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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus August 31 Highlights: Karnataka to set up 4 more medical colleges by 2021

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News August 31 Highlights: Kateel, who is also a member of Lok Sabha from Dakshina Kannada constituency said despite being asymptomatic, he was getting hospitalised on advise of doctors.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: September 1, 2020 8:36:41 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News August 31 Highlights: BJP Karnataka President Nalin Kumar Kateel tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

Kateel, who is also a member of Lok Sabha from Dakshina Kannada constituency said despite being asymptomatic, he was getting hospitalised on advise of doctors.

“I underwent COVID-19 test and the reports have come out as positive. Despite being asymptomatic, on the advice of the doctors, I’m getting hospitalised,” Kateel, said in a tweet.

Expressing confidence that with the blessings and good wishes of the people he would return to serve them quickly, he requested all those who had come in contact with him to be cautious.

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17:48 (IST)31 Aug 2020
AIIMS for Karnataka under Centre's active consideration: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

The Central Government is considering to set up All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for Karnataka, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday.

Speaking at the virtual inauguration of a super specialty trauma block at Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences in Ballari, Harsh Vardhan said, “I know that- AIIMS in Karnataka is under the active consideration of the Finance Department of the Government of India and that day will also soon come when we shall have an AIIMS in Karnataka also.”

17:18 (IST)31 Aug 2020
No cinema halls, pools, theatres but open-air theatres will be allowed to open from Sept 21

The order issued in accordance with the Centre’s step-by-step relaxation of restrictions post-coronavirus lockdown further mentioned cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places will remain closed. “However, open-air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from September 21,” the latest guidelines read.

At the same time, marriage-related gatherings will be permitted only with guests not exceeding 50 people. Gatherings for funerals should not exceed 20 people till September 20 after which the ceiling of 100 persons will apply, the order added.

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15:55 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Karnataka to set up 4 more medical colleges

Karnataka will get four more medical colleges by 2021, Medical Education Minister Sudhakar K said on Monday.

“This includes the one in Chikkaballapura. Officials have been instructed to speed up the construction processes,” he told Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in a video conference.

15:04 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Unlock 4: Bengaluru metro to operate from Sept 7

The Karnataka government has issued guidelines for phase 4 of Unlock in the state. The guidelines will come into effect on September 1 and will remain in place until the end of the month. 

What's allowed outside the containment zones:

  • Districts may allow upto 50 per cent of the teaching and non-teaching staff to report to schools for online teaching and counselling from September 21
  • Students studying in Classes 9 to 12 can visit their schools in areas outside containment zones to seek guidance from their teachers from September 21, after obtaining written consent from their parents or guardians
  • Skill or Entrepreneurship training will be permitted at institutes registered with the National Skill Development Corporation, State Skill Development Missions, NIESBUD, IIE or other ministries of the government from September 21
  • Higher Education Institutes for research scholars and post-graduate students pursuing technical and professional programmes which require work in laboratories will be permitted by the Department of Higher Education in consultation with the MHA after assessing the situation
  • Metro rail services will resume operations from September 7 in a graded manner
  • Sports, political, academic, cultural and religious functions upto 100 persons will be permitted from September 21, with all members expected to wear masks and adhere to social distancing norms
  • Wedding ceremonies will be allowed to have 50 guests upto September 20. Post this, the maximum guests will be limited to 100
  • Funeral gatherings will be allowed to have 20 people in attendance upto September 20, after which the number of people will be limited to 100
  • Open air theatres will be optional from September 21
  • International air travel, except as permitted by MHA
  • No restrictions on intra-state and inter-state movement of people

Travel by passenger trains, domestic flights, Vande Bharat, Air Transport Bubble Flights and sign-on and sign-off for sea travel will be regulated as per the SOPs laid down by the respective departments

11:16 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Covid vaccine: Phase 2 trials of Oxford's Covishield underway in Mysuru

The second phase trials for the Covishield coronavirus vaccine are underway at JSS Hospital in Mysuru, officials confirmed.

"The second phase which began on Saturday is now underway. The trial is being carried out on five healthy persons who volunteered to do so. Their reactions, allergies, and beneficial effects are being recorded keenly," an official said.

