Karnataka, Bengaluru news highlights: State records 376 new Covid-19 cases, Bengaluru alone logs 358 infections – The Indian Express

Karnataka, Bangalore News Updates: Karnataka on Wednesday recorded 376 new Covid-19 cases, zero deaths with a positivity rate of 1.61 per cent. Bengaluru alone logged 358 new infections. The state also saw 231 new dischages in the last 24-hours. Currently there are 2,623 active Covid-19 cases in Karnataka.
With regard to the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections: Offering to trade second preference votes with the Congress, JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy said his main agenda is to defeat the BJP in the contest for the fourth seat, during the June 10 polls. Six candidates are in the fray for the Rajya Sabha poll to four seats from Karnataka, necessitating a heated contest for the fourth seat.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department has forecast fairly widespread rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning over Karnataka, Kerala, Mahe and Lakshadweep over the next four days under the influence of westerly winds from the Arabian Sea over peninsular India.
Writers and academics under the aegis of the All India Save Education Committee (AISEC), Karnataka, convened a conference in Bengaluru Wednesday, to demand the scrapping of new textbooks. The conference was also attended by authors who recently revoked permission to use their works in textbooks. Speakers like Niranjan Aaradhya, GS Siddaramiah, Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy and A Murgieppa also pointed out ‘distorted content’ in the revised textbooks during the conference.
Aaradhya, an academic, claimed that the mandate for the Rohith Chakrathirtha-led committee was to submit a report on the ‘misleading’ facts in one of the chapters on religion in Class VIII social science textbook. (Read more)
Karnataka on Wednesday recorded 376 new Covid-19 cases, zero deaths with a positivity rate of 1.61 per cent. Bengaluru alone logged 358 new infections. The state also saw 231 new dischages in the last 24-hours. Currently there are 2,623 active Covid-19 cases in Karnataka. (ENS)
The Bengaluru airport Wednesday unveiled an international and domestic lounge for an immersive lounge experience for passengers at the airport’s terminal one.
The lounge is called ‘080 Lounge’, the trunk dial code of Bengaluru, and has a small library, movie screening area, bar counters, buffet setups and other amenities for passengers.
A senior official from the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), said, “Our luxurious world-class lounges strongly establish Bengaluru Airport’s connection and dedication to the city. (Read more)
A man allegedly strangled to death his 17-year-old daughter for having a relationship with a Dalit boy and surrendered before the police in the Mysuru district of Karnataka on Tuesday.
The accused is identified as Suresh (45), a resident of Kaggundi village in Periyapatna taluk. The girl’s mother, Baby, has also been arrested on charges of murder. Suresh, who belongs to the Vokkaliga community, had been opposing his daughter’s relationship with a Dalit boy, said the police.
According to the police, the girl, a second-year pre-university (class 12) student, was earlier sent to the government girls’ home in Mysuru after she had approached the Periyapatna police complaining about the her parents’ opposition to her relationship with the Dalit boy. (Read more)
With less than a year for the assembly elections, some BJP leaders have sought to project party strongman B S Yediyurappa’s son B Y Vijayendra as the future Chief Minister. Both sought to play it down on Wednesday. Yediyurappa, a former Chief Minister, however, said Vijayedra, who is currently the party Vice President, will contest the 2023 assembly polls.
“I have worked and travelled across the state as party Yuva Morcha General Secretary, and now when the party has given me the responsibility of Vice President, I’m successfully performing those duties too. I will abide and work according to the party’s decision,” Vijayendra told reporters in Hassan.
In Vijayapura, Yediyurappa said neither he nor his son have made any such statements, and would not like to react to comments made by someone close to Vijayendra. (PTI)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said the state government will “promptly and correctly” respond to Tamil Nadu’s opposition to discussion on Mekedatu project in Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) meet on June 17.
Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the CWMA restraining any discussion on Karnataka’s Detailed Project Report (DPR) on Mekedatu balancing reservoir project at its meeting. “It is a miscellaneous application, you should try to understand about different types of applications in the Supreme Court. They have to issue notice to us, and we will promptly and correctly respond to it,” Bommai told reporters in response to a question.
“The Tamil Nadu government doesn’t have any jurisdiction to direct the Government of India on what to do and what not to. The CWMA is a body that has been constituted on the orders of the Supreme Court. It alone has the authority to give clearance to any projects and regarding the tribunal orders…it (TN’s plea) stands the scrutiny of the court,” he said. (PTI)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said the process of appointing a new Lokayukta for the state is at final stage and it will be completed at the earliest. The Chief Minister’s statement came a day after the Karnataka High Court indicated that the process of appointment of the Lokayukta was under active consideration of the state government.
“According to me the process (of appointment of Lokayukta) is at its final stage, it will be done at the earliest, it won’t take many days…,” Bommai told reporters in Mysuru in response to a question.
The Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, who is part of the panel along with the Chief Minister, Speaker of the Assembly, Chairman of the Legislative Council and the leaders of the opposition in both the Houses which appoints the Lokayukta, gave the indication while hearing a PIL on Tuesday seeking the appointment at the earliest. (PTI)
The Department of Health and Family Welfare of Karnataka government will be conducting a state-wide Covid-19 serological survey in June. It has announced that the survey will be conducted on children in the age group of 6-14 years.
Karnataka previously had two rounds of serosurvey. The present survey, based on the recommendation of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for Covid, will focus on children since they are a largely unvaccinated group.

