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Karnataka Bengaluru February 19 Highlights: CM Yediyurappa to table Karnataka’s budget on March 8

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News February 19 Highlights: The legislature session will commence on March 4 and the first two days will be set aside for discussion related to “one nation-one election”.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: February 22, 2021 8:13:26 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News February 19 Highlights: The Karnataka Budget for 2021-22 will be presented by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa in the State legislature on March 8.

The legislature session will commence on March 4 and the first two days will be set aside for discussion related to “one nation-one election”. The legislature session is expected to conclude by the end of March.

Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, who also holds the finance portfolio, has begun Budget-related meetings with Ministers and officials of various departments and taking inputs from them regarding budget.

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18:39 (IST)19 Feb 2021
Sudden rain takes Bengaluru city by surprise

Heavy rains lashed Bengaluru for over an hour on Friday evening, causing waterlogging and traffic jams in many areas.

Vehicular movement was slow on MG Road, Residency Road, Cubbon Road, Richmond Road in the central business district, Shivajinagar, Peenya, Tumkur road, Yeshwantpur, Mysore Road, Majestic area, Sanjaynagar and Malleshwaram . 

Motorists had a tough time moving on the waterlogged roads.

18:09 (IST)19 Feb 2021
Reservation demands: Govt discussing modalities regarding way forward, says CM

The Karnataka government was discussing modalities on the way forward following demands by various communities in the state to revise the existing reservation, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Friday. 

"I have discussed it at the cabinet meeting (on Thursday), all the Ministers have expressed their opinion, discussions are on regarding the way forward....how and what is to be done," Yediyurappa told reporters in response to a question.

The state government is facing demands for revision of the existing quota from various communities, including the dominant Vokkaliga and Veerashaiva-Lingayat.

After the cabinet meeting on Thursday, Home and Law Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said that the Chief Minister took note of opinions expressed by various Ministers and suggested about the government taking suggestions from legal experts and also reviewing court orders in this regard. (PTI)

17:06 (IST)19 Feb 2021
Toolkit case: Disha Ravi sent to 3-day judicial custody

A Delhi court on Friday sent climate activist Disha Ravi, arrested in the toolkit case, to three-day judicial custody.

Producing Ravi before the Patiala House court, the Delhi Police had sought her custody, saying she needed to be confronted with co-accused in the case.

Appearing on behalf of the police, public prosecutor told the court that during interrogation, Ravi shifted the blame on co-accused Shantanu and Nikita. Ravi needs to be confronted with Shantanu when he joins the probe on February 22, and that is why the police needs her in custody for three days, the prosecutor reasoned.

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16:35 (IST)19 Feb 2021
Three killed in bus mishap in Tumakuru

Three people were killed while nearly 30 others were injured in a bus mishap near Sira in Tumakuru, police said on Friday.

The incident happened on Thursday evening when the bus ferrying nearly 50 people overturned near a curve near Mekerahalli, they said. The victims were heading for a reception at Maligehatti, after attending a wedding at Bettashambaganahalli, when the incident happened.

The injured were shifted to hospitals in Sira and Tumakuru, officials said. (PTI)

15:45 (IST)19 Feb 2021
New Covid-19 guidelines for international passengers: here’s what has changed

With newer variants of Covid-19 emerging and finding occurrences in India, the Centre has refreshed its guidelines for international arrival in a bid to curb the spread of the virus with a specific focus on those arriving into the country from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa.

These new Standard Operating Procedures are applicable for all incoming international travellers coming in from the UK, Brazil or South Africa transiting through flights originating from the UK, Europe and Middle East. The broader categorisation for these locations has been done because there are no direct flights between India, and Brazil and South Africa; and most of the passengers arriving from these countries arrive through transiting flights from Europe or Middle East.

In addition to the usual procedures of filing out a self-declaration form and submitting it on the Air Suvidha portal at http://www.newdelhiairport.in, those arriving on flights from the UK, Europe and the Middle East will have to get an RT-PCR test done prior to their flight and will be mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at the Indian port of entry. If the outcome of these tests at the airport is negative, the passengers have to undergo home quarantine for seven days and then get re-tested. If they again test negative, they must self-monitor their health for another seven days. However, in case they test positive at any stage after arrival, they will be put in isolation and the treatment protocols will be applicable.

