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Karnataka Bengaluru Live Updates: Three killed in blast in Bengaluru

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News Live Updates: Around 10 motorbikes parked near the shop were damaged in the blast.

Karnataka Bangalore News Live Updates: Three people are suspected to have been killed in a blast at Bengaluru’s Rayon Circle near KR Market on Thursday afternoon.

The incident was reported at a tyre puncture shop around 12 pm. Around 10 motorbikes parked near the shop were damaged in the blast.

Police said they are yet to ascertain the cause of the blast.

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Days after villagers allegedly penalised a Dalit family with Rs 25,000 after a three-year-old boy entered a temple in Karnataka’s Koppal district, the police have arrested five persons, including the priest of the temple.

The boy belonged to the Dalit Channdasar community, while the five arrested people are from the upper Ganiga caste.

The incident took place on September 4 at Miyapur village in Kushtagi taluk, where Dalits are not allowed to enter temples. The police sources said that they have arrested Kanakappa Poojary, Hanumanagouda, Gavisiddappa Myageri, Sharanegouda and Virupakshagouda Myageri.Karnataka: Family imposed Rs 25,000 fine after Dalit boy enters temple in Koppal, 5 held

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Three persons died on the spot and four were injured after a blast took place in a shop where crackers were stored at a transport office in Bengaluru on Thursday afternoon. 

The deceased have been identified as Fayaz (50), Manohar (29) and Aslam (45). According to police sources, Fayaz ran a crackers shop, Manohar was a goods vehicle driver and Aslam was running a puncture shop in New Thagaratpet near Nagaratpet. The incident took place around 11.45 am. Manohar was speaking with Fayaz when the incident took place and their bodies were blown into pieces. Such was the intensity of the blast that the puncture shop of Aslam and a tea shop was totally burnt in the incident. About 10 two-wheelers were also damaged in the incident. 

Fire officials who rushed to the spot doused the fire. While crackers were stored without any safety measures, the fire officials are yet to ascertain the reason behind the blast. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) (South) Harish Pandey said, “There were more than 60 fire crackers boxes but prima-facie, it looks like one fire box was blasted. But we do not know the origin of the blast. It is a transport godown and where these consignment was there.”

Petrol and diesel prices continued to remain steady across the country for the 18th successive day on Thursday, September 23, 2021. The prices of the key auto fuels were last revised on September 5 when petrol and diesel prices were cut by 15 paise per litre each in the national capital.

In Bengaluru, petrol costs Rs. 104.70 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 94.04 per litre.

Three people are suspected to have been killed in a blast at Bengaluru’s Rayon Circle near K R Market today. 

The incident was reported at a tyre puncture shop around 12 pm. Around 10 motorbikes parked near the shop were damaged in the blast.

Police said they are yet to ascertain the cause of the blast.

An in-charge headmaster of a government school, operating under the aegis of the local civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, has been suspended for allegedly getting a massage from a parent who approached him for seeking admission for her ward.

According to BBMP officials, the suspended headmaster has been identified as Lokeshappa, who was in charge of the Kodandaramapura BBMP School in Malleshwaram.

Meanwhile, BBMP Special Commissioner (Education) Reddy Shankar Babu said Lokeshappa was suspended after he admitted that he had taken the massage. “The in-charge principal has used the government office for private work in violation of labour rules and for indulging in other activities during duty hours, failing to adhere to the Karnataka Civil Services Regulations. He has been suspended with immediate effect,” he said.

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Two right-wing activists have been arrested in a moral policing case after they allegedly attacked a woman and her male colleague for sitting with their another colleague who was a Muslim.

Sources in Dakshina Kannada district police said those arrested are Geetesh, 29, and Ashok, 34, from Puttur, reportedly members of Hindu Jagarana Vedike, who attacked the woman and her colleagues on September 18 in Puttur when she had gone there to get her car released from a local court.

The woman’s car was seized two months ago and to complete the formalities, the woman and her two colleagues stayed in a lodge.

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The Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS), the largest association of private schools in the state, Thursday announced solidarity with the call for a Bharat Bandh on September 27 by farmers agitating on the borders of Delhi demanding the repeal of three farm laws. 

