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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 17 Highlights: IMD predicts rain, thundershowers in several parts of the state

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 17 Highlights: As of October 15 evening, cumulatively 7,43,848 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 10,283 deaths and 6,20,008 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 19, 2020 8:12:40 am
Kodagu, Rainfall, KarnatakaThe India Meteorological Department (IMD) Friday predicted rain and thundershowers very likely to occur at a few places over Coastal Karnataka and at isolated places over interior Karnataka for the next 24 hours. Express Photo/Darshan Devaiah BP

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News October 17 Highlights: Karnataka on Thursday recorded 8,477 fresh cases of Covid-19 and 85 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 7.43 lakh and the death toll to 10,283. It also saw 8,841 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of the fresh cases, 3,788 cases were from Bengaluru Urban.

As of October 15 evening, cumulatively 7,43,848 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 10,283 deaths and 6,20,008 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin.

According to the health department, out of 1.13 lakh active cases, 1.12 lakh patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 939 are in ICU.

Also Read | Karnataka issues guidelines for sale of crackers from Nov 1-17 for Diwali; Covid-19 impact on sales, health expected

Out of total 85 deaths reported on Thursday, 45 are from Bengaluru urban, followed by Chikkaballapura 4, Ballari, Belagavi, Shivamogga and Tumakuru 3, Chamarajanagara, Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad, Kolar, Mandya, Mysuru, Udupi, Uttara Kannada and Vijayapura 2, and Bagalkote, Bidar, Davangere, Kalaburagi, Koppal and Raichur 1.

Karnataka has tested over 63,55,803 samples so far, out of which 1,04,811 were tested on Thursday alone, and 30,977 among them were rapid antigen tests.

On Thursday, Bengaluru urban accounted for 3,788 Covid-19 cases Bengaluru Rural 454, Hassan 440, Mysuru and Belagavi 303, Dakshina Kannada 301, Ballari 282, Tumakuru 252, Mandya and Chikkaballapura 230, followed by others.

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18:27 (IST)16 Oct 2020
South Western Railway to run 42 ‘Festival Special’ trains, services to begin from Oct 20

Expecting a rise in demand for trains in the view of the festival season ahead of Navratri, the South Western Railway (SWR) Friday notified that it will operate 42 special trains to various destinations across the country, with the first few services beginning on October 20.

According to the SWR notification, one pair among these is scheduled to operate on the Mysuru-Dharwad route from October 20 to December 1 on the onward direction and till November 30 on the return direction. All other trains approved for operations are to destinations in other states including Telangana, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and Uttar Pradesh among others. “All trains will run as full-reserved trains,” the notification clarified.

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16:08 (IST)16 Oct 2020
PM Modi to virtually address University of Mysore Convocation on Oct 19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address the University of Mysore (UoM) convocation virtually on October 19, Vice Chancellor G Hemantha Kumar, said.

According to UoM, the University's 100th convocation will be held on the same date as its first, October 19. The first convocation was held on October 19, 1919.

Meanwhile, UoM will confer an honorary doctorate degree to Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Murthy. “Chancellor of Varsities and Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has approved of giving the degree to Sudha Murthy,” Hemantha Kumar said.

The Centenary Convocation of the UoM will be held at Crawford Hall in University campus. The Convocation was earlier planned to be held between January 15 and March 31 but had to be put off due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

14:16 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Karnataka Weather Update: IMD predicts rain, thundershowers in several parts of the state

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Friday predicted rain and thundershowers very likely to occur at a few places over Coastal Karnataka and at isolated places over interior Karnataka for the next 24 hours.

IMD rainfall report from Friday, said, “Southwest monsoon was active over Coastal Karnataka and weak over Interior Karnataka. Rainfall occurred at most places over Coastal Karnataka and at a few places over interior Karnataka.”

Meanwhile, IMD forecast report added that generally, the cloudy sky becoming partly cloudy sky towards evening or night in Bengaluru for the next 24 hours.

13:40 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Karnataka: 51.28% candidates clear SSLC supplementary exams

As much as 51.28 per cent of the total students who appeared for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) supplementary exams in Karnataka attained eligibility for higher studies, as the results were announced on Friday.

While nearly 2.14 lakh students appeared for the exams held from September 21 to 29, 1,09,719 of them — including 65,652 boys and 44,067 girls — cleared the examinations, the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board announced.

