Karnataka Skipper R. Vinay Kumar celebrates with team

Karnataka Skipper R. Vinay Kumar celebrates with team

Karnataka skipper R Vinay Kumar had a special celebration  with his team members on  12th November 2018.

The skipper played his 100th Ranji trophy game for Karnataka against Vidarbha, was presented a jersey signed by all his teammates and the coaching staff

A   surprise party was arranged and all the team members had gatherd for a cake cutting ceremony and Vinay was gifted a huge collage frame.  The collage had photo’s of Vinay’s best cricketing moments like the Ranji trophy, Irani cup and Vijay Hazare trophy won by him as skipper for Karnataka team

Congratulations and best wishes to R.Vinay Kumar from Bangalorean.com.

Solar bicycle ride in the city by an Engineer :

Solar bicycle ride in the city by an Engineer :

Sushil Reddy, an energy engineer, will be travelling across the city with his solar-powered bicycle to create awareness about renewable energy between 25th November 2018 to 10th December  2018.

Sushil Reddy is a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.  Cycling and creating awareness about solar energy has become a way of life for Reddy. He will be visiting many schools and colleges to give presentations about the importance of solar energy and the different ways of using it.

He has about 30 stops along the route and the drive is for 15 days. He will be meeting people from various backgrounds and they will be curious to know about the vehicle. This will give an opportunity to talk and create awareness among people.

A lot of people in the country, whether in cities or in small towns are not aware of how they can make the best use of solar energy. Reddy is also slightly modifying the design of his bicycle to suit the traffic congestion in the city.  He is including flexible solar panels and with a smaller dimension so that it can bend up to 10 degrees. This will help in moving a bit faster in traffic jams.

Reddy is also taking part in the Inter-solar India Expo, an exhibition on solar energy that will be held at Bengaluru  International Trade Centre, from December 11 to 13.  An inaugural function will also be held at the IIM-Bengaluru campus on November 14 where the solar bicycle will be displayed.

Sushil Reddy has made a record in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest journey on a motorized bicycle by covering 7423.88 km around the country.

We at Bangalorean.com wish him success.

Grow2Share app. for urban gardeners

Grow2Share app. for urban gardeners

Often we hear daily stories of vegetables and fruits being mercilessly subject to fertilizers and pesticides, causing harm greatly to the health of consumers than any good.

Learn the basics of gardening and growing own veggies, sans chemical or toxic content making its way into your gastric palate.  The mobile phone app. Grow2Share teaches users to grow pesticide-free vegetables and share the output with fellow users.  But in a long run to create green spaces in the city and be completely sustainable as a community.

Grow2Share is an initiative that not only answers gardening and farming queries, but also motivates a growing community of urban gardeners.

Based in Bengaluru, the Grow2Share app has been co-founded by Mayank Agarwal, Apoorva Jaiswal and Friederike Fokuhl. Using interactive tools and resources, the trio aims to bring together first-time and seasoned gardeners with service providers on a single platform.

Apart from giving a step-by-step guide on how to grow and harvest fruits and vegetables, the app also shares information on organic waste composting and its localization.

The app. has several interesting features like networking with different vendors supporting natural-grown seeds, soil and manure.  The users can also chat with others, share pictures of their progress and win reward points for what they grow.

Happy gardening.




File Disposal Week from Revenue Department

File Disposal Week from Revenue Department

With the pending file keep mounting in the department, Karnataka Revenue department will hold ‘File disposal’ week from Nov. 12 to 18,  according to the Minister of Revenue and Skill Development Mr. R.V.Deshpande

During the said period, the files pending for more than one year will be given top priority.  The Regional commissioners, Department heads and Deputy Commissioners have been asked to advise their subordinates as how to disposal important files at the earliest.

The main object is:

  • the disposal of pending files within the time limit
  • an effective step towards qualitative and quantitative disposal and
  • immediate benefits to public through speedy disposal.

At the end of November 18, a detailed report about how much files were pending before the beginning of the week and how much disposed at the end and also how many files still pending at the department will be sought and be noted from the respective officers and further steps will be taken to see that the number of pending files becomes nil.



Talent tapping in schools and colleges – Pankaj Advani

Talent tapping in schools and colleges – Pankaj Advani

Pankaj Advani is to the baize sport (snooker and billiards) what Vishwanathan Anand is to chess. Both are modern Indian sport icons and revel in fields that are not audience-friendly and lack strong corporate support. Still, their international achievements, though not comparable, have been stupendous.

Pankaj Advani, 33 years old Bengalurean, has taken up the role of the joint-secretary of the Karnataka State Billiards Association.  Advani is the holder of the IBSF World Snooker and Billiards (150-up) Championship titles and still the best cueist in the country. This Cueist from  Bengaluru is  certainly not done with his playing career.

The state association has always prided itself in providing good administration and it still is the best facility in the country. Players, who call it the mecca of cue sports in the country, still love to come and train here and rate it as amongst  the top practice centres in the world. But something inside Advani made him throw his hat into the administrative ring.

He  decided to stand for elections  because as a player he understands what the difficulties are,  understand the issues more than people who have not played at the highest level.

