Don’t Panic From Covid-19 Says Padma Bhushan Awardee, Dr. D Nageshwar Reddy

Don’t Panic From Covid-19 Says Padma Bhushan Awardee, Dr. D Nageshwar Reddy

At a time of panic and paranoia over the corona fuelled lockdown, the internationally renowned medical expert Dr. D Nageshwar Reddy has some good news to share in the hard times. He assures that a Covid-19 outbreak is something which can be easily conquered and there is no reason to panic, as the current lockdown should not prolong beyond 3-4 weeks.

Padma Bhushan Awardee – Dr. D Nageshwar Reddy 

The Hyderabad-based gastroenterologist, who serves as the Chairman of Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2016. He has shared key findings that will give India a ray of hope. First is an emerging study on genome sequencing and the other is from research on the impact of temperature on the virus. He has elaborated on why he abhors the term social distancing and how staying positive can prove beneficial. Here is a small video with him in an interview with Indian Express. 

Covid-19 & The Risk to India

The virus that originated in the middle of December in China, travelled from Wuhan to Western countries like Italy, USA and Europe. After a lag of 2-3 weeks, it came from these areas to India and this is when we had a gap of 3-4 weeks to study the RNA virus COVID-19. 

This strain seems to be in bats, but there is still no surety about it. A small mutation occurred that allowed it to get transmitted from bats to humans. Sequencing of the whole virus was done in four countries, first in the US, second Italy, third China and fourth India. And when this virus spread to Italy or the US or to India, the genotypes of this virus turned out to be different. In the Indian virus, there is a single mutation occurring in the spike protein of the genome.

In the Italian virus, three mutations have occurred, which makes it more deadly to people. Whereas in India, in the USA and in China, the mortality is only about 2%. There is variation in mortality and infection rate depending upon the genome of the virus. There is a definite difference in the gene sequence in India and we are hoping that will result in the virus being less harmful because its attachment to the cell is not as good.

Impact of Temperature on Covid-19

According to a paper published by MIT, USA, they have explained the heat-sensitivity of this virus. Covid-19 is unable to exist for long periods above 32 degrees. In India, this means that as we progress to May, when the sun is at its peak, the virus transmission may come down. However indoors, where air-conditioning is there or temperature levels are cool, the problem may still persist. So, temperature may play a role, but it might have an effect only after May.

Complete Lockdown Or Just Shut the Red Zones!!!

These are two extreme situations, one is complete lockdown and the other is to keep everything open and test everyone, just like South Korea did. South Korea did extensive testing of the population and isolated the infected ones quickly, which is called the red zone or selective isolation. In India, extensive testing is not feasible, because of the demographics and the scale involved. For us, complete lockdown is a better solution, which is already done. But after the lockdown, the crucial question is what will be our plan-to-action in future? 

In a situation like this, we should follow a more balanced approach. Now that the test kits are becoming cheap and easily available, we should do more testing. People above a certain age and with comorbidities must be extensively checked and isolated. Younger population who do not have comorbidities, can be left a little more free, after the lockdown is over. In a country like India, it is quite difficult to have a complete lockdown for long periods because social unrest will increase.

Conclusion

Right now, the government’s actions have been positive and this will also lead our government to develop a basic infrastructure to deal with epidemics like this in the long term.

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Slamming Rumors – No Plans to Extend Lockdown and E-Pass System.

Slamming Rumors – No Plans to Extend Lockdown and E-Pass System.

The 3 weeks nationwide lockdown that had put many of us in a difficult situation, has been one of the best moves by the Indian government to break the COVID-19 infection cycle. This lockdown from most states, Union Territories and the entire nation, provided a more definite timeline. And people have been quite curious to know about the lockdown extension period, as there have been multiple rumours around.

a child with mother in lockdown of corona virus

Slamming The Rumors

Rajiv Gauba, Cabinet Secretary, clearing all the rumours stated that there are no plans to extend the lockdown period beyond the current 21-day timeline. The lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The Cabinet Secretary expressed disconcert on many reports revealing that the lockdown could be extended.

The 21-Day Lockdown

The 21-day lockdown came into effect on March 24, 2020. The government had requested all Union Territories and states to strictly enforce the lockdown, because of the huge exodus of migrant workers. A set of measures were supposed to be implemented by local authorities for enforcing the lockdown. This also helped ensure that the migrant workers do not face any difficulties during the period of the lockdown. For now, the 21-day lockdown is until 14th April 2020.

What do you think, not extending the lockdown will break the COVID-19 infection cycle or make it worse?

E-Pass System During Lockdown

Adivid Technologies developed a platform to ensure essential and authorized services to move and work smoothly during the lockdown period and provide a simple mechanism for getting permission digitally and rapidly from Police or other authorities

FAQs

Question – Do I need a pass if I want to go out to buy medicines, groceries or vegetables?

No, people do not need a pass to buy groceries, medicines, or groceries. But people are not supposed to buy groceries/vegetables daily since it is a lockdown.

Question – Should I get a pass if I need to buy something that is not available in my area since police have barricaded other areas?

You should manage with the things available in your area. It is a nationwide lockdown, a medical emergency. Undoubtedly, adapting it is inevitable.

Question – I am a vendor for essential goods, do I require a pass to get goods for my shop?

You do not need a pass in this case. No restriction on empty trucks needed for transportation of goods.

Question – Do I need a pass to travel to/for my work?

No, people are without a doubt not allowed to travel for work.

Question – Being an essential goods supplier can I send empty vehicles to another part of the state to get the goods?

Yes, any essential good suppliers can surely send their vehicles to transport essential goods items.

Question – Do I need a pass if I need to visit my office once in a while to maintain equipment if I am from a startup?

At the time of national lockdown, the government decides what counts as an emergency, not people. Kindly follow government guidelines.

Question – How can I apply for a pass to go to the doctors?

Telemedicine services are available over the phone for normal medical conditions. For emergencies kindly call an ambulance or even Hoysala vehicles.

Question – Can I visit my parents/siblings/relatives who live in other districts or another part of the same city in case of an emergency? Will I need a pass in this scenario?

Please call helpline numbers in case of emergencies. However, it is a lockdown and life is not be usual as normal.

Question – There has been a death in my family. Do I need a pass to visit them?

Yes, one can attend funeral ceremonies. The local police stations can grant permission for funeral ceremonies. Permission to travel can be given after examination.

Question – Can I jog or run in the morning if I make sure I am at least 6 feet apart from others?

No, it is a lockdown and you can not go for run/jog till the lockdown period is completed.

Question – I am a doctor operating a private clinic. Can I continue practicing from my clinic?

No, as this is an emergency lockdown people are not allowed to come for general consultation. Kindly, work from home in case of an emergency.

Question – I do not have any cooking equipment/help for cooking. Can I travel to my parent’s house in another district?

No, you can not travel to other districts. Delivery services are operational.

Question – For what purposes are e-pass available? How can I apply for an e-pass?

E-pass are available for essential services as mentioned in the government directives. You can apply for an e-pass from the URL –
https://kspclearpass.mygate.com/signup

Karnataka E-pass Helpline numbers –
(080) 22374837

Question – Will doctors and healthcare professionals also need a pass?

Their official id is enough if they are going to work.

Question – Can I go to a bank for depositing money?

Use online banking or wait till the lockdown is over.

Question – For how long will the e-pass be valid?

Your e-pass will have validity written on it.

Question – Will we need to carry a hard copy of the e-pass as well?

No, a soft copy will be enough.

Question – What to do if our elderly parents are living elsewhere

Contact local administration in these cases.

Question – How to obtain repair services like plumbing etc?

Many companies that provide these services have e-passes.

Helpline Contact Numbers

104, 8046848600, 8066692000



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Annamalai Kuppusamy – Singham of Karnataka

Annamalai Kuppusamy – Singham of Karnataka

Ace IPS Officer Annamalai Kuppusamy, referred to as Singham of Karnataka, was one of the most toughest cops on the list. Always feared by criminals and loved by people, the Bangalore IPS has served nine years in various posts in Karnataka. He was last posted as Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), after which he tendered his resignation from his post. 

Annamalai Kuppusamy Background

Annamalai, a 2011 batch IPS officer, hails from Karur, Tamil Nadu. He began his career in 2013 as an assistant superintendent of police in Karkala Subdivision. He later served as superintendent of police in Udupi and Chikmagalur district, where he earned the love of people.

Posting As DCP (South)

October 2018, Annamalai Kuppusamy was brought in as a tough cop to Bengaluru city. He was posted as Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) by Kumaraswamy led government. His transfer came up exactly a month after Alok Kumar was posted as additional commissioner of police (crime) in Bengaluru city. 

Annamalai IPS hit the headlines after his crackdown on gambling and matka dens of Chikkamagaluru. Kumaraswamy led government brought in the tough cop to curb the gambling rackets in Bengaluru city.

The Resignation

Many speculations were doing the rounds for the Bangalore IPS. Some of them stated that he was resigning from police service to join politics back home. However, in a letter to his colleagues he cleared that he was yet to decide on the next steps. He mentioned that he wanted to spend some time with his family and also wanted to get back to farming.

Annamalai Kuppusamy is quite popular in the IPS circles and the general public. He will always be remembered for his stint as Superintendent of Police in Udupi, Chickamagalur and Bengaluru and Assistant Superintendent of Police at Karkala in Udupi district.

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Janta Curfew – Let Us All Be A Part of It, Because Humanity & India Prevails

Janta Curfew – Let Us All Be A Part of It, Because Humanity & India Prevails

After India reported its 4th death due to coronavirus, with total COVID-19 cases rising to 194, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to stay indoors and called for a “Janta Curfew” on Sunday 22nd March 2020.

