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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus February 11, 12 Highlights: State reports 430 new COVID-19 cases, 7 fatalities

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News February 11, 12 Highlights: As of February 11 evening, cumulatively 9,44,057 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: February 15, 2021 8:18:18 am
COVID-19 test, Coronavirus testA total of over 1,76,91,918 samples have been tested so far in the state. Express Photo: Prashant Nadkar

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News February 11, 12 Highlights: Karnataka on Thursday reported 430 fresh COVID-19 cases and seven deaths, taking the caseload and toll to 9,44,057 and 12,251 respectively.

The active cases stood at 5,958, according to the health department bulletin.

A health department bulletin said 340 patients were cured of the disease on Thursday, taking the number of recoveries to 9,25,829.

There were as many as 68,194 tests conducted today, including 64,596 using the RT-PCR and other methods, taking the total tests done so far to 1.78 crore, it said.

Bengaluru urban district reported 228 infections whereas all the fatalities took place in Bengaluru Urban (6) and Bengaluru rural district (1).

Cumulatively, the city has reported 4,01,323 infections, 4,417 deaths, 3,92,985 discharges, including 128 today, and 3,920 active cases.

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18:28 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Tamil Nadu man held at Bengaluru airport for smuggling gold, iPhones & drones

Bengaluru customs officials seized gold, iPhones and drones from  a 25-year-old Tamil Nadu-based man arrived at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) from Dubai on Wednesday.  

Items worth Rs 75.1 lakh were seized from him Bengaluru Customs, said.

17:38 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Mallikarjun Kharge to succeed Ghulam Nabi Azad as Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge will replace Ghulam Nabi Azad as the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, the party said on Friday.

Following Azad’s retirement, the Congress had written to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for appointing Kharge to the leader of the opposition post, which will fall vacant after Azad’s tenure as a Rajya Sabha member ends on February 15.

Azad is a member of the Upper House from Jammu and Kashmir, which does not have an Assembly currently after it was made a Union Territory with the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution.

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16:24 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Vistadome coach likely for Bengaluru-Mangaluru train that moves through scenic Western Ghats

In a bid to give rail passengers a panoramic view of the scenic Western Ghats, particularly in the Subrahmanya Road-Sakleshpur Ghat section which moves through the Malnad region, the South Western Railway is likely to include one Vistadome coach on the Bengaluru-Mangaluru route.

Vistadomes are state-of-the-art coaches that have glass-tops meant to enhance the viewing experience of the passengers of their surroundings. They are made by the Indian Railways.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, South Western Railway (SWR) Chief Public Relations Officer E Vijaya said, “One Vistadome coach is allocated to the SWR, the coach is yet to be received by SWR. Since the Bengaluru- Mangaluru day train route has the picturesque Western Ghats, the Vistadome coach may be deployed on this route.”

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15:03 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Karnataka: 11 students arrested for alleged ragging in Mangaluru college

Eleven students were arrested for allegedly ragging five freshers of Kanachur Institute of Medical Sciences in Ullal near Mangaluru. Those arrested are pursuing courses in B.Sc (Physiotherapy) and B.Sc (Nursing).

Mangaluru city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said, “All the arrested were natives of Kerala and had allegedly ragged five freshers from their state by assaulting them. Apart from this, the victims alleged that the arrested students had asked them to have a hair cut and remove their moustaches.”

The incident occurred in a nursing and physiotherapy students’ hostel at Deralakatte in Ullal. According to the police commissioner, the arrested had allegedly forced some students to count matchsticks in a matchbox and made other students measure the hostel room using matchsticks.

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13:50 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Bengaluru’s new parking policy gets govt nod, roadside parking expensive

The Karnataka Urban Development Department has finally approved the Parking Policy 2.0 prepared by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) for Bengaluru. With this, the roadside parking in the city is set to get costlier in the coming days.

The parking policy, which was drafted two years ago by DULT, has undergone many changes before getting approval from the state government. Almost all places including commercial areas, residential areas will be covered under the pay and park system.

As per the policy, parking in front of one’s residence will be allowed only after getting annual permission. The DULT has fixed Rs 1,000 per year for small cars, Rs 3,000 for medium cars and Rs 4,000 for MUVs and SUVs. The DULT has fixed Rs 5,000 for residential parking permits. Residents will be able to purchase parking permits on a quarterly or annual basis and then renew them after expiry.

