Karnataka: 50 AC electric buses will soon be operating on six intercity routes

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has decided to operate electric intercity buses on six intercity routes across the state. This decision comes after the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) decided to operate similar buses in the city from November.

According to KSRTC officials, the transport company has completed the bidding process with a Hyderabad-based company to operate 50 air-conditioned e-buses in the state. “KSRTC will pay Rs 55 per kilometer to the private operator who will operate the buses and with their own drivers. Only one driver will be affected by us,” senior KSRTC officials told The Indian Express.

These buses will run from Bengaluru to Mysuru, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Madikeri, Virajpet and Davangere as these are the most popular intercity routes, officials said.

Hyderabad-based Olectra Greentech Limited (OGL) established itself as the lowest bidder under the Centre’s FAME 2 program (Faster adoption and manufacture of hybrid and electric vehicles in India). Officials said it will be a 12-year contract under which KSRTC will pay by the mile.

“The price of electric buses will be the same as that of existing AC buses that run on these six intercity routes. They will be replaced by the new fleet of electric buses, ”added the official.

OGL will install the charging stations in the depots and at six locations identified to operate the services and it is they who will take care of the operation and maintenance of these buses.

Officials said the buses will be 12 meters long and can accommodate 43 passengers. The company must run each bus 450 km each day.

Meanwhile, BMTC received an e-bus from Uttar Pradesh-based JBM Auto Limited in September and it also plans to start non-AC e-bus operations from November 1.

The 9-meter-long, non-air-conditioned bus can travel 120 km on a single charge and accommodate 33 passengers. BMTC also plans to operate 90 electric buses which will be leased by the National Thermal Power Corporation Vypar Vidyut Nigam. Former Transport Minister B Sriramulu also announced that BTC was in the process of purchasing 300 additional buses in the coming days.

BMTC officials said JBM Auto Limited will send the 90 electric mini-buses at a cost of Rs 130 crore as part of the project. The buses will be operated on the basis of a gross cost contract (GCC), whereby the private company will not only supply the buses but also take full responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the buses. The company will also provide drivers. Buses will operate from Yeswanthpura, KR Puram and Kengeri depots in Bengaluru town.

Karnataka: Muslim chicken shop vandalized on opening day of Belagavi temple

A chicken coop owned by a Muslim family was reportedly vandalized by a right-wing Hindu group on the outskirts of the town of Belagavi in ​​Karnataka. Although the incident took place on October 8, it was only revealed when the video went viral on Monday, as local police apparently did not record an FIR when the family approached them.

According to the sources, the right-wing group had demanded the closure of chicken shops in the area due to the opening of a temple. Although there was no directive from the district administration or any authority, the villagers had closed the chicken shops.

The right-wing group allegedly vandalized the henhouse belonging to Hasan Sab and his wife Afsana Hasan Sab Khureshi in Yamanapur, 6 km outside the city, and threatened the couple to move away from the city.

“We were allowed to open until 11 am and we closed the store at that time. In the afternoon, we sent two of our workers to clean the store and that’s when some of them attacked the workers, assaulted them and vandalized the store. When my husband and I went there after learning about this, they threatened that we would not allow us to live in the city and tried to extort money from us, ”Afsana told The Indian Express.

Afsana and her family had donated 2,500 rupees for the construction of the temple, she said.

“My husband was totally shocked. I approached the local police who organized a “compromise” meeting even though I had asked them to take action against the thugs. The police told us that they had “settled the matter and that they would not interfere in our affairs and told us there was no need to press charges,” she said.

“When we tried to reopen the store, these thugs continued to bother us and tried to extort money from us saying they would kick us out of the village,” she added.

“It wasn’t until Monday morning that they (the police) woke up when the video went viral. Surprisingly, they’re looking to find out who leaked the video, but not the people who vandalized the store, ”she said.

Speaking to Indian Express, Belagavi Town Police Commissioner K Thiyagarajan said he was not aware of the incident and that while the victims had not been able to obtain justice at the police station. police, they should have gone to higher officials.

