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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 9 Highlights: 41.28% candidates clear II PUC supplementary exams

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 9 Highlights: 9675 people have succumbed to the infection so far, with Bengaluru recording over 33 per cent of the total fatalities linked to the pandemic.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 12, 2020 8:20:02 am
While over 2.12 lakh students appeared for the exams held from September 7 to 19, cleared the examinations, the Department of Pre-University Education announced.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News October 9 Highlights: Karnataka reported over 10,000 cases for the second consecutive day on Thursday as the total tally rose to nearly 6.8 lakh. 9675 people have succumbed to the infection so far, with Bengaluru recording over 33 per cent of the total fatalities linked to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, leader of opposition in Karnataka assembly Siddaramaiah Thursday criticised the Yediyurappa-led government in the state for “failing to manage” the ongoing coronavirus pandemic effectively.

In a series of tweets, the former Karnataka CM said, “Private hospitals are not allocating the mandated beds and are also charging more than the price cap. Govt has failed to regulate them and have succumbed to the private lobby.”

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18:30 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Solar plants helped save Rs. 1.88 cr electricity bills last year, claims SWR

The South Western Railway Friday claimed that installation and using solar plants have resulted in electricity bill savings worth Rs 1.78 crore last year.

"These solar plants are provided at 128 stations roof top (major stations - Hubballi, KSR Bengaluru, Mysuru, Yesvantpur, Hosapete, Gadag & Ballari) and 7 service buildings (Rail Soudha” West & Central Wing , Divisional Railway Manager’s Office-Hubballi, Railway Hospital-Hubballi, Divisional Railway Manager’s Office-Bengaluru, Parcel Office Bengaluru, Railway Hospital -Bengaluru, Divisional Railway Manager’s Office - Mysuru)," an SWR release read.

Further, an official added that workshops and sheds have also been provided with Solar Roof top plants. "In addition, 221 level crossings are provided solar photo voltaic cell lights. The solar electricity generation in last year was 4.4 Million units which is expected to increase to the tune of 4.664 Million units this year subject to sunny days and insulation," the official added.

17:06 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Don't hesitate to speak about mental health; seek counselling if necessary – Medical education Minister Sudhakar

'Apart from physical health, people should take care of mental health as well during this pandemic period. Avail the help of personnel counselling provided by the state government in case it is needed needed', says medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar. 'October 10 is observed as world mental health day to create awareness about mental health. Citizens should concentrate more on their mental health during this pandemic period', he said.

Suicide, stress and other such things are the result of mental depression. As per WHO reports around 7.5% people in India are victims of mental depression. India contributes 15% of global mental illness. As per a survey, by 2020, 20% of people in India will be suffering mental illness. In view of such factors, people should prioritise mental health said the Minister.

Our state has a separate mental health authority. Over 7.13 lakh people have already availed personal counselling facility. Our Doctors and nurses are boosting the morale of the patients apart from rendering regular treatment. I urge public to use this counselling facility and stay fit, said Dr.Sudhakar.

16:30 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Karnataka: 41.28% candidates clear II PUC supplementary exams

As much as 41.28 per cent of the total students who appeared for the second year pre-university certificate (PUC) exams in Karnataka attained eligibility for higher studies, as the results were announced on Friday.

While over 2.12 lakh students appeared for the exams held from September 7 to 19, 87,784 of them — including 49,970 boys and 37,994 girls — cleared the examinations, the Department of Pre-University Education announced.

Among combinations, most students secured passing marks and above in the Arts stream (45.15%) followed by Commerce (39.02%) and Science (37.45%). According to DPUE officials, the valuation was held in 11 camps in Bengaluru from September 23 to October 5. As many as 3,162 valuators were deployed by the government for evaluation.

15:13 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: Woman dies after getting stuck between car door and a tree

In a rare of rare incidents, a 45-year-old woman in Bengaluru died after she got stuck between a tree nearby and her vehicle’s door.

The incident took place at R K Garden on BEL Road within the limits of Sadashivanagar traffic police station on Wednesday evening, a police officer confirmed. The police further identified the victim as Nandini Rao, a homemaker married to Rajesh T, a software engineer.

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12:46 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: Know the criteria for mandatory Covid-19 testing

A couple of days after the Karnataka government announced that citizens should mandatorily cooperate with concerned officials once they are identified to be tested for Covid-19, an official in Bengaluru clarified a common concern raised by many.

Responding to a query on the criteria for an individual to undergo Covid-19 test in Bengaluru, Special Officer for Bommanahalli Zone Capt. Manivannan said, "If you are neither symptomatic nor a primary contact of any covid +, then you don't need to take the test. This is how the medical team will assess if you need to be tested or not."

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.

The order was addressed to individuals falling under categories such as 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.

10:40 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Covid-19 impact: Anxiety, stress-related issues observed in children, including those of frontline workers

Parallel to several reports that adults are facing stress and anxiety-related issues in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic globally, the same has had a direct impact on the mental health of children as well, experts dealing with child psychiatry and pediatrics point out.

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) has been providing out-patient care to an average of 35 to 40 children per day while around 30 other children seek teleconsultation for mental health assistance.

Dr K John Vijay Sagar, Professor and Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NIMHANS told Indianexpress.com that an increase in relapse of mental health problems in children who had a past history was observed during the last few months.

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08:53 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Bengaluru-ISIS module: NIA arrests two from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested two men from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for allegedly recruiting for Islamic State (IS) and for funding the travel of the recruits to Syria.

