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Karnataka Bengaluru June 23 Highlights: State reports 3709 fresh cases, 139 deaths as cases continue to decline – The Indian Express

Bengaluru: People visist a crowded market area after certain restrictions of COVID-induced lockdown were eased, in Bengaluru, Monday, June 21, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News June 23 Highlights: Karnataka on Tuesday reported 3,709 new cases of Covid-19 and 139 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 28,15,029 and toll to 34,164. The day also saw 8,111 discharges, pushing the total number of recoveries to 26,62,250, the health department said.

Total number of active cases is at 1,18,592. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 2.87 per cent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 3.74 per cent. Bengaluru Urban logged 803 new cases, 1,745 discharges and 26 deaths. Dakshina Kannada reported 15 deaths, Mysuru (11), Davangere and Kolar (9), Mandya (8), followed by others.

According to a health department bulletin, the top contributors to the fresh case tally today include Mysuru with 486 new cases, Dakshina Kannada 374 and Hassan 309. Cumulatively a total of 3,30,18,369 samples have been tested in the state, of which 1,29,099 were tested on
Tuesday alone. (PTI)

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A female student of Christ (Deemed to be University) in Bengaluru has shared screenshots alleging that that the proctor, while invigilating an online examination, addressed her as “baby”.

Sharing the purported screenshots of a conversation on a third-party platform, which have gone viral on social media now, the student claimed that as she asked the invigilator when she could submit in PDF format the answers she wrote during an end-semester examination, the proctor responded by saying “another 3 minutes baby”.

A student from the institution’s Bannerghatta Road Campus, who requested anonymity, told Indianexpress.com, “The nature of the chats that take place on this third-party platform are sometimes inappropriate and distracting. The behaviour of the proctor also made us feel extremely uncomfortable. He asked us to bend the camera down to a low angle saying he wanted to ensure that no malpractice takes place. But it gave us the feeling that we are being watched in an inappropriate manner.”

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A Bengaluru court recently directed former prime minister HD Deve Gowda to pay Rs 2 crore to Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) Limited for ‘loss of reputation’.

The NICE had filed a case in the Additional City Civil and Sessions Court against statements made by Deve Gowda in 2011, in a Kannada TV channel interview.

The company said it sustained loss to its reputation due to the statements and claimed damages of Rs 10 crore. In its ruling, the court said, “Deve Gowda has failed to substantiate the statements made by him in the TV interview. Therefore, there is nothing on record to show that the allegations made by the defendant (Deve Gowda) against the plaintiff Company (NICE) in the questioned interview are supported with any cogent documentary proof. ”

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Narayan, a street vendor in Bengaluru, was happy to know about the Rs 2,000 Covid-19 relief announced by Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa for workers like him. However, his joy soon turned to despair as the money the state government put into his bank account was promptly debited towards repayment of a pending loan.

Narayan, who sells vegetables and fruits at Pipeline road in North Bengaluru, is still repaying the Rs 10,000 loan he had been provided with during the first wave of Covid under the Prime Minister Street Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) scheme.

“After the first lockdown was over, I restarted my business and was able to pay back around Rs 1,000 in six months to the bank, but once the second wave came, I could hardly earn Rs 300 in a day and that was not able to repay the loan,” he said.

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The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Karnataka police Tuesday confirmed the arrest of a 39-year-old man for allegedly cheating over 2,000 investors in a multi-crore cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme.

According to officers from the Economic Offence Wing, the trading and chain-link scheme was operated after the accused, identified as Ranganath D S, launched an online company last year promising high returns to investors.

“The CCB has arrested the director of a company accused of cheating more than 2,000 people. The accused operated a website named Digitechmark through an unregistered company,” City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said. “The website promised high returns on investments and collected thousands of crores of rupees. The investors’ money was routed to a bank account from where it was later used to buy and sell Tron, a cryptocurrency, on an exchange,” he added.

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The Karnataka government relaxed Covid-19-related restrictions in four districts, allowing all shops other than those air-conditioned, to function from 6 am to 1 pm. However, air-conditioned shopping complexes and malls will continue to remain shut.

In an order, revenue department Principal Secretary N Manjunatha Prasad said the lockdown norms have been relaxed in Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Davanagere, and Chamarajanagar districts with immediate effect and until 5 am of July 5.

In exercise of powers conferred under Section 24 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Chairman, State Executive Committee, after assessing current COVID 19 situation in certain districts, hereby permits the functioning of all shops other than air-conditioned shops, air-conditioned shopping complexes, and malls, from 6 am to 1 pm,” the order said.

