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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 14 Highlights: IMD sounds ‘Red Alert’ in 10 North Karnataka districts

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 14 Highlights: Since October 1 over 1.17 lakh people have recovered from Covid-19. A total of 3,47,879 people have recovered from the infection from September 1 onwards and recoveries have outnumbered active cases by over five times.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 15, 2020 8:25:55 am
Karnataka rains, KodaguA red alert has been sounded for Bagalkot, Gadag, Haveri, Vijayapura, Dharwad, Belagavi, Raichur, Kalaburagi and Yadgir districts for Wednesday and Thursday. (Express Photo: Darshan Devaiah)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News October 14 Highlights: Karnataka on Tuesday reported 8,191 new Covid-19 cases and 87 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 7,26,106 and the death toll to 10,123.

The state also saw 10,421 patients getting discharged, taking the total number of recoveries in the state past the 6-lakh mark.

Since October 1 over 1.17 lakh people have recovered from Covid-19. A total of 3,47,879 people have recovered from the infection from September 1 onwards and recoveries have outnumbered active cases by over five times.

Out of the fresh cases reported on Tuesday, 3,776 cases were from Bengaluru Urban. Mysuru reported 416 cases, Tumakuru 391, Belagavi 358, and Dakshina Kannada 314. According to the state health department, as many as 1,06,241 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, including 43,023 rapid antigen tests. With this, the total number of tests rose to 61,37,221 in the state.

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18:26 (IST)14 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: Trio allegedly assaults police when penalised for not wearing masks, arrested

The Bengaluru City Police Thursday arrested three people for allegedly assaulting police officials in the city when they were stopped to be penalised for not wearing masks. The trio, according to the police, has been arrested and sent to judicial custody.

"Our team from Jalahalli police station have arrested three persons for assaulting police officials after they were asked to pay the fine for not wearing masks. Any form of violence or assault against our officers will not be taken lightly. All accused have been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days," City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said.

18:03 (IST)14 Oct 2020
Bengaluru to get new NIV lab: Health Minister

The Centre has given a green signal to establish another National Institute of Virology (NIV) lab in Bengaluru, Health and Medical Education Minister Sudhakar K said on Wednesday.

He added that CM Yediyurappa had written to the Centre after the government decided to set up new NIV laboratories in all four directions of the country. "Five acres land will be allotted for the laboratory in GKVK campus in the city. The process will be completed soon to start the construction. This will be another prestigious matter for Bengaluru," Sudhakar said.

At present, NIV has a field unit in Bengaluru operating from the premises of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases.

15:30 (IST)14 Oct 2020
Karnataka Bypolls: BJP candidate Munirathna files nomination

BJP candidate from Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) Assembly constituency, Munirathna, filed his nomination papers for the bypoll on Wednesday.

Munirathna submitted his nomination papers to Returning Officer in the BBMP office in RR Nagar. RR Nagar along with Sira Assembly segments will go for bypolls on November 3. The RR Nagar seat fell vacant after the disqualification of the-then Congress MLA N Munirathna under the anti-defection law last year.

Munirathna, who is also a film producer, won the RR Nagar seat twice in 2013 and 2018 from Congress. In the 2018 elections, Munirathna polled 1.08 lakh votes, followed by around 82,000 by BJP’s Muniraju Gowda and over 60,000 by JD(S) candidate GH Ramachandra.

15:29 (IST)14 Oct 2020
Depression over north interior parts of state

The depression over Telangana has moved in a westward direction at a speed of 20 kmph and is centered over north interior Karnataka, about 40 km north of Gulbarga and the adjoining areas of Maharashtra as of 11.30 am today. The depression is expected to move west-northwestwards and weaken into a low pressure area over the next 12 hours and will continue to move west-northwestwards and emerge into the east central Arabian Sea off the Maharashtra coast around Thursday morning. 

15:19 (IST)14 Oct 2020
IN PICS | HDK accompanies RR Nagar JDS candidate to file nomination

Former Karnataka Chief Minister and senior Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy accompanied party candidate V Krishnamurthy for the upcoming bypolls at Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR) assembly constituency.

