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Karnataka Bengaluru June 21 Highlights: State reports 4517 fresh cases, 120 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News June 21 Highlights: Out of the 4,517 new cases, 933 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 1,902 discharges and 12 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: June 22, 2021 8:12:07 am
India achieves milestone of conducting 40 crore COVID-19 tests: ICMRMedical workers collect samples for Covid testing in Bengaluru. (PTI file photo)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News June 21 Highlights: Karnataka reported less than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases and 120 deaths on Sunday, taking the total caseload to 28.06 lakh and the toll to 33,883. The day also saw 8,456 discharges, continuing to outnumber fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 26,45,735.

Out of the 4,517 new cases, 933 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 1,902 discharges and 12 deaths. The total number of active cases in the state is now 1,26,813. While the positivity rate stood at 2.58 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.65 per cent.

Out of the 120 deaths reported on Sunday, 17 were from Mysuru, Bengaluru Urban and Ballari (12), Dakshina Kannada and Dharwad (11), Mandya (8) and Davangere (7),followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 933, Mysuru 545, Dakshina Kannada 525, Hassan 346, while the rest were scattered in other districts.

Cumulatively a total of 3,27,39,539 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,74,521 were done on Sunday alone. (PTI)

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15:05 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Bengaluru: Few takers for metro, buses as services resume

As public transport made its way back to track with certain restrictions in Bengaluru on Monday, metro services on the Purple and Green Lines together saw 17,988 passengers between 7 am and 11 am. 

Meanwhile, 400 KSRTC buses are in service after departing from Kempegowda Bus Station and Mysore Road Bus Station in the Karnataka capital, as of 2 pm. A total of 1645 buses out of the 3000 planned to be operated across the state on Monday are already plying along different routes, officials clarified. 

At the same time, 1815 BMTC buses have left various depots with travellers as of 1 pm, statistics issued by BMTC stated.

Also Read | Karnataka unlock: Buses to operate with 50% capacity; Bengaluru metro services only on weekdays

14:58 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Bengaluru: Man booked for beating stray dog to death

Bengaluru police have booked a man after a purported video of him thrashing a stray dog and throwing it into a ditch went viral on social media.

According to the Hebbagodi police, which registered the FIR, the incident was reported at Chintamadivala village, near Electronics City, on Sunday. The man is yet to be identified.

A video shared by NGO Charlie’s Animal Rescue Centre(CARE) shows the man dragging the dog towards a ditch and shouting at those who tried to stop him.

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12:45 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Yediyurappa again launches vaccination drive for 18+ category

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday launched Prime Minister Narendra  Modi's free vaccine for all initiative in Karnataka again. 

People above the age of 18 will be given free vaccines at government hospitals according to the Chief minister. On May 1, Yediyurappa had symbolically launched the fourth phase of the vaccination drive (for the 18-44 yrs) at the Vajpayee medical college (Bowring hospital) in Bengaluru.

The initiative didn't take pace due to the shortage of vaccine in the state at that time.

12:03 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Man booked for beating stray dog to death in Bengaluru

Bengaluru police registered a complaint against a man for allegedly thrashing a stray dog to death in the city. 

The incident was reported  at Chintamadivala village, near Electronics City, on Saturday. Hebbagodi police confirmed the incident and said an FIR had been registered

A video of the man, identified as Chandrappa, thrashing a stray dog and throwing it into a drain has gone viral on social media. 

The complaint was filed by Aniruddha R, representing an animal rights NGO in the city. Police registered a case and booked the man under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

11:55 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Bengaluru: Local body sets up vaccine centre, appoints officer to inoculate people travelling abroad

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has announced that an exclusive vaccination centre would be set up on the premises of Bengaluru University City College to ensure vaccination to those planning to travel abroad.

According to BBMP officials, the centre will begin functioning from June 22 and shall work from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm daily. Meanwhile, Dr Sanghamitra, Deputy Health Officer (East) was appointed as competent authority to accord permission of the second dose of vaccination for such beneficiaries.

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10:36 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Karnataka Govt gives 1% reservation to transgender persons in state service

The Karnataka government has issued the draft rules amending Rule 9 of the Karnataka Civil Services (General Recruitment) Rules that now provides 1 per cent reservation for transgender in jobs.

This proposal applies to government jobs. The reservation of 1% would be available in each category of general merit, schedule caste, scheduled tribe, and in each of the categories of among the Other Backward Classes, stated a draft notification issued. 

"We have sent a proposal to the DPAR and we expect to implement the reservation at the earliest. Once it is done, it will be applicable for all cadres in the government sector. We will be the first state to implement it," Said Shashikala Jolle, Women and Child Development Minister.

