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Karnataka Bengaluru April 2 Highlights: State reports 4234 fresh cases, 18 deaths as cases continue to rise

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 2 Highlights: The state’s cumulative tally went past the 1-million mark, with 10,01,238 people contracting the infection since March 8 last year.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 5, 2021 8:13:21 am
A total of 1,15,372 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. Express Photo: Gurmeet Singh

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News April 2 Highlights: Karnataka reported 4,234 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, with Bengaluru Urban again topping the tally with 2,906 cases. The number of recoveries statewide stood at 1,599, with Bengaluru Urban accounting for 719.

A total of 1,15,372 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, while the daily test positivity rate across the state was at 3.65 per cent. The toll rose to 12,585 as 18 more people succumbed to the infection. The state’s cumulative tally went past the 1-million mark, with 10,01,238 people contracting the infection since March 8 last year.

Other districts that reported bulk cases on Thursday were Bidar (218), Kalaburagi (144), Mysuru (109) and Tumkur (102). A total of 39,465 people, across age groups, were inoculated on the day.

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18:32 (IST)02 Apr 2021
IN PICS | First batch of women military police soldiers undergo training in Bengaluru

The first batch of 100 women military soldiers are pusruing training at CMP Centre & School in Bengaluru. Their passing-out parade is scheduled to be held on May 8 later this year, Defence PRO confirms. 

"These women are mostly graduates and two (of them) have joined ranks after post graduation. There are many national players among them. These women have broken the stereotype thought-process of patriarchal society," a statement issued on Friday read. 

The women soldiers were inducted into the rank and file of Corps of Military Police after which formal training began in January 2020. 

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18:29 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: BBMP Commissioner inspects COVID tracking management at Ulsoor PHC

A day after taking charge as the BBMP commissioner, Gaurav Gupta said visited the Ulsoor Primary Health Center in Bengaluru for an inspection to see if the covid link tracking management is adequately covered by the BBMP. "Covid has suggested further strengthening the tracking system of infected persons", he tweeted.

17:28 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Eight people detained for assaulting man in Mangaluru

Police have detained eight people in connection with the assault on a 24-year-old man after pulling him out of a Bengaluru-bound bus on Thursday night.

Addressing reporters in Mangaluru, city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said a group of people stopped a private bus at Kankanady and attacked the man for travelling with a woman belonging to a different caste. The attackers also stabbed him with a sharp weapon. He was admitted to a private hospital.

The man and the woman were known to each other and the latter was on her way to Bengaluru looking for a job in digital marketing, he said.

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15:51 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Health official suspended for giving Covid vaccine to Karnataka Minister at home

The health official who had given a COVID-19 vaccine to Karnataka Agriculture Minister B C Patil and his wife at their residence in violation of vaccination norms has been suspended.

In the order issued on March 26, Health and Family Welfare Commissioner Dr K V Thrilok Chandra said he has suspended Dr Z R Makhandar, the Taluk Health Officer of Hirekerur in Haveri district from government service pending inquiry for dereliction of duty.

The order said that despite repeated training and instructions, the vaccine was given to the minister at his residence. The health official has been directed not to leave the work place without prior permission till the inquiry is completed.

The minister took the jab on March 2 at his residence, a day after the people above 60 years of age and people above 45 years with comorbidities were permitted to take vaccines. (PTI)

After taking the shot, the Minister posted the photograph on his Twitter handle drawing widespread criticism for violation of norms. Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar too expressed his displeasure over the violation of norms. (PTI)

14:25 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Cave belonging to megalithic era found in Udupi

A cave found during the renovation work of Sri Anantha Padmanabha temple at Paniyadi in Udupi district recently belongs to the megalithic period, according to T Murugeshi, associate professor of ancient history and archaeology at MSRS College in Shirva. In a statement, Murugeshi said he visited the renovation site on Thursday and found it was a rock-cut cave after examining it. The cave belongs to 800 BC and is 2,000 years old in antiquity, he said.

