Don't Miss SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. Don't Miss "Karnataka Buys Medical Supplies At Double The Market Cost": Siddaramaiah Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has alleged corruption in buying medical supplies to be used in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Congress leader alleged the fraud by the BJP government in the state runs over Rs 2,000 crore. Filing Of ITR For FY 2019-20 Extended Till Nov 30 The Income Tax Department stated that the filing of income-tax returns (ITR) for Financial Year 2019-20 has been extended till November 30. Siddaramaiah asks K''taka govt to evaluate if SSLC exams were held safely Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah on Saturday suggested that the Karnataka government ascertain whether the recently concluded class 10 exam was conducted safely by checking the primary contacts of patients testing positive for COVID-19, between June 15 to July 20. M'luru firing: probing officer seeks 2 more months to submit report The magisterial probe into police firing against anti-CAA protestors in Mangaluru on December 19 appears to be progressing at a snail's pace, as the enquiry officer has now sought an additional two months to submit the report. Night curfew to follow strictly in Bhatkal, 'Hotspots' to get sealed To contain the spread of novel Coronavirus in Bhatkal taluk, the district administration has decided to further tighten the lockdown norms again. Addressing a press conference on Friday evening here in Bhatkal, Assistant Commissioner Bharat S, issued guidelines to the public in the Bhatkal Town Municipality limits, Jali Pattan Panchayat and Heble Gram Panchayat. The night curfew will remain in place from 6 PM to 6 AM and any business or public activities will be completely banned. Zydus gets nod for human trials of COVID-19 vaccine Zydus on Friday said it has received approval from authorities to start human trials for its COVID-19 vaccine contender - the second Indian pharmaceutical firm to get such nod amid a surge in novel coronavirus infections worldwide. Ladakhis raising voice against Chinese intrusion; ignoring warning will cost India: Rahul Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said patriotic Ladakhis are raising their voice against Chinese intrusion and asked the government to listen to them, asserting that ignoring their warning will cost India dearly. COVID-19: Karnataka govt issues new guidelines for home isolation of asymptomatic, mild symptomatic patients Karnataka Government on Wednesday issued the guidelines for home isolation of COVID-19 patients in the state. Assam floods: Over 16 lakh affected in 22 districts According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, over 16 lakh people have been affected in 22 districts due to flood situation in the state. Kumaraswamy slams Karnataka government for "poor handling" of COVID-19 Former Karnataka Chief Minister and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Thursday accused the BJP government in the state of ''failure'' to protect the citizens from coronavirus as he referred to reports of deaths of a few patients after being allegedly turned away by hospitals. Corona lockdown: Bhatkal Jamatul Muslimeen waives two months rent of shops, houses, offices In view of the long Coronavirus lockdown, the Bhatkal Jamatul Muslimeen has announced a two-month rent waiver for shops, houses and offices owned by it. Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar's wife, daughter test COVID-19 positive Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar's wife and daughter have tested positive for COVID-19, a day after his father was confirmed to have been infected with the virus. 3 killed while performing stunts on bike in Bengaluru Three people were killed on Sunday while allegedly performing stunts on a bike here at the airport road in Bengaluru. 2.8 magnitude earthquake hits Nagaland An earthquake of magnitude 2.8 on the Richter scale occurred 44 km east-northeast of Kohima, Nagaland at 12.40 pm on Monday, the National Centre for Seismology said. Goa reports first COVID-19 death; 85-yr-old man succumbs An 85-year-old man succumbed to the coronavirus infection in Goa on Monday, making it the first case of death due to the disease in the state, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said. PM should tell nation how Chinese occupied Indian territory: Sonia Gandhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi should tell the country how the Chinese occupied Indian territory and why 20 soldiers were killed, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Wednesday. Her statement comes after 20 Indian Army personnel, including a Colonel, were killed in a violent clash with the Chinese army in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night. "Today when there is so much anger over Chinese intrusion, the prime minister should come out and tell the nation how the Chinese managed to commit this act of aggression," Gandhi said in a video message The Congress chief also asked how much of Indian territory has been occupied by China and what is the government's strategy to deal with the situation. "The prime minister should tell the nation how the Chinese occupied Indian territory and why 20 of our brave soldiers were martyred," she asked. Gandhi said in this time of crisis, the Congress stands with the Indian Army, its soldiers and their families, and the government. "I'm confident that the entire country will unite to face the enemy in these challenging times," she said.  SC declines to consider plea against SSLC exams in Karnataka New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to consider a plea against the proposed Class 10 SSLC Board examination between June 25 and July 4 in Karnataka, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Krishna Murari and S Ravindra Bhat dismissed the petition filed by Smt Rajshree against the May 27 judgement of the Karnataka High Court that had declined to cancel the examinations. The court said there was no merit in the petition and the High Court's view was correct. Karnataka's Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi defended the decision to conduct the examinations. The petitioner, for her part, apprehended high risk to the health and lives of lakhs of minor students.  The plea contended the High Court failed to appreciate that the proposed examinations would not only pose serious health risk to lives of 8.48 lakh minor students but also to 25 to 30 lakh people involved in the entire process. Allowing the Class X exams to go on during this COVID-19 pandemic, exposing more than 8.48 lakh children to travel to the examination centres and be exposed to large crowds of 500 to 700 persons at each examination centre for more than 10 days, would be a complete denial of the right to health guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution, she said. Despite existent Standard Operating Procedure and guidelines in place, the decision would violate  the right to life and health of minor students, which can be protected  by promoting them based on their internal assessment marks taken by the school, as many other states have done, the petitioner said. She said the entire examination process would involve the travelling of more than 25-30 lakh people in the State. Many would come from within containment zones and would be forced to use crowded buses and transport facilities to reach the examination centres where not less than 500 people would be present and physical distancing would not be possible, she added. All parties will support any decision PM takes, but he should tell what went wrong in Ladakh: Sanjay Raut Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said that all parties would support any decision taken by Prime Minister in connection with China but added that the PM should first reveal the truth behind the death of 20 Army personnel in the violent face-off which took place with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley, Ladakh. "Our relations with China have not been great, but no bullets had been fired at the China border for close to 50 years. The killing of 20 of our jawans is shocking. We cannot hold Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi responsible for whatever happened at the border. We all are responsible for the martyrdom of 20 jawans. All parties will support whatever decision the Prime Minister takes but he should tell people what went wrong," Raut told reporters here. Urging the PM to give a call for action, Raut added that China should never be trusted. "The country is shocked right now, an all-party meeting will not solve anything. Talks regarding action should be held now. Nobody should trust China, it had once betrayed Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, and it is the same China which has betrayed Narendra Modi now," he added. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan valley area on Monday evening. The violent face-off happened on late evening and the night of June 15 in Ladakh's Galwan Valley as a result of an attempt by the Chinese troops to "unilaterally change" the status quo during de-escalation in Eastern Ladakh and the situation could have been avoided if the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side, India said on June 16. The Chinese side also suffered casualties, including the death of the commanding officer of the Chinese Unit involved in the violent face-off with Indian troops, sources confirmed to ANI Cong fields B K Hariprasad and Naseer Ahmed as candidates for Karnataka MLC polls The Congress on Wednesday decided to field senior party leader B K Hariprasad and incumbent Naseer Ahmed as candidates for the coming legislative council polls in Karnataka. "The Congress President Sonia Gandhi has approved the proposal for the candidature of B K Hariprasad and Naseer Ahmed as Congress candidates to contest the biennial elections to the Legislative Council of Karnataka to be elected by the MLAs," the AICC said in a release. The election is necessitated as the term of seven MLCs- Naseer Ahmed, Jayamma, M C Venugopal, N S Bose Raju, H M Revanna (all Congress), T A Sharavana (JDS) and independent D U Mallikarjuna- will end June 30. Polling will be held on June 29 to fill seven MLC berths, and June 18 is the last date for filing of nominations. While the BJP is in a position to win four out of seven seats, the Congress can win two and the JD(S) one. Twenty-eight valid votes of MLAs are required for each candidate to win. Hariprasad''s candidature has been announced as his tenure in the Rajya Sabha is coming to end on June 25. He has also served as general secretary of the party. Naseer Ahmed, who is retiring as MLC on June 30, will be seeking another term. According to state Congress president D K Shivakumar, more than 200 aspirants have sought tickets for the two seats that the party can win in the legislative council polls. Karnataka BJP shortlists 4 names for Council bypoll Bengaluru,: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shortlisted 4 names, including two defectors from the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) for the June 29 biennial election to contest 4 of the 7 Karnataka legislative Council seats falling vacant, an official said on Tuesday. "The state core committee shortlisted 4 names and sent them to New Delhi for our high command's approval so that they can file nominations by Thursday to contest in 4 of the 7 Council seats," party official G. Madhusudhana told IANS. The 4 are H. Vishwanath, M.T.B. Nagaraj, M. Shankar and Sunil Velyapure. Vishwanath, former JD-S leader, and