GST fraud busted in Bengaluru

GST fraud busted in Bengaluru

A major GST fraud amounting to around Rs 1,200 crore was busted in Bengaluru by the Goods and Services Tax authorities on 14th November 2018. It was stated that in a bid to avoid tax to the tune of Rs 200 crore, GST invoices worth around Rs 1,200 crore were created.

The detection of one of the biggest frauds – the generation of fake bills worth Rs.1200 crore – after the GST regime was implemented last July came after a detailed investigation spread over two months into a web of fake companies.

The module trading in fake GST invoices for claiming input tax credit was busted after the authorities conducted searches at 25 different places on 12th November 2018 based on specific intelligence.


Three persons, Basha, Hafeezur, and Suhail were arrested and later produced before the Economic Offences Court at Koramangala. The trio was remanded in 14 days judicial custody.

The accused – Suhail, Mohammed Basha, and Hafeezur had obtained GST registrations for fake companies that were shown to be engaged in trading of iron and steel scrap to other companies.  They exploited the loophole of the system not being able to match GSTR-1 and GSTR-3.

‘The system is currently unable to match the returns.  This loophole is being plugged now,” a source said.

While Basha had obtained 14 GST registrations in the names of his relatives and others, Suhail had obtained six.  They floated fake companies by giving made-up addresses, which made the investigation difficult.

According to G Narayanaswamy, the Commissioner of Central Tax, Bengaluru, these persons, and the fake companies were engaging in trading of fake tax invoices for availing input tax credit by various steel scrap dealers and manufacturers of iron and steel products.

Their modus operandi was creating fake addresses, issuing fake GST invoices and generating e-way bills.  It also included fake/wrong vehicle registration details without actually supplying any goods

More news happening in bangalore: BBMP to levy land transport cess

Hima Das  – UNICEF-India ‘s first youth ambassador

Hima Das  – UNICEF-India ‘s first youth ambassador

The United Nations Children’s Fund-India (Unicef-India) has appointed Asian Games gold-medalist sprinter Hima Das as the country’s first ever youth ambassador.

Unicef India works with Central Government.  It ensures that each child born in India gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential.

This was announced on the official Twitter handle of UNICEF India.  Hima Das felt honored to be India’s Youth Ambassador after her appointment. “I’m honored to be chosen as @UNICEF India’s Youth Ambassador, and I hope I will be able to inspire more children to follow their dreams,” she said.

In her role as a Youth Ambassador, Hima would work towards raising awareness about the rights and needs of children.  She will help amplify the voices of children and young people as active participants in decision making, thus contributing to their holistic development.

The name of the woman athlete from Assam was announced by the world organization in a tweet on Wednesday evening coinciding with the Children’s Day.  The day being celebrated on November 14 commemorating the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday.

The 18-year-old sprinter hailing from Nagaon district, Das clinched a gold medal in Women’s 4×400 meter relay event at the 2018 Asian Games. She also won a silver in the Women’s 400m Race event.  The 18-year-old sprinter from Assam is fondly called ‘Dhing Express’ after her village.


Earlier this year in September, Das was honored with the Arjuna Award. And soon after receiving the prestigious award, she was named the ambassador of the State of Assam. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had made the announcement.

Hima had scripted history by winning the gold medal in the women’s 400m event at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland in July 2018.  The young sprinter  became a part of an exclusive club of Indian track and field athletes who have won a medal in the World U20 Championships

She registered a timing of 51.46 seconds in the final at the Retina Stadium to become the first Indian track athlete to win gold in a world championship across all age groups.

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ACB raid at Koppal on 14.11.2018

ACB conducted a raid at Koppal Taluk Panchayat Raj, Engineering division office on 14.11.2018.On 14/11/2018 Sri. Satish Kumar, Computer Operator, (Out Source Employee), Office of Executive Engineer, Panchayat Raj, Engineering Division, Koppal, was caught red-handed while accepting the bribe of  Rs.10,000/-.  All the three A.G.O’s were arrested and taken into custody. 

 A Contractor of Hatti Village of Koppal Taluk had sought for approval of an action plan for works worth Rs.40,00,000/- (forty Lakhs) Of Kalakeri Gram Panchayath. 1) Sri. Shankar Malagi, AEE(I/c EE)  & 2) Shilpa Mundalamani, J.E, Panchayath Raj,  Engineering Division, Koppal, had demanded a bribe amount of Rs.10,000/- to do the same.  

The bribe amount is recovered. The investigation is in progress.







Post Graduate  Scholarship for Single Girl Child

Post Graduate Scholarship for Single Girl Child

Post Graduate Scholarship for Girl Child

If you are the only daughter in the family doing Postgraduate / Masters degree, then you are eligible to get 37, 200 pa from Government of India.  This scheme is launched  Under Post Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl child from UGC. The age limit is 30 years and the last date to apply is 30.11.2018

It is observed that the number of girls as against boys in certain states is declining which is a matter of great concern.  The females are even forced to give birth to a male child. In such circumstances, education of women needs to be used. Education is an effective means for their empowerment and will prepare them to have a control over their lives.   The mindset which militates against the girl child could not keep pace with economic progress and literacy.

The Government declared elementary education as a basic human right of every child.   The Union Government of India has taken various steps to uplift the status of women by implementing various schemes.  This includes free education for girls.

In order to achieve and promote girls education, UGC has introduced a Post Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child.  This aims to compensate direct costs of girl education to all levels especially for such girls who happen to be the only girl child in their family.



