Shankar Nag – Unforgettable Hero of Kannada Cinema

Shankar Nag – Unforgettable Hero of Kannada Cinema

A Tribute of Shankarnag

Shankar Nagarakatte (9 November 1954 – 30 September 1990) was a Kannada actor, screenwriter, director, and producer known for his work in Kannada Cinema and and television. He directed and acted in the teleserial Malgudi Days, based on celebrated novelist R.K.Narayan’s short stories.

Shankar Nagarkatte was born on 9 November 1954 in Mallapura, Honnavara.. His parents were Anandi and Sadanand Nagarkatte. He had an elder sister, Shyamala and an elder brother, actor Ananth Nag. After completing formal education, Shankar moved to Mumbai. In Mumbai, he was attracted to Marathi theatre and immersed himself in theatrical activities. Incidentally, he met his future wife Arundathi  during a drama rehearsal. He was his mother’s favourite son.

Shankar Nag, a name that reverberates in the heart of every Kannadiga is indubitably an undisputed glory. Its been 28 years, Shankar has left us forever but that grief is still there like a newfangled wound. Every time when someone talks about creativity, every time when someone talks about innovation, and every time when someone speaks about a cinema of an offbeat genre, Shankar strikes. We wonder what Shankar would do in these days where technology and digital media is in the forefront. He would be just unstoppable.

Shankar Nag started his cinema career with a movie called ‘Ondanondu Kaaladalli’ which was directed by Girish Karnad. Thereafter, Shankar appears in a couple of movies but his first commercial break was ‘Seetha Raamu.’ With this, he becomes a Star and continues to give so many super hits. It so happened that all his movies from 1978 to 1990 were massive hits. Some of Shankar’s classic cults are Saangliyaana series, CBI Shankar, Moogana Sedu, Geetha, and the legendary Malgudi Days.

Music and art was Shankar Nag’s favorite. He was a master of Tabala, Harmonium, and Flute. One can see the influence of his interest towards music in the movies and in the efforts put to set up the Karnataka’s own Sanketh Studio.

Shankar mesmerized the industry with his direction skills. He used to direct plays but had not tried directing a movie. His first directorial venture was ‘Minchina Ota’ which was followed by stories like Hosa Theerpu, Nodi Swamy Naavirodu Heege, Accident, and Geetha. Shankar has also directed a Hindi movie called ‘Laalach’ and ‘The Watchman’ in both English and Hindi.

One can go on and on like this. Shankar Nag is such a person who inspired many and the very thought of him will trigger your creative instincts. We  @ believe that the works of Shankar will continue to inspire and motivate you to follow your heart and passion.

We miss you, your films and your creativity.

An unforgetable memory of Shankar Nag?

Karnataka to fund 50 startups this year

Karnataka to fund 50 startups this year

The Government of Karnataka will fund start-ups, selected at Elevate 2018, where over 250 startups presented their final pitches to a panel of experts for funding.

The program is run under the Startup Karnataka initiative of the Ministry of IT-BT and S&T. In its second year, the program received over 600 applications from across the State, from a variety of tech startups.

Two hundred and fifty startups were shortlisted for the finals, of which 50 will be picked for government grants and funding.

Last year 1,700 startups applied, and the government funded 100 companies. The Karnataka Government has provided Rs 42 crore to 177 startups so far, and has already disbursed Rs 30 crore.

The average score to qualify for a mini-grant of Rs 5 lakh was 60. Only those startups that score more than 90 percent, on an average, will receive a grant of Rs 50 lakh. The pitching session was for six minutes and the Q&A lasted six minutes. Questions similar to general funding required, the R&D and folks value, advertising prices, working capital for the subsequent 12 months had been among the questions posed by jury members to startups.

The hub featured a unique gathering of energy focused startups, Venture Capitalists, Energy Experts and Academia, among others.

The Karnataka Government puts in a maximum of Rs 50 lakh per startup for those it believes will make the maximum impact on technology and society.




Online sale fear for Booze traders

Online sale fear for Booze traders

It is not really possible to either buy or sell alcohol without violating the law. Given the present content of law, one cannot even home deliver alcohol – it must be bought from a licensed shop only. Selling liquor online, microbrewery etc. are illegal in India until laws are reformed.

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy intervened to stop the excise department from taking the proposal forward to sell booze online.  Physical store owners are opposing the idea too.

