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Karnataka Bengaluru August 20, 21 Highlights: CCB arrest 3 chain snatchers; Government approves constitution of Mental Health Authority

Karnataka Bangalore August 20, 21 Highlights: The buses will run along Bengaluru Darshini, Kempegowda Bus Station to Bannerghatta National Park (V-365) and HSR Layout BDA complex to Wonderla (V-226) routes.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 23, 2021 8:09:30 am
18 chains worth 52 lakh seized.

Karnataka Bangalore News August August 20, 21 Highlights: The Karnataka Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Thursday decided to constitute a State Mental Health Authority in a bid to ensure timely and efficient delivery of mental healthcare services to citizens in the state.

The City Crime Branch (CCB) arrested three chain snatchers in Bengaluru. The branch detected 18 chain snatching cases linked to the caught snatchers. They also found 18 gold chains (1 kg), worth up to Rs 52 lakh in the possession of the snatchers.

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has decided to introduce AC services in three routes including Bengaluru Darshini, a sight-seeing service, which was suspended during the second wave of Covid-19.

Bengaluru Darshini will operate from Fridays to Sundays and cover tourist spots like Iskcon Temple, Vidhana Soudha, Tipu’s Palace, Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, Bull Temple, Dodda Ganapathi Temple, Karnataka Silk Emporium, MG Road, Ulsoor Lake, Cubbon Park, Sir M Visvesvaraya Museum and Karnataka Art Gallery.

AC buses will run on two other routes: Kempegowda Bus Station to Bannerghatta National Park (V-365) and HSR Layout BDA complex to Wonderla (V-226). This is other than the newly introduced route of Kempegowda Bus Station to Wonderla (V-226). Wonderla is one of the largest amusement and water theme parks located off Bidadi.

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20:48 (IST)21 Aug 2021
1,350 COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka reported 1,350 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths on Saturday, taking the total number of infections to 29,37,427 and the toll to 37,123. The day also saw 1,648 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,79,433.
With 320 new cases, Dakshina Kannada outnumbered the state capital Bengaluru Urban that reported 260 infections on Saturday. The total number of active cases in the state is now 20,845.
While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.85 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.33 per cent.
Out of 18 deaths reported on Saturday, four were from Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Kolar and Shivamogga accounted for two each, followed by others. (PTI)

17:15 (IST)21 Aug 2021
Karnataka: BJP government, like other regimes, drags feet in making caste-based census public

Like the previous Congress-JDS coalition government and the Congress government which preceded it, the current BJP government in Karnataka is dragging its feet on releasing the report of a caste-based socio-economic census that was carried out in the state in 2015 by a Congress government headed by former chief minister Siddaramaiah.

BJP minister for the backward class welfare department Kota Srinivas Poojary, who was in favour of the release of the report when in Opposition three years ago, said the report is under evaluation with the backward classes commission.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Poojary said, “H Kantharaj was earlier the head of the Karnataka State Backward Classes Commission (KSBCC) and was replaced by Jayaprakash Hegde. When I asked him (Hegde) about the report, he said it is in the evaluation stage. Once the report is ready, it will be taken to the cabinet and a call will be taken (on releasing the report).” Read More

17:10 (IST)21 Aug 2021
Govt has taken 'extreme care' regarding reopening schools: Karnataka CM

With schools in Karnataka reopening from August 23, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said the government has taken "extreme care" to ensure classroom learning for students, while protecting them from the COVID pandemic.
"Preparations have been made for reopening schools. Necessary directions have been given to government and private schools regarding how to bring students, taking consent from parents or guardians, seating arrangements, alternate days shift wise classes, sanitisation, among other things," Bommai said.

Speaking to reporters here, he said he will be personally visiting schools in Bengaluru and surrounding areas along with Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh on Monday, when they reopen. (PTI)

17:09 (IST)21 Aug 2021
Karnataka: Union Minister visits serving soldier's house to offer condolences, embarrassed

Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment A Narayanaswamy visited the residence of a living soldier, instead of the one who had died, after apparently being mislead by local leaders, and announced a government job and land to his kin.
The gaffe happened on Thursday, when the newly appointed Minister in the Modi government was in Gadag district, as part of his 'Jan Ashirvad Yatra'.

