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Karnataka Bengaluru June 14 Highlights: State reports 7810 fresh cases, 1348 from Bengaluru Urban alone

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 14 Highlights: Bengaluru Urban has so far reported 11,96,688 infections and 15,307 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: June 15, 2021 8:12:28 am
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News June 14 Highlights: Karnataka on Sunday recorded 7,810 fresh cases and 125 deaths taking the total infection count and toll to 27.65 lakh and 32,913 respectively. The state has 1,80,835 active cases whereas the total discharges stood at 25,51,365 with the recovery of 18,648 people. The COVID infections in Bengaluru Urban district remained the highest with 1,348 infections and 23 deaths.

Mysuru district remained the second major COVID hotspot with 1,251 and 25 fatalities. According to the health bulletin, there were 581 infections in Hassan, 467 in Mandya, 434 in Dakshina Kannada, 393 in Shivamogga, 391 in Davangere and 352 in Tumakuru. Fresh cases were reported in other districts as well including Ballari, Belagavi, Bengaluru Rural, Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu, Kolar, Udupi and Uttara Kannada.

As many as 1,29,617 tests were done on Sunday including 80,841 using RT-PCR and other methods. So far 3.16 crore tests were done cumulatively, the department added. As on Sunday, 1.69 crore inoculations were done in the state comprising first and second dose of vaccine. (PTI)

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15:00 (IST)14 Jun 2021
National award-winning Kannada actor succumbs to injuries

National award-winning Kannada actor Sanchari Vijay, who sustained injuries in a road accident, succumbed at a private hospital in Bengaluru on Monday.

"He is brain dead and his family has to decide whether they can donate his organs," a doctor attending on the actor told reporters.

Condoling Vijay's death, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said he was deeply pained to know about it and expressed his sorrow.

The actor's motorcycle skidded on Saturday night at JP Nagar in the city and resulted in him sustaining serious head injuries. Vijay had won the national award for his performance in the film 'Naanu Avanalla Avalu' (I'm not him, her) in 2015.

14:20 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Bengaluru: PHANA demands probe into ‘assault’ on pvt hospital doc, staff

After a doctor and a nurse were allegedly assaulted by the kin of a Covid patient at Fortis Hospital in Bengaluru, the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) Sunday demanded a probe into the incident.

In a letter addressed to Home and Law Minister Basavaraj Bommai, the Association said the healthcare workers were hopeful of a statement from the Minister or CM Yediyurappa, assuring them of protection at their workplaces. “This will go a long way in ensuring good working conditions at the hospitals. It is during these times that the government and the Judiciary can act proactively to give reassurance to the medical fraternity that has been fighting the pandemic daring their lives and under stressful situations,” the letter read.

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14:03 (IST)14 Jun 2021
BJP MLA Renukacharya in trouble for ‘conducting homa’ in Covid Care Centre

Karnataka MLA and Chief Minister Yediyurappa’s Parliamentary Secretary M P Renukacharya has found himself in trouble after the Davangere district administration decided to issue a notice to him for “conducting a homa” at a Covid Care Centre (CCC).

The government action comes after a video clip of the incident, which took place at the Arabagatte CCC in Honnali taluk, went viral on social media, leading to widespread criticism.

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13:38 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Govt to introduce geofencing to monitor doctor attendance: Health Minister

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar has said that the state government will introduce geofencing to monitor the attendance of doctors at public healthcare institutions.

“Once geofencing is introduced, it will help us keep a tab on doctors who skip duty. People who have chosen this profession voluntarily should not feel they are being forced to work,” he said.

Reviewing the Covid response and statistics of Shivamogga district, Sudhakar said 24 per cent of the deaths were reported within two days of hospital admission. “This is an alarming development. An expert panel from Bengaluru will be sent to Shivamogga to analyse the cases,” he said.

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13:37 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Covid impact: Bengaluru airport records 46.1% decline in traffic

Amid lockdowns and the second wave of Covid-19, air traffic movements (ATMs) in Bengaluru saw a drastic drop.

According to a post-analysis report by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru saw a 46.1% decline in ATMs on May 31 when compared with May 1. Meanwhile, comparative data from the same month in 2019 indicated a whopping 68 per cent dip ,with the numbers dropping to 6,340 (May 2021) from 19,642.

