Dakshina Kannada re-imposes Kerala border restrictions; except 4 all entry points closed

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February 21, 2021

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Mangaluru, Feb 21: Amidst fresh spike in covid cases in Kerala, Dakshina Kannada district administration has re-imposed inter-state border restrictions. 

K V Rajendra, deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada has issued an order closing all interstate borders, except four major entry points at Talapady in Mangaluru taluk, Saradka in Bantwal taluk, Nettanige-Mudnuru in Puttur taluk and Jalsoor in Sullia taluk.

Passengers from Kerala will have to enter Karnataka and return via four check posts while all other entry points will be remaining closed from February 22, said Dr Rajendra, who is also the chairman of Dakshina Kannada District Disaster Management Authority.

Health department will deploy teams in all the four check posts to screen passengers entering the district. All passengers entering the district should compulsorily obtain a Covid-19 negative certificate obtained 72 hours prior to their journey. They will be allowed to enter only after showing the Covid-19 negative reports.

Meanwhile, details of all passengers from Kerala will be entered and the same will be sent to the tahsildars, taluk panchayat executive officers and health officials of the respective taluks. Tahsildars of the respective areas will make arrangements while police teams also will be deployed, the DC said.

Those who are arriving in buses should also compulsorily show Covid-19 negative certificates. A separate data of daily commuters from Kerala including students and those working in various firms will be collected. They will have to produce Covid-19 negative certificates and also undergo tests once in 15 days, he added.

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February 25,2021

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Mangaluru, Feb 24: The Karnataka government has identified Mangaluru as a prominent technology cluster in its effort to expand the information technology industry as per 'Beyond Bengaluru' policy, said Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwathnarayan on Wednesday.

Ashwathnarayan during his inaugural speech at Mangaluru Innovation Conclave said, "Mangaluru has been identified as the emerging technology cluster which includes the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, and Kodagu and this process will be accelerated with appropriate measures."

"Mangaluru will also emerge as the startup hub apart from becoming an IT hub and the government is taking required measures towards that end. Mangaluru has also been considered as a prominent cluster with regard to ESDM (electronic system and design management) and this is a prominent zone in the 'Beyond Bengaluru' region," he said.

To promote the growth of innovation and technology in areas 'Beyond Bengaluru', the Karnataka government has constituted the Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM) to promote digital industry growth, attract investments and promote the technology industry across our state.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that the body would work alongside the state government and would help in increasing the contribution of the digital economy in the state to 30 percent of state's GSDP and generate additional employment of around 30 lakhs in the next 5 years. "We are also targeting revenue of USD150 billion in IT exports in Karnataka in the next five years."

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February 24,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 24: Resolving confusion over the reopening of schools following the government’s order, many schools affiliated to CBSE and ICSE boards have decided to continue with only online classes for this academic year and not to open off-line classes.

The management representatives of the private unaided schools said they hardly have a month in the current academic year and inviting students to off-line classes in schools at this hour will not yield any results, according to a statement issued here on Tuesday.

The managements said all their students, parents are comfortable with the existing model of online classes and it is working well for now.

Nooraine Fazal, co-founder and CEO of Inventure Academy, Bengaluru, said, “we have decided not to conduct offline classes up to grade 8 for this current academic year, considering that we have been doing well with the online set-up.”

Some schools affiliated with the CBSE board have already concluded the academic year up to grade 9 and announced the calendar of events for the next academic year.

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February 16,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 16: Following the detection of four cases of new Covid virus strains, the state government has made it mandatory for passengers arriving to Karnataka from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa to produce RT-PCR negative certificate to board the flight and additionally undergo an RT-PCR test at Bengaluru Airport.

Even if they test negative, they shall undergo home quarantine for 14 days and follow-up RT-PCR test shall be conducted on the seventh day.  An order to this effect was issued by Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Jawaid Akhtar here on Tuesday. 

The measure was taken after the Union health ministry on Tuesday said four cases of South Africa variants and one case of the Brazilian variant have been found in India. The four SA strains were found in individuals who returned from Angola, Tanzania and South Africa.

Those who test positive shall undergo institutional quarantine for 14 days and positive samples shall be sent to Nimhans for genomic sequencing. They shall be discharged after consecutive two samples are negative through RTPCR, done 24 hours apart. 

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