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Karnataka Bengaluru March 30 Highlights: 21 deaths, 2975 new cases reported in Karnataka

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News March 30 Highlights: 21 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services on March 30, 2021

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: March 31, 2021 8:13:08 am
Bengaluru, COVID-19 Testing, Coronavirus Test, Door to door testingA volunteer testing a two-year old baby in Bengaluru’s Bommanahalli Zone. (Express photo)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News March 30 Highlights: Bengaluru Urban reported 1984 new cases of Covid-19 out of the total 2975 from across the state on Tuesday. Meanwhile, 21 more deaths in the last few days were linked to the pandemic by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services on March 30, 2021.

Other districts that reported most cases are Kalaburagi (156), Mysuru (111), and Bidar (102). At the same time, 1262 others recovered from the infection while 47,686 people were inoculated across the state.

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18:35 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Sex-for-job scandal: Woman appears before court Bengaluru court, records statement

In an important development in the ongoing sex-for-job controversy in Karnataka involving former BJP minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, the woman in the purported video appeared before the Chief Metropolitan Court in Bengaluru on Tuesday to record her statement.

According to her lawyer K N Jagadish Kumar, the court had granted her permission to record the statement under Sector 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CRPC). Earlier, Kumar had mentioned in his submission that the woman faced trust issues with the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case which led to her wanting to appear before the magistrate.

Security was beefed up in the court premises ahead of her arriving to record the statement.

18:04 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Udupi: Students with negative Covid-19 report to be allowed to exit MIT campus, Health Minister says

Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Tuesday said students of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) who had a negative Covid-19 test report would be allowed to exit the campus soon. He was in Udupi district to inspect the situation at the containment zone in the engineering college. 

"There are 11,000 people here in Manipal (Academy of Higher Education) campus. Around 900 people (in MIT) have been infected after which the whole campus was declared a containment zone. Since there are no serious threats, we are sending back people with negative reports," he said.

As on Monday, MIT alone reported 855 cases in the last 14 days, according to data issued by the district administration, which made the cluster being identified with the most active cases in the state.

17:25 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Belgaum: BSY, Kateel accompany Mangala Suresh to file nomination

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and state BJP president Nalinkumar Kateel accompanied Mangala Suresh as she filed her nomination papers for the upcoming bypolls to the Belgaum Lok Sabha constituency. 

The Belgaum seat fell vacant after the death of former Union minister of state for Railways Suresh Angadi after which BJP decided to file his wife for the byelection.

15:26 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Dakshina Kannada: Car collides with gas tanker, 6 injured

As many as six people sustained injuries after a car had a head-on collision with a gas tanker lorry in Dakshina Kannada's Bantwal. According to the police, the incident took place early morning on Tuesday near Panemangaluru area. 

"All six people who were injured were travelling to Kinnigoli's Ikala village in an Eeco van. They were returning from a temple after a pilgrimage visit," the police said. 

A case has been registered and the injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

14:43 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Explained: What is the Karnataka sex for job scandal, and its expected political fallout

Since March 2, mainstream politics in Karnataka has been dominated by a sex CD scandal involving a former minister in the BJP government in the state. Despite the minister resigning on March 3, following allegations of sexual harassment in his relationship with a 25-year-old woman and his own claims that video recordings shown in the media are fake, the controversy has refused to die down and new twists and turns emerge every day.

With the new developments, the alleged ‘sex for job’ scandal involving former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi is now starting to look more like the fallout of a personal rivalry between Jarkiholi and state Congress chief D K Shivakumar. Contradicting the sexual harassment charge brought against Jarkiholi by the 25-year-old woman, her parents and two brothers have now accused the state KPCC chief Shivakumar of engineering the whole episode, paying the girl, and holding her in illegal custody over the last four weeks to fulfil his personal agenda of sending his friend-turned-foe Jarkiholi to prison. The BJP government in the state and the police have mostly been mute spectators to the charges and counter-charges that have swirled between the two rival camps since March 2.

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13:19 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Karnataka govt cites financial loss to allow quarry, crusher units to resume operations

After over a month since quarry and stone-crushing units were shut in Karnataka, the government has decided to allow them to resume operations. Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh R Nirani said the closure of these units had led to job losses and had an adverse impact on the state’s revenue.

“The state exchequer has suffered a loss of over Rs 300 crore due to closure of quarries and crusher units following the recent blasts (in Shivamogga and Chikkaballapur). Their closure has also led to the sudden hike in prices of raw materials required for construction activities in the state,” he said.