Parihar Makkala Sahayavani – help for teens with crushes

Parihar Makkala Sahayavani – help for teens with crushes

PARIHAR Makkala Sahayavani

PARIHAR Makkala Sahayavani is a Charitable Institution Registered under the Societies Act 1960. This is under the initiative of Bengaluru City Police.  The Institution is situated at the office of the Commissioner of Police and is meticulously working on issues related to women, children and families for the past 25 years.

According to Parihar Makkala Sahayavani, 30% of the cases are of teenage infatuation which is leading to youngsters running away from home.  This problem is on the rise recently.

The onset of puberty is the precursor to a series of bio-psycho-social-intellectual changes. A crush is that first flush of a strange new feeling, undefined and inexplicable. It is nature’s way of telling us that all is well with the natural processes of growing up. The new uncertain feelings are an important milestone of puberty and bringing in their wake a series of emotional changes.

Primary among them is the gradual awareness of an interest in the opposite sex and that cannot be a bad thing. Since we want our children to enter into long-lasting relationships as adults in the future. Some teens tend to discuss their crush freely among peers and this leads to teasing and pairing up of individuals. They may begin to believe that they are ‘in love’ when they are actually experiencing a harmless crush.

Tips for parents

The cautious parent switches to an advisory mode, offering all kinds of messages like — “This is not the age for all this”, “concentrate on your studies”, “and do not waste time on unwanted things”. “But, I cannot help feeling this way,” is what the child thinks. Yes, because these changes are being determined by their natural hormonal cycle, over which they have no control.

According to Preethi S Baliga, a counselor at Parihar Makkala Sahayavani, teenage infatuation could lead to serious consequences. It is especially for the boy, who could face a jail term of up to 7 years depending on the gravity of the case.

At Parihar Makkala Sahayavani they counsel the child and the family.  The follow up  is done with at least 4 sessions of counseling to make sure the child returns to his/her routine.

The need of the hour is to make sure the children don’t slip into depression and are counseled onto the right track.

A teenager is driven towards crush when there is over expectation from parents.  Another contributor is substance abuse like sniffing of whitener, glue, cigarette, and consumption of ganja. The major influence being glamourization of sex and love affairs by social media.


  • Encourage teens to understand the changes.
  • Help them develop a healthy attitude towards themselves and their peers. Nurture their self-worth.
  • Their physical, mental, emotional and emerging sexual energies must be channelized into productive channels of healthy and creative activities.
  • Teach them the value and security of moving in mixed groups, rather than isolating themselves with one particular boy or girl.
  • Allow them to spend this phase of their life getting to know as many boys and girls. Let them learn what their own levels of comfort are with different types of people. Prepare them for their world.
  • Stand back and give them all the support they need.
  • Keep it light, do not overreact and get melodramatic



Shimmer – The Fashion Exhibition At Lalit Ashok

Bangalore, may not be the fashion capital of India, but is definitely the place where luxury meets lifestyle through flea markets and exhibitions that boast the hottest trends and styles.

Talking of such exhibitions, Shimmer, The Fashion Exhibition, at Lalit Ashok is definitely a fashion and lifestyle exhibition, which you would not like to miss.

Shimmer is a well-anticipated exhibition, where multiple exquisite designers come under one roof. This lifestyle and fashion exhibition caters to women with different fashion needs. This year, Shimmer has been an exclusive handpicked event, especially for all those who have a special affection for branded stuff and who have a special affinity towards handloom products.

In this exhibition, designers and brands have shared their vision for the upcoming seasons and have introduced many new styles and designs. Here, women will be able to find everything, ranging from Apparels, Designer Clothing, Jewelry & gems to Footwear, Hand Bags, Accessories, Gifts and lots more.

If you are somebody, who doesn’t make fashion own yourself; if only you decide who you are and express yourself by the way you dress and the way you live, then you must not miss the event. Just simply say goodbye to all the dead closet space, once and for all and get some designer and trending dresses from the hottest Fashion Exhibition in town, Shimmer.

Dating app.Tinder in India adds transgender and 22 other

Dating app.Tinder in India adds transgender and 22 other

The popular online dating app Tinder is bringing a new feature for its users in India. The company has announced to expand its gender options in India by adding 23 new gender options so that users could choose the gender that best represents them.
‘More Genders’ lets Tinder users choose any word that describes their gender identity.  Tinder on 13.10.2018 rolled out ‘More Genders’ for users outside the gender binary in India. As the name suggests, this new feature adds 23 new gender options on Tinder. Until now, Tinder had only two gender options – man and woman.
Tinder’s new feature has been rolled out in line with Transgender Awareness Week which started on November 12 and will continue till November 19. Tinder collaborated with transgender users and ‘The Humasafar Trust’, India’s oldest LGBTQ organisation.
With the new update, users on Tinder have 23 new genders to choose from. Tinder says that users can type any word that describes their gender identity.
Inclusivity, acceptance and individuality are core values of Tinder. Users are best to assert their own identity, and the latest update gives them the opportunity to decide how to express themselves authentically. It is vital to be reflective of time, and it has been a good year in India for gender, sexuality and personal autonomy.
Tinder is also letting users come back who may have been reported by others due to gender issues.  Tinder has been making its platform more India-centric recently. It rolled out a feature called “My Move” which lets women send the first message to their matches on Tinder. My Move, which is exclusive to India, gives women more control over their profile on Tinder. Earlier, if two people matched on Tinder either one could send a message.
Tinder has also added a new toggle button that would let all users easily display their gender on their profile.
Tinder in the blogpost also admits that it did not have the right tools to serve all users in the past but it would from now on try to “be a better ally to transgender and gender non-conforming communities.”


