Kerala Hindutva leader who contested against Rahul Gandhi arrested in UAE for financial cheating 

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August 22,2019

Ajman, Aug 22: In an embarrassment to the BJP in Kerala, a prominent NDA leader in the state, Thushar Vellapally, has been arrested by the police at Ajman in United Arab Emirates (UAE) on charges of financial cheating.

Thushar, who contested against Congress president Rahul Gandhi at Wayanad in the Lok Sabha polls, is the leader of Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), a Hindutva outfit and, a prominent coalition partner of BJP in Kerala.

Kerala Chief Minister Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar urging that all possible help within the limits may be extended to him.

Thushar is the son of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP) president Vellapally Natesan. He is also vice president of SNDP that represents the prominent Hindu-Ezhava community in Kerala.

Mr. Natesan alleged that Thushar was trapped in the case. A native of Thrissur in Kerala, who was a sub-contractor of a construction firm, Boeing Constructions, run by Natesan and Thushar in Ajman, reportedly filed the petition against Thushar.

The issue pertaining to defaulting payment of a cheque for around Rs 20 crore owing to insufficent bank balance. Thushar who went to Ajman for mediation on the issue landed in police custody.

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With three more fatalities, Udupi’s covid-19 death toll mounts to eight

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July 16,2020

Udupi, Jul 16: With two deaths in a single day, and receiving coronavirus positive report of a person who died two days ago, Udupi district’s covid-19 death toll today mounted to eight. 

A-49-year-old resident of Udupi, was admitted to Ajjarkad government hospital for other ailments. He was suffering from multiple health issues like diabetes and respiratory problems.

Last night he was tested positive for coronavirus and hence he was shifted to Dr TMA Pai COVID hospital in Udupi where he breathed his last today. 

A 54-year-old man from Maravanthe in Byndoor taluk, who was suffering from asthma, today died while being taken from one hospital to the other.

He was admitted to a private hospital in Kundapur on the evening of Wednesday. Today he was being shifted to Manipal hospital. However he breathed his last half way through.  

His body was taken back to Kundapur and throat swab of the deceased was sent for testing. As the sample of the deceased person was taken using rapid test kit, his report was available within half an hour and it showed positive for covid-19. 

Meanwhile, throat swabs of a man from Ankola in Uttar Kannada district, who passed away in Manipal Hospital on July 14, were tested positive today. His funeral was held at the Beedinagudde crematorium as per the COVID norms.

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Streets in Dakshina Kannada completely deserted on Sunday

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July 19,2020

Mangaluru, Jul 19: In the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown imposed till July 23, streets in the Dakshina Kannada district here bore a deserted look today (Sunday) morning.

The state government had allowed relaxation hours between 8 am to 11 am in the week-long total shutdown. However today there was no relaxation. 

All shops including those selling essential commodities were also seen closed in the district today. Besides, barricades were also seen stationed at different junctures on the road.

As per Karnataka's COVID-19 information portal, a total of 59,652 coronavirus cases have been reported in the state, including 36,631 active cases and 21,775 recoveries. So far, 1,240 people have died due to the infection in the state. 

Dakshina Kannada so far recorded 3,311 covid-19 positive cases and 75 deaths.

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Coronavirus: Rapid antigen tests to begin in Dakshina Kannada

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July 14,2020

Mangaluru, July 14: In order to detect COVID-19 cases quickly in Dakshina Kannada, the government has commissioned a programme to administer rapid antigen tests.

The coastal district has already received 3,500 rapid antigen test kits, which can give results in 30 minutes, an official said, adding that tests will be conducted shortly and training is being imparted on the use of the kits.

The antigen tests will be conducted for emergency cases like delivery, surgery, persons with severe symptoms of Covid-19, multiple-organ failure and for those whose condition is critical. 

"If a symptomatic patient tests negative for Covid-19, then his throat swab sample would be sent for lab testing," the district health officer (DHO) said.

The rapid antigen tests is expected to help in increasing the number of tests and bring down the load of testing on labs, as antigen kits allow faster diagnosis.

It takes a minimum of eight hours to get the results via real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. Antigen tests can provide results within half an hour.

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