QBengaluru: Monsoon Expected by Tuesday; Flood Alerts Sounded

Here’s your roundup of news from Bengaluru.

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Schoolgirls stand on a road divider as they huddle under an umbrella during monsoon rain.

1. KSNDMC Issues Flood Alert for Bengaluru's low Lying Areas

The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) has issued a flood forecast for the city of Bengaluru in the next 24 hours.

According to the alert, low lying areas in five of the eight zones in the city are vulnerable to flooding. “According to the forecast rain, flood vulnerable locations in Rajarajeshwari Nagar zone, East zone, South zone, Mahadevapura zone and Bommanahalli zone are expected to be severely inundated,” said a media communication from the Centre.

2. Taking Responsibility for Cong’s Poor Show in North K'taka, SR Patil Resigns From Party Post

The Congress party’s below par performance in the Karnataka elections appears to have found its first casualty with Karnataka North Working President SR Patil resigning from his position.

Patil tendered his resignation to party President Rahul Gandhi citing moral grounds due to the party's performance in the 2018 Assembly elections. Patil had been a minister in the Siddaramaiah-led government from 2013 to 2018.

“I have sent my resignation to Rahul Gandhi through an email some days back after taking up moral responsibility for the party’s unsatisfactory performance in Assembly elections. Had my party won more seats from North Karnataka, we would have formed the government on our own,” Patil reportedly told mediapersons in Bengaluru on Sunday.

(Source: The News Minute)

3. Cut Down on Expenditure, Karnataka CM Tells Officials

JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy is one of the chief ministerial candidates in the state. 
JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy is one of the chief ministerial candidates in the state. 
(Photo: PTI)

Embarking on an austerity drive,days after the JDS-Congress government announced waiver of loans taken by farmers, Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Sunday asked officials to reduce extraneous expenses. "He (chief minister) has instructed the officials to cut down on unnecessary expenditure, if any, in the state administration," said a statement from the chief ministers office in Bengaluru.

Kumaraswamy also told the officers to review proposals on buying new vehicles and discourage renovation of government offices and residences.

4. Monsoon Expected to Reach Bengaluru by Tuesday

Image used for representational purposes.
Image used for representational purposes.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Newsfolo)

The monsoon is expected to reach the city either on Monday or Tuesday. Also, Sunday too is likely to be a rainy day with thunderstorms. The city on Saturday saw moderate rain in the afternoon. “It will take two to three days for the monsoon to set in,” a duty officer from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Bengaluru, said.

“Good rains are expected in the next few days in North-interior Karnataka, while thunderstorms are expected in some isolated places,” CS Patil, a scientist from IMD, said.

5. Traffic Police to Keep an Eye Out for City’s Wheelie Villains

The city traffic police have decided to reign in the speed demons of Bengaluru and have launched a special weekend drive to curb reckless riding and nab youngsters performing bike stunts and wheelies on the streets. Traffic police stations in the Central Business District area and along the Hosur and Airport road stretches have been alerted to be out on the streets during the night and pre-dawn hours to nab these errant bikers.

The drive will continue, said traffic police officials as the traffic police have been receiving complaints about these reckless riders posing a serious threat to public safety. BM had published a story on the harrowing experience of a Nagharbhavi resident who was grievously injured after a reckless biker attacked him with a machete near Malathahalli bus stop for reprimanding him for bike stunts on the public road near Malathahalli bus stop.

6. School Principal Files Complaint Against Parent

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Image used for representational purposes.
(Photo: PTI)

The principal of Baldwin School, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, has filed a complaint against one of the parents who had staged a protest against the school management for selling textbooks and uniforms allegedly at exorbitant prices. Based on the complaint, police have filed an FIR against the parents.

According to the FIR copy, the principal of Baldwin Co-Education Extension High School, R R Nagar, Vijay Kumar Koujalagi, has lodged a complaint citing that one of the parents, Murali, had misbehaved inside the school at the time of distribution of textbooks. The complaint also reads that Murali is responsible for instigating other parents to stage a protest against the collection of fees for textbooks.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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