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Karnataka Bengaluru July 20 Highlights: Congress Lingayat leaders back Yediyurappa amid speculations about leadership change

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 20 Highlights: As many as 1,35,974 samples were tested in the last 24 hours as another 2,53,454 people were inoculated from across the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 21, 2021 8:14:27 am
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 20 Highlights: Amid speculation about a change of leadership in Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa received support from senior Congress leaders from the Lingayat community. Congress legislators MB Patil and Shamanur Shivashankarappa on Monday met Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. Speaking to reporters, Shamanur Shivashankarappa, who is the MLA of Davangere (South) urged the BJP high command to ensure that Yediyurappa remains the CM.

He also warned the BJP he will stand in solidarity with the CM if he is forced to step down. Shivashankarappa is also the national president of the All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha. Meanwhile, former Minister and Congress leader M.B. Patil on Monday said the Lingayat community will be displeased with BJP central leaders if they remove Lingayat strongman B.S. Yediyurappa from the Chief Minister’s post.

Karnataka on Monday reported 1,291 new Covid-19 cases and 40 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 28,85,238 and the toll up to 36,197. The Case Fatality Rate (CFR) rose to 3.09 per cent — the number was at 2.10 per cent on Sunday. Bengaluru Urban reported six new Covid-related fatalities, while four each from Hassan, Mysuru and Dakshina Kannada succumbed to the infection. The day also saw 3,015 discharges, which continued to outnumber fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,21,491. Meanwhile, the state capital reported 266 new cases and 1,202 discharges.

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16:55 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Karnataka II PU results: 14.29% students secure distinction marks

As much as 14.29 per cent of the total 6,66,497 candidates who had enrolled for the second-year pre-university (II PU equivalent to Class 12) exams in Karnataka secured distinction marks as the results were announced on Tuesday. 

It was decided to promote all candidates without conducting examinations, in the wake of the Covid-19 situation. A special evaluation criterion was devised to calculate the 2nd year PUC results. As per the criteria, 45 per cent weightage will be given to marks scored for SSLC (class 10), 45 per cent to I PU marks and 10 per cent to the internal assessment marks of II PU. 

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15:02 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Weather update: Heavy rains likely in Bengaluru for next two days

Bengaluru is likely to witness heavy rains over the next couple of days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) mentioned in its forecast on Tuesday. According to IMD Director C S Patil, the rains are expected to lessen the maximum and minimum temperature in the city to 27 and 20 degrees Celsius respectively.

Meanwhile, with rains in forecast till July 23 across the state, IMD has attributed the same to the offshore trough that runs from Maharashtra coast to Karnataka coast.

14:42 (IST)20 Jul 2021
IN PICS | Delegation of seers meets Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa amid speculations about leadership change

Amid speculation about a change of leadership in Karnataka, a delegation of seers from various mutts met Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa at his residence today.

14:34 (IST)20 Jul 2021
WATCH | Mangaluru Police arrest a person for obstructing ambulance

Mangaluru police arrested a person and seized a vehicle for obstructing an ambulance on the road. Mangaluru police commissioner N Shashi Kumar appealed to everyone to always allow the right of way to Ambulances and Emergency vehicles as they are rushing to save lives.

14:23 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: Number of Covid-19 micro-containment zones rise even as new cases drop, officials cite enhanced micromanagement

The number of micro-containment zones in Bengaluru has increased in the last few days even as daily new Covid-19 cases witnessed a drop over the month, statistics issued by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) indicated. The officials attribute this to enhanced micromanagement to prevent the virus spread.

While the Karnataka capital had 44 active micro-containment zones on July 1, the number rose to 56 by July 19. Bommanahalli has most of such zones (14), followed by BBMP East (13), Dasarahhalli (7), and Mahadevapura (5). As many as 563 of the total 613 micro-containment zones declared since the beginning of the second wave have been delisted so far. Meanwhile, Bengaluru Urban reported only 266 cases on Monday as opposed to the 676 on July 1.

