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Karnataka Bengaluru June 24 Highlights: Recoveries continue to outnumber fresh cases as state reports 6455 discharges, 4436 fresh cases – The Indian Express

Nursing staff get ready for their duty at the Covid ward of Ramaiah Medical College and Hospital in Bengaluru. (PTI)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News June 24 Highlights: Karnataka reported 4,436 new Covid-19 cases and 123 deaths on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 28.19 lakh and the toll to 34,287. The day also saw 6,455 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 26,68,705.

Out of 4,436 new cases reported on Wednesday, 1,008 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 1,071 discharges and 24 deaths. The total number of active cases in the state stood at 1,16,450. While the positivity rate stood at 2.59 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.77 per cent.

Out of 123 deaths reported on Wednesday, 24 were from Bengaluru Urban, Mysuru (18), Dakshina Kannada (13), Ballari (10), Dharwad (9), followed by others. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 1,008, Dakshina Kannada 538, Mysuru 499, Hassan 301, followed by others.

Cumulatively a total of 3,31,89,023 samples have been tested in the state so far, out of which 1,70,654 were done on Wednesday alone. (PTI)

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A 17-year-old Bengaluru boy’s arm had to be amputated days after he attended a friend’s birthday party, where he was allegedly injected with a poisonous substance. According to a police complaint by the boy’s mother, filed last week, the host of the party allegedly dissolved unidentified tablets in water and injected the solution into her son’s forearm.

The mother claimed her son, a Class 10 dropout, had attended the party of a volleyball coach in Chamarajpet on May 31, where the incident occurred.

“My son was invited to the birthday party of the coach and he went to his house in Chamarajpet at around 9 pm and returned at 11 pm. About four days later, his right elbow was swollen. We took him to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in the city where the doctors said the arm would have to be amputated to remove the poisonous substance,” the mother said in her complaint.

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Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Thursday took a ride in a special inspection train from Bangalore Cantonment to Heelalige to review the doubling and suburban railway projects. 

During the inspection, the CM and Revenue Minister R Ashok was briefed on the progress of the ongoing works in the Baiyappanalli-Hosur and Yeshwantpur-Channasandra routes. Officials also apprised them of the proposed extensions of the anticipated suburban railway project in the city between Kengeri- Ramanagaram, Chikkabanavar-Tumakur, Whitefield- Bangarapet, Rajanakunte-Doddaballapur, and Heelalige-Devanahalli routes.

In a suspected case of honour killing, an interfaith couple was found dead with their heads smashed in a field in Devara Hipparagi taluk in Vijayapura district in North Karnataka.

The police have arrested four persons, including the girl’s father and brother, in connection with the deaths. A fifth accused is still absconding. The girl’s family, which was against the relationship, caught them in a field and killed them, the police said. The incident took place on Tuesday.

Anupam Agarwal, Vijayapura district SP, told Indianexpress.com, “Prima facie looks like it is a case of honour killing. The boy, Basavaraj Madivalapaa Badiger(19), belonged to Dalit community. He was an autorickshaw driver at Saladahalli village. The girl, Davalbi Bandagisab Tambad (18), was from the neighbouring Khanapur and belonged to Muslim community. They were allegedly murdered by her father and other family members who were opposing their relationship.”

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With the exception of Mysuru, all districts of Karnataka have recorded a decline in new Covid-19 infections and exited total lockdown.

On Tuesday, while the overall test positivity rate in the state stood at 2.87 percent, the same for Mysuru was 8.4 percent. There has only been a marginal decline in TPR in the district over the last three days. On the weekend, it was 10 percent. The district is the only one in the state where a total lockdown is in place.

Mysuru to date has reported nearly 1.65 lakh Covid-19 cases and 2,046 official deaths. Of these, over a lakh new infections and 963 fatalities were recorded from the second week of April this year as part of the second wave.

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The Karnataka government on Wednesday launched the first-of-its-kind animal welfare war room to reach out to dairy farmers, cattle-breeders and increase the health and productivity of livestock.

The war room has been set up at the Commissionerate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services (CAHVS) in Bengaluru. An animal welfare helpline number has been set up at the CAHVS at an expense of Rs 45 lakh.

