Mangaluru, Apr 6: The government should take urgent steps to ban online games like PUBG in an effective manner, former Karnataka Minister and Mangaluru MLA U T Khader said on Tuesday.

Addressing reporters here in the backdrop of the recent murder of a boy in Ullal who was a victim of online game, Khader said such games tend to destroy the youth by weakening them mentally and physically.

Students addicted to the games confine themselves to their homes and develop psychological problems, he said.

Khader also asked the state government to appoint counsellors in all schools to keep a track on the activities of students.

He said the Mahila Congress in Dakshina Kannada district will launch training camps for women on the parental access code (PAC) enabling parents to monitor childrens activities on mobile phones.

Cyber experts will train 100 women leaders from the women's wing of the Congress who will later hold training camps in villages, he said.

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Bengaluru, Apr 20: Karnataka has reported its biggest single day spike of 21,794 COVID-19 cases and 149 related fatalities, taking the total caseload 11.98 lakh and the toll to 13,646, the Health department said on Tuesday.

The state had previously reported its biggest single day spike of 19,067 cases on Sunday.

Out of the 21,794 fresh cases reported on Tuesday, 13,782 were from Bengaluru Urban alone.

The day also saw 4,571 patients getting discharged after recovery.

Cumulatively 11,98,644 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 13,646 deaths and 10,25,821 discharges,the Health department said in a bulletin.

Out of 1,59,158 active cases, 1,58,407 patients are stable and in isolation at designated hospitals, while 751 are in Intensive Care Units.

Among 149 deaths reported on Tuesday, 92 were from Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural (13), Bidar and Kalaburagi (7), Ballari (5), followed by others.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 13,782, Tumakuru 1,055, Kalaburagi 818, Mysuru 699, Bengaluru Rural 513, Dakshina Kannada 482, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases, with a total of 5,70,035, followed by Mysuru 63,018 and Ballari 42,745.

Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top with 4,49,889, followed by Mysuru 57,745 and Ballari 39,829.

A total of over 2,38,64,354 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,47,488 were done on Tuesday alone.

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