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Bangalore News May 2 Highlights: Hundreds attend Master Hirannaiah’s funeral at Banashankari; Mayor holds special BBMP meeting to ensure Bangalore’s rain preparedness

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Written by Ralph Alex Arakal | Bangalore | Updated: May 3, 2019 8:25:54 am
Hirannaiah-veteran-actor-Congress-Dinesh-Gundu-Rao-last-respects Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dinesh Gundu Rao pays last respects to veteran actor Hirannaiah at his residence in Banashankari. Express Photo

Master Hirannaiah, known as the pioneer in bridging social and political issues to professional theatre breathed his last in Bangalore on May 2.  Aged 85, his plays and hard-hitting dialogues possessed irreplaceable relevance and enjoyed wide popularity. Master Hirannaiah, who hails from Mysore attained huge following as his play “Lanchavatara” began to feature satirical commentary on contemporary political scenarios since the late 1960s.

Hundreds including top politicians, cine stars and his followers attended the funeral held at his residence in Banashankari, Bangalore.

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In a bizarre incident, at least 11 trains from Bangalore Division faced delays and operational issues on Wednesday (May 1) after signalling failed due to railway cables being robbed. This led to many passengers getting stranded at railway stations between Krishnarajapuram and Baiyappanahalli.

According to the Bangalore Division PRO’s office, new cables were laid to restore the services later during the evening. “Signalling failure began at 6.10 pm due to cable theft. We could restore services by 8.40 pm,” the office informed indianexpress.com

Meanwhile, the Bengaluru traffic police continued to fill deadly potholes in the city. The city traffic police have identified more than 350 deadly potholes, including flyovers in Bengaluru, and started pothole filling drive to avoid accidents.

Read more: Bengaluru traffic cops start pothole filling drive

As pre-monsoon rains made a cameo also as an after effect of Cyclone Fani, Bangalore city received an average rainfall of 152mm in the last two days. The city has been receiving thundershowers after which waterlogging, power disruption and traffic snarls have been reported from across the city affecting the lives of lakhs of Bangaloreans.

Meanwhile, Bangalore has moved up 10 spots to become the 11th best city in the world for startups, according to a recent ranking system. Bangalore has bypassed Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong in the last year to achieve this fete in the list that features over 1000 cities from 100 countries.

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18:41 (IST)02 May 2019
KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao pays last respects to Master Hirannaiah

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dinesh Gundu Rao visited veteran actor Master Hirannaiah's residence to pay last respects. The leader reached his residence in Banashankari just minutes before the funeral. He comforted the deceased's kin and condoled them. 

16:46 (IST)02 May 2019
Bangalore LIVE air quality check: 'Unhealthy' levels recorded at BTM Layout

Average Air Quality in and around Bangalore city is moderate on May 2. At 4 pm, PM 2.5 (Fine Particulate matter) is at an unhealthy level if you are near BTM Layout. The same is  at moderate levels near City Railway Station and Hebbal

16:20 (IST)02 May 2019
NIAS to discuss 'Ancient Indian Knowledge System: Holistic Development of Children'

The National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bangalore will discuss 'Ancient Indian Knowledge System: Holistic Development of Children' on May 8. The discussion is scheduled to be held at the NIAS Lecture Hall from 4 pm next Wednesday. 

15:51 (IST)02 May 2019
Karnataka Health Department advises prevention of antibiotic misuse

Karnataka state Department of Health advises people to prevent overuse of antibiotics.

15:11 (IST)02 May 2019
Firefighters arrive at scene, fire put out. No casualties reported

The fire has been put out completely after firefighters rushed to the spot near Bannerghatta.  However, the car got burnt completely. No casualties reported. 

15:05 (IST)02 May 2019
Moving cab goes up in flames near Bannerghatta, commuters panic

A moving cab caught fire, reportedly, due to a short circuit at Nice Road next to Bannerghatta.  

Fortunately, the driver realised the same right at the beginning and escaped from further trouble. 

However, commuters panic at the area while the same is being reported to the nearest police and fire stations 

14:25 (IST)02 May 2019
Bangalore traffic update: Traffic snarls at Mysore Road, Corporation Circle

Traffic is at snail's pace at  Mysore Road, Corporation Circle and surrounding areas now. Traffic snarls are also reported from Hosur Road, Malleshwaram and Yeshwantpur. 

