Belgaum Ready for 31st Party

4:11 PM Posted by ukmad

Belgaum is Ready for 31st Party. All the major hotels have made special arrangements for the night long bash. Some important events for the party are Millennium Gardens, Shagun Gardens, Shankam Residency and all hotels have made some or the other arrangements.

Camp area can bee seen with OLDMAN being made ranging from 1 feet to 25 feet. All is geared up for the party and so are the Police. So don't DRINK and DRIVE if you have to drive then take some along who does not drink, or the best thing some would say, Hey why go back home at all tonight? As you wish.....

Happy new year.......

Four-time Mayor arrested for Gambling:13 crores Drugs seized

7:55 AM Posted by ukmad

The police arrested four-time Mayor and senior Congress leader Sambhaji Laxman Patil and 17 others on the charge of gambling during a raid on a farmhouse in Benakanahalli on the outskirts on Belgaum on Saturday.

In another act against the Drug Mafia using belgaum as a transit point, this two people were arrested and seized 10 kg Heroine, 3 kg Hasish and 520 tablets of Cate mine tablets.

2007 ReLoaDed

4:41 PM Posted by ukmad

I began this blog in August and after that I have tried to cover all important events. Some I could not. Hope you refresh your memories by reading this and which of these do you think is the NEWS of the year. Vote it in Comments link.

Big Bazaar opens: The first mall in city
Suvarna Soudha at Vaccine Depot: All done with hush & gush but till date nothing has happened there except the cutting down of trees
Sheetal Chowgule Murder case
Belgaum bandh called my the women in protest of inaction by police in the Sheetal Chowgule Murder case
Praveen Shintre encountered
City Corporation Elections
Nobel laurite Dr.Sheldon Gaslow’s visit
Shivteerth: a new place to hang out for all next to Military Mahadev
Drug Mafia
Rains havoc
Chicken Guinea spreading
Corporate retailing a threat to small retailers
Sambra Airport expansion plans came to a halt after the farmers made an agitation
Real Estate prices Zoomed
Helmet made compulsory and also fining for not wearing has now become a day-to-day affair
No major communal clashes of any manner
LPG Shortage: The whole year this situation remained even after the DC intervening
Prepaid Auto Rikshaw at Railway Station
Auto fare by Meter imposed and then again discontinued due to opposition from auto drivers asking more time. Will this begin anytime next we will have to see?
24 hours water supply did start in October in various parts but as usual the problems existed as previous years.
SEZ row: Farmers deny giving their land
Belgaum Raiwlay Station Makeover
Misson Champion the marathi film made in Belgaum won 5 Zee awards
Ande ka Funda: The Education dept. had ordered to give one egg & one banana in the mid meals scheme. But due to the opposition of Vegetarians the scheme was called off, According to me another SARKARI kaam.
K B Kulkarni renowned painter expires
Under bridge on Kapileshwar Road
Dilip Prabhawalkar came here for Sarawat Bank function
Supriya Pilgaonkar came here for Mothers day celebrations
Visit of Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam to VTU
Devaki Pandit & Ajit Kadkade presented shows here

VITS Hotel: 4 star hotel in Belgaum

10:24 AM Posted by ukmad

VITS, a new chain of luxury business hotels from Kamat Hotels India Limited (KHIL) will be commencing operations in the new year. The hotel is taking shape on Club road next to Sun n sand hotel. Earlier there stood the Rose cafe and lodge there.
VITS Belgaum will be a 60 room 4 star business hotel is being and the hotel was expected to commence operations in Dec 07. But it should really commence it in the new year.

VITS has embarked on a mission to establish the newest and best chain of hotels in the luxury business hotel space. As an inherited principle from its flagship group.VITS will uphold the Kamat’s philosophy of giving the maximum value to the customers, without compromising on service quality or food. The same values are epitomized in VITS' concise motto– ‘Guest. Rest. Best.’

In the VITS chain of hotels, standardized amenities will include world-class service -- from airport pickup by luxury car, to one-time registration while checking in. The 24-hour, in-room dining, contemporary ambience banquets for specific requirements, high-tech conference centers and seamless Wi-Fi connectivity on the premises will cater to all the needs of modern, business travellers. VITS also plans to include select facilities required by guests in specific locations.

May be another feather in the crown for Belgaum.

Belgaum to get MORE

2:20 PM Posted by ukmad

MORE, a chain of stores from Aditya Birla Retail Limited will start operations in some time at its first store in Belgaum at RPD Corner, Khanapur Road, Next to Cafe Coffee day.

The furniture is in its last stages and Belgaumites can experience a new shopping way in MORE.

It would look something like this, this picture is taken from the AV Birla site and just for reference.

Yoga and Ayurveda centre for research in Belgaum

9:48 AM Posted by ukmad

Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, Haridwar, will establish a research centre in association with KLE Society of Belgaum here soon. A person has donated 2 acres of land for this cause.

