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Law of the Land!!

Place Domlur Kormangala inner ring road – Sunday late noon today, a traffic officer rides his bike without helmet and in wrong direction, looks like ‘charity is yet to begin at home’..

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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?

Kommaghatta Lake in Kengeri area…suddenly disappears

I belong to a group of women, and we call ourselves BULBs…Bangalore Urban Lady-Birders. One of our favourite destinations to go birding (or bird-watching) is…Kommaghatta Lake (in Kengeri).

Yesterday we went birding to Manchinabele Reservoir and several of us planned to go to Kommaghatta Lake this morning.

One of us did visit…and found that the lake had…disappeared.

Here’s part of her message:

“sorry for sending bad news your way so early, ….i reached the *erstwhile* kommaghatta lake and found no sign of it… I could hardly believe my eyes… the entire lake is GONE, disappeared, lake bed dredged up and big mounds lying all over the place. walked across the lake bed… i meant to walk the entire stretch but after a point didn’t have the heart to do it…. still can’t get over the anger and the shock….
no cheers,
-g”

The anguish we all feel speaks through those strong words. How DARE BBMP dry up our water bodies like this? Have they no sense? I read last week that BBMP does not want to plant any more trees in Bangalore because “the roots are shallow”. This may be true of the Rain trees and the Spathodeas (which are from Africa) …but what about planting banyan trees, neem trees or mango trees instead? Our old roads and highways had shelter for wayfarers, and sheltered wildlife and birds, and gave welcome shade even to motorized vehiccles.

What on earth is wrong with our present government that they are so extremely shortsighted>

Is there some way we can get the BBMP to account for the disappearance of Kommaghatta Lake?

I am told that Jakku Lake has been similarly drained. I am…truly anguished. Should I stand by and see my city being murdered and literally dried to death in this fashion? NOTHING will bring back the trees and the lakes once they are going. We can just have “Sampangi Tank Road” and “Miller Road Tank Bed” as road signs, that’s all.

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to see where Kommaghatta Lake is….was…situated.

Fearless Karnataka: Let’s reclaim our space

Seven attacks in ten days. In response to the recent attacks against women in the city of Bangalore, many individuals and organsiations have come together to form FEARLESS KARNATAKA or Nirbhaya Karnataka to reclaim public spaces and promote safety for all.

In the wake of a series of attacks in Mangalore (the latest one was reported on February 24, 2009), women have been targeted in the name of morality, culture and “public decency”. The attacks in Bangalore seem to be a continuation of those that took place in Mangalore and coastal Karnataka regions – even though the identity of the attackers (and the organizations they belong to) could have differed.

In an attempt to fight against the climate of fear, the Fearless Karnataka collective would like to announce the following activities:
1. A protest march to the office of Dr. Ajai Kumar Singh, DG & IGP, on March 7, 2009.
2. A ‘Take Back the Night’ campaign on March 8, 2009
3. A poster campaign asking bystanders who witness attacks on women to act

There are several other efforts, including signature campaigns, art exhibitions, etc which are happening simultaneously..
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Trickster Stories

A lot of such things probably keep happening every day here in our city but not many get highlighted and make much news. But these incidents need to get shared to create awareness especially among the vulnerable – the elderly, women & kids.

 

These two incidents involve folks from my neighborhood. Both elderly, one involves a man & the other a woman.

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Five Blasts in Bangalore Outskirts

3.00 pm > CNN IBN reports > Five low intensity blasts Bangalore outskirts at 1.30pm afternoon in a matter of 12 minutes

One in Madiwala check post – (Hosur road), (several injured and one women dead) another in Nayandhahalli (Mysore road) and Ashok Nagar, Langford town(Raja Ram Mohan circle), Audugudi. ( all in south Bangalore)

Police sources said that these are low intensity blasts (gelatin sticks with timer device) and are cause to create fear panic.

Profiteering of few Sr. Govt officers….

Lokayukta has done it again; surfacing the bemani properties of corrupt sr.govt officials… this still seems to be the tip of the iceberg …

Lok Ayukta sleuths swooped down on the Bangalore residence of Davangere assistant commissioner (commercial taxes) Amanulla Sharief on Friday morning, They unearthed documents for property worth Rs 1.35 crore and cash from his house, whereas his entire 30 years’ earnings would have come to just Rs 30 lakh.
The Lok Ayukta also raided residences of nine officials, including an IAS officer, a deputy superintendent of police, commercial tax department officers. The raid yielded properties worth Rs 20 crore, disproportionate to their known sources of income. Read more..

What’s happening is not something new; the corruption has deeper roots in almost everything in our country, the lac of drive from political and administrative fronts to uproot the same. The need of hour perhaps is to protect the public wealth and interest rather than compromising our democratic principles and maintain the ‘chalta hai attitude’. The legal framework though has noted this down the ‘suo motto’ actions from political arena must be deep asleep over these cases for sure…

International Women’s Day….

Here’s a delightful scene I snapped last Saturday in Lalbagh:

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Are those women picnicking in the park? (Couldn’t see if there was food inside the circle.) Do they have a more serious agenda? What could have brought so many of them to the park, so early in the morning, away from their households? I preferred not to go up and ask, and leave explanations to my imagination…

Here’s to women everywhere. I don’t say we are always the angels that all those internet forwards talk about; we are human, we have our vices and failings, too…but in general, it’s a sisterhood that I am proud to belong to, and here’s wishing for the day when each woman will be able to realize her full potential…..when gender will not be an issue worth discussing, and we don’t have to have a special Women’s Day, because every day will be one.

BMTC bus accidents – A fact of life or something to do about

The report in the Monday issue of Times of India about yet another person getting killed by a BMTC bus caught my attention. It was the typical news piece, picture of the boy who had been killed, pictures of damaged BMTC busses & some startling statistics. What is the reader’s typical reaction to a news piece like this? Read it, feel sorry for the people affected & move to the next page.
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Additional security at ATMs

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What’s a regular feature in newspapers these days, is the increasing incidence of young people being stopped, late at night on city roads and taken at knife-point to ATMs. I’m wondering if banks are paying attention to this and are working on a security solution.

Here’s a thought that comes to mind.

What banks can do for instance, is include a panic code, that can be added on to the normal code. If your code is 4637 and you add 37 or a pre-determined number, the machine could go into “safe mode”; and maybe just allow the withdrawal of small amounts. It’s important here, for the system not to shut access totally, because the “hijacker” could get rough if he knows what’s going on.

Whatever the solution, the credit card / account holder needs to have the facility of activating a “safe mode” – especially if the security guard at the ATM has also been overpowered.

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