Bengaluru News Sept 12 highlights:
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa directed the transport department to reduce the newly introduced traffic fines as per the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 along the lines of the decision of the Gujarat government.
The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on Wednesday said that Karnataka is likely to follow the Gujarat government’s footsteps in slashing traffic fines. Yediyurappa during a review meeting told Transport Minister Laxman Savadi to look at the steps taken by the Gujarat governments. Gujarat became the first state to reduce hefty fines for 17 traffic offences under the amended Motor Vehicles Act.
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PMLA court to hear DKS’ bail plea tomorrow
Former minister DK Shivakumar ED custody to end on Sept 13. PMLA court to hear DKS’ bail plea tomorrow.
Karnataka Deputy CM says ‘good roads cause accidents’, draws flak
In a remark that flies in the face of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s statement that the new traffic fines will help bring down road accidents, one of the three Karnataka deputy chief ministers has said he is not in favour of the high fines, and blamed “good roads” for major accidents.
Advertising “Major accidents happen due to good roads where people drive at the speed of 120 to 160 kmph. Majority of accidents occur on highways. I don’t support levying high fines. The state cabinet will decide on the revision of fines and will notify the public and traffic department soon,” Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Govind Karjol said on Wednesday. Read more
BIAL Announces Map Contest
Bengaluru International Airport Limited - operator of the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) invites artists, architects and anyone who has an inclination to map our City to participate in a map design contest.
In today’s world we rely on maps that are available on our phones, so the aim is to provide unique maps that would guide travellers to experience the rich diversity of this vibrant City. Three best designed maps, with artist credit, will be printed and made available as takeaways for passengers at designated places in the BLR Airport.
The map must be fit to scale, follow city boundaries and highlight key landmarks/ locations. The design must be unique, original and must not be in circulation, exhibited or created for other purposes.
BBMP wants public to use its apps
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP ) issued a notification recently, urging citizens to make use of its Sahaaya and Fix My Street apps for getting their civic woes redressed.
BBMP to prepare the Bengaluru Vision Document 2050
BBMP to prepare the Bengaluru Vision Document 2050 by creating a separate City Planning wing.
In line with Hon @CMofKarnataka’s vision, we have taken the first step to prepare the Bengaluru Vision Document 2050 by creating a separate City Planning wing. It will comprise experts from Town planning department who will put together a team to draft the document.— B.H. Anil Kumar ,IAS (@BBMPCOMM) September 12, 2019
DK Shivakumar's daughter Aishwarya arrives at ED office in Delhi
Former minister and Congress leader DK Shivakumar's daughter Aishwarya arrives at ED office in Delhi for questioning. Aishwarya was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday to depose before the agency on September 12.
Sources said Aishwarya has been summoned to seek clarification on a trip she took with her father to Singapore in 2017. They said she would be questioned over several documents associated with the trip and its connection to the money laundering case against Shivakumar. The agency is likely to record her statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), they added.
Shivakumar, a former Karnataka Cabinet minister, was arrested by the ED on September 3. The central agency had registered the money laundering case against him, Hanumanthaiah – an employee at Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi – and others in September last year.
BBMP to hold fair to find alternatives to plastic
A special fair being organised by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to promote alternatives to plastic in Bengaluru. The fair will be held from September 12 to 14 at Freedom Park. The aim of the fair is to promote environmental-friendly alternatives or substitutes to banned plastic goods. Seventy stalls by different manufacturers, suppliers and retailers will be put up. They will display their eco-friendly products.
IAS Officers Transferred
The state government placed VP Ikkeri, additional secretary to the chief minister, in concurrent charge of the post of metropolitan commissioner, BMRDA, by relieving Tushar Girinath from the additional charge. Munish Moudgil, commissioner of survey, settlement and land records, has been made the director general. ATI Mysuru and MT Reju have replaced him in the survey department.
After Shivakumar arrest: Rally against ‘injustice to Vokkaligas’ in Bengaluru
The incarceration since September 3 of senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar in a money-laundering case by the ED assumed caste contours on Wednesday with the dominant Vokkaliga community, to which the former minister belongs, taking out a large rally and protesting against alleged injustice to community members. Read more
Ola to launch self-drive rental service in Bengaluru
App-based aggregator Ola will soon launch its self-driven car rental service in Bengaluru. According to reports, the company is running an internal pilot under ‘Ola Drive’ to test it before extending it to customers.