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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus February 16 Highlights: State reports 368 new Covid cases, two fatalities

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News February 16 Highlights: The second dose of the coronavirus vaccination drive for frontline and healthcare workers started on Monday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: February 17, 2021 8:20:11 am
Ambulance, Bengaluru, COVID-19Ambulances seen parked by the side of a road in Bengaluru.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News February 16 Highlights: Karnataka on Monday clocked 368 new coronavirus cases and two deaths, taking the infection count and toll to 9,45,638 and 12,267 respectively, the health department said.

The second dose of the coronavirus vaccination drive for frontline and healthcare workers started on Monday, it said.

According to a department bulletin, a total of 9,26,664 people were discharged so far, including 430 on Monday. There were 5,772 active cases in the state which includes 128 in the ICU, the department added.

Bengaluru urban district reported 258 infections whereas both the fatalities of the day were reported in the city. Cumulatively, the city has reported 4,02,212 infections, 4,430 deaths, 3,93,883 discharges, including 227 on Monday, and 3,898 active cases.

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18:08 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Alumni of Mount Carmel College condemn arrest of Disha Ravi

Alumni of Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru have issued a statement in support of Disha Ravi and they have also condemned her arrest. 

So far, 330 people have signed in the statement issued on Tuesday evening. 

"We unconditionally express support to her, her family in this time of distress and are proud of the work she has undertaken in the field of climate change activism," said in the statement. 

Disha, who graduated from Mount Carmel College is a climate activist from Bengaluru. She was arrested in connection with the ‘toolkit’ controversy related to the farmers’ protest on social media.

17:57 (IST)16 Feb 2021
BBMP holds meeting with RWAs over Covid-19 protocols after 103 test positive for Covid-19 in a apartment

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) commissioner held a virtual meeting with all Residential Welfare Association's (RWA) in Bengaluru following 103 people testing positive in an apartment complex in Bommanahalli. 

On Tuesday, 103 people from the SNN lake view apartment complex in Bommanahalli in Bengaluru tested positive for Covid-19 after a party in the complex. 

The BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said, "The BBMP had put in place various measures, including isolating and quarantining those who had tested positive and intensifying contact tracing. Samples have been collected and sent for genome sequencing to the NIMHANS laboratory to ascertain the virus variant."

Recently, 40 students of a nursing college in Kaval Byrasandra tested positive for the virus. "The nursing college students have contracted the virus while visiting their hometowns in Kerala, the residents of the apartment may have contracted it at a social gathering where protocols had not been followed, he added.

17:46 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Emphasis to transform Health sector in the state budget: Health Minister Dr. K Sudhakar

Health sector will be a major focus area in the upcoming state budget that will be presented by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar on Tuesday. Addressing students during the graduation day ceremony of the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, the minister said that there are about 3 lakh staff serving in the Health Department. "But the service provided at Government hospitals is perceived to be not upto the mark. Doctors can change this perception if they serve with dedication and treat each patient as their kin", said the minister.

"Doctors will play a big role in realising the government's dream of building an Arogya Karnataka. More than 70% of our population reside in rural areas and 20-25% of the health facilities are in rural areas. Young medical professionals should come forward to serve in rural areas", Dr. Sudhakar appealed to graduating students.

Stating that the health sector has been a priority of the state, Dr. Sudhakar said that the government has started an initiative to revamp and upgrade PHCs. "Union Govt in its budget has allocated Rs.2.3 lakh crores for health sector which is an increase of 137% from previous year", he said.

"Student Life is a crucial period in everyone's life. Now you are stepping into the real world. But your learning should not stop here. Learning, research and innovation should be always part of your life. The role of doctors in fighting the pandemic has been commendable and I appreciate their efforts", the minister said.

"It is a matter of great pride that India could develop and manufacture vaccine for Covid-19 within 10 months. So far, we have vaccinated 5 lakh healthcare workers and frontline workers in the state", he added.

17:14 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Toolkit case: DCW sends notice to Delhi Police, seeks detailed report on Disha Ravi’s arrest

The Delhi Commission for Women has sent a notice to the Delhi Police on the arrest of 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi in the ‘toolkit’ case and sought a report on issues like why she was not provided a lawyer of her choice when produced before a court here.

