Varalakshmi Pooja – Story behind the Vrata

Varalakshmi Pooja – Story behind the Vrata

India is a country with many traditional values, cultures, religions, and festivals. Our country has people of various religions like Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Jain, Christian etc. Some of the festivals are celebrated at the national level whereas some at a regional level. Among many festivals, Varamahalakshmi Vrata is an important Hindu Festival. The day is majorly celebrated in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.

Varamahalakshmi Pooja is a festival to propitiate the goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, one of the Hindu Trinity. This festival is the most auspicious Pooja, performed by a married woman to commemorate Goddess Mahalakshmi.  Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmi (8 Lakshmi)  – Goddesses of Wealth (Shri), Earth (Bhu), Learning (Saraswati), Love (Priti), Fame (Kirti), Peace (Shanti), Pleasure (Tushti) and strength (Pushti) for the well being of all the family members, especially husband, to get progeny etc.

According to Skanda Purana, once Goddess Parvati asked Lord Shiva about a vrata that will be beneficial to women. Lord Shiva then mentioned the importance of Varalakshmi Vrata, which is the most beneficial vrata for women. To illustrate the importance of the Varamahalakshmi Vrat, Lord Shiva narrated the story of Charumati.  Pleased with Charumati’s devotion to her husband and family, Goddess Lakshmi appeared in her dream and asked her to perform the Varalakshmi Vratha. She explained to her the procedures of the Vrata.  The pious Charumati invited all her neighbors, friends and relatives and performed the Varalakshmi puja as directed by Goddess Lakshmi. Soon after the puja, all the people who participated in the puja were blessed with wealth and prosperity.

The prescribed day for the pooja is the Friday of the month of Sravana in the fortnight known as Sukla paksha, preceding the full moon day.  As per beliefs, Varalakshmi was incarnated from the milky ocean or the Kshir Sagar. Varalakshmi is often described as someone with the complexion of milky ocean. While mainly women observe fast on this day, some men also participate.

On the day of the festival women after taking bath, make a rangoli on the place where the kalasha is placed. The sacred Kalasha (brass/copper/silver) filled with rice and topped with fresh betel or mango leaves, a coconut and cloth are placed on the mandala and Lakshmi is invoked. Goddess Lakshmi is invoked by decorating the Kalasa with flowers, jewelry, vastra, fruits, dry fruits, fresh grains, sweets, and savories. Someplace coins or rupee notes or make a garland of notes. The Vratha is performed with the beginning of Puja to Lord Ganesha. Then the main worship of Varalakshmi begins.  A holy thread which is tied during Varalakshmi Pooja is called as Doraka and sweets offered to Varalakshmi is known as Vayana.

If one misses the Varalakshmi Vrata day or failed to observe it, they can do it during the following Friday or another option is to observe it during a Friday in Dusheera/Navaratri.

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Rahi Sarnobat wins gold at Asian Games in 25 m Pistol shooting.

Rahi Sarnobat wins gold at Asian Games in 25 m Pistol shooting.

Rahi Jeevan Sarnobat (October 30, 1990)  is a female athlete from India who competes in the event of 25 meters pistol shooting.

Rahi Sarnobat scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a shooting gold at the Asian Games after winning the 25m pistol event in Palembang.   Two shoot-offs to decide the gold medal but the Indian Rahi Sarnobat held her nerve and got the gold in the end.

Sarnobat shot a score of 34 in the final to tie with Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon who won silver after a shoot-off while South Korea’s Kim Minjung won bronze with a score of 29.  This is easily the biggest medal of her career.

Sarnobat had first shot to prominence after winning a gold medal at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune in the same event. She also won two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, when she won the 25m pistol pairs event with Anisa Sayyed besides a silver in the individual event.

Congratulations Rahi Jeevan Sarnobat on your achievement.

Read more related to Pistol shooting: https://www.bangalorean.com/sports/youth-olympics-2018/manu-bhaker-shoots-gold-in-10m-pistol-at-youth-olympics/

Divya Kakran wins bronze in Wrestling at Jakarta

Divya Kakran wins bronze in Wrestling at Jakarta

Divya Kakran (born 1998) is a freestyle wrestler.  She lives at Gokulpur in East Delhi.  Divya Kakran belongs to a middle-class family of Sain Community of Purbaliyan Village. Divya’s whole family is involved in wrestling. Father, Suraj, sells wrestling goods at traditional tournaments. Mother, Sanyogita, stitches “langots”, traditional loincloths. Brother, Dev, wound down his own wrestling career to focus on his sister as her main sparring partner.

The Commonwealth Championship gold medalist did extremely well to win the bout against Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wenling with technical superiority with the final scoreline reading 10-0. Divya used her strength wisely and completely dominated her bout, ending the match in under one minute 30 seconds.   This is India’s third medal in wrestling after Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat claimed gold in their respective categories.

Congratulations Divya Kakran on your success.

Read more related to Wrestling: https://www.bangalorean.com/sports/vinesh-phogat-brings-home-gold-in-wrestling-jakarta-asian-games-2018/

Rajannana Maga – Kannada Movie

Rajannana Maga – Kannada Movie

The most awaited movie from Kolar Seenu is ready for release ‘Rajannana Maga’ starring Harish, Akshatha Sreedhar Shastry, Rajesh Nataranga and Charan Rajas. Charan Rajas

Rajannana Maga is an upcoming Kannada movie scheduled to be released on 17 Aug 2060. The movie is directed by Kolar Seenu and will feature Harish, Akshatha Sreedhar Shastry, Rajesh Nataranga, and Charan Rajas lead characters.

