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Bangalore News May 14 Highlights: Mayor inspects areas hit by rains; Bangalore airport to have facial recognition tech soon

Bangalore News May 14 Highlights: Get the latest updates on Bangalore traffic, Bangalore weather, the events in Bangalore today and much more in our daily LIVE blog

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP , Ralph Alex Arakal | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 15, 2019 6:42:47 pm
mayor-bangalore Bangalore Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun inspected various areas hit by rain-related havoc on Tuesday. Express Photo

Moderate rain hits Bengaluru on Monday evening where several trees were uprooted in Indiranagar, Koramangala and Kengari according to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Palike (BBMP) control room.

BTM Layout 2nd stage, Bilekahalli Main Road and most of South Bengaluru’s low lying areas were flooded. According to the BBMP officials, groceries of an Anganwadi centre was submerged in water in Kodichikkanahalli of Bommanahalli zone. Joint Commissioner of Bommanahalli Zone and senior BBMP officials visited the spot and inspected.

A three-storey building tilted due to rain in Horamavu, northeast Bengaluru on Monday. six families staying in the building were evacuated from their homes as a precautionary measure.

BBMP officers rushed to the spot and inspected and also evacuated families from nearby buildings as well. The civic body issued demolition orders for the building.

The weatherman has predicted a partly cloudy sky for Bangalore today. Rain/thundershowers are likely to make an appearance, mostly by evening. The mercury levels are expected to range between 24 and 35-degree Celsius respectively.

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18:41 (IST)14 May 2019
OnePlus launch event draws huge crowd in Bangalore

The launch event of OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro in Bangalore has drawn huge crowds. The global launch event is scheduled to be held at 8.15 pm today at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre. OnePlus 7 Pro, the latest model of the smartphone brand  OnePlus is expected to be the company's most premium offering to date. 

The 2019 line-up of OnePlus devices would be unveiled globally on 14 May at 8:15 pm at the, Bengaluru. 

17:34 (IST)14 May 2019
Social media aid to hike government PU admissions

Government PU college principals in Karnataka has been directed to be creative on social media as well to organise special admission drives to increase student enrolments. In a notification sent to all government PU colleges, DPUE Director C. Shikha has directed college principals to be creative in organising special admission drives. “The information that is being pushed through various mediums including social media and local TV channels should mention various facilities provided at the college, the scope of learning for each subject/combination, and various achievements that students and lecturers of the college have got in the previous years,” the directive reads. 

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17:11 (IST)14 May 2019
Bangalore airport to introduce facial recognition tech for passengers

Bangalore International Airport will be the first airport in the country to introduce check-in through face recognition technology. This is part of an end-to-end solution for paperless air travel in the country. The facial biometric program will be implemented under the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s Digi Yatra platform. In 2018, the private airport operator had inked a pact with the Lisbon-based digital and biometric solutions services provider Vision-Box to implement the technology in the airport.

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16:33 (IST)14 May 2019
Bangalore Mayor Gangambike inspects rain damage

Bangalore Mayor Gangambike Malikarjuna inspected rain damage in various parts of South Bangalore today. 

15:19 (IST)14 May 2019
KSNMDC releases rain data, Anekkal received most rain

According to the data released by Karnataka Stata National Disaster Monitoring Committee, Anekkal in Bangalore Urban received most rainfall on Monday. In their observation between 8.30 am on Monday to the same time today, it has been mentioned that Bangalore got moderate rainfall (7.5 to 33.5 mm). 

13:13 (IST)14 May 2019
Bangalore Power disruption: List of areas keep growing

While several areas in and around Bangalore continue to face constant interruptions in power supply, more areas are added to the list every 30 minutes, on an average. BESCOM officials cite tree trimming, maintenance work and failure of feeders at different areas as citizens raise complaints about the same. 

The areas that face power failure at present include JP Nagar 6th Phase, Sarjapur Road, Ambalipura, Bellandur, Mahadevapura and surrounding areas. 

