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Karnataka news highlights: Medical students from Ukraine to continue studies in 60 state colleges

Bangalore News Today Updates, Karnataka News, Bengaluru, Karnataka Today News Live, 22 Mar: Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar clarified that the medical students will not be officially absorbed into the colleges.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, New Delhi |
Updated: March 22, 2022 10:45:15 pm
Bengaluru news, Karnataka Bengaluru News latest updatesKarnataka health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar. (File)

Karnataka, Bengaluru News: The Karnataka government will help 700 medical students, who returned to the state from war-torn Ukraine, continue their education in 60 medical colleges, said Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar after a meeting with the students at Vidhana Soudha Monday. The minister, however, clarified that the students will not be officially absorbed into the colleges. Notably, no additional fee will be charged from the students.

The father of Naveen S G, who died in Ukraine on March 1 after Russia invaded the country, said they will donate his son’s body to a medical college. “My son wanted to achieve in the medical field, but he could not. Now, let his body help other students,” his father Shekarappa Goudar said. Naveen was the first Indian casualty in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion. His mortal remains reached Bengaluru in the early hours of Monday.

Meanwhile, many Muslim girl students are uncertain after Karnataka Education Minister BC Nagesh clarified that the government would not hold re-exams for absentees. “Whatever the reason for the student absenting himself or herself during the exams, this year would be no different. We cannot re-organise board examinations and whatever the order says, we will follow it. It might be for hijab issue or other reasons, we will not hold examinations again,” Nagesh said.

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22:07 (IST)22 Mar 2022
Watch: Karnataka Home Minister says accused who threatened HC judges have been brought to Bengaluru

A man from Tamil Nadu, who had allegedly issued death threats to the three Karnataka High Court judges, including the Chief Justice, following their verdict on the hijab issue, has been brought to the city by the state police for further investigation, Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said on Tuesday.

21:45 (IST)22 Mar 2022
BBMP gears up for Karaga festival, night-long procession to return after two years as Covid ebbs

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) recently held a preparatory meeting with all stakeholders for the smooth conduct of the Karaga festival, which will be held from April 8 to 18 this year and culminate with a night-long procession.

The Bengaluru Karaga festival has a history of over 300 years. Largely associated with the Thigala community, the festival attracts lakhs of devotees every year from across the city. “The festival is celebrated to mark the return of Draupadi in the form of Adishakti,” a member of the festival committee said. (Read full report by Darshan Devaiah BP)

21:19 (IST)22 Mar 2022
Mekedatu project will aggravate water crisis: IISc faculty

Dr TV Ramachandra, a faculty at the Centre for Ecological Sciences under the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), has said that the Mekedatu project will aggravate the water crisis in the region.

Speaking to indianexpress.com on the occasion of the World Water Day, Ramchandra said, “The project would submerge 5,500 hectares of prime forest, of which 3,500 hectares are in the Cauvery wildlife sanctuary. These forests have been helping in the infiltration of water to an extent of about 90-100 TMC. So, we are essentially submerging an invaluable forest ecosystem to construct a dam that stores 65 TMC. The main agenda is to loot natural resources and not solve any problem. Forest ecosystems provide services to an extent of Rs 7 to 8 lakhs per hectare per year (provisioning, regulating and cultural services). These ecosystems sequester carbon and minimise greenhouse gas (GHG) footprints. The government should take up sustainable options at decentralised levels and refrain from further degrading our ecosystems.” (Read full report by Aksheev Thakur)

20:58 (IST)22 Mar 2022
92 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka on Tuesday registered 92 fresh coronavirus cases and two fatalities thereby taking the total to 39,44,877 and 40,041, respectively till date. As many as 143 patients got discharged today while the number of recoveries was 39,02,956, according to a health bulletin.

Of the new cases, 81 were from Bengaluru Urban, which recorded 97 recoveries and one death, said the bulletin. The number of active cases in the state was 1,838. While the positivity rate for the day was 0.43 per cent, the case fatality rate was 2.17 per cent. (PTI)

20:26 (IST)22 Mar 2022
British High Commissioner to India meets Karnataka CM

British High Commissioner to India  Alex Ellis and Deputy High Commissioner Anna Shotbolt called on Karnatak Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Tuesday.

ACS to Government, Dept. of C&I Dr. E.V. Ramanareddy, Principal Secretary to CM, Secretary Manjunath Prasad and Commissioner, C&I Gunjan Krishna were present in the meeting.

19:51 (IST)22 Mar 2022
In backdrop of hijab row, Muslim shopkeepers banned from temple fairs in coastal Karnataka

In the backdrop of the row over hijab, which has deepened the religious faultlines, especially in coastal Karnataka, reports emerge of Muslim shopkeepers being banned from local annual fairs.

The organising committees of these fairs have reportedly succumbed to the pressure exerted by right-wing Hindu groups to exclude shops owned by Muslims. After the Karnataka HC had upheld the ban on hijab in educational institutions, many Muslim shopkeepers had downed shutters as a mark of protest.

