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Karnataka: Home Minister Amit Shah arrives in Bengaluru for Cabinet expansion talks

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Union Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday reached Bengaluru for his day-long visit to the southern state that is set to go to polls early next year.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Lok Sabha MP Tejasvi Surya, and Bharatiya Janata Party National Secretary CT Ravi are among the dignitaries who welcomed the Union minister at HAL airport on his arrival in Bengaluru.
Union Home Minister is likely to discuss state cabinet expansion with the Chief Minister during his visit.

“Amit Shah is likely to visit Bengaluru on May 3 and I would try to use the opportunity to seek an audience to discuss cabinet expansion,” Bommai said earlier.

Meanwhile, Minister of Cooperation Shah will inaugurate Nrupathunga University and NATGRID campus during his day-long engagement in various public events in Bengaluru.

The Home Minister is likely to start his day by paying tributes to Sri Basavanna on Basava Jayanthi at 10 am in the city’s Basaveshwar Circle.

Then he will lay the foundation stone of Nrupathunga University, formerly called Government Science College.

The college was established by the erstwhile Mysore Maharaja Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar. From an undergraduate college, it started teaching postgraduate courses with a research programme and later received university status in 2020.

At the event, the Home Minister will participate in the e-inauguration of the forensic science laboratory in Bellari and later launch the E-Beat App.

At the noon, the Home Minister will inaugurate the Bengaluru NATGRID Campus in the city’s Sathnur village.

At an event organized at 5.30 pm in Sree Kantheerava Outdoor Stadium, the Home Minister will participate in the closing ceremony of the Khelo India University Games-2021. (ANI)

 

Contractor’s Death: Karnataka Minister K S Eashwarappa to step down

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Minister KS Eshwarappa, who is caught in a row following his alleged role in the suicide of a contractor on Thursday said that he will hand over his resignation to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai tomorrow.

“Tomorrow, I’m handing over the resignation letter to CM. I thank you all for your co-operation,” the Minister told reporters here.
Eshwarappa said that he does not want to embarrass anybody including the high command leaders of the party.

The minister’s announcement came after chief minister Bommai said that Eshwarappa will continue in his cabinet and that an inquiry has been instituted after which a decision will be taken.

Speaking to ANI, Bommai said, “The postmortem was done yesterday and now preliminary inquiry (report) will come and based on that we’ll proceed.”

Notably, following the allegations, Congress and other political parties had demanded the removal of the Karnataka Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, said, “He (contractor Satish Patil) has accused top ministers of demanding money. He wrote all this, the Congress party is not blaming them. They have already been accused several times. If they are not taking any action, it is not fair.”

Communist Party of India (CPI) MP Binoy Viswam had also written to Bommai demanding the removal of Eshwarappa from the state cabinet.

Earlier, Eshwarappa had said he would not resign under pressure from the opposition and added that “no death note was found near the body”.

“I have not seen the face of Santosh Patil, but as journalists are saying that he used to go to Delhi often. It should be investigated who booked his flight tickets and why,” he had said.

The brother of the deceased contractor on Wednesday demanded the arrest of Eshwarappa “and his close aides Ramesh and Basawaraj”. (ANI)

 

Temple tourism to witness massive boost in coming days: CM Bommai

Udupi (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said that the beach and temple tourism will witness a massive boost in the coming days while adding the state government has urged the Centre to bring in necessary changes to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms.

He was speaking after inaugurating the Dr VS Acharya Bus Station built by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation in Udupi.
“Beach Tourism and Temple Tourism will see a huge development in the coming days. A representation has been made to the Centre for changes in CRZ regulations for the development of tourism in the coastal region. We have received an appropriate response,” said Bommai.

He said that the comprehensive development of the Udupi district is a priority objective for the State government.

“Work has started on the construction of the 250-bed hospital. A medical college and hospital under the public-private partnership model would also come up in the coming day. Approval has been given for drinking water and underground drainage projects. Fishing and tourism too would get a boost,” Bommai added.

The Chief Minister lauded the honesty of late VS Acharya in public life and said that he was ideal for others to show that one can function honestly in public life.

Transport Minister B Sriramulu, Ministers S Angara and Kota Srinivas Poojary others were present. (ANI)

 

Measures being taken to bring remaining Karnataka students from Ukraine: CM Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Amid rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said that measures are being taken to bring the remaining students of the state back home safely from Ukraine.

Speaking to media persons after paying floral tributes to former Chief Minister K Chengalaraya Reddy’s statues on his death anniversary, Bommai said, “The students who were in the western part of Ukraine have arrived in India through Romania. They are being brought to Bengaluru from Mumbai and Delhi. The Disaster Management department is taking care of their travel and other needs to reach home.”
The Chief Minister further said that his government is in constant contact with the Union Minister for External Affairs to bring the remaining students from Ukraine back safely.

“Helplines set up by the Union and State governments are in contact with the students and their parents. Most of the students are stranded in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine. The war is on in the same region,” he said.

The Chief Minister said that the students stranded in Ukraine have taken shelter in underground metro stations and bunkers.

“We have requested the External Affairs Minister to make arrangements for food and water for these students. The Union minister has assured all the measures for their safety and transit to India. State government officials are in constant contact with the authorities in this regard,” Bommai said.

Earlier in the day, the Karnataka government issued details of officers at the facilitation centre set up by the State Government at Delhi’s IGI Airport to coordinate and support stranded students of Karnataka arriving from Ukraine.

Students hailing from Karnataka arriving at IGI Airport are requested to contact—- Anantha, Manager (9205593129), Venkatesh, Manager (9818464249), and Jagadish, Manager (9205593126).

Revenue Minister and Vice Chairman, Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) and Dr Manoj Rajan, Nodal Officer Cum Commissioner KSDMA are facilitating the travel of students hailing from Karnataka to their respective destinations.

The cost of local tickets from Delhi and Mumbai to Bengaluru will be borne by the State Government.

According to the data available with KSDMA, about 397 people were stranded in Ukraine with 129 among them from Bengaluru Urban.

The first batch of 12 students reached Bengaluru International Airport from Mumbai at 8.40 am today.

Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi, state Revenue Minister R Ashoka and nodal officer Rajan received the arriving students at the airport here.

As per the KSDMA, the second batch of 13 students hailing from Karnataka have reached Delhi and will reach Bengaluru tonight. They have been accommodated in Karnataka Bhavan.

“Overall 30 Students will reach Bengaluru today. We will keep you all posted of further arrivals as and when we get information from MEA,” the statement reads.

It further said that the Nodal Officer and his team are in constant touch Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to evacuate the remaining stranded students in Ukraine.

A special evacuation flight of Air India carrying 250 Indians landed at the Delhi airport in the early hours of Sunday. (ANI)

Bajrang Dal activist’s murder: Karnataka Home Minister writes to DGP, seeks detailed report

             

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra wrote a letter to Director General and Inspector General (DG&IG) of police Praveen Sood on Wednesday seeking a detailed report within a week’s time in connection with the murder of Bajrang Dal activist Harsha in Shivamogga.

In the letter, the home minister wrote, “The accused involved in Harsha’s murder case have been arrested and they have been produced before the court and further inquiry is in progress. This is all acceptable. But there were cases pending against the accused within Kote and Doddapete police station limits in the city. Did cops take any action against these accused who had a criminal background in the last five years within the two police station limits? I need a detailed report within a week.”
He further said, “There are allegations that police helped anti-social elements operate in the city.”

Harsha was allegedly murdered on Sunday night in Shivamogga. Security was tightened in the city following the incident.

As many as eight people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Bajrang Dal activist Harsha in Shivamogga, said Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Wednesday. (ANI)

Bajrang Dal activist murder: Investigation started last night, police have gathered few leads, says Karnataka CM

               

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] (ANI): After the death of a 26-year-old Bajrang Dal activist in Shivamogga, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said that police have gathered a few leads in the case, the investigation into which started last night.

CM Bommai said, “One Harsha was stabbed to death yesterday. Few leads have been gathered in the incident during the investigation which started last night.”
Meanwhile, Karnataka’s leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah condemned the incident and demanded that the culprit should be hanged.

Speaking to reporters, former CM Siddaramaiah said, “I condemn this incident. It took place in the district from where the home minister & CM come. The culprit should be hanged. I demand the state home minister’s resignation.”

A 26-year-old Bajrang Dal activist Harsha was allegedly murdered at around 9 pm last night in Shivamogga. The security was tightened in the city following the incident. (ANI)

Karnataka Hijab row: CM Bommai orders closure of schools, colleges in state for next 3 days

            

New Delhi [India](ANI): Amid a row over wearing hijab in college, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday ordered the closure of schools and colleges in the state for the next three days.

“We are awaiting directions from the Karnataka High Court. I appeal to students to maintain peace and harmony. I have directed school administrations to see there are no clashes between students. I appeal to all concerned persons from outside not to make provocative statements,” Karnataka Chief Minister told media persons in Delhi.

Taking to Twitter, Bommai said, “I appeal to all the students, teachers and management of schools and colleges as well as people of Karnataka to maintain peace and harmony. I have ordered the closure of all high schools and colleges for the next three days. Three-day holidays for high schools and colleges announced. All concerned are requested to cooperate.”

Protests have erupted at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College in Udupi as students wearing hijab and another group of students wearing saffron stoles-headgears raise slogans on the college campus.

Notably, Karnataka State Primary and High School Education Minister BC Nagesh recently said that the students wearing hijab in Kundapura were allowed to enter college premises as a “courtesy” while maintaining that complying with uniform code is a must.

The Minister made it clear that the students will need to follow the rules. “Ours is not a Pakistani culture. It is Indian culture. These girls aren’t aware of the school norms and customs, and they will understand later,” Nagesh told media persons.

The Karnataka High Court will hear petitions filed by five women from a government pre-university college in Udupi, questioning Hijab restrictions.

The Hijab protests began on February 4 at the Government Girls PU college in Udupi district when some students alleged that they had been barred from attending classes.

The pre-University education board had released a circular stating that the students can only wear the uniform approved by the school administration and no other religious practices will be allowed in colleges. (ANI)(image -Instagram)

Karnataka reports 50,210 new COVID cases, positivity rate reaches 22.77 pc

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] (ANI): Karnataka reported 50,210 new COVID-19 cases, of which 26,299 were from the state’s capital Bengaluru, Health Minister K Sudhakar informed on Sunday.
Presently, there are as many as 3,57,796 active cases in the state, while the COVID positivity rate stands at 22.77 per cent. In Karnataka, 22,842 recoveries from the virus and 19 Covid deaths have also been reported in the last 24 hours.
Sudhakar further informed that 165 new cases of Omicron have been confirmed in Bengaluru today, taking the overall tally in the state to 931. (Image source: Instagram)

Karnataka’s R-Day tableau themed on traditional handicrafts

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] (ANI): Karnataka’s tableau for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi is themed ‘Karnataka, the cradle of traditional handicrafts’.
As per information, the then Department of Information and Publicity (DIP) was assigned the job of making the tableau on behalf of the state and the DIP first participated in the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi in 1972. This is the 50th year of participation by the Department of Information and Public Relations, marking the Golden Jubilee of participation on the eve of the Platinum Jubilee of India’s Independence.
This is also the 13th consecutive time that the state’s tableau has been selected and out of the 12 states that have been selected Karnataka is the only state from South India to feature on the Republic Day parade.
The lyrics and music have been done by Praveen D Rao, which has been exclusively prepared for the tableau, stated the Karnataka government. (Image source: Instagram)

Government dedicates ‘Thrividha Dasoha’ to people of the state: CM Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] (ANI): The state government has dedicated itself to providing ‘Thrividha Dasoha of Anna ‘(food), ‘Akshara’ (education) and ‘Ashraya’ (shelter) for all the poor and weaker sections of the society, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
Speaking to media persons after launching the Dasoha(charity) programme as part of the Dasoha Day celebrations at Sri Siddaganga Mutt, Bommai said, Dasoha is a tradition of Karnataka. This is a day that conveys the importance of food, education and shelter, said Bommai. The state government has raised the per capita quota of rice for Anna Dasoha from 4kg to 5kg. Ragi and Jowar too are being distributed in accordance with the food habits of the region, he added.
The ration is being provided for Mutts and other charity institutions which are engaged in Anna Dasoha. As for Akshara Dasoha, the state government has launched the Vidya Nidhi scheme for children of farmers, Rs 150 cr has been released for direct disbursement of scholarships for children of construction workers. State and central governments have taken up housing schemes for Ashraya Dasoha and about 5 lakh houses are being built, Bommai said.
On celebrating Dasoha Day as a government programme, Dasoha Day would be celebrated in a more organised way as a government programme. The state government is committed to spreading Dasoha culture all over the state. “I have participated in today’s programme with a resolve to tread in the path of Siddaganga Seer. It is our government’s mission to provide food, education and shelter for all,” Bommai said.
Replying to a question about conferring Bharat Ratna for Sri Shivakumaraswamiji, the Chief Minister said he would decide on sending the recommendation to the union government after discussing the issue with his top leadership.
The meeting with expert committee members later in the afternoon would decide on the continuation of the weekend curfew. Many legislators, MPs and organisations are set to convey their opinion on the issue. A suitable decision would be taken based on the views of the experts and the trend of the prevailing third wave of COVID-19, Bommai said. (Image source: Instagram)

Karnataka will play major role in realising PM Modi’s dream of making India USD 5 trillion economy: CM Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] (ANI): Stating that Karnataka through startups would make a significant contribution to the country’s economy, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said that the state will play a major role in realising Prime Minister Modi’s dream of making India a USD 5 Trillion economy.
The Chief Minister in his online message on the occasion of ‘National Startup Day’ said that the idea of New Karnataka for New India would be made a reality. “Karnataka will play a major role in realising Prime Minister Modi dream of making India a USD 5 Trillion economy. Through startups a New Karnataka would make a significant contribution to the economy of New India,” said Bommai and congratulated the Prime Minister for encouraging the youth to inculcate scientific thinking to face new challenges.
“Karnataka is set to play a big role in the nation’s economy in the future. It is a matter of pride that out of 54,000 Startups in the country 13,000 are in Karnataka. Karnataka government has taken a slew of measures to encourage setting up of Startups,” said the Karnataka Chief Minister.
He further said that guidance and scientific support is being provided by the government, adding that in accordance with the Prime Minister’s wish, Startup Day was celebrated in a meaningful manner in the state.
In the coming days the state government would provide a big boost for startups, innovation, scientific thinking and entrepreneurship, he said.
“Thanks to the long term vision of the Prime Minister, the number of startups which was around 500, has crossed the 54000 mark now. He has given a big push for innovation and startups by setting up a forum to help them and freeing them from the restrictions of the government. The Prime Minister has been the inspiration for the highest growth of startups in the state,” said Bommai.
“Karnataka is in the number one spot in IT BT sector in the country. The first software company in Karnataka was started in 1980. It has seen rapid growth since then and the state has the maximum share in IT BT exports,” he said.
The Chief Minister further said that financial assistance is being provided through programmes like Elevate 100, Elevate Unnati for setting up startups by SC and ST communities. Under the Amrit Startup programme financial help is being provided for 75 startups by OBC and minority community members. Similarly, 25 startups from women are being provided assistance. About Rs 120 crore has been granted for 482 startups in the state, he said.
“State government is mulling to take startups to various districts of the state under its ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ project. A new Research and Development Policy would be unveiled to encourage setting up startups from a small garage to big scientific research and industrial units,” said the Karnataka Chief Minister.
He further said that it has been decided to encourage scientific thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship by including them as subjects in the school syllabus.
“About 150 ITIs have been upgraded. It has been decided to upgrade Diploma colleges. The state government would bring an ambitious programme to lay a strong foundation in schools and colleges for scientific thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship,” he said.
There are over 180 science and research institutions in various fields in Bengaluru. Government is keen to see more startups coming in agriculture, horticulture and sericulture which generate more employment, he added.
Bommai wished more startups to come forward with social responsibility towards education, health, social welfare and women’s empowerment. (Image source: Instagram)

Karnataka logs 14,473 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] (ANI): Karnataka logged 14,473 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, said the state government on Wednesday.
With this, the active caseload in the state mounted to 73,260. As per the state health bulletin, a total of 1,40,452 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. The positivity rate stood at 10.30 per cent.
With 1,356 recoveries reported during the last 24 hours, the recovery tall in the state reached 29,66,461.
As many as five people succumbed to the infection during the last 24 hours. With this, the death toll in the state mounted to 38,379. (Image source: Instagram)

Karnataka CM reviews COVID situation

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] (ANI): In view of the surge in COVID cases, the Karnataka government on Tuesday decided to extend guidelines till the end of the month.
The decision has been taken after Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday chaired a review meeting on the COVID situation via video conferencing in Bengaluru. Ministers Dr K Sudhakar, BC Nagesh, Araga Dnyanendra and senior officials attended the meeting.
The rise in cases among school children was also discussed in the meeting. A decision was also taken to authorise the Deputy Commissioners of respective districts to take a call on closing schools based on the number of cases, reports from the BEOs and Health officers.
Officials are instructed to arrange children’s ward, ICUs and other treatment facilities for children at Taluk and District hospitals. Education and Health department officials asked to conduct a general health checkup in schools every fortnight.
District collectors and Superintendent of Police are instructed to strictly enforce COVID guidelines at public places. Instructions were issued for monitoring the health of those in home quarantine and timely distribution of health kits for them.
The Chief Minister wanted the officials to strengthen the Triaging to ascertain whether an infected person needs hospitalisation or not immediately on getting the test report.
It was decided to utilise the services of House Surgeons and Final Year Nursing students in the Home Isolation and Triaging process.
The government decided to establish 27 COVID Care Centres in Bengaluru immediately.
The Revenue and Endowment departments were instructed to issue appropriate guidelines to be followed during the coming Sankranti, Vaikunta Ekadashi and other festivals.
The daily COVID testing in Bengaluru is to be raised to 1.30 lakh. The Chief Minister instructed the officials to take stringent action against those holding public conventions. The State government was instructed to take action to decongest the market areas based on the ground realities.
Karnataka reported 11,698 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, out of which 9,221 cases were reported in Bengaluru only.
In Karnataka, the active caseload stands at 60,148 including 49,000 active cases of Bengaluru.
As many as four people have succumbed to coronavirus infection in the state on Monday including two deaths reported in Bengaluru.
Worth mentioning, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Monday evening said that he had tested positive for COVID-19 infection. (Image source: Instagram)

Karnataka reports 8449 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths in the last 24 hours

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka reported 8449 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths in the last 24 hours, the state health department informed on Friday.
With the addition of new cases, the cumulative case tally in the state mounted to 30,31,052, of which 30,113 are active cases. The positivity rate stands at 4.15 per cent. As per the health bulletin, four deaths were reported in the state taking the total death toll to 38,362.
A total of 505 people have been recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,62,548.
Meanwhile, India reported 1,17,100 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 7.74 per cent, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday.
With this, the country’s COVID-19 case tally has gone up to 3,52,26,386.

