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Written by Ralph Alex Arakal , Darshan Devaiah BP | Bangalore |
Updated: May 7, 2019 6:56:20 pm
rain-bangalore-thunder-shower-BBMP-BESCOM Bengaluru is likely to have moderate showers during the evening or late evening hours today. Express Photo/Darshan Devaiah BP

Bangalore News Highlights: Bangalore is all set to celebrate Basava Jayanti today. The day is observed to be a tribute to Jagajyothi Sri Basavanna, a philosopher and social reformer of the 12th century. Leading the celebrations in the city, local civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP)’s top officials including the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, BBMP Commissioner and other political leaders gathered near the Basaveshwara idol at Chalukya Circle during the day.

Bangalore will soon become home to ‘smart roads’ after BBMP decided to kickstart the much awaited Smart City project recently. As many as 20 roads located with the city’s Central Business District (CBD) will see a facelift with various advanced facilities in the offing. These include digital information boards, smart parking systems, smart signalling, light-controlled crossing for pedestrians, smart dustbins, solar charging ports and other facilities.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD)has announced a second chance for hundreds of aspiring doctors from Karnataka who missed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) on Sunday due to a train delay.
“Happy to announce that Karnataka students who missed NEET exam due to railway delay will get another chance,” Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted.

Read more: Karnataka NEET aspirants who missed exam due to train delay to get another chance

As the CBSE Class 10 results were announced on May 6, students from Bangalore fared well while four of them scored 497 out of 500 to find themselves among the top 97 students scoring most in the country. While Karnataka (and Chennai region which includes the state) topper Yashas D from Tumkur scored 498, students who scores 497 from Bangalore are Aishwarya Hariharan Iyer, Naladala Disha Chowdary (both from Presidency School), K V Pranav (Sri Chaitanya Techno School, JP Nagar), and Prithvi P Shenoy (Vidyaniketan Public School)

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18:54 (IST)07 May 2019
Bengaluru Metro set to introduce Common Mobility Card to be used in buses on pilot basis

To facilitate improved mobility within Bengaluru, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is planning to implement the Common Mobility Card system, which would allow citizens to travel on Namma Metro and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) using a single card.

Read: Bengaluru Metro set to introduce Common Mobility Card to be used in buses on pilot basis

16:18 (IST)07 May 2019
Bangalore Weather Update

The weatherman has predicted thunderstorm with scattered light to moderate rains with isolated heavy rains and gusty winds in Bengaluru.

14:56 (IST)07 May 2019
Bangalore Weather Update

At 2 pm, mercury levels are at 32-degree Celsius in Bangalore.  

14:55 (IST)07 May 2019
DPUE extends last date for PU revaluation

On request of several students and parents, the Karnataka Department of Pre-University Education has extended the last date to apply for revaluation. The revised date is May 10, DPUE Director C. Shikha informed. 

13:04 (IST)07 May 2019
Online petition seeks appointment of standalone education minister in Karnataka

Ever since N. Mahesh, the lone Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) minister in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government, resigned last October, several activists and education experts have sought for an urgent replacement. After a number of letters were drafted to CM H.D. Kumaraswamy, an online petition is now doing rounds in social media and in WhatsApp groups. 

Read more: Chorus grows louder for appointment of standalone primary education minister in Karnataka

12:50 (IST)07 May 2019
Rahul Gandhi shares Basava Jayanti wishes

Congress president Rahul Gandhi took it to Twitter to share Basava Jayanti wishes. 

"Greetings & best wishes to all my brothers & sisters in Karnataka on Basava Jayanti," he wrote on the microblogging platform. 

12:28 (IST)07 May 2019
Agara flyover accident causes traffic chaos; truck rams into road divider

Traffic is at snail's pace in and around Agara as a truck rammed into the divider next to the flyover in Bangalore this morning. 

11:27 (IST)07 May 2019
Senior Congress leaders pay tribute to Basavanna

Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Deputy CM G. Parameshwara, KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao, and social welfare minister Priyank Kharge paid tribute to Sri Basavanna in Bangalore. 

10:59 (IST)07 May 2019
Several areas face power cuts in Bangalore

Several areas including Vijinapura, Kasthuri Nagar, Gangondanahalli, Nayandahalli face power disruption. Power will be restored by 11.30 am, according to BESCOM. 

10:39 (IST)07 May 2019
Check out the air quality around you in Bangalore

Average Air Quality in Bengaluru is Moderate.  Around 11 am, PM 2.5 (Fine Particulate matter) is at an unhealthy level if you are near Bapuji Nagar and Silk Board. The same is at moderate levels near City Railway Station and Peenya.

10:26 (IST)07 May 2019
Air Marshal TD Joseph assumes charge as Senior Air Staff Officer

Air Marshal TD Joseph assumes charge as the Senior Air Staff Officer at the Bangalore-based headquarters of Indian Air Force's Training Command. He is a recipient of the Vayu Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal among other laurels.

09:55 (IST)07 May 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hails Basava's emphasis on education and serving the poor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes Basava Jayanti today. The day is observed to be a tribute to Jagajyothi Sri Basavanna, a philosopher and social reformer of the 12th century. 

09:48 (IST)07 May 2019
Truck rams into divider on Silk Board flyover

A truck rammed into a divider on Silk Board flyover. Traffic police say the incident happened after the driver lost control.

09:13 (IST)07 May 2019
After CM Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah's time now to relax

Senior Congress leader and former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has checked into a resort at Madikeri, reports say. He is said to be accompanied by his son Yatindra. CM Kumaraswamy had chosen to undergo an ayurvedic treatment at a beach resort in Udupi district of the state, weeks back soon after the Lok Sabha polls ended in the state. 

Read more: After hectic poll campaign, Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy checks into resort for ayurvedic treatment

09:03 (IST)07 May 2019
Bangalore LIVE temperature update

At 9 am, mercury levels are at 26-degree Celsius in Bangalore.  It can be breezy outside as you commute to your workplaces as the wind at the speed of 21 kmph has been recorded now

08:41 (IST)07 May 2019
Bangalore students fare well in Class 10 CBSE exams

As the CBSE Class 10 results were announced on May 6,  as many as four students from Bangalore scored 497 out of 500 to find themselves among the top 97 students scoring most in the country. 

The toppers from Bangalore are:

Aishwarya Hariharan Iyer, Naladala Disha Chowdary (both from Presidency School)
K V Pranav (Sri Chaitanya Techno School, JP Nagar)
Prithvi P Shenoy (Vidyaniketan Public School)

The weatherman has predicted a partly cloudy sky for Bangalore today. Rain/thundershowers are likely to make an appearance, mostly by evening. The mercury levels are expected to range between 24 and 36 degree Celsuis respectively.

Meanwhile, a bus driver in Bangalore has found an interesting way to spread awareness about keeping the environment green. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s (BMTC) bus driver Narayanappa has kept plants in the bus he drives between Kaval Bylasandraa and Yeswanthpur in the city.

Read more: Bangalore driver creates mini-garden in his bus; netizens applaud

Here are a few contacts that might come handy for you in emergency situations: BBMP Control room: 080-22221188 In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit at your area, contact BWSSB: 1916.

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