Bengaluru News Highlights: Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar tests positive for Covid-19 – The Indian Express

Karnataka Bengaluru Highlights: Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Friday announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19. “I have tested positive for Covid-19, after being uninfected through 3 waves of the pandemic. I have moderate symptoms and will home-isolate myself and follow all protocols,” he tweeted. “Grateful that I am fully vaccinated. Request anyone who has come in contact with me over the last few days, to get themselves tested.”
The hijab row has resurfaced in yet another college in the coastal district of Dakshina Kannada, forcing the authorities to suspend six students for wearing the headscarf, despite repeated warnings, PTI reported. The Government First Grade College at Uppinangady on Wednesday suspended six students for a week, after the Principal held a meeting with faculty members in this connection. The six students who have been suspended allegedly wore the hijab in the class room, despite repeated attempts by the college authorities to inform them that their conduct was in violation of state government and High Court’s orders.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday assured that his government will go the extra mile to support startups, and is not worried about the competition. He was speaking after inaugurating the ‘India Global Innovation Connect’ which the organisers claim to be India’s first global conference on startups. The event is organised by Smadja & Smadja, a Switzerland-based strategic advisory firm, in partnership with Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM), Catamaran Ventures and Tata Digital.
He was the Karnataka Congress’s face on both regional and national television for close to a decade, and now he is holding discussions with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
On Tuesday, Supreme Court advocate Brijesh Kalappa sprang a surprise by announcing that he had resigned from the party’s primary membership the day before, bringing down the curtains on an association of almost 25 years. Kalappa claimed in a Facebook post that he took the decision as he was “lacking in passion” for some time. Though party insiders said the veteran spokesperson was unhappy with the party for not giving him a ticket for either the Rajya Sabha polls or the Legislative Council elections, he dismissed such claims.
“Kalappa has been unhappy with the party leadership since the 2018 elections for not being given poll tickets despite being one of the senior leaders. He was one of the aspirants for the Rajya Sabha or state Legislative Council polls but was not given a ticket this time also,” a senior Congress functionary told The Indian Express. (Read More)
Six candidates are in the fray for the June 10 Rajya Sabha poll to four seats from Karnataka, necessitating a heated contest for the fourth seat.
Despite not having an adequate number of votes to win the fourth seat from the state Assembly, all the three political parties in the state — BJP, Congress and JD(S) — have fielded candidates for the seat, forcing an election.
The six candidates in the fray for Rajya Sabha polls from the state are — Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, actor-politician Jaggesh and outgoing MLC Lehar Singh Siroya from the BJP, former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh and state general secretary Mansoor Ali Khan from the Congress, and former MP D Kupendra Reddy from the JD(S).
Among the candidates, Sitharaman and Jairam Ramesh are seeking re-election from the state. (PTI)
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday expressed grief over the death of Hyderabad residents in a ghastly road accident in Karnataka and announced ex-gratia payment to the victims’ next of kin.
Rao asked state Health Minister T Harish Rao and Animal Husbandry Minister T Srinivas Yadav to supervise steps to provide medical treatment to those injured in the accident and to transport the bodies to Hyderabad, an official release said.
The Chief Minister announced ex-gratia of Rs 3 lakh to the next of kin of those from Telangana who died in the accident and Rs 50,000 to the injured.
Rao directed state Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to take steps in this regard.
Seven people were charred to death after a private bus collided with a goods vehicle near Kamalapura town in Kalaburagi district of Karnataka during the early hours on Friday, police said. (PTI)
The Telangana government on Friday announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 3 lakh each to the kin of those who died in an accident in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi district in the morning. A financial assistance of Rs 50,000 to all those who suffered injuries in the accident was also announced.
Seven people were charred to death and many others suffered injuries after the bus they were travelling in collided with a goods vehicle at Kamlapura town of Kalaburagi district on Friday morning.
Hyderabad-based Arjun Kumar along with family and friends had gone to Goa to celebrate his daughter’s birthday. All the passengers on the bus were returning to their homes in Hyderabad from Goa. (Read More)
Aftermath of two separate non-departmental fatal accidents in the city recently due to unattended OFC cables and illegal power supply drawn to the advertisement hoarding, the BESCOM has taken up the special drive to clear unauthorized and unattended OFC, dish and data cables which are laid on the distribution network. 
Standing instructions have been given to all Chief Executive Engineers (CEEs) of 8 districts of BESCOM to clear and remove the OFC cables, dish, data and unwanted electrical items dumped at Transformers units. It may be recalled that non-departmental fatal accident has taken place near Sanjayanagara, person died after he accidentally touched OFC, which was laid on the distribution network of BESCOM. 

