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Updated: October 20, 2021 10:22:27 pm
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Coronavirus Cases and Deaths in Bangalore, Bengaluru Weather Forecast Live News: Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) police have booked a total of 20 cricket betting cases and seized Rs 78 lakh, and arrested 27 accused in the recently concluded Indian Premier League match.

In other news, Karnataka on Tuesday logged 349 new cases of COVID-19 and 14 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,84,022 and death toll to 37,967, the health department said. The day also saw 399 discharges, pushing the total number of recoveries to 29,36,926. Bengaluru Urban accounted for 161 new cases, as the city saw 125 discharges and 5 deaths. Total number of active cases in the state is at 9,100. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.41 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 4.01 per cent.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru civic body will soon serve notices to the owners of over 400 structurally weak buildings in the city. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike officials said that 404 such buildings have been identified and a final survey on this will be submitted by the end of October.

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22:22 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Nod for Rajyotsava processions after consulting health experts, CM Bommai says

The Karnataka government will permit processions on Rajyotsava Day (November 1) only after getting consent from health experts overseeing the Covid-19 situation in the state, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Wednesday.

The CM's reaction came in Belagavi in response to several pro-Kannada organisations demanding the government's approval to conduct public processions on the state's formation day.

The organisations cited that such processions were not held since 2019 due to the pandemic and that the same could be conducted this time as Mysore Dasara and other celebrations were allowed to be held this time.

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20:28 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Yediyurappa asks BJP State chief to refrain from making disparaging comments against Rahul Gandhi

After Karnataka BJP State president Nalin Kumar Kateel made disparaging comments against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi recently, former Chief Minister and BJP senior leader on Wednesday asked his Kateel to refrain from making such remarks against Rahul Gandhi.

Kateel on Tuesday had said that Rahul Gandhi is a "drug addict and a drug peddler". While speaking at an event in Hubballi, Kateel claimed his remarks on Rahul were based on media reports. Congress leaders had sharply condemned the statement, asking Kateel to resign from the post. 

Yediyurappa, who is in Sindagi to campaign for the BJP candidate for the coming Assembly bypolls, said “ no one should speak in a derogatory way against a leader like Rahul Gandhi for whom my party workers have respect. I will talk to him(Kateel) to know what is the background behind such a statement. There was no need to speak that way.”

16:49 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Karnataka Covid-19 committee: Prioritise vaccination of older adolescents and children with comorbidities first

The Karnataka state technical advisory committee (TAC) on Covid-19 has advised the government to start vaccinating children aged 16-17 and those with comorbidities first once Covid vaccines for children are approved in the country.

However, government officials said that guidelines in this regard will have to first come from the Union government.

The recommendation is based on the premise that initially the vaccine availability will be limited and it would be prudent to prioritise vaccination based on age groups as it was in the case of vaccination for adults.

15:33 (IST)20 Oct 2021
IISc’s computational eye movement model to understand ‘change blindness’ better

A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru has developed a novel computational model of eye movement that can predict a person’s ability to detect changes in their visual environment.

The model, according to the team from the Centre for Neuroscience and the Department of Computer Science and Automation, is expected to provide insights into understanding change blindness and help scientists better understand visual attention and its limitations.

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13:46 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Congress and the JD(S) leaders criticising the RSS, with an eye of the minorities votes: Home minister Araga Jnanendra.

Taking strong objections on the alleged statement of the former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, over the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS), Karnataka home minister, Araga Jnanendra has said that "RSS is an organisation, founded by staunch patriotic Nationalists, and is in the service of building a strong nation".

Strongly refuting the remarks of the JD(S) leader, the minister told, " ever since the founding of the organisation, the RSS leaders and its members, are engaged in working, selflessly, for the cause of upholding the unity, integrity and the ethos of the nation".

Stating that both the Congress and the JD(S) leaders are indulged in maligning the  RSS, the patriotic organization, he said that " both the JD(S) and the Congress leaders are competing each other with an eye on Minorities votes".

12:57 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Chikkamgaluru: Voluntary bandh proposed in Sringeri for super-specialty hospital

A forum of youth in Sringeri, a town in Karnataka's Chikkamagaluru district, has called for a voluntary bandh on Friday (October 22) demanding a 100-bed super-specialty hospital. 

According to Sringeri Yuva Vedike (SYV), the forum, an appeal has been made to shopkeepers in the town not to operate their businesses in solidarity with the bandh. "People here have been forced to travel towards Mangaluru, Shivamogga, or Manipal during any health emergency. A government super-speciality hospital is a necessity here as we cannot afford to lose another life while on the way to hospitals in neighbouring districts," Praveen Hagadur, founder of SYV said in a statement.

09:23 (IST)20 Oct 2021
COVID-19: 349 new cases, 14 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka on Tuesday logged 349 new cases of COVID-19 and 14 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,84,022 and death toll to 37,967, the health department said.

The day also saw 399 discharges, pushing the total number of recoveries to 29,36,926. Bengaluru Urban accounted for 161 new cases, as the city saw 125 discharges and 5 deaths. Total number of active cases in the state is at 9,100. 

