QBengaluru: 7 Dead in Building Collapse; CM To Tackle Sewage Issue
Seven people were killed and three injured in a residential building collapsed at Ejipura in Bengaluru.
1. Seven Dead, Seven Injured in Bengaluru Building Collapse
Seven people were killed after a residential building in central Bengaluru’s Ejipura collapsed on Monday, 16 October. Seven others, including a 3-year-old, were injured in the collapse. The condition of some of them is said to be serious.
The collapse took place around 6:40 am, when three families were residing in the building were still inside. Residents in the area claimed they heard a blast, following which the building collapsed. However, police are yet to confirm whether a cylinder blast was the cause of the collapse or a blast took place after the collapse.
(Source: The Quint)
2. Techie Attacked in Bengaluru for Opposing Illegal Slaughterhouse
Two animal rights activists, including a 45-year-old woman software engineer, were allegedly assaulted by a mob at Avalahalli, near Talaghattapura, south Bengaluru, on Saturday when they were taking police to an illegal slaughterhouse where 14 cattle heads were kept.
Talaghattapura police said they have registered a case based on the complaint lodged by Nandini M of Koramangala. A software engineer, Nandini alleged she and her friend Rijil, 33, were attacked and her Innova car was damaged.
Police on Sunday said they are yet to arrest anyone in connection with the case. They, however, claimed they had rescued 14 cattle heads from the illegal slaughterhouse in Avalahalli based on the complaint lodged by Pushpa Bhist, another animal rights activist.
(Source: Bangalore Mirror)
3. Loss Due to Rains Pegged at Rs 1,600 Cr
BBMP has declared the continuous rains that lashed the city a catastrophe and, for the first time, has decided to claim compensation from Centre under Natural Calamity Fund. The state has sent an estimate of the loss due to rain till September 9 which was pegged at Rs 1,600 crore to the Centre. The figure will be revised after repair works are completed.
Bengaluru Development Minister, KJ George, said that the government will soon seek the help of the Union ministers from Bengaluru to get the central funds.
According to the minister, the loss due to rain has been pegged at Rs 1,600 crore till 9 September. George claimed that 12,000 of the 24,000 potholes in the city had been filled up and added that the work for the remaining would be completed this week. However, Bengaluru roads are still filled with craters and the travelling speed has come down drastically.
(Source: Bangalore Mirror
4. 3 Persons Held for Receiving Answers Over Phone in KPSC Exam
Three persons were arrested for receiving key answers over phone at two centres of the physical education teacher examination of Karnataka Public Service Commission, in Davangere on Monday.
The suspects received the answers through their mobile earphones from a prompter sitting in a private lodge. The trio had struck a deal to pay the prompter Rs 11.5 lakh.
The arrested are D Srinivas, resident of Belagere village and R Thippesh Naik of Miyapur, both Channagiri taluk, besides Subash of Obbajjihalli of Davangere taluk. They were appearing for the KPSC written examination, conducted by KRIES Morarji Desai Residential School.
On a tip-off, a police team led by Additional Deputy Commissioner Padma Basavanthappa caught the suspects red-handed. While Srinivas and Subash were caught at Nutan College, Thippesh Naik was held at Millat School. Police recovered earphones, mobile phones, speaker and other equipment used in the offence.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
5. Gauri's Mother Didn't Help Prepare Sketches: SIT
A Kannada TV channel aired a programme on Monday evening stating it was journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh's mother Indira Lankesh who helped SIT sleuths prepare sketches of the suspected assailants. However, SIT officials dismissed the news.
According to the channel, Indira had told the SIT that an unidentified man had wished to meet Gauri. The TV programme further claimed the Lankesh family told the SIT the man had applied vermilion on his forehead.
Senior SIT officials issued a clarification with regard to the issue.
6. Facing Flak, CM Siddaramaiah Wakes up on Sewage Issue
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah told reporters in Mysuru on Sunday that storm water drains in Bengaluru were unable to bear the load of heavy rain lashing the city since the past two months, and blamed the previous government for its failure to set right the stormwater drain network.
Facing flak over the rain-related deaths, the state government has proposed to develop Bengaluru's 850 km network of storm water drains.
He said he had already sanctioned Rs 800 crore for the development of 350 km of drains where the problem is acute. All encroachments, illegal buildings and silt will be removed, he added.
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