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Karnataka Bengaluru News November 12 Highlights: Drugs worth Rs. 1.25 cr seized at Bengaluru airport

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 12 Highlights: Out of 30,743 active cases, 29,919 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, the department said in a bulletin.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 13, 2020 8:24:26 am
Ecstacy pills, Drugs seized, MDMAEcstasy pills (MDMA) worth around Rs 1.25 crore were found concealed in a foot massage machine by customs officials at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News November 12 Highlights: Karnataka reported 2,584 new Covid-19 cases and 23 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 8,53,796 and the toll to 11,453, on Wednesday.

According to the health department, the day also saw 2,881 patients getting discharged after recovery. Cumulatively 8,53,796 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 11,453 deaths and 8,11,581 discharges.

Also Read | Karnataka: Aggressive Covid testing post bypolls indicate low positivity rate

Out of 30,743 active cases, 29,919 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, the department said in a bulletin.

Eight of the total 23 fresh deaths were from Bengaluru Urban district which accounted for 1,665 cases on Wednesday.

Mysuru reported 112 cases, Dakshina Kannada 63, Tumakuru and Hassan 59, Mandya 57, Chikkamagaluru and Chitradurga 55, followed by other districts.

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 3,53,146 infections, followed by Mysuru 49,097 and Ballari 37,785.

A total of over 90,43,217 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,10,518 were tested on Wednesday, the bulletin said.

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18:35 (IST)12 Nov 2020
IN PICS | Rescued, rehabilitated elephant Sundar enjoys a treat at Bengaluru’s Bannerghatta zoo rescue centre

Rescued, rehabilitated elephant Sundar enjoys a treat at Bengaluru’s Bannerghatta zoo rescue centre along with other elephants on Thursday.

Bannerghatta zoo is home to 24 Asian Elephants, mainly captive born but some rescued from temples. Sunder, a 20 year old elephant, was rescued from a temple in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.

“It’s our privilege to have Sunder as part of our Bannerghatta family. He is truly a gentle giant who loves the company of other elephants as well as his keepers. He has gradually habituated to his life here in Bannerghatta and we will continue to give him all the care and love,” Zoo officials said.

18:30 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Watch | How a Bengaluru-based startup ensured fish, meat was delivered online during lockdown

Not everyone has had a bad run because of the coronavirus-induced lockdown. In fact, FreshToHome, a Bengaluru-based e-commerce brand focused on fresh fish and meat — netted a growth of 2.5 times since March, thanks to the sea change in consumer behaviour amidst the pandemic.

“Consumers in India who mostly go to the local wet market, which is considerably unhygienic, believe what is cut in front of them (meat, fish) is fresher. Little do they realise that it might have taken some days for the fish to reach there,” Shan Kadavil, Co-Founder and CEO of FreshToHome, explains to indianexpress.com.

18:25 (IST)12 Nov 2020
IN PICS | MPs, MLAs from Chitradurga meet CM

A delegation of MPs and MLAs from Chitradurga district met Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in Bengaluru on Thursday. The representatives stressed on eliciting support from the state government for various developmental activities planned across the district.

18:18 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Karnataka reports 2,116 new Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths

Karnataka reported 2,116 new Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 8,55,912 and the toll to 11,474 on Thursday.

According to the health department, the day also saw 3,368 patients getting discharged after recovery.

Out of 29,470 active cases, 797 patients are admitted in the ICU, the department said in a bulletin. Eight of the total 21 fresh deaths were from Bengaluru Urban district which accounted for 1069 cases on Thursday.

17:44 (IST)12 Nov 2020
BBMP plans to impose restrictions on New Year celebrations

The Bengaluru city civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Thursday hinted at imposing restrictions on new year celebrations in the city by limiting it to homes, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said, “Usually we see large numbers of people gather to celebrate the new years eve every year in Bengaluru, there cannot be social distancing as lots of people gather, given the current situation it will be good if we impose restrictions.”

“It will be difficult that people will not follow social distancing during celebrations, there will be concern about further spread of infection. So we recommend that celebrations be held simply at homes,” he added.

