Self-drive service – Ola – investment $500 million

Self-drive service – Ola – investment $500 million

Self-drive service introduction by Ola is aimed at broadening its portfolio of transportation solution.  Ola to invest $500 million in self-drive service.

The move to enter the self-drive rental service category is in line with Ola’s broader strategy of expanding its bouquet of transport solutions beyond just cabs .  It is planning to include scooters and electric vehicles with a view towards ensuring sustainability and positive unit economics.

Ola to deploy nearly 10,000 cars, including luxury sedans and SUVs, in major cities in the coming months.

Ola cabs :

Ola Cabs is an Indian origin online transportation network company developed by ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd.  As of December 2018, Ola was valued at about $5.7 billion.  A variety of venture capitalists including Softbank have large stakes in the company.

Ola Cabs was founded on 3 December 2010 as an online cab aggregator in Mumbai and is now based in Bengaluru.  As of 2018, the company has expanded to a network of more than 10,00,000 vehicles across 169 cities. In November 2014, Ola diversified to incorporate auto-rickshaws on a trial basis in Bangalore.  After the trial phase, Ola Auto expanded to other cities like Delhi, Oune, Chennai and Hyderabad starting in December 2014.

In January 2018, Ola extended into its first overseas market to Australia and New Zealand in September 2018.  In March of 2019, Ola began its UK operations introducing Auto Rickshaws in UK.

Investments – ola cabs:

In recent past, Ola confirmed a Rs 650-crore funding from Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal.  Steadview Capital and a cohort of US-based investors like Raymond S Cahnman, chairman of Transmarket Group, philanthropists Tina and Steven Price, J3T Ventures and Lyon Assets along with a bunch of Chinese funds also participated in the company’s latest round. 

Ola investment in self drive service :

Homegrown ride-hailing platform Ola will invest over $500 million to launch a ‘self-drive’ service.  This is  aimed at broadening its portfolio of transportation solutions.

The investment will come from a mix of debt and equity over the next couple of years.  Ola will deploy nearly 10,000 vehicles, including luxury sedans and SUVs, in major cities in coming months according to sources.

Ola was likely to raise debt via Ola Fleet Technologies to seed the new business. So far, the multi-modal transport company has relied on equity capital from some of the world’s largest investors like  Japan’s SoftBank and US investment firm Tiger Global, to fund its rapid growth in the country. 

Ola Founders :

Bhavish Aggarwal- is the ola co-founder and Chief-executive-officer who graduated from IIT Bombay with a B. Tech in Computer Science in the year 2008. Bhavish has worked for Microsoft research, Bengaluru  for two years right after college. There, he passed two years with filing 2 patents and 3 research publishing in international journals.

While trying to chase his dream of entrepreneurship, he started an online company to sell short duration tours and holidays online before changing that into Ola Cabs.

Ankit Bhati heads the technical aspects of Ola cabs, ensuring a quick, convenient and instinctive experience for customers and partners. He joined IIT Bombay in 2004 for in Mechanical Engg and M.Tech in CAD and Automation.

By 2009 he had already worked on several freelance projects and startups like Wilcom, QED42 etc. and finally decided to give up his nomadic professional life for a start-up of his own. He joined the Olacabs journey in November 2010.

The Ola Cab story:

While trying to keep his holiday and tour planning business afloat, Bhavish had to travel from Bengaluru to Bandipur, for which he rented out a car, which ended in a very bad experience.

The driver stopped the car in the middle of the journey and demanded a renegotiation of what Bhavish was paying. After being refused, he proceeded to abandon him enroute his destination.

This is when he realized how his plight was probably similar to a lot of customers across the country who were looking for a quality cab service, but ended up with a one that stood them up, arrived and dropped them off late, didn’t stick to their promises, and came with drivers that were nightmares behind wheels.

This made him see the potential that an extraordinary cab booking service could have, and hence, he changed his business from his earlier start-up to the one we today know as – Ola Cabs. This was in December 2010, where he was joined by his co-founder Ankit Bhati in his start-up journey.

His parents didn’t agree with his idea in the beginning of course, like all parents.  They were thoroughly displeased with his decision to become a ‘travel agent’, but when Ola Cabs received it’s first round of funding from two angel investors, they started to believe in the change he was planning to bring.

Ola to challenge Zoom Car :

Ola cabs, which has become one of the largest cab sharing platforms in India will soon get into the self-drive car business. The brand has decided to enter the new business after investing $500 million in the sector. It will be the first time that Ola will invest in such a business in the Indian market.

The homegrown cab hailing startup recently collected a huge investment from India’s second largest manufacturer – Hyundai and its sister brand and upcoming manufacturer in India – Kia.

Both the Korean brands have together pumped in around Rs. 2,000 crores in Ola and there is investment from Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal too. The cab-hailing business is also backed by big names like Soft Bank and Tiger Global. The Bengaluru, Karnataka-based company has raised around $3.67 billion till date through various rounds of investments.

Portfolio – Ola cabs – self drive service

Ola is planning to broaden its portfolio with the introduction of the new services. At present,  Ola only offers short distance and inter-state rental cabs. With the introduction of new services, Ola will compete directly with the likes of ZoomCars, Avis, Revv, CarzOnRent and more such brands that currently offer self-driven vehicles in India.

It is clear that  Ola will initially offer the services only in the major cities of the country before expanding to the other cities.

Car rentals by others :

Ola will offer services like long rentals, lease and subscription of the cars. It should be noted that Revv recently started offering subscription-based car ownership in India, which promises to provide vehicles like Mahindra Scorpio, Maruti Ertiga, Hyundai Creta, Mahindra Marazzo, Mahindra XUV 500 and a new car if the customer chooses a plan of more than 12 months. Revv offers popular more.

Self-drive car service in Bengaluru :

Self-driving cars are likely to become a major business in the silicon City in the future. Currently, the option is quite unpopular but it is gaining massive popularity and soon, may see more people choosing the rental car service rather than owning a vehicle.

India is one of the world’s largest car market and it is growing at a fast pace. But, the difficulties like maintenance of the car keeps may prospective buyers away. Self-driven vehicles eliminate the need for such ownership experiences and only focus on the time spent with the vehicle.




Hai Salaam – song for soldiers – Sangeetha Rajeev

Hai Salaam – song for soldiers – Sangeetha Rajeev

Hai Salaam is a not  just a song dedicated to our soldiers but  it’s an emotion. It is an emotion from the bottom of  every Indian who is proud of our Indian Army and its family.

A Tribute to Indian Soldiers – Hai Salaam :

We have seen a lot of movies and videos on Indian Army.  But it does not do justice to what they actually do and undergo for the sake of our country in reality.  The real back

bone and inspiration for an Indian solider to do all these for our nation is a strong family.

The struggle of an Army soldier is real and this song is an attempt to portray just how strong the Army wife can be. 

Hai Salaam lyrics are written by Shashwath Sanil and the editing is by Akash rj.

Sangeetha Rajeev – Indian Pop Diva :

Sangeetha Rajeev also known as SaRa is a multilingual Playback singer, composer, pop icon. She is the winner of The Best International Pop Song of the year at the global VIMA Music Awards 2019 and performer from India.

She is the new age singing sensation who has taken Indian pop music International. Besides being a performer, she is also an Independent musician who released her latest Hindi pop singles Zindagi and Tu Hi in 2018 and the Kannada version of it Nan E Life and Kare(2018).

Tu Hi was nominated for the ‘Best Pop Song’ of the year and Zindagi was nominated for the ‘Best Indian Song’ of the year in the prestigious  VIMA Music Awards 2019,held in Malaysia.

Sangeetha Rajeev – Multilingual singer :

All her singles have been featured on BBC Asian Network.  Her first Hindi single Chan Se Udi in 2016 was featured in BBC Asian Network,  Pepsi MTV Indies  and Radio City (Freedom Radio). With back to back releases of her singles, Sangeetha Rajeev is all set to revive the Pop music culture in India.

She is known for her electrifying yet graceful presence.  she is credited with over 1000s of live performances worldwide so far and is a very popular singer in the performance space.  

She is  extremely energetic on stage and her  performances makes her the most wanted name in the event industry.

Early life of Sangeetha Rajeev :

Sangeetha Rajeev was born in the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru  to a musical family. Her father S Rajeev being a Bank Manager had to shift to Mumbai on an official transfer. She along with her family moved to Mumbai at the age of 6 where she spent most of her childhood.

In Mumbai she also got trained in Bharatanatyam by Alpa Pandey and Carnatic classical music from her mother M K Sharadamba.

She is also extensively trained in Hindustani Classical music by Sri Ananth Bhagwath.

Sangeetha Rajeev – a multilingual :

She has been the jury on Zee TV SaReGaMaPa little champs season 12. Zee SaReGaMaPa Season 13 and season 14, a Kannada singing reality show aired in Zee Kannada.  She is currently the jury of the SaReGaMaPa season 15.

Sangeetha Rajeev performs in the country with no language barrier.  She can sing and perform in Hindi, English, Kannada, Telugu, Punjabi, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujrati and Tulu.

Musical journey – Sangeetha Rajeev :

Sangeetha Rajeev being a Singer, Composer started off as an Independent  by conceptualizing a Kannada Pop Rock band Sarvasva.

This charismatic singer soon progressed into an EDM Pop genre dishing out singles like Zindagi, Nan E Life, Chan Se Udi, Kare, Tuhi which transformed her into a Pop Icon of sorts. This in turn made her into one of the top Social Media Influencers.

SaRa being the name of her current band takes a fresh look at popular Hindi & Regional Songs and this explosive singer leads the band from the front.

Performances of Sangeetha Rajeev :

Sangeetha is a rockstar.  She has given more than 1000 concerts in India and abroad.  When she is performing she interacts with the crowd.  This makes the crowd enjoy the show more.   She is known for her energy and makes anyone and everyone to dance to her tunes. 

According to Femina (India), “the show truly begins when she take to the stage.  Such is her stage presence that she has the audience dancing literally to her every tune.  She rocks like a LADY”.

Corporate performance of Sangeetha Rajeev :

Her notable performance includes Karnataka Premier League which was aired on Star Sports, Karnataka State Cricket Association, Pro Kabaddi League, Mysuru Dasara, Madikeri Dasara, Bidar Utsav, Kadri Cricketers Bangalore Ganesha Utsava.

Some of Sangeetha’s corporate performance includes PEDICON India, DERMACON India, Samsung R&D Institute India. Bangalore, Oracle Corporation,  Bosch, Toyota, TVS Motor Company, Bangalore Palace, Thomson Reuters, Manking Pharma, Cognizant Kannada International Music Awards, International Food Festival, Rotary Clubs and a bunch of corporate events, college gigs, television, radio and media events.

Recently she performed with Bollywood playback singer Shaan for the mega launch of the car Toyota Yaris in India.   Her concert at UK was a sold out show at the Gracepoint, London.

Awards – Sangeetha Rajeev :

2019  –  VIMA Music Awards, Asia – Best Pop Song (Winner)

2019 – VIMA Music Awards, Asia – Best pop song (Nominee)

2018 – Kannada International Music Awards – Best Playback Singer (Nominee)

2018 – Kannada International Music Awards – Best Music Video (Nominee)

2014 – Kannada International Music Awards – Best Playback Singer

2012 – Radio city (Indian Radop Station) Super Singer – Runner up

2008 – Star India Asianet Suvarna – Confident Star Singer.

Albums composed by Sangeetha Rajeev :

2013 – Sarvasva – Kannada

2016 – Chan se Udi – Hindi

2017 – Kare – Kannada

2018 – Tu Hi – Hindi

2018 – Ee Sala Cup Namde (RCB Anthem) – Kannada

2018 – Zindagi – Hindi

2018 – Nan e life – Kannada

Her recent song Tu Salaam is a tribute to the Indian Army.

We wish Tu Salaam to be a blockbuster.

Congratulations to namma Bengaluru Pop Diva Sangeetha Rajeev  from team.

FIM  Bajas World Cup 2019  – Aishwarya Pissay :

FIM Bajas World Cup 2019 – Aishwarya Pissay :

FIM Bajas World Cup 2019 season is the 8th season.   It is an international rally raid competition for motorbikes and quads.

Aishwarya Pissay was the first female racer from our country to compete in the FIM Bajas World Cup.

The calendar for the 2019 season will feature four baja-style events.  Some of the bajas are also part of  2019 FIA World Cup for Cross-country Bajas.

TVS racer Aishwarya Pissay secured a podium finish in the women’s class of the two-day rally completing 29th overall.

FIM ( Federation Internationale  De  Motocyclisme) :

 In 2004, the FIM celebrated its centenary.  It was founded in December 21, 1904, in the rooms of the restaurant Ledoyen in Paris, under the name Federation Internationale des clubs motocyclisters.

The birth of this federation was premature.  In July, 1906, on the occasion of the International Cupin Patzau, Bohemia, the delegates of the participating countries – Austria, France, Germany and Great Britain unanimously decided to dissolve the FICM.

Five years later, the Auto-cycle union of Great Britain took the initiative oc calling a meeting which was held at Olympia in London on 28th November 1912.  The FICM was re-established inorder to control and develop sporting and touring aspects of motorcycling and to assist motorcycle users in those fields.

The ten countries which are considered as the official founder of the FICM are : Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Aishwarya Pissay –  FIM  Bajas World Cup 2019  :

Aishwarya Pissay is an Indian off-road racer. She is the first Indian woman to win 5 National titles in Road Racing and Rally Championship combined. She found her passion in racing as she turned 18, while taking small road trips around her home town Bengaluru. 

She is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in International racing.

Interest in riding-FIM  Bajas World Cup 2019 :

After completing her commerce degree through correspondence from Bangalore University, she continued with the passion of her life, riding.  After enrolling for a formal training, she started riding in competitions in 2016, and has been supported by TVS Co. from last year.  She participates both in circuit races and off-roading raids.  For her whether it is circuit or off-roading, it is raiding at the end of the day.

Consequently she learned  how to master the art of riding a bike. This hobby grew into a profession as she won 4 National titles in Road Racing and Rally Championship in 2016 and 2017 and competed in the National Rally Championship in 2018, winning it as well.  She also became the first Indian woman to compete in the Bajaj Aragon World Rally in Spain held in 2018.

She has seen ups and downs in her path to success.  She is good in breaking barriers at every step to achieve what she aims for.   The young achiever believes that a lot more is to be done for the cause of women in motor-sport.

Career – Aishwarya Pissay :

In 2016,  Aishwarya graduated from Apex Racing Academy and won the Honda One Make Championship. She secured 5th position in the Dakshin Dare and 2nd place in the Asia Road Racing cup. She also won Indian National Rally Championship in the year 2016.

In 2017, Aishwarya won the CEAT Sprint Rally and also graduated from the California Superbike School in 2017. She won the Indian National Road Racing Championship and the Indian National Ra;;u Championship in the same year. 

Aishwarya secured 3rd place in Dakshin Dare Group – B and finished 4th in the Raid De Himalaya and was the only female rider to complete the course in the “Xtreme” category.

Pissay also won the TVS one-make Road Racing championship in 2017, making this her 4th national championship overall.  TVS Racing signed Aishwarya Pissay on board as a factory racer in the same year.

In 2018, she won the Indian National Rally championship. She competed in the Bajaj Aragon rally, where she crashed on the final day of the event forcing her to retire from the event.

Awards :

Aishwarya received the TiE Young Achiever of the Year award in 2016 She also received the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI in 2016.  She received the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI for the 2nd consecutive year in 2017 and also the Sports Women of the Year Award by Autotruck Magazine.

FIM Bajas world cup rally  2019 :

The second round of the FIM Bajas World Cup Rally ended on 24th March 2019 and Indian riders Aishwarya Pissay and Ashish Raorane traversed the challenging terrains of Portugal to complete the gruelling rally. While Ashish managed to complete the race in 27th place overall.

Aishwarya finished in 29th place in the Baja do Pinhal. Pissay though managed to bag a podium in the women’s category of the rally with a third-place finish, was placed fourth in the junior category. The two-day rally saw the riders complete a course of 364.69 km.         

Aishwaraya’s achievement at FIM Bajas World cup rally 2019 :

Pissay’s completion of the rally is commendable as the TVS racer managed to do so after enduring a nerve pull on her right hand during Stage 1 on 23rd. The injury affected her pace but she managed to complete both stages.

Speaking on her injury and the performance, the 23-year-old said, “I had problems using the throttle and because of that, I could not have the pace that I wanted. Otherwise, it was a good day of riding for me as I managed to finish the stage without any crashes. My performance could have been a lot better but I hurt the nerve on my right hand forcing me to take it easy on the bike.”

Aishwarya’s participation in the rally :

Participating in the women category, Aishwarya Pissay completed an exhausting course of 364.69 Kms over two days. Though Bengaluru-based Aishwarya, a former Indian National girls racing and rally champion, finished 29th, overall in the two-wheeler class.

She was placed third and fourth in the women and junior categories, respectively, but not before enduring a nerve-pull on her right hand on 23rd March  that cost her a lot of time. The podium finish here fetched her 15 points which took her World Cup tally to 40, following the 25 she received in the first round in Dubai, earlier this month.

