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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus February 10 Highlights: Covid vaccine drive phase II starts, BBMP Administrator, Commissioner flag off by getting vaccinated

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News February 10 Highlights: BBMP Administrator Gaurav Gupta said that the second phase of vaccination is for all the frontline workers.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: February 11, 2021 8:15:48 am
Gaurav Gupta, BBMP CommissionerBBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad receives COVID-19 vaccine in Phase II on Monday.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News February 10 Highlights: The second phase of vaccination drive for frontline workers under Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits was flagged off by BBMP Administrator Gaurav Gupta and Commissioner Manjunatha Prasad as they got vaccinated at the Raj Kumar Glass House at BBMP head office premises, on Tuesday. Special commissioners Rajendra Cholan, J Manjunath, Randeep, Chief Health Officer Dr Vijendra and others were present.

The Administrator said that the second phase of vaccination is for all the frontline workers. He said it is essential that everyone get the vaccine to fight Covid-19. “Awareness must be raised among people regarding the vaccine. In order to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, he, along with the commissioner, and special commissioners is getting the vaccine”, he informed.

There are several doubts regarding Covid-19 vaccination among the people, and in this regard, flex boards have been installed at many places to raise awareness. He assured that there are no side effects from the vaccine. “Information on what to do/ what not to do when vaccinated will be given to people”, he added.

“Misconceptions regarding the vaccination must be cleared, and people must be vaccinated”, said the Administrator. Without paying heed to the rumours, the Palike staff must get vaccinated and contribute towards making Covid-free.

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18:05 (IST)10 Feb 2021
JD(S) will not contest upcoming by-polls in Karnataka: H D Deve Gowda

JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda on Wednesday said his party will not contest by-elections for Belgaum Lok Sabha segment, and Basavakalyan, Sindgi and Maski Assembly seats.

“JD(S) will not field its candidates for bypolls to Belgaum Lok Sabha and Basavakalyan, Sindgi and Maski Assembly seats. We don’t have money to fight these elections,” Gowda was quoted as saying to reporters by his office in a release.

The former Prime Minister said he will completely involve himself towards organizing or building the party for 2023 assembly polls. “… I will put all my efforts to save and build the regional party, with the support of leaders and workers,” he said.

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17:35 (IST)10 Feb 2021
No side effects of Covid Vaccine; Medical students should get the vaccine and lead the drive: Health Minister

"Medical students should lead the Covid Vaccination drive by getting themselves vaccinated", said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar on Wednesday. He was speaking after the inauguration of obstetric triage at Vani Vilas Hospital in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

The Minister also inaugurated a Respiratory ICU at Victoria hospital and road construction work under a smart city project. Speaking at the event, he said that Karnataka has got the vaccine after 10 months of the first Covid case being reported in the state. "Medical students should become ambassadors of this vaccination drive. Other staff will get inspiration from medical students. Some students are quoting the exam as a reason for not getting the vaccination. But there is no link between exams and vaccines since there are no side effects. Students should owe the responsibility of boosting the morale of the public to get the vaccine", he added. 

“Some states have announced to cut the salary if not vaccinated, but we don’t have such restrictions here. Our vaccines are in demand in more than 25 countries. PM Narendra Modi government is giving it for free and people should get it voluntarily", he said.

“People have understood the importance of health after this pandemic. Our government has improved the health infrastructure in the last 7-8 months. There were 3000 oxygenated beds under the Health department and 4,500 under the Medical Education department earlier. Today we have 30,000 oxygenated beds under both the departments together. CM B.S.Yediyurappa has decided to prioritize the health sector in this budget as well,” added Sudhakar.

16:56 (IST)10 Feb 2021
Bengaluru traffic police to flag down vehicles to recover pending fines of Rs 390 crore

In a bid to recover Rs 390 crore from 95 lakh traffic violations in the last three years, the Bengaluru traffic police will resume random checking of vehicles at various city roads.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the police had earlier discontinued on-the-spot enforcement of traffic challans and moved to Field Traffic Violation Report (FTVR) or contactless enforcement across the city.

“There is a pending fine of Rs 390 crore from around 95 lakh violators in the city who are all booked through contactless enforcement between 2017 and 2020. They were booked with the help of cameras installed at signal junctions, through FTVR and the cases are also booked by the police personnel by cameras and noting down licence plate numbers. Along with this, there are cases registered through ‘Public App’,” Bengaluru Joint commissioner of police (traffic), BR Ravikanth Gowda said.

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15:42 (IST)10 Feb 2021
Country needs Ghulam Nabi Azad's political sagacity, commitment: Deve Gowda

Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Wednesday said the country needs Ghulam Nabi Azad's political sagacity and commitment, as he retires from the Rajya Sabha. 

The 87-year-old JDS supremo thanked the senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir for his friendship and camaraderie over the years.

“As he retires from the Rajya Sabha, I thank @ghulamnazad for his friendship, camaraderie over the years. The country needs his political sagacity and commitment, and am sure he will be blessed with many more years of service to the nation,” Gowda said in a tweet.

Azad retires from the Upper House on February 15, where he was Leader of the Opposition. Azad first became a Rajya Sabha member in 1990 from Maharashtra; followed by his election in 1996 from home state Jammu and Kashmir. Azad represented the erstwhile state from 1996 to 2006, but for the brief period he was the CM of J&K. In 2009, Azad again became the Rajya Sabha MP from J&K, and has been its member since. In 2014, he was chosen as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha by the party.

