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🔴 Bangalore Covid-19 Cases Highlights, Bengaluru, Karnataka Omicron Strain News Latest Updates, Bangalore Travel Guidelines, 8 December: Group Captain Varun Singh was the lone survivor of the chopper crash in Coonoor in which Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 other people were killed on Wednesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: December 10, 2021 8:05:13 am
Rescue operation near the wreckage of the crashed IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. (PTI)

Bangalore Highlights: Indian Air Force’s Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the Coonoor military chopper crash, airlifted to Command Hospital, Bengaluru for further treatment. He was being treated for injuries at the Military Hospital in Wellington.

IAF Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the helicopter crash that killed Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and 12 others, is being shifted to Bengaluru from the Army hospital at Wellington in Tamil Nadu, his father said on Thursday. The crash took place near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

In Covid-related news, a decision on Covid-19 management and guidelines would be decided at the cabinet meeting to be held on Thursday, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said. Earlier on Wednesday, the CM hinted that new Covid-19 guidelines could be brought out in view of the infections appearing in clusters

Meanwhile, Karnataka recorded 399 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, as per the bulletin issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare. As many as six deaths were also reported.  There are 7255 active cases in the state and the total number of cases and deaths stand at 29,99,098 and 38,249, respectively.


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22:08 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Karnataka Governor, CM visit lone survivor of Coonoor crash

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai visited the Air Force Command Hospital in Bengaluru, where Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the Coonoor chopper crash, in which CDS Bipin Rawat and 12 others died, is undergoing treatment.

Singh was airlifted on Thursday to Bengaluru from the Military Hospital in Wellington.

20:28 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Tunga Arathi mantaps in South on the lines of Ganga Arathi in Kashi: CM Bommai

A project to build Tunga Arathi mantaps in the south on the lines of Ganga Arathi in Kashi at a cost of Rs30cr would be launched on January 14,15 as part of Hara Jathre, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said 

Speaking after releasing the Logo, audio record and T-shirt of Hara Jathre being organised by Panchamasali Gurupeetha based in Harihar, he said, Hara in spiritual domain means power, in regular life it means the almighty God who resolves all the problems in the world. Those who have faith in Hara will get all their problems resolved. 

Panchamasali community has a long history. It is predominantly agrarian community. But according to the needs of 21st century they need to get highly educated, excel in all the fields. The pontif of the community has shown the path in this regard, Bommai said.

17:52 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Lone survivor of Coonoor chopper crash shifted to Command Hospital

Indian Air Force’s Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the Coonoor military chopper crash, has been shifted to Command Hospital, Bengaluru for further treatment, ANI reported.

15:20 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Karnataka first among major states for first dose Covid-19 vaccine coverage: Health Min

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Thursday said that the state has moved up to the “first position among major states in the country” in terms of first-dose vaccination coverage against Covid-19. 

He explained that the state surpassed Gujarat on December 8 (Wednesday) with 94.38 per cent of its adult population being confirmed to receive the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. “While 4,89,16,000 is the adult population in Karnataka, 4,61,69,277 first doses of the vaccine have been administered as in December 8,” he stated to conclude at the said share of vaccination coverage. 

Later, in a tweet, Sudhakar shared statistics to indicate Gujarat (94.37 per cent) and Madhya Pradesh (93.77 per cent) trailing behind the state in second and third positions respectively.

14:05 (IST)09 Dec 2021
TAC says ‘nothing to worry’ on Omicron developments: CM Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Thursday said that there was “nothing to worry about” on the pandemic situation in the state following detection of cases with the new Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus. 

Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting in Bengaluru, Bommai said that the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) had apprised the government about the situation. “TAC Chairman Dr Sudarshan (M K ) told us there is nothing to worry about that,” he told in response to questions on Omicron concerns in the state. CM Bommai added that Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar suggested to continue special vaccination drives to enhance coverage among those from the eligible population.

14:05 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Gen. Rawat wanted India to be Atma Nirbhar in Defence Production: CM Bommai

Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat was a strong votary for Atma Nirbhar in Defence Production and was instrumental in starting indigenous production of many arms and equipment within the country, CM Basavaraj Bommai said on Thursday. 

Speaking to reporters at Vidhana Soudha he said, Gen. Rawat had a big role in inspiring DRDO and other organisations to excel in their achievements in defence production. Apart from innovation and development of modern weapon systems and equipment, he pushed for transfer of technology to encourage participation of private sector also in defence production.