After ‘Just Marvel’ movie, Kolar Seenu has Directed along with Story, Screenplay by him.

Charan Rajas Kannada movie after a long back, his character, and acting is something to look out at in the movie.

Sanjeev Rajput gets India a Silver Medal in shooting

Sanjeev Rajput gets India a Silver Medal in shooting

Sanjeev Rajput (5 January 1981) is an Indian Shooter born to Krishan Lal of Jagadhri.  He went to SD Public School at Jagadhri, Haryana.  At the age of 18, he joined the Indian Navy as a sailor.

Rajput ended with a score of 452.7 to finish second behind Zicheng Hui of China, who came out of nowhere to clinch the gold medal with a score of 453.3. Takayuki Matsumoto of Japan bagged the bronze with a score of 441.4.  Rajput dominated the proceedings in the keeling and prone positions. However, an erratic show in the standing round put paid to his hopes of gold.

Sanjeev Rajput is an Arjun Awardee.  Congratulations.

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Shooting Bronze medal to Abhishek Verma at Jakarta

Shooting Bronze medal to Abhishek Verma at Jakarta

Abhishek Verma who is 29 years old (August 1, 1989) is a shooter.  The lack of experience did not deter him and the Haryana shooter is now the India No 1 in 10m air pistol, shooting 585 in qualification and then winning the gold beating Deepak Sharma, Jitu Rai and Amanpreet Singh in the Selection Trials.  What makes his success even more remarkable is the fact that this shooter started competing only three years ago.

For a hobby shooter turned professional, making his debut at an event as prestigious as the Asian Games is a fascinating story. But his journey to the India berth is even more interesting. Before picking up a pistol, Verma has tried his hand at law, Indian Administrative Service and computer science. However, he found his true calling once he moved from his native Haryana to Gurgaon.  In 2015, a shooting range opened near where he was staying at Hissar and he joined it.  He started it as a hobby, not as a career. The hobby led to Verma representing his university in the All India University Games and a fifth-place finish there made him participate in the Shooting Nationals for the first time in 2015.  But it was a long journey to participate in the Asian Games.

Now he is a star and has won a medal for India.  Congratulations Abhishek Verma on your achievement

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Deepak Kumar Gets Silver at Jakarta Asian Games shooting

Deepak Kumar Gets Silver at Jakarta Asian Games shooting

Deepak Kumar (born 5 November 1987) is an Indian Sport Shooter. This is Deepak’s first medal at a major tournament. Earlier this year, he finished fourth and fifth at the Guadalajara World Cup and Commonwealth Games respectively.

His entry into the sport was almost accidental. “Jaspal Rana’s  (former World No. 1 pistol shooter) academy was a couple kilometers away from his  Gurukul  in Poundha. One day Jaspal’s father came up to Guruji and urged him to send some of the students to the academy for shooting classes free of charge. He felt that the students would do well in the sport since the students practiced meditation, which was a much-needed virtue.   His journey started from there.

Deepak Kumar shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top with a games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range at Jakarta. Dee[al then shot a 10.8 to get the better of Raci (205.2) who combined with Apurvi Chandela to win bronze the air rifle mixed event.

 
Heena sidhu bags bronze medal in shooting

Lakshya Sheoran bags silver at Jakarta Asian Games

Lakshya Sheoran bags silver at Jakarta Asian Games

Young Lakshya Sheoran has brought smiles on the faces of every Indian!   Lakshya Sheoran settled for silver in the men’s trap finals to add another medal to the Indian haul at the 2018 Asian Games.  Lakshay managed to hit a total of 43 out of maximum shots of 50.   He finished at the second spot in the men’s trap shooting event in the 18th edition of Asian Games.

Lakshay, a product of Sports Authority of India’s Sonepat Centre of Excellence, was making his Asian Games debut.  Lakshay, who has competed in many World Championships at the junior level, kept his cool to produce a perfect 5/5 when only the top three contenders were left to assure himself of a silver medal.

Our shooters continue to make us proud! Congratulations Lakshay Sheoran for winning Silver medal.

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Saurabh Chaudhary clinches gold at Asian Games in Shooting

Saurabh Chaudhary clinches gold at Asian Games in Shooting

Saurabh Chaudhary is an Indian Sports Shooter.  He is 16 years old born to a Jaat family in Kalina village in Meerut, Uttara Pradesh.  He only took up the sport three years ago.  Saurabh Chaudhary, making his Asian Games debut, shot a record score of 240.7 to pip Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7) in an exciting final to add a gold to India’s medal tally.

He became only the fifth Indian shooter to claim gold in the Asian Games history, beating a field of multiple worlds and Olympic champions in the 10m air pistol finals.  Chaudhary, son of a farmer based in Kalina Village in Meerut, aggregated 240.7. The 42-year-old Matsuda from Japan misfired on the 23rd shot, an 8.9, to settle for silver. He scored 239.7.

Chaudhary also set a Games record with his sensational effort. His last two shots were a 10.2 and 10.4, giving him the decisive lead.  Congratulations to the young achiever.

Read more related to Asian Shooting games: https://www.bangalorean.com/sports/shardul-vihan-bags-silver-shooting/

Vinesh Phogat brings home Gold in Wrestling, Jakarta Asian Games 2018.

Vinesh Phogat brings home Gold in Wrestling, Jakarta Asian Games 2018.

