Bangalore’s tallest flag poll gets the largest national flag

Indian FlagGovernor HR Bhardwaj hoisted tri-colour, weighing at 31kg, measures 72ft by 48ft at a dizzy height of 65 metres at the National Military Memorial. The day coincided the 117th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the day, the Supreme Court Jan 23, 2005 permitted the hoisting of the National Flag in public places.

Military memorial in public area

Names of about 24,000 martyrs have been inscribed in plaques on the memorial’s walls. India Gate in New Delhi is the only military memorial in public area which displays names of 70,000 Indian soldiers who were martyred during the World Wars.


Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal program brings hope in children

Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal program is an incentive for children to continue their education. Akshaya Patra is feeding over 5 lakh children in Karnataka in five locations-Bangalore, Hubli-Dharwad, Bellary, Mysore and Mangalore.The Akshaya Patra Foundation is the largest non-profit organisation in the world to implement the school meal program.

Akshaya Patra's mid-day meal program

Close to 13.5 million underprivileged children in India are out of school and into child labor in order to earn a single meal in a day. Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal program helps underprivileged children by providing them with a healthy, balanced meal that they would otherwise have to work for.


Akshaya Patra Foundation started Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal program from the inspiration of A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who saw a group of children fighting with street dogs over scraps of food and the incident led Swami to determination that no one within a ten mile radius of their center should go hungry. With that vision Akshaya Patra Foundation started Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal program in Bangalore by feeding 1500 children in 5 schools.Now the Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal program expanded to 18 locations across 8 states in India to feed over 1.2 million children.

The vision of Akshaya Patra Foundation is that “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.” The Akshay Patra Foundation is a wonderful organization and govt has offered its support by granting 100% tax benefits to the donors.

The Mid-day Meal program is conducted in the Private-Public Partnership model within the guidelines of the government.There are many other NGOs providing mid-day meals in the country but Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal program not only provide children with much needed nutrition, but also encourage them in their education. For ten years Akshaya Patra has worked to provide underprivileged children in India. Now Akshaya Patra Foundation targets to serve 5 million (50 lakh) children by 2020.

Many of Akshaya Patra’s donors also sponsor a child on a regular basis either monthly, quarterly or annually. A contribution of just Rs. 525 will help to feed a child for a year. Akshaya Patra Foundation has also started their online donation program where people can contribute their donations online.


Big chill leaves Bangalore shivering

Officially, winter is yet to set in.Weathermen warn Bangaloreans to keep shawls and pullovers handy, for the days will grow chillier. The temperature will dip further once the low-pressure build-up dissipates. The lowest temperature this month — 17.1 degree Celsius — was recorded on December 4 and 5.

The coldest Decembers in the past five years were 2007 (11.8 degree Celsius), 2005 (13.6 degree), 2008 (13.9 degree), 2006 (14.2 degree) and 2009 (15 degree).

The finger-curling chill is due to a low-pressure build-up off the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh coasts. The weather is also due to a sky overcast with clouds, leading to minimal solar radiation. This is an annual phenomenon, but this time of greater intensity. The rest of the state was quite warm, with coastal Karnataka recording 30 degrees and other areas averaging 25-28 degrees.

-Times of India

Fake firm conducted campus interview

Two persons were detained after a company suspected to be a fictitious one. As many as 120 students of the college had attended the job interview, and the company selected 100 aspirants, and collected Rs 200 each from them. The company’s plans went awry when one of the students became suspicious after seeing the receipt. It did not have the firm’s name or address.

The fake firm collected money from students of RBANMS College near Ulsoor Lake Circle Bangalore.As many as 120 students of the college had attended the job interview, and the company selected 100 aspirants, and collected Rs 200 each from them. At least seven students of the evening colleges resigned their jobs, after the company had offered them employment with a monthly salary of Rs18,000.

The company’s plans went awry when one of the students became suspicious after seeing the receipt. It did not have the firm’s name or address. He demanded a proper receipt.The student informed others when the two representatives failed to provide a proper receipt. The representatives told him that their boss Anand had not given them a certified receipt book. The students staged a protest demanding the company to repay the money. The representatives refused saying it could be refunded only by Anand. The company officials even tried to contact the man, but he could not be reached.

The Bharatinagar police said the incident was a case of cheating and the company was bogus.They have recovered the registration money and handed it back to the students.


Grand Finale of Rangarang held at DVG Road

Grand Finale of Ranga rang – The Rangoli Utsava was held at DVG Road Basavanagudi, on 19th September’10 Sunday. Around 100 women displayed unique designs on the road which was closed for the public from 8 am to 10 am.

The final winners have been selected by a jury consisting of eminent personalities viz., Dr. Kulkarni (Principal of Chitrakala Parishat), B K S Verma (Artist of high repute), Mano Murthy (Music Director) and Rajesh Krishna (Popular Singer). The playback singer Sonu Niigaam distributed prizes at the end of the competition. Post-completion, the road was opened only for pedestrians.

The rangoli utsava was organized as an attempt to revive the fading art form by Shree Vidyraranya Yuvaka Sangha as part of Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava 2010-Rangarang. The preliminary round was held at APS College Grounds, Basvangudi on 8 August 2010 and over 1500 women will participate and displayed their rangoli skills. The best 100 was chosen to participate in the Grand Finale round. The grand finale was held at DVG Road on September 19th.

