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Karnataka Bengaluru September 6, 7, 8 Highlights: Entry to two temples banned on weekends in Dakshina Kannada

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News September 6, 7, 8 Highlights: Sri Manjunatha Temple at Dharmasthala and Sri Subrahmanya Temple at Kukke Surbahmanya will remain closed to devotees on Saturdays and Sundays till further orders.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: September 9, 2021 8:09:57 am
Bengaluru, Covid-19A health worker in protective suit collects mouth swab of a traveler to test for COVID-19 outside a train station in Bengaluru. (AP)

Karnataka Bengaluru News September 6, 7, 8 Highlights: In a bid to prevent the inflow of pilgrims to two major temples in the district during the festive season, the Dakshina Kannada district administration has banned the entry of devotees during weekends in the wake of the prevailing Covid-19 situation.

As per an order issued by Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra, Sri Manjunatha Temple at Dharmasthala and Sri Subrahmanya Temple at Kukke Surbahmanya will remain closed to devotees on Saturdays and Sundays till further orders. However, routine pooja services as per traditions will continue to be performed by the priests in these temples, he clarified.

To ensure strict enforcement of the order, lodging houses in places surrounding the temples have also been prohibited from offering their facilities to devotees on weekends.

On weekdays, the temples will remain open to pilgrims from 7 am and 7 pm but theertha, prasadam, and food (any kind of offerings) will not be distributed at these temples, Rajendra added.

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22:16 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Processed food company files complaint against social media posts claiming use of animal extracts in products

A few days after a social media post accused Bengaluru-based iD Fresh Food India Pvt Ltd — popular for its ready-to-cook products — of using animal extracts in their products and gave it a communal twist, the company denied such claims and filed a police complaint against the “misleading and false information”.

“We, at iD Fresh Food India Pvt Ltd, have filed a complaint with the WhatsApp Grievance Cell and Cybercrime, Bangalore, against the misleading and false information being spread about our company and its products. iD has been in the business of making healthy, preservative-free and worldclass food products since its inception in 2005,” P C Musthafa, founder of the company, said in a statement.

He added that the company condemns the spread of such “malicious rumours and misinformation” and has taken the legal route to “rightfully tackle” the issue.

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21:33 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Karnataka CM’s two-day visit to Delhi concludes with meeting various Union ministers

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai who is in New Delhi for two days meet Union ministers to discuss various projects related to the state on Wednesday. 

Bommai met Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and said that the decks have been cleared for the long-pending ring road project connecting Dobaspet and Hosur under the Bharatmala programme near Bengaluru.

Bommai met  Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrashekar, and  discussed about setting up of an electronic manufacturing cluster in 400 acres between Bengaluru and Kolar.

The CM also met Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and requested him for early release of pending funds to the tune of Rs 1,403.88 crore towards approved projects under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Mission.

He also met Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh.

20:27 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Decks cleared for Dobaspet-Hosur ring road project in Bengaluru

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the decks have been cleared for the long-pending ring road project connecting Dobaspet and Hosur under the Bharatmala programme that will help decongest the traffic in Bengaluru.

Speaking to reporters, the CM said, "The project was pending for the past six years due to land acquisition and other issues. The state had addressed the concerns long back and the same was communicated to the central government. Still, the project was not taken up."

The state government has decided to bear 30 per cent cost amounting Rs 1,560 crore towards land acquisition and about Rs 1,000 crore towards exemption of state GST on road construction material especially steel, cement, sand and aggregates, he said.

(PTI)

19:42 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Bengaluru e-bike owner uses fifth-floor kitchen for recharge

An electric scooter owner in Bengaluru had to take his e-scooter to the fifth floor of his apartment complex to recharge it in his kitchen due to a lack of charging points at the building.

Vish Ganti, vice president (product management and GM) with AutoGrid India, posted his woes on LinkedIn where he stated, “My apartment community in the so-called EV capital of India (Bangalore) wouldn't let me install an EV charging point, after trying to educate them and fighting an uphill battle for 4 months. So I decided to load up my scooter in the elevator and bring it up to my unit on (the) 5th floor to charge it in the kitchen, as a sign of protest and to create awareness of this ground reality.”

