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Karnataka Bengaluru December 29 Highlights: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu arrives in Bengaluru for 3-day visit

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 29 Highlights: As many as 12,547 cases are active as on December 28, with the total tally since March 8 rising to over 9.16 lakh in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 30, 2020 8:18:15 am
Venkaiah Naidu, BengaluruVice President Venkaiah Naidu arrives in Bengaluru.

Karnataka Bengaluru News December 29 Highlights: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu landed at Bengaluru airport for a three-day visit on Tuesday. He visited Hosakote in Bengaluru Rural District and visited the Centre for Research and Education in Science and Technology. He inaugurated two units which are set to play a critical role in larger multinational astronomy projects.

The Vice President will leave for Chennai on December 31 from Bengaluru.

Travelling in an air-conditioned Volvo bus in Bengaluru is set to get cheaper as the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has decided to slash down ticket rates of Vajra services operating within the city. According to BMTC officials, the move aims to attract more passengers to these services. “Fares and pass rates will be reduced by about 20% from January 1. There is no change in fares of ordinary buses and Vayu Vajra (AC Volvo buses connecting Bengaluru airport to the city) services,” a spokesperson confirmed.

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18:33 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Three UK returnees in Bengaluru test positive for new mutant virus strain; admitted in hospital: Health Minister

"Three out of 26 people whose samples have been tested in NIMHANS were found positive for a new variant of Coronavirus. They have been admitted in the hospitals and measures are on to trace the contacts of these three people", said Health Minister Dr Sudhakar.

The new UK variant genome of Sars-Cov-2 virus has made its way into Bengaluru, with three UK returnees testing positive for the new variant, according to the initial results of genome sequencing of positive samples released by the Indian Sars-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (Insacog) labs on Tuesday.

“ICMR has been collecting the information of Covid positive persons who were returned from the United Kingdom. This is a uniform and centralised system and there is no confusion in it. There is no need for panic as much of the returnees are tested negative. We are tracing out the people who have switched off their mobile phones,” Sudhakar added.

Of the three samples sent from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro- Sciences (NIMHANS), two are from one family in Rajajinagar and another from RR Nagar. According to the Karnataka health department, all their primary and secondary contacts have been traced and tested negative for covid.

India has detected six cases of the mutant coronavirus that was first discovered in the UK. The Health Ministry Tuesday said the six patients had recently returned from the UK. The mutated UK strain was also detected in samples in CCMB, Hyderabad and one in NIV, Pune. The new strain is reportedly 70% more infectious than the one that caused the Covid-19 pandemic and was first reported in the United Kingdom.

17:09 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Efforts on to set up AIIMS in Karnataka: Dr. K Sudhakar

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said that the Central government has a vision to set up 22 AIIMS across the country, one in each state. "We are committed to bring one AIIMS in our state too. The process of obtaining permission is already in progress and soon there will be an AIIMS functional in the state", the minister said.

The minister said that a health policy was formulated during former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's tenure in 2002. "After 15 years now PM Narendra Modi government has brought another national health policy in 2017 catering to the new needs. There will be a new health and medical education policy in the state soon", Sudhakar said.

Sudhakar said that the newly built Atal Bihari Institute of Medical Sciences contains facilities for 150 students to study MBBS. "We are increasing the bed capacity of district hospitals, providing better infrastructure and constructing hostel facilities where there is no medical colleges", he said.

17:03 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Karnataka to get New Health and Medical Education Policy soon: Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar

"Karnataka needs more medical colleges to meet the demand for doctors. Government is willing to establish more medical colleges in Public-Private partnership (PPP)", said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar.

The minister was speaking to the media after Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa inaugurated new building of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences and Research centre at Shivajinagar on Tuesday.

"Establishing a medical college requires Rs. 600-700 Crore. If it is built in PPP model, it reduces the burden on state exchequer and also helps to provides affordable medical education and treatment to needy. This model is being adopted in Gujarat and the same will be implemented here as well", said Dr.Sudhakar.

"As per WHO guidelines there should be one doctor for 1000 population. But in our country, there is a doctor for every 10-12 thousand population. Therefore, there is a necessity to increase the number of medical colleges in order to produce more number of doctors. PM Narendra Modi government has added over 157 medical colleges in last 6 years", the minister added.

