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Bengaluru News Highlights: heavy rains inundate roads to Bengaluru airport

Bangalore, Karnataka Highlights: IMD has issued a yellow alert (64.5 mm to 115.5 mm of rain) for Bengaluru with the forecast indicating the city is likely to witness heavy rains over the next few days.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: October 13, 2021 9:37:56 am
A health worker collects swab sample from a person for COVID-19 test, at a market in Bengaluru. (PTI Photo)

Bangalore Highlights: Heavy rain on Monday night led to waterlogging on the roads leading to Bengaluru International Airport where cabs and private vehicles, including buses on their way to the airport, were left stranded while 11 departing flights were delayed due to the adverse weather conditions till 10 pm.

A man was killed due to a short circuit in a house that was flooded after heavy rains in Konappana Agrahara, said Bengaluru west police on Tuesday. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Bengaluru West Division, Sanjeev M Patil, said that there were two people in the house and the other person managed to escape unhurt.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert (64.5 mm to 115.5 mm of rain) for Bengaluru with the forecast indicating the city is likely to witness heavy rains over the next few days. IMD also predicted heavy rains in several other parts of the state in the next few days.

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22:48 (IST)12 Oct 2021
21 died in Karnataka due to rains since October 1: CM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said 21 people have died due to rains that has ravaged several parts of the state since early this month and officials have been directed to give compensation.

The Chief Minister who also took stock of the power situation in the state said, that the government will ensure there are no power cuts. "There have been continuous rains in most parts of the state in October so far. Leaving out two to three districts, there have been 30-50 per cent excess rains in October so far. A total of 21 people have died from October 1-12," Bommai said.

After a meeting with senior officials and Ministers, he said officials have been directed to give compensation to family of those deceased, and ex-gratia of Rs 10,000 to those whose houses have been flooded. (PTI)

21:07 (IST)12 Oct 2021
2023 assembly election in Karnataka will be my last: HD Kumaraswamy

JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy said that the 2023 assembly elections in Karnataka will be his last, and sought an opportunity from the people to independently run a government for five years, so as to implement programmes for the larger public good.

"I have been the Chief Minister twice with your blessings. I have decided that the 2023 assembly election will be my last fight. It is not for me to come to power or become the Chief Minister. With the blessings of God, I have already been Chief Minister twice, despite not having a majority," Kumaraswamy said.

Speaking to party workers and the public, he sought their blessings and support in bringing JD(S) to power independently, for implementing 'Pancharatna', the five fold programme envisaged by him that include quality education, health, housing, farmer welfare and employment. (PTI)

20:58 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Why Bengaluru is receiving more rains this October

An official at the IMD told The Indian Express that the trough between cyclones over Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea have resulted in the heavy downpour in October. “The trough is passing through North interior Karnataka. The low pressure developing in the Bay of Bengal is also contributing to this. In the next 48 hours, Bengaluru will receive thunderstorms. Every year during the month of October and November we witness a similar situation.”

The IMD has already recorded 1,006 mm of rainfall against an annual average of 986.9 mm.

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19:12 (IST)12 Oct 2021
NIA conducts searches in Kerala, TN and Karnataka

National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday conducted searches in as many as 20 locations across Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu pertaining to the alleged conspiracy by the members of Communist Party of India (Maoist), a proscribed terrorist organisation for conducting arms training and other reasons.

According to NIA, CPI (Maoist) allegedly conducted training camp, arms training, flag hoisting and celebrations of the formation day of CPI (Maoist) during September 2016 in Nilambur forest area, Kerala.

Initially the FIR was registered by Edakkara police station in Kerala on 30 September 2017. The Anti-Terrorist Squad of Kerala took up the case in 2020. NIA Kochi took up the case after the inquiry which revealed that the organisation members were allegedly involved in anti-national activities.

18:10 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Karnataka CM Bommai holds closed-door meeting on bypolls

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai held a closed-door meeting on the upcoming by-elections to Hangal and Sindgi Assembly constituencies in Davangere on Monday night.

Hangal and Sindgi in Karnataka will go to the polls on October 30. On Tuesday  Agriculture Minister B C Patil confirmed the meeting and said former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and his son B Y Vijayendra will campaign for BJP in the bypolls and the BJP party would win both seats.

The closed doors meeting was held at the GMIT guest house belonging to Davangere MP GM Siddeshwara. 

The results of the bypolls will be declared on November 2. The tenure of the new MLAs, however, will only be a little more than a year since the next Assembly elections are scheduled for 2023.

