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Karnataka Bengaluru November 24 Highlights: Cyclone Nivar: Rain alert in Bengaluru on Nov 25 & 26

Karnataka Bangalore Cyclone Nivar Live November 24 Highlights: A yellow alert has been issued in Bengaluru and other surrounding districts as heavy to very heavy rain can be expected on November 25 and 26.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 25, 2020 8:19:41 am
Kodagu, Kodagu rainfall, Karnataka rainOver the next three days, Bengaluru can expect thundershowers accompanied by gusty wind, IMD said. (Express Photo: Darshan Devaiah/Representational)

Karnataka Bangalore Cyclone Nivar Live November 24 Highlights: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert to South Interior Karnataka districts on November 25 and 26 since the depression over southeast Bay of Bengal is set to form into a cyclone, Nivar, which is expected to make landfall between Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry coast on November 25.

A yellow alert has been issued in Bengaluru and other surrounding districts as heavy to very heavy rain can be expected on November 25 and 26.

Over the next three days, Bengaluru can expect thundershowers accompanied by gusty wind, IMD said.

According to IMD, heavy rainfall of up to 115.5 mm are forecast for Bengaluru Urban and Bengaluru Rural, among other districts.

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18:31 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Karnataka: K Narayan elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Rajya Sabha candidate from Karnataka K Narayan was elected unopposed to the Parliament before the date scheduled for bypoll after the nomination of an independent candidate was rejected due to technical issues.

Narayan — a member of the backward class Devanga or weaver community that does not have much of a representation in the BJP government in Karnataka — was a surprise pick to fill the vacancy. He owns a printing firm called Span Print, has been recognised by the Sangh for efforts to popularise Sanskrit by publishing a Sanskrit magazine called ‘Sambhashana Sandesha’ for several years and for social activism in the coastal Karnataka region.

The bypoll was necessitated on December 1 after MP Ashok Gasti, a grassroots worker, died following a Covid infection.

18:28 (IST)24 Nov 2020
IN PICS | Air Marshal RD Mathur visits Air Force Station at Hakimpet

Air Marshal RD Mathur, Air Officer Commanding-Chief, Training Command, Indian Air Force visited Air Force Station Hakimpet today. On arrival, he was received by Air Officer Commanding, Air Commodore AS Minhas, who briefed him on diverse flying training activities being undertaken at the Station.

During the visit, he interacted with the Flying Instructors of the Fighter Training Wing (FTW) and Helicopter Training School (HTS). He appreciated the sustained efforts put in by them in maintaining a healthy Flying environment.

The Air Marshal also inspected and inaugurated the newly constructed Communication & Cyber building which would further enhance the overall operational capabilities of the Base.

17:57 (IST)24 Nov 2020
School adoption initiative can go a long way ahead: Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Tuesday said that the initiative of letting government schools to be adopted by organisations, universities, and philanthropists can go a long way ahead, with prompt follow-ups.

Distributing adoption certificates in a ceremony hosted by the Primary and Secondary Education department in Vidhana Soudha, he appealed to the philanthropists to visit schools that have been adopted at least once in three to four months. "Parents of these school students can also be invited for interactions on good parenting to ensure their wards become productive members of the society," Yediyurappa suggested.

According to Prof. MR Doreswamy, advisor to the government on education reforms, a total of 1,414 schools have been adopted as of October by universities (both state-run and private), film artists, politicians, IT companies, and individuals into philanthropy.

For instance, the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences had adopted 10 schools in Bengaluru. These include Karnataka Public School, Adugodi; Govt PU College, Madiwala; Govt Model Primary School, Adugodi; Govt Model Primary School, Gottigere; Govt Higher Primary School, NS Palya; Govt Kannada Medium Primary School, Alahalli; Karnataka Model Primary School, Domlur; Karnataka Higher Primary School, Doopanahalli; Karnataka Higher Primary School, Tavarekere; Karnataka Higher Primary School, Weaver's Colony.

Earlier, the Karnataka government had also made it mandatory for legislators to adopt at least three schools to ensure the development of basic infrastructure.

15:39 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Slaughter, sale of meat banned in Bengaluru tomorrow due to Sadhu Vaswani Jayanthi

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has banned the slaughter and sale of meat in Bengaluru on November 25, on the occasion of Sadhu Vaswani Jayanthi.

“The sale and slaughter of meat would be banned in the BBMP limits on Wednesday,” BBMP said in a press release.

Sadhu Vaswani, is an educationist who started the Mira Movement In Education and had strongly advocated universal practice of vegetarian living. Every year his birthday is celebrated as the International Meatless Day.