Jingle Bell Jnigle Bells: Merry Christmas

9:44 PM Posted by ukmad

This photo of the Fatima Cathedral, Camp.
All is set here in Belgaum for Christmas tomorrow. Decorations, Cakes, candles...
A Merry Christmas to all Belgaumites.

Baba Ramdev in Belgaum on monday

4:10 PM Posted by ukmad

Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev will be in Belgaum on Monday. He is expected to arrive at 10.15 am at Sambara Airport and then will be going to Jirge Auditorium of KLE scoiety for a lecture on yoga at 11.15 am.Its open to all.

Shivaji Reaches Shivteerth after 14 hours

11:08 PM Posted by ukmad

At 11.10 pm the Shivaji Statute has reached Shivteerth. On the way the crowd along was with a lot of enthusiasm and joy. All the people en route were out of their houses from kids to old grandmas and grandpas to see the new Shivaji Statue. Fireworks on the way and dhol tasha and ancient stick arts were being performed before the Statute. The procession which began @ 8 pm now has reached its destination. Some snaps taken on congress road between 10.30 pm and 11pm.

Shivaji Still on his way

9:44 PM Posted by ukmad

Its 9.45 pm and the statue of Shivaji is till on its way to Shivteerth, Its now on Congress road, Near First Gate. This huge delay has been caused due to the immense enthusiasm of the people who are welcoming the statute in grand manner.
The statue will reach Shivteerth only after 11 pm. It must have been really a long journey for Shivaji.

Jai Bhavni Jai Shivaji

10:58 AM Posted by ukmad

The Shivaji Statue to be installed at the Shivteerth, military Mahadev is now approaching the Shivteerth. While I am typing this Statue is now at Tilak Chowk. The crowd is getting bigger and bigger as the procession is going forward. Shivaji is getting a Welcome at all the street corners.

The procession, which began from Bogarves, will reach Shivteerth by the late afternoon via Shahpur Congress Road. The weather here has become very cloudy and the sun is playing hide and seek here. In all it’s a nice atmosphere to dance with the Dhol and tasha and say "Shivaji Maharaj ki Jai"

Mall taking its shape

3:15 PM Posted by ukmad

The first Mall in Belgaum or should I first say Mall with a multiplex, the Nucleus Mall with Adlabs Multiplex is taking its shape and it should take another 6-8 months to start operations. This is taking shape at the place of Kapeel Theatre in Ramling Khind Galli, The picture is taken from Bogarves.

Bomb Hoax grips Belgaum Court complex

11:36 AM Posted by ukmad

This picture taken form the Tarun Bharat, shows how the public was kept aside while the search operation was on.
A phone call was made @ 10.40am to the SP saying that a bomb has been placed in the court and that it will explode at 11am. The phone was made from city police lines area and the phone no was.6990124.The bomb disposal squad and sniffer dogs rushed to the spot and started the combing operation after searching the area thoroughly at last the call was treated as Hoax.

The call was made from a local PCO coin box.

This is the 2nd incident of Bomb hoax, the last one being 4 months back in KLE hospital.

The picture is taken from the Hindu

Kamal Basti: Unseen Pictures

6:14 PM Posted by ukmad

Kamal Basti in 1855 AD(b/w Photo) Kamal Basti 2007 AD (Colour Photo)

Here is treat for your eyes. These pictures I doubt no body has seen till date. All these pictures are from the Kamal Basti, Fort Belgaum. All pictures taken by Mr.Chipre. This is another EXCLUSIVE for the readers on this blog.

To get a more precise picture of the heritage of this Basti click here to read full story.

Ye Thik nahi hai Saab:Humko time Jyada do

10:04 AM Posted by ukmad

Picture Taken from The HINDU:
About 100 autos staged a dharna at the Deputy Commissioner’s office premises and also disrupted the traffic there.
They presented a memorandum stating that they need more time for getting their meters repaired as there is only one technician. They demanded at least 3 months time and also a hike in tariff.

Sunset @ Belgaum

6:59 PM Posted by ukmad

Sunset @ Belgaum on tuesday 11-12-2007. All pictures are exclusively for this blog taken on Savagoan Road, Nanawadi Belgaum.

Belgaum getting something Nice this new year

2:48 PM Posted by ukmad

This is no ordinary wall nor a wall of a Fort, its the wall on the ground next to Military Mahadev, which now holds the replicas of all the Shiva Kalin Forts. This is the outer wall of the same.
In this photo you can see the development work going on inside. In between the replicas of the various forts a new Bronze Statue of Shivaji Maharaj will be put up. The statue is estimated to cost Rs.51 lakhs. The MLIRC has contributed a few and taken care of building all the other infrastructiure needed. Whereas donations have been taken from the general public for the Shivaji Statue.
In fact a few solar street lamps have been fitted already in the area to check the lighting. The Statue is expected to come in the coming weeks and this new year Belgaumites will have something very attractive to see at.

