Bengaluru News Highlights, July 15, 2022: Karnataka govt rolls out plan to curb vector, water-borne diseases amid continuous rain – The Indian Express

Karnataka, Bengaluru Highlights: Amid incessant rain resulting in flooding in several parts of the state, the Karnataka health department has come up with an action plan to prevent the outbreak of vector-borne and water-borne diseases. The department Thursday said that due to heavy downpour, there have been reports of increase in cases of malaria, dengue, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis and lymphatic filariasis cases. The department said Karnataka Health Minister Dr Sudhakar K had chaired a meeting with senior health officials last week and had sought regular updates from the district administration. The district administrations have been instructed to ensure preparedness in order to respond to the situation at the earliest.
With Covid-19 cases on the rise, the Karnataka government is mulling over imposing fines for not wearing masks in public places. “I feel that masks have to be made compulsory at least in Bengaluru. Till now, there were no fines. We may have to think about imposing fines on people also before it gets out of hand. Of course, this is at the discussion stage. Ultimately we will discuss with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai,” Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar told reporters, PTI reported.
In a separate development, IPS officer Amrit Paul, arrested in the Karnataka police recruitment scam, formatted his phone before it was seized and efforts are on to retrieve the lost data, investigators said Thursday, as they responded to the High Court’s concerns over the pace of probe into the scandal. The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID), through the Special Public Prosecutor, told a bench of Justice H P Sandesh that the agency’s attempts to retrieve the information from the cloud storage system will involve “a huge amount of data”, suggesting the need for more time.
A private lodge and a restaurant attached to it at Manipal in Udupi district was gutted following a fire in the early hours of Friday, police said. A short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the blaze which engulfed the restaurant-cum-bar attached to the lodge, situated near the Manipal Institute of Technology.
Fire service personnel rushed to the spot and doused the fire. Furniture, liquor bottles and other items were fully destroyed in the fire, police said, adding the loss is estimated to be worth lakhs of rupees. (PTI)
A police complaint has been filed on behalf of the Karnataka High Court over the alleged disruption of a virtual court hearing in court hall no.4 of the high court by three unidentified persons on June 28. A computer systems administrator, Vishnuteerth V, filed the complaint with a cybercrime and economic offenses police station in Bengaluru last week after obtaining the IP addresses of the persons who disrupted the virtual court proceedings on the Zoom application. Read more
The Karnataka government has prepared district-wise micro plans for conducting workplace vaccinations along with door-to-door inoculation drive to implement the 75-days Covid Vaccine Amrit Mahotsav. All citizens above 18 years of age who have completed six months or 26 weeks after their second dose can avail the precaution dose, beginning on Friday and till September 30, state Health Minister K Sudhakar said.
“The government is ready with a plan to vaccinate 4.34 crore eligible beneficiaries in next 75 days in 8,000 Government COVID Vaccination Centres across the state,” the minister said. As of now, the state has a stock of 8.84 lakh doses of Covishield and 31.55 lakh doses of Covaxin, he said. (PTI)
Two days after the Orchids International School on the Magadi Road was booked for “illegally” functioning without approval and authorisations from the Deputy Director for Public Instruction (DDPI), the school clarified that they have sought necessary permissions from the state education department and are expecting the approval.
“In context to the query raised regarding the functioning of our school at Magadi branch, we have applied for all the necessary permissions/licenses/authorisations from the state education department and we were expecting the approvals. Basis our ongoing construction work and looking at our infrastructure and brand name, many parents have shown interest to enroll their kids. It was only recently we received a rejection intimation from them due to some clarifications required and thereby we have reapplied and sought for all the approvals. We are hopeful to receive the permission shortly,” the school said in a statement. Read more
The ruling BJP’s Karnataka unit on Friday started its brainstorming session to discuss strategies to win the 2023 state Assembly elections. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, BJP national General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka Arun Singh, state party president Nalin Kumar Kateel, Karnataka ministers, and other senior party functionaries are taking part in the day-long brainstorming meet at a private resort off Devanahalli in the city, party sources said.
