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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus September 3 Highlights: Karnataka RTC extends special Onam services to Kerala till Sept 8

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News September 3 Highlights: The State will be eligible for a total compensation of Rs 18,289 crore.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: September 4, 2020 8:20:27 am
To begin with, buses have been planned to destinations in Maharashtra from Bengaluru, Davanagere, Mangaluru and other parts of the state.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News September 3 Highlights: The Karnataka government Wednesday decided to choose the first of the two options offered by the Centre of borrowing to meet the shortfall in the goods and services tax (GST). As per this option, the State will be eligible for a total compensation of Rs 18,289 crore.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who is also the Finance Minister for the State, informed the decision after discussions held with officials of the Finance Department.

“After the evaluation of the two options, it is felt that option one would be more beneficial to the State’s finances. This would help the State in augmenting its revenue in the present financial year,” the government clarified in an official statement. It said this would help the State augment its revenue in the 2020–21 financial year.

However, the government’s decision is contrary to the the Opposition Congress asking the BJP government not to accept the proposal to borrow.

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17:20 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Indian Institute of Science and Washington University enter into a new partnership

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru and Washington University in St Louis, USA, met virtually via Zoom and signed an agreement announcing a new partnership that outlines new research and academic opportunities. On Thursday, IISc, said on August 25, 2020, delegates from the IISc and Washington University in St Louis, USA, have launched a new partnership to promote a variety of joint research and academic activities. Areas of collaboration include neuromorphic engineering, environmental science, aerosols research and machine learning.

“We are very excited about our collaboration with Washington University,” said Prof Govindan Rangarajan, Director of IISc. “In fact, we have already charted our plans for joint initiatives and identified specific areas for collaboration, including joint supervision or degree programs. We look forward to the success of this new partnership.”

“We are pleased to formally inaugurate the partnership between the Indian Institute of Science and Washington University,” said Washington University Chancellor Prof Andrew D Martin during the virtual event. “We have long been aware of IISc’s stellar research reputation, and we are delighted to be working together. Deepening the relationship, and bringing more students into the mix, is exactly the right type of model for cross-institution collaboration.”

According to IISc, the agreement spans research workshops and visits, plus joint course development and mentoring of PhD students in India and the US. This partnership has only formalised the already existing ties between IISc alumni and faculty members at McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University, statement said.

17:09 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: BBMP sanctions 1322 new posts for ASHA workers

Bengaluru's local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Thursday announced the addition of 1322 new posts of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers in the city.

According to BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, 1229 ASHA workers have been sanctioned under the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) at present. "Now, there will be one ASHA worker for every 5000 population. The population projection has been taken as 1,27,56,029 for 2020-21 with a total of 2551 ASHA workers," he explained.

16:07 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Karnataka COMEDK UGET result 2020 declared, check direct link

The result for the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka’s (COMEDK’s) undergraduate entrance test for engineering courses (UGET 2020) has been declared today- September 3.

Students can check their result at the official website, comedk.org.
The computer-based exam for admission to undergraduate engineering and architecture courses in Karnataka-based colleges was conducted on August 19

Based on the scores and COMEDK rank card, students will have to attend centralised counselling in Bangalore-based in which they will get seats in different colleges based on their interest and merit. Those who opt for ComedK only will take admission through offline centralised counselling at Bangalore.

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15:35 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Special KSRTC Onam services to Kerala extended till Sept 8

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Thursday announced extension of the special services scheduled to various destinations in Kerala to facilitate passengers travelling on the occasion of the Onam season. "For the convenience of travelling public, the operation of special services is extended till September 8," KSRTC said in a statement.

These special services, which began operations on August 24, will be operated between Bengaluru and Kannur, Ernakulam, Kanhangad, Kasaragod, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram, and Vadakara.

Meanwhile, buses will be operated from Mysuru to Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kottayam, and vice-versa.

Passengers travelling to Kerala should register themselves on the destination state’s COVID-19 Jagratha portal to get the required travel pass prior to the journey.

15:33 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Sandalwood drug case: Ragini Dwivedi seeks time to appear before CCB police

Kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi did not turn up before the Central Crime Branch(CCB) officials on Thursday and instead a team of advocates representing Ragini appeared before the CCB. 

