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Karnataka Bengaluru News November 2 Highlights: Moderate to heavy rains likely over parts of Karnataka

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News November 2 Highlights: A total of 31 candidates are in the fray for the bypolls in R R Nagar in Bengaluru and Sira in Tumakuru district which will be held on November 3.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: November 3, 2020 7:58:23 am
Karnataka rains, Karnataka rainfall, rain in KarnatakaKarnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) has forecast scattered to widespread light to moderate rains with isolated places heavy rains likely over Malnad and South Interior Karnataka regions for next 24 hours. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News November 2 Highlights: The campaigning for the November 3 bypolls to two assembly seats in Karnataka ended on Sunday.

A total of 31 candidates are in the fray for the bypolls in R R Nagar in Bengaluru and Sira in Tumakuru district. The bypoll in Sira was necessitated following the death of JD(S) legislator B Sathyanarayana in August this year, while the RR Nagar seat fell vacant after the disqualification of the-then Congress MLA N Munirathna under the anti-defection law last year.

The November 3 bypolls at Sira in Tumkur district and Raja Rajeshwari Nagar in Bengaluru come at a time when the Chief Minister faces allegations of corruption and interference in governance by members of his family.

The bypolls are also going to be significant for state Congress chief D K Shivakumar. Shivakumar too is being investigated by the CBI on charges of corruption and was arrested last year in a money laundering case. He has called the bypolls a referendum on the BJP government headed by Yediyurappa.

The BJP has fielded Dr Rajesh Gowda, a radiologist and political greenhorn, in Sira and the Congress has fielded veteran leader and former minister T B Jayachandra. The JDS has fielded Ammajamma, wife of former MLA Satyanarayana, in an attempt to tap a sympathy wave.

In RR Nagar, a stronghold of state Congress chief Shivakumar, the BJP has fielded new joinee and former Congress MLA Naidu, a film producer known for his philanthropic work.

The Congress has fielded 31-year-old H Kusuma, the daughter of a JDS leader and wife of former IAS officer D K Ravi.

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18:13 (IST)02 Nov 2020
IN PICS | Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief visits AFTC in Bengaluru

Air Marshal RD Mathur, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, Indian Air Force Monday visited the Air Force Technical College (AFTC) Jalahalli in Bengaluru. He met senior faculty members who briefed him on various aspects of training taking place in the centre. In his interaction, he emphasized on the need for the trainees to gain competence in handling high end systems so that the IAF retains its combat edge, according to a statement by the Bengaluru Defence PRO.

18:06 (IST)02 Nov 2020
KSRTC to resume services to Hyderabad from November 3

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will restart interstate bus operations to Hyderabad in Telangana State from Tuesday.

The bus operations had stopped due to Covid-19 and Lockdown. "As lockdown has been relaxed, KSRTC will restart the operations from Bengaluru and Mysuru to Hyderabad in Telangana State from Tuesday. The services will be operated keeping in view the density of passengers. It is mandatory for all passengers to wear mask. Passengers can book tickets in advance online at it's website, " KSRTC said in a release.

17:22 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Weather update: Moderate to heavy rains likely over parts of Karnataka

Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) has forecast scattered to widespread light to moderate rains with isolated places heavy rains likely over Malnad and South Interior Karnataka regions for next 24 hours.

“Isolated to scattered light to moderate rains likely over North Interior Karnataka and coastal regions of the State,” KSNDMC said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Belthangady in Dakshina Kannada district received highest 84.5mm rainfall in Karnataka on Sunday.

16:39 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Manipal Hospitals to acquire Columbia Asia Hospitals for Rs 2,000 crore

Manipal Hospitals on Monday announced its intent to acquire 100 per cent stake in Columbia Asia Hospitals Private Limited (Columbia Asia) for about Rs 2,000 crore.

Manipal Hospitals said the acquisition offers it a “remarkable geographical and cultural fit”, and provides a larger national footprint.

“Cost of the acquisition is Rs 2,000 crore plus,” sources in Manipal Hospitals told PTI.
Together, the combined entity will have 27 hospitals across 15 cities with 7,200-plus beds, and a pool of 4,000-plus doctors and 10,000-plus employees, it said in a statement.

Treating over four million patients annually, it would rank amongst the largest healthcare provider networks in the country, it said. The transfer of ownership to Manipal Hospitals is expected to be completed post regulatory approvals.

