Bangalore news Aug 16 highlights : CM Yediyurappa meets PM Modi; appeals for release of relief funds for Karnataka floods

Bangalore news Aug 16 highlights : CM Yediyurappa meets PM Modi; appeals for release of relief funds for Karnataka floods

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Karnataka CM Yediyurappa met PM Modi in Delhi on Friday to appraise the latter on the situations of flood hit-areas and to explain losses suffered. Express Photo

Heavy rain and floods in Karnataka have claimed the lives of 62 people while 14 others are missing, official data from the Chief Minister’s office(CMO) released on Thursday indicated.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Upper Krishna Basin is likely to receive more widespread with moderate rains and at isolated places heavy rains very likely in the next few days.

Meanwhile, the KSNDMC has predicted isolated to scattered with light to moderate rains over parts of northern interior Karnataka for next 2-3 days. Belagavi district most likely to receive fairly scattered with light to moderate rains for the next two days. Costal and Malnad region most likely to receive widespread with moderate to heavy rains till Saturday.

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Officials turn to Telegram to provide live tracking of Bengaluru to Airport Volvo services

Passengers travelling from Vydehi Traffic Transit Management Centre (TTMC) in Whitefiled to Kempegowda International Airport by Vayu Vajra AC Volvo buses run by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) can now get real-time service information on their smartphones.

Advertising A Telegram group, which has been formed by the manager of the Whitefield depot, now helps hundreds of commuters on route KIAS 15 for their travel to the airport. 

READ: Officials turn to Telegram to provide live tracking of Bengaluru to Airport Volvo services

Karnataka CM meets Railway Minister

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa met Union Minister of Railways and discussed about various railway projects in the State
They discussed about Bengaluru Sub-urban Railway, Strengthening of Railway police in Karnataka, Hassan- Belur- Shringeri new railway line and Bidar-Nanded Railway line.

Chief Secretary to Government T.M. Vijayabhaskar, Union Minister of Coal Prahlad Joshi, Union Minister of State of Railways Suresh Angadi, MLAs R. Ashok and Jagadish Shettar were present.

Rainfall Forecast for Bengaluru

Rainfall Forecast for Bengaluru: Widespread light to moderate rains likely over BBMP area.

After facing flak, Karnataka CMO clarifies: Layouts, not villages, will bear names of flood relief donors

After facing flak from a section of villagers and political class, the Karnataka Chief Minister’s office (CMO) Friday clarified that donors contributing for the development of flood-ravaged villages would have the new layouts named after them, not villages. The statement from the CMO office comes days after Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s  announcement on Wednesday at a meeting with industrialists and corporates that villages would be renamed after donors who give more than Rs 10 crore.

READ:  After facing flak, Karnataka CMO clarifies: Layouts, not villages, will bear names of flood relief donors

Bengaluru gets postal museum

The Department of Post, Karnataka Circle, on Thursday inaugurated the Museum of Communication that artistically showcases the history of post in the country.

On the occasion, a special cover and a picture-postcard on ‘Bangalore swinging in the 70s’ were also released. The museum, inaugurated at the post office branch on Museum road, showcases the various stages of the development of the department from 1854.

Youth arrested after a video of him performing wheelies

A 19-year-old boy was on Thursday arrested after a video of him performing wheelies on his scooter on Devanahalli Road went viral. An onlooker shot the video and uploaded it on social media recently.

Devanahalli police tracked down the scooterist, Sagar, a resident of Yelahanka, on the basis of his two-wheeler registration number
Police said they have asked the regional transport office to cancel his driving licence. 

BS  Yediyurappa meets Union Railway Minister

Karnataka CM BS  Yediyurappa meets Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal during his visit to Delhi. 

Karnataka State Law University results declared for June exam, how to check

Karnataka State Law University declared the results for the Law examinations (LLB 2019) that was conducted in June. The candidates can check the results through the official

KSLU has announced the provisional results for sixth semester 3 year LLB exams and BA LLB programme (5 year).

READ: Karnataka State Law University results declared for June exam, how to check

Indian Airforce  conducts Paramedical Seminar in Bangalore

Indian Airforce  Medical Training Centre at Bengaluru, one of its oldest training institutes, conducted a two-day Paramedical Seminar on “Training, Grooming and Specialisation - An integrated Approach to Combat Readiness” in Bengaluru today. According to Defence spokesperson, the seminar, discussed the emerging trends in Paramedical Training and the need for medical assistants to adapt to training methodologies so as to be ready to meet existing and future combat challenges. The seminar was only one of its kind for the continuing Medical Education of Medical Assistants in the entire Armed Forces Medical Services and a unique event in that it was conducted ‘By Medical Assistants for Medical Assistants’.

