Bangalore news July 5 highlights: In a bid to prevent fuel pilferage at bus depots, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will have a digital locking system for diesel tankers. The initiative was introduced Thursday. The new system which works on GPS will digitally lock diesel transported from Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd ( BPCL) terminal to the depots. “It can be opened at the Depot premises only at a pre-designated geo fencing location. An alarm will be raised if it is operated outside the geo-fenced depot. This will reduce fuel theft, adulteration and diversion of the fuel,” a BMTC official told Indianexpress.com
Meanwhile, traffic inspectors and officials in the Bengaluru North division held a parade which was followed by vehicle inspection and traffic hand-signal exercises. The Bengaluru Traffic Police has also erected signboards with the revised rates that are in place for traffic violations in Bangalore.
National Law School students to protest against fee hike
NLSIU students will protest steep fee hike and non-student friendly academic reforms on Saturday. Recently, the NLSIU had hiked its fee by more than 27% which led to students expressing their opposition towards the move. Many had pointed out that this would lead to the exclusion of aspirants from socio-economically backward sections. "We will be standing in solidarity for our demands outside the Executive Council (which includes SC judges & others) meeting venue to impress upon the council members their long overdue demands regarding the steep fee hike and academic reforms, to alleviate the mental health crisis and reviving academic traditions of the University," a protester said.
IMA scam: SIT arrests Bengaluru North Asst. Commissioner
Assistant Commissioner for Bengaluru North district LC Nagaraju was arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the I Monetary Advisory (IMA) scam case on Friday. Confirming this, S Girish DCP (Crime) said, "SIT today has arrested LC Nagaraj Assistant Commissioner, North in the IMA case, Competent Authority for IMA, on charges of receiving a bribe amount of Rs 4.5 crore for providing a favourable report."
BBMP to slap hefty fines to keep Bengaluru clean
Bangalore's civic body the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will slap hefty fines for various violations in a bid to boost the overall cleanliness of the city and to improve its poor ranking in the Swachh Survekshan survey. While citizens can be fined for spitting and urinating in public spaces, non-segregation of garbage, illegal dumping of garbage and concrete wastes apart will also attract heavy fines from now on. Most fines start from Rs 200 for the first offence and the same can go up to Rs 5,000 and even Rs 25,000 in some cases for second and third offences.
Revised fines by violations:
Violation - Penalty for 1st Offence - Penalty for 2nd offence
Littering/spitting/urinating in public places - Rs 200 - Rs 1000
Non-segregation of waste by domestic occupier - Rs 200 - Rs 1000
Non-segregation of waste by bulk generator/commercial complex - Rs 1000 - Rs 5000
Failure to comply with public cleanliness directions - Rs 200 - Rs 1000
Irregular deposit of any solid waste - Rs 200 - Rs 1000
Dumping of building waste irregularly - Rs 5000 - Rs 25000
Allowing filth to flow to the streets - Rs 200 - Rs 1000
Garbage dumped under flyover, student takes to Twitter
Garbage dumped under the Double Road flyover in Shantinagar for days has irked many who take the route. While it has been reported earlier as well, the bad smell that arises from the same is a challenge to commuters who are forced to hold their breath when crossing the area. Taking to Twitter, a student wrote, "Everyday to college, I walk under this flyover in Double Road. Needles to say the experience has been disgusting."
Everyday to college, I walk under this flyover in Double Road. Needles to say the experience has been disgusting. @BBMP_MAYOR @BBMPCOMM— Leah Liz Jacob (@awesomeliz97) July 5, 2019
P.s I have become a Pro at holding my breath while I walk #WasteManagement #RemoveTheDebris #StinkyPaths #PedestrianSafety #NammaSafety #day1 pic.twitter.com/8ugDcI9tgd
Agriculture, Water, Railways, jobs neglected in Union budget: Parameshwara
Karnataka deputy chief minister G Parameshwara criticised the union budget saying that it failed to include any significant initiative on various sectors including agriculture, farmers, tackling drought, infrastructure, water, railways, and jobs. "#Budget2019 has no significant initiatives on agriculture, farmers, tackling drought, infrastructure, water, railways, jobs, etc. No respite for middle class taxpayers. There is no coherent plan to fix the broken economy, leave alone making it a 5 trillion dollar one," he wrote on Twitter.
#Budget2019 has no significant initiatives on agriculture, farmers, tackling drought, infrastructure, water, railways, jobs, etc. No respite for middle class tax payers.— Dr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) July 5, 2019
There is no coherent plan to fix the broken economy, leave alone making it a 5 trillion dollar one.
BTP officers give traffic awareness to CMP Military police
Officers of the Bengaluru Traffic Police department conducted an awareness programme on traffic rules and safety concerns to CMP Military police on Friday. The session was held at the Traffic Management centre in the city.