Advani, who departed for Yangon, Myanmar on 10.11.2018 to defend his IBSF World Snooker and Billiards crowns, said his main goal is to get more women and juniors into the sport. “ We have a lot of participation among men, a lot of players coming in but  to develop the junior and ladies is something very close to my heart. To get them to use our facilities, to get more deserving players, players who really should be here ideally practicing because these are the best facilities in the country.”

Advani stressed the need to take the game to educational institutions.  The Asian Confederation of Billiards Sports (ACBS)’ new initiative — the 10-red snooker ranking event — has been attracting a lot of attention.

Mount Carmel College has introduced cue sports as a part of their curriculum and Pankaj Advani wishes that the same will be followed in other schools and colleges.


Bajrang Punia becomes number one in world in 65 kg

Bajrang Punia becomes number one in world in 65 kg

The 24-year-old Haryana’s Bajrang Punia, who has won five medals this season, including CWG and Asian Games gold and a silver at the World Championship, has become the world No. 1 in the 65 kg category of men’s freestyle wrestling. Punia topped the United World Wrestling (UWW) rankings.

Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia on 10.11.2018  touched a new high in his career by achieving the number one rank in the world in the 65 kg category.

Punia was born in a  Jat family in Khudan village of Jhajjar district in the state of Haryana, India. He began wrestling at the age of seven and was encouraged to pursue the sport by his father.    Currently, he works in Indian Railways on the post of TTE (Travelling Ticket Examiner).

Bajrang is comfortably leading the table and Cuban Alejandro Enrique Vlades Tobier is a distant second with 66 points. Russia’s Akhmed Chakaev (62) is in third place and the new world champion Takuto Otoguro (56) is at number 4 followed by Turkey’s Selachattin Kilicsallyan (50).  Bajrang had won a close semifinal against Tobier in the Budapest Worlds.

Interestingly, Bajrang is the lone male Indian to figure in top-10 but the country has five female wrestlers who are in top-10 bracket in their respective categories.

Punia credits his Georgian coach Shako Benitidis and mentor Dutt with his success.


India beat New Zealand by 34 runs in Women’s World T20

India beat New Zealand by 34 runs in Women’s World T20

India getting off to a strong start, recording a 34-run win over New Zealand at the Providence Stadium in Guyana to collect two points.

Indian Skipper Harmanpreet hit 103, first Indian to score a century in T20 International to guide India to 194/5 – the highest total in event history.  Harmanpreet Kaur is the first Indian skipper to win a player of the match award in Women’s World T20.

It’s all over.  Riding on fine ton by skipper Harmanpreet and deadly performance by bowlers in unison, India comfortably beat New Zealand by 34 runs to kick off their ICC Women’s World T20.  The Player of the Match, to no one’s surprise, is captain Harmanpreet Kaur who smashed India’s first women’s T20I century. Her 103 off 51 is India’s highest T20I score as well. Dayalan Hemalatha (3-26) and Poonam Yadav (3-33) starred with the ball.

After a brilliant display with the bat, a combined bowling effort helped India restrict New Zealand 160 for nine in 20 overs. Chasing a mammoth target of 195, New Zealand got off to a solid start but lost the momentum after losing three wickets in quick succession. The Indian spinners, then bowled superbly in the middle overs, not allowing the batters to score runs freely.  The required run rate kept on increasing for New Zealand and the batters eventually succumbed under the pressure.

The required run rate kept on increasing for New Zealand and the batters eventually succumbed under the pressure. Suzie Bates (67) was the top scorer for the team. Towards the end, Katey Martin (39) played a brilliant knock but failed to take her team across the line. Radha Yadav (2-31) and Arundhati Reddy (1-36) were the other wicket takers for India.

Indian Team will face arch-rivals Pakistan in what promises to be a cracker of a contest!




Bengaluru MP, Union Minister Ananth Kumar Dies At 59

Bengaluru MP, Union Minister Ananth Kumar Dies At 59

Senior BJP leader and cabinet minister Ananth Kumar died at a hospital in Bengaluru this morning. He was 59. The union minister was suffering from cancer and had returned from the US last month after treatment at a cancer institute in New York. Mr. Kumar’s wife and two daughters were with him in his last moments. His body will be kept at National College in Bengaluru for last tributes.

He was instrumental in the smooth conduct of the Parliament sessions by bring opposition parties on board. During the GST, Kumar had played a key role in the passage of Bill. He had held hectic parleys with opposition parties members to sort out the issues and thus make the GST a reality.

With little or no community support, Kumar caved his own span in the National political arena and displayed his political grit to remain in active politics even as his contemporaries like L.K. Advani, Venkaiah Naidu and others were sidelined.  Ananth Kumar represented the Bengaluru South parliamentary constituency as many as six times

His ambitious attitude and shrewd political sense propelled him on to the fast track of political growth and saw an unprecedented growth in national politics.  Ananth Kumar was a staunch RSS ideologue and a hard boiled organisation man. He was considered Bengaluru’s most loved MP. Kumar was also the first person to speak in Kannada in the United Nations

We at Bangalorean,com are saddened by the passing away of our valued leader. He served society with utmost compassion and diligence.  He will be remembered always for his good deeds.



