Author: DHNS

Curating the Past: A Journey through Art and Artefacts As a curator at the Museum of Art and Photography in Bengaluru, I have always been drawn to the power of storytelling through exhibitions. Growing up in Germany, my fascination with the past led me to pursue a career in curating, where I now work on creating contexts for art pieces to engage with the audience. The role of a curator involves a mix of administrative tasks, research, writing, and building relationships with artists and audiences. Incorporating technology into exhibitions like using the Bloomberg Connects app allows for a deeper engagement…

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Bengaluru: Namma Metro has awarded contracts to Hyderabad-based infrastructure consultancy Aarvee Associates Architects Engineers and Consultants Pvt Ltd for feasibility studies to extend the metro in three directions and build a new line, totaling 139 km.  The extensions are Challaghatta-Bidadi (15 km), Silk Institute-Harohalli (24 km), Bommasandra-Attibele (11 km), and the new line is Kalena Agrahara-Kadugodi Tree Park via Jigani, Anekal, Attibele, Sarjapur, and Varthur (68 km). Additionally, a separate contract was awarded to study the feasibility of extending the metro to Tumakuru (52.41 km).  The feasibility studies will assess construction costs, traffic surveys, alignment, property requirement, potential land acquisition…

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Unscientific construction of national highway-66 in Uttara Kannada district has led to an increase in landslides due to development works. According to the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority, the number of spots vulnerable to landslides has risen from 439 to 609 in 2021. Conservation biologist Keshava H Korse attributes this to unscientific projects like road construction, mining, and deforestation. Korse warns that human-induced activities like deforestation and improper land use have made the region more landslide-prone. He criticizes the design and execution of national highways as a major contributor to the problem. Former chairman of Karnataka Biodiversity Board, Ananth Hegde…

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Bengaluru police’s Central Crime Branch (CCB) has arrested a small-time movie director, Gajendra alias Gaja, who was on the run for 20 years in connection with a murder case. Gajendra is a prime suspect in the 2004 murder of notorious rowdy Kotharavi, previously investigated by Wilson Garden police. After a year in jail post his initial arrest, Gajendra went missing, prompting a non-bailable arrest warrant. Police tracked him down in a neighbouring state where he had assumed a new identity and was still active in the film industry. Now, Gajendra has been taken into custody and awaits legal proceedings. Published…

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The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) Moves Forward with Land Acquisition for Peripheral Ring Road Project The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has announced its plan to acquire 71 acres of land for the construction of four interchanges along the proposed Peripheral Ring Road (PRR). After issuing a preliminary notification two years ago, the BDA is now taking steps to acquire the land as the government shows renewed interest in the project. With a public notice, the BDA has called upon 258 property owners to submit their land records to prove ownership or raise objections to the acquisition. The land is earmarked…

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Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar announced the BBMP’s plan to identify 200 kilometers of roads for the white-topping project, ensuring pothole-free roads with a 25-year lifespan. At an investment of Rs 207 crore, 16.62 kilometers of roads in BBMP’s West Zone will undergo white-topping in the third phase, costing about Rs 12.5 crore per kilometer. BBMP plans to white-top 200 kilometers of roads to reduce traffic congestion, with a total estimated project cost of Rs 1800 crore, partially funded by the state government. Several MLAs and officials participated in the launch event, emphasizing the importance of quality work and addressing…

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Bengaluru: Union Minister H D Kumaraswamy revealed shocking details about a MUDA plot case involving former deputy chief minister Siddaramaiah. Kumaraswamy claimed that land, which ended up belonging to Siddaramaiah’s wife, was denotified in a deceased person’s name back in 1998. This revelation is part of the ongoing political showdown between JD(S)-BJP coalition and Congress in Karnataka, aiming to expose corruption within the Congress government. Kumaraswamy explained that the land originally belonged to Ninga alias Jawara, and through a series of transactions, it ended up in Siddaramaiah’s family. He questioned the legitimacy of denotifying land in the name of a…

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Bengaluru: The Minor Irrigation Minister, N S Boseraju, has announced plans to install floating solar panels on 40 lakes across the state of Karnataka. This innovative move is aimed at increasing electricity production without the need for additional land. Four lakes in Bengaluru Urban have been identified for this project, including Bagalur Lake, Singanayakanahalli Lake, Jigani Doddakere, and Muttanallur Amanikere. Boseraju stated that these lakes have the potential to generate 2,500 megawatts of power, utilizing their 10,000-acre area. Apart from generating solar power, the initiative aims to reduce electricity costs on lift irrigation projects. While the installation costs of floating…

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Bengaluru: In a recent crackdown, the Karnataka Lokayukta conducted raids on 11 government officials across nine districts, uncovering assets totaling Rs 45.1 crore. The raids targeted officials in Chitradurga, Davangere, Kalaburagi, Mandya, Dharwad, Belagavi, Kolar, Mysuru, and Hassan, including two retired officials. Among those targeted, Shekhar Gowda and M Raveendra were found to possess significant amounts of disproportionate assets. Shekhar Gowda, a project director, was discovered to have assets worth Rs 7.88 crore, while M Raveendra, a retired chief engineer, had assets totaling Rs 5.75 crore. Additional raids revealed assets belonging to other officials such as D H Umesh, Mahadeva…

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Government Takes Action to Control Dengue Outbreak in Karnataka In response to the increasing number of dengue cases in Karnataka, the state government has directed health officials to set up control rooms to monitor the outbreak locally. As of July 11, the state has reported 8,221 positive cases with seven deaths, with Bengaluru being the most affected city with 2,463 cases. The principal secretary to the government Health and Family Welfare Department, Harsh Gupta, has issued a circular mandating the setting up of a dengue war room at the Arogya Soudha in Bengaluru. The circular also requires fortnightly source-reduction activities…

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