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Karnataka Bengaluru June 18 Highlights: State reports 5983 fresh cases, 1209 from Bengaluru Urban alone

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 18 Highlights: Total number of active cases in the state is 1,46,726.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: June 21, 2021 8:07:19 am
A health worker administers a dose of the Covaxin vaccine at a drive-in vaccination centre, in Bengaluru (PTI/file)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News June 18 Highlights: Karnataka clocked 5,983 new cases of COVID-19 and 138 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 27.90 lakh and the toll to 33,434, the health department said on Thursday. The day also saw 10,685 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 26,10,157.

Out of 5,983 new cases reported on Thursday, 1,209 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 1,510 discharges and 17 deaths. Total number of active cases in the state is 1,46,726. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 3.77 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.30 per cent.

Out of 138 deaths reported yesterday, 26 were from Mysuru, Bengaluru Urban 17, Dakshina Kannada and Davangere 11, Dharwad 9, followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 1,209, Dakshina Kannada 679, Mysuru 596, Hassan 424, Mandya 309, followed by others. Cumulatively a total of 3.22 crore samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,58,442 were tested on Thursday alone. (PTI)

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15:00 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Ex-Lokayukta of Karnataka Justice Santosh Hegde files complaint against cyber criminals

Former Supreme Court judge and former Lokayukta of Karnataka Justice Santosh Hegde recently filed a complaint with the Cyber, Economic & Narcotic (CEN) Crime police of Central Division in Bengaluru against cyber criminals who approached him over the phone and allegedly attempted to siphon off money.

According to the complaint filed on June 15 by Santosh Hegde, he received a call from an unknown number on June 14 at 6 pm where a woman informed him that the reward points of his credit cards were going to expire soon.

Hegde suspected it is foul play and immediately disconnected the call but received two One time passwords(OTP,s) to his number, he didn’t respond or share OTP with anyone.

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14:49 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Delhi cops showed up in Bengaluru, quizzed Twitter MD for 2 hrs in Congress ‘toolkit’ case

A team of the Delhi Police Special Cell visited Bengaluru on May 31 to question Twitter India managing director Manish Maheshwari in connection with posts by BJP leaders alleging a “Congress toolkit” plot, which had led the Congress to lodge a complaint of “forgery”.

Police had earlier visited Twitter India’s office in New Delhi, and summoned the Congress’s social media head Rohan Gupta and party spokesperson M V Rajeev Gowda, who filed the complaint.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, whose tweet was among those flagged by Twitter as “manipulated”, is yet to be summoned for questioning.

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14:20 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Karnataka HC nod to CCI probe: Flipkart, Amazon move Division Bench

Flipkart and Amazon have moved the Division Bench of the Karnataka High Court challenging the order of its single judge which allowed the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to conduct a probe into allegations that the e-commerce majors indulged in anti-competitive practices, predatory pricing and accorded preferential treatment to some sellers.

“Flipkart filed its petition on Wednesday, while Amazon filed it on Thursday. Both are separate appeals. The bench is likely to take up the matter on Friday,” a source aware of the matter said. Flipkart and Amazon didn’t comment.

The case saw several hearings and submissions made by the parties concerned before the single judge dismissed the plea of the e-commerce players last week, giving CCI the go-ahead to launch a probe against them.

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13:21 (IST)18 Jun 2021
BBMP to retain Covid care centres despite drop in new cases

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) clarified that it would retain some of the covid care centres and physical triage centres despite a significant decline in new coronavirus infections in the city.

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said “the centres would continue to function but with reduced number of few beds. “We will reduce the number of beds at CCCs as cases have dropped in Bengaluru. But, we will not dismantle the centres. This would apply to physical triage centres also.”

Meanwhile, the BBMP has also decided to divert manpower from the Covid care centres to hospitals amid drop in cases.

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12:43 (IST)18 Jun 2021
5,983 new cases, 138 deaths reported in State

Karnataka reported 5,983 new cases of Covid-19 and 138 fatalities on Thursday, taking the total number of infections to 27.90 lakh and the toll to 33,434. The day also saw 10,685 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 26,10,157.

Out of the total cases reported Thursday, 1,209 were from Bengaluru Urban, which also saw 1,510 discharges and 17 deaths. The total number of active cases in the state is 1,46,726. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 3.77 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.30 per cent.

