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Karnataka Bengaluru March 24 Highlights: State records 2.12 Covid-19 positivity rate, 1398 new cases in Bengaluru

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News March 24 Highlights: While 2298 more people contracted the infection, 995 people recovered from the infection across the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: March 25, 2021 8:09:53 am
Ambulance, Bengaluru, COVID-19Ambulances seen parked by the side of a road in Bengaluru.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News March 24 Highlights: The Covid-19 positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours, on Wednesday, was noted to be 2.12 per cent as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

While 2298 more people contracted the infection, 995 people recovered from the infection across the state. Of these, 1398 new cases and 637 discharges were reported from Bengaluru alone as the total tally in the city since March 8, 2020, rose to over 4.21 lakh.

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18:32 (IST)24 Mar 2021
Karnataka records 2.12 Covid-19 positivity rate, 1398 new cases in Bengaluru

The Covid-19 positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours, on Wednesday, was noted to be 2.12 per cent as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

While 2298 more people contracted the infection, 995 people recovered from the infection across the state. Of these, 1398 new cases and 637 discharges were reported from Bengaluru alone as the total tally in the city since March 8, 2020, rose to over 4.21 lakh.

18:12 (IST)24 Mar 2021
Treasury not any 'Akshaya Patra', says Karnataka CM while defending govt move to borrow loans

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Wednesday defended the BJP-led state government's move to borrow more loans with the state facing fiscal stress. In his reply during the discussion on the recent budget presentation in the Legislative Assembly, he said, "The government has no magic wand and the treasury is not any Akshaya Patra in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic."

Yediyurappa was reading out his reply as the Opposition Congress continued with protests against the government citing inaction against former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi on the sex-for-job CD row.

17:40 (IST)24 Mar 2021
Metro services between Majestic, Mysuru Road to resume on Friday

Namma Metro services between Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Station (Majestic) and Mysuru Road on the Purple Line will resume from Friday (March 26), the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) informed on Wednesday. 

BMRCL stated that the metro services on the route will begin operating again from 7 am on March 26, "due to the advance completion of signalling and pre-commissioning works on this section."

Earlier, BMRCL had announced that services will remain suspended on this route from March 21 to 28. Modification and other related works were underway on Namma Metro's Purple Line from Mysuru Road to Kengeri during the last few days.

17:12 (IST)24 Mar 2021
Karnataka Assembly: CM reads out reply to budget discussion amid opposition unrest

As the Opposition Congress continued with protests against the BJP-led government citing inaction against former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi on the sex-for-job CD row, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa read out his reply to the budget discussion on Wednesday. 

He condemned the protests by the Congress questioning why they were continuously disrupting the Assembly proceedings. 'The people are watching these developments and they'll surely teach you (opposition) a lesson in the coming days,' Yediyurappa remarked.

16:00 (IST)24 Mar 2021
Karnataka BJP legislators begin signature campaign against rebel party MLA

Several Karnataka BJP MLAs have begun a signature campaign after former minister and Bijapur City MLA Basanagouda R Patil Yatnal for his disparaging remarks against the B S Yediyurappa-led government.

“It is important that our higher-ups at the Centre are aware of what we feel about Yatnal’s disrespectful remarks. Such comments can even create confusion among workers which would impact the upcoming bypolls,” a senior legislator told indianexpress.com on the condition of anonymity.

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15:03 (IST)24 Mar 2021
Karnataka: Astrologer used meeting with Union Minister to dupe BJP man of Rs 1.5 crore in 2015

An astrologer in Karnataka — who boasted of high political connections to allegedly cheat several people of crores of rupees since 2014 — had also cheated an aspiring BJP leader from Andhra Pradesh of Rs 1.5 crore in 2015, court documents reveal. The BJP leader was promised the post of chairman of the Central Silk Board.

Fifty-two-year-old Yuvaraj Swami alias Sevalal was arrested in December 2020 by the crime branch of the Bengaluru Police.

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14:39 (IST)24 Mar 2021
Maski: BJP candidate Pratapgouda Patil files nomination

BJP candidate Pratapgouda Patil Wednesday submitted nomination papers to the returning officer in Maski ahead of the bypolls scheduled to be held in the assembly segment on April 17.

Bypolls were necessitated to the constituency in Raichur district afterPratapgouda Patil gravitated to BJP from Congress in 2019. The segment has had no representation in the Assembly since then.

