Demanding intervention from the union government and seeking a 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.’
Meanwhile, BESCOM has decided to begin special awareness programmes in schools to ensure children’s safety from live wires and other related dangers. “Apart from reaching out to school students, we will also raise awareness among parents and other adults. While customer interaction meetings at residential localities will be held more frequently, special classes for children including how to be alert in case of coming across junction boxes, electric poles or other wires will also be held,” an official told indianexpress.com.
At the same time, Bangalore features third on the list of top 10 fastest-growing cities by GDP between 2019 and 2035 in the world. Interestingly, all ten from the list according to research institute Oxford Economics are from India. 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.
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.
"Roshan Baig worked against me and party," Rizwan Arshad complains
Bangalore Central candidate Rizwan Arshad has written a letter to Congress General Secretary alleging Shivajinagar MLA Roshan Baig of "vehemently" working against him and the party. "Mr. Roshan Baig's affinity towards the BJP is not new," reads the letter.
CM seeks report from Dist Administration on Nidgal Food poisoning incident
Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy spoke to Deputy Commissioner, Tumakuru and obtained details about the incident in which a boy died and several persons got ill due to having food cooked in allegedly contaminated water in Nidagal Village in Pavagada taluk.
He directed the DC to get spot inspection done by DHO and get a report from him.
Siddaramaiah inaugurates first Kannada medium PU college in state
Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaraiamah inaugurated the state's first ever Kannada medium PU college today. The institution is named Nrupatunga Kannada Vijnana Mattu Vanijya College.
1 killed, over 20 taken ill after eating temple ‘prasada’
One boy died and over 20 were hospitalised after consuming temple ‘prasada’ at Veerabhadraswamy temple in Pavagada in Tumakuru district on Tuesday, in a suspected case of food poisoning. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy sought a report from Tumakuru DC about the incident.
D. Roopa says tampering of EVMs cannot happen
With under a few hours to go for the Lok Sabha elections results, Karnataka IGP D. Roopa takes a dig at critics voicing against alleged EVM tampering issues. "If someone thinks-EVMs came to ROs/DEOs, nominations happened, serial numbers of candidates given, then EVMs sent back to hackers fr programming as per serial number of candidates, brought back again for polls, then sent for reprogramming before results. This doesn't happen," the IPS officer tweeted.
Lake encroachment complaint: Joint Director of Land Record (JDLR) conducts survey at Kaggadasapura lake
Following multiple complaints raised by citizen activists, the Joint Director of Land Record (JDLR) conducted a joint survey with BBMP, KSPCB and BWSSB officials at Kaggadasapura lake on Wednesday. Citizen activists from United Bengaluru, who had raised a complaint to Lokayukta alleging encroachment and pollution of lakes in Bengaluru, were also present for the survey.
Joint Director of Land Record (JDLR) conducts a joint survey with BBMP, KSPCB and BWSSB officials at Kaggadasapura lake with citizen activists. @unitedbengaluru had raised a complaint to Lokayukta alleging encroachment and pollution of lakes in Bengaluru. https://t.co/srph9g5I4P pic.twitter.com/Tlb3CqhrGQ— EXPRESS Bengaluru (@IEBengaluru) May 22, 2019
Top traffic cops meet civic officials to discuss Bengaluru traffic
Top officials from the Bengaluru Traffic Police (BTP) hosted a meeting with local civic agencies BBMP, BMRCL, DULT and other departments to discuss traffic-related issues in Bangalore today.
Today Mr.P Harishekaran IPS Addl. Commissioner of Police (traffic) held meeting with BBMP, BMRCL, DULT & various departments. Mr. Somashekhar Chief Engineer (BBMP), Mr. K.T Nagaraj (BBMP), Dr. K.V Jagadeesh IPS Dcp(East), Mrs. Sarah Fathima Dcp(North),— BTP (@blrcitytraffic) May 22, 2019
Bangalore North second on list of most transgender voter turnout
Even though Bengaluru disappointed with less voter turnout out this time for the Lok Sabha elections, Bangalore North constituency has hit headlines - thanks to the transgender community in the area. As many as 105 transgenders exercised their right to vote in the 'other' segment to make the constituency second in the list of constituencies with most transgender voter turnout.
Bangalore North witnessed second highest transgender voter turnout (105) for #LokSabhaElections2019, only second to Mumbai North which recorded 167 in the 'other' segment. @IndianExpress | @decision2019 | @IEBengaluru pic.twitter.com/aDWldDCkiM— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) May 22, 2019
Admissions on at Karnataka State Open University
Admissions open at Karnataka State Open University for the academic year 2019-20. Courses offered include UG and PG Diploma programmes. Application and prospectus are available at http://www.ksoumysore.karnataka.gov.in. The last date to apply without fine is July 25.
