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Karnataka Bengaluru January 20 Highlights: Hundreds in Bengaluru take part in ‘Raj Bhavan Chalo’ march protesting farm laws

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News January 20 Highlights: As many as 7865 cases are active as on January 19, with the total tally since March 8 rising to nearly 9.33 lakh in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: January 21, 2021 8:19:44 am
Raj Bhavan Chalo, BengaluruHundreds of farmers and Congress workers took to the streets of Bengaluru announcing solidarity to the farmers protest in the national capital demanding the Centre to repeal the recent farm laws on Wednesday.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News January 20 Highlights: Hundreds of farmers and Congress workers took to the streets of Bengaluru announcing solidarity to the farmers protest in the national capital demanding the Centre to repeal the recent farm laws.

In a symbolic protest announcing solidarity to the same planned in Delhi borders by farmers on Republic Day, senior leaders Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar travelled on a tractor during the march.

Meanwhile, at least 70,773 healthcare workers across Karnataka have received the Covid-19 vaccine as on Tuesday, data made public by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services indicated. While 15,223 beneficiaries were inoculated on January 19, the state reported 47 per cent coverage of the same against the target set for the day. The state had reported an overall coverage of 47 per cent during the Covid-19 vaccination drive on Monday as well, much lower than the 58.4 and 63 per cent on Sunday and Saturday, respectively.

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18:33 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Upper House Dy Chairman election to be held on Jan 29

Polls for the deputy chairman’s post in the Karnataka Legislative Council will be held on January 29.

The elections will be held since Deputy Chairman SL Dharmegowda was found dead on railway tracks in Kadur, in a case of a suspected suicide. The notification issued by the Legislative Council Secretary K R Mahalakshmi stated, “Any member of the House can indicate a nominee of their choice to the secretary. The nominated candidate must submit the recommendation in writing, along with the recommender or endorser."

“A member whose name is nominated for the polls should submit in writing their willingness to work as Deputy Chairman in case of their election,” the notification added.

18:15 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Karnataka maintains top spot in India Innovation Index ranking

Karnataka retained its top position among the major states category in Niti Aayog’s India Innovation Index rankings released on Wednesday. Among several indicators of the rankings, Karnataka also claimed top positions in 'Investment' and 'Performance' categories. 

"The second edition of the index will allow states to continue to evaluate their innovation environment and assess their progress. The division of innovation into two dimensions, namely innovation capabilities (Enablers) and innovation outcomes (performance) will give the states a better perspective for identifying the critical focus areas," Niti Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar said releasing the rankings.

17:31 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Raj Bhavan Chalo': Police detain Siddaramaiah, Shivakumar

Bengaluru police Wednesday detained Karnataka Congress leaders DK Shivakumar, Siddaramaiah, SR Patil, Salim Ahmed, and other leaders during the 'Raj Bhavan Chalo' march held as part of the protests in the city against farm laws.

According to the police, the leaders were taken to City Armed Reserve headquarters in Chamarajpet in the city on a bus while they were marching towards Raj Bhavan.

17:29 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Bengaluru: Sasikala taken to hospital for treatment

V.K Sasikala, a close aide of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa who is serving jail sentence in Parappana Agrahara central prison in Bengaluru, was taken to Bowring hospital in Bengaluru on Wednesday morning after she complained of fever, police officials confirmed to Indianexpress.com

Sasikala, who was set to be released from jail on the morning of January 27, had fever on Wednesday and was taken for treatment. Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Parappana Agrahara police station inspector, Nandeesha HL,  said “Sasikala was suffering from fever and now she has been taken to Bowring hospital for treatment. As per my information now, she will be back to prison today itself.” 

Sasikala will complete her four-year prison term on that day.“She is eligible for release on January 27 during the morning hours,” prison officials reportedly informed her lawyer Raja Senthoor Pandian.

17:18 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Aero India goes virtual, to be world’s first hybrid defence exhibition

Aero India, the country’s biennial air show which will be held between February 3 and 5, at Bengaluru is the first-ever Aero India virtual exhibition to be held on an indigenously developed virtual exhibition platform on a hybrid model.
 
According to the Ministry of Defence, Public Relation officer Bengaluru, Aero India will be World’s first hybrid Aerospace and Defence exhibition and an official App is now available on both Android and IOS platforms.
 
