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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 5 Highlights: Congress workers in Mangaluru protest CBI raid on houses of DK Shivakumar, DK Suresh

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 5 Highlights: The Department of Health and Family Welfare Services also linked 705 more deaths from across the state and 231 from the capital city during the same timeframe.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 6, 2020 8:16:50 am
IN PICS | Congress workers in Mangaluru protest CBI raid on houses of DK Shivakumar, DK SureshThe Congress party workers in Mangaluru are protesting against the CBI raid on the house of Congress leader DK Shivakumar and his brother DK Suresh on Monday.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News October 5 Highlights: Karnataka reported 65,185 new Covid-19 cases over the last week as numbers related to the pandemic continued to surge in the state. Of these, 29,193 cases were registered in capital city Bengaluru alone.

Meanwhile, 10,145 new cases were reported on Sunday as Bengaluru witnessed 43 per cent of the same. The Department of Health and Family Welfare Services also linked 705 more deaths from across the state and 231 from the capital city during the same timeframe.

At the same time, with over 12,020 cybercrime cases reported last year, Karnataka registered the highest number of such cases in India in 2019, pushing Uttar Pradesh behind, data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) indicated.

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18:00 (IST)05 Oct 2020
‘Completely cooperating with CBI officials’: DK Suresh

Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar’s brother DK Suresh who is MP from Bengaluru Rural on Monday said they were completely cooperating with CBI officials who are conducting searches at their properties in 14 locations. "CBI has searched our houses early morning today. We are cooperating completely with the officials as per law. We will cooperate in the future as well," Suresh tweeted.

Suresh also requested the party workers to remain calm. “At the time of elections, BJP’s hollow threats will not shake us nor will we bow down to pressure tactics. We are ready to face any consequences. We request all well wishers and party workers to remain calm,” he said.

“We will face all political challenges and by the grace of God he will give us the strength to come out of this situation. We request you not to lose heart and let your blessings be with us always,” he added.

CBI searches are underway at 14 locations linked to Shivakumar and Suresh in connection with allegations of acquisition of disproportionate assets.

16:56 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Medical Education Minister reviews Covid-19 management in Mysuru ahead of Dasara

In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, it has been decided to celebrate a simple yet meaningful Dasara this time, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said on Monday.

Addressing media in Mysuru he said Kerala, which had relaxed the protocols during Onam festival is paying for its mistake. Seven to eight thousand cases are being reported there everyday. We should avoid that mistake here. That’s the reason for celebrating simple Dasara this time. The matter will be finalized after discussing with Chief Minister, district in-charge minister and the Health Minister, he said.

“Earlier the district was a model for our state where no casualities were reported due to Covid though there were number of cases,” he said. He explained that the situation in Mysuru “is slightly out of control” now because of which he decided to visit the district to review the situation. “The newly-appointed Deputy Commissioner has asked two-weeks time to show some result,” the Minister said.

He added thatthere is no shortage of ventilators in the state, but Karnataka was in need oxygen beds. “We are preparing 33,000 beds across the state. I have directed the officials to conduct Covid tests on all senior citizens in Mysuru district,” Sudhakar said.

Justifying the decision to collect Rs. 1000 fine for those not wearing masks, the Minister said that the decision wad inevitable since people neglected precautions even after various awareness programs were conducted for more than six months. “We must ensure that people are strictly adhering to the guidelines,” he said.

16:55 (IST)05 Oct 2020
CBI raids properties linked to Congress leader DK Shivakumar, Rs 50 lakh in cash seized

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday carried out searches at the Bengaluru residence of Congress leader DK Shivakumar after booking the former state minister in a case of disproportionate assets. The agency also carried out searches at 13 other locations spread across Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai on premises associated with Shivakumar’s relatives and associates.

“CBI has registered a case against then minister of Karnataka government and others on the allegations of acquisition of disproportionate assets. Searches are being conducted today at 14 locations including nine in Karnataka, four in Delhi and one in Mumbai,” CBI spokesperson RK Gaur said.

