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Karnataka Bengaluru July 6 Highlights: State reports 2848 fresh cases, 67 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 6 Highlights: A total of 3,50,35,219 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,46,575 were done on Monday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 7, 2021 8:01:00 am
Motorists wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus wait at a traffic intersection in Bengaluru. (AP)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 6 Highlights: Karnataka on Monday reported 2,848 new Covid-19 cases and 67 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 28.56 lakh and the toll to 35,434. The day also saw 5,631 discharges, which took the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 27,79,038.

Out of 2,848 new cases reported on Monday, 520 were from Bengaluru Urban. The city also saw 3,136 discharges and seven deaths, the health department stated in a bulletin.

The total number of active cases in the state is at 41,996. While the positivity rate stood at 1.94 per cent, the case fatality rate was 2.35 per cent.

Out of 67 deaths reported on Monday, 12 were from Dakshina Kannada, nine from Ballari, seven from Bengaluru Urban and six from Mysuru, followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 520, Hassan 383, Mysuru 371, Dakshina Kannada 265, followed by others.

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14:47 (IST)06 Jul 2021
No question of halting Mekedatu project: CM Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Tuesday said that the government will undoubtedly implement the Mekedatu project across river Cauvery. "There is no question of halting it for any reason. People of the state should have no doubts about it," he said. 

Yediyurappa also claimed that things are "favourable" for Karnataka in this regard and that the project will be completed "within the legal framework" of it. "None can stop this," Yediyurappa said responding to a query raised by reporters in Bengaluru.

13:49 (IST)06 Jul 2021
58-year-old farmer dead after car of Karnataka Dy CM’s son hits two-wheeler

A farmer in Karnataka’s Bagalkot district succumbed to injuries on Tuesday after the speeding car of Chidanand Savadi, son of Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi, hit his two-wheeler.

The deceased has been identified as Koodappa Boli (58), a native of Chikkahandagal village. According to the police, the accident took place near Kudalasangama Cross at National Highway-50 near Hungund town on Monday.

“The farmer was hit by an MG Gloster car which eyewitnesses say was travelling at a high speed before it hit the two-wheeler of the deceased from behind. While the car was said to be returning to Athani in Belagavi from Anjanadri Hills via Vijayapura, the deceased was returning home from his farmland,” an officer from Hungund police station said.

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13:25 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Karnataka: HC directs state govt to ensure electricity supply to 14,948 anganwadis by Dec 31

The High Court of Karnataka directed the state government to ensure that necessary infrastructure is being provided to anganwadis across the state by setting a deadline of December 31, 2021 for it to comply with the directive.

A Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj directed the state “to ensure that all 14,948 anganwadi centers in the state without electricity are provided with electricity supply by December 31, 2021” in an interim direction.

The HC has also asked the government to ensure fans at 18,984 anganwadis and toilets in 3,524 such centers operated in government buildings by the same time. “For constructing toilets in the rest of the centers we grant time to the state till June 30, 2022,” the Bench added.

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12:56 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Thawarchand Gehlot is new Karnataka Governor

Thawarchand Gehlot has been appointed as the new Governor of Karnataka, a communique issued Tuesday by President Ram Nath Kovind confirmed. 

The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment at present, the 73-year-old originally hails from Madhya Pradesh and has been a member of the Rajya Sabha since 2012 representing his home state.

Gehlot will replace Vajubhai Vala (83) who has been in office since September 1, 2014.

12:53 (IST)06 Jul 2021
CPM to stage protests in TN seeking action against those 'responsible' for Stan Swamy's death

Demanding action against those 'responsible' for the death of Jesuit priest Stan Swamy, the CPI(M) Tamil Nadu state committee on Monday announced that it would hold state-wide demonstrations on July 8, opposing 'injustice' and seeking action.

Appropriate action should be taken against those who were "responsible for Swamy's death through acts like foisting a false case and treating him inhumanely," the Marxist party said. The human rights activist was a native of Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu who tirelessly worked for the rights of tribal people in Jharkhand, the CPI(M) said, condoling Swamy's death.

All those arrested in Bhima Koregaon and other cases with 'political motives',besides those imprisoned under 'draconian' laws should be released, CPI(M) State secretary K Balakrishnan demanded in a statement. People should raise their voice against Swamy's death, "which is an injustice," and they must protest against usurpation of freedom of expression and filing "false cases" and imprisoning those who criticised the government, he said.

Expressing shock over the priest's death, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi chief Thol Thirumavalavan alleged that Swamy was arrested in a "false case." Swamy's death was a "murder committed by the BJP government with the help of the law and cannot be regarded as a coronavirus death," the VCK chief said. (PTI)

12:33 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: Special enforcement drive by BTP underway

The West Division of Bengaluru Traffic Police (BTP) has announced that special drives to enforce traffic rules will be carried out throughout this week. According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic West) Kuldeep Kumar R Jain, the drive will focus on enforcing the use of helmets, seat belts, and the misuse of mobile phones while driving or riding.  

"We hope not to see much violations. Adhere to traffic rules to ensure our own safety," Jain said in a statement.

10:28 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Karnataka II PU repeaters will be promoted without exams, govt tells HC

Ending speculations over the future of students enrolled as repeaters including those repeating as private candidates for the second year pre-university (II PU equivalent to Class 12) in Karnataka this year, the state government has decided to promote them without examinations.

