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Karnataka Bengaluru August 31 Highlights: 7-day institutional quarantine must for those coming from Kerala, says health minister

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News August 31 Highlights: Meanwhile, seven persons, including Hosur DMK MLA Prakash's son Karuna Sagar died after their car rammed into a road divider and a compound wall in the early hours of Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: September 1, 2021 8:26:59 am

Karnataka Bangalore News August 31 Highlights: People entering Karnataka from neighbouring Kerala will have to remain in institutional quarantine for a week even if they are vaccinated and carry a negative RT-PCR test report, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said on Tuesday. The measure is also applicable to air passengers from Kerala and they can choose a hotel of their choice, which had been designated for institutional quarantine. Such travellers undergoing institutional quarantine will be tested on the sixth day and if the report comes out negative for COVID-19 on the seventh day, they will be allowed to go.

Meanwhile, seven persons, including Hosur DMK MLA Prakash’s son Karuna Sagar died after their car rammed into a road divider and a compound wall in the early hours of Tuesday.

The victims have been identified as Prakash’s son Karuna Sagar, his relative Bindu, friends Ishita, Dhanusha, Akshay Goyal, Utsav, and Rohith. Karuna Sagar, who was driving the car, lost control of the vehicle and hit the bollards on the pedestrian way, crashing into a wall in the nearby building.

The passengers were travelling in an Audi and the accident took place near Mangala Kalayana Manatapa at around 1.30 am. According to police, the group was heading towards Forum mall when the mishap occurred.

In another incident, over 300 people, who had taken part in All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi’s public rally in support of two candidates contesting the municipal corporation elections, have been booked for violating the COVID protocol, police said on Tuesday. The rally was held Monday afternoon at Darbar Gali in Belagavi city.

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21:01 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Cauvery authority dropped deliberation on Mekedatu after objection, says TN govt

The Cauvery Water Management Authority in its meeting in Delhi on Tuesday avoided discussion on the Mekedatu dam proposal of Karnataka after Tamil Nadu strongly objected to it, the state government said.
  
The CWMA also directed Karnataka to release 27.86 Thousand Million Cubic feet of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, which is the shortfall as against the entitlement of 86.38 TMC water for the period ending August 30 in addition to the due for September, the Tamil Nadu government said.

Karnataka has released only 57.04 TMC water as on August 30.

Though Mekedatu was mentioned as a subject in the agenda for the meeting, a discussion on it was dropped following Tamil Nadu's strong objection, an official release here said quoting the proceedings of the 13th meeting of the authority held in the national capital. (PTI)

20:59 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Caste census should be undertaken once every 10 years to ensure social justice: Siddaramaiah

Batting for a nationwide caste-based census, senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said it should be undertaken once every 10 years to ensure social justice.

"Current social and economic policies are being implemented based on 90-year-old caste census data which is not the true reflection of the present demography. Hence caste census should be undertaken once every 10 years to ensure social justice," Siddaramaiah said.

Pointing out that the Congress government led by him in Karnataka had initiated Caste census at a cost of Rs 180 crore, the former Chief
Minister in a tweet said, even other States are showing interest.

The then Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in 2015 had commissioned the Social and Educational Survey, or the caste census in the state, findings of which have not been made public yet. (PTI)

19:56 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Bengaluru: City discom plans to set up 140 more electric vehicle charging stations

The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) plans to set up 140 additional electric vehicle charging stations across Bengaluru in the next six months as a part of efforts to boost usage of electric vehicles in the city. This will be in addition to the 136 stations installed at 70 locations.

The demand for electric vehicles, especially two-wheelers, has seen a steady uptick with new players like Ola entering the electric scooter market.

According to officials in the BESCOM, there are 18,000 electric vehicles operating in Bengaluru and 30,000 in the state inclusive of two, three and four wheelers. Read More

19:26 (IST)31 Aug 2021
K'taka to decide on relaxing curbs on Ganesha festival based on inputs from experts: CM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said the government will take a decision on relaxing restrictions on Ganesha festival celebrations, on September 5, after getting necessary inputs from the districts and the expert committee.
  
