Hoax calls can lead to jail term. If the hoax call harms a person or if it
results in any sort of loss, then it is considered a crime and a legal action
will be taken.
The menace of hoax calls has increased over the past years
and Bengaluru city finds itself on the list of victims. Bengaluru gets many hoax calls but most of them
The punishment for these type of calls need special
enactment. There is no special enactment
under which these culprits can be booked.
The quantum of punishment is less.
What is a Hoax call ?
A hoax call is a telephone call intended by the caller as a practical joke played on the person answering. It is often a type of nuisance call.
A hoax is a falsehood
deliberately fabricated to masquerade as the truth. It is distinguishable from
errors in observation or judgment, rumors, urban legends. Pseudo-sciences and
April Fools’ day events that are
passed along in good faith by
believers or as jokes.
The psychology of hoaxing calls :
The reasons of
what might cause people to hoaxing includes hoaxing
for amusement purposes,
out of boredom,
as an act revenge
as a way to gain fame and/or notoriety in some way
to gain attention such as faking illness (Munchausen’s syndrome)
to demonstrate cleverness (or a perception of cleverness) to others around them and
to disrupt the status quo (including terrorist and non-terrorist activity), and for political causes (such as claiming to be a victim of a racist hate crime).
Majority of hoax calls arise from psychological problems. Such callers have no explanation for their action or when confronted express remorse.
Malicious and Prank Calls :
If a call’s purpose is to cause distress, if the caller uses abusive or sexually explicit language, or if the caller threatens, then it is a malicious call. Some people are unfortunate enough to receive a barrage of malicious calls, often at anti-social hours, and these can be very upsetting. Making a malicious call will be a criminal offence.
Prank calls are a type of malicious call that are sometimes carried out by kids ‘for a laugh’. The pranksters may order a taxi or pizza giving the victims address and phone number, or may make reverse charge calls to the victim. Some times calls that may at first appear malicious may in fact be less sinister.
Legal issues :
Some hoax calls are criminalized in many jurisdictions, for instance if the call involves calling the emergency services, while others may be protected as freedom of expression.
Rudimentary criminal ‘pranks’ may range from simple telephone harassment to bomb threats. More elaborate pranks rely on tricking the recipient into harmful behavior.
Hoax calls at Bengaluru City :
Bengaluru has had to deal with many hoax calls. Many hoax calls have gone unreported while some have been closed as they were ‘untraceable’.
Use of Technology to identify hoax calls :
Virtually all smart-phones, cordless phones and many wire-line handsets have built-in caller ID displays. Android and iOS smart-hones have the ability to block numbers that are suspect or have been identified as fraudulent or scammers; most regular landlines do not.
With ‘Truecaller’ and other similar apps. one can immediately know who is calling. With advanced technology one can immediately trace the call and get their information. Once the caller id identified a criminal case is registered on the basis of the severity of the call.
Caller ID technology can be easily exploited by scammers and fraudsters from anywhere in the world to display a false identity and locations. It is far too simple to obtain a phone number and to generate a false calling party name.
Reporting of hoax calls & nature of punishment :
As soon a person receives a hoax call, it should be reported immediately. If the call is harming someone or results in any form of harm or loss, it is considered as a crime. Legal action will be taken. All calls cannot be considered as hoax calls. The magnitude of the crime is taken into consideration.
If the offence is severe, the severe will be the punishment. The punishment can vary from a two year jail term to life imprisonment. The major drawback is that not all hoax are officially registered.
Reasons for making hoax calls :
Reasons for making hoax calls are many. Sometimes it might be due to a dysfunctional family set-up. It might be to due to negligent parenting. Neglect leads to children turning a deaf year to everything. Sometimes it can be due to revenge or fear of missing flight.
A few cases of hoax calls in Bengaluru :
In August 2018 – Aditya Rao a resident of KHB colony in Manipal in Udupi district made a hoax call to Kempe Gowda International Airport (KIA) to take revenge. His job application was rejected and this prompted him to take revenge on the authorities. He made 4 calls to KIA.
His case is under trial in court.
In February 2019 – a Bomb warning was given on the Surat-bound Air India flight. Later the caller was identified as Prateek Rathore, a 49 year old techie. Prateek confessed making the call as he was running late and was worried about missing he flight.
His case is under investigation.
In April 2019 – a 65 year old ex-army man made a hoax call claiming that major cities in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Pondicherry Goa and Maharashtra will be hit by terror attach.
This case in under investigation.
In May 2019 – Name unknown. A caller gave warnings to Air Asia officials in Bengaluru city of possible danger to a flight. The flight I5-588 as bound between Bagdpgra in North Bengal to Kalkota.
The case is under investigation.
Method to Stopping a Prank Caller on a Mobile Phone :
Contact the police. If the call is threatening or harassing, it may violate local or state laws. The methods to follow to stop the hoax calls are :
1) Contact the police. If the call is threatening or harassing, it may violate local or state laws
2) Screen-calls. The mobile phone should display the phone number of the hoax caller.
Ponzi scheme – by fraudsters are becoming a nightmare in Bengaluru city. Bengaluru public went on a panic mode as thousands fell victim to IMA ( I Monetary Advisory) jewel’s ponzi scheme by its owner Mohammed Mansoor Khan.
Red flags had been
raised about IMA (I Monetary Advisory)
way back last year. But thousands of
investors, majority from the muslim community failed to understand and get the
IMA Jewels – Ponzi scam :
Police have received around 8,500 complaints involving investments approximately worth Rs.1500 crore.
its website, IMA claims to have presence in bullion trading, educational
academies offering pre-primary to higher secondary education, credit
co-operative and housing society, health care services and a multispecialty
hospital, hypermarkets and supermarkets, infrastructure and real estate
development, printing and publishing and retail sales of gold, silver, diamond
& platinum jewellery.
Most of those who invested in the company belong to the minority
community, working as auto-rickshaw drivers, beedi manufacturers, carpenters
and street vendors.
Who is Mohammed Mansoor Khan?
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IMA or I Monetary Advisory Jewels was launched in 2016
and Khan was its promoter and Managing Director. Khan is believed to have
houses in Jayanagar as well as Richmond town in the city. He also launched a
second outlet of the jewellery store in Jayanagar in 2018.
One of the sister concerns, IMA Advisory Private Limited,
however, describes itself as a 13-year-old company. Investors are spread
across the various subsidiaries and returns were being paid for a while before
they stopped a few months back.
Khan claims that the IMA group has properties worth Rs 1,050 core in the city. The group claims to have a clientele of
Some of its board of directors are Nasir Hussain, Naveed
Ahmed Nattamkar, Nizammuddin Azeemuddin, Afshan Tabassum, Afsar Pasha and
companies of IMA :
Group companies include IM
Digital, IM Trends, IM Entertainment, IM Zayee, IMAIP Bullion and Trading, MMK
Institute of Education, IMAW Jewellery, IMA Women Empowerment Business Module.
Most of these were set up as limited liability partnerships.
Highlights of IMA Ponzi scam :
In an audio clip, IMA Jewels owner allegedly said he is “tired of bribing corrupt politicians and bureaucrats”
As soon the audio went viral, investors gathered at the IMA Jewels headquarters, demanding action against him
Police suspect that at least 26,000 investors from across Karnataka have been cheated
principles of IMA according to their website :
in Allah Subbanahu Wa Ta’ala
based on real assets
public get interested in Pvt. Organisations?
are of the opinion that due to lack of deposit schemes by banks, public are
opting for investment in private co’s.
interest amount paid by private financiers are on a higher side and this lures
the people to invest their hard earned money in ponzi schemes.
banks offer an annual interest of around 7% whereas ponzi schemes offer 2.5%
monthly interest which comes to around 30% p.a.
returns on the investment encourages public to invest in these private co’s.
closure of popular Janada Deposit schemes by banks may have led to rise of
Ponzi Schemes and fraud firms. The Janata
Deposit Scheme suited the needs of many people. The public included
businesspersons, professions, daily wage labourers, traders and home makers.
How ponzi scheme works :
about these schemes spreads by words of mouth.
The fraudulent operators usually avoid being in touch with the
investors. The Co. will not have any accountability
or do they give any record of having received money.
the transactions are done without using banks so there will not be any money
trail. Some of the private operators offer higher rate of interest to lure more
For example IMA largely
offered three kinds of investments. The first one was a business
investment, which guaranteed around 3 per cent return per month.
second one was an education investment scheme, which offered similar rate of
annualized return during March-April to the investee.
third one was a marriage investment that would fetch around Rs 5-6 lakhs in
five years over Rs 50,000 investment
Another case which came to light is the Karvy
Karvy group scam :
The Bengaluru police has booked the top officials of another fraudulent
firm, Karvy group for cheating its investors by promising huge returns.
Operating under many firms, Karvy Group of Co’s
had allegedly cheated its investors by promising them a secure investment and
Like IMA, most of the complainants in Karvy have also invested a major
part of their life savings in the firm hoping for a better future. Some had
invested for their children’s marriage while others hoping for a steady even
income after their retirement. But it came as shock to the investors when the
money flow halted suddenly.
Among those booked include directors of Karvy Stock Brokers, Karvy
Realty India Pvt. Ltd. and Karvy Capitals, who allegedly cheated investors by
promising 18-20% returns.
Cheated Amount and reasons :
Till now, nine investors, have been cheated of Rs.3.81 crore, have filed
a complain at Basavanagudi police station.
Some of the complainants are retired professionals from different fields
and had invested all their savings. When the returns stopped coming, it was a
shock to the investors.
The reasons given by the company for non payment is demonetization and
GST. Some of the cheques given by the company
Wake up call:
The above mentioned incidents are a wake up call to the public to
consider before investing their hard earned money. Even though the returns are less, opting for
government backed institutions are always safer.
Even if the returns are 10% or more, investing in private co’s are
It is always better to take advice and to enquire about the financial
status of private co’s before investing.
Cricket’s biggest rivalry will take place at Manchester on 16th June. India will lock horns against the Arch-Rivals Pakistan. India would want to retain their winning streak but on the other hand Pakistan would want to end their losing streak against India in the world cup.
Although the skies weren’t completely clear, the weather forecast for Sunday’s game is promising. It is expected to be a little cloudy, but the chances of rain are minimal. It will be a welcome relief for both teams, who have already had washouts in their campaigns. Pakistan saw their game against Sri Lanka in Bristol ruined by rain while India’s match against New Zealand in Nottingham on Thursday suffered the same fate.
After Shikar Dhawan suffered a thumb injury, young Rishabh Pant has arrived at Manchester. Pant will not be a part of the squad and cannot play in any of the matches unless India officially rule Dhawan out of the World Cup. India, though, are not in any hurry to take that step. Assistant coach Sanjay Bangar on Wednesday explained that India do not want to rule out a ‘precious player’ like Dhawan so early, and are instead willing to give him time to recover.
In this world cup India has won 2 of the 3 matches while Pakistan has won only 1 of their 4 matches.
Pitch report at Manchester
The ball is certainly expected to turn and both teams should field their spinners for this clash. Also, the playing surface is usually pretty dry and crusty making the ball ample for reverse swing during the later stages of the innings.
The new ball doesn’t swing too much making this a good batting surface but the overcast conditions expected might turn the fixture to the favour of the bowler.
Head to head records
OverallPakistan lead 73-54 in 127 completed ODIs against India.
In World Cup:India, meanwhile have never lost to Pakistan in the World Cup and have a huge 6-0 lead over their rivals.
There are always some key players when it comes to big matches. For India the key players are Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Yuzavendra Chahal. For Pakistan they are Babar azam, Facker Zaman and Imam-ul-haq.
India would want both their batsmen and bowlers to fire like the game against Australia. Pakistan’s bowling has done okay but their batsmen need to go all guns blazing against India.
So let us expect one of the most challenging encounters in the history of the World Cup.