Once the sale of liquors become legal and sale is online, the customers will be able to source it from anyone they like; it doesn’t have to be a shop in their area.  If Amazon or Flipkart starts such a service, they might tie-up with just one wine store in a particular area. Then the others in the neighbourhood will get affected according to the shop owners of wine shops.

Not everybody can afford to go online. The smaller stores will have logistical problems so only the big stores will get business.  But according to the excise department online sales will boost revenue and help curb drunk driving.  Some are of the opinion that it will result in a monopoly and destroy smaller traders.

HipBar, which started India’s first legitimate alcohol home delivery services in Bengaluru, has suspended operations in Karnataka in the light of recent developments against protest of selling booze online. .

There are restrictions on the number of bottles of alcohol one can store at home, restrictions on delivery, and on payments to delivery boys. These have to be figured out before going ahead with the online sale.

Some are also of the opinion that in India, alcohol regulations are the subject of State list and hence a pan-India approach to sell alcohol online probably won’t be fruitful. Different states in India have their own regulations when it comes to selling liquor.

Some officials from excise department are of a different opinion that allowing online booking and delivery of liquor won’t have any significant impact on excise revenue.

The excise department had received many representations for allowing online booking and door delivery of liquor.  It held 2 rounds of meetings with stakeholders, then decided t bring the same to the Chief Minister’s notice.

End of parking crisis at  Kidwai Memorial hospital

End of parking crisis at Kidwai Memorial hospital

End of parking crisis at Kidwai Memorial Hospital is going to be a reality.  As the BBMP had proposed for the construction of Multi-level parking complex at the premises of Kidwai Memorial Hospital in 2017.

Kidwai memorial hospital

Established in 1973, Kidwai is the premier state-run cancer hospital in Karnataka and sees thousands of patients and their attendants every day. Kidwai Hospital has been one of the major hubs along the diary circle junction and thousands visit the hospital everyday.  The 3 storey parking puts an end to parking of vehicles in front of the hospital and the extortion by private parking mafia.

Parking place at Kidwai hospital

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has invited bids for building another multi-level parking complex at the hospital.

The three-storey complex will cost Rs 14 crore to build and will accommodate 150 cars and 100 two-wheelers. The project was sanctioned in the BBMP’s 2017-18 budget.

The parking complex will replace an old structure which is located behind the main building but is within the hospital’s larger compound

 Edusat Satellite of  ISRO to  help BBMP Schools

 Edusat Satellite of  ISRO to  help BBMP Schools

GSAT-3, known as EDUSAT is meant for distant class room education from school level to higher education. This was the first dedicated “Educational Satellite” that provide the country with satellite based two way communication to class room for delivering educational materials.

EDUSAT had manifold objectives – to supplement the curriculum-based teaching, imparting effective teacher training, providing access to quality resource persons and new technologies, thus finally resulting in taking education to every nook and corner of India. EDUSAT provided connectivity to schools, colleges and higher levels of education and also supported non-formal education including development communication.

The technology will bring world-class content to the classrooms of 153 BBMP educational institutions for the students and teachers under Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) Roshini program.

The 153 institutions include 87 Nursery, 15 Primary, 33 High Schools, 14 Junior College and four Degree Colleges.  With Edusat, common lesson plans could be delivered by experts and the local teacher could be the facilitator, so that same standard of education can be maintained for all classes.

The civic body will also train its teachers to use the Edusat facility and will be launching this program in another six months



Without required land – PPP can’t take off

Without required land – PPP can’t take off

The Government of Karnataka is actively promoting public private partnership in some identified infrastructure projects like Airport projects, software parks, biotech parks, elevated express ways, railway lines, ports etc.

In a major decision, the Government of Karnataka has decided that no infrastructure projects involving private-public partnership known as PPP model will be considered for implementation if 70% of the required land is not available.

These include big-ticket projects such as Disneyland in Bengaluru.  The project report includes 145 projects worth Rs.1.68 lakh crore in the pipeline.  13 projects worth Rs.2,775 crore under construction and 16 projects worth Rs.4,103 crore completed.

The decision assumes significance in the wake of many lift irrigation schemes such as Singatalur and road works, civic infrastructure works in urban areas among many others stuck due to unavailability of land.

