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Karnataka Bengaluru June 10 Highlights: State reports 10,959 fresh cases, 192 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 10 Highlights: Total number of active cases in the state is at 2,15,525.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: June 11, 2021 8:11:51 am
Bengaluru, COVID-19People visit a crowded vegetable and fruits market during COVID induced lockdown, in Bengaluru. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News June 10 Highlights: Karnataka on Wednesday logged 10,959 new cases of COVID-19 and 192 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 27,28,248 and the death toll to 32,291. The day also saw 20,246 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases. Of 10,959 new cases reported yesterday, 2,395 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 6,185 discharges and 50 deaths.

As of June 9 evening, cumulatively 27,28,248 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 32,291 deaths and 24,80,411 discharges, the Health department said in its bulletin. Total number of active cases in the state is at 2,15,525. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 6.68 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.75 per cent.

Mysuru recorded 22 deaths, Haveri (12), Ballari (11), Dharwad and Shivamogga (9), followed by others. Mysuru accounted for 1,163 deaths, Hassan 745, Tumakuru 662, Dakshina Kannada 594, Shivamogga 562, followed by others. Cumulatively a total of 3,10,26,189 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,63,962 were tested on Wednesday alone. (PTI)

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15:00 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Yediyurappa will continue as CM: BJP National Gen Secy

Amid speculations of leadership change in Karnataka, BJP National General Secretary in-charge of the state, Arun Singh on Thursday ruled out replacing the Chief Minister and asserted that B S Yediyurappa will continue in the top post.

"Yediyurappa is the Chief Minister, he is doing a good job and will remain the Chief Minister. He has done a good job during the COVID situation, all the Ministers and the party- everyone has done a good job," Singh said in Delhi. 

“No discussions have happened at the high command level regarding seeking resignation from the Chief Minister. Yediyurappa is doing a good job as the CM, he is working hard along with Ministers and legislators, the organisation is also functioning well..he (Yediyurappa) will continue (as CM)," he added.

Speculations have been rife for some time now that efforts were on, by a section of the ruling BJP to exert pressure for unseating Yediyurappa.

14:59 (IST)10 Jun 2021
IIMB best B-school in India: QS World Rankings

The Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore has been ranked the top B-school in India, third time in a row, in Business & Management Studies, in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. 

The QS World University Rankings by Subject considers employer reputation, academic reputation and research impact to rate institutions globally. The Business & Management Studies subject, offered by IIM Bangalore, has secured high ratings in all three categories, making IIMB the Best B-School in India. 

IIMB Director Professor Rishikesha T Krishnan said, “This is certainly a huge achievement for IIMB, and I want to extend my gratitude to everyone who made this possible. We have scored well in Academic Reputation and H-Index Citation parameters and this reflects our efforts in ensuring academic excellence in the subject and research capabilities in the domain. I would also like to congratulate all other institutions recognised by QS Ranking.”

Another institution from the Karnataka capital that featured at the top in its respective category was the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

14:47 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Karnataka Deputy CM hints at lockdown extension in Belagavi district

While most areas in Karnataka are likely to unlock gradually from June 15, Belagavi in the northern part of the state may have its lockdown extended.

Deputy Chief Minister Govind M Karjol, who is also the district in-charge minister for Belagavi said, “There seems to be a need to announce an extension of lockdown in Belagavi as it borders Maharashtra. It is impossible to shut minor roads connecting Maharashtra even while highways remain closed. In such a scenario, a lockdown extension might become a necessity here.”

However, Karjol added that the final call will be taken by CM BS Yediyurappa’s based upon inputs from experts and various task forces.

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14:30 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Koppal: 2 Dalits attempt suicide after being assaulted over a haircut

Two Dalit brothers attempted suicide after they were thrashed and humiliated allegedly by upper caste men for seeking a haircut in a village in Koppal district. 

According to Koppal Police, the brothers have been admitted at the district hospital in Koppal, and their condition is said to be stable. 

According to a senior district police officer, the brothers were assaulted, abused and shoved around for seeking a haircut from two hairdressers in the district’s Hosalli village.

Police have booked 16 persons under SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

14:16 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Karnataka electricity tariff hike: How will it affect domestic consumers?

The increase in energy charges for domestic consumers across the state is 10 paise per unit. The same revision will be applicable to installations of government/charitable educational institutions and hospitals in BESCOM (BBMP & the other Municipal Corporation areas) as well.

However, the first slab (lifeline consumption) has been revised till 50 units as opposed to the 0-30 units considered earlier. “This is to encourage consumption by lower and middle-class domestic consumers,” KERC noted. The consequent slabs are from 51 to 100 units, 101 to 200 units, and above 200 units. Further, a hike of Rs 15 will be in effect for the fixed charge for the first KW and the additional KW.

The increase in tariff for industrial and LT commercial category consumers is also notified to be at 10 paise per unit.

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14:03 (IST)10 Jun 2021
CM Yediyurappa congratulates IISc for being ranked top research varsity in world

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday congratulated the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru for being ranked the world's top research university by an international agency.

