Finding Piya – Subhasis Mishra – Bengaluru :

Finding Piya – Subhasis Mishra – Bengaluru :

Finding Piya – is a book written by Subhasis Mishtra.    According to Nila Madhab Panda, film maker and Padmashree awardee, the book is an “immensive work with great imagery and vivid descriptions of the conflict between love and dark side of college politics…..a must read for political drama lovers”.

Subhasis Mishtra author of Finding Piya :

Subhasis Mishtra is a global human resources leader who is also passionate about story telling.  He is an undergraduate in mechanical engineering and a post graduate in human resources. 

He has been in the corporate world for almost 20 years and has worked for many global brands like START TV, the Walt Disney Company, Target and Amazon.

Mishra was born and raised in Odisha and started his corporate career in Mumbai working with STAR Television and Walt Disney India before relocating to Los Angeles in 2008.

Subhasis currently works as a Talent Acquisition Leader with Amazon India and lives with his wife Vinithra and 2 children Neev & Nila in Bangalore. ‘Finding Piya’ is his first work of fiction.

Book released at KLF Corner in Bengaluru City :

The Kalinga Literary Festival organized its special KLF Corner where author Subhasis Mishra’s book, ‘Finding Piya,’ was released. Renowned filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda joined the conversation with author Mishra.

They discussed about the book, contemporary issues in literature, film and society at large.

Storyline of Finding Piya :

Subhasis Mishra’s book  ‘Finding Piya’ is a roller-coaster ride of love and betrayal, of beauty and darkness, of innocence and connivance and many more extremes of human emotions.

In the book Finding Piya, through the protagonist Raj’s journey, the reader gets a ringside view of the transformation of Raj from an innocent boy to a student leader and then to a victim of the campus politics, in pursuit of Piya, his love. It can be termed as the latest bundle of  political thrill and campus-love.

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.

Plastic cutlery total ban – Bengaluru

Plastic cutlery total ban – Bengaluru

Plastic cutlery ban is coming up in Bengaluru.   BBMP has given  time till March 31st 2019 to food delivery apps to stop sending plastic spoons and forks. BBMP wants the customers to  customers to use their own steel-ware.

The use of plastic carry bags, banners, bunting, flex, plastic flags, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic spoons, cling films and plastic sheets used for spreading on dining table and items that are made of thermocol causes serious environmental hazards.  It also affects health of human being and animals.

Food App co’s – plastic cutlery ban :

Kitchens such as Bowl Company which is attached to Swiggy, send plastic cutlery with their food order.

Many of food delivery companies have their own kitchens.  When food is ordered along with food, they send the plastic spoons and forks.  They have till this month end to stop this.

BBMP (Bruhat Benglauru Mahanagara palike) :

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

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

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

Plastic cutlery items banned in BBMP events :

The BBMP has issued an order to ban all single use plastic items and disposable cups, bottles, plates and other single use plastic disposables in all its offices and in all programs.  The BBMP order was implemented with immediate effect.  This ban includes the BBMP head office.

BBMP – Plastic items banned :

The ban holds good even for BBMP council meetings and programs.  The plastic items and materials used for serving food and water, including the single use packaged drinking water bottles are banned.

The BBMP is responsible for solid waste management in Benglauru.  The civic body is trying to enforce the plastic items ban in the city.  In recent months, the BBMP had sent advisories to bulk generators of plastic items including wedding and banquet halls.  But the BBMP was using plastic bottles and disposables in its offices and programs.

Ban of use of plastic in parks :

Beware of discarding plastics. They are banned inside the famous Lalbagh Botanical Garden.  Plastic items will not be allowed inside the Garden following a drive launched by the Horticulture Department in association with the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.

The range of fine varies between Rs.50 and Rs.500.  Plastic items would be seized at the entrance and the visitors would be handed over a jute bag for Rs.5.  Fines will be imposed on those who manage to sneak them inside and pollute the environs.

Is plastic food packaging dangerous?

Are chemicals from plastic food containers and wrapping safe, or are they slowly poisoning us?  The risk is low, there’s growing evidence that food can be contaminated by harmful chemicals from some types of plastic. Many foods are packaged in these risky plastics – including fresh meat, gourmet cheese, and even some health foods and organic vegetables.

Most food and drink is packaged in containers made from plastics that seem to be harmless. Soft drinks and bottled water are usually in PET bottles, for example, while yoghurt and margarine containers are usually made from polypropylene.

There’s clearly no real need for food manufacturers to use packaging or wrapping made from potentially harmful plastics like polycarbonate or PVC, but there are still far too many products in the supermarkets where the food is in contact with them.

What are the hazards of using plastic cutlery?

Chemicals in plastic which give them their rigidity or flexibility (flame retardants, bisphenols, phthalates and other harmful chemicals) are oily poisons that repel water and stick to petroleum-based objects like plastic debris. So, the toxic chemicals that leach out of plastics can accumulate on other plastics.

Plastic food storage containers or cutlery are filled with more than just food, they’re chock full of harmful chemicals. Plastics are made out of refined crude oil and contain chemicals such as BPA (Bisphenol-A) that function mainly as plasticisers, making plastic more durable and flexible.

Why is plastic bad for human health?

Chlorinated plastic can release harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil, which can then seep into groundwater or other surrounding water sources and also the ecosystem of the world.

This can cause serious harm to the species that drink the water. Landfill areas contain many different types of plastics.

If humans are exposed to these toxic chemicals for long periods of time, then this can result in dangerous health problems, which include hormonal issues, reproductive issues, and damage to our nervous systems and kidneys.

Food delivery companies – Ban of plastic cutlery :

The BBMP has been raiding shops, hotels and malls using plastic packaging material. Zomato, Swiggy and Freshmenu, apps often used by Bengalureans to have food delivered to their doorsteps, always send plastic cutlery.

Some of the food delivery apps. Encourages customers to return the cutlery.  Food delivery app, chefkraft is encouraging the customers to return plastic bowls but is finding it not very successful.

Another food delivery app. Purple Basil is been adopting the eco-friendly route since inception.  This Co. finalizes a menu only if it suits is packaging.

As for as the bigger delivery app, Zomato says it is adopting biodegradable packaging. The alternatives to plastic need to be robust, leak-proof and reusable.

According to Zomato they are also supplying packaging made from bamboo and sugarcane bagasse, and corrugated paper with coatings.

Tasting alternatives to implement plastic cutlery ban :

Swiggy: Has set up Swiggy Packaging Assist to introduce restaurants to a variety of packaging material.

Zomato: Working with manufacturers to reduce the cost of non-plastic packaging material.

Purple Basil: Zero use of plastic in packaging and cutlery.

Chefkraft: Encourages customers to return plastic bowls and cutlery.

BBMP raids :

BBMP raided top restaurants and bars earlier this week for using plastic and not segregating waste. It shut down four establishments, and seized 1,074 kg of plastic.

Raid – Dakshinna Kannada ACB

Raid – Dakshinna Kannada ACB

On 20th March 2019, the Dakshinna Kannada ACB caught Raghav. D. a junior Engineer (V) MESCOM, Bycompadhi branch office, Mangalore while accepting a bribe of Rs.5000/-

A first class electric contractor from Mangalore had applied on behalf for of a client for a new connection.  Raghav.D  Junior Engineer(V), MESCOM, Bycompadhi branch office, Mangalore had demanded a bribe of Rs.5000/- to do the same.

A case has been filed.  The bribe amount has been seized and investigation is on.

BJP Candidates list out – Karnataka elections 2019

BJP Candidates list out – Karnataka elections 2019

BJP Candidates list is partly out for the Lok Sabha polls 2019.  Some fresh faces and some are the retaining MP’s names appears in the list announced by the party.

List of BJP candidates :

  1. Belgaum  – Suresh Channabasappa Angadi
  2. Haveri –  Shivakumar Udasi
  3. Dharwad – Prahlad Joshi
  4. Uttara Kannada – Ananth Kumar Hegde
  5. Davangere – Gowdar M.Siddeshwara
  6. Udupi/Chikamagalur – Shobha Karandlaje
  7. Hassan – A.Manju
  8. Mysuru – Pratap Simha
  9. Bengaluru North – Sadananda Gowda
  10. Bengaluru Central – P.C.Mohan
  11. Chikkaballapur – Bacheche Gowda
  12. Bagalkot – Parvatagouda C. Gaddigoudar
  13. Bijapur – Ramesh Chandappa Jigajnagi
  14. Gulbarga – Umesh Jadhav
  15. Bidar – Bhagwanth Khuba
  16. Bellary – Devendrappa
  17. Shimogga – B.Y.Raghavendra
  18. Dakshina Kannda – Nalin Kumar Kateel
  19. Chitradurga – Narayana Swamy
  20. Tumakuru – G.S.Basavaraju
  21. Chamarajnagar – Srinivas Prasad

Details about the candidates :

Suresh Channabasappa Angadi :

Suresh Angadi (born 1st June 1955) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha from BJP. He was born to  Smt.Somawwa and Sri.Chanabasappa Angadi. Before entering public life he used to run his own private business.

He is a sitting MP from Belagavi.

Education– Graduate from S.S.S.Samithi College of Commerce, Belgaum. Graduated in Law from Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belgaum.

He is the Chairman, Suresh Angadi Education Foundation Belgaum, (since 2009) Social and Cultural Activities : Providing drinking water to the rural women where there is no facility for it.
Special Interests : Business, industry and agriculture and education for rural poor
Sports and Clubs : Golf; Member – Belgaum Golf Course
Countries Visited Australia, France, Italy, Switzerland and U.K.
Other Information : Chairman, Suresh Angadi Education Foundation from 2009 onwards

Shivakumar Udasi :

Shivkumar Chanabasappa Udasi (20 May 1967 (age 51), Haveri ) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha from BJP. He was a builder by profession before joining politics.

He is a sitting MP from Haveri.

Education –  Bachelors degree in Engineering from Bangalore Institute of Engineering, Bengaluru.

Member-Joint Committee on the Enforcement of Security interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provision (Amendment Bill, 2016).

Prahlad Joshi :

Pralhad Joshi (born 27 November 1962 to Sri. Venkatesh Joshi and Smt. Malatibai at Bijapur) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha from BJP.  In 1992, Shri. Joshi took upon himself the local leadership on “Save Kashmir Movement”.  Again in 1992 he lead a movement with success in Hubli in hoisting National Flag in Kittur Channamma Circle (Idgah Maidan), which bestowed upon him the status of a leader in this part of Karnataka.

He is a sitting MP from Dharwad.

Education –  B.A. from Arts College, Hubbali & Dharwad

He is the Hon. Chairman, Vijayanagar Education Society, Hubbalii;

Board Member, Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

 Participated as a member of the Indian Parliamentary Delegation at the 63rd Session of General Assembly, UNO in Dec. 2008 and spoke on atrocities on women and children;

Participated as a Member of the Indian Parliamentary Delegation in April 2012 and spoke on the need for a “Genuine Political Settlement` to the Tamil issue in Sri Lanka”
Countries visited  : Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and U.S.A

Ananth Kumar Hegde :

Anant Kumar Hegde (born 20 May 1968 to Lalita and Dattatreya Hegde in Sirsi on Uttara Kannada) is the current Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and the MP from Uttara Kannada constituency. Hegde, a member of the BJP is known for his firebrand politics and controversial remarks against Islam.

He is a sitting MP from Uttara Kannada.

Education – Graduate form MM Arts & Science College, Sirsi

He was a Member, Spices Board, 1996-97, 2000-03, 2004 and 2009 – 2014.
Founded Kadabma group of organizations which works in the fields of multi-dimensional socio-economic activities for the downtrodden, weaker and the vulnerable section of the society, particularly in the rural areas.
Countries Visited : Armenia, Austria, Finland, Germany, Malaysia, Nepal, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, U.A.E. and U.S.A.

Gowdar M. Siddeshwara :

Gowdara Mallikarjunappa Siddeshwara (born 5 July 1952 ( 66), to Late. Shri.G.Mallikarjunappa and Smt.G.M.Halamma at Chitradurga, Mysore), is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha. He represented the same constituency in 14th and 15th Lok Sabha.. He was the Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and prior to that, Minister of State for Civil Aviation till he resigned from the Ministry after a few days of cabinet reshuffle in July 2016.

He is a sitting MP  from Davangere.

Education –  Metriculate educated at Bheemasamudra rural educational society, Bheemasamudra.

Shobha Karandlaje :

Shobha Karandlaje (born 23 October 1966 at Puttur to Late Shri. Monappa Gowda and Smt. Poovakka) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha representing Udupi-Chickmagalur for BJP. She was a cabinet minister in the Government of Karnataka. She was lauded for her performance as the RDPR minister and came to be known as a good administrator.

She is a sitting MP from  Udupi Chikkamagalore.

Education–  M.A., M.S.W. educated at Mysore and Mangalore University.

Countries Visited : China, European Countries, Nepal and U.S.A. She was lauded for her performance as the RDPR minister and came to be known as a good administrator. She resigned in 2009 due to a political crisis but was re-instated in 2010 and was entrusted with the energy portfolio. She was the power minister in the Jagadish Shettar government and also had the additional charge of the food and civil supplies department.

Manju .A :

Manju was earlier with BJP before joining the Congress and becoming Minister in the previous Siddaramaiah led government and again returning back to the saffron party. Former minister A Manju joined BJP again.

Manju was elected as an MLA in 1999 on a BJP ticket from Arkalgud. Later, he joined Congress and served as a minister in Siddaramaiah’s cabinet. He lost the MLA elections against A T Ramaswamy of JD(S) during the Assembly elections in 2018.

Pratap Simha :

Pratap Simha (born 21 June 1976 to Shri B.E. Gopal Gowda and Smt. Pushpa ) is a MP from the 16th Lok Sabha. He was born in Sakleshpur, Hassan. He is the President of Yuva Morcha, BJP.

He is a sitting MP from Mysuru.

Education– MCJ (Masters in Communication and Journalism) educated at Mangalore.

He is a Member of Press Council of India.

