Girish Karnad – tribute to a great theatre personality

Girish Karnad – tribute to a great theatre personality

Girish  Karnad died at a hospital in Bengaluru at 6.30 am on 10th June. He was 81 years old.  Jnanpith Award winner and recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Girish Karnad was one of the most noted playwrights in India. 

He is survived by his wife Saraswathi, Son Raghu Karnad, a Journalist and writer and daughter Radha who is a doctor based in Kenya. 

Early Life of Girish Karnad :

Girish Raghunath Karnad was born in Mathern, in present-day Maharashtra in 1938.  His mother Krishnabai née Mankikar was a young widow with a son, and while training to be a nurse, met Dr. Raghunath Karnad who was a doctor in the Bombay Medical Service.

For five years they could not get married because of the prevailing prejudice against widow remarriage. Finally their marriage was sanctified under the dispensation of the Arya Samaj. Girish was the third of the four children born thereafter.

Girish Karnad’s initial schooling was in Marathi. In Sirsi, Karnataka, he was exposed to travelling theatre groups, Natak Mandalis, as his parents were deeply interested in their plays. 

Education :

As a youngster, Karnad was an ardent admirer of Yakshagana and the theater in his village. His family moved to Dharwad in Karnataka when he was 14 years old, where he grew up with his two sisters and niece.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and statistics from Karnatak Arts College, Dharwad (Karnataka University) in 1958. Upon graduation Karnad went to England and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Magdalen in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar (1960-63), earning his Master of Arts degree in philosophy, Political Science and economics.  Karnad was elected President of the Oxford Union in 1963.

Literary works of Girish Karnad :

Girish Karnad has written many plays in Kannada and is considered one of Kannada literature’s famous playwrights.  Karnad wrote his first play, the much critically acclaimed Yayati  in 1961, while he was still at Oxford.

Girish Karnad’s next play Tughlaq in 1964 made him a name with among playwrights in the country.  The play is set during the reign of Muhammad bin Tughlaq.

He wrote Hayavadana in 1972 and Nagamandala in 1988.

Girish Karnad’s foray into cinema industry :

Karnad’s acting and screenwriting debut came in 1970 in the Kannada movie Samskara which was released in 1970.  The movies is based on a novel by UR Ananathamurty.  This film won the first President’s Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema.

Karnad’s work followed with Vamsha Vriksha which was released in 1971 with BV Karanth.  The other well known films in kannada includes Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane in 1977 and Ondanondu Kaaladalli in 1978. 

He also worked in Hindi directing the famously acclaimed Utsav in 1984 which is an adaptation of Shudraka’s 4th century Sanskrit play Mrichakatika.

He provided the voice of A.P.J.Abdul Kalam former President of India, in the audio-book of Kalam’s autobiography by Charkha Audio-books Wings of Fire.

Awards and Honors receive by Girish Karnad :

For Literature :

  • Sangeet Natak Akademi award and Varthur navya Award – 1972
  • Padma Shri  – 1974
  • Padma Bhushan – 1992
  • Kannada Sahitya Parishat Award – 1992
  • Sahitya Academy award – 1994
  • Jnanpith Award – 1998
  • Kalidas Samman – 1998
  • Rajyotsava Award

University of Southern California, Los Angeles – 2011.

His plays in English includes :

  • Collected Plays, Vol.1, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2005 (Tughlaq, Hayavadana, Bali: The Sacrifice, and Naga Mandala)
  • Collected Plays, Vol.2, Oxford University Press, 2005 (Tale-Danda, The Fire and the Rain, The Dreams of Tippu Sultan, Two Monologues: Flowers and Broken Images)
  • Yayati, Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Wedding Album, Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Boiled Beans on Toast, Oxford University Press, 2014.

