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Karnataka Bengaluru July 1 Highlights: Bengaluru Urban reports 813 fresh cases, 11 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 1 Highlights: As many as 2.27 crore been vaccinated in Karnataka so far, including 1,86,558 on Wednesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 2, 2021 8:12:14 am
Karnataka, Bengaluru, Covid-19A health worker inoculates a man, during a special vaccination drive for people going abroad for education or employment, in Bengaluru. (File photo/PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 1 Highlights: Karnataka on Wednesday reported 3,382 new Covid-19 cases and 111 more deaths. This took the caseload up to 28,43,810 while the death toll reached 35,040, the health department said. The number of active cases is now at 76,505. As many as 12,763 patients recovered, taking the number of recoveries to 27,32,242.

The positivity rate is now at 1.97 per cent and the case fatality rate is at 3.28 per cent, the department said.

Bengaluru Urban district has reported 813 fresh cases and 11 more deaths. The city has so far recorded 12,13,559 infections and 15,626 deaths. It now has 43,698 active cases.

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21:30 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Karnataka: 14,302 recoveries. 3,203 new Covid-19 infections in last 24 hours

Karnataka on Thursday reported 3,203 new cases of Covid-19 and 94 deaths, pushing the infection count to 28,47,013 and toll to 35,134, the health department said. The day also saw 14,302 discharges, taking the total recoveries to 27,46,544.

Out of 3,203 new cases recorded today, 676 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 10,840 discharges and 18 deaths. Active cases were at 65,312. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 2.05 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.93 per cent.

21:23 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Collaboration of industries, NGOs with govt to fight Covid-19 commendable: Nirmala Sitharaman

Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Thursday visited the 100-bedded oxygenated facility in Bengaluru funded by Boeing India and the SELCO Foundation.

"It is commendable that industries and NGOs have collaborated with the government in our fight against Covid-19," Sitharaman said. The staff at the hopsital in Yelahanka is being provided by Doctors for You (DFY) while the required land to set up the hospital was offered by  the Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. (KPCL). 

The hospital, which was completed in less than 20 days is expected to provide facilities such as triage, donning and doffing, pharmacy, laboratory, rest areas, nurse stations and meeting rooms for medical staff. Volunteers from DFY explained that their teams would include specialist and generalist doctors, paramedics, and facility management staff. 

 
18:07 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Karnataka makes RT-PCR negative report, Covid-19 vaccine certificate after both doses mandatory for Kerala travellers

Passengers entering Karnataka from neighbouring Kerala will now be asked to furnish either an RT-PCR negative report or a Covid-19 vaccination certificate “of having received both doses”, an official order issued on Thursday stated.

The order, issued by Chief Secretary P Ravikumar, cited INSACOG (a consortium of laboratories for whole genome sequencing in the context of Covid-19 pandemic) intimating that the Delta Plus variant was reported in certain districts of Kerala as the reason behind the action taken among special surveillance measures that will be in place across the state.

According to the order, the RT-PCR negative report should not be older than 72 hours, and the vaccine certificate should specify both doses of Covid vaccine. The rule will be applicable to all passengers entering Karnataka by flight, bus, train, taxi, and personal transport.

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17:44 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Uttara Kannada: Crocodile spotted in Dandeli village released to Kali River

In a frightening incident, a crocodile was spotted at a village in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district on Thursday, triggering panic among the residents of the area.

A video of the incident, which is now being widely circulated on several social media platforms, features the reptile wandering around the area as people watch it from a distance. People alerted the forest officials, who rushed to the spot to rescue the crocodile.

According to a Forest Department official, the animal was later captured and released in a river. “The incident took place in Kogilabana village in Dandeli. We have captured the animal after which it was released to the Kali River which flows nearby.”

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17:33 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Vaccinate all college students by July 7, Dy CM tells VCs 

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan Thursday directed Vice-Chancellors of universities in the state to expedite vaccination for students pursuing higher education courses. 

"Students need to be inoculated by July 7 as per the schedule of the vaccination drive and the Vice Chancellors should try to ensure inoculation of all students by the said date. If required, this can be extended by two to three days," Ashwathnarayan, who is also in charge of the Higher Education Department said during a virtual meet with the VCs. 

Further, he said that the date of resuming offline classes would depend on the success of this vaccination drive and the government is ready to extend all cooperation in this regard. VCs were also asked to work towards implementation of the national educational policy.

17:20 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Resident doctors reiterate demand for legal cell against assaults on Doctors’ Day

The Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) Thursday reiterated their demand for the formation of a legal cell in the state to avoid assaults and untoward incidents against them.

Citing over 12 incidents of “outrageous physical and psychological assaults” on health workers since the onset of Covid-19 in the state, KARD stated that its members were distressed to complete duties related to the pandemic.

“Such incidents have left us demoralised and in fear of continuing our duties. That is why we will work with the theme of ‘Zero Tolerance towards Assault Against Doctors’ this 2021,” Dr Namratha C, President of the Association, noted.

