New Covid cases outnumber recoveries in Karnataka

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December 5, 2020

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Bengaluru, Dec 5: New cases at 1,247 outnumbered 877 recoveries on a day across Karnataka, taking its Covid tally to a whopping 8,90,360, including 25,046 active cases till Thursday, said the state health bulletin on Friday.

“With 877 discharged from the hospitals across the southern state in the last 24 hours, recoveries rose to 8,53,461, while 13 succumbed to the infection, taking the state’s death toll to 11,834 so far,” said the bulletin in a statement here.

Accounting for about 50 per cent of the cases, Bengaluru registered 620 fresh cases, taking its Covid tally to 3,72,582, including 19,268 active cases, while recoveries rose to 3,49,143, with 282 discharged in the last 24 hours.

The virus claimed eight lives across the city, taking its death toll to 4,170 till date.

Of the 287 patients in the intensive care units (ICUs), 153 are in Bengaluru hospitals, 14 each in Chamarajanagara and Tumakuru, 13 in Hassan and 10 in Kalaburagi.

Out of 98,049 tests conducted on Thursday, 11,305 were through rapid antigen detection and 86,744 through RT-PCR.

“The positivity rate was 1.27 per cent and the case fatality rate 1.04 per cent for the day across the state,” added the bulletin.

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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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January 7,2021

Bengaluru, Jan 7: Karnataka Minority Welfare and Textiles Minister Shrimant Balasaheb Patil on Wednesday said that very shortly the 'Love Jihad Act' will be enacted in the state. 

The Love Jihad Act is the name given by the BJP to a law to prevent conversions of Hindu girls who fall in love with Muslim men. This term was promoted by right wing chauvinists in Mangaluru in 2000 and is considered a bogey propagated by right-wing groups, claiming that men from the Muslim community are marrying women from other religious faiths, particularly Hindu women, and forcing them to convert to Islam.

The statement came as the Supreme Court decided to examine the legality of an ordinance passed by the Uttar Pradesh cabinet on the issue. It may be recalled that Uttar Pradesh had enacted an ordinance against forcible or fraudulent religious conversions, which provides for imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of up to Rs 50,000 under different categories.

Patil on Wednesday told reporters that there is no confusion within the ruling BJP in the state over bringing the Love Jihad Act. "This is a very huge subject involving many aspects. Therefore, various departments are trying to elicit opinions through consultation with experts. At present, the legal department is deliberating about this with experts," he explained.

He also added that the government is also contemplating to introduce scholastic syllabus in Madrasas. "We want to bring reforms in Madrasas. There is a need for those who come out of these schools to directly take admission in ITI courses," he said.

One of the vocal proponents of the Love Jihad Act is Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister KS Eshwarappa, who has been saying that Love Jihad is an international conspiracy, and there is a racket that traps young girls on the pretext of love.

"People should be aware of those exploiting young girls and converting them to their religion. We should systematically remove this racket from our society. Conventions like today will create awareness about this," he had said while demanding the BJP to come out with a stringent law. 

It is important to note that no term called ‘love jihad’ is defined in current Indian laws. During a Parliamentary session in the Lok Sabha in February 2020, Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy had said that no case of ‘love jihad’ has been reported by any of the central agencies. “Article 25 of the Constitution provides the freedom to profess, practice and propagate religion subject to public order, morality and health. Various courts have upheld this view, including the Kerala High Court,” he said in his reply at the session.

Two months ago, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had formally announced that the government would take strong measures to put an end to religious conversion in the name of love and marriage. Since Yediyurappa's formal announcement, credence to enact laws has only grown in proportion. BJP state unit president Nalin Kumar Kateel has been regularly tweeting and demanding that a stringent law against 'Love Jihad' is needed in Karnataka.

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January 6,2021

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Mysore, Jan 6: Karnataka is on high alert to contain the spread of avian influenza as it blocked entry of poultry and other birds from Kerala on Wednesday.

The district administration at the Bodhi check post in the Kote taluk of Mysore-Kerala Border blocked the entry of poultry from Kerala following the bird flu outbreak in the state, informed Mysore District Collector Rohini Sindhuri.
The step comes after avian flu took lives of thousands of ducks in Kerala. Both the state governments -- Kerala and Karnataka -- have been on alert since then.

Several steps have been taken to sanitise the vehicles coming from Kerala to Karnataka to avoid any kind of disease spread. The Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medical Services has increased security at the border check posts.

District Collector Sindhuri directed in a notice that chickens, wild birds, pet birds and migratory birds should be notified with the authorities before transportation and immigration. The Department of Animal Husbandry should immediately be informed if any birds have unnatural symptoms or unnatural deaths. "Officials of the department have been closely monitored and informed about the risk of avian influenza in the laboratory," she added.

The taluk level authorities have been advised to monitor the movement of live poultry and meat transport vehicles and to take appropriate action according to the circumstances.

Earlier, the Kerala government declared bird-flu as a state-specific disaster and issued a high alert after the outbreak of bird flu was confirmed in various parts of Kottayam and Alappuzha districts. Tamil Nadu government has also activated all its check posts to prevent the entry of poultry from Kerala.

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