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Karnataka Bengaluru April 7 Highlights: Normal life disrupted across state as KSRTC workers go on strike

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 7 Highlights: The workers have called for an indefinite strike starting from Wednesday, asking the government implement salary system as per the 6th pay commission for the workers of road transport corporation.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 8, 2021 8:14:39 am
Bus strike, Bengaluru strike, MajesticMany passengers in Bengaluru were left stranded at major bus terminals, including Majestic. The bus terminals were deserted. Express photo

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News April 7 Highlights: Normal life has been disrupted across Karnataka and in Bengaluru on Wednesday due to the strike called by the workers of the Karnataka road transport corporations. The strike by corporation workers brought to a halt bus services, leaving commuters with no other option.

The workers of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC), and North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC), under the banner of Karnataka State Road Transport Employees League have called for an indefinite strike starting from Wednesday, asking the government implement salary system as per the 6th pay commission for the workers of road transport corporation.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 6150 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday from across the state. Of these, 4266 new cases were reported from Bengaluru Urban alone as the daily test positivity rate across the state rose to 6.02 per cent. As many as 39 more people succumbed to the infection.

While 26 fatalities were reported from Bengaluru Urban alone, the district also witnessed a rise in active cases to 32,605 out of the total 45,107 from across the state. Other districts that reported most cases on Sunday were Kalaburagi (261), Mysuru (237), and Bidar (167). A total of 1,41,004 people were inoculated on Tuesday.

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16:54 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Quality health care is a fundamental right, says Health Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar

Quality health care is also a fundamental right of citizens like water and shelter, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar. He was speaking at RGUHS on Wednesday on the occasion of World Health Day.

"Everyone on this planet has a right to avail quality health care irrespective of caste and creed. It is a fundamental right of every human like water and shelter. We are working in line with this vision to develop basic infrastructure in Health sector. As per WHO, Physical, mental and social well being is Health, we need to concentrate on this", he said.

"Mankind is suffering from many diseases since ancient times. We have been continuously fighting with such diseases. Now we have successfully defeated first wave of Covid and containing the second wave as well. There was anxiety among the people during this time last year, but after invention of vaccine we are much relieved today. Scientists have made a great help to the mankind by inventing vaccine. People should make use of it. Those eligible should voluntarily get the vaccine. It will boost the morality of others also. Health warriors should be role models for the society by getting vaccinated", said Dr.Sudhakar.

"Before pandemic hit is there were about 5-6 thousand oxygenated beds in government hospitals. In a span of just 10 months it has been increased by 6 times to about 35,000 oxygenated beds today. Positivity rate is about 6-9% in Bengaluru. Districts like Mysuru and Kalaburgi are also witnessing surge in cases. Even Union Health Minister suggested not to neglect the situation and  ensure that precautions are followed by people. If people co-operate we can defeat the second wave", said the minister.

157 new medical colleges have been started across the country after PM Narendra Modi government came to power. Four new medical colleges have been approved after CM BSY led BJP govt assumed power in state. 25 years have been passed since RGUHS is established. Now there is a new campus coming up in Ramanagar. Foundation will be laid for the new campus within three months and government is extending all possible support, he said.

"There are 2,500 PHCs in rural area, we are upgrading them in order to provide community health services. 250 PHCs will be upgraded in the first phase under PPP model", he said.

16:24 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: Researchers, students transform years of ecological research into bilingual storybook

“How can we communicate our research to a wider public and partner with them in protecting the city’s environment?” This is the question that played in the minds of a group of ecological researchers in Bengaluru’s Azim Premji University for quite some time. Later, they came up with an idea of developing a tale with embedded illustrations featuring ‘gunda thopes’ (translated to wooded groves) in Bengaluru — now mostly in the city’s outskirts — as many trees made way for urban development.