No laughing matter - READ Express Editorial
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy threatens legislation against media satire. His peevishness would be comical if it wasn’t disturbing. HDK has joined the teeming ranks of politicians who seek curbs against unfavourable portrayal in the media. It is a large community agnostic to allegiance and inclination and includes members from all walks of politics.
Air purifiers on elevated corridor: "Trees to be replaced with artificial devices?"
Commenting on the state governments move, reportedly, to instal air purifiers on the proposed Elevated Corridor project, urban expert Harish Bijoor tweeted, "The Karnataka govt. proposes AirPurifiers on the proposed
#BengaluruElevatedCorridorProject! So we replace our most-natural #AirPurifiers, our precious trees, with artificial interventionist devices! What have we come to? #Bengaluru #India #Trees #AirPollution"
iTWEET:Ayyo!! The Karnataka govt. proposes AirPurifiers on the proposed #BengaluruElevatedCorridorProject! So we replace our most-natural #AirPurifiers, our precious trees, with artificial interventionist devices! What have we come to? #Bengaluru #India #Trees #AirPollution— Harish Bijoor (@harishbijoor) May 22, 2019
Bangalore LIVE temperature update
At 11 am, mercury levels are at 31-degree Celsius in Bangalore.
Innovation Program for students and entrepreneurs by IISc
Innovation Program for students and entrepreneurs by the Indian Institute of Science(IISc)
The Society for Innovation & Development at IISc is pleased to be associated with Boeing's BUILD Innovation Program for students and entrepreneurs. Applications are open till 17th June. Please apply at https://t.co/o7EImppbid— IISc Bangalore (@iiscbangalore) May 22, 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 Hebbal or BTM Layout. The same is at 'moderate' levels near City Railway Station and Jayanagar.
Morning peak hour traffic kicks in
Traffic issues have been reported from Mysuru road, Yeswanthpura, Koramangala, Indiranagar, Malleshwaram, Tumakuru road and MG Road
HS Doreswamy warns hunger strike over the encroachment of lakes
Freedom fighter and activist HS Doreswamy after visiting few lakes in Bengaluru threatened to launch an indefinite hunger strike over the encroachment of lakes in the city.
BBMP to sign MOU with private SWM to clear construction debris
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to sign MOU with private Solid waste management (SWM) firms for Construction And Demolition Waste Management in the city.
Bengaluru police commissioner issues notice warning Political parties
Bengaluru police commissioner T Suneel Kumar issues notice warning party leaders and workers against holding rallies and bursting firecrackers after the announcement of LokSabha poll results on May 23.
BBMP clears stormwater drains ahead of rains
Ahead of monsoon, Bangalore's local civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has cleared 250 kms of the stormwater drains in the city. Desilting process is completed at Mahadevapura, Bengaluru South, Bengaluru West, Yelahanka and a few surrounding areas, according to BBMP drain engineers. This is done to avoid waterlogging and flooding during the rainy season.
Govt withdraws girl reservation for PU admission; former Chief Sec lauds move
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 released on Tuesday, the board has withdrawn the 50% seat reservation for girl students. Appreciating the same, former chief secretary to the Government of Karnataka Ratnaprabha tweeted, "Isnt it interesting & exciting to see girl students have got more marks than boys & Karnataka govt has withdrawn the GO reserving 50% seats to girl students as now this GO is restrictive. Its a social change worth appreciating & noting."
Isnt it interesting & exciting to see girl students have got more marks than boys & Karnataka govt has withdrawn the GO reserving 50% seats to girl students as now this GO is restrictive. Its a social change worth appreciating & noting.— Ratna Prabha (@Ratnaprabha_IAS) May 21, 2019
No power, NSD students asked to vacate campus
Students of National School of Drama (NSD) from the Kalagrama campus have been asked to go on a holiday as there has been no power supply since Friday, resulting in a water crisis on the campus. The students have been asked to leave the campus and return only on May 25.
When can you expect the results for Bangalore parliament constituencies?
“One round of counting takes 45 minutes. For five rounds, it will take 3.45 hours. In some cases, it can exceed four hours,” Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sanjiv Kumar told reporters. “We will have to count 40 VVPATs in every parliamentary constituency. So, between 3 pm and 6 pm, almost all the results should be out.”
Andhra CM meets Kumaraswamy to discuss post-poll alliance
Hours away from the announcement of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections results, Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu met his Karnataka counterpart HD Kumaraswamy. The pre-result meeting that took place the latter's residence at Padmanabhanagar, Bengaluru also saw the presence of JD(S) supremo H.D. Devegowda.
Bengaluru weather today: Evening rains predicted
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.