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Bengaluru News Highlights: Karnataka CM on two-day visit to Delhi

The IMD has issued a yellow alert for Bengaluru Rural and Bengaluru Urban, apart from Mysuru, Mandya, Hassan, Chamarajanagar, Ramangar, Shivamogga and Kodagu districts on November 10 and 11.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: November 11, 2021 8:43:18 am
BommaiChief Minister Basavaraj Bommai (File photo)

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai is in the national capital on a two-day visit. Speaking to reporters, Bommai said he has come to Delhi to meet several ministers to discuss state issues and also attend a media conclave. Bommai said he also plans to meet BJP National President JP Nadda if he gets an appointment either Wednesday or Thursday.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru is likely to see very light to light rains in BBMP area in the next 24 hours, according to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre. The India Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for Bengaluru Rural and Bengaluru Urban, apart from Mysuru, Mandya, Hassan, Chamarajanagar, Ramangar, Shivamogga and Kodagu districts on November 10 and 11. The IMD said the districts will experience rainfall owing to the formation of cyclonic depression over the Bay of Bengal.

In other news, Karnataka has achieved a Covid-19 vaccination coverage of 89 per cent in the first dose and 48 per cent in the second, Health Minister K Sudhakar said on Tuesday as he urged the people to take both shots and not let their guard down, news agency PTI reported.

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IMD issues yellow alert; Karnataka has Covid-19 vaccination coverage of 89% in first dose; MLC polls on December 10. Read highlights

20:31 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Covid-19 pandemic nudged Karnataka to digitise, ensure inclusivity in education: C N Ashwathnarayan

Digitising content during the Covid-19 pandemic to enable continuous learning at higher educational institutions have set the state government moving in the right direction to ensure inclusivity in education while beginning to implement the new National Education Policy (NEP-2020), Karnataka Higher Education Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said on Wednesday.

"While content is being provided through the newly developed Learning Management System (LMS), internet-enabled smart classes are being developed across the state. The government is also providing a device to each student in polytechnic, engineering and degree institutions to ensure students even beyond Bengaluru are not deprived of any learning facility," he explained.

19:31 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Karnataka to fast-track languishing railway projects

Karnataka Infrastructure Development Minister V Somanna on Wednesday said that the state will fast-track railway projects that are languishing since 2007, in a time-bound manner. He said, the cost of most of these projects have almost doubled

"Within 15-20 days, land acquisition and other hurdles will be cleared in a time bound manner,'" Somanna said. According to Somanna, the cost of the Tumakuru-Rayadurg line has gone up from Rs 479 crore to Rs 2,432 crore, Ginigera-Raichur from Rs 1,350 crore to Rs 2,565 crore, Bagalkot-Kudachi from Rs 816 crore to Rs 1,525 crore and Tumakuru-Chitradurga-Davangere from Rs 1,801 crore to Rs 2,161 crore.

Karnataka has a 50 per cent share in the cost of these projects.

Other than these four, the other railway projects that have been languishing and will be expedited are Munirabad-Mehaboobanagar; Gadag-Wadi; Shivamogga-Shikaripura-Ranebennur; Chikkamagaluru-Belur; Belur-Hassan and Dharwad- Belagavi (which is yet to start). (PTI)

18:53 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Who is warrior woman Onake Obavva whose birth anniversary Karnataka is set to celebrate?

From this year, the Karnataka government has decided to celebrate ‘Onake Obavva Jayanti’ on November 11 throughout the state. A government order Tuesday stated that the Kannada and culture department has proposed a state-sponsored celebration of the birth anniversary of Onake Obavva, a woman warrior who fought the forces of Hyder Ali single-handedly with a pestle (‘onake’ in Kannada) in Chitradurga in the 18th century.

Read more about Onake Obavva and her legacy in our Explainer here.