09:21 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Muslim man, whose shop was vandalised, injured in hit-and-run incident

Days after raising a vandalism complaint, the owner of a chicken shop in Belagavi, Karnataka, suffered injuries after his bike was rammed from behind in a hit-and-run incident.

Hasab Saab’s shop was vandalised allegedly by members of a right-wing group for keeping the business open till 11 am on October 8, the day temples reopened. While the Belagavi Police failed to register an FIR and held a 'compromise' meeting, Saab's wife Afsana Hasan Saab Khureshi claimed the couple was threatened and asked to leave the town. (Read more)

09:20 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Rs 78 lakhs seized in IPL betting case

Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) police have booked a total of 20 cricket betting cases and seized Rs 78 lakhs, and arrested 27 accused in the recently concluded Indian Premier League match.

08:49 (IST)20 Oct 2021
Road tax evasion racket busted; technical manager held

Central Crime Branch (CCB) officials have arrested a technical manager of a provate firm who allegedly create fake documents for high-end vehicles to help their owers to evade tax. The firm to which he worked supplies smartcards of vehicles to Regional Transport Offices (RTO) across the state. 

The accused in the case is Girish who worked with the firm as technical manager. His arrest came after RTO filed a complaint with the police. CCB on Monday produced him before the court and have taken him to police custody for 10 days. 

According to to the police sources,"there is a big racket which is facilitating owners to evade road tax for high-end vehicles. After getting a fake vehicle number of another state, they would apply for transfer of vehicle in Karnataka, claiming the lifetime road tax has been paid."

The preliminary probe has revealed that atleast 15 high-end cars and SUVs have been identified who has been evaded road tax.

21:15 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Don't vote for JD(S): Siddaramaiah to minority community

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Tuesday urged the voters from the minority community not to cast even a single vote to the JD(S) during the Hangal and Sindagi bypolls, as voting for the regional party means voting for the BJP.

The leader of opposition in the state assembly accused the JD(S) of deliberately fielding minority community candidates in both the constituencies to help the BJP.

"Though JD(S) has fielded its candidates, the straight fight is between the Congress and BJP. JD(S) has not fielded a candidate with an intention to win. They have fielded to help the BJP. I'm not saying this, people are saying this," Siddaramaiah said.

Addressing the campaign meeting at Sindagi constituency in Vijayapura, he said, Congress is always the target for JD(S), and pointed out that during the Basavakalyan bypolls held earlier this year, too the regional party fielded a Muslim candidate, who got about 8,000 votes, which resulted in Congress' loss. (PTI)

21:11 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Uttarakhand rains: Karnataka sets up help desk to assist stranded people from state

The Karnataka government has established a help desk to assist stranded people -- passengers, pilgrims, tourists and visitors from Karnataka -- at various places in Uttarakhand. 

According to the Minister for Revenue R Ashoka, people who are stranded or their relatives can contact the help desk and provide information which will be intimated to Uttarakhand authorities for immediate action and quick response.

The Karnataka State Emergency Operation Center Numbers are 080 - 1070 (Toll Free) and 080 - 2234 0676. These numbers are active to receive any distress call and will function 24/7, an official press release said. 

21:03 (IST)19 Oct 2021
I have nothing to learn from RSS 'Shakha', says Kumaraswamy

JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said he has nothing to learn from RSS 'Shakha' as he alleged that people who were trained there have indulged in watching "blue film" at the legislative Assembly, when the session was on.

The former Chief Minister was responding to state BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel's recent invitation to him to come to RSS Shakha and learn about the activities of the Sangh.

"...I don't want their (RSS) companionship. Haven't we seen what was taught in RSS Shakha? How to behave in the Vidhana Soudha....watching blue film while the assembly session is on. Isn't such a thing taught to them (BJP) at RSS Shakha? Do I have to go there (to RSS shakha) to learn this?" Kumaraswamy asked. (PTI)

20:58 (IST)19 Oct 2021
BJP and Cong in Karnataka lock horns over tweet on Modi

A tweet by the Congress' Karnataka unit making alleged disparaging remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and deleted later, on Tuesday sparked a war of words between the ruling BJP and its rival Congress, though PCC president DK Shivakumar expressed regret over the comments and called for civility in political discourse. The tweet was deleted after Shivakumar expressed "regret" about it.

Addressing a party gathering here, state BJP chief Naleen Kumar Kateel made some sharp remarks against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, which faced flak from senior party leader Randeep Singh Surjewala and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

"I have always believed that civil and parliamentary language is a non-negotiable pre-requisite for political discourse. An uncivil tweet made by a novice social media manager through the Karnataka Congress official Twitter handle is regretted and stands withdrawn," Shivakumar wrote on the micro-blogging site.

Kateel, responding sharply to the deleted tweet, also trained his guns against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and referred to the 'G-23' controversy in the grand old party. (PTI)

20:46 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Karnataka: Covid adjustments by High Court nudge key cases towards trial

A provision made by the Karnataka High Court during the Covid-19 crisis to expedite the process of trials in criminal cases by framing charges against accused individuals through video conferencing has helped sessions courts move several important cases towards a stage where a trial can commence.

