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Karnataka Bengaluru December 2 Highlights: CM Yediyurappa reviews Parking Policy 2.0 for Bengaluru

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 2 Highlights: The Parking Policy 2.0 is being formulated by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT).

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 3, 2020 9:36:05 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News December 2 Highlights: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday reviewed the Parking Policy 2.0 for Bengaluru city.

After meeting with senior officials Yediyurappa instructed state chief secretary TM Vijayabhaskar to hold a discussion with other senior officials, and revise the policy draft and present it before the next Cabinet.

According to the Chief Minister office, in the meeting, officials briefed the Chief Minister about the need for Parking Policy 2.0 as the number of vehicles in the city have doubled in the past few years.

The Parking Policy 2.0 is being formulated by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT). The senior officers also briefed about the responses and feedback for the policy received during the interactions with people and residential welfare associations in the city. According to officials later, the policy was revised based on the feedback.

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17:24 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Bengaluru International Film Festival to be held in February-end or March

The 13th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFes) will be held either in the last week of February or the first week of March 2021. It was decided to hold the fest after the Chief Minister approved it recently.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was uncertainty about holding the festival in Bengaluru. Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy Chairman Sunil Puranik said that out of hundreds of film festivals held across the world, only 45 have received accreditation to be international film festivals.

The academy had appealed to the Chief Minister to give the approval to hold the film festival in the last week of February or first week of March 2021.

16:13 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Experts are observing for side effects and there is no need to panic: Dr. K Sudhakar

Speaking on the side effects of Covaxin, Dr. K Sudhakar said that around 15-=20% Indian companies are developing vaccination globally. "There may be side effects of vaccination. Experts are observing it carefully and there is no need for panic at this stage", he said.

"PM Narendra Modi government has reserved Rs. 900 cr for vaccine research. The prime minister himself has visited and inspected the research centres in Pune, Ahmadabad and Hyderabad. CM B S Yediyurappa-led government in Karnataka has kept aside Rs. 300 crore for vaccine trials. Treatment is given free of cost to Covid patients. 1.25 lakh tests are conducted per day in the state and 1.2 crore free Covid-19 testing has been conducted so far", Dr. Sudhakar explained.

The minister said that Karnataka is fully prepared for vaccine distribution - 29,451 vaccine distribution centres have been identified and 10,008 trained staff are ready. 2,855 cold storage centres are available for storage of vaccines. "Regional centres are being set up in Bengaluru, Shivamogga and Bellary. Healthcare workers will be given vaccination in the first phase followed by frontline warriors, people aged above 50 years and people of with comorbidities", said Dr. Sudhakar.

16:12 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Bharat Biotech's Covaxin's Phase-3 trials begins in the Karnataka: Health Minister Dr. K Sudhakar

"Covaxin trials are going to be successful in the state and Karnataka is fully prepared for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccine", said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar. He was speaking in Bengaluru after the launch of the 3rd phase of clinical trials of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin at Vydehi Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre. CM BS Yediyurappa joined the event via video conference.

Dr Sudhakar said that it’s a matter of pride to Karnataka that clinical trials are happening at 25 centres of 12 states across the country. "26,000 people are being administered with vaccination. 1600 to 1800 people are being administered Covid vaccination in our state alone. People should be wary of rumours and misinformation during this trial period", he added.

15:39 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Technical advisory panel warns of second wave of Covid-19 in state during Jan-Feb

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for COVID-19 in Karnataka has said that the second wave of the pandemic is expected during January-February in 2021. The panel has asked to keep ready by first week of January, the clinical facilities at an October level (whenthere was over 10,000 cases per day) in terms of beds, ICUs,ventilators, and so on, both in government and private hospitals or this could be ramped up at a short notice of 2-3 days maximum.

It has also recommended to ban public new year celebrations from December 26 to January 1 and impose night curfew (8 pm to 5 am) during this period.

The TAC, based on the deliberations at its 53rd meeting held on November 24, has given advisory on recognition and containment measures for the second wave of COVID-19 in Karnataka. According to TAC, an early recognition of the second wave of COVID-19 in the state can be done by closely monitoring the 7-day average growth rate and reproduction number (R0) at district and state levels.

