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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News September 18 Highlights: The police are investigating whether Sampath Raj, a political rival of Murthy in the party, was also part of the allegedly orchestrated mob violence.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: September 21, 2020 8:28:13 am
To begin with, buses have been planned to destinations in Maharashtra from Bengaluru, Davanagere, Mangaluru and other parts of the state.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News September 18 Highlights: Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) Police on Thursday evening summoned former Bengaluru mayor R Sampath Raj for questioning over the Bengaluru riots case.

Sampath Raj, who is DJ Halli corporator in last Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council has been asked to appear before the CCB police on Friday morning. Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), said, “Sampath Raj is summoned to appear before the CCB officials on Friday.”

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The police are investigating whether Sampath Raj, a political rival of Murthy in the party, was also part of the allegedly orchestrated mob violence.

Raj was previously questioned on August 18 and his phone was seized by the police for forensic examination. His nephew and personal assistant Arun Kumar was arrested by the CCB police regarding the case. According to CCB sources, Arun was arrested for allegedly making phone calls to members of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) during the violence on August 11.

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17:47 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Karnataka: South Western Railway to operate 3 pairs of clone trains

Two days after Railways announced running of twenty pairs of clone trains from September 21 to accommodate the rush on certain routes, the South Western Railway(SWR) on Friday announced three among them to operate connecting places in Karnataka to other parts of the country.

According to SWR officials, six such trains (three pairs) will be operated between Goa and Delhi, Karnataka-Bihar, and Karnataka-Delhi. The clone trains will be in addition to the regular special trains and occasional Shramik Specials that are already in operation.

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17:04 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Karnataka Govt Doctors call off strike after meeting health minister

The government hospital doctors in Karnataka called off their strike over salary hike after the government conceded their demand on Friday.

Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu conducted a meeting with the Karnataka Government Medical Officers’ Association( KGMOA) office-bearers. After the meeting, Sriramulu said, “The meeting with the protesting doctors was fruitful. Approval has been given to meet their demand. Congratulations to the doctors on behalf of the government for calling off their strike.”

The doctors under the aegis of KGMOA, went on strike from September 15 demanding a salary hike on par with the teaching faculties at the government medical colleges and hospitals.

16:41 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: Police continue raids to bust drug-peddling gangs

As part of expanding investigation by the Bengaluru Police Crime Branch into drug use in the city, cops Friday conducted more searches in various locations leading to more arrests and substance seizures.

In their latest, police personnel at Electronic City and Tilak Nagar busted an interstate drug-peddlers gang. Confirming this, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said, 'Our teams have seized 108.4 kg of Ganja (cannabis) worth Rs 40 lakh. Further investigation is underway.'

Pant further appreciated the work by his colleagues congratulation them for their involvement in the operation.

16:32 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Karnataka: KSRTC operations to resume Maharashtra services from Sept 21

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to resume services to neighbouring Maharashtra from Saturday, as part of resuming inter-state services amid Covid-19.

“As lockdown has been relaxed, KSRTC will restart operations to Maharashtra from September 19,” an official statement read.

To begin with, buses have been planned to destinations in Maharashtra from Bengaluru, Davanagere, Mangaluru and other parts of the state.

Earlier, operations were restored in phases to Andhra Pradesh and Goa after restrictions were lifted post the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

15:56 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Sandalwood Drug Case: Actor Akul Balaji, Santosh Kumar and BBMP Corporator RV Yuvaraj summoned by CCB

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bengaluru which is probing the drug menace in the Kannada film industry, Friday summoned Kannada TV anchor Akul Balaji, actor Santosh Kumar and RV Yuvaraj, Sudhama Nagar corporator and son of Congress MLA RV Devaraj to their office at 10 am tomorrow.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said, “In the Cotton pet case, during the investigation, certain information was gathered, and it was felt necessary to enquire Akul Balaji Santhosh Kumar and Yuvaraj RV. Notice issued to them to appear at CCB tomorrow at 10 am.”

According to CCB, cases have been registered against 15 people so far in this connection and nine people have been arrested including Kannada film actress Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani.

Both Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani are in judicial custody in Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bengaluru.

15:31 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Weather update: Rains forecast in Bengaluru, coastal Karnataka

The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNMDC) Friday forecast rains in several parts of the state including Bengaluru, coastal Karnataka and Malnad region.

As per the KSNMDC report, Bengaluru is likely to experience "fairly widespread to widespread light to moderate rains likely over the BBMP area". At the same time, fairly widespread to widespread light to moderate rains have been predicted at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy rains likely over north-interior Karnataka and coastal regions.