The government had imposed restrictions from April 27 in view of the surge in coronavirus cases and relaxed the curbs in a phased manner, following a decline in infections. 

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The Karnataka Tourism Department has got approval from the Youth and Sports Services department and Airport Authority of India (AII) to use Jakkur aerodrome and five other airstrips for heli-tourism purposes.

Tourism Minister C P Yogeshwar, said “Jakkur will be used for landing and take-off purposes. A circuit will be prepared for tourists to take helicopters to Goa, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Kerala. The heli-tourism services can be even used by VVIPs and for emergency services.”

The proposed heliport to be constructed at Jakkur will have helipads to enable take-off and landing of six helicopters at a time. “As of now, three agencies for the services have also been finalised, ” said an official from the tourism department.

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The Karnataka Tourism Department has got approval from the Youth and Sports Services department and Airport Authority of India (AII) to use Jakkur aerodrome and five other airstrips for heli-tourism purposes.

Tourism Minister C P Yogeshwar, said “Jakkur will be used for landing and take-off purposes. A circuit will be prepared for tourists to take helicopters to Goa, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Kerala. The heli-tourism services can be even used by VVIPs and for emergency services.”

The proposed heliport to be constructed at Jakkur will have helipads to enable take-off and landing of six helicopters at a time. “As of now, three agencies for the services have also been finalised, ” said an official from the tourism department.

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The Karnataka government Tuesday announced that offline classes in colleges would resume after vaccinating students, teachers and staff members.

“To begin with, the government is considering reopening higher education institutions after ensuring vaccination to key stakeholders. It has been suggested that inoculation should be prioritised for the students and teaching fraternity,” Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said.

The CM was speaking after a high-level committee meeting constituted by the Karnataka government “to analyse, advice and control Covid-19 third wave”.

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Karnataka reported 3709 new cases of Covid-19 and 139 deaths, taking the total number of infections to over 28.15 lakh and fatality figures to 34,164.

Tuesday once again saw higher number of recoveries (8,111) than new infections. The number of people currently under treatment in the state is just over 1.18 lakh.

While the test positivity rate for the day stood at 2.87 percent, case fatality rate (CFR) was at 3.74 percent. Significantly, Bengaluru reported 803 new cases, 1,745 discharges and 26 deaths.

In terms of deaths, Dakshina Kannada (15) stood second followed by Mysuru (11), Davangere and Kolar (9), Mandya (8) and others. According to a health department bulletin, the top contributors to the fresh case tally Tuesday include Mysuru with 486 new cases, Dakshina Kannada 374 and Hassan 309.

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In a bid to assist people seeking help in taking up legal issues related to laws pertaining to lockdown, pandemic management, vaccination, and other guidelines, a Bengaluru-based NGO has launched a ‘Covid legal helpline’ facility. 

Operated by an NGO named Nyaaya, the helpline is currently operational in four languages including Kannada, English, Hindi, and Odia. According to the team behind the initiative, their services can be accessed via their official portal, different social media pages, and via WhatsApp. 

“We have collaborated with other NGOs, civil society organisations, and professionals who can provide comprehensive information on various topics with legal aid. While our primary aim is to help people address legal questions, verified information of Covid-19 resources would also be shared,” a volunteer said.

After cases of the new Delta variant of COVID-19 being detected in Maharashtra and Kerala, the BBMP will start genome sequencing to ascertain if the variant is detected in the city.

Samples of all those who have tested Covid-positive are being sent for genome sequencing to study the spread, if any, of Covid Delta variant in the city, said Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta. 

BBMP officials had been directed to keep a close watch on wards with higher positivity rate in the city.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has announced that tap water connections would be provided to 25 lakh rural households this year under the Jal Jeevan Mission.   

“There are 91.91 lakh households in rural Karnataka, of which 28 lakh houses get tap water. We are targeting to reach 25.17 lakh houses in 2021-22,” he said after reviewing the progress of Jal Jeevan Mission scheme. 

Further, Yediyurappa directed officials to implement the scheme on priority wherever water was available from river sources in the state. He added that he would hold a video conference with all the Chief Executive Officers of Zilla Panchayats.

Claiming that a ban on tobacco sales, smoking, and spitting in public places would help mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in the anticipated third wave and future waves, cancer survivors from Bengaluru Tuesday urged the Centre and the Karnataka government to take suitable measures to do so.

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, and Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, cancer survivors from the city cited findings by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that smokers are at a high risk of developing severe complications when confronted with coronavirus.

