Udupi: Live-in partner arrested in Rakshita death case; autopsy report awaited

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October 26, 2020

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Udupi, Oct 26: A married man, who had disappeared after getting a critically ill girl admitted to a private hospital, has been arrested by the police after she breathed her lost without responding to any treatment.

The police took more than a day to trace Prashant Kundar, who reportedly had a live-in relationship with the deceased girl, identified as Rakshita.

Rakshita’s condition was critical when Prashant took her to hospital on October 24. She breathed her last after sometime. Prashant had disappeared when doctors pronounced her dead.

Following this, Rakshita’s parents had lodged a complaint with local police suspecting foul play in Rakshita’s death. It is learnt that Rakshita was drunk when she was taken to hospital.

According to sources, Prashant and Rakshita were living in a rented house in Udupi’s Ambagilu. However, Prashant was already married to another woman. It is learnt that after coming to know about Prashant’s relationship with Rakshita, his wife had threatened her over phone.

Police have registered a case and launched an investigation. The reason for girl’s death will be known only after the submission of autopsy report, said a police officer.

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November 18,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 18: BJP candidate K Narayan on Wednesday filed his nomination papers for the December 1 by-election to the Rajya Sabha seat.

The seat fell vacant following the demise of Ashok Gasti who died after contracting COVID-19.

Narayan, a Mangaluru-based businessman, was accompanied by BJP State President Nalin Kumar Kateel, Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development K S Eshwarappa, Minister for Horticulture Narayna Gowda, among others.

Narayan belongs to the Devanga community and he has been a party worker for the last five decades.

Wednesday is the last day for filing nominations. With no other candidate in the fray, Narayan is expected to be elected unopposed. Congress is not fielding candidates due to lack of numbers required.

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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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November 24,2020

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Mangaluru, Nov 24: Union Minister for Education Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Tuesday said that National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 was an Indian-centric policy that aimed to give priority to knowledge, research, science and technology and innovation. Delivering the 18th Convocation of NITK-Surathkal virtually, he said that it was an inclusive policy that would help in nation-building. Advocating mother tongue and regional languages was aimed at strengthening Indian languages.

“People who argue that if we do not learn English we cannot progress at the international level, need to look at countries like Japan, Germany, France, who all provide education in their languages,” he stressed.

The NEP 2020 will help India to regain the title of ‘Vishwa Guru’ and help in reviving the glory of ancient Takshashila and Nalanda Universities in spreading knowledge, science and ancient traditions among students. India which was lacking in research and innovation in the past will get a boost through setting up of National Research Foundation, he and urged the graduating students to face challenges in life and contribute to the country’s progress.'give 'guru dakshina’ to teachers by serving the nation.Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence (R and D) and Chairman of DRDO said for the success of Atmanirbhar Bharat, India needs to concentrate on advanced technology and futuristic technologies.

“We should become technology leaders rather than technology followers and become self-reliant in advanced technology ahead of the world.”

He urged institutes to concentrate on basic and applied research. During the initial days of Covid-19 pandemic, the country was not manufacturing ventilators and PPE kits. Within four months, India with advanced technology could have its ventilators and PPE kits. DRDO had investedRs 1,000 crore in institutions to research futuristic technologies, he added.

NITK Director Prof Umamaheshwar Rao said that under DRDO-Academia Programme, 10 research scholars will work in DRDO labs on live problems of interest to DRDO.

Four faculty members from the NITK have found a place in top 2 per cent of researchers in the world as per a survey carried out by a team of scientists from Stanford, five patents have been awarded to our faculty members in 2020.Degrees were awarded to 1,549 students of BTech, MTech, MTech (Research), MCA, MBA, MSc and PhD programme who graduated during the academic year 2019-20. Thirty-eight students were awarded Endowment Gold Medals.

The Minister also laid the foundation for a foot-over-bridge to connect the campus of NITK on either side of National Highway.

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