Titled ‘Where have all our gunda thopes gone?’, the book is bilingual with Kannada and English paragraphs placed adjacent to each other. In an interaction with indianexpress.com, lead author Seema Mundoli said the story was worded using simple language to ensure it has a wider reach among the masses, be it school students, teachers, or people living across rural and urban areas with a Karnataka connect.

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16:14 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Bengaluru airport wins Golden Peacock National CSR Award for Interventions in the Area of Education: Namma Shikshana

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has won the Golden Peacock National CSR Award 2020 from the Institute of Directors for its flagship CSR programme, Namma Shikshana.
 
Namma Shikshana is aimed at ensuring that children enrolled in government schools have access to high-quality primary and secondary education, leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.

“BIAL’s education programmes have had a meaningful impact by touching the lives of the community in the vicinity of the Airport. We believe education is a long-term investment and makes a permanent impact on lives, and I am glad to see that we are achieving results in the right direction,” said Mr. Hari Marar, MD & CEO, BIAL.
 
Under its CSR initiatives, BIAL, has redesigned and built five government schools, refurbished six schools with additional facilities and 21 anganwadis received infrastructure upgrades. The schools are equipped with renewable energy sources and have provisions for rainwater harvesting, as a part of BIAL’s sustainable initiative. A brand-new library surrounded by lush green gardens forms an integral part of a conducive learning environment.

The infrastructure upgrade brought about a transformation in terms of the creation of a safe and protected learning environment for students. Together with subject matter experts and enhanced facilities, student enrolment more than tripled at each school, with more private school students seeking admission in government schools. This reduced the financial stress on families. Overall, the initiative addressed multi-faceted challenges faced by government schools in terms of infrastructure, teaching resources and innovation and has impacted over 10,000 students in the last three years.

15:35 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Puneeth Rajkumar receives Covid-19 vaccine

Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in Bengaluru today. 

After receiving the vaccine he tweeted “Got my first dose of vaccination today. If you are 45 years & above ensure you get vaccinated.”

15:27 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Karnataka transport strike: Decision on invoking ESMA depending on situation, says CM

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday said that a decision on invoking Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) will be taken depending on the situation, due to the strike by road transport corporations employees. 

Pointing out that the public was inconvenienced, he called on striking employees to get back to work. The CM also alleged that "selfish motives" of some people were behind the strike. "We have fulfilled eight of their (workers) nine demands, despite this they are adamant and have stopped buses, and are creating trouble for the public. I appeal to them, get back to work, we can talk," Yediyurappa said. 

Speaking to reporters in Belagavi, he said the government has agreed for an 8 per cent increase in salary as an interim relief, but it cannot be implemented immediately as the model code of conduct is in place and a letter has been sent to the Election Commission seeking permission.

"Though we have made alternate arrangements with the help of private operators, still they (RTC workers) are going for a strike, which is wrong... they should not give room for us to take strict measures and cooperate," he added.

Workers of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) and North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC), under the banner of Karnataka State Road Transport Employees League, have given a call for strike from April 7.

14:25 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar pledges for eye donation on World Health Day

State Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar registered himself for donating eyes on World Health Day and spread the message on the importance of donating eyes. 

A walkathon was organised by RGUHS in front of Vidhana Soudha on account of World Health Day. On this occasion, Minto Eye hospital has conducted a program to spread awareness regarding the importance of eye donation. On this occasion, Minister Sudhakar pledged to donate his eyes. Director Minto hospital Dr. Sujatha Rathod handed over the certificate to the minister.

Expressing his emotions, Dr.Sudhakar said that the decision to donate eyes on this World Health Day has given him a sense of fulfilment. "Eyes can bring a ray of hope and light in life of others after our death", he said. He also appealed to the people to come forward and donate eyes. "Our donation may be boon for others. This is a noble cause and everybody should register themselves to bring a ray of hope for others," said the minister. 

