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Toxic foam from Varthur Lake chokes neighbourhood 23.3.2017 TOI: Cities
Those driving past Varthur bridge in east Bengaluru on Tuesday evening found themselves in the midst of a snowfall of sorts. But there was nothing to cheer about.
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Glimmer of hope as mesh work begins at frothing Varthur lake 22.3.2017 deccanherald.com
Varthur lake is frothing all the time, with citizens saying it becomes news only when someone puts up a picture on social media. But since Wednesday, the scene has been particularly bad, with the state highway towards Whitefield being enveloped by flying foam. On Tuesday, the Bangalore Development (BDA) had begun putting up a mesh. The work began after officials were pulled up by Chief Secretary Subhash Chandra Khuntia on Sunday (March 20), when he visited Bellandur and Varthur lakes. He ordered them to show results within a week. "The mesh will come up around the waste-weir area of Varthur lake, from where the froth spills onto the road. Work began on Wednesday and will be completed within a week," said Veda Murthy, Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) assistant executive engineer. BBMP officials are saying they will clear the debris and garbage dumped in the channels connecting to the lake from Thursday. Government apathy Earlier, the lake used to froth once in a while, but since last year, the ...
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Centre seeks action against playschool 22.3.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
Pertains to allegations of child sexual abuse
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Surgeon's suicide: Family still clueless about motive 22.3.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
A day after a 56 year-old plastic surgeon jumped to his death from the terrace of his 12-storey apartment in southeast Bengaluru, his wife and family members said they have no idea why he took the extreme step.
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A 'snowfall' everyone wants to avoid in B'luru 22.3.2017 TOI: Home
While two-wheeler riders changed gears to steer away from it, those in cars raised windowpanes for safety. Reason: What commuters witnessed was toxic foam emerging from the nearby Varthur Lake, one of the most polluted water bodies in the city, giving a snowfall-like feel.
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'Negligence by govt bodies killing lakes' 21.3.2017 deccanherald.com
Taking strong exception to the poor status of lakes in Bengaluru, the People's Campaign for Right to Water (PCRW) accused the government agencies of failing in their responsibility.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Kshitij Urs of PCRW said, "It is unfortunate that instead of celebrating good work on World Water Day, we are highlighting the 60 orphaned lakes of the city — two of them are Bellandur and Varthur."

He charged BDA with destroying the lakes by creating residential areas on lake beds and allowing their encroachment.

"In September 2016, BDA transferred the responsibility of 60 lakes to the BBMP arbitrarily. The BBMP too refused to take over these lakes citing lack of resources," said Urs.

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'We connect to people here' 21.3.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
The many career opportunities available in the city are often the main driving force for people to choose Bengaluru as their base. One can find individuals from all parts of the country stepping into the city with a dream to make it big. Sanchita Jha, belonging to Patna, and her husband Mohan Gupta, hailing from West Bengal, also came to Bengaluru to chase their dreams. Residing in Bellandur, the couple have been settled in the city since the past one year. Both of them are working in the IT sector and they feel that there couldn't have been a more suitable place for their professional growth. "Since Bengaluru is the IT hub, I always wanted to get a job here. The work culture of the city is impressive and the pleasant weather is an added advantage," says Sanchita. "I was working in Hyderabad for about two years but then Irealised that I like Bengaluru more and I returned here. The people here are warm and full of life. You get a positive vibe from everyone you meet, be it in a mall or on the road. We ...
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Saga of waterlogging on Outer Ring Road 21.3.2017 Citizen Matters

There is no respite from traffic pile ups on Bengaluru's Outer Ring Road. Sometimes it's rain, sometimes it's bus breakdown. Does the government have the will to to fix it?

