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Notices to be issued to other ‘illegal’ buildings in Ejipura 19.8.2017 Hindu: Cities
Structures around the building that has tilted are under the scanner
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Finding free govt health services for women in Bengaluru 18.8.2017 Citizen Matters
How good or bad is public health system for women in Bengaluru? A reality check revealed surprises to the researcher, with the presence of all mandated facilities and helpful staff. ...
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NGT pulls up Karnataka government on Bellandur lake frothing 18.8.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
Frothing began after rain on Aug. 15, 16
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Congress-JD(S) alliance in BBMP council under strain? 18.8.2017 Hindu: Cities
The ruling alliance of the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council could be under strain. Accusing the Congress of looting money in the civic body, J...
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Change approach to fix road-flooding, say experts 17.8.2017 deccanherald.com
Stumped by Monday nights torrential downpour that trapped thousands in flooded roads and layouts, Bengalureans are scared of a repeat disaster. Old, quickfix solutions will not save the city from another catastrophic crisis, warn urban environment architects. They have now offered an alternative agenda, a total overhaul of the citys flood management system. Moving away from what they call Business As Usual models, environment architect Mohan Rao and civic evangelist V Ravichander have suggested alternatives to tackle flooding of road networks, inundation and pollution of lakes and more. Flooding of roads Re-linking fragmented storm water drains (SWDs) and clearing them have been the standard response by BBMP to tackle road-flooding so far. But this has not worked because longer duration rainfall generates very high intensity of water, much beyond the designed capacity of SWDs. The alternative: Adaptive designs for traffic islands and medians to perform functions of swales apart from increasing the ...
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Back to roots 17.8.2017 Deccan Herald - Friday
As Sreeshanti Kumari, a software professional and resident of Marathahalli, drove through Old Airport Road, she recalled memories of a once-green Bengaluru. "Slowly we lost that charm to urbanisation, with hoardings, buildings and new footpaths taking over all the space," she says, a complaint echoed by the human chain protestors at HAL Junction at Old Airport Road recently. The proposal for a signal-free corridor at the Old Airport Road, which will eventually lead to cutting down of a number of trees, hasn't gone down well with everyone. Sharath Kumar, a support professional with a data management company and resident of Kagadasapura, says, "As it is, healthy native trees are a rare sight now. This proposal will lead to many fully grown trees being cut down. Around 40 of them have already been cut and many more will follow." What can be done? Sharath feels that door-to-door interaction between households and civic bodies will lead to a better clarity of what citizens are looking for. "This will take ...
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Chief secy holds meet, takes stock of rain havoc 17.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Two days after rainwater flooded parts of Bengaluru, Chief Secretary Subhash Chandra Khuntia held a review meeting on Thursday with officials of all civic agencies to assess the situation. The city witnessed heavy rainfall late on Monday night and early Tuesday morning, leaving several areas inundated. He took officials to task for the inconvenience citizens experienced. "I have sought a detailed report and a list of those responsible. No erring official will be spared," he told DH. He directed the additional chief secretaries to ensure that the damages are set right. "I was told that there was a breach of the retaining walls of the lakes and this is sheer negligence to take up work during monsoon. Notices will be issued to officials responsible for this. Orders have been issued to clear encroachments at the earliest," he said. He said the rainfall received was abnormal. However, keeping previous instances in mind, the officials should have been well prepared to tackle such a situation. Regarding ...
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BBMP goes for fresh tenders for SWD remodelling 17.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has called for re-tender and remodelling of storm water drains at Hebbal Valley in the wake of a contractor submitting forged "work done certificate" and audit report. Though BBMP cancelled the tender, it has neither taken steps to blacklist the contractor nor ordered an investigation. In the first tender, BBMP had approved the Rs 55-crore worth tender for Hebbal Valley (Package-2) in favour of Tam Tam Pedda Guruva Reddy, a contractor. One of the conditions in the tender notification was that the bidder should have a turnover of more than Rs 30 crore and work-done certificate. Reddy submitted the certificate, claiming to have conducted work at Field Irrigation Canal Division-7 at Bheemarayanagudi for the Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigama Ltd. Upon enquiry, it was found that FIC Division-7 was renamed FIC Division-4 and transferred to the Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigama Ltd (KBJNL). Chief Engineer KBJNL also gave a reply to an NGO, which raised an objection to issuance ...
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Bengaluru's Bellandur Lake continues to spill thick toxic foam – Watch video 17.8.2017 Zee News : States
 Karnataka's Bellandur Lake on Wednesday once again spilled toxic foam after a heavy downpour.
