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Darshan Devaiah BP


Darshan Devaiah B P works as Senior Sub Editor for The Indian Express Online ( from Bengaluru. He reports on urban issues and has experience using Right to Information (RTI) as a reporting tool.

Bengaluru: State-owned HOPCOMS starts online delivery of fruits, veggies on pilot basis
Fri, May 28, 2021

On a trial basis, the fresh vegetables and fruits sold in Bengaluru’s HOPCOMS outlets will now be delivered to customers from National games village outlets in Koramangala.

Controlling Covid-19 my only priority: Yediyurappa shrugs off attempts to unseat him as Karnataka CM
Fri, May 28, 2021

A few legislators were in New Delhi reportedly to meet BJP’s top leaders, leading to speculation in Karnataka's political circles of a change in leadership. However, Yediyurappa has said, "there is no other matter in front of me apart from facing the challenges of Covid."

Karnataka: Hit by Covid-induced lockdown, transgenders seek relief and vaccines
Fri, May 28, 2021

A LGBTQIA+ organisation has also moved the Karnataka High Court seeking relief for the community.

Freedom fighter Doreswamy passes away at 103
Wed, May 26, 2021

Harohalli Srinivasaiah Doreswamy is known for his participation in the Quit India movement and Vinoba Bhave’s Bhoodan movement.

In a first, Bengaluru civic body deploys women marshals for Covid-related duties
Thu, May 27, 2021

BBMP is planning to deploy women marshals on ground duty to collect fines from people violating norms, and create awareness about Covid appropriate behaviour.

Karnataka BJP MLA conducts ‘Agnihotra homa’ on Belagavi streets to ‘eradicate Covid-19’
Wed, May 26, 2021

Abhay Patil said that 50 more families in his Belagavi South constituency performed it in front of their houses and vehemently denied that he violated the lockdown protocols

Karnataka: Journalist arrested for selling fake negative RT-PCR test reports
Wed, May 26, 2021

According to police, the accused journalist, identified as Azeez MA, was generating the fake certificates at his photo studio in Siddapura in the district.

‘Tortured by police in jail, forced to drink inmate’s urine’, Karnataka Dalit youth alleges
Tue, May 25, 2021

The incident came to light after the youth wrote to senior police officers, seeking action against the PSI. Based on his complaint, the sub-inspector has been booked.

Bengaluru witnesses rare ‘22 degree circular halo’ around Sun
Tue, May 25, 2021

The phenomenon occurs when the sun’s or moon’s rays get deflected or refracted through the hexagonal ice crystals present in cirrus clouds.

Karnataka: Madhuvanahalli village consecrates ‘Corona Maramma’; district administration clears the area
Tue, May 25, 2021

Yashodhamma, a former gram panchayat, was let off with a warning after she admitted her act was out of ignorance, according to the district authorities

Karnataka extends Covid-19 lockdown till June 7: What’s allowed and what’s not
Sat, May 22, 2021

Karnataka has 5,14,238 active cases, of which Bengaluru city alone has 2,89,131 cases. While the state has reported 24,207 Covid deaths so far, Bengaluru has reported 10,656 fatalities.

Bengaluru police arrests a doctor who stole vaccine from PHC for illegal private drive
Fri, May 21, 2021

According to police,  Dr Pushpita (25), a medical officer with Manjunathnagar PHC, and her associate Prema(34), a homemaker, were charging Rs 500 for a shot of Covishield vaccine.

Covid-19: Karnataka govt denies Siddaramaiah permission to hold meeting with district officials
Fri, May 21, 2021

The Leader of the Opposition's request follows soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting with district commissioners in the State regarding Covid-19 management on Tuesday.

Bengaluru: After Remdesivir and O2 cylinders, now cyber criminals cash in on Black Fungus medication
Fri, May 21, 2021

After black marketing of Remdesivir and oxygen cylinders, a cheating case has been filed in Bengaluru by a family who was siphoned off Rs 7.9 lakh with the promise of Amphotericin B.

Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: 150 oxygen beds at Bengaluru airport; state aims to vaccinate all by November
Thu, May 20, 2021

Karnataka Wednesday reported 34,281 new cases of Covid-19, of which Bengaluru accounted for 11,772 cases.

Chamarajnagar oxygen tragedy: Families still await compensation from state
Wed, May 19, 2021

The Karnataka High Court has directed the government to pay relief to the families of 24 Covid patients who died after the hospital ran out of oxygen supply.

Karnataka govt announces Rs 1,250-crore Covid relief package for those affected by lockdown
Thu, May 20, 2021

This comes at a time when a lockdown is underway in the state to prevent the virus from spreading and opposition parties have been calling for relief measures for those whose livelihoods have been affected by the restrictions.

Karnataka: JD(S) likely to buy DRDO drug for Covid-19 relief programme
Wed, May 19, 2021

2-DG has been developed by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), New Delhi, a lab of DRDO, in collaboration with Hyderabad-based pharma company Dr Reddy’s Laboratories

Kerala bank employee, on the run for months after swindling Rs 8 crore, arrested in Bengaluru
Wed, May 19, 2021

According to Bengaluru Police, a special investigation team from Kerala arrested the accused from a flat in the HSR layout in Bengaluru on Sunday and took him to Kerala for further investigation on Monday.

Black Fungus Infection: Karnataka sets up dedicated treatment facility in Bengaluru & identifies regional centres in 6 districts
Tue, May 18, 2021

People who are diabetic are more prone to this rare fungal disease. Excessive use of steroids and contamination in ventilators and other equipment are also the causes of the disease, says Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar

Bengaluru civic authorities use 4 months of firewood stock in 15 days at crematoriums as Covid-19 deaths keep surging
Fri, May 14, 2021

Between May 1 and May 13, Bengaluru city has reported 2,588 Covid-19 deaths.

Karnataka to develop its own vaccination portal after glitches emerge on CoWin
Fri, May 14, 2021

According to senior officials in the state government, residents of Bengaluru city have been booking slots in rural areas to get vaccinated, leading to a shortage in doses there.

Amid shortage, Karnataka govt mulls producing Covid vaccine at Bengaluru institute
Thu, May 13, 2021

The Karnataka government has recently sought information on the equipment and manufacturing capabilities of the Bengaluru-based Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals (IAHVB).

Covid-19 in Karnataka: NIMHANS detects 86 new cases of ‘double mutant’ B.1.617 variant in Bengaluru
Wed, May 12, 2021

This is apart from 86 UK strains and six South Africa variant cases that had been reported earlier in Karnataka.

Vaccine shortage prompts Bengaluru city dwellers to head to rural districts for jabs; local residents express anger
Wed, May 12, 2021

Since the last few days, Bengaluru city residents in the age group of 18 to 44 have been booking vaccine slots on CoWIN website to get their jabs in neighbouring districts of Bengaluru rural, Chikkaballapur, Ramanagara, and Tumkuru.