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The Beauty of the Sausage Tree (Kigelia pinnata)

Jayanagar, near the Ashoka Pillar, has an avenue (an avenue, by definition, is a tree-lined street), filled with, among other trees, Sausage Trees .

This is the time when the tree bears both flowers and fruits, and incredibly striking they are, too.

Here’s a flower and a bud:

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Here are some flowers, hanging down on their stalks:

sausage tree flowers on stalks

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Trees for free.org – 3rd Annual celebration!

The treesforfree 3rd annual celebration starts at 5:00 PM on 8th November. There will be a show on environment by school students, and various other programs.

INVITE

The place to reach for all these activities is: St. Charles High School, St. Thomas Town, Near Frazer Town, Lingarajapuram, Bangalore

Please come, along with your friends, family and colleagues, and pass on the message to all.
This google map link will provide you directions. Contact Janet at 9845449703, if you need any more information.

Namma Raste,Namma Ooru Walk from Lalbagh West Gate on Nov 9, 2008

Hasiru Usiru, a network of community organisations, residents associations, project affected communities, voluntary organisations and individuals concerned about protecting equitable access to public spaces such as roads and parks in Bengaluru, invite you to participate in a Walk to Reclaim Bengaluru on November 9th 2008, at 11 am at Lalbagh West Gate. The key purpose is to highlight the extensive damage that road-widening and Metro projects are causing to the city, destroying in the process lives, livelihoods and thousands of trees. This walk is also to demand an inclusive planning process in shaping our city and ensuring that short-sighted, elite induced, infrastructure development, does not cause irreversible damage to the city and ruin the lives of thousands.

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Vastrabharana…

On occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and the long weekend following, city vibes keeping its patrons busy with various means.

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A range of Indian sarees displayed in the center of a art gallery of Chitrakala Parishat, housing an exhibition of traditional Indian sarees. Artisans and traders from various parts of the country participated to showcase their expertise and range.
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Views from your backyard

A friend of ours has just moved to a place near Hosur and I guess you
can see why. There’s a picturesque lake skirting his backyard.

Just imagine, a place to call home, with a lake attached.
Straight out of a dream sequence.

I didn’t have my regular camera with me and these pictures were taken with
my N72. Not bad at all.

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Celebrating festivities…

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City is busy celebrating Ganesha festival, even the busy streets like this SP road which is an electronics & engineering market does celebrate festivities by way of offering free lunches to the community.
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What happens after they’ve cut down every tree in sight?

I was in the thick of traffic the other day driving somewhere and the traffic hadn’t moved for a few hours. Okay, it wasn’t a few hours, but it was close to half hour. As usual, people had jammed up the road by treating the two way road like a one-way road – this meant that the on-coming traffic now had absolutely nowhere to go.

So the result was that we were stuck. And badly. And of course, no one had any clue what to do after that. The rickshaws and motorbikes got onto the pavement. That’s one thing I am happy about – that Bangalore hardly has pavements because most of the times they’re used by 2 wheelers :-)

Earlier, they had cut down all the trees in the surrounding area – if you folks have been on St. John’s Road recently – you’ll see how mercilessly they’ve chopped down everything. I saw huge bulldozers one day and tree stumps lying all around the side of the road. The next day, everything was gone. This was one beautiful road – the stately old gulmohar trees providing the much needed shade by forming a canopy over you.

What have they done now? Cut off all of them – more than 50 of them I think – to make the road the size of a football field. Did they ask anyone before they decided to take up their axe?

Unfortunately, none of the other connecting roads are so wide so we are stuck with the same congestion problem – again. And it was proof that all the tree-chopping by the tree mafia hadn’t changed a thing. We were still stuck in one position for 1/2 hour now despite them making St John’s road the size of a football field.

Wider roads within reason is fine but what is this mindless chopping without a second thought? Without any concern or approval from citizens (is this allowed? do we have any rights?!). How many more trees will they cut and how wide will they go? And what when they’ve finished cutting down everything in sight? What will they do after that? Have they figured out that one day, there won’t be anything left to cut and chop off?

We really need people who are slightly smarter and think a little when on the road too. And that is going to be a challenge, always. Can you imagine a motorist pausing and thinking, “maybe I shouldn’t go that way and block all the incoming traffic”. Road sense I am afraid, especially when in times when most needed, goes away with the wind (perhaps it was never there to begin with).

We need more traffic cops out there sorting out traffic problems. Where do these people disappear when you need them? We need more ways to get from one place to another! We need a whole new underground train system that will take off half off the motorists and vehicles off the roads.

I think we need a lot more than mindless tree-chopping and I am afraid that by the time this city finds out, it’s going to be too late. It is already too late.

It took me 2 hours to reach from Koramangala to Silk Board, a distance of about 3-4 kms.

Recycled ‘Urban Worries’…

– Are we eating veggies that are cultivated in wastewater?

a new 53-city survey, including Bangalore and Chennai, conducted by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) indicates that most of those studied are using untreated or partially treated wastewater for agriculture. In over 70 per cent of the cities studied, more than half of urban agricultural land is irrigated with wastewater that is either raw or diluted in streams with wide ranging implications. Less said the better for the health hazards due to heavy metals, a wide spectrum of pathogens and organic compounds that are hazardous to the environment and human health.

“In areas where infectious diseases due to enteric pathogens are common, these pathogens are found in very high concentrations in the sewage water. When this water is used for irrigation without any treatment the pathogens are applied to the agricultural land. This is a potential health risk to people exposed to it, such as field workers and their families, consumers and handlers of wastewater-irrigated crops and people living in the neighborhood, passing the fields frequently” says this report.

US Consulate & EVAA: Panel Discussion on "Meeting the Challenges of Terrorism"

U.S. Consulate General, Chennai

&

Exchange Visitors Alumni Association of South India (EVAA)

Cordially invite you for a panel discussion on

MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF TERRORISM

Introductory Remarks by

Ms. Ragini Gupta

(Consul for Cultural Affairs, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai)

Discussions led by

Dr. D.V. Guruprasad, IPS

(ADGP, Recruitment & Training, Government of Karnataka)

Mr. Binod HR

(Senior VP & Units head – India IBU, Infosys Technologies)

Dr. M.J. Vinod

(Professor, Department of Political Science, Bangalore University)

Moderated by

Dr. B. M. Chengappa

(Assistant Editor, Deccan Herald)

on

Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 4:30 p.m.

at

Taj West End (Conference Room), Race Course Road Bangalore

RSVP: 6660-5660 (Taj) or 97413-50318

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Please join us for tea/refreshments at 4:00 p.m.

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.

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