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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 30 Highlights: Bengaluru reports 54% of new Covid-19 cases reported in Karnataka

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 30 Highlights: To date, 77,01,031 Covid-19 tests have been done in the state, as per statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 2, 2020 8:20:31 am
maharashtra coronavirus latest updates, maharashtra covid cases, covid case demographics maharashtra, covid data maharashtra, indian expressMore people recovered from the coronavirus infection disease than those who fell ill for 14 consecutive days in Karnataka, as the Covid-19 positivity rate in the last 24 hours was recorded at 3.99 per cent. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News October 30 Highlights: Bengaluru reported over 54 per cent of the new 4025 Covid-19 cases reported across Karnataka on Thursday as the total tally in the city since March 8 rose to over 3.33 lakh. While 2175 more people contracted the infection, 4378 others recovered from the same in the city. The number of discharges across the state, at the same time, was 7661.

Meanwhile, more people recovered from the coronavirus infection disease than those who fell ill for 14 consecutive days in Karnataka, as the Covid-19 positivity rate in the last 24 hours was recorded at 3.99 per cent.

At the same time, the number of tests conducted across the state rose to 1,00,683 after three days of lesser testing than usual since Monday. To date, 77,01,031 Covid-19 tests have been done in the state, as per statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

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18:38 (IST)30 Oct 2020
BBMP to concentrate on filling potholes in major roads

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) senior officials on Friday conducted review meeting regarding the potholes in the major roads across the city.

The meeting headed by BBMP administrator Gaurav Gupta and BBMP commissioner N Manjunath Prasad discussed to tackle the pothole issues on roads and directed to immediately repair the roads across the city.

Gaurav Gupta instructed the officials to use BBMP’s newly built asphalt mix plant at Kannur village, which is around 20 km from the city. The plant was recently inaugurated, has the capacity to manufacture around 100 to 120 tonnes of hot mix per hour. Officials said that around 40 tractor loads of asphalt mix could be dispatched from the plant per day. To transport the asphalt hot mix to different parts of the city, there are two dedicated vehicles.

The plant has been set up on around four acres of land owned by the BBMP. “The BBMP has spent nearly Rs. 7.5 crore on setting up the plant,” said chief engineer of the road infrastructure division, Prahlad. 

18:35 (IST)30 Oct 2020
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa takes part in bypoll campaigns at Sira

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Friday took part in the campaigning event at Sira assemby segment in Tumkur. According to the party sources, he will take part in the campaigns at RR Nagar in Bengaluru on Saturday. The polls are scheduled to be held on November 3.

18:25 (IST)30 Oct 2020
In new order, Karnataka prohibits govt servants to act in movies, TV serials

The Karnataka government has recently issued an order prohibiting its government servants from acting in movies and TV serials and even writing books.

The draft of the Karnataka State Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 2020, states that government employees should not act in movies, television serials, publishing books, and also should not criticise the policies of State government, Union governments and any state governments.

According to the order by the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) notified on October 27, government employees should seek the permission of prescribed authority to write any book, to act in movies and TV serials. The draft rules also prohibit government staff from sponsoring programmes in radio and television channels.

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18:17 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Cabinet expansion after bypolls: CM Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Friday said that the cabinet expansion in the state would take place after the bypolls to Sira and Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituencies scheduled to be held next week.

'The cabinet expansion will take place after the assembly by-elections to Bengaluru's RR Nagar (Rajarajeshwarinagar) and Tumkur's Sira seats and the results on November 10. The list of legislators who will be promoted as ministers will be finalised then after consulting the party high command, inclduing JP Nadda and Amit Shah,' Yediyurappa said in Bengaluru.

18:16 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Karnataka adjudged fourth best governed large State

Karnataka adjudged fourth best governed large State in the Public Affairs Index 2020 released by the Public Affairs Centre here on Friday, while Kerala topped the index, as the best-governed state in the country.

In its annual report released on Friday, the city-based not-for-profit organisation, headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Kasturirangan, said the states were ranked on governance performance based on a composite index in the context of sustainable development.

