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Karnataka Bengaluru January 12 Highlights: First consignment of Covishield vaccines arrives in Bengaluru

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News January 12 Highlights: The Karnataka government has decided to reopen classes for intermediate semesters of degree, diploma and engineering colleges from January 15. 

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: January 13, 2021 8:16:16 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 12 Highlights: The first consignment of Covishield vaccine reached Bengaluru from the Serum Institute of India in Pune on Tuesday morning ahead of the commencement of COVID-19 vaccination in India starting from January 16.

Karnataka will be getting 7.95 lakh vials of Covid vaccine in the first consignment and it will be stored in the government storage facility near Anand Rao circle, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr K. Sudhakar on Tuesday. “Each dose of vaccine contains 0.5 ml and each vial contains 10 doses of vaccines. Second dose should be given 28 days after the first dosage. Vaccine will generate resistance power in the body and it is safe,” he added.

According to the minister, ‘Not for sale’ is being written over the vial to avoid misuse. Health warriors will get the vaccine on priority. All guidelines will be followed while giving the vaccine. Every person who is vaccinated will be kept under observation for 30 minutes after vaccination, Sudhakar explained.

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18:32 (IST)12 Jan 2021
State receives its first consignment of Covid-19 vaccine of 6.48 lakh doses

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

He was speaking to the media after inspecting the vaccine. "6.48 lakh doses packed in 54 boxes have been received in good condition and stored in a set temperature here. Tomorrow 1.40 lakh doses of vaccine will be received in Belagavi", said the minister.

"All health warriors who are relentlessly working in this fight against Covid-19 will get the vaccine in the first phase starting January 16th. Guidelines will be issued in this regard soon", he said.

"More people will be vaccinated after 4 months as more number of vaccine would be manufactured by then. Staff are trained for safe handling and transportation of vaccines. There is no doubt about the efficiency of officials of health department. Everything is being carried out as per the rules. 2 lakh staff have been trained to administer vaccine", said the ninister.

18:12 (IST)12 Jan 2021
NIA files charge sheet against Bengaluru ophthalmologist for IS links

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a charge sheet against a Bengaluru ophthalmologist with connection to his alleged links with ISIS and stated that he was working on developing a medical application for treatment of ISIS terrorists.

In August last year, NIA had arrested the accused Abdur Rahman alias Dr Brave, 28 as part of an investigation into a case registered in March 2020 against the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) module. According to NIA, the accused Abdur Rahman did travel to Syria in December 2013 to participate in various terror activities of ISIS.

In the charge sheet NIA said, "After his return to India he continued to remain associated with the ideology of ISIS. Utilizing his knowledge of Ophthalmic Lasers and Medical Science, he made efforts to develop applications for medical and military requirements of ISIS. To this end, he was in regular communication with ISIS terrorists located abroad as well as in India including Jahanzaib Sami on Threema, a secure messaging platform. Consequently, he had achieved significant progress towards developing a medical application for treatment of ISIS terrorists and a Laser Guided Anti-Tank Missile application for controlling the trajectory of the missiles for enhancing their effectiveness for furthering the cause of ISIS.

“As a student of MBBS at Bangalore Medical College, Abdur Rahman got radicalised, listening to the online lectures of hard-line Islamic preachers including ‘Anwar Awlaki’, NIA said. Abdur Rahman from south Bengaluru was working as an ophthalmologist at M S Ramaiah Medical College in the city when he was arrested in August last year.

15:56 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Regular offline classes of colleges in Karnataka to start from Jan 15

Colleges in Karnataka will go for regular offline classes from January 15 for students of all undergraduate, postgraduate, engineering and diploma classes, Deputy Chief Minister of Higher Education, Dr C N Ashwath Narayan said on Monday.

“The final year offline classes are already underway successfully. The classes of first, second, and third-year students will start from January 15,” Narayan told reporters after chairing a meeting with the officials.

The State government has also made up its mind to open the students’ hostels. Along with it, bus services will also resume.

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13:34 (IST)12 Jan 2021
IN PICS | First Covishield vaccine consignment from Pune reaches Bengaluru

The first consignment of Covishield vaccine has reached Bengaluru from the Serum Institute of India in Pune on Tuesday morning ahead of the commencement of COVID-19 vaccination in India starting from January 16.

Karnataka will be getting 7.95 lakh vials of Covid vaccine in the first consignment and it will be stored in the government storage facility near Anand Rao circle, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr K.Sudhakar on Tuesday.

12:35 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Karnataka to get 7.95 lakh vials in the first consignment: Health Minister Sudhakar

Karnataka will be getting 7.95 lakh vials of Covid vaccine in the first consignment and it will be stored in the government storage facility near Anand Rao circle, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr K.Sudhakar on Tuesday.

“Covi-Shield vaccine has already been approved by the DCGI (Drugs Control general of India). The Union government has purchased 1.1 crore doses of vaccine at a cost of Rs 210 per dose. This is the cheapest vaccine in the world,” said Sudhakar while adding Serum institute Pune is supplying vaccines at a cost of 231 crore and Karnataka will get 7.95 lakh vials of Covi-Shield in the first phase.

“Each dose of vaccine contains 0.5 ml and each vial contains 10 doses of vaccines. Second dose should be given 28 days after the first dosage. Vaccine will generate resistance power in the body and it is safe,” he added.

