Karnataka News Live Updates: State logs 566 new Covid-19 cases, six deaths – Times of India

Five new cases of Omicron have been confirmed in Karnataka today. All positive persons have been isolated and primary and secondary contacts have been identified and tested: Karnataka health minister (ANI)

Govt to bring in law to free Hindu temples from laws and rules that control them presently: Bommai
The Karnataka government will bring in a law aimed at freeing Hindu temples from laws and rules that control them at present, chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Wednesday. The chief minister also said that the government would constitute a special task force for the implementing the anti-conversion bill, once it becomes a law. (PTI)
Of the six Covid-related deaths reported during the day, four were from Bengaluru Urban and one each from Chitradurga and Tumakuru. (PTI)

The total number of active cases in the state is now 7,771. (PTI)

With 400 cases, Bengaluru Urban topped the list as the city saw 130 discharges and four deaths. (PTI)

The day also saw 245 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,59,674, a health department bulletin said. (PTI)

Karnataka reports 566 new Covid-19 cases, six deaths; tally rises to 3,00,5798.

CM urges pro-Kannada orgainsations not to go ahead with Karnataka band on Dec 31
Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday appealed to pro-Kannada organisations not to go ahead with the state-wide bandh called by them on December 31, demanding a complete ban on the activities of the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samithi (MES). He said the government has already taken action against “anti Kannada forces” and was examining their demand for the ban legally. (PTI)
The expectation of most of the legislators is that the cabinet should be formed in Karnataka in the Gujarat model, there is 100% no change for CM's post. Bommai will continue as the CM.
Most legislators expect Gujarat-like overhaul of Karnataka cabinet
BJP MLA and chief minister’s political secretary M P Renukacharya on Wednesday said most legislators in the party expect a Gujarat-like overhaul of the Karnataka cabinet and urged those who have become ministers in successive BJP governments to voluntarily resign and make way for fresh faces. He said the fresh faces with fresh ideas were necessary to add charisma to the party and to the government. (PTI)
Bommai thanks BJP leaders for reposing faith in him
Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday thanked the BJP leaders and the state office bearers for reposing faith in him and appreciating his government. Speaking to reporters here, Bommai said: “They have given a clear message for our government to go ahead and continue the good work. Their expectations will be met and we will strive hard in future also.” He stated that the high command has always been supportive of him and his government. (IANS)
Omicron scare, Karnataka govt curbs dampen New Year revellers’ spirits
The Omicron scare and the new curbs imposed by the state government have disappointed those planning to leave bitter memories of 2021 behind and begin the New Year with a midnight party and looking for brighter days ahead.
Row over bill: Four men set dhaba on fire in Bengaluru, manager dies of burns
A 29-year-old dhaba manager died of burns on Tuesday after four men set fire to the door of his establishment last week.The incident took place at ‘U Turn’ dhaba, located in Dodda Byalakere, Hesaraghatta, around 1am on December 24. M Manoj Kumar, a bachelor, had joined the dhaba in 2018.
Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai likely to review Covid containment measures
Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday indicated that he is likely to review the Covid-19 containment measures announced by his government, including the “night curfew”, in the wake of opposition from businesses. The night Curfew announced by the government for 10 days as part of its containment measures to control further Covid spread, has come into effect across the state from Tuesday night. (PTI)
Karnataka: DK Shivakumar reprimands Congress supporter for attempting to click selfie
Karnataka Congress president D. Shivakumar’s aversion to selfies continues.On Congress foundation Day at Shivapura in Mandya, Shivakumar reprimanded a party supporter for coming close to him and attempting to take selfies. (ANI)
JD(S) ridicules K’taka Congress ‘padayatra’ on Mekedatu project
Karnataka former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday ridiculed the ‘padayatra’ organised by the opposition Congress on the implementation of the Mekedatu project in the state.”Congress leaders have duped people of north Karnataka by launching padayatra regarding utilisation of Krishna river before. Now they have all set to dupe people of south Karnataka region with padayatra on the Mekedatu project,” he said. (IANS)
BJP Karnataka state executive meeting under way at Hubballi
Under the leadership of Bommai Ji here, we will win around 150 seats in the next Assembly elections and form a BJP government in the State again: Arun Singh, BJP Karnataka incharge (ANI)
20 international passengers test Covid positive at Bengaluru airport
At least 20 foreign passengers have tested positive for Covid-19 at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru, sources said on Wednesday.Of the 20 infected, seven came from Paris; five each from London and Frankfurt; and one each from the UAE and Kuwait. The nationality of the last person was yet to be ascertained. (IANS)
Over 92% eligible population in Bengaluru has received the 1st dose vaccination & nearly 72% has taken the 2nd dose. We're now gearing up for vaccination of 15-18-year olds, healthcare & frontline workers& seniors
Karnataka: JD(S) likely to use Kannada pride as poll plank in 2023
It was three years ago that HD Kumaraswamy became the chief minister under the JD(S)-Congress coalition, but for both his party and family, it has been a battle for survival.As the HD Deve Gowda family loses its sway in Vokkaliga pockets, with the emergence of fresh faces and inroads by Congress and BJP in parts of Mandya, Mysuru, Hassan and Ramanagara, the regional party seems to be undergoing a churn. It is rumoured that at least one-third of the sitting JD(S) MLAs may shift their loyalties to either Congress or BJP before the 2023 elections. Kumaraswamy plans to revive JD(S) by leveraging Kannada pride and not be overdependent on the Vokkaliga factor. With both BJP and Congress targeting one another with accusations of corruption and being subservient to larger national forces, JD(S) is considering Kannada pride as a viable plank to mount its 2023 poll challenge.

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