Bengaluru News Highlights: Red alert for coastal Karnataka; Bengaluru to remain chilly for next five days – The Indian Express

Bengaluru, Karnataka Highlights: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday issued a red alert for the coastal Karnataka districts of Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada till today, with high waves in the range of 3.5-4.2 metres predicted till 11.30pm from Mangaluru to Karwar. Explaining the prevailing weather conditions, the IMD said in a statement,“The cyclonic circulation over northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal off the south Odisha-north Andhra Pradesh coasts, extending up to 7.6 km above mean sea level tilting southwestwards with height, persists. Yesterday’s off-shore trough at mean sea level from the south Maharashtra coast to the north Kerala coast now runs from Gujarat coast to Karnataka Coast.”
Flood warnings have been sounded in some northern district of Karnataka due to heavy downpour in neighbouring Maharashtra. Owing to heavy rains in Maharashtra, water discharge by the neighbouring state into the Krishna river and its tributaries has increased, PTI quoted Karnataka Water Resources Minister Govind Karjol.
In another update, a first information report was registered at the Madikeri town police station in Kodagu district of Karnataka against an Instagram user after members of the Kodava community complained over his “malicious, derogatory and inflammatory” posts about the women of the community and goddess Cauvery. Another complaint, filed at Bengaluru’s High Ground police station by the Bengaluru Kodava Samaja on Thursday over the social media posts, was transferred to the Madikeri police station. Read more.
A 45-year-old astrologer Pramod was robbed by three unknown persons near Kengeri railway station on Saturday evening in Bengaluru. The police who have taken up the case said that 400 grams of gold and Rs 5 lakh cash was stolen from Pramod.
With the state of Karnataka logging 989 new Covid-19 cases today, 927 were from the capital city. While the state recorded 802 patient discharges, Bangalore had 750 discharged cases.
In the backdrop of Bakrid, Mangaluru city police held a flag march on Saturday amid heavy rainfall

Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) and State Bank of India Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which enables SBI to open its country’s first dedicated branch for startups (SBI Startup Hub branch) in Koramangala. The branch will be inaugurated in August.
The collaboration will enable startups across the state to access banking facilities, funding, credit facilities. Rs 2 crore collateral-free financial assistance will be given to know more
If you thought that Freedom Park in Bengaluru was just a place where protests and exhibitions were held, think again. This famous city landmark in Gandhi Nagar once served as a prison, thus forging a link with India’s struggle for independence, and has great historical and cultural significance even today. Know more

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said the government has taken all measures to rescue pilgrims from Karnataka who are on Amarnath Yatra after a cloudburst in Jammu and Kashmir claimed the lives of at least 15 pilgrims.
According to initial reports, more than 100 people from the state are read more
As many as 541 private PU (pre-university) colleges, including 166 colleges in Bengaluru district, in Karnataka have registered zero admissions in the past three academic years, indicating that the interest for private institutions is on a declining trend. Sixty-one PU colleges in Bengaluru North, 93 colleges in Bengaluru South, 61 in Bengaluru North and 12 in Bengaluru Rural registered zero admissions for the academic years 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22. Click here for more
Stating that next assembly elections in Karnataka in 2023 will be the last term in electoral politics, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Friday said that his 75th birthday party that is planned in a big scale on August 3 would definitely send a political message and that read more
In the talk, Tara Krishnaswamy highlighted the meagre presence of women in Indian politics — a subject that led her to launch a movement called `Political Shakti’ to seek more representation for women in politics. Political Shakti’s campaign for inclusion of more women in politics during the Bihar polls in 2020 resulted in the JDU awarding as much as 19 per cent of tickets to women candidates and it also netted the movement three advertising Cannes Awards recently. Read more
Karnataka state: Widespread moderate to very heavy rains likely over coastal Karnataka districts and widespread light to moderate rains with isolated heavy rains likely over Malnad and  NIK districts and  scattered to widespread very light to light rains likely over SIK districts.
SIK: Scattered to widespread very light to moderate rains likely over Ramanagara, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Tumakuru and Mysuru districts and isolated to scattered very light rains to light rains likely over remaining districts of the region.
NIK: Widespread light to moderate rains with isolated heavy rains likely over Belagavi, Raichur, Bagalkote, Bidar, Kalaburgi and Vijayapura districts and widespread light to moderate rains likely over remaining districts of the region.
Malnad: Widespread light to moderate rains with isolated heavy rains likely over Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu, Hassan and Shivamogga districts.
Coastal: Widespread moderate to very heavy rains likely over Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada districts.
BBMP area: Isolated very light to light rains likely over the BBMP area. Maximum and Minimum temperatures are likely to be around 25 and 20 degrees Celcius respectively.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has instructed the officials to complete the tender process at the earliest for setting up cold storage facilities at Thoravi village in Vijayapura district in a public-private partnership model.
The Chief Minister on Friday chaired a meeting of the Karnataka Grape and Wine Board and the Department of Horticulture.
About 1 lakh tons of grapes is being produced in Vijayapura and surrounding areas. There is a need to increase the storage capacity. Action should be taken to provide loans under the National Horticulture Mission for Grape Growers Cooperatives. Greater support should be extended for branding and export of resins and other grape products, Bommai said.
The Chief Minister also said that cargo handling facilities would be provided at the Vijayapura airport being built to help the export of these products.
A 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck shirahatti village of Athani taluk on Saturday at around 6:45 am. The exact location was 2.3 kms NW of Kannur GP, Vijayapura Taluk, Vijayapura district (Bordering Vijayapura & Maharashtra region).
The Karnataka State Disaster Management authority on Saturday released helpline numbers for pilgrims from the state who may be stranded in Amarnath Shrine, due to the cloud burst.
NDRF 011-23438252, 011-23438253; Kashmir Divisional Helpline 0194-2496240; Shrine Board Helpline 0194-2313149 and Karnataka State Emergency Operation Center (to facilitate assistance through J&K Government)080-1070, 22340676, Email:[email protected], [email protected]
A 24/7 centralized call centre at State Emergency War Room, Karnataka has been set up for reaching out to relatives of the stranded and updating of the latest measures undertaken for safe return of the strandees.
The State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC) has received 15 calls from the relatives of Yatris. There are mobile communication issues since there are communication shadow region along the terrain. As of now, the details of around 250 yatris who are in groups along with tour operators, hailing from Karnataka, received at SEOC have been shared with NDRF Control Room and Integrated Command and Control Center under Divisional Commissioner’s Office, Kashmir and Amarnath Shrine Board to provide any assistance on priority. J and K Government and NDRF have open relief centers for the stranded pilgrims and arrangements have been made to safely evacuate them to safer locations. Yatris are native of Ramanagara, Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Chikkaballapura, Mysuru, Mandya, Shivamogga and Dakshina Kannada districts. Regular updates will be issued to apprise on the latest status.
The meteorological center in Bengaluru predicted a cloudy sky and a few spells of light to moderate rain likely over Bengaluru and its neighbouring districts today. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 25 and 20 degree Celsius respectively.
Bengaluru city recorded 25.5 maximum and 19.8 minimum temperatures as of 8 30 am. The city received 7.3 mm of rainfall
Scientists from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) & Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru have discovered a novel material that can emit, detect, and modulate infrared light with high efficiency making it useful for solar and thermal energy harvesting and for optical communication devices.