16:08 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu arrives in Bengaluru for 3-day visit

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu landed at Bengaluru airport for a three-day visit on Tuesday.

He visited Hosakote in Bengaluru Rural District and visited the Centre for Research and Education in Science and Technology. He inaugurated two units which are set to play a critical role in larger multinational astronomy projects.

The IIA’s Centre for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST) at Hosakote, houses the control room for the Two Metre Himalayan Chandra Telescope (HCT) at the Indian Astronomical Observatory (IOA), Hanle, Ladakh.

The Vice President will leave for Chennai on December 31 from Bengaluru.

15:00 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Karnataka Legislative Council deputy chairperson Dharme Gowda found dead on railway track

Karnataka Legislative Council Deputy Chairman S L Dharme Gowda was found dead on a railway track in Karnataka’s Chikamagaluru district early Tuesday morning. It is suspected that he has died by suicide.

According to police, the JDS legislator was found dead on a railway track near Gunasagara in Kadur taluk of Chikmagalur district, which is his hometown. The local police are investigating the incident.

According to reports, on Monday evening, he had gone out of his farm in Sakkarayapattana village in his car and never returned. The worried family started to search for him and finally, the police found him dead near the railway track on Tuesday morning.

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13:13 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Three UK returnees in Bengaluru test positive for new mutant virus strain

The new UK variant genome of Sars-Cov-2 virus has made its way into Bengaluru, with three UK returnees testing positive for the new variant, according to the initial results of genome sequencing of positive samples released by the Indian Sars-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (Insacog) labs on Tuesday.

Of the three samples sent from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro- Sciences(NIMHANS) two are from one family in Rajajinagar and another from RR Nagar. According to the Karnataka health department, all their primary and secondary contacts have been traced and tested negative for covid.

India has detected six cases of the mutant coronavirus that was first discovered in the UK. The Health Ministry Tuesday said the six patients had recently returned from the UK. The mutated UK strain was also detected in samples in CCMB, Hyderabad and one in NIV, Pune.

The new strain is reportedly 70% more infectious than the one that caused the Covid-19 pandemic and was first reported in the United Kingdom.

13:01 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Three UK returnees in Bengaluru test positive for new mutant virus strain

The new UK variant genome of Sars-Cov-2 virus has made its way into Bengaluru, with three UK returnees testing positive for the new variant, according to the initial results of genome sequencing of positive samples released by the Indian Sars-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (Insacog) labs on Tuesday.

Of the three samples sent from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro- Sciences (NIMHANS), two are from one family in Rajajinagar and another from RR Nagar. According to the Karnataka health department, all their primary and secondary contacts have been traced and tested negative for Covid.

India has detected six cases of the mutant coronavirus that was first discovered in the UK. The Health Ministry Tuesday said the six patients had recently returned from the UK. The mutated UK strain was also detected in samples in CCMB, Hyderabad and one in NIV, Pune.

The new strain is reportedly 70% more infectious than the one that caused the Covid-19 pandemic and was first reported in the United Kingdom.

11:02 (IST)29 Dec 2020
City’s potholes to be filled in 10 days: BBMP administrator Gaurav Gupta

BBMP administrator Gaurav Gupta has instructed all zonal chief engineers to repair the potholes in the city within 10 days. He conducted a progress review meeting with the concerned authorities on potholes, installation of street lights, mechanical sweeping machines and annual road maintenance on Monday at the BBMP head office.

The administrator instructed the officials to accelerate pothole filling process at regular intervals while ensuring the quality of work. "Two loads of asphalt must be supplied daily to all 8 zones starting tomorrow from hot mix plant and potholes must be repaired within 10 days", he said.

As the maintenance of street lights at the BBMP level is not being done at the desired level, he instructed to speed up the tender process for the same. "The chief engineers of the respective zones must pay attention to street light installation", he said.

He instructed the road infrastructure executive engineers to prepare a report on how many major, arterial and sub-arterial roads have functional mechanical mechanical sweeping machines under BBMP limits.

The administrator also instructed the officers to speed up the tender process for suitable maintanance of arterial and sub-arterial roads and to commence the maintenance work. He asked the officials to work on a project on line marking and painting curbs at at major arterial roads with immediate effect.

