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Ralph Alex Arakal


Ralph works as Senior Sub Editor for The Indian Express Online ( from Bengaluru. He loves to interact with people on the go and on the web. A journalist fond of meaningful conversations, you can catch him online most of the time! He tweets at @ralpharakal

Karnataka Covid wrap: Govt issues guidelines for use of Remdesivir in private hospitals; total cases cross 2 lakh
Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Karnataka COVID wrap: BBMP launches website to help control coronavirus spread at booth-level; Shivarajkumar calls for govt intervention to make viewers feel safe to come back to theatres

Karnataka mulls dedicated film promotion board to help revive cinema post-Covid-19 crisis
Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Shivarajkumar urged the government to ease restrictions — such as the 40-person limit at shooting locations — laid down in the wake of the pandemic, as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Health Department.

Bengaluru violence: 7 FIRs filed, 16 accused identified as SDPI members
Fri, Aug 14, 2020

The police has pressed charges against over 300 persons in total -- 16 of which have been identified as members of the SDPI, which is the political arm of the Popular Front of India (PFI).

Bengaluru violence: 3 dead, Karnataka orders magisterial probe; Cong sees conspiracy
Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Man behind social media post that trigged violence in East Bengaluru arrested, Home Minister says rioters will be made to pay for losses.

Bengaluru: Man behind social media post that trigged violence arrested
Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Bangalore riots: Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the police had to resort to firing as a last step to bring the mob under control. He added that the CRPF has been deployed in violence-hit areas.

Bengaluru MLA’s house attacked over ‘derogatory post by relative’
Thu, Aug 13, 2020

As cops rushed to bring the situation under control, hundreds more gathered and marched to DJ Halli police station, setting some vehicles on fire.

Karnataka SSLC results 2020: Meet the toppers who scored 100%
Tue, Aug 11, 2020

In Karnataka SSLC result 2020, as many as 6 students scored a perfect 100. Here is how they managed to attain the feat. Further, at rank second, 11 students scored 624 marks out of 625 in the SSLC exams this year

Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: Yediyurappa, Siddaramaiah ‘clinically stable’; recovery rate crosses 50% benchmark in State
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

While Siddaramaiah was admitted Monday after testing positive for Covid-19, CM Yediyurappa was admitted a day earlier.

Karnataka: Dy CM Ashwathnarayan launches 8 products to ‘mitigate’ COVID-19 spread
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Developed by various startups, the products include immunity-booster chapati, tea, daily drops, a chewable tablet, a centralised health monitoring system, a fruit/veg sanitiser, a water sanitiser system and an anti-microbial air sanitising system.

‘Control of state power by Hindus absolutely essential’: BJP MP Tejasvi Surya wades into controversy again
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

B T Venkatesh, a former public prosecutor of Karnataka High Court, said, "India is a secular country and each representative is duty-bound to uphold unity and integrity among the citizenry on the whole, not just 'Hindu dharma' as mentioned by the MP."

Bengaluru’s Covid-19 mortality rate lowest among metros, claims Medical Education Minister
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

"Bengaluru records the lowest mortality rate compared to other metros i.e 115 deaths, while the state records 39 deaths per million population. Delhi records five times and Maharashtra three times more than Karnataka in Covid deaths per million population," Medical Education Minister tweeted.

Karnataka receives 681 ventilators under PM Cares fund
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa directed the officials that all ventilators should be installed immediately, a release from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) mentioned.

Siddaramaiah tests positive for Covid-19, days after Karnataka CM Yediyurappa
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

In another tweet in Kannada, Sidddaramaiah requested those who had come in contact with him in the last few days to undergo a Covid-19 test.

Covid-19: IISc Bengaluru opens testing facility after 19 people on campus test positive
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

Officials added that the Institute is in the process of contacting hospitals in the city to help manage dedicated Covid care centres for mild and asymptomatic patients, and for more serious cases being treated at hospitals.

Karnataka’s Hubballi Railway Museum open for visitors from Aug 5; here’s what awaits you there
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

Claimed to be the first of its kind in north Karnataka, the museum is centrally located next to the second entry of Hubballi Railway Station on Gadag Road opposite to Central Railway Hospital.

Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: 63 asymptomatic Covid patients appear for state entrance test
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

On Thursday, 57 such students had appeared for Mathematics and 49 for the Biology paper from across centres in the state.

Kamal Pant replaces Bhaskar Rao as new Bengaluru Police Commissioner
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

Incidentally, the newly-appointed Police Commissioner — a 1990 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer — took over charge from his batchmate Rao.

Karnataka yet to achieve self-set target of 35,000 daily Covid-19 antigen tests; testing to be enhanced in Bengaluru
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Meanwhile, Medical Education Minister Sudhakar stressed that those private hospitals which fail to cooperate with the government to combat the pandemic would face “strict action”.

Have recovered, now waiting for doctor’s nod to donate plasma: Karnataka MP Sumalatha
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Sumalatha Ambareesh said, "We have to wait for a period of 28 days after recovery and then take an antigen test to determine the level of immunity antibodies. If things fall in place, then I'll definitely do so."

Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: Tally crosses 1 lakh-mark, Bengaluru accounts for nearly 50% of cases
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The first case of COVID-19 in the state was confirmed in Bengaluru on March 8.

Shortage of drug, lack of manpower add to Bengaluru’s Covid-19 challenge
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Bengaluru has seen a jump of over eight folds since the beginning of July. The number of fatalities during the same period of time has seen a rise of around nine folds.

Govindan Rangarajan appointed as new IISc Director
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Prof. Rangarajan said he felt honoured and privileged to take over as the next IISc Director.

South Western Railway inducts first batch of lady sub-inspectors
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

While seven out of the total 164 women SIs, who passed out of RPF training centre in Moula Ali, Hyderabad, have been posted to SWR, they will soon take charge of ensuring security to rail passengers, property and railway premises.

Bengaluru: BBMP seals apartment door, removes metal sheet after picture goes viral
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said that the civic body was committed to address issues of stigma related to coronavirus. "Apologies for the over-enthusiasm of the local staff.”

Amid Covid-19, Karnataka plans to link oxygen pipelines to govt medical colleges
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

In another important decision, the state government has decided to regulate the supply of Remdesivir — a drug used for the treatment of coronavirus patients.