The 13th edition of Aero India show will be held in Air Force Station, Yelahanka in the city amid of COVID-19 pandemic. According to the guidelines issued for Aero India, a Covid test is mandatory for those staying in Karnataka for over 48 hours and exemption from Covid test and quarantine is applicable for those on a 48-hour stay or those with a negative RT-PCR test report (test conducted 96 hours before departure).

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15:19 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Karnataka govt withdraws Bhagawan’s book on Ram temple from library purchase list

The Karnataka government banned rationalist KS Bhagwan’s book ‘Rama Mandira Yeke Beda’ (Why Ram Mandir is not needed) from its public libraries. “The book may hurt public sentiments and I will not encourage this kind of book in public libraries,” said Education minister S Suresh Kumar.

After a social media campaign by Hindutva right-wing activists, the Public Library Book Selection Committee withdrew its recommendation to purchase the book, which was published in 2018.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Bhagavan said, “I oppose the dropping of my book from the library purchase list and public libraries are for all and everyone has the right to read all the arguments. The government cannot hold public libraries hostage to one ideology.”

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15:02 (IST)20 Jan 2021
IN PICS | Hundreds take part in ‘Raj Bhavan Chalo’ march

Hundreds of farmers and Congress workers took to the streets of Bengaluru announcing solidarity to the farmers protest in the national capital demanding the Centre to repeal the recent farm laws.

In a symbolic protest to the same planned in Delhi borders by farmers on Republic Day, senior leaders Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar travelled on a tractor during the march.

12:02 (IST)20 Jan 2021
DK Shivakumar alleges farmers stopped en route Bengaluru ahead of ‘Raj Bhavan Chalo’ protest

Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar on Wednesday alleged that farmers coming to Bengaluru to participate in the anti-farm laws protest — ‘Raj Bhavan Chalo’ — called by the party were being stopped by the police. Shivakumar also urged farmers to stop wherever they were, “block highways” and protest in support of the farmers protesting in Delhi since November.
The former minister said that he received several phone calls from farmers in other districts complaining about the same. 

“Many (farmers) have shared concern that they have been stopped by police and are not being allowed to come to Bengaluru from different other districts. I urge them to stop wherever they are, block highways, roads, and to be a part of the protest,” Shivakumar said.

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11:23 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Bengaluru: CCB arrests cricket bookie

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru City Police arrested a cricket bookie from the city for allegedly placing bets on the Australia-India test match which ended in Brisbane on Tuesday. 

According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil, Rs 2,51,000 cash and a mobile phone were seized from the accused by CCB sleuths during the raid.

10:12 (IST)20 Jan 2021
'Raj Bhavan Chalo': Farmers assemble in different parts of Bengaluru

Agitating farmers and other protesters assembled in different parts of Bengaluru on Wednesday morning despite the police announcing that the permission for the massive protest named 'Raj Bhavan Chalo' was denied due to Covid-19 norms in place. 

Hundreds of farmers have gathered at City Railway Station in the Majestic area, Maurya Circle, and next to Freedom Park. According to Bengaluru City Police, hundreds of personnel have been deployed in these areas to ensure law and order is maintained. 'Over 500 police personnel are on duty in and around the railway station in Majestic,' police said. 

Marches from different parts of the city have been planned to culminate at Freedom Park after which a rally to Raj Bhavan is scheduled.

10:03 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Bengaluru to host two-day RSS annual meet in March

A two-day annual meet of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) would be held in Bengaluru on March 19 and 20 during which the election to the highest executive post of the organisation Sar Karyavah (general secretary) is likely to take place. 

The meeting, supposed to be held in Nagpur this time, has been relocated to Bengaluru considering the active COVID-19 cases in the state of Maharashtra, E S Pradeep, media incharge of RSS-Karnataka, said in a statement on Tuesday.

In view of the pandemic, the number of delegates attending the meet this year has been reduced. About 500 delegates are likely to participate in it, Pradeep added.

09:22 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Bengaluru civic body to locate children begging on street, bring them to school

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the body which caters to civic services in Bengaluru, is all set to conduct a survey on children begging on streets or those working as hawkers in a bid to identify out-of-school children in the city.

In the course of the survey, the civic body would also map traffic points or junctions where such children are found. Speaking to indianexpress.com, Nagendra Naik, assistant commissioner (welfare), BBMP said, “There are many children on streets begging when they should be in schools studying. It is for identifying such out-of-school children that we have planned to conduct a door-to-door survey across the city.”

As part of the initiative, the BBMP, along with Karnataka State Legal Services Authority, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Bengaluru Police, Department of Social Welfare and the Department of Women and Child Welfare held a day-long workshop on Tuesday for volunteers who will conduct the survey in a few days.

