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Karnataka Bengaluru November 11 Highlights: BBMP removes 297 illegal hoardings in Bengaluru

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 11 Highlights: The Covid-19 positivity rate in the last 24 hours was recorded at 2.15 per cent.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: November 12, 2020 8:28:12 am
Recently BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad had issued an order to zonal joint commissioners and zonal engineers to conduct a survey of illegal hoardings including the iron structures that are used for advertisements. (Representational Image)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News November 11 Highlights: With recoveries continuing to outnumber new cases in most districts for over a month now, active Covid-19 cases in Karnataka has dropped to 31,063. Over 56 per cent of these cases, however, are in capital city Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, 4125 more infections were recorded in the state on Tuesday as 2362 others recovered from the infection. The Covid-19 positivity rate in the last 24 hours was recorded at 2.15 per cent.

At the same time, with the Karnataka government due to take a decision on reopening schools in the state amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, top officials from the education department are scheduled to consult parents on Wednesday to draw recommendations.

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18:32 (IST)11 Nov 2020
NIA arrests Karnataka man accused of West Bengal LeT recruitment case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday arrested 28-year-old Sayyad M Idris from Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka who was part of various social media groups run by Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) handlers in their effort to recruit individuals for sleeper cells of LeT and for furthering terrorist activities, NIA said.

According to the central agency, Sayyad M Idris was arrested on Tuesday from Uttara Kannada district regarding the West Bengal LeT recruitment case.

“The case arose out of West Bengal, Baduria dated 18 March 2020 pertaining to Pakistan-based handlers belonging to proscribed terrorist outfit Laskar-e-Taiba using various social media platforms to radicalize and recruit vulnerable youth for sleeper cells, to propagate their ideology and for abetting & advocating unlawful activities,” NIA said in a statement.

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18:21 (IST)11 Nov 2020
AAP to contest in all wards in BBMP polls: Manish Sisodia

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to contest in all wards in the upcoming Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) elections, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said in Bengaluru.

On Wednesday Manish Sisodia visited Aam Aadmi Clinic set up by the Karnataka Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) in Shantinagar, Bengaluru and said, “If AAP comes to power in Bengaluru, we will construct clinics across the city similar to Delhi's Mohalla Clinics.”

On November 1, Bengaluru unit of the AAP inaugurated a clinic at Basappa Road, Shantinagar which seeks to replicate the service delivery model of Delhi Mohalla Clinics. According to the party, the clinic provides free general primary and preventive healthcare services to the public.

18:17 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Mysuru, Bengaluru, Bellary and Hubbali medical colleges pride of Karnataka: Health minister

Health minister Dr. K Sudhakar also assured that the request of MLA Nagendra to initiate measures to establish cancer treatment centre at Super specialty hospital in PPP model will be approved. He also assured to provide Rs. 52 Crore funding for renovation of KR hospital building which is going to complete centenary next year.

The minister instructed DME and Principal Secretary to hold review meetings once in a while and conduct spot inspection if need be. "Mysuru, Bengaluru, Bellary and Hubballi medical colleges are pride of Karnataka and they must be developed as model Institutes", he added.

Speaking on generic medicines, the minister said that people should stop giving slips to patients to purchase the medicines from outside. "Measures will be taken soon to restrict opening of private medical stores within certain limits of generic stores", he said.

Dr. Sudhakar announced that skill labs will be established in MMC on the lines of Bengaluru Medical college. A high level committee will also be established to supervise all 4 hospitals here. The minister also gave instructions to complete the works on trauma care unit on priority.

18:15 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar pulls up officials over administrative lapses in Mysuru Medical College

Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K. Sudhakar Wednesday instructed officials to resolve administrative lapses of Mysuru Medical College within a time bound manner. He visited the hospital on Wednesday to review the academic progress and administration of the institution.

Speaking with the media, Dr Sudhakar said that a single contract will be awarded for MMC, Cheluvamba hospital and PK Sanatorium to prevent lapses in outsourcing. He also instructed the officials to cancel the existing separate contracts.