Meesho – an
online marketplace for resellers in Bengaluru and California has got investment
from Social networking giant FACEBOOK Inc, five years after first acquiring an
bought Bengaluru-based Little Eye Labs in 2014. Its US peers Google and Twitter
Inc. have also either invested in an Indian company or bought one.
in 2015, acquired mobile-based customer engagement platform ZipDial while
Google made its first direct investment in an Indian company in December 2017
when it backed daily tasks management app Dunzo.
Meesho – Bengaluru based startup :
Meesho, a Bengaluru-based social commerce platform that helps resellers and emerging brands build businesses using social media, has bagged funding of undisclosed amount from social network giant Facebook.
The Online reseller Meesho has an app available in more than seven local languages other than English, with 40 percent of its daily usage from non-English speaking users.
tools include an online platform that allows sellers to manage purchases and
process payments, as well as a network of wholesale suppliers (its main
categories are currently fashion and lifestyle items) and logistics providers.
words, it offers almost everything its vendors need to start selling online.
This leaves vendors responsible for customer acquisition, picking what items
they want to include in their online shops and marketing them.
Meesho – short for “meri shop” – was preceded by FashNear, a hyperlocal fashion discovery and commerce app founded in mid 2015. By end 2015, the founders pivoted to Meesho – Shopify for mobile for India – an app that enabled small stores to create online shops and sell through Facebok, WhatsApp, Instagram and other social channels by streamlining product discovery and payments.
It later moved
in to organize and aggregate the Indian long tail supply chain and extended
logistical support to its reseller customer base.
Meesho Fact sheet :
Year of Launch : 2015
Head Quarters : Bengaluru
Category : E-Commerce
Founders : Vidit Aatrey, Sanjeev Barnwal
Total Funding till date : $ 65.2 mn
Key Investors : Facebook, Sequoia India, Shunwei Capital, DST Partners
In November last year, Meesho raised $50 million in a Series C round of funding from China’s Shunwei Capital, Russian-Israeli billionaire Yuri Milner’s DST Partners and RPS Ventures, a fund set up by former SoftBank managing director Kabir Misra. Existing investors are Sequoia Capital India, SAIF Partners, Venture Highway and Y Combinator.
Investment from Facebook in Meesho :
This is Facebook’s first investment in an India-based startup and is a
strong demonstration of the company’s commitment to the country’s vibrant
Facebook’s investment will help Meesho enable independent entrepreneurs
to build businesses and grow their customer base via social channels.
The deal size,
according to an Economic
may be about $20-25 million.
Meesho, run by
Fashnear Techologies Pvt. Ltd, is based out of Bengaluru. It also has an entity
incorporated in California, US, called Meesho Inc.
Founders of Meesho :
Founded by IIT Delhi alumni Vidit Aatrey and Sanjeev Barnwal in 2015, Meesho has created an alternate distribution channel by empowering housewives, young mothers, aspiring entrepreneurs, students, and teachers, to launch, build and promote their online businesses using WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media channels.
cofounder and CEO, Meesho wrote
that the investment will help it further its efforts to enable independent
entrepreneurs to build businesses and grow their customer base via social
Meesho Fits With Facebook’s Plans?
In an interview with CNBC-TV18, Facebook India MD Ajit Mohan said that Meesho stood out from its peers in certain aspects.
Firstly, the two founders had the right framework in
terms of business building. “They were bringing a lot of passion and
problem-solving and testing and learning approaches that we as a company like,”
Why Is Social E-commerce Creating waves?
more than 500 Mn Indians relying on the Internet for their day-to-day life,
shopping online has become an inherent choice. Interestingly, according to
Statista over 2.14 Bn people worldwide are expected to buy goods and services
online by 2021.
The social ecommerce startups
leverage the user bases of social media platforms such as WhatsApp or
traditional media platforms to build ecommerce solutions for its customers
which are more friendly and personalized. Even though they were expected to
have lower acquisition costs, the results have been lukewarm.
Awards and Recognition :
In August 2016, VC-focused data
platform Mattermark ranked Meesho 8 among 25 fastest-growing Y Combinator incubated startups.
In July 2017, Deccan Chronicle named Meesho among Top 5 apps for
In Feb 2018, Forbes India featured Meesho founders Vidit Aatrey
and Sanjeev Barnwal in its 30 Under 30 list
of young achievers. The startup
was also one of the growing Indian businesses to be profiled b Forbes Asia in the same year.
In April 2018, Meesho was
selected as a part of the first batch of Google Launchpad’s ‘Solve For India’
program for startups building technology solutions for unique Indian
According to information on its website, Meesho has over 15,000
suppliers and more than two million resellers throughout the country on its
Meesho facilitates a three-way
marketplace enabling resellers, SMBs, and micro-entrepreneurs across India to
connect with potential buyers using social media. The company claims to have
more than 15K suppliers and 2 Mn resellers across India.
With a culmination of efforts coming from Facebook towards Meesho’s
growth, the social ecommerce industry is bound to get more exciting soon.
Its app which is
available in more than seven local languages other than English, and about 40
percent of its daily usage comes from a non-English speaking audience.
Mahadevapura Lake gets an eco-friendly
Sewage Treatment Plant as part of a multi-stakeholder initiative with BBMP.
In a unique
initiative, leading corporates in Bengaluru have come together to partner with
United Way Bengaluru (UWBe), BBMP and Citizen’s Group to construct an
eco-friendly Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) of 1 million litres a day (1MLD)
capacity at the Mahadevapura Lake in the city.
Mahadevapura Lake is on 22 acres and is located in the east of Bengaluru between Purva Parkridge and Durga Rainbow Apartments. It is frequented by many local residents who enjoy the provided walking path.
There are two wetlands, one in
the southeast and the other in the northeast of the lake. In total, there are 4
inlet points and 1 outlet from the lake. Of the 4 inlets which carry sewage, 3
overflow into the lake during any flood event and one enters directly into the
wetland area that is to the southeast side of the lake.
United Way Bengaluru – Mahadevapura Lake initiative :
city has a plethora of serious, unique, and multifaceted issues — from
environment and health to income and education. To truly overcome these
challenges and make a worthwhile difference, one must bring together everyone
involved — everyone with a common interest and purpose, to work on a solution
for a better Bengaluru. United Way Bengaluru do just that.
Established in 2008, United Way Bengaluru is a not-for-profit organization
that works with communities to take local action for global impact. They partner
with the people, listen to their concerns, identify the problems, and empower
them to tackle these challenges head on. But they don’t stop there — they ensure
their efforts reap long-term returns by staying connected with the communities.
that’s how United Way Bengaluru bring visible, lasting change.
Wake the Lake campaign :
have always been the lifeline of Bengaluru. Unfortunately, years of economic
growth and population expansion have had their consequences — in as little as
40 years; the 380 lakes in Bengaluru have been reduced to just 81.
the Lake is United Way Bengaluru’s flagship campaign that aims to make a
difference by reviving the dying lakes of Bengaluru. This initiative is a
strong demonstration of the collaboration between civic bodies, corporates and
citizens for the larger good. That’s not all; the Government of Karnataka has
been the NGO’s biggest patron in supporting this initiative.
Over the last decade, Wake the Lake has successfully reclaimed
and restored over 20 lakes, which were on the verge of complete collapse. This
process of restoration involved clearing them of sewage, improving the quality
of water, greening the lake environs and turning them into active community
Sewage Treatment :
Sewage treatment is the process of removing contaminants from municipal waste water, containing mainly household sewage-plus some industrial waste water, Physical, chemical, and biological processes are used to remove contaminants and produce treated waste water (or treated effluent)) that is safe enough for release into the environment.
of sewage treatment is a semi-solid waste or slurry, called sewage sludge. The
sludge has to undergo further treatment before
being suitable for disposal or application to land.
STP at Mahadevapura Lake :
The STP is an
eco-friendly natural solution. It is a chemical free process with minimum
dependence on electricity for treating the wastewater. It is an anaerobic
process called DEWATS, which aims to mimic natural processes by providing the
right conditions for microbial action.
Bangalore-based Consortium for DEWATS Dissemination Society (CDD Society) have
provided the technical expertise for design and implementation of the STP. The
construction was led by Revlon Build tech.
Supporters of STP at Mahadevapura Lake :
The project is
supported by Amazon, Mphasis, Dell Technologies, HTC Global and BORDA, the
multi-stakeholder effort is aimed at rejuvenating the Mahadevapura Lake, which
adjoins their offices at Bagmane World Technology Centre. The STP will tap and
treat 1MLD wastewater flowing in an adjoining drain and discharge it into the
lake every day.
About Amazon Cares :
Amazon believes that the most radical & transformative inventions are often those that empower others to unleash their creativity and pursue their dreams. Amazon Cares demonstrates the philosophy of being ‘good neighbors’ through the activities undertaken in areas where employees and customers live.
The Company imbibes this philosophy to empower and engage its
employees, customers, sellers, local communities and other stakeholders in its
contributions to create opportunities and transform lives.
Amazon Cares currently runs
several programs such as Gift a Smile that is transforming & enabling new
ways of giving and Amazon in the Community that is empowering local communities
with tools & services that enable them to create opportunities for their
the STP initiative at Mahadevapura lake, Kishore Thota, Director Customer
Experience and Marketing, Amazon India says, “We are happy to associate with
UWBe and BBMP to align efforts around intergovernmental initiatives to
contribute to and preserve the city’s ecological systems to positively impact
the local communities. The rejuvenation of the Mahadevapura Lake will be able
to restore the rich biodiversity and inspire citizens to create hubs for a vibrant
Mphasis applies next-generation technology to help enterprises transform businesses globally. Customer centricity is foundational to Mphasis and is reflected in the Mphasis ‘Front2Back’ Transformation approach. Front2Back™ uses the exponential power of cloud and cognitive to provide hyper-personalized digital experience to clients and their end customers.
Mphasis’ Service Transformation approach helps ‘shrink the core’
through the application of digital technologies across legacy environments
within an enterprise, enabling businesses to stay ahead in a changing world.
Mphasis’ core reference architectures and tools, speed and innovation with domain
expertise and specialization are key to building strong relationships with
According to Meenu
Bhambhani, Vice President and Head of Corporate Social
Responsibility, Mphasis, “We have a responsibility to give back to the
society we reside in and this project with UWBe and BBMP is one such effort. We
hope this initiative will bring back the lake its lost glory. This is a classic
example of collaboration to safeguard the nature for our future generations.’’
About Dell Technologies:
Dell Technologies is a unique family of businesses that provides
the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future
transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. The company
services customers of all sizes across 180 countries – ranging from 98 percent
of the Fortune 500 to individual consumers – with the industry’s most
comprehensive and innovative portfolio from the edge to the core to the cloud.
Saravanan, Corporate Senior Vice President & General Manager, India Center
of Excellence, Dell Technologies said, “We at Dell Technologies have always
been committed to the good of the people and the planet. The STP initiative at
Mahadevapura Lake is an extension of this commitment. We are glad to partner
with UWBe, BBMP and other corporates.”
92.7 BIG FM’s Shruti bags the ‘RJ of the Year’ and ‘Best Radio Show’ award for her show ‘BIG Coffee’ under the Kannada category at IRF 2019 awards.
Big FM 92.7 went on to win 14 awards. The radio station claimed the maximum titles in the ‘RJ of the Year’ category at Excellence in Radio Awards, a prestigious award platform that acknowledges and celebrates outstanding content and creativity in the radio industry.
Among the fourteen titles, BIG FM’s RJ Shruti won the ‘RJ of the Year’ award under Kannada category and her popular ‘BIG Coffee’ show on 92.7 BIG FM Bengaluru received the winning title under the ‘Best Radio Show-Kannada’. RJ Shruti currently hosts the revamped show of BIG Coffee- ‘Pataki Mornings’ from 7 AM to 11 AM every day.
BIG FM 92.7 :
92.7 BIG FM is India’s largest FM station
with a presence across 45 cities, 1200 towns and 50,000+ villages and a weekly
reach of 4.2 crore Indians across the country. Since the launch of its first
station in September 2006, 92.7 BIG FM has expanded at a phenomenal pace,
launching 45 stations in a record- breaking time period of 18 months (barring
Shimla which launched in 2009). The brand is now looking towards expanding in
to more markets and geographies.
