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Karnataka Bengaluru September 27, 28, 29 Highlights: Karnataka starts land acquisition process for Upper Krishna Project

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News September 27, 28, 29 Highlights: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the government has decided to use 173 TMC of water under the UKP by taking it to those regions where it has not reached yet.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: September 30, 2021 8:11:46 am
Basavaraj Bommai, Araga JnanendraKarnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Home Minister Araga Jnanendra. File photo

Karnataka Bangalore News September 27, 28, 29 Highlights: The Karnataka government has decided to release Rs 2,500 crore for land acquisition and compensation for the two stages of the Upper Krishna Project (UKP) in the state.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the government has decided to use 173 TMC of water under the UKP by taking it to those regions where it has not reached yet. “We will take the water to the last level. We have decided to release Rs 2,500 crore for land acquisition and compensation to four villages,” Bommai said.

The Chief Minister also said those villages where the land acquisition process has not started yet for the UKP will be speeded up.

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21:50 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Transport minister to unveil Bengaluru’s first e-bus at Kengeri depot

Transport minister B Sriramulu will unveil Bengaluru’s first electric bus on Thursday. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has already received the e-bus built by the Uttar Pradesh-based JBM Auto Limited.

The first e-bus will be unveiled by the minister at the Kengeri depot. Apart from Kengeri, e-buses will be operated from the Yeshwantpur and the KR Puram depots of the BMTC. Each e-bus will have a carrying capacity of 33 passengers. Read the full report here.

The first e-bus will be unveiled by the minister at the Kengeri depot. (Express photo)
17:41 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Nigerian actor arrested for drug peddling in Bengaluru

Bengaluru Police arrested a Nigerian actor here on Wednesday on charges of drug peddling. The artist, Chekwume Malvin, has acted in more than 20 Bollywood, Kannada and Tamil movies, among others. Bengaluru East Division Police said that Malvin was in India under a medical visa and had also undergone a two-month training at the New York Film Academy in Mumbai.

Police nabbed Malvin from a building in HBR Layout in east Bengaluru after receiving a tip-off. “The accused primarily sold drugs to college students and businessmen,” SD Sharanappa, the DCP of East Division, said. Read the full report here

16:34 (IST)29 Sep 2021
How Karnataka govt plans to disburse Covid-19 compensation to kin of victims

With 37,763 people in Karnataka reported to have died due to Covid-19 (as of September 28) since the beginning of the pandemic, the government is now “in the process” of verifying and disbursing ex gratia amounts to the kin of the victims. What has the Karnataka government promised as compensation? What do the state government guidelines say? Read our explainer here.

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai with Health and Family Welfare Minister K Sudhakar at a meeting to discuss Covid-19 situation in the state. (Photo: Twitter/@BSBommai)
15:39 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Karnataka: 6 decades since proposal, work to build Hassan airport to begin soon

After waiting for nearly six decades, the construction of Hassan airport in Karnataka will soon begin. The district administration informed the tender process for the construction of the first phase of the airport has been completed. According to officials, the project will be taken up by the state and the Centre on a cost-sharing basis. The greenfield domestic passenger airport project at Hassan in South Karnataka was proposed in 1967 by the state government and in 1996, the then Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda had laid the foundation stone at Boovanahalli, on the outskirts of Hassan, for the project. Read the full report here.

15:04 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Education Minister distributes 'Best Teacher' awards in Bengaluru

Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh Wednesday distributed 'Best Teacher' awards to nine educators in an event held in Bengaluru. The awards were constituted by the Registered unaided private schools' Management Association (RUPSA) Karnataka to honour teachers for their meritorious service.

15:00 (IST)29 Sep 2021
RR vs RCB Live Streaming IPL 2021: When and where to watch

A thumping win over defending champions Mumbai Indians boosting their confidence, Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to build on the momentum when they take on a struggling Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League match here on Wednesday.

The Virat Kohli-led RCB are currently at third spot with 12 points from 10 matches and a win over RR will virtually put them in the play-offs. On the other hand, with eight points from 10 matches, it will be a make-or-break outing for RR as a loss on Wednesday can put them in a tight situation in their bid for a last-four berth.

The IPL 2021 matches will be aired live on Star Sports channels – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. The online streaming of the IPL 2021 matches will be available on Hotstar. You can also catch the live commentary, scorecard, and latest updates on the IndianExpress.com.

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14:38 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Karnataka starts land acquisition process for Upper Krishna Project

The Karnataka government has decided to release Rs 2,500 crore for land acquisition and compensation for the two stages of the Upper Krishna Project (UKP) in the state.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the government has decided to use 173 TMC of water under the UKP by taking it to those regions where it has not reached yet. "We will take the water to the last level. We have decided to release Rs 2,500 crore for land acquisition and compensation to four villages," Bommai said.

