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Bangalore News May 21 Highlights: Finnish ambassador meets Deputy CM; Bengaluru third on top 10 cities with fastest economic growth

Bangalore News May 21 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 22, 2019 6:50:00 pm
Bangalore-Karnataka-DCM-Parameshwara-Finland-Ambassador-startup Finland’s Ambassador to India Nina Vaskunlahti meets Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara at the Vidhana Soudha. Express Photo

Bangalore News May 21 Highlights: 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.

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.

Bengaluru Police investigating the mysterious blast that claimed the life of a man killed in a blast outside Karnataka Congress MLA Munirathna Naidu’s residence in Vyalikaval in Bangalore on Sunday, confirmed the man was killed after the chemical container he was carrying exploded. Venkatesh Kumar, was killed on the spot when the chemical — methyl ethyl ketone peroxide — exploded in his hand outside the house around 9.30am.

Meanwhile, 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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18:27 (IST)21 May 2019
Thousand-plus deaths due to electric shock in Bangalore, BESCOM jumps to ‘awareness’ mode

While citizens in Bangalore face issues with dangling cables all around, the number of deaths caused to this carelessness suggests the issue is of prime importance. Be it optical fibre cables or live electric wires, recent incidents generate fear and panic among pedestrians and others alike.

Read: Thousand-plus deaths due to electric shock in Bangalore, BESCOM jumps to ‘awareness’ mode

17:50 (IST)21 May 2019
Karnataka PU board revises seat matrix

The Directorate of Pre-University Education (DPUE) has revised the seat matrix for admission PU colleges for the year 2019-20. According to their latest notification, the board has withdrawn the 50% seat reservation for girl students

17:37 (IST)21 May 2019
Admission open for KSOU 

Admissions open at Karnataka State Open University for the academic year 2019-20. Courses offered include UG and PG Diploma programmes. Application and prospectus available at Last date: July 25.

17:01 (IST)21 May 2019

Weatherman predicts Bangalore Rains in next 2-4 hours. Rain and thundershowers with gusty winds forecasted in Ramanagara, Hassan, Bellary, Mysuru Bagalkot, Chikmagalur, Chitradurga, Raichur, Shimoga, and other parts in Karnataka too.

16:43 (IST)21 May 2019
JD(S) president H Vishwanath backs Congress leader Roshan Baig

JD(S) president H Vishwanath backs Congress leader Roshan Baig, says his remarks were right and thanked him for telling the truth.

16:06 (IST)21 May 2019
Congress leader Roshan Baig gets showcause notice

Shivajinagar MLA and senior Congress leader Roshan Baig gets showcause notice seeking explanation on his latest remarks against KC Venugopal, Dinesh Gundurao and Siddaramaiah. The notice is sent by KPCC General Secretary Venkatrao Y Ghorpade.


15:41 (IST)21 May 2019
Chorus grows against PMO for stalling suburban rail project in Bangalore

Demanding intervention from the union government and seeking response from the Prime Minister's office, citizen activists have started an online petition from Bengaluru. "#SuburbanRail can take a minimum of 10 lakh rides per day off the roads & quickly. Imagine the impact in traffic . It’s the single largest hope to solve traffic woes," reads the petition titled 'PMO, shame on punishing Bangalore by derailing critical suburban rail project.'

15:07 (IST)21 May 2019
Finnish Ambassador meets Deputy CM

Finland's Ambassador to India Nina Vaskunlahti met Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara on Tuesday. The meeting held at the Vidhana Soudha discussed developments in the IT-BT sector, industries and startups on Tuesday.

14:51 (IST)21 May 2019
All cities in Top 10 fastest growing economies are from India, Bangalore third

According to research institute Oxford Economics, all the top 10 fastest-growing cities by GDP between 2019 and 2035 will be in India. Bangalore is third on the list just behind Surat and Agra. According to the report, India’s Silicon Valley grows rapidly because of its booming tech and start-up scene – will grow 8.5% year on year by 2035. "Think of the world’s wealthiest cities: New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles and London probably spring to mind. But based on annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth Asian cities – particularly those in India – are powering ahead of other urban economies," the report reads.

14:37 (IST)21 May 2019
CM Kumaraswamy pays tribute to former PM Rajiv Gandhi

Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy took it to Twitter to pay tribute to former PM Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary. "Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was a visionary leader. He was instrumental in bringing in reforms that lead to the information revolution in India..." he tweeted.

14:29 (IST)21 May 2019
CM meets KMF members

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy met members of the Karnataka Milk Federation in Bengaluru on Tuesday. 

13:20 (IST)21 May 2019
Dinesh Gundurao inspects park

Gandhinagar MLA Dinesh Gundurao inspected Nehru Park near Seshadripuram in ward number 94

13:18 (IST)21 May 2019
Bangalore air quality update

Average air quality in Bengaluru is 'unhealthy'. At 12.30 pm, PM 2.5 (Fine Particulate matter) is at an 'unhealthy' level if you are near Chamarajpet, Peenya,  Jayanagar, Domlur and Whitefield. 

12:17 (IST)21 May 2019
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: DCM reaction on Roshan Baig's reported comments

Karnataka Deputy CM G Parameshwara said  Congress leader Roshan Baig's reported comments are his personal opinion, it is not party's opinion or assessment.

11:22 (IST)21 May 2019
Bureaucrat lauds BBMP initiative
10:51 (IST)21 May 2019
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Congress leader stirs up controversy

Shivajinagar MLA Roshan Baig has started blaming congress leaders Dinesh Gundu Rao and Siddaramaiah for running a lacklustre campaign. He was on TV telling that the exit polls had not come as a surprise to him.

10:46 (IST)21 May 2019
CM Kumaraswamy cancels Delhi visit, reason unknown

As politics in Karnataka heats up even before the counting of votes on May 23, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has called off his visit to New Delhi just minutes before his scheduled departure from the city. When contacted,  the CM's office responded, "reason was not specified." A delegation of 21 opposition parties was expected to convene at the Constitution Club in the national capital before heading off to meet Election Commission officials on Tuesday afternoon.

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10:24 (IST)21 May 2019
City boy who touched live wire succumbs to burn injuries

Nikhil, a 14-year-old boy who was rushed to Victoria Hospital last week after being electrocuted by a live high-tension wire, succumbed to burn injuries on Monday. He was admitted in the ICU since May 16 when he touched a live wire dangling onto the terrace of a neighbour's house where he went to fetch a cricket ball. The incident took place near  Netaji Circle in Mathikere 

10:06 (IST)21 May 2019
Bureaucrats might be registrars in state varsities soon

In a bid to bring in effective administration in state universities, the Karnataka state government is mulling over bringing back bureaucrats to the registrar's designation. Several administrative issues had contributed to controversies recently among which the idol controversy at Bangalore University hit most headlines.

09:52 (IST)21 May 2019
Bangalore orders online food most in India

A recent study has revealed that Bangalore orders food online the most among Indian cities.  A study by the National Restaurant Association of India indicates that an average Bangalorean orders food worth Rs 3,536 online per month. The survey also found that many prefer experimenting with fusion food rather than picking from regular cuisines. 

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.

The ambitious 95-km Bangalore elevated corridor project of Karnataka government to reduce the traffic snarls in Bengaluru is under controversy after the citizen activists and Bengaluru residents are opposing the project worth Rs 28,000-crore which has not undergone public consultation by the government.

Read: Bangalore Elevated Corridor; roads and areas covered

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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