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Karnataka Bengaluru December 22 Highlights: Over two lakh voters to cast vote in Bengaluru for Grama Panchayat elections

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 22 Highlights: The Karnataka police have deployed 80,000 police personnel of various ranks for election duty. The DGP office said that 10,969 home guards have been deployed for the phase one and 1746 mobile vehicles have been deployed.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 23, 2020 8:27:58 am
Voting, Elections, PollsThe local body elections, which began on December 22, were conducted in two phases and concluded on December 27.

Karnataka Bengaluru News December 22 Highlights: About two lakh voters in Bengaluru urban district will be casting their votes for the Grama Panchayat elections on Tuesday.

Deputy Commissioner (Urban) G N Shivamurthy on Monday said that the elections will be held in 11 Grama Panchayat in Bengaluru urban district (North) and 15 in Yelahanka taluk. In Bengaluru North ,it has about 98,422 voters.

For 233 seats, 538 contenders have filed nominations and 32 have been already unanimously elected. In Yelahanka, 719 people are contesting for 298 seats. 1.18 lakh voters will decide the fate and 25 persons have already been unanimously elected, he said.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka police have deployed 80,000 police personnel of various ranks for election duty. The DGP office said that 10,969 home guards have been deployed for the phase one and 1746 mobile vehicles have been deployed. 111 platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and local District Armed Reserve (DAR) will be deployed. The police said that the local police heads have been instructed to ensure Covid-19 norms will be maintained during voting.

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18:34 (IST)22 Dec 2020
NCB Bengaluru busts drug racket procured from Netherlands and Ethiopia

Narcotic Control Bureau, Bengaluru zonal unit on Tuesday arrested two Nigerian nationals, including a woman, in Bengaluru on charges of drug peddling and 3,000 ecstasy pills and cocaine, received from the Netherlands and Ethiopia through postal parcel service.

Acting on intelligence inputs NCB, seized 3000 Yellow and Grey coloured pills of MDMA (610 gms) from a parcel at Foreign Post Office, Bengaluru. “The consignment was concealed in layers of table cloth. The preliminary investigation revealed that MDMA was sourced from the Netherlands and destined to Bengaluru for further distribution,” NCB said in a statement.

In the follow up action, on 18 December, two persons including a woman, who arrived to collect the parcel, were apprehended from the same location by the central agency.

A team of NCB officials arrested Ramla Shedafa Nancy and Emmanuel Michael when they arrived to collect the parcels at the Foreign Post Office on December 18. Foreign passports have been recovered from them, which seems to be fake, a statement from the agency said.

“Further, acting on information obtained from the interrogation of apprehended persons, the NCB team further traced and recovered another parcel 2 consisting of 235 grams of Cocaine, concealed in the inner walls of a corrugated box. The Cocaine was sourced from Ethiopia,” NCB added in the statement.

18:33 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Bengaluru airport launches rapid Covid-19 RT-PCR test facility, results in 13 minutes

Flyers at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will now be able to get tested for Covid-19 at the airport and get the results of the test, done using the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method, in as early as 13 minutes. The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) launched the round-the-clock COVID-19 testing facility on Tuesday.

According to a BIAL spokesperson, the facility is expected to help international passengers arriving in the city who were unable to get a test prior to boarding and for those who need to undertake a Covid-19 test before travelling to another destination.

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17:48 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Robbers tie house owner to chair, stab wife before fleeing with valuables near Dharmasthala

The Karnataka Police have intensified the search for a gang of nine robbers who allegedly stormed into a house near Dharmasthala in Dakshina Kannada district off the Bengaluru-Mangaluru highway and decamped with cash and gold ornaments worth lakhs.

According to Dakshina Kannada police, the nine-member gang tied the house owner to a chair and stabbed his wife before looting the house and fleeing with valuables.

Explaining the incident, Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of Police B M Laxmi Prasad said the dacoits robbed the victims of Rs 1.5 lakh in cash and 240 grams of gold ornaments after breaking into the house at around 2.15 am.

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16:23 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Sandalwood drugs case: Crime branch nabs ‘absconding’ quarry owner

The Central Crime Branch of the Bengaluru City Police probing the Sandalwood drugs case confirmed the arrest of Vinay Kumar, an accused in the case who was “absconding since September."

