QBengaluru: City to Get 2,000 WiFi Zones; Drive Against Silencers
1. Bengaluru to get 2,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots in 3 Months
In three months, Bengaluru will get 2,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, if there are no hold-ups in regulatory clearances, said Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, Industries, IT, Biotechnology, and Science and Technology.
These hotspots will work in smaller public places such as malls, metro stations, and bus stations.
According to Gupta, the idea of a city-wide Wi-Fi access has not been a success anywhere in the world as most users have access to fast Internet connections with low data prices.
The government has decided that it would be more effective to offer Wi-Fi service at key hubs. “We have identified 2,000 such spots and concluded the tender for vendors,” Gupta added.
2. Bengaluru Cops Chasing Modified Silencers Leave Bikers Miffed
Bengaluru traffic police have seized more than 1,156 modified motorcycle silencers in just three days, as part of a special drive.
Happy with the success of this campaign, which began after cops were flooded with complaints of noise pollution, traffic police are now planning a sustainable campaign.
Although campaigns against defective silencers are not new in the city, the renewed campaign has a catch. The fine for using a defective silencer is Rs 100 and this hasn’t been a great deterrent, according to the police. To work around this problem, cops are booking cases under a different, stringent provision of the law.
Read the full story on The Quint.
3. Minor Fires in the Air to Threaten Neighbour
The Subramanyapura police detained a 17-year-old minor for firing three rounds in the air and arrested his uncle Lakshman Kandeakar, a former soldier, for not renewing his revolver's licence.
The police said that on Thursday night, Lakshman, a resident of BDA Layout in Subramanyapura, was drunk and speaking on his mobile phone loudly.
His neighbour Mahesh Kumar asked him to lower his voice since many people were sleeping and he was disturbing them.
Lakshman was offended and picked a quarrel with him. Soon, both families joined in the fight.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
4. Make Bengaluru Flex Free by Independence Day, Karnataka HC Rells BBMP
This Independence Day, Bengaluru may finally get independence from illegal flex banners, buntings and posters. The Karnataka High Court in its continued strong stance against the flex menace in the city has given Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) a deadline of August 14 as it has cracked the whip on this matter.
The Magistrate’s Court has also been asked to conduct daily hearings in all the related cases and deliver a verdict by the end of the month.
On Friday, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad appeared in the court again after, on August 1, a division bench headed by Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari had asked him to ensure removal of all flex banners in the city by that afternoon.
(Source: The News Minute)
5. Bengaluru Book Festival-2018 From 15 October
The ‘Bengaluru Book Festival-2018’ will kick off at the city’s Palace Grounds on October 15.
Kannada Development Authority Chairman S.G. Siddaramaiah told presspersons here on Friday that around 350 stalls would be set up during the seven-day event by publishers from across the country.
Besides Kannada and English, the festival would feature stalls of Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Marathi, Manipuri, Bengali and other language books. The last international book festival was held in the city in 2015.
A discussion on Kannada literature/books would be held for three days during the fest. A 15% discount would be offered on all books. Over 100 stalls would be related to Kannada books. Publishers such as Kuvempu Bashabharati, Kannada Sahitya Parishat and Kendra Sahitya Acadmey have been urged to provide discount up to 50% during the mela.