Havoc in parts Bengaluru; more rain forecast till Oct 23

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October 21, 2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 21: The continuing thundershowers left many roads waterlogged through Tuesday night, even as the weather bureau predicted that the rains would pound the city until Friday.

As per the data from Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), areas in western and southern Bengaluru received between 11 mm and 71.5 mm of rainfall.

Officials in the BBMP control room said there were no complaints of tree fall but waterlogging was reported from Nayandahalli, Kengeri, Agara, Halasuru, Sivananda circle, Mehkri Circle and several other areas. At the Sivananda Circle underpass, BBMP officials had to rush to clear the water that choked up traffic for a long time.

Basavanagudi, Jayanagar, BTM Layout, Koramangala, Sampangi Ramanagar, Rajajinagar, Malleswaram, Manjunath Nagar, Dasarahalli, Hebbal, RT Nagar, Yelahanka and other areas received heavy rains.

While the KSNDMC forecast heavy rainfall in the BBMP area for the next two days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a yellow alert for the city.

A mini-truck got stuck in a manhole on Mysuru Road, leading to a lengthy traffic jam. Police arrived at the spot and restored vehicular movement.

Residents of Mallattahalli whose houses were flooded in the rains two days ago relived the nightmare once again on Tuesday.

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November 18,2020

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New Delhi, Nov 18: After the Diwali weekend and Bhai Dooj celebrations came to an end, India recorded more than 30 per cent jump in new cases of COVID-19 with 38,617 new cases reported in past 24 hours pushing the cumulative the tally to 89,12,907, data from the Union Health Ministry showed on Wednesday.

The toll rose to 1,30,993 with 474 more deaths in one day. The number of active cases stood at 4,46,805.

As many as 83,35,109 people have recovered from the disease so far.

On Tuesday, India reported 29,164 new COVID-19 cases and 449 deaths. The figure of Wednesday is almost 32 per cent more in the single-day spike.

However, the reason could be a rise in the testing as total 9,37,279 samples were tested on Tuesday after a long weekend of testing eight lakh samples on an average, testing data from the Indian Council of Medical Research showed.

The situation of COVID-19 in Delhi-NCR remained grim. The latest surge has left the healthcare system gasping for relief. The hospital, both government and private hospitals have 10 per cent ICU beds with ventilators, which are extremely crucial for patients with severity.

Apart from severe patients, the patients with moderate symptoms are made to wait hours before admission in the hospitals. Besides, non-Covid patients are running from pillar to post just to acquire a single hospital bed in the capital city.

The situation has forced the Delhi government to reconsider imposing restrictions it lifted months ago. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has sent a proposal to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and the Centre to consider allowing only 50 people to attend weddings and imposing lockdown in market areas which may emerge as hotspots.

Besides, the district administration of Gautam Budh Nagar decided to randomly test commuters going to Noida from Delhi for the coronavirus from Wednesday. The decision has come amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the capital.

Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 5.55 crore people and killed 13,36,892, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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November 20,2020
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Bengaluru, Nov 19: Reversing the trend, new Covid cases at 1,849 were more than 1,800 recoveries on a day across Karnataka.

"With 1,849 fresh cases on Wednesday, the state's Covid tally increased to 8,67,780, including 25,169 active cases, while recoveries rose to 8,30,988 with 1,800 discharges in the last 24 hours," said the state health bulletin.

With 26 patients succumbing to the infection, the state's death toll rose to 11,604 till date since the pandemic broke out on March 8.

As the epicentre of the virus, Bengaluru registered 1,048 new cases, taking its tally to 3,60,587, including 17,856, while recoveries rose to 3,38,688, with 881 discharged in the last 24 hours.

The virus claimed 14 lives, increasing the city's death toll to 4,042.

Of the 598 patients in the intensive care units (ICUs) across the state, 297 are in Bengaluru hospitals, 31 in Mysuru and 28 in Tumakuru.

Out of 1,18,474 tests conducted across the southern state on Wednesday, 25,101 were through rapid-antigen detection and 93,373 through RT-PCR method.

"The positivity rate was 1.56 per cent and the case fatality rate 1.42 per cent for the day," added the bulletin.

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November 22,2020

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New Delhi, Nov 23:Petrol price on Monday was hiked by 7 paise per litre and diesel by 18 paise for the fourth straight day as the international oil rates broke a nearly two-month-long hiatus in price revision.

Petrol price in Delhi on Monday was hiked to Rs 81.53 a litre from Rs 81.46 per litre, according to a price notification from oil marketing companies.

Similarly, diesel prices rose to Rs 71.25 a litre in Delhi from a level of Rs 71.07 a litre on Sunday.

State-owned fuel retailers started raising fuel prices from Friday.

In four days, petrol price has gone up by 47 paise and diesel rates have risen by 79 paise per litre.

Petrol prices had been static since September 22, and diesel rates hadn't changed since October 2.

Though retail pricing of petrol and diesel has been deregulated and oil marketing companies were following a daily price revision formula, the same was suspended for almost two months to prevent volatility in international oil markets from impacting fuel prices regularly during the pandemic.

But with crude on the boil again on news of a successful coronavirus vaccine launch soon, the OMCs have finally resorted to price increase again to cover for their under recovery on the sale of two petroleum products.

The benchmark Brent crude has crossed $45 a barrel on Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). It has remained at over $43 a barrel for most part of November.

The OMCs need almost 40 paise per litre increase in retail price of petrol and diesel to cover for $1 increase in crude. Going by this yardstick, product prices would have to be increased by upto Rs 2 per litre to cover under recovery on its sale.

n the incidence of local sales tax or VAT.

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