In a tweet, he said, "Congratulations to @iiscbangalore on being ranked the world's top research university in the QS World University Rankings. Imparting world-class education & facilitating cutting- edge research in science, technology, and engineering, IISc makes every Indian proud."

According to the coveted QS World University Rankings, the Indian Institute of Science was rated the world's top research university as per the citations per faculty indicator.

The IISc secured a perfect score of 100 out of 100 for the citations per faculty (CPF) metric in the analysis by London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

13:42 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Weather Update: Heavy rains forecast in coastal Karnataka

Heavy rains are likely to lash the coastal districts of Karnataka for one week starting from Thursday, according to  the Indian meteorological department (IMD).

A yellow alert has been sounded for Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts on Thursday and Friday and also in addition, orange and red alerts are announced for Saturday and Sunday when the region is expected to receive copious amounts of rain.

The new alert is issued in the wake of the low pressure that has developed in Bay of Bengal, IMD said. Meanwhile, scattered rains are also pouring over old Mysuru districts including the capital city Bengaluru. Cloudy weather is seen most of the day in these areas, the IMD forecast said.

13:23 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Karnataka: CM launches app for Direct Bank Transfer to help provide financial assistance to beneficiaries

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Thursday launched the DBT (Direct Bank Transfer) application developed by the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (e-Governance) in Bengaluru.

According to DPAR officials, 120 schemes in the State have been included in this platform. For the past two years, more than Rs 12,000 crore has been directly credited to the accounts of beneficiaries whose Aadhar has been linked. "This system has eliminated misuse of funds, middlemen and loopholes," CM Yediyurappa said.  

"All packages announced by the Government during Covid-19 first wave and second wave has been paid through this platform", the CM said. 

As announced in the budget, all schemes which provide financial assistance in the State will be brought under DBT platform, he added.

12:40 (IST)10 Jun 2021
30 lakhs worth of LSD and ecstasy drugs seized by police

Bengaluru Central Crime Branch police have seized 30 lakhs worth of LSD and ecstasy drugs and arrested 11 people in the city on Thursday.

Police seized Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine (MDMA), ecstasy, Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) drugs and mobile phones from the accused, said CCB Chief Sandeep Patil.

The accused are identified as Bayan Ansari 26 yrs, Arnold Pascal Dsouza 27 yrs, Anirudh Venkatachalam, Kanishq Reddy 23 yrs, Santosh. K 28 yrs, all residents of Bengaluru.

11:50 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Vaccination camp in Bengaluru for over 2000 sportspersons

The Karnataka Youth Empowerment and Sports department has announced a two-day free Covid vaccination camp for sportspersons in Bengaluru on Thursday and Friday.

According to officials, the drive is organised by the BBMP and health department as the state government has identified sportspersons aged 18 and above among priority groups identified for vaccination.

“2,200 sportspersons have already registered for the drive. Those who have not registered yet can do so by contacting the office of the Assistant Director Youth Empowerment and Sports at Sri Kanteerava stadium or their respective state sports associations,” a note from the department mentioned.

The drive is planned to be held at Sri Kanteerava Stadium with the first day earmarked for players associated with basketball, fencing, swimming, hockey, tennikoit, badminton, rowing, and netball, officials added.

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11:20 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Karnataka: Ministers, expert committee hint at unlock in phases after June 14

With the lockdown in Karnataka scheduled to end on June 14 and with a dip in new infections reported over the past few days, the state is likely to begin its unlock process soon, sources said.

The panel of experts in the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) appointed by the government has recommended allowing shops, hotels, and malls to operate for a few hours daily, to begin with. The TAC has also suggested announcing restrictions on the movement of people from districts with more caseload to low-risk areas.

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11:18 (IST)10 Jun 2021
No hike in BMTC bus fares; phased resumption of services says Karnataka transport minister

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and Transport Minister Laxman Savadi announced that there would be no hike in fares for Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses.

The BMTC, in February, approached the Karnataka government seeking an 18-20% hike in bus fares citing rising fuel prices, lack of funds to pay salaries, and losses due to the Covid-19 crisis.

“For the time being, we do not want to burden poor people who are already facing difficulties. The chief minister has taken a stand against the revision of fares,” Savadi said.

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10:53 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Karnataka sex-for-job scandal: 2 accused of honey-trapping minister get anticipatory bail, asked to appear before SIT in 5 days

A sessions court in Bengaluru has asked two former television journalists accused of extortion in a sex CD case involving former BJP minister Ramesh Jarkiholi to appear before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case within five days and cooperate in the ongoing investigation.

The 90th additional city civil and session judge in Bengaluru has asked the missing duo — S Shravan Kumar (25), a former video editor and B M Naresh Gowda (32), a former journalist in the Kannada television media — to surrender before the SIT, while granting anticipatory bail to the duo who have been absconding for nearly three months.

