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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus September 21 Highlights: Karnataka legislative session underway in Vidhana Soudha

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News September 21 Highlights: At least 2000 people were relocated to relief camps in safer locations at Udupi on Sunday where rescue operations by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) are underway.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: September 22, 2020 8:16:58 am
Karnataka Legislative Assembly, Vidhana Soudha, YediyurappaThe seventh session of the 15th Karnataka Legislative Assembly is now underway in Bengaluru.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News September 21 Highlights: As several parts of north and coastal Karnataka continued to receive moderate to heavy rains on Sunday as well, three people lost lives in separate incidents at Belagavi and Bidar districts.

While a bike rider — identified as Beershetty Bodhanawadi (28) — was swept away when he was trying to cross an overflowing stream in Kalaburagi, two brothers — Anu Fakru and Arasu Fakru — fell into the Nizampur lake in Bidar.

Meanwhile, at least 2000 people were relocated to relief camps in safer locations at Udupi on Sunday where rescue operations by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) are underway.

At the same time, the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru is hosting a short legislature session — spanning across eight days — beginning Monday amid unprecedented safety measures taken in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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15:46 (IST)21 Sep 2020
Siddaramaiah opposes passage of farmer-related bills

Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah Monday expressed displeasure over the move by the government to bring in amendments to three farmer-related laws — The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.

Criticising the BJP-led governments (both central and state), he said, "The decision to pass three bills related to farmers, without adequate consultation of stakeholders and debates in both the houses, is the evilest act to destabilise the foundations of democracy."

The former Karnataka CM added that the ordinances are attempts to empower private players with supreme power to procure produce from farmers without any regulation. "This is a one-sided policy that threatens the survival of farmers. The BJP government in Karnataka is
is trying to follow the same steps as in the Centre to pass the amendments", he added.

Siddaramaiah further said in a series of tweets labelled #SaveFarmers that only 6 per cent of the farmers in India have access to Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs). "If the government really wants to help farmers, they can allow private entities to open market but the regulatory authority of those markets should remain with APMCs", he said.

15:24 (IST)21 Sep 2020
Watch | More protesters arrive in Bengaluru to protest Karnataka govt's ordinances

As the legislative session is underway in the Karnataka Assembly, several farmers, labourers, and members of Dalit organisations gathered to protest at Anand Rao Circle in huge numbers.

Their major demands include the withdrawal of all ordinances related to Land Reforms Act, APMC Act and several labour laws put forth recently by the BJP-led government.

15:23 (IST)21 Sep 2020
SC quashes separate entrance test for NLSIU, admissions through CLAT

The Supreme Court on Monday quashed NLSIU Bengaluru’s notification for a separate entrance exam, the National Law Aptitude Test-2020 held on September 12, for admission to its five-year integrated BA LLB (Hons) programme.

While cancelling the NLAT-2020 entrance exam, the apex court also directed that admissions in all 22 National Law Universities (NLUs) be conducted in accordance with CLAT-2020 which is scheduled to be held on September 28.

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan passed the order on a plea challenging NLAT-2020 filed by former NLSIU vice chancellor Professor R Venkata Rao and the parent of an aspirant.

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13:40 (IST)21 Sep 2020
WATCH | Yogendra Yadav slams BS Yediyurappa for the ordinances to amend Land reforms act and APMC act

Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav participated at the massive protest organised by various farmers associations in Bengaluru. Yogendra Yadav slams BS Yediyurappa led BJP government for the ordinances to amend Land reforms act and APMC act.

The farmers, labours, Dalit and other organisations protesting in Anand Rao Circle in Bengaluru as the eight-day Karnataka legislature session begins in the Vidhana Soudha.

The legislature session begins in the Vidhana Soudha on Monday 11 am amid unprecedented safety measures in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The session is scheduled to conclude on September 30.

13:33 (IST)21 Sep 2020
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa makes obituary references

As the proceedings of day-one of the Karnataka legislative session began, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa makes obituary references to commence the same within the House. The seventh session of the 15th Karnataka Legislative Assembly is now underway in Bengaluru.

12:37 (IST)21 Sep 2020
Farmers protest in front of Vidhana Soudha

Farmers, labours, Dalit and other organisations protesting in Bengaluru as the 8-day Karnataka legislature session begins in the Vidhana Soudha. The protesters from various organisations protest against amendments to the Land Reforms Act, the APMC Act and various labour laws.

