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Karnataka Bengaluru February 8, 9 Highlights: Air India to resume airbus services between Hubballi and Mumbai from Feb 16

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News February 8, 9 Highlights: According to AI officials, the AI airbus will fly three days a week -- Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: February 10, 2021 8:29:54 am
Air IndiaThe services had been put on hold after COVID-19 outbreak in Mumbai emerged as a hotspot.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News February 8, 9 Highlights: Air India has decided to resume its flight services between Hubballi and Mumbai from February 16, months after it was suspended amid the pandemic outbreak. According to AI officials, the AI airbus will fly three days a week — Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

AI had commenced the flight services between the two cities from January 20, 2020 for four days a week. However, two months later, it was put on hold after COVID-19 outbreak in Mumbai emerged as a hotspot. After almost a year, the airlines decided to resume its February 16.

Sharing the information, the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Coals and Mines Pralhad Joshi tweeted, “The Air India has introduced flights (AirBus) between Hubballi and Mumbai 3 days a week, every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Flights service will start from February 16th.”

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17:29 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Need to create awareness about oral health, says Health minister

"There is a need to create awareness among rural people about dental health", said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar. Speaking on the occasion of International Dentists Day at Rajeev Gandhi University of Health sciences, the minister said that while people abroad go for dental check-ups at least twice a year, people in rural areas of our country visit the dentist only after the pain is irresistible. 

"There is lack of awareness regarding the dental care in India, we need to create awareness about this especially in rural area", he said. 

The minister added that people in rural areas  still use charcoal powder and are ignorant of using tooth paste even today. "We have very low dental treatment cost compared to other nations. People should make use of this to keep their dental health in good condition", said Dr.Sudhakar.

16:38 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Senior JD(S) MLC Basavaraj Horatti elected Karnataka Legislative Council Chairman

Senior JD(S) MLC Basavaraj Horatti was on Tuesday elected as the Chairman of the Karnataka Legislative Council, amid protests by Congress over the passage of "anti cow slaughterbill" in the House.

Horatti, a seven time MLC, who represents Karnataka west teachers constituency, was declared "unanimously" elected. After JD(S) MLCs proposed Horatti's name for the Chairman post, Congress legislators did not turn up at their seats to propose their candidate Naseer Ahmed's name. Following this the Deputy Chairman declared that Basavaraj Horatti has been elected as the Chairman of the Legislative Council "unanimously".
     
He has been a member of the Council for nearly 40 years now, starting from 1980. He had served as the Chairman (acting) of the Council from June 22 to December 12, 2018.

Horratti's election was certain as BJP and JD(S) had joined hands for the Council Chairman and Deputy Chairman post. (PTI)

15:21 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Air India to resume airbus services between Hubballi and Mumbai from Feb 16

Air India has decided to resume its flight services between Hubballi and Mumbai from February 16, months after it was suspended amid the pandemic outbreak. According to AI officials, the AI airbus will fly three days a week -- Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. 

AI had commenced the flight services between the two cities from January 20, 2020 for four days a week. However, two months later, it was put on hold after COVID-19 outbreak in Mumbai emerged as a hotspot. After almost a year, the airlines decided to resume its February 16.

Sharing the information, the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Coals and Mines Pralhad Joshi tweeted, "The Air India has introduced flights (AirBus) between Hubballi and Mumbai 3 days a week , every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Flights service will start from February 16th." (PTI)

14:09 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Citizens for Bengaluru submits demands for systemic approach to tackle footpath woes in Bengaluru to Chief Secretary Ravi Kumar

Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) volunteers submitted the demands of citizens for a systemic approach to pervasive footpath woes in Bengaluru to Karnataka Chief Secretary Ravi Kumar today. 

In the letter, the citizens demanded the Chief Secretary's office to pass a government order to appoint Zonal Pedestrian Safety Special Commissioners in each of the city's eight zones and one City-level Commissioner for Pedestrian Safety.

The volunteers also demanded monthly co-ordination meetings led by these commissioners between among BBMP, BWSSB, BESCOM, Smart City, UDD/DULT, BMTC (for bus shelters and bus bays) and the traffic police.