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15:07 (IST)19 Feb 2021
Bengaluru police arrest man attempting to dell country-made rifles

CK Acchukattu police in Bengaluru have arrested Lingaraju, a native of Kanakapura, Ramanagara district while trying to sell country-made rifles (Single barrel) near Ittamadu in Bengaluru and recovered 11 rifles.

13:56 (IST)19 Feb 2021
Over 2000 ERSS vehicles with Bengaluru City Police undergo inspection at City Armed Reserve Headquarters

More than 2000 Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) vehicles, including buses, vans, four-wheelers, and bikes serving with Bengaluru City Police are being thoroughly inspected by a team of senior officers at City Armed Reserve (CAR) HQ, Mysuru Road.

"This week-long exercise is aimed to improve the maintenance, fuel efficiency of the vehicles and also the safety of the policemen using them," Bengaluru city Police commissioner said.

13:10 (IST)19 Feb 2021
I-T raids at Karnataka medical colleges unearth ‘cash for seat’ scam, Rs 402 cr found

The Income-Tax (I-T) department raids at several medical colleges across Karnataka Wednesday have found malpractices in admissions to MBBS, BDS, and PG courses. I-T sleuths also found over Rs 400 crore unaccounted cash in the name of capitation fee, officials said Thursday evening. Nine major trusts, registered in Bengaluru and Mangaluru, running educational institutes, including medical colleges, were raided.

Cash amounting to Rs. 15.09 crore, gold jewellery of 81 kg (valued at Rs. 30 crore), 50 carat diamonds and 40 kg of silver articles have been found from the residential premises of the trustees and are prime facie, unexplained. Evidence of undisclosed foreign assets of Rs 2.39 crore in Ghana has also been found apart from evidence of huge investments in 35 luxury cars in benami names.

The residences of trustees of several medical colleges and hospitals in Bengaluru, Tumakuru, Davangere, and Mangaluru were also searched Wednesday.

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12:02 (IST)19 Feb 2021
Disha Ravi case: Delegation of advocates, farmers unions submits memorandum to home minister demanding action against Delhi police

A delegation of advocates, farmers groups, workers unions and others met Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday morning and submitted a memorandum asking for action on the alleged criminal arrest of climate activist Disha Ravi by Delhi police. 

The delegation also sought the home minister to issue directions to Bengaluru police to register a FIR against Anil Vij, Haryana minister for his hateful tweet against Disha Ravi, calling for her extermination.

11:07 (IST)19 Feb 2021
I-T Dept unearths cash-for-seat scam in Karnataka medical colleges; searches reveal undisclosed amount of over Rs 402 cr

The Income Tax (IT) raids on several medical colleges across Karnataka on Wednesday have unearthed cash-for-seat malpractices in admission to MBBS, BDS, and PG seats and over Rs 400 crore blackmoney has been generated in the name of capitation fee by these institutions, IT department said on Thursday evening.

A statement issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said these alleged irregularities were found after nine major trusts, registered in Bengaluru and Mangaluru, running educational institutes, including medical colleges were raided on Wednesday.

“Searches were conducted at 56 different locations across Karnataka and Kerala. During the course of the search and seizure operation it was found that the transparent selection process to Medical colleges through NEET has been subverted by Trustees and key persons running these Medical Colleges in collusion with agents/brokers and some students who got high ranks in NEET Examination,” read a release.

The searches by the central agency have resulted in seizure of cash amounting to Rs. 15.09 crore. Gold Jewellery of 81 Kg (valued at Rs. 30 crore), 50 carat diamonds and 40 kg of silver articles have been found from the residential premises of the trustees and are prime facie, unexplained. Evidence of undisclosed foreign assets of Rs. 2.39 crore in Ghana has also been found apart from evidence of huge investments in 35 Luxury cars in benami names.

The residences of trustees of several medical colleges and hospitals in Bengaluru, Tumakuru, Davangere, and Mangaluru were searched on Wednesday.