Karnataka Home Minister urges Congress to “behave responsibly” and withdraw Mekedatu padayatra

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Saturday urged the Congress party to drop the plan of padayatra and “behave responsibly” after the state is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Jnanendra also demanded the implementation of the Mekedatu project, and cooperation with the government to combat the third wave of COVID-19. The Congress unit of Karnataka has decided to take out the padayatra from January 9.
On this, Jnanendra said, “The padayatra is politically motivated and Congress should behave responsibly. The government is making all efforts to reduce the spread of the virus.”
The minister further said, “Weekend and night curfews have been imposed in the state. People should cooperate with police and avoid unnecessary venturing out in the night.”
The minister added that action will be initiated against those who violate the COVID-19 norms.

Karnataka govt makes COVID vaccine certificate mandatory for entry in public places

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: In view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, the Karnataka government on Friday made COVID vaccine certificate mandatory for entry in public places such as malls, markets and restaurants.
Addressing mediapersons here, state Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said, “There will be strict enforcement of presenting vaccination certificates, as a universal pass, before entering any public place, including markets, malls, pubs, bars, restaurants, etc.” Sudhakar further said that the travellers from other states will be tested for the presence of the virus and COVID-care centres will be set up in the state.
“Travellers from other states will be tested and COVID-care centres are to be set up. We are collaborating with all hotels and educational institutions for institutional quarantine; monitoring of a uniform, transparent hospital bed management system is underway,” he added.
He further said that the complete lockdown is not a matter of consideration for the government.
“Lockdown is not a remedy. It is now a policy of the past. It was imposed when we did not have a remedy. Now, we know how to treat a person with an infection. Complete lockdown is not a matter of consideration for the government. That much clarity the government has because it is working to protect the lives and interests of people,” said Sudhakar.
He added that the government will ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 norms.
Further speaking on the Omicron variant of COVID-19, he said that the infections are spreading rapidly in six districts– Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Mandya, Mysuru, Udupi and Kolar. These districts have a high positivity rate.
“We are in touch with the district administrations. We will make every effort to bring it down. Though Omicron is not severe, those who have not taken both the jabs of coronavirus vaccine would suffer. In some cases, deaths may also occur,” he warned.
Earlier today, Sudhakar informed that Karnataka reported 107 cases Omicron variant of COVID-19 cases on Thursday taking the tally in the state to 333.
Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 8,449 new COVID-19 cases, 505 recoveries and four deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the state health ministry on Friday.
With this, the active cases tally in the state mounted to 30,113.

BJP workers have been asked to actively involve themselves in COVID management: Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers to actively involve themselves in COVID-19 management in the interest of public health.
Speaking to media persons after a meeting with party State President and other office-bearers here today, Bommai said, “I have asked BJP workers to actively involve themselves in the COVID-19 management in the interest of public health.” “Party workers have also been asked to involve themselves actively in the campaign to tackle the spread of Omicron, the new variant of COVID-19,” Bommai said.
“They can play a role in providing useful information to the public, spreading awareness about precautionary measures, assisting in quarantine, getting ambulance services and vaccination,” he added.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Chief Minister also held a meeting with members of the COVID-19 task force and experts in Bengaluru.
Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 2,479 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Of the 2,479 new cases, 2,053 cases were reported from Bengaluru. The state has 13,532 active COVID-19 cases.

Karnataka CM holding meeting with members of COVID-19 task force, experts in Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: A meeting of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai with members of the COVID-19 task force and experts is going on in Bengaluru.
State Health minister K Sudhakar, Revenue Minister R Ashok, BBMP Commissioner Gaurav Gupta, Chief Secretary, DGP Praveen Sood, BBMP officials, health senior officials and technical advisory committee members are also present in the meeting. “We are planning to take strict action to curb the Omicron and COVID-19 cases which have already doubled today and Bengaluru is in red-zone as per central government report. That’s why we are preparing beds, oxygen and other needy things. Experts’ suggestions will be considered,” Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashok told ANI before the meeting.

Stringent measures being taken to control COVID-19 spread in border districts of Karnataka, says CM Bommai

    

Kalaburagi (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said that stringent precautionary measures have been taken to control the spread of COVID-19 in border districts, adding that long-term measures need to be drawn up for the control of virus spread in coming days in the state.

The Chief Minister was addressing a press conference at Kalaburagi Airport here today.
“Long-term measures have been taken to control COVID-19 spread in border districts. Long-term measures will need to be drawn up for controlling the spread of virus in the state during coming days,” said Bommai while speaking to reporters here today.

Bommai said that instructions have been issued to augment medical infrastructure.

“Arrangements have been made to ensure additional beds, ICU facilities, oxygen supply and adequate stock of medicines, As for any chances of declaring holiday for schools, it would be decided based on experts’ suggestions,” he added.

Replying to a question about the possibility of imposing a lockdown in the state, he said that the previous two waves of Covid had dented the economy. Since the economy is showing recovery now, the state government is contemplating precautionary measures without affecting the daily economic activities, he added.

He stressed the importance of public cooperation in controlling COVID-19 and appealed to citizens to follow the COVID-19 guidelines diligently.

The Chief Minister Bommai also said that the process to fill up 14,000 posts in Kalayana Karnataka region. will be initiated.

“Financial approval has been given to fill 14000 posts in Kalyana Karnataka region. Recruitment to fill 14000 vacancies in various departments including 5000 posts in the Education department would start soon,” he said.

Replying to a question on Kalyana Karnataka Region Development Board (KKRDB), he said that full time officers would be posted to KKRDB. “The Board would be constituted in the next two days. A 3000cr action plan has been prepared for the Board and a decision in this regard would be taken soon,” he added.

Reacting to the incident in Ramanagar yesterday, Bommai said, “Such kind of behavior is not Karnataka culture. One can present their views in a gentle manner. This kind of bahaviour is not good for anyone.”

Congress Bangalore Rural MP DK Suresh and State Minister Dr CN Ashwathnarayan got into an altercation on stage over some development work in the presence of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday.

At the event organized by the government, Bommai had unveiled the statues of Dr B R Ambedkar and Bengaluru founder Kempegowda. It was his first visit to Ramanagara after becoming chief minister.

The fight broke out when Suresh objected to Narayan’s speech. As Congress MP charged towards Narayan, security and police personnel intervened. Suresh was joined by Congress’ Bangalore Rural MLC S Ravi and he went on to snatch the mike to stop the minister from speaking. Amid the commotion following the incident, Suresh sat down on the stage in protest.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 2,479 new COVID-19 cases, 288 recoveries, and 4 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases in the state stand at 13,532.

Karnataka reports 5 new Omicron cases

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka has reported five new cases of Omicron variant, said State Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Wednesday.
Of these five new cases, one had travelled from the United States of America, another from the United States of America via Qatar, one returned from Dubai, one arrived from Ghana via Doha and one came from Mumbai. Of the five, four are male patients and one is female.
The Health Minister informed that those who tested positive for Omicron include a 22-year-old woman from Davanagere, who had travelled from the USA, a 24-year-old man from Bengaluru, who came from USA via Qatar, a 53-year-old man from Tamil Nadu who arrived at KIAL from Dubai and a 61-year-old man from Bengaluru, travelled from Ghana via Doha.
“All positive persons have been isolated and primary and secondary contacts have been identified and tested,” Dr K Sudhakar said in a tweet.
Karnataka on Wednesday reported 566 fresh COVID-19 cases, 245 recoveries, and six deaths. With the addition of new cases, the cumulative case tally in the state mounted to 30,05,798, of which 7,771 are active cases. The death toll is 38,324.

Time to come out with plan for climate-based integrated agriculture development: Karnataka CM

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai on Monday said that it is time to come out with a plan for climate-based integrated agriculture development.
Bommai was speaking at the inaugural event in Bengaluru. He said, “Karnataka has 10 Agro-climatic zones which enable the state to grow one or the other crop round the year. We should draw up plans for developing climate-based integrated agriculture. The initiative is being taken to raise farmers’ income by giving a boost for secondary farm-related activities like dairy farming and animal husbandry.”
“The Krishik Samaj has contributed in its own way for agriculture development. The government has implemented many novel schemes formulated by the Samaj for farmers’ welfare. The Samaj should come out with programmes that would provide solutions for new challenges being faced by farmers related to their need for good seeds, fertilizers, market facilities and quality of soil”, Bommai said.
He stressed the need for greater emphasis on post-harvest facilities like godowns, cold storage facilities, market linkages and online markets to ensure better prices for farmers’ produce. The state government would provide all possible help for the Samaj in this regard, he said.
“The state government has decided to establish a Secondary Agriculture Directorate to raise the income of farmers. Natural farming would get a boost in the next budget with a substantial hike in the allocation of funds. A 1 per cent growth in the farm sector would trigger a 4 per cent growth in the industrial sector and 10 per cent growth in the services sector. So, growth in the agriculture sector is complementary for economic growth of the state”, Bommai said.

Night curfew in the interest of public health: CM Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: As Omicron cases continue to rise across the country, Karnataka has imposed a night curfew in the state.
“Night curfew has been imposed in the state in the interest of public health,” Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said while speaking to media persons on Monday. He said, “Solatium is being paid to BPL families of those who lost their lives due to COVID-19 in all districts and taluks. A programme in this regard is being held in Bengaluru as well.”
Reacting to displeasure among the business community against the night curfew he said, “the measure has been taken in the interest of public health. People would have to strictly follow COVID-19 norms at tourist spots.”
On December 2, Karnataka reported the country’s first Omicron case in Bengaluru.
Further, India has logged 6,531 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Monday. As per the Health Ministry, the country’s active caseload stands at 75,841. “Active cases constitute 0.22 per cent of the country’s total positive cases, which is lowest since March 2020,” said the Ministry. Meanwhile, the tally of cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus in the country has risen to 578.
The Chief Minister said that the BJP State Executive Committee meeting, which is to be held in Hubballi, would discuss issues related to party organisation and other developments. The meeting, which is held once every two months, would take important decisions, he said.
Replying to a question about much-expected cabinet expansion, Bommai said that it is an internal matter of the party and the party high command would take a call on that. “There is good coordination between the party and the administration. The government will come up with more good programmes in the days ahead and seek a public mandate in 2023 on the basis of its good work for the people,” he said.

Karnataka to conduct vaccination drives in schools to innoculate age group of 15-18 yrs

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday informed that the state is preparing to inoculate 15 to 18-year-old from January 3 by organising vaccination drives at schools.
“We are preparing to inoculate 15-18-year-olds from January 3 by organising vaccination drives at schools. Primary Health Care (PHCs) asked to be prepared for administering ‘precautionary dose’ to those above 60 years of age with co-morbidities from Jan 10, 2022”, CM Bommai told reporters. CM Basavaraj Bommai also issued a compensation cheque of Rs 1,00,000 to the families of Below Poverty Level (BPL) people who lost their lives to COVID-19 in the limits of Bangalore urban district and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits.
Karnataka CM had informed earlier that the state is prepared to tackle the possible third wave of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, due to a rise in Omicron cases, the Karnataka government has decided to impose a night curfew from December 28 from 10 pm to 5 am for ten days.
On December 2, Karnataka reported the country’s first Omicron case in Bengaluru.
Further, India has logged 6,531 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Monday. As per the Health Ministry, the country’s active caseload stands at 75,841. “Active cases constitute 0.22 per cent of the country’s total positive cases, which is lowest since March 2020,” said the Ministry. Meanwhile, the tally of cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus in the country has risen to 578.

Night curfew in Karnataka from Dec 28 for ten days; new year celebrations banned

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: With the state witnessing a rise in Omicron cases, the Karnataka government has decided to impose a night curfew from December 28 from 10 pm to 5 am for ten days.
The announcement came after Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai chaired a meeting with cabinet colleagues, the state chief secretary, and other senior officials from health and police departments. Addressing a press conference here today, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said, “A statewide night curfew will be imposed from December 28 from 10 pm to 5 am for ten days. New Year celebrations at pubs, restaurants and hotels are banned. Section 144 will be imposed in the state from December 28.”
Sudhakar added, “Only 50 per cent seating arrangements are allowed in hotels.”
He said that the state vaccinated at least 97 per cent of its eligible population with the first dose of anti-COVID doses. “Remaining three per cent will be achieved as soon as possible. 75 per cent of the eligible population are fully vaccinated in the state.”
He also said the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered to children aged 15 to 18 and booster shot to those above 60 years and have comorbidity conditions.
The health minister said there are 43 lakh children with age bracket of 15 to 18 who will receive the jab. The vaccination drive for children will begin from January 3, 2022, while the administering of preventive doses for senior citizens will be from January 10.
From January 10, all the health workers, frontline workers and people with comorbidity conditions will be the preventive doses or booster doses.
In the next few days, the state will be 3051 additional ICU beds to the already available 4,000 beds, taking the total number of beds tally to over 7,000.

Not resigning as CM, says Basavaraja Bommai

Hubli (Karnataka) [India]: Amid rumours about him resigning as Karnataka Chief Minister, Basavaraja Bommai once again made it clear that he is not resigning.
During interaction with the Press in Hubli, Bommai on Saturday made it clear that he is not travelling to any foreign country and that there is no question of any new Chief Minister in Karnataka. “The event which was supposed to be held in Davos is postponed to June. So no plans of travelling abroad”, added Bommai.

Karnataka govt to introduce new employment policy soon: CM Bommai

Belagavi (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday announced his government’s decision to introduce a new employment policy soon which will lay impetus on job creation and reduce unemployment in the state.
Speaking after inaugurating the Jobs Fair at the Gogte Engineering College here held under the auspices of the Skills Development Corporation, the chief minister said the jobless youths were being given an honorary employment dole to encourage them to find employment. The government will, henceforth, encourage such institutions which are engaged in generating a higher number of employment opportunities, he said. Bommai said, “Government thrust and focus will now be on enhancing the quality of education, skills and creation of employment opportunities. The new education policy lays stress on vocational courses and works closely with the industry and its demands.”
The chief minister also said that there is a need to upgrade higher education and professional courses to global learning standards and hence the Higher Education and Skills Development Departments are working in unison to this effect.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for IT-BT, Science and Technology, Higher Education and Skills Development Dr C N Aswath Narayan said, “It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that students find jobs which are commensurate with their skills and level of education which is the whole idea of launching ‘jobs for all’ programme by the government.”
Ministers Shashikala Jolle, Basavaraj Byrathi and legislator Abhaya Patil were also present.

Karnataka: Congress will oppose anti-conversion bill tooth and nail, says DK Shivakumar

Belagavi (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar on Tuesday said that his party oppose the anti-conversion bill tooth and nail.
“I will tear the Bill, it is against the Constitution. We wanted to stop it before its introduction. They have to go by the majority, but the Speaker joined hands with the government. We will oppose it tooth and nail,” said Shivakumar opposing the anti-conversion Bill in Belagavi, Karnataka. Earlier today, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra tabled the anti-conversion bill in the state Legislative Assembly.
The Karnataka Assembly Speaker announced that he has allowed the government to introduce the anti-conversion bill as per the procedure, and it will be taken up for discussion on December 22.
Congress is opposing the bill tabled by the Karnataka Government and staged a walkout from the assembly. Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar tore the copy of the Bill inside the House.
However, Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS) HD Kumaraswamy earlier said that his party won’t support the anti-conversion Bill in the Karnataka Assembly.
Belagavi Bishop Derek Fernandes has also slammed the Karnataka’s government’s proposed anti-conversion bill, terming it a hate campaign against Christians.
Earlier on December 14, Leader of Opposition in Karnataka assembly and Congress leader Siddaramaiah said that the anti-conversion law is being brought to target a particular religion.
“There is already a law to stop forceful conversion. Let the government take action in case of any forceful conversion. This law (proposed anti-conversion bill) is being brought to target a particular religion. Congress will oppose it tooth and nail,” Siddaramaiah told media.
Meanwhile, the State Home Minister said that there is no need for anybody to live in fear due to this bill.
The Bill will provide for the protection of the right to freedom of religion and prohibition of unlawful conversion from one religion to another by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means. It proposes imprisonment up to 10 years for forced religious conversion.

Will take measures to provide stable market, price for weavers’ products, says Karnataka CM Bommai

Belagavi (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said the state government would take all the necessary measures to provide a stable market and price for weavers’ products. Speaking at the event, Bommai, said, “Various government departments would be asked to procure their need for clothes and sarees from the weavers in accordance with the capacity of the weavers. Specific quantum would be fixed for this. Marketing facilities on digital platforms too would be provided for handloom products through Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation.”
The minister also said that a positive response soon on subsidy for professional weavers on the lines of Tribal Sub Plan in consultation with the finance department.
The Chief Minister also said, “The state government is mulling to impose a small cess on business units to provide various welfare schemes for weavers on the lines of Construction Workers Welfare Board.”
Bommai instructed the Revenue department officials to take action on converting unauthorized habitations into Revenue villages or colonies. He instructed the Pollution Control Board officials to take action to avoid harassment of weavers.
The Chief Minister agreed to the demand of providing scholarships for students from weaver’s families, medical facilities for weavers, and payment of a solarium of Rs5 lakh for families of that weaver who committed suicide during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Karnataka MLC polls: BJP leading on 12 seats

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: In the recently concluded Karnataka Legislative Council election, BJP is leading on 12 seats, Congress on 11 and JDS and an independent on one each.
The election was held on December 10. Speaking about the elections, HD Kumaraswamy, JDS leader and former CM, said, “The national parties have used money to win the MLC election. The JDS fought the election on moral grounds.”
Further details are awaited.

