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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.

Black fungus cases among Covid patients rise in Bengaluru, BMCRI begins research
Tue, May 11, 2021

Black fungus, or mucormycosis, often manifests in the skin and also affects the lungs and the brain.

Karnataka to float global tender to procure 2 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses
Wed, May 12, 2021

Also, health officials in Karnataka have been instructed to procure one lakh pulse oximeters and distribute them to all the districts and taluks.

Bengaluru vaccination drive hits hurdle: Delay in supply from cold chain centre
Mon, May 10, 2021

The primary healthcare centre (PHC) representatives were seen standing in long queues awaiting their vaccine vials for the day.

With Bengaluru crematoriums running out of space, pyres burn at granite quarry outside city
Mon, May 10, 2021

All the seven Covid crematoriums in the city have been running virtually round the clock for the past three weeks, and one of them had to be shut down for maintenance on Saturday.

Karnataka lockdown from May 10 due to Covid surge: what’s allowed and what’s not
Sat, May 08, 2021

Karnataka lockdown: The restrictions will be imposed from 6 am on May 10, Monday, till 6 am on May 24.

Lesson learnt from Chamarajanagar tragedy: Prompt action saves 200 lives as Bengaluru hospital runs out of oxygen
Fri, May 07, 2021

On May 3, as many as 23 Covid patients died in Chamarajanagar district allegedly due to oxygen shortage.

Winning praise for Covid relief work, IYC chief Srinivas says: ‘Helping everyone in need, don’t want to do politics on this’
Wed, May 05, 2021

A cricketer before he joined politics, Srinivas is the first Kannadiga to be appointed the president of the Indian Youth Congress and the second person to hold this position from South India.

After deaths, war of words between Chamarajanagar and Mysuru DCs; govt appoints retired HC judge to probe case
Wed, May 05, 2021

The district commissioner of Chamarajanagar Dr MR Ravi has issued a statement blaming his Mysuru counterpart Rohini Sindhuri for the deaths, which he said occurred due to "enormous delay in supply" of the oxygen. Mysuru DC Rohini Sindhuri said that she neither rationed nor controlled oxygen supplies to Chamarajanagar district.

Karnataka declares journalists as ‘frontline workers’; scribes to be vaccinated on priority
Wed, May 05, 2021

Earlier Punjab, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh had announced free vaccination for journalists.

Day after Chamarajnagar tragedy, oxygen shortage reported from many places in Karnataka
Wed, May 05, 2021

Chaitanya Medical Centre in Yelahanka said there was an oxygen crisis on Monday due to which they had to shift all their Covid patients to various others hospitals in the city.

Chamarajnagar tragedy: District Judge takes stock of situation; Congress demands judicial probe
Tue, May 04, 2021

While the families of the patients have alleged they died because of a shortage of medical oxygen at the facility, the state government has claimed only three of the deaths occurred due to this reason.

Karnataka: 23 die as Covid-19 facility in Chamarajnagar runs out of oxygen
Tue, May 04, 2021

Chamarajnagar: While the families of the patients have alleged they died because of a shortage of medical oxygen at the facility, the state government has claimed only three of the deaths occurred due to this reason.

Bengaluru: Vaccination drive in private hospitals hit as civic body officials seize stock citing central policy
Fri, Apr 30, 2021

BBMP officials took back all the stocks citing it as “new government policy” The civic body stated that private hospitals will have to procure doses directly from the manufacturer from Saturday.

Stop issuing Covid rules only in English: Kannada development authority to govt
Fri, Apr 30, 2021

According to Nagabharana, Kannada being the state language, it is mandatory to issue state government orders in it so that information reaches every person.

Karnataka ministers to give one year’s salary for Covid relief work
Fri, Apr 30, 2021

With rising Covid-19 deaths in the state, the government has decided to reserve 230 acres of land across Karnataka for cremations.

Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: Record 39,047 cases; 3,000 infected people ‘missing’ in Bengaluru
Thu, Apr 29, 2021

Karnataka minister R Ashoka said, “We are giving free medicines to people, which can control 90% cases. But some infected people switch off their mobile phones. They reach hospitals when in a critical stage, desperately looking for ICU beds.”

Karnataka Congress to set up war room, leaders who own hospitals to reserve 100 beds for Covid patients
Thu, Apr 29, 2021

Surjewala also asked state Congress leaders to distribute food packages to the poor, masks, hand sanitisers to the public, and free PPE kits to doctors.

Hours ahead of Karnataka ‘close down’, people go into panic buying, crowd shops
Tue, Apr 27, 2021

The Karnataka government has announced a 14-day mini-lockdown, which CM Yediyurappa termed as “close down”, starting Tuesday night to arrest the spread of Covid-19 in the state. He announced the decision after chairing a cabinet meeting Monday afternoon.

Karnataka 14-day ‘close down’ explained: What’s allowed and what’s not
Wed, May 05, 2021

Karnataka Lockdown rules and guidelines: The state, especially capital city Bengaluru, is in the middle of a Covid-19 surge that is affecting health care infrastructure, with patients forced to wait for long to get oxygen, ventilators and ICU beds.

Delay in Covid test results leads to longer wait for hospital beds in Bengaluru
Mon, Apr 26, 2021

While the city civic body, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), has accused private labs of not following protocol — from swab collection to uploading results on Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) portal — many labs in the state capital say their capacity is stressed due to the high volume of tests.

TTD panel concludes Hanuman born in Jabali, Karnataka wants ASI survey to contest claim
Thu, Apr 22, 2021

TTD executive officer KS Jawahar Reddy said that the TTD would also bring the matter to the notice of both the state and central governments and get ‘Jabali’ officially declared as the birthplace of Hanuman.

Bengaluru hospitals offer home care packages for Covid patients to reduce strain
Wed, Apr 21, 2021

These include vitals monitoring kit that contains a digital thermometer, an oximeter for measuring oxygen levels in blood and a digital BP measuring machine.

Karnataka: Nearly half of a village in Belagavi district tests covid-19 positive
Wed, Apr 21, 2021

Most of them had returned recently from Maharashtra to participate in a festival.

Karnataka’s heli tourism project faces opposition by Mysuru royal family, green activists
Wed, Apr 21, 2021

Last month, Karnataka Tourism Minister CP Yogeeshwara had said that heli-tourism in the state will be developed starting from Mysuru soon, along with other regions in the state, including Bengaluru, Belagavi and Kalaburagi.

‘Already suffered a lot’: Workers in Bengaluru’s unorganised sector fear another lockdown
Tue, Apr 20, 2021

Many street vendors said their business is down since March and if the government brings more curbs, it would only add to their miseries.