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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 15 Highlights: North Karnataka receives heavy rains, relief camps opened

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 15 Highlights: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded a 'red alert' at Vijayapura, Dharwad, Belagavi, Raichur, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Bagalkot, Gadag, and Haveri districts for Thursday as well.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 16, 2020 8:14:01 am
Karnataka Rains, Karnataka floods, KodaguWhile several residents of villages in low-lying and vulnerable areas were warned or evacuated by district authorities, nearly 5000 people have been shifted to relief camps as a precautionary measure. (PTI/Representational)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News October 15 Highlights: At least 41 relief camps in Kalaburagi, Yadgir, and Bidar districts of Karnataka became operational on Wednesday as several parts of north interior Karnataka experienced flood-like situations as heavy rains continued for the third consecutive day.

While several residents of villages in low-lying and vulnerable areas were warned or evacuated by district authorities, nearly 5000 people have been shifted to relief camps as a precautionary measure.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded a ‘red alert’ at Vijayapura, Dharwad, Belagavi, Raichur, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Bagalkot, Gadag, and Haveri districts for Thursday as well.

At the same time, with 9265 more people contracting coronavirus on Wednesday, the total tally in Karnataka rose to over 7.35 lakh with more nearly 1.14 lakh cases termed ‘active’ by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

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18:36 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Karnataka Rain: CM to review the situation on Friday

With heavy rain in several parts of North Karnataka over the past few days, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is scheduled to review the situation with deputy commissioners of the affected districts on Friday.

“I’m reviewing the situation with all deputy commissioners on Friday. I will also release the necessary funds,” Yediyurappa told reporters.

Yediyurappa has also directed district in-charge ministers to go and review the situation.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert in Uttara Kannada, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada - and Belagavi, Bagalkot and Vijayapura districts on Thursday.

18:29 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Dasara: Mysuru palace to restrict entry of visitors from Oct 17 to Nov 1

In the wake of various special programmes scheduled to be held in its premises as part of the Mysuru Dasara celebration, entry of visitors to the Mysuru Palace will be restricted from October 17 to November 1, a statement from the Palace Board said.

The palace will host several cultural programmes during the Navaratri celebrations for which entry will be based purely on passes issued by the district administration during the Navratri season. It has also been decided to illuminate the palace from October 17 to 26 between 7 pm and 9 pm, officials added.

18:24 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Theatres in Bengaluru to resume operations from Friday; Govt issues guidelines

Most theatres in Bengaluru did not open for public on Thursday and preferred to wait for a day in anticipation of the weekend crowd on Friday. After six months of closure due to the lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus, the Centre allowed cinema halls to open from Thursday as part of Unlock 5.0.

However, the theatre owners were sceptical about the business prospects after six months of lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus scare.

“We are starting only on Friday. So far as I know, all the cinema halls are going to open on Friday as per the decision taken by the cinema hall owners and managers at a meeting on Wednesday,” Prakash, the manager of Veeresh Theatre on Magadi Road told P T I.

According to him, only new movies are released on Thursday whereas on Friday or weekends, old movies are shown. “Since all are going to show old movies in the theatres, there is no point in opening theatres on Thursday,” Prakash added.

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18:20 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Festival special bookings: Reservation counters to operate from tomorrow

Computerized Passenger Reservation Centres (PRCs) at Malleswaram, Chikkabanavar, Banaswadi, Bengaluru East, Karmelaram, Whitefield, Kuppam, Penukonda, Chikkaballapura, Doddaballapur, Gauribidanur and Madduru railway stations will be opened to the public from Friday (Oct 16), South Western Railway (SWR) announced on Thursday.

According to the officials, this is expected to facilitate the booking of reserved tickets for passengers, especially for the 'festival special' trains scheduled to operate from October 20 to November 30. The working hours of the above PRS Centres will be as was during the pre-lockdown period, they added.

