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Here are the top stories from Bangalore for this week:
Alok Kumar, was suspended as additional commissioner of police (law and order-west) for links with illegal lottery kingpin Pari Rajan. He was interrogated by the CID for over 10 hours on Sunday. DGP (CID) Bipin Gopalakrishna however clarified that he would not be arrested, but was only summoned for questioning.
Speaking at a seminar on smart cities organised by the Smart Cities India Foundation, BBMP Administrator T M Vijay Bhaskar stated that Bengaluru needs at least three or four commissioners so that it can be governed properly.
The state tourism department is planning to create open streets in the city to boost its tourism potential. Cubbon Park played host to this initiative with the parks being closed to motor vehicles all of ast Sunday.
BBMP collected a record amount of tax, Rs 47.9 crore in a day, on Wednesday.
Bangalore Traffic Police are looking to implement an ‘Emergency Vehicle Preemption System’, which will ensure that traffic lights turn green when an ambulance is close to the signal. This will be enabled by means of a device on the ambulance and will be implemented in about 500 government ambulances.
Vidhana Soudha has issued a circular asking employees to talk in low tones over their phones and women to stop loitering in the corridors. It does not mention whether it is okay for men to loiter.
This week’s highlight: Status check on major sexual harassment cases of 2014
KSRP staff protesting in support of Ravindranath. File photo.
Three major incidents of sexual harassment grabbed the headlines in a span of two months in Bengaluru last year. These incidents also triggered public outrage, protests and campaigns demanding justice. Where are the cases now? Has the system been able to prove the crime and deliver justice?
Meeting a bus conductor isn’t a big thing. But a bus ride and a chat with one of them could unravel that they are more than just ticket-issuers. Read: A day in the life of a BMTC conductor.
In ten months Puttenehalli lake will brim over with water thanks to the excess treated water that is being released from the STP at South City. The efforts of the team behind it are already paying off with small pools of water appearing on the lake bed. Read: Milestone morning.
Food for thought
A side of the Ulsoor lake that not too many people notice. Pic: Ganga Madappa
Clothes, pillows, suitcases… these are things that one can expect to find in a cupboard. Did you know all this and more also make their way to Ulsoor Lake? See: On the surface of Ulsoor Lake.
Watch some of the funniest stand-up comedians from across the country at evam Standup Tamasha on May 29th at Alliance Francaise.
Learn about the origins of one of India’s favourite foods, biryani, and get to different varieties of it at the Biryani Walk on May 30th.
Head over to Alliance Francaise on May 30th to watch The Prophet and the Poet, a play based on the letters exchanged between Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore over 25 years.
Did BDA encroach lakes? Ex-commissioner of BDA, Jayakar Jerome and Dr A Ravindra, Former Chief Secretary, GOK, will be talking about the processes followed by the BDA during the formation of sites on June 1st at Bangalore International Centre.
Watch Simantini, an adaptation of Somerset Maugham’s The Constant Wife at Ranga Shankara on June 4th.
Allalasandra Lake, Yelahanka will host Bangalore’s fifth Kere Habba on Sunday June 7th.
Citizens from Bellandur and Koramangala will be holding a peaceful protest on June 7th to oppose the SEZ that is coming up on the Bellandur wetlands.
Click here for the complete list of events happening in Bengaluru.
Here’s one last edition of Bengaluru This Week, the weekly edition of our newsletter, before 2014 comes to a close. And before anything else, wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at Citizen Matters! Also featuring: How to get LPG subsidy with or without Aadhar | A journey down memory lane in Russell Market | Banned taxis operating in city