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Bengaluru: The Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) here on Thursday ordered attachment and recovery of tycoon Vijay Mallya's properties for defaulting on bank loans by his defunct Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. Allowing a joint petition filed in June 2013 by a consortium of 17 banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI), the Tribunal's Bengaluru bench said properties of Mallya and Kingfisher worth Rs 6,203 crore ($909 million) be recovered from them with 11.5 per cent interest per annum since July 26, 2013 over unpaid loans.

Bengaluru: Frustrated over potholes on Bengaluru's roads? Don't fret. Here's your chance to earn money from pothole. Yes, you read it right. Click a photograph of the pothole on your phone and upload it to BBMP website to earn Rs 100! Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner Manjunath Prasad has now embarked on this initiative to pull up officials from their laxity in fixing potholes. Also, to involve ever-complaining citizens in ensuring pothole-free Bengaluru roads. The project will kick off from February 1, reports Public TV.

Bengaluru: The Horticulture Department is taking all precautionary measures for the success of annual flower show in Lalbagh. The department wants to make sure there is no repeat of the recent unfortunate incidents which claimed the lives of two boys. Horticulture commissioner Prabhas Chandra Roy said the flower show would begin on Jan 20. "We have put up sign boards at 12 places,” said the commissioner at a press conference. “In addition, security personnel have been deployed to warn visitors about possible threats.”

Bengaluru: The BBMP has formed a four-member committee to examine the structural strength of the Mantri Mall following the balcony collapse two days ago. Thippanna, Additional Director of Town Planning, BBMP, who is monitoring the debris clearance, said the committee is being headed by BBMP Commissioner, Manjunath Prasad. Top civil engineers from Civil Aid Technoclinic Private Limited have been hired for conducting the study which is likely to be finished in 15 days.

Bengaluru: Bengalureans will once again get a chance to savour state’s rich coastal culture at the fourth edition of ’Namoora Habba-2017’. Being organised by the Abhinandana Cultural Trust, the cultural fest will be held at Chandra Gupta Maurya Stadium, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, from Jan 21-22.

Bengaluru: After one of its field executives – Nanjundaswamy – was found murdered – while on duty – the Flipkart has launched an initiative to ensure safety of its executives. The “project Nanjunda” – named in honour of its executive – it enables the executives to raise an alarm in case of an emergency. Nanjundswamy was found murdered in the basement of a gym near Vijayanagar here. Nanjundswamy had gone to deliver the phone to the gym where the customer was working. But the customer allegedly murdered Nanjundswamy as he did not had money to pay for the money.

Bengaluru: Giridhar, a resident of VV Mohalla, Mysuru, used to regularly visit Fabricare, a laundry and dry cleaning service, located at Gokulam in the city. On one of his visits, Giridhar gave two curtains for dry washing and obtained a bill for the same. When Giridhar returned to collect the curtains after a few days, the shopkeeper informed him that the curtains had gone missing and requested Giridhar to give him some more time to locate them.

Bengaluru: Poaching and man-animal conflict have been the biggest worries for the forest department in big cats’ conservation. But who will take the responsibility if the big cats are killed due to an overdose of tranquiliser? On January 12 and 17, two tigers were killed allegedly due to overdose of tranquiliser. This has sparked a debate over the efficiency of the veterinary doctors and the way tranquilisation mission is carried out in the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks.

Bengaluru: The Railway Ministry and the Karnataka government on Monday signed an agreement to jointly fund a suburban train service system across the city for thousands of commuters harried by gridlocks on choked roads. Though the partners are yet to decide on the terms of funding and their share, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said a special company would be set up for the 60km suburban service and funded through innovative means.

Bengaluru: Did you know that about 20 children are killed every day in India due to road crashes? Road crashes are estimated to cause a loss of 3% to our GDP. Road safety experts, who met on the occasion of National Road Safety Week, demanded robust legislation and strict enforcement of road safety norms to avoid the loss of young productive lives.

Bengaluru: Regarded as the troube shooter in the Siddaramaiah government, Brijesh Kalappa has resigned from his position as the legal advisor to the chief minister Siddaramaiah. Brijesh Kalappa who is also a Supreme Court advocate had helped the state on legal challenges, on many occasions. "Cauvery water dispute is very close to my heart and the final arguments will commence on a day-to-day basis from February 7, 2017 in the Supreme Court. Being the legal advisor of the state, I would not be able to appear on behalf of the state," he reasoned.

Bengaluru: Two eminent personalities, MV Rajashekaran, former Union Minister and Senior Congress leader and Dr HO Srinivasaiah, Chairman of Gandhi Bhavan and President Karnataka Gandhi Smarak Nidhi were honoured with ‘Vishwamanava Prashasti’ by the Karnataka Vishwamanava Samsthe on Sunday, in recognition of their service to society.

Bengaluru: No Indian city meets the WHO standards on air quality and very few cities in southern India comply with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) standards. These are among the damning findings of a new report issued by Greenpeace on air quality standards in the country. Data obtained by Greenpeace from state pollution control boards and RTI applications shows that pollution levels in Bengaluru and other cities in Karnataka are above WHO and National Ambient Air Quality standards.

Bengaluru: Residents in Dasarahalli zone are having sleepless nights over the BBMP’s demolition drive. Alleging encroachment of a drain, the civic body wants to demolish four houses and recover 16 empty plots during the demolition drive. But residents have managed to stall the drive temporarily through a stay order. According to the BBMP, the primary drain connecting lakes to prevent floods in Dasarahalli was encroached about 20 years ago.

Bengaluru: Winners of JIO Filmfare Short Films Awards 2017 were announced through a Facebook live session. The first of its kind short film awards property was entirely organised on the digital platform and was supported by many from the film fraternity. The best names in the industry, including Karan Johar, Gauri Shinde, Anand Rai, Meghna Gulzar, Vidya Balan, Zoya Akhtar and Kabir Khan were on board as members of the jury. 

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