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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus September 9 Highlights: Waterlogging in parts of Bengaluru as city receives heavy rain

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News September 9 Highlights: While RT-PCR tests will be conducted for MLAs at the taluk and district level, officials and media persons will be tested in Bengaluru on September 18.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: September 10, 2020 8:34:23 am
Bengaluru Rains, Bengaluru Rainfall, WaterloggingThe rains flooded parts of Sahakar Nagar, Horamavu and HBR Layout on Tuesday night, according to residents.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News September 9 Highlights: In the wake of the ongoing coronavirus situation, all participants of the Karnataka legislative sessions will have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR tests for Covid-19, Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri said on Tuesday.

“All participants including MLAs and media persons will have to get tested 72 hours before the session begins. While RT-PCR tests will be conducted for MLAs at the taluk and district level, officials and media persons will be tested in Bengaluru on September 18. A Covid-19 negative certificate has been made compulsory for participation,” he said. The session is scheduled to be held from September 21 to 30.

Also Read | Karnataka to scale down Mysore Dasara celebrations due to Covid-19

Meanwhile, as 7866 new Covid-19 cases were reported across Karnataka on Tuesday, the total tally exceeded 4.12 lakhs with over 37 per cent of the total cases recorded from the capital city Bengaluru alone.

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17:44 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Citizens for Bengaluru holds freeze mob at BDA office

The volunteers of civic group Citizens for Bengaluru did a Freeze Mob at the BDA Main Office on Wednesday afternoon demanding that the Detailed Project Reports (DPR) with the project details of the Peripheral Ring Road be released to the public.

“We also met the BDA Commissioner, HR Mahadev and handed over a formal petition for the same. He mentioned that the PRR project alignment has changed and the new DPR is not final. It will take three months given 700 acres needing to be acquired. He would not release anything in the interim to avoid controversies,” Tara Krishnaswamy from Citizens for Bengaluru said.

“The group pointed out the fallacy in the process of conducting and reviewing an Environmental Impact Assessment given upcoming alignment changes. And that the public is entitled to the DPR of a public road. The Commissioner said that this EIA public hearing is to satisfy the NGT and mentioned that another public consultation will definitely be held after final alignment, but with only the project alignment document and he does not plan to release the DPR unless legally mandated,” she added.

“Given the road is a public utility, we ask that the final alignment and all project documents, including the DPR or equivalent documents made transparent to the public before public hearings,” Tara said.

16:30 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Confer Bharat Ratna on Manmohan Singh, along with P V Narasimha Rao: Veerappa Moily

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh deserves to get Bharat Ratna award, along with P V Narasimha Rao, veteran Congress leader M Veerappa Moily advocated on Wednesday.

The Telangana Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution urging the Centre to confer the country’s highest civilian honour on Rao posthumously on the occasion of his ongoing birth centenary celebrations.
Speaking to PTI, Moily, a former Union Minister, said Rao richly deserves the award but added that Singh’s contribution on the economic front was equally important.

“When he (Rao) took over (as PM), the (country’s) economy was in a shambles and the country was in a bad shape. He (Rao) along with Manmohan Singh saw to it that the economy recovered”, he said.

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16:27 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Ashwath Narayana unveils 22 medical equipments to be used in the treatment of COVID-19.

Karnataka Minister for Science and Technology and IT/BT, Dr CN Ashwath Narayana on Wednesday, unveiled 22 medical equipments to be used in the treatment of COVID-19.

Six of these products were incubated by the Bengaluru Bio-Innovation Centre (BBC) under the aegis of Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS) and 16 products were facilitated by the Karnataka Startup Cell.

“I congratulate all product developers for highlighting our innovation potential once again & helping in our COVID19 fight. The Karnataka Startup Cell had launched Combat COVID19 challenge and selected these products from 356 applications received across 3 phases,” Ashwath Narayana said.

16:24 (IST)09 Sep 2020
IISc Bengaluru to conduct JAM 2021

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) in Bengaluru was announced the organising institute for the Joint Admission test for Masters (JAM) 2021 a qualifying examination for candidates seeking admission to various masters programmes in top institutes including Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) located across the country.

Confirming the same, IISc. Director Prof. Govindan Rangarajan Wednesday said, 'JAM 2021 examination will be held on February 14, 2021 (Sunday). The application portal for the same will be open to aspiring candidates from September 10 to October 15, 2020.'

The JAM score is considered for admission to various masters programmes including M.Sc. (Two years), Masters in Economics (Two years), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, M.Sc.-M.S. (Research)/ Ph. D. Dual Degree, and other Post-Bachelor Degree programmes at IlTs (Bhilai, Bhubaneshwar, Bombay, Delhi, ISM Dhanbad, Gandhinagar, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Mandi, Palakkad, Patna, Roorkee, Ropar, Tirupati, and BHU Varanasi).

