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Karnataka Bengaluru February 18 Highlights: Karnataka farmers stage rail roko at Bengaluru railway station

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News February 18 Highlights: Thousands of farmers from Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hubbuli-Dharwad, Belagavi and other parts of Karnataka will be staging protests at key railway junctions in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: February 19, 2021 8:17:32 am
Karnataka farmers, rail roko, BengaluruFarmers hold rail roko at Bengaluru's Yeshwanthpur railway station.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News February 18 Highlights: Few farmers conducted rail roko at Yeshwanthpur railway station in Bengaluru today in solidarity with the protesting farmers in Delhi. A farmers’ leader said, “When we arrived to railway station we were not allowed to demonstrate rail roko by police here. Why should we wait for the police to give permission when it was nationally announced by farm unions?”

Earlier, Kurubur Shanthakumar, president of Karnataka Union of farmer organisations had said, “The rail roko will be held from 12 am to 3 pm in Karnataka to impress upon the Central government to fulfil the demands of farmers groups.”

Thousands of farmers from Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hubbuli-Dharwad, Belagavi and other parts of Karnataka will be staging protests at key railway junctions in the state.

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18:16 (IST)18 Feb 2021
IN PICS | Glimpses of upcoming Sir M. Visvesvaraya Terminal in Bengaluru

Here is a glimpse of the upcoming Sir M. Visvesvaraya Terminal in Bengaluru, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. The images were shared by Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

The third coaching terminal for the city–after Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna(KSR) Bengaluru and Yesvantpur railway stations– is expected to decongest rush in the two existing stations.

Read more about this terminal at Baiyappanahalli here

17:46 (IST)18 Feb 2021
Less than half of Indian graduates are employable, BTechs have highest skills: Report

Less than half of the Indian graduates are employable, reveals the eighth edition of the India Skills Report (ISR) released today. In 2021, as many as 45.9 per cent of graduates are employable, a decline from 46.21 per cent in 2020 and 47.38 per cent in 2019, reveals the report. MA graduates are the least in terms of employability as only 22.42 per cent of them are employable followed by polytechnic at 25.02 per cent.

In contrast to the common belief, it is the BTech graduates who are most employable with 46.82 per cent followed closely by MBAs at 46.59 per cent, states the report.

Geography-wise, candidates from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka were found with highest employable talent while Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Pune ranked top among the cities. Compared to last year’s data, Mumbai has come down from the top 10 cities list, with Hyderabad, followed by Pune, consisting of more employable resources to become one of the cities with the most employable talent.

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16:48 (IST)18 Feb 2021
Bengaluru Airport now connects 61 domestic destinations

Bengaluru Airport now connects 61 destinations across India, indicating a positive trend in air travel to non-metro cities, Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) said. Airport catered to 58 domestic destinations before the onset of the pandemic.

"The new additions are Jorhat (IndiGo), Gorakhpur (IndiGo) and Jharsuguda (SpiceJet) that commenced operations in January 2021. Further cementing its position as one of the best-connected airports in the Country, airport will soon have flights to five new destinations — Rajkot, Durgapur (SpiceJet) and Dibrugarh (IndiGo) later this month, followed by Agra and Kurnool in March 2021," BIAL said in a statement. 

Silchar, Darbhanga, Amritsar, Nashik, and Jabalpur were the other new routes that were launched earlier in FY 2020-21, taking the overall tally of new routes for the Financial Year to 13. "The enhanced connectivity to regional and non-metro routes from Bengaluru Airport further accentuates the focus of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, on improving India’s regional connectivity, " the statement added. 

Owing to renewed confidence among passengers on hygiene and safety of air travel amid the pandemic, there has been a significant increase in passenger traffic to non-metro cities. A daily average of 270 flights, carrying an average of 30,000 passengers per day, departed to non-metro cities in January 2021.

15:39 (IST)18 Feb 2021
Election Commission announces by election for Karnataka Legislative Council to be held on March 15

The Election Commission has announced that the by-election to the Karnataka Legislative Council would be held on March 15 for one seat.

