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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus September 2 Highlights: Siddaramaiah visits DJ Halli, MLA Murthy’s residence

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News September 2 Highlights: Excise Minister H Nagesh said that team of officials will study the success rate of online sales in the states where it has been implemented.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: September 3, 2020 8:14:38 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News September 2 Highlights: The Karnataka government has constituted a team of officials to study the pros and cons of selling liquor online, state Excise Minister H Nagesh said Tuesday.

According to Nagesh, the team of officials will study the success rate of online sales in the states where it has been implemented. “Regarding online liquor sale, we have constituted a team of senior officials to visit and study wherever it is implemented and look into the pros and cons. Whether it (online sale) is going on successfully, up to the mark, and is it satisfactory,” Nagesh said.

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The Minister also said that with the online sale there will be an additional service charge on the consumers, which the people will have to agree to. “There is also opposition to it from the wine merchants association, their consent is also required and we will have to talk to them,” he added.

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18:05 (IST)02 Sep 2020
IN PICS | Union Minister Pralhad Joshi offers Dharwad Peda to Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Pralhad Joshi on Wednesday in New Delhi offered the famous sweet delicacy of the region, Dharwad Peda to Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari for sanctioning flyover at Chennamma Circle in Hubballi.

18:01 (IST)02 Sep 2020
KSRTC allows students to use buses using student passes

Students of various Degree, Post graduate and Professional courses appearing for examinations scheduled to be held this month can avail KSRTC bus services this month.

The KSRTC Wednesday decided to allow students to travel in buses (City, suburban, Ordinary and Express buses) between their residence and allotted exam centres. “However, they should produce the student pass issued for the academic year 2019-20,” a KSRTC statement read.

18:01 (IST)02 Sep 2020
CSTEP launches ‘Rooftop Evaluation for Solar’ tool in Bengaluru

The Bengaluru based, Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) on Wednesday launched a web-based tool that would use LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) based aerial imagery to identify shadow-free rooftops in Bengaluru

According to CSTEP, LiDAR helps the government design policies to tap solar power at the household level. The installation cost for rooftop solar installation is around Rs 45,000 per kilowatt or Rs 4.5- Rs 5 per unit, CSTEP said.

"For Bengaluru city, BESCOM (Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd ) has set a target to achieve 1.06 GW (giga watt) through rooftop solar power by 2022. However, it has added only 140 MW (mega watt) rooftop solar capacity," Jaymin Gajjar, Research Engineer at CSTEP said.

G Sheela General Manager, Demand Side Management, BESCOM and Saptak Ghosh Research Scientist, CSTEP with Mahendra Jain, Additional Chief Secretary (Energy Dept.) participated at the launch of CREST.

17:27 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Bengaluru violence: Innocents should not be framed, says Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah Wednesday urged the state government to not arrest innocents and frame them as culprits in connection with the violence reported from the streets of Devarajeevanahalli (DJ Halli) and Kadugodanahalli (KG Halli) in East Bengaluru last month.

Three people were killed in police firing and a fourth person succumbed to injuries on August 11 night over a purportedly inflammatory social media post put out by a relative of a local Congress legislator.

The former Karnataka chief minister alleged that several arrests have made in the case without evidence. “Police should gather evidence and pursue the case. Release those people against whom there is no evidence. Innocents should not be framed and at the same time real culprits should not be let off,” Siddaramaiah said.

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17:03 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Bengaluru metro services set to resume soon, here’s how the guidelines look like:

Bengaluru Metro (Namma Metro), which has a 42.3-km network across 44 stations, will resume operations from September 7 “in a graded manner”.

To maintain social distancing, the number of commuters will be restricted to one-third of capacity in a six-coach train while thermal checks will be carried out at the entrance. Passengers will be advised to download the Aarogya Setu app for contact tracing and only e-tickets will be issued.

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16:57 (IST)02 Sep 2020
KSRTC introduces 'FlyBus' services from Bengaluru airport to Mysuru

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Wednesday announced a new 'FlyBus' service from Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru to Mysuru.

