Aero India 2019 show – Namma Bengaluru

Aero India 2019 show – Namma Bengaluru

Aero India 2019 show – a five day show will come alive on Feb.20 in Namma Bengaluru.  The show includes the controversial Rafale jets.

Aero Show 2019

Features – Aero India 2019 :

Aero India 2019 will provide a significant platform in bolstering business opportunities in International aviation sector. A rapidly growing economy and opening up of defence production to private sector, have given a major fillip to the defence industry in India. It has also become a hub for defence businesses in Asia.

Exhibition at Aero India 2019 :

Aero India Exhibition which is organized every two years has already carved a niche for itself globally as a premier aerospace exhibition, with eleven successful editions organized since 1996. Air Show of latest aircrafts of different countries will be arranged at the venue during each day of the show for the benefit of visitors. 

Tagline for Aero India 2019 :

The tagline for Aero India 2019, “The Runway to a Billion Opportunities” was created to communicate India’s value proposition in addressing the immense opportunities in the Aerospace and Aviation sectors in India today. 

Steel birds on display

The tagline underlines India’s status as an emerging hub for the global aerospace industry and draws attention to the investment opportunities under Make in India.

From the acquisition of 110 multi-role fighter jets and 111 naval utility helicopters to the indigenous development of the light combat helicopter, India’s aerospace sector has crossed an inflection point.

The tagline was also created while keeping in mind that the Civil Aviation industry in India has emerged as one of the fastest growing industries in the country.

Participants at Aero India 2019 :

365 Indian and global aerospace companies have registered for this years aero show.  Around 53 air-crafts will be displayed.  31 flights will take to the skies for 5 days aerial display at Aero India 2019. 

3 Rafale jets will be on display.  Out of this 2 will be showing their prowess.  8 Tejas , Sukhoi-30Mki, Advanced Jet Light Helicopter, Light Combat Helicopter, Trainer HTT 40, Dorniers, Mi-17 choppers will be displayed.

All-women flights at Aero India 2019 :

Women fliers/aviators will be flying in the show.  On February 23, a complete all-women flight is on the agenda.  American Astronaut and US Navy officer, Sunita Williams will be visiting the Aero India 2019.  This time the imprint of women pilots will be felt in the Aero India 2019 show.

Sunita Williams

NGT Committee – Bellandur, Varthur lake

NGT Committee will visit Bellandur and Varhur lake on 17th February to oversee the revival work.  The Committee by NGT is planning to create a webpage by February.

Bellandur Lake

National Green Tribunal (NGT) :

NGT has been established in 18.10.2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010.  It was established for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection.   It also includes conservation of forests and other natural resources including enforcement of any legal rights relating to environment.


The Tribunal also gives relief and compensation for damages to persons and property and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.   It is a specialized body equipped with the necessary expertise to handle environmental duties involving multi-disciplinary issues.

NGT Committee :

The NGT has newly constituted a committee headed by Justice Hegde to oversee the implementation of the directions related to lake rejuvenation. The NGT Committee has been asked to oversee the timelines and action plans prepared by the State government. 

The State Government has also been directed to transfer Rs 500 crore to an escrow account for execution of the action plans and implementation of Panjwani Committee recommendations.

Varthur lake spewing foam

The Justice Hegde Committee has been given the liberty to decide additional amounts required for setting up of STPs to treat sewage entering into the lake. The State is also made liable to pay interest for delay or non-payment. 

Justice Santosh Hegde – NGT Committee Head :

Santosh Hegde was born in an ethnic Bunt family to former judge of Supreme Court, Justice K.S. Hegde and his wife Meenakshi Hegde. 

Justice Santosh Hegde

Nitte Santosh Hegde is a former judge of the Supreme Court Of India, former Solicitor General of India and was Lokayukta for Karnataka State of India from 2006-2011. 

After completing apprenticeship training, Hegde enrolled as an advocate in January 1966 and was designated as senior advocate in May 1984. He was appointed as the Advocate General for the State of Karnataka in February 1984 and held that position till August 1988. 

NGT Committee report :

Individual members from the NGT Committee have already visited the Bellandur and Varthur lake  and have made observations. The NGT Committee also took note of the encroachments in and around these two lakes.

The NGT committee also pointed out that the rajakaluve have been encroached, narrowing of rajakaluves, laying of pipes, construction and demolishing waste dumping by Minor Irrigation Department (MID) and encroachment on the buffer zone along the Belagere road.

BBMP Contractors under lens- Enforcement Directorate

BBMP Contractors are under ED Scanner. Enforcement Directorate initiated a an investigation under the provisions of PMLA on the basis of FIR and charge sheet filed by the CID Police, Bengaluru branch. 

The charge sheet was against contractors and engineers of BBMP for causing a loss to the civic body by  indulging in illegal activities in civil work at Malleshwaram, Gandhinagar and Rajarajeshwari nagar Divisions of BBMP.

Value of properties :

Properties worth Rs.52 crore of contractors attached in money laundering case.  Enforcement Directorate (ED) provisionally attached under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) both movable and immovable properties worth Rs.52 crore of contractors of BBMP. 

The attached immovable properties are in the form of land and buildings located at different places in Bengaluru and Mysuru.  The registered value of the properties under scanner is of Rs.33686158/- 

Attached movable properties include Bank deposits worth Rs.18300000/- belonging to a number of contractors of BBMP.

Investigation –  Names of Contractors :

During the investigation, an offence of money laundering has been made out against 9 BBMP contractors viz.,  Nagaraj, Shashikumar, G.Kumar Swamy, Nagesh, Subramni, Shiva Swa,y, Anil, Babu Rao and Bharat.

All are contractors of BBMP for their involvement in mal-practices and causing loss to the Government. 

The identified movable and immovable properties at Bengaluru and Mysuru and bank deposits amounting to Rs.52 crore of these accused contractors have been attached under PMLA.

Further investigation is under progress.

Separate tenders – waste collection

Separate tenders to collect waste was under slam.  The corporator’s took officials to a task over separate tenders.  Tenders were invited to collect wet and dry waste.

Waste segregation

Corporators expressed condolences over the passing of Siddaganga seer Shivakumara Swamiji prior to the meeting.

Separate tenders – waste disposal :

Waste disposal is removing and destroying or storing damaged, used or other unwanted domestic, agricultural or industrial products and substances. Disposal includes burning, burial at landfill sites or at sea, and recycling.

Dry & Wet waste – separate tenders :

The separate tenders for collection and disposal of dry and wet waste invited comments from many corporators.  These corporators were  mainly from the sitting opposition BJP party.  They raise objections calling the civic body BBMP as ‘frauds’ during the council meeting.

waste disposal

The main argument of many corporators, including the opposition leader was about how effective different tenders for wet and dry waste would be.

Auto tippers and compactors – Separate tenders :

A few corporators questioned the reasoning behind the unequal distribution of auto tippers and compactors. 

