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Karnataka Bengaluru June 30 Highlights: State reports 3222 fresh cases, 93 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 30 Highlights: Out of 3,222 new cases reported on Tuesday, 753 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 10,722 discharges and 16 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 1, 2021 8:11:55 am
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a woman at a drive-in vaccination centre in Bengaluru. (Photo: PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News June 30 Highlights: Karnataka reported 3,222 new Covid-19 cases and 93 related deaths taking the total number of infections to 28,40,428 and toll to 34,929, the Health Department said on Tuesday. The total number of active cases in the state is 85,997. The day also saw 14,724 discharges, with recoveries continuing to outnumber the new cases. The state has reported 27,19,479 recoveries till date. Out of 3,222 new cases reported on Tuesday, 753 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 10,722 discharges and 16 deaths.

While, the positivity rate for the day stood at 2.54 per cent, the case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.88 per cent. Of the 93 deaths reported on Tuesday, 16 were from Bengaluru Urban, followed by Dakshina Kannada (15), Mysuru (10), Ballari and Haveri (8 each) among others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 753, Mysuru (415), Dakshina Kannada (385), Hassan (242), Shivamogga (225), followed by others.

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15:03 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Karnataka unlock: Bengaluru metro to extend train timings from July 1

Having resumed operations nearly ten days ago after almost two months, the Namma Metro in Bengaluru will operate metro trains from 7 am to 6 pm from July 1 and introduce smart tokens for single journeys.

According to the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), the trains will run at a frequency of five minutes in peak hours and 15 minutes in non-peak hours. However, trains will continue to operate only during weekdays (from Monday to Friday). “On Saturday and Sunday no services will be available on account of curfew,” an official clarified. Trains will continue to operate at 50 per cent capacity.

BMRCL has also notified that smart tokens will be introduced for undertaking single journeys from Thursday, in addition to smart cards used at present.

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13:56 (IST)30 Jun 2021
CM inaugurates Bengaluru’s mini Lalbagh

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday inaugurated the much awaited 70-acre botanical garden of Kannamangala called as the East Lalbagh.

The garden has a three-kilometre jogging track, five ponds and a man-made lake all surrounded by lush greenery located about 25 km away from the Bengaluru City centre and around 8 km from Hosakote.

According to the horticulture department, the state government has spent Rs 5.5 crore to remodel the park on the lines of iconic Lalbagh in the city, which is Karnataka’s first botanical garden. 

The farm was first developed by Dr MH Marigowda, known as the father of Indian Horticulture and is now being maintained by the Horticulture Department.

Also Read | East Lalbagh in Kannamangala to be first among four forest-turned-eco parks in Bengaluru

13:54 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Karnataka: Shikha C is new Commissioner for Commercial Taxes, 7 IAS officers get new designations

Announcing several transfers of IAS officers in the state, the Karnataka government has placed Shikha C as the new Commissioner for Commercial Taxes in the state. She was earlier posted as the Managing Director of the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). 

Meanwhile, Raghunandan Murthy, who was posted as the Chief Executive Officer of Koppal Zilla Panchayat was transferred as Additional Commissioner for Commercial Taxes (Enforcement), Bengaluru. Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation MD Kanagavalli M will now take over as the Controller of Examinations, Karnataka Public Service Commission. 

Other IAS officers who were transferred (with their new designations) are:

Dr Ajay Nagabhushan M N  (Secretary, Urban Development Department, Bengaluru)

Salma K Fahim (Additional Secretary, Infrastructure Development Department)

Ramya S (Executive Director, Karnataka Examinations Authority)

Archana M S (Member, Karnataka Appellate Tribunal, Bengaluru)

13:34 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Covid third wave: Bengaluru apartments, RWAs cautious, help local body decentralise containment efforts

After the devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, preparations for an anticipated third wave of Covid-19 in Bengaluru are underway. A number of resident welfare associations (RWAs) and apartment resident groups in the Karnataka capital have chosen to continue vigil, with the municipal body, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), also in constant touch with key stakeholders to decentralise containment efforts.

According to Vikram Rai, the general secretary of the Bangalore Apartments’ Federation (BAF), most apartments in the city have adopted a cautious approach towards opening up facilities like gyms, swimming pools, sports facilities and play areas even after the state government has revised coronavirus norms beginning June 21.

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13:18 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Malls likely to be reopened, decision soon: CM Yediyurappa

Meanwhile, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has said that the government is considering reopening of malls in the city with some restrictions and a decision in this regard will be taken soon.