However, schools will remain open “considering the fact that the children have already lost a considerable share of their academic sessions this year due to the pandemic,”  KAMS general secretary D Shashikumar said. 

He added that teaching and non-teaching staff at schools will wear green clothes and/or green badges to participate in the protest symbolically. KAMS has appealed to its member schools to spread awareness on the issues faced by the agrarian community to all stakeholders involved pointing out that the country’s “land, water, culture, and heritage was at stake at present.”

Nearly six months since the Karnataka government announced a risk allowance to doctors on Covid-19 duty, the Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) alleged that they were yet to be paid.

“The government has not paid a single penny of risk allowance. It’s been more than six months since the order was issued. Multiple attempts were made to approach the authorities but in vain. The authorities ended up playing a blame game and turning resident doctors into scapegoats,” a statement issued by KARD said.

Resident doctors demand immediate payment of Covid risk allowance
Nearly six months since the Karnataka government announced a risk allowance to doctors on Covid-19 duty, the Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) alleged that they were yet to be paid.

“The government has not paid a single penny of risk allowance. It’s been more than six months since the order was issued. Multiple attempts were made to approach the authorities but in vain. The authorities ended up playing a blame game and turning resident doctors into scapegoats,” a statement issued by KARD said.

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The South Western Railways recently upgraded Bengaluru city’s second busiest railway station Yesvantpur at the cost of Rs 12 crore.

The station in North Bengaluru has now been equipped with upgraded facilities, roofing and landscaping has been done in front of the station and the common and parking areas, including auto and cab stands, have been upgraded with wider approach roads.

According to officials, the new amenities include additional parking areas for two-wheelers and four-wheelers. “A bus bay was constructed which will allow BMTC (Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation) buses to ferry people directly to and from the station,” a senior official told indianexpress.com.

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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said the government will make sure that the perpetrators of gang rape on a medical student in Mysuru on August 24 evening get capital punishment.

“We will hire the best lawyer to prosecute the criminals and ensure that they get capital punishment,” the Chief Minister said in the Assembly, replying to a debate initiated by the Leader of Opposition, Siddaramaiah.

He was referring to the August 24 incident on the foothills of Chamundi hills in Mysuru, where six people from Tamil Nadu allegedly gang raped a medical student.

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Karnataka recorded 847 new Covid-19 cases and 20 deaths Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,70,208 and the toll to 37,668. The day also saw 946 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,18,890.

Out of the 847 new cases reported on Wednesday, 312 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 219 discharges and six deaths. The total number of active cases in the state is 13,621.

While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.57 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is at 2.36 per cent, a health department bulletin said. After Bengaluru Urban in the number of deaths, Dakshina Kannada saw five deaths and Udupi recorded two, followed by others.

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Accusing the BJP-led Karnataka state government of being “callous and indifferent” towards parents forced to pay “exorbitant” school fees during the pandemic, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Wednesday held a protest in Bengaluru demanding government intervention into the matter.

“Repeated lockdowns have caused lakhs of parents to lose jobs, incomes, businesses and savings. How do we expect them to pay exorbitant school fees now? The government not taking any measure to support the education sector in the state shows how callous and indifferent they are, leading to an educational crisis,” AAP Karnataka Convener Prithvi Reddy said.

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Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Siddaramaiah on Wednesday urged the State government to drop the decision to allot land at a cheaper price to the Centre for Education and Social Studies (CESS) to establish Chanakya University.

Expressing reservation against the move to transfer the land to CESS the members of which are from the RSS, the senior Congress leader said the party would seek legal remedy against the decision.

He claimed that the government allotted land worth Rs 300-400 crore at a throwaway price of Rs 50 crore to the proposed university.

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A delegation of Catholic bishops of Karnataka, led by Archbishop of Bangalore Reverend Peter Machado, met Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday to voice their opinion over a proposed law to ban forcible 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).

Addressing reporters in Bengaluru after the meeting, 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.

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As many as 9,18,242 doses of vaccine were administered as of 5:30 pm across the state Wednesday during the ongoing weekly special vaccination drive planned by the Health Department.