Collection of waste

Commissioner N.Manjunath answers some of the questions in the committee.  The Commissioner stated that the BBMP had received a lot of criticism from the Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal for sending mixed waste to landfills and quarries.

Recycle of waste

Bengaluru city generates around 6000 tonnes of waste everyday.

Segregation of waste – Separate tenders :

Segregation of waste at source once stood at 53%.  But the figure has now come down.  With separate tenders for wet and dry waste, the corporation aims to improve the level of segregation of waste at source.

This process helps in preventing aggregation of the segregated waste after collection.

According to the Commissioner the civic body has identified nearly 8000 rag-pickers.  These people along with non-governmental organisations working in the waste management sector will be roped in for collection and processing of dry waste.

Sapna Book House – Bengaluru

Sapna book house is offering heavy discounts to customers from January 26th to February 10th.  The offer is on the occasion of celebrating the 52nd anniversary.

Sapna book house

Book House – Sapna :

Sapna Book House is a book store chain and a publisher of books. It is one of the biggest book shops in India.

The Limca Book of Records recognized this book house as the largest book shop in India, for seven years in a row.  The State Government of Karnataka presented the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award to Sapna Book House, describing it as the largest Kannada book publisher in 2008. 

As of May 2016, they have published more than 5000 books by 500 writers, including Jnanpith and Central Sahitya Academy awardees.

Sapna Book House at Jayanagar

Around 60% of the store includes books and the rest of stationery, multimedia products, and sports items etc.It has its export of over 5,000 books in kannada language, to the Kannadigas settled in Brazil.  Its online business has eight million users.

Sapna Book House – History :

Sapna Book House was started by Suresh Shah, on 26 January 1967 near majestic, Bengaluru on a rent-based store.  Later as an independent mall in Gandhinagar, Benglauru, initially selling Lilliput dictionaries.

Born in Ghatkopar, Mumbai, Suresh Shah’s ancestors belonged to Dhoraji, Gujarat. Suresh Shah previously worked as head of Mumbai-based Pocket Book Distributing Company’s new branch in Chennai.

Mr.Nijesh Shah – President, Sapna book house group

Sapna Book House 52nd anniversary :

The book house is celebrating its 52nd anniversary.  During this time the customers will be given a discount ranging from 10% to 52% in all the branches.  The discount is on selected titles. 

The Sapna Book house on this occasion has introduced a loyalty rewards scheme.  This scheme is applicable for those who purchase books for more than Rs.500/- .

Other offers at the book house :

Along with the discount the customers will get bonus points credited to their account at the book stall.  Every purchase of Rs.500/- will get a total of 50 points to their loyalty account.

The customers can redeem the points accumulated in their next purchase.  By registering their mobile number the customers can enroll for this offer.  Customers can also avail an EMI facility to purchase books. 

East Bengaluru Lal bagh – green space at Kannamangala

East Bengaluru Lal bagh is taking shape at Kannamangala near Whitefield.  It is also known as a mini Lal bagh. 

East Bengaluru Lal Bagh taking shape

The Karnataka State Horticulture Department is establishing a botanical garden similar to Lal bagh.  

East Bengaluru Lal bagh – a reality :

Whitefield residents need not face the tiring traffic on Bengaluru  roads.  No need to travel over 20  kilometers to catch the fresh air of Lal bagh. The State Horticulture Department is establishing  a botanical garden similar to Lal bagh known as East Bengaluru Lal bagh at Kannamangala.

Inside the park

East Bengaluru Lal bagh will give that part of the city a much-needed fresh lung space. A unit of the State Horticulture Department, the elite seed coconut farm, is spread across at Kannamangala, near Whitefield. This area is being converted into a botanical garden and is to be christened as East Lal bagh. 

Area covered – East Bengaluru Lal Bagh :

It is spread across 152 acres of coconut farm.  It is having 3500 coconut trees in many varieties.  The project was proposed many years back but was not started due to lack of funds.  The cost of the project is estimated to be around Rs.1.5 crore.

East Lal Bagh –  tree varieties :

As the area is already filled with coconut trees, the horticultural department is planning to sow and cultivate different saplings.  The existing coconut palms will be used for mixed cropping, inert-cropping  and multi-tier cropping. 

Varieties of trees at East Bengaluru Lalbagh

The department is planning to sow various flowering plants.  This includes orchids, spices and condiments, beverage crops, timber trees, buffalo grass etc. as base plants. 

Other facilities at East Bengaluru Lal Bagh :

Irrigation work is under process. A walking stretch or trek is under construction.  An amphi-theatre and butterfly garden in also included.  Signage will be put everywhere to help the visitors to the garden. 

The garden needs lot of water as there is severe scarcity of water in the area.  To meet the water needs the department is planning to use treated water from industries around. 

Existing bore-well is been rejuvenated and new bore-wells have been drilled.

This East Bengaluru Lal Bagh is an extension of the existing botanical garden.

CSR Funds – develop Bengaluru lakes

CSR Funds (Corporate Social Responsibility) is proposed to be used to develop Bengaluru lakes according to the Minor Irrigation Minister C.S.Puttaraju.

Condition of lakes

Bengaluru lakes – an overview :

The City built by Sri.Kempegowda, 468 years ago, has well developed natural drainage system. Bengaluru  had more than 400 lakes, interlinked by a system of canals (Rajakalave) that followed the natural gradient of the land in which excess water from one lake would flow through waste-weirs into the next lake/ tank, thereby preventing flooding.

This system could be maintained for a long time, through the colonial period, till more recent times. This has contributed enormously for creating micro climate in the City as well high level of recharging of ground water in the city.

CSR Funds – MNC’s :

Multinational companies have come forward to spend Rs.700 crore to develop Bengaluru lakes under CSR Funds (Corporate Social Responsibility). 

Lake with froth

Many multinational companies have taken the responsibility to develop lakes in Bengaluru city.  A detailed project is being prepared by the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority.

The Minister and the department are calling the heads of MNC’s and holding meetings with them.

CSR Funds – Infosys Foundation:

The Infosys Foundation is already developing Hebbal lake in Mysuru and 100 kalyanis in the temple town of Melkote.  Recently Vasanthapura lake was developed by the Foundation under CSR Funds at Bengaluru.

Chief Minister – CSR Funds :

Recently Chief Minister Kumaraswamy chaired the Executive Committee meeting of the Karnataka Tank Conservation and Development Authority (KTCDA).  In the meeting he said that there needs to be a concerted effort to revive 204 lakes in Bengaluru.

Chief Minister Kumarasway

Chief Minister gave directions to clear encroachments on storm water drains.   He had asked the officials to prepare an alternative plan to provide adequate housing to the poor who would be evicted in the process. 

He proposed using CSR Funds (Corporate Social Responsibility) to rejuvenate lake.

Socially responsible child – DyCM to parents

Socially responsible child if an asset to society.  Responsibility of a parent doesn’t end with giving good education to a child.