16:39 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Koshyari should speak to K’taka Guv over Belgaum dispute: Sena

The Shiv Sena on Monday said Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari should speak to his Karnataka counterpart in “strong words” about the alleged “atrocities” committed against Marathi-speaking people in Belgaum district of the southern state.

An editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ also targeted Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi’s reported remark that Belgaum will continue to be a part of Karnataka till the sun and moon exist.

It said the boundary dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka (over Belgaum and other border areas) is pending before the Supreme Court, which will not pass its judgment looking at whether the sun and moon exist in the sky or not.

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16:36 (IST)02 Nov 2020
More time for darshan at Udupi Krishna Mutt from Nov. 4

Popular pilgrimage destination in Karnataka the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple in Udupi has decided to extend darshan hours for devotees from November 4, as more restrictions due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation in the state are eased.

According to the Admar Mutt, devotees will be allowed from 8.30 am to 10 am in the forenoon and 2 to 6 pm in the evening. At present, darshan hours are restricted from 2 to 5 pm.

With the mutt recording a daily footfall of around 2000 to 3000 now, the extension in timings is expected to avoid crowds with the mutt adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the government, a temple official said.

16:35 (IST)02 Nov 2020
IN PICS | Ahead of Karnataka by-polls, election commission officials arrive at mustering centres to prepare for voting day Tuesday

Ahead of Karnataka by-polls in RR Nagar and Sira constituencies, election commission officials arrived at mustering centres on Monday to prepare for a voting day on Tuesday.

A total of 31 candidates in the fray for the bypolls in R R Nagar in Bengaluru and Sira in Tumakuru district. The bypoll in Sira was necessitated following the death of JD(S) legislator B Sathyanarayana in August this year, while the RR Nagar seat fell vacant after the disqualification of the-then Congress MLA N Munirathna under the anti-defection law last year.

The BJP has fielded Dr Rajesh Gowda, a radiologist and political greenhorn, in Sira and the Congress has fielded veteran leader and former minister T B Jayachandra. The JDS has fielded Ammajamma, wife of former MLA Satyanarayana, in an attempt to tap a sympathy wave.

In RR Nagar, a stronghold of state Congress chief Shivakumar, the BJP has fielded new joinee and former Congress MLA Naidu, a film producer known for his philanthropic work. The Congress has fielded 31-year-old H Kusuma, the daughter of a JDS leader and wife of former IAS officer D K Ravi.

14:41 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Covid-19: Bengaluru only second to Delhi among Indian cities with highest caseload

Bengaluru has emerged as the city with the second-largest number of coronavirus cases in the country, next only to Delhi. The city has now reported more cases than Pune where the rate has slowed down considerably and is now reporting less than 1,000 cases a day.

There has been a significant improvement in the situation in Pune in the last one month, with the daily number of cases going down at a steady rate. It had dropped below 500 a few days ago, but then has risen again after that. Bengaluru, in the meanwhile, has been reporting more than double that number, and last week overtook Pune’s total caseload. Bengaluru has so far recorded more than 3.38 lakh cases, while Pune has had a little less than 3.35 lakh.

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14:40 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: Cops open fire at 4 accused in city outskirts

Police officers of the Bengaluru Rural Division Monday opened fire at four people, all accused in a murder case, while they tried to escape after a police chase.

According to the police, the incident took place in two villages of Anekkal taluk, namely Avada Devanahalli and Muthanallur, during the early hours of the day. They added that all four have sustained bullet injuries and have been admitted to nearby hospitals. The police had got information on the accused in connection with a murder that took place in Shettihalli on October 30.

"The accused tried escaping from their hideout on seeing the police and then resorted to attacking our constables Mahesh and Suresh who ordered them to surrender. The shots were then fired in response by DySP Mahadev and Anekal inspector Krishna," Bengaluru Rural police said.

14:24 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Karnataka Bypolls: Offices, schools, colleges closed on November 3

The Karnataka government has declared a holiday to all government offices, schools and colleges on November 3 Tuesday in view of the bypolls to the Sira and Raja Rajeshwarinagar(RR Nagar) Assembly constituencies.

The holiday will be applicable only in the constituencies going for bypolls. Employees who are registered as voters in any of the poll-bound constituencies can avail of paid leave on Tuesday, an order from the State Government said.