According to BJP sources, Narayanaswamy was taken to the house of Ravikumar Kattimani, who is currently posted in Jammu and Kashmir region, instead of taking him to the house of Basavaraj Hiremath, who died in Pune a year ago. (PTI)

12:42 (IST)21 Aug 2021
Karnataka Cabinet approved constitution of Mental Health Authority amid Covid-19 crisis

The Karnataka Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Thursday decided to constitute a State Mental Health Authority in a bid to ensure timely and efficient delivery of mental healthcare services to citizens in the state.

According to Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy, the decision to form the authority branched out of the Cabinet’s approval to implement Karnataka State Mental Healthcare Rules (2021), which falls in line with the Centre’s Mental Healthcare Act (2017). “A committee chaired by the Director of NIMHANS (National Institute Of Mental Health and Neurosciences) Bengaluru, has been constituted to draft rules for the authority,” he said.

Going by the guidelines of the Mental Healthcare Act, the authority constituted at the state level is likely to appoint the principal secretary of the Department of Health and Family Welfare as its head. Read More

11:35 (IST)21 Aug 2021
1,453 COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths in Karnataka

On Friday, Karnataka reported 1453 new coronavirus cases and 17 deaths. This has taken the total number of Covid-19 infections in the state to 29,36,077 and the death toll to 37,105, PTI reported.

Total discharges in the day were 1,408 and the state has reported total recoveries to be 28,77,785. 

Out of the 1453 new cases, 352 were from Bengaluru along with 381 discharges and one death in the city.

10:57 (IST)21 Aug 2021
Karnataka constitutes high-level committee to identify 75 sportspersons for Paris Olympics

The Karnataka government has constituted a high-level committee, consisting of former India hockey player V R Raghunath, swimming coach Nihar Ameen and ace shuttler Anup Sridhar to identify 75 promising sportspersons from Karnataka for the Paris Olympics 2024.

This follows the announcement of the 'Amrith Sports Adoption' programme announced by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in his Independence Day speech.

According to the Government Order, each of the 75 sportspersons selected will receive Rs five lakh from the government for training, supplements, sports kit and so on.

The eight-member committee, headed by Youth Empowerment and Sports Minister K C Narayana Gowda consists of senior officials and head of the Karnataka Olympic Association. (PTI)

10:18 (IST)21 Aug 2021
City Crime Branch arrest three chain snatchers

The City Crime Branch arrested three chain snatchers in Bengaluru. The branch detected 18 chain snatching cases linked to the caught snatchers. 

The police also found 18 gold chains (1 kg), worth up to Rs 52 lakh in the possession of the snatchers.

21:19 (IST)20 Aug 2021
Bengaluru Airport wins ‘Best Airport Staff in India & Central Asia’

Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (KIAB/ Bengaluru Airport) being adjudged as ‘The Best Airport Staff in India and Central Asia’ at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2021.

“This is truly a fabulous reward for all of us working at the BLR Airport ecosystem as this recognition is based on passenger voting. A big thank you to all our passengers who appreciated our hard work and voted for us,” said Hari Marar, MD & CEO, Bangalore International Airport Ltd. (BIAL). 

“We dedicate this award to every member who has worked towards improving passenger experience at Bengaluru Airport. I believe this award will add further impetus to our pursuit of excellence,” Marar added.This award is particularly significant considering the challenging year that the aviation industry has experienced following the outbreak of COVID-19, BIAL said in a release.

20:02 (IST)20 Aug 2021
Suttur Seer launches NEP implementation in Karnataka

Suttur Seer Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji Friday launched the implementation of the new National Education Policy (NEP) in Karnataka in the presence of Higher Education Minister C N Ashwathnarayan and Lok Sabha MP Prathap Simha."NEP is flexible and has an inherent value of openness," he said soon after the launch event at Crawford Hall on the University of Mysuru (UoM) campus.Further, Ashwathnarayan urged UoM officials to pioneer NEP implementation in the state. "UoM has the credit of many firsts through several which accomplishments have been achieved historically. The varsity should also play an important role in the implementation of NEP," he said.

