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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus December 23 Highlights: CM Yediyurappa announces night curfew in Karnataka till Jan 2

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 23 Highlights: 1141 more people contracted the infection across the state on Tuesday while another 1136 recovered from the same. As many as 13,993 cases are active as on December 22.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 24, 2020 8:16:23 am
CM Yediyurappa Karnataka cabinetKarnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. (File)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News December 23 Highlights: Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has announced night curfew in Karnataka from today till January 2. The curfew will be imposed from 10 pm to 6 am.

The Commissioner of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bengaluru’s local civic body, N Manjunath Prasad tested positive for COVID-19 late evening on Tuesday. “I have quarantined myself after testing getting a positive result in a Covid-19 test that I took today. I appeal all those who have come in contact with me for various meetings and events in the last few days, including mediapersons to get themselves tested for Covid-19,” Prasad said. According to BBMP officials, Prasad had slight fever and related symptoms and has been admitted to Mallige Hospital in the city.

Meanwhile, 1141 more people contracted the infection across the state on Tuesday while another 1136 recovered from the same. As many as 13,993 cases are active as on December 22, with the total tally since March 8 rising to over 9.11 lakh in the state.

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18:38 (IST)23 Dec 2020
Online loan apps: CCB registers 3 cases

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru City Police Wednesday confirmed the presence of illegal app-based instant microloan lending companies operating from Bengaluru as well after similar cases appeared from Hyderabad, Cyberabad, and other cities in the country.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said three such cases have been registered by the CCB on Wednesday. "CCB has registered three cases against online loan apps which provides loans illegally at exorbitant interest rates."

He added, "We have got complaints that these apps later used threat, force, and intimidation for recovery of the money by also accessing and misusing phone contacts and photos of victims. An investigation is on."

18:12 (IST)23 Dec 2020
Govt plans to make yoga training compulsory in schools: Minister

Shivamogga district-in-charge minister K S Eshwarappa Wednesday said that the government is considering the possibility of providing compulsory yoga training to school students in the district.

"To strengthen the physical and mental health of children during the (coronavirus) pandemic, yoga training is likely to be made compulsory in all schools. The government is considering this plan which will be finalised only after meeting top officials of the district administration and the education department," Eshwarappa said.

17:56 (IST)23 Dec 2020
IN PICS | Door-to-door campaign underway for 'Project Shivajinagar'

Shivajinagar MLA Rizwan Arshad Wednesday took part in a door-to-door campaign underway in his constituency as part of the 'Project Shivajinagar' initiative launched last week by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

The initiative aims to ensure garbage segregation, disposal, and other related activities towards ensuring cleanliness in the area.

17:06 (IST)23 Dec 2020
Five months pregnant, woman finishes TCS World 10K Bengaluru

One of the inspiring stories of the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2020 is a five-month pregnant woman completing the race in just 62 minutes. Meet Ankita Gaur, a mom-to-be, who completed her TCS World 10K run on Sunday.

Ankita, who has been running regularly for the past nine years, feels the activity is like breathing, something which comes naturally to her. “This is something I have been doing for the past nine years, almost every day. You know, you wake up and go out for a run. Of course, there are times, when you are injured or unwell, you have to take a step back,” she said.

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14:34 (IST)23 Dec 2020
Karnataka: Bus carrying election officials collides with truck in Vijayapura, 20 injured

As many as 20 people, including election officials returning after first phase of gram panchayat polls, were injured in Karnataka’s Vijayapura district after the bus they were travelling in collided with a truck.

Vijayapura Deputy Commissioner P Sunil Kumar told indianexpress.com that the collision took place in Muddebihal town on Tuesday evening while the officials were returning from Geddelamari after the first phase of gram panchayat polls.

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13:09 (IST)23 Dec 2020
CM Yediyurappa announces night curfew in Karnataka till Jan 2

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has announced night curfew in Karnataka from today till January 2. The curfew will be imposed from 10 pm to 6 am.

13:09 (IST)23 Dec 2020
IN PICS | AAP protests fuel price hike in Bengaluru

Members of the Aam Aadmi Party carried out a protest at Maurya Circle in Bengaluru protesting fuel price hikes. Protesters were seen pushing their vehicles and shouting slogans against the Modi-led government at the Centre and Yediyurappa-led government in the State for "troubling citizens further amid the pandemic with fuel prices skyrocketing frequently."

