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Karnataka Bengaluru Highlights: Govt caps attendance for Mysuru Dasara celebrations at 500

Karnataka Bangalore Highlights: Former Karnataka chief minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Tuesday and discussed the upcoming bypolls in two Assembly constituencies in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 6, 2021 7:44:29 am
Artists perform to welcome Dasara jumbos led by Abhimanyu at Mysuru Palace, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. The elephants will participate in Dasara 2021 celebrations. (PTI Photo)

Bengaluru News Highlights: In a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19 during the Mysuru Dasara festivities, the Karnataka government has decided to allow a maximum of 500 people to attend the Jumbo Savari (elephant procession) and cultural programmes that will be held at the Amba Vilas Palace.

According to an order issued by Chief Secretary P Ravikumar, all participants including government officials will be asked to possess a negative RT-PCR report to be allowed at the venues.

Meanwhile, former Karnataka chief minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Tuesday and discussed the upcoming bypolls in two Assembly constituencies in the state. The constituencies of Hangal and Sindgi will go to polls on October 30.

After the meeting, Siddaramaiah said, “I was called for a meeting by Sonia Gandhi. We have discussed the upcoming bypolls and various issues in the state Congress party.”

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20:25 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Need to develop 'technology schools' at high-school level: Karnataka CM 

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Tuesday proposed an idea to begin 'technology schools' in the state at the high school level, with an aim to impart technical education to students.

"There was a technology school in Hubballi way back in 1960 itself which was closed later. We need to revive more such technology schools considering the fact that perception ability will be more during childhood", he stated.

Bommai added that Atal Tinkering Labs, an initiative by the NITI Aayog to create and promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, should be upgraded and artificial intelligence must be included at that level. "Further, polytechnics also need be to upgraded along the lines of 150 ITIs being upgraded recently in the state," he said. 

Meanwhile, Higher Education Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said measures will be taken up to teach coding at schools citing the new National Education Policy (NEP-2020) demanding to prepare students as per global technological developments.

20:18 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Mysuru Dasara: Attendance for iconic Jumbo Savari, cultural programmes capped at 500, govt issues guidelines

In a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19 during the Mysuru Dasara festivities, the Karnataka government has decided to allow a maximum of 500 people to attend the Jumbo Savari (elephant procession) and cultural programmes that will be held at the Amba Vilas Palace.

According to an order issued by Chief Secretary P Ravikumar, all participants including government officials will be asked to possess a negative RT-PCR report to be allowed at the venues. Read the full report here

19:17 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Siddaramaiah meets Sonia Gandhi, discusses Karnataka bypolls

Former Karnataka chief minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Tuesday and discussed the upcoming bypolls in two Assembly constituencies in the state. The constituencies of Hangal and Sindgi will go to polls on October 30.

After the meeting, Siddaramaiah said, “I was called for a meeting by Sonia Gandhi. We have discussed the upcoming bypolls and various issues in the state Congress party.” Read the full report here

18:00 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Karnataka: Woman set ablaze for resisting rape, dies

A 23-year-old woman in Karnataka’s Yadgir district died on Monday after suffering burn injuries sustained while resisting a rape attempt. The victim had suffered 95% burn injuries.

The accused, Gangappa Basappa Arolalli (25), and the victim resided in the same village. According to police sources, Gangappa tried to have an affair with the woman for some time but she had rejected his proposal on a number of occasions. In the wee hours of Monday, Gangappa entered the house of the victim while she was asleep and tried to rape her. When the woman put up a resistance, the accused went out and collected petrol from his bike and poured it on the victim. Gangappa fled from the spot after setting the woman ablaze. Read the full report here

17:58 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Former Bahrain cop, hailing from Kerala, arrested as NCB busts international drugs network

The Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) recent drug busts in south India has yet again led to the crackdown on an international narcotics smuggling network where a former police officer of Bahrain, hailing from Kerala, and another person were arrested in Karnataka on Monday. The sleuths have seized narcotics worth Rs 1 crore destined to be shipped to Bahrain and Australia.

The NCB said through a press release that it has seized 3.5kg of hashish oil destined to Bahrain and 19 kg of pseudoephedrine destined to Australia. Also, 4kg of pseudoephedrine was seized by Australian authorities based on Indian authorities information, the NCB said. Read the full report

16:20 (IST)05 Oct 2021
With open-book exams for select engineering courses, VTU tries to eliminate rote learning

Students of select undergraduate engineering courses in Karnataka will attend open-book examinations beginning this academic year (2021-22), the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has decided.

VTU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Dr Karisiddapa told The Indian Express that the new system will be implemented for examinations of design-based subjects. He said open-book exams would “eliminate rote learning” and contribute towards a better evolution of pedagogy itself.