According to KSRTC officials, the daily services will commence on September 10. Each ticket will cost Rs 750.

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14:36 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Karnataka varsities can get 100% results if govt fills staff vacancies: Governor Vala

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala Wednesday urged Vice-Chancellors of various universities in the State to accept the challenge of being potential competitors to institutions providing world-class education.

In a meeting held with VCs of state-run varsities to discuss the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020, he said, "Bengaluru is an educational hub that ranks first in the country in medical, engineering, and research fields. If the government provides 100% staff to all universities, we can achieve 100% results."

Meanwhile, Deputy CM and Minister for Higher Education C N Ashwathnarayan apprised the Governor of forming a coordination and technical committee comprising VCs of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), and Bangalore University to prepare a "comprehensive report" on how to implement NEP.

14:30 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Bengaluru violence: Police could have avoided incident if swift action was taken, Siddaramaiah says.

Soon after his visit to DJ Halli police station, MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy's residence and other areas of east Bengaluru which witnessed violence and police firing on August 11, Karnataka Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah said the incident could have been averted "if the police had taken swift action against Naveen," the person who uploaded an alleged derogatory post which led to the same.

Further justifying his late visit to the spot, he added, "I was undergoing treatment for Covid19 when DJ Halli incident happened and I have come now to visit the spot after completing quarantine norms."

"I condemn the act of violence and all those who were involved in the violence should be punished," the former Chief Minister tweeted.

13:50 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Thunderstorm likely in 11 Karnataka districts: IMD

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Wednesday forecast thunderstorm in eleven districts of Karnataka, namely Belagavi, Bagalkote, Vijayapura, Raichur, Dharwad, Haveri, Gadag, Chitradurga, Chikkamagaluru, Tumkur, and Hassan.

"Thunder storm with lightning accompanied with light to moderate spells of rain and gusty wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph likely in the next 3 hrs," a forecast issued at 1.30 pm on September 2 read.

12:48 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Bengaluru violence: Siddaramaiah visits DJ Halli, MLA Murthy's residence

Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah Wednesday visited DJ Halli police station and Pulkeshinagar MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy's residence in Kaval Byrasandra, three months after violence was reported from the streets of East Bengaluru after an alleged derogatory comment against the beliefs of a community was posted on social media.

During his visit, the former CM also met Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Sharanappa S D seeking details on the progress of the investigation that is underway.

12:42 (IST)02 Sep 2020
No material or evidence to corroborate Indrajit Lankesh’s claim about drug abuse in ‘Sandalwood’: Crime branch

The Central Crime Branch, which has questioned filmmaker and journalist Indrajit Lankesh over the allegations he made in connection with drug abuse in the Kannada film industry, said on Tuesday no material or evidence was given to corroborate the claims. Lankesh had deposed before the police and was questioned for about five hours in connection with the alleged drug activities in the Kannada film industry, popularly known as Sandalwood.

“Yesterday Indrajit Lankesh was called to CCB and his statement was taken, wherein he mentioned about some past incidents and also took few names. No material or evidence was given to corroborate what he said. We are inquiring into it,” Bengaluru Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said in a statement.

Patil added that the CCB will call Lankesh again and give him an opportunity to give any evidence or material if he has to support his statement. At the same time, the CCB would also do its own inquiry to collect evidence.

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09:58 (IST)02 Sep 2020
IN PICS | Bengaluru police conduct vehicle checks after receiving intel on drug supply in city

After receiving information about drugs supplied to Bengaluru from outside in buses and vehicles, Bengaluru police conducted extensive checking of vehicles at night in checkposts, bus stand using Police Narcotics Dog on Tuesday night, Sandeep Patil, CCB police said.

08:47 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Bengaluru airport facilitates travel for 1.4 million domestic passengers since easing of lockdown norms

Despite coronavirus fears among passengers, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) continued to be one of the busiest airports in the country facilitating travel for at least 1.4 million domestic flyers ever since lockdown norms were eased.

