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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus December 7 Highlights: Bengaluru resident doctors demand exemption from tuition fee, timely payment of salaries

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News December 7 Highlights: According to a recent order by BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, commercial establishments in the city are obliged to ensure that people on their premises follow Covid-19 containment rules.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 8, 2020 8:25:12 am
The Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors, Bengaluru doctors protest, doctors symbolic protestThe Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) holds a symbolic protest in Bengaluru.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News December 7 Highlights: The Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) Monday held a ‘symbolic protest’ in Bengaluru demanding that the government waive off tuition fee for postgraduate medicos, among other needs.

During the protest, doctors were seen holding empty coconut shells to symbolise “lack of response from the government despite their hard efforts.” KARD President Dayanand Sagar said, “There have been no proper clinical academic activities happening across the state. We urge the government to exempt us from the tuition fee stipulated for the year 2020-21.”

In an attempt to minimise the spread of coronavirus infections, Bengaluru’s local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to crackdown on commercial establishments violating Covid-19 norms, ordering officials to impose fines ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

According to a recent order by BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, commercial establishments in the city are obliged to ensure that people on their premises follow Covid-19 containment rules including use of masks and maintaining social distance to avoid being ‘super-spreaders’.

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18:36 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Resident doctors demand exemption from tuition fee, timely payment of salaries

The Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) Monday held a 'symbolic protest' in Bengaluru demanding that the government waive off tuition fee for postgraduate medicos, among other needs.

During the protest, doctors were seen holding empty coconut shells to symbolise "lack of response from the government despite their hard efforts." KARD President Dayanand Sagar said, "There have been no proper clinical academic activities happening across the state. We urge the government to exempt us from the tuition fee stipulated for the year 2020-21."

He added that the government should also release a 'Covid risk allowance' in recognition of the doctors' services provided during the coronavirus pandemic. "This should be given to all residents, interns, and UGs who did COVID duty," he said.

The protesters also urged the authorities to allow non-Covid patients at Bengaluru's Victoria Hospital and across medical colleges in the state citing the fall in Covid numbers and the rise in vacant beds in such hospitals.

18:32 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Bharat Bandh: Karnataka Congress to launch letter drive against farm laws

The Karnataka Congress on Monday said it will launch a letter drive against the contentious farm and labour laws in support of farmers and labourers ahead of the 'Bharat Bandh' by various farmers' associations on Tuesday.

According to Congress Karnataka Unit chief D K Shivakumar, these letters with the signature of farmers and labourers will be sent to the President of India asking him not to approve these controversial laws.

“Congress president Sonia Gandhi has directed the party workers to gather the opinion of the farmers and labourers by way of signature on the letter. On the directions of our party president Sonia Gandhi, we are going to provide 8.8 lakh letters to the farmers and labourers who will sign on it and send it to the President of India," Shivakumar said.

The AAP, along with 14 other opposition parties have extended support to the December 8 Bharat Bandh call by the farmers to protest against the three contentious ordinances.

18:25 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Love Jihad to be discussed in next assembly session says R Ashoka

The Karnataka government has decided not to introduce the law against “love jihad”in the ongoing winter session, while the anti-cow slaughter bill will be introduced during this session of the Karnataka legislature.

A law against love jihad will be taken up in the next session, State Revenue Minister R Ashoka said on Monday. “It has been decided at the government level to enact anti-cow slaughter legislation during this session. Cow is worshiped as god by farmers.. There is a special place for cows in Indian culture. To stop the killing of cows we are beginning this law in Karnataka,” Ashoka said.

“No love jihad during this session..in the next session we will remove love jihad,” he added. A team of officials led by Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chavan had recently visited Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, where anti-cow slaughter law has been enacted, to study about its implementation, aimed at strengthening the bill to be introduced during the session that began today.

Leader of Opposition in Karnataka assembly Siddaramaiah has said that the Congress will oppose if the government tries to bring in legislation against “love jihad” and cow slaughter.

18:07 (IST)07 Dec 2020
AAP Karnataka to protest in Bengaluru supporting Bharat Bandh

The Karnataka unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will hold a protest in Bengaluru on Tuesday in solidarity with the protests held by farmers from across the country in Delhi.

