Bengaluru News Highlights: Mask-wearing made mandatory at Kalaburagi Airport; 'Covid mock drill' in government … – The Indian Express

Bengaluru Covid News Highlights:  After the Karnataka government had issued a fresh set of guidelines making face masks mandatory in schools, colleges, movie theatres, pubs, restaurants, and bars, wearing mask has also been made mandatory at Kalaburagi Airport. As for the guidelines for international travellers, the government has said that all symptomatic patients arriving at KIAL, Bengaluru and Mangalore International Airport will be shifted to Bowring Hospital, Bengaluru and Wenlock Hospital, Mangaluru respectively. Meanwhile, all events held to celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day will have to end by 1 am. Also, a mock drill of Corona treatment procedure  will be conducted in the government hospitals across the state today
According to a PTI report, after meeting with BJP’s top brass in Delhi on Monday, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai said several issues related to reservation and cabinet expansion in the state were discussed Pressure has been mounting from former ministers K S Eshwarappa and Ramesh Jarkiholi, who have demanded that they be reinducted into the cabinet. KS Eshwarappa was accused of abetting the suicide of a government contractor, meanwhile, Jarkiholi had stepped down over allegations of seeking sexual favours for handing out government jobs,
A week after Karnataka passed a resolution on the Belagavi border issue, resolving not to cede an inch of land to its neighbour, the Maharashtra government is all set to table a similar resolution during the winter session of the state Legislative Assembly on Tuesday. Shiv Sena (UBT) president and MLC Uddhav Thackeray, who attended the state Legislative Council for the first time after stepping down as chief minister in June this year, on Monday demanded that the Centre declare the disputed area on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border as a Union Territory (UT).
The Karnataka Special Investment Region (SIR) Bill, 2022, was passed by the Karnataka Assembly Tuesday. It will provide special incentives for new industrial ventures exceeding an area of 2,500 sq km. The provisions of the law will also be applicable to existing industrial units with an area exceeding 1,250 sq km.
Industries minister Murugesh Nirani, who piloted the Bill, said that SIR will have an overriding effect on the Karnataka Country and Town Planning Act and will not fall under the jurisdiction of local bodies. “It will be considered as an (independent) industrial township. Thirty per cent of the property tax collected from SIR will be distributed to the local body, while the remaining funds will be used to provide amenities to the industrial area,” he said. Read more
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Tuesday condemned the resolution passed by the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on the border row and called it “worthless” when a case is being heard by the Supreme Court.
He told reporters that Maharashtra has a habit of issuing such statements for political gains and said their move comes at a time when people on both the sides of the border are living in harmony. His statement came hours after the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly passed a resolution to pursue the inclusion of 865 Marathi-speaking villages of Karnataka. Read more
In an order dated December 16, the Press Council of India (PCI) censured the ‘Star of Mysore’ (SOM) for its April 2020 editorial, ‘Bad Apples in the Basket’. In the piece, the Mysore-based news publication purportedly called the Muslim community in India “bad apples”. A censure by the PCI means that the state government concerned must not advertise in the paper for three consecutive months.
Following the publication of the article, The Campaign Against Hate Speech – a collective that works towards promoting media accountability – filed a complaint with the PCI against SOM editor M Govinda Gowda and the then editor-in-chief KB Ganapathy. The complaint claimed that “the news agency is promoting and inciting hatred towards the community (Muslims) on the grounds of religion… thereby violating a basic principle of journalism of not to attribute individual actions to a whole community to spread hatred and violence against it.” Read more
BJP MLA and Bangalore Development Authority chairman S R Vishwanath Tuesday embarrassed the state government after he alleged corruption in the sub-registrar offices and said it is leading to widespread conversions of government land around Bengaluru.
Speaking in the Legislative Assembly, Vishwanath said that revenue layouts are coming up in agricultural land, government land and even lakes in the outskirts of the city. “All such registrations are bogus registrations done without the approval of the competent authority,” he said. Read more
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that not an inch of the state will be ceded to Maharashtra at any cost and that the government is fully committed to protecting every bit of land. Reacting to the resolution adopted by the Maharashtra Assembly on the Belagavi issue, the CM said the resolution of the Maharashtra Assembly did not have any value.
Bommai reiterated that Karnataka is confident of getting justice as the States have been organised on the basis of the States Reorganisation Act 1956. ‘Since then the people of both States are living cordially. The Maharashtra politicians are known for such tricks as they knew well that their case is very weak. The government of Karnataka is committed to Kannadigas living in the neighboring state. We are right Constitutionally and Legally,’ he added.
Amidst calls by the state health department to ramp up health protocols amid rising Covid cases in some countries, private school authorities in Bengaluru are planning to step up efforts to ensure safety measures are in place once the students return from the Christmas vacation in January 2023.