The Chief Minister who held a meeting with senior Ministers, officials and experts on Monday had deferred a decision on allowing full-fledged Ganesha festival celebrations for which several BJP leaders and groups with Sangh Parivar background were mounting pressure.

"Right decision has to be taken at the right time, all the inputs that were required  from various districts were not there at yesterday's meeting. We have sought inputs from Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of police of all the districts, and the health department has been asked to do a complete analysis," Bommai said in response to a question on "delay" in the decision. (PTI)

19:13 (IST)31 Aug 2021
BJP will form govt on its own in Karnataka, no alliance with JD(S): Party Gen Secy

The BJP would form the government on its own in Karnataka after the 2023 assembly polls, banking on the agenda of development, party national general secretary in charge of the state Arun Singh asserted here on Tuesday, as he ruled out the possibility of an alliance with the JD(S).                                                                                   

He also expressed confidence about the BJP winning the maximum number of seats in Old Mysuru region, where the party doesn't have much presence.                                                

'JD(S) is sinking and BJP is growing....we will go by development. Whatever development we have done, things we have done for all sections of society will be our main agenda...JD(S) was also in power, but they have not done anything. When people compare the Congress-JD(S) to that of BJP, we are far ahead,' Singh said in response to a question.
        
Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, he said BJP doesn't have an alliance with anyone in Karnataka. (PTI)

19:11 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Over 300 booked for violating COVID protocol in Owaisi's public rally in Karnataka

Over 300 people, who had taken part in All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi's public rally in support of two candidates contesting the municipal corporation elections, have been booked for violating the COVID protocol, police said on Tuesday.
             
The Market police in Belagavi city registered a case under the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act and the Disaster Management Act, apart from IPC sections based on a complaint by Sripad Kulkarni, who is a nodal officer for COVID-19.
        
The rally was held yesterday afternoon at Darbar Gali in Belagavi city. (PTI)

19:08 (IST)31 Aug 2021
K'taka Speaker asks CM and Ministers not to skip Assembly proceedings

Karnataka Legislative Assembly Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri on Tuesday urged Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs J C Madhuswamy to direct the ministers to be present in the House during the legislature proceedings.
          
The Karnataka legislature session for ten days will take place from September 13 to 24 in Bengaluru.
        
In separate missives to Bommai and Madhuswamy, the Speaker has drawn the attention of both the leaders to the "general practice" on the part of the ministers to seek permission or exemption from House proceedings owing to the constituency-related works, a communique from Kageri's office said.
        
However, the absence of the ministers during the debate is neither advisable nor acceptable as many ministers concerned will have to reply to the questions raised by the members on matters public importance, Kageri explained. (PTI)

18:15 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Karnataka: Minister says decision on fee hike for engineering courses only after meeting next week

Amid speculations that the fees for engineering courses in the state will be hiked from this academic year, Karnataka Higher Education Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said that a final call will be taken after a meeting with all stakeholders, scheduled to be held in the second week of September.

“While fee revision takes place every year for medical and dental courses, there has been no revision of fees for engineering courses in the last three years,” he said. Read More

13:35 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Karnataka schools to reopen for classes 6-8 from Sept 6

The Karnataka government has decided to allow schools to reopen for classes 6-8 on alternate days from September 6 in regions where the Covid-19 test positivity rate is below two per cent. State Revenue Minister R Ashok, said here on Monday that schools will be reopened at 50 per cent capacity on alternate days, for half a day, with Saturday and Sunday being holidays.

The government had earlier allowed the opening of high school classes 9-12 on August 23. Good attendance was reported in government high schools since August 23, but many private schools have not opened yet. “Out of 6,472 samples of children, only 14 samples have tested positive. This is very low and that is why we have decided to open up offline schooling for more classes in the state,” Ashok said.