Sources said the raids have already resulted in the seizure of Rs 50 lakh in cash and several incriminating documents. Among the premises being searched, sources said, are that of Shivakumar’s brother DK Suresh and his close associate Sachin Narayan. While Suresh is a Lok Sabha MP from Bengaluru rural, Narayan is a businessman with interests in real estate and hotel industry. Narayan had earlier been booked along with Shivakumar by both the Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

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16:54 (IST)05 Oct 2020
IN PICS | Congress workers in Mangaluru protest CBI raid on houses of DK Shivakumar, DK Suresh

The Congress party workers in Mangaluru are protesting against the CBI raid on the house of Congress leader DK Shivakumar and his brother DK Suresh on Monday. CBI conducted raids at DK Shivakumar’s 14 properties in Karnataka, Mumbai, and Delhi in an alleged corruption case. Shivakumar’s brother and Bengaluru Rural MP DK Suresh’s houses in Karnataka have also been raided by the central agency.

12:59 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Karnataka plans to develop new cybersecurity policy

The Karnataka government is likely to introduce a new cybersecurity policy in a bid to strengthen its digitisation efforts across walks of life, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan Monday announced in Bengaluru.

Speaking at a function held in Vidhana Soudha to unveil cybersecurity mascots for the state, Ashwathnarayan said, "Cybersecurity is gaining increased focus in the government in view of the rapid adoption of IT (Information Technology) solutions for delivering public services. Whilst this has many benefits the increased adoption of IT also comes associated with significant cyber risks. The new Cyber Security Policy would be framed to address the needs of the citizens, industry, students as well as the state government."

12:26 (IST)05 Oct 2020
WATCH | CBI raids premises of DK Shivakumar, DK Suresh in Bengaluru

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids underway at premises of state Congress chief DK Shivakumar and his brother and MP DK Suresh in Bengaluru on Oct 05.

12:25 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Congress workers in Karnataka protest over CBI raids

The Congress party workers are protesting against the CBI raid in front of the house of DK Shivakumar in Doddalahalli in Kanakapura. The Karnataka Youth Congress members are also protesting against the BJP government in Maurya circle, Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, the Police security beefed up in front of Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar house in Sadashivanagar, Bengaluru following the CBI raid.

Calling the CBI raid a vendetta politics, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee said on twitter, “BJP is so rattled after @DKShivakumar elevation as @KPCCPresident that they have resorted to such cheap tricks. There is proof of corruption of @BSYBJP & @BYVijayendra, but CBI ignores it. This is vendetta politics of the worst kind”

In another tweet in Kannada, state Congress accused the BJP of using the CBI as an electoral weapon. “The CBI attack is the BJP’s permanent electoral process. BJP’s fear of losing the by-election. We condemn the CBI attack on hate politics,” Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee wrote on Twitter.

11:53 (IST)05 Oct 2020
CBI raids 14 locations linked to Congress’ DK Shivakumar in alleged corruption case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday conducted raids at Congress leader DK Shivakumar’s 14 properties in Karnataka, Mumbai, and Delhi in an alleged corruption case.

CBI officials said “a case has been registered against Shivakumar and others on the allegations of acquisition of Disproportionate Assets. Searches are being conducted at 14 locations including nine in Karnataka, 4 in Delhi, 1 in Mumbai.”

Shivakumar’s brother and Bengaluru Rural MP DK Suresh’s houses in Karnataka have also been raided by the central agency.

Last year, Shivakumar was lodged at New Delhi’s Tihar Jail in connection with a money laundering case probed by the Enforcement Directorate. Shivakumar was arrested on September 3, 2019, by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case filed in 2018 following an investigation by the Income Tax Department in 2017, when unaccounted cash to the tune of more than Rs 8 crore was found in New Delhi in locations allegedly linked to the Congress leader.

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10:07 (IST)05 Oct 2020
'Raid Raj' BJP's 'Machiavellian move', says AICC General Secretary Surjewala

As more leaders expressed displeasure over the CBI raids conducted at locations owned by KPCC President D K Shivakumar and Bangalore Rural MP D K Suresh on Monday, AICC General Secretary in charge of Karnataka Randeep Singh Surjewala termed the central agency a "puppet" of the Modi-Yediyurappa led BJP governments at the Centre and the State.

"Let Modi & Yeddyurappa Govts & BJP’s frontal organizations i.e CBI-ED-Income Tax know that Congress workers & leaders will not be cowed down nor bow down before such devious attempts. Our resolve to fight for people & expose BJP’s maladministration only becomes stronger," he tweeted.

