Request funds from PM for Cauvery basin: Karnataka Cong chief appeals to CM

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August 11, 2020

Bengaluru, Aug 11: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shivakumar on Monday appealed to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to request funds from the Prime Minister to sort out the problem in the Cauvery basin.

Speaking to news agency Shivakumar said, "As far as Cauvery basin is concerned, we're seeing heavy flood for the last three years. We're losing lives. I appeal to the Chief Minister to take an all-party delegation or his own party's delegation to Prime Minister and request at least Rs 10,000 crore to sort out the problem in the basin."

Several parts of Karnataka, including Karwar in Uttara Kannada district, continue to face a flood-like situation due to incessant rainfall, while the Central Water Commission (CWC) warned that Cauvery river in Chamarajanagar district is flowing in 'severe situation'.

The Karnataka government on August 6 said that it had already released Rs 50 crore, and will release more funds if needed amid the incessant rainfall across the state.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa also directed the district in-charge ministers to take appropriate precautions in the face of increasing rainfall across the state.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a video-conference meeting with the ministers of various states over the flood situation in the country.

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September 24,2020
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Bengaluru, Sept 24: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Mondi about the measures undertaken by the state government to control the pandemic.

Taking part in the video conference meeting of Prime Minister with Chief Ministers of seven states to review the response to COVID-19, he said that testing facilities have been ramped up substantially in the state.

"Now we have 136 testing laboratories and the testing has been increased to about 70,000 samples per day. So far more than 43 lakh samples have been tested," he said.

He also informed that all the symptomatic positive patients have been shifted to hospitals immediately after knowing the results.

"For this purpose, the number of ambulances has been increased from 800 to 2000," he said.

The Chief Minister said that the state government has set a target to identify all the contacts of positive cases within 24 hours to 48 hours and quarantine them.

"The state has witnessed the highest fatality rate of 2.6 per cent between July 13 and July 19, 2020. Thereafter, the fatality is coming down steadily. Presently, Karnataka's case death rate stands at 1.54 per cent, whereas, in the last one week, the death rate was only 1.3 per cent. Fatality rate will be brought down to less than 1 per cent as per the goal set by the Prime Minister, soon," he said, according to an official release.

The central government suggested strict enforcement in containment zones.

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September 18,2020

Mangaluru, Sept 18: Moodbidri MLA Umanath Kotian was tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

Taking to the Twitter, he wrote 'I had undergone a test for Covid-19 and have been tested positive for COVID-19.

'I am undergoing treatment for the same. With the blessings of God and my friends, I am confident of getting recovered from the infection shortly', he tweeted.

He also asked those who contacted him should go for test and take precautionary measures.

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September 15,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 15: Sharing pictures of Revenue Minister R Ashoka with an accused in a drugs case, the Congress in Karnataka said there is a need for leaders from the ruling BJP, who are making allegations against those from other parties, to face the inquiry first.

In a tweet, the state Congress said: "The pictures of R Ashoka with drugs scandal kingpin Rahul Thonshe suggests that it was not a casual meeting, but a close association. There is a need for leaders from the ruling BJP, who are making allegations against those from other parties to cover up their scandals, to be made to face inquiry first."

In the pictures shared along with the tweet, R Ashoka can be seen posing for a picture with Rahul Thonshe along with others at some function.

There are also pictures showing the two sharing sweets with each other.

The Minister had on Monday denied any links with Rahul Thonshe. "I had gone to a naming ceremony function relating to a party worker in my constituency, when a celebrity goes to such events normally several people take such pictures.... it is common such pictures are taken during public functions, so can we be linked? If I had gone to his house it is a different thing," he said.

Mr Ashoka said the photo might have been taken some four years ago and since the coronavirus outbreak, he had not attended any such events recently.

Earlier, Congress MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan's name has been linked to the drugs case, following his photos with one Shaik Fazil, who is linked to a casino in Colombo where allegedly such activities take place, emerged.

Mr Khan, who has denied his involvement, has said he knew Shaik Faizal like several other people, but was unaware of his activities.

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