Nice Place to sleep

2:43 PM Posted by ukmad

This is Bogarves (Dharnmveer Sambhaji Chowk).

The heart of the city. Where you can see a DOG taking a quite nap in the place where the traffic police should have stood and guided the traffic. May be the Dog knows no one will disturb it here............

Atlast Meter Down in Autos

10:26 AM Posted by ukmad

The meters in the autos have at last come down but they themselves and the public express doubt over the system. Still many passengers I saw were ready to bargain first and then only sit. Some of the autos still don't have the meter repaired as only one shop is there in Belgaum to repair the meter.
The drivers I spoke to told me that the present rate of Min.Rs.12 is not feasible as they willl have to spend Rs.500 for getting the meter repaired.
On the other when I spoke to commuters they told me that the present rates of Min.Rs. 12 and then Rs.6.50 per /km are very high. They said still minimum fare is OK but the per km rates are too high.
The success of the pre paid auto at the railway station is also not so so good. Commuters said we could bargain and sit and also accommodate 4 persons now only 3 can be accommodated. Also for example to go to Jadhav Nagar the used to take Rs.35 to Rs.40. But now the charge is Rs.63 see the difference.
Lets see till when this will continue.

Auto by Meter! Will it begin ?

9:54 AM Posted by ukmad

From today all the Auto will have to ply by meter, thats the rule which I hardly  think will be implemented as many auots still dont have the meter and those which have are still not working.

Honeywell partners with VTU to ignite young minds; Nobel Laureate Dr. Sheldon Glashow to interact with VTU students on the Need for Basic Research

4:13 PM Posted by ukmad

From The Hindu & other sources:

Nobel laureate Sheldon Lee Glashow speaking at the Honeywell Nobel Initiative Lecture Series in Belgaum on Thursday

Nobel laureate Sheldon Lee Glashow, in his first-ever talk on Indian soil on Thursday, not only posed a question “Does science evolve through blind chance or intelligent design,” but also gave a quick answer, which was affirmative.
He was addressing a gathering of eminent academicians, faculty members of universities and students at the launch of the Honeywell Nobel Initiative Lecture Series (December 6 and 7) on the Jnana Sangama campus of the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) here.
In fact, he is on a mission to make young minds take keen interest in research and basic sciences by directly interacting with students in group discussions.

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has named Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) in Belgaum as the inaugural site for the Indian launch of the Honeywell - Nobel Laureate Lecture Series, the centerpiece of a global education initiative designed to connect students across the globe with Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry and Physics.

Dr. Sheldon Glashow, the 1979 Nobel Laureate in Physics, visited VTU on December 6 and 7 to participate in various activities with students and faculty while on campus including a lecture on December 6th entitled: “Blind Chance or Intelligent Design: The Need for Basic Research”. He will also deliver a colloquium on “The Story of Neutrinos: From a Desperate Remedy to a Profound Enigma”

The Honeywell – Nobel Initiative brings students together with some of the world’s most advanced minds to inspire and motivate the development of the leading scientists of the future. Dr. Glashow’s visit to VTU is a significant milestone in the partnership between VTU and Honeywell.

Telgi Property autcion deffered

11:02 AM Posted by ukmad

The auction organised by the Income tax dept of Telgi's propriety in Khanapur did not find buyers even at the reserve price. Hence the auction was deferred.

Auto Drivers say Present rate not feasible

11:02 AM Posted by ukmad

The Auto drivers yesterday in a meeting decided to oppose the digital meter and the current price per km as decided by the Authorities.
They demanded that if they had to take fare by meter the minimum charge should be Rs.15 and then Rs.10 per km. At the moment the min. fare is Rs.12 and Rs.6.5 per km. later on.
They also demanded that all the pvt buses and state buses don't stop anywhere in the city except the bus stand. Now that the Pvt buses leave from Tilakwadi etc, they oppose that.
Hey people are these auto drivers gone crazy. Well I may be wrong but can anybody tell me what the min fare and then the per km charge in Bangalore to begin with. In fact i say the present rate of 6.5 per km is very high and now they demand Rs.10.....
Do these 5500+ auto drivers in Belgaum think that the govt cant do anything to them, that's the Truth in fact. Previous attempts of getting the meter for the fare has never been successful at all and this time also I suppose this i s what will happen. But i say why only in Belgaum aren't the rules the same for all. If the same is applied in Bangalore then why not in Belgaum.
I say you charge but see that it is FARE. Belgaumites throw some light on this topic this is the most important topic for all of us as everyday you come ac cross this thing.

