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Contractor death : Karnataka CM Bommai assures justice, Minister Eswarappa in trouble

Mangaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Amid the Opposition’s demands for Minister KS Eswarappa’s resignation in connection with contractor Santosh Patil’s death, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said that the Opposition is trying to “find fault in the incident” while assuring that the investigation will be done as per the law and without the state’s intervention.

“Investigation into the Santosh Patil suicide case would be conducted in accordance with the law and there would be absolutely no interference from the state”, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters in Mangaluru, Bommai said, “Opposition leaders are trying to find faults in the case. The investigation will bring out the truth as to who has played what role and what is the background. The truth will come out. The party top brass is aware of the issue.”

The Karnataka Chief Minister said that he will speak to Minister KS Eswarappa in connection with contractor Santosh Patil’s death, to know about the latter’s stand on his resignation over the matter. “The FIR has been registered in the Santosh Patil suicide case. Details have been obtained. I will speak to minister KS Eshwarappa over the phone and also talk to him personally,” said Bommai.

When the Chief Minister’s attention was drawn to Eshwarappa’s statement that he is ready to resign if the CM instructs, Bommai said,” I do not know what he has said. Things will be clear if I speak to him directly. We will decide after discussing a few issues.”

Patil who was a BJP leader and a contractor and had accused the Minister Eshwarappa of corruption was found dead in a lodge in Udupi on Tuesday.

A Karnataka Congress delegation led by state party chief DK Shivakumar, and former chief minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday met Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot demanding the dismissal and arrest of state Minister KS Eshwarappa over contractor Santosh Patil’s mysterious death.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said that he has directed the police to ensure a speedy and transparent investigation into the matter.

“I have instructed the police officers to ensure a systematic, speedy, honest, and transparent investigation with assistance from the Forensic Lab,” Bommai added. (ANI)

Amit Shah embarks on two-day visit to Karnataka, BJP denies leadership change

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: As Union Home Minister Amit Shah embarked on his two-day visit to Karnataka which is scheduled to go to Assembly polls next year, top BJP sources said that the party does not succumb to any pressure and is not mulling any change of leadership ahead of the crucial elections.

Shah arrived at the HAL airport in Bengaluru on Thursday late at night and was received by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and other leaders of the state.
The Home Minister will pay his tributes to Late Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swami on his 115th birth anniversary celebrations at Siddaganga Math at around 10.50 am. He will also attend other programmes in the state including the Foundation stone laying of the 200-bedded hospital in Sathya Sai Grama in Muddenahalli at around 2.20 pm, according to the Home Ministry.

Shah will also attend Karnataka State Cooperative Conference at around 4 pm in Bengaluru Palace.

Notably, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visit the Siddaganga Math on Thursday during his two-day visit to the state to “strengthen the party”.

Also slated later in the day is a meeting with a BJP core group of the state.

The meeting assumes a lot of significance given the fact that there have been several rounds of speculations that there could be a change of leadership in the state including the Chief Minister as well as the party president.

Top sources in the BJP, while speaking to ANI, rubbished any possibility of a change of leadership in the state.

“There is no question of change of leadership in the state… The president (Nalin Kateel) has been given a term and he will definitely complete that,” said the sources.

On the talks doing the round regarding the possible change of guard for Chief Minister, another source said that there will not be a change of Chief Minister under any pressure.

“This is BJP and not any other party and we do not change any Chief Minister under pressure… Bommai is a very experienced politician and a capable Chief Minister,” said the source.

Home Minister Amit Shah will be participating in the core group meeting along with BJP general secretary Arun Singh who is in charge of Karnataka. (ANI)

Karnataka to introduce twinning programmes for degree, nursing and post-graduation courses

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The preliminary round of discussion was held at Vikasa Soudha on Wednesday, with regard to extending the internationalization of education for degree, post-graduation, and engineering courses, the facility which at present is made available for diploma courses.

It was discussed in the meeting to introduce Twinning Degree programmes for the above courses.
Speaking at the meeting, C.N. Ashwatha Narayana, Karnataka Minister for Higher Education said, “At present MoU with Montgomery County community college of Pennysylvania has been implemented. The same needs to be extended for other courses which will be in accordance with the internationalization of education.”