Ganti advised others not to repeat what he did as there were risks from shock and fire.

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18:57 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Student claims removed from online classes for asking queries, Education Dept promises action

A Class VIII student of a private school in Bengaluru has alleged that she was disallowed from clearing her doubts during online classes and moved to another section where the students, she claimed, were not allowed to ask questions and had to keep their microphones muted all the time.

While the school’s management said they were unaware of any such incident, the block education officer said he had asked the school to send back the student to her original section a fortnight ago.  

In a letter addressed to the principal of VIBGYOR School in Horamavu on September 5, the student alleged she was moved to another section as a “punishment” by the school.

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18:14 (IST)08 Sep 2021
IT Ministry sets up task force to improve internet connectivity in Karnataka districts

To improve the internet connectivity in few districts in Karnataka, the IT Ministry has constituted a MeitY (Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology) task force. 

The decission was taken by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State in Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology(MeitY)after his recent  vist to  six  district Jan Ashirwad Yatra in Karnataka. 

“There were numerous requests in improving speed and access of Internet Connectivity in some parts of each district. Minister had promised a MeitY taskforce would be sent to study the same in each district,” a release by MeitY said.

17:45 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Fake Facebook account of Karnataka Industry Minister Murugesh Nirani seeks money

Cyber fraudsters have allegedly made a fake Facebook profile of Karnataka Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries Murugesh R Nirani and sought money through it from other users.

Murugesh Nirani said, “it has come to my notice that some fraudsters have created a fake account using my name on social media and demanded money. This (account) is totally fake and intended to deceive people. Please don’t fall prey to such fraudsters.”

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16:43 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Pothole filling work begins in all eight zones

In the arterial, sub-arterial roads, and high-density corridors along with ward roads in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits, pothole filling work and closing up all the potholes in these roads across the city has commenced.

In all the eight zones in Bengaluru, the road repair work and completing of filling up potholes and making it a flat road has been taken up. The BBMP officials have been instructed to ensure the materials for the road work to be brought in and swiftly finish the work from its place.

15:28 (IST)08 Sep 2021
CM Bommai asks Centre to fund Rs 4,300 cr Karnataka Optical Fiber Network

Stating that 25,000 government offices and institutions in Karnataka are facing internet connectivity problems, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday demanded that the Centre allow setting up of Karnataka Optical Fiber Network (KOFN) and bear the total cost of Rs 4,300 crore.

After a meeting with Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Bommai informed reporters that the previous chief minister had also flagged concerns about the state facing huge challenges in providing reliable G2G and G2C services due to the limitations of Karnataka State Wide Area Network (KSWAN).

“I have requested the minister to increase the network and broadband to the state,” Bommai told reporters. Read More

15:23 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Karnataka forest dept expects significant rise in tiger population in 2022 census

The Karnataka Forest Department (KFD) is geared up for Tiger Census 2022, expecting a considerable improvement in the state’s tiger population. In Tiger Census 2018, Madhya Pradesh led the overall chart in India with 526 tigers, followed by Karnataka with 524 and Uttarakhand with 442.

Sharing his thoughts with the Indian Express, Vijaykumar Gogi, principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife) and chief wildlife warden, said conservation initiatives like least human intervention in their prey and breeding areas could culminate into something good. He said it would not be prudent to do guesswork and give out the figures now. Read More

14:20 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Fuel prices in Bengaluru today

Petrol and diesel prices were steady across the country for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. The prices of the key auto fuels were last revised on September 5 when petrol and diesel prices were cut by 15 paise per litre each in the national capital.

In Bengaluru, petrol costs Rs. 104.70 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 94.04 per litre.

13:24 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Karnataka: KSRTC deploys 1000 additional buses during Gowri-Ganesha festival

In view of the Gowri-Ganesha festival, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has made elaborate arrangements for operating 1000 extra buses in addition to the existing schedule to provide transport facility to those travelling between September 8 and 9.

As per a release by the KSRTC, special buses will be operated from various places to Bengaluru on September 12.

