Paratha food fest at Saffron

7:41 PM Posted by ukmad

Hotel Saffron, will give the taste buds of Belgaumites a delightful culinary fares to the connoisseurs of Punjabi food, the PARATHA.
A Paratha food festival has been organized by Hotel Saffron, Kirloskar road from August 2 to August 9, 2010.
A splendid array of 25 varieties of authentic Punjabi stuffed parathas made in pure ghee will be served made by master chef and his team. The menu will also include Amritsari Chole Bhature, Delhi Chaat and Punjabi Lassi.

This is for the first time such kind of a Paratha food festival has been organised in town.

So all those Paratha lovers you all know where to go...

Hotel Saffron, Above Reliance world Kirloskar road, Belgaum. Phone: 0831-4205592,4216611

Belgaum under JNNURM

4:48 PM Posted by ukmad

The Government is planning to extend the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to some more cities in the country. It was proposed to include 28 cities/urban agglomerations with population of 5 lakh and above under the Urban Infrastructure and Governance (UIG) component of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission(JNNURM).
Three cities in Karnataka under JNNURM will be

On account of resource constraints, these cities could not be included in UIG of JNNURM.
Public private partnership can play a significant role in supplementing Government’s efforts of building infrastructure in urban areas. JNNURM encourages urban local bodies to use public private partnership for this purpose.
This information was given by Shri Saugata Roy, Minister of State, Urban Development in reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 30th July 2010.

Landslide in Amboli

10:20 AM Posted by ukmad

There was a huge landslide in Amboli, about one and half kilometers from the main water falls yesterday afternoon.
The locals fear of tourists being under the debris, however the officials on the spot have not categorically denied this fact. The army has been called in to help clear the debris.
Traffic to Savantwadi has been cut off and now is diverted from Kankavli.
It could take a while before the debris is removed and it also feared that he road might have been badly damaged.

One killed by city bus

10:19 AM Posted by ukmad

Akshay Anil Sathe(19) was killed on the spot when a city bus hit his kinetic scooter near the Datta Mandir, Govaves on Khanapur Road.
A resident of Hattiholi Galli, Shahpur Akshays scooter was hit by the city bus and the bus ran over his head. He was a student of Bharetsh Polytechnic.
A complaint has been filed.  

KB Kulkarni a master painter

10:43 AM Posted by ukmad

K. B. Kulkarni ( 1920 – 2007)

Shri K. B. Kulkarni was fondly known as “KB” by all his disciples, near and dear ones. KB was born in 1920 in Belgaum District.
He was a student of Haldankar’s Art Institute and later became an Art Teacher. He has done Drawing Art Teacher certificate course from Sir J.J. School of Art , 1945. He was also on the Advisory board for Art Education of Karnataka. He was also a member of Karnataka State Lalit Kala Academy.
He was awarded State Award in 1972. KB started an Art Institute called ” Chitramandir” in 1951 and conducted regular classes till 1977. He also taught at St.Pauls High school Belgaum.
KB had devoted himself to art and teaching of art and also in painting. A whole generation of artists have been trained and nurtured by him. His own works truly represented his mastery over oil, water colour and nature, as well as human figure. For him art of paintings was a mysterious activity. In his words –“ Though it is often said that art is a visual poetry, I think it is also music, where harmony, balance, rhythm are very important.”

Photo: Santosh Purohit

Movies as on 30-07-2010

7:50 AM Posted by ukmad

Theater Movie Timings
Big Cinemas Once upon a time in Mumbai 10,12.30,3.30,6..30,9.30pm

Khatta Meetha 10,3.45,9.45

Eclipse (Hindi) 12.45,6.45
Inox Chandan Once upon a time in Mumbai 10.15,12.45,3.45,6.45,9.45

Twilight Saga-Eclipse 12.15,2.45,7.15,9.45pm

Salt 10.15,5.15pm

Khatta Meetha 12.30,3.30,6.30,9.30pm
Nirmal Hendtira Darbar (K) 12.15pm,3.15,6.15,9.15
Huns Pareekshe (K) 12.15