Most schools in Bengaluru will make masks mandatory, reintroduce temperature screening, sanitise classrooms and buses and direct students to refrain from attending school in case of cold/cough/fever among other measures. Read more
The number of vehicles in Bengaluru is likely to outnumber its population in the next five years, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said Tuesday. He said that over 7,000 cameras will be installed in Bengaluru to monitor traffic. The population of Bengaluru is 1.25 crore, whereas the number of vehicles in the city was 1.03 crore, Bommai told the Legislative Assembly, before the Bengaluru Metropolitan Land Transport Authority Bill was passed.
“Everyday 5,000 new vehicles are added in Bengaluru,” he said. Two to three vehicles per household is among the causes, according to Bommai. The government was taking measures to reduce traffic congestion at entry points in different parts of the city, he said, citing the proposal to extend the Hebbal flyover as an example. Read more
Karnataka legislative council  adopts a resolution reiterating that the state borders are fixed as per state reorganization act, claiming that the act is non-negotiable.
ಇಂದು ಸದನದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ವಿಶೇಷ ಹೂಡಿಕೆ ಪ್ರದೇಶ ವಿಧೇಯಕ ಕುರಿತ ಚರ್ಚೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿ, ಹಿಂದಿನ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಎಲೆಕ್ಟ್ರಾನಿಕ್ಸ್ ಸಿಟಿ ರೂಪುಗೊಂಡ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ನಗರಾಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಕಾಯ್ದೆಗೆ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿ ತಂದ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲೇ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಪ್ರಾಧಿಕಾರ ಕಾಯ್ದೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅವಕಾಶಗಳನ್ನು ನೀಡಲಾಗುವುದು.
Prahlad Modi, the brother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sustained injuries after his car met with an accident near Karnataka’s Mysuru Tuesday afternoon. The incident took place near Kadkola, 13km away from Mysore. Prahlad was travelling with his son, daughter-in-law and grandson to Bandipura in an SUV when it hit a divider.
All passengers, including the driver, were taken to the JS Hospital in Mysuru. Prahlad Modi’s grandson has sustained minor injuries to his head. However, he is out of danger. Read more
The Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday passed the Bengaluru Metropolitan Land Transport Authority (BMLTA) Bill which aims to bring all the public mobility services under one umbrella right from the autorickshaw to the city buses and metro trains. According to Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy, Bengaluru city transportation will come under the BMLTA’s purview and the jurisdiction of the proposed authority will be 279 sq km.
“This Authority has been planned to integrate all the modes of public transport. It will take all the policy decisions related to urban mobility,” he said as he moved the BMLTA bill proposed by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in the Karnataka Assembly. The Minister explained this bill seeks to supplement the National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP), which lays down a framework for the integration of various functions of institutions and departments to enable a holistic transport planning. Backing the bill, Bommai said Bengaluru did not grow in a planned manner where the growth was one side while planning was on the other. (PTI)
Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Tuesday said the BF.7 variant of COVID-19 is transmissible with low virulence, but emphasised that senior citizens, children and pregnant women must remain cautious. He said COVID response mock drills to check readiness to deal with any increase in the number of coronavirus cases are in place in all districts and talukas across the state. “BF.7 is a sub-variant of Omicron, but the only difference between other variants and this is that the rate of its spread is high, but does not have much virulence,” Sudhakar told reporters here.
He said, however, that reports from other countries have suggested that the virulence is slightly high among the aged and those with co-morbidities. “That’s the reason in the guidelines issued yesterday, we have given importance to them (old and co-morbid) and have advised them to avoid places or activities where large crowd gathers and wear masks if unavoidable. Similar is the case with pregnant women and children,” he added. (PTI)
Amidst calls by the state health department to ramp up health protocols, private school authorities in Bengaluru are now planning to step up efforts to ensure safety measures are in place after students return to school in January 2023 from the Christmas holiday. School authorities will be making masks mandatory, reintroducing temperature screening, sanitizing classrooms, directing students to refrain from attending school in case of cold/cough/fever, sanitizing buses among other measures.
Karnataka Legislative Assembly has passed the Bengaluru Metropolitan Land Transport Authority Bill, which aims to streamline traffic and public transport in the city.
Karnataka Lokayukta Police conducted searches at CTO offices, tobacco pan masala factories and godowns across the state under Lokayukta act on Tuesday. A total of 34 places are being searched -9 in Bangalore and 25 places outside Bangalore.

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde presented the resolution on Maharashtra – Karnataka border dispute in the assembly today. The resolution reiterates the claim on 865 Marathi speaking villages in Karnataka. It says that the Maharashtra government will stand behind the Marathi people in border areas and will ensure legal fight in Supreme Court is won to ensure that these areas become part of Maharashtra.
The resolution stated that the Maharashtra assembly condemns the Karnataka administration for oppressing and terrorising Marathi population and anti- Marathi stand in border areas.
Maharashtra government stands with Marathi people from Belgavi, Nipani, Karvar, Bhalki and Bidar, the resolution stated.