The CCB has been investigating drug dealing and substance abuse by Kannada film actors after filmmaker and journalist Indrajit Lankesh made statements regarding the case recently. Ragini and her friend Ravishankar were issued summons to appear at the CCB headquarter in Chamarajpet on Thursday.

In a tweet, Ragini said that she is committed to appear on Monday morning before the police. “I am grateful for all the concern expressed by the public about a notice I received yesterday. As I received it at a very short notice,I was unable to appear today before the CCB police.However out of respect for the process of the law. My advocates have presented themselves before the police, have explained my difficulty in not being able to appear today and have sought time. I am committed to appear on Monday morning before the police,” Ragini said in series of tweets on Thursday.

On August 21, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) conducted a major drug bust and arrested drug peddlers, who have been supplying drugs to artists in the Kannada film industry. 

Indrajit Lankesh on Monday deposed before the CCB police on his claims that the Kannada film industry was in the grip of drugs. He appeared before the CCB in response to the summons and was questioned for almost five hours, days after he claimed that many in the industry were into drugs.

13:24 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Air Force recruitment for Karnataka candidates from Sept 23

The Indian Air Force has scheduled a special recruitment rally to select airmen in group ‘X’ (Technical) trades. "Unmarried male Indian citizens from the State of Karnataka are eligible and candidates should have their date of birth between 17th Jan 2000 to 31st 2003 (both days inclusive)," a notification read.

Intermediate/12th Standard (Pre University)/Equivalent examination passed with Mathematics, Physics and English as mandatory subjects scoring a minimum of 50 per cent marks in aggregate and 50 per cent marks in English is the educational qualification mandated for the same.

Those who have passed three years diploma course in Engineering Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Automobile, Computer Science, Instrumentation Technology, Information Technology from a government-recognized Polytechnic institute with 50 per cent marks in aggregate and 50 per cent marks in English as individual subject can also apply, officials added.

Eligible candidates are expected to register online for their candidature on the website www.airmenselection.cdac.in. After completing registration, candidates are asked to report to the venue on the allotted date with admit card, original marks sheet and passing certificates of matriculation, intermediate, 2nd Pre-University or Diploma certificate and four self-attested photocopies of all certificates and 30 copies of recent passport size colour photographs at the venue informed.

13:23 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Bengaluru metro services to resume from Sept 7: Here are the dates, timings, guidelines

Halted for over five months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the Bengaluru Metro will resume operations in phases from September 7. While the Namma Metro services will restart on Purple Line from September 7, the green line will ply from September 9 onwards.

In the first phase, the six-coach trains will operate from 8-11 am and 4.30-7.30 pm on the east-west route (purple line). In the second phase, the service will also resume on the north-south route (green line) for three hours at the same timings, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) said in a statement.

“With effect from September 11, 2020, trains on both the lines will operate from 7 am to 9 pm with a peak hour frequency of five minutes and non-peak hour frequency of 10 minutes,” BL Yeshwanth Chavan, Chief Public Relations Officer, BMRCL said.

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13:11 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Deve Gowda, H D Kumaraswamy condole demise of former Bhadravathi MLA Appaji Gowda

M J Appaji Gowda, former MLA of Bhadravathi in Shivamogga district, succumbed to coronavirus infection Wednesday night. He was 67 and was under treatment in District McGann hospital in the city.

Condoling the death, former Prime Minister and the JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda said the former Bhadrawathi MLA used to toil for the poor people and for the uplift of the workers of Bhadravathi factory.

In his condolence message, former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said he was deeply pained to hear about Appaji Gowda's demise. Kumaraswamy said Appaji Gowda had entered politics as the voice of the workers of the Steel City of Bhadravathi. His demise has caused an irreparable loss to the party.

11:41 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Sandalwood drug case: Ragini Dwivedi summoned by CCB police

The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) Police on Wednesday summoned Kannada film actor Ragini Dwivedi to appear for questioning in connection with the drug abuse case.

The CCB has been investigating drug dealing and substance abuse by Kannada film actors after filmmaker and journalist Indrajit Lankesh made statements regarding the case recently. Joint Commissioner of Police(Crime) Sandeep Patil, confirmed to Indianexpress.com that Ragini and her friend Ravishankar were issued summons to appear at the CCB headquarter in Chamarajpet on Thursday.

