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Bangalore Highlights: Karnataka on Thursday reported 25,005 new COVID-19 cases along with 2363 recoveries and 8 deaths. With this addition, the active cases is at 1,15,733, while the total number of deaths is at 38,397.
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in an advisory issued has stated that entire apartment complex will be declared ‘containment zone’ for a minimum of seven days in case of more than three Covid-19 cases. The civic body also stated that all residents will be tested and detailed contact tracing will be conducted.
The Karnataka Congress has decided to suspend Mekedatu padayatra in view of the rising Covid-19 cases in the state. The decision was announced following a meeting at the Ramanagara party office. The meeting was attended by senior leaders Siddaramaiah and D K Shivakumar, among others.
It comes amidst numerous FIRs and mounting criticism from the High Court and various BJP leaders. CM Basavaraj Bommai, who tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time, also wrote to the Congress leaders, assuring them the Mekedatu project will be implemented and urging the party to withdraw the padayatra.
The 10-day padayatra with the theme ‘Namma Neeru Namma Hakku’ (Our water, Our right) began at Sangama, the confluence of Cauvery and Arkavathi rivers at Kanakapura in Ramanagara district on January 9. The march from Mekedatu to Bengaluru, was scheduled to pass through Kanakapura, Ramanagara and Bidadi, was meant to culminate at Basavanagudi in Bengaluru on January 19. However, earlier on Thursday, the BBMP had cancelled the permission it had granted for the use of Basavanagudi college ground for the final event.
After a cinematic chase by a police officer in Karnataka, a man who snatched a mobile phone from a citizen nabbed the cop. The incident took place on Wednesday but came to light when the video went viral.

The police officer who was seen chasing the robber is Varun Alva, an assistant sub-inspector with Mangaluru city police. According to the police, the arrested man Harish Poojary (32) was caught after a cinematic chase.
The victim Prem Narayan Yogi, a granite worker from Rajasthan was resting near Nehru Maidan and Harish snatched away mobile phone from him. While Yogi shouted for help, the public started to chase.  
A team of police including Varun Alva who were at the same place chased the accused and nabbed them. While Varun Alva single handedly nabbed Harish and the entire act was recorded in a mobile camera. Another team who chased another member of the gang arrested Shamanth (20). (ENS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appreciated the 5T plan of Testing, Tracking, Tracing, Triaging and Technology adopted by the Karnataka state government to control Covid-19, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Thursday. 
Karnataka Chief Minister Bommai who participated in a video conference held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief Ministers of various states has in a press statement said, “I explained the measures taken by the state government to control and manage Covid. The Prime Minister appreciated the high rate of testing and vaccination in the state which is higher than the national average,” Bommai said.
The Prime Minister was also apprised about measures initiated to ramp up the medical infrastructure. “I sought the central assistance to raise the oxygenated beds and oxygen plans,” Bommai has said. (ENS)
Test positivity rate in Bengaluru hits 20 per cent as cases rise to 18,374 today. Karnataka’s capital saw an increase of 18 per cent over yesterday’s tally of 15,617.
Bengaluru continues to account for three-fourth of state’s total cases.The city’s active cases stood at 90,893 on Thursday.
A 21-year-old student in Bengaluru has been arrested for allegedly blackmailing women through a fake Instagram account, where he posed as a woman looking for a homosexual partner.
The accused is a student of a reputable college in Bengaluru. According to the police, he had created multiple fake accounts on Instagram and is suspected to have blackmailed more than 30 women, especially college students. 
The police said the student first created a fake Instagram account during the lockdown, where he posed as one Prathiksha, uploading photos of other women. (Read here for details)
Karnataka on Thursday reported 25,005 new COVID-19 cases along with 2363 recoveries and 8 deaths. With this addition, the active cases is at 1,15,733, while the total number of deaths is at 38,397. The positivity rate in the State is at 12.39 per cent.
State capital, Bengaluru recorded a total of 18,374 new Covid-19 infections and three deaths. 
The NICE officials have ordered ban on movement of two-wheelers on the NICE road from 10 pm to 5 am everyday due to safety reasons as recommended by the Bengaluru city traffic police.

Health Minister K Sudhakar in a statement said that 30% of the beds in Districts and Taluk hospitals have been reserved for treatment of children.
Indira Gandhi Childrens Hospital has been notified has designated hospital for pediatric care. Tests are being conducted in schools once in every 15 days, Sudhakar said.
He also said that 4.89 crore continues in the state have received first dose and 3.98 crore have received both the doses. About 81.5% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated in the state. (ENS)
On December 28, there were 356 cases in the state including 269 in Bengaluru. On January 5 we had 3,605 cases in Bengaluru and 641 in rest of the state. On January 11, we had 10,800 cases in Bengaluru alone and 3,673 in rest of the state. So between December 28 and January 11, in 15 days, the cases have increased by 32.64% in Bengaluru Urban district, 32.65% in BBMP and 36.44% in the state, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said. 

While the doubling time in the first wave was 10-12 days, it was 8 days during second wave. But in third wave the cases are doubling in every 2 or 2.5 days. It is therefore important for everyone to get both the doses of vaccine. Between January 1-11, there were 62, 641 active cases and about 6% of them were in hospital, 1% in covid care centres and rest 93% were in home isolation, said minister.

