Karnataka News Highlights Mar 5: State sees 278 new Covid-19 cases, three deaths – The Indian Express

Karnataka News Highlights: Karnataka on Saturday registered 278 fresh coronavirus cases and three fatalities thereby taking the total till date to 39,42,346 and 39,988 respectively. There were 458 patients who got discharged pushing the total number of recoveries to 38,99,034, said a bulletin. The total number of active cases across the State was 3,286. While the positivity rate for the day was 0.53 per cent, the case fatality rate was 1.07 per cent.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Saturday said that all efforts were on to bring the mortal remains of Karnataka student Naveen from Ukraine. Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagoudar (21) was killed in shelling outside a store in Kharkiv when he stepped out to purchase groceries before catching a train to Ukraine’s border on Tuesday. Bommai Saturday visited Naveen’s house and consoled the bereaved family members of the victim.
In other news, Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Saturday said the Centre is ready to facilitate talks between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery river. The minister was in the city for the southern states’ conclave on the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ and ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ (Rural) Projects.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said that getting the mortal remains of a student back from war-affected Ukraine and evacuation of the other students were the priority of the government.
The Chief Minister, who met the bereaved family of the medical student Naveen here, handed over a cheque for Rs 25 lakh as compensation and assured his brother of a job. The brother was pursuing Phd.
“Our first duty is to bring back his (Naveen) body back home, we are putting efforts for it. I’m in constant touch with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, officers and the Ukraine Ambassador,” Bommai said. (PTI)
Karnataka on Saturday registered 278 fresh coronavirus cases and three fatalities thereby taking the total till date to 39,42,346 and 39,988 respectively.
There were 458 patients who got discharged pushing the total number of recoveries to 38,99,034, said a bulletin. Of the new cases, 182 were from Bengaluru urban. Of those who got discharged, 222 belong to the city. There was one death in the metro, the bulletin said.
The total number of active cases across the State was 3,286. While the positivity rate for the day was 0.53 per cent, the case fatality rate was 1.07 per cent. (PTI)
India’s indigenous flying trainer aircraft Hansa New Generation (Hansa-NG), designed and developed by CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bengaluru, has successfully completed the sea level trials at Puducherry between February 19 and March 5.
The aircraft was flown to Puducherry, covering a distance of 140 nautical miles in one and half hours at a cruising speed of 155 km/hr, on February 19.
The objective of these trials was to evaluate handling qualities, climb and cruise performance, balked landing, structural performance, including positive and negative G force, power plant and other systems performance at sea level. Read more
Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Saturday said the Centre is ready to facilitate talks between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery river. The minister was in the city for the southern states’ conclave on the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ and ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ (Rural) Projects.
“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 in response to a question whether the Centre would make the two states sit together regarding Mekedatu.
“By sitting together, any sort of problem can be addressed. I wish all stakeholder states can sit together and address the issue so that this year onward the new Mekedatu project can see the light of day,” he said. (PTI)
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai meets the family of Naveen SG, the Karnataka medical student who was killed in Ukraine recently. The Chief Minister handed over a cheque of Rs 25 lakh to the bereaved family members of the victim. pic.twitter.com/SrAvveoav2

Celebrities and other eminent personalities shared their opinion on the Karnataka Budget 2022-23 that was presented by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on March 4. The following videos were tweeted on the official page of the Karnataka Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ @BSbommai ಅವರು ಮಂಡಿಸಿದ ಆಯವ್ಯಯ 2022-23 ರ ಕುರಿತು ಕನ್ನಡ ನಟ, ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ @shetty_rishab ಅವರ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ.

#ಜನಸಾಮಾನ್ಯರಬಜೆಟ್ pic.twitter.com/MbS8U28Ydv

ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ @BSbommai ಅವರು ಮಂಡಿಸಿದ ಆಯವ್ಯಯ 2022-23 ರ ಕುರಿತು ಕನ್ನಡ ನಟಿ @pranitasubhash ಅವರು ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ.

