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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 8 Highlights: Government seeks experts’ opinion on reopening schools

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 8 Highlights: Minister for Health and Family Welfare B Sriramulu said that he will be submitting a report to the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education S. Suresh Kumar in about a week’s time on the issue of reopening of schools and colleges in the State.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 9, 2020 8:15:42 am
The schools and colleges have remained shut since March last week due to COVID-19.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News October 8 Highlights: The Karnataka government would seek a report from a panel of experts, including doctors, eminent healthcare professionals and educationists on reopening of schools and colleges in the state, Minister for Health and Family Welfare B Sriramulu said on Wednesday.

The schools and colleges have remained shut since March last week due to COVID-19. Sriramulu said that he will be submitting a report to the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education S. Suresh Kumar in about a week’s time on the issue of reopening of schools and colleges in the State.

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“We have to take into account the report to be furnished by the panel of experts and doctors including paediatricians and psychiatrists before opening the schools and colleges,” Sriramulu told reporters.

Sriramulu also held a meeting with Health Department Additional Chief Secretary Jawaid Akhtar, Health Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey and experts on the issue.

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17:57 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Biocon Foundation signs MoU with Bengaluru Metro to build Metro station in Hebbagodi on Hosur road

Biocon Foundation, the CSR arm of Biocon Ltd, Biocon Biologics India Ltd. and Syngene International Ltd, on Thursday announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to contribute Rs. 65 Crore towards funding the construction of the proposed Hebbagodi Metro Station on Hosur Road.

The MoU was signed between Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder and Managing Trustee, Biocon Foundation and Ajay Seth, Managing Director, BMRCL.

The Hebbagodi Metro station is part of the new line of 18.82 km from R V Road to Bommasandra (Reach 5) being constructed under Phase II of the Bangalore Metro Rail Project at a cost of Rs. 5,744 Crore.

17:44 (IST)08 Oct 2020
CM holds review meeting to assess COVID-19 situation in 11 districts

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday held a review meeting on the COVID-19 situation in 11 districts that have a high caseload.

The chief minister spoke to district administrations from Ballari, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Dharwad, Belagavi, Mysuru, Shivamogga, Tumakuru, Udupi, Uttara Kannada and Bengaluru Urban via video conference.

Karnataka has reported 55,938 cases in the last seven days, according to the health department.

16:13 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Covid-19 impact: Anxiety, stress-related issues observed in children, including those of frontline workers

Parallel to several reports that adults are facing stress and anxiety-related issues in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic globally, the same has had a direct impact on the mental health of children as well, experts dealing with child psychiatry and paediatrics point out.
The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) has been providing out-patient care to an average of 35 to 40 children per day while around 30 other children seek teleconsultation for mental health assistance.

Dr K John Vijay Sagar, Professor and Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NIMHANS told Indianexpress.com that an increase in relapse of mental health problems in children who had a past history was observed during the last few months.

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12:50 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Karnataka: Congress announces candidates for Sira, RR Nagar bypolls

Congress on Wednesday announced its candidates for the by-election to the Sira and Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) assembly constituencies. Former minister TB Jayachandra will contest from Sira constituency in Tumakuru district while Late IAS officer D K Ravi’s wife H Kusuma will stand from RR Nagar constituency in Bengaluru.

Both assembly segments will go for bypolls on November 3, for which the election notification will be issued on October 9. 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 Rajarajeshwari Nagar seat fell vacant after the disqualification of Congress MLA N Munirathna under the anti-defection law last year.

TB Jayachandra had won from Sira constituency in 2013 before losing the seat to JDS in 2018. Jayachandra, (71), had served as minister in the S.M. Krishna and Siddaramaiah governments. He won six Assembly elections in the past and was first elected to the Assembly in 1978.

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09:41 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Karnataka cuts fine for not wearing masks after public outrage

After public outrage over imposition of hefty penalties for not wearing masks, the Karnataka government Wednesday reduced the fine for the violation to Rs. 250 from Rs. 1,000 in urban areas, and to Rs. 100 from Rs. 500 in rural areas in the state. The move comes less than a week after the government imposed the hefty penalty starting October 1.

In a press release, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said: “In its recent order, the government had fixed a fine of Rs. 1,000 in the urban areas and Rs. 500 in the rural areas on those not wearing the masks. Against the background of the public outrage and experts’ opinion, it has been decided to reduce the fine from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 250 in the urban areas and from Rs. 500 to Rs. 100 in the rural areas.”

