No more lockdown in Karnataka, clarifies minister

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September 24, 2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 24: In a strong bid to scotch the rumour about the imposition of lockdown again, Karnataka Medical Education Minister, Dr. K. Sudhakar on Thursday said there was no proposal before the state government to reimpose lockdown.

Speaking to reporters here, Sudhakar clarified that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did suggest imposing the lockdown, but it was not mandatory for anyone of the states which participated in Wednesday’s interaction with him. “It was more of a suggestion from his side rather than a direction. Moreover, I do not see any reason to implement it in Karnataka,” he explained.

Quoting Prime Minister Modi, Sudhakar asserted that the state governments need to focus more on the micro-containment zones. “It was a fruitful discussion. Let none should misinterpret or misguide people in the state or elsewhere. There will be no seal down also,” he retorted in response to a question.

While Tourism Minister, C.T. Ravi asserted that the state government was in favour of increasing awareness about Covid-19 and there was no talk on lockdown within the government. “What needs to be done is people should strictly follow safety protocols, if at all we want to fight this dreaded virus. There will be no lockdown in Bengaluru or elsewhere in the state,” he claimed.

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October 27,2020

Bengaluru, Oct 26: Karnataka government and State Wakf Board have issued guidelines for celebrations of Eid Milad across the State in the backdrop of Covid pandemic.

A Wakf Board official Razia Sultana, said in the wake of the Eid Milad festival on October 30, the government has decided to strictly enforce the covid-19 protocol following rapid spread of infection in the State. The Muslim community should celebrate the Eid Milad festival in accordance with the directives of the state government and the guidelines of the Karnataka State Waqf Board.

In the wake of the outbreak of the epidemic, all the mosques and Wakf institutions of the Bangalore city and district have been compelled to adhere to the government guidelines.

It is strictly forbidden that any kind of mass procession, which is to be held at this time of the Eid Milad festival throughout the state, is held in one of the open spaces.

Day and night discourse / cultural gatherings of any kind in Mohallas are strictly prohibited.

Maintaining physical distance in mosques, dargahs through adequate precautions with social distance and covid-19 etiquette. The use of a loudspeaker digital sound system in public areas is prohibited. Masks are mandatory for everyone. Senior citizens over the age of 60 and children under the age of 10 celebrated the feast at home.

Proper arrangement of hand washing with sanitizer and soap at the entrances is mandatory for all to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.

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October 27,2020

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Mysuru, Oct 27: Karnataka's Cooperation Minister S T Somashekar on Tuesday had a foot-in-mouth moment as he accidentally called Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa a "villain" while addressing media persons.

However, he quickly apologised for the slip of his tongue and said, “What I meant to say is that those who cause problems to the government are villains. I meant to say that 'the CM is a hero'."

His slip of the tongue was in response to a question by media persons. “Former CM Kumaraswamy says ex-CM Siddaramaiah is a villain. Siddaramaiah says he is not a villain, but a hero. Is Siddaramaiah a hero or a villain?”

To this, he replied, “Neither of them is villain, Yediyurappa is the villain”.

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October 18,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 18: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) has told the Karnataka High Court that they have certain materials in support of registering an FIR against Aditya Alva, son of former minister late Jeevaraj Alva, in the drugs case. It has filed the statement of objections in response to Alva’s plea seeking to quash the FIR registered against him.

The CCB has stated that they have seized narcotic tablets and some quantity of ganja from Alva’s residence in Hebbal during the raid. Alva was also arranging parties and one of the persons circulating drugs which has come in the evidence of other accused, it said. The offences alleged against him are cognizable in nature, it said.

Justice Suraj Govindaraj, who heard the matter on Friday, adjourned the hearing to November 13.

In his petition, Alva challenged the FIR registered by the Cottonpet Police on September 4 under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and IPC. He claimed the complaint registered against him does not mention the commission of any cognizable offence said to have been committed by him.

Alva, who holds Masters Degree in International Diplomacy and International Law from the SOAS College, London, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics from the University of San Francisco, claimed that he was a realtor. He also stated that he hails from a respectable family of politicians who made significant contributions to the state.

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