"There is a need to maintain quality and transparency. If the hospital faces any legal issues then it should approach government for guidance.", he said. Taking the dean of the college on task who fumbled to provide information about international research articles and peer reviewd papers published by the college, Dr Sudhakar said that one should not continue in a responsible post if he is not capable of delivering it. "It will not be tolerated in the future", he warned.

The minister was furious about failure to utilize the funds allocated for managing the building from past three years. He also passed strict instructions to complete all renovation works in stipulated time. "Tender should be as per the government policies for hostel repair and procurement of equipments. The agency must be competent enough to supply the order and all these information has to be passed to DME", urged the Minister.

16:26 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Graduating doctors should be responsible to do rural service, Health Minister Sudhakar urges

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Wednesday urged graduating doctors in the state to sign up for service in rural areas after completing their studies.

"The government has made it mandatory for postgraduate medical students to serve in rural areas after the completion of their studies. 2500 medicos will be completing their graduation this year. Doctors should be responsible enough to serve in rural areas on humanitarian grounds," he said.

Further, while addressing graduates at the 11th convocation ceremony of JSS Higher Education and Research Academy in Mysuru, Sudhakar added, "The coronavirus pandemic has been managed well in India. While the global mortality rate is at 3.8 per cent, it is 1.4 per cent in the country and 1.3 per cent in the state. Even though we had observed up to 19 per cent positivity rate in some districts, it has now been reduced to 2.2 per cent now."

14:31 (IST)11 Nov 2020
IN PICS | Karnataka police launch bikes for patrolling

Karnataka Police launched 751 bikes for police to patrol. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa launched the bikes on Wednesday in Bengaluru.

The bikes are procured under 'Nirbhaya fund', said senior police officials.

12:04 (IST)11 Nov 2020
BBMP uploads list of 198 nodal officers on its website

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has uploaded the list of 198 nodal officers, along with their contact numbers, on the BBMP Website.

The list is available at “The nodal officers have been appointed as the tenure of the BBMP Council has ended. The ward committee nodal officers will handle civic works, at every ward level and their details are uploaded on our website” a senior BBMP official said.

Earlier the Commissioner has directed nodal officers on the formation of ward committees comprising a ward-level officer, BBMP engineer, health observer and NGO member.

12:04 (IST)11 Nov 2020
With wins in three seats, BJP becomes largest party in Karnataka Legislative Council

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) became the single largest party in the Karnataka Legislative Council after winning three seats in the recently held biennial elections.

The wins secured at Bengaluru Teachers, Karnataka North East Teachers and Karnataka West Graduates constituencies paved the way for the BJP to increase its seat tally to 30, a seat more than the Congress.

While the final results of the South East graduates’ constituency are yet to be announced, Janata Dal (Secular) candidate Chowdreddy Thopalli is in the lead. JD(S) has 14 seats in the 75-member Council at present.

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11:26 (IST)11 Nov 2020
332 sites sold in e-auction, BDA mops up Rs 281 crore revenue

The Bangalore Development Authority(BDA) has collected a revenue of Rs 281 crore by selling 332 sites during the fourth phase of e-auction recently.

According to BDA, In 448 sites up for auction, 332 were sold and there were no bidders on other sites. Around 1,790 bidders paid Rs 4 lakh each as deposit to participate in the auction, against the bidding amount of Rs 172 crore.

A total of 448 sites in Banashankari, SMV Layout, J P Nagar, Arkavathy Layout and BTM Layout, were auctioned by BDA. All details related to the sites and e-auction can be obtained from:

11:23 (IST)11 Nov 2020
IN PICS | Bengaluru traffic police cracks down on vehicles using loud horns

Following up to complaints raised by residents of the area, the Whitefield Traffic police in Bengaluru conducted a special drive against vehicles using loud horns.

According to the police, 30 such cases were registered on Tuesday and the still horn was removed from the vehicles. "We have directed the water tanker association and other heavy vehicle users to refrain from using such illegal horns," the police added.

10:47 (IST)11 Nov 2020
BBMP removes 297 illegal hoardings in Bengaluru

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) has removed 297 illegal flexes/hoardings in 208 localities across the city.

