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Karnataka Bengaluru News October 28 Highlights: Hike in polling percentage at Northeast Teachers Constituency

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 28 Highlights: Masks are mandatory for those travelling in four-wheelers irrespective of them driving alone or with windows closed. A single rider on a two-wheeler without a pillion rider is also required to wear a mask at all times.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 29, 2020 8:13:40 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 28 Highlights: Bengaluru’s local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Tuesday issued new guidelines specifying the use of masks in different circumstances in a bid to contain the ongoing coronavirus pandemic situation.

The order clarified that masks are mandatory for those travelling in four-wheelers irrespective of them driving alone or with windows closed. At the same time, a single rider on a two-wheeler without a pillion rider is also required to wear a mask at all times.

However, children below the age of five have been exempted from wearing masks citing difficulties faced by them to do so.

Meanwhile, the total number of Covid-19 tests that took place in Karnataka recorded a steep drop on Tuesday with only 66,701 samples being tested across the state, also indicating the lowest daily test count this month. Before this, the least number of samples tested in a day was on October 5, when the count was 67,303.

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18:31 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Wheeling menace: Bengaluru police to bind defaulters over CrPc provisions

In a bid to curb the rampant problem of drag race/wheeling in Bengaluru, the city police has begun making defaulters sign bonds of huge sums, to the amount of Rs 2 lakh, with several such cases seeing a spike recently.

Further, City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said culprits such bonds will be made under the legal provisions of CrPC, "in order to ensure not to breach public peace."

He added, "If they default, they would be imprisoned and the said amount will be forfeited. Action would also be initiated against garage owners, mechanics who alter the vehicles."

18:14 (IST)28 Oct 2020
NIA conducts search op at Bengaluru researcher house, across 10 locations in J&K

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday conducted searches at the residence of an independent researcher in Bengaluru. According to a statement by NIA, the residence of Swati Seshadri was searched and several incriminating documents and electronic devices have been seized.

Simultaneously, the raids were also conducted by the NIA in ten locations of Jammu and Kashmir. “NIA conducted searches at ten locations in Srinagar and Bandipora in Jammu and Kashmir and one location in Bengaluru in connection with a case pertaining to certain so-called NGOs and Trusts raising funds in India and abroad in the name of charitable activities and then using those funds for carrying out secessionist and separatist activities in Jammu and Kashmir,” NIA said in a statement.

According to NIA, the raids were conducted in connection with a case registered by the agency on 8 October this year. “On receipt of credible information that certain NGOs and Trusts are collecting funds domestically and abroad through so-called donations and business contributions etc. and are then utilizing these funds for secessionist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir,” NIA added.

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18:13 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Karnataka: 60 personalities, 5 organisations to be conferred with Rajyotsava Prashasti on Nov 7

The Karnataka government Wednesday announced that 65 awardees, including personalities and organisations, will be conferred with the coveted Rajyotsava Prashasti (Award), which is the second-highest civilian honour of the state.

Kannada and Culture Minister C T Ravi said, “The total number of participants for the event will be under 200 due to the Covid-19 restrictions and the event will be held in a simple manner.”

The awards are usually presented by the Chief Minister on November 1, on the occasion of the state government’s official celebration of Karnataka Rajyotsava. However, the award ceremony will take place on November 7 this year with CM B S Yediyurappa distributing the awards at Ravindra Kalakshetra in the city, Minister Ravi added.

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17:32 (IST)28 Oct 2020
South Western Railways receives ISO certificate for 5 railway stations

South Western Railways (SWR) on Wednesday received ISO 14001:2015 certificates for Kuppam, Channapatna, Mandya, Hindupur and Malur Railway Stations

Ashok Kumar Verma, Divisional Railway Manager, Bengaluru, received ISO 14001:2015 certificates in Divisional Railway Manager’s Office, Bengaluru.

M/s Quest Certification, Chennai, have awarded Certificates to these Stations after due processes and documentation with regard to provision of Services for Train Operation, Signal and Telecommunication, Station Maintenance, Passenger Ticket Booking, Provision of Public Utilities and other Amenities and Handling of Parcels.

