Bengaluru, Nov 21 (IANS) Covid recoveries in the state exceeded new cases as 1,799 got discharged on Saturday taking the total number of discharges in Karnataka to 8,34,968.
According to the Covid-19 bulletin of Friday released on Saturday, the day also saw 1,781 patients testing Covid-19 positive and 20 persons succumbed to the virus taking Karnataka's tally of total number of infections rose to 8,71,342 and the toll to 11,641.
Bengaluru Urban topped the list of fresh infections, accounting for 972 cases. Cumulatively 8,71,342 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed in Karnataka, which includes 11,641 deaths and 8,34,968 discharges, the health department said in its bulletin.
It further said that out of 24,714 active cases, 24,220 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 494 are in Intensive Care Units.
Ten out of the total 20 deaths reported on Friday are from Bengaluru Urban, followed by Dakshina Kannada (3), Tumakuru (2), Ballari, Dharwad, Haveri, Kolar and Mysuru (1).
Most of the deceased either had a history of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) or Influenza-like illness (ILI).
Mysuru followed Bengaluru Urban in the number of new cases with 126, Tumakuru had 92, Vijayapura 63, Dakshina Kannada 46, Chikkaballapura 38, Ballari and Mandya 37.
Bengaluru Urban district also topped the list of positive cases, with a total of 3,62,626 infections, followed by Mysuru 49,923 and Ballari 38,055.
Among discharges too Bengaluru Urban was on top with 3,40,755 discharges, followed by Mysuru 48,244 and Ballari 37,206.
With 1,25,337 testing on Friday alone RT-PCR method and 22,646 among them were Rapid Antigen Tests, the total number of tests conducted crossed one crore sample testing mark (1,01,06,474).
Bengaluru, Nov 25 (IANS) South Western Railway's (SWR) Divisional Railway Manager, Ashok Kumar Verma, on Tuesday flagged off the first export-bound New Modified Goods (NMG) rake from the Hosur railway station to neighbouring Bangladesh.
This is the first NMG rake dispatched by the South Western Railway to Bangladesh.
Speaking to reporters, Verma said the rake consisting of 25 wagons loaded with 100 light commercial vehicles (LCVs) is called "Dost" and has been manufactured by Ashok Leyland. It left for Benapole railway station in Bangladesh.
He said that transportation of automobiles by train is safer and faster compared to transportation by road. "Nont only it is safe and cheaper, but it is also easy to monitor the movement of the consignment in trains with real-time check in practice," he said.
The SWR in a statement claimed that earlier, the Bengaluru division had dispatched two export-bound NMG rakes to Nautanwa (Nepal) from the Penukonda railway station. "Overall, the division has loaded 128 NMG rakes during the current financial year," the statement added.
Verma said the Bengaluru division, which was mainly transporting raw materials and essential commodities, took to loading of automobiles for the first time when it transported 175 tractors from the Doddaballapur railway station to Phuleria in Rajasthan on April 29 this year.
Upbeat about change in the recent policies such as two points unloading of NMG rakes and exemption of terminal charges for automobiles, Verma said that these policy changes have certainly boosted the loading of automobiles by India in Railways.
"In 2020-21, five NMG rakes have been loaded from Hosur. Apart from the rake that left for Bangladesh today, 5,528 two-wheelers have been sent in four rakes to Mandideep in Madhya Pradesh," the Verma said.
The SWR statement added that during the current year, 65 rakes of automobiles manufactured by TAFE, mainly tractors, have been transported by train from the Doddaballapur railway station near Bengaluru.
Till date, a total of 5,600 cars have been transported to Farukh Nagar in Haryana and Nautanwa in Uttar Pradesh from Penukonda in 55 rakes.