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Karnataka Bengaluru September 1 Highlights: State reports 1,159 new Covid-19 cases, 21 deaths

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News September 1 Highlights: Bengaluru Urban accounted for most number of cases - 359 and reported seven deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: September 2, 2021 8:10:49 am
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Karnataka Bangalore News September 1 Highlights: Karnataka reported 1,159 fresh Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,50,604 and the toll to 37,339. 1,112 discharges were also reported, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,94,827.

Bengaluru Urban accounted for most number of cases (359), as the city saw 232 discharges and seven deaths. The total number of active cases in the state stood at 18,412. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.66 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.81 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Chamarajanagar district administration in Karnataka has withdrawn the controversial Covid-19 vaccination initiative — “no vaccination, no ration”; “no vaccination, no pension” — that was to start Wednesday after criticism from the Congress. On Tuesday, the deputy commissioner of Chamarajanagar district, M R Ravi, had announced the launch of the initiative in a bid to fight vaccine hesitancy. After the move was criticised by the Congress, Ravi issued a clarification Wednesday saying that “there is no official order issued by our district administration regarding the ‘no vaccination, no ration; no vaccination, no pension’ initiative and there will not be any kind of this programme in the district”.

Earlier in the day, Kannada, Culture and Power minister V Sunil Kumar issued a notice to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) Managing Director, Anjum Parvez, seeking action and explanation for ignoring state language Kannada at the inauguration event of Bengaluru Metro line between Mysore Road and Kengeri on August 29. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri had participated in the event where the banner on the dais was only in English. Kannada activists said that Kannada was ignored at the programme. People took to social media to criticise the BMRCL and Karnataka Government on this issue.

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22:30 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Explained: Karnataka’s quarantine protocols for those coming from Kerala

The Karnataka government has recently issued orders making a week-long institutional quarantine mandatory for all students and employees entering the state from neighbouring Kerala, which continues to record an uptick in the number of Covid-19 cases.

However, there was confusion that persisted after the guidelines were published. Here’s what the government has said in the latest guideline.

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21:50 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Karnataka: No official confirmation from government, pollution board and police fail to draw guidelines for Ganesh Chaturthi

As pressure mounts on the Karnataka government to not impose restrictions on public celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi this year, enforcement agencies like the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) and the police are yet to issue guidelines for the festivities this year.

Various Right-wing organisations have requested the officials to not restrict Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations this year. The Karnataka government is scheduled to hold a meeting on September 5 with technical experts and health officials to discuss requests for a normal Ganesh Chaturthi amid rising Covid-19 in neighbouring states like Kerala.

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21:07 (IST)01 Sep 2021
1,159 new Covid-19 cases, 21 deaths in state

Karnataka reported 1,159 fresh Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,50,604 and the toll to 37,339.

The day also saw 1,112 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,94,827. Bengaluru Urban accounted for the most number of cases (359), as the city saw 232 discharges and seven deaths. The total number of active cases in the state stood at 18,412.

While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.66 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.81 per cent. Out of 21 deaths reported on Wednesday seven were from Bengaluru Urban, while Dakshina Kannada logged five, Udupi three and Hassan two, followed by others.

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20:35 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Namma Metro engages World Resources Institute as technical advisors in two projects

The Namma Metro has now engaged World Resources Institute (WRI India) as its technical advisors for the Phase 2A and Phase 2B projects for Multimodal Integration (MMI) and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) along the two Metro corridors.

According to BMRCL, WRI India is a global research organisation focusing on building sustainable, liveable cities and working towards a low-carbon economy.

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19:52 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Chamarajanagar scraps ‘no vaccination, no ration, no pension’ initiative after backlash

The Chamarajanagar district administration in Karnataka has withdrawn a controversial Covid-19 vaccination initiative — “no vaccination, no ration”; “no vaccination, no pension” — that was to start Wednesday after criticism from the Congress.