Addressing the nation on the greatest pandemic in decades, Prime Minister Modi in a statement said that the world is passing through a huge crisis, which has engulfed the entire human race. For the last 2 months, we have been watching with concern the news about coronavirus spreading across the world. Therefore, he has requested people to adhere to advisories issued by the Union and the State Governments so as to contain the spread of coronavirus that has affected more countries than World War I and II.

Prime Minister modi on Janta Curfew

PM Narendra Modi Addressed the Nation on Covid19

Janta Curfew

Prime Minister has urged the citizens to observe a ‘Janata Curfew’ on March 22 from 7 am to 9 pm. At 5:00 PM, on the doors, balconies, express, streets or wherever, for 5 minutes, Janta Curfew is a way to express our gratitude for the workers who have been working tirelessly amidst the coronavirus pandemic, despite the threat to their survival, be it medical staff, police, hygiene workers, banks staff and many others. Let’s do it by clapping or by ringing a bell and face the pandemic with collective determination and patience.

PM Modi also announced the setting up of the COVID-19 task force, under Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for measures in order to lower some of the economic hardships stimulated by the pandemic.

Nine Calls-To-Action By PM Modi

  1. Janta Curfew on 22nd March.
  2. Do not go out until really necessary. Stay indoors. Stay healthy to keep others healthy.
  3. Do not resort to panic buying.
  4. Senior citizens to stay indoors
  5. Social distancing
  6. Avoid elective surgery or routine health check-ups and overburden health services
  7. Asking employers to pay employees in full while they have to stay home and have a humane view of things.
  8. The central government, local state government, and local bodies will continue to work to overcome the global crisis.
  9. Stay away from Rumours

As the spread of coronavirus has climbed in India, the country is headed towards a virtual lockdown with the government restricting the movement of people in several parts and closing public areas to restrict the gathering of more than 10 people. It is the time to give up the attitude that all is well or we would, somehow, escape the disease and become a part of Janta Curfew.

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Karnataka extends shutdown to March 31: Malls, theatres, pubs to remain shut

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Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa

The Chief Minister told the assembly that the state has recorded 14 positive cases till now.

The announcement was made by Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said. Further funds of Rs 200 crore have been released to mitigate the spread of the disease. The CM also announced that a task force composed of Health Minister B Sriramulu, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Chief Secretary Vijay Bhaskar has been formed to tackle the virus.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has also issued advisories to apartment associations/ resident welfare associations to ensure steps are taken to ensure that the virus is not spread. People have also been asked to avoid parks and gardens. Those living in paying guest accommodation have been asked to leave for their hometowns and have warned owners of such establishments not to overcrowd.

At present only PU (pre-university)-II and SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) examinations are going on. Teachers are continuing to work at educational institutions to carry out administrative work. The government has not made any announcement regarding teachers working from home.

Incidentally, the Education MInister S Suresh Kumar had also deferred the examinations for students between 7th and 9th standards till March 31 in the wake of the pandemic.

As of date, the number of positive cases stand at 14, including one 76-year-old from Kalaburagi who died of comorbidities. He was incidentally the first coronavirus victim in the country. Out of the other positive cases, two are from Kalaburagi— the deceased’s daughter, and his doctor. The others are a techie working in Dell, his wife and daughter. The others are a techie working in Mindtree, and another in Google. Three others are a co-passenger of the Mindtree techie, a student returning from the United Kingdom and another woman returning from Dubai.

On Wednesday morning, two more positive cases were confirmed by the state Health Minister B Sriramulu. Among them, one had returned from the United States, and the other woman had gone on vacation in Spain.

The Karnataka government had earlier ordered a partial shutdown until March 21, noting at the time that a decision would be taken on lifting the lock down based on the situation.

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Karnataka Government Shows Green Signal On Reducing Bannerghatta National Park’s Eco Sensitive Zone

Karnataka Government Shows Green Signal On Reducing Bannerghatta National Park’s Eco Sensitive Zone

Experts have put a lot of efforts to save Bannerghatta National Park. Despite of the efforts, a notice has been published on 12th March, 2020. This will allow the government to downsize the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) in the biological park by 100 square kilometre. Many activists are seeing it as a red flag, but Karnataka government has taken it as a green signal to reduce the eco-sensitive zone. It does not concerns the government as to how the politically driven decision will affect the wildlife?

Bannerghatta National Park News

Bannerghatta Biological Park has a total area of 268.96 sq kms and the government wants to reduce this to 169 sq km. Their intention is to extend the eco sensitive zone to a maximum of 4.5 km from 100m around the boundary.

Many experts have been fighting to preserve the original eco sensitive zone of the park as 268.96 sq kms. But, Union Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar has accepted Karnataka Chief Minister, B.S. Yediyurappa’s suggestion to reduce the size of the park. It was clearly stated in the decision that development activities were being hampered. 

The Fuming Reaction of Activists Over Eco-Sensitive Zone

Recent developments have got eco experts fuming over the decision. Bhanu Prakash R is the co-ordinator of Bannerghatta Nature Conservation Trust. He has written multiple letters to the State Government and Union Environment Ministry. He has explained about the ramifications that ecology will have, if the eco sensitive zone shrinks.

Even after the High Court’s order to set up a committee for the eco sensitive zone to monitor, the state government has not changed the opinion. This has led to uncontrolled land use in the region.

Regardless of many letters sent explaining facts and realities, the eco-sensitive zone will be reduced to favour land mining mafia. Bhanu Prakash R said, “The decision has been taken without considering any scientific study in this matter.”

Government Ignoring Eco-Initiatives & Supporting Land Mafias

Before the decision for eco sensitive zone came in, many farmers described that land mafias were constantly pressurising them to give away their lands at throwaway prices. Recently, BJP government inducted Anand Singh, the Minister of Forest. He was accused of 15 cases, including offenses under Karnataka Forest Act.

Vijay Nishanth, founder of Project Vruksha has criticised the government. He has remarked that the Karnataka government is clearly supporting the mining industries. Vijay Nishanth said, ” We might have to start looking at the legal options as the last resort”.


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Bengaluru Food Street, VV Puram Closed Temporarily

The coronavirus outbreak continues to spread with nearly 145,384 confirmed cases globally and more than 81 confirmed cases in India. With this, people are increasingly wondering how COVID-19 might affect our eating habits, food supply and restaurants. If you have been wondering whether to stay home from restaurants or if any foods are unsafe, here’s what you need to know.

VV Puram food street Closed Temporarily Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

One of the most popular food street joints in Bangalore, VV Puram is closed for a couple of days. More than 20 vendors selling South Indian, North Indian and Chinese delicacies under Bengaluru Food Street Varthakara Okkuta have voluntarily decided to temporarily close the food stalls. Later, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) also supported the decision of shutting down the popular Food Street. The decision came up as a precautionary measure in order to clean and renovate the shops. It is also a preventative action to avoid spreading Cholera and Coronavirus.

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No “If”, But “When”

The decision taken by the local Union and the vendors is an anticipatory action in order to be safe. However, it would lead to drastic decline in the business and also leave many of their employees jobless amid the coronavirus pandemic. But most of us, for whom the Bangalore Food Street is the favourite food joint, are desperately waiting for the place to be live again. The local Union, Bengaluru Food Street Varthakara Okkuta is still unsure of what will happen next. Until then, Coronavirus has left most of the Bangaloreans house arrested.

VV Puram food street

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One week shutdown in Karnataka – all Group gatherings from Malls to Marriage Halls – Complete shutdown #Coronavirus

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The order will come into effect from Saturday -14th Saturday, March 2020 – Karnataka Govt Notification 

The most affected ones – shut down of malls, theatres and other commercial establishments where mass gathering takes place amidst the ongoing coronavirus scare.Similarlyl, all universities have been told to shut down for a week.

In a four-page order issued in the afternoon, the government indicated that no more chances can be taken in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

The 13 rules include restrictions on even private events like wedding directing the organising parties to ensure that such events do not lead to coming to gether of a large number of people.

“The closure order will be in force from Saturday until the next one week. Thereafter we will review the situation and decide accordingly,” CM Yediyrappa briefed the media.He also explained that all marriage events, sports activities, seminars and international events will also be cancelled until further orders

“Private hospitals must immediately report suspected cases to the government hospitals,” CM Yediyrappa explained.

Coronavirus Test Lab

  • Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, Bangalore  
  • National Institute of Virology Field Unit Bangalore
  • Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysore
  • Hassan Inst. of Med. Sciences, Hassan
  • Shimoga Inst. of Med. Sciences, Shivamogga

Virus symptoms

Please check if the below Hospital for Test Labs for Coronavirus in Namma Bengaluru

1) Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD):
Address: Someshwarnagar 1st Main Road, Dharmaram College Post, 1st Block, Hombegowda Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560029
Contact: +080 26088500
2) Manipal Hospitals:
Address: 98, HAL Old Airport Rd, Kodihalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560017.
Dr. Mable- Treating only the citizens visited China, Honkong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan Italy and Iran.
Contact: 080-25211200 (hotline)
3) Narayana Health:
Address: 258/A, Bommasandra Industrial Area Anekal Taluk, Hosur Rd, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560099.
Phone: 080675 06870
4) Fortis Hospital:
Address: Address: 154, 9, Bannerghatta Main Rd, Opposite IIM, Sahyadri Layout, Panduranga Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560076.
Phone: 080-66214444.

