Vayavya Labs wins IIM B NSRCEL Incubatee Award

11:43 AM Posted by ukmad

Vayavya Labs from Belgaum which was nominated in the Tata Nen Hottest Startups has won itself a special award, the IIM B NSRCEL Incubatee Award.

Niranjan Navalgund wins U 15 Colombo International Chess Festival 2009

10:43 AM Posted by ukmad

Niranjan Navalgund of M V Herwadkar school won the under 15 boys at Colombo International Chess Festival 2009.

The 2nd Colombo International Chess Festival 2009" which concluded on 24th Feb at Royal College Union Auditorium, Colombo.
Niranjan won the gold medal by scoring 6.5 points.

Movies as on 27-02-2009

10:01 AM Posted by ukmad

Big CinemasDelhi 611.15,1245,3.30,6,7.30,9.30pm
Ritz Srikrishna  
NirmalBindast (K)12.15pm,3.15pm,6.15pm,9.15pm
HunsSnehana Pretena (K)12,3,6,9
RoopaliBillu Barber12.15,,9.15
ChitraVenkat in Sankat (K)12,3,6,9
SwaroopNam Yajman12,3,6,9
HiraDracula Ka kahar12.15,3.15,6.15,9.15
NartakiDelhi 612,3,6,9
Kindly check the excat  timings with the theatres

NWKRTC site updated

10:50 AM Posted by ukmad

The NWKRTC site ( has been updated and hopefully upgraded as well. you can search for fares and Timings of the buses. Searching is not easy and it’s not that all the while you will get what you want but this should be quite useful to all.
You can also file in online complaints and also get to know their status.
You can also get information about casual and chartered contract, List of reservation offices and also the phone numbers of various officials and also information on concessional passes.

Expenditure on Assembly session still not disclosed

10:49 AM Posted by ukmad

It is almost a month for the joint session of the Karnataka Legislature was organized in Belgaum, but the expenses incurred have still to be announced.

Deputy Commissioner J. Ravishankar had promised to ensure complete transparency and declare details of expenses incurred within a few days after the session.

He is on leave and undergoing treatment in Bangalore.

The district administration would announce the details to the public soon.

Source: The Hindu

KLS IMER in top 100 B Schools

10:14 AM Posted by ukmad

Karnatak Law Society’s Institute of Management Education and Research (IMER) Belgaum has put itself in the top 100 B schools of India as per the survey by the by Dalal Street Investment Journal in its January 2009 issue.
In 1991 IMER began as an autonomous institute with post-graduate diploma in management programme (PGDM) has been imparting Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme affiliated to Karnatak University, Dharwad.

The institute has also been awarded A+ status in a recent survey of B-Schools by a business magazine. The institute has state of art technology and strong industry institute interface.

Source: Deccan Herald

Tsunami “RECESSION”!! : specials

7:03 PM Posted by ukmad

About the Author: Gouree Deshpande/ Manjarekar was campus recruited in Mindtree consultancy and Cognizant. She worked for Mindtree for a few months. She now runs an institute "Gurukul centre for learning". She also runs a NGO "Joy Bank".

It’s a short story about 2 friends, How their life changes after recession. Today every other engineer wants to enter IT. But it’s a trend which youngsters are following. Not knowing much what they want out of their life. Rather taken away with the glamorous job. This is two part story and here is part one:

Tsunami “RECESSION”!!

