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Karnataka News Highlights: Puneeth’s cremation to be done on Sunday; bypoll turnout over 70% in two seats

Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar Funeral Highlights: In Haveri, the BJP fielded Shivaraj Sajjanar against the Congress' Srinivas Mane. Meanwhile in the Sindgi seat, BJP's Ramesh Bhusanur is up against the Congress' Ashok Managuli.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, New Delhi |
Updated: November 1, 2021 8:37:45 am
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai pays his last respects to Puneeth Rajkumar.

Karnataka bypolls highlights: As the thousands of fans arrived to pay their last respects to Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the cremation will be done on Sunday. Speaking to the media he said, “The decision was made as there were thousands of public waiting at Kanteerava stadium. We discussed it with the family members and cremation will be held Sunday.”

Thousands of grieving fans continue to flock the city’s Kanteerava stadium on Saturday to pay their final respects. Mortal remains of the actor, wrapped in the national tricolour have been kept at the stadium to enable fans and well-wishers to pay their respects all day on Saturday. A steady stream of people from across the state have been pouring into the stadium since last evening. Several film and political personalities have also paid their respects to the departed soul. Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot accompanied by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and other ministers of the state cabinet were among those who paid their respects today.

In other news, voting took place for two Assembly seats in Hanagal and Sindgi constituencies. The voter turnout until 5.23 pm was recorded at 77.90 per cent in Hanagal and 64.54 cent in Sindgi. The overall turnout is at 70.76 per cent.

In Haveri, the BJP has fielded district president Shivaraj Sajjanar, a long-term party worker. On the other hand, Congress fielded Srinivas Mane, who lost the 2018 state election to C M Udasi by a narrow margin of 6,000 votes.  In the Sindgi seat, BJP has fielded its MLA from the 2008-2013 period, Ramesh Bhusanur. Congress has fielded Ashok Managuli, the son of the JDS MLA M C Managuli who died in January this year. JDS has fielded a female, minority candidate Naziya Angadi. 

 

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21:16 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Covid-19: 347 new cases, 10 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka on Saturday reported 347 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,88,041 and death toll to 38,071.

While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.31 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 2.88 per cent. The day also saw 255 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,41,233, leaving 8,708 active cases. Bengaluru Urban accounted for 166 new cases, as the city saw 100 discharges and 4 deaths.

Apart from Bengaluru Urban, Chikkaballapura, Dakshina Kannada, Davangere, Hassan, Haveri and Mysuru registered one death each. After Bengaluru Urban, Mysuru recorded the second highest of 44 new cases, Dakshina Kannada 21, Tumakuru 19, Udupi and Uttara Kannada 14. (PTI)

21:07 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Research indicates king cobra has four different evolutionary lineages

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The king cobra has so far been considered a monotypic genus, which means the most venomous snake all over the world was thought to be a single species under the genus Ophiophagus (ophio means snake, phagus stands for eating).

Wildlife biologist P Gowri Shankar collaborated with the state forest departments of Karnataka, Odisha, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andaman Islands, Goa, Mizoram and Uttarakhand to collect samples and obtain tissues from zoos and museums. Read more

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Karnataka prisoners to receive skill-improvement training

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19:26 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Puneeth's body to be taken from Kanteerava stadium to Kanteerava studio on Sunday

Puneeth Rajkumar's body will be taken in a procession from Kanteerava stadium to Kanteerava studio on Sunday.

Route map:

Behind gate of Kanteerava stadium-RRMR road-Hudson circle-Police corner-KG Road, Mysore bank circle-Post office road- KR circle- Seshadri road- Maharani flyover- CID junction- Chalukya circle- Old highgrounds junction- T Chowdaiah road- Windsor Manor junction- BDA off ramp- PG halli cross- Cauvery junction- Bashyam circle- Sanky road-Malleshwaram 18th cross-Maramma circle- BHEFL service road- BHEL circle-Yeshwanthpura circle-Marappana Palya- Govardhan theatre junction-RMC yard police station-MEI bus stand-Goraguntepalya junction-CMTI junction-Lorry association office-FTI circle-Dr Rajkumar memorial (Kanteerava studio)

19:13 (IST)30 Oct 2021
After SC clarification, Karnataka allows sale of green firecrackers amid restrictions

A day after the Supreme Court clarified that there was no total ban on the use of firecrackers and only those containing barium salts and chemical crackers which are detrimental to the health of senior citizens and children are banned, the Karnataka government Saturday allowed the sale of green firecrackers.

