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Vande Bharat to Hyderabad

Good morning, Bengaluru!

🌧️ Today’s weather: More clouds and a bit of rain.

🧐 Did you know? Boeing India plans to open the largest site for Boeing outside the US by setting up a 43-acre complex near the Kempegowda International Airport.

🚄 Blr-Hyd Vande Bharat Express

Karnataka is set to launch its third Vande Bharat Express on September 24, connecting Bengaluru and Hyderabad, with commercial operations starting on September 25.

The details: The train will operate between Yeswantpur station in Bengaluru and Kacheguda station in Hyderabad. The journey is expected to take roughly eight and a half hours, making it faster than the current fastest train, Duranto Express, which takes nine to ten hours. The train will be operated by the South Central Railway wing of Indian Railways and will stop at Mahabubnagar, Kurnool, Anantapur, and Dharmavaram.

  • The train will travel at an average speed of 71 km/h, and the ticket pricing is yet to be revealed.
  • The service aims to benefit IT professionals, business people, and students who frequently travel between the two cities.

Three trains: This is the third Vande Bharat Express in Karnataka, following the one connecting Dharwad, Hubballi, and Davangere with Bengaluru, and another between Mysuru and Chennai. The train is expected to make travel between the two IT hubs faster and more comfortable.

₿ Dominating crypto job market

Bengaluru accounts for 36.4% of the crypto job market in India, according to data from job site Indeed.

Decline in job postings: The data reveals a decline in crypto-related job postings by 64.2% and a 15.2% drop in job searches between August 2022 and 2023. Following Bengaluru, other cities like Pune, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, and Kochi contribute to the market with percentages ranging from 4.66% to 7.32%.

  • Application developers top the list of crypto job listings, making up 10.86%, followed by enterprise architects at 5.97%.
  • The decline in crypto jobs comes after a period of growth, with an 804% increase in such jobs from April 2020 to April 2022, according to Sashi Kumar, head of sales at Indeed India.

Bengaluru on top: The dip in job postings and searches can be attributed to volatile market conditions and regulatory concerns. Despite the decline, Bengaluru continues to be a significant player in the Indian crypto job market.

🦌 Deer deaths

Sixteen deer have died at Bannerghatta Biological Park in Bengaluru due to abdominal-related diseases and internecine fights.

What’s it about? The deaths follow the recent loss of seven leopard cubs infected by a highly contagious virus, Feline panleukopenia. The 37 spotted deer were transferred from St. John’s Hospital in Bengaluru to Bannerghatta Biological Park last month. Out of these, 16 died due to ‘hemorrhagic enteritis and endocarditis’ and fighting among themselves.

  • Karnataka Minister for Forest, Ecology, and Environment Eshwara Khandre visited the park and instructed all zoos in the state to be on high alert.
  • The Minister also advised officials to vaccinate cats like leopards, lions, and tigers in various zoos, including the famous Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in Mysuru.

More vigilance: The Minister emphasized that Forest and Medical Officers should coordinate to inspect all animals and prioritize their care and conservation. He also ordered officials to immediately inform the government and higher authorities in case of sudden or suspicious deaths of any wild animals.

🏢 Black Box to create 500 jobs

(Image credit: Black Box’s website)

IT solutions provider Black Box Limited has inaugurated a new Center of Excellence in Bengaluru, aiming to create 500 additional jobs.

What’s it about? The centre is part of Black Box’s global expansion plans and is expected to enhance its services to meet the growing needs of customers. The company anticipates that the new centre will increase its margin by around ₹50 crore in the near term.

  • The centre will focus on Program Management, Solutions Engineering, and Managed Services, serving as a Global Response Center.
  • The facility spans 50,000 square feet and includes R&D Labs, Command Centers, Offshore Delivery Centers, and dedicated discussion rooms.

Company rep: Sanjeev Verma, Executive Director of Black Box Limited, stated that the new facility represents a significant upgrade, providing an environment for collaboration and optimizing business operations. The centre is one of Essar’s key investments in the technology and retail sector.

✨ Things to do…

Here are some fun and interesting things to do in the city over the weekend!

  • Immerse yourself in a celebration of creativity and culture at Bohomania, happening this Sunday at Jayamahal Palace.
  • The Fish Project play a tribute to Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift at Dhwani Indiranagar this Saturday.
  • Enjoy a wine tour with a buffet lunch at Rico Vineyard this Sunday.
  • Attend the Startup Mixer hosted by Pushstart at HSR Layout this Saturday.
  • Sketch Church Street and its surroundings by attending the Sketch Walk Workshop this Sunday.

🛋️ Local Lounge

Yesterday’s Poll Results:

  • I can dance: 42.9%
  • I can’t dance: 57.1% 🏆

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

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