Sadananda Gowda :

Devaragunda Venkappa Sadananda Gowda (born 18 March 1953) was the 20thcChief Minister of Karnataka and is currently the Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation in the Government of India. He previously served as Minister of Law and Justice shifted from the Ministry of Railways in the cabinet reshuffle of 5 July 2016. 

He is a sitting MP from Bengaluru North.

Education :, LLB, Educated at St. Phelomena College, Puttur, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka and Vaikunta Baliga Law College, Udupi.

P.C.Mohan :

P. Chikkamuni Mohan (born 24 July 1964 to Shri. Chikkamuniswamappa and Smt. P.C.Ramakka at Bangalore) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha. He is a member of the BJP.

He is a sitting MP from Bengaluru  Central.

Education-  Intermediate educated at Vijaya College, Bangalore.

Member – Committee on Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), Member – Consultative Committee, Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Bacheche Gowda :

Bacheche is son of late  Narayana Gowda.  He is born on October 6th.  He is 71 years old.

Profession  : Social Worker.

Parvata Gouda C. Gaddigoudar :

Parvatagouda Gaddigoudar was born on 1st June 1951 at a small hamlet Heballi in Bagalkot district to Balavva and Chandanagouda Gaddigoudar. He is a member of BJP to the 16th Lok Sabha.

He is a sitting MP from Bagalkot.

Education– Graduate in Arts from Basveshwar Arts College at Bagalkot. Bachelor’s degree in Law from Raja Lakhamagouda College of Bagalkot.

President (1986-87), District Reorganization Committee of Karnataka State President, Nehru Yuvaka Kendra, Hebballi, District Bagalkot President, Bar Association, Badami District Bagalkot, Karnataka.

Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi :

Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi (born 28 June 1952 to Sri. chandappa and Smt. Bouramma in Atharga village of Bijapur. He is an Union Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation. He was member of the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Lok Sabha. He is a member of the BJP.

He is a sitting MP from Bijapur.

Education–  B.A. educated at S.B.New Arts College, Bijapur.

Served in Parliamentary Consultative Committee, Ministry of Finance
Served in Parliamentary Committee on Absence of members from the sittings of the house
Served in Parliamentary Committee on Commerce
Served in Parliamentary committee on home affairs and its sub-committee on Personnel policy of Central Para-Military forces
Served in Union Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation 2016.
Special Interests: Upliftment of the poor
Favourite Pastimes and Recreation: Games and Sport.

Umesh Jadhav :

Umesh Gopaldev Jadhav is an Indian Doctor, Surgeon, politician from Gulbarga.  Jadav was born in Kalaburgi. He is Doctor by profession , Before entering to politics in 2013 he worked as a Surgeon in government Hospital Kalaburagi.

Member of the Legislative Assembly from Chincholi form 2013 to 2018.   Parliamentary Secretary Health and Family welfare department.  Member of the Legislative Assembly from Chincholi from 2018 – Present date.

Bhagwanth Khuba :

Bhagwanth Gurubasappa Khuba (1st June 1967 (age 51) born to Shri. Gurubasappa Khuba and Smt. Mahadevi Khuba at Aurad, Bidar district) is a Member of 16th Lok Sabha representing BJP.

He is a sitting MP  from Bidar.

Education–  B.E. from Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur.


Bokanakere Yeddyurappa Raghavendra (born 16 August 1973) is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha representing Shomogga district of Karnataka.  He was a member of 14th Karnataka Legislative Assembly.  He previously represented Shikaripura Assembly constituency of Karnataka.

In the by-elections to Karnataka Legislative Assembly, he defeated H S Shantaveerappa of INC.

In the 15th Lok Sabha elections, he contested against the former Chief Minister of Karnataka Sarekoppa Bangarappa in the Shimoga constituency and won by a margin of 52,893 votes.

Raghavendra is also the Managing Trustee of PES Institute of Technology and Management, Shimoga. 

Nalin Kumar Kateel :

Nalin Kumar Niranjan Shetty Kateel (born 7 February 1966 to Late Shri Niranjan Shetty and Smt. Sushila N Shetty at Kunjady, Dakshina Kannada ) is a Member of Parliament who represents the BJP in the 16th Lok Sabha. 

He is a sitting MP from Dakshina Kannada.

Education– Metriculate educated at St.Philomena High School, Puttur, Dakshina Kannada.

He is a Member of  Standing committee on Agriculture, Member-Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs.

Narayana Swamy :

He is the son of Abbaiah. He is into Real estate business along with social service, political and public life.

Srinivas Prasad :

Srinivasa Prasad Venkatayya better known by name V. Srinivas Prasad. He was a former member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly  representing the Nanjangud constituency and former member of the Lok Sabha from Chamarajanagar Lok Sabha Constituency.

He is a LPG gas supplier.

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Cong-JD(S) plan poll battle against BJP – Karnataka

Cong-JD(S) plan poll battle against BJP – Karnataka

Cong-JD(S) plan on to take BJP in Lok Sabha 2019 poll battle.  The coalition is planning a big battle against BJP.  Former Prime Minister and JD(S) Supremo H D Deve Gowda has vowed to reduce the BJP to a single digit. The Congress and JD(S) jointly announced a bunch of measures to ensure that their alliance worked without any flaws.

JD(S) – Janata Dal (Secular)  :

The Janata Dal (Secular) is a political party led by former Prime Minister of India, H.D.Deve Gowda. The party is recognized as a State Party in the states of Karnataka and Kerala.

It was formed in July 1999 by the split of Janata Dal party.  It has a political presence mainly in Karnataka. In Kerala, the party is part of the Left Democratic front.

Ironically  the JD(S)  was formed in 1999, had its origins in the Janata Party, founded in 1977 as a coalition of several smaller parties that combined forces to oppose the Congress party.

Indian National Congress : 

The Indian National Congress or INC or Congress party or simply Congress is a broadly based Political party in India. Founded in 1885, it was the first modern nationalist movement to emerge in the British Empire in Asia and Africa. 

From the late 19th century, and especially after 1920, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, , Congress became the principal leader of the Indian independence movement.  Congress led India to independence from Great Britain, and powerfully influenced other anti-nationalist movements in the British Empire.

Bharatiya Janata party – BJP :

The BJP’s origin lies in the Bharatiya  Jana Sangh,  formed in 1951 by Syama Prasad Mukherjee. After the State of Emergency  in 1977, the Jana Sangh merged with several other parties to form the Janata Party. It defeated the incumbent Congress party in the 1977 General elections. 

 After three years in power, the Janata party dissolved in 1980 with the members of the erstwhile Jana Sangh reconvening to form the BJP.

Coalition government in the State of Karnataka – Cong-JD(S) plan :

The Karnataka elections 2018 were held on May 12, 2018, in all 222 of 224 constituencies of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. The term of the current 224-member legislative Assembly ends on May 28.


The election result of the Karnataka this time turns out to be very exciting. BJP having a count of 104 seats, Congress having 78, JD(S) having count of 38 and others on 3. BJP misses out the majority by a very little count which have turn into a great burden to them.

B.S Yediyurappa with such short time to prove majority said that a great mandate given by the people of Karnataka to BJP (104) seats did not suffice and resigned before trust vote. Which paved way for present chief minister of Karnataka H.D.Kumaraswamy from JD(S).

Cong-JD(S) plan – leaders statements :

Mr. Deve Gowda told reporters ,”Nominations have started. Time is very less. Whatever misunderstanding we have between us, we have to resolve them now”.  

Traditional rival parties the Congress and JD(S) face the challenge of convincing their party workers to work together and get maximum  votes for candidates fielded by the alliance. The alliance is to defeat the BJP.

Senior leaders from both the parties will be appointed as observers in all the 28 Lok Sabha constituency according to Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah. 

He also said, “the observers will ensure coordination between both parties. Strict directives will be issued to the district units of both parties that they should forget their differences and work toward defeating the BJP in the interest of the state, country and democracy. I’m confident our party workers will abide by our decision.

Cong-JD(S) plan – rally :

A mega public rally is been planned near Bengaluru which will be attended by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) Supremo Deve Gowda. The event will be held most likely on 31st March  2019.  

According to Siddaramaich this historic rally will sound the bugle of the alliance party election campaign.  After that, the leaders from both parties will hold joint campaigns across all the 28 seats. 

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy admitted that out of 28 constituencies,  there were problems in a few constituencies and affirmed that they would be resolved.

Parameshwara skips Cong-JD(S) plan meet :

The Deputy Chief Minister G.Parameshwara was noticeably absent from the Cong-JD(S) plan meet.    It is observed that Parameshwara is still not happy with the Tumkur Lok Sabha Seat being given to JD(S). 

G.Parameshwara is the Tumakuru district in-charge minister.  He is mounting pressure on the congress leaders to get back Tumakuru back from JD(S).  Tumakuru is represented by S.Muddahanumegowda.

The decision to forego Tumkuru seat has caused a lot of displeasure in the Congress party.

B.Venkatesh Prasad joins BJP :

B.Venkatesh prasad brother of Congress MLA Nagendra from Bellary Rural  joined BJP.   Mr. Prasad had unsuccessfully had a bid for congress ticket during the Lok Sabha by-elections to Bellary constituency. 

After being disappointed with the Congress party Mr.Prasad joined BJP ahead of Lok Sabha polls 2019.  The other congress leader who joined BJP is Devendrappa, a congess leader from Harapanahalli and also a relative of Jarkiholi brothers.

Sumalatha Ambareesh as an Independent candidate – a thorn in Cong-JD(S) plan :

Sumalatha, actor and wife of late Kannada actor and former Union Minister M.H.Ambareesh announce her decision.  She will be contesting the elections from Mandya Lok Sabha Constituency as an independent candidate against Nikhil Kumaraswamy of JD(S).

This is going to be a high profile battle in Madya Constituency.  She is been holding road shows along with her son in Mandya and taking on the Gowda family.  She is also in touch with the BJP leaders.

Disturbed by her popularity, the JD(S) is on attack mode.  While Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy took a dig at late Ambareesh, his brother HD Revanna made belittle and sexist remarks against her.  JD(S) Thammanna was also among those attacked her.

After the demise of her husband, actor politician MH Ambareesh, his wife Sumalatha showed interest to contest from Mandya to carry forward her husband’s legacy.

Conclusion :

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had said that if the JD(S) fares well, other parties would come running to his father, hinting that his father could be looking at another stint as prime minister. 

Even if there is no chance at the top post, greater their number, greater their bargaining power at the Centre if the Mahaghathbandhan does manage a good show in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. 

Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s initiation into the JDS’ electoral fray ignores the many district level leaders who have worked hard for the party. 

The problem has now multiplied with even the Congress workers of the district expressing their opposition to Nikhil’s candidature. Many are openly working for actor Sumalatha, the wife of late actor-MP Ambareesh, who is contesting from Mandya constituency independently. 

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.

PM-KISAN plan Scheme – no takers from Karnataka

PM-KISAN plan Scheme – no takers from Karnataka

PM-KISAN plan scheme (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi) – under this scheme, Income will be directly credited to the bank accounts.

The government announced an income support scheme, called Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), for the farmer in the interim Budget 2019. The PM-KISAN scheme is  aimed at supplementing the financial needs of the small and marginal farmer, entails a direct cash support of Rs. 6,000 for farmers.

The government has earmarked Rs. 20,000 crore for disbursal among 12 crore farmers under the scheme in the current financial year.

Cost to exchequer – PM-KISAN plan scheme :

The PM-KISAN Scheme  or Kisan Yojna is estimated to cost the exchequer Rs. 75,000 crore. Under the scheme, small and marginal farmers with less than two hectares of land will get cash in their accounts in three instalments of Rs. 2,000 each according to the  Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Five things to know about the PM-KISAN scheme or PM Kisan Yojna for the farmers:

  1. Under the Kisan Yojna, an income support of Rs. 6,000 per year (in three equal instalments) will be provided to the families of small and marginal farmers having a combined land holding/ownership of up to two hectares of land.
  2. The Kisan Yojna will be effective retrospectively from December 1, 2018 for transfer of benefit to eligible beneficiaries. The government has recognized 12.5 crore such beneficiaries.
  3. The first instalment – for the four-month period ending March 31, 2019 – under the scheme will be transferred to the eligible beneficiaries in the current financial year (2018-19) itself. The first instalment will be transferred immediately on identification of the beneficiaries, according to the scheme document.
  4. Quoting Aadhaar is mandatory for claiming benefits under the PM-KISAN scheme, according to the government. The transfer of subsequent instalments will be done only on basis of Aadhaar-seeded database, and beneficiaries not having an Aadhaar card will have to be compulsorily enrolled under Aadhaar, according to the scheme document.
  5. The income of Rs. 2,000 for four months will be directly credited to the bank accounts of eligible farmers in three instalments.

PM-KISAN plan scheme features :

  1. Development of farmers – The entire scheme focuses on offering financial support to the needy farmers.  The Central Government will offer some money which can be utilized by the farmers to increase the crop production.
  2. Financial assistance – Under this scheme, the farmers will receive Rs.500/- on a monthly basis.  This brings the grant amount to Rs.6000/- on a yearly basis.
  3. Payment in intalments – The promised amount under the PM-KISAN scheme will be paid by the Central Government in 3 separate instalments.

Amount transferred under the scheme :

As per a government release, Rs. 4,366.41 crore have been transferred under the scheme to about 2.18 crore farmers till March 7.

Under the scheme, Rs. 6,000 will be released in three 4-monthly installments of Rs. 2,000 over the year to beneficiaries.

The scheme was formally launched at national level by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the February 24, 2019 at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Non-BJP ruled States :

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley regretted that non-BJP ruled states, including West Bengal, Rajasthan, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, have not certified even a single farmer for transfer of the first installment of Rs 2,000 under the PM-KISAN scheme.

In the interim Budget 2019-20, the central government had announced the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme under which Rs 6,000 per year will be given in three instalments to 12 crore small and marginal farmers holding cultivable land up to two hectares.

