KRIDL – worth Rs. 4400 crore work – Bengaluru

KRIDL (Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited) is a state run agency.  Many Bengaluru legislators are in favour of diverting Rs.4400 crore from the Mukhyamantri Nava Bengaluru Scheme to the state run agency.

KRIDL


Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited – KRIDL :

It is a Government of Karnataka undertaking.  Started as a Directorate of Land army in the year 1971 under the Rural Development Department of Government of Karnataka.

It was incorporated as a company on the 9th August 1974 as Karnataka Land Army Corporation under the full and Complete ownership of Government of Karnataka. It was renamed as Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited (KRIDL) on 6th August 2009.

The state run agency is blacklisted in the past years for the poor quality of work done by them.


The Mukhyamantri Nava Bengaluru Scheme – KRIDL :

The supposed funds are part of the Mukhyamantri Nava Benglauru Scheme amounting to Rs.8015.00.  The amount has been kept to implement different infrastructure works to take place in a period of 3 years.

A number of legislatures in the Coalition government is pressuring Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy to allot infrastructure projects and works to the KRIDL.  The Works also  includes storm water drain development and roadwork.


Exemption from tender :

The MLAs wants exemption from tendering under Section 4(g) of the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurement Act.  The netas are of the view that the tender process takes a long time and is time consuming.

Many MLAs are of the view that the work should be completed before the commencement of Monsoon.  The work also should commence before the general elections 2019.

Bureaucrats oppose allotting work to KRIDL :

Many IAS officers oppose the proposal.  According to them all major works needs to be called for tender and cannot be exempted.  The allotted amount is for a period of 3 years and cannot be diverted. 

Many are questioning the reasons for insistence by legislators to  allot the projects to the specific Co.   KRIDL is known for not completing the projects on time

KRIDL – blacklisted :

In the year 2015 it was found that crores of  public money was found in the personal accounts of KRIDL officials. When T.M. Vijay Bhaskar was the BBMP administrator had opposed to give the work order to KRIDL.

The Co. was blacklisted by BBMP in 2010 for bad road works.   In October 2018, the social welfare department had blacklisted for shoddy work.

To know more about infrastructure work read : https://www.bangalorean.com/general/ppp-cant-take-off/

Namma Metro purple line to shut down on Dec. 22 & 23

Namma Metro purple line will be shutting down on December 22nd and 23rd due to maintenance work.

namma metro purple line
Namma Metro purple line

The East-West Corridor of Namma Metro purple line which is 6.7km was the first Metro-line which was open for commercial operations on October 20, 2011.  

Disruption and Stations to shut down due to Namma Metro purple line:

Trains won’t run on this part of the namma Metro Purple line which covers Baiyapanahalli, Indiranagar, Swami Vivekananda Road, Halasuru, Trinity circle and MG Road stations.

A routine inspection revealed a honey comb in the pillar wall.  This forced the BMRCL to take safety measure by erecting a temporary structure around the pillar.  The speed of the trains was also reduced as a safety measure.

Strengthening of Concrete Beam being done on Namma Metro purple line

Being a weekend, the Metro authorities are hoping that the inconvenience being caused will be minimal.  BMTC Services will be increased in these routes on the days on Namma Metro purple line shutdown.

BMTC shuttle services between M.G.Road and Indiranagar will be arranged on 22nd and 23rd December.  The ticket prices will be borne by the BMRCL according to Managing Director of BMRCL.

Experts from Indian Institute of Science and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation are guiding the BMRCL in the restoration process.

Due to the appearance of air voids similar to the gaps on a honeycomb in the beam, the portion had slipped on pier Pillar no.155. The beam absorbs vibrations caused by running of trains.

BMRCL is trying to fill the gaps and strengthening the segment so that it goes back to its previous position.   Honeycombing does not pose immediate threat to the structure as it happens outside.  But over a period of time, water and atmospheric salt seeps in and corrodes the structure.

Opinions on Namma Metro purple line:

A structural engineer on the grounds of anonymity revealed that longevity and lifespan of the metro structures have not been tested properly. Concrete structures develop honeycombs while pouring cement in the gaps in the steel pillars.  Quality of the concrete is questionable.

Public are of the opinion that firstly the Government delayed the construction of namma metro to increase the quality.  On top of it the government did not consult the cities which are already running metro successfully.

People of Bengaluru wonder how this fall apart in a few years on such projects that run successfully across the world. 

All these precautionary measures are raising questions whether travelling in the Namma Metro is Safe?

Read more related to namma Metro: https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/namma-metro-bengaluru-services-disrupted/

Missing Women – 6188

Missing women – 6188 Nos. since 2015.

Missing Women

Women and children missing since 2015 is totaling to 6188.    It is a very sad state and distressing to know that a large number of women including children are going missing in Karnataka.  A notable number remaining untraced. 

Missing women data:

According to the latest Karnataka State Police report to the Lokayukta, a total of 6188 women are missing in last 4 years.  They have remained untraced.  Apart from women 385 girls and 380 boys are missing and remain untraced.

Lokayukta directives on missing women:

The Lokayukta had directed the police to find out the exact number of women missing including girls and boys in the State.  The police have been directed the police to submit a report with the name and address of each missing women, boy and girl.

It is very difficult to find and rescue those who have been trafficked.  Human trafficking whether for sexual exploitation or for labor has the support of dishonest police and politicians.

Police say many of these women may have left home willingly.  In some instances kidnapping might have been the reason due to rivalry. Some might have been prey to human trafficking.

kidnapping

The Lokayukta has directed the authorities to fix daily wages reasonably to people who have been rehabilitated at beggar relief centres at the State.    Around 2800 persons are housed in the State in 14 centres.

At present Rs.10 is paid per day as a daily wage and Rs.3000/- will be given at the end of the third year at the centre.  Lokayukta directed the Central Relief Committee to pay more as wages as the amount being paid is on the lower side. 

Anti-human trafficking units and Operation Muskan to rescue Missing women:

The State of Karnataka has 9 anti-human trafficking units.  The units are located at Bengaluru,Hubbali-Dharwad, Mysuru, Belagavi, Mangaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Raichur,Kalaburagi, Davanagee and Vijayapura.

The police are giving instructions to all unit heads to take up a special drive. Operation Muskan is to review cases of missing women and children since 2013.

Operation Muskan:

Operation muskan is to trace destitute and missing women and children.  After tracing them reuniting them with their families.

The main aim of the program is to prevent women and child trafficking.  Rescuing children and women from those who try to engage them in begging, sexual trade and other anti-social activities.

Two import things needs attention.  One of them being the need by the police department to improve the skills in tracing the missing persons.  Only half of the missing persons are being traced and reunited with the families.  

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100% Cotton Banners

Cotton Banners are replacing flex banners

Cotton banners are being replaced the used in namma Bengaluru in place of flex banners and boards.

cotton cloth banner

Cotton banners are in use. Following the ban of Flex boards and banners by the (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in Bengaluru city, the advertisers are using cotton to print their advertisements.

Advertisements have returned on bus shelters and skywalks in the city even as the BBMP continues to remove flex banner.  The flex and plastic banners found its way for being used behind auto rickshaws and BMTC buses.

Presently the government is not allowing flex banners even in the advertisements put across on buses and autos.

