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Karnataka Bengaluru News November 4 Highlights: Electricity tariff up by 40 paise in Karnataka

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 4 Highlights: About 50 per cent of the fresh cases and fatalities were contributed by the Bengaluru Urban district with 1,479 fresh infections and 13 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 5, 2020 8:23:50 am
Electricity, TransformersThe Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) on Wednesday has approved revision of electricity tariff for all the Electricity Supply Companies (ESCOMs) in the state with an average increase by 40 paise per unit.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News November 4 Highlights: The Karnataka government Wednesday announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate the Bengaluru Tech Summit (BTS) 2020 on November 19. This will be the 23rd edition of the annual flagship event of the Departments of Electronics, Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Science & Technology, officials added.

While BTS is gearing up for its first virtual version since its genesis, the central theme will be ‘Next is Now’ highlighting the significance of advancing the future at an accelerated pace and the need for preparedness by using innovations and technological interventions, a statement by the organisers read.

Meanwhile, 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.

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18:21 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Electricity tariff up by 40 paise in Karnataka

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) on Wednesday has approved revision of electricity tariff for all the Electricity Supply Companies (ESCOMs) in the state with an average increase by 40 paise per unit.

According to KERC, electricity tariff is increased considering the increase in demand and energy charges, with an average increase of 5.4 per cent.

The revised tariff will come into effect for the electricity consumed from the first meter reading date falling on or after November 1

18:20 (IST)04 Nov 2020
16.4% have developed antibodies against COVID-19 in Karnataka, finds 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.”

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17:48 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Actor HG Somashekar Rao passes away

Theatre and film actor HG Somashekar Rao passed away on Tuesday in Bengaluru following a heart attack. He was 86.

According to reports, he complained of chest pain at his residence in Srinagar area. He was rushed to a private hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

A native of Chitradurga, HG Somashekar Rao discovered his passion for acting and theatre in the 1960s during his days as an employee of Canara Bank in Mysore. And he continued to pursue his passion even after moving to Bengaluru. He acted in over 300 plays.

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17:48 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Reopening schools in Karnataka: Education Dept to submit report to CM after more expert consultations

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar Wednesday said that the government will decide on reopening schools only after further expert consultations with experts, officials, school managements, and other stakeholders of the system.

After meeting officials of the Education Department in Bengaluru, the Minister said that no decision was taken yet on reopening schools or resuming the 'Vidyagama' scheme. "The Commissioner of Public Instructions consult officials of Health and Social Welfare departments, BBMP, and representatives of School Development Monitoring Committees (SDMCs) from all taluks across the. Departments in charge of Morarji Desai residential schools, Kittur Chennamma schools and Ashrama schools in the state will also be consulted," Suresh Kumar said.

While the department plans to wrap up consultations by Friday, officials added that a report will be sent to the Chief Minister and the Minister will apprise the former of the situation seeking advice on the final decision. Inputs will be sought from representatives of private school managements and school teachers' associations before submitting the report, the Minister added.

17:04 (IST)04 Nov 2020
PM Modi to inaugurate Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020 on Nov 19

The Karnataka government Wednesday announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate the Bengaluru Tech Summit (BTS) 2020 on November 19. This will be the 23rd edition of the annual flagship event of the Departments of Electronics, Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Science & Technology, officials added.

While BTS is gearing up for its first virtual version since its genesis, the central theme will be 'Next is Now' highlighting the significance of advancing the future at an accelerated pace and the need for preparedness by using innovations and technological interventions, a statement by the organisers read.

BTS is scheduled to be addressed by over 250 domain experts including over 80 global personalities focusing on the most disruptive technologies and innovations across the globe. While the four major themes for the same have been decided as Knowledge Hub, Innovation Corner, One Health and Country Sessions, focus areas of this year's BTS will be aerospace and defense technologies, healthcare, future of work, startup for public good, reimagining digital health and COVID-19 pandemic preparedness among others.

"The participation of over 25 tech nations for the event is a testimony to the recognition of Bangalore as the leading tech hub of the country," Deputy CM Ashwathnarayan CN said during the curtain-raiser event held in Bengaluru.

15:27 (IST)04 Nov 2020
SWR to run superfast express special trains from Hubballi to Katihar

South Western Railway has decided to run Hubballi – Katihar one way Superfast Express Special with Special Fare trains as detailed below:

Train No. 07303 Hubballi – Katihar One Way Superfast Express Special with Special Fare:

Train No. 07303 Hubballi – Katihar One Way Superfast Express Special with special fare will depart from Hubballi at 21.30 hrs on 06.11.2020 (Friday) and arrive Katihar at 21.30 hrs on 08.11.2020(Sunday). (One Trip one way only).