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After expelling MLAs S R Srinivas and K Srinivas Gowda from the party’s primary membership for “breach of discipline”, the JD(S) on Friday petitioned the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Speaker, seeking their disqualification as legislators.
Defying the party’s directive, Srinivas and Gowda had voted against the party’s official candidate D Kupendra Reddy in the June 10 Rajya Sabha election.
“Against two legislators S R Srinivas (Gubbi) and K Srinivas Gowda (Kolar), we have given a complaint to the Speaker and sought their disqualification. They have remained away from the party for sometime now, not attended legislature party meetings, and have been sharing a stage with Congress leaders and have openly expressed their desire to join that party,” JD(S) Whip Venkat Rao Nadagouda said. (PTI)
A Special Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA) Court, conducting the Gauri Lankesh murder trial here, recorded the examination of two more witnesses on Friday, the last day of the trial for July.
The trial will resume on August 8 and will have day-to-day hearing for five days. The trial is scheduled for a week every month.
On Friday, two witnesses — a local mahajar witness and a peon working in Gauri Lankesh’s newspaper office — were examined by the prosecution and the defence.
The manner in which the bullets embedded in the walls were recovered were recalled and scrutinised in the statements of the witnesses by the advocates. (PTI)
Karnataka reported 1,037 new Covid-19 cases and one death today. Of the new cases, Bengaluru recorded 932 fresh infections. Karnataka’s positivity rate stood at 4.24 per cent.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said a total 12 people have lost their lives so far in various rain-related incidents since June 1, as torrential rains continue to batter several parts of the state.
The CM, who chaired a meeting of district in-charge Ministers and Deputy Commissioners of 13 rain-affected districts to review the situation there, said rains will continue for another three to four days at various places across the state, as he also instructed officials to take necessary precautionary measures, and to conduct relief and rescue operations immediately.
Officials in districts bordering Maharashtra have been asked to maintain contact with their counterparts there regarding the release of water from dams, following reports of heavy rains in the neighboring states. (PTI)
A police complaint has been filed on behalf of Chief Commissioner of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Tushar Girinath over the use of his identity by an unknown person to solicit Amazon gift cards from persons in his social media contact list.
The BBMP chief commissioner’s display picture on Whatsapp has been used with a phone number to hold conversations with contacts of the IAS officer and request for Amazon gift cards, K Nagesh, the deputy chief information officer at the BBMP’s information technology department, told the Cyber Crime Police in Bengaluru in a complaint filed Thursday.
The schools in Karnataka opened for the new academic year on May 16. Even after 50 days of school reopening, the children go to their classrooms dressed in coloured clothes or old uniforms which hardly fit them, and wearing slippers or sandals. Owing to the severe paucity of funds in the education department, the students of government schools will be deprived of the mandatory shoes, socks and uniforms that echo the symbols of school discipline. The department of school education and literacy in Karnataka that is reeling under severe fund crunch has not yet released the funds for purchasing the materials for the children, despite Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, in his maiden budget for the fiscal year 2021-22, increasing the education budget allocation by 1per cent.
Just as Karnataka’s state police chief Praveen Sood reiterated last week that “no vehicle shall be stopped merely for checking documents unless it has committed a traffic violation visible to the naked eye”, Bengaluru city traffic commissioner Ravikanthe Gowda issued a statement Wednesday stating that pre-university (PU) students will not be allowed to take motor vehicles to college because they do not meet the minimum age (18 years) criteria to procure the driving licence, according to the Karnataka Motor Vehicles Rules.

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