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Karnataka Bengaluru August 17 Highlights: Special drive to check tuberculosis spread launched in state

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News August 17 Highlights: The drive, according to Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, will check the spread of Tuberculosis (TB) that might hit Covid patients after recovery.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 18, 2021 8:11:47 am
Karnataka, tuberculosis driveA health worker collects information from citizens during the drive.

Karnataka Bangalore News August 17 Highlights: The Karnataka government Tuesday launched a drive to evaluate post-Covid complications in people who have recovered from the infection. The drive, according to Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, will check the spread of Tuberculosis (TB) that might hit Covid patients after recovery.

“There are more than 28 lakh people in the state who have recovered from the infection. Since both Covid-19 and TB infect the lungs we have launched this special drive to ensure early detection of TB in people who have recovered from Covid,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government on Monday issued a notification for formation of District Level COVID-19 Technical Expert Committees (TEC) for providing technical guidance to the district administrations. Signed by Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Jawaid Akhtar, TEC has been constituted based on the recommendation of the state Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) from the experiences of two waves of COVID-19 pandemic and as the third wave is anticipated by the experts in October-November 2021.

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18:57 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Bengaluru local body razes illegal graveyard near Kembatthalli lake

After locals raised alarm over the illegal construction of a graveyard in the vicinity of Kembatthalli lake in Gottigete, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) razed the construction.

“Miscreants were constructing a wall near the lake for the graveyard. We gave a written complaint to BBMP to stop the construction. Finally, on August 4, the construction, which was halfway through, was demolished,” said Anand Yadwad, a local resident. The lake has a span of 8 acre and 7 guntas.

He said the lake has been systematically subjected to encroachment and as of now, roads and a temple have been constructed in the vicinity.

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17:22 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Probe into death of dog in Mangaluru leads police to 1,400 kg of explosive substances

Investigation into the death of a dog that was shot led to the seizure of a massive load of explosives in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district Monday. Police seized 1,400 kg of explosive substances stored illegally inside a building in Mangaluru city.

The accused, Anand Gatty (50), was arrested and produced before a court that remanded him in police custody. Police have recovered 400 kg of white sulfur powder, 350 kg of potassium nitrate, 50 kg of barium nitrate, 395 kg of potassium chlorite, 260 kg of aluminum powder of different grades, 161 boxes of 100 air pistol pellets each (.22 bore), 30 kg of lead balls and 240 kg of charcoal from the spot.

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17:18 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Karnataka: TB detected in 24 people post Covid-19 recovery

As many as 24 cases were confirmed with tuberculosis (TB) post Covid-19 recovery among people in Karnataka, Dr Ramesh Chandra Reddy, state Joint Director for TB said. 

'These include people from Kodagu, Mandya, Mysuru, and Chamarajanagar districts. While they recovered from Covid-19 two months ago, TB was detected in them during the last 15 days,' he explained.

Dr Reddy added that the campaign is expected to have an outreach of nearly 80 lakh people including family members and contacts of those who have recovered from Covid-19 between January and June this year. 

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15:00 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Will take action against people issuing negative certificates for money: Bommai

Amid reports that COVID negative certificates are being issued in exchange for money at testing camps, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said, "It has come to my notice, I will give directions to officials whether it is in railway stations or bus stands who ever is doing it- to take action against them and stop such things."

He said, those who have been given such negative certificates, will be made to undergo tests once again. (PTI)

14:36 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Accelerating development of state is my main objective, says CM Bommai

Noting that he is reviewing the work of Higher Education, PWD and Housing departments today, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Tuesday said accelerating the development of the state is his main objective.

"Infrastructure development will give a push to economic activities, also social and economic life of poor has to get improved, keeping this in mind I have begun my work," he said pointing out at various programmes announced by him on the Independence Day.

The Chief Secretary has been given directions to ensure speedy implementation of programmes, he said, adding that officials have been asked to function in a way that government's initiatives reach the people in a shortest time. (PTI)

14:35 (IST)17 Aug 2021
No proposal to cut petrol prices in state: CM Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said there was no proposal before the government to cut petrol prices in the state on the lines of neighboring Tamil Nadu.

"There is no such proposal," Bommai said in response to a question by reporters, about any proposal to cut petrol prices like in Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan, presenting his maiden budget to the Assembly on Friday had said that the government has decided to cut tax on petrol by Rs three per litre. Following this Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Karnataka assembly Siddaramaiah had urged Chief Minister Bommai to cut the price of both petrol and diesel in the state. (PTI)

14:33 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Karnataka: What are the Covid-19 guidelines that schools reopening for offline classes on Aug 23 have to follow?

With the Karnataka government preparing to resume offline classes for students in grades 9 to 12 in the state from August 23, the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education has clarified that students should be divided into batches of 15 or 20 to avoid crowds and to minimise contact with each other.

