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Karnataka Bengaluru July 14 Highlights: State reports 1913 fresh cases, 48 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 14 Highlights: Cumulatively a total of 3,61,68,611 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,24,594 were on Tuesday alone.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 15, 2021 8:09:31 am
COVID karnataka news A medic administers a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to a student during COVID-induced lockdown in Bengaluru, Monday, July 5, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 14 Highlights: Karnataka reported 1,913 new Covid-19 cases and 48 deaths on Tuesday, taking the total number of infections to 28,74,597 and toll to 35,944. The day also saw 2,489 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,04,396.

Out of 1,913 new cases reported on Tuesday, 401 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 707 discharges and only eight deaths. The total number of active cases stood at 34,234. While the positivity rate for the day was 1.53 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.50 per cent.

Out of 48 deaths reported on Tuesday, nine were from Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Urban (8), Kolar (7), Mysuru and Shivamogga (3), followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 401, Dakshina Kannada 222, Mysuru 198, Hassan 191, Tumakuru 170, followed by others. (PTI)

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14:50 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Monthly average rate of administering 60 lakh Covid-19 doses to be maintained: Karnataka Dy CM

The state will maintain the pace of Covid-19 vaccination by administering 60 lakh doses per month, Karnataka Deputy CM C N Ashwathnarayan said on Wednesday. However, he admitted that a fall in coverage was noticed in recent days. 

"The overall monthly rate of vaccination will definitely be maintained even though dips are noticed on some days. There may be variations and a decrease in the rate of vaccination when it is seen on day to day basis. However, over a period of a month, the average rate of 60 lakh doses being administered will be maintained," he explained. 

Also the head of the ministerial task force in the state, Ashwathnarayan clarified, "The Centre had supplied 60 lakh doses of vaccines during June and for July as well. If situation permits, we have been informed that more doses would be allocated as well." 

Karnataka has been administering between one to two lakh vaccine doses on a daily basis since July began. The coverage was above 2 lakhs and above daily during most days in the second half of June. 

Incidentally, over 10 lakh vaccines were administered on June 21 when the Centre’s revised vaccination guidelines came into effect, coinciding with the International Day of Yoga.

14:45 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Karnataka govt bans entry to Nandi Hills during weekends after 8,000 flock to tourist spot over two days

The Chikkaballapur district administration in Karnataka has now decided to ban entry to Nandi Hills during weekends — from Friday 6 pm to Monday 6 am — after witnessing huge crowds at the hill station on Sunday.

According to the district administration, more than 8,000 people thronged to Nandi Hills, an hour’s ride from Bengaluru city, over the first weekend after the government lifted the lockdown completely.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, the additional deputy commissioner of the district Amaresh H said, “On Sunday, thousands of people visited the Nandi Hills. The tourism department-run hotel in the hilltop was fully booked on weekends and hence to control the spread of the coronavirus in the district, we have decided to ban entry to Nandi Hills during weekends.”

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13:44 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Mekedatu issue: If Karnataka has right to build dam, we’ve right to halt project legally, says TN minister

Hours after Karnataka law minister Basavaraj Bommai said the state government will go ahead with the Mekedatu project, Tamil Nadu water resource minister Durai Murugan said if Karnataka has the right to say that they will construct the dam against the verdict of the Cauvery Tribunal and the Supreme Court, then Tamil Nadu has the right to say they will take steps to halt the project through a legal route.

Reacting to the all-party meeting convened by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Monday, passing a unanimous resolution asking the Centre not to sanction the Mekedatu project, the Karnataka law minister said, “Karnataka is well within its rights to take this (Mekadatu project) up. Karnataka has got all the rights to safeguard the interests of its people because the main component in the entire matter is drinking water.”

He further said, “Karnataka’s detailed project report was with the Central Water Commission. The government of India has to consider Karnataka’s request as per the law.”

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13:42 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: Rs 2.82 lakh fine collected from metro travellers violating CAB

As many as 1,148 metro passengers in Bengaluru have been fined for not following Covid appropriate behaviour (CAB) or not wearing masks since July 1, BMRCL officials said on Wednesday.

While Rs 2,82,480 has been levied as penalty from such violators between July 1 and 12, another Rs 4,34,140 was collected from erring passengers between March 24 and April 27. Metro operations were then suspended till June 21. 

"Even though we resumed operations on June 21, we began penalising passengers only from July 1 after making repeated announcements and spreading awareness on the importance of following CAB across all stations," the official added.

