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Karnataka Bengaluru August 16 Highlights: RT-PCR test facility set up at Mangaluru airport

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News August 16 Highlights: Sample tests have been done and the facility will be open from Tuesday when flights to UAE from Mangaluru are expected to resume services, Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra said.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 17, 2021 8:14:08 am
Police personnel check the Covid-19 test report of travellers at Talapady checkpost at Kerala-Karnataka border in Mangaluru. (PTI Photo)

Karnataka Bangalore News August 16 Highlights: A rapid RT-PCR testing facility has been set up at the Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) to enable passengers bound for Gulf countries to get their testing done on time before boarding flights.

The UAE government, while lifting restrictions on travellers from India, had made UAE residency visa, two doses of vaccination and RT-PCR negative certificate taken within 48 hours before travel mandatory for them to enter the country. Following this, the district administration decided to make arrangements for rapid RT-PCR test at the airport premises for the benefit of passengers. A total of 30 tests can be done at a time at the new facility.

Till now, passengers were boarding flights from Bengaluru, Mumbai and other airports for travelling to UAE to meet the requirements in the country. With the introduction of RT-PCR test facility, they can directly travel to UAE from Mangaluru.

Sample tests have been done and the facility will be open from Tuesday when flights to UAE from Mangaluru are expected to resume services, Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra said. (PTI)

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14:41 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Monitoring dark web helps Bengaluru police restrict flow of synthetic drugs

In January this year the Bengaluru police carried out its biggest ever seizure of the synthetic drug LSD or acid when it arrested two businessmen – one from Salem and another from Bengaluru – and found 9310 LSD strips valued at over Rs 1.30 crore.

The single LSD catch in January 2021 was nearly twice the amount of LSD seized by the Bengaluru police between 2018 to 2020. The secret behind the large seizure is a small, informal unit created in the Bengaluru police to watch the dark web for illegal activities – like drug transactions.

The seizure of a large LSD consignment in January was a result of weeks of watching the activities of an alleged Indian peddler from Salem identified as C Balaji – who was procuring large quantities of acid from suppliers in Europe via the dark net using crypto currency and then dispatching the smaller quantities sought by retailers in an various parts of the country.

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13:42 (IST)16 Aug 2021
RT-PCR test facility set up at Mangaluru airport

A rapid RT-PCR testing facility has been set up at the Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) to enable passengers bound for Gulf countries to get their testing done on time before boarding flights.

The UAE government, while lifting restrictions on travellers from India, had made UAE residency visa, two doses of vaccination and RT-PCR negative certificate taken within 48 hours before travel mandatory for them to enter the country. Following this, the district administration decided to make arrangements for rapid RT-PCR test at the airport premises for the benefit of passengers. A total of 30 tests can be done at a time at the new facility.

Till now, passengers were boarding flights from Bengaluru, Mumbai and other airports for travelling to UAE to meet the requirements in the country. With the introduction of RT-PCR test facility, they can directly travel to UAE from Mangaluru.

Sample tests have been done and the facility will be open from Tuesday when flights to UAE from Mangaluru are expected to resume services, Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra said. (PTI)

12:02 (IST)16 Aug 2021
BMTC to operate 4 AC buses from Bengaluru city to Wonderla

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will operate four AC buses from Kempegowda bus station to Wonderla in Bidadi.

These buses will be operated on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday according to BMTC. 

The bus route V-226KBS (eight trips) will operate from Kempegowda bus station to Wonderla, BMTC said in a release.

11:54 (IST)16 Aug 2021
IN PICS | Venkaiah Naidu lands in Bengaluru

Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu, who is scheduled to visit Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) in Bengaluru arrived in the city today.

According to JNCASR, Naidu will unveil the Foundation Stone of Innovation and Development Centre at its Jakkur campus. 

As the guests of honour Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, Chief Minister Basavaraj S. Bommai, will grace the occasion. Bharat Ratna Prof. C.N.R. Rao and Prof. G.U. Kulkarni, President, JNCASR will also be present on the dais during the unveiling of the Foundation Stone ceremony, JNCASR in a release said.

11:51 (IST)16 Aug 2021
2% quota in police force for meritorious sportspersons; final notification today

Meritorious sportspersons who have represented national and international sports will henceforth get a 2 per cent reservation in the Karnataka police force according to Alok Kumar, Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) Additional Director General of Police (ADGP). 

The Karnataka government will issue a final notification on August 16 to provide 2 per cent reservation. 

