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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus January 11 Highlights: Logistics in place for storage and distribution of Vaccine: State Health Minister

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News January 11 Highlights: The state will get 13.90 lakh doses of vaccines in the first phase, the minister said.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: January 12, 2021 8:21:06 am
Karnataka Minister for Health Dr K Sudhakar while inspecting the second dry run for vaccination against Covid-19. (Twitter/mla_sudhakar)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News January 11 Highlights: “The state is fully prepared for vaccine collection, storage and distribution”, said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar on Sunday. The state will get 13.90 lakh doses of vaccines in the first phase, he said.

Speaking to the media after inspecting the state vaccine store in Bengaluru on Sunday, the Minister said that PM Modi will be interacting with the Chief Ministers of all the state through video conference on Monday. The PM had already announced that vaccination drive will begin on January 16. “Health warriors will get 3 crore doses”, he said.

“We have 2 vaccine storages each in Bengaluru and Belagavi. Apart from this we have 5 regional storage centres at Chitradurga, Kalburgi, Dakshina Kannada, Mysuru and Bagalakote. We also have a Corporation storage facility in every district, BBMP has 50 blocks and totally we have 2,767 cold chain points. So all these will be utilized to distribute vaccines”, said the minister.

Explaining the system, Dr. Sudhakar said that the vaccine will be sent to regional storage centres through 900 vaccine carriers. It will be further distributed to district centres from there. “We have 2 walk-in coolers in Bengaluru where we can store 45 lakh dosages in each cooler. Centre is also providing one walk-in freezer he added. 24 lakh syringes have arrived and we are getting 13.90 lakh dosages of vaccines in the first phase. State is fully prepared to distribute the vaccine”, he added.

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18:36 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Rahul Gandhi lauds all-women crew for completing Air India’s longest flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday congratulated an all-women pilot team of Air India for completing the longest flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru after flying over the North Pole.

Air India’s longest direct flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru with the all-women cockpit crew landed in Bengaluru on Monday wee hours. “Congratulations to the all-women cockpit crew for completing Air India”s longest flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru over the North Pole. You have made the country proud,” Gandhi said on Twitter.

Air India had said this flight would be the longest commercial flight in the world to be operated by any Indian airline and the total flight time on this route would be more than 17 hours depending on the wind speed on that day.

18:16 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Protest by the Aam Aadmi Party Youth Wing (AYW) members urging VTU to conduct exams both online and offline

Aam Aadmi Party Youth Wing (AYW) members along with the students held a protest on Monday at Mysore circle, condemning the decision of Vishweshwaraiah Technological University (VTU) of conducting the semester end exams offline in college premises only whereas the University has conducted all other exams online.

Mukund Gowda, state head of Youth Wing accused that the engineering colleges are completely ignoring the Corona guidelines and threatening parents to sign their consent for offline exams. "Colleges are also threatening the students to pay the hostel fees. It is unfair for VTU to say that students should write offline exams in college premises or carry over the same for the upcoming semesters", he said. He also added that this decision of VTU has left many students and parents in a dilemma.

Chinmay Nadig, Bangalore President of Youth Wing questioned that when all the classes, internal exams were conducted online without any hassle, why the semester end exams cannot be conducted online? "Many students have gone back to their hometowns as there were no colleges and only online classes. Now, to call them for offline classes and make them spend a huge amount for their stay, food etc during these tough pandemic times is highly unfair."

He said that the demand is not to cancel or postpone the exams but just to provide both online and offline option of taking the exams.

15:47 (IST)11 Jan 2021
I will be first person in state to be administered vaccine: Karnataka health minister

Health Minister K Sudhakar said that he would be the first politician in Karnataka who would take the Covid vaccine shot, if the guidelines allow so that it can instill confidence among public.

He was inspecting the state vaccine store located at health and family welfare department's building in Anand Rao circle ahead of infusing Covid shots to frontline workers starting from January 16. He said that there are two state vaccine stores, one in Bengaluru and another in Belagavi, which each can accommodate 45 lakh vaccine vials. He said in the first phase, the state is going to get 13.9 lakh vaccine shots.

