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Karnataka Bengaluru December 25 Highlights: Bengaluru police to hold public interaction tomorrow

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 25 Highlights: While City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant will interact with the public in Thilaknagar police station, other top cops and Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) will be present at a key police station within their respective areas of jurisdiction between 11 am and 1 pm.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 28, 2020 8:11:26 am
Bengaluru Police, BengaluruCalled 'Maasika Janasamparka Divas’, City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant has ordered all police inspectors to be present at their stations to address public grievances. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News December 25 Highlights: The second edition of monthly public interaction held by the Bengaluru City Police will take place in all police stations in the city tomorrow. Called ‘Maasika Janasamparka Divas’, City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant has ordered all police inspectors to be present at their stations to address public grievances.

While Pant himself will interact with the public in Thilaknagar police station, other top cops and Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) will be present at a key police station within their respective areas of jurisdiction between 11 am and 1 pm.

With the Karnataka Health Department intensifying Covid-19 testing for people arriving from the United Kingdom, Denmark, and the Netherlands in the state, two more among them tested positive on Thursday. According to health officials, these samples have been sent for genomic testing to determine if they have contracted a new variant of the virus. While a total of 36 such samples were tested, results of 34 others are awaited, the official data indicated. To date, 1016 samples have been tested of which 600 have turned negative with results pending for 412 others.

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18:44 (IST)25 Dec 2020
IN PICS | Thousands attend drive-in prayers at Bengaluru church

On Christmas day, thousands attended the 'Worship on Wheels (WOW)' drive-in prayer services held at the Bethel AG Church International Worship Centre located in Hebbal in Bengaluru.

"Our services held today was attended by people who came in nearly 1000 cars and 500 bikes," a spokesperson of the Church said. The Church had begun the initiative earlier in June as services resumed for the first time since the coronavirus-induced lockdown began in March, earlier this year.

18:20 (IST)25 Dec 2020
At 22, Bengaluru student set to become youngest panchayat president in India

From an online film reviewer to becoming one of the youngest panchayat presidents in the country, 22-year-old Johnys P Stephen’s life has suddenly started resembling a film script. This final-semester MA English student from Bengaluru’s Christ Deemed-to-be-University is now set to chair Kerala’s Uzhavoor panchayat on December 30 after he won as an independent candidate in a panchayat which witness as hung house.

Stephen won by a margin of 194 votes in the recently-held elections defeating Left Democratic Front (LDF), United Democratic Front (UDF) and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominees in Ward 4 (Areekkara) supported by ‘One India One Pension’ (OIOP), an active group in the panchayat. With both the UDF and LDF securing five seats each, Stephen’s group OIOP with two seats emerged as the kingmaker in the 13-ward panchayat.

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18:02 (IST)25 Dec 2020
10 UK returnees test COVID-19 positive in K'taka: Minister

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Friday said so far 10 people who have come to the state from the UK have tested positive for COVID-19 and their samples have been sent for genetic sequencing to find out whether it is a new strain of virus that has infected them.

"Among the UK returnees according to information I have about 10 people have tested positive, all their samples have been sent to NIMHANS, two to three days are required for genetic sequencing, once that (report) is out we will get to know whether it is the second strain, and accordingly we will follow necessary procedures for treatment," he said.

Speaking to reporters, Sudhakar said, things relating to this second strain were still being studied and according to initial studies the variant of South African origin was more intensive than the one found in the UK.

"Based on the final reports we get, we will take necessary steps. Have trust in the government, before taking any decision we think hundred times. Protecting the health of the people is our main priority," he added. (PTI)

16:45 (IST)25 Dec 2020
Karnataka: MLA accuses police of penalising him despite wearing mask, writes to Home Minister

Mudigere MLA M P Kumaraswamy has alleged that he was asked to pay a fine of Rs 250 by police in Bengaluru despite wearing a mask recently. The BJP MLA has also written to Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai demanding action against the police personnel who was on duty during the afternoon hours on Thursday in Seshadripuram.

Kumaraswamy stated in his letter that the incident took place at 12.30 pm on Thursday and that he was "embarrassed" by the action. "I was travelling in a rented car when we halted due to traffic block next to Seshadripuram police station. I was imposed Rs 250 fine by a police personnel who asked me to roll down the window panes despite me wearing a mask. I paid the fine without arguing then, being a responsible person," he explained.

The Karnataka government has been imposing a fixed fine amounting to Rs 250 and Rs 100 in urban and rural areas respectively from people failing to wear a mask in a public place.

16:18 (IST)25 Dec 2020
Five-month-old files plea at Karnataka HC, seeks traffic ban at Bengaluru’s Cubbon Park

The Karnataka High Court has sent a notice to the state government in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a five-month-old baby, seeking a ban on traffic movement inside Cubbon Park in Bengaluru.

The plea filed by Kian Medhi Kumar, through his father, states that the level of suspended particulate matter and carbon monoxide at Cubbon Park had reduced significantly when the lockdown was in force between March 24 and May 20.

Citing a study conducted by a team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Science, recommending that closing the park to vehicular traffic had a positive impact on the environment around it, the petition also states that the study also indicated that allowing movement of vehicles through the park did little to improve the traffic situation in the surrounding areas.

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15:59 (IST)25 Dec 2020
Bengaluru police to hold public interaction tomorrow

The second edition of monthly public interaction held by the Bengaluru City Police will take place in all police stations in the city tomorrow. Called 'Maasika Janasamparka Divas’, City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant has ordered all police inspectors to be present at their stations to address public grievances.