The sessions judge overruled arguments by the SIT special public prosecutor against the granting of bail to the missing duo on the grounds that they had given an undertaking to take part in the probe of the extortion case and since most charges against them are bailable.

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09:56 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Karnataka government estimates Cyclone Tauktae damage at Rs 209 crore

The Karnataka government conducted a comprehensive survey on damages caused by Cyclone Tauktae and the estimated loss is to the tune of Rs 209.30 crore. 

In a memorandum to the Centre, the State government listed the damage caused by the cyclone -- 1047 km of roads, sea erosion protection walls, 473 houses, 71 government buildings, 29 minor irrigation schemes, 79 transformers and 107 km of electrical lines were damaged, besides 263 boats and 324 nets were ruined, severely impacting the livelihood of fishermen.

The Karnataka government has asked the Centre to send an Inter- Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) to make a spot assessment of the damage caused by Cyclone Tauktae.

09:55 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Training docs, health checkups for kids: Karnataka gears up for possible Covid third wave

Several doctors and paediatricians in Bengaluru Wednesday started special training sessions on managing Covid-19 in children, while Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa directed Anganwadi workers across the state to brace up for a possible third wave of the pandemic.

As preparations for the third wave, the state is focusing on the un-vaccinated people below 18 years of age, by setting up paediatric wards in all district hospitals and announcing a health check-up for children for the next three months. 

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09:51 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Belagavi: Lockdown extension on cards due to border-district status, Dy CM hints

While most areas in Karnataka are likely to begin with an unlock process by lifting restrictions in phases from June 15, Belagavi in the northern part of the state may have the lockdown extended. 

Deputy CM Govind M Karjol, who is also the district in-charge minister said, "..there seems to be a need to announce extension of lockdown in Belagavi as it is a border-district...It is impossible to close minor roads connecting to Maharashtra while highways remain closed. In this case, lockdown extension might become a necessity here."

However, Karjol added that the final decision was subject to CM Yediyurappa's decision taken after seeking inputs from experts and various task forces. 

To date, Belagavi has reported 71,817 Covid infections and 663 deaths. The active caseload in the district, as on Wednesday, is 8100.

09:40 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Mysuru: Cong-JD(S) alliance likely for mayoral polls

With the mid-term polls to pick a new mayor for Mysuru scheduled to be held on Friday, JD(S) and Congress are set to come together again, despite having glaring differences between the camps that led to the disqualification of the former JD(S) mayor. 

The mid-term polls were necessitated after the recent decision of the High Court to disqualify Mayor Rukmini Made Gowda as a member of the Mysuru City Corporation, based on a petition filed by Rajani, her Congress rival alleged false declaration of assets in the election affidavit. 

The JD(S), however, has confirmed that their corporations would not be adamant for mayorship this time. “We will ask for the Mayor’s post. But, if they (Congress) want it for the remainder of the term, they can take it”, former Minister S R Mahesh said adding that the post should be handed over to the JD(S) for the remaining two terms of the Corporation.

09:24 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Covid relief package sought for Christian priests

David Simeon, Former Deputy Chairman of Legislative Council has urged the Karnataka  government to announce a relief package for priests in churches similar to the package announced to priests in temples and imams in masjids.

"The government has considered the difficulties of temple priests and imams due to the lockdown. But, surprisingly, it has not been considered that priests in churches who are also suffering. Many of them are struggling to meet the daily needs of their families" he said. 

"Therefore, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa should immediately announce a relief package for priests in churches and ensure justice to them,” he added.

09:11 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Karnataka hikes electricity tariff, opposition terms decision ‘disastrous’

Karnataka government Wednesday announced an average hike in electricity tariff by 30 paise per unit for all electricity supply companies (Escoms) for the ongoing fiscal 2021-2022.

The revision, as notified by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC), would result in an average increase of 3.84 per cent. The revised tariff will be considered for each unit of electricity consumed from the first meter reading date falling on or after April 1 this year, the Commission noted, to “enable recovery of the revenue gap determined by the Commission.”

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09:10 (IST)10 Jun 2021
Decision on unlocking Karnataka likely today

Amid talks that Karnataka may start the unlock process by lifting restrictions after June 14, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is likely to hold a meeting in a day or two, to discuss the matter and take a call. 

The state is currently under lockdown till June 14, and there are indications that the government is likely to go for graded relaxation of restrictions, in districts that have less positivity rate to begin with.

The Karnataka government Wednesday put on hold its decision to pay Covid lockdown relief to imams and muezzins of mosques in the state from the funds of the Hindu religious endowment department. The move comes after the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Dakshina Kannada district opposed the decision.

READ | Karnataka govt shelves Covid relief to Muslim clerics after VHP’s opposition

Karnataka government Wednesday announced an average hike in electricity tariff by 30 paise per unit for all electricity supply companies (Escoms) for the ongoing fiscal 2021-2022. The revision, as notified by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC), would result in an average increase of 3.84 per cent.

READ | Karnataka hikes electricity tariff, opposition terms decision ‘disastrous’

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