JDS takes a dig at CM Yediyurappa in their latest tweet

Not aspiring for Karnataka Congress president post: DK Shivakumar

Former water resources minister and senior Congress MLA DK Shivakumar Friday stated that he does not aspire to become the president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC). When asked for clarifications on rumours spreading in political circles in the state capital on the same, he said, "I am not even a senior, I am a junior. You can ask the leaders in power for further clarifications as I am just an MLA as of now." 

IN PICS| CM Yediyurappa meets PM Modi in Delhi

Karnataka CM appeals PM's aid for flood relief

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa Friday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and appealed to release funds immediately to take up relief works in flood-hit areas in the state.

According to the CM's office, PM Modi has assured to send a central study team soon to assess the damage due to floods in the state. During the 45-minute meeting, Yediyuppa appraised the PM about the grave situation of the flood hit areas in the state and explained that the losses suffered due to flood is unseen before and intense and more funds are required to take up relief measures and rebuild the lives of the victims.

Chief Secretary to Government T.M. Vijayabhaskar, and Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister P. Ravikumar were also present among others during the meeting held in Delhi.

Bangalore LIVE air quality check

Average air quality in Bengaluru is 'moderate'. At 11.50 am, PM 2.5 (Fine Particulate matter) is at an 'unhealthy' level if you are near Kadubeesanahalli. or Mathikere. The same is at 'moderate' levels near Koramangala, Bapuji Nagar, and Ulsoor.

British High Commission addresses technical snag in visa process

Addressing the issue raised by many, the British High Commission in India has responded to technical snags faced by visa applicants. "We are aware that due to a recent technical issue on the Access UK website, a select number of Tier 4 visa applicants may have received a message in error. This is being addressed and we apologise for the inconvenience," they said in a statement released on Friday.

Nagercoil-Mumbai train diverted

Train no. 16340 - Nagercoil-Mumbai Express and Train no. 16339 Mumbai-Nagercoil express will be diverted from Friday till August 23, according to South Western Railway. 

WATCH| Live electric wire sparks continuously in Arekere

CMO clarifies layouts will be named after donors, not villages

Karnataka floods: BSY offers to name villages after donors giving over Rs 10 crore relief

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has offered to name flood-hit villages in the state after donors who provide more than Rs 10 crore for relief work. The CM has sought Rs 3000 crore from the central government as an emergency measure to tide over losses that are assessed to be in the range of Rs 10,000 crore. He recently also held a meeting with around 59 business entities to seek donations for flood relief. Read more

KSRTC initiative wins award

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation's new initiative 'Ambaari Dream Class- Travel with Dreams' wins the International accolade CMO Asia Brand Excellence Award -2019 under the category of Supply Chain & Logistics Sector.

Secretary to Chief Minister and Managing Director of KSRTC, Shivyogi C Kalasad received the award during a ceremony held at Pan Pacific, Singapore.

CMO Asia is a global network and also a premium forum of thought leadership, brand decision-makers, brand custodians, and creative honchos together under one roof to exchange high-level brand knowledge.

A Karnataka survival story: Couple stayed on roof, tree for three days

The story of a couple — a differently-abled man and his frail wife — who were stuck for three days amid pouring rain on the roof of a small house and then on a mango tree in Kabalapura village 15 km from Belagavi, has been one of the most poignant to emerge from the floods that hit north Karnataka last week. 

When an NDRF team finally managed to get across the swollen Bellary Nala, which barely existed before the floods, to rescue Ratnabai Givedi (35) and her husband Kadappa BG (38), there were loud cheers from people who had gathered across the stream. Read more

Rescue and Relief operations monitored by CM and Chief Secretary

The relief operations in the wake of Karnataka floods are constantly monitored by the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary of the state. According to the Chief Minister's office, the flood situation has improved considerably and people in relief camps have started returning back to their homes. "Clean drinking water, food and other relief materials provided in relief camps.," reads their daily report

Meanwhile, Bengaluru’s long-standing dream of hosting a US consulate in the city is one step closer to reality as Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has expressed his support for the same.

READ| Bengaluru’s demand for a US Consulate could ease travel woes

At the same time, a woman and her two daughters committed suicide Monday night in south Bengaluru’s Hanumantha Nagar after being upset over her husband’s extramarital affair. Rajeshwari (40), and daughters Manasa, and Bhoomika were found hanging from the house ceiling. Manasa was studying for PUC, while Bhoomika was studying for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC).

READ| Woman, two daughters commit suicide over husband’s illicit affair

Meanwhile, passengers from Bengaluru International Airport will pay marginally less for air tickets as the User Development Fee (UDF), which saw a hike in April this year, will revert back to its former rates.

READ| Bengaluru airport reduces User Development Fee, airfares might drop marginally

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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