Legislative assembly

Karnataka government to launch 15-day health campaign to celebrate Prime Minister Modi’s birthday

Home Minister Araga Jnanendra piloted the bill for consideration by the Upper House today. (Case)

The Karnataka Legislative Council on Thursday passed the controversial anti-conversion bill tabled by the state’s BJP government amid objections from Congress and the JD(S).

The Karnataka Right to Freedom of Religion Bill had been approved by the Assembly on December 23, 2021 but was not presented to the Upper House as the BJP did not have a clear majority at the time. .

In May 2022, an ordinance was issued to facilitate the introduction of the anti-conversion law. On Thursday, the bill was introduced during the monsoon session, with the BJP now enjoying a clear majority of 41 members in the 75-member council. The Congress has 26 members and the JD(S) has eight.

3 patients die ‘due to power failure’ at Karnataka government hospital

Three patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at a public hospital in Bellari, Karnataka, reportedly died on Wednesday due to a power outage. Hospital authorities denied the allegation and the government ordered an investigation.

Maula Hussain, 35, Chettamma, 30, and Manoj, 18, were on ventilators at the Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) at the time of the power outage. The deaths of Hussain and Chettamma were announced on Wednesday evening, and Manoj’s death was announced on Thursday.