Krishi Mela 2018 @ GKVK, Bengaluru

Krishi Mela 2018 @ GKVK, Bengaluru

The Krishi Mela 2018 is being conducted at  Gandhi Krishi Vignana Kendra (GKVK) from November 15 to 18, 2018. Auxiliary Technologies to enhance agriculture income will be the main focus.

As a result, an Agril Exhibition will be depicting latest advance in agriculture, farm machinery, organic farming and animal sciences is organized on a large scale.

This event provides an opportunity for State and Central Government developmental departments, financial institutions, input agencies, seed companies etc. to display/sell their products.

Governor Vaju Bhai Vala will inaugurate the 3 day event which ends on November 18.  The key feature includes Israel agricultural enterprises.

Felicitation of farmers and also an exhibition, including agricultural engineering and animal husbandry are the key attractions of the event.

Farmers from Bengaluru Rural and Urban, Chamarajanagara, Mysuru, Kolar, Hassan, Mandya are taking part in the Krishi Mela.  This Krishi Mela helps to create awareness among the farmers coming from different part of Karnataka and neighboring states about the latest developments.

The university is expecting around 10 lakh people to visit.  Prizes will be awarded for best stalls under various categories for the outstanding display.



Sruthi Hariharan moves High Court

Sruthi Hariharan moves High Court

Sandalwood actor Sruthi Hariharan, who has accused popular South Indian actor Arjun Sarja of sexual harassment, has moved the Karnataka High Court requesting it to quash a case registered against her with the Cyber Crime police.

When Sruthi Hariharan spoke openly about the sexual harassment she had faced at the hand of Arjun Sarja during the shooting and rehearsal of kannada film Vismaya, a controversy had erupted surrounding the allegations.

The accused Arjun had denied the allegations. In turn he had filed a complaint with the Cyber Crime Police in Bengaluru, accusing Sruti of creating fake social media accounts to deliberately troll and target him.

The actor has alleged that the complaint was filed against her as a move to legally intimate her into withdrawing her sexual harassment complaint.

Sruthi Hariharan has sought for quashing of the FIR, including the proceedings initiated before a city court based on the said FIR. She has also denied the allegations made in the complaint.

On October 25, Shiva Arjun, manager of Arjun Sarja, had filed a complaint with the cyber crime police, saying that Sarja’s social media accounts were hacked and misused by Sruthi Hariharan and a few others.

The cyber crime police had registered the case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and also under the Information Technology Act.

The High Court may take up the application for hearing either tomorrow or day after tomorrow.


IT Industry’s hiring activity sees 21% jump

IT Industry’s hiring activity sees 21% jump

Hiring activity registered 21% rise

Hiring activity registered 21% rise in October this year driven by bullish recruitment trends in the IT industry.

It seems that the tough days for the information technology companies are over.  The Naukri JobSpeak Index for October 2018 stood at 2,088, up 21% from the year-ago period, when it was quoted at 1,728.

The IT industry was on a hiring spree in October this year.

The IT Co’s were facing headwinds due to the restrictions imposed by the Trump administration on the H1-B visa.  The Companies have reported a high cost of employing US citizen’s in their home country. The recent development indicates a better prospect for the industry.

According to a survey, “After the slowdown due to the proposed visa restrictions in the US, the industry has picked up pace in hiring in the past couple of months and this pace is to continue in the upcoming months”.

Meanwhile, startups also have contributed to the IT employment in India.  By their sheer growing numbers as well as them working on niche technologies like robotics, AI, blockchain etc.

In terms of experience, the demand for fresh graduates with experience of 0-3 years grew 24 per cent. For trained professionals (experience of 4-7 years) demand witnessed a rise of 22 per cent.

Apart from the IT Sector, management sector also reported a spike of 18 per cent year-on-year in mid-management for the people having an experience of 8-12 years. In contrast, the senior management position with an experience of 13-16 years of experience reported a moderate rise of 7 per cent in the hiring activity.

Flipkart promoter Binny Bansal quits

Flipkart promoter Binny Bansal quits

Flipkart Promoter and Group CEO Binny Bansal resigned with immediate effect over an allegation of “serious personal misconduct”.

India’s most valuable startup was acquired by Walmart, the world’s largest company by revenue 6 months back.  Walmart bought a 77% stake in Flipkart.

The 36-year-old Binny Bansal quit on 13.10.2018 as Chairman and Group CEO following an independent investigation into an allegation.

Though Walmart has not disclosed the nature of the allegations. Sources say the complaint was filed in July by one of the ex-employees of Flipkart. Following which an inquiry was conducted by an independent law firm at the behest of Flipkart board.

According to reports, a couple of factors forced Binny Bansal to exit his company. To begin with, the allegations were made by a former woman employee of Flipkart in 2016, who had already left the company in 2012. However, the charges could not be substantiated then. It was also around the time Binny Bansal had taken over the role of group CEO from co-founder Sachin Bansal.

In July 2018, the former employee approached Walmart Global that had just announced its 77% acquisition of the company.  According to a report, she wrote to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon about Bansal’s misconduct. Flipkart and Walmart then hired an international law firm to look into the matter. Meanwhile, the Walmart-Flipkart deal was sealed.

Binny Bansal co-founded Flipkart with IITian Sachin Bansal in 2007, denied all the allegations strongly.   He will continue to be a large shareholder in the company and serve as a member of the Board of Directors. Binny’s resignation marks the exit of the co-founder’s of India’s largest e-commerce company.





