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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus August 26 Highlights: Yediyurappa to seek funds for flood relief from Centre, to meet PM Modi in September

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News August 26 Highlights: Sources close to the CMO said that the CM is likely to meet PM Modi to discuss the same after September 12 as well.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: August 27, 2020 8:23:39 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian Science Congress, modi in karnataka, karnataka news, india news, indian express news"Even while the Centre and the State is not in a satisfactory financial position in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, I will try mobilising funds for the State", said Yediyurappa. (PTI/File)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News August 26 Highlights: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting financial assistance from the central government towards flood relief activities.

After conducting an aerial survey of flood-hit areas in Belagavi and Bagalkote and meeting in-charge ministers and officials of the districts, he said, “Even while the Centre and the State is not in a satisfactory financial position in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, I will try mobilising funds for the State. Discussions with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for Karnataka’s share of Rs 13,000 crore in the GST are already underway.”

Sources close to the CMO said that the CM is likely to meet PM Modi to discuss the same after September 12 as well.

Also Read | Karnataka eases travel bar: no quarantine for inter-state travellers

Meanwhile, preparations to resume inter-state bus services from Karnataka are on, Transport Minister Laxman Savadi confirmed. “We are yet to get a green signal from the other states as our transport corporations are ready to resume operations to Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Telangana,” he said in a statement.

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23:58 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Usage of masks in public places: BBMP Commissioner seeks clarity

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad Wednesday sought clarity from the Karnataka Health Department on usage of masks in public spaces, citing citizens and media seeking the same from the local civic body.

In a letter to Additional Chief Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) Jawaid Akhtar, Prasad sought directions for usage on masks in several instances pertaining to people travelling in two-wheelers and four-wheelers, and joggers in public places.

23:56 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Reality is conducive, NEET should not be opposed: Karnataka Dy CM

Responding to concerns raised by students and other stakeholders of the higher education sector in conducting the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the Deputy CM said he suspects “something fishy” about the issue.

“Maybe, certain invisible groups want seats allocated through an opaque ‘system’ rather than on the basis of merit. Some vested interests have been trying to disrupt the NEET examination since the beginning. There is a huge ecosystem behind it with efforts going on for many years now,” he alleged.

He added, “When the reality is so conducive, I do not understand why people are opposing the NEET from being conducted,” citing how the Karnataka government successfully conducted the Common Entrance Test for more than 1.94 lakh students, including 63 COVID-19 Positive students who attended the exams on July 30 and 31.

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16:54 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Over 3 lakh Covid-19 tests done in last 5 days: Medical Education Minister

Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Wednesday said the state has increased its testing capacity on a daily basis.

Citing statistics from labs in the state, he tweeted: “Karnataka has steadily ramped up it’s testing capacity increasing the number of labs from 02 to 108 today. In the last 5 days, we conducted 3,23,753 tests clocking more than 50,000 tests per day.”

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16:47 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Karnataka: Online degree classes to begin on Sept 1, offline classes from October

Online classes for various degree courses for the new academic year will commence on September 1, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and Higher Education Minister Ashwathnarayan CN announced on Wednesday.

"Offline classes will be conducted starting in October," he added.

Further, he said that the Higher Education Department is awaiting guidelines from the central government on conducting offline classes as well as the few degree exams to be conducted in September. "Therefore, the government has decided to get the ball rolling on all academic activities online from next month. In addition, all colleges will start in October, and students are expected to attend classes in person," he said.

16:46 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Bannerghatta Biological Park names elephant calf after Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Murthy

Bannerghatta Biological Park in Bengaluru announced that an elephant calf will be named as 'Sudha' to acknowledge the contribution of Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murthy towards the cause of wildlife conservation.

“Happy to announce that Elephant Suvarna's calf will be named as 'Sudha' to acknowledge the contribution of Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, Sudha Murthy towards the cause of wildlife conservation. Madam has kindly consented to our proposal to do so,” Bannerghatta Biological Park said in a tweet.

The elephant named 'Suvarna', aged 45, gave birth to the female calf on August 17, taking the elephant population at Bannerghatta Biological Park to 25.

15:05 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Indian scientists find N95 masks to be most effective at stopping COVID-19 spread

N95 masks may be the most effective at reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a study by researchers, including those from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which suggests that any mask is better than no mask at preventing COVID-19.

