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Karnataka Bengaluru July 2 Highlights: State reports 3203 fresh cases, 676 from Bengaluru Urban

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 2 Highlights: Cumulatively, a total of 3,44,25,805 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which, 1,56,078 were tested on Thursday alone.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 5, 2021 8:12:33 am
Passengers wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus arrive at a train station in Bengaluru. (AP)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 2 Highlights: Karnataka on Thursday reported 3,203 new cases of Covid-19 and 94 related deaths, pushing the infection count to 28,47,013 and the toll to 35,134, the health department said. The day also saw 14,302 discharges, taking the total recoveries to 27,46,544.

Of the 3,203 new cases recorded yesterday, 676 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city also 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, the case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.93 per cent.

Dakshina Kannada reported 14 deaths, Dharwad (7), Ballari, and Belagavi (6 each), followed by others. After Bengaluru Urban, the highest number of fresh cases were recorded in Mysuru (366), Hassan (281), and Shivamogga (194). Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases with a total of 12,14,235 infections, followed by Mysuru (1,66,940) and Tumakuru (1,15,116). Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban topped the list with 11,65,074 recoveries, followed by Mysuru (1,60,274) and Tumakuru (1,12,706).

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14:59 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Another sonic boom? Loud sound heard in Bengaluru today

A loud sound was heard by the residents of Bengaluru around 12.30 pm on Friday, reminding them of the sonic boom they had heard a year back.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, CS Patil, the director of India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Bengaluru unit, said, “Do not panic. We are checking with the mines department regarding any blasts.”

According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), there was no signal of any local tremor or earthquake.

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14:52 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Karnataka KARTET 2021 notification released: Check exam date, eligibility, how to apply

The Karnataka Teacher Eligibility Test (KARTET) notification has been released by the centralised admission cell (CAC). The exam will be held on August 22, 2021. The application form is out and interested candidates can apply before July 20 at the official website, schooleducation.kar.nic.in.

KARTET test will be of 150 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), each carrying one mark. There will be no negative marking. The exam will be held in two papers those who clear paper 1 will be eligible to teach in classes 1 to 5 and those who qualify paper II will be eligible to teach classes 6 to 8.

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14:52 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Karnataka minister B Sriramulu’s aide held for ‘duping’ people using name of CM Yediyurappa’s son

A close aide of Minister of Social Welfare B Sriramulu was arrested by the Bengaluru CCB police on Thursday following a complaint by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra for allegedly using his name to get a job.

The arrested person has been identified as Rajanna (42).

Based on Vijayendra’s complaint, the police had booked Rajanna and others for cheating under provisions of the IT Act. According to police sources, Vijayendra has shared 20 audio recordings of Rajanna allegedly using his name.

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13:54 (IST)02 Jul 2021
HAL to compensate dependents of employees who died due to Covid-19

With several Covid-19 deaths being reported among its employees, the public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has announced a scheme to provide families of victims monthly payments for sustenance.

The “financial assistance scheme for the dependents of deceased employees” was announced by the HAL management on June 28. It aims to provide monthly payments of Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 in the case of workmen, and Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 in the case of officers who died since January 1, 2020 by any cause other than suicide.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented situation, creating a sense of uncertainty among people. The sudden death of an employee while in service has cascading psychological, social and economic effects on the family,” read a letter written by D Deepak, the general manager (HR) of the company, on June 28.

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13:26 (IST)02 Jul 2021
South Bengaluru residents hear a ‘loud sound’ similar to sonic boom that rattled Bengaluru last year

Many residents of Bengaluru South heard a loud noise much like a huge crash at around 12.30 pm on Friday prompting speculation on social media. 

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, CS Patil, director of India Meteorological Department (IMD) Bengaluru unit said “not to panic and we are checking with the mines department of any blasts, other centres for earthquakes.”

Bengaluru last year in May had witnessed a similar incident, which later the Defence PRO said was a routine IAF Test Flight involving a supersonic profile that took off from Bengaluru Airport and flew in the allotted airspace well outside City limits.