Awards for Cinema :

National Film Awards : s

  • 1971: Best Direction – Vamsha Vriksha (with B.V.Karanth )
  • 1971: Best Feature Film in Kannada – Vamsha Vriksha
  • 1973: Second Best Feature Film – Kaadu 1977: Best Feature Film in Kannada : Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane
  • 1978: Best Screenplay – Bhumika (with Shyam Benegal and Satyadev Dubey)
  • 1978: Best Feature Film in Kannada – Ondanondu Kaladalli
  • 1989: Best Non-Feature Film – Kanaka Purandara
  • 1990: Best Non-Feature film on Social Issues – The Lamp in the Niche
  • 1992: Best Film on Environment Conservation – Cheluvi
  • 1999: Best Feature Film in Kannada – Kaanuru Heggadathi

Filmfare Awards South :

  • 1972 : Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada– Vamsha Vriksha 
  • 1974: Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada – Kaadu
  • 1978: Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada – Ondanondu Kaladalli
  • 1983: Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada – Ananda Bhairavi

Filmfare Awards – Hindi

  • 1980: Filmfare Best Screenplay Award – Godhuli (with B.V.Karanth)
  • 1980: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award : Aasha : Nominated
  • 1982: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award : Teri Kasam : Nominated

Karnataka State Film Awards :

  • 1971-72 : First Best Film – Vamsha Vriksha
  • 1971-72 : Best Dialogue Writer – Vamsha Vriksha
  • 1973-74 : Second Best Film  – Kaadu
  • 1989-90 : Best Supporting Actor – Santha Shishunala Sharifa
  • 1995-96 ; Best Supporting Actor – Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara Gavai
  • 1999-00 : Second Best Film  – Kanooru Heggadathi
Others :
  • Gubbi Veeranna Award Award for his services to theatre (as a playwright)
  • Karnad served as the director of the Film and Television Institute of India from 1974–1975, the Indian co-chairman for the Joint Media Committee of the Indo-US Sub-Commission on Education and Culture from 1984–1993, Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Academy from 1988–1993, and president of Karnataka Nataka Academy from 1976–1978.
  • Honorary Doctorate from University of Southern California, Los Angeles – 2011. 
Movies directed by Girish Karnad are :
  • Vamsha Vriksha in 1971, Kannada)
  • D.R.Bendre in 1972, Documentary)
  • Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane in 1977, Kannada
  • Godhuli in 1977, Hindi
  • Ondanondu Kaladalli in 1978, Kannada
  • Kanooru Heggadithi, Kannada
  • Kaadu in 1973, Kannada
  • Durga in Mahendar
  • Utsav in Hindi
  • Woh Ghar in 1984, Hindi based on Kirtinath Kurtakoti’s Kannada play Aa Mani
  • The Lamp in the Niche (1990) (documentary)
  • Cheluvi (1992, Kannada and Hindi (dubbed))
  • Chidambara Rahasya (2005, Kannada) (tv film for DD1)
Controversies and Activism – Girish Karnad :

Controversy always followed Girish Karnad.   He was a proponent of multi-culturalism and freedom of expression. Karnad had been a critic of religious fundamentalism and Hindutva in our country.

He publicly condemned the Demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 and later spoke against the attempts to create controversy about the Idgah Maidan in Hubli.  He is a proponent of secularism and has opposed RSS and BJP and other Hindu organizations on several occasions.

It is the end of an era in Indian Cinema and theatre.  The country has lost a “cultural ambassador”. team is Saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace.

Government holiday on 4th Saturday in Karnataka

Government holiday on 4th Saturday in Karnataka

Government holiday on 4th Saturday every month in Karnataka to Government offices.  The Karnataka Cabinet decided to declare fourth Saturdays a holiday for the state government employees in addition to second Saturdays.

According to sources, the decision would save a lot of money to the State exchequer since it would reduce consumption of electricity, water and fuel used by employees.

Pay Commission recommendation :

According to Rural Development Minister Krishna Byre Gowda this major decision was taken based on a recommendation of the State Pay Commission. 

In 2011 the Pay Commission had recommended five-day week.  There is no proposal to extend the working hours.

6th State Pay Commission :

This Pay Commission has been constituted to examine the present pay structure of employees of State Government, aided educational institutions, local bodies and non-teaching staff of the Universities and to recommend new pay structure which may be feasible.  