12:24 (IST)23 Dec 2020
COVID effect: Karnataka SSLC, PUC board exams to be delayed, not in March

SLC and PUC examinations will be delayed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. State Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar clarified that board exams will not be held in March, as per the usual trend. Earlier, there was uncertainty and speculations over the board exam dates.

In a phone-in programme with a Kannada news channel, he said, “The schedule of the board exams for SSLC and II PU students will be announced along with a detailed calendar of events for this academic year will be out in a few days.”

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10:41 (IST)23 Dec 2020
Covid-19 RT-PCR results at Bengaluru Airport in 13 minutes

Flyers at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will now be able to get tested for Covid-19 at the airport and get the results of the test, done using the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method, in as early as 13 minutes. The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) launched the round-the-clock COVID-19 testing facility on Tuesday.

According to the rates notified by BIAL, each RT-PCR Express test — for which results can be obtained in 13 minutes — will cost Rs 2400. Meanwhile, normal RT-PCR test will cost Rs 800 for which results will be generated only after 24 hours.

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08:38 (IST)23 Dec 2020
Karnataka records 1.19 Covid-19 positivity rate, 585 new cases in Bengaluru

The Covid-19 positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours, as on Tuesday, was noted to be 1.19 per cent as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

While 1141 more people contracted the infection, 1136 people recovered from the infection across the state. Of these, 585 new cases and 686 discharges were reported from Bengaluru alone as the tally in the city since March 8 rose to over 3.83 lakh.

Meanwhile, active cases in Karnataka dipped to 13,993. At the same time, 95,708 samples were tested (including 13,427 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests) across the state. Other districts that reported the most cases on December 22 were Mysuru (67), Chikkaballapura (58), Tumkur (47), and Dakshina Kannada (46). The death toll rose to 12,029 as 14 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic on Tuesday.

08:29 (IST)23 Dec 2020
‘Illegal’ denotification of govt land: Karnataka HC refuses to quash 2015 corruption case against BSY

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday refused to quash a 2015 corruption case against Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa over an alleged illegal denotification of government land and came down heavily on the state anti-corruption agency Lokayukta police for failing to complete investigations into the case over the past five years.

Yediyurappa had approached the High Court in 2019 with a plea to quash the corruption case taken up by the Lokayukta police in February 2015 based on a private complaint filed in a court in 2013 by one Vasudev Reddy. The complaint was over a decision Yediyurappa took when he was deputy chief minister in 2006 to allegedly release a parcel of government acquired land to private persons.

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08:29 (IST)23 Dec 2020
BBMP Commissioner contracts coronavirus infection

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner Manjunath Prasad tested positive for COVID-19 late evening on Tuesday.

"I have quarantined myself after testing getting a positive result in a Covid-19 test that I took today. I appeal all those who have come in contact with me for various meetings and events in the last few days, including mediapersons to get themselves tested for Covid-19," Prasad said.

Further, the local civic body also urged people who met the Commissioner recently to get tested in a release. "The commissioner has requested those who came in contact with him during events and other programmes as well as media persons to undergo COVID-19 tests," the release read.

According to BBMP officials, Prasad had a slight fever and possessed related symptoms and has been admitted to Mallige Hospital in the city.

08:28 (IST)23 Dec 2020
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Bengaluru Electric Vehicles, B S Yediyurappa In a bid to encourage electric mobility in Bengaluru, as many as 100 electric vehicle (EV) battery-swapping stations will be established in the city, as part of an initiative by different private firms along with the state government.

Meanwhile, flyers at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will now be able to get tested for Covid-19 at the airport and get the results of the test, done using the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method, in as early as 13 minutes. The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) launched the round-the-clock COVID-19 testing facility on Tuesday.

READ | Bengaluru airport launches rapid Covid-19 RT-PCR test facility, results in 13 minutes

At the same time, to encourage electric mobility in Bengaluru, as many as 100 electric vehicle (EV) battery-swapping stations will be set up in the city as part of a joint initiative by different private firms and the Karnataka government.

READ | E-push: Bengaluru to get 100 electric vehicle battery swapping stations

Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Find your nearest fever clinic and testing Covid-19 facility here | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp - +91 97777 77684, Voice call - 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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