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Karnataka Bengaluru News November 3 Highlights: 39.15% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm in RR Nagar

Karnataka Bengaluru Latest News November 3 Highlights: Voting will continue till 6 pm at 678 polling stations in RR Nagar and 330 others in Sira on Tuesday. The results are scheduled to be announced on November 10.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 4, 2020 7:59:05 am
Karnataka Bypolls, EC Officials, Election Commission, Election Commission OfficialsElection commission officials arrive at centres on Monday to prepare for a voting day on Tuesday.

Karnataka Bengaluru News November 3 Highlights: The byelection to two assembly constituencies in Karnataka, namely Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) in Bengaluru and Sira in Tumakuru began on Tuesday from 7 am. A voting population of 6,78,012 (including 3,26,114 women) is eligible to exercise their franchise during the day, even amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Bypoll to RR Nagar was necessitated after the seat fell vacant in July last year after Congress MLA, N Munirathna, defected to the BJP. While Munirathna is the BJP candidate this time, the Congress has fielded H Kusuma, a political novice who was the wife of the IAS officer D K Ravi who died in 2015. She is also the daughter of Janata Dal (Secular) leader Hanumantharayappa. V Krishnamurthy, a local leader, has been fielded by the JDS this time.

The Sira seat fell vacant after the Janata Dal (Secular) candidate B Satyaranarayana, an advocate who won the 2018 polls, succumbed to a chronic illness on August 4. The Congress has fielded senior leader and former minister T B Jayachandra, expecting a seventh chance to make him a legislator. Meanwhile, Dr CM Rajesh Gowda —son of former Congress MP C P Mudalagiriyappa — is the BJP candidate while JD(S) has fielded Ammajamma — wife of the late MLA Sathyanarayana — as their candidate.

Voting will continue till 6 pm at 678 polling stations in RR Nagar and 330 others in Sira on Tuesday. The results are scheduled to be announced on November 10.

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18:39 (IST)03 Nov 2020
RR Nagar bypolls: 39.15 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm

A total of 39.15 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 5 pm on Tuesday for bypolls to RR Nagar Assembly constituency in Bengaluru according to the election commission.

Voters who were infected by COVID-19 were allowed to vote from 5 pm to 6 pm fixed by the election commission officials. Both voters and polling booth officials were seen wearing PPE kits to safeguard themselves from the virus in RR Nagar assembly constituency.

According to officials, few patients were facilitated with ambulances and polling staff were equipped with PPE. All the polling stations will be sanitised later.

Meanwhile, Sira Constituency recorded 77.34 per cent votes on Tuesday evening.

18:18 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Festival special bookings: SWR opens more reservation counters

In a bid to facilitate reservations for Festival Special trains, the South Western Railway will open PRS (Computerized Passenger Reservation System) centres at six more locations.

According to SWR officials, the counters will operate from November 5 to 30 at Banashankari BDA Complex, Koramangala BDA Complex, Jayanagar Shopping Complex, Majilis-e-Millia Islamia Building, NR Road, KSSIDC Complex in Electronic City, and APSRTC Bus Stand, Puttaparthy.

18:10 (IST)03 Nov 2020
‘Karnataka to bring law banning religious conversions for marriage’: Tourism Minister C T Ravi

Days after BJP-ruled states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana announced their intention of bringing a legislation to deal with cases of “love jihad”, Karnataka Tourism Minister and BJP national general secretary C T Ravi on Tuesday said a law banning religious conversions for the sake of marriage would be enacted in the state. Ravi said the government would not remain silent when “jihadis strip the dignity of women” in the state.

“On the lines of Allahabad High Court’s order, Karnataka will enact a law banning religious conversions for the sake of marriage. We will not remain silent when Jihadis strip the dignity of our sisters,” Ravi tweeted. He said any one involved in any act of conversion would face severe and swift punishment.

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17:46 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: Traffic police collect Rs 3.81 crore in a week from violators

The Bengaluru Traffic Police collected Rs 3,81,44,800 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 25 and 31.

While Rs 1.11 crore was collected as fine from two-wheeler riders for not wearing a helmet, another Rs 67.8 lakh penalty was levied from pillion riders for not doing so. Meanwhile, as many as 10,687 people were caught jumping traffic signals. A total of 89,957 cases were filed at the same time for 81 different violations.

Earlier, the traffic cops in the city had collected another Rs 3.63 crore as penatly from 86,380 violations noted between October 19 and 25.

