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Karnataka Bengaluru September 20, 21, 22 Highlights: Bengaluru metro’s tunnel boring machine ‘Urja’ achieves breakthrough

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News September 20, 21, 22 Highlights: Urja, which was drilling a distance of 855 metres for over a year now, is the first TBM to achieve a breakthrough on Namma Metro’s Pink Line.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: September 23, 2021 8:15:34 am
Urja, Bengaluru metroBengaluru metro's tunnel boring machine, Urja.

Karnataka Bangalore News September 20, 21, 22 Highlights: Bengaluru Metro’s tunnel boring machine ‘Urja’ made a breakthrough today at around 10.15 am in the presence of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. Urja, which was drilling a distance of 855 metres for over a year now, is the first TBM to achieve a breakthrough on Namma Metro’s Pink Line.

Meanwhile, nearly a month after a student was raped in Mysuru, the Karnataka police have been able to gain the confidence of the woman to convince her to record her statement regarding the incident. The woman gave her statement before a magistrate on Wednesday, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai informed the state legislature Wednesday afternoon. The woman and her friend were attacked by a gang of men near the foothills of the Chamundi Hills on August 24 while they were on a outing in an uninhabited area.

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Tuesday said 3,900 people in the state have been infected by black fungus so far. “Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus infections, are found after recovery from COVID-19 and 3,900 people have been infected in the state so far,” Sudhakar said.

Responding to a question raised by Congress MLA from Bhalki, Eshwara Khandre, in the assembly, he said, considering the treatment for the black fungus infection being costly, the government has decided to provide free treatment. “96,060 vials of Liposomal amphotericin (the drug required for black fungus) has been procured, and 51,000 have already been distributed to districts,” he added.

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00:19 (IST)23 Sep 2021
Karnataka HC upholds Arms Act exemption granted to Kodavas

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday upheld the Arms Act exemption granted to every person of Coorg by race, and Jumma tenure landholders in Coorg (Kodagu district). 

A petition was filed before the court challenging a 2019 notification issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) granting such exemption to every person of Coorg by race, and Jumma tenure landholders in Kodagu District under the Indian Arms Act, 1959.

Hearing the petition filed by an ex-Army officer, Capt Chethan YK, on the grounds that the exemption is unconstitutional as it creates differentiation based on race or caste and ancestral land tenure, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum upheld the Arms Act exemption. Read More

22:23 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Mysuru rape survivor records statement before magistrate, says Karnataka CM

Nearly a month after a MBA student was raped in Mysuru, the Karnataka Police managed to persuade the survivor to provide a statement regarding the incident. The young woman recorded her statement before a magistrate on Wednesday, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai informed the state legislature.

The court of the II Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) in Mysuru recorded the statement of the survivor in the August 24 case on Wednesday.

“After a month, our police have been able to convince her to provide a statement. She has given her statement and this shows the seriousness of the police,” Bommai told the Assembly when the issue of the rape case was raised by Opposition leader Siddaramaiah in the House. Read More

18:28 (IST)22 Sep 2021
KSRTC to operate 1,000 additional buses during Dasara, Deepavali

Karnataka state road transport corporation (KSRTC) will operate 1,000 additional buses during the Dasara and Deepavali festivals.

“In view of Dasara and Deepavali festivals, for the convenience of the travelling public, KSRTC is planning to operate 1000 additional buses from 13 October to 21 October and 1000 additional buses during Deepavali festival from 29 October to 07 November,” KSRTC said in a statement on Wednesday.

Buses will be operated from Bengaluru to Dharmastala, Kukkesubramanya, Shivamogga, Hassan, Mangaluru, Kundapura, Sringeri, Horanadu, Mysuru, Madikeri, Davangere, Hubballi, Dharwad, Belagavi, Vijayapura, Gokarna, Sirsi, Karwar, Raichur, Kalaburagi, Ballari, Koppala, Yadgir, Bidar etc., within the state and to Inter-state places such as Tirupathi, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Chennai, Coimbatore, Pune etc., and from different places to Bengaluru.

