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Karnataka Bengaluru August 23 Highlights: Two workers die in boiler blast; police constable dies in accidental firing

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News August 23 Highlights: CM Basavaraj Bommai said the state government has decided to reopen schools and colleges considering the future of the children.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 24, 2021 8:09:36 am
Basavaraj Bommai, Karnataka Chief Minister, CM BommaiKarnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. (Express Photo)

Karnataka Bangalore News August 23 Highlights: Two workers of Bihar died due to a boiler blast in a food product manufacturing unit in Bengaluru on Monday. Three others including one of the owners have been severely injured.

According to a senior police officer, the incident took place around 1.30 pm when five of them were inside the company building. The extent of the blast was so severe that the roof has dismantled.

A police constable attached with Davanagere District Armed Reserve in Karnataka died reportedly after a bullet accidentally hit him while cleaning a rifle on Monday. Chethan, the deceased, is a 2012 batch police constable. The incident took place around 11 am when another personnel was cleaning a rifle and accidentally fired a bullet.

With schools for classes nine and ten and pre-university colleges in Karnataka reopening from today, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Sunday asked his Cabinet colleagues to visit the campuses to encourage teachers and students.

In a set of tweets, Bommai Sunday asked the students to review the precautionary measures for COVID-19. “Children of classes 9, 10 and PUC get back to their schools & colleges from tomorrow. I urge my Cabinet colleagues to visit the campuses in their districts, encourage students, teachers and review the precautionary measures taken for the safe conduct of physical classes,” Bommai tweeted.

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23:10 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Youth dies after robbers open fire at a jewellery shop

A 23-year-old youth died after three armed robbers opened fire in their bid to rob a jewellery shop in Mysuru on Monday.

The victim is identified as Chandrashekar. According to preliminary sources, the incident took place around 5.45pm at Amruth Gold and Silver Palace on the road that leads towards NIE from Kanakagiri side in Vidyaranyapuram. While Chandrashekar had gone to the shop as customer, three armed robbers barged into the shop and closed the shutter. They allegedly threatened the shop owner Dharmendra at gun point at rob the valuables. Meanwhile, the accused have shot Chandrashekar before fleeing from the spot.

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22:05 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Karnataka reports 1,151 COVID-19 cases, ten deaths

Karnataka on Monday reported 1,151 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the caseload to 29.38 lakh, while 10 deaths pushed the toll to 37,155. The day also saw 1,442 people being discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 28,82,331. Active cases stood at 20,255, a health department bulletin said. 

Bengaluru Urban accounted for the maximum number of 270 cases, but reported nil fatalities after a gap of many weeks, it said. Dakshina Kannada district bordering Kerala remained a major COVID-19 hotspot with 236 fresh infections and three fatalities.

Other districts too reported fresh cases, including Udupi 137, Hassan 115, Mysuru 76, Kodagu 54 Tumakuru 44 and Chikkamagaluru 42. Bidar, Bagalkote,Dharwad and Raichur districts reported zero infections and zero deaths. Twenty four districts reported zero fatalities, it said. 

A total of 1,06,364 samples were tested in the state on Monday, taking the total so far to 4.21 crore. The number of those vaccinated in the state rose to 3.73 crore, with 3,58,775 people being inoculated on Monday, it said.


21:19 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Ad Dept of Electronic IT BT and Science and Technology suggests IT companies on Outer Ring Road to encourage employees to take public transport

Additional Chief Secretary of Department of Electronic IT BT and Science and Technology EV Ramana Reddy has suggested IT companies on Outer Ring Road (ORR) to encourage its employees to take public transport like BMTC as Bus Priority Lanes have been created. 


The IAS officer in the letter said that despite ORR having 6 lanes and service roads, it is infamous for its perennial traffic congestion. He also advised to stagger the working hours for those employees working physically at office. 

In letter to National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), he said that as the Namma Metro work is in progress on ORR, it would become extremely difficult to manage traffic movement on ORR if the IT companies resume work from office.

