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Karnataka Bengaluru April 5 Highlights: 32 deaths linked to Covid-19 in last 24 hours

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 5 Highlights: Karnataka reported 5,279 new Covid-19 cases on Monday from across the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 5, 2021 9:36:03 pm
COVID-19 vaccine, Coronavirus vaccineA total of 15,106 people were inoculated on Sunday.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News April 5 Highlights: As many as 32 more deaths in Karnataka were linked to Covid-19 on Monday, as the death toll rose to 12,657 since March 10 last year.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 5,279 new Covid-19 cases on Monday from across the state. Of these, 3,728 new cases were reported from Bengaluru Urban alone as the daily test positivity rate across the state rose to 5.39 per cent.

Other districts that reported most cases on April 5, 2021 are Bidar (264), Kalaburagi (181), and Mysuru (165).

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18:40 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: Former PM Devegowda discharged, 'clinically stable'

Days after Janata Dal (Secular) chief and former Prime Minister H D Devegowda was admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru after he complained of illness, the 87-year-old was discharged on Monday.

The veteran politician was ushered out of the hospital into his car by  Dr Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman Manipal Hospitals, and Dr Satya Narayana Mysore, Consultant - Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine.

"We are very happy that you have recovered and going home today," Dr Ballal said gifting a bouquet of flowers to Devegowda. Other top leaders who had wishes Devegowda a speedy recovery while he was hospitalised include Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa, Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah, and State Congress President D K Shivakumar among others.

18:38 (IST)05 Apr 2021
NCB Bengaluru zone busts two major ganja trafficking networks

Narcotics control Bureau Bengaluru zone on Monday busted two major ganja trafficking networks and seized 1,032 kg of ganja which was supposed to reach Pune in Eicher 1110 truck, Bolero pickup and a Swift Dzire car. 

The Bengaluru zone officials arrested six persons in connection with the seizures. 
“The Ganja was concealed in 347 packets of Ganja, kept in compressed form in polythene covers and wrapped with brown adhesive tapes. Five persons were apprehended namely B. Kale, R. Kale, T. Dhame, A. Shaikh and R. Chavan, all residents of Maharashtra. The preliminary investigation revealed that Ganja was sourced from Andhra Pradesh and destined to Osmanabad District, for further distribution to Pune district, Maharashtra,” NCB said in a statement.

According to Amit Ghawate, Zonal Director,  NCB Bangalore Zone, Illegal Ganja Cultivation in India is largely concentrated around the naxal infected Andhra- Odisha border areas. Ganja from this region find its way to all over the country including Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan, Tamilnadu, Kerala, West Bengal and is smuggled across the ocean to Sri Lanka.

“Difficult terrain and inaccessibility make this area difficult for the law enforcement agencies to conduct periodic destruction of illicit grown Ganja. The other major Ganja cultivation region in India are the hilly terrains of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Further, North-eastern states of India are also vulnerable to Ganja cultivation due to their favourable climatic conditions and inaccessible areas,” Amit Ghawate said. 

18:37 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Bengaluru Medical College gets new CT scan machine

Bengaluru Medical College, officially named Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College & Research Institute Monday received a new Computed Tomography worth Rs 1.76 core. 

The machine is donated by National aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) as part of its corporate social responsibility activities.

"Such a medical aid is the need of the hour and will be useful in diagnosing the patients including those suffering from COVID-19," R Madhavan, Chairman and Managing Director of HAL said.

17:59 (IST)05 Apr 2021
5279 new Covid-19 cases reported, 3728 in Bengaluru alone

As many as 5279 more people contracted coronavirus infection in Karnataka on Monday, while 1856 others recovered from the infection. Of these, 3728 new cases and 1026 discharges were reported from Bengaluru Urban alone. The number of active cases further rose to 42,483. 

Other districts that reported most cases on April 5, 2021 are Bidar (264), Kalaburagi (181), and Mysuru (165).

Meanwhile, 74,135 more people were inoculated on Monday (till 3.30 pm). Of these, 30,876 are above the age of 60 and 42,283 people fall in the 45-59 years category.