Top officials of the primary and secondary education department confirmed to The Indian Express that attendance will not be made mandatory for offline classes. However, those choosing to attend classes at schools will have to get a consent letter from parents mentioning they are permitted to do so and have no Covid-19 symptoms.

Classes will be held in the morning for half a day in all types of schools and only in districts where the positivity rate is less than 2 per cent. The government has specified that classes for students in grades 9 and 10 will be held from 10 am to 1.30 pm from Mondays to Fridays. The same on Saturdays will be scheduled between 10 am and 12.15 pm. Meanwhile, students of Class 8 can be permitted to visit the campus to get doubts clarified post afternoons.

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14:08 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Health Minister launches special drive to check tuberculosis spread

The Karnataka government Tuesday launched a drive to evaluate post-Covid complications in people who have recovered from the infection. The drive, according to Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, will check the spread of Tuberculosis (TB) that might hit Covid patients after recovery. 

"There are more than 28 lakh people in the state who have recovered from the infection.  Since both Covid-19 and TB infect the lungs we have launched this special drive to ensure early detection of TB in people who have recovered from Covid," he said.

13:02 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Couple who died by suicide in Surathkal had tested Covid negative: Post-mortem report

Post-mortem reports of a couple from Surathkal who had died by suicide after getting infected with Covid-19 has suggested that the duo had tested negative for the virus.

The couple, who was later identified as Ramesh and Guna had left a death note and Rs 1 lakh behind for cremation.

According to a police officer, Ramesh had sent an audio note to multiple people where they had asked to donate household articles to the poor.

12:39 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Fully reserved special trains between Hubballi and Chennai from Aug 21

The South Western Railway has notified the operation of fully reserved special trains between Hubballi and Chennai (Train No. 07355/07356 Hubballi – Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Chennai Central  - Hubballi Weekly Superfast Special) from August 21.

Train No. 07355 Hubballi – Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Chennai Central  Weekly Superfast Special will leave Hubballi on Saturdays at 20.25 hours on and from August 21 and will reach Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Chennai Central at 11.40 hours the next day until further advice. 

In the return direction, train No. 07356 Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Chennai Central  - Hubballi Weekly Superfast Special will leave Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Chennai Central on Sundays at 15.00 hours on and from August 22 and reach Hubballi at 05.25 hours the next day until further advice.

The train will have one - AC 2 tier coaches, two - AC 3 tier coaches, seven - sleeper class coaches, five - general second class coaches and two luggage cum brake vans.

Enroute, the trains will have stoppages at Karajgi, Haveri, Ranibennur, Harihar, Davangere, Birur, Arsikere Junction, Tiptur, Sampige Road, Tumkur, Yeshwanthpur, Banaswadi, Krishnarajapuram, Bangarapet, Jolarpettai, Katpadi and Arakkonam. Train No. 07355 Hubballi – Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Chennai Central Weekly Superfast Special will have an additional stoppage at Perambur.

12:38 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Bengaluru CCB seize MMDA, arrest two

Central crime branch (CCB) in Bengaluru have seized 55 grams of MDMA (narcotic substance) and have arrested two persons.

11:04 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Two arrested in Bengaluru for cryptocurrency cheating worth Rs 3.5 crore

Two persons in Bengaluru, including a cryptocurrency trading agent, have been arrested for cheating a city based businessman of Rs 3.5 crore on the pretext of helping him invest in cryptocurrency. The arrested are Piyushbhai Himmatlal Soni and Rajeshbhai Dhirajlal Soni from Gujarat. They were arrested based on a complaint filed by businessman Gowtham, 37, a resident of JP Nagar. The prime accused in the case, Kunal Anup Chandrana, is absconding. A local court had dismissed Chandrana’s anticipatory bail plea on August 10 and they were later arrested.

According to a senior police officer, Gowtham’s friend Ramesh TV claimed he made profits in cryptocurrency trading and that made Gowtham invest in the same. In his complaint, Gowtham said, “as he lacked knowledge in cryptocurrency, he sought Ramesh’s help to befriend Chandrana who claimed to be an expert.”

On May 15, Gowtham on demand transferred Rs 3.5 crore to two bank accounts provided by Chandrana to purchase cryptocurrency. However, Chandrana neither bought cryptocurrency nor returned money. When asked, Chandrana gave reasons which did not convince Gowtham. He filed a complaint with South Cyber, Economic and Narcotics (CEN) police station.

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10:04 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Couple in Surathkal die by suicide after testing positive for Covid-19

Infected with Covid-19, a couple from Surathkal in Dakshina Kannada district died by suicide. They left a death note and Rs 1 lakh behind for cremation. The couple name has been identified as Ramesh and Guna. 

According to a police officer, Ramesh had sent an audio note to multiple people where they had asked to donate household articles to the poor.