The same is also used by IISc. Bangalore for admission to Integrated Ph.D. programmes and by other centrally funded technical institutions such as NITs, IIEST Shibpur, SLIET Punjab, and IISERs for admission to their programmes.

'JAM 2021 is open to all nationals and there is no age restriction. JAM score is valid for only one year. For admissions to masters programmes for the academic year 2021-22, candidates need to appear for JAM 2021,' a statement read.

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13:38 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: Trees uprooted, vehicles submerged after heavy overnight rains

Heavy rains lashed several parts of Bengaluru on Tuesday night, bringing down trees and submerging vehicles. Waterlogging was reported is several low-lying areas, including Sahakar Nagar, Horamavu, Hennur, Dasarahalli, Peenya and HBR Layout, according to residents.

Chikkabanavara lake, Sheelavanthakere in Whitefield, Rachenahalli, Nagawara and Hebbal lakes overflowed due to the rains.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra (GKVK) campus in Jakkur recorded 92mm of rain while Bengaluru City recorded 61mm, Bengaluru International Airport 103mm and HAL airport 26.4mm in the 24 hours ending 8.30 am Wednesday.

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13:21 (IST)09 Sep 2020
IN PICS | Karnataka CM launches solar-powered fruit-vending cart

Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa Wednesday launched solar-powered carts for fruits and vegetable vending set up on motorised tricycles, in a bid to benefit the needy in helping them in their local business.

Designed and developed by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) in Bengaluru, the facility is expected to keep vegetables fresh for two days with the help of evaporating cooling technology. Earlier, IIHR had rolled out vans with similar technology in April this year.

12:34 (IST)09 Sep 2020
HAL successfully tests indigenous LUH in Himalayas

Bengaluru-based aerospace and defence major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Wednesday announced its success in testing the indigenously-developed Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) in the Himalayas.

In a statement, HAL confirmed that the helicopters demonstrated high altitude capability in extreme weather conditions in the Himalayas recently for about 10 days. "A comprehensive test plan was executed at Leh (3300 MAMSL) in temperatures up to ISA+320C which included envelope expansion, performance, and flying qualities. LUH took off from Leh and demonstrated its hot and high hover performance at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at 5000 MAMSL," the statement read.

Officials added that the helicopter also demonstrated its payload capability in Siachen glacier high altitude. During the trials, pilots landed the helicopter at the highest helipads of Amar and Sonam, officials explained.

"The Army version of LUH is now ready for Initial Operational Clearance," R Madhavan, CMD, HAL said.

12:28 (IST)09 Sep 2020
'We are recognizing her staunch commitment to developing science and technology in India and its application', says Manmohan Singh on MOU for Indira Gandhi Chair for Environmental Sciences

Commenting on the signing of MoU to set up Indira Gandhi Chair for Environmental Sciences at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh penned a statement to Sonia Gandhi, trustees of IGMT and NIAS faculty and said, "This will be a fitting contemporary tribute to our late prime minister." and - September 09, 2020 at 10.30

Stating that Indira Gandhi is recognized as one of the builders of modern India, he wrote that the function recognises aspects of her life, her interests and her governance that are perhaps relatively less appreciated. "I am referring here to her staunch commitment to developing science and technology in India and its application not only to issues connected with the well being of the environment, the protection of our forests and wild life, the well being of tribal areas, but also science and technology on a wider scale. And for this reason it is very appropriate that this Chair will be located in one of the country’s leading centres for the study of science and technology."

"​It was Jawaharlal Nehru who first spoke about the need to inculcate a scientific temper among our people. Indira Gandhi took this forward by leaps and bounds. ​The Chair that is being sanctioned today will focus on the environmental sciences, which are gaining in urgency as we witness global warming and numerous environment-related challenges. The cause of much of the challenge humankind is facing is because humankind has forgotten that it is usurping far far more than its due, and certainly far more than its fair share of nature and natural resources. Earth has been sending out warnings for decades and humankind must heed them if it wants to survive, let alone thrive. We share this earth with other living beings, big and small, and it belongs to us all. Indiraji was perhaps the first statesman, who while participating in the World Environment Conference in 1972 laid emphasis on collective responsibilities of the international community for the protection of environment and removal of poverty", he wrote.

"​I hope that the work done here under the auspices of the Indira Gandhi Chair in Environment Sciences will help make us all are aware of this, and our responsibilities to everyone and everything else on this planet. This will be a fitting contemporary tribute to our late prime minister. ​I wish both IGMT and NIAS ever success in this new venture", Singh wrote.