According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil, the accused was arrested on Monday and was later produced before the court. “Vinay Kumar, one of the absconding accused in the drugs case registered at Cottonpet police station has been arrested. The court has sent him to police custody till December 28,” he said.

Meanwhile, CCB sleuths investigating the case added that Kumar, identified as the owner of a quarry in Kunigal allegedly used to organise high-profile parties with bullion trader Vaibhav Jain, another accused who was arrested earlier.

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16:13 (IST)22 Dec 2020
LIC officials meet CM over Bhagyalakshmi scheme

LIC officials met Chief Minister Yediyurappa over Bhagyalakshmi scheme on Tuesday. Yediyurappa told LIC officials to work out the best plan they could offer for the Bhagyalakshmi scheme and discuss it with officers of the Finance Department.

"LIC officials led by Mini Ipe, Zonal Manager, LIC today met the Chief Minister to reconsider the Government decision to implement Bhagyalakshmi through LIC again and CM asked them to work out the best plan", the CMO said in a statement.

"As LIC had expressed helplessness to provide 1 lakh rupee to the beneficiaries under Bhagyalakshmi scheme, with existing premium, Government had examined the issue closely and Cabinet had decided to implement it through Sukanya Samruddhi scheme of India Post," statement added.

Chief Secretary T.M. Vijayabhaskar, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. E.V. Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Women and Child Development Department, Dr. Nagalambika Devi and other senior officers were present.

15:42 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Bengaluru to get 100 EV battery swapping stations

In a bid to encourage electric mobility in Bengaluru, as many as 100 electric vehicle (EV) battery-swapping stations will be established in the city, as part of an initiative by different private firms along with the state government.

Electric vehicle solutions and services startup Sun Mobility launched four such 'swap points' in the city in a partnership with the state-run Indian Oil Corporation. Launching the initiative, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said, "Consumers are ready to adopt EVs and now there is a need to ensure that the supporting infrastructure is in place. The indigenous solution and commercial model of battery swapping with quick interchange stations launched today is a welcome measure."

A fleet of Piaggio Ape E-City three-wheelers run by MetroRide will begin using the new facility. "Our commitment is to increase adoption of EVs in the shared mobility sector, in Bengaluru, by making refueling faster, cheaper, more accessible and convenient," Chetan Maini, Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman, Sun Mobility said.

15:30 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Bengaluru Traffic police collect Rs 29 lakh fine in just two hours in a special drive

The Bengaluru traffic police on Monday in a special drive against the traffic violation called ‘Operation Surprise Check’ collected a penalty of nearly Rs 29.5 lakh in a span of just two hours.

According to traffic police, most violations are riding bikes without wearing helmets, riding in the opposite direction on one-way streets, driving without safety belts, speaking on a mobile phone while driving or riding, and riding on pavements.

The city traffic police personnel carried out the special drive between 11.30 am and 1.30 pm at 178 locations across the city. Joint commissioner of police (traffic) BR Ravikanthe Gowda said that 6,247 cases were booked at the end of the operation by personnel from 44 traffic police stations and collected Rs 29,47,50.

BR Ravikanthe Gowda said, “Under operation surprise check initiative we identified the places where we never checked the traffic violations before so we can surprise the violators. Hence we identified 178 new locations where our personnel were deployed to check violations.”

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14:36 (IST)22 Dec 2020
IN PICS | AIMSS members protest in Bengaluru supporting farmers in Delhi

Members of the All India Mahila Samskritik Sanghatan (AIMSS) is the women's wing of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) Tuesday carried out a protest near Maurya Circle in Bengaluru in solidarity with farmers protesting in Delhi demanding the Centre to repeal three farm laws.

"This is the seventh consecutive day of protests held in Bengaluru in support of the historic farmer's struggle in Delhi. This shall continue till the Centre meets the demands of the farmers," a statement issued by protesters in the city read.

12:34 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Karnataka: Voting underway in 2,930 gram panchayats in first phase

The first phase of election to the 3,019 Gram Panchayats in 117 taluks in Karnataka is underway with COVID-19 protocols.

According to the election commission, there are 1,17,383 candidates in the fray for 48,048 seats.

