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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus December 28 Highlights: State cabinet approves anti-cow slaughter bill, to be sent for Governor’s approval

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 28 Highlights: “In a few days it will be a law. No more cattle slaughter in state", said Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chavan.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 29, 2020 8:16:23 am
Cow, Anti-cow slaughter billEarlier this month, the BJP government in Karnataka passed the controversial Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News December 28 Highlights: The Karnataka cabinet on Monday approved an ordinance on Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill (2020) or anti-cow slaughter bill. The bill will be now sent to the Governor at Raj Bhavan for approval. “In a few days it will be a law. No more cattle slaughter in state”, said Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chavan.

Earlier this month, the BJP government in Karnataka passed the controversial Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020. The bill, which replaces the less-stringent 1964 cow protection legislation that prohibited slaughter of cows in the state, bans the slaughter of cattle, whose definition it has expanded to include “cow, calf of a cow and bull, bullock and he or she buffalo”. The bill, when implemented, will mean a blanket ban on beef in the southern state.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 911 new cases of COVID-19 from across the State along with 1,214 recoveries and 11 deaths due to the virus on Sunday. The total number of COVD-19 cases reported till date in the State has risen to 9,16,256 out of which 13,080 cases are presently active and 12,062 dead.

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18:30 (IST)28 Dec 2020
Bengaluru police arrests thief who lived out of his car to evade action

The Bengaluru City Police recently nabbed a thief from the city who was allegedly involved in over a hundred cases and was living out of his car in a bid to evade arrests for the past few years.

According to the police, the accused has been identified as Santosh, who originally resided in Tavarekere. "The accused had made his Honda City car his home and was constantly on the run committing crimes one after the other. Even after being arrested multiple times in the past, he continued the same after coming out on bail," Ramesh, police inspector at Suddaguntepalya (SG Palya) police station told Indianexpress.com.

The police added that Santosh used to avoid appearing for court hearings as well after which they intensified the search. "He has been a serial offender for the past five to six years and is an accused in over a hundred cases. Around 12 cases have been registered against him in the last two months of which two were in SG Palya. He used to target locked houses to break in and take away valuables to lead a lavish life," the inspector added.

While the accused will be produced before a court on Monday, the police are hopeful of interrogating him further after obtaining 14 days of judicial custody.

18:16 (IST)28 Dec 2020
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa felicitates Chief Secy Vijay Bhaskar

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa felicitated Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar ahead of the latter's retirement on December 31.

The 1983-batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer turned 60 on Monday when Deputy CMs Ashwathnarayan, Laxman Savadi, and Govind M Karjol joined the CM to honour him for his services.

The Yediyurappa-led BJP government had chosen to continue the services of Bhaskar after he was initially appointed by the Congress-JD(S) coalition government. The state government is yet to finalise Bhaskar's successor.

17:50 (IST)28 Dec 2020
Karnataka’s first ‘rice ATM’ to soon come up in a Bengaluru slum

Karnataka’s first rice dispensing machine or ‘rice ATM’ will come up in one of the slum areas in Bengaluru in the next few months, state Minister for Food and Civil Supplies K Gopalaiah said. Announced in September, the initiative is part of the Centre’s pilot project ‘Annapurti’, that is being implemented in close partnership with the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP).

The WEP, which won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, has been working closely with the Government in carrying out reforms in the Public Distribution System (PDS).

Gopalaiah told indianexpress.com: “We have appointed an officer to look after this programme and follow up with the centre and WFP to set up the Rice ATM. In another few months, the ATM will be ready and the first rice-dispensing machine will be set up in one of the slum areas in Bengaluru.

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15:32 (IST)28 Dec 2020
Karnataka: CM to discuss school reopening with experts

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Monday said that the issue of reopening schools in the state will be discussed again with experts to take a decision on the same. Earlier last week, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Suresh Kumar, Health Minister K Sudhakar and others had met the technical advisory committee and other experts to decide that classes for 10th and 12th standard students across the state will reopen as per schedule from January 1.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru on Monday, Yediyurappa said, "There will be a discussion again today to decide on school reopening in the state. There is no need to panic as we have had no problems due to th new COVID-19 strain from the UK."

14:18 (IST)28 Dec 2020
Karnataka cabinet approves anti-cow slaughter bill, to be sent for Governor's approval

The Karnataka cabinet on Monday approved an ordinance on Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill (2020) or anti-cow slaughter bill.

The bill will be now sent to the Governor at Raj Bhavan for approval. “In few days it'll be a law. No more cattle slaughter in state", said Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chavan.

Earlier this month, the BJP government in Karnataka passed the controversial Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020. The bill, which replaces the less-stringent 1964 cow protection legislation that prohibited slaughter of cows in the state, bans the slaughter of cattle, whose definition it has expanded to include “cow, calf of a cow and bull, bullock and he or she buffalo”. The bill, when implemented, will mean a blanket ban on beef in the southern state.

Explained | The highlights of Karnataka’s anti-cow slaughter Bill

11:28 (IST)28 Dec 2020
Kumaraswamy bats for farm laws, says farmers should have ‘open mind to experiment’

As farmers from different parts of the country continue to protest against three farm legislations on the outskirts of Delhi and at other states, former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has urged them to experiment with the new laws alleging that the Indian agrarian sector is caught in a vicious circle.

