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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus September 4 Highlights: 44 police personnel have succumbed to virus in state so far

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News September 4 Highlights: According to police, the family of all 44 policemen have been given Rs 30 lakh ex-gratia announced by the government for all corona frontline warriors besides other relief.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: September 7, 2020 8:22:38 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News September 4 Highlights: Around 44 police personnel have died due to Covid-19 in Karnataka so far, state Director General of Police Praveen Sood said on Thursday.

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According to police, the family of all 44 policemen have been given Rs 30 lakh ex-gratia announced by the government for all corona frontline warriors besides other relief.

“So far 44 policemen have lost their lives due to Covid- 19. We have not just given Rs 30 lakh each to their families. They will also get insurance, other benefits and job to a dependent on the compassionate ground,” Sood said.

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The ex-gratia of Rs 30 lakh had been given within 48 hours of the demise of the police personnel, he added. The DGP also said that he has directed all his subordinates to liberally sanction earned leave to police personnel having comorbidity or serious illness.

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16:21 (IST)04 Sep 2020
BIAL Launches Tech-Enabled Passenger Flow Management System at Bengaluru Airport

Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), with Xovis as its implementing partner on Friday rolled out the tech-enabled Queue Management System at the Kempegowda International Airport, in Bengaluru to reduce waiting times, enhance operational efficiency and better manage passenger flow during peak hours.

According to BIAL, In addition, the Xovis PTS, a state-of-the-art passenger flow management system, will display live waiting times on the screens at processing points, leading to lowered levels of stress for passengers. This system empowers internal teams to plan resources well in advance with historical data available from the solution, BIAL said in the statement.

The Xovis 3D sensors will capture passenger flow coordinates at departure gates, check-in, immigration, Security Hold Areas of both domestic and international flights as well as Visa sections.

“At BIAL, our aim is to make BLR Airport the most digitally advanced and efficient airport in the world. This system is part of BIAL’s vision to enable journeys, create experiences and touch lives as part of the gateway to a new India,” said Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Operating Officer, BIAL.

16:21 (IST)04 Sep 2020
BIAL Launches Tech-Enabled Passenger Flow Management System at Bengaluru Airport

Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), with Xovis as its implementing partner on Friday rolled out the tech-enabled Queue Management System at the Kempegowda International Airport, in Bengaluru to reduce waiting times, enhance operational efficiency and better manage passenger flow during peak hours.

According to BIAL, In addition, the Xovis PTS, a state-of-the-art passenger flow management system, will display live waiting times on the screens at processing points, leading to lowered levels of stress for passengers. This system empowers internal teams to plan resources well in advance with historical data available from the solution, BIAL said in the statement.

The Xovis 3D sensors will capture passenger flow coordinates at departure gates, check-in, immigration, Security Hold Areas of both domestic and international flights as well as Visa sections.

“At BIAL, our aim is to make BLR Airport the most digitally advanced and efficient airport in the world. This system is part of BIAL’s vision to enable journeys, create experiences and touch lives as part of the gateway to a new India,” said Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Operating Officer, BIAL.

15:43 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Senior scientists question device that claims to kill coronavirus in closed spaces

The science behind a device that claims to have the capability of killing coronavirus in closed spaces by using electron particles, produced by a serial inventor in Bengaluru, has been called into question by several senior scientists in the country.

Shycocan, a device created by Rajah Vijay Kumar, who runs a firm called Organization de Scalene, has received wide publicity over the past few months following claims of approval from FDA and EU-CE for its marketing in the US and Europe.

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15:17 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Sandalwood drug case: CCB officials question Kannada actor Ragini Dwivedi after house raid

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bengaluru, which is probing the drug menace in the Kannada film industry, on Friday interrogated actor Ragini Dwivedi after conducting a search at her residence this morning.

A team of CCB sleuths, including women officials, reached Dwivedi’s residence at Judicial Layout in North-East Bengaluru at about 6 am after obtaining a search warrant from the court.

“We have taken a search warrant from the court and now, the CCB is conducting a search at Ragini’s house in Bengaluru,” Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), told indianexpress.com.

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14:21 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Watch | Education Minister reviews 'Vidayagama' scheme at Magadi

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar Friday reviewed the implementation of the ‘Vidyagama’ scheme at Magadi Taluk in Ramanagara District.

Vidyagama is a concept by which lessons are provided by teachers at the doorsteps of children in villages, as physical classes in schools remain absent due to the Covid-19 situation.

As per the scheme, the teachers are asked to sign attendance at their respective government schools and then go on a journey in villages around where children get together at select points to engage in academic activities.

14:13 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Bengaluru violence: Fact-finding committee of Citizens for Democracy submits report to CM Yediyurappa

A fact-finding committee of Citizens for Democracy headed by retired judge Justice Srikanth D Babaladi submitted report on the recent Bengaluru violence to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday.