"These 12 Reservation Centres will be in addition to 15 Reservation Centres which are already functioning - at KSR Bengaluru, Yesvantpur, Bengaluru Cantonment, Krishnarajapuram, Bangarpet, Yelahanka, Hindupur, Sri Sathyasai Prashanthi Nilayam, Hosur, Dharmapuri, Kengeri, Ramanagaram, Channapatna, Tumakuru and Mandya," SWR said in a statement.

Also Read | South Western Railway approves 22 ‘Festival Special’ trains in first phase, to operate from Oct 20

18:19 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Sandalwood drug case: Bengaluru CCB raids Vivek Oberoi’s Mumbai residence in search of Aditya Alva

Following a tip-off, the Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) Thursday raided Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi’s Mumbai residence in search of Aditya Alva, one of the main accused in the Sandalwood drug case.

Alva is the son of late minister Jeevaraj Alva and brother-in-law of Vivek Oberoi. He is amongst the 12 accused in the Sandalwood drug scandal which is being investigated by the CCB.

According to CCB, Aditya has been absconding ever since the police started probing the drug case.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandip Patil said: “We have received information that Alva is in Vivek Oberoi’s house, so we wanted to check. We have obtained a court warrant and the CCB team has gone to his house in Mumbai. The search is still going on.”

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16:31 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Karnataka issues guidelines for sale of crackers from Nov 1-17 for Diwali; Covid-19 impact on sales, health expected

The Karnataka state government has allowed the sale of crackers ahead of the Diwali (Deepavali) season from November 1 to 17. Further, it has instructed vendors, customers, and local administrators to follow several guidelines stipulated to keep Covid-19 spread in check.
According to the guidelines issued by Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar, vendors will be allowed to sell crackers and other items in locations far from other commercial and residential spaces.

“Only authorised dealers who obtain necessary clearance from offices concerned will be allowed to set up shops. Each shop should have cross-ventilation facilities and should display the license provided by the concerned authority,” the guidelines stated.

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15:04 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Sandalwood drug case: Bengaluru CCB raids Vivek Oberoi’s residence in Mumbai searching for Aditya Alva

Bengaluru Central Crime Branch(CCB) police team on Thursday raided Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi’s residence in Mumbai based on a tip-off that one of the main accused in the Sandalwood drug case Aditya Alva was hiding there.

Aditya Alva is a son of late minister Jeevaraj Alva and the brother-in-law of Vivek Oberoi. He is among the 12 accused in the Sandalwood drug scandal which is being investigated by the CCB police. According to CCB police, Aditya is accused number 6 and has been absconding ever since the police started probing the drug case.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandip Patil said “we have received some information that Alva is in Vivek Oberoi house, so we wanted to check. We have obtained a court warrant and the CCB team has gone to his house in Mumbai. The search is still going on.”

Last month CCB police had raided Aditya Alva’s residence in Hebbal, North Bengaluru. Earlier the CCB police had also issued a lookout notice against Aditya Alva.

15:04 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Weather update: Heavy rains to continue in coastal Karnataka

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Thursday predicted heavy rains accompanied by thunder and lightning across locations at coastal Karnataka, and north-interior Karnataka.

"Rain/thundershowers very likely to occur at most places over Coastal Karnataka at many places over North Interior Karnataka and at a few places over South Interior Karnataka," the Met department mentioned in its forecast for the next 24 hours on Thursday.

In its rainfall report from Wednesday, the IMD observed Kollur (Udupi) to have revieved the most ranifall (22 cm) followed by Hosanagar in Shivamogga district (21 cm). Other parts in the state that recieved most downpour in the last 24 hours included Kottigehara in Chikkamagaluru district (17 cm), Hunchadakatte in Shivamogga (16 cm), Agumbe and Bhatkal (13 cm each).

However, the forecast report added that only light rains are likely over Bengaluru city which would witness a generally cloudy sky.

13:47 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Karnataka Bypolls: Congress candidate TB Jayachandra files nomination

Congress candidate from Sira Assembly constituency, TB Jayachandra, filed his nomination papers for the bypoll on Thursday.

Jayachandra submitted his nomination papers to the Returning Officer in Sira along with Karnataka Congress President, DK Shivakumar and Opposition leader in the legislative assembly, Siddaramaiah.

