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Bangalore News highlights: Karnataka reports third case of Omicron

🔴 The state also achieved another feat of over eight crore vaccinations including first and second dose with 2,80,534 vaccinations on Saturday

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: December 13, 2021 10:42:27 am
Bangalore Today Live Update, News Bangalore LiveBeneficiaries wait to receive a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a government hospital amid fear of spread of 'Omicron variant' in Bengaluru. (PTI)

A 34-year-old man Sunday was detected with the Omicron variant of the Covid-19, taking the total count of Omicron in Karnataka to three. “A 34-year-old male returning from South Africa has tested positive. He is isolated and being treated in a govt hospital” Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said.

Karnataka’s Covid tally crossed the 30 lakh mark with 320 fresh Covid-19 cases whereas two deaths took the cumulative fatalities to 38,257, the health department said on Saturday. The state also achieved another feat of over eight crore vaccinations including first and second dose with 2,80,534 vaccinations on Saturday, PTI reported.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Police Saturday registered cases against the users of two Facebook accounts for allegedly posting derogatory messages over the death of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat. The cases were registered in the coastal district of Mangaluru. City Police Commissioner Shashikumar N said action was taken after complaints were filed against the Facebook accounts.

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22:58 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Karnataka: Right-wing groups attack Christians, set their religious books on fire

Alleging forced religious conversion, right-wing groups in Karnataka have reportedly attacked four members of the Christian community and set their religious books on fire. The incident at Srinivasapura in Kolar district on Saturday, which is the latest in a series of communal attacks on Christians in the state, came just a day ahead of the commencement of the Winter Session of the Karnataka Assembly where an anti-conversion Bill is expected to be tabled.

The police said members of right-wing groups attacked four people from the Christian community who had come to a rented accommodation in Srinivasapura to hold discussions on a drive to distribute religious books. But they were allegedly intercepted by members of right-wing groups who first started questioning them, and then snatched away their religious books before burning them. Read more

18:27 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Karnataka minister assures assistance to Group Captain Varun Singh injured in chopper crash

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Sunday assured all support and help from the state government to Group Captain Varun Singh, who was injured in the helicopter crash which resulted in the death of Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and others in Tamil Nadu.

The minister on Sunday visited the Command Hospital in the city where Varun Singh is undergoing treatment. He prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured, assured all support and help from the state government, the minister's office said in a statement. Varun Singh survived in the helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday last, in which Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others died. (PTI)

14:25 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Following opposition from seers, Karnataka looks for alternatives to egg in mid-day meal

Following opposition from seers of various mutts in the state, the Karnataka government has begun “exploring options” to find an alternative to boiled eggs in mid-day meal as it looks to tackle malnourishment among school children in various parts of the state.

“The decision to include boiled eggs in the mid-day meal scheme was based on surveys and reports from the Centre that indicated malnourishment persisting among children. We also had inputs from experts that egg was the best-known single source of protein. This led to its inclusion in the mid-day meal scheme to help children combat malnutrition,” Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh explained.

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13:40 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Karnataka reports third case of Omicron
12:24 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Karnataka: Woman dies after self-styled godman beats her up to ‘cure’ headache

A 37-year-old woman died on Wednesday morning after a self-styled godman allegedly hit her in the head after claiming that he could cure her headache in Karnataka’s Hassan district.

The victim is identified as Parvathi, a resident of Gowdarahalli in Hassan and the accused is identified as Manu (42) of Bekka village in the same district. The accused is absconding, said the police.

The incident came to light when Parvathi’s daughter Chaitra filed a police complaint with Shravanabelagola police on Thursday. The police said that a doctor of Channarayapatna government hospital also alerted them about it and a murder case was registered.

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11:39 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra visits Command Hospital to enquire about Varun Singh's health

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra Sunday visited the Command Hospital in Bengaluru to enquire about the health of group captain Varun Singh, who is the lone survivor of the helicopter crash in Nilgiris that killed 13 people including the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat. Singh was shifted from Wellington in Tamil Nadu to Command Hospital on Thursday to Command hospital in Bengaluru. Karnataka police chief Praveen Sood was also present on the occasion.

11:24 (IST)12 Dec 2021
No compromise with cyber criminals: CM Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said there should be no compromise against cyber criminals even as he gave a clarion call to wage a war on cyber crimes. "Go after the cyber criminals. Come what may there should be no compromise. We have zero tolerance for them and the time has come to wage a war on cyber crimes," Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said at the launch of 'Cyber Secure Karnataka' campaign.

