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Karnataka Bengaluru November 20 Highlights: 1781 more people in Karnataka contract coronavirus, 1067 in Bengaluru

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 20 Highlights: According to the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, 539 patients have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 23, 2020 8:33:33 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News November 20 Highlights: As many as 1781 more people were diagnosed with COVID-19 across the state on Friday, while another 2181 people recovered from the infection. Of these, 1067 new cases and 1254 recoveries have been recorded in capital city Bengaluru alone.

According to the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, 539 patients have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. At the same time, the Covid-19 positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours is 1.46 per cent.

Different from Thursday, recoveries have outnumbered new cases reported on November 20.

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18:35 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Covid-19: 1781 more people in Karnataka contract coronavirus, 1067 in Bengaluru

As many as 1781 more people were diagnosed with COVID-19 across the state on Friday, while another 2181 people recovered from the infection. Of these, 1067 new cases and 1254 recoveries have been recorded in capital city Bengaluru alone.

According to the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, 539 patients have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. At the same time, the Covid-19 positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours is 1.46 per cent.

Different from Thursday, recoveries have outnumbered new cases reported on November 20.

18:23 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Internal affairs of BJP affecting governance in Karnataka: Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Leader of Opposition Siddarmaiah Friday accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of compromising with governance in the state due to internal confusion. "The administration in Karnataka is suffering due to confusion within the BJP. Cabinet expansion or change of CM, those should be internal affairs of their party. This is affecting the governance and should stop," he said.

The former Karnataka CM added, "BJP was targeting opposition with jibes like high command culture, family politics, etc. BJP is now doing the same thing and is also ignoring the administration," he added.

18:22 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Bengaluru-Mangaluru Express timings revised

The South Western Railway has announced a revision in arrival and departure timings of Train No.06517 KSR Bengaluru – Mangalore Express Special. The new timings from Sakleshpur to Mangalore Central will be as follows from November 22:

The train which leaves Hassan at 00.45 hrs will arrive/depart at Sakaleshpur- 02.35 / 02.45 hrs; Subrahmanya Road- 05.35 / 05.40 hrs; Yedamangala- 05.54 / 05.55 hrs; Kabaka Puttur- 06.23 / 06.25 hrs; Bantwala- 06.54 / 06.55 hrs; Mangalore Jn- 07.30 / 07.40. The train will Mangalore Central at 08.45 hrs.

17:29 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Bengaluru riots: Former mayor sent to 14 days judicial custody

Former Congress mayor Sampath Raj was sent to judicial custody for 14 days by a Bengaluru court on Friday, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil confirmed.

Raj was arrested on Monday night by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru City Police for instigating violence in parts of the city, allegedly after a derogatory social media post appeared online.

While he was sent to police custody initially, till Friday, he was produced before the court which ordered judicial custody. The investigating team said it has gathered “crucial information” about his role in the arson orchestrated at Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy's residence in Kaval Byrasandra on August 11. "We have interrogated him thoroughly and had taken him for inspection at few places linked to the case," an officer said.

16:08 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Air Chief reviews LCH, takes a sortie

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff took his maiden flight in the Light Advanced Helicopter (LCH) designed and developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). He was accompanied for the sortie by HAL’s Deputy Chief Test Pilot, Wg Cdr (Retd) S P John in Bengaluru.

After the sortie, Bhadauria said, "I was able to look at the important flying characteristics and status of sensors already installed. The IAF is keenly looking forward to the induction of this aircraft and I am sure HAL will give required focus on productionisation at a fast pace."

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16:07 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Students, Kerala MPs oppose Karnataka Law University’s reversed decision to hold offline exams

Law students studying in affiliated colleges of the Karnataka State Law University (KSLU) continue to be on warpath against the varsity’s recent circular directing students to compulsorily appear physically for the previous semester exam. Earlier, the varsity had announced promotion for all students in intermediate semesters to the next semester without exams, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Veeranagouda Patil, a law student enrolled to a college in Chikkodi said students like him have been urging the varsity to hold exams using alternate methods over offline exams. “Alternate methods such as online tests or submission of assignments to avoid a delayed academic schedule. With KSLU adamant on conducting offline exams, with this delay it will result in the academic year being more than the actual. These are series of exams that month-long which also requires preparation time,” he said.

