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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus December 24 Highlights: Karnataka withdraws night curfew order amid public outcry

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 24 Highlights: All passengers who arrive in Karnataka from any country without a COVID-19 negative report will have to undergo mandatory tests, according to a circular issued by the state government. 

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 25, 2020 8:15:13 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News December 24 Highlights: The Karnataka government on Thursday withdrew the night curfew order it had announced a day earlier amid global fears of a new Covid strain detected in the United Kingdom. In a statement, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said he held a meeting with officials and ministers following public outcry and decided to withdraw the order.

The state government had earlier decided to impose night curfew across the state from December 24 to January 2. The curfew was supposed to be in place from 11 pm to 5 am.

All passengers who arrive in Karnataka from any country without a COVID-19 negative report will have to undergo mandatory tests, according to a circular issued by the state government. “The returnees should have a COVID-19 negative certificate issued within 72 hours from time of departure. Otherwise they will be mandatorily subjected to an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 at Bengaluru International airport, Mangaluru International Airport, Mangaluru seaport and Karwar seaport,” stated the circular.

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Catch the latest news in Bengaluru and Karnataka as we bring you live updates on night curfew, COVID-19, lockdown 6.0 and phase 6 of the unlock across the state and more throughout the day. Also read Chennai Hyderabad news

18:18 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Karnataka land denotification case: Opposition demands CM's resignation

A couple of days after the Karnataka High Court refused to quash a 2015 corruption case against Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa over an alleged illegal denotification of government land, the Opposition Thursday intensified their demand for his resignation.

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah demanded Yediyurappa to resign in a bid to make way for an impartial investigation. "The High Court has dismissed his (Yediyurappa's) petition to quash the investigation of KIADB land denotification. He may misuse his position of power and derail the investigation," Siddaramaiah alleged.

18:06 (IST)24 Dec 2020
BBMP administrator Gaurav Gupta conducts progress review meeting on works around Avenue Road, Chikpet

BBMP administrator Gaurav Gupta held a progress review meeting on works around Chikpet and expressed displeasure at the officials for inadequate work. At a meeting held in the BBMP head office, he obtained information on road construction works at Chikpet and Avenue Road.

Speaking on the occasion, he questioned the officials on not clearing the roadside drainage sludge and not repairing the sidewalk despite receiving directives on development works to be undertaken. He instructed that work should be completed within the next meeting.

He said BBMP, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, and Smart City must work in tandem at construction projects at Chikpet area.

Gaurav Gupta instructed the officials to prepare a blueprint of sewage drain and stormwater drain and take up repair work immediately.

He said there should be no inconvenience caused to people from the construction work at Avenue Road under the smart city project in TenderSure model.

17:29 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Karnataka govt withdraws night curfew

The Karnataka Government has withdrawn night curfew in the state. In a statement, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said after the public outcry, he held a meeting with officials and ministers and decided to withdraw the night curfew order.

On Wednesday, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had announced that a night curfew would be in place from December 24 to January 2. The curfew was supposed to be from 11 pm to 5 am.

17:13 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Road works under Smart City to be completed soon: BBMP Administrator Gaurav Gupta

BBMP Administrator Shri Gaurav Gupta said that he has instructed to complete the Smart City road construction projects as soon as possible.

He inspected road construction works at Dickenson Road, Halasuru Road, Commercial Street road, Raj Bhavan Road, Kamaraj Road, and Nehru Planetarium Road, on Thursday. Speaking to media persons, he said 36 roads at the centre of the city are being developed under the Smart City project in TenderSure model.

He said the officials have been instructed to complete the works at the Raj Bhavan Road, Race Course Road, Nehru Planetarium Road and Hayes Road. The rest of the construction work, including 10 road works in January 2021, will be completed at the earliest. In case of delay in work by the contractor, a notice will be issued, and a fine will be imposed according to the regulations, he said.

16:56 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Karnataka HC directs cop to clean public road for failing to register FIR

The Karnataka High Court, in a recent order, directed a police officer in Kalaburagi district to clean a public road in front of the police station for a week for failing to register a First Information Report (FIR) as part of his duty, when a woman approached the station stating that her son had been abducted.