Congratulations to Aishwarya Pissay on achieving this accomplishment.

Chikkaballapur – ACB raid

Chikkaballapur – ACB raid

On 27th March 2019 Chikkaballapur ACB raided Sri. Mohan Rao Beeradar while accepting a bribe of Rs.5000/-

An electric contractor from Chikkaballapur city, Chamarajpet on behalf of farmers of Hosuru had submitted an application to install transformer to the borewell under Akrama-Sakrama Scheme.

Sri Mohan Rao Beeradar, Assistant Engineer (V), C.O & M Division had demanded a bribe of Rs.5000/- to do the same.

The officer has been suspended. Bribe money confiscated and investigation is on.

Kalburgi – ACB raid

Kalburgi – ACB raid

On 27th March Sri Chandrashekar Ventakapaiah Salake took Rs.50000/- from the compliant and while handing over the same to Sri. Kirhsna Murthy, Branch head, MSIL office, Kalburgi was caught by the ACB.

A resident of Kalburgi Zilla, Chittapura Taluk, Muthimudda village had requested for a recommendation letter from DLO Zilla office to submit to Gemini Security Allied service, Dharvad.

Sri. Chandrashekhar Venkatappaiah Salake , DLO, Zilla officer, MSIL office Kalburgi had demanded a bribe of Rs.50000/- to do the same.

The officer was suspended. Money has been confiscated and investigation is on.

Bangarpete Taluk – ACB raid

Bangarpete Taluk – ACB raid

On 27th March 2019, the ACB team of Kolar caught Sri. Muniyappa while taking a bribe of Rs.5000/-.

A resident of Kolar Zilla, Bangarapete Taluk, Kasabha Hobli, Tammenahalli had applied for a E-swathu certificate for his residential house at Chinnakote Gram Panchayat office.

Sri G.Muniyappa, Secretary, Chinnakote Gram Panchayat, Bangarpete Taluk demanded a sum of Rs.5000/- to do the same.

A case has been registered and investigation is on.

Bengaluru candidates list – major parties – LS 2019

Bengaluru candidates list – major parties – LS 2019

Bengluru Candidates list from the major parties for the State of Karnataka are almost final. The three major parties who are fighting in the State of Karnataka are BJP, Congress and JD(S). Bengaluru North :

Bengaluru North Lok Sabha constituency  is one of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in the  Karnataka.  This constituency has been known by different names in its history.

From 1951 and every election since 1977 it has been known as Bangalore North. For the 1957 and 1962 elections it was known as Bangalore City. For the 1967 and 1971 elections it formed a constituency jointly with Bengaluru South  and was known as Bengaluru.  

From 1951–73, this constituency resided in Mysuru State. On 1 November 1973 Mysore State was renamed as Karnataka. Bengaluru North held its first elections in 1951 and its first member of parliament (MP) was Keshava Iyengar of the Indian National Congress. 

Bengaluru North Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments.

 1) Krishnaraja puram

 2) Byatarayanapura  3)   Yeshwanthapura    4)   Dasarahalli  5) Mahalakshmi Layout      6)  Malleshwaram   7)   Hebbal  8)   Pulkeshinagar

 Bengaluru candidates list from North : 

Sadananda Gowda from BJP  :  He is a sitting MP

Krishna Byre Gowda of Congress representing JD(S).   :  He is a sitting MLA

Sadananda Gowda :

Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda (born 18 March 1953) was the 20thcChief Minister of Karnataka and is currently the Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation in the Government of India. He previously served as Minister of Law and Justice shifted from the Ministry of Railways in the cabinet reshuffle of 5 July 2016. 

He is a sitting MP from Bengaluru North.

Education :, LLB, Educated at St. Phelomena College, Puttur, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka and Vaikunta Baliga Law College, Udupi.

Krishna Byre Gowda :

Krishna Byre Gowda (born 4 April 1973)  was born in Bengaluru to C. Byre Gowda and Savithramma.

He is the current Minister  of Rural Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs in the cabinet of Coalition government  and Member of Legislative Assembly of the Byatarayanapura Constituency, in office since June 2008.

Education :

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Christ College, now known as Christ University in Bengaluru 1994. He then graduated with a master’s degree (M.A) from the School of International Service at American University Washington 1999.  

Political career :

He has  served three times as an M.L.A. of Karnataka state, twice from Vemegal in Kolar district from 2003 to 2007, and from 2008 to 2013 from the Byatarayanapura Constituency in Bengaluru.

Krishna has  served as the President of the Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress between 2007 and 2011, and is currently holds the office of General Secretary of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, since 2012.

 Bengaluru South :

Bengaluru South Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 28 Lok Sabha (Parliamentary) constituencies in  Karnataka  State.  Currently the seat is vacant since 12 November 2018 due to the untimely passing away of MP Ananth Kumar.  

Bengaluru South Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments.

1)     Govindarajnagar

2)    Vihayanagar

3)    Chickpet

4)    Basavangudi

5)    Padmanabhanagar

6)    BTM Layout

7)    Jayanagar

8)    Bommanahalli

 Bengaluru candidates list for South :

 Tejasvi Surya from BJP

  B.K.Hari Prasad from  Congress

  Vatal Nagaaj  from Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha

 Tejasvi Surya :

Tejasvi  who is 28 years old is a  young and dynamic person.  He is the general secretary of BJP’s youth  wing and also an advocate. 

He is the nephew of Ravi Subramanya who is a BJP sitting MLA from Basavangudi.   He  is said to have the strong backing of BJP national joint general secretary (organisation) B.L.Santhosh.  

Qualification / profession   :

Studied LLB at  Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies

Studied Pre-University at National College, Jayanagar

Studied at Sri Kumaran Children’s Home

He is a practicing lawyer at the Karnataka High Court.    He is associate at Haranahalli Law Partners.

Former columnist at India Facts.

Political career :

He is a Former Secretary at Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. He is a RSS swayamsevak, the  general secretary of the State Yuva morcha and also a part of the national  social media team of the BJP.

In 2014, when he was just 23 years old, Surya was in great demand for campaigning in different parts of the State for the Lok Sabha elections as Bharatiya Janata Party candidates from several constituencies had requested him to visit their areas.

B.K.Hari Prasad :  

Hariprasad  born  29 July 1954) was born in Benaluru, Karnataka, to A. Kempaiah and K. Gunavathi.  

B.K. Hariprasad is a politician from the INC party. He is a Member of Parliament representing Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house, of the Indian Paliament. He was the candidate of United Opposition for the post of Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha and lost to Shri Harivansh Narayan Singh of NDA.  

Education : B. Com. Educated at M.E.S.College, Bangalore University, Bengaluru.                               Countries Visited: Erstwhile Yugoslavia, erstwhile U.S.S.R.,Spain, North Korea, U.S.A. and U.K.

 Vatal Nagaraj :

He is a political figure named after the town he was born in,.  He is the Ex MLA of Chamarajnagar constituency. Nagaraj is the president of a pro-Kannada outfit Kannada Chalavali Paksha.

In 1964 he led a two-month agitation demanding the destruction of a 150-year-old British Raj era cenotaph pillar marking the deaths of soldiers at the Siege of Siege of Bangalore in 1791. In October of that year the cenotaph was dismantled by the Bangalore City Corporation and a statue to Kempe Gowda now stands in its place. In 2018 he started a new agitation in January 25 for water sharing from MAHADAYI river flowing from Goa.  Some political critiques question the authenticity of Vatal’s fight against Goa State for water sharing when he himself fight against Tamil Nadu government for Supreme court order to release water in Cauvery river.

Bengaluru Central :

Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha constituency  is one of the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka. This constituency was created in 2008 as part of delimitation  It was carved out of the Bengaluru  North and South Lok Sabha constituencies during 2009 Indian elections. It first held elections in 2009 and its first member of parliament (MP) was P.C.Mohan.  

Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments:

 1) Sarvagnanagar 

 2)   C.V.Ramannagar

 3)  Shivajinagar

 4) Shanthinagar 

 5)   Gandhinagar

  6)   Rajajinagar

  7)   Chamarajpet

  8)   Mahadevapura

 Bengaluru candidates list for Central :

 P.C.Mohan from BJP

Rizwan Arshad from Congress

Prakash Raj/Raj as an Independent candidate

P.C.Mohan :

P. Chikkamuni Mohan (born 24 July 1964 to Shri. Chikkamuniswamappa and Smt. P.C.Ramakka at Bangalore) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha. He is a member of the BJP.

He is a sitting MP from Bengaluru  Central.

Education-  Intermediate educated at Vijaya College, Bangalore.

Member – Committee on Members of Parliament,   Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), Member – Consultative Committee, Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Rizwan Arshad :

Rizwan Arshad is Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress President for second consecutive term.

He started his political career from NSUI as College President, District General Secretary, State General Secretary, National General Secretary. Then continued his career with Indian Youth Congress as State Vice President, National Secretary after that the transformation system of election was bought in the frontal organisations of Congress by Shri. Rahul Gandhi with a vision of opening the doors to common youths & students in the party.

He won the election with the halfway margin for the first time as the President of KPYCC and again He won the consecutive time by a very huge margin.

He got ticket to contest for Lok Sabha  elections from Bengaluru central constituency from INC. However he lost to BJP candidate PC Mohan.

Prakash Raj/Rai :

Prakash Raj was born in Bengaluru (then known as Mysuru state) on 26 March 1965 in a lower-middle-class family.

Prakash Raj (born Prakash Rai; 26 March 1965) is a multilingual film actor,  film director, producer, thespian and television presenter who is known for his works in the South Indian Film Industry and Hindi films.  He acted in back-to-back stage shows for Rs.300 a month in the initial stages of his career, when he joined Kalakshetra, Bengaluru  and he has 2,000 street theatre performances to his credit. 

Education :   He completed schooling at St. Joseph’s Boys HighSchool, Bengaluru and joined ST. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bengaluru.  Prakash Rai changed his surname to Raj based on prominent Tamil film director K.Balachander’s advice.  He is still called Prakash Rai in his home state Karnataka.

Bengaluru Rural : 

Bengaluru  Rural Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 28 Lok Sabha (lower house of the Indian parliament) constituencies in  Karnataka.  This constituency was created in 2008 following the delimitation of parliamentary constituencies. It comprises eight assembly segments of which seven are derived from the former Kanakapura Lok Sabha Constituency  (abolished in 2008).  It first held elections in 2009 and its first member of parliament (MP) was H.D.Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (Secular) party. Kumaraswamy resigned his seat in 2013. The by-election that followed was won by D.K.Suresh of the Indian  National congress (INC).

Bengaluru Rural Lok Sabha Constituency comprises the following eight Legislative Assembly segments: 

1)  Kunigal 

2) Rajarajeshwarinagar 

3) Benglauru South 

4)  Anekal 

5)   Magadi 

6)  Ramanagara

7)  Kanakapura

8)   Channapatna

Bengaluru candidates list for Rural : 

Ashwath Narayan from BJP

D.K.Suresh from Congress

Ashwath Narayan : 

Ashwath Narayan is son of Shri Kempayya.   He is an Ex-MLC from BJP.  He is a SSLC pass-out.  His hobbies includes theatre and reading.

D.K.Suresh :

Doddaalahalli Kempegowda Suresh (52 years born in Doddahalli, Ramanagara to Mr. Doddaalahalli Kempegowda and Smt. Gowramma Kempegowda) is a MP of the 16th Lok Sabha. 

He is a sitting MP elected From Bengaluru Rural.  His Education  is higher secondary.

Importance of voting :

Voting is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow.  Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.

Cast your vote.  Your vote is precious.






Mission Shakthi – Indian anti-satellite mission

Mission Shakthi – Indian anti-satellite mission

Mission Shakthi – is India’s first anti-satellite mission tested successfully.  India is the fourth country to achieve this feat along with USA, Russia and China.

India has entered an elite club of nations that are capable of knocking off satellites in space.  The  DRDO missile tested off the Odisha coast successfully hit a low orbit satellite. 

Highlights :

  1.  Low earth orbitor LEO satellites are used for telecommunication.
  2. These satellites move at extremely high speeds and are not fixed  in space in relation to the earth.

DRDO – Mission Shakthi :

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is an agency of   of the Government of India, charged with the military’s research and development.  The headquarters are in New Delhi. It was formed in 1958 by the merger of the Technical Development Establishment and the Directorate of Technical Development and Production with the Defence Science Organisation. It is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

With a network of 52 laboratories, which are engaged in developing defence technologies covering various fields, like aeronautics, armaments, electronics, land combat engineering, life sciences, materials, missiles, and naval systems, DRDO is India’s largest and most diverse research organisation.

The organisation includes around 5,000 scientists belonging to the Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS) and about 25,000 other scientific, technical and supporting personnel. 

Anti-satellite mission system :

The Anti Satellite (ASAT) test took the world by surprise given that India in the past has maintained that space should be a frontier for peace and should not be militarized. The last nation to demonstrate ASAT capability was China when its test in 2007 was met with international disapproval. 

Mission Shakti was a highly complex one, conducted at extremely high speed with remarkable precision. It shows the remarkable dexterity of India’s outstanding scientists and the success of our space program. 

According to G.Madhavan Nair, Former Chief of the ISRO, “while India has had the technology to shoot down LEOs for some time, the demonstration of the capability with Mission Shakthi is a milestone”.

Achievement for India :

India has entered its name as an elite space power.  An anti-satellite weapon ASAT targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit.

This was completed successfully within 3 minutes of launch.

Congratulations to all the scientists for carrying out ‘Mission Shakti’ successfully. India is moving fast towards becoming a world leader. It is on its way to not only become a ‘super economic power’, but also a ‘super science power’. team salute all scientist and people who had made India proud in whole world.

Bengaluru getting hotter every day

Bengaluru getting hotter every day

Bengaluru getting hotter every day.  The Bendakaluru has become baking Bengaluru.  The maximum temperature on 25th March was 35.4 degree celsius.

Capital of Karnataka – Bengaluru :

Bengaluru city is the center of India’s high-tech industry, the city is also known for its parks and nightlife. By Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha is a Neo-Dravidian legislative building. Former royal residences include 19th-century Bangalore Palace, modelled after England’s Windsor Castle, and Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, an 18th-century teak structure.

Area : 709 km²

Elevation  :920 m

Bengaluru weather & Topography :

Bengaluru has a tropical savanna climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. Due to its high elevation, Bengaluru usually enjoys a more moderate climate throughout the year, although occasional heat waves can make summer somewhat uncomfortable.  The coolest month is January with an average low temperature of 15.1 °C (59.2 °F) and the hottest month is April with an average high temperature of 35 °C (95 °F).

The highest temperature ever recorded in Bengaluru is 39.2 °C (103 °F) (recorded on 24 April 2016) as there was a strong El Nino in 2016.   There were also unofficial records of 41 °C (106 °F) on that day. The lowest ever recorded is 7.8 °C (46 °F) in January 1884. Winter temperatures rarely drop below 14 °C (57 °F), and summer temperatures seldom exceed 36 °C (97 °F).

Bengaluru  receives rainfall from both the northeast and the southwest  monsoons and the wettest months are September, October and August, in that order.  The summer heat is moderated by fairly frequent thunderstorms  which occasionally cause local flooding. Most of the rainfall occurs during late afternoon/evening or night and rain before noon is infrequent.

November 2015 (290.4 mm) was recorded as one of the wettest months in Bangalore with heavy rains causing severe flooding in some areas, and closure of a number of organisations for over a couple of days. The heaviest rainfall recorded in a 24-hour period is 179 mm (7 in) recorded on 1 October 1997. 

Bengaluru becoming hotter :

According to Mr. Prakash Belawadi the top five reasons as to why he thinks the Bengaluru city is getting hotter every year   due to :

  1. The BDA and other decision making members are compromising on green belt and green cover.
  2. Instead of moving development to the Satellite zone beyond the original green belt, they kept altering master plans and destroyed both the character and structure of the old city, increasing heat retaining buildings.
  3. The development model privileged private vehicles over public transport, cycling to working, favouring the ‘vision’ of the new economy.  For Eg. Road widening, but footpath shrinking, no metro lines to all parts of the city, free and irresponsible parking even on busy narrowed roads.  This has resulted in 5.5 to 6 million vehicles in namma Bengaluru, 14 time more than the roads can handle in the city.  This is causing spewing heat and poison into the ambient air.
  4. Excessive concrete and asphalt surfacing preventing absorption of water into the soil, increasing run off from the city, which stands 3000ft above MSL.
  5. Lastly the wilful destruction of old valleys and channels, which have destroyed the old water bodies of the city built by the founders and protected bythe Dewans of Old Mysore.

Bengaluru – The Hot Dome :

Materials like concrete and steel absorb and hold heat significantly when compared to soil and vegetation. The urban built-up area with its water-tight layer of concrete is hotter than the surrounding rural areas. This creates an umbrella of hot air over the built-up area of the city and is called the ‘climatological dome’ or ‘urban heat-island’.