Similar megalithic rock-cut caves have been found at Pavanje Subrahmanya temple, Sooda Subrahmanya temple, Sasturu Subrahmanya temple and other places in coastal Karnataka. Murugeshi said the discovery is unique in understanding the antiquity of the Phanis. Pani and Haadi, together forming Paniyadi, means settlement of Phanis. Phanis were referred to in the Mahabharata and the Puranas as ancient original inhabitants of the country. 

Places such as Paniyur, Paniyadi in Udupi district indicate the existence of Phanis settlements in the past. Phanis were famous for their Naga worship while Naga was their totemic emblem. Paniyadi's presiding deity Anantha Padbhanabha was also related with Naga worship. Iconographically, he was Para Vasudeva, a Vaishnavate God. He sits on the Naga coil and the Naga hood stands high on his head.

A similar icon found in Keelinje near Udupi belongs to 10th century AD, while the Paniyadi deity belongs to 14th Century AD, he said. The Anantha Padmanabha temple belongs to Udupi Puttige Mutt and its renovation was undertaken by the mutt with the help of villagers.

While digging earth for constructing the outer wall of the temple on March 23, the cave was found eight feet below the surface to the north of the temple. (PTI)

13:41 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Fuel prices in Bangalore today

Petrol and diesel prices remained steady across the country for the third straight day on Friday, April 2, 2021. The auto fuel prices were last changed on March 30, when petrol fell by 22 paise per litre and diesel slipped by 23 paise in the national capital.

The price of petrol per litre in Bengaluru is Rs. 93.59, while diesel is priced at Rs. 85.75 per litre.

13:01 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Eshwarappa letter row: Siddaramaiah demands President’s rule in Karnataka

A day after senior Karnataka BJP minister K S Eshwarappa accused Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa of “serious lapses” in a letter to Governor Vajubhai Vala, Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah on Thursday demanded President’s rule in the state.

“The allegations made by senior minister Eshwarappa are of serious nature. The Governor should intervene, dismiss the government and recommend for President’s rule (in Karnataka),” the senior Congress leader said in a statement.

Siddaramaiah termed the five-page letter as “evidences for BJP’s corruption, nepotism and irregularities” in the state. “We had been saying this since day one and their own party ministers are repeating now,” the former Karnataka CM added.

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13:00 (IST)02 Apr 2021
NIA files charge-sheet against 2 ISIS sympathisers

The NIA Thursday filed a charge-sheet against two alleged Islamic State sympathisers for their alleged involvement in forming a group to further the activities of the dreaded global terror group in India, an official said. Abdul Cader and Irfan Nasir have been charged before a special court in Bengaluru under sections of the IPC and the UA (P) Act, the NIA official said. 

They were part of a terrorist group which identified impressionable Muslim youths, motivated and radicalised them, and provided funds for their visit to Syria to further the ideology and activities of the banned terrorist group IS or ISIS, the official said.

The case was registered by the NIA in September last year after the examination of Dr Abdur Rahman in an Islamic State Khorasan province case, who was motivated and sent to Syria to join the ISIS in 2013-14 by the terrorist group formed by the accused in the case, according to the NIA official.

The NIA had busted the ISIS module wherein, the names of various persons responsible for radicalising and funding the visits of Muslim youth from Bengaluru/Karnataka to ISIS-controlled areas emerged, the official said. Cader, Nasir and some of their associates, who are members of the Hizb-ut-Tahrir, an international Islamist and fundamentalist organisation, had formed a group namely "Quran Circle" to further their ISIS-related activities, the NIA official said.

Based on the forensic examination of digital devices seized during the search and meticulous analysis of funds raised and provided by the members of Quran Circle, roles of various accused/suspects located abroad and in India, emerged which are under investigation in the case, the official said. (PTI)

12:17 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Karnataka KSET 2021: Admit card, exam pattern and other details

The Karnataka SET exam is conducted by the University of Mysore. This year, the examination is scheduled to be held on April 11 as per announcements on the official website kset.uni-mysore.ac.in. The KSET 2021 is being conducted to determine the eligibility of otherwise qualified candidates, to apply for the post of Assistant Professor in Universities & Colleges of Karnataka. 