Hockey National C’ship: Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Delhi register win on Day 3

Pune (Maharashtra) [India]: Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Chandigarh, Rajasthan and Delhi earned victories in their respective matches on Day 3 of the 11th Hockey India senior men National Championship in Pimpri Chinchwad 2021 here on Monday.
In the day’s opener, Karnataka beat Le Puducherry 4-0 in Pool C. Goals for Karnataka were scored by Harish Mutagar (5′), S Deekshith P (25′), Shamanth CS (40′) and Pavan Madivalar (49′). With this, stay on top of the table with a perfect record. In Pool C’s second game of the day Jammu and Kashmir beat Arunachal 10-3 in a high scoring encounter. A hat trick by Jasprit Singh (13′, 19′, 33′, 44′) and a brace each by Karanjit Singh (16′, 26′) and Manpreet Singh (42′, 59′) consolidated the victory.
Sandeep Singh (21′) and Hussain Mohd Dar (56′) also got a goal each for Jammu & Kashmir. Goals for Hockey Arunachal were scored by Sandeep (30′, 33′) and Ucha Singh (22′).
Punjab trounced Andhra Pradesh 7-1 in their Pool D encounter. Punjab started their onslaught early, with captain Rupinder Pal Singh slotting home a PC as early as the 2nd minute of the game.
From thereon, goals by Lovepreet Jainth (5′), Ranjot Singh (19′), Sudarshan Singh (29′, 55′), Parampreet Singh (40′) and Sankalp Singh (42′) ensured they secured the three points. Hockey Andhra Pradesh’s solitary goal was scored by Venkata Sree Aripineni Balaji in the 26th minute.
In Pool E, Chandigarh took on Manipur in the highlight game of the day — a battle among equals. After a goalless two quarters, where both sides defended resolutely, calling their keepers into action more than once, the game hung on a knife edge.
It was Chandigarh that broke the deadlock in the third quarter, Amandeep finishing off a sweeping move in the 42nd minute to give them the lead. It was a lead they hung on to, despite a flood of Manipur pressure to secure three points and jump to top of the group.
In Pool E’s second game, Rajasthan overwhelmed Tripura to win 18-0. A double hat trick by Vijendra Singh (25′, 28′, 40′, 48′, 50′, 57′) was the highlight of a game where eight Rajasthan players got goals.
Shyam Singh Chouhan (14′, 52′, 53′, 58′), Hashanpreet Singh (12′, 45′), Karanjot Singh Mann (16′, 44′), Captain Chandransh Sharma (34′), Akhtar Shoyab Qureshi (39′), Chetan Kalot (43′) and Amit Kumar Saini (59′) were among the goalscorers as Rajasthan took three points.
Delhi and Madhya Pradesh played out a back and forth encounter in Pool B in the final game of the day, Delhi edging out the points, winning 3-2.
In the frenetic encounter, it was Madhya Pradesh who struck first, Shaun Glen Gladwin scoring in the 19th minute to give them the lead. From there though Delhi took control of the game, Dheeraj Vats (29′) and Mohammad Altaf (48′) to give them the lead.
Delhi held on to their slender lead for a majority of the final quarter, but with two minutes to go, Ayush Pethe struck the equalizer, and at that point it looked the two would share the spoils. But there was enough time for one last twist, as Delhi pushed for the winner, and in the 60th minute Braj Gopal finished off a sublime move to give his team the victory, and the three points.
Andaman and Nicobar forfeit their Pool D game against Uttarakhand who were awarded a 5-0 win by default.

Karnataka detects its third Omicron case

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka detected its third case of Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Sunday.
State Health Minister K Sudhakar confirmed the information. “Third case of Omicron has been detected in Karnataka. A 34-year-old returnee from South Africa has tested positive. He is isolated and being treated in a government hospital. Five primary and 15 secondary contacts have been traced and their samples have been sent for testing,” said Karnataka Health Minister today.
Chandigarh reported its first case of Omicron after swab samples of a fully vaccinated 20-year-old male passenger who had travelled from Italy, who had tested COVID-19 positive on December 1, revealed the presence of the new variant of the novel coronavirus.
Earlier today, Andhra Pradesh detected its first case of Omicron.
On November 26, the WHO named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’.

Anti-Conversion Bill is only to prevent religious conversions by inducements: CM Bommai

Hubli (Karnataka) [India]: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said the proposed Anti-Conversion Law that the state government intends to introduce in the winter session of Assembly is only to prevent religious conversions by inducements.
Speaking to media persons here on Sunday, he said that the people need not worry about the proposed Anti-Conversion Bill. The chief minister said that the proposed law will not affect any religion, their practices and traditions that are guaranteed under the Constitution.
“Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism are constitutionally recognised religions. There would be no hindrance to the worship and religious practices of people belonging to any religion. The bill is only to prevent religious conversions by inducements,” the Chief Minister assured.
He further said that religious conversion is not good for society. “The poor and vulnerable sections of the society should not fall for it. Conversions bring problems within the families. So, the bill is being proposed,” he added.
Bommai said that the issue of religious conversions is being debated for a long time in the post-independence era. Many states have enacted anti-conversion laws. The majority of people want similar laws to be brought in the state after studying the laws enacted in other states.
“In this background, the Law department is studying the laws enacted in other states. Then the draft would be placed before the state cabinet. If the Law department submits the draft then it would come up for discussion in the Belagavi session of the state legislature,” Bommai said.
Earlier in April this year, Gujarat Vidhan Sabha had passed the ‘Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2021’ with a majority to bring more stringent punishment against forced religious conversions through marriage.
Gujarat had become the third state after Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to make a law against forced religious conversions.
The session will commence on December 13 and on the first day, the governor will address both the State Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council.
The 10-day winter session of the Karnataka Assembly session will be held at Suvarna Vidhana Soudha, Belagavi from December 13 to 24.

Karnataka govt issues guidelines for isolation, treatment, management facility of Omicron cases

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: With the emergence of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, the Karnataka government on Wednesday issued guidelines of dedicated isolation, treatment and management facility for Omicron cases.
As per the new guidelines, the District Health Authorities shall ensure necessary arrangements of health care facilities. It is mandatory for all international passengers from ‘at risk’ countries to get tested for COVID-19 (RT PCR) at the airport on arrival. Those who test positive shall be shifted to the identified Health Care Facility for further treatment and management as per the protocol issued by the Centre, the guidelines said.
“A separate block with a sufficient number of beds and other facilities shall be earmarked for isolation, treatment and management of COVID positive cases detected among international arrivals,” the guidelines read.
It further said that the Omicron cases should remain isolated from other non-Omicron COVID patients under treatment in the same Health Care Facility.
The District Surgeon, District Health Officer and District Surveillance Officer are also instructed to provide daily updates on the health status of such cases to the State Surveillance Unit.
According to Karnataka Government, there are two hospitals (Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital in Bengaluru and Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru) that are identified for institutional isolation, treatment and management of COVID-19 cases.
Yesterday, State Chief Minister Basavaraj Bomai announced that a Genome sequencing lab that conducts tests for the ‘Omicron’ variant will be established in Karnataka.
“All the districts have COVID-19 testing labs. Genome Sequencing needs expert systems and modern equipment. The spread of the new variant ‘Omicron’ has necessitated sending test samples in suspect cases for Omicron, to Genome Sequence testing in NCBS. Arrangements would be made to get the test reports quickly,” Bommai had said.
Earlier on Monday, Karnataka health minister Dr. K Sudhakar informed that only two cases of Omicron were found in the state and the genomic sequencing analysis report of the rest are awaited.
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’.
Dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on the southern African nations since the mutation was discovered.
The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to rise, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said.
India has also added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in the country, including post-arrival testing for infection.

Karnataka State Cabinet to decide COVID-19 management, guidelines tomorrow, says CM

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: With the resurgence in the number of COVID cases because of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said that the Cabinet would hold a meeting tomorrow to take a decision on COVID management and guidelines in the state.
Speaking to media persons after meeting with officers on Covid management, Bommai informed that details on Covid situation in various districts and Clusters, primary and secondary contacts of the new variant Omicron were obtained during the meeting. “The standard protocol is being followed for the management and treatment of Omicron cases in various countries,” he said.
The Chief Minister also informed that he has obtained details on the financial needs to tackle COVID-19 till March 2022.
“The expenditure incurred by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Health, Revenue departments for oxygen units, labs and other essentials for Covid management during the second wave and clearance of pending payments were also discussed at the meeting,” he said.
Yesterday, Bomai announced that a Genome sequencing lab that conducts tests for the ‘Omicron’ variant will be established in Karnataka.
“All the districts have COVID-19 testing labs. Genome Sequencing needs expert systems and modern equipment. The spread of the new variant ‘Omicron’ has necessitated sending test samples in suspect cases for Omicron, to Genome Sequence testing in NCBS. Arrangements would be made to get the test reports quickly,” Bommai had said.
Earlier on Monday, Karnataka health minister Dr. K Sudhakar informed that only two cases of Omicron were found in the state and the genomic sequencing analysis report of the rest are awaited.
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’.
Dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on the southern African nations since the mutation was discovered.
The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to rise, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said.
India has also added several countries to the list from where travelers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in the country, including post-arrival testing for infection.

Omicron: Karnataka CM Bommai to chair a high-level meeting today

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: A high-level meeting with experts and senior officers has been convened on Friday to discuss the measures to be taken in the light of two Omicron cases reported in the state and formulate new guidelines, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
Speaking to media persons in New Delhi he said, the Centre has confirmed two Omicron cases based on the report of some COVID test samples sent to National Center For Biological Sciences. But a detailed report is awaited. “I have instructed our Health minister and the Chief Secretary to obtain the detailed report. An emergency meeting has been convened tomorrow with experts and senior officers,” he said.
“The meeting would discuss the measures to prevent the spread of new variant of COVID and the strategies to control it. The issue would be discussed with experts of the union government as well. Action would be taken to formulate new guidelines,” Bommai said.
Bommai, who met the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya again in the light of the report, said, “The minister has stated that he would provide the details of the cases. According to preliminary reports, the effect of the variant is not too serious.”
The Centre on Thursday informed that two people have tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Karnataka.
A 46-year-old male and a 66-year-old male were those who contracted the variant.
Addressing a media briefing Joint Secretary of the Union Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal said all primary and secondary contacts of the two infected persons from Karnataka have been identified and they are being monitored and COVID-protocols are being followed.
The two cases of Omircron were detected through genome sequencing effort of Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) consortium of 37 laboratories established by Union Health Ministry, said Balram Bhargava, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at today’s same press briefing.
Meanwhile, Lav Agarwal informed that the Omicron variant can be five times more infectious than the other known variants of the novel Coronavirus.

Karnataka postpones all events in educational institutes till Jan 15

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka government postponed all events in educational institutes till January 15, 2022, informed state Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Friday.
While speaking to the media, Karnataka Revenue Minister, R Ashoka, said, “Government postponed all events in educational institutes till January 15. Citizens are allowed into theatres, multiplexes, shopping malls only if they are fully vaccinated. No change in the number of people (maximum 500) allowed to attend marriage functions.” Minister R Ashoka further informed that the state government ordered an inquiry on the first ‘Omicron’ case over RTPCR reports. “The person stayed at a hotel and held some meetings there. After that, he went away to Dubai, so there are 2 reports one positive and negative, which is doubtful, the lab must be investigated.”
The minister over RTPCR reports of the first Omicron case reported in the state, said, “Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru City will monitor the investigation. We will trace and track and test missing’ passengers from South Africa today.”
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday chaired a meeting on the COVID-19 situation and the two Omicron cases.
Two cases of the new Omicron variant of Coronavirus have been detected in Karnataka, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.
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’.Dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on the southern African nations since the mutation was discovered.

5 contacts of 46-year-old Omicron infected person test COVID positive, genome sequencing results awaited

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: As many as three primary contacts and two secondary contacts of the 46-year-old male, who was tested positive for COVID-19 with Omicron variant, were tested positive between November 22 and 25.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has informed that their samples have been sent for genome sequencing and the results are awaited. Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that two cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been reported in the country so far.
According to a statement issued by the BBMP, one of the two patients is a 66-year-old male while the other is a 46-year-old male. The former had returned from South Africa, via Dubai, and was fully vaccinated.
“There were 24 primary contacts of the 66-year-old male. All are asymptomatic, tested and reported negative for the COVID-19,” the Bengaluru Municipal Corporation said.
“As many as 13 primary contacts and 205 secondary contacts of the 46-year-old male were tested. Out of which, three primary contacts and two secondary contacts were tested positive between November 22 and 25. All are isolated. Their samples have been sent for genome sequencing, results are awaited,” it said.
The new COVID-19 variant 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’.
Dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on the southern African nations since the mutation was discovered.
The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to rise, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said.
India has also added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in the country, including post-arrival testing for infection.

2 cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant found in Karnataka: Union Health Ministry

New Delhi [India]: The Centre on Thursday informed that two people have tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Karnataka.
A 46-year-old male and a 66-year-old male were those who contracted the variant. Addressing a media briefing Joint Secretary of the Union Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal said all primary and secondary contacts of the two infected persons from Karnataka have been identified and they are being monitored and COVID-protocols are being followed.
The two cases of Omircron were detected through genome sequencing effort of Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) consortium of 37 laboratories established by Union Health Ministry, said Balram Bhargava, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at today’s same press briefing.
Meanwhile, Lav Agarwal informed that the Omicron variant can be five times more infectious than the other known variants of the novel coronavirus.
“Around 29 countries have reported 373 cases of Omicron Variant so far,” he added.
The new COVID-19 variant 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’.
Dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on the southern African nations since the mutation was discovered.
The new Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in 23 countries and their number is expected to rise, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said.
India has also added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in the country, including post-arrival testing for infection.

Do not panic, it is being tracked, checked regularly: CM Bommai on Omicron

Davanagere (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai on Monday asked people not to panic about the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’, and suggested them to follow covid precautionary measures strictly.
“People should not be afraid of the new COVID-19 variant. It is being tracked and checked regularly,” the chief minister said. The government is taking strict measures to prevent new variant. The city airport is tightened with precautionary measures and the students coming from Kerala are being advised to take a covid-19 negative report, Bommai said.
Speaking further, the chief minister said the districts have been instructed to avoid gatherings. The state government is also constantly in touch with experts and with the Central government from time to time.
Asked about the possibility for a covid booster dose for state people, Bommai said “it should be directed by the Central government. The action will be taken according to Centre’s guidelines.”
The chief minister further made it clear that there is no proposal of lockdown in front of the government, he has only been advised to keep a close watch on schools.

Karnataka CM Bommai orders probe into alleged irregularities in tender processes by govt depts

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday constituted two committees to be headed by retired Judges to scrutinise the alleged kickbacks by the Karnataka State Contractors’ Association in the tender processes and estimation of amounts by the government departments and ordered a probe to ensure transparency in the process, said the Chief Minister.
Karnataka State Contractors’ Association in July this year submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that the contractors are forced to pay more than 40 percent of the project cost as a bribe to the government officers, concerned Ministers, legislators, Lok sabha members and other officials of the concerned departments. Speaking to media persons he said, “Chief Secretary has been instructed to take appropriate action if any irregularities have been committed in the tender process. I have instructed for special scrutiny into the tenders which have been finalised after I assumed office as the Chief Minister. I have ordered bringing a system that generates the bills automatically based on the work executed by the contractors and the seniority. Tenders should be completed within the set timeframe as any delay gives scope for suspicion.”
“Any irregularities in the tender process would come out during the scrutiny. Though the recent letter written by the contractors to the Prime Minister in this regard does not contain any specific information, a probe has been ordered to ensure transparency,” Bommai said.
One being asked about the provision of crop loss compensation, he said, “the state government has taken all the necessary measures to ensure immediate disbursal of crop loss compensation to affected farmers. Money is directly transferred to farmers’ account immediately after the crop loss survey report is uploaded in Parihara App,” Bommai said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Bommai has instructed the officials to transfer the compensation amount for the heavy losses of crops suffered due to the destruction caused by incessant rains to affected farmers’ accounts immediately after accessing the details being uploaded to Relief App based on the GPS survey.

Bengaluru Archbishop opposes Karnataka’s anti-conversion Bill

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Opposing the State government’s decision to table anti-conversion Bill in the upcoming winter session, the archbishop of Bengaluru, Peter Machado, wrote a letter to Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai on Friday, urging him to not to promote “an undesirable and discriminatory bill” in the interest of the peace and harmony in the society.
In the letter, he said that the entire Christian Community in Karnataka opposes the Anti-Conversion Bill. He wrote, “The entire Christian Community in Karnataka opposes the proposal of Anti-Conversion Bill in one voice and questions the need for such an exercise when sufficient laws and court directives are in place to monitor any aberration of the existing laws.”
Quoting Article 25 and 26 of the constitution, the Archbishop said that introducing such laws would infringe the rights of the citizens, especially of the minority communities.
He also questioned the Karnataka government’s order to conduct a survey of both official and non-official Christian missionaries and the institutions and establishments functioning in the state.
He asked, “When all the relevant data is already available (through the census) with the government, why do we need yet another futile exercise? Why only Christian community is targeted and marked for this arbitrary, fallacious and illogical move? What is the motive that is driving them to do so?”
The Archbishop added, “Anti-Conversion Bill would become a tool for the fringe elements to take law into their own hands and vitiate the atmosphere with communal unrest in the otherwise peaceful state.”
Earlier on October 26, the Archbishop had said that the Christian community will oppose the state government’s move to bring into effect an Anti-Conversion Bill (ACB), and called it “unnecessary” and added that it would affect religious harmony in the state.