Teaching responsibility

Helping to become socially responsible child :

  1. Encourage her to be helpful; let her help sort the washing or clear the table. …
  2. Set a good example. …
  3. Show affection to your children — even if you find this difficult. …
  4. Value her social skills. …
  5. Reduce the level of competition between children. …
  6. Love uniquely.

Raising a socially responsible child :

Raising children to be socially aware, community oriented, charitable minded, and educated about their world is more vital than ever in today’s global society. As a parent, one try to raise child to become an active, compassionate member of society.

Helping children become empathetic and aware of social issues is not about raising the next generation of activists, though some may grow up to dedicate their lives fighting unjust causes. It’s about raising kids to become compassionate leaders at work, involved members of their community, dependable friends at school, and caring brothers and sisters at home.

Social media – raise socially responsible child :

Today’s generation of children has been labeled the “me, me, me” generation. Let’s face it: Today’s technology fosters a culture of narcissism.

Digital existence allows constant access to the Web, text messaging, instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter and more. Young people are constantly tweeting, blogging and Snap-chatting. So how one can flip the screen and get kids to pay more attention to the actual world around them?

Making the effort today to teach our children personal financial responsibility along with social responsibility may go a long way toward both helping to solve worldwide problems in the long run and taking kids’ focus off themselves.

Make your children socially responsible : DyCM Parameshwara :

DyCM Parameshwara inaugurated Ekya School, a Cambridge IGCSE institution located along Doddagubbi Main road in Byrathi, East Bengaluru.  G.Parameshwara said the presence of a number of good schools and colleges has made Bengaluru a hub of education in the country.

DyCM G.Parameshwara

The minister implored the Gurukul concept of education where importance was given not only for providing knowledge but also teaching discipline and values.  Making the wards a socially responsible child was also important.

Conclusion :

One of the most important virtues for a child is to learn those of empathy, compassion and giving back in a way that is meaningful.

Ward Committee – BBMP

Ward Committee are constituted by the civic body Bruhat Bengluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in Bengaluru.

These ward committee provide a platform for the citizens to express their problems.  The citizens utilize this platform for problems to be brought to light at the local BBMP ward office chaired by the ward Corporator. 

Ward committee meetings are being held in Bengaluru on the 1st Saturday of every month at every ward office.

Problems discussed at Ward Committee:

Garbage dumping, pothole in roads, flooding during the monsoon, road rage, water crisis the issues are endless in Bengaluru city.  Most residents crib about the city’s civic problems.  Very few actually do something about it.

Any member of the public can watch and attend the ward committee meetings.  Public can access documents concerning the works taken up in their respective wards.  The ward engineer or the health inspector is secretary to the Ward Committee, as chosen by the Corporator.

Display of Ward Committee meetings :

The timing and agenda of ward committee meetings will be well publicized and notice will be placed in all public offices in the ward – ward office, water and electricity supply office and public health centres.

The public can know what is the tender conditions of their wards roads and who is responsible for waste management.  Who is contractor for maintaining the street lights? All the details will be discussed at the Ward committee meetings.

Ward Committee : bringing democracy to your doorstep :

In partnership with Deccan Herald Citizens for Civic Amenities – a partnership for better Bengaluru is being organized on February 16th 2019 at the Chancery pavilion. 

The discussion will be on “Ward Committees : An imperative step towards grassroots democracy”  by   distinguished panel of speakers. 

To register, send name and contact no. to

Attur Layout ACB Raid

On 28.01.2019, the officials of ACB, Bengaluru trapped Sri.Kantharaju while accepting a bribe of Rs.11,000/-

A resident of Bengaluru city, Attur Layout had applied for a Khata extract.  Sri.Kantharaju, ARO Office, Yelahanka New Town, BBMO had demanded a bribe of Rs.15,000/- to do the same.

The bribe amount has been seized and a case is registered by ACB.  The case is under investigation.

George Fernandes – passes away

George Fernandes –Former Defence Minister who held the portfolio from 2001 to 2004 is no more.  He was Defence Minister under Atal Bihari Vajpayee led NDA Government.

George Fernandes

He was 88 years old and was suffering from a prolonged illness.  Fernandes was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and recently had contracted swine flu.

Life of George Fernandes :

George Fernandes was born on 3 June 1930 to John Joseph Fernandes and Alice Martha Fernandes (née Pinto), in Mangaluru then Mangalore to a Mangalorean Catholic family.

George Mathew Fernandes  was a former Indian trade unionist, politician, journalist, agriculturist, and member of Rajya Sabha from Bihar. He was a key member of the Janata Dal and is the founder of the Samata Party.  He held several ministerial portfolios including communications, industry, railways and defence.

George Fernandes – a Writer :

Fernandes liked writing and journalism even during his student days. He was the editor of a Lonkani language monthly Konkani Yuvak (Konkani Youth) in 1949. The same year, he was the editor of the Raithavani weekly in Kannada.

The Dockman weekly in English, which had ceased publication, reappeared under the editorship of Fernandes in 1952–53.Though not a prolific writer,  George Fernandes has penned several books on politics such as What Ails the Socialists (1972), The Kashmir Problem, Railway Strike of 1974, Dignity for All: Essays in Socialism and Democracy (1991), and his autobiography titled George Fernandes Speaks (1991).

George Fernandes was also the editor of an English monthly, The Other Side, and the chairman on the editorial board of the Hindi monthly Pratipaksh. A human rights activist, Fernandes has been a member of the Amnesty International People’s Union for Civil Liberties and the Press Council of India.

Politicial career of George Fernandes:

Fernandes, a long-time socialist, rose to political prominence when he led the Bombay Taxi Unions Association and defeated “uncrowned king of Bombay” S.K. Patil, a Congress heavy-weight in the 1967 general election. 

George Fernandes as Defence Minister

George Fernandes later joined the Janata Dal. He served as Railways Minister in the V.P. Singh government  from 1989 to 1990. He was instrumental in setting up the Konkan Railway project, connecting Mangalore and Bombay. 

In 1994, Fernandes formed the Samata Party, which later allied with the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was appointed convenor of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and served as the Defence Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government for two terms, between 1998 and 2004. 

His term was eventful as it witnessed the Kargil war and Pokhran test. 

We at pay our tribute to a true leader.  May his soul rest in peace.

Kidwai hospital – digitize record

Kidwai hospital to digitize records of patient records.    Digitization aims at combining and managing all aspects of a hospital’s operations such as medical, financial, administrative, legal and compliance, health records online.

Kidwai hospital

At present the patients carry hospital records, reports and scanned images in person. 

First in Karnataka – Kidwai Hospital :

Kidwai hospital has become the first government hospital in Karnataka to execute the Central government’s e-hospital project.  The first round of execution of the project started last week.

A team from Infosys Foundation is helping the doctors at Kidwai to streamline the data and also link the departments.

How it works at Kidwai Hospital?

Digitization helps in storing complete patient’s records online for the oncologists treating patients.  E-hospital Kidwai will register the patient in the hospital system at the OPD (out patient department) on entering.

A patient identification number and a patient-specific barcode will be generated.  The patient will be given a ‘health card’. At the electronic queue management centre, they will be issued a token which will tell them where to go and which doctor to see.

