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Karnataka Bengaluru News Highlights: Daily new Covid cases cross 50,000 in Karnataka

The Karnataka government decided to lift the weekend curfew that was in place with an aim to control the spread of Covid-19 infections.

Written by Kiran Parashar , Darshan Devaiah BP , Aksheev Thakur | Bengaluru |
Updated: January 24, 2022 10:18:52 am
The active cases in the state are 3,57,796 and in Bangalore are 2,31,000.

Bangalore Highlights: Karnataka reported 50,210 new Covid-19 cases, out of which 26,299 were recorded in Bangalore, and 19 deaths, nine in Bangalore, on Sunday. With 22,842 discharges, the positivity rate on Sunday stood at 22.77 per cent. The active cases in the state are 3,57,796 and in Bangalore are 2,31,000.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai on Sunday offered tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary.

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An all-party meeting would be convened in Karnataka to discuss inter-state water disputes in the first week of February, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said. Speaking to media after a video conference on the disputes, Bommai said that the meeting discussed disputes related to the Krishna, Cauvery river basins and the Mahadayi project which are before the courts. Another video conference would be conducted to discuss all these issues by the end of January.

Meanwhile, as Karnataka marked the first day of no weekend Covid curfew since the third wave of the pandemic, on Saturday, the Health Minister said that the state recorded 42,470 new Covid-19 cases and 26 deaths with a test positivity rate of 19.33%. Bengaluru registered a dip in new cases with 17,266 fresh infections and 6 deaths in the past 24 hours. The state currently has 3,30,447 lakh active cases, the majority of which are from Bengaluru.

In other news, the Karnataka government announced on Friday that it will lift the weekend curfew that was in place with an aim to control the spread of Covid-19 infections. However, the night curfew hours between 10 pm to 5 am every day will continue. The decision may be revised next week depending on the hospitalisation trends. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that vigil is being maintained on hospitalisation of children.

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21:40 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Senior Kannada journalist killed in road accident, CM Bommai condoles death

A senior journalist who worked with a Kannada daily was killed in a freak accident when a truck overturned on him near Town Hall in the city on Sunday afternoon, police said.

Gangadhar Murthy (49) was on his way to his office on his motorbike when the tragedy occurred, police said. They said the truck driver had lost control of the vehicle and crashed against a road divider. The driver fled the spot after the accident.

Murthy was rushed to the Victoria Hospital but he could not be saved. The journalist is survived by his wife and two children.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Home Minister Araga Jnanendra, Large and Medium Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani and Higher Education Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan have condoled Murthy's demise. (PTI)

21:14 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Karnataka CM announces raising 7,500 NCC cadets, govt to bear their training expenses

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said the state government will ensure 7,500 new National Cadet Corps cadets are raised and their training expenses of Rs 12,000 each is borne by it.

He also announced restarting the modernised Government Flying Training School at Jakkur in the city, which has been defunct for the past six years.

During an event to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of eminent freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the Chief Minister expressed concern over the youth not showing interest in the NCC activities these days.

The Chief Minister said he would discuss with the senior IAS officials of the state to raise 75 NCC units in schools. (PTI)

19:28 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Daily new Covid cases cross 50,000 in Karnataka today

Karnataka reported 50,210 new Covid-19 cases, out of which 26,299 were recorded in Bangalore, and 19 deaths, nine in Bangalore, on Sunday. With 22,842 discharges, the positivity rate on Sunday stood at 22.77 per cent. The active cases in the state are 3,57,796 and in Bangalore are 2,31,000. 

19:16 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Tourism department kicks off Heli Tourism project

In order to attract domestic and international tourists to these places, the Karnataka State tourism department has come out with the Heli Tourism project.

Accordingly, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation has entered into MOU with two reputed Helicopter operators, viz. Thumby Aviation Pvt Ltd and Chipsan Aviation Pvt Ltd. The agreement is valid for a period of 5 years.

KSTDC will provide support to the agencies for getting various Govt approvals and permits, certification etc. KSTDC shall also support the agency in tying up with luxury hotels and resorts of the state and getting permission to use Govt owned Helipads. Further promotion of Heli Tourism will be carried out through the Department of Tourism and KSTDC websites and their various social media platforms.

15:51 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Netaji’s statue to be shifted in-front of Vidhana Soudha: Karnataka CM Bommai

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s statue would be shifted to a suitable spot in front of the Vidhana Soudha, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Sunday.

Speaking to media persons after paying floral tributes to Netaji on the occasion of his birth anniversary, Bommai said, the statue which presently is behind the Vidhana Soudha near the western gate should be shifted to a suitable spot befitting the honour he deserved. A decision in this regard would be taken soon. Netaji’s next birth anniversary would be celebrated in front of Vidhana Soudha.

The state government would respond positively to the demands of various organisations which have been working with immense love and commitment for Netaji’s ideals, Bommai said.

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15:49 (IST)23 Jan 2022
2 persons burnt alive as plastic shops catch fire

Two persons in Karnataka were burnt alive after two plastic shops caught fire in Nidagundi in Vijayapura district on late Saturday night. The deceased were identified as Ashol Desnoi (25) and Limbaram Desnoi (35). The incident took place near National Highway 50 near Basavanabagewadi cross.

15:47 (IST)23 Jan 2022
165 new Omicron cases reported in Bengaluru: Health Minister 

Health minister K Sudhakar confirms 165 new cases of Omicron today in Bengaluru taking the overall tally in the State to 931.

11:29 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Karnataka CM offers tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on 125th birth anniversary

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai on Sunday offered tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary.  He also marked the occasion by announcing the shifting of Netaji's statue from inside the Vidhanasoudha premises to in front of Vidhanasoudha building.