The Chief Minister also said those villages where the land acquisition process has not started yet for the UKP will be speeded up.

14:22 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Fuel prices in Bengaluru today

A day after witnessing a hike, petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged across the country on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. On Tuesday, petrol had risen 20 paise per litre while diesel had inched up 25 paise in the national capital.

In Bengaluru, petrol costs Rs. 104.92 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 95.06 per litre.

13:37 (IST)29 Sep 2021
WATCH | Park at Anjanapura established in dedication to lives of farmers from Malnad region
12:55 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Karnataka education dept on alert after new Covid-19 clusters identified in Bengaluru, Kolar schools

With a few days left for schools and PU colleges (classes 6 to 12) to resume functioning with 100 per cent attendance from October 1, new Covid-19 clusters reported from educational institutions in Bengaluru and Kolar have caught the attention of officials from the health and education departments in Karnataka.

The cluster in the Karnataka capital was identified by the health authorities after tests were conducted at the hostel of Sri Chaitanya PU and CBSE College located near Electronics City Phase 2, after a student tested positive on September 26.

According to a staff member from the PU college, the student who tested positive first (on Sunday) was an inmate of the hostel. “While the student had developed symptoms including fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, she first underwent Rapid Antigen Testing for which the result came positive. An RT-PCR test was also done for confirmation, which also turned positive,” the staff member said.

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12:30 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Govt Railway Police in Karnataka woefully understaffed, claims official

The Government Railway Police in Karnataka is still functioning with the staff strength of 800 personnel that was sanctioned in 1982, a senior GRP official said on Tuesday.

"We are still operating with 800 personnel across Karnataka, which was sanctioned in 1982 when the daily passengers load was only 50,000 compared to two lakh today whereas we require not less than 2,000 personnel," the officer said requesting anonymity. "Many new districts and stations came up in these 40 years. The pattern of crime has also changed all these years but our staff strength remains the same," the officer added.

According to him, GRP salaries are borne equally by the state government and the central government. The state government wants to increase the strength of GRP but the Railways is grappling with many other pan-India problems; so nothing concrete is coming out, the officer claimed.

"There are handful of airports in the state and the passengers who fly is way too less than the train but 1,300 policemen are allocated for this security," the officer explained. This is despite the fact that CISF takes care of security at airports, he said. He added that the policemen deployed in the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus stands are more than the GRP.

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has a different mandate, according to the officer. He explained that the RPF is meant to protect railway property, while law and order and crime in railway stations and on trains come under the purview of GRP. (PTI)

11:45 (IST)29 Sep 2021
629 COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka on Tuesday registered 629 fresh COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths, taking the caseload and death toll to 29,74,528 and 37,763 respectively, the health department said. A department bulletin said 782 people were discharged, pushing the total number of recoveries to 29,24,102. Active cases stood at 12,634, a health department bulletin said.

Bengaluru Urban accounted for the maximum number of 229 cases and six fatalities, it said. Dakshina Kannada district bordering Kerala remained a major COVID-19 hotspot with 96 fresh infections and two deaths.

Other districts too reported fresh cases, including Mysuru 58, Udupi 39, Kodagu 30, Hassan 27 and Mandya and Tumakuru 22 each. Bidar, Gadag, Kalaburagi, Koppal, Raichur, Vijayapura and Yadgir reported zero infections and zero COVID-19 related deaths. Twenty-three districts reported zero fatalities, the bulletin said. 

A total of 93,014 samples were tested in the state on Tuesday, taking the cumulative number of specimens examined  to 4.74 crore.

The number of vaccinations done so far in the state rose to 5.51 crore, with 1,79,277 people being inoculated on Tuesday, it said. (PTI)

10:47 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Karnataka: Proposal to build concrete road to ‘trekkers paradise’ Kodachadri raises environmental concerns

A proposal by the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) to build a concrete road to the Kodachadri hills, a popular trekking destination, cutting through the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary in Shimoga, has raised environmental concerns.

The Rs 9.74 crore proposal is now before the standing committee of the National Board of Wildlife (NBWL) and Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change for clearance.

The road project is proposed to pass through Kodachadri re

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10:08 (IST)29 Sep 2021
CM launches walkathon on World Heart Day

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Wednesday launched a walkathon organised by the Department of Health and Family Welfare to create awareness on the importance of maintaining good cardiovascular health on the occasion of World Heart Day. 

Placards were raised and slogans were chanted by participants during the walkathon that began from the Gandhi statue in Vidhana Soudha premises. Health and Medical Education Minister Sudhakar was also present during the occasion.

09:42 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Karnataka government picks former Congress CM S M Krishna to inaugurate Mysuru Dasara festivities

The BJP government in Karnataka has decided to invite veteran politician and former Congress chief minister S M Krishna to inaugurate the 10-day annual Dasara celebrations in Mysuru beginning October 7 this year. The announcement was made by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai after a meeting with officials.