The state government, in a disclosure made to the High Court of Karnataka on Monday, said that grace marks will be added to the marks such students scored in the earlier attempt made for each subject. The government has decided to give 35 per cent grace marks to candidates repeating the board exam. Over 76,000 candidates who have registered for the exam this year fall into this category.

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09:52 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: KAS officer’s Covid action plan suggests ramping up vaccination, infra, free testing

Conducting door-to-door vaccination drives on a war-footing, extending free testing to everyone at more centres and deploying surveillance teams at the ward or village levels are some of the measures that feature in an action plan formulated by a Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) officer to mitigate adverse effects of a possible third wave of Covid-19.

KAS officer Dr. Vaishnavi K, who is posted full-time as a special officer at Bangalore Smart City Ltd, was identified by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) as the nodal officer to ideate strategies to vaccinate priority groups, including the differently-abled, people at destitute homes and old-age homes, among others.

The action plan ideated by Dr. Vaishnavi K states that extending the reach of the ongoing vaccination drive against Covid on the lines of how polio shots are administered to the people would help prevent further spread of the pandemic.

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09:37 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Karnataka to invite PM Modi, US Vice-Prez Kamala Harris for Bengaluru Tech Summit

The Karnataka government is set to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Vice-President Kamala Harris for its annual flagship event Bengaluru Tech Summit-2021, scheduled to be held from November 17 to 19.

According to Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwathnarayan, BTS 2021 will be held in a hybrid format with limited physical participation, considering the possibility of a third wave of Covid-19. “PM Narendra Modi will be invited to inaugurate the conclave and US Vice-President Kamala Harris will be invited to participate in the event,” he said.

The announcement was made after a meeting convened by the Deputy CM with the officials of the Department of Electronics, Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Science & Technology and Chairpersons of various vision groups.

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09:23 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Bengaluru traffic police collaborate with PayTM, penalties can now be paid via app

Traffic rule violators can now pay the fine amount using PayTM, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant announced on Monday. He explained that the traffic police decided to collaborate with PayTM in a bid to add another option for contactless enforcement of traffic rules. 

According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) B R Ravikanthe Gowda, the new option is expected to make fine payments hassle-free and fast for motorists. He said that the fact that the PayTM option was already existing in other cities led towards the traffic police in the city deciding to make use of the same. The collaboration was done free of cost, he added. 

Other existing options to pay fines are via Bangalore One, BTP website, and PDA (personal digital assistant) machines.

09:14 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Karnataka to begin state-run mining school in Ballari

The Karnataka government is likely to begin a mining school in Ballari in a bid to equip the youth and key stakeholders of the industry with more management and technical skills. 

According to Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani, the 'school of mining' is planned to be constructed in an area spanning across 50 acres of land in Ballari. "The project report has already been ready. We will seek Cabinet approval soon. The school will provide international level training to both owners and workers of mines as well in management and technical skills respectively," he said in Tumakuru. 

The minister added that such training would also contribute towards curbing unscientific mining practices.

09:08 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Chamarajanagar: District admin aims to inoculate 7 lakh people by August-end

The Chamarajanagar district administration aims to inoculate nearly seven lakh people by the end of August, senior officials said. Explaining their revised strategy, an official said preparations to enhance vaccination coverage were already underway by sourcing data from hospitals and primary health centres (PHCs) on the number of people who have been vaccinated — either with the first dose or with both doses.

“Besides Taluk hospitals in Chamarajanagar, Hanur, Kollegal, Hanur, Yelandur and Gundlupet, a total of 60 PHCs in these taluks and community health centers (CHCs) in Santhemarahalli, Kabballi and Begur have been identified as vaccination centres to carry out the revised strategy,” an official said.

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08:55 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Kumaraswamy meets CM against leasing out “MySugar”, targets Mandya MP Sumalatha Ambareesh

JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Monday met Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa requesting him not to permit the leasing out to private industries the state-owned “MySugar” (Mysore Sugar) factory in Mandya.

The former Chief Minister also made personal attacks against Mandya MP Sumalatha Ambareesh in connection with the issue,which elicited sharp reaction from the actor-turned politician.

“I met the Chief Minister along with our MLAs and MLCs from Mandya district, as farmer leaders from Mandya district had met me recently regarding discussion at the officials level to hand over the MySugar factory to private players,” Kumaraswamy said.

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08:46 (IST)06 Jul 2021
Covid impact: Pvt bus owners demand govt for tax exemption for six months

The Karnataka State Bus Owners’ Federation has demanded that the state government should waive off road tax collected from stage carriage buses for a period of six months, as their operations resumed after lockdown recently.

The government might lose Rs 72 crore by waiving off road tax for six months, but are gaining Rs 720 crore from tax on diesel and other consumables used for private buses, the Federation said while referring to the unprecedented hike in fuel prices.

A delegation of representatives from the Federation that met CM Yediyurappa said that their condition that had been bad since the lockdown last year but became worse due to the lockdown announced during the second wave of the pandemic.

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Ending speculations over the future of students enrolled as repeaters including those repeating as private candidates for the second year pre-university (II PU equivalent to Class 12) in Karnataka this year, the state government has decided to promote them without examinations.

READ | II PU repeaters will be promoted without exams, Karnataka govt tells HC

Conducting door-to-door vaccination drives on a war-footing, extending free testing to everyone at more centres and deploying surveillance teams at the ward or village levels are some of the measures that feature in an action plan formulated by a Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) officer to mitigate adverse effects of a possible third wave of Covid-19.

READ | Bengaluru: KAS officer’s Covid action plan suggests ramping up vaccination, infra, free testing

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