AAP Bengaluru President Mohan Dasari said the party will protest near Maurya Circle on Tuesday demanding the Centre to "withdraw anti-farmer laws." He said, "The central government has not responded to the poor farmers who are the backbone of this country and are fighting for their rights since the last 20 days in the chilling winter on Punjab – Delhi border. The new laws prove that the Modi-led government is following a dictatorial line. The state government led by Yediyurappa is also dancing to the tunes of the Centre instead of standing by the farmers."

Dasari further requested others, irrespective of political affiliations, to extend support to the nationwide agitations led by farmers.

17:31 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Veerabhadra Nagar residents asked to stay indoors after sunset amidst leopard scare

After rumours of a suspected leopard attack continued to spread in and around Veerabhadra Nagar near Girinagar in the city for the second consecutive day, forest officials continued to camp in the area on Monday in a bid to spot the big cat and the residents in the area have been asked to stay indoors after sunset.

The development comes after local residents of a hillock in the area found a flock of sheep and goats mauled to death during the early hours of Sunday. According to residents, carcasses of a total of 17 goats and sheeps were found in a farm situated 700 metres off Nice Road which fuelled suspicion. The issue was then reported to the local police station after which forest officials were alerted.

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16:18 (IST)07 Dec 2020
BMTC’s airport bus tickets go online

The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) announced today that tickets for buses plying between various parts of the city and the airport can be booked online.

The BMTC has already resumed its air-conditioned bus service to the Kempegowda International Airport on nine routes including HAL Main Gate, Whitefield TTMC, Electronics City, Kempegowda Bus Station, Mysuru Road Bus Station and DLF Apartment.

Airport bus fares range from Rs 100 to Rs 320. Those booking more than four seats will also get a discount of 5%, the BMTC said in a release.

“Passengers must show printed ticket/e-tickets booking SMS (through mobile/laptop etc.) along with anyone of the specified identity proofs while boarding,” it added. The BMTC airport services were closed on March 23 owing to Covid-19 induced lockdown and reopened on June 3.

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16:00 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Applications invited for 98 vacancies at Army Base Workshop

The 515 Army Base Workshop in Bengaluru Monday notified 98 vacancies of apprenticeship training in the trades of fitter, turner, machinist, welder, electrician, machinist grinder, mechanic machine tool maintenance, tool and die-maker, sheet metal worker, draughtsman mechanical, computer operator and programming assistant.

According to the Defence PRO, applications will be accepted only from those who have successfully completed craftsmen training under the NCVT (National Council of Vocational Training) scheme from recognised ITI’s and institutions.

Those interested can apply online through NAPS (National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme) portal by December 20. "The details of the website is www.apprenticeship.gov.in  Duration of training for all the trades is one year.  Stipend will be paid as per rules," the notification read.

14:43 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Karnataka KEA PGCET result 2020 released, check direct link

Karnataka KEA PGCET result 2020: The Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) has released the result for the postgraduate common entrance test (PGCET) 2020. The candidates can check the result through the websitescetonline.karnataka.gov.in, kea.kar.nic.in.

According to KEA, the counselling schedule will be released in due course of time. “Schedule for verification of documents will be hosted in due course on the KEA Website. Original documents to be produced for verification are detailed in PGCET2020 Information Bulletin. Candidates are hereby informed to arrange their original documents as per their eligibility. If any candidate fails to produce the required original documents during document verification, then such candidates will not get eligibility for admission to M.E. / M. Tech / M. Arch, MBA, MCA courses for the year 2020,” the official statement mentioned. The PGCET exams were earlier held on October 13 and 14.

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14:43 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Karnataka: HAL-IISC Skill Development Centre launches first programme

In what is seen as the first step towards benefitting experienced engineers, supervisors and faculty members of various technical institutes in the country, the first training programme at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)- Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Skill Development Centre (SDC) was launched on Monday.

Alok Verma, Director (HR), HAL inaugurated a workshop on 'Internet of Things and Embedded Applications' at the HAL-IISc SDC at Challakere in Chitradurga district to launch the first programme.

"The training will cover both skill upgradation as well as developing new skills. The uniqueness lies in their emphasis on learning by doing. Trainees will spend more than 50% of the course duration in labs, conducting experiments," IIsc said in a statement.

