QBengaluru: CM Orders BBMP to Fill Potholes in 15 Days & More
The CM has given a deadline to BBMP to fill all the potholes in Bengaluru within 15 days.
1. CM Directs BBMP to Fill Potholes in 15 Days
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has been given a deadline of 15 days to fill all the potholes in the city.
The new deadline was set by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who inspected Mysuru Road, along with Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George and BBMP officials.
According to sources, the Chief Minister has directed the BBMP officials to fill the potholes even if it is raining. The BBMP officials has blamed the heavy rains lashing the city for the deplorable condition of Bengaluru’s roads and had maintained that the roads could be fixed only after the rains stopped. They had claimed that if roads are asphalted during the rains, it wouldn’t last.
Source: The Hindu
2. Lokayukta Order Aside, No Principals Yet for Colleges
Is the higher education department in slumber or is it taking decisions in haste? While officials say their minister Basavaraj Rayareddi is busy in politics, some say officials in the department of collegiate education are just going by the rule book blindly and taking administrative decisions in haste.
Reason: It has been more than five years, and no permanent principals have been appointed in First Grade Colleges in the state. The department of collegiate education is sitting on the Cadre and Recruitment Rules which got amended in the year 2009. According to rules, the recruitment should happen afresh by normal recruitment policy and it does not give chance for seniors to be appointed as principals.
Since the old principals are either retired or vacated their office for various reasons, the department has not bothered to replace them as there has been a strong opposition for pushing senior members to the top post in the college.
3. First Human Milk Bank Launched
Amaara, which started its first public human milk bank in Delhi, is all set to launch its next bank in Bengaluru in association with Breast Milk Foundation.
This is going to be Bengaluru’s first public human milk bank which will provide pasteurised human breast milk to premature neo-natal babies with the best possible nutrition for the survival and healthy development of the babies.
Dr Ankit Srivastava, co-founder, Amaara, told BM, “We started this in Delhi a year ago for mothers requiring milk for their premature baby or anyone who needs to provide babies with milk. In Delhi, more than 150 babies have been fed with the milk from Amaara and a lot of mothers have come forward to donate. This is a new concept and we are yet to break the taboo amongst the mothers. We are encouraging mothers by educating them and creating awareness about this novel thing they can do voluntarily.”
Also Watch: A Bank For Breast Milk: How Amaara Saves Lives
4. CM Defends Maheshappa's Appointment to IT Cell
Differences of opinion have emerged between Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his ministerial colleague Basavaraj Rayareddy over the appointment of academician H Maheshappa as Congress party’s IT cell general secretary.
Defending his party’s decision, Siddaramaiah on Monday said Maheshappa’s crimes weren’t as grave as they were being made to seem, especially when compared to the charges being faced by BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa.
Maheshappa was suspended as Visvesvaraya Technological University vice-chancellor by Governor Vajubhai Vala last March, after it was established that he had abused his power and indulged in several illegalities and irregularities.
“Yeddyurappa faced imprisonment for the crimes that he had committed. But the BJP went ahead and appointed him the party’s state president. Maheshappa has only lost the post of VC. Are his crimes bigger than those of Yeddyurappa’s?” asked Siddaramaiah.
Source: Deccan Herald
5. 3rd Pothole Death in 7 Days; Woman Pillion Rider Killed
In the third death caused by a pothole in Bengaluru in a week, a 47-year-old pillion rider was crushed to death when a truck knocked her scooter down near Nayandahalli Junction, Mysuru Road. The scooter rider was trying to negotiate a potholed road, leading to the accident.
The deceased has been identified as Radha Anjanappa, from Shampura, near Arabic College, Nagawara, east Bengaluru. The rider, Ravi Kumar, 24, suffered minor injuries in the accident. The duo was headed to Radha's parents' house in Ramanagara, about 60km from Bengaluru.
On the night of October 2, a bus had run over scooterborne JJ Nagar residents Anthony Joseph, 55, and wife Sagai Mary , 53, when they were negotiating a pothole on Mysuru Road flyover. The Mysuru Road stretch where the accident occurred comes under BMRCL.
Source: Times of India
6. Mysuru Zoo Ramps up Safety Measures for Visitors, Staff
Following the recent death of a gatekeeper after he was mauled by two tigers at the Bannerghatta Biological Park, Bengaluru, authorities of Mysuru Zoo, a model zoo when it comes to safety of keepers and visitors, decided to conduct an orientation session for its keepers, junior attenders and supervisors of carnivorous animals in captivity.
Zoo director C Ravishankar said experienced staffers have been deployed at the enclosure of tigers, leopards and lions and adequate care is taken while tending them. "Though zoo keepers are given training at regular intervals, we'll conduct an orientation programme. We visit enclosures and keep an eye on the situation there and give directions, if needed, to employees in charge of animals," he said.
Ravishankar said at present, the zoo has ten tigers, ten leopards, four lions, two jaguars and a African Hunting cheetah at the 125-year-old zoo. "We have a supervisor, three junior attendants and two keepers for every enclosure for these carnivores. Their job is to clean the enclosure every day and serve food. At least three persons are engaged in work at a time so that nothing untoward happens," he said.
Source: The Times of India
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