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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus September 11 Highlights: 130 taluks in 23 districts ‘flood-hit’: Karnataka govt

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News September 11 Highlights: As on Thursday, 6937 people have succumbed to the infection, of which 2390 are in Bengaluru (urban and rural) alone.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: September 14, 2020 8:18:51 am
karnataka rains, karnataka floods,Earlier, CM Yediyurappa had informed a central team that visited the state to assess damage that the State has suffered a loss of Rs 8,071 due to the recent floods. (Express Photo/Darshan Devaiah BP)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News September 11 Highlights: The Karnataka government Thursday declared 130 taluks in 23 districts as flood-affected areas in the State, following a report submitted by the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNMDC) which looked into the havoc caused by the torrential rain and floods earlier in August.

In an official order, the Karnataka government said these areas were “declared flood-affected with immediate effect until further orders.”

Also Read | Bring down death rate, CM Yediyurappa directs officials to contain Covid-19-related surge

Earlier, CM Yediyurappa had informed a central team that visited the state to assess damage that the State has suffered a loss of Rs 8,071 due to the recent floods.

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22:10 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Karnataka picked 'Top Performer' in national startup ranking

Karnataka bagged the 'Top Performer' award among other Indian states and union territories in the the States' Startup Ranking constituted by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

While the state shared the recognition with neighbouring Kerala, Karnataka's initiatives in developing the following led to the selection, as per the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade:

  • Futuristic policies to support new and disruptive technologies
  • Regulatory committee for reviewing the challenges faced by start-ups working in emerging technologies
  • Elevate, a unique concept providing a comprehensive entrepreneurship platform for start-ups, including idea validation, funding and space.
18:25 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Drug racket probe: Kannada actor Ragini Dwivedi & Sanjana Galrani police custody extended

The Police custody of Kannada actors Ragini Dwivedi, Sanjana Galrani and other accused Ravishankar, Rahul, Niyaz and Loum Pepper Samba have been extended till 14th September, Sandeep Patil, joint commissioner of Police (Crime) said.

All five were arrested by Bengaluru Central Crime Branch police in connection with a drug peddling case involving Kannada film actors.

Filmmaker and journalist Indrajit Lankesh recently gave his statement in this regard to the CCB. He claimed that at least 15 people in the industry were involved in the drugs trade.

Meanwhile, CCB police arrested another accused Aditya Agarwal from Haryana. According to Sandeep Patil, he is an associate of Viren Khanna and has regular contact with drug peddler. Viren Khanna organised parties where drugs were consumed. He was arrested by CCB police on September 4 from Delhi.

18:12 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Hunsur Congress MLA H P Manjunath tests positive for COVID-19

Hunsur Congress MLA H P Manjunath, tested positive for Covid-19, on Friday. According to Congress sources, along with him, his family members and staff tested positive

The MLA and his family members are under home quarantine. He has also requested people who came in close contact to undergo isolation, as a precautionary measure.

17:23 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Priest's son and two guards found dead inside Mandya temple, robbery suspected

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Friday ordered an inquiry into the alleged murder of three people, who were found dead inside a temple at Mandya this morning.

Taking to Twitter, the Chief Minister said: “It is very disturbing to know that the three priests of Arkeshwara Temple have been murdered. Immediate legal action will be taken against the perpetrators found guilty behind the incident.” He later announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for the kin of the deceased.

However, according to the police, the deceased has been identified as people associated with the temple, namely Anand (42), Ganesh (55), and Prakash (60). “While Anand is the son of the temple priest, Ganesh and Prakash were working as security guards at the temple. Their bodies were found inside the temple premises with their heads crushed with boulders,” Mandya Superintendent of Police R Parashuram told Indianexpress.com.

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17:19 (IST)11 Sep 2020
SC gives go ahead to NLAT-2020 but restrains NLSIU from declaring results

The Supreme Court on Friday gave its go ahead to National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, to hold its separate entrance examination NLAT-2020 to be held on Saturday but restrained it from announcing the results and admitting any student till the pendency of the plea.

The top court, which was hearing a plea filed by former vice-chancellor Professor R Venkata Rao of NLSIU and a parent of the aspirant challenging the decision of the university to hold a separate entrance exam, said it is an important matter which needs to be decided.

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah issued notice to the university and its vice-chancellor Professor Sudhir Krishnaswamy and sought their response in three days and posted the matter for further hearing on September 16.

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16:23 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Railways MoS Suresh Angadi tests positive for coronavirus

Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi Friday said that he tested positive for coronavirus.

Taking to Twitter, the Lok Sabha MP from Belagavi in Karnataka wrote, "I have tested #Covid19 positive today. I am doing fine. Taking the advice of doctors. Requesting all those who have come in close contact with me in the last few days to monitor their health and get tested in case of any symptoms."