PM-KISAN plan in Karnataka :

The State of Karnataka is also appears to be less co-operative in seeking benefits for the farmers of the State.  The Karnataka State has so far certified only 17 name of farmers to the plan.

Female and male workers in a farm

The State governments must send the beneficiary data to the Central Government.  The central government in turn screens the names for discrepancies.  The states then sign the fund transfer request.

Karnataka has certified 17 farmers till now and is yet to send the fund transfer request.

Over 2.7 crore small and marginal farmers have received the benefits till date.  About 30% of the beneficiaries are in the BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh.  The scheme was launched in Uttar Pradesh by Mr. Modi on February 24. 

Holi – festival of colors

Holi – festival of colors

Holi  is a Hindu Spring festival, originating from  India. The festival is celebrated predominantly in India and Nepal. The festival  has spread to other areas of Asia and parts Western world through Diaspora from the Indian subcontinent. 

It is also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”.  The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. 

Holi – Indian Thanksgiving to nature :

It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.  It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Full Moon day or pournima/purnima. In the month of Phalgun, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Geographical calendar.

The first evening is known as Holika Dahan (burning of demon holika) or Chhoti Holi  and the following day as Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandir or Phagwah.

Festival of colors – Holi :

The vibrancy of colors is something that brings in a lot of positivity in our ives and Holi being the festival of colors is actually a day worth rejoicing. Holi is a famous Hindu festival that is celebrated in every part of India with utmost joy and enthusiasm.

The ritual starts by lighting up the bonfire one day before the day of Holi and this process symbolizes the triumph of good over the bad. On the day of Holi people play with colours with their friends and families and in evening they show love and respect to their close ones with Abeer.

History of Holi :

Holi is an ancient festival of India and was originally known as ‘Holika’. The festivals finds a detailed description in early religious works such as Jaimini’s Purvamimamsa-Sutras and Kathaka-Grhya-Sutras.

Historians also believe that Holi was celebrated by all Aryans but more so in the Eastern part of India.

It is said that Holi existed several centuries before Christ. However, the meaning of the festival is believed to have changed over the years. Earlier it was a special rite performed by married women for the happiness and well-being of their families and the full moon (Raka) was worshiped.

Calculating the day of Festival :

There are two ways of calculating a lunar month- ‘purnimanta’ and ‘amanta’. In the former, the first day starts after the full moon; and in the latter, after the new moon. Though the amanta calculation is more common now, the purnimanta was very much in vogue in the earlier days.

According to this purnimanta calculation, Phalguna purnima was the last day of the year and the new year heralding the Vasanta-ritu (with spring starting from next day). Thus the full moon festival of Holika gradually became a festival of merrymaking, announcing the commencement of the spring season. This perhaps explains the other names of this festival – Vasanta-Mahotsava and Kama-Mahotsava.

The Legend of Holika and Prahlad :

The Legend :  There was once a demon king by the name of Hiranyakashyap who won over the kingdom of earth. He was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana and refused to worship his father.

Hiranyakashyap tried several ways to kill his son Prahlad but Lord Vishnu saved him every time. Finally, he asked his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. For, Hiranyakashyap knew that Holika had a boon, whereby, she could enter the fire unscathed.

Treacherously, Holika coaxed young Prahlad to sit in her lap and she herself took her seat in a blazing fire. The legend has it that Holika had to pay the price of her sinister desire by her life. Holika was not aware that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.

Other stories :

Holi also celebrates the legend of Radha and Krishna which describes the extreme delight, Krishna took in applying colour on Radha and other gopis. This prank of Krishna later, became a trend and a part of the Holi festivities.

Mythology also states that Holi is the celebration of death of Ogress Pootana who tried to kill infant, Krishna by feeding poisonous milk to it.

Another legend of Holi which is extremely popular in Southern India is that of Lord Shiva and Kaamadeva. According to the legend, people in south celebrate the sacrifice of Lord of Passion Kaamadeva who risked his life to revoke Lord Shiva from meditation and save the world.

Also, popular is the legend of Ogress Dhundhi who used to trouble children in the kingdom of Raghu and was ultimately chased away by the pranks of the children on the day of Holi. Showing their belief in the legend, children till date play pranks and hurl abuses at the time of Holika Dahan.

Reference about Holi in Ancient texts and inscriptions :

Besides having a detailed description in the Vedas and Puranas such as Narad Purana and Bhavishya Purana, the festival of Holi finds a mention in Jaimini Mimansa. A stone inscription belonging to 300 BC found at Ramgarh in the province of Vindhya has mention of Holikotsav on it. King Harsha, too has mentioned about holikotsav in his work Ratnavali that was written during the 7th century.

The famous Muslim tourist – Ulbaruni too has mentioned about holikotsav in his historical memories. Other Muslim writers of that period have mentioned, that holikotsav were not only celebrated by the Hindus but also by the Muslims.

Reference in Ancient Paintings and Murals :

The festival of Holi also finds a reference in the sculptures on walls of old temples. A 16th century panel sculpted in a temple at Hampi, capital of Vijayanagar, shows a joyous scene of Holi. The painting depicts a Prince and his Princess standing amidst maids waiting with syringes or pichkaris to drench the Royal couple in colourd water.

A 16th century Ahmednagar painting is on the theme of Vasanta Ragini – spring song or music. It shows a royal couple sitting on a grand swing, while maidens are playing music and spraying colors with pichkaris.

Social Significance:

Holi helps to bring the society together and strengthen the secular fabric of our country. For, the festival is celebrated by non-Hindus also as everybody like to be a part of such a colorful and joyous festival.

Also, the tradition of the Holi is that even the enemies turn friends on Holi and forget any feeling of hardship that may be present. Besides, on this day people do not differentiate between the rich and poor and everybody celebrate the festival together with a spirit of brotherhood.

In the evening people visit friends and relatives and exchange gifts, sweets and greetings. This helps in revitalizing relationships and strengthening emotional bonds between family and friends.


Larsen & Tourbo takeover bid – Mindtree

Larsen & Tourbo takeover bid – Mindtree

Larsen & Tourbo takeover bid of Mindtree is in process according to reports.  Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T’s) hostile takeover bid for MindTree at Rs 980 per share in an all-cash transaction has got a thumbs-down from analysts.

The hostile takeover, if goes through, will be a misfit for the engineering and construction giant, at least in the short term.

Mindtree : 

Mindtree Limited is a multinational information technology and outsourcing company headquartered in Bengaluru and New Jerey, USA. Founded in 1999, the company employs approximately 20,000 employees with annual revenue of approximately $846 million.

The company deals in e-commerce, mobile applications, cloud computing, digital transformation, data analytics, enterprise application integration and enterprise resource planning.

The founders are Subroto Bagachi, Ashok Soota, Namakal Parthasarathy, Krishnakumar Natarajan and Scott saples.

Larsen & Tourbo :

Larsen & Toubro Limited, commonly known as L&T, is one of the largest Indian  Multi national firms and leading construction company in India having headquarters in Mumbai.  

It was founded by two Danish engineers taking refuge in India.  The company has business interests in engineering, construction, manufacturing goods, information technology, and financial services.

The company began as a representative of Danish manufacturers of dairy equipment. However, with the start of the Second World War in 1939 and the resulting restriction on imports, the partners started a small workshop to undertake jobs and provide service facilities

L&T is among the largest five fabrication companies in the world.[11] L&T has a shipyard capable of constructing vessels of up to 150 metre long and displacement of 20,000 tons at its heavy engineering complex at Hazira, Gujarat. The shipyard constructs specialized heavy-lift ships, CNG carriers, chemical tankers, defence & para-military vessels, submarines and other role-specific vessels.

V.G.Siddharta – deal with Larsen & Tourbo :

Siddhartha (now known V. G. Siddhartha) was born in Chikkamagaluru district in a lush green malenadu region. He obtained a master’s degree in economics from  Mangalore University,  Karnataka.

He is married to daughter of S.M.Krishna,  the former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Indian Minister for External affairs and Governor of Maharashtra..

On 18th March 2019 Larsen & Tourbo signed a deal to acquire 20.3% shares of its lead investor V G Siddhartha .  The Co. plans to increase stake to 66.3% through a combination of open offer and buying shares in the market.  Larsen & Turbo is offering  Rs.980 per share.

On 20th March,  Mindtree board is expected to announce a share buyback. 

Reaction by Mindtree – Larsen & Tourbo bid :

The promoters of Mindtree, a global technology services and Digital transformation company, said they would unconditionally oppose the reported hostile takeover bid by Larsen and Toubro Ltd.

The promoters, including Krishnakumar Natarajan (executive chairman), Subroto Bagchi (co-founder), Rostow Ravanan (CEO) and Parthasarathy N.S. (executive vice chairman and COO), issued the following statement:

“The attempted hostile takeover bid of Mindtree by Larsen & Toubro is a grave threat to the unique organization we have collectively built over 20 years. Since we started the company in 1999, we have built a rock-solid organization that outperforms its peers in IT services, differentiates and innovates through digital, and consistently delivers strong financial results and favorable returns to our shareholders. We’ve also carefully created a differentiated corporate culture made up of our amazing “Mindtree Minds,” which reached the 20,000 milestone this year. 

A hostile takeover by Larsen & Toubro, unprecedented in our industry, could undo all of the progress we’ve made and immensely set our organization back. We don’t see any strategic advantage in the transaction and strongly believe that the transaction will be value destructive for all shareholders. 

Our collective success depends on building and nurturing relationships with our clients and partners. This unexplainable transaction will bring disruption to those relationships and impair Mindtree’s ability to differentiate itself in the market and continue to deliver client value and great shareholder return. We believe that culture needs to be carefully created and nurtured over time, and can’t be bought and sold like any asset. 

Market reaction  on Larsen & Tourbo takeover bid :

  1. Mindtree slips after Larsen & Tourbo buys 20% stake of the Co.  Larsen & Tourbo down 1%.
  2. Mindtree taps institutions to fend off Larsen & Tourbo’s hostile takeover bid.
  3. The IT Co’s share buy back plan to make takeover expensive for Larsen & Tourbo.
  4. Mindtree surges over 2% on share buy back plan announcement.
  5. Larsoen and  Tourbo mounts hostile bid for Mindtree, eyes 67% stake for Rs.10733 crore.

Reaction from public :

A hostile takeover in an industry such as software services, where people are the biggest assets, can backfire. “We are not aware of any precedent where there has been a hostile takeover in the IT services business. This is primarily because this is a business of relationships and execution by people,” analysts at Investec Capital Services (India) Pvt. Ltd said in a note to clients.

Larsen & tourbo’s reported plan to buy a large stake in Mindtree has led to a fall in the value of its software services arm, Larsen and Toubro Infotech Ltd (LTI). The IT subsidiary’s valuation has fallen nearly 11% since mid-January, on fears that a possible combination can be a drag on its performance.

Reports of L&T’s interest had emerged first in mid-January. Mindtree shares, meanwhile, have risen about 7% in the same period, adding to the gains since October last year.

Even if Mindtree’s promoters somehow agree to strike a deal, the cultural differences between the two companies can create hurdles going ahead, warn some analysts.

Brokerages view on Larsen & Tourbo’s takeover bid :

Analysts remained cautious over Larsen & Toubro Ltd.’s hostile bid to take over Mindtree Ltd. even as the engineering and construction company said the information technology firm will continue to remain an independently listed entity after the transaction.

According to Kotak Securities, “Attrition control and people management would be critical since hostile bids are uncommon in the professional services business as people are the key assets. These assets are not easy to manage in such situations”.  

Views of different brokerages:

Homegrown brokerage IDBI Capital said it would seek clarity on L&T’s plan to manage the risk of exits of Mindtree senior management as the founders have not sounded comfortable with the deal. Also, it wants clarity on L&T’s plan and timeline to merge Mindtree with L&T Infotech and its target to improve the performance of Mindtree, especially consistency of revenue growth and EBIT margin.

As the battle heats up and the founders are looking to thwart the takeover attempt, Mindtree employees have started #MindtreeMatters on Twitter to express their support.

A tweet read : “Trees in Cubbon park & minds in Mindtree are not for sale.”

Young women achievers  –  Namma Benglauru

Young women achievers – Namma Benglauru

Young women achievers in Bengaluru qualify as achievers with their sheer talent and hard work. Seeing the passion in today’s young mind, nobody will be shocked to come across people who have reached great heights before turning 25. Many such young achievers in Bengaluru have reached milestones when the night was turning into day.

Aditi Ashok – Young Golfer :

Aditi Ashok (born 29 March 1998) is a professional golfer who took part in the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in the International golf.

Personal Life :

Aditi was born on 29 March 1998 in the city of Bengaluru.  She studied at The Frank Anthony Publi School in Benglauru and graduated in 2016.

She started playing golf at the age of 5.  At that time only three golf courses were in Bengaluru.  When she showed interest in gold  her father took her to the Karnataka Golf Association driving range. Her father, Ashok Gudlamani, is now her caddie.

Career :

Aditi became the youngest and first Indian to win the Lalla Aicha Tour School and secured her Ladies Duropean Tour card for the 2016 season. This win also made her the youngest winner of a Q School for an international tour.  Aditi is the first and the only Indian golfer who played the Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014) and Olympic Games (2016).

Her appearance at the Olympics created sensation.  There was nothing sudden about Aditi’s performance on the world stage. She had not qualified for the Games overnight, or emerged out of the blue.

Weeks after her return from Rio, Aditi sealed back-to-back wins on the Ladies European Tour (LET), at the Hero Women’s Indian Open and the Qatar Ladies Open. It capped off a sensational first season in Europe, at the end of which she finished second on the Order of Merit and was named the LET’s Rookie of the Year.

In 2017, her rookie season on the LPGA, she competed in all five majors, and registered a maiden top-10 finish on the Tour at the Marathon Classic.

Professional achievement :

Ladies European Tour Wins (3)

  1. 2016 Hero Women’s Indian Open, Qatar Ladies open
  2. Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies open

Other wins

  • 2011 Hero Professional Tour Leg 1, Hero Professional Tour Leg 3 (both as an amateur)

Team appearances :

  • Espirito santo tropy – Representing India in 2012 & 2014.

