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Bangalore December 4 Highlights: 10 international travellers switched off their phones, untraceable, says BBMP

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By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: December 6, 2021 8:41:13 am
Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said after the emergence of Omicron in South Africa, 57 passengers had landed in Bengaluru. (Reuters)

Bangalore News: Over 10 international travellers who arrived in Bengaluru from southern African countries have gone untraceable, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike said on Friday. The travellers have switched off their phones, officials said.

This comes a day after the Karnataka government ordered a probe into test reports of the 66-year-old South African national, that allowed him to leave the country. The probe into the person’s test came after questions were raised on how he managed to get a negative report within three days after testing positive for Covid on arrival and also about him reportedly attending some official meeting, and leaving the country even as his genomic sequencing reports were awaited.

Meanwhile, Karnataka has introduced updated Covid-19 guidelines, according to which all cultural activities/fests, functions have been postponed till January 15, 2022 in all educational institutions.

Karnataka logged 413 new Covid-19 cases and four deaths on Friday, taking the total number of infections to 29,97,246 and the toll to 38,220. Bengaluru Urban continued to top the list of cases (212), as the city saw 185 discharges and two deaths. The total number of active cases in the state is now 6,896.

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21:59 (IST)04 Dec 2021
397 COVID-19 cases, four deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka on Saturday logged 397 fresh COVID-19 cases and four deaths, taking the caseload to 29,97,643 and the toll to 38,224. Discharges numbered 277, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,52,378, leaving 7,012 active cases.

Bengaluru Urban remained the major contributor with 207 fresh infections. Other districts too reported fresh cases, including Mysuru (29), Dharwad (26), Dakshina Kannada (22) and 19 each in Hassan and Shivamogga. There were zero fatalities in 27 districts.

While 10 districts reported zero infections and nil fatalities, 13 logged cases in single digits, the bulletin said. (PTI)

21:09 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Areas with three or more Covid-19 cases will be classified as clusters: Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said that any area with three or more cases of Covid-19 will be classified as a cluster. Sources said that the decision has been taken to contain the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the state. Earlier, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had said that areas having at least 10 Covid-19 cases would be declared as clusters.

The chief minister said the state government has received a preliminary report on Omicron cases. Read more

20:18 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Bengaluru: 10 untraceable South African nationals tracked, isolated

The 10 travellers from South Africa, who went untraceable after they reached Bengaluru, were tracked by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Friday and Saturday and subsequently isolated.

BBMP special commissioner (health) K V Thrilok Chandra told The Indian Express, “All of them have been subjected to RT-PCR testing and we are awaiting their results. Samples of only those who test positive will be sent for genome sequencing.” Read more

16:17 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Veteran Kannada film actor S Shivaram dies at 83

Veteran Kannada actor S Shivaram, whose stint in the film industry spans more than six decades, died at a private hospital here on Saturday. He was 83.

Speaking to reporters outside the hospital, his son S Lakshmish said "My father Shivaram is no more with us. Doctors at Prashant Hospital had done their best to help him recover but unfortunately destiny had its plan. We have to accept it."

Born on January 28, 1938 in a Tamil Brahmin family,  Shivaram, popularly known as Shivaramanna, had been a versatile actor who played various roles ranging from hero to supporting character in over 60 movies, besides directing and producing films.

He started his acting stint with 'Beratha Jeeva' in 1965 but made a mark with the movie 'Dudde Doddappa' and 'Lagna Patrike'.

He was admired for his roles in 'Naagarahavu', 'Nanobba Kalla', 'Yajamana', 'Apthamitra' and 'Hombisilu'. (PTI)

16:16 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Karnataka Home Minister slams cops, claims they take bribe from cattle smugglers and 'sleep like dogs'

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra has hit out at a section of police, saying they take bribe from cattle smugglers and 'sleep like dogs' as they let them operate with impunity.

In a video clip that has gone viral, Jnanendra is purportedly seen shouting at a police officer over phone for their failure to check the theft and smuggling of cattle, especially cows.

"Those who are transporting cattle are habitual offenders. Your officers know it well but they take bribe and sleep like dogs. Your police need self-esteem," Jnanendra is heard saying in the video.

"I did not say anything till now but should I continue as a home minister or not?" Jnanendra is heard saying and claims cattle smuggling is going on in Chikkamagaluru and Shivamogga districts.

"The entire police force is rotten today. We are giving salary but no one wants to live only on the salary. They want to live on the leftover (bribe)," Jnanendra is heard saying.

The Minister later clarified that he did not liken all the police officers but a section of them. (PTI)

14:54 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Two per cent passengers from not 'at risk' nations to undergo random testing on arrival at Bengaluru

In line with the fresh norms following the Omicron variant scare, the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru on Saturday said two per cent of the passengers coming from countries, which are not in the 'at risk' category, will undergo random testing on arrival at the airport.