17:38 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Unprecedented rains delayed 20 departing flights on Monday: BIAL

The BIAL spokesperson said unprecedented rains  caused waterlogging in parts of the Kerb side of  Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru on Monday evening. “Since its start of operations in 2008, the airport has not seen such unprecedented rain on a single day,” according to the statement. As a result, 20 departing flights between 5.30 pm on Monday till 11.59 pm  were delayed due to the weather conditions and low visibility, following which normal operations resumed.

“Though the drainage system in the Kerb area is working well, the sudden high intensity rain caused water logging for a short duration. Our team was immediately pressed into action and the issue has been resolved. There was water logging at one of the junctions and our traffic staff were present to re-direct traffic,” the spokesperson said.

17:17 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Prohibitory orders extended till October 25 in Bengaluru

Bengaluru police extended prohibitory orders till October 25 to prevent rise in Covid cases

Prohibitory orders that are in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Bengaluru have been extended till 6 am of October 25, said Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant in an order. 

The night curfew will also be in place from 10 pm to 5 am on all days till October 25. 

According to the order, any violations will be dealt with provisions under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020, and also section 188 of the IPC.

15:39 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Girl who attempted suicide for not being able to pay school fees tops Class X boards

After recovering from a suicide attempt when her family failed to pay school fees and the institution denying a hall ticket for the examination, a 16-year-old girl hailing from Koratagere town in Tumakuru district of Karnataka topped the SSLC (Class X) supplementary examination.

Greeshma Nayak, daughter of a farmer, is now hoping to get admission at some good PU college with science (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology).

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13:41 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Power cuts scheduled across the city today

Many parts of Bengaluru city and surrounding areas will face power outages today. Localities like HSR layout, Jayanagar and Kormangala are among the 220 areas where outages are expected. 

Find full list of areas and interruption duration here.

12:30 (IST)12 Oct 2021
IAS officers reshuffled, D Randeep is new Health Commissioner

Senior IAS officer D Randeep has taken over the post of Commissioner, Health and Family Welfare and Ayush Services from K V Trilok Chandra IAS who has been given the former's previous charge of Special Commissioner (Health and IT), Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, Selvakumar S has been transferred and posted as Secretary to Government, Education Department (Primary and Secondary Education), Bengaluru. He will also be in concurrent charge in the post of Secretary to Government, Department of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood, Bengaluru.

11:12 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Four tremors in 3 days in Kalaburagi raise concern

An earthquake measuring 3.5 magnitude on richter scale shook parts of Kalaburagi district on Tuesday morning but no loss of life or damage to property has been reported, authorities said.

This is the sixth earthquake to hit north Karnataka region around Bidar and Kalaburagi since October 1. While two had occurred in Basavakalyan on October 1 and 5, four were recorded in Kalaburagi on October 9, 11 and 12.

The Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority commissioner Manoj Rajan told PTI that he has convened a meeting of the geologists to understand the phenomena. (PTI)

10:16 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Karnataka primary schools to reopen after Dussehra

The Karnataka government will resume offline classes for students in primary schools (Class I to V) after the ongoing Dussehra vacation. The schools were shut nearly 20 months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Karnataka Education Minister B.C. Nagesh said the government will also resume providing cooked midday meals at schools from the same day. “The department is ready and our officials have taken all measures to restart classes at primary schools and to distribute midday meals,” he said in Bengaluru.

“However, we are still in discussion with the Covid-19 technical advisory committee to finalise various guidelines to be followed once schools reopen in a full-fledged manner,” Nagesh said. (Read more)

10:12 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Watch: rains inundate roads to the airport

Bengaluru International Airport where cabs and private vehicles including buses on their way to the airport, were left stranded while 11 departing flights were delayed due to the adverse weather conditions till 10 pm.

The Bengaluru airport police along with teams from the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) were on duty diverting the vehicles and making alternative arrangements for the stranded passengers. Speaking to, DCP Bengaluru North East Division, CK Baba said "Water inundated the taxi lanes and disrupted service at the airport. Now all the roads ar clear for traffic."

10:04 (IST)12 Oct 2021
In soup over comments, minister Sudhakar says ‘had no intention to single out women’

A day after his claim that “modern Indian women want to stay single, are unwilling to give birth even after marriage and desire children by surrogacy” drew flak, Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar issued a clarification on Monday saying that he had “no intention to single out women”.

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar. Express Photo

“Through my address at the World Mental Health Day programme at NIMHANS, I intended to send across the message on how our Indian family value system can address the mental health issues that we are facing today,” Sudhakar said. (Read more)

09:18 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Bengaluru cop who went to arrest robber, saves him from drowning in a well

A Bengaluru police constable who went to arrest a robbery suspect from Tamil Nadu had to climb down 25 feet deep well in the rain at night to save a suspect who had fallen into it while trying to evade arrest.

