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Karnataka Bengaluru November 27 Highlights: Mysore University to set up SPB study chair

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 27 Highlights: The Covid-19 positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours, as on Thursday, was noted to be 1.25 per cent.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 30, 2020 8:14:19 am
balasubrahmanyamSP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on September 25, 2020. (Source: ispbofficial/Instagram)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News November 27 Highlights: In a bid to pay tribute and to recognise works and contributions made by legendary singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, the University of Mysore (UoM) has announced a study chair in the late artiste’s name.

According to UoM officials, noted music director Hamsalekha has agreed to be part of the chair as a visiting faculty. “Rs 5 lakh has been set aside to set up the S P Balasubrahmanyam study chair. This will be used to conduct seminars, workshops, and lectures. Apart from this research will also be taken up in this regard besides holding cultural programmes,” a syndicate member said.

The Covid-19 positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours, as on Thursday, was noted to be 1.25 per cent as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services. While 1505 more people contracted the infection, 1067 people recovered from the infection across the state. Of these, 844 new cases and 367 discharges were reported from Bengaluru alone as the total tally in the city since March 8 rose to over 3.67 lakh.

Meanwhile, active cases in Karnataka dropped further to 25,316. At the same time, 1,20,398 samples were tested (including 17,990 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests) across the state. Other districts that reported the most cases on November 18 were Mysuru (101), Dakshina Kannada (57), Hassan (51),and Tumkur (38). The death toll rose to 11,726 as 12 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic on Thursday.

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18:28 (IST)27 Nov 2020
After weekend traffic ban on Church Street, DULT to extend initiative to other roads

After the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) banned traffic on Bengaluru's popular road Church Street during weekends, for five months, under the ‘Clean Air Street’ initiative, now DULT is planning to expand it to other major roads of the city.

Next road on the card is to ban traffic on Gandhi Bazaar, a busy market area in Basavanagudi. Making Gandhi Bazar area a pedestrian-friendly road the DULT has consulted with the GIZ, a German-based company to design the initiative similar to Church Street.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, V Manjula, Commissioner, DULT said in a phased manner we are planning to extend the  ‘Clean Air Street’ initiative to roads in the city. We are conducting a quantitative and qualitative impact assessment study of Church Street and after its success we will extend the initiative to other parts of the city.”

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18:16 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Karnataka cabinet meeting: OBC status to Veerashaiva-Lingayats postponed to next Cabinet meet

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa conducted a meeting of his cabinet and party MPs on Friday in Bengaluru.

After meeting,Yediyurappa said that he would travel to New Delhi before finalising the decision on including Veerashaiva-Lingayats in the Other Backward Classes list and postponed the discussion on OBC status to Veerashaiva-Lingayats to next cabinet meeting.

On cabinet expansion, Yediyurappa said that it will take place in 2-3 days.

18:08 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: CCB nab four for illegal gambling, seize Rs 20 lakh

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru City Police arrested four men from the city for their alleged involvement in betting on horse racing and gambling.

According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil, cash worth Rs 20,06,000. as cash and seven mobile phones used for the same were seized from the accused. "CCB sleuths had raided a building at RPC Layout under Vijayapura police station limits based on a tip-off. The gang comprising four accused were found to be illegally collecting money from the public to use for horse race gambling," Patil said.

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17:46 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Belagavi: Police detain pro-Kannada Vatal Nagaraj

Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Party leader and pro-Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj and other activists were detained by the Belagavi City Police on the Pune-Bengaluru national highway on Friday. According to police they were on their way to stage a protest in front of Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi opposing the formation of Maratha Development Corporation by CM Yediyurappa led BJP government recently.

Recently, Vatal Nagraj gave a call for Karnataka bandh on December 5 condemning the state government’s decision to form Maratha Development Authority.

The Karnataka government recently announced setting up a Maratha development board, with a fund of Rs 50 crore. The move to constitute a separate board for Marathi-speaking people has sparked protests among pro-Kannada groups, who have given a call for a Karnataka bandh on December 5, on account of opposition to neighbouring Maharashtra’s claims on border regions of Karnataka, which have large Marathi-speaking populations.

