Though Devendra Fadnavis was considered the top contender for the post of chief minister of Maharashtra, senior Bharatiya Janata Party's Nitin Gadkari has also entered the fray, heating up the competition.
Four members of a family ended their lives in a suicide pact in Hebbagodi police limits on Tuesday.The police have identified the deceased as Shivaraj, 38, his wife Parvathi, 28, and their daughters Sudha, 8, and Kavya, aged 5. The couple poisoned their minor daughters and later hanged themselves at their house in Bannahalli near Chandapura.Police said Shivaraj, who ran a tea shop, had borrowed money from moneylenders and was unable to repay them.They suspect that the couple might have taken the extreme step under pressure to clear the debt.The incident came to light when neighbours knocked on the door and there was no response. They grew suspicious and forced open the door to find the couple hanging and children dead on the floor. The Hebbagodi police have registered a case.
Delighting in the prominent sights and landmarks a City boasts of is a normal do among tourists, both from far and near.But garbage dumping yards as a new touristy fad to get an up, close and personal sniffling at the trash a city generates? Well, only namma Bengaluru, the country's Science Capital, can come up with a curious concept. And, lo and behold, there are several takers for sniffling it out.The unique concept, styled as Trash Trail, the brainchild of Daily Dump, a waste management firm engaged in offering green solutions, provides one a first-hand experience of the City's garbage and those engaged in clearing and dealing with it, on a diurnal basis. That nearly 15 of the 75 who have taken the trek are foreigners tells in itself the sorry tale of a City whose civic fathers are grappling with the problem, with no one-shot solution to wish it away.The tour includes interaction with sweepers, waste recyclers, waste pickers, visit to a waste transfer point, stopping at Jolly Mohalla, a waste recycling market near Cottonpet, and visit to one of the landfill sites.According to Daily Dump designer Liza David, the concept was introduced in 2006 with the main objective of changing the people's perspective towards garbage. We wanted to inform visitors about what happens to waste once it gets out of homes, the environmental impact, negative consequences, among others. The number of people interested in the trail tour is growing steadily.They choose the landfill depending on their convenience and the location they depart from, she said.A large chunk of corporates and private firms have been part of the tour. Tours, David said, are based on the number of people register.Each batch comprises nine people, usually. The last time tour was in February. We plan to do mini trash trails for schools and colleges lasting four hours, Santosh, a staffer, said. The tour starts at 7 am and lasts till 3 pm. Apart from hands-on seeing, other components include discussion, debate, observing, questioning, understanding and learning all about waste.Those who enrol are encouraged to get a bag of dry waste such as scraps of paper, plastic, foam among others that could be borrowed or brought from their homes so that they can give it to waste recyclers they meet.Those who are game to brave it on the Trash Trail, just send a mail to email@example.com and let the show begin.
The joint commissioners of all eight zones of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike will be held accountable if they fail to evict encroachments on stormwater drains (SWD) as it leads to flooding in the City, said Mayor N Shanthakumari.Holding a meeting with the BBMP officials here on Monday, Shanthakumari said the Bangalore Urban District authorities had already surveyed all SWDs and had fixed their boundaries. Now, the joint commissioners have to start the eviction drive in rapid pace, the Mayor said and added that at current pace encroachments could never be cleared from the SWDs. She stressed upon preparing an action plan with a definite target for every week. The Mayor said so far encroachments had been identified at 1,418 places.The BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana told the chief engineer of SWD to make provisions for funds to fence the places after eviction had been carried out.
Cracking the whip on illegal hoardings and advertisement boards in the City, Upa Lokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi has directed the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) to provide the list of renewal of hoardings and grant of permission of power supply to such billboards. Giving a slew of directions on the removal of unauthorised hoardings, Justice Adi ordered the two government agencies to make submissions before him on November 5 at 11.30 am. In his order, he asked the BBMP's assistant commissioner (advertisement) to furnish the list of applications received for the renewal of hoardings or grant of permission by the end of June 2014 to the managing director of Bescom for his action and report. He also directed the Bescom MD to submit the list of power supply connections made to the hoardings in the City. Referring to a complaint made by Saidatta of Karnataka Janahita Vedike—an NGO—Justice Adi maintained that there were just 2,000 authorised hoardings in Bangalore while the rest were illegal, and that were making huge profits without paying any advertisement tax or penalty. Saidatta had also alleged that the BBMP had directed the Bescom not to supply power to such illegal hoardings. Yet, many unauthorised hoardings have power connections. Justice Adi also pulled up the BBMP, saying it has done little to check illegal hoardings while the Bescom too did not check power supply to such billboards that have been causing great damage to the beauty of the City.
Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons air-dropped by United States-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said on Tuesday.
