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Karnataka Bengaluru August 24 Highlights: Planning five lakh vaccinations every day in Sept, says CM; state records 1,259 new Covid cases

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News August 24 Highlights: Karnataka Monday logged the lowest number of Covid-19 deaths at 10, since the second wave hit the state in March this year.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 25, 2021 8:16:07 am
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu launched the Vaccinate India Programme in Bengaluru, in the presence of Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai and Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot. (Photo: Twitter/@VPSecretariat)

Karnataka Bangalore News August 24 Highlights: CM Basavaraj Bommai said that the state will ramp up its efforts to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, and is planning five lakh vaccinations every day in the month of September. He added that the “government of India has assured us all help and I’m confident that they will give 1.5 crore vaccines” to help them achieve the target of vaccinating 80 per cent of the population in the next three-four months.

He was speaking at the launch of the ‘Vaccinate India Programme’, an initiative of the Department of Planning, Government of Karnataka in collaboration with the Give India Foundation, attended by President M Venkaiah Naidu and Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot.

On Tuesday, the state recorded 1,259 new Covid-19 cases and 29 deaths.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka forest department has shortlisted 14 ceremonial elephants for the world-famous Dasara Jumbo Savari in Mysuru.

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20:40 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Bengaluru couple’s murder: Cops crack case, arrest four, including former tenant

Police cracked a case of double murder of an elderly couple which took place on August 20 at their residence in Kashinagar in south Bengaluru’s Kumaraswamy Layout. According to sources, four persons from Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh have been arrested for the murder and subsequent theft of gold and other valuables.

The main accused, Narayanaswamy (48) has been identified as a former tenant of the house. The others were identified as Ramaswamy, Asif Sheikh and Tirumala. Police said they seized 200 gram gold ornaments from the accused after the arrests.

The initial probe had revealed that the murder was carried out by someone known to the elderly couple — Kantharaju (65) and Premalatha (61). Three cups left on a table had raised suspicion during the investigation that more than one person was involved. Read more.

20:20 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Bengaluru civic body issues notices to 15 residents near Singapura lake over encroachment

The Lakes Division of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has issued notices to 15 residents living in the vicinity of Singapura lake, west of Bengaluru, for allegedly encroaching on the lake’s buffer zone. A recent BBMP survey had found that the houses, built around 10 years ago, are situated on encroached land.

Janata Dal (Secular) MLA R Manjunath has, however, taken up the cause of the residents and has called for a fresh joint survey to be carried out by the BBMP and Revenue Department to ascertain the legal position on the land.

“Almost 10 years ago a survey was undertaken by the Revenue Department and the houses were built only after the lake boundaries were marked. Recently, the ownership of Singapura lake was transferred from the Revenue Department to the BBMP,” the Dasarahalli MLA has said in a letter to the BBMP. Read more.

20:18 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Karnataka asks IT firms along Bengaluru’s Outer Ring Road to extend WFH till Dec 2022 to ease traffic congestion

In a bid to reduce traffic congestion in the area due to the ongoing Metro work, the Karnataka government has issued an advisory to IT companies and parks located along Bengaluru’s Outer Ring Road (ORR) to extend the work-from-home (WFH) option for their employees till the end of December 2022.

The advisory was issued by E V Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary of the Department of Electronics, IT & Biotechnology, who later clarified that it was only a suggestion and not mandatory.

The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has already started construction work on the stretches from Silk Board to KR Puram and from KR Puram to the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA). Read more.

19:16 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Karnataka records 1,259 new Covid-19 cases, 29 deaths

A day after reporting its lowest death toll, since the second Covid wave hit the state in March, Karnataka on Tuesday, recorded 29 deaths and 1,259 new Covid-19 cases. It also reported 1,701 recoveries. The total number of active cases in the state stands at 19,784.

19:04 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Karnataka planning five lakh vaccinations every day in September: CM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said his government is planning five lakh vaccinations every day against Covid-19, in the month of September, and expressed hopes of getting adequate quantity of vaccines from the centre.

