scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus November 19 Highlights: Sadananda Gowda tests positive for coronavirus

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 19 Highlights: While 1791 more people contracted the infection, 1947 people recovered from the infection across the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 20, 2020 8:29:57 am
Sadananda GowdaUnion Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and MP for Bengaluru North, D V Sadananda Gowda. Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News November 19 Highlights: The Covid-19 positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours, as on Wednesday, was noted to be 1.84 per cent as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

While 1791 more people contracted the infection, 1947 people recovered from the infection across the state. Of these, 934 new cases and 927 discharges were reported from Bengaluru alone as the total tally in the city since March 8 rose to over 3.59 lakh.

Meanwhile, active cases in Karnataka dropped further to 25,146. At the same time, 97,042 samples were tested (including 28,703 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests) across the state. Other districts that reported the most cases on November 18 were Vijayapura (121), Mysuru (97), Tumkur(86) Hassan (71), and Mandya (56). The death toll rose to 11,578 as 21 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic on Wednesday.

Follow Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus November 20 Live Updates

Live Blog

Catch the latest news in Bengaluru and Karnataka as we bring you live updates on COVID-19, lockdown 6.0 and phase 6 of the unlock across the state and more through the day. Also read Chennai Hyderabad news

18:31 (IST)19 Nov 2020
India’s drone industry 'fastest-growing' in world: Dr Kota Harinarayana

India’s drone industry is the fastest growing industry in the world with the second highest in the number of start-ups in the agritech sector, claimed Dr Kota Harinarayana, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT, Varanasi.

He was interacting with Prof. S Sadagopan, Director of International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B) in a virtual session held as part of the Bengaluru Tech Summit which began on Thursday.

"The use of drones and robotics is becoming beneficial for even small farmers with two acres of land holdings as the technology helps in capturing images as close as one to two metres where troubleshooting is required," Harinarayana said. He added that the use of drones has become an opportunity in agriculture, explaining how the inaccuracy of satellite images in detecting the problems existed across farmlands in India.

18:19 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Sadananda Gowda tests positive for coronavirus

Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers D V Sadananda Gowda Thursday tested positive for Covid-19.

In a tweet, the MP representing Bangalore North and former Karnataka CM wrote, "After initial symptoms of COVID19, I got myself tested and the report came positive. I have isolated myself. I request everyone who has come in my contact to be careful and follow the protocol. Stay safe."

18:15 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Poor demand: SWR cancels train on Bengaluru-Chennai route

Citing "poor occupancy", the South Western Railway Thursday announced the cancellation of trains operating in both directions between KSR Bengaluru and MGR Chennai Central railway stations.

"Train No.02027/02028 KSR Bengaluru – Chennai – KSR Bengaluru Express Special is cancelled due to poor occupancy with effect from November 21 until further advise," the SWR statement read.

According to SWR officials, the train had only around 20 per cent occupancy from Bengaluru on an average, the same was nearly 10 per cent while operating on the return direction. The trains, connecting the state capitals of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, had resumed operations on October 23 after several months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

17:27 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Karnataka: CM Yediyurappa's media advisor Mahadeva Prakash resigns

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s media advisor and senior journalist Mahadeva Prakash tendered his resignation from the designation on Thursday citing personal reasons.

Thanking Yediyurappa for the opportunity, Prakash noted, "I am resigning from the post of media advisor due to personal reasons." He was picked as the CM's media advisor in August last year, soon after the BJP came into power after the fall of the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government.

17:01 (IST)19 Nov 2020
IN PICS | DK Shivakumar's daughter gets engaged to CCD founder's son

Aisshwarya Shivakumar — Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president DK Shivakumar's daughter — got engaged to Amartya Hegde —the son of Cafe Coffee Day founder late VG Siddhartha — in a ceremony held in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Aisshwarya, Shivakumar’s eldest daughter, is an engineering graduate. She is at present looking after the administration of Global Academy of Technology founded by Shivakumar. Amartya had completed his education in the US and is now managing his family’s business along with his mother Malavika Hegde.

