Karnataka II PU exams postponed; all I PU students to be promoted

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May 4, 2021

Bengaluru, May 4: The Karnataka II PU exams scheduled to start on May 24 have been postponed. New dates will be announced well in advance, informed minister for primary and secondary education, S Suresh Kumar. Around 7.1 lakh students are eligible to take the II PU exam.

“Because of the surge in Covid-19 cases, we have discussed with various stakeholders including parents, teachers, and principals of PU colleges. Additionally, many students have gone back to their natives. The several departments that need to coordinate for the exams are also busy with the Covid work. Taking into consideration all these factors, we have decided to postpone the exam,” the minister said on Tuesday.

Earlier, the practical exams were postponed and were supposed to be held two days after the theory exams end.

“Many states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Punjab have already been postponed. Students should not be disheartened but continue with their preparation,” he said.

In the meanwhile, all I PU students will be promoted. A bridge course will be provided to them at the beginning of the next academic year.

Lecturers have to work from home. “Be in touch with the students and monitor their progress continuously. Those who are on Covid duty will continue with that,” he added.

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April 22,2021

Mangaluru, Apr 22: Two boys who sustained serious injuries after lightning struck them while playing outside their house at Indiranagar in Haleyangadi on the outskirts of the city died in hospital.

Nihan (5), son of Mansoor from Hejamady and Maruti (6), son of Durgappa from Gangavati are the victims. 

The young boys were playing in front of their houses on April 20 when the lightning struck injuring both of them. Luckily none of the other children who were playing with the two boys was hurt.

The injured boys were initially admitted to a private hospital at Mukka were later rushed to another private hospital in Mangaluru.

Both the boys had been put on artificial respiration as the lightning strike had impaired their brain functioning.

While Nihan breathed his last Tuesday, Maruti passed away today without responding to any treatment. 

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April 24,2021

Vijayawada, Apr 23: All India Newspaper Employees Federation (AINEF) vice-president Chaladi Purnachandra Rao has claimed that 13 journalists have lost their lives due to Coronavirus while discharging their duties in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states during the last seven days.

Mr.Purnachandra Rao said in a statement here on Saturday that 13 Journalists had lost their lives during the past week due to Covid -19 in Andhra Pradesh and Telengana States and appealed to the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state governments to extend financial help to the bereaved families.

Mr.Rao said that K Amarnath, senior journalist, Hyderabad, Telangana, Jayaprakash, journalist, Karimnagar District, Telangana, Srinivas, reporter, Andhra Jyothi Telugu Daily, Yacharam, Rangareddy District, Telangana, Sainath, reporter, 99tv, Nirmal District, Telangana, D Ashok, reporter, Andhra Bhoomi, Nizamabad District, Telangana, Bura Ramesh, journalist, Vemulawada, Sircilla District, Telangana, P Ramesh, journalist, Karimnagar, Telangana, Ch Naga Raju, reporter, Eenadu, Siddipet District, Telangana, Ramachandra Rao, sub-editor, Sakshi, Hyderabad, Telangana, Kalpana, CEO, Bathukamma TV, Hyderabad, Telangana, P Tataiah, senior journalist, Ongole, Andhra Pradesh, Chandrashekar Naidu, reporter, NTV Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh and Srinivasa Rao, reporter, Prajashakti Daily, Jaggaiahpet, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, had died of Coronavirus during the last few days on both Telugu states.

Mr. Purnachandra Rao appealed to both the State Governments to announce financial assistance to the bereaved families and extend the required help.

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April 24,2021

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Bengaluru, Apr 24: With Bengaluru recording 1.5 lakh active coronavirus cases, the highest for any city in the country, the Karnataka Task Advisory Committee on Covid- 19 has asked the state government to impose stringent restrictions, including lockdown for 14 days to break the chain.

The members of the panel have also recommended to the government to increase the number of beds to tide over the crisis.

The TAC members also foresee the third wave Covid in October-November and have, accordingly, insisted that the government should complete the vaccination of vulnerable age groups before the next wave hits. Professor and Head of Lifecourse Epidemiology, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Giridhar Babu said:

"I have on record said that there are two main strategies. Firstly, we need to reduce the number of cases and that will happen only by a stringent lockdown for at least 14 days. Secondly, we should expand the bed capacity by taking as much as possible beds from all the private medical colleges, nursing homes and hospitals."

According to him, the 14 days lockdown will reduce the number of infections. The TAC member said the state may witness the peak of the second wave by the May end or the first week of June. Eminent cardiologist and director of the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, C N Manjunath said he had in November 2020 predicted the arrival of the second wave of Covid in March or April based on the pattern of spread and resurgence in Europe.

While the Covid cases may come down by May end or the first week of June, people's behaviour for the next six to nine months will hold the key.

"The most important is when the cases come down, guards should not be let down. Facemask wearing and physical distancing should continue while most importantly congregation should be banned," he said. The health experts were of the opinion that the healthcare system is totally suffocated.

"In the first phase, the cases were coming in a staggered manner. So the daily rise in a particular state was 200 to 300 cases. Now it's in thousands," the cardiologist said.

Giridhar Babu too concurred with him. "The BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) has informed the high court that there are no more ICU beds. So, the court has also said the situation is very scary. That will summarise the current status," Babu explained. Both were unanimous that the vaccination drive should be completed by October before the possible third wave hits the nation.

"Vaccination should go on. By October- November the entire country should be vaccinated. Otherwise, we are in for a rude shock again," Manjunath said. Meanwhile, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said the officials at the civic agency's Covid war room are working over time.

On the shortage of oxygen and essential drugs such as Remdesivir, the Chief Commissioner told the news agency that the whole country was grappling with it and the Centre and the state are dealing with it in an effective manner. To a query on the need for more ICU beds, he said already a few have been arranged and more have to be procured very soon. With 26,962 infections on Friday, the state touched the highest single-day spike in Covid cases.

There were 190 deaths too. More alarming was that the active cases in the state crossed two lakh mark of which 1.5 lakh are in Bengaluru alone.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa had during a video conference told the PM that the state needs about 1,500 tonnes of oxygen and two lakh vials of Remdesivir. To contain the alarming rise in Covid cases, the state has imposed night curfew and weekend curfews while ordering closure of many shops and business establishments. 

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