QBengaluru: Metro Staff Defer Strike; Monsoon Sets in Over City
Here are the top headlines from Karnataka.
1. Relief for Bengalureans, Namma Metro Staff Defer Indefinite Strike
In a relief for Namma Metro commuters in the city, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Employees Union (BMREU) has decided to postpone their indefinite strike.
This follows the High Court’s Monday order directing the state government to hold a triparty meeting with the BMRCL management and employees and resolve issues by 18 June. The court also urged the BMREU not to go on strike while asking the management not to take any coercive action against the employees.
The union has been demanding salary hike, night-duty allowance, recognition to the union and abolition of contract labour system.
2. Monsoon: CM Directs BBMP to Be on High Alert
With rains causing havoc in Mangaluru recently, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy chaired a review meeting with senior officials of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on monsoon preparedness for the city.
On Monday, 4 June, Mr Kumaraswamy instructed the officials to take preventive steps to ensure inconvenience is minimised. With the forecast suggesting good monsoon, he directed officials to be on high alert and also directed them to monitor low-lying areas, besides ensuring that there is no water-logging or flooding that will affect vehicular movement.
It is said that BBMP officials appraised the Chief Minister about the status of pothole filling.
3. Monsoon Sets in Over Bengaluru, Expect More Showers
It’s official. Southwest monsoon is finally here for Bengaluru region with weathermen predicting low to moderate rainfall for the city over the next two days.
CS Patil, forecaster in-charge at India Meteorological Department, Bengaluru, said as on Monday evening, the monsoon has set in over Bengaluru region and traversed Chitradurga as well. “We can say the monsoon has covered most parts of the state. Widespread rains are expected in the state's coastal region and southern area in coming days,” he said.
The Met Office has issued heavy rainfall alerts in coastal and southern interior regions.
4. BBMP Move to Cap Pet Numbers; Dog Lovers, Activists Peeved
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) decision to limit the number of pet dogs that can be reared in apartments and individual houses hasn’t gone down well with citizen activists and pet parents. While owners are worried about having to part with their pets, activists feel the move will lead to abandonment of dogs.
The government recently approved the Palike’s pet dog licensing regulations and BBMP issued an official release on Monday, 4 June, stating it would be enforcing the rules within its limits.
5. Armed Gang Attacks Youth
A 22-year-old man was brutally assaulted by a gang in Rajendranagar in Koramangala on Sunday, 3 June. The victim, Manoj, is said to be in a critical condition. The attack was caught by a passer-by on his mobile camera and uploaded on social media which went viral on Monday.
According to the police, Manoj was attacked using machetes and other weapons, allegedly, by Karthik and six others near Ambedkar statue in Koramangala near the Regional Passport Office. The police said the accused, Karthik, had a trivial row with Manoj recently. Manoj had allegedly threatened and abused Karthik’s friend’s father, who had been suffering from a prolonged illness. The man died on Sunday and Manoj had attended his funeral.
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