Colleges may close again if covid cases surge: Minister

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November 22, 2020

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Dharwad, Nov 22: Karnataka Minister Medical Education and incharge of Corona Dr K Sudhakar on Sunday said that Colleges reopened in the State may have to be closed if there is an increase in the number of Corona cases.

Speaking to newsmen here on Saturday night, he said the students have more immunity then the aged people, hence the virus may not be affect them quickly, hence the government had decided to reopen the colleges for final year Degree students and government has responsibility of the future of the students, hence the colleges have been opening on the phased manners

According to information so far 120 students tested positive after reopening of Colleges, if more cases are found, there is no option left but to close the colleges again.

Pointing out that in Ahmedabad lockdown was announced from Saturday again. People should not believe that the covid-19 has gone , it was not correct , everyone should be taking more precautionary measures.

Stating that people of Uttara Kannada have benefitted from Hubballi KIMS hospital and government planning to upgrade the hospital soon, he added.

Replying to a question on the possibility of a second wave of the covid-19, he said that usually as per the covid-19 people who have been infected will not affect again upto nearly two months. If people cooperate with the government to follow the covid-19 regulations properly there will not be any fear of a second wave of virus, he added.

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January 19,2021

Mangaluru, Jan 19: Democratic Youth Federation of India’s Karnataka state president Muneer Katipalla and Dakshina Kannada District Youth Congress President Mithun Rai have flayed the decision to shift RAF battalion base camp from Mangaluru to Bhadravathi in Shivamogga district.

The Union government had sanctioned RAF camp to Jaipur (Rajasthan), Mangaluru (Karnataka), Hajipur (Bihar), and Nuh (Haryana) and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. 

“The sudden shifting of the base camp is an injustice to Dakshina Kannada district," Rai told media persons and sought to know why MLAs and MP from Dakshina Kannada have not protested against the move. "Is Shivamogga MP more influential than Dakshina Kannada MP?" he asked.

He said the RAF Inspector General, along with other officials, had inspected the land in Badaga Ekkar and had held meetings with district administration in 2016. The RAF is required for a communally sensitive district like Dakshina Kannada, which has best transportation facility and connectivity to all neighbouring states, he added.

DYFI State President Muneer Katipalla said the MP should apologise to the people of the district owning moral responsibility and give an explanation for the shifting of the campus. "If the battalion is set up here, it would have helped in checking violence," he felt.

Katipalla said the government had earmarked land for RAF battalion base camp at Badaga Ekkaru in the past and measures were initiated to identify additional land for the campus. "All of a sudden, without any discussion, the batallion campus was shifted to Bhadravathi," he fumed.

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January 6,2021

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Bengaluru, Jan 6: Varalakshmi Gundu Rao, wife of former Karnataka Chief Minister R Gundu Rao and mother of former KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao passed away on Tuesday night.

She was 72 and survived by three sons including Mr Dinsh Gundu Rao.

Family sources said that she was suffering from Covid-19 related illness.

She entered politics in 1996 after her husband’s death and contested elections for Bengaluru South Lok Sabha seat and surprised all by defeating BJP's then stalwart late H N Ananth Kumar.

Ministers Sriramulu, S Suresh Kumar, among others, have condoled the death of Varalakshmi Gundu Rao.

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January 15,2021

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Dharwad, Jan 15: At least 11 people, mostly women, were killed after a minibus in which they were travelling met with an accident in Dharwad district of Karnataka on Friday morning.

A group of 16 women from Davangere, who were members of the Ladies Club, were travelling to Goa for a vacation, when the incident occurred. 

The Dharwad Rural Police said that the women had decided to visit the residence of their friend in Dharwad for breakfast and had decided to take a detour. 

The minibus was crossing the Hubbali-Dharwad bypass, when it collided into the tipper truck which was coming from opposite direction as there was not enough room on the road to maneuver, Dharwad Sub-urban Police Inspector Yaligar said. 

Among the deceased include Preethi Ravikumar, the daughter-in-law of a former BJP MLA from Davangere’s Jagalur, Guru Siddanagouda. The other victims are Asha, Meerabai, Paranjyoti, Rajeshwari, Shakuntala, Usha, Veda, Veena, Manjula, Nirmala, Rajaneesh and Swati.

The injured were shifted to KIMS Hospital and several of them were said to be critical.

The 32-km Hubballi-Dharwad bypass is a single lane located along NH 48 between Bengaluru and Pune. Inspector Yaligar said that the residents of Dharwad had been complaining of the bypass being dangerous as the stretch is narrow and that it was not being used as a one-way. 

He said that the road widening work had been delayed for the last few months due to differences between the contractors and the government. “An accident case has been registered. We are still investigating the case,” he added. 

Superintendent of Police Krishna Kant supervised the rescue and relief operation. Police have also registered a case at Dharwad rural police station.

In a tweet, PM Narendra Modi said he is saddened by the loss of lives in the road mishap.

"Saddened by the loss of lives due to a road accident in Karnataka's Dharwad district. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray for a quick recovery of those injured," PM Modi tweeted.

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