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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus November 5 Highlights: Union Health Minister praises Karnataka’s Covid control measures

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 5 Highlights: Harsh Vardhan was holding a video conference with Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar and officials of the department to discuss the steps taken to contain Covid-19 and preparations underway for vaccine distribution in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 6, 2020 8:24:40 am
Harsh Vardhan, Karnataka, Harsh Vardhan Karnataka COVID-19, Dr SudhakarUnion Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan holds a video conference with Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar and officials of the department.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News November 5 Highlights: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday appreciated the Karnataka government over measures taken to control Covid-19 and advised the state government to formulate sensible strategies during the upcoming festive season and winter.

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Harsh Vardhan was holding a video conference with Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar and officials of the department to discuss the steps taken to contain Covid-19 and preparations underway for vaccine distribution in the state.

“Infection and mortality rate have been reduced after a spike, strict measures are to be implemented for complete control in the future. We should formulate sensible strategies during the upcoming festive season and winter. Also there is a need to keep vigil on interstate and international passengers. ILI and SARI cases to be identified and make them undergo Covid testing in order to control spread of the infection,” he said.

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18:32 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Karnataka will put an end to religious conversion in the name of ‘love jihad’: CM Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday said the government would take strong measures to put an end to religious conversion in the name of “love jihad.” The remarks come days after Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Tourism Minister C T Ravi said the government was considering a law against religious conversion for the sake of marriage.

“Young girls of the state are being lured in the name of love and money and are being converted to other religions, we have considered it seriously. After thorough review, we will take a strong measure,” said Yediyurappa.

Addressing the BJP state executive meeting in Mangaluru, the CM said his government was mulling taking strong steps against such activities. “In recent days there are media reports about religious conversion in the name of love jihad in Karnataka. I have discussed this with officials before coming here. What other states have done or not done is a different matter, but in Karnataka we will have to put an end to it,” Yediyurappa said.

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17:35 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Online public debate on new BBMP Bill 2020 with BBMP leaders

Leaders across Political Parties unanimously seek full empowerment of Ward Committees and the Council and agree that parastatal agencies (BESCOM and BWSSB etc.) must come under the BBMP.

All civic agencies and parastatals need to be under the BBMP. The new BBMP Bill 2020 needs to clearly spell out the powers that ward committees and its members will have. These were the biggest takeaways discussed at the online public debate on new BBMP Bill 2020, organised by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy on Thursday.

Political leaders from Bengaluru Padmanabha Reddy, Former BBMP Opposition Party Leader - BJP, Abdul Wajid, Former BBMP Ruling and Opposition Party Leader -INC,R Prakash, JD(S) Bengaluru City President,. Shanthala Damle, State Co-Convener, Aam Aadmi Party, Srikanth Narasimhan, General Secretary, Bengaluru Nava Nirmana Party and Deepak Nagaraj, General Secretary, Karnataka Rashtra Samithi represented their party in the discussion.

Padmanabha Reddy, BJP leader who has served as a four times Corporator, welcomed the bill that was introduced by the BJP government in the state. However, he agreed that there are certain shortcomings. “There is a need to ensure that the article 243W (Powers, authority and responsibilities of Municipalities, etc Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Legislature of a State may, by law, endow) is implemented.” he said.

15:38 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Non-bailable warrant issued against late CCD founder Siddhartha's wife by Chikmagalur court

A Court in Karnataka’s Mudigere taluk in Chikmagalur district has issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against eight persons, including the wife of Cafe Coffee Day founder late V G Siddhartha and Coffee Day Global Limited Director Malavika, in a cheque bounce case.

The Mudigere JMFC court has ordered the arrest of Coffee Day Global Limited Director Malavika Hegde, Jayaraj C Hubli, Sadanand Poojary, Nithin Bagmane, Kirit Savanth, Javid Parviz, and two others.

K.Nandish, a coffee grower in Chikmagalur had filed a case in the court on July 15 alleging that cheques issued by Coffee Day Global Limited have bounced. According to a case filed by Nandish , the cheques which were not honoured by the bank due to insufficient funds, amount to Rs 45,38, 554 lakhs.