10:08 (IST)19 Feb 2021
CM Yediyurappa to table Karnataka's budget on March 8

The Karnataka Budget for 2021-22 will be presented by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa in the State legislature on March 8.

The legislature session will commence on March 4 and the first two days will be set aside for discussion related to “one nation-one election”. 

The legislature session is expected to conclude by the end of March.

Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, who also holds the finance portfolio, has begun Budget-related meetings with Ministers and officials of various departments and taking inputs from them regarding budget.

09:27 (IST)19 Feb 2021
Bengaluru airport now connects 61 domestic destinations, mostly non-metro cities

Bengaluru Airport now connects 61 destinations across the country, indicating a positive trend in air travel to non-metro cities. Putting out a statement on Thursday, Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) said that the airport catered to 58 domestic destinations before the onset of the pandemic.

“The new additions are Jorhat (IndiGo), Gorakhpur (IndiGo) and Jharsuguda (SpiceJet) that commenced operations in January 2021. Further cementing its position as one of the best-connected airports in the country, (the Bengaluru) airport will soon have flights to five new destinations that are Rajkot, Durgapur (SpiceJet) and Dibrugarh (IndiGo) later this month, followed by Agra and Kurnool in March 2021,” read the statement issued by BIAL.

Silchar, Darbhanga, Amritsar, Nashik, and Jabalpur were the other new destinations that were announced earlier in the Financial Year 2020-’21, taking the overall tally of new routes for the fiscal to 13. “The enhanced connectivity to regional and non-metro routes from Bengaluru Airport further accentuates the focus of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, on improving India’s regional connectivity,” the statement further said.

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09:06 (IST)19 Feb 2021
Karnataka: 2 ex-CMs question Ram temple funds drive, BSY justifies

Two former chief ministers of Karnataka have questioned the authenticity of an ongoing door-to-door fund collection drive in the state by Hindutva organisations, including VHP, for construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Siddaramaiah of the Congress and H D Kumaraswamy of JD(S) have raised concern that the collection drive lacks transparency, as people whose associations cannot be verified are purportedly knocking at homes around the state to collect funds.

The two former CMs spoke on the issue this week shortly after Kumaraswamy claimed that some people came to his house and demanded funds, allegedly in an intimidatory tone. He said their authenticity was unverifiable.

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08:39 (IST)19 Feb 2021
State reports 406 COVID-19 infections, six fatalities

Karnataka on Thursday reported 406 fresh coronavirus infections and six deaths, taking the total cases and fatalities to 9,46,860 and 12,282 respectively, the health department said.

According to the health bulletin, so far, 9,28,767 people had been discharged cumulatively with 306 discharges on Thursday. There were 5,792 active cases and 125 of them were in the intensive care units of various hospitals, it said. 

More than half of the cases and fatalities of the day was contributed by Bengaluru urban district, which reported 256 fresh infections and four deaths. Cumulatively, the city has reported 4,03,027 infections, 4,441 deaths, 3,94,472 discharges, including 121 on Thursday, and 4,113 active cases. 

Besides Bengaluru which reported four deaths, Dharwad and Tumakuru districts accounted for one each. There were zero infections and fatalities in Bagalkote, Ballari, Chikkamagaluru, Haveri and Kodagu whereas, one infection and zero fatality was reported in Chamarajanagar and Koppal. 

As many as 59,635 tests were done on Thursday, taking the total tests so far to 1.81 crore, the department added.

08:18 (IST)19 Feb 2021
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Cumulatively, Bengaluru has reported 4,03,027 infections, 4,441 deaths, 3,94,472 discharges, including 121 on Thursday, and 4,113 active cases. Besides Bengaluru which reported four deaths, Dharwad and Tumakuru districts accounted for one each. There were zero infections and fatalities in Bagalkote, Ballari, Chikkamagaluru, Haveri and Kodagu whereas, one infection and zero fatality was reported in Chamarajanagar and Koppal.

As many as 59,635 tests were done on Thursday, taking the total tests so far to 1.81 crore, the department added.

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