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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 20 Highlights: 73% rise in Covid testing capacity in Bengaluru, says Health Minister

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 20 Highlights: The Minister said that over 13.20 lakh tests have been conducted in Bengaluru till September 19. Staggering 22.90 lakh tests have been conducted in the last one month.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 21, 2020 8:17:10 am
K Sudhakar, Karnataka, Karnataka Health MinisterKarnataka Health, Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar. (Express Photo)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News October 20 Highlights: Bengaluru has seen a drastic reduction in mortality rate and significant rise in Covid testing capacity by 73 percent, said Karnataka Health, Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar after meeting officials on Monday.

The Minister said that over 13.20 lakh tests have been conducted in Bengaluru till September 19. Staggering 22.90 lakh tests have been conducted in the last one month. There has been an increase by 9.70 lakh tests compared to last month and also a huge increase of testing by 49% when compared to other big cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Delhi, Sudhakar said.

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“Mortality rate can be reduced if tests are conducted at earlier stages and treatment is administered soon. Currently mortality rate is at 1.37% and we have the target to reduce it below 1%. Mortality rate in Bengaluru is at 1.14% and we are very near to our target. Virus is under control and reduction in the number of infected persons,” he explained.

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18:29 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Karnataka bypolls: Congress demands disqualification of RR Nagar BJP candidate Muniratna

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Tuesday wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner demanding disqualification of Muniratna, the BJP candidate from RR Nagar for the upcoming byelections scheduled to be held on November 3.

"Muniratna and his team of workers including his agents have, from the date of his nomination, been indulging in unduly influencing the voters with money and with valuable gifts," the letter written by KPCC Working President Saleem Ahmed mention.

Further, Ahmed alleged that the BJP candidate and his workers have been paying Rs 5,000 and more to every voter to get votes in their favour. "In cases where votes are not assured, the identity cards issued by the Election Commission is being secured and kept in the custody of the BJP candidate and his election agents," he alleged.

Muniratna had switched sides to BJP from Congress in July 2019 necessitating byelections at the RR Nagar assembly constituency in Bengaluru.

18:26 (IST)20 Oct 2020
SWR to run daily superfast festival special express between Howrah and Yesvantpur

South Western Railway has decided to run daily superfast festival special express between Howrah and Yesvantpur. “It is decided to run Train No. 02873/02874 Howrah – Yesvantpur – Howrah Daily Superfast Festival Special Express in view of Durga Puja, Deepawali and Chhath Puja,” SWR said in a release.Here are the details of train: Train No. 02873 Howrah – Yesvantpur Superfast Festival Special Express will depart daily from Howrah at 20.35 hrs and arrive Yesvantpur at 07.15 hrs on the second day from the date of departure with effect commencing journey from Howrah from 22.10.2020 to 30.11.2020.In the return direction, train No. 02874 Yesvantpur – Howrah Superfast Festival Special Express will depart daily from Yesvantpur at 19.35 hrs and arrive Howrah at 06.25 hrs on the second day from the date of departure with effect commencing journey from Yesvantpur from 24.10.2020 to 02.12.2020.The train will have existing stoppages and timings of Regular Train No. 12863/12864 Howrah – Yesvantpur – Howrah Daily Superfast Express. The SWR said that the train will have a composition of 22 coaches one AC 2 - Tier Coach, four AC 3 - Tier Coaches, 12 Second Class Sleeper Coaches, two General Coaches, two Luggage cum Brake Vans with generator and one Pantry Car.

18:20 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: Police take Kolkata flight to chase down man accused of theft

In a dramatic chase, the Bengaluru City Police took a Bengaluru-Kolkata flight to arrest a man accused of stealing a safe containing valuables worth Rs 1.3 crore and took a train to the same destination. The accused, identified as Kailash Das (35), was arrested as soon as he deboarded the train at Howrah railway station.
According to the police, Das had been working and residing at the complainant (Rajesh Babu)’s house for the past six years.

“After a family member was hospitalised after contracting coronavirus earlier this month, other relatives were busy taking care of the patient. This is when Das fled with the digital locker stolen from the house, on October 9,” an officer from JP Nagar police said.

The accused has been remanded in judicial custody for 15 days and an investigation is on, JP Nagar police added.

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17:25 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: 1.61 lakh people fined for helmetless riding, officers directed to enforce laws 'stricter'

With over 1.61 lakh cases of helmetless riding registered in capital city Bengaluru alone, the Karnataka Transport Department has instructed officials to enforce related laws like suspending driving licenses of violators for three months, apart from collecting fines.

