BWSSB to hire 100 private water tankers for parched Bengaluru
The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) will hire 100 private tankers to supply water to the parched city, for the first time in ten years.
Deficient rainfall has pushed down reservoir levels to historic lows.
The private tankers will supplement BWSSB's 68 tankers in each division during the peak summer months of April-May.
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Biker allegedly tears off clothes of airhostess
A biker allegedly misbehaved with an airhostess and tore off her clothes while she was walking in HRBR Layout with her friend at around 10pm. She was injured in the process.
The accused fled when the two women raised an alarm.
An FIR under Section 354 has been lodged against the unknown biker. However, no arrests have been made yet.
After Delhiites, Bengalureans will now have their own Palika Bazaar
Bengalureans will now have their own Palika Bazaar, modelled on its Delhi namesake, near the water tank junction in Vijayanagar.
An unutilized subway will host over 40 vendors in an underground AC market. Work on the Rs. 5cr project will begin in a month.
Apart from accommodating street vendors, the market will also act as a bypass for pedestrians.
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Association demands hike in liquor prices over drought, demonetization
The Karnataka Brewers and Distillers Association has sought a hike in liquor prices, saying input costs have gone up due to drought and demonetization.
Availability of molasses, a necessary ingredient of Extra Neutral Alcohol, has reduced due to fall in sugarcane production.
The Association has demanded a hike of Rs. 35 per case (about 9L) for all 17 liquor slabs slotted based on MRP.
Karnataka leads in crop insurance under PMFBY
Karnataka is leading in implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, with 10.12 lakh farmers opting for crop insurance for the kharif season. Last year, it was 8.72 lakh.
The state government has earmarked Rs. 675.38cr for the scheme in the 2016-17 fiscal.
A unique software allows Karnataka farmers to register online. The government expects another 10-12 farmers on board this year.
Commercial taxes dept refuses to exempt milkshake from VAT
The department of commercial taxes has refused to exempt milkshake from Value Added Tax, citing it is not milk, which is eligible for exemption.
The Karnataka Milk Federation had approached the department saying milkshake falls under serial number 24 of the first schedule, the list of items eligible for exemption.
The department refused, quoting its Wikipedia definition and saying it is "not fresh milk".
Cop allegedly beaten up in road rage case
Constable Basavaraju Ipparagi was returning home from work in plain clothes, when an altercation broke out over some commuters in Banasawadi allegedly not giving him enough space to pass.
Three men then beat up the 30-year-old constable. Ipparagi later filed a complaint with the jurisdictional Banasawadi police.
He also allegedly lost his mobile phone and gold chain in the brawl.
Trial run between north-south underground stretch from Feb 25
The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd has announced it will start trial runs between Sampige Road and National College from February 25.
The trial is expected to take 40 days, and will be completed by April. Clearance certificates will be sought upon successful completion of trial.
Once all work is completed, the BMRCL will start on the entire 12-km stretch.