92.7 BIG FM has been adjudged the Best Radio Broadcaster
of the Year at the Golden Mikes Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Also 92.7
BIG FM was the Most Awarded Indian radio station at the New York Radio Festival
2013 winning 7 awards, amongst over 30 participating countries.
Awards in different categories :
BIG FM also won
golds for different categories, including Best Radio Show
(Non-Breakfast-Hindi), Best Radio Show (Kannada), Best Radio Show (Marathi),
Best Radio Show (Hindi- Non-metro station), Best Radio Sparkler (Hindi).
since its inception has won awards for its various national and city-specific
shows based on original content integrated with captivating music.The essence of
the shows has been further enhanced by talented and popular RJs who form a
strong connect with the listeners across markets.
COFFEE at FM 92.7 :
92.7 BIG FM Bengaluru station has launched a breakfast show
sometime back, “BIG COFFEE” that promised to give Bangaloreans a new reason to
celebrate their favorite city every single day.
Listeners were treated with absolute entertainment everyday
as they celebrate their most favorite passions ranging food, theatre, hang out
places, music, local shopping, places of devotion and more with their favorite
Additionally, the show also focused on lifestyle of the people in the busy city and day to day healthy living, apart from featured current affairs. The show was hosted by RJ Pat Pat Pataki Shruti.
Every segment on the show is either infotainment or entertainment. The whole show fills with trivia about Bengaluru, a person’s connection to city, people’s problems, experience with others, inspirational stuff and also exciting segments on daily basis from Monday to Saturday. Behind every episode one will see a mind at work, not just a tongue wagging.
RJ Shruti :
Radio happened to Shruti by
chance. She started her roller coaster
ride in radio about six years ago but 92.7 Big FM gave her a break with name
and fame. “Pat Pat Pataki Shruthi” as people fondly call her was
coined by her team in Big FM.
From free auto rides to
free everything would be offered to her just because of who she is.
her experience of winning the award, RJ Shruti said, “This is a hat-trick. Every time I receive an
award it’s like the first time for me and a dream come true. I call the IRF as
the Oscar of Radio and it’s as good as winning an Oscar. This year too, I saw
myself going on stage and receiving the award. I could feel all this even
before the results were announced. I have won two awards: ‘RJ of the Year’ and
Best radio show for ‘BIG Coffee’ in Kannada category. My prayers have been
answered once again. This
only means I have to put more effort into the awards next year and the homework
for this has already begun. I would like to thank everyone who believed in me.
It really means a lot!”
Overview of Awards :
TheExcellence in Radio
Awards was created
with the aim of supporting and recognizing quality in radio broadcasting in
India. The Awards celebrates the very best of Indian radio, honouring
outstanding programming, on-air personalities, marketing & promotions and
creativity within the industry.
These categories are rewarded with the specially created
Excellence in Radio Awards (ERA) trophy, an exclusive commissioned statute
befitting the prestige and importance of the awards.
The ERA is the benchmark of
quality by which radio professionals, consumers and advertisers recognize,
reward and celebrate outstanding content and creativity.
India Radio Forum :
Radio Forum’s (IRF) Excellence in Radio Awards (ERA) celebrates and honours the
best of Indian radio industry by recognizing outstanding programming,
marketing, radio personalities, promotions, and creativity within the field.
The India Radio Forum focuses on increasing the effectiveness
of promotion and marketing within the radio and media industry. The annual
award show aims at bringing together the best of marketing and creative
excellence in India every year.
2019 – India Radio Forum :
for recognizing the efforts of the radio industry, the India Radio Forum 2019
hosted its 14th edition of Excellence in Radio Awards (ERA) in the midst of
grandeur and splendid works presented by the Radio industry.
As the industry continues to grow, the conference was well
attended and hosted by eminent speakers – Abraham Thomas, CEO, BIG FM, LV
Krishnan, CEO, TAM Media Research, Nisha Narayanan, COO, 93.5 RED FM &
Magic FM, Anita Bose, Chief Operating Officer, Madison Media, Rajiv Dubey,
General Manager, Dabur India among others coming together for the biggest
celebration of the radio broadcast industry.
Seed ball technique – 1 lakh seed balls were prepared by 600 Bangaloreans to Green Western Ghats. Most environmentalists have termed this innovation as seeds of success due to its rapid growth rate.
Seed Ball is a unique and interesting method in today’s age where the greenery is becoming a silent victim of modernization. Seed balls work as a great idea for a sustainable environment in our concrete jungles.
Seed balls are an ancient technique for propagating plants from seeds without opening up soil with cultivation tools such as a plow.
Victim of urbanization :
Trees are often the first victim’s of Bengaluru’s march towards increased urbanization. To encourage to grow trees and to reduce their rate of depletion, Seed Balls creations helps growing trees in the city.
SayTrees – Organizer of Seed ball :
SayTrees is a professionally run group of ordinary
people extraordinarily determined to protect the environment not just by
themselves, but also by sensitizing others towards the importance of
environment conservation and goading them on to participate in tree-plantation
The group consists of passionate nature lovers, who
juggle corporate jobs during the week with their love for trees over the
weekends. Though it started off as a weekend pursuit in 2007 now it does more
than 50 tree plantation drives in 4 months of monsoon.
Last year, SayTrees had made thousands of seed balls and were sown in
Chintamani and Bagepalli.
Volunteers at Seed Ball project:
600 Bengalureans came together in Krishnarajapuram on weekend and made more than 100,000 seed balls. Within three hours they prepared around one lakh seed balls, which will go on to increase the green cover in Western Ghats.
All age groups came together for the seed ball making.
Objective of the project:
The members of the organisation SayTrees will take the seed balls to the
forests of Kodagu in Karnataka and
plant them next week with the help of the forest department. The group wants to
re-green the area as thousands of trees were lost during the floods last year.
The aim of the campaign is to build urban forestry and provide greenery
in barren lands by using the seed ball technique.
How to make a seed ball?
Take some clay, pure some
water it, roll it into a little ball, make a little hole in it, pop the seed
into it and roll it up again. Leave it
to dry for 24 hours. The seed ball is
Seed Ball :
For the seed balls, a mixture of soil and manure is used and each seed ball contains one or more seeds inside. The group which cut across all age groups, made many varieties of seed balls.
The seed balls project had made eight varieties of seed balls including banyan, peepal and tamarind.
Why seed ball?
Among different initiatives to improve green cover, making and
distributing seed balls in a quick and cost effective method to reclaim the
lost green cover of environment. It is
an emerging afforestation technique.
With knowledge, skill, and patience, seed balls can be as effective a
way of establishing plants as plow-seeding or drilling, and they can be made by
anyone anywhere in the world that has access to clay, soil, and seed — for no
How it works?
The composition of seed balls makes it self-sustainable and favorable
for germination in most environments. Making
seed balls are fund and easy.
The concept seed balls was started by Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese man famous
for popularizing Natural farming, the concept has been adopted worldwide.
Seed balls can also be used to “over seed” existing ecosystems,
without damaging the soil structure — or to seed productive plants into
forested areas and steep hillsides where tillage is not possible. Seed balls
can also be used in combination with animals such as pigs who will do the work
of shuffling the mulch around providing seed balls extra cover.
Development of technique :
The technique for creating seed balls was rediscovered by Japanese
natural farming pioneer Masanobu Fukuoka. The
technique was also used, in ancient Egypt to repair farms after the annual
spring flooding of the Nile.
In modern times, during the period of the Second World War, the Japanese
government plant scientist working in a government lab, Fukuoka, who lived on
the mountainous island of Shikoku, wanted to find a technique that would
increase food production without taking away from the land already allocated
for traditional rice production, which
thrived in the volcanic rich soils of Japan.
Advantages of using seed ball :
There are some advantages of using seed ball instead of using seeds directly:
Because there are nutrients in the seed ball in the form of compost or potting mix or cow dung, it gives a leg up to germinating seeds – gives them nutrition in the early days when the young plant needs a little help to survive in harsh conditions.
The balls prevents animals or birds from eating up the seeds.
It takes less time to cover a large area – since one can simply throw the seed ball – so one could, for example, drive around in a car with thousands of seed bombs and a slingshot, and disperse the seed bombs all around while cruising in vehicle. In fact, there have been scenarios where seed bombs have been used for aerial reforestation by dispersing hundreds of thousands of seed bombs using a low flying aero-plane !
Seed Balls protect seeds from :
Winds – which blow them away
Birds and Rodents – which eat them
Hot Sun – which
bakes their vitality and
Excessive rain – Which carries them off.
Results of using Seed Ball :
With the rainfall, the clay coating melts and the seeds
germinate where the ball has landed. The
seed balls will stay put until the seedlings have a chance to put down
roots. The seed balls will absorb moisture
from the ground, the dew and the rain and will sprout when conditions are
Many seeds will grow from a single seed ball and the
plant most suited to the micro conditions of that site will prevail.
Footpaths to be free of encroachments in Benglauru. Making footpaths free is an obligation by BBMP. Illegal footpath encroachment has been narrowing the road, causing inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians.
Everyday we come across a lot of vehicles parked on footpaths and pavements. Cars and two wheelers are parked on both sides of narrow residential lanes and there is two way movement of traffic and navigating through them.
It has become a challenge for pedestrians especially those who are handicapped, having physical disability and senior citizens.
High court order on footpath encroachment :
The High Court of Karnataka on 10th June directed the civic body BBMP to file an affidavit within 3 weeks on the steps taken by the authorities to keep footpaths free of encroachment by shop owners.
This affidavit was in the wake of observing
the citizens’ rights being affected if footpaths are not maintained in
reasonably good condition. The footpaths
must be kept free of encroachments.
Purpose of footpath :
Public streets are made for traffic to move and likewise footpaths are made for the use of citizens for walking.
If the footpaths are encroaches, it will affect the right of citizens. Footpaths have to be maintained so that citizens are able to walk freely.
Action by Police – footpath encroachment :
The city traffic police are currently carrying out a week-long drive to clear encroachments of footpaths and make them more pedestrian friendly.
The police aims to ensure that footpaths across the city
are free from street vendors, petty shops, illegal parking of vehicles and
dumping of construction materials.
Those dumping construction
materials like pipes or wires on the footpaths will also have to be careful.
The materials will be seized and the offenders will have to pay a penalty to
get it cleared.
BBMP unhelpful :
In some areas the traffic police are oblivious of the state of affairs. Despite a clear ruling by the High Court of Karnataka to clear footpath encroachments, the BBMP is not acting tough on the encroachers.
The traffic police have expressed their helplessness as it is the BBMP’s responsibility to clear the encroachment and not that of the police.
The section 288 and 288C of the KMC Act clearly allow the removal of encroachments, either temporary or permanent, on the existing footpaths falling within BBMP’s jurisdictional limits. However, several complaints to jurisdictional Assistant Executive Engineers by citizens have not yielded any results. They pass the buck at each other dodging responsibility.
There are chances of serious accidents if the issues are not fixed on road’s footpaths. The BBMP officials and people’s representatives including the Mayor should inspect the busy roads and the footpaths and implement a ‘zero tolerance’ on footpath encroachment.
500 raised cross walks across Bengaluru :
To ensure safety of pedestrians crossing roads, the civic body BBMP has decided to build more than 500 raised cross walks across Bengaluru city with 15 cm. in height besides bumps.
Infra Boost :
The Traffic Police of Bengaluru city made a presentation demanding raised pedestrian crossings. They will come up on thoroughfare across the city.
The demands of Traffic Police includes :
Pedestrian crossings at 221 locations
Sky-walks/FOB’s at 86 locations
Up-gradation of pedestrian crossings are 213 spots
Relocation of electrical poles at 97 locations and 76 transformers
Amenities at 47 accident black-spots
Solution to water logging at 45 places
Street light functioning at 105 locations
Areas Covered :
The initiative of 500 raised cross walks across Bengaluru City includes facilities along outer ring road, Sarjapur road, Magadi Road and some of the core areas in the city.
