QBengaluru: Laptop Emits Smoke on Bengaluru Flight and More
1. Laptop Emits Smoke on Bengaluru Flight
In yet another case of a personal electronic device emitting smoke after heating up and possibly catching fire mid-air, a laptop on IndiGo’s Thiruvananthapuram-Bengaluru flight had to be sprayed with fire-extinguishers last Saturday.
The latest scare happened on 6E-445, when people reported a burning smell from a black bag in the overhead bin of the Airbus A-320 (VT-IGV).
The airline crew sprayed fire extinguisher, relocated passengers from nearby seats, and kept the laptop in a container of water till the plane landed at Bengaluru airport.
Confirming this, an IndiGo spokesperson said its crew “noticed the smoke in the cabin on 11 November. The crew identified minor sparks coming from the hat-rack of seat 24RH and immediately informed the pilot-in-command.”
(Source: The Times of India)
2. Report on Central Prison Irregularities Gathers Dust
The report of an internal inquiry ordered into alleged irregularities and corruption in Central Prison, Parappana Agrahara, has been gathering dust at Vidhana Soudha for more than a month.
The inquiry was conducted by former IAS officer Vinay Kumar in mid-July, and a detailed report was submitted to the government during the last week of September, sources in the home department said.
"The report and its findings run into 300 pages. It talks about the security and police strength inside the prison, and the total number of inmates, including undertrials and convicts. It also explains the condition of the barracks, kitchens and bathrooms. Finally, it discusses the allegations of corruption and bribery," the sources said.
Source: The Times of India
3. Forums to Rally Against ‘Padmavati’
Members of Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena, Bengaluru chapter, will hit the streets on Wednesday, condemning the alleged bid to distort history in the upcoming Bollywood movie Padmavati.The movie, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
The rally, Swabhiman Padayatra, will start from Town Hall at 10 am and culminate in a dharna at Freedom Park.
Bhanwar Singh, president of the Bengaluru unit of Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena, said: "It is an attempt to tarnish the rich heritage and culture of erstwhile Rajputana."
(Source: The Times of India)
4. Karnataka Doctors Won’t Budge on Strike After Talks with CM Fail
The private doctors in Karnataka will continue with their strike as talks with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday failed. The meeting between the representatives of private hospitals and the Chief MinIster took place hours after more than 10,000 private doctors began the ‘Belgavi Chalo’ protest, demanding that the government drop the new amendments to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act.
Apart from the those protesting in Belgavi, at least 40,000 private practitioners in Karnataka are also on strike. On Monday morning, the doctors staged a protest in Belagavi, where the winter session of the Karnataka assembly was underway, and by afternoon, the representatives were called for a meeting by the Chief Minister.
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5. Cong, BJP Set to Turn the Heat on Each Other At Winter Session
The winter session of the legislature, scheduled to commence from Monday at Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi, is expected to be stormy, with principal Opposition party BJP deciding to mount pressure on the ruling Congress, demanding the resignation of Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George in connection with the suicide of police officer MK Ganapathy.
The saffron party leaders are also up in arms against AICC general secretary incharge of Karnataka KC Venugopal over his reported involvement in the solar scam in Kerala, and demanding that the Congress should remove him from his post immediately. However, the government has strongly defended both the leaders, rejecting the Opposition party's demand. The session is scheduled to be held till 24 November.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
6. BMTC Wants The IT Crowd On Board
To encourage the city’s IT population to use public transport, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has formed a marketing team that is already on its toes, sending e-mails and holding discussions with various companies. The corporation, in fact, claims it has received positive response from 220 firms so far.
Professionals working along the IT corridors and at tech parks are heavily dependent on private transport or cabs provided by companies to get to and from their workplaces. BMTC is now hoping to change that.
Currently, only 15 companies and a few tech parks use bus rental services for employees. It has rented out 791 buses, including 227 AC ones, to companies to transport employees.
(Source: Bangalore Mirror )
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