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Karnataka Bengaluru June 4 Highlights: State reports 18,324 fresh cases, 514 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 4 Highlights: As of June 3 evening, cumulatively 26,53,446 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 30,531 deaths and 23,36,096 discharges.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: June 7, 2021 8:12:28 am
A health worker keeps a check on a COVID-19 patient receiving oxygen in a bus, in Bengaluru. (Photo: PTI/Representational)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News June 4 Highlights: Karnataka continued to witness a slight increase in daily cases of COVID-19 as the state on Thursday reported 18,324 fresh infections, taking the tally to 26.53 lakh. The day also saw 24,036 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases. With 514 deaths the toll in the state went upto 30,531. Achieving a “milestone”, over 3 crore samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,50,168 were tested on Thursday alone.

Out of the 18,324 new cases reported on Thursday, 3,533 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 7,672 discharges and 347 deaths.

As of June 3 evening, cumulatively 26,53,446 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 30,531 deaths and 23,36,096 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. Total number of active cases in the state stood at 2,86,798. While the positivity rate for the day was 12.20 per cent, the case fatality rate (CFR) was 2.80 per cent.

Out of 514 deaths reported on Thursday, 347 were from Bengaluru Urban, while Hassan and Mandya reported 14 each, Mysuru 12, Bengaluru Rural and Uttara Kannada 11, Belagavi, Chamarajanagar and Koppal 10, followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 3,533, Hassan 2,078, Mysuru 1,573, Tumakuru 979, Belagavi 839, Shivamogga 767, followed by others. (PTI)

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15:06 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Over 60 lakh vaccine doses to be given in June

The Karnataka government is all set to administer more than 60 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine this month, thereby completing a total of 2 crore jabs by June 30, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Thursday.

“Our government is set to administer more than 60 lakh doses of vaccine in June. With 1.41 Crore doses administered so far, Karnataka will complete 2 crore jabs by the end of this month.I thank PM Narendra Modi Ji for his continued support towards Karnataka’s vaccination drive,” Yediyurappa tweeted.

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14:58 (IST)04 Jun 2021
28.6% of the Bengaluru’s population vaccinated, says Health Minister

About 28.6 per cent of Bengaluru’s population have been vaccinated, said health minister Dr K Sudhakar on Thursday.

“Bengaluru’s vaccination coverage is one of the highest among major cities in India. With more than 28.3 lakh people inoculated with at least one dose, 28.6% of the city’s population is vaccinated,” he said.

Meanwhile, the minister said that more than 58.71 lakh doses of vaccine will be supplied to Karnataka in the month of June, including supply of 45 lakh doses from the Centre and 13.7 lakh doses from state govt’s direct procurement.

14:58 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Oxygen centre set up at Mangaluru railway station

SWAGERTand Sonu Sood Foundation along with the railway police have launcheda rapid oxygen centre at Mangaluru central railway station. The centre was opened Thursday under the mentorship of ADGP of Karnataka railway police Bhaskar Rao. This is the fourth project of SWAG ERT and Sonu Sood charity foundation in Karnataka.

Other stations have started functioning in Bengaluru, Hubballi and Ballari and the service will be extended to Mysuru, Hassan and Davanagere soon, Rao said. Training has been given to policemen on how to operate the cylinders that carry 7,000-litre and 1,400 litre medical oxygen. Oxygen supply will be purely on the basis of advice from doctors, he said.

Those requiring oxygen can approach Sonu Sood Karnataka helpline 7069999961 and the GRP (government railway police) station will take a decision on the basis of the availability of oxygen and criticality of the case, a release from Amit Purohith of SWAG ERT and Sonu Sood foundation in Mangaluru said.

The user can take oxygen from the centre and return the cylinder after sanitising it. This will be maintained by the GRP station. As many as 20 cylinders are available at the station in Mangaluru which can cover up to 70-80 km radius, the release said. (PTI)

14:17 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Three sanitation workers die of asphyxiation in Ramanagara

Three sanitation workers died of asphyxiation while cleaning a manhole on Friday in the district headquarters town of Ramanagara, about 50 km from Bengaluru.

"The three sanitation workers from Bengaluru had entered a manhole to clean it and died of asphyxiation. More details are awaited," the Ramanagara superintendent of police S Girish told PTI.