Speaking at the Hindu Jagarana Vedike’s South Region annual convention in Shivamogga on Sunday,  BJP Member of Parliament Pragya Singh Thakur had said that Hindus have the right to respond to those who attack them and their dignity, as she spoke about the killing of Hindu activists.
‘It is unfortunate that such statements are being made by an MP. She is already a terror accused. I don’t know why Karnataka is encouraging such an atmosphere. We will file a legal complaint against it,’ Priyank Kharge, Karnataka Congress MLA was quoted saying by news agency ANI.
Thakur also called on the community to at least keep the knives in their homes sharp, as everyone has the right to protect themselves. ‘Sanyasi says in this world created by god, end all the oppressors and sinful, if not the true definition of love will not survive here. So answer those involved in Love Jihad the same way. Protect your girls, teach them the right values.’ Further, pointing at the killing of Hindus activists including Harsha of Shivamogga, she asked people to keep knives at home sharp for the sake of self protection.
The Karnataka Police have detained five people in connection with the murder of a Muslim trader in the communally sensitive Mangaluru city Saturday night.
Abdul Jaleel, 43, a resident of Mangaluru, was hacked to death near his fancy store by unidentified men. The investigation in the case was underway, a police officer told The Indian Express, confirming the detentions.
Several political leaders, including Congress state chief DK Shivakumar, condemned the incident. Shivakumar said, “It was the result of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s reaction to a statement supporting moral policing. He was referring to Bommai’s statement which he made in 2021 over moral policing cases in the coastal region. Bommai had said, “Action and reaction are bound to happen when there is no morality in society.”
Reacting to Shivakumar, Bommai said, “There is no question of ‘action-reaction’ when someone commits a crime. The objective of the case fades if the case is diverted. The police officials have continued the probe and have already got some evidence in the case. They will bring the truth to light.” (Read More)
Prohibitory orders in four areas of Mangaluru city were extended till 6 am on December 29 following the murder of a Muslim man near his shop in Surathkal a few days ago, Police Commissioner N Shashi Kumar said in a statement here on Tuesday.
The clampdown under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) had been imposed in Surathkal, Bajpe, Kavoor and Panambur police station limits till December 26 following the murder of Abdul Jaleel (43), near his shop at Katipalla in Surathkal on Saturday night.
Police said assembly of five or more persons, holding of public meetings, jathas, processions and carrying of firearms, explosives and crackers have been forbidden during the period.
Shouting provocative slogans and any activities that hurt the sentiments of different sections of people have been prohibited.
Jaleel was stabbed to death by unidentified miscreants on Saturday. Three people, two of them suspected assailants, have been arrested in connection with the case. (PTI)
Karnataka Minister CN Ashwath Narayan on Monday said that everyone in the country has the right to form a new political party but it will not have any effect on the BJP.
He was speaking on the decision of former BJP leader and mining baron Janardhan Reddy to float a new party named ‘Kalyana Rajya Pragathi Paksha’. He also said that the people of the country would decide the future of the party one day.
“This is a democratic country and everyone has the opportunity to establish political parties here. Janardhan Reddy has formed a new political party along the same lines,” said the Minister.
“The people of the country will decide the future of this party one day,” he added.
The former BJP leader had on Sunday announced the formation of a new party named ‘Kalyana Rajya Pragathi Paksha (KRPP). Reddy also said that he would contest from the Gangavati assembly constituency in the upcoming state elections. (PTI)

Chips, nachos and cigarettes dominated the list of most ordered items by Bangalureans post 10 pm in the annual report released by Dunzo, a Bengaluru-based delivery company. The report mainly talks about how Indians ordered groceries and other items in 2022.
In Bengaluru, the most-ordered items included fresh foods, breakfast and spreads, snacks, beverages, chocolates and personal care and household items.
While Bengaluru leads the tipping game in the country, Indians tipped an overall Rs 3 crore through the Dunzo application.
’Tis the season again for joy, celebration, togetherness, carols, gifts, and most importantly, Christmas-special plum cakes and delicacies. While Christmas celebrations have remained subdued the last two years due to the pandemic, this year, Bengalureans are all set to usher in the festive season with much joy, optimism, and of course, their favourite Christmas delicacies.
While Bengaluru is the gateway to a wide variety of cuisines, ranging from south Indian to inter-continental, it is also home to a few nostalgic bakeries that have geared up to serve a diverse range of offerings for Christmas and New Year. If you are looking to usher in this Christmas and New Year with some sweet, spicy and crunchy spread of culinary delights, here are some landmark bakeries you should be visiting in Bengaluru.
A cafe turned into a bakery and a supermarket store – the journey of Thom’s Bakery dates back to 1970 and so do their plum cakes. Cut to December 2022, the bakery located on Wheeler Road easily manages to convince you that the festive Christmas season is here. With a Santa Claus mannequin oscillating in one corner to the brightly lit stars hanging from the ceiling, the bakery is all decked up, reflecting a festive vibe.


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