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Karnataka Bengaluru July 29 Highlights: CM Bommai visits Covid-19 vaccination centre in Yellapur, to assess flood-related damage in Uttara Kannada

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News July 29 Highlights: Bommai will visit Yellapur, Karwar, and Ankola where he will assess the damages caused by floods that followed incessant rains during the last fortnight.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 30, 2021 8:12:18 am
basavaraj bommai, Karnataka CM, karnataka chief minister, narendra modi, Amit Shah, indian expressNewly sworn-in Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. (Photo: PTI)

Karnataka Bangalore Live July 29 Highlights: During his visit to Uttara Kannada to assess flood-related damage, Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai took a pause at the Yellapur Taluk Hospital where he inspected the Covid-19 vaccination centre. The CM also met doctors, nurses, and other health professionals on duty at the hospital and instructed them to ensure good care and treatment to both patients admitted there and for those seeking outpatient aid.

Bommai will then visit areas affected by the incessant rains that continued across the last fortnight at Yellapur, Karwar, and Ankola and is also scheduled to meet legislators representing various constituencies in the district.

The Chief Minister said he will go to Delhi on Friday to meet the High Command and senior leaders of BJP. “I will visit Delhi tomorrow (Friday) to get the blessings of the PM (Narendra Modi), Home Minister (Amit Shah), Rajnath Singh and J P Nadda. Within two-three days after that, I will meet them again after taking their appointment. We will discuss cabinet formation then after which ministers will be picked,” he said in Hubballi.

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20:02 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Karnataka: 2,052 new Covid-19 cases, 1,332 recoveries in last 24 hours

New Covid-19 cases (2,052) continued to outnumber recoveries (1,332) recorded from across Karnataka as the trend reversed for the second consecutive day. The state had been reporting more recoveries than cases on a daily basis since mid-May when the effect of the second wave subsided.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru Urban reported 506 new cases as four other districts reported over a hundred cases each. These include Dakshina Kannada (396), Udupi (174), Mysuru (157), and Hassan (136).

With 35 more fatalities linked to the pandemic by the Department of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday, the total toll rose to 36,491. Districts that reported most Covid-19 deaths were Bengaluru Urban (9) and Dakshina Kannada (8).

20:00 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: BBMP chief instructs officials to intensify testing, tracing

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta Thursday instructed officials to take precautionary measures and to intensify the Covid-19 testing and contact tracing process in areas reporting more cases in Bengaluru. 

He directed officials to ensure the spread of Covid-19 is contained soon in areas with increased infection rates, urging officials to "work proactively" and to see to it that all precautionary measures are taken without fail.

Gupta stressed that imposing penalties on citizens not adhering to Covid appropriate behaviour in public should continue. "At events including weddings, instruction should be given to mandatorily follow Covid norms," he said. 

The Chief Commissioner added, "Testing, tracing, and vaccination must be carried out at clusters with more infection." During the meeting, Special Commissioner (Health) D Randeep noted that an average of 400 Covid cases is being reported daily in the city. "More testing is conducted at places with high Covid infection. Contact tracing is also done along with testing," he informed.

19:10 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Where forest is God: Lessons in conservation from Western Ghats tribes

Goru goru ka gorukaana, kaadu kaapadi madgonaya, sings Dr C Madegowda as he tells the story of his people — the Solega community of the Biligiri Rangan Hills, Karnataka. “Goru Goru is the sound of the evergreen forest or the Kaana. The forest is our God and so is every tree, flower, fruit, and wildlife in it.” Dr Madegowda is a Senior Research Associate at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru.

The Solega are a small community of around 30,000 people, who traditionally practiced a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, along with small-scale agriculture, and now live in small hamlets all over the BR Hills, from the high-altitude evergreen forest to the lowland scrub forests.

Spending several years interviewing the elders of the tribe, a paper published last month details how they perceive wildlife interactions and the recent ecological changes in the region. The study aimed “to give a voice to Solega people, as indigenous voices and points of view are often absent from discourses surrounding endangered wildlife, invasive species, and general biodiversity conservation.”