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Rahul Gandhi launches subsidised Indira Canteen 16.8.2017 deccanherald.com
All India Congress Committee vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday launched state government's flagship programme Indira Canteen, subsidised food outlets that provides breakfast at Rs 5 and lunch and dinner at Rs 10, at Kanakanapalya in Chickpet Assembly constituency. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had announced to open 198 canteens in all wards of the city. However, only 101 canteens started functioning on Wednesday as the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) faced hurdles at several wards after the residents and citizens groups raised objections for opening canteens at civic amenity sites. Lauding the state government's programme, AICC vice president said that Indira Canteen is designed to make sure not a single person goes hungry in the city. He added that the facility is another step towards 'food for all' commitment of Congress. Indira Canteen is targeted at the poor and daily wagers who cannot afford two meals a day, he said and asked the state government and the BBMP to maintain cleanliness ...
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India home to 27, 312 elephants: Census 16.8.2017 Hindu: Other States
Of the four regions in India where elephants are found, the Southern Region have the highest number at 11, 960.
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Don’t text and drive 16.8.2017 Hindu: Arts
A small film featuring art work by artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy is driving the point home
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'BBMP didn't act on flash flood alerts' 15.8.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Monday night's heavy rainfall has once again exposed the ill-preparedness of the civic authorities. But this time, the situation could have been handled better had the BBMP acted on flash flood alerts and evacuated people. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had intimated the Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner, V Shankar, and the BBMP about "very heavy rain" in the city. Had the BBMP been alert, people could have been informed even at night and they could have been prepared, an IMD official said. Shankar said he did receive an e-mail from the IMD on Monday afternoon but the information didn't give any time frame. "Flooding has happened in BBMP limits. The deputy commissioner has nothing to do with BBMP areas. It's for the civic body to act," he said. He, however, admitted that he hadn't forwarded the alert to the BBMP. Siddhartha, a resident of CV Raman Nagar, wondered what was the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) doing. "The KSNDMC sent warnings to the BBMP. Being a ...
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To avoid pro-liquor image, Centre wary of denotifying highways 15.8.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Liquor shops in Bengaluru city and other parts of Karnataka, which are close to highways, may not reopen in the near future. A source said the Centre is not keen on denotifying the roads, with Assembly elections in the state being less than a year away. A senior official in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, seeking anonymity, told DH that the Centre did not want to send out a message that it had succumbed to pressure from the liquor lobby. "The ministry fears that denotification of highways could be perceived as a favour to the liquor lobby and could be used by NGOs and political rivals during the elections," the officials said. "Our minister (Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari) has been aggressively campaigning for closure of bars and liquor shops close to the highways to curb road accidents. The ministry is not keen on denotifying highways as district roads or municipal roads to circumvent the apex court order," the official said, adding that several officials from the Karnataka government had ...
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Several trees uprooted 15.8.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Monday night's rain has taken a toll on more than 31 different varieties of trees. While nine trees were uprooted near Sarovar Apartment in Sarakki alone, six trees fell in Indiranagar. Apart from this, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has received calls from 45 different localities in Bengaluru regarding waterlogging. While there have not been serious problems, some places have reported damage, officials said. A 15-feet-high wall collapsed at S Cariappa Road near Yediyur lake, damaging three cars and an autorickshaw. BBMP joint commissioner Dr Ashok inspected the place and ordered the local engineer to rebuild the wall immediately. While a compound wall at Lalbagh main gate was damaged due to a tree fall, the wall of HAL's Helicopter division was reduced rubble. Meanwhile, fallen trees affected traffic in Indiranagar. The forest wing of the civic body helped in easing traffic by clearing the fallen trees. Four trees at Koramangala, two in Vignanapura, and one each in RT Nagar, Hebbal, JP Nagar, ...
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Bengaluru: Overnight rains wreck havoc, city witnesses heaviest Aug rains since 1890 15.8.2017 India Today| Must Read
Bengaluru witnessed a record 180 mm rainfall in barely three hours, the heaviest downpour in August in over 100 years.
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Bengaluru witnesses heaviest August rainfall since 1890 15.8.2017 News
Torrential rains uprooted trees, twisted electric poles and snapped cable lines across the city
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101 canteens to feed poor in Bengaluru from Wednesday: CM 15.8.2017 All News-IANS Stories
To make Karnataka hunger-free and provide food at affordable rates to the labour class and poor migrants, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday announced that the state government would open Indira canteens across Bengaluru on Wednesday.
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Bengaluru sees heaviest August rainfall since 1890 15.8.2017 All News-IANS Stories
Bengaluru early on Tuesday witnessed a record 180 mm rainfall in barely three hours, the heaviest downpour in August in over 100 years.
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101 canteens to feed poor in Bengaluru from Wednesday: CM Siddaramaiah 15.8.2017 Zee News : States
In the initial phase, 101 canteens will daily serve vegetarian tiffin (breakfast) at Rs 5 per plate and meals for lunch and dinner at Rs 10 each in 101 civic wards.  
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