Procedure to be followed :

A consultant/doctor from Kidwai Hospital will scan the patient’s barcode to receive information about the patient, such as medical history, allergies, and demographic data.

After the consultation, he will then enter the diagnosis, prescription, and other tests which should be taken into the system.    After blood test the patient is direction to the lab to give the sample. 

The blood sample will then be labelled with a barcode, enabling the technician to retrieve vital information before recording the test results.

Digital healthcare at Kidwai hospital :

Digital healthcare is answer to government run hospitals.  Normally the state run hospitals will be disorganized, overcrowded and the inconsistent quality of hospital services. It is also instrumental in managing information more efficiently.

Digitization  improves connectivity within healthcare institutions.  There is better coordination between healthcare personnel and also recorded data under this system.

H1N1 flu/ Swine flu threat alert – Karnataka

H1N1 flu/ Swine flu threat alert – Karnataka

H1N1 flu/ Swine flu threat alert in Karnataka.  After coping to the Kyasannur Forest Disease (KFD) known as monkey fever.  Karnataka has been alerted by the Central Government about increasing cases of seasonal influenza, H1N1, H3N2 and Influenza B.

In a month’s time around 152 cases of confirmed H1N1 flu/Swine flu  has been reported in the State.  An advisory to the public as prevention and control has been issued.

What is H1N1 flu/ Swine flu?

The H1N1 flu/ Swine flu virus is contagious and can spread from human. Symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. There are antiviral medicines one can take to prevent or treat swine flu.

Medication for H1N1 flu/swine flu

Symptoms of H1N1 flu/Swine flu :

symptoms of fever

H1N1 flu/ Swine flu signs and symptoms in humans are similar to those of other flu strains:

  • Fever (but not always)
  • Cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Runny or stuffy nose.
  • Watery, red eyes.
  • Body aches.
  • Headache.
  • Fatigue.

Cases of H1N1 flu/Swine flue :

High incidences of H1N1 flu / Swine flu were reported from Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat.  An increasing trend is being observed in Karnataka also.

National centre for Disease control has reported 72deaths in Karnataka last year.  Karnataka is the fifth highest in India to report H1N1 flue/Swine flu.

The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) has screened 112 patients. Like other viral diseases, the number of H1N1 cases increases every alternative year.

H1N1 Flu/Swine flue Top 5 places in Karnataka:

Positive cases reported at

BBMP Limits   25

Bengaluru Urban 31

Dakshina Kannada 18

Mysuru 15 and

Shimoga 10 

(Source : Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services (As on 24.01.2019)

Do’s to prevent H1N1 flue/Swine flu:

Photo swine flu1

  • Cover mouth and nose with a handkerchief or tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Was hand regularly or as often as possible with soap and water
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid going to crowded places
  • Avoid visiting or getting close to a person suffering from flu.

Don’t’s to prevent H1N1flue/Swine flu :

  • Shake hands or give a hug
  • Spit in public places
  • Take medicines without a physician’s consultation
  • Travel to other State where there are high cases of H1N1 flu/Swine flu
Duration of H1N1 flue/Swine flu :

People infected with any kind of flu can infect others one day before they have symptoms and five to seven days after they become sick. The symptoms of swine flu (H1N1), including fever, chills, cough, and body aches, last about eight days, on average. Some symptoms may continue longer than that.

Prevention is better than cure

H1N1 flu/Swine flu is no more dangerous than the other flus which strike in winter: influenza virus B and H3N2.

However, the flu can be serious for those who are vulnerable, including as those with existing long-term health conditions, or who are undergoing treatment such as chemotherapy.

Uttama Prajakeeya Party – Upendra

Uttama Prajakeeya Party Upendra is contesting all 28 Lok Sabha constituencies during the upcoming elections.

Founder Upendra – UPP

The concept of ‘Prajaakeeya’ where people are the ultimate rulers is something Upendra has been vouching for since his foray into politics through KPJP.

Upendra – Head Uttama Prajakeeya Party :

He officially announced the party “Uttama Prajakeeya Party” on his birthday i.e. on September 18th  2018.  He said in one of his social media post “Leaders of Democracy, To bring a complete change through ‘Prajakeeya’ a new manifesto based ART of Governance (Accountability, Responsibility, Transparency)”


Uttama Prajakeeya Party – politics without money :

According to Upendra his party and his politics does not involve use of money power.  The acronym of his party is same as his nickname UPPI.

He is planning to bring some known people from diverse backgrounds to the party so that it does not look like an one-man-show.

28 Lok Sabha Seats – Uttama Prajakeeya Party :

Upendra and his team are personally interviewing interested candidates who wants to join his party.  He is ensuring that the best of candidates are selected. Every candidate is required to study his/her respective constituency in detail and to make a report of the existing situation.

Uttama Prajakeeya Party candidates will be contesting on autorickshaw symbol assigned by the Election Commission. 

Symbol of the party

Upendra  is one of the aspirants for the party ticket but would have to pass through a selection process.  If selected he would decide on the constituency from which he would contest. 

Agenda of Uttama Prajakeeya Party :

Instead of Rajakeeya (Politics) the party would propagate Prajakeeya (of the people, for the people, by the people).  The party is believed strongly in transferring power to the people in spirit.

The party has created a five point program to convince people of their commitment to democratic principles : Selection, Election, correction, Rejection, Promotion.  People will take an engaging role in the process of selection and election. 

Padma Awards 2019 – recognizing the hard work

Padma awards – 2019 was announced on 25.01.2019.  It is one of the highest civilian awards in our country.  The padma awards are conferred in three categories viz., Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.

Padma award

History – Padma Awards :

Padma Awards were instituted in 1954.  It is to be awarded to citizens of India in recognition of their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including the arts, education, industry, literature, science, sports, medicine, social service and public affairs.

It has also been awarded to some distinguished individuals who were not citizens of India but did contribute in various ways to India.

Meaning of “Padma” awards :

On its obverse, the words “Padma”, meaning lotus in Sanskrit and “Shri”, a Sanskrit-derived honorific equivalent to ‘Mr.’ or ‘Ms.’ (ie., “Noble One in Blossom”), appear in Devanagari above and below a lotus flower. The geometrical pattern on either side is in burnished bronze.   All embossing is in white gold.

Who decides Padma awards?

All nominations received for Padma awards are placed before the Padma Awards Committee.  The committee in constituted by the Prime Minister every year.  The Padma Awards Committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary and includes Home Secretary to the President. 

The committee also includes 4 to 6 eminent persons as members.  The recommendations of the committee are submitted to the Prime Minister and the President of India for approval.

Padma Shri award :

Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award after the Bharat Ratna, the Padna Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan.  It is awarded by the Government of India on every year on India’s Republic day.

Padmashri award
Recipients of Padma shri award – Karnataka :
  •   Prabhu Deva – Art-Dance

              Prabhu Deva is an Indian dance choreographer, film director, Producer and actor, who has worked in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada films. In a career spanning 25 years.