Nagaraj, former Congress minister, lost in the assembly by-elections on December 5 from Hunsur in Mysuru district and Hoskote in Bengaluru Rural district. "As Vishwanath and Nagaraj resigned from their assembly segments in July 2019 with 15 other rebels, which led to the fall of the 14-month-old JD-S-Congress coalition government on July 23, 2019, the committee recommended their names for the Council seats," said Madhusudhana. Shankar, who was an Independent and a minister in the former coalition government, was not given the BJP ticket to contest in the December assembly bypolls though he too resigned from the Ranebennur assembly seat in Haveri district, about 340 km northwest of Bengaluru, along with former Congress and JD-S rebels. Vishwanath, Nagaraj and Shankar are also aspiring to become ministers in the 10-month-old BJP government after getting elected to the Council, as there are 4 vacancies in the 34-member Yeduiyurappa cabinet. Velyapura is the party's grass-root leader from Chincholi in Gulbarga district in the state's northern region, about 586km from Bengaluru. "He (Velyapura) extensively campaigned in the May 2019 general elections and ensured the victory of our candidate Umesh Yadav from the reserved Gulbarga Lok Sabha seat, defeating Congress senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge," recalled Madhusudhana. As the party has 116 legislators in the 225-member Assembly, all its 4 candidates will need 28 votes each to win the contest. Of the 7 outgoing Council members, 5 are from the Congress and one each from the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and an Independent. With 68 lawmakers, the Congress will be able to retain 2 seats and the JD-S one as it has only 34 legislators in the lower house. Of the 75-member Council, the opposition Congress has 37, BJP 19, JD-S 16, two Independents and one Chairman. Ladakh face-off: PM convenes all-party meet on Friday New Delhi, Jun 17 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened an all-party virtual meet on Friday to discuss the situation along the India-China border, his office said on Wednesday. The meeting comes against the backdrop of demands by the opposition seeking details of the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh which left 20 Indian Army personnel dead. "In order to discuss the situation in the India-China border areas, Prime Minister @narendramodi has called for an all-party meeting at 5 PM on 19th June. Presidents of various political parties would take part in this virtual meeting," the PMO tweeted. Twenty Indian soldiers including a colonel, were killed on Monday evening in a clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh Galwan valley. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday asked the prime minister to share the truth of the India-China face-off, saying the entire country is standing behind him. Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that Indian soldiers displayed exemplary courage and valour in the line of duty and sacrificed their lives in the highest traditions of the Indian Army. "The Nation will never forget their bravery and sacrifice. My heart goes out to the families of the fallen soldiers ...We are proud of the bravery and courage of India's bravehearts," he wrote on Twitter. Lockdown shocker to thousands in Kerala in the form of electricity bill Thiruvananthapuram:  Thousands of electricity consumers in Kerala are literally shocked at heavy electricity bills for the lockdown days, even for vacant houses. KSEB sources said that over one lakh complaints have so far been received from consumers. The KSEB's total consumer base is around 1.27 crore. A major chunk of the domestic consumers received a comparatively higher bill after the lockdown days as the consumption at houses increased during the lockdown period. However, it appears that there were also flaws in calculating the slab-wise fares. An actor-filmmaker, Madhupal, received a bill of Rs. 5,714 even as his house in Thiruvananthapuram city remained locked during the lockdown days. After he complained, the bill was reduced to Rs. 300. However, another actor, Maniyan Pillai Raju, who complained that his charges went up to Rs. 42,000 from the usual charges of around Rs, 7,000, did not receive a reprieve yet as KSEB officials maintained that his metre reading had shown higher consumption during lockdown days.  According to sources, since door-to-door metre reading could not be carried out in many places owing to the COVID-19 situation, many bills were prepared by considering the average consumption during previous months. In cases where houses remained locked, the average consumption was considered. Hence, hundreds of consumers received a higher bill despite low consumption. While KSEB chairman N S Pillai said that all such complaints due to flaws in billing would be rectified. KSEB sources said out of the one lakh odd complaints received so far, only less than 5,000 were genuine ones. In majority of complaints the total charges have gone up as the KSEB is following a slab-wise tariff system in which the rate per unit will go up with every 50 units consumed. With the power charge hike snowballing into a major issue affecting the common man, the Opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front has also initiated state-wide protest over the issue on Tuesday. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala called for a ‘Lights Off Kerala’ protest on June 17 at 9 pm. Consumers have been urged to switch off their lights for three minutes as a mark of protest. An online petition has also been launched. Chennithala alleged that some consumers received the bill to the tune of Rs. 18,000, which is thrice their normal charges. 317 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths in Karnataka Bengaluru:  Karnataka reported 317 new cases of COVID-19 and seven fatalities, taking the total number of infections in the state to 7,530 and death toll to 94, the health department said on Tuesday. The day also saw 322 patients getting discharged in after recovery. After Udupi, Kalaburagi became the second district in the state to have reported over 1000 cases. As of June 16 evening, cumulatively 7,530 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 94 deaths and 4,456 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin. It said, out of 2,976 active cases, 2,904 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 72 are in ICU. Those dead include five from Bengaluru urban and one each from Ramanagara and Bidar. The deceased from Bengaluru include two men (aged 72 and 60), and two women (65 and 85 years), 41-year-old man (Ramanagara) and 49-year-old man from Bidar. Out of 317 new cases, 108 are returnees from other states, majority of them from neighboring Maharashtra, while 78 are those who returned from other countries by and large from the UAE. Of the fresh cases, Dakshina Kannada accounted for 79, Kalaburagi 63, Ballari 53, Bengaluru urban 47, Dharwad eight, seven each from Udupi and Shivamogga, six each from Raichur, Yadgir and Uttara Kannada, Hassan five, four each from Vijayapura, Mysuru, Gadag, Ramanagara, Chikkamagaluru and Koppal, Belagavi three, Bidar two, and one from Tumakuru. Udupi district tops the list of positive cases, with 1,035 infections, followed by Kalaburagi 1,007 and Yadgir 828. Among discharges also Udupi tops with 817 discharges, followed by Kalaburagi 474 and Bengaluru urban 361. A total of 4,57,267 samples were tested so far, out of which 7,936 were tested on Tuesday alone. According to the bulletin, 4,39,654 samples have been reported negative so far, and out of them 7,308 were reported negative today. Reports from Ladakh disturbing, PM, Defence Minister should present clear picture: Deve Gowda Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda on Tuesday termed as ‘disturbing’ the violent clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley and said the government should offer a clearer picture to the nation on the border issue. He sought to know as to how Indian soldiers lost their lives during a de-escalation process and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh should come out with a clearer picture. “Reports coming from #GalwanValley are disturbing. Why did our soldiers lose their lives during a de-escalation process? In national interest, the PM and RM should offer a clearer picture to the nation on the border issue with the Chinese. #LADAKHSTANDOFF,” Gowda tweeted. An Indian Army officer and two soldiers were killed during the confrontation with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the first such incident in the last 45 years that reflected massive escalation in the five- week border row. The Army said India lost an officer and two soldiers during the violent face-off, while there were casualties on the Chinese side as well. Supreme Court says COVID-19 situation is not improving in the country, it's getting worse New Delhi: The COVID-19 situation in the country is worsening each passing day and not improving, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday while extending the parole of a Punjab based businessman accused in a drug racket case. The top court''s observation came while hearing a criminal case in which the accused Jagjit Singh Chahal has sought extension of his parole ending next month. A bench of Justices R F Nariman, Navin Sinha and B R Gavai said that in a situation like this there is no point in overcrowding the prisons when some of the accused are either out on bail or are on parole. “You see...the COVID-19 situation is not getting any better with each passing day. It is only getting worse in the country," the bench told the Punjab government''s counsel who opposed the plea. The bench perused the affidavit of Punjab government which said that the bail was granted to him in the case on February 19 and his appeal is coming for hearing on July 16. “The parole is to continue until the appeal is heard and finally decided provided that the petitioner cooperates and does not ask for any adjournment on any ground when the appeal comes up for hearing. The special leave petition is disposed of. Pending applications stand disposed of,” the bench said in its order. Chahal, a prominent businessman, is also accused in a money laundering case besides being booked for running a drug racket in the state. The top court had last month issued notice to Punjab government on the plea for its response. Rahul Gandhi targets Modi government over rising fuel prices New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to stop "profiteering" from the misery of the poor as he attacked the BJP-led government for raising fuel prices. He also asked the prime minister to put money in the hands of the poor and middle class during the current crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic. "PM Modi, these tragic times dictate putting money directly in the hands of the middle class and poor. STOP profiteering from their misery," the Congress leader wrote on Twitter, using the hashtag -- "ModiStopLootingIndia". He also shared a letter from Congress president Sonia Gandhi to the prime minister, seeking a rollback of the increase in fuel prices. The former Congress chief has been targeting the government over the rise in petrol and diesel prices, and has said the middle class and poor people pay for the "gifts crony capitalists get". "Middle class and the poor pay for the gifts the crony capitalists get," Gandhi wrote on Twitter on Monday. Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also wrote on the microblogging website that Sonia Gandhi has written to the prime minister demanding a rollback of the surging petrol-diesel prices that have broken the back of the common man in these challenging times. The statements came on a day oil companies raised petrol and diesel prices for the 10th day in a row, with the petrol price hiked to Rs 76.73 per litre from Rs 76.26 in Delhi and the diesel rates to Rs 75.19 a litre from Rs 74.26. Due to the 10 hikes, the petrol price has gone up by Rs 5.47 per litre and that of diesel by Rs 5.8 a litre. Registration on Seva Sindhu portal mandatory for people entering Karnataka: Govt Bengaluru: People who will be coming or transiting through Karnataka will have to mandatorily register on Seva Sindhu portal, according to an order of the state government. "The registration on Seva Sindhu portal is mandatory for all persons coming in or transiting, through Karnataka by providing the correct information about their contact number and destination address. All transport companies such as airlines, railways and, road transport companies are required to ensure that their passengers have done the registration on Seva Sindhu Portal for the relevant mode of transport before boarding the flight, train or bus," read the order. As per the order, people coming from Maharashtra shall be placed under 7-day institutional quarantine followed by 7-day home quarantine while those coming from Delhi and Tamil Nadu to be under 3-day institutional quarantine and 11-day home quarantine. People coming from states other than Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu shall be placed in 14-day home quarantine. The other quarantine norms including those for business travellers, transit travellers and special category travellers shall be in accordance with the protocol issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department. The state government said that any violation of the quarantine norms or failure to register on Seva Sindhu portal or giving of incorrect information by the incoming persons or carrying of passengers by the transport companies without registration on the portal shall attract penal action as per section 51(b) of The Disaster Management Act 2005 and section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. Combat COVID-19: Karnataka to celebrate 'Mask Day' on June 18 Bengaluru: Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday announced that the state government will celebrate 'Mask Day' on June 18 to spread awareness about the importance of masks to contain COVID-19 spread. The 'Mask Day' will be celebrated in all district headquarters and taluks. "The state government will celebrate Mask Day on June 18 to spread awareness about masks and its importance. The Mask Day will start from Ambedkar statue, Vidhana Soudha. Film actors and sports personals also will be present in the programme. It will be celebrated in all district headquarters and taluks as well," Yediyurappa said in a press conference. "We will take strict action against those who are not maintaining social distancing. A fine of Rs 200 will be imposed on those for not wearing a mask in public places," he said. The Chief Minister informed that 44,000 tests have been done in the state and the government is doing 7,100 tests for every 10 lakh people. "We are doing 7,100 tests for every 10 lakh people. Out of 7,000 cases, 4,386 are from Maharashtra and 1,340 contacts of persons who returned from Maharashtra. 216 are international passengers, 87 are from Delhi, 67 from Tamil Nadu and 62 from Gujarat," he said. K'taka to utilise pvt hospitals to treat Covid: Minister Bengaluru:  Private hospitals will also be roped in to treat Covid patients at government fixed costs in Karnataka, said a minister on Monday. "Decision will be soon made on roping in private hospitals to treat Covid patients," said Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar. However, he clarified that the cost for testing and treating patients will be determined by the government. "Strict action will be taken against hospitals which try exploit people by charging exorbitant prices. Private sector has to join hands with the government in this battle against the pandemic," he said, Commenting on the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, Sudhakar said only MDA and CE approved kits are being purchased and people need not worry about their quality. The minister said that he is personally visiting all the districts to monitor the state of the pandemic in the southern state. On bringing Covid treatment under the ambit of insurance, Sudhakar said he will discuss with the union Health Ministry to bring Covid under ABARK. He quoted the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation which said wearing marks can reduce the spread of the infection by 90 per cent and exhorted everybody to wear a mask. The minister requested the press and media to raise Covid awareness with facts and help people overcome fear and anxiety about the virus. "Bengaluru has about 607 cumulative cases so far and 330 among them are still active. Only six of them are in ICU and 93 per cent of them are asymptomatic," he said. According to Sudhakar, Coronavirus is not as lethal as SARS and Karnataka''s mortality rate is 1.2 per cent compared to the national mortality rate of 2.8 per cent. "Except the fact that corona is spreading fast, it is not as dangerous as past viruses. For example, mortality rate in SARS is 10 per cent. So the media should create awareness among the public with these facts and figures rather than creating panic," he added. Will request PM for more relaxations in Karnataka: Yediyurappa Bengaluru:  Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday said he would request Prime Minister Narendra Modi for more relaxations, as he made it clear that COVID-19 lockdown measures were not required in the state anymore. "The lockdown is not required for Karnataka, we will request for more relaxations," Yediyurappa said in response to a question about video conferencing with the Prime Minister. Speaking to reporters here, he said, "I will request him (PM) to make way for- people to lead a normal life and for the improvement in the economic situation." Several services such as metro, theatres, gyms, swimming pools, bars among others continue to remain restricted under unlock 1.0 that is currently in place. Modi is scheduled to hold a video conference with Chief Ministers of various states on Tuesday and Wednesday. Yediyurappa is scheduled to take part in the video conferencing on Wednesday. The Chief Minister, who took part in the special pooja organised at Shankar Math here to pray for the control of COVID-19, said, the government was making all efforts to control the spread. "We are taking strong measures and all of us should fight this together," he said, as he highlighted that the government has released the financial assistance amount that was announced for farmers, and was ensuring that it reaches them. COVID-19: 80 people working in UP CM helpline centre test positive LUCKNOW: At least 80 people working for the Uttar Pradesh chief minister's helpline service here have tested positive for COVID-19, a senior official said on Tuesday. "The first case (among those working at the helpline) was detected around 4-5 days back," the official told PTI. The helpline service '1076' has been outsourced to a company. "We had visited the place almost a month back, and they were properly told masks and sanitisers have to be used by everyone. They (the company) forwarded us photographs and videos of people wearing masks while working," the official said. However, the official refused to comment on whether any action has been initiated against the company, which was providing the services. The Yogi Adityanath government had last year launched the chief minister's helpline number '1076'. The 24X7 toll-free helpline number enables residents of the state to file their complaints. It was launched to establish a direct link between the people and the Chief Minister's Office. Why are you hesitating to show red-eye to China in Ladakh? questions Kapil Sibal New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Tuesday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the border matter with China in Galwan Valley, saying 'why he is hesitating to show red-eye to China in Ladakh'?​​​​​​​ "Double faced politics. Modi Ji use to accuse the UPA for not showing red eye to China when it crosses LAC. Modi ji, now why are you hesitating to show red-eye to China in Ladakh?," he tweeted. "And when Nepal is showing you red-eye then why do you now want to have a dialogue. Where is your 56-inch chest?." A couple of days back, Rahul Gandhi also questioned the government over Chinese aggression in Ladakh and targeted the Prime Minister. "The Chinese have walked in and taken our territory in Ladakh. Meanwhile. The PM is absolutely silent and has vanished from the scene," the Congress MP posted, tagging a news article that claimed China has taken a hard line during military-level talks on Saturday. The former Congress president has been asking the government repeatedly to clarify whether China has taken over Indian Territory in Ladakh region. PM discusses coronavirus situation with CMs New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding discussions with chief ministers and Lt governors of 21 states and union territories on Tuesday on ways to check the spread of novel coronavirus as thousands of fresh cases are being reported daily. This is Modi's sixth interaction with the chief ministers since the outbreak of the deadly virus. The two-day virtual meet comes as the country witnesses an unabated spike in coronavirus cases. India registered over 10,000 COVID-19 cases for the fifth day in a row pushing the tally to 3,43,091 on Tuesday, while the death toll rose to 9,900 with 380 new fatalities. Chief ministers of Punjab, Kerala, Goa, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, and those of the northeastern states among others are talking part in the meet. LGs and administrators of some union territories are also attending Tuesday's brainstorming session. On Wednesday, Modi will interact with chief ministers of 15 states and the LG of Jammu and Kashmir. These are the states where coronavirus cases are on a much higher side and include Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Karnataka, Gujarat, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Based on suggestions made by the states, under "Unlock 1" several relaxations were made for public and businesses to ensure that economic activities hit by the lockdown gather momentum. But this has given rise to fear that it may trigger an increase in new cases. Modi had on Saturday reviewed the steps being taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in areas with high case load and the road map for effective management of the situation. US reducing number of troops in Germany to 25K, confirms Trump Washington, Jun 16 (PTI) The United States will reduce its troop strength in Germany from the nearly 52,000 at present to 25,000, President Donald Trump has said here. In an interaction with reporters at the White House on Monday, Trump attributed the move to high costs and Germany being "delinquent" in its payment to NATO. "We have 52,000 soldiers in Germany. That's a tremendous amount of soldiers. It's a tremendous cost to the United States and Germany, as you know, is very delinquent in their payments to NATO. "They are paying one per cent and they're supposed to be a two per cent. And then two percent is very low. It should be much more than that. So they are delinquent of billions of dollars," Trump alleged. "So, we're putting the number down to 25,000 soldiers. We'll see what