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E-rickshaws in Bengaluru: To ply or not to ply 18.12.2017 Hindu: News
What the Transport Department is proposing, traffic experts and traffic police seem to be opposing
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Wheelchair-bound researcher not allowed on flight to Kolkata 18.12.2017 Hindu: News
Airline refutes charges of harassment
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Hop on, zip around and drop off cycles anywhere in the city soon 17.12.2017 deccanherald.com
Want to go out on a quick errand, but dread the traffic? A Bengaluru-based startup will offer you a hassle-free ride with the launch of an app-based bicycle service soon. Yulu is a mobile app through which one can rent dockless bicycles. The app allows you to book a cycle like booking a cab. The startup aims to solve traffic congestion by providing first-mile, last-mile and short-distance commutes. While the BBMP and the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) are still working on a bicycle-sharing scheme for the city, Yulu plans to launch its services with a few hundred bicycles by the end of this month. The smart bicycle uses Internet of Things (IoT) technology to track movement, locating the cycle and safety of riders. Yulu is co-founded by Amit Gupta, R K Misra, Naveen Dachuri and Hemant Gupta. Gupta, CEO of Yulu, told DH, "Our main aim is to reduce traffic congestion and promote cycling for the last-mile connectivity, besides making Bengaluru green and pollution free." How it works The users can ...
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City to deploy smaller firefighting vehicles 17.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
After the plans of creating eight helipads to airlift patients comes one more from the BBMP to rapidly put out fires in the city. The civic body has decided to deploy Quick Response Vehicles (QRVs) in all wards to instantly snuff out blazes. The kind of vehicles pressed into service would range from pickup trucks to Tempo Travellers, Jeeps or bikes that could haul water tanks of different capacities and jet pressure to traverse through narrow lanes and heavy traffic. Besides floating a tender to procure the vehicles, the Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services Department has written to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike asking for land to set up the fire stations. "We currently have just 20 QRVs in the existing fire stations," N R Markandeya, deputy director of Fire and Emergency Services, informed DH. "Since the city is growing rapidly, we need more QRVs." Mayor R Sampath Raj told this newspaper that the need for quick and nimble fleet of fire engines was growing due to increasingly dense ...
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Without clear vision, public bicycle sharing can't be sustained: operators 17.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The governments move to promote public bicycle sharing system has started a chicken-egg situation as some of the biggest players in the PBS market debated whether such a programme will be sustainable with limited infrastructure and policy support. The Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), transport experts and operators running successful PBS systems in other countries discussed some of the challenges in the implementation of the PBS in the city. About seven operators said a successful PBS needed dedicated infrastructure to ensure the safety of people who chose bicycle over motorised transport. "Instead of having conventional government tenders which award certain funding to PBS operators, we believe the government should channel the investment into better cycling and road infrastructure as a lasting contribution to cities and cyclists," said Dexter Sim, expansion manager of Beijing-based ofo. Another operator said global investors interest depended on the seriousness of the government. "We are ...
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Better late than never 17.12.2017 Business Standard: Today
Let all the residents make the best use of the city's public transport/Metro trains at least for four days a month
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BBMP to replace 4.85 lakh street lights without spending a paisa 17.12.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
The investment will have to be made by the private company that bags the contract
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'I learnt calculus from the audience' 17.12.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Hes known for his witty performances in the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? but Jeff Davis has made a mark with his work internationally. Also an actor and singer, one of his popular acts is impersonating actors like Christopher Walken and Jeff Goldblum. Jeff was recently in the city to make Bengalureans laugh as part of the Black Dog Easy Evenings which was held at Manpho. He took some time off to speak to about his experience performing here. How has Bengaluru treated you? Its been great. The people were very polite. The traffic is fantastic and I loved how everyone has laid off the horns here. They really know how to be calm here (laughs). Did you find anything weird on the road though? Oh, yes! There was a cow walking down the road and absolutely no one cared. I wasnt sure if I should have either. How do you think the comedy scene has changed over the years? Well, I can only speak for America because thats where Im from. Comedians are becoming respected in the political world and theres a ...
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A sash of safety 17.12.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
With the increasing number of vehicles in the city, accidents are a common sight these days. The reasons for this vary from rash driving to neglecting ones safety. And Bengaluru Traffic Police is making all effort to rectify this situation - from enforcing the use of helmets for both the biker and the pillion rider to encouraging people to not use mobile phones while driving. However, another common scenario in Bengaluru is the unwillingness to wear seatbelts. Seatbelts for the longest time have been known as live savers. In fact, a report by the World Health Organisation says, wearing it reduces the risk of a fatality for the front seat passengers by 40-50 percent and 25-75 percent in case of rear-seat passengers. But, looks like people choose comfort over safety. Though Rajath Paul, an engineering student, feels that wearing a seatbelt is of utmost importance, he also questions its role in metropolitan cities like Bengaluru and Mumbai where there is slow-moving traffic. He explains, "It is ...
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Driving home a message 17.12.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Christmas and New Year are just around the corner and travelling across the city to take part in festivities, especially for women, can be a challenge. This is where a safe ride home becomes imperative. There are lot of cab services offered exclusively for women and these are also driven by women. Metrolife spoke to women drivers and representatives of service providers to understand the safety options involved in such a commute. Anuradha B M, co-founder of Go Pink, says, "We do not have women taxi drivers in Bengaluru. We have to hire and train them. There may be hardly 50 women drivers. So, the ratio is still less when compared to the female population that we may have to cater to. This is despite working two and a half years towards training women drivers." "We cater to only women and men from their family accompanying them. Many senior citizens whose children are staying abroad book cabs for picking them up and dropping them to temples, hospitals etc," she says. "Since it is the festive season, ...
