Bengalureans mourn pulwama brave-hearts

Bengalureans joined hands in thousands to show solidarity.  The whole city mourned pulwama brave-hearts by coming together and light candles.

The city came together irrespective of age and profession, joined hands on 15th   February with the nation in paying their last respects to the slain CRPF jawans.

In the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir, around 40 CRPF personnel were killed on 14th Feb. when their convoy was targeted by a suspected suicide bomber of Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pulwama district on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.

Social Media – Bengalureans mourn:

Social Media played an important role in joining the Bengalureans. A Whatsapp message went viral around saying “we are all doing this—–so kindly in your balcony today @ 8 PM light 3 candles to show our support of strength to jawans n their families”…

With different social media platforms abuzz with the messages with candlelight marches, thousands of Bengalureans came out in support.

Peaceful demonstration by Bengalureans :

Bengalureans including Traders, shop owners, students, professionals, theatre groups, RWA’s, NGO’s, women, celebrities and film fraternity held peaceful demonstrations around the city showing solidarity. 

Bengalureeans showing solidarity

Candle march vigils took place at different party of the city to mourn the death of our security personnel at Pulwama.

Bengalureans demanded immediate retaliatory action against the terrorist  organisation.

Places of demonstration :

Bengalureans had a candle march at World War I memorial (Brigade road – Residency road junction). Residents of Rajarajeshwari Nagar blocked the main road as a mark of protest.  A RWA group from Bellandur is planning a protest on Sunday, 17th February.

Students and stuaf from IISc, Benglauru marched from the main building to swimming pool road and back. They lighted candles to express their solidarity. 

Many schools paid their tributes to the soldiers by observing silence during the morning prayers.

The Traders Association of Chickpet demonstrated at Town-hall in the evening.  People gathered at Freedom Park, Dr.Rajkumar Memorial and stood in silence for minutes.

“Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.”  –  Daniel Webster

Hina Jaiswal – first woman flight engineer

Hina Jaiswal, 27 years old created history on 15th February by becoming the 1st female flight engineer to be inducted by the India Air Force (IAF).  She broke the taboo of what until last year was the IAF’s men-only clubs.

She was commissioned in the IAF’s engineering batch in 2015.  Hina Jaiswal completed her course at the IAF Station in Yelahanka.

Highlights :

  • As a Flight Engineer, Hina would be posted to operational helicopter units of the IAF.
  • In the unit, she would be routinely called to operate in demanding and stressful conditions.
  • During the six-month course, Hina trained with her male counterparts, displaying commitment and dedication.

Hina Jaiswal’s achievements :

She has served as Chief of firing team.  Hina Jaiswal has served as a battery commander in a frontline surface to Air missile squadron before selected for the course.

Hina Jaiswal  has achieved the feat of 1st female flight engineer by successfully completing he course at 112 Helicopter unit.

Education – Hira Jaiswal :

Hira Jaiswal did her schooling from Chndigarh.  She completed her B.Tech from Punjab University.

She was the first woman officer in the IAF to apply for the flight engineer’s course when when was posted at Jamnagar.

Hina Jaiswal with her parents

The course includes grueling training.  She displayed unflinching commitment, dedication and perseverance to reach the feat.

Further postings of Hina Jaiswal :

Jaiswal, in her new role, will be posted at IAF’s operation helicopter units. She will serve in “demanding and stressful conditions from the icy heights of the Siachen glacier to the seas of the Andamans. 

A flight engineer is an important part of aircraft’s crew and requires specialized skill set to monitor and operates its complex systems.

Te IAF started commissioning women in the officer cadre in 1993 and now inducts them as pilots in various streams.

The Ministry of Defence has reportedly also dedicated an entire day of Aero India 2019, starting next week, to women in the armed forces. 0U

Temporary hoardings – Aeroshow 2019 – Bengaluru

Temporary hoardings will be used by the BBMP for Aeroshow 2019 ads.  The High Court has given the consent to use 100% non-PVC materials.

High Court permission to use Temporary hoardings :

The Karnataka High court on 14th February allowed the civic body to allow Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.(HAL) to put temporary hoardings.  The hoardings are  for the Aeroshow 2019 from February 15 to 25 at the selected locations.

The hoardings will provide information to the public and participants about the show.   The Aeroshow India 2019 will start from February 20 to 24.

It was made clear by the BBMC to the High court that the hoardings are not for any commercial advertisements.  The hoardings will provide information about the global event.

Court’s specifications to use of temporary hoardings :

The High Court of Karnataka has made it clear to HAL that it should use only wooden structures for temporary hoardings/display.  The publicity/information materials printed should be only on 100% cotton materials.  It should be free from any plastic materials.

An undertaking has been given by HAL and BBMP in this regard to the court.   The court has also given permission for putting up of signages.  The temporary hoardings will be at different locations to guide the public and participants to reach the venue.

Presence of Nodal Officer :

The High court has given directions to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), who will be the nodal officer.  The nodal officer will be monitoring complains about the instances of defacing the city.  

Temporary hoardings – guidelines to HAL :

The high court has directed the HAL to remove all the temporary hoardings, including the wooden structures and display materials.  This should be done soon after the event ends on February 25.

HAL should submit a compliance report to the BBMP about removal of all temporary hoardings and signages.

Places where temporary hoarding will be placed:

HAL had sought permission to put temporary hoardings at:

  1.  Brigade Road – Residency Road Junction
  2. Lalbagh main road
  3. Near Passport office
  4. Yelahanka – kogilu Junction towards KIA
  5. Airport road
  6. Near Kogilu junction towards Hebbal
  7. Yelahanka near NES bus stop
  8. Departure and Arrival terminals of the Airport
  9. The roads leading to the venue.

e-buses introduction – BMTC – Bengaluru

e-buses introduction delayed by BBMP.  The delay was due to  minister of Transport D.C.Thammanna.   The minister views that the vehicles be bought instead of lease, as per the tender finalization by the previous government.

Centre’s ultimatum – e-buses:

The Central Government on 14th Feb. issued an ultimatum to the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) to issue supply order to the bidder. The last day to induct e-buses is 28th February.    Failing which, the BMTC will miss out on the Rs.74.8 crore subsidy sanctioned for the initiative.

The deadline for FAME India (Faster Adoption & Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric vehicle in India) scheme, Phase 1 will be expiring on March 31, 2019.

Under Secretary, Union Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Mr. Ajay Kumar Gaur wrote to the Karnataka Government stating to “issue supply order to the bidder positively by February 28th 2019, failing which, the subsidy would be withdrawn and the BMTC will have to refund”. 

The Centre has asked the BMTC to refund the incentive amount amounting to Rs.17.95 crore.  This amount is already been released by the Centre for the e-buses project.

e-buses –  Olectra Greentech:

It was in February that Hyderabad based e- buses  manufacturing company Olectra Greentech had won the bid for procuring 80 electric buses. The bidder, according to the tender condition, had agreed to operate the buses in six months. 

Olectra’s cost will be Rs.37.5 per km. to operate A/c e-buses and Rs.24.5 per km. for non-A/c e-buses under lease.

Bengaluru’s public transport undertaking was among the 11 Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad that were selected for 40-60% subsidy from the union government.

This was under the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles) India scheme instituted by Department of Heavy Industries (DHI).

PPP Model – e-buses :

Due to lack of resources, funds  and technical expertise, the BMTC chose to operate electric buses under a PPP model.   Each electric bus costs about Rs. 1.6 crore. 

Accordingly, the corporation will pay Rs.37.50 per kilometre to the private operator in addition to providing a conductor.  The operator will invest on operating buses and its maintenance. 

The BMTC operated India’s first electric bus on a pilot basis for three months in 2014.  But decided to abort  the idea of running them on its own as the corporation found these buses  are expensive and difficult to maintain. 

