Karnataka slashes RT-PCR test rates by Rs 500

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August 15, 2020

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Bengaluru, Aug 15: The Karnataka government on Friday took a significant decision to reduce the RT-PCR test rates by Rs 500.

"The RTPCR testing rate for COVID-19 infected people who are referred from government hospitals to private labs has been reduced from Rs 2,000 to Rs 1,500. If the tests were conducted directly in private labs, the rates charged there would be reduced from Rs 3,000 to Rs 2,500," Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwathnarayan said.

This decision was taken at the COVID task force meeting held here on Friday.

"This rate cut will benefit all classes of patients. In addition, it was decided at the meeting to buy 20 lakh Rapid Anti-Gen kit and 18 lakh RTPCR test kits," the Deputy CM said.

Dr Ashwathnarayan further said: "Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has already warned of an increase in the number of infected people in the capital. 

Thus all precautions are being taken. It has been decided to procure Rs 12 crore worth equipment to start 115 ICU beds in KG General Hospital."

"All kinds of efforts are being made to reduce mortality. Some tests have to be done. If there is any problem to conduct tests in government hospitals those tests can be done in private labs. This test can reduce mortality by treating the stage of the disease. 

In addition, plasma therapy will be expanded throughout the state and arrangements have been made," he added.

Dr Ashwathnarayan further said that more emphasis is being placed on research in immunology.

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January 9,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate two vaccine sites in Karnataka, Minister for Health and Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar informed here on Saturday.

Dr Sudhakar, however, did not reveal the names of the hospitals and the date and time of the inauguration.

Speaking to newsmen here, he said "We have already got the voucher for the Covid vaccine. The PM will be inaugurating 5,000 vaccination sites at a time virtually across the country.

In Karnataka, a total of 235 vaccination sites have been identified, out of which two sites will be inaugurated by the PM. One is a hospital in Bengaluru and another hospital in Hubballi," Sudhakar said.

"A video conference between the PM and the Chief Ministers will be held at 4 pm on Monday and announce the date of vaccination sites," he added.

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January 20,2021

NITI Aayog, Innovation Index, India Innovation Index

New Delhi, Jan 20: Karnataka topped Niti Aayog's Innovation Index for the second year in a row. 

Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu secured the second and the third position. Telangana and Kerala were the other states that made it to the top 5 states in terms of innovation.

The index, released by Aayog's vice chairman Rajiv Kumar and CEO Amitabh Kant, has been developed in the lines of Global Innovation Index.

Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Bihar were ranked at the bottom of the index.

The India Innovation Index 2020, ranks the states and union territories based on their relative performance of supporting innovation, and aims to empower them to improve their innovation policies by highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.

The states and union territories have been divided into 17 'major states', 10 'North-East and hill states', and 9 'city states and Union Territories', for effectively comparing their performance.

Overall, the framework of India Innovation Index 2020, consists of 36 indicators, which include hard data (32 indicators) and four composite indicators

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January 9,2021

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Kasaragod, Jan 9: Kerala State Election Commission (SEC) on Friday asked the district Collector, who is also the returning officer, to submit a report on a complaint by the presiding officer in the recently held local body poll accusing the Uduma MLA of threatening him if he resisted the bogus voting.

The presiding officer Prof K M Sreekumar was on duty at the GLP school in nearby Chekapara-Kizhakkebhagam on December 14 for the LB election.

In his complaint to the SEC few days ago, Prof Sreekumar had alleged that the MLA K Kunhiraman had threatened him that his legs will be chopped off if he dared to question the bogus voting during the election.

Prof Sreekumar, who himself is a leftist and the President of the Peelicode unit of the Teacher's Organisation of Kerala Agricultural University, has also alleged that there were only CPI-M agents at the polling booth.

The CPI-M block panchayat candidate K Manikandan first intervened in identifying the voter and later the MLA, the complainant alleged.

But the MLA threatened me when we prevented same voters who casted their votes returned to cast bogus votes, Prof.Sreekumar alleged in his complaint.

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