Traffic & Road Safety awareness programme to CMP Military Police conducted at Traffic Management centre Bengaluru. Explained by Mr. Prakash Asst. Sub-Inspector of Police #TMC. pic.twitter.com/LADUdKNg2P— BengaluruTrafficPolice (@blrcitytraffic) July 5, 2019
Air Marshal Ghotia visits Yelahanka Air Force Station
Air Marshal SK Ghotia, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Headquarters Training Command Friday visited the Air Force Station in Yelahanka, Bangalore. He viewed the flying training squadrons and assessed the role preparedness of the base from the Operational, Maintenance and the Administrative perspective. The Air Marshal addressed the personnel and emphasised to maintain high standards of professionalism, training standards and achieve excellence in their respective fields.
Budget for education sector is balanced: Bangalore-based educationist
Bengaluru-based educationist and MD of Canadian International School Shweta Sastri said on Friday that the budget looks balanced for the education sector. "The decision to set up a National Research Foundation to fund and coordinate research in India is welcome. The plan of the Government to launch 'Study in India' programme is meant to make India an attractive education destination for international students. The allotment of 400-cr to develop world-class institutions is to be highly appreciated. The enhancement of budget allocation for education is an appreciating move," she told Indianexpress.com
Bangalore's suburban rail projec to work around Transit Oriented Development
"Indian Railways suburban and long-distance services do a phenomenal task in cities like Mumbai and smaller cities. Railways will be encouraged to invest more in suburban railways through Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) structures like Rapid Regional Transport System (RRTS) proposed on the Delhi-Meerut route. I propose to enhance the metro railway initiatives by encouraging more PPP initiatives and ensuring completion of sanctioned works, while supporting Transit Oriented Development (TOD) to ensure commercial activity around transit hubs," Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Friday. Bangalore's suburban rail and other city rail projects will work around this concept of TOD.
Kannur Express from Bangalore rescheduled
Train no.16511 KSR Bengaluru - Kannur (SBC--CAN) Express of 05/07/19 schedule to leave SBC AT 19:15 HRS OF 05/07/19 is rescheduled to leave at 21:50 hrs of 05/7/2019 due to late running of pairing train. For further details please dial 139, Bengaluru Divisional Railway Manager informs.
Use social media to connect with people: Bengaluru City Police Commissioner asks officers
In a bid to bridge the police force and the general public, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner has issued a memo asking all officers to be active on social media. Commissioner Alok Kumar has also directed all senior officers and inspectors to be active on their official Twitter handles. “Only official handles should be used to interact with the public. For better impact, Additional Commissioners, DCPs and inspectors should handle their accounts personally. Some select important complaints received by the commissioner’s office on social media platforms will be forwarded to the concerned official, who should take appropriate action and post the same on their accounts,” the memo reads.
Siddaramaiah takes a dig at Union budget
Former Karnataka Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Siddarmaiah took a dig at the central government's budget presentation held on Friday. In his first reaction to the Union Budget on Twitter, he wrote, "Budget in a nutshell!! Everything under the sun but nothing to catch it!!"
Budget in a nutshell!!— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) July 5, 2019
Everything under the sun but nothing to catch it!!#Budget2019
NLSIU fee hike: Government must stop making institutions fund-starved, says Yogendra Yadav
After several reports came out pointing fingers at the 25% fee hike in National Law School India University (NLSIU), one among the premier law institutes in the country, more activists have joined the bandwagon to criticise the move. Activist and academic Yogendra Yadav took to Twitter to write, "The report of a huge fee hike in NLSIU, Bangalore raises the concern of economic inclusion and diversity in our institutions. The Government must stop making institutions fund starved and prevent them from shifting the burden of expense on the students."
The report of a huge fee hike in NLSIU, Bangalore raises the concern of economic inclusion and diversity in our institutions. The Government must stop making institutions fund starved and prevent them from shifting the burden of expense on the students.https://t.co/puV8gokVfv— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) July 4, 2019
What does Bengaluru get from the Union Budget?
India’s first woman Union Finance Minister in almost five decades, Nirmala Sitharaman presented the full-fledged Union Budget for the current financial year in New Delhi on Friday. Here are the highlights from the presentation that is relevant to Bangalore:
1. It was announced that the Railways will be encouraged to invest more in suburban railways through special purpose vehicles (SPVs). This is expected to boost the much-anticipated Suburban rail project in Bengaluru
2. Tenancy agreements will be made more equitable. "Tenancy law will release more supply and disincentivise real estate hoarding," Sitharaman said. These reforms will be undertaken by the government to promote rental housing. Current rental laws are archaic as they do not address lessor-lessee relationships fairly, the Union Finance Minister said.
3. The union government plans to begin a television programme on DD National, exclusively for startups. Bengaluru being the startup hub, the proposed programme designed and executed by startups themselves is something that many can look forward to.
