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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus October 13 Highlights: Covid-19 toll exceeds 10k in State, over half aged 60 and above

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 13 Highlights: With 70 new deaths, as many as 10,036 deaths have been reported from the State.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: October 14, 2020 8:15:55 am
Karnataka, COVID-19, COVID-19 Burial, BengaluruVolunteers from Mercy Angel perform the last rites of a COVID-19 victim, at Khuddus Saab burial ground in Bengaluru. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News October 13 Highlights: Over seven months after Karnataka reported the first COVID-19 death in the country on March 12, the state’s toll exceeded 10,000 on Monday. With 70 new deaths, as many as 10,036 deaths have been reported from the State.

While over half of the total deaths were among those aged above 60, over 41 per cent of the total fatalities were reported after September 1, as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

Meanwhile, with Mysuru recording the highest case fatality rate (CFR) of 2.1 per cent in the state, Health and Medical Education Minister Sudhakar has ordered top health officials in the district to complete a death audit to determine the reason behind the same.

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17:58 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Kangana Ranaut booked by Karnataka police over tweet on farmers

A case has been registered against Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut in Karnataka over her tweet allegedly targeting farmers protesting against contentious central farm laws, police said on Tuesday.

The case was registered by police in Tumakuru district on Monday based on the recent order of a local court.

It has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including 108 (abetment), wanton vilification upon a community (153A) and intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace (504), police said.

The Tumakuru Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court had on October 9 directed police to register an FIR on a complaint by lawyer L Ramesh Naik who contended that the September 21 tweet on the actor’s Twitter handle @KanganaTeam had hurt him.

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14:49 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Karnataka: B Sriramulu accepts new portfolio after meeting with CM Yediyurappa

Karnataka Minister B Sriramulu, who was said to be miffed after he was divested of the Health and Family Welfare portfolio during the cabinet reshuffle, on Tuesday said he accepted the new responsibility ‘happily’, following attempts by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to placate him.

Effecting a minor cabinet reshuffle, Yediyurappa on Monday had allocated the Health department to Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, while entrusting Sriramulu, a prominent ST leader in the state BJP, with the key Social Welfare department.

Seemingly sulking over the timing of reshuffle, Sriramulu had met the Chief Minister on Monday and was closeted in a meeting with his associates for the entire day, without speaking to the media.

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14:47 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Bengaluru violence: Former Congress Mayor Sampath Raj named accused in the case

The Central Crime Branch probing the Bengaluru violence that took place in DJ Halli and KG Halli areas in August has named former Mayor and sitting Congress corporator R Sampath Raj, as one of the accused in the case, senior police officer said on Tuesday.

The CCB police earlier questioned Sampath Raj, and Pulakeshinagar Congress Corporator Abdul Rakeeb Zakir at the CCB headquarters. Sampath Raj's personal assistant Arun Kumar was arrested earlier for allegedly remaining in touch with the ring leaders of the Bengaluru violence.

More than 1000 people had gathered in front of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy’s residence in Kaval Byrasandra on August 11 following an alleged derogatory post uploaded by his nephew Naveen on Facebook.

Following the incident, more than 300 accused were arrested in connection to the violence and rioting after at least 52 FIRs were filed in police stations surrounding the areas.

12:26 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Deve Gowda dissolves Kerala unit of JDS, appoints new president

Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda dissolved the Kerala unit of the party with immediate effect accusing the state president C K Nanu of destabilizing the party.

JD(S) on Monday appointed former minister Mathew T Thomas as the new president. In a statement, Devegowda said, “The existing state unit of Kerala Pradesh Janata Dal (Secular) has been dissolved with immediate effect. The new ad-hoc committee of Kerala Pradesh Janata Dal (Secular) has been formed with former Minister and MLA Shri. Mathew T Thomas as its President.”

Gowda's action came in response to Nanu's reported inaction to take steps as directed by the party's national working president BM Farookh. According to the order, Mr Farookh had served Nanu a notice with a slew of directions on September 24.

"Nanu has not taken any steps to strengthen the State Unit of Kerala. On the contrary, he has acted to destabilise the party and has not consulted the Core Committee," Devegowda wrote in the order.

