CITIZEN MATTERS Bangalore’s own interactive newsmagazine Speak up, it’s your city!
Before we get into our stories, here is a short summary of what happened in the city:
Aero India, Bengaluru’s premier air show opened yesterday with Prime Minister Modi inaugurating it. The show is on until Feb 22nd. Look out for Citizen Matters’ picture feature on the air show.
Prime Minister Modi gave a call to overcome stigma and blind beliefs, and offer medical treatment to those who have mental disorders, at the convocation function at Nimhans
While Modi was in the city, citizens of Whitefield tweeted with the hashtag #DoVisitWhitefield to bring the area’s infrastructure woes to the attention of the Prime Minister.
IISc students wore black bands during Modi’s visit to the air show, in protest against the unwillingness of the government to hike the stipend. Another small group protested against the government allegedly mixing belief systems with scientific temper.
Cops caught two persons modifying BDA documents, to change the ownership of a BDA site. They were caught inside the BDA office.
IISc researchers have developed a wide band amplifier, which can boost audio and radio signals. This item is currently imported when required.
The 5-day Social Media Week will kick off in Bengaluru on February 23rd. It is also being held simultaneously in six other cities across the world including Milan and New York.
This week’s highlight: Political parties in poll mode
Despite the rumours of possible delay in BBMP polls, political parties claim to have started groundwork to face Bengaluru’s imminent city council elections. AAP’s victory in Delhi has not only fuelled the party’s hope in Bengaluru, but also for other new parties like Loksatta and Nav Bharat Democratic Party. Which way will the voters swing?
Vivek M asks if the Big Banyan Tree at Avalahalli will continue to stand strong even with all the development that’s happening around it. Read: The Big Banyan Tree at Avalahalli.
Food for thought
Ashwin Mahesh says Bengaluru can never run out of water, if existing resources are made use of. He imagines the Matthondu Cauvery scheme that might just solve the problem.
Divya Sreedharan comes back from her vacation to the Nilgiris wondering if travellers actually consider the ecology of the place that they visit, or if they only choose to care about themselves. Read: Oh wait, let me take a selfie, first.
The second Lake Day celebrations in Bengaluru will be held at Puttenahalli Lake in JP Nagar, on February 21st. In addition to a multitude of activities, the event also hopes to raise funds for the upkeep of the lake. Read: Lake Alive – Puttenahalli Kere Habba 2015.
Join the Whitefield community as they celebrate green living on February 22nd. With workshops, walks, children’s activities, sale of eco-friendly products and more, there’s something in store for everybody. Read: Get your green quotient at the Whitefield Eco Habba.
Events this weekend
Green Trends salon is conducting a Hair Donation Drive until February 25th. The hair collected will be used for making natural wigs for cancer patients.
High Court orders state government to regulate rallies in Bengaluru, Health Department blames BBMP for not submitting timely data on dengue, Vasanthnagar residents demand streetlights to make their neighbourhood safe – read more on what happened in the city this week
In this edition of Bengaluru This Week, we feature a story on the entry of private players into public transport, why residents of HSR Layout are excited, yet wary about having a vehicle-free day in their area, and an analysis of the BDA’s 2,200 crore mutual fund scam. All this and more…