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CITIZEN MATTERS Bangalore’s own interactive newsmagazine Speak up, it’s your city!
City news that matters
>> Last week, the government finally acted on the CID report on 2011 KPSC scam, by cancelling the entire notification, because KPSC refused to do the revaluation. Curiously, HD Kumaraswamy stood by the recruited KPSC aspirants who were protesting in Freedom Park. Chief Justice D H Waghela has recused himself from hearing the case.
>> Interestingly, former opposition leader A K Subbaiah has lashed out at Kumaraswamy saying gowdas were the sole beneficiaries of the scam, thus casting aspersions on Kumaraswamy’s motives in supporting the selected candidates. (Read: What is KPSC scam?)
>> Residents of Domlur bear the brunt of the stink, as a pile of silt and waste that BWSSB cleared from a stormwater drain grows into a huge garbage mound. BBMP is yet to clear this up. Such mounds can also be seen in many other parts of the city.
>> Bangalore girl brings her harasser to task. Rather than shrug it off as eve-teasing and a regular nuisance, she chased the man down and kicked him, before handing him over to the police.
>> A 13-year-old girl, working in the house of techie couple in an upscale apartment in Koramangala, was beaten up for eating ice-cream. The child has been admitted to Nimhans and is recovering.
This week’s highlight: Wake up and smell the roses
The Mysore Palace comes alive at the Independence Day Flower Show. A floral arrangement of the number 200 marks the 200th anniversary of the event. Pic: Christopher Lopaze
>> It is probably the best time to not have made plans to head out of town for the long weekend. Pay a visit to Lalbagh for the Independence Day Flower Show; it also happens to be the the 200th anniversary of the event. The Flower show is open till August 17th.
>> If you are going to attend the Independence Day function or want to travel near MG Road on I-Day, this guide is for you. Check this advisory from the cops!
>> Also, artists, musicians, performers, be a part of the Bangalore Underground Festival and turn up the dark and dingy subways under KR Circle, into warm and vibrant public spaces!
>> What needs to happen when a case of child sexual abuse is reported? The POCSO Act looks to secure quick justice for the victims, without causing them any additional trauma.
>>Promotion: If you have not picked up a copy already, do check out our city guidebook Living in Bengaluru. “I sincerely recommend this book”, said Justice Santosh Hegde after reading it. This guidebook covers all essential procedures from how to get birth and death certificates in Bengaluru to khatas and driving licenses.
Empowering the differently-abled
>> The District Disability Welfare Office organised a camp for the differently-abled on August 11th and 12th. The camp allowed the differently-abled to undergo medical check-ups, and apply for disability certificates, disability pension and aid devices.
>> After the Ugly Indian, it is the turn of a small group of students to inspire Bangalore to take ownership of the streets. Check out what the Bangalore Trash Mob is up to.
>> Around 30 children got together at the Puttenahalli Lake to celebrate the magic of the monsoon. Read: A magical evening.
Independence Day specials
>> Participate in the 2nd edition of the HSR 10K Freedom Run organised by Kaagaz Foundation this Friday August 15th at Agara Lake.
>> Head to Rangoli, Metro Art Center on Independence Day, and participate in a day-long cultural program to celebrate the spirit of freedom. Activities include drum jam, art exhibitions, music performances and more.
BMTC’s service is poor, while Metro serves few people, even as the government seems to reserve key corridors for BMRCL. What is needed to find the right multi-modal approach from a commuter’s perspective? »