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>> Pro-Kannada activists have called for a dawn-to-dusk bandh today, to protest against the recent spate of sexual crimes against women and children.

>> Strongholds of pro-Kannada activism like Malleshwaram and Gandhibazar are witnessing heavy protests.

>> BMTC bus services did not suffer in the morning though passengers were few. Essential services did not suffer.

>> Home Minister has ordered that strict action be taken against those who damage public/private property and disturb the harmony.

>> Two more gym instructors were arrested in connection with the Vibgyor incident. Police have filed a suo motu case on the first arrested, Mustafa, thereby denying him a clean chit. There is no action taken so far against other staff present in the school at the time of the incident. Read: Mystery of Vibgyor arrests.

>> AG Appurao, former Deputy Conservator of Forests, has been accused of legalising encroachments totalling 4,49,757 sq ft, and worth Rs 200 crore, in the Turahalli forest.


This week’s highlight: Have you been to this place?

A distant view of Biligudda (white hill) across a river. Behind white hill, is Karigudda (black hill). Pic: Christopher Martin Lopaze

With a holiday lined up for some of you tomorrow, are wondering what to do for the weekend? Why not go on a biking outing? Our intern Christopher M Lopaze, who went one to explore the wonders that lie on the outskirts of Bangalore, narrates his experience.

Read: The big banyan tree, silk farms and a toy land


School rape follow up

>> The police and governments have issued a set of guidelines for schools to follow to improve safety, but there is relaxation for government schools from the rules. Read: Why this double standard?

>> Are all victims of abuse treated equally? Shaibya Saldanha asks, Can we have an inclusive system that cares for every child?

>> “I am not going to the exam hall again” – certainly not something that one would expect a school-going child to exclaim… Read: When a disabled child is denied his rights.


Media coverage of sexual violence

>> Media Watch, Bengaluru, is organising a panel discussion on Sexual Violence and the Media, in light of the recent reportage of rapes by the media. Hear experts unpack the complex phenomena of covering sexual violence and child sexual abuse. Friday August 1st, 12 noon at the Mount Carmel College Auditorium.

>> Troll troubles – A Kannada columnist’s malicious Facebook post against a social activist lands him in soup – he has been slapped with a case under Section 66A of the IT Act. Read: Section 66A used against trolling.


Living in Bangalore

>> While an Occupancy Certificate (OC) is not mandatory for registration of a building, it is required for possession. Proceeding without the OC, could make your property, a B-khata property. Read: Overcoming the OC hurdle.

>> Find yourself stuck in traffic near the KR Puram junction every other day? Our citizen writer, Awase Khirni Syed, has some suggestions to ease the situation. Read: How the KR Puram junction can be de-congested.

>> While the Domlur-Murugeshpalya signal-free corridor will certainly benefit commuters, pedestrian safety could take a hit. Pranay Kotasthane wonders if it could mean freedom for some, and confinement for the rest.

>> Lest this season’s rains make us forget about last season’s dry spell. Read: 21 easy ways to save water in Bengaluru. Every drop you save today, will help you tomorrow.


Buzzing around Bangalore

>> Our intern, Christopher Lopaze documents his first impressions of Namma Bengaluru. Read: New dawn in the land of chaotic traffic and spicy food.


The heroes among us

>> A Bangalore resident’s photo of a spider web is one among the 50 pictures shortlisted for NHM and BBC’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. Have a look at Pure Magic.

>> Over 950 citizens gathered at the Doddabommasandra Lake on July 27th for a major tree planting drive. The 124 acre lake is now richer by 1,500 saplings. Read: Tree planting drive evokes memories.


Events this weekend

>> Explore pairs of ragas in Carnatic and Hindustani traditions, as Vidwan Ragavan Manian recites, A Tale of Two Ragas, at the Bangalore International Centre on August 1st. 

>> Get your portrait painted by eminent artists from Karnataka at the Rangoli Metro Gallery between 11 am and 5 pm, this weekend.

>> Come August 3rd, be a part of TEDx Bangalore. This is a chance to collaborate with leading thinkers, visionaries and doers, and together find inspiration for the city.

>> Watch Me, My Wife and Katrina, a witty play, at Alliance Francaise on August 3rd.

>> Watch Jappeloup, the story of a man and his horse and their journey to the Seoul Olympics, at Alliance Francaise on August 6th.

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