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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News September 30 Highlights: According to NCB, the contraband was imported from the Netherlands via the darknet and paid through bitcoins.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 1, 2020 8:14:51 am
mumbai rains, thunderstorm mumbai, diwali, mumbai weather update, mumbai news, latest newsAccording to the forecast issued at 4 pm, these districts are likely to witness "thunderstorms accompanied with light to moderate spells of rain/showers in the next three hours." (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News September 30 Highlights: On the basis of specific information, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Bengaluru zonal unit seized 750 tablets of MDMA and arrested four persons from the city.

According to NCB, the contraband was imported from the Netherlands via the darknet and paid through bitcoins. The accused have been identified as K Pramodh, mastermind Fahim and their associates, A Hashir and SS Shetty

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According to NCB statement, Fahim learnt the concept of purchasing drugs online through a popular web series. He started purchasing crypto-currency and through crypto-currency ordered drugs from darknet.

The NCB officials said that Fahim would order the drugs at various locations across India and sell it to students from Manipal University – Udupi, NMAMIT College – Udupi, and also clubs at Manipal, Karnataka and SRM university, Chennai.

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NCB said that further investigations into the case are underway.

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18:11 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Education Dept disallows students to visit schools till Oct 15

The Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education has decided not to allow high school students to visit schools to get their doubts clarified till 15 October. As per the government order issued on Wednesday, this has been cited due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in the state.

Earlier, the state government had suggested that students from classes 9 to 12 be allowed to seek clarifications in their respective subjects from teachers at schools even though regular classes will not be held.

17:31 (IST)30 Sep 2020
'We don't need to hide Covid-19-related information': Sudhakar to Siddaramaiah

Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said that Karnataka Government has maintained transparency in presenting facts and figures related to COVID-19.

Responding to Congress leader Siddaramaiah's allegations of underreporting of Covid related death in Kolar, he tweeted that there were three deaths in RLJ Hospital on 19 September in Kolar. As there was a delay in reporting the death by the hospital, it was reported on 24 September. The death occurred on 20 September too was reported due to the same reason on the 25th, he clarified.

He stated that even at national level, our Government has been prompt, honest, and transparent in presenting the information on Covid-19. This has been further proven by a media survey that was conducted recently. The state government is not suppressing any information on about Covid-19 and has no need to do so, the minister asserted.

15:14 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Congress will fight Karnataka bypolls on its own: Siddaramaiah

Denying rumours that the Congress party in Karnataka are in talks with their former coalition partner Janata Dal (Secular), Congress Legislative Party leader Siddarmaiah Wednesday said that the party will contest the polls on its own.

'Congress is a national party and we have the strength to contest elections on our own,' he said in Bengaluru. Byelections to two assembly constituencies in Karnataka — Sira (Tumkur) and Rajarajeshwari Nagar (Bengaluru) are scheduled to be held on November 3.

14:45 (IST)30 Sep 2020
IMD forecasts rainfall in Bengaluru over the next 24 hours

The India Meteorological Department Wednesday predicted rain/thundershowers in Bengaluru city over the next 24 hours. According to their daily forecast, the same is very likely to occur at many places over South Interior Karnataka and at a few places over Coastal Karnataka and North Interior Karnataka as well.

Meanwhile, rainfall was recorded at several areas in the state as follows:

  • 6 cm rainfall - Kanakapura, Channapatna (Ramanagara), Maddur (Mandya), Hoskote (Bengaluru Rural),Chintamani, Kottur (Ballari)
  • 5 cm rainfall - Basaralu (Mandya), Hesaraghatta, Electronic City (both Bengaluru Urban dt)
  • 4 cm rainfall - Mani (Dakshina Kannada), Mandya, Challakere (Chitradurga), Anekal, Gopal Nagar (both Bengaluru Urban), Kolar Pwd, Chikballapura, Malur, (Kolar), Devanahalli, Doddaballapura (both Bengaluru Rural)
13:54 (IST)30 Sep 2020
‘Even Rama would not have spared these BJP Ravanas’: Siddaramaiah on Hathras gangrape

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took on Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath for the death of Hathras rape victim, saying “Even Rama would not have spared these BJP Ravanas.” 

Siddaramaiah also demanded Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's resignation. “Dalit girl was brutally gang-raped in U.P and CM Yogi Adityanath never took action. The girl succumbed yesterday and yet her parents were not allowed to see the body. State-sponsored brutality is increasing under the BJP government. Even Rama would not have spared these BJP Ravanas,” Siddaramaiah wrote on twitter.

“Marginalization and brutality on Dalits continues even today and has increased multi-folds under BJP government. It is necessary to acknowledge the social reality and fight to address the injustices on the weak. To start with, Yogi Adityanath should resign for his irresponsibility,” he further added.