The minimum land clause, was an extension of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, which makes it mandatory for PPP projects to have prior consent of 70% land owners from whom land is to be acquired.

With the re-jigged PPP policy for infrastructure projects, the government has increased the single-window sanction limit to Rs 500 crore from the existing Rs 50 crore. The policy also prescribes interventions to ensure better implementation of projects.


2018 By-election results in Karnataka

2018 By-election results in Karnataka

The results for 3 Lok Sabha and 2 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka were declared on 06.11.2018.

  • Congress’s A.Nyamagouda won Jamakhandi assembly seat.
  • Anita Kumaraswamy from JD(S) won Ramanagaram Assembly seat
  • Y.Raghavendra from BJP won Shivamogga Lok Sabha Constituency
  • Congress’s V.S.Ugrappa won Bellary Lok Sabha constituency
  • R.Shivarame Gowda from JD(S) won from Mandya Lok Sabha Constituency

A total of 31 candidates were in the fray from all the 5 constituencies.

The by-elections were necessiated after Yeddyurappa (Shivamogga) and Sriramulu (Bellary) of Bharatiya Janata Party and C.S. Puttaraju  JD(S) (Mandya) resigned as Member of Parliament on their election to the Assembly in May 2018.

By-polls to Jamakhandi assembly seat was caused by the death of Congress MLA Siddu Nyamagouda while Ramanagara fell vacant after Kumaraswamy gave up the seat preferring Chennapatna.

The performance in by-polls is a boost for the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance in the State which was facing questions of longevity.

Aside from improving its electoral prospects, the JD(S) also realizes that by sticking with the Congress, it can continue in power for a  longer term in Karnataka, with Kumaraswamy at the helm.





Anti-Corruption Bureau raid at Bengaluru

On 07.11.2018 the officials of ACB Bengaluru City have trapped Sri. Shivakumar.V and Sri. Chethan while accepting the a bribe  of Rs.50,000/- from the complainant.

A resident of Bengaluru had given complaint to BMTF Officials regarding unauthorized construction by the complainant. In this regard Accused Sri Shivakumar V was deputed for the enquiry. He summoned the complainant and demanded a bribe amount of Rs.70,000/- to close the petition received against him and collected Rs.20,000/- advance through his assistant Sri. Chetan.   Both have been arrested and the bribe amount has been seized. The case is under investigation.




Kannada movies in Amazon Prime video

Kannada movies in Amazon Prime video

Kannada entertainment content is now making a big splash in the internet-based On-Demand Video-Streaming space, growing at an explosive pace. Just when Hotstar, Netflix and other big players are edging out schedule-based traditional television content, Kannada has broken fresh ground with Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon Prime Video has added Kannada movies to its library after Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali and Hindi content. Prime Video has also acquired the digital streaming rights for several upcoming Kannada movies next year including Avane Srimannarayana and Orange among others.

Launched  on Karnataka Day, Kannada will be the sixth Indian language content on the service. Prime members will have access to popular Kannada films, theatrical releases and next year’s titles

From November 1, Prime members in India will have access to popular Kannada films, theatrical releases, hit movies from recent years, and anticipated titles that are set to release in 2019.

The Kannada content library starts with the digital premiere of recently released hit film Katheyondu Shuruvgide, which is available with English subtitles too. Viewers can stream recent movies such as Sankashta Kara Ganapathi, Vardhana and Andhagaara among others.

Prime Video has changed the way the people in India and around the world consumes content. It has broken barriers, allowing consumers not just in the country, but also outside to discover and enjoy stories from their place of origin. It is a great unifying thread.

The entry of cheap broadband services could further push video-streaming services, say industry watchers. The data price crash sparked by Jio had revolutionized consumption of videos on the mobile screens, and this could now shift to the net-connected, WiFi-enabled Smart TV screens. A shift from English to vernacular content would mean the battle for eyeballs will shift to small towns and cities.


Arjun Sarja questioned in #MeToo row

Arjun Sarja questioned in #MeToo row

Hundreds of supporters of actor Arjun Sarja gathered at the Cubbon Park Police station on 05.11.2018 as he appeared for questioning by the police over allegations of sexual harassment by co-actor Sruthi Hariharan.

Ms.Hariharan has posted about the incident online as part of the #MeToo movement, and on October 27 filed a police complaint.

