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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus September 7 Highlights: More KSRTC, BMTC bus services resume today amid Covid-19

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News September 7 Highlights: Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will resume operations of 34 Vajra (air-conditioned Volvo) buses on six routes including Hosakote, Attibele, Kadugodi, Hebbal, and ITPL.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: September 8, 2020 8:30:28 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 7 Highlights: The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to resume services to neighbouring Goa from Monday, as part of resuming inter-state services amid Covid-19. “As lockdown has been relaxed, KSRTC will restart operations to Goa from September 7,” an official statement read. To begin with, buses have been planned to Goa from Bengaluru and Mysuru.

At the same time, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will resume operations of 34 Vajra (air-conditioned Volvo) buses on six routes including Hosakote, Attibele, Kadugodi, Hebbal, and ITPL.

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Catch the latest news in Bengaluru and Karnataka as we bring you live updates on COVID-19, lockdown 5.0 and phase 4 of the unlock across the state and more through the day.

18:33 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Railway Board approves new 73 km-long Belagavi-Dharwad railway line

The Railway Board Monday communicated sanction to the Belagavi – Dharwad via Kittur New Railway Line project (73 Km) at an estimated cost of Rs 927.40 crores. With the long-pending public demand approved by the Board, a shorter train route between Dharwad and Belagavi is now closer to implementation.

According to railway officials, the present rail-connectivity between these two cities through Londa junction is a "circuitous route" which takes almost 3 hours including engine reversal. "With this new line, the distance between the 3 important cities Hubballi, Dharwad and Belagavi will reduce resulting in significant development of these regions. The running time of trains between Hubballi to Belagavi will reduce as a result. The new line via Kittur will not only reduce the travel time but will also improve connectivity to places along the Pune - Bengaluru national highway," South Western Railway said in a statement.

18:21 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Covid-19 reinfection: Medical Education Minister instructs clinical study

Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K. Sudhakar has instructed the officials to conduct a clinical study about the Coronavirus reinfection cases. The Minister conducted a meeting with Taskforce officials regarding Covid-19 at Vidhana Soudha,on Monday

Speaking about a 27-year-old woman who developed the disease a second time at Fortis Hospital, the Minister said that several other countries have reported cases of reinfection and each country has come up with a different reason for reinfection. Expressing concern about the reinfection in Bengaluru, he said that the incident should be dealt with carefully and drive away the fear in people.

An official said that when a person recovers from Covid-19, it takes at least 15 days to produce white blood cells. This might lead to reinfection in some patients. However, this cannot be considered as the definite reason for the reinfection, he added.

Responding to this, the Minister demanded clarity over Coronavirus reinfection. He also instructed the officials concerned to submit a report regarding the treatment of special cases such as this in other states. He posed questions regarding measures taken to treat Covid patients who have recovered and the precautions taken by the patients.

16:50 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Bengaluru Police continue crackdown on drugs, worth Rs 90 lakh drugs seized

The Bengaluru East Division police team busted an international and inter-state drug peddlers gang. According to police, narcotic substances worth Rs 90 lakh has been seized from the 11 arrested.

Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant said that a cash reward of Rs 50,000 has been given to the police team.

“Around 250 kg of marijuana and other synthetic drugs have been seized from 11 drug dealers who purchased products from the dark net,” Pant said.

Police have seized 1,100 LSD strips, 980 MDMA (ecstasy) pills, 450 gm of crystal meth, 25 gm of heroin, 500 ml of weed oil and 48 kg of marijuana.

16:45 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: Archbishop asks devotees to avoid church visits for St Mary's feast

In the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic situation in the city, Bengaluru Catholic Archbishop Peter Machado has requested devotees not to visit the iconic St Mary's Basilica for prayers on Tuesday, when the Catholic Church observes the Feast of the Nativity of Mother Mary.

"The faithful are requested not to come to St Mary's Basilica either to pay homage or 'darshana' or for any other liturgical services on the day of the Feast, that is September 8," Archbishop Machado said.

He added that the restrictions are placed as part of the Church's collective efforts to extend cooperation with the government and various agencies of administration to help contain the fast spread of coronavirus. "We must be aware that it is for our own good, given the frightful situation of the spread of the virus in Bengaluru and the rest of Karnataka," Machado added.

The Archdiocese of Bangalore clarified that all liturgical celebrations, conducted at the iconic church located in Shivajinagar in the city, will be telecast online and selected TV Channels instead. The car procession that takes place in the surrounding areas of the Church is usually attended by over a lakh pilgrims from across religious faith.

15:40 (IST)07 Sep 2020
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa inaugurates B N Vijayakumar Park in Jayanagar

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Monday inaugurated a park in Jayanagar named after the former legislator of the constituency B N Vijaya Kumar. The park is located at Jayanagar 4th Block. Among other guests for the event were Revenue Minister R Ashoka, Bangalore South MP Tejasvi Surya, and Jayanagar MLA Sowmya Reddy.