#ಜನಸಾಮಾನ್ಯರಬಜೆಟ್ pic.twitter.com/OdZTl5Cp4A

ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ @BSbommai ಅವರು ಮಂಡಿಸಿದ ಆಯವ್ಯಯ 2022-23 ರ ಕುರಿತು ಸಂಸದರಾದ @mepratap ಅವರ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ.

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Prominent whistleblower in the multi-crore counterfeit stamp paper scam Jayant M Tinaikar was reportedly attacked by masked assailants in Karnataka’s Belagavi Friday evening.
Tinaikar, who had helped the police arrest Abdul Kameer Telgi, the mastermind behind the scam, was attacked in the outskirts around 6.45 pm.
According to Belagavi rural police, who have registered a case, some armed masked assailants on three motorcycles waylaid the car in which Jayant was traveling and pulled him out of it before assaulting him with rods. Read more
n its latest report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) quoted Dr Hita Unnikrishnan’s research and mentioned that urban development has taken a toll on the water tanks in Bengaluru which were managed traditionally by communities.
A postdoctoral research associate at the Urban Institute, The University of Sheffield and a visiting faculty at Azim Premji University in Bengaluru, Unnikrishnan has worked extensively on the lakes of Bengaluru, particularly from a historical perspective.
For her work on Bengaluru, she has previously been awarded a British Academy funded Newton International Fellowship in 2018 and The Prof Elinor Ostrom Fellowship for Policy and Practice on the Commons in 2013. In an interaction with The Indian Express, she talks about the way forward. Read full interview
ಇಂದು ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಶಿಕಾರಿಪುರದಲ್ಲಿ ಆಯೋಜಿಸಲಾಗಿದ್ದ ರೈತರು ಆಯೋಜಿಸಿದ್ದ “ರೈತಾಭಿಮಾನ ಅಭಿನಂದನಾ” ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿ, ಮಾಜಿ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ @BSYBJP ಅವರನ್ನು ಸನ್ಮಾನಿಸಿ ಗೌರವಿಸಿ, ಮಾತನಾಡಿದೆನು. pic.twitter.com/SrwOQwf3KM

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said the ‘Inter-State Water Disputes Act’ needs to be totally amended, as it creates more disputes than resolving them.
He was addressing the southern states’ conclave on the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ and ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ (Rural) Projects here.
“Our Inter-State Water Disputes Act needs to be totally amended. The name itself says interstate water disputes act. It creates more disputes than solving disputes. We need correction in our law so that more water is available for different sections of people, instead of narrow political considerations,” Bommai said. He claimed that river basin management is the only answer for that. (PTI)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday said all efforts are on to evacuate people from the state, who are stranded in besieged cities like Kharkiv and Kyiv in Ukraine, and that his administration is in constant touch with Ministry of External Affairs and Indian Embassy there.
The CM said he is trying to gather information regarding bringing back the remains of Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagoudar, a 21-year-old medical student from Haveri district in the state, who was killed in a Russian shelling in Kharkiv city last week.
“Many people have been evacuated (from Ukraine), some are unable to move and are stranded at places like Kharkiv and Kyiv. Embassy officials are tracking and tracing them and are coordinating, according to officials they will evacuate people from such places as soon as bombings reduce,” Bommai said. (PTI)
Efforts to bring back Naveen Shekharappa’s (an MBBS student who died in shelling in Ukraine) body is in progress. We’re in touch with the Indian embassy, also spoke to External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar on the matter: Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai pic.twitter.com/zpxNzd383h