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12:37 (IST)12 Feb 2021
11 students native of Kerala arrested on the charge of ragging in Mangaluru college

Karnataka’s Mangaluru police on Thursday arrested 11 nursing and Physiotherapy college students all native of Kerala on the charge of ragging five freshers students of the college.

According to the  Ullal police, 11 B.Sc (Physiotherapy) and B.Sc (Nursing) students from Kanachur Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) were arrested based on a complaint by some students from the college. 

Mangaluru city police commissioner  N Shashi Kumar said,  “All the arrested were natives of Kerala and had allegedly ragged five freshers from their state by assaulting them. Apart from this the victims alleged that the  arrested students had asked them to have a hair cut and remove their moustaches.”

The arrested are identified by police  as Mohammed Shamos (19), Asin Babu (19), both from Kozhikode, Abdul Ananas (21), Jayfin Roichanna (19), both from Kasaragod, Akshay K.S. (19), Robin Biju (20), Alwyn Joey (19), Jerome Cyril (19), all from Kottayam, Mohammed Suraj (19) from Pathanamthita,  Zubin Mehroof (21), Abdul Basit (19), both from Mallapuram district in Kerala.

The incident occurred in a nursing and physiotherapy students' hostel at Deralakatte in Ullal. According to the police commissioner, the arrested  had allegedly forced some students to count matchsticks in a matchbox and made other students measure the hostel room using matchsticks. “Those who refused to follow their orders were assaulted and locked in a hostel room and also they had threatened juniors against reporting this incidents to the management of the institute or others,” he added.

11:21 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Kharge to be Leader of Opposition in RS: Cong sources

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is likely to replace Ghulam Nabi Azad as the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha and the party has written to the chairman of the Upper House of Parliament in this regard, sources said.

The Congress has written to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for appointing Kharge to the post of leader of opposition after Azad's retirement, they added.

The post will fall vacant after Azad's tenure as a Rajya Sabha member ends on February 15. Azad is a member of the Upper House from Jammu and Kashmir, which does not have an Assembly currently after it was made a Union Territory with the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution.

Kharge, a Dalit leader from Karnataka, was the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha from 2014 to 2019. The grand old party could not get the leader of opposition's post in the previous and the current Lok Sabha as its numbers were less than the mandated 10 per cent of the total number of seats in the Lower House for claiming the post.(PTI)

10:01 (IST)12 Feb 2021
BBMP Pourakarmikas to get half-day off to take COVID vaccine today

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) Pourakarmikas including tippers and compactor drivers will be given half-day off with pay to get vaccinated for COVID19 on Friday.

BBMP Special Commissioner(Solid Waste Management) D. Randeep in an order said pourakarmikas and others may go to the nearest primary health centre from the respective mustering centres, after marking their attendance, at 10.30 a.m. 

He also said that those who do not want to get vaccinated will have work as per the regular working hours. 

09:35 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Explained: How Vijayanagara became Karnataka’s 31st district

The Karnataka government on Monday issued a notification demarcating boundaries of the newly-formed Vijayanagara district. With Vijayanagara, the state now has 31 districts. Named after the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, the new district was carved out from Ballari under the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964.

Vijayanagara, located in Hyderabad-Karnataka region, is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage sites – Hampi and Virupaksha Temple.

With Hosapete as its headquarters, Vijayanagara has six taluks – Hosapete, Kudligi, Hagaribommanahalli, Kotturu, Hoovina Hadagali, and Harapanahalli.

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08:57 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Karnataka reports 430 new COVID-19 cases, 7 fatalities

Karnataka on Thursday reported 430 fresh COVID-19 cases and seven deaths, taking the caseload and toll to 9,44,057 and 12,251 respectively.

The active cases stood at 5,958, according to the health department bulletin.

A health department bulletin said 340 patients were cured of the disease on Thursday, taking the number of recoveries to 9,25,829.

There were as many as 68,194 tests conducted today, including 64,596 using the RT-PCR and other methods, taking the total tests done so far to 1.78 crore, it said.

Bengaluru urban district reported 228 infections whereas all the fatalities took place in Bengaluru Urban (6) and Bengaluru rural district (1).

