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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 7 Highlights: IMD forecasts evening rains in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu, Hassan

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 7 Highlights: While 5012 new Covid-19 cases were registered in the city, 9993 more people from across Karnataka contracted the virus.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 8, 2020 8:11:02 am
mumbai rains, thunderstorm mumbai, diwali, mumbai weather update, mumbai news, latest newsAccording to the forecast issued at 4 pm, these districts are likely to witness "thunderstorms accompanied with light to moderate spells of rain/showers in the next three hours." (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News October 7 Highlights: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Wednesday predicted evening rains in four districts of Karnataka, namely Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu, and Hassan. According to the forecast issued at 4 pm, these districts are likely to witness “thunderstorms accompanied with light to moderate spells of rain/showers in the next three hours.”

Meanwhile, the department also observed the highest maximum temperature in Kalaburgi (35.6 degree-Celsius) and the lowest minimum temperature of 19.3 degree-Celsius in Davanagere. Rain/thundershowers are likely in Bengaluru city for the next 24 hours, the forecast added.

Meanwhile, in the wake of several incidents reported from across the state indicating people, including high-risk contacts of Covid-19 positive patients refusing to get tested for coronavirus, the Karnataka government Tuesday issued an order asking people identified so to undergo testing.

“All individuals who are identified for Covid-19 test by the government shall get tested so that the spread of the disease can be contained and lives can be said,” an order signed by Om Prakash Patil, Director of Health and Family Welfare Services Department read.

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18:28 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Mysore Dasara celebrations likely to be restricted to palace premises, Chamundi Hills this year

As coronavirus cases continue to rise steadily in Karnataka, this year’s Dasara celebrations are likely to be restricted within the Mysore Palace premises and Chamundi Hills. The ten-day-long celebrations are usually held at various locations in Mysuru, including auditoriums, exhibition grounds, sports grounds and other venues as well.

After a meeting with officials at Mysuru Deputy Commissioner’s office, Health Minister B Sriramulu said there was a general view that the Dasara should be confined to the Mysuru Palace and Chamundi Hills. However, the decision is yet to be approved by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

During the meeting, Sriramulu instructed district health officials to decide on a comprehensive plan of action within a day. “A technical committee will also be formed to oversee Covid-19 related guidelines during the celebrations,” he added.

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18:04 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Karnataka Govt slashes fine from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 250 for not wearing masks

After public outrage, the Karnataka Government on Wednesday reduced the fine for not wearing a mask to Rs. 250 from Rs. 1,000 in Urban areas and in Rural areas, the fine was reduced to Rs. 100 from the earlier Rs. 500.

On September 30, the state government hiked the penalty for not wearing a mask in public places which were implemented by the government starting from October 1. In a press release, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said, "In its recent order the government had fixed a fine of Rs. 1000 in the urban areas and Rs. 500 in the rural areas on those not wearing the masks. Against the background of the public outrage and experts' opinion, it has been decided to reduce the fine from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 250 in the urban areas and from Rs. 500 to Rs. 100 in the rural areas.”

“The revised fine will be implemented immediately,” Yediyurappa added while stressing the importance of using masks, sanitisers and maintaining social distancing to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

“Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 the government had initiated several measures including lockdown, mandatory wearing of masks and usage of sanitisers. Since there is no vaccine for coronavirus, people have to follow the rules,” he added.

16:18 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Weather update: IMD forecasts evening rains in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu, Hassan

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Wednesday predicted evening rains in four districts of Karnataka, namely Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu, and Hassan. According to the forecast issued at 4 pm, these districts are likely to witness "thunderstorms accompanied with light to moderate spells of rain/showers in the next three hours."

Meanwhile, the department also observed the highest maximum temperature in Kalaburgi (35.6 degree-Celsius) and the lowest minimum temperature of 19.3 degree-Celsius in Davanagere. Rain/thundershowers are likely in Bengaluru city for the next 24 hours, the forecast added.