16:12 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Indian Coast Guard rescues 24 fishermen off Bhatkal

The Indian Coast Guard Friday rescued 24 fishermen stranded in the sea due to strong winds and swell, as rough weather conditions continued in the coastal areas of Karnataka.

According to the Bengaluru PRO, Ministry of Defence, the rescue operation was carried out by the patrol vessel named Kasturba on receiving an alert that the fishermen were stranded 15 nautical miles from the coast. The rescue for those in the fishing boat named IFB Qamrul Bahar was carried out from the Bhatkal port,' the officer said.

15:37 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: Special train to Howrah on Sept 12

The South Western Railway, responding to public demand, has announced a single-trip special train to Howrah from Yeswantpur scheduled to operate on Saturday (September 12).

The train (No.06505) is scheduled to leave Yesvantpur at 11 am to reach Howrah in West Bengal at 4.45 pm the next day. "En route, the train will have stoppages at Renigunta, Vijayawada, Vizianagaram, and Bhubaneswar," an SWR statement read.

The train will comprise a first-class AC Coach, a 2-tier AC Coach, six 3-tier AC coaches, and 11 second class sleeper coaches.

Meanwhile, services of Train No.02245 Howrah – Yesvantpur Superfast Express Special will be restored from September 12 as well. The train was cancelled due to lockdown in West Bengal. "The train will run as per its scheduled path and timings," SWR officials confirmed.

15:24 (IST)11 Sep 2020
CM should release daily bulletin on health infrastructure: Siddaramaiah

Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka assembly Siddaramaiah Friday alleged that the health infrastructure in the state is still in shambles, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic situation.

"Many people are frantically looking for ventilators for their dear ones but there is no help from BBMP or Health Department. It is not the time to show laxity, @CMofKarnataka should release daily bulletin on heath infra of our state," he tweeted.

Further in a series of tweets labelled #WakeUpBSY, he alleged that private hospitals are still denying admissions to the patients. "They are giving preference to those who have money & sending back poor people," he said.

The former Karnataka CM urged Yediyurappa to review the situation and to ensure the best treatment for all sections of the society. "The state government is under an assumption that the pandemic has ended. They have to wake up from slumber and solve health infrastructure-related issues," he added.

13:32 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Lt Gen P C Thimayya felicitated with Kempegowda Award

Lieutenant General PC Thimmayya, PVSM, VSM (Retd) was felicitated with the Kempegowda Award by the Karnataka government in recognition of his service in the army. According to the statement, Thimmayya held many distinguished appointments in 39 years of his service and retired recently in April 2020.

The Kempegowda Award is a civilian award given annually to people who have excelled in various fields by the State government.

13:25 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Three priests found dead inside Karnataka temple, robbery suspected

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday ordered an inquiry into the alleged murder of three priests, who were found dead inside a temple at Mandya this morning.

Taking to Twitter, the chief minister said: “It is very disturbing to know that the three priests of Arkeshwara Temple have been murdered. Immediate legal action will be taken against the perpetrators found guilty behind the incident.” He later announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each for the kin of the deceased.

According to the police, the bodies of Ganesh, Prakash, and Anand were found with severe head injuries, inside Arkeshwara Swamy Temple in Guttalu, earlier today.

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10:52 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Karnataka: CM urges district admins to strengthen booth-level task forces

Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa instructed district administrators and top government officials to take various measures such as strengthening booth-level task forces, conducting door-to-door surveys, and efficiently identifying contacts, to enhance the state’s efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Further, he pointed out that making adequate testing kits available to ramp up testing and appointing doctors wherever necessary is vital to enhance the state’s efforts to contain the pandemic.

The State has recorded a cumulative 4,30,947 Covid-19 cases since March 8.

As per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, as many as 1,01,537 cases are active in the state as on September 10.

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10:39 (IST)11 Sep 2020
IN PICS | Gaurav Gupta takes charge as BBMP administrator

Senior IAS officer Gaurav Gupta takes charge as the administrator to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) after five-year term of the present council of BBMP ended on Thursday.

Gupta, a 1990-batch IAS officer, will be the Palike administrator alongside his current role as principal secretary of the commerce and industries department.

09:20 (IST)11 Sep 2020
OTT platforms are in gross violation of tobacco disclaimer guidelines, say health experts

As over-the-top (OTT) platforms attain more popularity with cinema theatres remaining shut due to Covid-19 pandemic, public health experts have raised an alarm over the absence of audio-visual disclaimers for tobacco imagery used in films, web series, and other content aired online.

Urging the central government to act against tobacco advertising and glamorisation of tobacco use, experts have written to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology citing results of a recent study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

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09:17 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: 3161 fresh cases, 19,680 active containment zones

As the number of fresh Covid-19 cases and fatalities linked to the pandemic surge in Bengaluru, the capital city alone reported 3161 new cases while the same was 9217 across Karnataka on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the number of active containment zones in the city comprising 198 wards rose to 19,680.