Pre paid Autos Start: Releif ;But till when

9:42 AM Posted by ukmad

The much awaited Pre paid autos have e started from yesterday from the Belgaum Railway Station.But on the very first day itself some of the Auto drivers refused to go on the fixed price and at last the police forced them to take the passengers. I hope the police takes care of this everyday.

Telgi's Property for Sale! Do you want to buy?

12:10 PM Posted by ukmad

Income Tax department of is set to auction the property of Karimlala Telgi, the kingpin of Rs 32,000-crore fake stamp scam, in Belgaum at its office on Civil Hospital road on December 4, 2007 @ 11.30 am.

The Income Tax department has to recover Rs 30 lakh from Telgi's mother Sharifaji Ladsab Telgi who died recently. The Department has brought a recovery order on Karimlala Telgi as he is her son. At the moment Telgi is in Pune jail undergoing various trails.

The Telgi property going under auction are: Desai Commercial Complex in Desai Galli, Khanapur, four shops located in Shetti Complex, Station Road, Khanapur (shop numbers 7, 12, 14 and 15).

Now the question is who will buy this property? Anytakers.....

Be ready to Shell more for car parking

10:16 AM Posted by ukmad

The Bapat Galli Car parking yesterday was auctioned on contract for a whopping Rs.5 lakhs and 11 thousand. That's almost 3 times from what the Corporation got last year. Last year for the same auction the CCB had got 1,80,000.

The corporation gives the car parking on contract basis for a year. As the car parking is very centrally located it is always full.

And as the contractor has paid 5 lakhs this time the charge for parking is bound to rise.

Say No to AIDS

10:16 AM Posted by ukmad

Worlds Aids Day rally organized in Belgaum. Students from various colleges in city participated in the rally.

All these pictures are exclusive pictures for this blog.

Racing for a social cause

11:00 AM Posted by ukmad

From The Hindu: Bullock cart racing continues to
be popular in
Belgaum district

Belgaum: Bullock cart racing continues to be a popular event in villages in Belgaum district.
Festive atmosphere sets in the villages playing host to this traditional sporting event as the entire village comes out to witness the thrilling races. The event attracts people from nearby villages and towns.
The district is now witnessing a series of bullock cart races. The annual event normally starts after monsoon.
What sets apart these races is the event is only recreation to farmers but also serves a social cause as the proceeds from the events are spent on development works.
The races are conducted in the name of deities. The names of owners and racers are also registered in the name of their village deities.
But there is a flip side to it. The organisers are oblivious to the ban on such events involving animals. It is considered cruelty to animals. The animals are beaten with sticks and reportedly smeared with chilli powder. However, farmers deny such reports.
The three-day bullock cart race organised by Sri Kalmeshwar Devasthan Trust, Mannur, and supported by several nearby villages, culminated with thrilling finals on Thursday.
The race was organised to fund construction of the first floor of the “Bhakt Nivas” (guest house for devotees) in Pandharpur in Maharashtra, according to Rajendra Jain, president of the trust.
The organisers had announced 21 cash prizes, Rs. 7,001 for the first prize winner, Rs. 5,001 and Rs. 4,001 for the second and third prize winners respectively in main event that had an entry fee of Rs. 601.
The participants have to cover 2,100 feet in one minute.
Ramakrishna Hariprasanna of Chota Kangarli, Jyotiba Mahadeve Chougale of Mannur and Om Swami Sharnedraprasanna of Neginal won the first, second and third place, respectively.
In the Lahaan Gat category, Sri Siddeshwarprasanna of Kudnur, Sri Jyotirlingprasanna of Mutga and Balappa Yellappa Sindagai of Samarguddi bagged the first three places.

Pre paid Autos may start from 3rd Dec 2007

9:41 AM Posted by ukmad

I had written this in the month of september.

Now it seems again after some deliberations it has been decided that the autos in Belgaum will charge by Meter, Wow.

The Prepaid auto booth will start from 3rd December and the autos will start charging by meter by the 10th December.
The minimum fare is Rs.12 and Rs.6 per km later.
The prepaid auto booth will take Re.1 as service charge and the same will be operated by the Association of the physically handicapped.
Hope this time atleast it works.

We the Belgaumites

8:47 AM Posted by ukmad

taken from our Associate Blog
Dear Friends
The following extracts are from Newindpress, What I am seeing is the Karnataka govt take some good initiative for we Belgaumites irrespective of being either Kanaada or Marathi, must be welcomed.
6 new Marathi medium DEd collages is a welcome gesture news but why not our district representative (local politicians) who had taken language divede as a major issue than development are not understanding this.
Belgaum deserve still more, I remember in 1986 when the bus boards of CBT used to be in Kannada Marathi and English and route number use to be in middle. the inegrity of Belgaumites is more important then language and if Belgaum develop its we the Belgaumites to get benefit of it.

