Karnataka | Fine for not wearing face mask reduced to Rs 250 in urban areas, Rs 100 in rural areas

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October 7, 2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 7: The government of Karnataka today decided to slash fine amount for not wearing a face mask in public to Rs 250 from Rs 1,000 in urban areas and Rs 100 from Rs 500 in rural areas.

The decision to slash the fine amount for not wearing face masks was taken “in the backdrop of public opposition and experts’ opinions,” said chief minister B S Yediyurappa said in a statement.

The new fines will come into effect immediately.

About a week ago, the state government decided to impose Rs 1,000 fine in urban areas and Rs 500 in rural areas on citizens who are found in public places without wearing a face mask. The move was aimed at containing Covid-19 with cases rising.

Marshalls in Bengaluru and other designated enforcement officials have been penalizing citizens. Several cases of citizens refusing to pay the fine citing it is “too much” have been reported.

“Ever since Covid-19 was first reported in Karnataka, the government is doing everything possible to contain it. Since there is no vaccine, it is inevitable to make mandatory wearing of face masks, using hand sanitizer and maintaining social distance,” Yediyurappa said.

“As Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, the government is making all efforts to balance life and livelihood. I request citizens to voluntarily wear masks, use hand sanitizer and keep social distance and cooperate with the government,” Yediyurappa said.

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November 28,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 28: In view of the increase in power tariff by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission, apartments in Bengaluru are opting for solar panels to save both money and the environment.

This comes after the state government earlier this month had announced an over 5 per cent surge in power tariff.

"It really helps us because they are raising electricity bills. After doing a detailed analysis of this plan we formed a subcommittee within our apartment. It makes more sense now when the electricity price is going up," said Vishnu, Bangalore Apartments' Federation Secretary for Whitefield 1 and 2 clusters.

Harsha, an apartment resident of Trifecta starlight said the aim of installing solar panels is to give back to the environment.

"The main reason for installing the solar panels is that we wanted to do something for the environment. We wanted to produce something and give back to the environment. The second aspect is that we wanted to keep our costs low," said Harsha, a resident of Trifecta starlight apartment, where the solar panels have been installed at the terrace.

Earlier this month, the state electricity regulatory commission had announced a hike in the power tariff by 40 paise per unit.

According to the order, there has been a 40 paise increase per unit with an average increase of 5.4 per cent.

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November 28,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 28: Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa’s relative and personal assistant N.R. Santhosh allegedly attempts to commit suicide on Friday evening.

Santhosh, 32-year-old and resident of Dollar’s Colony Bengaluru.

Speaking to reporters, the Chief Minister said, “Doctors stated that he is responding to the medications. He is still not out of danger completely. We are hoping for the best.”

A senior staff member of the CM office said on the condition of anonymity that Santhosh was upset over family issues and reportedly swallowed about a dozen sleeping pills with an intention of committing suicide. “Reason for this action was clearly not yet known and the police are yet to register the case,” the officer added.

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November 18,2020

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Mangaluru, Nov 18: The Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board has given administrative approval of Rs 280 crore for providing and laying water distribution feeder mains to 25 villages of Mangaluru city constituency from 72 MLD capacity water treatment plant at Kairangala.

Congress MLA U T Khader, who represents Mangaluru city constituency told media persons that first phase comprehensive drinking water project has been halfway through. It is expected to be completed by October 2021.

“The project is expected to meet the demand of water for 30 years. It will also meet demand of water of four villages in Bantwal taluk, 21 villages of Mangaluru taluk – all under the limits of Mangaluru city constituency,” he said.

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