Annamma with her new truck | Photo Credit: Handout E Mail
Buys truck to increase volume with door-to-door collection to make up for decrease in price of plastic & paper waste
She was a 10 years old when she started following her grandmother as she picked up waste from the city’s streets. Thirty years later, Annamma has established herself as an entrepreneur. She has become the first waste picker in the city to buy a truck for door-to-door collection of dry waste, and is already looking to purchase a second vehicle in the near future.
For somebody who was picking waste from the streets as late as 2013, Annamma’s rise is nothing less than phenomenal. “When the civic body wanted waste pickers to start manning dry waste collection centres (DWCC), I was not confident about taking up the task. I lived in a hut with no electricity and had saved ₹50,000 to build a house. But I invested the money and started a DWCC. This centre has grown into a business today,” she says, beaming with pride.
She has been running the DWCC for ward 101, Kamakshipalya for four years now. She now deals with nearly two tonnes of dry waste every day.
She was able to avail a loan to build a three-bedroom house in Ullal Upanagar, where her hut once stood. “My daughters used to read sitting under a street light or read all night on the new moon day, as there was no electricity. Today, they have a study room,” says Annamma.
Recently, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) gave the responsibility of door-step collection of dry waste twice a week to DWCCs, mostly run by former waste pickers in their respective wards. This entails expansion of DWCC operations and capital investment on vehicles and personnel.
Annamma, who is one of the more successful entrepreneurs in the sector, acted decisively and purchased a truck to start door-step collection of waste. “I don’t know how to read or write. But I am good at math because of the business I run. These are tough times as the prices of plastic and paper waste have fallen. The only way to survive is to increase the volume, which is what I expect will happen with door-step collection,” Annamma explained her strategy.
High price to pay
Nalini Shekhar of the NGO Hasirudala, who has been working with Annamma for the past four years, said that it is a challenge for people like her to become entrepreneurs, as the waste sector is not considered an industry by banks.
“The rate of interest on the loan availed by Annamma is 18%. We are looking for some other institution that will charge a lower rate of interest,” she said.
Annamma is worried about the cost of expansion and the need to hire more people. “We need six men to run the show. But we have employed only four with my husband and me doing the jobs of the other two to reduce costs,” she said.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by K.V. Aditya Bharadwaj / February 27th, 2017
Mowgli’s jungle, where his friends and enemies walked and prowled, was largely created on a few computer screens in Bengaluru.
It was on a few computer screens in Bengaluru that a blue screen at Hollywood was transformed into a rich canvas of dense forests that hosted the tense drama of Disney’s The Jungle Book.
A significant part of the film, which took home the award for Best Visual Effects during the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night, was done in Bengaluru, where nearly 300 engineers — out of nearly 800 spread across LA and London — built and provided the finishing touches to a jungle world where Mowgli, his friends and enemies walked and prowled.
“The film was extremely challenging and would be a huge benchmark for visual effects. We had childhood attachments too, for ‘Jungle Book’ is an Indian story. We always hope for the best, but an Oscar is the icing on the cake,” says Amit Sharma, head of compositing at MPC Studio Bengaluru, which was the lead VFX studio for the film.
The mandate given to them was to render a photo-real world, where 224 unique animals would be “captured in their surroundings” as if they were roped in for the film.
Two teams scoured through six forests of south and central India, through three seasons, covering nearly 18,000 km. The result was 20 TB of information and four lakh photographs rendering a landscape, from the rocks to the waterfalls, ferns to pebbles.
“The ‘man-village’ inspiration came from rural Rajasthan, the wolf caves from Badami caves, Banyan trees from Goa, and elephants from those seen at Periyar… these were the references, but everything was created from scratch,” said Mr. Sharma.
From LA to Bengaluru
From Los Angeles, the Oscar statue is expected to come straight to Bengaluru, where the engineers will be given a chance to party with it, said Biren Ghose, executive director of MPC Bengaluru. Engineers in the city had previously played a role in the Oscar-winning Life of Pi in 2012, apart from rendering the graphics for at least six other films nominated for the Academy Awards over the years.