Responding to Minister’s proposal, Kannika Choudhari, HE Envoy, Pennsylvania, USA, suggested entering into MoUs with Athens State University, York College (Pennsylvania), Harrisburg Univerisity of Science & Technology, Indiana University (Pennsylvania), Husson University, Thiel College, Alvernia University and Misericordia University to achieve the desired objectives.

“The students taking up these courses will be sent to American Universities in specific years of their studies and paid internships will be part of these courses. This also enables students to get employed in the USA after completion of their course, if they desire,” Narayana said.

Once the MoUs come into effect, the students can have a Twinning Degree of 6 years, Integrated Post-Graduation of 5 years, Twinning Post-Graduation of 4 years, M.S.Nursing (Integrated), and M.S.Biochemistry (Integrated), he stated.

He further said, “There are huge opportunities for those who have pursued graduation in Nursing and Health Administration. To make most of this, the officials have been instructed to draw up the modalities on introducing such courses.”

These MoUs will facilitate opportunities to study higher education at the global standards. The expenses of selected students from SC/ST and other backward communities will be completely borne by the government. If needed, the educational loan from banks will also be made available, he told.

P.Pradeep, Commissioner, DCTE, Prof.Lingaraju Gandhi, Vice-Chancellor, Bangalore City University were present.

The Bangalore City University and Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, USA exchanged letters of intent on Wednesday, which would allow for English learning and pursuing an integrated course in Computer science.

Lingaraja Gandhi, Vice-Chancellor, Bangalore City University, and Kannika Choudhary, HE Envoy, Pennsylvania, USA, exchanged the letter of intent and related documents.

After implementing the MoU, the students of Karnataka can be benefitted from the English learning programmes of Harrisburg University and further can become part of the American academic activities. (ANI)

 

Karnataka HC rules Hijab not essential religious practice of Islam

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India],:  The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday dismissed various petitions challenging a ban on Hijab in education institutions and said that wearing Hijab is not an essential religious practice of Islam.

A bench of Karnataka High Court comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit, and Justice JM Khazi said that no case is made out for invalidating the Government Order of February 5.
The Hijab row had erupted in January this year when the Government PU College in Udupi allegedly barred six girls wearing the hijab from entering. Following this, the girls sat in protest sat outside college over being denied entry.

After this, boys of several colleges in Udupi started attending classes wearing saffron scarves. This protest spread to other parts of the state as well leading to protests and agitations in several places in Karnataka.

As a result, the Karnataka government said that all students must adhere to the uniform and banned both hijab and saffron scarves till an expert committee decides on the issue. On February 5, the pre-University education board released a circular stating that the students can only wear the uniform approved by the school administration and no other religious attire will be allowed in colleges.

The order stated that in case a uniform is not prescribed by management committees, then students should wear dresses that go well with the idea of equality and unity, and does not disturb the social order.

A batch of petitions was filed against the government’s rule in the Karnataka High Court by some girls seeking permission to wear the hijab in educational institutions.

A bench of Karnataka High Court comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit, and Justice JM Khazi heard the petitions challenging the government rule on dress code.

On February 10, the high court issued an interim order stating that said students should not wear any religious attire to classes till the court issues the final order. The hearings related to the Hijab case were concluded on February 25 and the court had reserved its judgement. (ANI)

No pre-poll alliance, Deve Gowda says JD (S) will go solo in Karnataka polls

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Former Prime Minister and patriarch of the Janata Dal (Secular) HD Deve Gowda on Saturday ruled out the possibility of his party entering into a pre-poll alliance with any political party in Karnataka ahead of the 2023 state Assembly elections.

His remarks came amid speculations doing the rounds that the JD (S) can strike a pre-poll alliance with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state for the next year’s polls.
“I would like to tell you that we are not at all thinking about alliances. We will sit in the Opposition and we will try to build the party,” said Deve Gowda.

With regards to recently concluded polls in Punjab, the former Prime Minister argued that the year-long farmers’ agitation fueled the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

“The farmers’ agitation and the manner in which the protests against the three farm laws was dealt with and also the internal politics of Congress led to the rise of the AAP in Punjab,” he added.