After a Cabinet meeting on November 18, state Law Minister J C Madhuswamy said, “The Cabinet has approved the creation of the Maratha Development Board and it has been decided in principle to create a Lingayat Veerashaiva Development Board.”

17:45 (IST)27 Nov 2020
South Western Railway extends operation of reservation counters

In a bid to facilitate reservations for Festival Special trains, the South Western Railway has decided to extend operations of PRS (Computerized Passenger Reservation System) centres at seven locations in the Bengaluru Division.

According to SWR officials, the counters operate at Banashankari BDA Complex, Koramangala BDA Complex, Jayanagar Shopping Complex, and BG Nagar railway station (Mandya) from 8 am to 8 pm on normal days and from 8 am to 2 pm on Sundays and public holidays.

Meanwhile, PRS counters at Majilis-e-Millia Islamia Building, NR Road, KSSIDC Complex in Electronic City, and APSRTC Bus Stand, Puttaparthy will operate from 8 am to 2 pm on all days. Earlier, it was notified that these counters will operate only upto November 30.

16:18 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Bengaluru airport claims to collect over 500 kg restricted items per week

The Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru Friday stated it has witnessed an increase in the collection of prohibited goods, including hand tools, blades, lighters, coconuts, toy guns, ghee packets and spices over the last few months.

According to a spokesperson, the security team at BLR Airport receives an average of over 500 Kgs of prohibited articles each week. These items are confiscated by the CISF at the security screening area. "Passengers are unaware of the prohibited objects which potentially impacts the security frisking process, resulting in delays due to the manual examination of such baggage," a BIAL spokesperson said.

15:45 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Form development authority for Tulu & Kodava languages: Congress MLC B K Hariprasad

Senior Congress leader and MLC B K Hariprasad on Friday said that the Karnataka government should form a development authority for the Tulu and Kodava languages.

Speaking to reporters at Dakshina Kannada district Congress office, Hariprasad said, "People from both Tulu and Kodava speaking regions have contributed to the development of the state. Thus, the state government should form development authorities for these two languages and they have also accepted Kannada as the official language.”

The reaction comes days after the formation of the Maratha Development Authority and including Veerashaiva-Lingayat in the Other Backward Classes (OBC). Suggesting CM BS Yediyurappa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi he said that the reservations should be provided on the basis of population and not the basis of caste.

15:09 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Weather update: Rain likely in some areas in Bengaluru

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Friday predicted rain in some areas of Bengaluru on Friday and Saturday.

According to C.S. Patil, IMD Director (Weather Forecast), the city is likely to experience cloudy sky generally. "While rains are very likely in some areas, fog or mist is also likely during early morning hours in Bengaluru," he said.

15:06 (IST)27 Nov 2020
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa inaugurates new forensic lab building

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Friday inaugurated the new building of the Directorate of Forensic Laboratories in Bengaluru. Accompanied by Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, senior legislator Ramalinga Reddy and DG&IGP Praveen Sood, the CM also inspected the new state-of-the-art facilities installed within the premises.

12:04 (IST)27 Nov 2020
IMA Scam: Arrested Ex- MLA Roshan Baig shifted to private hospital

Former MLA Roshan Baig, who was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) on Sunday in connection with the Rs 4,000 crore ponzi scheme, was admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Roshan Baig, who was remanded in CBI custody till November 28 was lodged in Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, according to sources he was being treated by the jail doctors and later the doctor sought the medical opinion of cardiologists at Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and shifted him to hospital.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Dr C.N Manjunath, director of the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research in Bengaluru confirmed that Baig has been admitted to hospital for treatment since he is a known case of heart disease.

“In 2016, he had undergone an angiogram and that shows blood vessel blockages and he was on medication and now again is being admitted for evaluation to hospital and will undergo angiogram again to check the status of his blood vessels,” Dr C.N Manjunath said.