The helpline, which would be available round the clock, would work to protect livestock against disease, natural disasters and human-caused harm and cruelty, said Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chauhan.

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Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday rolled out initiatives to promote digital learning and bridge the digital divide in higher education at a cost of about Rs 195 crore. The initiatives include distributing Tablet PCs to 1.55 lakh students amounting to Rs 163 crore; creation of 2,500 smart classrooms at Rs 27.77 crore; and development of a learning management system (LMS) at Rs 4.04 crore, an official release said.

“The programme is beneficial in molding the future of the students. Smart classes will include projectors, whiteboard, Android box, UPS and internet facility which will facilitate both teaching and learning,” the Chief Minister said.

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A former BJP corporator was stabbed to death in front of her house in Cottonpet in the city on Thursday, police said.

Though the former corporator Rekha Kadiresh was rushed to Kempe Gowda Institute of Medical Sciences, she could not be saved, police said, adding that previous enmity was the reason behind the murder.

According to police, Rekha was distributing food kits when the two motorcycle-borne youths attacked her.

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The BMTC has extended the Vayu Vajra airport services will be extended to two more routes from Thursday. According to officials, the new services will operate between Kempegowda International Airport (BLR Airport) and Banashankari TTMC and between BLR Airport and Mysuru Road bus station.

At present, BMTC has been operating Vayu Vajra services from KIA to Electronics City and KIA to Kempegowda Bus Station (Majestic). With this, the total number of Vayu Vajra buses that are operational now has risen to 25.

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The footfall of passengers in buses and metro in Bengaluru has started indicating a gradual uptick as three days have passed after the services resumed with 50% capacity on Monday following a halt of nearly two months.

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), which operates buses in the Karnataka capital, has witnessed their daily ridership improving by nearly two times since last recorded on Monday. While the ridership was at 4.7 lakh on Monday, the same rose to 8 lakh the next day. Officials noted that the revenue generated from ticket collection alone rose from Rs 45 lakh to Rs 91 lakh at the same time.

Meanwhile, BMRCL officials noted that Namma Metro’s ridership rose from 41,870 on Monday to 47,540 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, it is to be noted that services on both Green and Purple Lines are available only during peak hours from 7 am to 11 am and from 3 pm to 6 pm.

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Amid reports of at least 40 cases of the Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 being reported in the country, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has decided to start genome sequencing to ascertain if the strain is present in the city.

On Wednesday, Karnataka Health Minister Sudhakar confirmed that the state had reported the first case from the Delta Plus variant of the virus in Mysuru. The infected person is asymptomatic and none of his contacts has contracted the virus, he said.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said, “Since there are concerns about the spreading of the Delta Plus variant, we will take up genome sequencing of 5 per cent of the samples out of those who test positive,” he said.

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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 group of Congress workers in Karnataka’s Vijayanagara district has adopted a white tiger in Hampi Zoo on behalf of MP Rahul Gandhi amid the ongoing animal adoption and donation drive held across zoos in the state by the Zoo Authority of Karnataka (ZAK). 

According to the party workers in Hosapete, the decision to do so was to “do something special on Rahul Gandhi’s 51st birthday.” An amount of Rs 1 lakh was also deposited with ZAK towards adopting a white tiger named Arjuna at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Zoological Park in Hampi for a period of one year in Rahul Gandhi’s name, Siddu Hallegouda, president of the rural Congress youth wing in Ballari and Vijayanagara said. 

Meanwhile, fundraising continues to thrive after a recent appeal made by actor Darshan Thoogudeepa as over Rs 3 crore have been received in donations in the last 20 days, since World Environment Day, ZAK officials said. ZAK had managed to raise a whopping Rs 1,00,47,900 from June 5 to 10, which is in stark contrast to the Rs 17,96,700 collected from July 29, 2020 to June 4, 2021.

The Karnataka government launched the first-of-its-kind animal welfare war room to reach out to dairy farmers, cattle-breeders and increase the health and productivity of livestock.

