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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus August 19 Highlights: Ex-mayor Sampath Raj, corporator questioned in Bengaluru violence case

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News August 19 Highlights: CCB police questioned former mayor and corporator R Sampath Raj and another corporator, Abdul Rakeeb Zakir for more than five hours at the CCB headquarters.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: August 20, 2020 8:27:14 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News August 19 Highlights: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) police questioned two BBMP corporators, including a former mayor on Tuesday over the DJ Halli and KG Halli riots that broke out on August 11 in Bengaluru.

CCB police questioned former mayor and corporator R Sampath Raj and another corporator, Abdul Rakeeb Zakir for more than five hours at the CCB headquarters. Sampath Raj is the corporator of Devara Jeevana Halli (DJ Halli) ward while Zakir represents the Pulakeshinagar ward in Bengaluru.

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After the inquiry, speaking to reporters, both the corporators said that they had answered all the questions asked by the CCB police and that they had nothing to do with the riots.

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19:47 (IST)19 Aug 2020
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19:47 (IST)19 Aug 2020
KCET results postponed to Aug 21 due to 'technical reasons'

The declaration of the results of the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) has been postponed to Friday (August 21).

Confirming the same, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan Wednesday said, "The results of the CET exam, which was due to be announced on August 20 will now be announced on August 21 (Friday) due to technical reasons."

The Minister, also in charge of Higher Education, added that the results will be made available to the public at 12.30 pm at http://karresults.nic.in

16:35 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Five arrested for smuggling ivory and antlers in Mysuru

The Karnataka forest patrol squad on Wednesday arrested five persons for illegally smuggling elephant tusks and deer antlers in Mysuru.

The arrested have been identified as Abdul Razak, a resident of Gayathripuram; Nataraj from Tilak Nagar; Ravikumar from Agrahara; Gautam from Metagalliya and Vinod from Chandra Layout, Bengaluru.

According to the forest patrol squad, based on a tip-off they have arrested the five accused when they were transporting the elephant tusks and deer antlers on two-wheelers. The squad seized a pair of elephant tusks, deer antlers, and two bikes.

16:12 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Karnataka yet to achieve daily testing targets

In July, Karnataka had set a target of achieving 35,000 antigen tests to determine Covid-19 on a daily basis. However, on Tuesday only only 28,867 such tests were conducted.

The state had also promised over 50,000 daily tests (including Rapid Antingen Detection Tests, RT-PCR and other methods) — to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his latest meeting with the states to review the pandemic situation on August 11. However, this is yet to be achieved in a consistent manner.

While 59,088 total tests were done on Tuesday (August 18) alone, the same was 37,700 and 43,626 on Monday (August 17) and Sunday (August 16) respectively.

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13:47 (IST)19 Aug 2020
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13:35 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Govt committed to fulfill aspirations of Kalyana Karnataka: CM Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Wednesday said that the state government is committed to fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Kalyana Karnataka. "The government will also ensure an all-round development of the region," he said.

The CM made the statement after a meeting held in Bengaluru to "review and expedite" the development initiatives in the region, according to the Chief Minister's Office.

Former MP Basavaraj Patil Sedam presented a blueprint for the development of the region. Patil is also the Chairman of Kalyana Karnataka Human Resources, Agriculture, and Cultural Association.

After the meeting, CM Yediyurappa directed officials to release funds in a phased manner for the development of the region.

13:29 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Karnataka: Govt opens web portal to help Covid-19 test takers get results

In a bid to make the process of Covid-19 testing transparent and information sharing faster, the Karnataka government Wednesday announced the establishment of an online portal.

"Now, Covid-19 test results can be obtained by feeding in the Specimen Referral Form (SRF) ID at https://covidwar.karnataka.gov.in/service1,” officials of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services informed.

However, the department clarified that the government will get in touch with those who test positive for the infection "automatically."

"If you are positive, don't panic. Stay clam and isolate yourself at home. Govt of Karnataka will automatically get in touch with you on your mobile number. Call 108 for emergency," a statement read.

10:39 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Bengaluru violence: Ex-mayor, corporator questioned by crime branch police

A week after riots broke out in Bengaluru, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police on Tuesday questioned two BBMP corporators, including a former mayor, in connection with the violence. R Sampath Raj, former mayor and corporator, and Abdul Rakeeb Zakir were questioned for more than five hours at the CCB headquarters.

Raj is the corporator of Devara Jeevana Halli (DJ Halli) ward, while Zakir represents Bengaluru’s Pulakeshinagar ward.

Raj and Zakir were summoned at the CCB headquarters around 10.20 am and left around 4.30 pm. After the inquiry, both the corporators told reporters that they had answered all the questions asked by the police and that they had nothing to do with the riots.

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10:35 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Karnataka claims achievement of 2 million Covid-19 tests

The Karnataka government Tuesday announced its achievement of completing over 20 lakh COVID-19 tests.According to statistics cited to ICMR data, the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services said these tests were conducted from March 23 to August 16.

With this, Karnataka is also among the top states conducting maximum number of tests.

KIDWAI Bengaluru conducted most tests (1,05,624) followed by Gulbarga GIMS (88,323), NIMHANS (81816) and National Institute of Virology (79,595) among government labs.