At least 99,034 riders and 62,146 pillions have been penalised since September 13 with Covid-19 lockdown restrictions being withdrawn in phases. While over Rs 3.71 crore has been collected as fine from riders for helmetless riding, fines of more than Rs 2.34 crore have been collected from pillion riders for the same.

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17:25 (IST)20 Oct 2020
IRCTC to run Karnataka’s Golden Chariot train from January 2021

A luxury train for tourists, the Golden Chariot, is all set to restart operations from January 2021. The train will be run by Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC), the tourism arm of Indian Railways.

The train was stopped operating nine months ago by the Karnataka Tourism Department and handed over to IRCTC for operational and marketing purposes in January 2020. According to IRCTC, the tours will commence from Bengaluru and cover places in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and return to Bengaluru. ‘Pride of Karnataka package’ includes a 6 night-7 day itinerary covering visits to Bandipur National Park, Mysore, Halebid, Chikamangalur, Aihole, Pattadakal, Hampi and Goa.

Jewels of South package is the 6 night-7 day itinerary covers visit to Mysore, Hampi, Mahabalipuram, Thanjavur, Chettinad, Kumarakom and Cochin and Glimpses of Karnataka is a short 3 night-4 day itinerary covering Bandipur, Mysore and Hampi.

The operations of the only luxury train in south India had to be suspended last year due to heavy losses by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), which was then running it.

Golden Chariot commenced operations in 2008, as a joint initiative between the state government and the Railway ministry. It consists of 18 coaches with as many as 44 guest rooms, having a capacity of 84 guests in total. Each cabin is equipped with various features, including a small wardrobe, vanity desk, LCD TV, electric sockets for recharging batteries and a private washroom.

16:48 (IST)20 Oct 2020
B S Yediyurappa won’t be CM for long, next CM from north Karnataka: BJP MLA

Karnataka BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal claimed that BS Yediyurappa will not be Chief Minister for long and his successor will be from north Karnataka, and even Prime minister Narendra Modi is aware of this.

Speaking at an event on Monday evening, Yatnal, a senior BJP leader and MLA from Vijayapura said, “Yediyurappa will not be CM for long. Even those in high command are fed up with him. He is neglecting North Karnataka completely. Senior leaders in the BJP party are tired of Yediyurappa.”

Yatnal also said that Yediyurappa is not the CM of Karnataka, but only of his home district, Shivamogga. The BJP MLA’s remarks have lent further weight to speculation over the leadership change within the saffron party in Karnataka.

“Yediyurappa is completely neglecting North Karnataka region, BJP in the state comes to power, only because of north Karnataka districts which elect 100 MLAs. But the Chief Minister is chosen from south Karnataka which only sends 15 MLAs to the assembly,” Yatnal said.

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16:47 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Karnataka: KSRTC tickets now carry Covid-19 awareness messages

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Tuesday began printing Covid-19 awareness messages on tickets in a bid to promote guidelines stipulated by the government to combat the pandemic.

"Wear mask. Maintain social distance. Wash your hands and maintain cleanliness. Prompt checks of Covid-19 can save lives," the message printed below the rate charged for the journey in each ticket reads.

16:40 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: 1.61 lakh people fined for helmetless riding, officers directed to enforce laws 'stricter'

With over 1.61 lakh cases of helmetless riding registered in capital city Bengaluru alone, the Karnataka Transport Department has instructed officials to enforce related laws like suspending driving licenses of violators for three months, apart from collecting fines.

At least 99,034 riders and 62,146 pillions have been penalised since September 13 with Covid-19 lockdown restrictions being withdrawn in phases. While over Rs 3.71 crore has been collected as fine from riders for helmetless riding, fines of more than Rs 2.34 crore have been collected from pillion riders for the same.

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15:37 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Karnataka Chief electoral officer Sanjiv Kumar awarded PhD from Mysore varsity

Karnataka Chief electoral officer Sanjiv Kumar on Monday was awarded PhD for his thesis "MGNREGA - Law Rights, Process - Sustainable Livelihood - A Critical Study in Karnataka" by University of Mysore (UoM).

Kumar, a 1986 batch IAS officer, started his PhD thesis in 2015 and he pursued his PhD at the Institute of Development Studies(UoM). Sanjiv Kumar got clearance from the government to pursue a PhD in 2014.

In the year 2017, the Election Commission of India (ECI) appointed Sanjiv Kumar as the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) for Karnataka.

Meanwhile, IFS officer Manoj Rajan was also awarded PhD by UoM. Rajan pursued his PhD in ‘Agricultural Market Reforms in the Country and the Role of Technology’. Rajan is at present posted as the director of Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) and started the research work four-and-a-half years ago.

