Archive for March, 2010

Panel Discussion and Film Screenings on the theme of “Water”

March 22nd World Water Day

New bill to penalize those wasting drinking water-Deccan Herald, Bangalore March9

Privatisation no solution to tackle water shortage in city- Deccan Herald March 9

Water Crisis to worsen in city- Deccan Herald March 12

City is the second highest water waster in country at 50.9% New Delhi tops the list at 52.4%- Deccan Herald March 13

While all these questions remain unanswered and new ones added, the city gets thirstier under the scorching summer sun and the water vendors make a fast buck( in some instances as much as Rs 1000) for a tank load of water.

A consortium of concerned organisations and institutions working on water and environment issues invite you to a panel discussion and film screenings on the use and abuse of water:

March 22nd & 23rd March, 2010 at Ashirvad, 30 St. Mark’s Road Cross, Opp. State Bank of India at 5.45pm.

Programme details

5.45 pm: Tea

6 Water Songs by Bhoomi Thayi Balaga,followed by Panel discussion: on the use and abuse of water

Panelists:

1. Prof. Stewart Ayash will speak on the Global Use and Abuse of Water. He is a scholar on international health issues, health communication and consumer health issues.

2. Viswanath Srikantaiah will speak on Water through the Ages in India. Vishwanath is a well known water activist from Bangalore who is deeply committed to water conservation and rain water harvesting. He is the founder of Rainwater Club Bangalore.

6.45 pm: Film Screening:˜Water and a City” directed by Swati Dandekar, followed by discussions.

Professor Patricia Zimmerman will lead the discussion on the Film. Prof. Patricia Zimmerman from Ithaca College USA is a scholar on cinema, photography and media arts and the co-director of Finger lake environmental film festival.

7.30 pm: Film screening ˜Living on the Edge” directed by Raseena Sherif and Anu Priya, students of Jyothi Nivas College, followed by discussions.

Mr. Leo Saldana, of Environment Support Group and environmental justice campaigner will lead the discussion.

Tuesday 23rd

6.30 pm: 6.00 pm: Film screening a) ˜Publos unibos: swineflu ground zero in mexico”- directed by Felipe Casanova and Miguel Angel Tiaz & b) ˜From big easy to big empty”- directed by Greg Palaston

Discussions with Prof. Patricia and Prof. Stewart

For Synopsis of the film,click

here

Contact: 25493705/9886213516

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Organised by Bangalore Film Society, Bhoomi Network, Green Path, Voices from the Waters, Environment Support Group (Environmental, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives). Suchitra Film Society, Rainwater Club and Samvada

Girls on the Run: Join us on March 28!

In association with Decathlon Sports, Kalenji Club, OnMobile and Forum Value Mall, Runner Girls India is proud to present the second edition of “Girls on the Run”.

Details

* Distance: 5k, 10K
* Registration time: 6 am
* Start time: 6.30 am
* Registration fee: Rs 100*
* Date: March 28, 2010
* Venue: Decathlon Sports, Sarjapura Road

* Registration process:
Call +91 505 101035 to register
(Only Visa Cards accepted and Call charges Rs. 6/- per minute)
OR
Walk-in registrations at Decathlon store March 15 onwards (10 am – 7 pm)

DIRECTIONS TO THE VENUE:
Get onto to Sarjapur Road (you will cross Springfields Apartments on your right) till you see the WIPRO office on the left.

After WIPRO, keep going straight towards the railway crossing on Sarjapur Road (away from TOTAL Mall), you will come to the Bellandur intersection and Bellandur bus stop.

Continue straight and cross the railway crossing. Then immediately you will see the store on your right.

Visit: Runner Girls India

Runner Girls India

Girls on the Run

Big Thinkers India Series, March 19

The lectures, under the banner of the Yahoo! Big Thinkers India series, bring together academia, scientists, the corporate world and the media.

This quarter, the event will be held on March 19, Friday from 3-5 pm at the Leela Hotel on Old Airport Road.

TOPIC: Does Retail Advertising Work? Measuring the Effects of Advertising on Sales via a Controlled Experiment on Yahoo!
Abstract
A randomized experiment performed in co-operation between Yahoo! and a major nationwide retailer allows us to measure the effects of online advertising on sales. We exploit a match of over one million customers between the databases of Yahoo! and the retailer, assigning them to treatment and control groups for an online advertising campaign for this retailer and then measuring each individual’s weekly sales at this retailer, both online and in stores.

