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Karnataka Bengaluru February 25 Highlights: Nandi hills to be developed as international tourist place, says Health minister

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News February 25 Highlights: Health Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said that the government has already sanctioned Rs.10 crore for the purpose.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: February 26, 2021 8:18:35 am
Nandi HillsNandi Hills in Bengaluru covered by mist. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News February 25 Highlights: Popular hill station Nandi hills in Chikkaballapur will be developed as an international tourist destination, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar who is also district in-charge Minister. He was speaking to the media here after inspecting the ongoing works at Nandi Hills.

“Nandi hills and surrounding places are very attractive. Along with beautiful flora and fauna, Nandi Hills also has a historical and spiritual significance. This has all the qualities to be developed as an international tourist destination. Government has already sanctioned Rs.10 crore for the purpose,” said the minister.

“There was a popular demand from the public for a rope way since 15 years. Though an international agency earlier agreed for the project, later it was dropped. Now the dream is becoming reality. More than 10 acre land will be allotted in the foot hills to convert as parking area. The work will be completed in 3-4 months”, he said.

Nandi hills is 30 km away from Bengaluru International airport. “People can reach here in just 1 hour from Bengaluru. We are making efforts to develop this area. Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa has extended full co-operation in this regard, tender will be called soon to allocate the work order”, said Dr. Sudhakar.

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18:31 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Chikkaballapura blast case: Five including co-owner of quarry held, two police suspended

The Karnataka police arrested five people in connection with the quarry blast in Chikkaballapura that killed six people. The government has also suspended two police officials.

Among those arrested include Raghavendra Reddy, one of the two partners of the quarry, who was arrested from Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh. Others arrested in the case are employees linked to the quarry. Meanwhile, GS Nagaraj, the second partner, is still on the run from police.

Gudibande police station circle inspector Manjunath and sub-inspector Gopal Reddy were suspended on charges of dereliction of duty, senior police officials said.

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18:30 (IST)25 Feb 2021
BBMP Administrator Gaurav Gupta inspects signal-free Old Airport Road project work

BBMP Administrator Gaurav Gupta inspected various development works under the signal-free Old Airport Road project undertaken by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). 

He visited underpass works at Wind Tunnel junction, Suranjandas junction, and Kundalahalli junction on Wednesday. 
 
The Administrator instructed the officials to finish the pending work and complete the construction of the underpass by 2021 September. The land belonging to NAL and ISRO has been acquired. The work on the retaining wall on one side of underpass is complete and the retaining wall work on as well as free cast blocks on other side will be completed once permission for an alternative traffic route is obtained. 

Visiting the Suranjandas junction, he instructed the deputy forest conservator to shift the trees at the construction site. He ordered the officials concerned to complete remaining work on returning wall and free cast blocks by 2021 September.   

Continuing his inspection work, the administrator visited Kundalahalli junction and reviewed the completed retaining wall work on both the sides of underpass. As permission for acquisition of 27 properties for service road construction has been obtained, he instructed that acquisition process must be completed in the next 10 days and complete the construction by June 2021.

17:45 (IST)25 Feb 2021
KSRTC to venture into parcel and cargo business

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation will now venture into the parcel and cargo business in order to increase its revenue, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi said on Thursday.

"We are starting this new service to increase our revenue. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will launch this service tomorrow (Friday) at the Vidhana Soudha," Savadi, who holds the transport portfolio, told reporters at a press conference.

The three State Road Transport Corporations have been generating a revenue of Rs 35 crore by transporting luggage but now with the launch of the cargo and parcel services, the corporation is expecting a revenue of somewhere between Rs 70 crore to Rs 80 crore, Savadi said. He also said that Strategic Outsourcing Private Limited will be the business facilitator for five years to make the project happen.

"Strategic Outsourcing will provide the basic infrastructure. They will be provided space to set up parcel counters at the bus stands of the corporations," the Deputy Chief Minister said. 

Customers will have to book their parcel at the booking counter at the bus stands. They will have to fill a form giving information about the consignment. There will be an SMS alert system for the dispatcher and the receiver of the parcel. (PTI)

16:48 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Nandi hills will be developed as International tourist place: Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar

Popular hill station Nandi hills in Chikkaballapur will be developed as an international tourist destination, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar who is also district in-charge Minister. He was speaking to the media here after inspecting the ongoing works at Nandi Hills.