Buoyed by a strong performance in the services sector (which is allied to the Information Technology industry in Bengaluru), the Karnataka economy is set to register a GSDP growth of 18.4 per cent in the current fiscal year – the highest in the last five years and the first GSDP growth in excess of 10 per cent since the Covid-19pandemic years, according to a state economic survey released by the government Friday.
The state will record a GSDP of Rs 20.49 lakh crore in 2021-22 which is a sizable jump from the Rs 17.31 lakh crore recorded in 2020-21, according to estimates presented in the economic survey. The biggest contributor to the surge in GSDP has been the services sector – the bulwark of the state economy – with a 15 per cent growth in GSDP from Rs 10.40 lakh crore to Rs 12.06 lakh crore. The two other key sectors contributing to the Karnataka economy, agriculture and industry, have been sluggish. Read more. 
In his budget speech on Friday, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced three major projects for his Shiggaon Assembly constituency.
He said that the Shiggaon taluk general hospital would be upgraded to a 250-bedded hospital and a centre for “training trainers” will be established at the new Government Tool and Training Centres in Devanahalli, Shiggaon and Magadi taluks for training in aerospace, precision engineering, mechatronics, electronics and industrial automation.The government has budgeted Rs 28 crore for the construction of a bus depot and transport training centre in Shiggaon. Read more. 
An undergraduate Muslim student on Friday complained to police that a male student objected to her hijab and stopped her from appearing for an exam at her Mangaluru college. She also alleged the principal did not intervene for her.
“My college has allowed me to wear the hijab. But on Friday, after male students raised the issue, the principal took back his words and said that I was not allowed to attend the exam wearing the hijab,” said the B Sc student of Dr P Dayananda Pai- Satisha Pai Government First-Grade College.
Mangaluru City Police Commissioner N Shashi Kumar, who visited the college in the evening, said the male student had also lodged a complaint saying he had received threat calls after the incident. The police haven’t registered a case on either complaint. Read more. 
Adam Bidappa, son of fashion designer Prasad Bidappa, was on Friday arrested for allegedly sending obscene messages to a Kannada film actor.
“Me & my family are in extreme shock and have been brutally attacked on WhatsApp by a certain VVIP’s son… He was completely drunk and out of his senses on Friday night at 11 pm on February 25, when he sent me those messages… The messages are abusive, brutal, disgusting, cheap, hurting, very very insulting and have caused a lot of mental disturbance to me in the last one week,” the actor said in a statement shared with the media. “I am seven months pregnant. I am refraining from indulging in anything that causes negative energy…” she added.
The actor filed a complaint on Thursday at the Indiranagar police station. Read more
An undergraduate Muslim student on Friday complained to police that a male student objected to her hijab and stopped her from appearing for an exam at her Mangaluru college. She also alleged the principal did not intervene for her.
“My college has allowed me to wear the hijab. But on Friday, after male students raised the issue, the principal took back his words and said that I was not allowed to attend the exam wearing the hijab,” said the B Sc student of Dr P Dayananda Pai- Satisha Pai Government First-Grade College.
Mangaluru City Police Commissioner N Shashi Kumar, who visited the college in the evening, said the male student had also lodged a complaint saying he had received threat calls after the incident. The police haven’t registered a case on either complaint. Read More
Cruelty and insensitivity are now BJP’s DNA, the Congress said on Friday, hitting out at the saffron party over “dead body takes more space” remark by its Karnataka MLA Arvind Bellad on bringing back the mortal remains of a student killed in war-torn Ukraine.
On March 1, a young Indian medical student, Naveen SG of Karnataka, was killed in shelling in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv when he ventured out to buy food for himself and fellow students.
The opposition party also asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the BJP approved of such “insensitive and heartless” remarks, and accused the Centre of garnering publicity for evacuating Indian students from the eastern European nation. (PTI)
In his maiden budget for 2022-23 presented on Friday, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai proposed for doing away with government control on temples in the state by giving autonomy to those coming under the purview of Endowment department.
He had first indicated about bringing in a law aimed at ‘freeing’ Hindu temples from state control, while addressing the BJP state executive meeting in December last year.
“There is a long pending demand to do away with the government control on the temples. By considering these demands of devotees, autonomy will be given to temples coming under the purview of the Endowment department. Necessary legal action will be taken to delegate the discretion of developmental works to the temples,” Bommai said in his budget speech.
