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Karnataka Bengaluru August 2 Highlights: CM Bommai to consult with BJP central leadership on cabinet expansion

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News August 2 Highlights: Those who quit Congress and the JD(S) have been demanding a ministerial berth, saying their 'sacrifice' in 2019 had helped install the BJP government in Karnataka.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 3, 2021 8:09:52 am
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Karnataka Bangalore News August 2 Highlights: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai left for Delhi on Sunday to hold consultations with the BJP central leadership on expansion of his cabinet. “Most probably there is a meeting tomorrow. I will meet our party president J P Nadda,” Bommai told reporters before leaving for the national capital by a flight.

Earlier in the day, he said the cabinet expansion exercise may not take a week’s time and a direction from the leadership was likely by Monday. Meanwhile, many ministerial aspirants called on Bommai and raised the pitch for a cabinet berth. Those who quit Congress and the JD(S) have been demanding a ministerial berth, saying their ‘sacrifice’ in 2019 had helped install the BJP government in Karnataka.

Meanwhile, IAS officer V Ponnuraj has been appointed as the secretary to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai replacing Dr S Selvakumar. A notification to this effect was issued on Sunday. Ponnuraj will also be placed on concurrent charge as the managing director of the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited. (PTI)

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19:42 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Karnataka: 1,285 new Covid-19 cases, 25 deaths in last 24 hours

Karnataka on Monday reported 1,285 new Covid-19 cases and 25 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29.07 lakh and the toll to 36,612.

The day also saw 1,383 discharges, as it outnumbered the fresh cases in a reversed trend noted in the last few days. The total number of recoveries in the state so far has increased to 28,47,627.

Meanwhile Bengaluru Urban reported 290 new cases, as the city saw 168 discharges and five deaths, the health department said in a bulletin.

The total number of active cases in the state is 24,021. While the positivity rate stood at 0.96% per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.94 per cent. Districts that reported most related fatalities apart from Bengaluru Urban were Dakshina Kannada, and Mysuru (4 each). 

19:13 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Karnataka recorded most suicides due to unemployment in 2019: NCRB data

Karnataka registered the highest number of suicides due to unemployment in 2019,  National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data indicates. As per the data, 553 such cases were reported in 2019 alone with Maharashtra (452) and Tamil Nadu (251) reporting most cases among all states and union territories in India. 

NCRB records state that 2,851 people died by suicide due to unemployment in the country in 2019. Suicide cases registered due to unemployment have increased by 24 per cent from 2016 to 2019, according to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data. The NCRB records state that 2,851 people died by suicide due to unemployment in the country in 2019. The corresponding figure for 2016 was 2,298.


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14:50 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Bengaluru: BBMP steps back to basics to contain possible Covid surge

With new Covid-19 cases seeing a gradual uptick again in the Karnataka capital after nearly two months, the local civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has chosen to get back to the basics of containing the pandemic, with a focus on enhanced testing and tracing.

The move comes in the wake of Bengaluru reporting above 400 cases daily since July 29. The city has recorded 426, 450, and 409 cases on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively, as per the statistics issued by the Health Department.

In anticipation of the rise in cases, BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta had instructed officials to take precautionary measures and to intensify the Covid-19 testing and contact tracing process in areas reporting more cases in the city. “Officials have been asked to carry out testing, tracing, and vaccination in an enhanced manner at clusters with more infection,” he said.

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14:18 (IST)02 Aug 2021
IN PICS | CM Bommai meets BL Santhosh

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai met BJP general secretary BL Santhosh in New Delhi ahead of his meeting with BJP president JP Nadda on Monday evening.

13:25 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Karnataka cabinet formation: CM Bommai to meet BJP High Command this evening

Tasked with finalising names to be included in his cabinet, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is expected to meet the BJP high command on Monday evening. 'The names for the cabinet will be decided this evening or latest by tomorrow morning. Swearing-in will take place either on Wednesday or Thursday,' Bommai said in Delhi. 

He added that he was trying to meet Home Minister Amit Shah at the parliament later this afternoon.

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11:58 (IST)02 Aug 2021
BBMP seals apartment door in BTM layout

After Covid-19 cases are on the rise in several parts of Bengaluru, BBMP is aggressively implementing containment measures.

Meanwhile, BBMP officials in at least one instance ended up sealing the front door of a house with caution tape in an apartment complex in BTM Layout. 

According to BBMP officials, a team led by a doctor sealed the flat on Bannerghatta Road on Sunday morning after Covid tests were carried out on the premises.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Randeep D, special commissioner (health), BBMP, said that the officials have been directed to remove the tape from the flat door and place it at the gate. " Usually the protocol is to put caution tape on the entrance of the floor or the gate of a building where covid positive cases have been reported, " he added.