“Malls (Shopping Centres) association members have met me. I will discuss this with my cabinet colleagues. We are considering certain concessions with some restrictions. No decision has been taken yet. I have told them that I will discuss with my cabinet colleagues and make a decision soon,” Yediyurappa said.

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09:53 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Oxygen generation to be enhanced by 400 MT: Ministerial taskforce

The Karnataka ministerial taskforce formed to manage Covid-19, on Tuesday, decided to enhance oxygen generation capacity in the state by 400 MT, as part of the government’s preparations for a possible third wave. “This comprises 250 MT in hospitals coming under the department of health. The remaining will be in medical college hospitals and private hospitals. Various arrangements to facilitate this will be made by District Commissioners under the Disaster Management Act,” Deputy CM Ashwathnarayan said.

Meanwhile, the government also aims to increase oxygen storage capacity in the state by 2500-2800 MT. “This will include 1806 MT in hospitals working under the department of health, and 500 MT in medical college hospitals. Each district hospital will have a minimum of 20 MT oxygen storage capacity and taluk hospital will have a minimum of 6 MT capacity,” Ashwathnarayan said. He also added that global tenders will be floated to procure tankers needed to store liquid oxygen.

Further, the Deputy CM informed that the authorities concerned were already directed to increase the number of oxygenated beds to 84,000 from the existing 58,000. “Notices have been issued to private hospitals without oxygen storage facility. They will have to mandatorily make arrangements by the end of August,” he said.

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09:26 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Changing Kannada names to Malayalam: Kerala CM says 'not Considering' changing Kannada names of villages in Kerala

After Karnataka leaders objected to the reported changing of Kannada names of some places in Kerala’s Kasaragod district, which borders Karnataka, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the Kerala government is not planning to change the names of any place in the state. 

Vijayan's statement comes a day after the former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy and other leaders cutting party lines wrote a letter to Kerala CM requesting him to halt the process of renaming some villages in which have Kannada names to Malayalam. 

The Kerala government is not considering changing any names of places in the state. This is a classic example of how no news is made up as news reports. I was wondering from where such an issue originated. It has to be checked whether there is any conspiracy behind it. I am yet to get a letter from Karnataka Chief Minister,' said Vijayan while addressing a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram.

Karnataka Chief Minister, B.S. Yediyurappa had written a letter to his counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan, appealing him not to rename villages situated on bordering areas. 'The Kannada-speaking areas of Kasaragod district, in which Manjeshwar and Kasaragod are situated are famous for their traditional culture and historical background and names of the places in Kasaragod and Manjeshwar were close to the emotions of people and carry immense sentimental value for them from time immemorial,” Yediyurppa said in a letter.

'It is astonishing to note that in the recent past there is an attempt by the local bodies to change names of some villages without giving an opportunity to the residents of these areas to express their views,' Yediyurappa has written.

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09:25 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Karnataka govt to send Covid-19 death audit committee to Mysuru as district grapples with high CFR

With Mysuru continuing to drive the high Covid-19 case fatality rate (CFR) in Karnataka, the state government has decided to send an expert panel to conduct a death audit in the district.

Announcing the same, Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said that the expert committee would visit the district to ascertain the reasons behind the trend. “They would then be able to recommend solutions as well,” he said. The minister has also proposed that expert committees can be set up in major hospitals to analyse the same.

Mysuru has a case fatality of 3.85 per cent much higher than the state average of 2.88 per cent, the government noted on Tuesday. Further, expressing concern over the same, Sudhakar directed officials to step up surveillance with a focus on tracking patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) and Influenza-like Illness (ILI) symptoms.

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09:19 (IST)30 Jun 2021
1250 tonnes mangoes transported via Kisan Rail so far: Karnataka CM

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Tuesday said that a total of 1250 tonnes of mangoes were transported to the national capital from the state in special trains so far.

"1250 tonnes of mangoes from Kolar and Chickballapur districts have been transported to New Delhi through 5 Kisan Rail services. After being introduced first in August 2020, these services have proved to be beneficial to farmers, traders of agriculture products and exporters," he said. 

The CM was falgging off a train carrying 50 tonnes of mangoes from Chinatamani to New Delhi at Yelahanka Railway Station in Bengaluru. He added that 50 per cent subsidy is given in freight rates for transportation of agriculture products for Kisan Rail services. "This enables farmers to transport their products at a cost which is very less than road transport and travelling long distances in shorter times, like 2300 kilometres from Kolar to Delhi within 38- 40 hours while retaining the freshness of fruits," he explained.