At present, the district has 11 Marathi D.Ed colleges and the government has sanctioned 6 more for Marathi medium. The total number of students from Marathi D.Ed colleges would be 1380 for every two years. However, over the last three years the government has provided job opportunities only to 350 students. The Urdu medium D.Ed students are also sailing in the same boat.

The input of each college is 50 students out of, which 25 seats are being filled by government and 25 are from management quota. However, the private managements, which have opted for the D.Ed colleges, are not able to get the students as there is a sudden decrease in the number of students seeking admission, due to more number of colleges in the district

Saturday was the Coldest one!!!

7:52 AM Posted by ukmad

24th November Saturday recorded teh lowest temprature of this season of 9.4 deg. C.
The cold is getting colder day by day.

Police had nexus with Shintre gang

11:03 AM Posted by ukmad

From Express News Service:
DGP K R Srinivasan disclosed that four police officials working under the jurisdiction of Belgaum IGP range had a nexus with supari killer Praveen Shintre. The names of the culprit officials would be announced in a week, he said.

Addressing a news conference here on Thursday, DGP K R Srinivasan agreed that there was a nexus between the police and supari killer gang. Action as per the law will be initiated against the culprits who had encouraged and supported Shintre gang, he said. Shintre gang was involved in underworld activities and contract killing.
Sheetal Chougule Murder Case:
A 422 pages charge sheet has been filed in the Court by the police in the Sheetal Chougule Murder Case involving her husband and 7 others as accused. Now the people are just awaiting the hearing of the case to start and the killers get the quantum punishment, but for that how many years will pass by God only knows.

One dies in road accident, Opposition for under bridge

11:48 AM Posted by ukmad

 V.R. Kulkarni, aged about 50, who was working in the PWD, was killed on the spot after a truck ran over him on College Road near Rani Chennamma Circle on Wednesday. A truck brushed the Kinetic Nova of dead and he fell down and came under the rear tyre of the truck.


The much-awaited under bridge at the Bhandur Galli corner has fallen into dispute, as the owners really don't how the said under bridge will be built. They complained that at the time of Master plan still a few have to get the rehabilitation money still and now with this proposal they will loose the reaming house or shop. On Tuesday officials of the Corporation and the railways visited the site and were faced with stiff opposition by the public for building the under bridge. The people are unaware as to from where the bridge will start whose all buildings will be demolished.

Fire @ Allmen Khade Bazar

4:08 PM Posted by ukmad

A fire broke out at the Allmen shop in Khade Bazar at 12pm on Monday. The basement caught fire and initial reports suggest the cause as a spark in the generator. Estimated is loss is stated to be about Rs.30 lakhs. No human loss or injury was reported. Two fire fighters reported to the spot in 10 minutes and brought the fore under control.

Under Bridge on Kapileshwar Road: Dream Coming True?

11:30 AM Posted by ukmad

Passing through the Kapileshwar Road railway Crossing must have been a night mare for most of Belgaumites, especially when the Gate is closed for the Railway to pass.

After years of representation by various organisations at last the plan has been cleared and Rs.15 Crores have been sanctioned for the under bridge there and an over bridge on the Sambra route.

Now we just hope the work starts soon and we can go under the rail line with out stopping for the train to pass. Hope this dream comes true soon.

Belgaum Railway Station New Plan

5:23 PM Posted by ukmad

Below is the new Layout and some changes suggested by Mr.Satish Kumar for the present Belgaum Railway Station. You at first may feel who is this guy making a layout and what difference will it make. Belgaumites, go ahead of this thinking this is our city we need to build it as we want it. Lets give it a try, if this plan is at least seen by the railway authorities it our success.
To read the full story Click here or

Two Hearts meet at last

1:24 PM Posted by ukmad

Taken from Express News Service

It was love that triumphed at last. The eight-year struggle the two love-struck hearts had waged with their hostile families and their faiths ended on Tuesday when the pair got married at a temple here.

Manjunath Yadhav, a jawan of Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre, Belgaum, tied the knot with Shabana Amirjan Taj, an Urdu teacher of Government Primary School, Bangalore, at the Maruti temple in the presence of hundreds of well-wishers and friends.

The marriage was conducted at the instance of Shree Ram Sena as per the Hindu tradition. Shabana was renamed Bhanupriya. Members of Shree Ram Sena, media persons and others we re present on the occasion.

Yadhav is from Bangalore, and he had a long-cherished dream of marrying Shabana. Their families belonging to different religions came in between the loving hearts.

After years of pain, anxiety and troubles, the duo decided to dump their families, and fled to Belgaum where Manju is posted.

I am Coming. Get all your Woolens out

9:22 PM Posted by ukmad

Yes, the much-expected cold is knocking at the doors of Belgaum. After Diwali the cold is gearing up to hit at us.

