QBengaluru: Homophobic Complaint Upsets LGBTQ Community & More

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File image of a Pride Walk conducted by the LGBTQ community in India. 

1. LGBTQ Community Upset By ‘Homophobic’ Complaint

The LGBTQ community in Bengaluru is up in arms against a complaint by the Cubbon Park Walkers' Association, which they term ‘homophobic’.

S Umesh, president, Cubbon Park Walkers’ Association, lodged a complaint with the Cubbon Park police on 12 September and submitted a memorandum to the police commissioner on Friday, drawing their attention to ‘illegal activities by homosexuals in Cubbon Park’.

“Homosexuals are roaming around in groups chanting slogans and instigating males to do immoral activities by abusing them,” the complaint alleges, adding that this has “drastically reduced the number of visitors and foreign tourists visiting the park”.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. BJP Hopes 'Trouble' in Congress Will Turn to Its Advantage

BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa flashes victory sign after he was sworn in as chief minister of Karnataka in Bangalore.
BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa flashes victory sign after he was sworn in as chief minister of Karnataka in Bangalore.
(Photo: AP)

The BJP central leadership might have instructed its Karnataka unit not to make any efforts to destabilise the coalition government, but the state unit is hopeful that the present ‘trouble’ in the Congress will soon turn to its advantage.

The BJP camp has been keeping a close watch on the developments in the Congress following speculation that the Jarkiholi brothers – Ramesh and Satish – will quit the party, along with their supporters.

Former minister B Sriramulu, who has opened a line of communication with the Jarkiholi brothers, continues to be in constant touch with them. There are also talks about a possible marriage alliance between the two families, which belong to the Valmiki community.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

3. One Man’s Dream to Be Karnataka CM Leaves Cong-JD(S) in the Lurch

Karnataka Energy Minister DK Shivakumar
Karnataka Energy Minister DK Shivakumar
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/DK Shivakumar)

In July 2017, when the Gujarat Congress decided to shift 44 of their MLAs from the state, to avoid poaching ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls, the task of keeping them safe in Karnataka was given to their go-to-man – DK Shivakumar.

The reputation he gained during that 2017 episode ensured that Shivakumar was given the task of keeping Congress MLAs in Karnataka safe, ahead of the crucial vote of confidence after the 2018 Assembly election in May.

But in the past two months, this go-to-man has become a headache for his party. His ambition to become the Chief Minister of Karnataka is dragging the party and the coalition government towards a crisis.

Read the full story on The Quint.

5. Evening Showers Flood Many Bengaluru Roads

Heavy rains left the city crippled with severe water-logging and traffic jams.
Heavy rains left the city crippled with severe water-logging and traffic jams.
(Photo: The Quint)

The sudden downpour on Friday evening left many areas waterlogged and led to treefalls at some places even as it brought much-needed relief from the heat. Commuters were seen struggling as roads were partially waterlogged. MG Road near Mayo Hall, the Hebbal flyover, the road between Doddekanelli and Kabudeesanahalli and Kammanahalli were filled with water.

BBMP workers were quick to clear the stagnant water near Mayo Hall. A few cars on MG Road broke down while moving through the waterlogged stretch. Some parts of Koramangala 4th Block were also waterlogged.

According to the BBMP control room, trees were uprooted at Judicial Layout in Yelahanka, Koramangala, Banaswadi and near Raj Kumar Memorial in Nandini Layout. However, no injuries were reported.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

6. Demystifying Cubbon Park: One Shared Secret at a Time

A corner of Cubbon Park
A corner of Cubbon Park
Photo: Arpita Raj/The Quint

Do you think you know Cubbon Park well? Have you unearthed every hidden treasure? Share the secrets! In a one-of-its-kind crowd sourcing initiative, long-term residents of the city along with die-hard fans of the place, now have a chance to earmark their favourite spots in the park, that sprawls over 197 acres.

Enter Sensing Local, a think tank comprising architects and urbanists, and their Wayfinding Project, that seeks to inform the casual visitor of the recreational possibilities within the park. Sanctioned by the state tourism department, they’re attempting to recreate the idea of what the park can be used for, based on the best possible source: The people of Bengaluru.

Read the full story on The Quint.

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