18:29 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Ramesh Jarkiholi sex CD case: Karnataka HC asks SIT chief to examine probe reports

The Karnataka High Court has directed the head of a Special Investigation Team of the Bengaluru police to examine reports prepared by his colleagues on a sexual assault allegation case against Ramesh Jarkiholi and a counter-complaint of extortion filed by the former BJP minister.

Earlier this year, in July, the SIT had placed reports of its investigation into sexual assault and extortion complaints before the high court while seeking permission to file them in a lower court. Read more

16:47 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Price of vegetables in Karnataka

Following are today's vegetable rates quoted at Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC): Rates in Rs per quintal.
Cauliflower 1000-4500, Brinjal 800-4500, Tomato 300-5600, Bitter Gourd 1000-3000, Bottle Gourd 800-2500, Ash Gourd 800-2000, Green Chilli 1000-4500, Banana Green 800-3600, Beans 1000-4000, Green Ginger 600-5000, Carrot 1000-5200, Cabbage 200-2000, Ladies Finger 800-3600, Snakegourd 1000-2300, Beetroot 600-3200, Cucumber 200-1800, Ridge Gourd 1000-4800, Radish 500-3600, Capsicum 1500-10000, Drumstick 3000-10000, Sweet Pumpkin 300-1600, Knoll Khol 1182-8000, Lime 200-4000. (PTI)

15:16 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Private resort encroaches deemed forest land in Sakleshpura to construct road and entertainment zone

A private resort at Sakleshpura taluk in Karnataka’s Hassan district has allegedly encroached on the forest land by constructing a road, four cottages and an entertainment zone.

Google Earth images shared by the forest department officials show how a valley of forests in Western Ghats of Sakleshpura, Hassan District, have been plundered to build a resort. The resort owners, as pointed out by the forest department, have allegedly cut a road through the deemed forest illegally.

The forest department officials say that the entire violation was done in connivance with revenue officials who manipulated the sketch of the resort. Read more

14:44 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Karnataka CM on visit to Delhi; to meet Union ministers

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai is in the national capital on a two-day visit to meet several Union ministers as well the BJP National President J P Nadda to discuss state issues.

Speaking to reporters, Bommai said he has come to Delhi to meet several union ministers and also attend a media conclave. Bommai said he also plans to meet Nadda if he gets an appointment either Wednesday or Thursday. (PTI)

13:51 (IST)10 Nov 2021
BBMP Powrakarmikara Sangha holds protest in Bengaluru

BBMP Powrakarmikara Sangha (Sanitation Workers' Group) is holding a protest at Mayo hall, MG road highlighting the various problems faced by powrakarmikas.Their demands are that all powrakarmikas, including drivers and helpers, be made permanent employees and their wages be increased to Rs. 35,000.

They are also demanding a provision for housing, school fees for children, and other basic amenities, including toilets and restrooms. This is part of the Powrakarmika Jaatha that started on 9th October.

12:27 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Weather forecast for Bengaluru and Karnataka

Isolated to widespread very light to light rains are likely over south interior Karnataka districts and isolated to scattered very light to light rains are likely over Malnad and Coastal Karnataka regions on Wednesday, according to rainfall forecast issued on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, north interior Karnataka region is very likely to see dry weather. 

According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, very light to light rains will be likely over the BBMP area. 

12:05 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Pub owner and staff booked for assaulting GST officer

The Bengaluru city police has registered a case against a pub owner and his staff for allegedly assaulting a Goods and Service Tax (GST) official. The complainant in the case, Vinay Nandal, a GST inspector and resident of Domlur, said the incident took place after midnight on November 5, when he was at Happy Brew pub in Koramangala.   