According to officials at the SDC, faculty members will be selected from IISc and other leading organisations including HAL. "The SDC programmes being offered are in the niche engineering areas of aerospace, mechanical, electrical and electronic sectors, and in line with the Make in India mission," officials added.

13:43 (IST)07 Dec 2020
IN PICS | DEMU, MEMU services begin from Bengaluru

As unreserved passenger train services to all four directions from Bengaluru commenced operations on Monday, elected representatives were seen distributing sanitisers and masks in different railway stations.

Tumkur MP G S Basavaraju, Bangalore Central MP P C Mohan and Kolar MP S Muniswamy inspected railway stations in their respective constituencies and interacted with officials and passengers ahead of the trains departing from the first point.

13:27 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Congress MLC’s son arrested for assaulting police in drunken state

Karnataka Congress MLC Naseer Ahmad’s son Fayaz was arrested on charges of assaulting Bengaluru police personnel late on Sunday night.

Police alleged that Fayaz was in a drunken state when he got into an argument with the police and assaulted a head constable on duty. Along with Fayaz, two others have also been arrested in the case, police said.

The incident took place around 12.30 am near the Hebbal BMTC Bus stop in North Bengaluru when police personnel were checking for drunk and drive cases. Fayaz and his friends were allegedly speeding before police stopped their car.

According to police, Fayaz and his two friends attacked police for questioning them. The incident took place in Amruthahalli police station jurisdiction in Bengaluru

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12:22 (IST)07 Dec 2020
IN PICS | Rajinikanth visits Bengaluru to seek brother's blessings

Tamil actor, Rajinikanth, who is now preparing for his big political career, reached Bengaluru, his hometown and visited the residence of his brother Sathyanarayana Rao and sought his blessings.

On December 3, the actor announced that he will launch a political party in January.

12:01 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Commercial establishments in Bengaluru to be fined upto Rs 1 lakh if customers fail to follow Covid-19 guidelines

In an attempt to minimise the spread of coronavirus infections, Bengaluru's local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to crack down on commercial establishments violating Covid-19 norms, ordering officials to impose fines ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

According to a recent order by BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, commercial establishments in the city are obliged to ensure that people on their premises follow Covid-19 containment rules including the use of masks and maintaining social distance to avoid being 'super-spreaders'.

Penalties were divided into six categories: Three-star restaurants and above up to Rs 1 lakh; Air-conditioned restaurants, departmental stores, malls, branded shops, cinema halls, organisers of meetings, rallies and other events up to Rs 50,000; non-AC restaurants and shops up to Rs 25,000; organisers of events at any other public place up to Rs 10,000 and smaller hotels, street food sellers and others up to Rs 5,000.

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11:21 (IST)07 Dec 2020
New halt station a major step to boosting last-mile connectivity to Bengaluru airport

In a major boost to commuters in Bengaluru, the Kempegowda International Airport halt station (KIAH) will be launched next week.

Confirming the development, officials of South Western Railway (SWR) said trains operating from the city to the new station will roll out shortly. It is hoped that the new station and proposed suburban trains will go a long way towards closing the gap in last-mile connectivity to Bengaluru airport.

Ashok Kumar Verma, divisional manager, Bengaluru, SWR, said the official notification enabling transportation to the new railway halt is expected to be out within a week. “A list of trains that are to ply to Devanahalli and Kolar has been submitted to the railway board. We are awaiting the final nod which should come anytime soon,” Verma said.

Located on the outskirts, in Devanahalli, the KIA is more than 35 kilometres away from the city’s Central Business District.

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10:29 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Bangalore Literature fest on December 12 and 13

The ninth edition of Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF) is to be held on December 12 and 13.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions,the BLF will be a low-key affair. It will be a hybrid event with a small gathering at the Bangalore International Centre in Domlur while the sessions will be streamed live. “We were keen on keeping the BLF alive without a break,” said V. Ravichandar, one of the organisers of BLF. BLF began accepting registrations on Sunday.

