Bengaluru CCB sends notice to Vivek Oberoi's wife in Sandalwood drug case

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October 16, 2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 16: The City Crime Branch (CCB), Bengaluru has served notice to actor Vivek Oberoi's wife Priyanka Alva Oberoi over links with brother Adithya Alva in connection with the Sandalwood drug case, the concerned officials said on Friday.

The CCB had raided actor Vivek Oberoi's Mumbai residence in search of his relative Aditya Alva in connection with the case on Thursday.

Aditya Alva, son of former Karnataka Minister Jeevaraj Alva, is one of the accused in the Sandalwood drugs racket.

Earlier, Kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi was arrested and taken into custody for her alleged involvement in a drug case.

Notably, Kannada filmmaker Indrajit Lankesh, had appeared before the CCB and revealed information about the consumption of drugs in the Kannada film industry.

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October 16,2020

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Mangaluru, Oct 16: The Kudroli Dasara or Mangaluru Dasara -2020 will be inaugurated by Dr Arathi Krishna, former deputy chairperson of Karnataka NRI forum on October 17 at Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatheshwara temple in the coastal city.

This year’s Mangaluru Dasara will be celebrated under the slogan 'Namma Dasara - Namma Surakshe' (Our Dasara Our Safety).

Former minister Janardhana Poojary, the man behind the development of the Kudroli temple, finalised the name of Dr Arathi Krishna for inauguration of the Dasara keeping in mind her relentless efforts towards bringing back stranded Indian expatriates from various countries during covid-19 lockdown.

The event will commence at 9:30 a.m. with Guruprarthane, followed followed by Kalasha Prathiste at 11.30 am. Formal inauguration of Dasara festival will be held at 12 noon. Navadurga and Sharada Prathiste and Pushpalankara Mahapooja will be held at 12.30 pm. Bhajan programme will start at 7 pm. Devi Pushpalankara pooja.

Dr Arathi Krishna is a native of Chikkamagaluru district but was born in Udupi. Her father is former minister Begane Ramaiah and mother Seetha B Ramaiah.

Dr Arathi Krishna responded to the pleas of NRIs during the covid pandemic and resolve their issues especially in chartering flights. Using her influence and experience, she helped over 40,000 NRIs from Middle East and other parts of the world to fly home during covid crisis.

Due to her continuous contacts with the ambassadors of various countries she was able to help scores of NRIs, who approach her in difficult times. She has helped thousands of NRIs living in countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain China, Italy, Australia, America, Philippines, Spain, Finland, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Poland, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and England.

She was conferred with Rajyotsava award, honourary doctorate of Kuvempu university, honorary award of Sahyadri Sangha, Mahatma Gandhi Sammana award in Bangkok, Dubai Kannada Kayaka Ratna and Indian community award from the governor of Maryland State of USA.

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October 19,2020

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New Delhi, Oct 19: The number of new coronavirus infections reported daily in India dropped below 60,000 for the second time this month, while the number of fresh fatalities registered across the country dipped below 600 almost after three months, the Union Health Ministry data stated on Monday.

The total cases mounted to 75,50,273 with 55,722 infections being reported in a day. On October 13, India had last registered daily cases below 60,000.

The death toll climbed to 1,14,610 with 579 fatalities being registered in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The active cases of coronavirus infection remained below 8 lakh for the third consecutive day.

There are 7,72,055 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 10.23 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.

The number of recoveries have surged to 66,63,608 and the national recovery rate has improved to 88.26 per cent. The case fatality rate due COVID-19 stands at 1.52 per cent.

India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28 and crossed 70 lakh on October 11.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 9,50,83,976 samples have been tested up to October 18 with 8,59,786 samples being tested on Sunday.

The 579 new fatalities include 150 from Maharashtra, 64 from West Bengal, 56 from Tamil Nadu, 51 from Karnataka, 39 from Chhattisgarh, 29 from Uttar Pradesh  and 28 from Delhi.

A total of 1,14,610 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 42,115 from Maharashtra followed by 10,642 from Tamil Nadu, 10,478 from Karnataka, 6,658 from Uttar Pradesh, 6,429 from Andhra Pradesh, 6,056 from West Bengal, 6,009 from Delhi, 4,012 from Punjab and 3,635 from Gujarat.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its  website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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October 15,2020

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New Delhi, Oct 15: Following the fake Television Rating Points (TRP) scam, the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) on Thursday announced a temporary suspension of weekly ratings of news channels across languages.

The council intends to review and augment the current standards of measurement to improve on "statistical robustness", and the exercise will result in a "pause" in the weekly ratings for up to 12 weeks, an official statement said.

At least five people have been arrested by the city police which busted the scam earlier this month.

Those arrested include news channel employees, while the police is also questioning executives of Arnab Goswami-led Republic Media Group with regard to the case. Republic Media Group has denied any wrongdoing.

The audience estimates given by BARC influence ad spends, and the total size of the ad placements was pegged at Rs 32,000 crore annually by the police. The police allege the ratings were being rigged by inducing the homes where the monitors were placed.

"In the light of the recent developments, BARC Board has proposed that it's technical committee review and augment the current standards of measuring and reporting the data of niche genres, to improve their statistical robustness and to significantly hamper the potential attempts of infiltrating the panel homes," an official statement said.

The exercise would cover all Hindi, Regional, English News and Business News channels with immediate effect, it added.

"BARC will cease publishing the weekly individual ratings for all news channels during the exercise," it said, adding that the exercise will last between 8 to 12 weeks and include validation and testing.

" a pause was necessitated to enable the industry and BARC to work closely to review its already stringent protocols and further augment them to enable the industry to focus on collaborating for growth and well-natured competitiveness," BARC India chairman Punit Goenka said.

The industry body's chief executive Sunil Lulla said besides augmenting current protocols and benchmarking them with global standards, BARC is also exploring several options to discourage unlawful inducement of its panel home viewers and further strengthening its codes.

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