Bengaluru: Karnataka Minister for Primary and Higher Education BC Nagesh on Monday stated that the state government will once again close down schools and colleges if there is a further increase in the number of COVID cases in the state and it poses threat to students.

The state is seeing a rise in the number of cases and including the new Omicron variant of the virus.

Speaking to the media reporters on Monday at the Vidhan Soudha in the state capital, the minister noted that the virus was not found in any government schools. “Cases were detected in some residential schools and appropriate action was taken at the earliest in that regard. Students were safe and were provided necessary treatment. I will be taking this matter up with the officials. Will direct them to implement all the measures of COVID guideline strictly.”

“Some of the students, teachers, and staffs of schools and colleges in the state have tested positive for the virus and this has triggered panic among the parents. We will not risk the lives of the students and any measure needed to ensure the safety of students will be undertaken. If need be, we will close down schools and colleges again and we will postpone exams in such circumstances,” he added

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Thane (PTI): Police on Tuesday registered an FIR against 52 persons, including 21 women, for alleged violation of rules and obscenity at a bar in Navi Mumbai township of Maharashtra, an official said.

The police's anti-human trafficking cell (AHTC) conducted a raid on the restaurant-cum-bar located at the Vashi APMC market on Monday night.

They found a number of persons there indulging in obscene acts and flouting various norms, the official from APMC police station said.

Based on a complaint by the AHTC team member, the police registered an FIR against 52 persons, including 21 women, 11 waiters, the restaurant's manager and nine customers, under Indian Penal Code sections 294 (obscenity) and 34 (common intention) and the Maharashtra Police Act, the official said.