Karnataka News Highlights: Taking precautionary measures, says Health Minister amid rise in Covid cases – The Indian Express

Karnataka, Bengaluru Highlights: Amid a rise in Covid-19 cases in some states, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Wednesday said the state government was taking precautionary measures and monitoring the situation. In a bid to ease fears, he added that “such a situation does not exist in Karnataka” right now.
On Tuesday, the state reported 62 new coronavirus cases and zero fatalities, taking the total infections to 39,46,484 and the toll to 40,057. Of the total infections, Bengaluru urban district saw 57, while there were two each in Shivamogga and Dakshina Kannada, and one in Mysuru. There were zero infections and fatalities in 27 districts.
Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh on Tuesday said preparations including security arrangements have been made for the conduct of second year pre-university exams which will be held from April 22 to May 18. According to him, 6,84,255 students have enrolled for the exam which will be held at 1,076 centres across the state. “The Education department has made all the preparations for the secondary PU exams from April 22 to May 18,” Nagesh said at a press conference at the Vidhana Soudha.
Replying to a question about the percentage culture in the government and Santosh Patil suicide case, Bommai said, “it is very important to control this. But the Santosh Patil suicide case is different. Here bills have been claimed after executing works on oral orders. So a thorough investigation is on from RDPR to the Police department. The two issues cannot be equated.”
Responding to another question on irregularities in tenders of below Rs50 cr at district level, the Chief Minister said, after watching the functioning of the High Level Committee, we will constitute committees at the district level too if necessary because the development works should not get bogged down.
The Chief Minister assured effective measures for addressing the power problems in rural areas. “We have surplus power. But the issue is distribution and transmission. So we have approved the setting up of 100 new sub stations. The problem is more acute in Northern Karnataka. Higher grants have been provided to stabilise transmission and distribution systems in the region,” Bommai said.
Reacting to a question about caste census report, Bommai said, the backward Classes Commission has been asked to submit its report. Suitable measures would be taken as it has long term implications.
A High Level Committee headed by a retired High Court Judge and comprising an Economic Expert and a Technical Expert of the concerned department has been constituted to scrutinise tenders above Rs50 cr, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
Addressing a media conference in Shivamogga Bommai said, “the Committee has been constituted under the KTTP Act. The tenders would be awarded only after the Committee scrutinises the estimates, tender pre-conditions and other aspects. The Committee will start functioning within the next few days. If the number of tenders is too many, then a parallel committee would be constituted to ensure speedy processing of the tenders.”
Amid concerns about a possible fourth wave of Covid-19, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Wednesday said such a situation does not exist in the state as of now, but the government was taking all the required precautionary measures and monitoring rise in cases in other states and countries.
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He advised people to continue to wear masks, especially at indoor gatherings, as a precautionary measure to control any new spread of infection.
“There is a report that the number of (Covid) infections have increased in Delhi and few other north Indian states in the last two weeks, but such a situation does not exist in Karnataka. We are closely monitoring things,” Sudhakar said. (PTI)
Cab aggregator service Uber has raised trip fares by 10 per cent in Bengaluru to help cushion drivers from the impact of the recent fuel price hike.

“We listen to feedback from drivers and understand that the current rise in fuel prices is causing concern. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to track fuel price movements and take further steps as needed,” Nitish Bhushan, head of central operations, Uber India and South Asia, said in a statement.
Cab aggregator Ola is yet to take a decision on hiking fares. (Read more)
Here are the fuel prices in Bengaluru as of April 20, 2022.
Petrol: Rs. 111.09 per litre
Diesel: Rs. 94.79 per litre
With an uptick in the daily cases of Covid-19 in Delhi, the Karnataka government advised the usage of masks in closed spaces as a precautionary measure to prevent a possible spike in the number of cases in the state.

“We have been observing data from Delhi and two other states on a weekly basis. In the last two weeks, there has been a consistent increase in the number of cases but I have sought information on the hospital admissions and virulence. We are holding a review meeting of the health department today (Wednesday) and we shall look at this aspect as well,” Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said Wednesday morning. (Read more)
A special court in Bengaluru has ordered the splitting of the trial in a money-laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against startup Devas Multimedia citing the improbability of bringing the US-based CEO of the firm to trial in a reasonable time.

