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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.
>> 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.
>> 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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