwari Nagar. Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner V Shankar said the move followed high court orders. “The high court asked us to give the property…

Airport, railway Wi-Fis hotspots for cyber attacks, warns government agency

CHENNAI: Browsing internet using public wireless computer network at railway stations and airports may leave you vulnerable to cyber attacks, government agency Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) has warned. The nodal agency for responding to computer security incidents in India has rated the vulnerability quotient of public Wi-Fi in the country at ‘high’. “Successful…

Pernod Ricard says Indian highway liquor ban pain is easing

PARIS: Pernod Ricard posted a stronger than expected jump in first-quarter underlying sales, helped by accelerating Chinese demand for its high-margin Martell cognac and its Chivas whisky. Demand remained robust in the French group’s main U.S. market, where sales of Jameson Irish whiskey continued to grow at a double-digit rate while travel retail sales gathered…

Pernod Ricard says Indian highway liquor ban pain is easing

PARIS: Pernod Ricard posted a stronger than expected jump in first-quarter underlying sales, helped by accelerating Chinese demand for its high-margin Martell cognac and its Chivas whisky. Demand remained robust in the French group’s main U.S. market, where sales of Jameson Irish whiskey continued to grow at a double-digit rate while travel retail sales gathered…

Half of the potholes filled: mayor

As the deadline for filling up of potholes is fast approaching, Mayor R Sampath Raj said that around 50% of the potholes have been filled. “Around 8,000 of the 16,000-odd potholes have been filled,” said Sampath Raj. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had set a deadline of 15 days to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner N…

Garbage contractor assaults, flashes at women seeking dues

Three women pourakarmikas were assaulted with iron rods and 37 others sexually harassed by a garbage contractor last week, it has now come to light. Their crime? Demanding their salaries. The workers had complained to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Palike (BBMP) that Nagesh Kumar, KR Puram garbage contractor, had not paid them their dues. When…

George meets SWM expert panel

In order to draft a sustainable waste management strategy for the city, the expert committee on solid waste management (SWM) has placed a few requests before Bengaluru Development and Town Planning Minister K J George and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad. George and Manjunath Prasad held a meeting with the expert…

HC disallows plea for PIL in mutt case

The Principal City Civil and Sessions Court disposed of a petition seeking permission to file a public interest litigation (PIL) before the high court to issue directions to appoint an administrator to the Sri Ramachandrapura Mutt, saying seer Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swami is not eligible to continue as chief of the mutt. The court disposed of…

Deepavali turns painful for some

The festival of lights turned painful for some with sparks from firecrackers falling into their eyes. Minto Eye Hospital registered five cases of eye injuries of which four were admitted as inpatients. Victoria Hospital has received one person with burns caused by crackers. Doctors expect more cases to be reported in the coming days as…