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Bangalore news July 4 highlights: Nikhil Kumaraswamy is now the JD (S) youth wing president

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Nikhil Kumaraswamy is now the JD (S) youth wing president.

The Bengaluru City Police are likely to introduce token system across in a bid to resolve cases on priority basis. According to City Police Commissioner Alok Kumar, this is being done to avoid people reaching out directly to superior officers when they feel issues aren’t solved at the station level. He added that the feasibility of the same is currently being discussed with legal experts and the same would be introduced soon.

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Meanwhile, the Karnataka state government will carry out a survey in August to assess school dropouts in the state. Confirming this, chief secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar Wednesday directed the Department of Women and Child Development to make arrangements to collect details. According to the primary and secondary education department’s Students Achievement Tracking System (SATS), at least 70,000 children from the age group 6-18 are dropouts in the state

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Puttur gang-rape case: 8 arrested for sharing video on WhatsApp

"Eight people have been arrested by Puttur Town police today for circulating the video online. The incident took place on April 3. The discovery of the first person who uploaded the video led to the discovery of the other online perpetrators who shared it to other WhatsApp and social media groups," Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of Police B. Laxmi Prasad told Indianexpress.com

READ| ‘Gangrape’ videos of college student go viral, Karnataka cops arrest 5

Bangalore spots a rainbow after light drizzles

Bengaluru spotted a rainbow on Thursday after light drizzles throughout the day in several areas of the city. 

Roshan Baig inspects Haj terminal at KIA

Chairman of Karnataka State Haj Committee and Shivajinagar MLA  R Roshan Baig went on a  walkthrough of the Haj terminal in Kempegowda International Airport,  Bangalore on Thursday. He also spoke to CISF, BIAL, AIR SATS and others requesting smooth movement for pilgrims.

Five accused arrested after a video of a gang-rape went viral on Whatsapp.

Five accused arrested after a video of a gang-rape went viral on Whatsapp. BM Laxmi Prasad, SP Dakshina Kannada: Y’day we got info about the viral video. We registered a suo-moto case. We further identified boys in video&enquired the girl seen in the video.

Read more: ‘Gangrape’ videos of college student go viral, Karnataka cops arrest 5

Nikhil Kumaraswamy is now JD (S) youth wing president

In the first organisational reshuffle following the JD(S) drubbing in the recent Lok Sabha elections, party supremo H D Deve Gowda Thursday appointed his grandson Nikhil Kumaraswamy as the party’s youth wing president and Sakleshpur MLA H K Kumaraswamy as the party’s Karnataka president.

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Rajajinagara area in West Bengaluru is celebrating its 70th birthday

Today Rajajinagara area in West Bengaluru is celebrating its 70th birthday.

Looking forward to work for the party: Nikhil Kumaraswamy

Nikhil Kumaraswamy claims that he was surprised that JD(S) supremo HD Devegowda had appointed him as the youth wing president of the party and looks forward to work for the party.

Two held for stealing high-end cars using bluetooth gadget in Bengaluru

In a first, the Bengaluru Police arrested two people for allegedly stealing high-end cars using a bluetooth-enabled tablet. 

The Bengaluru South-East division police arrested  one Babu from Vellore and Saddam Hussain from Chennai, who had allegedly stolen 15 cars worth Rs 1 crore in south-east Bengaluru for the past few months.

READ: Two held for stealing high-end cars using bluetooth gadget in Bengaluru

JDS appoints new state chief, working president, and youth wing head

JDS supremo HD Deve Gowda appoints senior legislator HK Kumaraswamy as the Karnataka president of the JD(S) on Thursday. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil was appointed as Karnataka JD(S) youth wing president. Nikhil replaces former legislator Madhu Bangappa, who has been elevated as JD(S) state working president.

‘Gangrape’ videos of college student go viral, Karnataka Police arrest 5

The Karnataka Police have arrested five youngsters in connection with the alleged gangrape of a college girl. The incident, which allegedly took place in February, came to light only on Tuesday after two sexually explicit videos were circulated in various WhatsApp groups.  A suo motu case was filed soon after a women’s police station received an alert about the videos from the social media monitoring cell of the Dakshina Kannada police department.

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Bangalore's population cross 1.3 crore: BBMP statistics

According to the statistics presented by Bangalore's local civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bangalore is home to over 1.3 crore people. As per the presentation made by BBMP officials presenting  'Bengaluru’s swm road map & vision,' the city has a population of 1,30, 88, 022 in 198 wards of BBMP within city limits. 

Congress MLA Anand Singh reacts on his resignation

Congress MLA Anand Singh reacts on his resignation, says he will not meet any Congress leaders today and will only hold talks with CM HD Kumaraswamy once he returns from US.