The annual festivals of temples in the coastal region of the state, usually held in April-May, draw a huge revenue running into crores. Despite simmering communal tension, such festivals in the past rarely harmed the business prospects of any community. But after a bandh called by Muslims over the HC verdict on hijab, many temples in the region bar entry to Muslims at its festivals. (Read more)

19:15 (IST)22 Mar 2022
Acquittal in criminal case does not debar employer from proceeding with disciplinary enquiry: SC

The acquittal of an accused in a criminal case does not debar the employer from proceeding in exercise of disciplinary jurisdiction, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday. The rules of evidence which apply to a criminal trial are distinct from those which govern a disciplinary enquiry, the apex court said.

A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Surya Kant allowed the appeal against the November 2017 judgement of the Karnataka High Court which had set aside the verdict of the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal directing compulsory retirement of an employee from service following a disciplinary enquiry on the charges of bribery.

“Unlike a criminal prosecution where the charge has to be established beyond reasonable doubt, in a disciplinary proceeding, a charge of misconduct has to be established on a preponderance of probabilities,” the bench said. The top court observed that in a prosecution for an offence punishable under the criminal law, the burden lies on the prosecution to establish the ingredients of the offence beyond reasonable doubt. (PTI)

19:00 (IST)22 Mar 2022
Karnataka to pass resolution in Assembly to counter TN's move on Mekedatu project

The Karnataka government will pilot a resolution in the Legislative Assembly to counter Tamil Nadu's similar move regarding the Mekedatu project across river Cauvery, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Tuesday. Speaking in the Lower House, he also expressed his government's commitment to implement the project and called Tamil Nadu's resolution as "illegal".

Karnataka Legislative Assembly. (PTI)

Leaders across party lines, condemning Tamil Nadu assembly's move, urged the government to pass a resolution in the state assembly making Karnataka's stand clear regarding the project and Cauvery river water, and exert pressure on the Centre to give necessary clearances.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday adopted a unanimous resolution condemning the Karnataka government for its "unilateral decision" to proceed with the Mekedatu project and prevail upon the Centre to reject the proposal. (PTI)

18:42 (IST)22 Mar 2022
Bangalore University VC moves Supreme Court against Karnataka High Court order

Prof KR Venugopal, whose appointment as vice-chancellor of Bangalore University was set aside by the Karnataka High Court, has moved the Supreme Court against the HC order.

The division bench of the HC on March 16 had upheld an order passed in 2019 by a single judge that had set aside the appointment of Venugopal as vice-chancellor of Bangalore University by the then Governor.

The bench of Justice S Sujatha and Justice Shivashankar Amarannavar of the HC had dismissed the appeals filed against the order passed by the single judge on September 24, 2019. Questioning this order, Venugopal filed a special leave petition (SLP). (Read more)

18:22 (IST)22 Mar 2022
Karnataka Bank board approves plan to raise Rs 300 cr via bonds

Private sector lender Karnataka Bank on Tuesday said it will raise up to Rs 300 crore by issuing Basel III compliant bonds on a private placement basis. The board of directors approved the fundraising plan at its meeting held on March 22, 2022, the bank said in a regulatory filing.

The lender said it will issue Basel III compliant unsecured tier-2 subordinated bonds in the nature of debentures with a base issue size of Rs 150 crore and a greenshoe option to retain oversubscription up to Rs 150 crore, aggregating up to Rs 300 crore in one or more tranches. The bonds will be issued on a private placement basis to eligible investors, it added. (PTI)

18:02 (IST)22 Mar 2022
Meteorological Centre, Bengaluru predicts rainfall in certain districts in Karnataka

Meteorological Centre, Bengaluru on Tuesday predicted thunderstorm and lightning with light to moderate spells of rains and gisty wind speed reaching to 30-40 Km/h likely at Belagavi, Dharwad, Haveri, Davanagere, Chitradurga, Ballari, Kodagu and Mysuru district in the next three hours.

17:31 (IST)22 Mar 2022
Cauvery is political pawn for TN, Govt to take all measures to implement Mekedatu project: CM Bommai

Cauvery water issue is being used as a political pawn by Tamil Nadu. They have been politicking in the name of Cauvery since independence, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai (file)

Speaking to media persons Bommai said, the Cauvery water issue has been resolved by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and water shares have been allocated. There is Cauvery Water Management Authority for water releases. We have drawn up the Mekedatu  project based on the quantum of rains in our basin and utilising it for drinking water purposes. Even then Tamil Nadu is raising objections and filed petitions in the court against the project.

The National Green Tribunal has given its verdict in our favour. But Tamil Nadu has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the Tribunal order. Tamil Nadu assembly has adopted a resolution against the project after our all party meeting recently decided unanimously to go ahead with the project. The Tamil Nadu resolution has no value and it is not in accordance with the law. It is just a political trick. There are many such resolutions and they do not carry any value, Bommai said. (ENS)

16:33 (IST)22 Mar 2022
CM Bommai opposes Tamil Nadu resolution against Mekedatu dam, calls it ‘illegal’

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has opposed the resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly condemning Karnataka’s decision to proceed with the Mekedatu project across Cauvery river.

Terming Tamil Nadu’s decision as “illegal”, Bommai said his government will implement the project. In a series of tweets on Monday evening, the CM also accused Tamil Nadu of not having faith in the federal system and called the decision to oppose the project as political.

