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Citizen Matters is the winner of the Manthan South West award for e-news and journalism. Your own community newsmagazine has won the Manthan South West award in the e-news and journalism category. This is the 5th award for the team, in 6 years. Ganga Madappa, our Community Manager and Staff Journalist received the award in Pune yesterday. Read more.
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City news that matters
>> BBMP issues a circular to remove unauthorised hoarding, boards, commercial advertisements, banners and flexes by August 8th. It also is planning a similar approach for encroachment on footpaths.
>> District in-charge minister, R Ramalinga Reddy, sets a deadline for closure of all defunct borewells, both on private and government lands in and around Bangalore, by August-end.
>> Bengaluru police have arrested 449 people since the beginning of August as part of a drive against those harassing women.
>> Bengaluru Bulls places second with 16 points, in the matches held so far, at the Pro Kabaddi League. Semi-finals to take place at Kanteerava Stadium on August 29th.
This week’s highlights
Elevated flyover to come over Sony World signal
The Sony World junction is a nightmare for vehicles during peak hour traffic. Pic: Ganga Madappa
By 2016, you can travel from Domlur to Hosur Road in 30 minutes! How? An elevated flyover of 2.4 km will come up from Ejipura Junction to Koramangala Water tank.
>> Upset at the pace at which the recent CSA case was moving, over 1,200 citizens convened at 23 centres across Bangalore, with a Candle March for Justice, on August 2nd.
>> Understanding how and why media handles news about sexual violence the way it does: Why does the police cover the faces of the accused? Why is a rape victim not named? Why does every newsmedia give different versions of the same incident? The seventh Open Media Matters event, organised by Media Watch, Bengaluru, ‘Naming and Shaming: Sexual Violence and Media’, attempted to answer these questions, and hopefully move towards a more sensitive coverage of sexual violence.
>> The Cycle Day at Allalasandra Lake, Yelahanka captured the flavour of the Bangalore of yore, a time when streets were congestion-free and pedestrian-friendly. Read: Reliving the spirit of Old Bangalore.
>> This week at Bellandur – a workshop on children’s safety, updates on sewage diversion work at Kaikondrahalli Lake and a tree planting drive. Read the Forward Bellandur newsletter.
>>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.
Events this weekend
>> Make your way to Elaan Convention Centre this Saturday August 9th, for some rib-tickling laughs, where one of India’s funniest men, Johny Lever takes the stage.
>> Paint your favourite monsoon scenes and tell your rainy day tales, at Monsoon Tales, an evening of exploring, drawing, creating and fun at Puttenahalli Lake on August 9th.
>> Get introduced to the wonderful world of frogs and learn to identify frogs that you are likely to see in Bangalore at the Frog Identification Workshop on August 9th and 10th.
>> Usher in the auspicious month of Shravan with Shravana Sandhya, the annual music and dance festival of Kalanandanam, at Alliance Francaise on August 10th.
>> Watch Sairandhri, a play where three actors, portray six characters at KH Kala Soudha on Sunday August 10th.
>> Register for Tent Cinema’s Film Making Workshop, to learn the nuts and bolts of filmmaking. Facilitators include stalwarts like Abhay Simha, Nagathihalli Chandrasekhar, Pawan Kumar and more.
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In this edition, we start a new series, Insights into Bengaluru, with an indepth story on the financial issues of the urban poor. Read about the newly elected women corporators to the BBMP council and the latest happening on the Agara-Bellandur SEZ front. Check out our features on the Feed Your Neighbour initiative, and about one of Bengaluru’s forgotten architects, Otto Koenigsberger.
As the amended Motor Vehicles Act comes into effect, the city police is gearing up for better enforcement, especially in the CBD area. Read more on what else happened in the city over the past week, in our roundup
Kaveri Online Services aims to cut redtapism. Work on TenderSURE roads could start by January. And you may be able to commute via bike taxis soon. Here’s the news round up from Bengaluru for last week.