16 days (T) 3,6,9
Arun Closed for Renovation
Roopali Laamha 12.15

Yerdana Maduve(K) 3,6,9
Balkrishna Eclipse (Hindi) 12.303.30,6.30,9.30
Chitra Krishnan Luv story (K) 12.15,3.15,6.15,9.15
Swaroop Once upon a time in Mumbai 12.15,3.15,6.15,9.15
Hira Ashok Chakra 12,3,6,9
Prakash Gandede (K) 12,3,6,9
Nartaki Khatta Meetha 12,3,6,9
Santosh Jai hey(K) 12.15,3.15,6.15,9.15
Kindly check the exact  timings with the theaters

Belgaum police go online

1:49 PM Posted by ukmad

The Belgaum Police have made a new website and will be launched tomorrow. (as of now you get a message opening tomorrow)

The site as of today is not visible to all, but I had a chance to view it and site looks clean and most importantly most of its links are working. The website has been designed in Joomla and looks neat.

One can file and online complaint, know the passport status, find police stations (this particular link seems to have problem), know about the one ways in the city. There is a womens grievance cell with a list of NGOs in Belgaum as well.
On can also get information about the daily crime, missing persons, unidentified bodies and of course the important laws and guidelines for citizens.
One can file a complaint or pass on information, or get more info Arms license Verification & job verification from.
One can also find all the telephone numbers of all police stations and officers.
The website will be updated on a daily basis.
In all this is a welcome sign for Belgaumites and with the Internet spreading everywhere and connectivity is not an issue (normally) this website will surely help Belgaumites.

Belgaum will have ATS training centre

11:43 AM Posted by ukmad

The Defence ministry is looking out for land near Belgaum to set up a Anti Terror Squad training centre. The Tahshildars have been given letters for the same and they have been told to identify land in Khanapur & Savadati talukas.

Sources say that Jamboti and Savadatti are the two shortlisted location wherein Jamboti could be selected, sources said.
Still the entire process on paper and what kind of training will be provided is yet to be decided.

Belgaum already has its pride the MLIRC and Airforce station. The ITBP also is building its camp near Hallbhavi.  

The unexpected son by Shobhan Bantwal

5:11 PM Posted by ukmad

Shobhan Bantwal is a noted author from USA who was born and raised in Belgaum.
 Her fourth book THE UNEXPECTED SON, will be released on August 1, 2010 by Kensington publishing Corp. Her three previous books were, THE DOWRY BRIDE, THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER, and THE SARI SHOP WIDOW.
Shobhan always makes some reference to her home town in her writings and in this new book as well she narrates a story in Palgum (Belgaum) and to add to it this time one can enjoy the Marathi-Kannada conflict which plays a big role in the back drop of the story. 
Shobhan Bantwal was born and raised at BELGAUM along with her four sisters. She resided in Camp area and she did her schooling from St. Josephs Convent Camp (LKG to SSLC) and then went to Lingraj College followed by Karnatak University in Dharwar for a master’s degree in sociology. She got a second master’s degree in Public Administration in the U.S. she rarely visits India, so her visits to Belgaum are very few and far between.She came to the United States in an arranged marriage in the mid 1970’s.
What happens when a woman suddenly wakes up to shocking news? A mysterious letter shatters Vinita Patil's contented American life. It tells an impossible story: she has a grown son in India, a child she was told was stillborn 30 years ago. He is now seriously ill. Revealing her secret past to her husband could ruin her marriage. Nonetheless Vinita is compelled to return to India to meet her unknown son—and pray for the faith of the family she leaves behind.
Advance praise for THE UNEXPECTED SON:
"This inspiring testament to a mother's enduring love makes for a fascinating tale and provides a window into an equally fascinating culture."
- Publisher's Weekly
"The Unexpected Son by Shobhan Bantwal is yet another crosscultural delight by this author."
- Chicago Examiner - 5 stars
"Shobhan Bantwal is a magical storyteller. The characters are so tangible that you miss them when you finish reading The Unexpected Son."
- Book Pleasures - 5 stars 
"This excellent contemporary provides strong insight into the Indian-American culture ... The Unexpected Son is a super Indian-American tale."
- Harriet Klausner, Amazon's top reviewer - 5 stars
THE UNEXPECTED SON is available at bookstores in the U.S. and Canada and all online booksellers. Orders can be placed at Amazon,Barnes & Noble, Borders. In India the book can be purchased online from Flipcart Price Rs.559
Readers in USA and Canada can go to the Contest page on her website to win a give away; a costume jewelry set to one winner and five autographed copies of THE UNEXPECTED SON to five other winners as part of the book launch of THE UNEXPECTED SON.
see the book trailer
She was the First Stars of Belgaum covered by AAB. 

