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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus July 30 Highlights: South Western Railway commissions 33 km-long double lines from Lachyan to Hotgi

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 30 Highlights: The High Court has directed the KEA and other state authorities to provide transportation and other logistical support to students, their parents, wherever needed, including those staying in containment zones.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: July 31, 2020 8:30:03 am
South-Western-Railway-Indian-rail-bridge-Karnataka-Maharashtra-River-Bhima The track passes through the 670 m long important bridge over River Bhima, the longest bridge in the zone comprising 14 spans of 45.7 m each. Express Photo

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 30 Highlights: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday rejected the plea to postpone the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) which is scheduled on July 30 and 31.

A division bench, comprising Justice Aravind Kumar and Justice M I Arun, refused to stay the May 13, 2020 notification of Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) announcing the dates.

“Authorities shall make sure that conditions in the standard operating procedure issued by the Union Ministry of Health and the guidelines of the state are scrupulously followed by all,” the High Court stated in its order.

The High Court also directed the KEA and other state authorities to provide transportation and other logistical support to students, their parents, wherever needed, including those staying in containment zones.

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18:26 (IST)30 Jul 2020
No leadership change, Yediyurappa will be CM: Karnataka BJP Chief

Ruling out leadership change, Karnataka BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel on Thursday said there should be no doubt about party giving a stable government in the state for the next three years, with B S Yediyurappa as the Chief Minister.

With speculations about leadership change and social media posts allegedly by Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi’s supporters projecting him as the next CM, the BJP Chief said it is the party that decides on such matters not supporters, and any violation of discipline will not be tolerated.

Speaking to reporters in Chamarajanagara, Kateel said, “There is no discord (with in the party). For next three years our government will be stable and run the administration. Yediyurappa will be Chief Minister for remaining three years completely, let there be no doubt about it.”

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18:20 (IST)30 Jul 2020
KSRTC personnel rejoin duty after recovering from COVID-19

Shivayogi C. Kalasad, Managing Director, KSRTC welcomed drivers and an attender to the central office who recently tested covid positive and were treated at the designated government hospital with a sapling and flower today.

Speaking to the recovered staff and gathering, the Managing Director said, “Drivers and conductors are the front line warriors of the Covid-19. During this medieval emergency, there is a dire need to maintain social distance and wear a face mask while performing duty and have issued a circular in this regard to all the employees to follow.”

Further he said, “If any of the employees of the corporation are affected with corona, the officers of the corporation must be in constant contact with him and his family, provide all kinds of assistance, advice and after staff are recovered, Corporation shall warmly welcome them back to the duty."

KSRTC in association with a private hospital is opening a COVID Care center at the Peenya Bus Station exclusively for KSRTC and BMTC staff.

18:09 (IST)30 Jul 2020
IN PICS | SWR commissions 33 km-long double lines from Lachyan to Hotgi

The South Western Railway Thursday commissioned the Lachyan-Hotgi (33 km) section as part of the doubling project from Hotgi-Kudgi-Gadag (284 km) which was sanctioned by Railway Board in 2014-15.

It connects Karnataka with Maharashtra through Bijapur and Sholapur districts.

The track passes through the 670 m long important bridge over River Bhima, the longest bridge in the zone comprising 14 spans of 45.7 m each.

"This bridge is designed to fit for 25T axle loading. Currently, speed restrictions are imposed on existing bridge since it is not capable of carrying higher axle loads," SWR said in a statement.

17:48 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Bengaluru: Karnataka decides to ramp up testing across BBMP zones

In the view of the daily rise in fresh cases reported from Bengaluru, the Karnataka government Thursday decided to ramp up testing across all eight BBMP zones in the city.

Confirming this, Medical Education Minister Dr Sudhakar said, "The government is taking all measures to ramp up testing across zones in Bengaluru. This will enable faster tracing and treatment of the infected persons."

After a huge dip in daily testing numbers on July 26 (5930), the most number of tests in the city was done the next day (July 27 - 10,176). The minister, after holding a video conference with senior officials to review Covid-19 management in the city said the numbers will be enhanced further.

17:46 (IST)30 Jul 2020
IN PICS | Karnataka Minister for Higher Education visits Covid-19 exam centre wearing PPE kit

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education Dr CN Ashwath Narayan on Thursday visited a covid care centre where positive students are writing the KCET exam in Bengaluru. He interacted with the students wearing a PPE Kit.

11:50 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Watch: Candidates arrive for KCET 2020, Dy CM inspects arrangements

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister, also in charge of Higher Education portfolio, Dr Ashwathnarayan CN inspects arrangements at an exam centre in Bengaluru.

Over 1.94 lakh students expected to appear for the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) 2020 from across the state.

11:34 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Bengaluru: Two techies arrested for uploading photos of college students on porn sites

The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch Police on Thursday arrested two techies for uploading photographs of college students and lecturers on porn sites.