14:52 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Bengaluru Traffic police collect over Rs 3 crore in fines in one week

The Bengaluru traffic police in the last one week, booked 79,359 cases of various traffic violations and collected Rs 3.3 crore by way of fines.

In a drive against traffic violations in the city, from November 23-29, the maximum number of cases 41,327 was booked against motorcyclists and pillion riders for not wearing helmets. Of the total number of cases booked, 8,635 were for jumping signals.

Other major violations included riding without seat belt (5,042), illegal parking (2,843) and using mobile phones while driving (1,998). Police have also booked six cases of drink driving.

14:51 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Sasikala applies for remission

Late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's close aide V K Sasikala who is serving a four-year jail term on graft charges, has sought remission and early release from prison, official sources said on Wednesday.

Sasikala, lodged at the Parappana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru is expected to come out on January 27, 2021 after she deposited Rs 10 crore fine at a special court. However, she has applied for remission of her jail term to come out early, sources close to the leader told PTI.

The prison authorities have forwarded her application to higher officials. Authorities are yet to take a call on it.

As per the norms, three days of remission for good conduct is available for every month in jail and so far, she has completed 43 months, making her eligible for a reduction of 135 days in prison.

13:50 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Mangaluru: Fishing boat tragedy, bodies of 4 fishermen recovered, two still missing

The bodies of four fishermen, who were missing after their boat capsized in the Arabian sea, off the coast of Mangaluru in the early hours of Tuesday.

The coast guard officials recovered four bodies on Wednesday morning, the deceased are Chintan (21), Hussainar (25), Panduranga Suvarna (58), and Preetham (25).

The boat ‘Shree Raksha’ with 22 fishermen had left the dock at 5 am on Monday and after undertaking fishing, it was expected to reach the dock in Mangaluru on Tuesday morning. A search operation is ongoing for the other two fishermen.

According to the officials, the fishing boat might have capsized due to the huge weight of fish and it lost balance after swaying due to strong wind.

13:35 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Ex-Karnataka minister Varthur Prakash abducted, later released

Former Karnataka minister Varthur Prakash was allegedly abducted by eight people on November 27 but released the next day, police sources said on Tuesday. According to them, Prakash was released near Hoskote on the outskirts of Bengaluru on November 28.

"Prakash has stated that he was abducted along with his driver by a gang of eight people when he had gone to his farmhouse in the Kolar Gold Fields," a source said, adding the former minister was allegedly driven to a secluded place and tortured.

Prakash lodged a complaint with the Bellandur police station after returning home, police sources said.

12:33 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Dharwad - Mysuru - Dharwad Festival Express Special train extended

The South Western Railway has announced the extension of operations of the Dharwad - Mysuru - Dharwad Festival Express Special train.

Train No. 07302: Dharwad - Mysuru - Dharwad Festival Express Special train has been extended till December 10 while train no. 07301: Mysuru - Dharwad - Mysuru Festival Express Special train has been extended till December 11.

11:55 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Karnataka: ‘Toyota Bidadi unit strike may spread to other industries’

A labour union strike and lock out at the Toyota Kirloskar Motors (TKM) at Bidadi near Bengaluru, which has now gone on for 23 days, has the potential to spread to other industries in the region if not resolved, the Karnataka Employers Association has said in a letter to the state chief secretary.

The two car manufacturing plants at the TKM’S Bidadi unit had gone into an initial lockdown on November 10 after the union called a strike over suspension of an employee due to “breach of discipline and unacceptable behaviour within the factory premises”.

Following intervention of the Labour Department of the Karnataka government, which prohibited the strike and the lockout, the factory attempted to return to normalcy from November 20 but another lock out was declared on November 23 over failure of employees to obey factory rules.

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11:25 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Karnataka: 5,762 gram panchayats to go to polls in two phases in December

Elections to 5,762 gram panchayats in Karnataka will be conducted over two phases on December 22 and 27 and the counting of votes will be carried out on December 30, the State Election Commission announced on Monday.

The elections to 92,121 seats in the 5,762 gram panchayats are being held after the Karnataka High Court directed the state government on November 13 to hold the polls for the panchayats whose terms have ended or will end by December.