According to police, six people were brought from Kamala Nagar in Bengaluru by a contractor to clean the choked sewerage. As one of them entered, he died of asphyxiation. The other too met the same fate in a bid to save their colleague.

The police were in search of the contractor who had brought them from Bengaluru. (PTI)

14:12 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Google search shows Kannada ‘ugliest language in India’, portal apologises after outrage

Kannadigas were outraged Thursday after a Google query on the “ugliest language in India” returned Kannada as the answer. After an uproar and the Karnataka government saying it would issue a legal notice to Google, the engine apologised and removed the search result.

Karnataka Minister for Kannada, Culture and Forest Aravind Limbavali said, “I have instructed officials to send a legal notice to Google for showing such an answer to that kind of a question. Kannada language has a history of its own, having come into existence as many as 2,500 years ago. The language has been the pride of Kannadigas through the ages.”

Later, he took to Twitter to demand an apology from Google to Kannada and Kannadigas. “If Kannada is now called ugliest language in India, it is merely an attempt by Google to insult this pride of Kannadigas. Demand apology from Google ASAP to Kannada, Kannadigas. Legal action will be taken against Google for maligning the image of our beautiful language!” he tweeted.

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13:52 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Weather Update: Rains predicted in parts of Karnataka

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, thunderstorms accompanied by lightning with light to moderate spells of rain and gusty winds speed reaching 30-40 KMPH are likely to affect in the next three hours in Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada Belagavi Chamarajanagara, Mandya, Dharwad, Shivamogga and Udupi districts.

13:52 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Fuel prices in Bengaluru today

After being steady for two days, prices of petrol and diesel were hiked again on Friday, June 4, 2021, touching fresh record highs across the country. In the national capital, the petrol price rose by 27 paise while that of diesel too inched up 28 paise.

In Bengaluru, petrol is priced at Rs. 97.92 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 90.81 per litre.

12:42 (IST)04 Jun 2021
BBMP Commissioner official Twitter account hacked

The official Twitter account of the Chief Commissioner of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) was hacked for a few hours on Friday morning.

The hacker changed the official display photo and name on the Twitter account from ‘Gaurav Gupta’ to ‘TΣSLA’ and few tweets on cryptocurrency were posted. 

The display name of the account was later changed to ‘–’. BBMP sources confirmed to Indianexpress.com that the Bengaluru civic body commissioner’s account was hacked and they are in the process of retrieving it. 

An official statement from the BBMP regarding the twitter account hack is awaited.

12:12 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Will explore legal options, says Karnataka as Kerala claims exclusive right to use KSRTC

After a seven-year battle, Kerala has finally got the legal right to the KSRTC trademark. As of now the KSTRC acronym is used by road transport corporations in both Kerala and Karnataka.

According to the Kerala government, the Central Trade Marks Registry announced its final verdict on Wednesday, giving it the right to use the acronym KSRTC, its emblem and even the term ‘Aana Vandi’, a nickname that means elephant vehicle.

However, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and Transport Minister Laxman Savadi said they have not yet received any order copy regarding this issue.

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11:29 (IST)04 Jun 2021
‘Kingdoms lose way when leaders are guided by sycophants’: CT Ravi’s post stirs up speculation in Karnataka

At a time when voices of dissent have come up against Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa from within his own party, a social media post by BJP national general secretary CT Ravi has stirred up speculations in the southern state.

Ravi, who is also a senior leader in Karnataka, while drawing references from the fall of the Vijayanagar empire in the 16th century, said powerful kingdoms often lose their way when rulers are guided by sycophants.

“Without a leader to provide direction, the Vijayanagar army was routed. If somebody other than sycophants had been leading the army, history would have been different. After the death of Rama Raya, all those in positions of power took away everything they got to secure the lives of their family members. The plunderers looted everything,” he wrote.

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11:13 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Karnataka II PUC exams cancelled, MCQ only papers for SSLC students

The Karnataka government has decided to cancel the II PUC exam. However, the government will go ahead with class 10 exams with only multiple-choice type questions (MCQs).

Education Minister Suresh Kumar said, “Students to be promoted with grades. When the situation is under control, exam options for those seeking grade improvement will be conducted,” he added.

