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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus September 15 Highlights: Minister Byrathi Basavaraja contracts coronavirus; 2966 new cases in Bengaluru

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News September 15 Highlights: Karnataka reported 8,244 new Covid-19 cases and 119 related fatalities as the total tally rose to over 4.67 lakh. Of these 2966 new cases and 37 deaths were reported in Bengaluru alone.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: September 16, 2020 8:05:30 am
Vadodara Municipal Corporation, coronavirus in vadodara, vadodara covid cases, Vadodara Municipal Corporation covid data, gujarat newsVadodara mayor Dr Jigeesha Seth, in a statement to TV channels, admitted that the numbers were possibly underreported to keep panic at bay.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News September 15 Highlights: Karnataka Urban Development Minister Byrathi Basavaraja tested positive for coronavirus on Monday and has been admitted to a private hospital in the city. Also the legislator representing Bengaluru’s Krishnarajapuram (KR Puram) constituency, the 56-year-old confirmed said, “I have tested positive for Covid-19 today but I don’t have any health problems. I have got admitted to Columbia Asia Hospital for treatment as per medical advice.”

Basavaraja had met Lingayat seer Vachanananda Swamy at the Harihara Panchamsali Mutt in Davanagere on September 12 along with Deputy Chief Ministers Ashwathnarayan C N, Govind M Karjol and Davanagere Lok Sabha MP G M Siddeshwar.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 8,244 new Covid-19 cases and 119 related fatalities as the total tally rose to over 4.67 lakh. Of these 2966 new cases and 37 deaths were reported in Bengaluru alone.

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17:11 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Government to address demands of doctors: K Sudhakar requests doctors to withdraw strike

Minister for Medical Education Dr K. Sudhakar requested the doctors to withdraw the agitation as the government has conceded to their demand of salary hike despite the grim economic conditions.

Speaking to media persons after attending a meeting with office-bearers of the Karnataka Government Medical Officers’ Association on Tuesday, the Minister informed that was a fruitful talk, and the government has decided to give in to the demand to uplift the hardworking doctors. The doctors have been working hard day in and out, and in this light, the Chief Minister has given a nod to all the proposals by the Health Department in the past six months and this too will be fulfilled. The demand will be addressed and the Finance department has been briefed in this regard, he added.

The revision in the salaries will be made based on six-year, 13-year, and 20-year promotions for the doctors and details on the same will be obtained from the medical officers, he added. Even though this is a burden for the government to bear, it will be addressed on priority, the Minister said.

Health Minister Sriramulu, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Ashwath Narayan, and office bearers of the Karnataka Government Medical Officers’ Association were present.

16:28 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: HAL donates ambulances to city hospitals

Aerospace and defence major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) donated two more ambulances to hospitals in Bengaluru on Tuesday, one each to the Institute of Nephro Urology (INU) situated at the Victoria Hospital campus and Sir C V Raman General Hospital (SCVRGH).

“Considering the on-going pandemic, we are doing whatever we can to strengthen the health infrastructure,” R Madhavan, CMD, HAL said.

According to Alok Verma, Director (Human Resources), the ambulances are equipped with facilities like air conditioning, basic life support system, analog oxygen delivery system, auto loader stretcher trolley with floor mounting mechanism, separate doctor’s seat, etc. These ambulances are particularly useful for patients who require medical monitoring while in transit and need non-invasive airway management.

Earlier, HAL had donated two ambulances to Bowring & Lady Curzon Medical College & Research Institute (BLCMC&RI), also under the PSU's Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

15:41 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Sasikala may walk out of Bengaluru jail in January

V K Sasikala, former AIADMK leader and close aide of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, will be able to walk out of the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bengaluru by January 27, 2021 if she agrees to pay a fine of Rs. 10 crore rupees handed to her in the disproportionate assets case.

Responding to an RTI query by advocate and activist T Narasimha Murthy, the office of The Chief Superintendent of Prison has said that if she fails to pay the amount, the probable date of release would be on February 27, 2022, and it may further vary if she utilises the parole facility.

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15:05 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Training command commanders conclave held in Bengaluru

A two day Annual Commanders' Conclave was held at Headquarters Training Command, IAF in Bengaluru recently.

According to the defence spokesperson, the conference was attended by Commanders from all field units comprising Flying, Technical and Non Technical Training Establishments of Training Command. Air Marshal AS Butola, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command while addressing the Commanders appreciated the superior standards of training and efforts made to accomplish operational objectives amidst prevailing pandemic situation due to COVID-19.

