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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 18 Highlights: 95.46% students attend final PU exam with 223 from containment zones

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 18 Highlights: Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 204 new COVID19 cases on Wednesday. With this, the total number of positive persons in the state has gone up to 7,734. It includes 102 deaths and 4,804 discharges.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: June 19, 2020 7:10:32 am
Karnataka, PUC Exam, Karnataka Exam, PUC Students, Lockdown Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 18 Highlights: Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus Live Updates: A total of 5,95,997 students had enrolled themselves for the examination.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 18 Highlights: As much as 95.46 per cent of the total students who registered for the Pre-University Certificate (PUC) board examinations in Karnataka attended the only remaining exam which was held on Thursday.

According to statistics shared by the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE), as many as 5,68,975 students attended the exam while 27,022 gave it a miss. A total of 5,95,997 students had enrolled themselves for the examination.

Meanwhile, 223 students from containment zones appeared for the exam.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 204 new COVID19 cases on Wednesday. With this, the total number of positive persons in the state has gone up to 7,734. It includes 102 deaths and 4,804 discharges.

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23:17 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Karnataka: 95.46% students attend English PU exam, minister claims it 'incident-free'

In what was seen as an important development for Karnataka as a state post the coronavirus-induced lockdown, over 5.68 lakh students attended the only remaining Pre-University (PU) board exam on Thursday.

According to Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, 95.46 per cent of the total registered students appeared for the English paper — scheduled to be held on March 23, the same day when the nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic began.

"As many as 5,68,975 students attended the English exam on Thursday while 27,022 gave it a miss. A total of 5,95,997 students had registered for the examination," Suresh Kumar said.

Meanwhile, 223 students from containment zones appeared for the exam across the state. According to statistics shared by the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE), 162 of them were from Dharwad, while 15 others were from Shimogga and 13 students from Davangere among others.

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18:09 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Datta Meshtru is back, this time teaching online classes for locked down students

The lockdown and the Pandora’s Box of troubles it has opened up for students, has prompted a former teacher to return to classes after a gap of 25 years. But there is no classroom and this is no ordinary teacher. The classes are via a Facebook Live and the teacher is Y S V Datta, a former legislator and prominent JD(S) leader in Karnataka.

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17:36 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Karnataka PU exam sees 95.46% attendance

As much as 95.46 per cent of the total students who registered for the Pre-University Certificate (PUC) board examinations in Karnataka attended the only remaining exam which was held on Thursday. According to statistics shared by the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE), as many as 5,68,975 students attended the exam while 27,022 gave it a miss.

A total of 5,95,997 students had enrolled themselves for the examination. Meanwhile, 223 students from containment zones appeared for the exam.

15:31 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Two Toyota Kirloskar employees at Bidadi plant in Karnataka test positive for COVID-19

Two employees at Toyota Kirloskar Motor(TKM) plant in Bidadi, Ramanagara district have tested positive for COVID-19, TKM said in a media statement.

The TKM plant has been temporarily shut down in order to contain the virus from spreading. According to the statement, the plant restarted operations on 26 May by following all precautionary measures. “two employees at TKM’s Bidadi plant tested positive for Covid-19 on June 16th. The said employees had last attended work on June 7th and June 16th, respectively,” TKM said in the statement.

“Operations at the TKM plant has already been temporarily suspended so that the required disinfection can be carried out at the plant,' the statement added. The company has started identifying all those employees who may have had primary or secondary contact with the infected employees for necessary treatment and quarantine wherever necessary.

13:02 (IST)18 Jun 2020
BEML flags off last train set for Kolkata Metro from its factory in Bengaluru

The BEML Limited flagged off the last train set for Kolkata Metro (East – West) project from its Metro coach factory in Bengaluru.

Chairman & MD BEML Deepak Kumar Hota, has flagged-off the train set in the presence of company directors and other senior officials of BEML and Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited.

BEML which is a Public Sector Undertaking secured the contract for fourteen train sets each with six cars cost up to Rs. 900 crore from Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited, BEML said in a statement.

12:18 (IST)18 Jun 2020
WATCH | 'Students advised to wear masks, 3-feet distance between desks maintained'

Explaining the arrangements made to ensure safety to students and teachers attending the II PUC exam in Karnataka, a college principal said all guidelines issued by the health and education departments are strictly adhered to.

"Sanitisers are provided across the campus. Students have been advised to wear masks all throughout. 3-feet distance is maintained between each desk." Vasanthalakshmi B R, Principal of SSMRV College told Indianexpress.com.

