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Karnataka Bengaluru November 23 Highlights: Yellow alert sounded in 6 districts including Bengaluru

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 23 Highlights: The Covid-19 positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours, as on Sunday, dropped to 1.34 per cent as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 24, 2020 8:24:34 am
Bengaluru rain, Karnataka rain, rainfall in KarnatakaThe India Meteorological Department has sounded a yellow alert in Bengaluru Urban and Rural, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Mandya, and Chamarajanagar districts of Karnataka later this week. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News November 23 Highlights: As many as 3485 more people contracted coronavirus in Karnataka over the weekend with 2011 of them reported from Bengaluru alone. Meanwhile, the total tally rose to 8.73 lakh with 8.36 lakh of them recovering from the infection to date.

The Covid-19 positivity rate recorded in the last 24 hours, as on Sunday, dropped to 1.34 per cent as per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

At the same time, 3336 people recovered from Covid-19 of which 1482 were from the capital city on Saturday and Sunday. Active cases in Karnataka dropped further to 24,868. As many as 2,52,241 samples were tested, at the same time, across the state.

Other districts that reported the most cases on November 22 were Mysuru (100), Dakshina Kannada (46), Hassan (44), and Bengaluru Rural (41). The death toll rose to 11, 654 as 13 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic on Sunday.

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18:28 (IST)23 Nov 2020
NIA interrogates ex-Congress mayor Sampath Raj in Bengaluru violence case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials on Monday interrogated former Congress Mayor R Sampath Raj in Bengaluru central prison in connection with Bengaluru violence.

NIA sources said a three-member team of the investigation agency questioned Raj at the Parappana Agrahara central prison where he has been lodged after his recent arrest by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) Police, which is simultaneously probing the violence case.

According to reports,NIA obtained court permission to question the Congress corporator for two days to ascertain his role in the attack on two police stations. The CCB police arrested Raj on charges of hatching the conspiracy for the violence on August 11 night.

18:23 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Counterfeit Mi India products seized in Bengaluru, Chennai: How to identify genuine devices

Xiaomi has revealed that counterfeit Mi India products worth Rs 33.3 lakh were recently seized in Bangalore and Chennai. The fake products were seized from four suppliers in Chennai and three suppliers in Bangalore and the raids took place in October and November.

The company said that over 3000 products consisting of mobile back cases, headphones, power banks, chargers, and earphones, were found. The fake Mi India products were worth Rs 24.9 lakhs in Bengaluru and Rs 8.4 lakhs in Chennai.

For customers who are purchasing Xiaomi products, figuring out which ones are counterfeits can be tough. Using counterfeit products, especially powerbanks or chargers can also cause damage to one’s smartphone. That is why it is often recommended that customers buy genuine branded accessories in order to avoid any loss of warranty on their device. Xiaomi has listed out some tips for customers to keep in mind when purchasing products, especially such accessories.

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18:22 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Health Minister Sudhakar suggests taking stock of situation in third week of December to open schools

It is not advisable to reopen schools and pre-university colleges in the backdrop of Covid19, said Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar.

The Minister virtually attended the Education Department meeting presided by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and shared his suggestions and opinions on the occasion. The meeting decided that schools and PU colleges will not be reopened in December.

The Minister said that December’s winter will help spread the virus further. There is also a need to consider the possibility of a second wave of Coronavirus hitting the country. Taking this into consideration, the matter has been discussed at the technical advisory committee meeting and the Government has been informed of the decision made, he informed. The Minister advised not to open the schools in this regard.

A meeting could be conducted in the third week of December regarding the reopening of schools and a decision can be taken after reviewing the situation, he opined. Suresh Kumar, Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education and senior officials were present at the meeting.

Also Read | Karnataka govt decides not to reopen schools, PU colleges on December 1

18:22 (IST)23 Nov 2020
IN PICS | CM gives away medals to forest officials

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Monday distributed the CM's medals to 75 officers and staff of the Departments of Forests, Wildlife, and Environment in Bengaluru. The medals had been constituted to the personnel for their exemplary work in wildlife protection and conservation of forests during the years 2017, 2018, and 2019.