BMTC’s views on e-buses:

The officials of BMTC stated that leasing of e-buses would cost less.  It will be Rs.60.86 per km. compared to purchasing them at Rs.84.71 per km. 

The non-familiarity with e-bus technology is a major challenge to the BMTC.

Terror Attack – 44 jawans killed – Pulwama

Terror attack again on the Indian brave hearts.  44  CRPF personnel were killed and many others severely injured in a ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attack.

The suicide bomber rammed his explosive-loaded vehicle into a paramilitary bus carrying CRPF personnel  on the Srinagar-Jammu National highway on 14th February.

Highlights of Terror attack :

  1. The Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for this cowardly attack.
  2. The terrorist driving a suicide vehicle was identified as Adil Ahmad From Kakapora in Pulwama.
  3. The bus was blown up on Kashmir-Srinagar highway in Awantipora area of the district.
  4. 2547 CRPF personnel were travelling in a convoy of 78 vehicles
  5. Explosion heart 10 km away

Terror attack facts :

A total of 44 CRPF men belonging to various battalions were travelling in the vehicle when their vehicle was ambushed.  All the 44 were killed.

Police identified the attacker as Adil Ahmad Dar who joined Jaish in 2018.

Terror attack claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed :

Jaish-e-Mohammed is a Deobandi jihadist group active in Kashmir. The group’s primary motive is to separate Kashmir from India and merge it into Pakistan. It has carried out several attacks primarily in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

It was founded in 1998 by Masood  Ahmed.  Its headquarters are at Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

The declared objective of the JeM is to liberate Kashmir and merge it with Pakistan. However, it projects Kashmir as a “gateway” to the entire India, whose Muslims are also deemed to be in need of liberation. After liberating Kashmir, it aims to carry its jihad to other parts of India, with an intent to drive Hindus and other non-Muslims from the Indian Subcontinent.

List of brave hearts martyred in the terror attack :

The jawans were from every religion, caste, creed and religion.  What united them was that they were INDIAN.

The names of CRPF jawans traveling in the bus that was under terror attack in kashimir are :

  1.  HC/DVR  Jaimal Singal, 76 BN, Vehicle Driver
  2. HC/GD     Naseer ahamad,  76 BN, COMDR
  3. CT/GD     Sukhvinder Singh, 76 BN, Escort  
  4. CT/GD     Rohitash Lamba,  76 BN, Escort
  5. CT/BUG   Tilak Raj, 76 BN, Transients
  6. CT/GD     Bhagirath Singh, 45 BN, Transients
  7. CT/GD     Birendra Singh,  45 BN,  Transients
  8.   HC/RO   Avadesh Kumar Yadav, 45 BN, Transients
  9.   CT/GD   Nitin Singh Rathor, 3 BN, Transients
  10.   CT/GD   Ratan Kumar Thakur, 45 BN, Transients
  11.   CT/DVR Surendra Yadav, 45 BN, Transients
  12.   HC/GD  Sanjay Kumar Singh, 176 BN, Transients
  13.   HC/GD  Ramvahil, 176 BN, Transients
  14.   CT/BUG  Brahmanchandra, 176 BN, Transients
  15.   CT/GD   Belkar Thaka, 176 BN, Transients
  16.   CT/GD   Shyam Babu, 115 BN,  Transients
  17.   CTV/GD  Ajit Kumar Azad, 115 BN, Transients
  18.   CT/GD   Pradeep Singh, 115 GN, Transients
  19.   HC/GD  Sanjay Rajpoot, 115 GN, Transients
  20.   CT/cook Kaushal Kumar Rawat, 115 GN, Transients
  21.   CT/GD  Jeet Ram, 92 BN,  Transients
  22.   CT/HM Amit Kumar, 92 BN, Transients
  23.   CT/BUG Bijay Kumar Morya, 92 BN, Transients
  24.   CT/GD Kulwindersingh 92 BN, Transients
  25.   HC/GT Vijay Soreng, 92 BN, Transients
  26.   CT/GD  Vasanth Kumar VV, 82 BN, Transients
  27.   CT/GD  Guru.H., 82 BN, Transients
  28.   CT/GD  Subham Anirang.G.  82 BN, Transients
  29.   CT/GD  Amar Kumar, 75 BN,  Transients
  30.   CT/DVR  Ajay Kumar , 75 BN, Transients
  31.   CT/WC  Maninder Singh, 75BN, Transients
  32.   CT/GD  Ramesh Yadav, 61 BN, Transients
  33.   HC/GD Rarshana Kumar Shau, 61BN, Transients
  34.   HC/GD Hem Raj Meena, 61 BN, Transients
  35.   HC/GD  Babu Shantra, 35BN, Transients
  36.   CTD/GD Ashwani Kumar Shau, 35BN, Transients
  37.   CTD/GD Pradeep Kumar, 21 BN, Transients
  38.   CTD/GD Sudhir Kumar Banshal, 21 BN, Transients
  39.   CTD/GD Ravinder Singh, 98 BN, Transients
  40.   H/GD  M.Bashumatary, 98 BN, Transients
  41.   CT/GD Mahesh Kumar, 118 BN, Transients
  42.   HC/GD N.C. Gunjar, 118BN, Transients

We at extend our deepest condolences to the brave hearts.  May the soul be at Peace.  We Pray that God grant the strength to the family.  

Urban poor– lakes support livelihoods – Bengaluru

Urban poor are likely to get a new lease of life.  The lakes will be supporting the livelihoods. The residents are taking initiative by creating a hub on the comprehensive development of lakes.

Need for development – improvement of urban poor :

Natural resources in Bengaluru have been affected by fast growth of industrialization and urbanization. This in-fact has affected to a great extent the livelihoods of thousands of urban poor.

Lakes in the city have been the most prominent victims of such quick industrialization.  Mahadevapura lake is one among them.

Ecosystems have a way of restoring themselves when the flow of toxins is broken.  The MAPSAS wants to beautify the lake and to shield it from pollution.  The samithi wants to support the livelihoods of uuban poor living in close proximity to lakes.

Mahadevapura Parisara Samrakshane Mattu Abhivrudhi Samiti (MAPSAS) :

It is a not for profit registered trust that was formed in 2011 to revive and rejuvenate lakes in the Bellandur ORR/ Sarjapur road/ Hartur road area.

9 years ago a group of ordinary people came together to attempt something.  They wanted to revamp the highly polluted lake in their neighborhood.

Currently MAPSAS has an agreement with the BBMP for the maintenance of lakes and helping  urban poor.

The vision of MAPSAS is to encourage bio-diversity in and around the lake ,engaging the community to play an active role protecting the lake as a thriving ecosystem, social justice thru livelihood creation from lake and accessibility to all.

Livelihood of urban poor :

The main livelihood of urban poor is cattle-grazing.  These are the tradition livelihoods that sustained the life of lakes.  This strengthens the collaborating relationship that helps the urban poor.

The urban poor use the lake for cattle grazing and collect firewood which does not happen in any lakes in the city. 

The lake conservation group also wants to rejuvenate and maintain all the lakes in the chain.  This includes Parappana Agrahara lake, Kudlu Dodda Kere, Kudlu Chikka Kere, Haralur lake, Kasavanahalli Lake, Kaikondarahalli lake and Soulkere. This helps the urban poor living close to the lakes.

The BBMP is supporting the efforts taken by the conservation group.  The Contribution of BBMP is to build the STPs, fencing and desilting of the lakes.

Protest – BSNL Staff, Officers – Nationwide

Protest starts from Friday by BSNL Staff nationwide.    BSNL employees have announced a three-day nationwide strike against introduction of VRS and reduction of retirement age.

The ten central trade unions that extended their support to the proposed strike included INTUC and CITU among others.

Protest nationwide :

The Central trade unions on 13th February said they will extend support to the proposed three-day protest by employees and officers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. on February 18-20.

