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Bangalore News Highlights: Indian Coast Guard rescue seven fishermen in Karnataka

Bangalore News Highlights: The fire was caused due to a short circuit in the boat’s wheelhouse, the Coast Guard said.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: November 8, 2021 8:36:33 am
Bangalore News Live|Karnataka News LiveCoast Guard personnel attempt to douse a fire on IFB Varda, near Karwa coast, Friday night. (PTI)

Karnataka Highlights: The Indian Coast Guard on Saturday rescued seven fishermen after a fire engulfed their fishing boat near Karwar in Karnataka. The fire was caused due to a short circuit in the boat’s wheelhouse, the Coast Guard said.

The Karnataka government is likely to hand over investigations into the “illegal activities” of a 25-year-old computer hacker, who was arrested in a drugs case last year, to the police’s Criminal Investigation Department in the wake of political heat from the Opposition on his alleged crypto currency transactions linked to “influential politicians”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kedarnath visit was lauded by former PM H D Deve Gowda. On Saturay, Gowda congratulated PM Modifor his ‘dedication’ to transform Kedarnath after the unveiling of Adi Shankaracharya’s statue.

Karnataka on Saturday reported 224 new Covid-19 cases along with 317 recoveries and 5 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total Covid-19 cases in the state stand at 29,89,713 while total recoveries stand at 29,43,487. The death toll has increased to 38,107 while there are 8090 active cases in Karnataka.

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22:10 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Karnataka Covid-19: 239 new cases, 14 districts log no new cases, deaths

As many as 14 districts in Karnataka reported neither new Covid-19 cases nor related deaths on Sunday, said the state health department bulletin. These districts were Bagalakote, Ballari, Bengaluru Rural, Bidar, Chamarajanagara, Chitradurga, Gadag, Haveri, Kalaburagi, Koppala, Raichur, Ramanagara, Vijayapura and Yadgir. Read more

18:38 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Cryptocurrency chain LINK scam: three arrested

Central Crime Branch (CCB) police in Bengaluru have arrested three persons who allegedly were running a ponzi scheme luring people to invest in cryptocurrency and assuring attractive higher returns.

The accused who are arrested are Raghavendra, Nagaraju and Shivamurthy, residents of HSR Layout. Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Sandeep Patil said, “Economic Offences Wing detected another Ponzi scheme/ Chain link scheme in HSR Layout Promised more than 20% returns & assured higher returns on getting additional members..further investigation on.”

A police officer said, “The accused ran a firm named FOMOEX in a private hotel in Yelahanka. They claimed that their business presence is in the USA, Singapore and China."

They had come up with a chain link model where the members of the firm can make others join the platform and they would be getting commission for it. For instance, if they make a person invest 100 US Dollars, the person would get 10 percent of commission on the package every month.

It was also discovered that the accused had also cheated many in a similar chain link scam before.

14:08 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Srinivas Mane meets former CM Siddaramaiah

Recently won in Hanagal assembly constituency, Congress MLA Srinivas Mane met former CM and Cogress leader Siddaramaiah on Sunday. (ENS)

13:49 (IST)07 Nov 2021
'Alpine girl' from Bengaluru treks to 50 high-altitude lakes in Kashmir

Braving arthritis, a Bengaluru woman created a record of sorts by trekking to 50 high-altitude lakes, located about 10,000 feet above sea level, in Kashmir within a span of four months, earning the sobriquet of 'Alpine Girl'.
    
Probably the first female to trek to these high-altitude lakes, Namratha Nandish, who stays in the Bengaluru's Bellandur area, started with Tulian Lake, which is sandwiched between the Pir Panjal and the Zanskar mountain ranges in South Kashmir's Pahalgam area, and concluded with Shilsar Lake in the higher reaches of the Anantnag-Kishtwar area.
    
Alpine lakes are located above 10,000 feet from sea level.
    
"Nothing was predetermined. It all started with an idea of my husband, Abhishek, adding  a visit to Srinagar in the previous winters. He wanted to see the frozen Dal Lake," says Nandish.
    
The couple embarked on their journey to the Kashmir Valley on January 26 and checked into a local hotel. (PTI)
    

13:45 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Bengaluru observes hike in fuel prices

On November 7 fuel prices in Bengaluru increased with petrol costing Rs 100.58 and diesel upto Rs 85.01. Last year, in the same month petrol's price was Rs 83.69 and diesel costed Rs 74.63. (ENS)

13:03 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Karnataka ministers attend BJP national executive committee meeting

On Sunday morning, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai, state BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel and former CM B S Yediyurappa attended the BJP national executive committee meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi. (ENS)

12:55 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Thousands visit Puneeth Rajkumar's resting place after ten days of his demise

On Sunday, after the demise of Kannada film actor Puneeth Rajkumar people continue to visit Kanteerava studio where the actor has been laid to rest. 

