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Bangalore News November 20 Highlights: Karnataka restarts bus services to Kerala; winter session of legislature in Belgavi from Dec 13 to 24

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has restarted bus services from Bengaluru to Kannur, Kasaragod and Kanhangad in Kerala

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: November 22, 2021 8:44:47 am
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has restarted bus services from Bengaluru to Kerala. (Representational image)

Karnataka Bangalore News Highlights: The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has restarted bus services from Bengaluru to Kannur, Kasaragod and Kanhangad in Kerala. The non-AC sleeper, AC sleeper and volvo services have been restarted in the three routes from Nov 17, according to a circular.

In another news, the winter session of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly will be held from December 13 to 24 at the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi.

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Bangalore Rev Dr Peter Machado on Friday opposed the Karnataka government’s proposed anti-conversion law and questioned the need for such an exercise “when sufficient laws and court directives are in place to monitor any aberration of the existing laws” .

The entire Christian community in Karnataka opposes the proposal in one voice, Machado wrote in a memorandum to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. This comes after over 50 seers of various Hindu religious orders met the CM on Nov 12 and stressed on the need for such a law.

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22:54 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Devas-Antrix deal: ED serves summons to US-based executive

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has served summons to the Founder CEO of a Bengaluru space start-up and the firm’s US subsidiary through diplomatic channels to facilitate the start of a trial in a money laundering case over three years after filing a chargesheet against them.

The money laundering case arose out of a failed satellite deal in 2005 between Devas Multimedia and ISRO’s Antrix Corporation. Read More

22:05 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Karnataka to adopt 75 sportspersons to prepare them for 2024 Paris Olympics: CM  Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said that the government would provide higher allocation for sports in the next budget.

Bommai, in his address after the inauguration of Indian National Basketball League by Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot, said, "our government is giving greater thrust for sports. We have decided to adopt 75 sportspersons from different games to prepare them for the Paris Olympics to be held in 2024. We have identified them, we are going to train them, take care of their education and will get the best of the coaches. We want to see that out of 75 at least 5 of them win medals at the Paris Olympics. In the coming budget we will increase the allocation for sports.``

The Chief Minister further said that the Khelo India University being set up in the state would soon be inaugurated. "We are keen to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate it," he said.

20:48 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Demonetised currency notes worth Rs 2 crore seized, 3 arrested in Mangaluru

In yet another incident of circulating demonetized currency notes in Karnataka, Mangaluru Police arrested three persons with demonetised currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 of Rs 1.9 crore face value Thursday.

Mangaluru city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar Friday told the media that the accused were caught by Barke police station officials based on a tip-off while they were about to transport the money in a car in the city. Read More

20:25 (IST)20 Nov 2021
IPS officer fined Rs 10k for failing to respond to RTI query

A senior IPS officer in Karnataka has been fined Rs 10,000 for not providing details under the Right to Information (RTI) Act on action taken against those involved in manual scavenging. The officer who has been penalised is Ram Nivas Sepat, the former Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP).

State Information Commissioner K Lingaraju, in the order, said Sepat will have to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 for failing to provide the information within the stipulated time. The commission has directed to deduct Rs 5,000 from Sepat’s salary for two months. Read More

19:15 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Karnataka administers over 7 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses

Karnataka has administered over 7 crore total doses of the Covid-19 vaccine so far, according to the official data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. As per the data, as of November 20, 3 pm, Karnataka had administered 7,00,78,115 total doses of the vaccine.

18:46 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Swachh Survekshan: Bengaluru secures top rank as ‘Fastest Mover’ mega city

Bengaluru has secured first rank as the ‘Fastest Mover’ mega city among urban local bodies with a population of over 40 lakh in Swachh Survekshan 2021, the central government’s annual cleanliness survey to promote sanitation in urban centres under the Swachh Bharat Mission. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) ranked 28 among the 48 urban local bodies with a population of more than 10 lakh.

Out of 6,000 points, Bengaluru scored 3,585.56, which includes 1,152.45 points in the citizen’s voice category and 1,933.1 in service-level progress. The city has been certified ODF ++ (Open defecation free) for which it scored 500 points. However, it did not score any point in the Garbage-Free City star rating. In 2020, Bengaluru had scored 2,656.82 points. Read More

18:30 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Karnataka bags 'Fastest Mover States' award

Karnataka bagged the 'Fastest Mover States’ award in the big (more than 100 ULBs) category. Minister of Urban Development of Karnataka Byrati Basavaraj received the award at the ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’ hosted as part of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on Saturday.

16:50 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Winter session of Karnataka legislature from December 13 to 24 in Belgavi

The winter session of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly will be held from December 13 to 24 at the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi.

15:46 (IST)20 Nov 2021
5 of same family die in road accident in Mandya

Five persons of a family, including two children, died in Mandya district of Karnataka after a tipper rammed into the autorickshaw they were traveling in Friday. The family was returning from a temple when the incident took place.

The incident took place at Nelamakanahalli Gate around 6.30pm while the family was returning from a temple. The deceased were identified as Muttamma (45), president of Bandura gram panchayat, his daughter Basammanni (30), son Venkatesh (25) and Basammanni’s children Chamundeshwari (8) and Chandrashekar (2). Read More

14:51 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Bengaluru-Kerala Karnataka SRTC services restarted

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has restarted bus services from Bengaluru to Kannur, Kasaragod and Kanhangad in Kerala.

