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Karnataka Bengaluru August 5 Highlights: Discontent in BJP as aspirants voice displeasure on new state cabinet

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News August 5 Highlights: Thirteen districts - Mysuru, Kalaburagi, Ramanagara, Kodagu, Raichur, Hassan, Vijayapura, Ballari, Davangere, Kolar, Yadgir, Chikkamagaluru and Chamarajanagara have not got any representation in the cabinet.

Written by Ralph Alex Arakal | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 6, 2021 11:32:56 am
Basavaraj Bommai, Karnataka CabinetChief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot along with the 29-member Karnataka Cabinet after the oath-taking ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.

Karnataka Bangalore News August 5 Highlights: Discontent seems to be brewing within the ruling BJP in Karnataka, with Ministerial aspirants who could not make it to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s cabinet and their supporters openly expressing their displeasure and also several districts not getting any representation.

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Thirteen districts – Mysuru, Kalaburagi, Ramanagara, Kodagu, Raichur, Hassan, Vijayapura, Ballari, Davangere, Kolar, Yadgir, Chikkamagaluru and Chamarajanagara have not got any representation in the cabinet.

Also, a couple of Ministers who were part of the previous B S Yediyurappa cabinet, but could not make it to Bommai’s Ministry have expressed their discontent. Former Ministers who didn’t make it to the new cabinet include Jagadish Shettar (who had opted out of the Ministry citing seniority as a former CM), Suresh Kumar, Laxman Savadi, Arvind Limbavali, C P Yogeshwar, Shrimant Patil and R Shankar. (PTI)

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15:13 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Kerala CM flays Karnataka's travel curbs on passengers from the state

Days after Karnataka imposed travel restrictions on persons from Kerala in view of the COVID situation, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday said the fresh curbs were against the directive of the Centre in this regard.

As per the order issued by the Union Home Ministry, states should not impose travel curbs closing their borders, he said. "The Karnataka government has imposed the new restrictions against the Central government's directive," he told the Kerala state Assembly.

Replying to a submission by legislator A K M Ashraf (IUML), he said steps have been taken to ensure that the curbs are not causing any difficulty to the people of the state who are travelling to the neighbouring state for various purposes.

The state DGP Anil Kant had already contacted his counterpart in Karnataka who ensured that necessary action would be taken in this regard. Detailing the restrictions imposed by the Karnataka, the Chief Minister said an RT-PCR COVID negative certificate, taken within 72 hours, has been made mandatory for commuters from Kerala by the Karnataka government.

“The officials of that state had tightened inspection at the border check post in Thalappady in this regard from August 2. The state police was giving special attention to ensure that the curbs were causing no inconvenience to those going for treatment in hospitals in Karnataka and those belonging to the essential service sector, he said.

14:30 (IST)05 Aug 2021
ED raids former Karnataka minister Baig’s premises in Rs 4,000 crore IMA scam case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Thursday raided multiple properties owned by former Karnataka minister R Roshan Baig in Bengaluru in connection with the Rs 4,000 crore I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Group ponzi scam.

This comes after the Karnataka High Court recently ordered seizure of Baig’s immovable assets. The former Congress MLA is currently out on bail after he was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in this case.

Baig was among the 16 Congress and JD(S) MLAs who switched allegiance to BJP in 2019. However, he was not given membership by the saffron brigade and soon after coming to power, BJP handed over the IMA scam to the CBI in August 2019.

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12:27 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Karnataka among 8 states with high Covid R-value

With an R-value of 1.2, Karnataka is among the eight states and UTs in the country the R-value has risen above 1, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has noted.

R-value estimates the number of people that an infected person is transmitting the disease to, on an average. A value of 1 means every infected person, on an average, is transmitting the disease to one more person. A value greater than 1, therefore, means the pandemic is in an ascendant phase, and that cases will rise.

The Centre said the fact that the R-value rising beyond 1 is “truly a cause of concern”, and indicated the possibility of a further rise in cases in the coming days.

