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Karnataka Bengaluru Highlights: State records 40,499 new Covid-19 infections, 21 deaths; Bengaluru alone logs over 24k cases

🔴Bangalore Active Covid-19 Cases, Bengaluru, Karnataka Omicron News, Bangalore Curfew, Lockdown News Highlights: Among the new cases, 25,595 cases are from Bengaluru.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: January 20, 2022 9:21:36 am
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Bangalore Highlights: Karnataka on Wednesday registered 40,499 new Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths. The positivity rate in the state stood at 18.80 per cent.  Capital Bengaluru alone recorded 24,135 fresh coronavirus infections along with five deaths.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said a decision on relaxing Covid restrictions in the state would be taken after discussing the issue at a meeting with the experts. The meeting is scheduled to be held on Friday.

Earlier, on Tuesday the state logged 41,457 new infections and 20 deaths. Among the new cases recorded on Tuesday, 25,595 cases are from Bengaluru.

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Catch key stories from Bengaluru and Karnataka as we bring you updates on the political developments, Covid-19, weather and more in the state.

22:35 (IST)19 Jan 2022
Covid spike: five schools, college closed in Mangaluru

The education department has ordered temporary suspension of classes in five schools and a college in the city due to a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the campuses.

A department communique here said the classes in the six institutions will be suspended for a week due to increase in Covid-19 cases.

The institutions include Vivekananda PU college, Yedapadavu; government high school, Bengre Kasaba; Canara CBSE school, Dongrakere; Ansar English medium high school, Bajpe and Vyasa Maharshi English medium high school, Mulki.

Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner K V Rajendra in a statement said if more than five individuals are found infected in a campus, such schools and colleges will be temporarily closed. (PTI)

22:31 (IST)19 Jan 2022
Karnataka: Forest department proposes to enhance rehabilitation package for families moving out of protected areas

The Karnataka forest department has proposed to the state government to enhance the rehabilitation package of families volunteering to move out from protected areas that have not been notified as tiger reserves from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh.

Confirming the development, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Head of Forest Force) Sanjai Mohan said, “Yes, we had submitted a proposal to the state government to enhance the package. We are awaiting the government’s approval.”

The families which choose to move out of protected areas are given two options. Under the first option, the Karnataka government gives a financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the families that volunteer to move out of protected areas without the help of the forest department. (Read more)

22:28 (IST)19 Jan 2022
TN farmers take out anti-Mekedatu rally, slam Karnataka Cong for padayatra

Farmers belonging to a Tamil Nadu ryots association took out an anti-Mekedatu rally here on Wednesday, hitting out at the Karnataka Congress for its padayatra campaign seeking the dam project implementation, and they were prevented by the police on the inter-State border from proceeding further.

The Tamil Nadu Cauvery Vivasayigal Sangam (TNCVS), which led the march, slammed both the Congress and the BJP over the Mekedatu issue and demanded that Chief Minster M K Stalin and AIADMK leader K Palaniswami "break their silence" on the issue.

Christened 'Mekedatu Besiege Protest,' the rally, led by TNCVS general secretary P R Pandian, demanded justice for the State, its farmers and people on the Mekedatu issue. After police disallowed the rally to proceed further on the highway towards Bengaluru, about one km ahead of the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border, Pandian told reporters that the padayatra went against the Supreme Court judgment on the inter-State river water issue. It was against the law and Tamil Nadu, he said. (PTI)

22:23 (IST)19 Jan 2022
Karnataka government invites Elon Musk to set up Tesla plant

Karnataka Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani on Tuesday requested Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to set up car-manufacturing plants in the state.

Nirani took to Twitter to invite Tesla to start operations in Karnataka. “With over 400 R&D centres, 45+ EV start-ups & an EV cluster near Bengaluru, Karnataka has emerged as the EV hub of India,” he tweeted on Tuesday. (Read more)

20:51 (IST)19 Jan 2022
Over 40 cops from KSRP's Mysuru battalion deployed for Cong Mekedatu march test COVID positive

More than 40 out of 170 men from Mysuru battalion deployed for Mekedatu padayatra have tested positive for COVID-19, Additional Director General of Police, Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) Alok Kumar said on Wednesday.

In a tweet, he said:"42 men out of 170 deployed from Mysore Battalion for Mekedatu padayatra have tested positive. Luckily they are having mild symptoms. Need to meet them in person and express gratitude for putting their lives at risk in the line of duty, once they are out of isolation."