In the past two days, even at 8pm we can feel the cold wind and at around 2 am the cold is at its best. This is just the start with temperatures juts reaching around 14-18degrees Celsius. It normally comes down to 8-9 degrees Celsius in December. The cold can be felt more in suburbs than in the main city.

So friends get ready get out all those Woolens from those bags and let them breathe Cold Air. As I am writing this the temperature is 15 degrees Celsius.

now PVG to Pune

9:55 AM Posted by ukmad

Starting from today PVG has started Regular 2 by 1 buses daily to Pune.
Just one more way to reach Pune I Guess.

Let the Government seek a public mandate on Suvarna Vidhana Soudha

11:12 AM Posted by ukmad

From the DECCAN HERALD dt. 10 Nov.2007
Mushrooming of Soudhas: Modern blunders
By Gayathri Nivas
Let the govt ask Kannadigas and Marathi-speaking people of Belgaum if they want a roving Tuqhlak Durbar or development.
Speaking of modern blunders, the latest is the proposed Suvarna Vidhana Soudha at Belgaum. The previous H D Kumaraswamy Government promised to hold the winter session of the Karnataka Legislature in Belgaum every year and, hence, the plan for a permanent building. The foundation was laid at the 150-acre Tilakwadi Vaccine Depot site in Belgaum city on August 26, 2007. Tenders were called last week.

The reason for a seat of the legislature in Belgaum? To send a clear message to feuding neighbour Maharashtra that Belgaum is an integral part of Karnataka and also to alleviate the feeling of neglect among the people of Belgaum. Both these purposes should be served better through proper decentralisation of administration and devolution of funds rather than holding a brief legislature session.

On an average, the State legislature meets for 50 to 65 days in a year, divided into three sessions of varying duration depending on the business to be transacted. A State law stipulates that the legislature should sit for at least 60 days a year. The longest sitting of the State legislature so far was in 1972 for a period of 92 days.

As it is, the legislature wing of the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore, excepting the sections housing the legislature secretariat, remain locked and barred for at least 300 days a year to uphold the sanctity of the premises.

Shifting the legislature to Belgaum lock, stock and barrel every winter would mean keeping the legislature infrastructure in Bangalore idling for another month or so while incurring needless expenditure on travel and dearness allowances of the staff and legislators.
Will the Government also create a parallel multistorey building, the hub of all top Government officers, in Belgaum for running the session? Have these costs been computed? Needless to say, politicians need not chip in the money. At best, it will be a winter holiday on tax payers' money.

Already, Rs 250 crore has been committed in the 2007-08 budget for Suvarna Vidhana Soudha. In fact, a wedge has been driven between the Kannadiga and Marathi speaking people of Belgaum, the former ostensibly being in support of the Vidhana Soudha plan, while the latter firmly oppose it citing the pending Supreme Court case pertaining to the border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Maharashtra Ekikaran Samithi (MES) MLA from Uchgaon Manohar Kinekar says the MES will soon file a suit against disturbing  status quo in Belgaum. But the MES clout stands diminished with just two MLAs in the Assembly from seven to eight in the past. 

Admitting a mistake is tough and embarrassing for anyone, especially for a politician. But losing an election is even more unpleasant. Let the Government seek a public mandate on Suvarna Vidhana Soudha.
Now, to add to this we should also have a public mandate on which place the said Suvarna Vidhana Soudha should be built. The Vaccine depot is a green belt it falls in a complete residential area. Accessing the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha will cause a lot of hardships to the local and nearby public. 
My view on this is very clear. Let the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha be built in Belgaum, no harm in seeing your own money being spent in a grand manner where the people you vote and elect come and have some fun. BUT..... But not on Vaccine Depot, anyother place will do.
So Belgaumites lets take a mandate. Kindly vote on the front page of this blog or click here.

Tv Refgirator ..... A big hit

10:07 PM Posted by ukmad

These are pictures of decorated Buffalo's. All the milkmen decorate their Buffalo's and take out a procession with a band in front.
The day following the Amavasya is "Kartik Shuddh Padwa" and it is only on this day that the King Bali would come out of Pathal Loka and rule Bhulok as per the boon given by Lord Vishnu. Hence, it is also known as "Bali Padyami". This day also marks the coronation of King Vikramaditya and Vikaram-Samvat was started from this Padwa day. Padwa is symbolic of love and devotion between the wife and husband. On this day newly-married daughters with their husbands are invited for special meals and given presents. In olden days brothers went to fetch their sisters from their in-laws home for this important day. So many of you who are newly married or just married your sisters you must done it already.
This day is supposed to be very auspicious to buy new things and because of this new vehicles and especially new electronic items were purchased a lot. I in fact saw in every electronic shop the rush was commendable. People were just throwing themselves over each other to buy a TV , imagine that. The sale of Digital Cameras was also good a Retailer told me. In all it was a happy buying season for all you there. Tomorrow is Bhau Bij the last day of Diwali and all must be packing their bags or will read this only when they are back to work.
Getting to Belgaum during this peak time was very very costly. A cabin seat was costing Rs.600 a friend confirmed. A few who could not get any tickets then decided to take their cars out from Mumbai and Bangalore and decided to drive to Belgaum. Many of you might have done this just confirm.
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Diwali Mess: breathe Smoke