The bypoll in Sira was necessitated following the death of JD(S) legislator B Sathyanarayana in August this year. Sira along with RR Nagar assembly segments will go for bypolls on November 3, for which the election notification will be issued on October 9.

TB Jayachandra had won from Sira constituency in 2013 before losing the seat to JDS in 2018. Jayachandra, (71), had served as minister in the S.M. Krishna and Siddaramaiah governments. He won six Assembly elections in the past and was first elected to the Assembly in 1978.

Jayachandra’s son Santosh, who contested from Chikkanayakanahalli in the 2018 election, lost against J.C. Madhuswamy, who is now Law Minister in the BJP government. Santosh Jayachandra secured third place in the election.

13:35 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Mysuru zoo released African Cheetahs for public viewing

Mysuru District in-charge Minister S T Somashekar released African Cheetahs for public viewing at Mysuru Zoo on Thursday.

In August this year, Mysuru Zoo had acquired one male and two female African hunting Cheetah from Ann Van Dyke Cheetah Centre at Johannesburg, South Africa as part of the Animal Exchange Programme. Three Cheetah’s aged 14, 15 (female) and 16 months were flown into Mysuru from South Africa via Singapore.

Mysuru zoo is the second zoo in the country to house hunting cheetahs after Hyderabad zoo which has a pair of big cats. The zoo authority has constructed a first-of-its-kind glass enclosure to maintain a tranquil atmosphere and ensure proper display to the public.

Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in Mysuru was established in 1892 by Mysore King Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur. At present, the zoo has 1,450 specimens comprising 168 species representing more than 25 countries. According to officials, the zoo attracts more than 3 million visitors annually.

11:56 (IST)15 Oct 2020
IN PICS | Karnataka slum dwellers associations protest against SC order

Protesting against the Supreme Court order to demolish slums along railway lines in Delhi, members of Karnataka Slum Sanghatanegala Samanvaya Samithi and other civic, social organisations organised a sit-in protest at Maurya Circle in Bengaluru.

11:17 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Karnataka bypolls: RR Nagar Congress candidate Kusuma and Siddaramaiah’s escort staff booked for violating poll code

Bengaluru police on Wednesday booked an FIR against Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) by-poll Congress candidate Kusuma H and escort staff of senior Congress leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah on Wednesday for allegedly violating the model code of conduct.

Based on the complaint filed by ASI Nagaraja N, police have registered an FIR at the Rajarajeshwari Nagar police station. In his complaint, Nagaraja said that he had been deployed for security at the RR Nagar returning officer’s office with instructions not to allow vehicles within 100 meters from the gate as the code of conduct is in place.

“Around 11.15 am, Kusuma and Congress leaders and party workers tried to enter the prohibited area by breaching the barricades in the east gate of the BBMP office. I along with other police staff tried to stop them but was overpowered by the escort staff of the former Chief Minister and entered into premises with vehicles. This incident is a violation of the code of conduct,” Nagaraja said in the complaint.

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09:18 (IST)15 Oct 2020
COVID-19: Chamundi Hill Temple and tourist places in Mysuru closed

Sri Chamundeshwari temple atop Chamundi Hill in Mysuru is closed due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the city. Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri has ordered the closure of Sri Chamundeshwari temple till October18 midnight.

According to the Deputy Commissioner, the entry of public to the hill, by road or through steps, has been banned during this period. Meanwhile, due to Mysuru Dasara inauguration at the temple on October 17, the vehicles of invitees and dignitaries, officers on protocol and other staff involved in Dasara will be allowed entry from October 15 to 17, DC said.

All tourist places like Mysuru Zoo, Mysuru Palace and Srikanteshwara Temple in Nanjangud too will remain closed for tourists till November. 1 due to COVID-19 pandemic, DC Rohini Sindhuri added.

Meanwhile, Mysuru reported 641 new COVID-19 positive cases on Wednesday taking the total tally to 43,430. The city also reported 678 discharges and 11 deaths on Wednesday.