According to the police, the actor cooperated with the investigation and denied allegations that he had harassed Ms. Hariharan on 4 occasions during the filming of Vismaya between November 2015 and July 2016.

According to the Cubbon Park Police, Arjun was asked over 50 questions by investigating officer Annayya Reddy regarding the incidents described by Sruthi in her complaint.  Based on the statements given by Sruthi Hariharan and her makeup artiste Kiran and also the assistant director, Arjun was questioned about the series of events.

Arjun Sarja denied all accusations allegedly and stated that the allegations were made to malign his reputation.

Several of Arjun Sarja’s fans had gathered outside Cubon Park Police Station.  The police had a tough time containing the crowds gathered and managing traffic congestion on Kasturba Road.

Police officials say that the director of the film Vismaya, Arun Vaidhyanath supported Arjun and stated that he had not witnessed any such incident during the shoot of the film.


Dhaatu Puppet

Dhaatu Puppet

Dhaatu is a non-profit organisation working towards nurturing and promoting the traditional puppet art forms of India.

The organisation has been founded to address the need in today’s society.  The Sanskrit word Dhaatu means root, an essential ingredient, the soul, the supreme spirit.

Dhaatu seeks to introduce a direction that comes from a contemplation of our roots, our origins and our rightful place and purpose in life.

Dhaatu was founded in 2004 with the aim of bringing India’s great treasure trove historical epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata, from literary masterpieces of poetic greats.

Anupama Hoskere, a puppeteer and doll-maker, has accumulated about 5,000 dolls over the years, which are an eclectic combination of Indian and Western make. While Dhaatu, the non-profit organisation founded by her and husband Vidyashankar, is active through the year displaying over 1400 sq ft of dolls with sizes ranging from 1 inch to 11 feet. During Dasara, however that the entire collection is on display.  They also hold puppet shows every day through Navaratri.

A bus stop in Bhanashankari is named as “Dhaatu puppet bus stop” where some of the puppets are on display.

Bengaluru boy bags US Science prize

Bengaluru boy bags US Science prize

Samay Godika, a student of National Public School, Koramangala has emerged as the winner of Breakthrough Junior Challenge and bagged the Science Prize worth $400,000 (Rs 2.9 crore).

Scientists are busy at work finding cures for Alzheimers’ and Parkinson’s, and a Bangalore teenager is right at their heels with a breakthrough to fight the diseases.

A Class 11 student of National Public School, Koramangala, Samay Godika represented the country and his school at the Breakthrough Junior Challenge this year and brought back the ultimate, Rs 2.9 crore science prize. Samay won the award competing with 13 other finalists among roughly 8,000 entries.

The Breakthrough Prize Junior Challenge is a global competition for students between 13 to 18 years of age that requires them to research, create and submit videos on current and complex topics in life sciences, physics, and mathematics.

Samay, who was born in Boston, is a student in Class X at the National Public School. While students at his age find it difficult to manage exams and assignments, this teenager took inspiration from his own family to do something remarkable at such a young age.

In his video for the challenge, Samay explains this biological process through a clever combination of humorous animated storytelling and informative scientific explanations. ‘Autophagy’ is the science behind fasting and a topic that would resonate with many Indians as it supports the ancient tradition of fasting to stay healthy and live longer. On much same lines, researchers show that Autophagy, a self-cleaning mechanism, could help fight dreaded diseases like Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and may even help in Anti-Ageing. The Breakthrough Challenge looks for four main areas that the videos should cover: Engagement, Creativity, Illumination and Difficulty. Not an easy task for teenagers but Samay has managed to cover them all through his hard work.

Samay has also been selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for their Launch Entrepreneurship Programme 2017. This experience has led him to co-found Memorably, a company which creates photo-books of grandchildren for their grandparents.


New Cyber-crime police stations at Bengaluru

New Cyber-crime police stations at Bengaluru

Scenario about Karnataka police is changing.  The police are gearing up to deal with terrorism and cyber crime, adopt technology and corporate management practices, follow ethics and respect human rights.

The Cyber Crime Cell was stated at Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, Bengaluru to deal with Cyber Crimes.

The Karnataka State Police are often criticized for lacking core competence in dealing with well equipped terrorists, naxalities and cyber crimes, poor intelligence gathering and poor knowledge about scientific tools for investigation and counter-intelligence techniques.