KSET 2021 registrations are already over and eligible applicants can expect the KSET Centre to release the admit card by the next week. KSET 2021 admit card will release online at the official website kset.uni-mysore.ac.in. It is issued through individual candidate login before the exam. Candidates have to download it and carry a printed copy to the designated exam centre.

As per the official notification, candidates are required to read the instructions carefully and follow them during the exam. Some of the most important information to note are the reporting time, exam centre address etc. It may be noted that candidates have been advised by the Centre to report to the exam centre at least two hours before the exam commencement time. 

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11:37 (IST)02 Apr 2021
‘Sex CD case’: Woman’s father approaches Karnataka HC

The father of the woman, said to be featured in the ‘sex video’ allegedly involving former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, has approached the Karnataka High Court questioning the police recording his daughter’s statement.

The father said in his petition that his daughter was a victim of circumstances and politics and her indecent video was aired by various media. He said he contacted her only to realise that she has been victimised and was under tremendous pressure.

“In the course of investigation, the petitioner has learnt that the statement of his daughter is recorded under section 164 of the CrPC … throwing all legal norms to the winds,” the petition said.

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11:06 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Four including two Central Water Commission officials killed in accident in Vijayanagara

Four people, including two officials of the Central Water Commission, were killed and six others seriously injured in a head-on-collision between two sports utility vehicles on Thursday afternoon in Vijayanagara district, police said.

The injured have been shifted to the nearby hospital. According to police, the accident took place on the National Highway-50 near Haruwanahalli. 

The deceased have been identified as Ramaswamy (50), Jitendra (50), Kavya (30) and Sharanabasava (10), all residents of Bengaluru. (PTI)

10:34 (IST)02 Apr 2021
23 taluks in Karnataka identified as landslides prone

A total of 23 taluks in Karnataka have been identified as landslides prone, and an expert panel has recommended strengthening the District Level Disaster Management Committee and devising an action plan pertaining to prevention, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Thursday.

The expert committee constituted under the leadership of Ananth Hegde Ashisara, Chairman of Karnataka Biodiversity Board, to study landslide hit regions, submitted it's final report to the Chief Minister in Bengaluru on Thursday.

The committee has provided guidelines for the protection of rivers and valleys in the vulnerable areas of Western Ghats and the coastal region. It has also given several significant scientific suggestions and relief measures for the prevention of landslides, Yediyurappa said.

The committee has made numerous recommendations for the prevention of landslides, relief measures and reconstruction, the CMO quoted him as saying in a release. Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) has identified 23 taluks in the state which are prone to landslides, he said.

"The committee has recommended strengthening the District Level Disaster Management Committee. It has also recommended to prepare an action plan  pertaining to prevention of landslides." The Government of Karnataka will examine the recommendations and take necessary steps, the CM added. (PTI)

09:54 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Bengaluru: IISc resarchers develop artificial enzymes to block replication of HIV

In a path-breaking discovery, a team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru have developed artificial enzymes that can successfully block reactivation and replication of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the host’s immune cells.

According to the team, these “nanozymes”, made from vanadium pentoxide nanosheets, work by mimicking a natural enzyme called glutathione peroxidase that helps reduce oxidative stress levels in the host’s cells, which is required to keep the virus in check.

“The advantage is that the nanozymes are stable inside biological systems and do not mediate any unwanted reactions inside the cells,” says Mugesh. “They are also quite easy to prepare in the lab,” Govindasamy Mugesh, Professor at the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry.

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09:15 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Over 45,000 cases, 210 deaths: how the second Covid-19 wave hit Karnataka

After being one of the key contributors to the country’s Covid-19 caseload till mid-October last year, Karnataka had been experiencing a declining trend in terms of people catching the infection. However, from the beginning of March, this year, the situation began to change again as the state began to report a fresh surge in cases, in first signs of a second wave.