The legislature session begins in the Vidhana Soudha on Monday 11 am amid unprecedented safety measures in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The session is scheduled to conclude on September 30.

12:22 (IST)21 Sep 2020
IN PICS | CM launches mobile testing van for COVID-19

In the wake of rising cases of coronavirus, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday launched a ‘lab built on wheels’- a mobile Covid-19 testing vans in Bengaluru.

11:57 (IST)21 Sep 2020
Udupi: 2874 people rescued after heavy rains, floods

In Karnataka’s Udupi district, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) have been pressed into action to help with rescue and evacuation operations. At least 2,874 people from 827 affected families were evacuated until Sunday evening following incessant rains and floods.

Of these, as many as 1,201 people, including 563 women, were shifted to 31 different relief camps while others moved to safer locations.

At least eight people were injured as over 1,100 houses were damaged in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts.

With the Indrani rivulet at Kalsanka in the city overflowing due to the incessant downpour, water entered the Rajangana on Sri Krishna Mutt premise leaving the entire parking area submerged.

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10:28 (IST)21 Sep 2020
Soon, Karnataka police to extend E- Lost App service to entire state

e-Lost App of Bengaluru police will be extended to the entire state by the Karnataka police soon, Praveen Sood, Director General and Inspector General of Police of Karnataka said.

The app which was launched by Bengaluru police in 2017 helps in reporting lost things such as documents, mobile phone, wallet and more. According to police, there is no need to visit a police station and file a complaint, people will get an e- mail with a digitally-signed copy on the app itself acknowledging the lost report, which can be authenticated by authorities like for duplicate documents.

In a tweet, Praveen Sood said, “E- Lost App of Bangalore city Police saves 4 lakh avoidable footfalls to police stations every year. Online report and instant certificate facilitates getting duplicate issued. Soon it will be extended to the entire state. Watch for the announcement.”

10:00 (IST)21 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Eight-day legislature session begins today

With several precautions in place due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic situation in the State, the Karnataka legislature will meet for the next eight days in a short session.

While the BJP-led government is keen on ensuring passage of key bills brought in via ordinances — including amendments to Land Reforms Act, APMC Act, Panchayat Raj Act — the opposition, Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) have planned to reject these amendments.

While the first day's proceedings are likely to include obituary references, question hour and written and oral answers from ministers among other questions on flood-related damage, compensation for excessive rainfall and release of grants for development activities, several legislators including Deputy CM Ashwathnarayan and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai will miss the session after testing positive for coronavirus recently.

09:56 (IST)21 Sep 2020
Karnataka: KSRTC to resume interstate operations to Maharashtra tomorrow

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to resume services to neighbouring Maharashtra from Tuesday, as part of resuming inter-state services amid Covid-19.

“As lockdown has been relaxed, KSRTC will restart operations to Maharashtra from September 22,” an official statement read.

To begin with, buses have been planned to destinations in Maharashtra from Bengaluru, Davanagere, Mangaluru and other parts of the state.

Earlier, operations were restored in phases to Andhra Pradesh and Goa after restrictions were lifted post the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

09:31 (IST)21 Sep 2020
US court lifts stay on Devas plea for compensation for cancelling deal

A US court has lifted a stay imposed last July on proceedings in a case where Bengaluru-based start-up Devas Multimedia Ltd sought compensation to the tune of $1.1 billion from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) commercial arm Antrix Corporation for cancelling a satellite deal in 2011.

In a September 17 order, the federal court for the Western District of Washington has cited lack of progress in the resolution of disputes pending in Indian courts between Devas and Antrix Corporation as a reason for lifting the stay imposed on July 10, 2019 on Devas’s demand for confirmation of the compensation award.

In a petition filed in the US court, Devas has sought to enforce a compensation award of $ 563.4 million and interest made by an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration court in 2015 for the cancellation of the satellite deal inked in 2005.

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09:30 (IST)21 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: Thundershowers predicted over the week, BBMP zonal control rooms to assist during emergencies

Several areas received over 10 mm rain between 8.30 and 2.30 pm on Sunday in Bengaluru resulting in waterlogging in various parts of the city.

While Chokkasandra in Dasarahalli Zone received most rains (12 mm) during the same timeframe, Jnanabharathi, Kottigepalya, Chamarajpet, and Sampangiramnagar areas witnessed 11 mm rain. At the same time, Shettihalli, V V Puram, Nagapura, Galianjaneya Temple, and Maruthi Mandir wards recorded 10.5 mm rainfall.

