BESCOM  awareness – Deaths due to electric shock

BESCOM awareness – Deaths due to electric shock

BESCOM is in awareness mode as the number of deaths are increasing due to electrocution in the city of Bengaluru.  Accidental electrocution continues to be a significant cause of death.

The number of electrical accidents that have been reported in Bengaluru in the past weeks, we see a higher number of electrical accidents in the last four years.

Illegal buildings, official apathy and negligence of people cause maximum deaths.

Electric shock :

Electrical shock occurs when a person touches any electrically charged object while at the same time touching another surface that can conduct the electricity to the ground.

Common sources of electrical shock are bare and damaged wires, machinery and tools, and extension cords. Proper grounding and electrical safety devices can help prevent electrical shock.

Death due to electrocution :

According to the data shared by Bescom there have been a total of 509 deaths due to electric shocks.


While citizens in Bengaluru face issues with dangling cables all around, the number of deaths caused to this carelessness suggests the issue is of prime importance. Be it optical fibre cables or live electric wires, recent incidents generate fear and panic among pedestrians and others alike.

Electrocution :

Electrocution is death caused by electric shock, electric current passing through the body. The word is derived from “electro” and “execution”, but it is also used for accidental death.

The health hazard of an electric current flowing through the body depends on the amount of current and the length of time for which it flows, not merely on the voltage.  However, a high voltage is required to produce a high current through the body.

This is due to the relatively high resistance of skin when dry, requiring a high voltage to pass through. The severity of a shock also depends on whether the path of the current includes a vital organ.

Statistics of electrocution death :

BESCOM data further indicates that 14 other deaths have taken place other than this already this year. While 283 deaths took place in 2015-16, the same was 235 for 2016-17. The death toll raised to 239 and then to 283 in 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively. However, BESCOM states that 367 of these in total occurred due to the victim’s fault.

Residents welfare associations involved :

Residents associations and associations in apartments and have also been  asked to get involved in conducting workshops in coordination with local Bescom officials on safety measures to be observed in their residential complexes.

Causes of electrocution :

The causes of electrocution are numerous. Burgeoning population, unauthorized constructions and official apathy caused 500 deaths due to electrocution over a period of just four years.

Sometimes people construct high rise buildings without taking permission from the concerned authority.  Unauthorized buildings invariably land up very close to live electrical wires which render especially women and children vulnerable to electrocution.

All these electrocution cases were registered in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM).

Technical and behavioural issues :

There are two issues. They are the technical as well as behavioural issues which lead to electrocution cases.

Technical issues pertaining to live wires lying on the ground, improper insulation of electric wires, and transformers taking heavy load; while on the behavioural front it is mostly children and unsuspecting people who are vulnerable to getting electrocuted.

The children get in contact with live electric wire while playing on terraces or hear electric poles.  Women get come close to live wire while drying clothes.

Scary past incidents :
  • May 2019 : Eight-month-old boy electrocuted while playing in a shed in Kodihalli
  • April 2019: Nine-year-old-boy injured after coming in contact with a live wire in Mahalakshmi Layout
  • April 2019: Thirteen-year-old boy electrocuted at Jeevan Bima Nagar as he tries to pluck a mango from a tree
  • February 2019: Seven-year-old-boy electrocuted while playing in a park in Banaswadi

All these deaths would have been avoided if the BESCOM had taken strict action on those who violated the law. 

Awareness  by Bescom :

Bescom has now also started creating awareness against electric shocks through ignorance by circulating pamphlets on social media and distribution of pamphlets by Bescom officials in various areas.

On May 20, Bescom put up a pamphlet on its social media pages titled, ‘Safety of your life is our priority’ and shared tips for people to avoid electric shocks.

Prevention :

Many people do not recognize electrocution hazards until it is too late. Farm workers, children and family members should learn about common electrical dangers, know what safety precautions to take, and know how to react in case of electrical emergency.

