Hoax calls  leads to Jail term – Bengaluru

Hoax calls leads to Jail term – Bengaluru

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 go unreported. 

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.

3)  Send hoax calls straight to voicemail.

4)  Block the hoax calls

5)  Using an app.

Ponzi scheme by fraudsters – Beware Bengaluru

Ponzi scheme by fraudsters – Beware Bengaluru

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 real picture.

IMA Jewels – Ponzi scam :

Police have received around 8,500 complaints involving investments approximately worth Rs.1500 crore.   

On 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?

Image mansoor khan

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 seven thousand.

Some of its board of directors are Nasir Hussain, Naveed Ahmed Nattamkar, Nizammuddin Azeemuddin, Afshan Tabassum, Afsar Pasha and Arshad Khan.

Group 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

The principles of IMA according to their website :

  • Belief in Allah Subbanahu Wa Ta’ala
  • No interest
  • No haram investments
  • Financing based on real assets
  • Risk sharing

Why public get interested in Pvt. Organisations?

Some are of the opinion that due to lack of deposit schemes by banks, public are opting for investment in private  co’s. 

The 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.

Normally banks offer an annual interest of around 7% whereas ponzi schemes offer 2.5% monthly interest which comes to around 30% p.a.

The returns on the investment encourages public to invest in these private co’s.

The 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 :

Information 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. 

All 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 investors quickly.

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.

The second one was an education investment scheme, which offered similar rate of annualized return during March-April to the investee.

The 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 group. 

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 20% returns.

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 were bounced. 

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 always risky. 

It is always better to take advice and to enquire about the financial status of private co’s before investing. 

Who will triump #IndvsPak

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

Overall Pakistan 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.

By Young Sportsman and Author – Thanmay Manohar

MEESHO – Startup – Investment by FACEBOOK

MEESHO – Startup – Investment by FACEBOOK

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 Indian startup.

Facebook had 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.

Twitter had, 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.

Meesho’s 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.

In other 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.

History of Meesho :

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 internet ecosystem. 

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 Timesreport 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 :

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.

Vidit Aatrey, 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 channels.

How 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,” he said.

Why Is Social E-commerce Creating waves?

With 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 Social Commerce.

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 challenges.

Conclusion :

According to information on its website, Meesho has over 15,000 suppliers and more than two million resellers throughout the country on its platform.

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 STP under CSR

Mahadevapura Lake gets an eco-friendly STP under CSR

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 :

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 :

Every 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.

And that’s how United Way Bengaluru bring visible, lasting change.

Wake the Lake campaign :

Lakes 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.

Wake 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 spaces.

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.

A by-product 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.

The 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 growth. 

Speaking on 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 socio-cultural life.”

About Mphasis

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 marquee clients.

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.

Sarv 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 RJ Shruti – ‘RJ OF THE YEAR’ at IRF 2019

92.7 BIG FM’s RJ Shruti – ‘RJ OF THE YEAR’ at IRF 2019

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).

BIG FM 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.

BIG 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 jocks.

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.  

Sharing 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 :

The Excellence 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  :

India 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 :

Known 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 in 3 hrs. by Bangaloreans

Seed Ball technique – 1 lakh in 3 hrs. by Bangaloreans

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 campaigns.  

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.

Making of Seed ball by all age group

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?

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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 ready.

Contents of 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 money.

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 right. 

Many seeds will grow from a single seed ball and the plant most suited to the micro conditions of that site will prevail. perties

ACB raid across Karnataka State

ACB raid across Karnataka State

ACB is raiding and searching across the State of Karnataka and are on currently against officials with alleged disproportionate assets.

The officials who are being under the scanner includes :

1. Kallappa M Hosamai

Chemistry professor

Karnataka University Dharwad

Earlier registrar at KUD

2. Uday D Chabbi

AEE PWD Joida subdivision

Uttara Kannada

3. Mahadevappa

AE, Mines and geology department Mangaluru 

The raid includes at houses in Belagavi , Dandeli and 2 offices, Houses at siddehalli, Bengaluru, Kadripade,  Dakshina Kannada, Kanivehalli Chitradurga and their respective offices.