12:02 (IST)18 Jun 2020
IN PICS | Edu Dept officials, teachers ensure social distancing, record student details

As per the Standard Operating Procedures mentioned by the Karnataka Health Department, the details of each student is recorded before they enter exam halls for the II PU English exam in Karnataka.

Photos from Govt PU College, Chitradurga.

11:27 (IST)18 Jun 2020
WATCH | Eagerly waited for exams to get over, college admissions next, parents say
10:15 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Watch: Karnataka observed 'Mask Day'

The Karnataka government Thursday observed 'Mask Day'  to spread awareness about the use of masks to control the spread of COVID19. 

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa along with other ministers and officials walked from Vidhana Soudha to Cubbon Park to create awareness about the importance of wearing a mask. 

This initiative is expected to spread more awareness on wearing masks and how important it is for us to break the chain of infections," Yediyurappa said.

09:45 (IST)18 Jun 2020
IN PICS | II PUC students appear for English exam in Karnataka
09:21 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Five KSRP personnel tested positive for COVID-19

Five police personnel from the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) 4th battalion in Koramangala tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. The local authorities have sealed the KSRP premises and all personnel in the unit are in quarantine.

According to KSRP officials, the premises in Koramangala has been sanitised and sealed for 48 hours.

09:04 (IST)18 Jun 2020
5.95 lakh students to appear for PU exam today

The only remaining second-year Pre-University (PU) board exam (English) in Karnataka will be held tomorrow, as the government tries to ensure safety of students and teachers in times of the coronavirus pandemic.

The first State-level exam since the coronavirus-induced lockdown was announced, it is considered important for the government in the wake of SSLC exams scheduled to begin on June 25. As many as 5.95 lakh students will appear for the exam in 1,016 exam centres across Karnataka on Thursday.

The English paper of the PUC annual examination was scheduled to be held on March 23.

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08:52 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Zoom online classes hacked, complaint filed by school principal

The principal of a private school in Bengaluru has filed a complaint, alleging that someone has hacked into their online classes and used obscene language.

In a complaint filed with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), principal of Jain Heritage School in Kempapura near Hebbal said that the school is conducting online classes using the Zoom app for students in classes 7 to 12. On May 21, between 2 pm and 2.45 pm, an unauthorised person accessed the online classes in Zoom and interrupted the classes using obscene language.

The CID had registered an FIR under the IT Act.

08:35 (IST)18 Jun 2020
With 827 cases and 43 deaths, Bengaluru has the least count among big cities

At 827 cases and 43 deaths as on Wednesday, Bengaluru has among the lowest Covid burden among cities with population of 10 million or more. Sample this: Mumbai has 60,228 positive cases and 3,167 deaths; Delhi 44,688 cases and 1,837 deaths; and Chennai 34,245 cases and 422 deaths.

Epidemiologists say central to the city’s Covid-19 control programme has been its continuing practice of quarantining positive cases and identifying contacts within 24 hours of a positive test result — a practice many of the other metros have struggled to keep up with as numbers started swelling.

This emphasis on isolating positive cases and identifying their contacts has meant that health and civic officials from the city municipal corporation have knocked on the doors of those who tested positive at all possible hours of the day and night.

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08:27 (IST)18 Jun 2020
BJP releases lists of candidates for MLC elections in Karnataka

The BJP on Wednesday night released the list of the candidates for the upcoming legislative council elections in Karnataka.

BJP announced party tickets to former Ministers R Shankar, M T B Nagaraj, and former MLA Sunil Valyapure and Pratap Simha Nayak for Legislative Council Elections scheduled on June 29.

MTB Nagaraj is a Former MLA from Congress and later joined BJP and lost byelection in Hoskote segment while R Shankar is a former Ranebennur independent MLA after defecting to BJP did not contest Assembly elections. Sunil Valyapure is a Former MLA from Kalaburagi and Pratap Simha Nayak is present district president of the BJP in Dakshina Kannada.

08:27 (IST)18 Jun 2020
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punjab news, mohali corona, punjab corona cases Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary (H&FW) said that the preference would be given to including the persons above the age of 50 and those with co-morbidities. (Express Photo Praveen Khanna)

The Karnataka Government is planning to conduct random RT-PCR testing using pooled samples.

According to the health department, random testing will be done in slums, and on vendors, bill collectors in malls, markets and delivery service providers. Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary (H&FW) said that the preference would be given to including the persons above the age of 50 and those with co-morbidities.

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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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