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HD Kumaraswamy takes oath as Karnataka CM, G Parameshwara as DY CM

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Bengaluru, May 23: Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy on Wednesday took oath as Karnataka Chief Minister at Vidhana Soudha in the presence of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. 

All the promises made in the manifesto will be implemented. Safeguarding the interest of the farming community is our top priority, said Kumarswamy earlier in a day.

Alongside Kumaraswamy, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) Chief G. Parameshwara sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister.

Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and oath of secrecy to the Chief Minister Designate.

Minister designates also took the oath.

On the much-awaited day, Kumaraswamy paid a visit to the Chamundi Temple and Chamundeshwari Temple.

A day before, top leaders from Congress and JD(S) held a meeting to discuss the portfolio sharing between the allies, and decided that 22 out of 34 ministries would be helmed by the Congress and 12 ministries including the Chief Minister would go with the JD(S).

Congress leader KR Ramesh Kumar will be the Speaker of Karnataka’s Vidhana Soudha, while the deputy speaker will be appointed from the JD(S).

Rest of the ministry and portfolio allocation will be decided after the floor test which is scheduled to be held on May 24.

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JD(S)’s HD Kumaraswamy took oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka. While Karnataka Congress president G Parameshwara was sworn-in as the deputy chief minister.

Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi at Vidhana Soudha

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and his wife Chennamma

Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati at Vidhana Soudha

Visuals from Vidhana Soudha ahead of HD Kumaraswamy and G.Parameshwara’s swearing-in as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister.

On their arrival, both the leaders addressed the newly elected Congress MLAs.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and party president Rahul Gandhi arrived in Bengaluru for oath-taking ceremony of  Kumaraswamy and other leaders.

Chief Ministers Meeting

Ahead of attending HD Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in as Chief Minister of Karnataka, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury held a meeting.

Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu along with his West Bengal Mamata Banerjee counterpart landed in the city

“We’ve come here to witness swearing in ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy & express our solidarity to him. In future, we’ll work together to protect and promote the national interest. We’re here to strengthen all regional parties”, Duo told media.

Kumaraswamy, who was in Delhi on Monday, met Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi at the Congress chief’s Tughlak Road residence to personally invite them to the swearing ceremony.

Several Opposition leaders including Mayawati, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav have been also invited by Kumaraswamy to grace the event.

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BS-IV vehicles needed for public utility services & purchased up to March 31 be registered: SC

The issue of pollution from vehicles had cropped up before the apex court which is hearing a matter related to air pollution in the Delhi-national capital region (NCR).

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New Delhi, Sep 18 : The Supreme Court Friday said BS-IV vehicles, which were purchased on or before March 31 this year and are necessary for municipal corporation in Delhi to carry out essential public utility services, should be registered.

The apex court had in October 2018 said that no BS-IV compliant vehicle would be sold or registered in India from April 1, 2020.

In 2016, the Centre had also announced that India would skip the BS-V norms and adopt BS-VI by 2020.

BS emission norms are standards instituted by the government to regulate output of air pollutants from motor vehicles.

The matter came up for hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde which dealt with applications related to registration of three types of vehicles — CNG , BS-IV and BS-VI compliant — for being used for essential public utility services.

“Insofar as CNG vehicles are concerned, there cannot be any valid rejection to the vehicles, as the emission from these vehicles is within the limits. Therefore, we direct that these vehicles may be registered,” said the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

It noted that BS-VI norms came into force on April 1, 2020 and vehicles purchased up to March 31 this year were BS-IV compliant.

“Admittedly the emission from BS-VI compliant vehicles is within the norms and hence the vehicles purchased on or after April 1, 2020 and which are BS-VI compliant, should also liable to be registered,” it said.

The top court noted in its order that BS-IV compliant vehicles purchased up to March 31 this year must have been registered with the E-Vahan portal of the government before the cut-off date to establish the date of purchase.

“If the purchase had been made on or before March 31, 2020 and these vehicles are BS-IV compliant, such vehicles necessary for the municipal corporation to carry essential public utility services should also be registered. But such cases shall be scrutinized by the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA),” the bench said.

The bench said to avoid repeated applications being filed before the court just for the purpose of getting registration, “we direct that the EPCA shall scrutiny the pending cases and submit a report to this court so that a common order could be passed without the necessity for several interlocutory applications.”

The issue of pollution from vehicles had cropped up before the apex court which is hearing a matter related to air pollution in the Delhi-national capital region (NCR).

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Coronavirus: Karnataka’s Covid tally crosses 5 lakh

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Bengaluru, Sep 19 : With 8,626 fresh cases across the state on Friday, Karnataka’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 5 lakh mark, while 10,949 people were discharged after treatment in the last 24 hours.

“The number of positive cases across the state is 5,02,982, including 1,01,129 active cases, while 3,94,026 cases were discharged since March 8,” said the health bulletin.

With 179 patients succumbing to the infection during the day, the state’s toll has gone up to 7,808.

Bengaluru, which is the epicentre of the disease in the state, registered 3,623 cases during the day, taking its tally to 1,87,705, including 41,914 active cases, while 1,43,198 patients were discharged till date, with 2,725 in the last 24 hours.

With 37 deaths during the day, the city’s toll has increased to 2,592.

“The number of patients in the intensive care units (ICU) across the state is 814, including 271 in Bengaluru Urban district, Dharwad 74, Ballari 67 and Hassan 62,” the bulletin said.

Mysuru saw 600 new cases, Udupi 493, Dakshina Kannada 456, Ballari 296, Shivamogga 257 and Belagavi 221.

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Anil Dhasmana is new chief of NTRO, spy agency that keeps an eye from the sky

Anil Dhasmana is the former chief of India’s external spy agency, R&AW

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Former Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) chief Anil Dhasmana has been appointed as National Technical Research Organisation, India’s technical body that is responsible for geospatial intelligence and satellite imagery.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared the appointment and the decision was formally conveyed to the retired Indian Police Service officer on Friday.

Dhasmana succeeds former Intelligence Bureau officer Satish Jha who demitted office on Thursday.

Dhasmana, a 1981 batch Indian Police Service officer, is a Pakistan expert and was the lead planner of the Balakot air strikes in February 2019 after Pakistan-backed terrorists killed 40 CRPF soldiers in the Pulwama car bombing.

Dhasmana had stepped down a few months later when his extended term due to the general elections ended in June 2019.

The top police officer returns to the center of action 14 months later at a time the NTRO is playing a crucial role, tracking movements of the China’s People’s Liberation Army near the many friction points along the Line of Actual Control that have seen heavy deployment of soldiers and support elements from both sides. The two countries have been speaking to each other at military and diplomatic levels to resolve the stand-off but there are some indications that the stand-off would continue for some time.

Dhasmana had joined R&AW, India’s external spy agency in 1993 from his parent cadre Madhya Pradesh and had worked extensively with the agency’s Pakistan desk.

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