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Karnataka Bengaluru July 12 Highlights: Recoveries outnumber cases as state reports 2326 discharges, 1978 fresh cases

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 12 Highlights: Bengaluru Urban reported 433 new cases and saw 203 discharges while it recorded eight Covid deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 13, 2021 8:09:21 am
A medic administers a dose of Sputnik V vaccine to a beneficiary during its launch in Bengaluru. (Photo: PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 12 Highlights: Karnataka on Sunday reported 1,978 new Covid-19 cases and 56 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 28.71 lakh and the toll to 35,835. The recoveries continued to outnumber the fresh cases as the state also reported 2,326 discharges. With this, the total number of recoveries reached 27,98,703.

Meanwhile Bengaluru Urban reported 433 new cases and saw 203 discharges while it recorded eight Covid deaths, the health department said in a bulletin.

The total number of active cases in the state is now at 37,906. While the positivity rate stood at 1.48 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.96 per cent. Districts that reported most related fatalities apart from Bengaluru Urban were Dakshina Kannada (7), Belagavi (6), Kolar, Hassan (5 each) and Dharwad (4).

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20:00 (IST)12 Jul 2021
Growing population serious issue, needs to be controlled: Ashwathnarayan

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan Monday remarked his support to the 
Uttar Pradesh government's proposal for a rule barring anyone violating the two-child policy from applying for or getting promotion in government jobs, and receiving any kind of government subsidy.

Responding to queries raised by reporters in Dharwad, Ashwathnarayan said, "The growing population is a serious issue and it has to be controlled. There is a need for such rules brought in by the Yogi Adityanath government. The governments need to take stringent steps for population control."

16:35 (IST)12 Jul 2021
Karnataka SSLC exams to be held as scheduled, HC dismisses PIL demanding cancellation

The Karnataka High Court on Monday cancelled the public interest litigation (PIL) filed against the state’s decision to conduct SSLC (class 10 exams). The Karnataka SSLC exam 2021 will be held for the academic year 2020-21 as per the schedule. The dates for the exams were decided to be July 19 and July 22, 2021.

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.

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15:02 (IST)12 Jul 2021
Eligible to become CM, have 'no black spot': Umesh Katti

Adding fuel to political statements and speculations connected to a change of guard in Karnataka, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Umesh Katti Monday said he was eligible to become the Chief Minister of the state. 

"I am an eligible candidate to become the Chief Minister of the state as I have handled six departments as a minister so far and has served as MLA as well without any black spot. First I wished to become an MLA and then a minister, now I hope to become the CM," he said. 

Katti added that the party will decide on the same in the coming days. An MLA from Hukkeri legislative assembly in Belagavi, Katti has won from the segment eight times to date, winning in all elections since 1985 except once in 2004.

15:00 (IST)12 Jul 2021
Eligible to become CM, have 'no black spot': Umesh Katti

Adding fuel to political statements and speculations connected to a change of guard in Karnataka, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Umesh Katti Monday said he was eligible to become the Chief Minister of the state. 

"I am an eligible candidate to become the Chief Minister of the state as I have handled six departments as a minister so far and has served as MLA as well without any black spot. First I wished to become an MLA and then a minister, now I hope to become the CM," he said. 

Katti added that the party will decide on the same in the coming days. An MLA from Hukkeri legislative assembly in Belagavi, Katti has won from the segment eight times to date, winning in all elections since 1985 except once in 2004.

14:48 (IST)12 Jul 2021
Ola Electric signs pact with Bank of Baroda to raise $100 million in long-term debt

Ola Electric on Monday said it has signed a USD 100 million (about Rs 744.5 crore) 10 year-term debt financing agreement with Bank of Baroda.

The 10-year debt of USD 100 million is towards the funding and financial closure of phase I of Ola Futurefactory – its global manufacturing hub for electric two-wheelers, a statement said.

Ola had, in December last year, said it will invest Rs 2,400 crore for setting up phase I of the factory.