“The complexity, technology and technique used was far beyond Life of Pi because of the scale we were looking at — an entire world that was a crossover of animation and visual effects. All of which was created to an extent that the line between reality and computer-generated characters became blurred… at one point, even Mowgli was computer-generated, and the audience did not know it,” said Mr. Ghose.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter / Bengaluru – February 28th, 2017
Students of RV College of Engineering with their car
The RV College of Engineering’s student racing team, Ashwa Racing will unveil two cars – one hybrid and another combustion-based that have been developed and designed by its students, today. The team will also be participating at two international student competitions in USA and Italy to be held in a few months.
The combustion vehicle will take part in the ‘Formula SAE Italy’ that will take place in July that will see participation from around 80 teams from across the world. The hybrid vehicle will take part at the ‘Formula Hybrid’ competition to take place in May. Both the events have been organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers or SAE.
Dr Ravi Kulkarni, professor and mentor of the student team say that there have been a few tweaks and changes this year in the vehicles. For example in the combustion car they have reduced the weight by as much as 40 kgs compared to previous vehicle. There are also very improvements in the combustion vehicle. “We have been taking part in these competitions for quite now and I can tell you that we do pretty well. For example in the Hybrid category we came fourth last year. This year we want to finish in the top three.”
Kulkarni further says that the team has been improving over the years. “People think that these are primarily racing events however more then racing these test the engineering capabilities of a team. The races test parameters such a drivability and maneuverability, endurance and other factors.”
Rounak Maru, a fourth year instrumentation student and a team member highlighted that there are as many as 110 students from across all years and various branches who are part of the team.
He also highlighted that for the combustion based vehicle, a few teams from India may also be participating. “For the hybrid event however our team is probably the only one from the country,” he adds
Rounak Maru, a fourth year instrumentation student and a team member highlighted that there are as many as 110 students from across all years and various branches who are part of the team. He also highlighted that for the combustion based vehicle, a few teams from India may also be participating.
“For the hybrid event however our team is probably the only one from the country,” he adds.
source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Express News Service / February 25th, 2017
Of late, Bengaluru has been playing host to a number of initiatives that primarily focus on a cultural exchange between India and Japan.
Cut to the latest, the city witnessed the second chapter of the All Women World Arts Festival.
Presented by International Arts and Culture Foundation, the event aimed at women empowerment and promote arts and culture. During the cultural evening, audiences were treated to a host of music and dance performances.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> Entertainment> Events> Bangalore / TNN / February 27th, 2017
Safe drinking water is a mirage for most people in the country. While some urban areas may still have access to potable water, it’s not so in the hinterlands. Despite scientists trying to develop new technologies to provide clean water, they are yet to reach rural areas.
But an engineering student has designed and developed a cost-effective, eco-friendly solution to make safe drinking water available to everyone.
Niranjan Karagi, a final-year student of Angadi Institute of Technology and Management in Belagavi, has come up with a portable water purifier called ‘Nirnal’ that costs just Rs 20.
Ask him how he came up with the idea and the 22-year-old explains, “There is a playground near my house where schoolchildren play daily. I often see them filling up their empty plastic bottles with dirty water from a tank nearby. The sight of children drinking unclean water motivated me to design the purifier.”
He added, “After a few days of working on the product, I filtered some water and sent the sample to the Chief Food Divisional Office in Bengaluru and the results were good.”
And then, there was no looking back for the young engineer. He decided to take the project to the next level and approached Leaders Accelerating Development (LEAD) programme of Deshpande Foundation in Hubballi and Sandbox Startup. Both the organisations partially funded the project and guided Niranjan on developing the filter unit. In July 2016, the product was launched.
“As of now I have sold more than 8,000 units to schoolchildren, farmers and daily wage labourers,” says Niranjan. He also supplied the units to Army commandos who came for training at the base camp in Belagavi in January.
He has also received bulk orders from countries in Africa, and Qatar. At present, he is working on a prototype of the purifier that can be fit into a bottle of any dimension, not just pet bottles. The newly-designed product will be launched in March.
“It is in the final stages of completion. I am also planning to tie up with the Karnataka government so that I can reach more children across the state and distribute the purifier free of cost,” he says.
source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnataka / by Payal Gangishetty / Express News Service / February 19th, 2017
This is no run-of-the-mill ordinary oven. It is an eco-friendly oven that saves up to 60 percent of gas, and what’s more, it can help restaurants and hotels save lacs of rupees.
