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Karnataka Bengaluru October 1 Highlights: State reports 589 new Covid-19 cases, CFR at 2.2%

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News Highlights: A pre-university college, where classes equivalent to standards 11 and 12 are held, in Mandya was sealed and declared containment zone by the health authorities after 28 students tested Covid-19 positive

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: October 4, 2021 8:40:52 am
A health worker collects samples of passengers for Covid-19 test at city railway station during Covid-induced lockdown in Bengaluru. (PTI/File)

Karnataka Bangalore News Highlights: Karnataka reported 589 new Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths Friday, taking the total number of infections to 29,76,589 and the toll to 37,807. The day also saw 887 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,26,284. Of the new cases, 221 were reported from Bengaluru Urban even as the city saw 212 discharges and five deaths. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.46 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.20 per cent.

A pre-university college, where classes equivalent to standards 11 and 12 are held, in Mandya was sealed and declared a containment zone by the health authorities after 28 students tested positive for Covid-19. According to officials of the health department, 412 students were tested for Covid-19 in two batches at the Government Pre-University College for Girls in Nagamangala town after a student there contracted the virus on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, residents of a building in a property on Tannery Road in Bengaluru were evacuated after a sinkhole opened up in its premises. The sinkhole, about 30 feet deep, appeared during tunnelling work just 100 metres away from the alignment of the underground tunnel of Namma Metro. The building was not damaged and no one was injured.

In another news, Bengaluru civic authorities will establish block and lane-level vaccination centers to speed up Covid-19 vaccination in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits. These vaccination centres will begin functioning from October 4, according to Special Commissioner (Health) D Randeep.

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Catch the latest news in Bengaluru and Karnataka as we bring you live updates on the political developments, Covid-19, weather and more in the state.

22:32 (IST)01 Oct 2021
President Kovind on 4-day visit to Karnataka from Oct 6, to offer prayers at Sringeri mutt

President Ram Nath Kovind will arrive in Karnataka on Wednesday (October 6) for a four-day visit to attend various events. On Thursday, he will visit BR Hills in Chamarajanagara district after which he will inaugurate a 450-bed hospital at Chamarajanagar Institute of Medical Sciences in the presence of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. Minister for Cooperation ST Somashekar visited BR Hills on Thursday to oversee preparations for the visit.

Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra said, as per the schedule, the President will be staying overnight in Mangaluru on Thursday and Friday. Read More

22:30 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Frequent travellers from Kerala’s Kasaragod district seek exemption from RT-PCR tests

Frequent travellers from Kasaragod district in neighbouring Kerala on Friday sought exemption from mandatory RT-PCR testing to enter Karnataka via Dakshina Kannada district.

In a memorandum submitted to the Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra, Sahayathri – a forum of daily commuters – pointed out that frequent testing was proving to be inconvenient during their travel to the state. Read More

21:24 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Karnataka reports 589 new Covid-19 cases, CFR at 2.2%

Karnataka reported 589 new Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths Friday, taking the total number of infections to 29,76,589 and the toll to 37,807. The day also saw 887 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,26,284. Of the new cases, 221 were reported from Bengaluru Urban even as the city saw 212 discharges and five deaths. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.46 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.20 per cent. Read More

20:36 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Bengaluru: Private company buses allowed to use priority lane on Outer Ring Road

After requests from the Outer Ring Road Companies Association, the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) Friday decided to allow company buses to use the Bus Priority Lane (BPL) on Outer Ring Road (ORR) during the construction of the Metro line from Central Silk Board to Lowry Junction. Currently, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses and emergency vehicles are allowed to operate on the BPL.

DULT Commissioner V Manjula said, “In the discussion held regarding the traffic movement plan on ORR during Metro construction, it was agreed by all the stakeholders that the company buses should be allowed on the BPL”. Read More

20:11 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Bengaluru civic body briefly shuts mall over property tax dues of Rs 39 crore

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has said that it briefly shut down a popular mall in Malleswaram for a few hours Thursday as its owners had not paid property taxes from 2018-19.

