Car pooling halt in Karnataka – Ola and Uber riders affected

Car pooling halt in Karnataka – Ola and Uber riders affected

Car pooling or share ride in Karnataka is halted immediate effect.   The Karnataka Transport Department on 28th June directed popular cab aggregators Ola and Uber to withdraw car pooling feature from their mobile applications immediately.

While the drivers are happy about the ban on car pooling, the move is likely to affect and disappoint passengers who regularly use share services, known for being cheaper than the regular cab services. 

Ola and Uber Services :

Ola and Uber may have had a great year with the homegrown ride hailing service getting funding, while the international company reached its IPO landmark.

But coming as a bump in this glorious path is Karnataka government’s order to both the companies to withdraw their pool services in Bengaluru.

Ola & Uber drivers reaction to halt Car pooling :

The drivers pointed out that both companies did not have the licence to provide carpool service. They had also been protesting against the hassles faced during pooling services, which includes passengers frequently arguing or fighting with each other and issues related to women’s safety.

However, both Ola and Uber said the car-pooling services enables customers to save money and fuel.

Ola’s investment :

Ola has been in the news lately. It recently announced a strategic partnership with Hyundai Motor Group,  where Hyundai and Kia Motor Corporation, both part of the same group, will make a combined investment of $300 million in the ride-sharing platform. 

Last month, it raised Rs 650 crore in funding from Sachin Bansal, Co-founder of Flipkart. In January, Sachin had invested Rs.150 crore in the company  and committed additional funding. The ride-hailing aggregator has already raised $74 million led by Steadview Capital as part of its larger $2 billion round.

Public Reaction :

Ola Share and UberPOOL, the ride-sharing features from the two aggregators, enjoy popularity among commuters and have been hailed as practical solutions to traffic congestion. The transport authority’s previous attempt to ban the carpooling feature in 2017 saw opposition from transport experts. 

Public are not happy about the ban of car pooling by the Government.  Banning car pooling is definitely not the way out.  With last mile connectivity and lack of public transport infrastructure, car pooling is much more better than having 4 different/separate cars on the road.

According to public ride sharing is legal as long as it involves cost sharing and the owner/driver of the said car is not flouting the law to make a profit. Owners of private cars involved in car pooling in India do not require a special permit.

Ola share banned during night :

Recently Ola Ride-Sharing was blocked by taxi aggregator Ola at night between 11 pm and 6 am  due to the safety of the passengers and the driver’s earnings.

Commuters will not be able to use ola ride-sharing to work through taxi aggregators ola.

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

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

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

Car Pooling / Ride-sharing :

Thousands of commuters rely on ride-sharing to get to places as it is affordable.  But nobody knows whether it remains permanent.  The facility was stopped earlier this week.

The passengers pay 30% to 60% less by sharing the cab with others travelling on the same route.

Road space – car pooling / ride sharing :

The ride sharing or car pooling was well appreciated for its role in reducing congestion by carrying more people in less vehicles. The decision was a disappointing news for a lot of people who work late in the night.

Ola talked about “ease of use”, “lower prices”, and “decongesting cities”, they do not take responsibility for the passenger’s safety. The companies do guarantee passenger safety even after the rider has boarded the cab.

In a country where fake identity proofs are so common, allowing strangers to share rides can be risky.

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Jaladhare – water supply project – Bengaluru

Jaladhare – water supply project – Bengaluru

Jaladhare drinking water supply project is a big  project, which will be implemented by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) department.  The project aims to provide piped water supply to every village in the state.

Raising a loan for Jaladhare project :

The State Government of Karnataka is planning to raise a loan of US $400 million which comes to about Rs.2,800 crore from Beijing head quartered Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to fund drinking water supply project Jaladhare.

Key numbers under the Jaladhare project :

Estimated cost of Jaladhare project :  Rs.53,000 crore

Supply target – 85 litres per capita per day

Coverage : 4.02 crore rural population

Water Requirement : 78 tmcft

Live storage capacity in reservoirs/dams : 665 tmcft.

Aim of Jaladhare project :

The Jaladhare project aims to provide piped water supply to all rural households over a period of 7 years in the State of Karnataka.  This project cover a population of 4 crore people. 

Water for the project will be drawn from reservoirs, canals and perennial rivers.

Funding for the project :

The Central Government has cleared the loan proposal for water supply project and the Finance Ministry’s Department of Economic Affairs has recommended Jaladhare Project for AIIB Funding. 

If the project gets approved, this will be the 2nd project from Karnataka to be funded by the Beijing headquartered Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). 

The first project funded was to construct the Gottigere-Nagavara Metro line at a cost of $335.

With Jaladhare project, the Government is planning to redo water supply.  The main focus will be from ground water to surface water.

According to Minister Krishna Byre Gowda, “from 1985, Karnataka invested heavily on ground water-based supply schemes.  But due to recurring drought, ground water has failed and the investment has become redundant”.

Jaladhare in phases :

The first phase of Jaladhare covers Raichur, Vijayapura, Kolar and Mandya Districts.

  • Raichur gets water from Narayanapura and Tungabadra reservoirs.
  • Vijayapura gets pipes water from Almatti and Narayanapura reservoirs.
  • Mandya gets water from KRS and
  • The source of water for Kolar is from Yettinahole project. 

The project Yettinahole plans to cover Kolar, Hassan, Tumakuru, Chikkaballapur and Bengaluru rural districts. 

The cost for these 4 districts will be amount to Rs.6000 crore.

Second phase of Jaladhare covers Belgavi, Kulbargi and Shivamogga.

Compulsory Kannada in Schools – Bengaluru

Compulsory Kannada in Schools – Bengaluru

Compulsory Kannada in schools is being implemented according to S.R.Srinivas, Primary and Secondary Education Minister.

The Kannada language will be compulsory in all schools across all boards. Students from Class 1 to Class 10 will be taught Kannada in all the schools.

Statement by Minister:

S.R.Srinivas, who is the Primary and Secondary Education Minister instructed all the Deputy Directors of Public Instructions (DDPIs) and Block Education Officers (BEDs) to make sure to implement compulsory Kannada Act or else get ready to face action.

AS per the Act, every school in Karnataka State including those affiliated to CBSE and ICSE boards are instructed to teach Kannada as first or the second language.

According to the Minister it is a State Act and is mandatory for schools to follow the same.

Reaction of Private Schools :

Private schools in the Karnataka State demanded to issue an order from the Central Government. 

According to D.Shashi Kumar, General Secretary, Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka, “We hope the minister convenes a meeting with us and understands the real difficulties in implementing the compulsory Kannada Act.  The private schools are not against implementing Kannada, but the authorities concerned and the government must know the difficulties we are facing”.

There is provision to learn only two languages in the schools affiliated to ICSE. 

Violation of Traffic Rules – cost heavier

Violation of Traffic Rules – cost heavier

Violation of Traffic Rules – has become very expensive.  According to the new traffic rules of the Motor Vehicles Act Amendment Bill, violation of traffic rules attracts a minimum of Rs.1,000/- fine and a maximum of Rs.1,00,000/- lakh.

The other traffic violations inviting heavy fines are:

Not giving way to Ambulance attracts Rs.10,000/-

Traffic violations now attracts a penalty of Rs.500/- in place of Rs.100/0 and disobedience of order of authorities will attract a minimum penalty of Rs.2000/- in place of Rs.500/-

A Minor/Juvenile driving vehicle attracts a fine of Rs.25,000/- (case will be filed against parent or guardian) Registration of the vehicle will be cancelled.