14:11 (IST)05 Nov 2020
CCB police arrests a man for buying drugs on dark web

The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) police on Thursday arrested one person for drug peddling through the darknet using bitcoins and seized 500 grams of hydro ganja.

“We have detected another drug peddling racket through darknet, using Bitcoins and arrested one accused Sujay and seized 500 gms of Hydro ganja from him,” Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police(Crime) said.

On November 2, CCB police had ten drug peddlers and seized Rs 90 lakh worth drugs and registered eight separate cases. Raids were conducted at eight places last week and ten drug peddlers were arrested, including a Nigerian national.

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12:35 (IST)05 Nov 2020
16.4% have developed antibodies against COVID-19 in Karnataka: Sero survey

A total of 27.3 per cent of Karnataka’s population was exposed to Covid-19 by mid-September, according to the findings of the sero survey conducted by the State Department of Health and Family Welfare Services. Further, the study estimates that 16.4 per cent of the 15,624 samples studied during the survey had developed antibodies against COVID-19 as of September 16.

Based on the first round of survey, the report published on Wednesday said, “Out of 7.07 crore estimated population in Karnataka, the study estimates that 1.93 crore (27.3%) of the people are either currently infected or already had the infection in the past, as of 16 September 2020,”.

According to Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, the survey was conducted to estimate the prevalence of COVID-19 in the state. While all participants of the survey were aged 18 years and above, participation was ensured from all 30 districts of the state, including all eight zones of BBMP (Bengaluru). The survey was conducted in 290 hospitals and selected population settings and was done from September 3 to September 16, Sudhakar added.

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11:00 (IST)05 Nov 2020
CBI questions former Congress minister Vinay Kulkarni in connection with 2016 murder case

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team on Thursday picked up former Congress minister Vinay Kulkarni from his residence in Dharwad district at around 7 am in connection with the murder of Zilla Parishad member r Yogeeshgouda Goudar in June 2016.

Vinay has now been brought to the suburban police station in Dharwad for interrogation. According to police, the CBI team has also taken Vijaya Kulkarni, Vinay Kulkarni's younger brother, into custody.

Yogeeshgouda Goudar, a BJP zilla panchayat member in Dharwad, was brutally hacked to death in broad daylight on June 16, 2016.

09:06 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Bengaluru cops take 4 in custody for duping people on OLX posing as Army officers

The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) police Wednesday took custody of four persons from Hyderabad prison, in a case related to people impersonating Army and police officers on online marketplaces to dupe others.

In September, the four had been arrested by the Hyderabad police in Bharatpur of Rajasthan. According to the CCB police, they men would pose as customers on OLX and Quickr, promising to purchase or buy vehicles, mobile phones, furniture items, etc. at low rates. Later they would make people scan QR codes and transfer money to them on pretexts like advance charges. To gain people’s trust, they pretended to be police or Army personnel.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said: “We have taken them in our custody from Chanchalguda prison in Hyderabad. We found that these four, along with other members from their gang, have been involved in 30 to 40 such cases. They would use fake display pictures on WhatsApp to convince people they are from the Army or police.”

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09:03 (IST)05 Nov 2020
South Western Railway felicitates Ekalavya awardees

South Western Railway (SWR) Sports association on Wednesday felicitated Ekalavya awardees and coaches.

Ekalavya Award is given by the Government of Karnataka to sports personalities for their outstanding performance. This year Ekalavya award was given for the performance of sportspersons from 2017 to 2019. The awardees received a certificate, bronze Statue of Ekalavya and a cash award of Rs.2 Lakhs each.

“A large number of sportspersons who have joined Railway represent India at the international and national arena and have brought glory to the country and to Indian Railways,” SWR said.

Ajay Kumar Singh, GM/SWR felicitated the four Ekalavya Awardees of SWR along with their coaches. “Singh congratulated the awardees and expressed happiness on the accomplishment of these sportspersons for making Indian Railways proud by their performances in their respective sport,” SWR added in a release.

08:58 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Bengaluru gets Rs 139.5 crore to improve air quality

Bengaluru has received Rs 139.5 crore from the Union Government recently to improve air quality in the city.