Makeover of Hanuman nagar circle

9:58 AM Posted by ukmad

Hanuman Nagar is a locality with residences of mostly government officials, pensioners and political leaders and the Hanuman Nagar circle has been renovated, thanks to Commissioner of the Belgaum City Corporation S.G. Patil, social activist Ashok Chandargi and artist R.K. Godwani.
The circle now boasts of ornamental plants, grass carpet, benches and coloured lights.

The total cost for the make over was Rs. 12 lakh. There is also a cascade in the circle, a first in a circle in the city.
The place looks really nice and it has been attracting people of all ages.
Recently many gardens in the city have been developed, now the only concern would be the maintenance of these renovated gardens.

Photo: Rakesh R Harlapur  

BelgaumBlog to AllAboutBlegaum

7:48 PM Posted by ukmad

This site when it began was known as then later it was branded as and now it has it name

A look at its logos  

Photo workshop

1:41 PM Posted by ukmad

Milestone enterprise has arranged a two day Digital photography workshop in Belgaum.
The Two day work shop will be focusing on Wedding and Portraiture.
On day one details of digital cameras and its handling will be explained and on day two will have a practical workshop with models.

This workshop is open for any one amateurs as well professional photographers.

Date: 9 and 10 August 2010
Venue: Hotel Shankan Residency
File photo of a workshop

About the Trainer:
Vinayak Pavaskar (Mumbai) an eminent teacher and avid photographer positive to share his knowledge and encourage people to learn with every available opportunity has also been the mind behind the concept of Phototourism and The Milestone National Photo Galleria an exhibition showcasing the talents of phototourists and serious hobbyist photographers. His ability to mix among all genres makes him a favourite on our phototours and photography training programs. He has been conducting workshops on Fashion, Glamour, Portraiture, Landscape, Lighting Techniques, to name a few from the last two decades.

For registrations contact:
Subhash Color Center
Ramdev Galli, Belgaum
Mr.Raghu Undale – 99451 74481

Heavy rains lash city

11:07 AM Posted by ukmad

For the past 48 hours Belgaum city and district is receiving heavy showers. Yesterday city received 6 cm of rainfall in 24 hours.
The NH 4 under pass at Gandhinagar was filled with water and commuters faced a hard time.
The low-lying areas were flooded and people remained busy removing water from their houses like Gandhinagar. A bridgr on the Belgaum-Gojaga road was washed away.
The water level in Krishna, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Doodhganga, Vedganga and Markandeya rivers flowing into the district is on the rise.
Farmers are having a happy time as their sowing is over and they were just waiting for rain. The rain has given drift to their activities.
Met department forecasts heavy to very heavy rains in the coming days.

