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Karnataka Bengaluru Latest News October 21 Highlights: The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) reported that areas in western and southern Bengaluru received between 11 mm and 71.5 mm of rainfall.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 22, 2020 8:14:01 am
KSRTC, Karnataka busKSRTC officials cited the decision to restrictions in place during the coronavirus-induced lockdown being lifted in phases and the rising public demand for the same. (Express archive photo)

Karnataka Bengaluru News October 21 Highlights: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday took an aerial survey to assess the extent of damage caused by the heavy rains in Kalaburagi. Later, he is also scheduled to do the same at Yadgir, Raichur, and Vijayapura districts where hundreds of villages were left inundated, and widespread crop losses were reported due to heavy downpour last week.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for Bengaluru as the city continued to witness heavy rains leaving many roads waterlogged throughout Tuesday night. BBMP control room officials said they attended complaints from Sivananda Circle, Mehkri Circle, Kengeri, Agara, Halasuru, Nayandahalli, and Agara among other areas.

The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) reported that areas in western and southern Bengaluru received between 11 mm and 71.5 mm of rainfall.

At the same time, 6297 more people contracted coronavirus on Tuesday, as the total tally in Karnataka rose to over 7.76 lakh.

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18:30 (IST)21 Oct 2020
Driven by international freight, Bengaluru airport sees growth in cargo volumes after Covid-19 slump

Cargo volumes at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, recorded positive growth in September, with international freight leading the recovery following a prolonged slump due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to airport officials, the cargo processed in September was 32,449 MT, a growth of 0.3 per cent, against the same period last year.

“This resurgence in cargo movement powered Bengaluru Airport to become the first metro airport in India to record growth in freight in September 2020, compared to the same period last year. Improved connectivity and increase in passenger to cargo (P2C) aircraft, combined with proactive measures by Bengaluru to enable seamless processing to have pushed cargo volumes into positive territory,” Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) said in a statement on Wednesday.

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18:25 (IST)21 Oct 2020
IAF’s first woman officer dies at 96

Wing Commander (Retd) Dr Vijayalakshmi Ramanan, the first woman commissioned officer of the Indian Air Force, has died at the age of 96. Ramanan, a recipient of Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM), died peacefully due to old age ailments on Sunday at her daughter’s home, her son-in-law S L V Narayan said.

Born in February 1924, she did her MBBS and later was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps on August 22, 1955 and was seconded to the Air Force with effect from the same day.
Besides having served as a gynecologist at various Air Force Hospitals, including here, she had also attended to the troops wounded during wars and performed administrative duties.

Ramanan was promoted to the rank of Wing Commander in August 1972, and honoured with the Vishist Seva Medal five years later. She had retired in February, 1979.

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18:16 (IST)21 Oct 2020
Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan inspects rain affected areas in Bengaluru

Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan along with Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad inspected areas which were badly hit by the heavy rain on Wednesday.

Several areas in Bengaluru continued to remain inundated due to the overnight heavy downpour. According to BBMP officials, Bengaluru received 75 to 150 meters of rain yesterday night. After inspection, C N Ashwath Narayan said “Out of the 842-km, 400-km has been channelised by constructing retaining walls, the balance 400-km of storm water drain had been planned for construction of retaining wall. We are well prepared for the rains.”

Heavy rain, accompanied by wind, lashed parts of Bengaluru Tuesday night and early on Wednesday. Kengeri, Rajarajeshwarinagar, Lakkasandra, V.V.Puram, Gottigere areas received heavy rain.

17:56 (IST)21 Oct 2020
BJP MLA Yatnal defends his statement against Yediyurappa

Senior BJP MLA Basangouda Patil Yatnal defended his statement against Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

Yatnal had claimed that BS Yediyurappa will not be Chief Minister for long and his successor will be from north Karnataka, and even Prime minister Narendra Modi is aware of this.

Later in a tweet, Yatnal wrote in Kannada, “I am working for the development of Karnataka as a voice of the people, I had not begged or indulged in skulduggery to secure a Cabinet berth. That does not suit my character.”

Speaking at an event on Monday evening, Yatnal, MLA from Vijayapura said, “Yediyurappa will not be CM for long. Even those in high command are fed up with him. He is neglecting North Karnataka completely. Senior leaders in the BJP party are tired of Yediyurappa.”

Yatnal also said that Yediyurappa is not the CM of Karnataka, but only of his home district, Shivamogga. The BJP MLA’s remarks have lent further weight to speculation over the leadership change within the saffron party in Karnataka.

