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Soon, you may be able to book a parking slot in Bengaluru CBD through an app 23.10.2017 Hindu: Karnataka
Motorists can park in a slot without booking as well; tender yet to be approved by BBMP council
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Decomposed body found in storm-water drain near Jnana Bharathi 23.10.2017 Hindu: National
A highly decomposed body of a woman was found in a storm-water drain near Jnana Bharathi campus of Bangalore University on Sunday.The police suspect this may be the body of Ningamma who was washed aw...
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'Parents/vehicle owners liable for accidents caused by minors' 22.10.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The Home Department has issued a circular to all police stations to file charge sheets against parents/vehicle owners over road accidents caused by underage riders/drivers. Underage and student motorists are increasingly hitting the city's streets, especially highways, NICE roads and outer ring roads and often without parental consent. The government seeks to make parents/vehicle owners liable. The circular states that parents or owners giving vehicles to minors, who would not have obtained a driving licence, are risking the lives of people on roads. Life insurance companies do not compensate the families of the deceased or those injured when the rider/driver is a minor. Henceforth, underage riders/drivers must be dealt with seriously, the circular said. The traffic police registered 2,140 cases of reckless and rash driving in the first eight months of this year. Of them, 1,340 cases were registered against minors. Police also prosecuted parents and owners of vehicles. The number of cases registered ...
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Nine days after being washed away in SWD, body of woman found 22.10.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Nine days after the mother-daughter duo were washed away in the drain at Laggere near Kurubarahalli, the body of 45-year-old Ningamma was found in Vrishabhavathi river near Jnanabharathi on Sunday. Ningamma and her 16-year-old daughter Pushpa had washed away in the drain after water gushed into their home on October 13. Pushpa's body was found three days later near Kumbalagodu. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had searched for Ningamma's body till 41 km and continued the search operation in 21 locations. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel had searched for Ningamma's body till 41 km and continued the search operation at 21 locations. Rs 5 lakh compensation BBMP Mayor R Sampath Kumar handed over Rs 5 lakh compensation to family members of Narasamma (18) on Sunday. Narasamma had washed in an overflowing stormwater drain on October 15, when she went to attend nature's call and slipped into it. A native of Kalaburagi district, Narasamma was a construction worker. Meanwhile, the Mayor ...
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As deadline to fill potholes nears, new ones give BBMP the jitters 22.10.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Even as the deadline set by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to fill the potholes is coming to an end, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Palike (BBMP) officials are still unsure of the number of potholes in the city. However, they have upped the efforts to fill as many potholes as possible before the deadline ends. According to Mayor R Sampath Raj, the BBMP engineering wing had identified 16,000 potholes in the city as on October 8. But, it later stated that there are around 30,000 potholes in the city. However, at a meeting chaired by BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad on Sunday, the officials pointed out that there are 19,725 potholes in the city. At the meeting, the engineers submitted a report that of the 19,725 potholes, 3,116 are new. The report also states that 17,787 potholes have already been filled. "The list of new potholes includes the ones which have resurfaced and the those which we have newly identified. Some of these potholes have also been identified by people," said a BBMP engineer who did ...
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KLCDA takes Isro help to monitor lake condition 22.10.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA), which is short of trained men and lacks support from other government departments, has decided to use technology to monitor the condition of lakes on a real-time basis through satellite images. Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is creating a special geospatial database of all lakes falling under the Bengaluru Metropolitan Region for KLCDA. "These satellite images will help us know the exact drawings of each lake, the geography, exact dimensions and encroachments. It is aimed at being a helpful tool in the management of lakes," Seema Garg, KLCDA chief executive officer told DH. This is the first time such an exercise is being done. Initially, the satellite images will define lakes and their boundaries and alert KLCDA regularly on encroachments. Gradually, the officials in the authority will be able to tap developments on a real-time basis, she said. Isro is also working on mapping catchment areas, rajakaluves and problem spots. ...
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Killer pothole at Nayandahalli reopens days after patchwork 22.10.2017 deccanherald.com
A pothole at Nayandahalli junction, which had led to the death of a woman on October 8, has reopened after a patchwork. The BBMP and BMRCL have refused to take responsibility for the shoddy repair work. While commuters are petrified to use this stretch, government officials have a lax approach towards the issue. According to BBMP officials, the road was handed over to the BMRCL last year and the onus lies with them. "We had not filled the pothole back then. Why would we fill it when the road was handed over to the BMRCL for the construction of the Metro rail in July 2016? It is their responsibility," N Manjunath Prasad, BBMP commissioner, told DH. BBMP engineers claimed they have repeatedly asked BMRCL staffers to maintain the roads. "Many letters have been written, but in vain. Neither do we get any response from them nor are the roads improved. The BMRCL has to ensure the roads are motorable and safe," an engineer said. Meanwhile, Vijay Kumar Maurya, Bangalore Metros chief engineer, has assured that ...
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Driving buses safely into the future 22.10.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
There is one brand which has grown with the improving road and highway infrastructure, a brand that poured new meaning into the urn of bus travel, a brand that bus tour operators vouch for, and a brand that is synonymous with safe bus travel in India - and that brand would be Sweden's Volvo Buses. Ever since setting shop in India over 16 years ago, Volvo Buses has revolutionised bus travel in India, once seen as 'poor man's transport' with little or no glamour. Thanks to Volvo and its European heritage, the humble bus evolved as an apt travel solution which was affordable, convenient, comfortable, and above all, safe. Sharing vignettes of cracking the Indian bus puzzle, Volvo Buses Managing Director (South Asia) VRV Sriprasad says, "What made us unique was, for the first time in India, we brought a real bus chassis. Otherwise, what we had as a passenger vehicle was a truck chassis modified or adapted with a body built on it, and passed off as a bus." "We were the first true bus chassis in the country, ...
