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Nandi Hills will be developed as International tourist place, says Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister


Popular Karnataka located hill station Nandi Hills in Chikkaballapur will be developed as an international tourist destination, Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar who is also district in-charge Minister said on Thursday.

He was speaking to the media in Chikballapur after inspecting the ongoing works at Nandi Hills.

"Nandi Hills and surrounding places are very attractive. Along with beautiful Flora and Fauna Nandi Hills also has a historical and spiritual significance. This has all the qualities to be developed as an international tourist destination. The government has already sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the purpose," said the Minister.

There was a popular demand from the public for a ropeway since 15 years. Though an international agency earlier agreed for the project, later it was dropped. Now the dream is becoming reality. More than 10-acre land will be allotted in the foothills to convert as a parking area. The work will be completed in 3-4 months, said Dr Sudhakar.

"Nandi Hills is 30 km away from Bengaluru International airport. People can reach here in just 1 hour from Bengaluru. We are making efforts to develop this area. Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa has extended full co-operation in this regard, tender will be called soon to allocate the work order," said the Minister.

Trekking trials to 5 hills surrounding the Nandi Hills, eco-tourism, conservation of archaeological monuments, beautification, infrastructure development etc will be done in the coming days. CM will give priority for tourism sector in the coming budget, he added. He also said that it is decided to completely ban use of plastic in the Nandi Hills.

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SC directs joint committee to find factual position on diversion of Mahadayi river


The Supreme Court has directed the joint monitoring committee of superintending engineers of the states of Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra to find the factual position on diversion of waters of the Mahadayi river.

The apex court which yesterday heard the special leave petitions of the states on the tribunal award on the river sharing dispute between Karnataka and Goa said that it would hear the petitions for a final order in April this year.

In a Press statement in Bengaluru, Karnataka Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi said that the monitoring committee should visit the river sites and submit a report before the next hearing. 

All three SLPs filed by the States of Maharastra, Karnataka and Goa were listed before the  Supreme Court today. Apart from the SLPs, the Contempt Petition 724/2020 filed by the State of Goa also listed yesterday. Mr Prabhuling K Navadgi, Advocate General, Mr Mohan V Katarki, Sr. Advocate and other counsel appeared for the State of Karnataka. The Counsel for the State of Goa pressed for the hearing of the Contempt petition alleging that the State of Karnataka has diverted the water to Malaprabha river and water is not flowing to the territory of Goa, which allegation is strongly opposed by the Ld.AG for Karnataka. The Supreme Court did not issue a notice in the Contempt Petition but directed the three  State Governments to nominate one SE to conduct a joint inspection and report to the Hon'ble Supreme Court.

The SLPs will be listed for a final hearing in April 2021 before which all party States shall file their written submissions in one compilation book.

The advocate appearing for the state of Goa pressed a contempt petition and alleged that there has been a breach of the order dated 02/03/2020 passed in the special leave petition 19312/2019 as water is prevented from flowing to Goa by removing the vaults erected pursuant to the orders of the MWDT. In order to ascertain the factual position the Hon’ble Supreme Court directed the joint monitoring committee appointed by the MWDT to implement the order dated 17.04.2014 passed by MWDT to conduct a joint inspection to ascertain whether there is a diversion of water by removing the vaults. 

Therefore action will have to be now taken to convene the meeting of the joint monitoring committee of the three superintending engineers of the State of Karnataka, the State of Goa and the State of Maharashtra constituted by the honourable tribunal to implement the order dated 17th April 2014. The said joint monitoring committee is directed to inspect the place and file a report. The case is now ordered to be called in April 2020.

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Budget session to begin on March 4th in Karnataka

The budget session of the Karnataka assembly will begin on March 4th and last till March 31st.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who holds the finance portfolio, will present the budget for 2021-22 on March 8th.

 In all, there will be 19 sittings, according to a communication received from the assembly secretary.


Cinema halls in Karnataka to operate with 100 per cent capacity on trail basis

Considering the hardships faced by sandalwood cinema artists, producers and workers it has been decided to allow cinema halls to fill up to 100 per cent of their capacity for 4 weeks on a trial basis, said Karnataka Health & Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar. 

Speaking to the media in Bengaluru yesterday after a meeting with Chairman of Film chamber, other office bearers and representatives from Film Industry, Dr Sudhakar said that the meeting was held on the instructions of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. As per technical advisory committee recommendations, the Health Department had earlier allowed 50 per cent seatings in cinema halls. Though the centre has cleared for 100 per cent seatings in cinema halls, the decision was left to the discretion of state governments depending on the situation in each state, the Minister added.