Highlights of the Press meet held by Chief Minister regarding Corona Virus:

  1. Malls , Film theatres, night clubs to be closed for a week from tomorrow.
  2. Summer camps, meetings, sports events, symposiums are not be organized.
  3. Government residential schools, hostels, to take utmost care
  4. Government Offices,Examinations, Assembly sessions will be held without disruption.
  5. One week holiday to be announced to Universities and Colleges also.
  6. The Chief Minister has requested the people to cooperate.
  7. He announced this decision after a discussion with senior officers from different departments and Dr.Devi Shetty in the wake of a death due to Corona Virus in Kalaburgi.
  8. Guidelines will be issued to take precautionary measures to control the spread of the disease.
  9. All private hospitals should compulsorily report to the health department if they come across any person they suspect to be infected with Corona Virus. Private hospitals have already been instructed about it.
  10. Travellers who have returned from foreign trips should report to the Health Department and provide information. They are instructed to compulsorily remain in home isolation for 14 days.
  11. All hospitals, Dispensaries and private clinics have to report to the Health Department regarding the treatment given to the persons returned from foreign trips in last 14 days.
  12. All private hospitals are requested to cooperate.
    13.Indian Medical Association, Dr.Devi Shetty , Dr.Ravindra , President of Private Hospitals Association and other concerned persons who discussed with the Chief Minister have extended their full cooperation to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection.
  13. Social distancing to be maintained and a minimum of 6 ft distance between persons to be kept.
  14. Additional laboratories to be established for detection of Corona Virus.
  15. A Committee will be formed for coordination with private hospitals.
  16. IT Companies are requested to instruct their employees to work from home.
    17.Deputy Chief Ministers Govind.M.Karjol and Dr. C.N.Ashwath Narayan , B.Sriramulu , Minister for Health, Dr. D.Sudhakar, Minister for Medical Education, S.Suresh Kumar, Minister for Primary Education . T.M.VijayaBhaskar , Chief Secretary to Government and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

N.Brungeesh
Media Secretary to Chief Minister

Courtesy: Public TV

First 3 Female Fighter Pilots Get ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’

Indian air force first female fighter pilots get Nari Shakti Puraskar

Indian Air Force’s First Fighter Pilots Get ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’

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Flight Lieutenants Bhawna Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh have been awarded “Nari Shakti Puraskar” by president Ram Nath Kovind given to three courageous women of the Indian air force pilots.

President Ramnath Kovind has honoured them on the occasion of International Women’s Day.


MiG-21 fighter aircraft which was used by Wing Commander Abhinandan against Pakistan, Flight Lieutenant Bhawna Kant, Flight Lieutenant Avni Chaturvedi and Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh fly the Same Aircraft.

Avani Chaturvedi, a resident of Satna in Madhya Pradesh, belongs to a military officer family. She got inspiration from her brother to join the Army. Avani wants to become a fighter pilot, that’s why She joined the college’s flying club.

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The Escape Room – Are You Ready For The Real Time Adventure Game?

The Escape Room – Are You Ready For The Real Time Adventure Game?

Imagine yourself in a room with doors locked, clock ticking, an anonymous voice from somewhere giving you a clue and you trying hard to escape from the room in given time!!! Is it giving you the creeps already? Do you want to know what is it like to take on the challenge of an escape room? 

Well, if your friends have been talking about escape rooms and you’re still wondering what in the world they are and what is the deal about them, here ends your search.

Escape Rooms – The Real Time Adventure Game

Escape rooms are the hottest trends, these days. Groups of people gather in a themed room, where they are given a clue to get started, complete the mission and “escape” the room.

A successful escape requires people to find hidden clues and solve challenging puzzles throughout the room. So, imagine yourself taking a look underneath the rug or quickly sift through the books on the shelves, or may be take a closer look at the paintings on the wall. You may even find a string of numbers to open a combination lock or a good old-fashioned key for a padlock.

Everywhere you look is like a riddle waiting to be solved or a potential clue to get out of an “Escape Room”. But the deal is, from the moment you enter, you just have one hour to find clues and solve escape the room puzzle games before the time is up. Sounds interesting, right!!!

Origin

The real time adventure game originated in Japan in 2007, where online game developers created the realistic escape rooms. Today their popularity has quickly spread throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. The game is getting in on the live action with hundreds of themed rooms across the country and especially Bangalore. So, Bangaloreans, expect to see pirate ships, prison cells, theatres, nuclear power plants, dig sites, and much more.

Why are Escape Rooms Becoming So Popular?

This game is a whole new way of experiencing storytelling. It is like combining a social activity with interactive adventures and challenging puzzles. Players are immersed in an entirely different world with storylines that feel like a blockbuster movie. And that’s what makes them so addicting.

The Team Building Activity

If you think this is just for fun, then let me tell you, beating an escape room is all about teamwork, creativity, speed, and patience. Escape rooms are amazing experiences to share with people, as they work together to discover clues to escape out of the room, crack puzzles, and accomplish their ultimate goal of getting out of it in time.

And even if they don’t actually get out of the room, the whole team will have a blast. Bangaloreans can take back home some amazing memories to share for a long time. So, you can either bring a large group to an escape game, or you can have a wonderful time by yourself. You can be put in any escape game location with strangers who will quickly become teammates or may become friends for life.

And if you are someone who loves enjoying the best of luxury hotels with friends, then don’t forget to visit The Taj West End, Bangalore. Find out more about this royal palace turned luxury hotel.

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Formula 1 World Motor Racing – 2020

Will it be the year for Lewis Hamilton who might overtake Schumacher’s record in Car Racing.

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Lewis Hamilton – Formula 1 – 2020

All Formula One Moter Racing Championship 2020. Check The Schedule for Events And Tournament of Racing All Over Countries This Year.

Will it be Verstappen or Leclerc – who might Win This Tournament And Become the F1’s youngest champion

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Young and Promising drivers of F1’s for 2020 session

Check this Schedule of formula 1 World Moter Racing for the Year 2020

Race DayVenueFormula 1® Grand Prix
15 March 2020MelbourneAustralia
22 March 2020SakhirBahrain
5 April 2020HanoiVietnam
PostponedShanghaiChina
3 May 2020ZandvoortDutch
10 May 2020BarcelonaSpain
24 May 2020MonacoMonaco
7 June 2020BakuAzerbaijan
14 June 2020MontrealCanada
28 June 2020Le CastelletFrance
5 July 2020SpielbergAustria
19 July 2020SilverstoneBritish
2 August 2020BudapestHungary
30 August 2020SpaBelgium
6 September 2020MonzaItaly
20 September 2020SingaporeSingapore
27 September 2020SochiRussia
11 October 2020SuzukaJapan
25 October 2020AustinUnited States
1 November 2020Mexico CityMexico City
15 November 2020Sao PauloBrazil
29 November 2020Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi

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Karnataka Budget 2020

State is now Bankrupt. 20,000 cr fund cuts. Budget increases taxes on Petrol, Diesel & Alcohol

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Mr. Yediyurappa is presenting the  budget for the 7th time for Karnataka

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced tax on petrol would be increased from 32 percent to 35 percent and diesel from 21 per cent to 24 percent from 1st April 2020. “For the year 2020-21, a total amount of Rs 55,732 crore is provided for stimulating economic growth sector”, the Chief Minister said.

8,000 Crore Shortfall In Central Funds: CM BS Yediyurappa In Karnataka Budget Speech

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yedyiurappa (File)Bengaluru: 

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa presented the state budget, the seventh occasion he has done so, in the Assembly today. Mr Yediyurappa, who was sworn in as Chief Minister in July last year, after the dramatic fall of the 14-month-old Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition government, began by praising some of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies.

Following this the veteran BJP leader highlighted shortfall in funds the state had expected from the centre, with specific focus on the state’s share in central taxes under the 15th Finance Commission; this had reduced funding by more than Rs 8,000 crores.

A further Rs 11,000 crores is pending from GST (goods and services tax) collection by the centre; states had been promised compensation for a period of five years after GST was implemented in 2017 due to a loss of revenue. The shortfall comes despite the centre collecting over Rs 1 lakh crores in December, the fifth time it had crossed that mark in 2019.

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Having raised these financial challenges at the start of his speech, the Chief Minister then revealed his plans for the farm sector, which was hit by both floods and drought last year.

In December last year the state government sent the centre an estimate of Rs 35,161 crores for damages from floods alone. The BJP government in the state was criticised by the opposition after PM Modi and the BJP-led centre were seen to be slow in responding.

BS Yediyurappa said agriculture and rehabilitation for those hit by floods will be top priority and acknowledged financial constraints this fiscal.

 

Dowry Case against Sachin Bansal

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Sachin Bansal

Mr.Sachin Bansal – Net Worth $ 1 billion(May 10, 2018) been accused of Dowry Harassment by his Wife Priya Bansal

Sachin Bansal is married to,Priya Bansal a dentist by training and profession. They have one son.

Sachin Bansal (born August 5, 1981) is an Indian technology entrepreneur and an ardent gamer. He is best known as the co-founder of Flipkart that was acquired by Walmart (77 per cent stakes) at $16 billion in 2018. During his career at Flipkart that spanned 11 years, Bansal held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman.In 2018, Bansal exited Flipkart along with the Walmart deal.[

In 2007, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal (not related) founded Flipkart whose valuation in 2018 was $20.8 billion. In 2018, Bansal held 5.5 per cent stake in Flipkart, which he sold off to Walmart and his net worth then was a little over $1 billion.In May 2018, Bansal announced that after stepping down as the Executive Chairman of Flipkart, he would be focusing on pending personal projects, gaming and brushing up his coding skills.[

 

Priya Bansal’s Wife Files FIR Over Alleged Dowry Harassment, Sexual Assault. According to the FIR, dated February 28, the billionaire entrepreneur, his parents and brother had allegedly demanded dowry and gifts from the complainant’s family at the time of the couple’s marriage back in 2008. The FIR detailed that Priya Bansal’s father spent Rs 50 lakh on the marriage ceremony and the bride’s family handed over Rs 11 lakh in cash to Sachin in lieu of buying a car.

The FIR has been filed under two sections of the Indian Penal Code- 498A (dowry harassment), 34 (criminal intent) and under section 3 and 4 of the Dowry Prohibition Act at the Koramangala police station in Bengaluru on February 28, 2020.