Special buses will be exclusively operated from Bengaluru Kempegowda Bus Station to Dharmastala, Kukkesubramanya, Shivamogga, Hassan, Mangaluru, Kundapura, Sringeri, Horanadu, Davangere, Hubballi, Dharwad, Belagavi, Vijayapura, Gokarna, Sirsi, Karwar, Raichur, Kalaburagi, Ballari, Koppala, Yadgir, Bidar, Tirupathi and other places.

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12:38 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Dakshina Kannada: Entry to two temples banned on weekends

In a bid to prevent the inflow of pilgrims to two major temples in the district during the festive season, the Dakshina Kannada district administration has banned the entry of devotees during weekends in the wake of the prevailing Covid-19 situation. 

As per an order issued by Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra, Sri Manjunatha Temple at Dharmasthala and Sri Subrahmanya Temple at Kukke Surbahmanya will remain closed to devotees on Saturdays and Sundays till further orders. However, routine pooja services as per traditions will continue to be performed by the priests in these temples, he clarified. 

To ensure strict enforcement of the order, lodging houses in places surrounding the temples have also been prohibited from offering their facilities to devotees on weekends.

On weekdays, the temples will remain open to pilgrims from 7 am and 7 pm but theertha, prasadam, and food (any kind of offerings) will not be distributed at these temples, Rajendra added.

12:32 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Viral video of king cobra ‘standing up’ during rescue is freaking people out online

An encounter with any animal can be dangerous, even for experts. Now, a viral video capturing the close call a snake rescuer had with a king cobra has left people freaking out online.

In the clip breaking the internet, the snake rescuer is standing outside a door. The cobra’s tail is visible; he catches it with his hands. However, before he can pull the snake out using a rescue tong, the cobra appears at the door, his head raised. And there he is, the magnificent reptile standing almost four-feet in height!

Sharing the video, IFS officer Parveen Kaswan tried raising awareness. “How not to rescue a snake. Especially if it’s a king cobra,” he said.

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12:04 (IST)08 Sep 2021
CM Bommai asks Centre to expedite Bengaluru suburban rail project, create Gulbarga division

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday met Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and requested him to expedite the Bengaluru Sub-Urban Rail project and set up a Gulbarga division. Emerging from the meeting, Bommai said, "Several issues were discussed with the minister. The railway works that have already been implemented were discussed. Specially demanded creation of a Gurbarga division."

He said setting up of a division in a less developed area will encourage railway and economic activity in that region. In case of Bengaluru Suburban Rail project, the chief minister said administrative approval has been given, but concession agreement between Karnataka and the Ministry of Railways is still to be signed. "I requested the minister to finalise the agreement," he added.

Bommai said he also discussed about the Hubbali-Ankola new railway line project which is struck in the high court as it has been challenged by green activists. "Even though the state has made a fresh DPR (detailed project report) as per green rules, this has been challenged. The stay (obtained by environmental activists) should be vacated so that work can commence," he said. 

This line is crucial to connect central and north Karnataka to the west coast. The proposed line will connect Konkan railway near Ankola and provide the much-needed link between coastal, central and north Karnataka, he said. (PTI)

11:43 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Bommai asks Centre to fund Rs 4,300 cr Karnataka Optical Fiber Network

Stating that 25,000 government offices and institutions in Karnataka are facing internet connectivity problems, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday demanded that the Centre allow setting up of Karnataka Optical Fiber Network (KOFN) and bear the total cost of Rs 4,300 crore.

After a meeting with Union IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Bommai informed reporters that the previous chief minister had also flagged concerns about the state facing huge challenges in providing reliable G2G and G2C services due to the limitations of Karnataka State Wide Area Network (KSWAN).

“I have requested the minister to increase the network and broadband to the state,” Bommai told reporters.

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11:18 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Will make every effort to implement NEP: K'taka Minister

The government will spare no effort in the next twenty months towards implementation of the National Education Policy-2020, Karnataka Higher Education Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan said on Tuesday. Inaugurating a seminar on NEP, jointly organised by Maharani Women's Science College (autonomous), Maharani Arts College, and Maharani Women's Commerce and Management college, Narayan said the NEP aspires to empower students by grooming them to become globally competitive.