11:42 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Karnataka govt initiates process to ensure all vehicles in state have high-security number plates

The Karnataka Transport Department is in the process of ensuring that high-security number plates (HSRP) are fitted to the vehicles that were registered in the state before April 1, 2019. Vehicles registered since then were fitted with tamper-proof HSRPs to stop counterfeiting.

To help them execute the plan, they have already floated a tender to select an agency.

An HSRP has a chromium-based hologram which is applied by hot stamping on the number plates both at the front and back, besides laser-branding of a permanent identification number.

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11:15 (IST)02 Aug 2021
IN PICS | Siddaramaiah visits flood-hit Karwar

Karnataka Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah Monday visited areas in Karwar hit by floods that took place over the last fortnight. According to a preliminary loss and damage report submitted by the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNMDC) to the government, as many as 128 villages in 12 taluks of Uttara Kannada district have been affected so far, affecting 21,136 people.

10:48 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Karnataka floods: CM Bommai requests Amit Shah to send central team to assess damage

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Sunday said he has requested Union Home Minister Amit Shah to designate a central team to assess damages inflicted by the floods in at least 13 districts in the state so far.

“I have written to the (Union) Home Minister to send a central team to Karnataka to assess the damages caused by the floods for the last few days,” Bommai said after reviewing the situation across the state on Sunday.

Despite rains receding over the last few days, the flood situation in Krishna basin districts has remained grim with villages and agricultural lands remaining inundated due to heavy discharge from reservoirs and swollen rivers.

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10:00 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Karnataka: Active caseloads nears 25k yet again

Karnataka recorded 1,875 new cases, 25 deaths and 1,502 new recoveries on Sunday. The state had been reporting more recoveries than cases on a daily basis since mid-May when the effect of the second wave subsided.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru Urban reported 409 new cases and four other districts recorded over a hundred cases each. These include Dakshina Kannada (410), Udupi (162), Mysuru (146) and Hassan (108).

With 25 more fatalities linked to the pandemic by the Department of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday, the total toll rose to 36,587. Districts that reported the most Covid-19 deaths were Bengaluru Urban (8) and Dakshina Kannada (6).

09:54 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Bengaluru to have 4 cycling tracks soon, says Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the government will build cycling tracks in all four directions of the city to encourage the cycling enthusiasts.

After flagging off the "Cheer India" cyclothon in support of the Indian Olympic sports stars in Bengaluru on Sunday, Bommai said, "Our young cycling enthusiasts had submitted a memorandum to the state government to build a cycling track in the upcoming Shivaram Karanth Layout, but I feel that such cycling tracks are the need of the hour in all four directions of the city. "

The "Cheer India" cyclothon organised by the BJP Yuva Morcha also witnessed the presence of former Union Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Bangalore South MP and National BJP Yuva Morcha President Tejasvi Surya and former Minister, K. Sudhakar.

09:47 (IST)02 Aug 2021
All Covid test results should be uploaded on ICMR portal: BBMP

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Sunday issued an order directing all labs and private hospitals in the city to upload Covid-19 test results on the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) portal without fail.

According to BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta, it was observed that some labs and hospitals in the Karnataka capital were informing the patients directly about the test results but failing to keep the authorities in the loop.

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09:20 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Siddaramaiah seeks early formation of Cabinet

Former chief minister Siddaramaiah, said that the BJP government should get their act together and form the cabinet soon. 

“The cabinet has not been formed as yet and it should happen soon,” Siddaramaiah who is also leader of the opposition in Karnataka said. 

He said earlier that delay in allowing former chief minister BS Yediyurappa in forming his cabinet for nearly two months had affected the functioning of the government. “No MLA is going to their constituencies, they are sitting in Bengaluru and fighting for the chair,” Siddaramaiah added.

09:19 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Bengaluru: Police continue crackdown on rowdy gangs, raids underway

The Bengaluru City Police, on the third consecutive day, continued raids and searches conducted at the residences of over 200 habitual offenders and rowdies in the city, on Monday itself. 

The exercise that began on Saturday, according to the police, is in the wake of several daylight murders and other criminal activities that have been taking place in the city since the past few days. 

"FIRs are being registered under relevant sections of the NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) and Arms Acts. We have found many habitual offenders to be under the influence of drugs while raids were conducted. Lethal weapons such as swords, daggers, and machetes, have also been recovered from several houses," an officer said.

08:56 (IST)02 Aug 2021
BBMP orders owners to muzzle or leash their dogs inside lake premises

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), issued an order stated that owners should muzzle or leash their dogs inside lake premises. 

