A normal Sunday in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi after withdrawal of lockdown

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August 2,2020

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Mangaluru/Udupi, Aug 2: The twin coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi witnessed sporadic movement of vehicles and relatively less commercial activities today in spite of the withdrawal of ‘Sunday lockdown’ by the state government. 

After the central government announced guidelines under Unlock 3.0, the Karnataka government has removed the complete lockdown concept on Sundays and done away with the night curfews too. So from today (August 2), there will be no lockdown on Sundays.

KSRTC operated its buses as usually. However, compared to other days, today the number of private and city buses on the roads in Dakshina Kannada was limited. 

In Udupi, city buses remained off the roads as the number of passengers was less. However, KSRTC and NARM buses were seen transporting passengers.

In containment zones ban on movement of people will continue till August 31 in Udupi. The Santhekatte market used to function on Saturdays, as there was Sunday lockdown on earlier Sundays. Now the market will be open on Sundays only.

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Karnataka govt mulling ban on PFI and SDPI: Home Minister

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August 13,2020

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Udupi, Aug 13: The government of Karnataka is now seriously considering banning organisations like the Popular Front of India and its political arm, Socialist Democratic Party of India, according to Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Speaking to media persons in Udupi, he said that the PFI and SPDI had involved in several anti-social activities and attacks in different parts of Karnataka. “These two outfits are blamed for violence in Mangaluru during anti-CAA protests and stabbing Congress MLA Tanveer Sait last year. In Bengaluru violence case too, many leaders and activists of SDPI have been arrested,” he said.

“There are provisions under the law where one is allowed to ban those who indulge in subversive or anti-national activities. We will explore that,”he said.

Justifying the police firing which claimed three lives and injured many, the home minister said, “police opened fire to control the violence. No one responsible for the violence will be spared. The mob torched scooters and motorcycles parked in the basement of DJ Halli police station.”

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5 including child burnt alive, 30 injured as bus catches fire in Karnataka

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August 12,2020

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Chitradurga, Aug 12: At least five people were burnt alive and over 30 passengers were injured when a moving bus caught fire on National Highway-4 at Kasturi Rangappanahalli Gate in Hiriyur taluk, Chitradurga district of Karnataka today. 

The dead were identified as Sheela (33), Sparsha (8), Samrudha (5), Kavitha (29) and Nischitha (3). According to police, all victims were moving from Vijayapura to Bengaluru and the bus caught fire at 3: 45 AM. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

The mishap occurred when a private bus was running from Vijayapura to Bengaluru. Preliminary reports said that bus was carrying over 35 passengers. The injured were sent to government hospitals in Hiriyur and Chitradurga.

This is the third incident of a bus catching fire in Hiriyur taluk limits. The bus ferrying passengers regularly from Vijayapura set its journey at 9 PM and was supposed to reach Bengaluru at 6: 30 AM having 32 passengers on board. A passenger who survived the accident said that except for a small break at 11 PM, the bus was moving non-stop.

As the fire started near the engine, the driver of the bus along with the cleaner stopped the bus and jumped out. Basavaraj Kodihal a BMTC staff who was travelling back to Bengaluru for joining duty post-COVID-19 said that the thirst which occurred helped him to save a life.

Police have rushed to the spot and clearing the jam occurred after tragedy on the highway. This is the third incident of a bus catching fire in Hiriyur taluk limits.

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Commissioner issues apology after BBMP seals doors of 2 flats with metal sheets over covid

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July 24,2020

Bengaluru, Jul 24: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) commissioner on Thursday issued a public apology after "local staff" sealed the doors of two apartments with metal sheets in a building where a positive case of COVID-19 was reported in Dommalur.

Earlier on Thursday, BBMP sealed doors of two flats near Dommalur, in a building wherein a COVID-19 case was reported. A woman with two children, along with an elderly couple stayed in those flats. After the woman tweeted about the incident, BBMP officials removed steel sheets from doors.

Taking the matter into consideration, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad, took to Twitter to express an apology for "over-enthusiasm" of his officials.

He tweeted, "We are committed to address any issues that result in stigma. Apologies for the over enthusiasm of the local staff."

He also said the BBMP is committed to treating all citizens with dignity. "I have ensured removing of these barricades immediately. We are committed to treat all persons with dignity.

The purpose of containment is to protect the infected and to ensure uninfected are safe," he tweeted.

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