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Karnataka Bengaluru News Live: State records over 34,000 new Covid-19 cases, Bengaluru alone logs over 21k cases

🔴 Bangalore Active Covid-19 Cases Live, Bengaluru, Karnataka Omicron News Latest Updates, Bangalore Lockdown Today News, 16 January: The Karnataka government said only the sick and patients requiring emergency care may visit the hospitals for the next two weeks to prevent crowding.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: January 16, 2022 8:43:38 pm
Police stops a scooterist during the weekend curfew due to rise in Covid-19 cases, in Hubballi on Jan 15, 2022. (PTI)

Bangalore Live News: Karnataka on Sunday reported 34,047 new Covid19 cases including 21,071 in Bengaluru and seven deaths. The positivity rate of the state in the last 24 hours has reached 19.29 percent.

According to the Karnataka health and family welfare department, the state reported 34,047 cases taking the total active cases to 1,97,982. A total of 5,902 people have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours. 479 Omicron variant cases have been reported till date.

The weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government from Friday night to Monday morning in view of the spread of Covid-19 is being strictly enforced by the police.

In the wake of the situation, the Karnataka government said only the sick and patients requiring emergency care may visit the hospitals for the next two weeks to prevent crowding. The government has asked all the other patients with mild illness requiring outpatient or follow-up care not to visit hospitals till then or till further orders.

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20:43 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Karnataka CM speaks on National Startup Day

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday spoke on the occasion of National Startup Day. 

19:09 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Karnataka records over 34,000 new Covid-19 cases, seven deaths

Karnataka on Sunday reported 34,047 new Covid19 cases including 21,071 in Bengaluru and seven deaths. The positivity rate of the state in the last 24 hours has reached 19.29 percent.

According to the Karnataka health and family welfare department, the state reported 34,047 cases taking the total active cases to 1,97,982. A total of 5,902 people have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours. 479 Omicron variant cases have been reported till date.

Bengaluru urban reported 21,071 new cases and five deaths, Mysuru reported 1,892 fresh covid19 cases and Tumakuru reported 1,373 new cases. Dakshina Kannada reported two deaths, Hassan, Kalaburgi, Mandya, Ramanagara, Mysuru and Chikkaballapura districts reported one death each.

Karnataka presently has 1,97,982 active Covid19 patients. Bengaluru urban district alone has 1,46,200 active Covid19 cases followed by Mysuru has 5,603 cases and Tumakuru has 5,357. (ENS)

16:43 (IST)16 Jan 2022
CM wishes speedy recovery for Kannada litterateur Chennaveera Kanavi

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai wished speedy recovery for renowned litterateur Dr Chennaveera Kanavi on Sunday. Kanavi has been admitted in SDM hospital due to breathing related ailment.

Bommai, who spoke to Kanavi's family members about the poet's health, wished him speedy recovery in a tweet.

Kanavi is the Kannada poet and writer who is the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award in 1981.

16:31 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Favourable policy helping start-ups in Karnataka: Minister

Extolling the start-up policy of Karnataka, the state Minister for IT-BT and Skill Development Dr CN Ashwath Narayan on Sunday said that out of 46 start-ups chosen from across India for the National Start-ups Awards-2021, 14 are from Karnataka.

Addressing a press conference on the achievements of start-ups from Karnataka on the occasion of National Start-ups Day, Dr Narayan said 2,173 applications were submitted from across the country for the awards this year.

Among the total applications, 549 were from Karnataka, he added.

'Of the 46 start-ups set to get the national awards, 14 are from Karnataka, which is 30 per cent of the awards given this year to start-ups,' Narayan told reporters. (PTI)

16:25 (IST)16 Jan 2022
In pictures: How Bengaluru celebrated Pongal, Makar Sankranti 2022

Harvest festivals Makar Sankranti and Pongal were celebrated with much fervour in Bengaluru. Both the festivals, which have seasonal as well as religious significance, mark the end of winter and the beginning of a new harvest season.