15:39 (IST)07 Sep 2020
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa visits Maiyas Hotel in Jayanagar

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa visited Maiyas hotel in Jayanagar for lunch on Monday afternoon. The Chief Minister was joined by Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka, Home minister Basavaraj Bommai MLA Soumya Reddy and Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya at the hotel.

15:37 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Karnataka has contained coronavirus, Medical Education Minister claims

Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Monday claimed that the State has contained the spread of the novel coronavirus.

'With the death rate in Karnataka at 1.6%, the State Government has contained the virus. Amidst the pandemic, we are working towards strengthening the economy too,' he said addressing the virtual valedictory ceremony of the World Kannada Conference organised by the Association of Kannada Kootas of America (AKKA).

Further, he added, 'With the support of PM Narendra Modi, we have set to open India’s first toy cluster in Karnataka to counter China. We will become self-sufficient and soon an important player by producing Channapatna and other toys.'

As on Sunday, the state reported 99,266 active cases while 39,725 of them were in Bengaluru alone. As per statistics released by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, Karnataka has reported over 3.98 lakh Covid-19 positive cases and 6393 coronavirus-linked deaths cumulatively, since March 8.

15:37 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Sandalwood drug case: Ragini Dwivedi sent to 5 days of police custody

Kannada film actress Ragini Dwivedi (30) who was arrested by Central Crime Branch(CCB) of Bengaluru Police was produced to court on Monday and on CCB request, the court has granted five days of police custody. On Friday, Ragini was arrested on charges of association with an international drug peddling racket that revolved around supplying psychedelic drugs to customers at big-ticket events like rave parties.

Meanwhile, on a further investigation related to the sandalwood drug case, another accused Niyaz was arrested by CCB police on Monday. According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Sandeep Patil Niyaz is from Kerala but settled in Bengaluru for five years and further investigation is on.

Following the NCB’s seizure of drugs in August, Kannada film director Indrajit Lankesh claimed to have information on several film personalities who frequently used drugs at parties. Dwivedi’s name emerged after the police questioned Lankesh, sources said.

Dwivedi used to be a top star in the Kannada film world. More recently, she was involved in promoting cricket leagues like CCL and Karnataka Premier League, where she was a brand ambassador for the Ballari Tuskers team owned by real estate businessman Arvind Reddy.

13:01 (IST)07 Sep 2020
IN PICS | Karnataka Guv, Dy CM attend President's video conference on NEP

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan, top officials of the Higher Education Department, and educators attended the day-long video conference hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind to discuss the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed the conference stressing that NEP doesn’t belong to one government but the country, and it should be implemented in letter and spirit irrespective of the government in power.

12:07 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Air Force Recruitment: Online registration from Sept 8 - 11

The Indian Air Force has scheduled a special recruitment rally to select airmen in group ‘X’ (Technical) trades. "

According to the Defence PRO, registrations will be accepted only online between September 8 and 11. The recruitment rally is scheduled to be held later at the Manekshaw Parade Ground, MG Road, Bengaluru, officials added. "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.

10:58 (IST)07 Sep 2020
IN PICS | KSISF deployed for security checks at metro stations in Bengaluru

The Karnataka Police deployed Karnataka State Industrial Security Force (KSISF) in all Bengaluru metro stations for security checks at the entrances of metro stations after Bengaluru Metro service resumed today.

Halted for over five months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the Bengaluru Metro resumed operations in phases on Monday morning.

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.

Here are the timings, guidelines

09:16 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Police arrest two including Nigerian drug peddler in Bengaluru

Bengaluru Police on Sunday arrested two persons including Nigerian national and seized drugs including ganja, ecstasy pills, MDMA (Amphetamine) and hashish oil worth Rs 13.05 lakhs from their possession.

Bengaluru police have seized 2.5 kg ganja, 20 grams of MDMA, 10 ecstasy pills and 530 grams of hashish oil valued at Rs 13.05 lakhs. The arrested are identified as Samson(24) resident of Halasuru and John (35) Nigerian national have been booked under 20(b) of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

08:57 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: First case of Covid-19 reinfection reported in private hospital

In possibly the first case of Covid-19 reinfection in Bengaluru, a 27-year-old woman who recovered from the infection has contracted the virus again, in the span of a month, a private hospital said.

The case has been confirmed at Fortis Hospital in Bannerghatta Road. Doctors at the hospital confirmed the patient to be the “first case of Covid-19 reinfection” in the Karnataka capital.

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08:57 (IST)07 Sep 2020
One arrested for stealing 20 bikes worth Rs 10 lakh in Bengaluru

Bengaluru police arrested a 29-year-old man for stealing 20 bikes and two-wheelers worth Rs 10 lakh.

The accused has been identified as one 29-year-old Jagadish, resident of Nandini Layout. Annapoorneshwari Nagar police arrested him near the Bangalore University campus in West Bengaluru on Saturday. Police have also recovered the stolen bikes.

According to police, Jagadish has stolen bikes from Vijayanagara, Janabharathi, Nandini Layout, Rajajainagara, RMC Yard, Srirampura, Kamakshipalya, Rajagopalanagara and Hebbagodi areas.

