Here are the top stories from Bangalore for this week:
The State Election Commission (SEC) is expected to announce BBMP elections very soon, probably today. The SEC had assured the Karnataka High Court of submitting a fresh calendar of events for BBMP elections before July 17th, when the Court questioned it for the reason behind withdrawing the previous election schedule.
Meanwhile, after the confused interpretations of last week’s Supreme Court ruling, the State government on Wednesday filed an application before the SC seeking clarification on the deadline fixed for conducting BBMP elections.
A Special Investigation Team headed by Additional Director General of Police Kamal Pant began the probe into the corruption case at the Lokayukta office, on Monday. The team of SIT officials visited the Lokayukta office and collected necessary documents.
District-in-Charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy has announced that 44 roads in Bengaluru will get a facelift under the Tender SURE project. The list includes Brigade road, KG road, Raj Bhavan road and Indiranagar 100 feet road, among others.
BBMP employees staged a protest at the Palike premises on Wednesday evening, opposing the suspension of two of their colleagues by BBMP Administrator TM Vijay Bhaskar. The Administrator had suspended two employees for dereliction of duty. The employees have decided to continue their protest today as well.
One of the Bengaluru’s premier women’s colleges, Mount Carmel College, is looking to open its doors to boys for post-graduate courses, and has filed an application for the same with the Higher Education Department.
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The BBMP Restructuring Committee submitted its report on splitting Bengaluru to the Chief Minister on July 13th. Their suggestions include 400 wards, 5 corporation and 5 mayors, all intergrated under an umbrella institution called Greater Bengaluru Authority. Could this be the new Bengaluru?
A brief summary of some news you might have missed out in the last few days. New mandates for school principals, applications for jobs, awards and other important stuff that happened in Bengaluru! Read: Bruhat Buzz.
Living by the lake
Mestripalya lake, waiting to be filled with water. Pic: Holly Thorpe
Here’s the story of a lake that was overgrown with weeds, and a receptacle for waste not too long back. After decades of delays and legal complications, the finish line for Mestripalya Lake in Koramangala is in sight—but just out of reach. All it needs now is water! Read: Mestripalya lake developed, but water yet to reach the lake.
Differential pricing for Indian and foreigners. Pic: Holly Thorpe
When foreigners visit historical sites in India, they can be charged more for admission than Indians. Holly Thorpe, our intern from University of Washington writes about the kind of message it sends to tourists. Read: A jab on a tourist’s face.
Food for thought
Divya Sreedharan writes about our obsession with everything ‘thin’… phones, television sets, clothes, even ourselves! Read: Sizing things up.
Alliance Francaise will be screening the French film, Jour de Fête, about a fair that comes to the little town of Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre on July 23rd.
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