15:12 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: AAP accuses BESCOM of 'looting' citizens

The Aam Aadmi Party Tuesday accused the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) of "looting and threatening" citizens to pay an additional security deposit (ASD), condemning the move during the time of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The reaction comes at a time when several consumers took to social media to question notices served to them asking them to pay the ASD in addition to the electricity bills for the month.

"It is a shame that the Government is trying to loot the common man instead of offering support, during the pandemic. We urge Chief Minister Yediyurappa to put a stop to this deposit business of BESCOM as it is pinching the common man’s pocket," Mukund Gowda, President, State Youth Wing, AAP Karnataka said.

Meanwhile, BESCOM officials clarified, "ASD is charged only when the consumption exceeds the sanctioned load. This is calculated based on the electricity consumption per annum."

14:07 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Karnataka: Two held for bomb threat to judge hearing drug case

Two people from Tumakuru district in Karnataka have been taken into custody in connection with the bomb threat to a special judge hearing the drug case involving celebrities in the state, police sources said on Tuesday.

“Two persons have been detained for questioning. They will be brought to Bengaluru,” a top police officer told PTI on condition of anonymity.

A family feud in Tiptur of Tumakuru district is suspected to be the reason behind the incident, he said without divulging further information.

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11:54 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Helmetless riding can attract DL suspension for 3 months

Now, riding without a helmet in Karnataka will attract a three-month-long suspension of your driving license. To put things in place — after Bengaluru City Traffic Police (BTP) observed helmetless riding continuing to be the top traffic rule violation — the Karnataka Transport Department has instructed officers to enforce the law strictly.

According to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019, a fine of Rs 500 (reduced from Rs 1,000 by Karnataka) will also be levied on violators failing to wear helmets apart from the license suspension.

'While the new Act has been effective from September 1 last year, we have observed lapses in the enforcement of the rule. An internal notification has been sent to officials to ensure better enforcement. The same was also recommended by a Supreme Court-appointed committee for road safety in a video conference held last week,' a transport official said.

Further, the statistics released by the Bengaluru City Traffic Police indicate a steady rise in the number of cases on a weekly basis as well. While 16,343 riders were caught for not wearing helmets between September 13 and 19, the same has grown 33,660 between October 11 and 17, indicating a 33 per cent rise.

09:16 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Dharwad-Utkal line doubling completed by SWR

As part of Hosapete – Tinaighat – Vasco-da-Gama doubling by South Western Railway(SWR) , the section between Hubballi and Dharwad twin cities is being doubled.

According to SWR, the stretch of Dharwad -Navalur-Unkal is now completed. Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) conducted statutory inspection of newly laid double line section between Dharwad to Unkal (17 Km) and after compliance of observations in the inspection, CRS on October 16 gave authorization for running of passenger and goods trains between Dharwad and Unkal on newly laid line, SWR said.

At Unkal station, a new station building with island platform and new foot over bridge has been constructed under this project. The work of doubling Hubballi West to Hubbali involves Hubballi yard remodelling in which the world’s longest platform is coming up and the same is expected to be commissioned early next year.

09:02 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Bengaluru sees many leave as firms extend ‘work from home’; rent saving driving decision

Peter Gautam, a data scientist working at the Bengaluru office of a multinational tech corporation, had gone back to his native place in Kerala for a friend’s engagement a few days before the nationwide lockdown imposed to combat the novel coronavirus cases in March.

Little did he know that the country was bracing for something unprecedented that would change the lifestyle and work culture of millions like him.

“The main challenge was moving out of the apartment in Bengaluru while I was at my native (Thiruvananthapuram), especially with the stringent travel restrictions that were in effect back then. Another challenge was taking a call on whether I should do it, considering there was not a lot of clarity on how the pandemic would pan out, but I went ahead with the decision,” Gautam says.

Like Gautam, several others have moved out of the city to work remotely from their hometowns. Personal economics, health, and proximity to family members figure among the primary reasons behind the move.

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08:49 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Chennai-Bengaluru direct train to resume services from tomorrow

The Southern Railway Monday announced that a fully-reserved double-decker special train will begin services from Wednesday (October 21) between Dr MGR Chennai Central and KSR Bengaluru stations in both directions.

This leads to a direct passenger train service on the route resuming operations after over six months courtesy the coronavirus-induced lockdown, expected to aid hundreds of passengers daily.

As per the notification by Southern Railway. the train will comprise eight AC-chair car coaches and is scheduled to leave Chennai at 7.25 am to reach Bengaluru at 1.10 pm. In the return direction, the train will depart from Bengaluru at 02.30 pm to reach Chennai at 08.30 pm daily.

Reservations for the above specials are open from 8 am on Tuesday (Oct 20), according to the notification.