According to the complaint, Vinay went to the pub at 8 pm. Around 10.30 pm, a person came to him and asked who he was, to which Vinay identified himself as a GST officer. Then, around 12.30 am, pub owner Rakesh Gowda came up to him and asked him to pay the bill. Over the next 30 minutes, Gowda, bouncers and others assuming Vinay was a fake GST officer, sought his ID card. (Read more)

12:04 (IST)10 Nov 2021
AQI in Bengaluru today

Here is the Air Quality Index for different parts of Bengaluru as of 11 am on Nov 10. An AQI of 0-50 is considered "Good", with minimal health impact. If the AQI is between 51 and 100, it is termed as "Satisfactory", and warns of minor breathing discomfort to sensitive people. An AQI of 101 to 200 is termed as "Moderate" and warns of breathing discomfort to the people with lungs, asthma and heart diseases. The highest band is termed "Severe" (401 to 500).

BTM Layout: 93 (Satisfactory)
BWSSB Kadubeesanahalli: 76 (Satisfactory)
Bapuji Nagar: 174 (Moderate)
City Railway Station: 87 (Satisfactory)
Hebbal: 104 (Moderate)
Hombegowda Nagar: 97 (Satisfactory)
Jayanagar 5th block: 146 (Moderate)
Peenya: 57 (Satisfactory)

11:34 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Karnataka: Hacker Srikrishna gets bail

Accused hacker, Sriki alias Srikrishna who was recently arrested in a brawl has secured conditional bail on Tuesday by a local court in Bengaluru. 

Srikrishna who was out on bail was arrested with his friend Vishnu Bhat for allegedly misbehaving, manhandling and trespassing at the Royal Orchid hotel located on Old Airport road. The court on Tuesday granted bail to Srikrishna while Vishnu Bhat who faces charges of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) act is in police custody till Thursday.  

11:31 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Biography on Former Prime Minister Deve Gowda to release on Nov 29

A biography on former Prime Minister of India,  H D Deve Gowda written by senior journalist Sugata Srinivasaraju will be released on November 29.

The book – ‘Furrows in a field -The Unexplored Life of H.D. Deve Gowda' gives an account of the highs and lows of Gowda’s journey in national and regional politics.

The book will be launched formally in Delhi during the winter session of Parliament.

10:59 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Bommai likely to meet PM on Nov 11

Ahead of his trip to New Delhi on Wednesday, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said he is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 11 and is scheduled to meet several central ministers on issues concerning the state's projects.

The Chief Minister, who is also likely to meet BJP national leadership during the visit, did not completely rule out the possibility of discussion on cabinet expansion.

"I'm leaving for Delhi today, where I will be meeting central ministers and I have sought time to meet the Prime Minister, the appointment is expected for tomorrow," Bommai said. (PTI)

09:41 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Fuel prices in Bengaluru today

Petrol: Rs 100.58
Diesel: Rs 85.01

09:20 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Cricket: Bengal stun Karnataka to storm into quarters; Mumbai ousted

Bengal stunned heavyweights Karnataka by seven wickets with inspirational performances from pacer Mukesh Kumar and opener Abhimanyu Easwaran to storm into the Syed Mushtaq Ali quarter-finals in Guwahati on Tuesday.

Karnataka however are still in contention having qualified as the second team from the group and will be among six second placed teams fighting for remaining three quarter-final places. (PTI)

09:19 (IST)10 Nov 2021
BJP to launch four-day Jan Swaraj Yatra from November 18

The BJP will launch a four-day 'Jan Swaraj Yatra' across Karnataka from November 18 with an eye on winning the coming taluk panchayat and district panchayat elections, the party's state spokesperson Ganesh Karnik said here on Tuesday.

"We are launching 'Jan Swaraj Yatra' for four days from November 18. Four teams will travel across the four corners of the state for four days with a focus on winning the Taluk and district Panchayat elections," he said. (PTI)

09:18 (IST)10 Nov 2021
Bengaluru Tech Summit from November 17-19; Venkaiah Naidu to inaugurate

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the 24th edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit 2021 in Bengaluru according to C.N Ashwath Narayan, Karnataka’s Minister for Electronics, IT, BT and S&T, Higher Education, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Livelihood. 