"The frontline workers will be the first to get the vaccine and in the later stages, the centre is going to chalk out the plan to give it to the public. We are well prepared with storage facilities and a meeting is likely to be held with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday over vaccine roll out. If the guidelines allow, I will be the first politician in Karnataka to take the vaccine shot so that it can instil confidence among public. As far as now, doctors, nurses, government employees and others are the priority", the minister said.

14:36 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Air India flight with all-woman crew from San Francisco lands in Bengaluru

Creating history, Air India’s longest flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru with an all-woman crew landed in the city on Monday.

As the flight (AI-176) landed at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru and the crew members walked to the airport lounge, there was a huge crowd of people to receive them with elation and joy for setting a new record of an all-woman crew flying the longest distance over the North Pole.

Air India had said earlier this will be the longest commercial flight in the world to be operated by it or any other airline in India.

The direct distance between the two cities at opposite ends of the world is 13,993 km with a time zone change of around 13.5 hours.

Amid the cheers and clapping, the four women-Captain Zoya Aggarwal, Captain Papagari Thanmai, Captain Akansha Sonaware and Captain Shivani Manhas- responded by showing the thumbs up sign.

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13:52 (IST)11 Jan 2021
11 TN fishermen rescued off Mangaluru coast following cylinder blast

The Indian Coast Guard Sunday saved the lives of fishermen in distress following a cylinder blast and fire in a fishing boat off Mangaluru coast on Sunday. A cylinder kept in a fishing boat from Tamil Nadu had exploded when the boat was about 140 nautical miles west off the New Mangalore port.

The people in the boat immediately contacted the Coast Guard. Two offshore patrol vessels of the Coast Guard from Mumbai - Sachet and Sujeet - were rushed to help the fishermen. A Dornier aircraft patrolling in the sea in the wee hours of Sunday was diverted to the area to locate the boat faster.

The fishermen were brought to the New Mangalore port by evening. One fisherman, who sustained 36 per cent surface area burns was rushed to the government Wenlock hospital in Mangaluru. All other fishermen are safe and medical aid and food have been arranged.

According to a Coast Guard release, the owners are arranging a boat for towing the damaged fishing boat. (PTI)

12:02 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Cabinet rejig likely on Jan 13: BSY after Delhi meet with Shah, Nadda

The long-awaited expansion of Karnataka cabinet may take place on January 13, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said Sunday night after returning to Bengaluru from Delhi. Earlier in the day, Yediyurappa had an hour-long meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president J P Nadda and party general secretary in-charge for the state Arun Singh.

“Around six to seven ministers will be inducted. The list will be finalised on Monday. We will probably have the induction on January 13 ahead of Sankranti festival. We want the BJP national president to attend the swearing-in,” Yediyurappa said after his arrival in Bengaluru. “There are some differences on the names that will be finalised. We will announce it tomorrow,” he added.

Earlier in the day, asked about the reshuffle, Yediyurappa told reporters in Delhi, “The party leaders will give good news soon. I have discussed the political situation in the state. The party leaders asked me to send a list of party candidates to Belagavi Lok Sabha, Basavakalyana and Maski Assembly bypolls.”

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09:26 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Air India's longest direct flight from San Francisco lands in Bengaluru

The first non-stop flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru touched down at Kempegowda International airport in Bengaluru at 3.07 am on Monday, flying over the North Pole and covering a distance of about 16,000 kilometres.

All 238 seats were booked on Air India flight (AI 176). The inaugural flight AI176 departed from San Francisco in the USA at 8.30 pm (local time) on Saturday and landed at the Kempegowda International Airport at 3.45 am (local time) today.

Air India will operate two non-stop flights per week to Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, departing on Saturday and Tuesday. The return flight from Bengaluru arrives on Mondays and Thursdays.