17:27 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Fear of Covid-19, stringent curbs: Most Kerala and Tamil Nadu voters based in Bengaluru likely to skip tomorrow’s polls

With strict Covid-19 rules in place in Karnataka, most Kerala and Tamil Nadu voters living in Bengaluru are not keen on travelling to their constituencies to vote in the state Assembly elections.
 
After a surge in Covid-19 cases since the beginning of March in Karnataka, the state government has made it mandatory to produce negative RT-PCR reports for those entering the state from neighbouring Kerala.
 
According to Karnataka Kerala Travellers Forum (KKTF), there are 12 lakh Keralites living in Bengaluru, a siezable chunk of them working for IT companies and running various businesses. KKTF convener R Muraleedhar told indianexpress.com: “For Malayalis, participation and voting in the election is a festival. But most Keralites living in the city have decided not to go to Kerala since there are stringent Covid norms by the government and also the cases in Kerala is increasing.”

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17:12 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Former Karnataka minister Ramesh Jarkiholi undergoes Covid treatment in Belagavi, misses SIT interrogation

Gokak MLA and former BJP minister Ramesh Jarkiholi has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been admitted to a government hospital in his hometown of Belagavi, health officials confirmed on Monday.

Jarkiholi failed to attend two interrogation sessions — one of them was scheduled for Monday and the other one earlier on Friday — that he was called in for by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is investigating the sexual harassment case filed by a woman in Bengaluru.

According to sources in the SIT which is probing the case, Jarkholi had cited illness as the reason for not making himself available for investigation on Friday.

According to Dr Ravindra of Gokak Taluk Hospital, Jarkiholi’s results returned positive after he underwent rapid antigen test on Thursday night. “The test (on Thursday night) was done after he complained of some symptoms. Also, he had travelled to Maharashtra and Bengaluru in the last few days, where the number of Covid cases is high,” he said.

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16:53 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Decision of Class 1-9 assessment soon: Education Minister

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar Monday announced that a decision on assessment for students in classes 1 to 9 in the state would be decided soon, in the wake of offline physical classes being suspended due to the ongoing second wave. 

"The decision on how they (students of class 1-9) will be assessed for the academic year 2020-21 will be taken in a couple of days," he said after a meeting with school managements and parents' association in Bengaluru.

16:41 (IST)05 Apr 2021
State received more than 15 lakh additional doses of vaccinel says Health & Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar

"All necessary measures have been taken to ensure sufficient supply of vaccine to the state and there is no question of shortage. State has received 15 lakh additional dosages of Covid vaccine in two consignments to Bengaluru and Belagavi", said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar. He was speaking to the media on Monday. 

"More than 46 lakh people have been vaccinated so far. We were having 12 lakh dosages and after a speaking with Union Health Ministry additional 15 lakh dosages have been allocated to our state out of which 10 lakh dosages have been sent to Bengaluru and 5 lakh to Belagavi. I express my gratitude to Union Government for this gesture", he said.

The minister said that the number of cases have been reduced due to series of holidays. "We can reduce it further if guidelines are properly followed. PM has interacted with 8 states and has suggested them to take stringent measures. Maharashtra has imposed tougher measures, let us not push ourselves into such a situation where tougher measures become inevitable. Nonetheless we should not underestimate the scale and speed in which infection is spreading", he cautioned.

"We may face shortage of beds if number of cases increases drastically. we have collected the information regarding availability of beds in government hospitals. We have also initiated talks with private hospitals to reserve beds for Covid treatment. As per the advise of technical advisory committee, we need to consider the pandemic seriously till May end. We need to contain second wave and save lives. Public cooperation is paramount in this", said Dr.Sudhakar.

Dr. Sudhakar said that as per experts' opinion, there is a possibility of more than 6500 cases per day in Bengaluru alone. "If we do not contain the spread, we will see further surge in cases. If situation arises, CM is willing to take the suggestions of opposition parties as well. There is a need to increase Covid reserve beds in Victoria and Bowring hospitals and we will do that. Also, there is a need to increase the percentage of beds reseverd in private hospitals for Covid treatment from the existing 20%", he said.

16:39 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Ramesh Jarkiholi tested COVID positive, undergoing treatment: Doctor

Former Karnataka Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, allegedly involved in the scandal that has rocked state politics, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently undergoing treatment at Gokak taluk hospital, a doctor treating him said on Monday.