Footpaths to be free of encroachments in Bengaluru

Footpaths to be free of encroachments in Bengaluru

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.

Conclusion :

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 :
  1. Pedestrian crossings at 221 locations
  2. Sky-walks/FOB’s at 86 locations
  3. Up-gradation of pedestrian crossings are 213 spots
  4. Relocation of electrical poles at 97 locations and 76 transformers
  5. Amenities at 47 accident black-spots
  6. Solution to water logging at 45 places
  7. 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 – tribute to a great theatre personality

Girish Karnad – tribute to a great theatre personality

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

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

Early Life of Girish Karnad :

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

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

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

Education :

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

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

Literary works of Girish Karnad :

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

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

He wrote Hayavadana in 1972 and Nagamandala in 1988.

Girish Karnad’s foray into cinema industry :

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

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

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

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

Awards and Honors receive by Girish Karnad :

For Literature :

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

University of Southern California, Los Angeles – 2011.

His plays in English includes :

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

Awards for Cinema :

National Film Awards : s

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

Filmfare Awards South :

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

Filmfare Awards – Hindi

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

Karnataka State Film Awards :

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

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

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

It is the end of an era in Indian Cinema and theatre.  The country has lost a “cultural ambassador”. 

 Bangalorean.com team is Saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace.

Government holiday on 4th Saturday in Karnataka

Government holiday on 4th Saturday in Karnataka

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

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

Pay Commission recommendation :

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

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

6th State Pay Commission :

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

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

Cut in other Government holidays :

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

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

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

Counselling for Grade C & D employees’ transfers :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

B.R.Hills :

BRT Hills

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

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

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

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

Flora and fauna at BRT :

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

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

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

Tiger Reserve :

BRT Tiger Reserve

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

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

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

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

Birds and Animals found at BRT :

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

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

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

Ban of honking and music at BRT :

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

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

Other rules to be followed at BRT :

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

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

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

Translocation of 7095 trees at KIA – Bengaluru

Translocation of 7095 trees at KIA – Bengaluru

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

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

BIAL/KIA Terminal 2 :

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

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

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

Phase wise translocation :

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

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

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

Terminal in a garden :

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

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

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

Survival of trees after translocation :

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

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

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

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

Process of Translocation :

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

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

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

Steps followed during translocation :

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

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

Terminal 2 – a forest belt :

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

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

Cost of translocation of trees :

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

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

Diversion of traffic :

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

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

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

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


World Environment Day –  theme : Air Pollution – Bengaluru

World Environment Day – theme : Air Pollution – Bengaluru

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

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

Theme – World Environment Day 2019 :

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

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

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

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

Air Pollution :

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

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

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

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

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

Why 5th June every year?

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

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

What do people do on World Environment day?

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

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

Background – World Environment Day :

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

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

Symbols featured :

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

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

Significance of the day :

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

World Environment day at Bengaluru :

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

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

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

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

Politicians participation – World Environment day :

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

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

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

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

Bangalore International Centre :

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

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

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

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Second Division Assistant caught by ACB

Second Division Assistant caught by ACB

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

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

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

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

Health Inspector caught by ACB :

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

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

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

Rs.50 K Crore for civil works at Bengaluru

Rs.50 K Crore for civil works at Bengaluru

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

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

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike :

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

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

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

Top priorities of the Government :

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

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

Memorandum of Understanding :

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

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

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

Investment in the project :

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

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

Areas covered under the project :

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

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

Dry Waste Collection Centres (DWCCs) :

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

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

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

Bengaluru’s SWM Journey :

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

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

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

High Court Order :

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

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

HEAL YOUR GUT!

HEAL YOUR GUT!