Recently BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad had issued an order to zonal joint commissioners and zonal engineers to conduct a survey of illegal hoardings including the iron structures that are used for advertisements. Prasad directed officials to prepare a list of such commercial hoardings at sub-division and ward levels along with tax and penalties imposed and paid, and FIRs registered, and submit it as soon as possible.

Following the direction by the Commissioner, the civic body has removed illegal flexes/hoardings in eight zones of Bengaluru City, a senior official said.

In November 2019, the Karnataka High Court had directed the State government to issue necessary instructions empowering city corporations to take action against illegal advertisements, flexes, hoardings.

According to officials, Section 138 (removal of unauthorised advertisements) of the Karnataka municipal (KMC) Act is used for removal of illegal advertisements after issuing a show-cause notice to the persons or agencies concerned.

09:45 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Three-day 'Krishi Mela' to begin today

A three-day-long 'Krishi Mela' will take place at the premises of the University of Agricultural Sciences-Bangalore (UAS-B) in the city beginning Wednesday. Held as a low-key affair in the wake of the Covid-19 sitution, the mela is held this year physically on the GKVK campus and virtually through the UAS website, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Zoom.

According to the organisers, only 200 farmers will be allowed at a time at the venue. While wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing is mandatory for those visiting the mela, only those in the age group of 18 to 60 will be allowed.

UAS-B Vice-Chancellor S Rajendra Prasad said that the mela will also host the release of three new varieties of crops. "These include a groundnut variety named GKVK-27, a cowpea variery called KC-8, and a forage cowpea MFC 09 03 (MFC-3). Further, a demonstration on the recently released 17 new agricultural technologies will also be held," he said.

09:44 (IST)11 Nov 2020
CCB police arrest a man on charges of hawala trading

Bengaluru central crime branch police on Tuesday arrested a 47-year-old man for alleged hawala trading and seized Rs 28 lakh.

The accused is identified as Pankaj Patel, a resident of Cubbonpet. According to CCB police, he was running hawala trading as his prime source of income and he ran his business from Cubbonpet in Bengaluru.

A team of CCB officials raided his Cubbonpet premises on Monday based on the information. “Apart from cash, we have seized two mobile phones and a cash counting machine from him. We are investigating the source of money and to whom Patel was supposed to give it,” Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police(Crime) told

A case has been registered in the Ulsoor gate police station.

08:48 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Karnataka Bypoll: BJP wins both Sira, RR Nagar making inroads into old Mysuru region

The ruling BJP in Karnataka won both the bypolls in Sira and Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) Assembly constituencies on Tuesday. In RR Nagar, BJP candidate Munirathna won by a margin of 57,672 votes, defeating Congress candidate H Kusuma and JD-S candidate V Krishnamurthy. In Sira, BJP candidate Dr B.M. Rajesh Gowda won by a margin of 13,000 votes.

Gowda won the election against the six-time legislator and Congress candidate T.B. Jayachandra, who ended up getting 61,573 votes. The Janata Dal-Secular nominee Ammajamma was at a distant third, polling 35,982 votes.

Munirathna’s resignation from the Congress party last year necessitated the bypoll. Munirathna, who was congress MLA, a wealthy civil contractor and film producer, crossed over to the BJP to help the party come to power. This is the third straight victory for Munirathna since 2013 in the constituency and his first as the BJP candidate.

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08:48 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Karnataka govt formulates SOPs prior to starting colleges on November 17

The Karnataka government has formulated Standard Operating Procedures to be in place when degree, engineering and diploma colleges in the state reopen from November 17 after a nearly eight month gap. Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan, who holds the higher education portfolio, said in a statement that the SOPs as per UGC guidelines has separate advisories for first, second and final year students, as per which classes would be held.

Final year students wishing to physically attend classes would have to furnish a consent letter from their parents in the prescribed format, he said. During the classes, social distancing would have to be maintained as per the guidelines of the health department.

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08:47 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: CCB busts online racket, nabs peddler who gave hospital address for delivery

The Anti-Narcotics Wing of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) in Bengaluru Tuesday arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly using the darknet to smuggle LSD strips from the Netherlands. During the investigation, officers found that the accused had given the address of a hospital in the city to deliver the parcels.

