Child Trafficking at Bengaluru

Child Trafficking at Bengaluru

Karnataka now has the dubious distinction of being one of the top states in India, for human trafficking according to data collected by the Anti-Human Trafficking units of states. More women, above and below 18 years of age, have been trafficked than men and children of the same age.

There are various types of crimes that instill fear in the minds of common people and make them angry. Molestation, rape, kidnapping of children are few among the crimes. The result is often violence, in its worst form.

Kalaburgi-based women’s rights activist said that globalization and liberalization had totally ignored women, dalits and working classes.

Chances are high for those children who run away from home for one or the other reason and to end up in the wrong hands. Brokers frequent the areas around the railway station and bus stand to trap such children away from the family.

Bengaluru, being the third largest city of India in terms of economy has become an easy hub for traffickers to operate. The need for cheap labor is as high as ever with costs increasing rampantly. It becomes convenient for these human traffickers to engage children from poor, deprived families, willing to work at lower wages in the places with a need for a cheap workforce. Employing a child also implies unquestioned obedience and zero resistance.

The brokers are approached by hotel owners, who want to employ children. This arrangement, which involves commissions for the brokers, happens in broad daylight near the Majestic railway station. While some children are taken to factories, sweets makers, eateries/hotels, automobile workshops and construction sites, others end up with marriage caterers and are employed to cut vegetables and wash plates. Some are used for begging and pick-pocketing. The runaway children come from almost all the states in the country, mostly from Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and West Bengal. Many are brought from other states in the name of education to get them enrolled in religious institutions or under the name of some orphanages.

An unending list of cases of child labor where children were subjected to extreme conditions of unexplainable hostility and physical and mental abuse. Many of these children were sold at an age as early as three and do not seem to even remember where their origins lie. This is the story of millions of Indian children employed as slaves in industries, brothels, factories, or as domestic laborers. Some of these children are even deployed in hazardous industries leading to severe consequences for their mental and physical growth.

Many of these children have horrible stories to share. Most of them are malnourished and in poor health.  Those who have been rescued recently still live in the terror of an unknown fear. Many of these children have infected wounds on their body. The wounds will heal someday. But the scars will remain. Forever.

Badminton :  Sourabh Verma wins Russia open

Badminton : Sourabh Verma wins Russia open

Sourabh Verma is an Indian badminton player and trains at the Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad. He is being coached by Pullela Gopichand.   The 25-year-old from Dhar, who clinched the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold and finished runners-up at Bitburger Open in 2016, had suffered an ankle injury and was out of action for two months.  His brother Sameer Verma is a No.3 ranked men’s badminton player in the National circuit.

The Indian shuttlers continues to put up a steller display, which was capped by the 6th seeded Ace Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma, a former national champion scripted a comeback win today lifted the Russian Badminton trophy at Vladivostok.  In the title clash, Sourabh Verma overcame back from a game behind to beat world No. 119 Japanese Koki Watanabe 19-21 21-12 21-17 in the finals to win the men’s singles title at the USD 75,000 BWF Super Tour 100 tournament. The Japanese wilted under pressure and made several unforced errors which only helped the Indian’s cause, helping Saurabh Verma to clinch the game. This is his first title of the season in a thriller that lasted exactly an hour.

This newly crowned Russian open champion Indian player says he is still a work in progress and he needs to improve a lot of his strength to compete continuously on the international arena.  Sourabh Verma who had won the All India senior ranking tournament in Bengaluru last month wants to make himself fit for his next ambitious aim, Asian games and he is already working on his strength to continue playing in the circuit.

Use of Drones by BBMP

Use of Drones by BBMP

Plans are in progress in BBMP to use unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, to map urban properties and property taxes.  This drone mapping will be done with the help of Indian Space Research Organization.  This might help the corporation to improve its poor tax collection.

The BBMP has included this proposal in the smart city planning report of Bengaluru to be submitted to the centre. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is planning to install drones in order to conduct survey, 3-D map buildings and verify property owner’s claims during the payment of property tax.

Property tax is the only major source of revenue for the BBMP. The BBMP has been having its own problems in property tax collections.  The civic body’s record in tax collection, however, has not been up to the mark.

Drones have been used locally by government agencies in Bengaluru. Last year, they were used for a mapping study at the Bannerghatta National Park to monitor encroachment, entry of animals into human settlements and inspection of forest boundaries.

Clear images taken by drones will help check violations that the owners of the property may resort to. Drones can also get images of congested areas which are difficult during manual survey. The clear images will help theBBMP in checking violations that property owners may resort to.  This survey helps in tracing the property tax defaulters.  The initiative which includes mapping, is expected to upgrade the entire system of property tax collection.   A unique digital identification numbers will be given to respective properties.

A task group under National Institute of Advanced Studies director Baldev Raj is working to bring out a comprehensive report on UAS technology, its applications and how Karnataka can take the lead on this front.

100% Water Tariff hike for Industries in Karnataka.

100% Water Tariff hike for Industries in Karnataka.

In India, industry is the second highest consumer of water. The main sources of water for the industrial sector are groundwater and surface water. Groundwater has emerged as an important source to meet the water requirements of industries. Choice of source of water depends on the availability of sufficient and regular supply of water and the cost of water from the source.

The State Government of Karnataka has decided to increase the water tariff for industrial use by 100%.

The hike is being opposed by different groups. The hike is being implemented from June. This has escalated the production cost of various industries like steel, manufacturing, power etc.  Industrial water demand has been increasing with the pace of industrial development.  The growth in some of the water intensive industries have been quite significant, putting further pressure on the industrial demand for water.  The Karnataka Iron and Steel Association and also other manufacturers have appealed to the Government for an immediate roll back of the tariff.  The Steel industry alone uses approximately 75 million cubic metres of water annually and the increase fee may lead to an increased burden of Rs.12 crores a month . For water intensive industries, the hike may lead to financial disaster.

According to a leading industrial body, the impact of increased tariff may lead to disrupted production and also loss of jobs of over 3000 across small and medium steel sector.   The industry wants different rates for different type of water like treated and untreated water.

