Air India Mangaluru-Bengaluru flights resume on Oct 26

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October 24, 2020

Mangaluru, Oct 24: Air India has announced resumption of flights between Mangaluru and Bengaluru starting October 26. 

Flight AI 575 will depart from Bengaluru at 4pm and reach Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) at 5.20pm. Flight AI 576 will depart MIA at 6pm and reach Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru at 7.20pm. 

The flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Fares start at Rs 2,342, a communique from the airline stated.

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November 23,2020

Bengaluru, Nov 23: The COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee has recommended the Karnataka government against reopening schools in the state till December.

However, the State government is yet to take a call on this matter.

The schools in the State have remained shut since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Committee headed by M.K. Sudarshan met on Sunday and concluded that it was not advisable to reopen schools in the State before the number of COVID-19 cases were brought under control. Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa has scheduled a meeting with Primary and Secondary Education Minister S. Suresh Kumar and department officials on Monday.

The department of Primary and Secondary Education is likely to bat for reopening of schools particularly for students of classes X (Ten) and XII (Twelve) soon. While most private schools have begun online classes, learning for students belonging to government and aided schools has taken a hit during the pandemic.

The Covid-19 Technical Committee of the Health and Family Welfare Department has reportedly recommended the state government against the reopening of schools till next month citing a possible surge in the cases due to extreme winter conditions.

However, the committee expressed that the government may consider reopening schools towards the end of December by yet again holding a consultation meeting with all the stakeholders and reviewing the Covid-19 surge across Karnataka.

Even though the committee members expressed satisfaction over Covid-19 works taken up by the state government with increased testing and facilities at the hospitals, experts pointed at the sudden surge in the Covid-19 cases in New Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat and other states. Some of the members stated that the infection may gain momentum during the winter along with other respiratory ailments.

They had even recalled the findings of a survey that was carried out in September revealing a possible surge in Covid-19 cases in some of the districts. The committee keeping in mind all these factors collectively resolved to recommend the state government against the reopening of schools in December.

The State government had started the Vidyagama programme where teachers would visit neighbourhoods of students from government schools and conduct classes. This programme too was stopped in October after it was reported that students who had attended these classes had contracted the virus.

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November 21,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 21: After meeting party MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy on Saturday, Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar said that he has listened to Murthy's plea regarding the Bengaluru riot case, saying that he will forward it to the disciplinary committee.

"I have listened to the request of MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy and forwarded it to the party disciplinary committee. The disciplinary committee will take appropriate action," KPCC president DK Shivakumar told reporters after talks with Murthy, who visited his residence in Sadashivanagar.

This comes after Srinivas Murthy reiterated his demand that his party should expel former Congress Mayor R Sampath Raj and Congress corporator Abdul Rakeeb Zakir, who are named in the Bengaluru riot case.
"MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy, who met me today, has appealed to me. I listened to his plea... Our legislators have also cast doubt on Sampath Raj. He has also issued a letter exposing him. I will deliver the letter to the party disciplinary committee," Shivakumar said.

Answering queries about Sampath Raj, who was arrested in the Bengaluru riot case, he said, "An investigation into the DG village and KG village riots is still underway. Sampath Raj's allegation is yet to be proved. All this has to be decided in court. If someone makes a statement tomorrow, can I take action based on that? Reposted that."

Further talking about the riot case, he said, "Police officers, BJP leaders and the government are working under pressure. So we know who made the statement. There is a disciplinary committee at our party. The disciplinary committee will take a closer look at the issue."

Violence had broken out in parts of Bengaluru on August 11 over an alleged "derogatory" social media post. At least three people lost their lives, while nearly 60 police personnel were injured in the incident. The police arrested around 415 accused in connection with the violence.

An FIR was registered on the complaint of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy at DJ Halli Police station three days after the violence broke out in parts of Bengaluru over an alleged "derogatory" social media post by his nephew, the police said.

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November 19,2020
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Bengaluru, Nov 19: The Karnataka government said on Thursday it is aiming to mould the state into a $300 billion digital economy in the next five years.

It is also targeting to garner 50 per cent market share of India's bio-economy (biotechnology-economy) by 2025.

"One of the key goals of the State is to achieve 50 per cent market share of the national bio-economy target of 100 billion US dollars by the year 2025 and necessary steps have already been taken," Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said at Bengaluru Tech Summit.

Deputy Chief Minister and the Minister for IT, BT and S&T, C N Ashwath Narayan said, "we will mould Karnataka from the present 52 billion dollar digital economy into a 300 billion dollar digital economy in the next five years."

This would be a strong contribution to the one trillion USD dollar digital economy target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Narayan said.

To realise the goal, the State government has instituted the Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDM).

This is a technology mission to further accelerate and promote the growth of the State's digital economy, the Minister said.

"KDM will use the 'Invest India' model to build global linkages for promoting Karnataka's tech industry and enhancing the states brand equity," he said.

"With this initiative, we are targeting revenue of $150 billion in IT exports alone in the next five years," Narayan told the Summit, the State's flagship technology event.

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