The programme was organised by Youth Empowerment and Sports Department of Karnataka. Bommai said the state has introduced the Credit Information Report (CIR) number system, which is the first of its kind in the entire country, wherein an FIR would be registered and bank accounts of the victim and the offenders would be frozen following just a mobile phone communication. (PTI)

10:50 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Two Facebook users booked in Karnataka for ‘derogatory’ posts on General Bipin Rawat

Karnataka Police Saturday registered cases against the users of two Facebook accounts for allegedly posting derogatory messages over the death of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat. The cases were registered in the coastal district of Mangaluru. City Police Commissioner Shashikumar N said action was taken after complaints were filed against the Facebook accounts.

The case was registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 505(1) (whoever makes, publishes or circulates any statement, rumour or report), 505 (2) (statements conducing to public mischief) and 505 (1) (a) (with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, any officer, soldier to mutiny or otherwise disregard or fail in his duty as such).

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10:18 (IST)12 Dec 2021
From sir, with love, in Karnataka: Students hit him, he says forgive them

They tease him, hit him and run away, twice overturn a trash can on his head, and brazenly make videos of the same. But, at the end of the day, Prakash Bogar, a 59-year-old government school teacher months before his retirement, may have taught six boys of Class 10 at a school in Davangere a lesson they may never forget.

As videos of the students’ treatment of their Hindi teacher went viral via Facebook on Friday and reached Bengaluru, 270 km away, Bogar put a stop to the outrage with a plea: “Please forgive those students, don’t file any case against them or dismiss them from classes.”

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10:01 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Karnataka anti-conversion Bill will target Christians: State Congress chief Shivakumar

As the BJP-led government in Karnataka mulls introducing an anti-conversion law, the state Congress has vowed to oppose it during the upcoming Winter Session of the Assembly, alleging that it is aimed to target the Christians. “In whatever form the Government introduces the Bill, we will oppose it,” Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D K Shivakumar said.

He added, “The government is attempting to undermine the contributions of the Christian community in education and other fields by proposing this (anti-conversion) law. This is being done by the party with an eye on the 2023 Assembly polls.”

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09:32 (IST)12 Dec 2021
In the name of ‘development’, Bengaluru’s Ullal Lake is now a stinking bed of sewage

“I have seen this lake filled with fresh water, a haven for birds and fish but today, it seems that a last nail on the coffin is being hit,” says D S Gowda, a resident of Sir M Vishweshwaraiah Layout and president of the local resident welfare association.

The Ullal Lake, which sprawls over an area of 31.1 acre in the south-western part of Bengaluru, has lost its charm in the last one decade. Local residents say unplanned development activities of the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), encroachment of the lake bed and lack of maintenance by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) are the prime reasons for its pathetic state today.

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09:05 (IST)12 Dec 2021
Karnataka sees 320 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

Karnataka’s Covid tally crossed the 30 lakh mark with 320 fresh Covid-19 cases whereas two deaths took the cumulative fatalities to 38,257, the health department said on Saturday. The state also achieved another feat of over eight crore vaccinations including first and second dose with 2,80,534 vaccinations on Saturday, PTI reported.

In its Covid bulletin, the department said the state has reported 30,00,105 infections since the outbreak of Covid last year. The department added that 317 people were discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,54,513. Active cases stood at 7,306. (PTI)

23:20 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Moral remains of Lance Naik B Sai Teja to be taken to Chitoor tomorrow

The mortal remains of Lance Naik B Sai Teja, who died in Wednesday's helicopter crash, will be taken from Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore to Chitoor by road at 5.00 am on Sunday . There will be a wreath laying ceremony near the mortuary at 5.00 am.

23:16 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Punjab Police wins Police Hockey Championship against ITBP-Jalandhar

Punjab Police beat ITBP, Jalandhar in the final to clinch 70th All-India Police Hockey Championship held in Bengaluru on Saturday. Punjab police beat ITBP Jalandhar by a margin of 7-1 in the finals.

19:46 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Take strict action on those celebrating Rawat's death, Karnataka Home Minister tells State police

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Saturday directed the Director General of Police Praveen Sood to identify and punish those who post derogatory remarks on social media against the Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat who, along with his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others, was killed in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu on December 8.

The Minister has instructed Sood that there should not be any delay in identifying and initiating stringent action against those who are celebrating the untimely death of General Rawat, Jnanendra's office said in a statement. "Find out the residential addresses of those criminals who post such remarks on the social media celebrating the death of the proud son of India, as they are anti-nationals, and punish them befitting their distorted minds," the Minister told Sood. --PTI

14:35 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to inaugurate BEL exhibition on Dec 13

As part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, the Bengaluru unit of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is organising an exhibition from December 13-19, highlighting its contributions to the nation’s growth in the field of defence electronics and allied areas. The exhibition will be inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday.