The employees of the State owned BSNL are launching a nationwide protest against the decision to reduce retirement age.   The officers and employees are in fear of privatization of the sick telecom giant.

This is in fear of some private co. taking over the loss driven state-run enterprise.

Suggestions of expert panel :

The expert panel suggested the reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58 years.  Another suggestion is the introduction of a VRS System.

Introduction of VRS results in loss of job to over 54000 employees.  The current number of employees at BSNL stand at  174312 workers.

The employees are completely against the suggestions of the panel as it will lead to several people becoming unemployed.

Protest by BSNL Employees :

The employees will be organizing rallies around the country on 15th Feb.  This will be followed by a 3 day long protest from 18th February.  The protest is organized by the All Union and Association of BSNL (AUAB)

According to Ranjit kumar, Leader AUAB, Bengaluru, “with latest development, the government is pressing for privatization”.

Sri. Kengal Hanumanthaiah – 111th birthday

Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the 2nd Chief Minister of Karnataka’s s 111th birthday today.  Born 14th February 1908, he was Chief Minister from 30 March 1952 to 19 August 1956.

He was the person who is responsible for the architectural marvel by the name Vidhana Soudha. He will also be remembered for his role of bringing the Kannada speaking areas within one boundary.

Early life of Sri. Kengal Hanumanthaiah :

He was born  in a Vokkaliga family in a Lakkappanahalli, a small village near Ramanagara District.. He graduated in Arts from the Maharaja College in Mysore later earned a degree in Law from Poona Law College in 1932.

Sri. Kengal Hanumanthaiah’s Political career:

At that time the independence movement President of the Congress party was Dr P Tandon. He persuaded Sri. Kengal Hanumanthaiah to give up legal practice. With the inspiration of Gandhiji and the persuasion of Tandon, Sri. Kengal Hanumanthaiah joined the freedom movement and was very active in the then Mysore State.

During the freedom fight he was noticed and he gradually grew as a leader. He was elected unopposed as the leader of the Parliamentary Party wing of the Congress Party in Mysore Assembly in 1948.

Chief Minister Sri. Kengal Hanumanthaiah :

Sri. Kengal Hanumanthaiah was elected as the 2nd Chief Minister of the then Mysore State on the 30th of March of 1952. His tenure was till 19th August, 1956.

He was a philanthropic personality and had  possessed good administrative qualities. Hence his tenure of Chief Minister Ship was an administratively efficient period. He had initiated steps to uplift the rural areas with good economic progress of the State.

Sri. Kengal Hanumanthaiah was also the Union Railway Minister at the Central Government from 1971. 

Achievements of Sri. Kengal Hanumanthaiah :

The monumental achievement of Sri. Kengal Hanumanthaiah is the Vidhana Soudha.  It was the largest legislature cum office building in India at that time, a granite marvel..  He got the Vidhana Soudha completed in 1956.

The foundation was done by the first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on the 13th of July, 1951. But it was Kengal Hanumanthaiah who got the wonder redesigned on the basis of his impressions after visiting great monumental building across the world especially the then USSR, Europe, USA and other places.

Hanuman Temple built by Karnataka’s 2nd Chief Minister – Sri. Kengal Hanumanthaiah :

When travelling to Mysore on the State Highway SH-17, notice a beautiful temple in a vast area of land on the right passing 5 Kms. from Ramanagar.

That’s the famous Hoysala Temple rebuilt by 60 years ago by Sri. Kengal Hanumanthaiah who came from this same village, Kengal.

His burial site lies close to his favorite deity close by to the temple complex. The inner walls of the temple are adorned by his bio data and summary of his political life.

Death of Sri. Kengal Hanumanthaiah :

He died on 1 December 1980 at the age of 72.   Though he is not with us now, his presence will be felt by all Kannadigas at least whenever they pass through Vidhana Soudha area. 

Inflation Retail – 19 month Low – January

Inflation Retail comes to a 19-month low.  The marginal drop in India in January 2019 as compared to December 2018 is largely due to the continuous decline in food prices, including vegetables and eggs.

Consumer Price Index (CPI) is  widely used as a macro-economic indicator of inflation, as a tool by governments and central banks.

It is used for targeting and for monitoring price stability, and as deflators in the national accounts.

What is Inflation?

It is defined as the increase of prices of goods and services over a particular  period of time.  Opposite of deflation, which describes a decrease of these prices. It is a significant economic indicator for a country.

The inflation rate is the rate at which the general rise in the level of prices, goods and services in any given economy occurs.  It is also how it affects the cost of living of those living in a particular country.

Decrease in prices

Inflation influences the interest rates paid on savings and mortgage rates but also has a bearing on levels of state pensions and benefits received.

Calculation of inflation rate :

It is calculated using the price increase of a defined product group. This product group contains products and services, on which the average consumer spends money one whole year.

These  include expenses for groceries, clothes, rent, power, telecommunications, recreational activities and raw materials (e.g. gas, oil), as well as taxes. 

Inflation has been decreasing slightly since 2010. India’s economy has been doing quite well, with its GDP increasing steadily for years.  The national debt is also decreasing.

Monetary policy committee :

In India rate of inflation is decide by monetary  policy committee.  This committee is formed by six members ( 3 member of government and 3 members of central bank).

The rate varies from 2–6 percentage of Indian GDP.

Lowest inflation rate :

Annual consumer inflation in India declined to 3.69 percent in August of 2018 from 4.17 percent in July and below market expectations of 3.86 percent. It reduced to 2.05% in January 2019. It is the lowest since October of 2017, mainly due to a sharp slowdown in food cost.

Food prices at the retail declined (-)2.17% in January from (-)2.15% in December.  This reflected the contracting vegetable and pulse prices.

Core inflation i.e., non-food, non-oil has been reduced by minutely to 5.4% from 5.6% in December. This remained much above the Central Bank’s forecast. Fuel inflation is at 2.2% compared to 4.5% in December. 

BSNL –planning massive 54k jobs cut

BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) is panning to cut 54k jobs. The State owned Telecom services provider is contemplating over huge job cut in its workforce.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited

The job cut is estimated to be around 54451 workers. 

BSNL – expenses cut down:

In order to cut down its expenses government owned telecom company, has frozen employee benefits. It can be recalled that last year BSNL had saved Rs 2,500 crore through a similar cost cutting exercise and the telecom giant is planning to repeat the same this year.

job cut

Out of the money saved by the company last year, Rs 625 crore was employee benefits. The current employee strength is 3.57 lakh which is multiple times higher than its competitors who have around 25,000 to 30,000 employees.

According to the Managing Director, “We are cutting costs in terms of electricity, administrative expenses and freezing our employee benefits. For the time being, we are not giving any LTC (leave travel concession) benefits, etc. The medical expenses are also being controlled.”

Committee recommendations – BSNL :

  1. Reduction of retirement age from 60 to 58 years
  2. VRS Scheme for those aged 50 and above
  3. Creating an independent review mechanism
  4. Providing contingent liquidity support for BSNL
  5. Facilitating 4G spectrum allocation
  6. Creating project division
  7. Accelerating asset transfers from DoT to BSNL
  8. Accelerating operation of BSNL Tower Corporation Limited

Measures taken by BSNL :

Government-owned BSNL has reportedly taken steps to cut down on expenditure. The telecom operator has frozen employee benefits to support the current market situation.

The company is facing challenges in managing its finance  because of a large workforce. The company has an employee base of 1.8 lakh with an annual expenditure of up to Rs 15,000 crore.

The telecom company had announced that last year that it was able to save Rs 2,500 crore through several cost-cutting measures and hopes to save a similar amount in FY19.