Priya Bansal with Sachin Bansal

Priya Bansal also shared graphic details regarding how she was mistreated by the family of Sachin Bansal. She also said that her father splurged Rs 50 lakh on her wedding and additionally gave Rs 11 lakh to 38-year-old Sachin Bansal.

Meanwhile, Sachin Bansal has reportedly applied for bail on February 29 and the order on his plea will be delivered today (March 5).

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Summer Camp 2020

summer camp or sleepaway camp is a supervised program for children or teenagers conducted during the summer months in some countries. Children and adolescents who attend summer camp are known as campers. Summer school is usually a required academic curriculum for a student to make up work not accomplished during the academic year, whereas summer camps can include academic work, but is not a requirement for graduation.

The traditional view of a summer camp as a woody place with hikingcanoeing, and campfires is changing, with greater acceptance of newer types of summer camps that offer a wide variety of specialized activities. For example, there are camps for the performing arts, music, magic, computer programming, language learning, mathematics, children with special needs, and weight loss.

The primary purpose of many camps is educational, athletic, or cultural development. A summer camp environment may allow children to learn new skills in a safe and nurturing environment. Summer camp experience can have a lasting psychological impact on the development of a child.

YMCA, BANGALORE

The Young Men’s Christian Association Of Bangalore Seeks To Unite People To Build A Just And Equitable Society.

The purpose of the symbolized Emblem, the equilateral red triangle pointed towards – development of Spirit, Mind and Body – All sided development of individual. To attain the objectives of the Movement, it functions through various fellowship and purpose groups suited for different age groups and sections for the Society.

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F.C.Bengaluru United

United We Play. United We Stand. United We Are. FC Bengaluru United

F.C Bengaluru United is a Bangalore Super Division Club

Roshni Bhatia – Art-Psychotherapist

Roshni Bhatia is an artist and a certified Art-Psychotherapist. Art Therapy is a field at the intersection of art and psychology where artistic mediums are used as a tool to express what spoken language may not be able to.
Roshni has practiced Art Therapy with children and teenagers who come from difficult, complex and traumatic backgrounds.
Currently, Roshni is working on her art practice, where she works with a variety of mediums like sculpture, and textiles and digital art on themes of the inner self, our subconscious mind, and the human impulse to create.
She has been selected to represent her University at conferences in various countries.
In the past year, she has also presented her work at international conferences in both the Netherlands and Australia.

Priyanka Trivedi Upendra

Priyanka Upendra is an Indian actress who has acted in many films in Bengali, Hindi, Telugu,Kannada and Odia She has won recognition for her role in the Bengali hit Saathi, which set new trends in the Bengali film industry. She won critical acclaim for her role in Kannada films Malla and H2O.

After Miss.Priyanka Trivedi, Actress Priyanka, Mrs.Priyanka Upendra and now presenting all in One

www.priyankaupendra.in 

Priyanka Trivedi Upendra

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“Saint Mark’s Road” This Tamil/ Kannada bilingual is ready to hit the theatres this winter!! It was a wonderful experience portraying twins on screen for the first time in my career! Inspired by the  terraverra house on Saint Marks Road and based on true events this movie is surely going to send chills down your spine!

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Nriti – Kannada Short Film

Nriti – Kannada Short Film

Nriti Kannada Short film by Keerthi Shekhar and Vyshak Pushpalatha – if you like to Watch ths Short Film – leave a message in the comment BOX

If you’re an aspiring director that wants to start a lucrative filming career or acting career you should 1st approach should be Short Film

NRITI Credits Details – English

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Story : Vyshak Pushpalatha
Written, Produced and directed : Keerthi Shekhar – Vyshak Pushpalatha
Cinematography : Rawkey
Editing & Animation : Ranjith Sethu
Music, Background Score & Sound design : Adil Nadaf
DI : Pinaka studios
Colourist : Chethan A C
Lyrics : Siddharth, Vyshak Pushpalatha
Singer : Akshara Mohan
Art Direction & Costume designs : Ahana Gowda
Publicity designs : Nikhil GN Shetty
Production Manager : Bhargav Sharma
Direction team : Chidambar R, Siddharth, Nikhil GN Shetty, Nandish Gowda
Title design : Vijeth DS
Trailer Cut : Keerthi Shekhar
Make up : Purushotham
Dubbing : Octave studios
Dubbing artists : Chethan Vicky, Shwetha, Bhargava Rama
Equipments : Infinite wings
Lighting unit : Dharane Gowda
Cast : Ashwini Shivanna, Meenakshi Harthi, M R Prabhakar , Naresh, Sujanith Shetty, Prashant Shetty, Abhishek R, Lohit Kumar

NRITI credits Details – Kannada
ನೃತಿ
ಕಥೆ : ವೈಶಾಕ್ ಪುಷ್ಪಲತ
ರಚನೆ, ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ & ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ : ಕೀರ್ತಿ ಶೇಖರ್ – ವೈಶಾಕ್ ಪುಷ್ಪಲತ
ಛಾಯಾಗ್ರಹಣ : ರಾಕಿ
ಸಂಕಲನ : ರಂಜಿತ್ ಸೇತು
ಸಂಗೀತ : ಆದಿಲ್ ನದಾಫ್
ಡಿ. ಐ : ಪಿನಾಕ ಸ್ಟುಡಿಯೊಸ್
ಕಲರಿಸ್ಟ್ : ಚೇತನ್ ಎ ಸಿ
ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ : ಸಿದ್ದಾರ್ಥ್, ವೈಶಾಕ್ ಪುಷ್ಪಲತ
ಹಾಡುಗಾರ್ತಿ : ಅಕ್ಷರ ಮೋಹನ್
ಕಲೆ & ವಸ್ತ್ರವಿನ್ಯಾಸ : ಅಹನಾ ಗೌಡ
ಪ್ರಚಾರ ಕಲೆ : ನಿಖಿಲ್ ಜಿ ಎನ್ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ
ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಮೇಲ್ವಿಚಾರಣೆ : ಭಾರ್ಗವ್ ಶರ್ಮ
ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ ತಂಡ : ಚಿದಂಬರ್ ಆರ್, ಸಿದ್ದಾರ್ಥ್, ನಿಖಿಲ್ ಜಿ ಎನ್ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ, ನಂದೀಶ್ ಗೌಡ
ಶೀರ್ಷಿಕೆ ವಿನ್ಯಾಸ : ವಿಜೇತ್ ಡಿ ಎಸ್
ಟ್ರೈಲರ್ ಕಟ್ : ಕೀರ್ತಿ ಶೇಖರ್
ಡಬ್ಬಿಂಗ್ : ಆಕ್ಟೇವ್ ಸ್ಟುಡಿಯೋಸ್
ಡಬ್ಬಿಂಗ್ ಕಲಾವಿದರು : ಚೇತನ್ ವಿಕ್ಕಿ, ಶ್ವೇತ, ಭಾರ್ಗವ ರಾಮ
ಎಕ್ವಿಪ್ಮೆಂಟ್ಸ್ : ಇನ್ಫೈನೈಟ್ ವಿಂಗ್ಸ್
ಲೈಟಿಂಗ್ ಯೂನಿಟ್ : ಧರಣಿ ಗೌಡ
ಕಲಾವಿದರು : ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ ಶಿವಣ್ಣ, ಮೀನಾಕ್ಷಿ ಹಾರ್ದಿ, ಎಂ ಆರ್ ಪ್ರಭಾಕರ್, ನರೇಶ್, ಸುಜನೀತ್ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ, ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ್ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ, ಅಭಿಷೇಕ್ ಆರ್, ಲೋಹಿತ್ ಕುಮಾರ್

Car pooling halt in Karnataka – Ola and Uber riders affected

Car pooling halt in Karnataka – Ola and Uber riders affected

The Karnataka Transport Department on 28th June directed popular cab aggregators Ola and Uber to withdraw carpooling feature from their mobile applications immediately. The ban on Car-pooling disappointed passengers who regularly use share services, known for being cheaper than the regular cab services but for its good news drivers

Ola and Uber Cab drivers reaction to halt Car pooling :

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Ola giving flat Rs 35 on all rides.

The Drivers pointed about both companies did not have the licence to provide carpool service also they protested against Hassles faced During pooling services, which includes passengers frequently arguing or fighting with each other and issues related to omen’s safety. However Ola and Uber said that Car-pooling services enable customers to save money and fuel.

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

Public Reaction :

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

The public is not happy about the ban of carpooling by the Government.  Banning carpooling is definitely not the way out. Owners of private cars involved in car pooling in India do not require a special permit.

The Ola Car Share During Night Banned :

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

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

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

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

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

Car Pooling / Ride-sharing :

Thousands of commuters rely on ride-sharing to get to places as it is affordable. The passengers pay 30% to 60% less by sharing the cab with others travelling on the same route.

Road space – Carpooling / Ride-sharing :

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

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

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Jaladhare – water supply project – Bengaluru

Jaladhare – water supply project – Bengaluru

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

Raising a loan for Jaladhare project :

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

Key numbers under the Jaladhare project :

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

Supply target – 85 litres per capita per day

Coverage : 4.02 crore rural population

Water Requirement : 78 tmcft

Live storage capacity in reservoirs/dams: 665 tmcft.

Aim of Jaladhare project :

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

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

Funding for the project :

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

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

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

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

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

Jaladhare in phases :

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

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

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

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

The Second phase of Jaladhare covers Belgavi, Kulbargi and Shivamogga.

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Bhavana Pradyumna – Spreading carnatic music across the globe

Bhavana Pradyumna – Spreading carnatic music across the globe

Bhavana Pradyumna- Founder President of the Carnatic Conservatory of Paris (CCP), Paris, France, and Pradyumna Kandadai- Founder Secretary of the CCP has been enthusiastically spreading the joy of Indian Carnatic Music, across Europe.