The special court ordered the separation of the trial of Devas Multimedia CEO Ramachandran Vishwanathan from the trial of four India-based executives of the firm and a former official of the Antrix Corporation – the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). (Read more)
Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar is among the 36 party leaders booked for protesting near Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s residence last week over the party’s demand for KS Eshwarappa’s resignation in connection with the death of a government contractor. Eshwarappa resigned on Friday, but the Congress leader says this is not enough.
Shivakumar talks to The Indian Express about the Eshwarappa episode, his party’s credibility on the issue of corruption, and religious polarisation in the state. Read here.
Bengaluru city is likely to see a maximum temperature of 32.4 degree Celsius and a minimum temperature of 21.8 degree Celsius, according to an 8.30 am update from the Meteorological Centre in Bengaluru. The humidity is set to be 75%. No rainfall has been predicted. 
Here’s the local forecast:
For 24 hours: Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temperatures very likely to be around 34 and 21 degrees Celsius respectively.
For 48 hours: Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and minimum temperatures very likely to be around 34 and 21 degrees Celsius respectively.
Bengaluru will continue to receive scattered rainfall for the next few days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday and added that from March 1 to April 19, the city has recorded 151 mm of rainfall.
“Generally cloudy sky. Mist very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 33 and 21 Degree Celsius respectively,” the IMD, in its weather forecast for the next 48 hours, stated.
A scientist at IMD Bengaluru said, “So far, the city has received excess rainfall. There is an upper cyclonic circulation between 1.5 and 3.5 km above mean sea-level over Tamil Nadu and neighborhood. There is a trough from Telangana to South Tamil Nadu across Rayalaseema at 0.9 km above mean sea-level. Under the influence of this system, Karnataka has received rainfall.” Read more
(PTI photos)
In her talk on ‘Women’s Legal Rights and Inequality in Economic Resources: A Global Perspective’, the fifth in the series ‘Inequality Conversations’ hosted by the Centre for Public Policy at IIM Bangalore, Prof. Hema Swaminathan focused on inequality in the economic sphere with respect to employment and asset ownership, explaining that economic freedom and empowerment is foundational to empowerment in other spheres.
“Successful examples are inspiring and push boundaries, but they do not change the lived realities of most of the world’s women to whom equality is still not within reach. The ability to command and enjoy economic resources is important in its own right – they build agency, confidence, create peer groups, networks, and so on and lead to empowerment,” she said. Read more
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to the elder brother of an international hacker accused of stealing Rs 11.5 crore from an e-procurement portal of the Karnataka government, and hacking into gaming sites, crypto currency exchanges.
The issuance of fresh summons to Sudharshan Ramesh (31), the elder brother of hacker Srikrishna Ramesh alias Sriki (26), was brought to the notice of the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday by the ED in the course of a case filed by Sudharshan for being prevented from returning to his workplace in the Netherlands.
Sudharshan approached the Karnataka High Court in January this year over a move by immigration authorities to prevent his departure to the Netherlands on January 13, 2022, on the basis of a Look Out Circular issued by the ED. Read more
#Watch | Rain lashes Karnataka’s Hubli pic.twitter.com/KE2rn7ZVGx
A 65-year-old man was crushed to death when an uprooted tree fell on him, in Belagavi city on Tuesday. As many as 50 vehicles got damaged in the incident.


Karnataka on Tuesday reported 62 fresh Covid cases and zero fatalities, taking the total infection to 39,46,484 till date, the State Health Department said The death toll stood at 40,057.
Of the total infections, Bengaluru urban district saw 57 while two each in Shivamogga and Dakshina Kannada and one in Mysuru. There were zero infections and fatalities in 27 districts of the State.
A bulletin said 48 people were discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 39,04,898 till date. Active cases stood at 1,487. The positivity rate for the day was 0.78 per cent. (PTI)
Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh on Tuesday said preparations including security arrangements have been made for the conduct of second year pre-university exams which will be held from April 22 to May 18.
According to him, 6,84,255 students have enrolled for the exam which will be held at 1,076 centres across the state. “The Education department has made all the preparations for the secondary PU exams from April 22 to May 18,” Nagesh said at a press conference at the Vidhana Soudha.
He said regular students would have to follow the rules on uniform but private candidates would be exempted from it. There are 6,00,519 regular students, 61,808 repeaters and 21,928 private candidates, he added. (PTI)
It has been five months since the Karnataka forest department proposed to the state government five names to be appointed as honorary wildlife wardens but the latter is yet to act on it even as the post lies vacant in more than 20 districts.
Meanwhile, conservationists alleged that the appointments are made based on political clout rather than merit.
While honorary wildlife wardens were appointed for a few districts like Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Chikkamagaluru, Bengaluru Urban, Mandya and Chitradurga in 2019 and 2020, more than 20 districts have not had an appointment to the post for more than two years now. Read more
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday dismissed the allegations that innocent people are being held in connection with the Hubballi violence and said arrests were made based on evidence.
“No innocent person has been arrested. Based on evidences, people have been arrested,” Bommai told reporters at Menase helipad in the temple town of Sringeri.
The Chief Minister said no one involved in the violence will be spared and the government will ensure that they are punished. “Those who take law into their hands will face action. Attacking a police station is an unpardonable act,” Bommai said. (PTI)
The annual second PUC exam will begin in Karnataka on April 22. As many as 6.84 lakh students will write the examination in 1,076 centres. Section 144 will be imposed within a 200-metre radius of all the examination centres.
Parts of Whitefield in Bengaluru may witness power cuts Tuesday due to the cabling work by Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Bescom).
Areas including Gunjur, Gunjur Hosahalli, Gunjur Main Road, and Krupanidhi College Road will face power cuts between 10 am to 5 pm, Bescom said in a release.
BJP National President J.P.Nadda addresses BJP’s State Executive Meeting, in Hosapete. (PTI)
IN A boost for Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who has been criticised by the Opposition for being slow in dealing with right-wing communal groups, BJP national president J P Nadda on Sunday said that Karnataka is being led to a golden age of development by the triumvirate of PM Modi, Bommai and former chief minister B S Yediyurappa.
“I have not come here to give you a lecture but to tell you that with the blessings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under the leadership of Basavaraj Bommai, and with the grace of B S Yediyurappa, Karnataka can advance to a golden age of development,” Nadda told a meeting of the state executive of the BJP in Vijayanagar on Sunday.
The Akhila Bharath Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) has demanded the arrest of graft-accused former Karnataka BJP minister KS Eshwarappa.
In a press meet held in Mangaluru on Saturday, ABHM state president Rajesh Pavithran accused the ruling BJP of exploiting Hindu sentiments to gain political power. He said, “Santosh Patil was a Hindu and the BJP never took cognisance of the murder.”

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