Doddabidarakallu lake  under threat:

Doddabidarakallu lake  under threat:

Lakes are one of the valuable wetlands of BengaluruNowhere is it more apparent than in the city of Bengaluru, once famous for its beautiful lakes created by Kempe Gowdas and the Wodeyars of Mysore and then the British. The wetlands in the city are now dying a slow death thanks to rapid growth and urbanization resulting in encroachment and discharge of sewage and industrial effluents.

Most lakes in the Bengaluru region were constructed in the 16th century by damming the natural valley systems by constructing bunds. They met the drinking water, irrigation and finishing needs of the community and were known to have a positive impact on the ecology and micro-climate of the city. They not only help by replenishing the groundwater resources in the vicinity, but also prevented flooding, treated waste-water, arrested sediment loads and functioned as a productive ecosystem.

The Daddaabidrakallu lake falls under the limits of Nagasandra and Doddbidrakallu villages off Tumakuru Road in North Bengaluru.  This lake is connected to the Tippagondanahalli reservoir, which is under  the jurisdiction of Bengaluru Development Authority.

Residents in and around lake complain of garbage and debris dumping, encroachments and discharge of sewage.  BWSSB set up a sewage treatment plant near the lake a few years ago, but it is hardly of any use.  Residents complain that the authorities have not taken any measures to save the water body.  The sewage treatment plant is not treating the water entering the lake.

After the construction of the STP near the lake, a project was taken up to revive the lake years ago.  But the lake has not seen any development.  According to BDA, the lake has been not revived for the last 10 years.


Supreme Court directs removal of electric fences

Supreme Court directs removal of electric fences

It was a historic judgement by the Supreme Court on India’s elephants. While they play a key role as a “Keystone Species” in the forest ecosystem and are termed as the “National Heritage Animal of India” by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the plight of the Indian Elephant is known to all.

As more forest areas face fragmentation due to unscrupulous encroachment and other developmental activities, the pachyderms are forced to migrate and find themselves in human-dominated landscapes, leading to human-elephant conflict.

Cattle grazing, coffee and tea plantations, private tourist resorts, electric fences, expansion of agricultural fields, vehicular traffic especially during night hours and human settlements along elephant corridors pose a greater threat for the free movement of elephant herds that are in the habit of migrating across 350-500 sq km annually.

The private resorts mentioned in the SC judgement, pose a serious threat of fragmentation and destruction of habitats, loss of connectivity between habitats due to construction of new buildings and erection of barbed and electric fences. Besides the local tour vehicle operators, the resort owners also indulge in operating night safaris, violating the provisions of the Indian Wildlife protection Act, 1972. The jeeps and trucks which are engaged in taking the tourists for watching the wildlife have also increased manifold in recent years.

The decade-long battle over illegal constructions, encroachments and other disturbances in the elephant corridor has to an end allowing a free walk for the jumbos in their regular path of migration. It also sets the pace for better, more effective laws for the protection of elephant corridors across India.

Environmentalists have welcomed the removing of the fences.


`Coordinator’ Naidu calls on `guide’ Gowda to take on BJP

`Coordinator’ Naidu calls on `guide’ Gowda to take on BJP

The Co-ordinator Mr. Chandrababu Naidu meets ‘Guide’ Mr.Deve Gowda.  Amid a cheering crowd contained in a file behind police barricades outside his residence, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda welcomed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on 8th November 2018.

The two leaders, in the presence of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, discussed the need to bring all non-BJP parties on board in the run-up to the 2019 elections in an hour-long meeting at Gowda’s residence.

The electoral sweep by the ruling coalition comes as a boost to opposition unity as the bypolls were seen as a barometer of the public mood ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

However Gowda and Naidu seem to be at odds over the Prime Ministerial candidate.  While Mr. Gowda has been batting for a `mahagathbandan’ led by Congress President Rahul Gandhi,  Chandra Babu Naidu parried questions on who would lead if an alliance becomes a reality, saying he was only interested in saving the nation and PM candidate will be decided later.

Deve Gowda said the meeting was called to work out further strategy on forming the alliance. He attacked the Narendra Modi government for destabilizing constitutional institutions like the CBI and RBI and urged “like-minded” to join hands for the elections.

Naidu had last week met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Delhi, putting aside the decades-old rivalry between the two parties in what he described was a “democratic compulsion” to defeat the BJP. He also recently met NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BSP Leader Mayawathi among others on the formation of a ‘third front’.  According to Mr. Naidu the talks have been ‘very positive’.


Surge in Housing loan – increase in defaulters

Surge in Housing loan – increase in defaulters

There is surge in housing loans but raise fears of defaults.  According to analysis of data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), banks’ home loan exposure grew by Rs 1.42 lakh crore, second only to the jump in lending to Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs).

Housing loans disbursed by Indian banks surged by 15.6% in the past 12 months to Rs 10.5 lakh crore, but one-third of this amount given to economically weak borrowers is giving bankers sleepless nights.