The nation is shocked at the tragic accident that snatched the life of Gen.Rawat who was the head of all the three wings of armed forces. IAF is conducting an inquiry into the mishap. Gen Rawat always led from the front, Bommai said.

13:36 (IST)09 Dec 2021
UAS Bangalore ranked best among south Indian agricultural varsities

The University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore (UAS-B) has been ranked best among south Indian agricultural universities by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for 2020-21. Nationally, UAS-B has been ranked third, among 67 state-run varsities in the same sector. 

According to ICAR, factors such as faculty-student ratio, students’ performance, percentage of students qualifying in NET, and research excellence (patents granted, varieties released, technologies developed), were looked into for the rankings, among other parameters. 

While ICAR rankings are expected to assist universities to assess themselves on quality, it also allows students to make informed choices to pursue studies in their relevant areas of interest.

13:28 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Lone survivor Group Captain Varun Singh being shifted to Bengaluru, says his father

IAF Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the helicopter crash that killed Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and 12 others, is being shifted to Bengaluru from the Army hospital at Wellington in Tamil Nadu, his father said on Thursday.

Talking to PTI over phone, Group Captain Varun Singh's father Colonel K P Singh (retired), who is a resident of Bhopal, said, "He is being shifted to Bengaluru. I have reached Wellington." Asked about his son's condition, he said, "I can't say anything about that...I am not sure." 

Group Captain Varun Singh
Group Captain Varun Singh. (right) A photo of the wreckage in Coonoor.

Lt Colonel Ishan R (retired), who lives next door to Col K P Singh's residence at Sun City on the Airport Road in Bhopal, said he was hopeful that Group Captain Varun Singh will recover. He said Col K P Singh and his wife Uma were in Mumbai at the place of their younger son Tanuj, who is Lt Commander in the Navy, when they got the unfortunate news on Wednesday.

"I spoke to Colonel K P Singh this morning. He said his son was a fighter and will come out victorious (from the tragedy)," he said. (PTI)

12:34 (IST)09 Dec 2021
KSLU protests spread to Bengaluru from Hubballi

Protests held by students of colleges affiliated to the Karnataka State Law University (KSLU) against the varsity’s decision to hold offline exams spread to Bengaluru on Thursday. 

The protests —held with support from the state chapters of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) — had begun outside KSLU in Hubballi on Monday (December 6). 

Agitated students have suggested options such as open book, assignment-based or online examinations as an alternative. 

KSLU is yet to respond to the protests.

10:46 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Mangaluru airport starts facilities to screen international passengers

The Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) in Karnataka has put in place all measures to implement Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest Covid-19 guidelines for international passengers arriving in India.

The airport authority has set up a waiting area that can accommodate 123 passengers, four registration counters and four sampling booths, including one stand-by, and 70 RT-PCR machines that will give the report in 30 minutes, according to a statement by the MIA.

Sanitisation and cleaning are being carried out at regular intervals in the testing areas. Seating arrangements have been made for the passengers on arrival, airport spokesperson said in the statement. Passengers will also be able to register for their test using the QR codes displayed at strategic locations in the arrival corridor. MIA will also start facility of online booking of the RT-PCR test soon.

10:17 (IST)09 Dec 2021
France keen to set up 'Indo-French Campus Institute' in Karnataka, says Minister

According to a release from his office, the Minister said this after meeting with newly appointed Consul General of France for Bengaluru, Thierry Berthelot, in the city.The French delegation had been suggested to set up the intended campus in the Bengaluru City University, Narayan said.

Further noting that France is interested to provide courses under Health Category which include Biotech to Artificial Intelligence, Drugs & Health Products, Pharmaceutical Management, Advanced Pharmaceutical Engineering, he said under the 'Industry 4.0' category, it wishes to commence courses of Cyber Security, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, etc, and under Ecology category it wants to commence courses of Biodiversity, Climate Change, Greener Economy. Those who study the above courses will be awarded Joint Degrees (Indo-French Degrees), he added. (PTI)

10:15 (IST)09 Dec 2021
Karnataka Higher Education Council to sign MoU with NSE Academy

NSE Academy and Karnataka Higher Education Council on Wednesday said they have decided to enter into an MoU (memorandum of understanding) to provide financial awareness for holistic well-being of college students.