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13:09 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Bengaluru: Man files complaint against hospital staff for ‘stealing valuables’ from pateint

The staff of a private hospital in Bengaluru’s Kammanahalli area have come under the scanner of the local police after a man filed a complaint accusing them of stealing a gold chain and mobile phone from his mother, who was admitted there for Covid treatment and later passed away.

According to the complaint filed by M Jagannatha, his 85-year-old mother was in the hospital’s ICU from May 11 to May 19, while he and other family members were isolating at home.

Jagannatha stated in his complaint that he noticed her chain was missing on May 16, over a video call. “I thought the chain was removed as she was in the ICU. However, even after she breathed her last on May 19, we are yet to get her gold chain worth Rs 50,000 and her mobile phone. The hospital staff has stolen them,” he said in the complaint.

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12:59 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Bengaluru Unlock: BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta appeals to people to be vigilant against the virus

As Bengaluru gears up for the unlock process, BBMP Chief Commissioner cautions the citizens that they need to be vigilant in the coming months as that’s critical for the management of Covid-19.

He said that the ability of the public to stay focussed and disciplined will determine the success in this fight against Covid19.

He was speaking at a virtual meeting on increasing Covid-19 testing in the city, today. Gaurav Gupta said that BBMP is intensifying Covid-19 testing, containment and isolation by working with the community and carrying a 360-degree vaccination drive to ensure every adult in the city is vaccinated and protected against the virus. However, the onus is on the aware and responsible citizens of Bengaluru to ensure the cases do not rise again, he said. “The fight against Covid-19 is a long one and all must embrace a safe lifestyle and get vaccinated to limit and contain the virus as well as avoid any flare-up in the future,” he said. 

With the relaxation of lockdown restrictions in the city, many activities are being allowed. Many, including daily waged labourers, are returning to Bengaluru. Tests should be conducted in railway stations, bus stands, check posts and toll booths in the city outskirts, he instructed the health officers. Tests should also be carried out in hostels, paying guests (PG), factories, and construction sites. In addition to this, RWAs must be instructed to conduct tests on those coming from outside to the apartments.

12:21 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Udupi: Book stores, stationery shops, mobile shops to function on Wednesday

In a bid to help students attending online classes, the Udupi district administration Sunday announced it will allow book stores, stationery shops and mobile shops to function on Wednesday (June 16) from 6 am to 2 pm.

Deputy Commissioner G Jagadeesha clarified that shops selling food and other essential commodities would be allowed between 6 am and 2 pm from Monday, as per the latest guidelines.

Meanwhile, Udupi reflected the statewide trend of a dip in new cases as 223 fresh infections were identified on Sunday. The active caseload has dipped to 3,222 on Sunday from 4,085 on June 7.

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12:12 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Kannada actor Sanchari Vijay in coma after brain surgery, hospital says ‘very critical’

Kannada actor Sanchari Vijay’s condition continues to be critical after he met with an accident on Saturday. The actor underwent a surgery to stop bleeding in the brain and has been in coma since, said the hospital.
 
“He (Vijay) was in a serious condition when we received him in the Emergency Department. A CT scan of the brain was done which showed very severe brain injury in addition to a subdural hematoma (brain bleeding). An immediate brain surgery was done to remove the brain haemorrhage. Currently he is in the Neuro ICU with full life support. He continues to be in a coma state and is very critical. We are monitoring his medical condition constantly and are providing him with the best possible treatment,” said Dr Arun Naik, senior consultant neurosurgeon at the Apollo Hospital in Bengaluru.
 
Vijay was riding pillion with his friend Naveen on a bike when it skidded and hit an electric pole. Naveen fractured his leg but Vijay was grievously injured. The accident took place around 11:45 PM on Saturday, when the Covid-induced lockdown was still in force. It is said that Vijay and Naveen had gone out on the bike to buy medicines.

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12:03 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Dakshina Kannada: Complete lockdown announced in 17 gram panchayats

Noting that as many as 17 gram panchayats in Dakshina Kannada district had an active caseload of above 50, the district administration Sunday announced a complete lockdown in those areas.

According to Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra, a complete lockdown will be in place from 9 am on Monday to the same time on June 21. The DC identified the 17 panchayats as Neermarga, Konaje (Mangaluru taluk), Naravi, Koyyuru, Mittabagilu, Maladi, Neriya, Laila, Ujire, Charmadi (Belthangady taluk), Aivarnadu, Amara Mudnooru, Kollamogaru, Guthigaru, Aranthodu (Sullia taluk), Subrahmanya and Savanooru.

