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Bangalore News higlights: No compulsory institutional quarantine for passengers from ‘high-risk’ nations; Omicron tally to 14

🔴 As many as 13 students — out of the 282 primary and secondary contacts of the four girls infected with Omicron — have tested positive for Covid, the Karnataka disease surveillance unit reported.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: December 20, 2021 8:40:04 am
Passengers at Bengaluru airport. (Express Photo/File)

Bangalore Live News: Six more cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected in Karnataka, taking the state’s tally to fourteen on Saturday. Of these, one is a passenger from the UK, while five others have been detected in two educational institutions in Dakshina Kannada district.

In one institution in the Bantwal region of the district, four teenage students with no immediate record of foreign travel have been found to have been infected with the Omicron variant. As many as 13 students — out of the 282 primary and secondary contacts of the four girls infected with Omicron — have tested positive for Covid, the Karnataka disease surveillance unit reported.

Meanwhile, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Saturday clarified that no decision has been taken regarding compulsory institutional quarantine of international travellers from ‘high-risk’ countries.

In other news, The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) on Saturday decided to advance metro timings by an hour in the morning. BMRCL stated in a release that starting from December 20, the Bengaluru Namma Metro services will be available from 5 am to 11 pm. The services begin from 6 am now.

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Karnataka logs 335 new Covid-19 cases, 5 deaths; 6 more Omicron cases, tally 14; No compulsory institutional quarantine for passengers from ‘high-risk’ nations

22:23 (IST)19 Dec 2021
"No post is permanent', says Karnataka CM triggering rumours of his exit

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in an emotional address to the people of his constituency Shiggaon in this district said nothing is permanent in this world including posts and positions, fuelling speculation in some quarters about his possible exit.
       
"Nothing is eternal in this world. This life itself is not forever.  We don't know how long we will be here in such a situation, these posts and positions are also not forever. I am aware of this fact every moment," he said.
     
In an expression of gratitude to the people of his constituency, Bommai said he is only 'Basavaraj' for them and not the Chief Minister. The CM was addressing people after inaugurating the statue of Kittur Rani Chennamma, the 19th Century queen of Kittur in Belagavi district, who fought against the British.
     
"I have always been saying that outside this place (Shiggaon) I was Home Minister and Irrigation Minister in the past, but once I was in, I remained just 'Basavaraj' for you all. Today as a Chief Minister I am saying that once I come to Shiggaon, I may be Chief Minister outside but amongst you, I will remain as the same Basavaraj Bommai because the name Basavaraj is permanent and not the posts", he said. (PTI)

21:20 (IST)19 Dec 2021
Karnataka based woman Maoist surrenders in Tamil Nadu

A woman Maoist, who has over 40 cases against her in Karnataka has surrendered, a police official said here on Sunday. The woman, identified as Prabha alias Sandhya and belonging to an outlawed Maoist group, has 44 cases against her in the neighbouring state, Deputy Inspector General of Police, A G Babu (Vellore Range) said adding she hailed from Karnataka.
          
She has now 'reformed' and surrendered before the Tirupathur police superintendent on Saturday, the DIG told reporters. (PTI)

20:41 (IST)19 Dec 2021
300 Covid-19 cases, one death in Karnataka

With 300 fresh cases, Karnataka's Covid-19 aggregate touched 30,02,427 on Sunday, while one death took the cumulative fatalities to 38,288.
  
The health department said in its bulletin that 279 people were discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,56,970. Active cases stood at 7,140.

Bengaluru Urban remained the major contributor of COVID cases as the city reported 168 infections. Other districts too had new cases including 37 in Dakshina Kannada, 13 in Mysuru, 11 in Hassan and 10 in Kodagu. Udupi was the only district which reported a death while there were zero fatalities in 30 districts. (PTI)

19:09 (IST)19 Dec 2021
Seven held for desecrating Shivaji statue in Karnataka

Seven people, who allegedly defaced the statue of Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji here with black ink have been arrested, police said on Sunday. Based on a complaint lodged on Friday, the police launched a manhunt and nabbed the prime accused along with six others.