After a gap of two years, Madiwala lake resumes boating. The boating is resumed by the Karnataka Forest Department keeping in the eye of revenue generation. The revenue will be utilised to maintain the lake and adjacent bio diversity park.

Seven passengers of a private bus were charred to death in an accident in the Kamalapura town of Kalaburagi district in north Karnataka on Friday morning.
Police said that around 29 passengers were travelling on the bus from Goa to Hyderabad. “According to the preliminary investigation, the fire followed an accident involving the bus and a goods vehicle. All the injured have been admitted to various hospitals in Kalaburagi,” a police officer said.
Superintendent of police Isha Pant visited the accident spot and the hospitals and inquired about the condition of the injured passengers. Speaking to The Indian Express, Pant said, “We are conducting a detailed inquiry into the accident. All the injured passengers are being treated in hospitals. The bus from Goa was heading to Hyderabad when it collided with a goods vehicle in Kamalapur. Just after the collision, the bus moved a distance, overturned and caught fire, according to the preliminary investigation.” (Read More)
Datair Technology Pvt Ltd (Ambee), a global platform for hyperlocal and geospatial datasets on air quality, weather, pollen, soil, water vapour and fire, announced on Thursday that it will be joining US-based space agency Nasa’s Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Mission as an early adopter.
According to the National Aeronautics Space Administration (Nasa), PACE is currently in the design phase of mission development. It is scheduled to launch in 2024, extending and improving Nasa’s over 20-year record of satellite observations of global ocean biology, aerosols and clouds. The data collected will be utilised by the scientific community, including universities and government agencies, to forecast weather and carry out research that can aid in mitigating climate change.
Madhusudhan Anand, CTO and co-founder of Ambee, said, “We are excited to be a part of Nasa’s PACE mission. At Ambee, our mission is to help people breathe cleaner air by making accurate, real-time, actionable air quality data easily accessible to governments, businesses, and people to improve everyone’s lives. This collaboration with Nasa and PACE scientists will allow us to develop in-depth solutions that can mitigate the impact of climate change and strengthen our vision of creating a healthier, cleaner and better planet.” (Read More)
In a breakthrough, researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and their collaborators have discovered how next-generation solid-state batteries fail and devised a novel strategy to make these batteries last longer and charge faster.
They say that solid-state batteries are poised to replace lithium-ion batteries that are found in almost every portable electronic device. The researchers state that on repeated or excessive use, they develop thin filaments called ‘dendrites’ which can short-circuit the batteries and render them useless.
In a new study published in ‘Nature Materials’ journal, they have identified the root cause of this dendrite formation – the appearance of microscopic voids in one of the electrodes early on. They also show that adding a thin layer of certain metals to the electrolyte surface significantly delays dendrite formation, extending the battery’s life and enabling it to be charged faster. (Read More)
Following the suspension of six students at Government First Grade PU college in Uppinangady for wearing headscarves, students on Friday boycotted classes, demanding strict action against girls wearing hijab to classes despite several warnings.
Researchers at the IISc Bangalore and their collaborators have discovered how next-generation solid-state batteries fail and devised a novel strategy to make these batteries last longer and charge faster.The study has been published in Nature Materials.

Beginning Friday, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will be issuing the Sahaya Hastha passes which were stopped on 1 June.
“As per the instruction of the competent authority, the same has started to be issued from 3 June, at all TTMC and bus stations as earlier,” BMTC said in a statement. 
The BMTC in collaboration with the Building and Construction Workers Welfare Board, is issuing Sahaya Hastha bus passes to construction workers registered with the board.
Prohibitory orders (Section 144 of the CrPC) were clamped in Srirangapatna town in Karnataka’s Mandya district from June 3 evening till June 5 morning after some right wing Hindu organisations gave a call to perform pooja at Jamia mosque on June 4.

They claimed that the mosque was built after demolishing a Hanuman temple. Srirangapatna tehsildar Shwetha Ravindra enforced the ban order. The Jamia mosque in Srirangapatna, 120km from Bengaluru, came up around 1782 during the rule of Tipu Sultan. It is a heritage site being maintained by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Read more. 
Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Friday announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19. “I have tested positive for Covid-19, after being uninfected through 3 waves of the pandemic. I have moderate symptoms and will home-isolate myself and follow all protocols,” he tweeted. “Grateful that I am fully vaccinated. Request anyone who has come in contact with me over the last few days, to get themselves tested.”
I have tested positive for COVID-19, after being uninfected through 3 waves of the pandemic.

