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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus January 28 Highlights: 44% of the designated beneficiaries vaccinated in state

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News January 28 Highlights: Cumulatively, the number of healthcare workers vaccinated since January 16 till 8.30 pm Wednesday stands at 2,66,155.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: January 29, 2021 8:15:43 am
COVID-19 vaccine, Coronavirus vaccineThe government has said the health warriors would be given priority followed by persons with co-morbidity. (Bloomberg)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News January 28 Highlights: An estimated 44 percent of designated beneficiaries earmarked for Wednesday were administered the COVID-19 vaccine in Karnataka, data showed.

With this, the total number of vaccinated in the state so far is 2,66,155, said the data released by the office of the state Health Minister. Out of the 79,022 targeted beneficiaries, 34,551 got the shot till 8.30 pm in 923 sessions.

Cumulatively, the number of healthcare workers vaccinated since January 16 till 8.30 pm Wednesday stands at 2,66,155. It is against the targeted 5,00,407 beneficiaries with a cumulative coverage of 53 per cent.

No major or severe AEFI (Adverse event following immunisation) cases were reported on Saturday, the Health Department said. The government has said the health warriors would be given priority followed by persons with co-morbidity.

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18:27 (IST)28 Jan 2021
BMTC to conduct Road Safety Month

With reference to observance of Nationwide Road Safety Month, Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is observing Road Safety Month from January 17 to 18 with a “Sadak Suraksha Jeevan Raksha” slogan to create awareness about road safety and to avoid accidents.

“BMTC, in coordination with Traffic Police Department training programmes will be conducted in all the depots and training institutes to create awareness amongst the drivers/conductors regarding traffic discipline, safety driving and the importance of observation of Road Safety Month,” BMTC said in a statement.

“Further, BMTC is conducting a health check up for it's drivers/conductors in view of safety measures,” it added.

16:50 (IST)28 Jan 2021
JD(S) to back anti-cow slaughter bill in Council: JD(S) MLC Horatti

Senior JD(S) MLC Basavarj Horatti on Thursday said his party will support the contentious anti-cow slaughter bill in the Karnataka Legislative Council, where it is yet to be tabled.

This is contrary to the regional party's earlier stand to oppose the bill. Both JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda and his son H D Kumaraswamy, who is the legislature party chief, had repeatedly said they are opposed to the anti-cow slaughter bill.

"Now, there's no question of defeating the bill," Horatti told reporters in response to a question about JD(S) supporting the bill.

"Naturally, in the council whenever the government changes, it's a question of the majority. If important bills are there, they'll be passed...JD(S) and the BJP have a total of 43 members (in the 75-member Council), so no question of defeating the bill. We will support the bill 100 per cent," he said.

This statement by Horatti about supporting the bill comes a day after JD(S) joined hands with the ruling BJP for the Legislative Council Chairman and Deputy Chairman post.

14:55 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Kannada poet Doddarange Gowda apologises for his ‘Hindi is national language’ comment

Noted Kannada poet, film lyricist and academician Doddarange Gowda issued an unconditional public apology after he recently stated that everyone must respect Hindi, as it is “a national language” of the country.

In a handwritten note, he wrote, “I never intended to carry Hindi on my head at the cost of Kannada. I am a devoted-worshipper of the Kannada language from the bottom of my heart. I carry Kannada on my head and not any other language.”

Further, he also added that he does not tolerate any kind of imposition of Hindi or English on Kannadigas. "I apologise if my words hurt the sentiments of Kannadigas," he said in the statement.

He faced backlash from people of Karnataka in an interview given to Kannada publication Prajavani after he was chosen to preside over the 86th annual session of the prestigious Kannada Sahitya Sammelan (Kannada Literature Conference) that is scheduled in Haveri next month.
  
Earlier in the interview published in the regional newspaper, he asserted that if foreign English language is accepted by Kannadigas, then why can’t they accept Hindi?

12:15 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Bengaluru International Airport to be partially shut for Aero India show

Bengaluru International Airport will partially close its commercial flight operations from January 30 to February 5, 2021 for rehearsal and main show for Aero India 2021.
 
“In order to ensure safety and pave the way for the success of the event, Bengaluru Airport will partially close commercial flight operations and also standby as the diversionary airport for flying display during the days of practice and the main show,” Bengaluru International Airport limited (BIAL) said in a statement.
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“BIAL is working with airlines and IAF to ensure minimal disruption to the existing schedule during the reduced operating hours,” BIAL added.

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12:01 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Karnataka: Sub-registrar accuses minister R Ashok’s PA of demanding bribe

A sub-registrar from Chikkamagaluru district in Karnataka has filed a complaint against Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka’s personal secretary for allegedly demanding a bribe.
 
In his complaint, sub-registrar H S Chaluvaraju said Gangadhar, an employee in Vidhana Soudha Secretariat’s office and deputed as a personal secretary for Ashoka allegedly demanded money from him during the minister’s visit to Sringeri on Sunday.
 
