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Greetings from Citizen Matters – your own local interactive online magazine for Bengaluru!
Before getting into the round-up of our own stories, here’s our weekly curation of city news.
BBMP has decided to renovate KR Market via Private Public Partnership model. Here is the plan for renovation. BBMP Commissioner had initially said the funds would come from BBMP.
18 BBMP markets older than 60 years will be demolished and reconstructed. Out of these 11 will be developed in PPP model.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner M N Reddi has denied permission for the Kiss of Love protest, citing that kissing in public amounts to obscenity. However, the organisers of the protest have decided to go ahead with the protest, and are in talks with the police.
A recent High Court order has directed the Education Department to accept applications to start English medium schools, for class 1 to 5. This is perceived as a setback to the government’s language policy that has drawn flak from various corners.
The government has fixed the number of private schools that can be applied to under RTE to three. The state has 1,10,794 seats under RTE. The admission for next year will start on January 12th and close on March 10th.
Bengaluru South Traffic Commissioner has directed all schools to comply with the Supreme Court safety guidelines for school vans.
» The Bangalore Traffic Police rolled out a new traffic plan to decongest the traffic in the Whitefield area. On the day of its launch, the roads remained congested, with many folks still getting used to the new route.
While there are folks who have benefitted from the change, there are others for whom the commute has become longer. If you take this route regularly, do share your feedback.
» Think Yeshwanthpur, Think connectivity! A foot over-bridge, connecting Metro stations to bus stations, proper coordination – these are only a few steps that can go a long way in improving the connectivity at Yeshwanthpur. Here’s how this can happen.
» Towards the end of the year, Devi or the Mother Goddess figures frequently in classical concerts. Chitra Srikrishna reviews Amma – for the mother, a carnatic vocal concert by the vocalist duo, Ranjani and Gayathri.
Watch Bardot, la méprise, a biographical documentary on one of Hollywood’s most legendary actresses, Brigitte Bardot, at AF Cinema this evening at 6 30 pm.
Nirankusha: Fearless, Speak is series of events celebrating fearless and unfettered speech in arts. Here are two performance on November 28th and 29th at Goethe Institut to set you thinking: Color of Trans and Illicit Bodies.
Catch Bangalore Little Theatre’s musical adaptation Our Iceberg is Melting on November 28th and support the Association for the Mentally Challenged, for whom the play acts as a fund-raiser.
Nrityanidhi’s annual dance show, Dhwani will be held on November 28th at Alliance Francaise. Do attend to watch a colourful, musical, energetic presentation or rather, re-presentation of tradition
Visual artist, Anup Mathew Thomas will be exhibiting his latest series of photographs, Native Ball and Revisions at Gallery Skye from November 29th onwards.
Make your way to Bangalore International Centre on November 29th, to watch Strings which Sing, a classical sitar performance, accompanied by the tabla.
Learn about the first electric pole in Bengaluru and how the Anekal Gate of Kempe Gowda’s mud fort was finally constructed at United Colours of KR Market walk on November 29th.
Wondering what to do this weekend? You could head to Jayanagar and visit a unique book store where words are sold by weight… Read: The weight of words.
You can also have a look at the entire listing of events coming up in Bengaluru here.
Last week, the High Court passed orders on two major concerns of Bengalureans – the elevated corridor project, and indiscriminate tree felling for Metro rail. Read more on this, and other happenings in the city over the past week
The past week was abuzz with excitement, with citizens of Bengaluru wondering who would win the BBMP Elections. When results were finally announced, it became evident that the BJP would be at the helm of city affairs yet again. Also in this edition: Election results, Humble pie, The Grand Old Man of Kannada…
Huge spike in dengue cases, High Court orders state government to create artificial lakes if it can’t restore encroached ones, BBMP to map vulnerable structures – read more on what happened in the city this week