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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 12 Highlights: AAP demands distribution of PPE kits to all BMTC employees

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News Live Updates: The BBMP confirmed the addition of 21 more COVID-19 containment zones in Bengaluru. As many as 17 fresh cases and two deaths were confirmed in the city on Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: June 13, 2020 8:26:36 am
On MC tablerailways guidelines ttes, ppes for ttes, indian railways, special train starting dates, indian express : Purchase of more PPE kits worth `2.10 cr, sanitizers worth `46.80L, masks/gloves worth `25 lakh Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 12 Highlights: Further, AAP demanded the state government to provide high-quality masks, sanitizers, gloves, safety equipment and to make arrangements to get all BMTC employees tested. (Reprsentational)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 12 Highlights: In the wake of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasting rains in Bengaluru for the next few days, local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has opened zonal control rooms to assist citizens with troubleshooting and other related issues.

“Citizens may alert and ring up their concerned zonal control rooms in case of emergency,” BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar said.

(Scroll down to get contact details of zonal control rooms)

Meanwhile, BBMP confirmed the addition of 21 more COVID-19 containment zones in Bengaluru. As many as 17 fresh cases and two deaths were confirmed in the city on Thursday. At the same time, Karnataka witnessed a spike of 204 new cases taking the total tally to 6245.

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19:45 (IST)12 Jun 2020
Bengaluru now has 116 active containment zones

Bengaluru now has 116 active containment zones within BBMP limits. 36 fresh cases and four deaths were reported from the city on Friday.

19:06 (IST)12 Jun 2020
Former PM Deve Gowda, three others get elected to Rajya Sabha unanimously

All four candidates, whose nominations were validated by the Election Commission, were elected unanimously to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka on Friday.

The newly elected MPs include former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda, veteran Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s nominees Ashok Gasti and Iranna Kadadi.

Returning Officer M S Vishalakshi announced the result a week prior to the polling day scheduled by the Election Commission as the number of valid nominations did not exceed the vacancies in the Rajya Sabha from the state.

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18:39 (IST)12 Jun 2020
Karnataka reports 7 COVID-19 deaths, 4 in Bengaluru

The number of fresh coronavirus cases in Karnataka continued to see a substantial hike on Friday as well as the state recorded the highest number of fatalities recorded in a day.

According to the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, seven patients succumbed to the infection, four among them from Bengaluru.

All the fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours have been linked to either Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) or Influenza-like Illness (ILI), and are among people aged 48 and above.

Meanwhile, discharges (464) outnumbered new coronavirus cases (271) recorded on Friday.

Fatality rate: 1.21%. Recovery rate: 52.79%

18:20 (IST)12 Jun 2020
Provide PPE kits to all BMTC employees: Aam Aadmi Party

A day after a Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) employee tested positive for COVID-19 in the city, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) demanded PPE kits distributed to all employees of the transport corporation.

"Since lockdown eased, thousands of people have started travelling by BMTC buses. If the infection starts spreading fast in the community due to lack of adequate precautions by the government, will the (Transport) Minister accept responsibility for it?," Darshan Jain, AAP Karnataka Joint Secretary said.

Further, AAP demanded the state government to provide high-quality masks, sanitizers, gloves, safety equipment and to make arrangements to get all BMTC employees tested.

17:36 (IST)12 Jun 2020
Karnataka withdraws notification on increased work hours

After severe criticism the Karnataka government has withdrawn its notification allowing factories to make their employees work for ten hours in a day, and sixty hours in a week.

Karnataka Labour Minister Shivaram Hebbar said that the working hours for all workers in the State has been limited to 8 hours. "after consulting the chief minister, it was decided to limit the working hours to 8," the minister said.

The government in its notification issued on May 22 has extended the work hours for three months (till August 21, 2020). The notification exempted factories from provisions Section 51 of the Factories Act, 1948, which caps the maximum work hours per worker in a week at 48 hours, and Section 54 which limits working hours to not more than nine in a day.

16:48 (IST)12 Jun 2020
IMD forecasts heavy rainfall in parts of coastal Karnataka

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted the onset of heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts of coastal Karnataka, Telangana, Konkan, and Goa in the next 24 hours. It also issued a ‘red’ warning in these places.

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15:02 (IST)12 Jun 2020
Keep up fight against COVID-19, be vigil: Medical Edu Minister

Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Friday urged the citizens of Bengaluru to continue to be vigilant to avoid further spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Being the fourth most populous city in India, Bengaluru has been successful in containing the spread of virus. I urge people to keep up the fight, continue vigil and together with Corona-Warriors, we can defeat the virus,” he said.

13:53 (IST)12 Jun 2020
Karnataka police file chargesheet in Mangaluru airport bomb scare case

Nearly five months after a bomb scare hit the airport in Mangaluru, Karnataka Police have filed a 700-page charge sheet against accused Aditya Rao for planting the improvised explosive device (IED) to trigger fear.

The charge sheet was filed by investigating officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police K U Belliappa in a Judicial Magistrate court in Mangaluru on Thursday after obtaining approval from the state Home Secretary and the district deputy commissioner, police said.

