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Karnataka Bengaluru July 13 Highlights: State reports 1386 fresh cases, 319 from Bengaluru Urban alone

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 13 Highlights: As of Monday, the total number of active cases in the state is 34,858 and the positivity rate is at 1.26 per cent.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 14, 2021 8:05:41 am
A medic administers the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at a hospital in Bengaluru. (Photo: PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 13 Highlights: Karnataka on Monday reported 1,386 new Covid-19 cases and 61 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 28.72 lakh and the toll up to 35,896.

The case fatality rate was at 4.40 per cent, up from 2.83 per cent as noted on Sunday. Mysuru and Dakshina Kannada reported 10 new Covid-related fatalities each and nine more people succumbed to the infection in Bengaluru Urban.

The day also saw 3,204 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,01,907. Meanwhile Bengaluru Urban reported 319 new cases, as the city saw 784 discharges, statistics issued by the health department stated.

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14:54 (IST)13 Jul 2021
KRS dam row: Karnataka minister Murugesh Nirani to visit mining areas in Mandya acknowledging MP Sumalatha’s demand

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.

The minister’s action comes after the independent MP from Mandya Sumalatha met him to submit a memorandum demanding action to stop alleged illegal mining in the environs of the Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) reservoir.

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14:40 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Karnataka to go ahead with Mekedatu project despite opposition from Tamil Nadu

Karnataka Law Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the state government will 100 per cent go ahead with the Mekedatu project. 

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, he said, “Karnataka is well within its rights to take this (Mekedatu project) up. Karnataka has got all the right to do the project and safeguard the interests of people because drinking water is the main component in this.”

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 law.”

14:10 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: BMTC announces free commute for SSLC students

With SSLC exams (Class 10) scheduled to be held in Karnataka on July 19 and 22, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has announced free trips to students in their buses. 

“BMTC has decided to allow the SSLC students to travel free from their residence to the examination centre by producing the examination Admission/Hall ticket in BMTC ordinary services,” a statement issued on Tuesday read.

13:24 (IST)13 Jul 2021
KSRTC restores Tirumala package tour services

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation Tuesday announced the restoration of two tour services from Bengaluru to Tirupathi. "The Tirumala Package tour services operated with Airavat Multi-axle Club Class will be restored from July 16," KSRTC informed. 

One service begins from Shanthinagar bus depot in the city, to travel via Jayanagar 4th Block, Nagasandra, N R Colony, Kempegowda Bus Stand, Domlur TTMC, Marathahalli, ITI gate, KR Puram, Hoskote. The other, officials clarified will be from Mysore Road Bus Stand, Vijayanagar TTMC, Navarang, Malleshwaram Circle, Kempegowda Bus Stand, ITI gate, KR Puram, and Hoskote.

12:23 (IST)13 Jul 2021
IN PICS | Union Jal Shakti Minister meets Karnataka CM

Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat met Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in Bengaluru on Tuesday. The Minister also held to review the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission which was attended by Home and Law Minister Basavraj Bommai, Minor Irrigation Minister J C Madhuswamy, and Chief Secretary P Ravikumar among other top officials. 

Earlier last week, the Centre had granted an increased allocation of Rs 5,008.79 crore as part of Jal Jeevan Mission for the year 2020-21. It is expected that every rural household in the state will have tap water supply by 2023.

11:59 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Kerala CM assures Siddaramaiah they will not change names of villages from Kannada to Malayalam

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to leader of opposition in Karnataka Siddaramaiah assuring him that they will not change names of any villages in Kasargod district. He also informed that Kerala government has taken steps to telecast Kannada medium classes through local cable channels. 

Earlier, Siddaramaiah had written a letter to Vijayan urging his government not to change the names of places. 

Vijayan clarification came after objections raised by Karnataka leaders over reports of Kannada names being changed to Malayalam in some areas.

Karnataka leaders including Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa cutting across party lines had written to Vijayan on the same day requesting him to halt the process of renaming villages.

11:56 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Mucormycosis: With case fatality rate at 8.62%, 303 people dead in Karnataka so far

As many as 303 people in Karnataka have succumbed to mucormycosis, a post-Covid fungal infection, with 104 of them in Bengaluru alone, statistics recorded by the Department of Health indicated.

As many as 3,514 patients from across the state have been diagnosed (till July 11) with the disease that often manifests in the skin and affects the lungs and the brain. The fatality rate (CFR) of the infection is 8.62 per cent, which is over thrice the CFR (2.83 per cent) observed among Covid-19 patients in the state.

While Bengaluru reported 1,120 cases of the fungal infection, other districts that witnessed most cases were Dharwad (279), Vijayapura (210), Kalaburagi (199), and Belagavi (159).

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10:07 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Govt approves e-bike taxi services, operations to begin soon

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.

According to sources in the Transport Department, e-bike taxis are set to begin operations in Bengaluru initially to act as feeder services for Metro and city bus services. "This will then be extended to other urban centres. CM Yediyurappa is expected to release complete guidelines by Wednesday," the official added.

09:48 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Parts of Bengaluru to face power cut till July 17: Full list

Parts of South and Southeast Bengaluru  will experience power cuts between 10 am and 5 pm till 17 July, Bescom said in a release. 

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.

09:45 (IST)13 Jul 2021
KRS dam issue: State govt added to controversy without ordering inquiry to matter, Siddaramaiah alleges

Karnataka Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah has alleged that the BJP-led state government added to the controversy around the KRS dam involving former CM H D Kumaraswamy and Mandya MP Sumalatha by not ordering an inquiry into the MP's allegations that the dam was threatened by stone quarries.

