Mangaluru: NMPT mulls helicopter service to cruise tourist

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October 9,2019

Mangaluru, Oct 9: The New Mangalore Port Trust Chairman A V Ramana suggested an idea to launch helicopter services to tourist destinations within a distance of 150-km from Mangaluru.

He said that the proposal will be submitted to the chief secretary of Karnataka government. If the helicopter services are connected to tourist destinations then NMPT can expect more cruise vessels, he told media persons on Tuesday evening.

Cruise tourism

The chairman said in a move to give thrust to cruise tourism, the NMPT had drawn up a plan to have an exclusive gate and road for the movement of tourists at the port. The new gate with an approach road will cater to the entry and exit of tourists coming through cruisers. This will ensure that there is no hindrance to the regular traffic inside the port.

Keeping the interest of tourists in mind, district administration has agreed to run a pre-paid taxi counter. At present, pre-paid taxis and buses reach up to berth number 4 at the port to ferry passengers. When the first cruise arrives at the port on November 4, all the regular traffic from Mallya Gate of the Port will be diverted to other gates, to give a better feeling for the tourists.

The NMP is planning to have a transport hub outside the gate to help the passengers of cruise vessel explore the city on their own in a taxi or auto.

The NMPT chairman said majority of the survey for dredging at the port was completed. The agency will complete the survey in navigation channel within two to three days. The dredger had left for Mangaluru from Vishakhapattanam and dredging will begin from mid October.

The NMP had experienced 11% decline in handling cargo owing to the closure of MRPL due to water shortage in the month of March-April. The landslides and inclement weather had taken a toll on road cargo from the hinterland. “By the end of financial year, NMP is confident of achieving the target for the fiscal year.”

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Centre extending all possible help to Karnataka in combating COVID-19: Sadananda Gowda

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July 18,2020

Bengaluru,  Jul 18: Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers DV Sadananda Gowda on Friday said that Government of India headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been extending all possible assistance to state government in their endeavour to combat the deadly coronavirus.

In a statement released after participating in a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa in Bengaluru today, Gowda said he shared his views with the state government on how to control the spread of COVID-19 in the state in general and Bengaluru in particular.

He said the Centre was in constant touch with the state government on the issue. The centre is more than happy to extend any help further if Karnataka requires so.

"Being a Union Minister handling the Pharmaceutical Department also, I am closely monitoring the medicine demand and supply situation across the country on a day-to-day basis. The availability of required medicines including HCQ and Paracetamol is satisfactory in all states including Karnataka. Also, there has been enough lifesaving drugs in our Jan Aushadhi Kendras all over India. Over 600 such outlets exist in Karnataka alone," he said.

"If there is any issue related to medicine shortage or overpricing, one can bring it to my knowledge or call PMBJP tollfree number 18001808080 or NPPA number 18001112550 / 011-23345118 / 011-23345122. The grievances will surely be resolved to everybody's satisfaction" added the minister.

With related to state governments or private agencies seeking to import emergency medicines, medical equipment etc., Gowda assured, we would facilitate required licences without any delay.

"I strongly feel that it is our collective responsibility to use everything in our armour to defeat the pandemic. We also seek public support in this mission. Together, we will win," he said.

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Another covid-19 patient hangs to death in hospital

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July 17,2020

Bengaluru, July 17: A 60-year-old woman who tested positive for Covid-19 allegedly ended her life in the Covid ward at KC General Hospital in the early hours of Friday.

The woman, the fourth Covid positive patient to end her life since April, was a resident of Mariyappanapalya near Jnanabharathi in West Bengaluru. She was found hanging from a window grille in the passage of the Covid ward around 5 am. She had used her sari to hang herself.

The police said that the woman was admitted to the hospital on July 1. She was responding well to the treatment and was almost cured. Her son was infected first and admitted to the same hospital. As she later tested positive and got admitted, her son was discharged on July 11. The police suspect that the woman may have resorted to the extreme step due to depression.

An investigating officer quoted doctors telling the police that they were about to inform the woman about her discharge date on Friday. Doctors were waiting for the report on her latest test before discharging her.

The woman’s body will be subjected to an autopsy as per the Covid standard procedure. The Malleswaram police have taken up a case of unnatural death. Investigations are on. 

On July 11, a 70-year-old man ended his life in the toilet of the Covid ward in Victoria Hospital, while a suicide was reported in the same ward on June 26. A 60-year-old woman also hanged herself in the toilet. Her son, daughter-in-law, and grandson were also admitted to hospital for Covid-19.

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K Sudhakar holds meeting with private, govt establishments involved in testing, treatment of COVID-19

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July 17,2020

Bengaluru, Jul 17: Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar held a meeting through video conference on Thursday with private and government establishments involved in testing and treatment of COVID-19 in the state.

A total of 51,422 cases including 19,729 recoveries and 1,032 deaths were reported in the state till yesterday.

On the same day, K Sudhakar also paid a surprise visit to the Bengaluru's CV Raman Hospital and urged the administration to follow COVID-19 guidelines properly. He also took stock of the hospital's preparedness to fight the deadly virus.

"Surprise visits will continue. I will be in touch with every lab and get the right number of tests done on a daily basis," the minister said while speaking to the media.

He also urged the people who have recovered from coronavirus to donate their plasma to save other lives, adding that donors will receive a reward of Rs 5,000 as a token of appreciation.

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