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NOC obtained, Karnataka to bury Nigerian youth 25.3.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
The postmortem of the Nigerian national, who died under mysterious circumstances during a police operation in north Bengaluru on March 13, will be conducted on the next available day, said police.
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BBMP presents budget for the year 2017-18 25.3.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
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EVM hackathon in Bengaluru? State IT minister throws the gauntlet to Union IT minister 25.3.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
Information Technology (IT) minister for Karnataka Priyank Kharge has thrown the gauntlet to union government for having an EVM hackathon in Bengaluru.
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SC bins society's plea against recall of site allotment in city 25.3.2017 deccanherald.com
The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition by 'Ex-Servicemen and Economically Weaker Section Society' against cancellation of residential plots allotted to it in Bengaluru in 1972-73. A bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and U U Lalit concurred with Karnataka's Additional Advocate General Devadutt Kamat that the site in question was gomal (pasture) land, which was later notified as reserve forest. "Is it not statutorily prohibited to allot gomal land to a residential society? Normally gochar, gomal and pasture land can't be alienated," the bench told senior advocate Krishnan Venugopal, representing the society, who contended that the allotment, meant to build houses for the poor and ex-servicemen, was cancelled wrongfully. "Was any process fees paid by you for transfer of land? Was any payment made to the Revenue Department? If it was for housing purpose, the government must have taken some consideration," the bench asked the counsel. Rejecting the society's contention, the bench told the counsel, "We ...
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BDA appoints consultant to filter 'damaging' RTI queries 25.3.2017 deccanherald.com
That the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) is not flush with money is known. It had to pledge some plots of land to return the initial deposits of applicants who did not get sites in Kempegowda Layout Phase 1. The BDA, however, is ready to spend some extra money to filter information to people under the Right to Information Act (RTI). It has appointed a retired official of the Karnataka Government Secretariat Training Institute as its RTI consultant on a contract basis. The post was created in August 2016 with the specific purpose of "advising" the agency in dealing with RTI applications. The BDA pays the consultant Rs 60,000 a month. RTI activists say that unlike in the past, the BDA has now been denying information swiftly without even going through the files. The appointment of the consultant came to the fore when many people found that the BDA had rejected their RTI applications citing random orders of the Supreme Court and the high court on RTI queries. "The BDA has several sections and each ...
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Schools not happy with move to regulate them, parents upbeat 25.3.2017 deccanherald.com
Associations of Private CBSE and ICSE schools in the city are unhappy with the Cabinet's decision to amend the Karnataka Education Act (KEA), 1983, to regulate them. The government took the decision in the interest of the safety of children in these schools and to allow the government regulate fees. However, associations of CBSE and ICSE schools believe the move will cause unnecessary interference. M Srinivasan, president of Managements of Independent CBSE Schools Association (MICSA), said, "We are already following the rules and regulations when it comes to children's safety. They already have the mechanism to implement these through Posco Act. I don't understand why they need to bring our schools under the KEA." He said the association would wait for more details on what the change would entail, before considering legal recourse. On the government's intention to control fee fixation, Srinivas said, "They have the right to regulate, which they already are doing, but not to fix the fees. They are based ...
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Crime-fighting through CCTVs 25.3.2017 deccanherald.com
Spot a criminal in his act and track him with that visual footprint. Packing Bengaluru's Central Business District (CBD) streets with CCTVs, the city police are revving up their surveillance game. But how does that work in those dark, desolate roads on the city's outskirts? Danger lurks in every corner for thousands of working women walking that last mile home. As darkness envelopes the streets, CCTVs, even if installed in big numbers, will hit a blind alley. The message is clear: Unless the city police, BBMP and Bescom work in tandem, safety will remain a weak point. More cameras The addition of 679 CCTV cameras by end of April will see the number skyrocket to 1,008. But that is impressive only in the CBD. The City Police Commissioner admits that without adequate streetlighting, reliability of the cameras will remain under a shade. Illuminating the streets is clearly the BBMP's task. But maintaining the estimated 4.8 lakh street lamps in the Palike's jurisdictional area of about 800 sq km is not an easy ...
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Millet flakes prove a big hit at mela 25.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Millet flakes were a huge hit at the 5th Organic and Millets Mela organised by the Agriculture department in association with Jaivik Krishik Society at Malleswaram Government School Grounds on Saturday. The flakes made from the most commonly consumed millet ragi as also foxtail, barnyard and kodo millets, etc, were sold by more than 150 stalls at the two-day mela. The stalls selling organic products left no stone unturned to market millet flakes as a replacement for puffed rice and corn. Aurovika, a stall, offered nine varieties of millets to the visitors. Kavitha, owner of the shop, said millets were simple to cook and took less time than instant noodles. The mela also had stalls offering pongal, kichdi, bisi bele bath, pulav, dosas and many more delicacies made of millets, besides ragi sohan papdis and millet burfis. Master Chef of 'Green Path,' one of the stalls, said they had millet pizza bases priced at Rs 200, besides kaju millet burfi, beetroot tart and millet rasagolla. A wide-variety of ...