In a tweet, the BIAL, which manages the airport, said, "As per the international travel guidelines, 2% of the passengers coming from countries that are not in the 'at-risk' list shall undergo random testing at the Airport on arrival. The cost of random testing of such passengers will be borne by BIAL." (PTI)

13:55 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Former Karnataka Governor Rosaiah no more

Former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh and veteran Congress leader Konijeti Rosaiah died on Saturday, party sources said. He was 88. Rosaiah died while being taken to a private hospital here after he fell ill this morning, they said. 

K Rosaiah outside Parliament (Express Archive)

The senior Congress leader had previously also served as governor of Tamil Nadu between 2011 and 2016. During that period, he was briefly named the governor of Karnataka for a few months before Vajubhai Vala took over on September 1, 2014. It was after his five-year term as Tamil Nadu governor ended, that he retired from active politics. (Read more)

13:42 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Only 20 lakes in Bengaluru free from any encroachments: BBMP report

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is in charge of 204 lakes here, of which only 20 lakes are free from any encroachments, data released by the civic body itself revealed. The lakes are spread over a cumulative area of 6,426.47 acres. A total of 941.67 acres of the lakes have been encroached upon, and the BBMP till now has been able to remove encroachments from only 38.30 acres.

Notably, 764.32 acres in the vicinity of 28 lakes have been encroached by government structures alone like railway lines, national highways and roads. Another 131 lakes have been encroached by both private and government properties. In these 131 lakes, 324.827 acres have been encroached by government agencies, whereas 248.98 acres have been encroached by private properties. (Read more)

10:43 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Snooker Nationals: Karnataka's Vidya emerges as champion

Vidya Pillai of Karnataka and S. Shrikrinhna of PSPB scored contrasting victories and emerged champions in the ladies' and men's 6-Red snooker in the Sage-National Billiards & Snooker Championship 2021 in Bhopal on Friday.

Vidya and her compatriot Varsha Sanjeev were engaged in a tense and thrilling contest for supremacy in the ladies' final.  In a match of fluctuating fortunes, Vidya trailed 1-3 but produced a strong late comeback to win the last two frames and clinch a nerve-wracking 4-3 (29-18, 19-31, 03-32, 33-29, 10-26, 26-07, and 42-00) victory.

Results: Ladies 6-Red snooker

Semi-finals: Vidya Pillai (KAR) beat Anupama Ramachandran (TN) 4-3; Varsha Sanjeev (KAR) beat Chitra Magimairaj (KAR) 4-0.

Final: Vidya Pillai (KAR) beat Varsha Sanjeev (KAR) 4-3 (29-18, 19-31, 03-32, 33-29, 10-26, 26-07, 42-00).

10:40 (IST)04 Dec 2021
ED attaches assets of man accused of leaking AP PG medical entrance paper in 2014

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth Rs 76 lakh of a man accused of leaking a question paper of the Andhra Pradesh PG medical entrance test of 2014.

The federal agency, in a statement, said a provisional order for attachment of properties like seven housing sites, three agricultural plots and a house located in Mysuru, Karnataka, along with fixed deposits worth Rs 36.28 lakh of Ameer Ahmed Kogaluru and others, has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). (PTI)

10:39 (IST)04 Dec 2021
413 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka logged 413 new Covid-19 cases and four deaths on Friday, taking the total number of infections to 29,97,246 and the toll to 38,220. The day also saw 256 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,52,101, a health department bulletin said.

Bengaluru Urban continued to top the list of cases (212), as the city saw 185 discharges and two deaths. The total number of active cases in the state is now 6,896. (PTI)

10:39 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Karnataka relaxes criteria to compensate BPL families with COVID deaths

The Karnataka government has relaxed the criteria for compensating BPL families for Covid-19 deaths by amending its earlier order, which removes the clause that said only those households where a 'working' member has died, would get the amount.

The government had ordered the payment of ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh to BPL families that lose a 'working' member due to the virus infection. An amendment has been made to the order on December 2, according to which death of any member of a BPL household, would be the eligibility criteria for the ex-gratia. It also said that there is no age limit for ex-gratia, while earlier it was said Rs 1 lakh will be paid in case an adult member had died.

The government is said to have received more than 7,000 applications seeking the ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh, according to official sources. (PTI)

10:18 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Karnataka pollution board closes illegal lead acid battery processing units

Karnataka State Pollution Control Board member secretary Srinivasulu K said that 8 used lead acid battery processing unit operating illegally have been identified. They were operating illegally at Kadujaknahalli, Bommandahalli, Vaderahalli and Chinnayanpalya villages.

The units operating at remote areas were identified by KSPCB Bescom and Revenue office, he said. He added that the units were closed and their power was removed. The demolishing of the buildings are in progress. 

