Dakshina Kannada: VHP opposes govt's move to pay allowance to Imams

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June 9, 2021

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Mangaluru, June 9: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has come out against the Karnataka governments move to pay allowances to Imams of 41 Mosques and Madrasas in Dakshina Kannada district as Covid lockdown compensation from the funds of Hindu religious endowment department.

In a memorandum submitted to state Muzrai Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary, the VHP said the money received from Hindu temples and 'daivsthanas' should be utilised for the temples and the welfare of Hindu community.

"We condemn the decision of the state BJP government to use it for mosques and madrasas," it said.

The VHP, however, welcomed the decision of the government to provide compensation to the priests of temples who are affected by the Covid lockdown.

The minister, who received the memorandum, assured VHP leaders that the decision will be withdrawn, a VHP statement claimed.

VHP divisional secretary Sharan Pumpwell, district president Gopal Kuthar and secretary Shivananda Mendon were among those who presented the memorandum to the minister.
 

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June 5,2021

Bengaluru, June 5: Karnataka has reported 1,784 cases of mucormycosis or black fungus while 62 have recovered and 111 have died, said State Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Saturday.

The state government is mulling including black fungus treatment under Ayushman Bharat Arogya Karnataka scheme for the people falling under the low income and lower middle-class group, he said.

Black fungus broke out in the state as a post-Covid complication during the second wave. "A total of 1,784 cases of black fungus have been reported in the state and 62 have recovered. Sufficient medicine has been allocated to the state," Sudhakar said in a statement.

According to him, 1,564 people in the state are being treated for black fungus. "While 62 people have recovered, unfortunately 111 people have lost their lives to the black fungus," the Minister said.

He said 9,750 vials of Amphotericin-B drug used for treatment of black fungus has been allocated by the Centre, of which 8,860 vials were received on Friday. "So far, we have received 18,650 vials. 8,860 vials have been used by government hospitals and 9,740 vials provided to private hospitals," the Minister said.

Speaking about the vaccination drive, he said about 70-75 lakh people would be provided vaccines in June. "About 1.5 crore doses have been administered in the state so far. By the end of June, about 2.25 crore people will receive at least one dose of vaccine in our state. Everyone will be vaccinated soon," Sudhakar said.

According to him, the second wave may subside in the state by June-end but insisted upon the people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour. 

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June 6,2021

Mangaluru, Jun 6: Tigress Rani and wild dog in Pilikula Zoo, closed due to lockdown, have given birth to cubs on Saturday.

Zoo sources said that Rani gave birth to four cubs. Mother and cubs are healthy.

In 2019, Rani gave birth to five cubs. The tiger population in the Zoo stood at 13.

Dhole or wild dog gave birth to seven pups, raising total number to 33 in the Zoo.
 

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June 10,2021

Bengaluru, June 10: Covid-19 lockdown will continue in 11 districts in Karnataka which have a high positivity rate till June 21. Some relaxation has been allowed in the rest of the districts.

The lockdown will continue with no new relaxation in Chikmagalur, Shivamogga, Davangere, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Rural, Mandya, Belagavi and Kodagu districts where the Covid-19 positivity rate is high. 

In other districts, including Bengaluru Urban, the following relaxations will given from June 14 till June 21: 

> All industries will be allowed to open with 50 per cent staff, but garment industries will function with 30 per cent employees. 

> Essential shopping will be allowed from 6 am to 2 pm. Parks will be allowed from 5 am to 10 am. Street vendors can do business from 6 am to 2 pm. 

> Auto and taxis will be allowed with two passengers only.

> Daily night curfew from 7 pm till 5 am will be in place.

> Weekend curfew from 7 pm Friday till 5 am Monday will be in place.

Details awaited.

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