Kumar, who is also President of Karnataka State Police Sports Promotion Board said, "The special rules will enable sportspersons to get directly recruited to posts of constables, sub-inspectors and Deputy Superintendent of police (DySP). The rules for allowing this were framed in 2020 but notified in the state gazette on March 3 and published on March 21."

"After 2007, there was no recruitment for a sportsperson in Karnataka. However, previously, it used to be there. We have tried our best to push it on the eve of the Olympics but it has come just now. In the next two days, two per cent of posts will be reserved for sportspersons who have represented the country at national and international sports competitions such as Olympics, among others," he added.

11:36 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Netaji's kin meets Karnataka CM Bommai

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grand-nephew Chandra Kumar Bose met Karnataka Chief Minister Bsavaraj Bommai and held discussions on Sunday, on the platinum jubilee of the country's Independence.

Bose along with his family met Bommai at his home office Krishna, the CMO said in a statement. The Chief Chief Minister recollected Subhas Chandra Bose's struggles and sacrifice for the country's freedom, during the meeting, it said.

Chandra Kumar Bose in a tweet said, "Met Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka-Shri Basavaraj Bommai ji. A great admirer of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Requested for a proposal to celebrate Netaji's 125th birth anniversary in a befitting manner. Jai Hind!". (PTI)

10:22 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Will resolve Mekedatu, Mahadayi and Krishna project disputes: Karnataka CM Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said he is committed to resolve all the water disputes including the contentious Mekedatu balancing reservoir across Cauvery river, Mahadayi drinking water project and the third stage of the Krishna Upper project.

“We have to complete the third stage of Upper Krishna project to irrigate 5.5 lakh hectares land. That is our priority. We know the background of it,” Bommai said in his maiden Independence Day speech as Chief Minister from the Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw Parade Ground.

He pointed out that there was a need for a small legal battle in the Supreme Court. He said he would make a sincere effort to bring water to Uttara Karnataka region after getting clearances.

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09:10 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Venkaiah Naidu to visit Bengaluru today

Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu will visit Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) in Bengaluru on Monday.

According to JNCASR, Naidu will unveil the Foundation Stone of Innovation and Development Centre at its Jakkur campus. 

As the guests of honour, Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, Chief Minister Basavaraj S. Bommai, will grace the occasion. Bharat Ratna Prof. C.N.R. Rao and Prof. G.U. Kulkarni, President, JNCASR will also be present on the dais during the unveiling of the Foundation Stone ceremony, JNCASR in a release said.

09:09 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Bengaluru power cuts: These localities to face power outage on August 17

There will be no power supply on August 17 from 9 am to 5 pm in few parts of Bengaluru according to Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM). 

'Power cuts in the areas serviced from 220/66/11-kV Yarandahalli MUSS in view of carrying out maintenance and other emergency works, ' BESCOM said in a release. 

The areas to be affected are Kachanayakanahalli, Jigani Link Road, Bommasandra, both sides of Bommasandra Industrial Area, Phase 1 and 2, behind D-Mart, ACC Road, Suprajith Road, SLN Nagar, Infosys Colony, Yarandahalli, R.K. Township, and Sriramapura village.

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09:00 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Bengaluru-Hyderabad NCB units busts Alprazolam manufacturing racket

In a joint operation, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials from Bengaluru unit and Hyderabad sub-zone unearthed another inter-State Alprazolam manufacturing racket and arrested five people on Saturday. 

According to NCB, the accused were producing the short-acting tranquilliser at a clandestine laboratory in Hyderabad, the second to be uncovered in two months. Around 3.25 kg of Alprazolam was recovered.

A total of 3.25 kg of Alprazolam and Rs 12,75,000 in cash was recovered from them, which is proceeds of drugs, said the NCB.

08:57 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Ola electric scooters launched in Bengaluru

Ola Electric launched its electric scooters in Bengaluru, on Sunday. 

The company announced the launch of two electric scooters, S1 and S1 Pro. While the S1 has been priced at RS 99,999 (ex-showroom), the S1 Pro is Rs 1,29,999 (ex-showroom).

According to the release, the Ola S1 will officially open for purchase from September 8, 2021, and will start delivering across 1,000 cities and towns in October. Till then, Ola S1 is available for reservation at 499. It has “industry-leading range of up to 181 km, acceleration of 0-40 kmph in 3 seconds, and a top speed of 115 kmph respectively,” it stated. It is powered by a multi-microphone array, AI speech recognition algorithms, and 7-inch touchscreen displays.

