No power but still be ready to pay more

10:46 AM Posted by ukmad

Acute power crisis has hit Belgaum and the state and where city needs 120 MW its hardly getting 44MW.

Minister Eswarappa said that Belgaum will get 20MW more from Wednesday from the central grid. However, is there any surplus in the central grid to provide is yet to be seen?

CM BSY yesterday again cautioned the public at large that the hike in electricity tariff was round the corner and he cannot do anything to stop it. A rise of about 20% to 30% is expected from the next month in the electricity tariff.

The time table declared is for 7 hours where as there are power cuts for up to 10 hours in city and more than 14 hours in rural areas.

Its hardships all the way, kerosene, which was available in the open market for Rs.32 per liter, now costs anything from Rs.35 to 37. This is hitting the businesspersons a lot.

So this is “Government’s work is God’s work”. Those words written on the Vidhan Soudha, Bangalore I had read long time back

Not knowing this may leave a big hole in your pocket Traffic violations

1:40 PM Posted by ukmad

If you are getting caught quite often by Bangalore's traffic police, then this will be the article you cannot miss out on. From now onwards, the Traffic Police cannot catch a motorist just to examine the driving license or vehicle documents. He can catch you only if you have violated any traffic laws or if you are driving drunk.
Remember that when caught for traffic violation, the fine you pay must be limited to the violation. In other words, the police can't bloat the bill saying that you have no insurance cover or emission certificate, etc.
Many motorists do not know this. According to the State's Road Transportation Act, no policeman can slap a penalty on you just because you have no insurance or emission certificate. If you have not purchased insurance cover for your vehicle, then the police officer must issue a notice, not impose penalty. You must be given 15 days' time to purchase insurance cover and one week for obtaining the emission certificate. Days later, meet the sub-inspector at his station with the insurance cover or emission certificate, so that he will annul the charge at once. Police can fine you only if you fail to produce these documents within the stipulated period.

If your vehicle is brand new, then you need not bother about obtaining the emission certificate for one full year.
In response to a question as to why policemen fine people instantly without giving them time to obtain insurance cover or emission certificate, Additional Commissioner for Traffic Praveen Sood said, "Yes, it is a mistake. People must force policemen to issue notice or complain to me at least the following day.

The best way to teach the police a lesson is filing a written complaint with their higher officials and, a week later, using the Right to Information Act (RTI) to know the action taken against them.
Remember, any question or application filed under RTI cannot be ignored and no official is bold enough to ignore the RTI Act.

Shared by RTI activist Gangadhar Patil

7 hour power cut in Belgaum

8:08 AM Posted by ukmad

On Sunday, HESCOM prepared a time table for power supply and now there will be a 7 hour power cut in city areas and about 10 hours in rural areas, the time table has been implemented since yesterday itself. Belgaum needs 120 MW but only 40 MW has been allocated to Belgaum so the need for the power cut, HESCOM said.

Load shedding schedule- the city will face seven hours power cut in the daytime. Following is the timetable of power cuts (restricted to city) -- morning 10 to 1 pm and afternoon 2 to 6 pm, there will be no power supply.

To industrial areas -- morning 6 to 10 am, afternoon 1 pm to 2 pm and evening 6 to 10 pm there will be no power supply.

A sigh of relief would be the availability of power from 6 pm to 10pm.

Winners of the Prelude to Firepod contest

6:53 PM Posted by ukmad

Huraay!! Here are the lucky 5 who have won themselves free passes to the prelude to Firepod which will be held on 28 June, 2009 at The Hind Sports and Social Club, Subhash Market Hindwadi.

 The winners are:

1. Prostil Hardi
2. darshan m sahukar
3. Vijay R Lingayat
4. bhausaheb
5. maruti kutre

All the winners were selected on a random basis by the Firepod team.

How to claim the passes:

All winners have been mailed a secret code which they will have to produce to get the pass.

Go to ticket counter on the venue, show them the email you have received and also tell them the Secret code you entered while participating in the contest, wait for a min till its tallied and there you go in with the pass. Rock on.


For queries contact Mihir on 98867 97297

Power cuts reels country from Delhi to Galli

11:15 AM Posted by ukmad

Power cuts and protests against it were seen in most parts of north India, where as in the south 6 to 8 hours of power cuts were seen without much resent from the public as yet.

 As the monsoon has yet to arrive and faults in the various power transmission units and producing units all over the country are causing acute power cuts all over.