While Pant himself will interact with the public in Thilaknagar police station, other top cops and Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) will be present at a key police station within their respective areas of jurisdiction between 11 am and 1 pm as follows:

  • Joint Commissioner (Crime) Sandeep Patil: CCB office, NT Pete
  • ACP East S Murugan: Thilaknagar
  • DCP (Central) MN Anuchet: Sadashivanagar
  • DCP (East) S D Sharanappa: Indiranagar
  • DCP (West) Sanjeev M Patil: Kalassipalya
  • DCP (North) Dharmender Kumar Meena: Subramanya Nagar
  • DCP (South) Harish Pandey: Jayanagar
  • DCP(Southeast) Joshi Srinath Mahadev: Thilaknagar
  • DCP (Northeast) C K Baba: Bagalur
  • DCP (Whitefield): HAL
15:02 (IST)25 Dec 2020
A year on, Karnataka detention centre has no CCTV or staff quarters, houses four inmates

The first detention centre in Karnataka currently houses four illegal immigrants — three from Bangladesh and a Sudanese — who are waiting to be deported. All four were brought here in the last 15 days after the conclusion of criminal cases against them.

Opened in December last year at Sondekoppa village at Nelamangala Taluk, 40 km from Bengaluru city, the centre’s first detainee was a Sudanese national brought here in October. He has now been deported.

The centre, set up in accordance with the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) manual for state governments, is maintained by the social welfare department, Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO)), and guarded by police personnel from the City Armed Reserve (CAR) and Madanayakanahalli police station in whose It jurisdiction it falls.

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14:24 (IST)25 Dec 2020
IN PICS | NGO launches free mobile health centre

Nava Bengaluru Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation (NGO) based in the city Friday launched a mobile primary healthcare centre that will offer facilities free of cost.

Named after Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the initiative was launched on the former PM's 96th birth anniversary by Bangalore South MP Tejasvi Surya. "Atal Janata Clinic will provide free primary healthcare to more than 25,000 patients in slum areas every year. This will also be used to create awareness about disease prevention and hygiene. Every two weeks special medical camps will be conducted for screening cancer and other complex issues," Anil Shetty, founder of the NGO said.

10:22 (IST)25 Dec 2020
Karnataka: Special event on tech, higher education, innovation to mark Vajpayee's birth anniversary

As part of “Good Governance Day”, observed on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on December 25, the Karnataka government has planned to hold a day-long programme focusing on technology, global competence, innovation, higher education, and entrepreneurship.

Scheduled to be be inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwatha Narayana at Vidhana Soudha in Bangaluru, the themes of the panel discussions include “Technology for Global Readiness”, “Leveraging Innovation Ecosystem of Bengaluru”, “Beyond Bengaluru”, “Governance and Leadership for Quality Higher Education”, and “Industry Ready and Entrepreneurial Skills”.

09:31 (IST)25 Dec 2020
Coronavirus: 2 more UK returnees test positive, 34 results awaited

With the Karnataka Health Department intensifying Covid-19 testing for people arriving from the United Kingdom, Denmark, and the Netherlands in the state, two more among them tested positive on Thursday.

According to health officials, these samples have been sent for genomic testing to determine if they have contracted a new variant of the virus. While a total of 36 such samples were tested, results of 34 others are awaited, the official data indicated. To date, 1016 samples have been tested of which 600 have turned negative with results pending for 412 others.

08:38 (IST)25 Dec 2020
Karnataka plans overhaul of primary health centres, more beds, better infra on cards

In a bid to revamp public healthcare facilities in the state, the Karnataka government on Thursday announced plans to upgrade infrastructure at 2,359 primary healthcare centres (PHCs) across the state and create a model network connecting them.

Making the announcement, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that budgetary allocation for the health department would be raised to fund the infrastructure upgrade at the PHCs.

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08:23 (IST)25 Dec 2020
Christmas crib at Bangalore East Mar Thoma Church dedicated to COVID-19 warriors

The youth wing of the Bangalore East Mar Thoma Church created and displayed a crib dedicated to frontline workers who worked in mitigating the coronavirus pandemic, popularly known as Corona Warriors, on Christmas day in place of the usual crib.

The Yuvajana Sakhyam, the group behind the initiative, stated that they decided to celebrate this Christmas with the theme “Hope in the Midst of Covid-19” and that the crib was a reflection of the same.

“The crib is based on a town with its different establishments such as the mall, theatre, school, etc. closed off due to the pandemic. The only functioning spaces are a hospital and a police station. The birth of a baby is taking place in the hospital, thus signifying a new hope. But there are no angels, wise men, and shepherds. Their place is taken by the nurses in the hospital, assisting the birth of the child, the doctors serving in the isolation ward, and the policemen who maintain law and order,” the statement read.

08:15 (IST)25 Dec 2020
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Yediyurappa, K Sudhakar, PHCs meeting Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa held a meeting with the medical education minister and officials to upgrade the existing Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across the state to function as 24/7 clinics.

Meanwhile, in a bid to revamp public healthcare facilities in the state, the Karnataka government on Thursday announced plans to upgrade infrastructure at 2,359 primary healthcare centres (PHCs) across the state and create a model network connecting them.

READ | Karnataka plans overhaul of primary health centres, more beds, better infra on cards

At the same time, Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister Suresh Kumar Wednesday clarified that classes for 10th and 12th standard students across the state will reopen as per schedule from January 1.

READ | Schools in Karnataka to reopen from January 1, clarifies education minister

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