Karnataka Bengaluru News Highlights: State records 155 new Covid-19 infections, five deaths – The Indian Express

Karnataka News: Karnataka on Monday registered 155 fresh coronavirus cases and 5 fatalities thereby taking the total till date to 39,42,730 and 39,996 respectively. There were 349 patients who got discharged pushing the total number of recoveries to 38,99,647, said a bulletin.
Meanwhile, as Opposition parties continue protests, Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat Saturday said the Centre is ready to facilitate talks between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu governments over the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery river. The minister was in Bengaluru for the southern states’ conclave on the “Jal Jeevan” and “Swachh Bharat” Missions. “We are in the process of doing that…I can’t assure you how long it will take as consensus has to be built,” Shekhawat said, while responding to a question on whether the Centre would make the two states sit together regarding Mekedatu.
On the weather front,  partly cloudy skies are predicted with strong gusty winds in Bengaluru on Monday. Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 30 and 18 degrees Celsius respectively.
Union Revenue Secretary Tarun Bajan on Monday urged the Customs department to be cautious following an increase in drug hauls effected in ports and airports across the country.
Noting that the Customs has also been working relentlessly on intelligence, Bajaj said things like gold, drugs, red-sanders and wildlife have been coming to the borders as reflected in the large number of seizures in the past one year.
“Suddenly all of us are now noticing that drugs, especially heroin, have started coming in a big way and a lot of seizures have been made…,” Bajaj said during the investiture ceremony by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs.
Asking officials to be cautious, he said, “The change in the geopolitical situation may actually see that we are getting more quantity than what we were getting earlier. So we have to ensure that we pull up our socks and try and stop this menace from happening.” Bajaj’s warning comes in the wake of authorities seizing 3,000 kg of drugs worth Rs 21,000 crore, believed to be from Afghanistan, at the Mundra port in Gujarat’s Kutch district on September 21, 2021. (PTI)
Karnataka on Monday registered 155 fresh coronavirus cases and 5 fatalities thereby taking the total till date to 39,42,730 and 39,996 respectively. There were 349 patients who got discharged pushing the total number of recoveries to 38,99,647, said a bulletin.
Of the new cases, 97 were from Bengaluru Urban, while there were 169 discharges were the city, there were 3 deaths, the bulletin said. The total number of active cases across the State was 3,049. While the positivity rate for the day was 0.47 per cent, the case fatality rate was 3.22 per cent.
Of the five deaths reported today, three are from Bengaluru Urban, followed by one each from Belagavi and Mandya. (PTI)
Union Minister of State for Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Electronics & Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Monday said the government wants India to lead the global tech movement. The Minister was speaking at the India Global Forum’s annual summit on the topic ‘The New India Inc’ in Bengaluru.

‘…we would like India to be less of just being a fuel for global tech companies, but to also lead the global tech movement,’ Chandrasekhar said in response to a question on impact of global tech companies investing and creating a strong base here.
Noting that companies like Volvo, Uber, Intel and many others are creating an ecosystem where the talent is out there and there is critical mass, he said, ‘Into that mix when you toss in the desire for entrepreneurship, along with the capital and encouragement by the government to support innovation, we will see in the next coming years a large number of India origin innovation.’
‘It is the government’s ambition and vision that we want more and more India origin intellectual property to come out from here. I’m very confident that it is going to be the next wave we will see,’ he added. (PTI)
Targeted, localised and appropriate reprogramming of reactive macrophages can have a significant impact on many disorders, a recent research has found.
Prof Rangaramanujam Kannan, a faculty at Center for Nanomedicine, Wilmer Eye Institute, John Hopkins School of Medicine said the targeted delivery of drugs to specific cells at remote sites of injury was a challenge. (Read full report by Aksheev Thakur)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday attended a trade fair, part of the International Women’s Day -2022, organized by the Vidhan Sabha.
The Chief Minister visited stores and checked out products made by women.
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In a major heist, unidentified persons broke into a co-operative bank in Karnataka’s Belagavi Saturday night and robbed cash and valuables worth Rs 6 crore, the police said.
According to police sources, the accused allegedly used duplicate keys and decamped with Rs 4.37 crore in cash and jewels worth Rs 1.63 crore from the District Central Cooperative Bank at Muragod in Saundatti taluk. (Read more)
Nano urea, the fertilizer based on nanotechnology, has been tested in all the universities and is found to be successful, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Monday.

