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India Against Corruption. > Dec 17th, Support Anna Hazare

What Assange is to World, Anna is to India….

Folks, block your calenders, Anna Hazare and members of his core team will participate in a rally here on December 17, as part of their demand to “save the Lokayukta institution in Karnataka.Team members Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Kiran Bedi would participate in the rally, which would be part of many held across Karnataka, Former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde and noted Gandhian H S Doreswamy would lead the rally…..

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!

ATREE Seminar on Urban Ecology

The Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
invites you to an Urban Ecology Public Seminar, on Saturday 30th
January 2010, the first of a series of public seminars to be held by
ATREE in the coming months, with the aim of creating a platform to
facilitate exchange of information, and generate discussion on
ecological and environmental issues critical to Bangalore. This
meeting is open to all interested, and will be held from 10 a.m. –
12.30 at Loyola Hall (ground floor), Ashirvad, #30 St.Marks Road
Cross, Bangalore – 560001, tel: 22210154 (opp the SBI main office on
St. Marks road).

The schedule is as below – each presentation will be for about 40
minutes followed by an open discussion.

10 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. – registration
10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. – “Street trees of Bangalore: a critical
ecological and environmental resource”, by Harini Nagendra
11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. – “Urban commons: A case study of Agara lake”,
by Rohan D’Souza

Contact Person:

Harini Nagendra, PhD.
DST Ramanujan Fellow and Urban Ecology Coordinator
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Royal Enclave, Srirampura, Jakkur Post
Bangalore 560064

Averebele Mela @ VV Puram..

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Jathre meaning festival, this one was special as it revolves around Beans and all the possible food items with core ingredient as “Averebele”. The annual Magadi Averebele Mela, which is held near Sajjan Rao Circle at V V Puram since Thursday is a culinary and visual treat for fans of the humble ‘hithakabele’. This year’s mela will go on for ten days till the 17th of January. (more…)

Bangalore @ Night

There are colours all over, if you want to see them! Was walking around in Brigade road at around 10 PM on a weekday, and saw these lovely play of neon and the mundane.

Night Street

Night Street

Night Street

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The Bangalore Book Festival (BBF)

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With over a three million titles on display, 340 stalls from leading publishers and distributors, this 10 day long Bangalore Book Festival (BBF) is open to public from 9th Nov till 15th Nov ( i.e. today) is claimed to be indias largest book festival….
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The National Do Not Call list – the most successful nation wide “Stress management program” ever!!

First, I was wearing a winning smile and authoritative tone to respond to unwanted calls from insurance, credit card and even stock broking houses ringing in… since Sept 2008 I was informed my number is on a” National DO NOT call list” the much hyped process that delivered just a promise of respecting my privacy… it is been a while now and the I have matured! I came to know that there is nothing in India that is promised and delivered as a system when it comes to such arrangements. The very fact that each operator first took your complains and never let you know if they have informed the caller or even bother to keep track of the numbers that called me umpteen number of times that was directly proportional to the complaints I registered…

Soon came the prohibition of SMS, that were too drafted in that act to provide additional layer of the comfort to all user that the respect for privacy comes along in made shapes and shades…the shady work continues as operators now send me SMSs using a character name of sender so that your can not identify the number from where they were sent as well as you can never complain against them… the saga continues raising the tolerance levels as I continue to change and learn patience… the program which should have been called NATIONAL TELECOM USERS STRESS MANAGENT was yielding results in the context of useless words and never even successful marketing initiatives amidst the unsolicited calls… the years passed by!!

As a matter of fact I now have learned to accept that each of such calls make me speak to someone who also is under the same stress management program but gets paid to do so. The aggression has tamed down and given my way to politeness eventually…I learnt it hard way and thanks to “whom so ever” drafting the act and the process thereof” I continue to be polite, indifferent to the callers and the principle who continue to boost corporate social responsibilities by their honchos yet enable triggers that ring in me time and again…!!

How to stop indiscriminate cutting of trees in Bangalore

Simple steps to do if you see a tree being cut –
(Pls also read the full preservation of trees act for complete details , I’ve attached it with this email and am also pasting the link below –
http://hasiruusiru.org/joomla/images/stories/pdf/LawsAndPolicies/karnatakapreservationoftreesact.pdf)

Steps
Approach the contractor/workers cutting the tree. Ask them if they have the approval of tree officer, BBMP for cutting the tree.

If they dont have the order
Ask them to stop. Tell the that they are not authorised to cut trees and that they can be arrested for cutting trees without required permission. Please call the relevant tree officer.( Details in latter half of mail.)
Tell them the details – what’s happening and where. Ask her/him to come immediately and get the work stopped. If tree officer does not answer her/his phone, call their office number. If you dont get through to that, call the cops from the police station under whose jurisdiction the said road is located. Alert local residents and try and gather support (this could be counter-productive sometimes, they may want the tree to be cut) . And yes, pls take pics of the trees being cut.

If they have the order
Please have a look at the order and see what it says.
Does it have a BBMP seal? Does the order explicitly state that the full tree needs to be cut? Is it signed by the tree officer? Note – some times the tree officers permit the branches to be cut, but people use that to cut the whole tree. If permission is granted only for cutting branches, only branches can be cut, not the trunk. In case they have what appears to be a order, but the order looks fishy/incomplete, call the tree officer on cellphone/landline and inquire if permission has been granted.

In case they do have the order to cut trees and it looks like they have been granted permission, just double-check with the tree officer anyway. Call the tree officer on cell-phone/landline and speak to her/him confirming if an order has been passed to cut the trees in that location.

If they have the order and it looks like its genuine and the order allows felling of trees
If at the end you realise that the tree officer has granted permission to cut the trees, there is not much you can do at that moment to stop it. Ask the tree officer if trees are being replanted in the same area, to compensate for the trees being cut. If trees are not being replanted in the same area, thats a violation of the act.

Later, you can also file an appeal with the tree authority, BBMP against the
tree officer’s order.

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Frames of Mind…

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Bangalore Photography Club’s annual photography exhibition will be held at Chitrakala Parishat, Kumar Krupa Road, Bangalore – on August 28, 29, 30 from 11 AM to 8 PM.

Monumental Claims…

Perhaps this is one of the biggest desires everyone will have in the city, the Metro, with news claiming that the Metro network will be fully operational by September 2012..

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“The project, consisting of seven underground stations, will be commissioned by September 2012. On completion, train service will be provided at an interval of four minutes initially, and it will be reduced to three minutes in due course,” BMRCL has committed to get the entire network ready by that month in an affidavit filed in the Karnataka High Court. Hope this deadline does not remain on the affidavit alone…

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