According to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) officials, based on the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission, the Union Finance Ministry on Monday released Rs 2,200 crore as the first installment to 15 states to improve air quality in their cities. In this, Karnataka has received Rs 139.5 crore from the funds for BBMP as urban local body grant.

BBMP is planning to set up a central control and command centre for monitoring all data associated with air quality along with the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB). The civic body will also take action against the construction and demolition (C&D) waste in public spaces, and enforcement to check C&D waste-related pollution and other projects.

08:28 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Karnataka reports 3,377 new cases, 34 deaths

Karnataka reported 3,377 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday taking the total number of cases to 8,35,773. With 34 new deaths, the toll rose to 11,281.

According to the health department, as many as 8,045 persons were discharged on Wednesday taking the total number of recoveries to 7,88,780. Of the remaining 35,693 active cases, 928 are being monitored in ICUs.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru Urban reported 1,953 cases taking the total tally to 3,43,507. The city reported 16 deaths taking the toll to 3,917. As many as 1,02,503 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours including 75,045 RT-PCR tests. The total number of tests rose to 82,88,179.

08:28 (IST)05 Nov 2020
Union Health Minister praises Karnataka's Covid control measures

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday appreciated the Karnataka government over measures taken to control Covid-19 and advised the state government to formulate sensible strategies during the upcoming festive season and winter.

Harsh Vardhan was holding a video conference with Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar and officials of the department to discuss the steps taken to contain Covid-19 and preparations underway for vaccine distribution in the state.

“Infection and mortality rate have been reduced after a spike, strict measures are to be implemented for complete control in the future. We should formulate sensible strategies during the upcoming festive season and winter. Also there is a need to keep vigil on the interstate and international passengers. ILI and SARI cases to be identified and make them undergo Covid testing in order to control the spread of the infection,” he said.

08:24 (IST)05 Nov 2020
SWR to run special train to Bihar from Bengaluru on November 7

The South Western Railway (SWR) will run a special train to Bihar from Bengaluru on November 7.

The one-trip Express Special train will be operated between Yeshwantpur and Jaynagar via Hijali with Special fare. According to SWR, the train from Yashwantpur (06511) will leave at 11 am on November 7 and reach Jaynagar at 11 am on November 9.

the train will have stoppages at Jolarpettai, Renigunta, Gudur, Ongole, Vijayawada, Rajamundry, Simhachalam, Vizianagaram, Palasa, Brahmapur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Bhadrakh, Midnapore, Adra, Asansol, Chittaranjan, Madhupur, Jasidih, Jhajha, Kiul, Barauni, Samastipur and Darbhanga.

“The train will have 23 coaches, including 2-Three Tier AC Coaches, 8 Second Class Sleeper Coaches and 11 General Second Class Coaches,” SWR said in a statement.

08:24 (IST)05 Nov 2020
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Shramik Special Train, Karnataka, Southwestern Railway The one-trip Express Special train will be operated between Yeshwantpur and Jaynagar via Hijali with Special fare. According to SWR, the train from Yashwantpur (06511) will leave at 11 am on November 7 and reach Jaynagar at 11 am on November 9. (Twitter / @SWRRLY/Representational)

The South Western Railway (SWR) will run a special train to Bihar from Bengaluru on November 7.

The one-trip Express Special train will be operated between Yeshwantpur and Jaynagar via Hijali with Special fare. According to SWR, the train from Yashwantpur (06511) will leave at 11 am on November 7 and reach Jaynagar at 11 am on November 9.

The train will have stoppages at Jolarpettai, Renigunta, Gudur, Ongole, Vijayawada, Rajamundry, Simhachalam, Vizianagaram, Palasa, Brahmapur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Bhadrakh, Midnapore, Adra, Asansol, Chittaranjan, Madhupur, Jasidih, Jhajha, Kiul, Barauni, Samastipur and Darbhanga.

“The train will have 23 coaches, including 2-Three Tier AC Coaches, 8 Second Class Sleeper Coaches and 11 General Second Class Coaches,” SWR said in a statement.

Also Read | Bengaluru cops take 4 in custody for duping people on OLX posing as Army officers

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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