“Questions for these exams will be drafted to prioritise problem-solving, high-level thinking and application capabilities of the students rather than their ability to memorise and reproduce content from textbooks,” the VC explained. Read the full report here.

14:49 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Eviction of squatters to pave way for government high school in Bengaluru

The office of Bengaluru urban deputy commissioner has managed to evict encroachers and demolish an illegal construction on a land on which the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) will build a government high school for underprivileged students at Doddanagamangala village in the Electronic City.

The construction of the school was sanctioned by the government in 2007 and the academic activities had started in 2012. The school, Konappana Agrahara, with 21 rooms, was constructed by Infosys Foundation. The building facilitated both high school and primary education. (Read more)

14:47 (IST)05 Oct 2021
BBMP Chief Commissioner instructs officials to take precautionary measures during the rainy season

With regards to the damage that occured due to heavy downpour in Bengaluru on Sunday  BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta has instructed the officials to take precautionary measures and act swiftly in the event of a rain forecast and prevent problems.

He said that all control rooms must work actively during the rainy season.

"The complaints from the citizens must be resolved immediately. Additional teams must be deployed to clear the trees fallen due to rains during the night. The tree clearing teams must immediately visit the site as soon as the trees have fallen and clear the tree/twigs. The outskirts areas where barriers have not been constructed at the storm water drains (SWD) resulting in waterlogging the barrier must be built on priority and thereby a permanent solution must be provided," he said.

11:11 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Karnataka Govt constitutes committee to study steps on doubling farm income

The Karnataka Government has constituted a high-level committee to look into the steps required to be taken to double farmers’ income by 2023.

The committee is headed by Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner said Karnataka Agriculture Minister BC Patil.

Patil said that a holistic agriculture system will be implemented in all 6,027 gram panchayats across the state in the next two years. "Rs 72.34 crore has been released under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) for holistic development of agriculture systems for doubling farmers’ income."

10:27 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Karnataka Congress sets one-month deadline to BJP Govt to start work on Mekedatu project

The Karnataka Congress has given a deadline of one month for the State BJP Government to start work on the Mekedatu reservoir across the Cauvery river, failing which the party has warned of launching an agitation across the state.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president DK Shivakumar said " Why is the government not taking up Makedatu irrigation and drinking water projects when the BJP is in power at the centre and in the state? "

On Sunday, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said that the Mekedatu project was the constitutional right of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu should not try to stop it.  "The State Government is committed to taking up the  project," Bommai added.

09:44 (IST)05 Oct 2021
Karnataka govt conducts post-death rituals for unclaimed Covid-19 victims

The Karnataka government Monday carried out post-death rituals of nearly 950 Covid-19 victims whose unclaimed ashes were immersed in the Cauvery river earlier this year. 

The 'pinda pradhana' ritual was conducted at the Gosai Ghat on the banks of the river in Srirangapatna in the presence of Revenue Minister R Ashok, Mandya Deputy Commissioner S Aswathi, and other officials.  

"We wanted to ensure that none of those who succumbed to Covid, including those whose family members were not able to perform the last rites due to various reasons, were given a dignified farewell," Ashoka said. The ashes of the victims which were left unclaimed for months in hospitals in the state were collected and immersed in the Cauvery at Belakavadi on June 2 before this.

09:42 (IST)05 Oct 2021
District admin bans entry to Chamundi Hills

The Mysuru district administration has banned the entry of devotees to Chamundi Hills from Tuesday to Thursday (October 7).

According to Deputy Commissioner Bagadi Gautham, the orders were issued in a bid to avoid crowding at the temple atop the hills on Mahalaya Amavasya Wednesday. "However, all religious rituals will be performed by the priests," he clarified.

As per the order, vehicles will not be permitted to enter the hills. Meanwhile, vehicles of the residents of Chamundi Hills, VIPs attending Dasara inauguration and other officials are exempted from the prohibition.

22:21 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Karnataka: BJP, Congress shortlist candidates for Hangal, Sindgi bypolls

The BJP and Congress are yet to finalise their candidates for the Assembly constituencies of Hangal and Sindgi in Karnataka which will go to the polls on October 30. The seats have remained vacant for months on account of the deaths of the respective MLAs.

The BJP core committee met Sunday and shortlisted candidates for the bypolls in the presence of Arun Singh, the party’s Karnataka in-charge. According to a senior BJP functionary who attended the meeting, former MLA Ramesh Bhusanur has emerged as a frontrunner for Sindgi while Revathi Udasi, daughter-in-law of CM Udasi whose death has necessitated the bypoll in Hangal, is likely to contest there. Read the full report here

22:05 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Congress seeks UP CM’s resignation, PM’s apology over Lakhimpur Kheri violence

The Congress in Karnataka on Monday demanded resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and sought an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking responsibility for the death of farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri in violence, news agency PTI reported. They also sought immediate sacking of Union Minister Ajay Mishra and the arrest of his son, who have been named in an FIR.