Diabetes rise in 25+ age group

Diabetes rise in 25+ age group

With an increase in sedentary lifestyle like bad lifestyle choices, lack of exercises and sleep patterns,  diabetes has become a common health condition among young Bengalureans.   Over the years, there is a 10% increase in diabetes cases among 20-30 year olds.

According to a recent study, there are over  approximately 75-80 million adults in India who have been detected with diabetes and unfortunately, one in two persons having diabetes do not even know they have this condition.

Diabetes, a condition commonly known as ‘sugar diabetes’ and medically as ‘Diabetes Mellitus’ is a health problem which is associated with increased blood glucose/sugar levels. Major symptoms of the condition includes increased thirst, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, boils on the skin, delayed wound-healing etc.

Experts attribute it to long hours of work.  There are more and more people on graveyard shifts, which has affected individual’s health pattern.  There are fewer places to walk and ready availability of junk food has contributed hugely for this condition.

Increase in diabetes has contributed towards other related problems.  The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is more where kidney connected ailments also rise than Type1 diabetes.   Those who have diabetes also have hypertension and usually will be overweight, disturbance in vision, burning sensation in the feet and in some cases even heart attack.

Age group is decreasing and genetic factors play an important role.  Modifiable risk factors like inactivity and consumption of high-calorie food are common reasons that are contributing to the onset of diabetes.

Prevention is better than cure.  Follow a strict regime.  Brisk walk for more than 30 minutes or jog for more than 15 to 20 minutes daily will help.  The other form of exercise is cardio exercises at the gym, cycling or swimming.  Avoid consuming carbohydrate rich food and junk food like pasta, pizza etc.  Make little adjustments and changes in food like rice can be replaced by millets as they have a lesser glycemic index.  Learn to say NO to aerated drinks.  Lastly the important thing is to avoid regular intake of sugar rich items.

Replace sugar with coconut sugar, maple sugar, raw honey, molasses, maple syrup, date syrup, brown rice syrup, barley malt syrup, sorghum syrup, yacon syrup, dried fruit and stevia are great health alternatives.

Eat healthy, Stay healthy.






Binny, Flipkart and misconduct?

Binny, Flipkart and misconduct?

Walmart said , “His decision follows an independent investigation done on behalf of Flipkart and Walmart into an allegation of serious personal misconduct. He strongly denies the allegation.”

The news comes just six months after Walmart acquired a majority stake in the online retailer.

Bansal reportedly holds 5-6 percent in the new joint entity.

the man who built Flipkart, can indulge in misconduct?

Naavu Kannadigaru

Naavu Kannadigaru

Bengaluru is a home for many non-kannadigas hailing from different states.  But now they proudly say “Naavu Kannadiga”.

Kannada kaliyona is a community initiative which is helping hundreds of software professionals, senior citizens, home makers and anybody who is interested in learning kannada language and to speak in the language fluently.

This initiative was started by Sampath Ramanujam who aims to connect non-kannadigas with the native speakers of the language in namma Bengaluru.  The classes are conducted on weekends in government schools and at some of the apartment complexes at Seegehalli and Kadugodi.

This initiative is been seeing a steady increase in the number of people enrolling for the classes.  According to Sampath Ramanujam,  every language has a beauty of its own which makes it different from other languages.  Speaking the language of the land helps non-kannadigas to connect with the local people.

The classes are conducted for 6 weekends, covering speaking, grammar and other aspect of the language. Each session is held for 2 hours consisting of 90 minutes of teaching and 30 minutes of learning.  Every participant in the program will get a Kannada Kaliyona booklet and a #NonKannadigaToNaanuKannadiga online certificate.

Ramanujam wants to take the initiative to IT companies.

Learn Kannada,  Kannada kaliyere.  Spread kannada, Kannada habbisi

Allotees return  sites – Kempegowda layout

Allotees return  sites – Kempegowda layout

Allotees return sites  in the Kempegowda Layout phase-2 are surrendering their sites to the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), similar to phase-1.

Reasons for allotees return of sites :

The reasons are also the same – financial constraints, poor infrastructure and BDA’s construction clause. However, another addition to the list is that most of the sites are in low lying areas and near to water-bodies, making construction difficult and costly.

The allotment of Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) sites to 4,970 allottees in the Second Phase of the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout which had a controversial start with same sites allotted to many continues to be dogged by problems.

Though specific numbers are yet to emerge, a considerable number of allotees are put off over being allotted sites very close to Storm Water Drains (SWD), in violation of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) norms on buffer zones.

Sites under litigation for years have been allotted to some, while over 50 site holders have been allocated properties facing a graveyard. Site owners in some sectors have not been provided a map about their site thereby keeping them in the dark about their surroundings.

This has become a matter of worry for BDA officials as this is the second consecutive time the citizens are returning the sites in the same layout.

In phase-1, over 400 allotees had surrendered their sites. This is the first layout the BDA is developing after the Arkavathy Layout. The officials are now working out on measures to ensure that the BDA’s image is not tarnished.

One of the allotee who returned his site, told that finances were too difficult to manage.  It is a challenge to arrange the amount for the site and also to construct a home. Payments and construction have to be completed within the stipulated time of 60 days and five years.

Wilful defaulters list out from 4 Public Sector Banks:

Wilful defaulters list out from 4 Public Sector Banks:

In the wake of the Central Information Commission’s notice to the Reserve Bank of India and the Prime Minister’s office over their reluctance to make the names of wilful defaulters public, four of the top 10 banks have already made this information available on their websites.

