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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus August 20 Highlights: BBMP allows only one Ganesha idol per ward this year

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News August 20 Highlights: As per the norms announced by BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad on Wednesday, the idols can be kept only for three days in public places, at designated spots.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: August 21, 2020 8:27:07 am
ganesh chaturthi, ganesh chaturthi 2020, ganesh idols broken, bahrain ganesh idols broken, bahrain ganesh idols thrown, woman breaks ganesh idols bahrainOnly one Ganesha idol will be allowed per ward. (Representational)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News Live Updates: Following the Karnataka state government’s decision to relax Covid-19 guidelines to allow celebrations of the Gauri-Ganesha festival, Bengaluru’s local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has imposed certain restrictions to the same, permitting only one Ganesha idol per ward being the most important.

As per the norms announced by BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad on Wednesday, the idols can be kept only for three days in public places, at designated spots. Social distancing will have to be ensured and all devotees will have to wear a mask, he added.

“On submitting proposals to the zonal Joint Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police , the decision as to who can install the idol in the ward will be taken by them,” Prasad said.

Meanwhile, the declaration of the results of the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) has been postponed to Friday (August 21).

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17:53 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Bengaluru violence: Karnataka govt yet to decide ban on SDPI, PFI

Around 10 days since the streets of East Bengaluru witnessed mob violence over a ‘derogatory’ social media comment within the limits of Devarajeevanahalli (DJ Halli) and Kadugodanahalli (KG Halli) police stations, the Karnataka Cabinet did not arrive at a decision on announcing a ban on organisations allegedly linked to the same.

After the Cabinet meeting held in Bengaluru on Thursday, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy said, "An elaborate discussion was held in this matter but no decision has been taken."

He was reacting to queries by reporters on whether the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), and the Popular Front of India (PFI) would be banned in the state for its alleged role in the mob violence that took place on August 11.

17:03 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Karnataka won 10 awards in the Swacch Survekshan 2020

Karnataka has won 10 awards in the Swacch Survekshan 2020, while Bengaluru wins the Best Self Sustainability award in the Megacity category and Mysuru wins India’s cleanest medium city award.

Hunsur in Mysuru district has won the Best City in citizens feedback award under south zone category (50,000-1,00,000 population). K R Nagar town in Mysuru district wins the Best City in citizens feedback award under south zone category (25,000-50,000 population).

H D Kote in Mysuru disrtict wins the Best City in citizens feedback award under south zone category (below 25,000 population). Ramanagara city wins the Best City in Innovation and best practices award under south zone category (50,000-1,00,000 population).

Kadur town in Hassan district wins the Best City in Innovation and Best practices award under south zone category (50,000-1,00,000 population). Holalkere town wins the Best Self Sustainable City award under south zone category (below 25,000 population)

Piriyapatna in Mysuru district wins the Cleanest City award under south zone category (below 25,000 population). Jaali Town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttra Kannada district wins the Fastest Mover City award under south zone category (below 25,000 population).

15:43 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Information desk at Bengaluru Airport goes virtual

The Information Desk facility at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport) will now also be Contactless. “Available at four locations within the Terminal, these Virtual Desks will add a new dimension to Contactless passenger processing,” BIAL said.

The Virtual Information Desk enables passengers to have real-time conversations with Airport staff located remotely, over touch-free video. A passenger simply has to stand in front of the Virtual Desk, thereby activating the sensors, to begin the interaction. Passengers can avail this facility round the clock on information related to BLR Airport, facilities, flights, F&B and transport. Bangalore International Airport Limited – operator of BLR Airport – introduced the Virtual Information Desk, offering passengers a touch-free and safe way to seek assistance and information without face-to-face human interaction.

This service is currently available in English, Kannada and Hindi. Terminal personnel at BLR Airport have been trained to manage passenger queries in all three languages through the virtual platform. BIAL and Airline staff will also be available at the Terminal to provide information and assistance to passengers, as required.

BIAL rolled out the Contactless journey from Parking-to-Boarding at BLR Airport in May 2020. Some of the key areas of the process include DigiYatra (biometric-based self-boarding), self bag-drop, contactless check-in, retail and F&B, as well touch-free hand sanitisers.

15:23 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Congress MLA donates plasma for Covid-19 patients

Kunigal Congress MLA Dr. H D Ranganath who tested Covid-19 positive and recovered donated plasma at the HCG Cancer Centre in Bengaluru.

The 49-year-old is an orthopedic doctor had tested positive on July 5. Along with his older brother Dr Ramchandra Prabhu, who is a professor of medicine at Kempe Gowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) donated plasma.

Ranganath is related to Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shivakumar. Shivakumar congratulated Ranganath and his brother for donating plasma for treating Covid-19 patients.

13:13 (IST)20 Aug 2020
How Covid-19 makes Gowri-Ganesha festival celebrations in Bengaluru different this year

From allowing only one Ganesha pandal per ward to restricting celebrations to three days, this year’s Gowri-Ganesha festival celebrations in Bengaluru will be different in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

While Gowri Habba falls on Friday this year, the Ganesha festival will be celebrated the next day, albeit with certain restrictions even though the Karnataka government decided to relax Covid-19 guidelines to allow celebrations.