14:14 (IST)02 Nov 2020
IN PICS | Bengaluru police hold flag march ahead of bypoll

Ahead of the Assembly bypoll in Raja Rajeshwarinagar(RR Nagar) constituency, the Bengaluru police, on Monday held a flag march in Malagala, Kengunte, Papareddy Palya, Mallathahalli, and Jnanabharati police limits to create awareness about free and fair elections on Tuesday.

The Bengaluru West division police also conducted checking of vehicles in various checkpoints set up by the police in the city. RR Nagar is going for poll on Tuesday.

12:00 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Kerala CPM secy’s son Bineesh Kodiyeri custody ends today

Bineesh Kodiyeri who was arrested in connection with alleged financial transactions he had with a suspect arrested by the NCB for peddling drugs in Bengaluru will be presented before the court on Monday evening at 5 pm.

Bineesh, son of Kerala CPI(M) secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, was arrested by the central probe agency under the anti-money laundering law in Bengaluru on Thursday following which a local court sent him to Enforcement Directorate custody till November 2.

The ED alleged that the “drug peddler” in this case, Mohammed Anoop, was a “benamidar” of Bineesh. Benamidar is a person in whose name the benami property is held or transferred, and a beneficial owner of the person for whose benefit the property is being held by the benamidar. Anoop was also arrested by the ED on October 17 in this case.

The ED probe stems from a Narcotics Control Bureau investigation that claimed to have busted an ecstasy pills drug trafficking racket in Karnataka in August along with the arrest of Anoop and two others.

The ED issued a statement and claimed that Anoop, during his custodial interrogation, “admitted that he was indulging in sale and purchase of narcotics drugs and was closely associated with Bineesh Kodiyeri.”

11:34 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Bengaluru: Painter electrocuted to death, investigation underway

According to the police, the incident took place at 9 am on Monday at an under-construction building in Valkimi Nagar, Andrahalli. "The deceased has been identified as Vishnukumar (25), hailing from Bihar, who was carrying out welding and painting works. He was fixing the railings while a part of the same came in contact with the main power line leading to electrocution," DCP (West) Sanjeev M Patil said.

Meanwhile, another worker - Rajan (22) - has sustained minor injuries and is in treatment now at Victoria Hospital, the police added. A case under section 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at Byadarahalli police station and an investigation is underway.

09:39 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Congress leader request Gautam Adani to name Mangalore airport after ‘Koti Chennayya'

Dakshina Kannada District Youth Congress President Mithun Rai has urged Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani to name Mangalore International Airport after Koti Chennayya, who are legendary Tuluva twin heroes characterized in the Tulu epic of the same name.

On October 30 midnight, Airport Authority of India (AAI) handed over the operations of Mangalore International Airport (MIA) to Adani Group. Mangalore is one of the six airports that have been awarded to Adani Group after the bidding process under the first phase of airport privatisation.

In a tweet, Mithun Rai said “Mr @gautam_adani , since you are the decision making authority now for the Mangaluru International Airport, instead of changing to Adani Airports, we the citizens of Mangaluru humbly request you to change it to KOTI CHENNAYA International Airport.”

09:34 (IST)02 Nov 2020
India takes step closer to producing hydrogen fuel from biomass: IISc Bengaluru

In a boost for the clean energy sector, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), in collaboration with Indian Oil Corporation Limited, has developed a process to produce hydrogen fuel from biomass without combustion.

The IISc and the Research and Development Centre of Indian Oil Corporation Limited had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and demonstrate biomass gasification-based hydrogen generation technology for producing fuel cell-grade hydrogen at an affordable price.

Biomass gasification is a controlled process that involves heat, steam, and oxygen to convert biomass to hydrogen and other products without combustion. The technology developed by IISc first produces hydrogen-rich syngas (synthetic gas) from biomass and then separates hydrogen from the syngas.

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09:34 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Serves all, with a side of chutney

The story of idli’s popularity begins in Udupi, a temple town in coastal Karnataka. In the late 19th century, large-scale migrations from the region began, with the lower-caste Holeya labourers leaving to work in the coffee plantations of Kodagu and Malenadu, writes economist and professor Chinmay Tumbe in India Moving: A History of Migration (2018, Penguin Random House).

By the early 20th century, a wider range of castes, that included Brahmins trained in the kitchens of their native town’s famous Sri Krishna Temple, joined the exodus, to work as cooks or run their own eating establishments in Bengaluru, Chennai and Mysuru. After a great flood — the “maari bolla” of 1923 — devastated the Dakshina Kannada region, migration out of Udupi and the surrounding areas increased.

