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Karnataka News

Two more Karnataka ministers quit, more may follow

Bangalore, Feb 21 (IANS) Two ministers quit the Karnataka government Thursday and were set to resign from the assembly and the ruling BJP too amid speculation that more would follow ahead of the assembly polls due in May.

Strike partially affects life in Karnataka

Bangalore, Feb 20 (IANS) Normal life was partially affected from dawn-to-dusk across Karnataka Wednesday on the first day of the two-day nationwide strike called by central trade unions.

Kohli replaces Vettori as Royal Challengers captain

Bangalore, Feb 20 (IANS) India's star batsman Virat Kohli has replaced Daniel Vettori as the skipper for the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the forthcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), it was announced Wednesday.

Protests in Karnataka over Cauvery notification

Bangalore, Feb 20 (IANS) Protests erupted in Karnataka and railway offices in Bangalore and Mysore were attacked Wednesday by activists protesting the gazette notification of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal's (CWDT) final award.

Mixed response to shutdown in Karnataka

Bangalore, Feb 20 (IANS) The two-day nationwide shutdown called by trade unions began on a mixed note Wednesday across Karnataka amid tight security and heavy deployment of police personnel to maintain law and order.

Cauvery row: Karnataka braces for protests

Bangalore, Feb 19 (IANS) Karnataka late Tuesday stepped up security in Cauvery delta areas to tackle threatened protests ahead of the expected notification Wednesday of a tribunal's final award on sharing of the river water between Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Purducherry.

Moily says no roll-back of hike in fuel prices

Bangalore, Feb 18 (IANS) Petroleum Minister M. Veerappa Moily Monday ruled out a roll-back in the recent hike of Rs.1.50 for a litre of petrol and 45 paise for a litre of diesel.

Karnataka's new Lokayukta mum on allegations

Bangalore, Feb 14 (IANS) Former chief justice of Karnataka high court Y. Bhaskar Rao, who Thursday took over as the state's Lokayukta (ombudsman), declined to respond to allegations that he had illegally obtained a house plot in Bangalore.

Karnataka gets new ombudsman

Bangalore, Feb 13 (IANS) Former chief justice of Karnataka High Court Y. Bhaskar Rao will Thursday take over as the state's Lokayukta (ombudsman), filling up the post lying vacant for over 17 months.

Sonata net zooms 1303 percent in third quarter

Bangalore, Feb 12 (IANS) IT consulting firm Sonata Software Ltd reported net profit of Rs.8 crore for third quarter of 2012-13 from a loss of Rs.7.2 million in same quarter last fiscal, registering a whopping 1,303 percent year-on-year (YoY) growth and six percent sequentially from Rs.8.2 crore in second quarter.

Miss Tibet crowning Wednesday, winner sad at being only aspirant

Bangalore, Feb 12 (IANS) The Karnataka capital is set for a unique beauty pageant Wednesday but the would-be winner of the Miss Tibet 2013 competition is a bit unhappy about wearing the crown - the winner was the lone contestant.

Four killed in Karnataka gas tanker explosion

Bangalore, Feb 11 (IANS) At least four people were killed Monday when a gas tanker exploded after colliding with a bus in Karnataka, police said.

Britannia net up 11 percent in Q3

Bangalore, Feb 11 (IANS) Food products major Britannia Industries Ltd posted Rs.62 crore consolidated net profit for the third quarter of this fiscal (2012-13), registering 11 percent growth year-on-year (YoY).

Quitting won't end Cauvery row: Shettar

Bangalore, Feb 11 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar Monday ticked off the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular for demanding his resignation for releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu and said he was ready to do so if that was a solution to the row.

Satellite identifies potential danger atop Himalayas

Bangalore, Feb 10 (IANS) A satellite-based study has indicated that a huge glacial lake has formed atop the Himalayas in Sikkim with a "very high" potential for it to burst and create devastation downstream.

Kamal Haasan to release 'Vishwaroopam-2' this year

Bangalore, Feb 9 (IANS) Actor and director Kamal Haasan said Saturday his next production "Vishwaroopam-2" will be launched in a few days and release this year.

Thousands flock to Bangalore air show

Bangalore, Feb 9 (IANS) Thousands Saturday flocked to the Indian Air Force (IAF) base at Yelahanka on the outskirts of Bangalore to watch in awe metal birds fly and perform breathtaking aerobatics.