17:51 (IST)21 Oct 2020
KSRTC to resume Bengaluru-Puducherry services from October 23

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Wednesday announced that inter-state bus services to destinations in Puducherry will resume from October 23 (Friday).

KSRTC officials cited the decision to restrictions in place during the coronavirus-induced lockdown being lifted in phases and the rising public demand for the same. "It is mandatory for all passengers to wear a mask. Passengers can book tickets in advance online at www.ksrtc.in or through KSRTC/franchise advance reservation counters," a KSRTC notification read.

17:50 (IST)21 Oct 2020
CM thanks Indian army for timely action in flood relief operations

The Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa during his visit to Kalburagi on Wednesday commended the Army for it's a response to the Civil Administration's call for Humanitarian Assistance in flood-affected areas in North Interior Karnataka.

Twenty flood relief and 10 Engineer Task Force (ETF) Teams from the MEG, MARATHA LI Centre and Bison Division from Hyderabad have been actively involved in these operations in the four districts of Vijayapur, Kalburagi, Yadgir and Raichur since October 18.

“The timely aid by these teams from Bengaluru, Belgavi and Hyderabad respectively have enabled the evacuation of marooned locals and save valuable lives in these areas,” defence PRO Bengaluru said.

17:46 (IST)21 Oct 2020
IN PICS | Police Commemoration Day 2020, Yediyurappa pays tribute to police personnel

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday paid tribute to all police personnel who have laid down their lives for the state, on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day in Mysuru.

17:36 (IST)21 Oct 2020
IN PICS | CM meets district admins after aerial survey

After conducting an aerial survey to assess the damage caused by incessant rains in north Karnataka, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Wednesday met top district administration officials of the district to gather information on the havoc caused by the same last week.

In the meeting held at Kalaburagi airport, top officials in charge of Ballari, Bidar, Kalaburagi, and Yadgir apprised the CM of the losses recorded at their respective districts and the actions taken for relief and rescue works in the areas.

Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chauhan, and State Disaster Management Authority Commissioner Manoj Rajan accompanied the CM to take stock of the situation.

15:53 (IST)21 Oct 2020
Former ‘Bigg Boss’ Kannada contestant Adam Pasha arrested by NCB in drugs case

Former ‘Bigg Boss’ Kannada Season 6 contestant Adam Pasha was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Bengaluru zone, on Tuesday under the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.

Pasha allegedly purchased drugs from peddler Anikha Dinesh, who was arrested in August this year by the agency. Pasha is a stage dancer and the first drag queen of Bengaluru.

Amit Ghawate, NCB, Bengaluru Zonal Director, said: “In the investigation, we found a lot of transactions between Pasha and Dinesh… Pasha has confirmed taking MDMA for more than two years.”

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15:45 (IST)21 Oct 2020
SWR revises timings of Lokamanya Tilak - Hubballi Special Express

The South Western Railway Wednesday notified revision in timings of Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Hubballi Special Express (Train No. 07318). From October 25, the train will depart from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 8.15 pm to arrive in Hubballi at 11.40 am.

Enroute the train will arrive/depart at the following stations as follows:

  • Thane – 8.38 pm /8.40 pm
  • Panvel – 9.33 pm/9.35 pm
  • Lonavala – 11 pm/11.03 pm
  • Pune – 12.05 am/12.10 am
  • Satara – 3.07am /3.10 am
  • Karad – 4 am/4.03 am
  • Sangli – 5.20am /5.23 am
  • Miraj -5.50 am/5.55 am
  • Kudachi – 6.29 am/06.30 am
  • Rayabag – 6.42 am/6.43 am
  • Ghataprabha – 7.08 am/7.10 am
  • Belagavi – 7.55 am/8 am
  • Londa –8.50 am/08.52 am
  • Alnawar – 9.34 am/09.35 am
  • Dharwad 10.30 am/10.32 am

"The train will have a composition of 16 coaches i.e. one AC 2- Tier Coach, one AC 3 - Tier Coach, six Second Class Sleeper Coaches, six General Second Class Coaches, two Second Class with Luggage Cum Brake Vans," an SWR notification read.

14:29 (IST)21 Oct 2020
Bengaluru rains: Dy CM to inspect badly-hit areas, SWD wall collapses at Gurudutta Layout

Hours after heavy rains accompanied by strong winds lashed parts of Bengaluru, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said he'll inspect areas hit badly by the same on Wednesday, including the spot at Gurudutta Layout near Hosakerehalli in the city where a portion of the stormwater drain (SWD) wall collapsed.

