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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 2 Highlights: Covid-19 labs to come up in PPP model, float tenders in a week: K Sudhakar

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 2 Highlights: Taking to Twitter, leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar condemned the alleged attack over the Gandhis.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 5, 2020 8:10:18 am
Bengaluru, COVID-19 Testing, Eurofins Clinical Genetics India Whitefield, Dr. K Sudhakar, Bengaluru COVID-19 LabThe State Government has decided to set up Covid-19 testing lab in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model and the tender process for the same will be completed within this week, said state Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News October 2 Highlights: Karnataka Congress leaders DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah along with party workers on Thursday night held protests over the detention of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi while they were on their way to meet the family of the Hathras gang-rape victim.

Karnataka Congress leaders condemned the alleged attack on Rahul Gandhi. Taking to twitter, Karnataka Opposition leader Siddaramaiah said, “I condemn the attack on Shri. @RahulGandhi in Uttar Pradesh. A wise man once said, Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.@narendramodi & @myogiadityanath have proved that they draw inspiration from violence.”

Meanwhile, Karnataka Congress chief, DK Shivakumar questioned Uttar Pradesh police under what law Rahul has been detained. “I condemn the assault by UP Police on our leader @RahulGandhi who is fighting to get justice for Hathras rape victim. Under what law has he been detained? Why are he & @priyankagandhi not being allowed to meet victim’s family? Why is the PM not speaking about ‘Beti Bachao’ now?” Shivakumar said.

On Thursday, Gandhis had begun a march to Hathras after their cars were stopped by authorities. Later, both Rahul and Priyanka tweeted slamming the Uttar Pradesh government for trying to stop them. Ahead of Gandhi’s visit, Section 144 has been imposed in the district and the borders have been sealed. The Gandhis wanted to meet the family of the 19-year-old Dalit woman who died after allegedly being gang-raped and tortured by four upper-caste men in the Uttar Pradesh district. The victim’s family also alleged that the UP Police had cremated her forcibly without their permission.

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15:30 (IST)02 Oct 2020
Gandhi Jayanthi celebrations by South Western Railway Bengaluru Division

Bengaluru Division of South Western Railway celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi today at all major Railway Stations in its jurisdiction. Various activities with special focus on cleanliness were organized on this occasion.

Ashok Kumar Verma, Divisional Railway Manager, Bengaluru Division, offered floral tributes to Gandhiji and administered “Swachhta Shapath” (Cleanliness Pledge) in a Cleanliness Campaign held at Yesvantpur Railway Station. He led a swachhta ralley in which the officers and staff also participated. Folk dance (Kamsale) was performed to spread the message of cleanliness. Hand masks and sanitizers were distributed to front line staff. Regional Outreach Bureau (Song and Drama division) ministry of Information and Broadcasting was also associated in the programme.

Cleanliness campaigns, Shramdan and rallies were held across the division in different railway stations. Numerous activities involving many stakeholders were organized across the stations of Bangalore division to remember Gandhiji and uphold his ideals of swatchhta. Hygiene protocol to be followed in the wake Covid-19 like wearing of masks, sanitizers and social distancing were followed in all the programmes.

14:28 (IST)02 Oct 2020
Covid-19 test labs to come up in PPP model, Karnataka to float tender within a week: Dr Sudhakar

The State Government has decided to set up Covid-19 testing lab in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model and the tender process for the same will be completed within this week, said state Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar. He was speaking after inaugurating the new Covid testing lab by Eurofins Clinical Genetics India (ECGI) in Whitefield on Friday.

The minister said that following the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, measures are being taken to increase Covid-19 testing by three times. To support this further tender will be floated by the Health and Medical Education departments to set up RT-PCR machines within two weeks. Speaking further about testing in the state, he said that 144 labs have been inaugurated in a matter of six months. The Eurofins lab that has been inaugurated today is expected to conduct up to 5,000 tests per day.

Despite creating awareness about the spread of Coronavirus, the positive cases are increasing in the state due to lack of awareness on the part of people. Hence, the government has taken strict action by hiking the penalty to Rs. 1,000 for not wearing masks at public places, Dr. Sudhakar said.