13:00 (IST)20 Nov 2021
In photos: Karnataka CM attends GST meeting

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and other leaders participated in a GST meeting held on Saturday

12:56 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Multiple agencies, poor coordination hit quality of urban healthcare, says study

With rapid urbanisation, the number of urban poor is only expected to increase and a well-functioning, better coordinated healthcare system is crucial to deal with it, indicates a recent study by Azim Premji University. The study finds that overlapping administrative jurisdictions such as that of municipal corporations (urban local bodies) and state health services and lack of coordination between them result in chaos in urban healthcare.

In Bengaluru, there is a three-tier urban health system comprising health posts, family welfare centres, maternity homes, tertiary and super-specialty hospitals. However, these institutions are under diverse administrative jurisdictions. The researchers point out that six community health centres in the city are inadequate for an expanding city with 198 wards.  (Read more)

10:11 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Response on spot booking centres for Sabarimala pilgrims from Karnataka sought

The Kerala High Court on Friday sought a response from the state government and the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) on setting up spot booking counters for Sabarimala pilgrims in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

A division bench, headed by Justice Anil K Narendran, noted that there was no spot booking centre for pilgrims coming from Malabar region. 

The court was hearing a PIL on various issues regarding Sabarimala, including whether more spot booking counters are needed and on ensuring data privacy with regard to the details of devotees who use the virtual queue system. (PTI)

10:10 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Bengaluru Archbishop opposes govt's proposed anti-conversion bill

he Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Bangalore (AOB) Rev Dr Peter Machado on Friday opposed the Karnataka government's proposed anti-conversion law and questioned the need for such an exercise "when sufficient laws and court directives are in place to monitor any aberration of the existing laws".

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had on November 12 said the state would soon have an anti-religious conversion law and was studying related laws enacted by other states, after which the legislation would be formulated. Over 50 seers of various Hindu religious orders had met him that day and stressed on the need for such a law. 

Rev Machado, in a memorandum to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, said "the entire Christian community in Karnataka opposes the proposal of Anti-Conversion Bill in one voice and questions the need for such an exercise when sufficient laws and court directives are in place to monitor any aberration of the existing laws." (Read more)

10:09 (IST)20 Nov 2021
BJP announces list of 20 candidates for December 10 poll to Legislative Council

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday announced 20 out of 25 candidates for the biennial election to the Karnataka Legislative Council giving tickets to a few sitting MLAs, including Social Welfare Minister Kota Srinivas Poojari.

The election is to be held on December 10 for 25 seats from the 20 local authorities' constituencies following retirement of sitting members on January 5, 2022. The counting of votes would take place on December 14. (PTI)

10:08 (IST)20 Nov 2021
Karnataka: Five members of family killed in accident

Five members of a family were killed in a head-on collision between an autorickshaw and a lorry near a village in Malavalli Taluk of the district on Friday night, police said.

According to police, Muthamma, president of Banduru village panchayat, was returning with her son, daughter and grandchildren after visiting a temple near Maddur in the autorickshaw. A speeding lorry collided with their auto rickshaw at Nelamakanahalli village, killing two people on the spot while the three others succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital, police added.(PTI)

22:40 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Bengaluru tech summit concludes, minister says Karnataka will set up ‘Start-up Silicon Valley Bridge’

Karnataka Minister for Electronics, IT, BT and S&T, Higher Education, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Dr C N Aswath Narayan Friday announced the setting up of a ‘Start-up Silicon Valley Bridge’ to facilitate skilled employees of the state to work for start-ups located in USA’s Silicon Valley, which according to minister are facing human resource shortage.

In his valedictory address at the 24th edition of the ‘Bengaluru Tech Summit-2021’ (BTS) in the city, the minister said the bridge will also serve as a connection between start-ups of both the countries enabling sharing of knowledge and other resources as a part of the new initiative. Read More

21:04 (IST)19 Nov 2021
242 Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka on Friday logged 242 fresh Covid-19 cases and four deaths taking the caseload to 29,93,139 and the toll to 38,169. A health department release said 329 people were discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,47,683. Active cases stood at 7,258.

Bengaluru Urban remained the major contributor of Covid-19 cases with 144 fresh infections and two deaths. Other districts too reported fresh cases including 14 in Tumakuru, 12 in Dakshina Kannada, 11 each in Hassan and Kodagu and 10 in Uttara Kannada. Chamarajanagar and Koppal recorded one death each. While 10 districts reported zero infections and zero fatalities, 14 districts had cases in single digits, the bulletin said.

The positivity rate for the day was 0.26 per cent and the Case Fatality Rate, 1.65 per cent. A total of 89,715 samples were tested in the state, taking the cumulative number of specimens examined so far to 5.25 crore.

The number of vaccinations done so far in the state rose to 6.98 crore, with 2,39,454 people being inoculated on Friday, it said. (PTI) 

19:28 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Nandi Hills likely to welcome tourists by November end

Karnataka’s Chikkaballapur district administration may open Nandi Hills for tourists by the end of November. Construction of the road, which was washed away in heavy rains, has been completed and only the work on safety grills on either side of the stretch remains.

On August 24, heavy rains triggered a landslide at Brahmagiri hill, washing away the road to Nandi Hills. Construction of the road was taken up by the PWD at a cost of Rs 80 lakh. Due to the slow pace of road construction, the date for reopening the popular site had been postponed by a month to the end of November. Read More

18:27 (IST)19 Nov 2021
Bengaluru police unearthbust fake stamp paper racket, seize stamp papers worth Rs 63 lakh

The Bengaluru City Police on Friday busted a fake stamp paper racket and seized stamp papers worth Rs 63 lakh. The police also arrested 5 persons.

The East division Bengaluru police probed into several complaints as directed by the High Court a few days ago and found the racket, said city police commissioner Kamal Pant on Friday. "The accused were selling these fake stamp papers on the premises of various courts in the city," he added.

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