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Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus July 27 Highlights: Yediyurappa-led BJP government celebrates one year of office in Karnataka

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News July 27 Highlights: The tally in Karnataka is edging the one lakh-mark, since the first case in the State was confirmed in Bengaluru on March 9.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: July 28, 2020 8:21:16 am
Yediyurappa, BJP government Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday released booklets on achievements of the state government to mark the first anniversary of the BJP government.

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News July 27 Highlights: Karnataka Sunday reported over 5,000 new Covid-19 cases, a trend observed to have continued for the past four days. With this, the tally is edging the one lakh-mark, since the first case in the State was confirmed in Bengaluru on March 9.

Also Read | Shortage of drug, lack of manpower add to Bengaluru’s Covid-19 challenge

At the same time, 1950 more people contracted the infection in Bengaluru as the total rose to 45,453. While 1878 fatalities have been linked to the pandemic across the state so far, 891 of them were from Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, the Bengaluru City Police, in a special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) drive held across the city, busted a drug racket over the weekend.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Sharanappa SD, 15 accused connecting to the incident have been held by the police after MDMA and ganja drugs were seized from them.

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18:10 (IST)27 Jul 2020
Shortage of drug, lack of manpower add to Bengaluru’s Covid-19 challenge

While Bengaluru continues to be the worst hit in Karnataka due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, doctors point out several reasons for the continuing trend — delay in patients seeking medical treatment, difficulty to procure drugs for Covid-19 treatment, and staff shortage among others.

As per the statistics shared by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Bengaluru has seen a jump of over eight folds since the beginning of July. While the total number of positive cases on July 1 in the city was 5290, the same rose to 43,503 as on July 25.

The number of fatalities linked to the pandemic during the same period of time has seen a rise of around nine folds, as 862 deaths have been confirmed so far (on Saturday) in the capital city alone from 97 on July 1.

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17:36 (IST)27 Jul 2020
IN PICS | Mysuru's 'Vintage Station Clock' starts ticking again

The South Western Railway Monday reinstalled the iconic 'Vintage Station Clock' at Mysuru railway station. The drum-type, two-faced traditional clock mounted on a single frame, had stopped working and was beyond repair due to the non-availability of spare parts.

"Keeping in mind the heritage value of this vintage clock, Signal and Telecommunication department of Mysuru department took it as a challenge to restore the Clock. Arun Kumar, SSE/Tele/Mysuru, with the support of Sr. DSTE/MYS took initiative and went all out to visit antique clock mechanics at Mysuru and Bengaluru dealing with such vintage clocks," a statement read.

16:39 (IST)27 Jul 2020
Yediyurappa led BJP government celebrates one year of office in Karnataka

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday released booklets on achievements of the state government to mark the first anniversary of the BJP government.

The state government made arrangements for virtual celebrations to mark the one-year anniversary at Banquet Hall in Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.

Speaking at the event, Yediyurappa said that the COVID-19 pandemic has hampered the development plans for Karnataka. “We couldn't come up with more development plans for the state due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the coming days we're going to fulfill whatever I have announced in the state budget,” said Yediyurappa.

Meanwhile, Yediyurappa also clarified that the state will not have lockdown at any cost.

14:27 (IST)27 Jul 2020
IN PICS | South Western Railway to open newly built ‘Hubballi Rail Museum’ soon

IN PICS | The South Western Railway is set to open the newly built ‘Hubballi Rail Museum’ soon. The museum is set up at a quarters next to the second entrance of the Hubballi railway station.

13:29 (IST)27 Jul 2020
Bengaluru: BBMP makes OTP verification, address proof mandatory for Covid-19 test

Following multiple discrepancies reported over the past few weeks, Bengaluru's local civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to make sharing address proof and OTP verification mandatory for those getting tested for Covid-19 across all labs in the city.

Confirming the same, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said the decision was taken to ensure that each person is traced correctly after being tested positive for the infection.

“An address proof or ID card as issued by the government will be sought. Then, each person's mobile number will be verified after a one-time password (OTP) is generated, before testing," he explained.

13:03 (IST)27 Jul 2020
UN report on ISIS in Karnataka: Home Ministry seeks report on security from top official

Taking note of a United Nations report on the “significant numbers” of ISIS terrorists in Kerala and Karnataka, the B S Yediyurappa-led government has sought a report from Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG and IGP) Praveen Sood on the internal security of the state.

The report on terrorism released last week said there are “significant numbers” of ISIS terrorists in the two states and that the al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent terror group, which reportedly has between 150 and 200 militants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, is planning attacks in the region.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said, “The UN report on ISIS terrorist activities in Karnataka is based on the arrests made by the state police and National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the past year.”

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13:02 (IST)27 Jul 2020
VTU final exams to be held from Aug 24 to 30

Karnataka's Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), the public state university which has the authority over engineering colleges in the state, will hold offline exams from August 24 to 30, Vice-Chancellor Karisiddappa confirmed.

However, the pen and paper examinations will be held only for eighth-semester students. In a Facebook live session addressed to students and parents, the VC stated that no examination will be held for new students of other even semsters (Sem 2,4 and 6).

At the same time, there will be an option for the eighth-semester students to attempt examinations of earlier semesters, in which they have failed. 'The exam timetable for students expecting to clear backlog papers will be announced soon,' the VC added.