Ten days after his death, thousands of them continued to visit to pay their respects. According to the police, on Saturday atleast 22,000 people visited kanteerava studio. (ENS)

12:12 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Bengaluru: Late actor Puneeth Rajkumar’s doctor gets police protection

A week after Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar passed away owing to a cardiac arrest in Bengaluru, his family doctor has been provided police protection in the wake of several fans alleging “medical negligence”.

According to Bengaluru City Police, a KSRP platoon has been deployed outside the residence and clinic of Dr Ramana Rao at Sadashivanagar. “We are closely monitoring the situation near these areas with intensified patrolling to avoid any untoward incident,” a senior officer confirmed.

This comes after the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) sought protection for Dr Ramana Rao and other medical professionals who were involved in the treatment of the late actor. Read more

11:55 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Bengaluru: Late actor Puneeth Rajkumar’s doctor gets police protection

A week after Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar passed away owing to a cardiac arrest in Bengaluru, his family doctor has been provided police protection in the wake of several fans alleging “medical negligence”.

According to Bengaluru City Police, a KSRP platoon has been deployed outside the residence and clinic of Dr Ramana Rao at Sadashivanagar. “We are closely monitoring the situation near these areas with intensified patrolling to avoid any untoward incident,” a senior officer confirmed. Read more

10:33 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Mangaluru: Ideal Ice Cream founder Prabhakar Kamath dies at 79

S Prabhakar Kamath, founder of Ideal Ice Cream and known for Pabba’s Ice cream parlour in Mangaluru passed away Saturday at the age of 79.

Prabhakar had suffered serious injuries after being hit by a scooter in an accident on October 28 in his hometown and died while being treated at a hospital.

Prabhakar started Ideal’s Parlour on Market Road in Mangaluru on May 1, 1975, which became a massive hit in the next two years. As on today, the retail network of Pabba’s business has spread across coastal Karnataka, north Kerala and South Goa. Read more

10:22 (IST)07 Nov 2021
KLM hopes India will allow it to increase flights to meet rising demand

Air France-KLM's current Indian services are limited under the air bubble restrictions but the airline is hopeful that the Indian government will allow it to increase its flights to meet the rising demand, a senior executive of the carrier said.
    
Since July 2020, India has allowed limited special international flights with passenger restrictions under air bubbles formed with approximately 28 countries, including France and The Netherlands. 
    
Scheduled international flights continue to remain suspended in India since March 23 last year.
    
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the airline operated 38 weekly flights from three Indian cities -- Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai -- to Paris and Amsterdam, Jean-Noel Rault, General Manager (Indian Sub-continent), Air France-KLM, told PTI in an interview.
    
Currently, Air France-KLM is operating 17 weekly flights from four Indian cities -- Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai -- to Paris and Amsterdam as per the air bubbles formed between India and France in July 2020 and India and The Netherlands in November 2020.
    
When asked if he sees the demand rising on India flights, Rault stated, "India has a very strong VFR (visiting friends and relatives) market. This in my opinion is one of the key factors to drive demand." (PTI)

22:29 (IST)06 Nov 2021
Karnataka: Hacker out on bail in cop net over brawl involving friend at hotel

Out on bail, notorious hacker Sriki alias Srikrishna Ramesh has once again been handed over to the police after he engaged in a brawl with the staff at a hotel on the Old Airport Road along with his friend. Sriki is accused in multiple cases of fraud and hacking.

According to police sources, Sriki was staying at a hotel on the Old Airport road and Saturday, his friend Vishnu came to visit him. The security personnel stopped him from entering the reception area as they found Vishnu to be drunk. A fight ensued between Vishnu and the staff, and Sriki was at the spot. The hotel staff took both of them to Jeevan Bhima Nagar police station. Read More

22:09 (IST)06 Nov 2021
State govt waives off 50% property tax in Urban Local Bodies towna other than BBMP limits

The state government has agreed to waive off 50 per cent property tax in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) other than Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits. The waiver is restricted to Hotels, resorts, restaurants and theme/entertainment parks for 2021-2022 financial year. 

The waiver is applicable for the year 2021-22 and it comes due to the impact of lockdowns due to Covid19.

19:11 (IST)06 Nov 2021
Karnataka reports 224 new Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths and 317 recoveries

Karnataka on Saturday reported 224 new Covid-19 cases along with 317 recoveries and 5 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total Covid-19 cases in the state stand at 29,89,713 while total recoveries stand at 29,43,487. The death toll has increased to 38,107 while there are 8090 active cases in Karnataka. 

