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Karnataka Bengaluru March 31 Highlights: 4225 new cases reported in Karnataka, 26 deaths

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News March 31 Highlights: Other districts that reported most cases are Mysuru (142), Tumkur (138), and Kalaburagi (137).

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: April 1, 2021 8:28:11 am
COVID-19, CoronavirusThe daily test positivity rate rose to 3.89 per cent, the highest in 2021. Express Photo: Prashant Nadkar

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News March 31 Highlights: Bengaluru Urban reported 2928 new cases of Covid-19 out of the total 4225 from across the state on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the daily test positivity rate rose to 3.89 per cent, the highest in 2021.

Other districts that reported most cases are Mysuru (142), Tumkur (138), and Kalaburagi (137). At the same time, 1492 others recovered from the infection while 60,520 people were inoculated across the state.

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18:37 (IST)31 Mar 2021
Karnataka: 4225 new cases in state, 26 deaths

Bengaluru Urban reported 2928 new cases of Covid-19 out of the total 4225 from across the state on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the daily test positivity rate rose to 3.89 per cent, the highest in 2021. 

Other districts that reported most cases are Mysuru (142), Tumkur (138), and Kalaburagi (137). At the same time, 1492 others recovered from the infection while 60,520 people were inoculated across the state.

18:22 (IST)31 Mar 2021
HAL records revenue over Rs 22,700 crores despite pandemic

National aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) announced that it recorded revenue in excess of Rs 22,700 crores (provisional and unaudited) for the 2020-21 financial year which ended on Wednesday. 

This is "in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic that affected company’s operations and disrupted the supply chain (both within and outside the country)," the public sector undertaking said in a statement. 

R Madhavan, Chairman and Managing Director of HAL attributed the financial figures to HAL securing the largest-ever defence contract of 83 LCA MK-IA by an Indian company. "This helped the company surpass the order book position in excess of Rs 80,000 crores," he highlighted.

17:41 (IST)31 Mar 2021
Low mortality rate should not contribute to complacency: Health Minister

"The mortality rate in Dakshina Kannada district may be low at present but that does not mean the guard can be let down in the fight against Covid-19," Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said during his inspection trip to the coastal district. 

He added, "I have asked the district administration to strictly enforce guidelines for travellers arriving from Kerala." Dakshina Kannada alone reported 1213 new cases since the beginning of March, while most of the patients possessed a travel history or were contacts.

16:38 (IST)31 Mar 2021
Dakshina Kannada: 25 injured after bus falls into trench

An accident that led to a bus falling into a trench left 25 passengers injured in Dakshina Kannada on Wednesday. According to the police, the bus had students too, among the passengers, who were on their way to a college to attend offline exams. 

"The injured have been shifted to a hospital in Bantwal. The incident took place near SVS College in the area after the driver of 'Jayaraj Bus' lost control of the vehicle which ended up in a trench," the police explained.

15:36 (IST)31 Mar 2021
Karnataka: SWR recruits 24 sportspersons

The South Western Railway Tuesday announced that it has recruited 24 sportspersons to the workforce "during the pandemic year."

"South Western Railway Sports Association becomes one among of few zonal railways that have successfully completed 24 sports recruitment for the year 2020 - 21 under all categories," a statement read. 

While 15 of them were recruited under Open Advertisement Quota, five others were hired under the Zonal Talent Scouting Quota. Meanwhile, four other sportspersons got placed in SWR in various capacities after being shortlisted under the Railway Board Talent Scouting Quota, officials said.

14:52 (IST)31 Mar 2021
Sex Scandal: SIT probing all angles, will bring truth out, says Bommai

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said the SIT, probing the alleged sex scandal involving former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, was looking into all angles as per the set criminal procedures, and will bring out the truth without buckling under any political pressure.

The Minister slammed the opposition Congress for criticising the probe and said it will not influence the investigation in any way as the Special Investigation Team (SIT) was functioning in accordance with law.

