Good morning, Bengaluru!
🌧️ Today’s weather: Cloudy and rainy.
🧐 Did you know? The book “Namma Bangalore – The Soul of a Metropolis”, authored by Shoba Narayan, contains a series of essays which showcase what it means to live in Bengaluru.
⚽ Spurs collaboration
English Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur collaborates with Bengaluru’s Kickstart FC.
What’s it about? Tottenham Hotspur, a renowned Premier League football club, has entered into a three-year partnership with Bengaluru Super Division club Kickstart FC. This first-ever association with an Indian club involves Tottenham providing technical support and expertise in training and football development.
- The collaboration offers Kickstart FC players opportunities to train in London and play against Tottenham’s youth teams.
- Club ambassadors Osvaldo Ardiles and Ledley King emphasised the potential to nurture Indian talent for the Premier League.
Fostering talent: This partnership signifies a significant step in fostering football talent in India and deepening the ties between English and Indian football clubs.
🦾 Manhole-cleaning robots
Manhole-cleaning robots were showcased at the Municipalika International Conference 2023.
What’s it about? The Municipalika International Conference 2023 in Bengaluru displayed an innovative ‘manhole cleaning robot’, drawing significant attention and interest. This two-day event, focused on the development of safe, smart, and sustainable cities, featured over 200 demonstrations, including the Bandicoot Robot developed by a Kerala-based company.
- The robot, a solution for safer sewage and manhole cleaning, comes in electric and petrol-based models.
- Priced at ₹5 lakh, it offers an affordable and efficient alternative for municipalities and local bodies.
Cleanliness initiative: This demonstration is part of broader initiatives under the Swachh Bharat Yojana, aimed at promoting sustainable urban development and safety in public utilities management.
🏙️ Exploring inclusive urban development
A gathering of Bengalureans focused on inclusivity in city planning.
What’s it about? A recent event in Bengaluru, organized by Alli Serona, brought together experts from various sectors to discuss urban challenges and the creation of inclusive cities. Focusing on the theme “Who are cities made by and who are cities made for?”, the event addressed issues faced by residents in informal settlements, such as unstable housing and limited transportation access.
- The event highlighted the need for a multi-sectoral approach to urban planning, emphasising transport, housing, and community needs.
- Discussions and performances underscored the importance of equitable access to public transport and the challenges of urban growth.
Constructive dialogue: This gathering was a platform for constructive dialogue on enhancing the quality of life for all city residents, particularly those in marginalised areas, through improved urban planning and mobility solutions.
🍰 Labonel’s Flagship Patisserie
Labonel launches first sit-down gourmet patisserie in Bengaluru.
What’s it about? Labonel, a renowned fine baking brand, has opened its first flagship Gourmet Patisserie in Indiranagar, Bengaluru, marking a significant evolution from its traditional takeaway model. Founded in 1995, Labonel has established itself as a provider of authentic French dessert experiences, initially in Hyderabad and now in Bengaluru.
- This new venture introduces Labonel’s first sit-down concept, offering an immersive dessert experience.
- The patisserie features the innovative TopBrewer Machine, a first in India, ensuring the finest brews for customers.
Fresh and artistic: Mehnaz Hussain, the founder and current custodian of Labonel, emphasizes the brand’s commitment to freshness and individual kitchen artistry, with plans to replicate the Bengaluru model across the country and expand internationally.
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Does Bengaluru need a second airport?
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🗞️ In other news…
- CM Siddaramaiah declared the upcoming launch of new AVGC-XR and revised biotech policies.
- Activists are voicing concerns over the widespread eviction of street vendors in Bengaluru.
- Online payments on Kaveri 2.0 are mired in technical glitches.
- NASA administrator will visit ISRO facilities to review the work being done on the NISAR spacecraft.
- Booking Holdings has inaugurated a new facility in Bengaluru, with plans to generate 1,000 jobs by 2026.
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That’s it for today. Have a great day!