 Air pollutants, vehicular movements, loss of tree cover and other metabolic processes add to the heat increasing temperatures in the dome.

A mobile survey of air temperatures discovered heat islands in Bengaluru way back in 1977 as documented in the Bangalore Gazetteer of 1990, of Government of Karnataka. The built areas of Rajajinagar were found to be warmer than the vegetated Cubbon Park and Lalbagh. Another survey in 1985, which is also documented in the same Gazetteer, found the built-up areas to be 2.5oC to 3.2oC warmer than Lalbagh and Cubbon Park.

Bengaluru Scenario :

Day temperatures are peaking at over 32 – 35 degree Celcius and the worst bit is it is still March. In fact, experts say that it is only going to get hotter in the days to come. It is not only Bengaluru, but the entire State is experiencing such hot weather.

Rapid increase in population has led to the development of infrastructure projects over green areas and lakes.

Normally, one will find March and April a bit on the hotter side but it starts to  rain from May.  There is no specific timing for rain and as the temperature in Bengaluru  would reach to its peak, the rain would bring the temperature down to normal level.

March getting hotter in Bengaluru :

The current temperature are 2 to 3 degrees warmer than normal compared to past 3 to 4 years.  This week there will be no rainfall.  The maximum temperature may go u to 36 or 37 degrees and the minimum will remain 21-22c.

With mercury soaring high by the day, this season the temperature may hit 38 – 39 degree Celsius.

Bengaluru city is experiencing a rise in mercury levels for the last 6-7 days.  It is going to get worse.  The temperature is expected to rise gradually from now on and brace yourself for hot months ahead.  March to May is considered really hot.

Conclusion :

It is the impact of climate change. The seasons are turning into extremes and soon there will be only two seasons – summer and winter ( extremes) . The rainy monsoon have already shifted and expected to shift more. The vertical rainfall or the low pressure rainfall will overtake monsoon in near future if the rate of climate change goes by this rate.

There has been a 1028% increase in concrete area, 88% loss of vegetation and 79% loss of water bodies in the last 4 decades.  If the trend continues, by 2025, 95.5% of Bengaluru will be concretized and the temperature may hit 42-44 degrees.

It is our duty now to plant more trees and use public transportation and do car-pools, which we can do immediately and on our own.

Contribution from everybody  to make Bengaluru cool :

Temperatures can be reduced by :

  1.  Reduce the usage of vehicles/if not possible use concept of pool car, so that number of cars reduces.
  2. Plant one tree and maintain it.
  3. Recommend this two things to others and  make sure that they’re on it.
Gold Medals – K.Suma – UAS, Bengaluru

Gold Medals – K.Suma – UAS, Bengaluru

Gold Medals were won by  K.Suma at  the 53rd convocation of  University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru.

University of Agricultural Sciences :

University of Agricultural Sciences Bengaluru is  a premier institution of agricultural education and research in the country, began as a small agricultural research farm in 1899. It was started on  30 acres of land donated by Her Excellency Maharani Kempa Nanjammanni Vani Vilasa Sannidhiyavaru, the Regent of Mysore and appointed Dr. Lehmann, German Scientist to initiate research on soil crop response with a Laboratory in the Directorate of Agriculture.

Later under the initiative of the Dewan of Mysore Sir M. Vishweshwaraiah, the Mysore Agriculture Residential School was established in 1913 at Hebbal which offered Licentiate in Agriculture and later offered a diploma program in agriculture during 1920. The School was upgraded to Agriculture College  in 1946 which offered four year degree programs in Agriculture.

The Government of Mysore headed by Sri. S. Nijalingappa, the then Chief Minister, established the University of Agricultural Sciences on the pattern of Land Grant College system of USA.

Gold Medals – 53rd convocation :

The 53rd convocation of the UAS, Bengaluru was scheduled on 25th March 2019.  The students of each of the degree programs of each college securing the highest OGPA at the end of their degree program were honored with gold medals and a certificate of merit.

As many as 121 gold medals and 20 gold medal certificates were given away.  While 72 students got PhDs, 308 students got a master’s degree and 661 students got a bachelor’s degree. 

Padma Shri and Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon was the chief guest.

K.Suma – gold medalist :

Suma is 22 years old and did her B.Sc. in agriculture from the College of Sericulture, Chintamani, Chikkaballapur.  She earned the maximum accolades in the 53rd convocation at UAS. 

She bagged 7 gold medals and 5 gold medal certificates. 

According to Suma, “there is so much of research work in agricultural sciences and there are so many technological advancements.  But this has not reached the farmers here.  There is a need for greater awareness among the farming community and I hope to bridge the gap”.

She is pursuing her M.Sc. in genetics and plant breeding from GKVK.

Suma’s Inspiration – Gold Medal :

Her father M. Krishnappa is a lab assistant at GKVK and was present at the convocation. Suma is inspired to pursue a career in agricultural sciences due to her father who speaks highly of farmers.   

She gave up her seat in medicals so that she can join agricultural sciences and bring some change for farmers affected by losses.

Suma’s younger sister Priyanka is a student of B.Sc Agricultural marketing.

Other gold medalists :

61 students bagged 120 gold medals at the 53rd convocation.  T.D.Gowda and Y.L.Ranjith Undergraduate students bagged 6 gold medals each.  K.H.Bhagyashree got 5 gold medals.

K.A.Shoba in M.Sc, won 6 gold medals along with topping the Masters program.

Congratulations and kudos to Suma.K. and other achievers.


JD(S) Candidates list for Karnataka elections 2019

JD(S) Candidates list for Karnataka elections 2019

JD(S) candidates list is out for the general elections 2019.   The list of the candidates is under :

  1. Tumakuru –  Deve Gowda
  2. Mandya – Nikhil kumaraswmay
  3. Hassan – Prajwal Revanna
  4. Shivamogga – Madhu Bangarappa
  5. Uttara Kannada –   Anand Asnotikar
  6. Bijapur/Vijayapura – Sunitha Devanand Chavan
  7. Bengaluru north – Krishna Byre Gowda Congress MLA on JD(S) ticket
  8. Udupi/chikkamangallur – Pramod Madhwaraj

Latest News about Benglauru North :

  • Bengaluru North – JD(S) had opted for the Bengaluru North post.  But as Deve Gowda has decided to contest from Tumakuru, the seat has been returned to Congress.  AICC General Secretary and Karnataka in-charge K.C.Venugopal thanked the JD(S) for returning the seat.

Bengaluru North was among the constituencies that JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda was considering his candidature from. However, after much deliberation, he decided to contest from the Tumkur Lok Sabha constituency. This left his party with no other suitable candidate who could be fielded from Bangalore North. With no option in sight, it has now decided to return the seat the Congress. 

It is official that Krisha Byre Gowda of Congress will fight Sadananda Gowda for Bengaluru North seat.

Details about the JD(S) candidates :

Deve Gowda :

Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda (born 18 May 1933 to Shri Dodde Gowda and Smt. Devamma in Haradanahalli, a village in Holenarasipura taluk) is an Indian politician who served as the 11th Prime Minister of India from 1 June 1996 to 21 April 1997. He was previously the 14th Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1994 to 1996. He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha and is the National President of the Janata Das (Secular) Party.

He is a sitting MP elected From Hassan.

Education– Diploma in Civil Engineering educated at Smt. L.V. Polytechnic, Hassan.

Participated in the freedom struggle as a student leader; Member, Indian National Congress, 1952-62; imprisoned under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) during Emergency 1976; Member, (i) Taluk Development Board; and (ii) Co-operative Societies. Special Interests : Agriculture and horticulture.

Favourite Pastimes and Recreation: Reading

Countries Visited : Widely travelled; as Minister, Chief Minister, Prime Minister and as a Member, Indian Parliamentary Delegations, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, London.

Nikhil  Kumaraswamy Gowda :

Nikhil Kumar (born as Nikhil Gowda) (born 22 January 1990) is an Indian actor in Kannada nad Telugu film industry. He made his acting debut with Kannada-Telugu bilingual film Jaguar (2016). He is the son of Chief Minister of Karnataka H.D.Kumaraswamy.

Prajwal Revanna Gowda :

He is the son of Minister Revanna and Bhavani Revanna.  This is the first time he is contesting from Hassan.

Prajwal Revanna will contest against Congress revel A Manju who joined the BJP recenty.  Manju contested and lost against Deve Gowda in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and is considered close to Siddaramaiah.

Manju who expected the Congress to pick him as the candidate from Hassan was unhappy when the seat was given to the JD(S) and Prejwal Revanna was preferred instead Deve Gowda.  He was earlier with BJP before joining the Congress and rose to become a minister in the Siddaramaiah led Congress government.

Madhu Bangarappa :

Madhu Bangarappa was born to former Chief Minister of Karnataka late S.Bangarappa and late Shakuntala Bangarappa. He has an elder brother Kumar Bangarappa and 3 sisters.

S. Madhu Bangarappa was a Janata Dal (Secular) Political party Member of Legislative Assembly elected from the Sorab constituency. He is also candidate for the Shivamogga seat Lok sabha by polls 2018. 

Madhu has also produced Kannada feature films such as Belliyappa Bangarappa (1992) which were big blockbuster hits in which his brother Kumar Bangarappa has acted and co-Produced.

Sunitha Devanand Chavan:

Sunitha is Wife of JD(S) MLA Devanand Chavan. She will be fighting Ramesh Jigajinagi of BJP.

Anand Asnotikar :

He is a former BJP minister who will be fighting against Ananth Kumar Hegde of BJP.

Mr. Asnotikar was elected on Congress ticket in 2008 from Karwar, but resigned from the party and the Assembly to join the then ruling party BJP.  He became Minister of Fisheries, Science and Technology in the Cabinet.  He won subsequent bypolls from Karwar on BJP ticket, but lost during the 2013 Assembly polls.

Pramod Madhwaraj :

Pramod Malpe Madhwaraj is a Congress politician.  In June 2016 Madhwaraj was inducted into the Siddaramiah led government of Karnataka as a cabinet minister with Independent Charge. Madhwaraj holds the Youth Services Department, Fisheries from Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Department portfolio in Government of Karnataka. Madhwaraj is the 10th richest minister in India to be sworn into the Karnataka Cabinet.

He is contesting on a JD(S) ticket.

Krishna Byre Gowda :

Krishna Byre Gowda  (born 4 April 1973) is the current Minister of  Rural Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs in the Cabinet of H.D.Kumaraswamy, and Member of Legislative Assembly of the Byatarayanapura  Constituency, in office since June 2008.

Born in Bengaluru , Krishna is a graduate from the American University in Washington and Christ College in Bengaluru. He was a project associate at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington before earning his M.A. degree. He then worked as an agriculturalist at his family-owned farm in Kolar district between 2000 and 2002.

In 2003, he again worked as a project associate at Development Alternatives, Inc. He has served three times as an M.L.A. of Karnataka state, twice from Vemegal in Kolar district from 2003 to 2007, and from 2008 to 2013 from the Byatarayanapura Constituency in Bengaluru.

ACB raid at Kolar zilla

ACB raid at Kolar zilla

On 23rd March 2019, the ACB branch Kolar raided and caught red hand Sri. Y.Shankar Reddy while accepting a bribe of Rs.3000/-  He is been arrested. 

A resident of Kolla zilla, Vemagal Hobli, Dhana Matnahalli village wanted to have  voter identify list with photos as he wanted to contest elections as a candidate from Republican Party of India (A).

He had requested for an authorization of the duplicate voter Identify list from Tashlidar, Kolar.  Sri. Y.Shankar Reddy, First class assistant, election branch, Kolar taluk had demanded a bribe of Rs.3000 to do the same.

A case has been registered and investigation is on.

Money contribution – IPL – Armed forces

Money contribution – IPL – Armed forces

Money contribution to armed forces by BCCI instead of spending on the opening ceremony of IPL season 12.

In the wake of the recent terror attack at Pulwama the BCCI decided to cancel the opening ceremony and donated the money to the armed forces.

The estimated cost of hosting the opening ceremony was amounted to Rs.20 crore.

IPL 12 money contribution :

The 2019 season of the Indian Premier League, also known as IPL 12, is the twelfth season of the IPL, a professional Twenty20 cricket league established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007.  On 8 January 2019, the BCCI confirmed that the tournament will start on 23 March and take place entirely in India.  Other countries were considered as host the tournament, due to the Indian General elections.

Unlike the previous editions, the military band performed at the MA Chidambaram stadium.

Band performance :

The Madras Regiment band based in Chennai performed before the felicitation programme for the Armed Forces.

Members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and representatives from the Indian Armed Forces will also be present at the venue. This move is yet another part of the series of gestures by the cricketing fraternity in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, where 44 CRPF personnel lost their lives.

CSK’s director Rakesh Singh donated the  proceeds from its first home match to the families of the Pulwama bravehearts.

Details about Money contribution to Defence  :

Rs.11 crore to Indian Army

Rs.7 crore to CRPF

Rs.1 crore to Indian Navy

Rs. 1 crore to Indian Airforce

BCCI donated Rs. 20 crore to Defence Forces instead of wasting it on regular IPL Opening Ceremony.

This is a great gesture by BCCI.

India’s  opening match at the 2019 Cricket World Cup was postponed from 2 to 5 June as the BCCI were directed to maintain a mandatory 15-day gap between the conclusion of IPL and India’s subsequent international fixture as per Lodha Committee’s recommendation.

Mera desh Badal raha hai

Congress  Candidates list out – Karnataka elections 2019

Congress Candidates list out – Karnataka elections 2019

Congress  Candidates list is partly out for the Lok Sabha polls 2019. The party has announced most of the candidates who are sitting MP’s.  The  names appears in the list announced by the party are :

List of Congress candidates :

  1. Kalburgi / Gulbarga – Mallikarjuna Kharge
  2. Dakshin Kannada – Mithun Rai
  3. Kolar – K.H.Muniyappa
  4. Chikkaballapur – Veerappa Moily
  5. Bidar – Eshwar Khandre
  6. Davangere – Shamnur Shiva Shankarappa
  7. Rizwan arshad – Bengaluru Central
  8. Bellari – V.S.Ugrappa
  9. Mysuru/Kodagu – C.H.Vijays Shankar
  10. Chikkodi – Prakash Hukkeri
  11. Belagavi – Virupakshi Sadhunnavar     
  12. Bagalkot – Veena Kashappanvar
  13. Gulbarga/Raichur – B.V.Naik
  14. Haveri  – D.R.Patil
  15. Chitradurga –  B.M.Chandrappa
  16. Bengaluru Rural – D.K.Suresh
  17. Chammarajanagar – Dhruvanarayana

Details about the candidates :

Mallikarjuna Kharge :

Mapanna Mallikarjun Kharge (born 21 July 1942 to Shri. Mapanna Kharge and Smt. Saibavva Kharge)) is an Indian politician and the leader of the INC in the 16th Lok Sabha.

He has won elections for a record 10 consecutive times having won the Assembly elections for an unprecedented 9 consecutive times (1972, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2008, 2009) and the recent General Elections from Gulbarga.

He has been nominated as the leader of the congress party in Lok Sabha against Narendra Modi led NDA government.

He is a sitting MP elected From Gulbarga.

Education –  B.A., L.L.B educated at Government Arts & Science College, Gulbarga and S.S.Law College, Gulbarga.

He is Founder President of Karnataka Peoples Education Society, Gulbarga (till 2012).

Founder President of Siddhartha Vihar Trust Gulbarga (till 2012).

Patron, Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore which is one of the premier Concert Halls and Theatre venues in Bangalore.

President of Siddhartha Education Society, Tumkur from 1974 – 1996.

Instrumental in opening of Medical and Technical institutions in Karnataka.

Mithun Rai :

Mithun Rai is the son of Dr. Mahabala rai and entered politics during his student days.  He was an aspirant for Congress ticket in the assembly election from Moodbidri constituency last year.  He is from Bunt community.

Mithun Rai is currently the President of youth Congress in Dakshina Kannada.  His first task would be to bring together the party workers get them work hard to turn voters in his side.

K.H.Muniyappa :

K.H. Muniyappa (born 7 March 1948 to Late Shri.Hanumappa and Late Smt.Venkatamma) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha of India.He has consecutively represented the Kolar constituency of since 1991 and is a member of the INC. He was the Union Minister of State (Independent charge) of Minister of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises.

He is a sitting MP elected From Kolar.

Education – B.A. graduate with L.L.B., Doctorate (Honorary) Educated at Bangalore university, Honorary Doctorate awarded by Gulbarga University.

Director – Gramin Bank, Distt. Kolar; President – (i) Arundhathi Education Trust, Bangalore; and (ii) Dr. Ambedkar Consumers Co-operative Society Ltd., Melur, Distt. Kolar;

Founder – (i) Harijan and Girijan Community Irrigation Well Co-operative Society Ltd., Kambadahalli, Distt. Kolar; and (ii) Harijan and Girijan Dairy Farming Co-operative Society Ltd., Distt. Kolar, 1967;

Member – (i) 20-Point Economic Programme, Taluk Sidlaghatta, Distt. Kolar, 1976; (ii) Land Grant Committee, Distt. Kolar; (iii) Relief Committee, Distt. Kolar, 1976; and (iv) Central Silk Board, 1996-97;

Attended All India Harijan Conference, Andhra Pradesh

Special Interests : Serving the poor

Sports and Clubs : Volleyball

Favourite Pastimes and Recreation : Listening to music on spiritual themes.