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11:33 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Karnataka cyber police bust Rs 290 crore hawala racket, arrest 9 including 4 foreigners

Karnataka police have arrested nine people, including four foreign nationals, for their alleged involvement in a hawala racket and busted a money-laundering scam amounting to Rs 290 crore.

M D Sharath, superintendent of police (cybercrime), who led the investigation, said Anas Ahmed, a Kerala-based businessman, was the kingpin. “We have identified that he has very close connections with the Chinese hawala operators. Anas Ahmed is married to a Chinese national and incidentally, he studied in China,” the SP said.

Ahmed was found to be offering several financial schemes online and through mobile applications luring clients with promises of high returns on investments. Those in the racket would pay a small pay-out initially and stop the payments once a significant amount is collected. “They even open shell companies for routing the funds collected fraudulently,” the officer added.

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10:58 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Mentally unstable man ‘beaten to death’ by cops in Karnataka, 8 suspended

A mentally unstable man in Karnataka’s Kodagu district was allegedly beaten to death by policemen after violating lockdown norms, following which eight personnel were suspended Sunday, a senior police official said.

IGP Karnataka Southern Range Praveen Madhukar Pawar said the incident involving Roy D’Souza (50) took place on June 9 near Virajpet Town Police Station. According to a complaint filed by the deceased’s brother, D’Souza was taken to the police station after he was found violating lockdown norms, where he was roughed up. “After the assault… D’Souza had collapsed…his mother was called and informed to take her son away. The family then decided to admit D’Souza to a nearby private hospital for treatment, where he breathed his last on June 12,” the complaint said.

A report against the police officers involved in the incident was submitted by the Virajpet Deputy SP. IGP Pawar said, “The decision to suspend eight policemen was taken based on a preliminary report, in a bid to ensure fair and impartial investigation.”

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10:55 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Kannada actor Sanchari Vijay suffers serious injuries in road accident

Award-winning Kannada actor Sanchari Vijay has been injured in a road accident in Bengaluru. The actor has been admitted to the intensive care unit of a city hospital and has undergone a surgery.

Vijay was riding pillion on a high-end sports bike which crashed into an electric pole. His friend Naveen was driving the bike. He has also survived the crash.

The actor had suffered brain injuries in the accident. He was operated at Apollo hospital in the city. Reports quoted a doctor as saying, “As he had blood clot in the brain, we have performed a surgery, the next 48 hours are going to be critical.”

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09:29 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Disruption in water supply in many parts of Bengaluru on June 16

Many parts of Bengaluru will face an 18-hour water disruption from 6 am to midnight on June 16 (Wednesday) due to infrastructure works to be carried out by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB). 

According to BWSSB, areas in West, South and North Bengaluru will face the disruption. 

Areas that will be affected are KP Agrahara, New Binny Layout, Chamarajpet, Padarayanapura, Vidyapeeta, Kathriguppe, Thyagarajanagar, Basavanagudi, Mount Joy Extension, Ashoknagar, Banashankari, Srinagara, Kumaraswamy Layout, ISRO Layout, Austin Town, Ejipura, Richmond Town, MG Road, Domlur, HAL, Kodihalli, Hanumanthappa Layout, Halasuru, Adugodi, Jayanagar, Tilak Nagar, Bhovi Colony, Koramangala, Madivala, Telecom Layout, Byatarayanapura, VV Puram, JJR Nagar, Janata Colony, Jayanagar, Yediyur, Teacher’s Colony, Lingarajapura, Indiranagar, Gandhinagar, Devagiri, Maruti Sevanagar Janakiram Layout, Frazer Town, Cottonpet, New Guddadahalli, Seshadripuram Siddaramappa Garden and surrounding areas.

08:56 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Twitter campaign for Tulu as official language in Karnataka & Kerala

Various Tulu organisations had initiated a Twitter campaign demanding official language status to Tulu and received an overwhelming response.

With the hashtag #TuluOfficialinKA_KL, the campaign commenced on Sunday morning from 6 am till midnight. The campaign urged both Karnataka and Kerala to declare Tulu as an official language.

The campaign also urged the government to include Tulu in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.

08:55 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Karnataka to unlock in phases from June today; restrictions will remain in 11 districts

Karnataka will relax its Covid-19 lockdown from June 14 in all except 11 districts. 