Vijay Kumar Hegde, director of Susi Global Research is the inventor of this energy saving oven. Normally, when the flame touches the utensil, 35 to 40% of energy is used and the rest goes out in the air as waste. This oven, however, converts the wasted flame into steam out of which food items like rice, sambar, idli etc and non-veg can be prepared at no extra cost.
Speaking about the oven, Hegde says, “There are 25 to 30 lac hotels operating in the country. If only 7.5 lac hotels use this oven, they can easily save at least Rs 600 per day. And if the whole nation uses this, we would save of Rs 16,000 crore per day.”
Rajya Sabha member Oscar Fernandes launched this unique oven and observed its functioning.
Oscar wished Vijay Hegde on the occasion and said that people would support his project because the country will gain by this invention.
“It is very difficult getting patent for an innovative product. If he succeeds in proving his invention, he will definitely get patent right. Not may are doing research on energy saving methods and subjects.
“If Vijay demonstrates his project successfully, the parliament will recognize his work and government will provide support. There is surplus energy, but it is not permanent. Wave energy is an unlimited source so we should make use of it.
“I am working on fuel saving methods myself. When time comes for joining hands, I will work with Hegde,” Oscar said.
The advantages of the oven are many. The use of this oven will maximize the utility of fuel by 60%. It reduces carbon emission by 60% and power consumed by chimney can be cut down. It is kitchen-friendly and hygienic as well.
The oven costs about Rs 75,000. Hegde has already installed this oven in hotels at Kota wedding hall and Manipal. He has been receiving good response from his clients.
Vijay Kumar Hegde is the patent holder of tidal power generator unit in Udupi.
Hegde says, “I have spent crores of rupees on my research. But I did not get any support from the government for this project. Without the support of government, it would be difficult to complete my dream projects.”
His next projects are battery-powered automobile with self-charging feature, battery-powered self-charging system for railway, tidal drive in cooler for fish transport in vehicles, sky jet bus, folding car and many others using renewable energy sources.
Narayan Shanbhag, retired principal, Canara College helped Hegde in this project.
Gurme Suresh Shetty, Baikady Suprasad Shetty, Mattar Ratnakar Shetty, Sudhakar Shetty, Nagesh Hegde and others were present.
source: http://www.daijiworld.com / DaijiWorld.com / Home> Top Stories / Sunday – February 19th, 2017
Dakshina Kannada’s Vilas Nayak is a name that probably the whole world is familiar with.
Now meet Shabari Ganiga, Karavali’s sole female fast painter, who like Vilas is steadily carving a niche for herself in the region. “Painting has been a passion since I was a five-year-old. It is what I looked forward to doing soon after coming back from school,” says Shabari.
The fondness for the art grew and it was five years ago that she decided to take up another dimension – fast painting. “It all began when I started attending events to participate in cultural programmes. I’m also a singer, so whenever I finished my turn and had to wait for my team mates to perform, I’d end up getting bored. So, I decided to start painting when my team performed on stage. I gradually started doing live paintings on stage based on the dance/song that was being performed. Initially, I’d sketch and then paint it.
But that drew taunts from my team members as they felt it was no big deal to do something like that. I took it up as a challenge to start painting straight off and soon I was doing 6/4 feet paintings in less than five minutes,” adds Shabari.
The 23-year-old MCA student loves painting portraits and has already done many live fast paintings. “My dream is to go international and show Dakshina Kannada’s inherent and rich culture on a big platform. I also want to paint Dr Veerendra Heggade, a personality I look up to,” she tells us. Shabari has one grouse though. “There are not many female artists in our country and that is something I’d like to turn around,” the artist sums up.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Mangalore News / by Madhu Daithota / February 25th, 2017
Shivaji spent some of his childhood here, but details of the period are limited and sketchy.
The man with the “quick eyes” was none other than Shivaji, then lord of the Bhonsle warrior clan, the man who would go on to become the founder of the mighty Maratha empire. Today, of course, is his birth anniversary (his 387th, if we go by the generally accepted date – there are other accounts where his year of birth has been given as 1627), and there will be great celebrations of the Maratha icon in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, the core of his empire.