Padmanabha Prasanna Simha, from ISRO, and Prasanna Simha Mohan Rao, from the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research in Karnataka, experimentally visualised the flow fields of coughs under various common mouth covering scenarios.

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13:41 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Bengaluru police rethink on use of mannequins as cops

Until a fortnight ago, two mannequins dressed up like police constables stood guard at the entrance of the main building of the police commissionerate in Bengaluru. But over the past few days, real policemen have started manning the entrance.

After nearly a year-long experiment with substituting real policemen with mannequins, especially in the traffic department, Bengaluru police are gradually easing out mannequins from policing duties on account of various problems, including the general opinion that they serve no real purpose and weather-related problems in the monsoon season.

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13:09 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Karnataka launches Broadway Super Speciality Hospital

After over four months since the announcement, the Karnataka government Wednesday launched operations at the Broadway Hospital in Shivajinagar which was converted into a Covid facility.

Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa inaugurated the facility and inspected the infrastructure in place at the hospital. Equipment worth Rs 10.25 crore was funded by philanthropist Sudha Murthy and Infosys Foundation for the same.

"Broadway Super-Speciality Hospital in Shivajinagar is ready to serve people. Equipped with the latest infrastructure to treat Cardio & Neuro related issues. It will be a dedicated COVID center for now," Shivajinagar MLA Rizwan Arshad said.

12:46 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Mysuru Police Commissioner tests positive for COVID-19

Mysuru Police Commissioner Chandragupta has tested positive for COVID-19, after a superintendent of police tested positive for the infection last week.

According to Mysuru police, Chandragupta was his primary contact and was under home isolation.

Meanwhile, Mysuru Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar has isolated himself after one of his staff in the DC office tested positive. Mysuru reported 1,331 new COVID-19 positive cases on Tuesday taking the total cases to 13,929. On Tuesday, Mysuru reported 469 discharges and 16 deaths, according to Mysuru district administration.

12:37 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Cops arrest man for creating fake FB account in name of Bengaluru Police

The Bengaluru City Police (BCP) Wednesday arrested a man from the city for allegedly creating a fake Facebook profile in the name of BCP.

Confirming the arrest, Joint Commissioner (Crime) Sandeep Patil told Indianexpress.com that the man was nabbed by the Cyber Crime Wing of the Central Crime Branch. "The man had created a Facebook profile with the name of Bengaluru City Police and was trying to misuse it," he said.

Later, the police identified the person as Pankaj Kumar Bachawat (40), a resident of Malleshwaram. "We have warned the public of such fraudulent accounts on social media and are trying to create awareness among them to identify the real accounts," the police added.

A case has been filed at the Cyber Crime police station and an investigation is now underway.

12:12 (IST)26 Aug 2020
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa addresses Indo-Japan Business Forum

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Wednesday addressed the Indo-Japan Business Forum in a virtual event. The CM's political secretaries and other top government officials accompanied the CM in the video conference held with delegates and officials of both the countries.

09:30 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Karnataka SSLC supplementary 2020 date sheet released, check schedule

The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) has released the date sheets for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) supplementary examination. The exam will be held from September 21 to 28. A total of 18,067 students who were not allowed to take the exams due to COVID-19 situation can appear for the same as fresh candidates.

The supplementary exam duration will be three hours — from 10:30 am to 1:45 pm. The students will be awarded an extra 15 minutes to go through the question paper.

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08:32 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Bengaluru: 2294 fresh cases, 15,723 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 2294 new cases while the same was 5939 across Karnataka on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the number of active containment zones in the city comprising 198 wards rose to 15,723.

The health department also attributed 61 more deaths that took place over the last few days to Bengaluru's death toll on August 25.

With this, 1755 deaths have been reported cumulatively from the city.

08:31 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Vehicular movement likely to be banned in Cubbon Park

Owing to the long-standing demand of nature lovers, the Karnataka Horticulture department Tuesday decided to ban vehicular movement inside Bengaluru's iconic Cubbon Park premises. However, this is subject to CM Yediyurappa's final nod, Horticulture Minister KC Narayana Gowda said.

"Nature lovers have been raising the demand to ban on movement of vehicles inside Cubbon Park for a long while now. We will seek final approval from CM Yediyurappa on this," Gowda explained, adding, "Cubbon Park also falls under the Karnataka Government Parks (Preservation) Act, 1975, so banning vehicles is necessary."

The department's decision was among other outputs of a meeting Gowda held with officials of the Horticulture Department on Tuesday.

