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Karnataka Bengaluru August 26 Highlights: Special team to probe Mysuru case, says CM, disapproves of home minister’s remarks

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News August 26 Highlights: A 23-year-old MBA student was allegedly gangraped by four or five unidentified persons when she was returning from a forested area with a male friend in Mysuru on Tuesday night.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 27, 2021 8:17:55 am
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Karnataka Bangalore News August 26 Highlights: Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai Thursday said the government has taken the gangrape incident in Mysuru “seriously” and that the perpetrators will be caught soon and brought to justice. He further said his government will form a special team to investigate the case. The CM also disapproved of the comments made by Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra that the girl and her male friend should not have gone to the deserted place and that the opposition Congress was trying to “rape” him by targeting him over the incident.

Meanwhile, the Mysuru police are using technical data like cell phone location of all mobile phones that were in use in the area where the crime took place to identify and question suspects. Although unconfirmed reports say cops have detained one person linked to the crime, they are yet to make arrests.

In a related development, Karnataka State Women’s Commission Chairperson Prameela Naidu, who visited Mysuru earlier today, said the commission has filed a suo motu case in the Mysuru incident, wherein a 23-year-old MBA student was allegedly gangraped by four or five unidentified persons when she was returning from a forested area with a male friend in Mysuru on Tuesday night.

Condemning the act, she said that the police have found clues about the accused and are confident of nabbing them. She said that she had gone to meet the victim but doctors had advised against it as the student was still recovering from the shock.

The woman’s friend has sustained injuries on his head and is recovering.

The incident took place around 8 pm in the Tippayyanakere region, in Lalithadripura area of Mysuru, police sources said. The woman has been identified as a student from outside Karnataka who was studying in Mysuru.

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21:06 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Don't agree with home minister's remarks over Mysuru rape case: Karnataka CM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Thursday said his government will form a special team to investigate the case of gangrape of a college student in Mysuru and asserted that the perpetrators will be caught soon and brought to justice.

He also disapproved of the comments made by Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra that the girl and her male friend should not have gone to the deserted place and that the opposition Congress was trying to "rape" him by targeting him over the incident.

"I just don't agree with the comments made by my Home Minister regarding the gang-rape incident. I have advised him to give clarification," the chief minister said, adding "I have directed the officials to pursue the matter seriously and update me on the developments." (PTI)

21:00 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Karnataka CM urges Centre for 5 lakh Covid vaccine doses daily from Sept

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Thursday met Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and requested him to supply 5 lakh doses of Covid vaccine daily to the state.
          
In the meeting, Bommai updated the Union minister on measures taken to control spread of the pandemic. 
        
"I informed that the state has planned 5 lakh a day vaccination programme from next month. And the minister has assured support to meet the demand of the programme," Bommai told reporters after the meeting.
          
Mandaviya informed that the Centre will give more doses of vaccines from September-October onwards to all states, including Karnataka, he said, adding that the state will start preparing for this programme immediately. (PTI)

20:27 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Mysuru rape: Cops gather technical data to find mobile phones active on crime spot during incident

In the sexual assault case of a 23-year-old MBA student, Mysuru police are using technical data like cell phone location of all mobile phones that were in use in the area where the crime took place to identify and question suspects.

The police also learnt from the victim’s male friend that the accused had taken videos of the women and had threatened to make them public if the couple approached the police. Although unconfirmed reports tell cops have detained one person linked to the crime, they are yet to make arrests.

On Tuesday night, the woman was sexually assaulted by four to five men when she was returning with a male friend from a forested area at the foothills of Chamundi Hills in Mysuru. The incident took place in the Tippayyanakere area in the Lalithadripura area under Alanahalli police station limits in Mysuru. The victim, who hails from outside Karnataka, lives as a paying guest in Mysuru. Read More

20:02 (IST)26 Aug 2021
1,213 Covid-19 cases, 25 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka reported 1,213 new Covid-19 cases and 25 deaths on Thursday, taking the total number of infections to 29,43,463 and the toll to 37,231, the health department said on Thursday.
         
The day also saw 1,206 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,86,906. Bengaluru Urban logged the most number of cases (319),  as the city saw 205 discharges and two deaths.                                                                                                     
Active cases in the state stood at 19,300.
       
While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.64 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was at 2.06 per cent. (PTI)

19:20 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Should do the right things in our own country: Devegowda

Former Prime Minister HD Devegowda, while discussing the current Afghanistan situation at an all-party meeting Thursday, said the Indian government needs to ensure that most vulnerable regions like Jammu and Kashmir are handled properly.

Calling the government to reflect on why such a crisis has arisen in Afghanistan, Devegowda said 'If we are to play a bigger role on the world stage and secure our mutiple interests in the region, we should do the right things in our own country'.

Stating that India has to realise it has a larger humnaitarian role to play, he said, ' We are the only large democractic country in Afghanistan's neighbourhood which is sure of its founding principles. He added that India has to 'explore an independent and meaningful role in the region instead of playing part roles set by other nations.'