Overloading of Vehicles or goods vehicle exceeding the load limit will be fined Rs.20,000/-

Fast/Rash/ over-speed driving attracts a fine of  Rs.1,000/- to Rs,2,000/-

Driving without wearing Seat Belt and Helmet attracts a fine of Rs.1,000/0 and suspension of Driving Licence for 3 months.

Driving without Insurance attracts a fine of Rs.2,000/-

The driving training process has been strengthened under the proposed law. To help road accident victims, Good Samaritans guidelines are incorporated in the bill.

New traffic rules implementation at Bengaluru :

  • Using mobile phone while riding/driving attracts Rs.1,000/- from 28th June 2019. previously Rs.100/- was fined.
  • Penalty for parking in non-designated places, over-speeding and riding/driving vehicles without insurance Rs.1,000/-
  • Driving Motor Vehicles without registration, the fine will be Rs.5,000/- for the 1st time and Rs.5,000/- for the second and subsequent offences.
  • Driving Vehicles without Fitness Certificate (FC) attracts Rs.2,000/- fine 1st time and Rs.5,000/- for he second and subsequent offences.
  • Non-parking offence attracts Rs.1,000/0 instead of Rs.100/- This fine excludes towing charges.
  • Penalty for 2 wheelers including towing charges – Rs.1650/- and penalty for 4 wheelers including towing charges will be around Rs.2,000/-

Traffic offences fine highlights :

Exceeding speed limit :

Earlier – Rs.300/- Revised – Rs.1,000/- if driven by self and

Rs. 500/- if driven by employee/driver

Driving without insurance :

Earlier – Rs.500/- Revised – Rs.1,000/-

Driving dangerously/suing mobile while driving/carrying goods with load projection of either side in dangerous manner

Earlier – Two wheelers Rs.300/- Non-Transport Rs.400/- and Transport Rs.500/-

Revised – Rs.1,000/- first offence and Rs.2,000/- subsequent offence.

Driving vehicle without registration :

Earlier – Rs.1,500/- for first offence and Rs.3,000/- for 2nd offence

Revised – Rs.5,000/- for first offence and Rs.10,000/- for second offence

Driving vehicle without fitness certificate :

Earlier :

Auto  Rs. 500/- first offence and Rs.1,000 second offence

Maxi cab Rs.1,000/- 1st offence and Rs.2,000/- 2nd offence

Goods Rs.1,500/- 1st offence and Rs.3,000/- 2nd offence

Buses Rs.2,000/- 1st offence and Rs.4,000/- 2nd offence

Others Rs.1,000/- 1st offence and Rs.2,000/- 2nd offence

Revised : Rs.2,000/- for first offence and Rs.5,000/- for subsequent offence

Stage Carriage Conductors :

Earlier Failing to accept fare  Rs.100/-

Fails or refuses to supply ticket Rs.100/-

Invalid ticket Rs.100/-

Providing ticket or lesser value Rs.100/-

Failing to check pass/ticket Rs.100/-

Revised to Rs.500/-

Reaction of Bengaluru citizens :

Motorists int he city are not happy with the change in penalty rates. they are furious over the hike in no-parking fine as there are no spaces for parking in Bengaluru. the traffic police have not put the no-parking boards at many places but when parked in theses places collect fines blatantly.

The traffic police in Bengaluru are launching a special drive from 28th June 2019 to create awareness among riders/drivers about the recent increased fines.

Be a responsible citizen, drive carefully.

Cross border investments – Bangalore in top 10 in APAC list

Cross border investments – Bangalore in top 10 in APAC list

Cross border investments – Bengaluru entered the list of top 10 cities that attracted maximum cross-border investment in Asia Pacific (APAC) for the 1st time.  It will be receiving over USD 1.6 billion last fiscal according to property consultant CBRE.


Asia-Pacific (abbreviated as APAC) is the part of the world  in or near the Western Pacific Ocean. The region varies in area depending on which context, but it typically includes much of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania.

APAC’s members include accreditation bodies, accreditation focal points and other organisations that have an interest in accredited conformity assessment results.

APAC is recognized by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as one of four APEC Specialist Regional Bodies (SRBs) that support the work of the APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance.

Cross-border investments :

Cross-border investment refers to the net inflows of investment to acquire a lasting management interest (10 percent or more of voting stock) in an enterprise operating in an economy other than that of the investor

Cross-Border Transactions include both outbound and inbound transfers of property, stock, or financial and commercial obligations between related entities resident or operating in different tax jurisdictions.

CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd, – Cross border investments :

CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd. –  India’s leading real estate consulting firm’s Asia Pacific Investor Intentions Survey 2019 findings revealed that Bengaluru – the capital city of Karnataka- for the first time has featured in the list of top ten destinations for cross-border investment across Asia Pacific.

The survey revealed that India was among the top five preferred markets in APAC on the back of the launch of the first Real Estate Investment Trust – REIT (Embassy-Blackstone) and the resulting improved market transparency. The drivers for this trend were new infrastructure and potential growth opportunities in the market.

REIT – Real Estate Investment Trust :

The first REIT by Embassy Group and Blackstone Group LP was launched in India in March this year and it is expected to catalyse investments in the country.

Improved investor sentiment in office assets is likely to expose potential quality buildings as a fundraising avenue for developers and also propel major corporations to lease/purchase space in these development.

Preferred investment destination :

Bengaluru featured as the first Indian city in the list of preferred investment destination on the basis of its growing reputation across the globe as the home base to several international corporates,” said Anshuman Magazine, Chairman and CEO, India, South East Asia, Middle East and Africa, CBRE.

Bengaluru city with a significant talent base and world-class infrastructure offers several investment grade options in office, retail, as well as residential segments,

Bengaluru is considered as one of the fastest growing cities in India with the presence of important players from the areas of information technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and other sectors.

Money and Borders :

Cross-border investments in a changing global marketplace – Governments appear to have become bigger players in economic affairs, and we may be entering an era in which nationalist ambitions will make globalization more difficult to manage.

What is clear is the need for companies and funds pursuing cross-border investments to adapt their investment strategies and operations to function effectively at the intersection of government, business and finance.

The upside story on cross-border investment is one that companies can use to good advantage. Inbound and outbound investments confer substantial benefits – they create employment, stimulate R&D, generate tax revenues, and enhance competition.

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.

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.

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.

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

PG (Paying Guest) – Majority unlicensed in Bengaluru

PG (Paying Guest) – Majority unlicensed in Bengaluru

PG (Paying Guest) hostels –  Majority of the PG hostels in Bengaluru are unlicensed.  Only a few women’s PG hostels have CCTV cameras and round the lock 24/7 security guards.

The PG (Paying Guest) hostels are not monitored by any authority.  Bengaluru police doesn’t have a list of paying guest facilities in the city. And the city administration body, BBMP too doesn’t have a list of authorized PGs readily available online.

What does authorized/ licensed PG mean?

Unauthorized/unlicensed  PG (Paying guest) facilities are the ones not registered with either BBMP or the police, hence not obligated to provide security to the inhabitants. There is no monitoring done by any agency on such PG facilities.

