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Karnataka Bengaluru January 5 Highlights: Power outage in some areas till January 9

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News January 5 Highlights: NS Palya Industrial Area, BTM Phase 2, Mico Layout 7th Main Road, IAS Colony, Madeena Nagar, EWS Extension 16th Main Road, JP Nagar Phase 3, 4 and 5, Dhanvantari Park, DS Palya, Dollars Colony and adjoining areas in South Bengaluru will witness power cuts.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: January 6, 2021 8:29:11 am
Power will be disrupted between 10 am and 6.30 pm till January 9.

Karnataka Bengaluru News January 5 Highlights: There will be power disruption in Jayadeva and Sarakki sub-division, between 10 am and 6.30 pm till January 9 due to regular maintenance work by Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Bescom).

According to a statement issued by Bescom, NS Palya Industrial Area, BTM Phase 2, Mico Layout 7th Main Road, IAS Colony, Madeena Nagar, EWS Extension 16th Main Road, JP Nagar Phase 3, 4 and 5, Dhanvantari Park, DS Palya, Dollars Colony and adjoining areas in South Bengaluru will witness power cuts.

Also Read | Bengaluru civic body plans to facelift city’s stormwater drain network

Meanwhile, in order to make the electricity distribution system reliable and safer, Bescom is set to convert 7,250-km overhead electricity lines, including 2,393 km 11 kV high-tension lines, in six areas of the city at a cost of Rs 1,400 crore.

The Asian Development Bank recently cleared a $190 million (Rs 1,401.35 crore) loan for the project which will be taken up in Indiranagar, Jayanagar, Shivajinagar, Koramangala, Whitefield and Hosur Road-Sarjapur Road divisions.

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18:30 (IST)05 Jan 2021
PM Modi inaugurates 450 km Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday inaugurated the 450-km Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline built at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore via video conferencing. The pipeline will carry natural gas from Kochi in Kerala through Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod districts to Mangaluru in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka.

Launching the project, the prime minister said that Natural gas pipeline network will be doubled in 5-6 years and CNG stations will be raised to 10,000 from current 1,500.”

“While on the one hand, natural gas pipeline network is being doubled to about 32,000 km in 5-6 years, on the other, work on the world’s biggest hybrid renewable plant combining wind and solar power has started in Gujarat,” said Modi.

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18:30 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Kumaraswamy planning to restructure JD(S) ahead of 2023 Karnataka assembly polls

Monthly meetings across various decentralised levels, setting up a war room, and issuing identity cards to members are among the major plans envisioned by Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy to nurture his party from the cadre-level, which, he said, will be put into practice from the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti.

Kumaraswamy, also a former chief minister of Karnataka, said in Bengaluru that the aim is to reorganise the party to strengthen it further ahead of the 2023 assembly elections in the state. “To prepare the party for the 2023 elections and the immediate elections for the taluk and Zilla panchayat, it is necessary that the party is strengthened. The JD(S) era in Karnataka can begin in 2023 if hard work is put in over the next two years,” he said, addressing members of the Yuva Janata Dal — the party’s youth wing — during a meeting.

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18:16 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Train services between Bengaluru city and Kempegowda International Airport: All you need to know

The Indian Railways Monday began running trains between Bengaluru city station and the new Kempegowda International Airport Devanahalli (KIAD) railway station, allowing passengers to commute between the city and the airport by train.

The newly constructed KIAD railway station is on the Yelahanka-Chikkaballapur-Kolar railway line. This station is situated close to the northwest boundary of the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, around 3.5 kilometres away from the terminal.

Shuttle buses are being operated by the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to various parts of the airport free of cost. The timing and frequency of the shuttle service are synchronised with the train timings.

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18:09 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Watch | Union Minister Sadananda Gowda discharged from Bengaluru hospital

Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers and former Karnakata chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda was discharged from a hospital in Bengaluru two days after he was admitted here for medical observation after suffering from low blood sugar levels.

"There is nothing to worry about. I have been asked to take rest for a couple of days at home after which I will be involved in works related to the upcoming Union budget", he said.

Gowda, also a former Karnataka CM, was admitted to Aster CMI Hospital after he collapsed near a hotel in Chitradurga while on his way back to the city after attending a BJP event on Sunday.

17:45 (IST)05 Jan 2021
KSRTC to begin tour services to Tirupathi from Jan 7

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) announced the introduction of two package tour services from Bengaluru to Tirupathi beginning January 7. According to KSRTC officials, Airavat Club Class (multi-axle Volvo) buses will be used for the tour package which will ply via Shanthinagar, Jayanagar 4th Block, Nagasandra, NR Colony, Kempegowda Bus Stand, Domlur TTMC, Marathahahlli, ITI gate, KR Puram, and Hoskote.