Congress’ Karnataka leaders under the leadership of its chief D K Shivakumar and Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Siddaramaiah held a torchlight march from the party office towards Raj Bhavan, to submit a memorandum to the President of India, through Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot. However, they were stopped mid-way by the police, who later sent them to Raj Bhavan in buses. (PTI)

21:04 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Concretisation of Storm Water Drains and encroachment of lakes leading to flooding in Bengaluru: CAG report

Several parts of Bengaluru witnessed flooding as heavy rain lashed the city on Sunday.

Incidentally, a report released by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in the last week of September had given an inkling that this could happen. The report had highlighted the issue of encroachment of lakes in the city and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) failure to link drains with Storm Water Drains (SWDs). Read the full report here

20:05 (IST)04 Oct 2021
‘Called a Hero but paid zero’: Medical interns at JJM medical college in Davangere protest over non-payment of stipend

104 medical interns at JJM medical college in Davangere launched a protest over the non-payment of stipend Rs 20,000 per month.

19:59 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Congress leaders including DK Shivakumar, Siddaramaiah march towards Raj Bhavan condemning Lakhimpur Kheri violence

Congress leaders including DK Shivakumar, Siddaramaiah march towards Raj Bhavan condemning Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

18:48 (IST)04 Oct 2021
A dead racer, a curiously parked bike, Google Earth, and a wife who ‘spoke too soon’

A MUCH too “properly parked” motorcycle was the first clue. And now, police believe, a mysterious death in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer three years ago was actually a murder with origins in the bike-racing circuit of Bengaluru.

Three years after Asbak Mon T alias Ashfaq Ahmed was found dead, ahead of a prestigious race, the Jaisalmer Police have picked up his team-mates with several national and international wins under their belt — Sanjay Kumar alias Tribal Sanjay and Vishwas S D. Read the full report here

17:06 (IST)04 Oct 2021
Rain havoc in parts of Bengaluru, relief work is underway: CM Bommai

With last night's heavy rain wreaking havoc in parts of the city, bringing down trees and flooding homes, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said relief work was underway and that he was personally monitoring it.

"Because of the heavy rains yesterday in several places, water has entered houses, damage has been caused to some roads. We have understood the magnitude. Commissioner (BBMP) has already given directions to zonal officers and relief works are on. Draining out water to help movement of vehicles in water logged areas, providing relief to those who have faced the brunt of rains with water entering their houses will be the priority. Directions have been given to start the work immediately and to release the necessary money required for it," he added.

The heavy rains on Sunday night had brought down trees and flooded homes, while several roads were water logged in parts of the city. (PTI)

15:25 (IST)04 Oct 2021
In a first in India, HAL’s avionic equipment gets ITSOA certificate for civil platforms

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) avionic equipment Air Data Computer (ADC) with Outside Air Temperature (OAT) Probe has received Indian Technical Standard Order Authorisation (ITSOA) certificate from DGCA for civil platform. The certification is for both hardware and software.

The ADC/OAT is the first avionic equipment in India that has qualified for ITSOA and will pave the way for the fitment on future civil platforms like Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH), Dornier, Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), SARAS etc.  

The ADC is used to calculate the air data parameters like pressure altitude, calibrated airspeed, mach number, total air temperature, vertical speed based on static pressure, total pressure and outside air temperature inputs.

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Covid-19 vaccination for children: Bengaluru civic body begins data collection

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has begun data collection ahead of an anticipated rollout of Covid-19 vaccine for children between 12-18 years.

BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said the civic body was expecting the Centre to release guidelines for inoculating children soon.

“Through this exercise, we will be able to decide whether vaccination drives for children can be carried out at the PHC (primary health centre) level or on a ward-to-ward basis. The option of vaccinating kids at schools is also there,” Gupta told reporters.

Karnataka likely to reintroduce mid-day meal scheme after Dussehra holidays

A week after Karnataka Education Minister B C Nagesh said that the government was looking into the feasibility of resuming the mid-day meal scheme for school students, officials have hinted that it would be reintroduced after Dussehra holidays.

A senior official from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) told Indianexpress.com that suggestions have been sought from all Deputy Directors of Public Instruction (DDPIs) on measures to be taken to implement the scheme. “The DDPIs have been enquired on their preparedness to distribute mid-day meals at schools when they reopen after Dussehra holidays as well,” the official said.

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