Vinesh Phogat (born 25 August 1994) is an Indian Wrestler who comes from a successful background of wrestling with her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, both international wrestlers and Common Wealth Games medalists as well.  Vinesh is the daughter of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat’s ‘s younger brother Rajpal Phogat from Haryana. Balali village in Bhiwani in Haryana is the most famous village which has created many sports talent.  Wrestling coach Mahavir Phogat has a major contribution in this regard.

Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in both Common Wealth Games at Gold Coast and now in the Asian Games at Jakarta. Vinesh Phogat created history by winning first-ever gold at Asian games in freestyle wrestling. Her coach is Woller Akos from Hungary.    She outclassed Yuki Irie of Japan 8-2 in the 50kg category.  Showing impressive skill and composure Vinesh executed her game plan astutely.

According to Vinesh, it was “a phenomenal feeling to see all the hard work, sweat and long hours spent on the mat paying off”.

Congratulations Vinesh Phogat for winning gold in the Asian Games.
Mens kabaddi gets bronze medal at jakarta

Raids at Different places by Anti Corruption Bureau in Karnataka

Raids at Different places by Anti Corruption Bureau in Karnataka


Anti Corruption bureau was established in 2016.  The bureau comes under the Department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms of Karnataka State Government.  It is headed by a senior IPS officer.  The bureau is divided into 7 ranges in the State.  Those are the Central Range, Southern Range, Eastern Range, Western Range, Northern Range, North-East Range, Bellari Range.  The police Inspectors are given rights to investigate the offenses under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau is an agency which is responsible for collecting intelligence reports pertaining to corruption and having a liaison with the different Government Departments through Vigilance Officers, attending to complaints about bribery and corruption, investigating the offenses and prosecuting the same to prevent corruption.  In order to effectively tackle the menace of corruption in Governance, the Government of Karnataka has established the Anti-Corruption Bureau.

  • On 1st August 2018, a Bengaluru resident had sought conversion of B.N.English School into an un-aided category at Department Director, Department of Public instructions.  Mr.Panchakshari, F.D.A. at the Department of Public instructions demanded Rs.25,000/- as a bribe for the same.  he was caught while taking the bribe from the complainant.
  • On 7th August 2018 Mr.Shivakumar.H Superintendent Engineer, Hemavathi Canal Zone, Tumakuru was raided on the basis of amassed disproportionate assets.  Raids were conducted at his residents and also at his father’s residence.  Cash and property documents, gold and silver were found and seized.
  • On 8th August 2018, a resident of Tumakuru had sought closure of a case belonging to his ancestral property pending before Pavagada court.  Mr.Thippurao, Tahsildar, demanded Rs.10,000/- to close the case.  The ACB of Tumakuru trapped Mr.Thippurao and arrested him.
  • A resident of Belagavi has sanctioned a subsidy of Rs.17,500/- for the dairy farming purpose by Karnataka Maharshi Valmiki Scheduled Tribe Development Corporation Ltd.  Mr.Manjunath Sidappa Patil demanded Rs.3,000/- to release the sanctioned amount.  On 9th August 2018, the ACB, Belagavi arrested Mr.Manjunath Siddappa while accepting the bribe.
  • Under the Ganga Kalyana Scheme, a resident of Kolar district was allotted a free bore-well.  Mr.Manju, a computer operator of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Development Corporation Ltd. Demanded Rs.6,000/- for sanctioning the drilling of the bore-well.  On 9th August 2018, the ACB, Kolar arrested Mr.Manju while accepting the bribe.
  • Sri. Prabhuswamy represented India in World Master Game held at Newzealand for Specially-abled.  He won Gold medals in Javelin and Shot-put.  Government as a token of appreciation announced a cash reward to him.  He applied for the cash reward through Mysuru City Corporation (MCC).  Mr.Tej Kumar, FDA, MCC demanded Rs.2,000/-as bribe to issue the cash reward.  The ACB, Mysuru trapped and arrested Mr.Tej Kumar on 10th August 2018.
  • Shri. Chandrashekar.K. demanded Rs.40,000/- (Rs.10,000/- per month) for 4 months to run a granite factory.  On 16th August 2018, ACB, Chikkaballapur arrested Mr. Chandrashekar while receiving the bribe.
  • On 21st August 2018, two Government officials who have amassed assets beyond their source of income  (a) Mr.K.Bhimana Gowda, Assistant Manager, The Davangere District Central Co-operative Bank Ltd. and  (b) Mr.A.Chinappa, FDA, Rural District Water, and Sanitation Department Shikaripura were raided.

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BBMP demolishes around 400 houses in Bellandur

BBMP demolishes around 400 houses in Bellandur

The Bengaluru Maha Nagara Palike on Saturday razed around 400 houses at Kariyammana Agrahara near Belandur as ‘encroachment’. Around 1500 people became homeless as the JCB razed houses to the ground reportedly done due to complaints from residents of nearby apartments.

The residents said that no prior notices were issued by the civic agency.  The residents are maids, drivers, security guards, rag pickers.  The homeless included school going children and senior citizens.  Located next to an apartment complex, the residents are predominantly from the States of West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh and been living for 8 years.

According to BBMP officials, several warnings had been given to the residents as they were living as squatters on the private land. “There were enough announcements asking them to vacate the spot before demolition was taken up”.

BBMP officials said that the settlement was in proximity of the lake and was a violation of the buffer zone violations.

