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Karnataka Bengaluru December 9 Highlights: Farmers protest outside Bengaluru city railway station

Karnataka Bengaluru Latest News December 9 Highlights: On Tuesday, the BJP government in Karnataka managed to get a land ownership reforms Bill passed in the state legislative council with the support of the opposition JD(S) even as the Congress voted against the Bill.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: December 10, 2020 8:36:52 am
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Karnataka Bengaluru News December 9 Highlights: Farmers from various districts intensified their protests in front of Bengaluru city railway station along with whipping sticks against the Karnataka Legislative Council passing the contended Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

On Tuesday, the BJP government in Karnataka managed to get a land ownership reforms Bill passed in the state legislative council with the support of the opposition JD(S) even as the Congress voted against the Bill.

Few farmers organisation members taking rally towards Vidhana Soudha were stopped by the police to avoid traffic snarls in the city. Meanwhile, Aikya Horata, a coalition of a farmer, labour and Dalit groups, started an indefinite sit-in protest in Bengaluru.

With protesting farmers, labourers and members of other organisations planning to observe roadblocks in the city in a bid to intensify their protests against the Karnataka Legislative Council passing the contended Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2020, traffic in Bengaluru is likely to be affected for the next two days.

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18:34 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Anti-cow slaughter bill tabled in Karnataka Assembly

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa led BJP government in Karnataka tabled the anti-cow slaughter bill in the state Assembly on Wednesday despite opposition from Congress.

The bill known as the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill-2020 seeks a total ban on the slaughter of cows in the state and stringent punishment to those who indulge in smuggling, illegal transportation, atrocities on cows and slaughtering them.

The BJP had passed the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, which was passed in the legislature in 2010 when the BJP was in power but was shelved in 2013 by the Congress after it did not receive the Governor’s assent.

Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chavan tabled the bill, while Congress MLAs led by leader of the opposition Siddaramaiah trooped into the well of the House protesting against the bill. The Congress members alleged that the bill was not discussed for tabling in the Business Advisory Committee meeting.

18:27 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Karnataka slashes rates for Covid-19 tests

In the wake of the fall in costs of reagents used for Covid-19 testing, the Karnataka government Wednesday notified a slash in prices collected by laboratories across the state to test samples.

According to an order issued by Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary (Health & Family Welfare), the revised rates have been decided based on the recommendations made by the State Covid-19 task force.

As per the revised price list, each Covid-19 sample sent by the government to private labs will now be tested for Rs 500, as opposed to the Rs 1200-rate since September 24.  Meanwhile, the ceiling rate for private samples in private laboratories is now being capped at Rs 800 as opposed to the cost of Rs 1600 in place earlier.

18:09 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Will take Covid vaccine; confident on safety, efficacy: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

A certain section of people may be hesitant to take Covid-19 vaccine but not biotechnology industry veteran Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, who said on Wednesday she will get vaccinated though its durability is not known as of now. The Executive Chairperson of Bengaluru-headquartered biotech major Biocon supported the unprecedented speed in taking the vaccine from the development stage to approval process.

"This is an unprecedented pandemic and extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures," Mazumdar-Shaw told PTI in an interview. "I think there is a need for regulatory speed to review and approve".

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17:26 (IST)09 Dec 2020
JD(S) supported BJP to clear land Bill, says Kumaraswamy

Amid accusations of a secret deal between the BJP and the JD(S) after the clearance of the 'controversial' Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Act-2020, JD(S) leader and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said his party has supported the government after it agreed to withdraw some of the 'dangerous' provisions in the law.

The Congress and the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha charged Kumaraswamy with striking a deal with the BJP.

The JD(S), opposed to the said amendment in the monsoon session, supported the Bill in the winter session in the Karnataka Legislative Council where it was held up after being cleared in the Assembly.

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16:39 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Classes to resume for SSLC, PU students after discussions with health department: Education Minister

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar Wednesday said that the decision to resume offline classes for SSLC and second-year PU students will be taken after further discussion with officials of the health department.

The Minister was addressing management representatives of private schools and PU colleges in a meeting held in Vidhana Soudha. He added, "Another meeting will soon be held with the Chief Minister to take a call on these issues, keeping in mind the safety of the students and their academic welfare."

Earlier, the government had decided to hold the decision to reopen schools and PU colleges in December upholding the recommendations made by the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee.