“There will not be any hike in the passenger fares regarding these services. Passengers can book tickets in advance through online by logging on to the KSRTC website www.ksrtc.karnataka.gov.in and through advance reservation counters in Karnataka and other states,” KSRTC further said in the statement.

18:25 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Weekly special vaccination drive underway, over 9.18 lakh doses administered

As many as 9,18,242 doses of vaccine were administered as of 5.30 pm across the state on Wednesday, as the 'weekly special vaccination drive' planned by the Health Department is underway. 

The Department of Health and Family Welfare Services has set a target of administering 15.1 lakh doses as part of the drive held across all 30 districts and BBMP. Health Minister K Sudhakar had earlier announced that special vaccination drive will be held on Wednesday to accelerate the pace of inoculation in the state. 

With over 1.35 lakh doses administered today, BBMP topped the list, followed by Belagavi (65,950), Vijayapura (47,652), Kalaburagi (44,173), and Ballari (44,014). 

Over 5.35 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the state cumulatively since January 16.

18:03 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Bengaluru: AAP protest demands govt intervention to support parents paying 'exorbitant' school fees amid pandemic

Accusing the BJP-led Karnataka state government of being "callous" and indifferent" towards parents forced to pay "exorbitant" school fees during the pandemic, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Wednesday held a protest in Bengaluru demanding government intervention into the matter. 

“Repeated lockdowns have caused lakhs of parents to lose jobs, incomes, businesses and savings. How do we expect them to pay exorbitant school fees now. The government not taking any measure to support the education sector in the state shows how callous and indifferent they are, leading to an educational crisis," AAP Karnataka Convener Prithvi Reddy said. 

citing the Right to Education Act, the protesters demanded that the government should take measures to improve infrastructure and other facilities at government schools to ensure that free and quality education is provided to all at least up to the age of 14. "This BJP government has failed miserably to do so and must be held accountable," Reddy added.

16:42 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Karnataka nurse who won Florence Nightingale Award shares her success mantra

Three decades since she began her nursing career, Mariamma M C, winner of the recent National Florence Nightingale Award conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind, continues to be highly motivated at work.

The 51-year-old, who now works at a Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Koila in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district, shared her success mantra and said, “I see my own family member in each person who comes to me for medical assistance and the smile that they gift me when they feel better is the best I can ever ask for.” Mariamma hails from Puttur.

According to officials, she was successful in implementing and overseeing several health programmes by the National Rural Health Mission at the state and central level. An Auxiliary Nursing & Midwifery (ANM) graduate of the 1987 batch of Wenlock Hospital, she has a track record of conducting over 500 successful childbirth deliveries. Read More

16:41 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Bengaluru: Yesvantpur station upgraded at Rs 12 crore, wider roads, new passenger facilities introduced

The South Western Railways recently upgraded Bengaluru city’s second busiest railway station Yesvantpur at the cost of Rs 12 crore.

The station in North Bengaluru has now been equipped with upgraded facilities, roofing and landscaping has been done in front of the station and the common and parking areas, including auto and cab stands, have been upgraded with wider approach roads.

According to officials, the new amenities include additional parking areas for two-wheelers and four-wheelers. “A bus bay was constructed which will allow BMTC (Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation) buses to ferry people directly to and from the station,” a senior official told indianexpress.com. Read More

16:16 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Bengaluru: Cab driver charged with rape case

A case of rape has been registered against a cab driver following an incident that occurred in east Bengaluru on Tuesday night, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai told the legislative assembly on Wednesday.

"Last night an attempt to rape was made by a cab driver and a case has been registered by the Bengaluru police," Bommai said.

A woman, who hailed a cab after a party on Tuesday night, was attacked at a lonely place near Murugeshpalya in east Bengaluru. The Jeevan Bhima Nagar police have taken up a case. (ENS)

16:02 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Mysuru rape survivor provides statement nearly a month after incident, says CM Bommai

Nearly a month after a student was raped in Mysuru, the Karnataka police have been able to gain the confidence of the woman to convince her to provide a statement regarding the incident. The woman gave her statement before a magistrate on Wednesday, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai informed the state legislature Wednesday afternoon. 