“The entire development in the case, after the petitioner’s son went missing, discloses to us a very disturbing facet of the functioning of the police stations in this area of the State,” a Division Bench comprising Justice S Sunil Dutt Yadav and Justice P Krishna Bhat at the Kalaburagi Bench of the High Court said in an order.

It added, “The problem, primarily, is one of the police officers not complying with the procedure prescribed under the Code of Criminal Procedure, which places a high premium on the guarantee of liberty of the individuals.”

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15:25 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Explained: Karnataka night curfew over new strain and what international flyers need to know

The Karnataka government has decided to impose night curfew across the state starting Thursday night (December 24) amid global fears of a new Covid strain detected in the United Kingdom. Here are the guidelines to be followed in the state during the curfew hours, and what travellers arriving here need to watch out for.

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14:29 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Online loan apps fraud: Bengaluru police urge victims to reach out to cybercrime cell

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru City Police Wednesday confirmed the presence of illegal app-based instant microloan lending companies operating from Bengaluru as well after similar cases appeared from Hyderabad, Cyberabad, and other cities in the country.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said three such cases have been registered by the CCB on Wednesday. “CCB has registered three cases against online loan apps which provides loans illegally at exorbitant interest rates.

Anyone who has fallen victim to such fraud should reach out to the cybercrime police station with details.”

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13:20 (IST)24 Dec 2020
IN PICS | Yediyurappa holds meeting to upgrade PHCs across the state

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa held meeting with the medical education minister and officials to upgrade the existing Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across the state to function as 24/7 clinics.

According to the CMO, the Chief Minister reviewed the proposal of the revival of rural health care with revamping in infrastructure and policies in his office.

12:42 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Karnataka visit: Vice-President to reach Bengaluru on Dec 29

The Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu will arrive in Bengaluru on December 29 on an official state visit, the Karnataka government stated on Thursday.

"According to the itinerary received here on Thursday, the Vice President will be arriving at the Kempe Gowda International Airport on December 29 in the morning and proceed to Hosakote in Bengaluru Rural District and visit the Centre for Research and Education in Science and Technology," the statement read.

The Vice President will leave for Chennai on December 31 from Bengaluru, it added.

10:39 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Karnataka govt schools likely to get high-speed internet

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister Suresh Kumar Wednesday said that high-speed internet facilities will be provided soon at all government schools in the state. He explained that a possible cable-in partnership with Bharat Net, a rural broadband project operated by the Department of Telecommunications.

"Preliminary discussions have been held with relevant departments on this to enable us to implement the first phase at the cluster level. This is expected to be realised within the next one year," he said. Kumar added that this decision would provide a new direction to the government school education system in the near future.

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10:13 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Railways permits travel on Chennai suburban trains during non-peak hours

After a period of more than nine months, the Southern Railways has allowed the public to travel in Chennai’s suburban trains during non-peak hours. The non-peak hours have been marked as early hours of the day to 7 am, 9.30 am to 4.30 am and from 7 pm to the closing hours of the day.

As per the announcement, only employees engaged in organisations rendering essential services will be allowed to travel on the train during peak hours.

  • Non-peak hours: Early hours of the day to 07:00 am, 09:30 am to 04:30 pm and from 07:00 pm to the closing hours of the day.
  • Peak hours: 7 am to 09:30 am and 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm every day.

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10:03 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Cong will contest all local body polls sans alliances: D K Shivakumar

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President D K Shivakumar Wednesday said that the party will contest all future urban local body elections alone without forming any alliances with other parties.

"It has been decided that from now on, the party will field candidates on its symbol and contest all seats to civic bodies of Belagavi, Hubballi-Dharwad, and others for which the schedule has been set," he said.

He added, "The Congress used to forge alliances at the local level and not field our own candidates in many places. It is important we contest with the party symbol going forward. Whether we win or not is different."

09:48 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Mangaluru-Mumbai flight to begin operations today

Daily flights between Mangaluru and Mumbai will begin services on Thursday with Go Air announcing a new destination on their domestic network in the country.

According to GoAir, an Airbus 320 Neo will be used for the services in both directions. As per the schedule, GoAir flight G8 0338 will depart from Mangaluru at 09.30 am to arrive in Mumbai at 11.00 am. On the return direction, GoAir flight G8 0335 will take-off from Mumbai at 07.40 am and land in Mangaluru at 9 am.