"On Thursday night, he had complained of fever and cough, on conducting rapid (antigen) test the result came out to be positive, as he had no other issues, he was advised home isolation," Dr Ravindra of the Gokak taluk hospital said.

Speaking to reporters, the doctor said, last night at about 10.30 he complained of breathing issues, so he was admitted and is undergoing treatment for COVID.

"Sugar and BP is bit high, but he is stable...he (Jarkiholi) is currently in ICU, depending on the situation we will decide...also two of his contacts have tested positive," he said, adding that the Gokak MLA had a travel history of Maharashtra and Bengaluru where there are high number of cases. (PTI)

15:51 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Karnataka: With new web application, Pollution Control Board hopes to track industrial waste better

In a bid to make tracking of hazardous waste from industries easier, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) recently launched a web-based application. Called E-Manifest, the application is also expected to encourage accountability among industries and increase transparency of the entire process.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, KSPCB Member Secretary Srinivasulu said that the new IT-based initiative would simplify the current process. “Until now, returns and records under the Hazardous Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2016, were received and processed manually, making it a tedious process,” he said.

While KSPCB estimates that there around 5,000 industry players (including small-scale) active across the state, over 40% of them are said to be in Bengaluru alone. “Several areas in Peenya, and Jigani have been termed critically polluted already and various steps are to be taken to keep pollution in check,” Srinivasulu said.

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14:18 (IST)05 Apr 2021
SC stays proceedings against Karnataka CM in graft case related to land denotification

The Supreme Court Monday stayed the Karnataka High Court order which directed a trial court to proceed against Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in a corruption case of allegedly denotifying some land to benefit private parties.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, hearing the Chief Minister’s appeal against the high court order rejecting his plea seeking quashing of the criminal case, issued the notice and stayed the proceedings against him.
 
The high court had directed the special trial court to take cognisance of offences against Yediyurappa and proceed further in the matter on the basis of charge sheet filed by the Lokayukta Police in 2012.

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14:18 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Fuel prices in Bengaluru today

Prices of petrol and diesel were unchanged across the country for the sixth straight day on Monday, April 5, 2021. The auto fuel prices were last changed on March 30, when petrol fell by 22 paise per litre and diesel slipped by 23 paise in the national capital.

In Bengaluru, petrol is priced at Rs. 93.59 per litre while diesel is priced at Rs. 85.75 per litre.

13:45 (IST)05 Apr 2021
SWR claims 100% punctuality in operating trains on April 3,4

The South Western Railway (SWR) Monday claimed that it achieved 100 per cent punctuality on April 3 and 4, when all trains "ran on punctual time and none lost punctuality."

"SWR has already surpassed Railway Ministry's Target of Punctuality which was set at 88% during the financial year 2020-21 and achieved the distinction of 4th position also among All India Zonal Railways Punctuality position way back from the 16th position out of 17 Zonal Railways almost a year ago," the statement read. 

According to SWR officials, as many as 188 trains consisting of 65 Mail/Express trains, 70 Holiday Special trains, and 53 Passenger Special trains are being operated in the South Western segment.

12:16 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Devegowda's health stable, eager for discharge: Hospital

Former Prime Minister H D Devegowda is likely to be discharged from the hospital in Bengaluru after being admitted with Covid-like symptoms last week. 

According to an official statement issued by the hospital on Monday, the 87-year-old "has shown considerable improvement since his admission to Manipal Hospital on 31/03/2021." It added, "He is clinically stable and is eager for discharge."

Devegowda, who leads the Janata Dal (Secular) party, had earlier tweeted that his wife and himself tested positive for Covid-19 after which PM Modi assured him of getting treatment in any hospital of the former's choice.

11:43 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Sex-for-job case: Ramesh Jarkiholi in treatment for Covid-19, claims lawyer

Gokak MLA and former BJP minister Ramesh Jarkiholi has tested positive for Covid-19, his lawyer claimed as the reason behind him unable to appear before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for the probe on the sex-for-job case. 

"He has contracted Covid-19 and is in treatment. Else, he would have appeared for the SIT probe today. Otherwise, whenever the police wanted, he has attended the investigation, even when the woman (purported to be in video) was at incognito," Jarkiholi's lawyer said in Bengaluru. 

