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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus September 29 Highlights: Covid-19 testing drops further, over 1 lakh active cases now across State

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News September 29 Highlights: According to statistics released by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, Karnataka tested only 58,862 on Monday while the same was 67,857 on Sunday and Saturday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: September 30, 2020 8:11:48 am
Recoveries (7509) outnumbered new cases (6892) reported from the state on September 28. (Express photo: Amit Mehra)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News September 29 Highlights: Three weeks after Karnataka Medical Education Minister Sudhakar K announced that the state is aiming to increase daily Covid-19 testing to one lakh per day, the same has been witnessing a declining trend in the last few days.

According to statistics released by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, Karnataka tested only 58,862 on Monday while the same was 67,857 on Sunday and Saturday. Meanwhile, recoveries (7509) outnumbered new cases (6892) reported from the state on September 28.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said he would travel around the state to convince farmers that amendments to laws governing the marketing of agricultural produce and landholding brought about by the BJP governments in the state and the Centre were beneficial for farmers.

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18:28 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Bangalore University: Revised exam schedule announced

The Bangalore University Tuesday announced the revised dates for second and fourth semester examinations held for various courses, after they were postponed due to the Karnataka Bandh on Monday.

As per the revisions, second semester B.Com, BBA (Aviation Management), BHM exams will be held on October 6.

Meanwhile, sixth semester exams for BA, B.Sc., B.Com, B.Com (Hons), vocational and sixth semester BA, B.Sc., B.Com, vocational courses will be held on October 10.

“However, there is no change in paper/subject/time as notified earlier,” Registrar (Evaluation) of the varsity said.

18:27 (IST)29 Sep 2020
KMAT 2020 application deadline closing tomorrow, exam on October 29

KMAT 2020: Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges Association (KPPGCA) will conduct Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (KMAT) 2020 on October 29. Those who clear the exam will be eligible for admission to MBA, PGDM, MCA programmes. The KMAT score is accepted more than 189 B-schools located across Karnataka.

The application process is still on and students can apply at kmatindia.com till September 30. KMAT 2020 test will have a time duration of two hours in which students will have to answer 120 multiple-choice questions divided into three sections. It will be a paper-pencil based test. “In view of COVID 19, the test method and Dates are subject to change,” as per the official notice.

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18:07 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Bypolls: Opt for digital campaigns, Medical Education Minister urges parties

Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Tuesday requested all parties to opt for digital campaigning for the upcoming assembly byelections to two seats — RR Nagar and Sira.

“This is important to avoid further spread of Covid-19,” he said.

17:38 (IST)29 Sep 2020
300th ALH (Dhruv) Rolls-out from HAL

The 300th Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH-Dhruv) was rolled out from HAL hangar in Bengaluru on Tuesday.Speaking on the occasion, HAL CMD, R Madhavan said ALH never looked back from the day when the prototype took its maiden flight on August 30, 1992 and has “evolved into a world class helicopter with its unparalleled performance”. “The evolution from ALH Mark-I to Mark-IV has been phenomenal and is a boost to the indigenous design and development of helicopters,” Madhavan added.The Roll-out certificate of the 300th helicopter was handed over to G V S Bhaskar, Chief Executive Officer, Helicopter Complex by Mr Y K Sharma, Additional Director General (South Zone), Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) at a programme held at HAL’s Helicopter Division.G V S Bhaskar said ‘Rolling-out of 300th ALH is a testimony to the capabilities HAL has built over the years with concerted efforts of employees and customer support. “With more ALH getting inducted into the services our focus on customer support is ever increasing. With over 2,80,000 flying hours ALH has proven to be a multirole helicopter for Any Mission, Any Place, Any Time,” said G V S Bhaskar.Currently, HAL is producing 73 ALHs contracted for Army (41), Indian Navy (16) and Indian Coast Guard (16). Out of this, 38 ALHs have already been produced and the remaining will be completed by 2022, it said.

16:37 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Part of Namma Metro's Green Line to be closed October 1

Bengaluru Metro services on Green Line will be affected on October 1as BMRCL seeks to take up pre-commissioning works and testing of systems on the extended stretch of the line between Yelachenahalli and Anjanapura (Phase 2-Reach 4).

