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This week’s highlight: Issues with BBMP’s garbage tenders
Manual handling of garbage
CIVIC, an NGO based in Bengaluru, lists the problems in the new BBMP garbage tenders floated a month ago. The NGO suggests that garbage bins should exist on streets.
What is an FIR and when does one need to file it? And how? Here’s our attempt to demystify the process for Bangaloreans and help cope with the unwelcome contingency. Read: All about filing FIRs in Bengaluru.
Living in the city
The Centre for Internet and Society registered its dissent over the new DNA Bill draft, and explains how it does not address privacy concerns. Read: DNA Bill is a recipe for disaster.
Here’s a brief summary of some news you might have missed out on in the last few days – GPS has been made mandatory for school vehicles, and government to give out grants for work published in Kannada. Read: Bruhat Buzz.
Governor Vajubhai R Vala returned the BBMP restructuring bill to the State government, after the state assembly sent it to him last week. The file was returned with a note to reserve the Bill for Presidential assent.The Bill will now be placed before an inter-ministerial consultation at the Centre before sending it to the President. The President will get three months to approve or disapprove the Bill. In this case, the BBMP election could be halted only if the President approves the Bill before August 3rd (the day of election notification), which is reportedly unlikely to happen.
The State government which had filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking clarification on the BBMP election date has withdrawn its petition. This has put an end to the month-long legal battle. With these developments, the BBMP polls are almost certain to be held on August 22.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) passed an order on Wednesday, against the dubbing ban that was enforced in Karnataka. CCI also imposed fines on Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, Karnataka Television Association and Kannada Film Producers Association for preventing the release of dubbed films and TV serials in Kannada.
The Special Investigation Team appointed in the Karnataka Lokayukta corruption case has arrested Lokayukta Bhaskar Rao’s son Ashwin Rao and Lokayukta Joint Commissioner Syed Riyaz for their suspected involvement in the extortion racket. Ashwin is the prime-accused in the extortion complaint filed by a government executive engineer M N Krishnamurthy.
The High Court has taken note of an increasing number of dengue and chikungunya cases in the city and has directed BBMP to take up fogging across the city. The bench expressed its dissatisfaction over the measures taken by BBMP to control mosquitoes and directed the Urban Development Secretary to take steps for mosquito control.
Vaman Acharya resigned from his post as Chairman of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, 53 days before the end of his three-year tenure, owing to personal reasons. However, he will continue to hold the post, till a new Chairman is appointed.
KAS officer K Mathai, BBMP Assistant Commissioner (Advertisement) who was in the news for recommending a CBI probe into the advertising scam in BBMP, has been given additional charge as the Deputy Commissioner of Markets.
Events this week
What does it take to manage electoral rolls. PG Bhat, NC Muniyappa, Dr A Ravindra and Nitin Pai will be participating in a panel discussion on the topic on July 31st at Bangalore International Centre.
Watch One, a theatre festival featuring five one-woman plays at Alliance Francaise between July 31st and August 2nd.
Make your way to Goethe Institut on August 1st for Gender Bender, a multimedia showcase featuring 10 artists who will be relooking and reimagining the ‘idea’ of gender and gender equality.
The Vasanth Nagar Residents Welfare Association is organising the Namma Park fundraiser at Watsons on August 2nd. Bands like Pineapple Express and Rainburn will be performing.
Attend the reading of The Love Song of J Robert Oppenheimer, a play that explores the history of the father of the atomic bomb, using the framework of a literary classic at Alliance Francaise on August 2nd.
Register for the Skyscraper Dash to make your way to the top of 32-storey World Trade Centre by simply running up the stairs. Registrations close on August 2nd.
Around Thursday, garbage started piling up in Bengaluru, as the residents around Bellahalli landfill prevented the city’s waste from being dumped there. Read more on this, and other news from the city, in our weekly roundup
The important story of the week – no rules or regulations for water tankers that most apartments are dependent on! What water are we drinking? The Plastic ban trending across the city: Koramangala, HSR Layout, Sanjay Nagar – who is next? All this and more…