Surjewala added, "The insidious game of intimidation & machinations of Modi-Yeddyurappa duo being executed by a puppet CBI by raiding @DKShivakumar won’t deter us. CBI should be unearthing the layers of corruption in Yeddyurappa Govt. But, ‘Raid Raj’ is their only ‘Machiavellian Move’ !"

10:06 (IST)05 Oct 2020
CBI raids an attempt to derail bypolls preparation: Siddaramaiah

Congress legislative party leader in the Karnataka assembly Siddaramaiah condemned the raids conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation at the residences of KPCC president D K Shivakumar and Bangalore Rural MP D K Suresh.

“@BJP4India has always tried to indulge in vindictive politics & mislead public attention,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.

“The latest CBI raid on @KPCCPresident @DKShivakumar's house is another attempt to derail our preparation for bypolls,” the former Karnataka CM added, condemning the action.

09:37 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Hathras case: Dalit organisations to hold protest across Karnataka today

Dalit organisations in Karnataka will protest across the state on Monday condemning the Hathras incident.

Karnataka State convener of Karnataka Rajya Dalitha Rajya Sangharshana Samithi Laxminarayana Nagawar said that the protest will be organised in all the districts in the state for the dismissal of Uttar Pradesh government.

"A protest will be held on Monday at Maurya circle in Bengaluru," Laxminarayana Nagawar added.

On September 29, a 19-year-old Dalit woman died after allegedly being gang-raped and tortured by four upper-caste men in the Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh on September 14. The victim’s family also alleged that the Uttar Pradesh Police had cremated her forcibly without their permission.

08:22 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Karnataka: RGUHS postpones intermediate BDS exams citing Covid-19, face students' flak on decision to hold all MBBS exams

Weeks after several medical students in Karnataka demanded postponement of offline exams conducted by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), the varsity Saturday announced that first, second, and third-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) examinations would be held at another date.

“In view of the Covid-19 pandemic situation, the scheduled examinations of I, II, and III year BDS are postponed and the revised timetable will be notified for the same in due course,” Registrar (Evaluation) N Ramakrishna Reddy said in a statement. These exams were scheduled to begin on October 13. At the same time, he added that the fourth year BDS examinations will be conducted as scheduled from October 14.

However, RGUHS officials clarified that exams for MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) students across all years will be conducted as planned. “Further, the scheduled examinations of all the years in MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) will be conducted as per the notified timetable from October 13,” Reddy added.

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08:22 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Bengaluru police collect Rs. 4.5 crore fine in 2 weeks as more vehicles hit city roads amid pandemic

Traffic violations in Bengaluru have been on the rise with the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions being withdrawn in phases. From September 13 to 26 alone, the Bengaluru City Traffic Police (BTP) collected nearly Rs. 4.5 crore as fines from violators.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, an officer at the Traffic Management Centre in Bengaluru cited the increase in violations due to stricter surveillance measures in place with CCTV cameras placed in key points of the city, and less vehicles on road.

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08:21 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Bengaluru ISKCON to reopen from today

Bengaluru ISKCON temple will reopen from Monday after six months due to the Covid-induced lockdown.

"We are pleased to announce that the doors of ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Temple will be reopened to the public on Monday, October 5, 2020, after 6 months and 15 days, " ISKCON said.

The temple will be open to visitors from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm on weekdays.

During the weekends, the temple will be open from 9.30 am to 8 pm without an afternoon break, the release added.

08:20 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Karnataka tops cybercrimes in India: NCRB report

With over 12,020 cybercrime cases reported last year, Karnataka registered the highest number of such cases in India in 2019, pushing Uttar Pradesh behind, data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) indicated.

However, 93.1 per cent of these cases have pending investigations, chargesheets were filed only for 8.1 per cent of the total number of cybercrime cases registered last year. The trial for 95.6 per cent of such cases in Karnataka are still pending, as per the NCRB.

The other two states with the most cybercrime cases in 2019 were Uttar Pradesh (11,416) and Maharashtra (3,604).

08:20 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Two tuskers electrocuted at Bannerghatta Park in Bengaluru

Two elephants were electrocuted after they came into contact with a live wire inside the Bannerghatta National Park in Bengaluru.