09:53 (IST)17 Aug 2021
BBMP lake division demolishes illegal construction at Kembatthalli lake

An illegal construction was demolished by the BBMP Lake division and police at Kembatthalli lake. The BBMP acted upon the complaints by the local residents who alleged that the violators were erecting a compound wall inside a lake area.

09:50 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Shobha Karandlaje visits Suttur Mutt

Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Shobha Karandlaje visited Suttur Mutt in Mysuru district on Tuesday.

09:13 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Karnataka: Covid fatalities cross 37,000-mark

With the Department of Health and Family Welfare linking 28 more deaths to Covid-19, the cumulative toll was up at 37,007 as on Monday. While five of the new deaths were reported from Dakshina Kannada, other districts that reported most such deaths were Bengaluru Urban, Mysuru (4 each), Hassan, Kodagu (3 each), Chitradurga, Kolar, and Uttara Kannada (2 each). 

While the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was noted to be at 2.62 per cent, the test positivity (TPR) rate for the day was recorded at 0.93 per cent. Meanwhile, 1,065 new Covid-19 cases were reported from across the state as the total tally rose to 29,30,529. The total number of active cases in the state is 22,048.

09:00 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Covid-19: Officials asked to enhance contact tracing in 7 districts

The Karnataka Department of Health and Family Welfare has directed officials to intensify contact tracing in seven border districts, namely Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Hassan, Mysuru, Kodagu, Chikkamangaluru, and Chamarajanagar. These districts have been reporting a test positivity rate at a scale of 3 to 4 per cent.

As per the order, officials will now have to trace a minimum of 20 contacts for every positive case detected compulsorily. Furter, vaccination of those vulnerable to the infection should also be enhanced, th circular added.

08:55 (IST)17 Aug 2021
BJP leadership will decide on my future role: Yediyurappa’s son Vijayendra

Karnataka BJP Vice-President and former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s son B Y Vijayendra on Monday said that the party leadership would decide on his future role, as he rejected reports about him making efforts to become either a minister or the state unit chief.

“In the past, Yediyurappa when he struggled for the party by organising marches and rallies, he never did that with an idea to come to power, to become a Minister or a Chief Minister. In the same way Raganna (brother and Shivamogga MP B Y Raghavendra) and I….I’m working within the party framework as the vice- president,” Vijayendra said in response to a question.

Speaking to reporters in Shivamogga, he said he was not working with a desire for any position in mind, as he believes that people will recognise one’s hard work.

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08:37 (IST)17 Aug 2021
Karnataka: Students to be grouped in smaller batches for offline classes

With the Karnataka government preparing to resume offline classes for students in grades 9 to 12 in the state from August 23, the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education has clarified that students should be divided in batches of 15 or 20 to avoid crowds and to minimise contact with each other.

The SOP mentions that a maximum of two students can be seated on a bench, with each bench placed at a sufficient distance from the other. Classes will be held in the morning for half a day in all types of schools, only at districts where the positivity rate is less than 2 per cent. 

Further, a teacher will be appointed as nodal officer in each school to ensure Covid-19 guidelines are followed.

08:37 (IST)17 Aug 2021
1,065 new cases, 28 deaths reported in Karnataka

Karnataka reported 1,065 new Covid-19 cases and 28 deaths on Monday, taking the total number of infections to 29,30,529 and the toll to 37,007. The day also saw 1,486 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,71,448.               

Bengaluru Urban accounted for 270 cases out of the total number and saw 378 discharges and four deaths. The total number of active cases in the state is 22,048. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.93 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.62 per cent.

Out of the 28 deaths, five are from Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Urban and Mysuru (4 each), Hassana and Kodagu (3 each), Chitradurga, Kolar and Uttara Kannada (2 each), followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Dakshina Kannada accounted for 284, Bengaluru Urban 270, Udupi 107, Mysuru 63, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,33,172, followed by Mysuru 1,74,679 and Tumakuru 1,18,659. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 12,09,176, followed by Mysuru 1,71,209 and Tumakuru 1,16,844.

Cumulatively a total of 4,10,25,095 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,13,580 were done on Monday alone. (PTI)

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has announced that 90 electric buses will be launched in the city on a trial basis by October to resolve the last-mile connectivity problems of Namma Metro passengers. The buses are being launched by BMTC with Smart City Bengaluru and the National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.

READ | BMTC to launch 90 electric buses in Bengaluru by October

The interrogation of children by armed policemen in uniform at a school in Bidar region of Karnataka last January in a sedition case was prima facie a “serious case of violation of the rights of children” and provisions of the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act, Karnataka High Court observed on Monday. The case was filed over a play opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

READ | Sedition case against Bidar school: Police questioning kids prima facie violated rights, says Karnataka HC

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

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Karnataka Bengaluru News August 16 Highlights

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