13:37 (IST)07 Oct 2020
State has conducted 1L Covid19 tests in a day: Minister Dr Sudhakar

Karnataka has successfully conducted 1,04,348 Covid19 tests on Tuesday. The state government aims to increase the tests to 1.5 lakh per day, said Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar.

The Minister took to Twitter to inform the state that on Tuesday, 55,690 RT-PCR and other method tests were conducted across 146 labs in the state, and 48,658 Rapid Antigen tests were conducted across 30 districts.

The tests will be soon increased to 1.5 lakh per day, he added.

11:38 (IST)07 Oct 2020
IN PICS | CM Yediyurappa visits Suresh Angadi's residence

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa visited late Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi's residence in Belagavi on Wednesday.

Minister of Large and Medium Scale Industries Jagadish Shettar, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, and Belagavi district-in-charge Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi were also present to pay homage to the former Lok Sabha MP who succumbed to Covid-19 on September 23.

10:49 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Kuruba community leaders to meet on October 11 to demand ST tag

Cutting across party affiliations, leaders from the Kuruba community have come together to launch a campaign to demand inclusion of the community into the list of Scheduled Tribes (ST).

The elected representatives from the community will hold a meeting at Palace Grounds in Bengaluru on October 11 to decide the nature of the campaign.

On October 2, The Shepherds India International in the fifth annual convention held in Bengaluru has demanded a Scheduled Tribe (ST) tag for Kuruba community which is spread across the country under different names.

BJP MLC A.H. Vishwanath, who is also the President of the Association, said that the efforts are underway to bring every Shepherd (Kuruba) community under one fold. “according to an estimate, there are 12 crore community members in the country. We urge the Union Government to list the community under ST category,” he said.

In Karnataka, Kurubas are categorised under other backward classes.

08:46 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Urban Development Department tells BBMP to take various services online

The Urban Development Department (UDD) has directed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to take various services online.

In an order on Tuesday, the UDD has directed the Bengaluru civic body to ensure that services, such as issuing of certificates (completion certificate, occupancy certificates, etc.), and other services like issuing vacant land tax, road cutting permission, permission for opening play schools, paying guest houses and hostels are completely online.

The UDD has directed the BBMP to follow the ‘Sakala’ service and the order also states that the civic body should not have any such procedures and processes offline at any stage.

08:44 (IST)07 Oct 2020
43 more taluks declared flood-hit in Karnataka

The Karnataka Government on Tuesday declared 43 more taluks in 16 districts as flood-hit after heavy rainfall in the month of September during the South West Monsoon season.

These 43 taluks will add to the list of 130 taluks from 23 districts which were declared flood-affected in the month of August.

According to the state government, the taluks were declared flood-hit based on the report from the respective district administrations. “Heavy rainfall even in September had resulted in a flood-like situation. Many houses, crops and public property were destroyed,” a government order read.

08:26 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Dr Gururaj appointed Nimhans in-charge director

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare appointed Dr G Gururaj, Senior Professor of Epidemiology, the in-charge director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) Bengaluru for a period of three months with effect from October 4 or until a regular director is appointed, whichever is earlier.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued an order to this effect on October 3. Nimhans, is a premier medical institution which is located on Hosur Road in the city, is an autonomous mental health hospital under the ministry.

According to the order, Dr B N Gangadhar, Senior Professor of Psychiatry, Nimhans, has been asked to hand over the charge to Dr Gururaj upon completion of his tenure.

08:21 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Bengaluru to get 45 new wards, total set at 243

A Joint Select Committee of the Karnataka legislature, headed by legislator S Raghu, Tuesday decided to increase the number of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) wards from 198 to 243 in view of the increase in population and areas under the civic body’s limits.

The development comes three days after the government issued a gazette notification on the amendments to the Karnataka Municipalities Act, which mentioned that the number of wards can be increased to anywhere between 225 and 250.

