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Here’s a look at the latest news from Bengaluru:
The Supreme Court stayed the penalty of Rs 139.85 crore that was imposed on Mantri Developers and Core Mind Software Services Pvt Ltd by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) earlier this month, on the grounds that the ‘petitioners’ argument was not considered on the basis of merit.’ The case will now go back to NGT.
Drive Without Borders, the group that is protesting against the atrocities meted out by the transport department in the name of collecting road tax, met with Road Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari on May 17th to apprise him of the situation. Gadkari has assured them that he will address the issue in the Parliament.
The interim report on lake encroachments will be submitted on June 9 by the 11-member legislative assembly committee that is looking into the issue. The committee is looking into encroachments in nearly 1,718 lakes in Bengaluru Urban district.
BBMP’s survey to tabulate the number of functioning streetlights in the city has brought to light that around 15,000 of them across the eight civic zones are defunct.
Stolen goods that made their way to Madiwala police station were sold off by the police, without finding their way to the rightful owners. This was found out by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, who has submitted a detailed report on the issue, suspecting the involvement of at least 10 inspectors and other lower ranked staff.
The Church Street blast case has been transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the probe is set to start afresh.
This week’s highlight: Charge sheet filed against former official of Fortis Hospital in organ transplant case
Seema Rai’s case had hit the headlines in 2010, when she died after an unsuccessful pancreas transplant that was allegedly done without her consent. On May 8th, 2015, the police filed a charge sheet against a former official of Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta Road with reference to the case.
In 2008, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) rapped the then Bengaluru Municipal Corporation, and pointed out that they had not put in efforts to ensure segregation of municipal solid wastes at source, which made processing of the waste difficult. The CAG repeated the observation in their 2014 report. Nothing changed in six years! Read: Bengaluru’s historical waste-insensitivity.
In a meeting yesterday, the BBMP in principle agreed that penalising the contractors who don’t mend their ways is the way forward. It also seemed keen on engaging with NGOs in its effort to clean the city. Read: Garbage tender documents to be online soon.
Stranger in a strange land
Many expats turn to their interests or hobbies to widen their circles. Running events in the city often see significant participation from the expat community. Pic: Runners for Life
Living in Bengaluru comes with its own set of challenges, more so if you are not a localite. What about expats then? Here’s what some of them had to say about the city and their lives here. Read: The expat experience in Bangalore.
Batt(l)ing for the city
Pic: Sanchayan Nath
You have probably read reports of the ‘snow’ on Bellandur Lake. Some of you may have seen it even. Sanchayan Nath photo-documents it as it floats on the lake, flows on to the road and becomes a plaything for young children. Read: Is it snowing in Bangalore?
Why are lakes dying in Bengaluru? What can you do about it? How does one try saving the trees? Citizen writer Sridhar says it is up to citizens to save them. Read: Story of daylight murders.
Surplus treated water from the Sewage Treatment Plant in South City apartments in Arakere, in Mico Layout, is being channelled to Puttenahalli Lake. This is the first time in Bengaluru that treated water from an apartment complex is being used to fill up one of the city’s lakes. Read: New lease of life for Puttenahalli lake.
PNLIT has something more to cheer about. Three youngsters who joined the Classes at the Lake program have secured over 70% in the II PUC exams. Read: Out triumphant trio.
Saluting the past
Legendary blues legend, BB King passed away on May 14th. In her newest post, Chitra Srikrishna offers him a fitting tribute. Read: Feeling the Blues.
When did you start reading the newspaper? For Chandra Shekhar Balachandran, it was on December 5th, 1971, a day after papers carried the announcement about the outbreak of the Indo-Pak war. Read: Five minute world news.
Events this week
On the occasion of its 15th year anniversary, Alternative Law Forum is hosting a public talk on Dissent and the Quest for Justice on May 21st at St Joseph’s College.
Watch the German film, Meltdown, based on the lives of four graffiti artists who strike out to spray metroes with their opulent pictures night after night on May 21st at Goethe Institut.
Temple historian, Vatsala Iyengar will be talking about the Erotic Art of Karnataka along with a visual presentation on Khajuraho and various similar depictions from Karnataka at Bangalore International Centre on May 22nd.
French musician duo, L’Entourloop will be performing at Humming Tree on May 22nd. Make your way there to check out what a mashup of hip hop and reggae sounds like.
The fourth Kere Habba is all set to take place at the Chellakere in HRBR Layout on May 23rd. Activities include competitions, nature walks, origami, games and more.
Help raise funds for children from unfortunate backgrounds by attending Shankruthi, an evening of music, dance, theatre and standup comedy, on May 23rd at Ambedkar Bhavan.
Sample the best of local food, while learning about the history of the neighbourhood at the Russel Market food walk on May 23rd.
Watch The Forgotten Tigers, a documentary about the lives of tigers that live or move outside tiger reserves on May 27th at Alliance Francaise.
Acclaimed theatre artist Hirannaiah will be presenting Lanchavantara and Makmal Topi on May 27th at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall.This is slated to be his last performance.
Get your fix of laughs for the week at LOL, a evening of standup comedy, featuring some of Bengaluru’s best comedians at Urban Solace on May 27th.
Click here for the complete list of events happening in Bengaluru.
In this edition, read our guide on how you can recognise elder abuse, and what you can do to prevent it. Also what is the reality about the dengue crisis in Bengaluru – check out our analysis of it. Also read about the latest developments on Sarakki lake bed and Cubbon Park.
Bengaluru’s first road-cum-Metro rail flyover in progress, over 17,000 people screened for coronavirus in Kempegowda International Airport so far – read more on this and other news from the city this week, in our roundup