Four southern states, Kerala (1.388 PAI Index point), Tamil Nadu (0.912), Andhra Pradesh (0.531) and Karnataka (0.468) stood in the first four ranks in the large state category in terms of governance, it said.

Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar were at the bottom of the ranking, scoring negative points in the category. They got -1.461, -1.201 and -1.158 points respectively.

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17:52 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Karnataka police constable held for ‘running’ IPL betting racket

As Karnataka police continue their crackdown on cricket betting in the wake of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season, a head constable from the Chikkaballapura division was arrested for allegedly being a kingpin in running a racket himself.
According to the police, the accused has been identified as Manjunath, a head constable working at the District Crime Branch in Chikkaballapur, which incidentally was working closely to monitor and nab culprits indulging in similar acts.

“We had received information that he was running a cricket betting racket for the last few years. He was suspended 10 days back and was under our surveillance after which he was arrested on Thursday. The accused has now been sent in judicial custody for 15 days,” Chikkaballapur Superintendent of Police GK Mithun Kumar told indianexpress.com.

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17:44 (IST)30 Oct 2020
South Western Railways launches Meri Saheli initiative in 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.

“‘Meri Saheli’ or NannaSakhi initiative has been launched by RPF of Bengaluru Division for security of women passengers in trains originating in Bengaluru Division. As the passenger carrying train services are being introduced in phased manner and special train services are being run in view of festival season, this initiative has been launched. Two all women RPF Shakti teams called the “Chenamma” team and “Abakka” team, named on the brave warrior queens of Karnataka and Southern India consisting of 20 lady RPF personnel led by a Lady Sub Inspector are deployed at key stations of Bengaluru and Yesvantpur,” SWR said in a release.

The Concept of the Operation MySaheli or Nanna Sakhi is to ensure targeted deployment of lady RPF personnel to ensure that lady passengers travelling in trains do not face any security concerns and can have a happy and fulfilling journey.

15:44 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Bengaluru-based Biocon ranked among top 5 Biotech employers globally

Bengaluru based, Biocon Ltd, has been ranked among the top five global biotech employers for 2020 on the U.S-based 'Science' magazine's annual 'Science Careers Top 20 Employers' list.

Ranked at number five among global pharma and biotech companies in 2020, the Bengaluru-headquartered biopharmaceuticals company said it has moved up from number seven in 2018 and number six in 2019.“The company has consistently featured among the top global employers for eight consecutive years, since its debut on the list in 2012,” Biocon said in a release on Friday.“According to the Top Employers Survey of approximately 7,600 respondents from across the world this year, Biocon’s ranking was based on three key attributes: ‘innovative leader in the industry’, ‘is socially responsible’ and ‘has loyal employees’,” release added.

Biocon Executive Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw said, "The ranking is a recognition of the passion that our employees bring to the job, which allowed us to run essential and critical manufacturing, quality and supply operations with reduced staffing despite the severe disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, thus minimising the impact on patients and partners."

15:39 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Covid-19 lockdown impact: Bengaluru records highest postings for contract jobs, indicates report

Bengaluru recorded the highest postings for contract jobs between January and July this year, followed by Mumbai and Hyderabad, although all three cities witnessed overall degrowth from last year, as per a report by job search website – Indeed.

According to the data, the job seekers interest jumped 2.5 times in seven months. In July, searches for contract jobs was three times higher (at 207 per cent) than in July, following the effect of coronavirus-induced shutdowns across industries.

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14:07 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Kerala CPM secy’s son remitted huge unaccounted funds into drug peddler’s account: ED

A day after it arrested Bineesh Kodiyeri, the son of Kerala CPI(M) leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, the ED said on Friday that he allegedly credited “huge amount of unaccounted funds” into the bank accounts of a drug peddler.

Bineesh was arrested by the central probe agency under the anti-money laundering law in Bengaluru on Thursday following which a local court sent him to Enforcement Directorate custody till November 2.