The Commission is inviting responses to the Questionnaires from all the stake holders like employees, their associations and from officers.  The Questionnaires are available in this website for reference.​

Cut in other Government holidays :

The State Government employees will be loosing 7-8 Government holidays across categories in a year.  The Government is likely to cut the annual casual leave quota from 15 to 10.

Though the Cabinet discussed about reducing festival and other holidays such as on the occasion of ‘jayantis’, it felt such a move might hurt sentiments of certain sections.

The Cabinet did not approve a long-pending recommendation to provide a 5-day work week.

Counselling for Grade C & D employees’ transfers :

To bring in transparency and to reduce corruption in transfers of Government employees, the Government decided to effect transfers of all Grade C & D employees through counseling from year 2020.

The government is planning to bring an amendment very soon to the Act governing transfers of employees.

Under the new system, the Government notifies the names of employees who are eligible for transfer.  The places available for transfers are also notified.  The employees are given the option of selecting the places.

Grade C employees are eligible to seek transfer after serving one place for 4 years and Grade D employees with a minimum of 7 years.

BRT – Biligiri Ranganatha Swamy Temple Tiger Reserve – No honking, Music

BRT – Biligiri Ranganatha Swamy Temple Tiger Reserve – No honking, Music

BRT – Biligiri Ranganatha Swamy Temple tiger reserve known as BRT hills has banned honking and playing of music inside the forest.

This move is to ensure tranquility of the natural surroundings where wild animals exist. 

The forest department has decided to raise awareness among tourists and motorists.  The commuters are refrained from honking and playing music while in transit on road passing through Biligiri Ranganatha Swmay Temple (BRT) Tiger Reserve.

B.R.Hills :

BRT Hills

The Biligirirangana Hills, commonly called BR Hills, is a hill range situated in south-eastern Karnataka at its border with Tamil Nadu (Erode District) in South India. The area is called Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary or simply BRT Wildlife Sanctuary.

It has been named after Rangaswamy temple that is embellished with a whitish rock at the helms of the sanctuary.

The sanctuary derives its name Biligiri (Kannada for white rock) from the white rock face that constitutes the major hill crowned with the temple of Lord Rangaswamy or from the white mist and the silver clouds that cover these hills for a greater part of the year. 

The hill is a  protected reserve under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1975.  Being at the confluence of the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats, the sanctuary is home to eco-systems that are unique to both the mountain ranges.

Flora and fauna at BRT :

The gift of a wonderful ecosystem is the worthy delight of flora, fauna and cultural wealth.  The amazing mix of the hills, ridges and grasslands of BRT tiger reserve resides an astounding variety of varied species of flora and fauna.

Bestowing a distinguished quality to the region of the wildlife sanctuary, the Soliga temple in K.Gudi sets an amazing blend of lush green forests and tents placed in the midst of wilderness.

There are hills which inhabit a wide variety of flora and fauna.  This unique sanctuary exhibits scrub, dry deciduous, moist deciduous, evergreen, semi evergreen and shoal forests.  It is widely known for its many endemic species of plants including valuable medicinal ones. 

Tiger Reserve :

BRT Tiger Reserve

The site was declared a tiger reserve  in January 2011 by the Karnataka government, a few months after approval from India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The BR hills links the Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats allowing animals to move between them and facilitating gene flow between populations of species in these areas. Thus, this sanctuary serves as an important biological bridge for the biota of the entire Deccan Plateau.

Spread over 583 sq. km, these jungles are home to tigers apart from leopards, chitals, dholes and other animals.

Data from the tiger censures done in 2017-18 indicates that there are around 63 tigers at BRT forest.

Birds and Animals found at BRT :

Animals Tiger, Gaur, Elephant, Wild dogs (Dholes), Sloth bears, Chital (Spotted Deer), Sambar Deer, Leopards, Jackals, Wild boars, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer, Mongoose etc.

Birds : Oriental white-backed vulture, greater spotted eagle, Nilgiri wood-pigeon, darters, oriental white ibis, greater grey headed fish eagle, red headed vulture, blue winged parakeet, Malabar grey hornbill, white bellied treepie, white cheeked barbet, Indian scimitar babbler, Malabar whistling thrush, painted bush quail, Sirkeer malkhoa, ashy prinia, Indian robin, Indian peafowl, yellow legged green pigeon.

