- India’s First Ever Electric Bus in Bangalore
- Can Bangalore be India’s global captive center capital?
The IT capital of India, Bangalore, is heading towards a boom in the sphere of global in-house centres (GIC) or captive centers. Global players are on their way to the city to enhance their presence in the expanding Indian market.
- IT, BT & Nano Tech Authority soon: Yeddyurappa
The government of Karnataka will set up a separate authority which will act as a single-window agency to ensure speedy growth of IT, BT and Nano technology, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said on Wednesday, Aug 20.Readily accepting to the suggestion by Infosys Technologies’ Chairman N R Narayana Murthy to this effect, the Chief Minister said the government would seriously work towards setting up such an authority. He was speaking at the launch of the nation’s flagship annual IT event ‘Bangalore IT Biz’ which will be held for three days from November 6. It is being organised for 11th year in succession. Bangalore IT Biz is the new avatar of Bangalore IT which has been attracting world’s top IT companies in its previous editions.
- ‘Bengalooru’ to be ‘Bengaluru’ soon
Now Bangaloreans need to get used to the spelling of ‘Bengalooru’ as ‘Bengaluru’. The Bangalore High Court on Tuesday, Aug 19 has ordered a copy of the petition seeking directions to spell as ‘Bengaluru’ instead of ‘Bengalooru’. The petition will be served to the governrnent.K N Srinivas and others, in their petition, said that it should be spelt as ‘Bengaluru’ instead of the present spellings. On the occasion of Suvarana Karnataka celebrations, the state government on November 1, 2007 proposed the change in the names of Mysore, Bangalore, Mangalore and other cities.
- Karnataka to pitch Bangalore as nanotechnology hub
Tech-savvy Karnataka is set to promote Bangalore as a nanotechnology hub to replicate its success in information technology (IT) and biotechnology (BT) sectors, with novel initiatives to attract investors, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, a top official said.”We have initiated a number of measures to accelerate the growth of the nanotechnology sector on the lines of IT and BT sectors. Efforts are on to replicate the success in IT and BT sectors in terms of innovation, investment and job creation,” Karnataka secretary for IT, BT and science and technology Ashok Kumar C. Manoli said late Wednesday.
- Citizens oppose lake privatization
Members of environmental, human rights and cultural organizations, and individuals voiced concern over privatization of lakes in the city on Sunday. They formed a human chain at Agara Lake, Koramangala that has been leased out to a private firm.
- Green Code for a greener city
Citizens came together to preserve and nurture the greenery of the Garden City on Sunday morning. The ‘Green Code’ (Hasiru Kattu) event was kicked off by planting 100 saplings of different species in the Lalbagh Botanical Garden.
- Great Indian rope to do the trick
Another test is being conducted to mitigate the human-wildlife conflict. Instead of electric fences and crackers, this time, the forest department and an NGO are trying the great Indian rope trick. However, it’s not snakes but elephants they have in mind.
- India’s first Luxury Retail outlet coming up in city
UB CITY-The Collection, the country’s largest and first luxury retail outlet will come up at the UB City, the noted landmark in the city built by Vijay Mallya owned UB Group.According to Irfan Razak, CMD of Presgite Group, which jointly developed the skyscraper with the UB Group said the luxury retail market, which was still at the nascent stage in India and the unveiling of ‘UB City – The Collection’ would open a new vista into the sector.
- Bannerghatta Park gets info centre
The Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) finally has an information centre. The centre, which forms an important part of a biological park, familiarises visitors about the animals in the park.
- 7 pair of trains in Bangalore-Mangalore route
The Railways Safety Commissionerate gave permission to operate limited number of both passenger and goods trains between Bangalore-Mangalore sector.
- Mysore-Bangalore twin track by 09
The much awaited Mysore-Bangalore railway line doubling will be completed by 2009, according to Parliamentary Railway Standing Committee Chairman Basudeb Acharie. Speaking to media persons here on Thursday., he said the committee was on a visit to Mysore railway workshop and meet officials.
- Bangalore railway station to have Wi-Fi connectivity
Bangalore will become the first railway station to be equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity by August, Rail Tel Corporation of India Ltd MD, K K Bajpeyee, said today. Initially, it will function within a radius of 2-4 km from the station, and its radius will gradually be expanded to cover large number of residential and commercial establishments near railway stations.