Strict guidelines will be released tomorrow. Owners of cinema halls should adhere to these guidelines and people should strictly follow them. If any cases of COVID-19 is detected, the decision govt will have to inevitably revoke the decision, the minister cautioned.

Actor Shivaraj Kumar, Minister C C Patil, Members of Technical Advisory Committee were present during the meeting.

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President to visit Karnataka, AP


President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a visit to Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh from today (February 4) till 7th of February 2021. 

He will reach Bengaluru today evening and address the valedictory function of the Aero India-21 at the Air Force Station, Yalehanka the next day. 

The President will visit Madikeri, Kodagu district of Karnataka on February 6 to inaugurate a Museum at the erstwhile ancestral house of General Thimayya.

On February 7, the President will grace the 23rd annual convocation of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bengaluru. On the same day, he will also visit the Ashram of the Satsang Foundation in Madanapalle and Peepal Grove School at Sadum in Andhra Pradesh, before returning to New Delhi.

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Mah CM publishes book on Maharashtra and Karnataka border tension


Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP President Sharad Pawar today published a book "Maharashtra - Karnataka Seemawad : Sangharsha va Sankalp" written by Dr Deepak Pawar. The Marathi book based on tension prevailing in the parts of the border areas between Maharashtra and Karnataka runs into 530 pages.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister stated that why not declare these areas as a Union Territory till the time the matter is not resolved in the court. 

Mr Thackeray said that the government has resolved to bring an end to this tension and the areas under consideration are indeed a part of Maharashtra. He said that if the government cannot do it nobody else can do it.

The event witnessed the participation of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti, Maharashtra cabinet ministers Eknath Shinde and Chhagan Bhujbal, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar apart from others.

Bordering areas in Maharashtra and Karnataka have been areas of conflict since pre-Independence days. The issue first gained limelight in 1956 after Maharashtra and Karnataka were formed on the basis of linguistic re-organisation.

Maharashtra has staked claim over 865 villages in Karnataka, including Belgaum, Karwar, Nipani and other areas, and claimed that the majority of the population in these areas is Marathi-speaking.

The Maharashtra Chief Minister recently spoke of about incorporating the villages in Maharashtra to which Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa objected strongly.

#UddhavThackeray #Maharashtra #Karnataka

1.38 lakh people have been administered first dose of vaccine in Karnataka


As many as 1,38,656 people have been inoculated in the state, side effect has appeared in some, but there is no causality, said Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar. He was speaking to the media in Bengaluru on Friday.

Covi-shield has been administered to 1,36,882 and Covaxin to 1,774 people. 2-3.5 per cent people have developed some sort of side effect. As many as 8,47,908 lakh people have registered for vaccination in the first phase. Out of which 3,27,201 are government health warriors and 4,45,389 are private health warriors. Today we will be receiving another 1,46,240 doses of Covaxin, said the Minister.

"Some people have hesitations to take vaccine due to rumours, vaccine will keep the disease away. We have a big challenge of vaccinating 1.5 crore to 2 crore people in the state," said Dr Sudhakar.

Clarifying on cabinet rejig, Dr Sudhakar said that the matter will be discussed with CM. "Earlier, it was difficult to manage the pandemic as Health and Medical Education departments were handled by different ministers. Covid was controlled well after merging both Health and Medical Education departments. We have to provide vaccination to more people with the coordination of both the departments. Administrative issues should not be a hurdle in this world's largest vaccination drive. Therefore, I will request the CM to allocate both the departments to a single person," said the Minister.

"We are honestly working to strengthen CM. It was a political suicidal attempt to resign from a party and join BJP. I won the Chikkaballapur seat increasing the vote share of the party from 3 per cent to a victory margin of 35,000 votes. Similarly, MTB Nagaraj was a minister who resigned having faith on me. Its my duty to protect all my colleagues said Dr Sudhakar. It’s the prerogative of the CM to allocate the Ministry. Being a member of the cabinet I am working to bring good name for the government and the party," he added. Justifying his statement, Dr Sudhakar said that portfolio should have been allocated by considering the experts opinion and the ongoing vaccination drive, same will be conveyed to CM.

Referring to the recent incident in Shivamogga, the Minister said, "Gelatin is being used excessively in mining industry. This is causing cracking of walls in the nearby houses. Mining department officials are well aware of it. Police should investigate carefully and take action against the defaulters. Innocent people should not be victims of such acts."

Clarifying the Tumkur incident, Dr Sudhakar said that the Doctor in Tumkur has already taken the vaccine and when asked for a photograph later, she posed for it and there is no need of exaggerating the issue.

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Vaccination Dry run will be conducted at 263 places across Karnataka, says Dr K Sudhakar


Vaccination Dry run will be conducted at 263 places across Karnataka and Vaccination Drive should be people's movement, once we get the vaccine, said state Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar.

