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Karnataka Bengaluru highlights: State reports 451 new Covid-19 cases, 9 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru highlights: Bengaluru Urban continued to top the list of cases (187), as the city saw 1,009 discharges and three deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: October 11, 2021 9:28:22 am
Coronavirus vaccine, Covid-19 vaccineA resident receives the AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19 as others wait for their turn at an apartment building in Bengaluru. (AP)

Belagavi Bangalore highlights: Karnataka logged 451 new Covid-19 cases and nine deaths on Saturday, taking the total number of infections to 29,80,621 and the toll to 37,875. The day also saw 1,455 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,32,322. Bengaluru Urban continued to top the list of cases (187), as the city saw 1,009 discharges and three deaths. The total number of active cases in the state is now 10,395. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.37 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.99 per cent.

In another news, the management of a private autonomous college in Karnataka has postponed its decision to name one of its parks after Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy following opposition from Hindu right-wing forums which have threatened to stage a protest terming Swamy as an ‘Urban Naxal’. The college has now sought time to take a decision the matter. The management of St Aloysius College in Mangaluru wanted to name the park after Fr Swamy for his contributions towards tribals and the poor. Rev Fr Melwin Joseph Pinto, Rector of St Aloysius institutions and Vice-President of the Mangalore Jesuit Educational Society told The Indian Express that they have shelved the plan to name the park after Swamy in the wake of the threats and will take a call after further discussions. Organisations like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) have been at the forefront against the college management.

Meanwhile, the deaths due to pothole accidents continue after a 17 year old girl came under the wheels of a truck after she was thrown off a scooter on which she was riding pillion in Kachohalli cross, off Magadi road on Friday. The deceased is identified as Nubia, a resident of Goripalya, who was traveling with her two relative who have sustained injuries. The incident comes a day after the Karnataka High Court pulled up the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike for failing to fill potholes on city roads.

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21:31 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi appointed as new Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court

Senior judge at Allahabad High Court Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court.

20:40 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Astronautical Society of India honours DRDO chairman with Aryabhata Award

Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO has been conferred with Aryabhata Award by Astronautical Society of India (ASI) for his outstanding life-time contribution to the promotion of astronautics in India. The award function was held on October 9 at the UR Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru with participants joining virtually from across the ISRO, DRDO and other academic institutions.

Reddy has contributed immensely to strategic and tactical missile systems and helped the country become self-reliant in critical defence technologies.

ASI is engaged in the dissemination of technical and other information related to astronautics by conducting technical meetings, bringing out technical publications and organizing exhibitions.

19:29 (IST)09 Oct 2021
451 new Covid-19 cases, 9 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka logged 451 new Covid-19 cases and nine deaths on Saturday, taking the total number of infections to 29,80,621 and the toll to 37,875. The day also saw 1,455 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,32,322. Bengaluru Urban continued to top the list of cases (187), as the city saw 1,009 discharges and three deaths. The total number of active cases in the state is now 10,395. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.37 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.99 per cent. (PTI)

17:45 (IST)09 Oct 2021
BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta inspects various development projects 

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta instructed the officials to clear the silt in 3 cross culverts under the Domlur flyover (Road towards Ejipura) and remodel them to make rainwater flow smoothly. He inspected various construction works in Domlur, BBMP limits, today. The three cross culverts have been causing water logging issues.

Gupta also reviewed the white topping work on the 2.15 km long road from Domlur to Ejipura Junction, being done at a cost of Rs 23.41 crore. 60 per cent of the white topping work is complete. The chief commissioner instructed the officials to complete the work swiftly. The white topping work on the road from Domlur to Ejipura was taken up in the month of June and the white topping work is being carried out on half of the two-way road amidst vehicular traffic while the other half of the road is open for traffic.

he further instructed the authorities to complete the filling up of potholes on the roads in the area surrounding the Domlur Ward.

17:34 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Ex-IAF officer struggles to get land title registered for over 25 years, now his son starts digital campaign

An 82-year-old former Indian Air Force officer has been unsuccessfully trying to get a khata (land title) registered in his name for over 25 years and his son has now, as a last-ditch effort, resorted to social media to draw attention to the matter.

Krishnamurthy S, a war veteran, had acquired the half-acre land from a private individual in North Bengaluru’s Vaderahalli village in 1995. After getting the sale deed registered at the Sub-Registrar’s office, he was unsuccessful in getting the land title recorded in his name. He ran from pillar to post spending his life’s savings on touts and agents who promised to get the documents registered. Read the full report here

14:42 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Days after Karnataka passing law against online gaming, case registered against 'Dream 11' directors

Days after The Karnataka government notified amendments to the Karnataka Police Act, 1963, which seeks to ban online gaming and curtail online gambling, a case has been registered against 'Dream 11', an online fantasy sports platform in Bengaluru.

This is probably the first case registered after modifying the law to curb online gaming.

