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Karnataka Bengaluru June 8 Highlights: State reports 11,958 fresh cases, 1992 from Bengaluru Urban alone

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 8 Highlights: The total number of active cases is 2,38,824.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: June 9, 2021 8:14:53 am
Covid-19A health worker administers a dose of a Covid vaccine to a beneficiary in Bengaluru. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News June 8 Highlights: Bengaluru city logged less than 2,000 fresh COVID-19 cases, as Karnataka on Monday reported 11,958 fresh infections and 340 fatalities, taking the total caseload to 27.07 lakh and the toll to 31,920. The day also saw 27,299 discharges in the state, continuing to outnumber fresh cases. Out of 11,958 new cases reported on Monday, 1,992 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 11,488 discharges and 199 deaths.

Cumulatively 27,07,481 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 31,920 deaths and 24,36,716 discharges, the Health department said in a bulletin. The total number of active cases is 2,38,824. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 9.08 per
cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was at 2.84 per cent.

Out of 340 deaths reported on Monday, 199 were from Bengaluru Urban, Mysuru (17), Belagavi (15), Hassan and Haveri (10 each), Ballari and Shivamogga (nine each), followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 1,992, Shivamogga 1,224, Mysuru 1,213, Hassan 1,108, followed by others.

Cumulatively a total of 3,07,32,003 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,31,553 were done on Monday alone. (PTI)

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14:58 (IST)08 Jun 2021
More UG seats to be made available in Karnataka colleges this year

With the total number of students becoming eligible for higher education (by clearing II PUC) expected to exceed by over 30 per cent, the government is also in plans to hike the number of seats available at colleges for undergraduate courses across the state.

”With over 30 per cent more students graduating from II PUC this year, about 2 lakh more students are expected to seek admission for various degree courses. Accordingly, measures will be taken to accommodate these increased number of students in government and private colleges,” Deputy CM C N Ashwathnarayan said.

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14:34 (IST)08 Jun 2021
TecHalli’ better moniker for ‘Silicon Valley of India’? Bengalureans give a thumbs-up

Bengaluru is widely known as ‘Silicon Valley of India’ and Mahindra group chairman Anand Mahindra and Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani have found a name that could connect to the locals better.

They have chosen ‘TecHalli’ (halli means village in Kannada) as the new moniker for Bengaluru, a day after Mahindra asked Twitterati to suggest a new name for Bengaluru city, instead of ‘Silicon Valley of India’.

Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Anand Mahindra said, “We have a result: @NandanNilekani who agreed to be a co-judge shortlisted four entries and then we both converged on one entry from those that we thought was the most appropriate. And the winner is (Drumroll please) ‘TecHalli’ submitted by @SrinivasPReddy.”

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13:39 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Karnataka: College admissions to be based on CET score, KCET to be held from August 28-30

The Karnataka government Tuesday announced that admission to undergraduate professional courses including engineering, technology, yoga and naturopathy, farm science, and pharma courses would be based on ranks considering the scores secured by students attending the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET), and not based on second-year pre-university exam grades.

With all students promoted from II PUC (equivalent to Class 12), CET rankings will decide their seat allotments for admission to professional courses. The government is planning to conduct CET exams for students seeking admission to science undergraduate degree programmes as well,” Deputy CM C N Ashwathnarayan said on Tuesday.

However, the government has chosen to go ahead with the schedule announced earlier in May. As per the timetable for the entrance tests, KCET 2021 will be conducted on August 28 and 29 while the Kannada Language Test will be held on August 30.

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12:02 (IST)08 Jun 2021
If CM is changed, I want to be in new Cabinet, says Madikeri MLA Ranjan

Madikeri MLA MP Appachu Ranjan said that Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is still their leader. If the chief minister is changed then he would like to get a ministerial berth.

Reacting to the speculations which have been rife about a possible replacement of Yediyurappa as Karnataka CM, he said, " I have been hurt by the rumours on the discussions on the change of leadership. We do not know when and what will be the decision of the high command."

The five-time MLA from Madikeri openly expressed desire to become minister. “I have won the elections five times and if the chief minister is changed then the Cabinet too will be changed. However, all depends on the decision of the high command and I will abide by it,” he added.