18:39 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Karnataka: IISc researchers launch concentrator capable of producing oxygen at more than 93% purity

An oxygen concentrator designed and developed by the researchers of Indian Institute of Science (IISc) led by Praveen Ramamurthy, Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering, was launched Thursday.

The group had been working on oxygen concentrators since March 2020. A prototype capable of producing oxygen at more than 93% purity at 5 litre per minute (LPM) and 82% at 10 LPM was developed by August 2020 itself.

“The researchers then modified the prototype which now delivers more than 93-95 percent pure oxygen concentration at 10 LPM within 3 minutes. The stability and performance of the system was monitored continuously for more than eight months. Clinical trials have been completed, and the system was found to perform on par with compressed oxygen cylinders,” the IISc said in a statement. Read More

18:33 (IST)26 Aug 2021
BBMP aims to vaccinate 1.25 lakh people on August 27

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is aiming to inoculate almost 1,25,000 (1.25 lakh) as part of the Covid-19 Lasika (Vaccination) Mela on August 27. The Karnataka government is launching the vaccination campaign across the state  tomorrow to reach out to more people for vaccination. 

Preparations are being made at zonal levels to achieve the intended target. Measures are being taken to vaccinate people at various sites including primary health centres and ensure no inconvenience is caused. 

The required quantity of vaccines will be provided to each ward in advance. Arrangements have also been made to provide vaccines through additional vaccine sites along with the required staff support.

18:07 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai visits National Police Memorial in Delhi

17:55 (IST)26 Aug 2021
‘Rape happened in Mysuru, but the Congress is trying to rape me’: Karnataka home minister

A day after the Mysuru gangrape case, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra Thursday triggered outrage with his controversial remarks as he accused the Opposition Congress of politicising the incident.

“Rape happened there (Mysuru). But the Congress is trying to rape the Home Minister (himself). They are taking political mileage out of it. This is a heinous act and when something like this happens, under humanitarian circumstances, they should be demanding to detect the case, but are taking political mileage out of it. People are watching and they will decide,” said Jnanendra while speaking to reporters.

Further responding to a question on Congress’ allegation that the law and order situation in the state has failed, Jnanendra said: “This is not an incident to politicise. We have to together see that such incidents don’t repeat. Was everything great during Congress rule?” Read More

17:47 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Manipal Hospitals launch advanced Radixact System for cancer treatment

Manipal Hospitals has launched an advanced Radixact System with the Synchrony Automatic, Real-time Motion Synchronization Technology, for the precise treatment of cancer patients. It has obtained the requisite license from AERB for Radixact X9 Tomotherapy with Synchrony tumor tracking technology -- the first machine with this feature in India. 

India is the first developing nation in the world to avail the new Radixact System after the US, UK, Japan and Hong Kong.
 
The Radixact system, with its new generation of Tomotherapy with Synchrony technology serves Cancer patient needs, by far superior clinical results in Head & Neck, breast, GI and Prostate Cancers.  The System delivers 360 degree rotational delivery for the whole body and CT based daily IGRT treatment with Iterative reconstruction. The combined technologies enable the delivery of radiation using a variety of methods — from image-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IG-IMRT) to stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) — to treat almost any tumor, even those that move with breathing, precision, accuracy and unprecedented flexibility.

17:36 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Bengaluru: BBMP gives nod to axe 67 trees to pave way for construction of elevated traffic corridor

The forest division of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) permitted the felling of 67 trees in south east Bengaluru citing impediments to the construction of an elevated traffic corridor from Ejipura Main Road (Inner Ring Road) via Sony World Junction to the Kendriya Sadana project.

The official memorandum of the division also reads that 17 trees will be translocated and 12 others will be retained on the site.

“The translocation of trees should be done at suitable vacant places identified in collaboration with the Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) of BBMP at the premises of St John’s Medical College and Hospital in Bengaluru. In lieu of 10 trees felled, 10 healthy and heightened saplings have to be planted as per forestry practices and have to be maintained for a period of three years,” the order copy reads. Read More

17:35 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Bengaluru: BBMP asks commercial units to ensure at least one dose of Covid vaccine for staff

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta has directed commercial establishments to ensure that their employees receive at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“At least one dose of vaccination shall be complied with for employees by August 31. All such employees shall maintain proof of their vaccination status at their workplace and shall produce the same as and when enquired,” the BBMP commissioner said in a circular issued on Thursday.

The BBMP marshals and health officials have been authorised to enter commercial establishments during working hours to check compliance from September 1. Read More

17:02 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Interstate river water disputes: Karnataka CM holds meeting with legal team

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Thursday held a meeting here with legal and technical experts to chalk out strategies for tackling water sharing disputes with neighbouring states. 
         
"Had a detailed discussion with the legal team on Supreme Court cases related to interstate river water disputes. Several issues were discussed," Bommai told reporters after the meeting. The meeting was held at the Karnataka Bhavan here.
        