According to BBMP officials, the team was alerted by local residents Wednesday morning about the incident. "Repairing works of the SWD wall is already underway at Gurudutta Layout. Our officials are attending and resolving other complaints reported from many areas in the city as well," BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said.

Further, he added in a tweet, "BBMP officials are on the ground addressing complaints of tree fall in Basavanagudi & Banashankari. Gangmen have been working round-the-clock from last night & again from this morning addressing rain-related complaints."

According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNMDC), Kengeri, Rajarajeshwarinagar, Lakkasandra, VV Puram, and Gottigere areas received over 100 mm of rain till Wednesday morning. At the same time, Vidyapeetha, Nagarbhavi, Bapujinagar, Begur, and surrounding areas received over 90 mm of rainfall.

12:04 (IST)21 Oct 2020
One held for IPL betting in Bengaluru, Rs 30.5 lakh seized

The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch(CCB) Police arrested one person on Wednesday for involvement in illegal betting on Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches.

According to police, they have seized Rs 30.5 lakh and two cell phones. CCB has registered a case at Talagattapura police station.

On October 17, Bengaluru Police raided four locations where illegal betting was being held on the ongoing IPL matches and seized a total of Rs 21 lakhs in the operation.

11:54 (IST)21 Oct 2020
IN PICS | Yediyurappa conducts aerial survey at Kalaburagi

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Wednesday took an aerial survey in Kalaburagi to assess the extent of damage caused by heavy rains and floods in the district. He was accompanied by Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chauhan and State Disaster Management Authority Commissioner Manoj Rajan.

Later, the CM is scheduled to take an aerial survey at other north Karnataka districts where villages were submerged and crop losses were reported from, due to the same, in the past week.

09:32 (IST)21 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: Helmetless riding peaks, officers asked to enforce laws including DL suspension for 3 months ‘stricter’

With over 1.61 lakh cases of helmetless riding registered in capital city Bengaluru alone, the Karnataka Transport Department has instructed officials to enforce related laws like suspending driving licenses of violators for three months, apart from collecting fines.

At least 99,034 riders and 62,146 pillions have been penalised since September 13 with Covid-19 lockdown restrictions being withdrawn in phases. While over Rs 3.71 crore has been collected as fine from riders for helmetless riding, fines of more than Rs 2.34 crore have been collected from pillion riders for the same.

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09:31 (IST)21 Oct 2020
IRCTC to run Karnataka’s Golden Chariot train from January 2021; here are the packages

A luxury train for tourists, the Golden Chariot, is all set to restart operations from January 2021. The train will be run by Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC), the tourism arm of Indian Railways.

The train was handed over to the IRCTC for operational and marketing purposes by the Karnataka Tourism Department in January 2020. According to IRCTC, the tours will commence from Bengaluru and cover places in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala before returning to Bengaluru. The IRCTC has introduced three packages to tourists.

Golden Chariot commenced operations in 2008, as a joint initiative between the state government and the Railway ministry.

It consists of 18 coaches with as many as 44 guest rooms, having a capacity of 84 guests in total.

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09:05 (IST)21 Oct 2020
Former 'Bigg Boss' Kannada contestant Adam Pasha arrested by NCB in drugs case

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Bengaluru zone, on Tuesday arrested ‘Bigg Boss' Kannada Season 6 contestant Adam Pasha under the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985.

Pasha is alleged to have purchased drugs from peddler Anika D,who is arrested in August by NCB. Pasha is a stage dancer and the first drag queen of Bengaluru.

Amit Ghawate, NCB, Bengaluru Zonal Director, said "a lot of transactions had happened between Pasha and Anika. During the investigation Pasha has confirmed that she has been taking MDMA for more than two years."

Pasha has been remanded in NCB custody till November 3. In August this year the NCB arrested Anika and two of her associates Anoop M and Ravindran R. They are suspected to have supplied drugs to many celebrities, including Kannada film actors.

08:43 (IST)21 Oct 2020
Railways to run special train daily between Bengaluru and Chennai

South Western Railway (SWR) has decided to run a AC double decker superfast special express daily between KSR Bengaluru and MGR Chennai central. “It is decided to run Train No. 06075/06076 MGR Chennai Central – KSR Bengaluru – MGR Chennai Central AC Double Decker Superfast Special Express daily,” South Western Railway (SWR) zone official said in a statement.