The 367 junctions includes facilities like traffic umbrellas, railings information and direction boards, painted cross walks, cameras at important junctions, traffic signage, hazard boards, street lights, removing of trees and widening of roads.
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.
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
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.
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.
Honors receive by Girish Karnad :
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
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
Wedding Album, Oxford University
Boiled Beans on Toast,
Oxford University Press, 2014.
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
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.
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.
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
Bangalorean.com team is Saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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
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.
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
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 :
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 : 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.
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.
to be followed at BRT :
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.
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 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.
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.
also saw an increase of 30.5 per cent domestic and 13.8 per cent in
international passengers year on year.
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.
phase started in March and will continue till August. The first phase will cover a stretch of 4
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 – 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.
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.
China took over the task, choosing ‘Beat Air Pollution’ as the theme.
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
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.
kills 7 million people every year hurting child development, damaging economies
and contributing to the global climate emergency.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 :
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.
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.
challenge since then has been to transform the system in a short span of time
through initiating decentralized processing instead of dumping of waste.
Court 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.
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.
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.
Karnataka MP’s – 3 of the elected members made it
as Union Ministers. Three newly elected
MPs from Karnataka took oath as members
of Union Council of Ministers, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP won 25 out of 28 seats in the state.
It was their best-ever mandate.
They are D V Sadananda Gowda, who was a member of
the Modi Cabinet earlier, Pralhad Joshi, a four-time MP from Dharwad and Suresh
Angadi, four-time MP from Belgaum.
Nirmala Sitharaman, who served as defence minister in the previous government, also inducted into Modi’s new ministry. She represents Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha.
Karnataka MP – Mr. Sadananda
Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda born 18 March 1953 to Venkappa Gowda and Kamala of Mandekolu Village in Sulya taluk, Karnataka. His native village is close to the Kerala-Karnataka border.
He has served as the 20th Chief Minister of Karnataka. He previously served as the Minister of Kaw and Justice, having been shifted from the Ministry of Railways in the cabinet reshuffle of 5 July 2016.
He is a member of the 17th Lok Sabha representing the Bengaluru North constituency.
Positions held by Sadananda Gowda :
Secretary, BJP Yuva Morcha, Karnataka
Sub-committee of the Department Related Parliamentary standing Committee on
Commerce for Special Economic Zones
2009 Elected to 15th
2011–2012 Elected as
20th Chief Minister of Karnataka
2013 Elected as the
leader of opposition of Karnataka Legislative Council
2014 Elected to 16th
Lok Sabha from Bengaluru North and took oath as Central Railway Minister
Minister – Law & Justice
2016- 2019 Minister of Statistics and Program
2019 Elected to 17th Lok Sabha
Mr. Pralhad Joshi – MP from Dharwad :
Pralhad Joshi (born 27 November 1962) is a member of the 17th Lok Sabha. He represents the Dharwad constituency of Karnataka and is the Ex-President of the Karnataka state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
He was part of the pool (as of 2014) which helps Lok Sabha Speaker by chairing the house proceedings when both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker are not present.
Pralhad Joshi won the Dharwad Lok
Sabha seat by a margin of 2,05,072 votes, defeating Congress’s Vinay Kulkarni,
a former minister, in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls.
Positions held by Pralhad
General Secretary of BJP – Dharwad unit in 1998 and its President in 1995.
Member of Parliament in 2004
In 2008 December he participated as a member of the Indian parliamentary
delegation at the 63 Session of General Assembly and spoke on atrocities on
women and children.
Member of Parliament in 2009
Participated as a member of the Indian parliamentary delegation in
April 2012 and spoke on the need for a “genuine political settlement”
to the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka.
Served as BJP Karnataka state unit General Secretary and went on
to become its President in 2013.
Member of Parliament in 2014
Served as chairperson
of the Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas during 16th
Member of various committees including- panel of chairpersons, Lok
Sabha, Business Advisory Committee, and Committee on Ethics among others during
16th Lok Sabha.
He is also been the Member, Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and
Member of Parliament in 2019.
Mr. Suresh Angadi – MP from Belgaum :
Suresh Angadi, born 1 June 1955 to Smawwa and Chanabasappa Angadi is a member of the 17th Lok Sabha from Belagavi.
his graduation from S.S.S. Samithi College of commerce in Belgaum. Later he
also graduated in Law from the prestigious Raja Lakhamgouda Law College,
Belgaum. Before entering public life he used to run his own private business.
Positions held by Suresh Angadi :
Vice president of BJP – Belgaum
district unit in 1996.
2001 he became President of the BJP district
In the 14th Lok Sabha he served on
the committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, consultative
committee on Finance and Human Resource Development.
In the 15th Lok Sabha, he served as a Member of
the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development, Joint Committee on
Pension Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament, Advisory Committee on
Central Direct Taxes.
In 16th Lok Sabha, he was the member of House
Committee on Petitions, Standing Committee on Defence, Consultative Committee,
Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs and Chairperson, Committee on House.
Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman : Karnataka Rajya Sabha member :
Nirmala Sitharaman born 18 August 1959 to Savitri and Narayanan Sitharaman served as the Minister of Defence of
India since 2017 since 2017 and
has served as Member of Rajya Sabha, since 2016.
India’s second female defence minister. . She has served as the Minister of
State for Finance and Corporate Affairs under the Ministry of Finance and the Minister for Commerce and
Industry with independent charge. Prior to that, she has served as a national
spokesperson for the BJP.
by Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman :
2003-2005 – Member, National Commission for Women
26 May 2014 onwards Minister of State (Independent charge) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
26 Nay 2014 – 9 November 2014 – Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
June 2014 Elected to Rajya Sabha
September 2017 – May 2019 Defence Minister of India.
Full list of Ministers who have taken oath at the Rashtrapati Bhavan :
Narendra Modi – Prime Minister and also in-charge of: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; and All important policy issues; and All other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.
Raj Nath Singh – Minister of Defence
3. Amit Shah – Minister of Home Affairs.
4. Nitin Jairam Gadkari – Minister of Road Transport and Highways; and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
5. D. V. Sadananda Gowda – Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
6. Nirmala Sitharaman – Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs.
7. Ramvilas Paswan – Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public
Narendra Singh Tomar – Minister of
Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Minister of Rural
Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj.
9. Ravi Shankar Prasad – Minister of Law and Justice; Minister of Communications; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.
10. Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Minister of Food
11. Thaawar Chand Gehlot – Minister of Social
Justice and Empowerment.
12. Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar – Minister of External
13. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ – Minister of Human Resource Development.
14. Arjun Munda – Minister of Tribal Affairs.
15. Smriti Zubin Irani – Minister of Women and
Child Development; and Minister of Textiles.
16. Dr. Harsh Vardhan – Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences.
17. Prakash Javadekar – Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
18. Piyush Goyal – Minister of Railways; and Minister of
Commerce and Industry.
19. Dharmendra Pradhan – Minister of Petroleum
and Natural Gas; and Minister of Steel.
20. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – Minister of Minority
21. Pralhad Joshi – Minister of Parliamentary Affairs;
Minister of Coal; and Minister of Mines.
22. Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey – Minister of Skill
Development and Entrepreneurship.
23. Arvind Ganpat Sawant – Minister of Heavy
Industries and Public Enterprise.
24. Giriraj Singh – Minister of Animal
Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.
25. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat – Minister of Jal
Ministers of State (Independent Charge):
Santosh Kumar Gangwar – Minister of State
(Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and
Rao Inderjit Singh – Minister of State
(Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and
Programme Implementation; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning.
Shripad Yesso Naik – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga
and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.
Dr. Jitendra Singh – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of
North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; and Minister of State in the Department of space.
Kiren Rijiju – Minister of State (Independent Charge)
of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports;
and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
Prahalad Singh Patel – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.
Raj Kumar Singh – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
Hardeep Singh Puri – Minister of State
(Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and
Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Mansukh L. Mandaviya – Minister of State
(Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping; and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
List of Ministers of State:
Kulaste – Minister of State in the Ministry of
Kumar Choubey – Minister
of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
3. Arjun Ram
Meghwal – Minister
of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of
in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and
4. General (Retd.) V. K. Singh – Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
5. Krishan Pal
of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
6. Danve Raosaheb Dadarao – Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
7. G. Kishan
Reddy – Minister
of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Rupala – Minister
of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
Athawale – Minister
of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Niranjan Jyoti – Minister
of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.
Supriyo – Minister
of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
12. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan – Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.
13. Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao – Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
14. Anurag Singh Thakur – Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
Suresh Channabasappa – Minister
of State in the Ministry of Railways.
Rai – Minister
of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
17. Rattan Lal Kataria – Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
18. V. Muraleedharan – Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
Singh Saruta – Minister
of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
Parkash – Minister
of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Teli – Minister
of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.
22. Pratap Chandra Sarangi – Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.
Choudhary – Minister
of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
24. Debasree Chaudhuri – Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
MRI Scan centre is now opened at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital, Bengaluru. After 35 years since its establishment, the Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedics (SGITO) will finally get its own Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan machine.
MRI uses a strong magnetic
field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues
within the body.
its invention, doctors and researchers continue to refine MRI techniques to
assist in medical procedures and research. The development of MRI
Gandhi hospital mainly caters to accidents victims, including those with bone-related
issues used to refer scanning cases to other government hospitals.
Sanjay Gandhi Hospital :
Sanjay Gandhi Institute
of Trauma and Orthopaedics is a Government run autonomous Super Speciality Hospital and
Research Institute situated in city of Bengaluru. This is one of the well
established Trauma and Orthopaedics centre started by Government of Karnataka
in the year 1984 to cater to the poor and needy.
It is one of
the few Hospitals in the city of Bengaluru under the Government sector which is
routinely doing Knee and Hip replacement surgeries at affordable costs as well
as other routine surgeries in Orthopaedics, Plastic Surgery, Facio Maxillary
surgery, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Urosurgery and others surgeries.
Trauma services :
Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedics is a pioneer in the management of polytrauma cases and complex surgeries. They are experienced in surgeries for acetabular and pelvis fracture fixation, failed and neglected fracture operations, management of non-unions and limb lengthening by Ilizarov external fixator.
What is MRI
MRI Scan or Magnetic Resonance imaging is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to form pictures of the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body.
MRI Scanners use strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients and radio waves to generate
images of the organs in the body. MRI does not involve X-rays or the use of ionizing radiation, which distinguishes it from CT or CAT Scans and PET Scans.
resonance imaging is a medical application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). NMR can also be used for imaging in other NMR applications such as NMR Spectroscopy.
machine at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital :
Earlier due to non-availability of MRI Scan facility/Centre at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital patients were referred to either Jayadeva or Victoria hospitals to undergo an MRI scan.
The MRI scan
machine is being installed at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital on a public-private
partnership model with Bhima Life sciences Llp.
receives about 250 out-patients and about 10-30 accident cases on an average
day, and most of the patients require an MRI scan.
at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital :
had sanctioned Rs 4 crore in 2016-2017 to set up a modular high-tech operation
theatre (OT) at the institute. This will enable the hospital to perform total
knee replacement at a subsidized cost.
The institute will also be able to perform robotic surgery in the next six months as the tendering process will begin to procure the equipment. According to Dr.Chandrashekhar said doctors were already trained to perform robotic surgeries.
A branch of the institute, a 100-bed hospital, will also be set up in Vijayapura to cater to the needs of people of North Karnataka.
Uses of MRI Scan :
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a large magnet and radio waves to look at
organs and structures inside your body. Health care professionals use MRI scans to diagnose a
variety of conditions, from torn ligaments to tumors. MRIs are very useful for
examining the brain and spinal cord.
MRI gives very detailed pictures of soft
tissues like the brain. Air and hard bone do not give an MRI signal so these areas appear black. MRI can be used to detect brain
tumors, traumatic brain injury, developmental anomalies, multiple sclerosis,
stroke, dementia, infection, and the causes of headache.
