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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus December 4 Highlights: Former PM Deve Gowda urges Centre to make Covid vaccine affordable

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 4 Highlights: According to sources in the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, a decision on the measures taken to minimise the effects of a possible second wave predicted in January 2021 in Karnataka will also be taken during this meeting.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 7, 2020 8:27:09 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News December 4 Highlights: A couple of days after a technical advisory committee (TAC) suggested measures like the imposition of night curfew between December 26 to January 1 and a ban on New Year celebrations to minimise the impact on the state, Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar is likely to meet TAC members in Bengaluru on Friday.

The final decision will be announced after consulting the Chief Minister and ministerial colleagues, he told reporters on Thursday. The Minister said that further steps will be taken after carefully considering factors such as level and area of impact and measures to be taken.

According to sources in the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, a decision on the measures taken to minimise the effects of a possible second wave predicted in January 2021 in Karnataka will also be taken during this meeting.

Meanwhile, 1446 more people contracted the infection across the state on Thursday while another 894 recovered from the same. As many as 24,689 cases are active as on December 3, with the total tally since March 8 rising to over 8.89 lakh in the state.

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18:42 (IST)04 Dec 2020
IN PICS | BBMP Commissioner conducts meeting on redevelopment of Avenue Road

BBMP Commissioner along with BBMP administrator conducted a meeting regarding redevelopment of Avenue road in CBD area on Friday.

18:33 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Next 45 days crucial, possibilities of second wave in 2021 beginning: Karnataka Health Minister

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Friday warned that the next 45 days would be crucial for the state, citing possibilities of a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

"There are all possibilities of a second Covid wave during the initial months of 2021 for which we have to be extra cautious from December 20 to January 2. These days would be the most crucial period for us," he said in Bengaluru after meeting experts of the Technical Advisory Committee.

The minister explained that the winter period from December to February is conducive to the spread of coronavirus. "The next 45 days are crucial for us to contain coronavirus. As per the record of other countries, it is observed that the second wave occurred between 45-90 days of the receding of the initial wave," he said.

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18:32 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Bengaluru violence: Former corporator Zakir sent to police custody till Dec 8

A city court Friday sent Abdul Rakeeb Zakir — former Congress corporator and accused in the Bengaluru violence case — to police custody till December 8.

Zakir, the former corporator of Pulkeshinagar ward, was arrested Wednesday night by Central Crime Branch sleuths. He was on the run for nearly two months and was on the lookout along with Raj. He was named as an accused among others by the CCB in an interim charge sheet filed on October 12. As per the chargesheet, he was part of the conspiracy in the mob violence that torched Pulikeshinagar MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy’s house in Kaval Byrasandra on August 11.

Zakir was sent to judicial custody on Thursday after which the CCB team probing the case clarified that it would seek police custody of the accused for further interrogation.

18:25 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Karnataka HC directs Bengaluru civic body to declare elections to 198 wards within 6 weeks

The Karnataka High Court Friday directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to declare elections to 198 wards of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) "as expeditiously as possible" within six weeks from the date of final reservation notification published by the state government.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty was delivering the verdict on separate public interest litigation (PIL) petitions filed by the SEC, two former corporators M Shivaraj and Abdul Wajid, and Ravi Jagan, a resident of Kalyan Nagar.

The latest direction is a setback to the State government which had notified increasing the number of wards to 243. Further clarifying the direction to hold elections only to 198 wards, the Court noted that allowing the application of amendment to the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act that increased the number of wards to the BBMP would be contrary to the constitutional mandate of holding elections in a timely manner.

18:04 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Karnataka CM appeals to pro-Kannada organisation to cancel Bandh

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday made a fervent appeal to pro-Kannada organisations not to go for Karnataka bandh on Saturday against the formation of the Maratha Development Authority (MDA).

"I appeal to everyone including Vatal Nagaraj, not to trouble people with Karnataka Bandh. It is not required," the Chief Minister told reporters in Bengaluru. Yediyurappa said he is making every effort to take all the communities along.

He underlined that he is doing everything to give prominence to Kannada language. "I have already given prominence to Kannada and I am ready to do whatever is required to be done to make Kannada prominent," the Chief Minister said.

