QBengaluru: Metro Till 12 am From 1 Jan; Cops Caught Taking Bribes

1. Bengaluru Metro to Extend Time of Last Train to Midnight

The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited has announced that the metro train service will be extended till 12 am staring 1 January. The Metro trains, which currently ply till 11 pm at night, will now run for an extra hour.

Ajay Seth, Managing Director of BMRCL, said that extending the time has been a long-standing demand of commuters and BMRCL is working towards meeting their demands.

The last metro train will leave Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Station at 12 am and will go in all four directions – towards Yelachenahalli, Nagasandra, Baiyappanahalli and Mysuru Road.

(Source: The News Minute)

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2. NRI and Friends Shoot Videos of Male Cops in Pink Hoysala Collecting Bribes; 2 Suspended

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With concerns about women’s safety being raised in the backdrop of the recent Hyderabad shocker, a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) and three of his friends decided to track the movement of a Pink Hoysala. They were aghast at what they saw: Deployed to protect women and children, the police patrolling vehicle was being used by male personnel to collect bribes.

Wanting to show how cops across the country had become alert following the rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad, the four friends, which included two techies, shot videos of six police personnel travelling in the Pink Hoysala (KA-02 G-1770) on 7 December. They zeroed in on a vehicle in VV Puram.

(Source: The Times of India)

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3. Businesses to Lose Licence Over Kannada Board Rule

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, a pro-Kannada organisation, defaced English, Hindi, and even Telugu language signboards.

Mayor M Goutham Kumar has ordered to suspend the licences of commercial establishments that failed to display their name boards in Kannada despite being slapped with notices.

At a meeting on Tuesday, Kumar asked Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials to hold surprise inspections of the establishments. He also asked them to educate the businesses on displaying 60% of the content of their name boards in Kannada as mandated by the civic body.  “It is mandatory to have nameplates in Kannada in pubs, malls and restaurants,” he said.

Kumar said that while 48,000 commercial units have trade licences, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Bescom) claims that there are five lakh establishments. “If the BBMP takes appropriate action, the income would increase,” he said.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

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4. Hulimavu Lake: Two Weeks After Bund Breach, Lokayukta Orders Removal of Encroachments

More than two weeks after the Hulimavu lake in south Bengaluru breached its bund and flooded hundreds of houses within a 2-km radius stretch, the Karnataka Lokayukta on Tuesday directed Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the city civic body, to remove all encroachments along the lake within two weeks.

The Lokayukta has also directed the BBMP officials to fence the lake, as suggested by the petitioners, before the next hearing. Tuesday’s hearing was part of the 23 petitions submitted by citizenry groups, Namma Bengaluru Foundation and United Bengaluru, in the Lokayukta for the rejuvenation of the city’s ailing water bodies.

Hulimavu lake is one of the largest waterbodies in Bengaluru. According to a survey conducted by BBMP in 2017, 19 acres and 26 guntas of the 145-acres of the lake have been encroached upon.

(Source: The News Minute)

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5. Three Passengers Rob Cabbie of Cash, Car

Representational image of a crime scene. 

An Ola cab driver was robbed of his cash and vehicle by three unidentified men who boarded the car posing as passengers near Kadugodi in the wee hours of Monday. The robbers, who had make the booking through the Ola app, reportedly threatened to kill the cabbie if he didn’t flee leaving behind the car.

The driver, Shivakumar of Kudlu Gate in Hosur Road, has lodged a complaint with Kadugodi police. The accused were aged 25-30 and spoke in Kannada.

In his statement, Shivakumar said he was waiting in his cab near Devanahalli toll plaza when he got a pick-up message. “I called the number mentioned in the message and a man answered. He directed me to come near the toll gate. When I reached there, three people boarded the cab. The one-time password (OTP) shared by them was a match and they asked me to drive towards Whitefield,” he narrated.

(Source: The Times of India)

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