17:21 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Sandalwood drug case: Ragini, Sanjjanaa bail pleas rejected by Karnataka High Court

The Karnataka High Court Tuesday dismissed the bail applications of Kannada film actress Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani in connection with the Sandalwood drugs case. The duo was arrested by the Bengaluru Central Crime Branch Police in September.

High Court Justice Sreenivas Harish Kumar dismissed the petitions alongside the bail application of another accused Prashanth Ranka and the anticipatory bail applications of Shivaprakash, Abhiswamy and Prashanth Raju, who are all accused in the same case.

“Karnataka High Court today rejected bail applications of actress Ragini, Sanjjanaa, Prashanth Ranka and anticipatory bail of Shivprakash,” Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) said.

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15:30 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Veteran Freedom fighter Shamrao Achar passed away in Shivamogga

Veteran freedom fighter M D Shamarao Achar (97) passed away at his residence in Shivamogga on Tuesday.

Shamarao actively participated in the freedom movement and was imprisoned two months by British for participating in the freedom struggle.

He had blasted an artillery unit in 1944 in the district to threaten the British.

15:01 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Covid-19: 70% dedicated beds unoccupied in Bengaluru as active cases lessen

As Bengaluru continues to witness the trend of Covid-19 recoveries outnumbering new cases since mid-October, the same has left more dedicated beds vacant in hospitals and Covid Care Centres (CCC) in the city.

Data from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on live bed allocation in the city indicates that 70 per cent of the beds are vacant as of Tuesday. According to the Covid-19 hospital bed status portal, 8536 beds out of the total 12,207 beds allocated in the city are unoccupied.

Of these, 72 per cent of the beds in government hospitals and medical colleges are available for patient intake while around 70 per cent of the total beds available in private facilities are unoccupied. As many as 548 beds in government-run CCCs are also vacant.

While the total number of active cases in the city has dropped to 26,098, as many as 22,308 patients have made private arrangements including those in home isolation. The number of active cases in Bengaluru on October 3 was 53,292, more than double the same at present.

14:59 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Karnataka: Train services on Bengaluru-Mysuru route halt due to power failure

Disruption in power supply at a railway traction substation resulted in some trains operating between Bengaluru and Mysuru facing delays for nearly an hour on Tuesday morning.

Among the trains that faced the delay was the festival special train that had arrived from Kacheguda in Bengaluru and had left the station at 6.45 am. This train was halted for nearly 45 minutes at Yeliyur station, near Mandya with passengers having no clue why the train was not moving. According to a South Western Railway official, three other trains on the route also faced delays ranging from 15 to 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, some passengers took to social media to express their displeasure on the same. 'Train No 02785 heading towards Mysore is simply halted without any reason in Yeliyur station from half an hour. This is how SWR is running trains. Pathetic service,' a user tweeted.

However, railway officials responded to the queries saying that the train was stopped due to a traction failure which led to the power supply getting affected.

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13:36 (IST)03 Nov 2020
RR Nagar bypoll: 26.58% voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

A total of 26.58 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 1 pm on Tuesday for bypolls to RR Nagar Assembly constituency in Bengaluru, an election official said.

Polling began at 7 am with COVID-19 prevention protocols in place and will continue till 6 pm. Congress candidate from RR Nagar H Kusuma was among the early ones to vote and reached her polling booth in Marathahalli in the constituency after visiting a temple.

Kannada actors Darshan, Amulya and Avinash also cast their votes in RR Nagar. So far, polling has been peaceful, according to police. Meanwhile, according to DCP west zone police, there was a problem in the VVPAT machine in booth number 343, Mount Carmel high school, in HV Halli, and the technical issue was corrected and polling resumed, Sanjeev M Patil, DCP West said.

12:05 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Karnataka BJP should pressurise PM to get approval for state flag: Siddaramaiah

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah has urged the ruling BJP government in Karnataka to get the Centre's approval for a state flag.

"During my tenure as CM of Karnataka, I had sent Kannada flag to the centre for approval. The flag was designed by the expert committee based on history, culture & legal issues. The flag is not approved by Central BJP and this just exposes BJP's prejudice towards Kannadigas," Siddaramaiah said.

He claimed there is nothing in the Constitution that prohibits states from having its own flag. "Irrespective of the opinion of Central BJP leaders, State BJP leaders should pressurise Prime Minister to grant official status to Karnataka flag," the former Karnataka CM added.

Earlier, Congress had taken objection pointing out many district administrative bodies did not hoist the state flag on Kannada Rajyotsava. However, CM Yediyurappa had hoisted the Karnataka flag in the event held in Bengaluru.