              He has performed and designed a wide range of dancing styles and has garnered two National Film Awards for Best Choreography.

Prabhudeva – Padmashri

  He is honored with Padma Awards for the this year.

  •  Rohini Godbole, Science,& Engineering – Nuclear

Prof. Rohini Godbole is a Professor at the Centre for High Energy Physics, Indian Institute of Science.  Professor Rohini Godbole is a particle physicist best known for her work at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Rohini Godbole – Padma shri

She is been  honored  Padma award this year.

  • Sharada Srinivasan, Other – Archaecology

Sharada Srinivasan is an archaeologist specializing in the scientific study of art, archaeology, archae-metallurgy and culture. She is associated with the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

Sharada Srinivasan – Padma Shri

She is an Honorary University Fellow at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.  Mrs. Srinivasan is also an exponent of classical Bharata Natyam dancer. 

She is been honored Padma ward this year.

  • Rajeev Tharanath, Art – Music – Sarod

            Rajeev Taranath was born in Bengaluru on 17 October 1932. He received his initial training in vocal music from his father Pandit Taranath. He gave his first public vocal performance

            when he was nine years old. Rajeev was singing for the All India Radio before he was twenty.

Rajeev Tharanath Padma Shri

            He is been honored Padma award this year in the category Music for his outstanding  achievement in Sarod.

  • Saalumarada Thimmakka, Social Work – Environment.

            Saalumarada Thimmakka also known as Alada Marada Timakka is an Indian environmentalist. She is noted for her work in planting and tending to 385 banyan trees along a four-kilometre stretch of highway between Hulikal and Kudur.

Saalumarada Thimalla – Padma Shri

She is been honored Padma award this year for her social work.

Congratulations to all the award winners from

Voter registration reminder – Facebook

Voter registration reminder – Facebook will be sending the voter registration reminder.   It reminds Indian users ‘Its time for voter registration” and will send to users in India who are eligible to vote.

Facebook to send Voter registration reminder to voters

Registration reminder – different languages :

The voter registration reminder will be in 13 Indian languages – English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Marathi and Oriya.

Vote – for a better tomorrow

Voter Registration reminder – procedure :

The ‘Register Now’ button is designed to encourage the citizens of India to register themselves with the Election Commission of India (ECI).   Facebook has over 200 million users in India.

Election commission with Facebook

By clicking on the ‘Register Now’ button, people will be directed to the National Voters’ Services Portal which will guide them through the registration process.

National Voter’s day – Voter registration reminder :

On the National Voters’ Day, Facebook  will send a voter registration reminder to users in India who are eligible to vote. During the first half of 2019, the Lok Sabha elections will be held throughout the country.

The Election Commission (EC) will observe National Voters’ Day across the country on 25th January and will have six lakh locations that cover over 10-lakh polling stations.

Facebook had tied up with the Election Commission in a special drive in 2017 to launch the voter registration.

Importance of voter registration reminder :

In India about two crore youngsters turn 18 every year.  In the 2019 elections,  there could be, apparently, 10 crore first-time voters.  Not every eligible voter gets registered to the Election Commission.

The program will help many first timers to register and cast their vote during the upcoming general assembly elections.

People use Facebook to connect, share and to get involved with concerns that matters to them.   Facebook wants to build products that support this type of civic engagement. 

Voter registration reminder – conclusion :

This drive is a step towards fulfillment of ECI’s motto ‘NO VOTER TO BE LEFT BEHIND’.  The initiative is to strengthen the enrollment campaign.  This is to encourage future voters to participate in the electoral process and become responsible citizens of India.

National Military Memorial – delay

National Military Memorial delay is dragging in Bengaluru for years.  Justice Santosh Hegde expressed his concern over the delay to the Chief Minister.

National Military Memorial at Bengaluru

The government decided to build the memorial in 2008.  The project is delayed and is waiting for the transportation and installation of Veeragallu.

Memorial  –  a tribute :

Memorial Park  is a tribute by people and the government, designed by Nisha Mathew Ghosh and Soumitro Ghosh.  The park is to honor the men and families of martyrs who have died in the service of the nation. National Military Memorial is located adjacent to Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park.

The memorial park showcases the Veeragallu – Kannada for stone recollecting the contribution of the bold and the brave. 


Veeragallu photo

This is an imposing and traditional obelisk symbolizing the strength, courage as well as conviction of martyred soldiers. The height of the monolithic granite structure is 80 feet and it weighs about 500 tons. As many as 20 sculptors are giving it finishing touches. Names of over 22600 martyrs are etched on it.

National Military Memorial features:

It consists of a park/garden with plaques giving names of all soldiers who perished in the great wars. There are replicas/disabled tanks/missiles/ships and other military related items. There is a museum which is memorial to the awardees of the bravery awards given to three branches military. 

Demand for the National Military Memorial :

Children of both retired and martyred military personnel have demanded the completion of the memorial.  They say that the delay is a mark of disrespect to the armed forces.


Speaking to media Justice Santosh Hedge said, “All we need is to transfer the Veeeragallu. Is that difficult? I always felt that where there is a will there is a way. I must infer that, there is no will at all on the part of the elected representatives who are governing this state to establish a military memorial.”

Many claim that no military authority or martyr’s family asked the state for the National Military Memorial.  Since it was announced, it is humiliating to see the same martyrs being dismissed in a compassionless way. 

Alternative roads – Aero show

Alternative roads are being readied for Aero show 2019 to avoid traffic jams in Bengaluru. 

Alternative approach road to KIA

Different approach roads are getting ready to the Kempegowda International Airport for Aero India 2019.  The show is scheduled for February 20-24 at the Yelahanka Air Force station.

Aero show 2019 – alternative roads :

Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar has asked the Public Works Department (PWD), Forest Department, BESCOM and Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) to conduct a joint inspection.  He has asked them to work in unison to ensure that an alternative road to the airport is in perfect shape before the Aero India show.

The five-day event will commence on February 20.

Air show 2019 : 

Aero India is a biennial air show and aviation exhibition held in Bengaluru.  It is organized by the Defence Exhibition Organization, Ministry of Defence.  

Aero show

The show will be held between February 20 and 24 at the Yelahanka Air Force Station.  It is a unique opportunity for exchange of information, ideas and news developments in the aviation industry.

Alternative roads to avoid traffic jams:

To make traffic movement easy, the BBMP is redoing the old road from Bagalur to Begur as an alternative route to KIA.  Up to Bagalur, the road falls under BBMP limits and the road is good.  Beyond that, the road will be taken care of by the PWD department

The road via Begur, Hennur, Bagalur and Mylenahalli has to be fixed with street lights and needs widening. 

Some land needs to be acquired in connection with the road widening from Begur and Mylenahalli and hence KIADB is involved.

Facilities – Alternative roads :

All the rusting streetlight poles along the road will be removed and being replaced with new working ones. 