According to SWR, the train will have a composition of 23 coaches i.e. two AC 3 - tier coaches, 8 Second Class Sleeper Coaches, 11 General Second Class Coaches and two Second Class Luggage Cum Brake Vans.

14:56 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Bengaluru ED officials raid Bineesh Kodiyeri's house in Thiruvananthapuram

An Enforcement Directorate (ED) team from Bengaluru is conducting raids at the house of Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.

Bineesh Kodiyeri was arrested on August 29 in connection with alleged financial transactions he had with a suspect arrested by the NCB for peddling drugs in Bengaluru.

According to ED sources, around six teams of ED officials from Bengaluru escorted by Karnataka police and Central Reserve Police personnel conducting searches in Bineesh's residence at Maruthankuzhy in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.

Bineesh is now in the custody of ED in Bengaluru. He was taken to ED custody in connection with his links to Mohammed Anoop, who was arrested by the NCB on August 22. Anoop, 38, and two others had been arrested on the basis of information that they were involved in supplying drugs at rave parties in Bengaluru.

The NCB probe has revealed that Bineesh had given funds to Anoop to help him start a hotel business in Bengaluru. Incidentally, a probe into drug usage by top celebrities and film personalities in Karnataka by the Bengaluru crime branch began soon after the NCB arrests of August 22.

10:54 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Karnataka: KEA withholds architecture entrance rank list

In the wake of several students complaining of mismatches in the rank list in comparison to the percentile of their qualifying examination, the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) has decided to withhold the rank list of B.Arch courses under Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) 2020.

The list that was released on October 30 had the ranks based on Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), as opposed to the KEA considering 50% marks from PU or Class 12 along with 50% from either National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) or the JEE score (whichever is higher) considered usually. However, the results of JEE paper 2 was announced in percentile and other parameters in scores, which led to discrepancies in calculating marks and deciding ranks.

"The issue in the rank list for Architecture courses published by KEA was brought to my notice. I have instructed the concerned officials to take all necessary steps to ensure that the future of every single student is safeguarded," Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said.

Confirming the same, a KEA official said that the issue will be rectified after consulting the concerned departments and organisations and a revised rank list will be published soon.

10:30 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Tusker dies while trying to cross rail barricade in Bandipur national park

A tusker died while trying to cross the rail barricade installed along the forest boundary in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Chamarajanagar on Tuesday.

According to forest department officials, the elephant which is around 15 year old was returning to the forest when it tried to cross the rail barricade but died in the process.

S.R. Natesh, Director, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, said, "The elephant might have slipped from the railing, the lower portion between its chest and underbelly took the hit and suffered compression resulting in its suffocation, as per the preliminary investigation."

09:38 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Mysuru: 'Ensure pvt hospitals follow Covid-19 guidelines'

Mysuru district in-charge Secretary N Jayaram has directed the district administration to ensure private hospitals follow the Covid-19 guidelines stipulated by the government. Officials have been asked to check whether display of information on patients and bed availability is followed as directed among other measures.

The oral order came in the wake of several complaints that some private hospitals in the district were not displaying Covid-19-related details at the reception counter. Further, teams constituted by the district administration for monitoring private hospitals have been asked to note such incidents and take prompt action against violators.

08:54 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Karnataka HC seeks BBMP explaination on disposal of used masks, gloves

In the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic situation in the state, the High Court of Karnataka Tuesday directed the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike to submit an explanation on how the civic body disposes used masks and gloves collected from designated hospitals and residences of patients.

The HC wanted to know whether BBMP was ensuring implementation as per the norms of the Bio Medical Waste Management (BMWM) Rules, 2016, while hearing a bunch of public interest litigations related to Covid-19 management in the city. The direction was issued by the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar.

Earlier, the Central Pollution Control Board had issued guidelines for handling, treatment and disposal of waste generated during treatment/diagnosis/quarantine of Covid-19 patients citing how such materials should be handled in adherance to the BMWM Rules.

08:53 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Train services on Bengaluru-Mysuru route disrupted due to power failure

Disruption in power supply at a railway traction substation resulted in some trains, operating between Bengaluru and Mysuru, getting delayed for nearly an hour on Tuesday.

Among those affected was the festival special train that had arrived from Kacheguda and had left Bengaluru station at 6.45 am. This train was stopped for nearly 45 minutes at Yeliyur station, near Mandya. According to a South Western Railway official, three other trains on the route also faced delays ranging from 15 to 40 minutes.

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08:14 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Bengaluru water board launches mobile App to pay bills

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has launched a mobile app to help customers to pay water bills online.