CM Bommai announces release of compensation to farmers for crop damage due to rains

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Following his visit to the rain-affected areas of Karnataka’s Chikkaballapur district on Sunday, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has announced compensation for the farmers and the people who have lost their houses after reviewing the assessment of the damage caused by incessant rains in various parts of the state which claimed the lives of 24 people.
The Chief Minister announced some measures to provide immediate relief to the suffering families. Bommai has ensured the provision of more funds if necessary besides the amount of Rs689cr that is available with the District Collectors under the NDRF fund, sources said.
The chief minister instructed the Officers of the Agriculture department at all levels to engage themselves in conducting surveys of crop losses.
He also instructed to release Rs79cr towards clearing the compensation due for 79000 farmers that are pending. Notably, the crops in 3.43 lakh hectares were affected due to incessant rains in August and September affecting 1.5 lakh farmers, Rs130cr has been released for them. The officers were also instructed to take action for speedy disbursal of crop loss insurance amounts by the insurance companies.
The chief minister also directed for the immediate release of Rs 1 lakh as the first instalment of relief for those who lost their houses. The release of Rs25 lakh for each Zone in BBMP limits for pothole filling was also ordered.
The chief minister has held a meeting at his home office Krishna to review the damage caused by incessant rains in various parts of the state.
The rains have caused extensive damage to Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Tumakuru, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Ramanagar, Hassan district, according to sources.
The preliminary report on the damages indicated that the incessant rains have damaged 658 houses completely and 8495 houses partially with the death of 191 livestock.
In the heavy rains, 5 lakh hectares of agricultural crops were lost besides the loss of 30,114 hectares of Horticulture Crop, said the sources.
Nearly 2203 km of roads were damaged that included 165 bridges. The incessant rains also damaged 1225 schools and 39 Public Health Centres.
Furthering the damage to the property, the rain uprooted 1674 electric poles and damaged 278 transformers.
The repair works of the damaged roads were also ordered on a war footing in the meeting along with the repair of irrigation tanks.
The Home Guards, Civil Defence Force teams have been made ready to take up rescue and relief works. Officers were instructed to augment their strength, if necessary. 

Higher allocation for sports in next budget, says Karnataka CM Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has assured here that the state government would provide higher allocation for sports in the next budget.
Addressing the inauguration of the Indian National League by Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot on Saturday, the chief minister said the government is giving greater thrust for sports and has decided to adopt sportspersons for Paris Olympics. “Our government is giving greater thrust for sports. We have decided to adopt 75 sportspersons from different games to prepare them for Paris Olympics to be held in 2024. We have identified them. We are going to train them, take care of their education, and will get the best of the coaches. We want to see that out of 75 at least 5 of them win medals at Paris Olympics. In the coming budget, we will increase the allocation for sports,” Bommai said.
The Chief Minister further said that the Khelo India University being set up in the state would soon be inaugurated.
“We are keen to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate it,” he said.
“Through Prime Minister Modi’s inspiration, we won maximum medals at the recently held Tokyo Olympics. That saga should continue and we are there to support you,” he said.

Karnataka CM mulls setting up exclusive financial institution for women entrepreneurs

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said that the state government is talking to the finance department about creating financial institution exclusively for women entrepreneurs that would cater to the needs of women from Sthree Shakthi Sanghas in villages to big women entrepreneurs.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the “Together We Grow” conclave organised by UBUNTU as part of the International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Bommai said, “I have a thought for a long time. All Sthree Shakthi Sanghas are given seed money to engage in different activities.” “We need a greater financial institution to help them or any woman entrepreneur. So I am talking to the finance department to create a financial institution exclusively for women entrepreneurs that would cater to Sthree Shakti Sangha in a village to major projects which women can handle,” Bommai stated.
“Woman means entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship means woman, that is what I want,” he added.
The Chief Minister also said that homemaking is the biggest business in the world.
“There are different departments within that from groceries to toiletries, electronic gadgets and so on. Women running the households are also entrepreneurs. According to a report, the savings of our Indian women at home is more than the savings achieved by our nationalized banks,” he said.
The state government is committed to the economic empowerment of every Kannada woman which in turn would lead to economic empowerment of the family and the state, Bommai said.
Bommai also announced his plans to come out with a special programme within a week to provide employment for visually impaired women.
“Three poor visually impaired women with their children met me today. When asked whether they needed any help from me, they declined it and instead urged me to provide a job to help themselves. I was humbled by their spirit and I immediately decided to formulate an employment programme for them,” he added.
The Chief Minister also appealed to members of UBUNTU to employ physically challenged and visually impaired women as far as possible.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by women entrepreneurs at the function, the Chief Minister assured to incorporate the chapter on incentives for women entrepreneurs offered in the Industrial Policy of 2019 into the Policy for 2020-25 as well.
“The State government is already offering concession in providing finance for women entrepreneurs and hinted at proposals for giving concessions in buying land and providing market linkages. Incentive programmes similar to those in place for the Information Technology and Biotechnology sector would be formulated,” he said.

Karnataka set to upgrade 250 primary health centres this year, 250 more next year, says CM Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that the state is set to upgrade 250 primary health centres this year and 250 more next year with assistance from the union government.
According to a press release by the Chief Minister’s Office on Wednesday, a permanent Healthcare Vision Document with a long term perspective would be formulated for the state. Speaking after inaugurating the new 350-bed cardiac care hospital built by Infosys Foundation in the premises of Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research Centre Bommai said the health infrastructure in the state would be ramped up. Action would be taken to build speciality hospitals, and Cardiac, Cancer hospitals at the Divisional level in the coming days.
“The 21st century is the century of Knowledge. Infosys Foundation is giving back what it got from society by building this 350-bed hospital. The new hospital would help in reducing the patient pressure on Jayadeva hospital,” said the chief minister.
Not only in India but Jayadeva is also considered a model for coronary care in the US too, Bommai said citing the instance of an American citizen surprised after getting all the check-ups done for just Rs100 here. His letter to the then American President Barack Obama prompted the US government to send a team to study the services at Jayadeva and announce a slew of concessions for patients at Obama Care Centres in that country, said the press release.

Strong Centre-states relationships needed to build strong nation, says Basavaraja Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday stressed on strong Centre-State relations and good inter-state ties for the development of federal democracy.
Hailing the Southern Zone Chief Minister’s conference, chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Bommai said the zonal council serves as a platform for resolving disputes between central and state governments and among states in the zone “in the true spirit of federalism.” “Strong Centre-states are needed to build a strong nation. Many issues which have eluded a solution for many years could be resolved if we work with a spirit of cooperation,” the Chief Minister said.
“It was inevitable for the southern states to work with the true spirit of cooperative federalism as enunciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the states were geographical interconnected. The states need to come and work together, then only the country could develop,” Bommai said.
He expressed his happiness about the functioning of the Southern Zonal Council and said, “it offered a very good forum for resolving many issues related to interstate water sharing, transport connectivity, health and many more in a spirit of consensus.
The Chief Minister raised the following issues of Karnataka that needed coordination with other states at the meeting.
Bommai said Karnataka has already conveyed its stand on river linking projects in the Godavari, Cauvery and other river basins to the union government.
“Karnataka should get its share of surplus water in the Cauvery, Krishna and Pennar river basins,” the Chief Minister stressed.
He reiterated Karnataka’s demand to the centre not to accord legal clearance for major permanent irrigation projects taken up by neighbouring states in violation of the verdict of Water Disputes Tribunals.
Telangana had no right to take up Palamaru Ranga Reddy and Nakkalagandi lift irrigation projects from Srisailam reservoir in Krishna basin to draw huge quantum of surplus waters, Bommai said.
He also opposed the construction of the Rajiv Gandhi Sangam Banda barrage by Telangana.
“Joint Survey should be conducted on the impending submergence of villages in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh due to construction of Gundravulu reservoir by Andhra Pradesh across Tungabhadra river. Andhra should share the details it has submitted to the Tribunal and the clearances it has obtained from the centre regarding the project,” he said.
As far as sharing of Krishna waters is concerned Andhra and Telangana had no clearance for any projects other than the ones approved for utilising the already adjudicated quantum of waters, he added.
He appealed for a speedy response on concluding an agreement with Telangana, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala on boosting interstate transport services.
Bommai stressed the need for better coordination among Home Departments of southern states to effectively prevent and combat crime, strengthen communication networks at border areas.
Karnataka is at the forefront in harnessing renewable energy sources. It is the only state which has met the targets set by the centre in this domain and appealed to the centre to remove the interstate tariff disparities in the interest of drawing investment.

Karnataka Bitcoin scam: Issue turned bigger as Opposition did not investigate when in power, says Bommai

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday slammed the Congress party over the alleged bitcoin scam and said that the “issue had become bigger” because the Opposition did not probe the matter properly when it was in power.
“They (Congress) say that the matter began in 2016. If there was something related to Karnataka, then why the party in power did not notice it at that time. You have got to know about the accused, but did not do the proper enquiry,” said an official statement issued by the Chief Minister Office. Further, Bommai said, “Why did not you do proper enquiry when you (Congress) were in power? You left it and the issue had become bigger. And now you are questioning us.”
“On the basis of the Twitter handle, they are alleging the scam. Anyone can raise the issue on Twitter. If you are raising the issue, then you have to speak on the basis of evidence and witness,” he said.
He said, “We are fair enough and investigated the case. We are the ones who referred it to the Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation. The investigation is going on.”
The Chief Minister also said that the government will not spare anyone whoever was indulged in the scam. “If they have evidence let them submit it to ED or the police, we will take action immediately,” he added.
Earlier on Saturday, Bommai termed the allegations “politically motivated” and asked the Opposition to submit the documents related to the scam to the investigation agencies which are already conducting the probe into the issue.
“Let those who are making the allegations explain what exactly the scam is and who is involved in it. The case has been handed over to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) 8-9 months ago. Interpol Cell of the CBI too has been informed about the case which has an international dimension,” he said.
“Our government has an open mind about the issue. There is no question of shielding anybody. None of us is involved in it. Let them submit the documents in their possession to the investigation agencies, let the truth come out,” he further added.
Meanwhile, State Minister K Sudhakar also called Congress the “party of corruption” over the alleged bitcoin scam and said that the state government has ordered an investigation in the matter and the investigating team has shared all information with Interpol, Enforcement Directorate (ED) and CBI.
Earlier, former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah alleged that politicians and officials were involved in a Bitcoin scam in the state and that the investigation agencies are trying to safeguard them.
Meanwhile, state Congress chief DK Shivakumar claimed that it took place on a large scale and said that it is shocking to hear the names of police officers, political leaders and businessmen in the scam.

Karnataka govt issues COVID-19 guidelines for short term travellers from Maharashtra

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The Karnataka Government on Monday issued COVID-19 guidelines for short term travellers (2 days or less) from Maharashtra to Karnataka by any mode of transport as the daily caseload is slightly higher in Maharashtra than in Karnataka.
As per an official statement issued by the Karnataka government, the travellers should be asymptomatic like free from fever, cough cold, throat pain, fever, difficulty in breathing, etc. “The travellers are mandatory to undergo thermal scanning for fever on arrival and carry COVID-19 vaccination certificate for both the two doses,” the statement said.
The statement further stated that the travellers from Maharashtra including Mumbai need to wear face masks and follow the Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) throughout their stay in Bengaluru and Karnataka.
“Persons complying with the norms strictly may be exempted from mandatory RT-PCR negative test reports for the short duration of the visit. Therefore, the concerned authorities are instructed to ensure the same,” the statement added.

Orange vendor from Karnataka who received Padma Shri for contribution in rural education

Bengaluru(Karnataka) [India]: Harekala Hajabba, an orange vendor from Karnataka’s Mangaluru, received Padma Shri Award, India’s second-highest civilian award, from the President of India in the national capital on Monday.

The 66-year-old orange vendor received this award for bringing a revolution in rural education by constructing a school in Harekala-Newpadpu village in Mangaluru. The school, currently, has 175 underprivileged students from the village.
Hajabba, who sells oranges at Mangaluru bus depot since 1977, is illiterate and has never been to school.

The desire to bring revolution in education in his village came to his mind in 1978 when a foreigner asked him the cost of orange.

“As I could not communicate with the foreigner, I felt bad and decided to build a school in the village,” the Padma Awardee told ANI.

“I only know Kannada, not English or Hindi. So I was depressed as I could not help the foreigner. I wondered about constructing a school in my village,” he added.

His dream of constructing a school was realised only after two decades.

The Akshara Santa (Letter Saint), a title that he earned through his philanthropic work, approached former MLA late UT Fareed, who sanctioned the construction in the year 2000.

The school started with 28 students and now accommodates 175 students until Class 10.

Now, Hajabba wants to invest the prize money that he has received after winning various awards in these many years in the construction of more schools in his village.

When asked what his next target is, the 66-year-old man said, “My target is to build more schools and colleges in my village. Many people have donated money and I have accumulated prize money for purchasing the land for the construction of schools and colleges.”

“I have requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to construct a pre-university college (for Class 11 and 12 students) in my village,” he added.

He also thanked President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, district in-charge minister Kota Srinivasa Poojary and MLA UT Khadar for recognising his philanthropic work.

The Central government had announced the names of Padma Awardees in January 2020. But due to COVID-19 protocols, the award was distributed on Monday. (ANI)

K’taka CM takes stock of damage due to rains in Bengaluru, directs officials to help people

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday held a meeting with senior officials of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and state ministers to take stock of the damages caused due to rains in the last one month in Bengaluru.

Speaking about the meeting, Gourav Gupta, Chief Commissioner, BBMP told ANI that, to prevent further damage and to control the situation at hand, Bommai instructed Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to take up remedial measures, and necessary construction work.
All zonal officers, zonal commissioners, joint commissioners and chief engineers attended the meeting.

“All officials have been given timelines and instructions to supervise the functioning. We are ought to go out in the field and see that all our officers are there to respond to the ground-level situation. Particularly with reference to the sudden flash rains that are afflicting the city and besides that, other issues which include restoration of roads which have been cut open because of various development projects or adversely affected due to rains. All these should be taken up on war-footing and that is a direction which has been issued. The directions are clear and strict accordingly, action will be taken,” said the BBMP chief.

Bengaluru has been identified as a sensitive area owing to heavy rains. Consequently, the meeting was held, and the Chief Minister directed authorities to implement stringent remedial and preventative measures in the wake of prolonged rain havoc.

Talking about the Covid-19 status, Gupta mentioned that the night curfew has been lifted in the state.

“Covid-19 cases have declined but it is being continuously monitored by the state. BBMP is also testing the sewage samples to ascertain the situation precisely. The state has ensured regular testing with 30,000 tests on a daily basis along with genome sequencing. The situation is under control and regular surveillance is being done.”

“Precautionary measures have been listed out and according to the state-level measures Anganavadi, LKG, and UKG have been opened,” he added. (ANI)

Theatres Across Karnataka To Pay Respect To Puneeth Rajkumar

Single-screen theatres in various parts of Karnataka will pay respect to late actor Puneeth Rajkumar tomorrow at 6pm. The actor passed away on October 29 in Bengaluru due to a cardiac arrest.

According to a press release issued by the Karnataka Film Exhibitors’ Association, “In an event called Pushpanjali, Deepanjali, Kavyanjali and Baspanjali. Exhibitors and audiences will pay homage to Puneeth Rajkumar.”

Lyricist and director V Nagendra Prasad has composed a special song called Belli Banninalli Seeri Hodhe Appu which will be sung by audiences in theatres. A two-minute silence will also be observed in memory of Puneeth.

On November 16, the entire Sandalwood community will pay tribute to Puneeth at Palace Grounds in an event called Puneeth Namana. Producer and former president of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, Sa Ra Govindu had said, “Only Puneeth’s family members and people related to the Sandalwood industry will be allowed to attend the event. I request fans to stay away from the event and watch it on television as it will be telecast live.”

Karnataka Traders Chamber of Commerce announces Karnataka Business Awards 2021

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Business Awards (KBA), the premier business award ceremony will be held on December 18th and 19th 2021 at the Manpho Convention Centre in Bengaluru.
The set of prestigious awards is designed to improve productivity and quality by recognizing and awarding companies, entrepreneurs and service providers for their outstanding performance and achievements in their respective fields. It aims to promote business excellence by providing a framework or criteria for assessment. To encourage such innovative efforts and promote this spirit in the larger interest of qualitative development, Abdul Musaddiq President said, “The Karnataka Traders Chamber of Commerce [KTCC] recognizes these entrepreneurs for their outstanding performance and by conferring awards to motivate and encourage them.”
The awards ceremony will be highlighting the innovation of new ideas and their execution towards the different sector’s growth that contributes to the economy, employment, culture, the quality of hospitality, and the prosperity of Karnataka state.
This is the opportunity that can bring together government, hotels, restaurants, tour operators, and other sectors where all can share and celebrate the business and brands that work towards positioning Karnataka as the top state in building the Indian economy.
The overall aim of these awards is to recognize and celebrate the success of individuals and organizations within the Karnataka state and are registered with Micro, Small & Medium businesses [MSMEs].
The awards provide participants with complete transparency during the judging process and only emphasise merit-based awards.
Further, as the number of participants grows year on year, it also paves the way for a highly resourceful business community to be built comprising business professionals from diverse industries. Additionally, the Karnataka Business Awards provide an opportunity for participants to attain branding and exposure in multiple pre and post-events.

Basavaraj Bommai attends Karnataka formation day celebrations in Bengaluru

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai took part in the 66th Karnataka Rajyotsava celebrations at Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday.
On the occasion of the state’s formation day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greeting to the people of the state and said that Karnataka is at the forefront of outstanding research and enterprise. “Best wishes on the special occasion of Karnataka Rajyotsava. Karnataka has made a special mark due to the innovative zeal of its people. The state is at the forefront of outstanding research and enterprise. May Karnataka scale newer heights of success in the times to come,” tweeted the Prime Minister.
Apart from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Lakshadweep and Puducherry also celebrate their formation day today.