According to statistics recorded by the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) – in-charge of operations at the airport – as many as 15,658 Air Traffic Movements took place since May 25 following a two-month lockdown which was imposed in March to avoid further spread of the novel coronavirus.

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08:30 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Pranab Mukherjee demise: Kempegowda Jayanthi celebrations postponed

The Kempegowda Jayanthi celebrations, which was supposed to be held on Wednesday, has been postponed because of the demise of former president Pranab Mukherjee, BBMP said.

The Kempegowda Jayanthi is postponed for the second time. It was earlier decided to be held on April 8, but it was put off due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Last week, the BBMP decided to hold the celebrations on September 2.

08:28 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Bengaluru violence: CCB police search offices of SDPI

Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) police Tuesday conducted searches on three offices of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDFI) in connection with violence reported from the streets of Devarajeevanahalli (DJ Halli) and Kadugodanahalli (KG Halli) in East Bengaluru last month. The police have taken a search warrant from the court and formed three separate teams to conduct searches in the SDPI offices in various parts of Bengaluru.

Three people were killed in police firing and the fourth one succumbed to injuries during violence in D J Halli and adjoining areas on August 11 night over a purportedly inflammatory social media post put out by a relative of a local Congress legislator.

A day after the incident, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said the government was considering banning organisations like the PFI and SDPI for their alleged role in the violence. The Bengaluru City Police had also identified several accused as SDPI members after filing the initial bunch of First Information Reports (FIRs).

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08:27 (IST)02 Sep 2020
CCB busts illegal massage parlour in Sadashivanagar, rescues five women

Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) Police on Tuesday night conducted raids on an illegal spa and massage parlour in Sadashivanagar and rescued five girls.

According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil, the CCB police team raided summer hills spa in Sadashivanagar and rescued five victim girls. The police have also arrested the owner of the spa identified as Khayiwon Shang and he is being questioned for more details.

Cases were also filed against the owner of the spa under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), police said.

08:26 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Videos of an elephant calf at a Karnataka temple ceremony that have netizens smiling

Videos of a baby elephant enjoying itself in a Karnataka temple during a ceremony are being widely shared on social media.

The elephant named Shivaani was seen having fun splashing in water while dressed up for a ceremony with its mother at the Sri Manjunatha Swamy Temple in Dakshina Kannada. Born on July 1 to the temple’s elephant named Lakshmi, the video of the female calf playing with water during her ‘naming ceremony’ has been appreciated by many on social media.

In the video, the calf seems to want to get into an inflatable pool, which seems unable to take its weight. However, that doesn’t stop it from having fun.

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08:26 (IST)02 Sep 2020
Karnataka govt sets up a team of officials to study online liquor sale

Karnataka has constituted a team of officials to study the pros and cons of selling liquor online, state Excise Minister H Nagesh said Tuesday.

According to Nagesh, the team of officials will study the success rate of online sales in the states where it has been implemented. "Regarding online liquor sale, we have constituted a team of senior officials to visit and study wherever it is implemented and look into the pros and cons. Whether it (online sale) is going on successfully, up to the mark, and is it satisfactory," Nagesh said.

The Minister also said that with the online sale there will be an additional service charge on the consumers, which the people will have to agree to." There is also opposition to it from the wine merchants association, their consent is also required and we will have to talk to them," he added.

08:25 (IST)02 Sep 2020
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Bengaluru Violence, Bengaluru, CCB, CCB Search, SDPI Office Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) police on Tuesday conducted searches on three Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) offices in Bengaluru.

Videos of a baby elephant enjoying itself in a Karnataka temple during a ceremony are being widely shared on social media.

The elephant named Shivaani was seen having fun splashing in water while dressed up for a ceremony with its mother at the Sri Manjunatha Swamy Temple in Dakshina Kannada. Born on July 1 to the temple’s elephant named Lakshmi, the video of the female calf playing with water during her ‘naming ceremony’ has been appreciated by many on social media.

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