Road getting ready

Preparing alternative roads and traffic diversion is mainly for the aero India show 2019 to reduce the traffic.  The object is to make vehicles carrying visitors experience a hassle free ride. 

ACB raid – Jigani hobli

On 24.01.2019 the officials of ACB, Bengaluru trapped Sri. Hemachandra while accepting a bribe amount of Rs.9000/-.

Secretary of Neralluru Co-operative Milk Federation, Anekal taluk, Jigani hobli had sought for vouchers (Expenses) concerning federation elections.  Sri. Hemachandra, SDI Sahakara Soudha,     Malleshwaram Bengaluru had demanded a bribe of Rs.10000/- to issue the vouchers.

The bribe amount has been seized and the case is under investigation.

Slow progress – Bengaluru lakes

Slow progress of work on Bellandur lake and Varthur lake.  A committee was constituted to inspect the two water bodies to keep track of the progress.

Saving Bengaluru lakes

Bellandur lake –  slow progress of work :

Bellandur Lake is a lake in the suburb of Bellandur in the southeast of the city of Bengaluru.   It is the largest lake in Bengaluru. It was used for landing amphibious aircraft during British rule. It is a part of Bellandur drainage system that drains the southern and the south-eastern parts of the city.

Froth on road – Bellandur lake

The lake is a receptor from three chains of lakes upstream, and has a catchment area of about 148 square kilometres (37,000 acres).

Water from this lake flows further east to the Varthur lake from where it flows down the plateau and eventually into the Pinakani river basin. The cleaning is a slow progress concerning this lake.

Slow progress of work at Varthur lake :

Varthur lake is in the south of Bengaluru district.  It has a large surface area and is the main irrigation source for nearby agricultural fields.  It supports a wide variety of flora and fauna. 

view of Varthur lake

This is a man made lake, built by Ganga kings over thousands of years ago for agriculture and domestic uses but now the lake is receiving 40% of the sewage water from Bangalore for over 50 years resulting in eutrophication. Slow progress of work is noticed by the committee even here.

Committee :

An independent committee was formed to inspect the progress on lakes.  Part of the lakes where fire had occurred recently was also inspected.  Beside the inspection of fire catching place, garbage mounting place, encroachments around the lakes were also covered.

The committee panel is headed by former Lokayukta Justice N. Santosh Hegde.  The National Green Tribunal constituted the committee to study the slow progress of work.  The panel is tasked with reviewing the action plan.

Santosh Hegde

The panel expressed displeasure on the slow progress of work.  The sluice gates and sewerage treatment plants work are moving in a slow pace. 

Industrial areas development – Bengaluru

Industrial areas development in Bengaluru city is facing problems.  The Supreme Court of India is keen to know why the Karnataka government wants to develop industrial areas inside the city.  The Bengaluru city is already facing problems of infrastructure and water scarcity.

Industrial areas development – KIADB

Industrial areas development – KIADB

Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) is a wholly owned infrastructure agency of Government of Karnataka, set up under Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Act of 1966.

This Board functions as per statutory provisions, rules and regulations enacted there under. The Board comprises of senior government officers in their ex-officio capacities. The Board of members meets regularly to take decisions and monitor the functions. KIADB holds pride in being the first government organization in Karnataka to obtain ISO 9001 certification in the year 1997.

Supreme Court’s objections to Industrial areas development :

According to the Supreme Court, the special economic zone is not for cities.  The Court asked the KIADB why it wants to create industrial hub inside the city?  The task of fixing buffer zones was left the policy makers. 

The NGT Judgment – Industrial areas development :

The National Green Judgment specified buffer zones are –

75 metres in case of lakes

50 metres in case of primary raja kaluves

35 metres in case of secondary raja kaluves

25 metres for tertiary raja kaluves (storm water drains)  

These distance must be maintained measuring from the edge of these of water bodies.

Views of Supreme Court on industrial areas development :

The advocate general submitted that no permission was granted to set up industries inside Bengaluru city.  The NGT’s judgment on buffer zone will affect the redevelopment of existing structures in Bengaluru.

Vehicle ban – lalbagh botanical gardens

Vehicle ban – lalbagh botanical gardens

Vehicle ban will be implemented in lalbagh very soon.  The drive is to make the botanical Gardens a paradise for ‘walkers’. 

Lalbagh botanical gardens

Complete vehicle ban inside Lalbagh :

The complete vehicle ban will be implemented within two months in the botanical gardens.  All the officials and the visitors to the gardens either have to walk or to use the battery operated vehicle.

The joggers and walkers in the lalbagh will be free of vehicle inside the garden once vehicle ban is implemented.

Lalbagh – Botanical gardens – History :

Hyder Ali commissioned the building of this garden in 1760 but his son, Tipu Sultancompleted it. Hyder Ali decided to create this garden on the lines of the Mughal Gardens that were gaining popularity during his time.

walkers and joggers

Hyder Ali laid out these famous botanical gardens and his son added horticultural wealth to them by importing trees and plants from several countries. Hyder Ali deployed people from Thigala community who were extremely good in gardening.

The Lalbagh gardens were commissioned by the 18th century and over the years it acquired India’s first lawn-clock and the subcontinent’s largest collection of rare plants.  A menagerie established in the 1860s was under the charge of G.H. Krumbiegel in 1914. 

Janaspandana – vehicle ban :

Many walkers and joggers had aired their views about the facilities and the disturbance of vehicles inside the Lalbagh during Janaspandana meeting.  The citizens had requested for a complete vehicle ban inside the gardens.

The Horticultural department has agreed to ban private as well as public vehicles inside the garden.  The department has also agreed to complete vehicle ban. This includes government vehicles, the departments vehicles and their staffers.

Buggies inside Lalbagh :

4 or 5 battery operated vehicles will be in use inside the botanical garden once complete vehicle ban in implemented.  The officials and horticulture staff will be using the buggies or walk the distance. 

Buggies inside lalbagh

The horticultural officials are planning to level the uneven walking path and repairing of broken gate on Siddapura side.  Provisions have been made for hawkers in eight designated areas.  Diffused lights will be used in the walking paths early the morning. 

Child lock – 42000 cabs disengaged

Child lock feature in 42000 cabs has been disengaged out of 2.5 lakh cabs in Bengaluru.  In the coming months this feature will be removed from all the cabs remaining.

Child lock in cabs

Features of Child lock :

A child lock in a car is a lock that can’t be opened from inside.  Suppose there is a child in the backseat and accidently unlocks the car by simply pressing the button.  In this situation it can be quite dangerous if the child opens the car door too.

The lock if engaged makes it impossible for the car door to be opened from inside. The door can only be opened from outside.  

Locking the doors

Generally the lock is put in such a place that when the door it shut,  it can’t be accessed.  It can be accessed only when the door is opened from the outside.

Working of a child lock :

Although called a child lock it is equally effective for adult passengers. The lock is typically engaged via a small switch on the edge of the door that is only accessible when the door is open. Some cars implement the child lock control as a rotary mechanism which can only be operated with a key.