09:09 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Karnataka night curfew from today; Guidelines issued by government

Karnataka Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar issued detailed guidelines on the night curfew on Wednesday evening.

As per the norms, movement of individuals is strictly prohibited between 11 pm and 5 am, with the exception of those involved in essential services. There are no restrictions on the movement of goods through trucks, goods vehicles or carriers, including empty vehicles, Vijay Bhaskar said.

All industries, companies and organisations, which require operations at night, have been permitted to operate with 50 per cent staff. Movement of employees of such organisations shall be allowed on producing valid ID cards issued by their respective organisation or institution.

Industries and factories which operate 24×7 have been allowed to function without any restrictions, while the movement of long-distance night bus, trains and flights are also permitted.

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08:29 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Rapid expansion, random wage cuts: behind the Wistron violence

Worker unrest following the non-redressal of payment and overtime issues at a new factory of Wistron Infocomm Manufacturing India Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Wistron Corporation, the Taiwan-headquartered computers and computer peripherals firm that manufactures iPhones for Apple and other products, resulted in a riot at the plant on December 12.

Production at the plant at Narasapura in Kolar district around 60 km from Bengaluru, employing 1,343 regular workers and 8,490 contract workers, was suspended following the violence.

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08:18 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Amid fears of new Covid strain, Karnataka becomes second state after Maharashtra to impose night curfew

Karnataka has become the second state after Maharashtra to impose night curfew amid fears of a new Covid strain from the UK. Making the announcement on Wednesday, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said the night curfew will come into effect on December 24 and be in force on January 2. The curfew hours will be from 11 pm to 5 am.

The announcement of the night curfew came after the CM held detailed discussions with members of the technical advisory committee on Wednesday morning. “In view of the new strain of Coronavirus, night curfew for nine days will be imposed till January 2,” Yediyurappa told reporters.

Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said the night curfew has been imposed as per suggestions given by the technical advisory committee. “The health department is keeping a close watch on passengers who have arrived from the United Kingdom,” Sudhakar said.

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08:18 (IST)24 Dec 2020
Karnataka announces night curfew from Dec 24

The Karnataka government on Wednesday announced a 11 pm – 5 am night curfew in the state from December 24 to January 2 in an effort to ensure that a new strain of Covid-19 discovered in the UK does not spread during the Christmas and New Year period.

“In view of the new strain of the Covid 19 virus and as per the advice of the government of India and the state technical advisory committee, it is decided to impose night curfew from December 24 till January 2, 2021, from 11 pm to 5 am. I request the public to co-operate and contain the new Covid -19 strain,” Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Wednesday.

“During the night curfew on December 24, the midnight services at churches will not be hindered,” Yediyurappa said. The night curfew will not restrict movement of all types of goods, and industries and factories that require 24/7 operations, long-distance buses, trains and flights will be allowed to operate, a government order stated.

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08:17 (IST)24 Dec 2020
All international passengers arriving in Karnataka must undergo COVID-19 test

All passengers who arrive in Karnataka from any country without a COVID-19 negative report will have to undergo mandatory tests, according to a circular issued by the state government.

“The returnees should have a COVID-19 negative certificate issued within 72 hours from time of departure. Otherwise they will be mandatorily subjected to an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 at Bengaluru International Airport, Mangaluru International Airport, Mangaluru seaport and Karwar seaport,” stated the circular.

The state government has directed the authorities at Bengaluru, Mangaluru International Airport, Mangaluru and Karwar seaport to take necessary measures to implement testing process of the returnees with immediate effect in association with jurisdictional health officials.

“Facility for RT-PCR testing or swab collection should be made available. Passengers who have given swab samples should be advised strict home quarantine till the receipt of the lab report. The passengers can opt for free RT-PCR testing by the government or undergo express test at the airport at their own expenses,”the government circular added.

08:16 (IST)24 Dec 2020
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Meanwhile, Karnataka has become the second state after Maharashtra to impose night curfew amid fears of a new Covid strain from the UK. Making the announcement on Wednesday, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said the night curfew will come into effect on December 24 and be in force on January 2. The curfew hours will be from 11 pm to 5 am.

The announcement of the night curfew came after the CM held detailed discussions with members of the technical advisory committee on Wednesday morning. “In view of the new strain of Coronavirus, night curfew for nine days will be imposed till January 2,” Yediyurappa told reporters.

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