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Karnataka Bengaluru June 29 Highlights: Bengaluru Urban reports 563 fresh cases, 18 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 29 Highlights As many as 2.21 crore inoculations have been conducted in the state till date, including those who received their first and second doses.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: June 30, 2021 8:14:28 am
A crowded market in Bengaluru on Tuesday. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News June 29 Highlights: Karnataka on Monday reported 2,576 new cases and 93 deaths, taking the caseload to 28,37,206 and toll up to 34,836. Active cases stood at 97,592 — this is the first time in over four months this number has dipping below one lakh. The positivity rate for the day was 1.92 per cent and case fatality rate was 3.61 per cent, a health department bulletin stated.

Meanwhile, 5,933 patients recovered in the state on Monday, taking the total number of recoveries to 27,04,755, the bulletin said.

Bengaluru Urban district logged 563 new cases and 18 deaths, the highest among the districts in the state. The city has so far reported 12,11,993 cases and 15,599 deaths. It now has 62,430 active cases.

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14:42 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Karnataka SSLC admit cards 2021 to release today: How to download

Karnataka government today will release the admit cards of Secondary School Leaving Certification (SSLC) examination or the 10th standard exam 2021. The exam will be conducted on July 19 and July 22 where multi-choice objective type questions will be asked. 

The admit cards, however, will only be accessible to the school’s authorities and students need to collect their admit cards from their respective schools. Students must contact their school administration to get the admit cards.

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14:02 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Karnataka: Decision to conduct SSLC exams ‘not unilateral’, CM Yediyurappa clarifies after education, health ministers contradict each other

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa was quick to intervene in a bid to mitigate confusions that stemmed out of the state government’s decision to conduct SSLC exams next month, as contradictory statements were made by members of his cabinet.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar on Monday announced that the state board exams for Class 10 students would be held on July 19 and 22.

However, a few hours later Health Minister K Sudhakar stated he was not aware of his cabinet colleague announcing the dates. Responding to queries by reporters, he noted, “I need to consult the education minister on this announcement. I don’t know if the directions have been given by health department officials, but we are concerned about children’s health.”

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13:10 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Karnataka: As villagers lock doors to avoid Covid vaccine, officials carry jabs to farms, marketplaces

After villagers in Karnataka’s Yadgir district literally shut their doors to the Covid-19 vaccination drive, health department officials have come up with a new way to administer the jab — they are camping at agricultural farms, marketplaces, and other areas where people are likely to gather.

Recently, residents in Kanchagarahalli village in Yadgir district had locked their houses and did not answer the doorbell when health officials and ASHA workers visited to give them a jab. A video that went viral on social media showed a woman locking her house and running away from the officials. In another viral video, a woman was seen shouting at officials, claiming she is fit and fine and there is no need for her or her family members to take the vaccine.

“There is a lot of resistance among the villagers,” Indumati Patil, District Health Officer (DHO) of Yadgir district, told Indianexpress.com.

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12:12 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Bengaluru civic body to organise ‘Khata Mela’ to meet its target in revenue collection

To meet its target in revenue collection, Bengaluru’s civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to organise ‘Khata Mela’ in all eight zones.

Chief Commissioner of BBMP Gaurav Gupta on Monday held a meeting with revenue officials and directed them to organise Khata Mela. BBMP has so far collected Rs 1,563.78 crore as property tax for the financial year 2021-22.

“With fewer cases of Covid in the city at present, revenue officers should pay more attention to property tax collection. The role of revenue officers in collecting the property tax is important,” Gupta said and instructed the officials to work harder and collect more taxes. The newly constructed buildings should be bought under tax jurisdiction and the property tax should be collected.

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11:44 (IST)29 Jun 2021
State launches vaccination drive for students pursuing higher studies

Vaccination of students pursuing higher studies started in the state from Monday, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said.

“There are 24,37,732 students pursuing higher studies in the state. We are starting their vaccination from today. We want to vaccinate students so that classes can resume in institutes of higher education,” Sudhakar told reporters.

He added that parents of children below 10 years will also be vaccinated on a priority basis. The vaccine supply has been increased to make it possible.

He was replying to a query on the possible consequences of reopening schools and colleges. “We have to unlock step by step. I won’t say education is not important but what is more important is their (students’) lives. We need to be extra cautious,” the minister said.

“The Technical Advisory Committee has sought to know whether the second wave is over now. This question arises because the number of infections decreased due to lockdown. It has been a week since the lockdown was eased. To assess the situation, we will require at least a week,” Sudhakar said.

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11:42 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Siddu jackfruit ideal for farmhouse, commercial farming: Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Monday endorsed the Siddu variety of jackfruit terming it suitable for homesteads and commercial farming. "The Indian Institute of Horticultural Research of ICAR, New Delhi has been conducting research on varieties of jackfruits and identified the superior jackfruit variety in the farms of S S Paramesha in Chelur village of Tumakuru," he said. 