On August 21, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) conducted a major drug bust and arrested drug peddlers, who have been supplying drugs to artists in the Kannada film industry.

Indrajit Lankesh on Monday deposed before the CCB police on his claims that the Kannada film industry was in the grip of drugs. He appeared before the CCB in response to the summons and was questioned for almost five hours, days after he claimed that many in the industry were into drugs.

10:59 (IST)03 Sep 2020
MBBS exams deferred to October by RGUHS

The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) has decided to postpone the MBBS examinations, scheduled to be held in September, after the request by the students’ association in view of Covid-19 pandemic.

A circular issued by the Registrar (evaluation) of the university said, “The examinations, which are scheduled to be held from September 15, have been rescheduled to October. The exams will begin on October 13.”

The fee notification and time table will be hosted on the website at the earliest, the circular added.

10:15 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Bengaluru metro services to resume from Sept 7, here are the dates, timings, guidelines

The Bengaluru Metro will resume operations in phase from 7 September with peak hour trains on Purple Line, those on the green line will ply from September 9 onwards.

In the first phase, the 6-coach trains will operate from 8-11 am and 4.30-7.30 pm on the purple line. In the second phase from September 9, the service will also resume on the north-south route (green line) for 3 hours at the same timings, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) said.

“With effect from September 11, 2020 trains on both the lines will operate from 7 am to 9 pm with a peak hour frequency of five minutes and non-peak hour frequency of 10 minutes,” BL Yeshwanth Chavan, Chief Public Relations Officer, BMRCL said. “The BMRCL will not issue tokens and only travellers carrying smart cards with online recharging will be allowed travel on trains,” he added.

According to BMRCL, face masks will be necessary to be worn at all times in the metro premises, passengers are advised to use hand sanitizers provided at the entrance of metro stations and commuters are encouraged to use the Aarogya Setu app. Namma Metro will run operations at about 20% of the full capacity to maintain social distance inside the coaches, which will limit the number of passengers per train to 400 commuters.

09:08 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Karnataka plans ‘Rice ATMs’ to provide food grains 24×7 to ration cardholders

The Karnataka government is planning to install rice-dispensing machines for ration card holders under the Public Distribution System (PDS). These machines, which the government is calling as ‘Rice ATM’, will be set up in various places across the state.

According to the Karnataka Minister for Food and Civil Supplies K Gopalaiah, Rice ATMs will be installed to ensure 24X7 rice availability to those who have ration cards and will potentially do away with the need to wait in long queues in front of ration shops.

The idea of setting up Rice ATM’s came from Vietnam and Indonesia where authorities have set up rice-dispensing machines to provide free rice to their citizens during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, K Gopalaiah said, “The department will set up two rice ATMs in the state to check the feasibility of the initiative, later if the project is a success the same will be extended across the state.”

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08:50 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Senior IPS officer in ICU after gun misfires

Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and Chairman of the Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation R P Sharma sustained bullet injuries in Bengaluru after his service weapon misfired while he was cleaning it.

The incident took place Wednesday evening around 4.30 pm at his residence in Kothanur. "He (Sharma) was rushed to a private hospital where he is undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit," a police official confirmed.

According to the police, 59-year-old Sharma sustained injuries "accidentally" as the gun was loaded while he cleaned it. "Prima facie, we have ruled out any foul play behind the incident. An investigation is on," the police officer added.

08:39 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Former Bhadravathi MLA Appaji Gowda succumbs to Covid-19

M J Appaji Gowda, former MLA of Bhadravathi in Shivamogga district, succumbed to coronavirus infection Wednesday night. He was 67 and was under treatment in District McGann hospital in the city.

Gowda was first admitted to a private hospital in the city after he complained of respiratory disorder three days back. However, he was shifted to the district hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.

08:25 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Bengaluru violence: Innocents should not be framed, says Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah Wednesday urged the state government to not arrest innocents and frame them as culprits in connection with the violence reported from the streets of Devarajeevanahalli (DJ Halli) and Kadugodanahalli (KG Halli) in East Bengaluru last month.

Three people were killed in police firing and a fourth person succumbed to injuries on August 11 night over a purportedly inflammatory social media post put out by a relative of a local Congress legislator.