Cotton banners:

Shopkeepers are sticking on to whatever business they get by hugging cotton. The shop keepers are not getting any orders for big banner due to ban.  What they are printing are smaller display materials for local use. 

Cotton fabric is the new trend in the market.  General public are making use of cotton fabric to display information on houses available for rent or for obituaries.

Other material banners:

Apart from cotton, a new material is also making rounds.  The new material is good for outdoor advertising as it is sun and water proof. 

This fabric is not cotton but a synthetic fabric.  This fabric is either polyster or nylon.  This fabric is used in making jackets orsports wear.  This fabric has durability.

Other material banners

National textile corporation has certified that the fabric is not harmful to the environment and is bio-degradable.  

The flex ban has hit the advertisers and the civic body hard.

Court order:

BBMP has been ordered by the High court to verify the claim of the advertising agencies that they have been using 100% cotton.  High court wants a detailed report by 17th December by BBMP.  Various PILs (Public Interest Litigation) have been filed seeking removal of banners, hoardings and buntings in Benglauru. 

Till date 480 cases have been registered against illegal display of flex banners. Out of 480 cases 232 cases have been resolved.  258 cases are still pending for enquiry.) 

Read more related to this article: https://www.bangalorean.com/general/flex-ban-at-bengaluru-for-one-year/

Namma metro Bengaluru services disrupted

Namma metro Bengaluru services disrupted

Namma Metro – Honeycomb problem: passengers who commute every day using metro purple line were inconvenienced due to ‘Honeycomb’ near Trinity Metro station.

Namma Metro services between Indiranagar and MG Road were suspended for about three hours on 12th December 2018 morning.  The cause was due to a concrete girder which had come out slightly off the beam near Trinity metro station.

The engineers of BMRCL have temporarily fixed faults in metro structures that developed due to what is technically called ‘honeycomb’ formation near Trinity circle metro station.

Honeycomb formation – Namma Metro

‘Honeycomb’ form in concrete due to imbalances in materials used while constructing.  It may also be due to poor cement to water ratio, improper placement of reinforcement bars in the horizontal and vertical beams of the pillars.

NAmma Metro pillar 155

The cause for ‘honeycomb’ formation may also be due to steel or iron bars not placed properly after concrete is poured or use of substandard materials.

The BMRCL detected a structural flaw in one of the viaducts.  The problem was not only the honeycomb formation.  At pillar No.155 the slider, also known as the concrete slabs which are supported by a pillar had shifted from its original position.

The BMRCL authorities have asked the engineers to concretize the slider.  As a temporary measure, a metal jack has been kept next to the pillar to support the slider.

Delay in the trip of Namma Metro

The BMRCL said that the delay was due to technical difficulties.  The honeycomb was formed under the metro tracks on Pillar no,155.  Speed restrictions were imposed.  The affected area was barricaded.

The repair work will continue for 3 days.

Public Opinion on Namma metro problem

The Bengaluru commuters are of the opinion that it may happen at any metro lane in the city.  The contractor should be sent to jail. The BMRCL officials who supervised the work and cleared the bills should be terminated.

Previously it was problems with roads, traffic, pollution, flooding and now even namma metro has gone the same way.

Read more related to namma metro: https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/metro-purple-line-shut-dec-22-23/

 

Air Pollution affects Bengaluru city

Air Pollution is posing a severe problem in Bengaluru.  The city is getting gritty with particulate matter.  What exactly is blowing around?

air pollution

Air Pollution – Bengaluru the reasons being Vehicular traffic and waste burning are the major reasons for air pollution in Bengaluru.  Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) is the official, governmental body that monitors air quality in Bengaluru city.

Reasons for air pollution :

With growing vehicle numbers and resultant congestion and dieselization, air pollution is a growing concern in Bengaluru. The city is losing its inherent advantage of dominant commuting practices – use of bus and walking at the cost of clean air and public health.

Bengaluru needs stringent measures including leapfrogging emissions standards to Euro VI, curbing dieselization, scaling up of public transport, carpooling and walking for clean air.

Walkers and public transport users are inhaling very high pollution in Bengaluru. AC car users are also not safe.  There is a strong variation in exposure depending on the mode of transport. The open modes like walking, open buses and autos show a very high level of exposure than ambient levels… It is also the dominant approach. Even AC cars with windows rolled up to have as high as 125 microgrammes per cum. Commuters on sustainable modes are more at risk.

Different committees to address air pollution:

The state has set up three expert committees to address the deteriorating air quality(air pollution).  All the committees have almost the same agenda.  All the committees have chalked out plans.  The KSPCB does not have enforcement powers.

The committees have recommended implementation of strict regulation regarding heavy vehicle traffic in Bengaluru city limits. Checking polluting vehicles and penalizing them.  Imposing restrictions on vehicle registration are a few.

Health concerns:

It may be noted that over the last two decades efforts are being made at local levels to assess the health impacts of air pollution. There is enough evidence to act urgently to reduce the public health risks to children, elderly, poor and all. Bengaluru have to take action now to reverse the trend of short-term effects as well as the long-term toxic effects. For toxic effects to surface, there is a long latency period, therefore, exposure will have to be reduced today.  Addressing air pollution and health risk has assumed greater importance after the release of the global burden of disease that has ranked air pollution as the fifth largest killer…

Studies in Bengaluru shows the health impacts of air pollution, especially on children. Stunning evidence is available on health impacts on traffic policemen who are directly exposed to traffic pollution.

Read related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/air-pollution-karnataka-bengaluru/

 

Karnataka Tourism

Karnataka – tourism an important sector in the State.

 

Karnataka Tourism is an industry capable of changing the socio-cultural, economic and environmental face of the State. The State of Karnataka is the eighth largest in India. It has been ranked as the third most popular state in the country for tourism in 2014.

Abstract – Karnataka Tourism

Karnataka Tourism is one of the largest and fast growing industries in the world of tourism. It has the potential to influence the living pattern of communities. It is one of the most important channels of cultural exchange which breaks down the barriers between people of different parts of the world.

Tourism is the collection of activities, services and industries that deliver a travel experience.  This includes transportation, accommodation, eating and drinking establishments of retail shops, entertainment, business and other hospitality services.  These services are provided for individuals or groups of travelling away from home.

Karnataka Tourism an Overview:

Karnataka has been ruled and shaped under the reigns of many dynasties including Mauryas, Shatavahanas, Gangas, Chalukyas and Vijayanagara kings. The individual dynasties and the rulers have individually offered distinguishing  art and architecture, history and culture to the state and this attracts tourism.

Karnataka tourism has various types of tourist destinations such as hill-stations, wild life sanctuaries, bird sanctuaries, national parks, waterfalls, beaches, heritage centers, pilgrim centers, adventure, cuisines, fairs and festivals. Each of these tourist product, have the capability  to create employment opportunities and increase in income generation of different stake holders in the tourism sector.

Tourism sector has both backward linkage and forward linkage. Tourism has economic significance in terms of employment and income. Tourism is an important service and entertainment linked economic activity. The promotion of any destination as a tourist spot leads to the economic development of that area and opens various kinds of employment opportunities for the local people.

Karnataka tourism – has one of the highest average elevations of Indian states at 1,500 feet. Karnataka boasts a diverse flora and fauna, which make it a natural tourist’s paradise. The state’s long and colorful history and the many forts, temples, mosques, and churches make it a great place to explore.

