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Karnataka Bengaluru November 16 Highlights: Bengaluru to receive intermittent rains, mercury to drop further

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 16 Highlights: With 1565 more people contracting the infection on November 15 across the state, the total tally rose to over 8.61 lakh with 27,146 cases termed 'active'.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 17, 2020 8:56:24 am
Bengaluru rain, Karnataka rain, rainfall in KarnatakaThe India Meteorological Department has sounded a yellow alert in Bengaluru Urban and Rural, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Mandya, and Chamarajanagar districts of Karnataka later this week. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News November 16 Highlights: The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in Bengaluru dropped below a thousand on Sunday as 840 new cases were confirmed by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services. At the same time, 847 other people recovered from the infection.

Meanwhile, with 1565 more people contracting the infection on November 15 across the state, the total tally rose to over 8.61 lakh with 27,146 cases termed ‘active’. While 99,606 samples were tested (including 17,075 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests), a positivity rate of 1.57% was recorded.

Also Read | Explained: New quarantine rules for international passengers in Karnataka

Other districts that reported the most cases were Tumkur (79), Mysuru (71), Chitradurga (52), Belagavi (47), and Mandya (46). To date, 8.22 lakh people have recovered from the infection cumulatively as the total death toll rose to 11, 529 after 21 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic on Sunday.

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18:38 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Bengaluru violence: CCB arrest former mayor's aide

The Central Crime Branch of the Bengaluru city police probing the DJ Halli violence case Monday confirmed the arrest of Riyazuddin, a close aide of former mayor and another accused in the case Sampath Raj who is "still absconding."

According to CCB officials, the whereabouts of Riyazuddin were found as the team was tracking Raj and another accused Zakir, who are yet to be found. "We got information that Riyazuddin had taken both Raj and Zakir in a farm in Nagarhole a few days ago. On reaching the spot, Riyazuddin was arrested from the same farm," an officer said.

Riyazuddin has been charged for harbouring the accused after which he was sent to judicial custody, CCB stated.

18:37 (IST)16 Nov 2020
IN PICS | BBMP Commissioner inspects developmental work at Lavelle Road

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad Monday said that 90 per cent of the utility-laying work at Lavelle Road has been completed on both sides.

After an inspection of the 1.35-kilometer-long road in the heart of Bengaluru, he said, "Footpath work has been started. A major portion of the work will be completed before February 28, 2021. Meanwhile, the contractor has been directed to complete work on both sides of the footpath in front of residential areas within three weeks."

18:20 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Weather update: Bengaluru to receive intermittent rains, mercury to drop further

As Bengaluru continued to receive intermittent rains on Monday as well, the trend is likely to go on throughout the week, as per the forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

According to the IMD forecast and weather report, the wet weather can be cited to the strong winds, i.e., to the northeast monsoon. "Several parts of south interior Karnataka and coastal Karnataka are likely to receive wide to moderate scattered rainfall till November 18. Bengaluru is also likely to receive intermittent rains for a couple more days this week," an IMD official explained.

Further, Bengaluru has also experienced a fall in temperature of nearly three degrees than normal. The maximum and minimum temperatures recorded in the city were 24.5 and 20.6 degrees Celsius respectively. "The city is also likely to experience mist during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 26 and 20 degrees Celsius respectively," Geeta Agnihotri, Director-in-charge, IMD Bengaluru noted.

17:36 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Fire breaks out at Bengaluru pub, firefighters douse fire in 30 mins

The timely intervention of firefighters in Bengaluru helped avert major damages after a fire broke out from a pub located in HSR Layout in the city on Monday.

According to senior officials of the Fire and Emergency Services, the incident took place at Hangover pub in the area and fire personnel were alerted of the same at around 1 pm. "Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot immediately and the fire was completely doused within 30 minutes. None sustained injuries as the pub was closed for visitors for some infrastructural development work," District Fire Officer P M Nagesh told Indianexpress.com.

"While a part of the building has been damaged, it has been confirmed that none has sustained injury. The estimate loss is yet to be calculated," another official added.

He added that preliminary investigation indicated that the fire broke out while welding work was carried out by workers there. Earlier last week, four workers were rescued after a massive fire broke out at a chemical godown situated in Bapuji Nagar in the city.

16:44 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: Now, property transactions under BBMP to be online

In a bid to curb issues related to creating fake documents for fraudulent property transactions in Bengaluru, the local civic body governing 198 wards in the city has decided to adopt an online system.

The new e-Aashthi portal which was launched recently is considered the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP)'s latest move to streamline property record management and to establish electronic integration with registration.

According to BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, the pilot of the new initiative is now implemented in Neelasandra, Shantinagar, and Shantalanagar wards in Shantinagar division. "After resolving glitches if any, the system will be extended to 97 other wards in the city which falls in East, West, and South Zones in a phased manner in the next two weeks," he added.