Aishwarya Pissay – racer :

Aishwarya Pissay is an Indian off-road racer. She is the first Indian woman to win 5 National titles in Road Racing and Rally Championship combined. She found her passion in racing as she turned 18, while taking small road trips around her home town Bengaluru. 

She is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in International racing.

Interest in riding :

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.

Consequently she learned  how to master the art of riding a bike. This hobby grew into a profession as she won 4 National titles in Road Racing and Rally Championship in 2016 and 2017 and competed in the National Rally Championship in 2018, winning it as well.  She also became the first Indian woman to compete in the Bajaj Aragon World Rally in Spain held in 2018.

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.

Career :

In 2016,  Aishwarya graduated from Apex Racing Academy and won the Honda One Make Championship. She secured 5th position in the Dakshin Dare and 2nd place in the Asia Road Racing cup. She also won Indian National Rally Championship in the year 2016.

In 2017, Aishwarya won the CEAT Sprint Rally and also graduated from the California Superbike School in 2017. She won the Indian National Road Racing Championship and the Indian National Ra;;u Championship in the same year. 

Aishwarya secured 3rd place in Dakshin Dare Group – B and finished 4th in the Raid De Himalaya and was the only female rider to complete the course in the “Xtreme” category.

Pissay also won the TVS one-make Road Racing championship in 2017, making this her 4th national championship overall.  TVS Racing signed Aishwarya Pissay on board as a factory racer in the same year.

In 2018, she won the Indian National Rally championship. She competed in the Bajaj Aragon rally, where she crashed on the final day of the event forcing her to retire from the event.

Awards :

Aishwarya received the TiE Young Achiever of the Year award in 2016 She also received the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI in 2016.  She received the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI for the 2nd consecutive year in 2017 and also the Sports Women of the Year Award by Autotruck Magazine.

Sanjana Ramesh-Basket ball player :

Basketball started as a way to prove her capabilities in sports to her brother for Sanjana Ramesh. And, that’s how the 17-year-old has embarked on the path of making India proud with her game.  Hailing from Chennai and now living in Bengaluru.

Sanjana is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in Basket ball.

Early life :

Sanjana Ramesh often competed against her older brother in soccer and badminton, honing her competitive spirit. She started playing basketball at 12 as a hobby with friends. By 13, she was playing for her state team. Basketball quickly transformed into her favorite sport.

Sanjana’s good game got recognition in no time and four years after playing basketball for the first time, she was in the India U-16 team and was picked as the captain of the Indian Under-16 team last year for the Asian championship Division B.

The young basketball player was among the 18 best female basketball prospects from across India, who were picked for the NBA camp. There, she received training from Olympic gold medalists Jennifer Azzi and Ruth Riley, former Women’s NBA player Ebony Hoffman, and former college coach Blair Hardiek, along with former India captain Divya Singh.

National & International level :

Sanjana participated in The NBA Academies Women’s Program camp at The NBA Academy India in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), where she received on- and off-court training alongside top female prospects from throughout India.  

The NBA Academies Women’s Programs are designed to engage top female prospects from outside the United States, giving players an opportunity to experience elite coaching and facilities. Along with Hardiek, Ruth Riley and Jennifer Azzi are also technical directors. The experience was transformative for Ramesh.

 Following the NBA Academies Women’s Program camp, Ramesh was then named the MVP of the girls’ division at Basketball Without Borders Asia, a three-day basketball development camp featuring the top male and female basketball prospects from throughout Asia.

Ashwini Ponnappa :

Ashwini Ponnappa Machimanda(born 18 September 1989) is a badminton player who represents India at the international badminton circuit in both the women’s and mixed doubles disciplines. She had a successful partnership with Jwala Gutta. 

Ms. Ponnappa is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in the international badminton arena.

This  pair has won many medals in international events including a gold medal at the Common Wealth Games and bronze medals at the Uber Cup and the Asian Badminton Championships.

They were consistently ranked among the top 20 in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as No. 10 position.  Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta also won the bronze medal at the BWF World championships in 2011, becoming the first Indian pair and women and only the second overall to win a medal at the World Championships.

Early life of Ashwini Ponnappa :

Ashwini Ponnappa was born to CA Ponnappa and Cauvery Ponnappa on 18 December 1989 in the Karnataka capital of Bengaluru. Her father played hockey for India. However Ashwini preferred badminton over hockey and started training in badminton.

She attended the St. Francis Xavier’s Girls High School in Bengaluru before moving to Hyderabad for her Bachelor’s degree. She would actively play hockey at the university level.

Ponnappa’s first success came in 2001 when she won her first national medal in the sub-junior girls’ doubles category. In addition to that, she also won the national title in sub-junior girls’ doubles in 2005, and the Junior girls’ doubles National cup in 2006 and 2007.

International arena :

Ashwini Ponnappa’s  first international title came in the South Asian Games, where she won the gold medal in mixed doubles and the team events in 2010. Later, in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she scripted history, winning the gold medal in Women’s doubles event.

With Jwala Gutta, she became the first woman to win the yellow metal in the event. The top podium spot was thus elemental to her becoming a popular name in the country.

Marriage :

In December 2017, Ponnappa married businessman-model Karan Medappa in a private wedding ceremony in Coorg, Karnataka. The wedding ceremony proceeded according to traditional Kodava style. Among the guests were some of the biggest names in the world of badminton, including Rohan Bopanna, Jyotsna Chinappa, longtime women’s doubles partner, Jwala Gutta among others.

Achievements/Titles :

Gold at 2010 Commonwealth Games (Women’s double)

Bronze at BWF World Championships 2011 ( Women’s double )

Silver at 2014 Commonwealth Games (Women’s double)

Bronze at the 2014 Asia Championships (Women’s double)

Gold at the 2015 BWF Grand Prix Canada Open (Women’s double)

Gold at the 2016 South Asian Games (Women’s double)

Bronze at 2018 Commonwealth Games (Women’s double)

We at wish good luck to all these young women achievers from namma Bengaluru.

ACB raid  –  Mr.Varnekar

ACB raid – Mr.Varnekar

Vignesh a resident of Udupi zilla, Karkala Taluk had visited the Bengaluru Air-show and had lost his car in the fire accident.  He had already paid road tax amounting to Rs.65000/-. 

He approached Sri . R.M.Varnekar, Assistant Transport Officer to get back the paid amount.  The ATO demanded Rs.6500/- to do the same.  When Vignesh did not agree to pay rs.6500/- , the demand for the money came down to Rs.5000/-.  Mr. Varnekar asked Vignesh to do the dealing with a person by name Munaf who works in the same office.

On 16th March 2019, afternoon 2.20PM, ATO Varnekar was caught by ACB while accepting Rs.4000/- as bribe.  Both Munaf and Varnekar were arrested and remanded.  A sum of Rs.30670/- which was collected by them as bribe was seized.

After information houses of the accuse at Mangaluru was searched.  Cash of Rs.7018237/- was seized.  Documents relating to the house, flat, land, other saving bank accounts, valuable papers, vehicles were seized.  2 bank locker keys were found and the investigation is on.

The ACB on 19.03.2019 conducted raids against 4 officials. In this regard the raid was conducted at 10 different places in the State.

The other officials caught by ACB are :

  1. Satish B.C.  —  Additional Co-operative department, Bengaluru.  ACB raided houses at Basaveshwaranagar and relatives house at RPC layout.
  2. Manjunath S.V.  — Assistant revenue officer, JB Nagara Sub-division, BBMP Bengaluru.  ACB raided houses at Nayandahalli, his office and relatives house at Channarayanapatna, Hassan.
  3. Sharad Gangappa Ijeri  — Ex Engineer/ Deputy Director, KRIDL Vijayapura  ACB raided his residence at Mahalbhagayat and his office.
  4. Prakash Gouda Kudarimoti –  Agriculture officer, Raita samparka Kendra Mundargi, Gadag.  His 2 houses at Mudargi and office was raided.

A raid was conducted on 19.03.2019 on the above mentioned officials and the ACB has found the following:

Satish B.C.  —  Additional Co-operative department, Bengaluru.  ACB raided houses at Basaveshwaranagar and relatives house at RPC layout and found –

One residential house, 2 sites, 1 Kg. gold, 20 Kgs. 200 grams silver, 1 car, 1 two wheeler, Savings bank account balance of Rs.3.84 lakh, household articles worth Rs.34.16 lakh.

B.C.Satish house at Basaveshvaranagar

One of the bank locker is yet to be opened.

Manjunath S.V.  — Assistant revenue officer, JB Nagara Sub-division, BBMP Bengaluru.  ACB raided houses at Nayandahalli, his office and relatives house at Channarayanapatna, Hassan and found –

2 residential houses, 4 sites, one house and one commercial complex at B.M.Road at Channarayapatna, 13 gunta land at Hassan, 453 gms gold, 1 kg 230 gms gilver. 1 car, 1 two wheeler, cash Rs. 4.26 lakh, Rs. 19 lakh worth house hold articles and 2 lockers were found.


Sharad Gangappa Ijeri  — Ex Engineer/ Deputy Director, KRIDL Vijayapura  ACB raided his residence at Mahalbhagayat and his office and found –

2 houses, 1 flat, 32 acres 24 guntas agricultural land in different survey numbers, 675 gms. gold, 12.5 Kg silver, 3 cars, 3 two wheelers, cRs.42.66 lakh in cash, cash in bank Rs.3.97 lakh, deposit of Rs.2.6 lakh, Insurance policies worth Rs.6.37 lakh and 1 locker found.

Sharath Ijeri
Cash found at Sharad Ijeri’s house

Prakash Gouda Kudarimoti –  Agriculture officer, Raita samparka Kendra Mundargi, Gadag.  His 2 houses at Mudargi and office was raided and found –

2 houses in Mundaragi, 3 sites, 5 acres of land at Kukkanoor, 4.29 acres at Haralapura, 7.31 acres of agricultural land at Halliguddi, 570 gms. of gold, 2 kgs 290 grams of silver, 1 car and 2 two wheelers.

Prakash Gouda

Raghu Karnad – Windhem Campbell prize

Raghu Karnad – Windhem Campbell prize

Raghu Karnad –  is a  journalist and writer. He is son of Girish Karnad, a famous theatre personality.   He is the author of Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War  which was shortlisted for the Hessel-Tiltman Prize for 2016, and was awarded the Sahitya Akademi.

Journalist and writer Raghu Karnad became the second Indian to win the Windhem-Campbell Prize; after Jerry Pinto who won the prize in 2016 for his novel ‘Em And the Big Hoom’.

Awards won by Raghu Karnad :

He got Yuva Puraskar for a writer in English the year 2016.  His articles and essays have won international awards including the Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize  in 2008.

The Press Institute of India National Award for Reporting on the Victims of Armed Conflict in 2008, and a prize from the inaugural Financial Times Bodley Head Essay Competition in 2012. He won the 2019 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize in Non-Fiction for his debut work Farthest Field, An Indian Story of the Second World War.

Positions held :

Karnad was previously the editor of Time Out, Delhi. He has s also contributed articles to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, & The Guardian. While he was a student at Swartgnire College  he spent a semester at the American University of Cairo where he managed to get a meeting with Yassar Arafat.

Windham Campbell Literature prizes :

The Donald Windham Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes is an American literary award which offers prizes in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama. The award was established at Yale University in 2011 with the first prizes presented in 2013. 

Administered by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library,  the award recognizes English language writers from anywhere in the world.

The mission of the award is to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns. Up to nine prizes are awarded annually. Winners receive a citation and an unrestricted remuneration.

The individual prizes are among the richest literary prize amounts in the world,  if not the richest in certain categories. The award’s endowment is from the estate of writer Donald Windham. Sandy Campbell was his companion of 45 years.

Raghu Karnad – Windham Campbell Prize :

Karnad won the prestigious Literary award – Windham Campbell award for his debut book ‘The Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War’ in the non-fiction category.

Raghu Karnad is one of the eight winners who have been chosen across four categories this year. Each of the eight winners won $165,000 as prize money to support their writing. In terms of the award money, Windham-Campbell Prize is one of the richest literary awards worldwide.

Winners of Windham Campbell Prize :

Two Literary award winners were announced this year in each of the 4 categories for the prize, namely- fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry.

This year’s Windham-Campbell Prize recipients in fiction are Danielle McLaughlin from Ireland and David Chariandy from (Canada. In non-fiction category the winners include Raghu Karnad from India and Rebecca Solnit from United States.

In poetry Ishion Hutchinson from Jamaica and Kwame Dawes from Ghana/Jamaica/United States are the winners and in drama the winners include, Young Jean Lee from United States and Patricia Cornelius from Australia.

Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War by Raghu Karnad :

The book narrates India’s often overlooked experience in the war.  Karnad delves into his family’s past, learning that three ancestors—ones he knew only from faded photographs—died during WWII.

Their nation’s involvement in that war is largely forgotten and unrecorded. More than a personal history, Karnad’s account encompasses theaters on three continents as he uncovers diaries, logbooks, requisition orders, and correspondence from the “largest volunteer force the world had ever known.” 

The tense, subservient relationship with colonial Britain defined the daily rhythms of army life. Karnad’s prose, hauntingly poetic, evokes an India at the crossroads, sending battalions of its young men to die in defense of the British Empire even as Gandhi and Nehru laid the foundation for its independence.

Karnad shows that in fighting for Britain’s freedoms—freedoms Britain steadfastly refused to extend to Indians themselves—these forgotten soldiers wrote the final chapter of Britain’s grand and cynical colonial project.

Inspiration to write the book – Raghu Karnad:

Discovering that his grandfather and two grand uncles  Bobby, Ganny and Manek  had served in World War II Karnad wanted to write about them. 

Financial need and a yearning for adventure directed the brothers to officers’ training for Britain’s Indian Army, a force that ultimately numbered 2,500,000, the largest volunteer army in history.

One joined the Indian Air Force, where his first assignment was bombing Afghanistan from bases in what is now Pakistan, an activity still in progress 75 years later. He never left India and died in a crash before the end of the war.