18:36 (IST)20 Aug 2021
Explained: Why Dakshina Kannada is Karnataka’s new Covid-19 hotspot

Dakshina Kannada in Karnataka has been witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases and fatalities for nearly a fortnight, with the district continuing to outnumber the figures being reported from Bengaluru Urban which has otherwise been recording the highest numbers in the state.

While Dakshina Kannada reported 3,553 new cases and 52 deaths since August 10, Bengaluru Urban reported 3,374 and 40, respectively, during the same period. The Indian Express spoke to the district administration and the health officials in charge of Covid-19 management to pinpoint the reasons behind the shift in trend. Read more

18:34 (IST)20 Aug 2021
Karnataka govt sets deadline of Sept 30 for UDAs to develop CDPs

The Karnataka government has set a deadline of September 30 for the Urban Development Authorities (UDA) to prepare Comprehensive Development Plans (CDP).In a meeting, the Urban Development Minister B A Basavaraja gave the directions to the commissioner of urban development authorities to submit the CDP within the stipulated time, a statement issued by his office said.The minister said the CDP should comprise of urban, layout and lake development plans. In the event of cases pending against the CDPs, the UDAs concerned are allowed to submit their CDP between October and November 30, this year.The minister also directed the UDAs to start the process of auctioning corner and middle sites in the layout under its control, so that it can bring revenue to them.

17:35 (IST)20 Aug 2021
Guv announces cash award to Olympians from Karnataka

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot Friday announced a cash award of Ra 1 lakh each to three sportspersons from the state who represented the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Olympics last month.The list comprises Aditi Ashok (Golf), Fouaad Mirza (Equestrian) and Srihari Nataraj (Swimming).A cash prize of the same amount has been announced to Ankita Suresh, coach of the women’s hockey team as well.The Karnataka Raj Bhavan confirmed that it will host the four Olymplians to felicitate them in a special function.

15:22 (IST)20 Aug 2021
Vice President visits HAL facilities, calls for developing indigenous cutting-edge technologies

Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu, paid his maiden visit to HAL facilities accompanied by Thaawarchand Gehlot, Governor of Karnataka in Bengaluru today. 

“I am assured of our nation’s security and safety after seeing this impressive infrastructure in Aerospace and Defence,” he said in his address to senior officers of HAL and ADA. He hailed the ongoing public-private partnership in various defence projects of HAL and said all efforts should be made to develop cutting-edge technologies indigenously to strengthen India’s defence against the background of the complex geo-politics. The dignitaries visited LCH, ALH Hangars, and LCA Tejas division.  

“HAL has attributes of a global leader and I envisage the company to play a greater role in realizing India’s dream of self-reliance in aerospace and defence in the future. I am proud of the role the Company has played for the past 80 years ever since its inception. I am happy that India’s homegrown fighter LCA Tejas will be produced in large numbers and the Government has taken initiatives to galvanize the Indian Defence Industry,” he added.

14:39 (IST)20 Aug 2021
With less responsibilities now, Yediyurappa goes on family trip to the Maldives

After his resignation from the post of chief minister, for the first time, B S Yediyurappa flew off to the Maldives along with his family members for a holiday, said sources close to his family.

The sources told, Yediyurappa left Bengaluru Wednesday with his son B S Vijayendra, daughters and grandchildren to the Maldives and will return to Bengaluru after three days. “Since 2012, this is the first time Yediyurappa is on a family trip outside the country and it is a short leave from public and political life,” a BJP leader close to Yediyurappa said.

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14:08 (IST)20 Aug 2021
Zee TV network bags the satellite rights of Yash-Sanjay Dutt starrer KGF 2

Kannada star Yash on Friday announced that Zee TV Networks has bought the rights to all south Indian versions of his upcoming film, KGF: Chapter 2. “Glad to Announce #KGF2SouthOnZee (sic),” he tweeted. This is the third major south acquisition for Zee Networks after Ajith’s Valami and director SS Rajamouli’s RRR.