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12:13 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Karnataka’s Covid advisory panel recommends going back to 50% seating at theatres

Karnataka’s Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has advised the state government to restrict audience capacity at cinema halls and theatres to 50 per cent in light of the rising infections across the state. The TAC has also highlighted the importance of alternate seating in cinema halls for the next four weeks, a period considered to be crucial in the ongoing second wave of the pandemic.

However, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is yet to take a call on the matter.

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10:24 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Surge in Covid-19 cases: Health Minister to visit Udupi, Dakshina Kannada today

In a bid to oversee preparations in place to contain further spread of the pandemic, Karnataka Health and Medical Education K Sudhakar is likely to be in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

According to the Health Minister's Office, Sudhakar will visit Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), the cluster with the most active cases in the state. The cluster at MIT alone reported 855 cases in the last fortnight. Both the districts are among those which have reported a surge in Covid-19 cases since the beginning of this month.

While Dakshina Kannada has reported 1166 cases since March 1, as many as 1521 people have contracted the infection in Udupi district during the same time.

09:40 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Karnataka Deputy CM Laxman Savadi appeals to transport workers to cancel plan of indefinite strike from April 7

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi Monday appealed to the road transport employees’ union in the state to cancel the plan of going on an indefinite strike from April 7. He also promised that the state government would take a final call on revising their salaries by the end of the week.

“We have already met eight of the nine demands put forth by the union. The only demand that is pending is that of revising salaries. The demand raised by employees to get salaries on par with recommendations made by the 6th Pay Commission has been discussed in detail. Officials of the finance department are now studying the possible financial burden it will have on the corporations and the government,” Savadi said.

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09:08 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Bengaluru pubs turn Covid-19 hotspots, closed

With cases on the rise, two pubs — one each in North and East Bengaluru — have been closed in two consecutive days after members of the staff working in these popular locations tested positive.

While eight staffers tested positive in Indiranagar’s Toit Brewpub, 16 members of the staff at 1522 – The Pub in Mathikere were confirmed of coronavirus infection on Sunday. All cases were asymptomatic and were identified as part of random testing, BBMP officials added. 

“After identifying more cases in pubs in different parts of the city, we have decided to enhance testing among primary contacts as well. While most pubs and restaurants have recorded proper logs of visitors, a few have failed to do so. This is expected to make our jobs tougher in identifying clusters,” an officer in charge of Covid-19 surveillance in the city told 

The official added that three family members of the staff at Toit Brewpub had also tested positive. "There are 99 primary contacts and 119 secondary contacts in this cluster," the officer added.

08:45 (IST)30 Mar 2021
Bengaluru: 10 out of 29 active containment zones linked to educational institutions

As many as 10 out of the total 29 active containment zones identified by the local municipal body in Bengaluru are schools, colleges or student hostels. These include Arya Eediga Girls Hostel (BBMP West), Kiran High School, Shankareshwara Government School, SBM English High School (all three in Dasarahalli Zone), Sambhram Academy of Management Studies (Yelahanka), Ashoka Polytechnic (Dasarahalli), RV Girls Nursing Hostel (BBMP South), BBMP Boys High School (BBMP East), and Government High School (Dasarahalli Zone). 

However, when asked whether the government would decide to shut down institutions, CM Yediyurappa said that children were more "disciplined" at schools than at home. He explained, "Children will follow social distancing, will wear masks and use sanitisers when at home. If they are at home, there are more chances of them mingling with other children while playing putting them at a higher risk of getting infected." 

Meanwhile, several private schools have decided to move all classes back to only online mode in the wake of the second wave.

08:05 (IST)30 Mar 2021
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India's first AC railway terminal in Bengaluru to be inaugurated 'soon' by PM Modi Officials hinted that the inauguration is now likely to take place before the end of April or by the first week of May. (Twitter/@PiyushGoyal)

Meanwhile, Sir M Visvesvaraya Railway Terminal, situated in Bengaluru’s Baiyappanahalli is set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Railway Board Suneet Sharma confirmed after an inspection held at soon-to-be India’s first centralised air-conditioned railway terminal.

READ | India’s first AC railway terminal in Bengaluru to be inaugurated ‘soon’ by PM Modi

At the same time, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi Monday appealed to the road transport employees’ union in the state to cancel the plan of going on an indefinite strike from April 7.

READ | Karnataka Deputy CM Laxman Savadi appeals to transport workers to cancel plan of indefinite strike from April 7

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