A brother, who was a doctor, also died on the Afghan frontier, probably of pneumonia. The third, a lieutenant in the sappers (combat engineers supporting the infantry), fumed at his inactivity for years until he was caught up in the vicious and immense campaign to recapture Burma, where he was killed in late 1944. 

Re-creating history by Raghu Karnad :

The author re-creates their lives and thoughts through unit records, memoirs, and interviews with elderly survivors.

Karnad’s book speaks of every significant event of the war including Pearl Harbour and the Balkan War. But through a journey across several nations, it drives home to capture the narrative of a chapter completely erased from our country’s history: India’s participation in World War II.

Awarding the prize :

The awards will be conferred in September during an annual international literary festival at Yale celebrating the honored writers and introducing them to new audiences.

Manohar Parrikar – a Tribute to a true statesman

Manohar Parrikar – a Tribute to a true statesman

Manohar Parrikar, Goa chief minister,  a former defence minister who had been battling a pancreatic ailment for over a year, died at his private residence. He was 63.

Parrikar (13 December 1955 – 17 March 2019) was an Indian politician and leader of Bharatiya Janata Party who was the Chief Minister of Goa from 14 March 2017 till his death. Previously he was Chief Minister of Goa from 2000 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2014.

He served in the National Democratic Alliance government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Defence Minister of India from 2014 to 2017. He was a former member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. 

Early life :

Manohar Parrikar was born in Mapusa, Goa.  He studied at Loyola High School, Margao. He completed his secondary education in Marathi and went on to graduate in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay) in 1978.

He was the first IIT alumnus to serve as MLA of an Indian state. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the  Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai in 2001.

Manohar Parrikar –  a tall leader :

Despite his falling health, Parrikar had presented two state budgets in 2018 and 2019 and had attended public functions, including the inauguration of an iconic bridge across River Mandovi. 

A known fighter, an ailing Parrikar’s decision to go for a ride and inspect two upcoming bridges in the state with a feeder tube protruding from one nostril was a defining image and sought to suggest that he was still in-charge of the state.

Born on December 13, 1955 into a middle-class family, his political career began as an RSS pracharak and he continued working for the Sangh even after graduating from IIT-Bombay.

Political Career :

Manohar Parrikar entered electoral politics in 1994 when he won on a BJP ticket from Panaji constituency.

Manohar Parrikar

Parrikar joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at a young age and became a mukhya shikshak (chief instructor) in the final years of his schooling. After graduating from IIT, he resumed RSS work in Mapusa while maintaining a private business, and became a  Sandhachalak (local director) at the age of 26.

He was leader of the opposition from June to November 1999. He successfully contested the election to become Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on 24 October 2000.

In the 2014 General Elections, BJP won both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa.  Parrikar was reluctant to leave Goa and move to Delhi in November 2014, by his own admission but was persuaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join the central government.

Personal life – Manohar Parrikar :

His wife Medha died in 2001. They have two sons.   As of March–June 2018, Parrikar was undergoing treatment for a pancreatic ailment at a hospital in the US.

He returned to India and in September was admitted in the AIIMS, Delhi for treatment. On 27 October 2018 the Goa government announced that CM Manohar Parrikar has pancreatic cancer. 

He passed away on 17 March 2019 at the age of 63 years, due to advanced pancreatic cancer at his residence in Panaji. His death was announced by the president of India. 

Awards :

  • 2018: Honorary Doctorate by National Institue of Technology, Goa on 28 September 2018.
  • 2012: CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in politics category. 
  • 2001: Distinguished Alumnus Award IIT-MUMBAI
Tribute :

He was the builder of modern Goa.  His personality and nature made him a preferred leader for years.  His policies ensured Goa to reach a remarkable heights of progress.   His impeccable service to the country will be remembered by all.

Two months ago, he said he will serve Goa until his last breath.  It was a promise he lived his best to keep.

Manohar Parrikar is India’s 18th Chieft Minister to die while in office.

He will be given state funeral today.

We at pray for his soul to rest in peace.

Azim Premji Charity – Rs.1.45 lakh crore.

Azim Premji Charity – Rs.1.45 lakh crore.

Azim Premji – hikes allocation to charity to Rs.1.45 L Crore.  He is the founder of IT giant WIPRO in India.

His foundation works directly in education and supports over 150 other non-profits serving under-privileged and marginalized Indians through multi-year financial grants.

The shares held by entities controlled by Azim Premji have been irrevocably renounced and earmarked to the Azim Premji Foundation

Highlights of Azimji’s philanthropy :

  1. Wipro Chairman Azim Premji announced an increase in the philanthropic contribution by Rs.52750 crore.
  2. This contribution to philanthropy by Azim Premji takes his commitment to Rs.145000 crore ($ 21 billion)
  3. This commitment of his take shim close to the Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation.  This foundation has investment assets of about $40 billion and the Ford Foundation about $ 12 billion.

Azim premji :

Azim Hashim Premji (born 24 July 1945) is an Indian businessman, investor and philanthropist, who is the chairman of Wipro Limited.. He is informally known as the Czar of the Indian IT Industry.

He was responsible for guiding Wipro through four decades of diversification and growth to finally emerge as one of the global leaders in the software industry.  In 2010, he was voted among the 20 most powerful men in the world by Asiaweek.

He has twice been listed among the 100 most influential people by TIME Magazine, once in 2004 and more recently in 2011.  Premji owns 73% percent of Wipro and also owns a private equity fund. Premji Invest manages his $2 billion worth of personal portfolio.

He is currently the second richest person in India.   In 2013, he agreed to give away at least half of his wealth by signing The Giving Pledge.  Premji started with a $2.2 billion donation to the Azim Premji Foundation, focused on education in India.

Philanthropy :

Azim Premji, the billionaire chairman of Indian conglomerate Wipro Ltd., will give a further 34 percent of shares in the company worth $7.5 billion to support philanthropic activities, the most generous donation in Indian history.

Azim Premji, the billionaire chairman of Indian conglomerate Wipro Ltd., will give a further 34 percent of shares in the company worth $7.5 billion to support philanthropic activities, the most generous donation in Indian history.

Generosity of Azim Hashim Premji :

The philanthropic commitment makes Azimji foundation one of the biggest foundations in the world.  His announcement came at a time when the ultra rich in the country is contributing very less towards social causes.

Azim Premji is the first Indian to sign “the Giving Pledge” initiative which was started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.  Under this pledge the billionaires commit atleast 50% of their wealth to philanthropy.

Azim Premji Foundation :

Azim Premji Foundation is a not-for profit organisation that has been working since 2000 with the elementary education system in rural government schools in India.

The Foundation began by implementing various programs to improve educational quality across the country. By 2010 however it became clear that working on a “project” mode was inadequate and it takes continuous effort over many decades for any deep-rooted change to happen.

This can only be achieved by establishing “institutions” which are embedded in the local context and can collaborate with local government structures. Thus the idea of setting up District Institutes in field locations came into being.

Today, the Foundation with 1000+ employees has field institutes in 40+ districts across 6 states and 1 union territory (Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Puducherry) reaching more than 3,50,000 schools across the country.

History of Premji Foundation :

Having successfully built Wipro to be a business leader, Premji felt the need to contribute to a social cause and address the various developmental challenges facing the country.   

Primary education was narrowed down as the Foundation’s focus of work because it was a critical factor that significantly impacted other issues in the country.

Photo azim premji foundation

The Azim Premji Foundation India Private Limited, was registered in February 2000. Later it was re-registered as the ‘Azim Premji Foundation’ on 9th March 2001 under Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act of 1956.

The  Foundation was to be funded solely by Azim Premji by way of transfer of his personal shares to the Foundation. 

The foundation set up the Azim Premji University to develop professionals in education and related human development domains, offer degree and education programs, and conduct research.

Azim Premji University :

Azim Premji University was established in Karnataka by the Azim Premji Univerity Act 2010 as a not-for-profit University and is recognized by The University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 2F.

The beginnings of the University are in the learning and experience of a decade of work in elementary education by the Azim Premji Foundation.

The University was founded as one of the key responses to the constraints and challenges that the Foundation encountered both within and in the environment, and as part of a larger strategy to contribute to the Education and Development sectors in the country.

The team working in education will scale from the current 1,600 people and grant-making activities will triple. The Bengaluru-based university will expand to 5,000 students with over 400 faculty members.

The idea of the endowment is to support the designated causes for life.  The number of students in the university is increasing every year.  A second University is in planning process. It may be at Madhya Pradesh.

To know more about Azim Premji’s contribution click on the link

ACB raid at Tumakuru Zilla

ACB raid at Tumakuru Zilla

On 13.03.2019 ACB, Tumakuru Zilla, Pavagada Taluk raided C.Chetan, Village Accountant while accepting a bribe amount of Rs.3000/-

A resident  of Tumakuru zilla, Pavagada Taluk, Nagalamadeke hobli, Palavalli Village had applied for a Khata for inherited land property.

Sri. C.Chetan, Village Accountant, Thirumani circle had demanded Rs.4000/- to do the same.

The bribe amount has been seized.  A case is been registered and investigation is on.

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – seat sharing

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – seat sharing

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing wrangling between Karnataka’s ruling coalition parties Congress and  JD(S) has reached a pact.  JD(S) had demanded 12 seats but were given 8.  Congress has conceded Tumakuru seat that it holds to JD(S).

Coalition government seat sharing started doing rounds a while back in Karnataka.  JD(S) had asked for 12 seats and the congress had sited on winnability criteria. 

No seat has been earmarked for Mayawati, who is Mr Kumaraswamy’s ally in the State.

Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing – Winnability criteria :

The two allies JD(S) and Congress  who formed the coalition government in Karnataka after striking a post-poll alliance threw up a hung verdict, decided to fight the Karnataja Lok Sabha Polls 2019 together under a coalition arrangement.

According to KPCC President Dinesh Gundurao, “we have discussed all 28 Lok Sabha seats.  It has been decided based pm the winnability of the candidates”.

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat-sharing became a major test for coalition government parties.  The JD(S) banked on two-third, one-third formula  adopted in ministry formation and allocation of boards and corporations.  JD(S) had demanded 10 to 12 seats out of the total 28.

JD(S) vs. Congress – Coalition Government seat sharing:

The Vokkaliga centered region of  Mandya was a bone of contention between the coalition government partners as JD(S) is fielding Kumaraswamy’ ‘s son Nikhil from the seat that it currently holds.

The congress got pressure within the party to field Smt. Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician M.H. Ambareesh from there.

JD(S) had its pick – the list includes the prize seats of Shimogga, Tumakur, Hassan, Mandya and Bengaluru North.

The grand old party of Congress was under pressure from its party workers not to surrender the seats to the JD(S).

Karnataka – Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing – Congress :

The congress party will be contesting 20 Lok Sabha seats in the coming Lok Sabha polls 2019.  The deal was finalized at Kochi Between Congress national President Rahul Gandhi and JD(S) secretary general Danish Ali. 

In the deal of seat sharing, the JD(S) had gained 2 seats i.e, Tumakuru and Bengaluru North where it has a favourable support base.

The party conceded Mysuru and Chikkaballapura constituencies.  The compromise of JD(S) has given a new life to Veerappa Moily as he retained the Chikkaballapura seat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls by a mere margin.

HIGHLIGHTS – Karnataka Lok Sabha Polls 2019 SEat sharing :

  1. JD(S) gets crucial seats like Shimogga, Tumakur, Hassan, Mandya, Bengaluru North, Uttara Kannada, Chikkamangaluru and Vijayapura.
  2. JD(S)  had been haggling over Mysuru-Kodagu seat, which went to Congress
  3. The southern region of the State is where both parties have a base

Hassan and Mandya are considered the JD(S) strongholds, although the leaders’ apparent plans to field two grandsons of Devegowda — Prajwal and Nikhil — in these seats has caused some dissatisfaction within the party.  Out of 8 seats 3 seats are confirmed to be going to the Gowda family.

Nikhil is being fielded by Mandya, Prajwal from Hassan and Bengaluru North is being considered as a possible seat for Mr  Devegowda. 

In 2014, the BJP had walked off with the bulk  share of the seats – 17 Nos.  The Congress won 9 and the JD(S) 2 seats. But to the 43 per cent vote share of the BJP, the combined vote share of the Congress and the JD(S) was nearly 52 per cent.

Karnataka- Seat sharing choice – Deve Gowda :

The JD(S) Supremo Deve Gowda has an option of contesting from either Bengaluru north or from Tumakuru.  He has already given up the seat of Mandya and Hassan to his grandson’s Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna.

H D Devegowda-Politicion
H D Devegowda-Politicion

JD(S) had a good show in the last years Assembly elections in Vijayapura Assembly.

The Congress has given up the seats of Shivamogga, where B.S.Yeddyurappa contested and Uttara Kannada, where Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hedge contested, to JD(S).

Former CM Siddaramaiah, who had insisted that the Congress keep the Mysuru seat, had his way.

Karnataka- Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Seat sharing by JD(S) :

Both Mr. Devegowda and Mr. Kumaraswamy had a series of meetings with congress President  Mr.Gandhi. After each meeting, they underscored that winning seats, and not their number, was crucial. Party sources initially said the JD(S) was willing to settle for nine seats. After Mr Kumaraswamy’s meeting with Rahul Gandhi, the figure dropped to eight.

Prakash Raj has announced that he is contesting from Bengaluru Central.  But Bengaluru Central has many ticket aspirants from congress.  As Prakash raj has sought congress support, the party may not field a candidate against him.

The political weather in India is going to be the hottest like never before as we go for the national election.

Congress minister D.K.Shivakumar :

D.K. Shivakumar is often seen as a trouble-shooter for the Congress. With his sharpness to heal political wounds, he is the go-to man during all political crises. But when it comes to Mandya, it certainly seems like he has lost out on his charm.

With Ambareesh’s widow Sumalatha sticking to her guns on contesting from Mandya, she has become a certain headache for both the Congress and the JD(S).