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12:03 (IST)20 Jul 2021
1,291 fresh infections reported, case fatality rate goes up to 3.09%

Karnataka on Monday reported 1,291 new Covid-19 cases and 40 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 28,85,238 and the toll up to 36,197.

The Case Fatality Rate (CFR) rose to 3.09 per cent — the number was at 2.10 per cent on Sunday. Bengaluru Urban reported six new Covid-related fatalities, while four each from Hassan, Mysuru and Dakshina Kannada succumbed to the infection.

The day also saw 3,015 discharges, which continued to outnumber fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,21,491. Meanwhile, the state capital reported 266 new cases and 1,202 discharges.

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11:25 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Congress Lingayat leaders back Yediyurappa amid speculations about leadership change

Amid speculation about a change of leadership in Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa received support from senior Congress leaders from the Lingayat community.

Congress legislators MB Patil and Shamanur Shivashankarappa on Monday met Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

Speaking to reporters, Shamanur Shivashankarappa, who is the MLA of  Davangere (South) urged the BJP high command to ensure that Yediyurappa remains the CM. He also warned the BJP he will stand in solidarity with the CM if he is forced to step down. Shivashankarappa is also the national president of the All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha. 

Meanwhile, former Minister and Congress leader M.B. Patil on Monday said the Lingayat community will be displeased with BJP central leaders if they remove Lingayat strongman B.S. Yediyurappa from the Chief Minister’s post. 

Patil, who also belongs to the Lingayat community, said “this is my personal view that the BJP should conduct itself with dignity and respect considering the age and contributions of Yediyurappa to the State.”

10:17 (IST)20 Jul 2021
All sevas in temples to restart in three days: Minister

All sevas in temples will resume within three days, Minister of State for Hindu Religious Organisations and Endowments Kota Srinivas Poojary has announced. "All sevas (rituals that involve devotees) in temples and anna prasada (meal offerings) will be restarted in the next three days in the wake of the Covid-19 situation improving in the state," he said in Udupi. 

Religious places were initially allowed to open only for darshan from July 5 after remaining closed to pilgrims since the last week of April this year in the wake of the second wave.

09:49 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Two RTI activists killed in Karnataka in separate incidents within week

Two Right to Information (RTI) activists have been killed in separate incidents within a week in Karnataka.

While T Shridhar (40) was attacked with iron rods and bricks by a group of assailants on Thursday, July 15, in Harapanahalli town in Vijayanagara district, Venkatesh S (43), a resident of Tavarekere, was attacked on the same day in Bengaluru. Shridhar was rushed to the hospital, however, he succumbed to his injuries on on Thursday. Whereas, Venkatesh passed away on Sunday.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, Murthi Rao, Deputy Superintendent of Harapanahalli town police, said, “Shridhar was allegedly attacked by four unidentified persons, armed with lethal weapons, when he was having tea on the backside of a canteen in a college compound in Harapanahalli Thursday night.”

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09:44 (IST)20 Jul 2021
IIsc-incubated Mynvax likely to bring ‘warm’ Covid vaccine to Indian market

Mynvax, a vaccine technology startup incubated by the Society for Innovation and Development (SID) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru, on Monday confirmed that it has signed an agreement to raise $4.2 million (Rs 31 crore) in its Series A round of funding supported by Accel. The startup has been working to introduce a thermotolerant Covid vaccine to the Indian market.

The proceeds from the funding would be used to further clinical development of the novel recombinant vaccines for Covid-19 and human influenza it has been developing, a statement from the company read.

The company further said that it was able to rapidly demonstrate its ability to develop novel vaccine candidates which have been rigorously tested for performance and unique attributes such as heat tolerance, dubbed to enhance the access to Covid vaccine across India.

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09:30 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Ghana national, who attacked Bengaluru cops, held in Noida

Bengaluru police arrested a 34-year-old Ghana national, who had attacked two policemen on patrolling duty in  Maragondanahalli in June last week from from Noida Sector 3 in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.

