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Karnataka Bengaluru July 7 Highlights: State reports 3104 fresh cases, 92 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 7 Highlights: Out of the 3,104 new cases, 715 were from Bengaluru Urban.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 8, 2021 8:08:25 am
Nurses inside an ICU ward at a 100 bedded Covid care facility inside the campus of Karnataka Power corporation limited (KPCL), at Yelahanka in Bengaluru. (Photo: PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 7 Highlights: Karnataka Tuesday reported the highest test positivity rate (TPR) of Covid-19 infections in the last fortnight. The TPR was 2.65 percent. The last time, a higher TPR was reported was on June 22 when it was 2.87 percent. The overall case fatality rate (CFR) in the state stood at 2.96 percent.

The state reported 3,104 new cases and 92 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 28.59 lakh and the toll to 35,526. The day also saw 4,992 recoveries, once again higher than fresh cases.

Out of the 3,104 new cases, 715 were from Bengaluru Urban followed by Mysuru (389), Hassan (270), Dakshina Kannada (216), and others. The number of active cases in Karnataka is 40,016. Out of the 92 deaths, 15 were from Bengaluru Urban followed by Dakshina Kannada (13), Mysuru (8), Dharwad, and Kolar (7), and others.

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15:53 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Yediyurappa directs officials to prepare Mekedatu project action plan

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has directed officials to prepare the action plan for the Mekedatu project at the earliest, which is vital for the state, Home, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basavaraj Bommai said in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

This weekend Yediyurappa will hold a meeting with legal experts and technical experts on preparing the action plan for the project, Bommai told reporters.

"There is only a miscellaneous application pending in the Supreme Court with regard to the Mekedatu scheme. The Chief Minister is going to convene a meeting this weekend. We will discuss with legal experts about the necessary approvals required and how to proceed further," he said.

Emphasising that the project is important for the state, Bommai said it will play a key role in Cauvery water management in future. This will be a parallel dam to supply water during a water crisis.

The Mekedatu project has become a bone of contention between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, who often flag the issue of Cauvery water sharing whenever there is shortage in rainfall in the catchment areas of the river, which originates in Kodagu district in Karnataka and courses through Tamil Nadu.

14:38 (IST)07 Jul 2021
ISKCON temple in Bengaluru reopen to the public from today

One of Bengaluru's most popular temples Iskcon temple reopened for visitors on Wednesday. 

According to a press release, the temple administration said opening hours will be 8.30am to 12.30pm and again from 4pm to 8pm. “Visitors will have to follow strict protocols; wearing a mask is compulsory and following Covid-19 appropriate behaviour,” the release added.

13:25 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Mysuru: Restrictions for entry into Chamundi hills

The Mysuru district administration has introduced restrictions for the entry of devotees and other visitors to the popular Chamundi hills and adjoining temples in the wake of the Ashada season.

According to Deputy Commissioner Bagadi Gautham, the curbs were introduced to prevent the spread of Covid-19. He said visitors would not be allowed to access the Chamundi hills on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and general holidays during the auspicious season. Orders have also been issued prohibiting entry to the Chamundeshwari Temple located on the hills and Jwalatripura Sundari Temple near its foothills on July 9 (Ashada Amavasya), July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, and August 9 (Bheemana Amavasya).

There will also be a ban on entry to the hills post 6 pm on all days of the week. “Residents of Chamundi Hills should carry their identity cards,” he said.

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12:42 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Karnataka reserves 1% vacancies in govt jobs for transgenders

The Karnataka government on Tuesday issued a notification extending one per cent reservation for transgenders in any service or post in all categories of employment to be filled through the direct recruitment process in the state.

The internal reservation will be available for vacancies under each category of general merit, Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, and in each of the categories among the Other Backward Classes. The amendment to Rule 9 of the Karnataka Civil Services (General Recruitment) Rules, 1977, also directs the recruiting authorities to provide a separate column to allow applicants to identify as ‘others’, apart from male or female.