The by-election is being conducted to fill up the vacancy to the seat held by the former Deputy Chairman of the Karnataka Legislative Council, SL Dharmegowda, who had passed away recently. 

The notification for the by-election would be issued on February 25 and the last date for filing the nominations is March 4. The last date for the withdrawal of the nominations for the by-election is March 8. The election would be held on March 15 from 9 am to 4 pm, with MLAs voting. 

According to the Election Commission, counting of the votes would be done by 5pm on March 15 and the by-election to the Legislative Council would be completed by March 18.

14:27 (IST)18 Feb 2021
ACT Fibernet revises FUP limit of plans in Bengaluru without increasing prices

After revising plans in Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad, ACT (Atria Convergence Technologies) Fibernet has increased the Fair Usage Policy (FUP) data limit for its users. There is no change in the prices of plans ACT is offering, but users will be able to use more data on their current plan.

The increased limit can be seen in response to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) increasing FUP limits nearly eight times on its broadband plans in a bit to attract more customers. Also, the internet consumption of users has increased due to the Covid-19 pandemic as many employees are working from home, students attending virtual classes and growing OTT content consumption.

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13:20 (IST)18 Feb 2021
Rail roko staged by farmers in Bengaluru railway station

Few farmers conducted rail roko at Yeshwanthpur railway station in Bengaluru today in solidarity with the protesting farmers in Delhi.

A farmers' leader said, "When we arrived to railway station we were not allowed to demonstrate rail roko by police here. Why should we wait for the police to give permission when it was nationally announced by farm unions?"

13:02 (IST)18 Feb 2021
“Pack of lies”: Disha Ravi family lawyers dismiss social media claims about activist’s religion

A panel of lawyers being consulted by the family of arrested activist Disha A Ravi have dismissed as “a pack of lies” claims, made by some social media handles, that the climate activist is a Christian from Kerala.

“A pack of lies is being spread on social media by trolls. There is no truth in it,” said R Prasanna, an advocate who is among a group of lawyers being consulted by the family. “What does it matter what her name is – she is a girl with a conscience,” said a senior advocate who is part of the panel advising the family of the activist.

Disha Annappa Ravi is from a Lingayat family, one of the advocates said, her mother Manjula Nanjaiah and father Ravi Annappa have roots in farming.

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12:27 (IST)18 Feb 2021
‘Was threatened for not donating money for Ram Temple,’ alleges HD Kumaraswamy

Days after alleging that RSS was marking houses of those who were not donating money for the upcoming Ram Temple in Ayodhya, former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Wednesday said that he was “threatened” by people who had come to him asking for donations for the temple.

“I am also a victim. 15 days ago, three people, including a woman, came to my house. They threatened me asking why am I not giving money,” Kumaraswamy said. “Who is she? Is she authorised to come and ask me?” he asked during a press conference in Bengaluru.

The former chief minister also clarified saying that he does not oppose the construction of the Ram Temple, but wants more transparency in the process of fund mobilisation. The government has a responsibility to check who is collecting funds for temple.

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11:06 (IST)18 Feb 2021
Karnataka astrologer now accused of cheating businessman of Rs 91 cr

An astrologer arrested by the Bengaluru Police for cheating a number of people including a former High Court judge and a senior politician has been now accused of swindling a real estate businessman of Rs 91 crore—the largest amount in the 14 cases against him.
 
In a complaint filed with the Bengaluru Police, Mysuru businessman Gururaj Ravi has claimed that astrologer Yuvaraj Swami approached him with an offer to jointly buy a disputed piece of property worth Rs 150 crore near the Bengaluru Airport and collected Rs 85 crore from him—but failed to deliver on the deal. Ravi said he paid Rs 6.50 crore through RTGS , and issued three cheques for Rs 25 crore each and one cheque for Rs 10 crore—in all amounting to Rs 85 crore. The astrologer, however, started avoiding him after receiving the funds, Ravi said. The is alleged to have happened between 2018 and 2020.
 