8:32 PM Posted by ukmad

These pictures are taken after the burning of crackers in the city. Can you see anything, I could not. The firecrackers caused such air pollution that it was not possible to see anything and the it was very difficult to even breath. As the same were being blown off in the middle of the road the traffic was blocked for more than 15 minutes on one go. All the passers by were just keeping their hands on their ears and trying to pass by.

Vaccine Depot Bachao

7:40 AM Posted by ukmad

The Karnataka Govt. has issued advertisements in the various papers for the tender of the construction of the Suvarna Soudha. The said suvarna soudha will be built around 30000 Sq.Mtrs. The tenders have been called for the masterplan layout, overall building etc by the Executive engineer of the Dharwad Division.
I have been covering this story since the beginning and my sole aim is to be with the Vaccine Depot Bachao Samiti. Belgaum should have a Suvarna Soudha, but not at Vaccine Depot. All the trees will get cut and the natural varisity will get destroyed.

All the nature lovers are planning to come together again and oppose the building of the Suvarna Soudha at Vaccine Depot. Earlier also many attempts have been made by the nature lovers but in a hasty decision the CM then laid the foundation stone. Come on Belgaumites we should save something we cant back once its destroyed. come join hands together ans say Vaccine Depot Bachao..

Happy Deepavali

7:35 AM Posted by ukmad

I wish all my readers a very Happy Deepavali.
On Deepavali and the coming year ...
May be you blessed with success, prosperity & Happiness!!!

I thank all the readers and viewers of this blog for encouraging me.

MAD MAD Shopping Shopping .......

10:02 PM Posted by ukmad

The roads of Belgaum were full of people. Especially the city area were full of people. All the roads leading towards the city like Kirloskar Road, Samadevi Galli, Khade Bazar were blocked by the Traffic police for entry of 4 wheelers. The Shahpur area also witnessed the same rush of people busy shopping for Diwali. As this was the last Sunday before Diwali the rush was very heavy.

News Briefs:
Robbers took away 15 kgs of silver ware from the Mahalaxmi temple from Hindwadi. The value is estimated to be around 15 lakhs. The robbers entered from the behind of the temple by cutting the grill of the window. It is suspected that a small child may have been used to enter inside the temple.

Wear Helmets: The police have again made it strict again to check the use of helmets. On saturday almost 800 cases were registered and around 80,000 fine was receovered.

Nothing Changes for the railways

10:58 AM Posted by ukmad

The Belgaum railway station is undergoing a makeover. The platform has been enlarged to accommodate 24 bogies and also the height of the platform has been increased.

A new Coach Guidance System has been put in place since 21-03-2007, the system where in you come to know where your bogie will actually come. This was a demand from a long time from Belgaumites. But I was not surprised to see that even when a new train came the old train no and its bogie numbers never changed. Of what use is this system then? I was waiting for Haripriya Express and the Coach guidance system was showing me Garib Nawz express. The railways spend so much money on putting in place these systems then why is that they don’t function as they have to.

Digital clocks have also been installed and to my surprise they were showing correct time and also the old analog clocks were more surprisingly also were showing the correct time.

One thing, which I observed was that, all the tress at the entrance gate was been chopped off. May be it’s a part of the make over of the station.

Someone on the forums page on this blog has added a new plan for Belgaum railway station here is the link to it
I did try to contact the person who put it up but I got no response.

Mr Ramesh Kudchi you are a Public Servant: From Belgaum Concerns

10:58 AM Posted by ukmad

"The below story says how our MLA's greed for publicity turns their attitude inhuman, what if the name was not mentioned in the invitation list, these poor ladies would have given good wishes to you , but Mr Kudchi take the curse now"

BELGAUM: Hundreds of women who had brought their new born babies to get Delivery Kits returned home empty hand. The function organised to issue the kits under Madilu scheme was indefinitely postponed following the objections by city MLA Ramesh Kudachi. Read Full Story

Shri Thanedar A Belgaumite and his US based Chemir Analytical Services: From Belgaum Concerns

10:58 AM Posted by ukmad

Shri Thanedar A chemist from modest origins creates a formidable analytical testing business Source Cyanta Analytical Laboratories (
Shri Thanedar's journey from a poor childhood in India to the helm of a group of chemistry-based companies is a classic American dream story. And with a recent custom synthesis acquisition and the formation of a new pharmaceutical services company, it's a continuing story as well. Thanedar's flagship firm is Chemir Analytical Services, a suburban St. Louis provider of industrial problem-solving and analytical testing services. Combined, his companies are expected to have sales this year of $24 million; Thanedar is targeting $60 million in sales by 2009.
Growing up in Belgaum, India, some 300 miles south of what was then called Bombay, the idea of one day running a multi-million-dollar American enterprise was no doubt quite improbable to Thanedar. The oldest boy among nine siblings, his immediate concern was helping feed his family. Read Full Story........
This story is taken from our Associate Blog

Thunder Showers hit Belgaum

7:21 PM Posted by ukmad

Its 7pm and LOUD Thunder showers have hit Belgaum city. The showers are not very heavy like yesterday but still all were caught in a surprise.