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Invisible public toilets 16.12.2017 deccanherald.com
A wannabe world city that wears its tech tag with enormous pride has barely 475 public toilet complexes to serve a population exceeding 1.1 crore! If men struggle in this inglorious mess, imagine the plight of Bengalurus women in their teeming millions. To spot a public toilet complex even in the citys relatively better equipped Central Business District (CBD) is a tough task. In their frantic search for a safe, clean, well-maintained public toilet, women often fail. Is this how a city with smart city ambitions rides its Swachh Bharat dream? Big gaps in last-mile connectivity between mass transport options and office / home inevitably mean long walks for women. To answer natures call, the only option would be to step into a restaurant or a private facility, which could be tough. Daily struggle Shwetha Rao, a senior manager of a private firm, had experienced it first hand on a shopping visit to Gandhinagar. "There was absolutely no sign of a public toilet. The restaurants were crowded. It was a ...
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How these women turn catnap into a fight to claim public space 16.12.2017 Deccan Herald - City
If someone had suggested to Shruti Chandrashekharan a few years ago that she should take a nap at a public park, she would have laughed it off. But on Saturday, Shruti, a law graduate, joined several young women to have a relaxing stretch at Cubbon Park, a symbolic effort to regain the public space. That the event -#MeetToSleep - was organised to commemorate the day when a 23-year-old woman, Nirbhaya to many people, was brutally raped on a moving bus and later thrown out and left to die in Delhi five years ago underscored the significance of what these women were trying to achieve. "We have been apprehensive of an act as simple as sleeping in a park due to the fear of being judged or being targeted for violence," Shruti said. "Though we have always aspired to be free, we are scared to act, and this initiative has helped me overcome those inhibitions and fears," she added. Two organisations - a volunteer-led project Blank Noise founded by Jasmeen Patheja and NGO Sangat established by author and activist ...
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Tough to find, horrendous to use: Public toilet, women edition 16.12.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Ask Bengalureans to reach a consensus on one issue and they would definitely cry out aloud: The struggle to find a public washroom and the pathetic condition of the existing ones. This problem only gets worse for women. They are either left hunting for toilets in malls or simply suffer due to the lack of a basic amenity. Bengaluru, notes civil services aspirant Rashmi Gowda Ramachandra, might be seeing some improvement technologically. "But one recurring problem that is receiving negligible attention both from the municipal authorities and government is the provision of public toilets, restrooms and nursing centres for pregnant women," she laments. Not only does the city let down the women who step out of their homes but it also puts the womens safety at risk. "It is a popular stereotype that compared to men, women are more worried about hygiene and cleanliness. Even to complain about cleanliness, there are no public toilets around my locality. If I am outside, it is either my workplace, a mall or back ...
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‘Sanjay Memorial skywalk’ likely to be a reality soon 16.12.2017 Hindu: Home
Residents of Bellandur had formed a human chain on December 6 to highlight their demand for a skywalk after a 19-year-old security guard was hit by a car
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NIC to develop software for E-way bill system 16.12.2017 Deccan Herald - Breaking News Rss Feeds
Bengaluru, dhns:  The government has done away with the process of calling tenders to expedite the development of software for the early roll-out of E-way billing system. The government has awarded the contract to  National Informatics Centre (NIC) to develop the software, as the lack of check-posts has hit the Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection due to illegal transportation, claimed GSTN officials. "The tender process would have taken six months. Since NIC had already implemented it in Karnataka, we decided to give the contract to them," a senior GSTN official told DH. The government,
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42 things we said goodbye to in 42 years 16.12.2017 India Today| Cover Story
A look-back at some staples of everyday life that have gone obsolete. How different was India?
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Announcing ‘Master the Master Plan’ – awareness and analysis contest! 16.12.2017 Citizen Matters
Get to know what master plan is all about, think about it, write and win prize! Engage in making Bengaluru better! ...
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What do the inscription stones of Bengaluru say? 15.12.2017 Hindu: Home
An early eco-friendly king, women warriors, a battle for Bengaluru: inscription stones that tell such tales and more
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As metro work chokes Whitefield road, residents look at railways for rescue 15.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
As work on metro cuts into the only main road connecting Whitefield, residents are seeing suburban trains as a way out and said traffic and pollution will be a major poll planks in the upcoming elections. Members of Whitefield Rising, a group of active residents, met senior railway officials in the Bengaluru division seeking suburban trains. They submitted a memorandum to the divisional railway manager along with a copy of previous ones given over the last four years. "There are no trains from 6 pm to 10 pm, the time when they are actually needed. We also need immediate relief as metro construction work has choked roads and increased air pollution. We cant wait for assurances anymore," Anjali Saini of Whitefield Rising told DH. Railways has been citing lack of automatic signalling (IBS) as the reason for its inability to add more services. "The project was approved by the state government in August 2016, but yet to be completed. Whitefield has 5 lakh registered voters who are frustrated because of the ...
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Integrated townships should have roads of 24 meter width: BDA master plan 15.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The Bangalore Development Authority plans to set up an integrated townships in order to ease traffic on citys main and arterial roads. In the provisional revised master plan 2031, the BDA has specified guidelines to set up townships according to which integrated townships can come up only in areas where minimum width of the access road is 24 metres. The authority has specified that the township area should be at least 25 hectares from the approach road which is of the width of 24 metres. The 2015 master plan had set a limit of 50 metres, which has now been reduced. According to a BDA official, there are many big apartment complexes (with and without facilities) and gated communities that have narrow roads. However, with the revised master plan, the width of the road will have to be maintained. This was also one of the suggestions citizens made during the BDAs public consultation meetings held in May and June. Talks are on with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike officials to request those applying for ...
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