Cauvery row shakes up people and political parties

Bangalore, Feb 9 (IANS) The Cauvery is hailed as Karnataka's 'jeeva nadi' (lifeline). This year, however, it has badly hit life of people in its delta region and also has left political parties in poll-bound Karnataka in a tizzy.

Budget boost for IT growth in Karnataka

Bangalore, Feb 8 (IANS) The Karnataka government Friday announced a slew of pro-active measures to propel the growth of the resilient IT industry in the state.

Biz heads from India and abroad discuss ethics and business

Bangalore, Feb 8 (IANS) Around 750 business leaders from India and abroad Friday began a two-day discussion here on "Corporate Culture and Spirituality".

Indian Army gets light armed chopper Rudra

Bangalore, Feb 8 (IANS) State-run defence behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) Friday handed over its weaponised light attack helicopter 'Rudra' to the Indian Army at an air show here.

Bounty for religious bodies in BJP's pre-poll Karnataka budget

Bangalore, Feb 8 (IANS) More than Rs.125 crore for religious organisations, rice at Rs.2 a kg for poor, schemes to woo farmers, benefit for government employees working in Bangalore, and no fresh taxes mark the BJP government's 2013-14 budget presented Friday to poll-bound Karnataka assembly.

HAL to open its Ozar airport at Nashik for civilian flights

Bangalore, Feb 8 (IANS) State-run defence behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) will soon open its Ozar military aerodrome at Nashik in Maharashtra to civilian flights as an alternative to the congested Mumbai airport, a top official said Friday.

Sari-sun combo can sterilise dirty water

Bangalore, Feb 8 (IANS) Ladies, don't throw your torn or used saris, because scientists have found excellent use for them.

Karnataka growth to be 5.9 percent this fiscal

Bangalore, Feb 7 (IANS) Karnataka's economy is projected to grow 5.9 percent this fiscal (2012-13) as against 5.5 percent last fiscal (2011-12), despite the service sector's contribution declining by 60 basis points (0.6 percent) year-on-year (YoY).

IAF hopes Rafale deal will be signed by June

Bangalore, Feb 7 (IANS) The Indian Air Force (IAF) hopes that the contract for the medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA) Rafale will be signed by the middle of this year with the French aerospace vendor Dassault Aviation.

Karnataka against immediate release of Cauvery water to TN

Bangalore, Feb 7 (IANS) Karnataka is unlikely to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu immediately though the Supreme Court Thursday directed it to do so "forthwith", Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar indicated.

India ready for US pullout from Afghanistan

Bangalore, Feb 6 (IANS) India is taking steps to face any eventuality that may arise after the US begins to pull out its troops from Afghanistan next year, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said here Wednesday.

Troubled Karnataka BJP issues whip to its legislators

Bangalore, Feb 6 (IANS) Surviving on a razor-thin majority in the state assembly, the ruling BJP in Karnataka Wednesday issued a whip to its lawmakers to attend the legislature's session to ensure passing of the 2013-14 budget.

Iron-based anti-anaemia scheme may not work: Researchers

Bangalore, Feb 6 (IANS) The health ministry's proposal to tackle anaemia by providing iron folic acid (IFA) tablets every week to 130 million adolescent girls across the country "is old wine in new bottles, unlikely change things," an expert has warned.

No defence budget cut, preparedness vital: Antony

Bangalore, Feb 6 (IANS) India is not cutting its defence budget because the operational preparedness of its armed forces is paramount, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said here Wednesday.

Aero India begins with awe-inspiring show

Bangalore, Feb 6 (IANS) The ninth edition of the biennial Aero India took off Wednesday on a "flying" note with a stunning display of fighters, choppers and transport aircraft at the Indian Air Force (IAF) Yelahanka base on the city outskirts.

Wipro unveils aerospace facility in Bangalore SEZ

Bangalore, Feb 5 (IANS) IT major Wipro Ltd's global hydraulics business Tuesday unveiled its aerospace facility in the special economic zone (SEZ) at Devanahalli near the airport on the city's outskirts.

IAF eyes private vendors to replace Avro fleet

Bangalore, Feb 5 (IANS) For the first time in its service, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will buy transport aircraft from private vendors to replace its ageing Avro fleet, its chief said Tuesday.