17:16 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Karnataka govt allocates Rs 500 crores for Veerashaiva-Lingayat Development Corporation

The Karnataka government on Monday allocates Rs 500 crores for the newly formed Karnataka Veerashaiva-Lingayat Development Corporation (KVLDC).

On November 17, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa ordered the formation of a corporation for all-round development of the politically-influential Veerashaiva Lingayat community in the state.

According to the order, the backward classes department to foot the initial bills of the Corporation. Yediyurappa, who himself belongs to the community, issued an order for constituting the KVLDC.

The decisions to set up the KVLDC and Maratha Development Authority are seen by sections in political circles as an attempt to woo the Marathas and the Veerashaiva-Lingayats, who are in sizeable numbers in Basava Kalyan assembly segment in Bidar district and Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency, bordering Maharashtra, where byelections are due.

Bsava Kalyan and Belagavi seats have fallen vacant following the demise of sitting Congress MLA B Narayan Rao and BJP MP Suresh Angadi due to COVID-19 recently.

16:37 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Weather update: Yellow alert sounded in 6 districts including Bengaluru

The India Meteorological Department has sounded a yellow alert in Bengaluru Urban and Rural, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Mandya, and Chamarajanagar districts of Karnataka later this week. "These districts are very likely to experience isolated heavy rainfall for which yellow alert is announced on November 25 and 26," C S Patil, Director (Weather Forecast) said.

Further, as per a forecast report issued at 4.30 pm on Monday, "Thunderstorm accompanied with light to moderate spells of rain/showers" is likely to affect six other districts within three hours. These districts are Koppal, Chitradurga, Gadag, Ballari, Gulbarga, and Vijayapura.

16:02 (IST)23 Nov 2020
IMA scam: CBI raids underway at former minister Roshan Baig’s Bengaluru house

A day after his arrest in the IMA scam, officials from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the residence of former minister Roshan Baig in Bengaluru on Monday morning.

A seven-member team of CBI officials from Delhi raided Baig’s house in Pulakeshinagar at around 6.30 am, sources said.

On Sunday, the CBI arrested Roshan Baig in connection with the Rs 4,000-crore ponzi scheme in which he allegedly received several crores of kickbacks.

More than 40,000 investors, mostly from the Muslim community, were duped of their savings by arrested businessman Mohammed Mansoor Khan, who owns the IMA Group. Baig’s name emerged when the scam surfaced nearly 18 months ago. Khan had fled the country but was arrested and brought back from Dubai in July 2019 by the Bengaluru police crime branch.

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15:42 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Karnataka NEET UG mock allotment result 2020: Check date, time

The Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) will release the NEET UG mock seat allotment result on November 23. The candidates can check their allotment results through the website- kea.kar.nic.in.

The candidates will be given the opportunity to modify the options in order of preference from November 23. The last date to make changes in the options is November 24, following which the final seat allotment result will be released on that day.

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15:05 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Bengaluru's mega art carnival ‘Chitra Santhe’ goes online

The 18th edition of mega art carnival-Chitra Santhe will be held from January 3, 2021.

Organised by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (KCP), the Chitra Santhe will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a release, KCP said that the event will be dedicated to corona warriors, will still feature the cultural programmes along with the online art exhibition.

“Many programmes have been scheduled on the inaugural day, which can be viewed on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and the Chitra Santhe.org website, which will be dedicated exclusively for the event and will be online for an entire month,” KCP said.

As many as 1,500 artists across the country and abroad are keen on participating in the online Chitra Santhe, the release stated. Contemporary artworks and traditional paintings of Mysuru, Tanjore, Rajasthani, Madhubani and other styles will be available for viewing and for purchase.

15:01 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Karnataka govt decides not to reopen schools, PU colleges on December 1

The Karnataka government Monday decided not to reopen schools and pre-university colleges on December 1. According to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, the government “shall review the Covid-19 situation during the third week of December” to decide when to resume offline classes.

“Experts have recommended that a decision on reopening schools and PU colleges should not be taken until December end. An appropriate decision will be taken then,” Yediyurappa said in Bengaluru. The CM had convened a meeting with Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar, and heads of various departments related to the same before announcing the decision. Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar joined the meeting online supporting expressing his views on the Covid-19 technical advisory committee (TAC) recommendations.