Meet Yelhanka police station constable Shivakumar Rathod, a 2016 batch police constable. On October 3, Shekar Reddy, a Bengaluru based man was robbed while he was heading on his two wheeler. He had registered a case with Yelahanka police. The CCTV footage showed that the accused were habitual offenders and were tracked.

09:17 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Mysuru Court blasts; 10 years of imprisonment for 2 and 5 years for another convict

A special court in Bengaluru has convicted three Tamil Nadu residents for their involvement in the August 2016 blast at the Mysuru district court and announced the sentence on Monday.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) court sentenced Nainar Abbas Ali  seven years of rigorous imprisonment and three years of simple imprisonment (total 10 years), M Samsun Karim Raja has been sentenced five years of imprisonment and Dawood Sulaiman will have to undergo seven years of rigorous imprisonment and three years of simple imprisonment (total 10 years).

The August 1, 2016, blast at the Mysuru court was one of five carried out by the members of the ‘Base Movement’, which, according to NIA, owes its allegiance to Al Qaeda. (Read more)

08:56 (IST)12 Oct 2021
Man killed due to short circuit in house after heavy rain

A man was killed due to a short circuit in a house that was flooded after heavy rains in Konappana Agrahara, said Bengaluru west police on Tuesday. 

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Bengaluru West Division, Sanjeev M Patil, said that there were two people in the house and the other person managed to escape unhurt. 

"The victim is identified as Venkatesh(56) a painter by profession. His wife was standing on the road when he went inside the house to switch on the electricity," Patil said.

22:25 (IST)11 Oct 2021
373 new Covid-19 cases, 10 more deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka on Monday added 373 fresh Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths, taking the caseload and death toll to 29,81,400 and 37,895, the health department said. The day also saw 611 people being discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,33,570. Active cases stood at 9,906, it added.

Bengaluru Urban accounted for the maximum number of 146 new cases and five deaths. Mysuru was the second major Covid-19 hotspot with 43 fresh infections and two deaths. Other districts too reported fresh cases, including 38 each in Dakshina Kannada and Hassan, 17 in Tumakuru, 15 each in Kodagu and Udupi, 12 in Uttara Kannada and 10 in Mandya.

Apart from Bengaluru and Mysuru, two deaths were reported in Uttara Kannada and one in Dharwad. Bagalkote, Chikkamagaluru, Gadag, Haveri, Vijayapura and Yadgir reported zero infections and zero Covid-19 related deaths. Twenty-seven districts reported zero fatalities, the bulletin said.

A total of 82,853 samples were tested today, taking the cumulative number of specimens examined to 4.88 crore. The number of vaccinations done so far in the state rose to 5.93 crore, with 3,25,664 people being inoculated on Monday, it said. (PTI)

21:50 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Home state Karnataka honours Suhas L Y for Paralympics silver

The Karnataka government on Monday felicitated IAS officer and badminton player Suhas L Yathiraj for winning a silver medal for the country in the recently concluded Tokyo Paralympics 2020, officials said. The Karnataka-born Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer is currently posted as the district magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida) in Uttar Pradesh.

"Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai and Governor Thawer Chand Gehlot felicitated Yathiraj in a programme in Bengaluru on Monday," Gautam Buddh Nagar district information officer Rakesh Singh Chauhan said.

The government handed over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to him and honoured him with a shawl and a turban during the programme, he said.

The 38-year-old Yathiraj had scripted history on September 5 by becoming the first IAS officer to have not only participated but won a medal for India at the Paralympics. The IAS officer, who has an impairment in one of his ankles, had produced an entertaining performance at the global event before narrowly going down 21-15 17-21 15-21 to two-time world champion Mazur in a 62-minute summit clash. (PTI)

20:31 (IST)11 Oct 2021
Rahul should lead Cong as early as possible as Sonia not keeping well: Siddaramaiah

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday said Rahul Gandhi should take up the responsibility of the Congress president and lead the party as early as possible in view of Sonia Gandhi not keeping well.

“I have suggested to Rahul ji that he should become the president of the All India Congress Committee,” Siddaramaiah told reporters here on the sidelines of a function. Read More

Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Sunday claimed that modern Indian women want to stay single, unwilling to give birth even after marriage and desire children by surrogacy.

“Today, I am sorry to say this, lots of modern women in India want to stay single. Even if they get married, they don’t want to give birth. They want surrogacy. So there is a paradigm shift in our thinking, which is not good,” he said during the World Mental Health Day at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Sciences (NIMHANS).

Lamenting the “western influence” on Indian society, the Minister said people are not willing to let their parents be with them.

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