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25 Aug 2017

Bengaluru: SC says liquor businesses in municipal areas can reopen

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After two dry months, several pubs, bars, and restaurants in Bengaluru are set to re-open.

This comes after the Supreme Court clarified liquor stores alongside the national highways under municipal areas could operate.

90% of Karnataka's liquor shops remained closed since 30 June after the SC directed the stores within 500m of highways be shut.

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Bengaluru: Two young TV actors die in accident

Mahanadi Actors

Bengaluru: Two young TV actors die in accident

Kannada serial Mahanadi co-actors, 23-year-old Rachana and 25-year-old Jeevan, died in a car crash in the early hours of 24 August in Karnataka's Magadi, near Bengaluru.

They were going to Sullia's Kukke Subramanya temple Jeevan's Tata Safari after attending co-actor Karthik's birthday party in Bengaluru.

To avoid hitting a bus in the opposite direction, Jeevan steered the car and collided with a parked truck.

Other actors in the car

Five other Mahanadi serial actors were in the car with Jeevan and Rachana, including Ranjith, Uttamm, Honnesh, birthday boy Karthik, and Erik. While Rachana and Jeevan died on the spot, the five others suffered minor injuries and were rushed to a nearby hospital.

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Liquor Shops

Karnataka govt to renew 90% of liquor licenses

Following the SC's clarification, the Karnataka government would reportedly renew the licenses of 90% of the liquor vendors in the state.

Of Karnataka's 10,060 liquor business, about 736 operate in Bengaluru.

Over 300 of such liquor vends in Bengaluru are in Central Business District (CBD) of the city.

Most liquor shops in Bengaluru are expected to open next week, after the long weekend.

Mobile planetariums to educate high schoolers about astronomy


Mobile planetariums to educate high schoolers about astronomy

Karnataka's government procured five mobile, inflatable planetariums to aid in high-school students' astronomy education in the "hinterlands".

The planetariums' content is based on the textbooks of 8th, 9th, and 10th standards; they will run 30-minute shows and accommodate 40 people at once.

The planetariums, offering 180-degree skyline, would start their tour from 4 September and cover every taluk and district center by Feb'18.

Heavy Rains

Bengaluru: Second highest rainfall aggregate for August recorded

It looks like Bengaluru is soon going to experience the wettest August month in its history.

The city has so far witnessed 324.mm rainfall in this month.

It is roughly 60mm rain short of breaking the 1998 record of 387.1mm, the highest aggregate rainfall ever recorded in August in the city.

Experts predict the record will be broken in the next one week.

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