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Bangalore news highlights Sept 18: Fire breaks out at UCO Bank in MG Road; over 200 people evacuated, no casualties reported

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Fire broke out in the multi-storey building on Bengaluru’s busy MG Road around 2.30 pm. Express Photo/Darshan Devaiah

Bangalore, Karnataka news highlights Sept 18: Fire broke out in UCO bank in MG Road Wednesday afternoon. Fire-tenders were rushed to the spot after which firefighters rescued over 200 people who were stranded in the building. No casualties are reported so far.

Meanwhile, demanding the immediate release of funds for relief and rehabilitation for victims of Karnataka floods, Congress leaders gathered together in Vidhana Soudha Wednesday afternoon. In the protest held near the Gandhi statue in the premises, leaders raised slogans against the state, central governments for “neglecting the victims.”

At the same time, senior Congress leader and former MP Mallikarjun Kharge criticised the Narendra Modi-led government saying various central agencies were misused to target the opposition. “The government is simply using CBI and ED to target leaders from the Congress party, which is highly condemnable,” he said on Wednesday.

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DK Shivakumar's bail plea adjourned again

Senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar's bail plea hearing was adjourned till September 19 by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) court on Wednesday. 

It can be recalled that the  Delhi court remanded Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar in judicial custody till October 1 after the Enforcement Directorate told the court that they wanted more time to interrogate him.

Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar directed Shivakumar to be taken to hospital, and only after his medical condition is opined to be stable that he be sent to judicial custody in Central Jail, Tihar. Read more

Government bans e-cigarettes citing health risk to youth

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Wednesday said the Union Cabinet had approved an ordinance banning production, import, distribution, and sale of electronic cigarettes. Sitharaman, who headed a Group of Ministers (GoM) on the issue, said the decision to ban e-cigarettes was taken as they were a health risk to the youth.

“The Union Cabinet has given the approval to ban e-cigarettes. It means the production, manufacturing, import/export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising related to e-cigarettes are banned,” Sitharaman said at a press conference in New Delhi. Read more

WATCH| Many tried to jump off building in panic: Eyewitness

IN PICS| Over 200 people evacuated from building, no casualties

Rescue operations underway

Several people are feared trapped in the multi-storey building which includes UCO bank's MG Road branch. Firefighters and officials are at present trying to rescue people stranded in the building. 

Fire breaks out in MG Road; firefighters in scene

Fire broke out in UCO bank in MG Road Wednesday afternoon. Fire-tenders have been rushed to the spot and firefighters are trying to put out the fire now.

Bengaluru traffic chaos:City to get six times more traffic wardens

In a bid to manage traffic better on Bengaluru roads, the Bengaluru City Police is likely to expand its traffic warden force. Confirming this, City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao tweeted, "We plan to work differently to improve the traffic.We are raising Traffic Wardens number from 390 to 2500. Requesting the voluntary spirit of Bengaluru to join us as Traffic wardens . Contact one of your nearest Traffic Police Stations. As Commissioner inviting you on board."

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Defence minister in Bengaluru tomorrow

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Only 1,654 PoP Ganesha idols immersed this year: KSPCB tells HC

Creating awareness among the common public to avoid usage of plaster of Paris (PoP) Ganesha idols seems to have done some good as it was noted that only over a thousand such idols were immersed in the city.

Confirming this, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) told the High Court that only 1,654 Ganesha idols made of plaster of Paris (PoP) were received on September 2. This is only 0.086% of the total 1,91,247 idols immersed on the same day in places across the city.

This was a result of measures taken to create awareness along with other agencies of the State through various media, to urge the people to use eco-friendly clay idols, the KSPCB stated. It added that precautions were taken to avoid immersion of PoP idols in lakes.

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Bangalore LIVE air quality check


Average air quality in Bengaluru is 'moderate'. At 10.50 am, PM 2.5 (Fine Particulate matter) is at an 'unhealthy' level if you are near Jayanagar, Mathikere or HSR Layout. The same is at 'moderate' levels near Indira Nagar, Bapuji Nagar, and Ulsoor. 

CCB busts gambling outlet in city club

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru City Police (BCP) raided a gambling outlet in Bengaluru Tuesday night to seize a stake amount of Rs 1,02,790. According to the police, the raid was conducted in Annapurneshwari Recreation Club near Laggere bridge on Outer Ring Road. As many as 13 gamblers and the owner has been detained by the CCB team.

Vokkaligas, politics and symbolism: Why Kempegowda’s statue matters

The name of the founding father of Bengaluru — Kempegowda or Nada Prabhu Kempegowda — is hard to miss in the city. The city’s airport is known as the Kempegowda International Airport, the main bus stand is the Kempegowda Bus Stand, a main arterial road in the old city is the K G Road or the Kempegowda Road.

In history lessons in schools, Kempegowda is the man who marked with towers the four corners of a Bengaluru he imagined. The chieftain from the Vijayanagar empire in the 16th century, who conceived the idea of a new city of Bengaluru while he was out hunting with a minister, is a political icon for the dominant agricultural Vokkaliga community in south Karnataka. Read more

Karnataka: Dalit BJP MP stopped from entering village

A Dalit BJP MP representing Chitradurga constituency in central Karnataka was on Monday stopped from entering the village of a backward community.

A Narayanaswamy, who represents Chitradurga seat reserved for Scheduled Caste community members, was prevented from entering a hamlet (Gollarahatti) of Kadu Golla tribe at Pemanahalli village in Pavagada region of Tumkuru district on the ground that he belongs to the Dalit community, which is considered untouchable by the Kadu Gollas. Read more

Rain, strong winds in forecast for Bangalore today


The weatherman has predicted rain accompanied by strong winds in Bengaluru for the day. According to the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) daily report, "Surface wind likely to be strong and gusty at times. Maximum & Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 27 and 20 degree Celsius respectively."

 

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Shivakumar to be in judicial custody till October 1

A Delhi court remanded Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar in judicial custody till October 1 after the Enforcement Directorate told the court that they wanted more time to interrogate him.

Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar directed Shivakumar to be taken to hospital, and only after his medical condition is opined to be stable that he be sent to judicial custody in Central Jail, Tihar. Read more

Meanwhile, from Tuesday, Bengaluru’s renowned food street at VV Puram embarked on a more hygienic and environment-friendly makeover, according to Bangalore South Lok Sabha MP Tejasvi Surya.

READ| Will turn Bengaluru’s VV Puram Food Street into ‘model street’: Tejasvi Surya

At the same time, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) belonging to Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) crashed during a trial in an agriculture field in Chitradurga district in Karnataka Tuesday. No casualties were reported.

READ| DRDO UAV crashes in farmland in Karnataka, none injured

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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