“The survey is planned to be conducted in all the 30 districts, including the eight zones of the civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), with a total of 5,072 participants from both urban and rural areas. Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs will be collected along with 2 ml of venous blood from all willing participants,” the department said in a statement. (Read more)
BJP is not making any offer for anyone in the Rajya Sabha polls, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said. The Karnataka CM was speaking to media persons on his arrival at Mysuru airport.
‘BJP will win on its own strength. We have nothing to do with the offers between Congress and JDS,’ Bommai said. Lokayukta appointment soonThe process to appoint a new Lokayukta has almost been completed and the appointment would be made soon, Bommai said in reply to a question on the issue.
The Tamil Nadu government does not have the jurisdiction to direct the Union government as to what to do and what not to do, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said. The Chief Minister was speaking to media persons on his arrival at Mysuru airport.
Replying to a question on the Tamil Nadu government filing a petition in the Supreme Court with regard to the Mekedatu project in the Cauvery river basin, Bommai said, “it is a miscellaneous petition. The Supreme Court has to serve a notice to the Karnataka government. We will reply promptly.”
Stating that the Tamil Nadu government does not have any jurisdiction to direct the Union government over the issue, Bommai further said, “Cauvery Water Management Authority(CWMA) is a body created on the orders of the Supreme Court. Only the CWMA has the power to approve any project. Only CWMA could decide whether the orders of the Cauvery Tribunal had been followed or not, and instruct how to go about it. Already 15-16 meetings have been held in this regard.”
It was a moment of pure joy as Shreyas G Hosur crossed the finish line of “Ironman Triathlon” in Germany’s Hamburg on Sunday. The 34-year-old Deputy Financial Advisor of South Western Railway has become the first Indian Railways officer to complete the physically demanding event. As he enjoys the accolade, the bureaucrat says the achievement came after a long period of preparation.

The gruelling single-day sports event includes swimming for 3.8 kms, cycling for 180 km and a run of 42.2 kilometres. Hosur, hailing from Bengaluru, completed the championship in 13 hours 23 mins 36 seconds. A clip where he is heading towards the finish line while holding the Tricolour was shared by the Ministry of Railways on social media. Raosaheb Patil Danve, Union Minister of State for Railways, Coal and Mines, also shared the clip and congratulated Hosur. (Read more)
In the wake of the BESCOM consumers getting fake texts of discontinuation of electricity supply owing to the non-payment of bills, the electricity supply company has taken up the issue with the cyber crime police.  
BESCOM has further clarified that neither BESCOM sub-divisional office nor BESCOM bill collectors insisted on payment of the bill by sending any text messages to the consumers. “While generating the bill, consumers get 30 days grace for the payment,” said BESCOM officials.