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

Fitness and Nutrition for busy people

Fitness and Nutrition for busy people

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

Karnataka MP’s as Union Ministers – Bengaluru

Karnataka MP’s as Union Ministers – Bengaluru

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 Gowda :

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 :

  • 1983–1988 State Secretary, BJP Yuva Morcha, Karnataka
  • 1994–2004 Member, Karnataka, Karnaka Legislative Assembly ( 2 times)
  • 1995–1996 Member, Cell for preparing Draft Bill on Prohibiting atrocities on Women, Government of Karnataka.
  • 1999–2004 Deputy Leader of Opposition, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
  • 1999–2001 Member, Committee on Commerce
  • 2001–2002 Member, Committee for Energy, Fuel & Power, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
  • 2002–2003 Member, Public Undertaking Committee, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
  • 2003–2004 President, Public Accounts Committee, Karnataka Legislative Assembly
  • 2004 Elected to 14th Lok Sabha
  • 2006–2010 State President, BJP, Karnataka
  • 2006–2009 Member, Committee on Commerce
  • 2006–onwards Member, Sub-committee of the Department Related Parliamentary standing Committee on Commerce for Special Economic Zones
  • 2009 Elected to 15th Lok Sabha
  • 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
  • 2015-2016 Cabinet Minister – Law & Justice
  • 2016- 2019  Minister of Statistics and Program Implementation
  • 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 Joshi :

  • 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 Lok Sabha
  • 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 Industry, Hubballi.
  • 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.

He completed 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 unit.
  • 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.

Sitharaman is 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.

Positions held 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 :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Cabinet Ministers:

  1. 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.

      2.   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 Distribution.

      8.   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 Processing Industries.

    11.   Thaawar Chand Gehlot – Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.

    12.   Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar – Minister of External Affairs.

    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 Affairs.

    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 Shakti.

List for Ministers of State (Independent Charge):​​​​​​​
  • Santosh Kumar Gangwar – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and
  • Employment.
  • 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:

1. Faggansingh Kulaste –  Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel.

2. Ashwini 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

   State in  the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

4. General (Retd.) V. K. Singh – Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

5. Krishan Pal – Minister 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.

8. Parshottam Rupala – Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

9. Ramdas Athawale – Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

10. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti – Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.

11. Babul 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.

15. Angadi Suresh Channabasappa – Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.

16. Nityanand 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.

19. Renuka Singh Saruta – Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

20. Som Parkash – Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

21. Rameswar 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.

23. Kailash 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 at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital – Bengaluru

MRI Scan Centre at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital – Bengaluru

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.

Since its invention, doctors and researchers continue to refine MRI techniques to assist in medical procedures and research. The development of MRI revolutionized medicine.

The Sanjay 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 Scan ?

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.

Magnetic 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.

MRI Scan 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.

The hospital receives about 250 out-patients and about 10-30 accident cases on an average day, and most of the patients require an MRI scan.

Other facility at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital :

The government 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  awareness – Deaths due to electric shock

BESCOM awareness – Deaths due to electric shock

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.

Illegal buildings, 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.

Common 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 others alike.

Electrocution :

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.

The health 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.

Residents welfare associations involved :

Residents 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.

Causes of electrocution :

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).

Technical and 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.

Prevention :

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 :

Dos :

  1. Educate children regarding electric safety and to be away from Electrical wires.
  2. Always ensure that the plug socket is out of reach of children
  3. Use 3 pin plug sockets and ensure that the third point is earthed
  4. Get wiring work done through a Government Licensed Electrical Contractor
  5. Ensure that installation is provided with suitable grounding/earthing
  6. Always use ISI certified Appliances, Wires and Cables
  7. Check Electric gadgets regularly for Safety
  8. Get Gadgets repaired by authorized electricians only.

Don’ts :

  1. Do not construct buildings close to electrical wires
  2. Do not touch snapped electrical wires/un-insulated wires Call 1912 immediately
  3. Do not operate electrical switches / equipment with wet hands
  4. Do not tie banners or publicity material to electricity poles
  5. Do Not use guy wires tied to a pole for drying clothes
  6. Don’t climb electric poles
  7. Do not cut trees/branches near the overhead lines
  8. Do not cut trees/branches near the overhead lines
  9. Do not try to remove or chop trees fallen on electrical lines
  10. Do not Energize fences
  11. Do not take un-authorized connections from BESCOM lines.

Do-It-Yourself Travel –  a recent trend in traveling

Do-It-Yourself Travel – a recent trend in traveling

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 another. 