According to State's Higher Education Minister C N Ashwath Narayan, NSE Academy has already introduced this program in seven States of the country and about 70 lakh students have been trained. (PTI)

22:42 (IST)08 Dec 2021
International travellers, subjected to mandatory RT-PCR testing at Bengaluru airport, complain of data connectivity issues

With the Karnataka government implementing a policy of mandatory RT-PCR testing of all foreign arrivals in Bengaluru – even those from the US who transit via Europe – one of the problems passengers are facing on arrival in Bengaluru, apart from long waits, is data connectivity that will enable them to go through the process of testing and receiving their reports on their devices.

Several passengers who have landed in Bengaluru since the mandatory RT-PCR testing norms came into force - after the emergence of the new Omicron variant of the Covid 19 virus last week – have found themselves in a spot at the airport since much of the testing process involves usage of mobile phones with a working net connection on arrival. Read More

20:48 (IST)08 Dec 2021
Most BMTC AC buses stay off roads as passenger demand plummets

Bengaluru, December 8: The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has been running only 200 air-conditioned (AC) buses in the last few months, whereas the remaining 660 units of its 860-strong AC bus fleet have not been operated since the imposition of the pandemic-induced lockdown in March last year, sources said.

When asked why all the buses are not being put into service, a BMTC officer said there was hardly any demand for the buses on most routes. “During pre-Covid times, these buses used to cater to people employed in the Information Technology sector. But as many now work from home, there is no demand for these buses,” the BMTC officer told Darshan Devaiah BP reports

20:00 (IST)08 Dec 2021
Karnataka names hospitals to treat Omicron cases

The Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Department Wednesday officially notified two dedicated hospitals to treat Omicron cases, if more international passengers test positive for the infection.

As per a circular issued by State Health Commissioner D Randeep, Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital (in Bengaluru) and Wenlock Hospital (in Mangaluru) will serve as dedicated Covid19 hospitals (including Omicron cases) if international returnees from 'at risk' countries test positive on arrival at the respective airports.

19:57 (IST)08 Dec 2021
Karnataka reports 399 new Covid-19 cases, six deaths

Meanwhile, Karnataka recorded 399 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, as per the bulletin issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare. As many as six deaths were also reported.  There are 7255 active cases in the state and the total number of cases and deaths stand at 29,99,098 and 38,249, respectively.

19:41 (IST)08 Dec 2021
CM condoles death of General Bipin Rawat

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has expressed his grief on the death of Chief of Defence Staff, Gen.Bipin Rawat.

"The death of Gen.Rawat, his wife, and other defence personnel in the helicopter crash is most shocking and unfortunate. I pray to the almighty to give the strength to his family to withstand this loss," Bommai said in his condolence message.

18:16 (IST)08 Dec 2021
Cabinet to decide on Covid-19 management and guidelines: CM Basavaraj Bommai

Decision on Covid management and guidelines would be decided at the cabinet meeting to be held tomorrow, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.

Details were obtained on Covid situation in various districts and clusters; primary and secondary contacts of new Omicron patients, the standard protocol being followed for management, and treatment of Omicron cases in various countries, he said after a meeting with officials. 

16:49 (IST)08 Dec 2021
Unfortunate incident: Karnataka CM Bommai on military chopper crash in TN

Terming the IAF helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu as an "unfortunate incident", Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Wednesday said he hoped that everyone on board the chopper, including Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, are safe.

An IAF chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu's Coonoor on Wednesday in which CDS General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with 14 others.

"I am in shock after receiving the news about the chopper crash. This is a very unfortunate accident," Bommai said in Bengaluru.

The IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter was airborne from Sulur for Wellington, where Gen Rawat, along with Chief of Army Staff MM Naravane, was slated to participate in an event at the Defence Staff College. 

14:24 (IST)08 Dec 2021
1.77 lakh acres of forest land encroached in Karnataka: Report

More than 1,77,997 acres of forest land has been encroached across Karnataka, as per a state forest department report. The report, accessed by The Indian Express, states that there are 1,01,017 instances of forest land encroachment in the state, categorised into two; those below three acres and those above three acres.

In 2015, the Karnataka government ordered the forest department not to evict encroachments of less than three acres. (Representative image)

It is leant that no action has been taken against these encroachments. Forest officials say that due to political pressure, not even an inch of land has been retrieved from the encroachers over the years. (Read more)

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