Further, two students had approached the Karnataka High Court last week challenging circulars issued by KSLU and the Bar Council of India (BCI) mandating the conduct of intermediate semester examinations.

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15:31 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Karnataka targets half of national bioeconomy worth $100 billion by 2025

The Karnataka government Friday announced that it has set a target to become a $50 billion biotechnology market by 2025, contributing to half of the national bioeconomy projected to be achieved by then.

The government released its first draft of the Bioeconomy Report 2020 at the Bengaluru Tech Summit, highlighting achievements and earmarking targets for the next five years. "We are aiming higher and our government has set a challenging task of more than doubling the value of Bioeconomy in the next five years. Our target is to raise Karnataka’s Bioeconomy share to 50% of the National BioEconomy revenue target of $100 billion by the year 2025," Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan said.

The Minister, also in charge of Electronics, IT-BT & Science & Technology portfolios added that Karnataka's confidence to achieve the target much earlier stems from the fact that presence of over 35 state and central research institutes in the State.

"Initiatives like the upcoming bio-industry cluster at Bengaluru Helix Biotech Park at Electronics City, state-of-the-art Bio-incubators in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Dharwad, Bagalkot, and Udupi, and seed funding support for more than 150 biotech startups under Elevate Idea2PoC opens new growth opportunities for the sector. Additionally, equity-based investment made through Bio-venture Fund (KITVEN 2 & 3) in DeepTech/EmergeTech companies like Zumutor Biologics (Onco-immunology), Pandorum Technologies (tissue engineering), String Bio (Synthetic Biology), Vipragen Biosciences (Clinical Research) and the most recent, Jiva Sciences, indicate the future potential of the the State’s Bioeconomy," Ashwathnarayan highlighted.

15:25 (IST)20 Nov 2020
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa inaugurates 'Homeo Bhavan' in Bengaluru

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyruappa Friday inaugurated Homeo Bhavan, the headquarters of the Karnataka Board of Homeopathic System of Medicine (KBHSM) in Bengaluru. The 6400-square-feet structure was constructed at KHB Colony near Magadi Road, spending Rs 1.2 crore.

KBHSM is a regulatory authority where homeopaths wanting to practise in the state needs to register themselves mandatorily.

12:39 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Mysuru: Botanical garden inauguration likely in December

The new botanical garden that has been under the final stages of construction for the past few months in Mysuru is likely to be inaugurated in December.

According to officials of the Horticulture Department, the garden at the scenic Lingambudhi Lake in Srirampura II Stage, Ramakrishnanagar in the city has been developed across an area spanning 20 acres, from the total 30 acres handed over to them by the Forest Department.

"With over 450 varieties of plants including endangered natural species and medicinal plants, the botanical garden is also likely to become a natural place of study for botanists, zoology students, and others interested in natural resources," the official said. Earlier last month, Horticulture Minister K C Narayana Gowda had visited the botanical garden to inspect the developmental works carried out at the spot.

11:51 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Former Karnataka DGP T Srinivasulu passes away

T Srinivasulu, former Director General and Inspector General of Police in Karnataka passed away on Thursday due to age-related ailments. He was 80 and was admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru.

Originally hailing from Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh, Srinivasulu was a 1964 batch IPS officer. He had also served as the security adviser in the SM Krishna-led government in the early 2000s.

11:31 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Bengaluru CCB arrests head constable for helping former minister’s son, others evade arrest in drugs case

A head constable has been arrested for allegedly helping three accused, including a former minister’s son, of being involved in an international drug racket.
“Head Constable Prabhakar, working on Sadashivanagar police station, has been arrested by CCB for abetting and helping the accused Suneesh, Hemanth, and others,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said on Friday.

Prabhakar was suspended on November 12 and was evading arrest since then. CCB had earlier stated that Prabhakar’s role came to light after three people, including former Minister Rudrappa Lamani’s son Darshan Lamani, were interrogated in connection with the drugs case in Goa on November 9.

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11:17 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Time for tech solution designed in India to be deployed for world: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said that India has always tried to engage with stakeholders in the tech industry to chart out future-proof policy frameworks in the country. “India is uniquely positioned to leap ahead in the world in the information era. We have the best minds as well as the biggest market. Our local tech solutions have the potential to go global. It is time for tech solution designed in India, to be deployed for the world,” PM Modi said.

Addressing the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020 (BTS2020) virtually, Modi said, India is at the sweet spot and it is time for tech solutions that are designed in India, but deployed for the world.


