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Karnataka Bengaluru August 11 Highlights: State reports 1,338 new Covid cases, 31 deaths

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News August 11 Highlights: Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 12,06,980, followed by Mysuru 1,70,545 and Tumakuru 1,16,415.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: August 12, 2021 8:14:13 am
On Tuesday M R Ravi, deputy commissioner of Chamarajanagar district, announced the launch of the initiative to fight vaccine hesitancy. (File Photo)

Karnataka Bengaluru August 11 Highlights: Karnataka has reported 1,338 new cases of COVID-19 and 31 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,21,049 and death toll to 36,848, the Health department said on Tuesday.

The day also saw 1,947 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,61,499. Out of 1,338 new cases reported on Tuesday, 315 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 492 discharges and 3 deaths.

Total number of active cases in the state stood at 22,676. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 1.05 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.31 per cent. Out of the 31 deaths reported on Tuesday, 8 were from Dakshina Kannada followed by Uttara Kannada (4), Bengaluru Urban and Hassan (3), Kolar and Mysuru (2), followed by others.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Dakshina Kannada accounted for 378, followed by Bengaluru Urban (315), Chikkamagaluru (93), Udupi (92) and others. Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,31,097, followed by Mysuru 1,74,081 and Tumakuru 1,18,343.

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18:23 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Karnataka: Chorus grows against 'hasty' decision to implement National Education Policy at higher education institutions

The Karnataka government is all set to become the first state in the country to begin the implementation of the National Educational Policy (NEP) 2020 with Ashwathnarayan, the Higher Education Minister in the state, announcing the admission module to be followed from the current academic year (2021-22) will be launched soon.

The minister, after issuing an order earlier this week to implement NEP from this academic year, had announced admissions to private, aided, and government colleges in the state will be based on a module launched on August 23. “The admissions will be facilitated through the Unified University and College Management System (UUCMS),” he said.

However, several experts from the field of higher education felt the decision to do so was “hasty”. Niranjanaradhya V P, a development educationist based in Bengaluru told The Indian Express that NEP in itself was “vague”, accusing it of accelerating the process of privatisation and autonomy instead of addressing the core issue of strengthening public universities.

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16:42 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Dissent grows in Bommai cabinet; Anand Singh shuts down MLA office to show displeasure

The dissent within Karnatakat’s new cabinet under Basavaraj Bommai is growing just one week after its formation as Tourism Minister Anand Singh has shut down his MLA office in Hospet in Vijayanagar district, reportedly to show his unhappiness over the portfolio allocation.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday again clarified that the issues will be resolved soon and said he would talk to Anand Singh. “Me and Anand Singh have been friends for three decades now. We are continuously in touch. Yesterday, I spoke to him. Today also I will speak to him. I am aware of his views and I too have conveyed my views. Everything will be set right after he comes and speaks to me,” he said. Bommai, meanwhile, denied having spoken to the party central leadership on the issue though it is aware of the rumblings in Karnataka.

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13:47 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Watch: CMRS inspection on Mysore Road-Kengeri stretch in progress

The statutory inspections held by the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) on the extended Purple Line of Namma Metro in Bengaluru are underway.

This is an important phase before the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) will be given a green flag to begin commercial operations on the extended 7.53-kilometre long stretch between Mysore Road and Kengeri stations.

Officials hope that the operations on the new stretch can begin from the end of this month.

13:03 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Karnataka Congress to announce candidates a year ahead of 2023 elections

Setting its eyes on the 2023 assembly elections in Karnataka, Congress is planning to announce its candidates at least a year before, mainly for the constituencies where it had lost in the previous polls in 2018.

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) working president Saleem Ahmed said, “announcing candidates in advance will give the Congress party and the candidates enough time to understand the constituency and the issues faced by the people there and start working for the elections.”

According to party sources, in some constituencies, aspirants have already begun working to get the party ticket. KPCC working president Satish Jarkiholi said, “we have been discussing the matter of announcing party candidates a year ahead of the next election in the state at various party platforms. This will also help us overcome various internal party issues and differences between various leaders.”

