35,000 people leave Bengaluru ahead of lockdown; rush at grocery stores, liquor shops

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July 14, 2020

Bengaluru, July 14: Ahead of the week-long lockdown in Bengaluru starting from Tuesday night, around 35,000 people have left the city and grocery stores and liquor shops are witnessing a rush with customers thronging to stock up on for the shutdown.

According to transport department officials, labourers from other parts of the state migrated in good numbers from Bengaluru ahead of the lockdown fearing that they would have to face similar challenges as they had to confront during the previous shuttering. 

"Yesterday 35,000 passengers left Bengaluru. The number is big given the fact that we are allowing a limited number of passengers in the buses to maintain social distancing," a KSRTC official said.

Tipplers made a beeline for liquor shops and a senior State Excise official said liquor worth Rs 230 crore was sold on Monday alone.

"There was apparently a mad rush yesterday.India Made Foreign Liquor worth Rs 215.55 crore and 14.83 crore worth beer was sold...," the officer said.

In view of the rising coronavirus cases in the city at an alarming proportion, the government decided to impose lockdown from Tuesday 8 pm till 5 am on July 22.

Later, Dharwad and Dakshina Kannada districts too decided to impose a lockdown for nine days and seven days respectively from Wednesday.

"For the past two days there is an unusual rush of customers in our store," an executive of the Metro Cash and Carry said.

According to him, people are buying grocery items and vegetables with long shelf life such as onion, potato, radish, carrot and beetroot.

A salesperson at the Star Bazaar too said people were thronging the store for the past two to three days.

During the Sunday curfew, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the week-long lockdown will be stringent one and government has made all arrangements to address all concerns ahead of the shutdown.

As many as 19,702 people in Bengaluru have tested positive, of which there are 15,052 active cases, while 4,328 have been discharged.

The number of fatalities as of Monday is 321.

Across Karnataka, 41,581 people have tested positive for coronavirus including 24,572 active cases, 16,248 discharges and 757 deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic in the state.
 

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January 7,2021

Chamarajanagara, Jan 7: A wild leopard sauntered into the residential quarters of Doctors and Professors of Chamarajanagar Institute of Medical Sciences on the outskirts of the city on Wednesday night, scaring the inmates for some time.

However the leopard, which had reached the primary ground of the residential complex, retreated by way of the steps and disappeared beneath the quilt of darkness.

CCTV footage exhibits the leopard racing alongside the hall and happening the steps. However inside seconds it reappears, peeps inside an open door, backtracks and goes out of view once more. One of many inmates who sighted the leopard alerted different residents within the quarters.

Deputy Commissioner of Chamarajanagar M R Ravi mentioned the medical quarters about the Yadapura hillock and leopards have been sighted within the space frequently. He mentioned the footage clearly exhibits the leopard peeping right into a home which had the door open and retreating from there and it was at that time that its presence was observed.

In the meantime, the Forest Division has positioned a cage to lure the leopard contained in the campus in case it ventures once more in addition to issuing a set of directions for the inmates to stick to, particularly within the evenings and nights.

Manoj Kumar, Chief Conservator of Forests of Chamarajanagar, mentioned that surrounding the medical school campus has a lot of open pits of deserted quarries and leopards from the forests have a tendency to make use of them as hideouts. 

Considered one of them could have strayed into the residential quarters.

The Forest Division has recommended that the open pits left deserted after quarrying be reclaimed by filling them with soil adopted by plantation.

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January 14,2021

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Mangaluru, Jan 14: The first batch of the much awaited Covid-19 vaccines reached the District Health Department Office here on Thursday.

As Mangaluru is the regional vaccine storage centre, the vaccines will be transported from here to Udupi and Chikmagalur districts.

The Department of Health vehicle transporting the vaccines had earlier reached Mysuru from Bengaluru and arrived from Mysuru to Mangaluru this morning.

Already, over 40,000 Covid warriors have registered their names for receiving Covid vaccine in the district.

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January 6,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 6: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Tuesday gave assent to the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill-2020 that was passed in the state assembly on December 9, 2020.

The state government in its order said that the ordinance is aimed to provide comprehensive legislation for the prevention of slaughter and preservation of cattle in the State.

The anti-cow slaughter bill was passed in the Karnataka Assembly last month amid uproar and walkout by the opposition parties, Congress and the JD(S).

Under this law, three and seven years jail and (or) a fine up to Rs 5 lakh will be imposed. Subsequent offences can invite fines up to Rs 10 lakh and a jail term of up to seven years, the order said.

Explaining the provisions of the bill, Karnataka Minister JC Madhuswamy had said: "The slaughter of cows and calves are not allowed while the slaughter of buffaloes above 13 years is allowed. Illegal selling, transportation or culling of cows has been made punishable. If a cow has contracted a disease, which can spread to other cattle, then it can be culled or slaughtered."

Meanwhile, the opposition parties have alleged that the bill, which is now a law, was not discussed for tabling in the Business Advisory Committee meeting.

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