12:57 (IST)02 May 2019
Hirannaiah's funeral at 6 pm in Banashankari residence

Veteran actor Master Hirannaiah's corpse will be kept for public viewing at his residence in Banashankari. The funeral will take place at 6 pm 

12:40 (IST)02 May 2019
Late Hirannaiah suffered from liver complications

Late veteran actor Hirannaiah was under treatment for liver complications, according to officials at BGS Global Hospital, Bangalore, where he was under treatment. He succumbed to death earlier this morning (May 2).  

12:00 (IST)02 May 2019
Bangalore power disruption update: Several areas face power cuts

Yajaman Layout, Narasimhaiah Block, Periyar Nagar Circle, P&T Colony, Muslim Colony, SR Block and surrounding areas face power cuts. 
Power to be restored by 3 pm, BESCOM informs. 

11:33 (IST)02 May 2019
Deeply saddened to learn about Master Hirannaiah's death: Former CM Siddaramaiah

Senior Congress leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaraiamaiah expressed grief on veteran actor Master Hirannaiah's death. "Deeply saddened to learn about the Natakaratna Master Hirannaiah's death," he tweeted. 

11:22 (IST)02 May 2019
Former CM Jagadish Shettar condoles Master Hirannaiah's death

Former Karnataka CM Jagadish Shettar remembered late Master Hirannaiah for his contributions to the industry. "Master Hirannaiah was known for his ability to present societal issues through his sharp talks. His contribution to the world of theatrics is irreplacable. May his family have all the strength in this difficult times. May the departed's soul rest in peace," he tweeted.

10:50 (IST)02 May 2019
Political satirist Master Hirannaiah dead

Popular political satirst Master Hirannaih passes away. He was 85. 

The performer was known for his strong criticism against leaders across political parties in Karnataka in the form of satire shows. 

10:04 (IST)02 May 2019
Bangalore LIVE temperature update

At 10 am, mercury levels in Bangalore are at 27-degree Celsius. 

Bangalore today. Rain/thundershowers are likely to make an appearance, mostly by evening. The mercury levels are expected to range between 21 and 33-degree Celsius respectively.

09:48 (IST)02 May 2019
Air India waives off re-booking fares for Colombo flights

Taking the untoward situations that developed in Sri Lanka after the serial bomb blasts, Air India has waived off all charges for re-booking and re-validation. 

The same is subject to availability in same fare class on its flights to/from Colombo for travel till 10th May, 2019, Air India informs. 

09:39 (IST)02 May 2019
Bangalore power disruption update: Gotigehalli, Muturayanapura face power cuts

Gotigehalli, Muturayanapura and surrounding areas face power cuts.  Power restoration by 12 noon, Bangalore Electric Supply Company Ltd. (BESCOM) informs.

09:13 (IST)02 May 2019
Bangalore LIVE air quality check

Average Air Quality in Bengaluru is Moderate. At 9 am, PM 2.5 (Fine Particulate matter) is at an unhealthy level if you are near BTM Layout or Silk Board. The same is  at moderate levels near Peenya, Hebbal and Jayanagar

08:48 (IST)02 May 2019
Wondering how to make the day extra productive? Visit this science and tech exhibition then

Are you a science buff who loves innovations? Budding engineers will display innovative projects providing solutions to real life problems in the field of Robotics, rural technology, water purification, electricity generation, communication, programming and more at a science exhibition held in the city.

Organisers say that the event aims to provide a platform for college students, teachers and engineers to interact with innovators.

Venue: CMR Institute of Technology (CMRIT) Bangalore 
Time: Whole day, May 2  to 4

08:32 (IST)02 May 2019
Temperature likely to be between 21 - 33 degree Celsius today

The city will experience maximum and minimum temperatures od 33 and 21 degree Celsius respectively on May 2. 

According to IMD,  Bangalore will see a generally cloudy sky today. Rain/thundershowers are likely to make an appearance, mostly by evening.

The weatherman has predicted a generally cloudy sky for Bangalore today. Rain/thundershowers are likely to make an appearance, mostly by evening. The mercury levels are expected to range between 21 and 33-degree Celsius respectively.

As the 2019 Karnataka SSLC results witnessed a nominal increase of 1.77 per cent in pass percentage this year, girls continue to outshine boys across categories. Interestingly, both students who scored 100 per cent marks to become the state toppers are also girls – Srujana D. of St Philomena English High School, Bangalore and Naganjali Parameshwar Naik of Colaba Vithob Shanbhag Kabagkar High School, Uttara Kannada – are aspiring doctors.

Read more: Karnataka Class 10th SSLC results 2019: Srujana and Naganjali emerge toppers with 100% marks, aspire to be doctors

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.