RBI guidelines ask Credit Information Agencies to make such information public, rather than individual banks.   An examination of the websites of the 10 biggest public and private sector banks, found none of the private sector banks had any information on wilful defaulters on their website. Only four public sector banks had uploaded the lists of wilful defaulters, with the amounts they owe.

The four — Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, IDBI and Karnataka based Syndicate bank — had outstanding loans of approximately Rs. 42,000 crore against 1,814 wilful defaulters.

PNB had listed 1,124 defaulters as of September 2018 and they collectively owe Rs 23,470 crore. The list included Mehul Choksi-Nirav Modi companies, which collectively owe around Rs 7,500 crore and Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines, which owes almost Rs 600 crore. Jatin Mehta’s Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery and Forever Precious Jewellery and Diamonds owe Rs 1,648 crore, and a company called Kudos Chemie Ltd owes the bank Rs 1,302 crore. IDBI listed 162 defaulters, who owe Rs 11,050 crore as of October 2018.

The Bank of Baroda also named 309 wilful defaulters in their March 2018 list. It owe Rs 6,261 crore. As of June 2018, Syndicate bank had 220 wilful defaulters, who owe Rs 1,159 crore.

The names of defaulters listed by these banks included Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines, which owe Rs 426 crore to Bank of Baroda and Rs 696 crore to IDBI. Other defaulters at IDBI include Amtek Auto, EPC Constructions India and S Kumar’s Nationwide, which owe Rs 1,575 crore, Rs 915 crore, and Rs 834 crore respectively. Nitin Sandesara and Chetan Sandesara’s Sterling Biotech also features in IDBI’s wilful defaulter’s list and is said to have borrowed Rs 33 crore.

Rotomac Global owes Bank of Baroda Rs 457 crore, while other wilful defaulters, ABC Cotspin and REI Agro owe Rs 362 crore and Rs 318 crore respectively.

Syndicate bank is owed over Rs. 300 crore by their top defaulter. Forever Precious Jewellery and Diamonds owes Rs. 308 crore, Zylog systems owes Rs. 149.5 crore, Nakoda owes Rs. 116.5 and Zoom Developers owes Rs. 80 crore to Syndicate Bank.






Karnataka Skipper R. Vinay Kumar celebrates with team

Karnataka Skipper R. Vinay Kumar celebrates with team

Karnataka skipper R Vinay Kumar had a special celebration  with his team members on  12th November 2018.

The skipper played his 100th Ranji trophy game for Karnataka against Vidarbha, was presented a jersey signed by all his teammates and the coaching staff

A   surprise party was arranged and all the team members had gatherd for a cake cutting ceremony and Vinay was gifted a huge collage frame.  The collage had photo’s of Vinay’s best cricketing moments like the Ranji trophy, Irani cup and Vijay Hazare trophy won by him as skipper for Karnataka team

Congratulations and best wishes to R.Vinay Kumar from

Solar bicycle ride in the city by an Engineer :

Solar bicycle ride in the city by an Engineer :

Sushil Reddy, an energy engineer, will be travelling across the city with his solar-powered bicycle to create awareness about renewable energy between 25th November 2018 to 10th December  2018.

Sushil Reddy is a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.  Cycling and creating awareness about solar energy has become a way of life for Reddy. He will be visiting many schools and colleges to give presentations about the importance of solar energy and the different ways of using it.

He has about 30 stops along the route and the drive is for 15 days. He will be meeting people from various backgrounds and they will be curious to know about the vehicle. This will give an opportunity to talk and create awareness among people.

A lot of people in the country, whether in cities or in small towns are not aware of how they can make the best use of solar energy. Reddy is also slightly modifying the design of his bicycle to suit the traffic congestion in the city.  He is including flexible solar panels and with a smaller dimension so that it can bend up to 10 degrees. This will help in moving a bit faster in traffic jams.

Reddy is also taking part in the Inter-solar India Expo, an exhibition on solar energy that will be held at Bengaluru  International Trade Centre, from December 11 to 13.  An inaugural function will also be held at the IIM-Bengaluru campus on November 14 where the solar bicycle will be displayed.

Sushil Reddy has made a record in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest journey on a motorized bicycle by covering 7423.88 km around the country.

We at wish him success.

Grow2Share app. for urban gardeners

Grow2Share app. for urban gardeners

Often we hear daily stories of vegetables and fruits being mercilessly subject to fertilizers and pesticides, causing harm greatly to the health of consumers than any good.

Learn the basics of gardening and growing own veggies, sans chemical or toxic content making its way into your gastric palate.  The mobile phone app. Grow2Share teaches users to grow pesticide-free vegetables and share the output with fellow users.  But in a long run to create green spaces in the city and be completely sustainable as a community.

Grow2Share is an initiative that not only answers gardening and farming queries, but also motivates a growing community of urban gardeners.

Based in Bengaluru, the Grow2Share app has been co-founded by Mayank Agarwal, Apoorva Jaiswal and Friederike Fokuhl. Using interactive tools and resources, the trio aims to bring together first-time and seasoned gardeners with service providers on a single platform.

Apart from giving a step-by-step guide on how to grow and harvest fruits and vegetables, the app also shares information on organic waste composting and its localization.

The app. has several interesting features like networking with different vendors supporting natural-grown seeds, soil and manure.  The users can also chat with others, share pictures of their progress and win reward points for what they grow.

Happy gardening.




