Kannada organisations call for state wide Bandh, normal life hit hard

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Infosys campuses at Electronics City on the city outskirts and other locations were closed on Thursday till 6.30 p.m.as result of the shutdown.

He also slammed the Siddaramaiah government over its decision to celebrate the birth anniversary of 18th century Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan. "On account of the shutdown called by various organizations, as a precautionary measure, Wipro Limited has declared holiday for employees in Karnataka today".

Karnataka's Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy had on Wednesday urged pro-Kannada organisations and the other protesters to observe a peaceful Bandh on January 25.

Bengaluru is home to at least 750 multinational companies and over 2,000 IT firms, with almost 20 lakh techies working in them.

With a dominant IT industry, the city contributes to about 40 per cent of the total IT exports done by the country. Several private schools and state government offices are likely to remain closed on Thursday.

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Gearing up for Assembly elections in Karnataka, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday flagged off a "Parivartan Yatra" in Mysuru. The film industry and multiplexes are likely to stop operations, while petrol bunks, banks and agriculture Produce Marketing Committees are expected to function as usual. Similar reports came in from Mysuru, Gadag, Dharwad and Hassan. "Does anyone of you here have a watch worth Rs 70 lakh on your wrist here?"

In today's Parivaratan rally Amit Shah talks about the recent attacks on BJP-RSS members in the state. Repeated efforts by the state seeking Prime Minister's intervention to solve the issue has also not been successful.

The Mahadayi river is essentially a rain-fed river shared between Karnataka and Goa. However, bus services in parts of North Karnataka are likely to be hit as drivers of North West Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation have made a decision to support the bandh.

Karnataka has been asking Goa since 2001 to release 7.6 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of the river water to meet the drinking needs of its people in the drought-prone four districts and irrigating their farmlands.

The bandh is all about to put pressure on the Centre government so that the government will take some initiative towards the implementation of Kalasa-Banduri dam project which would help the Karnataka districts in getting water from the Mahadayi River.

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