21:13 (IST)23 Aug 2021
‘There was utter chaos’: ITBP commandos back from Afghanistan recount horror

ITBP commandos from Karnataka, who returned from Afghanistan recently on an IAF aircraft, recounted the horror of their experience, saying there was “utter chaos” and even a small mistake could have led to a major disaster.

The commandos — Dastgir Mulla from Chikkodi, Manjunath Maali from Bagalkote and Ravi Neelagar from Gadag — had been working in Kabul since 2019.

“The situation started changing from August 13. There was utter chaos. You could hear shots being fired and when we planned to leave from the embassy, it took us 4-5 hours just to cover a distance of 7 km to the airport. We had to evade the Taliban as well as locals who were rushing to the airport,” one of the commandos told The Indian Express.

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20:23 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Bengaluru transport officials seize 17 high-end cars for plying without valid documents

The Bengaluru transport department Sunday seized 17 high-end cars, including a Rolls Royce car, reportedly belonging to a Bollywood star, for plying without valid documents in the city.

Transport Commissioner N Shiva Kumar said the cars were seized because there were no documents available with the drivers. The vehicles were parked near UB City in Bengaluru central business district.

“The Rolls Royce registered in Maharashtra was among the 17 cars seized. We don’t know who it belongs to. There are no documents available with drivers. That’s why the vehicles were seized and all these cars are worth crores,” Kumar said.

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20:16 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Schools reopen across Karnataka, but not in these five districts

While most of Karnataka bustled on Monday with schools reopening after a hiatus of 18 months, five districts proved to be the exception. Schools remained shut in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru and Hassan districts where the Covid positivity rate is above or close to 2 per cent.

A dip in positive cases in Chikkamagaluru and Hassan, however, means that educational institutions in these districts could open by the end of this month. The average test positivity rate (TPR) in Karnataka is in the range of 0.85 per cent, according to official data.

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19:46 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Karnataka Government to launch R&D Policy and Digitisation Policy: CM Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Monday said that the Government will launch a Research and Development Policy to have synergy between the R&D institutes in the State, Educational Institutions and the Industry to encourage research and development in higher education.

“There is no better place than Karnataka in R&D sector and there are more than 180 internationally acclaimed R&D centers in the State. Envisaging synergy between educational institutions and these R& D centers and the industry, Government will evolve R & D Policy,” he explained.

Digitisation plays a crucial role in education today apart from business and governance. Therefore the Government will bring out a Digitisation Policy to enhance network connectivity in each village.

17:28 (IST)23 Aug 2021
CM inaugurates new OPD block at Kidwai built by Infosys Foundation

Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic and CSR arm of Infosys Monday announced that it has completed constructing a 75,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary Outpatient Department (OPD) block at the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru.

The new OPD was inaugurated by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Dr K. Sudhakar, Health Minister, in the virtual presence of Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation.

According to the Infosys Foundation, it has spent Rs 25.5 Crore on this new OPD block, which will cover over 12 departments, and aim to accommodate nearly 1,800 patients every day.

16:09 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Boiler blast in Bengaluru: 2 Bihar native workers die

Two workers of Bihar died due to a boiler blast in a food product manufacturing unit in Bengaluru on Monday. Three others including one of the owners have been severely injured. 

The victims are Manish and Sourav, aged between 20-21 years, from Bihar and were working at MM food products located at Gopalapura near Magadi road. According to a senior police officer, the incident took place around 1.30 pm when five of them were inside the company building. The extent of the blast was so severe that the roof has dismantled.

Among the injured are workers Dhanalakshmi and Gayathri who lived in the same area, and Sachin, one of the owners of the firm.

15:35 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Police constable dies in an accidental fire

A police constable attached with Davanagere District Armed Reserve in Karnataka died reportedly after a bullet accidentally hit him while cleaning a rifle on Monday. 