There is an alarming increasing in the number of cases related to cyber crime, economic offences and narcotic drugs (CEN), both in Bengaluru and Karnataka in the last years.

The police department has sought the State Government to open 8 exclusive CEN police stations.  Crime incidents like multi crore economic offences including group housing scam, chit fund scam and cyber crime have increased all time high in Benglauru and other parts of the State.

According to a source only 20 personnel are currently working in the cyber crime police station in Bengaluru where 13 cyber crime cases are filed everyday.

All the staffers would be specially trained to handle issues relating to cyber crime.  There are 35 CEN stations in the State of Karnataka.  Economic offences below Rs.5 crore will be handled by CEN stations while those lesser than Rs.5 crore will be transferred to CID cyber crime cell.




Deepavali – festival of lights

Deepavali – festival of lights

Deepavali is called the Festival of Lights and is celebrated to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana.

This festival is celebrated exactly 20 days after the celebration of Dusshera, another major Hindu festival. On this day of Deepavali, Goddess for wealth and prosperity is worshipped. People illuminate their houses and streets with lights and earthen lamps to lighten up the night. ‘Deep’ meaning earthen lamps justifies the sacredness of the festival.

The lamps are said to ward off the evil forces and signifies the triumph of the good over evil power. Even the poorest of homes light some lamps to celebrate this day. People light firecrackers which add to the light and color of the night. Beautiful multi colored Rangoli and floral decorations beautify the houses. The glamour and shimmer all around the country fulfills the significance of the festival.

This festival is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

For many Indians this five day festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Lamps are lit to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people’s homes.

Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.

Deepavali  is not only celebrated by Hindus. The festival is also a sacred occasion for Jains and Sikhs. In Jainism, the holiday marks the attainment of moksha (or release from the cycle of samsara — meaning life, death, and rebirth) by its founder, Mahavira, who preached nonviolence and compassion.

Bengaluru connects to Asia’s island destination thru GoAir

Bengaluru connects to Asia’s island destination thru GoAir

Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka, is a veritable melting pot of various cultures and traditions.  Popularly known as the Garden City, Bengaluru is a home to well-laid out parks, gardens and long avenues of blossoming trees with a salubrious climate.  Emerging as the hi-tech capital of India, it still retains a charm that is totally Indian.

Expanding its global foot-mark, one of the leading airlines GoAir is launching direct flights on the Bengaluru-Phuket-Bengaluru routers effective from December 9, 2018.

The airliner will operate three direct flight services per week between Bengaluru and Phuket and two direct flight services per week between Bengaluru and Male.

The airliner claimed that the flight schedules are designed to provide flexibility of choice, passenger convenience and customized travel options.

Enjoy a romantic walk on silver sands or dive into the crystal clear waters while exploring Phuket.  With pristine breaches, fresh seafood and great weather there are a ton of options for travelers to choose from.




Karya Siddhi Hanuman temple is located at Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Girinagar Bengaluru.  As the name itself conveys, the Hanuman here is believed to fulfill all the wishes of his devotees.

Karya means any work & Siddhi means fulfilled, so the name itself says the Hanuman here is considered to be rewarding wishes of his devotees. Sri Ganapathi Sacchidananda Swamiji has installed Lord Hanuman here.  One will find images of Anagha Devi Sametha Sri Dattatreya, Lord Shiva, Ganapathi, and Navagraha Gudi in the temple premises. Everyday hundreds of devotees visit the temple. Most of the time temple is crowded.

One can see lot of coconuts tied around the temple because of Poorna Phala Samarpana – a type of pooja given at the temple for fulfilling the wishes.

Over the past decades, this temple has become the social centre in this locality. The temple also has a charitable arm which provides affordable education and healthcare to the less privileged in and around the temple.

Review of Autonomous colleges in Karnataka

Review of Autonomous colleges in Karnataka

An autonomous university typically refers to a university that exercises independent control over its day-to-day operations and curriculum. It is generally associated with universities or institutions and implies that the sponsoring state does not have control over academic matters of the school.

The aim behind giving colleges freedom was to encourage excellence. But that does not seem to be happening. Instead, a few are found profiteering. Experts say it’s time for supervision.

In the wake of irregularity complaints in the State’s autonomous institutions, higher education Minister Mr. G.T.Devegowda has decided to review the functioning of these autonomous colleges.

