Pre-monsoon rains lash Mangaluru, finally

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May 20,2019

Mangaluru, May 20: Pre-monsoon showers have finally lashed Mangaluru and along with other parts of coastal Karnataka in the last 12 hours, bringing down the mercury at various places of the region.

The skies opened up days after prayers were held by people of various religions seeking rains. 

The rains have brought cheers to the people of the coastal city which reeling under heat amidst acute water shortage. 

The thunder and lightning started last night across the city. At midnight it started raining and continued till early morning in some places.

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‘No alliance in future’: Cong-JDS turn archrivals once again in Karnataka

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July 23,2020

Bengaluru, July 23: The Janta Dal (Secular) and Congress that had joined hands together in Karnataka ‘to keep communal forces at bay, have once again turned archrivals. The development comes a year after the collapse of JD(S)-Congress coalition government in the state.

Recently, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah claimed that the Congress would have won at least 10 seats in the Lok Sabha elections had it not been for the alliance with the JD(S). In response, former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy of the JD(S), who headed the coalition government, blamed the Congress for its many 'conspiracies'.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Kumaraswamy said he was prompted by Siddarmaiah's claims to recall what transpired during the coalition government. 

"There will never be a future alliance with Congress," Kumaraswamy declared, in a letter to his party colleagues on Wednesday. He claimed that there were many conspiracies on part of Congress, which led to the fall of the coalition government.

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Karnataka to regulate Remdesivir supply to private hospitals to check black marketing

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July 22,2020

Bengaluru, Jul 22: Karnataka's Covid-19 task force on Tuesday decided that the state government will regulate the supply of Remdesivir, the drug used in the treatment of coronavirus infected patients, to private hospitals to check black marketing and hoarding.

"Remdesivir which is currently available in the government hospitals will be supplied to private hospitals through the government.

This will help curb black marketing of this drug," Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar's office said in a release.

Along with Sudhakar, other task force members, including Health Minister Sriramulu, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan and Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar attended the meeting. However, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai was not part of it as he was out of Bengaluru.

At the meeting, the government has also fixed the rate for Covid-19 tests in private labs- Rs 2,000 for government referred cases and 3,000 for self-reporting cases.

It was also decided to purchase 4 lakh antigen test kits and 5 lakh swab test kits to ramp up testing, the release said, adding that approvals have also been given for additional drugs for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

The decisions also included increasing monthly salary for Ayush doctors to 48,000, MBBS doctors to 80,000 and nurses to get 30,000 for next 6 months.

The task force also made it clear that private hospitals have to reserve 50 percent beds for the government for Covid-19 treatment. The remaining 50 percent can be used by the private hospitals for Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 treatment.

Private hospitals provide treatment under Ayushman Bharat scheme (ABARK) for Covid-19 patients.

Those cases in which treatment does not cover under the scheme can be charged as per the user charges, the release said.

A committee will be formed to supervise and recommend the purchase of equipment and medicines for Covid-19 treatment, which will be headed by ACS, ITBT Department.

Approval has been given for the procurement of N-95 masks and lakh PPE kits for the safety of healthcare workers. The decision also has been taken to connect oxygen pipeline to 4,736 beds in 17 government medical colleges, which will enable high flow oxygen for these beds besides being beneficial for future use as well.

According to the release, 16 RTPCR and 15 Automated RNA extraction units will be established to ramp up testing and this will help achieve the target of 50,000 tests per day. "On the whole approvals given for purchase of equipment and upgradation of existing facilities at government hospitals is estimated to be about Rs 500 Crore," it added.

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Mangaluru: Covid-19 claims life of actor, humourist Shekhar Bhandary

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August 10,2020

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Mangaluru, Aug 10: Coronavirus has claimed the life of a senior artist in coastal Karnataka.

 Shekhar Bhandary, aka Karkala Shekhar Bhandary, a local film actor, limericks writer, humourist was under treatment at a private hospital in Mangaluru. He lost his battle for life on Monday, August 10. 

Born to Babu Bhandary and Abhaya Bhandary couple from Bettada Mane in Karkala, he had started his acting career from theatre during his college days. 

After completing his education he had joined Vijaya Bank. He had retired after working in Vijaya Bank’s Yeshwantpura branch in Bengaluru.

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