The proposal was put forth by the Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd. (KBJNL), and accepted by the State Government.  The cost per million cubic feet i.e., 28.31 million litres of water drawn  from  industrial purposes form reservoirs, canals, lakes and dams has been revised from Rs.3200 to Rs.3 lakh.

The sudden hike in the water tariff is not warranted.  With this hike, industrial water in Karnataka has become one of the costliest in the country.   The financial burden would be unmanageable in sectors like steel, iron and power as they operate on thin/less margins.

 

Anti-Corruption Bureau

Anti-Corruption Bureau

The Anti Corruption bureau was established in 2016.  The bureau comes under the Department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms of Karnataka State Government.  It is headed by a senior IPS officer.  The bureau is divided into 7 ranges in the State.  Those are the Central Range, Southern Range, Eastern Range, Western Range, Northern Range, North-East Range, Bellari Range.  The police Inspectors are given rights to investigate the offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau is an agency which is responsible for collecting intelligence reports pertaining to corruption, and having liaison with the different Government Departments through Vigilance Officers, attending to complaints about bribery and corruption, investigating the offences and prosecuting the same to prevent corruption.  In order to effectively tackle the menace of corruption in Governance, the Government of Karnataka has established Anti-Corruption Bureau.

This bureau attends to all cases registered under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.  Based on the information received by various agencies the bureau conducts enquries.

The media helps in uncovering irregularities in different departments.  The Anti corruption bureau needs help from the citizens and from the media in identifying corrupt public servants, and their brokers.

Anybody can give a complaint or pass information to the ACB.  Anybody can contact the nearest ACB official in person or through telephone/emails.  The complainant will be rewarded suitably depending on the merits of the case.

Citizens are requested to join their hands with Anti-Corruption Bureau to bring greater transparency in Government functioning and making Karnataka a corruption-free State.

 

Sakala Scheme – government services

Sakala Scheme – government services

Sakala is a scheme which assures timely delivery of Government services to citizens. In all, the scheme offers  services under various departments which are sought after by the citizens.

In Short, It is an Act to empower the citizens in getting what they want in the time defined.

Sakala initiative by BJP Government :

One of the useful initiatives by the then  BJP Government in Karnataka was the Karnataka Guarantee of Services to Citizens Act – 2011, also known as Sakala.

Introduced on 1 March 2012, it aims at bringing transparency in administration. There are various services offered under Sakala.

Sakala means ‘in time’ or ‘good time’ is the Citizen Charter scheme which was launched and has hogged the limelight of Bengaluru.  This scheme guarantees time-bound deliver of services to citizens within a time frame.

Facilities – Sakala :

Sakala has brought a smile on people’s face by making most of the tasks easier.  The main purpose of the initiation was to deliver services to the people in a stipulated time.  As many as approximately 800 services from around 26 government departments fall under sakala scheme.

This scheme have given hope to a lot of people and especially senior officials who think that the scheme is one of the favourable changes among the subordinates.  Around 87% of citizens were benefited with this policy.

Objectives :

The main objective of the introduction of this scheme was to meet the demands of various services like acquiring certificates, obtaining land record extracts, building approval etc.

The vision envisages citizen-friendly governance with a time bound service guarantee as well as a transparent working culture.

The purpose was to institutionalize the implementation of a Citizen’s charter through a single “integrated citizen-government interface that leverage stool of e-governance and ensures timely services.

Instructions to use Sakala :

There are official sites explaining on how to use the scheme.   The instructions are given in the regional language with a tagline stating ‘Karnataka Guarantee of services to citizens systems’.

This scheme marks a milestone in the history of Karnataka as an administrative reform that has bridged the gap between bureaucracy and citizens.

Total Lunar eclipse on 27th July 2018.

Total Lunar eclipse on 27th July 2018.

The full moon on the night of July 27-28, 2018, presents the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.  The total eclipse called the totality spans one hour 42 minutes and 57 seconds. While this period is for the total lunar eclipse 2018, the duration of the eclipse – including the partial phases – will be over 6 hours    This is in contract to the shortest total lunar eclipse which occurred on April 4, 2015.

This eclipse will happen on the same night that Earth is passing between the sun and Mars, placing Mars at opposition in our sky. In one of the sky’s wonderful coincidences.  Mars is very bright and red throughout July and August, 2018. But eclipse night will be a very special night.  On the same night, the sun, Earth and Mars are also aligned, bringing Mars also opposite the sun in our sky, just like the full moon. The moon in the lunar eclipse will also be passing through the middle of the Earth’s shadow, meaning it will spend the maximum time in darkness, thus contributing to the long duration of the eclipse.

This eclipse will also be a Blood Moon, a phenomenon where the moon appears red in color. India is among the best places to see the lunar eclipse 2018, along with the Middle East, southern China, and eastern Africa. For those unaware, a lunar eclipse is a phenomenon the moon passes behind the Earth and into its shadow, and sunlight is unable to reach it. As the direct sunlight is blocked, the moon goes dark and only reflects the sunlight scattered by the Earth’s atmosphere.

Summing it all up, we will have a small moon, moving more slowly than usual, passing almost straight through the middle of a larger-than-normal shadow of Earth. This will result in an inordinately long eclipse.

The next total eclipse of the moon will occur Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office Space at Bengaluru:

Office Space at Bengaluru:

India’s office market is likely to remain firm with Bengaluru accounting for the maximum demand among the major cities, according to a report by Colliers International.  Bengaluru remained the front-runner in office leasing, witnessing a record break.  Co-working or flexible working spaces have made their entry into the market in a big way.

Starting a business and setting it up is not an easy task.  Getting office space in a prime location is important for any businessman.  Like face is the index of the mind, workplace reflects the business ideas as well as the owner’s mind set.

Modern age business entrepreneurs are not in favor of traditional office spaces.  Office space has undergone evolution with the people who work.  People are ready to take risk with the changing time, work culture and the changing trends in the industry.  More importance is given for an interactive, motivational, inspiring, fun filled work-space.