The voting began at 7.00 am and concludes at 5.00 pm. The State Election Commission had announced a two-phase poll to be held on December 22 and 27. In both phases, 2.96 crore electors will vote to elect 92,121 members for the gram panchayat.

As many as 45,128 polling booths will be set up, and about 2.7 lakh polling officials will be deployed to oversee elections, election Commission said.

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10:27 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Board exams to be delayed this year: Karnataka Education Minister

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar Monday clarified that board exams for classes 10 and 12 will not be held in March, as usual, ending uncertainty and speculations over the same.

In a phone-in programme with a Kannada news channel, he said, "The schedule of the board exams for SSLC and II PU students will be announced along with a detailed calendar of events for this academic year will be out in a few days."

He added that students need not worry about the exams and ensured that the syllabus will be cut considering the number of available academic days this year. "The timetables will be finalised after consulting with department officials, schools, and teachers' associations," the Minister added.

09:59 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Bengaluru violence: NIA arrests 17 SDPI, PFI members

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the August violence in Bengaluru, arrested 17 leaders and activists of the Social Democratic Party of India and the Popular Front of India.

Four persons had died in police firing on August 11 after mobs attacked the DJ Halli police station and the home of the Congress MLA, Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy over a Facebook post by his nephew.

The NIA had taken over the case from the Bengaluru Police on September 22.

According to the NIA statement, the SDPI leaders – Md. Sharieff, Imran Ahmed, Rubah Waqas, Shabbar Khan and Shaik Ajmal – had conducted meetings at Thanissandra and KG Halli wards in Bengaluru in the evening of August 11. “They conspired, mobilised and led the crowd to the KG Halli Police station, causing huge damage to the public and police station vehicles,” the NIA said.

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09:59 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Yogesh Gowda murder case: Former Minister Vinay Kulkarni's custody extended

A special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Court in Dharwad Monday extended the judicial custody of former Minister Vinay Kulkarni by seven days. Kulkarni, a Congress leader, was arrested on November 5 in connection with the murder case of former BJP Zilla panchayat member Yogesh Gowda in Dharwad.

With his judicial custody — which was extended a fortnight back till December 21 — ending on Monday, CBI sleuths produced him before the court via video conference from Hindalga Jail in Belagavi.

The extension of his judicial custody for seven days was pronounced by CBI Special Court Judge Gangadhara C M who also asked the CBI to produce him before the court on December 28. Kulkarni's relative Chandrashekhar Indi, another co-accused in the case, was arrested by CBI earlier last week. Indi is remanded in judicial custody till December 28.

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09:35 (IST)22 Dec 2020
UK coronavirus strain: Karnataka govt announces new quarantine rules for passengers arriving from Europe

The Karnataka government Monday mandated RT-PCR testing for all passengers arriving from the United Kingdom (UK) to the state and also announced new quarantine rules for people arriving from Europe. The move comes following the detection of a new variant of coronavirus in the UK.

The health department said that RT-PCR tests will also be mandated for those transiting in other airports outside the UK, from December 22.

Following a meeting with health department officials, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said that initial studies suggest that even though the new strain is not more virulent in nature, however, it is still more contagious.

As a precautionary measure, the state govt has mandated RT-PCR tests and quarantine for travellers from the UK, Denmark and Netherlands, the minister explained.

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09:25 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Jeeva Sarthakate programme to be recognised as SOTTO of Karnataka

Karnataka has decided to identify Jeeva Sarthakate programme as State Organ Tissue Transplant Organisation (SOTTO) of Karnataka to encourage organ donation in the state. The decision was taken at a meeting presided by Dr K Sudhakar, Health Education and Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister on Monday.

The meeting discussed ways to promote donor transplantation with the officials of Jeeva Sarthakate programme. As Covid-19 cases are decreasing, the number of donors are increasing in the state. In 2019, there were 105 donors. From January to March 2020, during the Pre-Covid-19 time, the state saw 25 organ transplantations and nine more in the past two months.

Based on National Law School of India University's report on Jeeva Sarthakate and recommendation that it must be recognised as Karnataka's SOTTO, the meeting decided to enforce the same.

The meeting also decided that all district hospitals and medical colleges in the state will be given licences, and a higher-level advisory committee will be formed to ensure this is well-executed. A deputy director, additional staff, and 20 organ transplantation organisers will be newly appointed. In addition to this, training will be imparted to the staff.