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09:50 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Karnataka HC cites SC’s Arnab order while granting bail to channel MD

The Karnataka High Court has cited a recent Supreme Court order granting bail to Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami while granting anticipatory bail to the managing director of a local Kannada TV channel who was accused of extortion.

The accusation came after the channel – Power TV – had aired a series of programmes alleging corruption in the BJP government in Karnataka.

In an order issued on Wednesday, the bench of Justice B A Patil granted anticipatory bail to Rakesh Shetty, MD of Power TV channel, and asked him to cooperate in the investigations. The court stated, “It is the duty of the court to exercise its jurisdiction in a proper way to protect the personal liberty of a citizen. If courts do not interfere, then we are travelling the path of destruction. This proposition of law has been laid down by the apex court in its decision in the case of Arnab Manoranjan Goswami vs the State of Maharashtra and others decided on 11.11.2020.”

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09:13 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Gulbarga University: 15,029 students to graduate on Friday

As many as 15,029 students will Friday receive their university degrees at the 38th annual convocation of Gulbarga University, varsity officials said. While 82 students will share 175 gold medals in total, nine meritorious students will receive cash prizes as well, Vice-Chancellor Chandrakant Yatanoor said.

While 110 women feature on the list of medal awardees, 7751 female students in total will receive the degrees this year, he added. The convocation address will be presented by S Madheswaran, Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Change, in the function which will be presided over by Governor Vajubhai Vala, who is the Chancellor of the university.

08:39 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Artist and Rock Garden creator T B Solabakkanavar passes away due to COVID-19 complications

Creator of the Rock Garden at Gotagodi and Rajyotsava award winner T B Solabakkanavar died on Thursday due to COVID-19 related complications at a hospital in Hubbali, his family members said.

Solabakkanavar (73) is survived by his wife, son and a daughter.

He was admitted to a hospital some days back and breathed his last this morning, the family members said.

Solabakkanavar, who was president of the Karnataka Bayalata Academy, had carved a niche for himself by setting up parks with his ‘moulding art’ in different parts of Karnataka, including Haveri and Almatti.

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08:31 (IST)20 Nov 2020
KSRTC resumes Bengaluru-Shirdi services

The daily service operated by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation from Bengaluru to Shirdi will resume on Friday after months since it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to KSRTC officials, the Ambaari Dream Class (A/C sleeper) bus will leave Bengaluru at 1 pm daily from November 20 to reach Shirdi at 6.30 am the next day. On its return journey, the bus is scheduled to leave Shirdi at 1 pm to reach Bengaluru at 7.30 am the next day.

While each ticket priced at Rs 1600, the bus will ply along Chitradurga, Hubli, and Pune to reach the destination.

08:31 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Covid-19 Karnataka: 1849 more people contract coronavirus, 598 patients in ICU

Active coronavirus cases in Karnataka saw a minor increase to 25,169 as new cases outnumbered recoveries in the last 24 hours, contrary to the trend observed in the last few days.

While 1849 more people were diagnosed with COVID-19 across the state on Thursday, another 1800 people recovered from the infection. As many as 598 patients have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. At the same time, the Covid-19 positivity rate recorded on November 19 was 1.56 per cent as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru Urban continued to be the biggest contributor to the state's caseload as it amounted for nearly 57 per cent (1048) new cases confirmed in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, 881 people recovered from the infection in the capital city.

Other districts that reported the most cases were Tumkur (103), Vijayapura (78), Mysuru, Hassan and Dakshina Kannada (54 each). As 26 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic on Thursday, the death toll rose to 11,604 in Karnataka.

08:30 (IST)20 Nov 2020
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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said that India has always tried to engage with stakeholders in the tech industry to chart out future-proof policy frameworks in the country. “India is uniquely positioned to leap ahead in the world in the information era. We have the best minds as well as the biggest market. Our local tech solutions have the potential to go global. It is time for tech solution designed in India, to be deployed for the world,” PM Modi said.

READ | Time for tech solution designed in India to be deployed for world: PM Modi

At the same time, the Karnataka High Court has cited a recent Supreme Court order granting bail to Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami while granting anticipatory bail to the managing director of a local Kannada TV channel who was accused of extortion.

READ | Karnataka HC cites SC’s Arnab order while granting bail to channel MD

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