happens, but Germany has not been making payments. In addition to that, I was the one that brought it up. Everybody talks about Trump with Russia. Well, I brought this up a long time ago. Why is Germany paying Russia billions of dollars for energy and then we're supposed to protect Germany from Russia? How does that work? It doesn't work," the US president said. US soldiers, he said, are paid well. "They live in Germany. They spend vast amounts of money in Germany. Everywhere around those bases is very prosperous for Germany. So, Germany takes. And then on top of it, they treat us very badly on trade. We have trade with the EU, Germany being the biggest member, and very, very badly on trade and we are negotiating with them on that. But right now, I'm not satisfied with the deal they want to make," Trump said. "They've cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars over the years on trade," he said. The US protects them and then they take advantage of America on trade, the president said. "So we are working on a deal with them, but it's very unfair and I would say by far, the worst abuser is Germany," he said. KSRTC to run inter-state buses to Andhra starting June 17 Bengaluru, June 15 (PTI): The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on Monday decided to start its first inter-state operation in a phased manner with services to Andhra Pradesh from June 17. Almost a month after resuming the inter-district services, the transport corporation said it would run the buses without air-conditioners in view of the COVID-19 spread. In the first phase, the buses would ply from Bengaluru to Anantapur, Hindupur, Kadri, Puttaparthi, Kalyanadurga, Rayadurga, Kadapa, Produtur, Mantralaya, Tirupathi, Chittor, Madanapalli, Nellore and Vijayawada. Another bus service would be from Ballari to Vijayawada, Anantapur, Kurnool and Mantralaya. The third service would be from Raichur to Mantralaya and the fourth service from Shahpur to Mantralaya and Kurnool, the transport corporation said in a statement. An official said the buses to Telangana may resume from next week while no decision has been taken on operating buses to Kerala, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Since Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are the COVID-19 hotspots, Karnataka is careful about operating buses to the two states, the official said. The KSRTC had minimised the inter-state bus services from March 1 as the COVID-19 cases started increasing. The service was stopped from March 24 when the lockdown was effected. Three days institutional quarantine for those coming to Karnataka from Chennai and Delhi: CM B S Yediyurappa Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said those coming to the state from Chennai and Delhi will have to undergo three days of institutional quarantine followed by 11 days of home isolation. Up till now, a seven-day institutional quarantine was prescribed for those returning from Maharashtra, while there was no mandatory institutional quarantine for asymptomatic people returning to Karnataka from other states. Those returning from states other than Maharashtra were asked to quarantine themselves at home. “Those coming from Maharashtra are subjected to seven days of institutional quarantine, followed by seven days of home quarantine, while those coming from Chennai and Delhi will have to go for three days of institutional quarantine and 11 days of home quarantine,” Yediyurappa said. Speaking to reporters here, he said the decision has been taken following the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in these states. “It is because of returnees from other states the cases have increased, not because of the local (intra-state) movement, so we have to control people coming from outside, we have to quarantine them and have to tighten measures. We are making honest efforts in this regard,” he added. Yediyurappa was speaking to reporters after chairing a meeting with top ministers and officials to discuss the surge in Covid cases in the state. “There are no plans for any lockdown, and we will request the Prime Minister for more relaxations,” the Chief Minister said in response to a question. Of a total of 7,000 cases in the state, 4,386 are returnees from Maharashtra and 1,340 are their contacts. While 216 have returned from abroad, returnees from other states include Delhi 87, Tamil Nadu 67 and Gujarat 62. Noting that there are indications that the number of coronavirus infections are expected to increase in the days to come, Yediyurappa assured the people that the government would take all the precautionary measures required, and appealed to people to cooperate, follow social distancing, and wear masks. He said it has been decided to observe the coming Thursday as “mask day” by organising a walk across the state and the main event will be held at Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat. “Strict measures will be taken against those not wearing masks and not maintaining social distancing here on. Initially, a fine of Rs 200 will be imposed throughout the state,” he said. Further, he said, a special Covid-19 taskforce has been constituted for Bengaluru and its surrounding areas, the BBMP (city civic body) Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners of neighbouring districts have been asked to pay special attention. As of June 14 evening, cumulatively 7,000 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 86 deaths and 3,955 discharges. Of the 2,956 active cases in the state till last evening, 2,940 patients were in isolation at designated hospitals and were stable, while 16 were in ICU. Yediyurappa said the State’s mortality rate is 1.2 per cent, while the national average is 2.8 per cent. The State’s recovery rate is 56.6 per cent and the national average is 51 per cent, he said, adding that 93 per cent of the total cases are asymptomatic, while the remaining seven per cent are symptomatic. Bengaluru had 697 cases, 330 of which were active. The city has reported 36 deaths. Dhoni at no 3 would have broken most records: Gambhir Mumbai, Jun 15 (PTI) Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes that Mahendra Singh Dhoni would have been a different player with all batting records in his kitty had the Indian captain opted batting one down in 50-over format. Gambhir was asked to chose between current India skipper Virat Kohli and Dhoni, to chase down a target. "It's very difficult to compare both of them because one bats at No. 3, one bats at No. 6 or 7," Gambhir said on Star Sports show 'Cricket Connected'. According to Gambhir, with the kind of flat pitches on offer and quality of current bowling attacks in world cricket now, the Jharkhand dasher could have broken most of the records had he batted at three. "Probably, I would have taken MS Dhoni. MS Dhoni batting at No. 3 on flat wickets, with the quality of bowling attack now in world cricket. "Look at Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies, in the current situation, with the kind of quality in international cricket there is, MS Dhoni would have probably broken most of the records," added the southpaw, who is a member of both 2007 and 2011 World Cup winning Indian team. Dhoni in his career usually batted lower down the order and was more of a finisher. The former left-handed opener felt that Dhoni would have been the most exciting cricketer in the world had he not captained India and batted up the order at number three. "Probably, world cricket has missed one thing and that is MS didn't bat at No. three . Had MS not captained India and batted at No. three, probably world cricket would have seen a completely different player, probably he could have got many more runs, he would have broken many more records." However former India speedster Irfan Pathan had a different viewpoint. Pathan said that if one compares Dhoni to Kohli at number three, Kohli would have been a better option. "But MS had all the chance to bat at No. 3, he didn't. Look, I really believe that if you compare Virat and Mahendra Singh Dhoni batting at No. 3, I still feel Virat has a better technique. "There's nothing that I am taking away from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, obviously he has been an absolute legend of the game. Everyone has their own opinion. I will still take Virat any day," said Pathan on the same show. Over 57.7 lakh COVID-19 tests done so far: ICMR A total of 1,15,519 samples of COVID-19 have been tested in the last 24 hours taking the total samples tested to 57,74,133 in the country, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said. "Total sample tested 57,74,133 and samples tested in the last 24 hours is 1,15,519," said ICMR. Covid-19: 5 new Covid-19 cases surface in Dakshina Kannada, 21 in Udupi Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts reported five and 21 new cases of the novel coronavirus, respectively, on Sunday. Petrol price hiked by 62 paise/litre, diesel by 64 paise; rates up by Rs 4.52 and Rs 4.64 in 8 days New Delhi, Jun 14 (PTI) Petrol price on Sunday was hiked by a record 62 paise per litre and that of diesel by 64 paise as oil companies for the eighth day in a row adjusted retail rates in line with cost since ending an 82-day hiatus in rate revision. Petrol price in Delhi was hiked to Rs 75.78 per litre from Rs 75.16 while diesel rates were increased to Rs 74.03 a litre from Rs 73.39, according to a price notification of state oil marketing companies. Rates have been increased across the country and vary from state to state depending on the incidence of local sales tax or VAT. The 62 paise a litre increase in petrol and 64 paise hike in diesel price is the highest surge in rates since the daily price revision was started in June 2017. This is the eighth daily increase in rates in a row since oil companies on June 7 restarted revising prices in line with costs, after ending an 82-day hiatus. In eight hikes, petrol price has gone up by Rs 4.52 per litre and diesel by Rs 4.64 -- a record increase in rates in any eight days since the daily price revision was introduced. The freeze in rates was imposed in mid-March soon after the government hiked excise duty on petrol and diesel to shore up additional finances. Oil PSUs Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL), instead of passing on the excise duty hikes to customers, adjusted them against the fall in the retail rates that was warranted because of international oil prices falling to two-decade lows. The government had first raised excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 3 per litre each on March 14 and then again on May 5 by a record Rs 10 per litre in case of petrol and Rs 13 on diesel. The two hikes gave the government Rs 2 lakh crore in additional tax revenues. State-owned fuel retailers IOC, BPCL and HPCL had frozen petrol and diesel prices since March 16, as if anticipating the government move and set off gains they accrued from continuing drop in international oil prices against the excise duty hike. They, however, promptly passed the increase in local sales tax or VAT by state governments such as Rs 1.67 increase in VAT on petrol and Rs 7.10 in diesel by the Delhi government on May 4. The total incidence of excise duty on petrol has risen to Rs 32.98 per litre and that on diesel to Rs 31.83. The excise tax on petrol was Rs 9.48 per litre when the Narendra Modi government took office in 2014 and that on diesel was Rs 3.56 a litre. The government had between November 2014 and January 2016 raised excise duty on petrol and diesel on nine occasions to take away gains arising from plummeting global oil prices. In all, duty on petrol rate was hiked