According to BMRCL, there will be no train services between RV Road and Yelachenahalli stations on 1 October. Trains between Nagasandra and RV Road will be available from 7 am to 9 pm.

Train operations on Purple Line between Byappanahalli and Mysore Road will run as per the existing schedule, BMRCL said.

14:47 (IST)29 Sep 2020
HFNC and RT-PCR machines worth 1.53 cr donated to Government hospitals in the presence of Minister Sudhakar

Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar received medical equipment including HFNC and RT-PCR machines, donated by ExxonMobil and 3M in partnership with United Way Bengaluru, to the Government hospitals, in Vidhana Soudha, today.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister informed that the medical equipment, donated under CSR fund, will be used to support Coronavirus treatment at Victoria Hospital, hospital in Chikkaballapura, Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences, Shankara Hospital, Ramanagara Covid hospital, and District Hospital, Kodagu.

Applauding the contribution by ExxonMobil and 3M, he called upon corporate companies to join hands with the State Government’s fight to contain coronavirus in Karnataka by volunteering to donate medical equipment and other necessary amenities.

Naveen Shukla, CEO, ExxonMobil Services & Technology Pvt. Ltd., handed over 31 HFNC machines worth 1.53 crore, 10 oxygen concentrators, 4 RT-PCR machines and 2,000 pulse oximeters donated to the hospitals. Suraj Melur Raman, Global Security Advisor at Exxon Mobil Corporation and others were present on the occasion.

13:57 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Bengaluru doesn't belong to militants: JD(S) leader Kumaraswamy slams BJP MP Tejasvi Surya

Slamming Bengaluru South BJP MP Tejasvi Surya over his recent comments that Bengaluru has become the "epicentre of terror activities", former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said that the remark is a disgrace to the city, which does not belong to militants.

Kumaraswamy also demanded an apology from Surya who is also appointed as president of the BJP’s youth wing. Taking to Twitter Kumaraswamy wrote, “Some people having links with terrorist organisations were caught after the D J Halli incident. Our criticism must be against them… not the home of millions of people… Bengaluru does not belong to militants, it is ours… Bengaluru is our pride.”

Without naming the BJP leader, Kumaraswamy further said, “The insult made by some commentators within the BJP that Bengaluru is a centre of terror activities is a disgrace to the city. I saw in media how CM B S Yeddyurappa struggled to justify such a statement, during a press conference on Monday. This slanderous statement is an insult to the senior BJP leaders as well.”

A day after becoming the president of the BJP’s youth wing, Surya said many terror modules have been busted in Bengaluru, the Silicon Valley of India, in the recent past. The terrorist groups want to use the city as an “incubation centre” for terror activities. Bengaluru has become an epicentre of terror activities, BJP MP Tejasvi Surya claimed on Sunday and said he had requested Union Home Minister Amit Shah to set up a permanent division of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the city.

13:23 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Maruti Suzuki shortlists five new startups under its MAIL programme

The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) on Tuesday said it has shortlisted five new startups as part of its third cohort of MAIL (Mobility & Automobile Innovation Lab) programme.

The five startups of cohort 3 underwent an extensive shortlisting process that included screening and pitch sessions. Clean Slate Technologies, a startup from Bengaluru, stood as the winner of the programme, followed by Peer Robotics from Gurgaon as 1st runner up and Vicara from Bengaluru as the 2nd runner up.

These startups will now engage with Maruti Suzuki for paid projects and also will be entitled for other benefits associated with the programme, the company added.

Maruti Suzuki India’s MAIL initiative supports startups by co-creating innovative business solutions. It was launched with an aim to nurture innovation in the automobile and mobility sector in partnership with GHV Accelerator in January 2019.

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13:14 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Economist Devaki Jain’s memoir to hit stands on October 3

The no-holds-barred autobiography of celebrated economist-writer Devaki Jain, who made significant contributions to feminist economics, social justice, and women’s empowerment in India, will hit the stands on October 3, announced publishing house Speaking Tiger on Monday.

The book, The Brass Notebook: A Memoir, will feature foreword by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen.