Chethan, the deceased, is a 2012 batch police constable. The incident took place around 11 am when another personnel was cleaning a rifle and accidentally fired a bullet. Speaking to The Indian Express, CB Ryshyanth, SP of Davanagere district said, "It was another personnel who was cleaning the rifle, the bullet hit Chethan. We are probing further."

The DAR staff were conducting a firing exercise near Tholahunase. After the exercise, Chethan was talking to his colleagues while the bullet hit him. 

A senior police officer said that Chethan was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.

14:34 (IST)23 Aug 2021
BBMP KSPCB officials inspect Doddakalsandra lake

The officials from Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) inspected Doddakalsandra Lake today after the local residents complained of sewage from nearby apartments been discharged into the water body. The KSPCB officials have collected water samples of the lake to test for pollutants. The BBMP will survey the lake to check if there is any encroachment.

14:10 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Bengaluru: Land worth Rs 60 crore recovered after anti-encroachment drive at city’s lakes

The Bengaluru urban district administration and the city’s civic body have recovered land worth over Rs 60 crore following an anti-encroachment drive at various lakes in and around the city.

About 27 acres of land was recovered during the weekend drive. “The total worth of the land we recovered during the eviction is Rs 60,71,20,000. The urban district administration undertakes such drives every Saturday at lakes, storm water drains (SWD), gomala lands etc,” Bengaluru urban deputy commissioner J Manjunath said.

Encroachments at the Honakalasapura, Rachamanahalli, Giddanahalli, Hulahalli, Dodda Timmasandra, Kommasandra, Chokkasandra lakes in the Anekal taluk located south Bengaluru were cleared.

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13:19 (IST)23 Aug 2021
WATCH | Car catches fire in Bengaluru Airport road, no one hurt

In a freak accident, a car was gutted in a fire caused due to a short circuit in Bengaluru Airport road on Monday morning. The driver and passengers in the car had a narrow escape.

13:16 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Health visas help Afgan family leave the country in the nick of time

Health visas valid for six months which were issued to Afghan nationals by the Indian government has helped as many as 25 members of an extended Afghan family flee Afghanistan in the nick of time before the Taliban took over of the country on Aug. 22.

“Had I waited for one more day my name would have been among the dead,” said a 32-year-old bank manager from the Kandahar region who left Afghanistan in late July after sensing the Taliban take over when three of his bank colleagues went missing.

Since arriving in India in early August, he has been joined by as many as 25 members of his extended family in the last few weeks. The family, which belongs to the Achakzai Pashtun tribe, managed to get health visas to travel to India by paying hefty sums to middlemen in Afghanistan.

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12:43 (IST)23 Aug 2021
WATCH | RCB players state their plans for quarantine in Bengaluru
12:02 (IST)23 Aug 2021
1,189 new cases and 22 deaths reported in Karnataka

Karnataka registered 1,189 fresh COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths taking the total infections and fatalities due to the disease to 29.38 lakh and 37,145 respectively, the health department said on Sunday. There were 20,556 active cases in the state while the recovery of 1,456 patients took the total recoveries to 28,80,889.

Dakshina Kannada district, which borders Kerala, remained the number one COVID-19 hotspot with 286 infections and four fatalities which was the highest among all the districts on Sunday. Bengaluru urban district was the second major COVID hotspot with 267 cases and two deaths. The Karnataka capital has so far reported 12,35,036 infections and 15,959 deaths. There were 7,762 active cases.

Other districts too reported COVID-19 cases including 132 Udupi, 79 in Mysuru, 75 in Hassan, 55 in Kodagu and 50 in Chikkamagaluru. According to the media bulletin, there were deaths in 14 districts including Bengaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Tumakuru, Udupi, Mandya and Dharwad. Kalaburagi district recorded zero infections and zero fatalities. There were zero fatalities in 17 districts in Karnataka.

The department said in its bulletin that 1,25,158 COVID tests were conducted on Sunday including 92,842 RT-PCR tests and other methods. With this, Karnataka has so far performed 4.19 crore COVID-19 tests in the state, the department said. 

