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Karnataka Bengaluru August 18 Highlights: PUC students to get free bus travel to attend exams

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News August 18 Highlights: Students will be allowed to travel for free from August 19 to September 3.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 19, 2021 8:16:13 am
PUC, Karnataka, PUC studentsThe students will have to produce their admit cards to avail the service. Express Photo

Karnataka Bangalore News August 18 Highlights: The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will allow students taking their Pre-University Certificate (PUC) examinations to travel free of cost to and from examination centres. This is in a bid to facilitate those appearing for the supplementary exams, according to a press note from KSRTC.

The students will have to produce their admit cards to avail the service. They will be allowed to travel for free from August 19 to September 3.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has decided to test 1.5 crore children in the state for Covid-19 ahead of an anticipated third wave of the pandemic. According to Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, the ‘Arogya Nandana’ initiative will be launched by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai within a week.

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20:04 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Covid-19: Karnataka reports 1,365 new cases, 1,558 recoveries

Karnataka on Wednesday reported 1,365  new Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29.33 lakh and the toll to 37,061.
The day also saw 1,558 discharges, as it outnumbered the fresh cases, thereby resulting in the active caseload across the state dropping to 21,266. The total number of recoveries in the state so far has increased to 28,74,839.

Meanwhile Bengaluru Urban reported 327 new cases, as the city saw 318 discharges and two deaths, the health department said in a bulletin.

While the positivity rate stood at 0.76 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.61 per cent. Districts that reported most related fatalities were Dakshina Kannada, and Mysuru (three each).

19:49 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Explained: How Karnataka plans to screen 1.5 crore children ahead of possible third wave of Covid

The Karnataka government has decided to test various health parameters of its over 1.5 crore population of children ahead of an anticipated third wave of Covid-19. According to Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, the ‘Arogya Nandana’ initiative will be launched by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai within a week.

“While over 1.5 crore children in the state will be subjected to tests, this will help us identify children with low immunity and other co-morbidities. They will then be provided with nutritious food and supplements to boost their immunity and their health will be constantly monitored,” Sudhakar said.

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18:51 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Bengaluru: Man loses Rs 4.5 lakh after son cheated by online gamer

A Bengaluru teenager’s addiction to mobile gaming cost his father Rs 4.8 lakh, after the boy was cheated with offers of attractive online games.

According to the police, the victim is a private firm employee and resident of Akshayanagar near KR Puram. His 15-year-old son was addicted to Free Fire, an online multiplayer mobile game, through which he met a person called Lakshmi Bai.

An officer said Lakshmi Bai introduced the boy to more online games. In July, she asked him to download some paid games, and sent him a link for the payment. The teen, who often used his father’s phone and a bank account linked to the number, shared the One Time Password (OTP) received on the phone with Lakshmi Bai.

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18:47 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Bengaluru: Deadline set for Shivaram Karanth Layout landowners to submit docs

Justice A V Chandrashekar committee has set a deadline to submit documents before September 9 for Dr Shivaram Karanth Layout landowners. The committee says that the applications both online and offline will not be accepted after September 9. As of June, 3,541 applications have been submitted out of the 6,227 properties that have been identified by satellite imagery.

18:42 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Umesh Kumar IPS officer in charge to ensure Kannadigas' return from Afghanistan

IPS officer Umesh Kumar has been appointed as nodal officer to coordinate with central government agencies to bring back Kannadigas stuck in Afghanistan.

15:09 (IST)18 Aug 2021
NEP: Mysore University to hold workshop for key stakeholders

The University of Mysore (UoM) has decided to organise a one-day workshop for all of its key stakeholders on Friday with regard to the state government's plan to begin implementation of the new National Education Policy (NEP) from the academic year 2021-22. 

According to officials of the varsity, the programme will be inaugurated by Commissioner for Collegiate Education Pradeep P and is expected to be attended by top officials of the Technical Education department as well. 

Further, Suttur Seer Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji is scheduled to unveil NEP in Karnataka in the presence of Higher Education Minister C N Ashwathnarayan later that afternoon at Crawford Hall on the UoM campus.

15:01 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Bengaluru CCB organise property return parade

The Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) police conducted property return parade today. They had displayed 27 kg of gold ornaments worth Rs 56 crore, Rs. 32 crore-worth drugs and Ambergris, mobile phones and other electronic devices. 