While attending a collaborative plant development programme, the CM also expressed his interest in growing Siddu jackfruit in his farms in Shikaripura located in Shivamogga district. "Paramesh has earned a gross income of Rs 22 lakhs within two years and has proved that farmers can double their income as well as preserve biodiversity by growing this variety," he said. 

According to officials, one lakh saplings of the variety were distributed to 31,000 farmers across Indian states along with Karnataka, in collaboration with ICAR-IIHR.

09:37 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Karnataka releases schedule for SSLC exam, II PU results in July

Karnataka Education Minister Suresh Kumar Monday released the schedule for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination or the 10th standard examination. SSLC exams will be held for two days. The first papers — Science, Maths and Social Science — will be clubbed in one paper on July 19 and the second paper on languages will be held on July 22.

Both the examinations will be held between 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Suresh Kumar said, “All teachers will be vaccinated within a week to have them prepared for exams.”

Meanwhile, symptomatic children who appear for the SSLC exam to be isolated in a separate room at the exam centre. “Those kids who have tested Covid positive and want to write can write at a centre nearby arrangements made for them to be isolated,” he added.

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09:10 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Four districts in Karnataka report higher positivity rate than state average

Kodagu, Mysuru, Dakshina Kannada and Hassan districts have positivity rate more than 5%, despite state having reported 95% recovery from Covid-19 and positivity rate is at 2.62%.

Karnataka is in third place in testing after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, according to health minister Dr K Sudhakar. "We have conducted 3,36,73,395 tests so far. 1.5 – 1.75 lakh tests are being conducted in the state everyday," said the Minister.

"There are no deaths reported in 11 districts due to Covid. Overall mortality rate is also reduced. Experts are of the opinion that the 2DG drug developed by DRDO and manufactured by Dr.Reddy laboratories is safe to use. Government is planning to procure this medicine before the third wave", he added.

"Health department provides all sorts of assistance to vaccinate teaching and non-teaching staff. Experts committee members will suggest measures for this", he said.

09:03 (IST)29 Jun 2021
State Government has recruited four thousand Medical officers, says Health & Medical Education Minister

Compulsory rural areas for MBBS doctors has been implemented and 2,053 doctors have been appointed to various vacant positions in Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Departments. Including the historic direct recruitment of 1750 doctors, the state government has recruited about 4,000 medical officers amidst pandemic, said Health & Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar.

1,001 medicos have been appointed on contractual basis in 18 Government Medical college and Hospitals. 666 doctors have been appointed to work in ICU at Taluk hospitals. They will be reporting to their respective work places by this month end, he said.

348 doctors are appointed under National Health Mission out of which 90 doctors have been posted in CHCs and 3 in Nephro-urology. Total 2,108 posts were vacant and 2,053 posts have been filled up. Including recently held direct recruitment, a total of four thousand medical officers have been recruited so far and it’s a historical move, said Dr.Sudhakar.

08:54 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Mucormycosis: Karnataka caps rates for CT, MRI scans

In the wake of the number of mucormycosis cases increasing in the state, the Karnataka government has capped the price of CT and MRI scans in private hospitals and laboratories, used to diagnose the fungal infection. 

The rate for a CT scan of the brain, PNS (paranasal sinuses), and orbits are now capped at Rs 3,000 and Rs 4,000 each for BPL and APL patients respectively. The capped prices for an MRI of the brain, PNS, and orbits will now be capped at Rs 7,500 and Rs 10,000 each for BPL and APL patients respectively, a government order stated.

Meanwhile, the order clarified that the service will be offered for free in government facilities. Karnataka has reported 3,232 cases of mucormycosis so far.

08:49 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Disruption in water supply on June 30, July 1

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), said that several areas across Bengaluru will be facing disruptions in water supply on June 30 and July 1. 

According to the BWSSB statement, the disruptions will be caused due to repair works at the TK Halli, Harohalli and Tataguni pumping stations in the city.

The areas that will be facing disruptions in water supply are Shettihalli, Kammagondanahalli, Mallasandra, Bagalagunte, T Dasarahalli, HMT ward, Peenya second stage, third stage, fourth phase, Rajagopal Nagar, Ganapathi Nagar, MEI Colony, Lakshmidevi Nagar, BHCS Layout, Happy Valley, part of BDA Layout, Uttarahalli, Bellandur, Ibbalur, Koramangala first block, fourth block, fourth C block, J block, Military campus ASC center, Siddhartha Colony, Venkatapura, Teachers Colony, Jakkasandra and Jakkasandra Extension, ST bed area, part of Jayanagar fourth T block, Arsu Colony, Thilaknagar, NEI Layout, East End A & B main roads,Krishnappa Garden, BHEL Layout, BTM second stage, Mico Layout, NS Palya, Gurappanpalya, Sudguntepalya, Bismillah Nagar, JP Nagar fourth to eighth stages, Puttenahalli, Jaraganahalli, RBI Layout, Panduranga Nagara, Arakere, Mico layout, Doresani palya, Kottanuru Dinne, Venkatadri Layout, Chunchaghatta, Konanakunte, SBM Layout, Supreme Residency Layout, Lake City, Nadamma Layout, Rotary Nagar, Kodichikkanahalli Village.

