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Daily Covid-19 infections in Karnataka see a drop, along with testing numbers
Sun, May 16, 2021

However, a closer look at the health bulletins shared by the Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Department indicate that the total number of samples tested has also seen a visible drop during the last fortnight.

Karnataka should ramp up childcare infrastructure ahead of Covid third wave: Child Rights Commission
Fri, May 14, 2021

"An estimated 36 to 40 per cent of the entire population in Karnataka are aged 18 or below. With minimal chances of people aged below 18 getting inoculated before October, they will continue to be the most vulnerable among the population then," said KSPCPR Chairman.

Karnataka Covid wrap: Interval between Covishied doses revised to 12-16 weeks
Fri, May 14, 2021

However, it clarified that the revised time interval is applicable only to Covishield and not Covaxin.

Karnataka govt defers SSLC exams, revised dates to be announced after second wave flattens
Fri, May 14, 2021

The exams were originally scheduled to be held from June 21 to July 5. Revised dates will be announced much ahead of the schedule.

From arranging oxygen to distributing food to the needy: How Karnataka cops are helping people get through pandemic
Fri, May 14, 2021

Police officers from Mahalakshmi Layout police station in Bengaluru helped a private hospital arrange alternate medical oxygen after the facility reported a leak.

Bengaluru: Following flak, BBMP gives free food to all beneficiaries, without ID proof
Thu, May 13, 2021

Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar had accused the BBMP of 'humiliating the working class' by asking for identity papers before giving them food packets.

Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: BBMP chief admits vaccine shortage in Bengaluru
Wed, May 12, 2021

"Priority is given to those who need to get the second dose and to those above 45 years of age. Those between 18 and 45 will be provided with the vaccine once there is an adequate supply of vaccine," Gupta said.

Karnataka postpones CET, exam to held in August
Thu, May 13, 2021

KCET 2021 will be conducted on August 28 and 29 while the Kannada Language Test will be held on August 30

Adopt CET allotment model for efficient, transparent Covid-19 management: Karnataka Congress
Wed, May 12, 2021

Karnataka Congress Chief D K Shivakumar said that such a system would help people across the state, also beyond Bengaluru, to combat the pandemic better.

Bengaluru: BBMP now offering walk-in triage centres for appropriate Covid treatment
Wed, May 12, 2021

The BBMP has also asked officials to ensure sufficient number of ambulances at each of the 28 triage centres.

Karnataka lockdown: Govt, BBMP decides to provide free food for needy across state
Wed, May 12, 2021

While BBMP is in charge of the scheme within Bengaluru city limits, the government has entrusted the Department of Municipal Administration for the same in other districts.

Explained: The role of DETER committees formed in Bengaluru to streamline Covid management at local level
Tue, May 11, 2021

Decentralized Triage and Emergency Response (DETER) Committees at ward-levels are being formed in the Karnataka capital, which will be overseen by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike.

Tejasvi Surya ducks questions on ‘communalising’ Covid fight, but says ‘have nothing to apologise for’
Mon, May 10, 2021

A senior civic official told that of the 17 Muslim staffers named by Surya, only 11 chose to return to work after the police gave them a clean chit. One has been arrested.

Bengaluru Covid bed allocation ‘scam’: 3 more held, total arrests by CCB now 7
Mon, May 10, 2021

CCB officers said the three accused allegedly blocked real-time data entry to the Central Hospital Bed Management System hosted by the Bengaluru civic body.

‘How will I walk for miles to buy essentials, how will 40 people come to my home for marriage?’: Karnataka confused over new lockdown norms
Mon, May 10, 2021

Congress Legislative Party leader Siddaramaiah slammed the government for issuing such confusing rules, saying people will organise protests if steps are not taken to rectify matters.

Karnataka to begin vaccination for 18-44 age group from May 10
Sun, May 09, 2021

According to officials of the health department, the number of vaccination centres will be increased gradually "as and when more vaccines will become available."

Bengaluru Covid bed allocation scam: Four arrested, in police custody for 14 days
Fri, May 07, 2021

Meanwhile, with several employees working in war rooms that oversee the operations of the Central Hospital Bed Management System (CHBMS) of the BBMP choosing not to turn up for work on Friday, patients and caretakers experienced difficulties in finding a bed.

Karnataka leaders seek Covid Care Centre at Belagavi’s Suvarna Soudha
Fri, May 07, 2021

Among leaders in the forefront stressing the need of converting the state legislature's venue for winter session is Congress MLA Anjali Hemant Nimbalkar.

DRDO develops artificial intelligence algorithm to detect Covid-19 presence from chest X-rays
Fri, May 07, 2021

"It can be a very useful tool especially in smaller towns in our country owing to lack of easy access to CT scans."

Bengaluru reacts to Tejasvi Surya: ‘CM, Opposition leaders should stand up…,’ says Guha, others demand probe
Fri, May 07, 2021

Ramachandra Guha suggested that CM Yediyurappa and senior leaders like former Prime Minister H D Devegowda and former CM Siddaramaiah should look into the matter seriously.

As Covid restrictions return, migrants workers stare at uncertainty again: Study
Wed, May 05, 2021

The study initiated by voluntary researchers at the Stranded Workers Action Network (SWAN) indicated that the vulnerabilities experienced by migrant workers during the nationwide lockdown in 2020 had resurfaced this year.

Bengaluru Covid bed allocation scam: Seven held so far, cops conduct searches in BBMP war rooms
Thu, May 06, 2021

While only two of the arrested have been identified by the police so far, a senior officer said the others would be named later.

Bengaluru Covid ‘bed blocking’ scam: Chorus grows against BJP leaders for allegedly trying to ‘communalise’ issue
Thu, May 06, 2021

As per a video live-streamed from Bangalore South BJP MP Tejasvi Surya's YouTube account, he is heard reading out names of 17 people, with Muslim names, while questioning the official in charge.

From Bengaluru, a daily Twitter Spaces segment to bridge Covid-19-related info gaps
Thu, May 06, 2021

Another impact of the Twitter Spaces interaction was the formation of a volunteer group named 'Namma Team' to help people get hospital beds, oxygen and medicines.

Karnataka postpones II PU exams, I PU students to be promoted without exams
Thu, May 06, 2021

Initially, the exams were scheduled to be conducted from May 24 to June 6.