The miscreants were apparently upset with the demand of the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti, a regional outfit fighting for the merger of Belagavi into the western state. The accused have been charged with creating enmity between communities and conspiracy.

The alleged desecration of Shivaji Maharaj's statue caused a snowball effect with vandals targeting the statue of freedom fighter Sangolli Rayanna in Belagavi following which  Karnataka and Maharashtra locked horns yet again on Saturday. While Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai condemned the untoward incidents and ordered action against culprits, his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray had demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention to stop 'Kannada atrocities' and the 'pervert mindset.' (PTI)

17:52 (IST)19 Dec 2021
Shiv Sena protests against Karnataka CM over alleged desecration of Shivaji statue in Bengaluru

Members of the ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra staged a protest here on Sunday against the BJP-led government in neighbouring Karnataka and hit an effigy of its Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai over the alleged desecration of a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Bengaluru.
          
The protest was led by Sena legislators Sada Sarvankar and Manisha Kayande near the statue of the Maratha warrior king at the Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Kayande said Union Home Minister Amit Shah should direct Bommai to tender an apology.
        
The Shiv Sainiks beat up an effigy of the Karnataka CM and shouted slogans condemning the alleged incident in the neighbouring incident. There was a brief scuffle between police and the Shiv Sainiks when the latter were stopped from doing so. Talking to reporters, Sarvankar claimed the BJP seeks votes in the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Maharashtra and insults the warrior king in Karnataka. (PTI)

16:33 (IST)19 Dec 2021
Karnataka reports six Omicron cases

According to central and state officials, omicron cases have been detected in 11 states and union territories -- Maharashtra (48), Delhi (22), Rajasthan (17) and Karnataka (14), Telangana (20), Gujarat (9), Kerala (11), Andhra Pradesh (1), Chandigarh (1), Tamil Nadu (1) and West Bengal (1).
     
On Saturday, Maharashtra had reported eight more cases, Telangana's tally jumped from eight to 20, while Karnataka and Kerala reported six and four cases respectively. (PTI)

13:30 (IST)19 Dec 2021
Miscreants will be dealt with iron hand, says Karnataka CM after statues were targeted

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday appealed to people to respect iconic personalities and avoid lending ears to rumours, after miscreants targeted statues of freedom fighter Sangolli Rayanna and Shivaji in Belagavi and Bengaluru.

Tension prevailed in Belagavi bordering Maharashtra on Saturday after alleged activists of Maharashtra Ekikarana Samiti (MES) vandalised the statue of Rayanna, a 19th century icon who fought against the British, at Angol on South Belagavi, following news that a statue of Shivaji has been desecrated in Bengaluru.

"I appeal to people to respect patriots. They had laid down their lives for the nation. As a mark of respect, the statues of Kittur Rani Chennamma, Sangolli Rayanna and Shivaji Maharaj were built. We have to respect them and retain their dignity," Bommai said here. "Be it Chatrapati Shivaji, Kittur Rani Chenamma or Veera Sangoli Rayanna, all of them fought against colonial forces for the freedom of our country," he tweeted earlier. (PTI)

11:24 (IST)19 Dec 2021
Lakes of Bengaluru: Industrial discharge, sewage pollute Hennagara lake; remedial steps yet to be taken

While the lakes within the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits have been in the spotlight for encroachments and violations in the buffer zone, the water bodies falling outside the ambit of municipal limits have either been turned into a garbage ground or the lake beds are being used to pump water to cater to the people in Bengaluru Urban, rued environmental activists and locals.

Located off the Jigani-Bommasandra Ring Road, the Hennagara lake is spread over 700 acres, with the water-holding area measuring 380 acres. The lake has traditionally been used by the farmers to irrigate their lands. The village dwellers, however, point out that the construction of apartments and industries around the lake in the last one decade has affected the lake.

