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Karnataka Bengaluru November 18 Highlights: PM Modi to inaugurate Bengaluru Tech Summit on Thursday

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 18 Highlights: While 1336 more people contracted the infection, 2100 people recovered from the infection across the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 19, 2020 8:41:33 am
Narendra Modi, Modi, Prime Minister, Indian Prime Minister, PM ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate the Bengaluru Tech Summit (BTS) 2020 on Thursday. This is the 23rd edition of the annual flagship event of the Departments of Electronics, Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Science & Technology.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News November 18 Highlights: The Covid-19 positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours, as on Tuesday, dropped to 1.77 per cent as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services. At the same time, only 75,384 samples were tested (including 13,392 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests) across the state. The state had been testing around a lakh samples daily since over a month otherwise.

While 1336 more people contracted the infection, 2100 people recovered from the infection across the state. Of these, 729 new cases and 942 discharges were reported from Bengaluru alone as the total tally in the city since March 8 rose to over 3.58 lakh.

Meanwhile, active cases in Karnataka dropped further to 25,323. Other districts that reported the most cases on November 17 were Tumkur(89), Mysuru (52), Bengaluru Rural (40), and Mandya (38). The death toll rose to 11,557 as 16 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic on Tuesday.

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18:27 (IST)18 Nov 2020
PM Modi to inaugurate Bengaluru Tech Summit tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate the Bengaluru Tech Summit (BTS) 2020 on Thursday. This is the 23rd edition of the annual flagship event of the Departments of Electronics, Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Science & Technology.

While BTS is gearing up for its first virtual version since its genesis, the central theme will be 'Next is Now' highlighting the significance of advancing the future at an accelerated pace and the need for preparedness by using innovations and technological interventions, a statement by the organisers read.

"We have made elaborate arrangements to make BTS a grant success as the event sessions are going 100% virtual. After Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the tech summit 22 years back, it is for the second time a Prime Minister is inaugurating the event," Deputy CM C N Ashwathnarayan said after inspecting the venue set up at a hotel in the city on Wednesday.

18:26 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: CCB nabs 25-year-old hacker

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru City Police Wednesday arrested a 25-year-old hacker for allegedly breaking into government websites, and for using the darkweb to procure from overseas for use and distribution at parties organised in the city.

According to CCB, the accused has been identified as Srikrishna alias Shriki (25), a resident of Jayanagar. Confirming his arrest, City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said, "The accused completed his Bachelors in Computer Science at Amsterdam from where he gained expertise in computer programming. Later, he began hacking many websites, and online gaming portals to make illegal gains. He has also confessed hacking into government websites including the e-procurement website run by the Karnataka government," Pant explained.

On finding him using the dark web to procure, possess and distribute drugs as well, CCB sleuths added that a case has been registered at Kempegowda Nagar police station under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act as well.

17:48 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Yediyurappa condemns Maharashtra Dy CM’s statement on Belagavi border issue

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday condemned Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar’s statement raking up the Belagavi border issue and termed it as an attempt to “incite fire”.

Speaking to reporters, he said, “I condemn Maharashtra DCM Ajit Pawar’s statement, whole world knows that the Mahajan Commission report is final. Marathi people here are like Kannadigas in our state. We have created a corporation here for the development of Marathas.”

Pawar had said Maharashtra’s all-round growth and incorporating Belgaum (Belagavi), Karwar and Nipani — areas of Karnataka which have substantial Marathi-speaking population — were dreams of Bal Thackeray.

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17:36 (IST)18 Nov 2020
IN PICS | BBMP officials meet to plan Covid vaccine distribution

Top officials of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) met Wednesday to discuss strategy to distribute Covid vaccine across 198 wards in the city, once it is ready. Special Commissioner (Health and IT) P Rajendra Cholan, Chief Health Officer B K Vijayendra, and other members of the civic body's Covid-19 task force participated in the meeting convened by BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad in the city.

As on Tuesday, a cumulative 3.58 lakh people have contracted the infection since March 8 of which over 3.36 lakh have recovered from the same. The capital city has registered the most Covid-19 deaths in the state as 4018 people succumbed to the infection to date.

16:39 (IST)18 Nov 2020
UDAN: Kalaburagi-Hindon flight operations begin

The first direct flight from Kalaburagi to Hindon Airport in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh was flagged off on Wednesday, as part of the RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik).

Star Air, in charge of the operations on the route, will operate three weekly flights on the route. According to the operators, the company has deployed 50-seater Embraer-145 luxury aircraft for services on the new route.

As per the schedule, flights will take off from Kalaburagi at 10.20 am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays to land at Hindon at 12.40 pm. On its return journey, the flight will depart from Hindon at 1.10 pm to reach Kalaburagi at 3.30 pm.