The employers gives prominence in making the employees feel at home and comfortable culture.  Workplace is available for all types of businesses without a pinch in the pocket.   Community building is given importance.  This has increased the sharing of offices and co-working spaces.

Bengaluru has shown a remarkable increase in the absorption of office space in the country.  The city maintained its Silicon Valley status and recorded the highest absorption  with 6.5 million sq. feet.   This is due to the increase in Startups, IT/ITeS boom in the city along with banking, financial services, insurance (BFSI) and engineering and manufacturing.  Bengaluru is considered as the start-up hub of the country.  Due to this a lot of demand for office space has increased.

About 2.4 million square meters of ‘A’ Grade office space is scheduled to be ready in Bengaluru by 2020.  The maximum concentration is in Outer ring road and Whitefield and the rest is scattered across north.

Kargil Vijay Diwas

Kargil Vijay Diwas

The Kargil war was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place in 1999 between May and July in the Kargil district of Kashmir valley and also along the Line of Control (LOC) .  In India we call it operation Vijay as India got back all the occupied territories by the Pakistan.   The cause of the war was the infiltration bid of Pakistani soldiers disguising as Kashmiri militants into the Indian side of the LOC which serves as the border for the two countries.

The Indian Army backed by the Indian Air Force, recaptured the positions on the Indian side of the LOC taken over by the Pakistani troops and militants. Indian soldiers fought legendary battles in Dras, Kaksar, Batalik and Turtok sectors.  After facing international diplomatic opposition, the enemy forces withdrew from the Indian positions along the border.

The Indian Army launched its final attacks in the last week of July as soon as the sub-sector of Dras had been cleared and taken control of Pakistani forces, the fighting ceased on 26th July.    The day has been immortalized as Kargil Vijay Diwas (Victory day).

As the country is celebrating the Vijay diwas today the city of Bengaluru is fighting for a memorial for the martyrs.  Rs.25 crores was allotted for this project.  The foundation stone for the memorial was laid by the State in 2008-09 to honor the martyrs.  A 75 foot-stone monolith (called as Veeragallu in kannada), is ready but needs to be erected.  But the officials are citing shortage of funds.  The warriors deserve the respect.  A petition was started on Change.org in this respect.   But due to various reasons, the project remains in an incomplete state.

A grateful tribute to all those who served the country during Kargil war. A salute to their valour, courage and sacrifice to our great heroes and martyrs.

 

Zumba Fitness Challenge

Zumba Fitness Challenge

Fitness Trends of 2018 Are Driving Bangaloreans Crazy About Zumba – Do You Agree or Disagree?

Since the last decade, Indians have become more alarmed about living a healthy lifestyle, including fitness regimes in daily routine and practicing good hygiene. Having said that, the fitness freak Bangaloreans are definitely not just sitting back and watching others move their body to the beat. They have been a part of many fitness activities like marathon, cycling, badminton and foozball to name a few. Rather today, people have moved beyond treadmills and cycles and are creating new fitness mantras to rule the charts.

Indian Fitness Industry – From Treadmills to Wiggling & Pumping on Latin Music

As per 2017 stats, the Indian fitness industry has crossed Rs. 7000 crores and this is expected to grow by 22% – 27% in 2018. The branded clothing itself is incidentally more than a 6 million business in itself. This is the reason that with the rapidly rising urbanization, people have moved from treadmills to other fitness forms like Zumba, Masala Bhangara, Yoga, Cross-fit and much more.

Today most of the gyms that we see around us, have Zumba, Yoga and Cross-fit as mandate in their offerings. Compared to other fitness forms, Zumba has been on the rise in India since a couple of years and the Zumba Instructor’s Network is growing by thousands, each year. This new age workout is not only helping gyms to increase their client base, but is also helping them maintain a good retention rate.

Zumba has already taken Bangalore by storm and let me tell you, it’s not just dancing. It’s a choice of life and if you are still not aware about it, then here’s a sneak peak.

Millions & Still Counting

Zumba is the world’s biggest branded fitness program, that was originally founded by Alberto Perez in 2001, the street performer, who, in order to make some extra cash, used to teach the wives of wealthy businessmen how to dance in the nightclubs. Today more than 1.2 million people in India practice Zumba and this figure is sure to quadruple in the coming years.

Today, you might see Zumba happening at any gym near you. A young woman in fisherman’s pants, loose hair, patterned bandana, wiggling to pumping Latin music or some desi Bhangara beat and others in her class shaking their booties and following her. Now Zumba is not just seen as a way to healthy lifestyle, but also as an entertainment brand combining e-commerce, music and apparel.

The Zumba Fitness Challenge – Are you on it?

With this growing Zumba fitness craze amongst Bangaloreans, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that people asking for more has turned Zumba instructors to entrepreneurs. And, the Zumba eco-system is sure to pep-up even more. So, if you want to be a part of the Zumba evolution, get ready to share your Zumba videos with us. Take up the Zumba Fitness Challenge and win exciting prizes along with a lot of publicity.

All you have to do is

  • Login to Bangalorean.com and register your yourself.
  • Post Zumba videos on our Facebook page and tag your fitness freak friends.
  • The Zumba fitness video with maximum likes will get the chance to win exciting prizes.
  • Look out for more Fitness offers @ Bangalorean.com.

It’s time to stand up for the Zumba Fitness Challenge, tell people about this best fitness program, promote your classes and earn publicity.

8% fee hike – 82 institutions in state not eligible

After a hard bargain over fee hike, the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Colleges Association (KUPECA) agreed for 8% fee hike stipulated by the Fee Regulatory Committee.  The Fee Regulatory Committee headed by former Karnataka High Court Judge Shylendra Kumar, threatened to go to court and file a case on individual colleges if the Government and the College management agreed to a fee higher than the stipulated one. He admitted that the fee regulatory committee has limited powers.  When the Committee is set up by the Government, how can the government go against the recommendations of the Committee? The private engineering college managements had demanded a 30% fee hike.