The Congress' Karnataka unit had organised a ten-day padayatra from Mekedatu to Bengaluru from January 9, that was to span a total distance of nearly 139 km, demanding implementation of the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery river, by violating COVID curbs. (PTI)

19:19 (IST)19 Jan 2022
Karnataka reports 40,499 new Covid-19 infections, 21 deaths

Karnataka on Wednesday registered 40,499 new Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths. The positivity rate in the state stood at 18.80 per cent.

The Capital alone recorded 24,135 fresh coronavirus infections along with five deaths. 

The total number of active cases in the state is 2,67,650, of which Benagluru accounts to over 1,84,000.

19:15 (IST)19 Jan 2022
Karnataka Home Minister warns strict legal action against police personnel involved in crimes

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Wednesday warned of strict legal action against police personnel involved in crime and related offences.

He said it cannot be tolerated that police, who are responsible for maintaining law and order in the society along with protecting public life and property, are seen indulging in crime-related incidents.

Noting that there are more than one lakh police personnel in the state, Jnanendra in a statement said, "Due to wrong activities of a select few, a negative impression is getting created about the whole department, in the minds of the public. Directions will be given to not only suspend such police staff, but also to dismiss them," he said. (PTI)

18:47 (IST)19 Jan 2022
Karnataka govt sets up Directorate of Secondary Agriculture

The Karnataka government on Wednesday set up a Directorate of Secondary Agriculture, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.

"In response to the call for doubling farmers' income, given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Government of Karnataka has set up  Directorate of Secondary Agriculture," Bommai said.

"This new body will work towards popularising Integrated Farming System(IFS) in each agro-climatic zone by providing better markets and market intelligence": Chief Minister added. (ENS)

18:23 (IST)19 Jan 2022
BBMP flags off 24X7 mobile testing unit

Mantra4Change and Suriya Foundation in association with the BBMP have donated a Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) to the civic body's south zone division. The MTU was launched by BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta on Wednesday. The Mobile Testing Unit is sponsored by the financial services company, Zerodha.

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta flags off the MTU. (Express photo)

This mobile testing unit will be connected to the South zone Covid-19 war room along with mobile triage unit. The unit will be deployed at the 44 wards of the zone day and night, according to the calls recieved. If the experiment with the MTU is successful, other seven zones will also get one of the testing vehicles. 

This Mobile testing unit will have a driver and a paramedic who will conduct Rapid antigen test. Consummables in the form of N95 masks, PPE Kits, Testing kits, thermal scanners and sanitizers are donated to 6 covid care centres in the south zone. 


A total of 1,000 N95 masks, 300 PPE kits, 500 testing kits, 15 thermal scanners and 220 litres of hand sanitizers are donated.

18:09 (IST)19 Jan 2022
Karnataka Health Minister visits Hosiayalnadu Karnataka Public School in Chitradurga district

Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Wendesday made a visit to the Hosiayalnadu Karnataka Public School in Hiriyur Taluk, Chitradurga district.

In a tweet, the minister said that the school had 'a well-equipped library, a science lab, a computer lab, a spacious field, and a neatly designed school with committed teachers is the model for the entire state.'

17:57 (IST)19 Jan 2022
2 cops deputed for CM's security held for trying to 'extort' money from drug peddlers

Two policemen deputed for the security of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai's private residence here, were arrested for allegedly trying to extort money from drug peddlers.

Head constable Shiva Kumar and constable Santosh Naukar attached to the Koramangala police station were allegedly demanding money from drug peddlers in return for not booking cases them.

They are said to have caught a peddler and his associate in Koramangala on January 13, and as they had to report to security duty at CM's house that day, they brought them to R T Nagar, where Bommai's private residence is located, official sources said.

They said, on the evening of January 13, the police control room received an alert from a citizen about suspicious activity in an autorickshaw, parked near the CM's residence. (PTI)

16:17 (IST)19 Jan 2022
Bengaluru: Mid-air collision between IndiGo flights averted on January 7, DGCA orders probe after no record in logbook

Two IndiGo flights that took off from the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru on January 7 had come close to colliding with each other mid-air while taking off, revealed chief of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Arun Kumar.

Kumar said the flights involved in the incident were 6E 455 departing for Kolkata and 6E 246 for Bhubaneswar. Luckily, all the passengers and the crew were safe as the radar controller spotted the error and alerted the pilots in both the flight decks immediately.

Kumar has ordered a probe and said strict action will be taken against those responsible for the error. Another senior officer of DGCA said, “The north runway was being used for departures and the south runway for arrival of flights. But later, the shift in-charge decided to close the south runway but did not inform the air traffic controller of the south tower.” (Read more)

16:14 (IST)19 Jan 2022
CM Bommai congratulates members of NDRF team on 17th raising day

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday congratulated the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on its 17th raising day.