The AAP bagged a landslide victory in the Punjab polls, winning 92 Assembly seats, pushing most of its rivals to the margins. Congress won 18 seats in the 117-member Assembly. (ANI)

Lessons on Karnataka’s brave women to be included in school syllabus: CM Bommai

              

Hubballi (Karnataka) [India], : Lessons on brave women of the State like Belavadi Mallamma, Kitturu Rani Chennamma and Rani Abbakka would be included in the school syllabus to enable the next generation to know about their valour, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Monday.

The chief minister was speaking after inaugurating the 374th anniversary celebrations of Belavadi Mallamma’s victory over the Maratha army.
“Initiatives would be taken for comprehensive development of Belavadi. Yesterday we celebrated the 350th anniversary of Keladi Chennamma’s Coronation. Women’s contribution for Karnataka’s glory is immense. The younger generation should know about it. We should make the coming generations learn about brave women of our State like Kitturu Chennamma. Mega events would be organised in Belavadi next year as part of the celebrations,” Bommai said.

Panchamasali Seer Jagadguru Sri Vachanananda Swamiji has immense knowledge about the growth of Belavadi province and Mallamma’s war against Shivaji Maharaj. This programme has been organised with his concern and love for the State, Bommai said.

Panchamasali Jagadguru Sri Vachanananda, PWD minister CC Patil and others were present at the event. (ANI)

Omicron replaces Delta as dominant variant with 67.5 pc positivity rate in Karnataka: Health Minister

            

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India](ANI): Karnataka Health Minister Sudhakar K on Friday said that statistics show that the Delta variant of COVID-19 has become less dominant which is now replaced by the Omicron variant of the virus as against the second wave in the country when the former variant was more dominant over the others.

Sharing the genome sequencing data till Thursday in the state, the Minister said that the Omicron variant is more dominant in the ongoing third wave of COVID-19 with 67.5 per cent of the samples testing positive for the variant.
On the contrary, the Delta variant, which was more dominant during the second wave with a 90.7 per cent positivity rate of the sample, has now become less dominant with a 26 per cent positivity rate.

“Which strain is dominating in which wave in Karnataka? As per the genome sequencing sample, the following are the dominant strains: Second wave: 90.7 per cent Delta variant, Third-wave: 67.5 per cent Omicron variant and 26 per cent Delta variant of coronavirus,” Sudhakar tweeted.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 31,198 new COVID-19 infections on Friday with a positivity rate of 20.91 per cent. (Image-Instagram-HealthMinistry)

COVID-19: Karnataka minister Umesh Katti refuses to wear mask, says ‘it is my decision’

               

Belagavi (Karnataka) [India](ANI): Amid rising COVID-19 cases and several government restrictions in place to contain its spread, Karnataka Minister Umesh Katti, who was seen without wearing a mask at a public event, refused to do so claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said “it is individual’s responsibility”.

“The Prime Minister has said that no restriction will be imposed and that it (wearing face mask) is an individual’s responsibility. Whoever wishes to wear a mask can do so. I am not interested in wearing it so I haven’t. It is my individual decision,” the Karnataka Minister told media persons on Tuesday.
Umesh Katti, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, is the current Minister of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Forest in the state.

His statement comes at a time when COVID-19 cases in Karnataka and across the country witnessed a rampant surge.

Karnataka on Tuesday reported as many as 41,457 new COVID-19 cases. The positivity rate stands at 22.30 per cent.

Recently, Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar, after participating in party’s padyatra, had reportedly refused to get tested for COVID-19 accusing the state government of trying to “infect” him with COVID-19 by exposing him to an official who tested positive for the virus.

“Additional District Commissioner who came to test me last night has tested COVID-19 positive. He was sent to make sure that I get infected and test positive. The Government wants to make me a primary contact of the COVID positive person and that is why the official had been sent,” Shivakumar had alleged.

“This may not be the idea of Chief Minister. But the Health Minister (K. Sudhakar) is capable of doing it,” he added. (image -instagram)

Karnataka govt will go ahead with Mekedatu project, says CM Bommai

           

Bengaluru (Karnataka) (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said that the state government will go ahead with the Mekedatu project.

“When it comes to land and water-related issues, all political parties have worked together. Our government is committed to embracing the project, taking all political parties to confidence in the Mekedatu issue but for now, the COVID-19 epidemic third wave covered the state of Karnataka and especially Bengaluru. We need to take all necessary measures to curb COVID19,” said the Chief Minister.
He further said that the health of the people of Karnataka and Bengaluru is our primary duty.