The arrested was identified as Asiedu Morgan (34) who had been absconding since the attack.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, a senior officer from KR Puram police station said, “Morgan, along with his four friends, were creating a ruckus in the late night on June 23 in KR Puram. After a complaint was received from the residents, a team of police went to the location and asked them to stop and go home.”

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09:25 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Karnataka KEA UGCET 2021: Application deadline extended, correction window to open on July 20

The Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) has extended the application deadline for the UGCET 2021. The students who have not registered to appear for KCET 2021 can apply online by July 20 and pay the fees by 6 pm on July 20. Interested candidates can apply at the official website – kea.kar.nic.in. Karnataka UGCET 2021 will be conducted on August 28, 29 and 30.

For UGCET, the correction window will be opened at 6:30 pm on July 20. Candidates will be able to make corrections till 6 pm on July 23. Karnataka UGCET scores will be used for enrolling the candidates into several undergraduate courses in files such as Architecture, Engineering/Technology, Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry and Pharma.

Meanwhile, the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) will release the results for II PU on the website — karresults.nic.in from 4.30 pm on Tuesday.

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09:03 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Karnataka: II PU results to be announced today

The Karnataka government has confirmed that second-year pre-university (II PU equivalent to Class 12) results will be announced today. 

According to Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) officials, the results for freshers and repeaters will be hosted on the website — karresults.nic.in from 4.30 pm. 

While it was decided to promote all candidates without conducting examinations, in the wake of the Covid-19 situation, students will be able to check their aggregate scores today. 


The aggregate marks for each such student for II PU will be calculated by considering 45 per cent weightage from marks scored for SSLC (Class 10), 45 per cent from I PU marks and 10 per cent from the internal assessment marks of II PU.

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09:03 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Rowdy-sheeter hacked to death inside Bengaluru bank

A rowdy-sheeter who was with his wife and daughter was hacked to death by a gang of eight men inside a bank in busy Koramangala area in Bengaluru on Monday afternoon.

The murder took place inside the Union bank in Koramangala 8th block around 1.30pm. The victim has been identified as Babli (30). 

Police suspect it is a case of gang rivalry. "Babli has been declared a rowdy sheeter by Adugodi police after he was caught in murder and attempt to murder cases in the past, " said S Murugan, additional commissioner of police, east.

Murugan added that special teams have been formed to arrest the attackers.

08:57 (IST)20 Jul 2021
New heads for Tourism, Vokkaliga Development Boards appointed

The Karnataka government has appointed Kapu Siddalingaswamy as the new chairman of the Karnataka Tourism Board. He will replace actor-turned-politician Shruthi Krishna, who is now appointed as the chairperson of the Karnataka State Temperance Board.

The Yediyurappa-led government has also issued an order appointing Bengaluru South MLA M Krishnappa as the chairman of the newly constituted Vokkaliga Development Board.

08:57 (IST)20 Jul 2021
BBMP officials inspect smart city projects in KR Market

The redevelopment work at the historic KR Market taken up by Bengaluru Smart City is in progress. BBMP Administrator Rakesh Singh, along with Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta, inspected the work today and instructed the officials to complete the work quickly without causing inconvenience to traders and customers. 

Speaking to the roadside vendors during the progress review visit at KR Market, Rakesh Singh assured them that no inconvenience will be caused to them. He further said that they will be provided space to continue their business and requested them to allow the redevelopment work. The redevelopment work will be completed soon if they cooperate, he added. The roadside vendors responded to the request made by the Administrator in the affirmative and said the construction work will be allowed at the site. 

The flooring work and rainwater drainage works are underway at the market basement. After reviewing the flooring work being done on the first floor and the second floor, the Administrator instructed the officials to discuss with merchants and complete the work quickly. An official who responded to this, said the redevelopment work is being carried out with the cooperation of the merchants. Ramp construction work is going on at the west entrance door, he informed. 