15:45 (IST)18 Nov 2020
AAP survey finds 1038 blackspots in Bengaluru, urges BBMP to ensure cleanliness

The Karnataka unit of the Aam Aadmi Party Wednesday cited results of a recent survey conducted by its volunteers to state that over a thousand blackspots, where garbage is dumped on the streets, were found.

"According to a survey conducted by AAP Karnataka, there are over 1038 black spots (piles of trash) in Bengaluru city. This has led to an enormous increase in mosquitos, pigs, and street dogs in these areas," the party said in a statement.

Urging the state government to resolve the issue, Janani Bharat of AAP alleged that the Yediyurappa-led government is trying to "favour the garbage mafia" to a great extent. "Originally there were 198 contractors, one for each BBMP ward, taking up the responsibility of solid waste management and waste disposal. This has now been reduced to 89 and hence the drastic increase in garbage black spots," she said.

15:07 (IST)18 Nov 2020
IN PICS | K Narayan files nomination for Rajya Sabha bypoll

K Narayan, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s candidate for the upcoming bypoll to fill a vacant seat from Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha, submitted his nomination to the returning officer in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

He was accompanied by BJP State President Nalinkumar Kateel and RDPR Minister K S Eshwarappa. The seat had fallen vacant after first-time Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Gasti succumbed to Covid-19 in Bengaluru in September.

14:20 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Vijayanagara to be Karnataka's 31st district

The Karnataka cabinet, led by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, Wednesday approved the proposal of forming a new district in north Karnataka. Vijayanagar, the 31st district of the state will be carved out of the existing Ballari district.

The cabinet, which is finalising the structure of the new district, is likely to carve six out of the existing 11 taluks in Ballari for the new district. The district is named after the historic Vijayanagara empire.

The announcememt of a new district comes 11 years after Yadagir was formed, carved out of Kalaburagi, in December 2009.

12:15 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Karnataka Assembly to meet for winter session from Dec 7

The Karnataka Legislative Assembly will meet for the winter session from December 7 to 15, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy said on Wednesday.

The Assembly had met for the monsoon session earlier in September under the shadow of growing Covid-19 cases in the state, with as many as 60 MLAs including seven ministers in quarantine. However, proceedings were curtailed to six days instead of the originally planned eight days on account of large absenteeism in the 224-member Assembly.

Earlier last month, leader of opposition Siddaramaiah had demanded a special session to discuss rain-related havoc and relief granted for the same to people in north Karnataka. "Farmers are miserable due to floods during the last few months. They have lost their houses and cattle. The chief minister of Karnataka should immediately convene an assembly session to discuss the same," Siddaramaiah had said.

11:26 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Over 60% of students in govt schools have no access to online education: Study

Results of a recent field study conducted by Azim Premji University conducted in 1522 schools in five states in India revealed that more than 60% of their respondents enrolled in government schools could not access online education opportunities.

According to the study, the reasons for this include non-availability of or an inadequate number of smartphones for dedicated use or sharing, and difficulty in using the apps for online learning. "The issue of access is further exacerbated for children with disabilities. 90% of teachers with children with disabilities in their regular classes found them unable to participate in online classes," the study indicated.

More than 80,000 students were part of the sample from government schools situated in Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

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11:14 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Bengaluru violence: Former Cong mayor Sampath Raj sent to 2-day police custody

Former Congress mayor R Sampath Raj was sent to two-day police custody after he was arrested on Monday night for instigating violence in parts of Bengaluru on August 11, which left four people dead. He was produced in a local court after being interrogated for hours by Central Crime Branch (CCB) officials in their headquarters.

Confirming the arrest, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said, “Sampath Raj, an accused who was absconding since October 14 was arrested yesterday night. We have subjected him to a detailed interrogation.”

Patil said further questioning would continue after presenting Raj before a local court. “In the case that was transferred to the CCB, 53 accused have been arrested so far. Special teams were formed to arrest the absconding accused,” he said.

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10:42 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Bengaluru's COVID-19 fatality rate lowest among major Indian cities: Health Minister

Bengaluru's COVID-19 case fatality rate (1.1 per cent) is the lowest among all major cities in the country, Karnataka Health Minister Sudhakar K said on Wednesday.

"With 3,36,880 recoveries and 17,707 active cases as on Tuesday, city's recovery rate stands at a healthy 93.94 per cent and active rate stands at 4.93 per cent", he tweeted, quoting a TOI report.

On Tuesday, Karnataka reported 1,336 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 8,64,140 and the death toll to 11,557 in the State.

10:35 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Mumbai Police hopes to get Ravi Pujari’s custody, his lawyers to oppose Bengaluru court order

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch will seek the custody of gangster Ravi Pujari this week, said officers of the Anti-Extortion Cell, which is investigating cases linked to him. The city police, which had been trying to get Pujari’s custody for nearly two years, was last Friday allowed by a Bengaluru court to take him to Mumbai for 10 days anytime before from December 10 in connection with a case of conspiracy to allegedly kill MNS leader Raju Patil in 2015.

