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Written by Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: June 13, 2019 5:55:05 pm
ima-scam-bangalore Thousands of investors gathered in front of I Monetary Advisory (IMA) jewels at Commercial Street on Monday. Express Photo

Bangalore’s local civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), in consultation with Bengaluru Traffic Police, will soon build over 500 crosswalks in the city. These 15 centimetre-high crosswalks will be built in a bid to ensure safety for pedestrians crossing the roads, as it forces drivers of speeding motor vehicles to hit the brakes. As per the initial phase of BBMP’s plans, crosswalks will be built along Sarjapur Road, Magadi Road and Outer Ring Road.

Meanwhile, seven directors of I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Group – Naveed Ahmed, Arshad Khan, Nizamuddin, Nasir Hussain, Anwar Pasha, Waseem and Dadapeer – who had gone into hiding after an audio clip of the IMA Group founder Mohammed Mansoor Khan went viral,  have been arrested. They are now being interrogated on the whereabouts of the IMA group promoter Mansoor Khan. They have been remanded to 10-day police custody.

At the same time, the weatherman has predicted light rains in some areas of Bangalore today. According to IMD’s daily forecast, “Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 30 and 21 degree Celsius respectively.”

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    17:53 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Bangalore’s power cables to go underground soon

    In a bid to bring down instances of power disruption and cases of electrocution, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) has decided to carry out underground cabling work in the city. 

    Around 6,900 kilometres of 11kV high-tension overhead lines in the Bangalore Metropolitan Area Zone will soon take an underground route, according to BESCOM officials.

    Read: Bangalore’s power cables to go underground soon

    17:41 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Rainfall Forecast for Karnataka 

    Widespread moderate to heavy rains likely over Coastal Karnataka & adjoining parts of Malnad districts and scattered light to moderate rains likely over northern districts of North interior Karnataka. 

    16:53 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Senior citizens revs up to take on footpath riders in Bengaluru

    Senior citizens in  Banashankari held placards pleading with two wheeler riders not to use the footpath. 

    16:21 (IST)13 Jun 2019
     Karnataka police arrest one more Ponzi scheme promoter

    Injaz Builders' director, Misbah Mukarram, who has been on the run for the last two months after swindling around Rs 90 crores from his investors was arrested. Mukarram's company was reportedly running Ponzi schemes known as ‘chain link multi-level marketing’ scam in the city. Mukarram's arrest comes in the context of the IMA scam, where the promoter is absconding.

    14:23 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    India Heritage Walks hosts Bengaluru history walk

    India Heritage Walks recently conducted a walking tour exploring the colonial history of Bengaluru through its architecture. India Heritage Walks is a web platform by Sahapedia that hosts immersive and diverse events that bring people closer to their local heritage and culture.

    13:57 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Siddaramaiah hits out at Congress MLA R Roshan Baig over IMA case

    Former chief minister Siddaramaiah hits out at Congress MLA R Roshan Baig over IMA case says Baig should appear before SIT and prove his innocence.

    13:00 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Vatal dresses up as cop for protest

    Vatal Nagaraj, President of Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha, dressed up as a policeman at a protest held in Bangalore. He was demanding the implementation of Raghavendra Auradkar committee report on police reforms on Thursday. 

    12:47 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Traffic police demands pedestrian underpasses, BBMP approves foot overbridges

    In a bid to decongest traffic and ensure pedestrian safety, the Bengaluru Traffic Police had proposed BBMP to build pedestrian underpasses in key and busy roads of the city. However, BBMP has turned down the list that featured 34 spots citing non-feasibility of the same in Bangalore's conditions.

    At the same time, BBMP has decided to build 86 foot overbridges to curtail such challenges. Tenders have been invited for the same at 32 of them already, according to BBMP officials.

    12:30 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Updated schedule for Bengaluru-Belagavi flights released

    All SpiceJet flights plying on the Bengaluru-Belagavi route will have new timings from now on. Check the new schedule below. 

    12:20 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Baiyappanahalli rail overbridge up within a year: PC Mohan

    As work resumed for the long-awaited and delayed Baiyappanahalli rail overbridge, Bangalore Central MP PC Mohan has promised that the same will be commissioned for the public in 12 months.

    11:32 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    BBMP plans to build 500 crosswalks

    Bangalore's local civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), in consultation with Bengaluru Traffic Police, will soon build over 500 crosswalks in the city. These 15 centimetre-high crosswalks will be built in a bid to ensure safety for pedestrians crossing the roads, as it forces drivers of speeding motor vehicles to hit the brakes. As per the initial phase of BBMP's plans, crosswalks will be built along Sarjapur Road, Magadi Road and Outer Ring Road.

    11:20 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Now, Karnataka government employees to get holiday on fourth Saturdays

    The Karnataka Government employees will have a holiday every fourth Saturday of the month besides the holiday they already have on second Saturdays. Last week, the state Cabinet approved the fourth Saturday holiday on the recommendation of the 6th Pay Commission. The state government on Wednesday notified the holiday which will benefit over five lakh government employees from all the state government-affiliated departments.