Also Read | Karnataka allows asymptomatic Covid-19 positive students to attend KCET

13:01 (IST)27 Jul 2020
Staff tests positive, Bengaluru ACP (Admin) quarantines self

Bengaluru City Police IGP and Additional Commissioner of Police (Administration) Hemant Nimbalkar Monday quarantined himself at home after a staff member of his team tested positive for Covid-19 infection.

Confirming the same, he tweeted, "As one of my staff has reported #COVID19 positive; I am under home quarantine as per protocol for primary contacts."

10:07 (IST)27 Jul 2020
Covid-19: All 58 medical colleges established testing labs, Medical Education minister says

An hour before Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is expected to release the government's performance report, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar claimed the state's medical colleges have been at the forefront in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

"All 58 medical colleges in the state have established Covid testing labs and have a combined capacity to conduct 25,000 tests per day," he added.

10:06 (IST)27 Jul 2020
Women Startup Programme 2020: IIM Bangalore invites applications for free training course

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore has tied-up to launch ‘Women Startup Program 2020’. The programme aims to support women entrepreneurs by enabling them to transform their idea into a business venture and enhancing their entrepreneurial and managerial skills.

For the latest cohort, early-stage ideas start-ups which are not more than 12-months-old will be shortlisted for the first phase. The programme will commence with a five-week training through Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to be offered on the Swayam platform. The second and third phases of the programme will have the selected entrepreneurs undergo a two-month virtual launchpad programme, followed by a six-month incubation program designed by Foundation for Entrepreneurship Development (InFED), the incubator of IIM-Nagpur and NSRCEL, the startup and innovation hub at IIM Bangalore.

The last date to apply is August 21. Women who are Indian nationals and above 18-years of age, having a full-time or co-ownership of a venture can apply. By the end of the programme, the applicants will present their product or prototype and pitch to a screening committee. They will also have access to legal and compliance support and opportunity to pitch to investors.

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09:53 (IST)27 Jul 2020
1 year in office: Karnataka CM to release performance report today

A day after Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa completed a year in office, a report of the BJP-led state government's performance will be released on Monday.

The event planned to be held at Vidhana Soudha from 11 am will be attended by all district centres using online methods, Karnataka CMO confirmed.

Also Read | Yediyurappa: The man who never takes it easy

08:59 (IST)27 Jul 2020
Karnataka Forest Minister Anand Singh tests positive for COVID-19

Karnataka Forest Minister Anand Singh has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been home quarantined in Hosapete, Ballari district.

He is the second cabinet minister to get infected with Covid-19 after Tourism Minister C T Ravi. According to his relative Sandeep Singh, the minister is asymptomatic and is under treatment at his residence.

Singh took the Rapid Antigen Test after his driver tested positive recently. On Sunday, Ballari reported the 597 Covid-19 cases, the total tally is 4,046 cases, including 2,349 active cases in the district.

08:42 (IST)27 Jul 2020
Oxygen cylinder explodes in Covid-19 ICU in Belagavi hospital

An oxygen cylinder exploded at the Belgaum Institute of Medical Sciences (BIMS) Hospital ICU ward dedicated to COVID-19 treatment on Sunday, injuring three medical staff.

According to Belagavi police, the explosion occurred when an oxygen cylinder was being replaced. The police said a physician, nurse and ward boy who were replacing the cylinder sustained burn injuries by the explosion.

Karnataka Medical education minister Dr Sudhkar said, “it is an unfortunate incident and I have instructed the concerned authorities to prevent such incidents from happening.”

08:41 (IST)27 Jul 2020
Bengaluru COVID-19 deaths: ‘We do it for free, only thing we ask people is to pray for us’

One of the times in the past few months when volunteers from Mercy Angels, a group facilitating Covid-19 funerals in Bengaluru, broke down was at the cremation of a 17-day-old.

The parents of the newborn were in quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus and their relatives were back home in north India.

“The baby was handed over in a bag. Nobody was with that child so we were the family and we performed the last rites. A lot of us cried,” says Dr Taha Mateen, founder trustee of HBS Hospital which started the Mercy Angels programme in March.

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08:20 (IST)27 Jul 2020
Bengaluru police busts narcotics racket, 15 arrested

The Bengaluru City Police, in a special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) drive held across the city, busted a drug racket over the weekend.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Sharanappa SD, 15 accused connected to the incident have been held by the police after MDMA and ganja drugs were seized from them. The gang includes one Nigerian national as well.

'Watch also kept on hotels n lodges being misused for narcotics during Covid-19,' he tweeted.

08:20 (IST)27 Jul 2020
Bengaluru: 1950 fresh cases, 12,459 active containment zones

As the number of fresh Covid-19 cases and fatalities linked to the pandemic surge in Bengaluru, the capital city alone reported 1950 new cases while the same was 5199 across Karnataka on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the number of active containment zones in the city comprising 198 wards rose to 12,459.

The health department also attributed 29 more deaths that took place over the last few days to Bengaluru's death toll on Sunday.

With this, 891 deaths have been reported cumulatively from the city.

08:20 (IST)27 Jul 2020
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Meanwhile, in a first since its formation in 2003, the South Western Railway (SWR) Friday inducted its first batch of lady sub-inspectors (SIs) to the Railway Protection Force (RPF).

READ | South Western Railway inducts first batch of lady sub-inspectors

At the same time, a UN report on terrorism has warned that there are “significant numbers” of ISIS terrorists in Kerala and Karnataka, noting that the al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent terror group, which reportedly has between 150 and 200 militants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, is planning attacks in the region.

READ | Significant number of ISIS terrorists in Kerala, Karnataka: UN report

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