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Last week, as you know, was a mix of good and bad. As soon as Dasara season was over, rains pounded the city, leading to waterlog. Two children, aged 8 and 12 respectively, became victims. A house collapsed and two died.
A caution for the week ahead: Expect more rains, with cyclonic storm, Hudhud, expected to hit Andhra and Orissa by Sunday!
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City news that matters
Bangalore will get two more district commissioners, in order to speed up clearing of encroachments.
Chief Minister has announced officially that waste will be disposed of in Mavallipura, which was closed due to improper handling, a few years ago. The village has not been able to recover from the old problem, and now have to deal with the dumping again.
Trial runs have started on Peenya- Jalahalli stretch of Bangalore Metro. Reach 3B of Metro will start operating in January 2015.
The central committee supposed to hold consultations to review environmental laws in India walked out of the meeting hosted in Vikas Soudha. There had been other consultations held in the city prior to this session, in which the public were left unhappy.
It is official – different parts of Bangalore get different amount of rains, and possibly have different weather too. The weather stations set up by Pavan Srinath and his team show that there was 113mm rain in Hebbal on 8th October, while Jayanagar got only 44mm rains!
Lalbagh will host a nursery mela on October 10, 11 and 12 — this weekend.
Guide of the week
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Why is the BBMP unable to remove illegal hoardings? What are parents doing to protest against increasing school fees? What happens when buildings come up on lake wetlands? How can you quit smoking? All this and more in this week’s edition of Bengaluru This Week.
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.