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12:04 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Hospet picked as Vijayanagar's district headquarters

The Karnataka cabinet Friday approved Hospet at the headquarters of the newly proposed Vijayanagar district, the 31st in the state.

Further, the boundaries of the newly-carved district were also finalised. "Six taluks including Hospet, Harappanahalli, Hoovinahadagali, Hagari Bommanahalli, Kotturu, and Kudligi would be the part of Vijayanagar District. The remaining taluks will be the part of Bellary District," a statement issued by the cabinet confirmed.

11:08 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Mysore University to set up SPB study chair

In a bid to pay tribute and to recognise works and contributions made by legendary singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, the University of Mysore (UoM) has announced a study chair in the late artiste's name.

According to UoM officials, noted music director Hamsalekha has agreed to be part of the chair as a visiting faculty. "Rs 5 lakh has been set aside to set up the S P Balasubrahmanyam study chair. This will be used to conduct seminars, workshops, and lectures. Apart from this research will also be taken up in this regard besides holding cultural programmes," a syndicate member said.

10:48 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Minor fire accident at Chord Road, Rajaji Nagar

Minor fire accident reported in Chord road service road in Rajaji Nagar on Friday morning.

Fortunately, no casualties were reported. Sanjeev M Patil DCP(West) said that the incident was reported in a wood carving shop in Chord road and no one was injured in the incident. Fire has been put out.”

10:15 (IST)27 Nov 2020
BBMP to conduct survey of manual scavengers

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to take up a re-survey of manual scavengers in five zones of the city.

According to BBMP, as per a survey conducted in May 2013, 201 manual scavengers were identified. Compensation of Rs40,000 from the Centre had been given to 71 people.

“Documents had been collected from the remaining 130 manual scavengers and submitted to the Centre for compensation. Another survey was taken up in Rajarajeshwarinagar, Mahadevapura, South, West and East zones where 1,139 manual scavengers were identified,” BBMP said in a release.

10:14 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: Winter, pandemic situation trigger seizures in epileptic patients

As days get chilly during winter in Bengaluru, especially past Mid-November till January end, doctors in the city warn of an increase in seizures in epileptic patients, calling for better attention and care to them. Doctors say they have observed a 10 per cent increase in such cases in the last few weeks, even as they deny any direct link between epilepsy and winter.

According to neurologist Dr Veena Vedartham of Manipal Hospitals (Old Airport Road), it has been noted in her patients and from various studies that sunlight plays an important role in reducing seizures. 'Unstable weather conditions especially during winter season where the sunlight is less has been associated with an increase in abnormal electric discharges on EEG (investigation which reads ongoing electrical activity in the brain) and subsequently more seizures during this season,' she told Indianexpress.com.

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09:23 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Cyclone Nivar: Temperature drops in Bengaluru after rain

Heavy rainfall lashed eastern and southeastern Bengaluru on Thursday and most of the other areas received light to moderate showers due the impact of cyclone Nivar. The rain has brought down the temperature in the city

According to KSNDMC, Bommanahalli and Mahadevapura zones received more than 29 mm of rainfall. RR Nagar and Dasarahalli zones received 5-10 mm of rain.

Varthur received 29 mm of rain Begur, Indiranagar, HSR Layout, Marathahalli, Bellandur, Indiranagar, Doddanekkundi and Yelahanka received between 18 mm to 25 mm of rainfall. Banashankari, Yelahanka, parts of Basavanagudi, Jayanagar and Mysuru Road received light showers.

The India Meteorological Department had sounded a yellow alert in Bengaluru Urban and Rural, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Tumakuru, Mandya, and Ramanagara districts of Karnataka on November 26. "These districts are very likely to experience isolated heavy rainfall on November 26," C S Patil, IMD Bengaluru Director said.

South Interior Karnataka was expected to experience rainfall on November 26 and light to moderate scattered rainfall on November 27. North Interior Karnataka is very likely to experience isolated rainfall on 27 and 28 Nov, IMD said. Coastal Karnataka will experience isolated rainfall on November 27 and 28. “Bengaluru is very likely to experience rain on November 26 and 27,” Patil added.

