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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus September 25 Highlights: ED to question actors Ragini Dwivedi, Sanjjanaa Galrani

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News September 25 Highlights: The central agency had sought permission from the special court in the city handling Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) cases for the same, after which it was allowed to do so, on Thursday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: September 28, 2020 8:08:54 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News September 25 Highlights: A fortnight after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a money laundering case against many of the accused in the Sandalwood drug scandal case, officials clarified that they will record statements of actors Ragini Dwivedi, Sanjjanaa Galrani, and three others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The central agency had sought permission from the special court in the city handling Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) cases for the same, after which it was allowed to do so, on Thursday. The accused are now currently jailed in the Parappana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru.

Also Read | Bengaluru violence: NIA arrests ‘key conspirator,’ conducts searches at 30 locations

Meanwhile, as the number of fresh Covid-19 cases and fatalities linked to the pandemic surge in Bengaluru, the capital city reported over 4000 cases for the first time since March.

According to statistics shared by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, coronavirus infection was confirmed in 4192 more people on Thursday, taking the total tally in the city to 2,08,467.

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20:37 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Bangalore University postpones final year UG/ PG exams, check revised schedule

The University of Bangalore has postponed the final year undergraduate/ post-graduate exams which were scheduled to be held from September 25. The varsity will now conduct the exams from October 5. As per the revised schedule by the varsity, the UG exams will be held on October 4 and 6, and the PG exams from October 5.

18:25 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Yediyurappa's daughter appointed as Women wing president of ABVM

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediuurappa’s daughter, Aruna Udayakumar has been appointed as Women wing president of the Akhil Bharata Veerashaiva Mahasabha (ABVM).

The ABVM is the religious body of the Lingayat community in the state to which Yeddiyurappa belongs to. According to sources Aruna Udayakumar as Women wing president of ABVM on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the ABVM is in control of Congress leaders, the all India President of the organisation is senior Congress leader and MLA Shamanooru Shivashankarappawhile its general secretary is Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) working president, Eshwar Khandre.

13:30 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Karnataka farmers protest against farm bills

As many as 35 farmer organisations blocked major highways in and around Bengaluru on Friday morning to register their protest against the amendments to the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act and the Karnataka Land Reforms Act.

The protest across several locations disrupt vehicular movement in Bengaluru city resulting in slow moving traffic at Tumakuru road, Mysuru road, Goruguntepalya and Yeswanthpur.

10:29 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Sandalwood Drug Case: CCB arrest Nigerian drug peddler

Bengaluru CCB police made another arrest in connection to Sandalwood drug case on Friday.

According to Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner (Crime), Nigerian drug peddler Ossy has been arrested. He is as associate of Simon (Nigerian peddler who was already arrested) and was supplying drugs to some of the other accused already arrested in the case.

08:58 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa pay last respects to Suresh Angadi

Karnataka Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa paid his last respects to Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi, MLA for Basavakalyan B. Narayan Rao and Rajya Sabha member Ashok Gasti on Thursday evening.

Yediyurappa along with State Law Minister Madhuswamy paid their last respects to departed leaders at the CM’s official residence in Bengaluru.

Suresh Angadi, who passed away on Wednesday evening due to COVID-19, was a four-time BJP MP from Belagavi. Angadi tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and had been admitted at the AIIMS Trauma Centre in New Delhi.

Congress MLA B Narayan Rao, who was undergoing treatment in Manipal hospital for coronavirus, died on Thursday. The 65-year-old Basavakalyan MLA from Bidar district in North Karnataka was admitted on September 1 after being diagnosed with severe COVID-19 infection.

First-time Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka Ashok Gasti, who was admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru after testing positive for Covid-19, passed away on September 17. He was 55.

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08:21 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Bengaluru violence: NIA arrests ‘key conspirator,’ conducts searches at 30 locations

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the Bengaluru violence case arrested a “key conspirator” Thursday for his alleged involvement in the attack on Kadugodanahalli (KG Halli) police station on August 11.

According to the NIA team camping in the city since it took over the investigation on Tuesday, they have arrested one Sayyed Saddiq Ali, 44, from the city. “The accused works as a recovery agent with a bank and was absconding since August 11, immediately after the riots,” NIA officials said.

The team also conducted searches at 30 locations in the city as part of its probe to unearth the alleged conspiracy behind the attacks on KG Halli and Devarajeevanahalli (DJ Halli) police stations. “During searches, airgun, pellets, sharp weapons, iron rods, digital devices, DVRs (Dynamic Vision Resources), and many incriminating documents and material related to SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India) and PFI (Popular Front of India) have been seized,” an NIA statement read.

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08:19 (IST)25 Sep 2020
IISc, Wipro GE Healthcare set up Healthcare Innovation Lab

The Bengaluru based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Wipro GE Healthcare announced the inauguration of an advanced centre for innovation and research WIPRO GE Healthcare - Computational and Data Sciences Collaborative Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence in Medical and Healthcare Imaging at the IISc campus in the city on Thursday.