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'I've learnt to make Indian dishes' 22.10.2017 Deccan Herald - Monday
Paula Simpson decided to leave New Zealand after she broke up with her boyfriend. Disturbed, she thought a change of place could be therapeutic for her. It was at this phase in her life that she met a Bengalurean in whom she found love and comfort. Looking back, Paula, who moved to Bengaluru little more than a year ago, feels that she made the right decision at the right time. "My boyfriend not only helped me find a job but also stood by me through the toughest phase of my life. Now, I am happy in my new home," she says. "There is so much colour, laughter and mystery in every corner of your country. Every city has a different story to tell and has its own charm," she observes. She says the change of place has been nothing short of a therapy for her. "There's really nothing much that I can do to change things in India, so I decided to go with the flow. This approach has helped me avoid getting stressed and handle tough times with patience. I have also found some good friends here who are warm and ...
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What BBMP learnt from rain havoc... 21.10.2017 deccanherald.com
BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad has listed these lessons that the Palike has learnt from what the city suffered this season. He has assured to take proper precautionary measures before the next big rain strikes Bengaluru so that no lives are lost. * Less capacity of storm water drains: The storm water drains built in the city does not have the capacity to sustain heavy rainfall. The capacity has to be increased in consultation with the concerned engineers. * Removal of SWD encroachments: The biggest lesson that the civic body has learnt is about not taking any legal action against encroachers of the drains. The best example is the case of Kurubarahalli, where rains claimed four lives in a single night. While two people were washed away, two others were killed as the compound wall collapsed on them. All the houses were built on land that encroached on drains. * De-silting of drains: Water overflowed from the drains due to silt accumulation. De-silting work has to be undertaken before the onset of ...
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A flood of lessons 21.10.2017 deccanherald.com
Flash floods, record rains, deaths and miseries unprecedented in scale, Bengalureans have seen them all. A dramatic weather change played havoc on the roads and in their homes alike. Now, when the monsoon fades away, isn't it time to ask what went so horribly wrong. Why, despite warning, the authorities were caught so unprepared. Armed with a hundred telemetric rain gauges spread across the city, the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) insists it had delivered regular, location-specific rain alerts through its Whatsapp group 'Be Ready Bengaluru.' That group has BBMP ward-level engineers, corporators, joint commissioners of the Palike, BMTC, BWSSB, traffic police and fire forces. Warnings ignored But, as one looks back, such forecasts made no difference to Bengalureans. Over a dozen people died, hundreds of localities were flooded for days. Roads are in a mess, drains clogged and in total disrepair. The message is clear: Despite giant strides in technology, the country's IT hub has ...
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A flood of lessons 21.10.2017 deccanherald.com
Flash floods, record rains, deaths and miseries unprecedented in scale, Bengalureans have seen them all. A dramatic weather change played havoc on the roads and in their homes alike. Now, when the monsoon fades away, isn't it time to ask what went so horribly wrong. Why, despite warning, the authorities were caught so unprepared. Armed with a hundred telemetric rain gauges spread across the city, the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) insists it had delivered regular, location-specific rain alerts through its Whatsapp group 'Be Ready Bengaluru.' That group has BBMP ward-level engineers, corporators, joint commissioners of the Palike, BMTC, BWSSB, traffic police and fire forces. Warnings ignored But, as one looks back, such forecasts made no difference to Bengalureans. Over a dozen people died, hundreds of localities were flooded for days. Roads are in a mess, drains clogged and in total disrepair. The message is clear: Despite giant strides in technology, the country's IT hub has ...
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Citizens demand quick remedial action, early warning systems 21.10.2017 deccanherald.com
The rains this time around wreaked havoc in the city, and in certain extreme cases resulted in the loss of innocent lives. There has been a lot of discussion on the severity of rains particularly in the last two months, which effectively brought the city to its knees. Heres what a cross-section of people feel should be done to avoid a repeat of the disaster next year. The enormity of the problem comes to the fore while interacting with people living in low lying areas that bore the brunt of the rain damage. B N Ratnakar from HSR layout says that the rains this time around were quite extreme and the city was ill prepared for it. He attributes it to the flaws of civic agencies such as the BBMP and BWSSB. The technical flaws, he says, are plenty: Faulty routing of storm water, lack of proper de-silting of drains prior to the rains, excessive accumulation of garbage in the form of plastic and non-biodegradable items such as thermocol and construction material. Ratnakar feels a comprehensive assessment of the ...
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Waste weir near Varthur lake breaches, water flowing out 21.10.2017 deccanherald.com
The waste weir near the lake in Varthur has breached, leading to draining of the water from the lake. According to officials from the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), the breach, which occurred two weeks ago, was caused due to heavy and incessant rain over the past few weeks. "Water pressure increased due to heavy and continuous rain," said P N Nayak, engineer member, BDA. He added that the bund and other structures near the lake are around 40 years old and the rain aggravated the situation. Villagers, however, suspect it was the handiwork of officials of the minor irrigation department. "Villagers believe the breach will help the irrigation department since water can now flow towards the pipelines laid for the Kolar water project," said Jagadish Reddy Nagappa, a designated lake warden. He added that the water has receded to around 25% near the village and is flowing downstream. The villagers are worried since they use this water for their crops. Nayak said this will not affect farmers. The flow is ...
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Modi may visit B'luru on Oct 29 21.10.2017 deccanherald.com
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to participate in a spiritual event scheduled to be held at Palace Grounds in Bengaluru on October 29.