Every year, a large number of people gather in the city's prime commercial hub M G Road and Brigade road on December 31 night to welcome the new year.

17:31 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Bengaluru airport finds used PPE strewn across campus, appeals passengers to dispose PPE safely

After several instances where officials at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru found Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including masks, gloves, face shields, and hazmat suits been strewn across the campus, a public appeal was made on Thursday urging passengers to dispose them "safely and ethically."

In a statement issued by the Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), officials said that KIA collects almost 800 to 1,000 kgs of biowaste a day. "In an effort to reduce COVID-19-related PPE waste, BIAL is managing the disposal of biowaste in a scientific manner, as stipulated by the government," the statement read.

“The use of proper personal protective equipment, like masks, gloves, face shield and hazmat suits are critically important in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. This has led to the problem of used PPE contamination at the Airport. Once discarded, they become an alarming health and environmental hazard for both passengers and housekeeping staff. At BLR Airport, we request passengers to be mindful of this issue and maintain their commitment to keep their city and Airport clean by using designated bins for PPE disposal,” said a BIAL spokesperson.

The appeal has been issued in the wake of more passengers expected to use the airport during this festive season, officials added. "In addition to biowaste bins, an ample number of other bins – dry waste, wet waste, and colour-coded bins – have been placed to collect garbage such as food, plastic, metal, and paper," the official added.

17:28 (IST)12 Nov 2020
IN PICS | Ganja worth Rs 3.68 lakh seized at Bengaluru airport

Hours after MDMA pills worth Rs 1.25 crore was seized on Thursday, customs officials at the Bengaluru airport intercepted another package to discover ganja worth Rs 3.68 lakhs.

According to officials at the Air Courier Centre in Bengaluru airport, the drugs which weighed 230 grams was found concealed in a toy shipment which arrived from the United States of America.

16:37 (IST)12 Nov 2020
25 cases registered, 42 held for cricket betting during IPL

The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) police have registered 25 cases and arrested 42 accused in the drive against cricket betting during the Indian Premier League (IPL)matches this year.

During the raids against the betting centres, the police have recovered Rs 1.54 crores. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said, "In the special drive conducted against cricket betting during the IPL, a total of 25 cases were registered, 42 accused arrested and Rs 1 crore 54 lakh cash was seized.”

On Wednesday the police had arrested one person engaged in betting through Whatsapp and confiscated Rs 15 lakh used for betting.

16:26 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Drugs worth Rs 1.25 cr seized at Bengaluru airport

Ecstasy pills (MDMA) worth around Rs 1.25 crore were found concealed in a foot massage machine by customs officials at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru on Thursday.

According to officials at the foreign post office operating under the Bengaluru City Customs Commissionerate, the drugs were found concealed in a foot massager package sent from France.

In a similar manner, Methylenedioxymethamphetamine pills worth around Rs 1 crore were intercepted by customs officials in Bengaluru airport earlier in September this year.

14:57 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Bengaluru fire case: Action to be taken based on investigation report, Health Minister Sudhakar says

Health and Medical Education Minister Sudhakar K Thursday said that legal action will be initiated against the culprits, including erring officials of the concerned departments for allowing the godown in Bapuji Nagar in the city to store chemicals.

After inspecting the godown at New Guddadahalli from where a massive fire broke out on Tuesday, the minister said that primary investigations have indicated that a huge quantity of chemicals including sanitizers were being stored in the godown without obtaining permission.

"Alcohol-related chemicals were also there. One needs to obtain permission from the drug controller under the Health department to store sanitizer. Action will be taken against the culprits. Action will be initiated against the erring officials too if found guilty," Sudhakar said.

The Minister added that compensation will be released to families affected by the damage caused by the fire in the residential area based on the report submitted by the jurisdictional BBMP Joint Commissioner. "Compensation will be provided based on the report submitted assessing the quantum of damage. The same will be discussed with the Chief Minister as well," he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad had inspected the accident site.