The two-part fictional mob drama traces the journey of India’s most dreaded criminal, Rocky. After losing his mother at a very early age to poverty and sickness, Rocky develops an insatiable hunger for power. And his pursuit for power leads him to the gold mines of Kolar, and a turf war ensues.

KGF was supposed to release on July 16 this year. However, the second wave of the coronavirus forced the filmmakers to postpone the film indefinitely. While the producers are yet to reveal the new release date, the industry buzz suggests that the film is likely to hit the screens worldwide in December this year, coinciding with the holiday season.

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13:38 (IST)20 Aug 2021
What should CWCs do when parents, guardians approach them to surrender children? Karnataka HC issues guidelines

In a major step towards ensuring clarity in the law to protect children, the Karnataka High Court has issued guidelines for Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) on how to conduct inquiry and counselling when parents or guardians want to surrender children on being unable to look after them for physical, emotional, and social factors beyond their control, as per the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

As per the guidelines issued by the court, CWCs should conduct proper identification of the parents of such children. The CWCs should ensure they meet the parents individually and collectively in a bid to ascertain facts related to the surrender. Further, the parents should be identified if they are biological parents to the child. While physical, emotional, and social factors that are beyond the parents’ control to take care of the children are important, a straightjacket formula cannot be used to determine the same as well.

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13:18 (IST)20 Aug 2021
Residents protest against Namma metro

Residents of Anchepalya, near Nagasandra on Tumakuru Road, staged a protest against Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) saying it had failed to provide two road links to the upcoming Chikkabidarakallu (Jindal) metro station from Anchepalya and other villages. 

The metro section is part of the 3 km Nagasandra-BIEC (Madavara), an extension of Greenline. While residents threatened to block the busy Tumakuru Road on Thursday morning, around 10 youngsters climbed the under-construction Metro viaduct with a banner and shouted slogans against BMRCL.

13:15 (IST)20 Aug 2021
T Ramachandran meets Siddaramaiah in Bengaluru

Congress-backed CPI MLA of Tamil Nadu's Thalli constituency T Ramachandran met former Karnataka chief minister and leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah in Bengaluru on Friday.

13:09 (IST)20 Aug 2021
Karnataka: VTU cancels affiliation of 6 engg colleges

The Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in Karnataka has notified that the affiliation of six engineering colleges in the state, including three in Bengaluru, has been withdrawn for the academic year 2021-22.

The colleges include Alpha College of Engineering, Islamiah Institute of Technology, and BTL Institute of Technology and Management (all in Bengaluru), Shaikh College of Engineering (Belagavi), Ekalavya Institute of Technology (Chamarajanagar), and Sri Vinayaka Institute of Technology, (Kolar).

As per the public notice issued by the varsity, students enrolled with these colleges would be reallotted to other affiliated colleges. "Aspiring students seeking fresh admission to these colleges are advised to take note of the same. If any student proceeds further with admission to these institutes, the university will not be responsible for it," the notice issued by VTU mentioned.

The Karnataka Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Thursday decided to constitute a State Mental Health Authority in a bid to ensure timely and efficient delivery of mental healthcare services to citizens in the state. “A committee chaired by the Director of NIMHANS (National Institute Of Mental Health and Neurosciences) Bengaluru, has been constituted to draft rules for the authority,” Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy said.

READ | Karnataka Cabinet approves constitution of Mental Health Authority amid Covid-19 crisis

In January, Bengaluru Police carried out its biggest ever seizure of the synthetic drug LSD, finding 9,310 strips of the narcotic, valued at over Rs 1.30 crore, and arresting two businessmen – one from Salem and another from Bengaluru. This single catch of LSD was nearly twice the amount of the narcotic seized by the Bengaluru Police between 2018 and 2020, and was the accomplishment of a small, informal Bengaluru Police unit, created specifically to scrutinise the dark web for illegal activities, including drug transactions.

READ | Scouring dark web is helping Bengaluru Police in crackdown on drug trafficking

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