The woman and her friend were attacked by a gang of men near the foothills of the Chamundi Hills on August 24 while they were on a outing in an uninhabited area. "After a month, our police has been able to convince her to provide a statement. She has given statement and this shows the seriousness of the police," Bommai told the assembly.

The Mysuru police have arrested six labourers from a district in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, who were in Mysuru to visit a local market.The Mysuru rape incident was raised in the Assembly by the opposition and Congress leader Siddaramaiah. He alleged that the incident had occurred due to the failure of the state to regulate law and order in the state. (ENS)

14:57 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Fuel prices in Bengaluru today

Prices of petrol and diesel continued to remain unchanged across the country for the 17th successive day on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. The prices of the key auto fuels were last revised on September 5 when petrol and diesel prices were cut by 15 paise per litre each in the national capital.

In Bengaluru, petrol is priced at Rs. 104.70 per litre while diesel costs Rs. 94.04 per litre.

13:42 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Education Minister inaugurates workshop on NEP implementation

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh Wednesday inaugurated a one-day workshop on the implementation of the new National Education Policy (NEP) in APS College in Bengaluru. 

Basavanagudi MLA Ravi Subramanya, APS Educational Trust President T V Maruti, and officials from the Education Department also took part in the workshop held on the sidelines of the state beginning to implement the new policy in colleges from this academic year.

13:26 (IST)22 Sep 2021
MEG pugilists bag three gold medals in Senior National Boxing Championship

The 5th Elite Men’s Senior National Boxing Championship 2021 was held at Bellary, Karnataka from September 14 to 21 in the 13 weight categories. Three Madras Sappers boxers displayed splendid performance by winning three gold medals, with one best boxer earning title of the championship, winning all the bouts in unanimous points decisions. The overall championship was won by Services team. 

Naib Subedar Deepak, Fly Weight Category - Gold Medal & Best Boxer

R/ Havaldar Akash, Bantam Weight Category - Gold Medal

Havaldar Sachin, Light Heavy Weight Category - Gold Medal

12:56 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Explained: Why is BJP govt in Karnataka facing a political storm over an SC order on illegal religious structures?

The implementation of a 2009 Supreme Court order on illegal religious structures in Karnataka has triggered a political storm in the BJP-ruled state. The issue snowballed after a temple in Mysuru district was demolished following which a Hindu outfit was up in arms and issued threats to BJP leaders, saying even “Mahatma Gandhi was not spared in a bid to protect Hindus”.

A red-faced Basavaraj Bommai government is also facing a backlash from other leaders in the BJP as well as the Opposition Congress.

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12:00 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Karnataka Assembly passes three bills related to GST, T&P and online gambling

The Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday passed Karnataka GST (Amendment) Bill, Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill and the Karnataka Police (Amendment) Bill.

The Karnataka Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) bill, according to the state Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy, was in tune with the changes brought by the Central government to the Central GST law.

The Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill intended to overcome ambiguity and inconsistency in the Town and Country Planning Act, the minister said in the House.

The objective of the bill is to specify the Town and Country Planning officer for carrying out the provisions of the Act for preparing the maskter plan in areas where local authority is declared as planning authority. The amendment will also encourage speedy  land acquisition for infrastructure works and to simplify the issuance of Transferrable Development Rights (TDR) for private property for such projects.

It also facilitates disposal of sites by registration by the developers in phased manner in the ratio of 40 is to 60, where 40 per cent of sites on provisional approval of the layout and remaining 60 per ent after fully developing the sites with all infrastructure. (PTI)

11:42 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Karnataka govt considering law to regulate religious conversion: Home Minister

The Karnataka government was considering enacting a law to regulate religious conversion, as a ruling BJP MLA said his own mother has converted to Christianity falling prey to inducement, state Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said on Tuesday.

Hosadurga BJP MLA Goolihatti Shekhar, raising the issue during zero hour in the assembly, said religious conversions by force or through inducement have become rampant in the State, quoting the example of his own mother.

“The issue (of religious conversions) has come to the government’s notice, converting people from one religion to another by inducing them is a punishable offence. We will keep vigil on such activities. There is a wide network working on religious conversions across the country,” Jnanendra said in his reply in the assembly.