"On the occasion of #WorldHealthDay, happy to share that today I pledged to donate my eyes. I appeal to everyone to come forward and pledge to donate their eyes. Let us be the reason for someone to see the sunshine. Let us make other's future bright by donating our sight," the minister appealed to people through his tweet.

14:14 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Karnataka has ‘big focus’ on electric vehicle adoption, says Dy CM Ashwathnarayan

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwathnarayan Tuesday said that the state “has a big focus on EV (electric vehicle) adoption, and last-mile delivery, logistics and connectivity”.

“A shift to electric mobility has become necessary now more than ever due to the fast depletion of fossil fuels, increase in energy costs, impact of transportation on the environment and digital intervention. Industry, governments and early adopters have succeeded in demonstrating that electric vehicles can deliver the practicality, sustainability, safety, and affordability characteristics expected of them,” Ashwathnarayan said.

Also in charge of the Electronics, Information Technology, and Biotechnology portfolios, the deputy CM named several areas of innovation that needed to be adopted by governments across the world. Among them were mobile internet, automation, the internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, advanced genomics and renewable energy. “These areas of innovation and technology that need to be adopted to bring about changes in ways of traditional systems of functioning,” he said.

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13:18 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Mangaluru Police arrest father of minor accused of murdering friend after spat over video game

Mangaluru City Police Tuesday confirmed the arrest of a 45-year-old man, the father of a minor boy who allegedly killed his teenager friend after a spat over a video game on Sunday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Hariram Shankar told Indianexpress.com that Santhosh, a lorry driver, was arrested by Ullal police under charges of abetment by aiding.

“Santhosh was informed of the incident that took place on Saturday night right when his 17-year-old son returned home wearing blood-stained clothes. However, the man asked his son to hide the shirt in a corner of a cupboard in the house. He also asked his son not to tell anybody about the incident,” Shankar explained.

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11:58 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Karnataka Transport Strike: Passengers depend on Metro, cabs and autos

The state government has made alternate arrangements by roping in private transport operators due to transport corporation workers strike.

Many passengers in Bengaluru relied on autos, cabs, private buses and metro. Majestic metro station is crowded by passengers due to bus strike.

Bengaluru Metro has decided to increase the frequency of Namma Metro services between 7 am and 9 pm on Wednesday.

11:52 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Karnataka Transport Strike: Public travel hit as transport staff go on strike

Many passengers in Bengaluru were stranded at major bus terminals, including Majestic, Shantinagar, Shivajinagar, KR Market, Yeshwantpur. The busiest bus stations including Majestic, were deserted.

Many passengers in the city relied on autorickshaws, cabs and private buses due to the strike.

The major demands of the protesters are that they be brought under the government’s payroll which is 6th pay commission and provided the same privileges and incentives as government employees.

11:14 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Karnataka bus strike: Normal life is disrupted across state and Bengaluru

Normal life is disrupted across Karnataka and in Bengaluru on Wednesday due to the strike called by the workers of the Karnataka road transport corporations.

The strike by corporation workers brought to a halt bus services, leaving commuters with no other option.

The workers of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC), and North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC), under the banner of Karnataka State Road Transport Employees League have called for an indefinite strike starting from Wednesday, asking the government implement salary system as per the 6th pay commission for the workers of road transport corporation.

10:06 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Bengaluru power cut on Thursday and Friday

According to BESCOM, there will be no power supply on April 8 and 9 from 10 am to 6 pm in MEI Layout and Feeder 4 Acharya College Road in North Bengaluru to carry out work on overhead to underground conversion.

Apart from these areas, Bhuvaneshwari Nagar 8th Main, SBI Bank Road, Maheshwari Nagar, Kalyananagar, Maheshwaramma Temple, Shiva Temple, Gangadhareshwara Temple, Hesaraghatta Main Road, Mallasandra and other areas will also face power cuts.

09:46 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Bengaluru police to launch Cybercrime Incident Report system

The Bengaluru city police are set to launch a new Cybercrime Incident Report (CIR) system soon which mainly focuses on mainly financial fraud.  