Cumulatively, the city has reported 4,01,323 infections, 4,417 deaths, 3,92,985 discharges, including 128 today, and 3,920 active cases.

18:32 (IST)11 Feb 2021
JDS not contesting bypolls as it wants its “marginal” votes to go to BJP: Siddaramaiah

Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah alleged on Thursday JDS was not contesting the coming Assembly and Lok Sabha by-elections in north Karnataka as the party wants its “marginal votes” to go to the ruling BJP in the State.

His comments a day after JDS patriarch and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda said his party would not field candidates as it did not have the funds to fight the bypolls.

Bypolls for Belgaum (Belagavi) Lok Sabha, and Basavakalyan, Sindgi and Maski Assembly seats are due and the schedule is expected to be announced by the Election Commission soon.

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18:21 (IST)11 Feb 2021
BBMP Administrator Gaurav Gupta inspects ongoing Shivananda Circle flyover work

BBMP administrator Gaurav Gupta inspected the Shivananda Circle flyover work undertaken by the BBMP's Planning Department, today. The flyover work being carried out near the Sivananda Circle is being delayed due to a few issues. The Administrator instructed the authorities to resolve the issues related to land acquisition, shifting of Water Supply and Sewerage Board pipes, and complete the work within three months. 

The 493-metre long flyover will be built on 16 pillars out of which nine are complete and works on six more are in progress. Due to shifting of a pipe belonging to Water Supply and Sewerage Board, construction of one more pillar is remaining, the Administrator said. He instructed the officials to obtain permission from the traffic police on change of route for seven days and shift the water pipeline and complete the work. 

He also instructed the authorities to provide TDR to seven owners whose properties will come under acquisition for road widening for the 579 sq metre road near Shivananda Railway track. He was informed by an official that a meeting has been conducted with the tree committee regarding relocation of trees that are at the construction area and permission has been obtained for the same. Gaurav Gupta directed a Forest Department official to begin the tree removal work immediately. 

The officials were asked to complete the flyover construction work within three months and open it for the public. The authorities were instructed to set up an additional box at the railway track near Sivananda Circle to facilitate smooth traffic. 

Joint Commissioners Pallavi, Shivaswamy, Deputy Commissioner (Land Acquisition) Harish Naik, Superintendent Engineer Lokesh, Deputy Forest Conservator Ranganathaswamy and other officials were present.

17:22 (IST)11 Feb 2021
Bengaluru: Musician bit by a snake after his performance at pub

A Bengaluru-based musician, who was returning from a pub after his performance Tuesday night, was bitten by a snake and has been admitted to a private hospital, city’s civic body officials said.

The musician, Herbert Paul, is a lead guitarist at the Byg Brewski Brewing Company pub in Hennur road in north Bengaluru. He was bitten by a Russel’s Viper. According to his family members, he was returning after his performance at the pub when he was bitten by the snake. He is now admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital.

Paul is a known musician in the city who is a guitarist, singer, and also stand-up comedian.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, Prasanna Kumar, wildlife warden at Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMPs) forest cell in Bengaluru Urban, said, “The incident has come to our notice but no one approached us to rescue Russel’s viper, which is commonly found in the city.”

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15:54 (IST)11 Feb 2021
IN PICS | BBMP Marshals receive COVID-19 vaccine

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Marshals who were deployed to enforce the Covid protocols, including to ensure that the locals are wearing masks and maintaining social distancing are now being vaccinated by BBMP. 

On Thursday 80 marshals got vaccinated in various primary health care centers in the city. 

Also Read | Marshals brave infection risk to enforce Covid norms on Bengaluru streets 

13:09 (IST)11 Feb 2021
Samsung’s Bengaluru R&D centre reveals future plans on 25th anniversary

Samsung’s R&D Institute in Bengaluru, Karnataka, also knowns as SRI-B, is celebrating its 25th anniversary today. The facility, Samsung’s biggest outside home-country South Korea, was set up back in 1996. Over the years, SRI-B has grown into an advanced R&D centre for Samsung globally, giving rise to innovations in wireless communications, multimedia and image processing, artificial intelligence in vision, voice and text technologies, and Internet of Things (IoT).