Earlier, TAC had recommended against reopening schools on December 1. “After extensive deliberations, it was unanimously resolved that ‘not to reopen the schools in December.’ However, the scenario of COVID-19 in the state shall be reviewed in the last week of December to consider reopening of schools at an appropriate time subsequently,” a statement issued by TAC read.

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14:31 (IST)23 Nov 2020
HAL begins spin flight testing for modified Intermediate Jet Trainer

Bengaluru-based aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Monday began spin flight testing of the indigenous Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) designed and developed by them. The IJT is expected to replace the ageing Kiran aircraft fleet of the Indian Air Force.

According to HAL, the IJT has already been tested to its full envelope in terms of speed, altitude and load factor (‘g’ envelope) and has also been integrated with drop tanks as well as bombs. "For the spin test, HAL redesigned the aircraft by moving the vertical tail aft and extending the rudder surface. These changes for ensuring a satisfactory spin behaviour required an extensive redesign of the rear fuselage and the rudder. The changes have been incorporated in two aircraft with the involvement and clearance from certification agencies at every stage," a statement read.

HAL officials added that spin testing of an aircraft is the most crucial phase in testing. "Accordingly, the testing will be gradually progressed to assess the behaviour of the aircraft till six turn spins to either side to meet the targeted requirement," they added. The IJT was flown by HAL’s test pilots Gp. Capt H.V. Thakur (Retd) and Wg. Cdr P. Avasti (Retd).

12:24 (IST)23 Nov 2020
WATCH: CBI raids underway at former minister Roshan Baig’s Bengaluru house

Day after his arrest in the IMA scam case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials raided the residence of ex-minister Roshan Baig in Bengaluru on Monday morning.

According to CBI sources, a search is underway at the Bengaluru residence of Roshan Baig.

The CBI Sunday night arrested former Karnataka minister Roshan Baig, who shifted allegiance from the Congress to the BJP last year, in connection with the Rs 4,000-crore I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Group ponzi scheme in which he is alleged to have received several crores of swindled funds.

Baig, who was arrested after over seven hours of questioning, was produced at the home of a special CBI judge, who remanded him in 14 days’ judicial custody.

More than 40,000 investors, mostly from the Muslim community, were duped of their savings to the tune of Rs 4,000 crore by the ponzi scheme operated by the IMA Group of arrested businessman Mohammed Mansoor Khan.

12:06 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Now, Mysuru to Mangaluru in an hour, flight services to begin from Dec 10

Now, travelling between Mysuru and Mangaluru will take just an hour, courtesy the much-awaited direct flight operations between the key Karnataka cities scheduled to begin from December 10.

The new flight will be operated Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays initially, and will be operated by Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India Ltd. According to officials, the flight’s services might be extended as daily services if a good demand is observed.

As per the schedule, flight 9I 532 will depart from Mysuru at 11.15 am and will reach Mangaluru at 12.15 pm. In its return journey, flight 9I 533 will take off from Mangaluru at 12.40 pm to land in Mysuru at 1.40 pm.

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12:05 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Mangaluru: Sand lorries asked to install GPS

Dakshina Kannada district administration directed lorry owners transporting sand to compulsorily use global positioning system (GPS), and activate GPS, if it already installed on vehicles.

Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada Dr KV Rajendra has ordered all vehicles involved in movement of sand in the district to install GPS systems in them.

According to order, the GPS system must be installed from the agencies listed by the Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Limited and after post-installation documents must be submitted to the Director of Mines and Geology at Mallikatte in Mangaluru.

Meanwhile, the DC order also said that all vehicle owners involved in moving sand must install and register their vehicles in the ‘Sand Bazar’ app.’

11:29 (IST)23 Nov 2020
First leg of Kochi-Bengaluru GAIL pipeline to be ready by Jan 2021

The much-delayed Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline project is finally ready for commissioning as GAIL India has completed the final 540-metre stretch across the Chandragiri River In northern Kerala and is hopeful of completing the first leg of the Kochi-Bengaluru line in January, a senior company official said.

The first leg of the 620-kilometre-long Kochi-Bengaluru gas pipeline begins from Kuttanad in Palakkad and extends up to Valayar, which is on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The work on this 95-km line is progressing at a frenetic pace, the official said.

