B’luru’s Covid tally breaches 3L-mark, death toll touches 3,500

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October 17, 2020
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Bengaluru, Oct 17: With Bengaluru reporting 3,371 new Covid cases, the total number of infections in the city breached 3 lakh-mark on Saturday, while 14 persons succumbed to the virus, taking the tech city’s death toll to 3,500.

According to the state health bulletin, cumulatively 3,04,005 positive cases have been confirmed in Bengaluru which includes 3,500 deaths and 2,35,734 discharges till date.

The bulletin further added that Karnataka reported 7,184 fresh Covid cases and 71 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 7,58,574 and the death toll to 10,427.

Out of these fresh cases, 3,371 were reported from Bengaluru Urban alone, the health department said in its bulletin.

The day also saw 8,893 patients getting discharged after recovery.

Cumulatively, 7,58,574 Covid positive cases have been confirmed across the state, which includes 10,427 deaths and 6,37,481 discharges.

Out of the 1,10,647 active cases, 1,09,707 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 940 are in ICUs.

Of the 71 deaths reported on Saturday, 14 were from Bengaluru Urban, followed by Mysuru (10), Kolar (5), Dakshina Kannada, Tumakuru, and Uttara Kannada (4 each), while the rest were scattered in other districts.

Most of the deceased either had a history of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) or influenza-like illness (ILI).

Among the districts from where new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 3,371, Mysuru 501, Belagavi 298, Tumakuru 281, Bengaluru Rural and Hassan 220 each, Udupi 210, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases, with 3,04,005 infections, followed by Mysuru (44,638) and Ballari (35,531).

Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 2,35,734, followed by Mysuru (36,470) and Ballari (32,954).

A total of over 65,62,710 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,01,016 were tested on Saturday alone.

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October 20,2020

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Bhatkal, Oct 20: Jewelry worth about Rs 40 lakh, which was donated to Durgaparameshwari Temple here by devotees was stolen from the temple premises.

Police said on Tuesday that the temple authorities, in a complaint, further added that a priest who was working at the temple was also missing ever since the incident came to light on Monday night.

The temple administration in the complaint has identified the missing priest as Sathish Bhat, a resident of Yellapur.

In the complaint, it is added that the incident came to the light when the Chief priest of the temple opened the jewellery box on the occasion of Navratri, to put the jewellery on the goddess.

The temple authorities reportedly tried contacting Sathish over the phone as he had the keys to a jewellery locker. Unable to contact him over the phone, the administration decided to break open the locker, as it was the ritual of the temple to put jewellery on the Goddess.

Sathish was working at the temple for the last year but had not reported to the duty for over a month now. The authorities further added that they last spoke to Sathish over the phone on Friday, but were unable to contact him on Saturday.

A case in this regard has been registered at Bhatkal Rural Police Station and investigations are underway. A special team has also been formed by Yellapur Police to trace Sathish Bhat.

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October 20,2020

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Mangaluru, Oct 20: KIOCL Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Subba Rao on Tuesday said that after obtaining statutory clearance for operation of Devadari mines, the company had been planning to set up 2.0 MTPA beneficiation and 2.0 MTPA pelletisation plant, which will generate employment for the local youth.

Union Minister of State for Steel, Faggan Singh Kulaste also visited Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited (KIOCL) and reviewed its performance.

The Union Minister also studied efforts made towards implementation of new projects and the bottlenecks faced during the execution of projects.

The minister in turn emphasised that KIOCL has done pioneering work in the field of iron ore mining and beneficiation of magnetite ore in Karnataka and is a leader in the country for pelletisation. He further stressed that the centre is placing thrust on increased utilisation of pellets as a raw material in blast furnaces and sponge iron industry in the country. KIOCL can contribute immensely in utilising these resources in the national interest.

The minister lauded the efforts made by KIOCL in entering the field of solar energy and the setting up a 5 MW solar power plant in Tumakuru district.

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October 22,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 22: Notwithstanding party leaders’ diktat, senior Karnataka BJP leader, Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, continued to fire salvos targeting Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa through his fan pages in Facebook on Wednesday.

His official Twitter handle shot back at his critics within the party stating that he won’t fall at anyone’s feet to become a minister.

“I raise my voice for the welfare of the state, not for personal gains. Let my critics be aware that I am not a pimp to fall at someone’s feet to get my work done,” he said, after he was criticised for his remarks on Tuesday that Yediyurappa will be replaced by the party high command in the BJP soon.

Yatnal’s fan pages continued to target BJP state unit Vice President B.Y. Vijayendra, the son of Chief Minister Yediyurappa.

His fan pages further added that Yediyurappa should come out openly stating why only Vijyendra’s name comes forward when there are thousands of ‘karyakartas’ (workers) working on the ground and even senior leaders are allocated responsibilities to ensure BJP’s victory in bypolls.

Taking a direct dig at Vijayendra, one of his fan pages said, “People of north Karnataka will not forgive those who are doing politics using his father’s name and speak ill about north Karnataka.”

Yatnal did not revert to several attempts to reach him.

He is one of the very few hardcore Hindutva leaders from the Lingyat community of Karnataka.

He is also one of the architects of the BJP gaining roots in this region, mainly due to his fiery speeches.

He is a legislator from the Bijapur city constituency, which has a sizeable Muslim voters. The Congress had mostly favoured to field Muslim candidates from this seat.

For his unabashed statements, he has even fallen out with the BJP in the past and was also expelled from the party for six years. When he was expelled, he had headed the JD(S) state unit as well.

Meanwhile, taking serious note of his statements, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister K.S. Eshwarappa demanded that the party should expel Yatnal without even seeking any explanation from him. “He is known for making such statements,” he said.

BJP’s national general secretary C.T. Ravi stated that the party high command is capable of tackling such issues.

“Yatnal is a senior leader. I have not reached his level. I do not want to speak about him. But one thing is clear that the party high command is watching this development very closely,” he said.

Meanwhile, BJP state unit President Nalin Kumar Kattel took to Twitter to assert that there is no vacancy for CM’s post for the next three years. “Our leader is Yediyurappa and he will be CM for next three years,” he said.

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