Meanwhile, for SSLC 10th exams 2 papers will be held. First paper is Science, Maths, Social Science and Second paper is Languages. SSLC examination is likely to be scheduled in the third week of July, Suresh Kumar informed.

The complete guidelines will be out in a few hours, added the minister.

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10:26 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Karnataka set to administer more than 60 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine in June: CM

The Karnataka government is all set to administer more than 60 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine this month, thereby completing a total of 2 crore jabs by June 30,Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Thursday.

"Our government is set to administer more than 60 lakh doses of vaccine in June. With 1.41 Crore doses administered so far, Karnataka will complete 2 crore jabs by the end of this month.I thank PM Narendra Modi Ji for his continued support towards Karnataka's vaccination drive," Yediyurappa tweeted.

Sharing details of vaccine supply, state Health Minister K Sudhakar said more than 58.71 lakh doses of vaccine will be supplied to Karnataka in June. This includes supply of over 45 lakh doses from the Government of India and 13.7 lakh doses from state government's direct procurement. Out of over 45 lakh vaccine doses from the Centre, 37,60,610 are Covishield and 7,40,190 are Covaxin, while of 13.7 lakh doses from the state's direct procurement, 10,86,080 are Covishield and 2,84,760 Covaxin, according to the data tweeted by the Minister.

Sudhakar said Bengaluru's vaccination coverage is one of the highest among major cities in India, with more than 28.3 lakh people inoculated with at least one dose--28.6 per cent of the city's population is vaccinated. (PTI)

10:03 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Karnataka extends Covid-19 lockdown till June 14: What’s allowed and what’s not

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday announced extending lockdown for a week from June 7 to June 14 to contain the spread of Covid-19 across the state.

“We had earlier announced stringent restrictions from May 24 to June 7 to contain the spread of Coronavirus. Though the infections have reduced, the spread of the disease is still on. It has been decided to extend the restrictions by a week following the recommendation of experts till June 14 morning,” Yediyurappa said.

The curbs have been in effect since April 27 but from May 10 the Chief Minister announced a shutdown till May 24 morning. However, it was further extended till June 7.

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09:21 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Govt to announce final decision on conducting SSLC, PUC Exam today

The final decision on conducting the Karnataka SSLC, PUC Board Exams 2021 is going to be announced today, according to Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister Suresh Kumar. 

The minister will announce the final decision on conducting SSLC, PUC Exam at 10 am on Friday. 

The central government on Tuesday had decided to cancel the CBSE Class 12 board exams amid COVID-19 pandemic across the country and several states too have cancelled board exams following the centre's decision.

09:20 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Bengaluru civic body launches bed allotment software for patients in triage and COVID-19 Care Centres

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) launched a new software for hospital bed allocation for patients walking into Physical Triaging Centresand COVID-19 Care Centres in Bengaluru. 

Forest and Environment Minister Arvind Limbavali, said BBMP plans to move towards mandatory physical triaging for all patients seeking hospital admission. 

At present, BBMP triaging is mostly done over the telephone through zonal and central control rooms, said Limbavali who is the nodal minister for control rooms in Bengaluru.

08:50 (IST)04 Jun 2021
BBMP identifies 209 flood-prone areas in Bengaluru

Ahead of the monsoon, 209 areas across Bengaluru have been identified as prone to flooding. Of these, 58 have been classified as ‘hyper-sensitive’ and 151 as ‘sensitive’, BBMP officials said. 

Reviewing monsoon preparedness in the city on Thursday, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa directed officials to find a permanent solution to the problem of flooding in the city. 

Meanwhile, details of the quantum of rain received are publicly available on the ‘Megha Sandesha’ app, apart from water-logging points and advisory to public, according to a statement from Chief Minister.

08:44 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Most henious act’: Karnataka court refuses anticipatory bail to cop accused of forcing Dalit man to drink urine

A local court in Karnataka’s Chikkamagaluru district denied anticipatory bail to a sub-inspector who allegedly forced a Dalit man to drink urine at the Gonibeedu police station in Mudigere taluk last month.

Saying that the incident was one of the “most heinous in nature”, the court stated: “Not only was the victim urinated upon, but he has been made to lick the urine from the floor. Such an act of atrocity destroys the personal dignity of any person.”

The police officer, Arjun Gowda, has already been suspended.