09:16 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Devas investors move US court, tag Air India assets to recover award

A group of foreign investors in the start-up Devas Multimedia, who are seeking to enforce a $160-million arbitration compensation award over a failed 2005 satellite deal with the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) commercial arm Antrix Corporation, have moved a US federal court, seeking to take over the assets of Air India to enforce payments.

The group of foreign investors — CC/Devas Mauritius, Telcom Devas Mauritius, and Devas Employees Mauritius Pvt Ltd — approached the Southern District of New York court on Monday with a plea to declare Air India an alter ego of India, and to allow attachment of the airline’s properties in order to enforce payment of compensation awarded by an international tribunal in favour of the investors.

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08:51 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Karnataka CM directs officials to complete irrigation and drinking water project in time

Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa held a review meeting on Tuesday regarding Upper Bhadra and Yettinahole Project and directed officials to speed up the works and complete projects within the stipulated time.  

During a review meeting with the officials, Yediyurappa asked officials to finish the first phase of the Yattinahole project by July end by releasing water to Vedavathi valley. So far, Rs 9,003.86 crore has been spent under it, the Chief Minister's office said in a statement.

The project will provide drinking water to more than 68 lakh people of 6,557 villages belonging to 29 taluks of seven districts of southern Karnataka, the statement read. It further said that the declaration of the Upper Bhadra project as a national project is in the final stage and approval from the central cabinet is pending.

"The matter has been discussed with the Central Minister over telephone and it was requested to approve the same immediately. If need be, we will meet the Central Minister personally and insist for approval," the chief minister was quoted as saying.

Tumakuru, Chitradurga and Davangere districts will benefit from the project, the statement read.

Emphasising that the irrigation projects should be completed without any loopholes, Yediyurappa warned of stringent action against the officials in case of any discrepancy.

08:47 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Students pursuing higher education to be vaccinated in 10 days: Karnataka Dy CM

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan Tuesday stated that all students studying in various higher education courses in the state will be vaccinated within 10 days.

Also the head of the Covid-19 ministerial task force, he clarified that students of polytechnic, ITI, degree, engineering, medical, paramedical, diploma, medical diploma courses, those registered under the Chief Minister’s skill development scheme and those studying in various university campuses would be included in the drive.

“94,000 students pursuing higher education were vaccinated on June 28 (Monday) and authorities concerned have been directed to vaccinate all students under this group in 10 days,” he said. He highlighted that 60 lakh vaccine doses were supplied to the state in June and that it would be increased in the coming months.

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08:47 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Pride Month: Covid-19 vaccination drive launched for transgender community in Bengaluru

Manipal Hospitals in Bengaluru launched a first Sputnik V commercial Covid-19 vaccination drive for the transgender community in Bengaluru to celebrate Pride Month.

According to the hospital, exclusive vaccination slots for the transgender community will be provided at the Manipal hospital on Old Airport Road till July 3.

“The hospital has taken this initiative with the sole objective of highlighting accessible and inclusive healthcare for all,” the hospital said in a statement. 

"Commemorating Pride Month, we are delighted to launch the vaccination drive for the transgender community today (June 29). Manipal Hospitals takes a stance and provides exclusive slots for Covaxin, Covishield and Sputnik to ensure a seamless vaccination drive for the community," Karthik Rajagopal, COO, Manipal Health Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. said.

08:33 (IST)30 Jun 2021
RT-PCR negative report or vaccination certificate mandatory for Maha travellers

Passengers entering Karnataka from neighbouring Maharashtra will now be asked to furnish either RT-PCR negative report or Covid-19 vaccination certificate, an official order issued on Tuesday stated.

According to the order, the RT-PCR negative report should not be older than 72 hours and in case of vaccination certificate, it should indicate administration of at least one dose. The rule will be applicable to all passengers entering Karnataka by flight, train or by road.

The move comes after INSACOG (a consortium of laboratories for whole Genome sequencing in the context of Covid-19 pandemic) intimated that the Delta Plus variant was reported in certain districts of Maharashtra. This is among special surveillance measures that will be in place across the state, said the order issued by Chief Secretary P Ravikumar.

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08:31 (IST)30 Jun 2021
KMF reduces prices of ghee, butter and milk powder

The Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) reduced the prices of products such as ghee, butter and milk powder.

The country's second-largest milk producer in a statement on Tuesday said, "KMF has been rolling out various programmes in the interest of the consumers. During the first (Covid) wave, we had not only reduced the prices of ghee, butter but also distributed Cheese free of cost along with Nandini Paneer. Similarly, during this second wave of the pandemic, we have cut down prices on our products which includes butter and skimmed milk powder benefitting the people."