11:03 (IST)03 Nov 2020
BMTC collects 95k from passengers not wearing masks

With the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) gradually increasing operations since mid-May, officials have been keen on its patrons following Covid-19 guidelines while in transit.

According to BMTC, 950 violations have been noted during their special drive that began in June to penalise violators not adhering to wearing masks and maintaining social distance as stipulated by the government. "While each person was fined Rs 100, we have collected Rs 95,000 in this regard," an official said.

While the bus crew has been directed not to allow passengers to enter without masks, the team began noticing that some remove the mask while travelling. "Body cameras are also been used by line-checking teams and action is taken even while some passengers show resistance," the official added.

10:29 (IST)03 Nov 2020
RR Nagar bypoll: 7.1% voter turnout recorded till 9 am

The percentage of voter turnout for the by-poll in RR Nagar Assembly constituency is picking up and was 7.1 per cent by 9 am, according to election officials.

Polling at 678 polling stations in RR Nagar started at 7 am and is going on smoothly amid tight security taking COVID-19 precautions. N. Manjunath Prasad, District Election Officer for R.R. Nagar visited various polling booths in RR Nagar to monitor the arrangements.

Meanwhile, according to DCP Bengaluru west zone police, there was a problem in the VVPAT machine in booth number 343, Mount Carmel high school, in HV Halli, and the technical issue was corrected and polling resumed Sanjeev M Patil, DCP West said.

Bypoll for Sira constituency in Tumakuru started at 7am on Tuesday and 8.25 per cent voter turnout was reported till 9 am.

09:19 (IST)03 Nov 2020
COVID 19 impact: Republic day flower show at Lalbagh cancelled

The Horticulture department has cancelled the Republic Day flower show at Lalbagh Botanical Gardens scheduled for January 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The department cancelled the flower show organised during Independence Day this year. According to officials, this is the first time that the biannual flower shows held to mark Independence Day and Republic Day at Lalbagh have been cancelled.

“The flower show sees a footfall in the range of five to six lakhs visitors to Lalbagh during the show. This year due to covid-19 we have decided not to hold the flower show in January 2021,” said M. Jagadeesh, Joint Director of Horticulture (Parks and Gardens).

The Lalbagh flower show started in the second half of the 19th century, which is inspired by The Great Spring Show, an annual flower show organised by the Royal Horticultural Society of England.

08:55 (IST)03 Nov 2020
RR Nagar bypoll: Special arrangements in place but Covid-19 patients ‘reluctant’ to show up at booths

RR Nagar bypoll: Special arrangements in place but Covid-19 patients ‘reluctant’ to show up at booths

As Bengaluru’s Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR) goes to polls on Tuesday, people who are Covid-19 positive have shown reluctance to show up at polling booths even with the special arrangements put in place.

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner and District Electoral Officer N Manjunatha Prasad said officials and control room staff members had called up Covid-19 patients in all the nine wards of the constituency via telephone but the interest shown has been low.

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08:34 (IST)03 Nov 2020
IN PICS | Voting begins for RR Nagar bypoll

Polling for the Rajarajeshwari Nagar(RR Nagar) bypoll began in Bengaluru on Tuesday. The polling started at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm, election officials said.

The Karnataka Election Commission has made arrangements for Covid 19 patients in the last hour between 5pm and 6pm. According to officials. persons aged above 80 and with disabilities and those affected by Covid-19 also have the option to vote through postal ballot.

RR Nagar is one of the four largest assembly sections in the city with 4.6 lakh voters. “Voters will be screened through thermal scanners at each polling booth and social distancing will be ensured at the polling stations. Hand sanitiser would be made available at the polling stations,” said N. Manjunath Prasad, District Election Officer for R.R. Nagar

08:29 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Aggressive Covid-19 testing in RR Nagar after bypolls: BBMP

With all nine wards witnessing several campaigning activities during its run-up to the byelection at Rajarajeshwari Nagar segment in Bengaluru, the local civic body has decided to enhance Covid-19 testing after voting ends on Tuesday.

Confirming this, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said, "This area (RR Nagar) has witnessed a lot of crowding in the past few days. The number of positive cases in the zone has also comparatively increased. We do not want to take any chances and hence a special drive across the RR Nagar zone will be conducted and aggressive testing will be done."

The RR Nagar zone had accounted for 11 per cent of the new cases reported in Bengaluru on Monday, as per the BBMP Covid-19 bulletin.

Earlier, the civic body had deployed additional personnel from the BBMP Marshal team in the area to ensure bypoll campaigns do not lead to the spread of COVID-19 in the segment. RR Nagar comprises Jalahalli, Rajarajeshwarinagar, Jnana Bharati, Kottegepalya, Laggere, HMT ward, Lakshmidevi Nagar, JP Park, and Yeshwanthpura wards and is one of the largest assembly sections in Bengaluru.