13:10 (IST)09 Feb 2021
IN PICS | Yediyurappa performs Gau Pooja at his residence

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa performed 'Gau Pooja' (cow worship) today morning at his official residence in the backdrop of passage of the controversial Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020, in the legislative council.

12:18 (IST)09 Feb 2021
CCB arrests Nigerian drug peddler, seize 100 gms of ecstacy tablets

Bengaluru CCB arrested a Nigerian drug peddler, Ifeanyi Ochechulwu Mike (41) and seized 100 gms of Ecstacy tablets and a Honda city car, all worth Rs 10 lakh.

A case was registered at Ramamurthy Nagar police station.

10:59 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Police recover cash, liquor from home of Bengaluru municipal officer following raids

The arrest of a Bengaluru Municipal officer on Monday led to the recovery of cash, liquor, government files and seals of his superiors, authorities said.

The assistant director in the Town Planning Department of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Devendrappa had demanded a bribe of Rs 40 lakh from Sigmis Breweries to issue an occupancy certificate to their completed building, the anti-corruption bureau said in a press release.

Based on a complaint, a trap was laid. When the executives of Sigmis paid Rs 20 lakh as the first instalment of the bribe, the sleuths caught Devendrappa red-handed.

A search in his car led to the recovery of cash totalling Rs 7.4 lakh and over 50 BBMP files, the release said. A raid on Devendrappa's residence led to the haul of 120 liquor bottles of high-end brands, a variety of cars, many bank accounts, fixed deposits and 430 BBMP files related to his department, it said.

Besides, the official was found to be having the seals of his superiors with him, it said. "The Excise Department will interrogate him separately for possessing huge quantity of liquor," the release said. (PTI)

10:01 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Karnataka: BJP pushes anti-cattle slaughter Bill through Council amid protests

The Karnataka government on Monday pushed the controversial Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020, through the legislative council amid Opposition uproar over the lack of an extended debate and denial of calls for reference to a select committee to address Opposition’s concerns over the Bill being “anti-farmer”.

Newly elected deputy chairman M K Pranesh of BJP, who is officiating in the Council after resignation of chairman K Prathapchandra Shetty last week, put the Bill to vote even as Opposition leaders tore up copies of the proposed law and flung it in air. They entered the well of the House against Pranesh’s decision to not allow an extended debate on the Bill.

The Bill was passed with a voice vote amid the pandemonium.

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09:13 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Bengaluru Urban records highest cases among districts

Karnataka recorded 328 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 9,42,846.

Among the districts, three cases each were recorded in Ballari, Chamarajanagara, Dharwada and Haveri, two each in Belagavi, Bengaluru Rural, Bidar, Chikkamagaluru and Uttara Kannada, 127 in Bengaluru Urban, four in Chikkaballapura, 13 each in Chitradurga and Kalaburagi, 40 in Dakshina Kannada, one each in Gadag, Kodagu, Koppala and Raichuru, 14 in Hassana, 11 in Kolara, six in Mandya, 48 in Mysuru, five each in Shivamogga and Vijayapura and eight each in Tumakuru and Udupi.

08:24 (IST)09 Feb 2021
Karnataka reports 328 fresh cases, 3 deaths

Karnataka recorded 328 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state tally to 9,42,846. The state recorded three deaths, two in Bengaluru Urban and one in Bengaluru Rural on Monday, putting the state toll at 12,239. One of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 350 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 9,24,654.

As of Monday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Karnataka is 5934. Among these, 143 patients have been admitted in ICUs across the state.

The COVID positivity rate on Monday was 0.67 per cent, while the case fatality rate was 0.91 per cent.

Around 25,121 people were covered during the state's COVID-19 vaccination drive in four districts on Monday

08:23 (IST)09 Feb 2021
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18:30 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Karnataka gets 31st district as govt issues notification carving Vijayanagara out of Ballari

Karnataka got its 31st district with the state government on Monday issuing an official gazette notification carving out a new Vijayanagara district from Ballari. The new district will have six taluks and Hosapete will be its headquarters. Kudligi, Hagaribommana halli, Kotturu, Hoovina Hadagali, and Harapanahalli are the other five taluks.

