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Karnataka Bengaluru August 12 Highlights: Bengaluru district admin bans entry of devotees to temples on weekends, public holidays

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News August 12 Highlights: An order citing provisions of COVID-19 Regulations Rules 2020 and Disaster Management Act 2005 has also been issued.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 13, 2021 8:18:36 am
Bengaluru temple, BengaluruA devotee prays at a temple in Bengaluru. Express Photo: Ralph Alex Arakal

Karnataka Bangalore News August 12 Highlights: The district administration of Bengaluru Urban has banned the entry of the general public and devotees to temples on weekends and public holidays in a bid to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 infection.

According to Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner J Manjunath, the ban will be enforced on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays during the month of ‘Shravan’. An order citing provisions of COVID-19 Regulations Rules 2020 and Disaster Management Act 2005 has also been issued.

However, devotees will be allowed to enter temples on other days following all related guidelines stipulated by the government.

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15:20 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Karnataka BJP MLA holds one-man protest at Vidhana Soudha, demands flood relief for Mudigere

M P Kumaraswamy, a BJP MLA representing Mudigere Assembly constituency, sat on a one-man protest outside Bengaluru’s Vidhana Soudha on Thursday demanding the Basavaraj Bommai-led government to release relief funds towards his constituency which was affected by floods last month.

The MLA demanded that his constituency in Chikkamagaluru district should be considered for relief funds as per the norms of the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

“I wouldn’t like to specify why other (constituencies) got funds this time. But if Shivamogga city (represented by senior BJP minister K S Eshwarappa) comes under NDRF, why isn’t Mudigere, that received 900 mm rainfall, not brought under the same?” he questioned.

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14:55 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Fuel prices in Bengaluru today

Petrol and diesel prices continued to remain unchanged across the country for the 26th straight day on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Petrol was last revised when it had touched a fresh record highs on July 17, when it rose by 30 paise per litre in the national capital while diesel prices were kept unchanged.

In Bengaluru, petrol is priced at Rs. 105.25 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 95.26 per litre.

13:15 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Six police personnel from Karnataka among 152 officers awarded HM's medal for excellence in investigation

Six police personnel from Karnataka are among 152 police officers in the country who have been conferred with the 'Union Home Minister's Medal for Excellence in Investigation' for 2021 for their high professional standards of investigation of crime.

The Union Home Ministry, in a statement, said the awardees include 28 women police officials from across the country. 

This medal was constituted in 2018 with the objective to promote high professional standards of investigation of crime and to recognise such excellence in investigation by investigating officers. (PTI)

12:49 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Fire at MLAs residence: Police to track miscreants using CCTV footage

Miscreants, at around 1.30 am on Thursday, set two cars parked at the house of Bommanahalli BJP MLA Satish Reddy on fire.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East), Srinath Mahadev Joshi, confirmed that a special team was formed to nab the culprits.

Meanwhile, the police added that preliminary investigation indicated that a group of men broke into the premises. “CCTV footage shows a group of men pouring fuel they had carried in cans on the vehicles (a Mahindra Thar and a Toyota Fortuner), lighting them, and then fleeing from the spot,” the officer added.

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12:21 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Explained: Who is Karnataka minister Anand Singh, threatening to quit from Bommai Cabinet over portfolio allocation?

Anand Singh, 54, a four-time MLA from the iron ore-rich Ballari region of Karnataka with business interests in mining and transportation, has been appointed as the minister for tourism, ecology and environment in the BJP government in Karnataka under new Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Singh is, however, unhappy with his portfolios and has threatened to quit the cabinet within just a week of being sworn in. He is reportedly seeking high-profile portfolios, like the forest or the energy ministry.

Anand Singh was the minister for forest, environment and ecology for nearly a year in the B S Yediyurappa-led BJP government in Karnataka from February 2020 to January 2021.

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11:46 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Karnataka reports 1,826 fresh cases and 33 deaths; positivity rate at 1.09%

Karnataka reported 1,826 new Covid-19 cases and 33 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,22,875 and death toll to 36,881, the health department said on Wednesday. The day also saw 1,618 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 28,63,117.

Dakshina Kannada district is still recording the highest number of daily cases in the state. On Wednesday, the border district report 422 new infections. A day earlier, it had recorded 378 new cases, while Bengaluru Urban reported 315 cases.

The number of active cases has now reached 22,851. While the positivity rate for the day was at 1.09 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.80 per cent.

Out of 33 deaths reported on Wednesday, five are from Bengaluru Urban and Dakshina Kannada, three each from Belagavi, Hassan, Kolar and Mysuru, two each from Chitradurga, Kodagu, Mandya and Uttara Kannada, followed by the other districts. Hassan logged 175 fresh cases, Udupi 130 and Mysuru 118.

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,31,474 infections, followed by Mysuru (1,74,199) and Tumakuru (1,18,431).