The desginations include Garden city Bengaluru, Jog Falls, the beaches of Karwar and Malpe, golgumbaz in Bijapur, the stone temples of Belur and Halebid, Mysore Palace, the list is endless.

Karnataka Tourism – Promoting Karwar

Karwar beach

Karwar is a port city in the South Indian state of Karnataka. It’s known for beaches like Rabindranath Tagore Beach, with dive spots and black-sand Timati Beach to the north. The INS Chapel (K94) Warship Museum, a former missile boat, has artifacts and videos on the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The hilltop Sadashivgad Fort has a temple dedicated to the goddess Durga, plus views of the Kali River and the Arabian Sea.

Tourism is an emerging sector in Karnataka.  Karnataka Tourism is considered by some as the number one industry in the state.  Demographic, socio-structural and socio-cultural development always led to changes in tourist demands and service providers in tourism.

The survival of the Karnataka Tourism industry depends on recognizing the trends.   Government-owned hotels should be properly managed.   The State Government should take steps for the maintenance of the tourism destination.  Steps should be taken to restore the ancient monuments.

Read related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/breweries/wine-tour-tourism-karnataka-state/

Bengaluru’s Rex Theatre closing down

Rex theatre-Bengaluru closing down on 31st December 2018  –  80 years of Cinema coming to an end.

Rex theatre at Bengaluru will be closing the shutters down on 31st December 2018 permanently.  The history of Rex goes as back as the 1930s.   The theatre will be turned into a multiplex and mall in a Joint Venture with the Prestige Group according to Anil Kapur, owner of Rex.

rex old black and white

The theatre has been visited by many emissary personalities over the years.  All these years Rex stood out as a rampart for the forgotten years of single-screen cinema in Bengaluru.

Rex will soon join the multiplex group. In a Joint Venture between Kapur Investments and Prestige group, the old theatre will be a four-screen multiplex including shops and restaurants.

History of Rex theatre :

Rao Saheb Pasupalety Venugopal Naidu bought one acre of land in the 1930s on Bangalore Cantonment Brigade Road.  Rao Saheb also is known as P.V.Paul, built two auditoriums on the grounds.

In 1940 the theatre began screening firms.  Out of the 2 auditoriums, one was used for screening English films and the other for regional language films.  Unfortunately, no regional language films were screened there.

Along the journey, Rao Saheb became bankrupt.  He took a loan of Rs.509000 by mortgaging the theatre in 1951 with the Palai Central Bank in Ernakulam.  He could not repay the loan.  The court decided to liquidate.

In 1960 the High Court of Karnataka ordered the liquidation of the Bank as the Bank ran into financial trouble.  In 1961 at the open auction of Rex theatre, Nand Lal Kapur who had settled in Bengaluru 10 years earlier attended the auction.

Nand Lal’s bidding for Rex theatre was Rs.851000.00.  As nobody was bidding at that price, he got the property.  The screen raised its curtain again with the movie ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in 1962.

Old Glories

During the 1970s and 80’s a string of hits followed at Rex theatre.  The popular movies screened at the theatre are Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’, Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Cliffhanger’ and Bruce Lee’s ‘Return of the Dragon’.

In 1989, Hollywood actor Michael Keaton visited the theatre.  That was the day ‘Batman’ was premiered at Rex theatre.  He distributed the film’s merchandise to audience members.  Rex was the first theatre in Bengaluru to introduce a DTS sound system developed by the Indian Institute of Science.

Once the theatre shuts,  the beginning of the multiplex takes place. The multiplex will be ready and open in three years.  The mall will be called “REX”.

A sad Adieu to Rex.

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Pollution in lakes  – punish officials

Pollution in lakes is causing a big problem to those who are staying close to it.  The Green Tribunal has asked the Government of Karnataka to find the officials responsible for it.

Pollution in lakes is common in our country.  The National Green Tribunal has given Karnataka 3 months time to punish the officials (Present and past) who are responsible for letting the lakes get polluted.

This punishment is in the wake of the pollution caused by Bellanduru, Varthur and Agara lakes.

Lake Pollution :

Lakes and rivers are common sources of drinking water supplies.  Nutrient pollution builds up in our nation’s lakes, ponds, and streams. EPA’s 2010 National Lakes Assessment found that almost 20 percent of the 50,000 lakes surveyed had been impacted by nitrogen and phosphorus pollution.   All this contributes to pollution in lakes.

Many freshwater lakes, streams, and ponds are polluted.  When it rains, the extra fertilizers and pesticides flow into streams. The pollutants can cause algae to grow quickly. These ‘blooms’ of algae may produce toxins that harm other life in the river thus pollution in lakes and ponds.

algae floating in the lake

Human sewage or cattle excrement that is untreated also cause pollution in lakes in the same way as fertilizers do. Human sewage also contains germs that cause diseases such as hepatitis and cholera. The natural chemicals can cause a pollution in lakes similar to that caused by fertilizers.

Causes of pollution in lakes

  • Industrial waste
  • Sewage and wastewater
  • Underground leakages
  • Pesticides and fertilizer
  • Agricultural waste

Pollution affecting aquatic life

Aquatic species such as fish can be extremely high in contaminants as some pollutants don’t readily dissolve and dilute in water and are instead taken up into organisms. Some species of aquatic organisms are particularly sensitive to pollution. They are used as indicators of pollution and are called bio-indicators. Because lakes drain a large surrounding landscape, they reflect the processes and actions that operate around them. When chemicals are spilled, they can drain into nearby streams and be transported downstream into lakes.

Punishment for polluting lakes

The NGT in its order has asked the trusted agencies to identify the officials who were responsible for pollution in lakes.  The order also stated that any lapse should be recorded in the annual reports.

The Tribunal ordered regarding punishment to officials regarding pollution in lakes includes present and past public servants.  The punishment is for those who failed to discharge their duty and obligations to society as a whole.

The Committee headed by Justice Santosh Hegde will decide about the additional amount required to set up the Sewage Treatment Plants in the State of Karnataka.

Read more related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/bengaluru-bangalore-btm-layout/hulimavu-lake-gets-cleaned-by-residents/

 

Online portals  – Hoteliers not honouring bookings

300 hoteliers in the country are not honouring the bookings from two portals i.e. goibibo and MakeMyTrip.

The hoteliers decided to boycott the bookings made by 2 online portals – MakeMyTrip and Goibibo from December 1st 2018.

The hoteliers have alleged that indiscriminate discount offered by these online portals has affected their business adversely.  These 2 online portals are offering heavy discounts on bookings.  These companies are charging a commission to the tune of 35% from the hoteliers.

online portal

The discount of 35% offered by these online portals is making the business difficult for the hoteliers.  It has become difficult to sustain their business as the hoteliers started loosing revenue.

How it works???

If someone has made a booking at a hotel in a city through these 2 online portals, it is not valid.  The customers will not be entertained at the hotel.    The customers who have booked through them will not be served on showing the vouchers.  All the customers have been notified about the decision by the hoteliers.

Not to create inconvenience to the customers, the hoteliers are offering the rooms to them.  They will be charged the same rate but they have to cancel the booking made through Goibibo and MakeMyTrip.

Hotels at Bengaluru

Hoteliers from Bengaluru are also facing these problems.  They are also deciding to follow in the same foot steps in boycotting the discounting policy for these 2 portals.