According to the minister, ‘Not for sale’ is being written over the vial to avoid misuse. Health warriors will get the vaccine on priority. All guidelines will be followed while giving the vaccine. Every person who is vaccinated will be kept under observation for 30 minutes after vaccination, Sudhakar explained.

11:53 (IST)12 Jan 2021
New ministers to take oath on Wednesday, list of ministers will be released tomorrow: BSY

The long-awaited expansion of the Karnataka cabinet will take place on Wednesday at 4 pm. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday said that the list of seven new ministers, who will be inducted into the cabinet would be announced at 4 pm on Wednesday.

On Sunday, Yediyurappa had met with 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 bye-polls candidates in the state Assembly and the Belagavi Parliamentary bye-polls.

“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.

The state, which can have a total of 34 ministers, has 27 now. Besides representatives from different factions and the old guards, the Chief Minister would have to accommodate some of those who entered the Assembly through recent bypolls. The aspirants include BJP MLCs A H Vishwanath, R Shankar and M T B Nagaraj, whose resignation as MLAs in the previous Cong-JD(S) combine brought the government down and paved the way for the BJP coming to power, said sources. As many as 11 out of the 17 Congress and JDS rebels have already been inducted in the cabinet.

The new ministers are expected to take oath at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday ahead of Makara Sankranti festival.

10:24 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Double whammy for Karnataka coffee farmers –– untimely rain and falling prices

A double whammy of unseasonal rain in the midst of a harvesting season and falling prices of coffee has made the farmers worry about their corps in Kodagu (Coorg), Chikmagalur and Sakleshpur in Hassan – a major coffee-growing region.

Untimely rain that lashed these areas in the last few days has resulted in coffee berries dropping off trees even as farmers are struggling to dry the harvested coffee.

“There has been a big impact of the recent rains on the coffee harvest in Kodagu. This is a season of harvesting coffee and drying it, but due rainfall since the last one week, the berry has started to drop and it has become difficult to dry it. Along with labour crises, the growers are worried of berry droppings due to the rain,” said Kushalappa, a large coffee grower in Madikeri, Kodagu.

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09:43 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Karnataka: 16 lakh people, including healthcare workers, to get Covid shots in initial phase

More than 16 lakh people in Karnataka, including healthcare workers and frontline staff, will get the Covid-19 vaccine in the first phase, state Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said Monday.

“The two vaccines, Covaxin and Covishield, developed by Indian companies, will be given free of cost. The entire cost will be borne by the Centre,” he said.

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a video-conference with CMs of all states, in which Sudhakar was also present along with Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

“The vaccine will be administered in two doses. After the first dose, another dose will be administered after 28 days. So immunity will be developed after 45 days. One has to be careful for 45 days,” Dr. Sudhakar explained.

09:26 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Physical classes for all degree, PG, diploma courses to start from Jan 15

The Karnataka government has decided to reopen classes for intermediate semesters of degree, diploma and engineering colleges from January 15.

The decision came after Deputy Chief Minister Dr Ashwatha Narayan CN, who is also in charge of Higher Education, held a meeting on Monday with the state COVID-19 technical advisory committee.

The decision comes after the state government had allowed students of Classes 10 and 12 in Karnataka to attend schools starting January 1.

Offline classes for the final year students of the above course commenced on November 17, 2020. There was a demand to start the classes from students of remaining grades also, Dr Narayan said.

09:05 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Sandalwood Drug Case: Vivek Oberoi’s brother-in-law Aditya Alva arrested

Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) Police has arrested absconding accused Aditya Alva in connection with the Sandalwood drugs case.

According to police officials, Aditya Alva was arrested from Chennai on Monday night.

Aditya, who has been absconding ever since the FIR at Cottonpet police station was lodged on September 4, is the son of late minister Jeevaraj Alva and the brother-in-law of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi. He is among the 12 accused in the case involving Kannada actors.

In a statement Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) said, "In the Cottonpet drug case, absconding accused Aditya Alva has been arrested. Continuous search and enquiry was conducted, got information and arrested him in Chennai yesterday night."

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08:51 (IST)12 Jan 2021
Astrologer claiming political links dupes ex-HC judge of Rs 8 crore

A self-styled astrologer, who claimed access to top political leaders, has been arrested by Bengaluru police crime branch for allegedly cheating a retired high court judge of over Rs 8 crore with the promise of a “high position” through his connections.

Yuvaraj Ramadas, 52, who has a history of cheating cases, was arrested last month for allegedly duping retired judge Indrakala B S, 68.

The arrest was based on a complaint filed by the former judge at the Wilson Garden police station alleging that Yuvaraj had cheated her between June 2018 and November 2019 of Rs 8.27 crore by promising her a “high position” in the country’s administration.

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08:22 (IST)12 Jan 2021
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Minister of State for Defence and AYUSH Shripad Naik was injured while his wife Vijaya Naik (55) and personal assistant died when the SUV they were travelling in met with an accident near Hillur-Hosakambi village in Ankola taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka on Monday night.

According to the local police, Naik’s wife suffered head injuries and died while being brought to a private hospital in Ankola. The minister’s personal assistant Deepak died at the government hospital in Ankola.

The condition of the minister is said to be stable and he has been shifted to the Goa Medical College after preliminary treatment in Ankola.

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