Home Minister Araga Jnanendra handed over Rs 3.91 crore worth valuables to 18 victims and announced Rs 18 lakh as reward to the cops.

14:41 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Home Minister assures help to Afghans in Karnataka

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Wednesday assured of extending all necessary assistance to the Afghan students studying in the state and to take steps to address their grievances following the political developments in their country.

"The state government will extend all help to those of the students from Afghanistan, studying in Karnataka, in addressing their grievances arising out of the strife, if any, in their nation," Jnanendra told reporters in Bengaluru.

He noted that there are about 300 Afghan nationals, including students presently residing in the state. "The state government will interact with the Union Government relating to any issues on extending Visa of the Afghan students residing in Karnataka", the minister said.

Following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the students studying in Karnataka grew desperate, fearing for the safety of their relatives back home. (PTI)

14:20 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Fuel prices in Bengaluru today

In Bengaluru, fuel is priced at Rs. 105.25 per litre today while diesel costs Rs. 95.05 per litre.

13:41 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Akshaya Patra Foundation inaugurates Kitchen at HAL

The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s 58th kitchen, sponsored by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), was inaugurated by R. Madhavan, the Chairman and Managing Director of HAL, in Jalahalli in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The new kitchen is sponsored by HAL as a part of its CSR project. Through this kitchen, Akshaya Patra will reach out mid-day meals to 7,500 children every day.

R. Madhavan, the Chairman and Managing Director of HAL, said, “HAL has been taking CSR initiatives as a “call from within" even before it was officially mandated. The CSR activities of HAL are tuned towards improving the quality of life of the socially & economically backwards groups and marginalized & weaker sections of the Society, in the vicinity of its operational areas."

13:32 (IST)18 Aug 2021
IN PICS | Vietnam Ambassador meets Karnataka CM

Vietnam Ambassador to India SanhChau Pham called on Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

13:06 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Karnataka CM Bommai to soon move into Race View Cottage

Nearly three weeks after he took over as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai will soon move into his official residence in Bengaluru. According to an official notification issued by the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, the CM will operate from No. 1 Race View Cottage on Race Course Road.

Higher Education Minister and former Deputy Chief Minister, C N Ashwathnarayan, has been staying in the ministerial bungalow. “The CM will be able to shift after Ashwathnarayan, who has been asking for a bungalow on Crescent Road, moves out,” an official said.

According to sources, the house will be repainted and modified as per Bommai’s demands before he officially moves to the residence. Till then, the CM will continue to operate from the Kumara Krupa guest house as a temporary measure.

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12:20 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Karnataka: PUC students to get free bus travel to attend exams

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will allow students taking their Pre-University Certificate (PUC) examinations to travel free of cost to and from examination centres. 

This is in a bid to facilitate those appearing for the supplementary exams, according to a press note from KSRTC.

The students will have to produce their admit cards to avail the service. They will be allowed to travel for free from August 19 to September 3.

12:17 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Karnataka HC judge Justice B V Nagarathna among nine names cleared by Collegium for SC

Ending the unprecedented 22-month-long impasse, the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana is learnt to have recommended nine names to the government on Tuesday for appointment as judges to the top court. The list has three women judges, including one who could become the first woman Chief Justice of India.

The Indian Express has learnt that the Collegium, for the first time, has recommended the names of three women judges – Justice B V Nagarathna of the Karnataka High Court; Justice Hima Kohli, Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court; and Justice Bela Trivedi of the Gujarat High Court – for elevation to the Supreme Court. Justice Nagarathna could become the first woman Chief Justice of India.

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11:48 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Water logging areas in Bengaluru identified, will be fixed soon: R Ashoka

Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Tuesday said water logging areas in Bengaluru have been identified and will be fixed soon. "I have instructed the officials to construct shoulder drains wherever necessary so that we can prevent water logging on Bengaluru streets," Ashoka said.

Noting that many roads witness traffic jams during rains due to waterlogging, he said it has been decided to remove all such bottlenecks so that the water flows into the drain and there is no water logging. "We will not tolerate any sub-standard work. I recently inspected Commercial Street and ordered the contractor to relay the tiles. The road will get a new look within two months. I have asked officials to regularly inspect the works and take action against sub-standard works," he added.