BSNL Hit by competition by other Telecom co’s :

  1.  BSNL’s share in total PSU’s loss is approximately 25%.
  2. Massive manpower and salary bills is a major irritant.
  3. Landline business has been badly impacted by cheaper mobile tariffs
  4. Stiff competition from other service providers has reduce the revenues and deepened losses.
Present scenario of BSNL:

Currently the company is at a loss of Rs.7993 crore during 2017-18 an increased upward trend of 60% over the previous year.

Introduction of VRS will amount of 54451 employee’s exit which is 31% of its workforce.  The present employee tally is 174312 workers.

Bellandur-Varthur lakes-silt worth crore – Bengaluru

Bellandur-varthur lakes silt is Rs.2000 crore worth.  But cash-broke Bangalore Development Authority is seeking for potential industry buyers.

Survey of Bellandur-Varthur lakes:

The government agency is citing lack of funds front restoring lakes filled with sewage water and garbage.  A study indicated a high economic value of rejuvenating the water bodies in itself to take up restoration.

Bathymetri survey of Bellandur lake

A bathymetric survey and collection of water samples was conducted for Bellandur-varthur lakes. It was conducted at the Indian Institute of Science and Madras Engineering group.  Even active citizens participated. 

It was revealed that silt accumulated in Bellandur-Varthur lakes is worth Rs.2000 crore.

Bathymetri survey of Vartur lake

What is a Bathymetric survey  –  Bellandur- varthur lakes :

Bathymetric surveys allows to measure the depth of a water body as well as map the underwater features of a water body.  Multiple methods can be used for bathymetric surveys including multi-beam and single-beam surveys, ADCPs, sub-bottom profilers, and the Eco-mapper Autonomous Underwater Vehicle.

It is used for different types of research including flood inundation, contour of streams and reservoirs, leakage, scour and stabilization, water-quality studies, dam removal, biological spill, storage and fill in reservoirs and ponds.

Silt worth crores at Bellandur-varthur lakes :

The contractors charge the government for de-silting the lakes.  They silently earn a huge additional income by selling the same to a third party.  Nobody is aware of this. 

The economic value of silt in Bellandur-varthur lakes is been underestimated highly.

Silt at Bellandur lake

According to Prof. T.V.Ramachandra of IISc., ‘money earned by selling the silt of Bellandur-varthur lakes can be used for restoration of lakes’.  Bellandur- varthur lakes have silt of 6.60 million cubic metres and 3.87 million metres respectively. 

silt at Varthur lake

Bellandur-Varthur lakes silt utlisation :

According to the Professor if the silt is converted into sand, it can fetch the BDA approximately Rs.1944 crore.  If the silt is utilized by the brick industry it can fetch upto Rs.2061 crore.

conversion of silt to sand

According to the BDA sources the authority is planning to auction the silt of Bellandur-varthur lakes to take up the infrastructure works.  This work includes partial funding of the peripheral ring road or the renovation of the flyover at Hebbal.

Conclusion :

The Mineral Enterprise Limited (MEL) a mining co. will be de-silting a part of the varthur lake.  But the co. has agreed to remove the dump the silt along the lake bed. 

BDA is looking out for a place to dump the silt.   The location will be identified within a few days as there are many abandoned quarries. 

Foreign Direct Investment – shows 46% decline – Karnataka

Foreign direct investment is showing decline by 46% in Karnataka.  The decline might be due to the political instability in the State or improvement in the US macros.  These are weaning away investors.


It is a major source of non-debt financial resource for the economic development of any developing country.    For a country where foreign investments are being made, it also means achieving technical know-how and generating employment.

Foreign Direct Investment in India:

Following the liberalization of the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy in India in the early 1990s, FDI to India has increased significantly in the last decade. However, the growth in FDI flows has been accompanied by strong regional concentration thereby depriving a large number of Indian states from the benefits of a liberalized FDI regime.

With the presence of a strong agglomeration effect, it is essential to have a conscious and coordinated effort at the national and the state government level to make the laggard states more attractive to FDI flows.

Karnataka – Foreign Direct Investment :

The inflow of FDI last year in the state stood at $4.7 billion (Rs,32,450 crore). Whereas it has seen a decline of 46% i.e., $2.5 billion (Rs.17,234 crore) between April 2018 and September 2018.

This is an indicator that the performance for the whole year may also be slow down.  The country as a whole has seen a drop in FDI inflow due political scenario in the United States.   There is a rise in investment options within United States.

Foreign Direct Investment impact on other states :

Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are other two big states with FDI in the country,  The Maharashtra reported a decline of 46% and Tamilnadu stood at 29%.  New Delhi, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has shown an upward curve.

According to Madan Sabnavis of Care ratings the visa rule and the economic recovery in the west are having an impact on FDI.

Impact of Rationalization on Foreign Direct Investment:

The State of Karnataka had seen an extra-ordinary increase in FDI in the year 2017-18.  The decline this year might be  because the investments have rationalized.

The first half of 2017-18 saw FDI to the tune of $4.7 billion,  $1 billion, $2.1 billion and $1.1 billion in the same period for 2016-17, 2015-16 and 2014-15 respectiely.

During 2017-18 the FDI saw an increase trend of 300% rise over the previous year. 

Karnataka Athletic Association (KAA) – Vision 2022

Karnataka Athletic Association (KAA) will be starting the process of registering athletes and coaches across the Karnataka State.   This drive is to increase the efficiency of their training and to monitor their progress.

Athletics like any sport is moving ahead in a world experiencing rapid and reasoning, social, economic and technological changes

Novel ideas have confined young and old. It is allowing them to be performance oriented and prospering them towards a sustainable and prospective future.

Karnataka Athletic Association – President Sri. Muthappa Rai:

Karnatkaa Athletic Association President Muthappa Rai

The president of Karnataka Athletic Association, Sri. Muthappa Rai is working to revive the glory of the past in Karnataka Athletics.  KAA has been under his leadership, working towards restricting and integrating strategic development plans.

The main central point being :

  1.  Professionalizing the administration of Karnataka Athletic Association and adopting strategic partnerships to improve development
  2. Revival of Kanteerava stadium for athletes
  3. Identifying the talents across the state of Karnataka and grooming athletes for future athletics in Karnataka.

Achievements of Karnataka Athletic Association :

Karnataka Athletic Association follows policies on good governance.  These policies enables the board, leaders, athletes and district associations to aim and achieve the objectives in most efficient ways.


The governance ensures transparency, reporting and complying with a variety of policies and practices . It is then followed as a condition in the governance and structure.

Vision 2022 – Karnataka Athletic Association :

Karnataka Athletic Association has signed innovative partnership agreements with the Indian Economic Trade Organization (IETO) and United States Sports Academy (USSA) (America’s sports university).  This agreement was for continued education providing the framework for Athletic transformation.

Karnataka Athletic Association – Vision 2022 inauguration

The state Athletics body also named former athlete Mr. Elvis Joseph as Chief Executive Officer.

The Karnataka Athletic Association plans to reach out to one thousand schools. The purpose is to recognize, identify and groom potential talents for the future.

Key Points of Vision 2022 of KAA:

The key points includes :

  1.  Good governance
  2. Partnership and resources
  3. Knowledge management and training
  4. Project and development programs
  5. Sustainable financial modules.

The Karnataka Athletic Association is launching the website on March 4th 2019.

Flyover loop – Bengaluru gets Rs.195 crore

Flyover loop  construction is back at Bengaluru again.  The funds allocated for this project is Rs.195 crore in the Karnataka State Budget.

To reduce traffic at Outer Ring Road i.e. Bellari road and Tumakuru road, the BBMP will build additional loops on K.R.Puram and Hebbal flyovers.

Flyover loop at Hebbal :

The construction of Hebbal flyover loop was run into a monetary hurdle.  The project envisaged the construction of a 1.25 km. two-lane flyover along with an underpass.

