Swachh shock: Bengaluru, Mysuru slip in ranking

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BENGALURU: The Swachh Survekshan 2018 results announced on Saturday by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs has come as a shocker for Karnataka: Bengaluru and Mysuru have slipped in the swachhata (cleanliness) rankings. Of 485 cities with over 1 lakh population that figured in the list, Bengaluru is 216th this year as against 210th in 2017. Mysuru is ranked 8th this year against 5th last year. In terms of state rankings, Karnataka is 14th – behind Andhra Pradesh (5th ), Telangana (7th ) and Tamil Nadu (13th ).…

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Police crack online prostitution racket, 2 held

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MANGALURU: Police from City Crime Bureau (CCB) on Friday busted a hi-tech online sex racket in the city and arrested two people. According to police, customers sought sex services on a website by dropping in their details, including their phone number. Pimps would then make calls to these numbers and fix an appointment with women at an apartment in Kottara Cross in Bejai-Kapikad area. Acting on a tip-off that women were being sent to customers through online bookings, CCB police raided the apartment and arrested Jeevan Poojary, 27, from Padupalimar…

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JD(S)-BJP alliance in Mysuru ZP, MCC to end?

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Mysuru: The consequences of the alliance between the JD(S) and the Congress in the assembly are now percolating to the lower levels of administration, with changes likely in the local district administration and urban local bodies. The JD(S), which is in an alliance with the BJP in the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) council and the zilla panchayat, is expected to end the partnership, months before the MCC heads to the polls. Chamarajanagar MP R Dhruvanarayan on Saturday held an emergency meeting with Congress and JD(S) members of the Mysuru ZP…

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Police file FIR against Siddaramaiah, two former Muda chiefs

Mysuru: City police on Saturday registered an FIR against former chief minister Siddaramaiah, and three other individuals in connection with a 20-year-old denotification case. The FIR has been filed in the wake of RTI activist Gangaraju approaching a district court, alleging that, Siddaramaiah had, in 1998, when he was deputy CM, denotified 30 guntas in Hinkal. The property in question belonged to former president of the Hinkal gram panchayat Papanna. The other three individuals named in the FIR are former Mysuru Urban Development Authority chairmen C Basavegowda and D Dhruvakumar,…

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RTI applicants miffed with protracted process, allege bribery on part of officials

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Mysuru: It is a mite too hard to escape the irony in the plight of Right To Information (RTI) applicants in the city, with the tool conceived to combat corruption being effectively used only after the palms of a few officials in-charge are greased. RTI applicants in the city are made to run from pillar to post in various government offices including Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) and Mysuru Urban Development Authority (Muda) to get access to information that is rightfully theirs to see. RTI activists are understandably miffed with the…

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Thieves pose as MCC officials, rob senior citizen

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Mysuru: Thieves looted valuables from a house in Kuvempunagar ‘N’ Block here on Friday after posing as civic official. They came on two-wheelers, wielding measurement tapes, a bundle of files, surveyed the house and then decamped with valuables worth lakhs of rupees. They told property owner Leeladevi that they were issuing property cards to residents and want to measure the place. Leeladevi, a senior citizen who stays with a domestic help, said more than 300gm of gold valuables went missing from the house which is located on the busy main…

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Six years after a aportion of Lansdowne building caved in, renovation efforts leave a lot to be desired

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Mysuru: One of the landmarks of Mysuru, Lansdowne Building, is decaying, thanks to the Mysuru City Corporation’s indecision on its fate. It is six years now that a part of the building caved in, killing four people and making it inaccessible to the public. Built as a commercial space by Mysuru’s administrators over a century ago, it has now become a poor shadow of its former glory. The MCC, its custodian, initiated a project to revive it but was stopped a year ago. The building is decaying and could sustain…

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Bring back Narendra Modi for three more terms, says novelist SL Bhyrappa

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MYSURU: Batting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, national professor and noted novelist SL Bhyrappa on Friday felt it would be ‘foolish’ on the part of voters if they don’t reelect Modi. “Modi has to win not just in 2019, but also in 2024 and 2029. Otherwise there will no future for this country,” Bhyrappa told reporters at his residence in Mysuru, after receiving a copy of a booklet containing the achievements of the Modi-led BJP government, from Mysuru MP Pratap Simha. Extolling Modi as an exceptional person, the writer claimed…

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NHAI commences work on widening Hunsur Road again

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MYSURU: A day after Mysuru MP Pratap Simha took officials of the National highways Authority of India (NHAI) to task for not widening the 850m-stretch of Hunsur Road according to the initial plan, the authorities commenced work in the earnest on Friday, demolishing the compound wall of Jaladarshini Guest House. The dangerous curve near Kalamandira is infamous among motorists as an accident spot, and the road-straightening project was largely conceived to eliminate it. The stretch between Kalamandira and the Valmiki Road junction is one of the busies in the city,…

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