08:47 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Karnataka reported 5,018 new COVID-19 cases

As many as 5,018 new Covid-19 cases were reported across Karnataka, taking the total number of cases to 7.7 lakh cases on Monday. The state reported 64 COVID-19 deaths, taking the toll to 10,542. In addition, 19 patients who had tested positive for coronavirus have died of other reasons, according to the health department.

A total of 8,005 patients were discharged on the day, taking the overall number of persons discharged to 6.5 lakh. A total of 78,581 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Monday.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru Urban, reported as many as 2,481 new COVID-19 cases, taking its total count to 3,10,021 and 2,363 patients discharged.

Tumakuru reported 253 cases, Chikkaballapura 193, Ballari 186, Bengaluru Rural 173, Mysuru 151, Mandya 130, Dakshina Kannada 107, Chitradurga and Koppal 106 cases.

08:47 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Bengaluru Metro frequency to reduce from Thursday

The Bengaluru metro has decided to reduce the frequency of metro trains from Thursday, at present, trains operate at five-minute frequency during peak hours and 10 minutes during non-peak hours. From Thursday, it will be at a frequency of 5 to 12 minutes.

From September 7, when Bengaluru metro resumed operations, trains have been arriving at five-minute intervals between 8 am and 11 am and 4.30 pm and 7.30 pm. During the rest of the day, trains were operated at 10-minute intervals.

The frequency will be at six minutes during the 8 am - 9 am and 10 am - 11 am slots and 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm - 8 pm slots. It will further stretch to 12 minutes during the off-peak hours, said in a press release.

On Sundays and general holidays, trains will run at eight-minute intervals in the 10 am-12 pm and 5 pm-7 pm slots. For the rest of the day, it will run at a 12-minute interval, BMRCL added.

08:21 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Flood situation remains grim in North Karnataka, over 35K people evacuated

Many villages are still submerged in Kalaburagi, Vijayapura, Yadgir and Raichur districts of North Karnataka and over 35,000 people have been evacuated, as the flood situation remains grim with the Bhima river continuing to flow above the danger mark, officials said on Monday.

According to the Central water commission, the Bhima river has been in spate since October 14 due to torrential rain in Maharashtra and release of water from the dams there.

The river, which is a tributary of the Krishna, has wreaked havoc in Kalaburagi, Vijayapura,Yadgir and Raichur, which are experiencing intermittent heavy rain.

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08:20 (IST)20 Oct 2020
NDPS Judge hearing Sandalwood drug case gets threat letter and detonator

An NDPS special judge hearing the Sandalwood drug case received a threat letter and a parcel with a detonator on Monday, demanding grant of bail to two film actresses and those booked in the August 11 Bengaluru violence, Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner (Crime) said.

Police said that the letter threatened to carry out attacks if he refused to grant bail to suspects arrested in the drugs racket and to release ‘innocent people’ who were arrested in the DJ Halli and KG Halli riots cases

According to the police, the parcel was found outside court hall-37. Sandeep Patil, said that a case has been registered at Halasuru Gate police and investigating to ascertain the source of the letter.

08:20 (IST)20 Oct 2020
Karnataka issues advisory on festivities during pandemic

With a technical advisory committee advising the Karnataka government to make Dasara festivities a safe affair on account of Covid-19, the government has issued guidelines to conduct festivities in a muted manner, ensuring precautions such as social distancing and use of masks. The state government has advised that senior citizens and children be kept away from gatherings.

In a circular, the government has stated that crowds should be regulated “to ensure physical distance and frequent sanitization”.

“Events planned to last for many days or weeks should have adequate measures to ensure a cap on physical numbers,” says the circular issued on October 14 by commissioner of health and family welfare Pankaj Pandey.

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karnataka rains, karnataka floods, Out of 155 villages in Kalaburagi that are waterlogged, 55 are in a precarious condition and 23,250 people from the village have been shifted to safer places. (Express Photo/Darshan Devaiah BP)

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr. Sudhakar has instructed the district collectors of flood-hit districts to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and infectious diseases.

Speaking to media persons after a video conference with DCs, DHOs and other officials from Bagalkot, Vijayapura, Kalaburagi, Yadagiri, Koppal, and Belagavi, the Minister informed that villages in several parts of North Karnataka are waterlogged due to torrential rains.

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Out of 155 villages in Kalaburagi that are waterlogged, 55 are in a precarious condition and 23,250 people from the village have been shifted to safer places. 27 villages in Vijayapura have been waterlogged and 1861 people have been shifted out of the village.

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

Also Read | Flood situation remains grim in North Karnataka, over 35K people evacuated

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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