Bangalore News Highlights: Karnataka accelerates surveillance … – The Indian Express

Karnataka, Bangalore News Updates: In the wake of confirmed cases of ‘Monkeypox’ disease in neighbouring Kerala, the Karnataka government has decided to speed up surveillance activities and keep a strong vigil in the state. It has instructed all the districts in the State to ensure effective preparedness and take required action as per the Centre’s guidelines and Technical Advisory Committee recommendations regarding Monkeypox.
In other news, the Karnataka High Court has stayed the Badminton Association of India’s (BAI) decision to disaffiliate the Karnataka Badminton Association (KBA). The BAI had sent a letter to KBA on July 13 disaffiliating it citing KBA’s non-compliance towards amending its Constitution and bringing it in line with BAI bylaws.
In terms of Covid cases, Karnataka recorded 1,478 new cases in the State on July 20, of which 1,251 were in Bangalore. The positivity rate stands at 4.56%. Zero deaths have been recorded, said Karnataka Health Ministry in its latest bulletin. The bulletin for July 21 has not been issued.
Though the Karnataka government notified the extent of deemed forests as 3,30,186.93 hectares on May 5, the forest department has informed the additional chief secretary (forest, ecology and environment) that the revenue department is yet to hand over to it a large tract of the forest land. (Read More)
Karnataka Friday clocked 1,562 fresh cases of Covid-19, taking the active caseload to 8,488. The weekly positivity rate remains at 4.75 per cent. With 7,355 active cases, Bengaluru continues to share the maximum share of active cases. Of the 1,562 fresh cases, Bengaluru contributed 1,244 cases. As many as 33,391 tests were conducted Friday. (Read More)
Though the Karnataka government notified the extent of deemed forests as 3,30,186.93 hectares on May 5, the forest department has informed the additional chief secretary (forest, ecology and environment) that the revenue department is yet to hand over to it a large tract of the forest land. (Read More)
▪️New cases in State: 1,562
▪️New cases in B’lore: 1,244
▪️Positivity rate: 4.67%
▪️Discharges: 1,107(B’lore-996)
▪️Deaths: 0
▪️Active cases in State: 8,488
▪️Active cases in B’lore: 7,355
▪️Tests: 33,391
Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence, Government of India, worth around Rs. 250 crores, towards the  supply of nine Integrated ASW Complex (IAC) MOD ‘C’ Systems. IAC MOD ‘C’ is an Integrated Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) system for all surface ships of the Indian Navy.
“IAC MOD ‘C’ computes Fire Control Solutions and facilitates firing of ASW weapons such as Torpedoes and Rockets. The fire control system can be customised to meet the requirements of any platform of interest — from small ships to large ships configuration. In addition, the system facilitates counter measure capability for incoming torpedoes through decoy launching system. IAC MOD C has been indigenously developed by BEL in association with DRDO, in accordance with the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, a self-reliant nation,” BEL said in a release. 
The BBMP chief commissioner, Tushar Giri Nath on Friday visited plastic manufacturing facilities in Peenya Industrial Area which comes under the Dasarhalli zone and seized 800 kgs of plastic. Since July 1 usage and Manufacturing of single use plastic is banned.
A 25-year-old man died near Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha near Ulsoor Raja Kaluve (storm water drain) premises on Friday morning after he accidently came in contact with LT line. 
The non-departmental fatal accident occurred at 6.30 AM, the diseased person was identified as Appu (25). It was alleged that Appu stole the iron rods from nearby constructed building while carrying the same it was came in contact with LT line near compound wall of Raja Kaluve and he got electrocuted, BESCOM said. 
Ulasoor Police and BESCOM, Indiranagara Executive Engineer Narashimmurthy visited the spot.   
 
Details of the diseased person was not to known, his body was shifted to Bowring Hospital. Police and BESCOM officials enquiring about his whereabouts.
A 25-year-old man died near Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha near Ulsoor Raja Kaluve (storm water drain) premises on Friday morning after he accidently came in contact with LT line. 
The non-departmental fatal accident occurred at 6.30 AM, the diseased person was identified as Appu (25). It was alleged that Appu stole the iron rods from nearby constructed building while carrying the same it was came in contact with LT line near compound wall of Raja Kaluve and he got electrocuted, BESCOM said. 
Ulasoor Police and BESCOM, Indiranagara Executive Engineer Narashimmurthy visited the spot.   
 
Details of the diseased person was not to known, his body was shifted to Bowring Hospital. Police and BESCOM officials enquiring about his whereabouts.
A 25-year-old man died near Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha near Ulsoor Raja Kaluve (storm water drain) premises on Friday morning after he accidently came in contact with LT line. 
The non-departmental fatal accident occurred at 6.30 AM, the diseased person was identified as Appu (25). It was alleged that Appu stole the iron rods from nearby constructed building while carrying the same it was came in contact with LT line near compound wall of Raja Kaluve and he got electrocuted, BESCOM said. 
Ulasoor Police and BESCOM, Indiranagara Executive Engineer Narashimmurthy visited the spot.   
 