Fast facts on
MRI scanning :
MRI Scanning is a non-invasive and painless procedure
Raymond Damadian created the first MRI full body scanner, which he nicknamed the Indomitable
The cost of a basic MRI Scan starts at Rs.10,000 to Rs.25,000 but can exceed several thousands.
Japan has the most MRI Scanners per capita, with 48 machines for every 1,00,000 citizens.
Side Effects :
It is extremely rare
that a patient will experience side effects from an MRI scan.
However, the contrast dye
can cause nausea, headaches and pain or burning at the point of injection in
some people. Allergy to the contrast material is also seldom seen but possible,
and can cause hives or itchy eyes.
People who experience
claustrophobia or feel uncomfortable in enclosed spaces sometimes express
difficulties with undergoing an MRI scan.
BESCOM is in awareness mode as the number of deaths are increasing due to electrocution in the city of Bengaluru. Accidental electrocution continues to be a significant cause of death.
The number of electrical accidents that have been reported in Bengaluru in the past weeks, we see a higher number of electrical accidents in the last four years.
official apathy and negligence of people cause maximum deaths.
Electric shock :
Electrical shock occurs when a person touches any electrically charged object while at the same time touching another surface that can conduct the electricity to the ground.
sources of electrical shock are bare and damaged wires, machinery and tools,
and extension cords. Proper grounding and electrical safety devices can help
prevent electrical shock.
Death due to electrocution :
According to the data shared by Bescom there have been a total of 509 deaths due to electric shocks.
While citizens in Bengaluru face issues with
dangling cables all around, the number of deaths caused to this carelessness
suggests the issue is of prime importance. Be it optical fibre cables or live
electric wires, recent incidents generate fear and panic among pedestrians and
Electrocution is death caused by electric shock, electric
current passing through the body. The word is derived from “electro”
and “execution”, but it is also used for accidental death.
hazard of an electric current flowing through the body depends on the amount of
current and the length of time
for which it flows, not merely on the voltage. However, a high voltage is required to produce
a high current through the body.
This is due to
the relatively high resistance of
skin when dry, requiring a high voltage to pass through. The severity of
a shock also depends on whether the path of the current includes a vital organ.
Statistics of electrocution death :
BESCOM data further indicates that 14 other deaths have taken place other than this already this year. While 283 deaths took place in 2015-16, the same was 235 for 2016-17. The death toll raised to 239 and then to 283 in 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively. However, BESCOM states that 367 of these in total occurred due to the victim’s fault.
associations involved :
associations and associations in apartments and have also been asked to get involved in conducting workshops
in coordination with local Bescom officials on safety measures to be observed
in their residential complexes.
The causes of electrocution are numerous. Burgeoning population,
unauthorized constructions and official apathy caused 500 deaths due to
electrocution over a period of just four years.
Sometimes people construct high rise buildings without taking permission
from the concerned authority. Unauthorized
buildings invariably land up very close to live electrical wires which render
especially women and children vulnerable to electrocution.
All these electrocution cases were registered in the areas falling under
the jurisdiction of Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM).
behavioural issues :
There are two
issues. They are the technical as well as
behavioural issues which lead to electrocution cases.
Technical issues pertaining to live wires lying on the ground, improper insulation of electric wires, and transformers taking heavy load; while on the behavioural front it is mostly children and unsuspecting people who are vulnerable to getting electrocuted.
The children get in contact with live electric wire while playing on
terraces or hear electric poles. Women
get come close to live wire while drying clothes.
Scary past incidents :
May 2019 : Eight-month-old boy electrocuted while playing in a shed in Kodihalli
April 2019: Nine-year-old-boy injured after coming in contact with a live wire in Mahalakshmi Layout
April 2019: Thirteen-year-old boy electrocuted at Jeevan Bima Nagar as he tries to pluck a mango from a tree
February 2019: Seven-year-old-boy electrocuted while playing in a park in Banaswadi
All these deaths would have been avoided if the BESCOM had taken strict action on those who violated the law.
Awareness by Bescom :
Bescom has now also started creating awareness against electric shocks
through ignorance by circulating pamphlets on social media and
distribution of pamphlets by Bescom officials in various areas.
On May 20, Bescom put up a pamphlet on its social media pages
titled, ‘Safety of your life is our priority’ and shared tips for people to
avoid electric shocks.
Many people do not recognize electrocution hazards until it is too late. Farm workers, children and family members should learn about common electrical dangers, know what safety precautions to take, and know how to react in case of electrical emergency.
Plug into safety :
Always observe safety measures. The Dos and Don’ts are given below :
Educate children regarding electric safety and to be away from Electrical wires.
Always ensure that the plug socket is out of reach of children
Use 3 pin plug sockets and ensure that the third point is earthed
Get wiring work done through a Government Licensed Electrical Contractor
Ensure that installation is provided with suitable grounding/earthing
Always use ISI certified Appliances, Wires and Cables
Check Electric gadgets regularly for Safety
Get Gadgets repaired by authorized electricians only.
Do not construct buildings close to electrical wires
Do not touch snapped electrical wires/un-insulated wires Call 1912 immediately
Do not operate electrical switches / equipment with wet hands
Do not tie banners or publicity material to electricity poles
Do Not use guy wires tied to a pole for drying clothes
Don’t climb electric poles
Do not cut trees/branches near the overhead lines
Do not cut trees/branches near the overhead lines
Do not try to remove or chop trees fallen on electrical lines
Do not Energize fences
Do not take un-authorized connections from BESCOM lines.
Do-It-Yourself Travel is a recent trend in traveling where travel planning is done without the help of travel agents.
A generation of Do It Yourself travellers is on
the rise who choose where to stay, places to visit, cuisines to try out and
make their vacations more meaningful and personal.
What is Do-it-yourself travel ?
Do-It-Yourself travel means that all the planning of the trip and the executing of the plan is done by self. One creates their own itinerary that includes the things they most want to see and do. The plans involve figuring out howto get to each location. One finds their own lodging and food options.
Trying to fit in everything that is important to and leave out
the things one don’t care for is one reason everybody wants to be DIY
travelers. But also, it is the most cost-effective way to travel. The
travel philosophy is the more one save on this trip, the sooner they can go on
that have led to the rise of Do-It-Yourself travel :-
Online Travel Agencies – Websites like makemytrip.com and ayantours.com have everything you need in one place, be it hotels, flights or holiday packages. To boot they often have offers and amazing deals running throughout the year. Say goodbye to expensive travel agents!
Travel blogs – There are many professional bloggers out there who travel and write about their experiences. These blogs are a great resource when it comes to planning any trip as they have useful tips, ideas, places to visit and food to try out. They have huge fan followings and their stories are an inspiration to thousands.
Ratings and Reviews – Online reviews have made travel destinations, hotels and restaurants transparent in terms of what they have to offer, services one can expect and more. Marketing efforts are often exaggerated. Ultimately t he y make a better choice and a more meaningful travel.
Advantages of Do-It-Yourself travel :
Go at one’s own face
Start when you are ready
Follow own interests
Disadvantages of Do-It-Yourself travel :
A lot of work to create a plan and execute it.
Stress and the anxiety of not knowing how
everything will play out can be difficult.
When problems arise, there is no one to blame
DIY takes a lot of time and sometimes will
result in not being efficient in getting places.
10 step guide to Do-It-Yourself travel :
Get documents in order
Establish a budget
Pick a destination
Creating a rough itinerary
travel insurance if going abroad
Emergencies during Do-It-Yourself
No one wants to think
that something bad could happen to them while they travel, but it can. Being
financially prepared is the best way to protect yourselves. The problem with
emergency money is that an “emergency” can constitute anything from a
lost make-up bag, to a hospital stay.
The wonders of technology have made travelling closer to our heart and easier on the mind. Travelling today is budget friendly and highly customizable to our needs due to various resources like web portals and apps that not only provide information but also connect us to new places to visit, stay and meet new people. The future is bright.
The Do’s and Don’ts of
Do-It-Yourself travel :
The Do’s –
Be local – Try out
something new and try the local stuff.
Have a hearty laugh – do something different or clumsy that might
appear to be funny.
Make new friends – Talk to
the locals while travelling and mingle with people in the countryside or
Use public transport – As far as possible do not hire a local cab and move around.
Travel early in the day
– Make sure that you rise early and enjoy the early hours.
The Don’ts –
to popular travel portals – explore different travel platforms to know more
about bookings, hotels, places to visit etc.
Stop being a
Be wary of the photographs
being clicked – be careful about what to click, whom to click and also how to
pose for photos and where.
Overly- bargaining – while buying souvenirs or purchasing
anything local vendors, do not keep bargaining.
5) Don’t overlook safety – how much ever one plan, never ignore the fact that a new place is somewhere one need to be alert always.
27 lakes in Bengaluru will be taken up by
BBMP for restoration. The project will
be taken up on the ‘comprehensive development” plan.
Bengaluru, also known as the
‘Garden city’ of India, was dotted with numerous lakes. Kempe Gowda, the
founder of Bengaluru and his successors
built more than hundreds of lakes and tanks in the city which are now slowly
fading out from the heart of the city due to rapid urbanization and discharge
of effluents in the water bodies.
Status of lakes in Bengaluru :
Eutrophication of lakes because of nutrient input
Inflow of sewage to lakes
Shrinkage of water body
Solid waste dumping in the periphery of lakes
Encroachment of lake and urbanization in catchment area
Reduced storm water flow to lake body due to interception in catchment area and deforestation
Lakes in Bengaluru :
Bengaluru are numerous, and there
are no rivers close by. Most
lakes in the Bengaluru region
were constructed in the sixteenth century by damming the natural valley systems by constructing bunds.
The effect of urbanization has taken some heavy toll on the Beautiful lakes in Bengaluru. The lakes in Bengaluru have been largely encroached for urban infrastructure and as result, in the heart of the city only 17 good lakes exist as against 51 healthy lakes in 1985.
Urban development has caused 19 lakes getting converted to bus stands, Golf courses, playgrounds and residential colonies, and few tanks were breached under the malaria eradication program.
breathe life into 27 lakes :
The BBMP will
be fixing inlet and outlets, creating wetlands, island sand repairing the
existing bunds. The work includes
desilting to increase the holding of water capacity.
government has sanctioned Rs.348 crore for the rejuvenation project. The BBMP
proposed to include public toilets, fencing, children’s park. boating and other
27 lakes –
Zone wise rejuvenation :
The civic body is planning to rejuvenate lakes zone wise. They zones where lake are identified are :
zone – 9 lakes
zone – 13 lakes
Zone – 2 lakes
Zone – one lake
– one lake
Bengaluru South Zone – one lake
According to a
BBMP official the work will be done on stages.
They are going to do entry level revival with respect to storm-water
drains. Diversion channels will be revived so that the sewage water is
prevented from entering the water bodies.
been called for the project and the work will be starting very soon.
Name of lakes
– 27 lakes to get new life :
Kalkere Rampura lake
Nagareshwara – Nagenahalli lake
Gunjur playa lake
Chikka Begur lake
Konappana Agrahar Lake
with other departments :
The BBMP Lakes
department should coordinate with storm water drain department and BWSSB to
face any emerging issues to avoid future floods, back-flow pollution etc.
is also needed to resume the original depth of the lake. Ecologists, environmentalists and
hydro-geologists are to be involved.
adoption of lakes :
have signed an agreement with the Karnataka State government to adopt lakes in
and around the Bengaluru city a few months back.
came forward to adopt 6 lakes in Bengaluru for rejuvenation. The 6 lakes adopted are Kenchenahalli lake by
Meritor CVC India Ltd., Doddathogur lake by Elcia, Shikaripalya by Wipro,
Yarandahalli lake and Kammasandra Lake by Biocon and Maragondanahalli lake by
Timken India Ltd.