Former state chief ministers B S Yediyurappa, Jagadish Shettar, and D V Sadananda Gowda are also participating in the party session. (PTI)
IPS officer Amrit Paul, arrested in the Karnataka police recruitment scam, formatted his phone before it was seized and efforts are on to retrieve the lost data, investigators said Thursday, as they responded to the High Court’s concerns over the pace of probe into the scandal. The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID), through the Special Public Prosecutor, told a bench of Justice H P Sandesh that the agency’s attempts to retrieve the information from the cloud storage system will involve “a huge amount of data”, suggesting the need for more time. Read more
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday launched the State government’s Rs 5,000 ‘Kashi Yatra’ subsidy scheme by distributing the cheques for the beneficiary-pilgrims. The cheques were distributed at a simple ceremony organised by the Muzrai Department at Vidhana Soudha.
“Today, we are distributing subsidy cheques for 10 pilgrims. In the coming days it will be transferred directly through the DBT system for pilgrims,” Bommai said. (PTI)
Karnataka BJP has called for a key party meet on Friday to discuss the strategy for 2023 Assembly polls and organisational matters. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, BJP national General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka Arun Singh, State party president Nalin Kumar Kateel and other senior leaders of the party met on Thursday and held discussions on the meet.
“We discussed Friday’s Chintana Sabhe. Organisational matters, how to further strengthen the party, also how to face the upcoming elections politically, what issues should be raised and discussed, and decided upon… we discussed them,” Bommai said. Speaking to reporters after the meeting at the party office here, he said the meeting which would begin at 9 AM on Friday would be attended by over 50 delegates, including Cabinet Ministers, party’s State core committee members and senior leaders. (PTI)
With Covid-19 cases on the rise, the Karnataka government is mulling over imposing fines for not wearing masks in public places. “I feel that masks have to be made compulsory at least in Bengaluru. Till now, there were no fines. We may have to think about imposing fines on people also before it gets out of hand. Of course, this is at the discussion stage. Ultimately we will discuss with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai,” Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar told reporters. (PTI)
Amid incessant rain resulting in flooding in several parts of the state, the Karnataka health department has come up with an action plan to prevent the outbreak of vector-borne and water-borne diseases. The department Thursday said that due to heavy downpour, there have been reports of increase in cases of malaria, dengue, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis and lymphatic filariasis cases. The department said Karnataka Health Minister Dr Sudhakar K had chaired a meeting with senior health officials last week and had sought regular updates from the district administration. The district administrations have been instructed to ensure preparedness in order to respond to the situation at the earliest.
Good morning! Stay tuned for the latest news updates from Bangalore and Karnataka today. 
The State government’s Rs5000  ‘Kashi Yatra Subsidy’ scheme has come into effect with Chief Minister Basavarj Bommai launching the scheme today.
The Chief Minister formally launched the scheme by distributing the subsidy cheques for the beneficiary pilgrims at a simple ceremony in the Banquet Hall of Vidhana Soudha.
Speaking at the function organised by the Muzrai department, Bommai said, this is a new scheme. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently renovated Kashi by building Kashi Vishwanath Corridor. Kashi is a major pilgrimage centre evoking the spiritual faith of the people. The facilities and amenities for pilgrims were very poor earlier. Now is has been totally transformed. Varanasi has direct air, rail and bus connectivity. As a result there is a huge rise in the number of pilgrims visiting Kashi. “Today we are distributing subsidy cheques for 10 pilgrims. In the coming days it would be transferred directly through the DBT system for pilgrims,” Bommai said.
Two day workshop for agriculture and horticulture Ministers from different States begins in Bengaluru 
Two day national workshop for agriculture and horticulture Ministers from different States has started in Bengaluru on Thursday was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
The workshop, is organised  to mark the platinum jubilee of the country’s Independence.
The workshop will focus on various issues including marketing with the help of digital platform , according to an official release.
The new cases in Karnataka are 1209 while active cases are 6739. New cases in Bengaluru are pegged at 1068 while active cases in Bengaluru are 6252. The positivity rate is 4.37 while one death was recorded. 