According to real estate firms, the uptick in loan growth to the sector is driven by the affordable housing segment.
According to data provided by real estate advisory Anarock, the number of homes sold in the affordable housing segment has seen a jump of 32.5% over the same period last year. Affordable housing accounted for about 40% of all supply in seven major cities from January to October this year.

According to RBI’s research, housing loans up to Rs 2 lakh had the highest level of non-performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans, essentially loans on which defaults are likely, in 2016-17. The apex bank said in a report earlier this year that NPAs in the sub-Rs 2 lakh ticket size were the highest at 10.4% for the period under consideration.

Some are of the opinion that the impact was due to  demonetization and GST.  The low cost housing is popular with dabbawalla, vegetable vendors and the middle class whose basic income is cash.

Vinay Kumar – Another milestone beckons

Vinay Kumar – Another milestone beckons

Vinay Kumar is a seam and swing bowler who relies more on leg-cutters, slower balls and accuracy, than on outright pace. Making his first-class debut in 2004-05, he quickly established himself by taking more than 20 wickets in each of his first three first-class seasons. Vinay soon added the in-swinger to his repertoire, and his consistency earned him an Indian Premier League contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008. His first defining domestic season was in 2009-10, where he captured 46 wickets, besides mentoring his fast-bowling colleagues, Abhimanyu Mithun and S Aravind, to lead Karnataka to the Ranji Trophy final for the first time in 11 years. Some good performances in IPL 2010 earned him a spot in India’s squad for the World T20 in West Indies, but he has not been able to hold it down consistently. His most recent international appearance came in 2013.

The high point of Vinay’s career came when he led Karnataka to a historic, unprecedented treble of domestic titles with the team winning the Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Irani Cup for two successive seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Vinay’s own contribution with the ball was noteworthy as he picked up 29 and 48 wickets respectively

Vinay Kumar will be leading Karnataka for the season-opening Ranji Trophy clash against Vidarbha at Nagpur.  He will be completing a major milestone – 100 games in the country’s premier domestic tournament.  Vinay will become just the third player to have represented the eight-time champions in 100 games after Brijesh Patel (104) and Sunil Joshi  (117).

The IPL played a very important role in his development. Thanks to the IPL, he started sharing dressing room with international cricketers. It gave him the confidence that he can make it at the highest level.

According to Vinay Kumar,  his Motivators are James Anderson from England and Ashish Nehra from India.

ICC womens worldcup T20

ICC Women’s World Cup T20:

ICC Women’s World Cup T20:

India will open their ICC Women’s World Cup T20I champion against New Zealand on 09.10.2018 at Guyana in the West Indies. The Indian eves, who will be led by skipper Harmapnreet Singh, will be dependent on their solid batting line-up comprising of the captain herself, along with Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana, to give them a solid start in the tournament.

India will also look to bank on their spinning bowlers, who appear to be thriving under the newly-appointed head coach Ramesh Powar. Against England, right-arm spinner Poonam Yadav took three wickets, while Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma took two wickets each to restrict England at 133 for 8 in 20 overs.  Powar expressed his happiness on the bowling performance after the warm-up game.

The structure of the competition is simple – the 10 teams are divided into two round-robin groups of five, with two teams from each group qualifying for the semi-finals.

Group A :

England – Captain: Heather Knight, coach: Mark Robinson WWT20 Best Winner (2009).

South Africa – Captain: Dane Van Niekerk, Coach: Hilton Moreeng WWT20 best semi-final (2014)

Sri Lanka – Captain : Chemani Atapattu Coach : Harsha de Silva WWT20 Best Group (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)

West Indies – Captain: Stafanie Taylor, Coach :  Henderson Springer WWT20 Best Winner (2016)

Bangladesh – Captain: Salma Khatun, Coach : Anju Jain WWT20 best group (2014,2016)

Group B

Australia – Captain : Meg Lanning Coach: Matthew Mott WWT20 Best winner (2010,2012,2014)

India – Captain : Harmanpreet Kaur, Coach : Ramesh Power WWT20 best Semi-final (2009,2010)

New Zealand – Captain Amy Satterthwaite, Coach: Haidee Tiffen WWT20 Best Runner-up (2009,2010)

Pakistan – Captain : Jeveria Khan Coach: Mark Coles WWT20 best group (2009,2010,2012,2015,2016)

Ireland – Captain : Laura Delany, Coach : Aaron Hamilton WWT20 best group (2014,2016)

A win against the Kiwis in the opening match, who reached the semifinal stage in the previous edition of the Women’s T20 World Cup in 2016, will boost the confidence of the young Indian side.

We from Bangalorean.com wish the team best of luck.

Shankar Nag – Unforgettable Hero of Kannada Cinema

Shankar Nag – Unforgettable Hero of Kannada Cinema

A Tribute of Shankarnag

Shankar Nagarakatte (9 November 1954 – 30 September 1990) was a Kannada actor, screenwriter, director, and producer known for his work in Kannada Cinema and and television. He directed and acted in the teleserial Malgudi Days, based on celebrated novelist R.K.Narayan’s short stories.

