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Karnataka Bengaluru January 4 Highlights: 75 more UK returnees yet to be traced, says Karnataka Health Minister

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News January 4 Highlights: According to Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar, the mutant coronavirus has been found in 10 people among the 34 UK returnees.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: January 5, 2021 8:15:53 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News January 4 Highlights: As many as 75 more people who returned to the state from the United Kingdom in the past few days are yet to be traced, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said on Monday. “The Home department and BBMP have assured to trace them soon. Tracing is delayed as three people have foreign addresses and some immigration issues,” he said.

He added, “48 passengers were tested positive out of which 34 are UK returnees. Mutant coronavirus is found in 10 people among them. All are recovering in government hospitals.”

Flyers from Bengaluru can now take a train from the city to reach the airport and vice-versa after trains began operating to and from Kempegowda International Airport halt station (KIAH) on Monday. The trains operated by the South Western Railways (SWR) will be from KSR Bengaluru City, Cantonment, and Yelahanka stations. Tickets are priced between Rs 10 and Rs 15 for a one-way commute.

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18:35 (IST)04 Jan 2021
Karnataka: Attendance in schools, PU colleges improve

More students from classes 10 and 12 (II PU) attended classes at their respective educational institutions in Karnataka on Monday as attendance indicated an improved rate.

According to Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, average attendance of 55 per cent and around 52 per cent was noted for students of Class 12 and 10 respectively on Monday. Further, in comparison to that of January 1, when classes resumed, the overall attendance indicates a hike of around 20 per cent and 14 per cent respectively, he added.

"As many as 1,99,553 students attended Class 12 (II PU) sessions in 5942 colleges across the state on Monday, while 4,81,728 students of Class 10 attended academic sessions held at 16,850 high schools," Kumar explained.

Meanwhile, 15.71 per cent of over 30 lakh students in classes 6 to 9 attended the Vidyagama programme which enables continued schooling, he added.

18:14 (IST)04 Jan 2021
Kambala to be held from Jan 30

Kambala, the annual traditional buffalo-race festival in Karnataka is scheduled to be held this season from January 30. According to Dakshina Kannada district Kambala Samiti president P R Shetty, the season's first Kambala will be held on January 30 and 31 at Hokkadigoli in Bantwal taluk.

Consequently, other Kambala events will be held at Aikala Bawa (on February 6 and 7), Vamanjur (on Feb 13 and 14), Moodbidri (on Feb 20 and 21), Miyyaru (on Feb 27 and 28), Bangrakulur (on March 6 and 7) and Venur(on March 20 and 21)," Shetty added.

According to the DK district Kambala committe, the decision to hold each Kambala for two days was in the view of the district administration denying permission to do so during nights. "There will be a break during the night," the committee stated.

17:51 (IST)04 Jan 2021
75 more UK returnees yet to be traced: Health Minister

As many as 75 more people who returned to the state from the United Kingdom in the past few days are yet to be traced, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said on Monday. "The Home department and BBMP have assured to trace them soon. Tracing is delayed as three people have foreign addresses and some immigration issues," he said.

He added, "48 passengers were tested positive out of which 34 are UK returnees. Mutant coronavirus is found in 10 people among them. All are recovering in government hospitals."

16:38 (IST)04 Jan 2021
IN PICS | CM, other ministers visit Sadananda Gowda

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Monday visisted Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers and former CM D V Sadananda Gowda in a hospital in Bengaluru.

Gowda is under observation after he collapsed in Chitradurga on Sunday following a drop in his blood sugar levels. He was later admitted to Aster CMI Hospital where doctors said his condition was stable. "He is stable and all parameters including sugar levels and blood pressure is normal. There is nothing to worry, we will observe him for 24 hours," Dr Brinda, a physician at the hospital said.

The CM was accompanied by Dy CMs Ashwathnarayan, Karjol, and Savadi among other ministers during their visit to wish Gowda a speedy recovery on Monday.

15:08 (IST)04 Jan 2021
Flights from Hubballi to resume services

Flights to Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Hindon (Uttar Pradesh), Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), and Bengaluru from Karnataka's Hubballi are set to resume services beginning Monday.

While the IndiGo flight on the Hubballi-Ahmedabad route will be operational on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays beginning January 4; Star Air will operate flights to Hindon, Tirupati, and Bengaluru from January 11.

14:14 (IST)04 Jan 2021
Bengaluru: CCB arrests 10 for allegedly making fake documents

As many as 10 people were arrested by the Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) for allegedly making fake documents in the name of government-run agencies. According to CCB sleuths, fake documents including PAN cards, Aadhaar cards, and election ID cards were seized during a raid in the city.

"Such fake documents can be misused during verification for passport, bank loans, registration for stolen vehicles, and such. An investigation is on," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said.

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12:21 (IST)04 Jan 2021
Bengaluru to get public toilets to end menace of ‘yellow spots’

Bengaluru will soon see an end to people urinating in public as the Shubhra Bengaluru Scheme will bring public toilets to many parts of the city soon.