Siddaramaiah noted that it was ideal that senior officers and scientists visited the spot and submitted a report. "With this not being done, allegations and counter-allegations by JD(S) leaders and the Mandya MP contributed towards the issue being politicised," he said. 

Further, the former CM said, "Kumaraswamy is unhappy with MP Sumalatha as she defeated his son in the polls."

09:43 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: Rs 16.81 lakh collected as fines in first week after unlock from violators of Covid-19 guidelines

A week after the Karnataka government decided to deploy officers from the Bengaluru City Police force and marshalls appointed by the local body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to enforce Covid-appropriate behaviour (CAB) in public places, a total of Rs 16.81 lakh was collected as fines from citizens who violated the rules.

According to BBMP, a total of Rs 12.04 crore has been collected as fines from citizens not following CAB in public places from May 2020 till July 11, 2021. BBMP Chief Marshal Officer Col. Rajbir Singh said that the 54 enforcement teams formed in the city together had been booking an average of 950 cases a day. "Cases are booked and penalty amounts are collected only after repeated warnings as making citizens aware of the importance of following CAB is done first," he said.

However, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sanjeev M Patil noted a recent change in the trend of CAB violations in locations under his jurisdiction in the city. "While the busiest commercial areas and locations that are thickly populated seem to have disciplined, we have begun to observe violations where we least expect, among morning walkers, extension areas, and such," he said.

09:08 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Karnataka to bridge online school learning gaps by installing TV sets at 5,766 gram panchayat libraries

As the access to internet connection, unavailability of gadgets, and network issues continue to affect school students attending online classes, the Karnataka government is likely to use the space and infrastructure available in gram panchayat (GP) libraries situated across the state to impart online education. 

'We are planning to install television sets at public libraries in 5,766 GPs to ensure students who do not have access to any device are not deprived of education, especially those in rural areas. Students will be able to use these TVs to attend live, online, or recorded academic sessions telecast on DD Chandana,' S Suresh Kumar, Primary and Secondary Education Minister said. 

The minister noted that the rainy season too had hampered the prospects of students attending classes online in the state, especially from Malenadu areas, admitting that he was aware of the network issues they faced.

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08:43 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Weather Update: KSNDMC forecast moderate to heavy rains in parts of Karnataka

With the southwest monsoon reviving moderate to heavy rains lashed parts of Karnataka, Karnataka State Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) has forecast widespread moderate to heavy rains in the coastal districts of Karnataka and light rains in Malnad, south interior and north interior parts of the state. 

Kodagu district witnessed heavy rainfall on Monday. The flow of water in River Cauvery has also risen, owing to rain in Brahmagiri hills.

"Widespread moderate to heavy rains with isolated very heavy rains likely over Uttara Kannada, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts. Widespread light to moderate rains with isolated heavy rains likely over Kodagu, Hassan and Chikkamagaluru districts," the department said.

KSNDMC forecasted cloudy skies and light rains in Bengaluru over the next two days.

08:37 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Graft cases: court relief but worries not gone for BSY

Despite a special court for cases of elected representatives last week rejecting a plea to probe allegations of corruption against Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, among eight others, the veteran leader may not be completely out of the woods so far as investigations into allegations of graft are concerned.

For one, while rejecting a private complaint by an activist, T J Abraham, for investigation of alleged corruption and money laundering by Yediyurappa and eight others, on the grounds that a sanction for investigating the CM was denied on June 23 by then Governor Vajubhai Vala, the special court on July 8 indicated that there is some substance in the complaint that merits an investigation. The court said the complaint was being rejected on account of denial of a sanction for probe by Vala.

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08:36 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Man claiming to be member of ‘Mysuru royal family’ arrested for cheating women through matrimonial sites

Bengaluru police have arrested a 33-year-old man for allegedly cheating several women on matrimonial sites by claiming himself to be a member of the 'Mysuru Royal family' or a software engineer in the US. 

According to Whitefield Cyber Economic and Narcotics cell police, the accused identified as Siddarth K. alias Siddarth Urs alias Sandy alias Vinay alias Mutthu, a class 7 dropout is a resident of Bylakuppe in Periyapatna of Mysuru. 

Senior Police officials said though he is a Class 7 dropout but he had learnt to speak Spanish and English with a US accent. The police added that the accused created fake profiles on various matrimonial websites and expressed interest in some profiles and got the contact number of those who accepted his request and cheat them.

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08:34 (IST)13 Jul 2021
Karnataka police to have ‘scene of crime' officers soon

For the first in the country, Karnataka State Police will have ‘scene of crime officers’ (SoC officers) who will be responsible to gather crucial evidence from crime scenes, said Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai. 

The State Government has sanctioned 206 posts for which the recruitment process may commence soon. The officers will have an equivalent rank of police sub-inspector and will be part of the Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories. 

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa will give an official order on Tuesday to recruit 206 officers.

08:11 (IST)13 Jul 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. 

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 will be implemented in state-run higher education institutions in Karnataka beginning this academic year (2021-22), to enable the same to be extended across the state by 2030, Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwathnarayan said on Monday.

READ | Karnataka to implement NEP using LMS, unified college management system at state-run institutions beginning this year: Dy CM

Despite a special court for cases of elected representatives last week rejecting a plea to probe allegations of corruption against Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, among eight others, the veteran leader may not be completely out of the woods so far as investigations into allegations of graft are concerned.

READ | Graft cases: court relief but worries not gone for BSY

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