12:09 (IST)24 Mar 2021
Bengaluru: Aster Hospitals announces free MRI, CT scans to financially-strained

In an effort to make quality healthcare accessible to those facing financial strain, Aster Hospitals Bangalore Wednesday announced that around 1500 free MRI and CT Scans will be provided to the needy in the state Karnataka for the next one year. 

The initiative is held in collaboration with seven other hospitals in the city, namely General Hospitals in Yelahanka, Devanahalli, Doddaballapur and Nelamangala, Sri Krishna Seva Ashrama, Sevakshetra Hospital and RV Institutes in South Bangalore. Patients referred from these hospitals will be eligible for the scheme, officials clarified. 

"The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the critical importance of accurate testing and reporting, something that has been advocated for multiple areas of public health. Early detection of diseases can enable early treatment and favourable outcomes," Dr Manjula Devi, District Health Officer, Bengaluru Rural district said, appreciating the move. 

Run by Aster Volunteers, the CSR arm of the organisation, the free medical investigations are being offered as part of Aster DM Healthcare’s 34th Foundation Day, the hospital said in a statement.

11:05 (IST)24 Mar 2021
Bengaluru: Fuel prices drop after 24 days

Prices of petrol and diesel dropped in Bengaluru and other Indian cities, after remaining unchanged at their record highs for 24 straight days, on Wednesday. 

While each litre of petrol costs Rs 94.04 in Bengaluru, diesel is available for Rs 86.21 per litre. The prices have dropped by 18 paise and 15 paise respectively. 

In Mumbai, petrol is retailing at Rs 97.40, while diesel costs Rs 88.42, data available on Indian Oil Corporation’s website showed. The same in Delhi is Rs 90.99 per litre for petrol and Rs 81.30 per litre for diesel.

10:31 (IST)24 Mar 2021
Health minister denies reports of vaccine shortage

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar has denied reports that several public healthcare centres in the state had started to run short of Covid-19 vaccines. 

“There is no shortage of vaccines in the state. We have discussed this with the Centre and have been promised that we would not face any shortage,” he said speaking to reporters in Chikkaballapura. 

He added that the state will receive 12.5 lakh doses of vaccine within a week. “Before that, an additional 4 lakh doses will be dispatched by flight. The government will ensure that there is no shortage of vaccines,” he said.

09:56 (IST)24 Mar 2021
Sex-for-job CD case: SIT issues fifth notice to woman

The Special Investigation Team investigating the sex-for-job CD case involving Gokak MLA and former BJP minister Ramesh Jarkiholi has confirmed sending one more notice to the alleged woman in the video. 

According to SIT officials, the woman who is still missing has not been traceable even after 21 days since the CD emerged. "With this, we have issued five notices so far asking her to appear for questioning. The notice has been issued on her email ID and WhatsApp number as well," an official from the SIT said. 

Meanwhile, in a bid to track her down, the SIT also questioned the family members of the woman.

09:12 (IST)24 Mar 2021
Karnataka to continue offline classes, exams at colleges amid second wave scare

The Karnataka government Tuesday decided to continue classes and to hold examinations as scheduled in colleges and universities in the state amid the possibility of a second wave of Covid-19 cases.

“Strict vigilance will be put in place to ensure strict adherence to SOPs while continuing the offline classes and examinations as per the timetable scheduled by the universities amid the possible outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic,” Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said.

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08:43 (IST)24 Mar 2021
Bengaluru now has 23 active containment zones

With Bengaluru continuing to witness a steady surge in new Covid-19 cases, BBMP identified four more containment zones on Tuesday. These are two each in Dasarahalli and Yelahanka zones, where a total of 10 and 12 cases each were identified respectively. 

With this, the total number of active containment zones rose to 23 in the city. Dasarahalli zone has the most active containment zones (8) followed by Yelahanka (6), West, East (4 each), and one in South Zone. 

According to the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Bengaluru Urban has 10,766 active cases. 

08:16 (IST)24 Mar 2021
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Meanwhile, the Karnataka government Tuesday decided to continue classes and to hold examinations as scheduled in colleges and universities in the state amid the possibility of a second wave of Covid-19 cases.

READ | Karnataka to continue offline classes, exams at colleges amid second wave scare

At the same time, days after an alleged letter threatening Kannada superstar Shiva Rajkumar, former minister BT Lalitha Naik, and others with death, the Karnataka Home Department cleared security cover for them, while an investigation is underway to find those behind the letter.

READ | Kannada superstar Shiva Rajkumar, ex-minister Lalitha Naik get security cover after alleged death threat

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