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Karnataka Bengaluru August 13 Highlights: CM Bommai pulls up Dakshina Kannada admin over poor Covid management as district emerges a hotspot

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News August 13 Highlights: The coastal Dakshina Kannada district bordering Kerala has emerged as a major COVID-19 hotspot with rising infections and fatalities.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 16, 2021 8:08:28 am
Basavaraj Bommai, P Ravikumar, Vidhana SoudhaKarnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai during a meeting held at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. Chief Secretary P Ravikumar accompanies him. Express Photo

Karnataka Bangalore News August 13 Highlights: Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Thursday reprimanded Dakshina Kannada district officials for allegedly not addressing the issue of shortage of masks and gloves for health workers in the line of duty to contain COVID-19. “How are you running the administration when you say there are no masks and gloves?” Bommai asked the deputy commissioner Dr Rajendra K V during a review meeting of COVID situation in the district.

The coastal Dakshina Kannada district bordering Kerala has emerged as a major COVID-19 hotspot with rising infections and fatalities.

When Rajendra tried to explain, the Chief Minister took him to task saying when he has SDRF and other funds with him, why the essential kits in the fight against COVID-19 were not purchased. He even told him that other procedures to procure the material could follow later. “How can the health workers work? Issue an order now. Purchase it locally. We have given you so much powers and funds under the SDRF,” Bommai told the deputy commissioner. Turning to the District Health Officer Dr Kishore Kumar M, the Chief Minister said, “Can’t you say in advance? Why didn’t you bring to the notice of the DC?.”

The Chief Minister sought to know why the demand was not raised when there was shortage of N-95 mask. Bommai is touring districts with high prevalence of COVID-19. (PTI)

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15:05 (IST)13 Aug 2021
Karnataka begins admission process for polytechnic diploma, 8 new courses to be on offer this year

Karnataka government on Thursday began the admission process for the Polytechnic Diploma in the state with 8 newly added courses in emerging areas, and a new ‘C20’ revamped curriculum of the courses that earlier existed.

Minister for Higher Education, CN Ashwath Narayan said these steps are taken with a focus on increasing the employability of students and aligning the courses with the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and global standards to suit the current developments and demands.

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13:18 (IST)13 Aug 2021

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12:43 (IST)13 Aug 2021
COVID-19: 1,857 new cases, 30 deaths in Karnataka

The Dakshina Kannada district bordering Kerala, continues to top the daily COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, as the state reported 1,857 fresh infections and 30 deaths, taking the tally to 29.24 lakh and the toll to 36,911, the health department said on Thursday.

The day also saw 1,950 discharges, outnumbering fresh cases, pushing the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,65,067. 

With 475 new cases, Dakshina Kannada outnumbered the state capital Bengaluru Urban that reported 321 cases on Thursday. This is for the third consecutive day that Dakshina Kannada district has recorded the highest daily cases in the state.

Total number of active cases in the state is at 22,728. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 1.15 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.61 per cent. Out of 30 deaths reported on Thursday, 5 are from Bengaluru Urban and Dakshina Kannada; Kolar 3, Belagavi, Chitradurga, Hassan, Shivamogga and Tumakuru 2, followed by others.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Dakshina Kannada accounted for 475, Bengaluru Urban 321, Udupi 191, Hassan 123, Mysuru 116, Chikkamagaluru 107, followed by others. Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,31,795, followed by Mysuru 1,74,315 and Tumakuru 1,18,465.

Cumulatively a total of 4.04 crore samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,61,275 were tested on Thursday alone.

12:23 (IST)13 Aug 2021
BJP leader asks Karnataka Congress to open ‘Nehru hookah bar’, stokes controversy

BJP national general secretary and MLA C T Ravi Thursday got embroiled in a controversy after he asked Congress to open a hookah bar at their Karnataka headquarters in Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai distanced his government from the comments and said, “His (Ravi’s) opinion is not that of our government. Ravi has requested to rename Indira Canteens but the decision lies with the government in such matters.”

Ravi also suggested rechristening the office of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) as Nehru hookah bar. In a press meet, where Ravi was speaking on renaming Indira Canteens, launched by the previous Congress government to provide food to economically disadvantaged people in the state, as Annapoorneshwari Canteens.

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09:58 (IST)13 Aug 2021
Karnataka: Florist body, farmers protest ban on garlands & bouquets in official programmes

Days after the Karnataka government issued an order banning garlands, bouquets and fruits at official programmes across the state, the South India Floriculture Association (SIFA) and various farmers organisations demanded the government to revoke the order and held a protest in Bengaluru Thursday.

Following the directions of newly-appointed Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, the state chief secretary Tuesday issued an order which bans flowers, garlands, bouquets, fruits and shawls at government events and states that only Kannada books will be given in the events.

SIFA Thursday held a protest against the order outside the international flower auction centre at Hebbal in North Bengaluru.

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09:23 (IST)13 Aug 2021
BMTC to launch 90 electric buses in Bengaluru

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will launch 90 electric buses in Bengaluru by October this year, said BMTC Chairman N S Nandeesha Reddy.

"These buses will be used to resolve the first and last mile connectivity issue of those taking the Namma Metro in the city, " he added. 