M.K. Panduranga Setty, Secretary of the Karnataka Unaided Private Engineering Association said they wanted the government to reject the recommendation made by the fee regulatory committee, which fixed an 8% hike.  Medical Education Minister D.K. Shivakumar had long discussions with colleges and convinced that any fee increase above 8% will have legal ramifications. Higher education minister G.T. Devegowda is examining to amend the law to end this yearly fight over fee in private professional education colleges.

Mr. Shylendra Kumnar said all the institutions were asked to submit their account to the committee and out of 394 institutions in various streams, 82 institutions did not submit their accounts.  Hence the committee has declared them to be non-eligible for the 8% fee hike and has given them order to go ahead  with the admission process with previous year’s fee structure.   The ineligible institutions will be penalized if they hike or demand more than the last year’s fee.

The Government should make  mandatory cost audits of all the private colleges including medical and engineering before any negotiations on  fee structure is decided.  It is in the public interest to learn what these colleges are doing/spending with the money collected.

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BENGALURU TRAFFIC POLICE WIN FB AWARD

The Bengaluru City Traffic Police  is a specialized unit of the Bengaluru City Police responsible for overseeing and enforcing traffic safety on city roads as well as managing the flow of traffic in the city of Bengaluru.   The Commissioner of Police is the overall operational leader of the force, but the Force is normally managed by the Additional Commissioner of Police on behalf of the Commissioner.

In Benglauru a traffic wing became a necessary in 1930’s.  The Inspector General of the then time General Hamilton is responsible for  the formation of Traffic police wing in Bengaluru and the first headquarters was at Halasur (Ulsoor) gate.

The Facebook page of Bengaluru Traffic Police (BTP) has been ranked among top three FD pages of traffic police of various states in the country.  The BTP page was initiated on April 10, 2011 by Praveed Sood and MA Saleem, two additional commissioners of traffic.

The page gained popularity thereafter.  In the beginning the page was restricted to discuss on traffic issues.  Later issues like traffic diversion, introduction of new one-ways and VIP movements gained momentum.

The BTP page was ranked by Face book for being the most interactive in 2017.  BTP have been using social media effectively for some time.  This award is a testament to the active engagement between the citizens of Bengaluru and the traffic police.

 

SUNIL CHHETRI SIGNS EXTENDED CONTRACT WITH BENGALURU FC

SUNIL CHHETRI SIGNS EXTENDED CONTRACT WITH BENGALURU FC

Sunil Chhetri who is 33 years old is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Indian club Bengaluru FC and the Indian National Team.   Chhetri began his professional career at Mohun Bagan  in 2002.  He helped India win 2007 Nehru Cup,  2009  Nehru Cup, the 2012 Nehru Cup as well as the 2011 SAFF Championship.  Sunil Chhetri has also been named ‘AIFF Player of the Year’ four times in 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Bengaluru Football Club is based in Bengaluru.  The club competes as a member of the Indian Super League, one of the top leagues of Indian football.  The club has won two league titles, including one in their debut season, two Federation cup titles and most recently a Super-cup championship.

The club is owned and operated by JSW Group, Mumbai and its Managing Director is Sajjan Jindal.   The club was formed in the year 2013.  Bengaluru FC is reputed for one of the most vocal fan bases in the country.  The fans are known as the West block blues, named after West Block A in the Bangalore Football Stadium.  The coach and the players of the team acknowledge the support of the fans in the success and often refer to them as ‘the 12th Man’.

Sunil Chhetri is one of the greatest footballers the country has produced.  He played his 100th international match when India took Kenya in Intercontinental Cup at Mumbai Football Area.  He started breaking records of players like Davia Villa’s record of 59 goals.

Sunil Chhetri signed with League side Bengaluru FC and extended his contract till 2021 end.  The deal, which adds to his current contract at the club, will see Chhetri as part of the JSW Group owned side until the end of the 2020-2021 season.

The AIFF ‘Player of the Year’ signed a 3 year deal. He is the longest serving player at the club. Having won the club’s top ‘scorer of the year ‘, and for 5 consecutive seasons, he is the club’s highest scorer.

Bengaluru FC are currently training at their residential facilities in Bellary, following which they will be flying out to Spain for a pre-season camp. The 1st match of the season kicks off in less than a month, when the team takes Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr FK in a 2 legged Inter-zonal semi final of the AFC Cup on  August 22 & 29.

 

 

 

 

RECKLESS DRIVING IN THE STREETS OF BENGALURU

Driving the vehicle at a high speed and thereby causing accidents and violating traffic rules is a major contributor for cause of accidents in Benglauru.  According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data confirms that Bengaluru is a motorist’s nightmare.  The city has seen the highest number of deaths due to dangerous and reckless driving in the country.  This reflects the commuter culture in Bengaluru.  The city motorists have to go a long way before their driving skills matches with that of a global city they live in.

The Traffic Police of Bengaluru file cases of dangerous and reckless driving, lane discipline, jumping traffic signals, overtaking, wrong direction driving on a one way.  But filing a case does not include over-speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.

A case of reckless driving resulted in loss of a 19 year old girl’s life near Lalbagh on 22nd July 2018.  A concrete mixer truck knocked the scooter which the girl was driving and she was killed on the spot and her sister who was with her sustained injuries. The truck mowed them down.  The driver, Srinivasu, was arrested.  After the accident he, without bothering to take the accident victim to the hospital attempted to run away.

Every month over 800 trucks are confiscated.  For many driver’s it is just going to the court, paying a fine and getting back to violating rules again and again. The most common offences of the drivers are driving without licence, tax default and carrying excess passengers.

Stringent rules are in need to stop these type of accidents.

 

LIONS CLUB OF BANGALORE HOST.

The Lions Club is an international secular, non political service organization founded in the year 1917 by Melvin Jones, an American by birth.  Its headquarters is in Oak Brook, Illinois, USA.

The vision and mission of the club is to meet the needs and requirements of local communities and the world at large which includes caring for the environment, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, feeding the hungry, fighting blindness and meeting the requirements of the senior citizens and aiding and helping the disabled.  Funds will be raised for worthy causes.  All funds raised by the Lions Club from public are utilized for charitable purposes and all administrative costs are paid by the members.