JSS Hospital, located at MG Road in the city, is among the 17 trial sites in India chosen by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Serum Institute of India.

Officials added, "The first five volunteers in whom the candidate vaccine was administered, will be under observation till September 29. The same will be tried on other people only after this phase."

11:16 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Covid-19: Karnataka among states directed to bring down positivity rate

Karnataka is among the four Indian states that have reported surges and have been directed to urgently bring down the high positivity rate among healthcare workers. The states have also been asked to “seriously” consider making containment zones in areas where healthcare workers live, in order to bring the high positivity rate under control.

As on Sunday, Karnataka reported a cumulative 3,35,928 positive cases and 5589 coronavirus-related deaths. The other three states are Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Tamil Nadu.

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10:26 (IST)31 Aug 2020
IN PICS | Tree uprooted in Bengaluru falls on autorickshaw; driver, passengers rescued

A tree was uprooted in Tank Bund road in Bengaluru due to overnight rains in the city. On Monday morning 6.40 am, the tree fell on an autorickshaw, according to traffic police, driver and two passengers of the auto were rescued by a Hoysala police on patrol.

09:10 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Karnataka government appoints new special representative in Delhi

The Karnataka government has appointed Shankargouda Eranagouda Patil as the state government’s special representative in New Delhi.

According to the notification, the post is of the rank of a cabinet minister. Shankargouda Eranagouda Patil, until now, served as one of the political secretaries to Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

08:28 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Karnataka BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel tests positive for Covid-19

BJP Karnataka President Nalin Kumar Kateel tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

Kateel, who is also a member of Lok Sabha from Dakshina Kannada constituency said despite being asymptomatic, he was getting hospitalised on advise of doctors.

"I underwent COVID-19 test and the reports have come out as positive. Despite being asymptomatic, on the advice of the doctors, I'm getting hospitalised," Kateel, said in a tweet.

Expressing confidence that with the blessings and good wishes of the people he would return to serve them quickly, he requested all those who had come in contact with him to be cautious.

08:18 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Pubs, clubs, bars in Karnataka will be allowed to serve liquor from September 1: Minister

After five months of restriction on sale of liqour in pubs, clubs and restaurants in Karnataka, the governmmet has decided to all to serve liquor from September 1.

Karnataka Excise Minister H Nagesh said all the establishments will be allowed service of liquor, but with only 50 percent of their seating capacity. “The detailed guildlines will be announced on Monday. They have to maintain social distance and take all the precautionary measures for Covid-19,” H Nagesh said.

With restricted sales, the state has incurred an estimated loss of Rs 1435 crore till date, Nagesh added.

Earlier the government had allowed shops only to sell takeaway.

08:17 (IST)31 Aug 2020
Cows are like members of family, it's a crime to kill them: Karnataka Minister

Cows were like a member of the family and it was a ‘crime’ to kill them, Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar on Sunday said as the the BJP government in the state is mulling bringing back the anti-cow slaughter law.

He also said cow dung acts as a disinfectant, recalling his family had a few cows in the past. Terming cow slaughter a ‘sin’, the minister said he would request Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to ban slaughtering of the animal in the state.

“Cow is like a member of the family and it's a crime to kill cows,” Sudhakar said at the inauguration of ‘Goshala’ (a shelter for cows) in Chikkaballapura, a release from his office said.

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08:16 (IST)31 Aug 2020
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Karnataka-MLA-Minister-Medical-Education-Sudhakar-Chikkaballapura-BJP-Congress-2 Further noting that cows were “worshipped in our culture”, Sudhakar said, a detailed discussion on banning export of beef was required in both Houses of the Legislature. Express Photo

Cows were like a member of the family and it was a ‘crime’ to kill them, Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar on Sunday said as the the BJP government in the state is mulling bringing back the anti-cow slaughter law.

He also said cow dung acts as a disinfectant, recalling his family had a few cows in the past.

Terming cow slaughter a ‘sin’, the minister said he would request Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to ban slaughtering of the animal in the state.

READ | Cows are like members of family, it s a crime to kill them: Karnataka Minister

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