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Before we get into our stories, here’s a round-up of the latest news from Bengaluru.
A teenage girl student from a Whitefield college was killed, and her friend injured, at a shooting at the college hostel on March 31st. The police have arrested Mahesh, an office staff member of the college, on charges of murder.
BBMP Council passed a resolution against the show-cause notice issued by the State government seeking clarification on why the Council should not be superseded. The decision was taken in a special meeting of the BBMP Council on March 30th.
Twelve BBMP councillors who were elected members of the Bangalore Metropolitan Planning Committee (BMPC), have resigned from their posts, as they were unhappy over the dysfunctional body. The Committee, headed by the chief minister, has not convened a meeting even once after its formation.
Namma Metro’s trial run from Magadi Road Station to Mysuru Road was successful. The line is expected to begin operations for passengers by end-June.
The High Court has ordered the BBMP to take disciplinary action against officials who have failed to clean the storm water drains in DJ Halli and Muneshwara wards.
Bangalore-based airline, Air Pegasus was recently granted a flying permit from aviation regulator, DGCA. It plans to commence operations from April 12th with services to Thiruvananthapuram and Hubli.
This week’s highlight: Process for adopting a child in Bengaluru
Pic: CARA – http://www.adoptionindia.nic.in/
Adopting a child is not as easy as it is shown in the movies. There’s a waiting period and elaborate documentation to be done, before you can take home a child.
In January, a 50-year-old market in Malleswaram was razed to rubble. This, despite the BBMP telling the High Court that it would not happen, so long as the case was still on. Why did the BBMP go back on its word? Read: Malleswaram Market becomes history.
In the last couple of years, Bengaluru has seen the mushrooming of several stores selling organic food. If you’re looking to go organic, this one is a must-read: Organic food getting mainstream?
If you are considering getting a tattoo, here’s what you should keep in mind from start to finish—from the time you think about it, to post-tattoo care. Read: Think before you get inked.
LIC recently issued a letter to policyholders about fraudsters claiming to be from LIC trying to con people into giving them money. Here’s what you need to do, should you receive such a call. Read: Beware! Fraudsters posing as LIC officers.
A new lease of life
Puttenahalli Lake is all set to get at least 400 kilo litres of water every day. Excess water from the STP at the L&T South City apartment complex that lies adjacent to the lake, has passed the quality test for release into the lake. Read: Making the dream of a water-filled lake a reality.
As more COVID-19 cases were suspected, BBMP held meetings with IT company representatives and mall operators last week to discuss protocols. Catch up on other news from the city over the past week, in our roundup.
Citizen Matters, has made it to the shortlist of the Manthan Awards (South Asia and Asia Pacific), in the e-News and Journalism category. Our co-founder Meera K is presently in Delhi to attend the summit. Also in this edition: BDA’s flat allotment goes flat | No place for transgenders? | Treating sudden cardiac arrest
In this edition, get an insight into how AA and Al-Anon help alcoholics and their families cope with alcoholism. Also read how bike ambulances are faring in Bengaluru, the reason why you may get curdled milk from the Karnataka Milk Federation, and what you can do to make the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations eco-friendly, and more.