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Before we get into our stories, here is a short summary of what happened in the city:
Oil marketing companies have revised the prices of petrol and diesel prices. Bangaloreans now have to pay only Rs 62.01 for petrol and Rs 50.06 for diesel.
A curious case of file change in BBMP has taken place, where a file with bills worth 35 crores was supposed to be cleared, but another file that had bills worth Rs 147 crores got cleared. The second file was not technically cleared by the BBMP, but someone exchanged the BBMP commissioner’s letter from one file to another. One official has been arrested, while two officers from accounts department are absconding.
State Assembly’s winter session begins. Legislators have been banned from carrying cell phones into the assembly hall.
BBMP restructuring committee took the feedback of three MLAs from the city. More consultations to follow.
On Saturday, Whitefield residents will be staging a mega protest against the entry of trucks into main roads during daytime.
Traffic could take a hit near Majestic, as BBMP has initiated work of Phase 2 of the TenderSURE project on KG Road, even as work on Phase 1 remains incomplete.
Election season is here, so is the season for religious rallies. Bangalore City Police have banned the entry of Praveen Togadia and Asaduddin Owaisi to Bengaluru, in the backdrop of Virat Hindu Samajothsava and a massive counter rally by Majlis Ittehadul Muslimin. Both of them are known to deliver religious hate speeches.
This week’s highlight: With BBMP booting out Forest Cell officials, trees in BBMP limits face danger
BBMP is left with only two officials now, to deal with the rampant tree cutting that takes place in the city. Pic: Shree D N
KSPCB will hold public consultations across the state to collect suggestions and feedback on climate change. Possible dates for Bengaluru: March 17th, 26th, 27th and 28th. Read: KSPCB to discuss climate change with public.
Living in the city
“Come to Malleshwaram during Navratri and you may need to get carted away on a stretcher. In fact, come Navratri, come Ganesh Chaturthi, come Ram Navami—any Hindu festival turns Malleshwaram into a madhouse of sorts.” Suchitra Deep takes a humorous dig at the new ‘happening’ areas of Bengaluru, while comparing them to one of the oldest, Malleswaram. Read: Malleshwaram, the grand old lady of Bangalore!
Made plans for the weekend already? Well, you might want to consider cancelling or postponing them. This weekend, come together to celebrate trees at the Neralu – Bengaluru Tree Festival. Participate in walks, talks, workshops and more.
If you know of an underprivileged woman looking for her break in life, talk to her about the Lifedream skills program. Read: Make her employable in just three months, and more in the Whitefield Rising newsletter.
Join a 300 km cycling trip from Bengaluru to Gudalur to raise funds to support adivasis’ right to livelihoods. Read: Go! Make a difference.
Award-winning journalist, Rohini Mohan and poet and activist, Meena Kandaswamy will be in conversation about the former’s new book, The Seasons of Trouble on February 7th at Bangalore International Centre.