The BMTC, along with Smart City project, Bengaluru and National Thermal Power Corporation Limited are launching the buses, with investments of Rs 130 crore in the project.

09:12 (IST)13 Aug 2021
Karnataka bans public observation of festivals in August and October

The Karnataka government has ordered a ban on large social, political, religious, and cultural congregations of people across the state considering that COVID-19 cases are seeing an upward trend in some districts. 

The festival season in the state starts from August to October. Festivals, including Varamahalakshmi Vartha, Muharram, Krishna Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, and Durga Pooja are celebrated in these months. 

The state government has directed the district authorities to decide on enforcing restrictions locally on these festival days.

In new guidelines issued on Thursday, the State government said that no public observation of festivals or mass gatherings would be permitted in the State during the festive season.

08:52 (IST)13 Aug 2021
Curbs on entry to Chamundeshwari temple during festival days

The Mysuru administration has imposed restrictions again on the entry of devotees to Sri Chamundeshwari Temple atop Chamundi Hills in Mysuru to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

The temple will be closed to devotees on Fridays (August 13 and 20), said Deputy Commissioner Bagadi Gautham in an order.

The order of restrictions was issued due to the rush during Naga Panchami which is celebrated on August 13 and Varamahalakshmi festival on August 20, DC said.

08:37 (IST)13 Aug 2021
Karnataka adds 8 new courses in emerging areas in Polytechnic Diploma studies

Karnataka government on Thursday began the admission process for the Polytechnic Diploma in the state with eight newly added courses in emerging areas, and a new "C20" revamped curriculum of the courses that existed earlier.

Minister for Higher Education, C N Ashwath Narayan said these steps are taken with a focus on increasing the employability of students and to align the courses with NSQF (National Skill Qualification Framework) and global standards to suit the current developments and demands.

The eight new Diploma programmes offered by Department of Technical Education (DTE) in emerging areas are Alternative Energy Technologies, Cyber security, Food Processing & Preservation, Travel & Tourism (including logistics management), Cloud Computing & Big Data, Automation & Robotics, Direction, Screenplay writing and TV production, Cyber physical systems & Security.

They are being introduced in the colleges at Gauribidanur, Shiralakoppa, Kudligi, Rabakavi, Banahatti, Aurad, SJ Polytechnic of Bengaluru, Chennagiri, Koppa, Honnali and Kapu (Udupi), the Minister was quoted as saying by his office in a release. Besides the newly added courses, 33 courses exist in the Polytechnic Diploma.

08:36 (IST)13 Aug 2021
Karnataka sex CD case: HC extends bar on SIT final report

The Karnataka High Court has extended till September an order issued on July 27 restraining a special investigation team (SIT) of Bengaluru police from filing final reports on its investigation into allegations of rape made against BJP MLA and former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi by a woman, and a parallel probe into extortion allegations made by the MLA against the woman.

A division bench of the Karnataka High Court had said while issuing the July 27 order: “though the investigation of Crime Nos 21 and 30 of 2021 will continue, the final report shall not be filed without the leave of the court”.

The woman complainant who is at the centre of the controversy over a CD purportedly featuring Jarkiholi that was broadcast on TV channels on March 2 – forcing the minister’s resignation the next day – has questioned the appointment of an SIT to probe the cases and has sought the quashing of investigations in the HC.

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08:22 (IST)13 Aug 2021
Karnataka CM reprimands DK district officials for 'poor' Covid management

Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Thursday reprimanded Dakshina Kannada district officials for allegedly not addressing the issue of shortage of masks and gloves for health workers in the line of duty to contain COVID-19. "How are you running the administration when you say there are no masks and gloves?"  Bommai asked the deputy commissioner Dr Rajendra K V during a review meeting of COVID situation in the district.

The coastal Dakshina Kannada district bordering Kerala has emerged as a major COVID-19 hotspot with rising infections and fatalities.

When Rajendra tried to explain, the Chief Minister took him to task saying when he has SDRF and other funds with him, why the essential kits in the fight against COVID-19 were not purchased. He even told him that other procedures to procure the material could follow later.

"How can the health workers work? Issue an order now. Purchase it locally. We have given you so much powers and funds under the SDRF," Bommai told the deputy commissioner. Turning to the District Health Officer Dr Kishore Kumar M, the Chief Minister said, "Can't you say in advance? Why didn't you bring to the notice of the DC?."

The Chief Minister sought to know why the demand was not raised when there was shortage of N-95 mask. Bommai is touring districts with high prevalence of COVID-19. He is specially emphasising on special drive at the border regions of Maharashtra and Kerala, and on health check-up drive in schools and Anganwadis to prevent the spread of the pandemic among children. (PTI)

08:18 (IST)13 Aug 2021
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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).

READ | Karnataka BJP MLA holds one-man protest at Vidhana Soudha, demands flood relief for Mudigere

Days after the Karnataka government issued an order banning garlands, bouquets and fruits at official programmes across the state, the South India Floriculture Association (SIFA) and various farmers organisations demanded the government to revoke the order and held a protest in Bengaluru Thursday.

READ | Karnataka: Florist body, farmers protest ban on garlands & bouquets in official programmes

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