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Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar bag bronze medal in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team at Jakara Asian Games 2018.

Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar bag bronze medal in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team at Jakara Asian Games 2018.

Apurvi Singh Chandela (born 4 January 1993) is an Indian Shooter who competes in the 10 metre air rifle event.   Chandela was born in Jaipur. Her father is Kuldeep Singh Chandela, a hotelier, and mother is Bindu Rathore.

Ravi Kumar is an Indian Sport Shooter. Kumar was born on January 1, 1990 in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.   He is an alumnus from Delhi University, India. He is working in Indian Air Force.

Indian shooters came up good on Sunday as India opened their medals account on the first day of the Asian Games in Indonesia. Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar finished strongly at 429.9 score to bag the bronze medal for India in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event.  The duo of Chandela-Kumar scored 429.9 in the five-team final to clinch the third spot. Chinese Taipei’s Yingshin Lin and Shaochuan Lu won gold with a score — and Games Record — of 494.1 while China’s Ruozhu Zhao and Haoran Yang finished with a silver, scoring 492.5.  This is both Chandela and Kumar’s first medal at the Asian Games.  Congratulations and best wishes for future.

India’s first gold @ Asian Games 2018 by Bajrang Punia

India’s first gold @ Asian Games 2018 by Bajrang Punia

Bajrang Punia (born 26 February 1994) is a freestyle wrestler.  Punia was born in Khudan village of Jhajjar district in the state of Haryana.  He began wrestling at the age of seven and was encouraged to pursue the sport by his father.

Bajrang Punia has bagged the country’s first gold medal of the 2018 Asian Games held at Jakarta Palembang.  He outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchelor (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout. The final against Daichi Takatani of Japan was a close-fought encounter but Bajrang Punia managed to win with an 11-8 scoreline.

Bajrang Punia, who came into the Asian Games as favorite to win the gold in this category, beat his Japanese opponent in the final bout.  The 24-year-old Indian had won three consecutive gold medals — Common Wealth Games (Gold Coast), Tbilisi Grand Prix (Georgia) and Yasar Dogu International (Istanbul) — ahead of the Asian Games.  He is also an  Arjun Award winner.

Congratulations Bajrang Punia for the memorable victory in the 65 kg. freestyle wrestling.  Kudos for clinching India’s first Gold at Asian games 2018.  We are proud of you.  Best wishes for your future endeavors.

Read more about Bajrang Punia:https://www.bangalorean.com/sports/bajrang-punia-no-1-in-wrestling/

3rd Test – Ind vs Eng

3rd Test – Ind vs Eng

Before Ind walks into to BAT, We hope Ind will pull out the 3rd Test with a WIN or with a draw.

Openers should do the trick, Virat’s 38th Test match and never played same 11 in 2 continuous matches.

definitely, all 11 facing the HEAT of Eng, Hope they get through, its Mind vs Game.

Good start, 280+ would be a good score to lead in the 1st innings

3rd test: Rishabh Pant 1st Test, Hope he can replace the hunt for a Wicket Keeper for Ind and give rest to the Selector’s excuses.

for Eng, they might want to lead 3-0 but would they take RISK or just play the usual game?

Indian selector will address the challenges how players facing while they play overseas, especially the pitch and the selection of the best 11.

Come on guys, you can do it better.

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee:

Atal Bihari Vajpayee:

What a great Statesman.  He was the first head of Government from outside the Congress party to serve a full 5 years term, as a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).   India has lost a great son.  He was loved and respected by millions.  He lived for the nation and served it for decades.  He was a great personality, a steadfast and a universally accepted leader.  The void left behind will remain forever.  He was known for his unique oratory style, poetic vein and a great statesman.

Aided by an inherent charisma, Vajpayee collected friends and admirers, many for life as he progressed through a career largely spent in the opposition.  He was loyal to those whose affection he commanded.  An instinctive reformer, he backed privatization and promoted de-regulation.  He deepened economic reforms and expanding India’s foreign policy with US and Russia and made terrorism the focus of relations with Pakistan.

He was quite adventurous when it came to trying out new dishes and generous in his compliments.

The 8 decisive moments he took as the PM of India :

  1. Pokhran 2 (1998) – carrying out nuclear tests
  2. Operation Vijay (June-July 1999) – Kargil war
  3. Ride to Lahore (1999) – Direct bus between India and Pakistan
  4. Hijacking of IC-814 (1991) – hijack at Kandahar – release of terrorists
  5. Agra Summit (July 2001) – discussion of nuclear arsenals between India and Pakistan
  6. Gujarat riots (2002) – Non-dismissal of Narendra Modi as CM of Gujarat
  7. Parliament Attack(2001) – Demobilization by Musharaff Government
  8. Composite Dialogue (2004) – Meeting Musharaff on the sidelines of SAARC summit.

Vajpayee made his mark as a leader of substance who would use a turn of phrase or a pause to speak volumes.

Our salute and respect to one of the greatest leaders of India. An interesting comment I saw today on the topic of the passing of Atal Vajpayee ji RIP (Return if possible) Sir.

Nature’s fury @ Madikeri, Coorg and Chikkamagaluru

Nature’s fury @ Madikeri, Coorg and Chikkamagaluru

Nature’s fury Heavy rains create havoc in the land of Coffee.  Life continued to be affected in Madikeri and Coorg owing to heavy rains in the Kodagu district for the past few days and with no signs of respite.  Unrelenting rains continue to wreak havoc with incidents of landslides, flooding of villages and stranded people. Many places have been marooned due to overflowing river and connectivity to parts of the district has been badly affected due to landslips.    Traffic movement within the district is affected and local people are forced to walk due to disruption in transportation.