11:42 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Better late than never: Karnataka Cong reacts to PM’s free vaccine announcement

Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing that states will no longer have to procure Covid-19 vaccines directly and the Centre will distribute doses for free, the  Karnataka unit of the Congress reacted, “Better late than never. The central government’s decision to take responsibility for vaccine procurement is welcome.”

However, KPCC President D K Shivakumar said, “Thanks to the Supreme Court which forced the central govt to see reason. Karnataka government needs to focus on equitable distribution of the vaccines.”

Further, he tweeted, “India is still figuring out its vaccination strategy. Correcting its blunders. If we had got this right, if only BJP had listened to Sri @RahulGandhi ji, we could have saved lakhs of lives in second wave. India needs to vaccinate 1 Crore people a day to defeat Third Wave.”

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10:04 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Yediyurappa to BJP leaders: Focus on Covid, not signature campaigns

With rumours flying thick about a possible change of guard in Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa Monday asked his party leaders to ‘not indulge in signature campaigns or issue political statements’, but focus on Covid-19 management in their constituencies.

Day after claiming he would resign if the BJP’s central leadership asked him to, on Monday, Yediyurappa took to Twitter and said, “At a time when people are facing distress because of the COVID pandemic, every BJP legislator should give priority towards controlling COVID in their constituencies. I appeal that no one should indulge in any kind of signature campaigns or making political statements, and help people in distress.”

Yediyurappa’s statement came just after a series of comments by his party colleagues on speculations to replace him, and claims by his political secretary and MLA MP Renukacharya about having a letter signed by more than 65 legislators in his favour.

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10:03 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Covid crisis hits Bengaluru zoo as low footfall impact finances

With business suffering due to a dip in footfall owing to lockdown, the Bengaluru zoo is reaching out to people to adopt and name animals and offer donations to raise resources.

Officially named Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP), the zoo has three more units, for safari, a butterfly park and a rescue centre that operates within an area of 731.88 hectares.  A self-sustained organisation run only by gate revenue, the fall in visitors due to Covid-19 has impacted business, Chief Conservator of Forests, Bengaluru and In-charge Executive Director of BBP R Gokul said.

“In spite of this, the zoo is taking care of 2,388 animals belonging to 102 different species. So, we request citizens and organisations to adopt animals to contribute towards their partial cost of feed and veterinary care,” Gokul said.

The officials of BBP have also appealed to the public to contribute towards a day’s feeding cost of some of the zoo residents. “Daily feeding cost of an Asian Elephant, for example, is Rs 3,000 and the zoo has 25 of them. There is a provision for income tax rebate under 80G for animal adoption or donation,” officials noted.

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09:33 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Bengaluru: East Lalbagh likely to open gates soon


A botanical garden spread over 70 acres in Bengaluru, called East Lalbagh, is likely to be commissioned to the public soon, the Karnataka government has hinted. 

Announcing the same, Forest Minister Arvind Limbavali said the garden located in Kannamangala of Mahadevapura constituency was ready to be opened soon to the public. The government had earlier granted Rs 5.50 for the project. 

"The park will be home to 2,120 plant species extinct plant species from surrounding villages for conservation and to increase biodiversity. Citizens will be able to utilise the park for walking, jogging, and relaxation. Construction work is almost complete," he said. 

Earlier, as part of ‘Bengaluru Mission 2022’, CM Yediyurappa had announced setting up four botanical parks in the four corners of the city, on the lines of the iconic Lalbagh Botanical garden. The government had claimed that this was part of their efforts to expand lung space and green cover in the Karnataka capital.

Also Read | Bengaluru Mission 2022: Karnataka plans to overhaul city infra

09:33 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Congress to expand free Covid vaccination drive in Karnataka

Karnataka Congress will soon expand its free vaccination drive across Karnataka by involving its various wings, to protect people from Covid-19, its state President D.K. Shivakumar said. 

"Our party's frontal wings, including Kisan Congress, Youth Congress, Mahila Congress, student wing NSUI, and INTUC have been mobilised to expand our vaccination drive across the state to inoculate as many people as possible," he said.

The opposition party on June 4 launched its mass free vaccination drive at Davangere.

09:12 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Centre approves two phases of Bengaluru metro project

The Centre Monday approved the Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase 2A and 2B, a 58.19-km stretch from Central Silk Board Junction to the international airport via Hebbal Junction.