Details of the diseased person was not to known, his body was shifted to Bowring Hospital. Police and BESCOM officials enquiring about his whereabouts.
A state-of-the-art 3D printing facility is now operational at the Airport City that is being developed in the BLR Airport premises. The Peekay Group in partnership with Bengaluru Airport City Limited (BACL) inaugurated this first-of-its-kind facility, that focuses on engineering, design and collaboration. 
“We are excited to inaugurate this state-of-the-art 3D printing facility at our Airport City and partner with the Peekay Group. This facility will act as a catalyst to help transform our Airport City into a technology hub. From healthcare to sustainable construction and aerospace, 3D printing helps develop a culture of creativity and scope for scaling innovation across industries. This technology will further help consolidate Bengaluru’s strategic position as a knowledge-based economy, and as the Silicon Valley of India. A technology hub coupled with upcoming world-class retail, dining, and entertainment facilities will make our Airport City a truly global destination,” says Rao Munukutla, CEO, BACL.
Karnataka BJP strongman and former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday said his son and party’s state Vice-President B Y Vijayendra will be contesting 2023 Assembly polls from his Shikaripura constituency, which he will be vacating.
This announcement is seen as the veteran leader ending his innings in electoral politics. (Read More)
Cricketer Robin Uthappa, who is also the brand ambassador of Karnataka-Brain Health Initiative, shared his struggles with mental health issues as a youngster and vowed to spread awareness on the importance of mental health. He was speaking at an event organised to mark World Brain Day at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Nimhans) Friday. (Read More)

A dedicated commission constituted by the BJP government in Karnataka to adhere to the Supreme Court-prescribed “triple test” norms to reserve constituencies for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in local polls has prescribed 33 per cent OBC reservation in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) where polls have been stalled by delimitation and quota exercises. (Read More)
BJP leader B S Yediyurappa says son B Y Vijayendra will contest from his Shikaripura Assembly constituency in next Assembly polls. Yediyurappa had attempted to field Vijayendra in the 2018 polls in the Old Mysore region but failed after BJP denied him a ticket citing the presence of Yediyurappa and his older son B Y Raghavendra (the Shivamogga MP) in mainstream politics. 
The Karnataka High Court has stayed the Badminton Association of India’s (BAI) decision to disaffiliate the Karnataka Badminton Association (KBA).
The BAI had sent a letter to KBA on July 13 disaffiliating it citing KBA’s non-compliance towards amending its Constitution and bringing it in line with BAI bylaws.
The counsel for KBA submitted that the “letter issued disaffiliating the petitioner herein is in violation of principles of natural justice and that no notice is issued.” The Government advocate for respondents Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Government of Karnataka, informed the court that “the Karnataka Badminton Association has not amended the Byelaws, in tune with the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011.”  (PTI)
In the wake of confirmed cases of ‘Monkeypox’ disease in neighbouring Kerala, the Karnataka government has decided to speed up surveillance activities and keep a strong vigil in the state. 
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It has instructed all the districts in the State to ensure effective preparedness and take required action as per the Centre’s guidelines and Technical Advisory Committee recommendations regarding monkeypox. (PTI)
A case has been registered by the city police against eight students for their involvement in the lip-lock competition at a private apartment in the city, a video of which had gone viral.
A 17-year-old boy, who uploaded the lip-lock video on social media, is one of the accused. The students are learnt to have got together at a flat in February last and held a ‘truth or dare’ contest. The video showed a boy and a girl, both in their uniforms, engrossed in a lip-lock while their friends are cheering them on. (Read more)
The Bengaluru police have decided to contact the US consulate in Chennai for assistance in finding victims of two fake call centres targeting US citizens. The call centres were busted in Bengaluru earlier this month.

The Whitefield Division of the Bengaluru police raided the premises of two call centres operating under the identities of Ethical Infotech and Ethical Infocomm at two different locations earlier this month following a tip-off. The call centres target mostly senior citizens in the US to steal their funds through fraud. (Read more)
The implementation of the Karnataka government’s ambitious model school programme met with resistance at Baginagere village in Ramanagara district on Thursday after students from a school in the village were transferred to Karnataka Public School (KPS) in Sankighatta, 5 km away. Villagers and local Opposition leaders from Congress staged a protest before the Block Education Office in Magadi taluk against the move.

Students from Baginagere Public School were transferred on Thursday as part of a pilot government initiative that aims to identify one or two schools under one gram panchayat region as model schools. Students from nearby schools with an attendance of less than 10 or 25 students will then be transferred to these model schools, which have better facilities, infrastructure and more teachers. (Read more)
The relaying of a key arterial road with white topping (cementing) in east Bengaluru is likely to throw traffic out of gear for a few weeks at Old Madras Road, Halasuru, Indiranagar and Old Airport Road.

The deputy commissioner of police (traffic-east) announced new traffic routes for the eastern part of the city on Thursday on account of the white topping of the stretch between Kensington Swimming Pool junction and Anjaneya Temple on the Old Madras Road leading to the closure of the road from the west to east. (Read more)
The health authorities of Dakshina Kannada have isolated co-passengers of the 31-year-old man from Kannur who is infected with monkeypox, said officials on Tuesday. The person had arrived at Mangalore International Airport (MIA) from Dubai on July 13. District Surveillance Officer (DSO) Dr Jagadeesh told The Indian Express that out of 11 co-passengers from Dakshina Kannada, nine have been isolated and two are being traced since they gave wrong addresses to the authorities.
Jagadeesh added, “The person travelled from MIA to Kerala in a private vehicle and on July 15, he found rashes on his body. He consulted a doctor and was admitted to a hospital in Kannur. A total of 191 passengers were in the aircraft along with the infected man.”
Human fatalities due to elephant attacks are on the rise in Karnataka. In the past three years 69 people in the state have died of jumbo attacks, according to the statistics presented by Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav in the Lok Sabha Monday. The deaths are a pointer to the increasing man-animal conflicts due to decreasing animal corridor. The Karnataka forest department on Monday fitted radio collars around the neck of two elephants in Male Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, in order to mitigate man-animal conflict in the villages and buffer areas surrounding the sanctuary. The Karnataka Forest Department last month directed the Hassan forest division to consult the agriculture department and submit a proposal regarding commissioning of a multi-disciplinary study to explore the changes in cropping pattern. The study would look at the changes with an aim to bring down man-animal conflict in Hassan district.

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