 

The exhibition will provide a first-hand glimpse of various iconic and marquee products manufactured by BEL for use by the country’s defence forces. Open to students and the public, the exhibition will be conducted by strictly adhering to all Covid protocols.

Around 30,000 people are expected to visit the venue, including local authorities, elected representatives and students from professional institutions, besides members of the public. 

13:53 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Lance Naik Sai Teja's body arrives in Bengaluru

The body of Lance Naik Sai Teja, who passed away in the helicopter accident on Wednesday, has reached Bengaluru on Saturday. Sai Teja died in the helicopter crash where 13 personnel, including Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, was killed. His body arrived at Yelahanka Air Force station.

12:54 (IST)11 Dec 2021
BEL to hold exhibition for public and students 

As part of the celebrations of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Bengaluru Unit is organising an exhibition from 13th to 19th December, highlighting its contribution to the nation’s growth in the field of defence electronics and allied areas. The exhibition will be inaugurated by defence minister Rajanath Singh on 13 December. 


The exhibition will be open for students and the public to have a first hand glimpse of the various iconic and marquee products manufactured by BEL for use by the country’s defence forces. The exhibition will be conducted by strictly adhering to all covid related protocols.

Around 30,000 visitors are expected to visit the exhibition on the above dates, which include local authorities, elected representatives, students from professional institutions, public etc. A line in confirmation will enable us to make the necessary arrangements to enter the premises. In case any assistance is required you may contact Gururaj M, Employee Relations Department on phone number-9845251579.

10:29 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Karnataka govt joins hands with UNDP to improve entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for youth

The Karnataka Department of Youth Empowerment & Sports has signed a Letter of Understanding with UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) on Friday, as part of the state-level initiative 'Code-Unnati' with the aim of improving access to entrepreneurship and employment opportunities among the youth, including women.

The LoU was signed in presence of C N Ashwath Narayan, Minister for Higher Education, IT/BT, and Skill Development.

The initiative involving United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and supported by SAP India lab's CSR strategies will be implemented in 4 districts of Bengaluru Rural, Ramanagara, Dakshina Kannada, and Raichuru to start with, the Minister said. (PTI)

10:29 (IST)11 Dec 2021
Karnataka MLC polls: Over 99% voter turnout, results to have bearing on power equation in Legislative Council

An estimated over 99 per cent voter turnout has been recorded during the biennial election to the Karnataka Legislative Council's 25 seats from 20 Local Authorities' Constituencies on Friday, the results of which will have a bearing on the power equation in the Upper House of the State Legislature.

The polling that began at 8 am on Friday ended at 4 pm. The results will be declared on December 14.

"The polling process concluded peacefully," the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka, said in a statement. According to the tentative poll turnout data shared by it, all the constituencies recorded over 99 per cent turnout till 4 pm. (PTI)

Mangaluru: A jockey rides his buffaloes at the slush track during Kambala competition in Moodabidri on the outskirts of Mangaluru city, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. (PTI Photo)

The Karnataka government has decided to allow travellers testing positive for Covid-19 on arrival at airports in the state to be admitted to private hospitals at their own cost instead of the existing policy where they were admitted in a government facility for treatment. A circular issued by the state health commissioner on Friday said passengers arriving from countries classified as being ‘at-risk countries’ – following the discovery of the Omicron variant of the Covid 19 virus – and testing positive at the airport “can also opt for isolation, treatment and Covid management facilities at notified private health care facilities”. The admission in private facilities “would be with the condition that the prescribed cost shall be entirely borne” by the passengers, the circular has stated.

READ | Karnataka allows travellers testing Covid-19 positive at airports to be admitted to pvt hospitals

The Karnataka Legislative Council polls held Friday recorded an above 99 per cent voter turnout till 4 pm, the state election commission informed. The biennial election to Karnataka Legislative Council’s 25 seats from 20 Local Authorities’ Constituencies began at 8 am and ended at 4 pm. The results will be declared on December 14. The Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in a statement said, “The polling process concluded peacefully across the state.”

READ | Karnataka MLC polls register 99% voter turnout

As part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, the Bengaluru unit of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is organising an exhibition from December 13-19, highlighting its contributions to the nation’s growth in the field of defence electronics and allied areas. The exhibition will be inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday. The exhibition will provide a first-hand glimpse of various iconic and marquee products manufactured by BEL for use by the country’s defence forces. Open to students and the public, the exhibition will be conducted by strictly adhering to all Covid protocols.

READ | Bengaluru: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to inaugurate BEL exhibition on Dec 13

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