Ballari district will have five taluks- Ballari, Kurugodu, Siraguppa, Kampli, and Sanduru. Ballari taluk will remain its headquarters.

The state cabinet had given in principle approval for creation of Vijayanagara district on November 18 last year. The government's plan to create Vijayanagara district had run into opposition, especially from within the ruling BJP. (PTI)

17:41 (IST)08 Feb 2021
BIAL receives ACI's first-ever 'Voice of the Customer' recognition

Bengaluru International Airport Limited  (BIAL) has received global recognition from the Airports Council International World’s ‘Voice of the Customer’ initiative, for its continuous efforts to cater to passengers' needs amid the pandemic.

The ‘Voice of the Customer’ recognises airports that continued to prioritise their customers and remained committed to ensuring that their voice was heard during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Driven by a customer-centric mindset, BIAL ensured that stringent measures were in place at every passenger touch point to ensure that air travel was made as safe as possible during the pandemic. Under the #WeAreHereForYou umbrella, various campaigns were launched to spread the message and rebuild passenger confidence in air travel following the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020.

A dedicated webpage - Voice of BLR – was created on the BLR Airport website (https://www.bengaluruairport.com/travellers/passenger-services/voice-of-blr.html) to enable the availability of factual and updated information related to air travel during COVID-19. An FAQ series was launched to address potential travel-related COVID-19 queries of passengers. The FAQs were extended on social media platforms to share real-time information and updates on the evolving situation on travel and quarantine advisories issued by GoI, screening procedures and airport operations, among others.  

15:47 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Horatti, Naseer Ahmed file nominations for Legislative Council Chairman elections

The stage is set for the February 9 election to the post of Karnataka Legislative Council Chairman, with JD(S) MLC Basavaraj Horatti, supported by BJP and Congress' Naseer Ahmed filing their nominations on Monday. According to the official notification, today was the date for filing of nominations.

Horatti, flanked by BJP and JD(S) MLCs, including Ministers Kota Srinivas Poojary and MTB Nagaraj, filed his papers before the Council Secretary, while Ahmed was accompanied by Congress legislators.

The election was necessitated following the resignation of Congress' K Prathapachandra Shetty as the Chairman on February 4 to pre empt a no-confidence motion against him by the ruling BJP, and JD(S) extending support to it. (PTI)

Though Horatti is most certain to win as the numbers are clearly on his side, the opposition Congress, with the aim of ensuring a contest, has fielded Ahmed.

13:27 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Christian community has donated over Rs 1 crore for Ram temple construction: Dy CM Ashwath Narayan

Members of the Christian community in Bengaluru on Sunday contributed more than Rs one crore for the construction of Lord Ram temple in Ayodhya, the office of Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan said on Sunday. At a meeting with a group of community members convened by Narayan, they made the contribution to the ongoing "Nidhi
Samarpana Abhiyan" (fund raising drive), it said in a release.

Entrepreneurs, businessmen, educationists, NRIs, CEOs, marketing experts, social service activists and leaders of the Christian community participated in the meeting.

"BJP believes in pro-people actions and Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikas' as stated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is an inclusive party comprising all the minorities and this
philosophy of governance is being followed both at the Centre and the state," Narayan was quoted as saying in the release. (PTI)

12:16 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Healthcare delivery in India is poised to undergo a change at all stages: President Kovind

The health sector’s evolution calls for active involvement and participation of all stakeholders and use of innovation to bridge intent and execution, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Sunday as he noted that healthcare delivery in India is poised to undergo change at all stages. He also hoped that the world has learnt the right lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing the 23rd annual convocation of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, he said the evolution of the sector calls for active involvement and participation of all stakeholders and use of innovation to bridge intent and execution.

“Though COVID-19 seems to be one-of-a-kind health-crisis that happens rarely, a section of scientists has warned us to be prepared for similar challenges ahead. The world has, let us hope, learnt the right lessons,” he said, adding that the pandemic has taught the world that one cannot be safe if others are at risk and it is a lesson in universal brotherhood.