Sringeri town police registered a non-cognizable complaint on Monday and said they will seek the government’s permission to register an FIR. Chikkamagaluru SP Hakay Akshay Machindra confirmed receiving the complaint.
 
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11:24 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Senior JD(S) leader Managuli passes away

Senior JD(S) MLA and former Minister M C Managuli died due to age-related ailments at a private hospital in Bengaluru, sources said on Thursday. Managuli, 85, was suffering from breathing related issues. He died on Wednesday night.

He was elected from Sindagi in 1994 and 2018, and served as Minister twice in the H D Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) coalition government. 

Managuli is survived by two sons. His mortal remains are being shifted to Sindagi, sources said.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has condoled the passing away of Managuli and said in his death the state has lost a senior leader. Noting that Managuli was his long time political and personal associate, JDS patriarch and former Prime minister H D Deve Gowda said he was deeply pained. (PTI)

10:05 (IST)28 Jan 2021
BBMP identifies 1,509 illegal religious structures in Bengaluru

A survey conducted by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has identified 1,512 unauthorised or illegal religious structures in the city. 

According to survey data by the BBMP, the maximum number of illegal religious structures, including temples, churches, mosques, gurudwaras, are in the East zone (503), followed by South (427), Bommanahalli (203), West (129), Rajarajeshwarinagar (95), Mahadevapura (76), Dasarahalli (53) and Yelahanka (26). 

The BBMP ordered a survey of the structures on January 20 since the civic body has to submit a statement on action taken on the issue at the high court, which is likely to hold a hearing on the case on January 28.

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said, “We will prepare a plan of action for removing these illegal structures with assistance from the  Bengaluru police.”

09:32 (IST)28 Jan 2021
Bengaluru International Airport to be partially shut for Aero India show; Here is the schedule

Bengaluru International Airport will partially close its commercial flight operations from January 30 to February 5, 2021 due to rehearsal and main show for Aero India 2021. 

"In order to ensure safety and pave the way for the success of the event, Bengaluru Airport will partially close commercial flight operations and also standby as the diversionary airport for flying display during the days of practice and the main show," Bengaluru International Airport limited (BIAL) said in a statement. 

"BIAL is working with airlines and IAF to ensure minimal disruption to the existing schedule during the reduced operating hours," BIAL added. 

The BIAL and respective airlines will share timely communication on the change in airport operations and the revised flight timings during the Aero India show to avoid passenger inconvenience. Ancillary support such as airport taxis and bus services will be aligned to accommodate the anticipated increase in passenger traffic. "Information on airport operations will be made available on the BIAL website www.bengaluruairport.com. Passengers are advised to check with the respective airlines on the status of their flights," BIAL stated. 

At the Aero India venue, BIAL will showcase the pioneering DigiYatra project, a facial recognition solution for a seamless, hassle-free, and paperless journeys from the Kerb to boarding.

09:13 (IST)28 Jan 2021
CCB arrests two drug peddlers including Nigerian national

Bengaluru Central Crime Branch police on Thursday morning arrested two drug peddlers including a Nigerian national in Yelahanka, North Bengaluru. 

According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil, cops have seized 500 gms of MDMA drugs worth about Rs 25 lakhs.

Police have also seized three mobile phones,one weighing machine and one Honda bike.

08:35 (IST)28 Jan 2021
44% of the designated beneficiaries vaccinated in Karnataka

An estimated 44 percent of designated beneficiaries earmarked for Wednesday were administered the COVID-19 vaccine in Karnataka, data showed. With this, the total number of people vaccinated in the state so far is 2,66,155, said the data released by the office of the state Health Minister.

Out of the 79,022 targeted beneficiaries, 34,551 got the shot till 8.30 pm in 923 sessions. 

Cumulatively, the number of healthcare workers vaccinated since January 16 till 8.30 pm today stands at 2,66,155. It is against the targeted 5,00,407 beneficiaries with a cumulative coverage of 53 per cent.

No major or severe AEFI (Adverse event following immunisation) cases were reported on Saturday, the Health Department said. The government has said the health warriors would be given priority followed by persons with co-morbidity.

08:12 (IST)28 Jan 2021
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A sub-registrar from Chikkamagaluru district in Karnataka has filed a complaint against Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka’s personal secretary for allegedly demanding a bribe.

READ | Karnataka: Sub-registrar accuses minister R Ashok’s PA of demanding bribe

In his complaint, sub-registrar H S Chaluvaraju said Gangadhar, an employee in Vidhana Soudha Secretariat’s office and deputed as a personal secretary for Ashoka allegedly demanded money from him during the minister’s visit to Sringeri on Sunday.

Sringeri town police registered a non-cognizable complaint on Monday and said they will seek the government’s permission to register an FIR. Chikkamagaluru SP Hakay Akshay Machindra confirmed receiving the complaint.

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