17:27 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Bengaluru police raid 'parallel' BDA office, top officer booked

A top officer at the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) was booked by Bengaluru City Police after he was found to be allegedly running 'parallel office' with other staffers on Cunningham Road in the city.

According to the police, the accused — identified as Deputy Secretary Shiva Gowda — had been issuing site-allotment letters and other documents which is expected to have caused losses running into crores for BDA.

"The raids were initiated in an office room with the name 'Redhan - The Cinema People' on the fourth floor of Prestige Point building. A broker named Inder Kumar who owns the building, and BDA employees Sarath Kumar, Sampath Kumar, and Pavithramma have been assisting the officer to create documents," the police said.

Later, an FIR was lodged under sections 409 and 468 of the Indian Penal Code against the accused at Seshadripuram police station. "Further investigation is on as we continue to collect more documents as evidence," the police added.

16:28 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Body of Siddi man found in lake; family suspects foul play

After a 27-year-old man from the Siddi community was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Halasuru lake on November 18, his family suspects foul play.

The deceased, Shimav Micheal Kambrekar, who hailed from Yellapur in Uttara Kannada district, was working as a driver for a hotel in Bengaluru for the last two years.

Meanwhile, his family says that he was denied a salary for the last 10 months. Sanju, Shimav’s uncle, doubted that it was a suicide case. Sanju said, “Shimav has got no reason to kill himself. I got Shimav’s mobile phone from one of his colleagues but found that all the data had been erased.”

“He had returned to his hometown, but would call up his employer asking for his pending dues as he was getting married on November 22. To collect his unpaid salary he went back to Bengaluru on November 17 after which the family did not hear from him", he said.

15:47 (IST)04 Dec 2020
IN PICS | 26 IAF officers graduate in Bengaluru

As many as 26 officers of the Indian Air Force graduated in Bengaluru on Friday after completing 74 weeks of training. The graduation was marked by a ceremonial passing out parade of Permanent Commission & Short Service Commission / 95 Aeronautical Engineering Course held at Air Force Technical College in Jalahalli.

According to the Defence PRO, the graduates underwent "22 weeks training at the Air Force Academy, Hyderabad and 52 weeks at Air Force Technical College in Aeronautical Engineering, Military Leadership, Managerial Skills and Ethos of an Air Warrior".

15:35 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Karnataka: Railway police find missing child in 30 mins

Acting swiftly on a child-missing complaint, the Karnataka Railway Protection Force (RPF) rescued a child from a train within a span of 30 minutes since receiving the complaint.

According to RPF officials, Sangappa, the child's father was travelling with his wife and four other children in the Bidar – Yesvantpur Express. "Sangappa and his wife alighted from the train forgetting to pick their girl child Bhoomika who was sleeping in the train when the train stopped near Rajanukunte for signal clearance at about 7 am. They alerted the on-duty station master at Rajanukunte of the same after which RPF was informed to take action," an officer explained.

The RPF search party team later found the child sleeping in a coach when the train arrived in Yesvantpur at 7.30 am after which the child was handed over to her parents. "Various verification procedures were done before handing over the child. The parents were also counselled," a South Western Railway official said.

15:26 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Bengaluru church plans 'drive-in theatre' ahead of Christmas

A church in Bengaluru has announced that it will host a drive-in-theatre at its parking premises in the city ahead of Christmas free of cost on three days on consecutive weekends beginning Saturday.

According to pastors at the Bethel AG Church International Worship Centre (BAGCIWC) located in Hebbal, the drive-in format will operate on a first-come-first-serve basis with the organisers planning to air megahit Christian movies.

"It is disheartening to see that the Pandemic has caused a lot of mental and emotional stress among people. Fellowship with social distance and value-based entertainment can play a key role in boosting the morale amidst these uncertain circumstances," Rev Johnson V, Pastor-in-charge, BAGCIWC said.

Earlier in June, the church had begun drive-in Sunday services at the same venue. While the organisers claim the three-acre area can accommodate 500 four-wheelers and 300 two-wheelers, online pre-booking has been made mandatory for people interested to attend the event.

