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Here’s a round-up of the latest news from Bengaluru, before we get into our stories:
In continuation to unearthing irregularities in the BBMP, the Lokayukta raided the BBMP on April 7th, and unearthed irregularities in clearing bills worth Rs 500 crore. The sleuths also arrested Chief Accounts Officer Kanakaraj and Accounts Superintendent Narayanaswamy.
Town Hall has been opened for the general public once again. The Town Hall, closed for the renovation work last October, has been renovated at a cost of Rs 7 crore and now boasts of full-fledged facilities including AC and projector.
The High Court has lashed out at the Karnataka Pollution Control Board for failing to monitor noise pollution in the city. While hearing a petition, the HC has directed the KSPCB to furnish data on noise pollution in Bengaluru and Mysuru
Even as the government has made a move towards issuing an ordinance dividing BBMP, Bengaluru MPs from the BJP, including Ananth Kumar, D V Sadananda Gowda and P C Mohan have flayed the move and have asked the chief minister to withdraw the decision.
A writ petition was filed in the High Court questioning the state government’s decision to conduct BBMP elections, while the process of dividing BBMP is on. Petitioners Muralidhar Rao and Satish Chandra argued that this will lead to wastage of public money, as there will be yet another election for the divided Bengaluru, once the process is complete.
KR Market observed a day-long bandh on Tuesday demanding the clearance of 18 illegal shops.
Kannada organisations have called for Karnataka bandh on April 18 over the Mekedatu reservoir row.
This week’s highlight: Top 10 most accident-prone areas in Bengaluru
Between 2012 and 2014, Bengaluru registered a total of 4,191 accidents. Madivala tops the list with 931 accidents. KR Puram, on the other hand saw 641 accidents, of which 23% proved fatal. Here’s our take on the most accident-prone areas in the city, why they are so and what is being done to fix this.
The Urban Development Department published the draft reservation list on April 4th. BJP councillors however allege foul play in the list, as many of them not be eligible to contest from their current wards. Read: Will BMMP reservation list spark another court battle?
Collage: Ganga Madappa
How did the media and the public react to IAS officer DK Ravi’s death? A visiting student goes through scores of news stories and television debates, and reflects on the case. Read: Was DK Ravi perceived as Batman?
Bangalore-based firm, Mapunity has developed an online platform where people can make a record of the Ashwath kattes in the city. Read: Map your own neighbourhood katte.
Going on a nature walk does throw up many beautiful sights. Here’s all that a nature walk at Lalbagh with a group of senior citizens had to show.
World Water Day is celebrated every year on March 22nd. Biome shares what transpired at the World Water Day celebrations at Rainbow Drive layout and WIPRO.
In this edition, read about BMTC’s plans for 2016 and the traffic arrangements in place for New Year’s eve. Also read about how development is making Bengaluru more prone to floods. And for those with an interest in history, there’s a walking guide to the churches in the Cantonment area. All this and more…