According to MLA Raghu, the delimitation process will be completed soon to enable BBMP elections soon. “Each new ward will now have an average population of 35,000. An official government notification mentioning the same will be released soon,” he explained.

The Delimitation Commission, headed by BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad, will take further decisions on how the existing wards in the city will be divided. The Commission, which includes Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner, Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) Chairman and BBMP Special Commissioner (Revenue), is expected to submit a report by November 10.

08:20 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Mahadayi dispute: Goa files contempt plea in SC against Karnataka

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said his government has filed a contempt petition in the Supreme Court against Karnataka for allegedly diverting the Mahadayi river water despite the matter being sub-judice.

The two states are locked in a dispute over the sharing of the river’s water, considered as the lifeline of Goa.

Goa has accused Karnataka of carrying out construction to divert the river water without authorisation. The Inter-State Water Dispute Tribunal in 2018 gave its award on the distribution of the Mahadayi river water between Goa, Karnataka, and Maharashtra, but it was challenged by the three states in the Supreme Court.

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08:20 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Covid-19 and tech solutions: Why some cities coped better during the pandemic

The issue with many Indian states and cities facing the Covid-19 challenge is that most of them are not nimble enough to come up with digital tools and platforms to manage such contingencies. The ongoing pandemic is one such contingency–with social distancing, remote working, large-scale migration – that tested governance and outdated disaster preparedness systems in cities.

There are, however, some cities that seemed to have fared better. And those who had a tech partner organisation which could scale up tools and applications without wasting much time in tendering procedures and other bureaucratic hassles seemed to have weathered the storm somewhat.

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08:19 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Primary, secondary contacts, others identified by govt should undergo Covid-19 testing, govt order says

In the wake of several incidents reported from across the state indicating people, including high-risk contacts of Covid-19 positive patients refusing to get tested for coronavirus, the Karnataka government Tuesday issued an order asking the people identified to undergo testing.

"All individuals who are identified for Covid-19 test by the government shall get tested so that the spread of the disease can be contained and lives can be saved," an order signed by Om Prakash Patil, Director of Health and Family Welfare Services Department read.

This includes primary and secondary contacts of people testing positive for Covid-19, Influenza-like Illness and Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) patients, staff/healthcare workers engaged in Covid treatment, persons in containment/buffer zones, and others identified to be at the risk or suspected to have the infection, the order explained.

08:17 (IST)07 Oct 2020
Bengaluru reports over 5,000 new cases, records highest single-day spike

With over 5,000 Covid-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, Bengaluru reported its highest single day-spike on Tuesday since the coronavirus outbreak began. While 5012 new Covid-19 cases were registered in the city, 9993 more people from across Karnataka contracted the virus.

The capital city also has nearly half of the total active cases in the state with 55,736 people now undergoing treatment or isolation within BBMP limits, according to the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

At the same time, 3135 people have succumbed to the infection so far in the city, which amounts to 33.13 per cent of the total fatalities reported in the state so far.

08:17 (IST)07 Oct 2020
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IISc Bengaluru, Cancer Research, IISc Bengaluru Research Team The researchers used a 3-D model of a tumour and magnetically-driven nanomotors for the study, 'Nanomotors Sense Local Physiochemical Heterogeneities in Tumour Microenvironments'.

Meanwhile, the issue with many Indian states and cities facing the Covid-19 challenge is that most of them are not nimble enough to come up with digital tools and platforms to manage such contingencies. The ongoing pandemic is one such contingency–with social distancing, remote working, large-scale migration – that tested governance and outdated disaster preparedness systems in cities.

READ | Covid-19 and tech solutions: Why some cities coped better during the pandemic

At the same time, a team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru has discovered that nanomotors can help in early detection of cancer cells. The researchers used a 3-D model of a tumour and magnetically-driven nanomotors for the study, ‘Nanomotors Sense Local Physiochemical Heterogeneities in Tumour Microenvironments’.

READ | IISc Bengaluru researchers discover nanomotors can lead to early detection of cancer cells

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

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | 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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