12:12 (IST)13 Oct 2020
IN PICS | Sudhakar, Sriramulu meet CM Yediyurappa in a ‘cordial meeting’

Health Minister Sudhakar K and Social Welfare Development Minister Tuesday met Chief Minister Yediyurappa amid speculations that the latter is likely to meet the party high command to air his displeasure on the latest cabinet reshuffle.

According to the Karnataka CMO, the ministers met the CM “in a cordial meeting.”

Sriramulu was divested of the Health and Family Welfare portfolio which was handed over to Medical Education Minister Sudhakar on Monday in a bid to channelise efforts towards better Covid-19 management.

Sriramulu, a strong ST community leader, had also lost the backward classes portfolio in the latest rejig.

11:13 (IST)13 Oct 2020
IMD issues red alert for coastal Karnataka

The India Meteorological Department Tuesday issued a red alert for Karnataka’s coastal area as it is likely to receive heavy rain for the next three days.

Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Konkan and parts of Maharashtra are likely to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall, the Met Department added.

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10:57 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Bengaluru Police arrest man who sexually assaulted minor girl

A 32-year-old man accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl was shot at by Bengaluru Police before arresting him. The suspect, identified as Dinesh, a native of Chennai, was on the run until a police team traced him to the Okalipuram area on Monday. The police said he attacked an assistant sub-inspector with a knife, forcing them to open fire.

On Saturday night, Dinesh allegedly kidnapped a four-year-old girl from a railway station while her parents were sleeping near the reservation counter.

A senior police officer said, “When the girl’s parents were asleep, Dinesh carried the girl to another area and sexually assaulted her and fled the place, leaving behind the injured girl. The passersby who noticed the girl alerted the police, then we took her to KC General Hospital in Malleshwaram for treatment and started the investigation.”

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08:57 (IST)13 Oct 2020
KSRTC to provide free bus passes to the construction workers

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) chairman and MLA M Chandrappa said that KSRTC will provide free bus passes to the construction workers to travel across the state soon.

According to Chandrappa, a pilot project will be launched in Mysuru. Around 60,600 registered construction workers in the district will be issued bus passes, he said.

After a meeting with KSRTC officials in Mysuru Chandrappa said “Mysuru has been selected for the pilot project. The pass holders can travel in KSRTC buses across the state. The scheme would be extended across the state soon. Talks are on with labour department officials in this regard.”

08:39 (IST)13 Oct 2020
BBMP to open 200-bed Covid Care Centre near MG Road

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to open a new Covid Care Centre (CCC) on Primrose Road in the Central Business District on Wednesday.

The CCC, will be located at the Social Welfare Hostel near Garuda Mall, will be a Covid care centre for the East zone. According to BBMP the 200-bed facility will initially have an occupancy of 100.

The civic body is training staff to operate the CCC facility. There will be three doctors and six nurses in three shifts for every 100 patients, another doctor and nurses for training, and Group D workers, BBMP said in a release.

08:21 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Paper leak: Bangalore University postpones final year B.Com exam

The Bangalore University (BU) Monday postponed a final year B.Com examination after the authorities found that the question paper had been leaked hours before the scheduled time to begin the exam.

According to Vice-Chancellor K R Venugopal, around 40,000 final-year undergraduate students were to appear for the examination scheduled to begin at 2 pm. "Our confidential section received a message on a social networking platform that had pictures of the question paper. We compared the same with the original one and found similarities. Colleges were immediately instructed not to conduct the examinations," he explained.

He added that a fresh date of the examination — Paper 6.2 -Principles and Practice of Auditing — will be communicated to the students shortly. The university has also filed a complaint at the Cyber Crime department of Bengaluru City Police, submitting evidence collected by officials on the same.

08:20 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Karnataka cabinet reshuffle proof of govt failure in handling Covid-19 crisis: Congress

Hours after Karnataka Chief Minister's minor reshuffle in the State Cabinet took place on Monday, opposition party Congress criticised the move terming it a "proof of the government's failure" in handling the Covid-19 crisis.