“Funds are not an issue, the government is ready to allocate Rs 100-120 crore, out of which Rs 80 crore will be used only for building the toilets under Shubhra Bengaluru Scheme,” explains D Randeep, BBMP Special Commissioner (Solid Waste Management). The best part about this initiative is that toilets can be geolocated with the help of google map. All people will have to do is type SBM toilets and they will get directions to the closest one. There will also be signboards showing directions and distance to reach the nearest toilet, he adds.

The initiative will be led by the public as they will be the ones to identify the spots where the toilets are needed and inform the BBMP through ichangemycity.com. As part of the scheme, BBMP will also convert the unused BMTC buses into mobile toilets in certain localities. This will ensure each area has multiple toilets and for both genders.

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11:55 (IST)04 Jan 2021
Bengaluru: Active Covid-19 cases drop, private hospitals report rise in SARI cases

Even as Bengaluru has seen a drop in active Covid-19 cases and a healthy recovery rate in the last one month, doctors in several private hospitals have raised concerns over the increase in the number of Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI). At least two hospitals – Manipal Hospitals and ACE Suhas Hospital in Jigani, on the outskirts of Bengaluru – have reported an increase in the number of SARI cases recently.

While Manipal Hospitals reported around 20 SARI cases, ACE Suhas Hospital said it had registered a 150 per cent rise in such cases.

Dr Jagadish Hiremath of Suhas Hospital attributed the hike to weather and people “lowering their guard” in fight against the coronavirus infection.

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10:59 (IST)04 Jan 2021
Explained: Guidelines for shops, commercial establishments to operate 24×7 in Karnataka

The Karnataka government has allowed all shops and commercial establishments to operate round the clock all days of the week for the next three years under provisions of the Karnataka Shops and Commercial Establishments Act (1961).

The revision of rules by the Labour Department is expected to help businesses recover from financial difficulties they faced during the coronavirus-induced lockdown which led to a decline in economic activity.

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09:17 (IST)04 Jan 2021
Karnataka: Union Minister Sadananda Gowda collapses as his sugar level falls

Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers and former Karnakata chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda was rushed to a hospital on Sunday afternoon after he collapsed near a hotel in Chitradurga where he stopped for lunch after attending a BJP function in Shivamogga.

“Gowda was brought to Aster CMI hospital at 4.45 pm today. His condition is stable and he will be kept under observation for the next 24 hours,” a spokesperson from Aster CMI hospital in Bengaluru said.

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08:42 (IST)04 Jan 2021
Yediyurappa to travel across Karnataka to organise BJP; sets target of 140-150 seats for next assembly polls

Targetting 140 to 150 seats for the BJP in the next assembly polls, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday said he would soon begin travelling across the state to organise the party for the purpose.

“A target has been set for making 140-150 (BJP) MLAs win in the next assembly polls.Targetting 140 to 150 seats for the BJP in the next assembly polls, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday said he would soon begin travelling across the state to organise the party for the purpose.

“A target has been set for making 140-150 (BJP) MLAs win in the next assembly polls. To organise the party for this, I will soon begin a state-wide tour,” he was quoted as saying by BJP in a release.

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08:31 (IST)04 Jan 2021
Bengaluru: Train services between city, Kempegowda International Airport begin

Flyers from Bengaluru can now take a train from the city to reach the airport and vice-versa after trains began operating to and from Kempegowda International Airport halt station (KIAH) on Monday.

The trains operated by the South Western Railways (SWR) will be from KSR Bengaluru City, Cantonment and Yelahanka stations. Tickets are priced between Rs 10 and Rs 15 for a one-way commute.

According to SWR officials, as many as five trains will be operated linking the station for the next few months. While trains from KSR Bengaluru City will leave once at 4.45 am and 9 pm, other trains will leave from Yelahanka, Yeshwantpur, and Bangalore Cantonment stations at 7 am, 8.30 am, and 5.55 pm respectively.

In the return direction, trains from the airport will leave at 6.43 pm and 10.37 pm for KSR Bengaluru, and at 6.23 am, 7.52 am and 8.26 am from Yelahanka, Bangalore Cantonment, and Yeshwantpur stations respectively. "All these trains will operate six days a week except on Sundays," an SWR official clarified.

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08:30 (IST)04 Jan 2021
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karnataka coronavirus cases, karnataka covid updates, bangalore coronavirus news, karnataka news, latest news While Manipal Hospitals reported around 20 SARI cases, ACE Suhas Hospital said it had registered a 150 per cent rise in such cases. (Representational)

Meanwhile, even as Bengaluru has seen a drop in active Covid-19 cases and a healthy recovery rate in the last one month, doctors in several private hospitals have raised concerns over the increase in the number of Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI).

READ | Bengaluru: Active Covid-19 cases drop, private hospitals report rise in SARI cases

At the same time, the Karnataka government has allowed all shops and commercial establishments to operate round the clock all days of the week for the next three years under provisions of the Karnataka Shops and Commercial Establishments Act (1961).

READ | Explained: Guidelines for shops, commercial establishments to operate 24×7 in Karnataka

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