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Mock drill at Metro stations takes passengers aback 25.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Police conducted mock drills for the first time at Metro stations across the city on Saturday to assess their preparedness for untoward incidents and catastrophic events. "Hoax bomb calls, terrorist infiltration or attacks are some of the situations that could arise without any warning and we wanted to know for ourselves how prepared we are," a senior police officer said. The drills were conducted in the morning peak hour without any intimation. Even the officials of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd were caught unawares as they had been kept out of the loop. Saturday was chosen because the crowd is bigger and the challenge for police stiffer, a source said. Metro was chosen for the drill because of its visibility exposure and connectivity to prominent places in the city. Sniffer dogs, bomb detection and disposal squad, anti-sabotage squad and Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) were part of the drill. Many passengers were taken aback by the drill which they thought was either a police operation or an ...
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Traffic curbs 25.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Police have imposed traffic restrictions on the Lingarajapuram flyover with the BBMP taking up asphalting work on it from Monday. Work will be taken up into two phases. The first phase will be completed in 15 days. In the first phase, the flyover will be closed for vehicles coming from Pulakeshinagar and going towards Hennur. Motorists travelling from Shivajinagar and going towards Hennur via flyover must proceed from Netaji Circle via Tannery Road and take a right at Narendra Tent junction and join Hennur road. Vehicles can also turn left at Siddappa Reddy junction and proceed towards Hennur. Vehicles moving towards Banaswadi from Pottery Road via flyover must take a right turn and proceed towards Pottery Road and join Wheeler Road and travel towards ITC and proceed towards Banaswadi and reach Hennur. The second phase of work will be taken up on the other side of flyover, which is from Hennur towards Pulakeshinagar, from April 15. Vehicles coming from Hennur and moving towards Shivajinagar can take a ...
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Nigerian's body subjected to autopsy, inquest 25.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The post-mortem and inquest on Nduku Ifeanyi Christian, a Nigerian who died mysteriously on March 13, were carried out at Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital on Saturday in the presence of two officials, police and a member of the African community. Africans living in Bengaluru stayed put around the morgue as the post-mortem began around 11 am and went on till 3.30 pm. "Only after the reports emerge will we be able to know the exact cause of death," said Renuka K Sukumar, DCP (Traffic-North). The body has been kept at the hospital as the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) had closed by then. Members of the African community have obtained clearance from police and will decide on Monday on sending the body to Nigeria or burying it in Bengaluru. Home Minister G Parameshwara reiterated that there was no racism angle in the Nigerian's death. "The Ministry of External Affairs and the FRRO monitor visas. They do not share information with us. In each police station, during their (foreigners') entry ...
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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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Cops to wait for 5 minutes before towing away vehicles 25.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The traffic police will not immediately tow away your vehicles for violating the no-parking rule. They will instead issue a public warning to tow away the vehicle if the owner doesn't turn up in five minutes, Bengaluru Police Commissioner Praveen Sood has said. If the vehicle owner turns up by then, they can take back the vehicle by paying a fine of Rs 100 and collecting the receipt. But if they doesn't show up in the stipulated time, the vehicle will be towed away and they will have to pay the fine as well as the towing charge. Sood said the decision followed public complaints that police were towing away vehicles without any warning or sometimes in places without no-parking boards. He said the decision had been conveyed to senior traffic police officers who would start enforcing it in the coming days. Additionally, police are circulating a short film on 'What to do and what not to do when your vehicle is towed' on social media, the police commissioner ...
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Rallies, walkathons mark World Water Day 25.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Schoolchildren, officials, WaterAid India organisation and volunteers from like-minded civic groups marked World Water Day by taking out a rally from BBMP office in Bellandur to Yemalur to build awareness about issues related to water with tableaux, placards and by raising slogans on conservation methods. Organised by Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), a non-profit organisation that works on water, sanitation, and hygiene education in parts of Bengaluru, the rally saw the participation of over 200 people. One of the directors from SVYM, Kumaraswamy said, "With water crisis looming large over the state, saving water is the need of the hour." Water warriors Similarly, a group of activists from Bangalore Civic Leadership Incubation Programme (B.Clip) team launched a water conservation campaign under the banner 'Bengaluru Water Warriors' by taking out a walkathon from Kanteerava Stadium to the Queen's statue in Cubbon Park. A short video made by 'Beautiful Bengaluru' citizen's group on water ...