"The Cabinet reshuffle done by CM Yediyurappa is the proof of this government’s miserable failure in handling the COVID-19 pandemic. The fact that the Health Minister has been changed adds credence to our charge that this government’s incompetency has led to massive loss of life and livelihood," Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President D K Shivakumar said.

Earlier on Monday, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa divested B Sriramulu of the Health and Family Welfare portfolio, handing it over to K Sudhakar, who already heads the Medical Education ministry.

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08:19 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Mysuru: Health Minister orders completion of Covid-19 death audit

With Mysuru recording the highest case fatality rate (CFR) of 2.1 per cent in the state, Health and Medical Education Minister Sudhakar has ordered top health officials in the district to complete a death audit to determine the reason behind the same.

"Death audit has not conducted for the latest 193 Covid-19 deaths reported in Mysuru, out of which 170 deaths are from private hospitals. The audit will be completed within a week giving us a better understanding of the reason behind the high mortality rate," he said in Mysuru.

Further, the minister added that delayed detection and reporting to the hospitals was still a major reason behind more people succumbing to the infection. "Measures are being taken for early detection and treatment," he added.

To date, 893 deaths have been linked to the pandemic in Mysuru while a total of 42,373 people have contracted the infection, as on October 13. While Karnataka has recorded a CFR of 1.4 per cent, data released by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services indicates the same to be 1.2 per cent in Bengaluru even as the capital tops the list of most Covid-19 fatalities among 30 districts in the state.

08:19 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Bengaluru: Police collect Rs. 4.02 cr from traffic violators in a week

As part of the continuing contactless traffic checks across the city, the Bengaluru City Traffic Police (BTP) collected more than Rs. 4.02 crore as penalty from violators breaking traffic rules during the last week.

According to BTP statistics issued on Monday, a total of 97,213 traffic violations were registered in the city between October 4 and 10 with the cops collecting Rs. 4,02,62,800 in total.

While two-wheeler riders and pillions failing to wear helmets itself made over half of the total cases, Rs. 1.86 cr was collected for the same during the same timeframe. Among most other violations noted were motorists disregarding traffic signals (10,538 cases), violation of no entry rules (4154 cases), and wrong parking (3887 cases).

With more vehicles getting back on to the roads after lockdown-related restrictions were lifted, BTP had collected Rs. 4.5 crore from violators in the city between September 13 to 26.

08:18 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Karnataka: Covid-19 death toll exceeds 10k, third state in India to do so

Over seven months after Karnataka reported the first COVID-19 death in the country on March 12, the state’s toll exceeded 10,000 on Monday. With 70 new deaths, as many as 10,036 deaths have been reported from the State.

While over half of the total deaths were among those aged above 60, over 41 per cent of the total fatalities were reported after September 1, as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

Meanwhile, as many as 1042 deaths were linked to the pandemic in the last 12 days. With 3,362 deaths in Bengaluru Urban so far, the capital has contributed 33.4 per cent of the total deaths followed by Mysuru with 893 deaths so far.

08:17 (IST)13 Oct 2020
Sudhakar gets Health, Sreeramulu Social Welfare charge in BSY cabinet reshuffle

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday effected a minor reshuffle in his cabinet by giving Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar the charge of the health portfolio too, amid rising Covid-19 cases in the state.

A doctor and first-time minister, Dr Sudhakar has been a key figure in the state government’s efforts to control the spread of Covid-19.

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08:17 (IST)13 Oct 2020
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As per the re-allocation, Dr. K Sudhakar is now in charge of Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education departments.

Meanwhile, amid rising cases of coronavirus infections in Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa Monday divested B Sriramulu of the Health and Family Welfare portfolio, handing it over to K Sudhakar, who already heads the Medical Education ministry.

READ | Karnataka Covid-19 crisis: Yediyurappa removes Sriramulu as health minister, Sudhakar to head ministry

At the same time, Veteran music composer Rajan of Rajan-Nagendra duo passed away on Sunday night at his residence in Bengaluru. He was 85. According to reports, Rajan had been suffering from indigestion for the last few days. His condition deteriorated leading to his death around 11 pm.

READ | Music composer Rajan passes away

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