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Karnataka Bengaluru February 3, 4, 5 Highlights: Karnataka legislative session extended till Feb 10

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News February 3, 4, 5 Highlights: The session has been extended following a decision taken by the Advisory Committee.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: February 8, 2021 8:28:53 am
Karnataka Assembly, Vidhana SoudhaOriginally, the session was supposed to end on February 7.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News February 3, 4, 5 Highlights: The Karnataka legislative session has been extended till February 10 following the election of a new chairman for the council. Originally, the session was supposed to come to an end on February 7. The Advisory Committee took the decision following a meeting which was held earlier today.

Earlier today, President Ram Nath Kovind delivered the address at the valedictory function of Aero India 2021 at Yelahanka Air Force Station. He will be visiting visit Madikeri in Kodagu district February 6 to inaugurate a museum at the erstwhile ancestral house of General Thimayya. On February 7, the President will be attending the 23rd annual convocation of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bengaluru.

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18:29 (IST)05 Feb 2021
South Westen Railway cancels trains on Feb 6, 8 due to work at Byappanahalli terminal

The South Western Railway has fully cancelled, partially cancelled and diverted several trains to and from Karnataka on February 6 and 8 due to work being carried out Byappanahalli terminal.

Trains cancelled on February 8

  • Train No 06075 / 06076 MGR Chennai Central – KSR Bengaluru – MGR Chennai Central Double Decker Express Special 
  • Train No 06079 / 06080 MGR Chennai Central – KSR Bengaluru – MGR Chennai Central Express Special
  • Train No 06287 / 06288 Yelahanka – Devanahalli – Yelahanka DEMU Special
  • Train No 06253 / 06254 Jolarpettai – KSR Bengaluru – Jolarpettai MEMU Special
  • Train No 06261 / 06262 KSR Bengaluru – Hosuru – KSR Bengaluru MEMU Special
  • Train No 06259 / 06260 Hosur – Baiyyappanahalli – Hosur DEMU special
  • Train No 06285 KSR Bengaluru – Devnahalli  DEMU Special
  • Train No 06284 Devanahalli – Bengaluru Cantonment DEMU Special
  • Train No 06252 KSR Bengaluru – Jolarpettai – KSR Bengaluru MEMU Special

Trains partially cancelled on February 8

  • Train No 08463 Bhubaneswar – KSR Bengaluru Express starting from Bhubaneswar on February 6 and February 7 is partially cancelled between Sri Sathyasai Prashanthinilayam – KSR Bengaluru. The train is shot-terminated at Sri Sathyasai Prashanthinilayam. 
  • Train No 01301 Mumbai CSMT – KSR Bengaluru Express starting from Mumbai on February 7 is partially cancelled between Yelahanka – KSR Bengaluru. The train is shot-terminated at Yelahanka. 
  • Train No 06292 Kuppam – KSR Bengaluru MEMU Special starting from Kuppam on February 8 is partially cancelled between Baiyyappanahalli – KSR Bengaluru. The train is shot-terminated at Baiyyappanahalli. 
  • Train No 06264 Marikuppam – KSR Bengaluru MEMU Special starting from Marikuppam on February 8 is partially cancelled between Whitefield – KSR Bengaluru. The train is shot-terminated at Whitefield. 
  • Train No 08464  KSR Bengaluru – Bhubaneswar Express starting on February 7 and February 8 is partially cancelled  between KSR Bengaluru – Sri Sathyasai Prashanthinilayam. The train will originate from Sri Sathyasai Prashanthinilayam. 
  • Train No 01302  KSR Bengaluru – Mumbai CSMT Express starting on February 8 and February 8 is partially cancelled  between KSR Bengaluru – Yelahanka. The train will originate from Yelahanka. 
  • Train No 06293  KSR Bengaluru – Bangarpet MEMU Special starting on February 8 is partially cacelled between KSR Bengaluru – Baiyyappanahalli. The train will originate from Baiyyappanahalli. 
  • Train No 06263  KSR Bengaluru – Marikuppam MEMU Special starting on February 8 is partially cancelled between KSR Bengaluru – Whitefield.  The train will originate from Whitefield. 