15:39 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: NCB busts international drug racket, nabs four accused

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Tuesday announced the arrest of four people, including two Nigerian nationals, in Bengaluru after busting an international drug racket operating in the city.

According to NCB sleuths, a total of 6.87 kilograms of pseudoephedrine was seized from the accused by a team led by Amit Ghawate, NCB Bangalore Zonal Director. “Acting on intelligence inputs, the drug was seized on November 11 in two parcels from Amritahalli. The seized pseudoephedrine, worth Rs 20 lakh, was concealed in baby bags. Preliminary investigation revealed the parcels were destined to two different consignees at South Africa,” an NCB officer said.

The consignors, D Shukla and G Maria, both residing in Bengaluru, were nabbed first which led the investigating team to the Nigerian nationals. “The follow-up action led to the main kingpins — two Nigerian nationals B Onovo and C Okwor — also residing in the city, being apprehended. All four are arrested,” the NCB confirmed.

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15:37 (IST)24 Nov 2020
IN PICS | CM, Health Minister participate in video conference chaired by PM Modi

Chief Minister Shri B.S.Yediyurappa along with the Health Minister Dr Sudhakar participated in the Video Conference held by PM Shri Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah with all state Chief Ministers to review the preparedness for roll out of Covid-19 vaccine once it is available. Chief Minister Shri B.S.Yediyurappa and senior officials were present.

"As per directions of Union Government, preparations are under way for vaccine distribution in the state. 29,451 vaccine distribution centres and more than 10,000 vaccinators have been identified. There are about 2,855 cold chain centres in the state and cold storage facilities of Veterinary Department and private hospitals will also be utilised,” Sudhakar said.

14:35 (IST)24 Nov 2020
ACB raids continue at KAS officer's properties

Officers from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Tuesday continued raids at properties linked to Karanataka Administrative Services (KAS) officer B Sudha in connection with a disproportionate assets case.

According to ACB sleuths, the searches conducted at six locations in the city were a follow up of the recent raids conducted at the properties belonging to Sudha, who was the head of the Information Technology and Biotechnology Department.

Raids were conducted at the residences of her associates on Friday - two in Bheemanakuppe in Kengeri, one each in KK Layout, Bhamanakuppe, NGEF Layout in Malathahalli, and Ramasandra.

Earlier this month, the ACB had seized large quantities of gold, Rs 10 lakh in cash, and an SUV car.

12:32 (IST)24 Nov 2020
IMA scam: IPS officer Ajay Hillori appears before CBI for questioning

Senior IPS officer Ajay Hillori on Tuesday morning appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials in Bengaluru who are probing the multi-crore I Monetary Advisory (IMA) ponzi scheme scam.

The CBI has chargesheeted two senior IPS officers Hemanth Nimbalkar, an inspector general of police, and Ajay Hillori, a superintendent of police and three other policemen who gave the ponzi scheme clearances. The police officers are alleged to have received bribes in excess of Rs 30 crore.

Under the ponzi scheme, valued at over Rs 4000 crore by the CBI, hundreds of depositors were swindled of their savings. It was allegedly backed by top politicians, police and state officials in Karnataka.

A promotee IAS officer, B M Vijayshankar, who was arrested and charged for receiving a bribe of Rs 1.5 crore as the Bengaluru Urban Deputy Revenue Commissioner for clearing ponzi scheme, committed suicide a few months ago. Several officials from the revenue department have been chargesheeted.

12:10 (IST)24 Nov 2020
No dearth of Cold storage facility in the state: Dr. K Sudhakar

Explaining the storage facilities in the state, Karnataka Health and Medical Education minister Dr. K Sudhakar said that Karnataka has around 2855 cold chain points for storage and distribution of vaccines. With a view to have a better supply chain network and distribution of vaccines in a timely manner, 3 new regional vaccine stores – Bengaluru Urban, Shivamogga and Bellary have been proposed. "These newly proposed Regional Vaccine Stores will also require additional Walk-in-Coolers and Walk-in-Freezers to be supplied", he said.

The Minister also said that assessment of the Vaccine Stores has been completed. The State has 10 Walk-in-Coolers and 4 Walk-in-Freezers. In order to have an exact assessment of the cold storage capacity required for COVID-19 vaccine programme, number of doses in each vial, the volume of a vial etc., need to be assessed. "We have already requested the Department of Health and Family Welfare to share this information", said Dr.Sudhakar

On dry storage facility, the minister said that state needs to have the dry storage space assessment for the vaccine programme. "The Government of India has already allocated certain Deep Freezers and Ice Lined Refrigerators as per the Universal Immunization Programme norms. We have also informed the GOI for our additional requirements", he said.