The department has set a target of administering 15.1 lakh doses as a part of the drive held across all 30 districts and BBMP areas. Health Minister K Sudhakar had earlier announced that the special vaccination drives will be held Wednesdays to accelerate the pace of inoculation in the state.

With over 1.35 lakh doses administered Wednesday, BBMP topped the list, followed by Belagavi (65,950), Vijayapura (47,652), Kalaburagi (44,173), and Ballari (44,014).

Over 5.35 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the state since January 16.

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The Cauvery Teerthodbhava at Talacauvery, in Kodagu district, the birthplace of the river, is set to take place on October 17, according to district administration. 

The event is marked by a sudden gush of water from the spring at the specified time and is considered holy and auspicious by the devout who witness the event.

A decision on whether to allow devotees to witness the occasion will be taken after the meeting to be chaired by the Minister in charge of Kodagu, said Deputy Commissioner Charulatha Somal.

Last year, devotees were not allowed to witness the occasion due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday upheld the Arms Act exemption granted to every person of Coorg by race, and Jumma tenure landholders in Coorg (Kodagu district).

A petition was filed before the court challenging a 2019 notification issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) granting such exemption to every person of Coorg by race, and Jumma tenure landholders in Kodagu District under the Indian Arms Act, 1959.

Hearing the petition filed by an ex-Army officer, Capt Chethan YK, on the grounds that the exemption is unconstitutional as it creates differentiation based on race or caste and ancestral land tenure, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum upheld the Arms Act exemption.

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In a bid to offer relief to a considerable number of artists who were deprived of opportunities to perform in Dasara events due to the Covid-19 crisis, the government has decided to invite them for the four-day-long Dasara celebration in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar next month.

S T Somasekhar, minister in-charge of Mysuru and Chamarajanagar, announced the decision Wednesday, adding, officials were instructed to ensure all cultural events were held with precautions in place.

“The festivities in Chamarajanagar will begin October 7 and preparations to ensure smooth conduct of the events are already underway. Right from the inauguration, all events should be held on time with no chance for any lapse in its coordination,” he directed the officials in a meeting. He added that local MLAs and the MP will oversee all arrangements made for the festivities.

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In a bid to offer relief to a considerable number of artists who were deprived of opportunities to perform in Dasara events due to the Covid-19 crisis, the government has decided to invite them for the four-day-long Dasara celebration in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar next month.

S T Somasekhar, minister in-charge of Mysuru and Chamarajanagar, announced the decision Wednesday, adding, officials were instructed to ensure all cultural events were held with precautions in place.

“The festivities in Chamarajanagar will begin October 7 and preparations to ensure smooth conduct of the events are already underway. Right from the inauguration, all events should be held on time with no chance for any lapse in its coordination,” he directed the officials in a meeting. He added that local MLAs and the MP will oversee all arrangements made for the festivities.

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With discussions to bring down the interval between two doses of Covishield vaccine underway at the Centre, experts in Karnataka are of the opinion that the same would help in further accelerating the vaccination coverage in the state.

According to Dr Sudarshan Ballal, member of the Covid-19 expert committee constituted by the Karnataka government, it was noted that an interval of four weeks was “good enough for immunity to develop” among beneficiaries of the vaccine.
He explained, “With the government aiming to vaccinate the maximum population with both the doses, it seems imperative to accelerate the pace of vaccinations. Vaccination is the key to keep the spread of Covid-19 in check as well.”

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With the Covid-19 positivity rate among school children around 0.08 per cent, members of the expert committee constituted by the Karnataka government suggested that the state government may reopen schools for all classes in the state. Dr H Sudarshan Ballal, a member of the committee, said a recommendation had been made to the government to reopen schools for Classes I to V considering the current situation.

READ | Amid low Covid positivity rate among children, experts suggest reopening of schools in Karnataka

Nearly a month after a MBA student was raped in Mysuru, the Karnataka Police managed to persuade the survivor to provide a statement regarding the incident. The young woman recorded her statement before a magistrate on Wednesday, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai informed the state legislature. The court of the II Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) in Mysuru recorded the statement of the survivor in the August 24 case on Wednesday.

READ | Mysuru rape survivor records statement before magistrate, says Karnataka CM

Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp – +91 97777 77684, Voice call – 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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