“With this, all the 17 Railway Stations of Bengaluru Division in the category NSG1 to NSG4 have got ISO 14001:2015 certificate. There are 132 Stations in Bengaluru Division of South Western Railway. This will help South Western Railway to get better grade in the next round of QCI (Quality Council of India) ranking which will be given to Railway Stations for cleanliness standards,” SWR said in a statement.

17:12 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Air Marshal RD Mathur, visits Airforce School in Bengaluru

Air Marshal RD Mathur, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training command, Indian Airforce visited Airforce School, Jalahalli on Wednesday.

“On arrival, he was received by Air Commodore Charles Andrews, Air Officer Commanding, AFS Jalahalli who apprised him about various training activities being conducted,” Defence Bengaluru said in a release.

According to Airforce, Air Marshal met senior faculty members who briefed him on various aspects of training. He lauded their focused efforts with precautions against COVID-19. In his interaction, he emphasized need to gain competence in handling high end systems so that IAF retains the combat edge.

16:51 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Railways launches Meri Saheli initiative in Bengaluru trains

To ensure the safety of women passengers on trains, the Bengaluru unit of the Railway Protection Force extended its safety initiative ‘Meri Saheli’ aimed at the protection of women on board trains.

The initiative has been launched by the Railway Protection Force (RPF). According to the Railway Ministry, the “Meri Saheli” initiative is aimed to instil a sense of security among women railway passengers and respond effectively to any security-related issue faced or seen by them while travelling by trains.

The railways said that other than providing safety and security to women railway passengers, this will also provide mental peace and a comfortable train travelling experience.

15:32 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Festival special: SWR to operate trains on Tirupati-Kohlapur route

In a bid to facilitate travel for devotees and interstate travellers during the ongoing festival season, the South Western Railway has decided to run trains in both directions between Tirupati and Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus Kolhapur in Maharashtra.

In the onward direction, Train No. 07415 will depart daily from Tirupati at 21.00 hrs and arrive Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus Kolhapur at 16.35 hrs on the next day from October 28 to November 16.

Meanwhile, in the return direction, Train No. 07416 will depart daily from Kolhapur at 11.30 hrs to arrive in Tirupati at 08.00 hrs on the next day from October 30 to November 18.

"With notification of the above two trains, a total of 64 festival special trains will be run by SWR to various destinations," a statement issued on Wednesday read.

15:29 (IST)28 Oct 2020
College of Fisheries in Mangaluru seeks University tag

The Fisheries College in Mangaluru has submitted a proposal to be upgraded to Karnataka Fisheries University.

Karnataka Fisheries Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary held a review meeting in college premises to discuss the proposal. According to the Fisheries College Dean Dr Senthil Vel if the proposal is accepted by the government then a separate fisheries university will come into existence in the state.

Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have separate fisheries universities at present. College of Fisheries, Mangaluru, celebrated the golden jubilee of its inception last year.

13:29 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Karnataka Legislative Council polls: Hike in polling percentage at Northeast Teachers Constituency

Elections to four seats of the Karnataka Legislative Council are in progress. The polling percentage until 12 noon is as follows:

  • North East Teachers(Kalaburgi): 36.49%
  • Bangalore Teachers: 32%
  • Southeast Graduates(Bengaluru): 24%
  • West Graduates (Belagavi): 24.89%
11:19 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Karnataka Legislative Council polls: Bangalore Teachers constituency records most polling in first 2 hours

With the Karnataka Legislative Council elections underway, polling percentage from 8 am to 10 am is as follows:

  • North East Teachers (Kalaburgi): 8.34%
  • Bangalore Teachers: 10%
  • Southeast Graduates (Bengaluru): 7%
  • West Graduates (Belagavi): 7.49%
11:18 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: Lab technician, ASHA worker suspended for issuing ‘false’ Covid-19 reports

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Tuesday suspended a lab technician and an ASHA worker for allegedly issuing false Covid-19 negative reports at a hospital in Bengaluru.