11:59 (IST)09 Sep 2020
IN PICS | Vehicles submerged in knee-deep water following heavu rains in Bengaluru

Overnight rain in Bengaluru brought down trees with vehicles submerged under knee-deep water in Sahakar Nagar, Horamavu and HBR Layout while waterlogging was reported from several areas.

11:32 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: Manyata Tech Park flooded as heavy rains lash city

WATCH: Heavy rains lashed several parts of Bengaluru on Tuesday night. Waterlogging occurred at Manyata Tech Park in North Bengaluru. The rains flooded parts of Sahakar Nagar, Horamavu and HBR Layout on Tuesday night, according to residents.

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said, “In view of the record rainfall of more than 100 mm in 15 wards, water logging in low-lying areas have been reported. BBMP has taken up relief measures. While officials are addressing the problems, citizens can also call BBMP Control Room or their respective Zonal Control Rooms.”

09:43 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Mega e-Lok-Adalat across Karnataka on September 19

After virtual sittings of courts,a mega e-Lok-Adalat will be held on September 19 in all court complexes across Karnataka.

In a press release, Karnataka State Legal Services Authority requested parties in pre-litigation cases to approach the legal services authorities concerned or committees prior to the date of mega e-Lok-Adalat through video conference.

The litigants whose cases are pending in courts are requested to approach the High Court Legal Services Committee, District Legal Services Authorities in the district headquarters, Taluk Legal Services Committees in every taluk and the Permanent Lok Adalats of the state.

Matters relating to Motor Accident Claims Tribunals, financial institutions, compoundable criminal cases, including Negotiable Instrument Act cases, civil suits, family court cases (except divorce cases) can be settled through videoconferencing.

09:11 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Ecstasy pills worth Rs 1 crore seized at Bengaluru airport

Ecstasy pills worth around Rs 1 crore was found Tuesday evening concealed in a foot massaging machine at the Kempegowda International Airport's cargo section in Bengaluru. The drugs were attempted to be smuggled into India from Belgium, officers of the Bengaluru Customs department told Indianexpress.com.

'Officers at the Bengaluru International Courier Centre detected 1980 grams of MDMA/ecstasy pills concealed inside an electric foot massager. The drugs are estimated to be worth around Rs 1 crore,' a customs officer said.

The package, which arrived at the KIA Cargo section, roused suspicion as the foot massage machine inside looked like it was tampered and repacked. After it was scanned with a high-end device, colourful spots were discovered inside the machine. Officers who opened the massage machine found pills in violet and green colours, stuck with brown tape.

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08:47 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Doorstep testing, contact tracing: How Bengaluru’s Bommanahalli Zone is keeping COVID-19 at bay

Even as Bengaluru continues to report COVID-19 cases and fatalities, civic body officials at Bommanahalli Zone have come up with new ways to tackle the virus and ensure faster testing, contact tracing, and treatment to people. The latest addition to their approach is the round-the-clock doorstep testing facility, aimed at testing people of age and those living in high-risk areas.

“Emergency testing requests are made to our helpline number (8884666670) after which a dedicated team visits the residence to get the testing done. Most requests we have received to date are from people who are unable to step out to the nearby testing location due to their age and other related situations,” Sanjana BM, BBMP COVID-19 nodal officer for Bommanahalli Zone, told indianexpress.com.

From testing an eight-month-old infant at 4 am to a 92-year-old man at 11 pm, the facility has benefitted at least 35 people since its commencement on August 27.

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08:37 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Bengaluru airport, BMRCL ink MoU for airport metro, railway halt station

Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Tuesday to establish the 4.95 km airport section of the Outer Ring Road (ORR)-Airport Metro at an estimated cost of Rs 800 Crores.

According to BIAL, this Metro connectivity to Bengaluru Airport, likely to be commissioned by December 2024, would provide a sustainable and efficient mode of transport to commuters from all parts of the city, facilitating the city to “realise its economic potential” and ease traffic congestion on the roads leading to the Airport.

While the BMRCL will construct the airport metro section, along with civil, electro-mechanical, other associated facilities, works and related assets, BIAL will develop, manage, and maintain the two metro stations that will be located within the airport boundary, the statement said.

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08:36 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Karnataka govt orders clinical study after first case of Covid reinfection in Bengaluru

Days after a 27-year-old woman tested positive for coronavirus for the second time, a month after making a full recovery in Bengaluru, the Karnataka government has ordered a clinical study on reinfection cases following concerns raised by experts in a high-level meeting with the Medical Education Minister.

After a meeting held at Vidhana Soudha in the state capital, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said that officials have been directed to conduct a clinical study and submit a report by the end of this week.

Sudhakar added that several other countries had reported cases of reinfection in the past few months. “Those who recovered from the infection should not assume that there is no possibility of a relapse but the incident should be dealt with in a careful manner. We should take precautions,” he said.