08:30 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Somdev Devvarman comes out in support of Samyuktha Hegde: ‘Always fight for whats right’

Former India tennis star Somdev Devvarman has come out in support of Kannada actor Samyuktha Hegde, who claimed that she was abused in a public park in Bengaluru because of the clothes that she was wearing.

On Saturday, Samyuktha shared a video on Instagram, in which she claimed that a woman, identified as Congress leader Kavitha Reddy, abused her and her friends for wearing sports bra and workout pants at Agara Lake. Hegde later filed a complaint in this regard with HSR Layout police (Bengaluru) and a probe is underway.

Reacting to the development, Devvarman took to Twitter and wrote, “I hope everyone works out in watever they feel comfortable working out in. Even in Bangalore. Always fight for whats right!”

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08:29 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Bengaluru Metro resumes today after five months

Halted for over five months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the Bengaluru Metro has resumed operations today.

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) from Monday. In the second phase, the service will also resume on the north-south route (green line) for three hours at the same timings from September 9 onwards 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, BMRCL added.

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08:27 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: BBMP decides to shut down 'India's biggest' CCC at BIEC on Sept 15

Bengaluru's local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to shut down the Covid Care Centre (CCC) facility at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) situated at the outskirts of the city, citing a lesser number of patients.

The 10,100-bedded capacity, dubbed India's biggest CCC, will shut down on September 15, a BBMP statement confirmed. The government's decision to rent beds and furniture at the facility located at Dasanapura had attracted widespread criticism for its high costs after which it was decided to purchase the items instead.

As per the order stating the shut down, the decision was taken after the matter was discussed with the Chief Minister following a suggestion from the head of the CCC task force Rajender Kumar Kataria.

Meanwhile, it has been decided to transfer the furniture to various other facilities including the Social Welfare Department hostels (2500 sets), and 1000 sets each at the Horticulture University Hostel in Bagalkot, Minority Welfare Department hostels, and GKVK in Bengaluru. The remaining sets will be distributed to government hospitals and hostels, officials added.

08:25 (IST)07 Sep 2020
More KSRTC, BMTC bus services resume today amid Covid-19

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to resume services to neighbouring Goa from Monday, as part of resuming inter-state services amid Covid-19. "As lockdown has been relaxed, KSRTC will restart operations to Goa from September 7," an official statement read. To begin with, buses have been planned to Goa from Bengaluru and Mysuru.

At the same time, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will resume operations of 34 Vajra (air-conditioned Volvo) buses on six routes including Hosakote, Attibele, Kadugodi, Hebbal, and ITPL.

08:25 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Samyuktha Hegde case: Congress leader apologises, says ‘have always opposed moral policing’

After actor Samyuktha Hegde filed a police complaint against Congress leader Kavitha Reddy for assault, Reddy Sunday apologised to the actor and her friends, saying while she had always opposed moral policing, she realised her “actions had been construed as such”.

“I have always opposed Moral Policing. I realize that my actions were construed as such. An argument ended up in me reacting aggressively as well, it was a mistake. As a responsible citizen n progressive woman, I own up to n sincerely apologise to Samyuktha Hegde n her Friends!” Reddy tweeted, along with a video.

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08:24 (IST)07 Sep 2020
Bengaluru: Close entry to motorised vehicles in Cubbon Park, DULT recommends

The Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) has "strongly recommended" a traffic ban inside Bengaluru's iconic Cubbon Park, supporting the demands of the city's nature-lovers and sever civic activism groups.

In a letter addressed to the Secretary of the Horticulture Department, DULT Commissioner V Manjula mentioned she received representations from various civic groups demanding a traffic-free Cubbon Park and that the Directorate had examined the matter in detail.

"Cubbon Park is a vast green space in the heart of the city and its pristine nature needs to be preserved. In various cities across the world, spaces in the city core are being reclaimed for the use of pedestrians and cyclists. Cubbon Park would be an ideal place to be reserved for pedestrians and cyclists in Bengaluru. Pedestrians and cyclists can use the Park as shortcut for reaching their destinations. Closing of Cubbon Park to the use of motorized traffic will not cause any inconvenience as motorized traffic has alternative routes to reach their destinations," she added.

mumbai coronavirus news update, mumbai covid-19 cases, mumbai covid cases toll, mumbai 7.9 percent population covid positive, indian express news The case has been confirmed at Fortis Hospital in Bannerghatta Road. (Representational)

Meanwhile, in possibly the first case of Covid-19 reinfection in Bengaluru, a 27-year-old woman who recovered from the infection has contracted the virus again, in the span of a month, a private hospital said.

READ | Bengaluru: First case of Covid-19 reinfection reported in private hospital

At the same time, after actor Samyuktha Hegde filed a police complaint against Congress leader Kavitha Reddy for assault, Reddy Sunday apologised to the actor and her friends, saying while she had always opposed moral policing, she realised her “actions had been construed as such”.

READ | Samyuktha Hegde case: Congress leader apologises, says ‘have always opposed moral policing’

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