by Rs 11.77 per litre and that on diesel by 13.47 a litre in those 15 months that helped government's excise mop up more than double to Rs 2,42,000 crore in 2016-17 from Rs 99,000 crore in 2014-15. It cut excise duty by Rs 2 in October 2017 and by Rs 1.50 a year later. But it raised excise duty by Rs 2 per litre in July 2019. It again raised excise duty on March 14 by Rs 3 per litre. K'taka CCB to investigate into murder of Naushad Kashimiji Mangaluru: After eleven years of murder of noted Criminal Lawyer Naushad Kashimji, the investigation of the case has now been handed over to Bengaluru CCB. Police said on Saturday that a team of CCB sleuths from Bengaluru has reportedly arrived in the city in this backdrop. Hailing from Bhatkal, Naushad Kashimji was shot dead in the basement of his apartment in April 2009. The investigation into the case had revealed that underworld don Ravi Pujari had threatened Naushad for life days before his murder. No need to close entire office building if 1-2 coronavirus cases are reported: Union Health Ministry  New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday issued guidelines for offices, stating that the entire office building need not be closed or halt work in other areas if one or two coronavirus cases are reported and work can be resumed after disinfection. ​​​​​​​ The ministry said that only asymptomatic staff/visitors shall be allowed with face masks and cleaning and regular disinfection should be carried out in offices. Regarding the closure of the workplace if one or two cases are reported, the ministry said that disinfection procedure should be carried out at places/areas visited by a patient in the past 48 hours. "There is no need to close entire office building/halt work in other areas and work can be resumed after disinfection," read the guidelines. In case of a large outbreak or potential emerging cluster, building/block to be closed for 48 hours after thorough disinfection, the entire staff will work from home, till the building/block is disinfected and fit for re-occupation. Air conditioning temperature should be between 24-30 degree Celsius (relative humidity of 40-70 per cent, intake of fresh air cross ventilation), the ministry said. According to the guidelines, officers/staff residing in the containment zone should inform supervisory officer and work from home and staff/drivers residing in containment zones should not be allowed to drive vehicles. The ministry has suggested video conferencing for meetings, staggering of office hours, lunch hours/coffee breaks and suspend the issue of visitors/temporary passes and screen permitted visitors properly. It said that social distancing should be ensured in cafeteria/canteen/dining hall/kitchen and staff/waiters should wear masks and hand gloves. Mandatory sanitiser dispensers and thermal screening provisions should be there at the entrance, the guidelines said. Petrol price hiked by 59 paise per litre, diesel by 58 paise in seventh increase in a row New Delhi, Jun 13 (PTI) Petrol price on Saturday was hiked by 59 paise per litre and diesel by 58 paise as oil companies for the seventh day in a row adjusted retail rates in line with costs since ending an 82-day hiatus in rate revision. Petrol price in Delhi was hiked to Rs 75.16 per litre from Rs 74.57, while diesel rates were increased to Rs 73.39 a litre from Rs 72.81, according to a price notification of state oil marketing companies. Rates have been increased across the country and vary from state to state depending on the incidence of local sales tax or VAT. This is the seventh daily increase in rates in a row since oil companies on Sunday restarted revising prices in line with costs, after ending an 82-day hiatus. In seven hikes, petrol price has gone up by Rs 3.9 per litre and diesel by Rs 4. The freeze in rates was imposed in mid-March soon after the government hiked excise duty on petrol and diesel to shore up additional finances. Oil PSUs Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL), instead of passing on the excise duty hikes to customers, adjusted them against the fall in the retail rates that was warranted because of a decline in international oil prices Shahid Afridi tests positive for COVID-19 Karachi, Jun 13 (PTI) Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Saturday said he has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first high-profile cricketer to be infected with the deadly virus. "I've been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I've been tested and unfortunately I'm covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah," Afridi announced on Twitter. Afridi played for Pakistan between 1996 and 2018, featuring in 27 Tests (1716 runs and 48 wickets), 398 ODIs (8064 runs and 395 wickets) and 99 T20 Internationals (1416 runs and 98 wickets). He remains involved in the game and was last seen on the field in the Pakistan Super League in March. Afridi is also actively involved in his charity work as the head of a foundation named after him. Following the coronavirus outbreak, he was seen outdoors on many occasions, mainly for his charity work. Wishes of a speedy recovery started pouring on social media soon after Afridi made the announcement. He might have retired from international cricket his popularity in the sub-continent has not dipped. His tweet also drew quick response from his Pakistan teammates including Muhammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). "Get well soon. Praying for your swift recovery!" wrote PCB on Twitter. Hafeez said that Afridi was a "fighter by nature" and was sure that he will "fight the virus and will defeat it soon". Akmal also joined in praying for Afridi. "Prayers are for your long, healthy life. Get well soon," he tweeted. The Pakistan all-rounder, famous for his big-hitting, retired from international cricket in 2017. He had already quit Tests in 2010 and ODIs after the 2015 World Cup but captained Pakistan in the World T20 in India. Another former Pakistan international Taufeeq Umar, had also tested positive for coronavirus but he recovered earlier this month. At least two Pakistani first-class players have died from the infection with leg-spinner Riaz Sheikh passing away in Karachi earlier this month. Sheikh, a leg-spinner who took 116 wickets in 43 matches, died in his home. Another Pakistani first-class player, Zafar Sarfaraz, 50, died due to the virus in April in Peshawar. Karnataka bans online education for children from KG to 5th standard Giving big relief to thousands of parents, teachers and children who were struggling to cope with the new normal of online classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Karnataka state Department of Primary and Secondary Education on Wednesday ordered a ban on online classes for children from KG to class 5. Based on the report submitted by director NIMHANS, recommending online classes only above the age of 6 years and also following the complaints from several parents about online classes conducted by private schools even for kindergarten kids, the department has announced this decision on Wednesday. Briefing the media soon after the meeting with department officials, S Suresh Kumar, primary and secondary education minister said, "We have taken two major decisions today. The online classes for LKG, UKG and primary classes should be stopped immediately." Even collecting fees in the name of online classes should be stopped, said the minister. "We have already issued a circular about it insisting that schools not collect fees in the name of online classes and also requesting schools not to increase fees for the 2020-21 academic year considering financial constraints of several people due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said the minister. The department, however, also discussed how to engage children during this period as there was no clarity over the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 academic year. "We have constituted a committee to prepare guidelines on how to engage students and increase their knowledge. The committee is headed by Prof. MK Sridhar," he said. Before taking this decision, the department had three rounds of discussions with various experts, including Prof. MK Sridhar, Prof. VP Niranjanaradhya, Dr John Vijay Sagar and other departments, including the home and health departments. Plea in SC seeks quashing of CBSE notification for conducting remaining exams of class XII NEW DELHI: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking quashing of a notification of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for conducting the remaining examinations of Class XII from July 1 to July 15 amid the increase in number of COVID-19 cases across the country. The plea, filed by some parents of students who are appearing in class XII examination, has sought a direction to the CBSE to declare the results on the basis of exam already conducted and to calculate it on an average basis with internal assessment marks of the remaining subjects. Raising concern over the safety of lakhs of students, the plea has said that they might be exposed to COVID-19 infection if they have to appear in the examinations amid the increase in number of cases of virus infection. It urged the apex court to quash the May 18 notification of the CBSE by which the date sheet for remaining exams of Class XII was declared and also to stay it till the plea is decided by the court. "The said petition would also demonstrate the extent of discriminatory and arbitrariness conduct of the respondent/CBSE in issuing the notification for holding of the remaining examination and that too in the month of July, 2020 wherein as per the AIIMS data, the said COVID-19 pandemic would be at its peak," the plea said. It alleged that considering the gravity of COVID-19 pandemic, the CBSE has cancelled the examinations of Class X and XII for its around 250 schools which are situated abroad and has adopted the criteria of awarding marks on the basis of either practical exams conducted or the internal assessment marks. "It is highly regretful that the respondents (CBSE and Ministry of Human Resource Development) herein have no genuine concern about putting the lives at peril of all the students pan India and have no explanation whatsoever in insisting upon holding the said examination in India," the plea claimed. It said that in April this year, the CBSE had directed the schools to promote students of classes IX and XI to the respective next grades on the basis of school based assessments. It said that on May 25, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development had announced about conducting of exams for classes X and XII class students in almost 15,000 exam centres as against 3,000 centres which were used earlier. "Ensuring proper cleanliness and safety standards as prescribed by the concerned government in COVID-19 situation in those 15,000 exam centres spreading over length and breadth of the country including rural sectors would not only be risking health and life of children but also would be an exercise in futility and an eyewash," the plea said. It said even if it is to be assumed that 50 per cent of coronavirus cases are asymptomatic then the students, who will appear in the exams, could be potential careers posing a great risk to themselves and also their family members. The plea said that several premier educational institutes, like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), has also cancelled its exams including those of final year students because of the pandemic situation. The plea has also raised concern over the issue where an examination centre might fall within