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Doctors jumps to death from terrace of 12-floor building 21.3.2017 TOI: Cities
A 56-year-old plastic and reconstructive surgeon allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the terrace of his 12-floor apartment in southeast Bengaluru on Monday afternoon.
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Land acquisition blues for 2nd underpass near Kadirenahalli Cross 20.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Land acquisition problems are set to obstruct the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike's (BBMP) plan to build another grade separator next to the Kadirenahalli underpass towards Dayananda Sagar Institutions. The BBMP is building a signal-free corridor on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) to link Yeshwantpur with Silk Board junction via Jedi Mara junction on Bannerghatta Road. A major stumbling block to the project is the intersection near Kadirenahalli Cross. Four years ago, the BBMP built an underpass at Kadirenahalli Cross but forgot to decongest another intersection just 150 metres away. As a result, the bottleneck continues there. It has now planned to build a grade separator (flyover or underpass) at the intersection of the ORR with the road that leads to Dayananda Sagar Institutions, said BBMP chief engineer (major project) B S Prahallad. "We want to build a grade separator but land acquisition problems have hampered our plans. Now that a new Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) policy is on the anvil, we ...
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Bellandur lake fire: NGT gives state two weeks to file affidavit 20.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday asked the Karnataka government and its various agencies to submit within two weeks affidavits on the recent outbreak of fire in Bellandur lake in Bengaluru and the steps taken to rejuvenate the waterbody. While the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) filed its affidavit before the NGT's principal bench, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and other agencies sought two weeks to file theirs. The bench gave them time till April 12. Besides, the tribunal sought compliance reports from Mantri Techzone Pvt Ltd and Core Mind Software and Services Pvt Ltd with respect to its judgement of May 4, 2016. The two firms are accused of carrying out construction in the vicinity of the lake in violation of the rules. Meanwhile, D Kupendra Reddy, a JD(S) member of Rajya Sabha, through advocate Sanjay M Nuli, sought to implead himself in the NGT's suo motu proceedings on Bellandur lake, ...
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Noted plastic surgeon falls from 6th floor of apartment, dies 20.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
A leading plastic surgeon in the city died after falling from the sixth floor of an apartment complex in HSR Layout Sector 2, southeast Bengaluru, on Monday, police said. Dr Ashok Raj Koul (57), the chief of Plastic, Cosmetic, Microvascular and Hand Surgery at Sparsh Hospital and a resident of Sobha Daffodil apartment complex in Somasundrapalaya, was found lying in a pool of blood by security guards who were drawn by a loud thud around 12.30 pm. They called members of his family and they rushed down. With the help of neighbours, Dr Koul was taken to Narayana Health hospital where he was declared brought dead. "He was his usual self in the morning when he came to the hospital. We both made our daily rounds in the ward and he even performed two procedures," said Praveen Kumar, a junior doctor. "As the third operation was a minor one, he asked me to take care of it and went home with his daughter who had come to the hospital for a routine check-up. We got to know about the incident around 1.30 pm when his ...
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Bengaluru: NGT issues notice to Karnataka govt over Bellandur lake fire 20.3.2017 India Today| Must Read
On February 17, thick smoke enveloped Bellandur lake after a fire broke out when garbage strewn around it was set ablaze.
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Residents clamour for shutdown of 'polluting' KCDC plant 19.3.2017 deccanherald.com
Residents of southeastern Bengaluru on Sunday organised 'Blood to Breathe', a silent campaign for closing down the waste-processing unit in Somasundarapalya run by the Karnataka Compost Development Corporation (KCDC) and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). At least 90 residents of HSR Layout, Kudlu Gate, Haralur, Haralukunte, Somasundarapalya and the surrounding localities took part in the blood donation camp held at Mount Litera Zee School, opposite the KCDC plant, to symbolise their pain of living close to the waste-processing unit. Later on, the residents, including a large number of children, converged at the plant and held a sit-in, wearing black face masks to symbolise the air and dust pollution put out by the unit. Some of them scribbled messages such as 'Shut down the plant' on the plant's compound. "Garbage is being dumped here unscientifically. When the plant was started, the BBMP promised that only the garbage from the Bommanahalli zone would be processed here. But now, garbage from ...