The CM in tweet said, "NDRF has always been at the forefront in every challenging situation and natural disaster, helping and rescuing those affected."

16:05 (IST)19 Jan 2022
Construction of multi-specialty taluk public hospital in Adivala village in Chitradurga district completed

The construction of a multi-specialty taluk public hospital in Adivala village in Hiriyur taluk in Chitradurga district has been completed.

14:30 (IST)19 Jan 2022
HAL signs export contract with Mauritius

The state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed a contract for the export of an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH Mk III) to Mauritius for their police force. This is in line with the central government’s vision to boost defence exports to friendly foreign countries.

HAL signed a contract with Mauritius for export of one Advanced Light Helicopter. (Twitter/HAL)

The Govt. of Mauritius already operates HAL built ALH and Do-228 aircraft. With this contract, HAL and GoM have further strengthened the long standing business relations spanning over three decades.

14:20 (IST)19 Jan 2022
International flights suspended till Feb 28, reminds Blore airport

The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights in the country has been extended till February 28, aviation regulator DGCA said on Wednesday. However, this restriction is not applicable to Air Bubble flights, cargo operations & flights approved by DGCA, Kempegowda airport authorities reminded passengers on Twitter. As per @DGCAIndia circular, all scheduled international passenger flight services to and from India will remain suspended till Feb 28, 2022. This restriction is not applicable to Air Bubble flights, cargo operations & flights approved by DGCA. #BLRAirport #FAQ #Travel #Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/BNHdVTIS0f— BLR Airport (@BLRAirport) January 19, 2022

13:08 (IST)19 Jan 2022
No bias while taking action against Covid rule violators, says Bommai

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said that legal action will be taken against those violating Covid rules without any bias. 

His comments were noted as Congress Karnataka president D K Shivakumar had on Tuesday said that while Congress leaders have been booked for violating Covid restrictions during Mekedatu padayatra, the same rules have not been applied to BJP leaders who violated Covid-19 curbs.

CM Bommai said that the Chief Secretary has already ordered booking of cases and legal action against those who violate Covid rules. There will be no bias against any person or organisation, he added.

The CM, however, refused to answer questions on possible cabinet expansion.

13:03 (IST)19 Jan 2022
Covid expected to peak in February, says CM

Experts who have studied the trend in various states have estimated that the Covid wave in the state could peak by January end of February first week, said CM Bommai on Wednesday.

Speaking of his Covid infection, Bommai, who was in home quarantine for the past 11-12 days, said: "the quarantine period is over. Covid test result has come negative. So I am back on my work from today."

13:01 (IST)19 Jan 2022
Decision on relaxation of Covid curfews likely on Friday

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said a decision on relaxing Covid restrictions in the state would be taken after discussing the issue at a meeting with the experts. The meeting is scheduled to be held on Friday.

Speaking to reporters at Bengaluru, the CM said that the number of hospitalisation cases is less in the current wave of Covid. "So there is an opinion that it would be better to carry on with daily life by following the Covid guidelines. The experts are examining it. They are set to present a comprehensive picture at the meeting to be held on Friday. A suitable decision would be taken after getting clarity about the issue," Bommai said.

12:55 (IST)19 Jan 2022
NCB burst drug trafficking gang, arrest 4 persons

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials said they have busted a drug trafficking network in Bengaluru and Tamil Nadu. The NCB on Wednesday said that they have been able to seize 84 grams of cocaine, 40 grams of MDMA and a small quantity of hashish and marijuana. They said a person of Nigerian descent and three peddlers have been arrested.

Amit Ghawate, zonal director of Bengaluru unit of NCB said, "based on credible information, on Monday the officers of NCB Bengaluru seized multiple drugs  at Electronic City, Bengaluru from the possession of a Nigerian national and 3 peddlers. The peddlers were from Chennai and had come to Bengaluru to purchase drugs.The multiple drugs procured from the Nigerian national was meant for selling in Hotels, Pubs and Colleges in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu."

"The Nigerian supplier was not only seasoned in supplying drugs but also an expert cook in teaching his buyers about various mixes and ways to improve potency of drugs, so that they can feel the high. The peddlers from Chennai are known suppliers of multiple drugs in Chennai and Tamil Nadu and are habitual offenders, already involved in NDPS cases registered in Tamil Nadu and Kerala," he added.

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