STATE NEWS

State to write to Centre to ban Blue Whale online game

  • In the wake of reports of teenagers in India attempting suicide, allegedly after participating in the Blue Whale Challenge, the State government is planning to write to the Centre urging it to ban the online game.
  • In the challenge, believed to have originated in Russia, participants are given 50 tasks that escalate to the point where they are instructed to kill themselves.
  • Maharashtra and Kerala have already sought the Union government’s intervention.
  • However, cybercrime experts feel that blocking such online platforms may not be the solution.
  • It is a private game and not available on, say, Google Play. People can go to proxy sites and access the game

Lingayat religion: why a similar plea was set aside

  • While there is growing demand for a separate religion tag for Veerashaiva-Lingayat Dharma, the Akhila Bharata Veerashaiva Mahasabha’s earlier efforts did not meet with success. Some within the community fear that forwarding the same demand again might meet the same end.

Bengaluru prison has three doctors for 4,400 inmates

  • Many prisoners in the overcrowded facility suffer from chronic ailments
  • Bengaluru Central Prison, which has a capacity for a little more than 2,000 inmates but is housing double the number of prisoners, does not have adequate medical facilities. There are only three medical officers — a psychiatrist, a chief medical officer and an assistant medical officer — to see to the health of approximately 4,400 inmates. They are assisted by three paramedical staff.
  • A team of doctors from the State Health Department, who conducted a medical check-up on Thursday, reported that 36 inmates are HIV+ and are on antiretroviral therapy; 12 have advanced tuberculosis, 60 suffer from epilepsy, and 140 are psychiatric patients.
  • The medical infrastructure is not enough, said senior prisons officials. The 100-bed prison hospital is currently treating 200 patients for various ailments.
  • To help them out, convicts who have a record of good behaviour are assigned duties at the medical centre within the prison premises.

Lingayat religion: why a similar plea was set aside

  • While there is growing demand for a separate religion tag for Veerashaiva-Lingayat Dharma, the Akhila Bharata Veerashaiva Mahasabha’s earlier efforts did not meet with success. Some within the community fear that forwarding the same demand again might meet the same end.