He said that though positive cases are on the high in the state, the death rate is under control, at 1.52%. The state has achieved a new milestone by conducting 50 Lakhs Covid-19 tests to date. The Government aims to increase this to 1.5 lakhs per day, the minister informed.

12:24 (IST)02 Oct 2020
BBMP marshals to begin night patrolling to avoid littering

Bengaluru’s local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Friday flagged off special night-patrolling teams comprising BBMP marshals who will be in charge to prevent littering in the city.

As many as 8 teams will patrol high-density corridors, vulnerable points, and arterial, and sub-arterial roads of the city’s Outer Ring Road, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said.

A total of 55 marshals have been deployed in two shifts with the responsibility to monitor, identify and catch unauthorised litterers in the city, he added.

11:27 (IST)02 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: 72-year-old throat cancer survivor urges govt to revise smoking rules

Seventy-two-year-old Nalini Satyanarayana has never smoked a cigarette in her life. Yet, as fate would have it, she contracted throat cancer in 2009, at the age of 61, and lost her voice box to the adverse effects of passive smoking. She underwent surgery in April 2010, after which an artificial voice box was fitted in her throat.

Now that she has successfully recovered from the disease, Satyanarayana believes the harmful effects of passive smoking on non-smokers are inadequately addressed by Indian lawmakers and the society at large.

“On being diagnosed with throat (voice box) cancer, the doctor treating me found my exposure to second-hand (passive) smoke in my house due to my husband’s smoking habits as the reason behind the same,” she told Indianexpress.com in an email interaction.

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11:17 (IST)02 Oct 2020
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Friday paid homage national icons Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri on the occasion of their birth anniversary.

After visiting the statues of Gandhi and Shastri at the Vidhana Soudha premises in Bengaluru, Yediyurappa offered flowers and spend some time in front of their portraits as a tribute to the leaders.

11:08 (IST)02 Oct 2020
IN PICS | BBMP holds cyclathon on Gandhi Jayanti

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, citizens along with Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) held a Cyclathon spreading the message of peace and harmony and also about climate change. BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad flagged off the event by riding a cycle.

10:28 (IST)02 Oct 2020
Karnataka: Special train on Hubballi-Bengaluru route to aid UPSC exam candidates

The South Western Railway has announced to run a special train between Hubballi and Bengaluru, in a bid to help candidates appearing for the civil service exams being conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Sunday.

While the UPSC Examination Special Express from Hubballi to Yesvantpur (Train No. 07391) will depart from Hubballi at 5 pm on Saturday, it is scheduled to reach Yesvantpur at 6.45 am on the next day.

In the return direction, the Yesvantpur – Hubballi UPSC Examination Special Express (Train No. 07392) is scheduled to leave Yesvantpur at 8 pm on Sunday to arrive at Hubballi at 8.45 am the next day.

While the train will run on a full-reservation basis, the same will have stoppages at Tumakuru, Tiptur, Arsikere, Kadur, Birur, Ajjampur, Hosdurga Road, Chikjajur, Chitradurga, Challakere, Ballari, Toranagallu, Hosapete, Koppal, Bhanapur, and Gadag in both directions.

10:27 (IST)02 Oct 2020
Karnataka registered most sedition cases last year: NCRB data

While 22 sedition cases were filed in Karnataka in 2019, the south Indian state topped the list among all Indian states for the same last year, according to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

While the total number of sedition cases filed in the counrty rose to 93 in 2019 as compared to 70 and 51 in 2019 and 2018 respectively, the data further indicated that only 3 per cent of the sedition cases resulted in convictions.

The other states that registered most sedition cases during the same timeframe are Assam (17) and Jammu and Kashmir (11).

Also Read | NCRB report: Sedition cases up in 2019 but conviction at all-time low

08:38 (IST)02 Oct 2020
S Anbuvelan takes over as CEO of HAL's Helicopter Complex

S Anbuvelan was appointed as the news Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of helicopter division of Bengaluru based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on Thursday. S Anbuvelan, a 34-year-veteran of the firm, was previously heading the Helicopter Division as Executive Director.