Speaking after inaugurating the 12th edition of the ‘Bengaluru India Nano,’ which is themed on ‘NanoTech for Sustainable Future,’ a flagship 3-day event of the state government, Bommai said the ambition of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make available Nano Urea for farmers will become a reality in the near future.
‘Nanotechnology will help the management of energy in an efficient manner at the tiniest level, which is the nano level. The efficient energy management at the smallest level is also expected to bring about sustainability,’ he opined.
Stating that Bengaluru with 180 Research and Development institutes has a very congenial ecosystem to incubate the growth of nanotechnology, the Chief Minister underlined that the synergy between R&D institutes, educational institutions, and Students will help to translate lab findings to marketable products. (PTI)
More than 2.5 acres of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district was burnt in a fire that broke out on Sunday afternoon, said forest officials. The fire was brought under control and no wildlife was affected, added officials.
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The fire was noticed by the staffers in the Moolapur Betta forest of the Bandipur range around 2.30 pm. The forest department has deployed 400 additional forest guards after the fire. (Read more)
On behalf of the Karnataka government, former chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday handed over a cheque of Rs 25 lakh to the family members of 27-year-old Bajrang Dal activist Harsha Hindu who was murdered in Shivamogga city last month.
Speaking to media persons, Yediyurappa said he met the family of the deceased activist. He added that Harsha was an up-and-coming Hindu leader and was murdered by people who could not digest the fact. (Read more)
Mumbai police have arrested gangster Iliyas Bachkana, wanted in at least 37 cases including murder and drug trafficking, from Bengaluru in neighbouring Karnataka, an official said on Monday.
The inter-state criminal was nabbed by the Mumbai police’s Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) on Saturday evening with the help of the Karnataka police, he said. He was wanted by police here in at least 37 cases, including murder, attempt to murder, theft, robbery, drug trafficking, and under provisions of the Arms Act as well as the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), the official said.
Following the arrest, the gangster was brought to Mumbai and handed over to the Byculla police here in connection with an attempt to murder case registered on April 30 last year, he said. A person, Raju Luladia (47), was attacked allegedly by three persons with steel rods and pipes and Bachkana had threatened to kill him, the official said. (PTI)
Karnataka Police have invoked sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,1967 against 10 people arrested in connection with the February 20 murder of a Bajrang Dal worker in the Shivamogga region of the state.
Pressing charges under the UAPA against the accused in the murder of Harsha Hindu, 27, who had a criminal background, is being seen as a precursor to handing over the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Partly cloudy skies a Mist likely during early morning hours in some areas. Surface winds likely to be strong and gusty at times. Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 30 and 18 degrees Celsius respectively.
Partly cloudy skies are predicted with strong gusty winds in Bengaluru on Monday. Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 30 and 18 degrees Celsius respectively.
The Covid-19 cases in Karnataka further declined from 278 cases on Saturday to 229 cases on Sunday while 3 deaths were reported on the day taking the infection tally and fatalities to 39,42,575 and 39,991 respectively, the State health department said.
In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the department said 264 people were discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 38,99,298. Active cases stood at 3,248. Bengaluru urban district reported 146 infections and two deaths.
Other districts too had fresh cases including 13 in Tumakuru, 12 in Mysuru, seven in Ballari and six each in Belagavi and Shivamogga. Kalaburagi reported one death while, 29 districts had zero fatalities on Sunday. (PTI)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said efforts are on to airlift nearly 200 students from Karnataka who are stranded in the bunkers in Kharkiv in war-torn Ukraine.