Lakes will not
breach this monsoon :
For those living by the lakeside in Bengaluru, the monsoon is always a worry. The risk of flooding or even a breach cannot be ruled out. Surprisingly this year, the BBMP has said no lake is expected to breach or overflow.
Last year, the
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had identified some lakes ahead of
the monsoon that could pose danger to the residents.
The lakes included Gubbalala Lake in Uttarahalli, Begur Lake, Vasanthapura Lake, Doddakallasandra Lake in Vasanthapura and others. These lakes reportedly had breaches due to weak embankments or had no embankment at all.
BBMP officials did not rule out lakes overflowing this monsoon if the rainfall is too heavy.
Women MP’s (Member of Parliament) has increased
to 78 numbers in the Lok Sabha 2019 elections. Out of 542 MPs who will take
oath as members of the lower house in
the next few days, 78 are women with Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal leading at
Karnataka is sending 2 MP’s Shobha karandlaje of BJP and Sumalatha Ambareesh – an
Out of the 78 women who won, few are celebrities, such as Smriti Irani, Mimi Chakraborty, Hema Malini, Nusrat Jahan, and Kirron Kher.
LS Women contestants :
of 724 women candidates contested from across the country with Congress
fielding the maximum women at 54 followed closely by BJP at 53 in LS 2019.
It was 61 MP’s
in 2014. Also a record then, that has
jumped to 65 at one point following more women winning by-polls during the last
While in 2009,
there were 59 women MPs, their number was 45 in 2004 and 49 in 1999. The least
number of women in the Lok Sabha were in 1957, which stood at 22.
With over 14 per cent female MPs, the 17th Lok
Sabha will have the highest number of women candidates since 1952. In 16th Lok
Sabha, 64 women had won, while 52 women were elected to the 15th Lok Sabha.
MP’s in 2019 :
The giant killer is Smriti Irani who defeated Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. Another giant killer among the women MP’s is Sumalatha Ambareesh who defeated H.D.Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Kumaraswamy in Mandya.
The other prominent winners includes UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, BJP’s Pragya Thakur and Maneka Gandhi, NCP’s Supriya Sule and DKM’s Kanimozhi.
Among the losers are Mahila Congress Chief Sushmita Dev, Trinamool Congress’ Moon Moon Sen and Congress Ranjeet Ranjan.
Among the prominent losers are Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev, Trinamool Congress’ Moon Moon Sen, and Congress’ Ranjeet Ranjan. BJP’s Vadodara winner Ranjanaben Bhatt had won of the seat with 5,89,177 votes, the highest among women candidates.
Number of Women Candidates:
As many as 222 women contested the polls independently. A total of 8,049 candidates were in the fray
in the parliamentary polls.
transgender candidates contested the elections independently, while the AAP was
the only party to field a transgender nominee. But all transgender candidates
lost in the polls.
highest number of women candidates were fielded from Uttar Pradesh at 104,
followed by Maharashtra. Sixty-four women candidates have been fielded from
Tamil Nadu, 55 from Bihar and 54 from West Bengal.
There were 668
women candidates in 2014 polls, it rose to 724 this time while for men, it
declined from 7,577 to 7,215.
Of this, 78
(11%) women candidates had serious criminal cases charges against them this
time, as against 51 (8%) last time. Two of them are convicted candidates while
four have murder charges against them, 16 have attempt to murder and 14 crime
against women. 255 (36%) were crorepatis.
First time women
Jothimani S, elected from the Karur constituency, is the only woman MP from the Congress party in Tamil Nadu. The 43-year-old author has a Masters in Philosophy from Annamalai University and is known for her short stories.
Ramya Haridas emerged as one
of the most popular Congress politicians in Kerala when she won the Alathur Lok
Sabha constituency by over one lakh votes on May 23.
The 32-year-old Dalit woman had to fight against heavy odds – including sexist barbs and character assassination attempts – as she defeated two-time incumbent PK Biju in a constituency known as a citadel of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). She is the only woman elected to Lok Sabha from Kerala in 2019, and the second Dalit woman MP from Kerala so far.
Mahua Moitra is elected from Krishnanagar, West Bengal. An investment banker who grew up in Kolkata, went to college in the United States and worked at JP Morgan for several years. She contested as an All India Trinamool Congress candidate and managed to defeat her BJP opponent – former footballer Kalyan Chaubey – by a margin of more than 65,000 votes.
Women in Politics :
Chakraborty, Jadavpur – AITC
Poddar, Arambag – AITC
Chatterjee, Hooghly – AITC
Mondal, Joynagar – AITC
Ahmed, Uluberia – AITC
Roy, Dum Dum – AITC
Ghosh Dastidar, Barasat – AITC
Roy, Kolkata Dakshin – AITC
Moitra, Krishnanagar – AITC
Uttar Pradesh :
Patel, Mirzapur – Apna Dal
Gandhi, Rae Bareli – INC
Maurya, Badaun – BJP
Patel, Phulpur – BJP
Irani, Amethi – BJP
Malini, Mathura – BJP
Gandhi, Sultanpur – BJP
Bahuguna Joshi, Prayagraj – BJP
Jyoti, Fatehpur – BJP
Verma, Dhaurahra – BJP
Azad, Lalganj – BSP
Mahajan, Mumbai North Central – BJP
Vijayakumar Gavit, Nandurbhar – BJP
Gawali, Yavatmal-Washim – Shivsena
Pravin Pawar, Dindori – BJP
Sule, Baramati – NCP
Munde, Beed – BJP
Khadse, Raver – BJP
Rana, Amravati – Independent (NCP support)
Sarangi, Bhubaneswar – BJP
Kumari Singh Deo, Bolangir -BJP
Bisoyi, Aska – BJP
Mallick, Jagatsinghpur – BJD
Mandal, Bhadrak – BJD
Murmu, Keonjhar – BJD
Ben Shiyal, Bhavnagar – BJP
Rathva, Chhota Udaipur – BJP
Maadam, Jamnagar – BJP
Jardosh, Surat – BJP
Bhatt, Vadodara – BJP
Andhra Pradesh :
Anuradha, Amalapuram – YSCRP
Madhavi, Aruku – YSCRP
Geethaviswanath, Kakinada – YSCRP
Venkata Satyavathi, Anakapalli – YSCRP
Madhya Pradesh :
Singh Thakur, Bhopal – BJP
Ray, Bhind – BJP
Pathak, Sidhi – BJP
Singh, Shahdol – BJP
Mahant, Korba – INC
Sai, Raigarh – BJP
Singh, Sarguja – BJP
Devi, Sheohar – BJP
Devi, Vaishali – LJP
Singh, Siwan – JD(U)
Kohli, Bharatpur – BJP
Kaur Meena, Dausa – BJP
Kumari, Rajsamand – BJP
Tamil Nadu :
Karunanidhi, Thoothukudi – DMK
Thangapandian (Sumathy), Chennai South – DMK
Benaluru LS 2019 results are out. BJP has sweeped the Lok Sabha polls 2019 in Benglauru and also in Karnataka with 25 seats.
Bengaluru Central :
P.C.Mohan of BJP wins the seat again Rizwan Arshad of INC and Prakash Raj an Independent candidate from Benglauru Central. The Bengaluru Central segment was on the verge of slipping to Congress but swung in favour of BJP. This is P.C. Mohan’s hat-trick victory. It was a tough competition between Rizwan Arshad and P.C. Mohan.
P.C.Mohan – 601170 votes Won with a difference of 69974 votes
Rizwan Arshad – 531196 votes Lost with a difference of 69974 votes
Prakash Raj – 20073 votes
Bengaluru North :
Sadananda Gowda was often criticized by the oppostion for his ‘ppr’ performance and teased for his smiling face. Gowda effortlessly registered a resounding victory over his rival.
Sadananda Gowda of BJP sweeped against Krishna Byre Gowda who represented JD(S) from Bengaluru North.
Sadananda Gowda – 812915 votes won with a difference of 144743 votes
Krishna Byre Gowda – 668172 votes lost with a difference of 144743 votes
Bengaluru South :
Bengaluru South is a strong BJP bastion where Late Ananth Kumar won 6 times continuously. It was an astounding easy win for Tejasvi Surya of BJP in his maiden election against B.K.Hariprasad of INC from Benglauru South which was Late Ananth Kumar’s domain.
B.K.Hariprasad had lost the election 20 years ago in the same constituency. He was hoping of getting the seat from BJP.
Tejasvi Surya – 704243 votes won with a difference of 352228 votes
B.Hari Prasad – 352015 Votes lost with a difference of 352228 votes
Bengaluru Rural :
It was once again D.K.Suresh of INC from Benglauru Rural against Ashwath Narayan of BJP.
0D.K.Suresh’s accessibility by the public played a significant role in his victory.
D.K.Suresh – 877441 votes won with a difference of 207470 votes
Ashwath Narayan – 669971 votes lost with a difference of 207470 votes
Monsoon – Is Benglauru really prepared to face the coming
Monsoon season. With so many works under
process one can imagine the plight of people during monsoon.
Even the best
planned cities in the world may not be able to withstand nature’s fury, but all
it takes for Bengaluru to crumble is just one rain.
If the havoc wreaked by the pre-monsoon showers recently is any indication, the actual rainy season is certain to be a real hell, due to the complete lack of preparedness.
Pre-monsoon showers, which saw houses flooded,
traffic disrupted, trees and electric poles crashing and roads developing pot
holes has already given Bengalureans a taste of things to come this monsoon
Same problems – every monsoon season :
Rapid urbanization lead to depletion of grasslands, draining of lakes, etc. The population growth happened un-proportional to the Infrastructure growth.
sewage-infested lakes, stinking primary drains, slushy garbage floating on the
sides of the roads and people buying boats to navigate roads which have turned
This was Benglauru in a nutshell
after monsoon had wreaked havoc in the city in recent years.
Every year it is
an all too familiar story of flooding, falling trees and power outages, but the
civic and utility agencies rarely take precautionary measures. They will be caught totally unawares when the
skies open up.
With its waving
topography, Bengaluru should never have faced the problem of flooding, but
unplanned growth and illegal constructions have hindered the free flow of water
to the hundreds of lakes that once dotted the city.
Are Storm water drains Monsoon ready?
Work on building walls for storm water drains was stopped due to election code of conduct. This has also hampered the efforts to conduct survey to identify old and vulnerable trees.
Bengaluru has approximately 842 kms storm water drain network
built specifically to avert flood. Only
300 to 400 kms. Of this network has permanent walls which are necessary to
prevent rainwater from overflowing on to streets.
The reason for flooding in choking of road side drains with
debris and silt. The BBMP removes silt
from roadside drains but the silt remains. This leads to usual flooding of
Drains lack walls and overflowing lakes :
Building walls are one problem whereas silt accumulation is another. This has reduced the carrying capacity of drains.
lakes do not have the holding capacity as they have not been de-silted for
years, leading to overflowing and consequent flooding.
Accumulation of silt has reduced the water storage capacity
of the lakes in the city. Even a short
spell of rain can result in choked and overflowing drains. The city’s drains cannot take heavy rain.
Falling trees :
Once upon a time, Bengaluru was known for its green cover. But the green cover is its most vulnerable and dangerous commodity when it pours.
Falling trees can cause huge damage. They cut out power lines and falling trees
causes blocked roads.
The BBMP has handed over the task to forest cell to identify
and secured old and vulnerable trees.
but conducting a tree survey is a time consuming job and requires
co-ordination among different organisations.
BESCOM and BWSSB’s contribution :
The contribution of the water and electricity supply agencies, BWSSB and BESCOM, to the mess is also in no meagre measure. Though monsoon is round the corner, BWSSB is still continuing with its digging activities in many areas.
While BBMP fails
to remove weak, old and dead trees in advance, BESCOM’s inefficiency in pruning
branches that touch electric lines is one of the reasons for power failure at
the first sign of rain.
Reasons for traffic jams during monsoon period :
People tend to take the main roads to avoid the shorter routes as they get water logged and are not really safe. This increases the vehicle destiny sharply on the road.
