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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 6 Highlights: Bengaluru Rural MP D K Suresh tests positive for COVID-19

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 6 Highlights: On Monday Karnataka Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar passed an order after the doctors, paramedics and health workers on government job or hired on a contractual basis began going on strike and threatening to stop work.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 7, 2020 8:16:40 am
CBI searches 14 locations linked to Karnataka Cong chief ShivakumarD K Shivakumar, along with his brother D K Suresh, addresses party workers at his residence in Bengaluru. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News October 6 Highlights: Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha MP D K Suresh Tuesday confirmed that he tested positive for coronavirus infection. The senior Congress leader’s residences and other locations were raided by officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday linked to a disproportionate assets case.

“I request friends and family who have been in contact with me to test themselves. I also request the CBI officials and media friends who were with me to do the same,” Suresh tweeted.

The leader added that he is asymptomatic and is under isolation after obtaining the Covid-19 positive test result.

The Karnataka government has prohibited strikes, non-cooperation, disobeying or refusing work by public servants and health workers engaged in providing health services related to COVID-19. On Monday Karnataka Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar passed an order after the doctors, paramedics and health workers on government job or hired on a contractual basis began going on strike and threatening to stop work.

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19:37 (IST)06 Oct 2020
People identified for Covid-19 testing should undergo the same: Karnataka govt

In the wake of several incidents reported from across the state indicating people, including high-risk contacts of Covid-19 positive patients refusing to get tested for coronavirus, the Karnataka government Tuesday issued an order asking people identified so to undergo testing.

"All individuals who are identified for Covid-19 test by the government shall get tested so that the spread of the disease can be contained and lives can be said," an order signed by Om Prakash Patil, Director of Health and Family Welfare Services Department read.

This includes primary and secondary contacts of people testing positive for Covid-19, Influenza-like Illness and Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) patients, staff/healthcare workers engaged in Covid treatment, persons in containment/buffer zones, and others identified to be at the risk or suspected to have the infection, the order explained.

18:03 (IST)06 Oct 2020
New guidelines to ensure Covid doesn’t spread from tourists – Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar

Instructions have been given to set new and improved guidelines to ensure Corona doesn’t spread from the tourists visiting tourist spots in the state, said Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar. Speaking to media here on Tuesday, the Minister said that guidelines like compulsory Covid test for tourists, physical checking of the tourists using Police, Health and Revenue department staff at tourist places are under consideration for setting new guidelines.

"Central Government has issued instructions for starting schools. But experts have the opinion that since there is an upsurge in the infection in our state it is not appropriate to start the classes in our state. Therefore, we Government is not considering to start the schools now", said the Minister.

Sudhakar also held a meeting with district administration and gave instructions to control the spread in the district. "There are certain short comings in the health services in the district, it will be sorted out soon", he said. Measures will also be taken to fulfill the scarcity of medical staff.

Speaking on the mortality rate, Dr.K.Sudhakar said that the district was in green zone earlier, but mortality has increased after the unlock relaxations. Certain decisions have to be taken in order to ensure that Dasara celebrations don't lead to wide spread transmission Local MLAs also gave suggestions for strict implementation of the guidelines, minister added.

15:40 (IST)06 Oct 2020
DK Suresh contracts Covid-19

Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha MP D K Suresh Tuesday confirmed that he tested positive for coronavirus infection.

The senior Congress leader’s residences and other locations were raided by officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday linked to a disproportionate assets case.

“I request friends and family who have been in contact with me to test themselves. I also request the CBI officials and media friends who were with me to do the same,” Suresh tweeted.

The leader added that he is asymptomatic and is under isolation after obtaining the Covid-19 positive test result.

13:20 (IST)06 Oct 2020
IISc Bengaluru researchers discover nanomotors can lead to early detection of cancer cells

A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru has discovered that nanomotors can help in early detection of cancer cells. The researchers used a 3-D model of a tumour and magnetically-driven nanomotors for the study, ‘Nanomotors Sense Local Physiochemical Heterogeneities in Tumour Microenvironments’.

According to the World Health Organisation, breast cancer is the most frequent form of cancer among women, impacting 2.1 million women per year. “This also causes the greatest number of cancer-related deaths among women. In 2018, it is estimated that 627,000 women died from breast cancer – that is approximately 15% of all cancer deaths among women,” a report by WHO read. Early detection greatly improves chances of survival.

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12:40 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Karnataka to develop new cybersecurity policy to strengthen digitisation

The Karnataka government is likely to introduce a ‘robust’ cybersecurity policy in a bid to strengthen its digitisation efforts across walks of life, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan Monday said in Bengaluru on Monday. “Bengaluru houses India’s IT hub and this naturally makes it a favorite target for cybercriminals. Hence, it is important for government organizations to become more ‘cyber-aware’,” he said while speaking at a function in Vidhana Soudha.

The Deputy CM, who also holds the charge of Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Science & Technology portfolios, added that the new cybersecurity policy would be framed to address the needs of citizens, industries, students, and the state government.

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11:04 (IST)06 Oct 2020
IN PICS | Black band protest by BBMP Pourakarmika Sangha

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Pourakarmika Sangha held a black band protest on Tuesday to express solidarity with the family of the 20-year-old girl from Hathras, Uttar Pradesh who was allegedly gang-raped and murdered.

09:59 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Bengaluru Suburban rail project: KRIDE starts preliminary work, invites bids

The Rail Infrastructure Development Company (Karnataka) Limited (KRIDE) has started preliminary work on assessing land and station development for the Rs 16,000-crore suburban rail project.

The KRIDE has invited bids for consultancy services for the four corridors in two packages. The first package consists of the Baiyyappanahalli-Whitefield-Chikkabanavara and Heelalige-Rajanukunte corridors, while the second package makes up the KSR Bengaluru-Devanahalli-Kempegowda International Airport and Kengeri-Whitefield lines.

