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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus January 6 Highlights: Karnataka reports 815 new Covid-19 cases, 393 in Bengaluru alone

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News January 6 Highlights: Health Minister K Sudhakar said that three more people who returned from the United Kingdom tested positive for the mutant strain of coronavirus, as the total rose to ten in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: January 7, 2021 8:13:44 am
1,23,067 samples were tested (including 11,445 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests) across the state.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News January 6 Highlights: As many as 825 more people contracted coronavirus infection in Karnataka on Tuesday, while 1377 others recovered from the infection. Of these, 393 new cases and 931 discharges were reported from Bengaluru alone. The number of active cases further dropped to 9637 (6147 in Bengaluru).

Meanwhile, Health Minister K Sudhakar said that three more people who returned from the United Kingdom tested positive for the mutant strain of coronavirus, as the total rose to ten in the state. He added, “75 people who returned from the UK were yet to be traced and the Home Department and the city corporation authorities have assured to locate them soon.”

Also Read | Over 6.3 lakh health workers in Karnataka to get vaccine shot in first phase: Minister

At the same time, 1,23,067 samples were tested (including 11,445 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests) across the state. Other districts that reported the most cases on January 5 were Mysuru (57), Dakshina Kannada (44), Hassan (33), and Chikkaballapura (29 each).

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20:15 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Heavy rain lashes several parts of Karnataka

Heavy rain lashed several parts of Bengaluru, Mysuru, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar districts on Wednesday.

According to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), scattered to widespread light to moderate rains/thundershowers with scattered places heavy to very heavy rains were likely over Coastal, Malnad, south interior Karnataka and North interior Karnataka regions.

Due to rain in Bengaluru, traffic jams were reported on Central business district, Mysuru road, Tumakuru road, Yesvathpura, Hebbal and other major roads.

18:33 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Bengaluru hotel association urges govt to resume work from office for IT companies

The Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association (BBHA) Wednesday urged the Karnataka government to allow IT companies in the city to resume working from office, pointing out how businesses were hit at hotels and restaurants in the city due to the absence of employees in the IT sector.

BBHA President PC Rao said that the lives of people dependent on employees of 12,000 IT companies in the city have been affected since the coronavirus-induced lockdown and other related restrictions began. "As all the companies are still allowing work from home, people who are dependent on this are severely affected. Right from hotel, house keeping, maintenance, food courts, travels, catering are all affected as they are dependent on the IT companies. The association requests the government to do away with work from home gradually and allow them to work from office with Corona safety measures," he said.

18:25 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Bengaluru: Foot overbridge linking Yeshwantpur metro, railway stations to come up soon to ease commuter woes

Commuters who switch modes of transport at Yeshwantpur in Bengaluru will have an easier transition as the work for a foot-overbridge (FOB) linking the metro with the railway station has been finally set in motion.

Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) officials said tenders have been invited to construct seven FOBs in the city, including in five other locations, at an estimated cost of Rs 12.15 crore.

“Bidding for the construction work is scheduled to begin on February 12. While the bridge connecting the metro and railway stations will be completed first, the second FOB is expected to take more time as it involves construction across the busy railway lines,” a senior BMRCL official said.

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18:12 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Central leadership will decide on cabinet expansion, says Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday said the BJP central leadership will take a call on the much-awaited cabinet expansion, amid renewed buzz about the excercise where new aspirants have thrown their hats into the ring.

The statement of the chief minister amid speculations that the cabinet expansion or reshuffle was likely this month, is seen as an indication of the process getting further delayed.

“Regarding cabinet expansion, central leaders (of BJP) will take a decision. Someone (aspirant) might have given a statement… why should I make a promise? Naturally whoever has to become (a minister) they will become,” Yediyurappa told reporters in response to a question about promising cabinet berths.

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17:39 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Karnataka CM promises Rs 25 cr grant to MLAs for road work in all constituencies

To address concerns surrounding road development that were raised by several legislators at a recent party meeting, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has promised MLAs a grant of Rs 25 crore for the implementation of road projects in each Assembly constituency.

“CM Yediyurappa has assured MLAs that he would try to grant Rs 25 crore towards the development of roads in each of the Assembly constituencies of the state,” Deputy CM Govind M Karjol told reporters in Bengaluru.

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17:21 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Karnataka HC restrains felling of trees in Bengaluru park for MiG aircraft installation

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday passed an interim order against the cutting of trees inside Bengaluru’s National War Memorial park to make way for a MiG fighter plane installation.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka passed the interim order after it was brought to the court’s notice that the trust managing the park had cut down trees without Bengaluru’s civic body’s permission.

Last month, Bengaluru’s civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) issued a notification inviting objections to cut down as many as 120 eucalyptus trees in the park.