"The Union government has set a timeline of 15 years for the implementation of NEP. However, the state government has decided to facilitate its implementation in a speedy manner. The government will make all efforts in the next 20 months to ensure maximum coverage," the minister said.

Stating that the onus of implementing the student-centric NEP lies on universities and management of institutions, Narayan said, "To start with, this could be implemented within the available subjects in colleges and could consider adding more subjects in the following years to come."

Later, talking to reporters Narayan dismissed the allegations of opposition party leaders against NEP, saying that it will benefit students of government institutions to the maximum extent.

"Universities, colleges, private institutions, and faculty have welcomed NEP and are eager to implement NEP. However, the opposition leaders are finding it difficult to digest the positive response pouring in favour of the policy. They don't want good to happen either for students or the country," Narayan charged. The minister also reiterated that the government is also ready to answer any question to be raised by opposition party leaders related to NEP on the floor of the house in the upcoming legislative session. (PTI) 

10:37 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Congress to target Karnataka govt on price rise, law and order situation during assembly session

The Congress in Karnataka on Tuesday decided to target the BJP government on the issue of price rise, deteriorating law and order situation and distressing financial condition, among other issues, during the state legislature session starting from September 13.

This was decided at the Congress legislature party meeting convened by its leader Siddaramaiah to discuss the party’s strategy during the session.

The legislature session will be held for 10 days from September 13 to 24. This will be the first session after change of guard in the state with Basavaraj Bommai taking over as the Chief Minister.

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10:14 (IST)08 Sep 2021
21 per cent of over 7 lakh surveyed got both Covid vaccine jabs: BBMP

Of the over seven lakh people surveyed by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), 21 per cent have received both doses of Covid-19 vaccines and 62 per cent had received at least one dose as of September 5.

Under BBMP’s Palike Vaidyaru Nimma Manege (doctors at your doorstep) initiative, health officials visited 2,48,280 households and took inputs from 7,11,648 people in the last three weeks. Bengaluru has a population of around one crore.

The survey found that around three per cent of those surveyed (22,362) in the city had been previously Covid-19 positive. Among the 57,528 who reported co-morbidities, 50.8 per cent had diabetes, 35.82 per cent blood pressure, 2.48 per cent heart-related diseases, and 2.99 per cent thyroid illnesses.

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10:00 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Nadda hails BJP's performance in Karnataka city polls

BJP president J P Nadda on Tuesday lauded the party's performance in the city corporation polls in Karnataka and congratulated the state leadership, including Chief Minister B S Bommai, for a "bigger" win than the last time. 

"Thanks to people-friendly policies of PM Narendra Modi, we have won Belagavi City Corporation for the 1st time. It's a matter of pride that Karnataka BJP has emerged as single largest Party in Hubballi-Dharwad Corporation & performed exceedingly well in Kalaburgi Corporation," Nadda said in a tweet. 

He lauded Bommai, state party chief Nalin Kateel and party workers for ensuring that the "BJP won bigger than it did last time". 

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka received a shot in the arm in the elections to the three municipal corporations by getting clear majority in Belagavi, emerged as the single largest party in Hubballi-Dharwad and finished a close second in Kalaburagi.

In Doddaballapur City Municipal Council election in Bengaluru rural district, the BJP emerged as a single largest party while the Congress got absolute majority in Tarikere Town Municipal Council in Chikkamagaluru district. (PTI)

A 75-year-old disabled man was killed Monday night when a pothole caused him to lose balance and fall off the three-wheeler scooter he was riding near Manganahalli in Bengaluru. The road, which had been dug up a year ago, is yet to be repaired. Kamakshipalya traffic police have registered a case and have started investigation.

READ | Pothole claims life of disabled man in Bengaluru

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Tuesday, before leaving for New Delhi, said there will be no discussion with BJP’s high command on filling up the four vacant cabinet berths. He added he will only meet the Union ministers to discuss the various central projects in the state and attend the wedding reception of Union Minister Pralhad Joshi’s daughter in the national capital.

READ | No discussion on cabinet expansion with BJP top brass this time: Karnataka CM says before leaving for Delhi

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