QBengaluru: Central Team Visit Flood-Affected Areas & More
1. Central Teams visit Flood-Hit Kodagu, Coast
A Central team began the process of assessing the extent of damage caused by floods and landslips in Kodagu and coastal districts, and took stock of the situation on Wednesday. One team, led by Anil Malik, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, held a meeting at Kushalnagar and apprised itself of the damage caused by floods, and later visited Hattihole, to assess the damage to infrastructure and crop loss. From Hattihole, the team visited Mukkodlu, and other places, including and the Jambur horticulture farm after which they held a meeting with local officials at Madikeri.
Deputy Commissioner of Kodagu PI Srividya and other officials apprised the team of the extent of damage and the severity of the natural calamity that hit the district.
Source: The Hindu
2. ‘No Disrupting Traffic, no Music After 10 pm’: B’luru Cops to Ganesha Chaturti Organisers
The police department in Bengaluru has issued an advisory to the organising committees of Ganesh Chaturti celebrations on Thursday, warning that traffic cannot be diverted for the sake of idol processions.
This comes after a peace committee meeting that was held on Tuesday at Town Hall in Bengaluru by officials of SP Park Police Station. The meeting was convened by D Devaraj (DCP Central) and was attended by members of Ganesha Chaturti organising committees from across the city.
The advisory has been handed out to everyone who attended the meeting and it asks organisers of celebrations in the city to not hold events on disputed land. "Installation of Ganesha idols is not allowed on disputed land. Organisers should take permission from the owner of the land and the same should be communicated to the nearest police station," reads the advisory.
3. KIA to get India's First and Only LED-Powered Runway
Scheduled for launch in late 2019, the second runway of the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) here will be fitted with LED airfield lighting, the country's first such facility. The SafeLED AGL is said to be low on maintenance and power consumption.
LED lighting will be critical as KIA gears up to support 55 Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) per hour on its second runway. “Ensuring safe and efficient operations will remain paramount. There is no room for error,” said Tom Shimmin, Chief Project Officer Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), KIA's operator.
ADB Safegate will provide its SafeLED lights, constant current regulators (CCRs) for power management, cables, lighting and control systems. The company’s Safedock T1 and T2 variants of A-VDGS will be integrated with the airport’s existing apron management system for improved performance at the gate, a BIAL release said.
Source: Deccan Herald
4. Jarkiholi Brothers Meet Siddaramaiah, Want DK Shivakumar to Stay Away From Belagavi Politics
Amid speculations that JDS-Congress coalition government would topple in Karnataka, state Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao has revealed that seven Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs are in touch with the Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS) and Congress and if the BJP tries to topple the present government, these seven BJP MLAs then would support the coalition.
“BJP since day one is saying the government would lose majority anytime soon. Even till recently they are trying to contact our MLAs, even seven BJP MLAs are in touch with us. This government will last full tenure,” Rao said.
The issue within Congress began a week back when minister Ramesh Jarkiholi and his brother MLA Satish Jarkiholi had problems with minister DK Shivakumar involving himself in Belagavi politics.
Source: India Today
5. ‘Cops Have Forgotten him’: Sister of Missing Bengaluru Techie Pleads for Help
“They have forgotten about my son. I am his father and I have to do everything in my capacity to bring him back,” says Pragya Sinha, sister of 29-year-old Bengaluru techie Ajitabh Kumar, who went missing on 18 December 2017, after he took his Maruti Ciaz car to a buyer he met on the online site OLX.
Over six months after Ajitabh went missing, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which is probing the case, has not found him yet.
Running from pillar to post, Ajitabh’s father Ashok Kumar Sinha approached the police and gave several representations to the Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister’s office to ensure the case is investigated with priority.
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