File Disposal Week from Revenue Department

File Disposal Week from Revenue Department

With the pending file keep mounting in the department, Karnataka Revenue department will hold ‘File disposal’ week from Nov. 12 to 18,  according to the Minister of Revenue and Skill Development Mr. R.V.Deshpande

During the said period, the files pending for more than one year will be given top priority.  The Regional commissioners, Department heads and Deputy Commissioners have been asked to advise their subordinates as how to disposal important files at the earliest.

The main object is:

  • the disposal of pending files within the time limit
  • an effective step towards qualitative and quantitative disposal and
  • immediate benefits to public through speedy disposal.

At the end of November 18, a detailed report about how much files were pending before the beginning of the week and how much disposed at the end and also how many files still pending at the department will be sought and be noted from the respective officers and further steps will be taken to see that the number of pending files becomes nil.



Talent tapping in schools and colleges – Pankaj Advani

Talent tapping in schools and colleges – Pankaj Advani

Pankaj Advani is to the baize sport (snooker and billiards) what Vishwanathan Anand is to chess. Both are modern Indian sport icons and revel in fields that are not audience-friendly and lack strong corporate support. Still, their international achievements, though not comparable, have been stupendous.

Pankaj Advani, 33 years old Bengalurean, has taken up the role of the joint-secretary of the Karnataka State Billiards Association.  Advani is the holder of the IBSF World Snooker and Billiards (150-up) Championship titles and still the best cueist in the country. This Cueist from  Bengaluru is  certainly not done with his playing career.

The state association has always prided itself in providing good administration and it still is the best facility in the country. Players, who call it the mecca of cue sports in the country, still love to come and train here and rate it as amongst  the top practice centres in the world. But something inside Advani made him throw his hat into the administrative ring.

He  decided to stand for elections  because as a player he understands what the difficulties are,  understand the issues more than people who have not played at the highest level.

Advani, who departed for Yangon, Myanmar on 10.11.2018 to defend his IBSF World Snooker and Billiards crowns, said his main goal is to get more women and juniors into the sport. “ We have a lot of participation among men, a lot of players coming in but  to develop the junior and ladies is something very close to my heart. To get them to use our facilities, to get more deserving players, players who really should be here ideally practicing because these are the best facilities in the country.”

Advani stressed the need to take the game to educational institutions.  The Asian Confederation of Billiards Sports (ACBS)’ new initiative — the 10-red snooker ranking event — has been attracting a lot of attention.

Mount Carmel College has introduced cue sports as a part of their curriculum and Pankaj Advani wishes that the same will be followed in other schools and colleges.


Bajrang Punia becomes number one in world in 65 kg

Bajrang Punia becomes number one in world in 65 kg

The 24-year-old Haryana’s Bajrang Punia, who has won five medals this season, including CWG and Asian Games gold and a silver at the World Championship, has become the world No. 1 in the 65 kg category of men’s freestyle wrestling. Punia topped the United World Wrestling (UWW) rankings.

Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia on 10.11.2018  touched a new high in his career by achieving the number one rank in the world in the 65 kg category.

Punia was born in a  Jat family in Khudan village of Jhajjar district in the state of Haryana, India. He began wrestling at the age of seven and was encouraged to pursue the sport by his father.    Currently, he works in Indian Railways on the post of TTE (Travelling Ticket Examiner).

Bajrang is comfortably leading the table and Cuban Alejandro Enrique Vlades Tobier is a distant second with 66 points. Russia’s Akhmed Chakaev (62) is in third place and the new world champion Takuto Otoguro (56) is at number 4 followed by Turkey’s Selachattin Kilicsallyan (50).  Bajrang had won a close semifinal against Tobier in the Budapest Worlds.

Interestingly, Bajrang is the lone male Indian to figure in top-10 but the country has five female wrestlers who are in top-10 bracket in their respective categories.

Punia credits his Georgian coach Shako Benitidis and mentor Dutt with his success.


India beat New Zealand by 34 runs in Women’s World T20

India beat New Zealand by 34 runs in Women’s World T20

India getting off to a strong start, recording a 34-run win over New Zealand at the Providence Stadium in Guyana to collect two points.

Indian Skipper Harmanpreet hit 103, first Indian to score a century in T20 International to guide India to 194/5 – the highest total in event history.  Harmanpreet Kaur is the first Indian skipper to win a player of the match award in Women’s World T20.

It’s all over.  Riding on fine ton by skipper Harmanpreet and deadly performance by bowlers in unison, India comfortably beat New Zealand by 34 runs to kick off their ICC Women’s World T20.  The Player of the Match, to no one’s surprise, is captain Harmanpreet Kaur who smashed India’s first women’s T20I century. Her 103 off 51 is India’s highest T20I score as well. Dayalan Hemalatha (3-26) and Poonam Yadav (3-33) starred with the ball.

After a brilliant display with the bat, a combined bowling effort helped India restrict New Zealand 160 for nine in 20 overs. Chasing a mammoth target of 195, New Zealand got off to a solid start but lost the momentum after losing three wickets in quick succession. The Indian spinners, then bowled superbly in the middle overs, not allowing the batters to score runs freely.  The required run rate kept on increasing for New Zealand and the batters eventually succumbed under the pressure.

The required run rate kept on increasing for New Zealand and the batters eventually succumbed under the pressure. Suzie Bates (67) was the top scorer for the team. Towards the end, Katey Martin (39) played a brilliant knock but failed to take her team across the line. Radha Yadav (2-31) and Arundhati Reddy (1-36) were the other wicket takers for India.