Born in 1933, in Mysore, Karnataka, Jain’s father was a dewan in the Princely States of Mysore and Gwalior. Student of Mysore University, where she studied Mathematics and Economics, she later left for St Anne’s College, Oxford University (UK) and graduated in Economics and Philosophy.

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13:13 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Rohini Sindhuri assumes charge as Mysuru DC

IAS officer Rohini Sindhuri assumed charge as new Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru on Tuesday.

Sindhuri visited the Chamundi Temple to have the darshan of Goddess Chamundeshwari before taking charge as the DC of Mysuru. Sindhuri of 2009 batch officer was serving as Commissioner for Religious and Charitable Endowments. She has served as Mandya Zilla Panchayat CEO, Hassan Deputy Commissioner.

The Karnataka government has transferred Deputy Commissioner B Sharat and posted IAS Officer Rohini Sindhuri in his position, on Monday.

11:41 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Karnataka schools likely to hold classes in shifts after reopening

Schools in Karnataka with high student strength will be directed to hold classes in shifts, according to a Department of School Education Research and Training (DSERT) official. The DSERT is finalising the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for schools to resume lessons offline.

“While schools with high student strength will be directed to follow a shift-system, those with lesser number of students will be allowed to continue how they functioned pre-lockdown,” a DSERT official told Indianexpress.com.

When asked how ‘high’ and ‘low’ student strength will be determined, the official added that specific details will be notified once the government decides to allow students to be physically present in classes throughout the day.

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10:56 (IST)29 Sep 2020
No decision on reopening schools yet: Education Minister

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar Tuesday clarified that the state government is yet to decide when to reopen schools and PU colleges in the state. 'There is no plan to reopen them now. Suggestions and inputs from MLAs, educators, school managements, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders of the system will be looked into before taking a final decision,' he said.

The Minister who is now in Bidar added that a final decision on the same will be made only after he returns to Bengaluru to meet the stakeholders, experts, and top government officials.

10:47 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Karnataka Law Minister JC Madhuswamy tests positive for COVID-19

Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister JC Madhuswamy has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The minister underwent the COVID-19 test after his driver and cook contracted the virus, according to sources. Madhuswamy was admitted in a private hospital in Bengaluru on Monday evening. He had attended the Karnataka assembly session.

Recently, Senior Karnataka Congress MLA HK Patil, Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol and Gandhinagar MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao tested positive for COVID-19 among those who had attended the Karnataka assembly session which concluded on Saturday.

08:34 (IST)29 Sep 2020
BBMP administrator and Commissioner reviews major projects in Bengaluru

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) administrator Gaurav Gupta along with civic body Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad on Monday reviewed major projects in the city such as the eight-lane signal-free corridor project at Okalipuram, Chord Road flyover and the Shivananda Steel flyover.

After inspecting the Chord Road flyover project in Rajajinagar, officers instructed the contractors to speed up the work. Inspecting the long-delayed eight-lane signal-free corridor project at Okalipuram, the officials asked the engineer, Railway Department, to complete the box-pushing work at the earliest.

Gupta and Prasad inspected the 493 meter steel bridge from Shivananda Circle to Crescent Road and instructed the contractors to finish the work by April 2021.

08:28 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Senior Congress MLA H K Patil tests positive for COVID-19

Senior Karnataka Congress MLA HK Patil said that he had tested positive for coronavirus. “I have been tested positive for #Covid19. I am asymptomatic but quarantined myself for 10 days,” Patil, a former minister and Congress in-charge of Maharashtra, tweeted.

Patil, 67, represents Gadag assembly constituency in north-west Karnataka. Patil requested all those who had come in his contact in the last few days to get themselves tested as a precaution. Recently Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol and Gandhinagar MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao tested positive for COVID-19 among those who had attended the Karnataka assembly session which concluded on Saturday.

08:21 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Sandalwood drugs case: NDPS court denies bail pleas of actors Ragini, Sanjjanaa

A special court that deals with cases filed under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act Monday rejected the bail pleas of actors Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani, who have been arrested for their alleged links to a drug peddling case involving other actors from the industry.