The guidelines specify that dealers who have obtained permission for the sale of firecrackers starting from November 1 till November 10 will be allowed to install shops at designated areas.

The shops should be installed at non-residential areas and open places, only with the permission of authorities. Read more

17:34 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Voter turnout till 5.23 pm: 64.54% in Sindgi; 77.90% in Hanagal

The voter turnout until 5.23 pm was recorded at 77.90 per cent in Hanagal and 64.54 cent in Sindgi. The overall turnout is at 70.76 per cent.

17:30 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Govt transfers IPS officers including Bengaluru DCP

The state government on Saturday transferred a few IPS officers, including Bengaluru city police commissionerate Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Isha Pant. In the order issued on Saturday evening, Pant has been transferred as SP of Kalaburgi district.

Moreover, Mandya SP Suman D Pennekar has been transferred to Uttara Kannada, Shiva Prakash Devaraju, who was SP of Uttara Kannada, has been transferred to Gadag, Simi Mariam George, who was Kalaburgi SP, has been transferred as Deputy Director of Karnataka Police Academy, Mysuru and Yatish N, SP of Gadag, has been transferred as Mandya district SP.

17:24 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Bengaluru police revise order imposing ban on sale of alcohol

The Bengaluru city police have revised the ban on sale of alcohol which was imposed following to the demise of Kannada film actor Puneeth Rajkumar. In the revised order, city police commissioner Kamal Pant said that the ban will be in effect till Saturday midnight and in west division till October 31 midnight. Earlier, the ban on sale of alcohol was imposed till October 31.

15:48 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Voter turnout till 3.22 pm: 51.6% in Sindgi; 61.72% in Hanagal

The voter turnout until 3.22 pm was recorded at 61.72 per cent in Hanagal and 51.6 cent in Sindgi. The overall turnout is at 56.78 per cent.

15:10 (IST)30 Oct 2021
WhatsApp message from Dr Devi Shetty on why Puneeth Rajkumar died is fake, confirms doctor

Following the death of Kannada film actor Puneeth Rajkumar due to cardiac arrest, a fake message has started being circulated in the name of Dr Devi Shetty, the Chairman and Executive Director of Narayana Health.

The message claims Puneeth underwent an extreme moderation of his lifestyle which resulted in his death. However, the doctor confirmed to The Indian Express that it is a fake message and expressed his anguish at his name being used to misguide the public. Read more

14:47 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Puneeth Rajkumar’s cremation to be done tomorrow

As thousands of fans arrived to pay their last respect to Puneeth Rajkumar, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that the late actor’s cremation will be done on Sunday. Speaking to media, he said, “The decision has been taken as there were thousands of people waiting in the Kanteerava stadium. We have discussed the matter with the family members. The cremation will be done on Sunday.'

Meanwhile, Rajkumar's daughter Drithi Rajkumar landed in Delhi and is expected to reach Bengaluru by evening 5.30pm, he said. Read more

13:45 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Voter turnout till 1 pm: 32.49% in Sindgi; 44.59% in Hanagal

The voter turnout until 1 pm was recorded at 44.59 per cent in Hanagal and 32.49 per cent in Sindgi. 

13:43 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Puneeth Rajkumar to be laid to rest next to his father Dr Rajkumar and mother Parvathamma Rajkumar

Late actor Puneeth Rajkumar will be laid to rest next to his father Dr Rajkumar and mother Parvathamma Rajkumar. 

The civic agencies in Kanteerava studio premises are making arrangements to bury the Kannada film actor's body. The cremation is expected to held between 6-8pm. 

13:05 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Thousands of fans wait in line to pay respects to Puneeth Rajkumar
13:02 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Mysuru mourns Puneeth Rajkumar's death: Posters put up in streets, youths chant 'Appu'

From major streets in the main city to markets facing the iconic Chamundeshwari Temple atop a hill, admirers of Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar have put up large posters of him with garlands at many places in Mysuru to mourn his death.