Plug into safety :

Always observe safety measures. The Dos and Don’ts are given below :

Dos :

  1. Educate children regarding electric safety and to be away from Electrical wires.
  2. Always ensure that the plug socket is out of reach of children
  3. Use 3 pin plug sockets and ensure that the third point is earthed
  4. Get wiring work done through a Government Licensed Electrical Contractor
  5. Ensure that installation is provided with suitable grounding/earthing
  6. Always use ISI certified Appliances, Wires and Cables
  7. Check Electric gadgets regularly for Safety
  8. Get Gadgets repaired by authorized electricians only.

Don’ts :

  1. Do not construct buildings close to electrical wires
  2. Do not touch snapped electrical wires/un-insulated wires Call 1912 immediately
  3. Do not operate electrical switches / equipment with wet hands
  4. Do not tie banners or publicity material to electricity poles
  5. Do Not use guy wires tied to a pole for drying clothes
  6. Don’t climb electric poles
  7. Do not cut trees/branches near the overhead lines
  8. Do not cut trees/branches near the overhead lines
  9. Do not try to remove or chop trees fallen on electrical lines
  10. Do not Energize fences
  11. Do not take un-authorized connections from BESCOM lines.

Election Commission – Social media – LS Elections 2019

Election Commission – Social media – LS Elections 2019

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

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

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

Election Commission of India :

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

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

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

Karnataka Elections – Election Commission :

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

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

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

HIGHLIGHTS :

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

Social media – Election Commission :

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

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

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

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

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

Model Code of Conduct – Election Commission  :

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

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

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

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

Social platforms :

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

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

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

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

State-level monitoring committee – Election Commission ;

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

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


EVMs to carry candidate pictures – Election Commission :

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

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

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

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

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

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

To advertise criminal records :

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

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

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

 

 

Elections dates declared – 2019 – Karnataka – Bengaluru

Elections dates declared – 2019 – Karnataka – Bengaluru

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

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

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

Importance of voting in a democracy :

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

Code of conduct – election dates :

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

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

Lok sabha 2019 : elections dates announced :

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

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

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

Karnataka Elections dates declared :

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

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

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

Total number of LS seats in Karnataka: 28

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

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

Bengaluru votes on April 18.

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

Election dates – Filing of Nomination  :

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

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

Elections dates in Karnataka :

List of phase-wise Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka

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

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

Different phases of voting :

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

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

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

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

Neutral voters :

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

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

Role of social media – general elections dates declared 2019 :

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

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

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

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

“Walk to vote” – elections dates announced :


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

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

Right to vote:

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

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

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

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

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Neutral voters – social media – General elections 2019

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

Use of social media to woo Neutral voters

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

Congress party to target Neutral voters :

Congress party wants to modify its social media cell after getting reports on its internal analysis.  The social medial cell is not doing much to tap the neutral voters on social media where the BJP is ahead.

The congress party has 8600 WhatsApp groups.  This covers approximately 40 in 224 constituencies. 

The parties content is being pushed to reach neutral voters thro social media.  The congress party is presently putting in place a structure for its social media operations that did not exist before.

Facebook and Twitter are s the top performers for the Congress party in the state to reach voters and neutral voters. 

BJP’s claim on social media :

The BJP party claims to have 15000 WhatsApp groups in Karnataka.  The party is expecting to increase the number to around 25000 groups.   The political party claims to have formed groups by BJP supporters where the party is not involved.

BJP Karnataka Social media cell convenor claims that the party’s content is great.   That is the reason why it is reaching a lot of people.

Social media to target neutral voters :

Social media has become a new age battlefield.  It has transformed the picture of Indian politics.  The present day are the days of tweet and hashtag wars. 

Targeting Neutral voters thru social media

Social media has transformed the way political parties connect and reach to the voters and neutral voters.  It is not a campaign tool but a platform for free expression. 