He welcomed the changes made in training syllabi to make it more effective keeping in view the requirements of the services and prevailing security scenario in the country. Capacity building of air warriors in handling sensitive digital information along with maintaining high standards of technical knowhow and physical fitness have been the key thrust area at all the training establishments. He emphasized upon ingraining service values and ethos amongst trainees which would empower young air warriors to perform their assigned roles efficiently in the technology intensive force. He was happy that Training Command has been playing a major role in training IAF manpower keeping pace with the World standards.

12:05 (IST)15 Sep 2020
After reports of ‘paper leak’, NLSIU says integrity of exam unaffected

Hours after questions were raised over a ‘paper leak’ in the second law school entrance test, the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru issued a statement on Monday that the “integrity of the examination” is not affected.

“On September 14, the University offered students who complained of technical difficulties the opportunity to appear for an additional slot. The test paper was accessible to candidates after they logged in to the platform. Thereafter, it appears that some candidates have copied the questions and circulated this on some messaging apps/emails after logging in,” the statement said.

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11:47 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Sandalwood drug case: CCB raids Vivek Oberoi's brother-in-law Aditya Alva’s house

The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) police team on Tuesday morning raided the residence of Aditya Alva, son of former minister late Jeevaraj Alva and he is also the brother-in-law of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi.

The CCB police raided Aditya Alva house in Yelahanka, North Bengaluru in connection with the Sandalwood drug case. Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Joint Commissioner of Police(Crime) Sandeep Patil said, “Search warrant is taken from the court and search being conducted at Aditya Alva’s house near Hebbal called ‘House of Lives.’ The search is conducted by CCB officials in front of Alva’s family members.

Aditya Alva is among the 12 accused in the Sandalwood drug scandal that has rattled the state. Aditya (31) is the son of late Jeevaraj Alva, who was the minister in Ramakrishna Hegde cabinet. He is also the brother-in-law of Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi who is married to Priyanka Alva.

According to CCB police, Adithya has been absconding ever since the police started probing the drug case.

09:43 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Bengaluru hotels see gradual uptick in business, turn to ‘cloud kitchen’ model for survival

Even though the Karnataka government has allowed calibrated reopening of services in hospitality sector from September, the hotel and restaurant industry in the state continues to be in dire straits. However, a gradual uptick in daily business has been observed in recent days even as hoteliers take to the ‘cloud kitchen’ model to keep their business running.

Staff shortage, inability to pay salaries to retained employees, paying electricity and water bills and other borrowings and commitments are cited as the major reasons behind the downfall of the industry in times of the pandemic.

P C Rao, President of the Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association, said the growth was at a “very gradual pace” compared to that in August, when almost 40 per cent of the total restaurants in the city picked up business compared to nearly nothing in April and early May. “Since the Unlock 4 guidelines are implemented, we have seen an additional growth of 10 per cent more business,” he said.

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09:26 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Here’s why Engineer’s Day celebrated on September 15

The country celebrates Engineer’s Day on September 15 to appreciate the contributions of eminent engineer Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya who was born on September 15, 1861 in a village called Muddenahalli in Karnataka. He had studied Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Madras and pursued civil engineering at the College of Science in Pune.

Visvesvaraya’s career spanned over 34 years with his first job as an assistant engineer in the Public Works Department of the Government of Bombay. He later joined the Mysore service as chief engineer and had contributed to several technical projects in Hyderabad, Mysore, Maharashtra and Odisha.

Among some of his contributions include the block system of irrigation in the Deccan canals in 1899, irrigation system with water floodgates at the Khadakvasla reservoir. The irrigation system was later installed at Gwalior’s Tigra Dam and Mysuru’s Krishnaraja Sagara (KRS) dam, the latter of which created one of the largest reservoirs in Asia at the time.

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08:37 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Four IAS officers transferred

The Karnataka government on Monday transferred four IAS officers.

The officers transferred and their new postings are as follows: M S Srikar, managing director, Karnataka State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation; THM Kumar, managing director, Karnataka Urban Water Supply & Drainage Board; Akram Pasha, commissioner of labour and concurrent charge as commissioner for cane development; Mahesh B Shirur, secretary, Karnataka Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.

08:37 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Drugs case: Ragini Dwivedi remanded to 14-day judicial custody, police custody of Sanjjanaa Galrani extended

A Bengaluru court remanded Kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi to judicial custody till September 28 in the drugs case, Sandeep Patil, joint commissioner of Police (Crime) said. According to Patil, Ragini will be taken to the Parappana Agrahara central prison in the city.

Meanwhile, the police custody of actress Sanjjanaa Galrani has been extended for the next three days.

Other accused in the case, namely Prashanth Ranka, Loum Pepper Samba, Rahul Thonse, and Niyaz have also been remanded for judicial custody and will be sent to Parappana Agrahara Central prison, while the police custody of Viren Khanna and Ravi Shankar been extended till September 16 by the court.