Taking cognisance of media reports, the panel in a statement, issued on Tuesday, also said that Ravi was produced before a court in Delhi without a lawyer of her choice being present there.

The activist was arrested from Bengaluru on Saturday by the Delhi Police for allegedly creating and sharing a protest toolkit backing the farmers’ agitation against the Centre’s new agri laws.

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16:20 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Cites Rs 2,800 crore loan default: Karnataka HC upholds travel curbs on UAE businessman

The Karnataka High Court has upheld travel restrictions imposed on Indian-origin UAE businessman B R Shetty, who was denied permission to board his flight from India to Abu Dhabi in November last year, saying that the amount he owes Indian public sector banks “is more than one third of the annual budget of a state like Sikkim”.

Shetty, who founded the firm NMC Health in the UAE with interests in the pharmaceutical, hospitality, healthcare and foreign exchange businesses, is facing over 34 cases in the Emirates over bank loan repayments caused by a huge debt burden in his businesses

The Bank of Baroda and the Punjab National Bank had issued Lookout Circulars dated May 8, 2020 and July 18, 2020 to prevent Shetty from leaving India.

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15:41 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Minister does U-turn on BPL cards, says no definite BPL parameters exist

A day after his statement on Below Poverty Line ration card holders sparked a row, Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Minister Umesh Katti on Tuesday did a U-turn, saying there were no definite parameters for BPL and APL card holders over availing benefits.

The minister emphasised that the BJP government in Karnataka headed by B S Yediyurappa was pro-poor and was committed to distributing more BPL cards. It will continue to give free foodgrains such as Ragi, corn and rice, he added.

Having come under attack from the Congress and the JD(S), Katti told reporters here there were no definite parameters for BPL and APL (Above Poverty Line) and there was no need for anyone to worry as the government has not issued any statement in this regard.

Retracting from his previous statement, the minister said, "I had only shared the information from Delhi with media. Neither those parameters (motorcycle, TV, fridge and land) were mine, nor the Chief Minister has given any such orders.I am not an irresponsible minister."

However,he did not elaborate. Stating that his statement did not pertain to the BPL card holders, he said further confusion on the matter was uncalled for.

13:29 (IST)16 Feb 2021
103 test positive for Covid-19 in Bengaluru apartment after a party

A total of 103 people from an apartment in Bommanahalli in Bengaluru tested positive for Covid-19 after a recent party in the complex.
 
Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad confirmed that 103 people out of 1,052 residents of the apartment tested positive. “We have tested 1,052 residents of the apartment; one person is admitted in the hospital and others are in quarantine. The BBMP had put in place various measures, including isolating and quarantining those who had tested positive and we have intensified contact tracing,” Prasad said.
 
The BBMP has also sent samples to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences(NIMHANS) to find the variant of the virus. “The Samples have been collected and sent for genome sequencing to the NIMHANS laboratory to ascertain the virus variant,” he said, while adding that 96 people who have tested positive are above the age of 60.

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11:45 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Chief Minister condoles death of Justice Rama Jois

Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa condoled the death of Jusitce M. Rama Jois today.

In his message CM said, "Justice Rama Jois, who hailed from Shivamogga district, has served as Governor of Bihar and Jharkhand, Rajyasabha member and Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High court. He was a legal luminary whose thoughts were reflected well in his books on law and constitution."

The Chief Minister also remembered that Justice Jois was imprisoned during emergency period. "In his death, we have lost a great thinker", he grieved. He prayed, "May the departed soul rest in peace and May God give strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss."

11:07 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Former Bihar-Jharkhand Governor Rama Jois passes way

Former Governor of Bihar and Jharkhand M Rama Jois died in Bengaluru on Tuesday after prolonged illness, family sources said. A former Rajya Sabha MP, the 88-year-old legal luminary who had also served as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, was suffering from age related ailments, they added.

Born on July 27,1932 at Shivamogga, Mandagadde Rama Jois did his BA and Law degree.

He was associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh from the beginning.