According to the Forest Department, the incident happened at Chikkondanahalli Lake near the Ramadevarabetta Forest when these jumbos had gone to drink water on Saturday.

“Two elephants died of electrocution. I went to the spot yesterday (Saturday) and observed that there is an electric line near a water body and those electric poles are bent which caused the electrocution,” said Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Ajai Misra.

The carcasses of the male jumbos, aged 8-10 years, were found near the lake. A case has been registered.

08:19 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Karnataka: Over 65k new Covid-19 cases last week, nearly 30k in Bengaluru

Karnataka reported 65,185 new Covid-19 cases over the last week as numbers related to the pandemic continued to surge in the state. Of these, 29,193 cases were registered in capital city Bengaluru alone.

Meanwhile, 10,145 new cases were reported on Sunday as Bengaluru witnesssed 43 per cent of the same. The Department of Health and Family Welfare Services also linked 705 more deaths from across the state and 231 from the capital city during the same timeframe.

However, health officials cited the surge in numbers was due to the increase in the number of samples tested in the state. While 6.73 lakh samples were tested over the past seven days, the same between September 20 and 27 was 3,45,736.

To date, Karnataka has registered a cumulative 6.4 lakh Covid-19 cases since March 8. Bengaluru tops the list among 30 districts of the state with over 2.5 lakh people testing positive for the infection.

08:18 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Late IAS officer DK Ravi’s wife Kusuma joins Congress

Kusuma H, wife of the late IAS officer D K Ravi, joined the Congress on Sunday amid speculation that she would be given the party ticket to contest from the Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly by-election.

KPCC president D K Shivakumar, Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah and former Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and other leaders were present to welcome Kusuma into the party.

The Congress has announced T B Jayachandra as the candidate for the Sira by-election and is yet to reveal the name of the candidate for Rajarajeshwari Nagar by-election.

The Rajarajeshwari Nagar seat was previously held by Munirathna, who won from the Congress but later joined the BJP.

08:13 (IST)05 Oct 2020
Five pubs raided in Bengaluru to check drug menace

The Central Crime Branch police raided five pubs in the city as part of its crackdown against the drug menace. The searches were carried out on Saturday night, they said.

“In the drugs case investigation, we found that generally drugs are taken in some pubs. So, search warrants were taken and five pubs searched yesterday night,” Bengaluru Joint Commissioner of Police Sandeep Patil said in a brief statement on Sunday.

Police have not shared any information on the outcome of the raids.

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08:13 (IST)05 Oct 2020
CT Ravi quits cabinet days after appointment as BJP General Secretary

Karnataka Minister for Kannada, Culture and Tourism CT Ravi has resigned from the B S Yediyurappa Cabinet days after being appointed as the BJP national general secretary. The four-time MLA from Chikkamagaluru submitted his resignation on Saturday to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

Ravi was appointed to the party position at the national level on September 26. According to sources, he is slated to fly to Delhi on Monday to meet the BJP Central leaders.

CT Ravi posted on Twitter one of the popular verses of "Mankuthimmana Kagga", written by famous Kannada litterateur D V Guddappa.

"Nothing stops when a person dies. The seasons continue to change. Time may grieve for some time. From the soil in which the dead are buried, rises the sprout of grass. Earth is pregnant again with new life. Nature is in a constant state of cultivation - Mankutimma," Ravi wrote.

Jayadeva-flyover-Wikimedia-Bangalore-Bengaluru-traffic While 55,717 traffic violations were noted between September 20 and 26, over 53 per cent of those were for not wearing helmet. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)

Meanwhile, traffic violations in Bengaluru have been on the rise with the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions being withdrawn in phases. From September 13 to 26 alone, the Bengaluru City Traffic Police (BTP) collected nearly Rs. 4.5 crore as fines from violators.

READ | Bengaluru police collect Rs 4.5 crore fine in 2 weeks as more vehicles hit city roads amid pandemic

At the same time, weeks after several medical students in Karnataka demanded postponement of offline exams conducted by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), the varsity Saturday announced that first, second, and third-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) examinations would be held at another date.

READ | Karnataka: RGUHS postpones intermediate BDS exams citing COVID-19

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