The health department also attributed 33 more deaths that took place over the last few days to Bengaluru's death toll on September 10.

With this, 2340 deaths have been reported cumulatively from the city.

08:29 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Bengaluru police bust drug racket, 1,350 kg of cannabis seized

The Bengaluru police Thursday arrested four drug peddlers and seized 1350 kg of cannabis from a farmhouse in Kalaburagi district, North Karnataka.

According to the police, the cannabis was packed in plastic bags and buried underground within the farmhouse. The storage of cannabis came to light after the Bengaluru police arrested an auto-rickshaw driver, who was allegedly selling cannabis to college students in the Seshadripuram area in the city.

The investigation led to a goat farm in Kalaburagi district where huge amounts of marijuana was found stored underground. The Seshadripuram police arrested four accused identified Jnanashekhar(37), Siddunatha Lavate (22), Chandrakant (34) and Naganath (39).

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08:16 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: Day-long metro service from today

After running metro trains in a graded manner, the Bengaluru metro operations will now be extended from 7 am to 9 pm, starting Friday.

The namma metro trains will run every five minutes during the peak hours in the morning (8 am-11 am) and evening (4.30 pm-7.30 pm), and 10 minutes during off-peak hours, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited said.

The metro services resumed on Monday after being closed for over five months in view of national lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

08:14 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Platform ticket to cost Rs 50 in Bengaluru railway stations: Railways

To avoid crowds in view of COVID-19, the South Western Railway on Thursday increased the price of platform tickets by 400 per cent.

The ticket price has been raised from Rs 10 to Rs 50 at Bengaluru railway stations. The new rates will be applicable to Kranitveera Sangolli Rayanna City Railway Station, Bengaluru Cantonment and Yeshwanthpur railway stations, railways said in a statement.

"There is increased demand from public for issual of Platform tickets as people have come inside Railway Stations/ to platforms to drop and pick up such passengers as Senior Citizens, differently abled, Children and students. For the convenience of the public, platform tickets will be issued at KSR Bengaluru, Yeshwanthpur and Bengaluru Cantonment Railway Stations with immediate effect", SWR said.

"In order to avoid crowd in view of COVID-19 pandemic, the price of platform tickets at these stations will be increased from Rs.10/- to Rs.50 temporarily until further advice," SWR added.

08:14 (IST)11 Sep 2020
130 taluks in 23 districts 'flood-hit': Karnataka govt

The Karnataka government Thursday declared 130 taluks in 23 districts as flood-affected areas in the State, following a report submitted by the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNMDC) which looked into the havoc caused by the torrential rain and floods earlier in August.

In an official order, the Karnataka government said these areas were "declared flood-affected with immediate effect until further orders."

Belagavi district has the highest number of taluks in the list (14) while Chamarajanagara and Mandya districts had the least with one such flood-affected area each.

Earlier, CM Yediyurappa had informed a central team that visited the state to assess damage that the State has suffered a loss of Rs 8,071 due to the recent floods.

Paddy field flooded after water level in Cauvery river rises due to persistent rainfall in Kodagu. Express Photo/Darshan Devaiah BP
08:11 (IST)11 Sep 2020
Bring down death rate, CM Yediyurappa directs officials to contain Covid-19-related surge

Raising concern over the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases reported from the State, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Thursday directed district administrations to work towards bringing down the death rate related to the pandemic.

"District administrations should ensure special attention is paid to bring down the death rate while taking precautions of not getting infected," he said adding that the government was taking all measures to contain the pandemic.

As on Thursday, 6937 people have succumbed to the infection, of which 2390 are in Bengaluru (urban and rural) alone.

Mysore dasara festival, mysuru dasara, mysore dussehra, indianexpress.com, indianexpress, dussehra special, photographer Prashanth Vishwanathan A key attraction of the festival, the Jumbo Savari will also be restricted this time, Tourism Minister C T Ravi informed. (Source: Prashanth Vishwanathan)

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yediyuappa directed top government officials involved in conducting the celebrations not to allow the sale and marketing of Chinese products in the city. He explained that such a step is taken to ensure that the State rises up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of being self-reliant and to support the Atmanirbhar programme of the central government.

READ | No sale, marketing of China-made products for Mysore Dasara: CM Yediyurappa

At the same time, as over-the-top (OTT) platforms attain more popularity with cinema theatres remaining shut due to Covid-19 pandemic, public health experts have raised an alarm over the absence of audio-visual disclaimers for tobacco imagery used in films, web series, and other content aired online.

READ | OTT platforms are in gross violation of tobacco disclaimer guidelines, say health experts

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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