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.......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.
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
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 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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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 on tuesday 11-12-2007. All pictures are exclusively for this blog taken on Savagoan Road, Nanawadi Belgaum.
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............
Honeywell partners with VTU to ignite young minds; Nobel Laureate Dr. Sheldon Glashow to interact with VTU students on the Need for Basic Research
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.
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.....
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.
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.
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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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I thank all the readers and viewers of this blog for encouraging me.
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.
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 http://belgaumblog.freeforums.org/viewtopic.php?t=88
I did try to contact the person who put it up but I got no response.
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
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.
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.