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13:11 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Private hospitals’ panel cautions Karnataka government against reopening schools

Even as the Karnataka government has decided to reopen schools for students in classes VI to VIII from September 6, an expert committee of the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) has stated that it would be premature to reopen schools at present.

The PHANA expert committee report on preparedness for a possible third wave of Covid has cited the example of Israel which reopened schools but was compelled to shut them within a week since 100 per cent of the fresh Covid cases were traced to schools. “In the US, schools have been repeatedly opened and shut due to the Covid-19 spread. South Korea deferred its opening five times. In the US, 4.3 million children have so far been infected. More children in the US are being hospitalised now with serious infection than at any point in this pandemic. But if there’s a window for us to prepare, we should take it.”

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12:37 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Fuel prices in Bengaluru today

Petrol and diesel prices were steady across the country for the seventh consecutive day on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. The prices of the key auto fuels were last revised on August 24 when petrol and diesel prices were cut by 15 paise per litre each in the national capital.

In Bengaluru, petrol is priced at Rs. 104.98 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 94.34 per litre.

12:00 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Man accused of killing buffalo near farm held

Police on Monday said they have detained a person for allegedly slitting the throat of a buffalo near Kotekar in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka.

The carcass was found near a farm on Sunday, the police said.

Acting on a complaint, police said they were interrogating the detained person. Local residents said a scooter was found nearby and they suspected the owner of the two-wheeler had killed the animal. (PTI)

11:34 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Karnataka govt to plant trees at Bingipura landfill site as part of lake restoration

The Karnataka government has decided to plant thousands of trees at the Bingipura landfill in Anekal taluk. The Bingipura lake, which had been contaminated due to unscientific disposal of waste for years, was rejuvenated last month.

“The lake was contaminated due to the leachate entering the lake and soil from the dumping ground. There were issues of fish kill also. The lake was restored using a natural filtration process. Sustainable techniques including natural sewage treatment were adopted to decontaminate the lake,” Bengaluru Urban deputy commissioner J Manjunath told The Indian Express.

“Thousands of saplings will be planted at the landfill site. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited itself will plant 50-60 saplings,” he added.

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11:31 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Staff of school for training airmen shoots himself dead

A staff member of the Airmen Training School at Sambra in Karnataka allegedly died by suicide on Monday, police said.

They said Sandeep Kumar, belonging to Haryana, shot himself dead with a gun. The reason for the extreme step was not known, the police said. His family was informed about the death, they said.

The police said they registered a case and began an investigation. (PTI)

11:22 (IST)31 Aug 2021
973 new cases in Karnataka, 15 deaths

Karnataka on Monday reported 973 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,48,228 and death toll to 37,293, the health department said. The day also saw 1,324 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 28,92,517.

Bengaluru Urban recorded 264 new cases as the city saw 261 discharges and three deaths. Active cases stood at 18,392. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.64 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 1.54 per cent.

Three deaths each were reported from Bengaluru Urban, Belagavi and Udupi, while one each from Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Shivamogga and Tumakuru (1). After Bengaluru Urban, Dakshina Kannada reported the highest number of new cases at 193, Udupi 98, Hassan 74 and Mysuru 73.

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,37,550, followed by Mysuru 1,75,952 and Tumakuru 1,19,220. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 12,14,220, followed by Mysuru 1,72,618 and Tumakuru 1,17,475.

Cumulatively a total of 4,33,45,881 samples have been tested, of which 1,51,219 were tested on Monday alone. (PTI)

11:16 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Aim to fully vaccinate Karnataka’s adult population by end of this year: K Sudhakar

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Monday said that the state has set a target to fully vaccinate its entire adult population by the end of the year.

Moreover, noting that Bengaluru had reported a high number of Covid-19 cases during the first two waves of the pandemic, the Karnataka government has also set a target to vaccinate the entire adult population of the city as soon as possible.

“Vaccinating the entire population in Bengaluru is the only way to prevent a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Sudhakar said after a meeting with Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee chairman Dr M K Sudarshan, Health Commissioner K V Trilok Chandra and National Health Mission Karnataka Director Arundhati Chandrashekhar. Other top officials also attended the meeting.