Top online hotel booking portals in India:

  1. MakeMyTrip
  2. Goibibo
  3. com
  4. Agoda
  5. Expedia
  6. TripAdvisor India
  7. Ixigo
  8. Oyorooms
  9. Yatra
  10. Trivago

 

Currency Circulation

Currency circulation has reached a record level of over Rs.20 lakh crore.  The total currency with the public is arrived at after deducting cash with banks from total currency in circulation.

The figures for both ‘currency with the public’ and ‘currency in circulation’, have also exceeded the levels before the government’s demonetization decision.

Demonetization appears to have failed.  A look at Reserve Bank of India suggests that the amount of cash in circulation as a share of GDP will soon to be the same as recorded before demonetization.

Currency Circulation after demonetization:

As per RBI data the cash in circulation as of November 2018 stands at Rs.20.15 lakh crore.  The amount of cash in circulation is 12.1% more than the amount of money circulated before demonetization.

The persistence of cash in India, despite official efforts to discourage its use, isn’t unusual. Despite what one may have heard, cash is not dying. In fact, most countries are using more cash than they did a decade ago.

The M3 (The total money supply)  includes currency with the public, deposit money of the public (demand deposits with the banking system plus ‘other’ deposits with the RBI) and the time deposits with the banking system.

This figure is equivalent to the net bank credit to the government, plus the bank credit to the commercial sector.  Also it includes net foreign exchange assets of the banking sector.  This includes government’s currency liabilities to the public, minus the net non-monetary liabilities of the banking sector.

In the last one year, the Central Bank has pumped Rs.3.56 lakh crore according to the RBI.

Earlier the Central Bank was disclosing the data on digital transaction on monthly basis.  But now it has been stopped.    As on February 2018 the monthly digital payments stood at Rs.115.5 lakh crore.

 

 

 

 

Job opportunities in Karnataka -The top 3 job creator in India

Job opportunities in Karnataka -The top 3 job creator in India

Karnataka is a key player in providing  Job opportunity in the country.  The State along with Tamil Nadu created 45% of new job openings or jobs.

The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) in its recent report stated Karnataka continued to be one among the top job creator along with Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

The MoSPI takes data mainly from the Employment Provident Fund.  The report says there is an enrollment of 1.57 crore employees as new EPF subscribers in the country.

There is scope for ample job openings available in India.  The need of the hour is talent that is adequately skilled to fulfil the responsibilities the job entails.  Employers all over the world are in search of employees with the ability to continuously up-skill themselves and continue to stay relevant to the organisation.

 Job opportunity providing sectors in Karnataka:

Job opportunity friendly area is the services sector. Textiles and garments, engineering products, building and construction industry, have also contributed most to employment generation during the September 2017 – May 2018 period in Karnataka.

Job opportunity

job creation is one of the biggest challenges facing every developed and developing country.

Education, iron and steel, computer-related jobs, hospitals, financial institutions are the sectors that are the top 10 of the EPFO payroll data.

There is a consistent demand for professionals in the job sector in Karnataka.  Jobs are outnumbering talent, due to a persistent skill gap or ability mismatch.

There is a rising tide of business in Karnataka. The best and the brightest young minds prefer to join a startup than a well-established business.

According to the data, 85% of the new subscribers were below the age of 35.  In Karnataka the, building and construction, engineers and contractors are the top best performing economic activities.  They accounted for 72% of the net new subscribers.

 

Job opportunity in Karnataka the top job creator in India
Fake News  yellow journalism The after effect of social media

Fake News yellow journalism The after effect of social media

Fake News yellow journalism The after effect of social media.  But it should not make us blind to the fact that important issues are at stake in the digital world.

 

Fake news is a type of  Yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media.

Meaning of Fake News

It is information that has been deliberately fabricated with the intention to deceive and mislead people into believing falsehoods.  It is disinformation that is presented as or is likely to be perceived as news.

“Fake news” has become a much used, hyped term in the so-called “post-truth” era that we live in. It is maligned.  Fake news has been fueling propaganda and hate speech and even violence.  News plays a particular role in a democratic society.

Media organizations, politicians, journalists and the general public have allowed digital revolution.  The revolution has its opportunities, to turn into ‘digital dominance’ by a few internet players.  This has allowed a place where fictional and fake news flourishes freely.

Effects of digital fake news

According to the ER’s Digital Commissioner, Mariya Gabriel fake news is a disease that the society needs to be vaccinated.

Misinformation and its correlate, propaganda, is being used for a long time by the powerful to gain political or religious legitimacy, inspire wars, and motivate movements.  Exposing people to visual or narrative information on a given event not only influences their interpretation but also their memory of the event.

As online users consume more and more information, the media mix is changing and risks are growing.  In the Indian System, a large volume of information in local and regional language has made it difficult to flush out the fake news.

Need to curb fake news:

Need of the hour is to develop a cybersecurity policy and balance it in a way that the rules do not hinder the freedom of speech.  Unscrupulous elements target individuals on social media to build an echo chamber where views which are opposing in nature are blocked.

Fake News yellow journalism The after effect of social media

Rajyotsava Award :

Rajyotsava Awards, the second highest civilian honor of the State of Karnataka. The award is  conferred annually by the Government of Karnataka on the occasion of the establishment of the State on 1 November celebrated as the Kannada Rajyotsava. 

The Rajyotsava awards are presented in the capital of Karnataka, Bengaluru by the Chief Minister of the State.  . Each award carries an amount of Rs. 1,00,000, a 20-gram gold medal and a citation.

History of Rajyotsava award:

Karnataka Rajyotsava Award was instituted in 1966 to be awarded to citizens of Karnataka.  The rajyotsava award is in recognition of their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity.  This includes  the Arts, Education, Industry, Literature, Science, Sports, Medicine, Social Service and Public Affairs.  The Rajyotsava award has also been awarded to some distinguished individuals who were not citizens of Karnataka but did contribute in various ways to Karnataka. The award is not conferred in 1977,1978,1979,1980,2009.

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Winners of Rajyotsava award 2018

M.S.Prabhakara for book Kamaroopi (literature)       Annu Devadiga (Music)

Hasan Nayeen Surkod (Literature)                            M.R.Krishna Murthy (Dance)

Cha. Sarvamangala (Literature)                                Hiriyadka Gopal Rao (Yakshagana)

Chandrashekara Talya (Literature)                            Seetharama Kumara Kateel (Yakshagana)

S.N.Rangaswamy (Theatre)                                      G.N.Ranganatha Rao (Journalism)

Puttaswamy (Theatre)                                               Basavarajaswamy (Journalism)

Pampanna Kogali (Theatre)                                      Ammembala Ananda (Journalism)

Yamanappa Chitragar (Sculpture)                             Yallavva Roddappanavar (Bayalata)

Basanna Kalappa Kanchagar (Sculpture)                  Bheemaraya Boragi (Bayalata)

Bhargava (Film)                                                         Geetha Ramanujam (Education)

Jai Jagadish (Film)                                                     A.V.S.Murthy (Education)

Rajan (Film)                                                               K.P.Gopalakrishna (Education)

Datturaj (Film)                                                            Shivananda Kaujalagi (Education)

C.E.G. Justo (Engineering)                                        H.L.Dattu (Judiciary)

Basavaraj Revanappa Uppina (Art)                            Basavaraja Beesaralli (Freedom Fighter)