On Tuesday, the deputy commissioner of Chamarajanagar district, M R Ravi, had announced the launch of the initiative in a bid to fight vaccine hesitancy. After the move was criticised by the Congress, Ravi issued a clarification Wednesday saying that “there is no official order issued by our district administration regarding the ‘no vaccination, no ration; no vaccination, no pension’ initiative and there will not be any kind of this programme in the district”.

19:11 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Karnataka Minister asks officials to provide world-class facilities at industrial areas

The new Karnataka Large & Medium Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani Wednesday inspected various industrial areas in the state and directed officials to focus on providing world-class infrastructure facilities in all areas.

The instructions were issued after the minister carried out an inspection at the industrial areas in Ramanagara’s Harohalli and Bidadi and Jigani in Anekal near the state’s capital city Bengaluru.

After inspection, he said, “Although basic infrastructure has been delivered, I have instructed the officials to provide world-class roads, uninterrupted power and water supply and sewage connections in the industrial areas.”

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18:01 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Ministers Munirathna, Ashwath Narayan visit road widening project site near Yeshwantpur RTO complex

Minister for Horticulture, Planning Programme Monitoring and Statistics Department S Munirathna and Minister for Higher Education Dr C Ashwath Narayan jointly conducted a site inspection concerning the road widening project near Yeshwantpur RTO complex on Wednesday.

Instructing the officials to begin the works shortly, Munirathna said that the project was being taken up to ease traffic congestion and help citizens coming to railway station and market. Along with this project, a 400-bed Covid hospital is also being set up, the inauguration of which will be held soon, he added.

Minister Narayan said, 'Measures will be taken to ensure the road is of better quality and causes no inconvenience for vehicular traffic and those going to railway station. A blueprint for the same will be prepared and implement.'

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said that several measures are being taken up at Yeshwantpur RTO complex for the benefit of the public. The officials have been instructed to prepare a detailed project report and estimated cost. He said the project would be taken up rapidly once the processes related to the project are completed.

16:31 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Mysuru gang-rape: Siddaramaiah pays visit to the spot

Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Wednesday visited the place where a gang rape incident was reported in Mysuru few days back.

Four men allegedly gang-raped a woman in Mysuru on Tuesday night. The incident took place at around 8 pm in Lalithadripura when four men, who were drunk at that time, allegedly gang-raped the woman and also assaulted her friend, police sources said.

16:03 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Noted environmentalist attacked by drunken youths

Renowned environmentalist DV Girish and his colleagues were assaulted at the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary on Monday allegedly by a group of drunken youth. The police have registered a case in this regard. 

According to the police sources, the youth passed lewd comments to a woman colleague of Girish. When he questioned the behaviour, they were attacked.

Girish and his team managed to escape from the spot but the accused chased them on their bikes. Later, locals arrived and rescued them.

The police are yet to make any arrests in the case.

15:53 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Karnataka: Health department on toes after students at nursing colleges test positive for Covid-19

The Karnataka government has taken measures to intensify checks at nursing colleges and other higher educational institutions in the state in the wake of a high number of students returning from neighbouring states such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra contracting Covid-19.

For instance, 32 students of Noorunnisa Institute of Nursing in Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) tested positive for Covid on August 30, following 35 previous cases since August 24.

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15:40 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Amit Shah to visit Karnataka on Thursday

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will arrive in Karnataka on Thursday to attend various programmes in Davangere and Hubballi.

In Davangere, he would inaugurate the 'Gandhi Bhavan' and later visit Kondajji Basappa Memorial, along with Chief Minister Bsavaraj Bommai, to offer tributes. Shah would also inaugurate a police public school at Kondajji in Harihar taluk, and the central library of GM Institute of Technology (GMIT) in Davangere.

Later he will visit Hubballi to attend the wedding reception of Union Minister for Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs, Pralhad Joshi's eldest daughter Arpita with KS Hrushikesh.