., including the murder of a 24-year-old Muslim boy for having a relationship with a Hindu woman. Arbaz Aftab Mulla, a car dealership from Khanapur, was beheaded and his body dumped on the railroad tracks on September 28. Eight people, including his girlfriend’s parents, were arrested in this case.

On October 13, a group of men allegedly attacked a youth and a woman from different communities and stole Rs 50,000 from them near Belagavi.

IMD: Bengaluru could receive heavy rains from October 21

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast light to moderate rainfall in Bangalore between October 18 and 20. IMD added that the city will experience heavy rainfall from October 21.

Besides Bengaluru, Mysuru, Haasan, Ramanagara, Chamarajnagar received a heavy rainfall warning for October 21.

“Regarding Bengaluru, we expect light to moderate rains for another two days. State-wide precipitation will be slightly moderate on October 18, 19 and 20. From October 21, the southern districts like Mysuru, Ramanagara, Chamrajnagar, Hassan will experience heavy rainfall. The likely formation of a system near Sri Lanka will cause heavy rainfall in Bengaluru from October 21, ”said Geeta Agnihotri, IMD Chief, Bengaluru.

On October 17, the IMD Observatory at Bengaluru International Airport recorded 63 mm of rain. This airport observatory recorded 348 mm of precipitation in October. The HAL observatory recorded more than 1,000 mm of rain for the third consecutive year.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai on Monday inspected neighborhoods in Bengaluru which had suffered damage from heavy rains.

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Professor Venugopal said that the initial course admission is 30 places each for BA and BSc. (To file)

Bangalore University will begin its four-year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science with Honors degree courses after the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) starting in the 2021-22 academic year.

According to the vice-chancellor of the university, Prof. Venugopal, “The courses are competency-based, elective and interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature, which would provide students with the possibility of taking elective courses in all disciplines according to the objectives of the new NEP. “

Basavaraj Bommai to assess damage due to Bengaluru rains

Following rains that caused damage in many parts of Bengaluru, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai undertook a city tour on Monday morning.

“Due to the rains last week, many areas were damaged by the rain. I will visit these places and make a decision on the work to be done and the compensation. I will conduct an investigation today, ”Karnataka CM Bommai said on Monday.

Karnataka’s chief minister said he would also look into complaints about potholes emerging in many parts of the city following the heavy rains.

In many areas of Bengaluru, civic activists carried out pujas against potholes last week to draw the attention of state government and city civic agencies to the state of roads in Bengaluru .

Karnataka makes strong plea for more foreign investment at Dubai Expo 2020

Emphasizing the “dominant position” of Karnataka in the aerospace and defense sector, the state government on Sunday made a strong plea for more foreign investment in these sectors, during the Dubai Expo 2020 .

Delivering a keynote address at the session on “Opportunities in Karnataka’s Aerospace, Defense and Space Sector” at Dubai Expo 2020, Minister of Large and Medium Industries Murugesh Nirani stressed that the state has a great potential in these sectors, his office said in a statement. .

“Karnataka, in addition to being the largest aerospace cluster in India, is also the 2nd largest producer of heavy electrical machinery in India. Bengaluru alone produces around 60 percent of the machine tools in India. Our state is also the second largest chip design center in the country. We have established a Center of Excellence in partnership with Dassault Systems to provide an industry-ready workforce, ”he said.

Highlighting the thriving small industries many of which are ancillary to the aerospace and defense sector, the minister said the state is providing a support system to push these sectors.

“Karnataka has a solid base of around 2,000 SMEs that perform niche subcontracting work in the aerospace and defense sector. Therefore, the well-developed support system for the sector has further facilitated the expansion of this industry while attracting global players to settle in our state, ”he added.

The minister earlier today hosted a series of Business to Government (B2G) meetings with trade delegations from major companies at the Karnataka pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020, the statement said.

