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Bengaluru is now City of one-ways
Bengaluru, referred to as the IT Capital and even Garbage City, has now earnined a new tag - City of one-way roads.

Deccan Herald obtained data from RTOs and traffic management authorities of major Indian cities with a population of more than 75 lakh and vehicular population of over 30 lakh.

According to the data, the City has the second highest number of one-ways in the country. Mumbai stands first with 253 one-ways. According to the Mumbai traffic police and the Municipal Corporation, this is because of the ongoing Metro and Mono Rail construction and after the inclusion of Navi Mumbai. Many one-ways are also introduced during festivals.

Next in line is Bengaluru with 193 one-ways. Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), M A Saleem said this is because of the increasing traffic load. “We were forced to introduce one-ways in many places because the traffic volume on the road is high against the load it can take. Many one-ways were introduced after the Metro construction and road improvement works started. We are also working on introducing some more one-ways in the coming days,” he said.

Traffic expert M N Sreehari said, “Bengaluru is a radial City unlike Mumbai where one-ways are needed to ensure smooth flow of traffic. But in the City many have been introduced even when they are not required.”

IISc chalks out plans to be among top 50 varsities
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has chalked out several programmes to break into the top 50 rankings of world universities, according to its director Dr Anurag Kumar.

In the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the IISc has been ranked between 301 and 400. In individual fields like mathematics, however, it has been ranked better, between 151 and 200.

The IISc has now formed a committee to look into international ranking. The institute’s senate had discussed the matter earlier, Kumar added.

He spoke about various steps to improve the IISc’s status in the world. Increasing connection with well-placed and successful alumni, attracting international faculty and students and rapid upscaling of infrastructure are some of these steps.

As a means to better connect with the alumni, the IISc has established a new alumni affairs unit and already hired two development officers. A new portal for alumni engagement has also been created, Kumar announced.

The IISc director maintained that funding constraints in research have stopped India from achieving greatness in the field of science. While research spending in the US is three per cent of the GDP and about two per cent in China, it’s just one per cent in India, he pointed out.

Nano park coming up in Bengaluru
A Rs. 100-crore nano park, complete with an incubation centre and an institute for nano science, will take shape on the outskirts of Bengauru. It is being funded by the Union government’s Nano Mission, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced here on Thursday.

Inaugurating the two-day Bangalore India Nano 2013, Mr. Siddaramaiah said the State had provided 14 acres of land on Tumkur Road for the park, which is meant to catalyse new businesses and innovators.

He invited nanotechnology industries and entrepreneurs from India and abroad to set up their businesses in the park.

The Chief Minister urged scientists to use nanotechnology — the science of ultra-small materials one-millionth of a millimetre — to solve common problems, and said the State will consider increasing the outlay for nanotech and other science initiatives. “I call upon scientists to come up with tangible nanotechnology-based solutions for food security, energy, water purification, medicine and healthcare as well as waste management,” Mr. Siddaramaiah said, while addressing several hundred scientists, academics and entrepreneurs. Sir Andre Geim, joint Nobel Prize 2010 winner for his research in nano carbon called grapheme, was among the key people present at the event.

C.N.R. Rao, the force behind the event and Honorary President of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, said two of the top national institutions to have contributed to nanoscience and technology, namely the Indian Institute of Science and JNCASR, are both in Bangalore.

He called for continued funding of nano science, a difficult and complicated area for research.

Bengaluru population booms to 96 lakh
The population of Bangalore grew by about 30 lakh in 10 years, but its social indicators nosedived. The Primary Abstract of the Census of India 2011, released on Thursday, puts the city's population at 96,21,551 — a growth of 47.18% during 2001-2011.

The city has the lowest sex ratio of 916 women to 1,000 men, while Udupi has the highest: 1,094.

Bangalore also has the lowest work participation rate (WPR) among women, and ranks 14th in the state's 30 districts child sex ratio.

Only 24 women out of 100 in Bangalore go to work. Chitradurga has the highest WPR of 41.9. Of the 96.21 lakh populace, only 11.31 lakh women were found employed for a year before the enumeration was done on March 1, 2011.

Govt. tables Bill to trifurcate Bangalore University
The Karnataka State Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2015, was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday to bring reforms in the governance and administration of the Bangalore University (BU) and improve academic quality by trifurcating BU.

The Bill said that the Bangalore University will continue with the campus at Jnanabharathi with jurisdiction over the areas of 15 Legislative Assembly constituencies of Bengaluru Urban and Rural and Ramanagaram districts.

The new university called Bangalore Central University, which would be established as an affiliate would have its headquarters as Bangalore Central College campus with territorial jurisdiction over the areas of the 13 Assembly constituencies of Bangalore Urban district.

Another new university called Bangalore North University, which would be established as an affiliating university with headquarters at Jangamkote (Sidalagahatta taluk) (temporary camp office at Kolar PG Centre) with territorial jurisdiction of 17 constituencies in Bengaluru Urban, and Rural, Chikkaballapur, and Kolar districts.

The proposed legislation would incur an expenditure of Rs. 10 crore, the Bill said.

The Government would appoint a Special officer for taking steps to establish the Bangalore Central and North Universities.