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08:36 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Ananthkumar Hegde tests positive for Covid-19

BJP MP for Uttara Kannada and former Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde is among the MPs who have tested positive for Covid-19 in Delhi.

Anant Kumar Hegde arrived in the national capital to take part in the parliament session that commenced on Monday. He underwent a test for Covid-19 at the hospital on his arrival and tested positive for Covid-19.

08:35 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Covid-19 tally: Bengaluru beats Mumbai, now has third-highest caseload

Bengaluru, which was the least affected major Indian centre till the end of June, has now emerged as the city with the third-highest caseload in the country. On Sunday, the total number of confirmed infections in Bengaluru overtook that of Mumbai and is now behind only Pune and Delhi.

Bengaluru now has more than 1.7 lakh people who have been infected with the virus till now. Mumbai, once the city with the largest number of infected people, has just over 1.69 lakh confirmed infections.

The epidemic in Karnataka has begun to grow in a big way only since July. At the end of June, Bengaluru had just about 4,500 confirmed cases, when Mumbai was nearing 80,000. But there has been a rapid growth in Bengaluru after that. The city accounts for almost 40 per cent of 4.59 lakh cases in Karnataka. It also has more than 43,000 active cases, the largest in any city apart from Pune, which has more than 75,000.

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08:35 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: 2966 fresh cases, 15,806 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 2966 new cases while the same was 8244 across Karnataka on Monday.

Meanwhile, the number of active containment zones in the city comprising 198 wards rose to 15,806.

The health department also attributed 37 more deaths that took place over the last few days to Bengaluru's death toll on September 14.

With this, 2473 deaths have been reported cumulatively from the city.

08:34 (IST)15 Sep 2020
IMA ponzi scam: CBI gets state nod to press charges against 2 IPS officers

The Karnataka government has granted the CBI sanction to press charges of cheating and criminal breach of trust on five police officers, including two senior IPS officers, for allegedly favouring a businessman, Mohammed Mansoor Khan, during a probe into a ponzi scheme run by his firm, I Monetary Advisory (IMA) between 2017-19.

Under the ponzi scheme, valued at over Rs 4000 crore by the CBI, hundreds of depositors were swindled of their savings. It was allegedly backed by top politicians, police and state officials in Karnataka.

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08:34 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Karnataka: SWR announces Kisan Rail special on Bengaluru - Nizamuddin route

The first 'Kisan Rail' service in Karnataka expected to help farmers in the timely transportation of vegetables, fruits, dairy products, and others to consumers as per the announcement made by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Union Budget 2020-21, was Monday announced by the South Western Railway (SWR).

As per the notification, the weekly service will is scheduled to run between KSR Bengaluru and Hazrat Nizamuddin Delhi railway stations via Belagavi, Pune, and Bhopal.

While the onward journey on Saturdays is expected to begin from September 19, the return services on Tuesdays are planned to commence on September 22, for a one-month period.

08:33 (IST)15 Sep 2020
Karnataka: Urban Development Minister Basavaraja tests Covid-19 positive

Karnataka Urban Development Minister Byrathi Basavaraja tested positive for coronavirus on Monday and has been admitted to a private hospital in the city.

Also the legislator representing Bengaluru's Krishnarajapuram (KR Puram) constituency, the 56-year-old confirmed said, "I have tested positive for Covid-19 today but I don't have any health problems. I have got admitted to Columbia Asia Hospital for treatment as per medical advice."

Basavaraja had met Lingayat seer Vachanananda Swamy at the Harihara Panchamsali Mutt in Davanagere on September 12 along with Deputy Chief Ministers Ashwathnarayan C N, Govind M Karjol, and Davanagere Lok Sabha MP G M Siddeshwar.

08:32 (IST)15 Sep 2020
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Good morning!
Welcome to the live blog from Bengaluru where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19, lockdown 5.0, unlock phase 4, Karnataka rains, Sandalwood drug case and more across Bengaluru and Karnataka. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

bengaluru-hotel Staff shortage, inability to pay salaries to retained employees, paying electricity and water bills and other borrowings and commitments are cited as the major reasons behind the downfall of the industry in times of the pandemic. (Express Photo/Darshan Devaiah BP)

Meanwhile, with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe related to the multi-crore I Monetary Advisory (IMA) scam underway, the Karnataka government Monday sanctioned the prosecution of five police officers including two Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.

READ | IMA scam: Karnataka govt sanctions CBI to prosecute 5 police officials including 2 IPS officers

At the same time, even though the Karnataka government has allowed calibrated reopening of services in hospitality sector from September, the hotel and restaurant industry in the state continues to be in dire straits.

READ | Karnataka: Bengaluru hotels see gradual uptick in business, turn to ‘cloud kitchen’ model for survival

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