Kenneth Lawrence Powell (Sports)                            Nadagouda (Medical)

Vinay.V.S. (Sports)                                                     Seetharama Bhat (Medical)

Chetan R. (Sports)                                                     P.Mohan Rao (Medical)

Kalmane Kame Gowda (Ecology & Environment)       M.C.Gopal (Medical)

Anand C.Kundur (Social Service)                               C.Ramu (Cooperative)

Ranchappa Hadapada (Social Service)                      Mahadevi Annarao (Agriculture)

Krishnakumar Poonja (Social Service)                       Mookappa Poojar (Agriculture)

Margaret Alva (Social Service)                                   Rangadore Memorial Hospital (Association & Organisation )

Guruva Koraga (Folklore)                                          R.S.Rajaram (Other social areas)

Ganga Huchchamma (Folklore)                                 Pradeep Arya (Other social areas)

Channamalle Gowda (Folklore)                                 C.K.Jorapura (Other social areas)

Sharanappa Bootera (Folklore)                                  Narasimhaiah (Other social areas)

Shankamma Mahadevappa  (Folklore)                      D.Surendra Kumar(Other social areas)

Basavaraja Alagppda (Folklore)                                Shanthappanavar P.B.(Other social areas)

Choodamani (Folklore)                                              Namah Shivayam Reguraj (Other social ser.)

Ramachandra (Folklore)                                            P.Ramadas (Other social services)

A.A.Shetty (Kannadiga outside Karnataka)                M.J.Brahmayya (Other social services)

The ceremony of presenting Rajyotsava awards will be held at Ravindra Kalakshetra where the Chief Minister Kumaraswamy  will present the awards on 29th November 2018.

NetApp Adds AI to Its Bengaluru Charter

The popular data storage vendor and management company, NetApp has recently added research around AI (artificial intelligence) to its Bengaluru charter. The idea behind doing this is to enhance the productivity and better quality testing of the products.

NetApp’s Bangalore site supports research, development, marketing and global services. It is running multiple projects that are focused towards finding defects, before a product is certified and is ready to ship. The company is using AI algorithms to test software and hardware products, identify bugs and to run code checks.

A Word With Senior Vice President

The senior vice president for NetApp Flagship Product, Octavian Tanase said, “We expect Bangalore to tackle new initiatives like artificial intelligence and machine learning. Our aim is to leverage data sets to make faster and better decisions and find new efficiencies, to innovate and make the team more productive. We are using it to build a better product”.

The Data Fabric Strategy

Octavian Tanase drives overall business outcomes and customer success by developing the software and systems. These software and systems form the backbone of the NetApp’s Data Fabric strategy. The strategy aims at enabling businesses to connect disparate data management and storage resources. It also streamlines data management between cloud storage and on-premises storage.

The company added AI charter during the spring this year. The senior vice president is expecting that the company will make more investments in artificial intelligence in the foreseeable future.

NetApp’s R&D Centre

NetApp is turning the company’s R&D centre in Bengaluru into a multi-function site. This latest addition is a part of new CEO George Kurian’s strategy to transform the legacy storage firm into a data management company. This is one of NetApp’s largest sites in the world, which employs approximately 1800 people.

Endangered species Star Tortoises  – Bannerghatta park

Endangered species Star Tortoises  – Bannerghatta park

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Star tortoises – endangered species back to Bannerghatta Park

The Endangered species Star tortoises repatriated from Singapore are released into Bannerghatta National Park center at Bengaluru.  These tortoises are transferred into a special anti-predatory enclosure built by Karnataka Forest Department officials.

The enclosure is created specially to keep these endangered species safely.  A forest guard and an SOS volunteer will keep round the clock watch on these star tortoises.

Efforts of an NGO to bring back endangered Star tortoises :

With a lot of effort by a Bengaluru-based NGO  Wildlife SOS along with authorities in Singapore and their Indian counterparts, these star tortoises are back. The efforts led to the return of close to 50 Indian Star tortoises which were smuggled out of India to Singapore.

The reptiles were intercepted by Singapore officials.  Later they were placed at a rescue center under the care of an NGO called ACRES. A team of forest officials made a trip to Singapore to inspect the reptiles.

After confirming that they were indeed Indian Star tortoises, one of the most trafficked tortoise species in the world efforts were made to bring it back.

Star Tortoises :

Geochelone is a genus of tortoises. Geochelone tortoises, which are also known as typical tortoises or terrestrial turtles, can be found in Africa and Asia. They primarily eat plants.

The genus consists of two extant species:

  • Indian Star tortoise  ( elegant)
  • Burmese star tortoise ( platynota)

The form of the shell of the Indian star tortoise allows it to turn over when lying upside down very easily.

Indian Star Tortoises are poached mainly for their body parts and meat. The star tortoises have been declared as “endangered species” and are protected in India under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

It has taken 16 months to bring back the endangered species. The quarantined tortoises will be kept under observation for 3 months.

These Star tortoises will be monitored with the help of a microchip.  The height, weight and the health of the tortoises will be monitored periodically.

Read more related this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/bengaluru-bangalore-bommanahalli/gottigere-lake-to-shrink-for-road-widening/

 

 

 

 

Traffic Congestion – Bengaluru  – lack of integration

Traffic Congestion – Bengaluru – lack of integration

Traffic congestion – Bengaluru, the main cause being lack of integration.

Lack of integration and coordination between different transport utilities is causing a major problem in finding solutions to the city’s traffic congestion.

Traffic congestion has become a way of life for Bangaloreans.  Traffic is a mess in the city and in 2005 traffic moved at a speed of 35 km (22miles) an hour and in 2014 it has come down to 9.2 km. (5.7 miles).

At peak hour the speed is a crawling 4-5 km. on the city’s outer ring road.  A citizen spends more than 240 hours stuck in traffic jams every year.  Social costs of traffic congestion include time delays, extra fuel spent, costs due to traffic accidents, vehicle loss, wear and tear as well as environmental issues.

Why is Bengaluru having traffic congestion?

Everybody agrees that the reason being rapid and unplanned growth of the city.  Bengaluru is described as the Silicon Valley of India.  Since 1990, all major global technology firms began opening offices here and to a great extent support industries have grown along with the IT sector bringing a huge number of people from all over the country.

Over the years the population has become double but the infrastructure has remained the same.  The city roads are taken away by parking and encroachments.  Footpaths are encroached by hawkers and sellers and in turn causing a major problem to pedestrians.

The bus shelters are in a despicable state.  Shelters focus more on revenue generation by advertisement than serving the passengers.

The Metro stations in the city are not having proper bus bays.  This is causing the problem to switch between metro and buses.

Solutions to curb traffic congestion:

Most affected areas by traffic congestion are the Industrial/IT Parks routes.  These areas pull a huge crowd in the mornings and push in the evening.  Following the following will help in reducing traffic congestion

  1. Encourage carpooling, ride-sharing
  2. Curbing petrol allowance. Giving allowance only to two-wheeler users.
  3. Use of Public transport

Government’s role to ease traffic congestion

  1. Stop making roads useless. Avoid road digging.
  2. Service roads should be built parallel to main roads
  3. The metro project should be given priority and to be completed quickly
  4. Strict traffic rules to curb traffic violation
  5. Promoting city run BMTC
  6. Improving last-mile connectivity.
  7. Strict rules for trucks and heavy vehicles
  8. Repair of roads and foot paths urgently

For further information on traffic congestion please read: vehicle population 

 

Lalbagh Botanical Garden – makeover

Lalbagh Botanical Garden – makeover

Lalbagh Botanical garden is all set to get a makeover in Bengaluru.