“Smokers are at a greater risk for hospital admission, need for ventilators, ICUs, and even death due to Covid-19. Chewing tobacco products increases saliva production and when the user spits it out, he/she spreads germs and viruses,” Nalini Satyanarayana, a cancer survivor, and a health activist noted.

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Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will launch 2,500 smart classrooms and distribute Tablet PCs to 1.55 lakh students of higher education today according to the Chief Minister’s office.

Yediyurappa will launch this ambitious program which is being implemented under Karnataka LMS (Learning Management System) by the department of collegiate education, said in a release.

The distribution of Tablet PCs will also take place simultaneously in different colleges of the state, added in the release.

The narcotics wing of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police on Wednesday arrested five  people and recovered MDMA, ecstasy tablets and LSD strips worth Rs 30 lakh from them.

According to CCB police, the arrested people had drugs purchased through the dark net using bitcoins. 

All arrested were working in various IT companies.

The Karnataka government has decided to increase the reservation for children of farmers and agricultural labourers at agricultural universities in the state to 50 per cent. 

“The same, for admission to Diploma in Agriculture, BSc. in Agriculture and equivalent degrees was fixed at 40 per cent earlier. The cabinet has approved to increase this to 50 per cent now,” Agriculture Minister B C Patil said.

He added that the decision would aid children hailing from families working in the agrarian sector and the same would be in effect at all agricultural colleges, universities, and allied institutions located in the state.

The Karnataka government Tuesday began crediting Rs 3,000 each to the bank account of artists through Direct Benefit Transfer in a bid of offer financial assistance to those adversely affected due to the Covid-19 crirs. 

Launching the initiative, CM B S Yediyurappa said that a sum of Rs 6.23 crore would be provided to over 20,000 artists. Minister for Kannada and Culture Aravind Limbavali said over 17,000 artists were given a similar assistance during the first wave of the pandemic.

Former Mysuru deputy commissioner Rohini Sindhuri did not obtain necessary clearances before constructing a swimming pool at the DC’s bungalow, which is a heritage property, according to a probe report submitted by Mysuru regional commissioner GC Prakash.

Prakash, who had been asked by the Principal Secretary to the Department of Revenue to inquire into the construction of an indoor pool in the residence of the Deputy Commissioner and has submitted a three-page report to the government identifying six lapses.

The government had ordered the probe on May 31, based on complaints from JD(S) leader and former corporator of Mysuru City Corporation K.V. Mallesh and former Minister and JD(S) MLA S.R. Mahesh.

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Karnataka police Tuesday arrested a 39-year-old man for allegedly cheating over 2,000 investors in a multi-crore cryptocurrency ponzi scheme. 

According to officers from the Economic Offence Wing, the trading and chain-link scheme was operated after the accused, identified as Ranganath D S, launched an online company named Digitechmark last year promising high returns to investors. 

After a preliminary probe into the matter, CCB sleuths explained that the accused had allegedly promised compounding returns at Rs 1 lakh by Dcemeber 2021 and at Rs 25 lakh by December 2025 after investing Rs 15,000. “Meanwhile, those who invested Rs 50,000 were promised Rs 3 lakh by December 2021 and Rs 2 crore by 2025,” officials explained, pointing out the same was linked towards trading ‘Tron’ cryptocurrency. 

The accused has been booked under various sections of the IT Act and Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act and the Indian Penal Code. “An investigation is now underway to find further links to the scam,” CCB stated.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday said that the government will consider opening higher educational institutions in a phased manner after vaccinating students and teachers, following recommendations from the Dr Devi Shetty-led expert committee on a possible third wave of Covid-19. He said that the committee has advised accelerating the rate of vaccinations as vaccines are the solution for COVID control.

“The committee has supported the relaxations in COVID curbs announced by the government, and have suggested opening up educational institutions in the days to come, starting with higher education colleges, after vaccinating,” Yediyurappa said.

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The Federation of Karnataka Street Vendors Association said at least 95,000 have availed loans under central government schemes or from banks during the nationwide lockdown last year. The association has now approached the chief minister and complained about the issue and according to Rangaswamy, the government has asked banks not to deduct the money since it is a relief measure.

The Karnataka government Tuesday announced that offline classes in colleges would resume after vaccinating students, teachers and staff members. “To begin with, the government is considering reopening higher education institutions after ensuring vaccination to key stakeholders. It has been suggested that inoculation should be prioritised for the students and teaching fraternity,” Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said.

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