She is also the founder/promoter of two of the most popular Facebook pages (Indian Carnatic Music in Paris) and (Carnatic Conservatory of Paris) serving Indian music and dance.

About Bhavana Pradyumna :

Bhavana Pradyumna is an accomplished Carnatic Musician and a Bharata Natyam Dancer. Having a Masters degree in Carnatic Music from the University of Madras, she had her initial training under the guidance of her mother Vidushi Padmamalini Raghunandan and Vidwan Anoor Anantha Krishna Sharma.

She has rendered many concerts in the last 14 years in India, USA and Europe, being an All India Radio artist, entitled  ‘Ramanuja Paaduka Sevaka’ for her contribution in the field of Carnatic Music. Bhavana also provides Vocal support to Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattam Arangetrams and programs.

Bhavana is one of the co-founders of Kalavardhini, an institution of Fine Arts in India, having worked as an Artist Affiliate at Emory University (USA), at the Kalaivani Dance and Music Academy, Atlanta (USA) with Guru Padmaja Kelam teaching Bharata Natyam and Carnatic Music.  

Bhavana is presently undergoing advanced training under the tutelage of World renowned Slide Instrumentalist, Composer and Guru – Shri, Chitravina N Ravikiran and Shri, Chitravina Narasimhan – renowned through out the world for his unique teaching methodology that created many child prodigies .  

Early music life of Bhavana Pradyumna :

Bhavana was introduced to formal music education at the age of 6. Her Mother, Vid| Padma Malini Raghunandan was her first teacher. She guided her until Bhavana Pradyumna got her Master’s Degree in Carnatic Music, from Madras University.

Having moved to the United States, Bhavana Pradyumna continued her musical journey as a disciple of Sangeeta Kala Nidhi Vidwan Chitravina Ravikiran. She was blessed to take the tutelage of Vidwan Chitravina Narasimhan at the same time. Bhavana is also a trained Bharata Natyam danseuse. She was the disciple of Vidwan Malini Ravishankar.

Carnatic Conservatory of Paris  Bhavana Pradyumna :

It has been Bhavana and her husband Pradyumna Kandadai’s ever focused endeavor to find ways to contribute a drop to the ocean of Carnatic Music. Carnatic Conservatory of Paris (CCP) is one such initiative based in Paris, France.

CCP creates new platforms, brings together artists, collaborates with new artists and legends alike, presents highest quality of music and collaborates with artists of high quality, with whom CCP can take the beauty of Carnatic Music and Indian Arts to a world audience. CCP offers two major Calendar events to provide a platform for talent and also collaborate with high quality artists, legends.

In the past years, CCP has conducted more events across two countries and has provided an opportunity to more than 30+ artists, comprising of seven different nationalities, to perform at these flagship events.

CCP provides scholarships for students to gain access to high-quality Carnatic music. Through such endeavors, Bhavana Pradyumna aims to embody CCP’s objective “To Promote Diversity and Harmony through Music and Dance”.

Paris Tyagaraja Aradhana by Bhavana Pradlyumna :

It is the annual aradhana of saint composer Tyagaraja. Carnatic musicians from all over the world descend and pay homage to the saint. The aradhana is observed on Pushya Bahula Panchami day when the saint attained samadhi.

According to the tradition, every year, musicians and devotees pay homage to Sri Tyagaraja by rendering his ‘Pancharatna kritis’, the five jewels.

Nritya Naada by Bhavana Pradyumna :

It is a brain child of Bhavana to create an international platform to bring together artists and allow for new collaborations. Bhavana has successfully collaborated with artists in India and Europe to present soulful events.

‘CarNic’ a new genre :

She is the founder of a new genre called “CarNic” music, which is a collaboration of Carnatic music with electronic music. She has also been exploring collaborations with Fado and Jazz musicians. We may soon get to hear new projects from her, in these creative fields.

She resides currently in Paris, France teaching carnatic music and dance.

Prosperity and Poverty – 2 faces of Bengaluru

Prosperity and Poverty – 2 faces of Bengaluru

These two prosperous Karnataka State’s Poor secret.   Poor access to State healthcare and drinking water are the two major woes of the State.

The economy of Karnataka State is predominantly agrarian. In the total State Domestic Product, the contribution of agriculture and allied activities is 37 per cent. 65 per cent of the workforce in the State depends on agriculture. 

Features of Karnataka Economy :

Karnataka economy is largely service-oriented and income from the sector contributes half the state’s GDP with the agricultural and the industrial sector contributing to nearly 25% each. The major manufacturing-oriented industries in the state include Sugar, Paper.

Karnataka statistics :

Karnataka’s per capita State income was Rs.1,83,737 in 2017-18.  This was above the per capita National Income of Rs.1,12,835. 

According to the 15th Finance Commission, the State’s poverty rate is at 21%.  Karnataka State has not fared well on the healthcare front.  The reason may be the frequent transfer of officers running the health programs. 

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Traditional ploughing – Karnataka

Karnataka being IT capital of India, known as the home of technology and startups it is very difficult to explain why the poverty rate is very high.  The expected Poverty rate is below 20%. 

Health care access :

Healthcare is a casualty as the citizens comprise of poor and Middle-class families among the elite and rich in the State.  There are many private hospitals but very few can afford them.  

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healthcare is also important

People who are poor have to either go in search of government hospitals or an NGO run hospital.  The other option is to visit the Government-run hospitals in Bengaluru city. 

Travelling to these hospitals in the city is also tiresome.  The roads are congested and the distance to travel is gruesome. 

Present scenario :

There are very poor agricultural growth rate and incomplete irrigation projects dragging for years as only 33% of the State’s area was irrigated. 

Karnataka took up several projects but the net result of these projects are not reflected in the performance in the agricultural sector.

In the last 6 to 7 years, agriculture is either stagnant or shrinking.  It is at 0.3%. 

Per-Capita Development Expenditure :

The per capita development expenditure in Karnataka during 2014-15, 2015-16 (RE) and 2016-17 (BE) were Rs.13928, Rs.15591 and Rs.17413 respectively as compared to all State’s average of Rs.10437, Rs.13545 and Rs.14404.The high percentage of committed revenue expenditure to revenue receipts (78%) in 2016-17(RE) reveals that the State has limited flexibility in the allocation of its resources for new schemes.

Hence the need of the hour is expenditure rationalization/ re-calibration.

Non-tax Revenue :

The ratio of non-tax revenue to total receipts has been continuously declining over the years. This is due to low recovery of costs. In many departments, the revision of user charges, fees & fines and other such non-tax receipts have not taken place for many years. Even with the revision of rates and better collection mechanisms, increase in revenues from this avenue may not be large due to the existing low base.

State’s Borrowings :

The State’s borrowings are more expensive than the loans advanced by the government. The recipient boards and corporations are unable to service the loans given to them by the State government in view of the low recovery of the cost of their services from the consumers.

The debt to GSDP ratio has gone up, while it still remains below 20%.   In future, there will be pressures from all sides to spend more.  There has to be cautious about how finance-through more revenues rather than more debts.

Current Fiscal Challenges and Way Forward :

Despite the State’s broad successes in its fiscal consolidation efforts, the State government faces many fiscal challenges arising from the limited potential for resource mobilization relative to GSDP, rigidities in the form of committed expenditure, and weak linkages between expenditure and development outcomes.

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Compulsory Kannada in Schools – Bengaluru

Compulsory Kannada in Schools – Bengaluru

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

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

Statement by Minister:

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

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

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

Reaction of Private Schools :

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

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

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

Girish Koushik – 63rd Grandmaster – Bengaluru

Girish Koushik – 63rd Grandmaster – Bengaluru

Girish Koushik is the 63rd Chess Grandmaster.  The feat is a testimony to Grisih’s talent.  His father Arun Kumar is a businessman and coach to Arun Kumar. 

The Elite group :

Girish Koushik went to Europe to play in three tournaments in May and June 2019 with a rating of 2444 and 1 GM norm. His first GM norm was scored all the way back at the World Juniors in 2011.

Girish’s first tournament was the Llucmajor Open where he scored his 2nd GM norm and also gained 25.4 Elo points.

In the second event of the Europe trip, which was the First Saturday, June edition, Girish scored his final GM norm and also gained 20.3 Elo points.

This completed his norm requirements for the GM title and took his live rating to 2489.7. Girish then played at the Balaton International Chess Festival 2019 GM round-robin event and gained 11 points, thus reaching a Live rating of 2500.7.

Girish Koushik: 1997 born Girish Koushik becomes India’s 63rd GM and the third from the state of Karnataka after Thejkumar and Stany.

Speaking to ChessBase India after his phenomenal achievement, Girish said, “It feels amazing to achieve my GM title. Especially, because I didn’t have any preparation before these 3 tournaments. I had just finished my 8th-semester B.E exams on the day of departure!”

Girish is not only a GM but also an electronic engineer! When he was a young kid Girish had become the Asian champion in under-8, 10, 12, 14 and 16! He had won multiple national and world titles as well! It was achieved through sheer will power and belief. That same qualities were on show as Girish defied all odds and overcame his long break to achieve his cherished dream of becoming a grandmaster.

Education of Girish Koushik :

Girish became academically inclined and started to pursue Electronics and Communications Engineering at RV College of Engineering in Bengaluru. It seemed like India had lost a GM. Not quite true. The moment his 8th semester got over Girish packed his bags and left for a three-tournament Europe trip in May-June 2019.

The 8th semester at the RV College of Engineering had just come to an end. Girish Koushik couldn’t wait to catch a flight and play in the three tournaments that he had planned during May and June 2019. They were the Llucmajor tournament in Spain, First Saturday, June edition in Hungary and Balaton GM Round Robin also in Hungary.