Air India will operate the flights using state-of-the-art Boeing 777-200LR long-range aircraft equipped with 238 seats, comprising 8 First Class, 35 Business Class, and 195 Economy Class seats.

09:04 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Looking for lithium toehold, India finds a small deposit in Karnataka

Alongside a move to tap into the global lithium value chain, India has initiated a concerted domestic exploration push for the alkali metal, a vital ingredient of the lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that power electric vehicles (EVs), laptops and mobile phones.

Preliminary surveys by the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), an arm of the Department of Atomic Energy, are learnt to have shown the presence of 1,600 tonnes of lithium resources in the igneous rocks of the Marlagalla-Allapatna region of Karnataka’s Mandya district.

A government official said the AMD is carrying out surface and sub-surface exploration for lithium in potential geological domains of the country. The find in Mandya is extremely small in quantitative terms, but it marks some initial success in the attempt to domestically mine the silver-white metal by way of hard-rock extraction of the ore.

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08:46 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Karnataka goes Delhi way, to bring govt services to citizens’ doorsteps from January 15

The Karnataka government will now deliver 55 of its services to the citizens’ doorsteps, including Aadhaar card, caste certificates, income certificates, senior citizen cards, BBMP khatha transfer and health cards.

Education and Sakala Minister S Suresh Kumar said on Friday that the doorstep service will be launched in state capital Bengaluru on January 15. “The ‘Janasevaka’ (peoples’ servant) programme in five assembly segments of Bengaluru will be started from January 15. As many as 55 government services will be delivered at citizens’ doorsteps under this programme,” he said.

The programme will be launched in Rajajinagar, Yeshwanthpur, Bommanahalli, Mahadevapura and Dasarahalli constituencies,” he added.

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08:32 (IST)11 Jan 2021
Logistics in place for storage and distribution of Vaccine: State Health Minister

“The state is fully prepared for vaccine collection, storage and distribution”, said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar on Sunday. The state will get 13.90 lakh doses of vaccines in the first phase, he said.

Speaking to the media after inspecting the state vaccine store in Bengaluru on Sunday, the Minister said that PM Modi will be interacting with the Chief Ministers of all the state through video conference on Monday. The PM had already announced that vaccination drive will begin on January 16. “Health warriors will get 3 crore doses”, he said.

“We have 2 vaccine storages each in Bengaluru and Belagavi. Apart from this we have 5 regional storage centres at Chitradurga, Kalburgi, Dakshina Kannada, Mysuru and Bagalakote. We also have a Corporation storage facility in every district, BBMP has 50 blocks and totally we have 2,767 cold chain points. So all these will be utilized to distribute vaccines”, said the minister.

Explaining the system, Dr. Sudhakar said that the vaccine will be sent to regional storage centres through 900 vaccine carriers. It will be further distributed to district centres from there. “We have 2 walk-in coolers in Bengaluru where we can store 45 lakh dosages in each cooler. Centre is also providing one walk-in freezer he added. 24 lakh syringes have arrived and we are getting 13.90 lakh dosages of vaccines in the first phase. State is fully prepared to distribute the vaccine”, he added.

"Health care workers will be given the vaccine on priority. It will take 2 months to vaccinate the public. Experts' opinion will be sought to decide whether everyone should be vaccinated or not. If at all required elderly and vulnerable persons will be given vaccines", said Dr. K Sudhakar.

08:18 (IST)11 Jan 2021
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Janasevaka, Bengaluru Apart from the call centre and website, citizens can also avail the services by downloading the ‘Mobile One’ App of the Karnataka government from the Android Play Store or Apple Store.

"Health care workers will be given the vaccine on priority. It will take 2 months to vaccinate the public. Experts' opinion will be sought to decide whether everyone should be vaccinated or not. If at all required elderly and vulnerable persons will be given vaccines", said Dr. K Sudhakar.

He added that of these, 235 sites are in Karnataka, we have more than 29,000 storage units, where vaccines can be kept safely.

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