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Free helmets drill safety message into riders' heads 18.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
On the occasion of World Head Injury Awareness Day on Saturday, Fortis Hospitals took an initiative of distributing free helmets to those riding without helmet in violation of traffic rules. The three-day drive, in association with Bengaluru traffic police, started on March 17 and will end on Monday, March 20. It was conducted at various signals like Jayanagar 4th Block, Cunningham Road, Nayandahalli, JP Nagar, Gopalan Mall, Inner Ring Road, Outer Ring Road and Rajajinagar. Traffic police at signals gave away helmets with pink slips to people seen without helmet. According to the World Health Organisation, 1.25 million people lose their lives in road accidents every year. WHO also states that in Karnataka, there are around 42 million registered vehicles, of which 71% are motorised two-wheelers. Dr Manish Mattoo, zonal director, Fortis Hospitals, Bengaluru, said, "Through this initiative, we want to alert people on road safety and that a lot of cases of head injury due to accidents can be avoided if care ...
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Full-face helmet: the wonder head protector 18.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Deen Dayal (23), a factory worker from Haryana, died from head injuries as his motorbike crashed into an electricity pole on the Outer Ring Road in Nagarabhavi, west Bengaluru, on March 12. Wearing a low-quality helmet didn't help him. Ahead of the World Head Injury Awareness Day on March 20, DH takes a look at various aspects of the matter. The traffic police say many motorcyclists in Bengaluru die every month as they do not use high-quality or full-face helmets. There are many others who do not use helmets at all, especially in outer areas such as ring roads, beyond Electronics City, Sarjapur Road, KRPuram, Peenya, Jalahalli, Byatarayanapura, Kengeri and KumaraswamyLayout.The traffic police say almost half of the riders and pillion riders do not use helmets as they don't understand the value of safety. They use helmets mainly in the central business district because of the reduced speed of vehicles, police presence and surveillance cameras at traffic junctions. Cases of riding without helmets are on ...
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A week on, Africans identify dead Nigerian 18.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Nearly a week after the suspicious death of the African in Byrathi Cross, which the police claimed to be an accident, African community members came forward to identify the deceased formally on Saturday. The members gave in writing to the investigating officials that they identified the body of the African to be that of Ifeanyi Madu, a Nigerian national. The deceased Madu was a 35-year-old from Anambra state of Nigeria and stayed in Horamavu Agara. He briefly worked at a restaurant named Nancy's Kitchen in Horamavu, the police said. The police shared information with the Nigerian High Commission which will inform his family. "We have to get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from his family through the high commission to proceed with the post-mortem," said a senior police officer. "Earlier, the African community members were not cooperating in the investigation, but they are cooperating now," the officer added. "We are still clueless about the person riding the bike with Madu. We are checking the CCTV ...
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24-year-old youth killed in 'hit & run' case near ORR 18.3.2017 Deccan Herald - City
A 24-year-old youth was killed in a road accident near Bhima Jewellers on the Outer Ring Road near Banaswadi in the early hours of Saturday. The deceased is Balu, a resident of RT Nagar and a native of Kerala. He worked for a private company. Balu was going to his friend's house in Kammanahalli around 12.30 am when the incident took place. Police shifted Balu to a private hospital. But doctors declared him brought dead. The passersby said it was a hit-and-run case. But according to the police, the CCTV footage did not show any vehicle at the spot at the time of the accident. "Nothing can be ruled out for now. We are examining more CCTV footage," the police said. It is suspected that Balu might have skidded off the road due to overspeeding. He was not wearing a helmet, police said. There are also chances of him riding under the influence of alcohol. But everything will be ascertained only after the post-mortem report comes, they said. A case has been registered at Banaswadi traffic police station. DH ...
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African community identifies body of deceased Nigerian 18.3.2017 Hindu: Home
Members of the African community in Bengaluru formally identified the body of the Nigerian who died under suspicious circumstances in Byrathi on March 13. They submitted a written statement to investi...
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Intervention at Hebbal flyover to run into NGT trouble again 18.3.2017 Hindu: Home
BDA proposes to add two additional lanes, an underpass; this would violate a NGT order that fixed buffer zone around lakes at 75 metres
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