Ahamed Abdul Cader, 40, from Ramanathpuram in Tamil Nadu and Irfan Nasir, 33, from Frazer town in Bengaluru were arrested by the agency on Wednesday after their names cropped up during investigations in caseS related to the Islamic State. NIA sources said while Cader is a business analyst at a bank in Chennai, Irfan Nasir is a rice merchant based in Bengaluru.

The NIA, which registered a case in the matter on September 19, has called it the “Bengaluru-ISIS module”.'

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08:28 (IST)09 Oct 2020
CCB arrests four in Bengaluru for betting on IPL

Four persons were arrested by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police in Yeshwanthpur over alleged cricket betting during the Indian Premier League (IPL), according to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Sandeep Patil.

The police officer said Rs. 3 lakh in cash and four mobile phones have been recovered from the accused. The accused were running a cricket betting racket for the match of the IPL between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings held on Wednesday.

08:22 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Rosenbauer Buffalo to fight fire at Hubballi Airport

Hubballi Airport in North Karnataka has commissioned a new Rosenbauer Buffalo, an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle.

According to the Airport Authority of India, Rosenbauer Buffalo is a rapid intervention fire fighting vehicle, suitable to operate on a runway and off-road in difficult terrains.

The Rosenbauer Buffalo vehicle can hold 6000L of water, 800L of foam compound and 250 kgs of BC Dry powder. The three-axle chassis, powered by a 700 hp engine can transport five firefighters to the scene of an emergency and deliver up to 6,000L/minute via 2 turrets, tanks to its powerful equipment, Airport Authority of India said.

08:21 (IST)09 Oct 2020
South Western Railway develops app to register employees' grievances

South Western Railway (SWR) has developed a mobile app and web portal 'Karmachaaribandhu' for the management of employees' grievances. According to SWR, this App is helpful for employees to submit their grievance and track its status.

"This Mobile App cum web portal is a simple, user friendly and efficient tool for employee grievances which are addressed to the General Manager. Employees working in field units are able to lodge their grievances directly to the General Manager without having to come physically to the Zonal Headquarters, " SWR said in a statement.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, travelling from workplace and meeting General Manager personally has became difficult for employees. With the launch of “Karmachaaribandhu” Mobile App, staff grievance redressal has been possible online.

Karmachaaribandhu web portal is developed as a backend for management of grievances of various levels for officer's of South Western Railway. Grievance marked by the general manager can be downloaded by officers at various levels marked and a decision can be implemented. This portal helps in easy tracking, access and flow of information.

SWR said a private agency at Bengaluru has developed this App and web portal for General Manager Office South Western Railway.

08:20 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Karnataka govt succumbed to pvt lobby, failed to regulate Covid-19 care: Siddaramaiah

Leader of Opposition in Karnataka assembly, Siddaramaiah Thursday criticised the Yediyurappa-led government in the state for "failing to manage" the ongoing coronavirus pandemic effectively.

In a series of tweets, the former Karnataka CM said, "Private hospitals are not allocating the mandated beds and are also charging more than the price cap. Govt has failed to regulate them and have succumbed to the private lobby."

He further cited the "dismal state of public healthcare system" as a major reason for the surge in Covid-19 cases in the state. "People don't have trust on govt hospitals & they don't have money to pay private hospitals. Hence, they are not getting tested & treated," he tweeted.

08:19 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Mangaluru: Police bust illegal cricket betting racket, seize Rs. 2.67 lakh

Mangaluru City Police, as part of the Karnataka police force's continued efforts to bust cricket betting rackets, seized Rs. 2.67 lakh, 22 phones and a car.

According to Mangaluru Police Commissioner Vikash Kumar Vikash , four cases have been booked and 16 accused have been arrested so far. 'Special apps were being used for betting,' he added.

08:18 (IST)09 Oct 2020
CM Yediyurappa demands comprehensive proposal to boost Karnataka tourism

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Thursday directed government officials to submit a comprehensive proposal in order to give a boost to tourism in the State. Speaking at a review meeting held with top officials of the state Tourism Department, he discussed about various obstacles in the way of development of tourist centres identified across the state.

During the meeting, Tourism Minister CT Ravi — who tendered his resignation from ministership — requested the CM to depute officers to the districts identified to have ample scope for tourism. 'Officers of the KAS (Karnataka Administrative Services) cadre should be given additional charge of the districts with more tourism prospects to achieve more progress,' he suggested.

He further recommended that the responsibility to totally develop of Kemmanugundi and Nandi Hills should be given to the Tourism Department and that other projects already undertaken by the government should be completed to bring in a 'new era of tourism development' in Karnataka.

08:17 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Covid-19: Over 10k new cases reported for second consecutive day, 5121 in Bengaluru alone

Karnataka reported over 10,000 cases for the second consecutive day as the total tally rose to nearly 6.8 lakh. 9675 people have succumbed to the infection so far, with Bengaluru recording over 33 per cent of the total fatalities linked to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the state also recorded the highest number of samples tested in a day since the outbreak began. According to the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, over 1.05 lakh samples were tested of which 51,221 were Rapid Antigen Detection tests and 54,027 were classified to be tested using RT-PCR and other methods.

08:16 (IST)09 Oct 2020
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Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested two men from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for allegedly recruiting for Islamic State (IS) and for funding the travel of the recruits to Syria.

READ | NIA arrests two from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka for ‘funding’ travel of IS recruits to Syria

At the same time, parallel to several reports that adults are facing stress and anxiety-related issues in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic globally, the same has had a direct impact on the mental health of children as well, experts dealing with child psychiatry and pediatrics point out.

READ | Covid-19 impact: Anxiety, stress-related issues observed in children, including those of frontline workers

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