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Karnataka Bengaluru December 16 Highlights: Police, BBMP join hands to free encroached pavements in Bengaluru

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 16 Highlights: According to Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant, the special drive across the city will ensure no pavements are encroached and those parking vehicles on footpaths being penalised.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 17, 2020 8:34:12 am
Mumbai: After BMC’s initial crackdown on violators, illegal parking back"Thinking of parking your car/bike on the footpath? Think again!.... Remember, pavements are for pedestrians only," Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant tweeted. (Representational)

Karnataka Bengaluru News December 16 Highlights: In the wake of citizens pointing out several instances of footpath encroachment across the city, the Bengaluru City Traffic Police and local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike have decided to jointly work towards clearing them.

According to Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant, the special drive across the city will ensure no pavements are encroached and those parking vehicles on footpaths being penalised. “Thinking of parking your car/bike on the footpath? Think again!…. Remember, pavements are for pedestrians only,” he tweeted.

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18:30 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Traffic cops create green corridor, saves life of 58-year-old

A 58-year-old man in Bengaluru got a new lease of life on Wednesday with the help of traffic cops who facilitated a green corridor during peak hours in the city to enable a heart transplant surgery on time.

According to the police, the heart was transported from Aster RV Hospital in JP Nagar 1st Phase to Narayana Health City (NHC) in Bommasandra within 23 minutes. "A distance of 20 kilometres was covered between 11.23 am and 11.46 am by creating a green corridor throughout the route," an officer added.

18:18 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: 3.9 lakh owners undervalued property to evade tax, says civic body

Bengaluru’s local civic body, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), will soon begin mapping of all properties within its jurisdiction with the guidance value obtained from the stamps and registration department.

According to BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, the move comes after officials found a whopping 3.9 lakh owners in various BBMP zones to have quoted the wrong guidance value in a bid to pay less property tax.

With the guidance value providing a baseline to charge stamp duty for property transactions, the BBMP hopes to understand and record the real value of each property and tax citizens accordingly.

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18:05 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Police, BBMP join hands to free encroached pavements

In the wake of citizens pointing out several instances of footpath encroachment across the city, the Bengaluru City Traffic Police and local civic body, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike have decided to jointly work towards clearing them.

According to Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant, the special drive across the city will ensure no pavements are encroached and those parking vehicles on footpaths being penalised. "Thinking of parking your car/bike on the footpath? Think again!.... Remember, pavements are for pedestrians only," he tweeted.

17:13 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Youth held for cheating people promising govt jobs

A youngster was arrested in Bengaluru on Wednesday based on complaints that he allegedly cheated people of big amounts of money promising government jobs. The Central Crime Branch (CCB) team that searched his residence in Nagarbhavi confirmed an FIR has been registered after recovering cash and cheques from the accused.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil identified the accused as Yuvraj, adding that the accused falsely claimed that he knew influential persons and promised people goverment jobs and getting several works at government offices done. "A complaint against him mentioned that the victim was cheated of Rs 1 crore. During our search at his house after obtaining a warrant, Rs 26 lakhs cash and cheques addressed to him worth Rs 91 crore were seized," he said.

CCB sleuths added that further investigation will be done after taking the accused into custody.

16:15 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Udupi: Padubidri beach to be open from Dec 17

The Udupi district administration Wednesday announced that the blue-flag certified Padubidri beach will be opened to visitors from December 17.

According to Udupi Deputy Commissioner G Jagadeesha, the beautification and development work along the beach have been completed recently to enable the same.

"The official blue-flag-hoisting ceremony will be held in the presence of the Tourism Minister and top officials of the concerned departments once their dates are confirmed," the Deputy Commissioner added.

Padubidri is one among the eight beaches that were awarded the coveted ‘Blue Flag’ certification by an eminent international jury, which comprises members of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

15:58 (IST)16 Dec 2020
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa pays tribute to war heroes on Vijay Diwas

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Wednesday visited the National Military Memorial in Bengaluru to pay tribute to India's war heroes on Vijay Diwas observed on December 16 every year.

14:12 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Vidyagama programme in Karnataka to resume in revised format

The Karnataka government Tuesday decided to resume the Vidyagama programme in a revised format with classes scheduled to be held on campuses also involving aided and unaided (private) schools apart from government schools in the city.