Train No. 06075 MGR Chennai Central – KSR Bengaluru AC Double Decker Superfast Special Express will depart daily from MGR Chennai Central at 07.25 hrs and arrive KSR Bengaluru at 13.10 hrs on the same day with effect commencing journey from MGR Chennai Central from 21.10.2020 to until further advise.

In the return direction, Train No.06076 KSR Bengaluru – MGR Chennai Central AC Double Decker Superfast Special Express will depart daily from KSR Bengaluru at 14.30 hrs and arrive MGR Chennai Central at 20.30 hrs on the same day with effect commencing journey from KSR Bengaluru from 21.10.2020 to until further advise.

The train will have existing stoppages of Regular Train No. 22625/22626 MGR Chennai Central – KSR Bengaluru – MGR Chennai Central AC Double Decker Superfast Special Express.

The train will have a composition of 10 coaches i.e. 8 AC Double Decker Chair Cars and two Luggage - cum Brake Vans with generator.

08:31 (IST)21 Oct 2020
Popular Carnatic musician T S Ramaa passes away

Popular Carnatic vocalist and ‘A’ Grade artiste at the All India Radio (AIR), Prof. T S Ramaa passed away in Bengaluru after she was admitted to a hospital, complaining of a brief illness, on Monday night. She was 70.

Among the first batch of postgraduate students at Mysuru in 1972, her renditions in the AIR and later for Doordarshan and several on-stage performances were followed by many. She was trained by Prof V Ramaratnam of Mysuru, Seethalakshmi Venkateshan, and Suganda Raman, after her initial days of learning under the Jayam-Bhagyam sisters when she was around three years old.

Prof. Ramaa was the head of the department of music at APS College, Bengaluru, and had played a key role in establishing the postgraduate Music course at Jain University.

08:27 (IST)21 Oct 2020
North-Karnataka floods: CM Yediyurappa to take aerial survey today

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is scheduled to take an aerial survey on Wednesday to assess the extent of damage caused by the heavy rains in Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Raichur and Vijayapura districts, leaving hundreds of villages inundated.

In a statement released earlier by the CM, it was mentioned that many villages in these districts were "either completely or partially submerged" due to floods caused by heavy rains last week.

Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and legislator representing Chittapur (Kalaburgi) Priyank Kharge criticised the CM for planning his survey late and that he would fail to realise the situation on ground by preferring an aerial survey.

"Flood waters of Bhima river are showing a falling trend at Sannathi Barrage & similar trends are in Afzalpur & Jewargi as well. Wonder what the CM will see when he does an aerial survey tomorrow as most of the water would have receded. The devastation is on ground," he said.

08:23 (IST)21 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: SWR hikes platform ticket price at 11 more stations to restrict entry of non-travellers

In a bid to "restrict entry of non-travellers at railway stations" due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the South Western Railway Tuesday hiked the price of platform tickets by five times to Rs 50 at 11 more stations in the Bengaluru division.

The revised prices will be in effect from Wednesday at KR Puram, Bangarapet, Tumakuru, Hosur, Dharmapuri, Kengeri, Mandya, Hindupur, Penukonda, Yelahanka, Banaswadi, Carmelaram, and Whitefield railway stations. This will continue till November 10, SWR officials said.

Earlier, on September 10, platform ticket prices were raised from Rs 10 to 50 at KSR Bengaluru, Yeshwantpur, and Bangalore Cantonment railway stations, citing the same reason.

Jayadeva-flyover-Wikimedia-Bangalore-Bengaluru-traffic At least 99,034 riders and 62,146 pillions have been penalised since September 13 with Covid-19 lockdown restrictions being withdrawn in phases. Photo/Wikimedia Commons

Meanwhile, with over 1.61 lakh cases of helmetless riding registered in capital city Bengaluru alone, the Karnataka Transport Department has instructed officials to enforce related laws like suspending driving licenses of violators for three months, apart from collecting fines.

READ | Bengaluru: Helmetless riding peaks, officers asked to enforce laws including DL suspension for 3 months ‘stricter’

At the same time, the November 3 bypolls to Sira (Tumkur) and RR Nagar (Bengaluru) are equally significant for state Congress chief D K Shivakumar as well as for CM Yediyurappa with both facing allegations of corruption.

READ | Karnataka bypolls a prestige battle for CM Yediyurappa

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