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Bengaluru’s Largest Lake Bellandur Goes Up In Flames Again As Pollution Goes Unchecked

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Bengaluru’s Largest Lake Bellandur Goes Up In Flames Again As Pollution Goes Unchecked

A water body going up in flames may seem unusual, but it is becoming a regular occurrence at  Bellandur lake of Bengaluru, Karnataka. On Friday, January 19, it caught fire for the third time.

The blaze was so intense, it took over 5,000 armymen and firefighters more than seven hours to bring it under control, NDTV reported. Huge plumes of smoke could be seen billowing over the lake even from a distance, said media reports.

The lake, spread over 3.61 sq km – about 1000 acres – in the suburb of Bellandur in the southeast of the city of Bengaluru, is a part of Bellandur drainage system that drains the southern and the south-eastern parts of the city and is the largest lake in the city.

Infamous for severe pollution and froth that spills over, major fires had broken out in the lake earlier on February 16 and May 7, 2017, following which the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had rolled out orders on shutting down industries near Bellandur lake. The lake receives about 40 per cent of the city’s sewage.

In August it spewed out so much toxic foam that residents living nearby complained they had to stay indoors.

On Friday, a major blaze and massive plumes of smoke were first spotted in the morning. While fire tenders were sent to the spot, the vehicles could not access the point of the blaze, said media reports quoting officials.

The fire began, reportedly, in the grasslands by the banks of the massive lake. Later in the afternoon, the fire started spreading into the Iblur firing range of the army.

Army personnel, firefighters with fire fighting equipment tried to douse the flames. A jet fighter engine that can throw water up to 300 metres was rushed in to fight the fire. An army man was bitten by a snake during the operation as the heat from the fire forced several reptiles out of the lake, Major General Narpat Singh Rajpurohit, commandant of the Army Service Corps Centre told NDTV.

The flames were doused on Friday evening, but started again later in the evening in two places, said media reports. The second fire was put out late Friday night, said media reports.

“The fire, which had come up to the perimeter of the army land, has been put out due to the untiring efforts of more than 5,000 army personnel and fire fighting equipment of the ASC College and Centre,” said a statement by the defence forces.

Environmentalists blame the practice of dumping untreated sewage and pollutants in the lakes for the severe pollution.

In April 2017, the National Green Tribunal had ordered the Karnataka government to shut down all industrial units around the Bellandur lake. It had also announced a fine of Rs 5 lakh to be imposed on anyone dumping waste in and around the lake. Reports said the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has been working to remove weeds and is using high-power pumps and coir foam mattresses and other filtering techniques to stop the frothing. It has had little impact.

The Environment Ministry had said in 2016 that everyday about 1,280 million litres of sewage is generated in Bengaluru, while the city’s infrastructure has the capacity to handle only 721 million litres of sewage. Since 137 out of 500 sewage treatment plants are defunct, only 600 million litres sewage is treated and the rest goes to the lakes.

The fire was testimony to the gathered pollution and decaying organic waste in the lake. While there are different takes about what started the fire, methane build-up in the lake is believed to have aggravated the blaze.

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Chhattisgarh BJP leader killed by Naxalites with ax-knife in front of family members

Neelkanth Kakkem along with his family had gone to native village Pekaram on Sunday to see the preparations his sister-in-law’s wedding.

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Chhattisgarh BJP leader killed by Naxalites with ax-knife in front of family members

BJP’s Mandal President Neelkanth Kakkem was killed brutally in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh, on Sunday. Reports claim that Naxalites brutally killed the BJP leader while he was returning from his native village along with his family members. Meanwhile case has been registered at Awapalli police station.

If reports are to be belived then the Naxalites stopped BJP leader’s vehicle on the way. After this, a group killed Kakkem with an ax and knife in front of his family members. After this they fled into the forest. The Small Action Group of Naxalites has carried out the incident.