In the event that saw attendees from across party lines, Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa and Revenue Minister R Ashok were also present apart from other Congress leaders. The CM posed for pictures with the couple and was seen interacting with Shivakumar and former CM S M Krishna, the grandfather of the groom-to-be.

15:45 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Explained: What are deemed forests, and why Karnataka wants to declassify some

On September 25, Karnataka Forest Minister Anand Singh announced in the Assembly that the state government would soon declassify 6.64 lakh hectares of the 9.94 lakh hectares of deemed forests in the state (nearly 67%) and hand it over to Revenue authorities. The move has been taken after a study of the actual extent of deemed forest areas by local committees headed by officials from the Revenue, Forest and Land Records Departments in every district.

The issue of deemed forests is a contentious one in Karnataka, with legislators across party lines often alleging that large amounts of agriculture and non-forest land are “unscientifically” classified as such.

Read more

15:34 (IST)19 Nov 2020
IN PICS | AAP protests hike in electricity bill

The Karnataka unit of Aam Aadmi Party Thursday held a protest at Kaveri Bhavan, the headquarters of Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation in Bengaluru demanding the state government to roll back the hike in electricity bill tariff.

Earlier last month, the state government had notified an average increase of 5.4 per cent in bills from various electricity supply companies across districts in the state, to be in effect from November 1.

13:31 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Explained: Why gangster Ravi Pujari opposes transfer of his custody from Karnataka to Mumbai Police

Gangster Ravi Pujari, who was extradited to India from Senegal in February, has until now only been questioned by the Karnataka Police. Other police forces in the country have sought his custody, but Pujari is trying to delay the same.

Pujari has hundreds of cases against him, many of which are linked to extortion, with his victims being actors and politicians. Pujari has cases registered against him in Karnataka, Mumbai, Gujarat and Kerala, among other states. These three police forces have made several attempts to get custody of the gangster.

The crime branch in Karnataka is probing 107 cases registered against Pujari in the state. The Mumbai Police, which plans to try Pujari in 19 major cases, approached courts in Karnataka several times over the last several months, but were not successful until last week.

While opposing the plea by the Mumbai crime branch, based on the production warrant by the Mumbai court, Pujari’s lawyer Dilraj Sequeira said he feared for his life due to the high number of Covid-19 cases in Mumbai. Sources, however, said Pujari doesn’t want to be taken to Mumbai as he fears for his life. Due to the intense gang wars in Mumbai in the past, members of various gangs are kept in separate barracks in the same prison, or ideally separate prisons, so they do not attack each other.

Read more

12:21 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: As Covid-19 cases drop, BBMP modifies bed-blocking protocol

A steady fall in Covid-19 cases in Bengaluru has seen beds now lying unoccupied in government medical colleges and hospitals in the city — which just months ago was grappling with shortage of beds. This has prompted municipal body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to reorient the focus on bed-blocking towards government hospitals and government medical colleges over those in its private counterparts.

Confirming the revision in the bed-blocking protocol, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said, “It has been observed that beds in private medical establishments are being blocked and filled up even as beds in government medical establishments remain vacant. This matter was also discussed during the recent Covid-19 review meeting convened by the Chief Secretary.”

Read more

12:03 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Time for tech solution designed in India to be deployed for world: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said that India has always tried to engage with stakeholders in the tech industry to chart out future-proof policy frameworks in the country. "India is uniquely positioned to leapfrog the world in the information era. It is time for tech solution designed in India, to be deployed for the world," PM Modi said.

He was virtually inaugurating the Bengaluru Tech Summit (BTS) 2020, the 23rd edition of the annual flagship event of the Departments of Electronics, Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Science & Technology.