15:12 (IST)04 Dec 2020
BBMP launches “3W’s campaign” to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in Bengaluru

BBMP has launched “3W’s campaign” to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in Bengaluru as infection rates rise in other Indian cities. BBMP Administrator Gaurav Gupta today launched a major new communication campaign urging residents of Bengaluru to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by following the “3W’s”: Wear your mask, Wash your hands and Watch your distance, amid a second wave of infections in many other Indian cities.

The announcement confirms the city’s commitment to combating the pandemic as part of the Partnership for Healthy Cities, a global network of cities supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the global health organization Vital Strategies.

Bengaluru’s 3 W’s campaign will include a series of outreach activities through new hand sanitisation kiosks and audiovisual and outdoor campaigns, with messaging on city buses and on BBMP solid waste management vehicles.

Launching the campaign, BBMP Administrator Shri Gaurav Gupta said, “The curve is slowly flattening in the city, but there is a possibility of another COVID-19 wave hitting us as we have seen this happen in many major cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and others. We must ensure that we do not take the situation lightly and strictly follow all the WHO advised protocols.”

13:06 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Karnataka Gram Panchayat elections: Teachers seek exemption from poll duty for teachers above 50 yrs

Teachers’ association have urged the State Election commission to exempt the teachers who are over 50 years of age and those with comorbidities from poll duty in the upcoming Gram Panchayat elections.

According to reports, the teachers’ association said that nearly 50 per cent of the government staff used for election work are teachers, with majority of them aged above 50 years.

The Gram Panchayat elections in the state are scheduled to be held from December 22 to 27.

13:05 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Keep Covid vaccine affordable: Former PM Deve Gowda

Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda Friday suggested the Centre to make Covid-19 vaccine affordable to all. "The cost of the vaccine should be kept affordable. For the economically vulnerable, the government should even consider offering it for free," Deve Gowda suggested during the all-party meeting convened by PM Narendra Modi to discuss the pandemic situation in the country.

Deve Gowda also suggested that the responsibility for long term storage of vaccines, once approved, should be passed on to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). "They should tell us how to convert any room into a cold storage facility with an inexpensive assembly unit," he added.

12:02 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Marshals brave infection risk to enforce Covid norms on Bengaluru streets

Marshals deployed by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the agency taking care of the city’s civic amenities, are putting their best foot forward in controlling the spread of Covid-19.

Working outdoors in the face of a pandemic for more than 13 hours a day, the marshals have been going about enforcing the Covid protocols, topping which is to ensure that the locals are wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

The marshals have been carrying a brief over the last eight months to patrol busy streets, market areas and other public spaces to put a leash on the virus. Though the city has reported fewer Covid cases over the last few days, the marshals aren’t letting their guard down as they get on the roads by 8am every day, keeping a close watch on commuters and ensuring that they are adhering to the norms at all times. The BBMP put them to work from the time the city started reporting Covid cases.

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11:36 (IST)04 Dec 2020
From December 7, suburban trains to run in all four directions from Bengaluru

In a relief to people working in industrial sectors in Bengaluru, Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) trains will begin operations on the Bengaluru-Hosur route and to destinations in three other directions from December 7.

According to the South Western Railway (SWR), the short-distance trains from Bengaluru are scheduled to run till Hassan, Hindupur, Hosur, Marikuppam, and Bangarapet. "These trains will be immensely helpful to commuters in Bengaluru from satellite and nearby towns nearby," SWR Chief Public Relations Officer E Vijaya said.

In a bid to facilitate more travel, these trains — operating six days a week (except Sundays) — will also be the first set to run unreserved since coronavirus-related restrictions were put in place from March 25.

As per the schedule, the MEMU from KSR Bengaluru will depart at 7.15 am to reach Hosur at 8.35 am. While returning, it will leave Hosur at 8.45 am to reach KSR Bengaluru at 10.10 am.

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10:07 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Salaries to resident doctors soon: Health Minister

The pending salary to resident doctors in the state will be paid soon, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said.

Regarding salaries to resident doctors who have been deployed on mandatory service, he said it has come to his notice that the salaries have not been credited. "The delay is due to technical reasons", he explained and assured that salaries will be released within a week.

“Until then, the administrative bodies of the colleges have been instructed to pay the doctors. The chief secretary to the department has discussed the matter with the Department of finance,” he added.