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12:56 (IST)20 Aug 2020
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12:08 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Canteen worker arrested for making bomb hoax call to Mangaluru airport

A labourer was arrested for allegedly making a hoax call about a bomb at Mangaluru International Airport on Thursday.

According to the police, Vasanth (33), a resident of Karkala taluk in Udupi district, had sent a text and called former airport director M R Vasudeva, and told him that a bomb was planted at the Mangaluru airport on Wednesday.

“After Vasudeva received the threat call, he informed airport director VV Rao. Rao immediately activated the bomb threat assessment committee of Mangaluru International airport and checked the entire airport but found nothing,” police said.

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09:37 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Mysuru zoo gets 3 African hunting cheetahs from South Africa

Mysuru Zoo in Karnataka has acquired one male and two female African hunting Cheetah from Ann Van Dyke Cheetah Centre at Johannesburg, South Africa as part of the Animal Exchange Programme. Three cheetah’s aged 14, 15 (female) and 16 months were flown in to Bengaluru from South Africa via Singapore on Monday afternoon. From the airport, zoo authorities brought the three big cats to the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden in Mysuru by road on Tuesday.

Speaking to Indian Express, Ajit Kulkarni, Executive Director of the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, said, “The three Cheetahs are now isolated and kept under observation under care of the veterinary team and made to acclimatise to the city’s weather condition. After the quarantine period, Cheetahs will be available for public display.”

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09:07 (IST)20 Aug 2020
816 frontline workers tested Covid-19 positive so far: BBMP

As many as 816 sanitation workers (pourakarmikas), supervisors, drivers, and helpers engaged in solid waste management processes in the city have tested positive for COVID-19, Bengaluru's local civic body BBMP informed the High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday.

During the hearing of public interest litigations related to issues around pandemic management in the city, the data submitted by BBMP added that 423 of them have been hospitalised, 341 are admitted to Covid Care centres and 52 are in home isolation.

Further, 11,902 Rapid Antigen Tests and 3,872 RT-PCR tests have been conducted for the frontline workers, the civic administration informed

08:30 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Bengaluru Violence: Former Mayor Sampath Raj PA arrested

The CCB police on Wednesday arrested Arun Kumar, the nephew and personal assistant of Former Mayor and corporator Sampath Raj.

According to police, Arun was picked up for questioning after the CCB police discovered he had made 11 phone calls to Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) leader Muzammil Pasha and others, who were already arrested.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant visited DJ Halli and KG Halli police stations and held a review meeting with officers.

08:29 (IST)20 Aug 2020
KCET results postponed to Aug 21 due to 'technical reasons'

The declaration of the results of the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) has been postponed to Friday (August 21). The results were expected to be announced today.

Confirming the same, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan Wednesday said, "The results of the CET exam, which was due to be announced on August 20 will now be announced on August 21 (Friday) due to technical reasons."

The Minister, also in charge of Higher Education, added that the results will be made available to the public at 12.30 pm at http://karresults.nic.in

08:28 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Ganesha idols can be kept in public only for 3 days, only one idol per ward: BBMP

Following the Karnataka state government's decision to relax Covid-19 guidelines to allow celebrations of the Gauri-Ganesha festival, Bengaluru's local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has imposed certain restrictions to the same, permitting only one Ganesha idol per ward being the most important.

As per the norms announced by BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad on Wednesday, the idols can be kept only for three days in public places, at designated spots. Social distancing will have to be ensured and all devotees will have to wear a mask, he added.

"On submitting proposals to the zonal Joint Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police, the decision as to who can install the idol in the ward will be taken by them," Prasad said.

08:28 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Yediyurappa rivals in BJP trying to use Bengaluru violence to topple him, says Siddaramaiah

Former chief minister and leader of the Congress in Karnataka legislature Siddaramaiah has alleged that rivals of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in the BJP are using the recent violence in east Bengaluru to undermine the chief minister.

“BJP is clearly divided into 2 factions. One that is closer to RSS is trying to take the advantage of Kaval Byrasandra incident to topple BSY’s position,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.

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08:27 (IST)20 Aug 2020
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hyderabad coronavirus news update, hyderabad covid-19 black market, covid-19 drugs black market, According to the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, the state has so far conducted over 20 lakh COVID-19 tests from March 23 to August 16. (Representational)

Meanwhile, in a bid to make the process of Covid-19 testing faster and transparent, the Karnataka government Wednesday announced the establishment of an online portal to help people collect their Covid test results.

“Now, Covid-19 test results can be obtained by feeding in the Specimen Referral Form (SRF) ID at https://covidwar.karnataka.gov.in/service1,” officials of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services informed.

READ | Karnataka govt launches web portal to get Covid-19 test results

At the same time, former chief minister and leader of the Congress in Karnataka legislature Siddaramaiah has alleged that rivals of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in the BJP are using the recent violence in east Bengaluru to undermine the chief minister.

“BJP is clearly divided into 2 factions. One that is closer to RSS is trying to take the advantage of Kaval Byrasandra incident to topple BSY’s position,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.

READ | Yediyurappa rivals in BJP trying to use Bengaluru violence to topple him, says Siddaramaiah

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