Ambulance service for livestock in 16 districts of Karnataka

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July 11, 2020

Bengaluru, Jul 11: Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chauhan on Saturday said an ambulance service is being rolled out by the state government in a bid to maintain livestock's health in the state.

"An ambulance service is currently being rolled out by the Department of Animal Husbandry in order to maintain livestock health, livestock farmers in the state," said Prabhu Chauhan.

"A well-equipped ambulance is being provided in 16 districts of the state," he added.

The ambulance that is being introduced has special veterinary facilities including an emergency unit, lab facility, scanning pharmaceutical, and medical equipment, he said.

Chauhan further said that a 'war room' is being prepared to allow veterinarians and livestock farmers to pursue veterinary care in a timely manner.

"For the first time, a 'war room' is being prepared by the Department of Animal Husbandry in Karnataka to allow veterinarians and livestock farmers to pursue veterinary care in a timely manner. The facility will be available 24 hours a day," he added.

Moreover, Karnataka is planning to ban cow slaughter as well by bringing the Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation Bill, 2012.

"Many states have passed the Anti-Cow Slaughter Bill. We are preparing to implement it in Karnataka as well. The state government will soon implement a ban on cow slaughter, sale, and consumption of beef on the lines of many other states," added Chauhan.

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November 26,2020

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Udupi, Nov 26: Sri Krishna temple came alive to the devotion of people who lined up for ‘taptamudra dharana’ ritual here on Thursday. Sri Vishwaprasanna Tirtha swamiji of Pejavar Adhokshaja mutt kick-started the ritual by first stamping himself before going on to stamp Sri Eeshapriya Tirtha swamiji of Paryaya Adamaru mutt. The paryaya seer later also stamped the devotees with images of shanka (conch) and chakra (wheel) on their chest and arms.

Prior to start of the much anticipated tapta mudra dharana ritual, Mudrangadi Lakshmeesha Acharya, priest of Adamaru mutt oversaw purnahuti of ‘Sudarshana homa’ that is performed on the ‘devaprabhodini ekadashi’ day that marks end of chaturmasya at Sri Krishna Temple. Both Sri Vishwaprasanna Tirtha and Sri Eeshapriya Tirtha swamijis were present on this occasion. The devotees in the interim waited patiently for the ritual to start.

Incidentally, the seals were earlier heated at the Sudarshana homa held at the temple. As per tradition, while the ‘chakra’ is stamped on the right arm, the shanka is stamped on the left arm. For women, the seals are stamped only on their arms. With pandemic protocols still in place, the devotees came forth in an orderly fashion, maintaining social distancing and wearing masks as they queued up for the Paryaya mutt seer to stamp them.

For the uninitiated, tapta mudra dharana is a unique ‘Vaishnava’ practice in South India. Here, a mudra or seal with the symbol of Srihari Vishnu is stamped on the body. This ritual is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi in the Ashada month. This ritual will be observed on July 20, 2021. Tapta means ‘heated’ and mudra means ‘seals.’ Stamping of the hot mudra on the body is seen as a way of stating one’s utmost devotion to Vishnu.

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November 28,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 28: The Sadashivanagar police have registered a criminal case against the Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's political secretary N R Santosh for allegedly attempting to kill himself in his Dollars Colony residence by consuming sleeping pills on Friday night.

According to a senior officer, the case has been registered under IPC section 309. "We are going to question Santosh after he recovers and further necessary action will be taken," the officer added.

Santosh is suspected to have consumed more than 10 sleeping pills around 7.15 pm. He was rushed to MS Ramaiah hospital where he is undergoing treatment in the ICU.

The police are tight-lipped about the reason behind the extreme step of Santosh. There are rumours that Santosh was under depression over political and also personal issues. His wife Jahnavi, while speaking to media persons, said Santosh was disturbed over political issues. He returned home around 7 pm and went to his room. He looked like he was worried about something.

"After sometime when I went to ask him what he would like to have for dinner, I noticed he was feeling drowsy, the pills strip was lying next to him. Sensing something wrong we rushed him to the hospital," she said.

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December 3,2020

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Bengaluru, Dec 3: Graded opening of schools from January may be considered after carefully assessing the pandemic situation in the last week of December, the state’s Covid-19 technical advisory committee (TAC) told the government.

If the government accepts this recommendation and the pandemic situation is favourable, then schools will first reopen for classes 10 and 12. “Classes 9 and 11 can follow later before a decision is taken on other classes,” the TAC has recommended.

Dr V Ravi, virologist and member, TAC, said: “Given that classes 10 and 12 have board exams, we recommended that they be given priority. After that, we must wait and see for a few weeks how the situation unfolds and then reopen other classes, starting with the senior grades.”

The government’s latest draft Covid-19 advisory, prepared to tackle a second wave of infection based on the TAC’s recommendations, has also proposed that all teachers, students and anganwadi workers undergo Covid-19 tests once every two weeks. The government has been advised to conduct tests of pooled samples (1:5).

“The whole of December can be used to revise curriculum, planning examinations and preparing classrooms for Covid-19 compliance; providing hot water, procuring masks, disinfectants, sanitisers, etc. In the meantime, the effect of opening of colleges from November 17 will be known and this will help further planning in this regard,” the TAC’s draft reads.

The government will also prepare hostels — rooms, bath and toilets, food mess, etc — in December. Further, educational institutions will be among the clusters where contact tracing, community based active surveillance, ILI & SARI surveillance will be conducted on priority.

“Surveillance in prisons, long-term care facilities, educational institutions, offices, etc… cluster investigations in high-risk settings like urban slums, weddings and closed spaces must be taken up,” the draft reads.

While independent educationists have been batting for reopening of schools, the government had, earlier this month, indicated that it may not happen this year. In fact, the government has claimed that most of the syllabus for class 10 has already been covered through TV classes.

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