Aug 9 | DK, Udupi record 414 fresh covid cases, 6 deaths

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August 9, 2020

Mangaluru/Udupi, Aug 9: The coastal districts of Dakshina and Udupi recorded 414 covid cases in past 24 hours. While DK recorded 132 cases, Udupi reported 282 cases. 

Six patients succumbed to the Covid-19 infection in DK, while Udupi did not report any fatality

The number of active cases in DK has now dropped to 3,305, while Udupi is currently home to 2,697 active cases.

In Udupi, 46% -- 132 -- of the patients who were confirmed infected on Sunday have been found to be primary contacts of previously infected patients, while those with a history of influenza-like-illness (ILI) accounted for 69 cases, said Udupi deputy commissioner G Jagadeesha, adding that the authorities were still tracing the source of the infection in 66 patients. 

Meanwhile, six with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI), as many people who had travelled to Udupi from other parts of the country and three who had travelled to foreign countries added to the coastal district’s tally. 

Jagadeesha further pointed out that 205 of the patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus were asymptomatic. While Udupi taluk, with 152 fresh cases, accounted for more than half of Sunday’s tally, Kundapur (86), Karkala (43) were the other contributors, while one case was also reported from outside the district.

Of the six fatalities in Dakshina Kannada, Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks accounted for two each, while Sullia had one death and the remaining death was reported outside the district, its overall death toll now at 220. Of the 132 fresh cases, 68 had a history of ILI, 21 were primary contacts of previous patients, 11 had a past record of SARI while the source of the infection in 32 is being traced, the DC said.

The overall Covid-19 tally in Dakshina Kannada has now risen to 7,207, of which Mangaluru which accounts for 5,023, with Bantwal trailing, at 689. On Sunday too, Mangaluru accounted for the lion’s share of the Covid-19 cases, with 81 people in the taluk being confirmed infected.

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September 17,2020
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Bengaluru, Sept 17: Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday demanded the inclusion of South Indians in the expert panel to study Indian culture. Expressing his displeasure, he raised several questions over the exclusion of any Kannadigas or South Indians who know the Dravidian culture.

"The Centre has constituted a 16-member expert committee to study Indian culture for the past 12,000 years. It is very unfortunate that the expert committee does not have any Kannadigas or South Indians who know Dravidian culture. The committee does not even have a woman member!" Kumaraswamy tweeted.

He also raised a question on how one could think of studying history and culture of the country without South Indians.

"Is it possible to conduct a fair and unbiased study of Karnataka's culture and heritage without having Kannadiga representatives in the committee? How can we think of studying the history and culture of the entire country by keeping South Indians out?" he tweeted.

In another tweet, he said, "We are the people who compared the country to our mother and the holy cow. How is that the committee to study the culture of a country that worships women do not have place for any woman?"

Kumaraswamy raised doubts over the objectivity of the proposed study while demanding the reconstitution of the study committee.

"There are doubts about the objectiveness of the proposed study as the committee is full of those who appear to be having prejudices over culture, history and heritage besides being fully occupied by north Indians. There is a dire need to reconstitute the study committee," he said in a series of tweets.

On September 14, the Centre had set up an expert committee for conducting a holistic study of the origin and evolution of Indian culture for the past 12,000 years before the present and its interface with other cultures of the world.

The committee comprises sixteen members including the Chairman of the Indian Archeological Society, KN Dikshit, Former Joint Director General of Archeological Survey of India RS Bisht, Representative from the Ministry of Culture, and Representative from Archeological Survey of India.

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September 18,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 18: Rubbishing claims that his son B Y Vijayendra was interfering in the administration, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday alleged that a systematic conspiracy was going on to unnecessarily bring in his name to create confusion.

The Chief Minister said he was in New Delhi to discuss cabinet expansion and issues relating to the development of the state with the Prime Minister and BJP National President, as he rejected speculation about his recent meeting with JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy.

"It is natural that people cannot tolerate those who are growing. Vijayendra in no way at any moment has interfered (in administration). As state Vice President (BJP) he is doing his duty by travelling across the state to strengthen the party," Yediyurappa said in response to a question.

Speaking to reporters after laying the foundation for the reconstruction of Karnataka Bhavan-1 "Cauvery" at a cost of Rs 120 crore in New Delhi, he said, "some people are indulging in a systematic conspiracy to unnecessarily bring his (Vijayendra) name and create confusion."

Leader of the Opposition in the assembly, Siddaramaiah on Thursday had said Vijayendra was the de facto chief minister, accusing him of interfering with the administration. "Vijayendra is the de facto CM, whereas Yediyurappa is the de jure CM," he had said.

Recently, the Congress had taken exception to Vijayendra allegedly holding a meeting with the government medical officers and sought to know who gave him the power for such an interaction though he did not hold any Constitutional position.

There have been allegations of Vijayendra's interference in the administration by the opposition and few within, ever since BJP came to power last year, a charge rejected by Yediyurappa.

Ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister said he will discuss all the issues concerning the development of the state, also cabinet expansion.

"... discussion also has to happen regarding the cabinet expansion, I will bring it to his notice and take clearance and leave for Bengaluru tomorrow," he said, adding that he will be meeting BJP national President J P Nadda in the evening. Cabinet expansion or reshuffle is expected to be a tightrope for the 77-year-old leader, considering too many aspirants.

While several old guards are waiting for a chance to be inducted into the Ministry, those who defected from the Congress and JD(S) like A H Vishwanath, R Shankar and MTB Nagaraj, who are now BJP MLCs, are also aspiring for slots.

The cabinet currently has 28 members and six berths are still vacant. There are also strong speculations about the possible change in leadership in the future, considering Yediyurappa's age. However, it has been rejected by senior party leaders like its state President Nalin Kumar Kateel, Minister R Ashoka among others.

To a query about his recent meeting with JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy, Yediyurappa said there is no room for any speculation.

"... as an opposition party leader he (Kumaraswamy) had come to my home office Krishna to discuss the issues pertaining to constituencies of his party MLAs. No other things have been discussed, there is no need for it also. We have the majority and we will give a stable government in the remaining three years," he added.

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September 16,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 16: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru Police on Wednesday questioned actors Diganth Manchale and Aindrita Ray in connection with a case related to alleged drug abuse in the Kannada film industry.

"Actors Diganth and Aindrita Ray were questioned today, they will be called again later," CCB Joint Commissioner Sandeep Patil told reporters here.

He also informed that an African national identified as Benald Udenna has also been arrested for supplying drugs in the matter.

The CCB had yesterday issued notices to summon actors Manchale and Ray to their office at 11 am on Wednesday.

Earlier, searches were conducted at the house of Aditya Alva - son of former Minister Jeevaraj Alva - in connection with the ongoing investigation in the drug case in Karnataka.

On September 8, Kannada film actor Sanjana Galrani along with her mother were detained by the CCB, Bengaluru for their alleged involvement in a drug case, the police said. The mother-daughter duo was sent to the CCB office situated in the Chamrajpet area of the city for further interrogation.

Before that on September 7, Kannada actor Ragini Dwivedi was also arrested in this case and was produced in court, which sent her to 5-day custody.

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