We find statistically and economically significant impacts of the advertising on sales. We estimate the total effect on revenues to be more than four times the retailer’s expenditure on advertising during the study. Additional results explore differential effects of ads on online and offline sales and on individuals who click the ads versus those who merely view them. Our results provide the best measurements to date of the effectiveness of image advertising on sales, and we shed light on important questions about online advertising in particular.

SPEAKER: David Reiley, Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research

David Reiley is a Principal Research Scientist and a pioneer in the use of field experiments in economics. He has used field experiments to test theories of auction bidding and charitable fundraising, and is currently using experiments to measure the effects of display advertising on advertisers’ sales. Before joining Yahoo! Research, David worked at the Arizona Public Service Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona.

To register for the event, click here.
http://bangalore.yahoo.com/bigthinkers/register.php?event=12

Bengaluru Jana Vedike Manifesto

To see the manifesto created by many citizen volunteers,

click here

and keep this for ready reference.

It’s you and I who are concerned citizens of Bangalore, and together, we can make a difference!

Cementing the mistakes..

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The garden city is losing trees like never before, the new drive for pavements in Indira nagar is yet again proving fatal for trees as unsupervised contrators use their wisdom to lay concrete at the tree roots limiting the growth… Is the BBMP watching?

First Asian from Bangalore qualifies for RAAM

In its 27 year history, RAAM has never had an Indian participant. This year, Bangalore based cyclist Samim Rizvi broke all records by cycling a distance of 700 kms in 24 hours (March 6/7 weekend) qualifying for the event.

The target was 675 kms but Samim wanted to do a tad better and rounded it off to 700 kms. A moment that will go down in history for sure.

Samim Rizvi

Samim Rizvi

Vivek Radhakrishnan, who is another well known figure on Bangalore’s cycling circuit had this to say: “…when you actually think about the distance itself, 700 km, that is another mind-boggling thing. In fact it is so unbelievable, that many have always doubted Samim’s achievements and plans, but I have seen him, and accompanied him on a few of these crazy sessions, so to the skeptics I say “start believing, and if you care about cycling in India, start supporting and cheering this athlete who is making cycling history in this country right now!”

He continues: The qualifying distance was covered at 23 hrs with an hour to go at about 7:20 am, so we had about 50 minutes to get back to the starting point to complete his personal goal of 700 in 24. The remaining 25 kms was amazing, supporters started showing up car after car, in the end we were a convoy of a few bikers and numerous cars on the highway. People leaning out of windows, standing through the sunroofs, cheering, taking pictures and filming with their camcorders. There were people waiting along the side of the high way, it was superb, Samim kept saying “I cant believe this, this is the most amazing day of my life”.”

Samin has always been passionate about cycling. In college, he would cycle 67 km to college. His penchant for distance cycling started all the way back in childhood, when his brother and he would hire a bicycle for 50p.

In year 2006, in a bid to raise awareness on global warming, Samim ran from Bangalore to Mumbai and cycled all the way back. The team educated dhaba owners and truckers about global warming and the effects of CFS. He trains hard every week on stretches like the 120 km Bangalore-Mysore highway and on the Bangalore-Nandi Hill route.

This year in July, Samim will participate at the ultra marathon cycling race event, RAAM, which is to be held at ocean side California to Annapolis Maryland. Racers cover a distance of over 3000 miles in less than 10 days. That is about 50% longer in half the time as the Tour de France. The Solo and Team finishers collectively travel a combined distance equivalent to circling the Earth at the equator seven times!

Samim (earlier with Red Rooster Racing) is now being promoted by BullDog Sportz.

He’s a real inspiration for the Bangalore biking community, which is increasing by leaps and bounds. If you, frustrated by Bangalore’s traffic want to be a part of the solution and not the problem, then do log in and become part of this active and thriving community!

Cycling Rally on March 7th 2010

Cycle Rally – 7th March 2010

The Event: ‘Go Green Bangalore’ – A Cycle Rally in Bangalore on Sunday, 7th March 2010, 6.30 am.

The Task: Cycling 21 kms : Kanteerva Stadium – Hebbal Flyover – Kanteerva Stadium.

The Cause:

· To commemorate International Women’s Day.

· To tell Bangalore that it is time to Go Green and Healthy.

· To urge the Government to create cycling and walking lanes around the city.

Participation: Anyone and everyone who believes in cleaner and greener Bangalore. Beg, borrow, buy a cycle and be at Kanteerva Stadium. Email us and we will send you the application form.

Conducted by: Women Adventure Network of India (WANI), this event is being held in Bangalore, Nagpur, Jamshedpur, Mount Abu, Baroda and Surat.

Contact:

· Vasumathi Srinivasan: vasumathis@dataone.in

· Smitha Srinivasan: smithasrinivasan@gmail.com

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