Countries Visited : Member, Indian Parliamentary Delegation led by the Honble Speaker, Shri G.M.C. Balayogi, to Russia, 1998.

Veerappa Moily :

Marpadi Veerappa Moily (born 12 January 1940 at Moodibidri to Shri. Thammayya Moily and Smt. Poovamma) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha representing INC. He was the former Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Minister of Corporate Affairs and Minister of Power in the Indian government. situated at Hampankatta in Mangalore City.

He completed his B.L. from University Law College, Bangalore. He led several projects, policies and achievements of the State of Karnataka in Ministries and sectors such as Finance, Irrigation and Power, Urban Development and Infrastructure, Housing and Rural Development, Empowerment, Education and Culture.

He is a sitting MP elected From Chikkaballapur.

Education B.A. from Government College (now known as University College) situated at Hampankatta in Mangalore City. He completed his B.L. from University Law College, Bengaluru.

Responsible for drafting and implementing the Karnataka Land Reforms Act in 1974.

Appointed to various committees by Indira Gandhi one of which led to the setting up of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Honorary doctorate awarded by:

  • Mangalore University, on Feb 16, 2009;
  • Russian Academy;
  • NALSAR, Hyderabad. :  40 years of experience in public service, policy making, governance and politics and
  • (iv) Mysore University;

Chairman – (i) Tax Reforms (ii) Revenue Commission, and (iii) Oversight Committee on Education, Govt. of Karnataka, (iv) Administrative Reforms Commission, (v) Next Step Foundation Award conferred by Foundation of U.K., House of Commons for outstanding contribution to judiciary.

Eshwar Khandre :

Eshwar Bhimanna Khandre  born 1961/1962 age 56–58. 

Education  :   Bachelor of Engineering ,  PDA College of Engineering,  Gulbarga University.

Khandre is one of the sons of former minister Bhimanna Khandre. He is the third member of the Khandre family to be elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from the district. His brother is Vijaykumar Khandre who also represented the constituency two times. Khandre is the chairman of Shantivardhak Education Society.

Shamnur Shiva Shankarappa :

Shamanur Shivashankarappa  Born: 16 June 1931 is a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Davanagere, South Assembly Constituency.  A veteran Congressman, he has been the Treasurer of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee for last three decades and he is also the president of All India Veerashaiva Mahasabha, the apex body of Veerashaivas.

He is the Chairman of Bapuji Educational Association which owns a chain of educational institutions  including Bapuji Institute of Engineering  & Tehcnology and many professional institutions of higher education.He is a well known educationalist and industrialist and owns a group of industries known as Shamanur Group with sugar and Distillaries as prime business

His son Shamanur Mallikarjun, a former Minister for youth and Sports in the Government of Karnataka is a Member of Legislative Assembly representing Davangere North Constituency.

Rizwan Arshad :

Rizwan Arshad is Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress President for second consecutive term.

He started his political career from NSUI as College President, District General Secretary, State General Secretary, National General Secretary. Then continued his career with Indian Youth Congress as State Vice President, National Secretary after that the transformation system of election was bought in the frontal organisations of Congress by Shri. Rahul Gandhi with a vision of opening the doors to common youths & students in the party.

He won the election with the halfway margin for the first time as the President of KPYCC and again He won the consecutive time by a very huge margin.

He got ticket to contest for Lok Sabha elections from Bengaluru central constituency from INC. However he lost to BJP candidate PC Mohan.

On 10 June 2016, he was elected to the Karnataka Legislative Council by getting 34 MLA votes. He got 5 extra votes of JD(S) rebel MLAs led by JD(S) MLA Zameer Ahmed. Required quota to be elected was 29.

V.S.Ugrappa :

V. S. Ugrappa is currently serving as member of Parliament from Bellary Constituency in Karnataka.. A member of the Indian National Congress,  he was elected in a bypoll in November 2018. He defeated the BJP candidate J.Shantha by 2.1 lakh votes.

Ugrappa was previously a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council

He is an advocate by profession.

C.H.Vijaya Shankar :

C. H. Vijayashankar (born 21 October 1956) was a member of the 14th Lok Ssabha. He represented the Mysuru constituency and was a member of the BJP. He was elected member of Karnataka legislative assembly from Hunsur in 1994. In 1998, he was elected to the 12th Lok Sabha from Mysuru Lok Sabha Constituency.

He was re-elected to Mysuru Lok Sabha constituency in 2004 against Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar,  who was the prince of  Mysuru Kingdom and head of the Wadiyar dynasty that ruled the Kingdom of Mysuru between  1399 and 1950.

He served as a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Karnataka holding portfolios: Forest Department from. Forest, Ecology & Environment Department as well as small Scale Industries from C & I Department.

He unsuccessfully contested for 2014 Lok Sabha Elections from Hassan constituency  in 2014 as a BJP candidate against Former Prime Minister H.D.Deve Gowda.

He was the Member of Legislative Council of Karnataka  from 15 June 2010 till the end of his tenure in Jan 2016.

He resigned BJP and joined INC in October 2017.

Prakash Hukkeri :

He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha from INC. He is born on 5th March 1947 (Age 71). His parents are Sri.Babanna Hukkeri and Smt. Annapurneshwari Hukkeri.

He is a sitting MP elected From Chikkodi.

Education S.S.L.C. educated at K.L.Es G.A. High School, Belgavi, Karnataka.

Veena kashappanvar :

She is wife of wife of Hungund Congress MLA, Vijayananda Kashappanavar,    

Education 12th pass

Profesison : Agriculture and business

B.V.Naik :

B.V.Nayak (14 November 1966 (age 51) born at Arkera, Raichur to Venkatesh Nayak and Smt. Savetramma) belongs to INC. He is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha

He is a sitting MP and elected From Raichur.

Education  –  B.Com, L.L.B. (Spl) educated at BRB College of Commerce, Raichur and KPES Law College, Dharwad. 

Special Interests: Reading Books, Watching TV News and Sports and visiting historical places and forest areas. 

B.N.Chandrappa :

B.N.Chandrappa (1 October 1955 (age 62) born to Shri Nagappa and Smt. Lakshmamma at Lakkavalli, Tarikere, Chikkamagaluru), is a member of Parliament who represents the INC in the 16th Lok Sabha.

He is a sitting MP elected From Chitradurga.

Education –  post-graduate MA (Sociology) from C.V.Raman University, Karnataka.

Social And Cultural Activities : For the past twenty-five years, fighting for the cause of upliftment of the downtrodden and the under privileged. Social activist with focus on education. Runs educational Institute involving Nursery to Secondary School and B.Ed College for workers` children.

Special Interests : Listening to Music and involving in social activities.

Favourite Pastime and Recreation : Playing Badminton.

D.K.Suresh :

Doddaalahalli Kempegowda Suresh (52 years born in Doddahalli, Ramanagara to Mr. Doddaalahalli Kempegowda and Smt. Gowramma Kempegowda) is a MP of the 16th Lok Sabha.

He is a sitting MP elected From Bengaluru Rural.

Education – higher secondary

Countries Visited : Austria, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, U.A.E. and U.K.

Social And Cultural Activities : Vice-Chairman of D.K.S. Charitable Institute Trust actively working for providing pure drinking water in all problematic villages in the region. More than 50 water treatment plants have already been erected through which water is being supplied at 10 paise per 1 litre.

The trust is also identifying eligible beneficiaries for various social welfare schemes initiated by State and Central Governments. The trust is also involved in encouraging and imparting education among the rural areas. Meritorious students are being honoured with cash rewards.

Special Interests : Aiming to create irrigational facilities in the drought stricken areas and to provide drinking water facilities to every needy village in the entire Lok Sabha Constituency.

Pastime and Recreation: Study Tours, Travel and Sports : Sports and Clubs, Volleyball.

Member – City Institute, Bangalore and Kanakapura Town Tennis Club.

Finding Piya – Subhasis Mishra – Bengaluru :

Finding Piya – Subhasis Mishra – Bengaluru :

Finding Piya – is a book written by Subhasis Mishtra.    According to Nila Madhab Panda, film maker and Padmashree awardee, the book is an “immensive work with great imagery and vivid descriptions of the conflict between love and dark side of college politics…..a must read for political drama lovers”.

Subhasis Mishtra author of Finding Piya :

Subhasis Mishtra is a global human resources leader who is also passionate about story telling.  He is an undergraduate in mechanical engineering and a post graduate in human resources. 

He has been in the corporate world for almost 20 years and has worked for many global brands like START TV, the Walt Disney Company, Target and Amazon.

Mishra was born and raised in Odisha and started his corporate career in Mumbai working with STAR Television and Walt Disney India before relocating to Los Angeles in 2008.

Subhasis currently works as a Talent Acquisition Leader with Amazon India and lives with his wife Vinithra and 2 children Neev & Nila in Bangalore. ‘Finding Piya’ is his first work of fiction.

Book released at KLF Corner in Bengaluru City :

The Kalinga Literary Festival organized its special KLF Corner where author Subhasis Mishra’s book, ‘Finding Piya,’ was released. Renowned filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda joined the conversation with author Mishra.

They discussed about the book, contemporary issues in literature, film and society at large.

Storyline of Finding Piya :

Subhasis Mishra’s book  ‘Finding Piya’ is a roller-coaster ride of love and betrayal, of beauty and darkness, of innocence and connivance and many more extremes of human emotions.

In the book Finding Piya, through the protagonist Raj’s journey, the reader gets a ringside view of the transformation of Raj from an innocent boy to a student leader and then to a victim of the campus politics, in pursuit of Piya, his love. It can be termed as the latest bundle of  political thrill and campus-love.

Subhasis Mishra’s remarsks :

With his debut novel ‘Finding Piya’, Subhasis Mishra has penned a thrilling roller-coaster ride of extreme human emotions—of love and betrayal, beauty and darkness, innocence and connivance.

Subhasis tells about his writing as, ”
“Well, I was probably not aware of my passion for writing. But then I attended this class and started writing. During the course of writing, my passion changed. I truly became conscious of wanting to tell stories. I started writing the book in 2009 and it took me a few years to finish it.”

An unabashed fan of Jhumpa Lahiri, Subhasis confesses that the renowned writer is his constant source of inspiration. “I am super inspired by Jhumpa Lahiri and her writing style. When I read her book ‘Namesake’, I couldn’t get out of it for days. I was so moved by the book that I could not stop thinking about it. I thought that if I ever write and if I can write in some way like her then that would be worth writing.”

Conclusion :

This may be his first book, but Subhasis’s writing has already found an admirer in renowned film maker Nila Madhab Panda. Sharing his opinion about the book, the director says, “The story by Subhasis is very relatable, especially for people who love the romantic stories of the 90s. Each and every paragraph of this book resembles the screenplay of a movie and would keep the readers fascinated till the last page.”

Ola cabs banned  –  6 months – shame/timing

Ola cabs banned – 6 months – shame/timing

Ola cabs ban – Implemented in Bengaluru for 6 months.  The Karnataka Transport Department on 22nd March 2019 suspended the  licence of online cab operator Ola for 6 months in Bengaluru. 

This ban comes in the wake of old running its bike taxis while possessing a licence only to run four wheelers. 

Ola had a great start to the year – funding, getting the likes of Flipkart Co-founder Sachin Bansal on its board, but it’s legal issues just doesn’t seem to end.

Ola cabs :

Ola Cabs, is an online transportation network company developed by ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd.  As of December 2018, Ola was valued at about $5.7 billion. A variety of venture capitalists including Softbank have large stakes in the company.

Ola Cabs was founded on 3 December 2010 as an online cab aggregator in Mumbai, and is now based in Bengaluru.  As of 2018, the company has expanded to a network of more than 10,00,000 vehicles across 169 cities. In November 2014.

Ola diversified to incorporate autorickshaws on a trial basis in Bengaluru.  After the trial phase, Ola Auto expanded to other cities like Delhi, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad starting in December 2014.

History of Ola cabs :

On March 2014, Ola Cabs acquired Bengaluru based taxi service Taxiforsure for approximately Rs.1,394 crore (US$200 million).  From 25 June 2015, Ola users gained access to TFS cabs via the Ola mobile application. In November 2015, Ola acquired Geotagg, a trip-planning applications company, for an undisclosed sum.

In December 2017, Ola acquired  Foodpanda’s business in India. In April 2018, Ola made its second acquisition with Ridlr (formerly Traffline),  a public transport ticketing app.

In August 2018 Ola financed Series A funding of the scooter rent startup Vogo, and in December, Ola invested another $100 million.

In March 2019 Ola raised another $56 million (Rs.400 crore) from Tiger Global and Matrix India.  Later Ola raised another $300 million from Hyundai and Kia.

Ola cab banned – licence cancellation :

The Transport  department issued an order dated March 18, to Ola operator ANI Technologies on 22nd March.  The order stated that its licence in Bengaluru was cancelled for 6 months for violation of conditions under which the permission was granted. 

The ola cab ban order was issued for violating the Karnataka On-Demand Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules, 2016.

With this order from the Government, the ola cab’s and autos will be off the roads for 6 months. 

Ola’s response to the ban :

Ola is evaluating all possible options to find a solution to ban so that its driver-partners will not suffer and continue to work in Bengaluru. 

The company was running bike taxis in Bengaluru  city which was reportedly illegal given the lack of a policy framework. Ola confirmed the development, but claimed that it had halted operations of its bike taxis “weeks ago”.

Statement by Ola on cab ban :

Ola cab issued a statement stating, “We have been closely working with the authorities on this topic, responding to queries and making proactive representations to the ministry. Despite other companies continuing to operate illegally, Ola halted our bike taxi experiment weeks ago, instead seeking the state’s cooperation to develop a legal framework for a pilot that will continue to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the mobility economy. This notification is unfortunate, and we look forward to an opportunity to address these concerns directly with state officials to find a solution for our driver-partners and millions of Ola users in Karnataka”.

Ola raised money :

The development takes place within days of the company announcing that it had raised $300 million in funds from South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group in a strategic deal.

The company claims to have over 1.3 million driver partners across the country. Although it doesn’t give a city-wise breakup, Bengaluru is expected to be one of its top markets.

Sanchin Bansal – Investment in Ola :

Bansal has taken up 70588 fully & compulsorily cumulative series J preference shares.  The face value of the share is Rs.10 at a premium of Rs.21240 per share.

Ola has raised Rs.520 crore from existing investor Steadview Capital.  Sanchin Bansal is also setup up a $1 billion fund, has invested in ola cabs in his individual capacity. 

This investment is to be one of the biggest of Sachin Bansal.  The investment comes at a time when ola is competing with the global rival Uber in India.

Bengaluru – largest market for Ola :

Bengaluru, where Ola is headquartered, is also its single largest market in the country. The city is estimated to have 120,000 cabs, out of which around 65,000 operate on the Uber and Ola platforms interchangeably, state authorities and experts said. 

This isn’t the first run-in for a ride hailing firm with the Karnataka authorities. 

The state had banned Uber in December 2014 following the rape of a woman passenger by her cab driver in Delhi. Karnataka asked cab-hailing firms to take their vehicles off Bengaluru roads in May 2016 until they were granted licences to operate in the state.

Currently, bike taxis in Karnataka are illegal due to lack of policy framework and are also strongly opposed by the Ola TaxiForSure and Uber Drivers’ Association for fear of loss of business.

Recently, Ola and other cab aggregators which operate bike taxis have been facing the heat from the Transport Department. In February, transport officials seized close to 500 such bike taxis for operating illegally.

260 vehicles impounded – ola cab ban :

The officials confirmed that the enforcement wing of the transport department impounded close to 260 two wheelers attached with Ola in Bengaluru in the last one month.

The department had directed the RTOs to enforce the rules if Ola continued to operate taxis in Bengaluru by ignoring the order.

It is noted that Ola had received licence from the department to operate taxis in Bengaluru from June 2016 to June 19, 2021.

Latest News about OLA updated on 25.03.2019 :

On Friday the Transport department suspended the licence of ola for 6 months in Bengaluru. But on 24.03.2019 according to Social Welfare Minister Pryank Kharge the ola cabs will run as usual.

According to Priyak Kharge, “Technology has been ahead of policy because of fast-paced innovative experiments. There was no provision for aggregators in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, but governments formed policies after Ola and Uber arrived”.

The ban had been revoked according to the directions of the State Government. According to the Transport Minister Thammanna he has not aware of the ban imposition on OLA.

People in Bengaluru are confused about what is happening??? News of the ban led to a huge uproar and backlash on social media from public.

Ola moves High Court:

The Ola’s  parent company ANI Technology had filed a petition against the Karnataka transport department after the ban of old cabs and bikes in Bengaluru.