“..It is very much necessary on our part to be ready for any experiment if it can bring about (the) welfare of farm sector by rescuing it from the vicious circle. Hence, I personally feel that farmers should have an open mind towards ‘experimenting’ with the new legislations. But there has to be proper coordination between the Centre and the protesters,” the Janata Dal (Secular) leader stated.

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10:05 (IST)28 Dec 2020
Three passengers from UK test Covid-19 positive in Karnataka

Three passengers who arrived from the United Kingdom (UK) have tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday in Karnataka, according to the health department.

As many as 153 passengers from UK were tested on Saturday. 87 tested negative and the reports of 63 are awaited.

According to a health bulletin issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare so far, 26 passengers coming from the UK tested positive. A total of 1,587 passengers from UK have been tested and 1,264 have tested negative, while the reports of 297 passengers are still awaited.

The Karnataka government is on alert after the new coronavirus variant was found in UK.

09:37 (IST)28 Dec 2020
Tender row casts shadow on ‘Nirbhaya Safe City Project’ in Bengaluru

The continuing blame game between two Karnataka IPS officers has delayed government action on the tendering process for the ‘Nirbhaya Safe City’ Bengaluru project, which is worth in excess of Rs 600 crore.

The officers — Inspector General of Police and Additional Commissioner of Police (Admin) Hemant Nimbalkar and Inspector General of Police and Secretary to Government (Prison, Civil Defence and Auxiliary Services, Home Department) D Roopa — have issued statements blaming each other for irregularities linked to the project after which an internal inquiry was ordered.

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09:12 (IST)28 Dec 2020
Karnataka reports 911 new cases, 1214 discharges, 11 deaths

Karnataka reported 911 new cases of COVID-19 from across the State along with 1,214 recoveries and 11 deaths due to the virus on Sunday.

The total number of COVD-19 cases reported till date in the State has risen to 9,16,256 out of which 13,080 cases are presently active and 12,062 dead.

209 COVID-19 patients are presently undergoing treatment in Intensive Care Units (ICU) in the State.

Bengaluru Urban district reported 542 cases and tops the list in reporting the highest number of daily cases, while all other districts reported less than 50 COVID-19 cases.

09:07 (IST)28 Dec 2020
Karnataka PGCET mock seat allotment result declared, here’s what’s next

The Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) released the mock seat allotment result for PGCET today at the official website, karnataka.gov.in. Those who are allotted seats can seek admission to MB, MCA, ME, MTech, MArch courses. Candidates can check their allotted seats at kea.kar.nic.in and can change, reorder, delete and add their choice of course of college before the deadline.

“Mock test is only to help candidates familiarize and show them the course and college allotted to them and it should be in no way presumed that sam seat and college will be allotted to them in actual allotment of seats. Because candidates have the option of changing the priority of options entered by them after mock allotment,” as per the official notice.

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08:43 (IST)28 Dec 2020
CM to inaugurate new Arogya Soudha of health department today

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will inaugurate the Arogya Soudha in Bengaluru on Monday.

According to the state health department, the new Arogya Soudha in Magadi road will have offices of various health schemes and projects under one roof.

Currently, offices of the Health and Family Welfare Department are scattered in different buildings.

08:26 (IST)28 Dec 2020
Voting for final phase of Gram Panchayat polls in Karnataka concludes

The polling for second and final phase of Gram Panchayat elections in Karnataka concluded on Sunday and the counting of votes will be taken up on December 30.

According to official sources, over 60 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 3 pm in the state. Voting took place across 2,709 village panchayats in 109 Talukas of Karnataka.

The polling began at 7 am and came to an end at 5 pm, the state election commission officials said. The polling was by and large peaceful.

Officials noted that there are 1,05,431 candidates in the fray for 39,378 seats at 20,728 booths in the final phase. A total of 3,697 candidates have been elected unopposed already.

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08:22 (IST)28 Dec 2020
Guidelines for New Year celebrations in Karnataka today: Home Minister

The Karnataka government may issue guidelines for new year celebrations across the state on Monday, according to Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Basavaraj Bommai said, "The guidelines will be issued on Monday, to prevent further spread of coronavirus. The objective is to avoid a huge congregation of people at public places giving room for coronavirus to spread rapidly."

On December 17, in an order, the state government had appealed to the public to keep celebrations indoors and had banned all DJ events, dance parties and other public celebrations.

Gathering of people at public places and roads for new year celebrations stands prohibited, according to the earlier order. In the order issued by Chief Secretary Vijay Bhaskar, it only permits bursting of green crackers on festive nights and revellers have been advised to refrain from handshakes and hugs.

08:12 (IST)28 Dec 2020
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Security guards at the detention centre. (Express Photo)

The first detention centre in Karnataka currently houses four illegal immigrants — three from Bangladesh and a Sudanese — who are waiting to be deported. All four were brought here in the last 15 days after the conclusion of criminal cases against them.

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Opened in December last year at Sondekoppa village at Nelamangala Taluk, 40 km from Bengaluru city, the centre’s first detainee was a Sudanese national brought here in October. He has now been deported.

READ | A year on, Karnataka detention centre has no CCTV or staff quarters, houses four inmates

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