Out of the 138 deaths reported yesterday, 26 were from Mysuru, Bengaluru Urban (17), Dakshina Kannada and Davangere (11 each), Dharwad (9), followed by others. Besides Bengaluru Urban, other districts that accounted for today’s cases are Dakshina Kannada with 679 infections, Mysuru (596), Hassan (424), Mandya (309), followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases with a total of 12,01,963 infections, followed by Mysuru (1,60,393) and Tumakuru (1,13,206).

Cumulatively, a total of 3.22 crore samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which, 1,58,442 were tested on Thursday alone.

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12:07 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Petrol breaches Rs 100/litre mark in Bengaluru

Petrol price in Bengaluru on Friday crossed the Rs 100/litre mark. Petrol now costs Rs 100.25 a litre while diesel is at Rs 92.97 per litre.

In Karnataka, Bidar, Bellary, Koppal, Davanagere, Uttara Kannada Shivamogga and Chikmagalur had already crossed Rs 100-mark per litre petrol. In Bellary, petrol is being sold at Rs 102.05 per litre on Friday.

11:45 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Karnataka: BJP MLA in anti-Yediyurappa camp claims his phone being tapped, demands inquiry

The disquiet in the Karnataka BJP worsened Thursday, with party MLA Arvind Bellad alleging his “phone was being tapped and movements monitored”, and the CM’s political secretary MP Renukacharya terming his claims a bid for “cheap publicity”.

Arvind Bellad is part of the BJP faction that wants BS Yediyurappa replaced as Karnataka Chief Minister. On Thursday, he claimed attempts were on to implicate him in “some conspiracy in order to defame” him, and that he has petitioned Home Minister Basavaraj S Bommai and Assembly Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri for an inquiry.

The MLA from Hubli-Dharwad West said, “A few days ago, when I returned a call I had missed, one ‘Yuvraj Swamy’ answered, saying he wanted to speak to me about political developments in the state and my name being heard in them. As I could not recognise him, I disconnected the call. He called again after three-four days, claiming he had been unnecessarily put in jail and was now in a hospital.”

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11:24 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Karnataka receives 3.8 lakh doses of Covishield, 63,860 doses of Covaxin from Centre

Karnataka on Thursday received 3.8 lakh doses of Covishield and 63,860 doses of Covaxin under state quota from the Central government, health minister Dr K Sudhakar informed.

Sustained efforts of PM @narendramodi govt to ramp up production of vaccines has streamlined supply,” Sudhakar tweeted. He also informed that 1.68 lakh doses of Covishield will arrive on Friday under state quota.

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10:51 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Fortis Healthcare says COVID vaccines protected 92% vaccinated healthcare workers

A leading hospital chain, Fortis Healthcare on Thursday said 92 per cent of the fully vaccinated healthcare workers developed only mild COVID-19 infections. "The evidence-based study highlights that 92 per cent of the fully vaccinated healthcare workers amongst those who acquired infection post-vaccination developed only mild COVID-19 infection, largely recovering under home care, despite a surge in serious infections during the second wave of the pandemic," Fortis said.

The study was to understand the role of vaccines and severity of COVID-19 infection post-vaccination. The study further found that, amongst those who turned COVID-19 positive post-vaccination, just one per cent of fully vaccinated healthcare workers developed severe illness requiring ICU care/ventilator support.

According to a statement issued by Fortis, the study assessed around 16,000 healthcare workers who had been administered both first and second doses of vaccine between January 2021 and May 2021.

"The overall findings of the study emphasise that the vaccines available in India for COVID-19 are effective and do offer protection against SARS-CoV-2 virus," the statement read. (PTI)

09:44 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Bengaluru: Activists oppose govt’s proposal to cut 6,000 trees for lake revival

A recent notification by the Karnataka forest department, seeking public consultation to cut 6,316 trees on the outskirts of Bengaluru to rejuvenate the Singanayakanahalli lake, has caused outrage among city residents and environmental activists.

In its public notification, the forest department has said these 6,316 trees are in the way of the Singanayakanahalli revival.

The lake rejuvenation is to be carried out by the department of minor irrigation and ground water development as part of the Hebbal-Nagawara valley project, which aims to recharge 65 big water tanks spread across the arid taluks of Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural and Chikkaballapur districts, at an estimated cost of Rs 948 crore.

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09:03 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Monsoon progresses in Karnataka; parts of state continue to receive moderate to heavy rain

Many parts of Malnad region in Karnataka continued to receive moderate to heavy rainfall on Thursday. 

Heavy downpour which lashed parts of Mudigere Taluk and Sringeri in Chikkamagaluru district and parts of Kodagu district has left people in fear of landslides, which have affected many in the last two years.