The total outstanding amount of property tax owed by Mantri Square Mall, owned by Abhishek Developers, is Rs 39.49 crore which includes property tax arrears of Rs 27.22 crore and interest of Rs 12.26 crore, according to the BBMP. The mall was sealed for a few hours on September 30 and was allowed to open after its administration handed over demand drafts of Rs 5 crore and a requisition letter which stated that the dues would be cleared by October 31. The demand drafts will be deposited in a special account belonging to BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta. Read More

19:18 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Karnataka govt awaits Covid panel’s advice to decide audience limit for Mysore Dasara festival

With less than a week left for the 10-day annual Dasara celebrations to begin in Mysuru, the Karnataka state government is awaiting advice from the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) constituted to decide on the permissible limit of audience for cultural events to be held within the palace premises and for the Jumbo Savari (elephant procession).

According to Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, the government has sought the TAC’s advice on whether it can allow 500 persons to watch the daily cultural events. “The final decision will be taken based on the TAC’s advice,” he said. Read More

17:16 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Central Railway Hospital in Hubballi gets oxygen generation plant

The Central Railway Hospital at Karnataka's Hubballi, a designated Covid-19 medical centre, began operating an oxygen generation plant on Friday. Expected to be handy and to minimise logistical efforts towards offering treatment to Covid-19 patients, the plant has a capacity of 500 litres per minute. The facility was launched by Vasumathi K, Chief Nursing Superintendent of the hospital in the presence of Sanjeev Kishore, General Manager, South Western Railway.

14:39 (IST)01 Oct 2021
After 4 years pilot training to resume at Jakkur flying school soon

After a gap of four years, pilot training courses are set to resume at the Government Flying Training School, in Jakkur, Bengaluru. Youth Services and Sports Minister KC Narayan Gowda said development works at the aerodrome, including runway improvement work will complete in the next week.

14:11 (IST)01 Oct 2021
College sealed in Mandya after 28 students test positive for Covid-19

A pre-university college, where classes equivalent to standards 11 and 12 are held, in Mandya was sealed and declared a containment zone by the health authorities on Thursday evening after 28 students tested positive for Covid-19.

According to officials of the health department, 412 students were tested for Covid-19 in two batches at the Government Pre-University College for Girls in Nagamangala town after a student there had contracted the virus on Wednesday. (Read more)

14:05 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Education Minister visits PU college as classes permitted to be held with full attendance

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh Friday visited schools and PU colleges in Hassan on the first day of the government permitting all classes above the sixth standard to have 100 per cent attendance for offline classes since the pandemic began. 

In an informal interaction with students at Govt PU College in Banavara, the minister urged students to decide on a convenient time to attend classes during the Dasara holidays, after discussing with concerned teachers, to attend compensatory classes as they missed out on academic sessions earlier due to the pandemic.

11:49 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Sinkhole opens up in Bengaluru during metro tunnelling work

A sinkhole, about 30 feet deep, appeared on Tannery Road in Bengaluru metro during tunnelling work just 100 metres away from the alignment of the underground tunnel of Namma Metro.

According to Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) once the filling of the well with sand and concrete which is in progress is completed and after securing the building, the tunneling activities will continue (Express Photo)

The metro officials have immediately evacuated all the residents of a building on the property where a sinkhole appeared and the building was not damaged and no one was injured. (Read more)

10:23 (IST)01 Oct 2021
KSRTC to resume package tour to Hampi

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will restart its package tour from Bengaluru to Hampi and Tungabhadra dam starting  from October 1.

Passengers will get to travel in a non-a/c sleeper service of KSRTC. According to officials, the package fare is Rs 2,500 for an adult and Rs 2,300 for a child aged between 6 and 12.

10:22 (IST)01 Oct 2021
 Jayanagar PHC gets music therapy facility

The Karnataka government has launched a new music therapy facility at the Jayanagar Primary Healthcare Center (PHC) in Bengaluru. 

According to Health and Medical Education K Sudhakar who launched the same, the facility is expected to be used to detect fetal anomalies using music and sound therapy. "The same model adopted by Vani Vilas Hospital will be replicated here," he said.

09:46 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Bengaluru gets its first electric Metro feeder bus, more in the offing

Karnataka Transport minister B Sriramulu Thursday unveiled Bengaluru’s first electric bus which will run as a feeder service at Namma Metro stations and resolve last-mile connectivity problems faced by Metro passengers.

