Bangalore, Karnataka News Highlights (August 8): Several rivers are in spate following heavy rains lashing many parts of Karnataka, especially villages near Tunga and Tungabhadra rivers, officials said on Sunday. At least one lakh cusecs of water was released from the Tungabhadra Dam into the Tungabhadra river following heavy downpour in the catchment region and heavy inflow of water in Vijayanagara district. The dam with a storage capacity of 1,633 ft already has water-level reaching 1,631 ft, reports PTI.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which was ordered on Wednesday by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to investigate the murder of a BJP youth leader in the Bellare area of Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district, has registered an FIR in the case in New Delhi. The BJP Youth leader Praveen Nettaru was hacked to death by three men at Bellare village on the night of July 26. Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said on Saturday that the state police have gathered information that the murder was executed by people from the Dakshina Kannada region who are affiliated with a radical outfit.
Meanwhile, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan Saturday asked Karnataka principal secretary (health) TK Anil Kumar to take measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 infection. Notably, the direction came after Karnataka experienced a surge in Covid-19 cases. On Friday, Karnataka had reported 2,042 new Covid-19 cases and the positivity rate for the day was 6.32 per cent. In total, 32,277 tests were conducted during the day.