The ED alleged that the “drug peddler” in this case, Mohammed Anoop, was a “benamidar” of Bineesh.

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11:52 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Bangalore Turf Club to begin winter season from Nov 1, without spectators

The Bangalore Turf Club (BTC) will resume races from November 1, which had been suspended due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

In September, the BTC received the nod from the State government to conduct racing without spectators. According to BTC, it will kick start the 2020-21 winter season from Sunday and also, the betting will be absent in the first two race days on November 1 and 7 since the online application used for betting, may only be made functional from November 14.

The BTC will Live stream the races on its website. A ticket for a race day will be priced at Rs 500, and the buyers will get a password to watch the race Live.

11:34 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Weather update: Bengaluru to get light rains till Nov 3

After over a week since heavy rains lashed Bengaluru leaving several areas waterlogged and disrupting traffic, Bengaluru is likely to experience light showers till November 2.

As per the forecast issued by the India Meteorological Department, rain is very likely in and around Bengaluru City, Bengaluru International Airport, HAL Airport, and Hebbal GKVK areas till 8.30 am on November 3. While fog/mist is very likely during morning hours, the temperature is expected to be between 19 and 30 degree-Celsius, the report added.

08:58 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Karnataka health department & Nimhans launch stroke protocol

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) along with the state Health and Family Welfare Department launched pre- and post-hospital system of care management for stroke cases in the state also includes a training programme for doctors and nurses in stroke care.

According to Dr G Gururaj, Director, Nimhans, they will train 20 government hospitals in and around Bengaluru in handling stroke cases and then expand it to other districts. “This project is expected to run for four years will train 90-100 nurses and 60-70 doctors and will develop a system of orderly transfer of patients across hospitals in the government sector,” Gururaj said.

According to data, Karnataka reports 70,000 to 80,000 cases of stroke each year. Nimhans and the state health department also released a stroke brochure and stroke or brain attack factsheet and a guide.

08:37 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Mangaluru airport customs seize gold worth Rs 33 lakh; one arrested

Mangaluru International Airport Customs officials arrested an international traveller for attempting to smuggle gold stashed inside his body and seized gold of 634 grams worth Rs 33 lakh.

“Officers of Mangaluru Customs, Mangaluru International Airport, have arrested a passenger, who had arrived from Dubai by Spicejet Flight No SG146 on 26 October. The said passenger had secreted gold in powder form in his body,” Mangaluru Customs said in a statement.

“Upon purification, gold of 634 grams (24 carat purity) and valued at Rs. 32,96,800 has been recovered and seized from the said passenger,” the statement added.

On October 20, customs officials had seized 531 grams of gold worth Rs 27.4 lakh from a passenger who arrived from Dubai at Mangaluru International Airport.

08:25 (IST)30 Oct 2020
RR Nagar Bypolls: Covid-19 patients can vote from 5 pm to 6 pm

Voters infected by the coronavirus and those suspected to be infected will be allowed to cast their vote between 5 pm and 6 pm on November 3 for the bypolls to Rajarajeshwarinagar Assembly constituency in the city, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) announced on Thursday.

According to BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, voting arrangements have been made at 678 polling stations in the constituency. While 1,177 people in RR Nagar had tested positive for COVID-19 till Wednesday, 842 were under home isolation, 317 others were hospitalised and 18 were in Covid Care facilities, he stated. Prasad added that the data on all who have tested positive till November 2 will be collected and consenting voters will be picked up in ambulances to be brought to the polling stations.

"To make use of the ambulance service, those who suspect they might have COVID-19 may call 080-28600954/ 28604331/ 28601050/ 94822 24474," a BBMP statement mentioned.

08:17 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Ban on visitors at Brindavan Gardens and Ranganthittu bird sanctuary in Mandya

Mandya District administration has banned visitors to Brindavan Gardens at Krishna Raja Sagar dam and Ranganthittu bird sanctuary for three days from Friday.