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10:37 (IST)19 Dec 2021
HAL’s R&D wing launches upgrade programme for MiG-29K

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) facility Aircraft Upgrade Research & Design Centre (AURDC) has launched a new upgrade programme for MiG-29K of Indian Navy to enhance its lethality through the integration of Laser Pod and new laser guided bomb.

The upgrade programme involves integration of indigenous mission computers, laser pods, indigenous air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons. The facility has also initiated integration of indigenous weapons like ASTRA and general purpose bombs on MiG-29K of the Indian Navy.

R Madhvan, chairman and managing director, HAL, told The Indian Express that considering the expertise available at AURDC, the Indian Navy has approached the division to study the feasibility of the MiG-29K upgrade.

10:09 (IST)19 Dec 2021
Bengaluru Metro services to begin at 5 am from December 20

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) on Saturday decided to advance metro timings by an hour in the morning. BMRCL stated in a release that starting from December 20, the Bengaluru Namma Metro services will be available from 5 am to 11 pm. The services begin from 6 am now.

BMRCL officials also said that from December 20, metro services will return to a schedule identical to what was followed in pre-Covid times. This means that the first train will depart from terminal stations—Kengeri, Silk Institute, Nagasandra and Baiyappanahalli—āt 5 am. The last night train from these stations will leave at 11 pm.

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09:34 (IST)19 Dec 2021
Six fresh cases take Karnataka’s Omicron tally to 14

Six more cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected in Karnataka, taking the state’s tally to fourteen on Saturday. Of these, one is a passenger from the UK, while five others have been detected in two educational institutions in Dakshina Kannada district.

In one institution in the Bantwal region of the district, four teenage students with no immediate record of foreign travel have been found to have been infected with the Omicron variant. As many as 13 students — out of the 282 primary and secondary contacts of the four girls infected with Omicron — have tested positive for Covid, the Karnataka disease surveillance unit reported.

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21:41 (IST)18 Dec 2021
'Desecration' of Shivaji Maharaj's statue triggers vandalism, war of words between Maha, K'taka

The alleged desecration of Maratha warrior king Shivaji Maharaj's statue in Bengaluru caused a snowball effect with vandals targeting freedom fighter Sangolli Rayanna's statue in Belagavi and Karnataka and Maharashtra locked horns yet again on Saturday.

While Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai condemned the untoward incidents and ordered action against culprits, his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention to stop "Kannada atrocities" and the "pervert mindset." Also, Thackeray asked Karnataka to act immediately over the alleged incident. The ruling Shiv Sena and other organisations staged protests in Maharashtra.

Amid reports of attack and defacement of vehicles with Karnataka registration in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said it is the duty of the neighbouring state to maintain law and order and prevent such incidents.

Following the alleged desecration of the Maratha king's statue, miscreants in Belagavi shouted slogans and pelted government vehicles with stones and freedom fighter Sangolli Rayanna's statue was subsequently vandalised. Police sources said so far 27 people have been arrested in connection with the incidents. With Belagavi playing host to the winter session of Karnataka legislature, police promulgated prohibitory order to prevent untoward incidents and maintain law and order. (PTI)

21:30 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Bengaluru: No compulsory institutional quarantine for passengers from ‘high-risk’ nations

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Saturday clarified that no decision has been taken regarding compulsory institutional quarantine of international travellers from ‘high-risk’ countries.

“The Government of India has identified 12 countries as ‘high-risk countries’ and has stipulated measures to contain the spread of the Omicron variant. Accordingly, the Government of Karnataka and the BBMP have taken measures to screen and test the international arrivals from the ‘high-risk countries’, and if found positive, (mandates) immediate hospital isolation, else self-isolation at home and repeat test after 8 days. BBMP has not yet stipulated compulsory institutional quarantine for international arrivals from any of the countries. Any decision taken in this regard would be after due consultation of experts and in conformity with Government of India and Government of Karnataka guidelines,” the BBMP clarified in a circular. Read More

15:09 (IST)18 Dec 2021
CM Bommai slams vandalism of statues of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Sangolli Rayanna

Slamming the reported vandalism of statues of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Sangolli Rayanna in Bengaluru, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Saturday told reporters that "responsible people should not provoke others for violence and take law and order into their hands." Stating that Rayanna, Shivaji Maharaj and Rani Chennamma united the country, Bommai said fighting in their name will be an injustice to their fight for the nation. 