Meanwhile, scattered to widespread with light to moderate with isolated places heavy rains are likely over the Malnad region and regions of south-interior Karnataka, the report added.

13:37 (IST)18 Sep 2020
More tests in Karnataka: Medical Education Minister

Compared to other states, Medical Education Minister Dr K. Sudhakar said, Karnataka’s Coronavirus test is 75,000 per day. Due to this, the state seems to record more cases. So far, Kerala’s count of cases was less due to less number of tests. The cases on the high in Kerala due to increased testing capacity, he added and said that Coronavirus is under control in Karnataka in comparison with Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Dr K. Sudhakar expressed confidence that the doctors will withdraw the agitation. It is not humane to use the Covid-19 pandemic situation for one’s gain, he said. He was speaking to media persons after inaugurating Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (MDL) and sill training centre at Dr B. R. Ambedkar Medical College, Kodugondanahalli.

The minister said that several meetings have been conducted so far regarding revision of salaries, a foremost demand of the doctors. While they have agreed to the resolution of the meetings it is not acceptable to be continuing with the agitation, he said. The part played by the doctors during the fight against coronavirus is of great importance. It does not bring dignity to the medical profession if this is used for the fulfilment of their demands. He expressed confidence that the office bearers of Karnataka Government Medical Officers’ Association will withdraw the strike.

He said that though there are more general beds in the hospital, the state requires ventilators and ICU beds. This will be increased as per the intensity of cases, he explained. Referring to the shut down of COVID care centre at Nelamangala, he assured that there is no need to panic. The COVID Care centre will be reopened if the situation demands, he added.

12:41 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Karnataka CM appeals PM Modi to expedite release of NDRF funds

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who is in New Delhi since Wednesday, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi Thursday morning to discuss various developmental issues pertaining to the State.

According to the CMO, Yediyurappa urged PM Modi to expedite the release of funds from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF). He also requested the PM to revise the items and norms of assistance from State Disaster Response Fund or National Disaster Response Fund for the current year itself to ensure timely and adequate financial assistance to the distressed people.

Yediyurappa also expressed his desire that the Centre should declare the Upper Krishna Project Stage-III and Upper Bhadra Project as National Projects. He added that early approvals and clearances for irrigation and drinking water projects including Mekedatu and Kalasa Banduri Nala would help in utilising water resources allocated to the State.

11:53 (IST)18 Sep 2020
NLSIU, Bengaluru justifies separate entrance test, SC reserves verdict on its validity]

India’s one of the most prestigious National Law School of India University (NLSIU) of Bengaluru Thursday strongly defended in the Supreme Court the decision to hold separate entrance examination NLAT-2020 instead of CLAT.

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a centralised national level entrance test for admissions to 22 National Law Universities (NLUs) in India and Bengaluru’s NLSIU was one of them.

The top court, which reserved its order for pronouncement on September 21 on a plea challenging the separate NLAT, was told by senior advocate Arvind Datar, appearing for the NLSIU, Bengaluru, that the institution has been removed from the consortium of 22 NLUs and moreover the fact that it has the trimester system was not considered while fixing the date for CLAT by the consortium.

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09:36 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Yediyurappa meets Union Ministers, discusses State development

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa met Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Nirmala Sitharaman after reaching New Delhi on Thursday.

On meeting the Defence Minister, the Karnataka CM requested the establishment of an independent laboratory of the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) at Shivamogga.

Yediyurappa further expressed his belief that the laboratory would help explore natural remedial measures for military use from the Western Ghats region.

On meeting Union Finance Minister Sitharaman, the CM and his delegation requested her to accept recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission for a special grant of Rs 5,495 crore for Karnataka, on account of reduced devolution.

He was joined by Union Minister Sadananda Gowda, Deputy CM Govind M Karjol, and Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar for the meetings.

09:18 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Gasti passes away

First-time Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka Ashok Gasti, who was admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru after testing positive for Covid-19, passed away Thursday. He was 55.

In a statement, Manipal Hospital stated:”Ashok Gasti, Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha, who was admitted Manipal Hospital, Old Airport Road on September 2, diagnosed with severe COVID-19 pneumonia, passed away at 10.31 pm.”

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09:18 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Bengaluru CCB sleuths nab two drug peddlers

Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) Police on Friday arrested two drug peddlers and seized ecstasy tablets, LSD and marijuana-laced (Tetrahydrocannabinol) jelly worth Rs 4 lakh.

According to Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), the marijuana-laced jelly is especially harmful as it can attract children.