Meanwhile, Neuberg Anand conducted most tests (69,897) among private labs while over 4.5 lakh tests were conducted in all private labs cumulatively till August 16.

10:03 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Bengaluru: IISc student texts friends suspecting Covid-19 symptoms, kills self

A post-graduate student of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru was found dead in his room, the police said, adding that suicide is suspected. The police added that the 24-year-old MTech student — who hails from Chattisgarh — had earlier sent text messages to his friends in his native place on “ending his own life as he was having Covid-19 symptoms” for the past few days.

The Institute is yet to confirm whether the student had reported any symptoms of corovirus infection to them. Meanwhile, the swabs of the deceased have been taken posthumously to confirm the same, the police added.

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08:31 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Karnataka to install oxygen plants across hospitals to meet demand amid Covid-19

After two incidents in Bengaluru where Covid-19 patients had to be shifted to other hospitals following disruptions in oxygen supply, the Karnataka government Tuesday announced plans to install oxygen plants across medical colleges and hospitals.

“Officials have been directed to make necessary arrangements to ensure an adequate supply of liquid oxygen to all hospitals in the state. Measures will also be taken to establish new liquid oxygen plants to meet the high demand,” Medical Education Minister Sudhakar said.

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08:31 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Karnataka CET results tomorrow, result to be out within record 19 days

The results of the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) 2020 will be announced on August 20 (Thursday), Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan confirmed.

Claiming that the announcement of the results will be the fastest to date, he said, “This is the first time in the history of CET, that the results are going to be announced in such a short duration. While the announcement comes in just 19 days after the examination, this is part of the measures taken by the government keeping in mind the best interest of the students,” he explained.

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08:27 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Bengaluru Airport reconnects Karnataka capital to 14 international destinations

As travel restrictions ease around the world, Bengaluru International Airport will now reconnect the state capital to 14 International destinations under international repatriation flights as well as the Vande Bharat Mission and air bubble programmes.

According to Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), 13 airlines will operate international flights under these programmes from Kempegowda International Airport.

The destinations connected directly from Bengaluru Airport include Abu Dhabi (Etihad, GoAir and Air India Express), Amsterdam (KLM Royal Dutch), Dubai (Emirates, Indigo, GoAir, Air India Express and Vistara), Doha (Indigo and Qatar Airways), Frankfurt (Lufthansa), Kuwait (Air India and Indigo), Kuala Lumpur (Air India Express and Malaysian Airlines), London (Air India and British Airways), Muscat (Air India Express), Narita (Air India), Paris (KLM Royal Dutch), Riyadh (Indigo) and Singapore (Air India Express). BLR Airport will connect to San Francisco via Kochi (Air India).

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08:25 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Karnataka govt reverses order, allows Ganesh Chaturthi public gatherings

The Karnataka government Tuesday allowed pandals for Ganesh Chaturthi, reversing its order from last week.

The revised guidelines issued by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa say public celebrations can be held on August 22, in a restricted manner.

Last week, the government had banned gatherings and public installations of pandals and idols due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the state. The celebrations had been restricted only to temples and homes.

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08:24 (IST)19 Aug 2020
BJP faction closer to RSS trying to take advantage of Bengaluru violence to topple BSY: Siddaramaiah

Leader of the opposition in Karnataka Siddaramaiah on Tuesday alleged that a faction of the state BJP closer to the RSS was trying to take advantage of last week’s violence here to topple Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

Raising questions about the intelligence, the former Chief Minister also alleged that the ruling party leaders were using SDPI as a pawn for political reasons to divide Muslim votes.

Accusing the state government and its ministers of trying to mislead the people over the violence, he said that the saffron party leaders, instead of identifying the actual culprits, were more interested in targeting the Congress.

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08:23 (IST)19 Aug 2020
Ex-mayor Sampath Raj, corporator questioned in Bengaluru violence case

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) police questioned two BBMP corporators, including a former mayor on Tuesday over the DJ Halli and KG Halli riots that broke out on August 11 in Bengaluru.

CCB police questioned former mayor and corporator R Sampath Raj and another corporator, Abdul Rakeeb Zakir for more than five hours at the CCB headquarters. Sampath Raj is the corporator of Devara Jeevana Halli (DJ Halli) ward while Zakir represents the Pulakeshinagar ward in Bengaluru.

After the inquiry, speaking to reporters, both the corporators said that they had answered all the questions asked by the CCB police and that they had nothing to do with the riots.

08:22 (IST)19 Aug 2020
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Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested an Ophthalmologist from the M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru who is allegedly developing a medical application for helping the injured ISIS cadres in the conflict-zones and a weaponry-related application for the benefit of ISIS fighters.

According to a statement issued by NIA on Tuesday, Abdur Rahman, 28 years old is a resident of Basavanagudi, Bengaluru arrested in connection with Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) case.

Abdur Rahman had visited an ISIS medical camp in Syria in early 2014 for treatment of ISIS terrorists and stayed with Islamic State operatives for 10 days and returned to India, NIA said in the statement.

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Any queries and support related to COVID-19 in Karnataka, citizens can contact round-the-clock helpline numbers: 104(toll free) +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000

Here are a few contacts that might come handy for you in emergency situations: BBMP Control room: 080-22221188 In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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