14:27 (IST)10 Feb 2021
Karnataka to create 10L jobs in IT and related sector by 2025

The Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) will create ten lakh jobs by 2025 in the state as it will attract more investments in the information technology sector, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan said.

"The KDEM will create ten lakh jobs by 2025 and will help Karnataka to reach the goal of USD 150 Billion in IT exports and also to become a USD 300 Billion Economy by 2025," Narayan, who holds the electronic and the IT-BT portfolio, said.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the office of Karnataka Digital Economy Mission on Tuesday which has the objective of increasing digital economy contribution to GSDP to 30 per cent and launch of the 'Beyond Bengaluru' report which facilitates achieving this target.

He added that the government would focus on improving connectivity even to remote parts of the state, providing round the clock electricity, and reduce rural-urban divide by establishing needed infrastructure in order to strengthen the digital economy.

He sought a bigger role for KDEM in improving the economy of the state.

"The government wanted KDEM to be more industry friendly and keeping this in mind it has allowed for 51 per cent stake to Industry associations while retaining a minority holding of 49 per cent for itself.The government wants to act rather as a facilitator than an authority," Narayan pointed out.

11:04 (IST)10 Feb 2021
BMTC workers to protest today over delay of payment; services won’t be hit

Few workers unions employed in Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) are set to protest on Wednesday over the delay in the payment of their salaries. 

However, the transport corporations said that bus services will not be affected during the protests. “With reference to the bus operations on Wednesday, it is to inform that, some of the unions shall be visiting central office to submit the memorandum to BMTC management. However, BMTC bus operations will be normal on Wednesday,” BMTC PRO said in a statement. 

Reacting to the protest, Karnataka Deputy CM and Transport Minister Laxman Savadi said, “A proposal has been sent to the finance department, with in two days, wages of all drivers and conductors will be cleared.”

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10:25 (IST)10 Feb 2021
MoU between DRDO and IISc for Joint Advanced Technology Program

DRDO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru for creation of JATP–Center of Excellence (JATP – CoE) in the premises of IISc to expand the scope and objective of existing Joint Advanced Technology Program.

Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO and Prof Govindan Rangarajan, Director IISc signed the MoU at a virtual event held in DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi recently. The “JATP-CoE located in the campus of IISc, Bengaluru will enable Directed Basic & Applied Research and engage with premier research institutes through multi-disciplinary & multi-institutional collaboration. The focused research efforts at the centre will lead to realization of indigenous technologies in the critical areas to develop state of art technologies,” said in a release. 

As per the MoU, DRDO will support JATP in equipping it with advanced and unique research facilities that will enable the faculty and scholars to conduct advanced research. DRDO will facilitate for advanced research to utilize technology outcome in the futuristic applications. DRDO scientists and engineers will work with the academic research faculty and scholars in addressing challenging scientific problems to find an innovative solution in advanced areas of research namely Advanced Aerospace Systems & Materials, High Temperature Materials, Micro & Nano Systems Science and Technology, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Quantum Technologies etc. JATP-CoE may also involve other premier institutions in the country, based on their research strengths.

09:33 (IST)10 Feb 2021
Apple partner Wistron to restart riot-hit iPhone factory in India

Apple Inc.’s manufacturing partner Wistron Corp. will hire workers and restart operations in its Narasapura factory outside Bangalore after a violent protest shut the iPhone-manufacturing facility last December. Apple’s teams and independent auditors have been working with Wistron over the past eight weeks to put the necessary systems and processes in place, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. However, the Taiwanese contractor will continue to face scrutiny.

“A comprehensive set of corrective actions has now been completed and Wistron has restructured their recruiting team and enhanced training and support for workers,” Apple said in the statement. “Wistron remains on probation and we will monitor their progress closely.”

Apple had suspended new orders to Wistron in December after workers who had been hired on monthly pay of about $200 stormed the factory and rioted over unpaid salaries, destroying furniture and equipment leading to losses worth millions of dollars. The incident underscored the challenges to Apple as the world’s most valuable company seeks to expand its India business while diversifying its supply chain beyond China.

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08:55 (IST)10 Feb 2021
Two Kerala men held for drug peddling in Bengaluru

Sleuths from Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) arrested two men from Kerala living in the city for peddling drugs and recovered 2kg ganja and 1.3 litres of hashish oil, all worth Rs 12 lakh, from them.

"Anagesh and Md Farris from Kerala are arrested on Tuesday. They were sourcing the drugs and selling them in the city," said Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner (Crime). 

The case has been registered under relevant sections in Mahadevapura police station in East Bengaluru.

08:34 (IST)10 Feb 2021
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Air India The services had been put on hold after COVID-19 outbreak in Mumbai emerged as a hotspot.

Speaking at a video conference regarding identifying illegal religious buildings, the Commissioner said that Covid-19 can be controlled when the city has 70% antibody development. "Covid cases have reduced from 6,000 to 73. Antibody development process will speed up with Covid-19 vaccine", he said. "Hence, all the senior, junior officers and pourakarmikas must take the vaccine, raise awareness about the vaccine and encourage others too", he added.

Meanwhile, 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.

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