Complete lockdown in Bengaluru from July 14 to 22

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July 12, 2020

Bengaluru,  Jul 12: In view of the rising COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru, a complete lockdown will be implemented in Bengaluru City and Bengaluru Rural areas from 8 pm on July 14 to 5 am on July 22.

"Essentials such as hospitals, groceries, milk, fruit, vegetables, medicines will be available during this period. In addition, medical and postgraduate examinations will happen as already scheduled," the Karnataka CMO informed.

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa appealed: "Co-operate with all social security policies, wear masks, and abide by government-issued lock-down guidelines for buying everyday items. Your collaboration is essential to controlling the spread of COVID-19 infection."

"I would like to congratulate all Asha activists, medical and police personnel, officers, volunteers, journalists and all those who work directly and indirectly to control the spread of COVID-19 infection," he added.

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November 23,2020

Bengaluru, Nov 23: The COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee has recommended the Karnataka government against reopening schools in the state till December.

However, the State government is yet to take a call on this matter.

The schools in the State have remained shut since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Committee headed by M.K. Sudarshan met on Sunday and concluded that it was not advisable to reopen schools in the State before the number of COVID-19 cases were brought under control. Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa has scheduled a meeting with Primary and Secondary Education Minister S. Suresh Kumar and department officials on Monday.

The department of Primary and Secondary Education is likely to bat for reopening of schools particularly for students of classes X (Ten) and XII (Twelve) soon. While most private schools have begun online classes, learning for students belonging to government and aided schools has taken a hit during the pandemic.

The Covid-19 Technical Committee of the Health and Family Welfare Department has reportedly recommended the state government against the reopening of schools till next month citing a possible surge in the cases due to extreme winter conditions.

However, the committee expressed that the government may consider reopening schools towards the end of December by yet again holding a consultation meeting with all the stakeholders and reviewing the Covid-19 surge across Karnataka.

Even though the committee members expressed satisfaction over Covid-19 works taken up by the state government with increased testing and facilities at the hospitals, experts pointed at the sudden surge in the Covid-19 cases in New Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat and other states. Some of the members stated that the infection may gain momentum during the winter along with other respiratory ailments.

They had even recalled the findings of a survey that was carried out in September revealing a possible surge in Covid-19 cases in some of the districts. The committee keeping in mind all these factors collectively resolved to recommend the state government against the reopening of schools in December.

The State government had started the Vidyagama programme where teachers would visit neighbourhoods of students from government schools and conduct classes. This programme too was stopped in October after it was reported that students who had attended these classes had contracted the virus.

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December 1,2020

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Hyderabad, Nov 30: Senior Telangana Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao slammed Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Minister KS Eshwarappa over his statement on Muslims and said that BJP wants to convert India into a Hindu nation.

V Hanumantha Rao said that the BJP is discriminating against Muslims and wants to convert India into a Hindu nation. While speaking to ANI, he said, "Eshwarappa, a minister of Panchayat Raj in Karnataka, said that the BJP in the state is ready to give tickets to anyone except Muslims. BJP calls itself a secular party, and then I question why BJP is discriminating against Muslims. BJP wants to convert India from a secular nation to a Hindu nation."

"The people of India must think about this. BJP is just willing to change India into a Hindu nation, which even after a hundred years, will not happen. India is a secular country where people from all the religions live in peace and unity," he added.

Karnataka Minister and BJP leader KS Eshwarappa has stated that the party ticket might be given to Hindu candidates from any community but not to a Muslim. "We might give the party ticket to any community among Hindus. Whoever we might give it to -- maybe Lingayats, Kurubas, Vokkaligas, or Brahmins but definitely, it will not be given to Muslims," Eshwarappa told media on Sunday.

Regarding the farmers' protest, V Hanumantha Rao said, "The three farm bills that have been passed against the farmers is the reason why the farmers from Punjab have launched an agitation. The Central Government has taken the silence of farmers for granted. Until the farm bill are taken back, the farmers from not just Punjab but from all over the county will protest."

Over the past few months, thousands of farmers mainly from Punjab have been protesting against the new agricultural legislation which they say could be exploited by the private sector to buy their crops at low prices.

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December 3,2020

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Bengaluru, Dec 3: Aerospace and defence technology major Rolls-Royce and Infosys have signed a strategic partnership for sourcing engineering and R&D services for Rolls-Royce's civil aerospace business.

As part of the overall partnership, Rolls-Royce will transition a significant part of its engineering centre capabilities for civil aerospace in Bengaluru to Infosys.

Leveraging its expertise in core engineering services, digital transformation capabilities, and Rolls-Royce product knowledge acquired through the partnership, Infosys will provide a full range of high-end engineering and R&D services integrated with advanced digital service to Rolls-Royce.

"India has grown to become a key contributor to the Rolls-Royce global engineering ecosystem, delivering high levels of technical capability to support a broad range of complex business demands," said Kishore Jayaraman, President of Rolls-Royce India and South Asia.

"Infosys has been a valued partner to Rolls-Royce for many years, and we now look forward to building on this strategic partnership to secure the full range of our engineering capabilities here, while ensuring future growth potential for our engineering talent," he said in a statement.

Jasmeet Singh, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Manufacturing at Infosys, said the IT major has always believed it is important to integrate the physical knowledge of a product with digital capabilities like Industry 4.0, additive manufacturing, and predictive analytics.

"The Rolls-Royce engineering team at Bengaluru has been at the forefront of these innovations, and we are delighted to welcome them to Infosys," he added.

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