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09:06 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Bengaluru: Police deny permission for farmers' protest citing Covid-19 guidelines

The Bengaluru City Police Tuesday denied permission for a farmers’ protest organised scheduled to be held in the city on Wednesday, citing Covid-19 guidelines. 

According to Police Commissioner Kamal Pant, permission was not granted for the protests "due to COVID-19 guidelines in place, thereby limiting the number of people that can gather at any location to prevent the spread of the virus." He added that elaborate security arrangements have been put in place to ensure that law and order is maintained.

Named 'Raj Bhavan Chalo,' the protest was organised by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) which urged thousands of protesters from across the state to demand the Centre to take back recent amendments made to three farm laws. The rally was planned to be held from City Railway Station to Freedom Park and then to Raj Bhavan to submit a memorandum to the Governor.

09:03 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Potholes creating trouble? Legal Services Authority, NGOs urge citizens to send photos

The Karnataka State Legal Services Authority (KSLSA) and two Bengaluru-based NGOs - Reap Benefit and Changemakers of Kanakapura Road - are collecting data in the form of photos and information on potholes that are left unfilled and roads in poor condition. 

In a bid to collect more information for a report planned to be submitted to the Karnataka High Court, the organisations have urged people to click photos of the same and send them 8095500118 on WhatsApp attaching details of its location on or before January 30.

08:57 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Chennai customs officer caught with Rs 75 lakh in cash at Bengaluru airport

A senior Customs officer from Chennai was handed over to the Enforcement Directorate for interrogation after he was caught with cash amounting to Rs 74,81,500 in his hand baggage when he checked-in to Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru on Tuesday morning to board a flight. 

The cash was discovered by the Central Industrial Security Force on duty during regular checks. According to a CISF official, the person has been identified as Irfan Ahmed Mohammed, Superintendent of Customs at Chennai.  

"He (Irfan) was on his way to board a Lucknow-bound IndiGo flight which was scheduled to leave at 10.20 am. His bag was checked at around 9.30 am as part of the regular baggage screening when notes amounting to Rs 74,81,500 were found in bundles of Rs 2,000 in his hand baggage, not concealed within anything," the official explained.

08:49 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Amid disgruntlement in state BJP, BSY on temple-visit spree

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has carried out a series of visits to temples in the coastal Karnataka region over the last two days amid disgruntlement within the BJP’s state unit over the recent cabinet expansion and revival of a set of old corruption cases against Yediyurappa by the High Court.

The allotment of portfolios for the seven new ministers inducted on January 13 has been on hold for a week.

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08:38 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Covid-19: Karnataka reports 645 new cases, 393 in Bengaluru alone

As many as 645 more people contracted coronavirus infection in Karnataka on Tuesday, while 807 others recovered from the infection. Of these, 357 new cases and 445 discharges were reported from Bengaluru alone. The number of active cases further dropped to 7865 (5181 in Bengaluru). 

At the same time, 80,925 samples were tested (including 8532 Rapid Antigen Detection Tests) across the state. Other districts that reported the most cases on January 19 were Chikkaballapura (36), Mysuru (34), and Dakshina Kannada (25).

08:32 (IST)20 Jan 2021
Karnataka: Over 70k healthcare workers inoculated so far

At least 70,773 healthcare workers across Karnataka have received the Covid-19 vaccine as on Tuesday, data made public by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services indicated. While 15,223 beneficiaries were inoculated on January 19, the state reported 47 per cent coverage of the same against the target set for the day. 

The state had reported an overall coverage of 47 per cent during the Covid-19 vaccination drive on Monday as well, much lower than the 58.4 and 63 per cent on Sunday and Saturday, respectively.

08:25 (IST)20 Jan 2021
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Dr. K Sudhakar, Karnataka Health Minister, Karnataka Medical Education Minister Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said that over 6.3 lakh healthcare workers across the state have been identified to receive the vaccine in the first phase.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) has demanded the state government to allow healthcare workers to choose the Covid-19 vaccine that will be administered to them.

READ | Karnataka doctors demand choice of Covid-19 vaccine before inoculation

At the same time, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has carried out a series of visits to temples in the coastal Karnataka region over the last two days amid disgruntlement within the BJP’s state unit over the recent cabinet expansion and revival of a set of old corruption cases against Yediyurappa by the High Court.

READ | Amid disgruntlement in state BJP, BSY on temple-visit spree

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