14:57 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Google Maps, Search and Assistant to display vaccine availability information

Google is adding new features to some of its services to aid India’s vaccination drive. Starting later this week, Google Maps, Google Assistant, and Search will include detailed information on COVID-vaccination centres near users. The feature will be powered by implementing APIs from India’s CoWIN portal to provide real-time information on vaccine availability and appointments.

Google adds that the vaccination help will be available in over 13,000 locations across the country. Information that will be provided will include the availability of appointment slots at each center, whether the center is offering Dose 1 or Dose 2 of the corresponding vaccines (Covishield, Covaxin or others), and any information on pricing if applicable.

Google has also brought all the vaccine-related info in multiple regional languages. In addition to English, users will also be able to get vaccination help in eight Indian languages. This includes Kannada, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati, and Marathi.

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14:19 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Karnataka targets 10 lakh vaccinations today as special camps across state underway

In a bid to accelerate the pace of inoculations against Covid-19, special camps are being held across the state on Wednesday with the target set at administering 10 lakh doses. "Weekly 'Vaccination Utsav' will be held every Wednesday beginning today. While we aim to achieve 5 lakh vaccinations daily, the same will be doubled to 10 lakh doses every Wednesday from now," Health Minister K Sudhakar.

He added that districts bordering Kerala will be prioritised for vaccination in the state, as per the directions from the Centre. "I spoke to the Union Health Minister earlier today. He has asked me to ensure that our border districts near Kerala witness a faster pace of vaccinations," Sudhakar added. 

According to statistics issued by the Health Department, the state has been vaccination an average of 4.5 lakh people daily since August 23. Nealry 7 lakh doses were administered on August 27 alone.

14:14 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Confusion persists day after Karnataka makes institutional quarantine mandatory for Kerala travellers

Confusion among people entering and planning for travels to Karnataka from neighbouring Kerala continued on Tuesday as well even as Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar reiterated the government’s decision to impose a week-long institutional quarantine for those entering from Kerala.

“I am still confused as neither any order nor guidelines are out yet specifying where should we quarantine and to who it applies to. An order that I saw being shared by the Karnataka Health Department of Twitter mentioned that the quarantine will be applicable only to students and employees,” Govind M, a Thiruvananthapuram resident who has a couple of job interviews scheduled in Bengaluru later this week told The Indian Express.

Later, the government clarified that the order would be applicable to all. Sudhakar announced that all people entering Karnataka from neighbouring Kerala will have to remain in institutional quarantine for a week even if they are vaccinated and carry a negative RT-PCR test report.

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13:26 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Karnataka to decide on relaxing curbs on Ganesha festival based on inputs from experts: CM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said the government will take a decision on relaxing restrictions on Ganesha festival celebrations, on September 5, after getting necessary inputs from the districts and the expert committee.

The Chief Minister who held a meeting with senior Ministers, officials and experts on Monday had deferred a decision on allowing full-fledged Ganesha festival celebrations for which several BJP leaders and groups with Sangh Parivar background were mounting pressure.

“Right decision has to be taken at the right time, all the inputs that were required from various districts were not there at yesterday’s meeting. We have sought inputs from Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of police of all the districts, and the health department has been asked to do a complete analysis,” Bommai said in response to a question on “delay” in the decision.

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13:19 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Kannada & Culture minister issues notice to BMRCL MD, seeks explanation for ignoring Kannada in metro inauguration event

Kannada, Culture and Power minister V Sunil Kumar issued notice to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) Managing Director, Anjum Parvez, seeking action and explanation for ignoring state language Kannada at the inauguration event of Bengaluru Metro line between Mysore Road and Kengeri on August 29.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri had participated in the event where the banner on the dais was only in English. Kannada activists said that Kannada was ignored at the programme. 

People took to social media to criticise the BMRCL and Karnataka Government on this issue.