The cache of weapons included hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, according to a video uploaded by a media group loyal to the Islamic State group. The video appeared authentic and corresponded to The Associated Press' reporting of the event.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which bases its information on a network of activists on the ground, said the militants had seized at least one cache. The caches were air-dropped early on Monday to Kurds in the embattled Syrian town of Kobani that lies near the Turkish border.
The militant group has been trying to seize the town for over a month now, causing the exodus of some 200,000 people from the area into Turkey. While Kurds are battling on the ground, a US-led coalition is also targeting the militants from the air.
On Tuesday, Islamic State loyalists on social media posted sarcastic thank you notes to the United States, including one image that said Team USA.
But the lost weapons drop was more an embarrassment than a great strategic loss.
The Islamic State militants already possess millions of dollars-worth of US weaponry that they captured from fleeing Iraqi soldiers when the group seized swaths of Iraq in a sudden sweep in June.
The US Central Command said on Tuesday US Military forces conducted four airstrikes near Kobani that destroyed Islamic State fighting positions, an Islamic State building and a large Islamic State unit.
Also on Tuesday, Syrian government airstrikes hit a rebel-held town along the country's southern border with Jordan, killing at least eight people.
Activists with the Local Coordination Committees (LCC) and the Observatory said the number of those killed was likely to rise as there are more victims under the rubble. The LCC said Syrian government planes dropped crude explosives-laden canisters on the town of Nasib on the Syria-Jordan border.
The airstrikes are part of battles between Syrian government forces and Islamic rebel groups for control of the area. Syrian government forces have been heavily bombing rebel areas in recent weeks, while the US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against Islamic State militants elsewhere in Syria.
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Chelsea scored their biggest Champions League win when they crushed Maribor 6-0 in a one-sided Group G match on Tuesday, with Eden Hazard scoring twice and Didier Drogba and John Terry back among the goals.
Belgian midfielder Hazard played a pivotal role in a superb performance with two goals, one from the spot, as Jose Mourinho's men stretched their unbeaten run from the start of the season to 12 matches.
Veterans Drogba, 36, who also scored a penalty, and skipper Terry, 33, both scored in the first half, along with Loic Remy. An own goal and Hazard's two came after the break.
The night's results left Chelsea top of the group with seven points, followed by Schalke 04 on five, Maribor on two and Sporting Lisbon on one.
Maribor had no answer to Chelsea or Hazard, who capped his fine performance with a beautifully executed sixth in stoppage time to seal Chelsea's masterful performance.
Despite what followed, the Slovenian side had the first scoring chance at Stamford Bridge, when Damjan Bohar headed over the bar after five minutes. But although Maribor came searching for goals with an attacking lineup, it was Chelsea who scored them.
Remy made the breakthrough when he collected a neat pass from Terry, cut inside past two defenders and curled home with his left foot, but he injured his groin in the process.
Three minutes later Drogba replaced him to loud applause from the Chelsea fans and seven minutes after that he gave them even more to cheer about after Willian's cross was handled by defender Ales Mertelj.
Dutch referee Danny Makkelie pointed to the spot and Drogba, who returned to Chelsea this season after two years away, scored his first goal for the club since the equaliser in the 2012 Champions League final by sending goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic the wrong way with his penalty under the huge banner at the Shed End that reads Drogba Legend.
Drogba's last kick in a Chelsea shirt in his first spell at the club came with the winning penalty in the shootout when they won the 2012 final against Bayern Munich, and he recalled that when he spoke to the media afterwards.
To finish (my first time at Chelsea) with a penalty and start again with a penalty was a nice symmetry, he told Sky Sports.
I am really happy because of the way we played today. We scored one, then two and didn't stop, we continued to play. I wanted to score that goal. I asked him (Eden Hazard) and he said it was OK. This is the spirit we have in this team. We share goals and we are happy when everyone is scoring and it will help me for my confidence.
If the match was nearly over as a contest by then it was definitely all over eight minutes later.
Terry, marauding upfield, also scored his first Champions League goal since 2012 when he crashed the ball over the line from close range after a cross from Cesc Fabregas in a counter-attack that started when Chelsea cleared a Maribor corner and featured a mazy 60-metre run from Hazard.
Chelsea did not have long to wait after the break for their fourth, when Hazard's shot was deflected over the line by Maribor left-back Mitja Viler.
Then the visitors wasted a clear chance that would at least have given them a consolation goal, as Ibraimi missed from a penalty that he fired against Petr Cech's left-hand post after Nemanja Matic had bulldozed into him in the box.
Willian went close to a fifth when he smacked a 20-metre shot against the bar after 75 minutes, but two minutes later the fifth goal arrived when Marko Suler fouled Branislav Ivanovic to concede another penalty.
Hazard resumed his penalty-taking responsibility for this one, and scored with a sweet shot that left Handanovic crumpled in despair.
Maribor, all thoroughly crumpled by this stage, went into damage limitation mode, but were breached again when Hazard, collecting the ball from substitute Nathan Ake, twisted this way and that for a brilliant sixth.
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