First Prize-Bharathi Suresh
Second Prize-Suvarna Keshav
Third Prize-Veena Rajendra

Prizes in gold were sponsored by Shree Sai Gold Palace, DVG road, Basavanagudi. Rangarang – the Rangoli Utsava was a part of 48th year celebration of the Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava by Shree Vidyaranya Yuvaka Sangha.

Courtesy: Times of India & Bengaluru Ganesh Utsava 2010

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Rang De Freedom Concert 2010

Musicians Ranjani and Gayatri

CommonFloor brings an exclusive offer to CommonFloor (CF) members. First 10 CF members will get Free Tickets for “Freedom Concert 2010”- Click here to apply for Free Tickets now.. Limited seats available.

“Freedom Concert 2010” a Carnatic classical music concert that is being organized by the Rang De Bangalore Chapter with an overwhelming support from celebrity artistes Ranjani and Gayatri. With support from CommonFloor, NABARD, The Hindu, Corner stone Properties, Printo and Geodesic, the Rang De Bangalore chapter presents to you an evening you will cherish. Ranjani and Gayatri are one of the topmost Carnatic musicians of today. They have created an exciting style of their own, which combines the eternal values of pure classicism with an enchanting freshness of approach.

“Freedom Concert 2010” is being organized by the Rang De Bangalore Chapter. Rang De is a web-based social initiative that supports rural micro-entrepreneurs from low-income households with cost-effective low-interest loans to either set up or run a small business. Donor passes are priced at Rs.250 and Rs.500 and are available on IndianStage. You can also call Sreekanth on 9739142852 or Smita on 09790967648 for tickets and information on discounts for bulk booking.

  • Where: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Racecourse Road, Bangalore
  • When: Saturday, August 14 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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Women corporators are Corporators only in name

Bangalore mirror a leading newspaper of Times of India, recently brought out some strange and shocking news about women corporators in Bangalore. One third of Bangalore’s corporators are women. Most of these women, however, are corporators only in name. Following is abstract of news published by Bangalore Mirror:

On Sunday (yes, we deliberately chose an ‘off day’), Bangalore Mirror did a sting by calling up 30 women corporators. We posed as residents who had urgent problems. To make it as clinical as possible, we chose a wide cross-section of wards that reflects the demographic and socio-economic diversity of the city. About 50 per cent of the women corporators didn’t even take the calls. Among the rest, about 80 per cent were represented by a close male relative. The men who answered our calls were mostly husbands. All these men were clearly doing more than switchboard duties. They were the actual power wielders as evidenced by their tone, which ranged from the assured to the strident. Only 20 per cent of the women corporators answered the call themselves. They responded with alacrity that almost compensated for the disappointing show of their peers. It shows how vibrant the corporation would become if the gender gap is bridged in substance as well.

Who answered the call: Husband (name: Lokesh) What he said: Madame is not here. I am taking care of all the work. Nagarathna is my wife; she is the corporator. But you can tell me what your problems are, I will solve them for you. I am the one doing all the running around for her. You won’t be able to talk to her.

Who answered the call: Husband (name: Mukunda Rao) What he said: Why do you want to speak to my wife? I am the councillor here although she holds the seat. I’ve been working all the time for the ward. If you want anything you tell me. She cannot come on the line.

Who answered the call: Husband (name: Chakravarthi) What he said: I used to be corporator in this area and I know about the problems here. No one knows as much about this area as I do. My wife is the corporator, but I am the one who takes care of the residents’ problems here.

Who answered the call: Neighbour (name: ) What he said: She is not here. I am the one taking her calls now. I am her neighbour and I can answer your questions.

Who answered the call: Relative (name: ) What he said: I am her relative and I use this phone. She is out of town for two days.

Who answered the call: Husband (name: Venkatarama) What he said: I know you have a water problem. Since my wife cannot handle everything, I do many things on her behalf.

Who answered the call: Husband (name: Chikkegowda) What he said: She is not here. She doesn’t carry her phone. I am her husband and you can call me on this number in the morning and we can see if something can be done about your problem.

Who answered the call: Husband (name: Srinivas Murthy) What he said: I understand that you have problems with the newly laid road. We are going to take action about it soon. Please drop a letter with your problem stated in it and I will take a look at it.

Who answered the call: Husband (name: Shashikumar) What he said: My wife has stepped out for some work. You can tell me your problem. If the water problem is in Attur layout, it is not a big thing. We are getting borewells installed


What she said: I am the corporator of this area and I’m accessible on all days. We corporators don’t have a holiday on Sunday. There are many issues in the area and I want to understand them. All residents are available on Sundays and this is the time we can interact with them.


What she said: This is Dasarahalli area and everyone knows our area’s problems. If water is an issue, I will speak with the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board. Don’t worry about it. Just call me tomorrow morning as today is Sunday and engineers are not available.”

Who attended the call: Son (name:) What he said: My mother will call you back in 20 minutes.
Gowramma did call back in 20 minutes. “I was out on some errand but if you have any problem please give me your address. I will make sure that BWSSB officials come there and solve your problem.”


What she said: In which crossroad do you live? Just drop a letter to my office and we will take a look at the problem.

What she said: In this area, people are struggling to get water. For me, the concern is to get water to the area first, purity comes next. In places like Kolar, the fluoride content is very high in the water, probably, in your case it is the same. Presently, I cannot do anything about it.

That last was a matter-of-fact response. Blunt but honest. A response that is preferable anytime to apathy.

Courtesy: Bangalore Mirror