HSR Layout first to seventh sectors, Agara Village, Mangammanapalya, Madina Nagara, ITI Layout, Hosa Layout Palya, Bande Palya, Chandra Layout, BEML Layout first to fifth stage, Nagarbhavi, Annapoorneshwari Nagar, Vishweswarayya Layout all stages, BEL Layout all stages, Mallathahalli, Ulala, D group Layout, Railway Layout, Byadarahalli, Rajajinagar, Mahalakshmi Layout, Rajajinagar sixth block, Basaveshwar Nagar, Manjunath Nagar, Nandini Layout, Goragunte Palya, Shankar Nagar, Prakash Nagar, Kurubarahalli, Shankarmatha, Kamala Nagar, Kamakshipalya, BEML Layout, KHB Colony, Shivanagar, Agrahara Dasarahalli, Papiah Garden and surrounding places.

08:46 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Yediyurappa writes to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on the Kasaragod name board issue

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa wrote a letter to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on the Kasaragod name board issue. He requested his counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan to stop the change of original Kannada names of villages in the border districts of Kasaragod and Manjeshwar.  

Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, has also written to Mr Vijayan, asking that the renaming process be halted.

'Names of the villages in Kasaragod and Manjeshwara are very close to the emotions of people and carry immense sentimental value to them from time immemorial. Hence it is very astonishing to note that in the recent past there is an attempt by the local bodies to change names of some villages without giving any opportunity to the residents of these areas to express their views. The change of villages' names would affect the feelings of the people and their sentiments detrimentally, ' Yediyurappa said.

08:45 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Covid-negative certificate mandatory for Kerala travellers at Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada

A couple of Karnataka districts sharing borders with Kerala, namely Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada have made negative Covid-19 certtificates mandatory for those entering the state. 

The district administrations have clarified that RT-PCR Covid-19 negative certificates will be mandatorily checked for people coming from Kerala from Tuesday. 

According to Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra, those failing to produce the negative test certificate would be subjected to a test at border checkposts. Meanwhile Kodagu DHO Mohan said they were randomly carrying out a rapid antigen test (RAT) at both checkposts as a containment measure. He added that checks at entry points were intensified since Sunday itself.

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08:44 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Delta plus scare: 600 samples sent for genome sequencing, Health Minister says

With more cases indicating the presence of the Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 being identified in different parts of the country, Karnataka is at present testing around 600 samples using the genome sequencing technique. 

According to Health and Family Welfare Minister K Sudhakar, the rise in cases of the new variant in Maharashtra and Kerala border is a matter of concern for the State. "Randomised tests would be conducted for those entering the state. To date, two Delta Plus cases have been reported in the state," he said.

08:28 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Bengaluru: BBMP's door-to-door survey to bridge vaccination gaps

In a bid to engance coverage of vaccination across all areas of the Karnataka capital, local body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has commenced a door-to-door survey to identify those who are yet to get a dose of Covid vaccine and to ascertain reasons behind the same.

According to BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta, officials are preparing a list of such persons and the areas or localities they live in. "The reasons for not getting vaccinated could vary from no primary health centre (PHC) nearby and access to vaccination possible only through BBMP’s outreach. Special vaccination camps will be organised in such uncovered pockets,” he said.

08:16 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Threats to quit, meetings: Jarkiholi tries to make way back into Cabinet

Having threatened to quit as an MLA, “upset” at the way he has been treated by a section of the party, influential BJP legislator Ramesh Jarkiholi, who was forced to resign as state Water Resources Minister in March this year after a woman raised allegations of sexual assault against him, is seen as making renewed attempts to get back into the B S Yediyurappa government.

The cases filed by the woman, and an extortion complaint filed by Jarkiholi as a counter of sorts, are meanwhile still under police investigation.

The MLA from Gokak, in Belagavi district, has over the past few weeks met former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, an influential Lingayat seer in Karnataka, and an RSS leader in Belagavi — all part of what is seen as an effort to push for his return to the state Cabinet.

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08:14 (IST)29 Jun 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.

Karnataka Education Minister Suresh Kumar Monday released the schedule for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination or the 10th standard examination. SSLC exams will be held for two days. The first papers — Science, Maths and Social Science — will be clubbed in one paper on July 19 and the second paper on languages will be held on July 22.

READ | Karnataka releases schedule for SSLC exam, II PU results in July

Two more arrests have been made in the murder case of former BJP corporator Rekha Kadiresh, the Bengaluru police said on Monday. According to officers, Mala Rajkannan, the sister of Rekha’s late husband, and her son, Arun, were arrested on Sunday.

READ | Former BJP corporator killed in Bengaluru: Victim’s sister-in-law, her son arrested

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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