"Nandi hills and surrounding places are very attractive. Along with beautiful flora and fauna, Nandi Hills also has a historical and spiritual significance. This has all the qualifies to be developed as an international tourist destination. Government has already sanctioned Rs.10 crore for the purpose," said the minister.

"There was a popular demand from the public for a rope way since 15 years. Though an international agency earlier agreed for the project, later it was dropped. Now the dream is becoming reality. More than 10 acre land will be allotted in the foot hills to convert as parking area. The work will be completed in 3-4 months", he said.

Nandi hills is 30 km away from Bengaluru International airport. "People can reach here in just 1 hour from Bengaluru. We are making efforts to develop this area. Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa has extended full co-operation in this regard, tender will be called soon to allocate the work order", said Dr. Sudhakar.

Trekking trials to 5 hills surrounding the Nandi hills, eco-tourism, conservation of archeological monuments, beautification, infrastructure development etc will be done in the coming days. "CM will give priority for tourism sector in the coming budget", he added. The minister also said that, it is decided to completely ban use of plastic in the Nandi Hills.

15:26 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Lankesh killing: Court rejects bail plea of six accused

A sessions court has rejected a bail plea – citing delays in the start of their trial – of six of the 18 accused in the 2018 killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, indicating that part of the reason for the delay was the frequent filing of intervening applications by the accused themselves.
 
Amit Degwekar, Bharat Kurne, Rajesh Bangera, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar, Sujith Kumar and Manohar Edave – who are associated with Sanatan Sanstha and its affiliate Hindu Janajagruti Samiti – sought bail on the grounds that the trial in their case had not commenced despite a February 2019 court order to expedite it.
 
The accused were arrested in 2018 by a Special Investigation Team of Karnataka Police after investigations revealed that they were part of a secretive outfit spawned by the Sanatan Sanstha’s extremist religious ideology. The SIT probe revealed that members of the outfit gunned down Gauri Lankesh, 55, Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi, 77, and Maharashtra progressive thinkers Govind Pansare, 81 and Narendra Dabholkar, 69, between 2013 and 2018.

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14:11 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Karnataka quarry blast case: Five people held, two police suspended

The Karnataka police have arrested five people in connection with the blast at a quarry in Chikkaballapura in which six people were killed. The government has also suspended two police officials in connection with the case, police officials said. 

The arrested is identified as Raghavendra Reddy, one of the two partners of the quarry was arrested from Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh. Meanwhile, G S Nagaraj, another partner of is still on the run, and police are looking for him.

Others arrested are employees linked to the quarry. Identified  Venkatashiva Reddy, Praveen, Mohammed Riyaz Ansari (driver) and Madhusudan Reddy, police said.

The officials suspended are Gudibande police station circle inspector Manjunath and sub-inspector Gopal Reddy both are  kept under suspension pending inquiry, on charges of dereliction of duty, senior police officials said.

Six people were killed when the gelatin sticks they were transporting in a mini truck to  hide  gelatin which exploded accidentally at a stone quarry site in Chikkaballapura district on wee hours of Tuesday.

In January last month in a similar kind of incident six people were killed after a massive explosion that took place near a gravel and boulder crushing facility in Shivamogga district.

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12:59 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Next in line for vaccine on March 1: All above 60, 45-plus with comorbidities

The Centre said on Wednesday that the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive will begin from March 1 — for all citizens above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities.

While the vaccine will be available for free at the 10,000-odd government healthcare facilities, the beneficiaries will have to pay at the estimated 20,000 private facilities that are expected to be roped in.

Announcing the Cabinet decision, Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said: “The cost of vaccination in the private sector will be announced by the Union Health Ministry in the next two-three days. We are in discussions with the private hospitals.”

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12:01 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: Dakshina Kannada temporarily lifts curbs on Kerala border; state reports 334 new cases, 6 deaths

Following protests in neighbouring Kerala’s Kasaragod district after Karnataka made negative RT-PCR test reports mandatory for travellers from Kerala, the Dakshina Kannada district administration announced the temporary suspension of the order.

Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr KV Rajendra said, “The order has been temporarily taken back for three days. After this, people have to produce the negative certificate at the border before entering Karnataka. Students and employees will be allowed to come to Karnataka without restrictions.”

Dakshina Kannada district health chief S.K. Ramachandra Bairy said, “At the Talapady gate, there were many people during the testing process. Hence, we have decided not to mandate a report for three days so that passengers will get time to get the RT-PCR certificates.”

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10:53 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Lankesh killing: Court rejects bail plea of six accused

A sessions court has rejected a bail plea – citing delays in the start of their trial – of six of the 18 accused in the 2018 killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, indicating that part of the reason for the delay was the frequent filing of intervening applications by the accused themselves.

Amit Degwekar, Bharat Kurne, Rajesh Bangera, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar, Sujith Kumar and Manohar Edave – who are associated with Sanatan Sanstha and its affiliate Hindu Janajagruti Samiti – sought bail on the grounds that the trial in their case had not commenced despite a February 2019 court order to expedite it.

The accused were arrested in 2018 by a Special Investigation Team of Karnataka Police after investigations revealed that they were part of a secretive outfit spawned by the Sanatan Sanstha’s extremist religious ideology. The SIT probe revealed that members of the outfit gunned down Gauri Lankesh, 55, Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi, 77, and Maharashtra progressive thinkers Govind Pansare, 81 and Narendra Dabholkar, 69, between 2013 and 2018.

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09:24 (IST)25 Feb 2021
No confusion over travel restrictions says Karnataka health minister

Reacting to protests and Kerala Chief Minister writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over restrictions on the Karnataka-Kerala border, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said in a statement on Wednesday that there is no confusion and there is no restriction for anyone to enter the state.

“A negative RT-PCR report is compulsory for those coming from Kerala and Maharashtra. But there is no restriction for anyone to enter the state. There is no confusion in this. Restrictions have been imposed only for those two states since there are more number of cases,” Sudhakar said

08:51 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Karnataka reports 334 new cases, six fatalities

Karnataka Wednesday reported 334 new COVID-19 cases and six fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,49,183 and the death toll to 12,309.

According to the health department, 313 patients got discharged after recovery, and the total tally is 930778. Out of 6,077 active cases, 5,955 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and stable, while 122 are in ICU.

A total of over 1,84,94,364 samples have been tested so far, out of which 63,042 were tested on Wednesday alone, and 5343 among them were rapid antigen tests, said department bulletin.

Out of the six deaths reported Wednesday, four were from Bengaluru Urban and one each from Mysuru and Tumakuru.

08:31 (IST)25 Feb 2021
Another 6 residents of Bengaluru apartment test Covid-19 positive; tally reaches 26

After 20 people tested positive for Covid-19 in an apartment in Bengaluru, another six residents of SJR Watermark Apartment in Ambalipura, Bellandur ward, were diagnosed with the disease on Wednesday. With this, Bengaluru city now has three Covid-19 clusters.

“501 samples were collected on Monday, of which 10 were tested positive. On Tuesday, 544 were collected, of which six tested positive and on Wednesday we have collected 85 samples the results will be available on Thursday,” said Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad.

The apartment consists of nine towers with approximately 504 total flats. According to BBMP officials, out of the total, only 470 flats are occupied.

Earlier, an apartment in Bengaluru’s Bommanahalli became a Covid-19 hotspot after 103 people were found infected after a party on the premises.

On February 14, 40 students of a nursing college in Kaval Byrasandra tested positive for the virus, following which Prasad had said that the nursing college students have contracted the Covid-19 while visiting their hometowns in Kerala.

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08:21 (IST)25 Feb 2021
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Karnataka Wednesday reported 334 new COVID-19 cases and six fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,49,183 and the death toll to 12,309. According to the health department, 313 patients got discharged after recovery, and the total tally is 930778. Out of 6,077 active cases, 5,955 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and stable, while 122 are in ICU.

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A total of over 1,84,94,364 samples have been tested so far, out of which 63,042 were tested on Monday alone, and 5343 among them were rapid antigen tests, said department bulletin.

Out of the six deaths reported Wednesday, four were from Bengaluru Urban and one each from Mysuru and Tumakuru.

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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus February 25 Highlights

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