Shankar Nagarkatte was born on 9 November 1954 in Mallapura, Honnavara.. His parents were Anandi and Sadanand Nagarkatte. He had an elder sister, Shyamala and an elder brother, actor Ananth Nag. After completing formal education, Shankar moved to Mumbai. In Mumbai, he was attracted to Marathi theatre and immersed himself in theatrical activities. Incidentally, he met his future wife Arundathi  during a drama rehearsal. He was his mother’s favourite son.

Shankar Nag, a name that reverberates in the heart of every Kannadiga is indubitably an undisputed glory. Its been 28 years, Shankar has left us forever but that grief is still there like a newfangled wound. Every time when someone talks about creativity, every time when someone talks about innovation, and every time when someone speaks about a cinema of an offbeat genre, Shankar strikes. We wonder what Shankar would do in these days where technology and digital media is in the forefront. He would be just unstoppable.

Shankar Nag started his cinema career with a movie called ‘Ondanondu Kaaladalli’ which was directed by Girish Karnad. Thereafter, Shankar appears in a couple of movies but his first commercial break was ‘Seetha Raamu.’ With this, he becomes a Star and continues to give so many super hits. It so happened that all his movies from 1978 to 1990 were massive hits. Some of Shankar’s classic cults are Saangliyaana series, CBI Shankar, Moogana Sedu, Geetha, and the legendary Malgudi Days.

Music and art was Shankar Nag’s favorite. He was a master of Tabala, Harmonium, and Flute. One can see the influence of his interest towards music in the movies and in the efforts put to set up the Karnataka’s own Sanketh Studio.

Shankar mesmerized the industry with his direction skills. He used to direct plays but had not tried directing a movie. His first directorial venture was ‘Minchina Ota’ which was followed by stories like Hosa Theerpu, Nodi Swamy Naavirodu Heege, Accident, and Geetha. Shankar has also directed a Hindi movie called ‘Laalach’ and ‘The Watchman’ in both English and Hindi.

One can go on and on like this. Shankar Nag is such a person who inspired many and the very thought of him will trigger your creative instincts. We  @ Banglaorean.com believe that the works of Shankar will continue to inspire and motivate you to follow your heart and passion.

We miss you, your films and your creativity.

An unforgetable memory of Shankar Nag?

Karnataka to fund 50 startups this year

Karnataka to fund 50 startups this year

The Government of Karnataka will fund start-ups, selected at Elevate 2018, where over 250 startups presented their final pitches to a panel of experts for funding.

The program is run under the Startup Karnataka initiative of the Ministry of IT-BT and S&T. In its second year, the program received over 600 applications from across the State, from a variety of tech startups.

Two hundred and fifty startups were shortlisted for the finals, of which 50 will be picked for government grants and funding.

Last year 1,700 startups applied, and the government funded 100 companies. The Karnataka Government has provided Rs 42 crore to 177 startups so far, and has already disbursed Rs 30 crore.

The average score to qualify for a mini-grant of Rs 5 lakh was 60. Only those startups that score more than 90 percent, on an average, will receive a grant of Rs 50 lakh. The pitching session was for six minutes and the Q&A lasted six minutes. Questions similar to general funding required, the R&D and folks value, advertising prices, working capital for the subsequent 12 months had been among the questions posed by jury members to startups.

The hub featured a unique gathering of energy focused startups, Venture Capitalists, Energy Experts and Academia, among others.

The Karnataka Government puts in a maximum of Rs 50 lakh per startup for those it believes will make the maximum impact on technology and society.




Online sale fear for Booze traders

Online sale fear for Booze traders

It is not really possible to either buy or sell alcohol without violating the law. Given the present content of law, one cannot even home deliver alcohol – it must be bought from a licensed shop only. Selling liquor online, microbrewery etc. are illegal in India until laws are reformed.

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy intervened to stop the excise department from taking the proposal forward to sell booze online.  Physical store owners are opposing the idea too.

Once the sale of liquors become legal and sale is online, the customers will be able to source it from anyone they like; it doesn’t have to be a shop in their area.  If Amazon or Flipkart starts such a service, they might tie-up with just one wine store in a particular area. Then the others in the neighbourhood will get affected according to the shop owners of wine shops.

Not everybody can afford to go online. The smaller stores will have logistical problems so only the big stores will get business.  But according to the excise department online sales will boost revenue and help curb drunk driving.  Some are of the opinion that it will result in a monopoly and destroy smaller traders.

HipBar, which started India’s first legitimate alcohol home delivery services in Bengaluru, has suspended operations in Karnataka in the light of recent developments against protest of selling booze online. .

There are restrictions on the number of bottles of alcohol one can store at home, restrictions on delivery, and on payments to delivery boys. These have to be figured out before going ahead with the online sale.

Some are also of the opinion that in India, alcohol regulations are the subject of State list and hence a pan-India approach to sell alcohol online probably won’t be fruitful. Different states in India have their own regulations when it comes to selling liquor.

Some officials from excise department are of a different opinion that allowing online booking and delivery of liquor won’t have any significant impact on excise revenue.