A 20-year-old woman, succumbed to her injuries two weeks after she was attacked while helping her mother in the fields. The body of the victim was cremated a little after 3 am Wednesday — with her family saying police had forcibly performed the last rites late at night even though they wanted to bring her body home one last time. The victim was initially admitted to a district hospital 15 days ago with her tongue cut off and spinal cord severely injured, among other serious injuries. She was later shifted to Aligarh hospital for treatment, before moving to Safdarjung Hospital in the national capital. The police said the victim had been dragged into a field and gangraped. She had also been strangled with her dupatta.

Four upper caste men of the woman’s village in Hathras district, who were charged with gangrape and attempt to murder, apart from charges under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, have been arrested.

12:36 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Bengaluru police arrest 3 interstate peddlers, seize drugs worth Rs 25 lakh

As raids to bust drug rackets continue in Bengaluru, JC Nagar police Wednesday arrested three interstate peddlers to seize 45 kg ganja (marijuana) and 70 gms MDMA worth Rs. 25 lakh.

Confirming the same, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Dharmender Kumar Meena said the police inspector and team had followed a small lead to catch the culprits. "Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant appreciated the efforts of the team," he added.

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10:51 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Bengaluru our pride, calling it terror hub a disgrace: Kumaraswamy slams Tejasvi Surya

Slamming Bengaluru South BJP MP Tejasvi Surya’s recent comments that Bengaluru had become the “epicentre of terror activities“, former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy Tuesday said the remark “is a disgrace to the city, which does not belong to militants”.

Kumaraswamy also demanded an apology. Taking to Twitter, Kumaraswamy wrote, “Some people having links with terrorist organisations were caught after the D J Halli incident. Our criticism must be against them… not the home of millions of people… Bengaluru does not belong to militants, it is ours… Bengaluru is our pride.”

Without naming the BJP leader, Kumaraswamy further said, “The insult made by some commentators within the BJP that Bengaluru is a centre of terror activities is a disgrace to the city. I saw in media how CM BS Yeddyurappa struggled to justify such a statement, at a press conference on Monday. This slanderous statement is an insult to the senior BJP leaders as well.”

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10:50 (IST)30 Sep 2020
NCB arrest four for selling MDMA to college students in Karnataka

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) seized 750 tablets of MDMA and arrested four college students in Bengaluru for allegedly peddling the drug.

The contraband was imported from the Netherlands and paid for using bitcoins on the darknet, the NCB said. The arrests were made after confiscating a package from the foreign post office in Bengaluru. It was undelivered as the receiver’s address was missing, said Amit Ghawate, Zonal Director, NCB, Bengaluru.

The accused have been identified as K Pramodh, mastermind Fahim and their associates, A. Hashir and S.S Shetty.

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10:02 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Bypolls to Sira, R R Nagar constituencies to be held on November 3

The Election Commission of India (ECI) Tuesday announced bye-elections to two of the four vacant assembly constituencies in Karnataka — Sira (Tumkur) and Rajarajeshwari Nagar (Bengaluru).

As per the tentative schedule issued by the EC, voting will be held on November 3 with the results expected on November 10. While the official gazette notification to conduct the polls will be issued on October 9, the last date to submit nominations will be October 16.

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08:31 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Union Government to set up DRDO centre in Shivamogga

Shivamogga Lok Sabha member B.Y. Raghavendra on Tuesday said that the Central government will set up a research centre of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in Shivamogga district.

“DRDO would set up its centre on the campus of Sahyadri College in Shivamogga. A team of experts from DRDO visited the campus and met the officers of Kuvempu University in this regard,” Raghavendra said.

“The Union government would be spending Rs. 30 crore on the project,” he added. According to the MP, the Centre government had considered a proposal to set up a science centre in Shivamogga city and nearly seven acres of land has been identified for the centre, which would be set up at a cost of Rs. 17 crore,” he said

08:19 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Covid-19: Karnataka, Bengaluru see biggest single-day spike in new cases

Karnataka on Tuesday, reported a record 10,453 new Covid-19 cases while Bengaluru alone reported for 4,868 cases. The spike sees Bengaluru's total cases rise to over 2.28 lakh of which 46,610 are active and 2912 have died, including 67 who were added on Tuesday. Karnataka and Bengaluru crossed testing milestones as the state tested 87,475 samples on Monday and Bengaluru 33,304.

The total Covid cases in Karnataka is 5,92,911, of which 1,07,737 are active and over 8,777 people have lost their lives and on Tuesday, the state reported 136 more deaths.

The Karnataka Government warned of stern action against people flouting mask wearing and social distancing rules. Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar, on Tuesday reviewed the situation with members of the COVID-19 expert committee in Bengaluru and said a directive on enforcement would be issued after a discussion with the Chief Minister.

Coronavirus has been on a high in the past two months in the state, said the Minister. Despite raising awareness regarding the dangers caused by the virus, the general public has been negligent without wearing masks. To combat this, the minister said, the State Government is keen on bringing stern rule against those who flout the social distancing rules in public. A detailed directive will be out in a few days, he added.