Modi explained, "Our policy decisions are always aimed at liberalising tech and innovations industry. Recently, we have eased the compliance burden on the IT industry. The potential of our youth and the possibilities of technology are endless. It is time, we give our best and leverage them. I am confident that our IT sector will keep making us proud."

Earlier during the event, Chief Minister Yediyurappa said the state government aims to generate over 60 lakh direct and indirect jobs in the next five years. "This is evident from the newly released IT policy of Karnataka and we are taking further steps to vigorously push IT beyond Bengaluru," he said.

11:41 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Bengaluru riots: Former mayor's custody extended, interrogation continues

A Bengaluru court Thursday extended the police custody of former Congress mayor Sampath Raj as the Central Crime Branch (CCB) probing the case continues interrogating the politician.

Confirming the same, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said that the police custody has been extended till Friday. Raj was sent to two-day police custody after he was arrested on Monday night for instigating violence in parts of Bengaluru on August 11, allegedly after a derogatory social media post appeared online.

10:51 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Explained: What is the Mahajan Commission report on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute?

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday condemned comments by Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, earlier this week, over the border dispute between the two states as an attempt to “incite fire”.

“I condemn Maharashtra DCM Ajit Pawar’s statement, the whole world knows that the Mahajan Commission report is final. Marathi people here are like Kannadigas in our state. We have created a corporation here for the development of Marathas,” Yediyurappa said.

Pawar sparked a controversy on Tuesday, when he called the incorporation of Belgaum (Belagavi), Karwar and Nipani areas of Karnataka into Maharashtra a “dream” of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray, as he paid tributes to the leader on his eighth death anniversary.

Read more

10:18 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Sasikala pays Rs 10 crore fine, release expected from Bengaluru jail

A fine of over Rs 10 crore imposed on late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s aide V K Sasikala in a disproportionate assets case was on Wednesday deposited in a Bengaluru court and her release is expected soon, her lawyer said.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami, meanwhile, asserted that the anticipated release of Sasikala would not alter the stand of AIADMK to keep her and her kin at bay, both from the party and the government. There shall be no change in the party stand as regards Sasikala, he told reporters at Coimbatore.

Read more

10:05 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Karnataka: IPS officer trolled after she says burning firecrackers not a ‘Hindu tradition’

Karnataka IPS officer D Roopa was trolled on social media after she supported the ban on firecrackers. In a Facebook post on November 14, she had written that bursting firecrackers on Diwali is not a Hindu tradition and that there is no mention of crackers in epics and puranas.

Citing the impact of bursting crackers on people’s health, and air pollution levels as well as its effect on Bengaluru’s green cover, she wrote on Facebook, “For those who cry victim that this is done to Hindus, well, crackers were not there during early and later Vedic age; there is no mention of crackers in our epics and Puranas. Crackers came into this country with Europeans. It is no core tradition or custom related to Hinduism.”

Following this, several Twitter users asked her whether she would question the customs of other religions as well.

Read more

09:41 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: BMTC begins issuing bus passes as colleges reopen

In the wake of colleges resuming offline classes in the city, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has begun the process of issuing bus pass to students. At present, students have been allowed to travel between their residences and place of study using the pass issued last year.

According to BMTC officials, students will have to apply for the pass online in the wake of the pandemic. These passes then can be collected from BangaloreOne centres. "While applying online, students will be given time slots to collect their pass from BangaloreOne centres. This is done to avoid crowding and to give an additional option for students to collect passes from a centre near the place they live," the official added.

08:56 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Bengaluru riots: NIA conducts searches at 43 locations, including at SDPI offices

The NIA conducted searches here on Wednesday, including at offices of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of the Popular Front of India (PFI), in connection with the rioting and violent attacks on police stations in the city in August, an official said.

The searches were carried out at 43 locations in Bengaluru, including at four offices of the SDPI, in relation to the rioting and violent attacks on the D J Halli and K G Halli police stations in Bengaluru on August 11, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) spokesperson said.