Reptiles Mugger, Common vine snake, common wolf snake, rat snake, bamboo pit viper, Russell’s viper, common krait, Indian rock python, Indian monitor lizard, common toad.

Ban of honking and music at BRT :

The forest officials in Chamarajanagar have rolled out the initiative after incidents of violation of rules were observed by pilgrims visiting the Ranganatha Swamy and K.Gudi elephant camp situated inside the woods.

For the past week, forest department has deputed staff at the 2 entrances – Gumballu near Yelandur and Hondara balu close to Chamarajanagar.  The staff at these places are distributing pamphlets to motorists who are entering woods.  The pamphlets informs the motorists about the rules to be observed while inside in the forest.

Other rules to be followed at BRT :

Apart from initiating efforts to bring down noise pollution, the forest authorities are working towards raising safety standards.  Visitors are warned against stopping the vehicle in the forest, not to feed animals and not to venture in the forest unguarded and unprotected.

This initiative was in the wake of visitors disrupting the environs and tranquility of the forest and those   Vvsitors getting down of their vehicles to take selfies.

Those found violating the ruled will be given warning first time, if caught 2nd time a fine of upto Rs.1000/- will be collected.  Speed limit inside the forest is restricted to 30 kmph to avoid road kills.

Translocation of 7095 trees at KIA – Bengaluru

Translocation of 7095 trees at KIA – Bengaluru

Translocation of 7095 trees at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru takes place as part of the ongoing Rs.13,000 crore infrastructure upgrade of the airport.  This is part of the opening of the terminal 2.

The land surrounding the new runway will be covered with greenery making the KIA, first in India and only third in the world to have green corridors around the runway.

BIAL/KIA Terminal 2 :

Kempegowda International Airport is all set to open the second runway very soon.  The airport  registered a double digit growth of 28.1 per cent in passenger traffic in the second quarter of FY19.

During the three-month period, ending September 30, 2018, 8.13 million passengers travelled through BIAL as against 6.35 million passengers during the corresponding period of previous financial year.

The quarter also saw an increase of 30.5 per cent domestic and 13.8 per cent in international passengers year on year.

Phase wise translocation :

The trees will be translocated on phase wise manner.   A total of 1285 trees and plants will be  translocated in the 1st phase.  The rest of the trees and plants will be translocated over the next 2 years.

The BIAL has engaged the Institute of Wood Science and Technology and Volvo to provide solution scientifically.

The first phase started in March and will continue till August.  The first phase will cover a stretch of 4 Kms.

Terminal in a garden :

According to Tom Shimmin, Chief Projects Office for BIAl, “the objective is to avoid felling of trees and instead relocate them to a place where they can further improve the aesthetics of the airport.  All this is to ensure that the landscape is in sync with our garden-themed Terminal2”.

To provide an “immersive garden experience” and in keeping with Bengaluru’s ‘Garden city’ name Bial has announced a series of initiatives.  Among them is the translocation of plants and trees that come in the way of expansion.

The Rs.13,000 crore infrastructure development with the landscape will amalgamate with the new terminal designed to be a ‘Terminal in a Garden’.

Survival of trees after translocation :

Till date the thousand odd trees that have been transplanted since March 2019 have seen a survivability rate of 85%.  The BIAL has tied up with the Government run Indian Institute of Science and automobile major Volvo for this initiative.

Automobile major Volvo is providing hardware including its special tree transplanter truck.

Till date thousand odd tress have been transplanted has shown signs of survivability with a rate of 85%.

Some of the tree species which have shown positive success rate are coconut, silver oak,palms, cycads and rain trees.

Process of Translocation :

A statement by Prasannamurti Desai, Vice-President of landscaping at airport said, “we are able to translocate as many as 18 trees in a single day starting from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm using mechanized translocator.    All these trees are either translocated to a pre-defined suitable spot or otherwise preserved in the nursery until a suitable spot is made ready”.

The process involves traditional methods for trees with a girth of above 45 inches and less than 6 inches.  Using the conventional method, the process takes around three months as it requires adequate care and protection.