Post Coronavirus unlock in the state, political and religious gatherings have been on a high, and people are attending in alarming numbers. This has led to rapid spread of virus. Hence, it has been decided to put the stopper on these gatherings in the state, he explained. The Minister further said that events that are held in unavoidable circumstances with only 100 people will be allowed with prior permission from the district administration. He informed that the Government plans to organise awareness programmes jointly in cooperation with cinema stars, religious heads, political leaders and artists. The Minister also called upon people of the state to raise awareness about Coronavirus.

08:16 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Renukacharya tests positive for Covid-19

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's political Secretary and MLA M P Renukacharya on Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19.

Renukacharya said that he underwent a test as some changes were observed in his health conditions and the report showed him to be positive.

He appealed all those who had come in contact with him in the last four-five days to get tested. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yediyurappa tweeted wishing for Renukacharya's speedy recovery on Tuesday.

Several Ministers and legislators in the state including Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol, Law Minister J C Madhuswamy, senior Congress MLAs H K Patil and Diensh Gundu Rao are among those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days.

08:15 (IST)30 Sep 2020
ED freezes its accounts, Amnesty shuts its India offices

NGO Amnesty International on Tuesday announced that it was shutting its offices in India and letting go of its staff, nearly 150 members, in Bengaluru and Delhi following the freezing of its bank accounts by the Enforcement Directorate.

“The complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the Government of India which it came to know on 10 September 2020, brings all the work being done by the organization to a grinding halt,” Amnesty International India said in a statement. The offices will shut by Wednesday.

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08:15 (IST)30 Sep 2020
NGT concerned as 6 states want 6k sqkm to be taken off Western Ghats eco zone

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has expressed concern after six states asked the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to whittle down the size of eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) under the ecologically fragile Western Ghats by 6,386.65 sq km.

“There is demand for more and more exclusion by those who claim the need for ‘development’ while need for ‘environment protection’ does not allow acceptance of such demands. This aspect needs to be finalised and has been pending consideration for the last about eight years,” an NGT bench headed by Tribunal chairman Adarsh Kumar Goel said in an order passed on Tuesday.

The Western Ghats cover six states — Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The K Kasturirangan Committee had in 2012 earmarked around 60,000 sq km as ESZ. In 2014, the then MoEF issued a draft notification declaring 56,825 sq km in the Western Ghats as ESZ.

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08:14 (IST)30 Sep 2020
NCB busts drug syndicates selling MDMA in Bengaluru

On the basis of specific information, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Bengaluru zonal unit seized 750 tablets of MDMA and arrested four persons from the city.

According to NCB, the contraband was imported from the Netherlands via the darknet and paid through bitcoins. The accused have been identified as K Pramodh, mastermind Fahim and their associates, A Hashir and SS ShettyAccording to NCB statement, Fahim learnt the concept of purchasing drugs online through a popular web series. He started purchasing crypto-currency and through crypto-currency ordered drugs from darknet.

The NCB officials said that Fahim would order the drugs at various locations across India and sell it to students from Manipal University - Udupi, NMAMIT College - Udupi, and also clubs at Manipal, Karnataka and SRM university, Chennai.NCB said that further investigations into the case are underway.

08:13 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Court rejects Kannada actors’ bail pleas, cites collective drug seizure

Despite officials of the Central Crime Branch in Bengaluru not finding drugs in the possession of two Kannada actors accused of being part of a drug scandal in Karnataka, a special court for NDPS Act cases has cited the collective seizure of drugs from other accused to reject the bail pleas of the actors.

The bail pleas of Ragini Dwivedi (30) and Sanjjanaa Galrani (30), actors who are accused with 14 others of being part of a racket involved in use of drugs at parties in Bengaluru, were rejected by the court, which cited collective seizures as well as alleged non-cooperation by the actors in providing data from their phones to the police.

Dwivedi’s advocate contended that no drugs were found in her possession and that any alleged amount of drugs consumed was only a small quantity.

The NDPS court, however, ruled that “when all the accused persons have committed the offences under the above crime, the quantity seized from all the accused together is to be considered”. The court cited the seizure of 12 grams of cocaine, 55 grams of ganja, 11.5 grams of ecstasy tablets and 10 grams of MDMA from all the arrested.

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08:12 (IST)30 Sep 2020
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Slamming Bengaluru South BJP MP Tejasvi Surya’s recent comments that Bengaluru had become the “epicentre of terror activities“, former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy Tuesday said the remark “is a disgrace to the city, which does not belong to militants”.

Kumaraswamy also demanded an apology. Taking to Twitter, Kumaraswamy wrote, “Some people having links with terrorist organisations were caught after the D J Halli incident. Our criticism must be against them… not the home of millions of people… Bengaluru does not belong to militants, it is ours… Bengaluru is our pride.”

Without naming the BJP leader, Kumaraswamy further said, “The insult made by some commentators within the BJP that Bengaluru is a centre of terror activities is a disgrace to the city. I saw in media how CM BS Yeddyurappa struggled to justify such a statement, at a press conference on Monday. This slanderous statement is an insult to the senior BJP leaders as well.”

READ | Bengaluru our pride, calling it terror hub a disgrace: Kumaraswamy slams Tejasvi Surya

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

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus September 29 Highlights