13:40 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Karnataka: SWR to operate 6 pairs of intrastate special trains

The South Western Railway (SWR) Thursday announced that it will operate six pairs of special trains within Karnataka to aid passengers travel between key cities. As per the notification, the trains will operate to and fro in the following routes:

Hubballi-Mysuru, Mysuru-Bijapur, Yeshwantpur-Karwar, Belagavi-Shedbal, Bengaluru-Mangaluru (two pairs).
The train on the Hubballi-Mysuru route will follow the same timings of Train 165691 on its onward journey and that of Train 165692 for its return journey, beginning September 4 and 5, respectively, and shall continue “until further advice”.

Meanwhile, the service on the Mysuru-Bijapur route will begin on the same dates following the timetable of Train 16535 (upto Bijapur) and 16536 (from Bijapur) till September 8 and 9, respectively.
The special train on the Yeshwantpur-Karwar route will begin services on September 4 on its onward route and the next day for its return journey and will follow the same timetable as that of Trains 16595 and 16596 respectively. SWR officials confirmed that the train will operate “until further advice”.
At the same time, the special service on the Belagavi-Shedbal route will operate from September 5 to 9 comprising 18 coaches.

Further, while one pair of trains will operate on the Bengaluru-Mangaluru route four days per week until further advice from September 4 (onward journey) and September 6 (return journey), another pair along the same route will be a tri-weekly service.
As per the notification, the latter will begin operations from Mangaluru to Bengaluru on September 5 following the same timetable of Train 16518, the same service from Bengaluru to Mangaluru will begin on September 6, following the same schedule of Train 16517.

“All express trains shall be fully-reserved including general seating (GS) class,” an SWR official confirmed.

10:28 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Karnataka approves new IT policy

The Karnataka cabinet on Thursday approved the new IT (information technology) policy for 2020 -25 to create six million jobs during the policy period. According to the state government, the policy would also enable the IT industry to contribute approximately 30 per cent to the country’s goal of creating a trillion-dollar digital economy.

Law Minister JC Madhuswamy said that a special incentive for the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector was also approved in the Cabinet. The State hopes that special incentives will help bring in an investment of Rs 5,000 crore over the next five years and generate 43,000 direct employment opportunities,” he said.

“The new IT Policy for 2020-25 has been positioned to ensure Karnataka retains its pole position in the sector. We aim to also strengthen the ecosystem and boost growth in Tier 2 & 3 cities of the state. We project that over 60+ Lakh new jobs will be created in this sector,” Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayan said.

“To facilitate the expansion of ESDM manufacturing in Karnataka, we will offer a 'Scheme of Special Incentives for ESDM Sector' complementing the Centre's NPE 2019 and SPECS, PLI and EMC 2.0 schemes. We aim to attract Rs. 5000 Crores worth of investments and create 43,000 plus new jobs,” he added.

09:25 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Karnataka floods: Central team to visit on September 7

A six-member team from the Central Government will visit flood-hit districts in Karnataka from September 7, Revenue Minister R Ashok said.

The team led by KV Pratap will arrive in Bengaluru on September 7 and meet BS Yediyuarppa to discuss the flood situation in the state. “The team will undertake a three-day tour to the State to assess the damage caused by heavy rains and floods. The team will visit Kodagu, Belagavi, Bagalkot and Vijaypura districts and return to Bengaluru on September 9,” Ashok said.

“The government would submit a memorandum to the Central assessment team. I had visited ten flood-hit affected districts so far. We also did an aerial survey of these districts along with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa,” he added

09:19 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Covid patients to use postal ballots for gram panchayat polls

Coronavirus patients in Karnataka will be allowed to cast their votes in the upcoming gram panchayat elections using postal ballots, the State Election Commission (KSEC) announced Thursday.

In a 10-page standard operating procedure (SOP) issued prior to the elections to 5,800 gram panchayats in the state, KSEC stated: “Separate guidelines will be issued to enable Covid-19 positive patients to use postal ballots to cast their votes as they will be unable to exercise their rights for being under home quarantine or in a hospital.”

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09:18 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Karnataka government transfers 4 IPS officers

The Karnataka government transferred four IPS officers on Thursday.

DCP (North-East) Bheemashankar S Guledhas has been transferred and posted SP, CID. The government cancelled CK Baba's transfer order as SP, CID from Ballari. He is now DCP (N-E). S Girish, commandant, KSRP 9th Battalion is transferred as SP, Ramanagara. Anoop A Shetty, SP, Ramanagara transferred to Girish's place now.