The war room has been set up at the Commissionerate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services (CAHVS). An animal welfare helpline number has been set up at the CAHVS at an expense of Rs 45 lakh. The helpline, which would be available round the clock, would work to protect livestock against disease, natural disasters and human-caused harm and cruelty. 

The war room was launched by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday in Bengaluru. 

The welfare helpline would receive complaints, queries or suggestions through telephone, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, e-mail and publish the daily statistics on the department website, said department.

A 38-year-old school teacher in Bengaluru has been duped of Rs one lakh by cyber fraudsters as she tried to sell an antique coin for good returns.

The resident of Sarjapura put a one-rupee coin from 1947, India’s year of independence, for sale on an online marketplace, said Whitefield Cyber Economics & Narcotic Crimes (CEN) Police.

An unknown person offered her Rs one crore and asked her to pay for various charges required to transfer such a huge amount. She transferred Rs one lakh from various accounts believing that the person would give her Rs one crore for the coin,” a CEN police officer told  indianexpress.com.

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Nearly a fortnight after the Karnataka government announced that it aims to complete the tender process for the first stretch of 25 kilometres of the highly anticipated suburban train network in Bengaluru by October, CM Yediyurappa is expected to review the progress of its work on Thursday. 

According to the Chief Minister’s Office, the CM will review the progress of the doubling works carried out by the South Western Railway with top officials including Divisional Railway Manager A K Verma.

Rains that lashed Malnad and coastal Karnataka areas last week abated in the last 48 hours.

The average rainfall for Kodagu in the 24-hour period ending 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday was 2.47 m.m.Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Shivamogga Mandya, Mysuru, and Chamarajanagar also did not receive any rain during the same period. 

Meanwhile, according to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), Kodagu, not withstanding the recent abatement, has received 11% excess rainfall during the period.

The Karnataka government has notified the appointment of Sugar and Municipal Administration Minister N Nagaraju (known as MTB Nagaraj) as the in-charge of the Bengaluru Rural district. Nagaraj was earlier in charge of Kolar district and he would now replace Revenue Minister R Ashok in his new role. 

Further, CM Yediyurappa Wednesday said that he would try to appoint Tourism Minister C P Yogeeshwar as the in-charge minister of Kolar district, even as the latter has been lobbying for Ramanagara, which is now looked after by Deputy CM C N Ashwathnarayan.

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The Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has written to Chief Secretary P. Ravi Kumar and objected the extensive use of English and neglecting Kannada in the various processes of the administration.

“Of late, there have been several objections raised by the public on neglect of Kannada,” T.S. Nagabharana, KDA chairman, wrote in the letter. 

KDA has demanded action against bureaucrats who are responsible for neglecting Kannada in governance.

The Karnataka state Transport Department has decided to waive the motor vehicle tax for commercial vehicles by 50% for the month of June. 

Deputy Chief Minister and transport minister Lakshman Savadi, said that the decision was taken due to the lockdown induced by the  second wave of COVID-19.

The waiver has been announced as a special case under section 16 (1) of the Karnataka Motor Vehicles Tax Act, 1957, but does not apply to newly registered passenger vehicles, stated a press release from the transport department.

IBM and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), today announced the launch of the IBM-IISc hybrid cloud lab to advance research in hybrid cloud technologies and drive breakthrough innovations in this area. 

Located at the IISc campus in Bengaluru, students and faculty across departments of the institute will work alongside IBM research scientists to conduct cutting-edge research that can help organisations leverage the power of the hybrid cloud by enabling faster, seamless, and more secure adoption of hybrid cloud & Artificial Intelligence (AI).  

The IBM-IISc Hybrid Cloud lab will bring together a talented community of scientists, faculty and students, who are passionate about solving some of the toughest research challenges that enterprises face today, in scaling the adoption of cloud computing across industries. 

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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”.

A 38-year-old school teacher in Bengaluru has been duped of Rs one lakh by cyber fraudsters as she tried to sell an antique coin for good returns. The resident of Sarjapura put a one-rupee coin from 1947, India’s year of independence, for sale on an online marketplace, said Whitefield Cyber Economics & Narcotic Crimes (CEN) Police.

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