The actor and celebrity television host, fondly knows as 'Appu' and 'Yuvarathnaa' after his eponymous films, died at 46 at a hospital in Bengaluru on Friday afternoon after suffering a massive heart attack, plunging his legions of fans into a state of extreme grief and anguish. By late evening on Friday, several big posters bearing his images had sprung up at various spots in the city. (PTI)

12:17 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Voter turnout till 11 am: 26.75% in Sindgi; 24.31% in Hanagal

The voter turnout until 11 am was recorded at 24.31 per cent in Hanagal and 26.75 per cent in Sindgi. 

11:37 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot and CM Basavaraj Bommai pay respects to Puneeth Rajkumar

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai paid their respects to late actor  Puneeth Rajkumar. 

11:23 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Thousands pay tribute to late Kannada star Puneeth Rajkumar

Thousands of grieving fans continue to flock the city's Kanteerava stadium on Saturday to pay their final respects to Kannada film star Puneeth Rajkumar, whose last rites is likely to be performed this evening. Considered as the Kannada cinema's reigning star, Puneeth, youngest of the five children of thespian and matinee idol Dr Rajkumar passed away at the age of 46, after suffering a cardiac arrest on Friday.

Following in the footsteps of his father Rajkumar, the family has donated Puneeth's eyes. Mortal remains of the actor, wrapped in the national tri-colour have been kept at the stadium to enable fans and well-wishers to pay their respects all day on Saturday. A steady stream of people from across the state have been pouring into the stadium since last evening. (PTI)

10:11 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Voter turnout till 9 am: 8.08% in Sindgi; 8.77% in Hanagal

The voter turnout until 9 am  was recorded at 8.77 per cent in Hanagal and 8.08 per cent in Sindgi. 

10:04 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Explained: Why are the Karnataka bypolls a prestige issue for CM Basavaraj Bommai

With BJP making a crucial change in Karnataka by replacing senior party leader and former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to induct Basavaraj Bommai into the role, the upcoming bypolls to the Hanagal and Haveri districts got a lot more interesting.

One of the seats, Hanagal, falls in Haveri district, which is the CM’s home district and after Bommai’s elevation to the post, the bypolls are also an electoral test for him.

The polls are to be held on October 30 and the results will be announced on November 1.

Why have the October 30 bypolls to the two assembly seats in Karnataka gained significance?

Two assembly seats in Karnataka — Hanagal in the Haveri district and Sindgi in Vijayapura district in north Karnataka — will go to the polls on October 30. Although bypolls are usually known to be favourable for parties that are in power, the upcoming election gained significance as it is the first electoral test for the new BJP Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai, who replaced veteran leader B S Yediyurappa on July 28. Read the full explainer here. 

Karnataka bypolls Live Updates: Voting underway in Hanagal and Sindgi constituencies.

Explained: Why are the Karnataka bypolls a prestige issue for CM Basavaraj Bommai

With BJP making a crucial change in Karnataka by replacing senior party leader and former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to induct Basavaraj Bommai into the role, the upcoming bypolls to the Hanagal and Haveri districts got a lot more interesting.

One of the seats, Hanagal, falls in Haveri district, which is the CM’s home district and after Bommai’s elevation to the post, the bypolls are also an electoral test for him.

The polls are to be held on October 30 and the results will be announced on November 1.

Why have the October 30 bypolls to the two assembly seats in Karnataka gained significance?

Two assembly seats in Karnataka — Hanagal in the Haveri district and Sindgi in Vijayapura district in north Karnataka — will go to the polls on October 30. Although bypolls are usually known to be favourable for parties that are in power, the upcoming election gained significance as it is the first electoral test for the new BJP Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai, who replaced veteran leader B S Yediyurappa on July 28.

Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar passes away, tight security across Bengaluru and Karnataka

Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar Friday passed away at Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru after suffering a heart attack, confirmed Karnataka Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai in a tweet in the afternoon.

Puneeth Rajkumar (46) developed chest pain in the morning and visited his family doctor for an ECG. Following the ECG, he was asked to rush to the hospital. He arrived at Vikram Hospital in a serious condition around 11:30 am, Dr Ranganath Nayak of Vikram Hospital said.

In a tweet, the Chief Minister said, “The death of renowned Kannada film star Shri Puneeth Rajkumar due to a heart attack has caused me deep sadness. The death of Appu, who is much loved by Kannadigas, is a major loss for Kannada and Karnataka. May God rest his soul rest in peace. I pray for strength for his fans to bear this grief.”

 

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