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11:07 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Puducherry adopts resolution on Mekedatu issue

The Puducherry Assembly on Monday passed a resolution against the move of Karnataka to build at Mekedatu a dam across Cauvery. 

The resolution, tabled by Chief Minister of the Union Territory N Rangasamy, said the 13th meeting of the Cauvery Water Management to be held on Tuesday should not take up for discussion the issue among the riparian States. 

The resolution said if and when the dam is built, there would not be any water available for farming in Karaikal which is in the region of Puducherry. 

The government of neighbouring Tamil Nadu has already approached the Supreme Court to restrain Karnataka from building the dam. (PTI)

10:55 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Bengaluru Metro’s new stretch on Purple Line opens to public

Commercial operations on the Kengeri-Baiyappanahalli stretch of the Namma Metro began Monday. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri had on Sunday inaugurated the extended Bengaluru Metro line between Mysore Road and Kengeri.

Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) has decided to run the service till Kengeri Metro station only during peak hours.

With this, the total network of the Namma Metro will expand to 55km. The Purple Line of the metro is expected to cater to at least 75,000 passengers daily. With six stations —Nayandahalli, Rajarajeshwarinagar, Jnanabharathi, Pattengere, Kengeri Bus Terminal, and Kengeri — on the extended Purple Line, the new route is 7.53 kilometres long. The Challaghatta Metro station, which lies across NICE Road, is yet to open.

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10:11 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Karnataka CM asks officials to expedite disposal of SCs/STs atrocity cases

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday directed officials to take necessary steps to ensure that there is no delay in the disposal of cases of atrocities against Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs), including those pending in courts.

“In cases relating to atrocities against SC/STs, it has come to notice that in several cases, investigation has got delayed or court order or FSL lab reports have got delayed, or after filing of the charge sheet the prosecution might have got delayed. Home and Law departments have been given directions to review and see to it that there is no such delay,” Bommai said.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, he said the Principal Secretary, Social Welfare Department, will be supervising it.

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09:53 (IST)31 Aug 2021
Bengaluru power cuts: These localities to face power outage today

There will be no power supply on Tuesday in parts of Bengaluru due to the planned works of Bescom from 10 am to 5 pm due to conversion of overhead lines into UG /AB cable works being carried out.

According to Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM), West Circle, the areas to be affected are: 

R.R. Nagar F-3: Mylasandra and surrounding areas.

Byadarahalli F-5: Shristinagar, Veerabhadreshwara Nagar and surrounding areas.

Bande Mutt, F-8 and F-11: Hoysala Circle, Apporva Layout and surrounding areas.

Sir M.V. F-3, F-10 and F-12: Telecom Layout, Sir M.V. 5th and 6th Blocks, Police Chowka, Dubasipalya and surrounding areas.

A key accused in the Mysuru gangrape case was linked to at least four sandalwood theft and smuggling cases in the region since 2019, with the latest of those filed in January this year, it has emerged. Police are now looking at the possibility of the sandalwood theft gang’s involvement in other attacks and robberies in Mysuru, which may have not been reported on account of fear among the victims.

READ | Mysuru rape accused arrested earlier in sandalwood theft cases, got bail in Feb

The Karnataka government has decided to plant thousands of trees at the Bingipura landfill in Anekal taluk. The Bingipura lake, which had been contaminated due to unscientific disposal of waste for years, was rejuvenated last month. “The lake was contaminated due to the leachate entering the lake and soil from the dumping ground. There were issues of fish kill also. The lake was restored using a natural filtration process. Sustainable techniques including natural sewage treatment were adopted to decontaminate the lake,” Bengaluru Urban deputy commissioner J Manjunath told The Indian Express.

READ | Karnataka govt to plant trees at Bingipura landfill site as part of lake restoration

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

Karnataka Bengaluru News August 30 Highlights

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