The Minister further warned that if any official is found to be negligent, action will take action against the erring official. (PTI)

11:46 (IST)18 Aug 2021
MRPL cautions public against fraud promising jobs in company

The Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) has cautioned the general public against falling prey to unscrupulous elements who are offering employment in the company by charging money.

In a statement, MRPL said some unscrupulous elements are found to be cheating members of general public by taking money for employment and contract employment in the refinery premises. It is reported that these elements are using MRPL's duplicate letter heads and work passes to commit the fraud, the statement said, adding the company has already initiated appropriate legal action against this.

MRPL never charges any money for appointments for permanent or contract jobs and the company has not nominated any broker or agent for the purpose, the statement from Rudolph V J Noronha, general manager (corporate communications), said. 

Being a CPSE organisation, it has a transparent system for recruiting staff and system does not allow any scope for malpractice. The company recruits candidates by notifying the vacancies appropriately and by widely advertising the vacancies in leading national dailies, employment news and also by hosting the same on company websites, the statement said. (PTI)

11:06 (IST)18 Aug 2021
1,298 new cases, 32 deaths reported in Karnataka

Karnataka reported 1,298 new COVID-19 cases and 32 deaths on Tuesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,31,827 and the toll to 37,039. The day also saw 1,833 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,73,281.                       

Bengaluru Urban accounted for most of the fresh cases (340), as the city saw 471 discharges and 10 deaths. The total number of active cases in the state is at 21,481. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 1.01 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.46 per cent.

Out of 32 deaths reported on Tuesday 10 were from Bengaluru Urban, Dakshina Kannada had five, Hassan, Kodagu, Kolar, Mysuru and Shivamogga two each, followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 340, Dakshina Kannada 288, Udupi 122, Mysuru 88 and Hassan 66, while the rest were scattered in other districts.

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,33,512, followed by Mysuru 1,74,767 and Tumakuru 1,18,711. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 12,09,647, followed by Mysuru 1,71,340 and Tumakuru 1,16,918.

Cumulatively a total of 4,11,53,364 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,28,269 were done on Tuesday alone. (PTI)

11:00 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Four arrested with 20 kg of ambergris worth Rs 20 crore

Four people were arrested on Tuesday with 20 kg of banned ambergris or floating gold worth Rs 20 crore, police said.

Acting on a tip-off, the SJ Park police arrested two people with 2.5 kg of ambergris. Further interrogation revealed that there were two more members of the gang. Based on their input, police raided their house in Hoskote town adjoining Bengaluru and seized 17.5 kg of ambergris.

The accused are reportedly residents of Udupi who had got the ambergris from Malpe beach. (PTI)

10:34 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Udupi man who was arrested in Saudi Arabia over alleged hate posts returns to Karnataka

Harish Bangera, 32, who was arrested in Saudi Arabia over alleged hate posts on social media has been released and returned to India.  

Bangera, a resident of Goyadibettu in Bijadi village of Kundapur taluk, Udupi district, was an air-conditioning technician for a company in Dammam, capital of Saudi's eastern provice. He was arrested on December 20, 2019 for allegedly posting derogatory messages on Facebook against Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammad bin Salman and a community.

10:30 (IST)18 Aug 2021
Karnataka government reclaims 141 acres of encroached land around Bengaluru lakes

In an ongoing drive, the Karnataka government has been able to reclaim 141 acres of land illegally occupied by encroachers around 58 lakes in Bengaluru.

Earlier, the Bengaluru Urban deputy commissioner, J Manjunath, had directed the stakeholders, including the revenue department, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, KSPCB (Karnataka State Pollution Control Board), forest department and minor irrigation department to survey the lakes and demolish encroachments.

The tehsildars of all the taluks were directed to undertake the eviction drives every Saturday.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Bengaluru, which is positioning itself to contest local polls in the city and the next assembly polls in 2023, has alleged that BJP MLA and former minister Arvind Limbavali and his supporters are preventing the opening of an AAP office in the Mahadevapura assembly segment of Bengaluru.

READ | AAP says Bengaluru BJP MLA preventing opening of party office in his constituency

Despite attaining authorisation from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) to begin commercial operations on the extended Purple Line of Namma Metro in Bengaluru, the same is expected to be further delayed before being open to commuters.

READ | Bengaluru: Extended Mysore Road-Kengeri metro stretch gets safety approval, wait for official launch on

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