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11:24 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Karnataka CM pays floral tribute to Retd. Justice KL Manjunath

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday paid floral tributes to Retired High Court judge justice KL Manjunath.

10:56 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Retd. Justice KL Manjunath dies at 68

Retired Karnataka High Court judge justice KL Manjunath passed away on Saturday late night at his residence after he suffered a heart attack. He was 68 years old. 

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai expressed his condolences over the demise of KL Manjunath.

10:44 (IST)23 Jan 2022
All-party meet in Feb to discuss inter-state water disputes: Karnataka CM

An all-party meeting would be convened in Karnataka to discuss inter-state water disputes in the first week of February, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said.

Speaking to media persons after a video conference on inter-state water disputes with his ministerial colleagues, legal experts and senior counsels who represent the state in the water disputes before the courts, Bommai said Saturday that the meeting discussed disputes related to the Krishna, Cauvery river basins and the Mahadayi project which are before the courts. Another video conference would be conducted to discuss all these issues by the end of January.

“We will discuss with legal counsels, our Water Resources Minister and Law Minister about the progress of the legal fight so far. How we should move ahead. What measures need to be taken to implement the projects in the interest of the state. Some cases are at a crucial stage, so we need to discuss once again with legal experts and leaders of the Opposition. We will formulate our stand after discussing all these issues at an all-party meeting to be held in the first week of February," the chief minister said.

09:51 (IST)23 Jan 2022
Karnataka crosses six crore Covid-19 tests: Health Minister K Sudhakar

Karnataka has conducted more than six crore Covid-19 tests since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020. State Health and Family Welfare Minister K Sudhakar said Karnataka crossed the milestone on Saturday, becoming only the third state in the country to do so.

Congratulating healthcare workers and district administrations for the feat, Sudhakar added that extensive testing has always been a cornerstone in the state’s fight against the pandemic. (Read more here)

22:27 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Karnataka Covid-19 Wrap: Former PM Deve Gowda clinically stable, state witnesses dip in fresh infections

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, who recently tested positive for Covid-19, is clinically stable and has been responding to treatment, Manipal Hospitals said on Saturday.

“The former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda was admitted on January 21 and has been clinically stable since then. His vital parameters are within normal limits and he has been responding to treatment. He is comfortable and attending to his activities from his room. He continues to be closely monitored by our expert specialists,” the statement from the hospital read. Read More

21:10 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Karnataka logs 42,470 new Covid cases, 26 deaths; positivity rate at 19.33%

As Karnataka marks the first day of no weekend Covid curfew since the third wave of the pandemic, the Health Minister on Saturday said that the state recorded 42,470 new Covid-19 cases and 26 deaths with a test positivity rate of 19.33% . Bengaluru registered a dip in new cases with 17,266 fresh infections in the past 24 hours. The state currently has 3,30,447 lakh active cases, the majority of which are from Bengaluru.

20:04 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Lakes of Bengaluru: Kannalli lake turns into toxic waterbody, ‘no funds to develop’, says BBMP

The situation of the Kannalli lake in south Bengaluru is a classic example of how a freshwater lake can turn into a toxic waterbody when the civic agencies fail to intervene in the deterioration due to the inflow of pollutants.

Kannalli is one of six lakes located in the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout which is expected to house around 32,000 residents in the next few years. Read More

19:23 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Bengaluru: Citizens welcome BBMP’s decision to allocate funds to ward committees

Several Bengaluru residents participated in NGO Janaagraha’s webinar titled ‘MyCityMyBudget Phase 2 – Are Ward Committees Using Budget Allocated to Them’ on Saturday.

Notably, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) allotted Rs 60 lakh to each of its 198 ward committees in August 2021. The decision was taken after over 9,000 citizens submitted their response in the #MyCityMyBudget (MCMB) campaign on how ward budgets needed to be spent. Read More

17:36 (IST)22 Jan 2022
All party meeting in February first week to discuss inter-state river water sharing disputes

The Karnataka government will hold an all party meeting in February first week to discuss inter-state river water sharing disputes, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has informed.

17:07 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Engineer robs bank after loss in stock market, arrested

The Bengaluru police have arrested a 28-year-old mechanical engineer for allegedly robbing a bank after he had lost his savings in stock trading. The police have recovered Rs 85.38 lakh worth of gold ornaments and cash from the accused.

The accused is identified as Dhiraj S, a resident of Kamakshipalya in Bengaluru, who worked in a private company. On January 14 around 6 pm, Dhiraj barged into a State Bank of India (SBI) branch at Madiwala wearing a mask. He brandished a knife at the bank staff and robbed Rs 3.76 lakh cash and 1.80 kg gold ornaments. Based on the complaint registered by branch manager Harish N, the police formed a team and identified the accused with the help of CCTV visuals. Read More

16:17 (IST)22 Jan 2022
Devegowda 'clinically stable, attending to his activities,' hospital issues statement

Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) president HD Devegowda who has tested Covid-19 positive is clinically stable and responding to treatment, a statement issued by the Manipal Hospital said. 

He is comfortable and attending to his activities from his room. He is being closely monitired by expert specialists, it added.

14:51 (IST)22 Jan 2022
BMTC ups the number of AC Vajra services

The BMTC has announced that it is increasing the number of air-conditioned vajra services in specific routes. These include the KR Market-Magadi route, Kempegowda bus station-Anekal route, KR Market Harohalli route and Banashankari TTMC-ITPL route. 

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

Covid-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 1533 (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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