People wanting to attend the festival in person have to intimate the organisers in advance. BLF has announced the list of authors who will be part of the festival this year. The list includes marquee names like Jeffrey Archer, Chetan Bhagat and Alexander McCall Smith. Other writers are Bengaluru based Vivek Shanbhag, Vasudhendra, Jahnvi Barua, Anuja Chauhan, Usha K.R., Sudha Murthy, Amandeep Sandhu, Mamata Sagar and Pratibha Nandakumar. Those who will join the event virtually include Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, Tanuj Solanki, former RAW chief A.S. Dulat and formerISI chief Assad Durrani.

10:18 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Suburban trains to four directions from Bengaluru begin operations today

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.

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09:34 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Now, passengers can book seats in airport buses

Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) announced that airport commuters can book seats online in advance to the airport and back to the city in Vayu Vajra buses.

The seats can be booked in advance through the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation booking counters,online (www.ksrtc.in) or through its mobile App and authorized franchisees.

The BMTC has resumed air-conditioned bus services to the Kempegowda International Airport on nine routes: HAL Main Gate, Whitefield TTMC, Banashankari TTMC, Kadugodi Bus Station, Electronics City, Chandapura, Kempegowda Bus Station, Mysuru Road Bus Station and DLF Apartment.

Those booking more than four seats will also get a discount of 5%, the BMTC said in a release.

09:34 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Farmer protests: Indefinite sit-in protests to begin in Bengaluru today

In a bid to express solidarity with farmers protesting in Delhi demanding the Centre to repeal three farm laws, Aikya Horata, a coalition of farmers, labourers, and members of Dalit organisations will begin an indefinite sit-in protest in Bengaluru on Monday.

According to the organisers, the protesters will also demand the Karnataka government to withdraw their proposed amendments to farm and labour laws in the state. Meanwhile, the Karnataka Chapter of the All-India Kisan Sangharsh co-ordination Committee has called for a six-hour bandh on Tuesday, in support of the agitations planned across the nation demanding the same.

In Bengaluru, protests are scheduled to begin with a gathering at Maurya Hotel Circle from 11.30 am today.

09:01 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Bengaluru cops to rope in banks, ISPs to fight cyber crime

On December 12 last year, Bengaluru city's cyber crime FIR system registered its 9,999th case. Soon after, it crashed. The automated registry of the main cyber crime police station in India's IT capital was simply not built to log cases beyond the four-figure mark.

Cut to 2020, and the police would appear to have learned their lesson. Eight specialised cyber crime and economic offences police stations across the city are sharing the burden of the nearly 7,800 cyber-crime cases registered till the end of November.

Bengaluru Police police may have increased its cyber-crime combatting footprint, but a vital issue persists. Only about 10 per cent of cyber-crimes are investigated to the satisfaction of complainants—nearly 60 per cent of whom are people who have lost money in online frauds or have been targeted with morphed pictures.

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08:43 (IST)07 Dec 2020
Karnataka: Vidhana Soudha winter session from today

The winter session of the Karnataka assembly will begin on Monday as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government is expected to make efforts to pass the Cow Slaughter Amendment Bill among other contentious Bills.

The opposition has planned to resist the same and other three bills highlighted, including The Industrial Disputes and Certain Other Laws (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Karnataka Land Reforms (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020, and The Karnataka Agricultural Produce Marketing Bill, 2020, during the session planned till December 15.

Meanwhile, even as some ruling leaders including Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said a law against "love-jihad" will be passed, the ruling party's decision on whether it will be discussed during this session is yet to be clear. The House is also expected to debate on ‘One Nation, One Election’ during this session, according to Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri.

Bangalore-Bengaluru-airport-terminal-t-2-aerial-view The new landmark is tipped to help over 25,000 people, mostly fliers and airport employees. (Representational)

Meanwhile, in a major boost to commuters in Bengaluru, the Kempegowda International Airport halt station (KIAH) will be launched next week. Confirming the development, officials of South Western Railway (SWR) said trains operating from the city to the new station will roll out shortly. It is hoped that the new station and proposed suburban trains will go a long way towards closing the gap in last-mile connectivity to Bengaluru airport.

READ | New halt station a major step to boosting last-mile connectivity to Bengaluru airport

At the same time, nearly ten days after graffiti hailing terror groups surfaced in Karnataka's Mangaluru, the police held two persons—a cloth trader and an engineering student—in connection with the case.

READ | Karnataka Police nab two suspected of spraying pro-terror group graffiti in Mangaluru

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