Under Schedule 10 part II of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act 1976, PG accommodations are supposed to procure trade license from BBMP Health Department. License fee varies with the number of rooms that the accommodation has. Even the PG accommodations having less than 10 rooms are supposed to have license.

Lodging and PG (Paying Guest) accommodation :

There is no distinction between both facilities, yet minor contrasts amongst Lodging and paying guest will be there. Large portions of individuals don’t know totally about paying visitor settlement and which is better for their living.

Lodging is a position of convenience, where we can discover diverse individuals from better places to remain for impermanent facilities for a long/brief time.

Lodging – Living with a gathering of companions.

PG (paying Guest) is additionally one of the conveniences. Paying visitor benefit significantly gave by families on a rental premise to share their property.

What is PG (Paying Guest) Hostel?

Paying Guests or P.G. is generally popular with students. As the name indicates, this accommodation is related with the feel of guest. Generally, in a P.G. accommodation a person is treated like guest but it does not mean that one does not have to pay for the accommodation.

PG Scenario at Bengaluru :

A lot of girls and working women get accommodation at PG in Bengaluru in a large numbers.  But it is at their own risk.  A majority of the PG hostels in Bengaluru are unlicensed and unregulated.

There are incidents of men breaking in to steal cash, jewellery and laptops.  Sometimes the breakinf happens with intent violence.

Things mandatory in a PG (Paying Guest) hostel :

According to Chairman of the BBMP Standing Committee on health Mr.Mujahid Pasha, CCTV are mandatory for PG hostels.

The other things must at a PG are a security guard on duty around the clock.  The PG should have a trade licence from BBMP.  Once the licence is obtained it should be displayed prominently in the premises along with the Area Police Number.

Action against illegal PG’s :

Those who are running the PG hostels with no licence can be booked under the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act.  They can be punished by closing and sealing the working of the PG. 

PG (Paying Guest) Owners can obtain a license :

  1. Obtain a trade license for PGs – This can now be done easily online on the BBMP website.
  2. Pay commercial tax for utilities such as rent, water and electricity.

Problems / Issues faced in PG (Paying Guest) :

  1. One will not choose their  flat-mates in PG.  If the resident  don’t gel well with them, they are stuck. Most people staying in PG fall into two groups – a) students b) working professionals. Typically the two groups have different lifestyles and hence if the resident  belong to group a but majority of flat mates belong to group b or vice versa,  it is  likely to be uncomfortable. Even when all flat mates are working professionals, there is no guarantee that they will gel with all of them.
  2. In most PG accommodations residents get Wifi but if a resident is a high data consumer or if  a resident  need very high bandwidth, one will find  most likely the PG Wifi useless. Biggest problem with a PG accommodation is that the resident  won’t be allowed to bring in guests who would stay overnight. That means after a party, even if a friend is too drunk to drive or go home, he/she can’t crash in at PG.
  3. Typically most owners would have a problem with paying guests bringing in guests of the opposite gender especially beyond 9 pm at night. That’s a severe constraint
  4. PG accommodations offer very little space.  So every time a resident  buys something, they  have to consider the space constraint before buying.
  5. In PG accommodations most of the services (like internet, DTH, newspapers) etc are shared and common for everyone. So if  a resident  have special needs, the services can’t be customized.
  6. In a PG, there’s hardly any privacy. The accommodation will be sharedby 1 or two more people.

The only plus point of a PG compared to a shared apartment is relatively low rent/deposit.

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Higher cutoff for girls in Bengaluru Colleges

Higher cutoff for girls in Bengaluru Colleges

Higher cutoff for girls in Bengaluru colleges is illegal and discriminatory.  PU colleges in Bengaluru are setting higher cut-off for girls when compared to that for boys this admission season.   Female students are apparently being punished for scoring better marks. 

In a country where women are under represented in almost all walks of life, where women face discrimination and violence on everyday basis, a few colleges in Bengaluru believe they have a problem of “too many girls”.

To ‘fix’ this problem a higher cutoff mark for girls for admissions into PU courses.  To justify the decision, the colleges are quoting guidelines issued by the Karnataka Government that in fact aimed to improve girls access to education.

Government rule :

To balance an equal number of girls and boys in government and government-aided institutions, the department of Pre-University Education of the Karnataka State government had issued guidelines to PU Colleges to follow a seat matrix. 

This was primarily introduced to ensure that more girl students are given admission in the colleges.

Reasons given for higher cutoff for girls :

For Example in Christ PU College, the cutoff for the science stream is 93.92% for girls and 91.04% for boys –   a difference of 2.88% .

The cutoff for boys opting for science in Bengaluru’s ME SPU college is 92% while for girls it is 95%.  For girls opting to take up commerce, the cut off is 94% while for boys it is 92%.

The Vice-Chancellor of Christ (deemed to be University) Fr. Abraham VM, was justifying by saying, “Girls are smart and this is not a new trend.  If there is no higher cutoff, the college will have only girls.  Higher cutoff is to bring in gender balance”.

Normally cutoffs have been set at a high with even the 85% benchmark not guaranteeing admission in the sought-after colleges.  Some colleges do not carry a cut off for admission.

Missing names in Second list due to cutoff :

Students with 85% marks in class 10 didn’t figure in the second list for admissions published by famous colleges in Bengaluru city.

One of the parent whose daughter has scored 76% quoted, “there is cutoff and there is quota.  I have not forced my daughter to score 90%.  I know a child achieves a lot more and marks does not matter.  My daughter is an all rounder.  Life has big plans for her.  But I don’t know how to make sure she get through”.

Reaction of students :

One student said, “It is unfair. Girls are punished for faring better than boys.” She had scored 91.2 per cent in her 10th standard and was hoping to get into science at Christ. The cutoff for the stream, however, is 93.92 per cent for girls and 91.04 per cent for boys — a difference of 2.88 per cent.

A higher cutoff for girls has caused an outrage on social media, with many criticising how women are often punished for being better than men.

High Court Notice to PU Colleges :

The Karnataka High Court has issued notice to the State Government, office of Collegiate Education and Pre-University Education Department for demanding huge sums of money as donation.

Bengaluru Boy Udit Kumar V top JEE (Mains) Paper 2

Bengaluru Boy Udit Kumar V top JEE (Mains) Paper 2

Bengaluru boy – Udit Kumar V. tops JEE Main paper 2 in Karnataka. The results were announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

National Testing Agency:

National Testing Agency (NTA) has been established as a premier, specialist, autonomous and self-sustained testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions.

To assess competence of candidates for admissions and recruitment has always been a challenge in terms of matching with research based international standards, efficiency, transparency and error free delivery.

The National Testing Agency released the results of the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) Examination of Paper-2 for Bachelors in Architecture or Planning.  Uduth Kumar.V of Narayana E-Techno School, C.V.Raman Nagar  Bengaluru is the topper in the State.

Objectives of National Testing Agency :

  • To conduct efficient, transparent and international standards tests in order to assess the competency of candidates for admission, and recruitment purposes.
  • To undertake research on educational, professional and testing systems to identify gaps in the knowledge systems and take steps for bridging them.
  • To identify experts and institutions in setting examination questions.
  • To produce and disseminate information and research on education and professional development standards.

Key Points of JEE Main 2019 Rank Card / Rank List : 

Below mentioned are some key points related to JEE Mains 2019 Rank Card. Look at the details :

 Based on the Mains Rank List 2019, the candidates will be selected for the admission to various B.E./ B. Tech programmes which are offered by 31 NITs, 20 IITs and 18 GFTIs.