17:44 (IST)06 Nov 2021
Mangaluru: Ideal Ice Cream founder Prabhakar Kamath dies at 79

S Prabhakar Kamath, founder of Ideal Ice Cream and known for Pabba’s Ice cream parlour in Mangaluru passed away Saturday at the age of 79.

Prabhaskar had suffered serious injuries after being hit by a scooter in an accident on October 28 in his hometown and died while being treated at a hospital. Read More

17:08 (IST)06 Nov 2021
Centre refers Siddaramaiah's plaint on Pegasus to Karnataka govt

The Ministry of Home Affairs has referred the matter relating to former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's complaint to investigate the alleged spying and surveillance through Pegasus spyware to the Karnataka government saying that police and public order are state subjects. The leader of opposition in the Karnataka Assembly petitioned President Ram Nath Kovind through Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot seeking a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court on "illegal" spying and surveillance through Pegasus on July 22 after staging a demonstration in the city. Congress party leaders later that day took out a march to the Raj Bhavan and submitted his plea to Gehlot, which was addressed to President Kovind.

The petition was forwarded by the President's Secretariat to the Home Ministry, which recently sent a letter to the Karnataka Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar marking a copy to Siddaramaiah. The ministry said, "Since 'police' and 'public order' are state subjects under the seventh schedule to the Constitution of India, it is the responsibility of the concerned state government to prevent, detect, register and investigate crime and prosecute the criminals involved through the machinery of its own law enforcement agencies, and hence, you may take action on the representation, as deemed appropriate." Sources close to Siddaramaiah said that he may raise an objection over the letter as the matter pertains to 'Centre and state subject', which only Centre has to address. (PTI)

13:34 (IST)06 Nov 2021
Seven members of a household suffer severe burns in cylinder blast


Seven members of a household suffered severe burns due to a cylinder blast in a Jigani household in Anekal taluk of Bangalore Urban district. Of the seven, two individuals suffered minor injuries and the others (3 males and 2 females) suffered severe burns. All the patients are being treated at Ace Suhas Multispecialty Hospital in Jigani. 

The ones who suffered severe burns are labourers while the two who suffered minor injuries are localites. Of the five patients, two men of around 40 years suffer from airway burns and a 38-year-old woman suffered grade II burns. They are being treated at the ICU. The other two — a 21-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman — suffered 20 to 25% burns. They are being treated in the ward. 

Dr, Jagadish Hiremath, Medical Director at Ace Suhas Multispecialty Hospital and Chairman at Aasra, said: “We are treating them currently. Going forward, they may have to undergo multiple surgeries to rectify the defects caused by burns. As of now, 3 patients are out of danger with manageable burns. 2 have airway burns and we would need 48 hours to declare them safe.”

12:21 (IST)06 Nov 2021
Coast Guard rescues seven fishermen after boat catches fire

The Indian Coast Guard on Saturday rescued seven fishermen after a fire engulfed their fishing boat near Karwar in Karnataka. The fire was caused due to a short circuit in the boat’s wheelhouse, the Coast Guard said.

The marine rescue sub centre (MRSC) received information about the boat, IFB Varda, catching fire at around 10 PM. The Coastal Guard rescue vessel C 155 went to the spot and rescued the seven fishermen to another fishing boat. (Read more)

10:46 (IST)06 Nov 2021
Bengaluru residents turn garbage dumping ground into buffer zone for lake

What was once a garbage dumping ground is now a buffer zone of Somasundarapalya Lake at HSR Layout and will soon turn into a mini forest made by the local residents. The once stinky ground is once again green and has been named ‘Sundaravana’.



With no help from government bodies, the local citizens crowdfunded the project and removed ten truckloads of plastic waste from the land. (Read more)

08:43 (IST)06 Nov 2021
First time Karnataka slashing petrol, diesel prices by Rs 7 in one go, says CM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said never ever in the history of Karnataka petrol and diesel prices were reduced by Rs 7 per litre as his government has done.

"Check the records. Fuel price hike is not new but it has been happening. Never ever in the history of Karnataka, no one reduced petrol and diesel prices by Rs 7 per litre in one go. Our government reduced it in a record manner," Bommai told reporters in Bengaluru. (PTI)

The Karnataka government had on Friday withdrew the night curfew imposed in the state as daily Covid-19 cases showed a decrease. "The night curfew which is being imposed from 10 pm to 5 am is herewith withdrawn," official statement released by the state government read. It also permitted horse racing adhering to Covid-19 protocols.

Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp - +91 97777 77684, Voice call - 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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