Vaccine depot as Heritage park

1:03 PM Posted by ukmad

The Vaccine depot which has a long history to it came into the lime light when there were rumors that it will be good site for building the Suvarna Vidhan Soudha in August 2007. Environmentalists and nature lovers came together and raised voice that the rich heritage and the flora and fauna should be saved and preserved.
The government also headed to the demand in late 2008 and it was decided by BUDA (Belgaum Urban Development Authority) that a Heritage park needs to be setup in these 100 acres Vaccine depot without cutting or demolishing many buildings housed in it. Infact even a foundation stone was laid. In 2009 Infrastructure Development Corporation (Karnataka) Limited made a report on the same and viability of a heritage park and this story is made from that report. But nothing has changed since then.
 Historical value of Vaccine Depot:
The Belgaum Vaccine Depot also known as Vaccine Institute was started by Captain F.H.G. Hutchinson for manufacturing Small Pox vaccine in 1904 under the then Government of Bombay Province. The institute was shifted to its present premises in Tilakwadi following completion of building construction works in 1909. The institute was manufacturing 40 million doses of freeze dried small pox vaccine andsupplying all over the country and to neighboring countries as well. During 1954, the vaccine was changed from cow-calf to sheep-based. Following reorganization of States, the administration of institute came under the control of Government of Karnataka in 1956.
In 1968, the vaccine was changed from sheep to buffalo calf and the production capacity was increased to 47 million doses in 1974 — one third of total requirement of the country.
The manufacturing of the vaccine was cut down in 1977 in view of zero incidence of small pox in the country and completely stopped in 1978. Yet, during the same year, the activities of the institute switched over to manufacture of neural tissue anti-rabies vaccine (NTV). Initiatives on experimental works connected with preparation of Tetanus Toxoid and Diphtheria fraction were also taken up in 1985.
 Belgaum Vaccine Depot is located in the heart of the city and spreads to about 100 acres. Vaccine Depot is a mini exotic forest and has about 3700 varieties of medicinal plants and has a potential to be preserved as a natural reserve. The site has lush greenery and a seasonal natural drain flows during rainy season and has potential for being developed as a landscape element. The site is a treasure of exotic flora and fauna.
There are 64 existing buildings out of which some of the buildings are nearly 100 years old. The buildings are used as offices of the District Health Officer and storage facilities for various vaccines.
 BUDA plans the proposed Heritage Park through Private Sector Participation (PSP) on an appropriate Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework.
The purpose for the development of the project is to preserve and portray Belgaum’s heritage.
To provide a platform for the city’s craftsmen to exhibit their art and also generate employment opportunities for the same.
To create urban green space for the citizens through the concept of “Community Park”.
The proposed Heritage Park would be an integrated campus to promote heritage, tourism development and create recreational space for the city as well as surrounding region.
The principle concept of the Heritage Park is one of sustainable development. The focus of the sustainable design process is to achieve an aesthetic response to the program, while minimizing the ecological footprint of the development and conserving the existing built form.
 The proposed heritage park shall have integral elements to promote art and culture blended with amusement related activities. Heritage Park is envisaged to cater to the needs of all age groups. The overall development of the area is envisaged in following zones:
Amusement, Hospitality, Cultural & Landscape Zone , General Facilities .
 The proposed facilities are Art Gallery, Museum, Heritage Centre, Club & Philatelic Centre.
Boating, hanging bridge, musical fountain, rose garden, water falls, Mini train, various other rides, a sports complex with indoor and outdoor and swimming pool etc would be developed as a part of landscaped Park.
The total Project Cost is estimated at around Rs. 26.2 Crore.
Belgaum needs such kind of a park and the govt. should take keen interest in developing this heritage park at the earliest. Infact it would be better if funds from the special grant of Rs.100 crore could be utilized here and the heritage park is completed at the earliest.

A musical tribute to Indira Sant

10:52 AM Posted by ukmad

"Indireche Arials" is a cultural programme based on the poems and life of Late Indira Sant.
The program is a fund raising event of "Runanubandh Seva Pratishthan", Belgaum.
The event will be held on 31st July, 2010 at Raosaheb Gogte Rangamandir at 6pm.
 The concept and direction is by Mrs. Swati Kulkarni. Music is directed by Nandan Herlekar and background music is composed by Shantanu Herlekar, Coreography is done Swati Kulkarni, Aditya Paranjape & Sunil Nangareall from Belgaum.
Poems of Indira Sant have been composed by Nandan Herlekar, many have been recited and have been enacted, some events in her life are also been enacted.
 About Indira Sant:
Indira Sant (1914 – 2000) was a Marathi poetess from Belgaum.
She was born on January 4, 1914, as Indira Dikshit.
 She studied at Rajaram College in Kolhapur, and Fergusson College in Pune where she met her future husband Narayan Sant. Four years after their marriage, the two published in 1940 a joint collection of their poems titled Sahawas (सहवास). Narayan Sant died in 1946. The pain of loss of her husband found its expression in some of her poems. The principal theme of most of her poetry is love and longing. The love of nature is also evident in her poems. Her poetry further pertains to different dimensions of a woman's life.Sant wrote about 25 books. She worked first as a professor and then as the principal in a teacher's training college in Belgaum.
 For more details contact:
Swati Kulkarni 9900260243
Asawari Sant 9845311099
Nandan Herlekar 9448874836
Pradip Kulkarni 9448635693.