Yuvaraj Swami alias Sevalal, 52, is also accused of cheating retired judge B S Indrakala of Rs 8.27 crore and others—including a former BJP Rajya Sabha MP—to the tune of nearly Rs 30 crore by claiming links to top leaders of the political dispensations at the Centre and state.
 
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09:52 (IST)18 Feb 2021
Karnataka farmers to conduct 3-hour rail roko today

The farmers of Karnataka have extended their support to the nationwide call by farmer organisations, with the union of farmer organisations in the state set to organise a rail roko on Thursday in solidarity with the protesting farmers in Delhi. 

Kurubur Shanthakumar, president of Karnataka Union of farmer organisations said, “The rail roko will be held from 12 am to 3 pm in Karnataka to impress upon the Central government to fulfil the demands of farmers groups.”

Thousands of farmers from Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hubbuli-Dharwad, Belagavi and other parts of Karnataka will be staging protests at key railway junctions in the state.

09:16 (IST)18 Feb 2021
Mysuru: 19-year-old boy arrested for sexually assaulting dog

The Mysuru police have filed a case against a 19-year-old boy and arrested him for sexually assaulting a street dog.

VV Puram police booked the man, following a complaint from an animal activist who has produced the video evidence of the incident to the police. 

The accused, identified as Somashekhar, has been caught on video. According to the FIR, on February 11 at about 9.45 pm, the accused was found sexually assaulting a stray dog in Gokulam 3rd Stage in the city and a passerby had recorded the act on his mobile phone. 

He has been booked under provisions of IPC 377 unnatural offences and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

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08:41 (IST)18 Feb 2021
Bengaluru: Rs 2,000 cr signal-free corridor project proposed to decongest Tumkur road

To decongest one of the busiest roads in Bengaluru city, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has proposed a signal-free corridor on Tumkur road at the cost of Rs 2,000 crores.

The BBMP has prepared a plan to construct the signal-free corridor, which includes six flyovers and underpasses at BEL, Taj Yeshwantpur junction, Outer Ring Road, Tumkur Road, Pipeline Road and HMT Junction in the city.

Recently, BBMP along with its officials and Rajarajeshwari Nagar MLA Munirathna inspected the spot and a detailed proposal on the corridor, blueprint and detailed project report (DPR) has been sent to the state government seeking funds to be earmarked for the same in the upcoming 2021-22 budget.

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08:20 (IST)18 Feb 2021
Karnataka reports 378 Covid-19 cases, three fatalities

Karnataka on Wednesday logged 378 fresh COVID-19 cases and three deaths, taking the infection count to 9,46,454 and the toll to 12,276, the health department said. Recoveries at 537 outnumbered the fresh cases, taking the cumulative discharged figure to 9,28,461, leaving 5,698 active cases. 

The department said there was one instance of severe Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) in Koppal district where a 35-year-old ASHA worker developed breathlessness and persistent cough after 20 minutes of second dose of Covishield vaccine.

"She has been managed locally and is presently hospitalised in the Gangavati General Hospital. Her vital parameters are stable," the health department said.

Cumulatively, 9,46,454 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,276 deaths and 9,28,461 discharges. Bengaluru Urban accounted for most number of infections with 253, followed by Dakshina Kannada 25, Mysuru 17 and Kalaburagi 10, while the rest were scattered over other districts Bengaluru Urban also accounted for all three deaths. 

Two districts - Bagalkote and Haveri reported zero infections and fatalities. A total of 1.81 crore samples have been tested so far, with 54,624 on Wednesday, the health bulletin said.

08:20 (IST)18 Feb 2021
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Cumulatively, 9,46,454 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 12,276 deaths and 9,28,461 discharges. Bengaluru Urban accounted for most number of infections with 253, followed by Dakshina Kannada 25, Mysuru 17 and Kalaburagi 10, while the rest were scattered over other districts Bengaluru Urban also accounted for all three deaths.

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Two districts - Bagalkote and Haveri reported zero infections and fatalities. A total of 1.81 crore samples have been tested so far, with 54,624 on Wednesday, the health bulletin said.

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