11:49 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Efforts to restore land for elephant corridor near Bengaluru in limbo for 10 years

Nearly 10 years after over 1000 acres of revenue land around the Bannerghatta National Park, on the outskirts of Bengaluru, was identified as being crucial to an elephant corridor, and allotted to the Karnataka forest department, local disputes over ownership of cultivated land in the region have prevented the restoration of the corridor.

A land survey ordered in May by revenue authorities is now expected to resolve the land conflicts in the deemed forest region -which has been witness to many man-animal conflicts.

Acting on a 2011 Lok Adalat order to transfer 1,129 acres of government land at Shivanahalli village in Anekal taluk to the forest department, for the development of an elephant corridor, the Bengaluru Urban deputy commissioner, J Manjunath, ordered a survey of the land in May this year. It has however now come to the light that though the survey is underway land encroachers have started farming in the same area.

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11:41 (IST)01 Sep 2021
Constitution, women will remain safe as long as Hindus are in majority: C T Ravi

BJP national General Secretary C T Ravi on Tuesday said the Constitution of India and women will remain safe as long as Hindus remain the majority in the country.

“Until Hindus are in majority in this country there will be the constitution written by Dr B R Ambedkar. Until Hindus are in majority there will be equal opportunity, once Hindus become minority what happened to Gandara (Afghanistan) will happen here too,” Ravi said.

“Secularism and religious tolerance is our (Hindu) core belief. Until people with tolerance are in majority there will be secularism, there will be protection for women. Once people with tolerance become a minority, an Afghanistan like situation will get created…..Once they (non-Hindus) become majority they speak about Shariyat, not Ambedkar’s constitution,” he added.

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11:34 (IST)01 Sep 2021
CM Bommai says police will investigate accident which killed seven on Tuesday

Terming the road accident that occured in Bengaluru during the early hours of Tuesday in which seven youth, including a Tamil Nadu MLA's son, were killed as "shocking", Bommai said, police will inquire into the reasons for the accident.

"One should be careful while driving during the night time for safety of self and others. Safety rules like speed limit, signals, road humps have to be followed, to avoid such accidents," he said. (PTI)

11:34 (IST)01 Sep 2021
1,217 new cases, 25 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka reported 1,217 new cases of COVID-19 and 25 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,49,445 and toll to 37,318, the Health department said on Tuesday. The day also saw 1,198 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,93,715. Out of the 1,217 new cases reported on Tuesday, 287 were from Bengaluru Urban as the city saw 185 discharges and 7 deaths. 

The total number of active cases in the state stood at 18,386. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.94 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.05 per cent. 

Out of the 25 deaths reported on Tuesday, 7 are from Bengaluru Urban followed by Dakshina Kannada (6), Mysuru (4), Kodagu (2) and others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 287, followed by Dakshina Kannada (224), Udupi (150), Mysuru (127) and others. 

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,37,837, followed by Mysuru 1,76,079 and Tumakuru 1,19,250. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 12,14,405, followed by Mysuru 1,72,696 and Tumakuru 1,17,518. 

Cumulatively, a total of 4,34,74,538  samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,28,657 were tested on Tuesday alone. (PTI)

The West division of Bengaluru Police Monday started a de-addiction programme ‘Navachetana’ for drug addicts on a pilot basis. On the first day of the event, around 83 people were in attendance. In an event held in the Byadarahalli police station in West Bengaluru, people who had previously taken drugs took part in the programme, which was also organised by the city’s civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

READ | Bengaluru: West division cops initiate ‘Navachetana’ to help those addicted to drugs

Even as the Karnataka government has decided to reopen schools for students in classes VI to VIII from September 6, an expert committee of the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) has stated that it would be premature to reopen schools at present. The PHANA expert committee report on preparedness for a possible third wave of Covid has cited the example of Israel which reopened schools but was compelled to shut them within a week since 100 per cent of the fresh Covid cases were traced to schools.

READ | Private hospitals’ panel cautions Karnataka government against reopening schools

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

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