Indian Team will face arch-rivals Pakistan in what promises to be a cracker of a contest!




Bengaluru MP, Union Minister Ananth Kumar Dies At 59

Bengaluru MP, Union Minister Ananth Kumar Dies At 59

Senior BJP leader and cabinet minister Ananth Kumar died at a hospital in Bengaluru this morning. He was 59. The union minister was suffering from cancer and had returned from the US last month after treatment at a cancer institute in New York. Mr. Kumar’s wife and two daughters were with him in his last moments. His body will be kept at National College in Bengaluru for last tributes.

He was instrumental in the smooth conduct of the Parliament sessions by bring opposition parties on board. During the GST, Kumar had played a key role in the passage of Bill. He had held hectic parleys with opposition parties members to sort out the issues and thus make the GST a reality.

With little or no community support, Kumar caved his own span in the National political arena and displayed his political grit to remain in active politics even as his contemporaries like L.K. Advani, Venkaiah Naidu and others were sidelined.  Ananth Kumar represented the Bengaluru South parliamentary constituency as many as six times

His ambitious attitude and shrewd political sense propelled him on to the fast track of political growth and saw an unprecedented growth in national politics.  Ananth Kumar was a staunch RSS ideologue and a hard boiled organisation man. He was considered Bengaluru’s most loved MP. Kumar was also the first person to speak in Kannada in the United Nations

We at Bangalorean,com are saddened by the passing away of our valued leader. He served society with utmost compassion and diligence.  He will be remembered always for his good deeds.



Doddabidarakallu lake  under threat:

Doddabidarakallu lake  under threat:

Lakes are one of the valuable wetlands of BengaluruNowhere is it more apparent than in the city of Bengaluru, once famous for its beautiful lakes created by Kempe Gowdas and the Wodeyars of Mysore and then the British. The wetlands in the city are now dying a slow death thanks to rapid growth and urbanization resulting in encroachment and discharge of sewage and industrial effluents.

Most lakes in the Bengaluru region were constructed in the 16th century by damming the natural valley systems by constructing bunds. They met the drinking water, irrigation and finishing needs of the community and were known to have a positive impact on the ecology and micro-climate of the city. They not only help by replenishing the groundwater resources in the vicinity, but also prevented flooding, treated waste-water, arrested sediment loads and functioned as a productive ecosystem.

The Daddaabidrakallu lake falls under the limits of Nagasandra and Doddbidrakallu villages off Tumakuru Road in North Bengaluru.  This lake is connected to the Tippagondanahalli reservoir, which is under  the jurisdiction of Bengaluru Development Authority.

Residents in and around lake complain of garbage and debris dumping, encroachments and discharge of sewage.  BWSSB set up a sewage treatment plant near the lake a few years ago, but it is hardly of any use.  Residents complain that the authorities have not taken any measures to save the water body.  The sewage treatment plant is not treating the water entering the lake.

After the construction of the STP near the lake, a project was taken up to revive the lake years ago.  But the lake has not seen any development.  According to BDA, the lake has been not revived for the last 10 years.


Supreme Court directs removal of electric fences

Supreme Court directs removal of electric fences

It was a historic judgment by the Supreme Court on India’s elephants. While they play a key role as a “Keystone Species” in the forest ecosystem and are termed as the “National Heritage Animal of India” by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the plight of the Indian Elephant is known to all.

As more forest areas face fragmentation due to unscrupulous encroachment and other developmental activities, the pachyderms are forced to migrate and find themselves in human-dominated landscapes, leading to human-elephant conflict.

Cattle grazing, coffee and tea plantations, private tourist resorts, electric fences, expansion of agricultural fields, vehicular traffic especially during night hours and human settlements along elephant corridors pose a greater threat for the free movement of elephant herds that are in the habit of migrating across 350-500 sq km annually.

The private resorts mentioned in the SC judgment, pose a serious threat of fragmentation and destruction of habitats, loss of connectivity between habitats due to the construction of new buildings and erection of barbed and electric fences. Besides the local tour vehicle operators, the resort owners also indulge in operating night safaris, violating the provisions of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The jeeps and trucks which are engaged in taking the tourists for watching the wildlife have also increased manifold in recent years.

The decade-long battle over illegal constructions, encroachments and other disturbances in the elephant corridor has to an end allowing a free walk for the jumbos in their regular path of migration. It also sets the pace for better, more effective laws for the protection of elephant corridors across India.

Environmentalists have welcomed the removing of the fences.

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`Coordinator’ Naidu calls on `guide’ Gowda to take on BJP

`Coordinator’ Naidu calls on `guide’ Gowda to take on BJP

The Co-ordinator Mr. Chandrababu Naidu meets ‘Guide’ Mr.Deve Gowda.  Amid a cheering crowd contained in a file behind police barricades outside his residence, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda welcomed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on 8th November 2018.

The two leaders, in the presence of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, discussed the need to bring all non-BJP parties on board in the run-up to the 2019 elections in an hour-long meeting at Gowda’s residence.

The electoral sweep by the ruling coalition comes as a boost to opposition unity as the bypolls were seen as a barometer of the public mood ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

However Gowda and Naidu seem to be at odds over the Prime Ministerial candidate.  While Mr. Gowda has been batting for a `mahagathbandan’ led by Congress President Rahul Gandhi,  Chandra Babu Naidu parried questions on who would lead if an alliance becomes a reality, saying he was only interested in saving the nation and PM candidate will be decided later.

