Narayana Murthy’s son-in-law Rishi Sunak named new Britain’s Finance Minister

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February 13,2020

Bengaluru, Feb 13: UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid quit the Boris Johnson government as part of a cabinet reshuffle unfolding on Thursday and has been replaced by Rishi Sunak, reports said.

Indian-descent Sunak, 39, who is married to Akshata, the daughter of Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy, was Chief Secretary to the Treasury since July 2019.

An analyst with Goldman Sachs before joining politics in 2014, Sunak, whose grandparents were from Punjab and emigrated to the UK from east Africa, is MP from Richmond (Yorkshire). He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Local Government in the Theresa May government.

Pakistani-descent Javid, who became the first Asian to become a Cabinet Minister when he was made Secretary of State of culture, Media and Sports in the David Cameron government in 2014 after stints as Economic Secretary to the Treasury (2012-13) and Financial Secretary (2013-14), was earlier the Home Secretary in the the Theresa May government.

He had then cleared absconding businessman Vijay Mallya's extradition to India in February last year following the decision by the Westminister Magistrates Court in December 2018.

Javid, who ran for Conservative Party leadership after May quit but lost to Boris Johnson, was made Chancellor by the later. In the reshuffle on Thursday, he was offered to retain his post if he fired all his advisors but declined and quit, the BBC reported.

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Karnataka: People in Coast, Malnad urged to be cautious amid covid, rains

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August 6,2020

Bengaluru, Aug 6: With rains in several parts of Karnataka amid Covid-19 pandemic, state Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar on Thursday asked the people to maintain caution and contact the Health department helpline in case of any symptoms.

"There is heavy rain in several districts of the state's coastal, Malnad and north interior regions. People have to observe utmost caution during these rains amid corona infections. In case of any symptoms like fever, cough and cold immediately call the health department helpline 104," Sudhakar tweeted.

As of August 5 evening, cumulatively 1,51,449 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 2,804 deaths and 74,679 discharges.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru urban tops the list accounting for 64,881 cases.

Regarding Bengaluru, Sudhakar said, there are 4,276 beds across 11 Covid care centres in Bengaluru.

"As of today morning, 936 of them i.e., 27.79 percent are vacant. Out of the 3,346 patients, 306 patients are due for discharge today," he said in another tweet.

Aimed at availing beds at Covid-19 hospitals for symptomatic patients and those in need, the government had decided to shift all asymptomatic patients to Covid care centres.

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This isn’t Khader’s time to protect culprits: Kota Shrinivas Poojari

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July 29,2020

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Mangaluru, July 29: Justifying the transfer of Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner Sindhu B Rupesh, district in-charge minister Kota Shrinivas Poojari has accused Mangaluru MLA U T Khader of politicizing the issue. 

The IAS officer was transferred by the Karnataka government on July 28, a day after a saffron activist issued a death threat against her on social media after she warned of legal action against the miscreants who attack cattle traders.

Condemning the development, Mr Khader had tweeted that the state government has punished the deputy commissioner instead of punishing the culprit, who issued death threat.

Responding to Mr Khader’s tweet, Mr Poojari said that the transfer of the officer was on administrative ground. “It is unfortunate that Khader politicized a transfer carried out by the government on administrative ground. This is not Khader’s time to protect any accused,” tweeted Mr Poojari. 

It is worth mentioning here that Mr Khader was the district in-charge minister of Dakshina Kannada before Mr Poojari taking over the position. 

Meanwhile, police has arrested a person in connection with the death threat against the IAS officer.

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Pvt medical college hospitals in DK must reserve 50% of beds for COVID-19 patients: Minister

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August 10,2020

Mangaluru, Aug 10: All private medical college hospitals in Dakshina Kannada should compulsorily allocate 50 % of their beds to the government for treating COVID-19 patients, said district in-charge minister Kota Srinivasa Poojary.

He was speaking after visiting AJ Hospital and Research Centre and Srinivasa Medical College Hospital to review their COVID-19 management measures here recently.

The Minister said that safeguarding public health is the priority of the government. Private hospitals should cooperate with the government in managing COVID-19.

Mr. Poojary said that the government is supplying rapid antigen test kits to private hospitals and has directed them to conduct free sample tests for COVID-19.

The government will supply 50 more ventilators to Dakshina Kannada shortly, the Minister further said.

Deputy Commissioner K.V. Rajendra asked the hospitals to display boards at their entrances mentioning the details of COVID-19 treatment costs prescribed by the government. They should also display the details pertaining to the Ayushman Scheme.

He said that the Health Department has deputed Arogya Mitra health workers to each one of the medical college hospitals to give information to people on Ayushman. If they were found failing in their duties, action will be initiated against them.

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