"The accused has been identified as Arun Kumar, a native of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. He had given the address of a primary health care centre (PHC) in Ramamurthy Nagar to deliver the parcels which he procured online via the dark net. The accused has been working for a private firm in the city," the police explained.

Further, the investigating team discovered that an aunt of the accused's friend was a staff member in the PHC. "Arun Kumar's friend's aunt works as a lab technician in the PHC. The address of the PHC was given in a bid to cover his tracks. These parcels were then collected and drugs were supplied to college students and private firm employees in the city and in Tamil Nadu," the police added.

The issue came to light when the consignment that arrived at Kempegowda International Airport was intercepted by customs officials who alerted the CCB.

08:30 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Mysuru airport gets new facilities

As part of the continuing development works carried out at the Mysuru airport, several new facilities were commissioned on Tuesday as top officials attended the inauguration ceremony.

The new facilities offered to the public include a mini canteen outside the terminal building, a public toilet, and a new selfie point. Further, an Airfield Crash Fire Tender (ACFT) vehicle was also deployed.

According to officials, the state-of-the-art fire tender was procured from Austria at a cost of Rs 5.45 crore. This rapid intervention vehicle can be pressed into service in case of any emergency involving the aircraft, they added.

Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha, Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri, and Mysuru airport director R Manjunath were present for the function.

08:28 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Goa Congress protests in Karnataka against double tracking of South Western Railway

The Opposition in Goa Tuesday crossed over to Hubli in Karnataka to protest against the double tracking of South Western Railway in Goa. The delegation saw Congress leaders including Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat give a memorandum to the railway zonal authority.

“We came here to request the South Western Railways to scrap the track doubling. We also came to Hubbali to convey the sentiment of Goa regarding the project. The people are boiling in anger,” Kamat told reporters.

The railway track, which is expected to connect the steel and power plants in Karnataka to the port in Goa, has seen opposition with Goans staging a candlelit protest in Chandor, south of Goa.

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08:27 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Reopening of schools: Top officials to consult parents, other stakeholders

As the Karnataka government is due to take a decision on reopening schools in the state amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, top officials from the education department are scheduled to consult parents on Wednesday to draw recommendations.

The Commissioner of Public Instruction (CPI) has called for a meeting of various parents’ associations, including RTE Students-Parents Association to discuss the same. Earlier, the association had raised concern that they were not consulted on the issue yet.

Further, the CPI had Monday submitted a report recommending reopening schools for students in classes 10 and 12. According to education department officials, the report was submitted after holding a consultation meeting with different stakeholders of the system including representatives of private school managements in the state.

08:27 (IST)11 Nov 2020
Money laundering investigation: ED probes 2 firms in case against Bineesh

The Enforcement Directorate is investigating the funding of two event management firms in Kochi and Bengaluru to ascertain if Bineesh Kodiyeri (36), son of the CPM’s Kerala secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, used them for money laundering.

The ED arrested Bineesh in Bengaluru on October 29 for allegedly giving funds to the tune of over Rs 50 lakh to alleged drug racket operator Mohammed Anoop, who has been arrested by the NCB and later by the ED.

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Bapuji Nagar, Bengaluru, Bapuji Nagar Fire, Bengaluru Fire, Chemical Factory Fire Hours after the fire broke, firemen were seen making efforts to douse the fire completely even though they claimed that the area is out of danger.

Meanwhile, four workers were rescued after a massive fire broke out at a chemical factory situated in Bapuji Nagar in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sanjeev M Patil informed that no casualties have been reported so far. “As many as four workers were there in the factory when the fire broke out this morning. All of them have come out safely,” he said, adding that the reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained.

READ | Bengaluru: Fire breaks out at chemical factory at Bapuji Nagar, four workers rescued

At the same time, the Enforcement Directorate is investigating the funding of two event management firms in Kochi and Bengaluru to ascertain if Bineesh Kodiyeri (36), son of the CPM’s Kerala secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, used them for money laundering.

The ED arrested Bineesh in Bengaluru on October 29 for allegedly giving funds to the tune of over Rs 50 lakh to alleged drug racket operator Mohammed Anoop, who has been arrested by the NCB and later by the ED.

READ | Money laundering investigation: ED probes 2 firms in case against Bineesh

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