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Bangalore 20 May News Highlights: Bengaluru Police notify ‘dry day’ on May 23; 40k manholes in city cleaned ahead of monsoon

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Written by Ralph Alex Arakal , Darshan Devaiah BP | Bangalore |
Updated: May 22, 2019 12:35:31 am
Global warming to leave us crying in our costlier beer Bengaluru City Police has prohibited the sale of liquor from May 23 for a day in the light of Lok Sabha elections counting day. REUTERS/Kham/File Photo

Bangalore News Highlights: Bangalore will host the most number of government schools in Karnataka which offers English medium education. A government order released during the weekend indicates that as many as 120 out of the 956 schools that will offer the same from the upcoming academic year are located in Bengaluru Urban education district under which the city’s major areas are included.

Poor enrolment figures in government schools in the state were also cited to the absence of English-medium education offered in government schools, something which their private counterparts thrived upon all these years.

Also read: English medium classes back in Karnataka government schools after 25 years

Meanwhile, the Karnataka state government is planning to make rainwater harvesting compulsory for commercial establishments set up in rural areas. The move comes as part of the Jalamruta campaign run by the government in a bid to increase water literacy.

According to RDPR minister Krishna Byre Gowda, a circular will be released soon making rainwater harvesting compulsory for commercial establishments in rural areas. The same is mandatory for their urban counterparts now.

At the same time, the weatherman has predicted a partly cloudy sky in most parts of the city. Temperature is expected to range between 23 and 35-degree Celsius respectively.

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18:41 (IST)20 May 2019
Patliputra – Yesvantpur Express Train cancelled 

Patliputra – Yesvantpur Express Train cancelled 

17:56 (IST)20 May 2019
BWSSB cleans 40k manholes ahead of monsoon

In a bid to ensure Bangalore is kept away from waterlogging, the BWSSB is working on priority to clean as many as 40,000 manholes in the city. The civic agency estimates that as many as 2.4 lakh manholes are there in Bangalore in total. An 18-month-plan has been chalked out by BWSSB officials to complete the plan effectively. 

15:32 (IST)20 May 2019
Mayor inspects white topping work 

Bangalore City Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun inspected ongoing white topping work in Wilson garden. 

15:03 (IST)20 May 2019
Rainfall Update for Karnataka 

Rainfall Update for Karnataka 

14:10 (IST)20 May 2019
EC announces counting centres in Bangalore

The counting centres identified for the three constituencies of Bengaluru are St Joseph’s Indian College near Mallya Hospital for Bangalore North, Mount Carmel College for Bangalore Central and SSMRV College in Jayanagar for Bangalore South. In a press meet District Election Commissioner, N Manjunath Prasad said, "The counting of the Bengaluru's three constituencies will be held on 23 May from 8 am.

13:48 (IST)20 May 2019
Dry day: No alcohol in Bangalore on counting day

In the light of the counting day of the recently held Lok Sabha elections, no alcohol will be served in hotels, pubs, restaurants, shops, eateries and such in Bangalore from 6 am on May 23 to the same time on May 24.   Bengaluru City police have also notified that prohibitory orders under section 144 near counting centres will be in effect.

12:41 (IST)20 May 2019
Do we look like cartoons to you; miffed Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy asks media

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Sunday slammed news channels over “belittling” of politicians on their satire programmes, saying he felt there was a need to bring in a law to regulate them. “What do you think of politicians? You think that we are so easily available to be mocked? Who has given you powers to present everything sarcastically,” Kumaraswamy asked the channels.

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11:51 (IST)20 May 2019
BMTC responds to citizens' grievances, deputes special patrol squad at Peenya
11:07 (IST)20 May 2019
Bangalore LIVE temperature update

At 11 am, mercury levels are at 30-degree Celsius in Bangalore. While 51% humidity is recorded, wind speed in the city is 16 km/h, according to the weatherman. 

10:51 (IST)20 May 2019
Bangalore: Only 9,000 e-vehicles on road as 1,750 new vehicles add daily to the ever-growing fleet

Karnataka is one of the first states in India to realise the potential of using electric vehicles. However, this has not translated well into the registration of new electric vehicles, even in Bangalore. According to recent data from the transport department,  only 9,000 e-vehicles run in Bengaluru out of which only over 900 e-vehicles were registered during 2018-19. 

10:19 (IST)20 May 2019
FIR names none for chemical blast near MLA’s house

A man was killed in a blast outside Karnataka Congress MLA Munirathna Naidu’s residence in Vyalikaval in Bangalore on Sunday. The FIR that has been filed at the Vyalikaval police does not include anyone's name. When asked about this, the police official said, “We haven’t received any complaint from the deceased’s family on this. A suo motu case has been registered under the Explosives Act.”

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09:55 (IST)20 May 2019
Bangalore LIVE air quality check

Average air quality in Bengaluru is 'moderate'. Around 10 am, PM 2.5 (Fine Particulate matter) is at an 'unhealthy' level if you are near Hebbal or Peenya. The same is at 'moderate' levels near Jayanagar and Hombegowda Nagar.  

09:48 (IST)20 May 2019
Chorus grows against rash driving of BMTC buses

Several citizens have taken it to social media to post pictures and videos of buses run by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation flouting traffic rules and driving rash in the city. 

09:28 (IST)20 May 2019
Now, face recognition app for stray dogs

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, the local civic body has decided to come up with a smartphone application which includes face recognition feature for stray dogs. Named 'Shvana', this is expected to monitor the number of stray dogs sterilised in the city. The move is led by officials of the Animal Husbandry Cell of the BBMP.

09:08 (IST)20 May 2019
Police open fire at chain-snatchers in Bengaluru

Cops open fire at two chain-snatchers in Soladevanahalli, when the accused tried to attack them to evade arrest. The chain snatchers now have bullet injuries on legs. The accused were involved in several chain snatching incidents.

08:58 (IST)20 May 2019
Bangalore gets most English medium government schools

Karnataka's capital city Bengaluru will host the most number of government schools in the upcoming academic year.  A government order released during the weekend indicates that as many as 120 out of the 956 schools that will offer the same from the upcoming academic year are located in Bengaluru Urban education district under which the city’s major areas are included. The government has reintroduced English medium classes in government schools after 25 years. 

Meanwhile, the incident that killed one outside Congress MLA Munirathna Naidu’s residence in Vyalikaval in Bangalore has been found out to be because of a chemical blast. Venkatesh, a 42-year-old washerman, had passed away at the spot on Sunday morning following a blast. “After the preliminary investigation, it has been found that the blast took place from a room where chemicals were stored," the police said.

Read more: Blast outside MLA Munirathna’s residence in Bangalore kills one; FIR says ‘chemical blast'

At the same time, Baiyappanahalli railway station will soon transform into an iconic location of Bangalore as the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) decides to give it a major facelift. With its proximity to Namma Metro’s Baiyappanahalli station and several bus stops and the outer ring-road, the project is expected to be developed into an inter-modal transit hub, aimed to decongest traffic in the city.

Read more: Baiyappanahalli railway station to be developed on par with international airports


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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