The JEE Mains 2019 Rank List of Paper 1 is published along with the declaration of JEE Mains 2019 Result.

While calculating JEE Main Rank 2019, no weightage is given to the class 12th marks, which was considered up to last years.

Candidates must secure at least 75% marks in or be in top 20 percentile in the class 12th exam conducted by the respective board to get admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs. Etc.   

Examination conducted in two shifts :

For the first time, the examination was conducted in two shifts. The JEE (Main) tests for paper-2 (BArch/BPlan) was held twice in the online mode. The first examination was conducted on January 8th and nearly 1.44 lakh students took the examination and the second exam was held on April 7.

Of the 61510 candidates who appeared for both the exams 27624 have scored better. 

Reaction of Bengaluru Boy Udit Kuamr :

Karnataka topper said, “I also attempted JEE Mains Paper 1 and secured the rank of 393.”

Udit Kumar said that he studied 2 to 3 hours a day.  According to him he is not a bookwork.  He expressed that he didn’t expect that he will be  a topper. 

He is not interested in seeking admission for architecture courses.  As he has a good score in the JEE main Paper-1 he want sto pursue

Udit wants to pursue bio-medical preferably neurotic science or prosthetics.

Congratulations to Udit Kumar from team.

De-congestion of Bengaluru roads- Japanese Technology

De-congestion of Bengaluru roads- Japanese Technology

De-congestion of Bengaluru roads is in progress using Japanese Technology.  Roads sensors at junctions are expected to reduce traffic snarls by at-least 30%.

Seeing the present scenario the way things are moving, it looks like Bengaluru traffic police will soon  get a magic wand. The State government will soon deploy advanced Japanese Traffic technology to decongest critical junctions across Bengaluru city.

Reasons for congestion :

 Reasons which contribute significantly in making Bengaluru  traffic worst are :-

  1. Common Office/School timingsSchool and offices use busses for their employees and students respectively. These busses come on the streets at similar timings and cram the traffic.
  2. CarsMost IT professionals use cars to travel to work. This takes up a lot of space per person on already narrow streets.
  3. Ineffective public transport:The reason people use cars is because, the public transport is inefficient.
  4. Vicinity of IT parks:Major IT parks in Bangalore are located on single belt, which makes the matters worse on the Bangalore roads.
  5. We the people Yes. Even we are responsible.  There is inefficient traffic management; but if  people would follow road discipline, the situation could become a lot better.

Highlights :

  • QMS sensors will be used.  QMS sensors will analyze vehicle density and share details with the traffic police to adjust the signal timings.
  • Sensors will also analyze the speed of vehicles.
  • Variable messaging signs will be installed in KR Puram, Silk Board and Trinity Circle to provide real-time traffic information.

Problems and Issues – Decongestion of Bengaluru roads :

Bengaluru population has been growing at a rate of 3.25% per year in the last decade. There has been a phenomenal growth in the population of vehicles as well especially the two and four wheelers in this period due to rising household incomes.

The number of motor vehicles registered has already crossed many lakhs. In the absence of adequate public transport system, people are using the personalized modes which is not only leading to congestion on limited road network but also increasing environmental pollution.

An average citizen of Bengaluru spends more than 240 hours stuck in traffic every year. Such delays result in loss of productivity, reduced air quality, reduced quality of life, and increased costs for services and goods.

A checklist for decongesting roads :

Synchronized signal lights, adjusted to a moderate speed level is one of the solution.  Moderate, because all kinds of vehicles ply on our roads and some of them may not touch the speed limit of 40 kilometers per hour.

Heavy vehicles, cargo laden trucks and the like must be barred entry in arterial roads. If this is not possible, they must be allowed to ply only during early morning or late night hours.

Also, Bengaluru city was not meant to be a megacity. So these vehicles could be conveniently stopped at the outskirts and only those carrying a lesser load may be allowed.

It is disgusting to hear and see incidents of ambulances held up in traffic jams. The very purpose is defeated. A concerted effort is the need of the hour, and for the ones who cannot use public transport, a pooling system may be set up with the help of voluntary agencies. This could also be extended to regular office-goers, with regular timings.

Measures to decongest Bengaluru :

Bangaloreans proudly claim their city to be the world’s fourth highest congregation of technology, professionals after Silicon Valley, Boston and London.

With more firms adopting Bangalore as their base, the challenge of meeting their requirements in terms of population is a major concern, including the problem of accommodating them on the roads of the city.

  • Expanding the metro to new routes
  • Allowing more private corporations to operate bus transport system
  • Introducing Congestion zone charge
  • Stringent rules on the issue of Driving Lincese
  • Co-ordination between government departments
  • Car pooling

Japanese Tech to decongest Bengaluru roads :

A Japanese multinational firm is implementing the project.  The Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) has issued work orders to install Que-Length measurement Sensors (QMS).  The major roads covered are M.G.Road, Old Madras Road, Hosur Road, and other 29 junctions.

Cost of the project :

The project costs Rs.72 crore.  The project will be executed with the assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).  The work will be starting in the month of June.

The Japanese system is expected to reduce the traffic congestion by 30%.

How it works ?

The sensors will analyze the traffic density of the road and the automatic traffic counters send the data to Bengaluru Traffic Information Centre (B-TIC).  This helps in streamlining the signals as per the density of the traffic on the road.

The Directorate of  Urban Land Transport (DULT) will be the nodal agency to implement and look after the project.  29 critical locations  have been identified for the project.  They are M.G.Road (12), Hosur Road(9) and Old Madras Road (8).

The QMS sensors will be installed at every 50, 100 and 150 meters of the selected road stretch.

Present scenario – decongestion of roads :

At present the traffic signals are working on pre-set timings.  This method of signal release the traffic based on the actual density on roads to the entire stretch not considering the junctions. 

By adopting the Japanese technology the scenario will change in future.  Bengaluru will be the first city to have Management of Origin-Destination Related Adoption for Traffic Optimization (MODERATO) technology other than Japan.

The project also plans to install Variable Message Signs (VMS) in KR Puram, Silk Board and Trinity circle to provide real time information to riders about the Traffic congestion.  This also includes weather related information. 

The civic body BBMP is planning to float tenders for installation of VMS along 80 junctions for which the Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be finalized within 15 days.

Vibha Swaminathan – Bengaluru girl tops ISC exams

Vibha Swaminathan – Bengaluru girl tops ISC exams

Vibha Swaminathan has topped the country in the ISC exams 12 Humanities stream.  She is a student of Aditi International School.

ISC Exams :

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)  is a privately held national-level Board of school education in India that conducts the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education and the Indian School Certificate examinations for Class X.   It was established in 1958.  Over 2,100 schools in India and abroad are affiliated to the CISCE.

The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education has been designed to provide an examination in a course of general education, in accordance with the recommendations of the New Education Policy 1986, through the medium of English. Private candidates are not permitted to appear for this examination. 

THE ISC (CLASS XII) The Indian School Certificate Examination is an examination, through the medium of English, designed in accordance with the recommendations of the New Education Policy 1986, after a two-year course of studies beyond the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (Year 10) examination or its equivalent examination.