“Thus commitment to perform this duty needs to be shown. The government wants the cooperation of all without violating the law governing the epidemic,” he added.

Bommai said that the government has decided to take all possible measures to control this epidemic in Karnataka and Bengaluru.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Karnataka High Court reprimanded the State government for not taking action in the matter of violation of COVID norms during Congress’ Mekedatu padayatra.

Karnataka leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah has said that the Congress would take out the Mekedatu padayatra on Thursday.

Siddaramaiah told ANI that the observations made by the court today were for the state government, not for the Congress party undertaking the padayatra.

The Congress in Karnataka on Sunday began its 11-day padayatra, despite the government’s COVID-19 restrictions, demanding implementation of the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery river.

Shivakumar and 63 other Congressmen were booked in Ramanagara for violating COVID-19 norms during the party’s Mekedatu padayatra.

With an aim to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases in the state, the Karnataka government has imposed a curfew on weekends and restricted public gatherings to fight the third wave of COVID-19, till January 19. It has also imposed a night curfew and has prohibited all rallies, dharnas, protests, among others.

The Mekedatu balancing reservoir-cum drinking water project, to be constructed across the Cauvery river basin, has been at the centre of controversy between the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Earlier too on July 12, 2021, Bommai had said that the Centre will have to give clearance to the project as per law and there is no reason the state government will stop the project. Image – The federal)

Residents create decorative items from waste materials, intend to make Kalaburagi Green City

          

Bengaluru(Karnataka) [India]: A resident in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi started creating decorative items during the lockdown period using the waste materials like plastic bottles and pipes and has now made over 200 items intending to make his city a Green city.

Mahesh Kadechur converted waste materials into art and unique items and decorated them at his house.

Speaking to ANI, Kadechur said, “I started making these items during the lockdown and till now I have made over 200 items using waste materials like plastic bottles and pipes.”

He told ANI that he has been doing it since he was 6 years old and has taken it up as his hobby.

A local said: “I have been knowing him for the past 20 years, he has been making decorative items for long with small things. Instead of wasting the things, he used to convert them into decoratives.

Karnataka Flood: Belagavi floods of 2019: Karnataka CM announces compensation for left-out houses

               

Belagavi (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that the victims of the 2019-20 Belagavi floods, data of whom were not uploaded initially, would be paid compensation amount for their damage.

The Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said this in his reply in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.
As many as 7600 such houses have been identified by the state government.

“The state government has initiated measures to provide compensation for houses damaged, but details of which were not uploaded in the compensation software application, during the floods of 2019-20. Compensation would be paid for owners of 7600 such houses too,” the Chief Minister’s Office said in a release.

Bommai, during the debate, said, “Belagavi had suffered heavily during the 2019 floods. Deadline was extended thrice to upload the details on houses destroyed or damaged. Details of damage to over 7700 houses were not uploaded in the application. However, after studying the ground reality compensation has been released for 7600 eligible families.”

Further, he added that no such hitch was reported in 2020-21.

“For the year 2021-22 Deputy Commissioners have been vested with powers to grant compensation based on reports of Tahsildars,” Bommai said.

The Chief Minister also informed the House that out of the 36,698 houses which were completely destroyed during the floods, construction of 18,589 houses have been completed, and that of 7,000 houses is almost complete.

Construction of 3,130 houses is yet to be taken up due to legal and administrative hurdles, the Chief Minister said. (ANI)

Bengaluru: Anti-social elements trying to divide people: Bommai on statues vandalism

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Terming Sangolli Rayanna and Chhatrapati Shivaji as ‘idols’ after reports of vandalisation of their statues in Karnataka, Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai said that some anti-social elements are trying to divide people and create disturbance.

“Shivaji Maharaj and Sangolli Rayanna, both are freedom fighters and our idols. I respect and follow them. Some anti-social elements trying to create disturbance and are trying to divide people in terms of language and other things,” said Bommai.
“A total of 30 people have been arrested in connection with the desecration of Shivaji Maharaj & Sangolli Rayanna statues,” he added.

