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Karnataka Bengaluru September 16, 17 Highlights: Earthquake of 2.3 magnitude reported in Karnataka’s Hassan district

Karnataka Bengaluru Latest News September 16, 17 Highlights: Meanwhile, 99,010 doses have been administered so far in the BBMP limits of the Karnataka capital.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: September 20, 2021 8:17:57 am
It registered a tremor of "5 plus" on Japan's own scale of quake intensity, a level that could cause some damage to buildings and cause power cuts.

Karnataka Bangalore News September 16, 17 Highlights:  An Earthquake of a 2.3 magnitude was reported in Hassan district, Karnataka on Friday. The analysis showed that the epicenter was 1.5km of Rayapura, Salagame Hobli, Hassan Taluk and it happened around 5.32pm.

“The Seismic Intensity map of the Earthquake from the Epicentre is presented, wherein intensities observed are very low. This type of earthquake do not create any harm to the local community, although there may be slight shaking observed locally. The Community need not panic as the intensity observed is low and not destructive,” the state Disaster Management department said.

As many as 6,59,834 doses of vaccine were administered as of 12.30 pm across the state on Friday, as part of the ‘mega vaccination drive’ that is underway.

According to data shared by the Department of Health & Family Welfare Services, as much as 20.8 per cent of the total target set for the day is achieved so far. The best performing districts so far are Shivamogga (achieving 46 per cent of the set target), Ramanagara (39 per cent), and Tumakuru (37 per cent).

Meanwhile, 99,010 doses have been administered so far in the BBMP limits of the Karnataka capital. The local body aims to inoculate 5 lakh doses by the end of Friday. The state targets 31.75 lakh vaccination doses to be administered today.

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23:03 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Earthquake of 2.3 magnitude reported in Karnataka's Hassan district

An earthquake of 2.3 magnitude on the Richter scale was reported in Hassan district, officials of state Disaster Management Authority said.

The earthquake occurred at 17:32:25 IST, epicentred 1.5 km NNE (North North East) of  Rayapura of Salagame Hobli in Hassan Taluk, they said. "The seismic intensity map of the earthquake from the epicentre is presented, wherein intensities observed are very low.

This type of earthquake do not create any harm to the local community, although there may be slight shaking observed locally.

20:40 (IST)17 Sep 2021
At 26.52 lakh, Karnataka records most single day vaccinations

As many as 26,25,752 doses of vaccine were administered as of 7.30 pm across the state on Friday, as Karnataka recorded the most single-day vaccinations against Covid-19 since the process commenced on January 16.

The Department of Health and Family Welfare Services had set a target of administering 31.75 lakh doses as part of the 'mega vaccination drive' held across all 30 districts and BBMP, even as Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced on Tuesday that the target was to administer 25 to 30 lakh doses.

Health Minister K Sudhakar tweeted that Karnataka topped the country in vaccination drive for the day. “Grateful to our team of nursing officers, doctors, primary health care officers, health inspecting officers, pharmacy officers, BHEOs, Asha workers and others for the stellar performance!,” he wrote. 

19:13 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Bengaluru metro service timings extended

Bengaluru Metro has decided to extend the timings of metro trains beyond 8 pm. Bengaluru Metro will operate trains from 6 am to 10 pm starting from Saturday said Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) Managing Director Anjum Parwez. 

“The last train from all four terminal stations will be 9.30 pm”, he added in a statement.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, the Namma metro presently runs between 7 am and  8 pm.

16:48 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Teen found shot dead in Bengaluru, cops suspect suicide

A 17-year-old student was found dead near a bus stop in Bengaluru with a gunshot wound in the early hours of Friday. According to city police, the deceased allegedly shot himself with a pistol. 

Sadashivanagar police said the body of Rahul Bandari, a resident of RT Nagar, was found around 5.30 am on the pavement of the BMTC bus stop near the IAF Headquarters Training Command in RMV Second Stage. They have registered a case of unnatural death.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) MN Anucheth said preliminary probe indicates Rahul had shot himself. “There is a bullet injury on the right side of his head. We are investigating,” he said.