14:41 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Karnataka govt plans to expand tech sector beyond Bengaluru

The Karnataka government Thursday announced that a task force has been constituted to prepare a white paper to initiate potential action points in a bid to promoting other than Bengaluru to undertake development in the technology ecosystem.

According to Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan, IT /ITeS, Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO), Electronic System Design Manufacturing (ESDM), and Telecom sector industries located at Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubbali-Dharwad, and Shivamogga are likely to get a facelift and enhancement in growth.

"The state government has embarked on an initiative titled 'Beyond Bengaluru' as part of our efforts to boost IT penetration across Karnataka, supported by strategic policy interventions and holistic economic development. These cities are foreseeing great investment opportunities and employment potential," Ashwathnarayan highlighted.

He was speaking at an event hosted in the city as part of the upcoming Bengaluru Tech Summit, scheduled to be held from November 19 to 21.

13:58 (IST)12 Nov 2020
IN PICS | Health Minister visits godown after fire incident

Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Thursday visited the godown at New Guddadahalli on 1st Main Road in Bapuji Nagar in Bengaluru. The police had Wednesday arrested three persons who owned the godown of a chemical factory from which fire broke out on Tuesday, damaging property including houses and vehicles around.

Also Read | Bengaluru fire case: Three arrested for ‘illegally storing’ chemicals

12:07 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Fishing in pandemic waters, Bengaluru startup realises potential of delivering fresh to Indian homes

Not everyone has had a bad run because of the coronavirus-induced lockdown. In fact, FreshToHome, a Bengaluru-based e-commerce brand focused on fresh fish and meat — netted a growth of 2.5 times since March thanks to the sea change in consumer behaviour amidst the pandemic. Buoyed by this surge, FreshToHome has raised $121 million (about Rs 890.8 crore) in a funding round led by the Investment Corporation of Dubai, Investcorp, Ascent Capital, DFC, Allana Group and others.

“Consumers in India who mostly go to the local wet market, which is considerably unhygienic, believe what is cut in front of them (meat, fish) is fresher. Little do they realise that it might have taken some days for the fish to reach there,” Shan Kadavil, Co-Founder and CEO of FreshToHome, explains to indianexpress.com.

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12:06 (IST)12 Nov 2020
WATCH: Resilient Karnataka, a movie by Department of Industries and Commerce showcases State's fight against COVID-19

Karnataka Large and Medium Scale Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar launched a movie, ‘Resilient Karnataka’, to showcase the state's resilience in the battle against COVID-19 and the measures taken to ensure smooth flow of industrial activities in the state during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown.

"Karnataka is one of the most industrially advanced states in India and is today $ 250 billion economy. The movie is a testament to Karnataka government’s will and its proactive support to the private players even as it maintained a balance between saving lives and the economy," said Shettar.

11:02 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Karnataka: Aggressive Covid testing post bypolls indicate low positivity rate

The Karnataka Technical Advisory Committee for Covid-19 has found that the test positivity rate (TPR) in both Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Sira constituencies was lower than that observed at the state level after the first round of “aggressive” testing was held following the bypolls earlier this month.

According to the report based on tests conducted in the segments from November 6 to 10, the number of people who tested positive for the virus in RR Nagar and Sira was 84 and 103, respectively. While 14,727 samples were tested in RR Nagar during this period, 15,784 samples were tested in Sira. This resulted in the positivity rate at RR Nagar to be at 0.57 per cent and that at Sira at 0.65.

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10:22 (IST)12 Nov 2020
KSRTC starts bus services to Tamil Nadu for six days

The Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC) on Wednesday resumed services to Tamil Nadu, ahead of Deepavali festival.

The state transport corporation had earlier stopped inter-state services due to the lockdown necessitated by COVID-19. The services started after the Tamil Nadu government issued an order permitting inter-State services from Karnataka for six days from November 11 to 16 without e-registration.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, KSRTC PRO Latha T S said, “the KSRTC had requested the Tamil Nadu government to permit interstate bus operations and on Wednesday Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary has given permission, hence KSRTC is resuming its bus operation to Tamilnadu with immediate effect.”