According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDC), there was no signal of local tremor or earthquake. 

In a statement, KSNDMC said, “A Report of loud sound by the local community was received from Kengeri, Rajarajeswari Nagar and Vijayanagar, Bengaluru today, during the time duration 12:00 to 12:45 pm. The data was closely analysed from our Seismic Observatory for any possible seismic signals of an earthquake. The earthquake data / record analysed for the above durations shows no signal of local tremor/earthquake.”

13:06 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Nirmala Sitharaman visits various state-of-the-art facilities

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday visited the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology, Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre, and Centre for Human Genetics at Helix Biotechnology Park, Bengaluru, and did a walkthrough around their various state-of-the-art facilities.

“The Biotechnology Park's vision is to be an important catalyst for the growth of biotech, bioinformatics & related industries in Karnataka & India,” Sitharaman said.

12:02 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: Vaccination for 18-44 age group yet to begin at govt-run centres barring priority groups

Srimathi Perumal (30), a resident of Mahadevapura in Bengaluru, has been running pillar to post for nearly a month to get her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. From registering on the CoWIN portal and keeping a frequent tab on the platform to find a slot to visiting nearby public healthcare centres and hospitals in her locality, she is doing everything. But she has been unsuccessful in getting the jab.

“I was waiting for a long time for vaccination to begin for the 18-44 age group to which I belong. With ministers announcing the launch of vaccination for this age group, suspending it temporarily, and then supposedly resuming it, I have been trying all means to get a slot but in vain,” she said.

Getting vaccinated is still far from reality for a huge share of the young adult population in Bengaluru and across Karnataka even as a month passed since the Centre allowed walk-in registration for vaccination for the 18-44 age group at government-run centres.

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta told The Indian Express that vaccination was yet to be made open on the part of the government to all aged 18-44 barring priority groups.

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11:06 (IST)02 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.

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10:50 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Muslims should know BJP came to power in Karnataka due to Congress: HD Kumaraswamy

Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Thursday asked Muslims to "realise” that the BJP came to power in Karnataka due to the Congress.

He claimed that the Congress will never come to power again and "the future is of regional parties”, citing the "decline” of national parties in the recently concluded assembly elections in five states including West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

"If the BJP is in power in Karnataka at present, it’s because of the Congress. My Muslim brethren should understand this. If BJP came to power in the state, it is not because of JD(S),” Kumaraswamy, the JD(S) second-in-command, said.

10:23 (IST)02 Jul 2021
HAL to compensate dependents of employees who died due to Covid-19

With several Covid-19 deaths being reported among its employees, the public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has announced a scheme to provide families of victims monthly payments for sustenance.

The “financial assistance scheme for the dependents of deceased employees” was announced by the HAL management on June 28. It aims to provide monthly payments of Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 in the case of workmen, and Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 in the case of officers who died since January 1, 2020 by any cause other than suicide.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented situation, creating a sense of uncertainty among people. The sudden death of an employee while in service has cascading psychological, social and economic effects on the family,” read a letter written by D Deepak, the general manager (HR) of the company, on June 28.

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09:50 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits Bengaluru covid care centre

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday visited Boeing India and the SELCO Foundation-funded 100-oxygenated bed COVID-Care Centre at Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd.(KPCL), Yelahanka campus in Bengaluru.

Asked about shortage of COVID vaccines in the state, Sitharaman said every state gets the allocation as per the intensity of the attack, density of the population and the number of vulnerable populations.

"The central government supplies it (vaccines) well in advance so that they can announce as to how much is being given, seven days prior...this happening every month, it keeps coming," she said, adding that all states will be taken care of. "The flow will be well managed. I wish to assure through the media that all people's interest will be taken care of and everybody will be vaccinated," Sitharaman added.