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17:53 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Bengaluru metro: CMRS inspection on extended Mysore Road-Kengeri stretch on Aug 11, 12


Namma Metro in Bengaluru is likely to begin commercial operations on the extended Purple Line on Mysore Road by August, after the inspection by the commissioner of metro railway safety (CMRS).

"The statutory inspection for the Reach 2 extension line from Mysore Road to Kengeri station will be conducted by the CMRS, Southern Circle, on August 11 and 12, 2021," an official statement issued by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) on Thursday read.

Earlier, expressing confidence on beginning the much-delayed operations on the stretch, BMRCL managing director Anjum Parwez had said, "We can begin commercial operations on this stretch by August after obtaining safety clearance from CMRS.”

With six stations — Nayandahalli, Rajarajeshwarinagar, Jnanabharathi, Pattengere, Kengeri Bus Terminal, and Kengeri — on the extended Purple line, the 7.53-kilometre long extended route is expected to benefit 75,000 passengers daily. Operations on this stretch were initially scheduled to be in 2020 and then pushed to June as officials cited Covid second wave and unavailability of workers due to the pandemic among reasons for the delay.

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17:07 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Karnataka ministerial race: Eshwarappa says ready to be 'either Dy CM or minister'

Senior BJP leader K S Eshwarappa Thursday said he was ready to join the Basavaraj Bommai-led cabinet as either Deputy CM or a minister. 

Eshwarappa, who held the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) portfolio in the previous Yediyurappa-led cabinet said, "I am ready to handle either the post of Deputy Chief Minister or for a ministerial berth. I will not make a decision like how Shettar has done. I will go by the party’s decision.”

A day earlier, senior party leader Jagadish Shettar had announced he would like to opt out of the ministerial race.

15:09 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Karnataka: CM Bommai visits Covid-19 vaccination centre in Yellapur, to assess flood-related damage in Uttara Kannada

During his visit to Uttara Kannada to assess flood-related damage, Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai took a pause at the Yellapur Taluk Hospital where he inspected the Covid-19 vaccination centre. 

The CM also met doctors, nurses, and other health professionals on duty at the hospital and instructed them to ensure good care and treatment to both patients admitted there and for those seeking outpatient aid. 

Bommai will then visit areas affected by the incessant rains that continued across the last fortnight at Yellapur, Karwar, and Ankola and is also scheduled to meet legislators representing various constituencies in the district.

14:31 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Forest officials suspect poisoning after recovering dead bodies of 36 monkeys in Hassan

As many as 36 monkeys were found killed in a gunny sack at Chowdanahalli village in Karnataka's Hassan district during the wee hours of Thursday, officials confirmed. The carcasses that were recovered from the roadside of the village in Kogilamane Gram Panchyat in Belur taluk were later taken for a postmortem to ascertain the cause of death. 

Hassan Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) K N Basavaraj told Indianexpress.com that the bodies were identified to be of the Bonnet macaque species, commonly found in south India. "The bodies were found in Belur outside the forest area. With the area having reported no monkey menace at all, it looks possible that they might have been brought (by miscreants) from the adjoining Sakleshpur taluk, or Chikkamagaluru district," he said. 

He added that the officials have suspected "malicious poisoning" and "physical injury" as the cause of death after a preliminary probe. "A detailed investigation is underway to nab the culprits behind this issue," the DCF said.

13:38 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Will go to Delhi tomorrow: Karnataka CM Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basaravaj Bommai said he will go to Delhi on Friday to meet the High Command and senior leaders of BJP. 

'I will visit Delhi tomorrow (Friday) to get the blessings of the PM (Narendra Modi), Home Minister (Amit Shah), Rajnath Singh and J P Nadda. Within two-three days after that, I will meet them again after taking their appointment. We will discuss cabinet formation then after which ministers will be picked,' he said in Hubballi.

