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Old 2nd April 2020, 11:47   #18466
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I am not sure if the images here are of better quality but if it helps

https://twitter.com/IPSHemant/status...938867714?s=19

You will not find the text or pdf, I think. This is a "trick" used by our government servants. All tables, information, etc is published in some picture format.

I've had similar trouble with BESCOM data or even their responses, which are deliberately sent as images of electronic documents. Apparently, this "trick" is also used elsewhere in the world.
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'TO BUY MILK, YOU HAVE COME IN A CAR', i was pissed off and 2nd cop on passenger seat, notices lawyer sticker on my car, i ask him 'move madakke helli (ask him to move)' and they oblige.

God save us, if this lockdown extends for another month.
Newspaper report said two wheelers are not allowed and did not mention anything about cars.
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It appears as though the lockdown has ended. Last night traffic was near normal near hebbal on Ring road. Today also there was traffic in various parts of North Bengaluru about half of usual.
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Visited the local Big Bazaar store - about 1km from my home. I usually take my car and stock for a week, but went walking today after hearing reports of vehicles getting seized.

They were allowing about 5-10 inside at a time and there was a wait time of about 10 mins. Wearing a mask was a must. They had adequate stock of groceries and there was no rush. I bought some fruits and noodles.

There was a police barricade close by but didn't see any vehicles being stopped. I'm still wondering if I should take my car out next time. It's a lot more convenient and I have to make fewer trips, so the risk of infecting and getting infected is much less.
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Old 2nd April 2020, 14:25   #18470
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It appears as though the lockdown has ended. Last night traffic was near normal near hebbal on Ring road. Today also there was traffic in various parts of North Bengaluru about half of usual.
Count of vehicles seized has now crossed 8000. It may appear that in some part of the city things are returning to normalcy. But it may be a short-lived thought. Most likely there could be some 'weak timings' when the police staff may be changing their duty turns. But rest assured, seizures are happening every hour.
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I noticed a few BMTC buses from my balcony overlooking Mysore Road, and there's definitely a lot of people (for a lockdown) out & about.

What gives?
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I noticed a few BMTC buses from my balcony overlooking Mysore Road, and there's definitely a lot of people (for a lockdown) out & about.

What gives?
Were you able to read the signboard?

I noticed few yesterday on Doddaballapur Road in Yelahanka but each of them had "Health/Medical Emergency" lit up the signboards.

For sure, I haven't come across any recent news of service resumption of BMTC for now.

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Were you able to read the signboard?

I noticed few yesterday on Doddaballapur Road in Yelahanka but each of them had "Health/Medical Emergency" lit up the signboards.

For sure, I haven't come across any recent news of service resumption of BMTC for now.
Sorry, don't have a clear line of sight as they pass sideways to my vantage point and the front/back digital displays aren't visible. Could be redeployed for other stuff, like you say.

The crowd was still a curious sight. I'd actually forgotten what normal traffic sounded like, that's what got me to the balcony.

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Newspaper report said two wheelers are not allowed and did not mention anything about cars.
They released a message later saying both:
Not an April Fool’s prank, two/four wheelers are banned till April 14: Karnataka police: URL
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I noticed a few BMTC buses from my balcony overlooking Mysore Road, and there's definitely a lot of people (for a lockdown) out & about.
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I noticed few yesterday on Doddaballapur Road in Yelahanka but each of them had "Health/Medical Emergency" lit up the signboards.
BMTC is only running a very skeletal service and only for staff on emergency duty. They all have signages like "Emergency Staff Only" or "Essential Service Only". Perhaps only intended for medical staff, police and BMTC's own crew.
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BMTC is only running a very skeletal service and only for staff on emergency duty. They all have signages like "Emergency Staff Only" or "Essential Service Only". Perhaps only intended for medical staff, police and BMTC's own crew.
+1 saw a bus on tumkur road which clearly said essential services. I am guessing this is to enable vendors etc to get to various locations in BLR.
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This should bring some relief to all those members who posted recently on Team BHP threads about concerns regarding ban on vehicles and cops seizing the vehicles, the honourable Hight Court of Karnataka has intervened after hearing a Public Interest Litigation:

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The Karnataka High Court on Friday said that the Director General and Inspector General of Police should instruct the state Police to allow people to use two or four wheelers for specific purposes like medicines and other essential items.
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Source:New Indian Express, Bangalore 04 April 2020 - Link

So, all those heading out to nearby places in their car/2 wheeler for essentials that aren't available in their locality, you have a genuine reason and nothing to worry

*We do not get all the types of Nandini (KMF) milk in our locality, so I have been taking the car out to a store about 1.5Km away, but I've been doing this only once in 3-4 days and this is the only reason for now to step out of home during the lockdown for us. I have not seen or had any run-in with cops (these runs are usually early morning around 6:30am when there's hardly any crowd/line at the store).

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This should bring some relief to all those members who posted recently on Team BHP threads about concerns regarding ban on vehicles and cops seizing the vehicles, the honourable Hight Court of Karnataka has intervened after hearing a Public Interest Litigation:

Source:New Indian Express, Bangalore 04 April 2020 - Link
Good news and quick action on the part of the judiciary. Where the administration was being a trifle thick headed, better wisdom is inducted by the court. Much needed relief for common citizens. However, this should be followed up by a official statement or guideline by the police so as to avoid any manner of ambiguity (which has also been directed in the court order itself).

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This should bring some relief to all those members who posted recently on Team BHP threads about concerns regarding ban on vehicles and cops seizing the vehicles, the honourable Hight Court of Karnataka has intervened after hearing a Public Interest Litigation:

Source:New Indian Express, Bangalore 04 April 2020 - Link

So, all those heading out to nearby places in their car/2 wheeler for essentials that aren't available in their locality, you have a genuine reason and nothing to worry
Has the Hon. Court also defined what is an essential item? For me the medicines for my family may be essential, for a dog lover family dog food could be essential. And in that way based on the mood of an individual anything can be come an essential item. So who will prepare the master list of essential items?
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Has the Hon. Court also defined what is an essential item? For me the medicines for my family may be essential, for a dog lover family dog food could be essential. And in that way based on the mood of an individual anything can be come an essential item. So who will prepare the master list of essential items?
These are tough times and unprecedented, so let's not be so finicky/cynical and make this a big debate. It's very easy to keep writing or asking rhetorical questions and this can go on endlessly.

Point is, if we're stuck in such a situation, can we calmly explain it to the cops and what will be their response ? I think it will be positive if we're genuine. There is still a lot of humanity and empathy left in all of us and the cops will definitely understand the situation. I don't believe all the sensational incidents that are reported in the media until I see something myself or am involved in one directly.

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