Jarkholi had skipped interrogation on Friday, citing illness. Meanwhile, the woman, who had accused the former minister of sexual harassment had accused the police of "being biased" on Sunday.

10:58 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Karnataka to receive 15.25 lakh doses of COVID vaccine today from Centre Govt

On the request of the Karnataka Government, the Government of India is making an emergency supply of 15.25 lakh doses of COVID Vaccine, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said in a media statement. 

“Out of which 10 lakh are being airlifted on Monday. The state has a stock of seven lakhs of vaccines in various hospitals. 2.5 lakhs people were vaccinated on Saturday. There will be no shortage of vaccines in the State,” he said. 

Karnataka had started vaccination for all above 45 years from April 1. The State has geared up to inoculate a target population of around 1.66 crores in this age group in 5,500 vaccination centres across the state.

10:49 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Transport employees decide to go on with indefinite strike from April 7

Employees of state-run transport corporations in Karnataka have decided to go on an indefinite strike from April 7, with the government yet to respond positively to their demands. 

Earlier last week, Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi had appealed to the employees to cancel the plan of going on an indefinite strike. He had then promised that the state government would take a final call on revising their salaries in a week.

However, several employee unions of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), North-East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC), North West Road Transport Corporation (NWRTC), and Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) have begun an awareness campaign, in a bid to sensitise the general public on their demands and why a strike is "inevitable."

Employees have been demanding salaries on par with recommendations made by the 6th Pay Commission since last December.

Also Read | Karnataka Deputy CM Laxman Savadi appeals to transport workers to cancel plan of indefinite strike from April 7

10:21 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Floral tributes paid to Babu Jagjivan Ram at KPCC office

The 114th birth anniversary of Babu Jagjivan Ram was celebrated by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee members on Monday. 

KPCC President DK Shivakumar paid floral tributes to the portrait of Babu Jagjivan Ram at the KPCC office in Queens road in Bengaluru. 

Senior Congress leader Saleem Ahmed also paid floral tributes to Babu Jagjivan Ram

Meanwhile, Dr. Babu Jagjivan Ram Jayantotsava Samiti has decided to celebrate the 114th birth anniversary of Babu Jagjivan Ram on Monday in a low-key manner due to the second wave of COVID-19 in the state.

09:57 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Mangaluru: Minor suspected to have killed 12-year-old friend over PUBG game picked up for questioning

A twelve-year-old boy was found dead, with several injury marks on his face, in Karnataka’s Mangaluru district on Sunday, hours after he went missing from his home some 500 metres away from where his body was recovered.

Mangaluru City Police Commissioner N Shashikumar told reporters that the boy had left his house near KC Road in Ullal around 8.40 pm on Saturday night and was seen speaking to his friend over the phone. “Primary investigation into this very unfortunate incident indicates that the deceased, Mohammed Akif, son of Hanif, a lorry driver, was addicted to PUBG video game. He had met the suspect, who has been identified as a minor, at a mobile store three months ago after which they started to keep contact and play the game online,” he said.

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09:25 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Full occupancy restored in cinema halls till Tuesday

Owing to pressure from the industry, the Karnataka government Saturday deferred an order to limit occupancy at cinema halls and theatres to 50% of capacity. Normal occupancy has been restored till midnight of April 7, by virtue of a revised circular from the government.

“The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce has made a request to the CM to allow cinema halls to run due to the fact that advance bookings have been made because of non-receipt of advance notice. It is now decided that the said restriction (50% limit to seating capacity) will be made applicable with effect from 00.00 hours of April 7, 2021,” the order dated April 4 read.

Meanwhile, a twelve-year-old boy was found dead, with several injury marks on his face, in Karnataka’s Mangaluru district on Sunday, hours after he went missing from his home some 500 metres away from where his body was recovered.

READ | Mangaluru: Minor suspected to have killed 12-year-old friend over PUBG game picked up for questioning

At the same time, the woman, said to be featured in a ‘sex video’ allegedly involving BJP MLA and former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, on Sunday accused the police of being biased.

READ | Karnataka ‘sex video scandal’: Woman accuses cops of being biased

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