10:15 (IST)04 Dec 2021
Omicron: Bengaluru airport announces testing policy

As per the international travel guidelines, 2% of the passengers coming from countries that are not in the 'at-risk' list shall undergo random testing at the Airport on arrival. The cost of random testing of such passengers will be borne by BIAL, announced Kempegowda International  Airport  Authorities. 

The State Health and Family Welfare department said that the omicron variant of Covid-19 has been reported in 38 countries, including India, and at least 674 cases have been confirmed so far worldwide.

21:07 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Experts blame inflow of sewage water into Bengaluru lakes behind death of fishes

After a large number of dead fishes were seen floating on the surface of Rachenahalli and Jakkur lakes in north Bengaluru in the last one week, experts blamed the inflow of sewage water into the water bodies. This comes after a similar incident was reported in October at Muthanallur lake in Anekal.

Environmental scientist Dr Shobha Ananda Reddy told The Indian Express that the reason behind the deaths of aquatic animals could be the inflow of sewage mixed rainwater into the lakes or the disposal of waste by tankers directly into the storm water drains or the lakes. Read more

20:47 (IST)03 Dec 2021
10 who arrived from South African countries untraceable, says BBMP

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Friday said over 10 international travellers who arrived in Bengaluru from South African countries have gone untraceable. The travellers have switched off their phones, officials said.

BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta said they are being tracked by the health officials. “I don’t have direct information with me. For those not responding over the phone, there is a standard protocol and it will be followed. Meanwhile, people should not lower their guards against Covid,” he said.

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said after the emergence of Omicron in South Africa, 57 passengers had landed in Bengaluru. “Out of the 57, BBMP is unable to trace 10 passengers. Their phones are switched off and they are not available at the addresses they have left with the authorities. These passengers have to be responsible. They cannot switch off their phones and put others at risk. We will provide the treatment,” he informed. Read more

20:45 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Elevated rotary flyover, RoB almost complete at Sir M Visvesvaraya Railway Terminal: BBMP

The elevated rotary flyover to the terminal and a railway over bridge (RoB) at the newly-constructed and yet to be inaugurated Sir M Visvesvaraya Railway Terminal at Baiyappanahalli in Bengaluru are likely to be ready soon, said officials of the city’s civic body.

The third coaching terminal for the city, after Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (KSR) and Yesvantpur railway stations, is expected to decongest the rush at the two existing stations. While the terminal is ready, it is awaiting inauguration for several months due to road connectivity issues.

At a cost of Rs 260 crore, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is building an elevated rotary flyover to the terminal. The elevated rotary flyover at the Maruthi Sevanagar-IOC junction will provide access to the terminal and also to areas such as Kammanahalli and Banaswadi. An additional RoB at Baiyappanahalli level-crossing, next to the under-construction RoB, is also in progress, said BBMP officials. Read more

20:44 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Malls, theatres out of bounds for those not fully vaccinated

The Karnataka government Friday made malls and theatres out of bounds for people who haven’t taken both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. The new measure came after the detection of two Omicron cases in Bengaluru — the first in the country.

“Entry to malls, cinema halls/theatres shall be allowed only to persons who are vaccinated with two doses of COVID 19 vaccine,” the government said in an order issued by Tushar Girinath, Principal Secretary of the Revenue Department.
People working in government offices must also be vaccinated with both doses, the Karnataka government has stated.

Among other measures, the government has called for the postponement of all cultural activities in educational institutions till January 15 and limited participants at gatherings to 500. Read more

18:22 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Resident doctors end strike after minister K Sudhakar assures to fulfil demands

Four days after resident doctors of Karnataka went on a strike over certain demands the stir was lifted Friday after state Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar assured them of fulfilling all their demands. The protest had crippled OPD services and elective OTs across medical colleges affiliated to the Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD).

The demands included payment of the Covid-19 risk allowance, stipend to post graduates and interns and restructuring the fees according to the 2018-2019 academic year.

“On the fourth day of the stir, representatives from all the colleges, including PG students and interns from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, converged at the Victoria Hospital campus. Discussions were held with Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar and the director of Medical Education who gave their assurances to meet our demands,” a statement issued by KARD read. Read more

18:18 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Karnataka to probe Covid report that allowed traveller with Omicron variant to fly out

The Karnataka government has directed civic officials in Bengaluru to register a police complaint and investigate the validity of a negative Covid test report provided to a South African traveller who is among the first two persons in India whose Covid samples have indicated the presence of the Omicron variant of the virus.

The 66-year-old traveller from South Africa left India within seven days of testing positive by obtaining a negative Covid test report from a private lab.

“We have issued directions to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner to register a police complaint to investigate how the traveller from South Africa obtained a Covid-19 test report that allowed him to leave the country,” state Revenue Minister R Ashok said Friday after a meeting held by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai with senior ministers and health officials. Read more

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