QBengaluru: Prez’s Praise for Tipu Irks BJP; Another Selfie Death
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1. President’s Praise for Tipu Sultan Leaves Karnataka BJP Red-Faced
President Ram Nath Kovind’s statement praising Tipu Sultan during his address in Karnataka’s legislative assembly on Wednesday has left several BJP leaders red-faced.
In his speech, President Kovind said that Tipu Sultan died a heroic death while fighting the British. He also mentioned Tipu Sultan’s contribution to the invention of Mysore rockets. “He was also the pioneer in the development and use of Mysore rockets in warfare. This technology was later adopted by the Europeans,” read the President’s speech.
While the Congress party has welcomed the President’s statement, several leaders of the BJP who have been opposed to celebrating the legacy of Tipu Sultan are upset.
Source: The Quint
2. PU Student Drowns in a Pond While Clicking Selfie
A 17-year-old student, returning after watching the sunrise at Nandi Hills, drowned on Wednesday while clicking a selfie at a pond on the way back home. Varshan S was a resident of Kamalanagar, west Bengaluru and first year PU student of a private college in the city.
Vishwanathapura police of Bengaluru Rural district said the incident occurred around 12:30pm when Varshan and his friends were returning to the city on their two-wheelers. The group of friends left the city at 4am after telling their parents they were going to Majestic for a darshan of goddess Annamma Devi. But, they went to Nandi Hills to see the sunrise and later spent time in the hills.
Source: The Times of India
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3. Two-Wheelers May be Banned on Hosur Road Expressway
Police top brass will moot the ban to the Karnataka government and the National Highways Authority of India. Recently, two persons on a two-wheeler slammed into the side wall and were thrown off the expressway.
Police sources said three such accidents were reported this year on the 9.98-km expressway. Police have commissioned a study on how safe it is for two-wheelers.
Source: The Times of India
4. Pourakarmikas Protest Over Inaction in Assault Case
While the city's civic body is busy organising a study tour to Singapore for select pourakarmikas, their colleagues on Wednesday took to the streets to protest harassment and unjust treatment meted out to them by garbage contractors. Their demands included immediate payment of pending wages and legal action against the contractor who sexually harassed women pourakarmikas in K.R. Puram.
The protest, organised by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Guttige Pourakarmikara Sangha, drew women pourakarmikas from across Bengaluru to fight for their rights.
Ratna, a pourakarmika from K.R. Puram, said, “We are a set of six to seven workers. When our colleague, Devi, asked for our wages, the contractor, Nagesh, threatened to rape us and even beat us up. He also passed remarks against our caste and said that we must always remain beneath his feet and so on.”
Source: The Hindu
5. Festival Seeks to Create an Open Dialogue on LGBTQ Issues
Displays by sketch artists, acclaimed films on queer themes, play by troupes from Chennai and Hyderabad, dance performance, poetry reading, stand-up comedy and more; these are some of the events that people can catch during the Queer and Allies Art Festival to be held on 29 October, coinciding with the ‘pride month.’
Started in 2015 by Shyam Konnur in Bengaluru, the festival which aims to provide an opportunity for both queer and straight artists, who are supporters, to come together to talk about sexuality, diversity and rights. A travelling event, it is coming to the city for the second time.
Source: The Hindu
6. Man Held for Blackmailing Ex-Colleagues
A man who allegedly used photos of his former female colleagues in compromising positions to demand sexual favours from them was arrested here on Tuesday.Police said that the accused is Narayan Prabhu, who worked as a sales manager with a private company on Infantry Road. While working at there, he befriended two female colleagues.
The women were aspiring models and wanted to appear in advertisements. Prabhu claimed to know influential people in the ad industry and convinced the women that he could help them feature in advertisements. For this, he convinced the two women to be photographed in revealing clothes, cops added. Prabhu told the women that the submission of photos in revealing clothes was mandatory, they said.
Source: The New Indian Express
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