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Karnataka Bengaluru July 19 Highlights: First paper of SSLC examination for the year concludes

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 19 Highlights: There were 67,583 inoculations done on Sunday comprising first and second doses taking the total vaccinations to 2.73 crore.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 20, 2021 8:08:09 am
Bengaluru, SSLC examStudents exit an exam centre in Bengaluru after writing their first SSLC paper. Express Photo: Ralph Alex Arakal

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 19 Highlights: As students began coming out of exam centres after completing their first paper of the 2021 Karnataka SSLC examinations, cops had a tough time warding off crowds in front of schools. However, most students and parents left the centre soon based on repeated instructions of the police officials.

Karnataka on Sunday registered 1,708 fresh Covid-19 cases taking the total cases to 28,83,947 while 36 deaths pushed the toll to 36,157, the Health department said. There were 29,291 active cases in the state while as many as 2,463 patients recovered in the state taking the total recoveries to 28,18,476.

Bengaluru Urban district reported 386 infections, which is the highest among all the districts of the state whereas nine deaths were recorded on Sunday. The city has so far reported 12,22,189 infections and 15,796 deaths. There were 12,167 active cases.

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14:49 (IST)19 Jul 2021
‘No cycling’ sign put up on Bengaluru’s Brigade Road, removed after criticism

A ‘No cycling’ sign put up by the local authorities on Bengaluru’s Brigade Road has been removed after criticism by the cycling community. 

Nihar Thakkar, a cycling enthusiast, took to social media to bring the issue to the attention of  concerned authorities after Bengaluru Central MP PC Mohan responded to the post and said, " 'No Bicycling Sign' has now been removed on Brigade Road! Bicycle contribute to cleaner air, less congestion and overall well-being. The benefits of riding a bicycle are both societal and persona."

14:05 (IST)19 Jul 2021
IN PICS | Karnataka SSLC exams: First exam concludes, police clear crowds in front of schools

As students began coming out of exam centres after completing their first paper of the 2021 Karnataka SSLC examinations, cops had a tough time warding off crowds in front of schools. 

However, most students and parents left the centre soon based on repeated instructions of the police officials. 

“We were worried if our children would be safe at the centre and outside in the wake of the pandemic situation, but all guidelines were adhered to before and after the exam,” Sindhura M, a parent told Indianexpress.com outside a centre in Bengaluru’s Mathikere.

13:58 (IST)19 Jul 2021
IN PICS | Special buses for students from Kerala attending Karnataka SSLC exams

The Karnataka government had made bus arrangements for students travelling from Kerala at the Talapady check post near Mangaluru, to attend the SSLC exams that began today. 

Students will be dropped back near the checkpost as well, from where the Kerala government has arranged transportation for them back home.

12:06 (IST)19 Jul 2021
KSRTC driver dies after bus rams into tree at Karnataka-Kerala border

A Karnataka state road transport corporation bus met with an accident on Monday morning and killed one person at the Karnataka-Kerala border (Makutta in Virajpet, Kodagu).

KSRTC confirmed the driver succumbed on the way to the hospital. The bus had hit a tree. The conductor and one bus passenger were injured.

11:47 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Watch: Car catches fire in Nelamangala, no one hurt

In a freak accident, an omni car was gutted in a fire on Nelamangala highway on Monday morning. People in the car had a narrow escape, according to Nelamangala traffic police. 

Nelamangala traffic police reached the spot and called fire and emergency personnel. The fire was doused around by the fire personnel.

11:07 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Heavy rains leave several areas inundated, red alert in 3 coastal districts till July 20

Several coastal regions of Karnataka continued to receive sporadic rains on Sunday after which many roads and residential areas in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, and other districts were left waterlogged.

The movement of vehicles on the Chelyadka bridge connecting Kunjoorupanja and Panaje in Puttur was halted as water overflowed for the second time in the past five days. With no vehicular movement possible, residents of several villages including Ajjikallu, Gummategadde, Kapikadu, and Olathadka were left stranded during the weekend as showers began on Saturday.

Many roads in coastal Karnataka were also inundated as stormwater drains overflowed. According to government data, Dakshina Kannada has received 1769 mm rainfall till July 17 from the beginning of this year. It has been estimated that over 4,000 electricity poles and 200 transformers have been damaged since the beginning of April.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rains to continue in the state, especially over coastal and Malnad districts till July 23. In the wake of this, a red alert has been sounded for Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Uttara Kannada districts till 8.30 am on July 20, after which an orange alert will be in place till July 23.

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10:39 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Watch video | OMR sheets distributed to students ahead of exams

Students in Karnataka will be answering multiple-choice questions on OMR sheets for the SSLC exams this time. All questions will be offered with multiple choices.

10:28 (IST)19 Jul 2021
SSLC exams to begin soon, CM wishes luck to candidates

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has wished all SSLC exam candidates the best. "I urge my young friends to relax and focus on exams. I assure parents that our government has made all arrangements to ensure exams are held safely," he tweeted.

09:47 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Second edition of Khelo India games in Bengaluru in March

The second edition of Khelo India, university-level games, will be held at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru from March 5, 2022, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be invited to inaugurate the event, said Minister for Sports and Youth Empowerment K.C. Narayana Gowda. 

In the 12 day event, a total of 3,182 sportspersons from 158 universities across India would participate in the event. Khelo India would have 18 sporting events.

The inaugural Khelo India university games were held in Odisha in February 2020. The games have been introduced to revive sports culture in the country at the grassroots.

09:33 (IST)19 Jul 2021
IN PICS | Students in Karnataka undergo Covid tests before SSLC exam

With just over an hour for SSLC examinations to begin in Karnataka, students arriving at centres are tested for Covid-19. While students will be allowed to attend the exam even if they test positive, block education officers have been asked to ensure that they are provided a separate room to do so. 