Among school types, most students from aided schools (53.13%) secured passing marks followed by unaided (50.87%) and government (50.19%) schools. According to KSEEB officials, the valuation was held in 84 camps in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Belagavi, and Kalaburagi from October 7 to 13. As many as 13,834 valuators were deployed by the government for evaluation.

"Individual results can be viewed at http://kseeb.kar.nic.in and http://karresults.nic.in. Students will also get their results as SMS to their registered mobile numbers," a statement read.

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13:03 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Covid-19: Bengaluru reports nearly 60k cases since Oct 1, set to hit 3 lakh-mark

Bengaluru has been growing at a very fast rate of new Covid-19 cases in the last two weeks. The city has reported nearly 60,000 cases since October 1. On three occasions during this period, the city reported more than 5,000 cases in a day. Delhi has never crossed even 4,500 mark. Bengaluru has been driving the rise of Karnataka which is the second fastest growing state in the country right now, after Kerala.

With more than 2.97 lakh cases, Bengaluru is all set to hit the three-lakh figure on Friday. On Thursday, it reported almost 3,800 cases while a day before that more than 4,500 new cases were found in the city. At this rate, Bengaluru has the potential to even overtake Pune and Delhi in a couple of weeks. It has been steadily closing the gap with these two cities in the last couple of weeks.

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13:02 (IST)16 Oct 2020
IN PICS | Karnataka CM reviews rains situation

With heavy rain in several parts of North Karnataka from past few days, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa reviewed the situation with deputy commissioners of the affected districts on Friday.

Among the districts that have seen a trail of destruction due to rains and floods include Bidar, Vijayapura, Bagalkote, Kalaburagi, Raichur, Yadgir, and Belagavi.

11:45 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Kodagu: RTPCR test report must to attend Cauvery Theerthodbava

The Kodagu district administration said that Covid test report (RTPCR) done 48 hours before is mandatory to attend Cauvery Theerthodbava at Talacauvery in Kodagu on 17 October.

The administration also decided to celebrate Madikeri and Gonikoppa Dasara in a simple way on 17 October. Meanwhile, Kodagu Deputy Commissioner Annies Kanmani Joy announced the closure of all tourism destinations in Kodagu district from 17 to 26 October.

Talacauvery is the birthplace of the sacred river situated on the slopes of Brahmagiri hills in the Western Ghats in Kodagu district.

Every year, at a pre-determined time in mid-October, water gushes out (Theerthodbhava) from the pond at Talacauvery which is considered the holiest place for the Kodavas and for the people of South India, especially those living on the banks of Cauvery.

The annual ritual to mark the gushing of water from a spring at Talacauvery draws a large number of devotees from Kodagu, different parts of Karnataka and the neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

10:31 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Mysuru Dasara: All tourist spots closed till Nov. 1 in Mysuru

The Mysuru District Administration has ordered the closure of all important tourist spots around Mysuru from October 17 till November 1 in order to discourage tourists from coming to Mysuru for Dasara festivities. The world-famous Mysuru Dasara festival will begin from Saturday. This decision has been taken in view of the spurt in COVID-19 cases in Mysuru, Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri said.

Rohini Sindhuri said, "This year Mysuru Dasara will be simple, traditional and virtual. I appeal to people to enjoy Dasara by seeing all programmes online without taking risk of going to the venue. We have the second-highest number of cases after Bengaluru. Mysuru have an average of 500 to 600 cases per day.”

Mysuru Zoo, Mysuru Palace, Karanji Lake, Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery and Srikanteshwaara temple at Nanjangud will be closed from 17 October to 1 November. Chamundeswari temple atop Chamundi hills will be closed. Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri has ordered the closure of Sri Chamundeshwari temple till October 18 midnight.

The Nada Habba Dasara will be inaugurated by Dr. C.N. Manjunath, Director, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research atop Chamundi Hill on Saturday.

09:19 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Karnataka: South Western Railway opens more reservation centres ahead of festival season

Train users in and around Bengaluru and adjoining districts can book tickets ahead of the upcoming festival season at a total of 27 Computerized Passenger Reservation Centres (PRCs) operational at nearby railway stations.

According to South Western Railway officials, PRCs at Malleswaram, Chikkabanavar, Banaswadi, Bengaluru East, Karmelaram, Whitefield, Kuppam, Penukonda, Chikkaballapura, Doddaballapur, Gauribidanur and Madduru railway stations are operational from today.