Soon visitors can see more fish in the lake in the Lalbagh Botanical garden.  It is getting ready for a make-over.  Eight low-level aerators and one high level have been placed in the lake to provide oxygen in the pond water.

The botanical garden is enriched with numerous native and exotic flora of wide-ranging diversity, use and interest. This has been achieved by way of introduction, acclimatization, and multiplication of plants.  These plants have been obtained from various parts of the world since its inception in 1760.

 

Glass House at Lalbagh Botanical garden:

Glasshouse was built in 1889 during the administration of Sri John Cameron to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales. Designed on the lines of the Crystal Palace of England, it was intended for acclimatizing the exotic plant specimens. Today, as the jewel of Lalbagh, it is the center stage for holding the famous biannual flower shows.

The garden is getting a butterfly park along with a taxonomy and fragrance garden.  Lalbagh’s 240-acre campus is home for many magnificent trees, a bandstand,  a glass house and spectrum of exotic flora.

The vacant land around Lalbagh rock is been identified for this make-over project.  Consultation is taken with naturalists and environmentalists in this regard.

butterfly park

Butterfly park:

Lalbagh botanical garden has 900 genera and 2500 species of flora.  This fauna and flora attract a lot of butterflies.  The horticultural department is planning to rear butterflies in the laboratory and release into the park.

The butterfly park project will have shrubs, herbs, climbers and other trees.

The other two butterfly project in Bengaluru :

  • Bannerghatta Biological Park
  • Doraisanipalya Jallary Reserve Forest off Bannerghatta Road.

The project at Lalbagh Botanical Garden also includes a taxonomy and fragrance garden.  Two acres of land will be utilized to plant rare saplings from the western ghats.

One acre of land in the Lalbagh is reserved for growing 125 endangered species and plants.  175 kinds of fruit-bearing trees will also be planted in the fruits tree park.

Read more related to this topic:https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/lalbagh-gardens-mounting-problems/

 

Good Samaritan Law – Samaritans detained by cops

Good Samaritan Law – Samaritans detained by cops

Good Samaritan Law- Bengaluru Samaritans complain they are detained by cops in a survey

A survey conducted reveals that 8 out of 10 people in the country is unaware of the 2016 Good Samaritan Law.  This Law aims to encourage citizens to offer first aid to victims.

The city of Chennai and Bengaluru respondents have the least awareness about the law.  Chennai stands at 93% and Bengaluru at 92%.

Good Samaritan Law :

This laws offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are, or who they believe to be, injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated. By contrast, a duty to rescue law requires people to offer assistance and holds those who fail to do so liable.

Good Samaritan laws generally provide basic legal protection for those who assist a person who is injured or in danger. In essence, these laws protect the “Good Samaritan” from liability if unintended consequences result from their assistance.

Why is Good Samaritan law important?

Ensuring that Good Samaritans are protected from liability claims or legal actions as a result of their assistance.  It is important for ensuring that people are not afraid to render assistance to strangers when required to do so.

80% of citizens are not aware of their rights of not being harassed by either police or hospital.  None of the hospitals have displayed in their premises the Good Samaritan Charter. Hospitals are required to the public a charter in Hindi, English and regional language.

The Good Samaritan law aims to encourage people to offer first-aid to accidental victims without fear of harassment by police.  It also provides for financial help to good Samaritans who help victims in a timely manner. They will be exempted from repeated attendance in court and police station.

Percentage of awareness about the Good Samaritan Law:

India 16%

Bengaluru 8%

Indore 29%

Jaipur 28%

Chennai 7%

A large group of a police station and hospitals demand for contact details of Good Samaritans who help the victims.  57% of hospital employees and 64% of police admitted to asking contact details of good Samaritans.

The Police also agreed that they pressurize the good Samaritans to become a witness in case of helping accident victims.  9% of police admitted that they forcibly detain the bystanders to become the witness.  31% of the said eyewitnesses are accused by the police according to the lawyers who deal with the case.

Most of the people are willing to help except a small group of people who wants to escort the accident victims to hospitals or calling the police or an ambulance.

Reasons for not helping includes being scared of police harassment, getting involved in an unwanted legal tangle and being unaware of the Good Samaritan law.

Solutions :

The main solution is in having a state-specific Good Samaritan laws

Grievance redressal mechanism for good Samaritans

A reward and recognition system

A penalty system for police and hospitals that do not adhere to the law

Read related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/realestate/jail-term-building-laws-violation/

 

 

Lalbagh Gardens – Mounting problems

Lalbagh Gardens – Mounting problems

Lalbagh Garden – the city’s famous botanical garden is mounting with problems.

Lalbagh Garden – a beautiful slice of heaven in namma Bengaluru is facing problems like mounting garbage, scarce toilets, stray dogs etc.

History of Lalbagh :

Hyder Ali commissioned the building of this garden in 1760 but his son, Tipu Sultan completed it. Hyder decided to create this garden on the lines of the Mughal Gardens that were gaining popularity during his time.

The Mysore ruler laid out these famous botanical gardens and his son added horticultural wealth to them.  Tipu imported trees and plants from several countries.

The garden has a famous glass house dating from 1889. The garden hosts two annual flower shows on 26th January and on 15th August. Lalbagh houses India’s largest collection of tropical plants. The garden has a lake and is one of the main tourist attractions.

A 250-year-old garden on 240 acres, with one of the most spectacular collections of trees in the world, is trashed. Very disheartened to see the crowd fill the place with garbage even though there are dustbins kept all over the place.

Problems at Lalbagh :

A  heritage rock – a three hundred billion-year-old rock is the major attraction of Lalbagh garden.  It is always filled with plastic covers flying all over the place and soft drink bottles.

Shame on people for this disaster!  A so-called hi-tech city with a very highly educated crowd.

Bengaluru has a serious problem due to the incomplete and improper segregation of sewage and storm-water drain lines. While the sewage is meant to reach sewage treatment plants, storm-water is meant to drain into lakes and water bodies.

The longtime regular walkers complain about the lack of maintenance within the premises and point out the lack of dustbins.  The sale of packaged food like pop-corns, chips, juice in tetra pack, water bottles inside the park is contributing to the problem.  This problem is not being controlled.

Facilities at Lalbagh

The Botanical Garden has an ambulance facility.  The medical facility includes treatment for snake bite and honeybee stings.

At present, the garden is using 2 auto tipper and 30 member team to clear the waste in the garden.

The Lalbagh has built tanks to compost dry leaves. By this project, the garden is generating organic fertilizers.  These composed organic fertilizers are sold to the public.  The garden sells around 350 tonnes every year.

Read related to this article: https://www.bangalorean.com/general/plastics-banned-inside-lalbagh/

 

#MeToo – Rape Case Filed Against Alok Nath By Vinta Nanda

#MeToo – Rape Case Filed Against Alok Nath By Vinta Nanda

Mumbai Police has registered a rape case against actor Alok Nath after a complaint was filed by the writer-producer, Vinta Nanda. An FIR was registered at the Oshiwara Police Station, when Vinta accused Nath of raping her nearly two decades ago.