Later during her visit, she visited the government General Hospital in Jayanagar and also visited the vaccination centre at the hospital. “As of June 30, 1.90 crore people in Karnataka have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine”, she added.

09:13 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Karnataka reports 3,203 fresh cases, 676 cases from Bengaluru Urban

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

Of the 3,203 new cases recorded yesterday, 676 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city also 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, the case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.93 per cent.

Dakshina Kannada reported 14 deaths, Dharwad (7), Ballari, and Belagavi (6 each), followed by others. After Bengaluru Urban, the highest number of fresh cases were recorded in Mysuru (366), Hassan (281), and Shivamogga (194). Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases with a total of 12,14,235 infections, followed by Mysuru (1,66,940) and Tumakuru (1,15,116). Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban topped the list with 11,65,074 recoveries, followed by Mysuru (1,60,274) and Tumakuru (1,12,706).

08:40 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Bengaluru KSR station gets Railways' first movable freshwater tunnel aquarium

South Western Railways has created a Aquatic Kingdom at KSR Bengaluru railway station.

For the first time in country, KSR Bengaluru City railway station is hosting a tunnel aquarium with corals, alligator gar, sting rays, eels, lobsters, snails, shrimps and even sharks. 

An initiative of the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Ltd. (IRSDC) along with HNi Aquatic Kingdom, the movable freshwater tunnel aquarium was inaugurated on Thursday by two visitors to the venue.

08:23 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Crocodile wanders into Karnataka village, rescued later

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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08:21 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Bengaluru has fewer community toilets compared with other cities: Survey submitted to HC

A study conducted by the All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG), Pune, has revealed the toilets in Bengaluru are very low when compared with the number of toilets in cities such as Chennai, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad in proportion to the population.

The number of community toilets per thousand population per sqkm in Chennai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru is 1.7, 0.8 and 0.7, respectively, as per the 2011 Census.

Survey of toilets in the city was submitted to the High Court of Karnataka on Thursday.

The survey report states that operation and maintenance of community toilets by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is poor but those community toilets maintained by private agencies are comparatively better.

The report was submitted by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike before a division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj based on directions to ascertain the number of public toilets required in the city.

08:16 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Karnataka minister B Sriramulu's aide held for cheating

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) police on Thursday arrested a man who allegedly claimed to be the personal assistant of Social Welfare minister B Sriramulu after a complaint by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s son B Y Vijayendra.

The arrested person has been identified as Rajanna (42). On Monday, Vijayendra who is also vice-president of Karnataka BJP had filed a complaint alleging that he had misused his name to get a job done and had received illegal gratification. 

Based on his complaint, the police had booked Rajanna and others for cheating and under the provisions of the IT Act.

08:15 (IST)02 Jul 2021
After Karnataka HC order, Bengaluru police blur photos, stop naming accused

On June 23, the Central Crime Branch unit of Bengaluru police issued a press release on the arrest of five persons, allegedly involved in peddling drugs to youths in the IT sector, and the seizure of Rs 30 lakh worth of MDMA, LSD and hashish. The release did not name the arrested persons.

The next day, police issued a press release on the arrest of two Cameroonians who were allegedly dealing in counterfeit foreign currency and overstaying in India beyond the expiry of their visas. Again, the press release did not name the arrested persons.

Over the last fortnight, Bengaluru police have started leaving out names and blurring photographs of arrested persons from press releases on account of a June 15 order of the Karnataka High Court, directing police to stop identification of suspects in announcements to the media.

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08:13 (IST)02 Jul 2021
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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.

READ | Karnataka: Resident doctors reiterate demand for legal cell against assaults on Doctors’ Day

On June 23, the Central Crime Branch unit of Bengaluru police issued a press release on the arrest of five persons, allegedly involved in peddling drugs to youths in the IT sector, and the seizure of Rs 30 lakh worth of MDMA, LSD and hashish. The release did not name the arrested persons.

READ | After Karnataka HC order, Bengaluru police blur photos, stop naming accused

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