As a result of copious rainfall that struck the region in the last months, landslides occurred at numerous places of the district causing widespread damages to houses, private-public properties abutting the hillocks.  The district is on high alert as many hillocks damaged by cuts for construction of houses and roads have developed cracks and may fall anytime.

The heavy rainfall and winds continuing across the district have left behind a trail of destruction in the district. Scenes of uprooted trees, collapsed structures and houses were a common sight across the district. Roads in many areas of the Madikeri City Corporation were submerged, affecting traffic movement.   People are being evacuated from the flooded areas using boats and rafts. The ground has turned soft by the increased water flow. People living in hilly areas are in danger of landslides.  National Disaster Response Force was pressed into action for relief work at the worst affected Kushalnagar.  Army has been called for the rescue operation which is expected to land in the district.

The incessant rain that has lashed Chikkamagaluru district in the past months have left the planters worried.  Coffee. Pepper and areca nut are the worst affected in many parts of the district.  Hundreds of acres of plantation and paddy fields have been inundated following heavy rain.

Donors who want to make a difference to the helpless people in these regions can come to the Bangalorean.com platform and serve the needy.

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Jibran Munaver – Prosthetic eye maker, Cricketer and Chef

Jibran Munaver – Prosthetic eye maker, Cricketer and Chef

 Jibran at his new restaurant in BDA Complex, Banashankari 2nd Stage. Initially, he seemed friendly, creative and enterprising due to his unique idea of a vegetarian Lebanese restaurant – Foodizo Cafe – that has over 40 types of mocktails. There was something more special with his talents and skills.
   Following the advice of his uncle who is a famous eye surgeon, Jibran trained at the International Prosthetic Center in Hyderabad. He now makes medically approved eye prosthesis that he handcrafts with acrylic at his clinic in HSR Layout. There are less than a hundred people in India and just three in Bangalore including Jibran who make these optic prostheses.
   He has helped over 5,000 people in Bangalore to look normal again after losing an eye due to accidents or medical problems. With the help of these acrylic eyes, optically challenged people are able to socialize again with confidence. Jibran was formerly working at Narayana Netralaya and he now consults at Manipal Hospital at Salem, Manipal University and many hospitals in Bangalore. Most of the prosthetic implant surgeries are performed at Jibran Prosthetic Eye Center which is also known as De Cure Center.
   Jibran helps many people from the background and is a gem to our city. He is also a good cook and often experiments on recipes to add to his cafe. He is also a Karnataka state level sportsman who plays cricket professionally as an all-rounder.
Blog by: Ananthsimha M.A.
Ananthsimha M.A.  along with Jibran Munaver
Indiranagar Residents protest against demolition of BDA Complex at Indiranagar

Indiranagar Residents protest against demolition of BDA Complex at Indiranagar

A protest was held recently against the proposed demolition of the BDA complex, a building in Indiranagar which houses 165 tenants and government offices.  The complex is spread over 6.03 acres will be redeveloped under the PPP model at an estimated cost of Rs.657 crore.   The BDA has already issued tenders for the project.

The redeveloped structure would apparently have two huge blocks, housing over 1000 car parks, 6,50,000 sq.ft. of retail and mall space and 3,50,000 sq.ft. of commercial office space with a total built-up area of 14.95 lakh sq. feet versus the current 1.34 lakh sq. feet. This will be over 11 times the size of the current structure!!!!

The residents opposed to the plan of the Bangalore Development Authority to demolish the existing complex and claimed if demolished, then an environment-friendly tree park should come in its place.  The Residents Welfare Association (RAW) of Indiranagar and a citizen group i-change Indiranagar are against the demolition. They prefer to get it renovated and maintained.  The complex is only 32 years old and RAW and i-change Indiranagar think that any decision on the development by BDA should be done after discussing with the residents.

If as per BDA’s plan, a new complex is built, it will result in 171 trees being axed which is against the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Regulations.  The complex also lies within the 75-meter buffer zone of the adjoining Kadirena Palya lake where any development is banned as per NGT order.  There are two Rajakaluves literally abutting the Complex.

According to the RAW, Indiranagar, the proposed structure will increase in vehicular pollution, sound pollution, traffic congestion.  The redevelopment will only ensure there is a huge overload on public infrastructure and a breakdown of control of traffic.  Residents are already feeling the stress and inconvenience of illegal commercialization of residential bye-lanes.

Is it worth causing distress and inconvenience to the residents? The residents want this place to be a lung space, a carbon sink and an oxygen producing area for the public and the future generations.

Read more related to Indiranagar: https://www.bangalorean.com/bengaluru-bangalore-cv-raman-nagar/indiranagar-residents-protest-rampant/

Shaky Varthur bridge – repair to continue for 30 more days

Shaky Varthur bridge – repair to continue for 30 more days

The repair work of the Varthur bridge will take another 30 days to be completed, according to BBMP officials.  The bridge, situated along State Highway 35, has been wobbling since the second week of May due to heavy vehicular movement.  As a safety measure, the Whitefield traffic police have barred heavy vehicles from plying on the bridge. Movement of heavy vehicles has been banned on the 17-year-old bridge across varthur lake –  the only link between Whitefield and Varthur.