“There are 200 students from Karnataka stuck in the bunkers in Kharkiv. The Indian Embassy in Ukraine is working hard to bring them to India. We are also in constant touch with the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is personally monitoring the rescue operation and efforts are on to bring students to India,” Bommai told reporters here.
The Chief Minister welcomed Chaithra Gangadhar Saunshi from village Yaraguppi in Kundakol in Dharwad district, who returned from Kharkiv.
According to the Chief Minister’s office, Saunshi was studying in Kharkiv Ukraine when the war broke out between Russia and Ukraine and Kharkiv was among the worst affected places. The CMO said Saunshi was holed up in a bunker for a week and then she walked for nine kilometres and reached Poland. (PTI)
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said ‘Cosmos’, coming up on the Mysuru University campus would be more than just a planetarium to gaze at the sky on a real time basis as it will offer data which can be used by young scientists for “future learning”.
After laying the foundation stone for state-of-the-art planetarium, ‘Cosmos’, Sitharaman said, “It’s not just a planetarium for which all of your have gathered. A planetarium, yes, but it is more than a planetarium. It is going to give you all the data that you can use.”
Coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 81 crore from Sitharaman’s MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund, the project is expected to be ready by March 2023.
Speaking on the idea behind setting up a planetarium on the sprawling campus of the University of Mysore, the Finance Minister, who is a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, said she always wanted to recreate a ‘beautiful, undisturbed and no glare Leh sky’ in Mysuru.
“If Ladakh sky can be viewed from Delhi, it can be viewed from Mysuru as well. Technology helps us,” she explained. (PTI)
The Karnataka government has approved 48 industrial projects worth Rs 2,062  crore that would provide jobs for over 6,393 people in the state.
The clearance for the projects was given at the State Level Single Window Clearance Committee (SLSWCC) meeting chaired by Large and Medium Scale Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani on Saturday.
According to Nirani, the panel has considered and approved seven important large and medium size industrial projects worth Rs 1,275.67 crore, which are expected to create employment opportunities for 3,181 people in the state.
Also, at the SLSWCC meeting, 40 new projects each with investment of more than Rs 15 crores and less than Rs 50 crore were cleared. These projects valued at Rs 724.87 crore would generate 3,212 jobs, the minister noted on Sunday.
A total of 48 projects with investments of Rs 2,062.21 crore with employment potential for 6,393 people were cleared. (PTI)
A total of 76 students from Karnataka, who were stranded in Ukraine landed in India today. A total of 448 students based out of Karnataka have been evacuated from Ukraine through Operation Ganga. 

The Regional Meteorological Centre Bangalore said that dry weather will prevailed over the state on Sunday.
“The Depression over southwest Bay of Bengal moved nearly southwestwards and weakened into a Well Marked Low Pressure Area over the same region at 0830 hrs IST of today, the 06th March 2022. It is very likely to move further southwestwards towards north Tamil Nadu Coast and weaken gradually into a low pressure area during next 24 hours..,” a bulletin said. 

Forecast for the next 24 hours: Dry weather likely to prevail over the state. 
48 hours: Dry weather likely to prevail over the state.
Karnataka allocating Rs 1,000 crore for constructing a dam at Mekedatu across river Cauvery, when the matter was pending in the Supreme Court went against federalism, the Tamil Nadu government said on Saturday. Tamil Nadu Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan, referring to the 2022-23 Karnataka budget that set apart the sum towards dam construction, said that it was a unilateral act.
The dam construction proposal had no requisite approvals and this announcement of Karnataka was unjust as it had not taken the concurrence of riparian states for building the reservoir, he said. Read more
Chikmagalur: Students wearing burqa and hijab protest demanding online classes or permission to wear hijab in offline classes, outside I.D.S.G Government College, in Chikmagalur, Saturday, March 5, 2022. (PTI Photo)
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