Announcing the same, Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said students will be divided into smaller groups of 15 to 20 considering the number of teachers and classrooms available in each school. “Students will be allowed to come to schools for half a day with parental consent. Following Covid-19 guidelines including wearing a mask, sanitising hands frequently, and being subjected to thermal scanning will be followed at all schools. Any student with fever, cough, cold and other symptoms of Covid-19 will not be allowed,” Kumar explained.

Further, he added that students will be advised to bring drinking water from home. Arrangements to wash hands with soap and sanitiser should also be made at schools before allowing the students in. Timetables will be set with three classes of 45 minutes each.

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12:17 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Now, visit post offices to pay bills

In a relief to many, people can now pay electricity, gas, and water bills, pay EMIs, renew life insurance and general insurance policies, and submit online application forms for loans by visiting the nearest post office.

Enabling this, the Postal Department has launched Jan Sewa Kendras (PO-JSK) at 851 post offices in Karnataka while over 10,000 post offices across the country will also offer the same facility.

According to Sharda Sampath, Chief Postmaster General, Karnataka Circle, almost half of the total post offices in the state have been covered under the scheme. "While 386 of them are in South Karnataka, 345 and 120 others are in North Karnataka and in Bengaluru region respectively," she said.

10:32 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Karnataka Assembly uproar: CM seeks urgent resignation of chairman; BJP, JD(S) legislators meet Guv

Hours after chaos broke out at the Karnataka Legislative Council with legislators manhandling Deputy Speaker SL Dharmegowda, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Tuesday asked Council Chairman K Prathapchandra Shetty to “resign immediately” saying that he failed to represent the majority in the upper house.

The CM said the events that took place in the House were “unprecedented in India’s history.” “We saw the Deputy Chairman of the House being dragged by his. There is no better example to indicate Congress’s culture. The Chairman should have resigned at least then,” he said.

“With (Council) members of the JD(S) openly saying that they were with the BJP and not supporting the Congress anymore, the Chairman had to resign by his own knowledge that he no longer had a majority in the House,” he added.

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10:02 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: CCB nabs four allegedly with drugs worth Rs 1 cr

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru City Police Wednesday announced the arrest of four people for allegedly trying to peddle drugs worth Rs 1 crore in the city. Confirming the same, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said, "Narcotics worth Rs 1 crore which were brought and stocked up for distribution during New Year have been sized."

CCB sleuths have identified the accused as Thiruapala Reddy, Kamalesh, Ajaj Ahmed and Sathish Kumar.

09:13 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Karnataka: After Bengaluru, buses to connect Mysuru fliers with airport

In a relief for fliers in Mysuru, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has launched a dedicated bus service to Mandakalli airport, on the outskirts of the city.

According to officials of the state transport undertaking, a fleet of Volvo buses are scheduled to ply between the City Bus Stand (CBS) and Mysore Airport, connecting several major commuting points in between.

These points include Suburban Bus Stand, JP Palace Hotel, Ginger Hotel, Radisson Blue Hotel and Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashram on Nanjangud Road.

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08:33 (IST)16 Dec 2020
Karnataka reports 1185 fresh cases, 11 deaths on Tuesday

Karnataka on Tuesday reported 1,185 new cases of Covid-19 and 11 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,03,425 and the death toll to 11,965, the health department said.

The day also saw 1,594 patients getting discharged after recovery. The active cases stood at 15,645. Out of the 1,185 fresh cases, as many as 673 cases were from Bengaluru Urban alone. Cumulatively 9,03,425 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state and they included 11,965 deaths and 8,75,796 discharges, health department bulletin said.

Of the active cases, a total of 15,392 patients were in isolation at designated hospitals while 253 in the intensive care unit. Three out of the 11 deaths reported on Tuesday are from Bengaluru Urban, followed by Bengaluru Rural, Chikkaballapura, Chitadurga, Hassan, Haveri, Kodagu, Tumakuru and Uttara Kannada (one each).

08:20 (IST)16 Dec 2020
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Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 673, Chikkaballapura 56, Tumakuru 44, Dakshina Kannada 38, Mysuru 35, Hassan 27, followed by others. Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 3,79,571 infections, followed by Mysuru 51,504 and Ballari 38,547.

A total of over 1,25,09,743 samples have been tested so far, out of which 89,530 on Tuesday.

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