Lions Club is the world’s largest service club organisation with 46000 clubs and 1.4 million members.   The main focus being serving the blind and visually impaired and to aim for the elimination of preventable and reversible blindness. For over a century the Lions club has been working in improving the communities with different projects and programs.

The club provided infrastructure for a government school in Jakkur by erecting a compound wall for the school and a compound wall for their playground.  They involved in building toilets for the government schools in Kogilu village.

The club’s important project is at the Government Primary and High School at Agrahara Layout since 1982.  The club has provided facilities like toilets, computers, sewing machines for girls and boys, a library and a lab for science students.  They also got involved in conducting health camps for all the school kids.

The Club have built a new school building with an air auditorium, a play area for children, 12 class rooms, painting the existing school, providing clean potable drinking water.  They have set up a RO Plant for the school.

The club is serving all over the world to uplift downtrodden and has established a name as one of the largest and best service oriented in the entire world.

 

 

 

 

‘AIR Quality’ Premji urges KDK to lead the project

Bengaluru Air Quality is Worst and getting no better

Wipro and Azim Premji Foundation (APF) are working with other large corporations to put together the AIR Pollution platform. Premji believes can help the government, citizens and other stakeholders to address air pollution that he termed as ‘a Silent Killer’.

Letter to Chief Minister from APF stated “ I am of the definite view that the success of this effort will completely depend on your government playing the central role. I would like to heat your views and seek your support and leadership in steering this joint effort.”

In reply, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy appointed additional chief secretary, first, ecology and environment as the nodal officer for this initiative.

Premji also brought notice of Work on the 7.5 – km stretch of Sarjapur Road was causing inconvenience to people who work here, HDK asked concerned Officials to complete the work in four Months.

We will commit to get you updates on AIR Quality project for Namma Bengaluru.

A TREASURE HIDDEN IN BOWRING INSTITUTE’S LOCKER – NOTICE SENT TO AVINASH

A TREASURE HIDDEN IN BOWRING INSTITUTE’S LOCKER – NOTICE SENT TO AVINASH

Three unimposing lockers at the Badminton court of 150 years old club, the Bowring Institute club in Bengaluru is the latest scandal at namma Bengaluru.  After the ID raid the investigations is probing a scam involving a large amount of money laundering which includes some of the top politicians in the Karnataka Government.

The locker bearing no. 61, 70 and 71 had the treasure comprising a huge stake of currency notes and documents, jewellery, blank signed cheques and promissory notes.  Bowring Institute authorities broke open 126 unauthorized lockers and found 6 bags stashed in 3 lockers.  The lockers were in the name of Avinash Kukreja.  Avinash belongs to the Sindhi Community of Bengaluru and his father Assardas Amarlal was a very well-known financier in Bengaluru.  According to different sources, the family was a solution in financial distress to politicians, builders and film producers.   They used to given loans in crores against property as surety.

Even though Avinash Kukreja has not come out openly to make a statement, his wife said the amount announced by the officials were exaggerated and that all the property documents found in the lockers are legal.  According to her, her husband is not in the right frame of mind to make a statement.

The Club’s management committee on Monday, the 23rd July 2018 held a meeting and came to a conclusion of issuing a show cause notice to its Member Avinash Kukreja for stashing money and documents at 3 different lockers in the club premises and issued a show cause notice on July 24, asking his explanation why he should not be expelled from the membership of the club.  The club wants to know how he got three lockers, when members are granted  to have only 1 locker and how he has managed to have lockers in different names.  Neither he nor his family have enrolled for the sport but still have 3 lockers for their availability.

The lockers at the badminton club are used to stash the sports attire, sun glasses, watches etc.   But these lockers were stashed with cash and jewellery.  Dollars of Hong Kong worth several crores were also recovered.  It is understood that his sister is married to a businessman in Hong Kong.  Some of the recovered documents are said to have crucial evidence of the ongoing IT investigations of various personalities in connection with politicians in Bengaluru.

Now the ball is in the IT Department’s court. It is also important to investigate all those who were having dealings with him.  How good the investigation will be and whether the culprits will be put behind the bars is to be seen.

 

LAKSHYA SEN WINS ASIAN JUNIOR BADMINTON TITLE

LAKSHYA SEN WINS ASIAN JUNIOR BADMINTON TITLE

Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy trainee Lakshya Sen done the academy and India proud by winning the gold medal in the Badminton Asia Junior Championships that concluded in Jakarta (Indonesia) on Sunday. The dedicated training of his coaches and the world class facilities at the Academy under the leadership of the legend Prakash Padukone has paid rich rewards.   His name ‘Lakshya’ means Target/aim.

The Final encounter lasted 46 minutes as Lakshya Sen gave it nothing but his best to emerge as the champion of Asia against Thailand player Kunlavut Vitidsarn.  Lakshya Sen ended a long wait of 53 years to win a gold in the men’s single match at the Asian Junior Championship with a flawless performance.  He is only the third Indian to clinch the gold medal in the Asia Junior Championships. The other two were Gautam Thakkar (1965) and PV Sindhu (2012).

Lakshya Sen born on 16th August 2001 in Almora to D.K.Sen. His brother Chirag Sen is also an International player.  Sen has long been talked up as one of the brightest prospects in Indian men’s singles.  He got into badminton because his grand father was a badminton player, his father D.K. Sen,  a coach at Sports Authority of India. His mother is a school teacher.   He started playing the game at the age of 6.

Lakshya Sen Won  Bronze medal at the 2016 Asia Junior Championships held at Bangkok. He won the Eurasia Bulgarian Open in 2017, when he was just 16 at the time.  He won the Sats India International Series in 2016 and made to the quarterfinals of the Vitenam Open Badminton Grand Prix in 2016.

 

PRAKASH PADUKONE – INDIAN BADMINTON LEGEND

PRAKASH PADUKONE – INDIAN BADMINTON LEGEND

Prakash Padukone born to Ramesh Padukone and Ahilya Padukone on 10 June 1955 is a former Indian badminton player.  He dominated the national badminton from 1971 to 1980 and put India on the  international map.