According to BBMP officials, one of the reasons for the bridge to develop this problem is the explosion in traffic volume in the area.  Residents are of the opinion that this bridge would have never been designed for heavy traffic. That is the main reason it is crumbling and falling apart. Repairing will not solve the problem in the long run. Best would be to build another bridge near to it for heavy traffic vehicles.

After the initial inspection of the bridge, the BBMP officials admitted that there was a vibration in span 3 and span 2 during the movement of heavy vehicles.  They also said that when multi-axle vehicles cross the bridge it vibrates.  The lab report of Civil Aid indicated that there was some problem in the bearings of Span 3 resulting in vibration and they have observed damage in the deck and girders and some of the bearings.

The BBMP is planning a new bridge adjacent to the old bridge.   The Palike began preparations for a new bridge designed for all vehicles as part of Varthur road-expansion project.  The officials said irregular attendance of laborers, due to delay in untimely supply of materials has contributed to the delay.

Some of the residents are of the opinion easy and lazy option to indulge in expenditure to invest in inefficiency to make weak structures. The tradition continues.  Is there enough space for a new bridge?  What was the estimated life of this bridge and who is responsible for short charging public money? Why not an inquiry by ombudsmen so that the new bridge has no such defects?

Read more related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/general/toxic-bengaluru-bellandur-varthur-lakes/

Youngest Indian Golf Player Viraj Madappa secures record-breaking victory

Youngest Indian Golf Player Viraj Madappa secures record-breaking victory

Viraj Madappa delighted the home crowd when he closed with a four-under-par  67 to claim a two-shot victory for his first Asian Tour title at the TAKE Solutions Masters.  Apart from becoming the youngest Asian Tour winner from India, Madappa is also the first rookie and youngest player to win on Tour this season. He takes home a winner’s prize purse of US$63,000 and earned a one-year winner exemption on the region’s premier Tour.  It’s been a tough journey. A lot of hard work has been put in from all members of the team. Madappa became the youngest Indian to win on the Asian Tour, beating the record held by Gaganjeet Bhullar who won the Indonesia Invitational when he was 21.

In 2018, he qualified to play at the Asian Tour through the tough qualifying school.  It took him just 7 months to find his feet as he became only the 3rd Indian to win a title in his rookie year on the Asian tour.

He hails from Kolkata but is now based in Bengaluru and trained by Tarun Sardesai at the Tarun Sardesai academy.  It was a big decision, which involved a lot of sacrifices. After graduating school, Madappa gained admission to the Texas A&M in the United States to study a Bachelor of Arts degree while playing on the college golf team in 2016. The young Indian, however, only stayed there for a semester before deciding to return home to play professional golf.

When it comes to golf, the Kolkata-born Madappa is possessed with the single-mindedness of a pit bull terrier. Take the story of how he started playing for instance. He recalls facing serious overweight issues as a seven-year-old and how his dad decided to take him for swimming lessons to the Tollygunge Club. Young Madappa just hated being in the water and would run to the 18th green of the club at the first instance to watch the golfers. It did not take long for him to be bitten by the golf bug. Once he started playing junior golf, then under the tutelage of Indrajit Bhalotia, Madappa knew he had to lose weight and improve his fitness levels. He went about with a vengeance.  At 6ft 2in and built like a world-class sprinter, Madappa is one of the fittest and strongest players on the Asian circuit. The future belongs to him.

Read more about youngest players in India: https://www.bangalorean.com/sports/prithvi-shaw-slams-test-century-on-debut/

Independent India @ 72

Independent India @ 72


Independent India: the stroke of today’s midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom,” said Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, on 15th August 1947 after the country got freedom from the British rule.  India was born as a free democratic country which had many challenges ahead. During the past 72 years,  India has built a modern economy, remained a democracy, and lifted millions out of poverty.  India has overcome different hurdles and earned global recognition in various fields.  After independence, the Hindu-Muslim riots, wars with Pakistan and with China, a series of droughts and a spiraling population affected development.

This Independence Day, don’t just celebrate the freedom but take pride in what India has achieved. India has gone through several changes over the years. From the political arena to the social life, Indians have witnessed major changes in their lives.  The greatest achievements of India in different fields are :

Independent India’s greatest achievements in different fields are:
  • India designed and built Asia’s first nuclear reactor ‘Apsara’ on August 4, 1956. India currently has 21 nuclear reactors in operation in 7 nuclear power plants.
  • India designed first space satellite, ‘Aryabhata’, in 1975 named after an Indian astronomer Aryabhata.
  • Indian Space Research Organisation, India’s space agency, successfully launched Mars Orbiter Mission to probe Mars. It is the first Asian nation to reach Mars orbit, and the first nation in the world to do so in its first attempt.
  • India successfully launched Chandrayaan in order to explore the moon. On the greatest achievements of Chadrayaan was the discovery of the widespread presence of water molecules in the lunar soil.
  • Railway network in India was nationalized in 1951 and Indian Railways became one of the largest railway networks.
  • India gave every adult the right to vote from its first day.   Women have held high offices in India including that of the President, Prime Minister, Speaker of the Lok Sabha and Leader of the Opposition.
  • India is one of the four countries that refused to sign Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty on the matter of principle. India has one of the largest supplies of thorium in the world.
  • India successfully launched a nuclear submarine called INS Arihant class.