In Karnataka most of the parties have their own IT cells. 

Twitter is to set the political agenda, WhatsApp to act as a distributional channel and facebook helps disseminate information.

Campaign by parties – Neutral voters :

Most political campaigns are driven by data about target groups, voters and neutral voters.  Approximately 40% of the registered voters in India are online users.  The number is growing fast.

Conclusion :

Political parties see in investing in social media as a long term investment.  It is not only a strategy during elections but also help make opinions.

However, this raises an important question of where parties and startups are getting their database from. Especially with questions on data privacy raised in the backdrop of the Cambridge  Analytica scandal. 

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Social Media platform – General Elections 2019

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

Different social platforms available

Role of Social Media :

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

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

different platforms icons

Election campaigning is slowly shifting towards the digital arena.  The ruling BJP has been the leader of using social media as well as mass media to its advantage in the 2014 general election.

Major Windfall – Social media :

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

Top social media networking sites

The media major facebook is going to take a major share. According to experts Facebook alone is going to get Rs.10000 crore ad money while the rest of social media gets Rs.2000 crore.

Political parties using social media :

The size of digital user base has increased rapidly compared to 2014 general elections.  The consumption of digital content has increased in recent years.

Political parties to use social media platforms

All political parties have social media strategy teams.  Elections are the major factor that will lead to an increase in advertisement spends in social media.

Google’s transparency :

Google is  introducing  an India specific Political Advertising Transparency Report.  A searchable Political Ads Library  will provide information about who is purchasing election ads on Google platforms.  How much money is being spent?  The report and the library will go live in March 2019. 

Google said it is also updating its election ads policy for India and the policy requires that advertisers running election ads in India provide a pre-certificate issued by the Election Commissioner.  

Conclusion :

Politics and media share a complex co-ordinated relationship. Media, politics and elections are interlinked together.  Social media platforms have become essential ground for the discussion of political narratives.

Goibibo and MakeMyTrip – Fake news

Is the news fake in social media about Goibibo and MakeMyTrip?

fake news in the media

A message that is going viral in WhatsApp claims that online portal like Goibibo and MakeMyTrip are now banned.  It has created a wave of panic among those who have booked through them.

Both online portals cater to bus, flight and hotel bookings throughout India and a ban on honoring their booking could possibly mean that the pre-bookings made through their portals will be canceled.

Online travel portal MakeMyTrip denied reports that spread across social media that the hotel bookings on its platform as well as on Goibibo have been banned.  They confirmed that  “it is business as usual”.

A viral fame news message on social media claimed that MakeMyTrip and Goibibo have been banned.

social media

According to MakeMyTrip CEO, all bookings on its platforms are being honored in the hotels where bookings were made through the portal.

“There is misinformation being spread in social media about hotel bookings on MakeMyTrip and Goibibo not being honored. This information being spread is completely baseless,” Rajesh Magow, MakeMyTrip Co-founder and CEO, said in a statement.

“We continue to operate our business as usual, with approximately one lakh room nights booked just yesterday on our platforms,” he added.

The CEO’s reaction came in the backdrop of some hotel partners in Ahmedabad expressing concerns on their commercial terms with MakeMyTrip and Goibibo.

The online portal has approximately 55,000 domestic hotels and 500,000 international hotels as a partner.

MakeMyTrip confirmed that the bookings on their platform across the cities are being honored and there are no hassles for any customer.

What is the truth behind this news?

Around 270 hoteliers in Ahmedabad are facing issues with online portals like Goibibo and MakeMyTrip.  They complain that the online portals overcharge the hotels and give away offers without consulting the management of the hotel.  As a protest, the hoteliers have started canceling a booking that comes through these portals.

Unlike what the social media message informs, no ban has been imposed on either of the portals. One can still book hotels on the online portals,  but the hoteliers claim that they will cancel these bookings once the customer reaches there hotel and rebook the room, offline, at the same price.

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