According to the Bangalore Water Board it has also come up with alternative payment methods like PhonePe, Google Pay, Bhim, PayTM, BBPS, PayU, Amazon Pay, QR code, and RTGS/NEFT bank transfers will be accepted without transaction charges.

Officials also said that customers pay bills through payment gateways of ICICI Bank, IDBI Bank, Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank, have to pay transaction charges.

08:13 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Karnataka bypoll: Sira records 82% polling, RR Nagar stops at 45%

The bypolls to two assembly seats in Karnataka Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) in Bengaluru and Sira in Tumkur district, were held smoothly on Tuesday. 

Sira constituency recorded a total voter turnout of 82.31 percent, while Rajarajeshwari Nagar segment recorded only 45.24 percent voter turnout. In the 2018 assembly election, RR Nagar had registered 54 percent voter turnout and Sira had recorded 84.31 percent.

As many as 148 Covid-19 positive voters, who came in PPE kits, voted in Rajarajeshwari Nagar. In Sira, 38 Covid-19 patients exercised their franchise. The results are scheduled to be announced on November 10.

Bypoll to RR Nagar was necessitated after the seat fell vacant in July last year after Congress MLA, N Munirathna, defected to the BJP. While Munirathna is the BJP candidate this time, the Congress has fielded H Kusuma, a political novice who was the wife of the IAS officer D K Ravi who died in 2015. She is also the daughter of Janata Dal (Secular) leader Hanumantharayappa. V Krishnamurthy, a local leader, has been fielded by the JDS this time.

The Sira seat fell vacant after the Janata Dal (Secular) candidate B Satyaranarayana, an advocate who won the 2018 polls, succumbed to a chronic illness on August 4. The Congress has fielded senior leader and former minister T B Jayachandra, expecting a seventh chance to make him a legislator. Meanwhile, Dr CM Rajesh Gowda —son of former Congress MP C P Mudalagiriyappa — is the BJP candidate while JD(S) has fielded Ammajamma — wife of the late MLA Sathyanarayana — as their candidate.

08:12 (IST)04 Nov 2020
Karnataka reports 2,756 fresh Covid-19 cases, 26 more deaths

Karnataka on Tuesday reported 2,756 fresh Covid-19 cases and 26 more deaths, taking the total tally and cumulative fatalities to 8,32,396 and 11,247 respectively.

About 50 per cent of the fresh cases and fatalities were contributed by the Bengaluru Urban district with 1,479 fresh infections and 13 deaths.

Cumulatively, Bengaluru has reported 3,41,554 infections, 3,901 deaths, 3,14,956 discharges, including 4,868 on Tuesday, and 22,696 active cases.

According to the state health department, 125 cases were reported in Mysuru, 123 cases in Dakshina Kannada, 115 in Hassan, 108 in Tumakuru, 94 in Shivamogga, 89 in Mandya, 85 in Kolar and 55 in Chikkamagaluru.

Karnataka has conducted a total of 94,539 tests on Tuesday, including 66,668 using the RT PCR, taking the cumulative number of tests so far to 81.85 lakh.

08:12 (IST)04 Nov 2020
BJP leader wants ‘love jihad’ law in Karnataka, ministers advise caution

A senior BJP functionary from Karnataka has stated that the state government will enact a law to curb religious conversions for marriages, along the lines of a legal route proposed by the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh.

Karnataka Tourism Minister C T Ravi, considered to be part of a hardline group in the BJP, was recently elevated to the post of the party’s national general secretary. He tweeted on Tuesday, “On lines of Allahabad High Court’s order, Karnataka will enact a law banning religious conversions for the sake of marriage. We will not remain silent when Jihadis strip the dignity of Our Sisters. Any one involved in the act of conversion shall face severe & swift punishment.”

His post came days after UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, citing the Allahabad HC order barring religious conversions for marriages, said his government will work to curb ‘love jihad’ and would make a law for the same. Subsequently, the Haryana and MP chief ministers also announced similar approaches to check “love jihad”.

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08:11 (IST)04 Nov 2020
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Karnataka bypoll: Sira records 82% polling, RR Nagar stops at 45%

The bypolls to two assembly seats in Karnataka Rajarajeshwari Nagar(RR Nagar) in Bengaluru and Sira in Tumkur district, were held smoothly on Tuesday.

Sira constituency recorded a total voter turnout of 82.31 percent, while Rajarajeshwari Nagar segment recorded only 45.24 percent voter turnout.

In the 2018 assembly election, RR Nagar had registered 54 percent voter turnout and Sira had recorded 84.31 percent.

As many as 148 Covid-19 positive voters, who came in PPE kits, voted in Rajarajeshwari Nagar. In Sira, 38 Covid-19 patients exercised their franchise.

The results are scheduled to be announced on November 10.

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