"The government of India has assured us all help and I'm confident that they will give 1.5 crore vaccines so that we can vaccinate five lakh persons every day. If this is done for the next three to four months, probably 80 per cent of our population will be vaccinated. That's the target we are trying to achieve," he added.

The Chief Minister was speaking at 'Vaccinate India Programme,' an initiative of the Department of Planning, Government of Karnataka in collaboration with the Give India Foundation, that was attended by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot. (PTI)

18:59 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Clear unauthorised cables: BBMP chief commissioner tells cable TV operators, internet service providers

In line with the Karnataka High Court directions issued on August 3 and 24, BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta Tuesday instructed all the TV cable operators, internet service providers and affiliates to clear unauthorised TV cables, OFC cables and other cables within one month.

In case of failure to clear such unauthorised cables, they will be removed without any notice and appropriate legal action will be taken against such unauthorised owner/association, said the Chief Commissioner.

18:36 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Karnataka SSLC 2021: Supplementary exams datesheet released, check schedule

The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) has released the date sheet for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) supplementary examination. The exam will be held from September 27 to 29.

Exams for mathematics, science, social science, sociology, economics, political science and Hindustani music will be held on September 27 in the morning shift from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. The junior technical subject papers – elements of mechanical and electrical engineering, engineering graphics-2, elements of electronics engineering and elements of computer science – will be held on September 27 in the afternoon shift from 2:30 pm to 5 pm. These exams will be of a duration of 2.5 hours. Read more.

16:52 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Bengaluru records zero Covid deaths on Monday, experts warn against lowering guard

Karnataka Monday logged the lowest number of Covid-19 deaths at 10, since the second wave hit the state in March this year, with Bengaluru recording zero Covid-19 deaths.

However, the health experts opined that it is too early to lower the guard against the virus. They advised people to be vigilant as the third wave is expected to hit in the first week of October.

“In the last four weeks the number of Covid positive cases in Bengaluru have come down, with less than 500 cases per day. ICU admissions are very few. The second wave is ending but we cannot have a casual approach since the third wave is expected in the first week of October. The virus will hit severely in the third wave. The gathering restrictions should continue,” said Dr C.N Manjunath, nodal officer for labs and testing in Karnataka’s Covid-19 task force. Read more.

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16:09 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Vice President, Karnataka CM and Guv attend 'Vaccinate India Programme' event in Bengaluru

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu attended 'Vaccinate India Programme', an initiative of the Department of Planning, Government of Karnataka in collaboration with the Give India Foundation, held in Bengaluru. Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai were among the others present at the event.

Speaking at the event, Naidu urged people to avoid junk food and follow traditional Indian food, such as Karnataka Ragi Mudde (Ragi balls) and naatu kodi pulusu (country chicken curry) for maintaining good health. He also cautioned that Covid-19 was not yet over, and said that without people's cooperation, the operation of the government will not be successful.

'So, we have vaccines, there is no dearth of vaccines, and if there is a need, as the Chief Minister was mentioning, I have already told him that I will be talking to the Union Health Minister and get you adequate vaccines,' he was quoted as saying by PTI.

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15:40 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Multiclass Sailing Championship 2021 to be held at Mysuru's KRS dam

Krishna Raj Sagar Dam at Mysuru will bear witness to a national level sailing competition from August 26 to 31. The opening ceremony for the event will be held on August 27, which will be a spectacle of 75 sail boats participating in a sail parade.

The championship, accredited as a national ranking event, under the aegis of Yachting Association of India (YAI), is being hosted by ‘Trishna Yacht Club’ administered by the Madras Engineer Group & Centre in association with GETHNAA (General Thimayya National Academy of Adventure). The YAI plans to make the event an annual feature in the national sailing sports calendar.

15:30 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Forensic report confirms drug abuse in Kannada film industry

The Bengaluru police, probing the alleged drug abuse in the Kannada film industry, on Tuesday said the forensic report has confirmed that some of those arrested in connection with a case last year, were consuming drugs.