16:31 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Centeraninan freedom fighter HS Doreswamy joins farmers protest

Centeraninan freedom fighter HS Doreswamy on Wednesday joined farmers protesting against the Karnataka Legislative Council passing the contended Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

HS Doreswamy along with farmers and members of Aikya Horata, a coalition of a farmer, labour and Dalit groups burned the bill as a part of the protest.

16:02 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Farmers protest in Bengaluru for second day; CM Yediyurappa asks them to sit and discuss

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa Wednesday appealed to farmers not to protest on Wednesday and asked them to discuss and solve issues with the government.

“I request farmer leaders not to hold protests, yesterday you have done bandh, please cooperate with the government let’s sit and discuss, solve the issues. Our Government and Narendra Modi are doing everything for the welfare of farmers,” he said. Farmers, labourers and members of pro-Kannada organisations are planning to protest in the city in a bid to intensify their protests against the Karnataka Legislative Council passing the contended Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2020

On Tuesday, the BJP government in Karnataka managed to get a land ownership reforms Bill passed in the state legislative council with the support of the opposition JD(S) even as the Congress voted against the Bill.

On Wednesday morning, farmers intensified the protest in the state’s capital. Farmers from various districts arrived in Bengaluru in trains and started protesting in front of Bengaluru railway station.

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13:31 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Farmers' from various district protest in front of Bengaluru railway station

Farmers from various districts intensified their protests in front of Bengaluru city railway station along with whipping sticks against the Karnataka Legislative Council passing the contended Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

On Tuesday, the BJP government in Karnataka managed to get a land ownership reforms Bill passed in the state legislative council with the support of the opposition JD(S) even as the Congress voted against the Bill.

Few farmers organisation members taking rally towards Vidhana Soudha were stopped by the police to avoid traffic snarls in the city. Meanwhile, Aikya Horata, a coalition of a farmer, labour and Dalit groups, started an indefinite sit-in protest in Bengaluru.

The Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2020 had earlier been stalled in the Council despite the legislative assembly – the lower house – clearing it. The Bill sought to remove Sections 79 A, B and C of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961, which restricted farmland purchases only to agriculturists and to those earning below Rs 2 lakh per annum.

13:29 (IST)09 Dec 2020

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13:05 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Karnataka farmers protest: BS Yediyurappa appeals farmers not to protest today

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday appealed to farmers not to protest today. “I request farmer leaders not to hold protests, yesterday you have done bandh, please cooperate with the government let's sit and discuss, solve the issues. Our Government and Narendra Modi are doing everything for the welfare of farmers,” he said.

Farmers, labourers and members of pro-Kannada organisations are planning to protest in the city in a bid to intensify their protests against the Karnataka Legislative Council passing the contended Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

On Tuesday, the BJP government in Karnataka managed to get a land ownership reforms Bill passed in the state legislative council with the support of the opposition JD(S) even as the Congress voted against the Bill.

11:45 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Mysuru: CSIR-CFTRI MoU with Clevergene for study of SARS-CoV-2 genome

Mysuru-based CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) has signed an MoU recently with Clevergene, a Bengaluru-based company for study/sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 genome.

Dr S.V.N. Vijayendra, senior principal scientist, CSIR-CFTRI, said it is expected that the study would provide insights into virus genome changes (mutations), evolution, epidemiology, and provide an understanding of the spatial and temporal information on infection dynamics of the SARS-CoV-2.

Under the MoU, the development of novel diagnostics and vaccines for Covid-19 are envisaged, he added.

11:30 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Karnataka: Private OPDs to stay shut on Friday against Centre nod to Ayurveda surgeries

Out-patient departments (OPDs) at private hospitals across Karnataka, including Bengaluru, are likely to remain shut on Friday (December 11). The move follows a decision taken by allopathy medical practitioners in the state to protest against the Centre’s recent decision to allow postgraduates in Ayurveda to perform surgeries.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Prasanna HM, president, Private Hospitals and Nursing Home Associations (PHANA), said that the call for closure of OPDs in the state is part of nationwide protests initiated by the Indian Medical Association.

“A recent gazette notification permits MS Ayurveda graduates to perform many of the surgeries which are developed and taught in allopathic sciences. This puts the public at risk,” he said.

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10:50 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Bengaluru likely to get 5 waste-to-energy plants

In a bid to solve garbage-related issues in Bengaluru, local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is likely to establish five waste-to-energy power plants in a public-private partnership (PPP model) in and around the city.

According to Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy, the proposed plants include two in Mavallipura and one each in Kannahalli, Doddabidarakallu, and Marenahalli areas. The Minister added that around 5000 tonnes of waste are generated daily in Bengaluru. 'Waste-to-energy plants will contribute towards scientific disposal of solid waste. These plants are expected to start generating power after two years,' Madhuswamy said.