By following scientific methods of translocation, the trees will be uprooted from their original location.  The trees will be replanted in selected areas – without damaging its roots.  The tree-transplanter is capable of translocating around 17 larges trees in a day.

Steps followed during translocation :

There are steps involved in translocating trees.  First step involves pre-assessment to check if the tree is healthy.  Once the tress is identified for transloction, water loss is minimized through methods of trenching and shaping the root ball.  Important roots are pruned during transplanting.

Once the root is wrapped, it is kept moist and tightly secured to prevent it from breaking. The trees will be lifted through the barrel strap technique to their new home after which post-monitoring will be done. 

Terminal 2 – a forest belt :

The new terminal is being operational this year and will have a three story “forest belt”.  The idea is to create an immersive, calming outdoor experience for both arrival and departure passengers.  Trees, small gardens and pods feature local and exotic species of plants adore the interior.

The land which is surrounding the new runway will be covered with lush greenery. 

Cost of translocation of trees :

BIAL will be shelling out around Rs.2.5 crore to translocate thousands of trees.  infrastructural development has been taken up at the airport at a cost of Rs.13000 crore.  There will be a greener landscape to amalgamate with the new terminal. 

The new terminal is designed to be a terminal in a garden. 

Diversion of traffic :

Vehicles which are heading from the Trumpet interchange to the terminal area of the KIA will be diverted.  The diversion is through a new access road from next week.

The BIAL is expanding the work with construction of additional roads to meet the increasing vehicle traffic.

The road expansion work will be taken up in a phased manner.  This includes widening of the main access road to 10 lanes (5+5) from the existing 4 lanes (2+2).

Bengaluru International Airport’s main access road will be closed from June 10 as part of road widening. 4-lane roads will make way to 10-lane roads (5 on each side) by early 2021, @BLR Airport officials say. Below is the new route map.

World Environment Day –  theme : Air Pollution – Bengaluru

World Environment Day – theme : Air Pollution – Bengaluru

World Environment Day  – It is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of our Earth. That “something” can be local, national or global. It can be a solo action or involving a crowd. Everyone is free to choose.

Theme – World Environment Day 2019 :

Environment is the surrounding or conditions in which a person, animal or plant lives or operates. It is necessary to understand the importance of environment and lots of activities are done by the people to preserve and conserve the unique and life nurturing nature.

Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2019 is “Air pollution”.

The theme for World Environment Day 2018, hosted by India, was “Beat Plastic Pollution”, which was a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time.

This year, China took over the task, choosing ‘Beat Air Pollution’ as the theme.

Air Pollution :

Air pollution occurs when harmful or excessive quantities of substances including gases, particles and biological molecules are introduced into Earth’s atmosphere.

It may cause diseases, allergies and even death to humans; it may also cause harm to other living organisms such as animals and food crops, and may damage the natural or built environment. Both human activity and natural processes can generate air pollution.

Indoor air pollution and poor urban air quality are listed as two of the world’s worst toxic pollution problems in the 2008  Blacksmith Institute World’s Worst Polluted Places report. 

According to the 2014 World Health Organization report, air pollution in 2012 caused the deaths of around 7 million people worldwide,  an estimate roughly echoed by one from the International Energy Agency.

Air pollution kills 7 million people every year hurting child development, damaging economies and contributing to the global climate emergency.

Why 5th June every year?

World Environment Day is held each year on June 5. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. World Environment Day promotes ways to improve the Earth’s environment, such as conserving forests.

First time World Environment Day is celebrated in 1973 with the theme “Only one Earth”. And from 1974, the celebration campaign of the World Environment Day is hosted in different cities of the world.

What do people do on World Environment day?

World environment Day is celebrated in many ways in different countries.  Activities includes street rallies and parades as well as concerts, tree planting and clean-up campaigns.

In many countries, this annual event is used to enhance political attention and action towards improving the environment.  This observance also provides an opportunity to sign or ratify international environmental conventions.

Background – World Environment Day :

World Environment Day was established by the United Nationals General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.  A Resolution was adopted by the General Assembly on the same day, which led to the creation of UNEP.