Speaking to media persons after the inspection, BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said that the officials have been instructed to complete the redevelopment work at KR Market and work at Avenue Road and KR Market junction as soon as possible while not causing inconvenience to the public. He added that he has asked the authorities to resolve the issues and complete the work which is ongoing at places with the highest footfalls soon.

08:49 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: Number of Covid-19 micro-containment zones rise even as new cases drop

The number of micro-containment zones in Bengaluru has increased in the last few days even as daily new infections witnessed a drop over the month, statistics issued by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) indicated. 

While the Karnataka capital had 44 active micro-containment zones on July 1, the same has risen to 56 as on July 19. Bommanahalli zone has most of such zones (14), followed by BBMP East (13), Dasarahhalli (7), and Mahadevapura (5). As many as 563 of the total 613 micro-containment zones declared since the beginning of the second wave have been deactivated so far.

However, Bengaluru Urban reported only 266 cases on Monday as opposed to the 676 noted on July 1.

Meanwhile, the vaccination coverage in the city also saw a prominent dip. While 91,402 people were administered the Covid-19 vaccine on July 17, the same dropped to 36,242 on July 18.

08:45 (IST)20 Jul 2021
‘Honest, pro-Hindu’ CM to replace BS Yediyurappa: BJP leader

Even as Karnataka BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel’s purported audio conversation, hinting at a possible leadership change in the state, fuelled more speculation on B S Yediyurappa’s exit as Chief Minister, senior BJP leader Basavaraj Patil Yatnal on Monday said that the party’s central leadership will soon pick a new CM, someone who is “honest, pro Hindu, and capable of bringing the BJP back to power”.

The leaked audio, which has a voice resembling that of Kateel — he has denied any links to the audio and dismissed it as fake — hints at one of three Karnataka leaders currently based in Delhi being sent as CM to replace Yediyurappa, 78.

Yediyurappa, who returned from Delhi on Saturday, did not issue any statement on Monday to emphasise his continuance in office for the remaining two years of the BJP government’s tenure.

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08:36 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Siddaramaiah, DKS in Delhi to meet Sonia, Rahul Gandhi

Opposition leader Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President DK Shivakumar both are in Delhi to meet the high command on Tuesday.

Both the leaders are expected to meet Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi together in Delhi on Tuesday morning.

Both leaders are expected to meet General Secretary RS Surjewala and General Secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal before they meet Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi together.

08:29 (IST)20 Jul 2021
Auto drivers oppose e-bike taxis, started campaign against it

Auto drivers association in Bengaluru have opposed the state government’s decision to allow e-bike taxi services in Karnataka. 

Recently Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa released ‘The Karnataka Electric Bike Taxi Scheme, 2021,’ allowing private companies and aggregators as well as individuals to offer e-bike services up to 10 km.

Namma Chalakara Trade Union, is sending postcards to government officials, with the Chief Minister opposing the decision. Trade union President T Somasekhar opposed the decision and said we have already started a campaign by sending postcards to government heads, such as the Chief Minister and the Transport Minister.  If the government allows  e-bike taxis, auto and taxi drivers who have already registered vehicles will suffer a lot financially."

As the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC equivalent to Class 10) exams began in Karnataka amid coronavirus fears on Monday, as much as 99.64 per cent of the total candidates enrolled for the same attended the exams.

READ | Karnataka SSLC exams: 99.64% turnout on first day amid Covid-19 fears, students find combined paper easy

Even as Karnataka BJP chief Nalin Kumar Kateel’s purported audio conversation, hinting at a possible leadership change in the state, fuelled more speculation on B S Yediyurappa’s exit as Chief Minister, senior BJP leader Basavaraj Patil Yatnal on Monday said that the party’s central leadership will soon pick a new CM, someone who is “honest, pro Hindu, and capable of bringing the BJP back to power”.

READ | ‘Honest, pro-Hindu’ CM to replace BS Yediyurappa: BJP leader

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