10:01 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Disability no bar for students to race towards life’s goals at Bengaluru B-school

Vivekananda Nareddula, a first-year student in the two-year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), may have lost his hands in an accident some years back but that didn’t put an end to his dream of becoming an entrepreneur someday.

A bilateral amputee, hailing from Narasaraopet in Andhra Pradesh, Nareddula believes he can accomplish anything that he sets his mind to. He said after losing his limbs to the accident, he began researching every idea he had at the time to follow his passion of bike-riding and set up his own venture, among others.

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09:11 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Arrangements for vaccine complete in Karnataka: Health Minister

Karnataka Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said that arrangements have been made to distribute and store the vaccine across the state.

“Several rounds of discussions have taken place with the concerned personnel in this regard,” he said.

Sudhakar explained that infrastructure has been improved in comparison to the times before the Covid-19 outbreak and added that vaccination will take place once the decision of the vaccine to be taken is made and other necessary factors are decided.

According to the health department, as many as 2,24,083 government health care workers and 2,45,773 private health care workers have been registered for receiving Covid-19 vaccine and the list will be updated as and when more beneficiaries are registered.

09:09 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Karnataka will have law against 'love jihad', officials asked to look into UP ordinance: Home Minister

Karnataka will have a law against "love jihad", and officials have been directed to gather information regarding an ordinance promulgated in Uttar Pradesh in this regard, state Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Thursday.

Uttar Pradesh had recently promulgated an ordinance against forcible or fraudulent religious conversions, which provides for imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of up to Rs 50,000 under different categories.

"Love jihad" is a coinage used by right wing activists to refer to the alleged campaign of Muslims forcing Hindu girls to convert in the guise of love."...when Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh governments started mulling over it (a law), we too started thinking about it- how to do it, how to ensure that there was pressure or force involved (in conversion)- it is the main thing," Bommai said.

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08:55 (IST)04 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Number of voters increases by 8 lakh in BBMP limits

The BBMP has completed revising the voters’ list based on the latest delimitation of wards issued by the state government.

According to the civic body, the revision has revealed an increase in the number of voting population in the city by eight lakh against the previous revision of the list conducted in the year 2015.

The BBMP has published the list of final electoral rolls ward wise and posted the same on its website to the public to check. The state election commission has asked the BBMP to revise the voters’ list for the BBMP elections 2020 as per the latest delimitation of the wards.

A television news camera operator films burnt police bus and other private vehicles after violence erupted between police and protesters over a reported derogatory Facebook post about Islam's Prophet Mohammad, in Bengaluru, India, August 12, 2020. REUTERS/Sachin Ravikumar

Meanwhile, former Congress corporator Abdul Rakeeb Zakir, who was on the run for nearly two months, was arrested by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) in connection with the Bengaluru violence case. Confirming the arrest, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said, "Zakir, the accused in DJ Halli case, has been arrested yesterday (Wednesday) night."

READ | Bengaluru violence: CCB arrests former corporator Rakeeb Zakir

At the same time, in the backdrop of the massive protests by farmers in and around the national capital, Karnataka Agriculture Minister B C Patil on Thursday stirred up a controversy by calling farmers who have died by suicide "cowards".

READ | Farmers who die by suicide are cowards, says Karnataka agriculture minister

Meanwhile regarding salaries to resident doctors who have been deployed on mandatory service, Dr. Sudhakar said it has come to his notice that the salaries have not been credited. The delay is due to technical reasons, he explained and assured that salaries will be released within a week. Until then, the administrative bodies of the colleges have been instructed to pay the doctors. The chief secretary to the department has discussed the matter with the Department of finance, he added.

Also Read | Marshals brave infection risk to enforce Covid norms on Bengaluru streets

The Minister said that arrangements have been made to distribute and store the vaccine. Several rounds of discussions have taken place with the concerned personnel in this regard. He explained that infrastructure has been improved in comparison to the times before the Covid-19 break and added that vaccination will take place once the decision of the vaccine to be taken is made and other necessary factors are decided.

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Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Find your nearest fever clinic and testing Covid-19 facility here | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp - +91 97777 77684, Voice call - 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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