The revised tariff of products is one kg ghee will be sold at Rs 450 from its earlier price of Rs 470. The butter will be sold at Rs 420 which was sold at Rs 440 per kg. The skimmed milk powder price has been reduced from Rs 300 to Rs 270 per kg.

08:29 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Disruption in water supply on June 30, July 1

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), said that several areas across Bengaluru will be facing disruptions in water supply on June 30 and July 1. 

According to the BWSSB statement, the disruptions will be caused due to repair works at the TK Halli, Harohalli and Tataguni pumping stations in the city.

The areas that will be facing disruptions in water supply are Shettihalli, Kammagondanahalli, Mallasandra, Bagalagunte, T Dasarahalli, HMT ward, Peenya second stage, third stage, fourth phase, Rajagopal Nagar, Ganapathi Nagar, MEI Colony, Lakshmidevi Nagar, BHCS Layout, Happy Valley, part of BDA Layout, Uttarahalli, Bellandur, Ibbalur, Koramangala first block, fourth block, fourth C block, J block, Military campus ASC center, Siddhartha Colony, Venkatapura, Teachers Colony, Jakkasandra and Jakkasandra Extension, ST bed area, part of Jayanagar fourth T block, Arsu Colony, Thilaknagar, NEI Layout, East End A & B main roads,Krishnappa Garden, BHEL Layout, BTM second stage, Mico Layout, NS Palya, Gurappanpalya, Sudguntepalya, Bismillah Nagar, JP Nagar fourth to eighth stages, Puttenahalli, Jaraganahalli, RBI Layout, Panduranga Nagara, Arakere, Mico layout, Doresani palya, Kottanuru Dinne, Venkatadri Layout, Chunchaghatta, Konanakunte, SBM Layout, Supreme Residency Layout, Lake City, Nadamma Layout, Rotary Nagar, Kodichikkanahalli Village.

HSR Layout first to seventh sectors, Agara Village, Mangammanapalya, Madina Nagara, ITI Layout, Hosa Layout Palya, Bande Palya, Chandra Layout, BEML Layout first to fifth stage, Nagarbhavi, Annapoorneshwari Nagar, Vishweswarayya Layout all stages, BEL Layout all stages, Mallathahalli, Ulala, D group Layout, Railway Layout, Byadarahalli, Rajajinagar, Mahalakshmi Layout, Rajajinagar sixth block, Basaveshwar Nagar, Manjunath Nagar, Nandini Layout, Goragunte Palya, Shankar Nagar, Prakash Nagar, Kurubarahalli, Shankarmatha, Kamala Nagar, Kamakshipalya, BEML Layout, KHB Colony, Shivanagar, Agrahara Dasarahalli, Papiah Garden and surrounding places.

08:27 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Safari at Bandipur tiger reserve to start from today

After two months, the safari at Bandipur tiger reserve in Chamarajanagar district is being reopened from Wednesday.

Visitors can buy tickets at the counter for the safari which was suspended owing to the covid 19 lockdown. 

According to Bandipur Tiger Reserve Director S.R,  tickets would be available online from July 5.

08:17 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Karnataka High Court permits BMRCL to translocate 115 trees

The High Court of Karnataka has permitted Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL), to commence the process of uprooting 115 trees and translocating them to the specific locations identified by the Technical Committee for their translocation.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj passed the interim order after the TEC, set up on the directions of the Court, had submitted its report identifying locations for translocating certain trees other than those identified for cutting and retaining in various stretches of ongoing metro project.

08:14 (IST)30 Jun 2021
Welcome to today's live blog

Good morning!
Welcome to the live blog from Bengaluru where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccination drive, COVID-19, lockdown, BBMP and more across Bengaluru and Karnataka. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time. 

After villagers in Karnataka’s Yadgir district literally shut their doors to the Covid-19 vaccination drive, health department officials have come up with a new way to administer the jab — they are camping at agricultural farms, marketplaces, and other areas where people are likely to gather.

READ | Karnataka: As villagers lock doors to avoid Covid vaccine, officials carry jabs to farms, marketplaces

To meet its revenue collection target, Bengaluru’s civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to organise a ‘Khata Mela’ in all eight zones. Chief Commissioner of BBMP Gaurav Gupta on Monday held a meeting with revenue officials and directed them to organise Khata Mela.

READ | Bengaluru civic body to organise ‘Khata Mela’ to meet its revenue collection target

Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp - +91 97777 77684, Voice call - 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus June 29 Highlights

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