Trends 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 :

  1.  Flexibility
  2. Go at one’s own face
  3. Budget friendly
  4. Increased anticipation
  5. Start when you are ready
  6. Follow own interests

Disadvantages of Do-It-Yourself travel :

  1. A lot of work to create a plan and execute it.
  2. Stress and the anxiety of not knowing how everything will play out can be difficult.
  3. When problems arise, there is no one to blame but yourself.
  4. 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 :

  1.  Get documents in order
  2. Establish a budget
  3. Pick a destination
  4. Creating a rough itinerary
  5. Do the booking
  6. Book accommodations
  7. Consider travel insurance if going abroad
  8. Book local transportation
  9. Tackle last minute logistics
  10. Pack the bag

Emergencies  during Do-It-Yourself travel :

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 –

  1. Be local – Try out something new and try the local stuff.
  2. Have  a hearty laugh –  do something different or clumsy that might appear to be funny.
  3. Make new friends – Talk to the locals while travelling and mingle with people in the countryside or village. 
  4. Use public transport – As far as possible do not hire a local cab and move around.
  5. Travel early in the day  – Make sure that you rise early and enjoy the early hours.

The Don’ts –

1)    Restricting yourself to popular travel portals – explore different travel platforms to know more about bookings, hotels, places to visit etc.

2)    Stop being a techno-addict

3)    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.  

4)    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.

Plan your holiday and enjoy.

 

 

Raid by ACB at Marathahalli – Bengaluru

Raid by ACB at Marathahalli – Bengaluru

On 25.5.2019 the ACB , Bengaluru City Police team officials set a trap to catch Sri. Chandrashekar.N who is 40 years old is an Assessor, Bellandur Ward No.150 who is a Marathahalli Zone BBMP Official.

He was caught by DSP Jagadeesh and Team while accepting a bribe of Rs.12,000/-.

A resident of Kasavanahalli, Mudaliar Layout had applied for Khata transfer of a site.  He applied for the same through BBMP Online site.

Sri. Chandrashekar.N. Assessor, Assistant Tax officer, Marathahalli, BBMP Sub-Division, Bengaluru had demanded a bribe of Rs.12,000.00 to do the same.  

He is been suspended and a case has been registered.  Investigations are on.

27 lakes to be taken up by BBMP – Bengaluru

27 lakes to be taken up by BBMP – Bengaluru

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 :

  1. Eutrophication of lakes because of nutrient input
  2. Inflow of sewage to lakes
  3. Shrinkage of water body
  4. Solid waste dumping in the periphery of lakes
  5. Encroachment of lake and urbanization in catchment area
  6. Reduced storm water flow to lake body due to interception in catchment area and deforestation
  7. Shoreline erosion
  8. Weed growth

Lakes in Bengaluru :

Lakes in 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.

BBMP to 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. 

The State government has sanctioned Rs.348 crore for the rejuvenation project. The BBMP proposed to include public toilets, fencing, children’s park. boating and other small parks.

27 lakes – Zone wise rejuvenation :

The civic body is planning to rejuvenate lakes zone wise.   They zones where lake are identified are :

Mahadevapura zone – 9 lakes

Bommanahalli zone – 13 lakes

Rajarajeshwarinagar Zone – 2 lakes

Dasarahalli Zone – one lake

Yelahanka Zone – 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.

Tenders have been called for the project and the work will be starting very soon.

Name of lakes – 27 lakes to get new life :

  1. Kaggadasapura lake
  2. Hoodi giddanakere
  3. Nagarabhavi lake
  4. Jimkenahalli lake
  5. Kalkere Rampura lake
  6. Nagareshwara – Nagenahalli lake
  7. Abbigere lake
  8. Shivanahalli lake
  9. Talghatapura lake
  10. Mahadevapura Lake
  11. Mesthripalya Lake
  12. Nallurahalli lake
  13. Byrasandra lake
  14. Gunjur playa lake
  15. Basapura lake
  16. Basavanapura lake
  17. Chikka Begur lake
  18. Devarakere
  19. Doddakallasandra lake
  20. Gowdana Palya,
  21. Gubbalalu lake
  22. Hulimavu lake
  23. Konappana Agrahar Lake
  24. Kammanahalli lake
  25. Vasanthapura lake
  26. Yelenahalli lake
  27. Daddabidarakallu lake

Co-operation 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.