 Belgaum is not left either. There is an unscheduled power cut of 6- 7 hours daily from the past 4 days. A common man can understand the problems of power supply companies but the manner in which the same is being implemented is a cause of worry.

 There are power cuts in Bangalore and whole of the state in a same manner. When the lights go, you should be sure that they won’t come for an hour at least, even after and if they still don’t come make the time slot for 2 hours.

Particularly in Belgaum the weather is cold enough for the fans and AC’s to be shut down which is saving power but the small business man like a photocopying, internet cafes had to shut down as there is no power. IT companies working in Belgaum also face the same problem and Swapneel of eth1 network solutions said that he had a 12 hour back up for his office which needs to run 24 *7, 365 days and he had to buy a generator to get power back up. He added we cannot do without power, if inverters fail then we have to have backup systems for this as well.

 The condition will not improve in the week at least, hope the rains god come and also the power generation plants get back on their feet.

 Till all is ok, be primed to face darkness. 

Abhishek S. Navale makes Belgaum proud skates Longest Backward Limbo Skating

10:58 AM Posted by ukmad

Belgaum has recently been on the sports map for one good reason and that is skating and especially Limbo skating. Chindak, Konkane and now Abhishek Navale a seven year old created a record by longest backward limbo skating.


  Abhishek S. Navale is a seven-year-old studying in A.V.H. English Medium School, Belgaum. His Sanjay Navale, his father who works as a bus conductor with the North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation.

  Abhishek Navale (7) claimed a new record in “Longest Backward Limbo Skating Under Vehicles” when he glided under ten multi-utility vehicles in the presence of a large gathering on Darga Chowk premises in Sadalga town of Chikkodi taluk in Belgaum district.

 He claims to have made a record for “Longest Backward Limbo Skating Under Bars” as he successfully moved under bars providing a gliding space of only 8.7 inches and covering a distance of 62 feet, to a thundering applause from enthusiasts. He broke the record of 11-year-old Kaitlyn Conner of the U.S., who on July 28, 2008, created a world record by skating under 23 bars spread over 12 feet.

 He has skated 540 km from Bangalore to Belgaum in six days and has participated in several skating rallies aimed at spreading awareness on social issues ranging from AIDS to blood donation. He is now looking forward to see his name listed in the Limca Book of World Records, Guinness Book of World Records and Academy of World Records.

 Source: The Hindu

Movies as on 26-06-09

10:14 AM Posted by ukmad

Theatre Movie Timings Big Cinemas Terminator 3.30,9.30   New York 12.15,3.15,6.15,6.15,9.15   Salvation         Ritz Srikrishna Ramb ne .. 12.30,3.30,5.30,7.30       Nirmal   12.15pm,3.15,6.15,9.15       Huns   12.15, 3.15,6.15,9.15       Arun   12.30,2,4,7 Roopali Bap RE Baap (marathi) 12,6   Full 3 Dhamal 3,9 Balkrishna   12.30,3.30,6.30,9.30 Chitra New York 3,6,9 Swaroop Singuku Incident (E) 12,3,6,9 Hira Karma 12.15,3.15,6.15,9.15       Prakash Kick (Telugu) 12.15pm,3.15pm,6.15pm,9.15pm Nartaki       Me shivaji Raje BB 12,3,6,9 Santosh Pretse Pretse 12.15pm,3.15pm,6.15pm,9.15pm Globe   12.15,1.45,3.45,6.45 Kindly check the excat  timings with the theatres

Be a part of Rock revolution in Belgaum win free passes

4:27 PM Posted by ukmad

AllAboutBelgaum gives you an exclusive chance to win free passes to the Firepod rock show which will be held on Sunday 28th June 2009 at The Hind Sports and Social Club, Subhash Market, Hindwadi, Gates Open at 6:00 PM.

If you still haven’t tried your luck

Take part in Contest

and you could be the lucky one to win a free for the show.

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Belgaum Bangalore flight cancelled due to operational reason

1:29 PM Posted by ukmad

I had mailed the Kingfisher airlines asking an explanation as to why the flights have been cancelled from Belgaum.

 Here is the Reply I got –

Dear Uday, 

With regards to your email, we would like to inform you that due to operational reason flight Bangalore to Belgaum is cancelled from 17th June 2009.

For more information you can visit our website .

We look forward to being of assistance to you.

Best Regards,

 Guest Commitment
Kingfisher Airlines”

 Operational reason will be lack of traffic on the route and nothing else I guess. The aviation industry on a whole is in turbulence and hence the best way to survive is cut costs and to cut costs stop all the routes where there is not profit.