The Minister held a Business to Government (B2G) meeting with a delegation from United Parcel Service (UPS), which is one of the largest parcel delivery companies in the world and a leading provider of chain solutions in the world. global supply.

He also spoke with Dawood Al Shezawi, chairman of the Annual Meeting on Investment (AIM), which is an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy.

B2G meetings were also held with a delegation from Lulu Group – which responded positively to Nirani’s suggestions to create Lulu markets across Karnataka, the delegation from Export Bahrain and Taghleef Industries – one of the world’s largest manufacturers. of BoPP films, the statement added.

Ensuring Daily Covid Testing Targets Are Met: Panel of Experts at the Government of Karnataka

The Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) formed by the Government of Karnataka reminded the latter to ensure that daily testing targets are met with nearly 50,000 samples of the 1.1 lakh test total, recommended until November, to be taken only from Bengaluru.

The government had set itself the target of carrying out 1.5 lakh of tests per day, but the figures vary between 78,958 (October 4) and 1,69,319 (October 2).

Indian express spoke to several District Health Workers (DHOs), who admitted that the daily screening target for their respective districts had not been met for almost a month now. “People seem to have developed a pitted reluctance to share details of their contacts these days, with many of the symptomatic patients themselves unwilling to be tested. This has affected the contact tracing to a large extent because in most cases the number of contacts we can get is limited to less than 10 these days, ”said a DHO from a northern Karnataka district. on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, virologist and TAC member Dr V Ravi felt that it was ideal that a 1:20 ratio of patients to contacts be maintained statewide. “It is imperative that we stick to the core priorities of tracing and testing. While we had maintained a contact tracing ratio of 1:40 during the first wave, the priority at this time should be to test all symptomatic people with an aggressive approach implemented in contact tracing. More testing should be done in areas where clusters are reported, ”he said.

However, the TAC in its latest report to the government reduced the target from 1.5 lakh to 1.1 lakh, citing the drop in the overall test positivity rate (TPR) in the state to less than 0.5. %.

“With a general decline in the number of cases, a review of testing targets has been called for,” the report said, citing the expert panel’s observation that nearly 40% of the total cases identified daily continue to come from the only town of Bengaluru.

He also noted that five districts (Bagalkot, Gadag, Haveri, Koppal, Raichur and Yadgir) had not reported any cases for several days. The two districts with the highest TPR, as of October 9, were Chikkamagaluru (1.25%) and Hassan (1.04%).

The TAC also recommended that the deficit in testing targets can be mitigated by drawing random samples, including among Kerala and Maharashtra interstate arrivals at train and bus stations, home delivery staff , crowded markets, traders and restaurant staff.

Meanwhile, the panel further reiterated that 10 percent of samples taken from districts should come from children attending offline classes in schools.

According to the Karnataka Covid-19 War Room, three districts in the state have tested more than 35,000 people per million in the past 10 days. These are Bengaluru Urban (46,963), Kodagu (39,301) and Dakshina Kannada (38,982).

To date, the state has cumulatively tested more than 4.9 crore of samples, of which more than 3.4 crore were tested in 2021 alone. Of the total, over 92.59 lakh (18.87%) were tested using the Rapid Antigen (RAT) method.

“If there is a shortfall to meet test targets, random samples from overcrowded populations and others like those from closed markets, traders, caterers, catering staff, home delivery staff, inter- arrivals. Other Mahand states should be tested, ”TAC reports. declared.

Karnataka in talks for two coal rakes from Singareni, CM Bommai

Amid reports of the coal shortage in Karnataka, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said he spoke to the Union Minister of Coal to secure two more coal rakes from the Singareni mines.

Bommai said on Wednesday: “The state received eight coal rakes last week and that number rose to 10 after I spoke with the Union Minister of Coal.”

He further clarified that the state will be able to be comfortably positioned in its electricity needs once it has three more coal rakes.