He was speaking to the media after the video conference with Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

Dr Sudhakar said that a detailed discussion was carried out with the Union Government regarding preparation and distribution of COVID vaccine. "We are conducting vaccination dry run at 263 places on January 8. Earlier it was planned at 3 locations in each district, but we have prepared to conduct at 7 locations in each district. This dry run will be held at 24 district hospitals, 20 medical colleges, 43 taluk hospitals, 31 community health centres, 87 primary health centres, 30 urban primary health care centres and 28 private health centres across the state," the Minister explained.

The Minister also said, "Centre has provided 24 lakh syringes, we have 10 walk-in coolers, 4 walk-in freezers, 3,201 ILRs 3039 deep freezers, 3,312 cold boxes, 46,591 vaccine carriers and 2,25,749 ice packs." Central government has also provided 64 Large ILRs with the capacity of 225 litres each. Remaining 2 walk-in coolers and 1 walk-in freezer will be received from the centre, he added.

As many as 6.30 lakh healthcare workers serving in both Government and Private sector have registered for vaccination and the window for registration is still open. Union government is providing 1 crore vaccines to all states. Police, health workers, defence personnel and Corona warriors will get the vaccine on priority, said the Minister.

*Other points made by the Minister*

• There is no harm from Vaccination, this will help the people and people should act responsibly.

• Polio vaccination drive will be held and 65 lakh children will be given vaccination.

• 6 crows have died in Dakshina Kannada district and sample are sent for testing. Precautionary measures have been taken in border districts to prevent bird flu.

• We should not spread unnecessary panic as lakhs of students are attending schools. Government has taken all safety measures.

Meanwhile, the Centre has asked the states to remain prepared for roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine.

#COVID19Vaccine #COVID19 #Karnataka

Refrain from unwarranted criticism which discredits our scientists, Karnataka Health Minister


Amidst the controversy regarding the approval of two indigenous COVID-19 vaccines, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar has urged people to refrain from unwarranted criticism which will discredit the hard work of our scientists.

The approval of COVID-19 vaccine 'Covaxin' marks a significant milestone in indigenous novel vaccinology in India. Being one of the largest exporter of vaccines, the world is looking up to us in the common fight against this global pandemic. Bharat Biotech is a reputed company which has the credibility and experience of developing 16 vaccines including for influenza H1N1, Rotavirus, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Chikungunya, Zika and the world's first tetanus-toxoid conjugated vaccine for Typhoid, said Dr Sudhakar in a series of tweets.

While appealing to refrain from unwarranted criticism on vaccines, the Minister said that hailing from a humble background, Bharat Biotech's founder and Chairman Dr Krishna Ella is a passionate professional with the credibility of delivering over 4 billion vaccine doses to underprivileged people in more than 150 developing countries through UNICEF and other channels. Covaxin's phase-3 clinical trial involves 24,000 volunteers and it's data will be available soon. "I humbly appeal to everyone, not as a Health Minister but as a fellow medical professional, to refrain from unwarranted criticism which discredits the hard work of our scientists," said the Minister.

New variant found in 11 people

Speaking to the media, Dr Sudhakar clarified that 37 people out of 75 UK returnees have been tested positive. Only 11 among them are confirmed for new mutant virus. There is no increase in the number of infectants, he said. "Instructions have been passed to trace out primary contacts of these passengers," he added.

Responding on school teachers being tested positive he said, there is no official confirmation of any teachers or students being tested positive for COVID-19. Let us not blow the issue out of proportion and create unnecessary panic, he added.

#COVID19 #Karnataka #KSudhakar

Karnataka ready for Vaccine Distribution, says Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar


A dry run is being carried out in 5 districts across Karnataka for COVID-19 vaccination.

The vaccination dry run has helped to train the staff. It is expected that the vaccine may be available in January itself and this dry run will help us implement the vaccination drive later, said Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar.

Dr K Sudhakar visited the model vaccination centre in Yelahanka General Hospital and inspected the dry run yesterday.

Speaking to the media, the Minister said 25 people were administered vaccine (mock) in the dry run. Regular meetings have been conducted with the hospitals to prepare for the vaccination drive.

The Union Health Minister has said that all corona warriors will be administered the vaccine in the first phase free of cost. "Centre will issue detailed guidelines and SOPs for vaccination. All necessary infrastructure like cold storage, logistics, manpower is being arranged. We will also use the existing infrastructure and centre will augment the additional infrastructure," he added.

"Ten UK returnees in the state have been detected with the new strain of coronavirus. All of them are being treated and isolated in Government hospitals. The infection is not severe in any of them. More than 12 lakh people have recovered in the state from COVID-19 so far," the Minister said.

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