Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams- 13th September 2018

High-end bikes for police

  • The traffic police have new machines to help them crack down on violations and intervene sooner in case of accidents.
  • The Bengaluru Traffic Police got five brand new modified high-end bikes on 12th September aimed at enhancing enforcement.

What will it be used for?

  • The bikes will be used primarily for quick response by the police department, including to escort senior ministers and visiting dignitaries, during emergencies as part of natural disaster response, and for rushing to accident sites to provide necessary help.

Bike & the design

  • Five Suzuki Gixxer bikes, designed specially for police duty, were handed over to Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshawara by company representatives.
  • These bikes have been designed to accommodate an announcement system, wireless, night visibility lights, siren and boot space to accommodate a first aid kit and traffic gadgets.
  • The bikes, stationed at the headquarters, will act as first responders during an emergency
  • This includes visiting the accident spot and taking stock of the situation, and alerting counterparts for back up.
  • Apart from this, the bikes will also be used as escorts for VIP movement, converted into ambulances when necessary, and for patrolling duty
  • Impressed by the design and the functioning, senior police officials are contemplating booking as many as 900 such vehicles for the traffic police.

What was used earlier?

  • At present, the traffic police have Cheetah bikes (white Pulsars) for patrolling and attending to emergency work.
  • However, with many of them outdated, many traffic policemen are using their own vehicles
  • Replacing the old bikes would be a good move as the traffic police on duty would not only be motivated with the new bikes, but it will also help in image building for the department.
  • Bengaluru was the 15th city after Gurugram, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Chennai, among others, where Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited has distributed Gixxer motorcycles to traffic authorities, apart from 12,000 helmets under the #HelmetForLife campaign.

Child rights panel to take up dog bite cases

  • The Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) has decided to issue summons to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) regarding the dog bite cases that have been reported in the city over the past fortnight.
  • They would review the measures taken by the civic body and pass orders on the action that needs to be taken.
  • A majority of the dog bite victims are children, as they are vulnerable. So, the commission has decided to ensure that all cases pertaining to dog bites are heard by the commission
  • The commission would meet victims, or their families, and ensure that they get compensation.
  • Three cases of dog bites have been reported over the last fortnight. In one case, an 11-year-old boy succumbed to injuries after being attacked by a pack of dogs at Vibhutipura.
  • The BBMP has claimed to have sterilised 18,000 dogs this year.
  • However, animal rights have raised questions over the effectiveness of the Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme.

KIA’s second runway to be powered by LED lights

  • The second runway of Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, the third busiest airport in the country, will be powered by LED airfield lighting, making it India’s first and only such runway.
  • Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), isaid that LED lighting will lead to lower maintenance, reduce power cost, ensure higher levels of safety and efficient operations.
  • As Bengaluru airport gears up to support 55 Air Traffic Movements per hour on its second runway, ensuring safe and efficient operations will remain paramount
  • The second runway is expected to have an advanced CAT-III (B) instrument landing system that can cater to all types of aircraft, including Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8, and is expected to be operational from October 2019.
 Why LED lights?
  • The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies.
  • Light Source: LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of red, green, and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light.
  • Direction: LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses such as recessed downlights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture.
  • Heat: LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.

Mastakabhisheka in February

  • The fourth Maha Mastakabhisheka of Bahubali in Dharmasthala will be performed in February next.
  • The Maha Mastakabhisheka is held once in every 12 years.
  • The padabhisheka to the statue is held every year.


  • The 39-ft high monolithic statue was sculpted by the famous sculptor Renjala Gopalakrishna Shenoy under the aegis of Ratnavarma Heggade in 1973.
  • The statue was then positioned atop the Ratnagiri Hill in the temple town in February 1982 by D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala, after the demise of Ratnavarma Heggade.
  • The transportation of the gigantic monolithic statue, with a pedestal of 13 ft and weighing about 170 tonnes, from Karkala to Dharmasthala was a tremendous challenge.
  • A distance of 64 km was covered on a trolley with 64 wheels, driven by three tractors of 250 HP over treacherously winding roads in 1970.
  • The Maha Mahamastakabhisheka of Bahubali has since been performed thrice in 1982, 1995 and in 2007, with a grand spectacle that brought together many Jain monks and people from all over the country and beyond.
  • The monolithic stone sculpture symbolises renunciation, self-control and subjugation of the ego as the first step towards salvation.
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