According to CCB Police, Ajay Thanikachalam(37) from CV Raman Nagar and Vikas Raghotham (27) from Rajaianagara were arrested based on seven complaints filed across Cyber Crime, Economic Offences and Narcotics (CEN) police stations.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said, “The two accused were uploading photos of college students and lecturers, taken from their Instagram and Facebook profiles, to the various porn websites.”

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11:31 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Bangalore Metro: Tunneling works for city's longest underground corridor begins

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) Thursday announced the commencement of tunneling work between Cantonment station and Shivajinagar for the city's longest underground metro corridor after Chief Minister Yediyurappa set a tunnel boring machine in motion.

"The CM has set in motion one Tunnel Boring Machine on July 30. The TBM named Urja will be tunneling (north-bound tunnel) between Cantonment and Shivajinagar stations. The expected geology in this tunnel section is about 250 m in hard rock, 350 m in mixed ground conditions, and about 255 m in soil," the statement read.

BMRCL officials further confirmed that the second TBM (Vindhya) is likely to be commissioned soon after the first TBM completes required advancement.

The city's longest underground metro corridor is planned between Diary Circle and Nagawara, spanning across a distance of 14 kilometres.

09:01 (IST)30 Jul 2020
After criticism, Karnataka govt puts Tipu Sultan back in Class 7 syllabus

After criticism, the Karnataka government included the chapters on controversial 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan back in the Class 7 syllabus.

The Karnataka Department of Public Instruction had decided to remove Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali chapters from the Class 7 textbooks as part of its move to reduce the syllabus by 30 per cent for the COVID-hit academic year 2020-21.

The state government on Wednesday asked the Karnataka Text Book Society (KTBS) to withdraw its truncated syllabus and republish it after re-examining all chapters.

“Since the academic year has yet not started, we are not clear how many days will be available for holding classes. Therefore, the syllabus has not been finalised. Depending on the number of days available, a decision will be made scientifically. The syllabus was accidentally put on the website and I have asked our department officials to take it down,” Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said. “None of the lessons will be cut unnecessarily and there will be no scope for any confusion, it should not be given any unnecessary political colour,” he added.

08:41 (IST)30 Jul 2020
With doctor on video call, these women in Karnataka help deliver a baby

A group of women in Hangal town of Karnataka’s Haveri district helped a woman deliver her baby with the help of a doctor from Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Hubballi, who assisted them through a video call.

Vasavi Pathepur of Kittur Chennamma Street was expecting her second baby, which was due in July-end, but she developed labour pain in the afternoon this Sunday. Her husband Raghvendra could not find any ambulance to take her to hospital as most ambulances were deployed on COVID-19 duty.

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08:40 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Bengaluru police arrested three people for selling demonetised currency

The Bengaluru police have arrested three people who sold demonetised currency and offered commissions to the buyers.

The arrested are Kiran Kumar (32), resident of Magadi Road, B R Praveen Kumar from Manasa Nagar and Pavan Kumar from Kalasipalyam. According to police, they were arrested as they waited for customers with Rs 1,000 demonetised currency at an apartment in Jalahalli, North Bengaluru.

The police have seized old notes worth Rs 30 lakh from the trio and they have been booked under cheating and the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act.

08:26 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Karnataka High Court allows K-CET exams

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday rejected the plea to postpone the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) which is scheduled on July 30 and 31.

A division bench, comprising Justice Aravind Kumar and Justice M I Arun, refused to stay the May 13, 2020 notification of Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) announcing the dates.

"Authorities shall make sure that conditions in the standard operating procedure issued by the Union Ministry of Health and the guidelines of the state are scrupulously followed by all," the High Court stated in its order.

The High Court also directed the KEA and other state authorities to provide transportation and other logistical support to students, their parents, wherever needed, including those staying in containment zones.

Also Read | Karnataka allows asymptomatic Covid-19 positive students to attend KCET

08:25 (IST)30 Jul 2020
July surge: 65% of the deceased hospitalised late in Bengaluru

Over 65% of Covid-19 deaths that have occurred in Bengaluru since July 1 — when cases and mortalities in the city began rocketing — happened within 24 hours of hospital admission or involved patients who were already dead when brought to hospital, an analysis of daily health bulletins put out by the Karnataka government shows.

Bengaluru saw 860 coronavirus-linked deaths between July 1 and July 28. Of these, 479 (55%) died within 24 hours of hospital admission while 94 (10%) were declared dead on arrival, shows the data, that includes date of admission in each case and date of death in case of fatalities.

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08:24 (IST)30 Jul 2020
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Over 65% of Covid-19 deaths that have occurred in Bengaluru since July 1 — when cases and mortalities in the city began rocketing — happened within 24 hours of hospital admission or involved patients who were already dead when brought to hospital, an analysis of daily health bulletins put out by the Karnataka government shows.

READ | July surge: 65% of the deceased hospitalised late in Bengaluru

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

READ | With doctor on video call, these women in Karnataka help deliver a baby

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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