In Karnataka trains, all-women RPF teams will track complaints on WhatsApp, act swiftly

In a first in Karnataka, a 15-member all-women Railway Protection Force (RPF) team will travel in different trains in a bid to enhance the safety of women passengers. Named Shakthi, the teams pledge to work real-time on complaints from women passengers. Debasmita Chattopadhyay Banerjee, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, RPF Bangalore Division said, “Real-time tracking of issues related to women passengers is made possible via WhatsApp groups which include Shakthi teams comprising RPF officers, lady representatives from daily passenger trains and frequent travellers on the route.”

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Releasing sewage to drains can get you booked in Bangalore

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has informed that criminal charges will be laid on violators who release sewage directly into drains in Bengaluru. Criminal proceeding against 70 such offenders identified by the Board will be initiated soon, BWSSB officials said. A list of property owners not complying to BWSSB show cause notices for the same has also been submitted to the Karnataka Pollution Control Board (KPSCB) to initiate further action.

Vivekananda remembered by IISc professor on 117th death anniversary

On the 117th death anniversary of visionary Swami Vivekananda, a tweet made in memory of the legendary philosopher has been shared widely on social media. The tweet made by Prof. Abhishek Banerjee, a Maths professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) reads, "It was Swami Vivekananda who inspired Jamsetji Tata to found the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Tributes to him."

Gang rape in Dakshina Kannada: Five arrested

The Karnataka police Wednesday arrested five youngsters for an alleged gang rape of a college girl. The incident, according to police, took place on April 3 but came to light only after a video of the same got widely circulated on WhatsApp on Tuesday. A case was filed based on this which led to the arrest of five, which includes a college student.

BBMP councillor's assets: Court seeks response within a week

The High Court of Karnataka has given a week to the BBMP to respond to a petition challenging the non-declaration of assets by 34 of its councillors. The court issued the ultimatum when Justice G Narendar heard a petition filed by Anil Kumar, seeking direction against the councillors and show what authority they have to hold office.

Bangalore LIVE air quality check

Average air quality in Bengaluru is 'moderate'. At 9.40 am, PM 2.5 (Fine Particulate matter) is at an 'unhealthy' level if you are near Brigade Road, Mathikere or Silk Board. The same is at 'moderate' levels near Koramangala, Srirampura and Ulsoor. 
 

IISc students call off protest

Hundreds of students who sat on a protest in Indian Institute of Science (IISc) students for three consecutive days called off the same Wednesday night. According to the protesters, the director informed students that immediate disciplinary action was taken against the project engineer and another contractor for negligence of work. The internal investigation committee has also promised to share the detailed report with students once the investigation is completed.

Read more: IISc Bengaluru students’ protest enters third day over security guard’s death


Student commits suicide, investigation underway

A tenth standard student committed suicide by hanging herself in a classroom of her school on Wednesday. The incident took place in a school in Shanti Grama, of Hassan Taluk. A case has been filed at the Shanti Grama police station and the investigation is underway.

Explained: How stable is Karnataka govt?

The resignations imply that Congress tally in the 224-member strong Assembly falls from 79 (including the Speaker) to 77. While this reduction does not, by itself, rob the current government of a majority — because the coalition enjoys a simple majority thanks to the support of 37 JD(S) MLAs as well as 2 Independents and 1 BSP MLA – yet it signals an opportunity where the principal opposition, the BJP, can turn the tables on the government. One key change brought about by the two resignations is that the effective simple majority mark in the House falls from 113 seats to 112. That’s because the overall strength of the assembly is just 222 as against 224 earlier.

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Light rain likely in Bangalore today

The weatherman has predicted light rains in Bangalore today, most likely by evening. According to IMD's weather forecast, "Surface winds very likely to be strong and gusty at times. Maximum and Minimum temperatures very likely to be around 31 and 21 degree Celsius respectively."

Meanwhile, in a first in Karnataka, a 15-member all-women Railway Protection Force (RPF) team will travel in different trains in a bid to enhance the safety of women passengers. Named Shakthi, the teams pledge to work real-time on complaints from women passengers.

READ| In Karnataka trains, all-women RPF teams will track complaints on WhatsApp, act swiftly

At the same time, a unique event is being organised by a citizens group in Bengaluru — the ‘best ward councillors/corporators’. The civic group will award the ‘Corporator No 1' award based on work accomplished by their representatives.

READ| In unique initiative, Bengaluru residents to award corporators on performance

Meanwhile, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) students sat on protest for the third consecutive day after a newly installed iron gate collapsed killing a security guard inside campus.

READ| IISc Bengaluru students’ protest enters third day over security guard’s death

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.