12:27 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Dakshina Kannada: 6 checkpoints set up at Kerala border

In a bid to enhance checks at areas sharing borders with Kerala, the police have set up six checkpoints in Dakshina Kannada. According to Mangaluru Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Hariram Shankar, five additional check posts will be set up at Taudugoli, Nettilapadav, Naarya Cross, Nandar Padpu, and Mudugara Katte apart from the check post at Thalapady. 

"Police personnel will be deployed in three shifts with medical team at the check posts. Parents of students attending SSLC exams in Karnataka will also be permitted to enter without much delay after conducting RT-PCR tests," he said. 

The DCP added that students entering the state would be asked to furnish a negative RT-PCR report once every 14 days. "The same rule will be in place for employees, people doing business, and others who frequent between Kerala and Mangaluru daily as well. If anyone tests positive at these points, the Kerala government will be alerted to place them in isolation," Shankar explained.

10:35 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Parts of Bengaluru to face power cut till July 17

Parts of South and Southeast Bengaluru will experience power cuts between 10 am and 5 pm till 17 July, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) said in a release.

The power cut is scheduled in Nanjappa Layout, Vinayaka Nagar, Chandrappa Layout, Wilson Garden, Madiwala, Bande Park, Krishna Layout, Begur-Koppa Road, L&T South City, Electronics City, HSR Layout, HSR Layout 19th Main, Mailasandra and the surrounding areas from July 12 to 14.

July 15 to 17- Adugodi Police Quarters, Koramangala 8th Block, St John’s Hospital, Big Bazaar, Accenture, Lakkasandra, Wilson Garden, HSR Layout 5th Main, Mico Layout and the surrounding areas.

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09:44 (IST)14 Jul 2021
BJP leader CT Ravi pitches for new population policy in Karnataka

BJP National General Secretary CT Ravi pitched for bringing in a new population policy in Karnataka, on the lines of Assam and Uttar Pradesh, to curb growing population amid limited natural resources.

"It is high time Karnataka brings in a new population policy on the lines of Assam and Uttar Pradesh to control its growing population," Ravi, who is also a ruling BJP MLA from Chikkamagaluru said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Karnataka  Law Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said that a decision will be taken after discussion and deliberation.

09:43 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Karnataka SSLC exams: Results expected to be announced within fortnight after exams

With the Karnataka SSLC (Class 10) board exams scheduled to be conducted in a revised format using OMR sheets this year, officials expect that results would be out in record time this year. 

"With no conventional evaluation method this year and with machines used to assess OMR seats, we expect the process to be faster. We can expect results within a fortnight as opposed to the usual 35 day-period taken to complete the process otherwise," an official from the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) said. 

SSLC exams in Karnataka are scheduled to be held on July 19 and 22.

09:07 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Weather update: Yellow alert in 8 Karnataka districts till July 17

With the onset of monsoon in Karnataka and heavy rain rainfall in the forecast, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded a Yellow alert in eight districts till July 17. These are Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Kodagu, Shivamogga, and Belagavi. 

IMD has added that heavy rainfall is expected in some areas of Haveri, Kalaburagi, Yadgiri, Bidar, and Dharwad districts as well for the next three to four days.

08:52 (IST)14 Jul 2021
IT dept detects Rs 880-cr hidden income after survey of Bengaluru company

The Income Tax Department has detected “concealment” of Rs 880 crore income after it surveyed the Bengaluru premises of a leading manpower service providing company, the CBDT said on Tuesday.

The identity of the company was not available immediately.

The survey was carried out on July 8 at two premises of the company.

“The assessee has been claiming huge deduction under section 80JJAA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 which incentivises new employment generation, subject to fulfilment of certain conditions such as emoluments paid to the employee which should be less than Rs 25,000 per month and number of days of employment etc.”

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08:51 (IST)14 Jul 2021
KSRTC, KKRTC, NWKRTC to provide free bus travel for students writing SSLC exams

The Karnataka government  run bus services including KSRTC, KKRTC, NWKRTC and BMTC announced a free travel for students writing Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exams from July 19 to 22 across the State.

According to transport minister Laxman Savadi, the students will have to present their SSLC exam hall tickets to  the bus conductor during their travel. 

The 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.

08:46 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Karnataka reports 1,913 new Covid-19 cases; 48 deaths

Karnataka reported 1,913 new COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths on Tuesday, taking the total number of infections to 28,74,597 and toll to 35,944.