Vibha Swaminathan :

Vibha Swaminathan is a student of Mallya Aditi International School.  She scored 400 out of 400.  Vibha became the national topper.  She has secured 100 marks in all subjects – English, History, Psychology, Economics and mathematics.

According to vibha, “studying smartly rather than studying till you drain yourself is important and this is my theory of success”.  Vibha wants to pursue Law as her career and is preparing to write CLAT exams.   She is a dog lover and does volunteer work at a dog shelter in Bengaluru.

 ISC Class 12 topper Vibha Swaminathan is popular for her oratory and leadership skills. A winner of several Model United Nations (MUN events), she is also an avid reader. 

The second and third position toppers are also from the same school.

Other toppers :

Fuzail Nayeer scored 399 out of 400 and secured second position.  Deeksha Balaji and Mihir Rajendra Rajmane shared the third position in Humanities with a total marks of 398.

Result statistics of Karnataka :

The students of Karnataka has faired well in ISC Class 12.  The overall pass percentage for the State in 2019 is 99.49% in ISC examination.  Last year it was 99.2%.

The total number of students who took class 12 exams (ISC) from Karnataka stands at 1769 students from 35 schools. Out of 1769 students 9 could not clear the exams.

Pass percentages obtained for ISC subject-wise is: 99.40% in English, 94.36% in Mathematics, 98.93% in Physics, 90.62% in Accounts, 95.47% in Commerce and 99.34% in Computer Science. The highest pass percent this year is in Bengali, which is 99.96%.

Children with special needs did well in ISC :

The specially-abled children who took exams this year made their wards and schools very proud. Out of the 196 candidates, 25 have scored over 90%.

The visually challenged candidates who took the exams have scored 80%, and 4 of them have been able to get more than 90%. Also, The candidates from the scheduled cast have performed very well, as their pass percentage is 96.16%. 

Internet handling fee –  BookMyShow under RBI Microscope

Internet handling fee – BookMyShow under RBI Microscope

Internet handling fee – charged by movie ticket booking sites and payment platform are under RBI microscope/scrutiny for charging ‘convenience’ and ‘internet handling’.

It is very easy and convenient to book a movie ticket online through app on ones mobile phone or a website using computer.  But one has to think what is the ‘internet handling fee’ that we pay against each ticket means.

Internet handling fees in India :

India is a country which produces over 1000 films every year, which is a record in itself. This tells us how crazy the country is.

Previously, there used to be movie theatres, single-screen movie theatres, where one movie would run once. Tickets were sold at counters and nothing was done online.

However, multiplexes came, multiple movies screened at a single time, seats became important, recliners were preferred and everything changed.

The movie-going experience suddenly went on a different level altogether. With that experience, the ticket prices and the mode of booking also became different.

The internet handling fees as of 2018 is 17% i.e. for a ticket of around 300 INR you pay Rs.50/-as fees. But that’s not it, since they are giving you a service you will have to pay the GST on top of this 17%.

Internet handling fees on BookMyShow :

BookMyShow gives all theatres featured on their portal an option to levy the payment gateway fee on the customer in the form of internet handling fees, when in fact, the theatres are supposed to pay that amount to the bank for each debit/credit card transaction.

BookMyShow is an aggregator service for the entertainment industry where they assist one with information and ticketing for movies and different events across many cities all over the Country.  They let one book movie tickets in cinema in the simplest, easiest and the smartest way without unnecessary glitz.

How it works :

The BookMyShow aggregator charges Rs.19.82 as internet handling fees that includes a booking fee of Rs.16.80 and Rs.3.02 Integrated GST (IGST) at 18%.  Most of the people don’t  mind paying a little extra cost to avoid standing in the queue.  The amount Rs.16.80 is to be paid by BookMyShow to the bank and not by the customer.

BookMyShow gives all theatres mentioned in their portal an option to levy the payment gateway fee on the customer in the form of internet handling fees, where in reality it the theatres are supposed to pay that amount to the bank for each debit or credit card transaction.

RTI Query – Internet handling fee :

A RTI query was lodged to the Reserve Bank of India by Sanjay Gopal, who happens to be the President of ‘Forum against Corruption’. RBI, therefore said that online ticket aggregators do not hold the right to charge any kind of fee as they are not authorized to do so.

It also said that, if any such charge is levied then a complaint can be lodged to RBI. It further stated that these companies are violating the law of Merchant Discount Rate (MDR).

According to the IT Act 6A (3) section, digital service providers are not allowed to charge such fee without permission from RBI.

For a service provider of this nature, to collect, retain and appropriate service charges, they need to take permission from the RBI.

Views of law on internet handling fee :

The RBI in an RTI query recently stated that online platforms through which movie tickets are booked do not hold the authority to levy handling fees from customers. The reply further explains that this is in violation of the RBI’s Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) regulations.

What is MDR (Merchant Discount Rate)?

MDR is basically cost paid by a merchant to a bank for accepting payment from its customers via credit or debit cards every time a card is used in their stores. This essentially means that it is the merchant/trader who has to pay the MDR and not the customer.

Therefore levying ‘internet handling fee’ on customers is in violation of the MDR regulations and therefore illegal.

The RTI query to the Reserve Bank of India by Vijay Gopal, president of ‘Forum Against Corruption’ a body fighting against corruption, showed that a user doesn’t have to pay extra while booking movie tickets online through a mobile app or website.

The RBI stated that online platforms through which movie tickets are booked, do not hold the authority to levy handling fees from customers. The reply further explains that this is in violation of the RBI’s Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) regulations.

Illegal charges – Internet handling fee:

MDR is the cost paid by a merchant to a bank for accepting payment from its customers via credit or debit cards every time a card is used in their stores. A cost which by its definition means that it should be borne by the merchant/trader and not the customer.

However, today’s platforms such as BookMyShow, Paytm and PVR cinemas continue to charge exorbitant ‘internet handling fee’ from customers, which is in violation of the MDR regulations and therefore illegal.

Public action :

Those who want to complain about these problems against such RBI regulated entities can do so now.  To report a violation by a merchant, one has to approach the bank that is being used by the merchant to make the transaction.  But in a majority of cases, the information is often not available to the customer who is making the payment.

If the bank rejects to take action within 30 days or if the bank answers negatively, the consumer can approach the office of the Banking Ombudsman.

Statistics – Internet handling fee :

Network18, the investor company of BookMyShow reported consolidated revenues of rs.1538 crore for the quarter ended 31st December 2018.  It shows a 250% jump from the same quarter last year.

BookMyShow witnessed a 7 million app downloads. The aggregator managed ticketing for Pro-Kabbadi League for 4 teams, football league ISL 2018 and to some of the electronic music events. 

Last year in July,  Big Tree Entertainment the parent company of BookMyShow  raised a series of D funding of $100 million led by TPG Growth, with participation from existing investors.

How the Internet handling fee is charged?

For example if a customer purchases a premium ticket at the Cinepolis in Orion East Mall, Bengaluru, the customer have to pay a total of  Rs.297.46 which also includes the original ticket price of Rs.260 plus Rs.32 as ‘booking fees’ and IGST amounting to Rs.5.76.

Online booking sites serving movie buffs are passing on the burden to the customers. 

This looks like a daylight robbery by the service providers.  Strict regulations are the need of the hour.

High Voter turnout at Karnataka – 69% LS Elections 2019

High Voter turnout at Karnataka – 69% LS Elections 2019

High voter turnout was recorded at Karnataka at 69% for the general elections 2019.