In 1978 he won the singles badminton gold medal at the Common Wealth Games.  He was ranked world No.1 in 1980, when he became the first Indian to win the All England Championships, the world’s most prestigious annual badminton competition.  This win catapulted Prakash Padukone to the No.1 world badminton ranking.

Prakash Padukone was awarded the Arjun award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982 by the Government of India.   He was also conferred Badminton Association of India Lifetime Achievement award.

Indian sporting legend and the visionary behind the Academy’s successful inception, Prakash Padukone lends much more than just his name to the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy.

The Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) was launched on October 1st, 1994. Located at the state-of-the-art, multi-sport Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence campus spread over 15 acres close to the Kempegowda International Airport.  The Academy was started by Mr. Prakash Padukone, Mr. Vimal Kumar and Mr. Vivek Kumar – all stalwarts of Indian Badminton.

The Academy has produced multiple National and International level champions and is renowned around the country for producing world-class badminton players.

Found and Reported – Rs.500 crore Property Papers, Gold, Diamonds, Cash @ Browning Institute

 

Thursday broke open the lockers that had remained unused for a long time and stumbled upon the six zipper-locked bags stuffed in lockers numbered — 69, 71 and 78 @ Bowring Institute

On opening the bags, the officials found Rs 2,000 currency notes and foreign currency worth Rs 3.73 crore and Rs 500 currency notes worth Rs 17 lakh,, “There was an entire signed blank cheque book, several bank cheques of huge amounts, ranging from Rs 5 crore to Rs 50 crore.Institute’s secretary H S Srikanth

“We didn’t know who had occupied the three lockers since the member had not registered them. The staff members informed me about the bags and I told them to bring them to the office. I immediately called the police to check what they contained,Mr.Srikanth statement was recorded at the Income tax and formal complaint at Police Station

Thanks to the Club Management and Kudos to club’s badminton and squash in-charge Sandeep and his colleagues in guidance of Institute Secretary H S Srikanth approaching Police Station and Informing Income tax department.

 

Billions of cash and benami property been hidden, can Income-tax department be the Super hero?

KARNATAKA PREMIER LEAGUE – 2018.

KARNATAKA PREMIER LEAGUE – 2018.

The Karnataka Premier League is an Indian Twenty 20 cricket league established by the Karnataka State Cricket Association in August 2009. The KPL is a commercially scaled down version of the Indian Premier League. KPL is approved by the BCCI.  The objective of the KPL is to provide an opportunity for young cricket talent in the land of Karnataka and to show their skills in cricket in one of the most compelling formats of the sport.  The league, one of the oldest in India, has been a launch-pad for numerous names who have gone on to play at the National and International level.

The Karnataka Premier League 2018, powered by Lakshmi Vilas Bank is back with its VII edition.  It is one of the best local league.  Star Sports will continue as its official broadcaster this season also as last season they got a 220% jump in viewership.  The anthem of KPL will be ‘a great emotive way to connect’.   A pool of players, consisting of 241 players, will be available for auction on July 21. Robin Uthappa is to be part of auction.

 This years tournament starts in August/September in Bengaluru.   The KPL 2018 will be played over a span of 19 days and features total 24 matches which will be played at Mysuru, Huballi and Bengaluru.  The matches will be played in Bengaluru’s iconic M Chinnaswamy Stadium, the KSCA Rajnagar Stadium in Hubbali and the SDNR Wadiyar Cricket Stadium in Mysuru.   The Finals will be played at Mysuru.   The activities of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) are outsourced to a fully accredited agency in this season.

This 2018 edition of the game will be a tribute to Late Sri. Srikandadatta Wadiyar of Mysuru, former KSCA President and Brijesh Patel, Former KSCA Secretary.  They are known as the architects of the KPL tournament.

The well known KPL attracts premium sponsorship with Karbonn Smartphones as their title sponsorship.  The other sponsors are Cycle Pure Agarabatti, Fast Track Reflect 2.0 and Vimal along with Lakshmi Vilas Bank coming in as Powered by Panthers.

The Seventh edition of KPL will provide the State’s budding cricketers another platform to establish their credentials in the world of professional cricket, with the IPL and the Indian Team beckoning.  The teams which are participating for the title are :

  • Bijapur Bulls
  • Belagavi Panthers
  • Bellary Tuskers
  • Hubli Tigers
  • Mysore Warriors
  • Namma Shivamogga
  • Kalyani Blasters Bengaluru

 

 

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CONTRIBUTION OF INFOSYS FOUNDATION TO BUILD A METRO STATION

CONTRIBUTION OF INFOSYS FOUNDATION TO BUILD A METRO STATION

The Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of IT major, Infosys supports various programs in different streams like education, rural development, healthcare, arts and culture.  The foundation takes pride in working with all sections of society, selecting their projects with care and working in areas that are ignored or overlooked by the society.

The Infosys Foundation, headed by Mrs. Sudha Murthy and Mr. Ajay Seth, the Managing Director of BMRCL signed an MOU.  The foundation has come forward to build a metro station at Konappanna Agrahara, the metro train which is between R.V. Road and Electronics city at a cost of Rs.200 crore and maintain it for 30 years.  According to the MoU, the station to be named Infosys Foundation – Konappana Agrahara Metro Station, will be spread over two lakh square feet. An area of 3000 Sq. ft. will be reserved for the foundation to have art exhibitions which will provide local craftsmen and artisans with a platform to showcase their talent, also to host exhibitions free of rent.

R.V. Road  to Electronics City is part of the 2nd phase of the 19.6 Kms elevated metro rail network being constructed at a cost of Rs.1794 crore and is expected to be completed by 2021.  The roof of the station will be designed to support solar panels that will provide power for lighting and making this station a sustainable building.

This station is very important as Electronics city is evolving as Bengaluru’s business hub.  This area sees thousands of IT professions daily travelling to work.  This route may, to some extent give relief to the traffic woes of Madiwala and Silk Board junction during peak hours. This might be an alternative solution to the problem of traffic congestion.

