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Last updated: Mar 29 2017 10:38 IST RSS 2.0
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Farmers cry neglect, stage protest at lake 29.3.2017 TOI: All Headlines
Farmers cry neglect, stage protest at lake
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Lake development: residents protest official 'apathy' 27.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
A large number of farmers on Monday staged a demonstration at the Chikkalinga Shastry lake in Kaggalipura on Kanakapura Road in south Bengaluru, alleging official apathy. The villagers were aggrieved that the government was blocking their attempts to conserve and develop the lake that provides water for drinking and irrigation in nine villages. J Anthony Swamy of Kaggalipura said that about two decades ago, the villagers had desilted the lake spread over 111 acres. As a result, the water holding capacity had increased substantially. "It may surprise one that there is a lake with pristine water in Bengaluru. We have maintained it. It is our lifeline today," he said. The problem emerged when the villagers approached the chief engineer of the Minor Irrigation department with a request to cut a portion of a hillock, which is blocking the water flowing to the lake. "If a rock in the hillock is removed, we will have water round the year. We will not be dependent on any other water source," said Swamy. Swamy ...
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Sarjapur residents protest felling of trees for road-widening 25.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
To raise the issue of age-old trees being cut down due to the recent road-widening work at Sarjapur, an awareness walk was held by Sarjapur Resident Welfare Association (SRWA). The RWA members, who in the recent past have witnessed felling of a number of trees due to road-widening on Dommasandra-Sarjapur Circle, pressured the state government to look at possibilities of replanting and relocating these old trees before the next phase of road-widening is implemented on Sarjapur-Attibele Road. "The road-widening work is being undertaken by Karnataka Public Works Department (PWD). We became aware of the issue only after the road work started and are now doing our best to save at least the banyan and peepal trees. On the Dommasandra-Sarjapur Circle stretch, work has gone on in full swing and many trees, some more than 150 years old, have already been axed," said Joy V R, secretary, SRWA. The volunteers and RWA members plan to submit a signature appeal to the Forest department, PWD and Anekal Town Planning ...
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Anganwadi workers' protest: cases against 7 24.3.2017 Deccan Herald - State
The police have registered cases against seven persons on charge of violating the permit conditions during protests by anganwadi workers in Bengaluru.

According to police, permission was granted to the protesters on the condition that they would hold a peaceful demonstration within Freedom Park. However, on the day of protest, they spilled on to the roads affecting traffic.
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Making a change 24.3.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Protests and dissent have been hallmarks of democracy since time immemorial. Demonstrations and marches are often resorted to when the common man wants to voice his dissatisfaction; nothing new about that. However, the recent spurt in the number of such events in Bengaluru is catching eyeballs and posing questions about whether this is the way forward now. "I think there is a general feeling that enough is enough," says Hemlal V S, a professional. "People have realised that they need to be vocal about all issues, ranging from environmental concerns and sustainable development to matters pertaining to safety and security of women. And what is interesting is that these movements transcend class, age, gender and so on. Even people from the upper strata of society have come forward to lend their support to many causes, something which was not observed earlier." It is indeed a recent phenomenon that people in this bustling IT city are taking time off from tight deadlines and weekend parties to come out on the ...
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Stay on proceedings against engineer 23.3.2017
The high court has granted stay on the proceedings against N Balasubramanya, superintending engineer of Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited (KRIDL).

The engineer has approached the court, seeking quashing of the show-cause notice issued by BMTF with regard to misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 842 crore between 2013 and 2016 in KR Puram constituency.

Balasubramanya has contended that BMTF does not have the authority to conduct an enquiry into the work of KRIDL.

He has said that the entire work carried out by KRIDL is under the direct supervision
of BBMP. Justice A S Bopanna granted stay on the BMTF proceedings and ordered notice to the government and BMTF.

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Onus on owner for quality of building 23.3.2017
Bengaluru Development Minister K J George on Thursday said owners and architects of buildings will be held responsible for substandard construction.

Replying to K Pratapchandra Shetty of Congress in the Council, he said all building owners have to give an undertaking to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) declaring that all rules have been complied with. Only then will the BBMP issue occupation certificate. The owner and the architect will be held responsible if it proves to be false, he added.

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Activist lodges complaint against MP 23.3.2017
Social activist Prabha Belavangala on Thursday met city police commissioner Praveen Sood and lodged a counter complaint against Karnataka BJP Yuva Morcha president and MP Pratap Simha for making derogatory remarks against her over a post she made on a social networking site.

She showed the commissioner a video in which Simha was making derogatory remarks against her at a press conference in Mysuru.

She told reporters that she has appealed to the police to take legal action against him for making such remarks .

Prabha had reportedly posted images portraying UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath in poor light and it had prompted the BJP Yuva Morcha wing to lodge a complaint against her.
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Listen to popular numbers 23.3.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
The Forum Mall Koramangala will present 'Kailash Kher Live In Concert' on March 31, 7 pm onwards at its premises. Kailash Kher, the singer with a divine voice is known for his hit songs in Hindi Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Odia and Urdu languages.

Few of his hit songs include 'Chaand Sifaarish', 'Bam Lahiri', 'Kaun Hai Voh', 'Ya Rabba' and a lot more.

Known for his unique and powerful voice, style and music, Kher has been honoured with the Padma Shri award in 2017. The event is free for all. For details, call 22067803.
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Seer joins anti-abattoir protest 23.3.2017 Hindu: News
Ramachandrapura Mutt leader is known to champion ban on cow slaughter
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Sex workers demand decriminalisation of sex work, constituting welfare board 21.3.2017 Citizen Matters

Sex workers have their own demands, but the government and the society are not sensitive towards them. They had to protest to draw the attention of the system.