Earlier in 2018, the civic body had transformed the khata system online after which 2.87 lakh such transactions were made online, according to BBMP. "However, those had physical signatures as a requirement which is now being brought online. As per the new system, form 46 that is uploaded online will have all the required information about a property. Officer concerned will now be able to sign documents digitally with the digital signature attached to the Aadhaar number," he explained.

15:42 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Karnataka: KSRTC begins regular services to Kerala after 9 months

The Karnataka and Kerala State Road Transport Corporations resumed operations between Mangaluru and Kasaragod on Monday, nearly nine months after the coronavirus-induced lockdown affected regular services due to protocol followed by both states.

To begin with, 20 buses each have been deployed by the corporations of each state, that facilitates travel for people living in the border areas and is dependent on the same to travel to and from towns and cities in the neighbouring state.

"While passengers in these buses are asked to deboard and board to the respective state corporation's bus after crossing the border, these buses are expected to clock 120 trips each day now. Pre-lockdown, 40 buses each were operating 240 trips each on a daily basis," a senior KSRTC official said. The corporations are expected to take a call on normalising the same after noting passenger response for the first few days.

14:07 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Karnataka: Post-matric hostels to reopen from tomorrow

To complement the state government's decision to reopen colleges for offline sessions from Tuesday, Social Welfare Minister B Srirmaulu has ordered the opening of post-matric hostels across the state.

According to the minister, the hostels managed by the Social Welfare Department will be sanitised and reopened in a bid to help students attending the sessions. Earlier in October, the state government had decided to reopen engineering, diploma, and degree colleges (including PG) that were shut due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students have been given options to either attend online, offline classes, or blended learning by using both options.

Earlier last week, Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar had announced the government's decision to reopen all medical, dental, AYUSH, paramedical, nursing, and pharmacy colleges affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences from December 1.

13:19 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: Two held for blackmailing, extorting Rs 1.25 crore from woman

The Bengaluru police arrested two people for allegedly blackmailing and extorting Rs 1.25 crore from a woman. The accused had learned about an alleged pre-marital affair of the woman and blackmailed her claiming that they had her private pictures and videos.

The accused, Aparna and Mahesh, have been charged with extortion and criminal intimidation.

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12:06 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Explained: New quarantine rules for international passengers in Karnataka

With Karnataka seeing a drop in coronavirus cases since mid-October and more pandemic related restrictions being lifted, the state government has decided to simplify quarantine rules for international passengers arriving in the state. Now, those returning from other countries to the state, including at Bengaluru, can seek exemption from mandatory home quarantine on furnishing a Covid-19 negative certificate.

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11:24 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: Police busts inter-state drug racket, seizes drugs worth Rs 23.8 lakh

The Bengaluru City Police, in its continued efforts to crack down on drug rackets in the city, busted an inter-state gang of drug peddlers.

According to Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant, the operation to nab the suspects was done by officers of Mico Layout police station in the city.

“₹23,80,000/- worth of Ganja and other narcotic substances have been seized from the three accused. A reward of ₹40,000 and appreciation certificates have been given to the team,” Pant said.

10:47 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Gangster Ravi Pujari to be taken to Mumbai from Bengaluru

Twenty-two months after he was extradited to India from Senegal, gangster Ravi Pujari is set to be finally brought to Mumbai from Bengaluru before December 10. A court in Bengaluru last Friday allowed an application by the Anti Extortion Cell of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch, seeking to bring the gangster to the city. The court allowed the Crime Branch 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.

The police had moved an application before Additional City Civil and Sessions Judge S R Manikya in Bengaluru stating that framing of charges in the conspiracy case has been pending before a court in Mumbai.

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10:18 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Mysuru Palace may soon have India’s first sandalwood museum

India is home to many museums, and now it seems it is on its way to receive a sandalwood museum, too. The country’s very first, this museum is likely to come up later this month in Mysuru in Karnataka.

As a city, Mysuru is already famous for its sandalwood soaps, sandalwood oil, incense sticks, etc. And now, Karnataka chief minister Yediyurappa has promised the inauguration of the first sandalwood museum in the country. According to reports, the museum has been conceptualised in a way that it will help in spreading awareness about the history and the cultivation of sandalwood products. Additionally, it will also give visitors the chance to witness the beauty and variety of the many pieces on display.

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09:38 (IST)16 Nov 2020
High demand: South Western Railway to operate 3 more special trains

Owing to public demand, the South Western Railway has announced three more additional special express trains which will operate with ticket rates set at normal fares. The new trains announced by SWR are as follows:

  • Train No.06271 /06272 Yesvantpur – Bidar – Yesvantpur Four-Days-a-Week Special

    On its onward journey, the train is scheduled to leave Yesvantpur at 19.00 hrs on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday and reaches Bidar at 09.15 hrs on the next day. In the return direction Train No. 06272 Yesvantpur – Bidar Four Days a Week special leaves Bidar at 18.05 hrs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and reaches Yesvantpur at 07.40 hrs on the next day.