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13:08 (IST)12 Jun 2020
Bengaluru Cops nab six drug peddlers from Kerala

Six interstate drug peddlers from Kerala arrested in Bengaluru by Anti Narcotics Wing of Central Crime Branch under the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. The police seized ecstasy pills, ganja, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) strips, worth Rs 8 lakhs. According to police, the accused brought drugs from Kerala & sold them to addicts in the city.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said, "all six brought their supply from a dealer in Kerala and were selling drugs to students and other addicts in the city."

The police received a tip-off from informants and arrested them from a house near Hulimavu in South Bengaluru.

11:47 (IST)12 Jun 2020
Govt order yet to be issued; officials flooded with complaints

When contacted, officials of the Education Department told Indianexpress.com that they are flooded with complaints raised by parents of different schools continuing with online classes even after the ministers’ announcements to ban online classes in schools (upto class 5/7).

"We have been attending calls and complaints from parents and even a few teachers working in private schools in the city that managements have decided to continue with online classes despite the Education Minister asking schools not to do so,” a Deputy Director of Public Instruction posted in Bengaluru said.

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11:09 (IST)12 Jun 2020
SARI biggest risk for COVID-19 patients in Karnataka

Severe Acute Respiratory Infection, a condition in which a person faces breathing difficulties, has been seen to be the biggest risk for COVID-19 patients in Karnataka. The risk increases if the person also happens to be over 60 years of age, an analysis of COVID19 deaths in the state shows.

A very small proportion of the COVID-19 patients in the state had severe acute respiratory infection (SARI), just 75 out of the 6,275 positive cases till now. But amongst those who had, the mortality is very high.

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10:38 (IST)12 Jun 2020
Cancel online classes up to PUC: Siddaramaiah

Opposition party leader Siddaramaiah has advised the Karnataka government to cancel online classes up to PUC and open schools only after October.

Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, Siddaramaiah welcomed the cancellation of the online classes up to class 5 by the government "Conducting Online classes is not the proper way to educate students. I have been opposing online classes,” he said.

"The schools must be opened only after October and with all precautionary measures," he added.

10:03 (IST)12 Jun 2020
Bengaluru Government Science College will now be Nrupathunga University

The Karnataka cabinet decided to upgrade iconic Government Science College in Bengaluru to the status of a university and will be renamed as ‘Nrupathunga University’. Law Minister JC Madhuswamy said the decision to this effect was taken in the Cabinet on Thursday.

“The Government Science College on the Central College premises will now be recognised as a university. The government will inform the University Grants Commission about the decision on upgrade," the minister said.

The college is the brainchild of erstwhile Mysore king Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar and was set up in 1921. At present, the College functions under Bengaluru Central University.

09:32 (IST)12 Jun 2020
Protester Amulya gets 'default bail' in magistrate court

The day after a sessions court rejected the bail petition of Amulya Leona Noronha, the 19-year-old who was held on charges of sedition for saying “Pakistan Zindabad” at an anti-CAA protest in February, a magistrate’s court granted the college student “default bail” since the state had failed to file the chargesheet within the stipulated time period.

Police in Bengaluru were due to file a chargesheet on May 20, when the 90-day period since her arrest ended, but did so only on June 3. The delay enabled Amulya’s advocates to move a plea under section 167(2) of the CrPC, under which those arrested are entitled to bail at the end of 60/90 days given to the police for investigation — if a chargesheet is not filed by then.

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09:08 (IST)12 Jun 2020
COMEDK entrance test postponed to July 25

The COMEDK Undergraduate Entrance Test (UGET) 2020, a gateway for admission to undergraduate engineering courses in private engineering colleges in Karnataka, has been postponed to July 25.

According to an official notification, new applications will be accepted from June 14 to 17. The option to to edit and update test centres will be open to candidates from June 18 to June 21.

The exam was scheduled to be held on June 27.

08:34 (IST)12 Jun 2020
Bengaluru rains: Contact details of zonal control rooms

  • RR Nagar - 080-28600954, 28601851
  • South Zone - 080-2656362, 22975703
  • Dasarahalli - 080-28393688, 28394909
  • Mahadevapura - 080-28512300, 28512301
  • Bommanahalli - 080-25735643, 25732447
  • West Zone - 080-23463366, 23561692
  • Yelahanka - 080-23636671, 22975936
  • East Zone - 080-22975803
  • WhatsApp number - 9480685700
  • Central Office - 080-22221188, 22224748, 22975595

08:31 (IST)12 Jun 2020
Welcome to today's live blog

Good morning!
Welcome to the live blog from Bengaluru where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19, lockdown 5.0, unlock phase 1 and more across Bengaluru and Karnataka. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

bengaluru coronavirus, bengaluru coronavirus cases, BMTC employee tests positive for coronavirus, BMTC coronavirus contact tracing, karnataka coronavirus According to BMTC officials, the employee was admitted to a designated-COVID hospital in the city soon after his test results were confirmed.

Meanwhile, a BMTC driver-cum-conductor working at KR Puram depot tested positive for coronavirus keeping the corporation on its toes to ensure safety to passengers and staff alike.

Read | Bengaluru: BMTC employee tests positive for Covid-19, depot sanitised

At the same time, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday gave permission to hold a swearing-in ceremony —‘Prathigna Dina’(oath day in Kannada) for DK Shivakumar as president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC).

Read | Karnataka govt gives nod to DK Shivakumar’s swearing-in ceremony as KPCC president

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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