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10:22 (IST)16 Feb 2021
WATCH | Coorg beekeepers rue decline in honey trade, seek govt hand-holding for revival

Citing a recent investigation by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), which found that honey sold by major brands in India was laced with modified sugar syrup, the beekeepers and producers of ‘Coorg Honey’ said they want the authorities concerned to take their brand across the country and beyond and bring back the halcyon days when the hill district used to be the country’s top honey producer.

09:55 (IST)16 Feb 2021
28 people test positive for Covid-19 in an apartment complex

Twenty eight people from an apartment complex in Bommanahalli in Bengaluru have tested positive for Covid-19 after a party in the complex. 

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said, "The BBMP had put in place various measures, including isolating and quarantining those who had tested positive and intensifying contact tracing. Samples have been collected and sent for genome sequencing to the NIMHANS laboratory to ascertain the virus variant."

Recently, 40 students of a nursing college in Kaval Byrasandra tested positive for the virus. "The nursing college students have contracted the virus while visiting their hometowns in Kerala, the residents of the apartment may have contracted it at a social gathering where protocols had not been followed", he added.

09:21 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Neighbours claim no local cops present during Disha Ravi arrest; inspector says he was there

Some residents of Chikkabanavara, who live next to the house of Disha Ravi have alleged that proper procedure was not followed when the 22-year-old environment activist was arrested by the Delhi Police from Bengaluru on Saturday afternoon. However, local police have refuted the claims.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, a neighbour said on condition of anonymity that at around 11 am on Saturday morning four persons, including two women, came to Disha’s house in a regular vehicle. “Around 3 pm we saw them taking Disha in a taxi. We were told they are from the Delhi Police and there were no local police personnel with them.”

The neighbour said he saw the Delhi Police taking away Disha who had also packed her laptop and mobile phone. He claimed Disha’s parents were not properly briefed about the reason for the arrest. 

“Whoever came to detain Disha were all in casual dress. We know the local Soladevanahalli police personnel and can identify them. But those who came to detain her were not local people,” the neighbour said, adding that Disha and her family were living in this locality for the last three to four years.

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08:45 (IST)16 Feb 2021
Karnataka reports 368 new covid cases, two fatalities

Karnataka on Monday clocked 368 new coronavirus cases and two deaths, taking the infection count and toll to 9,45,638 and 12,267 respectively, the health department said.

The second dose of the coronavirus vaccination drive for frontline and healthcare workers started yesterday, it said.

According to a department bulletin, a total of 9,26,664 people were discharged so far, including 430 on Monday. There were 5,772 active cases in the state which includes 128 in the ICU, the department added.

Bengaluru urban district reported 258 infections whereas both the fatalities of the day were reported in the city. Cumulatively, the city has reported 4,02,212 infections, 4,430 deaths, 3,93,883 discharges, including 227 on Monday, and 3,898 active cases.

According to the bulletin, Tumakuru reported 25 fresh cases Monday followed by Shivamogga 20, Mandya 19, Hassan 14, Udupi 11, Mysuru and Kalaburagi 10 each. Cases were also reported in Ballari, Bengaluru Rural, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Chitradurga, Dakshina Kannada, Davangere, Dharwad, and Uttara Kannada.

Bidar, Chamarajanagar, Gadag, Kodagu, Kolar, Koppal, Ramanagar, Vijayapura and Yadgir districts recorded nil infection and zero fatality whereas Bagalkote reported one infection and zero fatalities

08:44 (IST)16 Feb 2021
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According to the bulletin, Tumakuru reported 25 fresh cases Monday followed by Shivamogga 20, Mandya 19, Hassan 14, Udupi 11, Mysuru and Kalaburagi 10 each.

Cases were also reported in Ballari, Bengaluru Rural, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Chitradurga, Dakshina Kannada, Davangere, Dharwad, and Uttara Kannada.

Bidar, Chamarajanagar, Gadag, Kodagu, Kolar, Koppal, Ramanagar, Vijayapura and Yadgir districts recorded nil infection and zero fatality whereas Bagalkote reported one infection and zero fatality.

There were as many as 42,245 tests done on Monday including 40,517 using the RT PCR and other methods taking the total tests done so far to 1.80 crore, the department added.

According to the department, 13,840 out of 61,379 targeted COVID warriors were inoculated, which is 23 per cent of the target, on Monday.

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COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp - +91 97777 77684, Voice call - 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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