No Atal pension scheme for tax payers from Oct 1 To ensure better targeting of pension benefits to underserved sections of society, income tax payers will not be allowed to enroll in government’s social security scheme -- Atal Pension Yojana -- from October 1. The Finance Ministry, however, said tax payers who have enrolled before October 1 will continue to benefit from the scheme. Currently, all citizens in the age group of 18-40 years can join the yojana through bank or post office branches. HUBBALLI FRIDAY AUGUST 12, 2022 `9.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI HC scraps ACB, transfers cases to Lokayukta Says Anti-Corruption Bureau was formed to shield corrupt politicians from Lokayukta tive order for political influence and the chief minister in power IN a major development that is can misuse the ACB to control likely to strengthen the fight his opponents within his party against corrupt public serv- or the opposite parties. The conants, the Karnataka High Court ditions of the executive order in on Thursday quashed the question clearly depicts that March 14, 2016 order of the there is a possibility to fathen State government vour the party in power forming the Anti-Coror the party men,” a diruption Bureau (ACB) vision bench of Justice and shifted the cases B Veerappa and Juspending before the ACB tice K S Hemalekha, to the Lokayukta. observed. The court while abolThe court noted CM: Will ishing the ACB obthat Lokayukta had comment served that the bureau created history and after had been formed as a was a model to the endiscussion parallel body by the potire country by maklitical executive to Mysuru: Reacting ing a chief minister shield corrupt politi- to the High Court and a minister resign cians, ministers and offrom power and had order, Chief ficers from the watch- Minister Basavaraj sent them to prison in f u l e y e s o f t h e Bommai said he 2011. It had also made independent quasi-ju- would comment a Lokayukta resign dicial body, the Karnaover his son’s involveonly after taka Lokayukta, headment in corruption. discussing the ed by a retired judge of This was possible bematter with the higher judiciary . Advocate General. cause of the Karna“If the government taka Lokayukta Act really intends to curb and Prevention of corruption, favouritism and of- Corruption (PC) Act. ficial indiscipline, ACB should The court said ACB had not have been allowed to work un- registered any criminal cases der the Lokayukta, instead of against the ministers, MPs, the Chief Minister, as stated in MLAs and MLCs but only regthe executive order. Therefore, istered some against the auCONTINUED ON: P4 there is more scope in the execu- thorities. YAT H I R A J U @ Bengaluru CBI arrests TMC strongman amid drama P R O N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata Trinamool leader Anubrata Mandal after his arrest by the CBI at Bolpur in Birbhum district on Thursday | PTI Two-day party demo Criticising the action, Trinamool minister Chandrima Bhattacharya said the party’s youth and students’ wings will stage demonstrations for two days from Friday across the state TWO Central law-enforcing agencies — the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) — on Thursday went after the Trinamool Congress, arresting its Birbhum strongman in a cattle smuggling case, and summoning eight IPS officers in connection with a coal smuggling case. While the CBI arrested Anubrata Mondal in a dramatic raid involving 100-odd CRPF personnel from his Birbhum residence after he skipped 10 summons citing ill health, the EXPRESS READ TAC to have more experts, says minister Bengaluru: Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Thursday said the state Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will soon include more experts and look into other public health concerns as well, including monkeypox and dengue. Nirmala hits back at Kejriwal over freebies New Delhi: A day after Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal called for a referendum on health and education spending, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said spending on them was never classified as freebies. P7 Three main accused in BJP worker’s murder arrested E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mangaluru DAKSHINA Kannada police have finally managed to arrest the three main accused assailants of BJP Yuva Morcha leader Praveen Nettaru, a fortnight after the brutal murder took place. The accused Shihabuddin alias Shihab, 33, Basheer, 29 (both from Sullia) and Riyaz Ankatadka, 27 from Subramanya were arrested near Talapady check-post on Karnataka-Kerala border around 8 pm on Thursday While Shihab is a cocoa trader, Riyaz . supplies chicken to stalls and Basheer works in a small restaurant. Another accused Shafiq’s father Ibrahim had worked in Praveen’s shop for three months. Shafiq knew Praveen very well. ADGP (Law and Order) Alok Kumar said the three arrested are the main accused in the case and are first-time offenders. P4 ED asked eight IPS officers to appear at their Delhi office on staggered dates in this month. Mandal, who began as a fish vendor and rose to became the party’s district chief, was remanded in CBI custody for 10 days by an Asansol court. Outside the court, the local CPM cadre waved flags hailing the arrest, accusing Mondal of inciting violence in the district by delivering provocative speeches. One of his loaded one-liners in 2019 against the Opposition that questioned the lack of development in Birbhum was, “Development is standing in every road corner. If you challenge it, you will see what real development is.” In the wee hours of Thursday , CRPF personnel surrounded Mondal’s house. CBI officers then went in, searched rooms and picked up Mondal. “We summoned Mondal 11 times but he turned up only once,’’ said a CBI official. Mondal’s security guard Saigal Hossain was arrested in the same case recently with the CBI finding his assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. Will work two more hours every day: CM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru CHIEF Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday termed the reports of leadership change in Karnataka as “baseless and false”. Breaking his silence after speculation started doing the rounds since four days, the CM said instead of discussing such issues, he will dedicate two more hours every day to take up pro-people programmes as well as to strengthen the party . Speaking to reporters before leaving for Mysuru on Thursday, Bommai said his government is stable and will continue to remain stronger. On Thursday Bommai stepped , out of his RT Nagar residence in Bengaluru after isolating himself for five days after testing positive for Covid last week. The CM said he will now work harder for the state and people in Karnataka. “In the coming days, I will go to people and also work to strengthen the party base in Karnataka” he said. P4 SUICIDE ATTACK 4 SOLDIERS MARTYRED (From L) Subedar Rajendra Prasad and 3 Riflemen Manoj Kumar, D Lakshmanan, Nishant Malik Two heavily-armed fidayeen were gunned down when they tried to storm an army camp in Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday | P8 TRAGIC END ‘Inspired’ by movie, youth immolates self EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Tumakuru IN a shocking incident, a youth died after immolating himself in the belief that he would get “salvation” as shown in the Telugu horror fantasy movie ‘Arundhati’, at Giddaaiahnapalya village in Madhugiri taluk on Thursday . The deceased Renukaprasad, 23, doused himself with petrol and set himself afire on the outskirts of the village on Wednesday evening. Some passersby with the help of a few Kannada activists shifted him to a hospital from where he was referred to Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru. He succumbed to the 60 per cent burns he had suffered, at the hospital on Thursday . Renukaprasad was a topper at the government school in Puravara village in SSLC exams, following which his family members moved him to Tumakuru for higher studies. After clearing first year PUC, he dropped out due to his addiction to watching movies. He watched ‘Arundhati’ many times, in which the protagonist dies by her will and is reborn to take reP5 venge on the enemy . NATIONWIDE AUG 10 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths KARNATAKA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths AUG 11 16,047 16,299 19,539 19,431 54 53 AUG 10 1,680 2,114 5 AUG 11 1,691 1,982 6 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT Aug 10 21,80,642 doses Aug 11 14,02,341 doses TOTAL DOSES 2,07,45,11,199
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