This in addition to the 15 reservation centres which are already functioning - at KSR Bengaluru, Yesvantpur, Bengaluru Cantonment, Krishnarajapuram, Bangarpet, Yelahanka, Hindupur, Sri Sathyasai Prashanthi Nilayam, Hosur, Dharmapuri, Kengeri, Ramanagaram, Channapatna, Tumakuru and Mandya.

With more PRCs open, SWR expects to facilitate booking of reserved tickets for passengers, especially for the 'festival special' trains scheduled to operate from October 20 to November 30. "The working hours of the above PRS Centres will be as was during pre-lcokdown period," SWR said in a statement.

Also Read | South Western Railway approves 22 ‘Festival Special’ trains in first phase, to operate from Oct 20

09:09 (IST)16 Oct 2020
'Separate purchasing centres for silk varieties at proposed silk market in Ramanagara'

The Karnataka government is planning to set up separate purchasing centres for silk crossbreed and superior bivoltine cocoons at the proposed hi-tech silk market at Ramanagara, 55 kilometres southwest of capital city Bengaluru.

After holding talks with Sericulture and Horticulture minister K C Narayana Gowda, Deputy CM Ashwathnarayan said that the tender has already been called for the preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the 'world-class hi-tech silk market.' He added, "A tender for the development of the market will be called for after the completion of the DPR. The proposed Silk Market will be developed in an 11-acre plot of land between Ramanagara and Channapatna which has already been earmarked for this. For this project, NABARD will provide a loan of Rs 50 crore. The government, however, will not be investing in this project."

Among other amenities planned at the silk market are banking facilities and lodging for farmers coming to the market at night.

08:35 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Karnataka issues guidelines for sale of crackers from Nov 1-17 for Diwali; Covid-19 impact on sales, health expected

The Karnataka state government has allowed the sale of crackers ahead of the Diwali (Deepavali) season from November 1 to 17. Further, it has instructed vendors, customers, and local administrators to follow several guidelines stipulated to keep Covid-19 spread in check.

According to the guidelines issued by Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar, vendors will be allowed to sell crackers and other items in locations far from other commercial and residential spaces.

“Only authorised dealers who obtain necessary clearance from offices concerned will be allowed to set up shops. Each shop should have cross-ventilation facilities and should display the license provided by the concerned authority,” the guidelines stated.

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08:19 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Karnataka rains: CM to review the situation today

With heavy rain in several parts of North Karnataka from past few days, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is scheduled to review the situation with deputy commissioners of the affected districts on Friday.

“I’m reviewing the situation with all deputy commissioners on Friday. I will also release the necessary funds,” Yediyurappa told reporters. Yediyurappa has also directed district in-charge ministers to go and review the situation.

Among the districts that have seen a trail of destruction due to rains and floods include Bidar, Vijayapura, Bagalkote, Kalaburagi, Raichur, Yadgir, and Belagavi.

According to the Met department forecast for 24 hours issued on Thursday, rain, thunderstorms are very likely to occur at most places over Coastal Karnataka, at many places over North Interior Karnataka, and at a few places over South Interior Karnataka.

08:18 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Karnataka rains: Rain subsides, floods continue to ravage in Kalyana Karnataka

The rain subsided in Kalyana Karnataka region but floods continued to wreak havoc along the course of major rivers, especially the Bhima river in Kalaburagi on Thursday.

Heavy discharge of water from the Ujjani and the Veer reservoirs in Maharashtra caused floods along the Bhima river basin in the district. The Kalaburagi district administration has sounded a red alert for two days.

According to Deputy Commissioner Vasireddi Vijaya Jyothsna, two NDRF teams, with the help of the police have rescued about 150 stranded people in the district and over 50 relief centres have been set up and additional centres will be opened if needed, Jyothsna added.

A portion of Gundagarthi bridge in Chittapur taluk in the district has washed away in the floods while disrupting road connectivity between Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra. The road leading to Hyderabad via Malkhed and Sedam has also been cut off.

08:18 (IST)16 Oct 2020
FIR against Kusuma, Congress to approach Election Commission

Karnataka Congress said it would approach the Election Commission after the police booked its Rajarajeshwari Nagar(RR Nagar) candidate Kusuma H for alleged violation of the election model code of conduct.

KPCC president D K Shivakumar “This is an act of cowardice and hate. The FIR states that Kusuma along with Congress senior leader Siddaramaiah and others tried to enter the 100-metre radius of the BBMP office by pushing through the barricades and that Siddaramaiah’s escort personnel prevented the police from stopping them."