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14:04 (IST)12 Jul 2021
Hassan: Lockdown relaxations come into effect

After nearly two months of enforcement of lockdown-like restrictions in the district, several relaxations have been brought into force in Karnataka's Hassan district from Monday. 

Hassan remained to enforce curbs even after Kodagu, another district with a high positivity rate (TPR), announced certain relaxations earlier last week. According to district health officer (DHO) Dr K M Sathish, the decision was taken after the TPR was noted to fall to 4.7 per cent on Saturday. 

The district, on Sunday, reported 154 fresh cases and five deaths linked to the pandemic. The active Covid-19 caseload of the district is 2,289, including 71 people admitted to the ICU.

12:48 (IST)12 Jul 2021
Hubballi region to get more prominence for industrial development: Dy CM

Hubballi and surrounding regions in Karnataka have been given further prominence for the growth of industrial development by recognising it as a prominent hub under the ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ initiative, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said on Monday. 

Ashwathnarayan explained that several industries were already being set up in the region under the ESDM (Electronic System Desing & Manufacturing) policy of the government. "The 'Beyond Bengaluru' initiative focuses on the industrial development of regions outside Bengaluru, KDEM (Karnataka Digital Economy Mission) will facilitate to attract investment for the enterprises which support the digital economy. Artificial Intelligence will be used majorly towards technological development," he said. 

Also the Minister for Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Ashwathnarayan added that the presence of prominent institutions located in the region including Infosys, Deshpande Foundation and the IIT is also expected to influence the industrial ecosystem of the region in a larger way.

11:23 (IST)12 Jul 2021
Mucormycosis: With case fatality rate at 8.6%, 303 people dead so far

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

While 3,491 patients from across the state were been diagnosed (till July 9) with the disease that often manifests in the skin and also affects the lungs and the brain, tha fatality rate (CFR) of the infection is at 8.6 per cent. This is over thrice the CFR (2.83 per cent) observed among Covid-19 patients in the state. 

While Bengaluru reported 1,109 such cases of the fungal infection, other districts that witnessed most case were Dharwad (279), Vijayapura (208) and Kalaburagi (196).

10:17 (IST)12 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Citizens' campaign demands 'Covid Death Register' to document all fatalities during pandemic

A collective of civil society organisations and citizens from different walks of life have started off a campaign named 'Count Every Death' demanding the Karnataka government to prepare and publicise a ‘Covid Death Register’ documenting all fatalities that took place during the pandemic.

In an open letter addressed to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, the campaigners have urged the government to conduct death audits, assessing deaths due to Covid-19 infection and other reasons. 

"The state Government must acknowledge the avoidable Covid deaths and apologise to the people, particularly to families who lost their loved ones, for its colossal failure in tackling Covid and preventing these deaths. Carry out the mandated exercise of analysis of facility-wise cases and deaths in all hospitals, and death audits for all deaths in hospital, and the community since April 2020,” the letter mentioned.

09:20 (IST)12 Jul 2021
My fight is against illegal quarrying, Sumalatha says on KRS issue

Mandya MP Sumalatha Ambareesh said she had decided to raise the issue of illegal quarrying around Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir in the upcoming Lok Sabha session.

"My fight is against illegal quarrying and not against anyone. I have just tried to bring the issue to everyone’s attention. I have neither targeted anyone nor indulged in vendetta politics," she said in Bengaluru. 

Meanwhile, Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar accused Sumalatha of instigating fear among residents who live in areas downstream of the reservoir. "It is a very sensitive issue. KRS dam is an asset of the state and the nation. People in responsible positions should not make such remarks," he said. 

Also a former Water Resources Minister, Shivakumar said he would not comment further “on remarks made for cheap publicity," referring to the independent Mandya MP's statements.

09:02 (IST)12 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: Power cuts in several areas this week

Various parts of south and southeast Bengaluru will face power cuts from Monday to Friday between 10 am and 5 pm, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) has informed. All such areas fall under its Jayanagar subdivision, a notice mentioned.