General Elections 2019 :

After a non-stop campaign for about a month, the remaining 14 seat out of 28 Lok Sabha seats in the State of Karnataka went to polls in the second and final phase on 23rd .  The battle lines outlined for a bipolar contest between the ruling coalition partners Congress-JD(S) and the BJP.

The Election Commission of India announced that the voting turnout was 68.6%. 

Record voting at Mandya :

Karnataka recorded 68.6% surpassing the previous best record of 67.6% recorded during General Elections 1999.

Mandya constituency broke all records.  Mandya  recorded 80% of voting.  The previous highest voting record was held by Dakshina Kannada at 77.15% in 2014.  In 1984 elections Mandya had polled 77.13%.

In the Second phase Chikkodi had the highest turnout with 71.79% while Raichur had the lowest with 53.30%

II Phase voting turnout :

The constituency-wise breakdown of turnout is as follows ;

Chikkodi  – 69.43%

Belgaum  –  58.72%

Bagalkot  –  65.77%

Bijapur  –  60.28%

Gulbarga –  53.74%

Raichur   – 56.90%

Koppal   –  63.43%

Bellary   –  63.40%

Haveri  –  63.22%

Dharwad  –  64.89%

Uttara Kannada –  69.38%

Davanagere  –  66.70%

Shimogga  –  68.65%

In the first phase on 18 April, 14 constituencies in the southern part of the state covering old Mysuru region and a couple of coastal districts had gone to the polls, recording an overall voter turnout of 68.81 per cent.

Bengaluru Airport User fee hike 120%

Bengaluru Airport User fee hike 120%

Bengaluru Airport – user fee hike is by 120% . Flying out from the Bengaluru airport will be costlier by a massive 120 percent from 16th April  following the airport tariff regulator (Aera)  allowing it to revise upwards the user development fee (UDF) for four month.

This order of AERA No. 18/2018-2019 follows the interim relief given by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal’s (TDSAT) ruling of March 14, allowing BIAL to collect revised charges for a limited period of 4 months.

What is User Development Fee?  (UDF):

User Development Fee (UDF) is one of the many fee and tax paid by air passengers. One such fee is the User Development Fee (UDF). It is charged at various airports for both arriving and departing passengers.

Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA ) :

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) is a statutory body constituted under the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008 (27 of 2008) notified vide Gazette Notification dated 5th December 2008. The AERA was established by the Government vide its notification no GSR 317 (E) dated 12.05.09 with its head office at Delhi.

Bengaluru airport :

It is also known as Kempegowda International Airport  is an international airport serving Bengaluru. Spread over 4,000 acres (1,600 ha), it is located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of the city near the village of Devanahalli.. It is owned and operated by Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), a public-private consortium.

The airport opened in May 2008 as an alternative to increased congestion at HAL Airport, the original primary commercial airport serving the city. It is named after Kempe Gowda I,  the founder of Bengaluru. Kempegowda International Airport became Karnataka’s first fully solar powered airport developed by CleanMax Solar.

PPP Model -Bengaluru Airport :

The Government of India has granted BIAL the right to operate the airport for 30 years, with the option to continue for another 30 years. The company is a Public-private consortium venture.  26% is held by government entities Karnataka State Industrial Investment and Development corporation (13%)and Airports Authority of India (13%), and 74% is held by private companies Fairfax Financial (48%) and Siemens Project Ventures (26%).

120% hike – Bengaluru Airport :

The nation’s third busiest airport after New Delhi and Mumbai, plans to use the additional fee to fund its expansion.

With the Aera order coming into effect from April 16, the UDF for domestic departures will be revised to Rs.306 from Rs.139 while for international departures it will be Rs.1,226 from Rs.558 earlier.

The new charges for domestic and international travel translate into an increase of 120% and 119%  respectively.  The revised fee is applicable for tickets procured between April 16 and August 15,  the increased fee will be rolled back from August 16.

User  fee hike to be utilized for the expansion of Bengaluru airport :

The Rs.13,000 crore second phase expansion of Bengaluru Airport entails construction of a new terminal, a second runway, access roads and a multi modal transport hub.  These works are scheduled to be completed by March 2021.

According to Hari Maras, the Managing director and Chief executive, “this incremental increase in charge will provide us with the much needed relief as we are in the midst of a Rs.13,000 crore capacity expansion”.

As mandated by Aera (Airports Economic Regulatory Authority), the money generated from the incremental UDF hike during these four months, will be deposited in a separate bank account and will be used only to fund the ongoing expansion.

Mrs. Pratibha Saunshimath – Mrs.India 2015 – Bengaluru

Mrs. Pratibha Saunshimath – Mrs.India 2015 – Bengaluru

Mrs. Pratibha Saunshimath was crowned Mrs. India in 2015.  She is been described as “She’s Mentor”; “She’s a Mother”, She’s an Inspiration”, “She is Beautiful and a Star”, “She’s a Queen”, She’s a Go-Getter”, “She’s a Friend”, ‘She’s a Winner”, “She’s the support”, “She’s a Rock-Star”, and She’s the Sunshine that Never Stops Shining”- Yes all these words truly describe what she is, and what she will be forever.

A brief Bio of Mrs. Pratibha Saunshimath :

Born to Dr.V.S Patil Kulkarni and Kamala Patil on 2 November 1966, as the eldest of four, a sister Prafulla, Two younger brothers Pradeep and Praveen, she grew up in different districts of Karnataka, like Belgaum, Dharwad, Gulbarga and Bengaluru.  She had professional training for athletics in Kanteerava stadium during 1985-87, where she played volleyball and women’s cricket for her college.

She got married to Basavaraj Saunshimath in 1987, lived in Alamatti dam site for a year before moving to Hubli for next 14 years.

Mrs. India 2015 – Mrs. Prathima Saunshimath :

The glamorous and Beautiful Mother of two grown-up children, Pratibha Saunshimath from Bengaluru, was crowned as “Mrs India 2015”, and “Mrs Asia International 2015” and “Mrs Asia Photogenic 2015”- and who presently is the Regional Director of “Mrs India’ pageants.  

Pratibha Saunshimath is very passionate about dancing and acting. Sports and dancing have been an integral part of her life. She has worked and was a part of Shiamak Davars Bengaluru team for 11 years.

Lately, she has started dance classes of her own and worked for a producer as production designer in a Kannada movie in 2008 – 09 where exposure to camera interviews was an educational experience for her.

Achievements of Mrs. Pratibha :

With her own choreography, Pratibha managed to reach the 3rd round of Zee TV DID Supermoms. As the Director of ‘Mrs India 2017’ and also Director for ‘Mrs India Karnataka Pageant’, she has organized the pageants very systematically and has given her 100% contribution to make the pageants successful.

A very Strict task master Pratibha was the show Director of all ‘Mrs India’ Pageants including ‘Mrs India 2017′,’ Mrs India North 2017′, ‘Mrs India South 2017’, ‘Mrs India West 2017’, and ‘Mrs India Karnataka 2017’.

Multi-faceted personality :

Pratibha is a multifaceted personality who is a fabulous Dancer, actor and model who has acted in many TV advertisements and documentary Films. Never-give-up attitude is what has made her special, who has successfully proved that age is just a number.

Pratibha is not only a loving Mom to her two children but she is also a strong lady with engaging thoughts. She is incredibly sharp, intelligent, confident and poised. She is more than just a beauty and socialite.  