Girish wants to devote more time to chess. He wants to pursue his masters.  He is looking out for a good sponsor. 

Water crisis – Are we ready Bangaloreans ?

Water crisis – Are we ready Bangaloreans ?

The water crisis is looming on Bengaluru.  The city is facing an acute water shortage and among the worst hit are newly-developed areas and IT corridors.

The fact that Bengaluru is under “water stress or water crisis” cannot be denied. The term is used to refer to pressure on water resources which causes problems like shortages.

According to a study by Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Namma Bengaluru the city will become inhabitable in the next few years if its population continues to grow at this alarming rate. This population growth has put a strain on the city’s natural resources and led to the depletion of lakes and wells.

Coalition for water security  is needed :

Water crisis groundwater levels have gone down
groundwater levels have gone down

Groundwater levels have dried up to an extent that now water crisis is no longer a problem elsewhere but here.  It has come knocking at our doorsteps.  Apartments in the city have almost run out of the water and with being no rains the situation is very grim. 

The need of the hour is to the metro city like Bengaluru should learn to manage their water needs through local resources instead of demanding the same from distant places. 

Water management to overcome the water crisis problem :

Officials and experts admit the growth of the city has put pressure on its water resources, particularly because in the last few years alone more than 100 villages have been absorbed into this rapidly expanding metropolis, known as India’s Silicon Valley.

Ground level water crises
peoples around well for water

Water management is very crucial to Bengaluru.  Sustainable water management steps include effective Rainwater harvesting, widespread groundwater recharging.  The most basic step is the management of available water resources among others. 

The average rainfall in Bengaluru is considered enormous from the State’s average rainfall context and if the same is managed effectively and responsibly, we can make the city self-sufficient.   

It is time to start de-congesting Bengaluru and to develop other towns of the State.

Overexploitation of natural resources :

A recent report has said the south Indian city of Bangalore could be doomed, like Cape Town in South Africa, to face the threat of running out of drinking water.

The demand by Bengaluru city on natural resources of the state cannot be allowed to continue to rise perpetually.

It is not only the water resources in Bengaluru, which is under serious threat but different elements of nature all over the State.  The natural resources of the State which are now being over-exploited at an alarming pace, must be adequately protected. 

Demand for water :

The demand for water had almost tripled recently as borewells are drying up.  The major problem is borewells that we draw water are drying up, leading to a severe demand and supply gap.  The decreasing levels of group water put water tankers in the limelight as most residential areas in the city depend on these tankers for drinking water.

water crisis
every drop of water is important

Due to the unavailability of other sources of water has led to deep-rooted tanker business that monopolizes and uses the citizen’s helplessness to their advantage with unauthorized high prices. 

Apart from the scarcity of water and the exorbitant prices of these tankers, the water provided by these tankers is of poor quality and unhygienic.

Bengaluru Topography – water crisis :

Bengaluru the city is a dry, elevated plateau that was made habitable by the wisdom of the natives, who planted trees and forests to attract rains and built lakes to harvest rainwater. The fallacy of modern engineering approach in problem-solving has reversed this wisdom and made the situation worse in the past 50-100 years.

Each year, as Bengaluru’s water decreases and population increases, the government is faced with the daunting task of ensuring that water reaches all. Due to the problem of water mafias and infrastructure that has not kept pace with time, the common man is the worst hit.

Causes for water crisis :

Years of rapid urbanization, a swelling population and poor water management have led to drying taps, falling groundwater levels and filth-frothed lakes that can burst into flames.

The city is paying a heavy price for its success since marketing itself as a tech hub in the late 1990s.

While job opportunities have soared in the sprawling city, millions have no piped water and instead rely on an army of privately-run tankers that suck water from wells inside and outside the city and deliver it to homes.

Dead lakes :

One of Bengaluru’s  problems is a lack of water storage.  Monsoon downpours take just minutes to spurt through Bengaluru’s overburdened pipes and onto the streets.

wast water
water pollution

The city floods rapidly because only 4% to 9% of its rainfall seeps into natural aquifers that hold water underground.

Bengaluru was built around a series of lakes that acted as rainwater reservoirs and recharged the aquifers, providing a renewable source of water.

But the lakes have been under attack by urbanization, encroached by real estate projects and left foaming and frothing as toxic effluents, sewage and trash produced by industries and homes fill them.

‘Scary’ Future :

A business-as-usual attitude and lack of political will threaten Bengaluru’s ability to deal with growing water threats.

The South African city of Cape Town’s countdown in 2017 to a “Day Zero”, when taps were predicted to run dry, highlights the risks that lie ahead for many Indian cities. 

Chennai scenario :

Bangaloreans does not want to face the Chennai scenario.  Chennai is a city gone dry due to the water crisis.  The situation is Chennai is when natural causes meet the man-date ones.

Chennai’s four main reservoirs are at a storage level of less than 1%.  Chennai used to be water-surplus metropolitan cities of the country util a couple of decades ago. Following the age-old water conservation tradition of Tamil Nadu, Chennai had nearly two dozen water bodies including three rivers and a British period Buckingham canal. Today, it is reduced to half a dozen.

After seeing the grim situation at Chennai, hope Bangaloreans will wake up now.

Conclusion :

Wake up Bengaluru.  It is not very far when you open the tap and only air comes out of it. 

Individuals and government bodies need to work together for this common goal and our decisions today will decide whether Bengaluru will lose its water war or gain water security.

If both the government and citizens take conserving water seriously, one can change the tide of crisis.

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Tonique – Asia’s biggest liquor store at Bengaluru

Tonique – Asia’s biggest liquor store at Bengaluru

Tonique – Touted to be Asia’s biggest liquor store is all set to open in Benglauru City and it’s in the centre of the city at the corner of M.G.Road.

It is located at the beginning of MG Road, near the Cubbon Park side. It is the  ‘Jewels de Paragon’ building!   It isn’t just one floor, but two glorious floors of all kids of spirits. 

Tonique :

Tonique is an independent beverage consultancy with a focus on beverage education and experiences. They are the perfect partner for corporate or home events and cocktail experiences. 

The purpose of Tonique is to provide an unparalleled beverage experience to each of clients by sharing a high level of industry expertise and know-how.

Tonique provides unbiased and independent consultancy and hospitality.  They promises  to exceed and excel in providing the highest caliber of independent and commercially unbiased beverage knowledge, expertise, advice and training for clients. 

Other outlets – Tonique Hyderabad :

The first outlet of Tonique in the country was at Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad.  The Bengaluru outlet has a stock over 1,500 brands of alcohol from across the world.  The stock includes fine wines and whiskeys to liqueurs such as Kahlua and Cointreau. 

It is called as a liquor mall.  One can buy brewing supplies to make craft beer, bottle openers and things one needs to set up a bar at home. 

History of Tonique :

In the year 2017, Anith Reddy the dynamic owner of Tonique started the business in an area spread of 15000 sq. ft. in Hyderabad, which also gives the status of being a mall for liquor than just a mere wine store.

It has a wide range of more than 1500 liquor brand in which more than 500 are only of wine category. It has a collection of wines and whiskeys to liqueur from all over the world.

They have a wide range of New World countries wine from South Africa to New Zealand and Australia. They also have included a wine tasting room where sommeliers from all over the world can taste the wine and pair with their food.

Owner of Tonique :

Tonique is owned by young and wine apassionado Anith Reddy whose family has coal mines in Bellary. He says it was his passion to make the biggest retail liquor and wine store first in India, then the world.

He is also planning to import brands directly from the foreign producers. Tonique does not only have products to offer but also the service of the experienced staff, who can guide and educates the customers to match their preferences.

The rates at Tonique :
  1. Chivas Regal Ultis Blended SW : 750 Ml : Rs. 22,980.00 per bottle
  2. The Glenlivet Nadura Single Malt SW : 700 Ml : Rs. 8620 per bottle.
  3. Scapa Skiren Single Malt SW : 700 Ml : Rs. 8990.00 per bottle
  4. Scapa Glanza Single Malt SW : 700 Ml : Rs. 9540 per bottle.
  5. Glenfarclas 12 YO Single Malt SW : 700 Ml : Rs. 5180 per bottle
  6. Chivas Regal 15 YO SW : 750 Ml : Rs. 6690 per bottle.
  7. Ballantine’s 15 YO Single Malt SW : Rs. 6980 per bottle
Vigyan Samagam – Science exhibition at Bengaluru

Vigyan Samagam – Science exhibition at Bengaluru

Vigyan Samagam: Pushing The Frontiers of Science’ a science exhibition will be held will be held in Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum from 29 July-28 September.  It will be a mega science exhibition showcasing India’s participation in international science projects.

The Vigyan Samagam is an effort of the Department of Science and Technology (DST),  Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and National Council for Science Museums (NCSM).  

Department of Science and Technology in India :

India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research. Indian Science has come to be regarded as one of the most powerful instruments of growth and development, especially in the emerging scenario and competitive economy.

In the wake of the recent developments and the new demands that are being placed on the S&T system, it is necessary for the country to embark on some major science projects which have relevance to national needs and which will also be relevant for tomorrow’s technology.

The Department of Science & Technology plays a pivotal role in promotion of science & technology in the country. The department has wide ranging activities ranging from promoting high end basic research and development of cutting edge technologies on one hand to service the technological requirements of the common man through development of appropriate skills and technologies on the other.


Importance of science exhibition – Vigyan Samagam :

 In education, the term exhibition refers to projects, presentations, or products through which students “exhibit” what they have learned, usually as a way of demonstrating whether and to what degree they have achieved expected learning standards or learning objectives.

The science exhibition is an important factor to motivate the students toward science. The science exhibition contributes their social developments. The exhibition increases the skills of the presentation and increases the interest in being scientist and engineer.