I have moderate symptoms and will home-isolate myself and follow all protocols.

Grateful that I am fully vaccinated. 🙏

It has been decided to expedite the implementation of ongoing infrastructure projects in Bengaluru, Chief Minister Basavavarj Bommai said.
Speaking to media reporters after participating in a meeting in the BJP head office he said, many civic works have been taken up in Bengaluru under the Nagarothana Yojane. The works have been affected due to recent rains. Now, works are being speeded up. Tendering process has been completed for the Suburban Rail project and work would start soon. Action is being taken to complete the Metro Phase 2 one year ahead of the earlier schedule. Work on major drains is being taken up. Orders have been issued to take up works on development of 75 parks and lakes. Administrative approvals have been given for   many civic works in Bengaluru, Bommai said.
Six female students of Government First Grade College in Uppinangady in Dakshin Kannada district of Karnataka were on Thursday suspended for wearing headscarves to class.
The action against the students of the college affiliated to Mangalore University was taken after repeated warnings, according to the college authorities. The principal decided to suspend the Muslim girls after holding a meeting with lecturers of the college. Read More
High alert has been issued in Karnataka’s Mandya district after members of Hindutva organisations said they would perform pooja inside the Jamia Masjid in Srirangapatna, which they claim was built over a demolished Hanuman temple, on Saturday.
Tahasildar Shwetha Ravindra has clamped prohibitory orders in Srirangapatna, a town 120 km from Bengaluru, from Friday evening to Sunday morning, during which period no procession or protest will be allowed. Read More
Covid numbers in Karnataka:
▪️New cases in State: 297
▪️New cases in B’lore: 276
▪️Positivity rate: 1.45%
▪️Discharges: 187 (B’lore-173)
▪️Deaths: 0
▪️Active cases in State: 2,204
▪️Active cases in B’lore: 2,091
▪️Tests: 20,380#COVID19
A 19-year-old bed-ridden specially-abled girl was allegedly gangraped by two men at Karnataka’s Tiluvalli village in Haveri district on Tuesday evening. The police said one of the accused has been arrested while the other is absconding. Haveri is the home district of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
The police identified the arrested as Parashumaram Madiwalar (38) and said the other accused, Yashwanth (38), is absconding. The accused hail from Soraba taluk of Shivamogga district.
The Aam Aadmi Party has sought the removal of Karnataka Handicrafts Development Corporation chairperson Beloor Raghavendra Shetty from the post and demanded his arrest as serious corruption allegations have been levelled against him.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, AAP state spokesperson K Mathai said, “Raghavendra Shetty is accused of manipulating the information stored in the digital video recorder that had the CCTV camera footage of the headquarters of the handicrafts corporation. He had unsuccessfully tried to reappoint to the post of general manager Kishor Kumar, who had earlier been suspended in a Rs 25-crore scam. We have information that there has been a negotiation of Rs 5 crore for this appointment.”
The former bureaucrat further alleged that salaries and other monthly expenses of up to Rs 5 lakh were being paid without providing attendance details of the office staff. Shetty had forced corporation officers to get him meals, demanded a female personal assistant for himself, and was also accused of misbehaving with women, Mathai said.
Six students of Government First Grade College in Uppinangady were suspended for two days by the authorities for wearing headscarf in the classroom despite “warnings”.
The principal of the college that is affiliated to Mangalore University decided to suspend the girls after holding a meeting with the teachers.
Earlier, Mangalore University had issued an advisory, making uniforms compulsory and asking students to remove hijab in the classroom. The students had approached the DC for relief, but the officer counselled them to comply with the university guidelines.
Textbook row: 15 arrested for protesting outside Karnataka minister’s home
A day after National Students Union of India (NSUI) workers staged a protest outside the residence of Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh at Tiptur in Tumakuru district, the police arrested 15 perpetrators and said further action is underway. The NSUI members were protesting against the alleged inclusion of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology in school textbooks.
The police said the minister was not at home when the incident took place. The activists said that they were staging protests against the textbook review committee headed by Rohith Chakrathirtha. The NSUI members reportedly burnt a khaki half pant, the ones that are worn by members of RSS.


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