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Bengaluru this week

October 16th 2014


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It is celebration time next week again – the festival of lights, Diwali is here. How are you celebrating Diwali this year? 

Pic courtesy: This Diwali, let’s go Green

Here are some tips for a environment-friendly Diwali.

City news that mattters

And before our Bengaluru This Week roundup, here’s the curation of latest city news.

>> 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.

>> A Manipuri student was attacked by goons for not being able to speak in Kannada.

>> Bangalore girl, Aparna R, received the Good Samaritan award from Home Minister, K J George, for helping an accident victim when no one else would.

>> Now postmen in the city will pick up letters and mails as well from houses and offices. The Department of Posts has started a new service with door-to-door pick up service for speed post in the Bangalore South division.

>> With a doctor in Nandini Layout being arrested, a surrogacy racket operating in Central Bangalore has been busted.

This week’s highlight: “Shut down KCDC!”

>> The Government started a composting plant on the city outskirts in the 1970s. As the city expanded, the plant was surrounded by residential areas. Unable to bear the foul smell from the plant, HSR Layout residents now want the plant shut down. Read: We don’t want the city’s garbage in our backyard!

Living in the city

>> Namma Metro is set to finally expand on the 2.5 km Peenya Industry – Nagasandra stretch. But last mile connectivity still remains an issue. Read: Metro Reach 3B to be a reality soon.

>> Following the death of two children in last week’s downpour, a PIL has been filed for initiation of criminal action against the errant BBMP officials who were responsible for the open storm water drain.

The heroes among us

>> The next time you confront an eve teaser might very well be the last time that he needs to be confronted. Read how a young mother responded when her maid called her complaining about being harassed.

>> From a young lad who flouted traffic rules and parked his bike in a no parking zone in 1977, to volunteering as a traffic warden in 2014, Ajit Lakshmiratan talks about coming the full circle.


>> The recent surge of promotions by e-retailers like Flipkart and Amazon saw traditional retailers, who are at risk, ask the government to intervene. Ashwin Mahesh mulls over the side-effects of the e-retail boom.

Arts and culture

>> Our music expert, Chitra Srikrishna reviews veteran musician, Neela Ramgopal’s lecture demonstration on Javalis – lyrical compositions that have romantic love as the central theme.

Events this weekend

>> Bangalore International Centre is organising a panel discussion on A vision and roadmap document for India for the future, to talk about ‘big ideas’ for the country on October 17th.

>> People’s Campaign for Right to Water is organising a cultural march on October 17th to celebrate the extraordinary stories of ordinary people saving water commons across Karnataka.

>> Maraa is organising Horaata – a series of creative performances around the theme of resistance. Theatre will be the medium for the performances on October 17th, 18th and 19th.

>> Unhurried is organising two exciting heritage walks on October 18th. Trace the history of Cubbon Park in Rediscover Meade’s Park and experience the sounds and sights of one of the city’s oldest markets in United Colors of KR Market.  

>> Yet another exciting edition of Cycle Day will take place in HSR Layout on October 19th. Lots of activities in store including cycle rides, street games, street art, theatre, skateboarding and more.

>> Catch the war musical Schweyk in the Second World War on October 19th at Alliance Francaise, for an insight into the survival guide of a war veteran.

For more upcoming events happening in the city, check out ourevents section.


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