By-polls in Many states

Karnataka by-polls: 38.13 pc voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : Karnataka recorded a voter turnout of 38.13 per cent till 1 pm in the ongoing by-polls in Hangal and Sindgi assembly constituencies on Saturday.


Voting for by-polls in these two constituencies started today at 7 am and will continue till 7.30 pm. As per the Election Commission of India (ECI) Hangal and Sindgi assembly constituencies reported voter turnout of 44.59 per cent and 32.49 per cent respectively till 1 pm.
The counting of votes and announcement of results will take place on November 2.

Telangana by-poll: 45.63 pc voter turnout till 1 PM in Huzurabad

Hyderabad (Telangana : Huzurabad assembly constituency in Telangana reported a total voter turnout of 45.63 per cent for the by-poll by 1 pm on Saturday.
Voting began at 7 am and will continue till 6:30 pm today. The result of the by-poll will be announced on November 2.
Huzurabad seat fell vacant after former health minister Eatala Rajender resigned from ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and joined the BJP.
On June 12, Rajender had submitted his resignation as Huzurabad MLA after he was sacked from the state Council of Ministers following allegations of land encroachments.
The seat has become a battle of prestige for the ruling TRS and the Opposition alike.

Bihar by-polls: 21.79 pc voter turnout recorded till 11 am

Patna (Bihar) [India] : Bihar recorded a voter turnout of 21.79 per cent till 11 am in the two Assembly constituencies during the by-elections on Saturday.
According to the election commission, the Kusheshwar Asthan assembly seat in Darbhanga recorded 20.25 per cent voter turnout while the Tarapur Assembly seat in Munger recorded 23 per cent voter turnout. The by-polls in the two assembly seats have become a battle of prestige for the ruling Janata Dal (United) and the main opposition party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav himself campaigned at the Assembly constituencies after he returned to Bihar.


Earlier on Friday, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav had accused that the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in the state of pressurising officials to make people vote in the favour of a specific party.
Tejashwi also alleged that there is a lack of development in the state and said that had there been development, the government would have never needed to distribute gifts to people.
In 2020, the ruling coalition, NDA secured a majority with 125-seats in the 243-seat strong Bihar Legislative Assembly of which BJP won 74 seats, Janata Dal (United) on 43 while eight seats were won by two other NDA constituents.
The RJD, on the other hand, emerged as the single-largest party with 75 seats while Congress won only 19 of the 70 seats it had contested.
Meanwhile, by-elections are being held in three parliamentary constituencies and 30 assembly constituencies in different states today.
The counting of votes and announcement of results will be on November 2.

Mizoram by-polls: Tuirial records 28 pc voter turnout till 11 am

Aizawl (Mizoram) : Mizoram’s Tuirial assembly constituency recorded a voter turnout of 28 per cent till 11 am during the by-elections on Saturday.
The by-poll to the seat in the Tuirial assembly constituency of the Kolasib district was necessitated due to the death of sitting MLA Andrew H Thangliana of Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM). Voting began at 7 am across 27 polling stations in Tuirial and will continue till 6 pm.


Meanwhile, by-elections are being held in three parliamentary constituencies and 30 assembly constituencies in different states across the country today.
The counting of votes and announcement of results will be on November 2.

Himachal Pradesh by-polls: CM, his family cast vote in Mandi

ANI | Updated: Oct 30, 2021 12:37 IST

Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) [India], October 30 (ANI): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and his family cast their votes for the ongoing by-poll in the Mandi Parliamentary constituency on Saturday.
The chief minister and his family cast their votes at polling booth number 36 in Murhag in Mandi Parliamentary constituency. The Mandi constituency recorded a 17.74 per cent voter turnout till 11 am.
The voter turnout for the other three assembly constituencies witnessing by-polls is 23.20 per cent.
Arki recorded 23 per cent, Fatehpur recorded 21.90 per cent and Jubbal-Kotkhai recorded 25.02 per cent voter turnout till 11 am.
The necessity to conduct a by-election for the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency and three assembly constituencies arose due to the deaths of sitting MP and MLAs on the respective seats.
As per the official release, there are six candidates from Mandi parliamentary constituency including Brigadier Kushal Chand Thakur of BJP, Pratibha Singh of Indian National Congress, Ambika Shyam of Rashtriya Lokniti Party, Munshi Ram Thakur of Himachal Jankranti Party and independent candidates Anil Kumar and Subhash Mohan Snehi.


BJP’s Ratna Singh Pal, Congress Party’s Sanjay and Independent Jeet Ram are candidates from Arki assembly constituency.
From the Fatehpur assembly constituency, a total of five candidates, Baldev Thakur of BJP, Bhawani Singh Pathania of Indian National Congress, Pankaj Kumar Darshi of Himachal Jankranti Party and independent candidates Dr Ashok Kumar Somal and Dr Rajan Sushant are in the fray.
The four candidates from the Jubbal-Kotkhai assembly constituency are BJP’s Neelam Saraik, Indian National Congress’s Rohit Thakur, independent candidates Chetan Singh Bragta and Suman Kadam.
Other than Himachal Pradesh, voting is underway in two more parliamentary seats and 27 other assembly constituencies in various states across the country today.
The results of these polls will be announced on November 2.
Out of 68 assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh, 43 are with the BJP whereas Congress has a hold of 19 seats. One seat is with CPI (M) and two seats have independent candidates as their representatives.
“The Commission has reviewed the situations related to the pandemic, flood, festivals, cold conditions in certain regions, feedback from concerned States/UT and taken into consideration all facts and circumstances and it has decided to hold bye-elections to fill vacancies in three Parliamentary Constituencies of UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu; Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh and 30 vacancies in Assembly Constituencies of various States,” read the Election Commission of India’s press note released on September 28.

West Bengal by-polls: 45.37 pc voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : West Bengal recorded a voter turnout of 45.37 per cent till 1 pm in the ongoing by-elections to the four Assembly constituencies in the state on Saturday.
According to the election commission, the Dinhata assembly seat recorded 47.83 per cent voter turnout while 52.19 per cent turnout was recorded in the Gosaba seat. Khardaha seat witnessed a voter turnout of 39.30 per cent whereas the Santipur seat recorded a 48.02 per cent turnout.
The voting began at around 7 am and will continue till 6:30 pm on Saturday.
Santipur and Dinhata seats fell vacant after BJP MP Jagannath Sarkar and Nishith Pramanik resigned from the assembly, respectively.
Whereas, elections on the other two seats are being held as All India Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) MLAs Kajal Sinha (Khardah) and Jayanta Naskar (Gosaba) died due to COVID-19.
There is a tough fight between the BJP and the TMC for retaining the seats they had and capturing the other two.
TMC leader Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, who had resigned from the Bhabanipur constituency to facilitate Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s election to the Assembly, is fighting from Khardah.
The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC registered a landslide victory in polls held earlier this year, winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. The BJP emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats.
Other than West Bengal, voting is underway in three parliamentary seats and 26 other assembly constituencies in various states across the country today.
The results of these polls will be announced on November 2.
“The Commission has reviewed the situations related to the pandemic, flood, festivals, cold conditions in certain regions, feedback from concerned States/UT and taken into consideration all facts and circumstances and it has decided to hold bye-elections to fill vacancies in three Parliamentary Constituencies of UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu; Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh and 30 vacancies in Assembly Constituencies of various States,” read the Election Commission of India’s press note released on September 28.

Bengal by-polls: Obstructed by TMC workers while going to cast vote, alleges BJP candidate from Dinhata

Cooch Behar (West Bengal) [India] : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Dinhata Assembly seat in Cooch Behar, Asoke Mandal, on Saturday alleged that Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers tried to stop him while he was going to cast his vote at booth number 291 at Dinhata High School.
Meanwhile, West Bengal recorded a voter turnout of 28.38 per cent till 11 am in the four Assembly constituencies during the by-elections on Saturday. According to the election commission, the Dinhata assembly seat recorded 28.73 per cent voter turnout while 33.87 per cent turnout was recorded on the Gosaba seat.


Khardaha seat witnessed a voter turnout of 23.60 per cent whereas the Santipur seat reported a 32.31per cent turnout.
The voting began at around 7 am and will continue till 6:30 pm on Saturday.
Santipur and Dinhata seats fell vacant after BJP MP Jagannath Sarkar and Nishith Pramanik resigned from the assembly, respectively.
Whereas, elections on the other two seats are being held as All India Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) MLAs Kajal Sinha (Khardah) and Jayanta Naskar (Gosaba) died due to COVID-19.
There is a tough fight between the BJP and the TMC for retaining the seats they had and capturing the other two.
TMC leader Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, who had resigned from the Bhabanipur constituency to facilitate Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s election to the Assembly, is fighting from Khardah.
The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC registered a landslide victory in polls held earlier this year, winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. The BJP emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats.
Other than West Bengal, voting is underway in three parliamentary seats and 26 other assembly constituencies in various states across the country today.
The results of these polls will be announced on November 2.
“The Commission has reviewed the situations related to the pandemic, flood, festivals, cold conditions in certain regions, feedback from concerned States/UT and taken into consideration all facts and circumstances and it has decided to hold bye-elections to fill vacancies in three Parliamentary Constituencies of UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu; Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh and 30 vacancies in Assembly Constituencies of various States,” read the Election Commission of India’s press note released on September 28.

Karnataka govt will soon unveil policy to prevent delays in industrial projects

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: In an attempt to prevent delays in industrial projects, the Karnataka government will soon unveil a policy to help manufacturing industries obtain the sale deed of the land allotted to them in 10 to 15 days after they start setting up their units.
Large and Medium Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani made the announcement on Thursday here. Addressing the Round Table Meet on ‘Manufacturing in Karnataka’ organised by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce at a private hotel here, Minister Nirani said rules would be framed to ensure that the land price didn’t exceed more than 15 to 20 per cent of the actual value.
“We will unveil a policy to help manufacturing industries get the sale deed of land allotted to them within 10 to 15 days after they start functioning. This will avoid delay in starting industrial projects and we are coming up with ground-breaking measures to fast track the process,” Nirani said.
Minister Nirani said the government’s aim was to make Karnataka a global manufacturing hub.
“Karnataka has an outstanding industrial ecosystem and is home to key manufacturing industries and a key player in the supply chain of many global companies. I thank the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce for creating a wonderful platform to discuss and explore opportunities to make Karnataka a global manufacturing hub,” the minister stated.
Mentioning about the Global Investors Meet next year, the minister said that the state is targeting Rs 10 lakh crore investments. “Karnataka has garnered Rs 28,600 crore worth of investments in the last six months in the form of MoUs and investment proposals. We have accorded industry status to the logistics and warehousing sectors to ensure ease of doing business,” the minister added.
Gunjan Krishna, commissioner for industries said the Aerospace and Defence policy 2.0 will be soon unveiled where MRO and M&O sectors would be given priority.

K’taka’s guidelines for int’l travel

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Karnataka government has issued a new set of guidelines for international passengers arriving in the state.

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : According to the notification issued on October 25, passengers coming from countries including the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing. As per the new guidelines, all passengers planning to travel to Karnataka have to submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel.
“They are also supposed to upload a negative RT-PCR COVID test report on the portal, conducted within 72 hours prior to the journey. Each passenger should also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the test report. Finally, they should provide an undertaking at the portal or to the Ministry of Civil Aviation through the concerned airlines before their travel that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government to undergo home-quarantine/self-health monitoring,” said the notification.
The state government asked the concerned airlines/agencies to provide a list of do’s and don’ts, along with tickets to the travellers and instructed them to allow boarding by only those passengers who have filled in the Self Declaration Form on the Air Suvidha portal, and uploaded the negative RT-PCR test report
It further instructs airport authorities to advise passengers to download Arogya Setu on their phones.
“If any passenger reports symptoms of COVID-19 during flight, he/she shall be isolated as per protocol,” added the circular.
Asking the airlines staff to follow all COVID-19 related guidelines, the government said that in case of any symptomatic person during the screening, the airport authorities should isolate that person and take it to the medical facility as per protocol. “His/her contacts should also be identified as per protocol,” added the circular.
As per the guidelines, if a fully vaccinated person is travelling from a country that along with India accepts WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines, they shall be allowed to leave the airport and undergo self-monitoring for two weeks.
In case of partial or no vaccination, they will have to submit a negative RT-PCR report, undergo a compulsory home quarantine for a week and a retest on the eighth day. If negative, they are advised to self-monitor further for seven days.
“Travellers under home quarantine or self-health monitoring, if develop signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID-I9 or test positive for COVID-19 on re-testing, they will immediately self-isolate and report to the in the nearest health facility or call National helpline number (1075)/ State Helpline Number,” added the circular.
International travellers via seaports/land ports will also have to follow the same protocols, except no online registration is available and a self-declaration form must be given to concerned sea ports/land ports authorities of the Government of India.

Yediyurappa condemns Karnataka BJP state chief

Vijayapura (Karnataka) [India]: Former Karnataka chief minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader BS Yediyurappa condemned the “drug peddler” and “drug addict” remarks made by state BJP state president against Rahul Gandhi stating that no one should speak so disrespectfully.
While addressing a by-election campaign in Sindagi of Vijayapura district, Yediyurappa said the “statement made by BJP state president related to Rahul Gandhi is not correct, no one should speak disrespectfully.” Kateel on Tuesday had told a gathering of BJP workers that “Rahul Gandhi says he will become president. Tell me what is Rahul Gandhi? Rahul Gandhi is a drug addict and drug peddler. I do not say this, it has appeared in news reports. They are unable to run the Congress party. Those who cannot run a party, how can they run this country?”
Further, attacking Congress leader HD Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah for criticising RSS during the election campaign, Yediyurappa said: “Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah are unnecessarily dragging the RSS name into the election campaign but they will gain nothing by bringing RSS name, people will give them a proper answer in the bypolls.”

Congress demands an apology from Karnataka BJP chief

Vijayapura (Karnataka) [India]: Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala has hit back at Karnataka BJP chief President Nalin Kumar Kateel for levelling drug use allegations against party leader Rahul Gandhi.

Addressing media in Sindhagi, the Congress leader also demanded an apology from Kateel for the alleged statement.
“Instead of making such derogatory comments, they must tell if they are in a hangover of drugs which were found at the Adani port in Gujarat, worth 2 lakh crore. Kateel must have taken that drug, that’s the reason in a hangover of it, he is speaking like that.” Surjewala said.

Further slamming the BJP, Surjewala said that by making derogatory comments against Rahul Gandhi BJP leaders show their ‘culture’ and ‘mentality’.

“It is an uncultured statement made by the BJP leader in Karnataka which cannot be acceptable. Nalini Kumar Kateel being president of the party in Karnataka must apologize for his statement,” he said.

Condemning Kateel’s statement, former Chief Minister and Congress legislative party leader Siddaramaiah said, “He (Kateel) is an immature and uncultured politician who must take treatment in NIMHANS (centre for mental health).”

Yesterday, Kateel while launching a smeared attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, said, “Rahul Gandhi says he will become president. Tell me what is Rahul Gandhi? Rahul Gandhi is a drug addict and drug peddler. I do not tell this, it has appeared in news reports. They are unable to run the Congress party. Those who cannot run a party, how can they run this country?” (ANI)

K’taka CM Bommai chairs meeting on earthquake preparedness

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Following the mild tremors of earthquakes that have been felt in parts of Karnataka’s Kalaburagi in the past four days, state Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday chaired a meeting with officials to discuss the matter.

As per information shared by the chief minister’s office, the meeting was scheduled on an urgent basis with officials of the Natural Disaster Management Cell at Bengaluru to discuss the preparedness of the state if the calamity hits at a bigger scale.
Officials were instructed to immediately set up relief centres in Chincholi and Sedam, the CMO said.

Bommai also directed officials to provide relief to people whose houses have been damaged by the earthquakes. He also ordered officials to submit a report on the matter.

According to National Centre for Seismology (NCS), an earthquake of magnitude 3.6 on the Richter scale struck Karnataka’s Gulbarga at around 8 am on October 12. Another earthquake of 3.4 magnitude on the Richter scale was felt in Gulbarga at around 6 am on October 10.

Meanwhile, the State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre has so far reported a total of four earthquakes in Kalaburagi. Two were reported on October 11 and one each on October 9 and 12. (ANI)

Bengaluru airport flooded after Rain

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Bengaluru on Monday witnessed heavy rainfall, causing a flood-like situation across the city.

Several areas, including the Kempegowda International Airport (KIAL), were waterlogged following heavy rainfall in the city.
The waterlogging at the road to the airport made it difficult for the passengers to reach the airport. The passengers were seen being ferried on a tractor outside the airport.

Following the heavy rain, a man was killed due to a short circuit in a house that was flooded, in the Konappana Agrahara limits of Bengaluru.

“There were two people in the house, the second person managed to escape unhurt,” said Dr Sanjeev M Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police – West Division, Bengaluru City.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rain, thunderstorm and lighting today for the city. (ANI)

Earthquake hits Karnataka

Gulbarga (Karnataka) [India]: An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 on the Richter scale struck Karnataka’s Gulbarga at around 8 am on Tuesday morning, the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) informed.

“Earthquake of Magnitude: 3.6, Occurred on October 12, 08:06:27 IST, Lat: 17.36 & Long: 77.30, Depth: 5 Km, Location: Gulbarga, Karnataka,” NCS tweeted.

Earlier on Sunday, an earthquake of magnitude 3.4 on the Richter scale had struck Karnataka’s Gulbarga at around 6 am. (ANI)

Karnataka: Silent protest by Cong.

Karnataka Congress will hold a silent protest on Monday demanding the arrest of all accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and the dismissal of Ajay Mishra from the post of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, said party’s start unit president DK Shivakumar.