Kamat ecotours and jungle holidays offer discount

1:34 PM Posted by ukmad

City based KAMAT ECOTOURS & JUNGLE HOLIDAYS, is an organization of dedicated professionals from the fields like Eco -Tourism, Outdoor Adventures, Environment Education, with proven credentials in their respective fields and many years of rich experience backing them. We offer the best of their knowledge to get you a truly memorable ‘Eco – experience’. Experience the hospitality in nature with us in a different way.
The company has declared 15% monsoon magic discount on all packages in Karnataka & Kerala till sept 15th 2010.
 Current Picks in the Monsoon:
Dandeli Jungle Holidays clubbed with waterfalls in Yellapur area in monsoon.
Devbag island beach resorts too good for HONEYMOONERS and adventure lovers.
They also do bookings of jungle lodges and resorts:
Kabini river lodge, Bandipur safari lodge, Bannerghatta nature camp, Dandeli wildlife resorts, Devbag island beach resorts, Om beach resorts, River tern lodge- Bhadra, Bhimeshwari- galibore-d mkali, Dubhare elephant camp- Coorg, Wildernest resorts, The Serai -chikmagaloor, Orange county resorts, Cikada resorts.

D-2,340. Devarshi Apartment.Roy Road, Tilakwadi. Belgaum. 590006.
Contacts -0831 4216520
Cell- 94481 33270, 98458 58148, 99007 88400

Movies as on 23-07-2010

7:48 AM Posted by ukmad

Theater Movie Timings
Big Cinemas Salt 11,1,4,7,10

Khatta Meetha 10,12.45,3.45,6.45,9.45
Inox Chandan Lamhaa 1.3

Khatta Meetha 10.30,12,3,3.45,4.45,6,6.45,9pm

Salt 10.45,12.45,2.45,7.45,9.45

Udaan 9.30pm
Nirmal Lift Kodla (K) 12.15pm,3.15,6.15,9.15
Huns Banni (K) 12,3.15,6.15,9.15
Arun Closed for Renovation
Roopali Nanu Nanna Kanasu (K) 3,6,9
Chitra Krishnan Luv story (K) 12.15,3.15,6.15,9.15
Swaroop Salt(H) 12.15,3.15,6.15,9.15
Hira Tere bin Laden 3.15,6.15,9.15

Milenge Milenge 12.15
Prakash Yamdu (T) 12,3,6,9
Nartaki Khatta Meetha 12,3,6,9
Santosh Jai hey(K) 12.15,3.15,6.15,9.15
Kindly check the exact  timings with the theaters

Garbage in water tank

7:19 PM Posted by ukmad

by CJ- Sanjeev Patravali
Under the nirmal gram yojna and various other schemes the garbage is collected from house to house and then it is collected and taken to the dumping ground.
But today morning at Somwar Peth, Tilakwadi the Garbae collectors who had collected the garbage dumped the same into a water tank kept on the side of the road, which was kept there for some construction work of the gutter.
The residents who saw this incident were raged and got hold of the culprits and asked them to remove all the garbage they had dumped.
 The problem of waste management is the worst and the most important any city. The main objective of collecting of this garbage from house to house is that the same is not dumped else where, but the entire logic of this scheme has been kept aside by these private people and we have come to know about this due to some vigilant residents.
The corporation should have a mechanism which will monitor these private people who have got the contract to collect the garbage so that such incidents do not repeat.

St Loyolas win Royston invitation cup

7:02 PM Posted by ukmad

by Santosh Purohit
St Loyolas (Goa) beat St.Pauls Belgaum 3 goals to zero in the finals of the Royston invitation cup being played here at the hostel ground of St.pauls.
St Loyolas team had their control over the entire game from the whistle blown. At Half time St Loyolas were leading 1-0 and in the second half they scored two more goals.
The regular inter school Royston memorial cup begins from 24th July.

Belgaum swimmers shine at national championsh

12:37 PM Posted by ukmad

In the National Sub-Junior Aquatic Championship 2010 held at Basavangudi Aquatic Center, Bangalore during 12th July to 15th July 2010 swimmers from Belgaum represented Karnataka outperformed.
 Belgaum swimmers brought 1 Gold, 5 Silver Medals in the tough competetion. Nearly 1000 swimmers from all over India took part in this championship.

