No one should fear, says CM after launching covid vaccination drive in Karnataka

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January 16, 2021

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Bengaluru, Jan 16: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Saturday underlined that one should not have fear or doubt over the vaccine developed by Indian Scientist to fight against Coronavirus pandemic which has claimed precious lives of thousands of people.

The Chief Minister was speaking after vaccinating a driver at Victoria Hospital in the city. Union Minister Pralhad Joshi and Minister for Health and Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar, among others present on the occasion.

He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the drive across the country. In each centre 100 covid warriors will be vaccinated and it will be increased in the coming days.

Mr Yediyurappa said in the country nearly 3 crore Covid warriors have been vaccinated.

He appealed to the people to come forward to get vaccinated without any fear and worry.

Dr Sudhakar, in his address, said the vaccination began at 243 centers across the state after the Prime Minister launched it. Some private hospitals like St. Johns Medical College have also been included in this initiative. Covi-shield will be distributed in 237 centres and Covaxin in 6 centres in Bellary, Shivamogga, Hassan, Chikmagalur, Chamarajanagar and Davangere.

In all 7,17,439 health warriors will be vaccinated in the initial phase and aiming to vaccinate 24,300 people on the first day itself. There are 8,14,500 doses of vaccine available and the initial phase is expected to complete within a week, said the Minister.

As a precautionary measure there will be emergency medical service available at the site of vaccination to meet any side effects, if reported.

The Minister warned against misleading reports in social media and called upon the people not to get carried away and listen to only official handles.

He said that Health warriors, Police staff and poura karmikas have been registered in the first phase.

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February 28,2021

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Bengaluru, Feb 28: KPCC President DK Shivakumar said that BJP leaders have failed to give details of the Rs 20 lakh crore package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the pandemic.

"The government failed to release documents about the distribution of packages with the details of the beneficiaries. People, including beedi workers in Dakshina Kannada, are on the streets fighting against the government," he said.

"The price of petrol and diesel was hiked 10 times in the last few days. When the prices of petrol and diesel are hiked, the price of all essential commodities too goes up," he said.

Further, he accused the BJP-led government of hiking the property tax during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Congress will fight for the demands of the people, he said.

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February 19,2021

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Bengaluru, Feb 20: Bengaluru Municipal Commissioner N. Manjunatha Prasad on Friday warned that if people don't exercise caution and fail to contain the rise of Covid-19 cases, then the Karnataka government has no option but re-enforce a lockdown in the city once again.

His warning came during the meeting of the civic body's doctors, officials, Joint Commissioners and Special Commissioners in the Town Hall to discuss strategies to contain the Covid-19 spread as cases have seen a steady rise in Bengaluru in the last couple of days.

Addressing the meeting, Prasad said that the city is throwing its caution to the wind and the civic body cannot afford to allow this to happen. "We need to strictly enforce social distancing norms as well as compulsory wearing of masks. We can not ignore these two basic requirements to keep this virus at bay," he said.

Even the slightest laxity in implementing these norms could push them to the brink of lockdown in Bengaluru at least, he added.

The Commissioner added that Covid cases are on the rise in neighbouring states like Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and Karnataka shares a border with all of them.

"Already, Maharashtra is mulling a second round of lockdown in select cities. Andhra Pradesh has re-enforced lockdown in Amaravati... we should not reach such a stage. We, therefore, need to pull ourselves up to meet this new challenge," he said.
He cautioned about new strains of virus detected in Brazil and South Africa also. "Though we have experience of tackling the UK strain of virus, we need to be extra careful over these two new variants," he said.

He instructed the civic body's health staff to immediately take immediate steps to send samples of all those who test Covid positive but their CT value crosses 20 per cent to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (Nimhans) for genome sequencing test to know whether anyone has contracted the new variant of virus.

He also pointed out that the civic body cannot allow free mingling of people in apartments. "Of late, apartments are becoming super spreaders of this deadly disease. I have held detailed discussions with over 300 Resident Welfare Associations but health staff need to keep a constant watch on the rise of cases in their zones. We cannot afford to have another round of lockdowns," he said.

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February 27,2021

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Bengaluru, Feb 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed on e-marketing of world-famous Channapatna toys and said a meeting of start-ups of Bengaluru will be convened to explore the possibilities of taking Karnataka’s traditional toys to the corners of World.

Interacting with a group of toy makers of Channapatna in Ramanagara district during the virtual inauguration of ‘India Toy Fair’ in New Delhi this morning, the PM went down the memory lane, remembering his childhood days, after he heard names of a few toys. “By mentioning the names of toys, you are making me to go back to my days as a child playing with certain toys,” he said.

The toy makers told the PM that Channapatna, is popularly known as ‘Gombegala Nagara’ (City of Toys), for manufacturing varieties of toys, which is most sought after worldwide.

These toys have a history of over two centuries and as many as 2,000 artisans are involved in it. While 80 percent of workforce is men, 20 percent are women. The toys are made out of the locally available ‘Hale Mara’ (Soft ivory wood), cut and seasoned before coating with lacquer which is made from vegetable dyes. They will manufacture toys, abacus, dice, spinning tops and other small toys.

Mr Modi sought to know how big the toy cluster in Channapatna was and how many people were working in it. He was explained that over 2,000 artisans were involved and there were two training Centres. The PM was also told that they required the Government’s support for opening new centres as more people were getting into this business.

The toy makers replied in negative when Mr Modi asked whether they know about Bengaluru being called as start-ups capital and IT/BT hub of India with the pool of talents. The PM advised them to bring those professionals to Channapatna Training Centres to seek their help on latest innovation so as to make the Channapatna toys reach length and breadth of the world.

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