“Concerned state officials are in talks for two more coal rakes from Singareni. I had discussed this with the Union Minister of Coal and the Chief Minister of Telangana. The state government will make arrangements to recover the two rakes in two or three days, ”he added.

The Union Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs, Pralhad Joshi, welcomed the increase in the supply of coal to thermal power plants from all sources.

In a tweet, the minister said cumulative coal supplies, including that of Coal India Ltd, stood at over 2 million tonnes on Tuesday. Joshi also said that the shipment of coal to the power plants will be further increased to ensure sufficient stock with the power plants.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Karnataka State Congress Unit, DK Shivakumar, said he was collecting information about the shortage of coal and electricity in Karnataka. sell it to others.

Rahul should direct Cong ASAP because Sonia is not doing well: Siddaramaaiah

Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Monday that Rahul Gandhi should take responsibility for the president of Congress and lead the party as soon as possible, given that Sonia Gandhi is not doing well.

“I suggested to Rahul ji that he become chairman of the congressional committee of India,” Siddaramaiah told reporters here on the sidelines of a function.

“It’s not that Sonia ji is unable to perform her duties as president. Sonia ji is not in good health. This is why I suggested to Rahul ji to take over as soon as possible, ”he added.

To a question about the shortage of coal in Karnataka, the congressman said that the Center had already clarified that there was no shortage.

He also felt that Karnataka does not need as much coal when renewable energy is abundantly available in the state.

Siddaramaiah said the Center had already made it clear that there was no shortage of coal in the country.

“In Karnataka too, according to my information, there is no shortage of coal. If the government says there is a shortage, then it is an artificial shortage, in my opinion, because so much coal is not needed for power generation, ”said the former chief minister.

“There is hydro, wind and solar power available. Therefore, as much coal-based energy is not needed, ”he explained.

ex-IAF officer's land, title deed
Former IAF officer has struggled to register land title for over 25 years, now son is launching digital campaign

82-year-old former Indian Air Force officer has been trying unsuccessfully to get a khata (land title) registered in his name for over 25 years and his son has now resorted to the media as a last resort social to draw attention to the issue.

Krishnamurthy S, a veteran, had acquired the half acre land from an individual in the village of Vaderahalli north of Bengaluru in 1995. After registering the deed of sale at the office of the Deputy Registrar, he failed to obtain the land title registered in his Name. He ran from pillar to pillar spending his life savings on touts and agents who promised to save the documents.

In 2017, his son Mohan K moved the High Court to Karnataka which in turn tasked the Deputy Commissioner (DC) office of Bengaluru to review and decide the case. “It is also specified that if an investigation is to be opened into the case, the authorities concerned are required to open it within four weeks from today and the same will be concluded within six months”, indicates the ordinance of November 2017.

Nonetheless, the matter remains open with the DC office. Krishnamurthy later developed Parkinson’s disease and was unable to pursue the case.

During this time, some inhabitants invaded the territory. Speaking to The Indian Express, Mohan said: “Over the past year, a review of the revenue records and the Tax Court Case Monitoring System (RCCMS) shows that a few cases similar to Vaderahalli have been tried and khata recorded by officials. However, there is no update on the Krishnamurthy case. In the meantime, some locals have encroached on the land and removed the roof of the shed marking the property and are also using it as a shelter for buffaloes.

Mohan said agents approached him asking for 10-15% of the land’s “current market value” for tax officials to settle the case and register the khata. “All of this makes me wonder if there are any honest officers in the revenue department,” he remarked.

Mohan has now launched a social media campaign highlighting the issue with a petition on change.org. Over the past few days, the campaign has garnered nearly 500 signatures of support. The petition calls on Revenue Minister R Ashok to order officials at the Bengaluru DC office to look into the matter as soon as possible.

“The registration has been on hold for almost 25 years for a technical reason that officials have not been able to explain. Please ask DC office officials to review and resolve the matter as soon as possible. After all, Justice delayed is Justice denied, ”he pleaded.