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KHB selling flats at 1750 per sq ft

1:03 PM Posted by ukmad

Karnataka Housing board (KHB) is constructing huge towers near the railway over bridge and the construction is going on full swing.  It was in trouble when an RTI unearthed that the building was illegal and did not have the requisite permissions from the corporation. What has happened after that is still unknown.

Now 190 flats of 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms are being put for sale by KHB. Forms are available at the Axis bank Congress road branch.

 The single bedroom flat will be of 974 sq. feet, 2 bedroom 836 sq.ft and 3 bedrooms flat will be of 1199 sq.feet.

The price fixed is Rs.1750 per sq. feet. So for a 1 bedroom flat you need about 15 lakhs.

The said building is being constructed to provide housing at affordable rates but by no means these are affordable and also that the KHB said that the building was for accommodating government staff.


1750 seems to be very high price as nearby residential areas cost anywhere between 1000 to 1500 sq. feet and this building is in very close proximity to the railway track, this could be a cause of concern.


The KHB website still does not have any information about this and advertisement for the sale of flats has appeared in news papers but I haven’t got my hand on it yet.

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MLIRC contingent in France National day Parade

1:07 PM Posted by ukmad

When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh heads for Paris next month for the French national day celebrations on July 14, to which he has been invited as the guest of honour, a delegation of 144 battle-hardened soldiers will accompany him. However, they will not be part of his security detail but will take part in the French national day parade.

 Experts say this will be perhaps the first time when an Indian Army delegation will march at another country's national celebrations. The Army has put together over 100 counter-insurgency specialist soldiers from the Maratha Light Infantry (MLI) to take part in the parade, and they are currently undergoing rigorous training at Belgaum to show off their best before the French public.

 For the second occasion the MLIRC contingent was awarded the First place in the Republic day parade. All the members of the contingent will get Rs.50 thousand and a memento. 

Firepod on 28th June 2009 at Hind Sports and Social Club Hindwadi

10:39 AM Posted by ukmad

After an initial hick up the Firepod team is back and the prelude to Firepod, a rock show will be held at Sunday, 28th June 2009fplogo

Venue: The Hind Sports and Social Club, Subhash Market, Hindwadi.

Gates Open at 6:00 PM

 The tickets priced at Rs 99.

Tickets can be purchased with Mihir - 98867 97297, Sangram - 98454 53397 or Amit - 98862 32242.

Here is your chance to win FREE passes to the event only from AllAboutBelgaum.

Take part in Contest



Earlier entries will also qualify for the lucky winner selection.
For clues see


Terms & conditions:

1.       Winners will be announced on 26th June 2009 and winners will be selected on random. The decision of FIRPOD organizers will be final and no arbitration would be entertained. No cash claim or exchange can be made in lieu of the prize. Prizes must be accepted as awarded and are non-assignable and non-transferable.

2.      In all 5 winners will be chosen randomly whose all answers are correct. Each winner will get one pass on which only ONE person would be allowed inside the event hall. No other charges will be borne by the organizers.

3.      Winners will have to get the code they get in their winning email and they will have to also give out their Secret code they entered while participating. If the Secret code does not tally the prizes will not be given. Secret code has to match with the one entered by the person while filling the form.

4. by no means can be held responsible for any matter concerned with the prizes or the event. does not have any pecuniary interest in the event or with the organizers.

5. is doing this online promotion only as an online media partner and has nothing to do with the event or the bands or the event on a whole.

6.      The persons submitting their answers online will be assumed that they have read the terms and conditions.

7. shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever that may be suffered or any personal injury that may be suffered as a result of participating in the contest or using the prize.

8.      Each participant who submits his entry, consents to the information being entered into the database and right to use by and its affiliates, in any media for future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes without any further reference or payment or compensation to the entrant.

9.      These terms and conditions may be amended without prior notice.

Belgaum to get new look by green city project

10:22 AM Posted by ukmad

The Belgaum City Corporation (BCC), Belgaum Urban Development Authority (BUDA) and the Forest Department have jointly come up with project “Green City” with a view to change the face of the city. 

The project, which aims at planting 50,000 different species of plants at a cost of Rs. 1.12 crore, has been conceived with the support of MLAs Abhay Kumar Patil, Sanjay Patil and Feroz Sait representing Belgaum South, Belgaum Rural and Belgaum North assembly constituencies, respectively. 