“If there was a violation, why wasn’t Siddaramaiah or the gunman booked? Kusuma is the candidate and she’s a woman. She’s just starting in politics. The FIR was not just an atrocity against a woman, but also against all party workers, " he added.

Bengaluru police on Wednesday booked an FIR against RR Nagar by-poll Congress candidate Kusuma H and escort staff of senior Congress leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah for allegedly violating the model code of conduct.

Also Read | Karnataka bypolls: RR Nagar Congress candidate Kusuma and Siddaramaiah’s escort staff booked for violating poll code

08:16 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Bar owner shot dead in Bengaluru's Brigade Road

A 45-year-old bar owner was shot dead by motorcycle-borne men in front of his establishment off Brigade Road on Thursday night.

According to Bengaluru Police, the shooting took place around 9 pm under Cubbon Park police station limits. The owner of the bar succumbed to his injuries at Mallya Hospital after the attack, police said.

Manish Shetty, owner of Duet Bar, was standing outside his bar around 9pm when he was shot, DCP (central) M Anucheth said. Police suspect that a double-barrel gun was used in the incident. A case of murder has been registered in police station.

08:16 (IST)16 Oct 2020
COVID-19: 8,477 new cases in Karnataka, 85 deaths

Karnataka on Thursday recorded 8,477 fresh cases of Covid-19 and 85 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 7.43 lakh and the death toll to 10,283. It also saw 8,841 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of the fresh cases, 3,788 cases were from Bengaluru Urban.

As of October 15 evening, cumulatively 7,43,848 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 10,283 deaths and 6,20,008 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin. According to the health department, out of 1.13 lakh active cases, 1.12 lakh patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 939 are in ICU.

Out of total 85 deaths reported on Thursday 45 are from Bengaluru urban, followed by Chikkaballapura 4, Ballari, Belagavi, Shivamogga and Tumakuru 3, Chamarajanagara, Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad, Kolar, Mandya, Mysuru, Udupi, Uttara Kannada and Vijayapura 2, and Bagalkote, Bidar, Davangere, Kalaburagi, Koppal and Raichur 1.

Karnataka has tested over 63,55,803 samples so far, out of which 1,04,811 were tested on Thursday alone, and 30,977 among them were rapid antigen tests.

On Thursday, Bengaluru urban accounted for 3,788 Covid-19 cases, Bengaluru Rural 454, Hassan 440, Mysuru and Belagavi 303, Dakshina Kannada 301, Ballari 282, Tumakuru 252, Mandya and Chikkaballapura 230, followed by others.

08:15 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Drug case: Bengaluru cops search actor Vivek Oberoi’s Juhu residence

The Bengaluru Police searched actor Vivek Oberoi’s residence at Juhu on Thursday in connection with an investigation into a high-profile drug racket.

Oberoi’s brother-in-law Aditya Alva, son of Karnataka politician Jeearaj Alva, is among those wanted for questioning in the case.

The Central Crime branch of the Bengaluru Police was at Oberoi’s home in search for Alva, officials said. Several leading actors and singers in the Kannada film industry have already been arrested as part of an investigation into the alleged supply and consumption of drugs in Bengaluru so far.

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08:14 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Welcome to today's live blog

Welcome to the live blog from Bengaluru where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19, lockdown 5.0, unlock phase 5, North Karnataka rains, North Karnataka floods, Sandalwood drug case, Bengaluru violence, RR Nagar and Sira bypolls and more across Bengaluru and Karnataka. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

vivek oberoi pm narendra modi biopic politics The raid at Vivek Oberoi’s house comes days after CCB police carried out searches at various premises belonging to Ricky Rai, son of “reformed” don late Muthappa Rai in connection with the Sandalwood drug case.

Following a tip-off, the Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) Thursday raided Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi’s Mumbai residence in search of Aditya Alva, one of the main accused in the Sandalwood drug case.

Alva is the son of late minister Jeevaraj Alva and brother-in-law of Vivek Oberoi. He is amongst the 12 accused in the Sandalwood drug scandal which is being investigated by the CCB.

According to CCB, Aditya has been absconding ever since the police started probing the drug case.

READ | Sandalwood drug case: Bengaluru CCB raids Vivek Oberoi’s Mumbai residence in search of Aditya Alva

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 | Karnataka bypolls: RR Nagar Congress candidate Kusuma and Siddaramaiah’s escort staff booked for violating poll code

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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