09:48 (IST)29 Dec 2020
WATCH | A year after it was set up, Karnataka’s first ‘detention centre’ has housed 4 illegal immigrants

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.

09:21 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Curfew in Bengaluru on New Year’s Eve

The Bengaluru police Monday imposed a curfew in the city on New Year’s Eve, wile the Karnataka government said it will come up with guidelines to ensure ‘simple’ New Year celebrations.

Bengaluru City Police commissioner Kamal Pant clamped Section 144 (prohibitory orders) across Bengaluru from 6 pm of December 31 to 6 am of January 1, 2021. In the order issued on Monday evening, Pant said gathering of five or more people and celebrations of the new year on a public road are strictly prohibited.

‘No-man’ zones will be created at MG Road, Church Street, Brigade Road, Koramangala and Indiranagar, and only those with advance reservation coupons for pubs, bars and restaurants will be allowed, said Pant.

The Karnataka government had already forbidden public gatherings for New Year revelries, through an order on December 17.

On Monday, state Home minister Basavaraj Bommai and Minister of Health and Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar held a meeting with Health department officials and senior police officers, where it was decided that the Health Department will come up with guidelines to ensure the New Year is celebrated in a ‘simple and meaningful way’.

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09:10 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Karnataka Legislative Council deputy chairperson Dharme Gowda found dead near railway track

The Deputy Chairman of the Karnataka Legislative Council, SL Dharme Gowda (64) allegedly died by suicide in Chikamagaluru district early Tuesday morning. According to the police, the JDS legislator was found dead on a railway track near Gunasagara in Kadur taluk of Chikmagalur district which is his hometown. The local police are investigating the incident.

According to reports, on Monday evening, he had gone out of his farm in Sakkarayapattana village in his car and never returned. The worried family had started to search for him and finally, police found him dead near the railway track Tuesday early morning.

The reason behind him taking the extreme step is yet to be ascertained. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa expressed shock over the death of Dharme Gowda and said he can't believe it. "I pray that the Lord gives strength to his family and his fans, Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

Dharme Gowda was in the news recently after the opposition Congress members pushed off his chair in the ruckus over a no-confidence motion against the Chairman in the Upper House.

08:40 (IST)29 Dec 2020
BMTC to reduce fares for Vajra services from Jan 1

Travelling in an air-conditioned Volvo bus in Bengaluru is set to get cheaper as the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has decided to slash down ticket rates of Vajra services operating within the city.

According to BMTC officials, the move aims to attract more passengers to these services.

“Fares and pass rates will be reduced by about 20% from January 1. There is no change in fares of ordinary buses and Vayu Vajra (AC Volvo buses connecting Bengaluru airport to the city) services,” a spokesperson confirmed.

08:18 (IST)29 Dec 2020
Karnataka Health Minister hints at police action against untraceable UK returnees

Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Monday hinted at stringent action against those returnees from the United Kingdom who were untraceable and had switched off their mobile phones.

It could even be police action against them, the minister indicated. “I request the UK returnees to cooperate with us as responsible citizens. You have to get tested. If you don’t get tested and switch off your phone, then it’s a crime in true sense,” Sudhakar told reporters here.

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08:17 (IST)29 Dec 2020
25 Regional Transport Offices likely to procure driving simulators soon

In a bid to offer training to people obtaining driving licence for cars in Karnataka, 25 Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) across the state are likely to get driving simulators soon.

A recent tender call issued by the Karnataka State Road Safety Authority has mentioned the installation of light motor vehicle (LMV) simulators with a corresponding call for trained instructors.

Confirming the same, a senior official at the Department of Transport said that training will be provided on various aspects including basic driving skills, following traffic signals and speed limits, how to drive during peak/busy hours, and awareness on understanding pedestrian safety among other factors.

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08:16 (IST)29 Dec 2020
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Dr. K Sudhakar, Karnataka health minister, Karnataka Medical Education minister Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Monday hinted at stringent action against those returnees from the United Kingdom who were untraceable and had switched off their mobile phones.

READ | Karnataka Health Minister hints at police action against untraceable UK returnees

At the same time, in a bid to offer training to people obtaining driving licence for cars in Karnataka, 25 Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) across the state are likely to get driving simulators soon.

READ | Karnataka: 25 Regional Transport Offices likely to procure driving simulators soon

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