QBengaluru: Enrol on Electoral Roll Until Early February & More
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1. Enrol on Electoral Roll Until Early Feb; Final List a Week Later
All eligible voters can enrol on the electoral roll until the first week of February, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad, the electoral officer for Bengaluru, has said.
The civic body will take a week to verify the applications, while the final voters' list will be published on 15 February, he added. The draft electoral roll was published on 30 November and a month's time was given for filing objections and making revisions.
In order to make the process of election smoother, polling booths having more than 1,400 voters will be regularised and new polling booths set up. A total of 575 new polling booths are coming up. Polling officers will undertake a special campaign to encourage enrolment, Prasad said.
2. Every Move You Make, Every Step You Take, They'll Be Watching You
You can run but you can’t hide – that seems to be the message the state government is sending out to trouble-makers. The Home department has given its nod to install 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras across all arterial and sub-arterial routes, aimed at preventing crime and for better traffic management. In fact, the objective is to have one camera every 100 metres in the next three months, at an estimated cost of Rs150 crore.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will be in charge of the maintenance of these cameras while the city police will have access to them for keeping the city under a tight surveillance net.
Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy told Mirror: “The project has been taken up in order to ensure law and order in the city. This will help the police with cases; also, it will prevent crimes in public places.” An initial round of meetings was held recently in this regard between the Bangalore City Police and the BBMP.
3. Man Convicted of Killing Teen for Revenge
A man who had killed an eight standard student has been found guilty by the court and his punishment period will be ordered tomorrow. The killer, identified as Manjunath, had killed R Kiran Yadav, a resident of Sanjeevini Nagar of Moodalapalya, on 4 February 2015, to exact revenge on the boy’s mother for finding out and spreading the word about his affair with a married woman in the neighbourhood.
The Chandra Layout police had filed a chargesheet against Manjunath with the available evidence and, after hearing the case, the court announced that it has been provided that Manjunath has killed Yadav. The court said the punishment period will be announced on 21 December.
Then 14-year-old, Yadav was returning from school when he was abducted by Manjunath who killed him and disposed the body in Jnanabarathi.
4. No One to Catch Stray Cattle on City's Roads
There are multiple factors contributing to the city’s infamous traffic, with bad roads, unscientific speed breakers, and wayward driving being some of them. But there is another unique addition to this list: Stubborn cattle, which take a leisurely stroll on busy roads, oblivious to the number of vehicles they have brought to a grinding halt.
And there is truth to motorists complaining about an increase in the number of stray cattle on the city’s roads. Since June, the Department of Animal Husbandry of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has not caught any stray cattle. The reason: The lone driver of the BBMP’s animal van has retired.
In July, the BBMP suspended all activities with regard to capturing stray cattle. G Anand, Joint Director (Animal Husbandry), told The Hindu that until June 2017, the BBMP had captured 125 head of cattle. Last year, the number was around 500.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. Minor Schoolmate, 3 Others Gang-Rape, Kill Class 9 Girl
A gang of four boys, including two minors, gang-raped and murdered a Class 9 girl, also a minor, in the Khaza Amin Dargah neighbourhood on Tuesday night. The main accused, one of the minors, was a schoolmate of the girl, a Dalit.
The girl's family began an overnight protest at the DC's office, demanding arrest of the accused, but dispersed after district minister MB Patil assured action would be taken.
The girl's father has filed a complaint with the Adarsh Nagar police here. He alleged that the main accused had been harassing the girl, a student of Class 9, for months now. On Tuesday evening, he allegedly abducted her on his two-wheeler and took her to a house in the dargah locality, followed by five others in an autorickshaw.
The main accused and three others from the auto raped her even as a friend caught them in the act. They threatened to kill the friend if she told anyone. The girl, however, fled the spot and informed the victim's parents. They found their daughter and took her to hospital. She died on the way.
(Source: Times of India)
6. Three Escape With Injuries as Car Falls off 14-Ft-High Flyover
Two sisters and their male friend sustained grievous injuries as their car plunged from the 15-foot-high flyover on Ballari Road in Yelahanka, North Bengaluru, in the early hours of Wednesday.
Varun Jain (31), of Lavelle Road, lost control of his Skoda Laura (RJ 14/CH 2345) and crashed it into the parapet of the flyover. The automobile went on to fall upside down on the service road at the Raithara Santhe junction. Rachita Reddy (23) and Chitra Reddy (25), sisters from Benson Town, were also in the car. All the three sustained multiple fractures. While Chitra broke her left leg, Varun suffered head injuries.
Passersby, including a cab driver, pulled the three out of the car and took them to the nearby Apoorva Hospital. Doctors said the victims were out of danger.
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