Manasi Herekar, Roshan Uday & Akshata Desai

The achievers:
Roshan Uday of St. Paul’s High School
4* 50 mtrs Medley Relay - Gold Medal
50 mtrs. Breast Stroke - Silver Medal

Manasi Herekar of Divine Providence High School
4* 50 mtrs Medley Relay - Silver Medal
50 mtrs. Breast Stroke - Silver Medal

Akshata Desai of St. Xavier’s High School
4* 50 mtrs Medley Relay - Gold Medal
50 mtrs. Breast Stroke - Silver Medal

The swimmers are members of Swimmer's Club Belgaum & Aquarius Swim Club Belgaum and practicing at Rotary Corporation Swimming Pool, Goaves, Belgaum.
The swimmers are being coached under the watchful guidance of Akshay Sheregar, Ajinkya Mendke, Prasad Tangankar and Lakhan Shahapurkar. celebrates its 1st anniversary

6:42 PM Posted by ukmad

IT, an unknown entity just over a year back, celebrated today its 1st anniversary. IT-Belgaum is a premier group of all IT companies in Belgaum each engaging in businesses ranging from software development, software services, embedded systems, consultation, training, BPO, e-commerce, web applications, website development, animation, gaming and many more.

In summary, IT-Belgaum has conducted over 10 seminars and workshops in and around Belgaum to help better the talent pool and create awareness on the presence of IT in Belgaum.

As part of the celebration a brief list of the group's activities over the last one year:

23-May-2009: Formation / birth of this group. The group was fairly small then. It was decided that IT-Belgaum needs to take initiative to educate the youth about opportunities in Belgaum and help them choose a better career path.

29-Aug-2009: IT-Belgaum in its first public appearance successfully conducted a Seminar in KLS GIT college. Mr. R K Patil, CEO, Vayavya Labs Pvt. Ltd. introduced to the group while Dr. Ameet Patil, Spundhan Softwares Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Swapneel Patnekar, Eth1 Network Solutions both enlightened the crowd with their knowledge on Embedded Systems and Open Source Tools (LAMP) respectively.
More information here (

24-Oct-2009: IT-Belgaum presented a seminar in KLE Engineering college. Dr. Aadil Bandukwala, Talent Onions introduced the group while Mr. Sandeep Hegde, dotCORD IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Vinod Chavan, 3i Global thrilled the audience with their technical skills in Building Open Source Websites and The world of Animations for budding Engineers respectively.
More information here (

30-Jan-2010: IT-Belgaum visited Jain College campus to enlighten the BBA and BCA students. Mr. R K Patil fired away with the group's introduction while Dr. Aadil Bandukwala and Uday, talked on Orbit Shit Innovation and Social Media respectively.
More information here (

03-Feb-2010:IT-Belgaum went to GCC college for BCA students. Mr. Sandeep Hegde gave the introduction followed by Mr. Swapneel Patnekar and Mr. Purushottam Deshpande entralled the audience with Open source software and Web 2.0 technologies respectively.
More information here (

03-Feb-2010:Surprising on the same day another event was held by IT-Belgaum in BIMS college. This session was an open platform to allow the students to have a free first hand interaction with Enterpreneurs from IT-Belgaum group. From IT-Belgaum Mr. R K Patil, Dr. Aadil Bandukwala, Mr. Madhav Karekar, Dr. Ameet Patil, Mr. Santosh from TiE Hubli chapter, Mr. Sandeep Hegde were present.
More information here (

11-Feb-2010:IT-Belgaum visits KLES college of BCA. Mr. Rajendra Pai introduced the group followed by presentations by Mr. Manoj Mani and Mr. Swapneel Patnekar on Website in 10 minutes using WordPress and Open Source Software (Linux) respectively. Other members of of IT-Belgaum also present included Mr. R K Patil, Dr. Ameet Patil, Mr. Sandeep Hegde, Mr. Madhav Karekar, etc.
More information here (