Further, a statement issued by KARD on National Doctors’ Day, read: “We demand the formation of a legal cell to prevent further events and punish the ones responsible (for such acts).”

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17:15 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Written exam, no viva to recruit principals and assistant professors: Karnataka minister

The appointment process to fill vacancies of assistant professors and principals in higher education institutions will be based on a written exam and there will be no interviews, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwathnarayan said on Wednesday. In a statement, Narayan said the direct recruitment process to fill vacancies of 1,242 assistant professors and 310 principals in higher education institutions will begin shortly.

“These appointments will be made through a written examination and there will be no interview or viva voce. Principals are being appointed for the first time after 2009 and assistant professors are appointed after 2017,” Ashwathnarayan said.



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15:13 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Watch | Crocodile spotted in Uttara Kannada village

A crocodile was spotted in a village in Karnataka's Uttara Kannada district on Thursday spreading panic among people in the locality. However, after roaming around for nearly 30 mins, forest officials arrived at the spot.

"The incident took place in Kogilabana village in Dandeli. We have captured the animal after which it was released to the Kali River which flows nearby," an official from the Forest Department said.

14:53 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Congress appoints 'Covid warriors' across villages to audit Covid-19 deaths

The opposition Congress in Karnataka Thursday announced that ten members each will be appointed across villages in the state equipped with the responsibility to audit Covid-19 deaths. 

"This is being done because the state government has been under-reporting deaths related to the pandemic for a long time. Our Covid warriors (volunteers) on the field will visit each house to collect data pertaining to Covid-19 deaths," state Congress chief D K Shivakumar said. 

He added that the party would then submit a "comprehensive list" of pandemic-related deaths to the state government after completing the survey.

14:46 (IST)01 Jul 2021
NLSIU Bengaluru to reserve 25% seats for Karnataka domicile students

The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bengaluru, popular among the premier law institutions in the country, has decided to reserve 25 per cent of its seats to students from Karnataka for the upcoming academic year 2021-2022.

Introducing the same as a horizontal compartmentalised reservation for the first time, NLSIU has clarified that “candidates who have studied for not less than 10 years in a recognised educational institution in Karnataka” will be eligible to be considered as ‘Karnataka Students’.

The reservation is applicable to BA, LLB (Hons) and LLM programmes with an intake capacity 120 and 50 seats respectively.

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14:18 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Karnataka to build memorial for Covid warriors who succumbed to Covid-19

A first-of-its-kind grand Covid Warrior Memorial in honour of doctors and paramedical staff who ‘martyred’ themselves in the fight against coronavirus would be built in Bengaluru, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Thursday.

“We will build a memorial to pay homage to those doctors who laid down their lives due to Covid while rendering their services on our Arogya Soudha premises. I believe this is the first memorial in the country,” Sudhakar said during a function to celebrate National Doctors’ Day.

The Minister said his department has decided to build it in a unique way in memory of doctors and paramedics, which will be on par with the War Memorial in New Delhi where anyone can go and pay their respects.

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13:26 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Karnataka Bar Council members meet Guv, requests for SC bench

Representatives of the Karnataka Bar Council Thursday met Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala requesting the establishment of a Supreme Court bench in the southern region. 

A memorandum was submitted after top office-bearers of the Council including Chairman L Srinivasa Babu, Secretary Arun Pujar and members B V Srinivasa and Rajanna discussed the matter with the Governor.

12:26 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: Man 'cheated' of Rs 3.5 crore while trying to buy bitcoin

The South Cyber, Economic, and Narcotics (CEN) police in Bengaluru has registered an FIR against a person who identifies himself as a cryptocurrency dealer based on a complaint that accused him of cheating a J P Nagar resident of Rs 3.5 crore for an alleged deal of purchasing bitcoin. 

According to the complainant, the accused identified as Krunal Anoor Chandarana was introduced to him by a friend to whom he paid the money in hope of helping him secure a bitcoin. 

An officer at the station said that the complainant named Gowtham P K was introduced to the accused by the former's friend Ramesh TV, who supposedly became rich after trading cryptocurrency. "A total amount of Rs 3.5 crore was paid through multiple bank transfers. However, Chandarana neither gave any cryptocurrency holding nor returned the money. The accused is now absconding and has not been responding to both Gowtham and Ramesh," the police said. 

The police are now trying to trace the accused as an investigation is underway.

10:46 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Getting vaccinated before attending classes not mandatory: Karnataka Dy CM

A day after announcing that all students studying in higher education courses in the state will be vaccinated within 10 days, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan Thursday clarified that getting inoculated would not be mandatory for students to attend classes in colleges.

“We are equipped to vaccinate all students and staff and are aiming to achieve 100 per cent vaccination. However, getting vaccinated will not be made mandatory as students and staff can come to get the jab at their own will,” he said.

Last week, the state government had announced that offline classes in colleges would resume after vaccinating students, teachers, and staff members.

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09:51 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Will bring BJP to power again with 130+ seats: Karnataka CM Yediyurappa

Three weeks after saying he would resign if the BJP’s central leadership asked him to, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa Wednesday asserted he would lead his party back to power with more than 130 seats in the 2023 Assembly polls.