Vigyan Samagam :

Vigyan Samagam exhibition will traverse you through the world from micro to macro, unveiling the efforts of the international community in understanding the Universe. It will showcase India’s participation in the world’s major Mega Science projects, where several developed countries are participating collectively.

What to expect at Vigyan Samagam exhibition :

Vigyan Samagam exhibition will take one through the workings of the Universe. From discovery of the Higgs particle to that of gravitational waves from merger of neutron stars and black holes, these projects throw light on crucial questions related to the origin of the Universe and its evolution through its various stages.

The Mega Science Projects in which India is participating are the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), ‘Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research’ (FAIR), ‘India-based Neutrino Observatory’ (INO), ‘International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor’ (ITER), ‘Laser Interferometer Gravitational – Wave Observatory’ (LIGO), ‘Thirty Meter Telescope’ (TMT) and ‘Square Kilometre Array’ (SKA) for this purpose. All these projects will be showcased during the Exhibition at a single place.

Exhibition at different places :

Vigyan Samagam will be a multi-venue Science Exhibition conducted for 11 months in the cities of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and New Delhi. The Exhibition in Mumbai opened for visitors from 8th May, 2019 and closes on  7th July, 2019 at Nehru Science Centre, Worli.

After Mumbai, it will be in Bengaluru from 29th July 2019 to 28th September 2019 at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. It will then be open to public at Kolkata from 4th November, 2019 to 31st December, 2019 at Science City. In its final leg, it will reach New Delhi at the National Science Centre from 21st January, 2020 and will close on 20th March, 2020.

The organizers DAE and DST and NCSM have planned this Mega Science Exhibition of a global stature in a unique way and with a distinct objective. The Exhibition will not only showcase India’s contribution to international collaborations on fundamental science and research but will also provide a common interactive platform for Mega Science Projects, industry, academia and institutions.

Format of the exhibition – Vigyan Samagam :

The Exhibition will have themed-based galleries of posters, working models and exhibits, informative audio-visual content and electronic displays and interactive kiosks will be setup for each of the Mega Science Projects.

The inaugural event at every venue will be followed by a two-day scientific event comprising invited talks and lectures by eminent speakers from the field of science, technology and industry.

The exhibition will also aim to connect with school children, students and aspirants who want to pursue fundamental science and research as a strong career option. It also provides a unique platform to all stakeholders for cross-fertilization of ideas.

Participants at Vigyan Samagam :

Vigyan Samagam will have the presence of prestigious organisations such as CERN, FAIR, INO, ITER, LIGO, TMT and SKA. The audience would also include invited members from various scientific organisations, industry and academia.

Coinciding with the scientific discussion during the first two days at each venue, industry partners working with the participating Mega Science Project Groups will set-up expo at the venue to showcase their contributions.

As part of project awareness activities, each participating Project will be carrying out week-long activities consisting of popular talks, science demonstrations, interactive quiz programs, etc.

Connecting with School Children, Students: A key objective of Vigyan Samagam:

The major attraction of the Vigyan Samagam is an exhibition ‘Accelerating Science’ which has travelled all the way from the prestigious internationally acclaimed scientific research institution CERN (European Union of Nuclear Research), Geneva, Switzerland.

One of the attractions showcases at the Vigyan Samagam exhibition is LIGO-India, an ongoing enterprise to set up a new gravitational wave detector, on Indian soil based in Aundh, Maharashtra.  The project is jointly funded by the DAE and DST.

The current generation of school students are the future leaders who will be taking active participation in the mega-science projects, therefore, creating awareness about such mega-science projects among them is one of the main important objectives of the mega exhibition.

Website :

In order to reach out to people at large and get them involved with this Exhibition Vigyan Samagam has launched a website www.vigyansamagam.in where people can get more information about it. It will soon launch a mobile application Vigyan Samagam.

Events such as talk shows, lectures planned during the Exhibition at each of the four places will be streamed live through popular social media platforms.

Exhibition will be open on all Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays at Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum and the timing will be from 10 am to 6 pm.

Violation of Traffic Rules – cost heavier

Violation of Traffic Rules – cost heavier

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

The other traffic violations inviting heavy fines are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New traffic rules implementation at Bengaluru :

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

Traffic offences fine highlights :

Exceeding speed limit :

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

Rs. 500/- if driven by employee/driver

Driving without insurance :

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

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

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

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

Driving vehicle without registration :

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

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

Driving vehicle without fitness certificate :

Earlier :

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stage Carriage Conductors :

Earlier Failing to accept fare  Rs.100/-

Fails or refuses to supply ticket Rs.100/-

Invalid ticket Rs.100/-

Providing ticket or lesser value Rs.100/-

Failing to check pass/ticket Rs.100/-

Revised to Rs.500/-

Reaction of Bengaluru citizens :

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

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

Be a responsible citizen, drive carefully.

Fourth Industrial Revolution  – Job Creation

Fourth Industrial Revolution – Job Creation

Fourth Industrial Revolution – Two key elements that are pushing everybody toward a workforce crisis are Rapidly advancing technology which is bringing fundamental change while workers with the skills required for future’s businesses are becoming increasingly rare. These factors are widening the skills gap.

The growing skills gap is most noticeable in roles that relate directly to future’s major technologies, including AI, IoT, and mobile applications that are the driving force behind heightened customer expectations.

The world is on the verge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution “that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.”

“The future is not preordained by machines. It’s created by humans.”

Predicting future :

In the future up to 47% of jobs may be automated away, while other predictions are more cautious, suggesting a figure of only 9%.

The future, and even the present is bright with possibility. The machine learning revolution has really kicked in. For the first time, machines can now see better than humans can, read street signs, and even diagnose cancer.

Erik Brynjolfsson director at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy sees real potential in the continuing development of cognitive computing technologies, such as deep learning and deep neural networks.

The digital dawning of computer intelligence will bring better healthcare, and create billions of dollars in the value of industries utilizing the new technologies, potentially even trillions.

Future Proofing :

The thinking moves on from what may happen in the future, to how one should prepare for it.  It is about ensuring young people have the correct skills to prosper whatever may come.

Fourth Industrial Revolution :

The phrase Fourth Industrial Revolution was first introduced by Klaus Schwab, the executive chairman of the World Economic Forum,  in a 2015 article in Foreign Affairs.

“Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution” was the theme of the World Economic Forum Annual meeting 2016 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. On October 10, 2016, the Forum announced the opening of its Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the fourth major industrial era since the initial Industrial Revolution of the 18th century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres, collectively referred to as cyber-physical systems.

Industrial Revolution history :

The most known example of technological revolution was the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, the scientific-technical revolution about 1950–1960, the Neolithic revolution and the Digital Revolution and so on.

The notion of “technological revolution” is frequently overused, therefore it is not easy to define which technological revolutions having occurred during world history were really crucial and influenced not only one segment of human activity, but had a universal impact. One universal technological revolution should be composed from several sectoral technological revolutions (in science, industry, transport and the like).

One can identify several universal technological revolutions which occurred during the modern era in Western culture.

  • 1. Financial-agricultural revolution (1600–1740)
  • 2. Industrial revolution (1780–1840)
  • 3. Technical revolution or Second Industrial Revolution (1870–1920)
  • 4. Scientific-technical revolution (1940–1970)
  • 5. Information and telecommunications revolution, also known as the Digital Revolution or Third Industrial Revolution (1975–present)

Impact of Fourth Industrial Revolution :

The World Economic Forum report on FIR concludes that the fourth industrial revolution will have an undeniable impact on job scenarios across the world – disrupting erstwhile, well-established businesses, bringing sweeping changes to labor markets, and changing business models on the foundation of emerging economic theories.

It states that casualties in administration, office, manufacturing, production and construction activities will be of significance.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution will affect most industries. Some will cease to exist; many will transform, riding the wave and reinventing suit market dynamics. And that’s the only way for companies to stay relevant.

The coming together of India – Fourth Industrial Revolution :

India’s place in the world is unique.  India should benefit from it and there will be a spur in job creation.  According to industrialist Baba Kalyani, “India is in a very unique position to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and do some amazing things that it had missed out on in the past.”

When India changed its focus from cheap labor to a skilled workforce, technology and capital-intensive sectors, it became more competitive.

Apprehension about revolution :

The revolution is likely to increase inequality in the world as the spread of machines increases markets and disrupts labor markets. More than 65% of India’s workforce lives in rural areas, with relatively inadequate access to basic amenities. Water is scarce, sanitation is rudimentary, daily life is led through primitive means. 

Skill India :

The answer lies in establishing well-rounded foundations and skilling.  According to Subramanian Ramadorai, Chairman of the National Skill Development Agency, “It’s the ‘Indian Difference’ that will be at play during the Fourth Industrial Revolution,”.

There is the size of India providing a potentially huge market access. Secondly, there is the very appealing demographic dividend with youth representing approximately 20% of the global workforce by 2020. Thirdly, there is a rising middle class, the next big spenders.

India is expected to become the fifth largest consumer market in two decades. Within this context, any form of consumption, entrepreneurship, startup or industry, can be viewed as a scaling opportunity.

Private and public sector: tackling the challenge :

It’s important to understand how the evolution of technology creates opportunities and implications on how industry and markets operate and evolve. Higher education institutions need to think ahead and establish purpose-driven collaborative partnership opportunities with industry in order to share challenges, ideas and co-create solutions to real-world challenges.

The Skills Gap : 

As the need for the future skills economy evolves to become more interdisciplinary with critical soft skills becoming essential, organizations will need to adopt a new approach to learning. The public sector needs to consider how to better prepare students for future work-integration based on the skills-of-the-future today.