She is a go-getter and an achiever- her success in the 2015 pageant is the proof. She has always understood fashion and style to be an expression of the unique and beautiful inner self of each individual person.

Mrs. India Pageant :

Mrs. India Karnataka Pageant aims to empower women and enrich opportunities for personal growth.  Mrs. Karnataka India inspires women of diverse backgrounds and culture to come together nationally and internationally, support lifelong commitment to uplifting those in need and develop a sense of global responsibility.

The pageant is not looking for models.  It is organized to make role models.  According to Pratibha, “Mrs. India Karnataka is the only beauty pageant that celebrates beauty in diversity.” 

The event aims at reaching every nook and corner of the State and to bring out the talents among married women and giving them a prestigious platform to showcase themselves to the rest of the world.

Registration for the pageant :

All Contestants are required to pay a registration fees of INR 2500.00 + 18% GST i.e INR 2950.00. The contestant has to share a screenshot of the same.

Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association – discounts – voters

Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association – discounts – voters

Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association – is offering discounts to voters on food at city’s hotels on April 18 and 23.   If you are interested in getting discount on food just get your finger inked.

Besides awareness programs by the Election Commission, hotels, restaurants, are adopting a novel method of incentivising voters to perform their democratic duty.

BBHA – Bengaluru :

Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association is 82 years old, established in the year 1936 by 1st president ship of Shri B.T Ramaiah (1936-44) the founder of Bangalore Hotels Association. Shri K.T Appanna was the 2nd President (1944-48).

Currently 53 members are there in Managing Committee. The association is having 1500 registered members.  The Association every month brings out monthly magazine by name “Athithidevo Bhava” under  head editorial Shri. B Chandra Shekar Hebbar.

The executive committee conducts monthly once a meeting to discuss different  matters related to hotel industries and to solve the problems apart from weekly once on every Friday at 5:30 PM.  

Office bearers of the association conducts a meeting to discuss hotel industry problems and other matters with the permission of the chair person.

Voting awareness by Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association :

The association is planning to put up posters on the hotel premises to remind the voters to cast their vote on election day.  This is to persuade voters to vote. 

According to Veerendra N Kamat, Treasurer of Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association this program is to make people realize their responsibility.  It is an initiative to encourage citizens to vote.

Freebies by BBHA :

The members are coming up with the offer of free tea and coffee, a 10-15% on breakfast and around 20% on lunch and dinner.   Some of the hotels are offering free idli with dosa.

One of the hotel at Majestic area will be offering free sweets to all those who would eat at his place and show their inked finger.   The plan is to distribute jelebis this time.  Those who are fond of jelebis please cast your vote and go the hotel with the proof to savour hot jelebis.

These outlets have, however, clarified that they aren’t supporting any particular party and just want to push youngsters and voters to exercise their franchise.

Conclusion :

This is not the first time that food has found its way into election in Karnataka. Earlier, during elections free dosas in the shape of Kannada letters and requests like ‘Nanna matha nanna hakku’ (my vote, my right), ‘Ellaroo mathadana maadi’ (please all of you vote), ‘Praja prabhutva bhadrapadisi’ (strengthen the democracy) were distributed among voters with an aim to spread awareness about elections.

Walk to vote and get discount on food on election day.

Mission Shakthi – Indian anti-satellite mission

Mission Shakthi – Indian anti-satellite mission

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

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

Highlights :

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

DRDO – Mission Shakthi :

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

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

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

Anti-satellite mission system :

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

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

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

Achievement for India :

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

This was completed successfully within 3 minutes of launch.

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

Money contribution – IPL – Armed forces

Money contribution – IPL – Armed forces

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

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

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

IPL 12 money contribution :

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

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

Band performance :

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

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

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

Details about Money contribution to Defence  :

Rs.11 crore to Indian Army

Rs.7 crore to CRPF

Rs.1 crore to Indian Navy

Rs. 1 crore to Indian Airforce

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

This is a great gesture by BCCI.

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

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Ola cabs banned  –  6 months – shame/timing

Ola cabs banned – 6 months – shame/timing

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

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

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

Ola cabs :

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

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

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

History of Ola cabs :

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

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

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

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

Ola cab banned – licence cancellation :

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

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

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

Ola’s response to the ban :

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

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

Statement by Ola on cab ban :

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

Ola raised money :

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

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

Sanchin Bansal – Investment in Ola :

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

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

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

Bengaluru – largest market for Ola :

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

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

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

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

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

260 vehicles impounded – ola cab ban :

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

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

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

Latest News about OLA updated on 25.03.2019 :

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

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

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

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

Ola moves High Court:

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

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

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

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

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

APP to trace polling stations  – LS Polls 2019

APP to trace polling stations – LS Polls 2019

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

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

Information on the APP to trace polling stations :

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

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

APP to trace polling stations :

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

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

Facilities provided in the last elections :

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

Seizure of arms :

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

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

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

IAF Wing Commander will be released   – Flash News

IAF Wing Commander will be released – Flash News

Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who is currently being held captive by Pakistan, will be released tomorrow. 

The announcement was made by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“In our desire of peace, I announce that tomorrow, and as a first step to open negotiations, Pakistan will be releasing the IAF Wing commander in our custody,” Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information and Technology (IT) has asked YouTube to remove 11 video links pertaining to IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan during an air combat yesterday, PTI has quoted sources as saying.

The ministry had asked YouTube to remove the clips following directive from the Home Ministry, a government source said, adding that the said links have now been removed. 

Group Captain Kambampati Nachiketa, the first and only Prisoner of War of the 1999 Kargil war, told  that he is sure that IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be released 

E-Kshana – Revenue Department – Power to citizen

E-Kshana – Revenue Department – Power to citizen

E-Kshana by Revenue department, Government of Karnataka is a facility which is anywhere and anytime online delivery of revenue department certificates and RTCs. 

The list of Revenue department services and rate under E-kshana :

1Caste & Income certificate2521
2Caste Certificate2521
3SC/ST Certificate2521
4Income Certificate2521
5Income Certificte for compasisonate appointment2521
6Income Certificate for employment2521
7Other Backward classes certificate (Central)2521
8Solvency Certificate2521
9Agricultural Family member Certificate 257
10Agricultural labor certificate257
11Agriculturist Certificate257
12Attestation of Family Tree257
13Bonafide Certificate257
14Domicile Certificate257
15Land holding Certificate257
16Land less Certificate257
17Living Certificate257
18No Goct. Job Certificate257
19no Re-marriage Certificate257
20Non creamy layer certificate257
21Non-tenancy Certificate257
22Population Certificate257
23Residence Certificate257
24Small/Marginal farmer Certificate257
25Surviving Family Members Certificate257
26Unemployment Certificate257
27Widow Certificate257
28Crop Certificate2512
29Hyderabad-Karnataka Region residence & Eligibility Certificate2530
30Minority Certificate 25Nil
31Person with Disability pensionFree of cost45
32Widow Pension Free of cost45
33Sandhya Suraksha YojaneFree of cost45
34Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Free of cost45
35MythiriFree of cost45
36ManaswiniFree of cost45
37Pension for women Acid victimsFree of cost45
38Window Pension for the farmers who committed suicideFree of cost45
39National Family Benefit SchemeFree of costNIL
40Anthya Samskara YojaneFree of costNIL
41Endo Sulphan Victim PenisonFree of costNIL

Bhoomi Services under E-Kshana:

MOJINI SERVICES under E-Kshana :

111E Sketch**NIL
3Survey DocumentsMinimum Rs.6NIL


1Aadhar Free of cost NIL
3Jeevan PramanaFree of cost NIL

Please check * Rs.15/- upto 4 pages of RTC & for every additional page Rs.2.00 per page (5th page onwards)

Please check ** Based on property dimension, fee should be paid as per Government order No.RD 10 Bhu.Da.Sa 2014; Dated : 17.04.2014.