15:01 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Prohibitory orders imposed in Belagavi as Sangolli Rayanna statue vandalised

Prohibitory orders were issued in the city and taluk on Saturday following two untoward incidents of vandalisation of freedom fighter Sangolli Rayanna’s statue and hurling stones at government vehicles.

According to the Police Commissioner’s office, the prohibitory order is imposed under Section 144 CrPC from 8 am on December 18 to 6 pm on December 19, for Belagavi police commissionerate area, which comprises Belagavi taluk.

The incident occurred when the city is hosting the winter session of state legislature at Suvarna Vidhana Soudha. Read More

14:46 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Bengaluru: Revenue dept begins survey to assess encroachments along Kachanayakanahalli lake

The Revenue Department on Friday began its survey of the Kachanayakanahalli lake in Anekal taluk, around 25 km from Bengaluru. Earlier this week, Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner J Manjunath had ordered a survey and removal of encroachments on the water body in the wake of a complaint by local activist and Army veteran Captain Santhosh Kumar.

According to the revenue map, over 1.27 acres of the lake’s total area of 23 acres have been encroached by builders and private persons. Besides, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), which collected samples from the lake in May, stated in its report that the lake is filled with sewage.

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12:59 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Karnataka: Experts’ panel on Covid suggests Universal Passes for fully-vaccinated citizens

The State Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on Covid-19 advised the Karnataka government to introduce Universal e-Passes for the fully-vaccinated citizens for use at entry points of offices, malls, cinema theatres and airports. The expert committee suggested that the facility, on the lines of a pass created by the Maharashtra government, could be first started within the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits.

“The Government of Maharashtra has introduced the issue of Universal e-Pass for fully-vaccinated citizens, that is who have taken two doses of Covid-19 vaccines…TAC recommends introducing a similar facility in Karnataka, to begin within the BBMP area, covering in a phased manner offices, factories, banks, cinema halls and auditoria, shopping malls and complexes, airport, gyms, pubs and bars, swimming pools, hotels and restaurants, marriage halls, zoos, parks, etc,” the expert committee suggested.

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12:18 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Nursing college in Mangaluru declared containment zone

A private nursing college here has been declared a containment zone by Dakshina Kannada district health department after seven students tested positive for Covid-19. All the seven students are from Kerala, studying for first year in the college. They had arrived with Covid-19 negative RT-PCR certificates.

Dakshina Kannada district nodal officer for Covid-19, Dr H Ashok said the infected students have been isolated. Throat swab samples of 43 first year students were tested of which seven students tested positive, he said. (PTI)

11:37 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Bengaluru: NGT sets up 7-member joint panel to probe violations around Chandpura lake

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has constituted a seven-member joint committee to look into alleged violations of buffer zone and solid waste management guidelines at Chandapura lake in Anekal taluk of Bengaluru Urban district.

Besides the Bengaluru District Magistrate, the panel will include officials from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), National Wetland Authority and the State Wetland Authority.

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11:13 (IST)18 Dec 2021
Karnataka records 238 new Covid-19 cases, 3 deaths

Karnataka on Friday reported 238 new cases of COVID-19 and 3 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 30,01,792 and death toll to 38,282, the health department said. The day also saw 317 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,56,405. Of the new cases reported today, 153 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 185 discharges and 2 deaths. Total number of active cases is at 7,076.

While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.20 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.26 per cent. Of 3 deaths reported today, 2 are from Bengaluru Urban and one from Mysuru. After Bengaluru Urban, Dakshina Kannada recorded the second highest of 19 new cases, Mysuru 15, and Kodagu 13. (PTI)

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