ANI Technologies, which owns and operates Ola, has filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court against the state transport department for non-issuance of a licence to operate two-wheeler taxis in Karnataka, a week after the state fined the company Rs.15 lakh for operating its bike taxi service.

The court has directed that a single company cannot be pulled out for offering bike taxi service while the co’s rivals continue to operate.

Justice S.Sujatha has noted that keeping in mind the right to equality enshrined under Article 16 of the Constitution of India, no person or aggregator can be singled out in the business  activities when the rival competitors are allowed to continue their such business or vice-versa.

The petition alleges inaction on the part of the state transport department against other bike taxi operators while Ola’s aggregator licence wassuspended for a period of 6 months in a notification sent to the company on March 18. The suspension order was reversed on March 25, after the company agreed to pay a fine of 15 lakh.

Plastic cutlery total ban – Bengaluru

Plastic cutlery total ban – Bengaluru

Plastic cutlery ban is coming up in Bengaluru.   BBMP has given  time till March 31st 2019 to food delivery apps to stop sending plastic spoons and forks. BBMP wants the customers to  customers to use their own steel-ware.

The use of plastic carry bags, banners, bunting, flex, plastic flags, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic spoons, cling films and plastic sheets used for spreading on dining table and items that are made of thermocol causes serious environmental hazards.  It also affects health of human being and animals.

Food App co’s – plastic cutlery ban :

Kitchens such as Bowl Company which is attached to Swiggy, send plastic cutlery with their food order.

Many of food delivery companies have their own kitchens.  When food is ordered along with food, they send the plastic spoons and forks.  They have till this month end to stop this.

BBMP (Bruhat Benglauru Mahanagara palike) :

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), is the administrative body responsible for civic amenities and some infrastructural assets of the greater Bangalore metropolitan area. It is the fourth largest Municipal Corporation in India. 

Its roles and responsibilities include the “orderly development of the city” — zoning and building regulations, health, hygiene,  licensing, trade and education, as well as quality of life issues such as public open space, water bodies, parks and greenery.

The BBMP represents the third level of government  (the Central Government and
State Government being the first two levels).  BBMP is run by a city council composed of elected representatives called “corporators”, one from each of the wards (localities) of the city.

Plastic cutlery items banned in BBMP events :

The BBMP has issued an order to ban all single use plastic items and disposable cups, bottles, plates and other single use plastic disposables in all its offices and in all programs.  The BBMP order was implemented with immediate effect.  This ban includes the BBMP head office.

BBMP – Plastic items banned :

The ban holds good even for BBMP council meetings and programs.  The plastic items and materials used for serving food and water, including the single use packaged drinking water bottles are banned.

The BBMP is responsible for solid waste management in Benglauru.  The civic body is trying to enforce the plastic items ban in the city.  In recent months, the BBMP had sent advisories to bulk generators of plastic items including wedding and banquet halls.  But the BBMP was using plastic bottles and disposables in its offices and programs.

Ban of use of plastic in parks :

Beware of discarding plastics. They are banned inside the famous Lalbagh Botanical Garden.  Plastic items will not be allowed inside the Garden following a drive launched by the Horticulture Department in association with the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.

The range of fine varies between Rs.50 and Rs.500.  Plastic items would be seized at the entrance and the visitors would be handed over a jute bag for Rs.5.  Fines will be imposed on those who manage to sneak them inside and pollute the environs.

Is plastic food packaging dangerous?

Are chemicals from plastic food containers and wrapping safe, or are they slowly poisoning us?  The risk is low, there’s growing evidence that food can be contaminated by harmful chemicals from some types of plastic. Many foods are packaged in these risky plastics – including fresh meat, gourmet cheese, and even some health foods and organic vegetables.

Most food and drink is packaged in containers made from plastics that seem to be harmless. Soft drinks and bottled water are usually in PET bottles, for example, while yoghurt and margarine containers are usually made from polypropylene.

There’s clearly no real need for food manufacturers to use packaging or wrapping made from potentially harmful plastics like polycarbonate or PVC, but there are still far too many products in the supermarkets where the food is in contact with them.

What are the hazards of using plastic cutlery?

Chemicals in plastic which give them their rigidity or flexibility (flame retardants, bisphenols, phthalates and other harmful chemicals) are oily poisons that repel water and stick to petroleum-based objects like plastic debris. So, the toxic chemicals that leach out of plastics can accumulate on other plastics.

Plastic food storage containers or cutlery are filled with more than just food, they’re chock full of harmful chemicals. Plastics are made out of refined crude oil and contain chemicals such as BPA (Bisphenol-A) that function mainly as plasticisers, making plastic more durable and flexible.

Why is plastic bad for human health?

Chlorinated plastic can release harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil, which can then seep into groundwater or other surrounding water sources and also the ecosystem of the world.

This can cause serious harm to the species that drink the water. Landfill areas contain many different types of plastics.

If humans are exposed to these toxic chemicals for long periods of time, then this can result in dangerous health problems, which include hormonal issues, reproductive issues, and damage to our nervous systems and kidneys.

Food delivery companies – Ban of plastic cutlery :

The BBMP has been raiding shops, hotels and malls using plastic packaging material. Zomato, Swiggy and Freshmenu, apps often used by Bengalureans to have food delivered to their doorsteps, always send plastic cutlery.

Some of the food delivery apps. Encourages customers to return the cutlery.  Food delivery app, chefkraft is encouraging the customers to return plastic bowls but is finding it not very successful.

Another food delivery app. Purple Basil is been adopting the eco-friendly route since inception.  This Co. finalizes a menu only if it suits is packaging.

As for as the bigger delivery app, Zomato says it is adopting biodegradable packaging. The alternatives to plastic need to be robust, leak-proof and reusable.

According to Zomato they are also supplying packaging made from bamboo and sugarcane bagasse, and corrugated paper with coatings.

Tasting alternatives to implement plastic cutlery ban :

Swiggy: Has set up Swiggy Packaging Assist to introduce restaurants to a variety of packaging material.

Zomato: Working with manufacturers to reduce the cost of non-plastic packaging material.

Purple Basil: Zero use of plastic in packaging and cutlery.

Chefkraft: Encourages customers to return plastic bowls and cutlery.

BBMP raids :

BBMP raided top restaurants and bars earlier this week for using plastic and not segregating waste. It shut down four establishments, and seized 1,074 kg of plastic.

Raid – Dakshinna Kannada ACB

Raid – Dakshinna Kannada ACB

On 20th March 2019, the Dakshinna Kannada ACB caught Raghav. D. a junior Engineer (V) MESCOM, Bycompadhi branch office, Mangalore while accepting a bribe of Rs.5000/-

A first class electric contractor from Mangalore had applied on behalf for of a client for a new connection.  Raghav.D  Junior Engineer(V), MESCOM, Bycompadhi branch office, Mangalore had demanded a bribe of Rs.5000/- to do the same.

A case has been filed.  The bribe amount has been seized and investigation is on.

BJP Candidates list out – Karnataka elections 2019

BJP Candidates list out – Karnataka elections 2019

BJP Candidates list is partly out for the Lok Sabha polls 2019.  Some fresh faces and some are the retaining MP’s names appears in the list announced by the party.

List of BJP candidates :

  1. Belgaum  – Suresh Channabasappa Angadi
  2. Haveri –  Shivakumar Udasi
  3. Dharwad – Prahlad Joshi
  4. Uttara Kannada – Ananth Kumar Hegde
  5. Davangere – Gowdar M.Siddeshwara
  6. Udupi/Chikamagalur – Shobha Karandlaje
  7. Hassan – A.Manju
  8. Mysuru – Pratap Simha
  9. Bengaluru North – Sadananda Gowda
  10. Bengaluru Central – P.C.Mohan
  11. Chikkaballapur – Bacheche Gowda
  12. Bagalkot – Parvatagouda C. Gaddigoudar
  13. Bijapur – Ramesh Chandappa Jigajnagi
  14. Gulbarga – Umesh Jadhav
  15. Bidar – Bhagwanth Khuba
  16. Bellary – Devendrappa
  17. Shimogga – B.Y.Raghavendra
  18. Dakshina Kannda – Nalin Kumar Kateel
  19. Chitradurga – Narayana Swamy
  20. Tumakuru – G.S.Basavaraju
  21. Chamarajnagar – Srinivas Prasad
  22. Bengaluru south – Tejasvi Surya
  23. Bengaluru Rural – Ashwath Narayan
  24. Koppal – Karadi Sanganna Amarappa
  25. Raichur – Araja Amresh Nayak
  26. Chikkodi – Annasaheb Jolle

Details about the candidates :

Suresh Channabasappa Angadi :

Suresh Angadi (born 1st June 1955) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha from BJP. He was born to  Smt.Somawwa and Sri.Chanabasappa Angadi. Before entering public life he used to run his own private business.

He is a sitting MP from Belagavi.

Education– Graduate from S.S.S.Samithi College of Commerce, Belgaum. Graduated in Law from Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belgaum.

He is the Chairman, Suresh Angadi Education Foundation Belgaum, (since 2009) Social and Cultural Activities : Providing drinking water to the rural women where there is no facility for it.
Special Interests : Business, industry and agriculture and education for rural poor
Sports and Clubs : Golf; Member – Belgaum Golf Course
Countries Visited Australia, France, Italy, Switzerland and U.K.
Other Information : Chairman, Suresh Angadi Education Foundation from 2009 onwards

Shivakumar Udasi :

Shivkumar Chanabasappa Udasi (20 May 1967 (age 51), Haveri ) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha from BJP. He was a builder by profession before joining politics.

He is a sitting MP from Haveri.

Education –  Bachelors degree in Engineering from Bangalore Institute of Engineering, Bengaluru.

Member-Joint Committee on the Enforcement of Security interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provision (Amendment Bill, 2016).

Prahlad Joshi :

Pralhad Joshi (born 27 November 1962 to Sri. Venkatesh Joshi and Smt. Malatibai at Bijapur) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha from BJP.  In 1992, Shri. Joshi took upon himself the local leadership on “Save Kashmir Movement”.  Again in 1992 he lead a movement with success in Hubli in hoisting National Flag in Kittur Channamma Circle (Idgah Maidan), which bestowed upon him the status of a leader in this part of Karnataka.

He is a sitting MP from Dharwad.

Education –  B.A. from Arts College, Hubbali & Dharwad

He is the Hon. Chairman, Vijayanagar Education Society, Hubbalii;

Board Member, Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

 Participated as a member of the Indian Parliamentary Delegation at the 63rd Session of General Assembly, UNO in Dec. 2008 and spoke on atrocities on women and children;

Participated as a Member of the Indian Parliamentary Delegation in April 2012 and spoke on the need for a “Genuine Political Settlement` to the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka”
Countries visited  : Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and U.S.A

Ananth Kumar Hegde :

Anant Kumar Hegde (born 20 May 1968 to Lalita and Dattatreya Hegde in Sirsi on Uttara Kannada) is the current Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and the MP from Uttara Kannada constituency. Hegde, a member of the BJP is known for his firebrand politics and controversial remarks against Islam.

He is a sitting MP from Uttara Kannada.

Education – Graduate form MM Arts & Science College, Sirsi

He was a Member, Spices Board, 1996-97, 2000-03, 2004 and 2009 – 2014.
Founded Kadabma group of organizations which works in the fields of multi-dimensional socio-economic activities for the downtrodden, weaker and the vulnerable section of the society, particularly in the rural areas.
Countries Visited : Armenia, Austria, Finland, Germany, Malaysia, Nepal, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, U.A.E. and U.S.A.

Gowdar M. Siddeshwara :

Gowdara Mallikarjunappa Siddeshwara (born 5 July 1952 ( 66), to Late. Shri.G.Mallikarjunappa and Smt.G.M.Halamma at Chitradurga, Mysore), is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha. He represented the same constituency in 14th and 15th Lok Sabha.. He was the Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and prior to that, Minister of State for Civil Aviation till he resigned from the Ministry after a few days of cabinet reshuffle in July 2016.

He is a sitting MP  from Davangere.

Education –  Metriculate educated at Bheemasamudra rural educational society, Bheemasamudra.

Shobha Karandlaje :

Shobha Karandlaje (born 23 October 1966 at Puttur to Late Shri. Monappa Gowda and Smt. Poovakka) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha representing Udupi-Chickmagalur for BJP. She was a cabinet minister in the Government of Karnataka. She was lauded for her performance as the RDPR minister and came to be known as a good administrator.

She is a sitting MP from  Udupi Chikkamagalore.

Education–  M.A., M.S.W. educated at Mysore and Mangalore University.

Countries Visited : China, European Countries, Nepal and U.S.A. She was lauded for her performance as the RDPR minister and came to be known as a good administrator. She resigned in 2009 due to a political crisis but was re-instated in 2010 and was entrusted with the energy portfolio. She was the power minister in the Jagadish Shettar government and also had the additional charge of the food and civil supplies department.

Manju .A :

Manju was earlier with BJP before joining the Congress and becoming Minister in the previous Siddaramaiah led government and again returning back to the saffron party. Former minister A Manju joined BJP again.

Manju was elected as an MLA in 1999 on a BJP ticket from Arkalgud. Later, he joined Congress and served as a minister in Siddaramaiah’s cabinet. He lost the MLA elections against A T Ramaswamy of JD(S) during the Assembly elections in 2018.

Pratap Simha :

Pratap Simha (born 21 June 1976 to Shri B.E. Gopal Gowda and Smt. Pushpa ) is a MP from the 16th Lok Sabha. He was born in Sakleshpur, Hassan. He is the President of Yuva Morcha, BJP.

He is a sitting MP from Mysuru.

Education– MCJ (Masters in Communication and Journalism) educated at Mangalore.

He is a Member of Press Council of India.

Sadananda Gowda :

Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda (born 18 March 1953) was the 20thcChief Minister of Karnataka and is currently the Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation in the Government of India. He previously served as Minister of Law and Justice shifted from the Ministry of Railways in the cabinet reshuffle of 5 July 2016. 

He is a sitting MP from Bengaluru North.

Education :, LLB, Educated at St. Phelomena College, Puttur, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka and Vaikunta Baliga Law College, Udupi.

P.C.Mohan :

P. Chikkamuni Mohan (born 24 July 1964 to Shri. Chikkamuniswamappa and Smt. P.C.Ramakka at Bangalore) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha. He is a member of the BJP.

He is a sitting MP from Bengaluru  Central.

Education-  Intermediate educated at Vijaya College, Bangalore.

Member – Committee on Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), Member – Consultative Committee, Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Bacheche Gowda :

Bacheche is son of late  Narayana Gowda.  He is born on October 6th.  He is 71 years old.

Profession  : Social Worker.

Parvata Gouda C. Gaddigoudar :

Parvatagouda Gaddigoudar was born on 1st June 1951 at a small hamlet Heballi in Bagalkot district to Balavva and Chandanagouda Gaddigoudar. He is a member of BJP to the 16th Lok Sabha.

He is a sitting MP from Bagalkot.

Education– Graduate in Arts from Basveshwar Arts College at Bagalkot. Bachelor’s degree in Law from Raja Lakhamagouda College of Bagalkot.

President (1986-87), District Reorganization Committee of Karnataka State President, Nehru Yuvaka Kendra, Hebballi, District Bagalkot President, Bar Association, Badami District Bagalkot, Karnataka.

Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi :

Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi (born 28 June 1952 to Sri. chandappa and Smt. Bouramma in Atharga village of Bijapur. He is an Union Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation. He was member of the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Lok Sabha. He is a member of the BJP.

He is a sitting MP from Bijapur.

Education–  B.A. educated at S.B.New Arts College, Bijapur.

Served in Parliamentary Consultative Committee, Ministry of Finance
Served in Parliamentary Committee on Absence of members from the sittings of the house
Served in Parliamentary Committee on Commerce
Served in Parliamentary committee on home affairs and its sub-committee on Personnel policy of Central Para-Military forces
Served in Union Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation 2016.
Special Interests: Upliftment of the poor
Favourite Pastimes and Recreation: Games and Sport.

Umesh Jadhav :

Umesh Gopaldev Jadhav is an Indian Doctor, Surgeon, politician from Gulbarga.  Jadav was born in Kalaburgi. He is Doctor by profession , Before entering to politics in 2013 he worked as a Surgeon in government Hospital Kalaburagi.

Member of the Legislative Assembly from Chincholi form 2013 to 2018.   Parliamentary Secretary Health and Family welfare department.  Member of the Legislative Assembly from Chincholi from 2018 – Present date.

Bhagwanth Khuba :

Bhagwanth Gurubasappa Khuba (1st June 1967 (age 51) born to Shri. Gurubasappa Khuba and Smt. Mahadevi Khuba at Aurad, Bidar district) is a Member of 16th Lok Sabha representing BJP.

He is a sitting MP  from Bidar.

Education–  B.E. from Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur.


Bokanakere Yeddyurappa Raghavendra (born 16 August 1973) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha representing Shomogga district of Karnataka.  He was a member of 14th Karnataka Legislative Assembly.  He previously represented Shikaripura Assembly constituency of Karnataka.