On 7 October by Manjunath, a cab driver and resident of Nagarbhavi in Bengaluru and filed a complaint against owners of Dream Sports. Deputy Commissioner of Police (west) Sanjeev M Patil told Indian Express, a case has been registered under section 79 (Keeping common gaming house) and 80(Gaming in common gaming-house) of Karnataka Police Act, 1963. A case has been registered against Harsh Jain and Bhavith Sharma, directors of Sporta Technologies Private Limited, Dream 11 which is one of the firm's product.

14:34 (IST)09 Oct 2021
College in Mangaluru face right-wing organisations wrath after they plan to name park after Stan Swamy

The decision of a private Autonomous College in Karnataka to name one of its parks after Jesuit priest and tribal activist Father Stan Swamy has been opposed by Hindu Right Wing forums who have threatened to stage a protest terming swamy as 'Urban Naxal'. The management which was supposed to rename the park has now postponed it and has sought time to decide over it. 

St Aloysius College management in Mangaluru wanted to name the park after Father Swamy for his contribution to tribals and to the poor. Rev Fr Melwin Joseph Pinto, College rector, St Aloysius Institutions and vice-president, Mangalore Jesuit Educational Society told Indian Express that they did have plans to name it after swamy but after right wing threats, they are going to discuss again and would take a call.

13:17 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Centre asks Karnataka govt if width of road leading to Kodachadri Hills can be retained

An RTI reply shows that the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has asked the Karnataka government to find out if the improvement of the road leading to Kodachadri Hills can be retained to the existing width of 3.5 metre instead of the proposed 7 metre in order to avoid cutting down trees.

The proposal, floated by Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL), was aimed at boosting tourism with the improvement of the mud road to a concrete road from Kattinahole to Kodachadri Hill top and Chakra Forest. The proposed road would cut through Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary for which diversion of 5.5 hectare fresh forest land and 0.067 hectare non-forest land was sought. 

An RTI reply shows that the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has asked the Karnataka government to find out if the improvement of the road leading to Kodachadri Hills can be retained to the existing width of 3.5 metre instead of the proposed 7 metre in order to avoid cutting down trees.

The proposal, floated by Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL), was aimed at boosting tourism with the improvement of the mud road to a concrete road from Kattinahole to Kodachadri Hill top and Chakra Forest. The proposed road would cut through Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary for which diversion of 5.5 hectare fresh forest land and 0.067 hectare non-forest land was sought. (Read more)

11:34 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Attention, metro users.

Bengaluru metro's Purple Line will see curtailed operations this weekend. 

"To facilitate the works, there will be a curtailment of metro train services on the Purple Line from 4 pm onwards on Saturday till 6 am on Sunday between Baiyappanahalli and M G Road metro stations," according to a statement from BMRCL.

However, service will continue as usual between M G Road and Kengeri Metro Stations on the Purple Line.

11:28 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Will soon call first meeting of GoM set up to review GST rates, says Karnataka CM

The first meeting of the Group of Ministers set up for rationalising GST rates and to shore up revenue will be held soon, its chairman and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Friday after meeting with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

"Very soon, I will call the first meeting of GoM. I met her (Finance Minister) in this backdrop," Bommai told reporters after the meeting.

The Group of Ministers (GoM) has to submit a report in the next two months, Bommai said, adding he discussed important issues related to rationalisation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) taxes and ways to increase revenue with the Union Minister. Earlier, Bommai was to meet the finance minister late in the evening. However, the meeting was advanced. (PTI)

10:53 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Karnataka bypolls: 37 candidates file nominations for two seats

A total of 37 candidates have filed 57 nominations on Friday, the last day to do so, for Sindagi and Hangal assembly constituencies that will go for by-elections on October 30, poll officials said.

While 8 candidates from Sindagi have filed 12 nominations, 45 nominations have been received from 29 candidates in Hangal.

Out of total 37, two candidates each from Sindagi and Hangal are women. (PTI)

10:26 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Bommai backs NEP, NEET; says dont' want his grandson to be part of 'Macaulay's education system'

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said the new National Education Policy (NEP) is the need of the hour to enable Indian students compete in the 21st century, while asserting that the views of the RSS on the NEP are nationalistic.

Karnataka is the first state to implement the NEP. Bommai also said the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) should continue as it is an extension of the Common Entrance Test (CET) that Karnataka and many other states have been holding for those seeking admission to different colleges.

He said Tamil Nadu does not have any experience of the CET and therefore, does not have the right to oppose the NEET. (PTI)

09:56 (IST)09 Oct 2021
Bengaluru potholes claim life of a 17-year-old

The deaths due to pothole accidents continue after a 17-year-old girl came under the wheels of a truck after she was thrown off a scooter on which she was riding pillion. The incident occured in Kachohalli cross, off Magadi road, on Friday. 

The deceased has been identified as Nubia, a resident of Goripalya who was traveling with her relatives Ahran (30) and Afreen(15). The duo have sustained injuries.

The incident took place around 11.30 am when they were heading to their relatives house in Tavarekere. As they reached the Sai Garments factory near Chikkagollarahatti, Ahran, who was riding the scooter, tried to navigate through the potholes on the road but lost control. All the three fell on the road.

A truck coming from the opposite end ran over Nubia and hit Ahran and Afreen as well. While Nubia died on the spot, two others were rushed to nearby hospital. The police seized the truck and arrested the driver, alleging he was driving in a rash and negligent manner. 