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12:25 (IST)31 Mar 2021
Former PM H D Deve Gowda contracts Covid-19 infection

Janata Dal (Secular) chief and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda Wednesday confirmed that he tested positive for Covid-19. 

"My wife Chennamma and I have tested positive for COVID-19. We are self-isolating along with other family members. I request all those who came in contact with us over the last few days to get themselves tested," he tweeted. 

The 87-year-old veteran leader also requested party workers and well-wishers to avoid panic and take suitable precautions to avoid infection.

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11:46 (IST)31 Mar 2021
Bengaluru: Cabs stay off roads after driver kills himself 'due to low earnings'

Commute in Bengaluru is likely to get affected on Wednesday after most cab drivers decided to stay off the road following the death of a driver who set himself ablaze at Bengaluru International Airport on Tuesday evening.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Tanveer Pasha, President of Karnataka Ola, Uber Drivers and Owners Association said the 35-year-old driver succumbed to 70 per cent burns on Wednesday morning, which led to the Union taking such a decision.

"It is unfortunate that we have started to lose our own people to the unprecedented rise in fuel prices and inflation. Striking a balance to get enough money for a living has been a challenge since (coronavirus-induced) lockdown hit us last year but we have hardly recovered since then," Pasha said.

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10:40 (IST)31 Mar 2021
Karnataka CD case: Jarkiholi faces arrest after woman records statement in court

BJP MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi, who had to step down as Karnataka Water Resources Minister earlier this month after TV channels played a video CD allegedly featuring him and a young woman, faces the prospect of arrest. The woman, who accused him of sexual assault and harassment, recorded a statement Tuesday before a magistrate in Bengaluru.

The woman, untraceable since March 2, the day the video CD was played by TV channels, appeared before a magistrate Tuesday afternoon after being brought to the court by her lawyers.

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09:59 (IST)31 Mar 2021
Bengaluru: 31 active containment zones, most within Dasarahalli, Yelahanka

With Bengaluru continuing to witness a steady surge in new Covid-19 cases, BBMP identified three more containment zones on Tuesday. 

These are one each in Dasarahalli, RR Nagar, and Yelahanka zones, where a total of nine, 15 and six cases each were identified respectively.

With this, the total number of active containment zones rose to 31 in the city. Dasarahalli and Yelahanka zones have the most active containment zones (9) followed by BBMP East (8), and BBMP West and BBMP South with two such zones each.

09:45 (IST)31 Mar 2021
Karnataka: CBI lays trap to arrest GST officer in alleged bribery case

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of a Central Excise & Central Tax (GST) officer from Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district in connection with a case where he is accused of demanding bribes.

According to CBI sources, the accused has been identified as Jitendra K Dagur, who was working as the GST superintendent in Honnavar Range of Uttara Kannada (Karwar). The sleuths claimed the officer was “caught” accepting a bribe as he walked into a trap laid by the central agency.

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09:00 (IST)31 Mar 2021
2975 new Covid-19 cases across state, 21 deaths in last 24 hours

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.

08:37 (IST)31 Mar 2021
Sex-for-job row: Woman appears before Bengaluru court, records statement

Appearing in public for the first time since she went missing on March 2, the woman in the purported video involving former Karnataka minister Ramesh Jarkiholi Tuesday appeared before the Chief Metropolitan Court in Bengaluru to record her statement in the ongoing sex-for-job case.

According to her lawyer K N Jagadish Kumar, the court 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.

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08:13 (IST)31 Mar 2021
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Karnataka CD case: Jarkiholi faces arrest after woman records statement in court Ramesh Jarkiholi

Meanwhile, appearing in public for the first time since she went missing on March 2, the woman in the purported video involving former Karnataka minister Ramesh Jarkiholi Tuesday appeared before the Chief Metropolitan Court in Bengaluru to record her statement in the ongoing sex-for-job case.

READ | Sex-for-job row: Woman appears before Bengaluru court, records statement

At the same time, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of a Central Excise & Central Tax (GST) officer from Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district in connection with a case where he is accused of demanding bribes.

READ | Karnataka: CBI lays trap to arrest GST officer in alleged bribery case

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