Passersby had noticed the body lying near the bus stop and alerted cops. Police have also recovered a pistol, bag and mobile phone from the spot. 

16:04 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Right-wing activists assault chief editor of Urdu newspaper in Mysuru

A Mysuru-based Urdu newspaper journalist was allegedly assaulted by pro-Hindu activists at the Hindu Jagarana Vedike protest site Thursday.

The members of the outfit were protesting against the demolition of temples at the North gate of Mysore Palace and the desolation of Adishakti Mahadevamma temple at Huchgani village in Nanjangud taluk in the district recently.

Mohammed Safdar Kaiser, chief editor of ‘The Daily Kausar’, a local Urdu newspaper, was recording the speech of Vedike general secretary Jagadish Karanth when a group of Right-wing activists raised an objection to recording the event. They demanded Kaiser to delete the recording and manhandled him on the spot according to the police.

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15:02 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Right-wing activists assault chief editor of Urdu newspaper in Mysuru

A Mysuru-based Urdu newspaper journalist was allegedly assaulted by pro-Hindu activists at the Hindu Jagarana Vedike protest site Thursday.

The members of the outfit were protesting against the demolition of temples at the North gate of Mysore Palace and the desolation of Adishakti Mahadevamma temple at Huchgani village in Nanjangud taluk in the district recently.

Mohammed Safdar Kaiser, chief editor of ‘The Daily Kausar’, a local Urdu newspaper, was recording the speech of Vedike general secretary Jagadish Karanth when a group of Right-wing activists raised an objection to recording the event. They demanded Kaiser to delete the recording and manhandled him on the spot according to the police.

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15:00 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Karnataka: Former Commissioner of Public Instruction to lead NEP implementation task force

The Karnataka government has appointed former Commissioner of Public Instruction Madan Gopal as the chairman of the task force formed to implement the new National Education Policy (NEP 2020) in schools.

Also the former Education Secretary, the IAS officer will be accompanied by 20 others including B S Rishikesh from the Azim Premji University apart from serving and former teachers and other ex-officio members. 

The panel is directed to prepare a draft implementation framework for NEP in schools after consulting all key stakeholders involved in school education in the state.

14:24 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Modi is the most popular leader in history of mankind: Tejasvi Surya on PM’s birthday

Member of Parliament from Bengaluru and National president of the Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Tejasvi Surya lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday as the “most popular leader in the history of mankind”.

Surya was speaking at a youth conclave organised by the BJYM at Karnavati club in Ahmedabad.

Wishing the Prime Minister on his 71st birthday, Surya said, “It is my great fortune and opportunity to celebrate the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his birthplace. When I arrived at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport today morning, I had goosebumps realising the kind of great leaders and thinkers the land of Gujarat has produced. Our Prime Minister is the most popular democratically elected leader in the history of mankind.”

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14:15 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Karnataka team deployed to visit Rampura village after woman writes to CM Bommai over lack of roads

A team of officials has been deployed to visit Rampura village in Davanagere district, after a woman had written to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai over the lack of roads to her village.

Bindu R D, a resident of H Rampura village in Davanagere district, had written an email to Bommai on September 9, demanding the construction of roads and a bus service to her village and a bus service to the village. The 26-year-old, who is the only post graduate in her village, said she cannot get married and leave her native place till roads are built, otherwise there would be no one left to fight for her village.

13:28 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Karnataka: Over 6.59 lakh doses administered as 'mega vaccination drive' underway

As many as 6,59,834 doses of vaccine were administered as of 12.30 pm across the state on Friday, as part of the 'mega vaccination drive' that is underway. 

According to data shared by the Department of Health & Family Welfare Services, as much as 20.8 per cent of the total target set for the day is achieved so far. The best performing districts so far are Shivamogga (achieving 46 per cent of the set target), Ramanagara (39 per cent), and Tumakuru (37 per cent). 