There were reports of power disruption and trees being uprooted due to rain coupled with gusty wind in the region. 

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), there was heavy rain in Agumbe, Thalaguppa and Hunchadakatte in Shivamogga district, Kottigehara, Jayapura and other parts in Chikkamagaluru district.

Meanwhile, heavy rain continued to lash parts of Belagavi district in North Karnataka leading to water flowing over several bridges and roads.

The inflow into the major reservoirs in the Cauvery basin is on the rise consequent to continuous rains in the catchment regions.

08:29 (IST)18 Jun 2021
IKEA enters Bengaluru with eCommerce and mobile shopping app

Swedish home furnishing retailer IKEA announced on Thursday the launch of its eCommerce services and mobile shopping app in Bengaluru.

There will be over 8,000 home furnishing products and solutions to choose from, it said in a statement.

The company opened its second IKEA India store in Navi Mumbai in December 2020.

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08:20 (IST)18 Jun 2021
NBSA fines News18 Kannada, Suvarna News, censures Times Now over Tablighi Jamaat reports

National Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) of News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has fined Kannada TV channels News18 Kannada and Suvarna News and English channel Times Now has been issued censure for their coverage ‘targeting’ members of Tablighi Jamaat, in 2020, complainant Campaign Against Hate Speech (CAHS) said. 

On June 16, the National Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) issued orders penalising these channels for violating journalistic ethics and principles while covering news related to COVID-19 cluster in Nizamuddin Markaz, New Delhi, where a Tablighi Jamaat congregation had gathered.

According to the CAHS statement, News18 Kannada has been fined Rs one lakh to be paid to the NBA within seven days for violating the Code of Ethics and Broadcasting Standards, Principles of Self Regulation relating to impartiality and objectivity.

Suvarna News has been fined Rs 50,000 for violating the Fundamental Principles of Impartiality, Objectivity and Neutrality in Reporting as well as guideline relating to Racial and Religious Harmony

Times Now has been issued a censure "for telecasting…a programme on a sensitive issue which could create communal dissensions amongst communities" and the broadcaster has been advised to be “careful in choosing its panellists and try to avoid those persons to be panellists who are known in the public domain to have rabid and extreme views”.

08:19 (IST)18 Jun 2021
‘BSY will fight rivals demanding his removal but will listen to PM’

With a section of BJP legislators in Karnataka pushing for a change in leadership and BJP state in-charge Arun Singh eliciting individual opinions from MLAs on governance, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has indicated that he will step down if Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks him to do so, according to party sources close to him.

Yediyurappa has decided to dig his heels in and counter efforts launched by party rivals to oust him from the chief minister’s post but will not stand in the way if the party high command and Prime Minister Modi seek his exit, said a BJP member who is a long-time confidant of the veteran leader.

“Yediyurappa is of the view that he is indebted to PM Modi for taking him back into the BJP in 2014. If the PM asks him to step down, he will do so because he owes his political rebirth to him,” a source said. “He is willing to listen to the high command and does not want to create problems but as a political fighter he will counter efforts of rivals to dethrone him.”

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08:12 (IST)18 Jun 2021
Karnataka BJP in-charge Arun Singh to conduct party core committee meeting today

BJP Karnataka in-charge Arun Singh who is in Bengaluru for three days visit amid speculation over a change in leadership will hold a meeting with BJP State core committee members today. 

On Thursday, he met several leaders and legislators at the BJP state headquarters in Malleswaram, Bengaluru.

Singh held consultations with over 50 MLAs from both the Chief Minister’s and his rival camp. Rebels, including C.P. Yogeshwar, were among those who met him.

Singh will complete his meetings with party leaders on Friday by holding a meeting with State core committee members before winding up his visit.

08:10 (IST)18 Jun 2021
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A recent notification by the Karnataka forest department, seeking public consultation to cut 6,316 trees on the outskirts of Bengaluru to rejuvenate the Singanayakanahalli lake, has caused outrage among city residents and environmental activists.

READ | Bengaluru: Activists oppose govt’s proposal to cut 6,000 trees for lake revival

With a section of BJP legislators in Karnataka pushing for a change in leadership and BJP state in-charge Arun Singh eliciting individual opinions from MLAs on governance, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has indicated that he will step down if Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks him to do so, according to party sources close to him.

READ | ‘BSY will fight rivals demanding his removal but will listen to PM’

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First published on: 18-06-2021 at 08:09:11 am