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Communities honoured for doing their bit for environment 25.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Eco-friendly communities in the city which have adopted sustainable practices successfully were honoured with My Place of Pride Awards 2017 on Saturday. Small, large and medium apartment complexes and villa communities were awarded in the areas of waste management, water management, power management, cleanliness and hygiene. An initiative by Rotary Bangalore and Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC), 'My Place of Pride' aims to recognise eco-friendly communities and encourage people to adopt sustainable practices. Over 102 communities comprising over 200,000 citizens across the city registered for the contest and were evaluated. Of the 102 communities, 30 were shortlisted for physical inspection by a team of experts and winners were chosen. Excellence awards and overall winning communities' awards were given away. The overall winners are T-Zed Homes, Sandeep Vihar, Vijayasri Elixir and Chaitanya Samarpan. Mahaveer Season, Koramangala 3rd Block Resident Welfare Association and three other winners ...
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Siddaramaiah felicitates six women achievers 25.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Six women achievers were felicitated by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at the International Women's Day function organised by the Karnataka State Government Employees' Association at the Vidhana Soudha Banquet hall on Saturday. In the administration category, Yashoda Bopanna, director of the Karnataka Secondary Education and Examination Board, was recognised for her efforts to improve learning achievements of students. Prof K S Jayasree, vice president, Jagdale Scientific Research Foundation, received the award in the category of medicine for her extensive work on popularising the use of ayurvedic treatment and for her research work in the field. Women's development In the field of women's development, social workers Prema Manjunath from Hassan and Radha Das from Kundapura were felicitated. Prema has been training women in tailoring and fashion for the past 15 years and Radha has been working to provide education to poor students, provide drinking water, sanitation and other facilities in her village. In ...
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BBMP budget: high property tax target receives flak 25.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The BBMP budget evoked a mixed response with some criticising the high property tax collection target while others lauded it. Urban expert R K Misra said high expectations from property tax may sound absurd, but the high target of Rs 3,723.25 crore reveals that the Palike has started cleaning up its house. "It is not that the BBMP does not have the potential to generate such huge revenues. All that the BBMP needs to do is to bring in some Aadhaar equivalent for identity of properties. It is high time the BBMP stops thinking that people are honest and will declare the actual size of their properties," said Misra. He felt that the BBMP has started streamlining its finances. He, however, was doubtful about the emphasis given to the plantation drive. "I am always skeptical about plantation drives since there is no proper monitoring system." Sridhar Pabbisetty of Namma Bengaluru Foundation said, "Over promise, under delivery - that sums up the 2017-18 budget of BBMP." He observed that the allocation of Rs 89 ...
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Home department seeks ban on vehicles more than 15 years old 25.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The Home department has requested the Transport department to ban the movement of vehicles which are more than 15 years old to prevent accidents and check pollution in the city. "The police have observed that old vehicles are involved in more accidents due to mechanical faults.These vehicles are also contributing to increasing pollution," Home Minister GParameshwara told reporters on Saturday. The minister has made a request to his Cabinet colleague, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy to ban vehicles which are over 15 years old, in Bengaluru. Soon, officials of the Home and Transport departments will deliberate on banning such vehicles. Replying to a question on traffic jams due to protests at the Freedom Park, the minister said that the government has not yet taken any decision to identify a separate venue for protests outside the heart of the city. Murder cases Regarding the murder attempt on Kadabagere Srinivas, Parameshwara said that there was no political pressure on the police. "The police have ...
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Gang stabs mobile shop owner 25.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
A history sheeter and his accomplices stabbed a mobile shop owner and ransacked his shop at Vinayaka Nagar in Hebbagodi on Friday. The victim, Vikas Mishra, who sustained multiple stab injuries, has been admitted to a private hospital.

The accused Manju, a history-sheeter, and his gang were doing bike stunts in front of Mishra's shop. Mishras friend objected to this and arguments ensued. With the intervention of a few passersby, the gang went away, but returned later looking for Mishra's friend.

Armed with lethal weapons, the gang ransacked the shop, robbed valuables and stabbed Mishra who tried to resist. The gang fled with the loot after Mishra, who sustained injuries, raised an alarm. Neighbours rushed to his help and admitted him to a private hospital. They also informed the police.
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Man dozes off after brother-in-law stabs him in drunken spat 25.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
A 32-year-old man fatally stabbed his brother-in-law during a drunken brawl at Pantharapalya on Mysuru Road, west Bengaluru. Manikanta, who works as a labourer at KR Market, quarrelled with his wife's brother, Premraj, over a trivial matter on Friday night. Since both the men were drunk, the quarrel escalated and Premraj ended up stabbing Manikanta. However, they both went to sleep outside the house as usual.

In the morning, Manikanta was found lying motionless and having a deep gash, which had caused excessive bleeding. Neither man had noticed it the previous night because of their drunken stupor, according to police. The Byatarayanapura police have registered a case of murder. Manikanta, his wife and their three children had moved from Tamil Nadu to Bengaluru and were living with Premraj. Both of them were working as labourers. They would get drunk each night and quarrel over petty issues.
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