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No closure of KCDC plant but waste intake to come down 20.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Residents of southeastern Bengaluru on Monday called off the protest for the closure of the waste-processing unit in Somasundarapalya after Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials promised to address their grievances. As BBMP Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) Sarfaraz Khan arrived at the protest venue, people gathered around him and explained to him how the Karnataka Compost Development Corporation (KCDC) plant had made their lives miserable. They said the plant gave off foul smell and demanded its immediate closure. Khan initially suggested there was nothing wrong with the plant but later came around to residents' point of view. He made it clear that the plant could not be closed down right away as the BBMP didn't have any other option, but promised that only garbage from the Bommanahalli zone would be processed there. He also promised a detailed road map towards the gradual closure of the plant. BBMP Joint Commissioner (Bommanahalli zone) Veerabhadra Swamy said the garbage arriving at ...
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Foothpaths so pedestrian! 18.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
How often does a motorist stop to let a pedestrian pass? In a city that lets its bikes invade the footpath in reckless haste, such courtesies are obviously unheard of. For, the pedestrian's right to walk with dignity is under attack, more than ever. Beyond the Central Business District (CBD) where pedestrian-first TenderSURE roads have given walkability a mini-boost, the footpaths remain in tatters. They are encroached, dug up for civic works or just not there! For decades, Bengaluru had a motorist-focused approach to road infrastructure. The now-shelved steel flyover project was part of that agenda. But vociferous public protests and critical design interventions such as TenderSURE have forced the government to finally acknowledge the walker's place on a road. Is the realisation too late? The footpath as an entity has virtually vanished from hundreds of roads. Undeterred by poorly enforced rules, commercial setups consider footpath extensions of their business an unfettered right. Schoolchildren, senior ...
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Suspected poacher shot dead in Kanakapura forest 17.3.2017 TOI: Cities
A 25-year-old man suspected of poaching was killed during a skirmish between the forest department and a group of four in Darshanakuli forest, near Uyyamballi village, Kanakapura taluk, Ramanagara district in the small hours of Thursday.
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Village near Kanakapura erupts in protests after suspected poacher is shot dead 17.3.2017 Hindu: National
He was murdered, claim village residents; carcasses of a deer and a porcupine, and a gun recovered
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Forest personnel shoot 25-year-old 'poacher' dead in Kanakapura 16.3.2017 Deccan Herald - News
A 25-year-old suspected poacher was shot dead by forest personnel on the fringes of the reserve forest in Kanakapura, Ramanagaram district, in the early hours of Thursday. The deceased, identified as Ravi Siddaiah, was a resident of Doddalahalli in Kanakapura taluk. As the news of the death spread in the village early morning, men gathered near Bendagudu checkpost and set fire to a seized autorickshaw and vandalised the property of the forest office there. According to police, Siddaiah was found moving suspiciously inside the forest with three to five others at Uyyamballi in Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, off Kanakapura Road in Sathanur, around 1 am. Forest guards who spotted them ordered them to surrender. Instead, one of the men opened fire, prompting the guards to fire in retaliation, killing Siddaiah on the spot. The others managed to escape. Senior police officers visited the spot to bring the situation under control. The victim's family members have lodged a complaint with the Sathanur police, saying ...
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Kempambudhi lake to get facelift soon: Mayor 16.3.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Mayor G Padmavathi visited Kempambudhi lake on Thursday, where the resident washermen community expressed its concerns.

They told her that blocked drains result in stagnation of water, leaving them at a risk of contracting diseases. They said that in spite of bringing the matter to the notice of the corporator, they got no relief.

The mayor assured them that necessary steps will be taken to improve the condition of the Dhobi Ghat. She said the lake would be developed in a month's time and Rs 4.5 crore will be released. "Sewage water coming into the lake will be redirected, a walking track will be laid and fencing will be done," she said.
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Ramanath Rai hospitalised 16.3.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Minister for Forest and Ecology B Ramanath Rai was admitted to MSRamaiah Hospital in Bengaluru on Thursday after he complained of pain in the chest while exercising.

Rai was examined by a team of cardiologists at the hospital. They said he is likely to be discharged on Friday. "He is a known patient of hypertension. It might be due to over exertion during exercise that he has experienced pain in the chest. There was a slight variation in ECG and he has been treated for that. His condition is stable," a senior specialist from the hospital said.
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BBMP officials suspended for issuing khata illegally 16.3.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad suspended six BBMP officials and repatriated the joint commissioner of Rajarajeshwarinagar zone Dr Veerabhadrappa for issuing khata to 14 persons illegally.

The officials had bifurcated khata to 35 flats in Ideal Homes at Rajarajeshwarinagar Nagar though these properties did not have commencement and occupation certificates.

Assistant revenue officers Ramamurthy and Mahesh, second grade assistant Punith, revenue inspectors Venkatesh, Thimmappa and P Narayanaswamy have been suspended.
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'People's role must to improve urban governance' 16.3.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The magnitude of corruption has exploded in the last three decades and huge amount of money that was looted from the exchequer could have funded major schemes for the poor, said former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde on Thursday.

Delivering the keynote address for a panel discussion on Consumer to Citizen: Engagement in Urban Governance', Justice Hegde said, "The success of protests against steel flyover give hope that people were ready to engage with a sustained dialogue with government to prevent wrong moves."

Mark Atherton, Director of Environment for Greater Manchester, UK, said Bengaluru and Manchester share similar challenges and problems.

"We need to recognise that a city's development is transit-oriented. Transport is a major problem for all major cities and the solution is in providing a reliable public transport system," Atherton said.
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