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12:24 (IST)05 Aug 2021
WATCH | Tamil Nadu BJP President begins hunger strike against Mekedatu project
12:06 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Karnataka reports 1,769 cases, 30 deaths

Karnataka Wednesday reported 1,769 new Covid-19 cases and 30 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29.11 lakh and the toll to 36,680.

The day also saw 1,714 discharges as the total number recoveries in the state so far rose to 28,50,717. Meanwhile, Bengaluru Urban reported 411 new cases, as the city also saw 688 discharges, the health department said in a bulletin.

The total number of active cases in the state stands at 24,305. While the positivity rate stood at 1.04% per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.69 per cent on Wednesday. Districts that reported the most related fatalities were Dakshina Kannada (6), Bengaluru, Urban, and Mysuru (4 each).

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11:53 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Karnataka CM Bommai says will implement Mekedatu project

Responding to Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai holding a protest to pressure the Karnataka government not to construct the dam at Mekedatu, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday morning said that the government will not compromise regarding the Mekedatu dam project.

“During the water distress this project is very useful for both the states, whoever is protesting there (Tamil Nadu) it is for doing politics. We have already prepared a Detailed project report (DPR) and submitted it to Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat recently and I have confidence that the DPR will be approved by the centre and the project will be taken up soon.”

11:09 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Dakshina Kannada: All members of family to be tested for Covid-19 if hosting Kerala visitors

In a proactive measure taken by the local administration to enhance Covid-19 surveillance at Dakshina Kannada’s Puttur taluk, officials have clarified that all members of the family would be subjected to Covid-19 testing if they were hosting guests arriving from neighbouring Kerala.

“This is being done to keep a close tab on the Covid cases in the taluk. The entire family will be tested for Covid-19 if they are visited by friends or relatives from Kerala,” Puttur tahsildar Ramesh Babu said.

Officials added that the move comes after the administration noted a considerable number of Kerala-registered vehicles plying through their roads on a regular basis.

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10:48 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Karnataka cabinet formation: BJP ‘keeps promise’ to induct Cong-JD(S) defectors for second time

It has been over two years since the BJP came to power in Karnataka following 17 MLAs from the Congress-JD(S) camp switching sides to favour them. However, the saffron party seems to be “keeping its promise” by inducting a majority to the cabinet governing the state. The trend that began with the Yediyurappa-led cabinet has continued even as Basavaraj Bommai took over.

Except for Shrimant Patil, R Shankar and Ramesh Jarkiholi who were made ministers in the previous Yediyurappa-led cabinet, as many as 10 legislators of the turncoats camp made it to the newly formed Bommai cabinet with N Munirathna featuring among the six fresh faces in the cabinet.

Termed “migrants” by those in the political circles, the legislators who defected from the Congress and the JD(S) and have found a place in the newly formed cabinet include Shivaram Hebbar, Byrathi Basavaraj, K Sudhakar, B C Patil, N Munirathna, M T B Nagaraj, S T Somasekhar, K C Narayana Gowda, K Gopalaiah, and Anand Singh.

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10:06 (IST)05 Aug 2021
New Karnataka cabinet decides to review floods, Covid-19 situation; secretariat for ST welfare soon

In its first meeting held hours after 29 more ministers took the oath to join the Basavaraj Bommai-led government in Karnataka, the cabinet stressed the need to review the situation pertaining to floods and Covid-19 in various parts of the state.

“All ministers will be assigned a respective district after which they will review the Covid-19 and flood situation across the state. The ministers will also be asked to submit a detailed report to enable the government to take the right remedial measures, also seeking additional relief assistance, if needed, to resolve issues faced by the people,” CM Bommai said.

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09:56 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Bengaluru: BBMP launches serosurvey to determine Covid-19 immunity

BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta Wednesday launched a serosurvey, conducted by the local civic body governing the Karnataka capital.

As per the plan, 2,000 people will be surveyed of which 30 per cent will be under the age of 18, 50 per cent aged 18-45 and 20 per cent aged above 45 years. Blood samples of 1,000 vaccinated individuals and 1,000 non-vaccinated individuals will be collected for the survey, officials said.

“Blood serum sample and throat swab will be collected from individuals identified through door-to-door survey conducted by BBMP’s ANMs (Auxiliary nurse midwives), ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist)workers and laboratory technicians. The serum sample will be tested at a laboratory while the swab will be tested using the RT-PCR method,” Gupta explained.