The RR Nagar seat fell vacant in July 2019 after the then legislator N Munirathna switched sides from Congress to BJP. Munirathna will now be contesting from the BJP ticket for the by-election scheduled to be held on November 3.

12:41 (IST)14 Oct 2020
IN PICS | RR Nagar Congress candidate submits nomination

H Kusuma, the Congress candidate for the upcoming bypolls to Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency in Bengaluru, filed her nomination papers on Wednesday. She was accompanied by KPCC President DK Shivakumar and Congress Legislative Party leader Siddaramaiah. The polls are scheduled to be held on November 3.

12:40 (IST)14 Oct 2020
KSRTC’s initiatives wins award

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC's) initiatives, 'Sthree Toilet' and 'Mobile Fever Clinic', have been awarded the National Public Undertakings Award under the category "CSR for Social Development".

During a virtual award ceremony and conference, held today at Mumbai, Shivayogi C Kalasad, Managing Director, KSRTC, said, "Our staff is committed to being the Corona Warriors in the COVID situation, I would dedicate this award to the staff, especially the ones who have lost their precious lives and their family due to Covid. This award is the result of our diligent work even though our transport corporation is undergoing in difficult situation. This award will encourage us to work further more towards social commitment" he said.

“Both the Sthree Toilet and Mobile fever clinics have been built using the Corporation's unused buses, and it is a matter of national recognition that these initiatives are well received,” he added.

10:40 (IST)14 Oct 2020
South Western Railway to operate 42 'Festival Special' trains from Oct 20

Expecting a rise in demand for trains in the view of the festival season ahead of Navratri, the South Western Railway is likely to operate 21 pairs of special trains (42 in total) to destinations within and outside the state from October 20.

According to a proposal issued by the Ministry of Railways, these services shall be named 'Festival Specials' to be operated between October 20 and November 30. Further, it has been proposed that these trains should be operated at a minimum speed of 55 kilometres per hour to make them reach in par to superfast services.

Of the special services planned, daily trains are likely to operate routes including KSR Bengaluru-Chennai Central, Mysuru-Mayiladuthurai Junction (Tamil Nadu), Mysuru-Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu), KSR Bengaluru-Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu), Yeshwantpur-Kannur (Kerala), Hubballi-Lokamanyatilak (Maharashtra), Yeshwantpur-Howrah (West Bengal), Mysuru-Dharwad, and Hubballi-Secunderabad (Telangana).

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09:40 (IST)14 Oct 2020
Karnataka: BJP announces candidates for RR Nagar, Sira bypolls

The BJP Tuesday announced its candidates for the by-election to the Sira and Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) assembly constituencies. Former MLA Munirathna will contest from RR Nagar in Bengaluru while Dr Rajesh Gowda, a radiologist, will stand from Sira in Tumakuru district.

Both Assembly segments will go for bypolls on November 3. The last date to submit nominations is October 16.

The bypoll in Sira was necessitated following the death of JD(S) legislator B Sathyanarayana in August this year, while the RR Nagar seat fell vacant after the disqualification of the-then Congress MLA N Munirathna under the anti-defection law last year.

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08:33 (IST)14 Oct 2020
Bengaluru hotels popularise ‘One for the box’ concept to feed needy, expand social outreach since lockdown times

As more restrictions put in place to contain the coronavirus pandemic have been eased, several volunteering groups in Bengaluru, which had come together to help the needy during the complete lockdown days, have taken a step further to continue offering assistance to those in need.

A popular measure seen in the city is ‘Sanchigondu’ (which translates to ‘one for the box’), a concept which allows customers to buy meal tokens for boxes kept at restaurants while paying for their own meals, which can be later redeemed by people in need.

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08:22 (IST)14 Oct 2020
Bengaluru civic body introduces online auto renewal system for trade licence

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has introduced an online auto-renewal system to renew trade licences.

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad issued an order, stating that trade licences will be auto-renewed online based on the e-payment of the prescribed trade fee.