In the by-elections to Karnataka Legislative Assembly, he defeated H S Shantaveerappa of INC.

In the 15th Lok Sabha elections, he contested against the former Chief Minister of Karnataka Sarekoppa Bangarappa in the Shimoga constituency and won by a margin of 52,893 votes.

Raghavendra is also the Managing Trustee of PES Institute of Technology and Management, Shimoga. 

Nalin Kumar Kateel :

Nalin Kumar Niranjan Shetty Kateel (born 7 February 1966 to Late Shri Niranjan Shetty and Smt. Sushila N Shetty at Kunjady, Dakshina Kannada ) is a Member of Parliament who represents the BJP in the 16th Lok Sabha. 

He is a sitting MP from Dakshina Kannada.

Education– Metriculate educated at St.Philomena High School, Puttur, Dakshina Kannada.

He is a Member of  Standing committee on Agriculture, Member-Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs.

Narayana Swamy :

He is the son of Abbaiah. He is into Real estate business along with social service, political and public life.

Srinivas Prasad :

Srinivasa Prasad Venkatayya better known by name V. Srinivas Prasad. He was a former member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly  representing the Nanjangud constituency and former member of the Lok Sabha from Chamarajanagar Lok Sabha Constituency.

He is a LPG gas supplier.

Latest news as on 26th March is that Tejasvi Surya is contesting from Benglauru South.

Tejasvi Surya :

The BJP on the night of 25th March declared Tejasvi Surya as the party’s candidate from Bengaluru South.  This seat had been held by late Union Minister Ananth Kumar till his death last year.

This also menas that Ananth Kumar’s widow, Tejaswi Ananth Kumar has been denied the ticket. 

Tejasvi (28)  is considered a fiery orator,  is currently a lawyer practising at the High Court of Karnataka.  He is general secretary of the Sate Yuva morcha.

Ashwath Narayan :

He is son of Shri Kempayya.

He is an Ex-MLC from BJP

Qualification : SSLC

Hobbies : theatre and reading

Karadi Sanganna Amarappa :

Karadi Sanganna Amarappa (8th May 1950 (age 68) at Koppal) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha from BJP.

He is a sitting MP elected from Koppal.

Education–  S.S.L.C.

Positions held :

May, 2014  – Elected to 16th Lok Sabha
1 Sep. 2014 onwards –  Member, Standing Committee on Agriculture
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Textiles
27 April 2015 onwards – Member, Railway Convention Committee (R.C.C)

Raja Amresh Nayak – Raichur

Amresh Nayak, earlier served as a member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly, recently joined BJP from Congress.

Annasaheb Jolle – Chikkodi

He is son of Shankar Jolle who is 55 years old.   Shashikala Annasaheb Jolle is his wife and is a Member of Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Nippani. 

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Cong-JD(S) plan poll battle against BJP – Karnataka

Cong-JD(S) plan poll battle against BJP – Karnataka

Cong-JD(S) plan on to take BJP in Lok Sabha 2019 poll battle.  The coalition is planning a big battle against BJP.  Former Prime Minister and JD(S) Supremo H D Deve Gowda has vowed to reduce the BJP to a single digit. The Congress and JD(S) jointly announced a bunch of measures to ensure that their alliance worked without any flaws.

JD(S) – Janata Dal (Secular)  :

The Janata Dal (Secular) is a political party led by former Prime Minister of India, H.D.Deve Gowda. The party is recognized as a State Party in the states of Karnataka and Kerala.

It was formed in July 1999 by the split of Janata Dal party.  It has a political presence mainly in Karnataka. In Kerala, the party is part of the Left Democratic front.

Ironically  the JD(S)  was formed in 1999, had its origins in the Janata Party, founded in 1977 as a coalition of several smaller parties that combined forces to oppose the Congress party.

Indian National Congress : 

The Indian National Congress or INC or Congress party or simply Congress is a broadly based Political party in India. Founded in 1885, it was the first modern nationalist movement to emerge in the British Empire in Asia and Africa. 

From the late 19th century, and especially after 1920, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, , Congress became the principal leader of the Indian independence movement.  Congress led India to independence from Great Britain, and powerfully influenced other anti-nationalist movements in the British Empire.

Bharatiya Janata party – BJP :

The BJP’s origin lies in the Bharatiya  Jana Sangh,  formed in 1951 by Syama Prasad Mukherjee. After the State of Emergency  in 1977, the Jana Sangh merged with several other parties to form the Janata Party. It defeated the incumbent Congress party in the 1977 General elections. 

 After three years in power, the Janata party dissolved in 1980 with the members of the erstwhile Jana Sangh reconvening to form the BJP.

Coalition government in the State of Karnataka – Cong-JD(S) plan :

The Karnataka elections 2018 were held on May 12, 2018, in all 222 of 224 constituencies of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. The term of the current 224-member legislative Assembly ends on May 28.


The election result of the Karnataka this time turns out to be very exciting. BJP having a count of 104 seats, Congress having 78, JD(S) having count of 38 and others on 3. BJP misses out the majority by a very little count which have turn into a great burden to them.

B.S Yediyurappa with such short time to prove majority said that a great mandate given by the people of Karnataka to BJP (104) seats did not suffice and resigned before trust vote. Which paved way for present chief minister of Karnataka H.D.Kumaraswamy from JD(S).

Cong-JD(S) plan – leaders statements :

Mr. Deve Gowda told reporters ,”Nominations have started. Time is very less. Whatever misunderstanding we have between us, we have to resolve them now”.  

Traditional rival parties the Congress and JD(S) face the challenge of convincing their party workers to work together and get maximum  votes for candidates fielded by the alliance. The alliance is to defeat the BJP.

Senior leaders from both the parties will be appointed as observers in all the 28 Lok Sabha constituency according to Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah. 

He also said, “the observers will ensure coordination between both parties. Strict directives will be issued to the district units of both parties that they should forget their differences and work toward defeating the BJP in the interest of the state, country and democracy. I’m confident our party workers will abide by our decision.

Cong-JD(S) plan – rally :

A mega public rally is been planned near Bengaluru which will be attended by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) Supremo Deve Gowda. The event will be held most likely on 31st March  2019.  

According to Siddaramaich this historic rally will sound the bugle of the alliance party election campaign.  After that, the leaders from both parties will hold joint campaigns across all the 28 seats. 

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy admitted that out of 28 constituencies,  there were problems in a few constituencies and affirmed that they would be resolved.

Parameshwara skips Cong-JD(S) plan meet :

The Deputy Chief Minister G.Parameshwara was noticeably absent from the Cong-JD(S) plan meet.    It is observed that Parameshwara is still not happy with the Tumkur Lok Sabha Seat being given to JD(S). 

G.Parameshwara is the Tumakuru district in-charge minister.  He is mounting pressure on the congress leaders to get back Tumakuru back from JD(S).  Tumakuru is represented by S.Muddahanumegowda.

The decision to forego Tumkuru seat has caused a lot of displeasure in the Congress party.

B.Venkatesh Prasad joins BJP :

B.Venkatesh prasad brother of Congress MLA Nagendra from Bellary Rural  joined BJP.   Mr. Prasad had unsuccessfully had a bid for congress ticket during the Lok Sabha by-elections to Bellary constituency. 

After being disappointed with the Congress party Mr.Prasad joined BJP ahead of Lok Sabha polls 2019.  The other congress leader who joined BJP is Devendrappa, a congess leader from Harapanahalli and also a relative of Jarkiholi brothers.

Sumalatha Ambareesh as an Independent candidate – a thorn in Cong-JD(S) plan :

Sumalatha, actor and wife of late Kannada actor and former Union Minister M.H.Ambareesh announce her decision.  She will be contesting the elections from Mandya Lok Sabha Constituency as an independent candidate against Nikhil Kumaraswamy of JD(S).

This is going to be a high profile battle in Madya Constituency.  She is been holding road shows along with her son in Mandya and taking on the Gowda family.  She is also in touch with the BJP leaders.

Disturbed by her popularity, the JD(S) is on attack mode.  While Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy took a dig at late Ambareesh, his brother HD Revanna made belittle and sexist remarks against her.  JD(S) Thammanna was also among those attacked her.

After the demise of her husband, actor politician MH Ambareesh, his wife Sumalatha showed interest to contest from Mandya to carry forward her husband’s legacy.

Conclusion :

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had said that if the JD(S) fares well, other parties would come running to his father, hinting that his father could be looking at another stint as prime minister. 

Even if there is no chance at the top post, greater their number, greater their bargaining power at the Centre if the Mahaghathbandhan does manage a good show in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. 

Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s initiation into the JDS’ electoral fray ignores the many district level leaders who have worked hard for the party. 

The problem has now multiplied with even the Congress workers of the district expressing their opposition to Nikhil’s candidature. Many are openly working for actor Sumalatha, the wife of late actor-MP Ambareesh, who is contesting from Mandya constituency independently. 

APP to trace polling stations  – LS Polls 2019

APP to trace polling stations – LS Polls 2019

APP to trace and navigate to the polling station is available now.  The mobile application— ‘Chunavana  APP’  — to navigate you to the polling station using your Voter ID number.

According to an official, “The application is developed to increase voter turnout. It will direct the voters to their closest polling booth with the help of Google map”.

Information on the APP to trace polling stations :

Voters in the State of Karnataka will be getting information on their polling booth thru this APP.  a Voter can also find out the status of the queues on voting day.  This APP is especially useful for the physically challenged and senior citizen voters.

The Senior citizens and physically disabled, challenged can also avail various services through the “Chunavana” App.

APP to trace polling stations :

According to Mr. Sanjiv Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, the APP has information and data on all the 58186 polling stations mapped through GIS (Geographic Information System).  This facility allows the users to search their polling station. 

On voting day it will also provide free pickup and drop facility for elders.  Booking is to be done to avail the facilities.  Police Station and Hospital which are close to the polling station are also mapped for emergency purpose.

Facilities provided in the last elections :

During elections in the last year, the election authority had provided 14000 wheel chairs to the physically challenged voters. According to a report there are around 4 lakh differently abled persons with various needs are there. 

Seizure of arms :

The Election authorities have booked thousands of cases under Preventive Sections of CrPC.  Across Karnataka State the commission has seized 84293 licensed arms.

1512 flying squads and 1837 static surveillance teams have been deployed to check the violations and code of conduct.

The election authorities till date have seized Rs.1.35 crore in cash, 1377 litres of liquor which is worth Rs.20 lakh and Rs.1.34 crore worth of other items.

PM-KISAN plan Scheme – no takers from Karnataka

PM-KISAN plan Scheme – no takers from Karnataka

PM-KISAN plan scheme (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi) – under this scheme, Income will be directly credited to the bank accounts.

The government announced an income support scheme, called Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), for the farmer in the interim Budget 2019. The PM-KISAN scheme is  aimed at supplementing the financial needs of the small and marginal farmer, entails a direct cash support of Rs. 6,000 for farmers.

The government has earmarked Rs. 20,000 crore for disbursal among 12 crore farmers under the scheme in the current financial year.

Cost to exchequer – PM-KISAN plan scheme :

The PM-KISAN Scheme  or Kisan Yojna is estimated to cost the exchequer Rs. 75,000 crore. Under the scheme, small and marginal farmers with less than two hectares of land will get cash in their accounts in three instalments of Rs. 2,000 each according to the  Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Five things to know about the PM-KISAN scheme or PM Kisan Yojna for the farmers:

  1. Under the Kisan Yojna, an income support of Rs. 6,000 per year (in three equal instalments) will be provided to the families of small and marginal farmers having a combined land holding/ownership of up to two hectares of land.
  2. The Kisan Yojna will be effective retrospectively from December 1, 2018 for transfer of benefit to eligible beneficiaries. The government has recognized 12.5 crore such beneficiaries.
  3. The first instalment – for the four-month period ending March 31, 2019 – under the scheme will be transferred to the eligible beneficiaries in the current financial year (2018-19) itself. The first instalment will be transferred immediately on identification of the beneficiaries, according to the scheme document.
  4. Quoting Aadhaar is mandatory for claiming benefits under the PM-KISAN scheme, according to the government. The transfer of subsequent instalments will be done only on basis of Aadhaar-seeded database, and beneficiaries not having an Aadhaar card will have to be compulsorily enrolled under Aadhaar, according to the scheme document.
  5. The income of Rs. 2,000 for four months will be directly credited to the bank accounts of eligible farmers in three instalments.

PM-KISAN plan scheme features :

  1. Development of farmers – The entire scheme focuses on offering financial support to the needy farmers.  The Central Government will offer some money which can be utilized by the farmers to increase the crop production.
  2. Financial assistance – Under this scheme, the farmers will receive Rs.500/- on a monthly basis.  This brings the grant amount to Rs.6000/- on a yearly basis.
  3. Payment in intalments – The promised amount under the PM-KISAN scheme will be paid by the Central Government in 3 separate instalments.

Amount transferred under the scheme :

As per a government release, Rs. 4,366.41 crore have been transferred under the scheme to about 2.18 crore farmers till March 7.

Under the scheme, Rs. 6,000 will be released in three 4-monthly installments of Rs. 2,000 over the year to beneficiaries.

The scheme was formally launched at national level by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the February 24, 2019 at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Non-BJP ruled States :

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley regretted that non-BJP ruled states, including West Bengal, Rajasthan, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, have not certified even a single farmer for transfer of the first installment of Rs 2,000 under the PM-KISAN scheme.

In the interim Budget 2019-20, the central government had announced the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme under which Rs 6,000 per year will be given in three instalments to 12 crore small and marginal farmers holding cultivable land up to two hectares.

PM-KISAN plan in Karnataka :

The State of Karnataka is also appears to be less co-operative in seeking benefits for the farmers of the State.  The Karnataka State has so far certified only 17 name of farmers to the plan.

Female and male workers in a farm

The State governments must send the beneficiary data to the Central Government.  The central government in turn screens the names for discrepancies.  The states then sign the fund transfer request.

Karnataka has certified 17 farmers till now and is yet to send the fund transfer request.

Over 2.7 crore small and marginal farmers have received the benefits till date.  About 30% of the beneficiaries are in the BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh.  The scheme was launched in Uttar Pradesh by Mr. Modi on February 24. 

Holi – festival of colors

Holi – festival of colors

Holi  is a Hindu Spring festival, originating from  India. The festival is celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal. The festival  has spread to other areas of Asia and parts Western world through Diaspora from the Indian subcontinent. 

It is also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”.  The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. 

Holi – Indian Thanksgiving to nature :

It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.  It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Full Moon day or pournima/purnima. In the month of Phalgun, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Geographical calendar.

The first evening is known as Holika Dahan (burning of demon holika) or Chhoti Holi  and the following day as Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandir or Phagwah.

Festival of colors – Holi :

The vibrancy of colors is something that brings in a lot of positivity in our ives and Holi being the festival of colors is actually a day worth rejoicing. Holi is a famous Hindu festival that is celebrated in every part of India with utmost joy and enthusiasm.

The ritual starts by lighting up the bonfire one day before the day of Holi and this process symbolizes the triumph of good over the bad. On the day of Holi people play with colours with their friends and families and in evening they show love and respect to their close ones with Abeer.

History of Holi :

Holi is an ancient festival of India and was originally known as ‘Holika’. The festivals finds a detailed description in early religious works such as Jaimini’s Purvamimamsa-Sutras and Kathaka-Grhya-Sutras.

Historians also believe that Holi was celebrated by all Aryans but more so in the Eastern part of India.

It is said that Holi existed several centuries before Christ. However, the meaning of the festival is believed to have changed over the years. Earlier it was a special rite performed by married women for the happiness and well-being of their families and the full moon (Raka) was worshiped.

Calculating the day of Festival :

There are two ways of calculating a lunar month- ‘purnimanta’ and ‘amanta’. In the former, the first day starts after the full moon; and in the latter, after the new moon. Though the amanta calculation is more common now, the purnimanta was very much in vogue in the earlier days.

According to this purnimanta calculation, Phalguna purnima was the last day of the year and the new year heralding the Vasanta-ritu (with spring starting from next day). Thus the full moon festival of Holika gradually became a festival of merrymaking, announcing the commencement of the spring season. This perhaps explains the other names of this festival – Vasanta-Mahotsava and Kama-Mahotsava.

The Legend of Holika and Prahlad :

The Legend :  There was once a demon king by the name of Hiranyakashyap who won over the kingdom of earth. He was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana and refused to worship his father.

Hiranyakashyap tried several ways to kill his son Prahlad but Lord Vishnu saved him every time. Finally, he asked his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. For, Hiranyakashyap knew that Holika had a boon, whereby, she could enter the fire unscathed.

Treacherously, Holika coaxed young Prahlad to sit in her lap and she herself took her seat in a blazing fire. The legend has it that Holika had to pay the price of her sinister desire by her life. Holika was not aware that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.

Other stories :

Holi also celebrates the legend of Radha and Krishna which describes the extreme delight, Krishna took in applying colour on Radha and other gopis. This prank of Krishna later, became a trend and a part of the Holi festivities.