In the order by the Special Commissioner B Reddy Sankar Babu, states that pet owners should muzzle or leash their dogs inside the lake premises, and the canine should be compulsorily vaccinated for rabies. 

Thr order further said that owners may have to show the vaccination certificates to authorities and also pay a fine of Rs 500 if the pet poops inside the premise.

08:46 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Bengaluru: At least 10 wards reported over 50 cases each in last 10 days

With new Covid-19 cases seeing a gradual uptick again in Bengaluru after nearly two months, Bengaluru has been reporting above 400 cases since July 29.

The Karnataka capital has recorded 426, 450 and 409 cases on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively, as per statistics issued by the state health department.

Meanwhile, BBMP has stated that Begur (Ward 192) has reported over 100 new cases in the last 10 days.

As many as nine other wards — Bellandur, RR Nagar, Sanjaynagar, Varthur, Hagadur, Kadugodi, Hoodi, Basavanapura, Horamavu — have reported between 50 to 100 cases during the same time.

08:34 (IST)02 Aug 2021
CM Bommai to convene all-party meet on Mekedatu issue soon

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that he would convene an all-party meet in a few days on the Mekedatu dam issue. 

"In the coming days I will convene an all-party meet. When it comes to the land and water related issues, all political parties become one. We will take everyone along and proceed further," he said. 

The Rs 9,000 crore Mekedatu balancing reservoir and drinking water project across the Cauvery river in Ramanagara district aims at utilising 4.75 TMC of water for drinking purposes in Bengaluru and neighbouring areas, besides generating 400 MW power.

However, Tamil Nadu is opposed to it, saying that it will hamper the interests of the state and deprive its farmers of water for irrigation purposes.

08:30 (IST)02 Aug 2021
V Ponnuraj is CM Bommai's new secretary

Ahead of his cabinet taking shape, new Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai has got his Secretariat reshuffled with V Ponnuraj IAS appointed as his Secretary. An IAS officer from the Karnataka batch of 2000, Ponnuraj had earlier worked for a brief period as private secretary to D V Sadananda Gowda when he was Union Minister for Law and Justice in the first Modi-led cabinet. 

According to an official notification issued on Sunday, Ponnuraj will also be in concurrent change as MD of Karnataka Power Corporation Limited, where he is appointed at present. 

Further, as many as 19 officials were either relieved or sent back to their original departments. Among them were former CM Yediyurappa's political secretary K Rajappa, media adviser K M Sunil, media coordinator S Shantharam and adviser M Lakshminarayan. 

S Selvakumar, who was Yediyurappa's secretary, has now been transferred as the Secretary of the Department of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood.

08:20 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Bengaluru: Physical triage mandatory for all Covid patients, BBMP directs

With the number of new Covid-19 cases on the rise in the city again, the local body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has made physical triage mandatory for anyone who tests positive allowing no exceptions. 

This comes in the wake of a few Covid-19 patients denying physical triage in the last few weeks, officials indicated. According to BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta, action will be initiated under Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Ordinance (2020), and Disaster Management Act (2005). An order mentioning the same was also issued on Sunday. 

Earlier, during the latter end of the pandemic's second wave, the local body had established physical triage centres at the assembly constituency level while mobile triage units were set up at the ward level and primary health centre level, in a bid to facilitate timely physical triage.

08:15 (IST)02 Aug 2021
Karnataka cabinet expansion: Centre's directions likely today

Nearly a week since new Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai took oath as B S Yediyurappa's successor, the much-anticipated formation of his state cabinet is likely to begin formation from Monday. 

Bommai said that he was awaiting direction from the BJP high command and that the process would be completed in a week. Responding to a query on when he was expecting the orders from his higher-ups in the party's central leadership, Bommai said on Sunday, "I expect it today or tomorrow."

Lobbying for the plum posts, including the Deputy Chief Minister designation, has been intense since Yediyurappa resigned last Monday with a few leaders visiting and staying put in the national capital airing their demands to the party leadership as well.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Sunday said he has requested Union Home Minister Amit Shah to designate a central team to assess damages inflicted by the floods in at least 13 districts in the state so far. Despite rains receding over the last few days, the flood situation in Krishna basin districts has remained grim with villages and agricultural lands remaining inundated due to heavy discharge from reservoirs and swollen rivers.

READ | Karnataka floods: CM Bommai requests Amit Shah to send central team to assess damage

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Sunday issued an order directing all labs and private hospitals in the city to upload Covid-19 test results on the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) portal without fail. According to BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta, it was observed that some labs and hospitals in the Karnataka capital were informing the patients directly about the test results but failing to keep the authorities in the loop.

READ | All Covid test results should be uploaded on ICMR portal: BBMP

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