"The applicant or business need not submit any separate application. The applicant can download the digitally signed approval certificate through the portal without any physical tough point with the department," Commissioner said in the order.

"This was in line with the government’s decision to simplify the business regulatory procedures in the State," he added.

08:22 (IST)14 Oct 2020
Sandalwood drug case: CCB nabs another drug supplier

The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Tuesday arrested Ashwin Bhogi, a suspect in the Sandalwood drugs case, from Chikkamagaluru.

Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Sandeep Patil said that the accused Ashwin Bhogi was detained in Chikkamagalur. He is being brought to Bengaluru for further inquiry.

Bhogi was on the run after the CCB arrested suspended RTO clerk B K Ravi Shankar in the drug case. Bhogi been named accused number nine in the FIR registered at Cottonpet police station in Bengaluru.

Police produced him before the court and have taken him in seven-day police custody for further questioning.

The CCB police had earlier arrested the two Kannada actors Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa in connection with the same case.

08:21 (IST)14 Oct 2020
Karnataka bypolls: JD(S) picks Krishnamurthy for RR Nagar

The JD(S) on Tuesday announced Krishnamurthy V as its candidate for the Rajarajeshwarinagar (RR Nagar) bypoll. He heads the JD(S) party’s Jnanabharathi unit. JD(S) had announced Ammajamma, wife of the late MLA B. Sathyanarayana, as the candidate in Sira last week, but the R.R. Nagar candidate announcement had been delayed.

The JD(S) announcement came soon after the BJP announced Munirathna as its candidate in R.R. Nagar on Tuesday.

RR Nagar will go for bypolls on November 3. The last date to submit nominations is October 16. Krishnamurthy will submit his nomination papers on Wednesday JDS said in a release.

RR Nagar seat fell vacant after the disqualification of the-then Congress MLA N Munirathna under the anti-defection law last year.

Meanwhile, Congress has fielded late IAS officer D K Ravi’s wife H Kusuma from RR Nagar.

08:20 (IST)14 Oct 2020
IMD sounds 'Red Alert' in 10 North Karnataka districts, warns heavy rain

The India Meteorological Department(IMD) has predicted heavy showers, accompanied by thunder and lightning, for 10 districts in north Karnataka.

Owing to the deep depression over Bay of Bengal, gusty winds of 55-65 kmph travelled through parts of Andhra Pradesh leading to the formation of cyclonic circulation, which triggered rains in Karnataka .

A red alert has been sounded for Bagalkot, Gadag, Haveri, Vijayapura, Dharwad, Belagavi, Raichur, Kalaburagi and Yadgir districts for Wednesday and Thursday.

08:18 (IST)14 Oct 2020
Karnataka Covid-19 recoveries breach 6 lakh mark

Karnataka on Tuesday reported 8,191 new Covid-19 cases and 87 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 7,26,106 and the death toll to 10,123.

The state also saw 10,421 patients getting discharged, taking the total number of recoveries in the state past the 6-lakh mark.

Since October 1 over 1.17 lakh people recovered from Covid-19. A total of 3,47,879 people have recovered from the infection from September 1 onwards and recoveries have outnumbered active cases by over five times.

Out of the fresh cases reported on Tuesday, 3,776 cases were from Bengaluru Urban. Mysuru reported 416 cases, Tumakuru 391, Belagavi 358, and Dakshina Kannada 314. According to the state health department, as many as 1,06,241 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, including 43,023 rapid antigen tests. With this, the total number of tests rose to 61,37,221 in the state.

08:17 (IST)14 Oct 2020
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The BJP Tuesday announced its candidates for the by-election to the Sira and Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) assembly constituencies. Former MLA Munirathna will contest from RR Nagar in Bengaluru while Dr Rajesh Gowda, a radiologist, will stand from Sira in Tumakuru district.

Both Assembly segments will go for bypolls on November 3. The last date to submit nominations is October 16.

The bypoll in Sira was necessitated following the death of JD(S) legislator B Sathyanarayana in August this year, while the RR Nagar seat fell vacant after the disqualification of the-then Congress MLA N Munirathna under the anti-defection law last year.

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