Trains diverted:

  • Train No 01013 Mumbai LTT – Coimbatore Express Special leaving Mumbai on February 6 is diverted via Guntakal, Kadapa, Renigunta, Jolarpettai & Salem skipping stoppages at Antpur, Dharmavaram, Sri Sathyasai Prashanthi Nilayam, Hindupur, Gauribidanur, Bengaluru East, Bengaluru Cantonment, KSR Bengaluru, Hosur and Dharmapuri
  • Train No 01014 Coimbatore – Mumbai LTT Express Special  journey commencing on February 7 is diverted via Jolarpettai, Renigunta, Kadapa and Guntakal skipping stoppages at Dharmapuri, Hosur, Bengaluru Cantonment, KSR Bengaluru, Gauribidanur, Hindupur, Sri Sathyasai Prasanthinilayam, Dharmavaram and Anantpur.
  • Train No 06520 Nanded – KSR Bengaluru Express Special journey commencing on February 7 will be diverted via Yelahanka, Yesvantpur, KSR Bengaluru skipping stoppage at Bengaluru Cantonment.
  • Train No.06220 Tirupathi – Chamarajanagar Express Special journey commencing on February 7 is diverted via Baiyyappanahalli, Banaswadi, Lottegollahalli, Yesvantpur and KSR Bengaluru skipping stoppages at Bengaluru East and Bengaluru Cantonment.
18:15 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Aero India 2021 will contribute towards strengthening India's self-reliance in defence

Speaking at the valedictory function of Aero India 2021, President Ram Nath Kovind said praised the organisers for having conducted the air show without a hitch despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 and heaped praises on the Indian Air Force (IAF) for their aerial acrobatics.

Commenting on the delivery of medical kits and supplies under Operation SAGAR 1 during the pandemic, Kovind said that the vision of the nation was to create a robust economy and infrastructure alongside developing competitive supply chains and integrate them globally.

"We have taken a number of policy initiatives aimed at placing India among the top nations in the defence sector with twin objectives of self-reliance and export promotion", he said. 

"Aero India 2021 is a living proof of India's ever-growing strength in the defence and aerospace sectors at the global level. The event has exhibited that the global confidence in India’s capabilities is growing steadily", the President said and added that this edition of the show will contribute towards strengthening the country's self-reliance in defence and establish India as a world manufacturer in the sector.

18:03 (IST)05 Feb 2021
IN PICS | Valedictory ceremony of Aero India 2021

17:40 (IST)05 Feb 2021
IN PICS | President Ram Nath Kovind attends valedictory ceremony of Aero India 2021

17:23 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Karnataka legislative session extended till Feb 10

The Karnataka legislative session has been extended till February 10 following the election of a new chairman for the council. Originally, the session was supposed to come to an end on February 7.

The Advisory Committee took the decision following a meeting which was held earlier today.

16:10 (IST)05 Feb 2021
iBrazilian, Indian startup satellite in ISRO's first mission in 2021 on Feb 28

In its first mission in 2021, India's space agency ISRO planned to launch on February 28 Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 and three Indian payloads, including one built by a home-grown start-up. The satellites are slated to be launched onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-51 at 10.24 am from the Sriharikota spaceport, over 100 kms from Chennai.

Secretary in the Department of Space and Chairman of Bengaluru-headquartered ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) K Sivan confirmed the PSLV-C51 schedule to PTI on Friday.

Amazonia-1, reportedly the first earth observation satellite entirely developed by Brazil, is the primary payload. 'Anand', 'Satish Dhawan' satellite and 'UNITYsat' will be the co-passengers.