Confirming the same, Sudhakar said he was apprised of the situation by various media reports that emerged recently pointing out the irregularities at Pobbathi Maternity Hospital at V V Puram in the city.

“A team of health officers led by the jurisdictional BBMP Joint Commissioner was sent to the hospital for inspection immediately, after which the irregularities were found to be confirmed. An FIR will be registered against the lab technician who was on contract and the ASHA worker who were issuing negative Covid-19 reports,” the Minister said.

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10:57 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Mangaluru: Restrictions during Eid celebrations

The Dakshina Kannada district administration has banned the public celebration of Eid Milad festivities scheduled for October 29 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy Commissioner Dr Rajendra K V has banned mass procession and large gatherings in open places on October 29. Prayers should be offered in masjids and dargahs by adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines and maintaining social distance and wearing a mask is mandatory, Rajendra said.

People who are above 60 years and below 10 years should stay at home and observe the festival. Sanitisers or soaps to wash hands should be provided at the entrance of the masjids. Mass prayers and discourses in open places will not be permitted, he added.

10:20 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Karnataka: Burglars who used Google maps to target houses in Belgavi arrested

The Karnataka police on Monday arrested two inter-state thieves from Maharashtra who used Google Maps to target houses in Belgavi. Ornaments worth Rs 28.08 lakhs and a car worth Rs 11.50 lakhs were seized from them.

The arrested are identified as Prasanth Karoshi from Ispurali village in Karaveera taluk of Kolhapur district and Avinash Adavakar from Damane village in Ajara taluk.

According to Belagavi police, the two would plan the robbery while sitting in Maharashtra. Using google maps, the duo would finalise a house in Belagavi and later observe it for a few days.

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09:27 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Karnataka may get Covid vaccine by early 2021: Health Minister

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Tuesday claimed that the state is likely to get Covid-19 vaccines in early 2021. “There are all possibilities to get Covid-19 vaccines at the beginning of 2021 itself,” he said after a meeting in Bengaluru with officials of the Astra Zeneca company, involved in research and trial of Covid vaccines.

“The first phase trial of the vaccine developed by Oxford/AstraZeneca has been completed in collaboration with the Serum Institute of India (Pune) and has shown encouraging results. While the first trial was conducted in 56 people, the second and third phase trials will have 1600 participants,” Sudhakar added.

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09:02 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Legislative council polls today, 40 candidates in fray for 4 seats

With polling for the biennial Legislative Council elections underway on Wednesday, the state is witnessing its first election amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The polls are on to find elected representatives of four seats, the Karnataka Southeast Graduates, Karnataka West Graduates, Karnataka Northeast Teachers and Bangalore Teachers constituencies, in the 75-memeber Council. A total of 40 candidates are in fray for the polls, which had to take place before June 30, but were delayed because of the pandemic situation.

While 2,34,718 voters will cast their votes today, arrangements have been made at 549 polling stations. The counting of votes is scheduled to take place on November 2, a day before the polling date decided by the Election Commission for byelections to RR Nagar and Sira assembly constituencies.

08:53 (IST)28 Oct 2020
CM B S Yediyurappa distributes books to three kids

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday distributed books to three children, who had lost their textbooks and notebooks after flood water entered their houses in Hosakerehalli, South Bengaluru, on Friday night.

Yediyurappa invited them to his home and handed over notebooks, besides giving Rs 5,000 to each of them to purchase textbooks.

According to the Chief Minister’s office, Yeddyurappa interacted with Sanjana, Spandana and Ramesh and told them to focus on studies. On Friday night after heavy rain in Bengaluru, several areas in the city were hit by floods. The Chief Minister had inspected the areas on Saturday morning and directed officials to immediately provide financial assistance of Rs 25,000 to families affected by the floods.

08:28 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Bengaluru airport to upgrade parking system

The automated parking system at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is being upgraded from October 27 to 29, airport authorities said.

"The automated parking system at the Bengaluru airport is being upgraded from October 27 to 29. During this time, P4 parking will be operated manually. Please plan your travel accordingly," Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), said.

For assistance, passengers can contact the airport team on 9538882020. Bengaluru Airport Parking is located about 100 to 200 m to the terminal.

