The past week has been a special one for Indians across the globe. Mangalyaan, India’s low-cost Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft, entered the Mars orbit on September 23rd, making it the first spacecraft to achieve this in its maiden attempt. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi was here in Bangalore to witness the spacecraft enter the Martian orbit at ISRO’s mission control centre.
As a Facebook post put it, “Total distance covered by Mangalyaan – 68 crore km and total cost – 454 crore. That makes cost per km, Rs 6.67 – cheaper than Bangalore autos!”
And before our Bengaluru This Week roundup, here’s the curation of latest city news.
- PM Modi also announced that ‘Mission Swachh Bharata’, a mission to clean India, would be launched on October 2nd. The Prime Minister stated that he himself would pick up the broom, and urged citizens to dedicate at least 100 hours towards cleanliness.
- Even as RTO officials were pulling up non-Karnataka vehicles for non-payment of lifetime tax, the Kerala Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy intervened asking why Kerala-registered vehicle owners were being harassed.
- There are plans underway to raze the 142-year-old School Hall of Bishop Cotton Boys’ School and replace it with a new building that will apparently be a mix of Princeton, Stanford & Harvard. Old Cottonians across the globe have expressed their dissent with the move.
- Lalbagh will host an Orchid exhibition from October 17th.
- The encroachment of Sarakki lake remains uncleared even after the deadline. The 44-acre encroached area is estimated to be worth Rs 500 crore.
- Indiranagar will host Cycle Day on September 28th. Talks are on to get get Cycle Day to Malleshwaram too.
- Two BWSSB contract workers fell into a manhole and breathed their last when they tried to open a manhole to check its depth. The poisonous gas from the manhole is said to be the cause.
- After Mahalaya Amavasya, it is Dasara season in the city. While traditional Bangaloreans are busy with Gombe Pooja where they place different dolls, folks from West Bengal and Odisha are busy organising Durga Pooja. It is also holiday season for most schools, and fun is in the air.
This week’s highlight: Five reasons why your cab does not arrive on time
A City Taxi cab parked under the Bellandur flyover. Pic: Kedar Nadella
How many of you have found yourselves left in the lurch after you’ve booked a cab?
Ever wondered the reasons behind which the cab that you have booked is delayed, or sometimes does not show up at all? Citizen Matters explores the reasons.
Dealing with dengue
>> It’s that time of the year when dengue is doing its rounds in Bangalore. So what really is dengue and what precautions must you take? Read: The deadly disease among us.
>> Of the many solutions presumed to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, Ovitrap is one. How does it work? Will it work in Bangalore? Read: Can Ovitrap help prevent dengue in Bangalore?
Smart way of managing trash
>> Retired IAS officer,T R Raghunandan talks about the unique staff of a government organisation, who despite working 365 days, did not demand a pay hike! Read: Millions of workers who did not demand wage!
>> If you are already composting waste in your home, consider making a shift to vermicomposting. Here is Citizen Matters’ guide to composting waste using earthworms.
Events this weekend
>> Don’t miss A Journey to the Center of my Brain, standup comedian, Kenneth Sebastian’s act, on his take on music and his own journey, at Alliance Française de Bangalore on September 26th.
>> Participate in a melange of activities that includes panel discussions, workshops by writers, music, dance and theatre performances and more at the Bangalore Literature Festival on September 26th, 27th and 28th.
>> Watch over 35 non-fiction films from across the world at the Urban Lens Film Festivalon September 26th, 27th and 28th. Each of these films will explore the different facets of what the ‘city’ produces.
>> Want to eat as French aristocrats did? Give your taste buds a sample of French cuisine at Fête de la Gastronomie on September 26th, 27th and 28th.
>> How can the problem of child sexual abuse be tackled in a sustained manner? Bangalore International Centre is organising a panel discussion on the topic to understand the phenomenon and seek effective solutions on September 27th.
>> Watch the screening of 7 Billion Others, a documentary on the fears, dreams, sacrifices, hardships and hopes of people from across the globe on September 28th.
>> Attend the book reading of The Emperor’s Riddles by author Satyarth Nayak on September 28th at Urban Solace. The book has been touted as ‘a heady mix of history and mystery’ by The Hindu.