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16:06 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Karnataka Milk Federation to ask state government to increase milk price by Rs 3 per litre

Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) in a recent meeting decided to appeal to the Karnataka government to allow it to hike the milk price by Rs 3 per litre.

If the government approves the KMF proposal, a litre of Nandini toned milk (blue sachet) which currently costs Rs 37 may go up to Rs 40.

According  to KMF in the proposed Rs 3 hike, the farmers will get Rs 2.5 and the unions will retain 50 paise. (ENS)

15:52 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Karnataka CM congratulates country on completing one year of Covid-19 vaccination drive

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday congratulated Indians on completing one year of the Covid-19 vaccination drive. In a tweet, the CM said, "This is a huge battle against the pandemic that India has bravely fought under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi."

14:00 (IST)16 Jan 2022
International exhibition of graphic prints to be held in Bengaluru from Jan 10 to 23
13:58 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Foreign investors in Devas Multimedia set sights on Air India assets in US, cite Canada court order

A January 8 order of a Superior Court in the Quebec region of Canada – identifying India’s public aircraft carrier Air India as an alter ego of the government of India – has been cited by investors in the startup firm Devas Multimedia to seek seizures of Air India assets in the United States to recover $111 million compensation over a failed 2005 deal with the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) commercial arm Antrix Corporation.

In a January 13 letter to the judge of a US federal court for the southern district of New York, on behalf of three foreign investors in Devas Multimedia – CC/Devas Mauritius, Telcom Devas Mauritius, and Devas Employees Mauritius Pvt Ltd – a legal representative, Mathew D Mcgill, has cited the January 8 order of the Canada court to seek seizure of Air India assets in the US. (Read more)

12:25 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Police strictly enforcing weekend curfew

The weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government from Friday night to Monday morning in view of the spread of Covid-19 is being strictly enforced by the police.

Police personnel are on strict vigil to ensure that vehicles and people are not moving unnecessarily on the roads.  Barricades have been erected at various places. Most of the roads are deserted, while a few buses are operating with a small number of passengers. Those violating curfew norms are being penalised by the police in all places. (PTI)

09:54 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Karnataka Congress MLA Priyank Kharge tests Covid-19 positive

Karnataka Congress MLA Priyank Kharge who had participated in the party's padayatra demanding implementation of Mekedatu project, on Saturday said, he tested positive for Covid-19.

"Missed Covid in the 1st wave, ducked it in the 2nd wave, even had a false positive once. After several negative tests, I have now tested positive for Covid. Thankfully all my staff members have tested -ve. Request anyone who was in touch with me to get tested as per norms," Kharge tweeted.

Earlier several other Congress leaders including Priyank's father and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, and former Union minister Veerappa Moily who had participated in the inaugural of the padayatra on January 9 had tested Covid-19 positive. (PTI)

09:54 (IST)16 Jan 2022
2 men held for extortion bid

Puttur rural police in Dakshina Kannada district have said they have arrested two rowdy-sheeters for allegedly threatening an entrepreneur and trying to extort money from him.

The arrested have been identified as Kalander Sharief alias Shafi from Bantwal and Hasanabba, a resident of Manjanady in Mangaluru taluk, police sources said.

The two had called the entrepreneur up from Puttur demanding Rs 13 lakh to release their associate who is lodged in jail. They used different mobile numbers to make the call and threatened the businessman of dire consequences if he did not pay the money, the sources said. (PTI)

09:53 (IST)16 Jan 2022
Only the sick, emergency cases can visit hospitals for next 2 weeks to halt spread of Covid-19, says Karnataka govt

In the wake of the Covid-19 situation in the State, the Karnataka government on Saturday said only the sick and patients requiring emergency care may visit the hospitals for the next two weeks to prevent crowding.

The government has asked all the other patients with mild illness requiring outpatient or follow-up care not to visit hospitals till then or till further orders.

"In pursuant to the existing Covid-19 situation, it is hereby informed that only sick and patients requiring emergency care may visit the hospitals/super-specialty hospitals and autonomous institutions," a notification from the Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, T K Anil Kumar said. (PTI)

09:53 (IST)16 Jan 2022
No end to BJP's harassment, says Karnataka Congress president Shivakumar

Claiming to be targeted by the ruling BJP, Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar on Saturday alleged there would be no end to the harassment meted out to him in the wake of the recent Mekedatu padayatra.