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09:56 (IST)05 Aug 2021
ED raids underway at former minister Roshan Baig’s Bengaluru house

Enforcement Directorate(ED)  raided former Karnataka minister R Roshan Baig’s house in Bengaluru on Thursday morning.

He is an accused in the multi-crore I Monetary Advisory (IMA) scam.  Recently, the Karnataka high court ordered seizure of his immovable assets. 

Baig had quit Congress hoping to join BJP, two years ago, but BJP refused to take him to the party. 

Recently, the Karnataka government provisionally attached the immovable and movable properties of  Roshan Baig, under the Karnataka Protection of Interest of Depositors in Financial Establishment Act.

09:42 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Parts of Bengaluru to face power outage from tomorrow

There will be disruption in power supply in some parts of Bengaluru between 10 am and 5 pm on August 6 due to scheduled maintenance work at Bannerghatta Road, according to Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM). 

According to BESCOM officials, the areas which will be affected are Gollahalli, Jalli Machine, Kalkere, Laxmipura, Sakalavara, Hullahalli, Chinnappana Palya, CK Palya, PSPB School, Tulip Gate and Hullukasavanahalli village.

Power supply will also be affected between 9 am and 5 pm on August 7 and 8 due to work in Dommasandra. Areas that will be experience disruption are Dommasandra, Katriguppe, TC Halli, Neriga, Janthagondanahalli, Nekkundi, Halasahalli, Ramanayakanahalli, Kommasandra, Thippasandra, Gonigattapura, Chikkanahalli, Dasarahalli, Kuguru, Madanahalli, Kammanahalli, Chambenahalli, Kallahalli, Ittanguru, Sompura, Chambenahalli Main Road to Sarjapur Main Road, Chowdadenahalli Circle to Sompura, Trinity, Kristal Confident, Kuthaganahalli, Doddathimmasandra, Kugur, Madappanahalli, Banahalli, Adithya Homes and surrounding places.

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09:26 (IST)05 Aug 2021
BBMP Chief instructs trade associations to follow Covid appropriate behaviour

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta has instructed the trade associations to follow Covid appropriate behaviour at all costs in Bengaluru. 

Speaking at a virtual meeting, he said that the Government has unlocked the city to facilitate all business activities to take place. However, Covid protocols are not being followed in many business areas. All merchants in areas where commercial activities take place in the city must strictly follow Covid guidelines, he said. The staff at the shops and customers must wear masks and follow social distance. The shops must also have sanitiser, he added. 

If Covid guidelines are not followed, marshals, home guards and police officers will visit the site in question and impose a fine, he warned. He instructed all the traders to comply with Covid appropriate behaviour.

He added that the staff must be regularly tested for Covid. In case of symptoms, a Covid test must be immediately conducted. Everyone must be vaccinated, he said and added that those who have not been administered the vaccine yet must visit the nearest primary health centre for the same.

09:25 (IST)05 Aug 2021
2 held by Bengaluru CCB police for illegally possessing red sanders worth Rs 4.5 crore

Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Thursday morning, arrested two persons for allegedly illegally possessing nine tons of red sanders worth Rs 4.5 crores. 

According to Joint Commissioner of Police, Sandeep Patil, further investigations are underway.

09:21 (IST)05 Aug 2021
COVID-19: Bengaluru extends night curfew, invokes Sec 144

The Bengaluru Police  extended the night curfew and invoked section 144(1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in the city until August 16 to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the city.

The order stated that night curfew has been extended from 10pm to 6am until August 16.

Section 144(1) of CrPC prohibits assembly of four or more people in public places and restricts activities other than allowing shops and malls to remain open,  according to Bengaluru police. 

Karnataka reported 1,769 new cases on Wednesday, taking the active caseload to 24,305. Bengaluru reported 411 new infections, taking its active cases to 8,705.