The irregularities are pertaining to syllabus, standard of education, infrastructure, high fee structure and examinations.

The higher education Minister, as pro-chancellor of Karnataka State Universities has the power to ensure standards are maintained, as prescribed by the law.  The Minister can also raise the matter to be taken up with the higher education Council.

The autonomous institutions are covered by the University Grants Commission (UGC) Regulations on autonomous colleges 2018 and the State Government has very little power in their functioning, the higher education department brought the irregularities to the notice of former Vice-chancellors and registrars.



Prime Minister announces 12 schemes for MSME

Prime Minister announces 12 schemes for MSME

Good news for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in India.  Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi doles out incentives for MSMEs.  The other measures announced included an increase in the share of small and medium industries in government procurement from 20 to 25 per cent. He also announced a 2% interest relief on loans up to Rs. 1 crore for small businesses that files GST (Goods and Services Tax) returns.  Here are the top announcements:
  1. Loan upto 1 crore within 59 minute through online portal.
  2. Interest rebate of 2 %
  3. All PSUs and company above 500 cr turnover to upload all supply invoices on TRADES platform which will count MSME Receivables against which banks give bill discounting facilities. Online complaint portal for MSME invoice payment delay.
  4. All PSUs to buy 25% from MSME
  5. PSU to buy 3% from woman MSME
  6. All CPSU to buy through Govt. GEM Purchase portal.
  7. 6000 crores for 100 technology training and upgrade centre for MSME.
  8. 70 clusters for pharma MSME. 75 % cost by central govt.
  9. 8 labour laws returns only twice in year.
  10. Factory inspector visit assignment through random computerize selection and online reporting within 48 hours.
  11. Environment clearance based on self certification for MSME. Common for air and water clearance. Only 10% inspection.
  12. Companies Act amendment ordinance removing harsh punishments of jails etc. small violations. 60% pending cases will be out through this amendments.

Easing compliance with environmental rules, MSMEs will need single air and water clearance and just one consent to establish a factory.  Please campaign to ensure all MSME workers covered under Social security schemes of govt.


ACB raid at Kolar and Devanahalli Taluk :

On 03/11/2018 the Officials of ACB, Kolar District have trapped and arrested Shri. Ramappa while accepting a bribe amount of Rs.30,000/- .

A resident of Gonamakanahalli Village, Anderson Pet Hobbli, Kolar District had submitted an application for appointment of Anganawadi teacher post.  Sri. Ramappa, CDPO, I/C Program Officer, Kolar demanded a bribe amount of Rs.1,00,000/- to do the same.   The bribe amount has been seized and investigation is continued.


On 03/11/2018 the Officials of ACB, Kolar District have trapped and arrested Sri. Suresh while accepting a bribe amount of Rs.10,000/-

A resident of KGF, Kolar District, had sought for Renewal of School permission. Sri. Suresh, BEO, KGF had demanded a bribe amount of Rs.25,000/- to do the same.   The bribe amount has been seized and investigation is continued.


On 03/11/2018 the officials of ACB, Bengaluru Rural District have trapped and arrested Sri. M.Rangaswamy while accepting a bribe amount of Rs.30,000/- from the complainant.

A resident of Narayanapura Village, Devanahalli Taluk has submitted an application for 11(E) sketch of his land in Taluk office, Devanahalli. Sri. M.Rangaswamy, Surveyor, Taluk office Devanahalli had demanded abribe amount of Rs.1,50,000/- to do the same.   The bribe amount has been seized and investigation is continued.





High Court directs police not to arrest Arjun Sarja

High Court directs police not to arrest Arjun Sarja

The Karnataka High Court on November 2nd gave a big relief to actor Arjun Sarja who was under threat of arrest.

Following a complaint by actress Shruti Hariharan, Cubbon Park police filed an FIR against Arjun Sarja and facing the threat of arrest. But the High Court Single Bench headed by Justice PS Dinesh Kumar heard the petition filed by Arjun Sarja seeking dismissal of the FIR against him and said that the investigation could be conducted against the actor. But he should not be arrested, the Court said.

During the hearing, senior counsel BV Acharya said that in order to get publicity by participating in the ‘Me Too’ campaign, actress Shruthi Hariharan has misused the name of Arjun Sarja. Moreover, there was a big difference between the post shared in the facebook and the complaint given to the police.