Sivan had earlier described the upcoming mission as "special for us, special for the entire country" and beginning of a "new era of space (sector) reforms". (PTI)

15:09 (IST)05 Feb 2021
BWSSB water supply to be disrupted between 8 am and 6 pm on Saturday

Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) Water supply coming under Cauvery Stage I will be disrupted between 8 am and 6 pm on Saturday, February 6, 2021. The disruption is due to an upgradation work of electrical lines in a pumping station. 

Areas where water will be disrupted: 

  • Jayanagar and surrounding places Tilak Nagar, SR Nagar
  • Adugodi 
  • Nethajinagar
  • KP Agrahara 
  • New Binny Layout 
  • Raghavendra Colony  
  • Tippu Nagar 
  • Chamarajpet 
  • Ramchandra Agrahara 
  • Adarsh Nagar
  • Padarayanapura 
  • Anjanappa Garden 
  • Binny Layout 
  • Srinivasanagar
  • Bank Colony
  • ITI Layout
  • Gururaja Layout 
  • Vivekanada Nagar
  • Kathriguppe
  • Thygaraja nagar 
  • Basavanagudi 
  • Shastrinagar
  • N R Colony 
  • Mount joy Extension
  • Kumaraswamy Layout 
  • ISRO Layout
  • Shrinapr
  • Vittal Nagar
  • Shanthalanagara
  • Ambedkarnagara 
  • Neelasandra 
  • Austin town 
  • Ejipura 
  • Vivekanagara
  • Ashok Nagara 
  • Richmond Town
  • MG Road
  • Bridagc road 
  • HAL 2nd Stage 
  • Kodihalli 
  • Ulsoor 
  • Murphy Town
  • Jogupalya 
  • Rajendra Nagar 
  • Nanjappa Reddy Layout
  • Koramangala surrounding arca, KHB colony, Venkateshwara Layout, Kaveri Layout, Jogi Colony
  • Domlur 
  • Brundawana Nagar
  • Maruthi Nagar
  • AK Colony 
  • Netravati I to 10 blocks
  • Nanjappa Reddy layout 
  • Bhovi Colony and surrounding places
14:22 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Aditya Sondhi, Rajendra Badamikar, Khazi Jayabunnisa Mohiuddin recommended as Karnataka High Court judges

The Supreme Court Collegium on Friday recommended senior advocate Aditya Sondhi and judicial officers Rajendra Badamikar, Khazi Jayabunnisa Mohiuddin to be appointed as Karnataka High Court judges.

According to Bar and Bench, the decision had been taken on February 4 during a collegium meeting.

13:22 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Karnataka Legislative Council Chairman Pratapchandra Shetty resigns

Karnataka Legislative Council Chairman K Prathapachandra Shetty on Thursday announced his resignation, paving the way for a joint candidate of BJP and JD(S) to take over the post.

Shetty, a Congress MLC, against whom the ruling BJP has moved a no-confidence motion and with JD(S) too expressing support to it, announced his resignation on the floor of the House before adjourning it for the day. He subsequently submitted his resignation letter to Deputy Chairman M K Pranesh.

Shetty was elected as Chairman in 2018, when the Congress-JD(S) coalition government was in power. With numbers clearly against him, Shetty decided to resign, sources said, the issue of his resignation is also said to have come up for discussion during the Congress Legislature Party meeting held last evening.

Announcing his resignation, Shetty thanked MLCs for their support during his tenure as the Chairman. He said, "The change in numerical strength of the House has come to my notice. Technically I have time till the next assembly to prove majority, but as someone who greatly values morality in life and not wanting to give opportunity for unnecessary discussions, I'm tendering my resignation as the Chairman and submitting it to the Deputy Chairman as per rules." (PTI)

12:19 (IST)05 Feb 2021
'Don't lower guard', say Karnataka Health officials after 49 nursing students test COVID positive

Health officials in Karnataka have appealed to people not to lower guard after 49 students from Kerala studying in a nursing college near Mangaluru tested positive for COVID-19.

"The news of 49 students testing positive in a nursing college in Ullal near Mangaluru is a grim reminder of how unpredictable the Covid virus is! Covid is still a threat, please continue to take necessary precautions", Health and Medical Education Minister Sudhakar K tweeted on Thursday.