“The revised fine will be implemented immediately,” Yediyurappa added while stressing the importance of using masks, sanitisers and maintaining social distancing to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

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09:22 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Karnataka CM to hold Covid review meeting with 11 district administrations

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will take stock of the Covid-19 situation in 11 districts that have a high caseload on Thursday.

The chief minister will review Ballari, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Dharwad, Belagavi, Mysuru, Shivamogga, Tumakuru, Udupi, Uttara Kannada and Bengaluru Urban via video conference, according to the Chief Minister’s Office.

Karnataka has reported 55,938 cases in the last seven days, according to the health department.

09:21 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Mysore Dasara celebrations likely to be restricted to palace premises, Chamundi Hills this year

As coronavirus cases continue to rise steadily in Karnataka, this year’s Dasara celebrations are likely to be restricted within the Mysore Palace premises and Chamundi Hills. The ten-day-long celebrations are usually held at various locations in Mysuru, including auditoriums, exhibition grounds, sports grounds and other venues as well.

After a meeting with officials at Mysuru Deputy Commissioner’s office, Health Minister B Sriramulu said there was a general view that the Dasara should be confined to the Mysuru Palace and Chamundi Hills. However, the decision is yet to be approved by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

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09:12 (IST)08 Oct 2020
No masks: Belagavi police collect over Rs. 60k in a day

As part of its crackdown on violators not adhering to Covid-19 guidelines specifying mandatory use of masks in public places, the Belagavi police penalised 365 people in the city on Wednesday.

According to the police, a total of Rs. 60,300 was collected on the first day since they announced that people not wearing masks will be penalised.

While the drive was conducted in jurisdiction of police stations in urban and rural areas of the district, the penalty amount was fixed at Rs. 200 and Rs. 100 in urban and rural areas respectively.

Meanwhile, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the city exceeded the 20,000-mark on Wednesday. While 18,750 people have recovered so far, the north Karnataka district has recorded 310 fatalities linked to the pandemic so far.

08:22 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Special train between Bhubaneswar and Bengaluru from October 12

South Western Railway (SWR) has decided to run a special train between Bhubaneswar and Bengaluru with effect from October 12.

According to SWR, the 08463 Bhubaneswar-Bengaluru special train will depart from Bhubaneswar at 5.30 AM and arrive at Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (KSR) railway station Bengaluru at 12.05 PM the next day starting October 12.

In return direction, 08464 Bengaluru-Bhubaneswar Special train will depart from KSR Bengaluru at 1.40 PM with effect from October 13 and arrive at Bhubaneswar at 9.05 PM the next day.

The train will have a composition of 23 coaches, one AC 2-tier coach, four AC 3-tier coaches, 11 Second Class Sleeper Coaches, four General Second Class Coaches and two Second Class Luggage cum Brake-vans and one Pantry Car.

08:21 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Union Minister Pralhad Joshi tests COVID positive

Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi on Wednesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and was under home quarantine.

“I have tested positive for #COVID19 . As I am asymptomatic, as per doctor’s advice I am in home quarantine,” he tweeted.

Joshi, an MP from Dharwad Lok Sabha constituency, played a crucial role in the conduct of the recent Parliament session amid the pandemic in his capacity as the Parliamentary Affairs Minister.

Joshi is the latest addition to prominent politicians from the state who have tested positive for COVID. Most of them have either recovered or under recovery.

They include Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah, several Ministers in the state cabinet and a number of legislators.

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08:18 (IST)08 Oct 2020
BBMP’s asphalt mix plant starts operations

As a measure to fix bad stretches of roads and potholes across the city, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has set up an asphalt mix plant in the city.

The plant at Kannur village, which is around 20 km from the city, has the capacity to manufacture around 100 to 120 tonnes of hot mix per hour.

Officials said that around 40 tractor loads of asphalt mix could be dispatched from the plant per day. To transport the asphalt hot mix to different parts of the city, there are two dedicated vehicles.

The plant has been set up on around four acres of land owned by the BBMP. “The BBMP has spent nearly Rs. 7.5 crore on setting up the plant,” said chief engineer of the road infrastructure division, Prahlad.

08:17 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Karnataka Government seeks experts' opinion on reopening schools

The Karnataka government would seek a report from a panel of experts, including doctors, eminent healthcare professionals and educationists on reopening of schools and colleges in the state, Minister for Health and Family Welfare B Sriramulu said on Wednesday.