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11:17 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Bengaluru: Local body collects Rs 12.58 from violators of Covid guidelines

A total of Rs 12.58 crore was collected as penalty from those violating Covid-19 guidelines to date, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the local body governing the Karnataka capital has said. 

As per BBMP data, the fines were collected between May 2020 and August 7, 2021. While Rs 11.86 crore was collected from over 4.93 lakh people for not wearing masks, another Rs 71.35 lakh was levied from those failed to maintain physical distancing.

10:37 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Karnataka has tested the 3rd highest number of Covid samples in country: K Sudhakar

Karnataka has tested the third highest number of Covid-19 samples in the country, and has crossed the four-crore mark for tests, minister K Sudhakar said on Wednesday.

“Karnataka crossed 4 Crore Covid-19 tests marking yet another milestone in the battle against pandemic,” he tweeted.

He further added, “More than 80 per cent of the tests conducted in the state are RT-PCR tests and Karnataka has tested the third highest number of samples in the entire country.”

According to the data shared by the minister, there are 3,338 swab collection centres in the state and 252 Covid testing labs.

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10:36 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Karnataka: Chorus grows against 'hasty' decision to implement National Education Policy at higher education institutions

The Karnataka government is all set to become the first state in the country to begin the implementation of the National Educational Policy (NEP) 2020 with Ashwathnarayan, the Higher Education Minister in the state, announcing the admission module to be followed from the current academic year (2021-22) will be launched soon.

The minister, after issuing an order earlier this week to implement NEP from this academic year, had announced admissions to private, aided, and government colleges in the state will be based on a module launched on August 23. “The admissions will be facilitated through the Unified University and College Management System (UUCMS),” he said.

However, several experts from the field of higher education felt the decision to do so was “hasty”. Niranjanaradhya V P, a development educationist based in Bengaluru told The Indian Express that NEP in itself was “vague”, accusing it of accelerating the process of privatisation and autonomy instead of addressing the core issue of strengthening public universities.

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09:47 (IST)12 Aug 2021
80.65% Bengalureans are now more connected with their neighbourhood as pandemic brings communities closer, reveals study

80.65 percent of Bengalureans are now more connected with their neighbourhood as the Covid-19 pandemic brings communities closer compared to pre-Covid times, according to a recent study by MyGate ‘Trust Circle’.

Almost every respondent, 98.79 per cent of those queried in Bengaluru, acknowledged that their relationship and dependence on neighbours, local vendors and support staff (watchmen, delivery boys and maids) improved during this period. 

The study witnessed participation from over 2,867 Indians of all ages across Tier-1 and Tier -2 cities, namely Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune.

09:17 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Karnataka: On day HC upholds order against Begur lake Shiva idol, ‘right wing groups’ unveil statue


Even as the Karnataka High Court Wednesday upheld its 2019 interim order against the creation of an artificial island in Bengaluru’s Begur lake and the installation of a Shiva statue on it, some right-wing groups went ahead and unveiled the statue.

The idol had originally been installed by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, but the creation of the island itself in the lake was held illegal by the court. Last week, it was unveiled by right wing groups.

On Wednesday, a division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice M Nagaprasanna in its order called the unveiling “shocking”, citing interim orders dated August 30 2019, September 17, 2019 and February 22, 2021, which prohibited such actions.

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09:13 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Floriculture Association to protest today against ban on garlands at government events

The South India Floriculture Association (SIFA) has demanded the government to revoke the order of banning the garlands, bouquets, and fruits at official programmes. 

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday issued an order which bans flowers, shawls at government events; only Kannada books to be given. 

SIFA said it would stage a protest on Thursday. The Protesters are planning to bring with them banned items such as flower garlands, bouquets, and fruit baskets. Farmers’ organisations and flower growers’ associations are likely to participate in the protest, a release said.

09:12 (IST)12 Aug 2021
300 children test Covid positive in 6 days in Bengaluru

More than 300 children below the age of 19 years have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past six days in Bengaluru, amid reports on the possibility of a third wave which is predicted to affect children.

According to data by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), 127 children aged less than 10 years have tested positive for Covid-19 between August 5 and 10. Apart from these, 174 children aged between 10 and 19 years also tested Covid positive in the last six days.

The rise in Covid-19 cases in children in the city comes at a time when the country is yet to approve a vaccine which can be administered to children.

09:12 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Metro inspection: CMRS to check Kengeri stations, speed trials on cards today

With the statutory inspections held by the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) on the extended Purple Line of Namma Metro in Bengaluru continuing in the city, officials are scheduled to check Kengeri and Kengeri bus terminal stations, on Thursday. 

According to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) officials, the CMRS inspection will also cover the interface between signalling and coaches apart from speed trials that will be conducted along the new strerch. 

This is an important phase before a green flag is given to BMRCL allowing it to begin commercial operations on the extended 7.53-kilometre long stretch between Mysore Road and Kengeri stations.