12:02 (IST)24 Nov 2020
IMA ponzi scam: Victims can file claims from tomorrow

Victims of the I Monetary Advisory (IMA) ponzi scam can file claims from Wednesday. The official probing the case has given time for depositors to do the same till December 24.

According to Special Officer Harsh Gupta, depositors can submit the claims with the help of operators at Bengaluru One, Karnataka One, and Atalji Jan Snehi Kendra centres. The claims can also be submitted online.

The claim application comprises of two stages. While claimaints have been asked to provide personal details like mobile and bank account in the first stage, they should furnish scheme-wise deposits during the consequent stage.

As per a statement from the office of the special officer, depositors can file the claim using the Aadhaar card or UTR number for Rs 1 transfer from their account to the account of their competent authority (Account number: 6442116442, IFSC Code: HDFC0001748).

11:45 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Karnataka govt decides not to reopen schools, PU colleges on December 1

The Karnataka government Monday decided not to reopen schools and pre-university colleges on December 1. According to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, the government “shall review the Covid-19 situation during the third week of December” to decide when to resume offline classes.

“Experts have recommended that a decision on reopening schools and PU colleges should not be taken until December end. An appropriate decision will be taken then,” Yediyurappa said in Bengaluru. The CM had convened a meeting with Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar, and heads of various departments related to the same before announcing the decision. Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar joined the meeting online supporting expressing his views on the Covid-19 technical advisory committee (TAC) recommendations.

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11:18 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Karnataka is well prepared for Covid -19 vaccine delivery: Health Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar

Karnataka has initiated necessary action for COVID-19 vaccine delivery, distribution and administration as per the Government of India’s advice. The State Task Force has also met and preparations are being made for the vaccine storage and delivery, said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar.

Speaking on the measures initiated for management of vaccine, Dr Sudhakar said that the government has identified 29,451 session sites (vaccination sites) and 10,008 vaccinators as per the norms of the Universal Immunization Programme.

"Health Care Workers data has already been compiled for all the government facilities. 80% of the private health facilities have also shared their data. Compilation of data for the remaining 20% private facilities is likely to be completed in a week’s time", he said.

11:02 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Now, Mysuru to Mangaluru in an hour, flight services to begin from Dec 10

Now, travelling between Mysuru and Mangaluru will take just an hour, courtesy the much-awaited direct flight operations between the key Karnataka cities scheduled to begin from December 10.

The new flight will be operated Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays initially, and will be operated by Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India Ltd. According to officials, the flight’s services might be extended as daily services if a good demand is observed.

As per the schedule, flight 9I 532 will depart from Mysuru at 11.15 am and will reach Mangaluru at 12.15 pm. In its return journey, flight 9I 533 will take off from Mangaluru at 12.40 pm to land in Mysuru at 1.40 pm.

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10:00 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Karnataka’s RT-PCR tests per lakh population is highest in country

As of Sunday, Karnataka has done the highest RT-PCR tests per lakh population in the country at 16,360, according to the State’s COVID-19 war room data.

While Ladakh and Puducherry have conducted the second and third highest number of RT-PCR tests (14,769 and 14,488, respectively), Telangana has done the lowest at 221.

"Karnataka has done the highest RT PCR tests per lakh population in the country. This is one of the reasons for the control of COVID in Karnataka. One of the ways to avoid a second wave, apart from citizens exercising SMS - Social Distancing, Masking and Sanitization, "said,Munish Moudgil, Head State War Room.

09:43 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Baiyappanhalli bridge work to be completed by March 2021

The much-delayed road over bridge work at Baiyappanahalli is likely to be completed by March 2021, railway officials claimed after work resumed last month after nearly seven years.

"The work had come to a halt in 2012 when we completed around 70 per cent of the work, due to delays faced in acquiring land from the Defence Ministry. Once 10,207 square metres of land was given to us in August 2019 and work resumed, the pandemic caused it to halt again due to labour shortage," a South Western Railway (SWR) official said.

The official added, "As of now, the road over bridge is likely to be commissioned by March 2021, or in the worst case, a month later." The bridge is expected to help vehicle users commute easily from Hennur, Kasturi Nagar, Kalyan Nagar, and Banaswadi areas towards Old Madras Road.

09:15 (IST)24 Nov 2020
IMA scam: Mansoor Khan in CBI custody

I-Monetary Advisory (IMA) group's founder director Mohammed Mansoor Khan who was in CBI custody from Saturday was produced before the special court on Monday and sought custody for further questioning.