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16:33 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Karnataka: Denied smartphone, 16-year-old pushes brother into well, jumps in

Frustrated after his parents denied him a smartphone, a 16-year-old boy in Karnataka pushed his younger brother into a well and jumped in after him in Bhusanur village in Kalaburagi district. The police said the deceased were identified as Sunil Tulasiram Maratha, 16, and Shekhar, 12.

“Sunil was proficient in swimming, he had a tied a bag of stones to his waist before jumping into the well. His brother Shekha drowned as he did not know how to swim,” the police said.

The police added the teenager insisted he “wanted a mobile phone with a touchscreen but his parents did not approve”.

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15:02 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Bengaluru: 2 killed after bike crashes into JCB while attempting wheelies

Two youngsters died in an accident after they crashed into a JCB from behind while allegedly trying to perform wheelies on a busy road in Bengaluru.

According to the police, the incident took place on Doddaballapura-Yelahanka Road on Tuesday evening. The deceased have been identified as Syed Idayath (20), who worked as a car mechanic, and Arbaz (22), who owned a welding shop. Both are residents of Triveni Road, Yeshwantpur.

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14:28 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Former Karnataka CM Gundu Rao’s wife died succumbs to COVID-19

Former Chief Minister of Karnataka R. Gundu Rao’s wife Varalakshimi Gundu Rao passed away late on Tuesday night. She is also the Mother of senior Congress leader and MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao.

According to a Facebook post by her daughter-in-law Tabu Gundu Rao, Varalakhimi was suffering from COVID-19 and succumbed to it.

"Our strength, our guiding light always.. you really fought hard but covid took the better of you ! Your class , your pride for your son and your last day of spending time with your family will always leave the greatest memory . RIP Amma ... you will always be in our hearts," Tabu said in a post.

13:18 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Mangaluru Police launches ‘Operation Suraksha’ to tighten night vigil

To keep a check on serial offenders and miscreants at night, the Mangaluru City Police has launched ‘Operation Suraksha’.

Newly appointed city police Commissioner N Shashikumar said that as part of the new drive, unformed personnel will carry out an area domination exercise across the city to track and round up people moving around in dark and unlit areas.

“As many as 101 people were picked up from dark or unlit spaces in Mangaluru South and Barke police station areas. We had been getting complaints about some people consuming liquor in public places and creating a nuisance for law-abiding citizens. They were picked up and questioned on their antecedents. Their IDs were collected and verified. We let them go only after informing their family members and warning them against committing similar acts in future,” the commissioner said, adding that the initiative is expected to bring down the risk of untoward incidents and crimes in the wee hours.

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12:00 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Bengaluru: Man arrested on charges of raping 71-year-old neighbour

A 71-year-old woman in Bengaluru was allegedly raped by a 31-year-old man who broke into her house.

The accused, who has been arrested, is a neighbour of the woman. According to her complaint, on Saturday, she was taking a nap around 2.30 pm when the man entered her house by breaking the glass door.

“I heard the calling bell and found my neighbour on the first floor. When I asked him how he had entered my house, he told me the glass door had been broken, and he would get it repaired since he knows a carpenter. I went to the ground floor and found the door broken,” she told the police in her complaint.

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11:59 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Over 6.3 lakh health workers in Karnataka to get vaccine shot in first phase: Minister

Anticipating an early launch of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Tuesday said that over 6.3 lakh healthcare workers across the state have been identified to receive the vaccine in the first phase.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that a countrywide vaccination programme would be launched soon.

Sudhakar said the government is well-prepared to roll out the vaccination drive at the earliest. “As many as 2,73,211 health workers in government hospitals and another 3,57,313 in private healthcare facilities will be inoculated in the first phase,” he said.

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11:01 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Karnataka steps up surveillance following bird flu outbreak in neighbouring Kerala

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have stepped up surveillance and formed guidelines following the outbreak of the viral infection in neighbouring Kerala, where around 1,700 ducks have died due to the flu.

Bird flu is a highly infectious and severe respiratory disease in birds caused by the virus which can occasionally infect humans as well, although human-to-human transmission is unusual, according to the World Health Organisation. There is also no evidence, the WHO says, that the disease can spread to people through food prepared and cooked properly as the virus is sensitive to heat, and dies in cooking temperatures.

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09:39 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Over 700 UK returnees not tested: Karnataka HC seeks explanation from State govt

The High Court of Karnataka directed the State government to clarify why more than 700 of the 3,062 passengers who arrived in the state recently from the United Kingdom were not subjected to RT-PCR tests to detect coronavirus.

After going through written submissions filed by the state government, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar said, "The state government has to explain this discrepancy."

The Bench was hearing PIL petitions related to issues that have cropped up related to Covid-19 management in the state on Tuesday.