09:22 (IST)27 Nov 2020
New Vijayanagara: CM lays foundation stone for water, irrigiation projects

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Thursday remotely laid foundation stone for drinking water and irrigation projects in the proposed new Vijayanagara district, estimated to cost around Rs 242.35 crore.

The projects will be carried out in the Vijayanagara assembly constituency, represented by Forest Minister Anand Singh. As per the project proposal, drinking water will be lifted from the Tungabhadra river and will be supplied to Papinayakanahalli and ten other villages. 23 tanks in the area will also be filled.

"The government has put irrigation and drinking water projects on high priority. Even the pandemic has not affected our way of taking up development projects. We work for the all-round development of our people," CM Yediyurappa said in a video conference from Bengaluru, during the ceremony.

09:01 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Power supply to be hit on November 27 & 28

Few areas in Bengaluru city will witness power cuts on Friday and Saturday.

According to Bescom, there will be no power supply in Vivekananda Nagar, Srinivasanagar, Kathriguppe East, CK Achukattu, Kathriguppe Main Road, ITI Layout, Vidyapeeta Circle and surrounding areas, from 10 am to 5.30 pm on Friday and on Saturday, Hosakerehalli, Mookambika Nagar 7th Block, Banashankari Stage 3, Venkatappa Layout, Dattatreya Nagar and surrounding areas will not have power supply from 10 am to 5.30 pm.

08:58 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Dharwad: Accused on the run after attacking Bengaluru police

As many as five police officers from Bengaluru were allegedly attacked by a mob in Dharwad during an attempt to arrest an Irani gang which was accused of various theft cases reported in Kamakshipalya and Magadi Road in the city.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sanjeev M Patil, the suspects ganged up with others at the spot attacked the police while they were about to be taken to the local police station. "During the attack, Kamakshipalya sub-inspector Santosh sustained minor injuries. Ravi Kumar, Magadi Road assistant sub-inspector and three others were also among the police personnel who were attacked," he said.

The incident took place near Hanuman temple on Line Bazar Road. While five members of the gang managed to escape after the attack, the police nabbed one person among them, identified as Bilal. An investigation is on to nab the others, police confirmed.

08:38 (IST)27 Nov 2020
Bengaluru picked among pioneer cities for WEF programme

Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) has picked Bengaluru among four Indian cities for a programme which aims to pioneer a new global policy roadmap for smart cities developed by the G20 GlobalSmart Cities Alliance.

According to WEF, the "pioneer cities" will adopt policies for privacy protection, better broadband coverage, accountability for cybersecurity, increased openness of city data, and better accessibility to digital city services for disabled and elderly people.

Confirming the same, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said privacy documents will be drafted through best practices from across the globe, benefitting from the programme. "As we possess a lot of data about the city, we can learn how to use this for the benefit of citizens without compromising on privacy," he said.

While Faridabad, Hyderabad and Indore are the other Indian cities picked for the programme, the list features 32 cities across 21 other countries and six continents.

BBMP, Gaurav Gupta, P C Mohan, Avenue Road BBMP Administrator Gaurav Gupta and Bangalore Central Lok Sabha MP P C Mohan inspected the ongoing development works carried out by the civic body at Avenue Road and surrounding areas in the city.

Meanwhile, as days get chilly during winter in Bengaluru, especially past Mid-November till January end, doctors in the city warn of an increase in seizures in epileptic patients, calling for better attention and care to them. Doctors say they have observed a 10 per cent increase in such cases in the last few weeks, even as they deny any direct link between epilepsy and winter.

READ | Bengaluru: Winter, pandemic situation trigger seizures in epileptic patients

At the same time, gifting a sigh of relief to traders in and around Avenue Road, Chickpet, Akkipet, Mamulpet and surrounding areas, Bengaluru's local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has promised restoration of roads soon.

READ | Bengaluru: BBMP promises quick restoration of Avenue Road, nearby areas

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