About Alok Nath

Alok Nath, who has been known for his 90s TV show, was alleged in a social media post, last month, for raping the writer-producer 19 years ago. Vinta gave an account of the alleged sexual assault in the post, soon after Tanushree Dutta filed a complaint of harassment against Nana Patekar. The allegations were made under the spark of India’s #MeToo movement. However, the allegations were denied by Patekar.

Lately, #MeToo has been gaining momentum in the country, where many women are calling out filmmakers, comedians, authors, journalists and even actors.

The Allegations

On 17th October, Vinta had submitted a complaint against the actor at the police station, but Nath refuted the allegations. On the contrary, he filed a civil suit against the complainant in a court.

Nath’s wife, Ashu also recorded her statement before a magistrate in connection with her complaint against the Vinta. She told the court that her’s and Nath’s reputation has been damaged because of the allegations levelled by the writer. This is when Alok Nath sought Re 1 as damages for allegedly defaming him. 

The Social Media Post

Vinta alleged that the actor raped her 19 years ago. However, she did not mention the of Nath in her social media post. Rather she referred to the “most Sanskari person” in the field of acting.

Alok Nath has been long known for playing characters that endorse ‘moral values’ in many movies like, Hum Aapke Hain Koun!Maine Pyaar Kiya, Vivah, Hum Saath Saath Hain and many more. In view of the rape allegations, The Cine and TV Artists Association had expelled Alok Nath, earlier this month. 

The Indian #MeToo Movement

The #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault exploded last autumn. A series of sexual misconduct allegations were made against many powerful men in India, be it Bollywood, IT companies, politicians and slew of other industries.

The movement has resulted in the fall of many Bollywood stalwarts like Nana Patekar, Vikas Bahl, Subhash Kapoor, Sajid Khan, Subhash Ghai, Anu Malik and many others.

Vacation deprived – India stands first in the world

Vacation deprived – India stands first in the world

Vacation deprived – Indians are most vacation deprived in the world according to a survey conducted by Expedia which is a leading online travel agency.

India is followed by South Korea and Hong Kong.  India’s punishing work culture is taking its toll on employees and this in turn is contributing to vacation deprivation.  This is highest in the world and significantly more than last years 60%.

On an average 53% of Indians take very few vacation days than they get and 35% does not take leave at all.  This is due to work schedule and the reason of not having enough staff to cover.  Till date 68% of Indians cancelled or postponed their vacation due to work pressure and feel vacation deprived.

The Survey:

Expedia’s annual survey of Vacation habits covered 11,144 adults and 19 countries.  The survey was compiled by Northstar Research Groups.  The online survey was conducted between September 19 to 28, 2018 and collected responses. According to Survey Indians are most vacation deprived.

Vacation Deprived – Percentage in India

Indian respondents say they go without vacation from 6 months to a year and for 41% the duration was between one to 10 days.  In comparison 64% take vacation in Spain between 21 – 30 days.

Indian workers also do not utilize the full vacation days and rank five to leave their vacation unused after Japan, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.

Vacation deprived – percentage in Benglauru

To get a chance of having a vacation, 70% Bengalureans are ready to change their jobs.  91% say, after a vacation they are well under control of themselves.  36% Bengalureans take few short vacations often and during weekends.

Indian employees are worried about missing major work decisions taken in their absence.  They also feel being seen as less committed to their jobs in the eyes of their employer if taken a vacation.

Some Indians are of the opinion that people who are successful just don’t take vacation at all.  What’s worse is there is a little escape from work for Indian Workers even when they are on a holiday. It is noted that even during vacation they are expected to be available to their supervisors and colleagues.

It is advised to take a holiday as relaxation reduces anxiety and stress level and this in turn increases the productivity and work focus.

Vehicle population – choking Bengaluru city

Vehicle population – choking Bengaluru city

Vehicle population is choking Bengaluru city with vehicles crossing approx. 80 lakh mark.  It is a huge leap from 31 lakh vehicles in 2008.

Bengaluru choked

There is no stopping the boom for vehicles in the city as roads are choked with vehicle population.   According to transport department data,  the vehicle population is set to cross 80 lakh out of which 14-16 lakh are cars and 55-60 lakh are two-wheelers.  This has also contributed to reckless driving in the streets.

Experts say the growth in vehicle registration is alarming and is, in turn, is responsible for the vehicle population.  Even footpaths are choked with vehicles thereby causing problems to pedestrians.

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research of U.S of America, Bengaluru is the most congested city in India.

The ever-increasing vehicle population of Bengaluru has contributed to the dropping in the average speed of a vehicle in the city from 35 km/hr in 2005 to 20 km/hr in 2010 and 9.2 in 2014. The city’s roads are bearing the burden of twice their vehicular capacity – enough of an indicator that the city is getting gridlocked.

Initiatives to curb vehicle population:

Various agencies are taking up numerous initiatives to curb vehicle population like ‘Bus Day’, ‘Open Street Day’ and ‘Less Traffic Day’ to promote the use of public transport.  But the impact of all these efforts is highly debatable.

The different zones of Bengaluru city have 1,400 km. of an arterial and sub-arterial road but half of these roads are two-lane with traffic.

Vehicle population history:

When the city’s population was 16.64 lakh in 1971, the vehicle population was just around one lakh.  Nobody – not even the planners saw what was to come. So, while the vehicle boom overtook the city, every other piece of infrastructure was left far behind.

The city’s traffic police wing was formed in 1930 with a staff strength of 40 policemen in the Halasuru Gate police station.

Solutions to curb vehicle population :

Metro rail is progressing at snail’s pace and the suburban rail project is yet to take off as well as road widening plans being hit by land acquisition delays.

Experts suggest

  • Expansion of BMTC bus services
  • Levying congestion tax
  • Regulating per family vehicle ownership
  • Additional taxes and cess
  • Parking fee to be hiked
  • Promoting carpooling could help stem the growth of private vehicles.

Read more related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/traffic-congestion-bengaluru/

Pictar Pro – A Premium Camera Accessory for Smartphone Cameras

If you are a phone photographer and love physical controls on your best camera phone, and miss having a viewfinder or more of a steady hold while shooting, then Pictar Pro is just the right gadget that you would want to have.

If you are a phone photographer and love physical controls on your best camera phone, and miss having a viewfinder or more of a steady hold while shooting, then Pictar Pro is just the right gadget that you would want to have.

The Cool Gadget For Your Smartphone Camera

The all new camera accessory by Miggo, Pictar Pro, is specially designed to fix all major shortcoming of shooting pictures with your regular camera phone ergonomics. This tailor made latest gadget is just the right choice for all those iPhone and android phone users, who crave for physical controls with their best smartphone camera.

Pictar by Miggo

The original Pictar by Miggo was launched back in 2016, but the latest gadget, Pictar Pro comes with a slide-on grip, has better materials and bigger controls. The satin-finished brass Miggo gives Pro a premium feel. Unlike the spring clamp in other gadgets for holding the phone in place, Pro comes with a quick-release ratchet clamp. All you have to do is, just open it and squeeze it tight around the phone. With the phone in it, there is space to attach the add-on lenses. Isn’t that cool!!!