08:23 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Covid-19: Bengaluru records 56% of new cases in Karnataka

Capital city Bengaluru reported 56 per cent of the new coronavirus infections recorded in the state as 2576 more people tested positive on Thursday. However, the trend of recoveries outnumbering new cases continued across the state, as the Covid-19 positivity rate in the last 24 hours was recorded at 3.28 per cent.

While 8334 people recovered from the infection across the state, 5925 of them were from Bengaluru alone. Meanwhile, active cases in Karnataka dropped further to 44,805. At the same time, 78,496 samples were tested (including 13,481 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests) across the state. Other districts that reported the most cases on November 2 were Tumkur (123), Mysuru (100), Mandya (92), Hassan (87), and Ballari (60). The death toll rose to 11,221 as 29 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic on Monday.

08:12 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Wearing mask not mandatory if driving alone in a car, BBMP clarifies

A week after the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) issued an order specifying situations in which the usage of masks are mandatory in public places, the civic body clarified that a person driving a four-wheeler alone with windows closed need not wear a mask.

However, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad reiterated that a person riding a two-wheeler has to wear a mask, even while riding without a pillion rider, has to wear a mask in the order based on the advises from the Technical Advisory Committee.

The clarification comes when citizens were being fined Rs 250 since last week for not wearing a mask while driving alone in a four-wheeler. This had led to a public outrage following which the BBMP Commissioner wrote to the Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) seeking a clarification on the issue.

08:11 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Cong MLA who defected to BJP will be made minister if elected: BSY

A Congress MLA who defected to the BJP in July 2019 will be made a minister if elected again in the November 3 bypolls, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has said.

The CM had earlier promised ministerial positions to all 17 Congress and JD(S) rebels who helped the BJP form the government in 2019. The bypolls for 15 seats were held in December 2019, in which 13 rebels were fielded, and all but two won again.

Campaigning for Munirathna Naidu, a civil contractor-turned-film producer contesting from R R Nagar, Yediyurappa said that he had already sanctioned huge funds for the RR Nagar constituency which will be utilised by Naidu as a minister to carry out development work.

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08:11 (IST)03 Nov 2020
Voting for RR Nagar, Sira bypolls underway

The byelection to two assembly constituencies in Karnataka, namely Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) in Bengaluru and Sira in Tumakuru, is underway on Tuesday from 7 am. A voting population of 6,78,012 (including 3,26,114 women) is eligible to exercise their franchise during the day, even amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Bypoll to RR Nagar was necessitated after the seat fell vacant in July last year after Congress MLA, N Munirathna, defected to the BJP. While Munirathna is the BJP candidate this time, the Congress has fielded H Kusuma, a political novice who was the wife of the IAS officer D K Ravi who died in 2015. She is also the daughter of Janata Dal (Secular) leader Hanumantharayappa. V Krishnamurthy, a local leader, has been fielded by the JDS this time.

The Sira seat fell vacant after the JDS MLA B Satyaranarayana, an advocate who won the 2018 polls, succumbed to a chronic illness on August 4. The Congress has fielded senior leader and former minister T B Jayachandra, expecting a seventh chance to make him a legislator. Meanwhile, Dr CM Rajesh Gowda —son of former Congress MP C P Mudalagiriyappa — is the BJP candidate while JD(S) has fielded Ammajamma — wife of the late MLA Sathyanarayana — as their candidate.

Voting will continue till 6 pm at 678 polling stations in RR Nagar and 330 others in Sira on Tuesday. The results are scheduled to be announced on November 10.

While 90 ambulances have been arranged for Covid-19 patients to be transported to and from polling stations, a dedicated hour of voting for them has been notified by officials as well – from 5 pm to 6 pm. (Representational)

Meanwhile, as Bengaluru’s Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR) goes to polls on Tuesday, people who are Covid-19 positive have shown reluctance to show up at polling booths even with the special arrangements put in place.

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner and District Electoral Officer N Manjunatha Prasad said officials and control room staff members had called up Covid-19 patients in all the nine wards of the constituency via telephone but the interest shown has been low.

READ | RR Nagar bypoll: Special arrangements in place but Covid-19 patients ‘reluctant’ to show up at booths

At the same time, a Congress MLA who defected to the BJP in July 2019 will be made a minister if elected again in the November 3 bypolls, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has said.

READ | Cong MLA who defected to BJP will be made minister if elected: BSY

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