We have set a target of atleast 2 lakh tests per day and we will increase it further. About 1 lakh tests are being done in Bengaluru. About 265 labs are operational in the state and there are 9 genomic labs including 5 state govt and 4 central govt labs. We have a capacity to sequence 1,875 samples in one batch, explained Dr.K.Sudhakar.
After second wave, at a total cost of Rs.243 crores, we have established an additional 6,386 oxygen beds and 2,928 ICU beds in 147 taluk hospitals. 665 oxygen beds and 263 ICU beds have been added in 19 district hospitals at a cost of Rs.25 crores. 217 out of 266 PSA oxygen plants allotted to Karnataka are operational. 3,460 ventilators and 8,100 oxygen concentrators are available.(ENS)
Karnataka government constantly tried to persuade Congress to stop padayatra, Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said. 
The state government handled this situation in a very matured manner without use of force like lathicharge or arrest, the minister added.
Speaking to the media at Vikasa Soudha Sudhakar appreciated Congress for calling off padayatra in the interest of health and safety of citizens. Several thousands of innocent people participated in the padayatra, we are yet to see how it has spread covid. Govt did not stop padayatra by brute force but we tried to convince them that this is not appropriate time to hold padayatra amid third wave. The irresponsible statements made by KPCC president DK Shivakumar is very unbecoming and has hurt the morale of covid warriors from IAS officers to a front line worker. (ENS)
BBMP in an advisory issued has stated that entire apartment complex will be declared ‘containment zone’ for a minimum of seven days in case of more than three Covid-19 cases.
The civic body also stated that all residents will be tested and detailed contact tracing will be conducted.
The advisory said: 
Containment strategy for RWAS – If more than 3 cases are reported within the apartment complex, or 100 Mts perimeter or the floor above and below or the complete block or in case of smaller apartments complete apartment complex shall be declared as a ‘Containment Zone’ for a minimum of 07 days. Following are the considerations for CZ within the RWA. Members
and residents shall cooperate accordingly. 1. If one case in each floor, individual houses in those floors.
2. If 3 cases in one floor, then the complete floor.
3. If 10 cases in a tower, either single floor or multiple floors, complete
4. If 50 cases in an apartment complex of 50-100 house holds>100 cases in an apartment complex of 100 house holds complete 4.
apartment complex.
Activist Medha Patkar will be interacting with the workers who were allegedly sacked by the management at M/s ITI Ltd and expressing her solidarity with their demands. The workers have been seeking regularisation and “humane working conditions”. (ENS)
After pressure from several quarters, including BJP and the state government, the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) Friday finally withdrew its padyatra, ‘Walk For Water’, to demand the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery river. The temporary withdrawal comes after the 11-day march, which began Sunday, had already been held for five days and several Congress leaders and workers tested positive for Covid-19. Friday, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, who had launched the march, also tested positive for the virus. Read More
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that his government will go ahead with the Mekedatu project, while taking into confidence all stakeholders involved. The statement comes a day after the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to explain as to how the Congress party was being allowed to hold a 10-day march over the Mekedatu project despite a surge in Covid-19 cases. Read More
JUST IN: Congress leaders decide to withdraw Mekedatu Padayatra as Covid-19 cases rise in Karnataka.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai wrote to Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar to withdraw the Mekedatu Padayatra given the rising cases of Covid-19 in the state. He also assured them that the Mekedatu project will be implemented.
#Karnataka @CMofKarnataka @BSBommai requests @siddaramaiah and @DKShivakumar to withdraw #MekedatuPadyatra @IndianExpress @IEBengaluru @DarshanDevaiahB

Senior State Congress leaders held a meeting in Ramanagara to discuss the future course of action regarding Mekedatu Padayatra in wake of the cancellation of permission for the padayatra’s final event in Bengaluru and the High Court’s observation, report news agency ANI.
Congress member and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said that he has positive for Covid-19. Kharge had participated in an event on the opening day of the Mekedatu padayatra.
Kharge is fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, according to a statement issued by his secretary. He is, however, not yet eligible for a booster shot, said the statement.
Leader of opposition in the Rajyasabha @kharge tests positive for #COVID19. He participated #MekedatuPadayatre @IndianExpress @IEBengaluru @DarshanDevaiahB

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has cancelled the permission that it had granted to hold a public meeting at Basavanagudi National College grounds in Bengaluru. The Mekedatu Padayatra valedictory programme was scheduled to be held at this ground.  
Just in: BBMP cancels permission that was granted to hold a public meeting at Basavanagudi national College grounds in #Bengaluru where the #Mekedatu Padayatra valedictory programme was scheduled to be held.

More updates here.

The BJP and Congress are quite literally engaged in a war of wards as the two parties have been publishing advertisements over the Mekedatu drinking water project for which the latter had organized a 100-km-long march.

The advertisements have been appearing in prominent local Kannada newspapers since the Congress started their protest march on January 9.
The ad-war started after Congress president D K Shivakumar, along with senior leaders, issued full-page advertisements outlining the initiatives undertaken during their tenures for implementation of the project. (Read more)
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