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    10:59 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    IIMB to host conference on challenges of corporate governance

    The Indian Institute of Bangalore’s Centre for Corporate Governance and Citizenship (CCGC), in collaboration with Florida International University College of Business (FIU Business), USA, will host the 2019 Corporate Governance Conference on June 14 and 15 at its campus. IIM Bangalore and FIU Business are currently accepting papers for the 2019 inaugural conference at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. The conference aims to provide a unique platform where academics, practitioners, corporate executives and regulators can get together to understand the intricacies of corporate governance practices, regulations and their costs and benefits to various stakeholders in India and USA. It will be an opportunity for the stakeholders of global businesses to understand how various economic, cultural and social norms interact to produce an optimal set of governance policies.

    10:25 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Cab driver speaks Sanskrit, video goes viral online

    Mallappa, a cab driver in Bangalore, has become a talking point for many as he has left several people in awe by his fluency in speaking Sanskrit. A video recorded by a passenger on his cab has gone viral across social media platforms. 

    10:15 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Raghu Karnad remembers dad, pens in memoriam

    A couple of days after the death of playwright-actor Girish Karnad, his son Raghu Karnad has penned an in memoriam for his father. In a post with a picture posted on Instagram, Raghu writes, "The picture that is growing rooted in my mind is of Appa in his spot on the sofa, his hand around a glass of whiskey, gently bubbling with bits of history, legend, song, folktale and philosophy. That was the man I loved...."

     
     
     
     
     
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    The picture that is growing rooted in my mind is of Appa in his spot on the sofa, his hand around a glass of whiskey, gently bubbling with bits of history, legend, song, folktale and philosophy. That was the man I loved. As many friends have pointed out, he had an immaculate sense of timing. This past weekend, my sister and I were both at home for a friend's wedding. On Saturday evening, he completed a set of audio interviews with Arshia Sattar. On Sunday evening, the family sat together warmed by the long lines of sun on the terrace. I gave him his physio and my sister cut his nails. We talked about some new, difficult issues with his body. It was sad, but not only sad. On Monday morning he was gone. In the days since then, it's felt like a tribute to Appa that the house and my mind have been swirling with languages; Konkani, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, English, Hindi, without much incomprehension. We're all feeling a lot of love, relief and gratitude. Thank you for the many messages about how you felt enriched by his life and work. The reverse is also true. His life and work were enriched and elevated by gurus and professors, aunts and sisters, friends, collaborators, directors, students, publishers, actors, readers, rivals, aides, some very important drivers – and many drinking companions. In his last few weeks and even hours I heard many of those names. Thank you all for being a part of the journey and building up the extraordinary person.

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    10:02 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Bangalore LIVE air quality check

    Average air quality in Bengaluru is 'moderate'. At 10 am, PM 2.5 (Fine Particulate matter) is at an 'unhealthy' level if you are near Brigade Road or Varthur. The same is at 'moderate' levels near Srirampura, Ulsoor and St John's Medical College.

    09:30 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Photos: Bangalore Nostalgia

    Time for a walk down memory lane.  Bangalore's iconic town hall and its surroundings back in the 1960s and now,  as on Twitter. 

    09:05 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    IIMB records 10% increase in female students

    The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) has recorded the highest number of admission of female candidates for their two-year full-time MBA programme. When compared to the previous batch, a 10 per cent rise is recorded in the number of female candidates seeking admission for the two-year full-time MBA programme at the Institute.

    08:42 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    IMA Jewels scam: 7 directors arrested, founder still absconding

    Naveed Ahmed, Arshad Khan, Nizamuddin, Nasir Hussain, Anwar Pasha, Waseem and Dadapeer, directors in the IMA group who had gone into hiding after an audio clip of the IMA Group founder Mohammed Mansoor Khan went viral were arrested. They are now being interrogated on the whereabouts of the IMA group promoter Mansoor Khan. They have been remanded to 10-day police custody.

    Also read: Bangalore IMA jewels scam: Congress MLA Roshan Baig refutes allegations of proximity


    08:25 (IST)13 Jun 2019
    Construction worker dies of electrocution

    A construction worker hailing from West Bengal succumbed to his burn injuries after he was electrocuted while at work in Bangalore. Identified as 24-year-old Sheikh Shabbir Ali, the youngster was working at an apartment construction site in Doddabanahalli near Kadugodi when he was electrocuted. He was rushed to the hospital by his friends and colleagues, but in vain, where he was declared brought dead.

    Also read: Bangalore’s ‘electric shock’ death toll rises by the day, even as BESCOM talks of awareness

    Refuting allegations against him in the IMA scam after its Bangalore-based promoter went absconding with over Rs 2,000 crore, senior Congress leader and Shivaji Nagar MLA R. Roshan Baig took on his political rivals for targeting him for dragging him into the matter. In a series of tweets, the Shivajinagar MLA said that the entire episode took place as part of a “full-fledged attempt” to character-assassinate him after his recent political fallouts.

    Read more: Bangalore IMA jewels scam: Congress MLA Roshan Baig refutes allegations of proximity

    After losing the Mandya Lok Sabha elections to Ms Sumalatha recently, Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Kumaraswamy is meeting leaders across the political spectrum.

    Read: Nikhil Kumaraswamy plans image makeover; meets AP CM Jagan

    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.