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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus August 28 Highlights: CM Yediyurappa launches Shikshaka Mitra app, releases books

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News August 28 Highlights: Of the 9386 new cases, 3357 were in the capital city alone. At the same time, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said that 1,501 police personnel had tested positive for the infection.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: August 31, 2020 8:16:09 am
Yediyurappa, Shikshaka Mitra, Vidyavineeta, Shikshana YatreKarnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa Friday launched the Shikshaka Mitra mobile application, developed on the request of the Department of Primary and Secondary Education to help various stakeholders of the education sector in the state and released two books named Vidyavineeta and Shikshana Yatre.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News August 28 Highlights: Karnataka recorded over 9,000 Covid-19 cases for the first time in a single day on Thursday, as the total tally rose to 3,09,792. This is the biggest single-day spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the state since the first case was confirmed in Bengaluru on March 8. Meanwhile, of the 9386 new cases, 3357 were in the capital city alone.

At the same time, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said that 1,501 police personnel had tested positive for the infection. “As on date, 1501 from Bengaluru City Police have got affected by the Covid-19 and unfortunately 14 of them succumbed to this. While only one per cent of the total workforce has been affected, most of them have recovered and 1,100 personnel have resumed their duty,” he said.

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21:48 (IST)28 Aug 2020
National Education Policy: Dy CM, top officials meet Guv to discuss implementation plans

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan and top officials Friday met Governor Vajubhai Vala to apprise him on various steps taken by the State to implement the new National Education Policy 2020.

Azim Premji University Vice-Chancellor Anurag Behar, Collegiate and Technical Education Commissioner P Pradeep and other officials joined the Deputy CM, also in charge of the Higher Education Department, in the discussion held at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.

16:50 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Bengaluru airport invites artists to submit proposals for T2 Art Programme

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has announced Call for Artwork, inviting artists and art groups to submit proposals art at Terminal 2 (T2) of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport). BLR Airport’s T2 will reflect two themes – Karnataka’s rich heritage and culture and Naurasa – the nine emotions highlighted in Bharata's Natyashastra.

The proposals, invited for specific locations across T2, must be original and not a replica of previous work. An independent advisory panel and BIAL stakeholders will evaluate the proposals. For more information: https://www.bengaluruairport.com/corporate/media/news-press-releases/bial-invites-artists-to-submit-proposals-for-t2-art-programme.html

“As a gateway to new India, at BLR Airport, our aim is to give our travelers a true experience of our State and Country. Art has the amazing ability to create delight during a passenger’s journey through our Airport, and will provide a bit of wonder to the otherwise mundane act of boarding a flight. This is a great opportunity for artists to showcase their talent at an airport, which provides great visibility to both the artwork as well as artists,” said a BIAL spokesperson.

16:45 (IST)28 Aug 2020
COVID-19: JD(S) leader HD Revanna tests positive

Former minister and senior JD(S) leader HD Revanna tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

According to JD(S), Revanna took a coronavirus test after his security personnel tested positive on Thursday.

According to reports, Revanna who is also JD(S) MLA from Holenarasipura constituency in Hassan was asymptomatic and admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru.

12:53 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Sharp rise in child marriages in Karnataka during COVID-19 lockdown

Amid the COVID-19 induced lockdown, Karnataka saw a sharp rise in child marriages. According to the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR), in the last four months (April-July), the state has reported 107 child marriage cases, while it recorded a total of 156 cases last year.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, KSCPCR Chairman Dr. Sebastian Anthony said, “ When the administration was busy handling COVID-19 lockdown across the state, parents thought this was the best time to get their child married. There may be marriages going unnoticed by the administration due to the lockdown.”

“But the Childline, the nodal agency for children in distress had made over 550 intervention between March and June related to the issues of child marriage in the state,” Dr Anthony added.

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12:03 (IST)28 Aug 2020
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa launches Shikshaka Mitra app

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa Friday launched the Shikshaka Mitra mobile application, developed on the request of the Department of Primary and Secondary Education to help various stakeholders of the education sector in the state.

The CM also released two books named Vidyavineeta and Shikshana Yatre during the event.

10:43 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Watch | KSRTC turns bus to ‘Sthree Toilet’ in Bengaluru

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has converter a bus into a mobile ladies toilet facility in Bengaluru.

Named 'Sthree Toilet', the bus provides baby feeding place, napkin vending machine, wash basins, and diaper incinerator among other facilities.

10:20 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation's net loss increases this fiscal

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) has incurred a net cash loss of Rs 54.77 crore this financial year as against a loss of Rs 29 crore reported last year.