The day also saw 2,489 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,04,396. Out of 1,913 new cases reported on Tuesday, 401 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 707 discharges and only eight deaths.

The total number of active cases stood at 34,234. While the positivity rate for the day was 1.53 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.50 per cent.

Out of 48 deaths reported on Tuesday, nine were from Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Urban (8), Kolar (7), Mysuru and Shivamogga (3), followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 401, Dakshina Kannada 222, Mysuru 198, Hassan 191, Tumakuru 170, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of cases with a total of 12,20,098, followed by Mysuru 1,70,151 and Tumakuru 1,16,516.

08:46 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: SWR to operate six suburban trains from July 15

In a bid to help people commute to and from Bengaluru city to its suburbs as most Covid-19-related restrictions are being lifted by the Karnataka government, the South Western Railway (SWR) has informed that it will restart services of five sets of MEMU trains and introduce another new set beginning July 15. 

According to SWR, the trains that will resume daily services from Thursday are between Baiyappanahalli and Hosur (06259/06260), KSR Bengaluru and Hosur (06261/06262), and KSR Bengaluru and Marikuppam (06263/06264). The new daily train is scheduled to operate between Marikuppam and Bangarpet (07383/07384). 

The trains scheduled to operate once a week linking the Karnataka capital with its satellite towns are Bangarpet-Kuppam (06289/06290) and Kuppam-KSR Bengaluru (06292), and Banaswadi -Bangarpet (06298/06297).

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08:29 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Child Rights Commission summons pvt school managements for 'blocking online classes'

The Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) held a hearing with as many as 14 private school managements in the state based on complaints from parents that they had blocked online classes to students for not paying the entire school fee for the ongoing 2021-2022 academic year.

According to KSCPCR chairman Fr Antony Sebastian, most of such schools mentioned in the complaint were affiliated to central boards. A total of 19 managements were summoned by the Commission. 

'While all school managements who turned up before the Commission agreed to unblock online classes as per our orders, those failing to comply with it would face action. Block Education Officers (BEOs) will be recommended to cancel the No Objection Certificate of such schools,' he said in Bengaluru.

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08:29 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Centre assured clearances for Mekedatu project: Yediyurappa

A day after Tamil Nadu unanimously passed a resolution urging the Union government not to give permission for the Mekedatu project by Karnataka, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said that Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat had assured help to the State in resolving the Mekedatu project. 

Yediyurappa reiterated that the state will go ahead with the project to ensure water supply for Bengaluru. "I am sure that the Centre will extend support to the state government," he added. 

The Mekedatu project has led to a faceoff between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with the DMK government maintaining that the reservoir will deprive them of Cauvery water.

08:17 (IST)14 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Govt policy allowing e-bike taxi services to be rolled out soon, riding behaviour a concern

Karnataka will soon add electric bike (e-bike) taxi services as an option for commute in the state with the transport department approving operations for the same. The government, according to officials, has decided to allow individuals to register an e-bike as a taxi with an option given to each individual to register under an aggregator or to operate independently.

A senior official from the Department of Transport told Indianexpress.com that e-bike taxis would begin operations in Bengaluru initially and then be extended to other urban centres across the state. “E-bike taxis will act as feeder services for Metro and city bus services. CM B S Yediyurappa is expected to release the complete guidelines of the same on Wednesday,” the official said.

Further, the government is likely to allow services of e-bike taxis only if each vehicle has GPS attached to it and ‘bike taxi’ written on them predominately. Insurance coverage for the rider and the customer and mandatory wearing of helmets are other rules that e-bike taxi operators will be directed to comply with.

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08:06 (IST)14 Jul 2021
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Karnataka will soon add electric bike (e-bike) taxi services as an option for commute in the state with the transport department approving operations for the same. The government, according to officials, has decided to allow individuals to register an e-bike as a taxi with an option given to each individual to register under an aggregator or to operate independently.

READ | Karnataka: Govt policy allowing e-bike taxi services to be rolled out soon, riding behaviour a concern

Karnataka Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani has said that he would visit areas in which mining is underway in Mandya later this week for an inspection. “The inspection in Mandya will be done this week along with the MP (Sumalatha), MLAs, MLCs, and other representatives of the region,” he confirmed.

READ | KRS dam row: Karnataka minister Murugesh Nirani to visit mining areas in Mandya acknowledging MP Sumalatha’s demand

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