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Hi-tech gambling gangs

Good morning, Bengaluru!

⛅ Today’s weather: Low chance of rain with cloudy skies throughout the day.

🧐 Did you know? Gowthamapuram was one of the military bases in Bengaluru for the British, where they also played football, giving the area the nickname of ‘Little Brazil.’

🛩️ Aero India to be held in February

The Air Force Station in Yelahanka will host the 14th edition of Aero India from February 13–17, 2023.

Story so far: The event, which is expected to draw exhibitors from all over the world, will be organized by defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which has its headquarters in Bengaluru. More than 500 companies from more than 35 countries participated in the previous edition.

  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2021, the previous iteration of the biennial event was held under a hybrid model.
  • The 14th edition will take place over five days and will be open to the general public as well.

Best location: Aero India 2021 was hosted in Bengaluru, and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh clarified that Bengaluru was the finest location to host the event, despite rumours that it will be moved from Bengaluru to Lucknow. The majority of the aerospace-related industries are based in Bengaluru and Karnataka. According to him, this makes the city the most suitable location to host the air show.

📚 Books available for Namma Metro commuters

The Kendra Sahitya Akademi set up its first Namma Metro bookstore allowing commuters to read on the go.

Story so far: One of Bengaluru’s busiest Namma Metro stations is the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Metro Station (Majestic). Thanks to Kendra Sahitya Akademi, commuters may now treat themselves to literary treasures in addition to innovative art pieces and paintings that adorn the walls of the station.

  • Bengaluru is the second city, after Delhi, to have a Sahitya Akademi metro bookstore.
  • It is located at Gate A of the station and is also within walking distance from the BMTC and KSRTC bus stands.

Multiple languages: The bookstore’s objective is to provide the best Indian literature in 24 languages to the general public at reasonable pricing.

  • Books in the literary fiction genre, including novels, short story collections, and poetry collections, are now available at the Metro store in the following languages: English, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and a few titles in Hindi.

🏳️‍🌈 15 years of pride march

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the pride march in Bengaluru and 25 years of the struggle of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Story so far: The rallying cry of the Ride with Pride, 2022, which was conducted in the city on Sunday, was “Nanna Deha, Nanna Hakku,” (My body, My rights). The Pride March’s theme this year was “Pride and Protest.”

  • City police denied permission citing a recent Karnataka High Court order that banned all rallies in the city.
  • As a result, members of the LGBTQ+ community gathered at Freedom Park at 2 pm.

Record participants: This time, more people attended the event than the two years before, including a significant number of visitors from abroad. Participants were expats living in Bengaluru from England, Mexico, Russia, and several other nations.

🃏 James Bond-inspired gambling gangs

A gambling ring using special technology to scan their opponent’s cards has been busted by Bengaluru police.

Story so far: A tech-savvy gambling ring that may have been inspired by Mr Q from the James Bond films have been arrested by Bengaluru police. The Yeshwanthpur Police uncovered a gambling ring that employed specialised contact lenses and microchips to scan the cards of its opponents and win every game.

  • This is the second such case that cops have busted in the past two years.
  • Over time, Bengaluru police have expanded their search for the city’s gambling cartels.

High-end technology: A tiny nano-chip card is inserted, and a unique QR code is concealed in the playing card’s pattern. The gamblers would wear a special lens in one of their eyes so that they could scan the QR codes to determine the type of card in the hands of the other players at the table and make the appropriate movements to win the game.

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🗞️ In other news…

  • A blockchain-based programme with no internet tracking was created by Bengaluru-based Acviss Technologies to boost the income of Indian coffee farmers.
  • In a first, a Bengaluru citizen who underwent a sex-change surgery will get their gender corrected in their passport.
  • The BBMP is planning to emulate the AI-based systems implemented by ELCITA in order to fix the problem of potholes.
  • A new BigWing outlet has been inaugurated by Honda in Bengaluru’s Outer Ring Road, leading the brand to have over a hundred such outlets across the country.
  • There may be two more stations added to the Blue Line of the Namma Metro, which runs from Bengaluru to the Devanahalli-based Kempegowda International Airport (KIAL).

🛋️ Local Lounge

Yesterday’s Poll:

  • I am an introvert: 58.8% 🏆
  • I am an extrovert: 41.2%

Answers to Yesterday’s Question:

How many times a week do you exercise?

Sriranga: “5 times a week. 30 minutes every day.”

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

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