08:51 (IST)06 Jan 2021
CM to lay foundation stone for 'Anubhava Mantapa'

In a bid to recreate the historic 'Anubhava Mantapa' established in the 12 century by social reformer Basavanna, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will lay the foundation stone for a monumental project in Basavakalyan in Bidar district on Wednesday.

"This Rs 500 crore project will showcase to the entire world the divine teachings of the reformist saint and help in resurgence of the values of Sri Basavanna," Yediyurappa said ahead of the ceremony.

As per the government's plan, the project includes various features such as a tower in the form of a large linga, a state-of-the-art robotics system, open-air theatre, terrace gardens, and Dasoha Bhavan among others in the area spanning across 7.5 acres.

08:43 (IST)06 Jan 2021
PM Modi: Working to boost gas connectivity at an unprecedented level

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated GAIL’s 450-km Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline, with a capacity to transport 12 million standard cubic meters of natural gas per day.

Constructed at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore, he said the pipeline is part of the government’s One Nation One Gas Grid programme, aimed at boosting the share of natural gas in India’s primary energy basket from 6.3 per cent currently to 15 per cent by 2030.

The pipeline would reduce energy costs for the poor, middle class and industry, help supply gas to city gas distribution systems, boost development of CNG transportation in many cities, supply low-cost energy to fertiliser, chemical and petrochemical plants beside reducing pollution in both Kerala and Karnataka, Modi said.

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08:42 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Karnataka puts districts bordering Kerala on alert over bird flu

After the Kerala government declared the outbreak of bird flu (H5N8) in two southern districts as a state disaster, Karnataka has put four bordering districts on high alert.

The Karnataka government has issued a general alert to all deputy commissioners and put Dakshina Kannada, Mysuru, Kodagu and Udupi districts on high alert.

The Kodagu district administration established checkposts in the border areas of Kutta, Makutta and Karike for screening poultry birds and products arriving from the Kerala besides sanitising the transport vehicles as a precautionary measure.

08:42 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Bengaluru: Fire breaks out at battery factory, no casualties reported

A huge fire broke out in a battery manufacturing unit in Harohalli industrial area on Kanakapura Road in Bengaluru Tuesday evening after which 80 employees were evacuated safely.

According to fire officials at the spot, no injuries or casualties were reported. "Around 20 fire tenders were rushed to the spot at around 6.20 pm. However, most parts of the factory and two others adjacent to the unit had been damaged by then," they said.

Officials suspect a short circuit could have sparked the blaze, but are yet to ascertain the source of the flames.

08:30 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Karnataka promulgates anti-cow slaughter ordinance

Karnataka on Tuesday promulgated the anti-cow slaughter ordinance that provides for punishment for killing of cattle and offers protection to those “acting in good faith” to save them, as the bill to this effect is yet to be cleared by the Legislative Council.

The state cabinet had last week decided to promulgate the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Ordinance- 2020, which has now received the Governor’s assent.

Under the ordinance, slaughter of cattle will lead to imprisonment of up to 3 to 7 years and a fine ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh, and subsequent offences will attract imprisonment of up to seven years and a fine from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.

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08:29 (IST)06 Jan 2021
Covid-19: Karnataka reports 815 new cases, 393 in Bengaluru alone

As many as 825 more people contracted coronavirus infection in Karnataka on Tuesday, while 1377 others recovered from the infection. Of these, 393 new cases and 931 discharges were reported from Bengaluru alone. The number of active cases further dropped to 9637 (6147 in Bengaluru).

Meanwhile, Health Minister K Sudhakar said that three more people who returned from the United Kingdom tested positive for the mutant strain of coronavirus, as the total rose to ten in the state. He added, "75 people who returned from the UK were yet to be traced and the Home Department and the city corporation authorities have assured to locate them soon."

At the same time, 1,23,067 samples were tested (including 11,445 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests) across the state. Other districts that reported the most cases on January 5 were Mysuru (57), Dakshina Kannada (44), Hassan (33), and Chikkaballapura (29 each).

Under the ordinance, slaughter of cattle will lead to imprisonment of up to 3 to 7 years and a fine ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh, and subsequent offences will attract imprisonment of up to seven years and a fine from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. (Picture for representation)

Meanwhile, Karnataka on Tuesday promulgated the anti-cow slaughter ordinance that provides for punishment for killing of cattle and offers protection to those “acting in good faith” to save them, as the bill to this effect is yet to be cleared by the Legislative Council.

Also Read | Karnataka promulgates anti-cow slaughter ordinance

At the same time, monthly meetings across various decentralised levels, setting up a war room, and issuing identity cards to members are among the major plans envisioned by Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy to nurture his party from the cadre-level, which, he said, will be put into practice from the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti.

Also Read | Kumaraswamy planning to restructure JD(S) ahead of 2023 Karnataka assembly polls

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