The former Karnataka chief minister alleged that several arrests have made in the case without evidence. “Police should gather evidence and pursue the case. Release those people against whom there is no evidence. Innocents should not be framed and at the same time real culprits should not be let off,” Siddaramaiah said.

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08:20 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Karnataka among top 10 states with high suicide rates in India

People living in the southern states have higher propensity to commit suicide than those living in the poorer and more heavily populated northern states, the latest data on suicides released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show.

Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana and Tamil Nadu are in the top 10 when it comes to rate of suicides as per data on “Accidental Deaths and Suicides” for 2019 released by the NCRB.

While the all-India rate of suicides is 10.4, the rate of suicides in Kerala is 24.3, Telangana 20.6, Tamil Nadu 17.8 and Karnataka 17.1, the data further indicates.

A majority of those committing suicide, however, were from poorer backgrounds and married. Family issues and illness accounted for most such deaths.

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08:19 (IST)03 Sep 2020
Probe: Dentist, techie behind Bengaluru doctor’s Syria trip now in Saudi Arabia

Investigations have revealed that the Syria trip in 2013-14 of the Bengaluru doctor who was arrested last month by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for links with the Islamic State, was facilitated by a dentist and a computer applications graduate who are currently working in Saudi Arabia, police sources told The Indian Express.

Abdur Rahman, a 28-year-old ophthalmologist, was arrested on August 17 by the NIA on charges of conspiring with a couple, Jahanzaib Sami and Hina Bashir, who were held in New Delhi in March for allegedly carrying out activities for the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP).

Sami and Bashir are among five persons named in a chargesheet filed Wednesday by the NIA for their alleged association with ISKP and for “conspiring to utilise the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests to instigate Muslims” against the government.

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08:18 (IST)03 Sep 2020
GST compensation: Karnataka decides to choose 'Option 1'

The Karnataka government Wednesday decided to choose the first of the two options offered by the Centre of borrowing to meet the shortfall in the goods and services tax (GST). As per this option, the State will be eligible for a total compensation of Rs 18,289 crore.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who is also the Finance Minister for the State, informed the decision after discussions held with officials of the Finance Department.

'After the evaluation of the two options, it is felt that option one would be more beneficial to the State’s finances. This would help the State in augmenting its revenue in the present financial year,' the government clarified in an official statement. It said this would help the State augment its revenue in the 2020–21 financial year.

However, the government's decision is contrary to the the Opposition Congress asking the BJP government not to accept the proposal to borrow.

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08:16 (IST)03 Sep 2020
More cases in Bengaluru due to high testing rates: BBMP Commissioner

Explaining the surge in Covid-19 cases in Bengaluru, the head of the city's local civic body, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) attributed the same to higher testing rates in comparison to that in July. BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said there is 'no need to panic' as more tests have made it easier for the government to distinguish patients and provide them with good treatment.

He further informed that three out of the total 12 Covid Care Centres (CCCs) opened in the city were closed as most patients prefered home quarantine. 'These will be reopened if required,' he said.

According to Prasad, only 1,780 Covid-19 patients are now using the facilities at CCCs functioning in the city.

As on September 2, as many as 39,911 Covid-19 cases are active in the city. While 1,35,512 cases have been recorded cumulatively, 93,563 people have recovered from the infection in Bengaluru so far, according to stats issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

08:15 (IST)03 Sep 2020
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The former Karnataka chief minister alleged that several arrests have made in the case without evidence. (REUTERS/Sachin Ravikumar)

Meanwhile, Karnataka Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah Wednesday urged the state government to not arrest innocents and frame them as culprits in connection with the violence reported from the streets of Devarajeevanahalli (DJ Halli) and Kadugodanahalli (KG Halli) in East Bengaluru last month.

READ | Bengaluru violence: Innocents should not be framed, says Siddaramaiah

At the same time, investigations have revealed that the Syria trip in 2013-14 of the Bengaluru doctor, who was arrested last month by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for links with the Islamic State, was facilitated by a dentist and a computer applications graduate who are currently working in Saudi Arabia, police sources told The Indian Express.

READ | Probe: Dentist, techie behind Bengaluru doctor’s Syria trip now in Saudi Arabia

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