BMRCL Thursday said it has recorded Fare Box Revenue of Rs 376.88 crore during the financial year 2019-20 compared to Rs 355.02 crores in the previous year, registering a growth of 6.16 per cent in operational revenue.

“As a result, BMRCL has achieved an operational cash surplus of Rs 54.20 crores for the year 2019-20, despite the adverse impact on the ridership in the month of March 2020 and suspension of the metro operation from 22 March this year due to COVID-19 pandemic,” said BL Yeshwanth Chavan, Chief Public Relations Officer of BMRCL in a statement.

“However, after adjusting the interest on loans of Rs 108.97 crores during the year BMRCL registered a net cash loss of Rs 54.77 crores as against the net cash loss of Rs 29.00 crores reported in the previous year,” he added.

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08:43 (IST)28 Aug 2020
SOPs for Gram Panchayat elections soon: Karnataka EC informs HC

With elections to 5,800 Gram Panchayats (GPs) in Karnataka overdue to be held as the coronavirus pandemic continues, the State Election Commission Wednesday informed the High Court (HC) that the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the same will be finalised soon.

Senior advocate K N Phaneendra who appeared for the State Election Commission informed the HC that the final list of voters for all GPs were expected to be issued by August 31. Further, he mentioned that the SOP prepared by the Health Department for the polls have been sought by the State Election Commission.

At the same time, an estimated fund of Rs 185 crore would be required to conduct the elections, the counsel added. He added that around Rs 65 crore was estimated to account for additional funds required to conduct the polls due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

"We direct the State to look into the proposals and take a decision at the earliest with a view to enable the holding of the elections which are overdue," a division bench headed by Chief Justice Abhay Sreenivas Oka said. Further hearing of the matter will be held on September 18.

08:23 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Bengaluru Metro service to resume soon: CM Yediyurappa

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Thursday said metro services in capital Bengaluru will be resumed soon since the COVID-19 situation in the city is becoming better. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) had suspended its services on March 25 after COVID-19 lockdown was enforced.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, Yediyurappa said, “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, normalcy in public life is being restored step by step. Taking all the necessary precautionary measures, metro services will be restarted soon in the city. We are also waiting for the Centre’s clearance on the same.”

BMRCL officials earlier said they are waiting for Unlock 4.0 guidelines (from September 1) from the Centre and hope to get approval for resuming operations.

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08:22 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Karnataka: 9386 new cases, 85k active cases across 30 districts

With 9,386 more people testing positive for coronavirus in Karnataka on Thursday, the total tally rose to 3,09,792. This is the biggest single-day spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the state since the first case was confirmed in Bengaluru on March 8.

According to the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, Bengaluru alone reported 3357 cases among these. Active cases in the State, across 30 districts, are 84,987 in number, the daily bulletin indicated.

Meanwhile, the number of active containment zones in the city comprising 198 wards rose to 15,723. The health department also attributed 59 more deaths that took place over the last few days to Bengaluru’s death toll on August 27.

With this, 1845 deaths have been reported cumulatively from the city.

08:21 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Shivakumar I-T case to go on as top court refuses stay

The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to stay proceedings by the Income Tax Department against Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar over charges of recovery of undisclosed wealth.

A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde, Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramaniun allowed the I-T Department to file its reply to the Congress leader’s petition challenging the November 2019 Karnataka High Court order, which upheld a trial court’s decision dismissing his plea seeking discharge in the case.

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08:21 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Over 1,500 policemen infected, 14 died due to Covid-19 in Bengaluru: Police commissioner

More than 1,500 Bengaluru police officers and personnel were infected by the COVID-19 while 14 died of the infection, Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant said.

Speaking at a webinar on 'Reboot Namma Bengaluru' organised by the Namma Bengaluru Foundation, Kamal Pant said, “As on date, 1,501 from Bengaluru City Police have got affected by the COVID-19 and unfortunately 14 of them expired due to this disease."

“Most of the infected policemen have recovered and 1,100 have resumed their duty,” he added.

08:20 (IST)28 Aug 2020
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bengaluru airport, ac temperature, temperature increase, ac temperature coronavirus guidelines, indian express Compared to April, 15 per cent more respondents said airports were safer than bus and railway stations in July.

Meanwhile, the fear of contracting Covid-19 and family members being hesitant were among major reasons cited by people for avoiding flights since domestic operations resumed in a calibrated manner on May 25, a survey conducted in Bengaluru airport revealed.

READ | Bengaluru: Fear of Covid-19, reluctance by family members made lesser people take flights, finds survey

At the same time, the Supreme Court on Thursday declined to stay proceedings by the Income Tax Department against Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar over charges of recovery of undisclosed wealth.

READ | Shivakumar I-T case to go on as top court refuses stay

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