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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 government plans to upgrade VTU, UVCE to IIT standards
Wed, Dec 15, 2021

The 120-acre main campus of VTU in Belagavi will be the first to be upgraded as per the plan.

Karnataka: Confusion among 5-year LLB students after KSLU’s ‘late night order’ on holding offline exams
Wed, Dec 15, 2021

The circular on Tuesday clarified that the High Court order "applies only to second and fourth semester (freshers) students of the 3-year LLB course, and the rest of the examinations will be held as scheduled."

Activists, victims blame ‘police inaction’ for ‘rising attacks’ on Karnataka’s Christian community
Thu, Dec 09, 2021

Former Public Prosecutor at Karnataka High Court, B T Venkatesh, told The Indian Express that the alleged inaction could be due to the societal and systematic pressure the police are exposed to.

Karnataka witnessing rise in attacks on Christians since anti-conversion law proposal: Report
Mon, Dec 06, 2021

In its state-wise classification, UCF found that Uttar Pradesh reported the most such cases (66), followed by Chhattisgarh (47), and Karnataka (32). This also makes Karnataka top the list among south Indian states.

‘Hope to see visible change in nourishment and attendance’: BC Nagesh on mid-day meals
Sun, Dec 05, 2021

From December 1, the Karnataka government included boiled eggs and, for vegetarians, bananas in its midday meal for students in 7 districts

Karnataka awaits directions from Centre on booster dose for health workers
Thu, Dec 02, 2021

🔴 In the wake of rising Omicron variant concerns, the state Covid-19 expert committee had recommended to the government to explore possibilities if a booster dose could be made available to health and frontline workers in the state.

Karnataka sticks to central guidelines, will test only 2% travellers from ‘non-risk’ countries
Thu, Dec 02, 2021

🔴However, all travellers from Europe and ten other countries are being subjected to RT-PCR testing at all international entry points in the state.

Karnataka: Many private schools halt on-campus classes over Covid-19 concerns
Wed, Dec 01, 2021

With Covid-19 clusters being reported from educational institutions and fears about the Omicron variant, many institutes have gone back to online classes. They have decided to adopt a “wait-and-watch policy” for now.

Karnataka: RT-PCR tests mandatory for all international passengers but no lockdown right now
Tue, Nov 30, 2021

Experts pointed out in a meeting with the health minister that accelerating the pace of vaccination was also key to enhancing containment measures.

Omicron scare: Karnataka mandates institutional isolation for arrivals testing positive from high-risk nations
Sun, Nov 28, 2021

🔴 All international travellers from South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong who have arrived in the last 15 days (since November 12) should be tracked and subjected to repeat RT-PCR testing, says a circular.

New Covid variant: Karnataka to closely track travellers from three countries, their contacts
Fri, Nov 26, 2021

🔴 Travellers coming from or transiting through South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong, where cases of the new Covid variant B.1.1529 have been confirmed, will be closely monitored

Karnataka: 178 students test positive for Covid-19 at medical college in Dharwad
Fri, Nov 26, 2021

Deputy Commissioner Nitesh Patil said all cases were "breakthrough infections”, meaning those who tested positive had received both doses of a vaccine. He explained that most patients were asymptomatic, while some had mild symptoms.

Bengaluru students develop ‘smart’ wheelchair that can be controlled by eye movement
Tue, Nov 23, 2021

The wheelchair was built by a team comprising Divya M, Kavya G P and D Lakshmi Soumya from MVJ College of Engineering.

India unlikely to witness Covid-19 surge soon, hospitalisation fell considerably despite festive season: Report
Mon, Nov 22, 2021

The report by Project: Jeevan Raksha, a public-private initiative providing insights on the handling of the pandemic, indicated a significant drop in insurance claims for both Covid-19 treatment and deaths.

Bangalore Archbishop writes to CM against anti-conversion law
Fri, Nov 19, 2021

In the third such memorandum to the CM since September this year, Machado noted that the Christian community in the state opposes the proposed law to ban “forcible religious conversions” in one voice.

Karnataka: II PU midterm exams postponed amid protests by students, to be held from Dec 9
Thu, Nov 18, 2021

DPUE Director Snehal R told The Indian Express that the department was apprised of the situation that several colleges in Mangaluru were yet to complete the prescribed syllabus for the exams.

Rural Karnataka: ASER report says more children opting for tuition; enrolment in govt schools increase
Thu, Nov 18, 2021

The demand for private tuitions seems to have shot up in rural Karnataka this year as 20.5 per cent of the students opted for private tuitions. The same rose from 8.4 per cent noted last year.

Covid impact: For specially abled kids, ‘online classes, sharing devices hit learning’
Wed, Nov 17, 2021

An hour-long session was held at Shradhanjali Integrated School, operated by the Association of People with Disabilities (APD) at Lingarajapuram to to ascertain difficulties faced by children with disabilities during the pandemic.

Summer placements at IIM-Bangalore witness 30 per cent hike, institute terms it ‘record season’
Wed, Nov 17, 2021

IIM-B's Prof Kumar said that this was a clear signal from recruiters that the “economy is reviving, and the industry is looking for talent in large numbers” to manage the post-pandemic market.

‘Minor variations’ in school enrollment likely to affect Karnataka participation in National Achievement Survey: Official
Fri, Nov 12, 2021

A senior education department official told The Indian Express that "minor variations" in school enrollment were likely to affect school participation from Karnataka for the survey.

Karnataka: Resident doctors protest cut in Covid-19 allowances, non-payment of salaries in Mysuru
Fri, Nov 12, 2021

According to the doctors, postgraduate (PG) residents were assured a Covid-19 risk allowance of Rs 10,000 per month of which a total of only Rs 30,000 was paid to date.

Covid-19 pandemic nudged Karnataka to digitise, ensure inclusivity in education: C N Ashwathnarayan
Wed, Nov 10, 2021

Karnataka Higher Education Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said measures were being taken by the state government to make quality education accessible to those who were socially and economically disadvantaged.

Bengaluru: 34-year-old recovers after surgery to remove 222 uterine fibroids
Tue, Nov 09, 2021

The patient, Ritika, had suffered from abnormal menstrual bleeding owing to multiple fibroids in her uterus. These had completely distorted the anatomy of the uterus and were discovered during the surgery, the team of doctors said.

With rise in air pollution after Diwali, Bengaluru hospitals see more lung ailments
Tue, Nov 09, 2021

In the state-run Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, there was a 15 per cent rise in the number of registrations in the outpatient department on Monday.

Karnataka: Pre-schools to reopen on Nov 8, managements urge govt to encourage parents to send wards
Thu, Nov 04, 2021

Incidentally, the guidelines issued by the government coincide with those issued a few days back by the Department of Women and Child Development to facilitate reopening of Anganwadi centres (AWCs) across the state.