This has given a big relief to the actor. Against the FIR, Arjun Sarja has filed the petition before the High Court. After hearing the case on 2nd November, the Single Judge Bench of the High Court posted the further hearing to November 14.

Arjun Sarja alleged that the case and complaint was a classic case of austere abuse of law and launching of malicious and vile attacks on an innocent man who has thrived hard for 36 years to stand out with the portrait of gentleman.



Israeli luxury hotel The Den open doors in Bengaluru

Israeli luxury hotel The Den open doors in Bengaluru

The exponential growth of Bengaluru as a major technology hub over the years has lured leading Israeli hospitality chain Dan Hotels to begin its global foray in India from Namma Bengaluru.

According to a top executive Bengaluru, as India’s Silicon Valley, has a lot of common with Israel, known as the Silicon valley of West Asia.  Bengaluru’s booming growth, which is faster than other Indian cities, attracted the Dan Hotels to open their first hotel ‘The Den’ outside Israel in Bengaluru.

Co-founded in 1947 by brothers Yekutiel and Shmuel Federmann as a luxury hospitality chain, the Tel Aviv-based Dan Hotels has 14 properties across Israel in seven cities, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the northern port city of Haifa.

Though the chain had a soft launch of its first international property in Bengaluru in December 2017, Nissenbaum,  Dan Hotels President and CEO officially unveiled it recently, making Dan the first Israeli hospitality group to own a five-star luxury hotel in the subcontinent.

Located in the city’s bustling eastern suburb of Whitefield, home to several tech firms, the 226-room The Den with 21 floors was built at an upfront cost of $70 million (Rs 490 crore), with a helipad on the rooftop, a personal movie theatre, a 70-seater auditorium, a gaming zone and plenty of space for partying.

The hotel offers spacious rooms upwards of 360 sq ft in four categories starting from Rs.10,000 up to  Rs.80,000 for its Paramount Suite; over 10,000 sq ft of indoor banqueting space equipped with the latest technology, in addition to alfresco dining and partying spaces on its lawns and around the water bodies dotting the hotel.

The construction of the hotel was by L&T and the project management by JLL.  The Den will compete with hotels such as Vivanta by Taj, Marriott Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton and The Zuri that have already established a steady clientele in Whitefield.



Bengaluru cricket legend Rahul Dravid 5th Indian to be inducted in ICC Hall of Fame:

Bengaluru cricket legend Rahul Dravid 5th Indian to be inducted in ICC Hall of Fame:

Former India captain our own Bengalurean Rahul Dravid was officially inducted into the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Hall of Fame. Cricketer Rahul Dravid was presented with the memento by the legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar at the Greenfield International Stadium.

Only the very best players in the world are recognized for their contribution to cricket in this way.  The ICC has certain criteria for cricketers to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and most importantly, it has to be five years from the time of retirement for a player to be eligible to enter the elite club.

It was first announced in July that Dravid would be inducted from India into the ICC Hall of Fame. Bengalorean Rahul Dravid became the 87th player and fifth Indian to be inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame on 1st November 2018.

Team India are playing the final ODI against the Windies in Thiruvananthapuram and ahead of the start of the match, Dravid was presented with the framed cap.

The elite four Indians who were inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame prior to Dravid are:

Sunil Gavaskar (1971-1987) – inducted in 2009

Bishan Singh Bedi (1966-1979) – inducted in 2009

Kapil Dev (1978-1994) – inducted in 2010

Anil Kumble (1990-2008) – inducted in 2015

Dravid, also popularly known as ‘the Wall’ had been a long-standing rock of Indian cricket for over 15 years.  He has been the “conscience of Indian cricket” in the international arena.  Dravid, who played just one Twenty20 International, was a brilliant slip fielder and finished his Test career in 2012 with 210 catches, which is a world record.

In 2004, Dravid was named the ICC Cricketer of the Year.   Dravid has scored 23, 208 international runs for India across formats, including 48 hundreds and 146 fifties. He has scored the runs at an average of 45.41.

He is currently the head coach of India A and India U-19 sides.

Congratulations Rahul Dravid.  Every Bengalurean is proud of you.