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], October 10 : Karnataka Congress President Shivakumar alleged that the incident in Uttar Pradesh was a ‘brutal assassination on farmers’. “A vehicle belonging to the Minister and their family members has brutally assassinated farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. No action has been taken against the Union Minister of State and the culprits responsible for this act. That’s why we demand justice for the farmers”, he said.
“Against this backdrop, the Congress party will hold a silent protest at the Congress office at Race Course Road in Bengaluru on Monday, demanding the immediate dismissal of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra and the immediate arrest of all the accused involved in the incident,” the Congress leader added.
Along with Shivakumar, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah along with other senior leaders of the Karnataka Congress are scheduled to participate in the protest.
As many as eight people including four farmers had died in the violence that took place on October 3.
Uttar Pradesh police, so far UP police arrested three people including Ashish Mishra, who is the son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni.
Further probe in the matter is underway

Need to start ‘Technology Schools’, says Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai

Hubbali (Karanataka) [India]: In view of emphasizing technical education among students at the high school level, there is a need to start ‘Technology Schools’, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Tuesday.
Addressing after virtually inaugurating the ‘Innovation and Impact’ program organized by the Department of Electronics, IT, Bt and S and T under the ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ initiative, he said that actions will be implemented right away to promote the growth of innovative industries in the Hubballi region. “There was a technology school in Hubli way back in 1960 itself which was closed later. But, technology schools need to be started considering the fact that perception ability will be more during childhood”, he stated.
He told that Atal Tinkering Labs should be upgraded and artificial intelligence must be included at that level at least to some extent. He added, “Polytechnics also need to be upgraded along the lines of up-gradation of 150 ITI’s in the state”.
Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka C N Ashwatha Narayana, said, “a centre of excellent (CoE) for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Date Engineering will be set up soon in Hubballi. He further said, the National Education Policy (NEP-2020) aspires to ready the students as per the global technological developments, and accordingly, coding will be taught for students at the school level itself”.
The government has brought in effective policies to promote innovative technologies and the duration of the internship has risen from 3 weeks to 30 weeks. Students will also be given the opportunity to undergo internships in foreign countries, Narayana explained.
Aravind Bellad, MLA, suggested focusing on developing the Hubballi cluster as a hardware manufacturing hub.
Prashanth Prakash, Chairperson, State Vision Group, pointed out, that it is suitable to start agri-tech, climate-tech, and space-tech industries in the Hubballi cluster.
B V Naidu, Chairperson, KDEM (Karnataka Digital Economy Mission), opined that there should be efforts to promote indigenous manufacturing of Tablet PCs.
E V Ramana Reddy, ACS, Department of Electronics, IT/BT, Ashok S.Shettar, Vice-Chancellor, KLE Technical University, Aravind Malligeri, CEO, Aechus, Gudasi, Prof. Mahesh, Sanjeev Gupta, Vivek Pawar, Meena Nagaraj, Director, Dept of IT/BT were present.

Anti-conversion law in Karnataka: CM

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said the state government is contemplating bringing an Anti-Conversion Bill in the Assembly.

Bommai said the law will be brought which can forbid forceful religious conversions in the state. “We are contemplating bringing an Anti-Conversion law,” he said.
Karnataka Chief Minister was responding to the allegation of conversion in Yadgir after reports of forced conversions from the region.

“There are complaints of forced conversions in the state. There is serious thought on formulating a law to regulate it completely,” he said.

On September 21, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra also said that the government is thinking to bring anti-conversation law in the state and for that, they are reading other states’ laws.

“We are planning to bring a bill (anti-conversion bill). Some states have already brought the anti-conversion bill. We will study them and we will bring that bill,” said the home minister.

Earlier in April this year, Gujarat Vidhan Sabha had passed the ‘Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2021’ with a majority to bring more stringent punishment against forced religious conversions through marriage.

Gujarat had become the third state after Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to make a law against forced religious conversions. (ANI)

Congress opposed to Chanakya University Bill, Siddaramaiah says it will not benefit people

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The Congress is opposing Chanakya University Bill, 2021 and members of the Centre for Education and Social Studies, sponsoring body of the university, are all RSS members, said former Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress legislative party leader Siddaramaiah on Wednesday adding that the institution would not benefit the people at large.
Addressing a joint press conference with Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president D K Shivakumar, the opposition leader expressed his anger at the decision of the government to transfer land at a cheap price. He urged the Karnataka government to drop the decision to grant hundreds of acres of land at a cheaper price to the Centre for Education and Social Studies to establish Chanakya University.
Adding to that he also said that they will seek legal remedies against the decision.
Speaking further Siddaramaiah said all the members of the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) are from RSS, which promotes the idea of Manu. They want to re-establish the Varnashrama system in our society.
CESS does not have any prior experience in managing educational institutions and also does not have any infrastructure to start a university. The government should clarify on what criteria the land has been allocated to them, he said.
BJP government had called for a cabinet meeting on April 26 this year and had decided to hand over 116 acres in Haraluru to CESS. The notified land was acquired by Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) to establish Aerospace and Defence industries.
KIADB had acquired the land at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore per acre and gave compensation of Rs 175 crore to acquire 116 acres. The same land is now being given to CESS at just Rs 50 crore where the current market price stands at Rs 300-400 crore, he noted.
Congress expressed serious objection against the bill that the BJP government has hurriedly passed the Chanakya Varsity bill on voice note in yesterday’s assembly session without giving an opportunity for debate, he added.
Even Karnataka Assembly Speaker, Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri was partial in his conduct while passing the Chanakya varsity bill. He never listened to our request to allow discussion about this issue. What was the need to pass the bill urgently? Was this related to a public emergency? Siddaramaiah asked.
This is a case of nepotism and Congress demands that the BJP government scrap the decision to hand over the land to CESS to start Chanakya University.

“BJP taking away the rights of people”

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], September 13 : The BJP government is taking away the rights of people, said Karnataka Congress Committee president DK Shivakumar on Monday.
As the top leaders of the Karnataka Congress including Siddaramaiah arrived at the Legislative Assembly on a bullock cart to protest against the fuel price hike by the BJP government, DK Shivakumar, from his bullock-cart, said, “The BJP government is pickpocketing and taking away people’s rights. During these troubled Covid-19 times, the BJP both at the Centre and in the State needs to be solving people’s issues. Instead, they are pouring salt on existing wounds by increasing the prices of essential commodities.” Raising slogans against the BJP government, the former state education minister said that that the BJP government has no eyes or ears. “They are insensitive to people’s problems. In this regard, the Karnataka Congress will be protesting in the assembly. Outside the assembly the party will also oppose BJP’s faulty policies”, he added.

Mysuru Dasara Festival to be held in virtual, physical mode this year

The Karnataka government has decided to organise the Mysuru Dasara festival in a blended mode, that is, virtually as well as physically, the year, said Minister of State for Co-Operation of Karnataka, S T Somashekar Gowda on Sunday.

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], September 12 : Gowda said, “We are making arrangements to hold the festival virtually as well as physically.” This year, Mysuru Dasara will begin from October 7 and will end by October 15.
Keeping in view the coronavirus pandemic situation, the minister said that the government will review the pandemic situation till September 25. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will take a final decision on how many people will be allowed at the celebration this year, he added.
“Last year, 50 participants 300 viewers were allowed for cultural events in the festival. But, this year we are asking the state government to allow 400 participants and around 1,000 viewers,” he said.
The minister said that all the unvaccinated participants and viewers of the festival will be inoculated with the covid vaccine and a COVID-19 negative report is mandatory for those coming from Kerala.
The festival is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state and the country. It attracts tourists from around the world who come to take part in the festivities. The ten-day programme begins on the first day of Navratri and ends on Vijayadashami or Dasara with massive celebrations.
Preparations to celebrate this festival are being done by the Karnataka government. “Around eight elephants have been selected for it and will be welcomed on September 16 at Mysuru Palace,” the minister said.
Cultural events will be held at the palace premises during the festival. On October 7, worship will be done at Chamundi temple at hills, and Jambu Savari will be held on October 15.

Alert amid Nipah virus

According to the information shared by District Magistrate’s Office, Mangaluru, the advisory instructs the people of Dakshina Kannada to avoid travelling to Kerala till the end of October, except in emergency issues.

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, September 9 : Amid reports of Nipah virus and COVID-19 cases in neighbouring Kerala, the Deputy Commissioner of Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district issued an advisory on Wednesday to prevent the spread of viruses in the district.

According to the information shared by District Magistrate’s Office, Mangaluru, the advisory instructs the people of Dakshina Kannada to avoid travelling to Kerala till the end of October, except in emergency issues.

It further instructs the concerned educational heads of all the colleges, schools or other institutes not to call their staff and students to attend physical classes.

“Other industries should also continue work from home till the end of October in order to prevent the outbreak of the viruses in the district,” read the advisory.

On September 7, the Karnataka government also issued an advisory note to prevent the outbreak of the Nipah virus in the state. It instructs the district administrations to monitor the arrivals from Kerala for symptoms like fever, altered mental status, severe weakness, headache, respiratory distress, cough, vomiting, muscle pain, convulsion and diarrhoea.

In addition, it also advises the authorities to spread public awareness in this regard and develop a systematic surveillance system to identify clusters of encephalitis cases for the early detection of Nipah outbreaks.

K’taka: Vaccines for entire adult population

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Amidst the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said the state government aims to vaccinate the entire adult population by November.
“We are working with a target to fully vaccinate the entire adult population by end of November,” said Health and Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar. Speaking to media persons after holding a virtual conference with district collectors and Zilla Panchayat CEOs of 23 districts which are lagging behind in vaccination coverage, Dr Sudhakar said that these 23 district administrations have been given a target to speed up coverage and complete the first dose for all by the end of this month.
“Target has been set to complete administration of both the doses for all by November. Progress and achievement on testing, setting up of oxygen plants and other civil works were also discussed,” the minister added.
The Minister further said, “Even last year, the state government had allowed celebration of Ganesha festival despite higher number of cases. This year we have a positivity rate of 0.7 per cent and guidelines have been issued to ensure all precautionary measures especially during the public celebrations. We will review the situation district-wise and issue separate guidelines wherever the positivity is more than 2 per cent.”
Meanwhile, as per the state health bulletin, Karnataka on Monday reported 973 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths, thereby taking the total number of infections to 29,56,137 and death toll to 37,426.
Earlier, India reported 38,948 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 3,30,27,621, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.

Karnataka allows Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in districts with Covid positivity rate below 2%

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], September 5 (ANI): The Karnataka government on Sunday allowed Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations with a set of restrictions in districts where the Covid positivity rate is less than 2 per cent.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai held a special meeting with District Commissioners, district authority officers, experts, state revenue minister and health minister to discuss the pros and cons of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. The government also held a discussion with the experts on the issue.
According to an order issued by the state government after the meeting, celebrations have been allowed only in districts with less than a 2 per cent positivity rate.
Public celebrations have been allowed only for five days and only 20 people have been allowed to participate in the idol in immersion or any kind of gathering or celebration at a time, following social distancing norms. No celebration has been allowed after 9 pm.
As per the order, the night curfew will continue in the state even during the celebration period.
It stated that COVID-19 guidelines must be followed during celebrations, adding that maintaining hygiene and sanitising guidelines must be followed.
The order refrained from carrying out celebrations in schools and organising DJs and entertainment.
It further said, “Only eco-friendly Ganapati idols are allowed. Not more than 4 feet tall Ganesha idol should be installed anywhere in the state. Not more than 2 feet tall Ganesha idol allowed to be installed inside homes. No processions are allowed. Immersion is only allowed in mobile immersion tanks, tubs.”
According to the state government portal, Karnataka has 17,746 active cases, 28,98,874 total recoveries, and 37,401 cumulative deaths.

Karnataka’s New Covid Travel Protocols For Travellers From Kerala

In a new ruling, the Karnataka government has exempted certain travellers from Kerala from mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine, provided that they have a short-term travel plan. The new rule says that such short term travellers should be in Karnataka for three days.

The rule is applicable to travellers who are in Karnataka for examination with one parent; passengers who are in transit from or to Kerala through any desired mode of transport; health care professionals, and their spouses; constitutional functionaries; children who are below two years of age; and those who are in need of emergency medical treatment, or have a death in the family.

On the other hand, students and employees coming to Karnataka are required to show an RT-PCR negative certificate that is valid for one week. Such certificates should not be older than 72 hours. This is irrespective of whether these travellers have had one dose or both the doses.

A circular that was issued yesterday says that all necessary arrangements are required to be made for seven-day institutional quarantine of students from Kerala The arrangements should be made by the administrators of the educational institutions, and respective employers for their students and employees.

It was also mentioned in the circular that employees must be in institutional quarantine, and under no circumstances should be in home quarantine. At the end of the seven-day period, they shall be tested.

COVID situation in Karnataka, TN reviewed

New Delhi [India]: In a telephonic conversation with health ministers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday reviewed the COVID-19 situation in these states.
Due to the rising cases in Kerala, the Minister discussed matters related to COVID-19 management in those areas of the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, which border Kerala, according to an official release. Highlighting the need to take adequate steps to contain the inter-state spread of COVID-19, Mandaviya requested the respective health ministers of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to increase the pace of vaccination in districts of their states that border Kerala.
The Central government has been at the forefront in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic and vaccinations form an integral component of its five-point strategy to fight the pandemic (including test, track, treat and COVID appropriate behaviour).
India has been running the largest vaccination drive against COVID-19 since January 16 this year.

Karnataka: Covid scare in Kolar nursing college

32 students test positive, all Kerala returnees. Karnataka Health Minister has taken note of the incident and has stated that he will visit the college and will initiate action against the college management.

Bengaluru, Karnataka, September 1 : As many as 32 students of a nursing college have tested positive for Covid-19 in Karnataka’s Kolar. Noorunnisa Institute of Nursing in Kolar district has come under scanner following Covid outbreak.

Karnataka Health Minister has taken note of the incident and has stated that he will visit the college and will initiate action against the college management.

“All of them are Kerala returnees. I’ll visit the college & take action against the management,” Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar told ANI.

According to report, as per quarantine protocol for Kerala’s visitors, the district administration tested 265 students and staff and one after the other students were found positivie.

A large number of people from Kerala travel to border districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi every day for various reasons including work, educational purposes, and to avail medical facilities here.

This development comes when several schools, colleges, and other educational institutions across several states, including Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and many more reopened today i.e. on September 1, adhering to the government-necessitated coronavirus disease (Covid-19) guidelines.

Meanewhile, the Karnataka government has decided to allow schools to reopen for classes 6-8 on alternate days from September 6 in regions where the Covid-19 test positivity rate is below two per cent. 

Schools reopen in Delhi, UP, MP, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka today

The decision to reopen schools was taken after a significant drop in the number of COVID-19 cases was seen in the country. For most of the states, attendance has been made voluntary.

New Delhi, India, September 1 : The schools, colleges, and other educational institutions across several states, including Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and many more will reopen today i.e. on September 1. A few of special protocols are meant to adhere to the government-necessitated coronavirus disease (Covid-19) guidelines. SOPs have been released to ensure the safety of students which include staggered lunch breaks, minimum seating capacity in class, masking and sanitization protocols, etc. 

The decision to reopen schools was taken after a significant drop in the number of COVID-19 cases was seen in the country. For most of the states, attendance has been made voluntary. 

While Tamil Nadu will reopen schools only for classes 9-12, Delhi, and Rajasthan will reopen physical classes for 9-12 students along with colleges, universities, and coaching institutes. 

In Delhi, while the classes for standards 9 to 12 are resuming from today, those for standards 6 to 8 are slated to resume from September 8. However, the Delhi government has clarified that no student would be forced to physically attend classes. While several schools in the national capital also opting for a ‘wait-and-watch’ strategy to see how the situation progresses before they call in all their students.

Uttar Pradesh will reopen the school for primary classes (1 to 5) from September 1. All the schools have been directed by the respective state governments to strictly follow the COVID-19 standard operating procedure (SOPs) that have already been issued. 

The Haryana government has decided to reopen primary schools for Classes 4 and 5starting from today. Students will be allowed to come to the school with the prior written permission of their parents. 

The schools in Puducherry will resume from today for classes 9 to 12 with 50% capacity. The school will hold classes in two shifts–morning and evening in an alternate manner. Schools in Assam will resume physical classes for 10 to 12 from today

Meanwhile, though schools in Telangana were scheduled to reopen from September 1, the Telangana High Court has stayed the government’s decision saying physical classes are not mandatory. “No student from any school private or government, KG to class 12, shall be compelled to attend physical classes from Sept 1,” the high court said. 

School reopening: Guidelines for physical classes to be followed

  • All the schools will open with 50 percent capacity in all the aforesaid states
  • All the teaching, non-teaching staff, drivers of buses, cabs, and auto-rickshaws ferrying the students to and from schools need to get at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Students will need to produce consent letters from parents to attend in-person classes at school
  • All the educations institutes will sanitise the premises regularly and keep an extra stock of masks for students
  • All will bring food and drinking water from home and eat lunch in their respective classrooms without mingling with others
  • Maintain proper social distancing is a must
  • Students can opt to continue attending online classes without any effect on attendance
  • Students and teachers will undergo thermal scanning at the entry gate 
  • Tamil Nadu schools are asked to prepare scheduled with short duration classes so that the students are not needed to spend a long time at school
  • Rajasthan government will put restrictions on conducting assembly prayers, sports activities, and distributing cooked mid-day meals
  • Delhi government has decided to set up a quarantine centre in every school for emergency use
  • Teaching work of children in primary schools of Rajasthan will be done in two shifts with the first shift being from 8 am to 11 am second shift from 11.30 am
  • Classes will take place in blended mode – both online and physical in all states.