But Shivaji had a significant connection to Bengaluru as well. He spent some of his childhood here, but details of the period are limited and sketchy.Historical records say that he came to Bengaluru as a 12-year-old with his mother Jijabai to meet his father Shahaji Raje, who then ruled Bengaluru. According to city historian and author Maya Jayapal, Shahaji summoned Jijabai and their second son to Bengaluru. “Shivaji lived in Bengaluru for some time between 1640 and 1642 and took a liking to the city,” she says.
“Shivaji stayed in Bengaluru for a few years and his wedding took place in between. He liked the place and wanted to stay on for longer,” says city historian Suresh Moona, citing recordings from the Bengaluru Darshana, a city chronicle.
In 1973, well-known historian Sir Jadunath Sircar wrote a book titled Shivaji and his Times. In it, he records Jijabai’s letter to her husband Shahaji, where she tells him that the 12-year-old Shivaji, has gone long past marriageable age for a Maratha nobleman. The letter may have been the trigger for Shahaji asking Jijabai to Bengaluru, bringing their son with her. Shivaji duly arrived in Bengaluru around 1640, accompanied by Jijabai and Dadaji Konddeo, the head of Kondana fort and Shivaji’s guardian.They came to Shahaji’s Bengaluru palace, where he was residing with his second wife Tuka Bai and son Vyankoji (aka Ekoji), writes Sircar.
Sircar also provides details of Shiva ji’s wedding to Saibai Nimbalkar of Phaltan in Bengaluru, after which Shahaji bestowed him with powers to rule Pune.He sent the couple back in 1642 along with four handpicked administrators Shyamraj Nilkanth Ranjhekar as chancellor, Balkrishna Hanumante as accounts general, Sonaji Pant as secretary and Raghunath Ballal Korde as paymaster.
DV Kalauvkar, a retired school teacher who lives in Indira Nagar, has been researching the Maratha Empire since 1999. According to him, Shivaji’s first wedding to Saibai took place at Lal Mahal in Pune in the absence of his father. “Shahaji summoned the couple with Jijabai, and the wedding ceremony was conducted again in Bengaluru at Shahaji’s palace,” says the 72-year-old researcher.
The exact location of the palace where Shahaji lived and governed Bengaluru remains disputed with historical records providing little information. The Karnataka State Gazetteer of Bangalore District (Urban) edited by the late Karnataka historian Suryanath U Kamath speaks of a Gaurimahal Palace in the present-day Chickpet area where Shahaji is believed to have lived. This is also supposed to be the place where Shivaji and his elder brother Shambhaji spent some years of their childhood.
Historian M Fazlul Hasan in his famous book Bangalore Through The Centuries describes a Gowri Vilasa Hall in the city where Shahaji lived and conducted court. Hasan quotes a poem – a Sanskrit champu – called Radha Madhava Vilasa, which the poet, Jayarama Pandye, is said to have read to Shivaji and Shahaji at the Hall.
Hasan speculates that the Gowri Vilasa Hall was perhaps inside the old palace built by Kempe gowda, built at what is now the dilapidated Mohan buildings (built in 1909) and the defunct Vijayalakshmi theatre building in Chickpet stand.
Another link between the Marathas and Bengaluru is explored in Bengaluru to Bangalore by Annaswamy TV. According to Annaswamy, Shahaji repaired Kempegowda’s fort, reinforcing its four towers and nine gates. He too, places the fort in the Chickpet area.
SHIVAJI MEMORIAL IN SADASHIV NAGAR
In Sadashivnagar still stands the 14ft tall and six ft wide bronze statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji on a two-storey fortress like structure. Unveiled on January 10, 1993 by then Maharashtra Chief Minister Sharad Pawar alongside his Karnataka counterpart M Veerappa Moily, the statue was the subject of protests by linguistic groups and it took over a decade for the statue to be unveiled to the public after it was originally commissioned in 1983.
SHIVAJI THEATRE ON JC ROAD
A landmark cinema hall in the Garden City, the Shivaji theatre near the Town Hall was unveiled by Sir Mirza Ismail, then Diwan of Mysore, in 1940. Former Bangalore city mayor and Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce President KM Naganna took the hall on lease from its Marathi owners and operated the place till the early 1980s. The theatre building with the statue of Shivaji displayed prominently on top was partly demolished in the late 80s and has been used as a warehouse ever since. But the statue still stands on the dilapidated structure and can be seen as you pass the busy JC Road.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by Petlee Peter / TNN / February 19th, 2017
Theatre personality Jagdish Raja reminisces over days gone by as he takes a tour of Bengaluru
I have been in Bengaluru for over 44 years and the places I have been to are many, in many times and for many reasons. Prabhat Kalavidaru in Jain Temple Street for English recordings for radio commercials. I do believe that it was I who introduced them to the ‘All Okay’ thumbs up sign, before it was stolen by the soft drink of the same name. Incidentally, the lad behind the glass window was Jaganath and yes, Jagu, was the name we shared! Old Bengaluru. Narrow lanes. Dosai stalls at every corner.