Google staff walk out over women’s treatment

Google staff walk out over women’s treatment

Thousands of Google employees around the world briefly walked off their jobs on 1st November to protest the company’s response to sexual harassment and demanded that the world’s largest search engine address rising concerns about workplace inequality.

The employees demanded several key changes in how sexual misconduct allegations to be dealt with at the firm, including a call to end forced arbitration – a move which would make it possible for victims to sue. Forced arbitration, a common contract clause for Silicon Valley workers, demands any disputes are dealt with internally rather than through other methods such as the courts.

Staff involved in walkout left notes on their desks telling colleagues that they are not at the desk because they are walking out with other Googlers and contractors to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and a workplace culture that’s not working for everyone.

They have also made formal demands to Google’s management.  The protests took place in waves, beginning in Asia and then streaming across Europe and North America, with the final wave occurring at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Organizers and other employees said Google executives, like leaders at the dozens of companies affected by the #metoo movement, have been slow to address numerous structural issues such as unchecked power of male executives.

Organizers read a handful of anonymous stories about harassment from Google employees and listed the group’s demands into a microphone. When asked how many people had their own stories of harassment that hadn’t been told, a number of attendees raised their hands.

About 150 employees from Google’s Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Mumbai offices participated in the walkout in India.

Mphasis ties up with IIMB’s incubation centre

Mphasis ties up with IIMB’s incubation centre

Mphasis, an IT service and solutions provider, specializing in cloud and cognitive services has partnered with NSRCEL, the start-up incubation centre at Indian Institute of Management (IIMB), Bengaluru to support early stage social venture.  This program is a part of its Social Venture Incubation Program, to support ‘early-stage’ social ventures.

The program aims to incubate and support ‘for profit’ social ventures and comprises start-ups that have been in operation for one to three years, said a statement from the B-School.

The program’s focus is on helping start-ups build financially sustainable and scalable models working in the education, livelihood and disability space.

Over 550 application were received for this program and 16 of them were shortlisted for the 3 month pre-incubation.  They were then given an opportunity to pitch before an advisory council for selection to the program which will be for 12-18 months.

Selected ventures include TAXSHE Services Private Limited, ECONUT Coconut Producer Company Limited, Blink Research and Services Private Limited, ThinkZone and Rural Caravan Private Limited.   They will receive an entrepreneurial grant and will be supported through a series of events and workshops aimed at addressing specific challenges.

Additionally, these ventures will also be able to avail on-site infrastructure as well as expand their network through interactions with ecosystem partners, IIMB faculty, alumni and subject matter experts.

The talent present in the startup ecosystem in India has been visibly increasing over the past few years. However, support to social enterprises is still limited. It is essential that social enterprises also get the right kind of support in mainstream incubators to ensure they can make telling contributions within the industry space. The partnership with IIMB is aimed at addressing this issue and through the facilities and mentor-ship support. Mphasis hopes to enable the selected social ventures to achieve their highest potential.














Namma Bengaluru is 95% garbage free –  tells BBMP

Namma Bengaluru is 95% garbage free – tells BBMP

Another promise by BBMP not fully fulfilled.  Still garbage is not cleared completely from the city.  The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has now missed the October 31 deadline to make Bengaluru garbage-free.  The High Court has asked the BBMP to clear the garbage in the city by Deepavali.

On 29th October, the High Court set a deadline once again asking the BBMP to ensure that namma Bengaluru streets be garbage free by the end of the month.  Now the deadline has been extended to Deepavali.

The BBMP has promised the High Court that the garbage will not be piled up for more than 24 hours in any wards.  Citizens who litter the streets will be booked under the law.

The BBMP body also said that there were several spots where people continued to dump garbage despite all the necessary measures being taken to collect and dispose of garbage.  However the civic body said  95 per cent of the city is clean and the rest would be cleaned in forty eight hours.

The court asked the state to use CCTV cameras and the beat police to identify those defacing the city by littering. The Court is of the opinion that  the city can have a joyful Deepavali when it is garbage-free, while asking the state to take up the issue of garbage in the coordination committee chaired by the chief secretary.

The system of garbage collection requires far more than a ‘Do it now’ order and a deadline to go with it.  It requires doggedness from the court to follow-up the case and an equal response from the civil bodies to fix the situation on-ground and lay down plans for the future.

As citizens of the city the responsibility also lies with us.  Let us co-operate with BBMP and make namma Bengaluru garbage free city.