The event — Mahasamarpane — will be organised by Mysuru-based Vedanta Bharati. "We have received confirmation from the Prime Minister's Office. An official schedule is awaited," Vedanta Bharati director Shridhar Bhat Ainkai said.

The event involves mass chanting of Sri Shankaracharya's Soundaryalahari and Dakshinamurthy hymns. The same day, Modi is expected to visit Dharmasthala for another event.

BJP sources here said they were aware of Modi's visit to the state, but they do not have any official communication in this regard.
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Taxpayer taunts government on Vidhana Soudha diamond jubilee spend 21.10.2017 deccanherald.com
Against the backdrop of a series of tragedies that have hit the city over the last few weeks, the state government has decided to spend Rs 10 crore on Vidhana Soudha's diamond jubilee celebrations.

It is not surprising if people see stark irony in the government's move.

After all, the potholes that dot the roads in the city killed four people and the heavy rain claimed 10 lives. Many had hoped that the government would spend the same money on programmes that truly benefit people.

DH News Service

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I-T searches at DKS auditor's home 21.10.2017 Deccan Herald - State
Income tax sleuths conducted a search at the residence of an auditor Somesh on Saturday.
He is one of the auditors for Energy Minister D K Shivakumar. The search began on Friday and went on till late Saturday evening.

The sleuths reportedly seized documents related to properties and transactions.

The operation was in continuation of searches at the minister's properties in the first week of August.

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75% of potholes filled, claims BBMP 21.10.2017 Hindu: News
After facing flak from citizens who were forced to negotiate long stretches of bad roads across the city — some of them also resulting in fatalities — the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) ha...
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Stomping around in sawdust 21.10.2017 Hindu: Home
Helios Theatre is part of the swelling ranks of drama groups producing plays for a very young audience says Vikram Phukan
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A jumbo cup of Assam tea 20.10.2017 Hindu: Energy & Environment
How a small tea garden in the Brahmaputra Valley became the first one in the world to secure an elephant-friendly certificate
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