Read more: Bangalore faces power outage as major incoming power lines trip

12:57 (IST)14 May 2019
BTP holds road safety awareness programme for military personnel

Bengaluru Traffic Police held a special traffic and road safety awareness for the military personnel in the city today. 

11:42 (IST)14 May 2019
BESCOM maintenance work: Several areas in city face power disruption

Several areas in the city continue to face power cuts due to various maintenance works including tree trimming taken up by BESCOM. According to the city's electricity supply company, power will be restored at Rajanna Colony, Basavanagar, Annasandrapalya, Mayanna Layout, Nelamangala by 1 pm. 

10:56 (IST)14 May 2019
Auto drivers demand hike in minimum fare; request RTO to revise rate to Rs 30

In days to come, it is most likely that riding in an autorickshaw might get costlier in Bangalore. Drivers unions from the city have requested the government to hike the minimum fare to Rs 30. The same, which was last revised in 2013, is Rs 25 now. 

Bangalore is home to over 1.5 lakh registered autorickshaws. 

10:34 (IST)14 May 2019
Rains create havoc at BTM Layout

As Bangalore received as much as 39mm rain on Monday evening, BTM Layout witnessed heavy flooding. The 30-minute-long rain that lashed the area made situations dreadful for residents and commuters as rainwater mixed with sewage. Several houses situated in low areas in the locality was also flooded with filth after the rains. 

Bengaluru Traffic Police used barricades to avoid vehicles and pedestrians from entering 29th Main Road of the BTM Layout, to avoid further untoward situations

10:13 (IST)14 May 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 Bapuji Nagar or BTM Layout. The same is at 'moderate' levels near Peenya and Saneguruvanahalli 

09:43 (IST)14 May 2019
Power disruption across the city

BESCOM receives more than 10,000  complaints on Monday due to rain. Power cuts occurred at several areas across the city with restoration taking place only late in the night.

09:38 (IST)14 May 2019
Humid day to follow after rains lash Bangalore

The day is expected to be humid in Bangalore after moderate rains lashed the city on Monday evening. According to the IMD, the temperature in Bangalore today is expected to shoot up again to a maximum of 35 degree Celsius while a nominal decrease has been recorded in the minimum temperature expected (21.8 degree Celsius). Relative humidity of 82%  has also been recorded while traces of rain are predicted in isolated areas in and around the city.

09:33 (IST)14 May 2019
CCB Police raided a house involved in the Betting racket in Bangalore 

Central Crime Branch police raided a house in Koramangala 3rd Block and arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly running an online cricket betting racket for the IPL final match held on Sunday. Bookies from Mumbai, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Kolkata are said to be involved.

In a bid to solve the standoff between Bangalore’s local civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI), Bengaluru mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun has directed BBMP officials to ensure that cable operators are present during the drive to remove illegal cables in the city.

Read more: Bangalore internet outage issue: cable operators get 3-day notice on ‘illegal’ cables

In an apparent case of road rage, an Indian Air Force Wing Commander was allegedly assaulted, by an autorickshaw driver and two others in Indiranagar, East Bengaluru. The incident took place on May 4 on the 100 feet Road in Indiranagar, but Wing Commander VS Rao (46) filed the case on May 6 after discussing the issue with his senior officials. Based on the complaint police have filed an FIR and have begun the investigation.

Read more: Bangalore road rage: IAF Wing Commander assaulted by auto driver

Bengaluru has been witnessing heavy internet outages in the last couple of weeks disrupting work of several IT firms located in India's Silicon Valley. BBMP had gone ahead with their OFC cutting drive in areas of Outer Ring Road like Sarjapur Road, Whitefield, Marathahalli, Bellandur, and Sarjapur in East Bengaluru since last month.

Read more: Bangalore internet outage issue: cable operators get 3-day notice on ‘illegal’ cable

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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