08-Mar-2010:IT-Belgaum presented at Vasantrao Potdar Polytechnique College. Dr. Aadil Bandukwala introduced the group while Mr. R K Patil delivered an enlightening speech on Embedded systems.
More information here (

13-Mar-2010:Bhartesh BBA college was mesmerized by IT-Belgaum. Mr. Rajendra Pai introduced the group and Dr. Ameet Patil spoke on how to get the job you want - Wake Up Sid.
More information here (

15-Mar-2010: IT-Belgaum visited IMER campus where Mr. Amit Soundalgekar and Mr. Sandeep Tekriwal entertained the audience with a thrilling introduction and a talk on Importance of Social Media respectively.
More information here (

12-May-2010:IT-BElgaum spread their wings and flew to HIT Nidasoshi college. Mr. Rajendra Pai introduced the group, Mr. Purushottam and Dr. Ameet Patil presented on the emerging trends and how to prepare for a better future.

Dr.Ameet Patil founder of Spundhan labs told this blog this year they intend to conduct workshops in colleges, schools and also conduct workshops for IT teams in the various industries. “We dont dream big, but yes we do dream to become big” he added further.

May IT-Belgaum scale more heights in future. As many of us would agree: This is just the beginning of a new era in Belgaum!

Maharashtra firm building Karnatakas pride

5:02 PM Posted by ukmad

For over a week now Belgaum border row has been in the news in the national media was here and now is settling down. Even today reporters from far off places such as Kolkatta are in city to make coverage about this entire city.
Even when all this fight is going on a Maharashtra firm is toiling hard to complete its deadlines set for them by the State of Government for its ambitious Suvarna Soudha Project at Hlaga Bastwad Belgaum.
Pune-based family-owned construction firm, B G Shirke Group is now racing to complete the Rs-256 crore project spread over a 127-acre area on a hillock at Halaga-Bastwad village off National Highway 4.
The project has to be ready by the year end so that the winter session can be held here. CM BSYeddurappa visits the site of construction each time he is here for some work.
The project which was started in 2008 by BSY was a part of the strategy to give Belgaum a second capital status, but that never happened but the work on the Suvarna Soudha commenced on time is going as pr schedule the on site manager said.

Photo: Akash Patil

B G Shirke Group has completed many projects in Karnataka including the Vikas Soudha Bangalore and they say they are proud to be working on such a prestigious project. They said we work in part of the world.
So even when the inter state bus services are still not resumed a Maharashtra company is busy building Karnataka's pride.

QuEST becomes first Indian Private Sector Player to Work Directly with AirbusQuEST becomes first Indian Private Sector Player to Work Directly with Airbus

6:19 PM Posted by ukmad

QuEST Global Manufacturing Becomes the 1st Indian Private Sector Player to Work Directly with Airbus for the Manufacture of Aerostructure Parts .
QuEST Global’s Selection as Airbus Preferred Supplier for Manufacturing Capabilities, ability to Offer Offset Fulfillment and Risk Sharing Partnerships, positions QuEST Global Uniquely Amongst Indian Aerospace Players.
The global aerospace engineering & manufacturing major, QuEST Global announced today that it has become the first Indian private sector player to manufacture parts directly to Airbus under the long term agreement.
 This distinction comes after a stringent selection process by distinguished Airbus and EADS sourcing and manufacturing organizations. This is a first step into manufacturing relationship with Airbus on existing program with a view to expand engagement to many other sourcing opportunities to leverage QuEST Global’s capabilities.
 QuEST Global has been recognized as a quality supplier to the aerospace industry through the AS 9100 certification received for both engineering services and manufacturing practices. QuEST Global has set up an integrated manufacturing facility ranging from Machining, sheet metal processing, assembly and special processing (thro joint venture with Magellan Aerospace). The facility is approved by Airbus apart from other certifications like NADCAP.
 QuEST Global becomes the only private sector company in India to sign Engineering Services and Manufacturing agreements. Under these agreements, QuEST Global will support various current programs in Manufacturing as well as current and upcoming programs in Design. QuEST Global has also set up an aerospace supply chain eco-system in its Special Economic Zone (SEZ) which is spread over 262 acres in Belgaum, North Karnataka, India. This will be highly beneficial to Airbus from a point of view of being able to source fully finished aerospace components and sub assemblies from India apart from delivering offset obligations.

