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Bizman abducted for Rs 1 cr, rescued in a day

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BENGALURU: Alert forest guards in Kanakapura on Sunday helped police rescue a 23-year-old business man who was kid napped for Rs 1 crore ran som from the heart of the city on Saturday morning. Police arrested one of the kidnappers, who claimed they targeted Kuldeep Jain, who supplies electrical items to companies, knowing that he was rich. It’s the second such incident in the city in as many weeks. Like in the previous case, the gang trapped Kuldeep, by getting two men to hit his vehicle, police said.

Minutes after Kuldeep left his home in ETA Gar dens, Cottonpet, a car rammed his two-wheeler on Goodshed Road around 10.30am. During a fight that ensued, four other men in a car joined in pretending to help them arrive at a compromise. They suggested that the issue be resolved at a police station and asked Kuldeep to get in their car. However after travelling a small distance, the gang took out weapons and assaulted him. The gang drove around Majestic area for a while before taking Kuldeep to Tavera forest in Sathanur.

Meanwhile, Kuldeep’s brother Sandeep lodged a missing complaint with KP Agrahara police.

Around 11pm, the family started receiving ransom calls with a demand of Rs 1 crore. The gang made the calls from different places.

While police were try ing to track Kuldeep, elsewhere in Kanakapura, forest guards found a few men in an abandoned shed on Sunday morning.The men claimed they were there to party .

“Sensing something amiss, the forest guards alerted us. When we rushed to the spot, there were about 9-10 men. All of them, except two, ran away. On questioning them, one of them told us he had been kidnapped and brought there. Later, we realized that a case in this regard had been registered in KP Agrahara police,” Sathanur police personnel said.

One of the kidnappers, Saravanan, 24, who has been arrested, is a resident of Magadi Road and told police they targeted Kuldeep knowing he was rich.Police have formed teams to track down the others.

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Bihar poll verdict has lessons for BJP, CM

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BENGALURU: The resounding victory of the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) led by Nitish Kumar in Bihar has some pertinent lessons for major parties in Karnataka – the BJP, Congress and JD(S). While the verdict is a wake-up call to the BJP to rein in its hotheads, it’s also a message to Siddaramaiah to put the brakes on his Ahinda (Kannada acronym for minorities, backward classes and dalits) agenda and focus on good governance and development.

“The outcome of the Bihar polls should be an eye-opener for the Congress that one needs to deliver good governance and have a clean image to make a comeback.The verdict also suggests that you can’t win elections with narrow social and caste engineering,” political analyst Sandeep Shastri said.

Some experts also say the mandate was against “intolerance” and “hatred”.”The verdict is loud and clear. The voter is not prepared to allow political leaders to maroon him in the islands of social and caste identities, just as he would reject the vendors of communal divisiveness.He would walk away from parties that remain indifferent to the demands of good governance and development,” said Harish Ramaswamy, a political analyst from north Karnataka.

The result also has some lessons for the JD(S). Ramaswamy says the party leaders need to review their poll strategies since most elections in India henceforth are likely to be fought between the BJP and the Mahagathbandhan.

“The Congress would now be keen to replicate the Mahagathbandhan experiment nationally to take on the BJP. Even Siddaramaiah would have no choice but to take the JD(S) and other minor parties along with him to fight future polls, including the 2018 assembly elections,” a senior Congress leader said. The defeats in Delhi and Bihar may have made the BJP realize that electorates in states vote differently in Lok Sabha and assembly polls. “That way, former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, who is lobbying to head the state unit of the party, may have a better chance for a comeback,” a senior BJP leader said.

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Cold truth: Pneumonia is targeting toddlers in city

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Pneumonia has claimed the lives of 309 chil dren below one year in the city over the last six months, according to the health department. Alarm bells are ringing as there is fear that cases will only increase given the impending Diwali and winter. Pediatricians are seeing a minimum of 20 cases of pneumonia and other respiratory disorders every day .They are blaming it on unpredictable weather and increasing pollution for the spread of infection.

Dr Ranjan Kumar Pejaver, senior pediatrician of neonatology, KIMS, said: “This season respiratory disorders are on the rise. These include really chronic cough accompanied by pneumonia, wheezing and hyperactive airway disorder. Sudden changes in temperature, especially cold air, irritates the children. We are seeing at least 20 cases of pneumonia per day . The main cause is the change of weather and environmental pollution. With the onset of winter and Di wali the numbers are likely o go up because of pollution due to crackers.”

The sudden spell of rain s seen as another reason.”Due to the rains, we are see ng more respiratory disorders among children like viral pneumonia, bronchiolitis and empyema. Kids are showing flu-like symp oms and wheezing. We are seeing 8-10 cases of respiratory infections per day,” said Dr HN Usha, head of department of pediatrics at St Martha’s Hospitals. The good news is dengue cases have dropped. “Cases have gone down compared to figures in June-October. Now we are seeing 3-4 cases per week,” she said.

After pneumonia, viral fever is the big big worry.”We see 18-20 cases of viral fever a day. The infection s p re a d s w i t h we at h e r change and mostly affects children,”said Dr Ranjan, adding, “Beng alur u is known for sudden change in weather, rise and drop of temperature and unexpected showers. That is why viral infections thrive here.”

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