According to KRIDE, the successful bidder must prepare a baseline report with a site survey, assess the project’s commercial potential, and identify land for the four stations, besides preparing footprint, traffic plan, concept design, and master plan with cost analysis, within seven months.October 27 is the deadline to submit the bids.

09:33 (IST)06 Oct 2020
IPL betting: Bengaluru police arrest 4 more in 3 cases, seize ₹5 lakh

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru City Police Tuesday detected three more cases of cricket betting in the city in the wake of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

“As many as four accused have been arrested and ₹5 lakh have been seized,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said. He added that the police found that illegal betting was done using some online apps.

Earlier, on September 23, the CCB had busted another
IPL betting racket in the city after which six people were arrested and ₹6 lakh was seized.

08:25 (IST)06 Oct 2020
COVID-19: Karnataka govt prohibits strike by doctors, health staff

The Karnataka government has prohibited strikes, non-cooperation, disobeying or refusing work by public servants and health workers engaged in providing health services related to COVID-19.

On Monday Karnataka Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar passed an order after the doctors, paramedics and health workers on government job or hired on contractual basis began going on strike and threatening to stop work.

The government warns of action against non-submission of reports, non-compliance to orders. “As Chairman of the State Executive Committee, I hereby prohibit strikes, non-cooperation, disobeying or refusal to work related to health services; non-submission of reports, non-compliance to the orders issued by the higher authorities by any public servant, health personnel,” Vijay Bhaskar said in the order.

Noting that the state government has declared COVID-19 as an epidemic, the order said, "Disobeying or refusal of the work...will amount to contravention of the provisions of the said Acts, Rules or Orders."

08:24 (IST)06 Oct 2020
CBI searches 14 locations linked to Karnataka Cong chief Shivakumar

The CBI on Monday carried out searches at the Bengaluru residence of Congress leader D K Shivakumar after booking him in a case of disproportionate assets. The CBI also searched premises linked to relatives and associates of Shivakumar at 13 other locations in Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai.

“CBI has registered a case against former Minister of Karnataka Government (Presently MLA) on the allegations of possession of disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 74.93 crore (approx) in his name and in the name of his family members. Searches were conducted today at 14 locations including nine in Karnataka, four in Delhi and one in Mumbai,” CBI spokesperson R K Gaur said.

Sources said Rs 57 lakh in cash and several incriminating documents including property papers and bank related documents, apart from electronic evidence, were seized.

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08:22 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Karnataka Education Minister S Suresh Kumar tests positive for Covid-19

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar on Monday said that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

"I will be home quarantined for a few days on the advice of doctors after testing positive for Covid-19.There is no panic as there are no symptoms," the minister tweeted.

He was among those ministers who had attended the recent Assembly session. Many others who had attended the session tested positive including Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol, senior Congress leaders H K Patil and Dinesh Gundu Rao.

Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi (Belagavi MP), BJP Rajya Sabha member Ashok Gasti and Basavakalyan Congress MLA B Narayan Rao had recently succumbed to the coronavirus infection.

08:20 (IST)06 Oct 2020
Round 4 of BDA sites E-auction to begin on October 12, details on how to apply

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) is set to begin its 4th phase e-auction of sites from October 12. The e-auction of 448 BDA sites is scheduled to start from October 12 at 11.00 am, and those interested to register must pay Rs. 4 lakh per site as earnest money deposit (EMD).

According to E-auction, notification for 4th phase has already been issued by BDA and a total of 448 sites of various dimensions in Banashankari, SMV Layout, JP Nagar, Arkavathi Layout, BTM Layout have been published. Live bidding will commence from October 12 and the closing of bidding will be completed from November 3 to 7 in six stages.

According to BDA, the auction will take place on the portal: https://eproc.karnataka.gov.in. The terms and conditions by BDA to participate in the bidding is deposit of Rs. 4 lakh which is refundable; if one is successful in the bid, 25 per cent of the site cost needs to be remitted within 72 hours after deduction of the initial deposit, and 75 per cent to be paid within 45 days after receiving the allotment letter from BDA.

Five minutes of delta time will be given after the last bid is placed, a notification said. The auction purchaser should be a citizen of India, minor/person without computer knowledge are eligible to participate in the auction through his / her guardian or friend. While doing so, the name and related documents of only the person purchasing the property must be submitted/uploaded in the e-auction portal while participating in the e-auction. All details related to the sites and e-auction can be obtained from: bdabengaluru.org

08:17 (IST)06 Oct 2020
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Delhi Congress chief, DK Shivakumar, DK Shivakumar Karnataka Congress, DK Shivakumar Congress, Delhi Congress chief Anil Chaudhar, indian express news Congress leader DK Shivakumar. (File)

On Monday morning, CBI carried out searches at the premises of DK Shivakumar and his brother DK Suresh.

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After facing day long Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raid in the case of disproportionate assets, Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar termed the raid ‘BJP's vendetta politics’ against him.

On Monday morning, CBI carried out searches at the premises of DK Shivakumar and his brother DK Suresh. The agency also carried out searches at 13 other locations spread across Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai on premises associated with Shivakumar’s relatives and associates.

"This raid is a continuation of BJP's vendetta politics against me. Congress was fighting on behalf of people ever since Corona and exposing the failures of BJP Govt Such raids won't stop me from fighting against injustice We will win against such tactics in the court of the people,” Shivakumar wrote on twitter.

After the raid, Shivakumar along with his brother Suresh who is also MP from Bangalore Rural constituency addressed a press conference in Sadashivanagar in Bengaluru.

READ | CBI raids 14 locations linked to Congress’ DK Shivakumar in alleged corruption case

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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