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) received the e-bus from Uttar Pradesh-based JBM Auto Limited. The nine-meter non-AC bus has a capacity of operating 120 km per single charge. Each e-bus will have a carrying capacity of 33 passengers. (Read more)

09:44 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Karnataka schools, parents worried about offline classes resuming for students of Class 6 onwards

Even as schools (from Class 6) and pre-university colleges (where classes equivalent to Class 9 and 12 are held) in Karnataka have been asked to conduct classes at 100 per cent capacity from Friday, the schools and parents are wary of their wards stepping into campuses as an anticipated third wave of the pandemic continues to loom over their head.

Students pray as they attend a class after the authorities allowed schools to re-open for VIth to VIIIth classes, in Bengaluru (PTI Photo)

D Shashikumar, general secretary of the Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) told indianexpress.com it is inevitable for schools to welcome back students in full strength although the timing “looked unfavourable”. (Read more)

08:52 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Karnataka industries, shops asked to retrofit diesel generators with emission-control devices

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) asked establishments, shops and industries using diesel generator (DG) sets of 125 KVA capacity and above to retrofit them with emission-control devices or shift to gas-based generators.

The move comes after the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) identified diesel generator sets as the major source of emission of particulate matter. (Read more)

07:55 (IST)01 Oct 2021
BJP “misleading” the youth in the name of Hindutva and Hindu Rashtra: HD Kumaraswamy

Accusing the BJP of “misleading” the youth in the name of Hindutva and Hindu Rashtra, JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Thursday said, the focus should be rather on creating jobs and providing employment to them.

He said the JD(S) will focus on mobilising the youth power as part of its “mission 123 seats” to bring the party to power after the 2023 Assembly polls in Karnataka. (Read more)

22:54 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: Vaccination centres at block, lane levels in Bengaluru from Oct 4

In a bid to expedite Covid-19 vaccination in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits, the civic authorities Thursday decided to establish block and lane-level vaccination centers.

These vaccination centres, according to Special Commissioner (Health) D Randeep, will begin functioning from October 4. “This will ensure vaccination for all citizens across 198 wards. Each ward will have block and lane-level vaccination centers. Strategy to how to set up these and to execute the work has been discussed with all ward level health inspectors, medical officers at primary health centres, doctors, ANMs, and ASHA workers,” he said after a training program held at Sir Puttanna Chetty Town Hall in the city. Read More

22:06 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Karnataka industries, shops asked to retrofit diesel generators with emission-control devices

The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) asked establishments, shops and industries using diesel generator (DG) sets of 125 KVA capacity and above to retrofit them with emission-control devices or shift to gas-based generators.

The move comes after the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) identified diesel generator sets as the major source of emission of particulate matter.

The order has to be complied with in 120 days from the date of issuance (September 17). The retrofitting device should have a minimum specified particulate matter capturing efficiency of at least 70 per cent. Read More

22:05 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Karnataka schools, parents worried about offline classes resuming for students of Class 6 onwards

Even as schools (from Class 6) and pre-university colleges (where classes equivalent to Class 9 and 12 are held) in Karnataka have been asked to conduct classes at 100 per cent capacity from Friday, the schools and parents are wary of their wards stepping into campuses as an anticipated third wave of the pandemic continues to loom over their head.

D Shashikumar, general secretary of the Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) told indianexpress.com it is inevitable for schools to welcome back students in full strength although the timing “looked unfavourable”.

“We had to compensate for the learning deficit that the students have been subjected to for the last 18 months at least now. However, schools have been reminded that adhering to all Covid guidelines is very important. The situation at large (of the pandemic) has overburdened private schools in total,” he said. Read More

After waiting for nearly six decades, the construction of Hassan airport in Karnataka will soon begin. The district administration informed the tender process for the construction of the first phase of the airport has been completed. According to officials, the project will be taken up by the state and the Centre on a cost-sharing basis.

READ | Karnataka: 6 decades since proposal, work to build Hassan airport to begin soon

With 37,763 people in Karnataka reported to have died due to Covid-19 (as of September 28) since the beginning of the pandemic, the government is now “in the process” of verifying and disbursing ex gratia amounts to the kin of the victims. The Karnataka state government, during the tenure of B S Yediyurappa as its chief minister, had announced a death compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to below poverty line (BPL) families that had lost their earning member to the pandemic.

READ | Explained: How Karnataka govt plans to disburse Covid-19 compensation to kin of victims

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

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp - +91 97777 77684, Voice call - 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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