4. Non-resident Indians (NRIs) with Indian passport will soon get Aadhaar cards after the Finance Minister proposed the same during the budget presentation. This would enable NRIs to get an Aadhaar card without waiting for mandatory 180 days, Sitharaman added.
5. The government has allocated Rs 10,000 crore for faster adoption of electric vehicles and has announced upfront incentives for electric vehicles. This will help attract investment for manufacture and ensure clean energy over time. These, including tax benefits and GST reduction, are also likely to incentivise electric car purchases by Bangaloreans leading to lesser pollution.
Footpath garden at RBI Layout worry pedestrians
Citizens at RBI Layout in JP Nagar 7th Phase are worried about the safety of pedestrians, especially children as a footpath garden has encroached pavement space. The low wall built around trees should be removed, a citizen suggested on Twitter.
Dangerous footpath garden 11th main RBI Lyt Bangalore 78— Paneendra Bellur (@paneendrabellur) July 5, 2019
may lead to fatality of children walking on road if hit by vehicle
Trees should remain, but wall around trees be removed@BBMPCOMM @BBMP_MAYOR @DKSureshINC @KrishnappaMla @blrcitytraffic @citizenmatters @DeccanHerald pic.twitter.com/oo82Lf5a8e
Security check process needs to gear up, expert points out
Brand expert Harish Bijoor took to Twitter calling out to Bengaluru International Airport authorities to speed up security check and hand baggage scan systems. He wrote, "Dear @BLRAirport , automation is meant to speed things up amidst all else, and not slow things down dramatically! Do check the security-check & hand-baggage scan system in place once again!"
iTWEET:Dear @BLRAirport , automation is meant to speed things up amidst all else, and not slow things down dramatically! Do check the security-check & hand-baggage scan system in place once again! #Bengaluru #KIAL #Airport— Harish Bijoor (@harishbijoor) July 5, 2019
India's job creators are our wealth creators: Sitharaman
Adding that India is the sixth-largest economy in the world, Sitharaman said, "The recent election was charged with brimming home and desire for a bright and stable ‘New India’. Gone are the days of policy paralysis. India's job creators are our wealth creator."
Japanese tech to ease vehicular traffic at Bangalore signals
Long wait at traffic signals will soon be history in Bangalore roads infamous for traffic blocks as Japanese technology is expected to be adopted by 2020. The Advanced Traffic Information Management System, funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency for Rs 72 crore, will be implemented by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT)in the city. According to the system, queue-length measurement sensors (QMS) will gauge the traffic density on a particular road stretch and accordingly assign the green signal. This is different from pre-set signals that are in place now which works based on timers and not vehicular density.
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 Silk Board, Brigade Road, or Mathikere. The same is at 'moderate' levels near Koramangala, Srirampura and Ulsoor.
Nitrogen pollution chokes Bangalore city: Study
A recent study conducted in several cities in India showed various places including Bangalore are choked with Nitrogen pollution. Observations and analysis made based on satellite data between February 2018 and May 2019 show cities such as Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad which have a high vehicular population and usage diesel/oil pumps are the most polluting. “Over the past few years, several studies have identified PM2.5, NOx and trioxygen (O3) pollutants having a significant impact on human health. These are particularly dangerous air pollutants, causing respiratory illnesses and lung damage with acute exposure. Long-Term exposure can increase the risk of chronic diseases such as heart attacks and lung cancer,” said Pujarini Sen, Senior Campaigner, Greenpeace India.
Now, write IBPS exams in Kannada too
In what is seen as a relief for regional rural bank job aspirants from Karnataka, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced that candidates taking recruitment exams conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) can now do so in 13 languages including Kannada other than English and Hindi. Several campaigns online and offline, and some of which that witnessed the participation of MPs in both Houses of Parliament were in place demanding for the same since a long time now.
To provide a level playing field & to expand employment possibilities for local youths,it has been decided that examination for direct recruitment of officers (Scale-I)& OfficeAssistant in RRBs will be conducted in13 regional languages in addition to English & Hindi.@nsitharaman pic.twitter.com/ItX6T0G6in— Pratap Simha (@mepratap) July 4, 2019
Mayor to inspect Sarakki Lake today
Bengaluru mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun will inspect developments of the Sarakki Lake project on Friday. The mayor and team of officials are expected to visit the area at 10 am today.
(Representative Image/Express File Photo)
BBMP commissioner Manjunath Prasad on 10-day leave, Anil Kumar to step in
Urban development department additional chief secretary BH Anil Kumar will be the in-charge BBMP commissioner in place of N Manjunatha Prasad, who is going on a 10-day leave from Friday. Manjunath Prasad is expected to rejoin duty on July 15.
Light rains predicted 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 30 and 21 degree Celsius respectively." Meanwhile, several areas in Bangalore spotted a rainbow Thursday evening after a light drizzle.