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08:38 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Karnataka lockdown extended, BSY announces Rs 500 crore relief package

With the test positivity rate and case fatality rate in Karnataka yet to dip below parameters set by experts, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced an extension of the near-total lockdown by another week. The lockdown, which has been in place since May 10 and was earlier extended till June 7, will now continue till June 14.

The Chief Minister also declared a Rs 500 crore package to go alongside a Rs 1,100 crore package announced on May 19.

Powerloom weavers, film and TV artistes, fishermen, boatmen, temple and mosque workers, ASHA and anganwadi workers, advocates and teachers in unaided schools are among beneficiaries who will get payments in the range of Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 under the relief package.

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08:35 (IST)04 Jun 2021
Karnataka IAS officer resigns alleging ‘harassment’ by Mysuru DC

Karnataka IAS officer Shilpa Nag announced her resignation from civil service at a press conference alleging ‘harassment’ by Mysuru Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri.

Shilpa Nag, a 2014 batch IAS officer, is a Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner since February 2021. Speaking to reporters, Nag said, “Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri is constantly calling the higher-ups and complaining to them that no work is being done in the MCC. There is no conducive environment to work in Mysuru, and thus, I am resigning from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and will send the resignation letter to the Chief Secretary seeking to be relieved from my duties.”

Shilpa Nag also accused Sindhuri of showing personal grudge against her. “If she (Sindhuri) has any personal grudge against me let her take it out on me but why target the officials who are all working non-stop to combat the pandemic since the second wave started? The atmosphere in Mysuru was too stifling to function anymore,” Nag alleged.

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08:11 (IST)04 Jun 2021
18,324 new cases, 514 deaths reported in Karnataka

Karnataka continued to witness a slight increase in daily cases of COVID-19 as the state on Thursday reported 18,324 fresh infections, taking the tally to 26.53 lakh. The day also saw 24,036 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases. The state had reported 14,304 and 16,387 fresh cases on June 1 and June 2 respectively.

With 514 deaths the toll in the state went upto 30,531. Achieving a "milestone", over 3 crore samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,50,168 were tested on Thursday alone. "Karnataka will cross 3 crore Covid-19 tests today. With 196 ICMR approved labs across the state, more than 82 per cent of the tests conducted in Karnataka are RT-PCR tests. Congratulations to all our laboratory staff on achieving this remarkable milestone," state Health Minister K Sudhakar said earlier in the day.

Out of the 18,324 new cases reported on Thursday, 3,533 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 7,672 discharges and 347 deaths.

As of June 3 evening, cumulatively 26,53,446 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 30,531 deaths and 23,36,096 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. Total number of active cases in the state stood at 2,86,798. While the positivity rate for the day was 12.20 per cent, the case fatality rate (CFR) was 2.80 per cent.

Out of 514 deaths reported on Thursday, 347 were from Bengaluru Urban, while Hassan and Mandya reported 14 each, Mysuru 12, Bengaluru Rural and Uttara Kannada 11, Belagavi, Chamarajanagar and Koppal 10, followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 3,533, Hassan 2,078, Mysuru 1,573, Tumakuru 979, Belagavi 839, Shivamogga 767, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 11,74,275, followed by Mysuru 1,47,228 and Tumakuru 1,05,995. (PTI)

After a seven-year battle, Kerala has finally got the legal right to the KSRTC trademark. As of now the KSTRC acronym is used by road transport corporations in both Kerala and Karnataka. According to the Kerala government, the Central Trade Marks Registry announced its final verdict on Wednesday, giving it the right to use the acronym KSRTC, its emblem and even the term ‘Aana Vandi’, a nickname that means elephant vehicle.

READ | Will explore legal options, says Karnataka as Kerala claims exclusive right to use KSRTC

A local court in Karnataka’s Chikkamagaluru district denied anticipatory bail to a sub-inspector who allegedly forced a Dalit man to drink urine at the Gonibeedu police station in Mudigere taluk last month. Saying that the incident was one of the “most heinous in nature”, the court stated: “Not only was the victim urinated upon, but he has been made to lick the urine from the floor. Such an act of atrocity destroys the personal dignity of any person.”

READ | ‘Most henious act’: Karnataka court refuses anticipatory bail to cop accused of forcing Dalit man to drink urine

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