The excise department had received many representations for allowing online booking and door delivery of liquor.  It held 2 rounds of meetings with stakeholders, then decided t bring the same to the Chief Minister’s notice.

End of parking crisis at Kidwai Memorial hospital

End of parking crisis at Kidwai Memorial hospital

The BBMP had proposed for the construction of Multi-level parking complex at the premises of Kidwai Memorial Hospital in 2017.

Established in 1973, Kidwai is the premier state-run cancer hospital in Karnataka and sees thousands of patients and their attendants every day. Kidwai Hospital has been one of the major hubs along the diary circle junction and thousands visit the hospital everyday.  The 3 storey parking puts an end to parking of vehicles in front of the hospital and the extortion by private parking mafia.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has invited bids for building another multi-level parking complex at the hospital.

The three-storey complex will cost Rs 14 crore to build and will accommodate 150 cars and 100 two-wheelers. The project was sanctioned in the BBMP’s 2017-18 budget.

The parking complex will replace an old structure which is located behind the main building but is within the hospital’s larger compound


 Edusat Satellite of  ISRO to  help BBMP Schools

 Edusat Satellite of  ISRO to  help BBMP Schools

GSAT-3, known as EDUSAT is meant for distant class room education from school level to higher education. This was the first dedicated “Educational Satellite” that provide the country with satellite based two way communication to class room for delivering educational materials.

EDUSAT had manifold objectives – to supplement the curriculum-based teaching, imparting effective teacher training, providing access to quality resource persons and new technologies, thus finally resulting in taking education to every nook and corner of India. EDUSAT provided connectivity to schools, colleges and higher levels of education and also supported non-formal education including development communication.

The technology will bring world-class content to the classrooms of 153 BBMP educational institutions for the students and teachers under Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) Roshini program.

The 153 institutions include 87 Nursery, 15 Primary, 33 High Schools, 14 Junior College and four Degree Colleges.  With Edusat, common lesson plans could be delivered by experts and the local teacher could be the facilitator, so that same standard of education can be maintained for all classes.

The civic body will also train its teachers to use the Edusat facility and will be launching this program in another six months



Without required land – PPP can’t take off

Without required land – PPP can’t take off

The Government of Karnataka is actively promoting public private partnership in some identified infrastructure projects like Airport projects, software parks, biotech parks, elevated express ways, railway lines, ports etc.

In a major decision, the Government of Karnataka has decided that no infrastructure projects involving private-public partnership known as PPP model will be considered for implementation if 70% of the required land is not available.

These include big-ticket projects such as Disneyland in Bengaluru.  The project report includes 145 projects worth Rs.1.68 lakh crore in the pipeline.  13 projects worth Rs.2,775 crore under construction and 16 projects worth Rs.4,103 crore completed.

The decision assumes significance in the wake of many lift irrigation schemes such as Singatalur and road works, civic infrastructure works in urban areas among many others stuck due to unavailability of land.

The minimum land clause, was an extension of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, which makes it mandatory for PPP projects to have prior consent of 70% land owners from whom land is to be acquired.

With the re-jigged PPP policy for infrastructure projects, the government has increased the single-window sanction limit to Rs 500 crore from the existing Rs 50 crore. The policy also prescribes interventions to ensure better implementation of projects.


2018 By-election results in Karnataka

2018 By-election results in Karnataka

The results for 3 Lok Sabha and 2 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka were declared on 06.11.2018.

  • Congress’s A.Nyamagouda won Jamakhandi assembly seat.
  • Anita Kumaraswamy from JD(S) won Ramanagaram Assembly seat
  • Y.Raghavendra from BJP won Shivamogga Lok Sabha Constituency
  • Congress’s V.S.Ugrappa won Bellary Lok Sabha constituency
  • R.Shivarame Gowda from JD(S) won from Mandya Lok Sabha Constituency

A total of 31 candidates were in the fray from all the 5 constituencies.

The by-elections were necessiated after Yeddyurappa (Shivamogga) and Sriramulu (Bellary) of Bharatiya Janata Party and C.S. Puttaraju  JD(S) (Mandya) resigned as Member of Parliament on their election to the Assembly in May 2018.

By-polls to Jamakhandi assembly seat was caused by the death of Congress MLA Siddu Nyamagouda while Ramanagara fell vacant after Kumaraswamy gave up the seat preferring Chennapatna.

The performance in by-polls is a boost for the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance in the State which was facing questions of longevity.

Aside from improving its electoral prospects, the JD(S) also realizes that by sticking with the Congress, it can continue in power for a  longer term in Karnataka, with Kumaraswamy at the helm.





Anti-Corruption Bureau raid at Bengaluru

On 07.11.2018 the officials of ACB Bengaluru City have trapped Sri. Shivakumar.V and Sri. Chethan while accepting the a bribe  of Rs.50,000/- from the complainant.

A resident of Bengaluru had given complaint to BMTF Officials regarding unauthorized construction by the complainant. In this regard Accused Sri Shivakumar V was deputed for the enquiry. He summoned the complainant and demanded a bribe amount of Rs.70,000/- to close the petition received against him and collected Rs.20,000/- advance through his assistant Sri. Chetan.   Both have been arrested and the bribe amount has been seized. The case is under investigation.