According to Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers DV Sadananda Gowda, the project, estimated to cost Rs 14,788.101 crore, will be completed in five years from the date of sanction.

A statement by the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) said, “The project involves integration with other urban transport systems in an efficient and effective manner and will streamline the city’s urban transportation system. The Sanction Order of Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase 2A & 28 has been issued today.”

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08:54 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Delta variant found in majority of Covid-19 samples in Bengaluru

A recent genomic study held in Bengaluru has revealed that the B.1.617.2 strain of the coronavirus, now classified as ‘Delta variant’ by the World Health Organisation (WHO), was found among the majority of Covid-19 patients in the Karnataka capital.

As per the results of the genomic surveillance study, which was submitted to Karnataka Covid-19 ministerial taskforce chief and Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan, over 93 per cent of the samples collected from symptomatic patients confirmed the presence of the Delta variant.

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08:49 (IST)08 Jun 2021
Mysuru University develops rapid COVID-19 test kit

The University of Mysore(UoM) in collaboration with a Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company, has designed a rapid COVID-19 detection kit.

Vice-Chancellor G. Hemanth Kumar said the kit has been developed in association with Lorven Biologics Private Limited. 

“We are sending the kit to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, for emergency approval,” said Prof. Rangappa, who headed the university’s research team.

08:36 (IST)08 Jun 2021
BSY to BJP MLAs: Focus on Covid, refrain from political remarks

With his remarks about staying on as the Karnataka Chief Minister being dependent on the BJP high command creating confusion in the BJP ranks, B S Yediyurappa on Monday issued a call to BJP legislators to prioritise efforts against the pandemic and refrain from carrying out signature campaigns or issuing political statements to express their support for him.

“When people are facing problems due to the Covid-19 crisis, all BJP legislators must give priority to address the Covid-19 situation in their constituencies. Nobody should be involved in signature campaigns or make political statements. They should reach out to the people affected by Covid. This is my request,” Yediyurappa said on social media.

Amid rumors of a possible change in leadership in the state being sought by some of his political rivals, the Karnataka CM had on Sunday stated that he would remain the Chief Minister as long as he enjoyed the confidence of the BJP central leadership.

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08:17 (IST)08 Jun 2021
State reports 11,958 fresh cases, 340 deaths

Bengaluru city logged less than 2,000 fresh COVID-19 cases, as Karnataka on Monday reported 11,958 fresh infections and 340 fatalities, taking the total caseload to 27.07 lakh and the toll to 31,920. The day also saw 27,299 discharges in the state, continuing to outnumber fresh cases. Out of 11,958 new cases reported on Monday, 1,992 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 11,488 discharges and 199 deaths.

Cumulatively 27,07,481 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 31,920 deaths and 24,36,716 discharges, the Health department said in a bulletin. The total number of active cases is 2,38,824. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 9.08 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was at 2.84 per cent.

Out of 340 deaths reported on Monday, 199 were from Bengaluru Urban, Mysuru (17), Belagavi (15), Hassan and Haveri (10 each), Ballari and Shivamogga (nine each), followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 1,992, Shivamogga 1,224, Mysuru 1,213, Hassan 1,108, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases with a total of 11,85,118, followed by Mysuru 1,52,098 and Tumakuru 1,08,665. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 10,62,398, followed by Mysuru 1,36,018 and Tumakuru 96,788.

Cumulatively a total of 3,07,32,003 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,31,553 were done on Monday alone. (PTI)

08:15 (IST)08 Jun 2021
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With his remarks about staying on as the Karnataka Chief Minister being dependent on the BJP high command creating confusion in the BJP ranks, B S Yediyurappa on Monday issued a call to BJP legislators to prioritise efforts against the pandemic and refrain from carrying out signature campaigns or issuing political statements to express their support for him.

READ | BSY to BJP MLAs: Focus on Covid, refrain from political remarks

The Bangalore Zonal Unit of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Monday confirmed the arrest of two people allegedly involved in a drug racket. They were arrested while trying to traffic charas (hashish) to Qatar by courier.

READ | Bengaluru: NCB busts drug racket, seizes hashish worth Rs 25 lakh

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