The flyover loop begins ahead of Esteem Mall and ends at Baptist Hospital.  The work is progressing under a snail’s pace.

This flyover loop will be built along a stretch of 1 km. with 43 piers.  The height will be 16 mtrs.

Additional flyover loop:

The additional flyover loop is part of the elevated corridor project proposed by the BDA.  BDA has handed over the project to the civic body as there are no funds in the BDA.

The BBMP has acquired land for an underpass at Goraguntepalya.  The Government had shelved the project to make way for the steel flyover.

Additional loop

Work on the additional loop on the Hebbal flyover was scheduled to be over by April but due to delay the time may extend until December.  Land for the same is yet to be acquired.  The cost of the project may also increase over the time. 

Brigade Road and Commercial Street :

The State Government in its budget allocated money for making Brigade road and Commercial street reserving for pedestrians.  The same plans is for Church street also. 

Church street was redeveloped as a pedestrian only road.  But due to heavy traffic congestion on the adjoining road, the traffic was later allowed. 

The twin shopping hubs of the city i.e., Brigade road and Commercial street will be redeveloped under the Smart Cities Mission. 

A total of 20 roads in the city will be redeveloped at a cost of Rs.200 crore.

ICC Cricket World-Cup 2019 – England, Wales

ICC cricket World-cup 2019 is fast approaching.  The 2019 Cricket World Cup (officially ICC Cricket World-Cup 2019) is the 12th edition of the Cricket World-Cup scheduled to be hosted by England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July 2019.

With the ICC cricket World-Cup 2019 being held in England, one thing which is quintessential for each team will be their batting lineup. In such a big tournament like this, consistency will be key, especially from the top order.

ICC Cricket World-cup history :

Cricket World-Cup, international Cricket championship held at four-year intervals that is the premier contest in one-day cricket and one of the most-watched sporting events in the world.

In 1975 the first Cricket World-Cup was contested in England as a series of one-day matches of 60 overs per side.

World-Cup cricket 1975 winners

It was held outside England, in India and Pakistan, for the first time in 1987. The 1987 contest also saw the number of overs per side reduced to 50. In 2007 Australia became the first team to win three consecutive World Cup tournaments.

Teams at ICC Cricket World-Cup 2019:

The ICC cricket World-cup 2019 will feature 10 teams, a decrease from previous World-Cups in 2011 and 2015 which featured 14 teams.

Participating teams in ICC world cup 2019

The remaining two spots being decided by the 2018 Cricket World-Cup Qualifier.

Teams Qualified for the ICC cricket World-Cup 2019:

  • Australia.
  • South Africa.
  • India.
  • New Zealand.
  • Sri Lanka.
  • Bangladesh.
  • Pakistan.

The group stage format is a round-robin, where all ten teams play each other once, in a single group. This means a total of 45 matches will be played, with each team playing a total of nine matches. The top four teams from the group will progress to the knockout stage.

The names of the Indian team is yet to be announced.

Signal jump- caught on camera – Benglauru

Signal jump is an offence.  If get caught on camera, pay a hefty fine. 

The traffic police in Bengaluru are set to install 5494 bullet and Pan-Tilt Zoom CCTV’s in the city.  These number of cameras are in addition to the already existing 731 cameras already installed in the central business district and other sensitive areas.

Signal jump – a third eye watching:

Unlike days when one could get away, traffic police have adopted technology to curb the menace of offenders. 50-60  people sitting in a plush room in traffic police station keep an eye on every commuter in the city through 170 surveillance cameras.

A third eye watching signal jump

The entire city has been divided into a number of corridors, with minimum places in each corridor.

Each surveillance camera cost Rs 1 lakh, however, that is not an obstacle for the department. Connectivity is very expensive, Rs 40,000 per quarter for a camera.

The control room is equipped with big LCD screens and a number of small computer monitors for each person to keep a tab on signal jump offenders.

Recording of signal jump violation :

If one is found violating any rule, two pictures of the vehicle are clicked — a close up shot and a long shot with other vehicles in the picture.

The picture is then uploaded on the traffic police website. The next day, the violators vehicle number is matched with the RTO (Road Transport Operator) data. That’s how the address of the offender is found and notices sent.

Apart from surveillance cameras 10 prominent junctions have got Red Light Violation Detectors (RLVD) cameras.  These cameras record violations of signal jump without human interface. 

Work shop :

The traffic police are planning to conduct a work shop for number plate mechanics and sticker vendors.  This workshop will help in educating the vendors about the font size for registration number. 

The drive is because the custom-made small number plates  are not being captured by RLVD cameras.  If the vendors object to the drive, the vendors and number plate mechanics will be prosecuted along with the offenders.

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Super-specialty hospitals – Bengaluru

Super-specialty hospitals are growing in Benglauru.  The Karnataka State Government is planning to set up four super specialty hospitals in the city.

Health care is gaining increasing importance in recent years. The concept of health care is emerging from providing treatment to the disease to the improvement of overall health status and also maintenance of good health.

What is a super-specialty hospital?

Super-specialty hospitals may have doctors with degrees as in DM neurology, McH urology, DM gastroenterology, McH neurosurgery as in super-specialists.  These specialists have education higher than a MD/MS.

Facilities at super-specialty hospital

They have micro specialized in a organ system as such so are more experts for diseases system wise as in gastroenterology(stomach and intestine) system, nervous system as in DM neurology, diseases of diabetes etc as in DM endocrinology.

The specialities includes such as Neuro surgery, Plastic surgery, Cardio-thoracic surgery as well as others.

Super-specialty hospitals – International standard:

A super-specialty hospital focuses on the treatment of specific illnesses.  The quality and safety regulations follow the accreditation standards of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH).

National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) is a constituent board of Quality Council of India (QCI), set up to establish and operate accreditation program for healthcare organizations.

The approval by International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) gives credibility to the NABH standards to be compatible with global benchmarks. Accreditation by ISQua had been granted to hospitals of 11 countries so far. The 12th country to join this group is India.

Bengaluru – hub of super-specialty hospitals:

The Government of Karnataka is in search of land to set up the super- specialty hospitals in four different party of the city according to the Bengaluru Development Minister DCM G.Parameshwara.

The upcoming hospitals will be constructed on the lines of the existing Victoria and Jayadeva Hospitals. 

Kannada for visually impaired

Kannada believe that access to books is key to education. The members  strongly believe that as a society, one needs to raise the standards of inclusive education and create more opportunities for the visually impaired.

At Kannada Pustaka, the members give them the tools to succeed by providing books in the formats they need. They are proud to have created the first digital library of accessible Kannada textbooks.

MOU signed with Karnataka government :

Kannada pustaka signed a MoU with the Department of Kannada and Culture, Government of Karnataka to create an open library of open source audio books. They are working towards creating audio formats of all the open source Kannada Literature.

Kannada pustaka is working with a team and the department to pilot this ambitious project.

After over two years of groundbreaking activities, Kannada Pustaka got registered as a non-profit public trust on the 3rd of May 2018. This enabled them  to build projects and build resource base. 

Kannada pustaka help visually disabled :

Students with born vision disability and who suffer vision loss do not have  access to books.  They learn Braille or wait  for other recorded audio formats. With a vision to bring all students the textbooks they need in the format they prefer, kannada pustaka  turned digital. It created the first digital library of accessible Kannada textbooks. 

Text book chapters :

Kannada Pustaka create editable textbook chapters through a semi-automated distributed proofreading process. Unicode used with text to speech synthesis engines provides an approach to create audio files almost immediately.

Kannada :

Kannada Pustaka is a voluntary initiative creating open source accessible textbooks. These books are meant for educational use. The Unicode text content used to generate these audio textbooks was created adopting a distributed proofreading model.

Textbook chapters are available as podcast episodes on iTunes. These audio books have seen sent to all schools for special children across Karnataka. 