The Karnataka government will follow the definition of ‘transgender person’ as described in the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019, of the Union Government. As per the act, a ‘transgender person’ is one whose gender does not match with the gender assigned to them at birth, and includes transman or transwoman, a person with intersex variations, genderqueer and those who have socio-cultural identities such as kinnar, hijra, aravani and jogta.

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12:13 (IST)07 Jul 2021
NEKRTC renamed as Kalyana Karnataka Road Transport Corporation

Public transport services operated by North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) are renamed as Kalyana Karnataka  Road Transport Corporation, said Transport minister Laxman Savadi on Wednesday. 

The demand was there to rename the NEKRTC to  Kalyana Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (KKRTC) after Hyderabad–Karnataka, officially renamed as Kalyana-Karnataka. 

The KKRTC serves routes to towns and cities in the North-Eastern part of Karnataka which is headquartered in the Kalaburgi district with  9 divisional offices, 52 depots, 152 bus stands and 4,700 buses.

12:13 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Army CEE to be held on July 25

The Common entrance examination (CEE) conducted by the Army Recruiting Office (ARO) Mangaluru is scheduled to be held on July 25, officials announced on Wednesday. The exam is scheduled to be held at the Vidyagiri campus of ALVA's Education Foundation in Moodbidri "provided there is no rise in Covid-19 cases," a statement issued by Bengaluru Defence PRO read.

11:43 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Former Kerala Health Minister Shailaja to deliver IIMB Lecture on Covid-19 management

The Centre for Public Policy (CPP), at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), will host the third lecture in its Foundation Day Lecture Series on July 10, delivered by  K K Shailaja, former Minister for Health, Social Justice, and Woman and Child Development.

Shailaja Teacher, as she is fondly called, is scheduled to speak on the topic ‘Policy Implications of the Pandemic: Learnings from Managing Covid-19’. According to IIMB officials, the lecture is held in a bid to mark the Foundation Day of CPP. “The Centre, created in 2000, has evolved into a leading policy think tank engaged in cutting-edge research, teaching, training and capacity building," Prof M S Sriram, Chairperson of CPP said. 

He added that the Centre works on improving development outcomes across the country and has pioneered the application of management disciplines for the delivery of better public services and governance.

10:38 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Meet Talia Jose, the 8-year-old singer-songwriter from Bengaluru who released her first English single

While it takes moments to get hooked to a song, the entire process of creating it is no mean feat. But then, it is not so for everyone. For Class III student Talia Jose, who has already released a single that she has written and produced herself, it all happens effortlessly.

“I just write about whatever comes to my mind. I don’t know how to explain how I’m able to do it. It’s just some thoughts in my head and I almost always have a tune for the lines,”the 8-year-old from Bengaluru told indianexpress.com.

Her original English song titled ‘Head Held High’ is available on all popular music platforms and has even received more than a thousand streams on Spotify. While most are surprised at her simple yet soulful song, for her parents it isn’t the case.

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10:24 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Gehlot's appointment as Governor will benefit Karnataka: CM

Welcoming Thawarchand Gehlot's appointment as the Governor of Karnataka, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday said the state will benefit from his long experience in public life and commitment to social justice.

"I extend my warm welcome to Shri Thawarchand Gehlot Ji as the new Governor of Karnataka.

The state will benefit from Gehlotji's long experience in public life & commitment to social justice.

I thank Governor Shri Vajubhai Vala Ji for his contribution to Karnataka," Yediyurappa tweeted.

Leader of the Opposition in the assembly Siddaramaiah, congratulating Gehlot, said "I wish him success in the new role and hope he works earnestly to uphold the Constitutional values."

Gehlot, who held the portfolio of Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, will replace Vajubhai Vala, who has been the Governor of the southern state since 2014.(PTI)

09:44 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Karnataka to develop 46 Kempegowda heritage sites in Bengaluru, adjoining districts

The Karnataka state government Tuesday decided to develop 46 Kempegowda heritage sites located in Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Ramanagara, Chikballapura, and Tumakuru districts, in a bid to promote tourism.