Kannada film actresses Sanjana Galrani, Ragini Dwivedi, party organiser Viren Khanna, former minister late Jeevaraj Alva's son Aditya Alva were among those arrested in the drugs case. The CCB had swung into action after the Narcotics Control Bureau arrested Mohammed Anoop, Rijesh Ravindran and Anikha Dinesh in August 2020 for allegedly possessing drugs. The NCB said the trio was supplying drugs to people in the Kannada film industry.

"I am proud to announce that our Bengaluru police had worked speedily and impartially in investigating the drug cases. There is a good development in the case filed last year in September," Bengaluru Police Commissioner, Kamal Pant told reporters in Bengaluru. (PTI)

15:01 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Anand Singh takes charge today

Four-time MLA and state Minister for Environment, Ecology and Tourism Anand Singh who had not taken charge over his disappointment over the portfolio allocated to him took charge on Tuesday. 

Speaking to the media, Anand Singh said that he had met State President of Bharatiya Janata Party of Karnataka Nalin Kumar Kateel with who he had shared his concerns. "However, Kateel directed me to first take the charge as the minister and the issues will be solved. Also, chief minister Basavaraj Bommai has assured to solve the issues which I have raised", he said.

14:49 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Toll in boiler blast at Bengaluru food factory rises to 4

The toll in the boiler blast at a food factory in Bengaluru rose to four, with two more people succumbing to injuries on Tuesday, police said. According to police, the business partner of M M Food Products and a woman employee died in the hospital on Tuesday.

The blast occurred on Monday afternoon in the snacks manufacturing company, killing two migrant workers from Bihar on the spot and leaving three others injured. Another injured is battling for life in the hospital, they said.

The factory, where snacks such as 'sev' and 'chakli' were prepared, was operating in a single-storey building with an asbestos sheet roof in a residential area. There were about 15 LPG cylinders inside the building, but they remained intact, police said. (PTI)

14:37 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Two Jesuit priests stranded in Afghanistan reach India

Two Jesuit priests, Fr Jerome Sequeira from Siddakkate near Mangaluru, and Fr P Robert Rodrigues from Thirthahalli, Shivamogga district, who were standed in Afghanistan have reached India. 

Both are a part of Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS), an international NGO, in Kabul which was working on various development activities, including providing education in rural parts of Afghanistan.

14:31 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Bengaluru Traffic police nab 8 for performing stunts on roads

Bengaluru traffic police nabbed eight youth, including two minors for performing stunts like wheeling on roads. In a special drive conducted between August 16 and 22, the accused were nabbed.

14:27 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Karnataka CM to meet Union Jal Shakti Minister on Mekedatu issue

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said he is likely to meet the Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in New Delhi on August 26 to discuss the proposed dam on Cauvery water at Mekedatu. Bommai said he will also hold a meeting with the State's legal panel headed by the Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi and other senior lawyers to chalk out strategies to tackle the water sharing disputes with neighbouring states.

Besides Shekhawat, Bommai told reporters in Bengaluru he has sought appointment from Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

He added that most probably he would go to Delhi on August 25 evening and meet the Ministers the next day.

Karnataka is pushing for the ambitious balancing reservoir at Mekedatu at Kanakapura in Ramanagara district of Karnataka, which Tamil Nadu is opposing saying that it will hamper the interests of the State, especially the farmers. The State wanted the Mekedatu project to utilise the "balance" water to meet the drinking water requirement for Bengaluru and neighbouring regions.

13:54 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Two youths drown in rivulet in Karnataka

Two young men who were engaged in agricultural work drowned in a rivulet in Udupi district, police sources said on Tuesday.

The youngsters have been identified as Mohan Naik (21) and Suresh (19), who were close relatives and residing in Albady village, they said.

The two were working as daily wage labourers in a farm and had gone to collect greens as manure for the farm on Monday evening. Sources said they might have accidentally slipped into the Kuntuhole riuvlet near the farm. 

