1-year-old boy, 25-yr-old mom crushed to death by govt bus in Uppinangady

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October 12, 2021

Uppinangady, Oct 12: A mother and child were run over by a reckless bus belonging to Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation near the bust stand in Uppinangady today morning.

25-year-old Shahida, a resident of Shirvalu, was crossing the road along with her 1-year-old son Shaheen when the tragedy took place. 

Shahida was about to board a Puttur-bound bus after spending a few days in her parental house at Gerukatte. 

According to eye-witnesses, the carelessness on part of the bus driver was responsible for the tragedy. 

The accident triggered a flash protest by the local residents who deplored the “inhuman competition among buses that endangers the human lives”.

The local police have taken the bus driver in to custody.  

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October 14,2021

Mangaluru, Oct 14: The police have arrested the Dakshina Kannada district manager of Karnataka Minority Development Corporation on charge of sexually harassing a female colleague.

The accused is M Farooq 47. A 19-year-old female staff, who was working with the accused, had lodged complaint against him with the Pandeshwar women’s police station.

The complainant claimed that the accused used to harass her and ask her to send her nude photos on WhatsApp. She also claimed that he molested her recently. Subsequently the girl quit the job and approached police. 

The accused is booked under IPC 354a, 364d and 506. 

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October 18,2021

Bengaluru, Oct 18: The government of Karnataka has decided to ease some Covid-19 requirements at airports. 

In an order issued by Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar, it is stated that SPO2 routine checks (except in cases of fever, cough, cold, difficulty in breathing and so on) would be discontinued.

The government has also decided to “discontinue RT-PCR test report checking on arrival, except for those from selected countries notified by the Government of India, to be conducted at the airport”.

“Instead, there will be mandatory uploading of the RT-PCR report in the Air Suvidha portal by the passenger and checking of the same by the concerned airlines before the boarding of the passenger,” the order states, adding that automated thermal cameras should be used to reorganise the monitoring of passengers. 

The relaxations have been ordered based on recommendations of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) “after considering consistent decline in the number of daily Covid-19 cases, test positivity rate and overall decline in active cases,” the order states. 

Swimming pools

The government also permitted swimming pools to reopen at 50 per cent capacity in each batch for only asymptomatic people. 

Swimming pools have been closed for everyone except for athletes to train. 

The government stated that swimming pools can open at 50 per cent capacity of each batch “with a display of the number allowable at entrance”. Only fully vaccinated persons will be allowed.

All persons should be screened for fever and respiratory symptoms and “only asymptomatics shall be allowed”, the order states. 

“After every batch, the restrooms, walkways and other common areas used by the swimmers shall be disinfected using 1 per cent sodium hypochlorite solution,” the government said. 

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October 26,2021

Bengaluru, Oct 26: Karnataka is mulling issuing fresh Covid-19 guidelines after the detection of AY.4.2 variants in Karnataka.

State Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Sudhakar K will meet the Technical Advisory Committee on Tuesday (October 26) and consult CM Bommai on the same.

Around 20 samples of a variant of the SARS-CoV-2 called ‘AY.4.2’ have been identified from India, with the earliest sample having been collected in May this year.

AY.4.2 is a sub-lineage of the Delta variant of the Covid-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus. Delta continues to be the most dominant variant circulating in India. 

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