Karnataka schools to remain closed till Sept 30 as covid cases rise

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September 22, 2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 22: The Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Department has directed all schools across the southern state not to reopen till September 30 due to the rising number of the coronavirus cases across Karnataka, especially in Bengaluru.

"Though the Centre on August 31 advised the state governments to reopen schools from September 21 under Unlock 4.0 for allowing students of class 9-10 to consult their teachers on lessons, we have directed them to defer it till September 30 in view of the spurt in Covid cases," state secondary education director Krishnaji Karichannavara told IANS in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

In a circular on September 19 to all schools, including state-run and private, the department's principal secretary said he would seek the state health and family welfare department's assessment of the Covid situation across the state for reopening schools and allowing class 9-10 students to meet their teachers from October first week.

Though state education minister S. Suresh Kumar also told reporters at Mysuru on September 18 that schools and pre-university colleges would reopen from September 21 not to resume classes but to consult teachers to clear their doubts in studies, the department postponed it to September 30, as parents and guardians were wary of sending their wards to schools amid the pandemic fears.

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October 27,2020

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Mysuru, Oct 27: Karnataka's Cooperation Minister S T Somashekar on Tuesday had a foot-in-mouth moment as he accidentally called Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa a "villain" while addressing media persons.

However, he quickly apologised for the slip of his tongue and said, “What I meant to say is that those who cause problems to the government are villains. I meant to say that 'the CM is a hero'."

His slip of the tongue was in response to a question by media persons. “Former CM Kumaraswamy says ex-CM Siddaramaiah is a villain. Siddaramaiah says he is not a villain, but a hero. Is Siddaramaiah a hero or a villain?”

To this, he replied, “Neither of them is villain, Yediyurappa is the villain”.

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October 21,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 21: The state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nalin Kumar Kateel on Wednesday accused that several Congress leaders had links with the drug peddlers and contributed for its menace in the state.

Speaking to newsmen, after admitting many of the Congress and the JD(S) leaders into the party fold, the BJP
leader alleged that several Congress leaders were associated with several drug peddlers, when Congress leader Siddaramaiah was the chief minister of the state.

Maintaining that the BJP government in the state had decided to uproot the drug menace in the state he said that
thanks to tough stand taken by the state police, several people associated with the drug trafficking had been
attested.

"The BJP government will not rest until Karnataka is free from drug menace," he said.

Alleging that the Congress party had always tried to divide the society and generate animosity between
people of different religions the state BJP president said that "it was revealed when Siddaramaiah had tried
to divide the Lingayath community".

The previous Congress government had started celebrating Tippu birth ceremony, only to please
the minority community in the state, he said.

The Congress leaders infighting had resulted in the unprecedented riots and arson which took place
in the DG halli and KG Halli riots, the BJP leader said.

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October 26,2020

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Pune, Oct 26: Rahul Umesh Shetty, a local Shivsena leader was shot dead in Maharashtra’s Lonavla today morning. Shetty, who was the former Lonavla unit chief of Shivsena, hailed from coastal Karnataka.

A suspect has been nabbed and further investigation is underway, the police said.

As per the preliminary probe, two persons attacked Rahul (38) near his office at Jaychand chowk in Lonavla around 9.30 am. The assailants opened fire at him from a close distance and also attacked him with a sharp weapon.

Rahul was rushed to a local hospital, but he was pronounced dead by the doctors. Abhinav Deshmukh, superintendent of Pune rural police said three bullets were fired at Rahul Shetty. “We have nabbed one suspect and further investigation is on,” said Deshmukh.

An offence of murder was lodged and an investigation has been initiated into the matter based on CCTV footage.

Meanwhile, in another incident, one Ganesh Naidu was murdered at Hanuman Tekdi in Lonavla on Sunday night. Police said so far they have not found any links between Naidu’s murder and killing of Rahul Shetty.

Earlier this month, local Shivsena leader Deepak Maratkar (32) was brutally murdered following a political dispute in Budhwar Peth area of Pune city on October 2. Pune city police arrested ten persons in this case.

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