It is hosted every year by a different city and commemorated with an international exposition through the week of June 5.

Symbols featured :

The main colors features in many promotions for this event are natural colors depicting nature, the earth and natural resources.

These colors are often in the shades of green, brown and blue.  Images or pictures of snowy mountains, clean beaches, unpolluted rivers and natural flora and fauna are used to promote campaigns. 

Significance of the day :

A Platform for Action World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

World Environment day at Bengaluru :

In a welcoming move, Bengaluru’s civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to plant one lakh trees across the city.

The decision was taken after Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun held a meeting with experts to discuss steps to be taken to avoid trees getting uprooted in heavy rains.

According to BBMP’s plan, the new trees will include varieties of Neem, Mahogany, Pride of India, Nerale, Pongam, Honge, Champaka, Sampige and Tabebuia among others.

Bengaluru Traffic Police celebrates World Environment Day by planting saplings in various police stations in the city.

Politicians participation – World Environment day :

India’s youngest MP in the current Lok Sabha Tejasvi Surya led events held in Bengaluru to observe World Environment Day.  As he planted saplings and painted dividers along Kanakapura Road, hundreds of citizens including celebrities from the film industry joined the initiative. 

Member of Parliament from Bangalore Central P.C. Mohan attended the special World Environment Day programs organized at Ulsoor Lake on Wednesday. Soon after the event, the MP took it to Twitter to thank the staff at the venue.

The South Western Railway (SWR) opened a new vertical garden at KSR Bengaluru City railway station this morning. The inauguration of the same was done by Ashok Kumar Verma, Divisional Railway Manager, Bengaluru Division.

To celebrate World Environment Day, Bangalore International Airport Ltd- operator of Kempegowda International Airport from June 5 will give away around 10,000 plants to people.

Bangalore International Centre :

Bangalore International Centre celebrates the World Environment Day by screening some of the brilliant short films and documentaries. The films that will be screened include Himalayan Waters, Ni Kata Banja (Don’t Cut My Oak’s), Remember The Spring, Chaal Khaal and Parisar Snehi Shauchalaya.

‘Himalayan Waters’ gives an overall picture of the Himalayan waters and efforts put it in by the NGO’s and locals to protect the same. ‘N i Kata Banja’ highlights the importance of Broad leave Species i.e. Oak trees in the water cycle of the Himalayas. Throwing light on the positive interventions such as snow sand filter etc is the short documentary titled- Remember The Spring.

Let’s join hands in being a part of solution for every type of pollution on the occasion of World Environment Day.

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Second Division Assistant caught by ACB

Second Division Assistant caught by ACB

A Second division assistant (SDA) was allegedly caught by ACB while taking a bribe of Rs.3 lakhs on 31.05.2019.

Mr. Vasudev who was posted at the Department of Health and Family Welfare Office at Indiranagar was trapped by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB). 

He is accused of demanding a bribe of Rs.3 lakh to issue the work order to Mr. Chandrashekar of Xeon Systems, who had won a Rs.3 crore contract to provide staff on a contract basis to the department.

Mr.Vasudev allegedly pestered Mr.Chandrashekar for money to issue the work order.  After a series of negotiations, he settled at R. 3 lakh.  The Government official issued the work order but demanded that the money be paid within days or else he would bar him from bidding for the department’s contracts in the future. 

Health Inspector caught by ACB :

On 03.06.2019 Bengaluru City ACB trapped Mr. Pradeep, Health Inspector for Ward No.193, Shantiniketan Layout, Hulimaavu, Arakeri.

Mr.Pradeep had demanded Rs.10,000/- to issue a trade licence to open a Snooker Parlour.  He is the health inspector for Ward No.193 Arakere in whose jurisdiction the snooker parlour falls.

The Officer has been suspended, bribe money confiscated a case has been registered.

Rs.50 K Crore for civil works at Bengaluru

Rs.50 K Crore for civil works at Bengaluru

Rs.50  K Crore will be spent on civil works at Bengaluru by the civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

The top priorities will be given to Garbage, Water, Traffic, Electricity and Environment management.

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike :

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), is the administrative body responsible for civic amenities and some infrastructural assets of the Greater Bengaluru 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.

