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Karnataka Bengaluru December 17 Highlights: Karnataka govt ties up with British Council to bolster higher education

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 17 Highlights: "Karnataka state's collaboration with the UK's higher education institutions through the British Council is happening at an opportune time", said Deputy CM C N Ashwathnarayan.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 18, 2020 8:17:49 am
Yediyurappa, British Council, AshwathnarayanAccording to CM Yediyurappa, the partnership is a first-of-its-kind in the sector.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News December 17 Highlights: The Karnataka government Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the British Council involving collaboration on leadership development in higher education institutions.

According to CM Yediyurappa, the partnership is a first-of-its-kind in the sector. “India relation with the UK spans across several sectors of cooperation including trade and commerce, education, science & technology, defence and culture. UK has been a very important Global Innovation Alliance (GIA) partner for Karnataka and 38 per cent of UK investment into India in 2017-18 came into Karnataka,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Deputy CM C N Ashwathnarayan claimed Karnataka is in the forefront of implementing National Education Policy (NEP) while the country is poised for “big change” in education. “NEP is serving as a transformation opportunity. Karnataka state’s collaboration with the UK’s higher education institutions through the British Council is happening at an opportune time. Planned initiatives through this collaboration will immensely benefit the stakeholders of higher education,” he said.

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18:20 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Ballari DC appointed as private secretary to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Ballari District Commissioner SS Nakul was appointed as private secretary to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday, ahead of the Union Budget 2021-22.

SS Nakul is a 2010 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer. Nakul, who hails from Kushalnagar in Kodagu (Coorg) district had secured the 31st rank in the 2010 UPSC examination and was the topper from Karnataka.

18:16 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Covid-19 Karnataka: 1236 more people contract coronavirus, 229 patients in ICU

Active coronavirus cases in Karnataka saw a minor drop to 15,205 as recoveries outnumbered new cases in the last 24 hours. While 1236 more people were diagnosed with COVID-19 across the state on Thursday, another 1497 people recovered from the infection.

As many as 229 patients have been admitted to the Intensive Care Units in respective hospitals across the state. At the same time, the Covid-19 positivity rate recorded on December 17 was 1.16 per cent as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

17:55 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Karnataka govt ties up with British Council to bolster higher education

The Karnataka government Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the British Council involving collaboration on leadership development in higher education institutions.

According to CM Yediyurappa, the partnership is a first-of-its-kind in the sector. "India relation with the UK spans across several sectors of cooperation including trade and commerce, education, science & technology, defence and culture. UK has been a very important Global Innovation Alliance (GIA) partner for Karnataka and 38 per cent of UK investment into India in 2017-18 came into Karnataka," he noted.

Meanwhile, Deputy CM C N Ashwathnarayan claimed Karnataka is in the forefront of implementing National Education Policy (NEP) while the country is poised for "big change" in education. "NEP is serving as a transformation opportunity. Karnataka state's collaboration with the UK's higher education institutions through the British Council is happening at an opportune time. Planned initiatives through this collaboration will immensely benefit the stakeholders of higher education," he said.

16:35 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Karnataka KCET round 2 seat allotment result 2020 released, here’s how to check

KCET round 2 seat allotment result 2020: The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) has announced the round 2 seat allotment result of common entrance test (KCET). The candidates who have appeared in the exam can check the result through the official website — cetonline.karnataka.gov.in.

The result will be accessible using the CET registration number.
The detailed notification on how to exercise choices will be released soon. The round 1 seat allotment result was earlier released on December 3, and candidates were given four choices to exercise form.

In KCET 2020, as many as 1,27,627 students cleared the exam for agriculture courses while over 1.29 lakh passed the veterinary sciences paper, and in AYUSH and pharma subjects as many as 1,29,611 and 1,55,552 students cleared the exam. In engineering, as many as 1,53,470 students passed.

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16:35 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: New initiative launched to make Shivajinagar 'garbage-free'

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Thursday launched a new initiative named 'Project Shivajinagar' to ensure garbage segregation, disposal, and other related activities towards ensuring cleanliness in the area.

An initiative spearheaded by local MLA Rizwan Arshad, the campaign aims to create public participation to transform black spots in the city's commercial hub into garbage-free areas. According to the MLA, the cost of the project will be borne by the Rizwan Arshad Foundation, a philanthropic forum led by himself.

Meanwhile, Ugly Indians, a volunteer group, will partner in the project to transform ten black spots in the ward this weekend, to begin with. "As many as 14 garbage block committees will be set up to implement the initiative with each of them attending 750 households. A GPS-embedded garbage collection autorickshaw will also be assigned to each block for the same," Arshad explained.

14:54 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Bengaluru woman who flew to other cities to ‘steal’ handbags arrested

A 46-year-old woman from Bengaluru who has allegedly committed thefts in several cities across India for more than a decade was arrested by the Mumbai Crime Branch on Wednesday.