09:02 (IST)05 Aug 2021
BBMP Chief Commissioner holds meeting with RWAs

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said that Bengaluru has less than 1% Covid positivity rate with around 400 cases every day. However, there is a risk of cases increasing as the virus is spreading in the neighbouring states. In this regard, Covid guidelines must be followed without fail in all apartments, he said.

He was speaking at a virtual meeting with Resident Welfare Associations, from the BBMP Headquarters. More number of Covid cases are being detected at few apartments in the city, he noted and added that this must be controlled by mandatorily following the Covid appropriate behaviour. One must immediately be isolated as soon as the infection is detected. In addition, the primary, secondary contacts and the neighbours should be tested and isolated, he said.

All RWAs must comply with Covid rules in case of any social event being held in their apartments and party halls. He advised people to stop participating in social events as much as possible, maintaining a social distance, and wear masks compulsorily to curb the spread of the virus. Precautionary measures must be taken at common areas of the apartments and gyms, he added.

08:59 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Nitin Gadkari meets former PM Devegowda, discusses various highway projects in Karnataka

Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) leader H D Devegowda called in Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari for discussing various national highway projects in Karnataka. 

Former Prime Minister appealed to him to upgrade the State highway connecting Channarayapatna in Hassan district and Makutta on the Karnataka-Kerala border, a national highway. The road passes through Holenarsipur, Arkalgud, Kodlipet, Madikeri and Virajpet.

Deve Gowda said the road provides connectivity to various tourist destinations including Madikeri, Abbey Falls, Talacauvery, and Bhagamandala. Development of the highway would also ease the connectivity to Kannur international airport from Kodagu and Hassan districts.

08:48 (IST)05 Aug 2021
WATCH | IT dept conducts search at properties of Congress MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan
08:46 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Bihar, Karnataka expand diagnosis of Covid death: lung, clinical evidence

Many states have noted a surge in their registered deaths in the months of April and May, the two months worst hit by the brutal second Covid wave, but most of them are yet to draw up any concerted plan to investigate how much of the surge is because of Covid.

The Indian Express, in the first part of this series, reported Wednesday that the cumulative all-cause deaths during April and May 2021 of eight states — Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Jharkhand and Bihar — was 1.87 times the April-May 2019 all-cause deaths (2019 chosen for comparison, it being a non-pandemic year).

Only two states, Bihar and Karnataka, seem to have acknowledged this unusual increase. Factoring in their official Covid death toll for these two months in 2021 — 3,587 in Bihar and 16,504 in Karnataka — their multiplier works out to 2.03 times in Bihar and 1.37 times in Karnataka.

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08:38 (IST)05 Aug 2021
Karnataka minister takes oath in traditional Lambani attire; find out about the community

Staying true to your roots by representing your culture on any national and international stage — by wearing traditional attire — is an interesting concept. Not only does it suggest familiarity, it also indicates kinship and support, especially if you are in politics.

So, when three-time MLA from Bidar district Prabhu Bhamla Chavan of BJP took oath as minister wearing the traditional attire of the Lambani community, it made for an interesting sight.

The minister wore an embroidered traditional attire, which is synonymous with the tribal community. While women traditionally wear brilliant and bright shades of red, yellow, blue, green, orange, etc., men are seen in intricately-designed turbans, and waistcoats or waist jackets with heavy mirror-work.

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It has been over two years since the BJP came to power in Karnataka following 17 MLAs from the Congress-JD(S) camp switching sides to favour them. However, the saffron party seems to be “keeping its promise” by inducting a majority to the cabinet governing the state. The trend that began with the Yediyurappa-led cabinet has continued even as Basavaraj Bommai took over.

READ | Karnataka cabinet formation: BJP ‘keeps promise’ to induct Cong-JD(S) defectors for second time

BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta Wednesday launched a serosurvey, conducted by the local civic body governing the Karnataka capital. As per the plan, 2,000 people will be surveyed of which 30 per cent will be under the age of 18, 50 per cent aged 18-45 and 20 per cent aged above 45 years. Blood samples of 1,000 vaccinated individuals and 1,000 non-vaccinated individuals will be collected for the survey, officials said.

READ | Bengaluru: BBMP launches serosurvey to determine Covid-19 immunity

Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp - +91 97777 77684, Voice call - 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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