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11:20 (IST)08 Feb 2021
‘Kral Koor’ attempts to revive age-old pottery in Kashmir with Bengaluru touch

Saima Shafi is a civil engineer in the Public Works Department of Jammu and Kashmir but she is better known as ‘Kral Koor’, Kashmiri for ‘potter girl’ in the Valley and online. She is doing the task of bringing a centuries-old tradition back to modern Kashmiri kitchens — use of earthen utensils — thanks to a school in Bengaluru.

As pottery teachers are not common in the Valley, Shafi’s search for one led her to Bengaluru. There she took a crash course in the art of moulding clay into various shapes, including traditional Kashmiri utensils used in the kitchen.

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10:23 (IST)08 Feb 2021
Congress to field Naseer Ahmed for Legislative Council Chairman post

Congress in Karnataka on Sunday said it has decided to field its MLC Naseer Ahmed as party's candidate for the Legislative Council Chairman's election scheduled to be held on February 9.

"Congress has decided to field Naseer Ahmed as its candidate for the Legislative Council Chairman election, he is our candidate. Let's see which party will take what stand," state Congress President D K Shivakumar told reporters in Bengaluru.

According to an official notification, February 8 is the date for filing of nominations for the election to the post of Legislative Council Chairman, while election will take place the next day. The election has been necessitated following the resignation of K Prathapachandra Shetty as the Chairman on February 4.

BJP has announced its support to senior JD(S) MLC Basavaraj Horatti for the post of Chairman, in accordance with the pact between both parties. (PTI)

09:18 (IST)08 Feb 2021
A Lingayat sub-sect’s quota demand: context, implications

Politics around the Lingayat community has once again taken centre stage in Karnataka, with a section of BJP MLAs and seers in the community demanding inclusion of a large Lingayat sub-sect in an OBC quota category that provides 15% reservation in government jobs and education in the state.

Veerashaiva Lingayats have been provided 5% reservation under a special category called 3B. A sub-sect called the Panchamasali Lingayats — basically agriculturists who account for nearly 70% of Lingayats — have now risen in protest seeking reservations under the category 2A, which currently provides 15% reservations to backward castes. The demand has been raised by BJP MLA Basavaraj Patil Yatnal and two prominent seers, Jaya Basava Mruthyunjaya Swami and Vachananda Swami. A protest march and rallies in parts in north and central Karnataka since January 14 have put pressure on Yediyurappa to take a decision.

The main stand of the Panchamasali Lingayats is that the community has been denied benefits, and that large sections dependent on agriculture are socially, economically, and educationally backward.

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08:36 (IST)08 Feb 2021
With 250 fresh cases, Bengaluru Urban records highest cases among districts

Karnataka recorded 487 positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state tally to 9,42,518. The state recorded three deaths, two in Bengaluru Urban and one in Mysuru on Sunday, putting the state toll at 12,236. 

Among the districts, one case each was recorded in Ballari, Chamarajanagara, Raichuru, Ramanagara and Yadagiri, seven each in Belagavi, Kodagu and Vijayapura, five in Bengaluru Rural, 250 in Bengaluru Urban, 18 in Bidar, six each in Chikkaballapura and Davanagere, three each in Chikkamagaluru, Kolara and Uttara Kannada, 16 in Chitradurga, 30 in Dakshina Kannada, nine in Dharwada, 11 in Hassana, 20 in Kalaburagi, four each in Mandya and Shivamogga, 38 in Mysuru, 23 in Tumakuru and 12 in Udupi.

agricultural university, slaughterhouses, Kankreji cows, Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University, Jaffrabadi buffaloes, cattle farming, gujarat cow, guajrat beef ban, indian express The Bill was passed with a voice vote amid the pandemonium. (Representational)

The Karnataka government on Monday pushed the controversial Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020, through the legislative council amid Opposition uproar over the lack of an extended debate and denial of calls for reference to a select committee to address Opposition’s concerns over the Bill being “anti-farmer”.

READ | Karnataka: BJP pushes anti-cattle slaughter Bill through Council amid protests

Newly elected deputy chairman M K Pranesh of BJP, who is officiating in the Council after resignation of chairman K Prathapchandra Shetty last week, put the Bill to vote even as Opposition leaders tore up copies of the proposed law and flung it in air. They entered the well of the House against Pranesh’s decision to not allow an extended debate on the Bill.

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