Cubbon Park, the city's primary lung space, spans across 197 acres. At present, vehicle entry is prohibited between 10 pm and 8 am every day.

08:29 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Karnataka IAS Officer’s Association protests FIR against Mysuru CEO charged with ‘abetment to suicide’ of health officer

Days after the Karnataka police registered a First Investigation Report (FIR) against Mysuru Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer on charges of “abetment to suicide” following the death of a health officer, the state IAS Officer’s Association Tuesday condemned the government action, saying it has “brought down the morale of field officers”.

“The act of lodging FIR against CEO ZP, Mysore, has brought down the morale of field officers and such acts will deteriorate the administrative efficiency and effectiveness. The state government should support the hard work being put in by all the officers at the field level,” a statement issued by the Association read.

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08:28 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Karnataka govt ready restart inter-state bus services

The Karnataka government is preparing to restart interstate bus services and has written to neighbouring states in this regard.

Deputy Chief Minister and state Transport Minister Laxman Savadi said, “Operations are restored to Andhra Pradesh only. Our transport corporations are ready to resume bus operations to Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Telangana. Letter correspondence was made to other states for the restoration of operations. But they are yet to respond.”

However, the Karnataka government has not yet decided to operate bus services to Maharashtra. “Since Maharashtra is still suffering from Covid high risk, a decision on bus services to Maharashtra will be taken next month,” he added.

08:27 (IST)26 Aug 2020
IAS officers transferred

The Karnataka government transferred 13 entry-level IAS officers on Tuesday.

The officers transferred and their new postings are as follows: Nandini K R, Ballari ZP CEO; Akshy Sridhar, Mangaluru City Corporation Commissioner; Lokande Snehal Sudhakar, Kalaburagi City Corporation Commissioner; Bhanwar Singh Meena, Kodagu ZP CEO; Girish Dilip Badole as Assistant Commissioner (AC), Kollegal; Aakriti Bansal, AC, Sirsi; Digvijay Bodke, AC, Tiptur; Rahul Shinde, AC, Indi; Iswar Kumar Kandoo, AC, Madikeri;; Garima Panwar, AC, Bidar; Gopal Krishna B, AC, Dharwad; Ukesh Kumar, AC, Chikkodi; Patil Bhuvanesh Devidas, AC, Basavakalyan.

08:26 (IST)26 Aug 2020
Increase testing to flatten Covid positivity curve, experts tell Karnataka govt

With Karnataka clearing the ground for unrestricted travel in the state after five months of restrictions due to Covid-19, two expert committees that have been advising the government on the pandemic have recommended an increase in testing in order to flatten the positivity rate and to ensure that the disease control efforts remain effective.

“Karnataka is second in terms of high test positivity rate at 12 per cent. Instead of targets for testing, the joint expert committee advises the government of Karnataka to strengthen testing of all the symptomatic persons through rigorous tracing and tracking strategy. In addition, we advise that testing should be prioritised among vulnerable populations and high-risk groups for initiating early treatment and minimising progression to severe disease,” the technical advisory committee headed by retired community health expert Dr M K Sudarshan and a clinical expert committee headed by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences vice chancellor Prof S Sachidanand stated.

Efficient testing and control measures have been the key to countries like South Korea, Germany and New Zealand flattening the Covid-19 growth curve, with Germany testing over 1.2 lakh persons per million, the experts said.

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08:26 (IST)26 Aug 2020
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The alleged suicide of Nanjangud Taluk Health Officer (THO) Nagendra S R had led to protests in Mysuru on Thursday The alleged suicide of Nanjangud Taluk Health Officer (THO) Nagendra S R had led to protests in Mysuru.

Meanwhile, days after the Karnataka police registered a First Investigation Report (FIR) against Mysuru Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer on charges of “abetment to suicide” following the death of a health officer, the state IAS Officer’s Association Tuesday condemned the government action, saying it has “brought down the morale of field officers”.

READ | Karnataka IAS Officer’s Association protests FIR against Mysuru CEO charged with ‘abetment to suicide’ of health officer

At the same time, with Karnataka clearing the ground for unrestricted travel in the state after five months of restrictions due to Covid-19, two expert committees that have been advising the government on the pandemic have recommended an increase in testing in order to flatten the positivity rate and to ensure that the disease control efforts remain effective.

READ | Increase testing to flatten Covid positivity curve, experts tell Karnataka govt

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