While Galrani was sent to judicial custody on September 16, Dwivedi was sent to jail on September 14. Others who have been remanded to judicial custody include celebrity party organiser Viren Khanna, business analyst Aditya Agarwal, Malleshwaram-based jeweler Vaibhav Jain, techie Prateek Shetty, and suspended RTO clerk B K Ravishankar.

With the court rejecting bail applications, the accused will continue to be lodged at Parappana Agrahara central prison located in Bengaluru.

08:20 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Karnataka bandh: Thousands of farmers hit the streets in Bengaluru; several Cong, JD(S) workers detained

Pro-farmer organisations backed by a number of other social and political outfits on Monday staged protests across Karnataka over amendments to Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act and land reform acts amid a statewide bandh.

Farmers, labourers, pro-Kannada activists, and Dalit organisations hit the streets in support of the bandh while thousands of farmers gathered at Mysuru Bank circle and in front of Town Hall in Bengaluru, throwing traffic haywire.

Several Congress and JD(S) workers who gathered at Myuru Bank circle were detained and taken in BMTC buses to City Armed Reserve (CAR) headquarters and KSRP Parade Ground in Madiwala.

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08:19 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Covid-19 testing drops further, over 1 lakh active cases now

Three weeks after Karnataka Medical Education Minister Sudhakar K announced that the state is aiming to increase daily Covid-19 testing to one lakh per day, the same has been witnessing a declining trend in the last few days.

According to statistics released by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, Karnataka tested only 58,862 on Monday while the same was 67,857 on Sunday and Saturday. Meanwhile, recoveries (7509) outnumbered new cases (6892) reported from the state on September 28.

While over 1.04 lakh cases are active in the state now, more than 5.82 lakh people have contracted the infection so far since March 8. Of these, over 2.23 lakh cases have been reported from the capital city Bengaluru alone which also has witnessed the highest fatalities linked to the pandemic (2845) among all 30 districts of the state.

08:19 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Two new species of wetland plant discovered from Western Ghats

Scientists from Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) have discovered two new species of pipeworts, a type of wetland plant, from areas along the Western Ghats in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Some of the previously-discovered plant species, belonging to genus Eriocaulon, have proven to have medicinal values and have been in wide use for their anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-cancerous properties. However, the team is yet to trace the hidden medicinal applications of these two species.

“The two newly-discovered species, from Sindhudurg in Maharashtra and Kumta in Karnataka, display different floral characters than previously known species,” said Ritesh Kumar Choudhary, who led the ARI study.

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08:16 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Mysuru gets new Dy Commissioner, second change in 2 months

The Karnataka government Monday issued orders appointing Rohini Sindhuri Dasari as the new Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru district, ahead of the Mysore Dasara celebrations scheduled to be held from October 17 to 27.

Sindhuri, a 2009-batch Indian Administrative Services officer has replaced B Sharat who was posted as Mysuru DC only a month back, on August 28. While Sindhuri was serving as Commissioner for Religious and Charitable Endowments, she had been posted earlier as Hassan DC and Mandya Zilla Panchayat CEO.

The other civil servants who were transferred on Monday and their new designations are as follows:

  • Rajendra Cholan - MD, Bengaluru Smart City Limited
  • J Manjunath - Special Commissioner (Administration), BBMP
  • Hephsiba Rani Korlapati - Special Commissioner (Estates)
  • M R Ravi Kumar - Zilla Panchayat CEO, Kolar
  • P Shivashankar - Zilla Panchayat CEO, Chikkaballapur

Karnataka-Chief-Minister-CM-Yediyurappa-B-S-Bengaluru-CMO-759 Police carried out searches at the offices of Power TV and the home of its managing director-editor Rakesh Shetty, and also questioned an anchor. Express Photo

Meanwhile, Bengaluru Police began an investigation on Monday against officials of a private television channel that recently aired a sting alleging the involvement of members of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s family in acts of corruption.

READ | Police search channel that aired sting on ‘corruption’ by BSY family

At the same time, scientists from Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) have discovered two new species of pipeworts, a type of wetland plant, from areas along the Western Ghats in Karnataka and Maharashtra.

READ | Two new species of wetland plant discovered from Western Ghats

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