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Karnataka Bengaluru November 17 Highlights: CM Yediyurappa to visit New Delhi on Wednesday

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 17 Highlights: The former mayor had escaped from a private hospital where he had been admitted for COVID-19.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 18, 2020 9:11:14 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News November 17 Highlights: Former Congress mayor R Sampath Raj, who was wanted in the Bengaluru violence case that left four people dead, has been arrested, police sources said on Tuesday.

Sampath Raj, the Congress corporator from Devara Jeevanahalli municipal ward, was arrested in Bengaluru, the sources said without divulging further details. He had escaped from a private hospital where he got admitted for COVID-19.

The police recently arrested one of his aides Riyazuddin who had helped him and another Congress corporator Abdul Rakeeb Zakir to escape. He had given them shelter at Nagarhole in Mysuru. (PTI)

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18:38 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Bengaluru violence: Sampath Raj sent to two-day police custody

Former Congress mayor R Sampath Raj who was produced before a local court in Bengaluru on Tuesday has been sent to two-day police custody, Central Crime Branch (CCB) officials confirmed.

Raj was interrogated for hours by CCB officials in their headquarters on Tuesday, after he was arrested the previous night, for instigating violence in parts of Bengaluru on August 11, which left four people dead.

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18:35 (IST)17 Nov 2020
CM Yediyurappa to be in Delhi tomorrow

With cabinet expansion on cards, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is scheduled to visit New Delhi on Wednesday. As per the tentative schedule shared by the CMO, Yediyurappa will take a special flight from HAL Airport in Bengaluru at 11.30 am to reach the national capital at 2.30 pm. After spending the day meeting the central leadership of BJP, he is scheduled to return to Bengaluru at 11.30 pm.

Earlier in October, Yediyurappa had said that a cabinet expansion and reshuffle was likely to take place after the results of the bypolls held to two assembly seats - Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Sira. The BJP had won both the seats with a comfortable majority as results were announced on November 10.

18:25 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Karnataka: BJP nominates K Narayan to Rajya Sabha

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka Tuesday nominated K Narayan, a businessman with an RSS background, for the bypoll scheduled to be held on December 1.

The seat had fallen vacant after first-time Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Gasti succumbed to Covid-19 in Bengaluru in September. Confirming the announcement, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa tweeted, "Dr K Narayan has been picked as the party nominee to fill the Rajya Sabha seat from Karnataka. Heartfelt congratulations to him."

Narayan, who was born and brought up in Mangaluru belongs to the Devanga community, identified among other backward-class communities in the state. An entrepreneur in the printing industry, Narayan is now settled in Bengaluru.

18:15 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Workout in a pandemic: How prepared are gyms?

As part of the unlock guidelines, the government has allowed the opening of gymnasiums in non-containment zones with all COVID-19 precautions in place. However, as of now, there is low footfall at gyms as compared to pre-COVID times.

Besides following standard guidelines, fitness centre chains like Cult.Fit has also put in additional protocols. Naresh Krishnaswamy, its growth and marketing head, says, “We started opening our centres in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Gurgaon in September and tested our safety protocols. After seeing positive response from our members and on-ground teams, we opened our centres in several other cities like Vishakapatnam, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Indore, Chandigarh, Jammu, Mysore, Ludhiana, Kochi and Amritsar in October. In the coming weeks, we are also re-opening some of our centres in Mumbai and Pune following the same stringent Cult CARES measures we have been adhering to.”

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18:14 (IST)17 Nov 2020
IN PICS | Dy CM Ashwathnarayan visits Bengaluru college

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwathnarayan Tuesday visited students in Maharani Women's Arts, Commerce & Management College in Bengaluru to inspect precautions in place and following of Covid-19 guidelines as offline classes resumed after a period of eight months.

Further, the minister interacted with students to draw feedback from them on their first day of offline classes during this academic year.

18:02 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Sandalwood drugs case: NCB records Bineesh Kodiyeri's arrest

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) probing the Sandalwood drugs case Tuesday recorded the arrest of Bineesh Kodiyeri for his alleged involvement in the same for which an investigation is now underway.

NCB sleuths arrived at Parappana Agrahara jail in the city to record the arrest, where he is lodged in connection with a money laundering case probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). He was arrested by ED on October 29 with the central agency claiming an alleged close connection with drug peddler Mohammed Anoop who was arrested by them earlier. ED had further noted that the hotel Anoop was operating in Bengaluru, was Bineesh's Benami property.