    The train will run via Yelahanka, Gauribidanur, Hindupur, Dharmavaram, Guntakal, , Raichur, Yadgir, Nalwar, Chittapur, Malkhaid Road, Sedam, Tandur, Vikarabad, and Zahirabad in both directions. However, Train No.06271 will not stop at Dharur, Malkhaid Road, Manthralayam Road & Saidapur and Train No.06272 will not stop at Dharur, Malkhaid Road, Manthralayam Road but will have a stoppage at Saidapur.
  • Train No.06583 /06584 Yesvantpur – Lathur – Yesvantpur Tri-weekly Express Special

    The train is scheduled to departs from Yesvantpur at 19.00 hrs on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday to reach Latur at 13.05 hrs on the next day on its onward trip beginning from November 18. In the return direction, train No.06584 Latur – Yesvantpur tri-weekly Express Special departs from Latur at 15.00 hrs on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday to reach Yesvantpur at 07.40 hrs the next day, beginning from November 19.

    The train will run via Yelahanka, Gauribidanur, Hindupur, Dharmavaram, Guntakal, Raichur, Saidapur, Yadgir, Nalwar, Chittapur, Sedam, Tandur, Vikarabad, Zahirabad, Bidar, Bhalki, Udgir, and Latur Road. However, Train No.06583 will not stop at Dharur, Malkhaid Road & Manthralayam Road and Train No.16584 will not stop in Malkhed but will have stoppages at Dharur and Mantralayam Road.
  • Train No.07339 / 07340 Yesvantpur – Vasco-da-Gama – Yesvantpur Daily Express special

    Beginning November 18, the train is scheduled to depart from Yesvantpur at 14.30 hrs every day to reach Vasco-da-Gama at 06.00 hrs on the next day on its onward journey. In the return direction, train No.07340 Vasco-da-Gama – Yesvantpur daily Express Special departs from Vasco-da-Gama every day at 21.20 hrs to reach Yesvantpur at 12.30 hrs on the next day, beginning from November 17.

    The train will run via Tumakuru, Tipaturu, Arasikere, Biruru, Davanagere, Harihara, Ranibennur, Haveri, Hubballi, Dharwar, Alnawar, Londa, Castle Rock, Kulem, Sanverdam Church, and Madgaon in both directions.
09:01 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: No metro between key stations on Green Line from Nov 17 to 19

The Namma Metro services in Bengaluru will be unavailable for three days between RV Road and Yelachenahalli stations on the Green Line from November 17 to 19. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited has cited pre-commissioning works held at the Southern Extension of the Green Line as the reason behind this temporary suspension of services.

Metro train services will be available only between Nagasandra and RV Road from 7 am to 9 pm on these three days. Train services will resume at 7 am on November 20, a BMRCL statement read. However, services on the Purple Line between Baiyappanahalli and Mysuru Road stations will remain unaffected, officials added.

08:28 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Deemed forest: SC nod awaited, BSY govt considers releasing 67% of it

Can the Karnataka government denotify 6.64 lakh hectares of 9.94 lakh hectares of deemed forest land in the state without clearance from the Supreme Court, which is monitoring enforcement of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, across the country?

This is a question the B S Yediyurappa government has referred for legal opinion to the state advocate general after its key ministers announced in September in the Legislature that the state would denotify the said land.

“There is a lot of pressure to issue a government order to denotify the 6.64 lakh hectares after the announcements were made by ministers. There is a view that a GO can be issued without informing the Supreme Court,” a senior official in the Karnataka Forest, Ecology and Environment Department said.

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08:25 (IST)16 Nov 2020
Covid-19: New cases in Bengaluru drop below thousand

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus in Bengaluru dropped below a thousand on Sunday as 840 new cases were confirmed by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services. At the same time, 847 other people recovered from the infection.

Meanwhile, with 1565 more people contracting the infection on November 15 across the state, the total tally rose to over 8.61 lakh with 27,146 cases termed 'active'. While 99,606 samples were tested (including 17,075 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests), a positivity rate of 1.57% was recorded.

Other districts that reported the most cases were Tumkur (79), Mysuru (71), Chitradurga (52), Belagavi (47), and Mandya (46). To date, 8.22 lakh people have recovered from the infection cumulatively as the total death toll rose to 11, 529 after 21 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic on Sunday.

08:25 (IST)16 Nov 2020
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The museum is likely to be inaugurated after November 25, and will be shifted to the famous Mysuru Palace, which is already quite popular among tourists. (Source: Flickr/Ananth BS)

Meanwhile, the Mysuru Sandalwood Museum, dubbed to be the first-of-its-kind in the country, is likely to be inaugurated after November 25 and will be shifted to the famous Mysuru Palace, which is already quite popular among tourists — both local and those coming from outside the state.

READ | Mysuru Palace may soon have India’s first sandalwood museum

At the same time, the B S Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government has referred for legal opinion to the state advocate general whether it can denotify 6.64 lakh hectares of 9.94 lakh hectares of deemed forest land in the state without clearance from the Supreme Court. The move comes after key ministers in the State announced in September in the Legislature that the state would denotify the said land.

READ | Deemed forest: SC nod awaited, BSY govt considers releasing 67% of it

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