The opposition to DK Shivakumar coming to Mandya is coming not from anywhere else, but from Mandya itself. The local leadership of Mandya Congress is dead against DK Shivakumar coming to Mandya as a peacemaker.

The local leaders have started a campaign called ‘Go Back DK Shivakumar’ as a mark of protest against him. And it is no secret that the local leaders of Mandya Congress do not want Nikhil Kumaraswamy contesting from there.

Lok Sabha Polls 2019 – Sumalatha Ambareesh :

Sumalatha Ambareesh clarified her fans that she will be contesting from Mandya Lok Sabha Constituency.  She was responding to the rumours that she might decide against contesting.  She used Social media and clarified her stand on standing for elections from Mandya.

Actor Sumalatha Ambareesh and her son Abhishek Gowda campaigned for the Lok Sabha elections at BG Pura Hobli in Balakavad, Mandya during her campaign tour.

Sumalatha started her campaign from Malavalli with son Abhishek Gowda.  The actor participated in a hunger strike organized by like-minded people near the statue of Viswesharaiah in the city urging tickets to only locals.

Walk to vote  –

Voting is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.


Election Commission – Social media – LS Elections 2019

Election Commission – Social media – LS Elections 2019

Election Commission of India has issued social media guidelines and model code of conduct to the Parties contesting Lok Sabha elections 2019.

With the General elections 2019 dates declared, the elections will start from April 11 and counting will be held on 23rd May.

The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.

Election Commission of India :

The Election Commission of India is an autonomous constitutional authority responsible for administering election processes in India. The body administers elections to the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies and Legislative Council in India, and the offices of the President and Vice President in the country.

Originally in 1950, the commission had only a Chief Election Commissioner. Two additional Commissioners were appointed to the commission for the first time on 16 October 1989.

The commission is served by its secretariat located in New Delhi. The Election Commissioners are assisted by Deputy Election Commissioners, who are generally IAS Officers.. They are further assisted by Directors General, Principal Secretaries, and Secretaries and Under Secretaries. 

Karnataka Elections – Election Commission :

The Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka will be in 2 phases, with 14 constituencies going to the polls in each phase.  The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.

For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase.  There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.

for the 14 constituencies in Karnataka that go to the polls on April 18, the last date for filing nominations is on March 26. The last date for scrutiny of nomination is March 27 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is March 29.


  • All social media ads from political parties will have to be pre-certified
  • Candidates will have to submit details of their social media accounts
  • Social media expert to be part of Media Certification and Monitoring Committee

Social media – Election Commission :

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced strict guidelines for use of social media by political parties and candidates.

 The Election commission has outlined strict guidelines for use of social media during elections.  The political parties and candidates will not be able to post unverified advertisements, photos personnel from defence, hate speeches.  The candidates will not be posting any fake news on their accounts.

 According to the Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, the new guidelines requires the candidates to furnish details of their social media accounts during the filing of nomination papers.  They have to disclose the activities on their Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Share Chat  and Google.

The Election Commission  has  decided to bring als  the bulk SMSes and Voice messages on phone under the purview of pre-certification of election advertisements.  

All these social media accounts of the candidates will be under the close scrutiny of Election commission.

Model Code of Conduct – Election Commission  :

Model code of conduct also applies to the text  being posted on social media by party candidates and political parties. Any violation with regard to model code of conduct will lead to action by the Election Commission.

According to Sunil Arora “the media certification and monitoring committees (MCMCs) are in place at the district and State levels. One social media expert will also be part of this committee at each level. All political advertisements, proposed to be issued on the social media, shall require pre-certification from the MCMC concerned”.

Facebook and Google also have deputed a dedicated grievance officer to receive complaints of any violation of EC guidelines.

The Moral Code of Conduct includes a list of guidelines used for regulating political parties and their activities just ahead of general elections 2019. The rules not only apply to political speeches, polling day, polling booths, portfolios, rallies, general conduct but also to the contents of election manifestos.

Social platforms :

The social platforms will also assign fact checkers to scan fake news and abuses on the social media. As per the guidelines, no political party or candidate will  display photographs of defence personnel on social media for the campaigning purpose.

The social media posts should not contain any content that  violates  the electoral process or disturb peace, calm, social harmony and public order.

Candidates and political parties are mandatorily required to disclose their campaigning expenditure, including the money spent on social media advertising, in their poll expenditure account.

This also includes payments made to internet companies and websites for carrying advertisements.  This also includes campaign-related operational expenditure on making creative development of content, salaries and wages paid to the team employed to operate and maintain the social media accounts.

State-level monitoring committee – Election Commission ;

The district and state-level media certification and monitoring committees will be present to monitor the activities. All electronic and radio advertisements will be screened during the elections  The States  will now also have a social media expert on board to ensure that such campaign materials do not slip in without scrutiny. 

The election expenditure ceiling is  Rs 70 lakh for candidates contesting Lok Sabha elections 2019 , except in Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Sikkim  the ceiling is fixed at Rs 54 lakh. 

EVMs to carry candidate pictures – Election Commission :

In Lok Sabha 2019 elections the  EVMs will be carrying  the  candidate pictures  to avoid confusion over similar names.

The photograph will be printed on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) ballot units as well as on postal ballot papers according to the Election commission.

According to the Election Commissioner, ‘the provision for printing the candidate photographs will help avoid any confusion which may arise when candidates with similar names contest from the same constituency’.

The party candidates are required to submit to the returning officer, their recent stamp size photograph as per the specifications laid down by the Election Commission.

This has happened before. India had gone to polls with photo electoral rolls for the first time in 2009. In that year, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and Nagaland did not have photo electoral rolls, while elector photo identity cards were not distributed to electors in Assam and Nagaland. 

The Election Commission said that official voter slip bearing the photo of the elector (wherever present in the roll) will be distributed at least five days before the polling date.

To advertise criminal records :

This Lok Sabha polls, candidates will have to advertise their criminal records.  According to the Election Commission directions, political parties too will have to give publicity to the criminal records of candidates fielded by them.

The Election Commission has made it mandatory for party candidates contesting polls to advertise their criminal records in TV and newspapers at least three times during electioneering.   This  rule will be implemented for the first time in Lok Sabha  2019 election, scheduled to be held from April 11 to May 19. 

Parties which fail to comply will face the prospects of getting their recognition withdrawn or suspended.  Candidates have to submit clippings of their declaration published in papers and parties have to submit details about the number of such candidates in a State.



Voter turnout – Lok Sabha polls 2019 – Long weekend

Voter turnout – Lok Sabha polls 2019 – Long weekend

Voter turnout – may get affected due to long weekend during Lok Sabha polls 2019.  While the voter turnout may be less in Karnataka, the situation may not be the same in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Election dates – Voter turnout :

Elections dates for Lok Sabha 2019 is declared by Election Commission of India on 18th March.  Election Commission announced General Elections Dates and  Assembly polls schedule.  Elections will start from April 11 and counting will be held on 23rd May. 

The Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka will be in 2 phases, with 14 constituencies going to the polls in each phase.  The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.

List of phase-wise Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka :

Phase 2 (April 18): Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru Central, Bengaluru South,
Chikkballapur and Kolar.

Phase 3 (April 23): Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere and Shimoga. 

Voter turnout – Bengaluru

Karnataka will vote in the Lok Sabha Elections in two phases – on April 18 and April 23.  Elections will be held on the same day in Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively.

For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase.  There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.  

The counting of votes will be held on May 23. The Congress-JD(S) alliance which is currently in power in the state will be looking to consolidate their numbers in the Lok Sabha as well.

The poll schedule will clash with the extended weekend as many government holidays falls between April 17 and 23. 

The Big question is will this result in low voter turnout?

Will holiday affect voter turnout?

April 17th is Mahavir Jayanti, April 19 is Good Friday which will be followed by the Easter weekend (April 20th and 21st.

The school exams are expected t be completed by April 18th, the families would be planning vacations, especially if the parents are working. 

According to Karnataka BJP leader S. Suresh Kumar, “the voter turnout could be less due to the number of holidays.  Bengaluru had low voter turnout and it has not improved.  With so many holidays in between the elections, people are likely to go for a vacation”.

Request  from party :

According to the BJP leader S.Suresh Kumar, the BJP has requested the Central leadership and the Election Commission to reconsider about the election dates for Karnataka as the State is notorious for low voter turnout during extended holidays.

During the Assembly Elections of 2018, only 54.76% voted  in the city of Bengaluru. 

Awareness – Voter turnout :

The election commission will be conducting awareness among the residents of Bengaluru.  The Commission is planning radio talk, TV shows and street plays to create awareness. 

According to the BBMP, the Bengaluru city has 8881066 voters.  The BBMP Commissioner N.Manjunath is the District Election Officer (DEO), According to him out of 8881066 voters 4632900 are male and 4248166 are female voters.

Numbers game – voter turnout :

Lok Sabha Constituencies in Bengaluru :

Bengaluru North

Bengaluru South

Bengaluru Central

The total number of voters are 8881066 out of which 4632900 are male voters and 4248166 are female voters.  142048 applications have been received for the revision of electoral rolls.

The Bengaluru city will have 8514 polling booths and 42000 electoral staff with 1600 sensitive booths.

Voters names deleted :

Since October 2018, the total number of voters has come down.  There were 8957064 voters in the Bengaluru city as on 10th October 2018. 

As on 16th January 2019, the number has reduced by around 76000 voters.  These voters were deleted from the list.

According to N. Manjunath Prasad, “the reason for the decrease  in number is the extensive scrutiny of the voters list. After identifying voters who have passed away and those who have shifted from the city, the numbers have come down”.

Previous voting turnout records :

In 2014 Parliament polls, the BJP won 17 seats in Karnataka, Congress 9 seats and JD(S)  2 seats.

In the 2018 assembly elections in the Karnataka State, the Congress got 38% of the Vote share, the BJP 36% and the JD(S) 18%.  The corresponding vote share of the parties in 2014 Lok Sabha elections were 41%, 43% and 11% respectively.

The Southern States with Karnataka account for 131 Lok Sabha seats.

Walk to vote :

It is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.


Missing Boy – Gurunandan -Kannada movie

Missing Boy – Gurunandan -Kannada movie

Missing boy is a emotional drama based movie directed by D P Raghuram and produced by Kolla Praveen and Kolla Mahesh under Kolla Films banner while V Harikrishna scored music for this movie.

Cast and Crew of Missing Boy :

Gurunandan and Archana Jayakrishnan are played the main lead roles along with Jaijagadish, Vijayalakshmi Singh, Ravishankar Gowda, Rangayana Raghu and many others are seen in supporting roles in this movie. 

To give the movie ‘Missing boy’ Raghuram has roped in real life cops to act in the film.  These include popular police officers Ashok Kumar, Ulthaf Husain, Revanna Siddaiah and B.K. Shivkumar.

Apart from Gurunandan, the movie also has Archana Jayakrishna.  She is a Kerala-based model turned actor.

Story-line of Missing boy :

The story of Missing Boy — a real-life incident — revolves around inspector Lavakumar, who is working on a major investigative case. 

The film ‘Missing boy’ is produced by Kolla Praveen under Kolla Films banner is based on a true incident. Raghuram has written the screenplay of the film based on a true incident narrated by a police officer Lav Kumar. Jagadish Wali is the cameraman.

Inspiration for the movie Missing Boy :

The film ‘Missing boy” is inspired by a real story that created a sensation a few years ago.  The real incident took place at Hubbali.  It was a case without a trace of the boy.

A boy from Hubbali goes missing at an early age.  He gets adopted by a couple settled in abroad. After 30 years the ‘missing boy’ who goes missing from Hubbali comes back in search of his real mother.

The sound of mother haunts beyond the seven seas. 

Shooting of Missing Boy :

A part from the film was shot in Greece and the rest in Karnataka.  A significant portion was in Kundaghol village in North Karnataka. 

The real incident that inspired the film was narrated to Raghuram by a retired police officer.  Raghuram developed the screenplay on it for a commercial film format.

Animation of the movie :

On the eve of New Year 2019 Celebrations, an animation teaser of the film was released. Ganesh has lent his voice.

The teaser, while introducing the film, asks the parents to take care of their children.

The teaser was released on 1st January 2019 by IPS Roopa Moudgil, actress Anu Prabhakar, Priya Sudeep and Parimala Jaggesh.

The trailer of the movie was launched by Actor Sudeep.

The movie is getting released in theatre near you on 22nd March 2019. 

Candidates list –  LS 2019 –  Karnataka

Candidates list – LS 2019 – Karnataka

Candidates list for Lok Sabha 2019 is not yet finalized.  The political parties in Karnataka are rushing to finalize the candidates lists for the Lok sabha elections 2019.

Polling for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held for nearly a month, from April 11 to May 19. The date of counting for the Lok Sabha elections will be May 23.

The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 11, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19.

Voting to elect members to the 17th Lok Sabha, Karnataka will vote in the second and third phase of polling. Karnataka election dates are April 18 and April 23.

2 phases of elections – Candidates list

The two phases of polling in Karnataka will see an even split in constituencies — 14 Karnataka Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls in each of the two phases.

According to data collected during the 2018 Karnataka state assembly elections, Karnataka has 4,96,82,351 (roughly 4.7 crore) voters.

Coalition government seat sharing – candidates list :

The Coalition government is sharing the seats.  JD(S) is likely to get 7 seats.  The probable candidates list from JD(S) are :

Hassan –  Prajwal Revanna

Shomogga – Madhu Bangarappa

Mandya – Nikhil Kumaraswamy

Bangalre North – H.D.Deve Gowda

Tumakuru – M.T.Krishnappa/ Ramesh Babu / H.Ningappa

Chikkamagaluru – Bojjegowda or Jayaprakash Hegde

Vijayapura – Siddubondi or Ravi chauhan.