 The project was poised to change the face of Belgaum city if implemented and maintained in an effective manner.

Source: The Hindu

All About Belgaum 1 lakh hits Thank you all

10:40 PM Posted by ukmad

This is where we stand today, with 1 lakh hits

To us it is not a milestone but just the beginning of new journey, the milestone you see in the image is just at the beginning of this journey, “We have a long way to go.”

Thank you all, without you it would have taken us much more long.

km-Stein südl. von Sikar

Keep glued here, you will never be disappointed.

Vega Auto from Belgaum made riding safer

10:24 AM Posted by ukmad

vegalogoVega rings a bell in every automobile enthusiast’s mind as one of the leading brands in the premium segment in the Helmet trade. As one among the very few in the organized sectors of the trade, Vega is based in Belgaum – Karnataka and under the able management of CHANDAK’s has seen growth at a very steady pace since it’s inception in 1981. The company with ideology of Safety & Fashion has become a pioneer in promoting Helmets as DESIGNER HEAD GEAR apart from being a means of safety with their vast range entirely approved by the Bureau of Indian standards (ISI) 4151. Standards and specification vide 9526-1980.vega1

Vega from its very inception has committed itself to the moral responsibility of incorporating safety norms in every aspect of the Helmet. Quality and not Quantity has always been its motto in every stage of production. This has helped its position in the market as a brand to synonym Quality, which in turn has boosted sales to great heights in past two decades. The Quality features have now been reinforced by their association with Compact Composite, Italy (Master in fibber glass and carbon fibber technology).vegainfra

Vega, with its network of over 320 dealers crisscrossing the country, has not only established itself nationwide but made its impressions in the overseas market also, like USA, GERMANY, ISRAEL, ITALY and many other countries. To cater to these markets, Vega products have passed the stringent test of the Department of Transports – U.S.A. (D.O.T), Israeli standards and E.C.E.helmet

Vega has capacity of over 2000 Helmets per day. Various ways of Moulding like, FRP hand lay ups, RTM, Balloon Moulding, Plastic Injection Moulding etc exist. A Hi Tech Paint Shop with both Polyurethane & Ultra -violet (UV) coating systems so that the paint stays for long. They have a in house Vacuum Metalizing Machines & Deep Coating Plant gives Best finish of Chrome & Nickel on Helmets & various shades of Mercury Coatings on Visors. The Testing Lab is designed to test the toughest Safety Standards in the World like ISI, DOT and ECE etc. To add to this, Vega utilizes latest technology from A to Z, thus completing the cycle in Helmet manufacturing keeping all parameters and ultimately offering the buyer a wide range of options. The entire Development and Production is contrived in 50000 sq feet area of a beautiful Building with state of Art Technology.

Factory: Plot No. 12- B, Sy. No. 342, BEMCIEL Industrial Estate,
Udyambag, Belgaum - 590 008.

Posting Classifieds made easy by Belgaum guys uproot labs

1:03 PM Posted by ukmad

The most awaited stable release of the Indian Classifieds site is finally up. 

Visit: The site offers users to post their advertisements absolutely FREE of cost. The site caters to almost all cities in India and there are numerous categories one can post an Ad into. The best part it’s made by two guys from Belgaum.

Please point your browsers to partners with Uproot and all ads posted for Belgaum can be seen in one page,

What is ?

A simple website to post classifieds online for free, it has been exclusively created for Indian users, and covers all districts in the country (600+).

Everything about the site is geared towards simplicity, including:

·         the look — very few graphics + dynamic interface

·         The operational model — zero intervention between seller and buyer is our policy.

What is it not?

While making the site, one path we did not tread (nor intend to tread) is social networking. They will add more features in the future to facilitate collaboration between groups of users. But they don’t expect it to become a core feature of the site. The reason is — keeping things simple for everyone, in particular the average or internet newbie’s. is the first baby from the Uproot Labs, Belgaum. Uproot labs are a gargantuan team of two Harshad Joglekar & Dr Ameet Patil who know each other from college days. After a “long time, no see” span of 10 years, they met over Orkut, and found that they both had an urge to start a company from our hometown, Belgaum. Dr.Ameet Patil also runs his own startup Spundhan which has already been featured on this blog.

Uproot has been designed by both as they have major experience in system software, particularly embedded system software. They are trying something new; web services. They shoulder equal responsibilities. They both design, code, make decisions with equal flair.