The facility will work with over 50 students and three faculty members of IISc. “The facility, located at the Department of Computational and Data Sciences (CDS) of IISc, Bengaluru, will work on the next level of healthcare diagnostics with deep learning technology, artificial intelligence and future-ready digital interfaces, to provide highly sophisticated diagnostic and medical image-reconstruction techniques and protocols for faster and better imaging. To start with, this facility will work with over fifty students and three faculty members of IISc,” the statement said

According to release, some of the use cases that the collaboration will explore are: light-weight deep learning models for classification and segmentation of COVID-19 lesions in lung ultrasound and CT images, deep learning models for improving as well as classifying spectral domain optical coherence tomography images in ophthalmology, deep learning based medical image reconstruction methods and exploiting the structure of 3D volume data that necessitates fewer annotations, thereby reducing development time and annotation cost.

08:18 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Sandalwood Drug Case: Mangaluru CCB issues notice to TV anchor Anushree

Mangaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB), issued a notice to TV anchor and Kannada actor Anushree on Thursday in connection with a drug racket in Mangaluru.

According to sources, CCB police initially sent the notice to Anushree’s WhatsApp number and on Friday, CCB team serve the notice personally to Anushree who now resides with her mother and brother in Bengaluru.

Mangaluru CCB police had arrested choreographer-actor Kishor Aman from and his accomplice Akhil Nausheel on September 19 innthe case.

08:17 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: In a first, city records over 4000 Covid-19 cases in a day

As the number of fresh Covid-19 cases and fatalities linked to the pandemic surge in Bengaluru, the capital city reported over 4000 cases for the first time in a day, since March 8 when the first case was reported.

According to statistics shared by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, coronavirus infection was confirmed in 4192 more people on Thursday, taking the total tally in the city to 2,08,467.

Meanwhile, 24 more deaths that took place over the last few days were added to the city's Covid-19 fatality records as the total rose to 2762.

At the same time, 7710 fresh positive cases were reported in the last 24 hours from across the state while 6748 discharges were also recorded. As many as 95,549 active cases are there in Karnataka, as on September 24.

08:16 (IST)25 Sep 2020
ED to question Ragini Dwivedi, Sanjjanaa Galrani, others

A fortnight after The Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a money laundering case against many of the accused in the Sandalwood drug scandal case, officials clarified that they will record statements of actors Ragini Dwivedi, Sanjjanaa Galrani, and three others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The central agency had sought permission from the special court in the city handling Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) cases for the same, after which it was allowed to do so, on Thursday.

The other accused who will be quizzed by ED include party organiser Viren Khanna, real estate businessman Rahul Thonse and suspended RTO clerk B K Ravi Shankar, who are all currently jailed in the Parappana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru.

08:14 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Sasikala writes to Bengaluru prison officials, requests not to reveal details of her release

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s close aide VK Sasikala has written a letter to the Bengaluru Parappana Agrahara prison Superintendent requesting not to entertain any kind of application of the third parties under the Right to Information Act seeking details related to her imprisonment, release date, etc.

In a letter dated September 19, Sasikala said the third parties file those applications for gaining publicity and also due to political vendetta. “The oblique motive of some applicants is to complicate my lawful release at the right time,” the letter read.

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08:14 (IST)25 Sep 2020
Citing corruption, Congress gives notice for no-confidence motion against BSY govt

The opposition Congress in Karnataka on Thursday gave a notice to initiate a no-confidence motion against the B S Yediyurappa-led BJP government, citing corruption in the government and a growing financial burden.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah gave the notice and said, “The chief minister has lost the confidence of the House.”

Despite Congress’s demand for an immediate discussion on the no-confidence motion, Assembly Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kaggeri said time would be given to discuss the notice before the session concludes on Saturday.

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08:13 (IST)25 Sep 2020
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Karnataka bypoll results, Karnataka elections results 2019, Karnataka bypoll results 2019, Karnataka elections, Karnataka poll results, Karnataka chunav Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah gave the notice and said, “The chief minister has lost the confidence of the House.” (PHOTO BY JYOTHY KARAT)

Meanwhile, the opposition Congress in Karnataka on Thursday gave a notice to initiate a no-confidence motion against the B S Yediyurappa-led BJP government, citing corruption in the government and a growing financial burden.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah gave the notice and said, “The chief minister has lost the confidence of the House.”

READ | Citing corruption, Congress gives notice for no-confidence motion against BSY govt

At the same time, in order to reduce stress on the city’s traffic, the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) in Bengaluru has decided to come up with dedicated pop-up bike lanes on either side of the Outer Ring Road (ORR) between Silk Board junction and Lowry Memorial College near K R Puram.

READ | Bengaluru: Dedicated bike lanes, racks on public buses to encourage cycling, reduce traffic

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