Centre praises ASHAs’ role in Karnataka’s Covid-19 fight

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July 3, 2020

New Delhi, Jul 3: Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) in Karnataka have emerged as a "crucial pillar in the state's success" in combating Covid-19, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

Acknowledging and praising their work, the ministry said they have been actively participating in household surveys in the state, screening inter-state passengers, migrant workers and others in the community for symptoms of the infection,

“Around 42,000 ASHAs have emerged as a crucial pillar in the state's success” in combating Covid-19, the ministry said.

"Recognizing the increased vulnerability of certain population groups to Covid-19, in a one-time survey to identify households with the elderly, persons with co-morbidities, and immune-compromised individuals, about 1.59 crore households were covered," the ministry said in a statement.

ASHAs regularly monitor such high-risk groups in their area with a periodicity of follow-up visits varying from once a day in the containment zones to once every 15 days in other areas, it said.

They also visit the houses of persons complaining influenza-like-illness (ILI) symptoms and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI), besides high-risk individuals who have called the state health department helpline numbers, the ministry said.

ASHAs are a part of the Rural Task Force, headed by Panchayat Development Officer (PDO) at the Gram Panchayat level, for addressing public grievances on both Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 related services.

ASHAs are trained female community health activists selected from the village itself and accountable to it. They are trained to work as an interface between the community and the public health system.

In the urban areas too, they have been at the forefront of dissemination of various awareness activities in fever clinics and swab collection centres in urban areas.

They have also actively screened cases of ILI and SARI in urban areas. They are also part of the screening teams at international and interstate check-posts.

Karnataka has reported 272 Covid-19 deaths and 18,016 cases, according to the health ministry data updated at 8 AM.

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October 19,2020

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Pune, Oct 19: During next 24 hours, strong winds of speed 40-50 kmph very likely over westcentral and northwest Arabian Sea, westcentral Bay of Bengal(BoB) and north Andaman sea.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into these sea areas.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely at isolated places over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Odisha, Andaman-Nicobar Islands, Mizoram, Madhya Maharashtra, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, Telangana, Rayalaseema and interior Karnataka.

Thunderstorm with lightning very likely at isolated places over east Rajasthan, west Madhya Pradesh, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gujarat, madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, Konkan, Goa, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, Telangana, Rayalaseema, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal.

Southwest monsoon has been active over madhya Maharashtra whereas it has subdued over West Bengal, Sikkim, Jharkhand, Bihar, east Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, Konkan, Goa, Rayalaseema and Kerala.

In the regions from where the monsoon has withdrawn, day temperatures were above normal in some parts of Punjab, Uttarakhand and west Uttar Pradesh.

Day temperatures were appreciably above normal in some parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh; below normal in some parts of Saurashtra and Kutch.

The highest maximum temperature recorded was 37.5 degrees Celsius at Ganganagar in west Rajasthan.

Night temperatures were above normal in some parts of Uttarakhand; appreciably above normal in some parts of west Rajasthan and markedly above normal in remaining parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Night temperatures were below normal in remaining parts of west Uttar Pradesh. The lowest minimum temperature recorded was 12.7 degrees Celsius at Hisar in Haryana.

From 0830 hours Sunday to 0830 hours Monday, thunderstorm was observed at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, west Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Saurashtra, Kutch, Konkan, Goa, madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, coastal Andhra Pradesh, and Yanam.

Rain or thundershowers occurred at many places in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, madhya Maharashtra, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Rain or thundershowers occurred at few places in Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Saurashtra and Kutch, Marathwada, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, south interior Karnataka, Kerala, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Sikkim, east and west Rajasthan, Gujarat region, Konkan and Goa, Telangana, Rayalaseema, and coastal and north interior Karnataka.

Mainly dry weather prevailed in Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, and Lakshadweep.

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October 18,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 18: The Central Division police on Saturday opened fire and arrested four men who were behind the murder of Manish alias Sarvottam Shetty, 41, on October 15. Police suspect underworld rivalry but are yet to ascertain the gang’s affiliation or motive behind the murder.

Manish was shot and then stabbed to death outside Duet Bar, which he owned, on Rest House Road in front of eyewitnesses. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP, Central Division) M.N. Anucheth said that the accused were arrested based on evidence gathered from CCTV footage.

The accused have been identified as Shashikiran, Akshay, Ganesh, and Nitya. After tracking the four men to a lodge in Gandhinagar, the police took them to Barlane Cemetery, Hosur Road, to recover the machete that they had used. “While at the cemetery, Shashikiran and Akshay attacked the escort police in a bid to escape. The police warned them and later fired at their legs to stop them from fleeing,” said a senior police officer.

The two injured accused were later shifted to St. Philomena’s Hospital.

The hit on Manish was a well planned one, said police sources. The accused had been following Manish to gather details of his routine from his residence in Bhoopasandra to his workplace for more than a month.

Shashikiran is a habitual offender with several criminal cases pending against him. “The probe has revealed that the murder could be due to old rivalry, but further investigation is on to ascertain the exact reason and the person behind the murder,” a senior police officer said.

Police sources said they have reason to suspect that underworld operative Vicky Shetty was behind it. Shetty, believed to be operating out of Dubai, reportedly called up a Kannada news channel and owned up to the murder on Friday. The police are verifying whether the caller was indeed Vicky. “A close associate of his, Kishan Hegade, was murdered over a business rivalry in Mangaluru and the hit was allegedly financed by Manish. We suspect that in retaliation, Vicky engaged the four accused to eliminate Manish,” said a police source. Incidentally, the Udupi police, who arrested nine people in connection with Hedge’s murder, have not uncovered underworld links or Manish’s role in the hit.

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October 24,2020

Mangaluru, Oct 24: Air India has announced resumption of flights between Mangaluru and Bengaluru starting October 26. 

Flight AI 575 will depart from Bengaluru at 4pm and reach Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) at 5.20pm. Flight AI 576 will depart MIA at 6pm and reach Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru at 7.20pm. 

The flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Fares start at Rs 2,342, a communique from the airline stated.

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