There are trucks and other large vehicles on the same roads which take much of the area and they move quite slow as well.
The rains in here are usually accompanied by strong winds causing trees or branches to be uprooted. This blocks a significant part of the road.
People are cautious and tend to drive slower when it rains so even if the roads are clear the vehicles move slowly.
Water logging : a good chuck of already over burdened roads are rendered useless due to water logging.
Areas underneath flyover act as a shelter for two wheelers from rain. Many vehicles parked causes congestion.
Low visibility and safety concerns result in slow driving.
White topping of roads is a major
concern in monsoon season :
A new scheme White-Topping under which it was planned to concretize all major arterial roads of the city is still going on. The lack of planning resulted in a very haphazard construction under the scheme.
There are certain two-way roads, only half of
those are completed the rest of the half are still dug which will result in
further inconvenience to citizens. Even few showers can result in flash floods
and bring the entire city to a halt. Sadly, rain readiness begins as the rainy
Why is the cleaning works not done on a regular basis, when a full team is employed to do such works.
The rains will come and go. What we have seen, also, is that governments that promise to improve the infrastructure, clean up the city, and make Bengaluru ‘world-class’ also come and go.
But, for the most part, they don’t have the technical competence to develop the city, the administrative diligence to accompany it, or the political will to actually serve the public. On that front, it has been raining for decades.
several rain-related deaths were reported in the city because of unpreparedness
of the authorities.
Significance of names of areas in Bengaluru
is amazing and interesting. We have so
many regions and places in Bengaluru that most people wouldn’t know why are
they named and what they are named
Here are some places with significant names :
Did you know that HSR Layout stands for
Hosur, Sarjapur road ?
HSR Layout, short for Hosur-Sarjapur Road Layout, is a
relatively new suburb located in
south-east Bengaluru. It has become a
gateway to Electronic City, a major IT hub
of the city. HSR Layout has emerged as a
posh locality of Bengaluru with wide
streets, parks and all modern civic amenities.
Watch – is the one and only news
website dedicated to HSR Layout, Bengaluru. It has all the news and views about
this mushrooming area since 2012.
Significance of name BTM Layout :
BTM Layout is a neighborhood in south of
Bengaluru. Its official name is Kuvempunagara. BTM’s abbreviation is Begur,
Taverekere and Madiwala. It is close to Jayanagar, JP Nagar, Bannerghatta Road,
Tilaknagar, Taverekera and Madiwala making it one the popular residential areas
The 1st Stage of BTM Layout is separated
from the 2nd Stage by Outer ring road. BTM Layout is noted for its cafés,
boutiques and music venues. It is home to renowed educational institutions and
Banashankari – significance of name :
Banashankari abbreviated as BSK, is a suburb near South Bengaluru. It gets its name from the Banashankari Amma Temple on Kanakapura Road, one of Bengaluru’s oldest and well known temples constructed by Subramanya Shetty in 1915.
Banashankari is the largest locality in Bengaluru, extending all
the way from Mysore Road to Kanakapura Road. It is bound by Girinagar and
Rajarajeshwari Nagar in the West, Basavangudi in the north, Jayanagar and
J.P.Nagar in the East and Padmanabhanagar, Kumaraswamy Layout, ISRO Layout,
Vasanthapura and Uttarahalli in the South.
Malleswaram is a centuries-old residential area, known for its ancient temples. It’s named after the 17th-century Kadu Malleshwara Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Malleshwaram is a
North-Western suburb of Bengaluru city.
It’s one of the zones of BBMP. It was developed as a planned suburb after the
great plague of 1898, which
caused many people to move out of the city center.
Road is lined with stores selling anything and everything.
Significance of Cubbon park name :
This public park was first named as Meade’s Park after Sir John Meade, the acting Commissioner of Mysuru in 1870 and subsequently renamed as Cubbon Park after the longest-serving commissioner of the time, Sir Mark Cubbon.
To commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar’s rule in Mysore State, in 1927, the park was again renamed as Sri. Chamarajendra Park, in memory of the 19th-century ruler of the state Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar (1868–94), during whose rule the park came into existence.
The formal gardens, from the central hall of the original Attara Kacheri (means 18 government offices) now the Karnataka High Court. Another impressive artistic structure is Iyer Hall, which houses the Central Library with a rose garden as a frontage.
It is un-disputedly the largest public library in the state as evidenced by the college students thronging to read here, and has the world’s most extensive collection of Braille books.
buildings located within or at the periphery of the park are 1) the Indira
Priyadarshini Children’s Library, 2) the Venkatappa Art Gallery, 3) the
Aquarium (stated to be the second largest in India), 4) the YMCA, 5) Yuvanika —
the State Youth Centre, 6) Century Club, 7) Press Club, 8) Jawahar Bal Bhavan,
9) Tennis Pavilion, 10) the Cheshire Dyer Memorial Hall and 11) the Ottawa
– name significance :
In Kannada, Jayanagar literally means “Victory City”. It is not conclusively known why it is called that. One school of thought is that the name symbolizes the Maharaja of Mysuru’s first name: “Jayachamaraja”.
The foundation of Jayanagar was
laid in 1948. It was one of the first planned neighbourhoods in Bangalore and,
at the time, the largest in Asia
surrounded by Basavanagudi, JP Nagar, Wilson Garden, Banashankari 2nd
Stage, Gurappanapalya, Suddaguntepalya
and BTM Layout among other areas.
It is in proximity to the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. Jayanagar has 10 area
was formed as a BDA layout in the
late 1970s, and was named after the former Prime Minister of India, Indira
one of Bengaluru’s newer areas. It is bounded by the Ulsoor to the west, Domlur to the south, Byappanahalli
to the north and Vimanapura to
the east. Indiranagar is one of the most expensive localities in Bengaluru.
Significance of Basavanagudi name :
The name “Basavanagudi” refers to the Bull temple, which contains a monolith statue of the Nandi Bull. The word Basava in Kannada means bull, and gudi means temple.
Every year a two-day fair of peanuts is held near Dodda Ganesha Gudi or temple of Basavanagudi called Kadlekai Parishe, which translates to Groundnut Fair. Groundnuts are exhibited and sold during this event.
Jayaprakash Narayan Nagara, popularly
known as J. P. Nagar, is an established residential area located in the
south of the Bengaluru named after
prominent Indian leader Jayaprakash Narayan. It is located in proximity to
prime residential areas such as Jayanagar, Banashankari, Bannerghatta Road and
Significance of name Kengeri :
Kengeri comes from the Kannada words Tengu ( coconut) and Keri meaning place. The place is
still surrounded by Coconut farms, most of them ruled by Vilperi the Coconut
Baron. The place has been ruled by a number of dynasties including Gangas,
followed by Cholas.
In 1050 AD,
Chola king Rajendra Chola erected a Tamil inscription depicting details of
grants made to Eshwara Temple at Kengeri. The provinces of Kengeri and surrounding
areas came under the control of Kings of Kukkalanadu, who had Kithnahally near
Tavarekere as the capital and ruled Nelamangala, Ramanagaram, Bengaluru South
(Actually, parts of Kanakapura district which was part of Bengaluru earlier and
was considered Bengaluru South) and
ruler’s regime, during the period of Vijayanagar Empire, Kengeri was vested
with Yelahanka province administration. Later, when Maratha warrior Shahaji won
Bengaluru. Kengeri came under Shahaji’s regime. During 1677 AD, King of Mysore
Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar won Kengeri and was in the province of Mysore.
Rajarajeshwari Nagar :
The area was
named after Rajarajeshwari Temple which is located in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar.
The locality has plenty of greenery.
Ideal Homes, BEML Layout, BHEL Layout, Krishna Garden,
Halagevaderahalli, Kenchenahalli, Pattanagere, Gattigere, Channasandra and
Ganakal are some of the sub-localities within Rajarajeshwari Nagar.
named after Krishnarajendra Wodeyar, a former ruler of the princely state of
Mysuru. The market is located in the Kalasipalyam area, adjacent to the Tipu
Sultan’s Summer Palace. On Mysuru Road Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, on Mysuru
Road at its junction with Krishnarajendra Road.
It is the first locality in the whole of Asia to get electricity and
considered to be one of the biggest flower markets in Asia.
Fraser Town :
Fraser Town (sometimes corrupted as
Frazer Town, officially Pulakeshinagar), is a suburb of Bengaluru Cantonment in
Bengaluru North-East, spread over 4 kms. It was established in 1906 and is
named after Stuart Mitford Fraser (1864-1963),
who was the tutor and guardian of Krishna Raja Wodiyar IV, . Maharaja of Mysuru.
Town was established to de-congest the growing Bangalore Civil and Military
Station (otherwise known as the Bangalore cantonment). The foundation of Fraser Town was laid
in August 1910 by Mrs. F J Richards, with a commemorative plaque on the corner
of Coles Road and Mosque Road.
Fraser Town is
a residential and commercial suburb, the prominent roads being Promenade Road,
Netaji Road, Madhavraya Mudaliar Road (M M Road), Haines Road, Spencer Road,
Wheeler Road, Mosque Road, etc.
Hulimavu was previously known as Amarapura which came under the administration of Saarakeya (present day: Sarakki). Apparently Amarapura was derived from the word “Amra” or “Amru” which translates to Mango “Sourness”.
Over years the
name has evolved to its present name Hulimavu which in Kannada literally means
“Sour mango”. The then ruler of Saarakeya (17th century) is believed
to have built the Kodandarama Swami Temple in Hulimavu for the well being of
Significance of name Ulsoor :
There used to be a jackfruit orchard near the Ulsoor Lake, and the Kannada name for jackfruit being ‘Halasina Hannu’, the area came to be known as Halasuru. During the British rule, the name was anglicised to ‘Ulsoor’.
The first British military station was set up in
Halasuru in 1807.
Marathahalli is an eastern suburb of
Bengaluru city. The locality is named
after the Marut fighter aircraft
developed at a HAL facility
nearby. They say that there was a temple of
Maruti in the locality and Halli meaning village in Kannada.
A huge number of Anglo Indians used this area to settle down post Independence.
In 1882, King
Chamaraja Wodeyar IX, the Maharaja of the Mysore State granted 3,900 acres
(16 km2) of land to the Eurasian and Anglo-Indian Association for the establishment of
agricultural settlements at Whitefield, which lay within his territory.
Significance of name Bellandur :
Bellandur is home to the Bellandur Lake that was built during the reign of the Western Ganga dynasty in the 10th century CE. Historical artifacts excavated along the bed of the Bellandur lake shows evidences of early human settlement in the region.
Dolmens, standing stones, stone circles, tools and other artifacts tracing their origin to the Megalithic Period have been discovered in Bellandur. Another excavation carried out by historian D.R. Gordon in 1945 unearthed ancient Roman coins in the region.
During the reign of the Chola
dynasty in the 11th century CE,
Bellandur was called Vikrama Chola Mandala. Tamil inscriptions from Cholas have
been found at Kammasandra near Bidarahalli. Inscriptions from the earlier Ganga
Dynasty can also be found at the hero stone (veeragallu) of King Shri Purusha.
Vijayanagar is a neighbourhood in
Southwest Bengaluru. It derives its name
from the Vijayanagara empire that
flourished in South India during the 15th and 16th centuries. It is bound by
Mysore Road and Magadi Road, with Chord Road cutting through. It is the
northernmost area in South Bengaluru..
Significance of name Sadashivnagar :
Sadashivanagar was created out
of the former royal gardens, and is home to one of the original four towers
built in 1597 by Kempe Gowda I, the founder of the city.
In the 1960s and early 1970s, the gardens of the Bangalore Palace (a summer home of the Wodeyar dynasty of Mysuru) were converted into a residential neighborhood, and this was when the first lots in Sadashivnagar were purchased.
Until the 1990s, Sadashivnagar
was known as “Palace Orchards,” as it was built in the former royal grounds.
It was renamed in honor of Karnad Sadashiva Rao, a freedom fighter and philanthropist.