The bureaucracy, unfortunately, is aped from the British. The incredible diversity of the country would make it impossible for any single reform to be acceptable to all. Last but not the least one would say there is way too much freedom for the good of social reformation.  Having said all of that, I am incredibly proud to be an Indian. History has on record that we as a nation had been pillaged and conquered by many forces, but the spirit of the nation still survives and I am confident that she shall endure.  Jai Hind. Vande Mataram.

Read more about India: https://www.bangalorean.com/ngo/bengaluru-city-ngos-find-job-disabled/

Go-kart

Go-kart

Kart racing or karting is a variant of open-wheel motorsport with small, open, four-wheeled vehicles called karts, go-karts, or gearbox/shifter karts depending on the design. They are usually raced on scaled-down circuits. Karting is commonly perceived as the stepping stone to the higher ranks of motorsports, for example Ginetta Juniors, FIA Formula 4, FIA Formula 3, FIA Formula 2 and FIA Formula 1, with former F1 champions such as Nico Rosberg, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher beginning their careers in karting.

Go-kart in India is picking up and may-be its time to see an Indian makes it to International standards.

Go-Kart @ Namma Bengaluru is in every corner, It host multiple events and also fun filled driving.

Pic: Burnout (Cafe/Go-Karting/Pool Billiards)

India to Bharat?

India to Bharat?

should India renamed to "Bharat"

The scriptures say “jambu dweepe Bhaarata varshe….” And from time immemorial a meaningful Samskrita ‘padham’ Bhaarat, has been in vogue: no one can deny this. Yet, our Constitution included the name India and liberally allowed everyone to use it even after attaining Independence from foreign invaders.

The Concept of Nation must sink into everyone’s mind, because nation is just an idea. When this idea burns through the mind, sinks into the heart and the passion rises towards it, then you have the real nation.
Otherwise nation would be just on papers and this would be the unfortunate reality for us.

After Bombay became Mumbai in 1995, Madras to Chennai in 1996, Calcutta to Kolkata in 2001, Trivandrum to Thiruvananthapuram in 1991 and Bangalore to Bengaluru in 2014.

Watch Sadhguru explaining the importance of a “Name”

Book Festival at Bengaluru

Good News for all book lovers……..The Bengaluru book Festival invites bookworms and bibliophiles to bask in the winter sun in the Garden City of India — as this festival brings the world to ‘Namma Bengaluru’.  The country’s biggest publishers, distributors, exports and importers are expected to participate in the biggest ever show.

The festival intends to celebrate the creative spirit and commemorate the literary diversity it offers, bringing it in conversation with the best minds in the world of literature within.  Besides Kannada and English, the festival would also feature stalls of Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Marathi, Manipuri, Bengali and other different language books.  The last book festival was held 2 years back.

There will be about 300 stalls of which 80 to 100 stalls will be Kannada books.  The added sweetener for book lovers are the discounts offered on all titles.  A 15% discount would be offered on all books.  The book festival is open to the public and the entry fee is Rs.20 and the entry is free for school and college students. It starts on October 15 and closed on October 21.  Publishers such as Kuvempu Bashabharati, Kannada Sahitya Parishat, and Kendra Sahitya Academy have been urged to provide up to 50% discount during the festival.

Read more related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/bangalore-literature-festival-2018/ 

Indian flag bearer at The Asian Games in Jakarta is Neeraj Chopra

Indian flag bearer at The Asian Games in Jakarta is Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra, 20 years old (born 24 December 1997) is an Indian track and field athlete competing in the Javelin throw. He is from the Chandra Village, Panipat, Haryana.  He is currently coached by Uwe Hohn who is a retired German track and field athlete He is the only athlete to throw a javelin 100 meters or more, with his World record of 104.80 m

Neeraj Chopra won a gold medal at the South Asian Games 2016 with a throw of 82.23 m, where he equaled the Indian National record.  He also won a gold medal in IAAP World U20 Championships 2016 at Bydgoszcz, Poland. He got a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast this year.  The star athlete struck a gold medal in the Savo Games in Finland after he defeated his Chinese Taipei rival Chao-Tsun Cheng in July, after throwing 85.69 m to warm up for the Asian Games showdown.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will be the flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the upcoming Asian Games 2018 at Jakarta in Indonesia.   He said he is “thrilled to be chosen as the flag bearer of the Asian Games. It is a huge honor to be leading the Indian contingent in such a big event”.

Neeraj, the country’s first under-20 World champion and the first Commonwealth Games javelin gold medalist, will start as the favorite in the Asian Games which begins on August 18.  No man or woman has ever won a javelin gold at the Asiad.  Neeraj Chopra is expected to be India’s best gold medal prospect in Jakarta. The 2018 Asian Games will take place from August 18 to September 2 and will be held in Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang. Track and field events start on August 25 in the Asian Games.

Read more about Neeraj Chopra: https://www.bangalorean.com/sports/javeline-thrower-neeraj-chopra-bags-gold/

Facility of wheelchair at Railway Stations

Facility of wheelchair at Railway Stations

To help differently abled, ailing and elders, the South Western Railway provide wheel chairs at major stations.

Help-Age India an NGO and a technological firm supplied 60 wheelchairs at Bengaluru city station. The balance 65 wheelchairs will be presented on world elders day which falls on 1st October.

The South Western Railway is planning in providing lifts and escalators at stations for easy movement of passengers with special needs.  Differently abled friendly toilets are being provided at all stations.