20:45 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Bengaluru civic body eases certain Covid-19 curbs for Durga Puja

Durga Puja in Bengaluru this year will be a grander affair when compared to last year as a few curbs relating to the Covid-19 pandemic have been eased.

In an order put out by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike chief Gaurav Gupta, the restriction on putting up Durga Idols of only 4 feet and not above it has been removed. During the Pushpanjali and Sandhi puja timings, one has to follow all Covid-19 protocols and people will be allowed only in batches of 50. However, there is no restriction on the total number of batches.

Earlier, the BBMP had allowed only one Durga Puja per ward. However, now, Gupta has stated that if required, there can be more than one idols in a ward but the organisers have to seek permission from the Joint Commissioner of BBMP and the police. Read More

20:42 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Centre asks Karnataka govt if width of road leading to Kodachadri Hills can be retained

An RTI reply shows that the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has asked the Karnataka government to find out if the improvement of the road leading to Kodachadri Hills can be retained to the existing width of 3.5 metre instead of the proposed 7 metre in order to avoid cutting down trees.

The proposal, floated by Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL), was aimed at boosting tourism with the improvement of the mud road to a concrete road from Kattinahole to Kodachadri Hill top and Chakra Forest. The proposed road would cut through Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary for which diversion of 5.5 hectare fresh forest land and 0.067 hectare non-forest land was sought.

In the RTI response to Ramprasad Aithal S, MoEFCC said in a meeting held on August 31, the Regional Empowered Committee (REC) deliberated on the issue and asked the state government to clarify if any carrying capacity study was done with respect to the number of vehicles and tourists visiting Kodachadri. Read More

20:41 (IST)08 Oct 2021
NIA court convicts 3 al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists in 2016 Mysuru court blast case

An NIA court in Bengaluru on Friday convicted three people, who had pledged their allegiance to proscribed terrorist organisation al-Qaeda, for their involvement in the bomb blast in a Mysuru court in 2016, an official said.

Nainar Abbas Ali, M Samsun Karim Raja and Dawood Sulaiman, all residents of Tamil Nadu, have been convicted for their involvement in the bomb blast on August 1, 2016, in a public toilet in the court premises at Chamarajapuram in Karnataka's Mysuru city, the NIA official said.
Quantum of punishment will be pronounced on October 11, the official said.

The case was registered against unknown accused. Based on the orders of the MHA, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) re-registered the case and took over the investigation. The bomb blast in the Mysuru court was one among a series of five explosions by the members of Base Movement, an organisation owing allegiance to al-Qaeda, the NIA official said. In 2016, they had executed a blast at Chittor Court at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh in April, at Kollam court in Kerala in May, again at a Nellore court in September 2016 and at Mallapuram court in Kerala in November 2016, the official said.

Ali and Sulaiman had formed the Base Movement in Tamil Nadu in January 2015, inspired by the ideology of al-Qaeda and its leader Osama Bin Laden, according to the NIA official.

They recruited other accused and hatched a conspiracy to threaten government departments, especially courts, holding them responsible for "atrocities and injustice meted out to a particular religious group", the official said. They systematically issued threats to prison authorities and police officials of different states and the French Embassy in India.

The NIA had filed a charge sheet against Nainar Abbas Ali, Raja and Sulaiman in May 2017 and the trial in the case was concluded in September 2021, the official said. (PTI)

14:07 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Chief Minister meet Union health minister in Delhi

Chief Minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai and state minister for health and family welfare Dr Sudhakar K met the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya in New Delhi on Friday. The leaders discussed various issues pertaining to the State including Covid management and vaccination.

13:36 (IST)08 Oct 2021
HC raps Bengaluru civic body over potholes, asks it to submit status report in 2 weeks

The Karnataka High Court pulled up the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Thursday for failing to fill potholes on city roads and directed the civic agency to ensure that quality is maintained while repairing them.

“BBMP shall also ensure that quality work is maintained while filling up the potholes because it is noticed that the pothole which is filled up, again becomes a pothole after about 2 to 3 months for obvious reasons,” the court said. It asked the civic agency to take up the work at the earliest and submit a status report within two weeks.

The division bench of acting Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum was hearing a petition filed by Vijayan Menon in 2015. (Read more)

13:04 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Gold seized at Mangaluru airport

Customs officials in #Mangaluru Airport seized 920 gms of 24 carat purity gold valued at Rs 43.88 lakhs. It was seized from a person hailing from Kasaragod in #Kerala who arrived from Dubai on Friday. Gold was concealed inside specially stitched pockets in undergarment.

11:14 (IST)08 Oct 2021
Arbaz murder case: Belagavi police arrest 10 persons

Belagavi police have arrested 10 persons in Arbaz murder case. The arrests come over a week after the murder of the 24-year-old man. His dismembered body was found on railway tracks in Karnataka’s Belagavi.

The parents of Arbaz’s girlfriend allegedly hired the contract killers to eliminate him over the duo’s “inter-faith relationship.” (Read more)

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