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10:15 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Direct flight between Belagavi and Surat from December 21

Under the ‘Udan’ scheme, Star Air will operate a direct flight from Belagavi in Karnataka to Surat in Gujarat beginning December 21

According to the airline, the flight will operate thrice a week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It will depart Belagavi at 12 in the noon and reach Surat at 1.20 pm.

In the return direction, the flight leaves Surat at 5.30 pm and lands at Sambra airport in Belagavi, the airline said.

10:14 (IST)09 Dec 2020
One nation, one election to be discussed in next session: Karnataka Speaker

Discussion on the 'One Nation, One Election' concept mulled by the ruling BJP will not be taken up during the ongoing winter session in the Karnataka legislative assembly.

According to Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, the discussion was planned to be held on December 14 and 15, the last two days of the original schedules. "With the session now cut short by five days, the discussion on 'One Nation, One Election' will be taken up only in the next session," Kageri said.

09:44 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: Police get seven portable cabins, with beds, washroom and kitchen

The Bangalore Police now have seven portable cabins, complete with a meeting area, four bunker beds and a washroom, placed across strategic locations in the city.

The cabins were provided on Tuesday by the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), operator of the Kempegowda International Airport, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.

According to the BIAL, the initiative was conceptualised with the support of former Bengaluru police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao.

“BIAL’s CSR porgramme is focused on creating infrastructure that adds value to society and has a long-standing association with the Bangalore City Police. This idea was conceived as a gesture of gratitude for their efforts in keeping communities safe and enabling smooth operations at Bengaluru Airport,” BIAL said in a release.

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09:25 (IST)09 Dec 2020
WATCH | Braving Covid risk and public threats, Marshals enforce norms in Bengaluru

Working outdoors in the face of a pandemic for more than 13 hours a day, the marshals, deployed by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), have been going about enforcing the Covid protocols, topping which is to ensure that the locals are wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

09:05 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Toyota Kirloskar Vice-Chairman meets Karnataka CM to resolve strike

With the strike at the Toyota Kirloskar Motor automobile factory on the outskirts of Bengaluru remaining unresolved for nearly a month, the carmaker’s management has approached Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to seek his intervention.

The vice-chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Vikram Kirloskar, held a meeting with Yediyurappa, Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar, Deputy CM C N Ashwath Narayan and Labour Minister Shivaram Hebbar.

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08:43 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Bengaluru: CCB busts prostitution, cricket betting rackets in separate raids

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru City Police Tuesday busted two rackets involved in prostitution and cricket betting in separate raids conducted in the city.

According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil, the prostitution racket was unearthed in a brothel raided in Ramamurthy Nagar. "While four women who are foreign nationals were rescued, appropriate action will be taken under the Foreigners Act," he said.

Meanwhile, CCB sleuths recovered Rs 4.5 lakhs in cash from a cricket betting racket in another raid. According to officials, the people involved in betting were allegedly operating the same during the T20 matches played between India and Australia. Further investigations are underway, the police added.

08:39 (IST)09 Dec 2020
Gram Panchayat elections: Winter session curtailed by 5 days

The ongoing legislature session in the Karnataka Assembly and Council will be curtailed by five days, Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri announced on Tuesday. He cited the decision of the Business Advisory Committee of the Legislative Assembly which is the decision based on the upcoming elections to gram panchayats (GPs).

With this, the session, which was scheduled to be held till December 15, will conclude on December 10 instead. While the polls to GPs are planned to be held on December 22 and 27, results will be out on December 30, as per the State Election Commission's schedule.

Earlier in September, the monsoon session was also curtailed to six days as several MLAs including seven ministers were infected by coronavirus then.

The Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors, Bengaluru doctors protest, doctors symbolic protest The Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) holds a symbolic protest in Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, out-patient departments (OPDs) at private hospitals across Karnataka, including Bengaluru, are likely to remain shut on Friday (December 11). The move follows a decision taken by allopathy medical practitioners in the state to protest against the Centre’s recent decision to allow postgraduates in Ayurveda to perform surgeries.

READ | Karnataka: Private OPDs to stay shut on Friday against Centre nod to Ayurveda surgeries

At the same time, The Karnataka government is “waging a war on the drug menace” in the state, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Tuesday. His remark came in response to queries raised by opposition members at the Vidhana Soudha, Assembly.

READ | Karnataka ‘waging a war’ against drugs, says Home minister Bommai

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