Ravindra Kalakshetra and soon after, Chowdiah We were the first English language theatre to perform in Chowdiah. Rental was ₹ 3,000 a day or just under ₹ 3 per seat. With tickets at ₹ 5, 10 and 15 we were, as the saying goes, quids in! We go back occasionally and yes, some of the faces are still there!
Russell Market: We ran a poultry farm with 6,000 birds laying about 4,000 eggs per day, 30,000 in a week. Our wholesaler had a tiny shop in the street running north west off the main building. We would go in to collect…expectant. Overjoyed that we were getting ₹10 for a tray of 30 eggs. That is right 33 p per egg. In those days I would tip all my tipsters not in cash but in eggs! And yes…Thomas is still there.
Bangalore Club: Where would we be without our old BC?! It was our second home. The boys, Gautam and Sumit, would stroll in after school and be served with a snack and a soft cold drink, without even asking for it. We knew all the bearers and they all knew us. Even today, there are a score or so who ask after us and about them – Gautam in Los Angeles, Sumit in Melbourne.
Bengaluru to us could be as far away as either of these two cities. We could make it to the Club in 20 minutes, top gear all the way, waving to people in cars as we passed. Today, it is a two-hour start-crawl-stop journey with pesky two wheelers oozing in left and right. But then what has Bengaluru got that Bangalore had not? Well, Bengaluru has sucked Whitefield in.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Society> History & Culture / February 23rd, 2017
The heart of a 45-year-old woman in Apollo Hospital, Bannerghatta Road was flown into MS Ramaiah Narayana Heart Centre
An air ambulance was used for the first time in Bengaluru for an intra-city organ transplant on Thursday. The heart of a 45-year-old woman in Apollo Hospital on Bannerghatta Road , was flown into MS Ramaiah Narayana Heart Centre in Mattikere in just seven minutes. Even with a green corridor, transporting the heart by road would have taken at least 30 minutes.
The recipient of the heart was a 51-year-old woman patient from Andhra Pradesh, in the city for treatment. Doctors advised the heart transplant for her as a last resort.
The donor, a native of Ramanagara district, had been on ventilator at another private hospital since February 19, before she was admitted to Apollo on Wednesday. After doctors at Apollo declared her brain dead on Thursday, her husband and her son, agreed to donate her organs.
While the other organs – kidney, liver, pancreas and cornea – were donated to patients at Apollo Hospitals, it was only the heart that was given to a recipient at another healthcare institute.
“Normally, when the transplant is done within an hour of harvesting the organ, the outcome is expected to be better,” said Dr Nagamalesh UM, senior cardiologist, MS Ramaiah Narayana Health Centre.
“I think this is the first time an organ has been airlifted and transported from one hospital to another in the same city,” said Captain Arun Sharma, managing director, Aviators Air Rescue, which provided the helicopter for the transport. A source from Aviators Air Rescue said that the cost of transporting the organ within the city came up to around Rs 85,000.
The company has deployed three helicopters for the southern region, which have flown more than 150 hours till date.
Patient transferred from Hubballi to Bengaluru in 100 minutes
Sumit (name changed), 51, suddenly collapsed when he was at a function in Hubballi on Tuesday, and was rushed to a hospital. Diagnosed with triple coronary artery blockage, the cardiologist recommended that he be operated on immediately. A resident of Bengaluru, Sumit’s family was keen to have the operation in the city.
To avoid further delays, the family decided to shift him using an Air Ambulance to the Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Bengaluru. The Aviators Air Rescue Ambulance team, which comprised a doctor and paramedic from Apollo Hospital, managed to move him from Hubballi to Bengaluru in 1 hour and 40 minutes.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by Niharika Alva / TNN / February 24th, 2017