Stuart Binny’s contribution to Karnataka Cricket would be written in golden letters: Sourav Ganguly

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly on Monday said Stuart Binny’s contribution for Karnataka cricket would be written in golden letters. Stuart announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday.
“I would like to wish Stuart Binny all the very best for his future endeavours. He has had a long career. First-Class cricket is the base for a good international set up and Stuart has had an immense contribution in that. His contribution for Karnataka State Cricket Association, which has produced so many players of repute, will be written in golden letters. I wish him all the success in his life,” Ganguly stated in an official BCCI release. Talking about Stuart, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said: “Stuart Binny has been a true servant of Indian cricket and the all-rounder has contributed heavily in the domestic circuit as well. His dedication and sincerity towards the game shall be an inspiration for the future cricketers who are looking to pursue the game. I wish Stuart good luck for the future.”
A right-handed batsman and a medium pacer, Stuart, played 6 Tests, 14 ODIs and 3 T20Is for India. Stuart’s best moment in India colours came in 2014 when he ran through the Bangladesh line-up, registering the best-ever ODI bowling figures (6/4) by an Indian.
A solid contributor in First-Class cricket, Stuart, played 95 First-Class games in his 17-year career scoring 4,796 runs and picking 148 wickets. Playing for Karnataka, Stuart was part of the Ranji Trophy-winning team in 2013-14.
In the Indian Premier League (IPL) he played for Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Karnataka reports 1301 new Covid cases in last 24 hours

Bangalore (Karnataka) [India], August 27 : Karnataka reported 1,301 new Covid cases during the last 24 hours, as per the bulletin released by the state government on Friday.
During the same duration, 1,614 people recovered from the infection while 17 people succumbed to the deadly virus. As per the release, there are currently 18,970 active cases in the state.
A total of 29,44,764 cases have been reported in the state so far, out of which 28,88,520 people have recovered while 37,248 people have died from the virus.

K’taka: 3 Suspended

Yadgir (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Police has suspended three constables for not taking action after gunshots were fired during the Jan Ashirwad Yatra of Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Bhagwanth Khuba.


Yadgir Superintendent of Police (SP) Vedmurthy told that the three constables were suspended on Thursday for not acting legally after being present at the celebratory rally.


“Veeresh, Santhosh, and Mehboob from Yadgir rural police station were suspended on August 19 for not acting legally after being at present at the spot. Gunshots were fired by the supporters and followers of former minister Baburao Chinchansur. Thus, I have ordered for enquiry into the case,” he said.
Video footage from the event that took place on August 18, shows supporters of the two leaders holding guns in the air and firing.

In another frame, Chinchansur can be seen holding the gun along with his followers.

Explaining his stance, the former minister has said that shooting is the tradition in some villages while welcoming. Also, gunshots would be fired in marriages and in deaths, he added.


The new Union Ministers have embarked on Jan Ashirwad Yatra as they could not be introduced in Parliament earlier this month due to repeated disruptions by the Opposition.


The yatra seeks to inform people about the achievements of the BJP-led central government in internal, external, economic, social, health spheres and programmes aimed at boosting employment through its focus on self-reliance.

Karnataka Digital Economy Mission

Mysuru (Karnataka) [India]: The Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) on Friday inaugurated its third office in the state on the day of Varamahalakhmi, with the objective of working towards increasing the digital economy contribution in the state to 30 per cent of Gross State Domestic Product (SGDP).
During the event GlowTouch, a global IT company, which aims to employ 500 candidates was also inaugurated. Inaugurating the new office, which is being set up at Silver Spirit Technology Park, Dr CN Ashwatha Narayana, the minister for Electronics, IT/Bt, and S&T, said, the KDEM office here will work focusing on the growth of the digital industry in the Mysuru cluster.
Informing that this was KDEM’s third office in the state after Bengaluru and Hubbali, he said, “Mysuru and other clusters like Hubballi and Mangaluru are expected to contribute more than 5 per cent of overall tech economy by 2030. In order to strengthen the digital economy, the government will focus on improving connectivity even to remote parts, providing 24/7 electricity and to reduce rural-urban divide by establishing the needed infrastructure.”
The KDEM aims to attract investments for the IT sectors including the agro-sector in the state and to create 10 lakh jobs by 2025. It works to achieve the target by focusing on five verticals of IT products & services, innovation & startups, Electronic System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM), ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ and ‘Talent Accelerator’, the minister said.
The Prime Minister has set a target that India should become a USD 1 trillion digital economy by 2025. By then, Karnataka’s contribution from the digital economy should be able to reach about USD 300-350 billion and out of this, USD 150 billon is expected to be achieved from IT exports and KDEM has been set up to facilitate achieving this target, Narayana explained.
Pratap Simha, Member of Parliament of Mysuru, said, “10 lane highway connectivity between Bengaluru-Mysuru, which is planned to get completed by next year will facilitate the growth of industries in the Mysuru region.” He also assured that the work of the four-lane road between Mysuru and Madikeri would start the next year.
Prashanth Prakash, Chairman of the Startup Vision Group, GOK said, “Future Digital Jobs at Mysuru initiative, which was launched on the occasion was a well thought out special programme to tap the tech talent from Mysuru.”
Dr Ramana Reddy, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Electronics ITBT, S&T and C&I, Government of Karnataka explained the ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ initiative and its aspirations. He said, “The department is committed to providing all support to tap the full potential of Beyond Bengaluru clusters in Karnataka. We are seeing the early results like GlowTouch setting up in Mysore and iMerit already set up in Hubli and many more are in pipeline.”
B V Naidu, Chairman of KDEM also said, the aim of KDEM, a joint initiative of industry and the Government to drive ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ mission and create 10 lakh job opportunities in clusters identified outside Bengaluru is going to be a reality and Mysuru is becoming a promising destination for Global Capability Centres (GCC’s) and ESDM.
Pavan Ranga, Partner – N R Group & Chairman – CII and Mr Sanjay S, Director SSTP, Sanjeev Kumar Gupta, MD & CEO – Lahari (a world Class TESTING and CERTIFYING facility), Shyamprasad Hebbar, Director, GlowTouch, Meena Nagaraj, Director, Dept. of IT/Bt, Dr Bagadi Gautham, District Commissioner, and others were also present at the event.

Karnataka Govt. may fall any time

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Opposition leader in the Karnataka assembly Siddaramaiah on Saturday slammed the BJP government stating that it may not last long.


Talking to media persons, Siddaramaiah said “The confusion in the government continues like before, it is doubtful that this government will complete its tenure.” “I suspect that the present government can fall any time. Ruling party legislators are protesting and are making statements against the government. MLAs are going to Delhi to solve their grievances, which clearly shows that there are some problems in the ruling party” said former CM Siddaramaiah.


Siddaramaiah further said, “The Corona third wave has started and There is in an alarming situation. Strict measures should be taken in the state’s border districts. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that people are not affected by the third wave. Declaring a weekend lockdown will not be enough solution.”


He further added that it is not advisable to open school or college unless the third wave comes under control and also that government should not allow programs that are too crowded.

Karnataka CM does not want zero traffic rule for himself

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai has decided to not imply Zero traffic rules for his city travel in Bengaluru. Earlier, the Chief Minister along with his ministers were getting zero traffic to avoid traffic congestion during their travel in the city.
However, to break away with this rule, Karnataka CM Bommai decided to not imply zero traffic on his travel. As per an official statement by the Chief Minister’s office, CM Bommai ordered to not provide him ‘zero traffic’ for his city travel in Bengaluru.
On a similar note, the Bengaluru Traffic Police has issued an order mentioning that the signal will be free (green light) when ministers travel and also allow the ambulance to move during their travel.
Earlier, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra had also denied that he doesn’t want this zero traffic system rule for himself.

Karnataka : 2 pc quota for sportspersons in Police

Karnataka Police recruitment will be making 2 pc quota reserved for national, international sportspersons belonging to the state, said Alok Kumar Additional Director-General of Police (Karnataka State Reserve Police) on Saturday.

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], August 14 : Speaking to ANI during the celebration of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, ADGP Kumar said the recruitment drive will be inducting sportspersons for three different posts— Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) and constable. “After 14 years again the sports recruitment will start and we are going to have 2 per cent of the sportsperson who has represented the country in national and international sports like Olympics. So we are going to recruit those people who have participated in past 10 years, for those people we are having this recruitment. It will start shortly and the notification will be released soon,” said Alok Kumar.
He further said to promote and inculcate the sense of sportsmanship in the youngsters this initiative has been taken.
“We have seen India bagged seven medals in Olympics but this time Karnataka could not get any medal. We hope in future our sate will also bring medals, for that we will promote and inculcate the sense of sportsmanship in our youngsters and keeping that in mind we are going to recruit sportsmen in the police department,” he added.
On the occasion of the 75th Independence Day celebration of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, Karnataka Police have organised a run for unity from Vidhana Soudha to Cubbon Park to Kanteerava Stadium.

State Home Minister Araga Jnanendra, DIG Praveen Sood, Alok Kumar ADGP KSRP also participated in the function.
Speaking at the occasion, State Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said that the government will strictly monitor the drug peddling activities in the state.
“There is drug peddling going on, but police are one step ahead. I do not say drug peddling has cut down, but we will strictly monitor drug peddling,” said Home Minister Jnanendra.
Talking about foreign nationals whose visa terms are over, Karnataka Home Minister said, “I am discussing with police officials about why we are not sending foreign nationals who are living even after their visa term gets over, we will definitely take action related to foreign nationals.”
‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ is an initiative taken by the Central Government to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he flagged off Dandi March from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on March 12.

Karnataka CM calls emergency meeting

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday called an emergency meeting with experts regarding COVID-19 and the possibility of its effect on children during the third wave.

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], August 13 : As per the suggestions of experts, the state government had decided to open schools from August 23. But the CM has called an emergency meeting with them soon after returning from his official tour to Dakshina Kannada. Bommai said that the experts have warned that the children will likely be affected during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as they belong to the non-vaccinated group.
“We have already started the ‘Vathsalya’ scheme in Udupi and Haveri districts for complete monitoring the children. We will organise pediatric health camps to check their nutritious strength, and will do all necessary treatment for lack of nutrition and undergrowth,” he said.
“We have provided training to all concerned officers working on the scheme, and will try to protect the children from this virus. All district hospitals have been instructed to arrange pediatric ICU,” he added.
In Karnataka, from August 1 to August 11, 543 children of age group 0-19 were reportedly infected from COVID-19.
Of the infected children, 210 children belonged to the age group of 0-9, and 333 children or teenagers belonged to the age group of 10-19.
However, no COVID-19 related death in the age group of 0-19 has been reported, and the infected children were mostly asymptomatic or had mild symptoms of the virus.

“When it comes to state, I’m Kannadiga first then Indian; Mekedatu project is our right”: Kumaraswamy

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Reiterating his stand on the Mekedatu project, former Karnataka Chief Minister and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday said that he is a Kannadiga first and then an Indian while adding that the water reservoir project is the right of the state.
Briefing media persons, Kumaraswamy said, “I do not want to play politics in the name of water and the emotional issues, but when it comes to the state, I am a Kannadiga first and then an Indian. My state issues are important to me. I do not play politics in the name of nationalism. Let him (CT Ravi) be an Indian first, Mekedatu project is our right and we have to proceed towards building the project.” His remarks came in the backdrop of BJP leader CT Ravi’s statement over the issue.
Earlier on Thursday, BJP national general secretary CT Ravi said that he stands in favour of the nation instead of emotions.
“I am a pro-Indian first, drinking water should not be viewed as an emotional issue, The water must not be used for fire-fighting politics. Instead, the issue will be resolved amicably,” stated Ravi.
CT Ravi comment triggered controversy in Karnataka.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said that he will visit New Delhi to discuss the actual situation of the Mekedatu project with Union Ministers.
BJP’s Tamil Nadu and Karnataka units have locked horns over the issue of building the dam at Mekedatu.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai announced a protest fast against the decision of the Karnataka government to go ahead and build the Mekedatu dam.
The Mekedatu balancing reservoir-cum drinking water project, to be constructed across the Cauvery river basin, has been at the center of controversy between the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Earlier too on July 12, 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.

VerSe Innovation raises Rs 3,349 crore, doubles valuation in five months

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Aug 12 : Local language technology platform VerSe Innovation said on Thursday it has raised and signed definitive documents for 450 million dollars (about Rs 3,349 crore) in a series one funding round from marquee global investors Siguler Guff, Baillie Gifford, affiliates of Carlyle Asia Partners Growth II and others.
Existing investors Sofina Group, Qatar Investment Authority and BCap also participated north of their pro-rata in this round, resulting in VerSe Innovation more than doubling its valuation from its prior round five months ago. The multi-million-dollar investment follows close on the heels of a 200 million dollar fund raise from Falcon Edge Capital via Alpha Wave Ventures, Glade Brook Capital Partners, Google, Microsoft and QIA which concluded in February, taking the total capital raise in the first half of 2021 to beyond 650 million dollars.
The investment will be focused on strengthening the company’s leadership position as the largest, fastest growing local language AI driven content platform in the country.
VerSe plans on both deepening and broadening its AI/ML and data science capabilities to further widen its leadership position across all user, engagement and retention metrics, drive further on monetisation including e-commerce and live streaming.
It also plans to further cement its market leadership across its local language creator base of over 50 million creators as well as its local language content ecosystem which experiences over 80 billion video plays per month

Karnataka High Court orders 16 mosques to submit affidavit on loud speakers

The divisional bench headed by Chief Justice AS Oka and Justice Sanjay Gowda gave directions in this regard. The PIL was filed by 32 residents of Icon apartment on Thanisandra Road.

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, August 11 : The Karnataka High Court has ordered the management of 16 mosques in Bengaluru to submit affidavit in connection with sound pollution on Tuesday.

The divisional bench headed by Chief Justice AS Oka and Justice Sanjay Gowda gave directions in this regard. The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by 32 residents of Icon apartment on Thanisandra Road.

During the hearing, the masjid management submitted that they have taken permissions to use loudspeakers.

The bench stated that the management of masjids has to submit an affidavit before the court on whether they are following the guidelines prescribed by the government to avoid sound pollution.

They also have to mention in the affidavit that, they have obtained a license as per the Pollution Control Board (PCB) guidelines and if a license is not obtained they will not use loudspeakers.

Tourism minister Anand Singh creates political ripples in Karnataka again

Bengaluru, Aug 11: The taking down of the name board of Tourism Minister Anand Singh at his legislator’s residence-cum-office at Vijayanagara city has created political ripples in the state.

A video depicting the same has also gone viral on Twitter. Yet another video has also gone viral which depicts the deserted look of his office. The office staff has informed the people of the minister’s unavailability to receive their pleas and grievances.

Asked about the taking down of the name board, Singh said: “I do not want to comment on this. I have told the Chief Minister what I have to say.”

In all these past days, he has not even once visited the Vidhana Sabha and he is yet to occupy his chamber. Sources say Singh is demanding energy or public works portfolios. Energy ministry has been allocated to Sunil Kumar.

Amidst these developments, Singh is expected to visit Bengaluru later today.

Earlier in Ballari, Singh had hinted that he would resign if his demand was not met. “I am a stubborn man. I will not bog down for any reason. I will even resign from my assembly membership if my demand is not met,” he had threatened.

These threats from Singh are not new. He had issued such threats during the JDS-Congress coalition government while demanding district status to Vijayanagara.

When the JDS-Congress coalition government refused to heed to his demand, Singh resigned as Congress legislator and paved the way for other rebel JDS and Congress MLAs to resign.

After their resignations, the rebel JDS and Congress legislators joined the BJP and toppled the coalition government led by HD Kumaraswamy and paved the way for BS Yediyurappa to win trust vote in the state assembly and form the government.

After assuming charge as a minister in the BJP government, Singh had allegedly pressured Yediyurappa threatening to resign as a minister and quit the party if the Vijayanagara district was not carved out of Ballari.

Apparently sensing the danger it could cause to the government, Yediyurappa’s government approved the new district on November 18, 2020, and finally announced Vijayanagara as the 31st district in its gazette notification.

Back story

A day after Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai allocated portfolios to his cabinet colleagues, Singh had expressed his discontentment over the portfolio allocated to him.

Last August 7, Singh had threatened to take extreme decisions if his portfolio was not changed and had asked Bommai to reconsider his demand. He also said that it was because of his resignation as the legislator, the BJP came to power in the state.

“I will request the Chief Minister to consider my demand. Tell me, am I not capable of handling the portfolio I had asked for? Am I not competent? Didn’t I do anything to the party? Wasn’t there my contribution in bringing the BJP to power? Let them say, if I am not capable. I will obey whatever their decision is,” he had said.

Singh’s resignation had started a flurry of resignations by JDS and Congress legislators to topple the previous coalition government and brought BJP to power. Therefore, he must get a better portfolio, he said.

Reacting to the development, Bommai said all ministers cannot be assigned the portfolios they wished for.

Apart from Singh, N Nagaraj, popularly known as MTB, also has expressed his dissatisfaction with the portfolios distributed to them.

Nagaraj was expecting the housing portfolio as he had held the same in the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government before defecting to BJP.

Kodagu locals send petition to PM

Kodagu (Karnataka) [India]: Locals from Karnataka’s Kodagu district have sent a petition to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Karnataka Chief Minister urging for the renaming of the Rajiv Gandhi National Park to General Cariappa National Park after Field Marshal KM Cariappa who hails from Kodagu.

Naveen Mandappa and Vinay Kayapanda from Kodagu district of Karnataka have sent the petition, which they claim has been signed by over 6.000 people.
The petition comes just days after the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award was renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award.

Naveen Mandappa said, “Formerly known as Nagarahole National Reserve Forest was changed to Rajiv Gandhi National Park Nagarahole just to appease a particular family and its party. Why should it not be renamed to its past name or named after the first General of India who was from Kodagu. If it is renamed as General Cariappa National Park then this will be a great honour to the great generals of Kodagu. It will also be an honour to the Indian Army.

“As of now, the petition carries 6,280 signatures. If we go through the comments, most of them have agreed with the content and context of the petition,” added Mandappa.

General KM Carriappa was the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army. He led the Army on the Western Front during the Indo-Pakistani War in 1947. General Carriappa was the recipient of the title of Field Marshal of India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that the Khel Ratna award will now be called the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. The award was earlier named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

PM Modi had said, “I have been getting many requests from citizens across India to name the Khel Ratna Award after Major Dhyan Chand. I thank them for their views.”