Opposition to child lock :

Crimes against women passengers travelling in taxis have increased in recent years.  There was an urgent need to curb the menace by disengagement of child lock.  The child safety locks are built into the rear doors of most of the cars.  The intent or providing child lock in the car was to prevent children from opening the door.

Child lock use in taxi
At Driver’s mercy :

There is an increase in the cases of rape, murder and molestation and other types of harassment.  The child lock feature is activated when one gets on to a cab.  Once the passenger is in, it is not possible to open the door and escape in case of an emergency.  The passenger is trapped inside and is at the mercy of the driver.

Conclusion :

We don’t usually see a lone toddler using a taxi to commute. Even if kids are traveling in a taxi they are always accompanied by someone old enough not to pop out of a moving car deliberately. So why to keep them in cars used for commercial purposes?

Removal of lock in cabs

Removal of such locks from taxis and vehicles which are made to carry the passengers may be a minor but positive change. It may not stop each and every future case instantly but on a longer run, it will help prevent a few cases for sure.

Elevated corridor project – elite only

The Elevated corridor project will be  enjoyed by the elites.  The corridor is going to be longer, narrower. 

corridor project details

This project was initially proposed to have 6 inter connected corridors but now will have 7.  The lane configuration has shrunk to reduce issues in land acquisition.

Investment – Elevated corridor project :

The investment has increased to 32000 crore to build the elevated corridor.  It is aimed to create more space for cars of the elite.  The poor will be forced again to use the crumbling public transport.

Besides the originally planned six corridors, another 10.99 km of elevated corridor will be built.  This will connect Ramamurthy Nagar and ITPL.  The six lane elevated corridor project plan has been changed to four lanes in some of the sections.  This is to prevent inconvenience to the public as well as to reduce land acquisition.

Opposition to elevated corridor project :

According to environmentalists this project is unscientific. It will encourage only the private vehicles to use it.  The environment cost of the project affects thousands of trees.  The elevated corridor project lacks socio-economic survey.

According to IISc Profession T.V.Ramachandra the proposed Elevated corridor project is the product of a collusion between consultants and contractors on one hand and bureaucrats and politicians on the other.

Prof. T.V.Ramachandra

Need of the hour is to provide more public sustainable transport to ease the traffic congestion.  Only elites who have AC cars will benefit from the project. 

Views of experts and citizens :

According to one Professor, the metro lines on the same route as the proposed elevated corridor project will have more capacity.  The metro lines capacity will be  38.3 time more than the road flyovers. 

Some bangaloreans are of the opinion that the government should invest in public transport.  Making public transport more affordable and attractive is the key.  The huge investment should help people move and not two wheelers and four wheelers.

At the end of the day it is public tax money and common man who ends up as a loser.

Social Media platform – General Elections 2019

Social media platform is going to play a major role in the country’s general election 2019.  This alone is to corner Rs.12000 crore in political ad spends.

Different social platforms available

Role of Social Media :

The most common platforms of mass social media includes news paper, radio, television, magazines, internet, facebook, twitter etc.

India has become a digital society where social media has set itself in the lives of people.  The country ranks on the top of the list in the countries with the highest number of Facebook users.

different platforms icons

Election campaigning is slowly shifting towards the digital arena.  The ruling BJP has been the leader of using social media as well as mass media to its advantage in the 2014 general election.

Major Windfall – Social media :

Social media platforms are setting for a major windfall in this years general elections.  According to media experts, the advertising spends on social media will see a major of 150%. 

Top social media networking sites

The media major facebook is going to take a major share. According to experts Facebook alone is going to get Rs.10000 crore ad money while the rest of social media gets Rs.2000 crore.

Political parties using social media :

The size of digital user base has increased rapidly compared to 2014 general elections.  The consumption of digital content has increased in recent years.

Political parties to use social media platforms

All political parties have social media strategy teams.  Elections are the major factor that will lead to an increase in advertisement spends in social media.

Google’s transparency :

Google is  introducing  an India specific Political Advertising Transparency Report.  A searchable Political Ads Library  will provide information about who is purchasing election ads on Google platforms.  How much money is being spent?  The report and the library will go live in March 2019. 

Google said it is also updating its election ads policy for India and the policy requires that advertisers running election ads in India provide a pre-certificate issued by the Election Commissioner.  

Conclusion :

Politics and media share a complex co-ordinated relationship. Media, politics and elections are interlinked together.  Social media platforms have become essential ground for the discussion of political narratives.

Varthur lake fire – flora and fauna gutted

Varthur lake fire – happening again.  This is the third time the lake is catching fire in recent years.  Lakes catching fire has become a never-ending disaster in Bengaluru in recent times. 

lake on fire

The people residing near Thubarahalli extension in Varthur noticed smoke emerging from the middle of the lake.    The lake had caught fire at 3 different spots near the Balligeri inlet.  Each fire was a few meters away from the other.

Highlights – Varthur lake fire :

  • Varthur lake caught fire at three different spots.
  • The fire destroyed nearly 20 acres of land of a small island in the lake.
  • Exact reason that led to the fire has not been ascertained.

The lake caught fire at 3 different places and the fire started spreading fast.  The thick plumes of smoke was visible from 2 km away from the lake.

History of lake :

The lake is an integral part of Bengaluru,  although unplanned urbanization and industrialization have led to the contamination of this lake. Varthur Lake, which has an area of 180.40 hectares (445.8 acres) is the second largest lake in Bengaluru city and also one of the most polluted lakes.

Its ecosystem is under continuous degradation because of sewage water from Bengaluru  entering the lake from Bellandur lake further upstream.

This is a man-made lake, built by Ganga kings over thousands of years ago for agriculture and domestic uses but now the lake is receiving 40% of the sewage water from Bengaluru.   

Varthur lake fire – NGT :

A month prior to the fire Karnataka was impose a fine of Rs.50 crore by NGT  (National Green Tribunal) for neglecting 2 lakes.  One of them being Varthur lake and the other being Bellandur lake.

fire – water-lake

Impact of fire at Varthur lake :

The fire at varthur lake destroyed almost 20 acres of land of a small island in the lake. The fire incident comes at a time when migratory birds flock to the lake. The fire reportedly destroyed many nests on the islands.  

Despite the lake being already polluted with sewage, effluents, construction and demolition waste, people continue to dump garbage and debris into it.  The fire could have been triggered by the presence of chemicals in it.

The entire day, a thick cloud of smoke choked the residents 

Reasons for fire at the lake : 

The fire could have been triggered by the presence of chemicals.  The presence of “illegal migrants” near the lake can be a reason behind the fire as they segregate whatever they see of value in the waste and dump the rest into the lake.

Previous fires :

In March 2017, the lake caught fire after some people burned garbage near the lake’s inlet.

spilling of toxic foam

In January 2018, another lake in Bengaluru–the Bellandur lake–caught fire and the operation to douse it went on for over 10 hours. The Bellandur lake caught fire 11 times in 2018 alone and once in January 2019.

