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Hameed Ashraf

Bengaluru, India
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About Hameed
Talented and creative journalist committed to high-quality research and writing. I have learnt a lot from my experience as Crime Reporter in Bengaluru. Dedication to sound investigative research methods and a strong desire to know the truth.
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In an interview with News Trail, MA Saleem speaks about the challenges in managing city traffic amid the increasing number of vehicles

12 Feb 2024  |  NEWS TRAIL
Dr. M Abdullah Saleem, the Special Commissioner for Traffic in Bengaluru, discusses the challenges of managing city traffic in an interview with News Trail. With a population of 1.25 crore and 1.04 crore vehicles, the city's traffic issues are exacerbated by the mismatch between road capacity and vehicle volume. Saleem outlines short-term measures like the 'One Way System' and restrictions on heavy vehicles during peak hours to alleviate congestion. He also mentions the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and body-worn cameras to improve traffic management and enforcement transparency. The Traffic Management Centre (TMC) is accessible to residents for feedback and communication.

Josy Joseph: A Journey from Aspiring Civil Servant to Celebrated Investigative Journalist

12 Feb 2024  |  NEWS TRAIL
Josy Joseph, an acclaimed journalist and author, shared his journey into journalism at the Bangalore Literature Festival. Initially aspiring to be a civil servant, Joseph never took the civil services exam and instead became a journalist. He started as a beat reporter but soon sought more impactful stories, leading to his success at Midday in Delhi. Joseph is celebrated for his investigative journalism, which has uncovered major scandals like the Mumbai Adarsh Housing scam and the 2010 Commonwealth Games corruption. His work contributed to the anti-corruption movement in India. He has been recognized as India’s 'best political reporter of 2010' by the Prem Bhatia Trust and was named 'Journalist of the Year' by the Ramnath Goenka Foundation in 2013.

Rising Road Accidents in Bengaluru: A Call for Action

05 Apr 2023  |  NEWS TRAIL
The article by Hameed Ashraf discusses the alarming rise in road accidents and fatalities in Bengaluru, India. Despite legislative efforts, the city recorded an average of two deaths per day in 2022 due to road accidents. The Bengaluru Traffic Police reported 3827 accidents last year, with 777 being fatal. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways noted Bengaluru had the second-highest number of road accident deaths in 2021. Factors contributing to these accidents include a high number of vehicles, inadequate footpaths, and illegal parking. Traffic experts and activists emphasize the need for better pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and improved public transport to reduce reliance on private vehicles. The article suggests that a collaborative effort between traffic authorities and transportation corporations is essential to address the issue effectively.

Husband and friend arrested for staging wife's murder as suicide

07 Feb 2023  |  NEWS TRAIL
In Bengaluru, the Mahalakshmi Layout police have arrested Shiva Shankar and his friend Vinay for the murder of Shankar's wife, Pushpa Latha. Initially thought to be a suicide, as the woman was found hanging in her home, the autopsy report revealed she had been strangled to death. During questioning, Shankar confessed to the crime, admitting he paid Vinay to kill his wife. The police investigation uncovered that Vinay turned off nearby CCTV cameras during the murder and that he is also implicated in another murder case. Both cases are currently under investigation.

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