Meanwhile, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad visited the BBMP control room and affected areas in the city inspecting work carried out by the civic administration. He informed that ward-wise control rooms will continue to function to assist the citizen in the wake of thundershowers forecast for the next few days as well.

09:25 (IST)21 Sep 2020
Karnataka to set up panel to study long-term effects of Covid-19

Karnataka will set up a special committee for research into the long-term effects of the novel coronavirus, the government announced Sunday.

According to Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, the panel will comprise medical experts who will look into the details of how the viral infection takes form in patients with both mild and severe symptoms.

“Karnataka will constitute a special technical committee of medical experts to study the long-term effects of Covid-19 in people who have recovered from the infection. We will evaluate those who had mild or severe symptoms, with a special focus on patients with comorbidity,” Sudhakar said.

Sudhakar said the research will help the medical community further improve Covid-19 treatment.

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09:10 (IST)21 Sep 2020
Karnataka rains: Three killed in Belagavi, Bidar; 2000 people relocated in Udupi

As several parts of north and coastal Karnataka continued to receive moderate to heavy rains on Sunday as well, three people lost lives in separate incidents at Belagavi and Bidar districts.

While a bike rider — identified as Beershetty Bodhanawadi (28) — was swept away when he was trying to cross an overflowing stream in Kalaburagi, two brothers — Anu Fakru and Arasu Fakru — fell into the Nizampur lake in Bidar.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted widespread rainfall at a few places in the State on Monday as well as heavy downpour also wreaked havoc in Udupi district where rescue operations by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) are underway. At least 2000 people were relocated to relief camps in safer locations on Sunday.

"I am aware of the floods in Udupi inundating a few villages. I have directed the district authorities to rush a 250-member team of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) there. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will also reach there," Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) has sounded an alert for heavy rainfall at Malnad, coastal regions, and a few interior and northern districts for the next couple of days.

08:41 (IST)21 Sep 2020
Noted Karnataka transgender activist Akkai Padmashali joins Congress

Transgender activist and motivational speaker Akkai Padmashali officially joined the Congress party on Sunday in an event held in Bengaluru in the presence of party’s Karnataka chief D K Shivakumar and other senior party leaders.

Padmashali is the first transgender person to be conferred with the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award — the second-highest civilian honour of the state — in 2015. She is also known for her stints as a social activist, a lecturer in several colleges across Bengaluru, and as a classically-trained singer.

In an exclusive interview with indianexpress.com where she announced her decision to enter mainstream politics, Padmashali said, “The Indian National Congress is known for being quite outspoken on issues faced by minorities including the transgender community. My decision to join the party coincides with the observation that there is no political voice from within the party now to represent such issues from a first-hand perspective.”

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08:29 (IST)21 Sep 2020
How 190-second intercept helped police join dots in Lankesh, Kalburgi killings

An intercepted phone conversation between two relatives of a key accused in the 2017 murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru provided a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Karnataka Police with vital evidence of his involvement in another high-profile case — the 2015 killing of Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi.

According to court records, soon after the July 2018 arrest of Ganesh Miskin, 28, the rider of the motorcycle that took Lankesh’s alleged killer Parshuram Waghmore to her home, two close relatives of Miskin discussed the arrest on phone.

One of the relatives, Ravi Miskin, allegedly told an “uncle” that his elder brother Ganesh was involved in the two murders, records show. The transcript of the conversation has been placed as evidence along with the chargesheet in the Kalburgi case to indicate Miskin’s involvement in both cases.

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08:27 (IST)21 Sep 2020
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Welcome to the live blog from Bengaluru where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19, lockdown 5.0, unlock phase 4, Karnataka rains, Sandalwood drug case, Udupi rains and more across Bengaluru and Karnataka. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

Sudhakar said the research will help the medical community further improve Covid-19 treatment.

Meanwhile, Karnataka will set up a special committee for research into the long-term effects of the novel coronavirus, the government announced Sunday.

According to Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, the panel will comprise medical experts who will look into the details of how the viral infection takes form in patients with both mild and severe symptoms.

READ | Karnataka to set up panel to study long-term effects of Covid-19

At the same time, transgender activist and motivational speaker Akkai Padmashali will officially joined the Congress party on Sunday in an event held in Bengaluru in the presence of party’s Karnataka chief D K Shivakumar and other senior party leaders.

READ | Noted Karnataka transgender activist Akkai Padmashali joins Congress

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