Ram and Denver (names changed) stood together at a corner of the giant sized Multistoried office. Gazing at each other. Faces full of question marks?????? What next?? Where to go??? Future seemed to be blank, just like they had nothing left in this world. “Why the hell is it me Den??? How am I going to tell this to Ria?” Denver had no answer though. He kept staring at the building. Denver and Ram were the victims of the so called Tsunami “RECESSION”!! Both were left jobless along with 50 other people from different departments. “Is this the right way Den??? I never thought it could be me. There are scores of people in Gsm then why only do we need to suffer? “. Gsm (name changed) is the company where den and ram work or rather worked!! “Shut up ram. Please don’t panic. Let’s go back home and think over the situation”.
Both Ram and Denver were clueless of the incident till this morning. It just happened that, they tried to insert their Id cards and The system refused to recognize their ids. Possibly their names and ids were already been deleted from the company’s databases. Doors were not going to open. They were confused and thought it’s just a system problem. They ran to the administrator and to their horror they were now no more a part of GSM info systems. They left the building in disgust.
“I don’t feel like going back home den. Can I come to you room?” “Of course Ram “. “I can’t face Ria. I just promised her to buy a new flat on our anniversary...”
“Just Relax Ram, This is not the end of everything. We must move on. I am sure ria will handle it... She is a brave girl “
“I know... But she left her job just because I wanted to continue working in Bangalore and her company did not give her a transfer from Pune to Bangalore. Just see!!! Neither she nor I have a job in hand now… I feel guilty as heck”
While driving back to Den’s room they just recollect back their college days. Both were college mates studying in an engineering college at Mysore. Ram was from a town named Kaivara. Denver was a typical high class Banda from Mysore. Both were the best of friends. Their wavelengths matched and thoughts blended perfectly. Ram was very studious always trying to save his pocket money, concentrate on studies and score well in exams. Den however was not hardworking infact he hardly worked. Happy go lucky creature and enjoyed playing pranks… Den busy with his dozen girl friends hardly got any time for studying!!! Ram was always there to guide Den during exams. Help him with his assignments and project work... 3 Years passed by and finally campus recruitment process started. GSM was their dream company. Preparations and more preparations. Aptitude books, grammar books and what not. Den too made a point to study hard for campus. Now or never!! They tried to digest each and every word from the books. Of course their hard work paid. Both were selected in GSM. Not to mention their happiness was beyond description.
Ram’s parents were overjoyed with his success. Sweets were distributed to everyone in Kaivara. First person in their family was about to enter the IT world. It was no doubt commendable. His sincerity and struggle was appreciated. Den’s celebration was a bit different, party in one of the costliest resorts with lots of stuff to eat and drink.
“Ram, we have reached.Dont think much. Everything will be fine”
“hmm.Hope so”
Den’s flat- completely messy place. “Tea??” asked den
“Give me anything. Poison is fine too”.
“For god’s sake ram don’t behave like a kid. Think with a cold head. You have the potential to get any other job, much better than GSM dammed”
“It’s easy to say Den. You don’t bother but I do. It won’t matter even if you don’t have a job left. But it does matter for me. You don’t have any responsibilities. My parents, my wife are completely dependent on me. It hurts den. I loved this company, thought it was my second family, worked day and night. Not fair den not at all…”
“I can understand dude. Just chill. Sip your tea, You will feel better.”
…..To be Continued

Belgaum bus station will be developed

12:56 PM Posted by ukmad

Today’s Deccan Herald carries an advertisement by the NWKRTC (North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation) which calls in for request for proposals for Project Development of Bus Station & Commercial Complex on NWKRTC site at Belgaum.

The project will be implemented by IL&FS IDC, which is the infrastructural wing of IL&FS serving a wide array of sectors throughout the country

In the image, the projected image on the LEFT must be of the Belgaum bus station.
Sorry for the poor quality image.

Thanks Girish Hegade

Source: Deccan Herald

Did you know this? Savarkar was arrested in Belgaum in 1950

11:26 AM Posted by ukmad

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, commonly known as Swatantryaveer Savarkar was a fearless freedom fighter, social reformer, writer, dramatist, poet, historian, political leader and philosopher.

On 04 April 1950 he was arrested and detained in Belgaum jail on the eve of arrival of Pakistani Prime Minister Liaquat Ali in Delhi.

Blooming Time for Flowers

3:29 PM Posted by ukmad

Photo taken by UkMaD on Congress Road, between first gate and second gate where you can see two trees full of Yellow flowers. It is a treat to see the bloom of flowers in the heart of the city.

RPD cross menace

3:23 PM Posted by ukmad

I had earlier posted the chaotic situation of RPD cross, nothing has changed till date, except for a new Bus bay which is made by using the Traffic barricades.

However, the City buses hardly use them and normally stop before the barricades itself, which causes traffic jam, as it occupies a major part of the road.

If the traffic constable is not around the Bus bay, area is normally used for parking.

The road is wide enough but it should be properly made and proper implementation of the traffic sense will solve many problems of the circle.

The barricades are causing a nuisance on the road, and one better thing about them is that the said barricades are moved if some VIP is coming to town, as they are needed somewhere else. Therefore, the authorities should look into the matter and make some permanent arrangements.

Ram Sena now behind corruption

10:39 AM Posted by ukmad

Sri Rama Sene has now put its guns on corruption and tainted officials. This could be another way to be in the limelight.

Government servants trapped by Lokayukta should not be reinstated and the Sena will demonstrate in front of their houses. Sene chief, Pramod Muthalik, was addressing a press meet here on Monday.