The Aaliyah Institute of Nursing in Dakshina Kannada district was sealed by authorities on Wednesday. Out of the 104 samples of staff and students tested, 49 BSc nursing students, who had come for examinations after months-long break, tested positive, Dr H Ashok, nodal officer of Dakshina Kannada district, which borders Kerala, said.

The college premises has been made a containment zone till February 19. (PTI)

11:18 (IST)05 Feb 2021
IN PICS | Day 3 of Aero India underway in Bengaluru

10:38 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Karnataka allows cinema halls to operate at 100 per cent capacity for 4 weeks on trial basis

Considering the hardships faced by Kannada film industry’s artistes, producers and workers, it has been decided to allow cinema halls to fill up to 100 per cent of their capacity for four weeks on a trial basis, Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said on Wednesday.

The minister made the announcement after a meeting — held as per instructions of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa — with key office-bearers of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the industry.

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09:41 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Coorg beekeepers rue decline in honey trade, seek govt hand-holding for revival

Be sweet with Coorg Honey. Those were the words of Sri Shambhavananda Swamiji from Sri Ramakrishna Mission who developed a unique method of bee-keeping known as ‘Coorg Standard Hive’ in the hilly district of south Karnataka-Coorg (Kodagu). Now, the beekeepers want the state government to not only make the practice sustainable but also go big on promoting brand ‘Coorg Honey’.

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.

Over the last few years, the practice of bee-keeping and honey collection in the district has declined, to the extent that the Coorg Honey and Wax Producers Co-operative Society Ltd is now forced to procure honey from North Indian states just to keep their brand alive.

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09:06 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Bengaluru Urban records highest cases among districts with 263 fresh cases

Karnataka recorded 474 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 9,41,070. 

Among the districts, two cases were repoted in Bagalakote, six each in Ballari, Belagavi and Kodagu, nine each in Bengaluru Rural, Tumakuru and Udupi, 263 in Bengaluru Urban, 18 in Bidar, three each in Chamarajanagara and Davanagere, four each in Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Raichuru, Uttara Kannada and Vijayapura, 16 in Chitradurga, 42 in Dakshina Kannada, 11 in Dharwada, 14 each in Hassana, Kalaburagi, five each in Kolara and Shivamogga, one in Mandya and 12 in Mysuru.

08:38 (IST)05 Feb 2021
Karnataka reports 474 fresh cases, 2 deaths on Thursday

Karnataka recorded 474 positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 9,41,070. The state recorded two deaths in Bengaluru Urban on Thursday, putting the state toll at 12,227. Both of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 470 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 9,22,907.

As of Thursday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Karnataka is 5917. Among these, 146 patients have been admitted in ICUs across the state.

The COVID positivity rate on Thursday was 0.62 per cent, while the case fatality rate was 0.42 per cent.

Around 29 per cent of people were covered during the state's COVID-19 vaccination drive on Thursday, putting the total coverage at 50 per cent. So far, nine AEFI cases have been recorded.

Of the 146 patients in the ICU, one patient each has been admitted in Bagalakote, Chikkamagaluru and Gadag, four patients in Belagavi, three each in Bengaluru Rural, Bidar, Chamarajanagar, Shivamogga, Tumakuru and Uttara Kannada, 72 in Bengaluru Urban, six in Dakshina Kannada, two each in Davanagere, Kolara, Koppala, Mandya and Vijayapura, five each in Dharwada, Mysuru and Udupi, seven in Hassana and 13 in Kalaburagi.

08:33 (IST)05 Feb 2021
President Kovind to address valedictory function of Aero India 2021 today

President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Bengaluru on February 4. The president was received by Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa at HAL Airport. President Kovind in scheduled to address the valedictory function of Aero India 2021 at Yelahanka Air Force Station in the evening.