Also, he hit out at the administration for booking cases against him and other Congress leaders for holding the march in violation of Covid-19 curbs. He said no such action was taken against the BJP leaders for going against the restrictions.

"Whether Mekedatu or not, they are doing all kinds of experiments on me, it's going on. My daughter was telling me that they have started issuing notices to one of our schools — harassment, there is no end to it. We will have to live and die with it," Shivakumar said in response to a question whether he feels that he would be targeted by the ruling BJP following the Mekedatu padayatra. (PTI)

22:06 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Over 2.5 lakh healthcare, frontline workers trained online to combat Covid: Karnataka Health Minister

Karnataka has effectively leveraged technology in the battle against Covid and so far, about 2.5 lakh healthcare and frontline staff have been trained through online platforms. This is a model to the entire country, said state Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Saturday.

Sudhakar was speaking at the inauguration of the virtual training programme being conducted in association with StepOne for about 10,000 medical, dental and Ayush students to train them in home isolation care and addressed the students. Read More

21:16 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Lakes of Bengaluru: BMRCL fails to keep promise made 10 years ago; Kengeri lake situation worsens

“I don’t think anyone knows that this lake was once known for its flora and fauna,” said Nanjamma, an old resident of the Kengeri region of Bengaluru, regarding the present condition of the Doddakere Lake or the Kengeri Lake. The Kengeri Lake, which was once a pristine waterbody along the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway and frequented by peacocks and other varieties of birds, is now covered in a blanket of weed growth.

Spread over 32.16 acres near the Vrishabhavathi river basin, the Kengeri Lake was supposed to become a mini Lalbagh for the western parts of Bengaluru – after its adoption by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) nearly 10 years ago. However, with no significant work executed to preserve and protect it, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has taken over the lake when it is in a worse shape than it was 10 years ago. Read More

19:59 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Karnataka HC sends two advocates to jail for multiple pleas on same cause against Azim Premji

The Karnataka High Court convicted advocate R Subramanian and P Sadanand, who represented the NGO India Awake for Transparency, for criminal contempt for filing multiple petitions on the same cause against founder chairman of Wipro Azim Premji. The case pertained to the allegations of financial irregularities against Premji.

In the judgment Friday, a divisional bench of Justices B Veerappa and K S Hemaleka sentenced the two accused to two months of simple imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 under the provisions of Section 12(1) of Contempt of Courts Act on each of them. Read More

18:53 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Karnataka logs nearly 33k fresh Covid cases; 7 deaths

Karnataka reported 32,793 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday with a test positivity rate of 15 per cent. The capital Bengaluru alone accounted for 22,284 new infections.  The state also reported seven related deaths of which five were from Bengaluru. The total number of active cases in the state is currently at 1,69,850.

18:50 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Govt advises against visiting hospitals unless medical emergency

The health and family welfare department on Saturday issued instructions that patients who does not require emergency medical care are not required to visit hospitals. The order comes after crowding of patients in hospitals during Covid19 third wave. 

In the public notification issued by TK Anil Kumar, principal secretary to government, health and family welfare department it read, "In pursuant to the existing Covid19 situation, it is hereby informed that only sick and patients requiring emergency care may visit the hospitals/super specialty hospitals and autonomous institutions. All other patients with mild illness which requires outpatient care/follow up care/elective case including dental patients should not visit the hospitals for the next two weeks or till further orders to prevent crowding and the spread of Covid19. Private hospitals are hereby instructed to take similar steps to prevent the crowding and halt the spread of Covid19."

17:44 (IST)15 Jan 2022
Central and state govts will keep working for empowerment of people of Karnataka: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday assured that the central and the state governments will keep working for the empowerment of the people of Karnataka. Greeting the people of the state on account of Makar Sankranti today, he recognised Karnataka as a state which makes unprecedented contributions to national progress.

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