Please check *** Up to 21 days free of cost, 21 to 30 days each entry Rs.2/- and each copy Rs.5/- More than 30 days to 1 year Rs.5/-, more than one year Rs.10/-.

Citizens can visit Nadakacheri for applying Nadakacheri services with maximum fee of Rs.25/-

Citizens can visit private local entrepreneurs or cyber ceeter for applying Nadakacheri services with maximum fee of Rs.25/-

 AJSD       080-22214550

Bhoomi       080-22113255

Mojini            080-22221037 /

For more details log on and long on  

and click “Citizen login for Revenue Services”.

Train seat status – booking online-Indian railways

Train seat status – booking online-Indian railways

Train seat status now can be viewed while booking online.  Railway passengers will now have the opportunity to see the status of  seats while booking the train.

Railways in India :

Indian Railways (IR) is country’s national railway system operated by the Ministry of Railways.   It manages the 4th largest railway network in the world by size, with 121,407 kilometres (75,439 mi) of total track over a 67,368-kilometre (41,861 mi) route.  49% of the routes are electrified with 25KV AC electric traction while 33% of them are double or multi-tracked.

Railway Journey – Train seat status :

Travel is fun and when it comes to train travel, the bypaths and un-trodden depths of wilderness and travel explorations are great experience.

With over 24 million passengers traveling and commuting daily by train, Railways aims to serve its passengers with inclusive and comprehensive information that helps those making informed decisions, thus simplifying their train travels.

Indian railway – train seat status :

The Indian Railways on 27th February announced the user friendly feature to the passengers. The feature will display train coaches and berth accommodation status on their website IRCTC.

The display includes the seating layout in various colours to distinguish the booked seats, the vacant seats and the partially booked seats.

Train seat status incorporation :

The Railway department in the country has incorporated the coach layout of 9 classes and more than 120 various coach layouts. 

These will display class-wise and coach-wise berth availability status as per the First chart of the train. 

The First chart is prepared by the railways 4 hours prior to the train departure.

According to the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal reservation charts will be available for public viewing on the internet.

The feature of Train seat status is available in the mobile version as well as in the railways web.

To know more about rail project in Karnataka read

Surgical strike 2 :  India strikes Pakistan

Surgical strike 2 : India strikes Pakistan

Surgical strike 2 – impact is carrying on.  India claims to have shot down Pakistani F-16 Fighter jet.  Pakistan military claims to have arrested Indian Pilot after shooting down 2 IAF aircraft.

Pakistan troops shell URI – Surgical strike 2 :

Pakistani troops on 27th February, after the surgical strike 2 from Indian side,  intensely shelled Indian posts in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir according to officials.  The shelling comes a day after the IAF carried out air strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps inside Pakistan.

Pakistani Army fired mortar shells towards Indian posts in the early hours on 27th February according to  police officials  There were no reports of any casualties so far.

The official said the Indian Army retaliated to the Pakistani action in an equal measure. The exchange of fire across the LoC in Uri sector continued for some time.

Surgical strike 2 – China’s reaction :

Reacting to India’s airstrikes, China called for restraint between India and Pakistan following India’s airstrikes against terrorist targets in Pakistan.  China urged Indian government  to carry out its fight against terrorism through international cooperation.

Asked for China’s response to India’s airstrikes on terrorist camps in Pakistan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told media that “we have taken note of relevant reports.”

“I want to say that India and Pakistan are both important countries in South Asia. A sound relationship and cooperation between the two serves the interests of both the countries and peace and stability in South Asia,” he said. 

Pakistan  air space violation after surgical strike 2:

On 27th February after India’s surgical strike 2,  Pakistani jets violated Indian air space.  They entered border areas of Nowshera sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district according to reports. But they  were pushed back by Indian aircraft. 

“The jets entered into Indian air space over Nowshera sector this morning,” the officials said. They were immediately pushed back by Indian jets on air patrol.

Flights suspended after surgical strike 2:

All civilian flight activity at Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab airports suspended until further notice. 

International flights in Indian and Pakistani airspace have also been hit. Some flights returning to origin, while others appear to be seeking alternate routing, shows an air tracker.

Leh Airport

Airports closed :

The government has shut down the Srinagar, Jammu, Leh and Pathankot airports for civilian flights. All civilian air traffic towards Srinagar has been suspended.

The other airports which are closed are Amritsar, Shimla, Kangra, Kullu Manali, Pithoragarh.

The move to close the airports comes amid escalation of tension between India and Pakistan after Surgical Strike 2 on terror bases in Pakistan.

In Srinagar, an official of the Airports Authority of India told PTD, “The civilian air traffic has been suspended temporarily in view of the emergency”.

PAF jet down- surgical strike 2 results :

PAF fighters dropped bombs at Nadian, Laam Jhangar, Kerri in Rajouri district and Hamirpur area of Bhimber Galli in Poonch, around 10.00 am today.  “Indian jets can still be seen flying in the area. Local residents say one Pakistani jet was seen in flames across Line of Control, headed towards Laam valley,” say police sources in Rajouri.

According to Pakistani media,  Peshawar’s Bacha Khan International Airport has temporarily been closed for commercial flights. The airport will instead be used for military purposes, Karachi-based Dawn news organisation said quoting officials. It further stated that a red alert has been issued. 

Mirage drops 1000 Kg. bombs – India destroys JeM bases

Mirage drops 1000 Kg. bombs – India destroys JeM bases

Mirage strike took place early in the morning.  The air strike took place at pre-dawn 3.30 am.  12  numbers of Mirage 2000 aircraft dropped bombs on terrorist camps across the Line of Control. The strike lasted 21 minutes.

Highlights – attack :

  • Terror launch pads in Chakothi, Muaffarabad and Balakot are said  to be destroyed
  • Control rooms of Jaish-e-Mohammed destroyed
  • 12 days after Pulwama terror attack – Air-strike takes place.
  • Alpha 3 control rooms destroyed

Pakistan’s reaction on Mirage attack :

Earlier on 26th morning morning, Pakistan military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor alleged that the Indian Air Force violated the Line of Control.

Ghafoor tweeted that that the Indian aircraft intruded into Pakistan from the Muzafarabad sector and dropped payloads in Balakot sector.

However, he claimed that no casualties and damages were reported in the attack in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Results of Mirage air strike :

The entire act is recorded on Mirage pods.  A Pakistan drone was shot down in Kutch border at 6.30 am.

The administration and police have been put on high alert in Punjab near border areas.  According to news reports 200 to 300 terrorists are killed in the Mirage air strike.

High alert is on villages in the border areas.  The IAF used laser guided bombs.  Israeil AWAC’s watch on Pakistan bases. 

 India is anticipating Pakistan retaliation.  

Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi has called the airstrike by the Indian Air Force as a strike for peace and respect for life.