QBengaluru: Rs 1,500 Cr Released for Flood Relief; Fire in MG Road

The Quint
Flood-affected people take shelter at a safe place in Sampali near Chikmagalur, Karnataka on 11 August 2019.

1. Rs 1,500 Crore Released for Flood Relief

Under pressure to do more in flood-hit areas since the Centre is yet to release funds, the Cabinet on Wednesday decided to release Rs 1,000 crore to start construction of new houses and help those whose houses need repair.

"We have promised Rs 5 lakh to build new houses. For this purpose, we have decided to release Rs 1,000 crore to the deputy commissioners," Law Minister JC Madhuswamy said, briefing reporters.

"We have estimated that about 30,000 -40,000 houses have to be built. Also, where there's partial damage, we will give Rs 25,000 to help people take up immediate repairs," he added.

Separately, the Cabinet decided to release Rs 500 crore through the Public Works Department (PWD) to start repairing roads in the flood-hit areas, Madhuswamy said.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

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2. Fire at Multi-storey Commercial Building on MG Road

A fire in an electric console box at the entrance of a bank on the ground floor of a building on Mahatma Gandhi Road caused panic among the occupants, including students of a coaching class. Fortunately, everyone was evacuated safely, said fire and emergency services officials who received an alert around 2.55 p.m. on Wednesday.

Five tenders battled for around 45 minutes to put out the fire. It was a small blaze, but thick smoke was emanating from the ground floor, leading people to think that it was a major fire, said Chief Fire Officer Ramakrishna who was at the spot with a nine-member team. "The smoke was emanating from the switch boxes, as wires were burning. This created panic among the occupants on the building," he added.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. First Case Under Triple Talaq Law in Bengaluru

Bengaluru has reported the first complaint under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, which makes the practice of triple talaq a non-bailable offence punishable with three years' imprisonment.

Sameerullah Rahmath, a 38-year-old HR executive at a reputable multinational, has been booked under the new law and IPC sections pertaining to dowry harassment for divorcing his wife through triple talaq. A resident of Gurappanapalya on Bannerghatta Road, Rahmath has been summoned for questioning by the jurisdictional Suddagunte Palya police.

His wife Ayesha, 33, has accused him of harassing her physically and mentally ever since their marriage in 2010.

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