The CBI court granted custody of Mansoor Khan till November 27. Roshan Baig who was arrested on Sunday based on 'material evidence' is presently in judicial custody.

Mansoor Khan in his statement had said that Roshan Baig had taken a Rs 400 crore from him. On Sunday, Roshan Baig and Mansoor Khan confronted after more than one and half years where they were asked to explain their claims.

Meanwhile, executive engineer of the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) P D Kumar who is accused of taking a bribe of Rs 4 crore has been taken into CBI custody. According to CBI, Kumar who worked in land acquisition department of BDA has allegedly promised Mansoor to bail him out from the inquiries initiated against him in 2018 and had taken the money.

Till date, CBI has registered five FIRs in IMA groups cases where they have alleged Rs 4,000 crore irregularities.

09:09 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Smart city rankings: Hubballi-Dharwad tops Karnataka, ranked 13th in India

Bagging the 13th rank in India for implementing various projects under the Smart City Scheme, the Hubballi-Dharwad Smart City Limited (HDSCL) topped Karnataka to get featured among the 100 Smart Cities in the country.

With 10 out of the 57 projects proposed under the Smart City Scheme in Hubballi-Dharwad being completed already, 43 others are in various stages of implementation and four others are now progressing in the tendering process.

The other two cities from the state that were recognised in the top 20 are Davanagere (Rank 14) and Tumkur (Rank 18). Among states, Karnataka has been ranked fourth.

08:49 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Mysuru Police Commissioner’s new building to be inaugurated by CM today

The new building of Mysuru City Police Commissioner's office will be inaugurated by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Tuesday evening.

The building is based on the architectural style of Lalitha Mahal Palace in Mysuru built on Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.

The new building is located in front of the existing police commissioner's office on Mirza Road.

Built at a cost of Rs 19.32 crore, the new police commissioner office has lower ground floor, upper ground floor and first floor. The chamber of the police commissioner is on the upper ground floor.

08:37 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Can’t prosecute Ravi Pujari yet: MEA to Mumbai Police

A letter from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to the Mumbai Police last week has created a legal hurdle for the latter that was all set to take gangster Ravi Pujari’s custody this week.

The letter has informed the Mumbai Police that so far Senegal – from where Pujari was extradited in March 2019 – has granted permission to only prosecute Pujari in cases registered against him by the Karnataka Police.

Clarification is now being sought from Senegal authorities regarding cases registered against the gangster in other states, including Maharashtra, Gujarat and Kerala.

A senior Mumbai Police officer said, “Earlier, we were informed through the MEA that permission had been given to prosecute Pujari in around 10 cases registered in Mumbai against him.”Ravi Pujari

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08:33 (IST)24 Nov 2020
Karnataka reports 1,509 new Covid cases, 24 deaths

Karnataka on Monday reported 1,509 new cases of Covid-19 and 24 related deaths, taking the total number of infections to 8,74,555 and the death toll to 11,678. The day also saw 1,645 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of 1,509 fresh cases reported on Monday, 725 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone.

As of November 23 evening, cumulatively 8,74,555 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 11,678 deaths and 8,38,150 discharges, the health department said.

As many as 10 out of the total 24 deaths reported on Monday are from Bengaluru urban, followed by Dakshina Kannada (4), Mysuru (2), Bagalkote, Ballari, Belagavi, Chamarajanagara, Dharwad, Raichur, Uttara Kannada and Vijayapura (1).

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru urban accounted for 725, Mysuru 104, Tumakuru 89, Mandya 58, Kalaburagi 56, Hassan 39, Kolar 35, Ballari and Bengaluru Rural 34, followed by others.

Bengaluru urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 3,64,390 infections, followed by Mysuru 50,127 and Ballari 38,111.

Around 4,000 students affected: 96 schools running ‘without recognition’ sealed in UP's Bhadohi The situation will be reviewed at the end of December to decide on a possible date for reopening schools in 2021, Yediyurappa said.

The Karnataka government on Monday ruled out reopening of schools in the state following advice of a technical experts’ panel in view of the Covid-19 situation.

Also Read | Karnataka govt decides not to reopen schools, PU colleges on December 1

Following a meeting with school officials, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said, “A meeting was held to consider the reopening of schools in the current year. Based on the advice of the technical experts’ committee, a decision has been taken to adopt a wait-and-watch approach on the Covid-19 situation till the end of December before deciding on reopening schools.” The situation will be reviewed at the end of December to decide on a possible date for reopening schools in 2021, he said. The state government allowed degree colleges to reopen on November 17 with precautions in place.

READ | Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh schools to stay shut this year

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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