Kannada movies in Amazon Prime video

Kannada movies in Amazon Prime video

Kannada entertainment content is now making a big splash in the internet-based On-Demand Video-Streaming space, growing at an explosive pace. Just when Hotstar, Netflix and other big players are edging out schedule-based traditional television content, Kannada has broken fresh ground with Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon Prime Video has added Kannada movies to its library after Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali and Hindi content. Prime Video has also acquired the digital streaming rights for several upcoming Kannada movies next year including Avane Srimannarayana and Orange among others.

Launched  on Karnataka Day, Kannada will be the sixth Indian language content on the service. Prime members will have access to popular Kannada films, theatrical releases and next year’s titles

From November 1, Prime members in India will have access to popular Kannada films, theatrical releases, hit movies from recent years, and anticipated titles that are set to release in 2019.

The Kannada content library starts with the digital premiere of recently released hit film Katheyondu Shuruvgide, which is available with English subtitles too. Viewers can stream recent movies such as Sankashta Kara Ganapathi, Vardhana and Andhagaara among others.

Prime Video has changed the way the people in India and around the world consumes content. It has broken barriers, allowing consumers not just in the country, but also outside to discover and enjoy stories from their place of origin. It is a great unifying thread.

The entry of cheap broadband services could further push video-streaming services, say industry watchers. The data price crash sparked by Jio had revolutionized consumption of videos on the mobile screens, and this could now shift to the net-connected, WiFi-enabled Smart TV screens. A shift from English to vernacular content would mean the battle for eyeballs will shift to small towns and cities.


Arjun Sarja questioned in #MeToo row

Arjun Sarja questioned in #MeToo row

Hundreds of supporters of actor Arjun Sarja gathered at the Cubbon Park Police station on 05.11.2018 as he appeared for questioning by the police over allegations of sexual harassment by co-actor Sruthi Hariharan.

Ms.Hariharan has posted about the incident online as part of the #MeToo movement, and on October 27 filed a police complaint.

According to the police, the actor cooperated with the investigation and denied allegations that he had harassed Ms. Hariharan on 4 occasions during the filming of Vismaya between November 2015 and July 2016.

According to the Cubbon Park Police, Arjun was asked over 50 questions by investigating officer Annayya Reddy regarding the incidents described by Sruthi in her complaint.  Based on the statements given by Sruthi Hariharan and her makeup artiste Kiran and also the assistant director, Arjun was questioned about the series of events.

Arjun Sarja denied all accusations allegedly and stated that the allegations were made to malign his reputation.

Several of Arjun Sarja’s fans had gathered outside Cubon Park Police Station.  The police had a tough time containing the crowds gathered and managing traffic congestion on Kasturba Road.

Police officials say that the director of the film Vismaya, Arun Vaidhyanath supported Arjun and stated that he had not witnessed any such incident during the shoot of the film.


Dhaatu Puppet

Dhaatu Puppet

Dhaatu is a non-profit organisation working towards nurturing and promoting the traditional puppet art forms of India.

The organisation has been founded to address the need in today’s society.  The Sanskrit word Dhaatu means root, an essential ingredient, the soul, the supreme spirit.

Dhaatu seeks to introduce a direction that comes from a contemplation of our roots, our origins and our rightful place and purpose in life.

Dhaatu was founded in 2004 with the aim of bringing India’s great treasure trove historical epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata, from literary masterpieces of poetic greats.

Anupama Hoskere, a puppeteer and doll-maker, has accumulated about 5,000 dolls over the years, which are an eclectic combination of Indian and Western make. While Dhaatu, the non-profit organisation founded by her and husband Vidyashankar, is active through the year displaying over 1400 sq ft of dolls with sizes ranging from 1 inch to 11 feet. During Dasara, however that the entire collection is on display.  They also hold puppet shows every day through Navaratri.

A bus stop in Bhanashankari is named as “Dhaatu puppet bus stop” where some of the puppets are on display.

Bengaluru boy bags US Science prize

Bengaluru boy bags US Science prize

Samay Godika, a student of National Public School, Koramangala has emerged as the winner of Breakthrough Junior Challenge and bagged the Science Prize worth $400,000 (Rs 2.9 crore).

Scientists are busy at work finding cures for Alzheimers’ and Parkinson’s, and a Bangalore teenager is right at their heels with a breakthrough to fight the diseases.

A Class 11 student of National Public School, Koramangala, Samay Godika represented the country and his school at the Breakthrough Junior Challenge this year and brought back the ultimate, Rs 2.9 crore science prize. Samay won the award competing with 13 other finalists among roughly 8,000 entries.

The Breakthrough Prize Junior Challenge is a global competition for students between 13 to 18 years of age that requires them to research, create and submit videos on current and complex topics in life sciences, physics, and mathematics.

Samay, who was born in Boston, is a student in Class X at the National Public School. While students at his age find it difficult to manage exams and assignments, this teenager took inspiration from his own family to do something remarkable at such a young age.