Higher education and organizations both need to prepare the next generation for the mindset of lifelong learning. Lifelong learning can take many forms including attending events such as conferences, team workshops, innovation challenges, as well as taking skills courses and certifications.

This shift also needs to take into account how one assess a prospective employee’s qualifications. No longer is a degree sufficient, now the future employer will recognize the individual’s portfolio of work, which may include startup pitches, code projects or creative designs that can take on many forms from data visualizations to illustrations.

The future of the jobs :

What is certain is that the new generation will become increasingly diverse and analytical in their way of thinking. They will continuously adopt new skills and be more adaptable to frequent changes in the workplace and in their roles, as new job roles start to open up and certain skills become obsolete.

According to a World Economic Forum report, ‘The future of the Jobs’ , here are the 10 skills you will need for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

  1. Complex Problem Solving
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People Management
  5. Coordinating with Others
  6. Emotional Intelligence
  7. Judgement and Decision Making
  8. Service Orientation
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive Flexibility
Conclusion  :

India is a population of 1.2 billion people and its resources are stretched to say the least. It is still left wanting for basic amenities like clean drinking water, 24-hour electricity, means of livelihood, education and food for all and quality primary and secondary healthcare.

In such atmosphere, driving growth and managing expectations of the populace mean central and state government certainly has their work cut out for them.

Parity between rich and poor with considerable focus on income creation will be the order of the day. However, India has to rework the way it has historically dealt with issues. The world around it is changing; businesses are undergoing transformations, the fundamentals of most industries are changing, consumption patterns are being reinvented.

Amid all this, what Indians must change immediately is their mindset and be open to new ideas. What worked may not work anymore, so there is prudence in reinventing – and those who govern and those who are governed have to, together be the change while driving that transformation.

Cybercrime on the rise in Bengaluru 5 times more in the last 4 yrs.

Cybercrime on the rise in Bengaluru 5 times more in the last 4 yrs.

Cybercrime are increasing in Bengaluru.  In the last 4 years the cybercrime has increased 5 times more.   A total of 5,036 cases were filed in 2018, or 13.8 cases per day, as opposed to 2,023 cases in about nine months of 2017. 

Experts and officials have attributed the high reporting of cybercrimes in Bengaluru to higher incidences and greater awareness among residents, among other factors. 

Bengaluru, being the technology hub and the top destination for IT jobs, has become the favorite target for cyber criminals.

What is cybercrime ?

Cybercrime also known as computer-oriented crime, is a crime that involves a computer and a network.  The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target.

Cybercrime can be defined as: “Offences that are committed against individuals or groups of individuals with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm, or loss, to the victim directly or indirectly, using modern telecommunication networks such as Internet (networks including chat rooms, emails, notice boards and groups) and mobile phones (Bluetooth, SMS, MMS)”.

Cybercrime may threaten a person or a nation’s security and financial health. Issues surrounding these types of crimes have become high-profile, particularly those surrounding hacking, copyright infringement, unwarranted mass-surveillance, sextortion, child  pornography and child grooming.

Scenario at Bengaluru :

Bengaluru also has the dubious distinction of being the cybercrime capital of India with a steep rise in the number of cyber frauds.


Experts and officials have attributed the high reporting of cybercrime in Bengaluru to higher incidences and greater awareness among residents, among other factors. 

The awareness about cybercrimes in Bengaluru among people is still quite low. More attacks, poor disposal rate, high reportage but not many cyber staff at the stations create detrimental circumstances. The city is planning to site up 8 new cybercrime stations. 

The rising number of cybercrimes in Bangalore is indeed quite concerning as the number of cybercrimes in the city is only increasing with each passing year.

Cops and public are helpless – Bengaluru

Phishing, data theft, identity theft, online lottery, cyber attacks, job frauds, banking frauds, cyber-bullying, online blackmailing, morphing, revenge porn, cyber hacking, child pornography, cyber grooming, cyber-stalking, data diddling, software piracy, online radicalization — the dark web of cybercrimes is spreading across the world and India is one of the hotspots of this digital crime.

The cops in the city are helpless as the crime branch is short staffed.  Many do not report loss of money or honor because of losing integrity and  shame. Many do not  even tell their families that they have lost money in online frauds.

Chances are that more and more criminals are using the dark web. Those fighting cyber crime in Bengaluru say that most cases are not detected  because of dark web.

The dark web in Bengaluru :

An increasing number of cyber criminal instances are using the dark web — the encrypted part of the internet that cannot be tracked — to shop for software that helps them remain anonymous while carrying out their crimes.

The dark web is a part of the deep web, the non-indexed part of the world wide web that cannot be accessed by standard search engines such as Google and requires encrypted networks such as Tor browser. 

Bitcoin transactions are the preferred mode of payment for purchases on the dark web as they cannot be traced. 

How does one access the dark web?

The dark web is accessed by anonymous networks with the most well-known one being the TOR browser, short for “The Onion Ring”. It is a free software that users download from the Internet to anonymously access the dark web.

Developed in the mid-1990s by the United States Naval Research laboratory employees to protect US intelligence communications online, it is termed so as the traffic from the browser creates several layers like those of an Onion before reaching the destination site.

Upside to the dark web?

The network is also used by several activists especially those living under oppressive regimes to communicate without any government censorship.

The TOR network was used by activists during the Arab Spring and is known to have been used by Chinese citizens. It is known to have large virtual libraries available for researchers and students.

Other modes :

With increasing use of mobiles, the coverage and cheaper data, a lot of people now have access to the internet even while on the move. This has exposed unsuspecting ones to fall prey to online fraudsters.

Many become victims of sexual exploitation after being made to share personal details while some others use the new media like WhatsApp to spread fake news to create troubles.  

There have been many  lynching incidents in the country in the past couple of years after fake messages about child lifting and cow slaughter were spread through social media.

Hacking the mind of a hacker :

A hacker lives on the dangerous by-lanes of the internet—the dark web. Accessible only through browsers designed to promote anonymity and confuse law enforcement, the dark web is where the criminal elements of the internet hang out. 

A hacker see a fork on the road, one that could take them towards using their power to make code dance to their tunes for the good, the other that takes them to the direction where they could also wreak havoc.

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Niranjan Mukundan –  Bengaluru Para Swimmer – 5 gold medals

Niranjan Mukundan – Bengaluru Para Swimmer – 5 gold medals

Bengaluru Para Swimmer Niranjan Mukundan got 5 gold medals at Norwegian Swimming Championships 2019 (Ado cup) at Norway.  

Mukundan won 5 gold medals in the 50 M butterfly, 200 M IM (Individual medley), 200 M breast storke, 100 M freestyle and 50 M breast stroke events at the Norwegian Swimming Championship 2019.

This championship marks an important event in Nirajan’s swimming career.  With this, he has cross 50 medals mark.

Niranjan Mukundan :

Niranjan Mukundan (born 4 September 1994) is an Indian para-swimmer. He was crowned as the Junior World Champion in the year 2015.

Niranjan was born in Bengaluru with Spina bifida;  he has an incomplete development of the spinal cord and clubbed feet. With the support of his parents, he started learning swimming and progressed very quickly.

He underwent as many as sixteen surgeries. He was advised by the doctors to undergo swimming to strengthen his leg muscles. His mother took him to the swimming club in Jayanagar, Benglauru and it is here that coach John Christopher spotted and promised to turn him into an international level swimmer.

He is been coached by John Christopher, Miguel Lopez Alvarado.

Niranjan attended the Jain University in Bengaluru for higher education.

Swimming career of Niranjan Mukundan:

Niranjan claimed the silver medal twice in 50m butterfly at the Paralympic nationals in Mumbai in  2004–2005 and Kolkata in 2005-2006.  At the state aquatic championships in Bengaluru he won silver medal in 2007 and bronze in 2009 in Water Polo.

Year 2012 was a fruitful one for Niranjan at the national swimming championship in Chennai.  He  won three gold medals, one silver in swimming and one bronze in Water Polo.  Niranjan won his first international medal, a bronze in 200m freestyle at the IDM German Swimming Championship in Berlin.

National and International achievements :

In 2013 he won more international medals at the IWAS World Junior Games in Puerto Rico, clinching two silver in 100m freestyle and butterfly along with two bronze medals in 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle.  He soon became world number 17.  At the 13th para national swimming championship in Bengaluru, he won one gold, a silver and two bronze medals.

At the 2014 IWAS World Junior Games in Stoke Mandeville, U.K,. Niranjan won a whopping eight medals, three gold, two silver and three bronze.

On 1 November 2015, he won the state’s prestigious Kannada Rajyotsava Prashasti. He also received the National Award (best sportsman with disability) for his exceptional achievement in the field of sports, at Vigyan Bhavan, Delhi.  He won 10 medals (7 gold and 3 silver) in the World Junior Games held at Stadskanaal, Netherlands and was also crowned as the Junior World Champion.

At the 2016 IWAS Junior World Games in Prague, Czech Republic, Niranjan won eight more medals, also three gold, two silver and three bronze. He was honored to have delivered the athletes’ oath in front of his fellow competitors.


Norwegian Swimming Championships 2019 (Ado cup) :

Based on disability in the men’s group, there are categories for physical, intellectual disability and for people who are blind.  Swimming competition is conducted according to the categories of disability and caliber.

Mukundan rank 14 in the world and 3rd in India.  His hope is to come in top 10 in the world by the end of this year.

In December 2008, Mukundan suffered ankle injury and underwent a major surgery, which forced him out of atleast 2 months.

Awards and recognition of Niranjan Mukundan :

  • 2016 – Ekalavya Award
  • 2015 – National Award for Best Sports-person of the Year by Government of India.
  • 2015 – Achiever’s Award from Dr. Chenraj Roychand, founding Chairman, The JGI Group.

Bangalorean.com team good wishes to Niranjan Mukundan.