Top priorities of the Government :

According to Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara,  Garbage, water, traffic, electricity and environment management are the top five priorities of the government in the city.

In the next five years the government is planning is spend Rs.50,000 crore on different civic works in the city. 

Memorandum of Understanding :

An MoU was signed with Sweepsmart, a Netherlands based firm to upgrade the waste collection units/Centres in Bengaluru city.  The total of the initiative will be Rs.4.75 crore.

The initiative includes rebuilding, installation of equipment and design, build, installation and transfer model.

At present BBMP is spending 50% of its total revenue on city’s infrastructure.  To support the civic body the government has sanctioned Rs.8500 crore in the last 8 years and in this years Rs.11,500 has been sanctioned. 

Investment in the project :

The Government and the BBMP will be investing Rs.3.35 crore, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will spend 0.7 crore and Sweepsmart company will be spending Rs.0.7 crore.

In the next 5 years the government is planning to support the civic body by spending Rs.50,000 crore to provide good infrastructure in Bengaluru city.

Areas covered under the project :

The civic body and the Sweepsmart have identified 12 DWC centres.  Out of which 10 will be finalized during the implementation of the project.

The third three centres will be launched in Kadumalleshwara, Kengeri and combines centre in Nagawara and HBR Layout wards. 

Dry Waste Collection Centres (DWCCs) :

Dry Waste Collection Centres (DWCCs) facilitate the stream lining of the entire process of waste management in the city, by concentrating exclusively on dry waste.

They are equipped with appropriate infrastructure capable of purchasing, collecting, aggregating and processing both high value and low value dry waste such as plastics, paper, glass, tetrapacks, etc. 

The city has planned for one DWCC per ward of which it has built 189 Centres. However every ward has been assigned a DWCC as a destination for its dry waste. The capacity of these centres varies from 1 TPD upto 4.5 TPD. 

Bengaluru’s SWM Journey :

The build-up of negative impacts of pollution (air, water & soil) due to open dumping (especially for the village communities living alongside) & a rapidly urbanizing metropolis, coupled with a steep population growth had put extreme pressure on our city’s SWM system.

September 2012 saw the shutting down of 6 of the city’s 7 landfills which led to mountains of waste rotting on city streets & large scale opening burning. Collection too had to be stalled for over a week, as there were no landfills available to take waste. The city had barely any infrastructure for processing & nearly no investment in recycling due to underdeveloped regulations and a lack of incentives.

The challenge since then has been to transform the system in a short span of time through initiating decentralized processing instead of dumping of waste.

High Court Order :

In order to enable a self-sustaining & efficient new system that is quick to execute, the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka intervened and set up a specialized SWM Cell & an Expert Committee to work with the BBMP SWM/Health department.

In consultation with think-tanks, experts, civil society groups, waste picker collectives, academicians & private players, since then defined principles to guide the city’s plan that is integrated and inclusive.