Now on its 25th anniversary, Samsung has revealed what’s in store for SRI-B moving forward. Over the next five years, Samsung will be exploring Multi-Device Intelligence, beyond 5G, Blockchain and Data Science at the Bengaluru R&D centre. These are the technologies that Samsung claims, create strong differentiation for the brand through innovation in camera technologies, AI (artificial intelligence) and 5G.

With a history of filing patents among its engineers over the last 10 years, SRI-B will now also expand open innovation with other startups, students as well as universities, to “help strengthen the innovation and startup ecosystem in the country.”

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10:46 (IST)11 Feb 2021
Kannada outfit stages demo demanding annexing Thalavadi in Tamil Nadu with Karnataka

Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha leader and Kannada activist Vattal Nagaraj along with several members of Vatal Paksha on Wednesday staged a demonstration demanding that Thalavadi in Erode district and parts of Nilgiris district bordering Karnataka be annexed with Karnataka.

The members of the pro-Kannada outfit held a protest on the Karnataka side about 200 meters from the Tamil Nadu border. 

Last month, Vattal Nagaraj along with members of his outfit, had damaged display boards of the state highways department in areas situated close to the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border, claiming that Thalavadi 'belonged' to Karnataka.

10:11 (IST)11 Feb 2021
Bengaluru traffic police collect Rs 43.09 lakh fines in one day after resuming random checks

Bengaluru city traffic police after resuming random checks to recover pending fines from traffic violators on Wednesday collected Rs 43.09 lakh and registered 8,362 cases.

In a bid to recover Rs 390 crore from 95 lakh traffic violations in the last three years, the Bengaluru traffic police resumed 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.

"We collected Rs 12.36 lakh in pending dues in 3,697 cases and another Rs 30.65 lakh by registering 4,665 new cases," Bengaluru Joint commissioner of police (traffic), BR Ravikanth Gowda said in a statement. 

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09:19 (IST)11 Feb 2021
BBMP demolishes an unauthorised layout in Yelahanka

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) demolished an unauthorised layout in Bengaluru on Wednesday evening. 

"About  five and half acres of BBMP land at Kogilu, Yelahanka meant for bio methane plant was unauthorisedly occupied and converted to a full fledge private layout. Joint commissioner SWM Sarfaraz Khan and other engineers visited the spot and demolished the unauthorised compound walls , drains and other structures, " said BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad on Thursday morning. 

The Commissioner has also directed the local engineer to book FIR against the culprits.

08:35 (IST)11 Feb 2021
Karnataka govt lifts hold on prayers, festivals, directs ‘remedial rituals’ in temples

The Karnataka government has lifted its year-long ban on special prayers, car festivals and mass gatherings in temples that was in force across the state on account of the Covid-19 pandemic. Relaxing its hold on assembly and prayers at shrines, the government directed all temple authorities to hold “remedial rituals” for the ones they had to skip because of the lockdown rules last year.. 

Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Department (Muzrai) issued an order, allowing all temples to hold religious fairs, festivals, car festivals and special poojas in a regular manner, starting Wednesday. However, the order advised temple authorities to exercise caution as they go about their normal routine.

In its order, the Muzrai department said temples should hold “remedial rituals” in line with their respective traditions, as atonement for missing out on various car festivals, poojas and other rituals for a year, before resuming regular rituals.

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08:17 (IST)11 Feb 2021
Welcome to today's live blog

Good morning!
Welcome to the live blog from Bengaluru where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccination drive, COVID-19, lockdown 6.0, unlock phase 6, BBMP and more across Bengaluru and Karnataka. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time. 

Meanwhile, No district in Karnataka, other than Bengaluru, crossed above 30 infections today, while 29 districts reported nil deaths.

According to the health bulletin, 28 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in Dakshina Kannada, 25 in Mysuru, 18 in Tumakuru, 14 in Udupi, 13 in Chitradurga, 11 in Bengaluru Rural and 10 in Kalaburagi Cases were also reported in Belagavi, Ballari, Chikkaballapura, Davangere, Dharwad, Gadag, Hassan, Kolar, Kodagu, Mandya, and Uttar Kannada.

There were nil infection and zero fatality in Bagalkote, Bidar and Haveri whereas four districts reported only one infection and nil fatalities.

Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:

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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