Digital copies of Braille textbooks are available for download in kannada These files are shared under  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

The purchase does not require any payment.  This project is completely voluntary and rely on dedicated contributors who devote their time to correcting textbooks converted from print or PDF.  

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Heart attack – main cause Air Pollution

Heart attack – the main factor is air pollution in the city of Bengaluru.   Cardiologists are shocked and puzzled after noticing a steady stream of patients being admitted with heart attack.

Views of Doctors on Air pollution causing heart attack :

Doctors world over are finding an increasing correlation between air pollution, traffic and cardio vascular diseases and heart attack.  

It is unsurprising that auto and cab drivers constitute youngsters being admitted for heart treatment at Jayadeva Hospital.  The other big factor contributing to heart diseases is expose to noise pollution.

Heart attack cause is air pollution :

For many years the biggest cause for heart attack were cholesterol and hypertension.  But in recent years, air pollution has become the major cause.

contributors for air pollution

Worsening environmental air quality/air pollution is causing cardio-vascular ailments/heart attack to people in their 40’s.  This view was aired by doctors at a discussion on ‘non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) prevention and control in Karnataka’ organized by the Institute of Public health.

Quality of air contributing to heart attack:

The findings were shocking.  Frequent traffic jams and snarls are the causes for air pollution.  Air pollution along with hypertension (B.P) is very aggressive than the cholesterol contribution in causing heart attack.

air pollution due to traffic jam

Particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers will get absorbed into the blood vessels.  It affects the beta cells on pancreases where insulin is produced. 

All the above mentioned will manifest in heart attack. 

Study at Jayadeva about air pollution:

Researchers at the Jayadeva institute have studied around 500 traffic policemen for the effects of air pollution on them.  Preliminary investigations have revealed that most of the people were part of the study were indeed victims of air pollution.

Bengaluru west had accounted for a higher concentration of particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometres and 10 micrometres at Srirampuram and Bagalur areas respectively. 

The areas in Bengaluru East has accounted for higher concentration of carbon monoxide.

According to Dr. Manjunath the other factor is sitting for a long time at workplace.   Sitting constantly for 5 to 6 hours is equal to smoking 5 to 6 cigarettes .

Seetharama kalyana kannada movie leaked online

Seetharama kalyana a kannada movie leaked online, complaints Anitha Kumaraswamy, producer of the film.

Kannada Movie Seetharama kalyana :

It  is a romantic family entertainer, which has been directed by Harsha and produced by Anitha Kumaraswamy under the banner Channambika Films.

The movie has its music by Anup Rubens. Seetharama Kalyana stars Nikhil Gowda, Rachitha Ram, Sarath Kumar etc., in the lead roles.

Online leak – Seetharama kalyana:

The producer of the movie Anitha Kumaraswamy who is Ramanagaram MLA and wife of Chief minister of Karnataka H.D.Kumaraswamy filed a complaint.  The complaint was lodged with the Cubbon park police against an online kannada movie channel.

Anitha kumaraswamy is the owner of the production  house Chenambike Film Production.  The lead hero of the movie seetharama kalyana, Nikhil Kumaraswamy is her son.

Compliant :

In her complaint with the Cubbon park police, Anitha Kuamraswmay has stated that some mischief maker had recorded the movie on the mobile phone.  There is a possibility that the movie was recorded with a camera in the theatre.

The movie was uploaded on the Facebook and Youtube and also on online channel for public display.  According to Anitha kumaraswamy due to the movie leak the production company has suffered a huge loss.

Seetharama kayana – online leak suspect :

Police suspect Shashidhar T.S. who is the owner of the Kannada Movie channel.  He has uploaded the movie Seetharama kalyana online.

He has been booked under the Copyright and IT Acts.  G.Manohar who is the HR Manager of Kasturing Media which is owned by the Kumaraswamy family has also filed a complaint.  The complaint was against some of the staff members who had leaked the news clips.

Kasturi Medias Pvt. Ltd. :

Directors of Kasthuri Medias Private Limited are Thalagavara Seetharam Anitha Kumaraswamy, Nikhil Kumaraswamy.

Kasthuri is a 24 hour Entertainment Kannada language television channel. This is the first channel by a Kannidaga. Mrs.Anitha Kumaraswamy wife of Chief minister of Karnataka Mr.H.D. Kumaraswamy.  

Kasthuri is the only TV channel owned by a Kannadiga. All other kannada TV channels are owned by other language people. The channel is an infotainment channel, with 40 percent news contents. 

Taking pride that Kasthuri will be the first Kannada channel to have been started by a Kannadiga, Mr.H.D.Kumaraswamy said the idea was conceived by him in 1995, when he was producing films. 

Budget 2019 – Karnataka state budget

Budget 2019 – Karnataka state budget will be presented by the Chief minister Kuamraswamy today in Vidhana soudha.  The Karnataka budget will be presented at around noon today after legislative party meetings by the Congress, JDS and BJP.

Congress meeting before budget 2019 :

The Congress issued a whip requiring all its lawmakers to accept  by directives, failing which they would be disqualified and banned from contesting polls for the next six years.

Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah also directed four disagreeing Congress lawmakers to attend a Congress Legislature Party meeting today before budget 2019, warning of action as per the anti-defection law.

Kumaraswamy woos rebel leaders with posts before budget 2019:

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has tried to attract the rebel congress leaders with prime positions in the government prior to  the Karnataka Budget 2019.

Among the beneficiaries of this move are lawmakers Pratap Gowda Patil, Basaveshwaranagar Daddal and MA Gopalaswamy. While Mr Daddal has been appointed as chairman of the Scheduled Tribes Welfare Board, Mr Gopalaswamy is the new parliamentary secretary to Water Resource Minister DK Shivakumar.

Disgrunted lawmaker Umesh Jadhav — found to be absenting himself from Congress.  He has been replaced by Mr  Patil as the chairman of the Warehouse Corporation.

Congress MLA’s :

The budget 2019 session will be held at 12.32 pm, following legislative party meetings by the Congress, BJP an JDS. Sources said Mr. Jadhav and another dissident, Ramesh Jharkiholi, may be sacked by the Congress today.

As no Congress MLA has resigned from the party so far, the coalition still officially has 118 MLAs in a House with 113 as its halfway mark. Earlier the Congress leadership had exuded confidence that all the party MLAs will be present for the budget 2019.

Citizen’s views on Budget 2019:

Will H.D.Kumaraswamy placate the voters with a lot of sops in budget 2019? With an eye on elections, will the chief minister dole out freebies just like the farm loan waivers? If yes, where will he finance all these goodies?

Voters of other castes will take umbrage if nothing is done to better their conditions. It is indeed a tight-rope walk. Pampering one can vex the other and vice-versa.

In such a precarious situation, H.D.Kumaraswamy’s moves will certainly be scrutinized with the precision of a surgeon. Will the chief minister bait the caste-card or will he fearlessly and assiduously tilt the needle in favor of development not riddled in the chasms of caste in budget 2019?

Highlight of the Budget by HDK

  • Rs.12,650 cr for CORP loan waiver
  • Rs.950 cr for Ayushman Bharath Arogya Karnataka
  • Move to make CET online
  • Technological University at Hassan by bifurcating VTU
  • Rs.20 cr for mango processing units in Ramanagarm dharwad and tomato processing units in Kolar

for Namma Bengaluru

  • Rs.8,015 cr for Nava Bengaluru Kriya Yojane
  • Rs 50 cr for Bengaluru Mobility plan
  • Rs.1,000 cr for elevated corridor
  • Incubation centre to help start-ups
  • Common Commuter Card for Metro and BMTC
  • Construction of Peripheral ring road
  • Extension of Kengeri Metro network
  • Additional loop for Hebbal flyover towards KR Puram
  • 400-tonne waste-toenergy plant
  • Study viability of Metro for Mysuru, Mangaluru Hubballi-Dharwad.