“My focus will be to ensure quality products and services and timely delivery from the Helicopter Complex,” Anbuvelan said after taking charge.

According to HAL, Anbuvelan holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Alagappa Chettiar College of Engineering, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, and a Masters of Technology in Aircraft Production Engineering from IIT Madras. He also holds a postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from XIME, Bengaluru.

He joined HAL as a management trainee (technical) in 1986 and has experience of 34 years in various key positions.

08:29 (IST)02 Oct 2020
BMTC signs MoU with NIMHANS for crew health

The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation(BMTC) on Thursday inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences for treatment of BMTC employees.

BMTC chairperson Nandiesha Reddy and NIMHANS director Gangadhar inked a MoU at the institute on Thursday.

"Memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed Between Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) & National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) for enhancing patient care services for BMTC and improving transport facility for staff and students of NIMHANS," BMTC said in a statement.

08:19 (IST)02 Oct 2020
Karnataka reports another day of 10,000 new cases

Karnataka on Thursday reported another single-day tally of 10,070 Covid-19 cases and 130 deaths. The active cases in the state are 1,10,412. The death toll in the state shot up to 8,994, according to the state health department.

As of October 1, the state's Covid-19 tally reached 6,11,837 cases. On Thursday, 7,144 patients were discharged, post recovery, as the total number of recoveries went up to 4,92,412.

Bengaluru Urban recorded 4,853 new cases followed by Dakshina Kannada 493, Ballari 486, Hassan 383, Bagalkot 336,Udupi 275, Tumakuru 274 and Mandya 266

According to the health department, 96,588 tests, including 49,628 rapid antigen tests, were carried out across the state on Thursday. Around 811 patients are being treated in ICU, of which 268 are in Bengaluru. A 2-year-old girl died of Covid-19 in Bengaluru on Thursday.

08:17 (IST)02 Oct 2020
Karnataka Congress leaders protests over detention of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi

Karnataka Congress leaders DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah along with party workers on Thursday night held protests over the detention of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi while they were on their way to meet the family of the Hathras gang-rape victim.

Karnataka Congress leaders condemned the alleged attack on Rahul Gandhi. Taking to twitter, Karnataka Opposition leader Siddaramaiah said, "I condemn the attack on Shri. @RahulGandhi in Uttar Pradesh.A wise man once said, Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.@narendramodi & @myogiadityanath have proved that they draw inspiration from violence.”

Meanwhile, Karnataka Congress chief, DK Shivakumar questioned Uttar Pradesh police under what law Rahul has been detained. “I condemn the assault by UP Police on our leader @RahulGandhi who is fighting to get justice for Hathras rape victim. Under what law has he been detained? Why are he & @priyankagandhi not being allowed to meet victim's family? Why is the PM not speaking about 'Beti Bachao' now?” Shivakumar said.

On Thursday, the Gandhis had begun a march to Hathras after their cars were stopped by authorities. Later, both Rahul and Priyanka tweeted, slamming the Uttar Pradesh government for trying to stop them. Ahead of the Gandhis' visit, Section 144 had been imposed in the district and the borders had been sealed. The Gandhis wanted to meet the family of the 19-year-old Dalit woman who had died after allegedly being gang-raped and tortured by four upper-caste men in the Uttar Pradesh district. The victim’s family also alleged that the UP Police had cremated her forcibly without their permission.

08:16 (IST)02 Oct 2020
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At least 400 gm of ‘Methaqualone’, a banned sedative substance, worth Rs. 20 lakh were seized from a leather bag, by custom officials at the Courier Centre in Kempegowda International Airport on Wednesday.

Also Read | Bengaluru: 72-year-old throat cancer survivor urges govt to revise smoking rules

The substance was found inside a black handbag which was shipped to the Bengaluru airport cargo wing along with a few clothes on Monday. Preliminary probe suggested that the Methaqualone was smuggled by a Nigerian national, who was arrested with ecstasy pills worth around Rs. 1 crore on September 10.

READ | Watch: Bengaluru airport customs find 400 gm of Methaqualone inside handbag

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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