Kasaragod resumes daily passes for commuters to Mangaluru; weekly rapid antigen test a must

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August 4, 2020

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Mangaluru, Aug 4: The Kasaragod district administration has decided to restore the e-pass system for daily commuters between Kasaragod and Mangaluru amid covid-19 crisis. 

As covid-19 cases began to increase in Dakshina Kannada, the Kasargod district administration had unilaterally newly introduced of daily pass system on July 6 for entry and exit from Talapady border. This had inconvenienced hundreds of employees, who visited Mangaluru daily to eke a living. 

The decision to resume the pass system was taken in a video conference of Kerala Revenue Minister Chandrasekharan with officials and elected representatives on August 3.

The minister said the Kasaragod district administration will resume issuing of passes for daily commuters between Kasaragod and Mangaluru. But they should undergo rapid antigen test for every week to renew their passes.

"Similarly, one-time interstate passes will be issued for those who want to take part in marriages, funeral and other functions in both states. Even they should undergo antigen test after returning from the functions,” the minister added.

As per the previous order, daily commuters, especially employees, had to stay in Mangaluru for 28 days before returning to Kasargod. Later, Kerala government relaxed rules on July 23 allowing only bank employees from Kasaragod to travel daily in their private vehicles to their workplace in Dakshina Kannada.

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September 20,2020
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Bengaluru, Sept 19: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Saturday said that he had a successful visit to Delhi and was sure that he would get the necessary funds for development works of the state.

"I met with the Prime minister and cabinet ministers in Delhi. I brought to his notice the developmental works of state and he assured me that he would look into it. If I were to describe my visit to Delhi in one sentence, I would say - It was a successful visit to Delhi," Yediyurappa told the media on his return to Bengaluru.

He added, "I am sure that we will get a solution to the problems of the state and get funds for developmental works. I also spoke to JP Nadda, the BJP National President about cabinet expansion, and am waiting for their instructions." (ANI)

Earlier on Saturday, the Chief Minister had also met with Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in the national capital to convey all demands and requests of the state.

"The Vice President was in a hurry to go to the session. That's why I met him for 5-6 minutes. But the next time, I'll meet him for half an hour. I have conveyed all demands and requests of the state. Most of the demands have been fulfilled this time," he said.

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September 23,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 23: Health condition of Congress legislator from Bidar, B Narayan Rao, who was admitted to a private hospital in the city with severe coronavirus infection, is stated to be critical, the hospital said on Wednesday.

The 66-year-old legislator representing Basavakalyan constituency was admitted to the hospital on September 1.

Dr Manish Rai, Hospital Director, Manipal Hospitals said, ”Currently, he is in a very critical state with multiorgan failure on multiple supports including a ventilator, Blood pressure supports and Dialysis. A multi-disciplinary team of expert doctors are involved in his treatment and are monitoring the situation closely.”

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September 15,2020

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Abu Dhabi, Sept 15: A Mangaluru-origin youth is part of an international research team that has developed a tool to keep track of the mutations of the Covid-19 virus.

Elston Neil D'Souza, the youngest member of the team led by University of Melbourne associate professor David Ascher, helped create the tool called Covid-3D, which harnesses genomic and protein information about the virus. He was a former resident of Abu Dhabi.

The changing structures of the virus make it challenging for experts to develop drugs and vaccines; so by monitoring these mutations, Covid-3D becomes an important instrument in the fight against the pandemic.

During the research, D'Souza and his team analysed more than 120,000 samples of the novel coronavirus from infected patients globally. D'Souza, with eight others, co-authored the research paper, which has been peer reviewed and published in the scientific journal 'Nature Genetics'.

"With the large amounts of data collected and shared across the world, this pandemic has seen the use of innovative techniques such as genomic sequencing, machine learning and data-sharing. We developed Covid-3D using this vast amount of data," said D'Souza, an alumnus of Adnoc Schools, Ruwais. He has finished his degree in computational biology at the University of Melbourne and he is now doing another course.

"This tool is an open and freely accessible Web resource that can help researchers around the world."

D'Souza graduated from Adnoc Schools in 2016 and he attributes a large part of this success to the quality education he received in the Capital. "I am grateful for the many opportunities to learn and grow when I was a science student at Adnoc Schools. I thank the UAE for showing me the importance of working hard with a diverse group of individuals," the 22-year-old added. His parents are still residing in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.

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