The move is being seen in political circles as an effort of the ruling BJP to get the support of the Vokkaliga community, which is dominant in south Karnataka but has not been a traditional vote bank of the saffron party. Krishna (89) is from the Vokkaliga community.

Last year, the government had chosen five coronavirus warriors to inaugurate the Dasara festival, while renowned novelist Santeshivara Lingannaiah Bhyrappa was chosen to do the honours in 2019.

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09:07 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Karnataka government to join hands with Infosys for skill development as per NEP norms

The Karnataka government Tuesday decided to collaborate with Information Technology major Infosys to enable skill development among students as per the norms of the new Education Policy (NEP-2020).

“The Department of Higher Education and Infosys will sign three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) soon to utilise the ‘Infosys Springboard’ platform that comprises over 3,000 skill development courses for college students,” state Higher Education Minister C N Ashwathnarayan announced.

The minister added that a decision was taken in a meeting convened with Infosys officials at Vikasa Soudha. Ashwthnarayan added that the IT major’s platform will also facilitate digital learning for college faculty and professional guidance for students. “Infosys has agreed to donate 15,000 debonded computers to colleges in the state,” he said.

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09:07 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Karnataka government to join hands with Infosys for skill development as per NEP norms

The Karnataka government Tuesday decided to collaborate with Information Technology major Infosys to enable skill development among students as per the norms of the new Education Policy (NEP-2020).

“The Department of Higher Education and Infosys will sign three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) soon to utilise the ‘Infosys Springboard’ platform that comprises over 3,000 skill development courses for college students,” state Higher Education Minister C N Ashwathnarayan announced.

The minister added that a decision was taken in a meeting convened with Infosys officials at Vikasa Soudha. Ashwthnarayan added that the IT major’s platform will also facilitate digital learning for college faculty and professional guidance for students. “Infosys has agreed to donate 15,000 debonded computers to colleges in the state,” he said.

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09:07 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Karnataka government planning to introduce law to ban forceful religious conversions: Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Tuesday said the state government is planning to introduce a law to ban forceful religious conversions in the state.

Speaking to reporters, he said, “Forceful conversions have become rampant. I have directed the district administrations to not allow any religious conversion through inducement or by force as they are illegal.”

He was responding to a question on alleged incidents of religious conversions in Kalaburagi and Byadarahalli in the state.

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08:48 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Post pandemic, Bengaluru sees spike in heart ailments among those aged between 20 and 40

In yet another adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on youngsters in the city, cardiovascular experts noted a rise in heart-related ailments among people aged between 20 and 40 in Bengaluru over the last few months.

According to Dr C N Manjunath, Director, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardio-Vascular Sciences and Research (SJICR), the number of heart attacks being reported among youngsters has seen a rise of nearly 5 per cent in the last few months from how it was during the pre-pandemic times.

“These cases were particularly among those aged between 25 and 35. People of this age group have been very anxious because of the Covid-19 crisis and seemed to be over-ambitious trying to achieve too many goals in a short period of time, especially when situations are non-favourable,” he told The Indian Express.

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08:25 (IST)29 Sep 2021
Karnataka: Mother kills adult daughter to hide affair, father helps in dumping body

Karnataka police have arrested three persons for the murder of a 28-year-old woman in Chikkaballapura district. Among those arrested were the murder victim’s parents and uncle. While the mother and the uncle allegedly killed the woman, the victim’s father conspired to pass off the murder as suicide, thinking it to be a case of honour killing.

Chikkaballapura district superintendent of police Mithun Kumar GK said, “Parveena Banu alias Shilpa, a resident of Musalmanarahalli, was murdered earlier this month. Her parents, Gulzar Banu (45) and Fayaz (50), and uncle, Pyaarejan (60), have been arrested in connection to her death. Fayaz is speech impaired and Parveena was his eldest daughter.”

Chikkaballapura district police said the incident took place on September 4.

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With “procedural delays” marring the roll out of compensation to the kin of the Covid-19 victims in Karnataka, the ex-gratia amount of Rs 1 lakh meant for below poverty line (BPL) families that have lost their earning member to the pandemic has not been disbursed yet.

READ | Karnataka yet to pay compensation to Covid-19 victims, cites ‘conflict’ between ex-gratia schemes announced by state, Centre

A proposal by the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) to build a concrete road to the Kodachadri hills, a popular trekking destination, cutting through the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary in Shimoga, has raised environmental concerns. The road project is proposed to pass through Kodachadri reserve forest, Chakra forest and Madibare reserve forest.

READ | Karnataka: Proposal to build concrete road to ‘trekkers paradise’ Kodachadri raises environmental concerns

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