Elderly, ailing and differently abled train travellers can now book an ‘e-wheelchair’ online through the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation’s website, irctctourism.com free of cost depending on the availability of wheelchair on first come first serve basis.  To book wheelchair, one needs to enter their PNR on the website mentioned above and follow the instructions.  They will have to fill in the required details and request a booking. Once the booking is done, the applicant can take a print out of the voucher, which will be required at the time of collection of the wheelchair.  Wheel chair is provided free of cost in almost all tier-1 and tier-2 railway stations in India.

 

 

TDR halts road widening projects

Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) is a voluntary, incentive-based program that allows landowners to sell development rights from their land to a developer or other interested party who then can use these rights to increase the density of development at another designated location.  While the seller of development rights still owns the land and can continue using it, an easement is placed on the property that prevents further development.

When the Government undertakes the compulsory acquisition of individual land parcels for creating infrastructural projects in a city, it is required to compensate the landowners. The compensation provided by the Government is usually lower than the market rate, and hence they introduced the concept of Transferable Development Rights. These rights are obtained in the form of certificates, which the owner can use for himself or can trade in the market for cash. The Transferable Development Rights are usually transferred from the fully developed zones to other zones and not vice-versa.

Karnataka government’s revised Transferable Development Rights (TDR) scheme introduced to make compensation more attractive for landowners who lose property for public infrastructure projects — has found no takers in Bengaluru city.

The new rules were aimed at offering a better package to land losers and also to prevent large-scale misuse of the earlier TDR scheme. The revised scheme offers TDR at two times the value of the land acquired whereas under the old scheme the value was limited to 1.5 times.  BBMP officials reveal they have not received any request for a Development Right Certificate (DRC) from land losers and that people prefer monetary compensation. But BBMP is crash strapped.

Read more related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/bengaluru-bangalore-bommanahalli/gottigere-lake-shrink-road-widening/

Demolition of Jayadeva flyover

Demolition of Jayadeva flyover

The Flyover known as Jayadeva Flyover transformed a once chaotic traffic junction into signal free since 2006, is all set to reduce to a pile of rubble, paving way for Namma Metro.

The BMRCL is planning to demolish the flyover which was constructed by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) which spent Rs.21 crores and was thrown open to the public in 2006.  The demolition work of this 12-year-old structure will begin in 3 months after the road widening projects are completed and heavy vehicles are diverted to alternative roads. Rs.21 crores of taxpayers money just gone. The traffic snarls at Jayadeva Flyover junction on the ring road are likely to continue till metro officials widen the roads.  An underpass along Bannerghatta road will, however, remain unaffected.

The demolition of the flyover, according to BMRCL, will make space for the construction of an elevated road from RV Road to HSR Layout and an interchange metro station that would criss-cross RV Road — Bommasandra line as well as Gottigere — Nagawara line of Phase II.

The civil work was awarded to Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) and URC Construction in July 2017  at a cost of 797.29 crores. The contract includes construction of five elevated stations, road-cum-rail flyover, and road widening works.   The five stations are the Central Silk Board, BTM Layout, Jayadeva Hospital, Ragigudda, and RV Road. The project is to be completed in 36 months.
According to the CPRO of BMRCL, above the existing underpass, the ground level road will be constructed (Level 1). Over this will be the two-way, four-lane elevated road (Level 2). The concourse level where the station and ticketing counters will be is next on the pile (Level 3). The train will go on the RV Road- Bommasandra line, above all this (Level 4). The tip of this mountain is Gottigere-Nagawara line (Level 5).

Once the demolition starts, the people of South Bangalore working at Whitefield, Outer ring road and Electronic City will go through hell.   Already digging by metro is causing a lot of problems. One cannot even imagine the plight of the commuters.  The next few months (hopefully not few years) will be not the option of ‘work from home’  but ‘work from the road’.  It is like count-down to ‘ARMAGEDDON’.

Read more related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/hosur-road-flyover-bengaluru/

Fllipkart infuses Rs.452 crores as fresh capital to PhonePe

Fllipkart infuses Rs.452 crores as fresh capital to PhonePe

PhonePe is a financial technology company headquartered in Bengaluru. It was founded in December 2015. It provides an online payment system.  Sameer Nigam is the Founder and CEO of the Co. and Rahul Chari is the co-founder and CTO of the Co.  In August 2016, the company partnered with Yes Bank to launch a UPI -based mobile payment app, based on the government-backed UPI platform. Flipkart is the parent co.

One can pay from utility bills, mobile & DTH recharge, sending & requesting money, to paying the credit card bill and insurance premium thru this Mobile app.  One can do all this and more on the PhonePe app. The goal of the co. is to make digital payments easy, safe and universally accepted that people never feel the need to carry cash or cards again. As India is at the cusp of a new mobile revolution, which will change the way people manage their money on the go. The co. see themselves facilitating this change, through technology and dogged customer

Online retailer Flipkart who is the parent co of PhonePe has infused about Rs. 452 crore ($66 million) into its payments arm PhonePe Pvt. Ltd, at a time when the UPI-based (unified payments interface) platform is expanding aggressively to take on SoftBank-backed rival payments start-up Paytm.

PhonePe app:

PhonePe claimed that it was the largest UPI-based payments player in the country, ahead of the likes of Paytm and Google’s Tez app, citing data from the National Payments Corp. of India. Since Flipkart bought PhonePe, which was started by three former Flipkart executives Sameer Nigam, Rahul Chari, and Burzin Engineer, the payments business has emerged as an integral part of Flipkart’s overall strategy.  PhonePe is currently expanding its operations across online and offline channels

Read more related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/flipkart-promoter-binny-bansal-quits/