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11:31 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Over 37,000 Covid-19 deaths reported in last two years: Minister tells legislative council

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said the state has witnessed over 37,000 deaths due to Covid-19 in the last two years.

Citing government data, Sudhakar said 37,423 people have died due to the pandemic. He was responding to a question in the legislative council in the wake of the government being accused of under-reporting fatalities linked to the pandemic

Citing government data, Sudhakar said 37,423 people have died due to the pandemic. He was responding to a question in the legislative council in the wake of the government being accused of under-reporting fatalities linked to the pandemic

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11:05 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Karnataka HC upholds the Arms Act exemption granted for Kodavas

Karnataka High Court has upheld the Arms Act exemption granted to every person of Coorg by race, and Jumma tenure landholders in Coorg (Kodagu district). A petition was filed before the court challenging a 2019 notification issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, granting such exemption to every person of Coorg by race, and Jumma tenure landholders in Kodagu District under the Indian Arms Act, 1959.

Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya who appeared for respondents Kodava Samaja Bengaluru and Kodava Muslim Association on Wednesday said, "Karnataka High Court upholds the Arms Act exemption granted to Kodavas and Jamma tenure holders in Coorg."

The Centre had decided to continue the British-era rule of exempting Kodavas and Jamma land holders in the hill district of Kodagu from obtaining licence for firearms such as pistols, revolvers and double-barrelled shotguns. The exemption has been given for 10 years, till 2029.

The special privilege to own firearms without a license was granted to the Kodavas, a small martial community in Kodagu District in Karnataka, by the British in recognition of their martial traditions. Kodavas, an ethno-linguistic tribe, consider themselves the original inhabitants of Kodagu district and are known for their martial culture. The community has its rituals around guns and weapons like swords.

11:04 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Karnataka passes bill to crack down on all forms of gambling

The Karnataka legislative assembly on Tuesday passed a bill to amend the Karnataka Police Act, 1963 to ban all forms of gambling in the state including online gambling.

The Karnataka Police (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced by Home Minister Araga Jnanendra and was passed amid opposition’s scepticism of police capabilities in tackling new forms of gambling – including online betting on sports, online gaming and poker.

The home minister said that the new law was necessary since it has been increasingly difficult for the police to tackle gambling and betting in the context of a recent order from a bench of the state high court at Dharwad – which has barred the police from carrying out raids on gambling dens.

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10:50 (IST)22 Sep 2021
Bengaluru metro's tunnel boring machine achieves breathrough

Bengaluru Metro’s tunnel boring machine 'Urja' made a breakthrough today at around 10.15 am in the presence of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. 

Urja, was drilling a distance of 855 metres for over a year now, is the first TBM to achieve a breakthrough on Namma Metro’s Pink Line.

10:35 (IST)22 Sep 2021
State reports 818 fresh cases, 21 deaths

Karnataka recorded 818 new Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths Tuesday, pushing the total number of infections to 29,69,361 and the toll to 37,648. The day also saw 1,414 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,17,944.

Out of the total number of new cases, 359 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 381 discharges and eight deaths. The total number of active cases in the state now stands at 13,741.

While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.8 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is 2.56 per cent. Belagavi followed Bengaluru Urban in the number of deaths (3), Dakshina Kannada and Mysuru had two each, followed by others. Among the districts where new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 359, Dakshina Kannada 114, Udupi 73, Mysuru 71 and Kodagu 25.

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With as many as 218 Covid-recovered individuals or their close contacts having been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in the state, the Karnataka Health Department is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring timely treatment to such patients. It has also extended screening to avoid another related outbreak of infections.

READ | Post-Covid TB: Karnataka health department strives to close gaps in screening, treatment

The implementation of a 2009 Supreme Court order on illegal religious structures in Karnataka has triggered a political storm in the BJP-ruled state. The issue snowballed after a temple in Mysuru district was demolished following which a Hindu outfit was up in arms and issued threats to BJP leaders, saying even “Mahatma Gandhi was not spared in a bid to protect Hindus”.

READ | Explained: Why is BJP govt in Karnataka facing a political storm over an SC order on illegal religious structures?

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