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Tomorrow – September 5th, is Teachers’ Day. Many schools in the city have asked the children to watch the Prime Minister’s speech and write a report. The State and Central governments however have clarified that watching the speech is not compulsory. If your child has a writeup, we invite you to share it with us, so we can share it on Citizen Matters!
Here is our Bengaluru This Week roundup. But first, our curation of latest city news for you.
High Court has asked the government to take criminal action against schools which have not implemented those safety guidelines that did not have any monetary implication.
Bangaloreans are stressed out about the chaotic traffic situation. However, a coordinated effort by traffic police and airport officials helped transport a live heart from Bangalore to Chennai. Can the city have similar planning and coordination in dealing with daily traffic?
BBMP is clearing encroachment of footpaths on a war-footing. Malleswaram 8th cross, that usually buzzes with activity, wore an empty look on Wednesday, as all the hawkers were evicted.
High Court pulled up corporators who are not interested in Solid Waste Management. It also asked the BBMP to frame rules for construction debris removal, and corporate bodies like CREDAI to assist BBMP in disposing of the debris. The HC also unveiled a grand dream: “There will be no landfill sites in the City anymore. There will be only processing centres and in future, waste will not move out of the respective wards.”
Lokayukta has published a list of MLAs who did not file their asset declaration affidavits for 2013-14. JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy, NICE Managing Director and MLA from Bidar South Ashok Kheny, Mahalakshmi Layout MLA Gopalaiah (JDS), C V Raman Nagar MLA S Raghu (BJP) and ex-film actress, MLC Jayamala Ramachandra feature on the list.
Mayor B S Satyanarayana’s term ends. City is expecting a new mayor and new standing committee members, while political parties are busy with negotiations and lobbying. The elections will be held tomorrow.
Karnataka-based Supreme Court justice H L Dattu to be the Chief Justice of India.
Railways minister and MP Sadananda Gowda’s son Kartik Gowda has been accused of rape by a woman, while a seer, Raghaveshwara Bharathi, has been accused of rape by a famous singer who is his long-time accomplice. Both the women have known these men for quite sometime, and the rapes pre-date to many months before. Complaints and counter-complaints are being filed.
This week’s highlight: Should you be worried about Ebola?
Ebola infographic issued by World Health Organisation.
World-over, folks are petrified by the mention of Ebola, even more so, after the World Health Organisation declared an outbreak. So what really is Ebola? Should the citizens of Bangalore be worried? What safety measures are in place at KIAL to deal with Ebola cases? Read: Information on Ebola.
>> If a builder is starting a project of more than 20,000 sqm built-up area, he needs to get an environmental clearance. Why is this required? Read:Environmental Clearance: What’s that, why do builders need it?
>> While Spot-billed Ducks are a common site, at most lakes in Bangalore, they breed in a very few places. The 29-acre Dorai Kere in Uttarahalli is now home to a brood of eight spot-billed duck chicks.
>> Catch the screening of Hungry for Change, a documentary that exposes the ugly secrets of the food industry and its deceptive strategies designed to keep people coming back for more on September 5th.
Everybody knows Bengaluru roads are unsafe. In all likelihood, you or someone you know personally has had an accident. While roads of bad quality and unscientific traffic design are one reason, how do we minimise the risk? The government says: wear helmets. So we wrote up an FAQ on that! This and more in this edition.