Koramangala used to be swamp land once upon a
time, famous for being marshy and mosquito-ridden. Name derived from the
Kannada words ‘kora’ meaning overhaul and ‘mangala’ meaning ‘welfare.’
Lavelle road :
Lavelle on 20 August 1873, applied for the right to carry on mining operations
in Kolar. He started his work in
a small village called Oorgaum. The road is
after Michael Lavelle, an Irish soldier who discovered gold mining in Kolar.
Vittal Mallya Road or Grant Road ;
Vittal Mallya Road (formerly Grant Road):
Named after Vittal Mallya, founder of UB Group
Kasturba Road :
This road was formerly known as Sydney
road. Now it is names after Kasturba
Gandhi wife of Mahatma Gandhi.
Dollars colony :
As the name suggests, the homes in Dollars
Colony was built by NRIs who turned to Bengaluru looking for its great weather
and quiet lifestyle
The origin of
the name “Arekere” comes from a water reservoir which is in the area.
Are in Kannada means half, Kere in Kannada means a water reservoir or
is named after Basavanna (also
known as Basaveshwara), a social reformer whose followers comprise the Lingayat community.
Significance of name Domlur :
Derived from Tombalur, a kind of flower which
is used to worship Lord Shiva. Other theory being Domalu (mosquito in Telugu) +
Significance of name Hebbal :
Hebbal is believed to be derived from the beautiful Hebba Lake which lies to
the north. On the other hand when analyzed, the name Hebba-halla in Kannada,
Hebba means big or large and word Halla for deep. It gives the meaning of Hebbala
Kere or literally translated as a large deep lake.
the area was developed for the employees of LIC (JEevan Bheema) and KPWD (Karnataka Public
Works Department). The area
predominantly consists of LIC quarters consists of LIC quarters (types L, M, N, P) and quarters (types A,B,C & D).
The area was
named after Rajarajeshwari Temple which is located in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar.
The locality has plenty of greenery.
means literally “a well of snakes”. It is not conclusively known,
however, why it is called so. One school of thought is that the name is due to
the high number of snakes present in the area. Also, some believe that it is
called a “well” because of the surrounding hillocks that are no
longer present due to urbanization
Significance of name Kodigehalli :
so called because it was a gift from the king, Veera Ballala to a resident of
that area,an old lady who fed him.
Translates to ‘washerman’ in Kannada. Years
when Bangalore ended in Jayanagar, this area was full of washermen and hence
the area got the same name.
The history of
Madiwala dates back to many thousands of years ago. It is one of the oldest
locality in Bengaluru. Seems to be central part of Bangalore, based on
archaeological documents and the temple of Someshwara contains inscriptions
that refer to the Chola kings
having presided over the construction of the Temple of Someshwara in Madiwala
The area was like a tollgate which was next
to Lake and in Kannada Sunka means Tax and Katte means place where we can sit.
It is a
residential and commercial locality in the central part of the city of
Bengaluru. It is named after K.Seshadri Iyer
who was a Dewan of Mysore State.
The area was again dominated by Telugu origin
where it was originally called as Dodda Nakka Vundi which means ‘There’s a big
jackal there’ which then became Doddanekundi in the Kannada usage.
It is situated in the northern part of the city. It is named after Rabindranath Tagore.
Trust-Old Age Care, is a charitable trust founded in the year 2001 with the
objective of providing care and succor to the old.
Old age is the closing period in the life span. Age sixty is usually considered the dividing line between middle and old age.
Old age homes are meant for senior citizens who are unable to
stay with their families or are destitute. Some homes work
on a payment basis depending on the type and quality of services offered. Apart
from food, shelter and medical amenities, old age homes also provide yoga classes to senior
Founder of Omashram :
Smt. Geeta Shankar, the caretaker and Founder Trustee of Omashram, is a Mother, Daughter, Daughter in law and Sister and a Friend to 60-odd neglected and abandoned senior citizens.
She can hardly hide her contempt for the present generation who
use-and-throw their parents. “If you have tears to shed, shed them for today’s
senior citizens,” she says. “Typically today, parents sacrifice everything for
their children who grow up, pursue their career, and dump their parents in an
old-age home. We have become so cruelly selfish today that we don’t
respect or even care for our parents.”
at Omashram Trust :
provides residential care with full boarding & lodging facility to the old
with medical care & nursing care to
the old, belonging mostly to poor & middle class individuals (above 60
years of age) of all denominations. At Omashram Old Age Homes there are 75 old,
neglected souls being cared for.
The Trust has already traveled a long way and addressed the
needs of infinite number of parents. The travel has been days of struggle and
considerable odds to keep the fledgling institution afloat. The challenges
remained the strength of the Trust to continue to do this good work through the
and Vision of Omashram Trust :
At Omashram Trust-Old Age Care- “ A Home Away From Home” is an attempt to provide a homely and respectable living for the Elders with utmost commitment, dedication, trust and care, to promote compassion and love.
The entire staff are
committed to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being of the
Elders, in order to provide them with comfortable living with dignity and
fullness “In The Evening Of Their Lives.”
To have a permanent infrastructure.
To combine the causes
– Old age care with shelter
and education to Orphan children.
To expand our services
for more and more elderly.
To look after the
elderly people with utmost care and empathy in a pleasant atmosphere to lead a
peaceful life till theirlast
To extend the
facilities of the home to more number of needy persons in the society.
To continue to survive
by bringing together the hands of all like-minded people.
Goal of Omashram :
• To have an
infrastructure of our own.
• To combine two cause
old age care and orphanage and to provide education to the needy
• To expand our services for more and more elderly.
• To look after the elderly people with utmost care and empathy in a pleasant atmosphere to lead a peaceful life till their last journey.
• To extend the facilities of the home to more number of needy
persons in the society.
• To continue to survive by bringing
together the hands of all likeminded people.
Healthcare at ashram :
Omashram Trust has initiated to provide love filled care and succor to the neglected and sick elders of the society. The homes are adorned by all medical equipment’s and nursing care by nurses trained in Geriatrics, Doctor-Specialists on call, Physiotherapy.
Complete medical check up is carried out for
every elderly at the time of admission and the records are maintained
periodically. The program aims to support senior citizens and help with their
emotional and physical challenges.
The Home and its staff give moral support and
try to put a smile back on the faces of elderly clients with no one to look
at the Omashram :
The Omashram is housed in two rented premises. Kitchen is run by hygienic and professional cooks. Delicious vegetarian meals i.e., Nutritious
meals supporting the medical state of the elders are being served. The food includes beverages, fruit juices,
In between snacks with seasonal fruits and bed time-milk are provided. The facilities also includes personal laundry, library, round the clock security, Yoga cum meditation facilities along with Televisions and other recreational activities like musical and dance programs by volunteers young and old.
Education to poor children :
Omashram Trust also supports education of the
Tribal Children in Coonoor and Ooty in , Tamilnadu. The trust is actively
involved with the children. The Omashram trust gives away Academic Excellence
Awards annually to encourage the literacy of the tribals.
The education of the children of the working
staff at the homes are also supported by the Trust, owing to the fact that they
are all destitute women from poor families in villages.
Problems of old age :
As one age, muscles and bones begin to
weaken. Old age people lose eyesight and
hearing, and mobility often becomes limited. Seniors also
suffer from dementia,
including Alzheimer’s disease, which affects about 10 percent of people over
age 65, increasing to 32 percent of people 85 and older.
Personal care is an important daily need for a
senior citizen. They may need assistance with bathing,
dressing and personal grooming.
Donation to Omashram :
Anybody can donate to the Omashram as the ashram is in need of
money to run the daily activities.
The initiatives of Establishments, Corporate’s and Organisations from all sectors are welcome
to get associated with the noble initiatives of Omashram Trust.
In a respectable scale, the same from multiple
sectors are already being provided. Omashram Trust seeks support from corporate
involvements in successfully accomplishing the cause for Elders.
The various opportunities for participation may be opted from- Providing Corpus Fund, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly or Annual Grants to the Trust, which would assist in smooth handling of the recurring expenses towards health care for the Elders.
Health care camps including General Check Up, Orthopaedics, Eye Care, Skin Care can be organized at the Homes.
The other major opportunity would be to sponsor the rents of the premises while also assisting towards procuring a permanent structure for the Homes.
Vacant land owner in Bengaluru will be fined if waste and debris is found in their plots up to Rs.25000/- if owners don’t clear debris and vegetation within 15 days.
capital of India’s modern economy and home to many of its high-tech workers, is
drowning in its own waste.
used to be India’s cleanest city,” said, president of the National Solid Waste
Association of India. “Now, it is the filthiest.”
BBMP’s order to clear waste from Vacant land :
The BBMP has turned its eyes on the garbage
problem in Bengaluru. Complying with the
directions of the National Green Tribunal, the BBMP has issued a circular under
Karnataka Municipal Act, 1976 to warn the land owners of empty sites or will be
The civic body has issued a circular to its Assistant Executive Engineers (AEEs) of Solid Waste Management at the ward level. The circular directs the AEEs to identify vacant sites that have waste, debris and vegetation and to issue notice to the vacant land owners.
The circular has been issued as part of
implementing SWM Rules 2016. It
recommend filing a police complaint and pursuing a lawsuit against the
concerned land owners.
BBMP Circular on Garbage dumping in Vacant
Garbage dumping in vacant lands s a regular
feature in Bengaluru. A lot of effort
has been made t tackle with problem with a trashy end.
The circular has been issued under KMC Act.
Section 256 – Public Notice ordering deposit
of rubbish and filth by occupier
Section 257 – removal of rubbish and filth
accumulation in large quantities on premises
Section 333 – fencing of building or lands
and pruning of hedges and trees
Once the garbage is cleared, the vacant land
owners will have to ensure the site is fenced and put up a signage asking not
to dump waste and debris.
Circular to Vacant land owners :
The vacant land owners are required to clean garbage and debris in 15 days. If fail to do so, the civic body will clean the debris but will levy a fine of Rs.25000/- to the BBMP.
The penalty will increase from Rs.50000/- to Rs. 1 lakh if the vacant land owners fail to keep their vacant land free from garbage. The BBMP has the authority to file a criminal case against the owners under section 462(2).
According to the circular, the waste
segregation should take place at the source otherwise they will be liable to
pay penalty under Section 431(A) of the Act.
The circular says :
the site within 15 days or pay a fine of Rs.25000/-. The amount levied from the landowner will be
spent by the BBMP for clearing the site.
fencing, put a signage against dumping trash
the land owner fails to respond, the BBMP will clear the waste and debris and collect a fine. Extra amount will be collected with property
even after the issuance of circular, the vacant land owner fails to maintain
the vacant plot the fine amount will increase up to Rs.50000/- to Rs. 1 lakh.
to be filed against landowners in case they refuse to clean up
to be filed against the law owner.
Dengue Menace :
Mr Naik instructed the Health officials to levy fines on owners of under-construction buildings and vacant land owners where fresh water had accumulated.
Against the backdrop of the increasing number of dengue cases, the BBMP is taking measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
Present scenario :
Bengluru’s plague. It chokes water bodies, scars meadows, contaminates streets
and feeds a vast and dangerous ecosystem of rats, mosquitoes, stray dogs,
monkeys and pigs.
more than the fitful electricity and insane traffic, the ubiquitous garbage
shows the incompetence of governance and the dark side of the city’s rapid
economic growth. Greater wealth has spawned more garbage, and the managers of
the city’s pell-mell development have been unable to handle the load.
population exploded with the success of its technology industry, the stresses
in the waste system came close to a breaking point. Now, with Benglauru’s last
landfill is to close permanently and the city running out of abandoned quarries
to quietly divert a day’s load, the system may simply collapse.
Few expect Benglauru’s
municipal government to solve the problem itself. Instead, a network of
nonprofit groups has sprung up to carry out recycling schemes; these
nongovernment organizations have embraced the thousands of rag pickers who
daily paw through the city’s garbage to retrieve valuable refuse like paper,
glass and certain plastics.