The summit will be organised by the Department of Electronics, IT & BT of the Government of Karnataka jointly with Software Technology Parks of India, from November 17-19. 

Speaking at the curtain raiser event on Tuesday Narayan said, “the technological innovations are redefining the future, and it is in this context that Bengaluru Tech Summit 2021 becomes more relevant. It has emerged as a trendsetter event globally and has become India’s leading technology summit.”

More than 30 countries, including Japan, Sweden, UK, Canada, Australia,Israel, Germany, France, Lithuania, Switzerland, Vietnam, Taiwan, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland and other members of the European Union are expected to participate in the summit. The summit is scheduled to have 300 speakers, over 20,000 exhibitors, over 5000 start ups, and expect an overall digital reach to over a half a million people.

09:17 (IST)10 Nov 2021
List of probable candidates for MLC elections to be sent to BJP parliamentary board soon: CM Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said the list of probable candidates for the MLC elections will be sent to the party's parliamentary board in a day or two.

Amid hectic political activities against the backdrop of the MLC elections for 25 seats to be held on December 10, Bommai said the lists have already arrived from the district but it will be discussed further.

"Discussions were held regarding the MLC elections including the four graduate and teachers constituencies. We have obtained details from the districts. Tomorrow or the day after, the list will be sent to the parliamentary board of our party," the Chief Minister told reporters after the BJP core committee meeting. (PTI)

22:33 (IST)09 Nov 2021
HAL collaborates with ZeroAvia to develop hydrogen-electric powertrain for Dornier 228 Zero-Emission Aircraft

On Tuesday, zero emission passenger aircraft manufacturer ZeroAvia announced collaboration with the state-owned aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to develop a hydrogen-electric powertrain capable of flying the 19-seat Dornier 228 aircraft up to 500 NM.

“HAL intends to work with ZeroAvia to develop a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to allow retrofit of existing airframes for both Indian military and worldwide operators. HAL also intends to continue to build new aircraft with additional FAA approval, designated Hindustan-228, creating the opportunity to incorporate ZeroAvia’s ZA600 zero-emission engines. Additionally, HAL and ZeroAvia engineers will integrate ZeroAvia’s ZA600 hydrogen-electric powertrain into the Dornier 228 airframe. ZeroAvia will work closely with HAL and aircraft regulators during this project to ensure that aircraft meet both safety and operational requirements,” ZeroAvia said in a statement. Read More

Night curfew which was being imposed from 10 pm to 5 am has been withdrawn. (File)

IMD issues yellow alert for Bengaluru, other regions of Karnataka

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for Bengaluru Rural and Bengaluru Urban, apart from Mysuru, Mandya, Hassan, Chamarajanagar, Ramangar, Shivamogga and Kodagu districts on November 10 and 11.

The IMD said the districts will experience rainfall owing to the formation of cyclonic depression over the Bay of Bengal. The weather agency added that the depression will move towards the coast of Tamil Nadu, leading to heavy rainfall in adjacent Karnataka.

Bommai likely to meet PM Modi on Nov 11

Ahead of his trip to New Delhi on Wednesday, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said he is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 11 and is scheduled to meet several central ministers on issues concerning the state's projects.

The Chief Minister, who is also likely to meet BJP national leadership during the visit, did not completely rule out the possibility of discussion on cabinet expansion. "I'm leaving for Delhi today, where I will be meeting central ministers and I have sought time to meet the Prime Minister, the appointment is expected for tomorrow," Bommai said.

BJP to launch four-day Jan Swaraj Yatra from November 18

The BJP will launch a four-day 'Jan Swaraj Yatra' across Karnataka from November 18 with an eye on winning the coming taluk panchayat and district panchayat elections, the party's state spokesperson Ganesh Karnik said here on Tuesday.

"We are launching 'Jan Swaraj Yatra' for four days from November 18. Four teams will travel across the four corners of the state for four days with a focus on winning the Taluk and district Panchayat elections," he said.

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