Speaking to reporters outside Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on Wednesday, he said, “The BJP shall return to power two years from now with 130-plus seats. The work towards this begins from now, I assure my party workers and the public.”

The CM had paid an unscheduled visit to Governor Vajubhai Vala to enquire about his health. “He (Vala) has undergone a laser surgery on one eye recently and is preparing to go for another. Discussing politics with the Governor is never a question,” he said in response to some questions.

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09:23 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Resident doctors reiterate demand for legal cell on Doctors' Day

The Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) Thursday reiterated their demand for the formation of a legal cell in the state to avoid assaults and untoward incidents against them.  

Citing such incidents, KARD noted that its members also had to face "outrageous physical and psychological assaults" similar to their counterparts in other states while completing their duties related to the pandemic. 

"Such incidents have left us demoralized and in fear of continuing our duties. That is why we will work with the theme of 'Zero Tolerance towards Assault Against Doctors' this 2021. We demand the formation of a legal cell to prevent further events and punish the ones responsible," a statement issued on National Doctors Day read. 

Dayanand Sagar, President of KARD said, "There have been enough requests, protests, and petitions to the public and the Govt. From our side for this cause to no avail. This is another attempt to draw attention and educate the general public, even if it does cloud our special day."

08:52 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Karnataka: IISc’s Covid vaccine testing facility in Bengaluru first to be supported by BIRAC in south India

A Covid-19 vaccine testing centre that was recently established in Bengaluru is the first of its kind in south India to get approval and funding from the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT-BIRAC) and it is expected to enhance India’s testing capabilities.

According to the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru which houses the viral Bio-Safety Level-3 (BSL-3) facility at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR), several solutions to tackle the pandemic ranging from vaccines and antivirals to materials and equipment will be tested with the help of academic and industry partners.

Shashank Tripathi, assistant professor at the institute’s department of microbiology and cell biology, told The Indian Express that the lab was identified among the three pioneering efforts to support research on highly pathogenic human viruses. “Our lab had applied for and received funding under the DBT-BIRAC’s Mission Covid Suraksha, which aimed to support labs with well-established models to study SARS-CoV-2,” he said. 

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08:44 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Ensure students do not miss out on DD Chandana classes: DSERT

In the wave of an anticipated delay expected in reopening schools for the upcoming academic year in the state, classes are scheduled to be aired via the Doordarshan Chandana TV channel from July 5.

The Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT) has asked all district education officials to ensure students do not miss out on the classes. The Department has also asked them to arrange access to classes for students who do not have a television set at home taking help from neighbours or other sources.

Further, teachers have been asked to share the timetable with parents. Steps are being taken to broadcast videos and text via DD by experienced teachers. Telecast schedules for Classes 1-7 and 8-10 have already been fixed, DSERT stated.

08:36 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Kodagu: Restrictions in tourist entry to continue till July 5

The Kodagu district administration has clarified that restrictions on tourist entry would continue till July 5 and that a team of officers has been deployed to check on illegal entry of tourists. 

Confirming the same, Assistant Commissioner Eshwar Kumar Kandu said, "We are yet to reopen tourism in Kodagu. We will decide whether to allow tourists or not based on government directives only after July 5."

Meanwhile, officials added that an FIR was filed against a homestay in Madikeri taluk based on a complaint that it was allowing visitors despite the restrictions that were in place. "Such strict actions will continue," Kandu said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Minister for Health and Medical Education K Sudhakar had suggested restrictions in tourism as a precautionary measure to contain the Covid-19 situation during his review visit to the district. "Even as cases have dropped here, the pandemic has not yet come under full control," he had said.

08:26 (IST)01 Jul 2021
Bengaluru NLSIU to reserve 25% seats for Karnataka domicile students

The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bengaluru, popular among the premier law institutions in the country, has decided to reserve 25 per cent of its seats to students from Karnataka for the upcoming academic year 2021-2022. 

Announcing such a decision for the first time, the revised notification for admission mentions that students who have studied for not less than 10 years in a recognised educational institution in Karnataka would be eligible for the reservation. 

This applies to the BA, LLB (Hons) programme and LLM programme. While 30 of the total 120 seats for the former is reserved so, 13 out of 50 seats for the latter is also notified under this cap. Seats have been marked based on categories - SC, ST, and general  - as well.

The National Investigation Agency(NIA) on Wednesday arrested a man for his alleged involvement in the Bengaluru riots case of August 11, 2020. Syed Abbas (38) was produced before an NIA Special Court in Bengaluru and taken in six days’ custody by the probe agency, officers said.

READ | SDPI member arrested in Bengaluru riots case: NIA

Three weeks after saying he would resign if the BJP’s central leadership asked him to, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa Wednesday asserted he would lead his party back to power with more than 130 seats in the 2023 Assembly polls.

READ | Will bring BJP to power again with 130+ seats: Karnataka CM Yediyurappa

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