Congress probable candidates list :

According to sources, the election committee of the Congress has suggested the following names :

  1. Eshwar Khandre, C M Ibrahim, Vijay Singh for Bidar
  2. Bayakka Meti, Veena Kashappanavar and Ajay Kumar Sarnaik for Bagalkot;
  3. Raju Alagur, Prakash Rathore, Kanta Naik and Shivaraj Tangadagi for Vijayapura
  4. Basanagouda Badarali, Basavraj Hitnal, Virupakshappa and Basavaraj Rayareddi for Koppal
  5. Anjali Nimbalkar, Chinnaraj Hebbalkar, Nagaraj Yadav, Ramesh Jarkiholi and Vivek Rao Patil for Belagavi
  6. Vinay Kulkarni, Shakir Sanadi and Veeranna Mathikatti for Dharwad
  7. Basavraj Shivannavar, Saleem Ahmed and D R Patil for Haveri;
  8. S.S Mallikarjun for Davangere
  9. Prashanth Deshpande, Nivedith Alva and Bheemanna Naik for Uttara Kannada
  10. Aarthi Krishna, Pramod Madhwaraj and B K Hariprasad from Udupi-Chikkamagaluru
  11. Ramanath Rai, Moiudin Bava and Ivan D’Souza from Mangaluru (Dakshina Kannada);
  12. Rizwan Arshad, B K Hariprasad, Roshan Baig and H T Sangliana for Bengaluru Central
  13. Priya Krishna for Bengaluru South;
  14.  C Narayanaswamy, M R Seetharam, B L Shankar, R Rajkumar and B V Srinivas from     Bengaluru North;
  15.   Vijay Shankar and Sooraj Hedge from Mysuru.

BJP probable Candidates list :

The Karnataka BJP unit announced its poll in-charge leaders for the 28 seats in Karnataka.  The leaders will coordinate with the State BJP party and the local party representatives to monitor and undertake all  general election 2019 related work for the upcoming polls.

The Committee by the BJP is headed by BJP President Yeddurappa,.  The party has strategically picked leaders for each Lok Sabha Segment.

Different leaders for different segments :

The Mysuru – Kodagu segment will be headed by party leader and former  DCM K.S.Eshwarappa, an MLA from Shimmoga.  The Bellari will be handled by former CM and Hubballi-Dharwad MLA Jagadish Shettar.  B.Sriramulu will be in charge of the Koppal segment.

Bengaluru south will be handled by Subba Narasimha .R.Ashok MLA from Padmanabhanagar acts as the convenor of the constituency.

BJP probable candidates list :

  1.  Bengaluru South – Mrs. Tejaswini Ananthkumar
  2. Bengaluru Central – P.C.Mohan
  3. Bengaluru North – Sadananda Gowda / Dr.H.M.Chandrashekar
  4. Bengaluru Rural – Asjwath Narayana Gowda/ Tulasi Muniraju/ C.P.Yogeshwar / M.R.Rudresh
  5. Chikkaballapur – Bachhe Gowda/ Sharath Bachhe Gowda
  6. Kolar – D.S.Veeraiah / Chalavadi Narayana Swamy
  7. Mysuru/Kodagu – Pratap Simha/ Dr.Manjunath / D.Madhegowda
  8. Tumakuru – H.N.Chandrashekar / Sogadu Shivanna / G.S.Basavaraj
  9. Chamarajanagara – M.Shivanna
  10. Shivamogga – B.Y.Raghavendra
  11. Udupi/Chikkamangaluru – Shobha Karandlaje/ D.N.Jeevaraj/ Ratnakar Shetty/ Jayaprakash Hedge
  12. Chitradurga – Janardhana Swamy/ Dr.Lakshminarayan
  13. Davanagere – G.M.Siddeshwar
  14. Dakshina Kannada – Nalin Kumar Kateel
  15. Uttara Kannada – Ananth Kumar Hegde
  16. Chikkodi – Ramesh Kathi
  17. Dharawad – Prahlad Joshi / Vijay Sankeshwara
  18. Koppal – C.V.Chandrashekar / Singanal Virupakshappa / Sanganna Karaddi
  19. Bidar – Bhagavantha Kooba / Mallikarjuna Kooba
  20. Haveri/Gadag – Shivakumar Udhasi
  21. Belagavi – Suresh Angadi/ Prabhakar Koore
  22. Bagalkote – P.H.Poojar/ Sangamesh Nirani/ P.C.Gaddegowdar
  23. Vijayapura – Ramesh Jigajanage
  24. Hassan – Yoga Ramesh
  25. Madhya – Siddaramaiah/ Sumalatha (if she joins BJP)
  26. Bellari – Venkatesh (brother – Nagendra) / J.Shantha
  27. Raichur – Sanna Pakkerappa/ Thipparaja Hawaldar (if congress gives Raichur seat to JD(S) then it will be B.V.Naik (Ex-congress)
  28. Kalburgi – Umesh Jadhav

Chances of giving ticket to new faces are:

  1. Bengaluru North – Dr. H.M.Chandrashekar
  2. Koppal – Singanal Virupakshappa / C.V.Chandrashekar
  3. Tumakuru – H.N.Chandrashekar
  4. Bagalkote – P.C.Poojar / Sangamesha Nirani
  5. Bellari – Venkatesh Prasad (Nagendra’s brother)
Voting and democracy :

In a democracy, a government is chosen by voting in an election: a way for an electorate to elect, i.e. choose, among several candidates for rule. In a representative democracy, voting is the method by the which the electorate appoints its representatives in its government.

Voting and democracy is very important in a nation because it provides people an opportunity to voice their opinion and vote for what they believe in, it holds elected officials accountable for their behavior while in office, and it prevents a minority from dictating the policies of a majority.

Voting is perhaps the most important thing a citizen can do to support their democratic form of government.

Democracy system :

A democracy is a system in which the people have a voice in the decisions of their community or nation. Voting has long been the method used to determine the will of the citizenry. Without a vote, a citizen is essentially voiceless.

Importance of Vote :

Voting is a basic process that keeps a nation’s governmental system works. It enables the citizens to choose their own government. It also allows the people to choose their representatives in the government. The purpose of every government is to develop and implement various policies for the benefit of its citizens.

In a democracy, every eligible citizen should be able to vote, including members of the military and civilians scattered across the globe.

Every vote counts :

Your Vote Always Counts, So Be a Responsible Voter. It’s your civic duty as an Indian  to vote, and a precious Indian right. Remember that your vote always counts – not just in close elections, but in every election.



Elections dates declared – 2019 – Karnataka – Bengaluru

Elections dates declared – 2019 – Karnataka – Bengaluru

Elections dates for Lok Sabha 2019 is declared by Election Commission of India on 18th March.  Election Commission announced General Elections Dates and  Assembly polls schedule.  Elections will start from April 11 and counting will be held on 23rd May. 

Elections will be held in seven phases. The EC announced the General Elections 2019 Schedule in New Delhi. After the announcement of the election dates, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force.

The Election Commission had convened a meeting to assess preparedness for the Lok Sabha elections. In the meeting, Polls in Jammu and Kashmir was also reportedly discussed.

Importance of voting in a democracy :

Voting and democracy is very important in a nation because it provides people an opportunity to voice their opinion and vote for what they believe in, it holds elected officials accountable for their behavior while in office, and it prevents a minority from dictating the policies of a majority.

Code of conduct – election dates :

According to Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner, “ the model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from Sunday and 10 lakhs polling stations would be set up this time as against about nine lakhs in 2014”.

The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3. As soon as the elections dates were announced, the model code of conduct came into force.

Lok sabha 2019 : elections dates announced :

The 543 elected Members of the Parliament will be elected from single-member constituencies using first-past-the-post-voting. The President of India nominates an additional two members from the Anglo-Indian community if he believes the community is under-represented.

Eligible voters must be Indian citizens, 18 or older, an ordinary resident of the polling area of the constituency and possess a valid voter identification card issued by the Election Commission of India.

Some people convicted of electoral or other offences are barred from voting.

Karnataka Elections dates declared :

The Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka will be in 2 phases, with 14 constituencies going to the polls in each phase.  The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th and April 23rd 2019.
Karnataka will send 28 MPs to the Lok Sabha

For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase.  There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.  

The counting of votes will be held on May 23. The Congress-JD(S) alliance which is currently in power in the state will be looking to consolidate their numbers in the Lok Sabha as well.

Total number of LS seats in Karnataka: 28

Here are the dates and number of seats that will go on polls

Phase II– The election will be held on April 18 on 14 seats.

Bengaluru votes on April 18.

Phase III– The election will be held on April 23 on 14 seats. 

Election dates – Filing of Nomination  :

According to the EC, for the 14 constituencies in Karnataka that go to the polls on April 18, the last date for filing nominations is on March 26. The last date for scrutiny of nomination is March 27 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is March 29.

For those 14 constituencies going to the polls on April 23, the last date for filing nominations is April 4 and the last day for withdrawal of nomination is April 8.

Elections dates in Karnataka :

List of phase-wise Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka


Phase 2 (April 18): Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru Central, Bengaluru South,
Chikkballapur and Kolar.

Phase 3 (April 23): Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere and Shimoga. 

Different phases of voting :

Polling for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held for nearly a month, from April 11 to May 19. The date of counting for the Lok Sabha elections will be May 23.

The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 11, third on April 23 and fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19.

Voting to elect members to the 17th Lok Sabha, Karnataka will vote in the second and third phase of polling.Karnataka election dates are April 18 and April 23.

The two phases of polling in Karnataka will see an even split in constituencies — 14 Karnataka Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls in each of the two phases.

Neutral voters :

Neutral voters are being wooed by the political parties using social media.  AS elections dates are announced, Congress party targets BJP turf social media in the coming General elections 2019

Chasing of voters has begun.  The political parties are targeting neutral voters with the help of voter intelligence software.  The parties are planning to tap every voter thru automated phone calls, text messages and WhatsApp messages.

Role of social media – general elections dates declared 2019 :

Social media platform is going to play a major role in the country’s general election 2019.  This alone is to corner Rs.12000 crore in political ad spends.

The most common platforms of mass social media includes news paper, radio, television, magazines, internet, facebook, twitter etc.

India has become a digital society where social media has set itself in the lives of people.  The country ranks on the top of the list in the countries with the highest number of Facebook users.

Social media platforms are setting for a major windfall in this years general elections.  According to media experts, the advertising spends on social media will see a major of 150%. 

“Walk to vote” – elections dates announced :

Voting is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. In many countries, the minimum age for voting is 18 years.

Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.

Right to vote:

Right to vote energizes social awareness since it empowers political cooperation. The citizens can follow the progress of the political representatives and the legislature.

This consistent process enables the general population to settle on educated choices about whom to vote in favor of in the following term. Also, the legislature can’t generally act arbitrarily when the entire nation is observing.

Every adult is given the right to vote, irrespective of sex, class, occupation and so forth. This is representative of uniformity and congruity.

It is a fundamental right in which all citizens get an opportunity to choose who represents them.

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Annual player retainership – cricket – 2018-2019

Annual player retainership – cricket – 2018-2019

Annual player retainership – was announced by Board of Controller of Cricket in India (BCCI) The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) for BCCI on 7th March  announced the Annual Player Contracts for the period from October 2018 to September 2019.

The CoA was of the view that the performance and position of Indian Cricket needs to be recognized with the fee structure comparable to the best in the world.

The payment structures  of Annual Player Retainership are as under :  

Team India (Senior Men)

 Period Grade A +  Grade A Grade B  Grade C
Oct 2018 to Sept 2019 INR 7 Cr INR 5 Cr INR 3 Cr INR 1 Cr

Distribution of  Annual Player Contracts Team India (Senior Men)

A + 1 Mr Virat Kohli
2 Mr Rohit Sharma
3 Mr Jasprit Bumrah
A 1 Mr Ravichandran Ashwin
2 Mr Ravindra Jadeja
3 Mr Bhuvneshwar Kumar
4 Mr Cheteshwar Pujara
5 Mr Ajinkya Rahane
6 Mr MS Dhoni
7 Mr Shikhar Dhawan
8 Mr Mohd. Shami
9 Mr Ishant Sharma
10 Mr Kuldeep Yadav
11 Mr Rishabh Pant
B 1 Mr KL Rahul
2 Mr Umesh Yadav
3 Mr Yuzvendra Chahal
4 Mr Hardik Pandya
C 1 Mr Kedar Jadav
2 Mr Dinesh Karthik
3 Mr Ambati Rayudu
4 Mr Manish Pandey
5 Mr Hanuma Vihari
6 Mr Khaleel Ahmed
7 Mr Wriddhiman Saha

Player’s added in the annual player retainership :

Rishabh Pant’s successful run in international cricket over the past year has earned him a Grade A contract in the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s annual retainers list.

Rishabh Pant, who was not a part of the contracted players list for the previous season, has been placed in Grade A, which comes with an annual retainer worth INR 5 crore.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan were also new entrants into the A category, alongside Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav, all three of whom were promoted from Grade B.

Dhawan and Kumar, on the other hand, were demoted from the top-bracket A+ category, with a retainer of INR 7 crore (USD 1 million approx.) and usually featuring only players to play in all three formats. 

MS Dhoni, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja all retained their spots in the A category.

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul remain in B Category.

New entrants included Ambati Rayudu, Hanuma Vihari and Khaleel Ahmed into the C category. 

Kempegowda International Airport – top global award

Kempegowda International Airport – top global award

Kempegowda International Airport – Bengaluru has got one more feather in its cap.  It has achieved another incredible feat by becoming the first airport in the world to clinch the Airports Council International’s Airport Service Quality (ACI ASQ) Awards for both arrivals and departures.

ACI/ASQ Award – Kempegowda International Airport :

The award makes it more prestigious it is the first-ever ASQ Award for Arrivals, a category open to airports across the world, that was introduced in 2018.

ACI World announced that  Kempegowda International Airport  also won the award for Best Airport by size/ region in the 25-40 MPPA category in the Asia-Pacific zone. The  renowned ASQ Award recognizes airports around the world on the basis of a survey of passenger satisfaction. 

Kempegowda International Airport :

Kempegowda International Airport  is an International airport serving Bengaluru, the capital of  Karnataka. 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 was opened to public in May 2008 as an alternative to increased congestion at HAL Airport.  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

Airport Service quality – KIA :

The Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program is the world’s leading airport passenger service and bench-marking program.  The ASQ Departures program measures passengers’ satisfaction across 34 key performance indicators.

