Meanwhile, the Mahadayi water-sharing dispute between Karnataka and Goa has remained a hard nut to crack for multiple governments; it has been a rallying point for all the political parties during elections. In an official statement, Wipro said, "On account of the shutdown called by various organizations, as a precautionary measure, Wipro Limited has declared holiday for employees in Karnataka today".
The Goa Ministry for Water Resources Development (WRD) on Thursday formed a special team to monitor whether Karnataka or Maharashtra governments continue with the works of building and operating canals along the Mahadayi basin for diversion of water.
Very few hotels, restaurants and eateries were opened in the city, and stray minor incidents of stone-throwing were also reported with the bandh organisers targeting shops that refused to down shutters.
Train derails near Milan, at least 2 reported dead & scores injured
The Trenord train was heading to Milan's Porta Garibaldi station from Cremona when the incident happened about 7am local time. Prosecutors at the scene said at least three people were killed, 10 were seriously injured and dozens more slightly injured.
Shravanabelagola in Hassan District in the State is to hold on February 07 the once-in-twelve-years affair of the popular Jain festival "Mahamasthabhishekha" in which President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Karnataka chief-minister Siddaramaiah and Deve Gowda would take part. "We are still ready to put in our efforts towards finding resolution, but it is Siddaramaiah who is causing obstruction to it", he added.
The Mahadayi agitation in Karnataka reached its peak on Thursday, after pro-Kannada groups called for a Karnataka bandh, and found tacit support from the state government, as state-run buses went off the road, even though private cabs, autorickshaws and other buses continued to ply as usual.
PM Modi will be in Bengaluru on 4 February to address a rally.
Next week: See a blue moon and a lunar eclipse
If that crossing corresponds to a full moon, the moon will pass into the Earth's shadow, resulting in a total lunar eclipse. This being a bigger, brighter, reddish-looking blue moon, perhaps we should call the next full moon the super purple moon.
He said if he does not stop indulging in such activities, BJP would begin staging similar protests during visits by AICC president Rahul Gandhi.
This has led to a pitched political battle in the state, with the Congress accusing the BJP of not doing enough to ensure water for those living in these drought prone regions. Is this some kind of advertisement or a sports programme for people to sponsor?
Karnataka and neighbouring Goa have conflicting interests on the issue of sharing Mahadayi River water.
27 times! Marin Cilic back with ball-bouncing tactics at Australian Open
Nadal was leading two sets to one before he called for the trainer and received a medical timeout trailing 1-4 in the fourth set. Cilic used his experience and showcased his powerful serve which led him to a 7-5 victory in the breaker.
In a veiled threat to both the BJP and Congress, he said, "BJP requires votes to come back to power and the Congress to retain power in the state, so they better talk to their respective party leaders in Goa and the Centre and solve this issue".