A spatika (crystal) Shivalinga, reportedly the biggest in south India, is missing from Lingadahalli village in Haveri district of Karnataka. 
According to police sources, the length and circumfrence of the Shivalinga was around 13 inches. Some miscreants appear to have broken the door of Rambhapur Hiremath and stolen it. 
The Karnataka High Court has directed the National Wildlife Board (NWB) to take a decision within 10 weeks on the issue of damage to forests and wildlife due to the proposed Hubbali-Ankola borad-gauge railway line.
The decision of the Board will be based on the report to be submitted by an expert panel that has been constituted to study the impact of the railway line on the forest and wildlife.
A batch of public interest litigations filed in the High Court has challenged the construction of 168-km broad-gauge railway line between Hubballi and Ankola citing damage it can cause to the forest and wildlife. The decision of the Board will be submitted by the NWB to the division bench of the High Court. The PILs claimed that the railway line passes through the Kali tiger reserve which is part of the eco-sensitive Western Ghats. Nearly 600 hectares of forest land and over two lakh trees will have to make way for the railway line. (PTI)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai took to Twitter to congratulate sportsperson Sriharsha Devaraddi for winning the gold medal in Para shooting World Cup. PM Narendra Modi too congratulated Sriharsha. 
Congratulations to our own Sriharsha Devaraddi from Karnataka for winning gold in R4 – Mixed 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 in #Chateauroux2022 World Cup. I am proud of him & wish him good luck for his future. He is an inspiration for our young sports persons. https://t.co/8R9V7xZq9X

The Basavaraj Bommai-led government has informed the Karnataka High Court that 15 goshalas (cattle sheds) for taking care of stray cattle in the state, would be established before August 1.
The submission by the state government came during the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the High Court Legal Services Committee (HCLSC) on Tuesday.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi asked the State if opening goshalas was a five-year-plan of the government, addressing the delay in the process. It directed the state government to specify when it would start operating goshalas for stray cattle. (PTI)
Ahead of Rajya Sabha elections in four states on June 10, various parties have accommodated legislators from at least three states in resorts, away from potential poaching by rival parties. A practice frequently seen before Rajya Sabha elections, this underlines the importance parties give to seats in the Upper House.

Rajya Sabha MPs are elected by MLAs through an indirect election. Article 80(4) provides that members shall be elected by the elected members of state Assemblies through a system of proportional representation by means of a single transferable vote. (Read more)
The Indian football team is scheduled to face 2023 Cambodia in the opening match of AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers today. The match will be held at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata at 8.30 pm.

It’s 𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐂𝐇𝐃𝐀𝐘 for the #BlueTigers 🐯, who take on Cambodia in their opening encounter of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers.

Come on, India! 🇮🇳#WeAreBFC #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/fDnuECeqzP


Karnataka recorded 348 new Covid-19 cases on June 7, as per the state health department bulletin. No new deaths were reported. 
Here’s a look at the latest Covid numbers in Karnataka compared to the previous day’s. 
Bengaluru city is likely to see a maximum temperature of 29 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 21.2 degree Celsius, according to an 8.30 am update from the Meteorological Centre in Bengaluru. The humidity is set to be 85%.
Here’s the local forecast:
For 24 hours: Generally cloudy sky. Rain/thundershowers very likely. Maximum and minimum temperatures very likely to be around 30 and 21 degrees Celsius respectively.
For 48 hours.: Generally cloudy sky. Rain/ thundershowers very likely. Maximum and mnimum temperatures very likely to be around 31 and 20 degrees Celsius respectively.

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