Three quarters of the world’s 100 busiest airports are part of the ASQ program which means that, in 2018, more than half of the world’s 8.3 billion travellers passed through an ASQ airport.

According to ACI World Director General Angela Gittens, ““The Airport Service Quality Awards celebrate the achievements of airports in delivering the best customer experience and they represent the highest possible accolade for airport operators around the world”.

Other winners apart from Kempegowda International Airport :

Perennial winners from around the world includes Indianapolis International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport, Singapore Changi Airport, and Toronto Pearson, Aeroporto di Roma-Fiumicino, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and Sheremetyevo International Airport.

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BBMP Schools – lack basic facilities

BBMP Schools – lack basic facilities

BBMP schools – in Bengaluru are in short of basic facilities.  The infrastructure is under stress, teachers are underpaid, and the quality of learning is dismal.

With the Right to Education process in place, admission to private schools is being preferred, resulting in limited demand for state-sponsored education in BBMP Schools.

India may be spending 3% of its gross domestic product on education, but the impact of this expenditure is rarely seen.

Schools lacks infrastructure:

BBMP, being the local civic body, also manages its own network of schools with its own revenue. Currently there are 49,500 public schools in Karnataka.

This includes 17,220 schools in Bengaluru that are managed either by the State Government or by the BBMP.

In the case of schools run by the civic body, the fund-starved Palike is unable to meet demands and provide quality education.

The narrative around BBMP  schools remains one of poor accountability and infrastructure, poorly trained or absent teachers, poor attendance and pass rates of students.

Basic facilities – BBMP Schools :

Recently, a meeting was convened by the Palike’s Standing committee on education.  Majority of Schools were represented by their authorities and they aired their opinion of not being able to offer any other activities as the most basic needs are not met.

Bengaluru’s BBMP schools do have basic infrastructure like toilets and electricity, but in many cases the infrastructure is not functional.

Some of the schools under the civic body in the city are functioning without toilets.  It is very important for a school to have toilets, especially when it comes to girls.

It is mandatory for all the schools to have these basic facilities. In fact, despite of the Swachh Bharath mission there are many BBMP schools which have failed to fulfill these essential requirements.

Problems at BBMP Schools :

While shortage of qualified teachers is a major concern.  The  teachers are not respected or incentivized enough in the education system. Teacher absenteeism – i.e., absence without a valid reason – has been blamed for much of the shortcomings of BBMP schools.

Bengaluru’s government schools are also affected by bureaucratic procedures like frequent teacher transfers.

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Swachh survekshan 2019 – Mysuru -Karnataka

Swachh survekshan 2019 – Mysuru -Karnataka

Swachh Survekshan is conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. 

The objective of the Swachh Survekshan survey is to encourage citizen participation, increase city capacities for sustainable ODF and sanitation measures.

It also creates awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of collective action to contribute in India’s journey towards a ‘Swachh Bharat’.

The survey is conducted to rank cities on various sanitation and cleanliness parameters.  It was  launched under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) in January 2016, with the intention of enthusing cities with a spirit of healthy competition towards the concept of ‘swachhata’.

Objective of Swachh Survekshan :

The objective of the Swachh Survekshan survey is to encourage citizen participation, increase city capacities for sustainable ODF and sanitation measures.  It also helps in creating awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of collective action to contribute in India’s journey towards a ‘Swachh Bharat’.

Indore, Ujjain and Dewas from Madhya Pradesh, Ahmedabad and Rajkot from Gujarat account for 50% in the top list.

City from Karnataka – Swachh Survekshan  :

The top cities in the list of Swachh Survekshan are:

  1.  No. 1   is Indore from Madhya Pradesh
  2.  No.2    is Ambikapur from Chattisgarh
  3.  No.3  is  Mysuru from Karnataka

The other cities from Karnataka are :

At No. 165 is Mangaluru and at No.194th place is Bengaluru.

The authorities of Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) are receiving the award.  The total participation in the Swach Survekshan survey are as many as 4237 urban local bodies across India.

Namma Bengaluru – Swachh Survekshan :

Bengaluru had ranked 7th in 2015, 216th in 2018 and this year ranked at 194th place.

Many are of the opinion that Bengaluru’s 194th rank in Swachh Survekshan is due to lack of effective waste management measures.  Statewide Karnataka stands at the 14th place.

Swachh Survekshan – Data Collection :

The data to be collected for ranking of the cities shall be segregated into 4 main areas:

1. Collection of data from online MIS portal of MoHUA for Service Level Progress

2. Collection of data from Direct Observation

3. Collection of data from Citizen Feedback

4. Certifications for Garbage Free Cities and Open Defecation Free Cities.

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Sangeetha Rajeev – Indian Pop Diva

Sangeetha Rajeev – Indian Pop Diva

Sangeetha Rajeev also known as SaRa is a multilingual Playback singer, composer, pop icon. She is the winner of The Best International Pop Song of the year at the global VIMA Music Awards 2019 and performer from India.

She is the new age singing sensation who has taken Indian pop music International. Besides being a performer, she is also an Independent musician who released her latest Hindi pop singles Zindagi and Tu Hi in 2018 and the Kannada version of it Nan E Life and Kare(2018).

Tu Hi was nominated for the ‘Best Pop Song’ of the year and Zindagi was nominated for the ‘Best Indian Song’ of the year in the prestigious  VIMA Music Awards 2019,held in Malaysia.

Sangeetha Rajeev – Multilingual singer :

All her singles have been featured on BBC Asian Network.  Her first Hindi single Chan Se Udi in 2016 was featured in BBC Asian Network,  Pepsi MTV Indies  and Radio City (Freedom Radio). With back to back releases of her singles, Sangeetha Rajeev is all set to revive the Pop music culture in India.


She is known for her electrifying yet graceful presence.  she is credited with over 1000s of live performances worldwide so far and is a very popular singer in the performance space.  

She is  extremely energetic on stage and her  performances makes her the most wanted name in the event industry.

Early life of Sangeetha Rajeev :

Sangeetha Rajeev was born in the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru  to a musical family. Her father S Rajeev being a Bank Manager had to shift to Mumbai on an official transfer. She along with her family moved to Mumbai at the age of 6 where she spent most of her childhood.

In Mumbai she also got trained in Bharatanatyam by Alpa Pandey and Carnatic classical music from her mother M K Sharadamba.

 She is also extensively trained in Hindustani Classical music by Sri Ananth Bhagwath.

Sangeetha Rajeev – a multilingual :

She has been the jury on Zee TV SaReGaMaPa little champs season 12. Zee SaReGaMaPa Season 13 and season 14, a Kannada singing reality show aired in Zee Kannada.  She is currently the jury of the SaReGaMaPa season 15.

Sangeetha Rajeev performs in the country with no language barrier.  She can sing and perform in Hindi, English, Kannada, Telugu, Punjabi, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujrati and Tulu.

Musical journey – Sangeetha Rajeev :

Sangeetha Rajeev being a Singer, Composer started off as an Independent  by conceptualizing a Kannada Pop Rock band Sarvasva.

This charismatic singer soon progressed into an EDM Pop genre dishing out singles like Zindagi, Nan E Life, Chan Se Udi, Kare, Tuhi which transformed her into a Pop Icon of sorts. This in turn made her into one of the top Social Media Influencers.

SaRa being the name of her current band takes a fresh look at popular Hindi & Regional Songs and this explosive singer leads the band from the front.

Congratulations to namma Bengaluru Pop Diva Sangeetha Rajeev  from team.

Wild Karnataka – a documentary film

Wild Karnataka – a documentary film

Wild Karnataka – a documentary on wild life in Karnataka wants to take the State’s biodiversity to the world. 

Filmed over four years, and sculpted from 400 hours of footage, the hour-long film shows the length and breadth of the State in all its variety.

Documentary movie – Wild Karnataka :

The documentary film is made by vetera filmmakers Amoghavarsha J.S. and Kalyan Varma.  Previously they were making documentary movies for the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and National Geographic. 

According to Amoghavarsha the documentary is the first in a new generation of blue-chip, world-beating nature documentaries made by Indians.

Background – Wild Karnataka :

It was in December 2014 that the filmmakers Amoghavarsha JS and Kalyan Varma along with forest officer Vijay Mohan Raj and Naturalist Sarath Champati started the journey to do something a handful have tried – filming Karnataka’s rich biodiversity in ultra HD.

Amoghavarsha and Kalyan Varma

Filmed over a five year period at a cost of Rs.4 crore with a crew of nearly 20 men and women shooting over 400 hours of footage.  The end result is a 52 minute documentary.  This was achieved by the cooperation with the Forest department.

Four years later, the team is all set to premier the documentary titled ‘Wild Karnataka’ showcasing the wildlife in the State in full glory and the narration is by British Broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough.

Places covered – Wild Karnataka :

The documentary was shot on the field in Honnavar, Bidar, Sharavathi, Koppal, Hampi, Siruguppa, Bhadra Tiger Reserve, Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, BRT, Nagarahole, Agumbe, Bhimgad and Daroji.

This includes the wet evergreen forests of Western Ghats to the deciduous forests of Mysore District to the thorn shrub forests and rocky outcrops of Ramnagara and Daroji, extending to the riverine and marine ecosystems.

Facts about wildlife in Karnataka :

The largest population of tigers in India is in Karnataka State.  The largest number of elephants in the wild and nearly 6319.127 sq. km. of the protected area divided among five national parks and 21 wildlife sanctuaries.

Funding for documentary Wild Karnataka :

The theme of the documentary is forest and wilderness.  The Department of Forest has not contributed financially for ‘Wild Karnataka’ documentary.  The major chunk of film’s financing has come from eco-tourism resorts and mining companies.

Views of the producer – Wild Karnataka

According to J.S. Amoghavarsha, co-director said, “India is known for its Bollywood films and Bengaluru is known for its IT industry and for animation companies which have there headquarters here.  With this film, it can also become a hub for documentaries”.

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Running –  good for all – health benefits

Running – good for all – health benefits

Running is a great way to get in shape  and everyone knows it. But it also can benefit almost every part of body and lift mood.

Whether it’s a favorite part of the day or something one has to push through, the benefits are undeniable.

It increases endurance, builds muscle to maintain an optimal body fat composition, promotes cardiovascular health, strengthens the heart, and even improves  overall mood.

Combined with weight training,  run  can help out maintain the perfect balance of mental stimulation and physical fitness.

History :

It is thought that human running evolved at least four and a half million years ago out of the ability of the ape-like Australopithecus, an early ancestor of humans, to walk upright on two legs.

The theory proposed considered to be the most likely evolution of running is of early humans’ developing as endurance runners from the practice of persistence hunting of animals, the activity of following and chasing until a prey is too exhausted to flee.

Reasons for running :

The next time you’re thinking of skipping a run, think of these reasons to get your butt out the door.

  1. It is a great way to increase overall level of health. Research shows that running can raise r levels of good cholesterol while also helps  increase lung function and use. In addition, it also boosts  immune system and lower the risk of developing blood clots.
  2. For women, running can actually help to lower your risk of breast cancer. It  also helps reduce the risk of having a stroke. Many doctors today recommend it for people who are in the early stages of diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis. It is proven to help reduce the risk of having a heart attack. By helping the arteries retain their elasticity and strengthening the heart, chances of suffering a heart attack can be significantly reduced.
  3. It is one of the best forms of exercise for losing and maintaining a normal standard  weight. One will find that it is a leading way to burn off extra calories and that it is the second most effective exercise in terms of calories burned per minute, following only after cross country skiing.
  4. Stress causes a number of health and mood problems. It also diminishes appetite and sleep quality. When a person run, he/she force their  body to exert excess energy and hormones. Running also helps to reduce chances of developing tension headaches.
  5. Not all of the benefits of running are physical. Running provides a noticeable boost of confidence and self-esteem.

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Tenders invited – KRDCL invites tenders – Elevated corridor

Tenders are invited by KRDCL for the controversial elevated project without Cabinet approval.  State Government is being accused of disregarding the opinion of public.

Protests on – Tenders are invited :

There is a great amount of protest for the elevated corridor project.  A lot of citizen activists have red-flagged the Rs.2600 crore elevated corridor project.

The State Government has repeated its commitment to the plan.  The KRDCL has invited tenders for  a key section of the 22 km North-South corridor. 

This connects Hebbal flyover and Central Silk board junction thru Mekhri circle, JC Nagar, Shanthinagar and Bannerghatta road junction.

KRDCL Tenders invitation :

KRDCL has divided the project into 3 packages on 2, 3, 4 and 6 lanes.  The package will be Shanthinagar to Central Silk Board, JC Nagar to Shanthinagar, Baptist Hospital to JC Nagar.

Elevated corridor project – Tenders :

The total length of the project is 96 km.  the tenders have been invited for 22.22 km. for 3 packages.  This consists of 6.15 km. 8.75 km and 7.22 kms.  The bid is for 3 years project and the contractor must maintain infrastructure for 10 years.

The tender will be opened on May 6.  The other bids will be called in the coming months.  The project axes or trans-locates 3700 trees. 

North South stretch on 22.1 km. to cost Rs.5060 crores – Tenders

The corridor project has given environmental clearance.  Hours after getting the clearance the KRDCL invited tenders for the first phase.

The 22.12 km North – South corridor is between Baptist Hospital on Bellari road and silk board junction.  The estimated cost of the project is Rs.5060.71 crore.

The total project comprises 102 km. seven corridors.  It will be built at an estimated cost of over Rs.25000 crore.

Calling of Tenders – public ire :

In a recent cabinet meeting, the cabinet authorized the Chief Minister to take the final call on the project.  The project got approved by Kumarawamy.  The public works department will be executing the project.

The public is of the view that the government is in a sense of urgency before the model code of conduct comes into force before the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Activists have criticized the Coalition government’s decision to go ahead with the elevated corridor project without public consultation.