The 444-km-long natural gas pipeline was launched in 2009 at an estimated cost of Rs 2,915 crore and was to be commissioned in 2014.

The Kochi-Bengaluru line was also announced along with the Kochi-Mangalore line that is now awaiting official commissioning. The project was initially expected to cost Rs 2,500 crore but the cost is set to escalate due to the delays and after the management agreed to pay higher compensation.

11:08 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: BMTC to offer self-defence training for women employees

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), which operates public bus services in the Karnataka capital, has decided to offer self-defence training to its women staff in a bid to empower them to be “custodians of their own safety.”

As per a BMTC statement, practical training will be given to its women employees in karate, judo, and martial arts while the entire employee force will be offered classes on gender sensitisation, self-assertiveness, legal knowledge, counselling skills, and public speaking.

“There are instances where women staff of BMTC who work as conductors and security personnel are also at the receiving end of such unacceptable behaviour from commuters as well as from their male colleagues,” the statement read.

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10:04 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Karnataka KARTET result 2019 released, here’s how to check

The Centralised Admission Cell (CAC) has declared the result for Karnataka Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) 2019. The result is available on the official website, schooleducation.kar.nic.in. A total of 47,077 had applied to appear for paper 1, and 1.69 lakh for paper 2, the exams were conducted on October 4 in 604 centres across the state.

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09:35 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Colleges may be shut if coronavirus cases rise: Karnataka Health Minister

Barely six days after the degree and engineering colleges were reopened in the state, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Sunday said they may be shut again if the coronavirus cases go up. The degree, engineering and diploma colleges were reopened on November 17 after eight months of closure due to coronavirus-induced lockdown. Under the circumstances, reports emerged that at least 130 students got infected by COVID-19.

“If the cases go up, then, as you have said in your (media) reports, we will have to go for a shutdown once again. There is no alternative,” Sudhakar told reporters in Dharwad while responding to queries about the rising coronavirus cases among students. The Minister’s statement came ahead of Karnataka government’s crucial meeting on Monday to decide reopening of schools. Sudhakar conceded that the schools have not been reopened yet in the state for the fear of coronavirus.

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09:34 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Karnataka: Decision on reopening of schools to be taken on November 23

The Karnataka government would decide on reopening of schools in the state on Monday, sources in the Education Department said. A meeting to this effect is likely between Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, officials of the education, health and social welfare departments.

“The opinion of the parents, teachers and students has been collected from various parts of the state on the reopening of schools and has been documented in the form of a report which will be presented before the Chief Minister and others on November 23,” said sources in the education department said on Sunday.

The schools and colleges were shut since the coronavirus-induced lockdown in March and were not opened yet. Besides the opposition parties, there is a section of MLAs in the ruling BJP unwilling to reopen the educational institutions. Recently, the degree, engineering and diploma colleges reopened with an option that students can attend online classes as well. From December 1, the medical, dental, nursing and AYUSH colleges would reopen.

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09:30 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Fake Aadhaar, Facebook account: how gang posed as cops, targeted contacts

On September 15, a senior IPS officer in Karnataka, P Harishekharan, filed a complaint with a CID cyber crime police station in Bengaluru, saying somebody had created a fake Facebook profile with his name and photographs and was seeking funds from his friends.

A day later, CID Deputy Superintendent of Police M H Nagthe lodged a similar complaint.

On October 5, another DSP in the CID, Prakash Rathod, lodged a complaint saying a friend of his friend had donated money after being approached by a fake Facebook account in the DSP’s name.

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IMA fraud: Congress' Roshan Baig detained by SIT en route Mumbai to join rebel MLAs Former Congress minister R Roshan Baig. (Twitter @rroshanbaig)

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Sunday night arrested former Karnataka minister Roshan Baig, who shifted allegiance from the Congress to the BJP last year, in connection with the Rs 4,000-crore I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Group ponzi scheme in which he is alleged to have received several crores of swindled funds.

READ | CBI arrests former Karnataka Minister Roshan Baig in IMA ponzi scam

At the same time, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), which operates public bus services in the Karnataka capital, has decided to offer self-defence training to its women staff in a bid to empower them to be “custodians of their own safety.”

READ | Bengaluru: BMTC to offer self-defence training for women employees

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