A total of 34,563 temples in the state come under Muzrai (Endowment) department, and they have been categorised as grade A, B and C, based on their revenue generation. (PTI)
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested a couple on the basis of a non-bailable warrant issued by a local court for non-appearance of the accused persons, wherein the matter is listed for framing of charges. The duo is accused in a maoney laundering case.
The ED had initiated an investigation on the basis of an FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) in 2009, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
A money laundering investigation conducted by the ED revealed that H N Aravind and his wife Bindu Aravind, while working as technicians at the Central Institute Of Plastics Engineering And Technology(CIPET), Mysore, had siphoned off money to the tune of Rs 1.25 crore and utilised it for purchasing movable and immovable properties
A case against the couple was registered at a designated Special Court for PMLA cases. The case is now posted for framing of charges and start of trial proceedings. (ENS)
Public transport advocacy group Bengaluru Bus Prayanikara Vedike (BBPV) has called the state budget a disappointment over not allocating funds to the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Committee (BMTC) and sidelining its demand for free travel to women commuters.
“The budget evokes a deep sense of betrayal for the common people of Bengaluru. Ordinary people and their daily concerns or survival linked to mobility have not been given it’s rightful attention by the government. There was absolutely no mention of bus transport, no allocation of funds for BMTC (the city’s lifeline) and no reduction of fares for the common people, nor free travel for women and other vulnerable communities. It is also deeply disturbing to note that misplaced focus on roads and metros continue to drive the budget and public spending priorities on mobility. These infrastructure and investments don’t serve the common people. They don’t address the problem of congestion either. These kinds of projects have been shown to be not being solutions for the majority of the city. Yet, these expenditures capture the budget allocations and investment disproportionately. Unless the government recognizes this flawed agenda on mobility and spends on people’s mobility and buses, the city’s mobility crisis or economic crisis will not end,” the group said in a statement. Read More
Congress leaders during a massive rally at the National College grounds in Bengaluru on Thursday
The Karnataka budget presented on Friday proposes to identify talukas left behind in areas such as health, education and nutrition as aspirational talukas to develop them. The government aims to improve the quality of education in 93 talukas, strengthen the health services in 100 talukas and eradicate child malnutrition in 102 talukas at a total cost of Rs 3,000 crore.
A primary health centre with higher workload will be identified in each of the 100 aspirational talukas and upgraded to 25-bed model community health centres in two years at a cost of Rs1,000 crore. As many as 438 Namma Clinics will be established in major cities of the state, and in all wards of Bengaluru. These clinics will detect non-communicable diseases and refer patients to specialists for further treatment.
The government will provide coaching for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for medical admissions in all talukas and facilitate loans for poor students securing admission under the government quota in all medical colleges. Private medical colleges will be classed into A, B, C and D categories and fees fixed by the fee regulation committee.
Over a year after it unearthed a racket involved in the purchase of drugs from the dark net using Bitcoin, the Bengaluru crime branch police have filed a chargesheet against 11 persons, including the son of a former Congress MLA, a police constable and an international hacker Srikrishna Ramesh alias Sriki, under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act of 1985.
The case involving the purchase of drugs through the dark net, unearthed by the crime branch in November 2020, eventually led to the cracking of several cybercrimes in Karnataka involving Srikrishna Ramesh (26), including a Rs 11.5 crore heist from the Karnataka e-governance cell in July-August 2019.
The drug case emerged on November 4, 2020, when law student Sujay M, who was part of a group involved in procuring drugs through the internet, was arrested at the foreign post office in south Bengaluru’s Chamarajpet when he turned up to collect an international parcel of 500 grams of hydro ganja.
Adam Bidappa, son of fashion designer Prasad Bidappa, was on Friday arrested for allegedly sending obscene messages to a Kannada film actor.
“Me & my family are in extreme shock and have been brutally attacked on WhatsApp by a certain VVIP’s son… He was completely drunk and out of his senses on Friday night at 11 pm on February 25, when he sent me those messages… The messages are abusive, brutal, disgusting, cheap, hurting, very very insulting and have caused a lot of mental disturbance to me in the last one week,” the actor said in a statement shared with the media. “I am seven months pregnant. I am refraining from indulging in anything that causes negative energy…” she added.
The actor filed a complaint on Thursday at the Indiranagar police station.

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