DC issues guidelines to prevent Zika virus in Dakshina Kannada

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July 15, 2021

Mangaluru, July 15: Alarmed by cases of Zika virus in neighbouring Kerala, Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr Rajendra K V has issued guidelines to prevent the spread of the disease in the district. 

The DC said that there was a need to take precautionary measures in Dakshina Kannada as a large number of people from Kerala visit the district for education and health purposes. 

“People should be asked to contact the nearest government hospitals if they have any symptoms of fever. Cleanliness should be maintained in public places, places of worship, tourist spots and all the mosquito breeding areas should be destroyed and measures should be initiated to check the stagnation of water in the surrounding areas of the houses and in public places," he said.

If a pregnant women is suffering from Microcephaly, measures should be taken to test their blood and the same should be informed by the scanning centres and hospitals to the health department, the DC said and added that ward committees should ensure that water do not remain stagnant.

Guppy fish should be released to open wells and lakes. Water stored in drums should be cleaned once in a week and awareness should be created on the same among people, so that mosquitoes do not breed in them, the DC said.

The DC also said that shopkeepers should ensure that water do not remain stagnant in juice bottles kept outside the shop. In required, fogging can be carried out to check mosquito menace.

The larvae survey to destroy breeding sites should be conducted in ports, fish markets, central market and Bunder area, added the DC. 

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September 10,2021

Udupi, Sep 10: The district administration has decided to withdraw weekend curfew in Udupi with immediate effect.

“As per the recommendation of the technical committee, weekend curfew has been cancelled with immediate effect in the district. All other covid related restrictions will continue” said Deputy Commissioner Kurma Rao in a video message.

“Wearing masks and social distancing is compulsory. I request everyone to take vaccines. Travel between Kerala and Karnataka should be postponed till October. Students and others are requested to postpone their travel schedule till October 2021.

“Public should join hands with administration to make Udupi Covid-free district,” he said.

Among the other restrictions, the night curfew will continue from 9 pm to 5 am, pubs are not allowed to operate, public gathering for all social, cultural, political, and religious occasions is prohibited, stadiums are allowed to open, marriages can be held with a maximum of 400 guests, tahsildar’s permission is must for all the functions, temples, churches, mosques are allowed to open, 100% occupancy is allowed in public transport and cinema halls and multiplexes are allowed to function with 50% occupancy.

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September 23,2021

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Bengaluru, Sep 23: A delegation of Catholic bishops of Karnataka, led by Archbishop of Bangalore Reverend Peter Machado, met Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to voice their opinion over a proposed law to ban religious conversions in the state.

They also spoke about a host of other topics, including inclusion of representatives of Christian managements in committees formed to implement the new National Education Policy (NEP).

In a statement issued here on Thursday said Machado said they had expressed displeasure over recent allegations against the community, terming it “malicious” and “untrue”. The Archbishop of Bangalore Archdiocese highlighted that hundreds of schools, colleges, and hospitals were operated under the aegis of each bishop. “There are about a lakh students but none have been advised to get converted to Christianity. Some minor events might have taken place which have been blown out of proportion now,” he added.

While speaking about the need for an anti-conversion Bill in the Assembly, Hosadurga BJP MLA Goolihatti Shekhar had recently claimed that religious conversions were “rampant” across the state. The MLA had also said 15,000 to 20,000 people, including his own mother, were converted to Christianity in his constituency.

Responding to this, Home Minister Araga Jnanendra had said the state government was considering bringing in a law to regulate religious conversion. “The issue (of religious conversions) has come to the government’s notice. Converting people from one religion to another by inducing them is a punishable offence. We will keep a strict vigil on such activities. There is a wide network working on religious conversions across the country,” Jnanendra had said in his reply in the Assembly.

When asked about the same, Machado said, “Someone is trying to malign us. While the issue is being debated in the Assembly, we have reminded people not to do such things. It is not right if someone approaches people, hands over the book and a cross, and converts them. We, too, have a conscience and moral responsibility. We are not forcing anyone.”

In a memorandum submitted to the CM on Wednesday said the bishops noted that such a law would lead to “unnecessary communal issues and unrest” with many more controversial statements and reactions made following the same.

The memorandum also noted the need to include representation from Christian managements in the NEP implementation committees. “Even though thousands of educational institutions are being managed by members from the community, we would like to bring to your notice that there is no Christian representation in various committees formed to implement NEP,” the letter read.

The bishops also urged Bommai to establish a Christian Development Board under the government to ensure their welfare and address demands made by the community on various fronts.

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September 23,2021

Mangaluru, Sep 23: The 2nd JMFC Court of Mangaluru has on Wednesday evening granted bail to Hindu Mahasabha General Secretary Dharmendra and three others in connection with the case of alleged threat issued to the Chief Minister during a press meet in Mangaluru recently.

Dr Lohith Kumar Suvarna had lodged a complaint at Barke police station alleging that Dharmendra at a press meet on September 18 had threatened the CM over the demolition of a temple near Nanjangud in Mysuru.

Addressing a press conference in Mangaluru Saturday, office-bearers of the Hindu Mahasabha accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of backstabbing Hindus, saying even “Mahatma Gandhi was not spared in a bid to protect Hindus”. 

“We didn’t spare Gandhi ji, what do you amount to then? If Gandhi ji could be assassinated to condemn atrocities on Hindus, do you think we won’t consider the same for you? Please remember it will become very difficult for you Basavaraj Bommai, B.S. Yediyurappa and Endowments minister Shashikala Jolle,” Dharmendra said.

Dharmendra was subsequently arrested on Sunday while the other three were arrested on Tuesday. Dharmendra was entrusted to police custody till September 22 while the other three, namely Rajesh Putran, Prem Polali and Sandeep Shetty were remanded to one day judicial custody.

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