Mrs. Murthy is said that she is happy in getting involved with this project. According to her it is not a charity but a duty towards her hometown.

Talking about the foundation’s contribution, the Deputy Chief Minister urged the Corporate’s in Bengaluru to donate 2% of their profit for the infrastructure of the city.

We, the people of Bengaluru are grateful to Infosys Foundation for coming forward with their support towards building a landmark station.

 

CONTAMINATED WATER AT LAKSHMISAGARA LAKE IN KOLAR

CONTAMINATED WATER AT LAKSHMISAGARA LAKE IN KOLAR

The most infamous froth water of Bengaluru has now entered/reached Lakshmisagar lake in Kolar District with due thanks to the Rs.1342 crores Koramangala-Chalaghatta Valley project officially known as the Koramangala-Challaghattapura Valley lift irrigation project which seeks to fill 226 lakes in the district with treated sewage water from the State Capital, Bengaluru through a number of channels and pumps. A number of social activity groups opposed the project from the start on the grounds that the water treated is bound to aggravate the situation as it contains arsenic contents which  affect the health of people and cattle.

This project’s main purpose was to recharge groundwater in the dried out lakes of Kolar, but the froth spewing water from past  2 days at Lakshmisagar lake confirms the dread and fear of villagers.   The fear of villagers and activists being that due to this froth water the ground water may also get contaminated.  It is clear the water treatment has not worked.  All the villagers wanted was a source of water to drink and for farming purposes.

The Kolar region is the food bowl of Bengaluru as a maximum share of vegetables comes from there.  Continuous discharge of polluted water may contaminate the already depleted ground water resources and in turn may contaminate the vegetables.

Residents of Kolar complain that before it was only odor but now they fear that the odor and froth has intensified.  Farmers fear that the crops grown with the help of this water may not survive.  Nearly 70% of Kolar’s farmers depend on farming and lakes are the only option left o recharge the ground water.

After all these problems surfaced, the blame game has started. The BWSSB says that the water from supply point is tested and is in-fact intact, beyond that the responsibility falls on the Minor Irrigation Department.

According to A.N. Yellappa Reddy, an environmentalist and former Lok Adalat member, the froth in  water has  aerosol suspension containing  both bacteria and virus and is a mini chemical and biological bomb.  The villagers say the water coming from the pipeline is visibly dark in colour.  Though the people of Kolar may not suffer the effect immediately, there will be a long term impact from it.

 

OUTSIDE FOOD INTO THE CINEMAS

OUTSIDE FOOD INTO THE CINEMAS

Theaters these days make most of their revenue from food.

There is no legal or statutory provision to prohibit one to carry personal food and water to cinema.  This is a rule flouted by cinema halls having their own stalls for food and beverages. The reason, of course, is that the theatre wants people to buy their expensive food.  Most theatres do not make money from ticket sales alone.  They make money from selling food and drinks. As a result they don’t allow people to bring food and drinks in. The theater owners charge exuberantly for edible items sold inside.  The way in which movie theatres conduct their food business is a form of racketeering, which is very much a crime. Buying something to eat in theatre will definitely burns a hole in the pocket.  It is something like offering of dishonest service to solve a problem that wouldn’t exist if not for the actions of the entity offering.

A theatre is not a cinema that sells popcorn but it is a popcorn stand that shows cinemas.  Money cannot be made by showing movies but a lot of money can be made by selling popcorn for a bucket  at Rs.370-380 instead of  Rs.25-30 a bucket.  The theatre makes more money by selling popcorn and candy, so they try to establish a monopoly on movie snacks by banning outside food and drink.

The restrictions particularly affect old people and those who due to health issues cannot eat outside food. As long as one doesn’t leave wrappers and bottles behind for the cleaners to pick up, and as long as one respects and cleans-up after, it is okay to carry food into a theatre.  One has to make sure that the food being carried in would not cause any unnecessary problems for other visitors or the staff.  Food with thick stenches should be avoided.

 

 

RIDING ON FOOT PATH RAMPANT

RIDING ON FOOT PATH RAMPANT

Footpath across Bengaluru’s main busy commercials areas have shrunk due to road widening.  To make matters worse the pavements have been used by two wheeler’s apart from shops and business establishments in many areas.

Two-wheeler’s riding on footpath are raising at alarming rate.   Normally on a busy main road two wheeler’s try to bypass the traffic on the road by getting on the footpaths, there by putting the life in danger of the pedestrians.  The footpath is meant for the movement of pedestrians.  But one can see a lot of two wheeler’s on the footpaths in the main road near traffic signals.

From January to June 2018, the city traffic police have registered around 20000 cases of footpath riding.  Despite increase in the number of accidents, the riders racing on the footpath are also increasing alarmingly.   This has become a major concern.

Even after conducting awareness programs about footpath riding, it has not dithered them from violating the rules.  Following traffic discipline has become a prime problem among the riders of two wheeler’s.

It seems like vehicle users insist on robbing pedestrians of their right of way by riding on pavements across the city.  Walking on the road has become an ordeal and if the safest part of road, the footpath is also encroached by vehicle movement, it gives a scary feeling.  The ground reality is that the footpaths are not safe anymore,

Some are of the opinion that levying heavy fines are the best way of discouraging the riders from using the footpath.  Strict action must be taken against those who violate the law.  Involvement of civic body, NGO’s and citizens themselves are needed. A persistent action from the anti-encroachment squad can only claim footpaths and preserve it for the pedestrians.

DEMAND FOR SEWAGE PLANT AT DODDANEKUNDI LAKE

DEMAND FOR SEWAGE PLANT AT DODDANEKUNDI LAKE

Major problems faced by the lakes in Bengaluru are encroachment, dumping solid waste, dumping of debris and inflow of untreated waste water.

The Doddanekundi lake is one of the bigger lakes in Benglauru but unfortunately not well-known for good reasons.  This lake is frequented mainly by those living in and around the lake and it is not easy to reach.   The lake has four inlets – one each from Vibhutipura tank, kaggadaspura lake, Mahadevapura tank and one from Nekkundi tank.  The lake is covered by weeds.   The lake even has a walking path around it and an island inside but the welcoming stinking smell at the entrance is a turn-off.