The video conferencing provision, which bypasses the need for physical presence of suspects during key legal junctures ahead of a trial, has been able to move cases like that of the murders of journalist Gauri Lankesh in 2017, the Lingayat researcher and writer M M Kalburgi in 2015 – both by an alleged Right-wing extremist group — closer to the trial stage, as also a 2005 terrorist attack on the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru by an alleged LeT sleeper cell.

In the Kalburgi and the IISc terror attack cases, the trial courts in Karnataka framed charges against suspects located in remote prisons of the country through video conferencing in September this year while charges will be framed soon through video conferencing in the Gauri Lankesh case. Read More

20:15 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Study finds underreporting of Covid-19 deaths in most states, worst in Gujarat, Rajasthan since July

A detailed analysis of month-wise and state-wise health insurance claims made during the last three months in India, conducted by a public-private initiative, has found that several states have underreported Covid-19 deaths.

New findings reported by ‘Project: Jeevan Raksha’ indicate that Gujarat has massively underreported deaths linked to the pandemic, to the tune of 5722%, followed by Rajasthan (473%), Jharkhand (464%) and Uttar Pradesh (228%).

For instance, the report mentions that data compiled from statistics issued by the Gujarat government during the months of July, August, and September 2021 include only 23 deaths linked to the pandemic. However, 1,316 insurance claims (group/individual schemes) for Covid-19 deaths were filed by people in the state during the same time.

During the same time-frame, Rajasthan and Jharkhand reported 33 and 22 Covid-19 deaths officially when the insurance claims were as high as 156 and 102, respectively.

Explaining the trend to indianexpress.com, Mysore Sanjeev, the convenor of Project Jeevan Raksha (an initiative of Proxima Consulting), said that several states “seem to have artificially deflated Covid-19 cases and deaths, especially in the last three months.” Read More

20:10 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Karnataka: 17-year-old girl arrested for poisoning four family members over ‘discrimination’

Three months after the mysterious deaths of four members of a family in Karnataka, the police have arrested a 17-year-old girl from the family for allegedly murdering them as she was upset over the “discrimination she faced compared to her siblings”.

The minor girl has been booked under IPC sections 302 (punishment for murder) and 307 (attempt to murder). She has been sent to a girls’ remand home.

On July 12 this year, the accused girl’s father (45), mother (40), grandmother (80) and sister (16) had died after consuming ragi balls (ragi mudde) for dinner. Her brother (20), however, survived even though he had also eaten the ragi balls. Bharamasagara police registered a case of unnatural deaths and the post-mortem examination revealed that a pesticide had been mixed with the food. The police, however, could not zero in on any suspect. The family worked on agricultural land and had no enemies, a police officer said. Read More

18:56 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Bengaluru woman loses Rs 18 lakh to man she met five days ago on dating app

A 37-year-old woman in Bengaluru has lost Rs 18 lakh after she was conned by a person whom she met on a dating app. The woman, a resident of Austin town, lost the money over a span of five days and approached cops on October 7, police sources said.

The police said she met the man on a dating application on September 30. The man, who claimed to be residing abroad, expressed interest in marrying her and told her that he would be arriving in India soon for the same. Read More

18:54 (IST)19 Oct 2021
After Goa claims 12 islands near Karwar, Karnataka identifies 57 under Uttara Kannada limits

After the Goa government appealed to the Centre seeking possession of 12 islands that are closer to Karwar in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district and fall within the state’s jurisdiction, the administration has now identified 57 islands within the district’s limits.

Goa recently wrote to the Union Home Ministry regarding the matter and the letter was forwarded to the Karnataka government, following which the Inspector General of Police (Internal Security), Bengaluru, made enquiries and found that the islands come under the jurisdiction of the district administration.

The Indian Express has accessed the documents containing details regarding the islands, which Uttar Kannada Deputy Commissioner Mullai Muhilan sent to the Inspector General by marking their latitude and longitude. Read More

17:46 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Bengaluru: Doctor loses Rs 50k after ordering wine bottle

A 35-year-old Bengaluru doctor lost Rs 50,000 in a phishing scam while ordering a wine bottle online.

Dr Keerthi (name changed), a resident of Victoria Layout in Bengaluru, approached police in the second week of October, although the incident occurred on September 23. Police sources said that Dr Keerthi had ordered a wine bottle online and she was asked to pay in advance. Keerthi shared her debit card number and a One Time Password (OTP) with the person who contacted her and Rs 50,708 was siphoned from her account within minutes.

A police official said, “The woman fell victim to an online racket.” Central CEN police have registered a case and a probe is underway.  (ENS)

Prof Venugopal said the initial intake of the course is 30 seats each for BA and BSc. (File)

Bangalore university will start it's four-year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Honoours degree courses after the implementation of National Education Policy (NEP) from the academic year 2021-22.

According to the Vice Chancellor of the varsity Prof Venugopal, "The courses are skill-based, choice-based and cross-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary in nature that would provide the students the option of electives across the disciplines as per the objectives of the new NEP."

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