The arrested have been identified as John Nicholas (21) resident of Kothanur and Irfan Shaikh (29) resident of JP Nagar.

08:26 (IST)18 Sep 2020
SC to pass order on September 21 on plea against decision of NLSIU Bengaluru to conduct NLAT

The Supreme Court Thursday said it would pronounce its order on September 21 on a petition which has challenged the decision of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, to conduct its separate entrance examination NLAT-2020. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan reserved its order on the plea filed by former NLSIU vice chancellor Professor R Venkata Rao and a parent of the aspirant.

The apex court had on September 11 given its go ahead to NLSIU, Bengaluru to hold its separate exam, which was to be held on September 12, but restrained it from announcing the results and admitting any student till the pendency of the plea.

The bench had said that it is an important matter which needs to be decided. It had issued notice to the university and its vice chancellor Professor Sudhir Krishnaswamy and sought their response on the plea. The plea has termed holding of separate examination as “manifestly arbitrary and illegal decision”.

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08:24 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Karnataka reports 9,366 new COVID cases, 93 deaths

Karnataka on Thursday reported as many as 9,366 new cases and 93 COVID deaths.

The deaths also included a one-and-a-half-month-old baby from the Dakshina Kannada region according to the Karnataka health department. Bengaluru Urban reported the highest single-day spike of 3,799 new cases and 34 deaths. Ballari reported 677 cases, Mysuru 591, Tumakuru 381 and Dakshina Kannada 308.

Totally, 7,629 people have lost their lives in Karnataka till date to COVID-19, while Karnataka's caseload is close to the 5 lakh mark. On Thursday, 7,268 individuals recovered from Coronavirus, 15 districts reported zero discharges. Meanwhile, the data logjam continued due to the doctors' strike across the state.

08:23 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: Green Line Metro services to be disrupted this weekend

Bengaluru Metro services between RV Road and Yelachanahalli on Green Line will shut at 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday, instead of 9 pm, as the BMRCL will begin further tests on the Phase 2 extension from Yelachenahalli to Anjanapura metro line.

To facilitate pre-commissioning testing of systems and trains on the southern extension from Yelachenahalli to Anjanapura stations, stations on the green line between RV Road and Yelachanahalli will be closed one hour before the regular closing hours ” said BMRCL chief public relations officer BL Yashavanth Chavan.

However passengers can travel up to RV Road after 8 pm and the last train from Yelachenahalli to Nagasandra will leave at 8 pm, according to BMRCL. The last train from Nagasandra to Yelachenahalli will leave at 6.56 pm and the train services will operate at RV Road station till 9 pm, he added.

08:22 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Celebs, parties: Bengaluru Police depend on old drug hauls

Two major drug hauls – one in November 2018 and another in August 2020 – lie at the heart of the rapidly expanding investigation by the Bengaluru Police Crime Branch into drug use in the city. It has so far led to the arrest of two high-profile actresses, questioning of many from the film world, as well as several whose claim to fame is throwing high-profile parties, and allegations of political links.

None of the arrested has been granted bail so far. Amidst allegations of rampant drug use roiling Bollywood and Mumbai, the Karnataka government has been citing the action as “unprecedented” and proof of its resolve to crack down on the drug mafia.

However, the police have not managed to make any fresh seizures of drugs from any of the accused.

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08:21 (IST)18 Sep 2020
Bengaluru violence: CCB summons former Mayor Sampath Raj again

Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) Police on Thursday evening summoned former Bengaluru mayor R Sampath Raj for questioning over the Bengaluru riots case.

Sampath Raj, who is DJ Halli corporator in last Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) council has been asked to appear before the CCB police on Friday morning. Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), said, “Sampath Raj is summoned to appear before the CCB officials on Friday.”

The police are investigating whether Sampath Raj, a political rival of Murthy in the party, was also part of the allegedly orchestrated mob violence.

Raj was previously questioned on August 18 and his phone was seized by the police for forensic examination. His nephew and personal assistant Arun Kumar was arrested by the CCB police regarding the case. According to CCB sources, Arun was arrested for allegedly making phone calls to members of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) during the violence on August 11.

08:20 (IST)18 Sep 2020
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Two major drug hauls – one in November 2018 and another in August 2020 – lie at the heart of the rapidly expanding investigation by the Bengaluru Police Crime Branch into drug use in the city. It has so far led to the arrest of two high-profile actresses, questioning of many from the film world, as well as several whose claim to fame is throwing high-profile parties, and allegations of political links.

Also Read | Celebs, parties: Bengaluru Police depend on old drug hauls

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

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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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