09:04 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: Private hospitals allege delay in Covid-19 fee reimbursement, govt denies claim

Over a month after the Karnataka government directed private hospitals to reserve 50% of their beds for the treatment of Covid-19 patients, hospitals have accused the government of not reimbursing their bills as promised. This, the hospitals have said, has caused hurdles in payment to their staff and vendors providing infrastructure and products for treatment.
Dr Jagadish Hiremath of ACE Suhas Hospital in Jigani said such issues would not have arisen if the government was willing to pay in advance the healthcare providers for Covid-19 beds reserved under the government quota.

Meanwhile, Dr R Ravindra, President of the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes’ Association (PHANA) told Indianexpress.com that repeated requests from them were left with no response from the Karnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

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08:40 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Bengaluru police sub-inspector takes classes for children of migrant workers

A police sub-inspector Shantappa Jadammanavar from Annapoorneshwari Nagar police station in Bengaluru is taking classes for children of migrant workers daily for an hour before reporting to duty.

According to Bengaluru police, Shantappa teaches Vedic maths, general knowldge, and life skills to childrens at a neighbourhood slum in Vinayak Nagar, Nagarbhavi from past 15 days.

Appreciating his work, Bengaluru City police commissioner, Kamal Pant tweeted, “We rise by lifting others! Mr. Shanthappa J, our PSI of @apnagarps teaches Vedic maths, GK, and life skills to the children of migrant laborers daily for an hour before reporting to duty. Such a heartwarming and noble gesture. Kudos. May your tribe increase!”

08:23 (IST)04 Sep 2020
44 police personnel have died of Covid-19 in Karnataka

Around 44 police personnel have died due to Covid-19 in Karnataka so far, state Director General of Police Praveen Sood said on Thursday.

According to police, the family of all 44 policemen have been given Rs 30 lakh ex-gratia announced by the government for all corona frontline warriors besides other relief.

"So far 44 policemen have lost their lives due to COVID- 19. We have not just given Rs 30 lakh each to their families. They will also get insurance, other benefits and job to a dependent on the compassionate ground," Sood said.

The ex-gratia of Rs 30 lakh had been given within 48 hours of the demise of the police personnel, he added. The DGP also said that he has directed all his subordinates to liberally sanction earned leave to police personnel having comorbidity or serious illness.

08:23 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Sandalwood drug case: Police search house of actress Ragini Dwivedi

Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) police on Friday morning conducting searches at Kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi house regarding Sandalwood drug case investigation. “We have taken search warrant from Court and now CCB is conducting a search in Ragini house at Bengaluru on drug case investigation,” Joint Commissioner of Police(Crime) Sandeep Patil, told Indianexpress.com

On Thursday, CCB sleuths arrested a second division clerk (SDC) with Regional Transport Office and a close friend to the actress Ragini Dwivedi for his alleged involvement in drugs. The arrested, identified as K Ravishankar, a resident of Vijayanagara in the city is currently under five days of police custody.

The CCB has been investigating drug dealing and substance abuse by Kannada film actors after filmmaker and journalist Indrajit Lankesh made statements regarding the case recently. On August 21, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) conducted a major drug bust and arrested drug peddlers, who have been supplying drugs to artists in the Kannada film industry.

Indrajit Lankesh on Monday deposed before the CCB police on his claims that the Kannada film industry was in the grip of drugs. He appeared before the CCB in response to the summons and was questioned for almost five hours, days after he claimed that many in the industry were into drugs.

08:21 (IST)04 Sep 2020
Bengaluru doctor held in LeT recruitment case sent to judicial custody

An Indian doctor who was arrested on deportation from Saudi Arabia last week, in connection with an alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba recruitment plot registered in 2012, was on Thursday sent to judicial custody in Bengaluru after four days of interrogation by the NIA.

Dr Sabeel Ahmed, 38, was produced in a special terrorism court by the agency and his arrest was shown in the original LeT recruitment plot case of 2012.

The case, registered in Bengaluru, has seen 14 other accused convicted, and subsequently released from prison in 2016 after they pleaded guilty.

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08:21 (IST)04 Sep 2020
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On Thursday, Central Crime Branch (CCB)police have arrested a second division clerk (SDC) with Regional Transport Office and a close friend to the actress Ragini Dwivedi for his alleged involvement in drugs.

The arrested is identified K Ravishankar, a resident of Vijayanagara in the city is currently under five days of police custody.

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The CCB has been investigating drug dealing and substance abuse by Kannada film actors after filmmaker and journalist Indrajit Lankesh made statements regarding the case recently.

On August 21, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) conducted a major drug bust and arrested drug peddlers, who have been supplying drugs to artists in the Kannada film industry.

On August 21, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) conducted a major drug bust and arrested drug peddlers, who have been supplying drugs to artists in the Kannada film industry.

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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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