According to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, the sites identified to be in three circuits, would be developed at a cost of Rs 223 crore for promoting tourism. “A plan has been prepared to develop Magadi circuit at a cost of Rs 132 crore, Rs 47 crore for Bengaluru circuit, and Rs 44 crore for Nandi circuit,” he said, after chairing a meeting of the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Heritage Area Development Authority.

According to the Authority, these sites are developed to help people acknowledge the contribution of Kempegowda or Nada Prabhu Kempegowda, the founding father of Bengaluru.

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09:34 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Karnataka reports higher TPR in last fortnight

Karnataka Tuesday reported the highest test positivity rate (TPR) of Covid-19 infections in the last fortnight. The TPR was 2.65 percent. The last time, a higher TPR was reported was on June 22 when it was 2.87 percent. The overall case fatality rate (CFR) in the state stood at 2.96 percent.

The state reported 3,104 new cases and 92 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 28.59 lakh and the toll to 35,526. The day also saw 4,992 recoveries, once again higher than fresh cases.

Out of the 3,104 new cases, 715 were from Bengaluru Urban followed by Mysuru (389), Hassan (270), Dakshina Kannada (216), and others. The number of active cases in Karnataka is 40,016. Out of the 92 deaths, 15 were from Bengaluru Urban followed by Dakshina Kannada (13), Mysuru (8), Dharwad, and Kolar (7), and others.

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08:58 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Karnataka to conduct mock SSLC exams on July 15, 17

The Karnataka Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will conduct mock examinations for class 10 students on July 15 and 17, Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar announced. 

Kumar explained that the decision was taken in the wake of the pattern of the SSLC examination changing this year.

"The mock exams will be conducted at the respective examination centres, by strictly following all Standard Operating Procedures," he said. However, it is not mandatory for students to attend the mock exams, officials added.

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08:51 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Karnataka minister Murugesh Nirani meets Amit Shah in Delhi

Murugesh Nirani, the Minister of Mines and Geology in Karnataka on Tuesday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi. 

Nirani was aspiring to become the Karnataka Chief Minister if the party removed B S Yediyurappa from the top post. 

Amid a section of BJP leaders demanding the removal of Yediyurappa, sugar baron and a Panchamasali Lingayat leader, Nirani's  meeting with Amit Shah has triggered speculation that he is lobbying for the CM post.

After his meeting with Shah which lasted for more than 20 minutes, Nirani said that he went to Delhi on a private visit and there was nothing political in it.

08:50 (IST)07 Jul 2021
SWR to introduce Vistadome coaches in several trains to push tourism

In a bid to tap into the tourism sector in the state, the South Western Railway has decided to introduce Vistadome coaches in several long-distance trains operating throughout the state. 

According to SWR officials, the service will begin from July 11 for which ticket booking will commence on Wednesday. Among trains that will get the new Vistadome coaches are Yeshwantpur-Mangaluru Junction-Yeshwantpur, Yeshwantpur-Karwar tri-weekly special, and Yeshwantpur-Mangaluru Junction Gomateshwara tri-weekly Express Special to begin with. 

While one general class sitting coach each would be replaced with the new Vistadome coach in these trains, the ticket fare will be the same charged per ticket for Executive Class travel in Shatabdi services.

08:43 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Bengaluru-based real estate development agency Nitesh Estates booked for defaulting on bank loan

A Bengaluru based real estate development agency has been booked by the Bengaluru police for allegedly cheating a bank. 

The Cubbon Park police have booked Nitesh Estates for cheating Yes Bank for defaulting on a Rs 712 crore loan. A case was registered against the company and its promoter, Nitesh Shetty, recently based on a complaint by a  representative of Yes Bank. 

In 2016, the company availed of a Rs 712 crore loan for various projects from the bank. However after a few instalments, the company defaulted on the loan and despite repeated reminders failed to respond, said the police.