Half BANDH Half Chalu

12:19 PM Posted by ukmad

Yes the Bandh call has given a mixed response, but the 100% response is seen in the market place where the people are scarce in number than everyday. All the business men are all using this time to wash and clean their shops for diwali.

The picture is from Katives area where the procession of the Rajostav celebrations is going on. You can see the youth dancing on Kannada songs.

Rains at last have hit on the eve of an annual bandh call

4:31 PM Posted by ukmad

Yes after 3-4 days of hide and seek of the sun and rain today at last @ 1631 hours the rains have hit Belgaum. Though the intensity is not so much but has taken a many by surprise. Rains here are due to the cyclonic condition over the Bay of Bengal, which brings monsoon showers in Tamil Nadu. Bangalore was receiving rains daily and today is our day. It has taken me 7 minutes or so to write this but the rain is pouring cats and dogs and it’s become very dark.

In this image you can see how street sellers were caught by surprise by the rain, also seen are school children.

in the second image you can see two old people awaiting the rain to go. and also seen is the rain.

Tomorrow is the 1st of November, Rajostav day and Kala “Black Day” as it is observed by the marathi people, or should I rather say by a few marathi people. As usual a Bandh call has been given which is nothing new for we Belgaumites.
These days are the days of festivals Diwali is on the face and by calling for a Bandh only the businessmen get hit. Infact the sales have been a mediocre says a businessman I spoke to and he said now that all have got their salaries and bonuses we can expect a good sale in the next 10 days or so, but this kind of a bandh call will hit it he added. People coming in from taluka places will avoid coming tomorrow and hence this outlook.

Farmers say don’t take our land

5:01 PM Posted by ukmad

The farmers near to the Bellary nala on the NH 4 gathered in Bogarves and took a procession to meet the DC and give their memorandum. Shri Vilas Pawar was leading this protest. I have just tried to locate it may be it is not excat.

The farmers allege that their 14 acre fertile land is being overtaken by the KAIDB(Karnataka Industries Board) unwillingly and unlawfully. The 14-acre area has been declared has been declared as a "Green Belt" by the BUDA. (Belgaum urban Development authority) The said 14 acres of over hundreds of farmers is being taken by the KAIDB for industrial purposes but the way it has been done is very wrong. A BJP MLA is supposed to have around 5 acres of land near these 14 acres and the farmers allege that he is the king pin behind all this.

See the manner in which the said land has been acquired:
6th December 2006 in Bangalore the KAIDB issued the Gazette
8th December 2006 The KAIDB Dharwad Office makes a note of the same
13th December 2006 Farmers get notices
14th December 2006 gets Diary approval
18th December 2006 invitation for meeting of farmers with KAIDB authorities
All the farmers got the notices only after 20th December 2006
Notices were not published in any newspapers

The farmers have put a writ petition against this in the Karnataka High Court and the court has as usual taken time to study.

The best thing is that the name of KIADB is already mentioned in the Land records.
As it’s a green belt there cannot be any industrial activities in this belt, but the government is trying to acquire fertile land for industrial purposes. What happened in Singur and Nandigram in WB were also on the same lines but seeing the huge protests even Tata had to step back.

The farmers are getting 1.41 lakhs per gunta now when the on going rate is 1.75 lakhs per gunta. The farmers say we don’t want money you will give us 2 lakhs but they say we want our land that’s it we will toil and earn.

This sort of acquisition of green belt will harm the city and the country as a whole. There is plenty of empty land near by the Bellary nala which can be utilized for industrial purposes but that’s not been done only for the cause of some politicians. Come on India be big Sensex hits 20000 and the farmers are getting out of their own land. What a Shame? May be this will stop may another Singur Agitation is required with some blood shed then only will the govt. take it seriously.

Shri Pant Maharaj Punya Tithi

2:44 PM Posted by ukmad

SriKhestra Pant Balekundri. The potrait of Shir pant Maharaj
The plakhi of Shri Pant Maharaj was held yesterday in Sri Khestra Pant Balekundri. Lakhs of devotees had come for the occassion. Today, monday will be the Mahaprasad. All these are part of the yearly Punya Tithi celebrations.