Emerging from the meeting, the CM said he had met senior advocates Mohan Khatri on Wednesday and Shyam Divan this morning and discussed ways to proceed in view of the existing water disputes. With regard to the Mekedatu project, Bommai said it has been decided to put forth the state government's stand when the case gets listed for hearing next time.
       
Karnataka has proposed a balancing reservoir at Mekedatu in Ramanagara district, but the Tamil Nadu government has opposed it vehemently. (PTI)

16:58 (IST)26 Aug 2021
4 held for producing fake RT-PCR certificate to enter Karnataka

Four people from Kerala were arrested at the Talapady border for producing 'fake' RT-PCR negative reports to enter Mangaluru on Thursday. Those arrested were coming by car and had tried to enter Mangaluru after showing an edited RT-PCR report on their mobile phone, police said.

Police personnel on scrutinizing the document found that it was fake. They were arrested and produced before the court, they said.

As many people arriving from Kerala are testing positive for Covid-19, the Dakshina Kannada district administration has decided to verify the RT-PCR negative reports which they produce on arrival, they added. (PTI)

16:57 (IST)26 Aug 2021

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15:49 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Efforts on to nab culprits in Mysuru gangrape case: K'taka home minister

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Thursday said that the government and the police department have taken the gangrape incident in Mysuru 'seriously' and all efforts are on to nab the culprits.        
          
The Minister said he will himself be travelling to Mysuru Thursday to take stock of the developments and the situation there.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, he said, "We have sent our senior police officer ADGP Pratap Reddy from Bengaluru, and Mysuru police commissioner and senior officials have been asked to form teams, investigate seriously, nab the culprits and bring them to justice." (PTI)

15:40 (IST)26 Aug 2021
K'taka CM meets FM; demands extension of GST compensation to states for 3 more yrs

Amid fall in state revenue and GST collection in view of COVID-19 crisis, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Thursday demanded the Centre to extend the GST compensation period to states beyond 2022, for three more years.
       
After a meeting with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Bommai said he also discussed the GST (Goods and Services Tax) dues to the tune of Rs 11,000 crore to be paid to Karnataka in installments.
     
"The dues that were to be paid from July 2022 are being advanced through installment from this year. Along with this, I discussed extending the GST compensation to states beyond 2022," he told reporters after the meeting.
     
In the meeting, the CM informed Sitharaman that the state GST collection has not yet stabilised in view of COVID-19 crisis, and it would be more helpful in this ongoing revenue crisis if the GST compensation to states is extended for three more years. (PTI)

14:37 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Interstate river water disputes: Karnataka CM holds meeting with legal team

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Thursday held a meeting in New Delhi with legal and technical experts to chalk out strategies for tackling water sharing disputes with neighbouring states.

"Had a detailed discussion with the legal team on Supreme Court cases related to interstate river water disputes. Several issues were discussed," Bommai told reporters after the meeting.

The meeting was held at the Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi.

Emerging from the meeting, the CM said he had met senior advocates Mohan Khatri on Wednesday and Shyam Divan this morning and discussed ways to proceed in view of the existing water disputes.

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14:12 (IST)26 Aug 2021
Mysuru gang rape case: Karnataka State Women’s Commisson files suo motu case

Karnataka State Women’s Commisson Chairperson Prameela Naidu, who visited Mysuru on Thursday said that the commission has filed a suo motu case, after  23-year-old MBA student was allegedly gangraped by four or five unidentified persons when she was returning from a forested area with a male friend in Mysuru on Tuesday night.

Condemning the act, she said that the police have found clues about the accused and are confident of nabbing them. She said that she had gone to meet the victim but doctors had advised against it as the student was still recovering from the shock.  

The woman's friend has sustained injuries on his head and is recovering.

13:44 (IST)26 Aug 2021
BBMP chief directs commercial establishments to ensure vaccination of staff by end of August

BBMP Chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta has issued directions to the commercial establishments to ensure their staff have been vaccinated with at least one dose by the end of August. 

"It would be the duty of all employers of such commercial establishments, industries / hotels & restaurants/ offices to ensure regular testing of their staff. More importantly employer shall ensure 100% vaccination of their working staff either at Government BBMP vaccination centres or at private hospitals at employer's cost. At least one dose of
vaccination shall be complied with for employees by 31.08.2021. All such employees shall maintain proof of their vaccination status at their workplace and shall produce the same as and when enquired," the circular read.

A 23-year-old MBA student was allegedly gangraped by four or five unidentified persons when she was returning from a forested area with a male friend in Mysuru on Tuesday night. The woman, who is critical, is yet to give her statement to the police. Police have obtained a statement from her friend who was also assaulted by the group.

READ | Karnataka: MBA student gangraped in Mysuru, is critical

Days after issuing an advisory to IT companies and parks located along Bengaluru’s Outer Ring Road (ORR) to extend work from home (WFH) options for their employees till the end of December 2022, the state government clarified that it was only an “advisory” and not “mandatory” to be followed.

READ | It’s an ‘advisory and not mandatory’: Karnataka government clarifies extend WFH notice

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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