The existing lockdown rules will continue for districts with high test positivity rate (TPR) — Chikkamagaluru, Davangere, Mysuru, Hassan, Chamarajanagara, Mandya, Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Rural, Shivamogga, Belagavi and Kodagu. The government has given powers to district commissioners to implement stringent measures in consultation with the in-charge ministers for the 11 districts.

Meanwhile, night curfew will be in effect from 7 pm to 5 am in all other districts, including Bengaluru City. The weekend curfew will also be in effect from 7 pm on Friday till 5 am Monday starting from June 14.

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08:33 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Days after ruling out leadership change, BJP incharge Arun Singh to visit Karnataka

BJP General Secretary Arun Singh is arriving here on Wednesday, days after ruling out replacing Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa amid speculation in some quarters about leadership change. Arun Singh would be in Karnataka for two to three days.

“It is his duty to hold meetings and take stock of the situation, for which he is coming here. I welcome him and I will be here to cooperate with him,” Yediyurappa told reporters here on Sunday.

According to party sources, Singh is likely to hold meetings with Ministers, MLAs and the party’s core committee members during his visit.

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08:32 (IST)14 Jun 2021
State to intensify search for Pakistani, Bangladeshi citizens staying illegally in State

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday said he has instructed officials to step up search for Pakistani and Bangladeshi citizens staying illegally in the State.

His statement came in the wake of the recent arrest of some Bangladeshi nationals in Bengaluru who had brutalised and sexually assaulted a woman after trafficking her from their country and forced her into prostitution in the city. A Pakistani woman was recently arrested for entering India and staying in the state illegally for more than six years.

"I have directed the officials to intensify the search for Pakistani and Bangladeshi citizens staying in the State illegally," Yediyurappa told reporters in Shikaripura in his hometown in Shivamogga district.

He was on a two-day visit to inspect various development projects in the district including the upcoming airport, slated to be completed by June 2022. (PTI)

08:14 (IST)14 Jun 2021
Karnataka logs 7,810 infections and 125 infections

Karnataka on Sunday recorded 7,810 fresh cases and 125 deaths taking the total infection count and toll to 27.65 lakh and 32,913 respectively. The state has 1,80,835 active cases whereas the total discharges stood at 25,51,365 with the recovery of 18,648 people.

The COVID infections in Bengaluru Urban district remained the highest with 1,348 infections and 23 deaths but showing significant decline in cases compared to June 1 when there were 3,418 cases and 276 deaths. The city has so far reported 11,96,688 infections and 15,307 deaths. There were 85,995 active cases.

Mysuru district remained the second major COVID hotspot with 1,251 and 25 fatalities. According to the health bulletin, there were 581 infections in Hassan, 467 in Mandya, 434 in Dakshina Kannada, 393 in Shivamogga, 391 in Davangere and 352 in Tumakuru. Fresh cases were reported in other districts as well including Ballari, Belagavi, Bengaluru Rural, Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu, Kolar, Udupi and Uttara Kannada.

The department said there were nine deaths each in Belagavi and Dharwad, seven deaths each in Ballari, Davangere, Hassan and four each in Chikkamagaluru and Udupi. Deaths were reported in 13 other districts as well. There were zero fatalities in Bagalkote, Bidar, Chikkaballapura, Kalaburagi, Mandya, Ramanagara and  Yadgir.

As many as 1,29,617 tests were done on Sunday including 80,841 using RT-PCR and other methods. So far 3.16 crore tests were done cumulatively, the department added. As on Sunday, 1.69 crore inoculations were done in the state comprising first and second dose of vaccine. The positivity rate for the day was 6.02 per cent and Case Fatality Rate was 1.6 per cent, the department said. (PTI)

08:12 (IST)14 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. 

Karnataka police have arrested nine people, including four foreign nationals, for their alleged involvement in a hawala racket and busted a money-laundering scam amounting to Rs 290 crore. M D Sharath, superintendent of police (cybercrime), who led the investigation, said Anas Ahmed, a Kerala-based businessman, was the kingpin.

READ | Karnataka cyber police bust Rs 290 crore hawala racket, arrest 9 including 4 foreigners

A mentally unstable man in Karnataka’s Kodagu district was allegedly beaten to death by policemen after violating lockdown norms, following which eight personnel were suspended Sunday, a senior police official said.

READ | Mentally unstable man ‘beaten to death’ by cops in Karnataka, 8 suspended

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