Bantwal: Historical Karinjeshwara temple's wall collapses amidst rains

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October 14, 2020

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Mangaluru, Oct 14: Amidst incessant rains for past few days, the barrier wall of the historical Sri Karinjeshwara Temple at Bantwal taluk has collapsed.

The damage was noticed by the temple staff on the morning of Wednesday, October 14.

The courtyard adjoining the wall was used to feed monkeys after daily prayer to the god.

“The temple is located on a huge rock and has a history of almost four Century. The bottom of the collapsed area is stone and mound hence no damage was done to the temple,” the temple administrator Noonya Naik said on Wednesday.

He further stated that remedial action will be taken after structural review by a specialist.

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October 12,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 12: India generated 18,006 tonnes of Covid-19 biomedical waste in the last four months, with Maharashtra contributing the maximum (3,587 tonnes) to it, according to a Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data.

Around 5,500 tonnes of Covid-19 waste was generated across the country in September - the maximum for a month so far.

According to the data received from state pollution control boards, since June, all states and Union Territories have generated 18,006 tonnes of Covid-19-related biomedical waste which is being collected, treated and disposed of by 198 common biomedical waste treatment facilities (CBWTFs).

Covid-19 biomedical waste could include PPE kits, masks, shoe covers, gloves, human tissues, items contaminated with blood, body fluids like dressings, plaster casts, cotton swabs, beddings contaminated with blood or body fluid, blood bags, needles, syringes etc.

According to the data, Maharashtra generated 3,587 tonnes of Covid-19 waste in four months since June, followed by Tamil Nadu (1,737 tonnes), Gujarat (1,638 tonnes), Kerala (1,516 tonnes), Uttar Pradesh (1,432 tonnes), Delhi (1,400 tonnes), Karnataka (1,380 tonnes) and West Bengal (1,000 tonnes).

Around 5,490 tonnes of such waste was generated in September, with Gujarat contributing the maximum 622 tonnes, followed by Tamil Nadu (543 tonnes), Maharashtra (524 tonnes), Uttar Pradesh (507 tonnes) and Kerala (494 tonnes).

Delhi generated 382 tonnes of Covid-19 bio-medical waste in September, according to the CPCB data.

Around 5,240 tonnes of Covid-19 waste was generated in August, of which 1,359 tonnes was in Maharashtra, and 588 tonnes each in Kerala and Karnataka.

In July, the country generated 4,253 tonnes of Covid-19 waste, with Maharashtra (1,180), Karnataka (540) and Tamil Nadu (401) being the top three contributors.

India generated 3,025 tonnes of Covid-19 waste in June, with Maharashtra alone accounting for 524 tonnes, followed by Gujarat (350 tonnes), Delhi (333 tonnes) and Tamil Nadu (312 tonnes)

The CPCB had in March issued specific guidelines for handling, treatment and disposal of such waste at healthcare facilities, quarantine centres, homes, sample collection centers, laboratories, pollution control boards, urban local bodies and common biomedical waste treatment facilities (CBMWTFs).

The apex pollution body had in May developed the “COVID19BWM” mobile application to monitor coronavirus-related biomedical waste and to compile the data through an electronic manifest system.

This application tracks Covid-19 waste at the time of generation, collection and disposal.

The Supreme Court has made it mandatory for all urban local bodies and state pollution control boards to use the mobile application for tracking biomedical waste daily in a bid to ensure that the waste is collected, transported and sent to the registered CBMWTFs.

The directions came on July 30 on recommendations made in a report by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority.

As on Monday, India's Covid-19 caseload stands at 71.2 lakhs while the death toll is 1.09 lakh.

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October 20,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 20: A letter and parcel addressed to the magistrate of the NDPS court and the city court threatening to carry out attacks if the accused in the drug racket case and “innocent people” arrested in D.J. Halli case were not released is being investigated by the Halasurugate police.

According to the police, the parcel addressed to magistrate Seenappa was found on the court hall-37 premises on Monday. The parcel was kept outside. The staff opened and noticed in it a detonator-like substance and immediately alerted the police.

The police, with the bomb squad, arrived at the spot and recovered the substance.

D.J. Halli case

The letter demanded bail for arrested actors Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani, and also release of innocent people” arrested “in the K.G. Halli and D.J. Halli violence case.

Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police, said a case is being booked and investigation is on to ascertain the source of the letter.

The police are contemplating providing security to the magistrate in the wake of the threat letter. The police suspect that it could be an act of mischief mongers to create fear psychosis. “However, we are taking this very seriously,” a police officer said.

The police are analysing CCTV camera footage and inquiring with the court security and housekeeping staff to ascertain if they had noticed anything suspicious.

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October 20,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 20: Karnataka's Transport Department has made helmets mandatory for all people riding on the two-wheelers and imposed a three-month suspension of driving license for non-compliance.

"As per new directives, helmets are mandatory for all two-wheeler riders who are over four years of age. State govt has imposed a 3-month suspension of driving license along with a penalty in case of violation," said State Department of Transport, Karnataka.

The state transport department has also issued a directive to strictly enforce the old rules for the safety of the riders.

As per the rule, Under the Central Motor Vehicle Act, motorcycle riders must wear a helmet. As per the Karnataka Motor Vehicle Rule, all bikers in the state wearing helmets are mandatory.

This new order comes after the Supreme Court's direction to the state's Road Safety Committee to strictly enforce the mandatory helmet-wearing rule for all persons traveling on two-wheelers in the state.

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