He will be visiting visit Madikeri in Kodagu district February 6 to inaugurate a museum at the erstwhile ancestral house of General Thimayya. On February 7, the President will be attending the 23rd annual convocation of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bengaluru.

08:29 (IST)05 Feb 2021
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18:06 (IST)04 Feb 2021
Dog gets trapped inside toilet with leopard for hours in Karnataka

A stray dog in Karnataka miraculously escaped unharmed after getting trapped in a toilet with a leopard for hours. The incident took place in Bilinele village in Dakshina Kannada district on February 3. Pictures and videos of the bizarre encounter are now making rounds on the internet.

Twitter user and journalist Prajwal explained the entire episode in a tweet thread. Sharing a picture of both animals sitting uncomfortably, just meters apart in the toilet, he said the dog got stuck after being chased inside the toilet by the leopard.

The owner of the house immediately bolted the washroom from the outside and alerted the police. Despite the forest department’s efforts to trap the leopard using a net, it broke free and fled.

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17:01 (IST)04 Feb 2021
Rajnath Singh's keynote address at IOR Defence Ministers’ Conclave stresses on Prime Minister’s ‘Five S’ vision to tackle global challenges

The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) Defence Ministers’ Conclave began with a keynote address from Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on 4th February on the sidelines of Aero India 2021 in Bengaluru. Singh said that as the largest nation in the IOR region with a vast coast line of 7500 Kms, India has an active role to play for peaceful and prosperous co-existence of all countries. He stressed that the Indian Ocean is a shared asset and a lifeline to international trade and transport due to its control of major sea-lanes carrying half of the world’s container ships, one third of the world’s bulk cargo traffic and two thirds of the world’s oil shipments.
 
Singh said SAGAR - Security and Growth for All in the Region is the theme of Indian Ocean Policy as Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 and added that in line with this, the IOR conclave should focus on security, commerce, connectivity, fight against terrorism and inter cultural exchanges. He said IOR faces a number of challenges such as piracy, smuggling of drugs/people and arms, humanitarian and disaster relief, and Search & Rescue (SAR) which can be met through maritime co-operation. Identifying maritime resources as the key to sustained growth and development of IOR nations in the 21st century, Singh highlighted the need to ensure peace in the IOR region. He spoke of the various policy initiatives of the government to promote trade and tourism among IOR countries and emphasized the need to take economic, trade, naval cooperation and collaboration further in the region.

Referring to India’s growing Aerospace & Defence sector and its emergence as a global R&D hub with one of the world’s largest start up ecosystems, Singh said the recent order from the Indian Air Force to buy 83 Advanced Light Helicopters Mk-1A from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a milestone in India’s indigenization of defence manufacturing capabilities. He added that India was developing a comprehensive Maritime Domain Awareness picture in the IOR, which has resulted in signing of Technical Agreements for sharing of ‘White Shipping Information’. 

With 27 countries from the IOR region attending the conclave, the minister said the enthusiastic participation was a symbol of the collective desire of the nations of the IOR region to work together. He applauded the dynamism, ideas and conviction for a brighter future displayed at the conclave.

16:11 (IST)04 Feb 2021
Black ink smeared on Prof K S Bhagavan's face

Black ink was smeared on the face of writer Prof K S Bhagavan by a Bengaluru-based advocate, Meera Raghavendra at a court in Bengaluru. She accused Bhagavan of hurting sentiments of Hindus and posted video on her social media with 'Jai Shri Raam' slogan.

Coorg honey. (Express Photo Darshan Devaiah BP)

Be sweet with Coorg Honey. Those were the words of Sri Shambhavananda Swamiji from Sri Ramakrishna Mission who developed a unique method of bee-keeping known as ‘Coorg Standard Hive’ in the hilly district of south Karnataka-Coorg (Kodagu). Now, the beekeepers want the state government to not only make the practice sustainable but also go big on promoting brand ‘Coorg Honey’.

READ | 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.

Also Read | Karnataka allows cinema halls to operate at 100 per cent capacity for 4 weeks on trial basis

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