QBengaluru: 2 Cases of Nipah Suspected; CM to Take Oath Today
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1. Nipah Virus: Two Suspected Cases Reported in Karnataka
Two cases of suspected Nipah Virus (NiV) infection have been reported in Mangaluru. The department of health and family welfare in Dakshina Kannada district is on high alert and officials say that they are well prepared.
DHO Dr M Ramakrishna Rao said samples of two patients have been sent for test at Manipal Centre for Virus Research (MCVR), Manipal. If reports from MCVR show positive for Nipah Virus, samples will be sent again to National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune for final confirmation.
(Source: The Times of India)
2. Parameshwara to be Karnataka Deputy CM
After eight days of political upheaval in Karnataka, Janata Dal (Secular) Legislature Party leader H D Kumaraswamy will be sworn in as Chief Minister on Wednesday, pending formation of a full-fledged ministry and allocation of portfolios.
Meanwhile, after several rounds of meetings and consultation during the last week, an understanding was reached on sharing of berths in the ministry between the Congress and the JD(S). With the size of the ministry fixed at 34, the Congress will get 22 berths, including that of Deputy Chief Minister, while the JD(S) will get 12, including the Chief Minister.
3. Tight Security For Kumaraswamy’s Swearing-In Ceremony
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the swearing-in ceremony of JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy as the chief minister at the eastern gate of Vidhana Soudha.
Bengaluru Police commissioner T Suneel Kumar said that around 2,500 policemen, including eight deputy commissioners, 20 assistant commissioners, 100 inspectors, 35 platoons of Karnataka Reserve Police, 50 platoons of City Armed Reserve and 10 platoons of Central Armed Police Forces and also a dog squad and other police personnel have been deployed.
The movement of drones is restricted in and around Vidhana Soudha.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
4. Bengaluru Gets its First ‘Bicycle Mayor’
Bengaluru got its first ‘Bicycle Mayor’ on Monday as 42-year-old civic activist Satya Shankaran was announced the winner from among 19 applicants, six of who were shortlisted for the post.
The selection panel included civic activists Ashwin Mahesh, V Ravichander and Srinivas Alavalli, and urban transport experts Pawan Mulukutla and Prof Ashish Verma.
The city is the third in India to have a Bicycle Mayor after Vadodara in Gujarat and Guwahati in Assam.
5. Traffic Restrictions for the Swearing-in
Traffic movement is likely to be affected in some parts of the city on Wednesday, especially afternoon onwards, as the Bengaluru Traffic Police have announced diversions in and around Vidhana Soudha in view of the swearing-in ceremony of H D Kumaraswamy as the chief minister.
The ceremony is to be held on the steps of the Vidhana Soudha east gate after 4 pm in the presence of a host of VVIPs. The arrival of a large number of party workers and supporters from various parts of the State is likely to add to the chaos.
Central parts of Bengaluru and areas around Ballari Road are expected to bear the brunt.
6. BBMP to Clear Illegal Settlements on Bengaluru's Bellandur Lake
In a win for citizen activism, just a week after illegal settlements started mushrooming in the buffer zone of the Bellandur Lake which is prohibited by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) swung into action on Tuesday and got four out of the 23 sheds removed.
These settlements, allegedly of Bangladeshi immigrants, started coming up last Monday, to the surprise of residents, who informed lake marshals and thereafter the BBMP who got some of the hutments cleared on Tuesday afternoon. S Singh, a Bellandur resident, said, “We know they are Bangladeshi immigrants because they didn’t know anything about the geography of West Bengal from where they claimed to hail from. They are ragpickers and would discard waste from their daily collection on the lake bed. Since they have no water connection or sanitation facilities, they would also defecate openly there.”
(Source: The New Indian Express)
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