Deve Gowda said the meeting was called to work out further strategy on forming the alliance. He attacked the Narendra Modi government for destabilizing constitutional institutions like the CBI and RBI and urged “like-minded” to join hands for the elections.

Naidu had last week met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Delhi, putting aside the decades-old rivalry between the two parties in what he described was a “democratic compulsion” to defeat the BJP. He also recently met NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BSP Leader Mayawathi among others on the formation of a ‘third front’.  According to Mr. Naidu the talks have been ‘very positive’.


Surge in Housing loan – increase in defaulters

Surge in Housing loan – increase in defaulters

There is surge in housing loans but raise fears of defaults.  According to analysis of data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), banks’ home loan exposure grew by Rs 1.42 lakh crore, second only to the jump in lending to Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs).

Housing loans disbursed by Indian banks surged by 15.6% in the past 12 months to Rs 10.5 lakh crore, but one-third of this amount given to economically weak borrowers is giving bankers sleepless nights.

According to real estate firms, the uptick in loan growth to the sector is driven by the affordable housing segment.
According to data provided by real estate advisory Anarock, the number of homes sold in the affordable housing segment has seen a jump of 32.5% over the same period last year. Affordable housing accounted for about 40% of all supply in seven major cities from January to October this year.

According to RBI’s research, housing loans up to Rs 2 lakh had the highest level of non-performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans, essentially loans on which defaults are likely, in 2016-17. The apex bank said in a report earlier this year that NPAs in the sub-Rs 2 lakh ticket size were the highest at 10.4% for the period under consideration.

Some are of the opinion that the impact was due to  demonetization and GST.  The low cost housing is popular with dabbawalla, vegetable vendors and the middle class whose basic income is cash.

Vinay Kumar – Another milestone beckons

Vinay Kumar – Another milestone beckons

Vinay Kumar is a seam and swing bowler who relies more on leg-cutters, slower balls and accuracy, than on outright pace. Making his first-class debut in 2004-05, he quickly established himself by taking more than 20 wickets in each of his first three first-class seasons. Vinay soon added the in-swinger to his repertoire, and his consistency earned him an Indian Premier League contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008. His first defining domestic season was in 2009-10, where he captured 46 wickets, besides mentoring his fast-bowling colleagues, Abhimanyu Mithun and S Aravind, to lead Karnataka to the Ranji Trophy final for the first time in 11 years. Some good performances in IPL 2010 earned him a spot in India’s squad for the World T20 in West Indies, but he has not been able to hold it down consistently. His most recent international appearance came in 2013.

The high point of Vinay’s career came when he led Karnataka to a historic, unprecedented treble of domestic titles with the team winning the Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Irani Cup for two successive seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Vinay’s own contribution with the ball was noteworthy as he picked up 29 and 48 wickets respectively

Vinay Kumar will be leading Karnataka for the season-opening Ranji Trophy clash against Vidarbha at Nagpur.  He will be completing a major milestone – 100 games in the country’s premier domestic tournament.  Vinay will become just the third player to have represented the eight-time champions in 100 games after Brijesh Patel (104) and Sunil Joshi  (117).

The IPL played a very important role in his development. Thanks to the IPL, he started sharing dressing room with international cricketers. It gave him the confidence that he can make it at the highest level.

According to Vinay Kumar,  his Motivators are James Anderson from England and Ashish Nehra from India.

ICC womens worldcup T20

ICC Women’s World Cup T20:

ICC Women’s World Cup T20:

ICC Women’s World Cup T20I champion match-  India will open against New Zealand on 09.10.2018 at Guyana in the West Indies. The Indian eves, who will be led by skipper Harmapnreet Singh, will be dependent on their solid batting line-up comprising of the captain herself, along with Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana, to give them a solid start in the tournament.

ICC Women’s world cup – India

India will also look to bank on their spinning bowlers, who appear to be thriving under the newly-appointed head coach Ramesh Powar. Against England, right-arm spinner Poonam Yadav took three wickets, while Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma took two wickets each to restrict England at 133 for 8 in 20 overs.  Powar expressed his happiness on the bowling performance after the warm-up game.

The structure of the competition is simple – the 10 teams are divided into two round-robin groups of five, with two teams from each group qualifying for the semi-finals.

Group A :

England – Captain: Heather Knight, coach: Mark Robinson WWT20 Best Winner (2009).

South Africa – Captain: Dane Van Niekerk, Coach: Hilton Moreeng WWT20 best semi-final (2014)

Sri Lanka – Captain : Chemani Atapattu Coach : Harsha de Silva WWT20 Best Group (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)

West Indies – Captain: Stafanie Taylor, Coach :  Henderson Springer WWT20 Best Winner (2016)

Bangladesh – Captain: Salma Khatun, Coach : Anju Jain WWT20 best group (2014,2016)

Group B

Australia – Captain : Meg Lanning Coach: Matthew Mott WWT20 Best winner (2010,2012,2014)

India – Captain : Harmanpreet Kaur, Coach : Ramesh Power WWT20 best Semi-final (2009,2010)

New Zealand – Captain Amy Satterthwaite, Coach: Haidee Tiffen WWT20 Best Runner-up (2009,2010)

Pakistan – Captain : Jeveria Khan Coach: Mark Coles WWT20 best group (2009,2010,2012,2015,2016)

Ireland – Captain : Laura Delany, Coach : Aaron Hamilton WWT20 best group (2014,2016)

A win against the Kiwis in the opening match, who reached the semifinal stage in the previous edition of the Women’s T20 World Cup in 2016, will boost the confidence of the young Indian side.

We from wish the team best of luck.