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11:38 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Karnataka: PU online classes to begin on Aug 16, admissions on till Aug 31

Admissions to first-year pre-university (I PU equivalent to Class 11) is underway in Karnataka and will continue till August 31, officials said. 

Over 8.7 lakh students had cleared the SSLC (state syllabus Class 10) examinations this year in the state and with students from other boards or states together, over 12 lakh students have attained eligibility for admissions to I PU, the Directorate of Pre-University Education stated. 

As per the schedule, online classes of the courses will commence on August 16, a week before the government has announced the resumption of offline classes at PU colleges and schools across the state. 

However, the admission process can be completed after August 31 as well but fines will be remitted. The DPUE clarified that a late fee of Rs 670 will be charged for those taking admissions between September 1 and 11, while the same would be Rs 2,890 for those taking admission between September 13 and September 25. 

10:03 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Karnataka CM holds review meeting with police, asks them to control gambling, dark web cases

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai held a review meeting, his first after taking oath, Tuesday with senior police officers and newly-appointed Home Minister Araga Jnanendra in Bengaluru and instructed police to control growing cases centred around gambling, dark web, narcotics, drug and other illegal activities in the state.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Bommai said, “Many challenges need to be faced in the future and action has to be taken to prevent the possible third wave of Covid. Precautions have to be taken at the border districts and senior officers will have to work more responsibly. Inspections at the check posts in the borders will be mandatory.”

He added, “The crime rate in the state has to be brought under control. Crimes are like viruses, they have to be curbed.”

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09:20 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Negative Covid-19 reports must for travellers from Tamil Nadu says Chamarajanagar district administration 

The Chamarajanagar district administration has now made it mandatory for travellers from Tamil Nadu to furnish negative Covid-19 reports that are not older than 72 hours at the time of arrival. 

The decision comes after fresh cases rising in the neighbouring state. The negative report mandatory for travellers from Tamil Nadu will start from Sunday.

Chamarajanagar district administration has intensified screening of people at Punajanur checkpost, Naal Road near Ardhanipura and the checkpost at Palar in Hanur taluk on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border. 

09:06 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Probe into Rs 11.5-cr Karnataka cyber theft: ED attaches Rs 1.44 cr in accounts linked to UP firm

In a case involving a notorious computer hacker and his gang, who are accused of stealing Rs 11.5 crore in 2019 from the e-procurement cell of Karnataka’s Centre for E-governance, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached Rs 1.44 crore found in accounts linked to a firm in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh.

The Rs 1.44 crore found lying in 14 accounts linked to Nimmi Enterprises, which has been attached by the ED, as part of a money laundering probe in the 2019 hacking and robbery case, is suspected to be part of the Rs 11.5 crore stolen from the Karnataka government by 25-year-old hacker Srikrishna Ramesh alias Sriki and his gang from Bengaluru.

Srikrishna is accused in multiple crimes in Bengaluru ranging from purchase of drugs via the darknet using bitcoins, theft of bitcoins, hacking of poker gaming sites, cheating people by promising crypto currency profits and also a 2018 case of assault.

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08:42 (IST)11 Aug 2021
Wipro starts global headquarters for its non-IT business in Koramangala

Wipro Enterprises,  to set up its global headquarters, Wipro House at Koramangala in the city according to Wipro.

Wipro enterprises is the non-IT business of Wipro, the campus will house business offices of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering, Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting and corporate office of Wipro Enterprises, Wipro said in a statement.

The seven-floor building was inaugurated by Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro Enterprises, on Tuesday.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Dakshina Kannada accounted for 378, followed by Bengaluru Urban (315), Chikkamagaluru (93), Udupi (92) and others. Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,31,097, followed by Mysuru 1,74,081 and Tumakuru 1,18,343.

Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 12,06,980, followed by Mysuru 1,70,545 and Tumakuru 1,16,415.

Cumulatively, a total of 4,01,04,915 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,26,400 were tested on Tuesday alone.

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