the COVID-19 containment zone. Coronavirus Lockdown: Finance Ministry releases Rs 6,195 crore to 14 states The government on Wednesday released Rs 6,195 crore to 14 states as monthly instalment of the post devolution revenue deficit grant. "The government on June 10, 2020, released Rs 6,195.08 crore to 14 states as the third equated-monthly instalment of the post devolution revenue deficit grant as recommended by the 15th Finance Commission. This would provide them additional resources during the corona crisis," the Office of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a tweet. Earlier, on April 3 and May 11, the ministry released a similar amount as the first and second instalment of the post devolution revenue deficit grant to 14 states -- Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. No printing of tickets; ticket checking by RPF; outsource cleaning: Proposals on streamlining railways The railways may not print tickets, station masters could double up as signal maintainers, RPF staff and onboard technicians could check tickets-if a slew of proposals from zonal railways to streamline the national transporter is accepted by the Railway Board. SC directs Centre, states to send migrant workers to their native places within 15 days The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Centre and state governments to send all the migrant workers to their native places within 15 days and formulate employment schemes after conducting their skill mapping to rehabilitate them. COVID-19: Validity of motor vehicle documents extended till September 30 The government on Tuesday announced further extension till September 30 for validity of motor vehicle documents, including driving license and vehicle fitness, in view of COVID-19 pandemic. Kejriwal tests negative for COVID-19 New Delhi, Jun 9 (PTI) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has tested negative for COVID-19, an official said on Tuesday. The official said the 51-year-old AAP supremo underwent the test for coronavirus Tuesday morning. Kejriwal had gone into self-quarantine on Sunday after he developed a sore throat and fever. The fever has subsided and he is now feeling well, the official said. Deve Gowda files nomination for RS polls from Karnataka Bengaluru:  JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda on Tuesday filed his nomination as party's candidate for June 19 Rajya Sabha elections from Karnataka. The former Prime Minister was accompanied by his sons former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and former Minister H D Revanna, state JD(S) chief H K Kumaraswamy and others, as he filed his papers at the office of Legislative Assembly Secretary M K Vishalakshi, who is the returning officer for the polls. JD(S) on Monday had announced that Gowda will be contesting the Rajya Sabha polls. Announcing the decision, Kumaraswamy had said Gowda decided to contest following the request of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, several national leaders and party legislators, and it was not an easy task to "persuade" him to enter the Rajya Sabha. The JD(S), which has 34 seats in the assembly, is not in a position to win a seat in Rajya Sabha on its own and will need support from the Congress with its surplus votes. A minimum of 45 votes are required for a candidate to win. If he wins, this will be the second Rajya Sabha entry for 87-year-old Gowda, the first time being in 1996 as the Prime Minister. Gowda was defeated in Tumkur constituency by BJP's G S Basavaraj by over 13,000 votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. As joint candidate of the then ruling Congress-JDS coalition, Gowda had chosen to contest from Tumkur at the last minute after vacating Hassan-his home turf, to grandson Prajwal Revanna (a current MP). Election is scheduled on June 19 to fill four Rajya Sabha seats from Karnataka, represented by Rajeev Gowda and BK Hariprasad of Congress, Prabhakar Kore of the BJP and D Kupendra Reddy of JD(S) that will fall vacant on June 25, with their retirement. Today is the last date for filing nominations. With BJP not fielding any candidate against Gowda, his election is likely to be unanimous. Bhatkal Mosques opened for prayers with precautionary measures Mosques in Bhatkal reopened for prayers on Tuesday with all necessary precautionary measures. Mosques along with other places of worship also opened after two-and-half months long strict lockdown. BJP fields Kadadi, Gasti as candidates for RS polls Bengaluru:  The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday fielded Eranna Kadadi and Ashok Gasti as it's candidates forthe June 19 Rajya Sabha elections from Karnataka, ignoring the recommendations of the state BJP unit. The state unit had recommended the names of Prabhakar Kore, Ramesh Katti and Prakash Shetty. The names of the two candidates were announced in a party statement in Delhi. Election is scheduled on June 19 to fill four Rajya Sabha seats from Karnataka, represented by Rajeev Gowda and B K Hariprasad of Congress, Prabhakar Kore of BJP and D Kupendra Reddy of JD(S) that will fall vacant on June 25, with their retirement. June 9 is the last date for filing nominations. Party sources said both Kadadi and Gasti come from an RSS background. Kadadi hails from Belagavi, while Gasti is a resident of Raichur. The 54-year-old Eranna Kadadi started his active political career in 1989 and unsuccessfully contested the assembly election from Arambhavi constituency in 1994 on a BJP ticket. He had also served as the Belagavi district Panchayat president in 2010. Ashok Gasti is a lawyer by profession and former general secretary of the BJP's OBC Cell. He is the former chairperson of the Backward Class Development Corporation. HD Devegowda likely to file nomination for Rajya Sabha election on June 9 New Delhi: Former prime minister HD Devegowda is likely to file nomination for elections to the Rajya Sabha on June 9, according to sources in the JDS. The sources told ANI that the former PM has sought the support of Congress in securing his victory to reach the upper house of the Parliament. The Congress is likely to extend support to Devegowda, as president of the party's Karnataka unit, DK Shivakumar, had said that there was no question of supporting BJP. Devegowda had served as the prime minister from June 1996 to April 1997. Four Rajya Sabha seats are up for grabs in the state, Congress has already nominated senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge as its candidate. The ruling BJP will field candidates for two seats while the fourth is likely be taken up by JDS.  Congress is secular, don't want third candidate from BJP to win RS polls: DK Shivakumar Bengaluru: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief DK Shivakumar on Sunday said that Congress is a secular party and they clearly do not want any third candidate from BJP to win the Rajya Sabha elections. Speaking to ANI, Shivakumar said, "We are a secular party. We are very clear that we don't want any BJP third candidate to win the Rajya Sabha election. My leader, Sonia Gandhi will take a call on it." "My party leaders have taken a call on HD Devegowda Ji, very soon they will come with an announcement," he added. Shivakumar had on Saturday said that the party has decided to field one candidate for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha elections. He said the party would soon take a decision on the issue of support to former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda's candidature to the Upper House. The elections to fill the vacant 18 Rajya Sabha seats from seven states will be held on June 19. EC official tests positive for COVID-19 New Delhi, Jun 8 (PTI) An official of the Election Commission has tested positive for COVID-19, sources in the poll panel said on Monday. The official, an assistant section officer, had tested positive on Friday evening, the sources said. He sits on the second floor of Nirvachan Sadan and is attached with the electronic voting machine (EVM) division of the poll panel. All standard operating procedures issued by the Union Health Ministry to deal with such cases are being followed, the sources said. Places of worship open for devotees in Karnataka from today Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], June 8 (ANI): More than two months after the nationwide lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, people offered prayers at Bengaluru's Saint Mary's Church and Shree Dodda Ganapathi Temple as the government has allowed reopening of religious places from today. Fewer devotees here visited Saint Mary's Church in Shivaji Nagar and were seen maintaining social distancing inside the church premises. Meanwhile, people queued outside Shree Dodda Ganapathi Temple at Basavanagudi to offer prayers in the wee hours of Monday. Floor markings have been made here to maintain social distancing. Social distancing norms are also being followed in Hubli's Nagashetty Koppa where only a few devotees thronged the temple on Monday morning. In Kalaburagi's Sharana Basaveshwara Temple the visiting hours for devotees have been fixed from 7 am to 10 am and three hours in the evening from 5 pm to 8 pm. Thermal screening is being conducted here and a disinfectant tunnel has also been installed at the entry point. Floor markings have also been made here to ensure social distancing while barricades have also been installed on the temple premises. India sees record single-day spike in COVID-19 cases New Delhi: The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 7,135 and the number of cases climbed to 2,56,611 in the country after it registered 206 fatalities and a record single-day spike of 9,983 cases till Monday 8 am, according to the Union Health Ministry. India is the fifth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The number of active novel coronavirus cases stands at 1,25,381 while 1,24,094 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said. "Thus, around 48.36 per cent patients have recovered so far," a senior health ministry official said. The total number of confirmed cases include foreigners. Of the 206 deaths reported since Sunday morning, 91 were in Maharashtra, 30 in Gujarat, 18 each in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, 13 each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, nine in Rajasthan, four in Haryana, two each in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand, and one each in Odisha and Punjab. Out of the total 7,135 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 3,060 deaths followed by Gujarat with 1,249 deaths, Delhi with 761, Madhya Pradesh with 412, West Bengal with 396, Uttar Pradesh with 275, Tamil Nadu with 269, Rajasthan with 240 and Telangana with 123 deaths. The death toll reached 75 in Andhra Pradesh, 61 in Karnataka and 51 in Punjab. Jammu and Kashmir has reported 41 fatalities due to the coronavirus disease, while 30 deaths have been reported from Bihar, 28 from Haryana, 15 from Kerala, 13 from Uttarakhand, nine from Odisha and seven from Jharkhand. Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh have registered five COVID-19 fatalities each and Assam and Chhattisgarh have recorded four deaths each so far. Meghalaya and Ladakh have reported one COVID-19 fatality each, according to ministry data. More than 70 per cent of the deaths are due to comorbidities, the ministry's website stated. The highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 85,975 followed by Tamil Nadu at 31,667, Delhi at 27,654, Gujarat at 20,070, Rajasthan at 10,599, Uttar Pradesh at 10,536 and Madhya Pradesh at 9,401, according to the health ministry's data updated in the morning. The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 8,187 in West Bengal, 5,452 in Karnataka, 5,088 in Bihar and 4,708 in Andhra Pradesh. It has risen to 4,448 in Haryana, 4,087 in Jammu and Kashmir, 3,580 in Telangana and 2,856 in Odisha. Punjab has reported 2,608 novel coronavirus cases so far while Assam has 2,565 cases. A total of 1,914 people have been infected by the virus in Kerala and 1,355 in Uttarakhand. Jharkhand has registered 1,099 cases, while 1,073 cases have been reported from Chhattisgarh, 800 from Tripura, 413 from Himachal Pradesh, 314 from Chandigarh and 300 from Goa 300. Manipur has 172 and Nagaland has 118 cases till now. Ladakh has 103 COVID-19 cases, Puducherry has 99 cases, Arunachal Pradesh has 51 cases, Meghalaya 36 cases, Mizoram has 34 cases while Andaman and Nicobar Islands has registered 33 infections so far. Dadar and Nagar Haveli has 20 cases while Sikkim has reported seven cases till now. The ministry's website said that 9,189 cases are being reassigned to states and "our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR". State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation, it said. Cloth masks will work only with social distancing: WHO Hyderabad: The World Health Organisation has said face masks made from cloth should not be used in places where people do not follow social distancing norms. The WHO said in settings where “physical distancing cannot be achieved” and “an increased risk of infection and/or negative outcomes” exists, then a medical mask should be preferred over a fabric one. The WHO said in an advisory that anyone who is above 60 years of age, or those with pre-existing health conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lung disease, cancer or other underlying co-morbidities, must wear only a medical mask for their own protection. With Telangana state said to be experiencing the community transmission phase – where anyone could be a Covid-19 carrier and spreader – the WHO’s guidance on using medical grade masks assumes importance. While masks made from cloth can be used for activities such as using public transport, their use should always be accompanied by frequent hand hygiene and physical distancing. The use of face masks has been a topic on which the WHO had been ambivalent since the outbreak of Covid-19. In its advice issued on Saturday, the WHO said that non medical masks which have lower filtering ability and increased breathability, and are made of woven fabrics such as cloth, can be used for “source control (used by infected persons) in community settings and not for prevention.” The state and central governments have been appealing to people to maintain a minimum of six feet of distance in a public setting. Following this condition strictly is required to prevent either catching the virus from those around them, or spreading it by asymptomatic individuals who have no clue that they have been infected and have turned into disease spreaders. Wearing of masks has been made mandatory for everyone in a public setting but it is not uncommon to see people not following these guidelines in the city and elsewhere in the state. The WHO advice comes at a time when state health department officials have been holding the general public partly responsible for the recent surge in Covid-19 cases because they are not following safety precautions. Some private hospitals have banned entry of people not wearing a triple layered medical mask. Two die of coronavirus in Karnataka; 239 new cases confirmed Fatalities due to coronavirus reached 61 in Karnataka with two more deaths, while 239 more tested positive for the viral infection, pushing the tally in the state to 5,452, the health department said on Sunday. New SOP for Maharashtra returnees: 21-day home quarantine with negative report The state government, which is seeing record highs in Covid-19 cases almost every day, has apparently decided to tweak the testing and quarantine strategies. A health department source confirmed that an expert committee met Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday and a new testing strategy has been decided. COVID-19 crisis: Bus conductor works wearing protective gear in Mangaluru Mangaluru :  As buses in Karnataka are operating following precautionary measures issued by the government to combat COVID-19, a conductor en route State bank to Shaktinagar in Mangaluru was seen working wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) on Saturday. The Karnataka government had allowed resumption of bus services in the state during the fourth phase of COVID-19 lockdown, which ended on May 31. The private bus was also equipped with hand sanitiser for the passengers. All the passengers were seen wearing face masks and maintaining distance from each other. Sudarshan, a private bus conductor, has also covered his face with a face shield. "PPE kit is for our protection and it is a must to keep ourselves and our passengers safe from COVID-19. All necessary equipment, including sanitisers and masks to fight COVID-19 have been provided by our bus owner to us," Sudarshan told ANI. Four Held In Businessman's Killing In Mangaluru Mangaluru, Jun 6 (PTI) Police on Saturday arrested four people in connection with the killing of a 38-year-old businessman in Mangaluru taluk. The businessman, Abdul Latheef, was hacked to death in broad daylight by the gang at Mulki on Friday, police said. Two friends of the businessman who were with him were also attacked. All the three, who suffered injuries, were taken to a hospital where Latheef succumbed, police said. Police have seized the weapons and vehicles used to commit the crime. Investigation is on to find out the reason behind the killing and to trace other people involved in the crime, police added. Mumbai, adjoining areas get pre-monsoon showers Residents of Mumbai and the adjoining areas woke up to a rainy Saturday as pre-monsoon showers lashed these parts. 7 test positive in Uttara Kannada More seven cases of  Covid-19 were reported in Uttara Kannada district on Friday and all of them are those who are in institutional quarantine. 'Take more precautionary steps to maintain Corona free Bhatkal'; memo submitted As all the Bhatkal patients who were infected with novel Coronavirus have recovered and joined their families making the region 'Corona free Bhatkal', the citizens here lauded the efforts of the authorities, while simultaneously they have urged the administration to take more precautionary steps to maintain the taluk by containing the spread of COVlD-l9. Can government confirm no Chinese soldier has entered India, asks Rahul Gandhi Amid a border standoff with China, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday asked the government to make it clear whether or not Chinese soldiers have entered India. 'Veer Savarkar Flyover Pumpwell' banner appears in Mangaluru A banner that read "Veer Savarkar Flyover Pumpwell" surfaced on the sidewall of the Pumpwell flyover in Mangaluru on Tuesday night. Karnataka health minister draws flak for violating social distancing norms Bengaluru, Jun 2 (PTI) Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu has come under criticism for allegedly violating social distancing and lockdown norms by participating in a procession in Chitradurga district on Tuesday in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to party sources, the procession was organised by supporters to felicitate Sriramulu, who is district in-charge Minister of Chitradurga for ensuring flow of water to Vedavathi river from Vani Vilasa reservoir. The minister was in the district to offer pooja to the river, they said. In the visuals of the procession shown on local TV channels, flowers were showered on Sriramulu who was on a bullock cart and a mammoth garland made of apples presented to him using a crane. Siramulu can be seen waving at the large gathering shouting slogans in his praise. Most people standing in close proximity to the Minister can be seen not wearing masks. Also large number of people had gathered at the place not following social distancing. Sriramulu''s action has drawn flak, with several people on social media hitting out at the minister for not following what he preaches. Many have accused the minister of violating social distancing norms and also lockdown restrictions as social and political gatherings are prohibited as per the guidelines. The Congress in Karnataka questioned Sriramulu, asking whether the central and state government guidelines were not applicable to him. It tweeted that his "irresponsible behaviour" was sending a wrong message to people. After coming to know about the widespread criticism, Sriramulu, later addressing the gathering, can be heard requesting people to follow social distancing and wear masks. "There are reports in the media that people have gathered here in large number and no one is wearing mask. I request you to maintain social distancing to be safe from corona..we can''t stop you, you people are strong and move ahead of us (during procession), you don''t listen to us...listen to PM and CM and follow social distancing and wear masks," he can be heard saying. "Such public meetings are not allowed, but looking at you we got emotionalas you people will take me wrong if I don''t talk to you..I''m cancelling my other programmes and going back," he added. Earlier too, Sriramulu had been accused of violating social distancing during supply of ration kits and meetings. COVID-19: Biggest single day spike of 388 cases in Karnataka; Maha continues to add to tally Bengaluru: Karnataka recorded a biggest single day spike of 388 COVID-19 cases, with returnees from neighboring Maharashtra continuing to add to the state''s tally, taking the total number of infections in the state to 3,796, the health department said on Tuesday. With 367 out of 388 new cases being returnees from other states, mostly from neighboring Maharashtra (357), the Karnataka government said it was mulling over increasing institutional quarantine for those returning from the western state. Meanwhile, achieving a milestone in the battle against the coronavirus,the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences at Hubballi has successfully treated a COVID-19 patient through plasma therapy. "Maharashtra (returnees) is a major worry for us, already 15,000-20,000 people have come from Maharashtra, still 2000 odd people may come to each district, as we have allowed so many people already, we have decided to allow them also, Revenue Minister R Ahoka said. Speaking to reporters here, he said ".....cases coming from Bombay and Pune are turning out to be positive, we have to take extra caution, seven days quarantine (institutional) is of no use, we want to increase it specifically for those returning from Maharashtra. We will take a decision soon and issue order." Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa earlier directed district authorities including the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police to camp at taluk centres and work towards curbing the spread of COVID-19. Pointing out that COVID-19 cases were increasing in the state because of returnees from Maharashtra, he asked officials to take all necessary measures to check it, his office said in a release. The previous biggest single-day spike was recorded on May 31 with 299 cases. As of June 2 evening, cumulatively 3,796 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 52 deaths and 1,403 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin. It said out of 2,339 active cases, 2,325 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 14 are in ICU. According to the bulletin,75 patients have been discharged today. Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences in Hubballi has successfully treated a COVID-19 patient through Plasma Therapy. "Karnataka achieves yet another milestone in battle against #COVID19. KIMS Hubli has successfully treated a Covid19 patient through Plasma Therapy & is the first institute in the state to accomplish this. Congrats to KIMS doctors & staff for this feat!" the Minister tweeted. Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Udupi accounted for 150 cases, followed by Kalaburagi 100, Belagavi 51, Raichur 16, Bengaluru urban 12, Bidar 10, nine each from Bagalkote and Hassan, Davangere seven, Yadgiri five, four each from Mandya and Vijayapura, Bengaluru rural three, two each from Chikkaballapura, Dharwad and Tumakuru, and one each from Kolar and Haveri. Udupi district tops the list of positive cases with 410 infections, followed by Kalaburagi 405 and Bengaluru urban 397. Among discharges too Bengaluru urban tops the list with 237 discharges, followed by Kalaburagi 128 and Davangere 121. A total of 3,19,628 samples have been tested so far, out of which 14,812 were tested on Tuesday alone. According to the bulletin, 3,10,967 samples have reported as negative, 13,915 on Tuesday alone. Udupi sees biggest single-day COVID-19 spike with 230 new cases, district's tally nears 500 Udupi district saw its biggest COVID-19 spike on Tuesday with over 230 cases, a majority of them coming from Kundapur taluk. Sources in the health department said Kundapur alone reported over 200 cases while the rest are from Udupi and Karkala taluk. The fresh cases have taken the district's tally close to 500 which is the highest in the state. 187 fresh COVID-19 cases & 1 death reported in Karnataka Karnataka reported 187 fresh positive COVID-19 cases and a related fatality, taking the total number of infections in the state to 3,408 and the death toll to 52, the health department said on Monday. Govt hikes paddy MSP by Rs 53/qtl for 2020-21 The government on Monday hiked the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy marginally by Rs 53 per quintal to Rs 1,868 per quintal for the 2020-21 crop year, while the rates for oilseeds, pulses and cereals were also raised. Coronavirus Lockdown: Private city buses in Mangaluru resume services After 70 days, private city buses in Mangaluru resumed their services from Monday. After March 21, buses had remained off the road following lockdown announced by the government to check the spread of COVID-19. Chartered flight for Bhatkalis from Dubai to Mangaluru; More than 350 citizens register requesting to repatriate home Upon learning about the special chartered flight for stranded people of Bhatkal and surrounding regions from Dubai to Mangaluru, hundreds of people contacted organizers requesting to repatriate home, which has now left organizers in dilemma to decide what steps can be taken to repatriate such a large number of people trapped in United Arab Emirates due to Coronavirus lockdown. Special chartered flight to fly stranded Bhatkalis from United Arab Emirates to Mangaluru on June 11 A most comforting and breathtaking news for the people of Bhatkal and surrounding regions who are stranded in Dubai and in United Arab Emirates in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak has prevailed. Mr. Atiqur Rahman Muniri, a well-known Bhatkali businessman and a owner of Nuha General Trading Company has arranged a chartered flight to repatriate them to Bhatkal and surrounding areas via Mangaluru International airport. 16 persons in Udupi district test positive for COVID-19 As many as 16 persons from Udupi district tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Crescent moon not sighted: Eid Ul Fitr on Sunday in Coastal Karnataka, Kerala Both the Qazis of Bhatkal, Maulana Muhammad Iqbal Mulla Nadvi and Maulana Khwaja Moinuddin Akrami Nadvi have confirmed that the Shawwal crescent was not sighted anywhere on Friday evening, following which the Eid Ul Fitr will be celebrated on Sunday, 24th May in Bhatkal and surrounding regions. COVID-19: Discharge of few Bhatkal patients from Karwar hospital expected tomorrow after reports show negative results Of the 30 people from Bhatkal who have been admitted at the Karwar Institute of Medical Science (KIMS) in Karwar, reports of some people infected with Coronavirus have come out to be negative. But since reports of other patients are yet to be received, some of them may be discharged from the hospital tomorrow, Friday. It was the time of hopelessness but God is the greatest. It was a normal day (despite the lockdown out there in our zone in the name of covid-19 hotspot town) but my life changed in more than so many ways on that day. I guess it was around 9 o'clock at night I heard an outcry of my daughter, 6yrs old. She had slipped of a small table, lying helplessly on the floor with multiple elbow fractures. It was an extremely difficult time. It is not something you ever want to see your child go through. Karnataka govt to decide on conducting SSLC exam on May 18 The Karnataka government is expected to take a call on Monday on holding the Secondary Level School Certificate (SSLC) or class 10 examination, which were postponed due to COVID-19 lockdown. Sirsi: One arrested for inciting communal hatred on Facebook Police have arrested one person on the charges of spreading fake news against one community on Facebook to spark communal hatred and damage peaceful atmosphere in the region. 20 people who returned to Mangaluru in repatriation flight from Dubai test positive for COVID-19 Twenty persons who returned to Mangaluru in a repatriation flight from Dubai two days ago have tested positive for COVID-19. Another nine persons are said to be 'border line' and their samples are being retested.  Priyanka Gandhi writes to UP CM, seeks waiver of power bills of farmers Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday wrote to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, seeking zero interest on home loans availed by the poor and middle class and also waiver of power bills of farmers for four months. One more tests positive for COVID-19 in Bhatkal; active cases tally 21 With one more woman tested positive for novel Coronavirus in Bhatkal, the total of active cases have now climbed to 21 in Uttara Kannada district. All Corona positive patients of Bhatkal shifted to KIMS Karwar Bhatkal: All the 12 patients of Corona positive that came to light last Friday were brought to Bhatkal Taluka Hospital, and in the evening, all of them were shifted to Karwar KIMS hospital (Karwar Institute of Medical Sciences) in three ambulances. Similarly, on Saturday, seven patients who were found to be infected with Coronavirus were taken to KIMS in Karwar by two ambulances. Coronavirus is not a battle between authorities and people of Bhatkal: Uttara Kannada SP clarifies "Coronavirus is not a battle between authorities and people of Bhatkal, and one should not feel social insult if his/her swabs are collected for testing", clarified Uttara Kannada Superintendent of Police Shivprakash Devaraju in Bhatkal. Bhatkal's Madina colony sealed following surge in Corona positive cases Soon after 12 new Corona positive cases came to light in Bhatkal, Police have sealed off the entire Madina Colony coming under Bhatkal containment zone. It has been reported that not only pass holding vehicles but also an ambulance has been reported to be stopped on this route. Police forces have been deployed at various places on the internal routes including at Tengingundi cross and the entire area has been cordoned off. Lockdown: Karnataka stops special trains for migrants As the exodus of migrant workers triggered by the coronavirus lockdown continued, the Railways said on Wednesday it has ferried over 1.25 lakh stranded people across the country from May 1 in 122 trains, while a fresh row erupted after Karnataka Government withdrew its request for such special trains apparently due to concerns over shortage of labour. "Why such fretfulness in Bhatkal after new case of COVID-19? Need action, not panic", Inayatullah Shabandari to Western Range IGP Corona epidemic has spread all over the world and hundreds of people are dying from this epidemic every day, the number of deaths has exceeded in thousands in the country, but why is there so much fuss when the new case of a Corona-Positive comes to light in Bhatkal and why are we being put in panic? It is not appropriate to put pressure on us and harass when a new case arises. If we consider neighbouring city Mangaluru, new cases are reporting every day there, but we are being intimidated when a positive case comes to light twenty days later in Bhatkal', said Bhatkal JD(S) leader and active member of Majlise Islah Wa Tanzeem Inayatullah Shabandari. Bhatkal: 1st PUC results tomorrow; here's how you can check it online As the results of 1st PUC students will be announced tomorrow on May 5, the Anjuman Pre University College board has all arrangements done to announce the results online. Covid-19: About 2,000 Indians stranded abroad may reach Mangaluru after lockdown is lifted Dakshina Kannada District Deputy Commissioner Sindhu B Rupesh said on Thursday that about 2,000 Indians stranded abroad are expected to return here once the lockdown is lifted on May 3. COVID-19 death toll rises to 1,218, cases to 37,336 The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 1,218 and the number of cases climbed to 37,336 in the country on Saturday, according to the Union Health Ministry. Karnataka Congress raid unearths BJP-branded ration In a major embarrassment to the ruling BJP, the Opposition Congress raided a state-run godown where government ration was allegedly repackaged in covers that had the saffron party’s logo. BJP govt charging money from poor, labourers for returning to their homes through train very shameful: Akhilesh Yadav Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday hit out at the Centre, stating that the reports of the BJP government charging money from the poor and migrant labourers for returning to their homes through train is "very shameful". Model & Photographer Adhiraj shares his days in complete Lockdown An Idle Mind is the devil's workshop - Remember the popular proverb we learnt when we were in school. My father had a strange habit of quoting proverbs to me when I was in school. Little did I understand why he kept saying proverbs to me … I misinterpreted it thinking maybe he just likes saying proverbs! But at this juncture I realise ... the things he used to tell me often crosses my mind … it had so much inner meaning! Covid-19: Minister inaugurates fever clinic in Mangaluru District in-charge Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary on Wednesday inaugurated a mobile fever clinic to cure COVID-19 patients. COVID-19: Lockdown till May 3, no relaxation in Udupi says DC Udupi Deputy Commissioner G Jagadeesha on Wednesday said that though the district was in the green zone in connection with COVID-19, there would not be any further relaxations and the lockdown would continue till May 3. COVID-19: Uttara Kannada in Yellow zone as no new cases since April 14; 4 cured patients sent home with traditional farewell in Bhatkal The entire district of Uttara Kannada including Bhatkal was declared red zone after a spate of Coronavirus cases traced in Bhatkal alone in the district. Gradually when the number of Corona cases decreased here, the district was moved to orange zone from red zone. But now Uttara Kannada has moved to yellow zone from orange as no cases of Coronavirus have been found since the last case that was detected on April 14.