- Bangalore, Kolkata in ‘World of Choice Brochures’
Bangalore and Kolkata have been included in the new edition of “World of Choice Brochures” for 2007-08, unveiled by Emirates Holidays.In its 17th year, the latest Emirates Holidays brochures feature the largest-ever range of holidays in four volumes, covering the West Asia, Africa and Indian Ocean, Europe and The Americas, Asia and Australia and the brand-new Dubai and the Emirates.
- Janapada Jathre row gets complicated
The row over chief minister H D Kumaraswamy’s pet programme Janapada Jathre (folk fair) is set to boil over even as the matter is expected to be discussed in the cabinet on Monday.Kannada and culture minister H S Mahadev Prasad has ordered the Jathre to be halted to “restructure it and reduce expenditure.” But the minister has taken exception to Jathre convener Sreenivas G Kappanna going to the media stating that “no reason has been attributed” for stopping the popular event.
- San Francisco and Bangalore sister cities?
San Francisco, the West Coast city of the United States has taken a initiative to rope in Bangalore for sister city arrangement on the line of China’s Shanghai, Mr Jim Herlihy, high level representative from the office of the Mayor San Francisco informed here last night.
- Bangalore-Mangalore trains may be launched soon
The long-pending passenger train service on the Mangalore-Hassan-Bangalore route via Arasikere is all set to become a reality soon. Guage conversion work of the 55 km stretch between Sakleshpur and Subramanya Road, which come under the picturesque Western Ghats section, had been pending for long, thus delaying the Bangalore-Mangalore train service. Once the section is opened for passenger trains, services can run from Bangalore to Mangalore via Arasikere and Mysore to Mangalore via Hassan.
- Bangalore 4th cleanest city among 18 state capitals
IT hub Bangalore ranks the fourth cleanest city among 18 State Capitals, according to a Lifebuoy Cleanliness Survey.The city ranked fourth with a score of 108, as against the all-city average of 100. The areas where the city have done well were clean roads, efficient garbage disposal system and greenery and plantations, a release here said today.
- Students to make Lalbagh plastic-free
City’s schoolchildren will guard all entrance points of Lalbagh to check the bags of visitors and replace the plastic ones with cloth bags.The students will also perform street plays and even help in cleaning the garden. This initiative is a part of a month-long campaign undertaken by Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) and Department of Horticulture to make Lalbagh plastic-free.
- Mangalore-Bangalore train service from January 2007
The much awaited train service between Mangalore and Bangalore will commence from January next, Southern Railway General Manager Triloknath Patty said today. Talking to newsmen at Subramanya, after inspecting the new broadguage line, he said that the works have been completed and already goods train service has commenced on the new track.
- Mysore-Bangalore highway to be opened on Aug 31
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will formally inaugurate the four-lane Mysore-Bangalore highway from this end tomorrow. The 134-km stretch, which had been upgraded into a four-lane highway, would ensure a hassle-free, smooth ride for passengers in just two hours. Work on upgrading the Srirangapatna-Mysore stretch of the highway into a six-lane road would commence tomorrow at a cost of Rs 18 crore. It was expected to be completed in 15 months.
- Bangalore to Bengaluru: a long process
The announcement has been made. But the process of reinventing Bangalore as Bengaluru is cumbersome.A day after chief minister N Dharam Singh announced the renaming of Bangalore as Bengaluru, the process to officially change the name was set in motion on Monday.
- Bangalore likely to be Bangalored
There’s a punchline going around in India’s high-tech capital: Bangalore may be Bangalored.”Bangalored”, a word invented in the United States to describe those whose jobs were lost because their work was outsourced to low-cost India, could well apply to the city, whose rivals are wooing investors as it chokes on its own growth.
- M’lore-B’lore travel a nightmare
Those commuting between Mangalore and Bangalore by road are well aware of the agony. The Shiradi ghat stretch of the National Highway-48, linking Port city to the State capital is in a pathetic condition.Since no repair works have been taken up for many years to make the road motorable, the travellers are facing the brunt. The plight of the road is so bad that it seems like connectivity between the two major cities of the state are almost cut off.
- B’lore becomes first WiMax enabled city
Notwithstanding the delay in its implementation, Bangalore will be the first city in the country to be fully WiMax-enabled, offering wireless broadband service covering 743 square km of the city by the year-end.Disclosing this at the curtain raiser press conference for the upcoming IT mega event ‘BangaloreIT.in-2007’, Karnataka IT and BT Secretary M N Vidyashankar said 70 per cent of the fixed base stations had been set up after the Government identified the bidder.