There were 1,50,127 inoculations done on Sunday taking the total vaccination to 3.69 crore. The positivity rate Sunday was 0.94 per cent while the case fatality rate was 1.85 per cent, it said. (PTI)

11:13 (IST)23 Aug 2021
KGF 2 to release in theatres on April 14, 2022, Yash-Sanjay Dutt hype up the much-anticipated action film

Kannada actor Yash has unveiled the release date of the much-awaited film KGF 2, also known as K.G.F: Chapter 2. The Sandalwood superstar took to social media to make the announcement.

He also hyped up the movie that is a sequel to 2018’s KGF.

On Twitter, he wrote, “The uncertainties of today will only delay our resolve, but the eventuality is as promised.We will be out in theaters on april 14th 2022. #KGF2onApr14 @prashanth_neel @hombalefilms @VKiragandur @duttsanjay @TandonRaveena @SrinidhiShetty7.”

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10:40 (IST)23 Aug 2021
Two years after Karnataka government reported cyberheist, Rs 6 crore remains untraceable

Two years after Rs 11.5 crore was stolen from the Karnataka government’s e-governance centre by a hacker, investigators are yet to account for nearly Rs six crore of the stolen funds siphoned to bank accounts in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, using an elaborate network

Although an investigation of the theft by the cybercrime unit of the CID police in Karnataka has resulted in the naming of as many as 20 accused persons in the case, the probe has also found that many individuals linked to the stolen funds were probably unaware of the source of the money when large deposits were made into their bank accounts by the main suspects.

A money laundering investigation of the stolen funds by the directorate of enforcement (ED) recently resulted in the provisional attachment of Rs 1.44 crore that was lying in 14 bank accounts linked to M/s Nimmi Enterprises, a firm in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, where a sum of Rs 1.05 crore was found to have been illegally transferred when the cyberheist was first discovered in August 2019.

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10:16 (IST)23 Aug 2021
High schools, pre-university colleges in Karnataka reopen today after nearly 18 months

High schools and pre-university colleges in Karnataka are gearing up to welcome students back on campuses from Monday after a gap of nearly 18 months. Whiles classes IX and X will open in schools, pre-university colleges conduct classes equivalent to grades XI and XII. All institutes are required to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the government has taken “extreme care” to ensure that classroom learning is carried out safely and preparations have been made accordingly to instil confidence in students and parents.

Top sources in the office of Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh confirmed to The Indian Express that classes will resume in all districts except Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru and Hassan.

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09:49 (IST)23 Aug 2021
White-topping work: Traffic diversion on Goods Shed Road

Traffic movement on Goods Shed Road has been restricted as work on white-topping started from Sunday by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). 

BBMP has taken up the project to finish white-topping the-one-and-a-half-kilometre stretch on Goods Shed Road.

Until the road is reopened for vehicular movement, motorists commuting to Majestic will have to take a detour of two kilometres instead of travelling through Goods Shed Road. 

The traffic police have made arrangements for motorists to reach Majestic from Mysore Road through alternate routes. According to the civic body, the works on the road will be completed within three months and it will be closed until the completion of the project.

With expectations of benefiting 75,000 passengers daily in Bengaluru, the extended metro line between Mysore Road and Kengeri is scheduled to be opened to the public on August 29. According to the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), the line will be inaugurated by Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai at 12 pm.

READ | Bengaluru metro: Extended Purple Line between Mysore Road, Kengeri to be opened on August 29

A 30-year-old African man, who arrived in Bengaluru allegedly to get treated for a kidney ailment, was arrested for carrying a cocaine consignment in the form of capsules in his stomach. Investigations by the police and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence found that he was a drug mule smuggling nearly 1.3 kg of cocaine worth Rs 11 crore.

READ | African man carrying cocaine worth Rs 11 crore in stomach nabbed at Bengaluru airport

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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