Homeless people – Bengaluru city

Homeless people in Bengaluru will be identified with an App.    The App. is developed by the civic body BBMP.  The data collection includes photographs, names and places where the homeless people stay.

Homeless sharing food

Homeless – survey by BBMP :

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is developing an application to store the facial recognition and other data.  The survey is being conducted at all 198 wards in the city.

Survey – collection of data

The Information Technology department of BBMP is developing this App.  The welfare department of BBMP will use this to store the data of homeless people and identify them.

Data collection

The 198 wards in Bengaluru city will be covered.  Soon the App. will have the homeless people data with the facial recognition.

Sleeping on the footpath

These people are often wanderers and tracking them down is difficult.  The App. will help in storing their photos and names and the homeless centre or place where they will be staying.

Homeless –  Supreme Court order :

In 2010, the Supreme Court of India had given directions to all the state governments to set up shelters for these people.   Particular emphasis was given to towns with a population of 1 lakh and more.

Conducted survey :

A urban survey was conducted by Impact India Consortium and the Dream India Network in association with BBMP.  The survey found 1433 homeless people.

The survey was conducted by 50 volunteers from 37 NGO’s .  It included collection of data like age, gender, occupation, health condition and hometown.

On the pavements being helpless

East zone alone identified close to 1200 people without homes.  South and West Zones are the two zones where the survey was completed.

South zone counted for 2200 and west zone counted 1526 homeless.  The civic body is planning to set up 40 permanent shelters across Bengaluru for the these people by next winter season. 

Conclusion :

The setting of shelters will be a huge relief for the people sleeping in the open on the streets and pavements. 

East, West and South zone survey is completed and  in the remaining five zones it will start very soon.

Ignite Film Festival

Ignite Film Festival

Held by IFIM College, Bengaluru.

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Ignite Film Festival held by IFIM, Bangalore

In the first place, the idea of Ignite Film Festival by IFIM was born with an intention to bridge the gap between the industry and the young talents. While Bengaluru IFIM College hosted Ignite Film Festival, a two-day film festival from January 19 to 20 at the college auditorium. Also the main agenda of this fest being to serve a platform to young minds to unleash their inherent creativity.

One of the initiative to promote and encourage young filmmakers, storytellers and creative individuals. Also the spark has been made by Ignite Film Festival this year. Likewise the fire of passion shall spread and students of IFIM College will keep it burning. Most importantly this is a legacy by the present batch students.

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Ignite Film Festival Inauguration by Sagar Puranik- Day 1 at IFIM Business School, Bangalore

Furthermore, the best film- Samara, best editor went to Door no. 143 and the best screenplay award was bagged by Kanasina Prapancha. Likewise Best actor also went to Samara, while best director for Bluff. Similarly the best cinematographer bagged by Alike.

That’s not all..

Besides that, Dr Anupama Natarajan, Principal, IFIM College said, “In this era of constant innovation in every field, creativity is the currency for success. Ignite is an ideal platform for young minds to explore their skills and present their creativity in ways. It is important for colleges to provide an engaging practical exposure to students to prepare them better for their continuous employability.”

Moreover short film contest, a story writing contest and stories contest were some of the activities held. While the fest also held photography workshop.

IFIM College, Ignite Film Festival, Bengaluru, IFIM, Business School
IFIM College Bangalore

Last but not the least, film maker Sagar Puranik’s short film was premiered at IFIM auditorium on January 19 as a part of the Ignite Film Festival. Similarly on January 20, the nine short films selected by the judging panel were screened for the general public.

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E-vaccine program – BBMP

E-vaccine program is being launched by the civic body BBMP in Bengaluru.  The BBMP is all set to roll out Electronic Vaccine Intelligent Network (eVIN). This program is to monitor the status of stored vaccines in hospitals across Bengaluru.


Vaccine / E-vaccine program :

A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins.

keeping track of stock of vaccines

The agent stimulates the body’s immune system to recognize the agent as a threat, destroy it, and to further recognize and destroy any of the microorganisms associated with that agent that it may encounter in the future. Vaccines can be prophylactic or therapeutic (e.g. vaccines against cancer are being investigated).

BBMP E-vaccine initiative :

The E-vaccine is an app-based technology.  This program helps in gathering real-time data on stored vaccines.  This also involves data on stocks and flows and even its storage temperature.

This technology helps in easing the things out as monitoring is online.  This process helps in reducing the wastage of vaccines. 


This project will be launched by BBMP in 87 primary health centres and 30 maternity homes in Bengaluru in the next 10 days.  All the staff have been given adequate training to handle any issues arising.

Working of E-vaccine program :

Persons who monitor the storage will be updating the information with the help of the E-vaccine application.  The information contains the net utilization of each vaccine.  Data about temperature is recorded and updated every 60 minutes.

The difference in temperature is communicated by sending a mail or SMS. 

E-Vaccine program in different parts :

This program was launched in 2015 in Centre. It includes 12 states in 371 districts.  The states includes Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The other states included in the list are Telangana, Uttarakand, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra..

Flights disruption Feb 20 – Feb 24 2019 – Aero India 2019

Flights disruption will take place from Feb 20 to Feb 24 due to Aero India 2019 at Bengaluru.  The flight operations will be partially disrupted at Kempegowda International Airport.

Bengaluru International airport

The air show is scheduled to be held at the Yelahanka air base in the southern city from February 20. 

Flights Disruption –  Scheduled closure :

Airspace closure will cause flights disruption from February 14 to 24. 

Between February 14 to 17, the airport will be closed between 1.30 pm and 4.30  pm ; from February 18 to 19, operations will be stopped between 10 am and 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm.

On February 20, on account of the inauguration of the event and scheduled air displays, the Kempegowda International Airport will not function between 9 am and 12 pm and from 2 pm and 5 pm.

Between February 21 and 24, the airport will be closed between 10 am and 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Flights disruption – Airspace closure table :

Date   & Timings                              Purpose

Feb. 14 – 17 ;  1.30 pm – 4.30 pm          Practice days

Feb.18 – 19 ; 10 am – 12 , 2 pm-5 pm  Full dress rehearsal & practice

Feb. 20 ; 9 am – 12, 2 pm – 5 pm           Inauguration, dress rehearsal

Feb.21 – 24; 10 am-12, 2pm – 5 pm     Conduct of Aero India                                  

Airspace closure – flights disruption

Airspace closure will cause flights disruption.  The closure will be to ensure safety and to make the way for the success of the Aero India 2019.  The airport will be partially closed for commercial operations during the practice days and on the days of the main show.

Flight disruption

Assistance – flights disruption :

Passenger convenience will be ensured with the respective airlines sharing all information on the change in airport operations and the cancelled/revised flight timings during the Aero show 2019.   

Expectation of heavy traffic

As there will be increased traffic is anticipated on Airport Road during the air show, the commute time will also increase.  To accommodate this, ancillary support by airport taxi and bus services will be aligned.

All changes to airport operations will be made available on for passengers.  Please check the respective airlines on the status of their flights disruption.