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 surrounding areas will face interruptions in power supply from July 12 to 14. 

Meanwhile, Adugodi Police Quarters, Koramangala 8th Block, St John’s Hospital, Big Bazaar, Accenture, Lakkasandra, Wilson Garden, HSR Layout 5th Main, Mico Layout, and surrounding areas will face power cuts from July 15 to 17, the notice read.

08:59 (IST)12 Jul 2021
Who is Thawarchand Gehlot, the 19th Governor of Karnataka?

Former Union Minister Thawarchand Gehlot took oath as the 19th Governor of Karnataka on Sunday. In a ceremony held at the Karnataka Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru, Chief Justice Abhay Shreenivas Oka of the Karnataka High Court administered the oath to the successor of Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala (83) who had been in office since September 1, 2014.

The simple ceremony held at the Glass House in the premises of Raj Bhavan was also attended by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah, Speaker of Legislative Assembly Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri and Chairman of Legislative Council Basavaraj Horatti.

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08:49 (IST)12 Jul 2021
‘It was a mistake’: Shivakumar on video of him slapping man for putting arm around him

A day after a video went viral showing him slapping a man who attempted to put his arms around him, Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar on Sunday said that his action was a “mistake”.

In a statement, Shivakumar said, “He is a boy belonging to our house, and is also a distant relative of mine. I objected to him saying what will others think, seeing him put his hand on my shoulder…Yes, it’s true that I hit him.”

He added, “It is natural that we scold (them) when guys do such acts. That’s the bonding between us.”

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08:30 (IST)12 Jul 2021
Centre grants Rs 1500 cr ahead of third wave: Health Minister

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar Sunday said that the Centre has granted an assistance of Rs 1500 crore to help the state manage an anticipated third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Central government has allocated Rs 23,000 crore after the recent cabinet meeting to help states manage a possible third wave of Covid-19. Of this, Rs 1,500 crore has been earmarked towards Karnataka, which will be used to increase the capacity of paediatric wards in hospitals run by the state,” he said after an event held in Jayanagar in Bengaluru.

Sudhakar claimed that all arrangements to face the third wave were being taken by officials and departments concerned as coordinated by CM Yediyurappa.

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08:27 (IST)12 Jul 2021
State reports 1978 fresh cases, 56 deaths

Karnataka on Sunday reported 1,978 new Covid-19 cases and 56 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 28.71 lakh and the toll to 35,835. The recoveries continued to outnumber the fresh cases as the state also reported 2,326 discharges. With this, the total number of recoveries reached 27,98,703.

Meanwhile Bengaluru Urban reported 433 new cases and saw 203 discharges while it recorded eight Covid deaths, the health department said in a bulletin.

The total number of active cases in the state is now at 37,906. While the positivity rate stood at 1.48 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.96 per cent. Districts that reported most related fatalities apart from Bengaluru Urban were Dakshina Kannada (7), Belagavi (6), Kolar, Hassan (5 each) and Dharwad (4).

08:10 (IST)12 Jul 2021
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Former Union Minister Thawarchand Gehlot took oath as the 19th Governor of Karnataka on Sunday. In a ceremony held at the Karnataka Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru, Chief Justice Abhay Shreenivas Oka of the Karnataka High Court administered the oath to the successor of Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala (83) who had been in office since September 1, 2014.

READ | Who is Thawarchand Gehlot, the 19th Governor of Karnataka?

The Karnataka government plans to take up a project worth Rs 1500 crore to treat the Vrishabhavathi river, which is now filled with sewage, waste, and froth. According to the Minister for Environment, Ecology and Tourism C.P. Yogeshwar, the sacred river fabled to have originated from the Bull Temple in Basavanagudi area in Bengaluru, is polluted and not fit for usage. The river will be revived and the treated water will be used for irrigation and filling lakes in the outskirts of the city.

READ | Karnataka govt to take up Rs 1,500 crore project to treat Bengaluru’s polluted Vrishabhavathi river

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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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