The woman, who lives in Bengaluru, would book a flight and fly to a city in the morning, go to a high profile shopping outlet or mall, steal the handbags of customers there, and fly back home to Bengaluru in the evening, police said.

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14:54 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Belagavi: 35-year-old found murdered, police investigation on

The Belagavi police began an investigation after finding a youngster murdered on a public road in Rait Galli area on Thursday. According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Jaypal Garani (35), a resident of Ambedkar Galli. "The victim was found dead on the road and his body was seen with injuries due to a possible attack with sharp weapons on his neck and body," the police said.

The police reached the spot after residents saw the dead body on the street on Thursday morning. Officers suspect the incident might have taken place during late night on Wednesday or by the early hours of Thursday.

10:45 (IST)17 Dec 2020
DySP CID dies by suicide

V Lakshmi, 33, DySP CID died by suicide at her relatives residence in Annapoorneshwarinagar late Wednesday night.

10:04 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist R N Shetty dies

Renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist R N Shetty passed away on Thursday. He was aged 92. According to his family members, the funeral is scheduled to take place in Bengaluru this evening after keeping his mortal remains in RNS Engineering College premises in Uttarahalli for the public to pay homage.

Shetty, born in Uttara Kannada in 1928, is credited for the modernisation of the temple town of Murudeshwar and building other monuments in and around his hometown. His enterprises in construction, transport, and infrastructure development had also gained popularity during his life apart from his contribution to the education sector lauded by many.

09:54 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Karnataka High Court allows Amnesty to withdraw Rs 60 lakh from frozen bank accounts

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday allowed NGO Amnesty International to withdraw Rs 60 lakh from its bank accounts after rejecting the Enforcement Directorate’s objections.

In September, the Enforcement Directorate froze its bank accounts following this Amnesty shut its offices in India and let go of its staff, nearly 150 members, in Bengaluru and Delhi.

The interim order was passed by the Court in a plea challenging the communication issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to banks directing them to freeze the accounts held by the Amnesty Trust.

Justice P S Dinesh Kumar directed the Enforcement Directorate to complete the proceedings within 45 days. The court had reserved orders on the petition challenging the August 25 communication issued by the ED to the banks to freeze the bank accounts.

09:15 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Karnataka records 1.21 Covid-19 positivity rate, 758 new cases in Bengaluru

The Covid-19 positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours, as on Wednesday, was noted to be 1.21 per cent as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

While 1240 more people contracted the infection, 1403 people recovered from the infection across the state. Of these, 676 new cases and 792 discharges were reported from Bengaluru alone as the total tally in the city since March 8 rose to over 3.8 lakh.

Meanwhile, active cases in Karnataka dipped to 15,476. At the same time, 1,01,750 samples were tested (including 14,720 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests) across the state. Other districts that reported the most cases on December 16 were Tumkur (57), Chitradurga (51), Mysuru (47), and Kodagu (46). The death toll rose to 11,971 as six more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic on Wednesday.

09:13 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Yediyurappa's media adviser to be given ministerial status

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has directed the officials to grant the status of Cabinet Minister to his media adviser Brungesh who was appointed recently as media adviser.

Brungesh is a retired Information Department officer, and was appointed adviser after the earlier adviser Mahadev Prakash quit citing personal reasons.

09:06 (IST)17 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Police detain 25-year-old for allegedly raping, murdering 19-year-old

The Bengaluru Police detained a 25-year-old for allegedly raping and murdering a 19-year-old student who was in the city to secure admission at an engineering college.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sanjeev M Patil said the girl had gone to meet the accused after her family suggested she seek help from him for the admission process. He was known to her brother.

“A case has been filed with charges of rape and murder against the accused, based on the complaint we received from the building owner,” Patil said.

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08:34 (IST)17 Dec 2020
CM Yediyurappa to launch Bengaluru Mission 2022 today

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is likely to make an announcement of several development projects for the capital city as he launches Bengaluru Mission 2022 on Thursday.

According to sources from the Chief Minister's Office, a blueprint for the overall development of the city has been made using recommendations from experts to beautify and develop the city including adding more lung spaces, new stormwater drains, construction of twin towers for government offices, and other announcements related to road and traffic projects.

The announcements are also seen as important for the ruling BJP government as part of their preparations for the upcoming local civic body polls in Bengaluru.

08:34 (IST)17 Dec 2020
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Meanwhile, four people were arrested in Bengaluru Wednesday for allegedly trying to peddle drugs worth Rs 1 crore ahead of New Year celebrations in the city. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said, “Narcotics worth Rs 1 crore, which was brought and stocked up for distribution during New Year, have been seized.”

READ | Bengaluru: Four held with drugs worth Rs 1 crore they ‘planned to sell for New Year parties’

At the same time, a 58-year-old man in Bengaluru got a new lease of life on Wednesday after the traffic police facilitated a green corridor during peak hours to enable a heart transplant surgery on time.

READ | Bengaluru: Traffic cops create green corridor for donated heart, save life of 58-year-old

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