Wait and watch for more news.

Organ retrieval centre – NIMHANS, Bengaluru

Organ Retrieval centre is coming at NIMHANS, Bengaluru.  The centre will be a boon for organ donation. It will be a first of its kind in Bengaluru city.

One donor can save eight lives.  A brain dead patient can have his heart, two kidneys, two lungs, liver, pancreas, and small bowel reused by patients with organ failure, whose lives can be saved.


The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences is a premier medical institution located in Benglauru.  NIMHANS is the apex centre for mental health and neuroscience education in the country, the institute operates autonomously under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The history of the institute dates back to 1847, when the Bangalore Lunatic Asylum was founded. In 1925, the Government of Mysore rechristened the asylum as the Mental Hospital.

NIMHANS – Organ retrieval centre :

The NIMHANS has got the licence to start a NTORC (non-transplant organ retrieval centre) on its own premises to clear the way for harvesting of organs.  The harvesting of organs are from brain-dead patients after receiving consent from their near one’s.

NIMHANS receives maximum accident and trauma cases, which are potential brain dead donors. It has estimated Rs 4.5 crore that will be needed to set up such a centre. Though it’s a Central government hospital, the state had agreed to give money for setting up the centre.

Infrastructure at NIMHANS :

There are infrastructural issues at NIMHANS.  The hospital is specialized in mental health and neurosciences.  It lacks personnel specialized in carrying out complex surgeries to harvest organs like kidney and liver.

Organ retrieval centres require neurologists, anaesthetists, physicians and a medical superintendent apart from Operation Theatre space and an Intensive Care Unit.

Presently NIMHANS is willing to give an operation theatre and an intensive care unit to carryout the retrieval of organs on its premises.

Training – organ retrieval centre :

Dr. Dhananhat Bhat has been appointed as the nodal officer to take the project forward.  According to Dr.Bhat “the project is still in the beginning stage.  The convener of (existing organ retrieval system) Jeevasarthakathe has given an outlook on how organ donation and  transplantation take place”.

Conclusion :

The organ retrieval centre will help in boosting organ transplant by avoiding further referrals and to find ways of harvesting organs out of brain-dead cases.

Cycle track – Cubbon road, Bengaluru

Cycle track and pedestrian walkway is open to public along Cubbon road to Cubbon park circle and Manipal centre circle (2 km).  The civic body, BBMP and DULT is planning to set up 80 Km. cycle track network in Bengaluru city.

Bicycle track along cubbon road

On January 19th, DULT held a meeting with bicycle operators to get their suggestions on the permit system floated, inviting private players. They consulted their cycle day core group for advise as well.

Cubbon road cycle track work :

The Civic body has completed 700 mtrs. of the cycle track between Manipal cetnre and Minsk square.  The remaining stretch of 1.3 km  work is under progress.  The work from Manipal Centre to the junction on Kamaraj road is completed. 

Work began in on cycle track in May last year.  Along with cycle track, the BBMP wanted to micro surface the Cubbon road for which it has issued a work order to a Co. at the cost of Rs.1 crore.

Cycle track remaining work :

The remaining work form Kamaraj Junction to Minsk square is in progress.  A private co. is  been hired by BBMP for the maintenance of the cycle track and footpath. 

The private company will maintain the cycle track and the walkway under the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) program.

Cycle parking hubs :

BBMP has identified various spots for setting up cycle parking hubs.  271 locations have been identified in Central, North and East Bengaluru. 

A tender was called in December 2018 to set up parking hubs at a cost of Rs.7.72 crore by BBMP.   Based on the DULT report, the BBMP will start the infrastructure work to construct 3 types of cycle parking hubs.

cycle hub

The civic body is planting flowering plants and planting different varieties of saplings along Cubbon road to maintain the greenery.

Other areas to have Cycle track:

Rs 80 crore is being spent for Phase 1 on building the software, docking stations, maintenance, infrastructure and operation across 28 square kilometeres. The nine areas to benefit are HSR, Koramangala, M.G. Road, Vidhana Soudha, Indiranagar, Banaswadi, HRBR Layout, HBR Layout, and Kacharakanahalli.

The source added that the design of Sarjapur Road is yet to be finalized. It has been kept on hold due to current road widening work. 

Natasaarvabhowma – new kannada movie

Natasaarvabhowma Beats KGF By Opening With 550+ Shows in Bangalore! Biggest kannada release ever.


Natasaasrvabhowma is hitting the screens. Starring Puneeth Rajkumar, Rachita Ram and Anupama Parameswaran in the lead, the film has already grabbed the audience’s attention with its impressive trailer and soundtrack. 

Despite the highest number of screenings, the makers allowed early bookings for the film owing to the increased demand. The booking for Natasaarvabhowma began on February 3, 2019. Early morning shows in several theatres are already houseful.

Storyline of Natasaarvabhowma :

The story is about an investigative journalist Gagan Dixit.  He comes to Bengaluru from Kolkata on a transfer.  Looks like he is on the lookout for someone. In the mean time,  he befriends a central minister and  ends up living in a supposedly haunted house.

A young executive in a mobile company fall in love with him. Till now the usual story. But he twist in the story comes when he ends up being prey to supernatural happenings.

Natasaarvabhowma sees Puneeth Rajkumar team up with Pavan Wadeyar for the second time. It is a  typical masala kannada movie and there is a supernatural element in the film.

The film begins on a dramatic note, with the hero in the middle of a scoop and impressing his new office in Bengaluru with his abilities.   As he begins with his routine work, he ends up experiencing supernatural contact.  The film has some twists and tricks lined up, but it does unfurl in its own pace.

Puneet Rajkumar as Natasaarvabhowma :

Puneeth has acted in a genre he hasn’t been acted in before. While the promise holds true, the script itself seems a little loosely put together at times.  There are occasional  bump and detour. 

Puneet Rajkumar

The film has a lot of action, which is a treat for the die-hard fans of Puneet Rajkumar. The story has an underlying comic element throughout the movie, which is one of its plus points.

Natasaarvabhowma team :

Written and directed by Pavan Wadeyar  and produced by Rockline Venaktesh, Natasaarvabhowma also has Rachita Ram and Anupama Parameswaran in lead roles. The ensemble cast includes B Saroja Devi, P Ravi Shankar, Sadhu Kokila and Chikkanna.

Team Natasaarvabhowma

The film’s score and soundtrack is composed by D. Imman who is popular and successful music Director who works predominantly in Tamil, whilst the cinematography is by Vaidy.S.

Watch this movie if you want a film that has the commercial elements in place, but also has a little twist. Whether the twist is edgy and risque enough, that is another debate.

Oyo Hotels records net loss Rs.360 crore

Oyo Hotels and Homes has reported a more than three-fold jump in revenue for its India operations for the year ended March 2018.

The SoftBank-backed hospitality chain also managing to rein in losses for the 12-month period.

The firm has also projected a revenue of almost Rs 1,500 crore for the current fiscal which, if met, will again be a three-fold jump over the previous financial year.

For the year ended March 31, 2018, the Gurgaon-based company reported a net loss of Rs 360 crore, a marginal rise from the net loss of Rs 355 crore it had reported in fiscal 2017. 

Oyo hotels/rooms :

OYO Rooms, commonly known as OYO, is India’s largest hospitality company, consisting mainly of budget hotels.

 It was founded in 2013 by Ritesh Agarwal and has since grown to over 8,500 hotels in 337 cities in India, Malaysia, UAE, Nepal, China and Indonesia. 

Reasons for loss of Oyo hotels:

OYO reported an operating revenue of Rs 416 crore for the fiscal year 2018, compared to Rs 120 crore reported for 2016-17 financial year.