They chose Belgaum as it has its own set of advantages & disadvantages. But the advantages are now out marking the latter with the advent of internet.


They chose to develop their own web framework; a tailor made suit that fits needs, and is optimized for performance.


They also plan to have key partnerships with other sites for the content and AllAboutBelgaum was the first one to approach them in this regard and a feed only for Belgaum is here.
 So all the ads you post under Belgaum will be coming up there automatically. (Collective growth of It & ITeS services in Belgaum)


In the longer term they aim to monetize from premium Ads on the website. The core functionality will always remain free.

Here are some of the features of


While posting an Ad the user is required to select the most relevant category. This in turn helps people to quickly and easily find what they need. Care has been taken to include the most common categories the users will encounter in their daily life.

Ads that offer and Ads that want

Broadly speaking, every Ad has either something to offer to the viewer, or wants something from the viewer. It is specified during the creation of an Ad, and helps viewers to quickly find items that offer or want something from them.

Specifying the location

Viewers can choose to filter their Ads depending on the physical location. One can choose a specific city, a state or all locations in India.


They are very concerned about your privacy and take it very seriously.

There is an in-built mechanism to contact users, without needing to divulge either the seller’s or buyer’s contact information until each party voluntarily chooses to do so.


Users/Visitors to the site can view/search all advertisements without requiring to login. However, to protect your privacy, you required you register as a member in order to post a new or respond to an Ad.

Membership on is absolutely FREE, and requires just a confirmation of your email address. You can choose your own profile-name aka avatar.



If readers are interested in working on exciting embedded and web technologies, they can send their profile description / resume to


This is another paradigm of what two minds from a same city can do together professionally. Here it is not friendship but professional caliber and an urge to do something of your own. Both Harshad & Dr.Ameet have worked in different companies who paid them handsomely, but they always wanted to be their own BOSS.

All the best to the Duo. 

Corporators party in BCC office

10:49 AM Posted by ukmad

The office of the Belgaum City Corporation (BCC) was a make shift bar cum restaurant on Sunday. All the elected and nominated corporators, including the Mayor were present and took pleasure in the party organized at the BCC premises.

 According to reliable sources, the party was organised by Corporator Sanjeev Prabhu for getting elected as the Chairman of Standing Committee.

A corporator, who attended the party, said that they had availed permission from the Mayor and BCC Commissioner for holding the party. He also said that no liquor was served in the party. However the scene was different.  A class-IV employee, who attended the party, confirmed that liquor had been served to the invitees. 

BCC Commissioner S G Patil, he said that the corporators had taken his permission for conducting an official meeting along with lunch at the office premises.

“The meeting was expected to continue till late evening,” he said. But Patil denied giving permission to any party to be organised at the BCC office premises. 

What can we say to these corporators who we got elected? Nothing can happen as it was a official meeting with lunch. Town has seen many cases of Chiken Gunia and Dengue and the corporation is denying that there is any breakout of both diseases. But the truth is otherwise. Many have been affected by these and the corporation is still waiting for a couple of persons to die and then their eye may open.

There have been only 2 heavy rains so far, and water logging was seen in all parts of the city and also places like Chennamma circle there was water logging, so imagine the work done by BCC. All elected members should have a responsibility and if they don’t adhere to it there should be some mechanism to call them back. 

God save Belgaum.

 Source: Express Buzz

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4:33 PM Posted by ukmad

Corrigendum NH4 A to be 4 laned by IRB only in Goa state

4:42 PM Posted by ukmad

Belgaum Goa road to be 4 laned contract to IRB infra

In this post I had mentioned “The 81 kms stretch from Karnataka Goa border to Belgaum road NH 4A will be widened by IRB INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPERS LIMITED.

This is correct and the 81 kms stretch is in Goa itself. That is from Panaji to Karnataka Border. For Belgaum to Goa border road the tender has been called for and u can get details on NHAI site here it is: “Design, Engineering,Finance,Construction, Operation And Maintenance Of Belgaum- Knt/Goa Border Section Of NH-4a From Km 0.000 To Km 84.000 In The State Of Karnataka Under NHDP Phase III On Design, Build,Finance,Operate And Transfer (DBFOT) ) Toll Basis. . RFQ, Invitation, Replies to Queries

The photos in the old post were of the Belgaum to Goa stretch which is full of greenery. The said tender has not been granted yet as it is in litigation. Nature lovers have taken some objection over cutting the trees on the stretch.

AllAboutBelgaum is very apologetic for the error.