Bangalore decks up for spectacular air show

Bangalore, Feb 5 (IANS) The stage is set for a spectacular air show on the city's outskirts as the five-day biennial Aero India takes off Wednesday with fighters, choppers and other military aircraft demonstrating their strike power and displaying breath-taking aerobatics.

Biotech has made India net exporter of cotton, says expert

Bangalore, Feb 4 (IANS) Biotechnology has made India a net exporter of BT Cotton from being an importer, with production nearly doubling to 510 kg per hectare from 225 kg over a decade ago, an industry player said Monday.

Euro firm develops two avionic products in India

Bangalore, Feb 4 (IANS) European aerospace major Cassidian designed and developed two avionic products at its Indian centre in this tech hub primarily for military aircraft, a company official said Monday.

Karnataka house session begins, Shettar sure of survival

Bangalore, Feb 4 (IANS) The Karnataka legislature Monday began the last session of its five-year term with the BJP ministry hoping to survive on a wafer-thin majority and getting the budget for the next year approved.

Karnataka financial status sound, says governor

Bangalore, Feb 4 (IANS) With tax revenues doubling over the last five years, the financial status of Karnataka is sound, Governor H.R. Bhardwaj said Monday.

HAL's Rudra Helicopter gets Initial Operational Clearance

Bangalore, Feb 4 (IANS) The Indian army will get its first weaponised light attack helicopter, Rudra, on Friday.

Federation Cup Basketball: ONGC, Tamil Nadu basket titles

Bangalore, Feb 3 (IANS) ONGC swept past Indian Overseas Bank 72-46 in the final to annex the men's title in the Federation Cup basketball tournament here Sunday.

Bangalore braces for air show from Tuesday

Bangalore, Feb 3 (IANS) India's aerospace hub Bangalore will be on full throttle from Tuesday to demonstrate the country's air prowess and display breath-taking aerobatics at the air force station on the outskirts.

BJP ministry faces survival test in Karnataka

Bangalore, Feb 3 (IANS) The Karnataka legislature begins the last session of its five-year term Monday with the survival of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in doubt following large-scale desertions from the party.

'Why aren't there more female musicians?'

Coorg (Karnataka), Feb 3 (IANS) The non-Bollywood Indian music industry is burgeoning with new talent and genres, but women still seem hesitant to choose music as a career, says singer-songwriter Alisha Pais, one of the few female musicians to feature at the just-concluded Storm Music Festival here.

Shankar Mahadevan, Indian Ocean's splendid finale to Storm fest

Coorg (Karnataka), Feb 3 (IANS) An enthusiastic crowd and two powerhouses jamming together, the finale of the second edition of Storm Music festival was an amalgamation of music and fun.

Federation Cup basketball: TN women face Maharashtra in title tie

Bangalore, Feb 2 (IANS) Favourites Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra qualified for the women's final here Saturday in the Federation Cup basketball tournament in what will be a repeat of their league match.

Murthy, Sujith lead Full Throttle sweep

Mysore, Feb 2 (IANS) Bangalore's driver-navigator pair of Chidanand Murthy and Sujith Kumar BS led a team Tata Motors Full Throttle sweep as they won the Overall and Pro-Stock titles in the sixth and concluding round of the FMSCI-JK Tyre Indian National TSD Rally Championship here Saturday.

Storm music fest spreads wings, may go abroad

Coorg (Karnataka), Feb 2 (IANS) After two successful editions in the misty landscape of Napoklu here, the Storm Music Festival might become a bi-annual affair, and one edition each year may even take place in international shores, says one of the festival directors.

Gutsmiedl to head European aerospace firm in Asia-Pacific

Bangalore, Feb 1 (IANS) Aerospace firm Cassidian of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS) Friday appointed its Indian arm chief executive Peter Gutsmiedl as the first head of its Asia-Pacific operations, keeping in view the growth potential in the region.

Another Karnataka BJP rebel resigns to join KJP

Bangalore, Feb 1 (IANS) Another BJP legislator resigned Friday to join former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa's Karnataka Janata Party, pushing the six-month-old Jagadish Shettar ministry into a precarious position ahead of the budget session Feb 4.


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