According to Bengaluru city police, the victims can launch a complaint on a call to the police and the cops will work with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to freeze the beneficiary's account within the golden period of two hours.  

Kamal Pant, Bengaluru police commissioner said that this system is the first in the country and a people-friendly system where the victims will get immediate relief from cybercrime cases, especially financial fraud.

08:58 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Karnataka Health Minister urges centre to provide more vaccines

Karnataka Health & Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar has appealed to the Union Government to provide more doses of vaccines to Karnataka in order to control the pandemic. He was speaking to the reporters in Bengaluru on Tuesday after participating in the Union Health Minister’s Video Conference with the Health Ministers of 11 states/Union territories.

The minister explained the measures taken in the state including speeding up of testing to control the second wave in the state and also requested the centre to allocate more vaccines to the state and explained about the need to increase the availability of oxygen for the patients. 

Speaking on the Covid guidelines, the minister insisted that there should be uniform guidelines across the country regarding cinema halls, interstate travelling, meetings and other public gatherings. "This will help in more clearer instructions and easy to follow. Therefore, all affected states should have uniform guidelines to make people aware of the seriousness of the situation", he said. 

"We are conducting 1.15 lakh to 1.25 lakh tests per day. 2,19,87,431 tests were accomplished as of 5th April out of which 1,77,66,796 are RTPCR tests", he said. "The State’s mortality rate stands at 1.24% and has been at 0.47% since March 1. Bengaluru records 1.03% mortality rate and 0.42% since March 1", he explained.

"We have implemented Covid guidelines like compulsory wearing of masks, maintaining physical distance etc. a penalty of Rs.250 is imposed for not following the guidelines. We have also identified sensitive containment zones. We are declaring the places with more than 5 cases as sensitive zones", the minister said.

08:43 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Karnataka: Highest single-day spike with 6,150 new Covid-19 cases; vaccination rate to be doubled in Bengaluru

Karnataka Tuesday reported 6,150 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which is the highest single-day spike in the state this year. Bengaluru alone contributed 4,266 fresh cases. The state also reported 39 fatalities, taking the death toll to 12,696, while Bengaluru reported 26 deaths related to Covid-19.

The total number of infections has reached 10.26 lakh and the death toll to 12,696, according to the Karnataka health department. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, 3,487 patients got discharged after recovery.

“Cumulatively 10,26,584 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,696 deaths and 9,68,762 discharges,” the health department said in a bulletin.

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08:43 (IST)07 Apr 2021
Covid cases rising, Karnataka seeks 50% beds in private hospitals

With Covid-19 cases rising in Karnataka, the state government on Tuesday re-issued an order from last year in which it sought reservation of 50 per cent of beds in private hospitals for such patients.

The order for reservation of 50 per cent of beds in private hospitals for government-referred Covid patients was re-emphasised through another order issued on Tuesday by Chief Secretary P Ravikumar in his capacity as the chairman of the state executive committee to implement the Disaster Management Act of 2005, which has been invoked for the Covid crisis.

This comes amid growing concerns over shortage of government beds for Covid care that have arisen in the past month on account of a severe spike in cases in Bengaluru and the rest of Karnataka.

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08:26 (IST)07 Apr 2021
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The Chief Secretary said that the CM said employees failing to report to duty would be charged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. (Express Archive Photo)

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government Tuesday ordered employees of various road transport corporations in the state to “return to work” clarifying that no more negotiations would take place with regard to the pay revision demand put forth by various employee unions.

READ | Karnataka: Govt now warns transport employees of ‘strict action’, says ‘no more negotiations’

At the same time, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwathnarayan Tuesday said that the state “has a big focus on EV (electric vehicle) adoption, and last-mile delivery, logistics and connectivity”.

READ | Karnataka has ‘big focus’ on electric vehicle adoption, says Dy CM Ashwathnarayan

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