08:22 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: Seven cops caught gambling, suspended with inquiry underway

The Bengaluru City Police, in its continued efforts to crack down on gambling, recently arrested seven cops during a raid conducted at a hotel in the city. According to the police, the incident took place at a hotel in JP Nagar within the limits of Puttenahalli police station, when the cops were allegedly caught gambling with Rs 54,540 in cash.

"Seven out of the total nine arrested from the spot were police personnel working in different police stations across the city. An FIR has been filed against the accused under relevant sections of the Karnataka Police Act. They have been suspended pending an inquiry," an officer from Puttenahalli police station said.

However, a preliminary investigation has found that the gambling was as part of a card game and did not involve any betting related to the ongoing Indian Premier League.

08:21 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Four-tier committees to enforce rules on masks, social-distancing

Days after the Karnataka High Court directed the state government to constitute dedicated teams to monitor enforcement of rules with respect to wearing masks and ensuring social-distancing, especially in Bengaluru, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Tuesday issued a notification setting up monitoring committees at four levels.

According to BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, the committees will be in charge of strict enforcement of these rules. As per the order, three-member committees, at the ward level, led by Assistant Engineers will be in charge to note violations by citizens regarding usage of masks and maintaining social distance. The team will also levy penalty from the violators.

Meanwhile, a team led by an Executive Engineer which includes a medical officer and a senior police officer will be in charge to review the functioning of the ward-level committee every week.

At the zonal level, a five-member committee comprising Joint Commissioner, Chief Engineer, Health Officer, Zonal Marshal Supervisor, and a senior police officer nominated by the City Police Commissioner will review reports received by the Divisional Committee regarding enforcement by Ward Committees.

Further, at the head office level, an eight-member committee will meet once per week to review the enforcement in the entire city. The committees at each level are required to send a detailed report to their superiors, specifying details of the action taken to comply with the order.

08:19 (IST)28 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: BBMP clarifies regulations on when to wear masks

Bengaluru's local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Tuesday issued new guidelines specifying the use of masks in different circumstances in a bid to contain the ongoing coronavirus pandemic situation.

The order clarified that masks are mandatory for those travelling in four-wheelers irrespective of them driving alone or with windows closed. At the same time, a single rider on a two-wheeler without a pillion rider is also required to wear a mask at all times.

Other instances when a mask is must include while being at: office/workplaces, social gatherings (marriage, ceremonies, funerals, etc.), all forms of public transport, crowded areas (bus stands, railway stations, etc.), malls/market/shops. 

While facemasks should be used at all times by service givers at hotels, restaurants, salons, spas, and barber shops, the same can be removed by the customers while availing the service, according to the new guidelines. At the same time, usage of facemasks is mandatory for those visiting stadiums and sports complexes as spectators, at schools, colleges, cinema halls, amusement parks, relief camps, and public toilets as well.

The order includes clarification in regulations after the BBMP Commissioner sought clarifications from the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee on the usage of masks. Further, it also clarifies that specific types of masks are mandatory for certain categories. Three-layered medical masks are required to be used by those infected with Covid-19 and caregivers for home care.

covid-19 in mumbai, kasturba gandhi lab testing, mumbai testing, bmc, mumbai covid cases, mumbai covid test, mumbai covidb testing, indian express news In the wake of the incident, Sudhakar said strict regulations would be introduced to rectify loopholes in the functioning of the system in place. Express Photo: Amit Chakravarthy

Meanwhile, Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Tuesday suspended a lab technician and an ASHA worker for allegedly issuing false Covid-19 negative reports at a hospital in Bengaluru.

READ | Bengaluru: Lab technician, ASHA worker suspended for issuing ‘false’ Covid-19 reports

At the same time, the Bengaluru Traffic Police collected Rs 3,63,07,300 from violators for not following traffic rules in the city last week.

According to statistics shared by B R Ravikanthe Gowda, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) these fines were collected by personnel on duty between October 19 and 25.

Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Find your nearest fever clinic and testing Covid-19 facility here | 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

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 27 Highlights