Meanwhile, 99,010 doses have been administered so far in the BBMP limits of the Karnataka capital. The local body aims to inoculate 5 lakh doses by the end of Friday. The state targets 31.75 lakh vaccination doses to be administered today.

13:27 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Pandemic delays completion of Bengaluru airport’s Terminal II

The disruption in the global supply chain and shortage of manpower owing to the Covid-19 pandemic have led to a delay in the completion of Bengaluru International Airport’s Terminal II, the management of the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) said on Thursday.

The airport authorities said they were now committed to ensure completion of all projects at the Kempegowda International Airport within existing deadlines. The March 2021 deadline for completion of Terminal II was pushed to March 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, the BIAL spokesperson said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted various construction projects. In addition, Covid-19 safety protocols for construction workers had to be factored into the plans. This is the reason why there has been a delay in the completion of Terminal II. We are also cognizant of the fact that the current passenger volumes are low, and recovery will take some more time. In this context, it is important that we manage to operationalise T2 in a financially-responsible manner.”

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11:54 (IST)17 Sep 2021
CM Bommai extends birthday greetings to PM Modi
11:19 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Bengaluru: Despite recent daylight murders, police data suggest no spurt in gang crimes

Three high profile daylight murders — involving rivalries between local gangs from three different low income localities — that have occurred in Bengaluru over the last four months, have created an impression of gang crimes increasing in the city.

Police officials, however, point to statistics on crimes involving local gangs or rowdy sheeters in the last three months and also the last three years to argue that there has been no spurt in gang crimes.

On June 24, a 43-year-old woman, Rekha Kadiresh, a former city councillor of the BJP, was hacked to death outside her office in the Anjanappa Garden area of the Cottonpet police station limits in a gang attack allegedly orchestrated by the sister of her husband who himself was murdered in 2018.

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11:17 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Sanitisation box invented by young Bengaluru scientists wins Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards

A timely scientific intervention by a group of engineering students in Bengaluru was picked as the winner of the national-level Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards after their innovation helped kirana shopkeepers and customers to keep Covid-19 from spreading.

The team of budding innovators from Bengaluru’s CMR Institute of Technology (CMRIT) had presented their project under the category “Promote Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to Achieve the Mission of Atmanirbhar Bharat”. Their product ‘Advanced UV Sanitisation Chamber’, a box enabling sanitisation of currency notes and other items, was picked as the winner among thousands of other entries by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) recently.

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10:51 (IST)17 Sep 2021
IISc Bengaluru establishes new AI and machine learning centre

Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd and the Indian Institute of Science today announced a partnership to set up a state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (AI-ML) centre at the IISc campus here.

Spread across approximately 1,40,000 square feet, the Kotak-IISc AI-ML centre will offer Bachelor’s, Master’s and short-term courses in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, fintech, reinforcement learning, image processing and computer vision, a joint statement said.

The Centre, established under KMBL’s CSR project on Education & Livelihood, will also promote research and innovation in AI and ML and develop the talent pool from across the country to provide cutting-edge solutions to meet industry’s emerging and future requirements, it said.

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10:25 (IST)17 Sep 2021
1,108 new cases, 18 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka has registered 1,108 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 18 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,65,191 and toll to 37,555, the health department said on Thursday. The day also saw 809 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,11,434.

Out of 1,108 new cases reported on Thursday, 308 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 203 discharges and 5 deaths. Total number of active cases in the state is at 16,174. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.66 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.62 per cent.

Out of 18 deaths reported on Thursday 5 are from Bengaluru Urban; Belagavi 4, Dakshina Kannada 2, followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 308, Dakshina Kannada 186, Udupi 113, Mysuru 87, Hassan 64, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,42,640, followed by Mysuru 1,77,103 and Tumakuru 1,19,800. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 12,19,141, followed by Mysuru 1,74,170 and Tumakuru 1,18,058.