The meeting decided to hold statewide campaign to raise awareness about organ transplantation.

09:15 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Siddaramaiah expresses regret over remarks on beef and Kodavas

Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday expressed regret for his purported remarks that Kodavas eat beef, for which he is facing flak, saying he has a lot of respect for Kodava people and their culture.

Several Kodava organisations held protests in front of the Kodagu district Deputy Commissioner’s office today in protest against Siddaramaiah’s remarks. “I had not said like that. I had said food habits vary from people to people and they eat what they like. I have already tweeted and clarified that I did not say like that. I have a lot of respect for Kodava people and their culture, and if my statements have in any way hurt them, I express my regret,” Siddaramaiah told reporters here.

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08:40 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Karnataka gram panchayat elections: Polling under way

The first phase of election to the 3019 Gram Panchayats in 117 taluks in Karnataka will be held today.

According to the election commission, There are 1,17,383 candidates in the fray for 48048 seats.

The voting will begin at 7 am and conclude at 5 pm. The State Election Commission had announced a two-phase poll to be held on December 22 and 27. In both the phases, 2.96 crore electors will vote to elect 92,121 gram panchayat members in all.

As many as 45,128 polling booths will be set up, and about 2.7 lakh polling officials will be deployed to oversee elections, election Commission said.

Polling results will be announced on December 30. The election to four constituencies in Bellary was countermanded by the Election Commission following reports of auction of the seats.

08:28 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Karnataka: APMC traders hold day-long protest against farm laws, hike in market fee

Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) workers in Karnataka on Monday staged a protest in support of the farmers’ agitation against the new agriculture reform laws and hike in the market fee by the state government recently.

The workers and traders shut down their operations in APMC market in Yeshwanthpura in North Bengaluru and staged a sit-in demanding the repeal of the three farm laws while terming them “anti farmer”. The APMC traders also demanded withdrawal of the APMC (amendment) Bill, 2020, which proposed a hike in the market fee from 0.35 per cent to one per cent of the transaction value.

Earlier this month, the BJP government led by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa passed the APMC Bill through a voice vote amid a walkout by Congress.

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08:18 (IST)22 Dec 2020
80k police deployed in Karnataka for Grama Panchayat elections

The Karnataka police have deployed 80,000 police personnel of various ranks for election duty.

The DGP office said that 10,969 home guards have been deployed for the phase one and 1746 mobile vehicles have been deployed.

111 platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and local District Armed Reserve (DAR) will be deployed. The police said that the local police heads have been instructed to ensure Covid-19 norms will be maintained during voting.

08:18 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Over two lakh voters to cast vote in Bengaluru for Grama Panchayat elections

About two lakh voters in Bengaluru urban district will be casting their votes for the Grama Panchayat elections on Tuesday.

Deputy Commissioner (Urban) G N Shivamurthy on Monday said that the elections will be held in 11 Grama Panchayat in Bengaluru urban district (North) and 15 in Yelahanka taluk. In Bengaluru North, it has about 98,422 voters.

"For 233 seats, 538 contenders have filed nominations and 32 have been already unanimously elected. In Yelahanka, 719 people are contesting for 298 seats. 1.18 lakh voters will decide the fate and 25 persons have already been unanimously elected", he said.

08:16 (IST)22 Dec 2020
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Karnataka has decided to identify Jeeva Sarthakate programme as State Organ Tissue Transplant Organisation (SOTTO) of Karnataka to encourage organ donation in the state. The decision was taken at a meeting presided by Dr K Sudhakar, Health Education and Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister on Monday.

The meeting discussed ways to promote donor transplantation with the officials of Jeeva Sarthakate programme. As Covid19 cases are decreasing the number of donors are increasing in the state. In 2019, there were 105 donors. From January to March 2020, during the Pre-Covid19 time, the state saw 25 organ transplantation and 9 more in the past two months.

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Based on National Law School of India University's report on Jeeva Sarthakate and recommendation that it must be recognised as Karnataka's SOTTO, the meeting decided to enforce the same.

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The meeting also decided that all district hospitals and medical colleges in the state will be given licences, and a higher-level advisory committee will be formed to ensure this is well-executed.

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