The ticket price has been set at Rs 2200 and Rs 2600 for adults during weekdays and weekends respectively. The same for children aged 6 to 12 is Rs 1800 and Rs 2000.

17:34 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Karnataka: New variant found in 11 people

Speaking to the media, Karnataka Health Minister Dr Sudhakar clarified that 37 people out of 75 UK returnees have been tested positive. Only 11 among them are confirmed for new mutant virus. "There is no increase in the number of infectants," he said. Instructions have been passed to trace out primary contacts of these passengers, he added.

Responding on school teachers being tested positive, Dr Sudhakar said there is no official confirmation of any teachers or students being tested positive for Covid-19. "Let us not blow the issue out of proportion and create unnecessary panic", he added.

16:59 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Kochi-Mangaluru gas pipeline will have a positive impact on the economic growth in Kerala, Karnataka: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday dedicated 450-km GAIL pipeline project connecting Kochi and Mangaluru through a video conference. The pipeline will carry natural gas from Kochi in Kerala through Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod districts to Mangaluru in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka.

Narendra Modi termed this day as an important milestone for both the people of Kerala and Karnataka as the two states are being connected by a natural gas pipeline.

Speaking at the event, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that the GAIL pipeline project connecting Kochi and Mangaluru will connect four lakh houses in the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts in Coastal Karnataka region providing natural gas.

The pipeline between the two cities in Kerala and Karnataka has the capacity to transport 12 million Metric Standard Cubic Metres of natural gas per day from Kochi in Kerala to Mangaluru in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. “Through Dabhol – Bangalore Natural Gas Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline running from Dabhol, Maharashtra to Bengaluru is already providing natural gas to 25,000 houses in Bengaluru alone. Around 2.8 lakhs people have registered for the natural gas connection in the state and already we have provided infrastructure to 1.68 lakh households,” Yediyurappa said.

16:28 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Bird flu: Karnataka Health Minister directs officers in border districts to be alert

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Tuesday directed health officers in border districts of the state to be on guard to check any events of Avian Influenza outbreak in the state.

"The avian flu was first noticed in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Though no cases (of avian flu) have come to my notice yet, I have asked health officers in the border districts to stay alert", Sudhakar said.

Earlier, the Zoo Authority of Karnataka stated that preventive measures have been taken across zoos in the state. "All zoos operating under the authority have taken up preventive and containment measures as per guidelines issued by the Central Zoo Authority. The public can report any deaths of birds to nearest forest and veterinary hospital", it stated.

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14:52 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Genomics study by Nimhans throws light on mysterious Covid spread at Karnataka pharma firm

During the early stages of the Covid-19 infection in the country, the rapid spread of the virus among workers at a pharmaceutical factory in Mysore despite none of them travelling abroad at the time had become a mystery.

As many as 67 people were infected at the Jubilant Generics pharma firm in Nanjangud which saw infections spreading to the Mandya and Vijayapura region in the March to May period. There were no deaths reported in the cluster.

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14:38 (IST)05 Jan 2021
'Hakki Habba' three-day long bird festival begins

The ‘Hakki Habba’, a birding program, kick-started on Tuesday, January 5 at the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) Tiger Reserve, Chamarajanagara in Karnataka.

The three day program is the seventh edition of bird festival to promote ethical birding. As many as 50 persons from different states will attend the festival that concludes on January 7.

The Karnataka forest department and Karnataka Eco-Tourism Development Board (KEDB) has chosen the Rufous Bellied Eagle as its mascot.

14:23 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Vijayapura: Govt school shut after teacher tests positive

In the wake of a teacher testing positive in a government school in Karnataka's Vijayapura district, the district administration has ordered the school to remain shut instructing all those who attended the classes to be under home quarantine for the next few days.

According to Vijayapura Deputy Commissioner P Sunil Kumar, a teacher in Govt Higher Primary School, Bolegaon village, Indi taluka had tested positive for coronavirus without any symptoms. "The school is being sanitised today. Students who attended the classes of the teacher belong to 6th and 7th standards (Vidyagama). I have directed the District Surveillance Officer to test all the students and other teachers in that school." he said.

The district administration added that all students and teachers at the school will be treated as contacts and will be monitored by health officials. A total of 68 students have tested positive since November 17 (when colleges reopened) in the district out of 21,749 samples tested to date. Meanwhile, 28 teachers have tested positive so far, across all educational institutions, the Deputy Commissioner stated.

10:36 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Weather update: Yellow Alert sounded in four districts on Jan 7

A yellow alert has been sounded in Chikmagalur, Hassan, Kodagu, and Shivamogga districts of Karnataka for Thursday (January 7) with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasting heavy rains for the next few days.