The 36-year-old is the younger son, Kerala CPI (M) leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan who stepped down from the post of the party's State Secretary earlier this week citing health issues.

16:52 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Yediyurappa orders setting up of corporation for Lingayat community in Karnataka

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday ordered the formation of a corporation for all-round development of the politically-influential Veerashaiva Lingayat community in the state.

Yediyurappa, who himself belongs to the community, issued an order for constituting the Karnataka Veerashaiva-Lingayat Development Corporation (KVLDC) with immediate effect.

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15:44 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Bengaluru violence: Former Congress mayor Sampath Raj arrested

Former Congress mayor R Sampath Raj was interrogated for hours by Central Crime Branch (CCB) officials in their headquarters on Tuesday after he was arrested for instigating violence in parts of Bengaluru on August 11, which left four people dead.

Confirming the arrest, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said, “Sampath Raj, an accused who was absconding since October 14 was arrested yesterday night. We have subjected him to a detailed interrogation.”

Patil said further questioning would continue after presenting Raj before a local court. “In the case that was transferred to the CCB, 53 accused have been arrested so far. Special teams were formed to arrest the absconding accused,” he said.

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15:41 (IST)17 Nov 2020
KSRTC extends services to Tamil Nadu

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Tuesday announced that it will extend services beyond special buses scheduled till Monday to operate to various destinations in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

“For the convenience of the travelling public, KSRTC will continue to operate all regular services from different places of Karnataka to various places of Tamil Nadu State as being operated earlier. The services will be operated keeping in view the density of passengers,” a KSRTC statement read.

Officials added that it is mandatory for all passengers to wear mask and to make use of the online ticketing facility to avoid crowds at bus stations.

15:26 (IST)17 Nov 2020
IN PICS | Kharge unveils Ambedkar statue in Kalaburagi

Congress legislator Priyank Kharge Tuesday unveiled a statue of BR Ambedkar in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi.

“Babasaheb’s vision for India is the only way to save our country from fascism and to build a ‘Prabuddha Bharath’, Kharge, Chittapur MLA and former minister said.

The statue has been raised in Chinchansur in the town.

14:09 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Colleges in Karnataka resume classes

Higher educational institutions in Karnataka resumed regular classes following government directions to reopen degree, engineering, and diploma colleges on Tuesday after being closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the lockdown.

Schools and colleges were shut since March in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown across the country.

However, the primary and secondary education department is yet to take a call whether to open the schools and pre-university colleges.

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12:55 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Sampath Raj was arrested yesterday night: CCB

After hours of speculation since CCB confirmed the arrest of R Sampath Raj — former Bengaluru mayor and an accused in the DJ Halli, KG Halli violence case — officials have clarified that the arrest was made on Monday night.

“Sampath Raj, an accused who was absconding since the 14th of last month (October) was arrest yesterday night. We have subjected him to a detailed interrogation,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said on Tuesday.

He added that further action and questioning will continue after presenting him before the court.

Raj was brought to the CCB headquarters in Bengaluru this morning and investigating officers have questioned him for over three hours.

12:10 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Raj’s arrest major development in Bengaluru violence case: Home Minister

Hours after the CCB police probing the Bengaluru violence case confirmed arrest of former mayor R Sampath Raj, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai dubbed the arrest a “major development.”

Bommai said Raj would not have absconded if he was innocent. “He is an accused who had been absconding. Now that we’ve caught him, further probe will reveal the conspiracy and more people behind the same,” he said.

11:36 (IST)17 Nov 2020
IN PICS | CCB continues to question former mayor

Over two hours since he was brought to the Central Crime Branch (CCB) headquarters in Bengaluru, former mayor Sampath Raj continues to be questioned by the investigating team.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil is also now at the CCB headquarters.

10:15 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Karnataka boy among national toppers under EWS category who beat odds to weave success stories at NEET, JEE

Bhuvan Gowda from Karnataka never thought he would even be able to appear for the Joint Entrance Examination as his parents could not afford to buy additional books for his preparation. However, he has not just appeared for the exam but cracked JEE Advanced. He will soon be joining IIT-Bombay.

He is among students under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota have performed well in this year’s top engineering and medical entrance tests – JEE and NEET. This quota was introduced for the first time for these two tests. In the medical entrance exam, 85,799 students from the EWS category appeared and 57,444 cleared it. In the IIT entrance test, 23,749 students from the EWS category appeared and 5140 got through.

