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Karnataka reports 14,950 new Covid-19 cases, 40,599 recoveries, and 53 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases at 1,23,098

Further relaxing COVID-19 curbs, the Karnataka government on Friday decided to allow theatres, gyms, yoga centres and swimming pools in the state to operate at full capacity. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai with the Health Minister, senior officials and technical advisory committee representatives. (PTI)

Proud that Karnataka’s tableau at the Republic Day Parade 2022 as the ‘Cradle of Traditional Handicrafts’ has won the 2nd place: CM Bommai
May this presentation incite us all to be vocal for local & bring greater attention to our crafts and their craftsmen and help build Aatma Nirbhar Bharat, he added
In Kundapur area of Karnataka’s Udupi, a student says, “Hijab is part of our life. Our seniors studied in the same college wearing hijab. How did all of a sudden this new rule come into force? What is the problem if we wear hijab? There were no issues until recently.” (ANI)

Karnataka: Students wearing hijab denied entry to Govt PU College in Kundapur area of Udupi amid a row on wearing the headscarf in classrooms
“They were not wearing the hijab earlier & this problem started only 20 days ago,” state education minister BC Nagesh has said (ANI)
Karnataka: Amai Mahalinga Naik, an innovative farmer from Adyanadka village in Dakshina Kannada, has been conferred with the Padma Shri award 2022 for transforming a barren sloping hill into a fertile farm through the Innovative Zero-Energy Micro-Irrigation System (ANI)
He single-handedly dug 6 tunnels to bring over water to his farm. He also constructed 300 percolation trenches alone in the hills surrounding it. He turned a barren plot of land into an oasis comprising Arecanut Palms, Coconut Trees, Cashew Trees, Banana Saplings & Pepper Vines.
MBA, MCA classes from February 14: Visvesvaraya Technological University
Classes for MBA, MArch, MTech and MCA in colleges affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University will begin on February 14. VTU said while 80% of classes have to be conducted offline, the other 20% can be completed online. Attendance is a must for both.Colleges will have to function for six days a week, with Saturday being a full working day. The university has permitted colleges to work on Sundays, if needed.
5 abetted suicide of singer’s dad: Bengaluru cops
Bengaluru city railway police have come to the conclusion that Telugu playback singer Harini’s father AK Rao died by suicide.​Rao’s body was found on a railway track near Yelahanka on November 23 last year and police registered a murder case based on a complaint filed by his other daughter, Shalini Rao. Police found that Rao had reportedly cut his wrist, neck and forehead using a blade.
Karnataka: Ather Energy to set up 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations
Ather Energy on Thursday signed an MoU with Escoms (electricity supply companies) to establish fast-charging stations for two-wheelers at 1,000 locati ons across the state. “The collaboration aims to create a favourable ecosystem for electric vehicles in the state. . . All government agencies will coordinate with Escoms to share their available spaces for charging stations,” said a press release from Ather Energy.Tarun Mehta, CEO and co-founder of Ather Energy, said, “We are excited to partner with the state government to set up a wide network of charging stations. A robust charging network is one of the most important factors in accelerating EV adoption. Karnataka has been at the forefront of EVs and this will further the lead. ”
Karnataka: Major parties already facing mass defections
Defections have become a norm ahead of assembly elections in Karnataka, but this time the trend has kicked off early with polls still about 14 months away.Several sitting and former MLAs of the three major parties – BJP, Congress and JD(S) – are already in talks with senior functionaries of rival parties, seeking to shift loyalties in the hope of landing electorally greener pastures.
Karnataka: Gadag achieves 100% vaccine coverage among teenagers

