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21 Feb 2017

One killed, 9 injured as KSRTC bus catches fire

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58-year-old Bhagyamma, a Peenya Dasarahalli resident, was killed and nine others injured when a KSRTC bus caught fire near Arishinakuntte on NH4. Cause of the mishap is not yet known.

Victims were rushed to hospitals in and around Nelamangala.

Rajendra Kumar Kataria, KSRTC MD, assured compensation for the deceased, and all medical expenses for the injured.

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Three-year-old sexually harassed in Bellandur playschool


Three-year-old sexually harassed in Bellandur playschool

A three-and-a-half year old child was allegedly sexually assaulted at her playschool in Bellandur, by a member of the non-teaching staff.

The accused, Manjunath V, has been arrested and booked under the POCSO.

The school has suspended Manjunath and handed over relevant CCTV feeds to police.

Marathahalli police, meanwhile, are investigating the case.

Civic violations

3,00,000 premises in Bengaluru constructed sans approval

According to a BBMP survey, over three lakh residential and commercial premises in Bengaluru have been constructed without necessary approval from civic agencies, and another six lakh violate bylaws or sanctioned plans.

Owners were given till January 14 to rectify errors in property declarations and pay property tax. While some came forward, most stayed silent. Rs 200 crore was recovered in taxes.

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11-km flyover connecting Rajajinagar to Gollarahatti in the works


11-km flyover connecting Rajajinagar to Gollarahatti in the works

The BBMP is planning an 11-km flyover connecting Rajajinagar 1st Block to Gollarahatti in a bid to decongest the area.

The Rs 90cr project will connect Rajajinagar and nearby areas to the Outer Ring Road and NICE peripheral road, easing exit towards Mysuru, Magadi and Tumakuru.

Mayor G Padmavathy assured no trees will be cut or park space used for the flyover.


Eight killed in deadly tanker-tempo collision in Yadgir

At least eight people were killed and several others injured when a tempo collided with a cement tanker in Yadgir.

The accident happened near Ramasamudra village. Among the eight victims, three were children. The injured were rushed to the district hospital.

The tempo was carrying family members returning from an engagement function at Bhimarayanagudi in Shahpur, and was heading to Ganapur village in Yadgir.

'India has requisite IT infra, AI tech for mass-scale apps'

Satya Nadella

'India has requisite IT infra, AI tech for mass-scale apps'

In a discussion with former UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani in Bengaluru, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said India is ready to make mass-scale apps, thanks to its IT infrastructure (including Aadhaar, UPI, eKYC and eSign) and available AI technologies.

Nadella batted for public-private partnerships, quoting Microsoft's work in Punjab and Andhra Pradesh.

Nilekani iterated technology can help supply essential services in the remotest of places.


With shockingly slow work, Bengaluru-Hassan project costlier than MOM

Commercial operations on Hassan-Bengaluru broad gauge line is yet to start 21 years after it was sanctioned in 1996-97, with safety inspection being conducted recently.

Delay in implementation led to fourfold increase in cost from the initially sanctioned amount to Rs 1,289.92cr, three times the cost of the Mars Orbiter Mission.

Just 0.3km of work was done annually on the Hassan-Shravanabelagola and Nelamangala-Chikkabanavara stretches.

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