Tumbhe writes, “Mass migration of male workers and professionals to large cities led to the rising demand for low-cost public eating spaces. Several prominent Udupi food outlets such as Dasaprakash in Mysore and Udupi Sri Krishna Bhavan and Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR) in Bangalore were set up in the 1920s to cater to this demand.” Besides cheap lunches and dinners, these outlets also offered south Indian “tiffin” (breakfast or snack) specialities like dosas and idlis.

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09:33 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Mysuru Dasara: Govt records expenditure at Rs 3 cr

The Karnataka state government stated that it spent only nearly Rs 3 crore of the total Rs 10 crore sanctioned for the Mysuru Dasara festivities this year, which was held in a restricted manner due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic situation.

As per the expenditure details issued by Mysuru district in-charge Minister ST Somasekhar, the state government spent Rs 2.05 for the world-famous Dasara celebrations in Mysuru while another Rs 50 and 36 lakh was spent on the same held in Mandya and Chamarajanagar districts respectively. "This was done according to the Chief Minister's instructions," he said.

While Rs 41.08 lakh was spent on erecting stages for various programmes, Rs 35 lakh was spent on the elephants that took part in the celebrations. "The payment of Rs 40 lakh as an honorarium to the (erstwhile) royal family was done as per the regular practice every year," he clarified.

The Mysuru district administration added that they will await necessary directions from the CM to decide on the next course of action with the unspent money.

09:08 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Kannada actor Darshan booked for violating Covid-19 protocols during by-poll campaign

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Sunday booked a case against popular Kannada actor Darshan, for flouting the Covid-19-related election campaigning protocols.

Darshan was campaigning for BJP candidate Muniratna in Rajarajeshwari Nagar(RR Nagar) constituency on Friday. District Electoral Officer and BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said a case has been registered under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 on the actor and other violators.

“Videos and photographs captured by our officials during the actors' campaign along with BJP candidate Muniratna, have been produced. Subsequently, we have booked a case against Darshan and others based on the reports received by our officials," Prasad said.

Meanwhile, the civic body has registered a total of 15 cases in the past two days for campaigners not following social-distancing and other covid-19 protocols.

09:07 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Bengaluru riots: CCB paste summons notice at former mayor's residences

The Central Crime Branch of the Bengaluru City Police Sunday pasted summons notices at the residences of former mayor R Sampath Raj in the city, days after the police alleged that he is absconding after being discharged from a private hospital where he was undergoing treatment for coronavirus infection.

As per the notice, Raj has been asked to "be present before the investigation agency and cooperate." Additional Commissioner of Police Venugopal, also the investigating officer of the case, visited the former mayor's residence in Frazer Town and a relative's house in the locality to take the action.

Raj is one of the accused named by CCB for his alleged involvement in the case. The police are investigating whether he was part of the mob that allegedly orchestrated violence in DJ Halli, KG Halli, and Kaval Byrasandra as well.

08:53 (IST)02 Nov 2020
Malleshwaram park gets Wi-Fi facility

Deputy Chief Minister Dr.C.N.Ashwatha Narayana, inaugurated the free Wi-Fi facility at Gokak Movement Memorial Park located near the Sankey tank Malleswaram, on Sunday.

According to the minister, people who come to the park can use the free Wi-Fi facility which has a speed of 100 Mbps and one can use the Wi-Fi for a maximum duration of 45 minutes.

As part of Karnataka Rajyotsava, the wi-fi facility was inaugurated by the minister who is also MLA from Malleshwaram. “Act Fibernet which has come forward to take up the responsibility of maintenance of the park and provide Wi-Fi facility,” he added.

Union Railway Minister Pralhad Joshi.

Indigo Airways will operate an evening flight between Bengaluru and Hubballi starting from November 7, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi said.

“An additional flight would depart from Bengaluru at 6.15 pm and would reach Hubballi at 7.40 pm,” Joshi announced on Twitter.

The return journey of the flight is at 8:10 pm and reaches Bengaluru at 9:25 pm. According to airport authorities, this would be the third flight connecting the two cities. Hubballi Airport in North Karnataka is connected to Hindon (Delhi), Chennai, Kannur and Mumbai.

Any queries and support related to COVID-19 in Karnataka, citizens can contact round-the-clock helpline numbers: 104(toll-free) +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000

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