“This win highlights the strength and strategic importance of QuEST Global’s manufacturing and SEZ capabilities. We are honored by the confidence that Airbus has shown in QuEST Global and we are eager and well prepared to take on this engagement. QuEST Global’s Engineering along with Manufacturing from our Belgaum SEZ will provide the ideal ‘end to end solution’ to Airbus.” said Aravind Melligeri, Chairman & Co-founder, QuEST Global.

Border row hits hard on state transport corporations

8:01 PM Posted by ukmad

It has been over a week now that inter state bus service between Karnataka Maharashtra has been halted. So far the MSRTC has lost over Rs. 2 crores due to non operations. A similar amount has been lost by the KSRTC in the last 7 days due to non operation.
The deficit making MSRTC in a statement today said that if this situation prevails for more then they will face a huge loss which will be irrecoverable.
The KSRTC is no different with losses due to non operations, it wants the service to resume as early as possible.
As the buses are off the road the Railway is seeing a huge rush for traffic towards Miraj. The Ekadashi is on Wednesday where people travel to Pandharpur from here, they are facing a very hard time.
Still it is very unclear when operations would commence but sources told the blog that as things have now come under control we could see these buses on the road tomorrow in phases.
Commuters are facing hardships and now if one has to travel to Kolhapur, one needs to go to Nippani and then take a tempo to Kagal and then reach Kolhapur.
People fight – people suffer.

Too many Road widening

6:53 PM Posted by ukmad

In the past six months Belgaum has seen a lot of ho-hallo on the road widening in various areas of the city.
In December 2009 these roads were taken up for widening:
RPD college road to Patwardhan layout (under 100 crore special grant) – Work is half done
Mahatma Fule road to Old PB road (under 100 crore special grant) -still work in progress
APMC road (under 100 crore special grant) – Work in progress Major complete
Old PB road upto bus stand – Trees have been cut on the road but no further progress
Khanapur Road (Sanchayani circle to Suryakant Park) (Cantonment Board) – nothing has happened here
Govaves to 3rd Gate (PWD) – Nothing has happened here
Leaving the last two roads Khanapur Road and Govaves to 3rd Gate on which nothing but some papers have moved in the PWD, all the other roads were taken up by the Corporation under the special 100 crore grant. And majority works were supposed to be complete by January 2010, but the work is still in progress.
Even after such a mess, the corporation in a so called MLA style road widening is getting it self ready to widen a few more roads after Ganpati may be. These roads are

Bank of India Shahpur to Dharwad road – 80 feet road next to Shivaji Garden

Bank of India Shahpur to Dharwad road
Goaves to 1st Gate (Shukurwar Peth) – exact width of road not known

Goaves to 1st Gate (Shukurwar Peth) – exact width of road not known

1st gate to RPD cross ( Deshmukh road) - exact width of road not known
Vadgaon to Old Belgaum
The above road widening may be done as marking the center point of the street was carried out in Shukurwar Peth and Deshmukh road. Bank of India Shahpur to Old PB road which will go from the Shivaji Garden people have received notices for the same. And in this road an old well in the garden will also face closure. This road which is leading from Mahatma Phule road will join Dharwad road.
For any road widening to be done in the city the City corporation has to pass a resolution for the same but all the above projects were done without its approval and the same be continued in future.
A few questions arise in the mind when the road the expansion in the new areas will begin. Shukurwar Peth will not be easy as there is a property of a local representative. Deshmukh road also has some great stalwarts from media. Even if these two roads are widened what about the Railway gate. The main cause of traffic jam here is the railway gate. No one is speaking about this.
The Vadgaon to Old Belgaum road has houses of poor weavers who will loose a major chunk of their house and this is a major cause of concern for them.

Road widening is very essential for a growing city but the manner in which the same is executed is the problem everywhere. A great example of doing things in a hurry is the case of Delhi where new roads were laid in record time for the commonwealth games and now everyday we have news of vehicles getting stuck into dumps on the newly laid roads. Similar things can happen here as well.
Instead of taking so many projects at one time, the corporation(if its has powers) should take one road complete it and then go for the next one. Belgaum is seeing some road widening in a new abhay style.