Minister Somashekar calls Yediyurappa a ‘villain’, then says it was slip of tongue

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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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November 29,2020

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Mangaluru, Nov 29: Condemning the provocative graffiti, Congress leader and Mangaluru City MLA U T Khader has warned of a district-wide protest if the police failed to arrest those responsible behind the act within 15 days.

In two similar incidents reported on November 27 and 29, graffiti in support of Lashkar-e-Taiba and threatening to behead those who insult prophet appeared on the walls of an apartment complex and in court premises in the city, respectively.

Mr Khader said that those behind the graffiti are trying to disrupt peace in the city and hence the police should catch the culprits immediately.

"What is the intelligence department doing? Why are these incidents occurring repeatedly? The people who have scribbled such graffiti should be identified and be deported to other countries,” he said.

"In Dakshina Kannada district, anti-social elements exhibit courage whenever BJP comes to power. The MP and MLAs of the district are answerable for this" he said.

Stating that he would bring the issue to the notice of the chief minister and home minister, he said that the culprits should be identified within a week. “If the culprits are not arrested within 15 days, then we will launch intense protest throughout the district," he warned.

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November 20,2020

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Mysuru, Nov 20: A family that runs a hair-cutting salon here in Hallare village of Nanjanagudu taluk is reportedly being socially-boycotted and asked to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 by the leaders of the village, allegedly for offering haircut to members of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities.

Barber Mallikarjun Shetty, whose family has been "socially boycotted", said that this has happened to his for the third time, adding that he had paid the fine earlier as well.

He alleged that people have been torturing him for offering a haircut to members of the SC-ST community, adding that his family would commit suicide if authorities do not pay heed to the problem and resolve the issue at the earliest.

"It happened to me for the third time. I had paid a fine earlier too. One Channa Naik and others are torturing me for offering a haircut to members of the SC-ST community. If the issue is not resolved, my family will have to commit suicide. I have complained to authority," Shetty said.

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November 24,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 24: The Karnataka government has initiated measures for delivery, distribution and administration of the Covid-19 vaccine whenever it arrives as advised by the Centre, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Tuesday.

The State Task Force on Covid-19 recently met and reviewed preparations made for vaccine storage and delivery, he said.

"The government has identified 29,451 session sites (vaccination sites) and 10,008 vaccinators as per the norms of the Universal Immunization Programme," Dr Sudhakar said in a statement.

The Health Care Workers' data has already been compiled for all the government facilities.

At least 80 per cent of the private health facilities have also shared their data. Compilation of data for the remaining 20 per cent private facilities is likely to be completed in a week, the minister added.

On the storage facilities in the state, the Minister said Karnataka has around 2,855 cold chain points for storage and distribution of vaccines.

"With a view to having a better supply chain network and distribution of vaccines in a timely manner, three new regional vaccine stores Bengaluru Urban, Shivamogga and Ballari have been proposed," Sudhakar pointed out.

He opined that these newly proposed Regional Vaccine Stores will also require additional Walk-in-Coolers and Walk- in-Freezers. The assessment of the Vaccine Stores has been completed, he noted.

The state has 10 Walk-in-Coolers and 4 Walk-in-Freezers. Further, the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India is going to supply three Walk-in-Coolers and two Walk-in-Freezers for which necessary civil works are being initiated.

"In order to have an exact assessment of the cold storage capacity required for Covid-19 vaccine programme, the number of doses in each vial, the volume of a vial, need to be assessed," Sudhakar said. On dry storage facility, Sudhakar said the state needs to have dry storage space assessment for the vaccine programme.

He explained that the Government of India has already allocated certain deep freezers and ice lined refrigerators as per the Universal Immunization Programme norms.

Regarding the usage of animal husbandry department's facilities, the minister said in order to have adequate capacity, the cold storage facilities of the Animal Husbandry Department are also being compiled.

Further, the spare cold storage facilities available with private hospitals especially the chain hospital is also being assessed, he added.

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