Mythology also states that Holi is the celebration of death of Ogress Pootana who tried to kill infant, Krishna by feeding poisonous milk to it.

Another legend of Holi which is extremely popular in Southern India is that of Lord Shiva and Kaamadeva. According to the legend, people in south celebrate the sacrifice of Lord of Passion Kaamadeva who risked his life to revoke Lord Shiva from meditation and save the world.

Also, popular is the legend of Ogress Dhundhi who used to trouble children in the kingdom of Raghu and was ultimately chased away by the pranks of the children on the day of Holi. Showing their belief in the legend, children till date play pranks and hurl abuses at the time of Holika Dahan.

Reference about Holi in Ancient texts and inscriptions :

Besides having a detailed description in the Vedas and Puranas such as Narad Purana and Bhavishya Purana, the festival of Holi finds a mention in Jaimini Mimansa. A stone inscription belonging to 300 BC found at Ramgarh in the province of Vindhya has mention of Holikotsav on it. King Harsha, too has mentioned about holikotsav in his work Ratnavali that was written during the 7th century.

The famous Muslim tourist – Ulbaruni too has mentioned about holikotsav in his historical memories. Other Muslim writers of that period have mentioned, that holikotsav were not only celebrated by the Hindus but also by the Muslims.

Reference in Ancient Paintings and Murals :

The festival of Holi also finds a reference in the sculptures on walls of old temples. A 16th century panel sculpted in a temple at Hampi, capital of Vijayanagar, shows a joyous scene of Holi. The painting depicts a Prince and his Princess standing amidst maids waiting with syringes or pichkaris to drench the Royal couple in colourd water.

A 16th century Ahmednagar painting is on the theme of Vasanta Ragini – spring song or music. It shows a royal couple sitting on a grand swing, while maidens are playing music and spraying colors with pichkaris.

Social Significance:

Holi helps to bring the society together and strengthen the secular fabric of our country. For, the festival is celebrated by non-Hindus also as everybody like to be a part of such a colorful and joyous festival.

Also, the tradition of the Holi is that even the enemies turn friends on Holi and forget any feeling of hardship that may be present. Besides, on this day people do not differentiate between the rich and poor and everybody celebrate the festival together with a spirit of brotherhood.

In the evening people visit friends and relatives and exchange gifts, sweets and greetings. This helps in revitalizing relationships and strengthening emotional bonds between family and friends.


Larsen & Tourbo takeover bid – Mindtree

Larsen & Tourbo takeover bid – Mindtree

Larsen & Tourbo takeover bid of Mindtree is in process according to reports.  Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T’s) hostile takeover bid for MindTree at Rs 980 per share in an all-cash transaction has got a thumbs-down from analysts.

The hostile takeover, if goes through, will be a misfit for the engineering and construction giant, at least in the short term.

Mindtree : 

Mindtree Limited is a multinational information technology and outsourcing company headquartered in Bengaluru and New Jerey, USA. Founded in 1999, the company employs approximately 20,000 employees with annual revenue of approximately $846 million.

The company deals in e-commerce, mobile applications, cloud computing, digital transformation, data analytics, enterprise application integration and enterprise resource planning.

The founders are Subroto Bagachi, Ashok Soota, Namakal Parthasarathy, Krishnakumar Natarajan and Scott saples.

Larsen & Tourbo :

Larsen & Toubro Limited, commonly known as L&T, is one of the largest Indian  Multi national firms and leading construction company in India having headquarters in Mumbai.  

It was founded by two Danish engineers taking refuge in India.  The company has business interests in engineering, construction, manufacturing goods, information technology, and financial services.

The company began as a representative of Danish manufacturers of dairy equipment. However, with the start of the Second World War in 1939 and the resulting restriction on imports, the partners started a small workshop to undertake jobs and provide service facilities

L&T is among the largest five fabrication companies in the world.[11] L&T has a shipyard capable of constructing vessels of up to 150 metre long and displacement of 20,000 tons at its heavy engineering complex at Hazira, Gujarat. The shipyard constructs specialized heavy-lift ships, CNG carriers, chemical tankers, defence & para-military vessels, submarines and other role-specific vessels.

V.G.Siddharta – deal with Larsen & Tourbo :

Siddhartha (now known V. G. Siddhartha) was born in Chikkamagaluru district in a lush green malenadu region. He obtained a master’s degree in economics from  Mangalore University,  Karnataka.

He is married to daughter of S.M.Krishna,  the former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Indian Minister for External affairs and Governor of Maharashtra..

On 18th March 2019 Larsen & Tourbo signed a deal to acquire 20.3% shares of its lead investor V G Siddhartha .  The Co. plans to increase stake to 66.3% through a combination of open offer and buying shares in the market.  Larsen & Turbo is offering  Rs.980 per share.

On 20th March,  Mindtree board is expected to announce a share buyback. 

Reaction by Mindtree – Larsen & Tourbo bid :

The promoters of Mindtree, a global technology services and Digital transformation company, said they would unconditionally oppose the reported hostile takeover bid by Larsen and Toubro Ltd.

The promoters, including Krishnakumar Natarajan (executive chairman), Subroto Bagchi (co-founder), Rostow Ravanan (CEO) and Parthasarathy N.S. (executive vice chairman and COO), issued the following statement:

“The attempted hostile takeover bid of Mindtree by Larsen & Toubro is a grave threat to the unique organization we have collectively built over 20 years. Since we started the company in 1999, we have built a rock-solid organization that outperforms its peers in IT services, differentiates and innovates through digital, and consistently delivers strong financial results and favorable returns to our shareholders. We’ve also carefully created a differentiated corporate culture made up of our amazing “Mindtree Minds,” which reached the 20,000 milestone this year. 

A hostile takeover by Larsen & Toubro, unprecedented in our industry, could undo all of the progress we’ve made and immensely set our organization back. We don’t see any strategic advantage in the transaction and strongly believe that the transaction will be value destructive for all shareholders. 

Our collective success depends on building and nurturing relationships with our clients and partners. This unexplainable transaction will bring disruption to those relationships and impair Mindtree’s ability to differentiate itself in the market and continue to deliver client value and great shareholder return. We believe that culture needs to be carefully created and nurtured over time, and can’t be bought and sold like any asset. 

Market reaction  on Larsen & Tourbo takeover bid :

  1. Mindtree slips after Larsen & Tourbo buys 20% stake of the Co.  Larsen & Tourbo down 1%.
  2. Mindtree taps institutions to fend off Larsen & Tourbo’s hostile takeover bid.
  3. The IT Co’s share buy back plan to make takeover expensive for Larsen & Tourbo.
  4. Mindtree surges over 2% on share buy back plan announcement.
  5. Larsoen and  Tourbo mounts hostile bid for Mindtree, eyes 67% stake for Rs.10733 crore.

Reaction from public :

A hostile takeover in an industry such as software services, where people are the biggest assets, can backfire. “We are not aware of any precedent where there has been a hostile takeover in the IT services business. This is primarily because this is a business of relationships and execution by people,” analysts at Investec Capital Services (India) Pvt. Ltd said in a note to clients.

Larsen & tourbo’s reported plan to buy a large stake in Mindtree has led to a fall in the value of its software services arm, Larsen and Toubro Infotech Ltd (LTI). The IT subsidiary’s valuation has fallen nearly 11% since mid-January, on fears that a possible combination can be a drag on its performance.

Reports of L&T’s interest had emerged first in mid-January. Mindtree shares, meanwhile, have risen about 7% in the same period, adding to the gains since October last year.

Even if Mindtree’s promoters somehow agree to strike a deal, the cultural differences between the two companies can create hurdles going ahead, warn some analysts.

Brokerages view on Larsen & Tourbo’s takeover bid :

Analysts remained cautious over Larsen & Toubro Ltd.’s hostile bid to take over Mindtree Ltd. even as the engineering and construction company said the information technology firm will continue to remain an independently listed entity after the transaction.

According to Kotak Securities, “Attrition control and people management would be critical since hostile bids are uncommon in the professional services business as people are the key assets. These assets are not easy to manage in such situations”.  

Views of different brokerages:

Homegrown brokerage IDBI Capital said it would seek clarity on L&T’s plan to manage the risk of exits of Mindtree senior management as the founders have not sounded comfortable with the deal. Also, it wants clarity on L&T’s plan and timeline to merge Mindtree with L&T Infotech and its target to improve the performance of Mindtree, especially consistency of revenue growth and EBIT margin.

As the battle heats up and the founders are looking to thwart the takeover attempt, Mindtree employees have started #MindtreeMatters on Twitter to express their support.

A tweet read : “Trees in Cubbon park & minds in Mindtree are not for sale.”

Young women achievers  –  Namma Benglauru

Young women achievers – Namma Benglauru

Young women achievers in Bengaluru qualify as achievers with their sheer talent and hard work. Seeing the passion in today’s young mind, nobody will be shocked to come across people who have reached great heights before turning 25. Many such young achievers in Bengaluru have reached milestones when the night was turning into day.

Aditi Ashok – Young Golfer :

Aditi Ashok (born 29 March 1998) is a professional golfer who took part in the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in the International golf.

Personal Life :

Aditi was born on 29 March 1998 in the city of Bengaluru.  She studied at The Frank Anthony Publi School in Benglauru and graduated in 2016.

She started playing golf at the age of 5.  At that time only three golf courses were in Bengaluru.  When she showed interest in gold  her father took her to the Karnataka Golf Association driving range. Her father, Ashok Gudlamani, is now her caddie.

Career :

Aditi became the youngest and first Indian to win the Lalla Aicha Tour School and secured her Ladies Duropean Tour card for the 2016 season. This win also made her the youngest winner of a Q School for an international tour.  Aditi is the first and the only Indian golfer who played the Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014) and Olympic Games (2016).

Her appearance at the Olympics created sensation.  There was nothing sudden about Aditi’s performance on the world stage. She had not qualified for the Games overnight, or emerged out of the blue.

Weeks after her return from Rio, Aditi sealed back-to-back wins on the Ladies European Tour (LET), at the Hero Women’s Indian Open and the Qatar Ladies Open. It capped off a sensational first season in Europe, at the end of which she finished second on the Order of Merit and was named the LET’s Rookie of the Year.

In 2017, her rookie season on the LPGA, she competed in all five majors, and registered a maiden top-10 finish on the Tour at the Marathon Classic.

Professional achievement :

Ladies European Tour Wins (3)

  1. 2016 Hero Women’s Indian Open, Qatar Ladies open
  2. Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies open

Other wins

  • 2011 Hero Professional Tour Leg 1, Hero Professional Tour Leg 3 (both as an amateur)

Team appearances :

  • Espirito santo tropy – Representing India in 2012 & 2014.

Aishwarya Pissay – racer :

Aishwarya Pissay is an Indian off-road racer. She is the first Indian woman to win 5 National titles in Road Racing and Rally Championship combined. She found her passion in racing as she turned 18, while taking small road trips around her home town Bengaluru. 

She is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in International racing.

Interest in riding :

After completing her commerce degree through correspondence from Bangalore University, she continued with the passion of her life, riding.  After enrolling for a formal training, she started riding in competitions in 2016, and has been supported by TVS Co. from last year.  She participates both in circuit races and off-roading raids.  For her whether it is circuit or off-roading, it is raiding at the end of the day.

Consequently she learned  how to master the art of riding a bike. This hobby grew into a profession as she won 4 National titles in Road Racing and Rally Championship in 2016 and 2017 and competed in the National Rally Championship in 2018, winning it as well.  She also became the first Indian woman to compete in the Bajaj Aragon World Rally in Spain held in 2018.

She has seen ups and downs in her path to success.  She is good in breaking barriers at every step to achieve what she aims for.   The young achiever believes that a lot more is to be done for the cause of women in motorsport.

Career :

In 2016,  Aishwarya graduated from Apex Racing Academy and won the Honda One Make Championship. She secured 5th position in the Dakshin Dare and 2nd place in the Asia Road Racing cup. She also won Indian National Rally Championship in the year 2016.

In 2017, Aishwarya won the CEAT Sprint Rally and also graduated from the California Superbike School in 2017. She won the Indian National Road Racing Championship and the Indian National Ra;;u Championship in the same year. 

Aishwarya secured 3rd place in Dakshin Dare Group – B and finished 4th in the Raid De Himalaya and was the only female rider to complete the course in the “Xtreme” category.

Pissay also won the TVS one-make Road Racing championship in 2017, making this her 4th national championship overall.  TVS Racing signed Aishwarya Pissay on board as a factory racer in the same year.

In 2018, she won the Indian National Rally championship. She competed in the Bajaj Aragon rally, where she crashed on the final day of the event forcing her to retire from the event.

Awards :

Aishwarya received the TiE Young Achiever of the Year award in 2016 She also received the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI in 2016.  She received the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI for the 2nd consecutive year in 2017 and also the Sports Women of the Year Award by Autotruck Magazine.

Sanjana Ramesh-Basket ball player :

Basketball started as a way to prove her capabilities in sports to her brother for Sanjana Ramesh. And, that’s how the 17-year-old has embarked on the path of making India proud with her game.  Hailing from Chennai and now living in Bengaluru.

Sanjana is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in Basket ball.

Early life :

Sanjana Ramesh often competed against her older brother in soccer and badminton, honing her competitive spirit. She started playing basketball at 12 as a hobby with friends. By 13, she was playing for her state team. Basketball quickly transformed into her favorite sport.

Sanjana’s good game got recognition in no time and four years after playing basketball for the first time, she was in the India U-16 team and was picked as the captain of the Indian Under-16 team last year for the Asian championship Division B.

The young basketball player was among the 18 best female basketball prospects from across India, who were picked for the NBA camp. There, she received training from Olympic gold medalists Jennifer Azzi and Ruth Riley, former Women’s NBA player Ebony Hoffman, and former college coach Blair Hardiek, along with former India captain Divya Singh.

National & International level :

Sanjana participated in The NBA Academies Women’s Program camp at The NBA Academy India in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), where she received on- and off-court training alongside top female prospects from throughout India.  

The NBA Academies Women’s Programs are designed to engage top female prospects from outside the United States, giving players an opportunity to experience elite coaching and facilities. Along with Hardiek, Ruth Riley and Jennifer Azzi are also technical directors. The experience was transformative for Ramesh.

 Following the NBA Academies Women’s Program camp, Ramesh was then named the MVP of the girls’ division at Basketball Without Borders Asia, a three-day basketball development camp featuring the top male and female basketball prospects from throughout Asia.

Ashwini Ponnappa :

Ashwini Ponnappa Machimanda(born 18 September 1989) is a badminton player who represents India at the international badminton circuit in both the women’s and mixed doubles disciplines. She had a successful partnership with Jwala Gutta. 

Ms. Ponnappa is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in the international badminton arena.

This  pair has won many medals in international events including a gold medal at the Common Wealth Games and bronze medals at the Uber Cup and the Asian Badminton Championships.

They were consistently ranked among the top 20 in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as No. 10 position.  Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta also won the bronze medal at the BWF World championships in 2011, becoming the first Indian pair and women and only the second overall to win a medal at the World Championships.

Early life of Ashwini Ponnappa :

Ashwini Ponnappa was born to CA Ponnappa and Cauvery Ponnappa on 18 December 1989 in the Karnataka capital of Bengaluru. Her father played hockey for India. However Ashwini preferred badminton over hockey and started training in badminton.

She attended the St. Francis Xavier’s Girls High School in Bengaluru before moving to Hyderabad for her Bachelor’s degree. She would actively play hockey at the university level.

Ponnappa’s first success came in 2001 when she won her first national medal in the sub-junior girls’ doubles category. In addition to that, she also won the national title in sub-junior girls’ doubles in 2005, and the Junior girls’ doubles National cup in 2006 and 2007.

International arena :

Ashwini Ponnappa’s  first international title came in the South Asian Games, where she won the gold medal in mixed doubles and the team events in 2010. Later, in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she scripted history, winning the gold medal in Women’s doubles event.

With Jwala Gutta, she became the first woman to win the yellow metal in the event. The top podium spot was thus elemental to her becoming a popular name in the country.

Marriage :

In December 2017, Ponnappa married businessman-model Karan Medappa in a private wedding ceremony in Coorg, Karnataka. The wedding ceremony proceeded according to traditional Kodava style. Among the guests were some of the biggest names in the world of badminton, including Rohan Bopanna, Jyotsna Chinappa, longtime women’s doubles partner, Jwala Gutta among others.

Achievements/Titles :

Gold at 2010 Commonwealth Games (Women’s double)

Bronze at BWF World Championships 2011 ( Women’s double )

Silver at 2014 Commonwealth Games (Women’s double)

Bronze at the 2014 Asia Championships (Women’s double)

Gold at the 2015 BWF Grand Prix Canada Open (Women’s double)

Gold at the 2016 South Asian Games (Women’s double)

Bronze at 2018 Commonwealth Games (Women’s double)

We at wish good luck to all these young women achievers from namma Bengaluru.

