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Good morning, Bengaluru!

⛈️ Today’s weather: Scattered thunderstorms along with heavy precipitation are expected throughout the day.

🧐 Did you know? Bengaluru might have been the first city to stop a terrorist attack due to bad traffic. Terrorists who attacked the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in 2005 also reportedly targeted the Indian Institute of Management Bengaluru (IIM-B). But they did not strike IIM-B because they apparently got stuck in a traffic jam.

Also, our team is on leave today on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. So you will not receive the newsletter tomorrow. We will be back on Friday.


🚦 Parking Policy 2.0 for Bengaluru

The state government has given the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) the green signal for a new parking policy in the city.

Story so far: The DULT submitted a proposal to the state government for a revised parking policy in order to streamline traffic. The BBMP Chief Commissioner stated that the civic body would fix parking fares and then call for tenders.

  • The fee proposed by DULT ranges from ₹25 to ₹75 depending on the location, bringing more roads in the Central Business District under the system.
  • The new policy will also bring discipline among vehicle owners, encourage the use of public transport and cut down on air pollution.

Objective: The new policy aims to organise parking while facilitating a move from a government-driven parking supply to a market-driven parking supply. Earlier, the BBMP planned to implement this system on 85 roads, but with the new policy, they will now identify more roads to bring under the system.


🩺 District health programmes are need of the hour

The Karnataka Health Vision report has emphasised the need for the government to roll out new district health programmes.

Story so far: The report stated that most of the policies and action plan flow from top to bottom, limiting the involvement of a district team in planning health and welfare activities. If local people are not involved, the impact of local implementation will decrease.

  • The former director of NIMHANS stated that it is possible and better to develop district programmes if the local population is involved.
  • With the help of local data, district programmes can be administered, improving the overall health of the beneficiaries.

Recommendations: The report also highlighted that with good district management, even taluka areas would benefit from the programmes. It suggested that investment can be made in selective areas by the state as each district has a wide network of healthcare facilities, hospitals, medical colleges and healthcare providers.


🧘‍♀️ Yoga research centre’s Guinness record

(Image Credits: Akshar Yoga’s Facebook Page)

Bengaluru-based Akshar Yoga makes its way into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Story so far: On 27 August, 285 yoga practitioners made an attempt to enter the Guinness Book under the category of most number of people performing the Dhanurasana or Bow Pose for 2 minutes. The previous record in this category was 250 participants.

  • Training took place at the Akshar Yoga Research and Development Center at Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence under the guidance of Himalayan Siddha Akshar.
  • Preparation was focused on learning the proper alignment of the posture by all 285 participants.

Diversity of participants: A number of underprivileged children as well as specially-abled kids were trained to participate in this event. Students from across the country gathered along with working professionals in corporate sectors as well as homemakers belonging to diverse backgrounds.


❌ Ban on meat sale and slaughter

The BBMP banned the sale and slaughter of meat on August 31 citing the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.

Story so far: The BBMP issued a circular banning the sale of meat today. Bans of a similar nature have been issued in the past as well on the occasions of Martyrs’ Day and Janmashtami this year.

  • All the stalls that fall under the limits of BBMP will be prohibited from selling and slaughtering meat according to the Joint Director (Animal Husbandry).

Additional arrangements: To ensure that the festival goes smoothly, the BBMP has also asked all its officials to ensure that there is no delay in issuing permissions for installations of Ganesh idols. They were also instructed to look at all the applications thoroughly before granting permission. Firefighting mechanisms have also been arranged during the procession.


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🗞️ In other news…

  • The Supreme Court orders status quo on Eidgah Maidan, and refuses permission for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
  • Reliance Communications Limited (RCL) was directed to pay ₹25,000 as compensation to a consumer for unfair trade practice. 
  • A few members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were taken into protective custody after they attempted to ‘inaugurate’ the much criticised Shivananda Circle Flyover. 
  • The Higher Education Minister of Karnataka stated that his government aims to bring about a holistic change in educational policies with a focus on STEM and language skills.
  • 46% of the total sanctioned posts in the Bengaluru circle of the Karnataka Forest Department are lying vacant, impacting day-to-day functioning.

🛋️ Local Lounge

Yesterday’s Poll Results:

  • I am a fan of football: 36.4%
  • I am not a fan of football: 63.6% 🏆

That’s it for today. Have a great day!

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