“Respecting their sentiment, the Khel Ratna Award will hereby be called the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award! Jai Hind!,” he added.

This came a day after the Indian men’s hockey team won the Bronze medal after 41 years at the Olympic Games.

Dhyan Chand was a legendary hockey player known for his magical hockey skills. He was part of the Indian hockey team which struck gold in the Olympics of 1928, 1932, and 1936.

On August 29, India celebrates National Sports Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand.

Karnataka portfolio allocation: CM Bommai keeps finance; core MLAs get prime berths

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has allocated portfolios to 29 ministers inducted into his new cabinet. According to news agency ANI, the chief minister kept finance, along with cabinet affairs, Bengaluru development and all un-allocated portfolios. Meanwhile, KS Eshwarappa was allotted the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Development. The revenue department (except Muzarai) was given to R Ashoka, while the Transport & ST Welfare was allotted to B Sriramulu. 

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had on Wednesday expanded his new cabinet, by inducting 29 ministers. The new Ministers, including the lone woman cabinet member Shashikala Jolle, were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot at the Raj Bhavan.

The Chief Minister had then said the allocation of portfolios to the new Ministers will be done in a couple of days.

In the cabinet expansion, which was seen as the first challenge before the new Chief Minister, Bommai has tried to play safe. He has by and large retained the old faces, as 23 of them were Ministers in the previous BS Yediyurappa cabinet, while six are new.

However, there are no Deputy Chief Ministers in this cabinet, unlike in the previous Yediyurappa Ministry, which had three.

According to party sources, the Chief Minister was against having any deputies.

The high command also shared his view as there were too many aspirants for the posts and it had the potential to create a further rift within the government and party in the days to come, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the BJP high command seems to have not agreed to induct Yediyurappa’s younger son and state BJP vice president BY Vijayendra into the cabinet, amid reports of pressure from the party strongman, in this regard.

“The national president has spoken to Yediyurappa and the national general secretary in charge of Karnataka Arun Singh spoke to Vijayendra personally.

“I can only say, Vijayendra’s name is not there in the list today,” Bommai said in response to a question on Vijayendra.

Among those in the Yediyurappa cabinet who made it to Bommai’s Ministry are- Govind Karjol (Mudhol), KS Eshwarappa (Shivamogga), R Ashoka (Padmanabhanagar), CN Ashwath Narayan (Malleshwaram), B Sriramulu (Molkalmuru), Umesh Katti (Hukkeri), ST Somashekar (Yeshwanthpur), K Sudhakar (Chikkaballapura); Byrathi Basavaraj (KR Puram), BC Patil(Hirekeruru), Murugesh Nirani (Beelagi), Shivaram Hebbar (Yeallapur), Shashikala Jolle (Nippani), KC Narayan Gowda (KR Pet), K Gopalaiah (Mahalakshmi Layout); JC Madhuswamy (Chikkanayakanahalli), Prabhu Chauhan (Aurad), V Somanna (Govindraj Nagar), S Angara (Sullia), Anand Singh (Vijayanagara), CC Patil (Nargund), MTB Nagaraj (MLC), and Kota Srinivas Poojary (MLC).

Among the fresh faces are- V Sunil Kumar (Karkala), Araga Jnanendra (Thirthahalli), Munirathna (RR Nagar), Halappa Achar (Yelburga), Shankar Patil Munenkopp (Navalgunda) and BC Nagesh (Tiptur).

NIA arrests IS operative

Uttara Kannada (Karnataka) [India]: In its efforts to clamp down on the Islamic State (IS) module in India, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested an operative of the banned organisation from Karnataka in connection with the Kerala ISIS module case.
Jufri Jawhar Damudi, an IS operative wanted in the case has been arrested from Bhatkal by NIA. Jufri, a resident of Bhatkal in Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka, was arrested in a joint operation of NIA and Karnataka Police.
Jufri was in touch with ISIS leadership currently operating out of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region who provided him propaganda material and also gave directions for its dissemination, the NIA said.
For this purpose, the agency said Jufri had created multiple pseudonymous identities on encrypted chat platforms and was also a member of various online propaganda channels of ISIS.
The case was registered on June 29 this year at the NIA police station here in the National Capital in connection with the conspiracy of the proscribed terrorist organization ISIS to radicalize and recruit impressionable Muslim youth in India to wage violent jihad against the Indian State, the agency said.
“ISIS terrorists operating from various conflict zones along with ISIS cadres in India have created a network by assuming pseudo-online identities wherein ISIS-related propaganda material is disseminated for radicalizing and recruiting members to the fold of ISIS,” said the NIA.
Earlier, NIA had conducted multiple searches in Jammu and Kashmir on July 11 this year and arrested three accused persons namely Umar Nisar, Tanveer Ahmad Bhat and Rameez Ahmad Lone, all residents of Achabal in Anantnag.
“A cyber entity ‘Abu Hazir Al Badri’ a key operative of ISIS who is involved in translation of Voice of Hind to South Indian languages and its further dissemination was identified as Jufri Jawhar Damudi.”
This cyber id was also used to radicalize and recruit people, said the NIA, adding Jawhar is the younger brother of Adnan Hasan Damudi who was arrested for ISIS-related activities in 2016 and is currently under detention in a separate NIA case.
During the searches conducted today, the anti-terror agency said, a large number of digital devices such as mobile phones, hard disks, SD cards, etc have been seized.

‘Bring humanitarian values’

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai on Friday said that bringing humanitarian values within the frame of law will not only resolve several problems but also will make the judiciary more humane and people-friendly.

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], August 6 : This was said by CM Bommai after inaugurating the national webinar on socio-legal values in Mitakshara, Vachana, Dasa, and Folk Literature in Karnataka organized by the Vijnaneshwara Adhyayana Peetha, Karnataka State Law University.
“The Vachana, Dasa, and Janapada literature of Karnataka has articulated equality, tolerance, gratitude, and forgiveness very effectively. Vignaneshwara Adhyayana Peetha must work towards inculcating these values within the frame of law”, he said.
The CM suggested that “Legal aspects have transformed along with the changes in the society. There is a sea change in the social situation, individual relations, and societies. Similarly, people’s thinking on law is also undergoing change. The Peetha must conduct a study on these aspects.”
A Revolution in the field of literature in Karnataka is significant. The constitution of the country which is the foundation of the law reflects the principles of Basavanna, the CM added.
The Chief Minister also aspired that the Adhyayana Peeta which was established by former chief minister B.S.Yediyurappa will make a mark at the national and international levels.
Justice Shivaraj Patil, Chairman, Vijnaeshwara Adhyayana Peeta, Former Judge of Supreme Court, Justice B.N.Srikrishna were also present at the event.

Karnataka Cabinet Expansion

New Delhi [India]: Karnataka Cabinet expansion will take place on Wednesday, said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai adding that if clearance is received by the party’s central leadership in the morning, the oath-taking ceremony will be held in the evening.
“Cabinet expansion will take place tomorrow. If I get the clearance from the Central party leadership tomorrow morning, the oath-taking ceremony will be held in the evening,” said Bommai while speaking to reporters in Delhi. Basavaraj Bommai landed in Delhi on Monday to discuss Karnataka Cabinet expansion with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President JP Nadda.
He took oath as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka on July 28, two days after the resignation of BS Yediyurappa.
The Chief Minister also informed that there is a difference of opinion among party leaders over the decision of continuing Deputy Chief Ministers appointed by Yediyurappa during his tenure.
“Central BJP leadership will discuss with BS Yediyurappa on the Cabinet expansion. There is a difference of opinion on whether to continue the Deputy Chief Minister post,” he said.
Yediyurappa’s son BY Vijayendra was reported to be anointed a position in the new Cabinet.
“Regarding BY Vijayendra, the party will take a final call,” Bommai told reporters.
After meeting JP Nadda on Monday, the Chief Minister said that he had a detailed discussion with the national president and also apprised him of the ground situation in the state.
This is his second visit to Delhi. On July 30, he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During his two-day visit to the national capital earlier, he also met several Union Ministers including Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh among others.

Karnataka : Cabinet expansion!

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai is scheduled to meet with BJP president J P Nadda is scheduled in the evening.

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, August 2 : Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said cabinet expansion can take place most likely on Wednesday if the list is finalised in a meeting with the BJP central leadership later during the day. The chief minister, who reached the national capital late on Sunday night, said the cabinet exercise will be done in a balanced way keeping in mind the previous team.

His meeting with BJP president J P Nadda is scheduled in the evening. “The list may get finalised either today or tomorrow. If it gets finalised tonight, the cabinet expansion can take place on Wednesday,” Bommai told reporters before leaving for Parliament to meet Home Minister Amit Shah.

A comprehensive discussion will be held with the BJP chief in the evening about the cabinet formation, including whether it should be done in several stages or one go, he said.

Even balancing of regional and social representation will be kept in mind while deciding names, he added.

“Based on these factors, the numbers and names will be decided. Even how many deputy CMs should be made will also be decided in the meeting,” Bommai said.

The chief minister further said that in the current political situation efforts will be made to take every one together.

 
“We are hopeful that cabinet making will be fruitful. Not only fruitful, it should serve the purpose of serving the people of the state,” he said.

The CM also said some aspirants have met met him here and held discussions. “They also know not everyone can become ministers,” he added.

“We will do in a balanced way keeping in mind the previous cabinet team,” he said. Bommai took oath as the chief minister on July 28 after the resignation of his predecessor B S Yediyurappa on July 26. He is the lone Cabinet member in the government.

Karnataka Health Minister Sudhakar warns people that the second COVID wave is not over yet

Bengaluru : Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Tuesday appealed to the people to be continue to be cautious warning that the second wave of COVID-19 was not completely over yet.
Speaking to media persons here he said that even those who have taken two doses of the vaccine should continue to take all precautionary measures. After the unlock huge crowds have been seen in the markets and religious places and therefore it is important that people should strictly follow the COVID-19 guidelines or else they risk the possibility of inviting third wave, he said.
He said it was noticed that most of the people are not taking care and are moving around without masks and not maintaining social distancing in various places including tourist spots and suggested that people should not forget about the dangerous of spreading the virus.
He also said that a meeting with Chief Minister B S Yeddyiurappa later in the day will take a decision regarding imposition of night curfew.

ISRO’s snapped parachute found in open field in Karnataka

A snapped parachute belonging to ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) in Hyderabad was recovered from an open field in Basavana Bagewadi in Vijaypura district of Karnataka, the police said on Saturday.

“We found the snapped parachute and some equipment in an open field belonging to Eeranna Kambar, a resident of Kannal village in Basavana Bagewadi, on Thursday morning,” an officer told IANS.

Kannal is a small hamlet in Vijaypura district located 505 km from Bengaluru, and 380 km from Hyderabad.

The police said they had established contact with the phone numbers printed on the equipment and the people concerned had asked the police to forward everything recovered from the field to NRSC with adequate precautions.

“The equipment had ISRO’s Hyderabad address. The package has been couriered,” the police said.

The police also said that their prima facie, the equipment appear to be belonging to some weather monitoring system or part of some experiment by the ISRO.

Karnataka: BJP in-charge Arun Singh starts meeting MLAs as leadership change issue lingers

Hectic political activities continued for the second consecutive day in the ruling BJP in Karnataka on Thursday, as the party’s national General Secretary in charge of the State Arun Singh started meeting leaders and legislators individually, in the backdrop of speculations over replacing Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

Singh, who landed in the city on Wednesday evening, had already held a meeting with Ministers along with Yediyurappa and state BJP President Nalin Kumar Kateel.

The individual meeting with legislators, MPs and leaders that was scheduled at the city’s Kumarakrupa Guest House, was at the last minute shifted to state BJP office Jagannath Bhavan at Malleshwaram, in view of maintaining “secrecy” of the interaction and to avoid large number of workers from gathering considering COVID situation, sources said.

Kateel too is present at the meeting, they said.

Even as Singh is meeting legislators and leaders individually, activities were on in the camp that wants Yediyurappa to continue, to put forward their case before the national General Secretary and to send a message they were firmly behind the Chief Minister.

In what appeared to be a show of solidarity, several Ministers including Basavaraj S Bommai, J C Madhuswamy and S Angara and a host of legislators made a beeline to Chief Minister’s residence, while 10 to 15 legislators met at Yediyurappa’s political secretary M P Renukacharya’s residence for breakfast, sources said.

Hubli-Dharwad MLA Arvind Bellad, MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal and others who are seen as a faction opposed to Yediyurappa, have reportedly held discussions regarding their strategy last evening itself.

Tourism Minister C P Yogeshwar was also said to be in touch with them.

Another faction of MLAs who claims to be “neutral” and swears to abide by the party decision on the leadership issue are likely to use the opportunity of individual meetings to express their concerns on the functioning of the government and the party; also implications of the recent development in the future.

Legislators who met at Renukacharya’s residence questioned the need for leadership change, while asserting that Yediyurappa will complete the term and will lead the party in the next assembly polls due in two years.

They demanded action against those who are making public statements on the issue and creating confusion.

Renukacharya had invited a large number of legislators who are in support of Yediyurappa to his residence for a breakfast and thereafter had planned to go together and present their case before Singh, but he had to drop it, with the leadership making it clear that the General Secretary would meet only individually and not in groups.

The Honnali MLA said, he had organised breakfast for legislators from rural areas at his official residence here as hotels are not open due to COVID restrictions, but had to drop it following a last night call from the Chief Minister asking him not to go ahead with it as it would send a wrong message only ten to fifteen of us had met for breakfast.

All legislators are with Yediyurappa, only one or two who are day-dreaming about becoming CM and have stitched ‘Suit-Boot’ are creating confusion. I want to question whether they have won on their own ability. No, it is because of Yediyurappathey have won,” Renukacharya said.

Calling Yediyurappa a tall and undisputed leader of the party and questioning the “morality” of those questioning his leadership, he demanded action against those causing embarrassment and are indulging in “dissidence activities”, and warned if it is not put to an end it will hamper the party in the future during upcoming local body polls and next assembly polls.

Noting that the 2018 mandate to BJP was under Yediyurappa, another BJP MLA Madal Virupakshappa questioned the need for leadership change when the Chief Minister is functioning effectively, said, “he (Yediyurappa) will continue as CM for remaining two years and lead the party in next polls. Party should take action against those involved in dissidence activities.”

Another MLA M P Kumaraswamy too, questioning the need for leadership change at the time when only “one year is left for development”, as the remaining one year will go into poll preparation, said “Yediyurappa brought BJP to power in South India.
He is a good leader and all of us are with him.”

Meanwhile, MLC A H Vishwanath, who has been embarrassing the government with his statements against the functioning of the government and the Chief Minister, after meeting Singh, said, like in other parties “family politics and demon politics” is seen in BJP too and advised that Yediyurappa become “margdarshak” and make way for others.

“I don’t belong to any faction, I’m a party worker. I was with JD(S) earlier as its state President and MLA and had quit revolting against its leadership opposing several things there, but same things I’m seeing here. I’m seeing family politics and demon politics here too,” he said.

Pointing at Yediyurappa’s statement that he will remain CM as long as the party leadership wants him to and alternative leadership exists in the party, he said, “Yediyuruppa should become margdarshak and in his place a leader from ‘Panchamasali Veerashiva’ community should be appointed as Chief Minister giving him good team of Ministers so as to bridge between the party and the government.”

Singh who will be meeting legislators, MPs and leaders individually, today and tomorrow, will finally take part in the state BJP core committee meeting scheduled on Friday.

Speculations have been rife for some time now that a section of the ruling BJP is trying to push for unseating Yediyurappa, despite Singh ruling out replacing the Chief Minister and asserting that the 78-year old Lingayat strongman will continue in the top post.

Giving credence to rumblings within BJP, senior Minister K S Eshwarappa on Wednesday had acknowledged that a section within the party is of the view that Yediyurappa should be replaced.

On his arrival on Wednesday, Singh had asked legislators and leaders not to make any statements in the media that may harm the party, even as he asserted that the state BJP was united and praised Yediyurappa’s leadership.

He had later gone into a huddle with the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues regarding the functioning of the government, taking its programmes to the masses, hearing grievances of public and legislators and maintaining proper coordination between the party and the government.

Karnataka resumes free milk distribution to boost immunity

Karnataka decided to resume free distribution of milk powder- Ksheera Bhagya- temporarily to school children enrolled in all government schools across the state aimed at boosting their immunity levels.

According to the circular issued by the government on Friday late night, this free distribution of milk scheme- Ksheera Bhagya- would be resumed temporarily.

“Each school student from class 1 to 10 will receive a supply of free 500 gm milk powder for two months, June and July,” the circular stated.

The Karnataka government’s decision to resume milk supply assumes significance in the backdrop of several child activists, NGOs, working with slums, health experts besides Leader of the Opposition, Siddaramaiah, who had launched this scheme in 2013, had been demanding to resume supply of milk to school children on multiple occasions and forums.

Owing to logistical challenges and other issues, Karnataka had stopped supplying free milk to schools as schools had closed down physically due to outbreak of pandemic in March 2020.

The circular stated that the scheme is targeted towards covering 56,64,873 children studying in Class 1 to Class 10 in around 51,000 government schools.

The state government had already commenced its milk powder distribution to children aged below 6 years through its vast network of Anganwadis. Around 39 lakh children are enrolled in around 64,000 Anganwadis in the state.

Just four days ago on July 15, Karnataka women and child welfare minister, Shashikala Jolle after reviewing the child nutrition programme had told reporters that there are around 4.47 lakh malnourished children in the state and among these 7,751 children are severely malnourished.

“Currently our focus is on streamlining and improving the tackling of malnourishment among these children as malnourishment programmes have been severely affected due to prolonged lockdowns and severe restrictions of transport movement. We are trying to address these issues case by case basis,” she had said.

“Malnutrition is major issue for the children from the economically backward sections, hence, the government must take steps to resume free distribution of milk before third Covid wave hits the state,” Siddaramaiah had said in a letter to the CM.

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