Other rooms dedicated to students with symptoms of cough, cold, and fever have also been earmarked in each centre, Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) officials said.

The exam is scheduled to begin at 10.30 am and will conclude at 1.30 pm.

09:09 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Parts of Bengaluru to face power outage today

There will be no power supply on July 19 in the following areas coming under Jayanagar sub division, an official release by the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) stated.

The areas affected are:

S2 sub-division, BMTC; Sudhamnagar, Siddaiah Road from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

S6 Elita, Astalakshmi Layout, Puttenahalli, K.R. Layout; S9 Padmanabhanagar, S9 office, Ring Road, 27th Main Road, Yarabnagar Main Road, Masjid Road, BSNL Office, Government Hospital, NPTI Circle, Indian Oil Petrol Pump, S15, Banashankari: Kathriguppe Main Road and Kathriguppe village, 100 Feet Ring Road, from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

S18: Arehalli MUSS: Brindavana Layout from 9.10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

S18: Subramanyapura MUSS: Turahalli, from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

09:01 (IST)19 Jul 2021
MUDA starts online property tax payment facility

Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) is set to offer the public the option of paying property tax online.

Minister for Urban Development B..A Basavaraj launched MUDA’s online property tax collection facility, which gives property owners in MUDA layouts and MUDA-approved layouts the option of paying vacant site tax and house tax online.

Public can pay tax through http://www.mudamysuru.co.in A user manual and flow chart to facilitate online payment of property tax is available on the website. A help desk set up to facilitate the property owners will function on MUDA premises from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 pm. The help desk can be contacted on 74066-55006, 74066-55007, 74066-55008 and 74066-55009.

09:00 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Karnataka to reopen theatres, cinema halls, colleges as govt relaxes more Covid-19 curbs

The Karnataka government has allowed cinema halls and theatres across the state, including Bengaluru, to function from Monday (July 19) while colleges have been permitted to allow students on campuses from July 26. These were among several relaxations announced to the curbs that were in place in the state to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic since the second wave began months back.

Here are the guidelines

08:39 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Audio clip on ‘leadership change’ goes viral; fake, says Karnataka BJP chief

An audio clipping purportedly of BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel speaking of a definite change in leadership in the BJP government in Karnataka went viral on social media on Sunday. Kateel, however, called the audio fake and denied any association with the recording.

This comes close on the heels of a weekend visit to Delhi by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to meet the BJP national leadership, where he indicated willingness to step down.

In the 47-second audio clip, a voice resembling that of the state BJP president is heard telling an unidentified individual, “There is going to be a definite change in leadership, a completely new team will be in place.” The conversation is in the local Tulu dialect of the Dakshina Kannada region.

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08:28 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Karnataka to offer engineering, other professional courses in Kannada

The Karnataka state government has decided to offer all professional courses, including engineering, in Kannada from the academic year 2022-23. Confirming the same, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan said that the translation works for engineering courses and respective curriculum for other courses into Kannada are already underway.

"The regional language (mother tongue) will be further strengthened after the implementation of National Education Policy (NEP) and let there be no apprehensions in this regard," Ashwathnarayan, who is also the Minister for Higher Education in the state said.

Further, speaking at a webinar organised by the All Languages Faculty Association of Karnataka University, he highlighted that the state government would provide incentives to students enrolling for courses in Kannada. "It will also be incorporated into the technical education system," Ashwathnarayan clarified.

08:21 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Covid-19: Karnataka reports 1,708 new cases, TPR at 1.09%

Karnataka on Sunday reported 1,708 new Covid-19 cases and 36 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 28.83 lakh and the toll to 36,157. The day also saw 2,463 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,18,476. 

Meanwhile Bengaluru Urban reported 386 new cases, as the city saw 793 discharges and nine deaths, the health department said in a bulletin.

The total number of active cases in the state is 29,291. While the positivity rate stood at 1.09 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.10 per cent. Districts that reported most related fatalities apart from Bengaluru Urban were Dakshina Kannada (6), and Mysuru (4).

08:10 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Karnataka: As SSLC exams begin today, 23 Covid positive students to answer papers from Covid Care Centres

As many as 23 students out of the total 8.76 lakh students who have registered for the Karnataka SSLC (Class 10) board examination will attend the same from Covid Care Centres (CCC) in their respective blocks, officials said. 

"Arrangements have been made by the respective block education officers for thses CCCs to ensure all standard operating procedures (SOPs) are followed," a top official from the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) told Indianexpress.com. 

Among several measures taken by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education to ensure safe conduct of the exams amid the Covid-19 pandemic were increasing the number of exam centres and deploying staff members who have been inoculated with the Covid vaccine this year. 

While the number of exam centres has been increased to 4,885 from 3,310 in 2020, staff deployed for the process has been hiked to 1.19 lakh in comparison with the 80,000 last year. As many as 73,064 examination rooms have been set up across the districts as well. The same was 48,000 in 2020, when the government held the exam amid the pandemic for the first time.

08:08 (IST)19 Jul 2021
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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. 

The Karnataka government, led by B S Yediyurappa, has issued an order allowing the establishment of a Vokkaliga Development Board, setting aside Rs 500 crore for the same. The constitution and the allocation for the same was promised by the chief minister during the 2021-22 budget presentation earlier.

READ | Karnataka: Yediyurappa-led BJP govt constitutes Vokkaliga Development Board

Several coastal regions of Karnataka continued to receive sporadic rains on Sunday after which many roads and residential areas in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, and other districts were left waterlogged.

READ | Karnataka: Heavy rains leave several areas inundated, red alert in 3 coastal districts till July 20

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

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