08:56 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Veteran Yakshagana artiste Poonja dead

Veteran Yakshagana artiste Bottikere Purushotham Poonja, who worked as 'Bhagavath' for 45 years in several Melas, died late Saturday night, family sources said. Poonja was 68. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Poonja, who had been ailing for some time, was undergoing treatment at a hospital.

He had served the first Mela of Kateel as chief Bhagavath. Poonja worked as chief Bhagavath for 45 years in Uppala Mela, Geetambika Mela of Mumbai, Puttur Mela, Karnataka Mela and served in Kateel Mela for the past 30 years.

Poonja has written 32 'prasangas' in Kannada and Tulu languages. His prasangas Ma Nishada, Ubhayakula Billoja, Nalinakshi Nandini, Megha Mayuri and Swarnanupura, are very popular in the Yakshagana field. He has received several honours including Muddana award, Yaksha Manasa award of Mumbai, Academy book literature award, Asranna award and Karnoor award.

Poonja had converted his home into Gurukula and used to teach hundreds of students about Bhagavathike and Yakshagana literature. (PTI)

08:34 (IST)16 Aug 2021
Karnataka teen killed as flagpole comes in contact with live wire

A 15-year-old boy died of electrocution on Sunday in Karikere village of Karnataka’s Tumakuru district when a pole he was carrying to hoist the Tricolour for Independence Day celebrations at a government school came in contact with a live wire, police said. Two others were injured in the incident.

“The deceased, identified as Chandan (15), was carrying a metal pole to hoist the national flag at the school he studied in, ahead of the Independence Day celebrations. 

The metal pole came in contact with a live wire electrocuting him and two others,” a senior officer of Tumakuru police told The Indian Express.
The three were rushed to the Sri Devi Hospital in the district but Chandan was declared “brought dead”. “All three of them were former students of the school,” police said.

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08:10 (IST)16 Aug 2021
State completes over 4 crore Covid tests

Karnataka completed 4 crore Covid tests in the state on Sunday since the outbreak of the pandemic. The department said in its bulletin that 1,52,767 COVID tests were conducted on Sunday including 1,23,150 RT-PCR tests and other methods. With this, Karnataka has so far performed 4.09 crore COVID-19 tests in the state, it said. (PTI)

08:09 (IST)16 Aug 2021
1,431 fresh infections and 21 deaths reported in Karnataka

Karnataka registered 1,431 fresh coronavirus cases taking its overall tally to 29,29,464 while 21 deaths took the toll to 36,979, the health department said on Sunday. There were 22,497 active cases in the state while the recovery of 1,611 patients took the total recovery to 28,69,962.

Dakshina Kannada district, which borders Kerala, remained the number one COVID-19 hotspot. The district reported 311 infections and four fatalities, the highest among all the districts on Sunday. Bengaluru urban district was the second major COVID hotspot with 305 fresh infections and three deaths. The Karnataka capital has so far reported 12,32,902 infections and 15,937 deaths. There were 8,166 active cases.

Other districts too reported COVID-19 cases including 177 Udupi, 87 in Hassan, 83 in Mysuru, 82 in Kodagu, 64 in Uttara Kannada and 51 in Tumakuru. According to the media bulletin, there were fatalities in 11 districts including Bengaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Kolar, Mandya and Mysuru. Yadgir district recorded zero infections and zero fatalities. There were zero fatalities in 20 districts in Karnataka.

There were 1,12,199 inoculations done on Sunday taking the total vaccination to 3.46 crore. The positivity rate for the day was 0.93 per cent and case fatality rate was 1.46 per cent, the department added. (PTI)

08:08 (IST)16 Aug 2021
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A 15-year-old boy died of electrocution on Sunday in Karikere village of Karnataka’s Tumakuru district when a pole he was carrying to hoist the Tricolour for Independence Day celebrations at a government school came in contact with a live wire, police said. Two others were injured in the incident.

READ | Karnataka teen killed as flagpole comes in contact with live wire

Karnataka’s Covid-19 expert committee has advised the state government to open higher classes in schools but added that it should shut down schools in regions where the test positivity rate is above two per cent. Classes 9-12 are scheduled to begin from August 23 in Karnataka.

READ | Opening precaution: Karnataka govt to shut schools where TPR is more than 2%

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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