There have been reports of purported videos that showed some people pouring black ink on the face of the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Sankey Tank Road in Bengaluru and attack on the Sangolli Rayanna statue in Belagavi.

“27 arrested in 3 police station limits in Belagavi for attacking the Sangolli Rayanna statue,” K Tyagarajan, Belagavi commissioner of police had said earlier.

Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) followers gathered in Belagavi and protested against the Karnataka government at Dharmaveer Sambhaji Maharaj Chowk.

The miscreants smashed around 26 vehicles of the Karnataka government and police at Belagavi. The protestors alleged that Kannada goons have defaced a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Bangalore.

“The insult on Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Bengaluru is an insult to Hindu society as well. Shivaji maharaja has dedicated His life to Hindu samaj. Act of Some miscreants insulting the statue of Shivaji maharaja is highly condemnable,” said Abhay Patil, MLA Belagavi constituency.

Bengaluru COVID News: BBMP clarifies stand on quarantine rules for international arrivals amid rising Omicron cases

  

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Friday, clarified that no decision has been taken so far regarding the compulsory quarantine for international arrivals from ‘at-risk’ countries, even if they test negative for COVID-19, said an official statement.

“Any decision taken in this (compulsory institutional quarantine for foreign arrivals from ‘at-risk’ countries) regard would be after due consultation of experts and in conformity with GoI & State govt guidelines,” read the clarification letter of BBMP.
“Although several inputs are received that call for immediate institutional quarantine of arrivals from ‘high-risk countries’, no decision in this regard has been taken. BBMP has not yet stipulated compulsory institutional quarantine for international arrivals from any of the countries,” said the statement.

Earlier, Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar had said that all passengers must undergo home quarantine even if they tested negative for COVID-19.

Karnataka so far has reported eight cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

A new variant of COVID-19 was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25. As per the WHO, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this year.

On November 26, the WHO named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’. The WHO has classified Omicron as a ‘variant of concern’. (ANI)

Action will be taken against those who make disrespectful comments about CDS Gen Bipin Rawat: Karnataka CM

Karnataka [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that action will be taken against those who make disrespectful comments about Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, who was killed in a chopper crash on Wednesday in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu.

Speaking to ANI, CM Bommai said, “Some persons with perverted minds have tweeted derogative, celebratory messages about the death of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Rawat. The police chief has been instructed to take legal action against these elements.”
Bommai tweeted, “Offensive tweets and social media posts about the tragic chopper crash in which we lost our #CDSGeneralBipinRawat will not be tolerated. I strongly condemn all such messages and have instructed our police officials to take strict disciplinary legal action against the offenders.”

Speaking to mediapersons after casting his vote in the Legislative Council election in Shiggaon, he said, “Every Indian should strongly condemn this act of perverted minds against the man who led the armed forces to defend the country. This perversion cannot be tolerated. They should be punished. The culprits who posted such perverted, derogatory tweets would be traced and legal action would be taken.”

Bommai condoled the death of Gen Rawat. “I visited Captain Varun Singh, the survivor in the helicopter crash, at the Command Hospital in Bengaluru. He is getting the best medical treatment from specialist doctors. I pray for his speedy recovery,” Bommai said.

Bengaluru: Eight held in connection with robbery case, 1.68 kg gold recovered

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] Karnataka Police on Thursday arrested eight persons in connection with a robbery case and recovered 1.68 kilograms of gold from their possession.

Speaking to ANI, Deputy Commissioner of Police A Srinivasulu said, “We have arrested eight accused in connection with a robbery case.”
“On November 23, a worker of a gold wholesale merchant was robbed by some unknown persons. Following that, we have arrested them and recovered 1.68 kilograms of gold from their possession,” he said.

Further probe in the matter is underway. (ANI)

COVID test mandatory for all international passengers arriving in state: Karnataka Health Minister

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]:Minister of Health and Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar on Tuesday informed that international passengers arriving in Karnataka must undergo mandatory COVID-19 RT-PCR testing.

Speaking to the media after the technical advisory committee meeting, Dr K Sudhakar said, “A mandatory RTPCR test is being carried out for travellers from countries where the new virus is found. Chief Minister has instructed us to test travellers from any country.”
Sudhakar informed that about 2,500 passengers come to the state every day, from various nations. Those who will be tested negative will be home quarantined for seven days. “Those who are symptomatic and negative will have to undergo testing at home on the fifth day. Asymptomatic will be tested on the seventh day. If positive, they will be immediately hospitalized. And they will be treated separately,” he added.