Deep desilting is also needed to resume the original depth of the lake.  Ecologists, environmentalists and hydro-geologists are to be involved.

Private adoption of lakes :

Five firms have signed an agreement with the Karnataka State government to adopt lakes in and around the Bengaluru city a few months back.

India Inc. 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. 

Breaching of a lake

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. 

Road flooding

BBMP officials did not rule out lakes overflowing this monsoon if the rainfall is too heavy.

To know more about lake rejuvenation read https://bangalorean.com/blog/45-lakes-revival-in-bengaluru-by-2025/



Women MP’s increased to 78  in LS polls 2019

Women MP’s increased to 78 in LS polls 2019

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 11 each.  Karnataka is sending 2 MP’s Shobha karandlaje of BJP and Sumalatha Ambareesh – an Independent  party.

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 :

A total 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 five years.

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. 

Prominent women 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.

Smriti Irani

 

Sumalatha Ambareesh

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.

Four 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.

The 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.

Criminal records :

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 MP Winners:

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.

Ramya Haridas

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.

Mahua Moitra

Women in Politics :

West Bengal

Mimi Chakraborty, Jadavpur – AITC

Aparupa Poddar, Arambag – AITC

Locket Chatterjee, Hooghly – AITC

Pratima Mondal, Joynagar – AITC

Sajda Ahmed, Uluberia – AITC

Sougata Roy, Dum Dum – AITC

Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Barasat – AITC

Mala Roy, Kolkata Dakshin – AITC

Mahua Moitra, Krishnanagar – AITC

Uttar Pradesh :

Anupriya Patel, Mirzapur – Apna Dal

Sonia Gandhi, Rae Bareli – INC

Sanghmitra Maurya, Badaun – BJP

Keshari Patel, Phulpur – BJP

Smriti Irani, Amethi – BJP

Hema Malini, Mathura – BJP

Maneka Gandhi, Sultanpur – BJP

Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Prayagraj – BJP

Niranjan Jyoti, Fatehpur – BJP

Rekha Verma, Dhaurahra – BJP

Sangeeta Azad, Lalganj – BSP

Maharashtra : 

Poonam Mahajan, Mumbai North Central – BJP

Heena Vijayakumar Gavit, Nandurbhar – BJP

Bhavana Gawali, Yavatmal-Washim – Shivsena

Bharati Pravin Pawar, Dindori – BJP

Supriya Sule, Baramati – NCP

Pritam Munde, Beed – BJP

Raksha Khadse, Raver – BJP

Navnit Rana, Amravati – Independent (NCP support)

Orissa : 

Aparajita Sarangi, Bhubaneswar – BJP

Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo, Bolangir -BJP

Pratima Bisoyi, Aska – BJP

Rajashree Mallick, Jagatsinghpur – BJD

Manjulata Mandal, Bhadrak – BJD

Chandrani Murmu, Keonjhar – BJD

Gujarat :

 Bharati Ben Shiyal, Bhavnagar – BJP

Geetaben Rathva, Chhota Udaipur – BJP

Poonamben Maadam, Jamnagar – BJP

Darshana Jardosh, Surat – BJP

Ranjanben Bhatt, Vadodara – BJP

Andhra Pradesh :

Chinta Anuradha, Amalapuram – YSCRP

Goddeti Madhavi, Aruku – YSCRP

Vanga Geethaviswanath, Kakinada – YSCRP

Beesetti Venkata Satyavathi, Anakapalli – YSCRP

Madhya Pradesh :

Pragya Singh Thakur, Bhopal – BJP

Sandhya Ray, Bhind – BJP

Riti Pathak, Sidhi – BJP

Himadri Singh, Shahdol – BJP

Chattisgarh :

Jyotsna Mahant, Korba – INC

Gomtee Sai, Raigarh – BJP

Renuka Singh, Sarguja – BJP

Bihar :

Rama Devi, Sheohar – BJP

Veena Devi, Vaishali – LJP

Kavita Singh, Siwan – JD(U)

Rajasthan :