Do you know what makes Pictar Pro a cool gadget? Let’s find out

The Exciting Features

  • For changing shooting modes or adjusting exposure compensation, larger metal dials have been provided on the top.
  • To help you focus accurately, the shutter release comes with a more pronounced half-press mechanism.
  • Below Pictar Pro’s cold-shoe mount is a small slot, which allows you to connect a folding eyepiece. This is how it works like an electronic viewfinder.

Pros & Pros

  • The speed is adjustable and its zoom lever smooths out the overall performance.
  • Pictar pro does not uses any physical or Bluetooth connection, but it uses a high-frequency dual tone (18,500 to 20,000kHz) to talk to phone.
  • These dual tones allow the grip’s physical buttons and dials to control camera functions.
  • With Pictar Pro, you can shoot without fighting glare.

Wait! You Need Pictar’s App Too

All these features are made possible with Pictar’s app and a phone connection to the Pro. With high-frequency dual tones, you can just slide the phone in, launch the app and start shooting.

The Best Gadget for Men

The built-in 1400mAh battery with Qi wireless charging is plus point in this new gadget. This amazing camera accessory for your best smartphone camera expected to ship in March 2019.

So, if you have been looking for a photography camera for your man, then be assured with Pictar Pro. Because it is undoubtedly amongst the best gadgets for men.

 

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Mobile phone towers to be 50 metres away from buffer zone.

Mobile phone towers to be 50 metres away from buffer zone.

The Mobile phone towers must compulsorily maintain 50-metre distance from the buffer zone.

The Government’s rule requires a 50-metre distance.  Educational Institutions, hospitals and religious structures and proposed mobile network telecommunications facilities must be 50 metres apart.

Electrical and electronic gadgets rule modern society.  On use, each of them generates ‘electro-magnetic field’.  The intensity and impact depend on the gadget type and the time of use. They all operate on electricity.

The high tension power transmission mobile phone towers consist the power grid.  The mobile phone base in India is expanding approximately 17 % per annum. The mobile tower installations have ‘visibly encroached’ into the urban landscape.

Reports from BBMP says there are more than 30000 optical fibre cable and telecommunication towers in Karnataka.  Bengaluru has 6766 towers.

Those mobile towers which have not complied with the buffer zone rules will be dismantled in the next 3 months.  Compulsory removal of towers near educational institutions should be in 3 months.

Cost of Erecting a mobile tower:

Within Bengaluru Rs.1  lakh

City Corporation limits Rs.35,000/-

Town Municipalities Rs.25,000/-

Gram panchayat Rs.15,000/-

Radiation from mobile-phone towers is possibly carcinogenic to humans.  This may cause (glioma) – a type of brain cancer.

Health issues/problems of having a mobile tower at close proximity:

  1. Burning and tingling sensation in scalp
  2. Fatigue & headache
  3. Sleep disturbance
  4. Dizziness, loss of memory
  5. Lack of concentration, increase heart rate.

Are the radio-frequency waves emitted from mobile towers killing us slowly? Being exposed to a mobile tower located within 50-metres is like being in a microwave oven for 24 hours, say experts.

The new rule demands the companies to install sound proof generators to power the mobile towers.  The mobile Co’s are directed to set up a distress cell and committee across Karnataka to monitor issues concerning mobile towers.

The rule also states the companies to obtain building plan occupancy certificates.  Analysis of the safety measures undertaken by the building also should be disclosed.

 

 

Bengaluru Loses 37% Water Everyday, Coming Its Way

Bengaluru Loses 37% Water Everyday, Coming Its Way

Bengaluru has been associated to Singapore, many times. But, when it comes to checking leakage and water-pilferage, we are not even close to Dhaka.

What BWSSB Has To Say on Stopping Water Leak?

The chairman of Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Tushar Girinath said that Bangalore will have to wait for three more decades to fix such problems. Singapore and the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka provide well-planned administration to the citizens. The percentage of water leakages in these countries is as down as 4 – 5%. However, in Bengaluru the percentage of water leakage is close to 37.59%. According to Tushar Girinath, we will able to bring it down to 5% only by 2050.

Tushar Girinath mentioned other countries like London that have been struggling to prevent the water leakage problem. He added that Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board has the capacity of supplying 1,400 million litres of Cauvery water to the city every day.

However, only 1,350 million litre of water gets supplied every day, of which, 37.59% gets wasted due to leakage. He did highlight that the board is working towards controlling leakage and stop water leak. They are hoping that the leakage will be brought down by .25% by the end of 2030.

Why are we struggling to stop water leak?

Bengaluru is definitely struggling to check and stop water leak, but if you are wondering what’s stopping us. Here are some reasons

  • Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board spends more than Rs 10 lakh every day to pump drinking water to the city. This water is supplied to the city from various centres like Tathaguni, T K Halli, Harohalli and many others, which are quite far from the city. So, to bring the water in, without any losses is a big challenge.
  • Another reason is that the pipelines are old and rusted, which have caused severe leakages in past and continues to do so. Currently, 1,350 million litre of water gets supplied every day, of which, 37.59% gets wasted due to leakage.

The Upcoming Plans

Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board is planning to replace the old pipelines with new ones and spend more on water leak repair. But at times, leakage happens because many people take illegal connections by hoodwinking the officials at Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board.

This is the reason that Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board officials are not able to maintain a proper account of the amount of water being supplied to the city. As on today, there are 7,000 illegal connections in the city, out of which 5,000 have been disconnected.

BBMP reclaims 2 mortgaged properties @ Bengaluru

BBMP reclaims 2 mortgaged properties @ Bengaluru

The BBMP reclaimed two of its mortgaged properties – slaughter House on Tannery Road and Rajajinagar complex.

The BBMP which is cash strapped, has managed to take back two of its pledged properties.  On 16th November 2018, the BBMP repaid the loan to the tune of 21.47 crore.  Also an interest of Rs.2.79 crore which was outstanding with the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) was paid

The palike had received a lot of criticisms when various land marks were pledged with HUDCO to avail loans.  Rs.2389 crore was taken by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara palike by mortgaging 11 properties.  By the end of 2015-16 the outstanding amount was Rs.1796.41 crore.

The BBMP had to avail loans because a number of infrastructure projects had to be taken up in the newly added 110 villages. These villages were newly added when the administration expanded during 2007-08.

There was a need to create and provide infrastructure to these areas on part with the main areas.  The Government had not been a guarantor for he loans availed by the BBMP.  The cash strapped BBMP failed to repay the same.

Mortgage details :

According to G.Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Minister and Bengaluru Development Minister Rs.498.64 crore was paid in 2016.-17. By paying this, the BBMP took back Kempegowda Museum, Mayo Hall and Johnson market.

In 2017-18 the BBMP took back Malleshwaram Market by paying Rs.496-53 crore.

A loan of Rs.871-67 crore was shifted to State Bank of India including 5 pledged properties as the rate of interest is low at the Nationalized bank.

This year the BBMP has already paid Rs.259.29 crore including Rs.40.05 as interest to State Bank of India.

According to the Deputy Chief Minister, as on date the loan amount outstanding is Rs.652.43 crore.  The BBMP is working towards clearing this outstanding loan to reclaim the remaining 5 pledged properties.  They are

  1.   K.R. Market
  2.   Dasappa Building
  3.   Public Utility Building
  4.   BBMP Office (East Zone)
  5.  Kalasipalya Market.