With daily test positivity rates (TPR) shooting up by over six times, the number of cases reported from across the state also kept rising. Just to put the numbers in context, the TPR, which was 0.62 per cent on February 28, rose to 3.89 per cent on March 31.

However, different to the trend seen last year, the state reported most new cases among people aged 40 or less. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa noted the difference after key meetings with public health experts and the Covid-19 technical advisory committee (TAC). “New cases are being reported more among people in the age group of 20 to 40 years,” the CM said, directing officials to enhance tracing, testing and treatment of cases to tamp down the surge to the extent possible.

The state reported 45,753 new cases and 210 deaths in March alone. Bengaluru Urban continued to be the top contributor to the caseload and also topped the toll among 30 districts in the state. As per data issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, the district saw 29,190 new Covid patients, with 140 of them succumbing to the infection between March 1 and 31.

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08:50 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Karnataka suspends physical classes for Classes 6 to 9 in Bengaluru

With coronavirus cases surging in Bengaluru, the Karnataka government on Thursday announced the suspension of regular classes for standard six to nine in Bengaluru urban district with immediate effect.

'Keeping in view the increasing COVID cases, the physical classes for standard six to nine has been stopped with immediate effect till the next order,' state Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said in a statement. The decision was taken in view of the health of students in this age group, he added.

However, the regular classes for Class 10 students will continue. The regular physical classes for standard six to nine in other parts of the state will continue as it is subject to the condition that decisions will be taken keeping in view the situation in future.

Regarding exams, the minister clarified that the directions on holding the exams for classes six to nine will be taken in the coming days. 

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08:29 (IST)02 Apr 2021
Eshwarappa letter: BJP leaders back CM Yediyurappa, say minister’s move inappropriate

A day after Karnataka BJP minister KS Eshwarappa submitted a formal complaint against Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to Governor Vajubhai Vala for “interfering” in the affairs of his Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (RDPR) department, some ministers termed the former’s actions “inappropriate.”

“If he (Eshwarappa) had any objection, they had to be discussed with the CM first. Instead of meeting the Governor, who merely works on the advice of the Council of Ministers, he should have tried to resolve the matter internally. Taking it to the Governor is not appropriate,” Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said in Bengaluru.

Earlier on Wednesday, Eshwarappa had accused the CM of making allocations worth Rs 774 crore from the RDPR department bypassing him. When asked about this, Revenue Minister R Ashoka said he found “nothing wrong” in the CM exercising his powers to reallocate funds.

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08:22 (IST)02 Apr 2021
State reports 4234 fresh cases, 2906 from Bengaluru Urban alone

Karnataka reported 4,234 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, with Bengaluru Urban again topping the tally with 2,906 cases. The number of recoveries statewide stood at 1,599, with Bengaluru Urban accounting for 719.

A total of 1,15,372 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, while the daily test positivity rate across the state was at 3.65 per cent. The toll rose to 12,585 as 18 more people succumbed to the infection. The state’s cumulative tally went past the 1-million mark, with 10,01,238 people contracting the infection since March 8 last year.

Other districts that reported bulk cases on Thursday were Bidar (218), Kalaburagi (144), Mysuru (109) and Tumkur (102). A total of 39,465 people, across age groups, were inoculated on the day.

08:21 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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A day after Karnataka BJP minister KS Eshwarappa submitted a formal complaint against Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to Governor Vajubhai Vala for “interfering” in the affairs of his Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (RDPR) department, some ministers termed the former’s actions “inappropriate.”

READ | Eshwarappa letter: BJP leaders back CM Yediyurappa, say minister’s move inappropriate

After being one of the key contributors to the country’s Covid-19 caseload till mid-October last year, Karnataka had been experiencing a declining trend in terms of people catching the infection. However, from the beginning of March, this year, the situation began to change again as the state began to report a fresh surge in cases, in first signs of a second wave. With daily test positivity rates (TPR) shooting up by over six times, the number of cases reported from across the state also kept rising.

READ | Over 45,000 cases, 210 deaths: how the second Covid-19 wave hit Karnataka

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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus April 1 Highlights

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