10:34 (IST)21 Jun 2021
IN PICS | Bengaluru Metro services resume after 53 days

Namma Metro services on both Purple and Green Lines resumed from 7 am in Bengaluru on Monday, after a gap of 53 days, as several restrictions were lifted by the state government due to a dip in the Covid test positivity rate. 

According to BMRCL officials, the services will continue till 11 am and from 3 pm to 6 pm at a frequency of five minutes. “No metro services will be available on Saturdays and Sundays in view of the curfew of weekends,” it clarified. 

Namma Metro’s train frequency would be “revisited depending on passenger traffic,” officials added.

10:02 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Karnataka: Sunday’s case fatality rate exceeds positivity rate

In a rare instance, Karnataka Sunday reported a higher case fatality rate (2.65%) than the test positivity rate (2.58%) indicating that the rate at which Covid deaths occur in the state is yet to subside even as daily infections are witnessing a visible drop.

The state reported 120 deaths on Sunday as the cumulative toll rose to 33,883. With 4,517 new cases, the total caseload is now at 28.06 lakh since the pandemic began. Sunday also saw 8,456 discharges, which continued to outnumber fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 26,45,735.

While Bengaluru Urban reported 933 new cases, other districts that reported most infections were Mysuru (545), Dakshina Kannada (525), and Hassan (346). Karnataka, as on June 20, has an active caseload of 1,26,813.

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09:53 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Karnataka Unlock: CM urges people to stay vigilant

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Monday urged people to stay vigilant even as the state was entering the second phase of unlock. 

“As we enter into another phase of relaxation of lockdown, it is crucial to be vigilant and stay protected from the virus,” he tweeted. 

The CM also urged everyone to wear masks, ensure hygiene and sanitation, maintain social distancing and to get vaccinated.

09:29 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Karnataka cabinet meeting today

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has called for a cabinet meeting today. This is the first meeting with ministers after BJP General Secretary and Karnataka in-charge Arun Singh’s visit to the State last week.

The cabinet meeting is being held at a time when lockdown restrictions have been relaxed in parts of the state and over possible flash floods in parts of North Karnataka due to heavy rains in Maharashtra. 

Apart from discussing routine project approvals that are on the cards, ministers are also expected to be tasked with the additional responsibility of supervising Covid vaccination drives in their respective in-charge districts and other covid related works.

09:20 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Kannada Development Authority slams center for not including Kannada for training MPs

Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has expressed disappointment over Kannada being dropped from the list of languages proposed by the Parliament Secretariat.

Questioning the guidelines followed in the selection of languages to impart training to MPs, legislators from Centrally administered territories, and officials, KDA chairman T.S. Nagabharana said, “What are the parameters followed in the selection of languages? Kannada has a history of over 2,000 years. It is very disappointing. Karnataka might have to fight by seeking support from MPs elected from the State."

The Parliamentary Research and Training Institute will start training in six Indian languages and six foreign languages, and Kannada is not on the list despite having classical language status. While Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Odiya, Tamil, and Telugu are the Indian languages chosen, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Russian, and Portuguese are the foreign ones.

09:13 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Mangaluru temple raided: Wedding stopped, many booked for flouting Covid rules

The Dakshina Kannada district administration in Karnataka Sunday lodged a police complaint against several parties after its officials raided a temple in Mangaluru to stop wedding ceremonies held flouting Covid-19 norms.

According to Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra, officials, acting on information shared by local residents, found that a total of four weddings took place at Mahathobara Shree Mangaladevi Temple during the day.

“Temples and religious places are not yet open for the public as per the Covid-19 restrictions that are in place and people were not supposed to gather in such huge numbers,” Rajendra told The Indian Express.

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09:07 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Zilla, Taluk panchayat polls unlikely till Dec: RDPR Minister

Rural Development & Panchayat Raj Minister K S Eshwarappa has stated that elections to various zilla panchayats and taluk panchayats across the state are unlikely till December this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. 

"Experts have cautioned that the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is likely. In this regard, polls are unlikely to be conducted anytime soon, not at least till December this year," he said. 

The Minister added that a decision is likely to be taken at the cabinet meeting scheduled to be held on Monday.

09:01 (IST)21 Jun 2021
IN PICS | CM, Health minister perform yoga on International Yoga Day

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and his  cabinet colleague Health minister Sudhakar performed Yoga at Chief Minister’s official residence on International Yoga Day.

The state Health and Medical Education minister Dr. K Sudhakar has appealed to people to celebrate Yoga Day from their homes and share photos and videos on social media.

08:53 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Karnataka aims at ambitious 7 lakh vaccinations on International Yoga Day

The BBMP and the Karnataka state government have set ambitious targets to record a maximum single-day coverage in inoculating citizens on the occasion on International Yoga Day on Monday.