Out of a total of 6,004 gram panchayats in Karnataka, 242 will not go to polls on account of their terms not ending or pending legal issues, the state election commission said.

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10:58 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Karnataka MLC, who defected to BJP, can’t be made minister, says HC

In a setback to BJP MLC A H Vishwanath’s hopes of being inducted into the B S Yediyurappa Cabinet, the Karnataka High Court on Monday ruled that he was ineligible to be minister on account of his disqualification as an MLA in 2019 under the anti-defection law.

Vishwanath, 70, was among 17 Congress and JDS MLAs who defected to the BJP in July 2019 to topple the Congress-JDS coalition government and bring the Yediyurappa-led BJP government to power. Vishwanath, who lost the Assembly by-election he contested on a BJP ticket in December 2019, was nominated as an MLC by Chief Minister Yediyurappa to fulfill a promise of providing ministerial posts to all defectors who helped the BJP form the government.

The attempt to appoint Vishwanath and two other defectors, M T B Nagaraj and R Shankar, as ministers by making them MLCs -- after they failed to get re-elected to the state Assembly -- was challenged in three separate petitions filed in the High Court.

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10:21 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Bike ambulance in Anekal to wade through Covid-19 woes

Over 30 kilometres from Bengaluru, Anekal, a small town, recorded a Covid-19 fatality rate of over 4 per cent when the pandemic was at its peak in the area. This prompted the local administration in the taluk to conduct a death audit which indicated that most patients faced difficulties in reaching medical facilities on time.

In a bid to bridge transportation-related issues for hundreds of people in the locality, a bike ambulance facility has been rolled out. According to officials, the customised Royal Enfield bike with a bed and a built-in oxygen cylinder is expected to be a life-saver for many.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Dr Vaishnavi K, Officer on Special Duty and nodal officer for Covid-19 operations in Anekal taluk said the team picked providing last-mile connectivity to those seeking treatment at hospitals as their priority to streamline operations. "We picked Choodahalli to pioneer the bike-ambulance initiative for it being the most remote village in the taluk, which also happens to fall in an elephant corridor within the Bannerghatta forest area," she said.

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09:49 (IST)02 Dec 2020
CCB arrests two drug peddlers, seizes 1000 LSD strips

Bengaluru CCB police on Tuesday arrested two drug peddlers for purchasing drugs through the Darknet. The police seized 1000 LSD strips worth Rs. 50 lakh from the duo who were identified as Rahul and Darshan.

According to the police, the drugs had been purchased from Poland.

09:36 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Recoveries in Karnataka cross 8.50 lakh

Karnataka discharged 886 patients following treatment on Tuesday, putting the state's recoveries at 8,50,707.

Among the districts, nine discharges each were reported in Bagalakote and Dharwad, 24 each in Ballari and Kolar, 19 each in Belagavi and Gadag, 33 in Bengaluru Rural, 131 in Bengaluru Urban, two in Bidar, 18 each in Chamarajanagar, 36 in Chikkaballapura, 22 in Chikkamagaluru, 17 in Chitradurga, 42 in Dakshina Kannada, 27 in Davanagere, 44 in Hassan, 20 in Haveri, 10 in Kalaburagi, seven in Kodagu, five in Koppala, 55 in Mandya, 75 in Mysuru, four in Raichur, six in Rmanagara, 25 in Shivamogga, 110 in Tumakuru, 22 each in Udupi and Vijayapura, 38 in Uttara Kannada and 11 in Yadagiri.

09:14 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Karnataka minister C T Ravi likens Congress with Ghazni, Mughals, calls for unity to protect 'dharma'

Grouping the Congress party with 'Ghazni' and 'Mughals', BJP National General Secretary and Karnataka Tourism Minister C T Ravi on Tuesday called upon the people to unite to protect "our dharma" from "aggressive forces".

They succeeded not due to their strength, but because "we were not united", said the former Karnataka Minister, who is in-charge of party affairs in Maharashtra, Goa and poll-bound Tamil Nadu, in an attack on the Congress.