08:38 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Kodagu: Notice to be served to people to move out from landslide risk zones, says Minister

Karnataka Minister for Revenue R. Ashok on Tuesday told the Kodagu district administration to consider forcible dislodgement of those staying in houses in areas identified as vulnerable to landslides, if they do not relocate immediately as a precautionary measure in view of the onset of monsoon.

"Notices will be served on those continuing to live in old houses in areas identified as vulnerable to landslides despite getting alternate homes from government; forcible eviction may be considered if they continue stay put" said R Ashok after visiting to Sri Chamundeshwari Nagar in Madikeri town that is located on a hillock.

08:36 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Karnataka Govt notifies 1% vacancies in govt jobs reserved for transgenders

The Karnataka government officially notified 1 percent reservation for transgender persons in any service or post in all categories of employment to be filled through direct recruitment process in the state. 

The Karnataka government on Tuesday issued a notification extending internal reservation for transgenders in all direct recruitment for government jobs. 

The reservation of 1 percent will be available in each category of general merit, Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, and in each of the categories of among the other backward classes. The government has amended Rule 9 of the Karnataka Civil Services (General Recruitment) Rules, 1977, to enable reservation for transgender persons.

As per the Act, a ‘transgender person’ is one whose gender does not match with the gender assigned to that person at birth, and includes transman or transwoman, a person with intersex variations, gender queer and having such socio-cultural identities as kinner, hijra, aravani and jogta.

08:35 (IST)07 Jul 2021
“Enough, it is good to retire respectfully”: BJP MLA Yatnal to Yediyurappa

Continuing his attack against the state leadership, dissident BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal
on Tuesday called Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa “inactive”, and asked him to retire respectfully.

He also alleged that Yediyurappa’s younger son and state BJP vice President B Y Vijayendra was running the administration and repeated corruption charges against him.

“There is no selfishness behind this fight, either to become a Minister or the Chief Minister.

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08:34 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Karnataka Health Minister visits Delhi, seeks more vaccine allocation

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar met his counterpart at the Centre Harsh Vardhan in Delhi Tuesday to demand an increased supply of vaccine doses to the state. The state has administered nearly 2.4 crore doses of the vaccines so far, the highest among all south Indian states, the minister said.

In a representation to the Centre, Sudhakar said Karnataka has about 13,000 vaccination centres with a demonstrated capacity to administer 10 lakh doses per day. “I, therefore, request Government of India to kindly increase the supply further so that the state can facilitate vaccination of every willing and eligible citizen at the earliest,” the minister said in the letter.

Sudhakar also briefed Vardhan about the manner in which the state has managed to minimise vaccine wastage. Districts were told to carefully prepare a micro plan and increase capacity-building of the field staff. “As a result of this, eight districts in the state have achieved negative wastage,” he said.

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08:17 (IST)07 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Cong to organise bicycle rallies protesting fuel hike across state today

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has announced that bicycle rallies will be held across all 224 legislative assembly constituencies in the state on Wednesday, in a bid to protest the "unprecedented hike" in fuel prices and various "anti-people policies" of the BJP-led central and state governments.

According to KPCC Working President Ramalinga Reddy, the hike in fuel prices has made several essential commodities expensive over the last year. "This has put millions of lives in jeopardy amid the Covid-19 crisis," he said in Bengaluru. 

Further, the former Home Minister urged the state government to ensure payment of Rs 5 lakh as ex-gratia amount to the kin of those who succumbed to Covid-19.

The Karnataka state government Tuesday decided to develop 46 Kempegowda heritage sites located in Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Ramanagara, Chikballapura, and Tumakuru districts, in a bid to promote tourism. According to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, the sites identified to be in three circuits, would be developed at a cost of Rs 223 crore for promoting tourism.

READ | Karnataka to develop 46 Kempegowda heritage sites in Bengaluru, adjoining districts

The High Court of Karnataka directed the state government to ensure that necessary infrastructure is being provided to anganwadis across the state by setting a deadline of December 31, 2021 for it to comply with the directive.

READ | Karnataka: HC directs state govt to ensure electricity supply to 14,948 anganwadis by Dec 31

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