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Union Health Ministry Writes to Eight States, Including Karnataka, on Increasing Infections

Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to eight states. It is known that letters have been written to Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Delhi, Karnataka where the rate of Covid positivity is high.

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Bengaluru : Corona infection is increasing day by day in the country and this development is cause for concern. In the wake of increasing infections, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has written to eight states including Karnataka.

Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to eight states. It is known that letters have been written to Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Delhi, Karnataka where the rate of Covid positivity is high.

In the letter, the covid infection has not yet been ruled out. Don’t let your guard down and lead to disaster. It has been suggested to take appropriate measures to control the spread of infection as much as possible.

He advised to keep a close watch on the covid infection and be careful about the cases of respiratory distress and fever type (ILI).

Present Situation The Covid infection is not in a dangerous situation. The number of hospitalizations is less. The death rate is also low. However, in some districts the passivity rate has crossed the 10% mark. Therefore, precautions should be taken to prevent the spread of infection.

Currently, the rate of Covid positivity in 63 districts of the country is 10%. He has directed to increase the number of tests in the districts where the infection is high, to monitor those coming from outside, and to take care of the health of children, elderly, pregnant women and barangays.

Test more and send samples for genomic sequencing. They have instructed to take steps to locate the patients cluster wise.

As per the report on Saturday, 10,112 new cases of Covid infection were detected in India. The number of active cases has increased to 67,806.

100 new cases were detected yesterday in Karnataka, which is on the threshold of elections, and the positivity rate has increased to 2.83 percent.

The infection has been increasing in the state since March. However, the situation is not cause for concern. Because the healing rate is high, the doctor said.

Dr. MK Sudarshan, Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee said that compared to the last few months, there is a continuous rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in Karnataka. The number of people admitted to the hospital is also increasing. However, more deaths are seen in those suffering from chronic diseases, he said.

There has been no increase in the number of patients being admitted to hospital due to Covid. This is a good development. He said that 17 deaths have occurred in the state so far in the month of April.

Dr Ramesh Krishna, Medical Superintendent of Victoria Hospital, said that 50 beds have been reserved for Covid-19 patients in the hospital, but no infected patients have been admitted for the past one week.

Dr Priya Gautam, Medical Director of Fortis Hospitals said that there has been no increase in the number of people being admitted to the hospital. He said that we have all the facilities to handle any situation.

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Karnataka Council Passes FAR Amendment Bill

Karnataka Council approves FAR Bill amidst uproar. Premium FAR capped at 0.4%, Transferable Development Rights at 0.6%.

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The Legislative Council approved the bill enabling the sale and purchase of premium Floor Area Ratio (FAR) despite the BJP members staging a walkout during the session on Thursday.

Presented by Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar, who oversees Bengaluru City Development, the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill 2024 received passage in the Council after its prior approval in the Assembly. This legislation permits developers to augment building floors by acquiring additional FAR through a fee payment equivalent to 40% of the guidance value, as sanctioned by local planning authorities. Furthermore, the bill sanctions the sale of FAR.

According to Shivakumar, the inclusion of premium FAR provision is anticipated to augment the revenues of local planning authorities, enabling investment in developmental endeavors. The premium FAR allotment is capped at 0.4%, with Transferable Development Rights limited to 0.6%.

The bill mandates that the proceeds from premium FAR fees be allocated towards land acquisition and the enhancement of basic amenities. Presently, FAR determination hinges on factors like road width, zoning regulations, and other pertinent parameters.

Expressing concerns, BJP MLCs cautioned against potential traffic congestion arising from the proliferation of buildings due to additional FAR. They proposed referring the matter to a select House committee for comprehensive deliberation, while some members advocated for an in-depth discussion before tabling the bill.

Shivakumar defended the legislation, asserting its simplification aimed at benefiting all stakeholders and bolstering the revenues of local planning authorities. He underscored that the previous BJP administration under Basavaraj Bommai had intentions to amend this law.

“We’ve introduced certain amendments to the law. Premium FAR has been operational in Mangaluru for some time now, generating approximately Rs 3,000 crore in additional revenue over the past six years. This amendment extends the same benefit to the entire state,” remarked Shivakumar.

However, BJP members opposed the bill and subsequently staged a walkout from the Council.

In addition, the Council ratified the BBMP Property Tax Amendment Bill, which previously received approval in the Assembly.

Shivakumar elucidated that the bill aimed to rectify an oversight from the previous government, which led to substantial penalties on property owners. He highlighted that the 15th Finance Commission stipulated the release of grants contingent upon property tax aligning with the guidance value, necessitating the introduction of this amendment bill.

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Forest personnel in Karnataka search for leopard, find dog

Forest officials in Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on high alert on Monday and Tuesday in response to reports of leopard sightings from concerned residents.

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Forest officials in Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on high alert on Monday and Tuesday in response to reports of leopard sightings from concerned residents. However, their efforts were met with an unexpected discovery. Despite the urgency of the calls, upon investigation, officials determined that the alleged leopard was, in fact, a dog.

Responding to multiple calls from RR Nagar residents who claimed to have seen a leopard in their vicinity on February 11 and later on February 19, forest personnel conducted a thorough search operation. However, their efforts yielded no evidence of a big cat prowling the area.

Even as some residents maintained night vigils in hopes of catching a glimpse of the elusive creature, no leopard was sighted. The situation escalated when residents of a local apartment complex shared CCTV footage capturing an animal moving along the road, albeit unclearly.

With concerns mounting, residents promptly alerted forest authorities, presuming the creature to be a leopard. Forest officials mobilized their resources for a comprehensive search, only to discover that the supposed leopard was, in reality, a domestic dog.

The incident highlights the importance of accurate identification and prompt response in wildlife management, even in urban areas where encounters with wildlife are rare but not unheard of.

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Karnataka mandates state anthem for all schools

The Kannada & Culture Department reversed its decision, now mandating all schools to sing the state anthem. Confusion stemmed from a “printing mistake.

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The Kannada and Culture Department, which previously issued an order excluding private schools from singing the state anthem during assemblies, has now reversed its decision. In a new government order issued on Wednesday, it has been clarified that all schools, including private ones, should sing the state anthem. Kannada and Culture Minister Shivaraj Tangadagi attributed the confusion to a “printing mistake.”

The issue was brought up in the Assembly by Leader of Opposition R Ashoka, who questioned the initial order’s intention of excluding private schools from including the state anthem, “Jaya Bharatha Jananiya Thanujathe,” penned by Kuvempu, in their assemblies. He expressed bewilderment at why private schools were being excluded from the purview of the education department.

Ashoka criticized the officials for such decisions and expressed frustration with Minister Tangadagi’s apparent lack of control over them. The BJP state president BY Vijayendra demanded an apology from the state government, citing a recent attempt by an official from the Social Welfare Department to alter Kuvempu’s slogan in residential schools as another instance of disrespect towards the poet.

Senior BJP MLA Suresh Kumar emphasized the Kannada and Culture Department’s responsibility to safeguard the Kannada language and questioned the rationale behind such orders. Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao downplayed the issue, stating that it was a minor matter that has already been rectified, but his statement was met with condemnation from BJP members.

Tangadagi clarified that the confusion arose during the preparation of the government order, where the term “all schools” was inadvertently changed, leading to the exclusion of private schools. He termed it a “printing mistake” and assured that it has been rectified. Law Minister HK Patil acknowledged the lapse and promised action against those responsible for the error. The latest government order issued by the department now includes all schools, irrespective of their ownership status.

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