The decision is taken by the administration to control Covid-19. Mandya District Commissioner M V Venkatesh in an order stated that, since the visitors did not follow guidelines of the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, he has imposed a ban on visit of tourists to these two destinations under section 144 of CrPC for three days from Friday.

Brindavan Gardens which is spread across an area of 60 acres is visited by close to 2 million tourists per year.

08:16 (IST)30 Oct 2020
NGO urges govt to declare Nov 1 as 'Anti Child Marriage Day'

A Bengaluru-based NGO that focuses on child rights advocacy has urged the Karnataka government to declare November 1 as 'Anti Child Marriage Day'.

The organisation, Child Rights Trust (CRT), in its memorandum submitted to the Department of Women and Child Development, cited the declaration of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act in 2006 on the same day, as the reason behind the suggestion.

"Girls who get married early lose out on education, healthcare, and are subjected to domestic violence, discrimination, and economic dependency," N V Vasudeva Sharma, Executive Director of CRT mentioned.

08:16 (IST)30 Oct 2020
BBMP seeks govt clarification on usage of masks for solo motorists

A couple of days after the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike issued Covid-19 guidelines specifying mandatory usage of masks for solo motorists, the civic body Wednesday sought clarification on the same for the second time as a result of public criticism.

In a letter addressed to the Additional Chief Secretary (Health & Family Welfare), BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad sought clarification on two aspects: whether a person driving alone in a four-wheeler with the window glasses closed should wear a mask and whether a single rider in a two-wheeler without a pillion rider should wear a mask while driving.

"....there has been concerns raised by the various citizen groups as well as the media regarding these aspects," he mentioned further noting that the rules, issued on Tuesday, were based on suggestions by a technical advisory committee, directives from the Centre as well as directives of the Supreme Court.

08:15 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: Kerala CPM secy’s son held in drugs PMLA case

Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, was Thursday arrested by the ED in connection with alleged financial transactions—to the tune of Rs 50 lakh—with a man from Kerala who was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau in August for allegedly selling drugs on the party circuit in Bengaluru.

The NCB probe revealed that Mohammed Anoop (38) was given funds by Bineesh to help him start a hotel in Bengaluru, and that the former was allegedly actively involved in organising rave parties in Bengaluru. Sources said the extent of financial transactions between Kodiyeri and Anoop went beyond the amount claimed by the duo.

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08:15 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Senior Karnataka IPS officer resigns from service, alleges harassment

Senior IPS officer P Ravindranath Wednesday submitted his resignation letter to the Karnataka Chief Secretary alleging "harassment by a few individuals" in the department.

Ravindranath, who was posted as Additional Director General of Police in the Forest Cell, further alleged that he was being targeted indirectly by giving promotion to two of his junior officers to the rank of Director General of Police, overlooking him.

"I have served the people of Karnataka with utmost devotion, but in the last four years I faced problems created by a few individuals. I approached the Central Administrative Tribunal and High Court and obtained relief. The recent Supreme Court order, dated October 15, gave me justice with respect to my service matter. But a few individuals prevented justice to me. Therefore, having undergone agony of the indirect harassment, I submit my resignation herewith to lead a peaceful life," he wrote.

IPS officer protests near ex wife home, bengaluru news, bangalore news, IPS officer wife, Arun Rangarajan IPS, Ilakkiya Karunakaran, indian express The Karnataka Police have reported the third highest COVID-19 deaths among the police force in the country. (Photo for representation)

Meanwhile, as many as 73 personnel and officers from the Karnataka Police force have succumbed to the coronavirus infection so far, as per data collated by the Indian Police Foundation (IPF), a Delhi-based multidisciplinary think tank.

READ | Indian Police Foundation data: 900 Covid deaths among police forces, CAPFs; ‘number sounds note of caution for festive season’

At the same time, Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, was Thursday arrested by the ED in connection with alleged financial transactions—to the tune of Rs 50 lakh—with a man from Kerala who was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau in August for allegedly selling drugs on the party circuit in Bengaluru.

READ | Bengaluru: Kerala CPM secy’s son held in drugs PMLA case

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