12:32 (IST)29 Jul 2021
IN PICS | CM Bommai reaches Hubballi-Dharwad, pays tribute to parents

In his first visit to Hubballi-Dharwad after taking over as Karnataka Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai visited the graves of his parents Gangamma and former CM S R Bommai. The memorials are located at Amargol in the middle of the twin cities.

11:42 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Bengaluru: Police open fire at two, including accused in MLA abduction case

A duo, accused of abducting and murdering a small-time financier and an autorickshaw driver in Indiranagar recently, sustained injuries on their legs after Bengaluru city police (East Division) opened fire at them "in self-defense."

According to the police, one of the accused Kaviraj (46) has also been allegedly involved in the abduction of former Kolar MLA Varthur Prakash and in the Shabnam Developers shootout case in Tilak Nagar.

"The accused had been out of prison only recently. While investigating the missing complaint, we got a tip-off that he (Kaviraj) was in a car near Byappanahalli with his associates. Soon after our officers tracked him, Kaviraj and his associate Ambarish (35) attacked Assistant Sub-Inspector Govindaraju and his colleague. ACP Kumar and Inspector Harish, who were also part of the team, issued a warning and shot at their legs in self-defense," the police explained. 

The police added that Kaviraj is believed to be a close associate of gangster Ravi Pujari.

10:18 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Stan Swamy’s death another moment of awakening in journey to affirm faith in Constitution: Karnataka Jesuit provincial

Nearly a month after the death of Father Stan Swamy, a tribal rights activist arrested in the Elgaar Parishad case, the demand for justice to the late Jesuit priest continued in Bengaluru as members of various civil societies and faculty and students of several institutions carried out a silent candlelight march.

After the march held on Museum Road in the city on Wednesday evening, Fr Dionysius Vaz SJ, provincial of Karnataka Jesuit Province, “Fr Stan Swamy’s death is not an end; it is yet another moment of awakening in our journey to affirm our faith in the Constitution of our country. Amidst growing inequalities, violence, atrocities, discrimination, and exclusion in our country, ‘not to be a silent spectator is the message that he left for us.”

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09:46 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Bengaluru airport replenishes more water than it consumes: BIAL

The Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru (BLR Airport) now replenishes more water than it consumes, making it 100 per cent water positive, officials claimed.

According to the Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), in charge of operating and maintaining the airport, the feat was accomplished due to the continuous efforts to uphold holistic sustainability not just focussed on the airport, but also on the community at large.

Calling it a “significant achievement, BIAL MD & CEO Hari Marar explained that conservation at this level was made possible by consuming water responsibly, reusing, recycling, and replenishing water bodies. “At BIAL, our holistic sustainability efforts are not just focussed on the airport, but also the community at large. We hope our actions will inspire others in the region to follow,” Marar said.

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09:07 (IST)29 Jul 2021
New Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai announces Rs 1,000 crore scholarship for farmers’ children

Newly-appointed Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday announced a new scholarship plan for the children of farmers in the state. “Rs 1,000 crore has been set aside for this special student stipend scheme which aims to promote higher education to the children of farmers,” he announced after attending the first cabinet meeting held just a few hours after he took over as the CM this morning.

Further, Bommai announced revisions to some of the existing schemes including pension for widows and the specially-abled in the state. “The pension disbursed under the Sandhya Suraksha Yojana will be increased to Rs 1,200 while the same for widows and the specially-abled will be hiked by Rs 200,” he announced.

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08:49 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Bengaluru metro: Operations on extended Purple Line likely by August

Namma Metro in Bengaluru is likely to begin commercial operations on the extended Purple Line on Mysuru Road by August, top officials indicate. 

Expressing confidence in the same, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) managing director Anjum Parwez said officials were waiting for a date for safety inspections on the stretch between Mysore Road and Kengeri. 

'All Documents that are required have been submitted to the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS). We can begin commercial operations on this seven-kilometre stretch by August after obtaining safety clearance from CMRS,' Parwez said. 

With six stations, namely Nayandahalli, Rajarajeshwarinagar, Jnanabharathi, Pattengere, Kengeri Bus Terminal, and Kengeri, on the extended Purple line, the route is expected to benefit 70,000 passengers daily. Operations on this stretch were initially scheduled to be in 2020.