With COVID-19 cases on the rise, the Karnataka government is mulling over imposing fines for not wearing masks in public places here.
“I feel that masks have to be made compulsory at least in Bengaluru. Till now, there were no fines. We may have to think about imposing fines on people also before it gets out of hand. Of course, this is at the discussion stage. Ultimately we will discuss with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai,” Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar told reporters.
To a query on how it would be implemented, he said in the past, too, the government had effectively made the masks compulsory during lockdown and during stringent COVID-19 restrictions.(PTI)
“South India’s first nano urea plant foundation will be laid in Bangalore on July 14 with an investment of around Rs 350 crore,” IFFCO said.
IFFCO said it has planned to set up another eight plants across the country with a capacity of 34 crore bottles (500 ml) per annum.
The State government has allotted 12-acre Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) land near Devanahalli for the IFFCO’s nano urea (liquid) project.
“We will complete this project within 15 months”, according to an IFFCO statement.(PTI)
The Indian Arm of the National Association of Realtors (NAR-India) announced today that the 14th Annual Convention of Realtors will be held in Bangalore on 6th and 7th of August 2022. The Convention is a much-awaited event and magnum opus for the real estate industry from India and abroad.
This year the event is named YES REALTOR, and the theme is to build “Respect for the Profession & Respect for the Professional”. Every year the NAR India Convention is well attended, but post-pandemic, this is the largest event planned and expected to be attended by 2000+ national and international delegates and respected professionals from the industry. It brings together realtors, developers, investors, and other real estate sector stakeholders from India and around the world to network, learn, and forge valuable business relationships.(PTI)
Serial Entrepreneur and Executive Chairman of Happiest Minds, Ashok Soota on Thursday announced the launch of his latest entrepreneurial venture ‘Happiest Health’, a global health and wellness knowledge enterprise.
Happiest Health will aim to be recognised amongst the top two trusted and credible sources of knowledge on health and wellness globally, while driving thought leadership for integrated medicine and gentler, kinder therapies, it said in a statement.
This is Soota’s second commitment to the health and wellness space, having launched ‘SKAN’ last year, a not-for-profit medical research trust that focuses on aging and neurological disorders.(PTI)
IT industry veteran N R Narayana Murthy on Thursday said India is still a long way off in solving its “grand problems” relating to areas like nutrition and shelter, as he stressed that it requires a cultural transformation of the Indian mindset.
He highlighted the need to recognise frontline research warriors in war against India’s “grand problems”.
“Our country is making scientific and engineering progress, we have sent rockets and satellites into space, we have built steel plants, power plants and huge dams, we have produced COVID vaccine, we do heart and kidney transplant,” Murthy said.(PTI)
The Bengaluru police have registered a case of negligence against the organisers of the state-level K1 kickboxing championship following the death of a kickboxer after he received a massive blow from his opponent during a match, said officials Thursday.
The deceased has been identified as Nikhil S, 23, a resident of Mysuru and the youngest son of Vimala R and Suresh P. Read more
Environmental activists have accused the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) of violating buffer zone regulations by constructing a building (Samudaya Bhavan) in the vicinity of Gangashetty lake in KR Puram. Notably, the BBMP had last year announced that the lake would be rejuvenated at a cost of Rs 4 crore.
In other news, since July 1, BBMP has seized 1,926.8 kg of single-use plastic in its eight zones and registered 1,319 cases of violations pertaining to the plastic ban. Rs 8,36,300 fine was collected during the same period, shows data released by the civic body.
Meanwhile, The hearing of the bail petition of a bribery charge accused deputy Tahsildar has been adjourned to July 18 by the High Court of Karnataka. The bribery charge case had hit headlines after the observations against the Anti-Corruption Bureau and its chief ADGP Seemanth Kumar Singh by Justice H P Sandesh. Singh has now approached the Supreme Court with a Special Leave Petition against the HC’s remarks. On Tuesday, the SC directed the HC to adjourn the hearing for three days so that it could hear Singh’s petition. Deputy Tahsildar P S Mahesh is in custody in the alleged Rs five lakh bribery case. He was working in the then Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner J Manjunath’s office.

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