ACB raid  –  Mr.Varnekar

ACB raid – Mr.Varnekar

Vignesh a resident of Udupi zilla, Karkala Taluk had visited the Bengaluru Air-show and had lost his car in the fire accident.  He had already paid road tax amounting to Rs.65000/-. 

He approached Sri . R.M.Varnekar, Assistant Transport Officer to get back the paid amount.  The ATO demanded Rs.6500/- to do the same.  When Vignesh did not agree to pay rs.6500/- , the demand for the money came down to Rs.5000/-.  Mr. Varnekar asked Vignesh to do the dealing with a person by name Munaf who works in the same office.

On 16th March 2019, afternoon 2.20PM, ATO Varnekar was caught by ACB while accepting Rs.4000/- as bribe.  Both Munaf and Varnekar were arrested and remanded.  A sum of Rs.30670/- which was collected by them as bribe was seized.

After information houses of the accuse at Mangaluru was searched.  Cash of Rs.7018237/- was seized.  Documents relating to the house, flat, land, other saving bank accounts, valuable papers, vehicles were seized.  2 bank locker keys were found and the investigation is on.

The ACB on 19.03.2019 conducted raids against 4 officials. In this regard the raid was conducted at 10 different places in the State.

The other officials caught by ACB are :

  1. Satish B.C.  —  Additional Co-operative department, Bengaluru.  ACB raided houses at Basaveshwaranagar and relatives house at RPC layout.
  2. Manjunath S.V.  — Assistant revenue officer, JB Nagara Sub-division, BBMP Bengaluru.  ACB raided houses at Nayandahalli, his office and relatives house at Channarayanapatna, Hassan.
  3. Sharad Gangappa Ijeri  — Ex Engineer/ Deputy Director, KRIDL Vijayapura  ACB raided his residence at Mahalbhagayat and his office.
  4. Prakash Gouda Kudarimoti –  Agriculture officer, Raita samparka Kendra Mundargi, Gadag.  His 2 houses at Mudargi and office was raided.

A raid was conducted on 19.03.2019 on the above mentioned officials and the ACB has found the following:

Satish B.C.  —  Additional Co-operative department, Bengaluru.  ACB raided houses at Basaveshwaranagar and relatives house at RPC layout and found –

One residential house, 2 sites, 1 Kg. gold, 20 Kgs. 200 grams silver, 1 car, 1 two wheeler, Savings bank account balance of Rs.3.84 lakh, household articles worth Rs.34.16 lakh.

B.C.Satish house at Basaveshvaranagar

One of the bank locker is yet to be opened.

Manjunath S.V.  — Assistant revenue officer, JB Nagara Sub-division, BBMP Bengaluru.  ACB raided houses at Nayandahalli, his office and relatives house at Channarayanapatna, Hassan and found –

2 residential houses, 4 sites, one house and one commercial complex at B.M.Road at Channarayapatna, 13 gunta land at Hassan, 453 gms gold, 1 kg 230 gms gilver. 1 car, 1 two wheeler, cash Rs. 4.26 lakh, Rs. 19 lakh worth house hold articles and 2 lockers were found.


Sharad Gangappa Ijeri  — Ex Engineer/ Deputy Director, KRIDL Vijayapura  ACB raided his residence at Mahalbhagayat and his office and found –

2 houses, 1 flat, 32 acres 24 guntas agricultural land in different survey numbers, 675 gms. gold, 12.5 Kg silver, 3 cars, 3 two wheelers, cRs.42.66 lakh in cash, cash in bank Rs.3.97 lakh, deposit of Rs.2.6 lakh, Insurance policies worth Rs.6.37 lakh and 1 locker found.

Sharath Ijeri
Cash found at Sharad Ijeri’s house

Prakash Gouda Kudarimoti –  Agriculture officer, Raita samparka Kendra Mundargi, Gadag.  His 2 houses at Mudargi and office was raided and found –

2 houses in Mundaragi, 3 sites, 5 acres of land at Kukkanoor, 4.29 acres at Haralapura, 7.31 acres of agricultural land at Halliguddi, 570 gms. of gold, 2 kgs 290 grams of silver, 1 car and 2 two wheelers.

Prakash Gouda

Raghu Karnad – Windham Campbell prize

Raghu Karnad – Windham Campbell prize

Raghu Karnad –  is a  journalist and writer. He is son of Girish Karnad, a famous theatre personality.   He is the author of Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War  which was shortlisted for the Hessel-Tiltman Prize for 2016, and was awarded the Sahitya Akademi.

Journalist and writer Raghu Karnad became the second Indian to win the Windham-Campbell Prize; after Jerry Pinto who won the prize in 2016 for his novel ‘Em And the Big Hoom’.

Awards won by Raghu Karnad :

He got Yuva Puraskar for a writer in English the year 2016.  His articles and essays have won international awards including the Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize  in 2008.

The Press Institute of India National Award for Reporting on the Victims of Armed Conflict in 2008, and a prize from the inaugural Financial Times Bodley Head Essay Competition in 2012. He won the 2019 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize in Non-Fiction for his debut work Farthest Field, An Indian Story of the Second World War.

Positions held :

Karnad was previously the editor of Time Out, Delhi. He has s also contributed articles to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, & The Guardian. While he was a student at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania,  he spent a semester at the American University of Cairo where he managed to get a meeting with Yassar Arafat.

Windham Campbell Literature prizes :

The Donald Windham Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes is an American literary award which offers prizes in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama. The award was established at Yale University in 2011 with the first prizes presented in 2013. 

Administered by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library,  the award recognizes English language writers from anywhere in the world.

The mission of the award is to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns. Up to nine prizes are awarded annually. Winners receive a citation and an unrestricted remuneration.

The individual prizes are among the richest literary prize amounts in the world,  if not the richest in certain categories. The award’s endowment is from the estate of writer Donald Windham. Sandy Campbell was his companion of 45 years.

Raghu Karnad – Windham Campbell Prize :

Karnad won the prestigious Literary award – Windham Campbell award for his debut book ‘The Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War’ in the non-fiction category.

Raghu Karnad is one of the eight winners who have been chosen across four categories this year. Each of the eight winners won $165,000 as prize money to support their writing. In terms of the award money, Windham-Campbell Prize is one of the richest literary awards worldwide.

Winners of Windham Campbell Prize :

Two Literary award winners were announced this year in each of the 4 categories for the prize, namely- fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry.

This year’s Windham-Campbell Prize recipients in fiction are Danielle McLaughlin from Ireland and David Chariandy from (Canada. In non-fiction category the winners include Raghu Karnad from India and Rebecca Solnit from United States.

In poetry Ishion Hutchinson from Jamaica and Kwame Dawes from Ghana/Jamaica/United States are the winners and in drama the winners include, Young Jean Lee from United States and Patricia Cornelius from Australia.

Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War by Raghu Karnad :

The book narrates India’s often overlooked experience in the war.  Karnad delves into his family’s past, learning that three ancestors—ones he knew only from faded photographs—died during WWII.

Their nation’s involvement in that war is largely forgotten and unrecorded. More than a personal history, Karnad’s account encompasses theaters on three continents as he uncovers diaries, logbooks, requisition orders, and correspondence from the “largest volunteer force the world had ever known.” 

The tense, subservient relationship with colonial Britain defined the daily rhythms of army life. Karnad’s prose, hauntingly poetic, evokes an India at the crossroads, sending battalions of its young men to die in defense of the British Empire even as Gandhi and Nehru laid the foundation for its independence.

Karnad shows that in fighting for Britain’s freedoms—freedoms Britain steadfastly refused to extend to Indians themselves—these forgotten soldiers wrote the final chapter of Britain’s grand and cynical colonial project.

Inspiration to write the book – Raghu Karnad:

Discovering that his grandfather and two grand uncles  Bobby, Ganny and Manek  had served in World War II Karnad wanted to write about them. 

Financial need and a yearning for adventure directed the brothers to officers’ training for Britain’s Indian Army, a force that ultimately numbered 2,500,000, the largest volunteer army in history.

One joined the Indian Air Force, where his first assignment was bombing Afghanistan from bases in what is now Pakistan, an activity still in progress 75 years later. He never left India and died in a crash before the end of the war.

A brother, who was a doctor, also died on the Afghan frontier, probably of pneumonia. The third, a lieutenant in the sappers (combat engineers supporting the infantry), fumed at his inactivity for years until he was caught up in the vicious and immense campaign to recapture Burma, where he was killed in late 1944. 

Re-creating history by Raghu Karnad :

The author re-creates their lives and thoughts through unit records, memoirs, and interviews with elderly survivors.

Karnad’s book speaks of every significant event of the war including Pearl Harbour and the Balkan War. But through a journey across several nations, it drives home to capture the narrative of a chapter completely erased from our country’s history: India’s participation in World War II.

Awarding the prize :

The awards will be conferred in September during an annual international literary festival at Yale celebrating the honored writers and introducing them to new audiences.

Manohar Parrikar – a Tribute to a true statesman

Manohar Parrikar – a Tribute to a true statesman

Manohar Parrikar, Goa chief minister,  a former defence minister who had been battling a pancreatic ailment for over a year, died at his private residence. He was 63.

Parrikar (13 December 1955 – 17 March 2019) was an Indian politician and leader of Bharatiya Janata Party who was the Chief Minister of Goa from 14 March 2017 till his death. Previously he was Chief Minister of Goa from 2000 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2014.

He served in the National Democratic Alliance government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Defence Minister of India from 2014 to 2017. He was a former member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. 

Early life :

Manohar Parrikar was born in Mapusa, Goa.  He studied at Loyola High School, Margao. He completed his secondary education in Marathi and went on to graduate in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay) in 1978.

He was the first IIT alumnus to serve as MLA of an Indian state. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the  Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai in 2001.

Manohar Parrikar –  a tall leader :

Despite his falling health, Parrikar had presented two state budgets in 2018 and 2019 and had attended public functions, including the inauguration of an iconic bridge across River Mandovi. 

A known fighter, an ailing Parrikar’s decision to go for a ride and inspect two upcoming bridges in the state with a feeder tube protruding from one nostril was a defining image and sought to suggest that he was still in-charge of the state.

Born on December 13, 1955 into a middle-class family, his political career began as an RSS pracharak and he continued working for the Sangh even after graduating from IIT-Bombay.

Political Career :

Manohar Parrikar entered electoral politics in 1994 when he won on a BJP ticket from Panaji constituency.

Manohar Parrikar

Parrikar joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at a young age and became a mukhya shikshak (chief instructor) in the final years of his schooling. After graduating from IIT, he resumed RSS work in Mapusa while maintaining a private business, and became a  Sandhachalak (local director) at the age of 26.

He was leader of the opposition from June to November 1999. He successfully contested the election to become Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on 24 October 2000.

In the 2014 General Elections, BJP won both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa.  Parrikar was reluctant to leave Goa and move to Delhi in November 2014, by his own admission but was persuaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join the central government.

Personal life – Manohar Parrikar :

His wife Medha died in 2001. They have two sons.   As of March–June 2018, Parrikar was undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment at a hospital in the US.

He returned to India and in September was admitted in the AIIMS, Delhi for treatment. On 27 October 2018 the Goa government announced that CM Manohar Parrikar has pancreatic cancer. 

He passed away on 17 March 2019 at the age of 63 years, due to advanced pancreatic cancer at his residence in Panaji. His death was announced by the president of India. 

Awards :

  • 2018: Honorary Doctorate by National Institue of Technology, Goa on 28 September 2018.
  • 2012: CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in politics category. 
  • 2001: Distinguished Alumnus Award IIT-MUMBAI
Tribute :

He was the builder of modern Goa.  His personality and nature made him a preferred leader for years.  His policies ensured Goa to reach a remarkable heights of progress.   His impeccable service to the country will be remembered by all.

Two months ago, he said he will serve Goa until his last breath.  It was a promise he lived his best to keep.

Manohar Parrikar is India’s 18th Chieft Minister to die while in office.

He will be given state funeral today.

We at pray for his soul to rest in peace.

Azim Premji Charity – Rs.1.45 lakh crore.

Azim Premji Charity – Rs.1.45 lakh crore.

Azim Premji – hikes allocation to charity to Rs.1.45 L Crore.  He is the founder of IT giant WIPRO in India.

His foundation works directly in education and supports over 150 other non-profits serving under-privileged and marginalized Indians through multi-year financial grants.

The shares held by entities controlled by Azim Premji have been irrevocably renounced and earmarked to the Azim Premji Foundation

Highlights of Azimji’s philanthropy :

  1. Wipro Chairman Azim Premji announced an increase in the philanthropic contribution by Rs.52750 crore.
  2. This contribution to philanthropy by Azim Premji takes his commitment to Rs.145000 crore ($ 21 billion)
  3. This commitment of his take shim close to the Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation.  This foundation has investment assets of about $40 billion and the Ford Foundation about $ 12 billion.

Azim premji :

Azim Hashim Premji (born 24 July 1945) is an Indian businessman, investor and philanthropist, who is the chairman of Wipro Limited.. He is informally known as the Czar of the Indian IT Industry.

He was responsible for guiding Wipro through four decades of diversification and growth to finally emerge as one of the global leaders in the software industry.  In 2010, he was voted among the 20 most powerful men in the world by Asiaweek.

He has twice been listed among the 100 most influential people by TIME Magazine, once in 2004 and more recently in 2011.  Premji owns 73% percent of Wipro and also owns a private equity fund. Premji Invest manages his $2 billion worth of personal portfolio.

He is currently the second richest person in India.   In 2013, he agreed to give away at least half of his wealth by signing The Giving Pledge.  Premji started with a $2.2 billion donation to the Azim Premji Foundation, focused on education in India.

Philanthropy :

Azim Premji, the billionaire chairman of Indian conglomerate Wipro Ltd., will give a further 34 percent of shares in the company worth $7.5 billion to support philanthropic activities, the most generous donation in Indian history.

Azim Premji, the billionaire chairman of Indian conglomerate Wipro Ltd., will give a further 34 percent of shares in the company worth $7.5 billion to support philanthropic activities, the most generous donation in Indian history.

Generosity of Azim Hashim Premji :

The philanthropic commitment makes Azimji foundation one of the biggest foundations in the world.  His announcement came at a time when the ultra rich in the country is contributing very less towards social causes.

Azim Premji is the first Indian to sign “the Giving Pledge” initiative which was started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.  Under this pledge the billionaires commit atleast 50% of their wealth to philanthropy.

Azim Premji Foundation :

Azim Premji Foundation is a not-for profit organisation that has been working since 2000 with the elementary education system in rural government schools in India.

The Foundation began by implementing various programs to improve educational quality across the country. By 2010 however it became clear that working on a “project” mode was inadequate and it takes continuous effort over many decades for any deep-rooted change to happen.

This can only be achieved by establishing “institutions” which are embedded in the local context and can collaborate with local government structures. Thus the idea of setting up District Institutes in field locations came into being.

Today, the Foundation with 1000+ employees has field institutes in 40+ districts across 6 states and 1 union territory (Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Puducherry) reaching more than 3,50,000 schools across the country.

History of Premji Foundation :

Having successfully built Wipro to be a business leader, Premji felt the need to contribute to a social cause and address the various developmental challenges facing the country.   

Primary education was narrowed down as the Foundation’s focus of work because it was a critical factor that significantly impacted other issues in the country.

Photo azim premji foundation

The Azim Premji Foundation India Private Limited, was registered in February 2000. Later it was re-registered as the ‘Azim Premji Foundation’ on 9th March 2001 under Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act of 1956.

The  Foundation was to be funded solely by Azim Premji by way of transfer of his personal shares to the Foundation. 

The foundation set up the Azim Premji University to develop professionals in education and related human development domains, offer degree and education programs, and conduct research.

Azim Premji University :

Azim Premji University was established in Karnataka by the Azim Premji Univerity Act 2010 as a not-for-profit University and is recognized by The University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 2F.

The beginnings of the University are in the learning and experience of a decade of work in elementary education by the Azim Premji Foundation.

The University was founded as one of the key responses to the constraints and challenges that the Foundation encountered both within and in the environment, and as part of a larger strategy to contribute to the Education and Development sectors in the country.

The team working in education will scale from the current 1,600 people and grant-making activities will triple. The Bengaluru-based university will expand to 5,000 students with over 400 faculty members.

The idea of the endowment is to support the designated causes for life.  The number of students in the university is increasing every year.  A second University is in planning process. It may be at Madhya Pradesh.

To know more about Azim Premji’s contribution click on the link

ACB raid at Tumakuru Zilla

ACB raid at Tumakuru Zilla

On 13.03.2019 ACB, Tumakuru Zilla, Pavagada Taluk raided C.Chetan, Village Accountant while accepting a bribe amount of Rs.3000/-

A resident  of Tumakuru zilla, Pavagada Taluk, Nagalamadeke hobli, Palavalli Village had applied for a Khata for inherited land property.

Sri. C.Chetan, Village Accountant, Thirumani circle had demanded Rs.4000/- to do the same.

The bribe amount has been seized.  A case is been registered and investigation is on.