Cumulatively a total of 4.58 crore samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,66,006 were tested on Thursday alone. (PTI)

10:08 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Karnataka: Eight Dasara tuskers reach Mysuru palace ahead of state’s flagship festival

As many as eight tuskers, led by 55-year-old Abhimanyu, were welcomed Thursday to the Mysuru palace ahead of the ten-day Dasara celebrations beginning October 7.

As per the decision taken by the Dasara executive committee, the elephants were received with traditional honours at the Jayamarthanda Gate of the palace, also officially commencing the countdown to the beginning of the state festival.

The number of elephants taking part in the festivities was minimised to eight this year, based on the state government’s decision to keep the festivities low-key. While the festivities were not held grandly last year due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation, the government has cited the anticipation of a third wave as the reason behind a similar decision this year.

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09:58 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Bengaluru: Doctor who contracted Covid-19 undergoes lung transplant

In what is being claimed by hospital authorities as the first in Karnataka, a 30-year-old doctor who contracted Covid-19 on duty during the second wave, successfully underwent a double lung transplant in Bengaluru’s Aster CMI Hospital.

The surgery, according to a statement from the hospital, was done on Dr Sanath Kumar, an anesthetist and intensivist who was on duty in the Intensive Care Unit in Prakriya Hospital, treating critical Covid-19 patients. He had tested positive for the infection on May 8 this year. He suffered from acute lung damage, and was put on mechanical ventilation.

While the transplant was conducted on June 21, Dr Kumar was recently discharged from the hospital after treatment spanning nearly three-and-a-half months, doctors involved in the surgery said.

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09:53 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Price rise is ‘continuous process’, announce special financial package to people in distress: Kumaraswamy

Terming price rise as a “continuous process” JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Thursday urged the Karnataka government to announce a special financial package to those in distress, and announce relief to common man, who is finding it difficult to lead life.

He asked the government to use the revenue that was generated out of levying cess and taxes on petrol, diesel and others items, to come to the rescue of the people.

“Price rise, according to me, is a continuous process. Since independence, on several instances price rise has been inevitable to improve the financial condition of the government and to raise money for implementing programmes. Whichever party may be in power, it is natural,” Kumaraswamy said.

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09:40 (IST)17 Sep 2021
Vidyashilp University launched, inaugural batch to commence studies from 2022

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot has launched Vidyashilp University, established by the Vidyashilp Education Group. 

The inaugural batch is expected to commence studies in 2022. In the first year of launch, an enrolment of 300 students is expected, according to the authorities. "The undergraduate programmes with an interdisciplinary curriculum will offer immersive learning experiences to students. In addition, it will help them develop domain specialization that they can apply to solve real-world problems across disciplines. These domains will give the student depth in their choice of discipline, eliminate the silos in academics, create collaborative spaces for multidisciplinary research, and enable students to apply their education in solving real-world problems," a statement from the university read. 

Higher Education Minister C N Ashwathnarayan was among the other dignitaries who attended the event.

As many as eight tuskers, led by 55-year-old Abhimanyu, were welcomed Thursday to the Mysuru palace ahead of the ten-day Dasara celebrations beginning October 7. As per the decision taken by the Dasara executive committee, the elephants were received with traditional honours at the Jayamarthanda Gate of the palace, also officially commencing the countdown to the beginning of the state festival.

READ | Karnataka: Eight Dasara tuskers reach Mysuru palace ahead of state’s flagship festival

Researchers who processed Covid-19 samples sent for genomic sequencing from people infected by Covid-19 in Bengaluru found three lineages — Delta and its sub-lineages AY.4 and AY.12 — to be dominant across age groups. As many as 133 mutations in the spike protein alone have also been highlighted by researchers at Strand Precision Medicine Solutions in their recent report.

READ | Researchers find 133 Covid-19 mutations, three lineages after genome sequencing Bengaluru samples

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