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.