In his video for the challenge, Samay explains this biological process through a clever combination of humorous animated storytelling and informative scientific explanations. ‘Autophagy’ is the science behind fasting and a topic that would resonate with many Indians as it supports the ancient tradition of fasting to stay healthy and live longer. On much same lines, researchers show that Autophagy, a self-cleaning mechanism, could help fight dreaded diseases like Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and may even help in Anti-Ageing. The Breakthrough Challenge looks for four main areas that the videos should cover: Engagement, Creativity, Illumination and Difficulty. Not an easy task for teenagers but Samay has managed to cover them all through his hard work.

Samay has also been selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for their Launch Entrepreneurship Programme 2017. This experience has led him to co-found Memorably, a company which creates photo-books of grandchildren for their grandparents.


New Cyber-crime police stations at Bengaluru

New Cyber-crime police stations at Bengaluru

Scenario about Karnataka police is changing.  The police are gearing up to deal with terrorism and cyber crime, adopt technology and corporate management practices, follow ethics and respect human rights.

The Cyber Crime Cell was stated at Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, Bengaluru to deal with Cyber Crimes.

The Karnataka State Police are often criticized for lacking core competence in dealing with well equipped terrorists, naxalities and cyber crimes, poor intelligence gathering and poor knowledge about scientific tools for investigation and counter-intelligence techniques.

There is an alarming increasing in the number of cases related to cyber crime, economic offences and narcotic drugs (CEN), both in Bengaluru and Karnataka in the last years.

The police department has sought the State Government to open 8 exclusive CEN police stations.  Crime incidents like multi crore economic offences including group housing scam, chit fund scam and cyber crime have increased all time high in Benglauru and other parts of the State.

According to a source only 20 personnel are currently working in the cyber crime police station in Bengaluru where 13 cyber crime cases are filed everyday.

All the staffers would be specially trained to handle issues relating to cyber crime.  There are 35 CEN stations in the State of Karnataka.  Economic offences below Rs.5 crore will be handled by CEN stations while those lesser than Rs.5 crore will be transferred to CID cyber crime cell.




Deepavali – festival of lights

Deepavali – festival of lights

Deepavali is called the Festival of Lights and is celebrated to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana.

This festival is celebrated exactly 20 days after the celebration of Dusshera, another major Hindu festival. On this day of Deepavali, Goddess for wealth and prosperity is worshipped. People illuminate their houses and streets with lights and earthen lamps to lighten up the night. ‘Deep’ meaning earthen lamps justifies the sacredness of the festival.

The lamps are said to ward off the evil forces and signifies the triumph of the good over evil power. Even the poorest of homes light some lamps to celebrate this day. People light firecrackers which add to the light and color of the night. Beautiful multi colored Rangoli and floral decorations beautify the houses. The glamour and shimmer all around the country fulfills the significance of the festival.

This festival is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

For many Indians this five day festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Lamps are lit to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people’s homes.

Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.

Deepavali  is not only celebrated by Hindus. The festival is also a sacred occasion for Jains and Sikhs. In Jainism, the holiday marks the attainment of moksha (or release from the cycle of samsara — meaning life, death, and rebirth) by its founder, Mahavira, who preached nonviolence and compassion.

Bengaluru connects to Asia’s island destination thru GoAir

Bengaluru connects to Asia’s island destination thru GoAir

Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka, is a veritable melting pot of various cultures and traditions.  Popularly known as the Garden City, Bengaluru is a home to well-laid out parks, gardens and long avenues of blossoming trees with a salubrious climate.  Emerging as the hi-tech capital of India, it still retains a charm that is totally Indian.

Expanding its global foot-mark, one of the leading airlines GoAir is launching direct flights on the Bengaluru-Phuket-Bengaluru routers effective from December 9, 2018.

The airliner will operate three direct flight services per week between Bengaluru and Phuket and two direct flight services per week between Bengaluru and Male.

The airliner claimed that the flight schedules are designed to provide flexibility of choice, passenger convenience and customized travel options.

Enjoy a romantic walk on silver sands or dive into the crystal clear waters while exploring Phuket.  With pristine breaches, fresh seafood and great weather there are a ton of options for travelers to choose from.




Karya Siddhi Hanuman temple is located at Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Girinagar Bengaluru.  As the name itself conveys, the Hanuman here is believed to fulfill all the wishes of his devotees.

Karya means any work & Siddhi means fulfilled, so the name itself says the Hanuman here is considered to be rewarding wishes of his devotees. Sri Ganapathi Sacchidananda Swamiji has installed Lord Hanuman here.  One will find images of Anagha Devi Sametha Sri Dattatreya, Lord Shiva, Ganapathi, and Navagraha Gudi in the temple premises. Everyday hundreds of devotees visit the temple. Most of the time temple is crowded.

One can see lot of coconuts tied around the temple because of Poorna Phala Samarpana – a type of pooja given at the temple for fulfilling the wishes.

Over the past decades, this temple has become the social centre in this locality. The temple also has a charitable arm which provides affordable education and healthcare to the less privileged in and around the temple.