The schools and colleges have remained shut since March last week due to COVID-19. Sriramulu said that he will be submitting a report to the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education S Suresh Kumar in about a week’s time on the issue of reopening of schools and colleges in the State.

"We have to take into account the report to be furnished by the panel of experts and doctors including paediatricians and psychiatrists before opening the schools and colleges," Sriramulu told reporters.

Sriramulu also held a meeting with Health Department Additional Chief Secretary Jawaid Akhtar, Health Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey and experts on the issue.

08:15 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Karnataka records 10,947 fresh Covid-19 infections, Bengaluru Urban 5,000

Karnataka reported nearly 10,947 new covid- 19 cases on Wednesday and 113 Covid fatalities. The total tally is 6,68,652 of which, 1,16,153 are active cases. The death toll has shot up to 9,574.

Bengaluru, recorded over 5000 cases for the second consecutive day, while Mysuru district registered 979 new cases, Hassan 471, Uttara Kannada 463, 447 cases in Dakshina Kannada, 258 in Ballari and 250 in Tumakuru.

Karnataka has reported 55,938 cases in the last seven days, according to the health department.

Meanwhile, the State conducted 1,04,348 tests, the highest so far, including 55,690 RT-PCR tests. According to Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar, Karnataka has conducted 1,04,348 Covid-19 tests on Tuesday. “The state government aims to increase the tests to 1.5 lakh per day,” Dr K Sudhakar, said.

The Minister took to Twitter to inform that, 55,690 RT-PCR and other method tests were conducted across 146 laboratories in the state, and 48,658 Rapid Antigen tests were conducted across 30 districts. The tests will be soon increased to 1.5 lakh per day, he added.

08:13 (IST)08 Oct 2020
5 yrs after IAS officer’s death, Cong springs a surprise, fields wife in Karnataka bypoll

In a surprise move, the Congress on Wednesday named H Kusuma, 31, wife of IAS officer D K Ravi, who died in 2015, as the party’s candidate for the by-election for Raja Rajeshwari Nagar — RR Nagar — Assembly constituency scheduled for November 3.

Kusuma, 31, a former teacher at an engineering college, is daughter of Congress-turned-JD(S) leader Hanuman-tharayappa, a real estate businessman. She had formally joined the Congress earlier this week.

With Kusuma’s candidature, the Congress is seen as aiming to tap into Hanumantharayappa’s influence among the Vokkaliga community, which has a large presence in the region.

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08:13 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Baby boy born inside IndiGo Delhi-Bengaluru flight

A woman delivered a baby boy inside IndiGo’s Delhi-Bengaluru flight on Wednesday, according to an official statement.

In response to a query from PTI, IndiGo said: “We confirm that a baby boy was delivered prematurely on flight 6E 122 from Delhi to Bengaluru. There are no further details available.”

"A baby boy was born enroute on the Delhi-Bengaluru 6E 122 flight that landed at the Bengaluru airport around 7.30 PM today,” an aviation industry source told PTI.

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08:12 (IST)08 Oct 2020
Aero India 2021: Indigenous defence capabilities foundation to enduring peace, says Rajnath

The Aero India exhibition, which showcases India’s aerospace and defence manufacturing capabilities, will be held in Bengaluru in February next year.

The minister said that India’s aerospace and defence sectors have “matured” and are “exploring mutually beneficial partnerships with friendly countries to set up manufacturing industries in India and defence equipment produced in India to be exported abroad”. Aero India-21, he said, “will showcase the government’s intent to achieve a turnover of USD 25 billion with exports of USD 5 billion in aerospace and defence goods and services by 2025”.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who also addressed the conference, said the state will make “all necessary preparations towards safe conduct” of the event “keeping in mind the safety of the participants and in compliance with the Covid-19 protocols”.

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08:11 (IST)08 Oct 2020
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After public outrage over imposition of hefty penalties for not wearing masks, the Karnataka government Wednesday reduced the fine for the violation to Rs. 250 from Rs. 1,000 in urban areas, and to Rs. 100 from Rs. 500 in rural areas in the state. The move comes less than a week after the government imposed the hefty penalty starting October 1.

In a press release, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said: “In its recent order, the government had fixed a fine of Rs. 1,000 in the urban areas and Rs. 500 in the rural areas on those not wearing the masks. Against the background of the public outrage and experts’ opinion, it has been decided to reduce the fine from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 250 in the urban areas and from Rs. 500 to Rs. 100 in the rural areas.”

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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

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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