According to the CFO of Oyo Hotels Abhishek Gupta, “The marginal fluctuation was primarily due to spends on technology, team building and further investments in newer categories that the company entered during the said financial year”.

Revenue growth of oyo hotels :

The revenue growth has been driven by strong underlying business drivers notably increase in exclusive room supply, two times increase in stayed room nights and consistent margin expansion.

“To maintain this three fold growth year-on-year, the supporting infrastructure needs to be bigger and we need to invest ahead of time, in people and technology,” Gupta said.

Business license renewal – BBMP-Bengaluru

Business license renewal program will be done by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike for the year 2019-2020.

What is a business license ? :

A business  license is a document/certificate that gives the permission to the applicant (person seeking to open a business) to commence a particular trade or business in a particular area/location.

However, the license does not allow the holder to any other trade or business than for it is issued. Furthermore, this license does not pass on any kind of property ownership to the holder of the license.


Why a business license? :

Business license has been introduced in the country and is being regulated through municipal corporation acts by the State Governments. This helps in ensuring that no one is severally affected by nuisance and health hazard of any trade or business.

It has been made necessary by the government to carry out any particular business or trade in a particular area and to ensure that no one is carrying out any unethical business practices.

This license creates a harmony in the society that every business is following relevant rules, guidelines and obeying the safety measures.

Business license renewal:

Statically, business licenses in the country are renewed in between January 1st to March 31st. The validity of a license issued by the municipal authority is for a period of one year and required to be renewed every year.

The application for renewal of the license is to be made within thirty days from the date of its expiry. In case the renewal process is delayed, then it may attract fine depending upon the rules and regulation of the issuing authority.

Following are the documents that need to be submitted for renewal of the license–

a. Original copy of the trade License;

b. Previous year challans;

c. Up to date property tax paid receipt.

BBMP – business license renewal:

The renewal of business licenses program is organized in the jurisdiction of the BBMP.  The renewal charges fee will be accepted without fine from 1st February to 28th February. 

Renewal of license

A fine will be charged if the renewal charges are paid after March 1st to 31st.   A fine of 25% on the total renewal charges will be charged.

From 1st April the payment will be accepted with 100% fine on the total renewal charges.

The renewal fee can also be paid online and also by a bank challan at Canara bank.

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More homeless – core areas – Bengaluru

More homeless people are living in the core areas of Bengaluru.  Homeless people are less in peripheral areas.

more homeless people

All the night shelters in Bengaluru have a common story to say. The BBMP has outsourced them to NGOs (except the one on JC Road) and the Palike has not released the maintenance fund for some of the shelters. 

The NGOs are finding it difficult to operate the shelters. It has also resulted in the reduction in number of people who come to night shelters to stay overnight.

Survey – more homeless :

A survey was carried out by Impact India Consortium and the Dream India network.  The survey was in association with the civic body BBMP.

Homeless on footpath

The survey was a 3 day night project conducted by 50 volunteers from 37 NGO’s.  it included collecting details about age, gender, occupation, health condition and hometown.

Areas covered under survey:

The areas surveyed includes K.R. Market, Cottonpet, Binny mill road, Anand rao Circle, Majestic bus station and railway station and Magadi road.

Most of the people found homeless are migrants and older men.   Some o the older men had been thrown out of their homes by their children.

No. of urban homeless in BBMP zones:

Yelahanka                    211

Dasarahalli                   104

Rajarajeshwari nagar   171

Mahadevapura            386

Total                            872

Core area survey to find homeless :

Officials started the survey in Bommanahalli zone recently.  Leaving Yelahanka, Dasarahalli, Rajarajeshwarinagar and Mahadevapura the core areas consisted more homeless people numbering 3991.  The West zone has 1526 people, the South Zone has 1255 and the East 1210. 

According to the Convener of Impact India Consortium the number of homeless in the Bommanahalli zone is not expected to be more than 150.

According to additional commissioner of BBMP, the civic body is been working  to provide shelter to the homeless people.  Some people in the core areas will be getting homes by this month end.

Not many homeless people are in the peripheral areas.

Welfare department – Help to homeless

BBMP’s welfare department aims to have 30-night shelters up and running by March 31. This is based on the Supreme Court direction in 2010, which mandated all state governments to set up shelter homes if the population is 10 lakh or more. The apex court had directed for at least one shelter for every one lakh people.

Crop loan waiver – Karnataka Government

Crop loan waiver scheme is to provide loan wavier relief of up to Rs.2 lakhs for the poor and marginalized farmers. The scheme intends to provide financial support to the drought-hit farmers in the state.


Features of crop loan waiver scheme :

The following are the features of the scheme –

  • To grant financial assistance to the debt-ridden farmers.
  • To reduce farmers debt.
  • To provide current loans to the farmers for the forthcoming sowing season.

Highlights of the crop loan waiver scheme :

The following are the highlights of the housing scheme. – The loan amount will be distributed to the eligible farmers in four phases.

  • The amount of Rs.10,500 crore is allocated in the budget 2018-19.
  • The amount of Rs.6,500 crore is allocated for the farmers to get an initial loan from the banks for agricultural activity.

As per the declaration by the Karnataka Information, Department of Information and public relation concerning crop loan waiver :

As per the commitment of the coalition government to about 40 lakh crop loanee farmers of both commercial banks and co-operative banks, the crop loan waiver scheme is implemented to reach all eligible farmers.  In this

  • 36 lakh farmers have submitted their self declarations, in which
  • 20 lakh farmers have correctly submitted their Aadhar Card, Ration Card and Land Sy. No. and remaining
  • 7 lakh farmers are requested to give their correct Aadhar Card/Ration Card/Land Sy. No. in February 2019 itself for prompt waiver release
  • Rs. 1900 crores released in 1st installment to
  • 4 lakh farmers towards crop loan waiver.

Crop loan waiver – 1st installment :

All eligible farmers who submit their Aadhar Card, Ration Card and Land Sy. No. will get loan waiver 1st installment release within February 2019 for restructured, overdue and regular commercial bank loans.

All eligible farmers in co-operative sector will get their loan waiver release in the very month when their loan repayment become due for repayment.

For details about Farmer’s loan waiver,  visit :

Centre of Excellence – Toyota Kirloskar Motors

Centre of excellence for Engineering students in Karnataka is being set up by Toyota Kirloskar.  This is their 4th centre.

Inauguration of the centre

Toyota Kirloskar Motors :

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation of of Japan.  (with Kirloskar group as a minority owner).  They  manufacture and sell Toyota cars in the country. It is currently the 4th largest car maker in India.Toyo

Toyota Kirloskar

Toyota Motor Corporation  entered India in 1997 in a joint venture with the Kirloskar Group. Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) holds 89% of the share and the remaining 11% is owned by Kirloskar Group. 

Toyota’s social mission– centre of excellence :

This is under an initiative which aims to support the  co’s social mission to enable quality education among the youth of India.  The car-maker has set up its 4th Centre of Excellence in Karnataka.

In continuation of its long-standing commitment towards Skill Development, the Centre of excellence was inaugurated at Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering, Bengaluru.

The concept is in line with Toyota Kirloskar’s commitment to scale-up the skill sets and offer well-expertized workforce to the automotive industry.

Centre of excellence objective :

The objectives of the Centre of excellence are to help the engineering students to achieve excellence in developing the main employability skills, competency standards.  The main aim is to train them for advancement in technologies to meet the global demands.

The key focus of the Centre of Excellence is to provide comprehensive learning opportunities for the students. Offering them a first-hand experience of the internal combustion engine. The engine cut section will showcase the component set-up in an engine and its related functioning.

While the engine assembly section enables the students to gain an insight of the real orientation of the assembled engine including the dismantling and re-assembling techniques, thus achieving high-quality skill sets in engine operating mechanism as part of the Skill Enhancement program.