Covid’s new variant, the ‘Omicron’ virus has been found in 12 countries across the world. To prevent this variant, all necessary precautionary measures are being taken in the state.

Considering our population and health infrastructure, we need to be more careful than other countries, Dr Sudhakar said, “Preparations for the health care services including availability of beds, oxygen beds, deployment of doctors and personnel, supply of medicine were also discussed at the meeting. Those who have not got vaccination should voluntarily come forward and get vaccinated and stay safe. Suggestions regarding vaccine drive and measures to increase the numbers were discussed. 41 lakh people are slated to get a second dose of the Covid vaccine. Priority will be given to reach out to these people.”

“The central government is getting samples from all states. Every international passenger’s contacts are being tracked and tested”, the Minister said.

Sudhakar further informed that by using technology such as the ‘Quarantine’ App, ‘Tele Medicine’ are also being considered. “In addition, a panel of 10 experts has been set up to formulate separate guidelines for treatment”, Minister Sudhakar further added. (ANI)

Bengaluru: Negative RT-PCR report mandatory for people coming from Kerala, Maharashtra

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The Karnataka government has issued an order on Sunday making it mandatory for those arriving from Kerala and Maharashtra to produce a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours.

The order will be applicable to everyone entering Karnataka irrespective of their vaccination status.
The decision is taken in light of a new cluster of Covid-19 cases detected at educational institutions at Dharwad, Bengaluru, and Mysuru districts, read the order.

“Students arriving from Kerala to Medical and Paramedical colleges and other such institutions within Karnataka in the past 15 days (Nov 12 to Nov 27) shall be subjected to RT-PCR test,” the order said.

Therefore, as per the order, those who will arrive now onwards will be subjected to a mandatory RT-PCR test on the 7th day of arrival.

The Deputy Commissioners of districts bordering Kerala state have been asked to ensure that already established check posts are active and taking up 100 per cent screening of all those arriving from Kerala.

A total of 322 fresh COVID-19 cases and three deaths were reported in Karnataka on Saturday. (ANI)

People coming from new COVID-19 variant affected countries to take RT-PCR: K’taka Health Min

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Health Minister, Dr K Sudhakar on Saturday said that the people coming from new COVID-19 variant affected countries has to take RT-PCR after landing in Bengaluru.

While speaking to the media in Bengaluru, Dr K Sudhakar, said, “We are constantly in touch with the Union Health Ministry and have information that this new strain in South Africa, Hong Kong, Israel, & Botswana is very contagious & has overtaken the Delta variant.”
“People coming from these affected countries will take the RT-PCR once they land in Bengaluru. If found positive, they will stay in and around the airport and will be treated, if needed. The home quarantine will be mandatory after their arrival,” added the Minister.

The minister added that 281 students tested positive in SDM College of Medical Sciences in Dharwad. “We have tested all 1,788 students of the college, some results are awaited. Also, one international school had reported 34 cases and another 12 cases. None of these cases was severe.”

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai on Saturday called a meeting of experts of the health and disaster department to discuss the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state.

Karnataka reported 402 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths on Saturday. As per the state’s health department, the state has 6,611 active cases of infection. Karnataka has recorded 29,94,963 infections since the onset of the pandemic last year.

Karnataka Assembly passes bill for protection of religious structures

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], September 22 : The Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Tuesday passed the Karnataka Religious Structures (Protection) Bill 2021.
“The bill had been passed on Tuesday in the state assembly to protect religious structures which were constructed illegally. This has come in the wake of the temple demolished in Mysuru’s Nanjangud,” state Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj KS Eshwarappa told. “The incident has hurt the religious sentiments of numerous people in the state and people protested against the officer who was involved in the action. So, we have passed this bill to protect these religious places,” he added.
According to the minister, the bill will ensure communal harmony and also protect the sentiments of a particular community in the state.
Taking a dig at opposition parties for criticising the bill, Eshwarappa said that the opposition always criticises every action of the ruling party but the government has managed to pass the bill successfully.

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