08:30 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Karnataka: 9265 more people test positive, 8.1% positivity rate in last 24 hours

With 9265 more people contracting coronavirus on Wednesday, the total tally in Karnataka rose to over 7.35 lakh with more nearly 1.14 lakh cases termed 'active' by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

While 1,13,771 samples were tested on Wednesday (including 39,111 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests), the positivity rate rose to 8.14% as opposed to 7.7% the previous day. Meanwhile, 4574 more cases were confirmed in Bengaluru which also has the highest number of active cases to date (65,045). Other districts that reported the most cases on October 14 were Mysuru (641), Bengaluru Rural (344), Tumkur (341), Belagavi (297) and Ballari (275).

Meanwhile, 6.11 lakh people have recovered from the infection cumulatively as the total death toll rose to 10,198 after 75 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic on Wednesday.

08:30 (IST)15 Oct 2020
South Western Railway approves 22 ‘Festival Special’ trains in first phase, to operate from Oct 20

Expecting a rise in demand for trains in the view of the festival season ahead of Navratri, the South Western Railway (SWR) Wednesday notified that it will operate 22 special trains to various destinations across the country, with the first few services beginning on October 20.

According to the SWR notification, one pair among these is scheduled to operate on the Mysuru-Dharwad route from October 20 to December 1 on the onward direction and till November 30 on the return direction. All other trains approved for operations are to destinations in other states including Telangana, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and Uttar Pradesh among others. “All trains will run as full-reserved trains,” the notification clarified.

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08:29 (IST)15 Oct 2020
North Karnataka receives heavy rains, relief camps opened

At least 41 relief camps in Kalaburagi, Yadgir, and Bidar districts of Karnataka became operational on Wednesday as several parts of north interior Karnataka experienced flood-like situations as heavy rains continued for the third consecutive day.

While several residents of villages in low-lying and vulnerable areas were warned or evacuated by district authorities, nearly 5000 people have been shifted to relief camps as a precautionary measure.

Meanwhile, as rainfall subsided in Belagavi, reports of damage emerged from Vijayapura and Bagalkot districts. According to the Vijayapura district administration, connection to seven villages was cut off after a low-lying bridge in Hadaginal village submerged in overflowing rainwater.

At the same time, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted heavy showers accompanied by thunder and lightning in several parts after which a red alert was sounded at Vijayapura, Dharwad, Belagavi, Raichur, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Bagalkot, Gadag, and Haveri districts. The deep depression over Bay of Bengal with gusty winds of 55-65 kmph over Telangana had moved in a westward direction at a speed of 20 kmph and is centered over north interior Karnataka, about 40 km north of Gulbarga and the adjoining areas of Maharashtra as of 11.30 am on Wednesday, the met department had noted.

08:28 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: 27 PHCs to be upgraded to digital multi-specialty clinics

As many as 27 primary healthcare centres (PHC) in Bengaluru will be upgraded soon to digital multi-specialty clinics where specialist doctors will be deployed to attend patients, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan announced.

In a recent meeting held with BBMP health officials, it was pointed out that digitising health services would reduce social contact. "In the first phase, each Assembly segment in the city will get one digitised PHC which can be extended to other PHCs later," the Deputy CM explained.

BBMP officials clarified that it tenders for the first phase would be called within a week.

08:27 (IST)15 Oct 2020
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Meanwhile, expecting a rise in demand for trains in the view of the festival season ahead of Navratri, the South Western Railway (SWR) Wednesday notified that it will operate 22 special trains to various destinations across the country, with the first few services beginning on October 20.

READ | South Western Railway approves 22 ‘Festival Special’ trains in first phase, to operate from Oct 20

At the same time, ‘Sanchigondu’ (which translates to ‘one for the box’), a popular concept in Bengaluru has been observed to have gained popularity among restaurant customers in the city. The concept allows customers to buy meal tokens for boxes kept at restaurants while paying for their own meals, which can be later redeemed by people in need.

READ | Bengaluru hotels popularise ‘One for the box’ concept to feed needy, expand social outreach since lockdown times

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

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