Sene will form a cadre of five activists at district centres for helping people in getting their works done at government offices. The Sene would provide five telephone numbers in each district to enable people to give information about corrupt persons, including government officials and politicians.

He also said they are exploring the possibility of filing defamation suits against all those individuals/organisations that had sent him (Mr. Muthalik) pink “chaddis.”
Source: The Hindu & Manglorean

A Subhash Photos Moment: Stars of Belgaum

12:26 PM Posted by ukmad

Subhash Photos, a name synonymous with photography in Belgaum.

The beginning of this great photographic era began way back in 1934 with the start of Shambhu Appaji Photo Artists near fish market in Camp by Shri. Shambhu Appaji Oulkar. His foresightedness led his two sons Mahadev & Bahirji to go to Bombay & study about photography, its techniques and also the latest equipment and what is the future of this business.
Bhairji, Shambhu’s son who had got himself trained in photography did a commendable job during the Goa liberation movement and he won a National award for the same, this was the first feather in the crown.

Anand Oulkar nephew of Bahirji Oulkar under the able guidance of Bahirji developed himself to be master in black & white portrait photography. This confidence and recognition laid the strong foundation stone of ‘Subhash Photos’.

The Panchratnas of Laxmanrao Oulkar, namely Anand, Shashikant, Subhash, Shivaji & Dinesh started Subhash Photo Studio at Hutatma Chowk, Ramdev Galli in 1974. Innovative ideas prompt service and customer satisfaction meant Subhash Photos was on the right track and gained popularity in short time.

During that time the 120 mm film were being used mainly B & W, color photos came in early 1974 and demand grew for Color photos. In the same dark room colour photos were printed using enlarger and basket developing, but this process took a long time and mainly rolls were collected and sent to Bombay for printing.
1980 saw the coming of 35 mm rolls and color printing. At this moment, Subhash Oulkar said we need to go and see what the future of Color printing is and what the latest technology is. In 1983, Subhash Color Centre was started in Deshpande Galli, with a manually operated color developing machine. In 1985 imported a QSS 701 machine from Japan which was fully computerized. Business grew and 1987 saw one more import of the machine.

In 1990 the latest then, QSS 1201, was imported which gave print outs in 13 minutes, with this machine Subhash photos became the full fledged lab in North Karnataka and South Maharashtra.
Opportunities were seen not only in the Belgaum market but also in Kolhapur where a lab was opened in 1992 with affiliation with Kodak Express which was the 2nd Kodak Express lab in India only after Ahemdabad. The machine installed in Kolhapur was first in India and SAARC countries. Kodak Express store was opened in Belgaum in 1997 on college road, the first one in north Karnataka.
Beginning humbly with a Single branch at Hutatama chowk to the now 4 storied one stop shop in photography in Ramdev Galli and 11 branches in Kolhapur, Sangli, Miraj, Ratnagiri , Madgaon, Ponda and of course 3 branches in Belgaum.

A new branch is being opened at Deshmukh road to cater to the suburban markets.All the labs are equipped with Noritsu's latest technology machines. That ensures the best quality prints, at high speeds. The group entered into digital photography business with importing three Noritsu machines, at Belgaum, Kolhapur and Sangli. The group believes in providing the best service at a competitive price, at the best speed. Subhash Photos strongly believes in Customer Satisfaction and Quality Product and this has been the main objective of the group. Subhash photos is a leader in studio portraits and conventional imaging business. The strategy developed here is to be a leader in digital imaging business. Innovativeness and getting the best in technology for the consumers is the mission of Subhash Photos and they achieve it with many new ideas like installing a self operated Kiosk for taking orders. You just go to the kiosk put in your memory card or CD select the pictures, the size you want them to be printed and you place the order and your photos directly go for printing, an easy way to do.
They have a decentralized management system. Each branch takes it own decisions. Each member of the family is looking after different functions of each branch.Each individual Oulkar is given the authority on the decisions for the projects undertaken by him/her. Trustworthiness amongst the Oulkar’s & employees, Sense of Togetherness & Service to the Society is their management goal.
The second generation Oulkar’s have specialized themselves in different aspects of photography. It’s a family business but run professionally. The Oulkar Ladies are not behind either; they take active part in the day to day running of the studio and also look after the human relations part. All the 2nd generations Oulkar’s have been trained for specialized jobs. Amit (son of Anand) manages the lab and its process. Deepak (son of Anand) has studied family business management from Naseeer Munjee Institute of Management studies Mumbai. Prajakat (son of Sashikant) has made himself a master in Designer album making. Shambhu (son of Sashikant) has specialized himself in sales from NMIMS again.Dyansesh (son of Subhash) has sought training in photography from Girish Mistri of Shary Academy. Dyanesh won the third prize from the PIEA (Photo imaging education association) under students and teachers group.
Whether you're an occasional snap shooter or a seasoned professional, Subhash Photos is your one stop shop for all your photographic needs. From the latest digital technology to hand-processed black & white and everything in between, they do it all.