To facilitate the inspection, services between Vijayanagar and Mysore Road stations will remain suspended on Thursday.

09:10 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Bengaluru: BMRCL to plant 10,000 saplings

The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has planned to plant saplings within Bangalore Urban District in a special drive that was launched by Minister of Youth Empowerment and Sports K C Narayana Gowda on Wednesday. 

The drive, according to BMRCL officials, will be held in association with Youth Empowerment and State Sports department, and National Service Scheme as part of "Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav" celebrations. 

Earlier last month, the Karnataka High Court had permitted BMRCL to cut and translocate around 348 trees after it was informed that 4,000 trees would be planted at the Old Military Dairy Farm at Hebbal.

The court had then directed the Tree Officer and Deputy Conservator of Forests (Bengaluru Urban) also to specify the number of trees to be planted in each category out of 33 varieties of plants, saying it is their duty to propose each category of saplings to be planted.

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09:05 (IST)12 Aug 2021
BWSSB to conduct water adalat today

Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) will hold a water adalat today from 9.30 am and 11 am to address grievances related to water billing, delay in supply and sanitary connections, and other issues. 

According to BWSSB officials, it will be held at the following sub divisions: East-2-3, East-1-2, South-2, South East-4, West-2, South West-2, South East-2, North West-3, Central -2, North -2, North East-1 and North Village-1.

Consumers can contact helpline number 1916 or WhatsApp on 8762228888, BWSSB said in a media release.

09:04 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Karnataka: Govt rejects plea to allow 100% occupancy at cinema halls

The Karnataka state government Wednesday rejected the Karnataka Film Chambers and Commerce’s (KFCC) plea demanding full occupancy at cinema halls, and theatres. However, according to sources in the Chief Minister's Office (CMO), CM Basavraj Bommai rejected their demand citing the Covid-19 situation. 

"However, the CM has clarified that their request will be looked into after a few days. Consultation with experts in the health sector will be held before informing them of a revised decision," an officer from the CMO said. 

At present, the government has allowed cinemas to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity with alternate seats left vacant.

08:54 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Covid-19 Containment zones in Bengaluru growing fast

The number of containment zones in Bengaluru have risen from 47 to 160.

In one month - July 10 to August 10 - the number of containment zones in the city reached 160, according to BBMP. 

Mahadevapura is seeing the highest concentration with 42. East Zone has 35, Bommanahalli 24, South and Yelahanka zones 20 each, RR Nagar 10, and West and Dasarahalli have 6 and 3 zones, respectively.

08:51 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Alliance Air announces morning flights to Chennai, Bengaluru from Hyderabad

Alliance Air, state-owned Air India's regional arm, on Wednesday announced the commencement of its early-morning flight services from Hyderabad to Chennai, from August 29. Alliance Air will also operate similar flights from Hyderabad to Bengaluru from August 30, the airline said in a statement.

It added that it will deploy its 70-seater ATR aircraft to connect these cities. 
Effective August 30, the Hyderabad-Bengaluru flight will give the travellers from Hyderabad and Bengaluru multiple options for further connectivity in the early hours of the morning. Currently, Alliance Air is operating daily direct flights between the two cities in the evening, it said.

The same-day return connectivity between these cities will allow better time management for flyers and give a boost to trade and commerce, the airline stated. According to Alliance Air, the light 9I-501 will depart from Hyderabad at 6.30 am and arrive in Bengaluru at 8.20 am.

On its return leg, the Flight 9I-502 will depart from Bengaluru at 8.50 am and arrive in Hyderabad at 10.20 am, said the statement. Currently, Alliance Air connects 47 destinations across the country with 76 departures per day and 313 flights per week.

08:48 (IST)12 Aug 2021
Covid-19: Bengaluru district admin bans entry of devotees to temples on weekends, public holidays

The district administration of Bengaluru Urban has banned the entry of the general public and devotees to temples on weekends and public holidays in a bid to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 infection. 

According to Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner J Manjunath, the ban will be enforced on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays during the month of ‘Shravan’. An order citing provisions of COVID-19 Regulations Rules 2020 and Disaster Management Act 2005 has also been issued.

However, devotees will be allowed to enter temples on other days following all related guidelines stipulated by the government.

The Karnataka government is all set to become the first state in the country to begin the implementation of the National Educational Policy (NEP) 2020 with Ashwathnarayan, the Higher Education Minister in the state, announcing the admission module to be followed from the current academic year (2021-22) will be launched soon.

READ | Karnataka gears up to become 1st state in country to implement NEP

Karnataka has tested the third highest number of Covid-19 samples in the country, and has crossed the four-crore mark for tests, minister K Sudhakar said on Wednesday. “Karnataka crossed 4 Crore Covid-19 tests marking yet another milestone in the battle against pandemic,” he tweeted.

READ | Karnataka has tested the 3rd highest number of Covid samples in country: K Sudhakar

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

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (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

Karnataka Bengaluru News August 11 Highlights

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