The bus services were operated on Wednesday evening with 25 buses to Hosur, Kanchipuram, Vellore, and other destinations.

09:20 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Karnataka shivers as mercury drops

The minimum temperature has dropped to 15-16 degrees Celsius on Wednesday in Karnataka. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the northerly and north-easterly winds sweeping across the state have led to sudden fall in minimum temperatures in Bengaluru and across the state

According to IMD, many districts in north interior Karnataka witnessed minimum temperatures below 10 degree C. In Bidar, the temperature plummeted to 7.6 degrees C, Dharwad 14 degrees C, Haveri and Raichur 13 degrees C.

The IMD has already alerted that the coming winter is expected to be colder than usual due to the prevailing La Nina conditions in the Pacific Ocean, during which winds blow stronger bringing the cold wave.

08:56 (IST)12 Nov 2020
BJP wins 4 Karnataka legislative council seats, now single largest party

Apart from winning the bypolls to two Assembly seats in Karnataka, the ruling BJP has also won four legislative council seats in the state, the polls for which were held on October 28 and results announced on Tuesday.

BJP candidates Sankanur V, Chidanand Gowda, Sashil Namoshi and Puttanna registered comfortable victories in the Karnataka West and South East Graduates’ constituencies and the Karnataka North East and the Bangalore Teachers’ constituencies, respectively.

The council victories have seen the BJP become the single-largest party in the 75-member legislative council for the first time in five years with 31 seats, followed by the Congress at 28 and the JD(S) at 14, along with four Independents.

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08:55 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Power supply disruption in parts of Bengaluru today

There will be disruption in power supply from 10 am to 4 pm on November 12 and 13 due to cable-conversion work being carried out by Bangalore Electricity Supply Company(BESCOM).

According to a Bescom release, the areas that will be affected are: HSR Layout 5th and 6th sectors, Teachers Colony and IAS Colony in Bengaluru.

08:42 (IST)12 Nov 2020
Karnataka: Women BJP town council members ‘assaulted by party MLA, workers’

Three BJP members of the Mahalingapura town municipal council in north Karnataka were allegedly manhandled by their own party leader, Terdal MLA Siddu Savadi, who suspected that the women would be shifting sides to the Congress during an election to pick a president for the town council.

Videos of Savita Hurakadli, Chandini Nayak and Godavari Baat being manhandled by Savadi and his supporters as they entered the premises of the town council on Monday emerged on local media channels Wednesday.

Savadi, however, has claimed that he was merely trying to hand over an election whip to them. According to local reports from Mahalingapura in Bagalkot district, the three had asked BJP leaders to facilitate their election as the president and vice president during internal polls since the BJP enjoyed a majority of 13 seats in the 23-member council. Huradkati filed a nomination for the president’s post while Baat filed for the vice-president post.

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Pune SBI break in, SBI bank break in Pune, Pune SBI bank break in, Pune Police, Pune news, city news, Indian Express According to the central agency, Sayyad M Idris was arrested on Tuesday from Uttara Kannada district in connection with the West Bengal LeT recruitment case. (Representational Image)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a 28-year-old from Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka who was allegedly part of various social media groups run by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba handlers in their effort to recruit individuals for sleeper cells of LeT and for furthering terrorist activities.

According to the central agency, Sayyad M Idris was arrested on Tuesday from Uttara Kannada district in connection with the West Bengal LeT recruitment case.

Also Read | Bengaluru fire case: Three arrested for ‘illegally storing’ chemicals

“The case arose out of West Bengal, Baduria dated 18 March 2020 pertaining to Pakistan-based handlers co belonging to proscribed terrorist outfit Laskar-e-Taiba using various social media platforms to radicalize and recruit vulnerable youth for sleeper cells, to propagate their ideology and for abetting & advocating unlawful activities,” NIA said in a statement.

READ | NIA arrests Karnataka man accused of West Bengal LeT recruitment case

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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