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08:40 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Karnataka: Over 33,000 rural students aged 6-18 out of school, survey finds

As many as 33,344 children in Karnataka from the age group 6 to 18 and another 1,26,245 aged between three and six in rural areas are not going to school, an ongoing survey has revealed. 

The findings were submitted before a Division Bench of the Karnataka High Court comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice N S Sanjay Gowda. The Bench was hearing of a PIL petition which the court had initiated in 2013 suo motu based on a newspaper report on out-of-school-children.

However, the door-to-door survey has been completed to only nearly 90 per cent in rural areas, after which the data is transmitted to a child survey portal, officials clarified.

08:31 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Karnataka ministerial race: Former CM Shettar opts out

Even as several leaders from the BJP continue to lobby for plum positions in the yet-to-be formed Basavaraj Bommai-led Karnataka cabinet, former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar Thursday announced he would like to opt out of the ministerial race. 

"Yediyurappa is our tallest leader under whom all of us grew in politics. I had worked as a Minister under him earlier as well and hence had no issues to become a minister in his cabinet. However, Bommai has worked in my Cabinet as a minister earlier and it would not be nice for me to work now in his Cabinet. Hence, I have opted out," Shettar said in Bengaluru.

The 65-year-old leader was the Industries and Commerce Minister in the previous Yediyurappa-led cabinet.

08:18 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Basavaraj Bommai for fiscal discipline, end to ‘chalta hai attitude’

In his first meetings with senior officials in the Karnataka government, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has called for an end to a “chalta hai attitude”, fiscal discipline and creation of a file movement system that will facilitate speedy decision making.

Bommai, who took oath as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka on Wednesday morning, also held a one-man cabinet meeting where he took a few decisions to spotlight the “pro-people, pro-poor” agenda that he intends to pursue in the remaining 22 months of BJP governance in the state.

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08:14 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Remand ends, Ravi Pujari sent back to Bengaluru jail

Jailed gangster Ravi Pujari, who was brought to Ahmedabad on July 19 for investigation in several crimes cases lodged against him in Gujarat, was sent back to Bangalore Central Jail in Bengaluru, Karnataka, on Wednesday.

According to officials of Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), Pujari was sent to Bengaluru by flight on Wednesday night after his additional one day police remand given by a court in Borsad of Anand ended.

Ahmedabad DCB had brought Pujari from Bengaluru to investigate a 2017 case of attempt to murder on independent councillor Pragnesh Patel in Borsad town of Anand which was allegedly done at the behest of Pujari.

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08:12 (IST)29 Jul 2021
Karnataka: CM Bommai to visit flood-affected areas today

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is scheduled to visit flood-affected areas in the state on Thursday, on his second day in office. The CM will visit Yellapur, Karwar, and Ankola where he will assess the damages caused by floods that followed incessant rains during the last forntight.

08:11 (IST)29 Jul 2021
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Welcome to the live blog from Bengaluru where we bring to you the latest updates on Basavaraj Bommai, BJP leadership change, Karnataka politics, BBMP and more across Bengaluru and Karnataka. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time. 

A day after being announced the next Karnataka Chief Minister, Congress Wednesday urged Basavaraj Bommai to first “rectify the injustice” allegedly done by the Yediyurappa-led government since it came to power in July 2019. “Bommai, the new CM, should first rectify the injustice done to the state and its people in the last two years,” state Congress chief D K Shivakumar said.

READ | Karnataka: Congress asks Basavaraj Bommai to first ‘rectify injustice’ to state by Yediyurappa

The Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru (BLR Airport) now replenishes more water than it consumes, making it 100 per cent water positive, officials claimed. According to the Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), in charge of operating and maintaining the airport, the feat was accomplished due to the continuous efforts to uphold holistic sustainability not just focussed on the airport, but also on the community at large.

READ | Bengaluru airport replenishes more water than it consumes: BIAL

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