QBengaluru: High Security Alert at KIA; H1N1 Claims 39 Lives
1. High Security Alert at KIA
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, a high security alert has been sounded at the Kempegowda International Airport.
Security has been beefed up at all key installations within the airport and frisking of passengers intensified. This comes just two days after over 170 passengers bound for Singapore were stranded at the airport after an alert raised by a passenger.
The traveller, mistaking a bag for a gun-like article, had raised the alarm just as the Scoot Airlines flight was about to take off early Tuesday morning. The high security alert could increase the already long waiting time at the airport’s security gates.
2. H1N1 Claims 39 Lives in Karnataka in 4 Months
The state has seen 39 deaths due to H1N1 (Influenza A) since January 2019, pushing the government to intensify awareness programmes.
As many as 1,434 positive cases of the viral infection have been reported in the state; 227 of them are from BBMP limits. While Udupi has seen 193 such cases, Dakshina Kannada has recorded 146 and Mysuru 117.
Though the health department says the infection has seen a downward trend in the past two weeks, the situation seems alarming, with 13 positive cases registered on 24 April alone.
3. Rains Lash Kodagu Damaging Over 50 Houses, More Showers Expected
More than 50 houses were damaged after a spell of rainfall hit Kodagu district of Karnataka. Isolated spells of rain were reported in areas under Somwarpet, Virajpet and Madikeri taluks starting from Wednesday, 24 April night. This is the first spell of rainfall in the district in weeks.
Around 25 houses in Kushalnagar reported minor damages due to the unexpected rainfall. The roof of the Gumanakoli Government School flew off due to high-speed winds accompanying the rains. The classrooms were inundated with water as a result. Three houses in Siddapura area were also damaged in the rains.
(Source: The News Minute)
4. Parties Gear up for Assembly Bypolls, Shortlist Candidates
With the heat and dust of campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections behind them, the three major political parties in the state are gearing up for a ‘mini-assembly battle’ slated for 19 May.
On Thursday, 25 April, the BJP and the Congress shortlisted candidates for the two assembly seats — Chincholi (SC reserved) in Kalaburagi district and Kundagol in Dharwad district — where by-elections have been scheduled. The JD(S) has decided not to field a candidate in either of the constituencies and will instead support the Congress. That though won’t make much of a difference since the party has very little influence in these two constituencies.
5. Student Refused Selfie With Bike, Attacked
Two men assaulted an engineering student who refused to let them take selfies with his high-end bike, worth Rs 30 lakh.
The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday, 24 April near Bethany School at Koramangala. Ganesh Gowda R, a resident of Jayanagar 9th Block, was in a coffee shop at Koramangala 4th Block with his friends around 11:30 pm on Tuesday, 23 April.
Around 1 am, he left with his friend Vinay on his Honda Gold Wing bike. A few paces away, the two bike-borne miscreants overtook and stopped Gowda’s bike. They wanted Gowda to give them his bike to take selfies, and snatched the keys.