"Alexander, Ghazni, Mughals, British, Sonia Congress All of them succeeded not because of their strength, but because we were not united. It is high time we came together to protect our Dharma from aggressive forces. Remember, only we can do this for Bharata Mata," Ravi tweeted.

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08:54 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Nine deaths reported in Bengaluru Urban

Karnataka reported 14 new deaths, taking the state's toll to 11,792. Nine of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

Among the districts, one death each was reported in Ballari, Chitradurga and Mysuru, nine in Bengaluru Urban and two in Hassan.

08:45 (IST)02 Dec 2020
IMA scam: Former Karnataka minister Roshan Baig remanded in CBI custody for one day

A special court on Tuesday remanded former Karnataka minister Roshan Baig in CBI custody for a day in connection with the Rs 4,000 crore I Monetary Advisory (IMA) scam. The court said Baig's bail application would be considered on expiry of his CBI custody.

Baig, who suffers from a heart disease, was discharged on Monday from Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research in Jayanagar after he was admitted last week for "medical evaluation". He has been sent to Parappana Agrahara Central Prison.

Baig, who was arrested by the CBI on October 22, is alleged to have received several crores in kickbacks. More than 40,000 investors, mostly from the Muslim community, were duped of their savings by arrested businessman Mohammed Mansoor Khan, who owns the IMA Group.

Baig's name emerged when the scam surfaced nearly 18 months ago.

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08:42 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Dr. MGR Chennai Central - Mangalore Central - Dr. MGR Chennai Central Daily Superfast Special trains from December 8

The Southern Railway has announced that Dr. MGR Chennai Central - Mangalore Central - Dr. MGR Chennai Central Daily Superfast Special trains between Chennai and Mangaluru will commence operations from December 8.

Train No. 02685 will leave from Dr. MGR Chennai Central at 5 pm to reach Mangalore Central at 9 am the next day. For the return journey, train no. 02686 will depart from Mangalore Central at 4.35 pm and will reach Dr. MGR Chennai Central at 8 am the next day.

Enroute, the train will have stoppages at Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Podhanur, Palghat, Shoranur, Tirur, Kozhikode, Vadakara, Tellicherry, Kannur, Payyanur, Nileshwar, Kanhangad and Kasargod. Train No. 02685 will also have a stoppage at Morappur.

The train will consist of one AC first class cum AC 2-tier coach, two AC 2-tier coaches, two AC 3-tier coaches, 11 sleeper class coaches, three general second class coaches and two luggage cum brake vans.

08:35 (IST)02 Dec 2020
Bengaluru Urban reports highest fresh cases among districts

Karnataka reported 1330 fresh cases on Tuesday, taking the state's tally to 8,86,227.

Among the districts, 11 cases were reported in Bagalakote, seven in Ballari, 27 in Belagavi, 38 in Bengaluru Rural, 758 in Bengaluru Urban, one in Bidar, 10 each in Chamarajanagar, Dharwad and Yadagiri, 12 each in Chikkaballapura, Shivamogga and Vijayapura, 19 in Chikkamagaluru, 33 in Chitradurga, 36 in Dakshina Kannada, 14 each in Davanagere and Udupi, four in Gadag, 50 in Hassan, nine each in Haveri and Kodagu, eight each in Kalaburagi and Koppala, 25 in Kolar, 40 in Mandya, 51 in Mysuru, 17 in Raichur, five in Ramanagara, 49 in Tumakuru and 31 in Uttara Kannada.

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A special court on Tuesday remanded former Karnataka minister Roshan Baig in CBI custody for a day in connection with the Rs 4,000 crore I Monetary Advisory (IMA) scam.

The court said Baig’s bail application would be considered on expiry of his CBI custody. Baig, who suffers from a heart disease, was discharged on Monday from Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research in Jayanagar after he was admitted last week for “medical evaluation”. He has been sent to Parappana Agrahara Central Prison

Baig, who was arrested by the CBI on October 22, is alleged to have received several crores in kickbacks. More than 40,000 investors, mostly from the Muslim community, were duped of their savings by arrested businessman Mohammed Mansoor Khan, who owns the IMA Group.

READ | IMA scam: Former Karnataka minister Roshan Baig remanded in CBI custody for one day

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