The cases pertain to large-scale rioting, causing injuries to police personnel, destruction of public and private property, including the police stations’ buildings and public and private vehicles, he said, adding that the rioters were armed with lethal weapons.

Read more

08:43 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Karnataka: State records 1.84 Covid-19 positivity rate, 933 new cases in Bengaluru

The Covid-19 positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours, as on Wednesday, was noted to be 1.84 per cent as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

While 1791 more people contracted the infection, 1947 people recovered from the infection across the state. Of these, 934 new cases and 927 discharges were reported from Bengaluru alone as the total tally in the city since March 8 rose to over 3.59 lakh.

Meanwhile, active cases in Karnataka dropped further to 25,146. At the same time, 97,042 samples were tested (including 28,703 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests) across the state. Other districts that reported the most cases on November 18 were Vijayapura (121), Mysuru (97), Tumkur(86) Hassan (71), and Mandya (56). The death toll rose to 11,578 as 21 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic on Wednesday.

08:43 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Air pollution fell by 30% this Diwali: KSPCB report

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) noted that air pollution fell by 30.34 per cent during three days of Diwali when compared with the corresponding days last year. According to KSPCB observations, the average ambient air quality (AQI) from November 14 to 16 indicated a major drop in the amount of pollution across seven monitoring stations in Bengaluru.

While the AQI value at KSR Bengaluru railway station (Majestic), Veterinary College (Hebbal), Kavika (Mysuru Road), and NIMHANS remained 'satisfactory' (51-100), the same at SG Halli, Jayanagar 5th Block, and Central Silk Board fell below 50 to be termed 'good'.

Officials further attributed the results to the combined effect of the ongoing pandemic and a reduction in burning crackers this year.

08:42 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Board politics: BSY govt forms special panels for Lingayats, Marathas; Cong slams move

While creation of a separate development board for Kadu Gollas – a Scheduled Castes sub-sect – with outlay of Rs 10 crore on September 29 was widely seen as having helped BJP win the Sira Assembly seat in Karnataka for the first time in the by-election held on November 3, Monday’s announcement of a Maratha development board, with a fund of Rs 50 crore, comes ahead of a prospective by-election to Basavakalyan Assembly segment.

A day later, the B S Yediyurappa government directed state officials to create a Lingayat development board, although no specified financial outlay was announced.

The spree of these announcements by the BJP government in the state has come in for criticism from Opposition Congress, with former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah calling these “tactics” a “strategy to win elections and cause divisions in society”.

Read more

08:41 (IST)19 Nov 2020
Welcome to today's live blog

Good morning!
Welcome to the live blog from Bengaluru where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19, lockdown 6.0, unlock phase 6, North Karnataka rains, North Karnataka floods, Sandalwood drug case, Bengaluru violence and more across Bengaluru and Karnataka. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

karnataka coronavirus cases, karnataka covid updates, bangalore coronavirus news, karnataka news, latest news Covid care centre at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC).

Meanwhile, a steady fall in Covid-19 cases in Bengaluru has seen beds now lying unoccupied in government medical colleges and hospitals in the city — which just months ago was grappling with shortage of beds. This has prompted municipal body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to reorient the focus on bed-blocking towards government hospitals and government medical colleges over those in its private counterparts.

READ | Bengaluru: As Covid-19 cases drop, BBMP modifies bed-blocking protocol

At the same time, while creation of a separate development board for Kadu Gollas – a Scheduled Castes sub-sect – with outlay of Rs 10 crore on September 29 was widely seen as having helped BJP win the Sira Assembly seat in Karnataka for the first time in the by-election held on November 3, Monday’s announcement of a Maratha development board, with a fund of Rs 50 crore, comes ahead of a prospective by-election to Basavakalyan Assembly segment.

READ | Board politics: BSY govt forms special panels for Lingayats, Marathas; Cong slams move

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

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus November 18 Highlights