In all it’s a Subhash Photos moment.

Excerpts of the interview done with Mr.Deepak A Oulkar:
1. Do you remember the first ever photo taken in the studio when it was started?No not the first one but, I remember the portrait photo done for Dr.Jambavlikar which was liked by all. During those days, there were not many press photographers and here the Oulkar brothers covered all major events and this gave us a lot of exposure.

2. The prices you charge for photo printing are normally higher than the normal market rates, why is this?
Our prices are a bit on the higher side, but our pricing is correct taking into consideration the latest laser machines and raw materials we use. The main aspect is that our photos will last longer and the colours also will stay on as original for many years due to use of high quality chemicals.

3. With the advent of Digital cameras isn’t there a fall in printing of photos?
Yes very true, it was there in beginning, now the printing is growing. People click photos on mobiles, digi cams etc and the picture taking has increased by over 100% so there is growth in photo taking and same is the case with printing. People earlier used to think before they click but now it’s reverse, just go on clicking. There are other new segments like greeting cards, visiting cards which also have helped in the growth of printing.

4. Technology keeps on changing every month how do you keep a track of this and plan your future?
Visiting metros & companies and visiting photo expos worldwide which enable us to know the latest technology and what might be coming in the future, by which we plan what and in which machine we need to invest.

5. You are now a brand in photography do you plan to diversify from this field into something else?
Nothing at this time, we plan to open a one stop shop like Subhash photo plaza in Sangli and Kolhapur.

6. In 1983 when u bought the 1st QSS machine what were you feelings?
It was a major risk but positive and risk paid off as a reward. If we don’t take risks we can’t succeed.

7. What is the main aspect which draws consumers towards you?
Prompt service, quality innovativeness.
8. What quick advice do you have for someone who simply wants to improve their photography skills? Study photographs; look at as many picture books and magazines as you can. Analyze the images carefully and learn why some are more successful than others.
Go on taking photos and then study those analyze them then go to Photoshop and reading about some technical aspects of photography and trying them out.
Seeing the photos on a computer screen is completely different from a print out version. So click print them out and analyze them.

9. Have you done or plan to do some training programs for upcoming photographers?
We normally do awareness sessions for photographers and this time we plan to do the same for amateurs also. We have an Imaging school at our Subhash Photo Plaza where you can get yourself trained in different imaging soft wares.

10. What do you feel about this blog?
This blog is doing a good job and I don’t have to wait for tomorrows newspapers and we get the news instantly and the special stories on business people is very encouraging and informative. Personally came to know many new things about Belgaum which I never knew. All the best to your entire team of you make us proud.

Mayor hot seat recipe: All trying to get it done

4:41 PM Posted by ukmad

MES (Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti) is trying hard to regain its lost glory and also the post of Mayor. The chances have risen for them after a split in the Kannada group.

The MES needs 5 more corporators with it and it can see its Mayor for this it is talks with the splintered Kananda group, Belgaum Development Front.

The Sarvabhashik Samavichar Vedike & Belgaum Development Front mostly constituted by Kannada & Urdu corporators mainly wants a Kannada mayor but internal brawl within themselves can become a positive for MES.

But amongst all this the votes of the 4 MLAs and MP will be very crucial. Its election time and without the Marathi votes it would be rather difficult for the BJP to regain the seat. Be sure there could be surprises in store here. At least two of the MLAs could support MES.

Corporators Natraj Lohar, Firdose Darga, Shanta Upar and Khalid Siddiqi from the BDF are vying to be nominated by the BDF for th mayor’s post, while the tussle is between Latif Pathan and Gouresh Kammar in the SSV. MES corporators Dhanraj Gavali, Ravindra Mirajkar and Devendra Haval are hoping one of them will be picked to contest the mayoral election.

All the three groups are busy making plans of how to show the other, the sky. As the time comes closer this debate will heat up and what happens on the night before will be the deciding point.

For us Belgaumites, who so ever will be the Mayor won’t impact us in any manner. What have earlier Mayors do for Belgaum, in fact let’s take a Quiz on this?

Who is the present Mayor of Belgaum?
Source: Deccan Chronicle