The residents are demanding for a sewage treatment plant at Doddanekundi Lake to stop the stinking.  The lake gets sewage from in and around localities and the buffer zone is being watched by land mafia.  We have come across all over Bengaluru about encroachment of lakes with similar stories  who have grabbed and gobbled up lake bunds, raja kaluve, feeder canals etc..   Bengaluru has lost more than 200 lakes and who takes credit for it ???????

Please note that in 2015, the Bengaluru Development Authority spent Rs.10 crore for the rejuvenation and beautification of the lake.  Dredging, fencing the lake was done but despite such a huge cost, the authorities failed utterly to stop the inflow of sewage into the lake.

The BWSSB has very recently laid the pipeline for underground drainage network in this area.  But most of the apartments around the lake are not yet taken the drainage connection  from the BWSSB.  Anybody can see openly the sewage being let out into the lake.   A Storm water drain is built around the lake and it is overflowing with sewage.

The lake water is becoming highly polluted.  The residents staying nearby cannot bear the stench any more.  It is posing a health hazard.  It is affecting the ecology due to toxic chemical discharge to the lake.  The fishes are dying due to this.  The lake is in a very poor lamented state.

The Doddanekundi Lake Welfare Association plans to put pressure on the corporator and the civic body to make sure that the stinking sewage is diverted.

A BDA official came out and said that the work is going on step by step and would soon stop the sewage inflow to the lake.

It stands as a mirror image to the sorry state of lakes in namma Bengaluru.

 

Namma Bengaluru Rotary

Rotary International

Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs – the need for friends and fellowship. Business development: Rotary consists of a cross-section of every business community. … Leadership development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people.

Rotary International, Rotary District 3190

Objective of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  1. FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  2. SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  3. THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  4. FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Welcome to Namma Bengaluru Rotary

A Group of like minded with an Objective of Serving and having a good Fellow-ship, Our Focus area is Sports, Wellness and Travel.

Find the Proposed for New Rotary Members

 

 

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Please note: Membership to Rotary Clubs in Only by Invitation and approval.

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Javeline thrower Neeraj Chopra bags GOLD

Javeline thrower Neeraj Chopra bags GOLD

Neeraj Chopra who is 20 years old Indian track and field athlete competing in the Javeline throw from Khandra, Panipat, Haryana has proved his mettle again on the international sports area when he bagged gold at Sotteville Athletics meet held in France on Tuesday with a massive margin. .

Neeraj Chopra’s throw of 85.17m was fast-far enough to get him the gold on the medal tally leaving behind Andrian Mardare of Moldova behind for a silver and Edis Matusevicius of Lithuania for bronze.

It is been a long journey from Panipat to France to become the world’s best is a dream come true for Neeraj Chopra.

Neeraj Chopra first made headlines when he got gold in the 2016 World championship with a record throw of 86.48m.   He has also won the gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold coast with a throw of 86.47m. final.  But this is not his best throw as he had earlier improved his own National record with a throw of 87.43m at the IAAF Diamond League.

This youngster is a part of the Indian Squad for the Asian Games 2018 and all eyes are on him now as he will be aiming for the gold in Jakarta also.

Congratulations to Neeraj Chopra and his coach Uwe Hohn.  Such a proud moment.

 

 

 

Controversy over iPhone, leather bag gift to Karnataka MPs

Controversy over iPhone, leather bag gift to Karnataka MPs

does it matter to Common Man?

The Karnataka Coalition Government which has been facing a lot of difficulty in raising funds to pay salary to its civic workers who works tirelessly to keep our city clean, waive loan of the farmers, provide free bus passes to students, has funds to give away expensive gadgets and leather bags to State MP’s .

General public is of the opinion that the State should not waste public money when the pouramikas and the farmers in the state are in distress.  Public money should be spent for education, health and  development  works in the State and not for gifting expensive gadgets to the MP’s.

Why a grand show of gifting expensive Smartphones to MP’s?   We all know what some of the legislators been doing and have been caught doing with their smart-phones in the house.

It is a move when the CM slapped taxes on electricity and fuel to fund the loan waiver.

After much furore over the issue, Mr. D.K.Shivakumar, Water Resources Minister claimed to have given the iPhone on his personal behalf not as a bribe and it was only out of a gesture.  Senior Congress leader D.K.Shivakumar clarified it was him who sent iPhone to all the Karnataka MP’s to keep them abreast about the State’s programmes and projects.

In the meantime, Chief Minister in New Delhi has come out telling that he was not aware of the gifts.

 

 

Aishwarya Pissay –  First Indian woman to participate in Bajaj Aragon cross-country motorbike rally.

Aishwarya Pissay – First Indian woman to participate in Bajaj Aragon cross-country motorbike rally.

TVS Racing Factory rider Aishwarya Pissay will become the first Indian woman to participate in the Bajaj World Rally as she makes her international rally debut.  She is 5 ft, 9 inches and slender.  She exudes a confidence and passion when she talks about the sport.
The Bajaj rally is scheduled between July 20-22, 2018, in Teruel, Spain, marks the internal rally in the sport.  The 22 year old racer will be joining a four member squad from France, as well as from Spain.
Aishwarya Pissay has been participating in a number of Indian rally championships and has tuned her skills with every rally and has clinched a place for herself.
Aishwarya Pissay began riding at the age of 18, first taking trips with friends.  At that time she was not good in the academics, and took a break for an year.   After completing her commerce degree through correspondence from Bangalore University, she continued with the passion of her life,  riding.  After enrolling for a formal training, she started riding in competitions in 2016, and has been supported by TVS Co. from last year.  She participates both in circuit races and off-roading raids.  For her whether it is circuit or off-roading, it is raiding at the end of the day.
Aishwarya Pissay has won 4 championships in the last years.  She has seen ups and downs in her path to success.  She is good in breaking barriers at every step to achieve what she aims for.   The young achiever believes that a lot more is to be done for the cause of women in motorsport.
Our wishes to the young achiever for all her future racing.