According to the information, Usur BJP Mandal President of Bijapur, identified as Neelkanth Kakkem along with his family went to his native village Pekaram on Sunday to see the preparations for the marriage of his sister-in-law. This area comes in the extreme Naxalite affected area. Later, everyone was returning to Awapalli around 3 pm. Meanwhile, the Naxalites surrounded him on the way, got him down from his car and killed him by continuously attacking him with ax and knife, and later escaped from there.

BJP leader was active in politics for 30 years

Neelkanth Kakkem was in politics for almost 30 years. He was a strong leader of the Bhartiya Janta Party at the local level and for the last 15 years was handling the work of BJP Mandal President. He was also the former Janpad Panchayat member. The incident took place at Pekaram, about eight kilometers from Awapalli police station. Due to this there is an atmosphere of panic was noticed among the people. The incident has been confirmed by Bijapur SP.

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IND vs AUS: Team India in action for Border Gavaskar Trophy, Coach Rahul Dravid talks about Nagpur training camp | Watch

This series is very important for India in terms of the World Test Championship final.

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IND vs AUS: Team India in action for Border Gavaskar Trophy, Coach Rahul Dravid talks about Nagpur training camp | Watch

There are only a few days left for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia. The 4-match Test series is starting on February 9. At the same time, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, Team India is sweating profusely at Nagpur in nets. The first Test match against Australia will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.

Indian head coach Rahul Dravid shared the things related to the team before the series, which was shared by the BCCI from its official Twitter account. Dravid said that the pitch was really good, the fielding side is also good. Dravid also reminded that catching catches will be an important part of the series.

“We are focusing a lot on slip catching. We had some really long sessions. I think it’s very exciting as a coaching staff. You don’t get time off for camps or for extended periods, where you can work with players and coach effectively. I am glad that it all came together very well which we will finish with all our hard work,” said head coach Rahul Dravid.

Team India is sweating it out at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, all the players of the India vs New Zealand series are practicing hard in the nests. During this, chief Rahul Dravid and batting coach Vikram Rathor were constantly seen with the team.

Important series in terms of WTC final

This series is very important for India in terms of the World Test Championship final. India is currently at number two in the World Test Championship points table while Australia is at number one. Team India is in excellent form at present, they have won all the series in the year 2023 by performing well in the recent white ball series. Significantly, Team India has not lost any Test series at home since 2012. Hence, they would want ton continue the winning streak and make it to the World Test Championship finals.

IND vs AUS: Team India squad for the first two Tests

Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), R Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj , Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat and Suryakumar Yadav.

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Men brandish guns, dances at Ghaziabad elevated road, video goes viral, police takes cognizance | Watch

The video also shows the men consuming liquor as they continue to dance and brandish guns on the elevated road. The video also shows the SUV they were travelling with.

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A video has come to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad where men can be seen brandishing guns as they dance on the on busy highway. According to reports, the men were reportedly on the Ghaziabad elevated road where they recorded dancing and brandishing guns.

After the video of the incident went viral, the police took cognizance of the issue and were able to trace down the culprits.

Two videos of the incident have come to light, in the first one the men can be seen driving the car with a gun as they fire it subsequently after some time. In the second video, the men can be seen dancing and brandishing the guns on the elevated road.

The video also shows the men consuming liquor as they continue to dance and brandish guns on the elevated road. The video also shows the SUV they were travelling with.

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Police actions

After the video went viral, the police took cognizance of the video and swiftly launched an investigation. The police were successful in nabbing down the culprits and found out that the car was registered under the name of Raja Chowdhary. According to reports Chowdhary is a resident of Chiranjeevi Vihar.

The police have registered a case against the man under needful charges and are probing the case further.

Another incident

Another incident story also came to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad where a man can be seen performing stunts on the elevated road of Ghaziabad. According to reports, after the video was posted by the man on his social media, the police took swift actions and reprimanded the man.

In the video, a modified Wagon R car with tinted windows can be seen performing stunts on the elevated highway road. In the video, the driver can also be seen opening the door while driving and posing for the camera.

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