Ranjeeta Kohli, Bharatpur – BJP

Jas Kaur Meena, Dausa – BJP

Diya Kumari, Rajsamand – BJP

Tamil Nadu :

Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, Thoothukudi – DMK

Thamizhachi Thangapandian (Sumathy), Chennai South – DMK

Jothimani Sennimalai, Karur – INC

Karnataka :

Sumalatha Ambareesh, Mandya – Independent (BJP support)

Shobha Karandlaje, Udupi Chikmagalur – BJP

Jharkhand :

Annapurna Devi, Kodarma – BJP

Geeta Kora, Singhbhum- INC

Tripura :

Pratima Bhowmik, Tripura West – BJP

Haryana :

Suneeta Duggal, Sirsa – BJP

Meghalaya :

Agatha K Sangma, Tura – NPP

Assam :

Queen Ojha, Gauhati – BJP

Kerala :

Ramya Haridas, Alathur – INC

Punjab :

Preneet Kaur, Patiala – INC

Telangana :

Maloth Kavitha, Mahabubabad – TRS

Uttarakhand :

Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, Tehri Garhwa – BJP.

Bengaluru LS 2019 results

Bengaluru LS 2019 results

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 prepared for the coming Monsoon ?

Monsoon – Is Benglauru prepared for the coming Monsoon ?

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 season.

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. 

Pothole-riddled roads, 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 into rivers. 

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 roads.

Drains lack walls and overflowing lakes :

Building walls are one problem whereas silt accumulation is another.  This has reduced the carrying capacity of drains.

The existing 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 :

Eain water logging in the city

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 season begins.

Conclusion :

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.

Last year several rain-related deaths were reported in the city because of unpreparedness of the authorities. 

Significance of area names in Bengaluru

Significance of area names in Bengaluru

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 after.

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.

Residents 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 in Benguluru.

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 Hospitals.

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.

Malleshwaram :

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.

Sampige 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.

Other 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 Chatter.

Jayanagar –  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

It is 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 blocks.

Indiranagar :

Indiranagar was formed as a BDA layout in the late 1970s, and was named after the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.

It is 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.

J.P.Nagar :

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 BTM Layout.

Significance of name Kengeri :

The name 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.[1] 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 Magadi taluks.

After Hoysala 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.

K.R.Market  :

 It is 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.

 Fraser 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 :

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 its citizens.

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 :

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.

Whitefield :

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.

Vijayanagara :

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 :

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 :

Michael 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   Named 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

Arekere :

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 pond.

Basaveshwaranagar :

Basaveshwaranagar 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) + ooru (village)

Significance of name Hebbal :

The word 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.

Jeevanbheemanagar :

Originally, 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).

Rajarajeshwarinagar :

The area was named after Rajarajeshwari Temple which is located in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar. The locality has plenty of greenery.

Nagarabhavi :

Naagarabhaavi 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 :

Kodigehalli is so called because it was a gift from the king, Veera Ballala to a resident of that area,an old lady who fed him.

Madiwala :

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

Sunkadkatte :

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.

Seshadripuram :

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.

Doddanekundi :

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.

R.T.Nagar :

It is situated in the northern part of the city. It is named after Rabindranath Tagore.

Omashram Trust – Old Age Care at Bengaluru

Omashram Trust – Old Age Care at Bengaluru

Omashram 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 citizens.

Founder of Omashram :

Smt. Geeta Shankarthe 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.”

Facilities at Omashram Trust :

Omashram 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 benevolence.

Mission 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 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 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     

   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 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 after them.

Facilities available 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, three meals.

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 owners – fined if waste,debris found – BBMP

Vacant Land owners – fined if waste,debris found – BBMP

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.

Bangalore, the capital of India’s modern economy and home to many of its high-tech workers, is drowning in its own waste.

“Bangalore 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 fined Rs.25000/-.

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 Land :

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 :

  • Clear 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.
  • After fencing, put a signage against dumping trash
  • If 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 tax.
  • If 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.
  • Complaints to be filed against landowners in case they refuse to clean up
  • Lawsuit 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 :

Garbage is 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.

Perhaps even 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.

Conclusion :

As Bengaluru’s 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.