Others went searching for them as they did not return after a long time. A search was launched in the rivulet and the bodies were recovered, they added. (PTI)

13:13 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Public policy administration needs a lot more investment & professionalism: P Thiaga Rajan

In his special address, at the XVI International Conference on Public Policy and Management, hosted by the Centre for Public Policy at IIM Bangalore, Dr. Palanivel Thiaga Rajan, Minister for Finance and Human Resources Management in the Tamil Nadu Government, focused on the complexity of administering public policy. “We need a lot more investment and professionalism in the area of governance,” he said.

Stepping back to the time he forayed into public administration from the world of international banking, Dr PTR said he had assumed that running the government would have access to performance data, institutional memory, and infrastructure/ systems. “I took institutional knowledge/ memory for granted, but I got the biggest shock when I assumed office. In administration, we don’t have the continuity or institutional knowledge/ memory that a simple small business would have built into it.”

He said while the bureaucracy – deemed IAS and the exam-written IAS cadre – has a direct connection with ministers, there is adequate continuity in administration as they are rotated. “The ministers and the bureaucrats keep changing. The continuity happens only below the cadre of IAS officers – who are rarely in direct contact with the ministers. Adding an additional layer to this complexity is the fact that there is no efficient data, dashboard, record keeping or electronic infrastructure. The net result is that you have a system which is in constant flux. Another part of the problem of complexity is the proliferation of boards, corporations, agencies, and entities, created by politicians who are searching for short-term solutions, or a relatively quick and easy way to leave a legacy, without these entities being backed up with adequate management capabilities or adequate infrastructure. This results in failure of governance, poor performance and poor explanation to the people, who then begin to feel excluded and alienated from the growth story.”

On the need to rethink and reimagine the use of resources, he used the example of land. “Land is a huge, under-utilised asset in most states and the lack of land banks is a big barrier to industrial growth,” he said, pointing out that, for example, there was no need for huge tracts of land to be allotted for official housing for government officers and ministers in prime parts of a city.

12:14 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Karnataka TET 2021: Answer key release date and details about raising objections

The Centralised Admission Cell (CAC) has conducted the Karnataka TET 2021 exam on August 22 and the answer key is expected to be released soon. The unofficial answer keys of questions collected from candidates who took the exam are already available through various online sources.

Karnataka TET 2021 was held as an offline test. Although the conducting body has not committed to an exact date of release of the Karnataka TET official answer key, based on the schedule of answer key declaration after the exam last year, one can anticipate an expected date.

Karnataka TET answer key releases online on the official website Once released, candidates can check the same by visiting the aforementioned website. The answer key is released as an open-source file that can be downloaded by anyone simply by clicking on the link. The link to download the Karnataka TET answer key is updated as per schedule on the website and it contains the correct solution to all the questions asked in the exam.

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11:38 (IST)24 Aug 2021
Forest department shortlists 14 elephants for Mysuru Dasara Jumbo Savari

The Karnataka forest department has shortlisted 14 ceremonial elephants for the world-famous Dasara Jumbo Savari in Mysuru.

The preparation for Dasara has already started to prepare elephants for the grand procession. The forest department officials have written a letter to the Mysuru deputy commissioner to specify the number of jumbos needed for the procession. But the district administration is waiting for a decision from the State government to celebrate the Dasara in Mysuru.

Last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government had scaled down the celebration and restricted the number of elephants for participation to just five instead of the traditional 15 elephants.

High schools and pre-university colleges in Karnataka reopened Monday after nearly 18 months and students were back in government institutions even as some private schools remained shut. The state government said a majority of teachers and other staff at government schools have been vaccinated. Students in classes IX to XII were allowed to return to schools with consent letters from their parents.

READ | High schools, pre-university colleges reopen in Karnataka after 18 months

Karnataka has officially become the first in the country to implement National Education Policy (NEP- 2020) with Dharmendra Pradhan, the Minister for Education, Skill Development, and Entrepreneurship virtually launching the policy on Monday. Dharmendra Pradhan said Karnataka has set an ideal example to other states of the country in going forward pertaining to the implementation of the NEP-2020.

READ | Karnataka becomes first state to implement NEP, launches digitisation policy

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