Indigestion,lack of clarity/ brain fog, Tiredness, Migraines, IBS..Does it sound familiar?  Is your gut health blocking you from being a peak performer?    I was far from fine.There was a time in my life when I faced severe digestive issues due to food sensitivities. Apart from the above symptoms, I had severe migraines,depression and anxiety.Several Doctor visits,tests, scans and medicines only emptied my pocket. I was misdiagnosed! I was put on to Anti depressants and other medications for several years. There were a lot of side effects involved with them and my health started deteriorating and progressively became worse. Years passed, I got more disheartened.   
Unable to find answers from doctors, I went bio hacking to look into my biochemistry. I was determined to fix the underlying issues. I knew there was a different way to achieve my goals to become healthy.To get to the root cause and fix the issue, I explored further into acquiring more knowledge and found fascinating information driven by science and research. It has had great impact on my lifestyle.
What we often fail to recognize is that our environment has changed but our thinking hasn’t. Genetically modified grains due to modern agriculture is the culprit behind increase in these epidemics!  The single most important thing we can do is caring for our gut.There are some kinds of food that trigger responses for most people.
I was absolutely astonished to discover that cutting out gluten and Dairy from my diet magically erased all my symptoms with in few days!
One of the most widely used whole grain is wheat which has many different components to it. Proteins, Carbohydrates and fats.Gluten is a protein complex found in Wheat, barley,rye and triticale.Most of the people who suffer from Gluten sensitivity are not aware and are often undiagnosed.
 Gluten has a huge impact on our auto-immune system. It causes the immune reaction which affects the brain,causing Brain fog, mood swings,inflammation in the cells, Leaky gut hence increases the risk ofanemia, acne outbreaks, diabetes,obesity,thyroid dysfunction and several health issues…There is also a component of wheat called FODMAP’s a collection of short-chain carbohydrates found in many common foods that causes the gut problems.
Since my gut could not tolerate Gluten, completely eliminating it from my diet,also reducing nutrient poor and calorie rich foods and changing the lifestyle was the key for my happy tummy. Being patient, it took at least six months of complete transition off that crap that produces notorious fat in the mid section and creates health issues.
For those who are facing similar issues,track the body responses to food for a week. Become creative, there are still various food products to choose from.
Here are five steps to start your journey of eating healthy:-
l Replace all white rice, white flour, Sugar, etc to Brown’s.
l Cut back on artificial sweeteners, MSG’s, colors, preservatives etc..Eat healthy home cooked meal.
l Going gluten and dairy free is a great way to reduce inflammation and keep several health issues at bay.
l Eating Wholesome, natural, Gmo free, nutritious and organic foods gives you better health and energy.
l Eat foods to nourish your body not for emotional comfort. Eat what makes you feel amazing and fuels you to be the Best version of yourself.

Fitness and Nutrition for busy people

Fitness and Nutrition for busy people

Self-care is an Art of loving yourself! Who doesn’t want to be healthy and fit and be the best version of themselves? Most of us at some point have dreamed of looking like our favorite celebrities. In the peak of motivation, we have also tried out all that we possibly could to reach a certain level to look our best.
As our lives gets filled with twisting work, family and relationships, we convince ourselves that we have no time for our primary needs. For some it could be true, however, most of us get caught-up in excuse mode. To look for easier options, people get trapped in fast food and compromise their health. Eventually, it takes a toll on health and is also the basic cause of obesity in the world.  
The way we start the day determines the way we live our day.It is important to battle-proof our health and is never too late to switch to eat healthy food and maintain healthy weight. Through this,the body gets the required nutrients and helps in optimizing our performance.Though it looks like a constant battle and might not have the luxury of spending hours in the kitchen or hitting the gym,we can still find that balance and feel fit and healthy if we are going to make a commitment and break out of the monotony.
Here are few healthy hacks for busy people for greater satisfaction and fulfilling life:
l Make use of weekends: On a downtime day, organize everything for the week ahead. Maintaining a food and fitness ledger helps us to keep a track on our daily rituals.
l Keep the phone away at-least an hour before going to sleep. Scrolling through social media pages early hours of the day hypnotizes us to believe that we are busy.
l Have a morning protocol: Make it a priority to workout in the morning without distractions…it helps us feel refreshing and gives energy through out the day. It releases Dopamine and serotonin, feel good hormones which keeps our enthusiasm high. Having a workout buddy who is motivating encourages us to be disciplined.   
l Shop weekly: Make time to shop for healthy and nutritious food , store organic and natural fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator and meal prep for five days if you are a too busy person.
l Engage in physical activities: Apart from daily workout, keep yourself active throughout the day to stay away from sedentary lifestyle which is also the key to burn extra calories.
l Replace all white food like Rice, Sugar, White flour with Fruits, vegetables and Protein which keeps your body hydrated and gives energy.Swap Coffee and tea with herbal teas.
l At certain point, when it is hard to find out the root cause of deficiencies, do consider a Health care professional and a fitness expert who can help us to plan a healthy diet and follow a fitness regime so that it’s tailored for your needs.
l Listening to Pod-casts or any kind of audio learning’s during the traveling time will help us save time and enhance our skills.
People who have high levels of energy also have high level of focus are passionate in life. Encouraging yourself to live healthy and fit leads to exponential performance and lead the best possible life.