Speaking at a virtual meeting to conduct a special vaccination campaign in BBMP limits, Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta urged officials to make micro plans in every zone to ensure vaccination to eligible beneficiaries. “More camps must be set up and teams should be formed accordingly to vaccinate more people,” he said.

BBMP has set a target to vaccinate 65,000 people in 361 sessions planned across eight zones on Monday alone. As many as 433 vaccinators have been deployed for the process.

At the same time, the state government has a target of vaccinating seven lakh people on Monday. Health Minister K Sudhakar said the ‘Lasika Mela’ would cover all eligible groups apart from priority groups and the vulnerable population.

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08:52 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Karnataka Congress MLAs project CM faces for next polls, party president issues diktat

The race seems to be already building up in Karnataka Congress as to who will be the Chief Ministerial face during the next Assembly poll that is two years away, with some legislators projecting their leaders, prompting the party’s State unit chief D K Shivakumar to issue a diktat against it

While a section of party leaders is pitching for the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah for the Chief Minister’s post for the polls due in 2023, some are backing Shivakumar.

Reacting to Chamarajpet legislator B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan’s repeated statements projecting Siddaramaiah as the “next Chief Minister”, Shivakumar on Saturday said the party would go to polls under a collective leadership, and everyone have been asked to “stay within limits”.

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08:51 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Covid third wave preparations: WCD Minister convenes meeting with leaders, officials

In a bid to review and enhance preparations made by the state government for a possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Minister of Women and Child Development and Empowerment of Differently-abled and Senior Citizens Shashikala Jolle has convened a meeting on Monday in Bengaluru.

According to officials, the Minister will meet elected representatives, the Bengaluru district administration and officers of various departments.

"The meeting will be a platform to explore various possible precautionary ways to avoid the impact of the possible third wave of the pandemic especially on children," Bangalore Urban District Deputy Commissioner, J Manjunath said. 

He added that various approaches made for medical intervention and how the district administration should be prepared to mitigate the situation would be discussed extensively in the meeting.

08:41 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Karnataka unlock: Buses to operate with 50% capacity; Bengaluru metro services only on weekdays

Public transport in Karnataka is set to make a comeback from Monday with the state government announcing several relaxations in restrictions that were put in place from April-end in a bid to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. While buses are allowed to operate across the state with 50 per cent capacity, Bengaluru metro services will be available during peak hours only on weekdays.

“Buses can operate with up to 50 per seating capacity,” Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced citing the decision to the falling Covid-19 test positivity rate discussions with his cabinet colleagues based on suggestions made by the Technical Advisory Committee.

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08:41 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Karnataka: Cong demands Joint House Committee probe over irrigation dept irregularities

The Opposition Congress in Karnataka has demanded the BJP-led government to form a joint house committee to investigate the alleged irregularities in the irrigation department pointed out by some leaders.

"BJP leaders themselves have accused that the irrigation department has violated all norms and called for a tender of Rs 20,000 crore, further CM sitting quiet on this issue confirms the irregularity," state Congress chief D K Shivakumar said. 

He added, "Although there is a financial problem in the state after the coming of this government, the irrigation department has been flouting norms and permitting works," claiming that he possesses information regarding the alleged irregularities of the irrigation department as told by BJP MLC and ex-minister Vishwanath. "For Rs 10 crore work they have made estimation bills at Rs 20 crore," Shivakumar alleged. 

"The Chief Minister should form a joint house committee in this regard. If necessary, make sure your party representative becomes its Chairman, then include representatives from the other parties," he added.

08:35 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Bengaluru: Police book 5 for attempting to 'sacrifice' 10-year-old

As many as five people, including two women, have been booked by the Nelamangala police for allegedly attempting to sacrifice a 10-year-old girl from their neighborhood. 

According to the police, the incident occurred at Gandhi Grama on the outskirts of the city with the accused being detained for questioning. "While we were informed that the gang did so to "ward off evil," all five accused have denied the allegations and said that they had taken the girl to perform a puja for a stone laying ceremony for a temple they were planning to build," an officer said. 

While no arrests have been made so far, the accused have been charged under relevant sections of the Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Act and the Indian Penal Code, police added.

In a rare instance, Karnataka Sunday reported a higher case fatality rate (2.65%) than the test positivity rate (2.58%) indicating that the rate at which Covid deaths occur in the state is yet to subside even as daily infections are witnessing a visible drop.

READ | Karnataka: Sunday’s case fatality rate exceeds positivity rate; vaccination drives planned on Yoga Day

Beginning next academic year (2021-22), Karnataka is likely to follow an updated academic curriculum in colleges across faculties as the government continues to push towards implementing the National Education Policy.

READ | Karnataka: Committee set up to prepare college academic curriculum on lines of NEP

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