Karnataka hijab row grows, high court to hear pleas
The hijab row raging in a college in Udupi in southern Karnataka since last month enveloped another institution in the same district on Thursday as 28 students in headscarves were prevented from entering. The Karnataka high court is set to hear on Tuesday two petitions seeking a directive to permit Muslim students wearing headscarves to attend classes. READ MORE
Bengaluru: BBMP aims to meet vax target for 15-17 age group this weekend
BBMP is confident of achieving its target of vaccinating those in the 15-17 age group with the first dose this weekend as most schools and colleges have reopened.The vaccination drive for youngsters commenced in January but didn’t go as planned with the surge in cases forcing educational institutions to stop offline classes. Now that the city is seeing a steady decline in the number of cases every day, the government has allowed schools and colleges to resume offline classes. The vaccination target set for all zones except Dasarahalli was above 40,000.
Tusker enters Mysuru school, students locked in for 2 hours
Just when students and teachers of a government high school at Nagapura haadi (tribal hamlet) in Hunsur taluk, Mysuru district, were preparing for their Thursday morning assembly and prayers, a tusker from nearby Nagarahole Tiger Reserve kicked open the gate and entered the campus sending 129 students scurrying back to their classrooms for safety. They spent the next two hours on tenterhooks, locked up inside. READ MORE
River-linking project: Karnataka wants DPR revised, explores legal options
Karnataka plans to seek legal recourse — it’s even exploring the option of moving the Supreme Court — over the Centre’s proposal in the Union Budget to link rivers in southern states. Officials said the state will also demand the constitution of a tribunal to allocate river water to riparian states.Karnataka has already asked the Centre to keep detailed reports (DPR) on the river-linking projects on hold since there is no clarity yet on the quantity of water states will get. It also plans to reiterate its stand, while asking the Centre to rework the DPR, depending on the allocation of water.
Bengaluru: Fear of coconuts keeps these residents on their toes
Some parts of the city suffer from stray dog menace, while others live in fear of rowdies, but an old and central area of Bengaluru – Madhavraya Mudaliar Road (MM Road) in Fraser Town – has been witnessing a peril of a different kind.Dried coconuts from a dozen towering trees have been crashing on vehicles and fruit carts out of the blue, at times missing pedestrians by a whisker. READ MORE
Bengaluru: Wife, son among 5 arrested for man’s death over property row
Bannerghatta police recently arrested a 38-year-old woman, her son and three others for allegedly abducting and murdering her husband over a property dispute.The accused are Shobha alias Yashodha, her son Nikhil alias Abhi, 22, both residents of Garvebhavipalya, near HSR Layout, and their associates Gurukuran, 21, Vishwas, 20, both from Kaggalipura, and Manjunath, 29, from Begur.
Breather for Bengaluru as Covid positivity rate dips from 27.2% to 11.7% in 10 days
With a sharp decline in Covid-19 infections, the daily test positivity rate in the city plummeted from 27.2% to 11.7% in about 10 days.Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) health officials claim a major section of the city's population has been exposed to the virus and most have remained asymptomatic.Dr AS Balasundar, chief health officer (BBMP), said Covid-19 has now been rendered into normal flu. READ MORE
Karnataka reports 16,436 new Covid-19 cases, 60 fatalities in last 24 hrs
Karnataka reported 16,436 new Covid-19 cases during the last 24 hours, said the state health department on Thursday.As per the bulletin from the state health department, the positivity rate for the day currently stands at 11.31 per cent. A total of 1,45,204 samples were tested during the last 24 hours.With this, the total case count of the disease in the state has gone up to 38,60,774.During the last 24 hours, 44,819 people recovered from the infection, taking the total recoveries in the state to 36,72,744.60 people lost their lives to the deadly virus during the last 24 hours. The death toll in the state currently stands at 39,197.There are currently 1,48,800 active Covid-19 cases in the state.
Karnataka: Boy tries to sneak girlfriend into Manipal hostel in trolley bag
One confident answer and the engineering student may have succeeded in wheeling his girlfriend right into his hostel room. But he stumbled when asked to explain the unusually bulged trolley bag and then the cat, well the girl in this case, was out of the bag. READ MORE

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