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08:33 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Yediyurappa inaugurates Veer Savarkar flyover amid opposition

Despite opposition from the Congress and JD(S), Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday inaugurated and named a flyover in Yelahanka after Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar.

The 400-metre flyover was scheduled to be unveiled by Yediyurappa on May 28 this year, the birth anniversary of Savarkar, but Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) called off the ceremony at the last moment citing Covid-19 lockdown.

The Bengaluru’s civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) built the flyover at the cost of Rs 34 crore. The project of constructing the flyover began in September 2017 on the Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan Road linking Yelahanka New Town with Vidyaranyapura area in North Bengaluru.

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08:32 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Bengaluru ‘moral-policing’: Congress leader arrested, actor says don’t want to pursue case

Congress leader Kavitha Reddy was Tuesday arrested for allegedly harassing and abusing actor Samyuktha Hegde at a Bengaluru park on September 4.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, a senior officer from HSR Layout police station said, “Kavitha Reddy was arrested based on the complaint by Samyuktha Hegde and released on station bail on the same day.”

Hegde, meanwhile, claimed on social media she no longer wanted to pursue her case against Reddy.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Hegde said: “I’ve consulted with my family and also keeping Kavitha Reddy’s age in mind, I am not interested and don’t want to pursue my case against her and I have formally requested the police yesterday about the same.”

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08:31 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Karnataka to scale down Mysore Dasara celebrations due to Covid-19

In wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Karnataka government Tuesday decided to make the world-famous Mysore Dasara celebrations a low-key event this year.

In a high-level meeting attended by all three Deputy CMs, other ministers, and top government officials, Chief Minister Yediyurappa said: “It has been unanimously decided to hold the Dasara celebrations in Mysuru in a simple manner upholding the tradition. The popular food mela, Yuva Dasara, sports meet, and other cultural events will not take place this time to prevent people from gathering at the areas risking further spread of Covid-19.”

A key attraction of the festival, the Jumbo Savari— a grand procession of elephants carrying idols of deities including Sri Chamundeshwari from Mysuru Palace to Bannimantap Grounds — will also be restricted this time, Tourism Minister C T Ravi informed.

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08:27 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Kannada actor Sanjjanaa Galrani arrested in sandalwood drug case

Kannada Actor Sanjjanaa Galrani was arrested by the Central Crime Branch of Bengaluru police Tuesday in connection with a drug peddling case involving Sandalwood actors. According to CCB police, Sanjjanaa has been taken into police custody for five days.

The actor’s house was raided earlier in the day in connection with its probe into the case. She was later taken to CCB headquarters for questioning. A team of CCB sleuths, including women officials, had reached Galrani’s residence at Indiranagar in East Bengaluru after obtaining a search warrant from a court.

According to CCB sources, Sanjjanaa came under police scanner after her close friend Rahul Thonshe was arrested a few days ago. Searches at her house were carried out based on Rahul’s statement.

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08:26 (IST)09 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Govt doctors plan strike from Sept 15 demanding higher pay

Urging the Karnataka government to address their demand to raise their salaries to be hiked to be in par with the Central Government Health Scheme scale, government doctors in the State have threatened to go on strike from September 15.

Pointing out "disparity" in the pay-scale, Karnataka Government Medical Officers Association (KGMOA) president Dr G A Srinivas said, "We should get paid equal to the doctors in the Medical Education Department or on par with the Central Government Health Scheme scale. There is a disparity in our pay-scale when compared to that of other doctors in service."

While the Association alleges that repeated demands were not addressed by the Chief Minister and the Health Minister citing the Covid-19 pandemic, KGMOA has also expressed displeasure over many government hospitals lacking adequate facilities.

Coronavirus, Coronavirus news, Covid-19 test, Coronavirus test, Testing for Covid-19, Indian Express The latest addition to their approach is the round-the-clock doorstep testing facility, aimed at testing people of age and those living in high-risk areas. (PTI)

Meanwhile, even as Bengaluru continues to report COVID-19 cases and fatalities, civic body officials at Bommanahalli Zone have come up with new ways to tackle the virus and ensure faster testing, contact tracing, and treatment to people.

READ | Doorstep testing, contact tracing: How Bengaluru’s Bommanahalli Zone is keeping COVID-19 at bay

At the same time, days after a 27-year-old woman tested positive for coronavirus for the second time, a month after making a full recovery in Bengaluru, the Karnataka government ordered a clinical study on reinfection cases following concerns raised by experts in a high-level meeting with the Medical Education Minister.

READ | Karnataka govt orders clinical study after first case of Covid reinfection in Bengaluru

Here are a few contacts that might come handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | 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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