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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus January 13 Highlights: State to receive 20 thousand doses of Covaxin, says Health Minister

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News January 13 Highlights: All health warriors who are relentlessly working in this fight against Covid-19 will get the vaccine in the first phase starting January 16.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: January 14, 2021 8:17:09 am
Covishield, COVID-19 vaccine, BengaluruThe first consignment of Covishield vaccine arrives in Bengaluru from the Serum Institute of India in Pune on Tuesday morning. (File)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News January 13 Highlights: “20,000 doses of Covaxin will be arriving in the state soon”, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar, speaking to the media here on Wednesday. The only difference between Covaxin vial and Covi-shield vial is Covi-shield has 5 ml of vaccine in a vial and covaxin has 10 ml of vaccine in a vial. One vial can vaccinate 20 people. Both the vaccine will be given in the state and there is no choice for any, the minister said.

“Central government has issued a guideline regarding which district and which staff to be given the vaccination. All districts will be distributed with the vaccine to inaugurate the vaccination drive on January 16th”, he said.

The minister congratulated the newly inducted ministers to the CM BSY cabinet and said some of the leaders could not make into the list, but they will be given suitable position in the party. “Our government is working transparently and taking all the schemes to the doorsteps of the beneficiaries. There will be unhappiness when a cabinet is expanded, but it’s a part of democracy, said Dr.Sudhakar. all leaders are united and there is no dissidence in the party”, he clarified.

A total of 6.48 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine in 54 boxes arrived in Bengaluru Tuesday and they have been stored in a storage facility near Anand Rao circle, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar.

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18:28 (IST)13 Jan 2021
Resentment in BJP after Yediyurappa announces list of Ministers to be inducted

Resentment has erupted within the state BJP soon after Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced the list of seven Ministers to be inducted into his 17-month old cabinet on Wednesday.

The ruling party legislators have expressed serious reservations about MLCs not elected by the people being made Ministers, lack of representation to certain regions, with most Ministers still from Bengaluru and Belagavi districts and also on their “seniority or sacrifice” not being considered.

Yediyurappa earlier in the day announced that MLAs Umesh Katti, Arvind Limbavali, Murugesh Nirani, C P Yogeshwar, S Angara, and MLCs MTB Nagaraj and R Shankar will be sworn-in as Ministers, following which several BJP MLAs, who were aspirants, expressed their serious discontent.

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16:38 (IST)13 Jan 2021
State to receive 20 thousand doses of Covaxin: Health Minister Sudhakar

"20,000 doses of Covaxin will be arriving in the state soon", said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar, speaking to the media here on Wednesday.

The only difference between Covaxin vial and Covi-shield vial is Covi-shield has 5 ml of vaccine in a vial and covaxin has 10 ml of vaccine in a vial. One vial can vaccinate 20 people. Both the vaccine will be given in the state and there is no choice for any, the minister said.

"Central government has issued a guideline regarding which district and which staff to be given the vaccination. All districts will be distributed with the vaccine to inaugurate the vaccination drive on January 16th", he said.

The minister congratulated the newly inducted ministers to the CM BSY cabinet and said some of the leaders could not make into the list, but they will be given suitable position in the party. "Our government is working transparently and taking all the schemes to the doorsteps of the beneficiaries. There will be unhappiness when a cabinet is expanded, but it’s a part of democracy, said Dr.Sudhakar. all leaders are united and there is no dissidence in the party", he clarified.

14:46 (IST)13 Jan 2021
Seven new Cabinet ministers to be sworn in today

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced that seven MLAs Umesh Katti, Arvind Limbavali, Murugesh Nirani, S Angara and MLCs MTB Nagaraj, CP Yogeeshwar and R Shankar will be sworn in as ministers today.

Speaking to reporters Yediyurappa said, "We have sent the list of seven names to the Governor."

While only seven ministerial posts were available as of now, one more Cabinet position will fall vacant as Excise Minister H Nagesh is expected to resign on Wednesday or Thursday. Yediyurappa said that he would convince Nagesh to tender his resignation.

According to the Chief Minister office, the new ministers will take oath at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday at around 3.50 pm ahead of Makara Sankranti festival.

12:01 (IST)13 Jan 2021
NIA charge sheet against Bengaluru doc says he was designing medical app for ISIS operatives

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a charge sheet against a Bengaluru Ophthalmologist with alleged links to ISIS, stating that he was working on a medical application for treatment of operatives belonging to the terror outfit.

The NIA arrested 28-year-old Abdur Rahman, alias Dr Brave, in August last year, as part of investigation into a case registered in March 2020 against the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) module.

According to the central probe agency, Rahman travelled to Syria in December 2013 to participate in various terror activities of ISIS.

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10:52 (IST)13 Jan 2021
Kanakapura Namma Metro section to be inaugurated on January 14

After missing several deadlines, the Yelachenahalli-Silk Institute line of Metro Phase-2 will be thrown open for operations on January 14, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced on Wednesday.

Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri will inaugurate the extension on Green Line virtually in the presence of chief minister BS Yediyurappa. The 6.29-km elevated line will have Five stations – Konanakunte Cross, Doddakallasandra, Vajrahalli, Thalaghattapura and Silk Institute.

The inauguration will be at 4.30pm on January 14. “After the successful launch of the train service to the Airport, here is one more step towards easing commute in Bengaluru. Namma Metro's 6 km Yelachenahalli to Silk Institute stretch of the Green Line will be flagged off on January 14,” Yediyurappa tweeted.

09:58 (IST)13 Jan 2021
Lockout at Toyota Kirloskar Motor plant withdrawn

The management of the Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) car manufacturing plant, located outside Bengaluru, on Tuesday announced the withdrawal of a nearly 60-day-long lockout, following protests by workers over an increase in workload and suspension of union members who had protested against the new work schedules released last November.

Despite the withdrawal of the lockout at the Bidadi factory, the Toyota Kirloskar Motor Employees Union said workers would not return since the management had neither withdrawn the condition that employees must sign a guarantee to maintain discipline to return to work nor addressed the issue of workload and suspension of workers. “In view of a recent meeting held between Dr. Ashwathnarayan, Honourable Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka with the TKM management and having observed a gradual improvement in safety situation, both inside and outside company premises, TKM Management have decided to withdraw the lockout,’’ TKM said.

The workers protest at the factory began on November 10 over a November 9 order reducing the takt time — the time taken to complete a process at the plant from 180 seconds to 150 seconds — and the suspension of a union member, according to the TKMEU.

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09:17 (IST)13 Jan 2021
New Karnataka Cabinet ministers to take oath today: BS Yediyurappa

The much-awaited cabinet expansion would take place on Wednesday with the induction of seven to eight ministers, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said.

Yediyurappa also indicated one minister might be dropped in the rejig, the third of the 17-month old ministry. "New ministers will take oath at the Raj Bhavan at around 3.50 pm Wednesday, the list of seven or eight ministers who will be inducted will be released in due course," he told reporters in Bengaluru.

Asked will anyone be dropped from the 27-member ministry as there were only seven vacant berths, he said: "It is being discussed, we will see, we may have to drop someone, will think about it and make a decision... there is no confusion."

According to the Chief Minister office, the new ministers will take oath at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday at around 3.50 pm ahead of Makara Sankranti festival.

08:48 (IST)13 Jan 2021
Swami Harshananda, Bengaluru head of Ramakrishna Ashram, passes away

Swami Harshananda, head of the Bengaluru unit of the Ramakrishna Ashram, died of cardiac arrest on Tuesday, ashram authorities said. The 91-year-old seer had been suffering from age related issues and was on a wheelchair for the past few months, they said.

A gold medalist mechanical engineer from the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, he chose to don ochre robes and become a monk. Attracted by Swami Vivekananda''s teachings, he joined the Ramakrishna Mission in 1954 and grew spiritually under the tutelage of Swami Virajananda, the sixth president of the Bengaluru branch of Ramakrishna Mission,Ashram officials said.

They said he was initiated into the monastic order by Swami Vishuddhananda, the eighth president of the Ashram, in 1962. Known for his administrative skills, the Swami had worked in Benglauru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Belur Math in West Bengal (headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission) and Allahabad, they added. He was president of the Ramakrishna Math here since 1989.

"Swamiji was multi-lingual and was an expert in Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Bengali and English," they said. He had composed several books in Kannada, Sanskrit and English, including ''A Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism''. and was also a good singer and orator, the officials said.

08:21 (IST)13 Jan 2021
Tesla drives into India with Bengaluru unit

World’s leading electric car manufacturers Tesla Inc, which had expressed its intent of starting operations in India, finally set up its office in Bengaluru.

On January 8, the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer set up its company ‘Tesla India Motors and Energy Private Limited’ in India with its registered office in the capital of Karnataka.

Documents accessed from the Registrar of Companies (RoC) show that the company will “import, distribute, sell, service, maintain and repair electric vehicles and stationary energy storage systems and equipment, energy generation systems and equipment, including solar panels, solar electrical system…”

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08:16 (IST)13 Jan 2021
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The long-awaited expansion of the Karnataka cabinet will take place on Wednesday at 4 pm, with the induction of seven ministers, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said on Tuesday.

“Seven new ministers will be inducted into the cabinet and the new list of ministers will be announced at 4 pm on Wednesday,” Yediyurappa said.

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On Sunday, Yediyurappa met BJP National President JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party general secretary in-charge for the state Arun Singh to discuss the cabinet expansion and the upcoming bypolls to the Basavakalyana and Maski Assembly seats and the Belagavi Parliamentary seat.

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