“We are firm on our decision to implement the Mekedatu project across river Cauvery that takes birth in our State. Karnataka has the right over the remaining water after giving Tamil Nadu 177.25 tmc as per the Cauvery tribunal order. The government is taking necessary steps to take up the Mekedatu project irrespective of the political decision of Tamil Nadu,” he said. (Read more)

15:57 (IST)22 Mar 2022
Amended law ensures 3-5 years of imprisonment for prisoners using cell-phones

The Karnataka government on Monday amended the Karnataka Prisons Act of 1963 to ensure imprisonment of three to five years for prisoners caught using cell-phones in jail. The move comes after videos, shot in the prison, were circulated.

On Monday, law and parliamentary affairs minister JC Madhuswamy said there was rampant usage of mobile phones and other gadgets and several instances of convicts going out on parole and not returning to jail. “In order to curb these violations, we are bringing the modifications,” he said.

Under section 42 of the Act, a prisoner can be sentenced for usage of ‘any prohibited article’ not exceeding six months or with fine not exceeding Rs 200 or with both. In the new bill, the government has inserted the words ‘mobile or any instrument of communication’ where the punishment is not less than 3 years but which may extend to five years and fine. (Read more)

15:29 (IST)22 Mar 2022
IT dept conducting search at real estate developer Hiranandani Group: Sources

Income tax department is conducting search at real estate developer Hiranandani Group, news agency ANI reported quoting sources. Searches are underway at multiple locations linked to top official of the group. Searches are going at multiple locatons in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai.

15:17 (IST)22 Mar 2022
Karnataka Govt proposed budget of Rs 1000 cr for construction of Mekedatu project isn't correct: AIADMK MP

AIADMK leader M Thambidurai on Tuesday said, "We're facing drinking water and irrigation problems. As far as Karnataka is concerned the Supreme Court has directed to not construct any dam without approval of concerned states, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu. Karnataka Government announced Rs 1000 crore for construction which isn't correct.

He also said, "Our party leaders and members supported the state assembly's resolution on Mekedatu Dam. It's a unanimous sentiment of the people of Tamil Nadu. The state is facing a water problem at Cauvery basin. If they construct Mekedatu, it'll affect the people."

14:44 (IST)22 Mar 2022
Late actor Puneeth Rajkumar posthumously conferred honorary doctorate by Mysore University

Late Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar was posthumously conferred with an honorary doctorate by the University of Mysore. Puneeth Rajkumar's wife Ashwini received the doctorate during 102nd convocation of the University on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Ashwini announced that two gold medals - one in the name of Parvthamma Rajkumar for business management and one in the name of Puneeth Rajkumar for fine arts for rank holders. The medals will be bestowed from next year.

14:36 (IST)22 Mar 2022
AAP to launch membership drive from Wednesday

After registering a victory in the Punjab Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Karnataka is launching amembership drive from Wednesday. Jagadeesh, the party's state media co-ordinator, said that they have set a target to enroll atleast 50 lakh members for the party before the next Assembly elections.

14:03 (IST)22 Mar 2022
14-year-old girl run over by truck while crossing road, waterlogged underpass blamed

A 14-year-old girl, who was walking back to her house from school after writing the last examination of class 9, was killed as she was run over by a Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) garbage truck in front of the Hebbal police station on Monday. It is alleged that the girl was forced to cross the road as the nearby underpass was waterlogged.

The deceased has been identified as Akshaya, eldest daughter of Narasimha Murthy and Geetha who hail from Kolar and live at Vishwanatha Nagenahalli. Read more

13:37 (IST)22 Mar 2022
CM launches programme to digitally upgrade Gram Panchayat libraries

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai inaugurated the Grama Digi Vikasana program, wherein the Gram Panchayat (GP) libraries will be upgraded with digital devices aimed at providing shared digital access to the rural population.

Under Grama Digi Vikasana, each library will be equipped with four mobile devices, an Android TV, and an internet connection. In addition to this, the program will also train the youth on the necessary Digital Life Skills, provide vocational training, educate them on various career choices and 75 selected youths from GPs across the state will be provided with special training for engineering and medical competitive examinations.

Bommai said, “It is important that we give opportunities to every human being to develop their fullest potential. We need to make sure that we embrace all the available technologies to the fullest to achieve this goal.”

Long Covid patients may experience some symptoms beyond a year: Experts

Doctors have pointed out that several patients who experience long Covid may face various experiences including helplessness, feelings of dejection and sleep disturbances. In fact, a study published in the Lancet Public Health journal earlier this month has found that Covid patients who had been hospitalised are more likely to experience symptoms of depression for up to 16 months after the diagnosis compared to those who were never infected.

Dr Venkatesh Babu, consultant psychiatrist at Fortis Hospitals, Bengaluru, said, “Patients who experienced long Covid have been reporting various experiences like constant feeling of sadness, prolonged lethargy, panic attack-like experiences, skipped heartbeats, sleep disturbances, repetitive thoughts of getting some serious illness, multiple somatic symptoms and a feeling of helplessness.”

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