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City news that mattters
And before our Bengaluru This Week roundup, here’s the curation of latest city news.
Bangalore is now officially Bengaluru! In addition to Bengaluru, 11 other cities in Karnataka, including Mysore (Mysuru), Hubli (Hubballi) and Tumkur (Tumkuru), have undergone the name change. The Karnataka Chief Secretary, Kaushik Mukherjee says there is no compulsion on private firms and organisations to change their registered names.
BBMP gets a pat on its back from the Centre for its efforts in tackling garbage at a one-day conference on waste and water management.
Viral conjunctivitis, more commonly known as Madras Eye, seems to be doing the rounds in the city. Doctors advise those infected to stay at home, so as to minimise spread of infection.
During the hearing of a PIL on open drains, the BBMP counsel, strangely said he was not given the documents by the BBMP, while the Commissioner claimed they were given four days before the hearing.
Race course Turf Club has been given three more years of time to shift from the city centre.
This week’s highlight: Citizens want more trains in Whitefield
» Imagine a journey where each minute counts, and you cover the distance from Majestic to Whitefield in less than 45 minutes! A group of citizens working in Whitefield, worried about the impending traffic problem during Metro works, are working towards increasing commuter trains, which can take a sizeable amount of traffic off the roads.
Read: Citizens lobby for trains.
Schools flout norms
» During an inspection, a school asks its 6th grade students to lie that they are in the 5th grade, hides their identity cards and tells them to pretend to be writing an exam. Read more: When a school hides the identity cards of its students
» Also read: Recent child abuse cases in schools have forced the government to take stern action. Private schools should follow school safety guidelines, says government.
The lives of others
» This is the story of a small girl with a blind mother—the breadwinner of her family—a story that will set you thinking about the flowers under your feet. Read: Ruth, 14, daughter and breadwinner.
How are broken roads fixed in Bangalore? According to a citizen’s report from Yeshwanthpur, with packed mud and stones. Read: Flooded roads and broken sidewalks in the Manhattan of Bangalore.
» If you are one to do most of your shopping online, this is a must-read—the dos and don’ts of online shopping. Read: Here is what you should do before you click the ‘order’ button online.
Agents of change
» Namma Bengaluru Foundation is calling for nominations for the Namma Bengaluru Awards 2014. This is your chance to celebrate those exceptional individuals and organisations who, through their efforts, are bettering Bengaluru. Last year, Citizen Matters had won the award in the media category.
» B.PAC will be starting the 3rd batch of the B.CLIP (Civic Leadership Incubator Program) program. If you dream of bringing about in change in local governance in Bengaluru, this program will act as a great stepping stone.A group of people birding at Hebbal Lake were mugged by an individual. Deepa Mohan advises folks to move around in groups if they are considering birding in the early hours of the morning.
Living in the city
» Looks like the BBMP is finally taking the issue of encroachments seriously. Around one acre of land was reclaimed at Allasandra Lake at a demolition drive on October 20th.
» Dismayed at the dirty streets in Electronic City, a citizen takes responsibility to do something about it. Read: E-City resident plans to fix the garbage problem.
» Members of the HSR Sector-2 RWA met with BBMP to discuss issues in the area, including solid waste management, road work and desilting of drains. Read: Citizens ask BBMP to solve issues in HSR Layout.
New blogs on Citizen Matters
» Citizen Matters has a new blog: Kasa-conscious. The blog will feature Bengaluru’s journey toward becoming more waste conscious, as documented by interns at Fields of View. Read: Here’s how Dry Waste Collection Centres started functioning in Bengaluru.
» Namma Bengaluru is rich in urban wildlife. On yet another new blog, Poornima Kannan captures with her camera, a leaf cutter bee building its nest on her balcony. Read: The amazing world of leaf cutter bees.
Events this weekend
» Attend the launch of author Poile Sengupta’s first book, Inga at Alliance Francaise on October 30th. The book is set in Kerala and is about two cousins, Inga and Rapa.
» Carnatic music aficionados, make your way to Bangalore International Centre on November 7th for The Carnatic Music Story, a vocal concert that will take you through how the genre has evolved across time and composers.
» Watch 1 Rencontre 2 Parallèles, a unique acrobatic show, featuring Trois Fois Rien, a French trio of circus artistes at Alliance Francaise on November 7th.
» Sanyukta Gupta and Trupti Pandit will be showcasing 30 photographs to raise awareness for the girl child. Save the Girl Child will be on display at Alliance Francaise from November 7th to 9th.
» Bharatanatyam Exponent , Author & Choreographer, Lakshmi Vishwanathan will be addressing a talk on The Devadasi Heritage of South India on November 8th at Bangalore International Centre.
» Watch Dhature Ke Beej, a play that chronicles the story of a young girl who dared to escape and become an eternal traveller at Alliance Francaise on November 8th and 9th.
» Cycle Day, the open street festival makes its way to Whitefield this week. Make your way to Inner Circle Park on November 9th for a fun-filled day with your family and friends.
» Bangalore Little Theatre will be performing Our Ice is Melting, a musical on climate change this Children’s Day. Book your tickets today, for you’ll not only watch a lovely play, but also support AMC, for whom the shows act as a fundraiser.
For more upcoming events happening in the city, check out our events section.