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09:44 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: CCB officials grill former mayor Sampath Raj

Former mayor R Sampath Raj — an accused in the Bengaluru violence case — was taken by officials to the Central Crime Branch (CCB) headquarters in the city on Tuesday, hours after confirming his arrest.

While Raj is now being questioned by the investigating team probing the case, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil has said that more details of his arrest will be shared after the grilling.

Raj was termed “absconding” by the police after he allegedly went missing from a hospital in the city earlier in October where he claimed to be under treatment for Covid-19.

09:12 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Chikkaballapur police to launch locked house monitoring system, number plate-recognition cameras

In a bid to enhance the use of technological aids to better policing, the Chikkaballapur police will roll out two new initiatives — locked house monitoring system (LHMS), and number plate-recognition cameras — on Tuesday.

Chikkaballapur Superintendent of Police GK Mithun Kumar told Indianexpress.com that LHMS is expected to help the police in reducing and preventing house-theft cases. "Families that are going outstation can use the LHMS Chikkaballapura App and raise a request. Upon receiving the request, the jurisdictional police will visit the place to install motion-sensor cameras which will be monitored by personnel in our command centre," he said.

The police have purchased 50 such cameras in the first phase. "People who already have cameras installed in their house will be given an option to link it to our system too," he added.

Further, number plate-recognition cameras planned to be installed at key points in the city is expected to enhance surveillance measures. "These cameras have been tested and found to work in low light during wee hours of the day as well," Kumar added.

08:43 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Police bust inter-state fake currency racket, seizes Rs 7.28 lakh

The Bengaluru City Police Monday busted a gang, allegedly from Tamil Nadu with fake currency notes of Rs 2000 denomination.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Joshi Srinath Mahadev, the gang was nabbed with notes worth Rs 7.28 lakh by officers from Mico Layout police station. "The gang was held during a random vehicle check in the area," he confirmed. The accused have been identified as Suman S (36), Munishekhar (29), and Devarajan Y (31).

An officer from Mico Layout police station added that the team enforcing wearing masks noticed that three people in a car from Tamil Nadu were behaving suspiciously. "Once we checked the car, we could recover three bundles of currency notes, all of Rs 2000 denomination and a few bundles of plain sheets cut to sixes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 currency notes, from the dashboard," the officer said.

08:26 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Covid-19 Karnataka: Active cases drop to 26k, 70% in Bengaluru

With the continuing trend of overall recoveries outnumbering new Covid-19 cases in Karnataka, active cases have dropped to 26,103. Nearly 70 per cent of these cases, however, are in the capital city Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, 1157 more infections were recorded in the state on Monday as 2188 others recovered from the infection. The Covid-19 positivity rate in the last 24 hours was recorded at 1.51 per cent.

As many as 76,545 samples were tested (including 9688 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests) across the state. Districts that reported the most cases on November 16 were Bengaluru Urban (597), Mysuru (64), Mandya (56), Hassan (52), and Dakshina Kannada (50). The death toll rose to 11,541 as 12 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic on Tuesday.

08:25 (IST)17 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: As colleges reopen, BBMP to deploy Covid swab collection teams near campuses

With colleges and hostels in Karnataka set to reopen Tuesday, Bengaluru’s local civic body, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), is on its toes to ensure that the guidelines and standard operating procedure issued by the state government are followed.

With mandatory RT-PCR tests for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff of colleges at least 72 hours before they enter their respective campuses, the BBMP has decided to deploy mobile swab collection teams near colleges and higher education institutions across the city.

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The BBMP has also decided to follow up testing in a bid to avoid delays in sample collection. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

Meanwhile, with colleges and hostels in Karnataka set to reopen Tuesday, Bengaluru’s local civic body, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), is on its toes to ensure that the guidelines and standard operating procedure issued by the state government are followed.

READ | Bengaluru: As colleges reopen, BBMP to deploy Covid swab collection teams near campuses

At the same time, the Bengaluru police arrested two people for allegedly blackmailing and extorting Rs 1.25 crore from a woman. The accused had learned about an alleged pre-marital affair of the woman and blackmailed her claiming that they had her private pictures and videos

READ | Bengaluru: Two held for blackmailing, extorting Rs 1.25 crore from woman

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