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23 Feb 2017

Uber, Ola strike turns violent as mob stones cabs

1,00,000 cabs stayed off roads as protesting Uber and Ola drivers ransacked the Uber office at HSR Layout.

Stones were pelted at moving cabs. In Sampigehalli, a cab was stopped, passengers forced out and the driver assaulted. Roads at Jalahalli, Majestic and other parts were blocked.

Drivers have demanded solutions to various issues, including compensation and fares.

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Bengaluru Urban tops list of districts with highest teen pregnancies

Teen pregnancy

Bengaluru Urban tops list of districts with highest teen pregnancies

During April'16-January'17, Bengaluru Urban recorded the highest number of teen pregnancies in Karnataka with 8,099 cases registered. Belagavi (6,416), Mysuru (3,500) and Ballari (3,018) followed.

Karnataka registered 59,717 pregnant girls under 18, making up 7.01% of the state's pregnancies and indicating high-risk data.

Teenage abortions have also witnessed a spurt.

Gynaecologists attribute the trend to promiscuity, early marriages, decreased awareness about contraception, etc.

Skywalks

100 more skywalks planned in Bengaluru

The government has announced 100 more skywalks at strategic locations across Bengaluru to ease pedestrian movement. Tenders have already been floated.

The BBMP also expects a hike in revenue from advertisement tax on the structures.

A Rs. 1.5cr skywalk with two lifts was inaugurated near the Sir M Visvesvaraya College in Konena Agrahara ward in East Bengaluru. Ten more are ready to be opened.

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Sharp decline in Karnataka's food production after back-to-back droughts

Agriculture

Sharp decline in Karnataka's food production after back-to-back droughts

Karnataka is looking at a sharp cut in food production this year due to two consecutive droughts. Against an average annual production of 1.35cr tonnes, just 91.45L tonnes is expected this season.

Apart from pulses, most other crops including jowar, maize, oilseeds, millets and cotton are likely to be hit.

Karnataka has received Rs. 450cr from the National Disaster Relief Fund.

Tax defaulters

BBMP, Bangalore Univ among 859 TDS defaulters

The BBMP, Bangalore University and Karnataka PWD are among the 859 TDS deductors who have been sent prosecution notices by the Income Tax Department for delayed remittance or non-remittance.

150 of them, issued in the last one month, are from 2016-17.

IT has already filed official complaints in 48 cases in the Special Economic Offences Court. It has been granted sanction for prosecution.

Thefts during Aero India?

Aero India

Thefts during Aero India?

Two laptops of the Israeli delegation at Aero India reportedly went missing from Hall A of the Yelahanka airbase. It is unknown whether they contained sensitive information.

The room didn't have CCTV coverage.

Two days before the start of Aero India, M.D. Singh, director of exhibitions, filed an FIR regarding a briefcase he had lost but then found it.

Schools

Bengaluru schools plan innovative ways for children's health

To decrease weight of school bags, Euro School Chimney Hills, Chikkabanavara, has asked students till Class VII not to bring textbooks.

Carmel Garden Public School has, meanwhile, fixed a tiffin timetable to ensure nutritious diets, and VVR School, Sarjapur Road, has set up an in-campus dentist's desk.

Delhi Public School conducts surveys to assess teachers' mental health.

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