There are at least 49 cases registered against the gangster in Mumbai who was extradited to India from Senegal last February.

However, sources said that the process of getting his custody may not be easy as Pujari’s lawyers are likely to challenge the Bengaluru court order. Pujari’s lawyers had opposed the grant of custody to Mumbai Police primarily on the ground that the Raju Patil case was not mentioned in the extradition order passed by the Senegal court.

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09:57 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Covid-19 test for college attendees: BBMP conducts 11,574 tests

As colleges in Bengaluru resumed offline classes on Tuesday after a period of eight months, the city's civic body stated that only two of the total 11,574 samples tested so far tested positive for coronavirus.

According to statistics shared by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), students, teachers, and non-teaching staff from 360 colleges in the city were tested on Monday and Tuesday, while 222 testing teams began working in and around various campuses. "The two positive cases were recorded among the samples collected at AD Halli health centre in Govindarajnagar ward in BBMP West Division," an official said.

Earlier, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad had announced that 450 mobile swab collection teams from the nearest public healthcare centres (PHCs) will be deployed in the upcoming days to help with collecting samples that can be sent for testing free of cost.

09:40 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Belagavi: Christian organisations demand release of Stan Swamy

Tens of people carried out a silent rally in Karnataka's Belagavi on Tuesday demanding the release of activist and Jesuit priest Stan Swamy, who has been lodged at Mumbai’s Taloja Central Jail since October 9 after his arrest in the Elgar Parishad case.

Terming the arrest "unlawful", priests and other protesters also submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner M G Hiremath after a silent protest at Rani Chennamma Circle.

"We condemn Fr Swamy's arrest and demand his immediate release along with all those who are arbitrarily incarcerated for championing the cause of the poor and the exploited," Belgaum Bishop Derek Fernandes said.

09:13 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Bengaluru CCB arrests rowdy sheeter with 23 cases

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru City Police Wednesday confirmed the arrest of rowdy sheeter 'Bonda Manja'. According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil, Manja allegedly attacked a head constable with a dagger during the operation.

"For self-defense, Police Inspector Puneet opened fire at the rowdy on his leg. Bonda Manja has 23 cases against him," Patil said.

09:13 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Publisher of Sanskrit magazine is BJP pick for Karnataka RS bypoll

Continuing with its recent practice of picking low-profile candidates who have served the Sangh Parivar well, the BJP has now chosen K Narayan (63), a press owner, as its candidate for the bypoll to the Rajya Sabha seat which recently fell vacant after the newly-elected MP Ashok Gasti, a grassroots worker, died following a Covid infection.

Narayan — a member of the backward class Devanga or weaver community which does not have much of a representation in the BJP government in Karnataka — was a surprise pick to fill the vacancy.

Narayan, who owns a printing firm called Span Print, has been recognised by the Sangh for efforts to popularise Sanskrit by publishing a Sanskrit magazine called ‘Sambhashana Sandesha’ for several years and for social activism in the coastal Karnataka region.

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09:12 (IST)18 Nov 2020
Karnataka: Positivity rate drops to 1.77% in last 24 hours

The Covid-19 positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours, as on Tuesday, dropped to 1.77 per cent as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

While 1336 more people contracted the infection, 2100 people recovered from the infection across the state. Of these, 729 new cases and 942 discharges were reported from Bengaluru alone as the total tally in the city since March 8 rose to over 3.58 lakh.

Meanwhile, active cases in Karnataka dropped further to 25,323. At the same time, 75,384 samples were tested (including 13,392 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests) across the state. Other districts that reported the most cases on November 17 were Tumkur(89), Mysuru (52), Bengaluru Rural (40), and Mandya (38). The death toll rose to 11,557 as 16 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic on Tuesday.

09:11 (IST)18 Nov 2020
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Bengaluru: Police stand guard after a mob vandalised a police station following a social media post by a relative of a MLA, in Bengaluru, Wednesday morning, Aug. 12, 2020. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)

Meanwhile, former Congress mayor R Sampath Raj was sent to two-day police custody after he was arrested on Monday night for instigating violence in parts of Bengaluru on August 11, which left four people dead. He was produced in a local court after being interrogated for hours by Central Crime Branch (CCB) officials in their headquarters.

READ | Bengaluru violence: Former Cong mayor Sampath Raj arrested, sent to 2-day police custody

At the same time, continuing with its recent practice of picking low-profile candidates who have served the Sangh Parivar well, the BJP has now chosen K Narayan (63), a press owner, as its candidate for the bypoll to the Rajya Sabha seat which recently fell vacant after the newly-elected MP Ashok Gasti, a grassroots worker, died following a Covid infection.

READ | Publisher of Sanskrit magazine is BJP pick for Karnataka RS bypoll

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