QBengaluru: 2 Manual Scavengers Die in Hotel’s Septic Tank & More
As many as 12,226 manual scavengers were identified across India – 82 percent of these are in Uttar Pradesh. Image used for representational purposes.
As many as 12,226 manual scavengers were identified across India – 82 percent of these are in Uttar Pradesh. Image used for representational purposes. (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

QBengaluru: 2 Manual Scavengers Die in Hotel’s Septic Tank & More

1. Manual Scavenging: Two Die of Asphyxiation at Hotel in B'luru

Two workers died of asphyxiation when they were trying to clear a clogged drain of a hotel at AECS Layout in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

The victims, Ramu (25) and Ravi (28), from Raichur, were living in Bengaluru for the past six years. The incident occurred around 4:15 pm at 'YumLok'. "The waste food materials and drainage water from the hotel was getting collected in a sutsump which had an outlet to the external underground drainage system. This drainage was blocked for the last few days," the police said.

The building caretaker Venkatesh called Ramu and Ravi to clear the blockage. Ramu first got into the sump and started gasping for breath and collapsed. Ravi jumped in to rescue him but he, too, collapsed.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

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2. B’luru May Run Out of Drinking Water & the Crisis is Man-Made

India’s IT hub is likely to run of drinking water soon.
India’s IT hub is likely to run of drinking water soon.
(Photo: Reuters)

Cape Town will be the first modern city to run out of drinking water – but it isn't the only water-stressed place in the world. In fact, one in four cities is at some or the other stage of water scarcity, according to a 2014 survey of the world's 500 biggest cities.

In India, that fear of water shortage is the most acute in Bengaluru.

India's IT hub is placed only second after Brazil's financial capital, São Paulo, on a list of 11 other cities likely to run out of drinking water in the near future.
 The list, compiled by BBC News, ranks Beijing right after Bengaluru, followed by Cairo, Jakarta, Moscow, Istanbul, Mexico City, London, Tokyo and Miami.

Also Read : With Just 60 Days’ Water Left in Dams, Bengaluru Stares at Crisis

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3. RSS Has Infiltrated All Government Departments: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi claims that RSS is the brainchild of Modi’s ideas.
Rahul Gandhi claims that RSS is the brainchild of Modi’s ideas.
(File photo)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday claimed that demonetisation was the brainchild of neither Union finance minister Arun Jaitley nor the Reserve Bank of India, but that of the RSS.

Interacting with professionals and businessmen here, Rahul asked: "Do you know where the idea of notebandi came from? It was neither the RBI nor Jaitley nor any officer in the finance ministry. It was a particular ideologue of the RSS. The RSS puts an idea in Modi's mind and he launches it."

While reacting to a suggestion by a doctor to impress upon the Union government to remove clauses in the proposed medical bill which are against the interest of doctors, he said, "This (NDA) government believes people don't know anything and therefore taking unilateral decisions."

(Source: Times of India)

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4. Coming Up: ‘Safety Islands’ to Help Women in Distress

Image used for representational purposes.
Image used for representational purposes.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

The Bangalore City Police and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike are joining forces to create 50 safety islands for women on a pilot basis to help them in times of distress.

Vulnerable locations like slums, bus stops and markets will be transformed into safety zones with panic buttons, good lighting, CCTV cameras and a loudspeaker/PA system with a control unit linked to police control room. The system will have power backup for two hours with a UPS.

Women in distress can get police help with the press of the panic button. As soon as they get the alarm, the police control room will activate the CCTV camera on the safety island and direct the nearest response vehicle to go over.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

Also Read : Is Bengaluru Going the Delhi Way With Women’s Safety?

5. Toddler Drowns While Trying to Take Tomato out of Water Container

A toddler drowned in a water container while his parents were asleep at Examba village in Chikkodi taluk of the district on Monday. Attempting to remove a tomato from the container proved fatal for Mutturaj Bhimarao Malage, the only son of Bhimarao Malagi, a daily-wage labourer.

The toddler woke up at 5am. While playing, the boy spotted a tomato in the vessel, which held about 15 litres of water. He fell into the container attempting to retrieve the tomato from the container, a police officer said.

After they woke up, parents pulled the toddler out of the container and called the hospital, but it was too late.

(Source: Times of India)

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6. Charging Points for E-Vehicles Proposed on 85 Roads in B'luru

The city will inaugurate its first electric car charging point at Brigade Road on Saturday.
The city will inaugurate its first electric car charging point at Brigade Road on Saturday.
(Photo Courtesy: iStock)

Bengaluru is all set to take its first step towards electric mobility with the government inaugurating an electric car charging point at Brigade Road on Saturday. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will flag off 50 electric cars, as part of the project.

The project falls under the proposals for availing of incentives under the ‘Fame India Scheme of Government of India’ to promote electric mobility in select Indian cities. The project will be funded by the Union Government. The policy document says, “The total fund of not more than Rs 105 crore provided to each select city in the current FY-2017-18 for heavy electric vehicles and cars.”

(Source: Bangalore Mirror)

Also Read : Bengaluru to Get Charging Stations for Electric Cars

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