These areas are expected to receive 64.5 millimetres to 115.5-millimetre rainfall on Thursday, IMD stated. Meanwhile, it added that most parts of the state will experience cloudy weather and scattered showers until January 9. "Coastal and northern parts of the State will experience slightly above normal cold days and nights," the forecast added.

09:05 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Bengaluru civic body plans to facelift city’s stormwater drain network

Bengaluru’s civic body has proposed an ambitious K-100 Rajakaluve project, that will aim at restoring the city’s waterways and its stormwater drain network to European style pathways with walking and cycling lanes, small parks and other recreational spaces for the public.

With the Karnataka government nodding approval for the 169-crore Koramangala valley development and rejuvenation project, also termed the ‘Citizens’ Waterway Project’, the historically significant stormwater drains from KR Market to Bellandur Lake are one step closer towards getting a facelift, similar to how Church Street was renovated.

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09:00 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Bengaluru airport to city train services: Here is the timetable

The Indian Railways Monday began operating train services from Bengaluru city station to the newly built the Kempegowda International Airport halt station (KIAH).

The trains operated by the South Western Railways (SWR) will be from KSR Bengaluru City, Cantonment and Yelahanka stations.

The halt station is 3.5 kilometres away from the airport terminal which will be linked using shuttle bus services running on fixed timings to cater to passengers using the facility in both directions.

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08:32 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Karnataka farmer designs unique water mill to generate electricity, gets praise from VVS Laxman

Motivated to bring electricity to his home, Siddappa recreated something that he observed from the hills of Naragund. A farmer from a remote village in Karnataka has caught the attention of former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman after he came up with a sustainable solution to generate electricity for his house. Using plastic tubs and timber, the farmer, named Siddappa, designed a water mill that can generate 150 watts of power when water flows in the canal near his house.

The idea to create such a device dawned upon Siddappa after the Hubli Electricity Supply Company Limited (HESCOM) denied electricity supply to his home due to it being in a remote area, according to local reports. This motivated him to build windmills to generate electricity — a mechanism he observed from the hills of Naragund.

Siddappa’s water mill design soon caught the attention of many, including VVS Laxman, who shared an image of the farmer along with the caption that read, “Incredible- A farmer from rural Karnataka, Siddappa has designed a water mill to generate electricity and operates it in the canal near his house.”

“He spent just Rs. 5,000 on the construction, and gets 150 watts of power from this water mill when water flows in the canal,” Laxman said.

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08:25 (IST)05 Jan 2021
PM Modi to dedicate Kochi-Mangaluru LNG pipeline to nation today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday will dedicate the 450-km long Kochi-Koottanad-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline built and operated by GAIL India Ltd.

According to Chairman & Managing Director of GAIL (India), Manoj Jain, the regasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) has already been flowing from Kochi LNG Terminal of Petronet LNG to Mangaluru (Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd) heralding a new era in clean and green energy sector.

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Governors and Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Kerala are expected to participate in the virtual programme on Tuesday morning around 11 am, a release said.

08:17 (IST)05 Jan 2021
Bengaluru: Power outage in some areas till January 9

There will be power disruption in Jayadeva and Sarakki sub-division, between 10 am and 6.30 pm till January 9 due to regular maintenance work by Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Bescom).

According to a statement issued by Bescom, NS Palya Industrial Area, BTM Phase 2, Mico Layout 7th Main Road, IAS Colony, Madeena Nagar, EWS Extension 16th Main Road, JP Nagar Phase 3, 4 and 5, Dhanvantari Park, DS Palya, Dollars Colony and adjoining areas in South Bengaluru will witness power cuts.

Meanwhile, in order to make the electricity distribution system reliable and safer, Bescom is set to convert 7,250-km overhead electricity lines, including 2,393 km 11 kV high-tension lines, in six areas of the city at a cost of Rs 1,400 crore.

The Asian Development Bank recently cleared a $190 million (Rs 1,401.35 crore) loan for the project which will be taken up in Indiranagar, Jayanagar, Shivajinagar, Koramangala, Whitefield and Hosur Road-Sarjapur Road divisions.

08:15 (IST)05 Jan 2021
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Motivated to bring electricity to his home, Siddappa recreated something that he observed from the hills of Naragund.

A farmer from a remote village in Karnataka has caught the attention of former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman after he came up with a sustainable solution to generate electricity for his house. Using plastic tubs and timber, the farmer, named Siddappa, designed a water mill that can generate 150 watts of power when water flows in the canal near his house.

READ | Karnataka farmer designs unique water mill to generate electricity, gets praise from VVS Laxman

The idea to create such a device dawned upon Siddappa after the Hubli Electricity Supply Company Limited (HESCOM) denied electricity supply to his home due to it being in a remote area, according to local reports. This motivated him to build windmills to generate electricity — a mechanism he observed from the hills of Naragund.

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