The Little Town with a Large Heart Part 2

8:46 PM Posted by ukmad

The region was greatly influenced by Balgangadhar Tilak who visited Belgaum in 1906. Several leaders emerged here, including Gangadhar Rao Deshpande, Annu Guruji, Jivanrao Yalgi, Ramchandra Wadavi and Baburao Thakur.
During the swadeshi movement of 1905-08, Govindrao Yalgi was responsible for starting secret revolutionary associations. Belgaum was made headquarters of the State unit of Tilak’s Home Rule League.
Bal Gangadhar Tilak who gave the ‘cutting edge’ to the Indian National Congress, visited Belgaum in 1906 and met many like-minded individuals here – like Gangadharrao Deshpande, Kaka Kalelkar, et al. Tilak decided to hold a Conference in Belgaum to focus on pivotal issues of ‘Swarajya’.
Some elements who were opposed to Tilak tried to persuade Mahatma Gandhi not to attend this Conference, to which he had been personally invited by Kaka Kalelkar.
Getting to know of this opposition Gangadharrao Deshpande wrote an anguished letter to Gandhiji.
Gandhiji’s terse reply was on a small postcard – “Nothing but death can prevent me from going to Belgaum to attend the Conference”.
This was to be Gandhiji’s first visit to Belgaum – arriving, as he usually did by Third Class Compartment of a train on the 29th of April 1916.
Gandhiji worked hard, behind the scenes, to heal the split that had developed in the freedom movement after the 1907 Surat Congress Session. One Group had favoured lawful agitation, the other group in Swadeshi, a boycott of foreign goods, Swarajya, and more direct action. Tilak proposed a resolution that united both factions. Gandhiji spoke in favour of Tilak (on the 1st of May 1916) and an open split was averted.
A day earlier Gandhiji had spoken in Raviwar Peth (our main market) against untouchability.
In the 38th Congress Session at Kakinada which Mohammed Ali presided over, Gangadharrao Deshpande was elected Secretary along with Jawaharlal Nehru and Saifuddin Kichalu. Deshpande immediately proposed that the next session be held in the Karnatak Province. Mohd. Ali accepted the suggestion.
When the Mysore Raja – Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar backed out of hosting the Congress, Sadashivrao Karnad of Mangalore and Shrinivas Koujalgi of Bijapur staked the claims of their cities to host the Congress Session.
However, the fleeter footwork of Gangadharrao Deshpande of Belgaum won the day, by bringing in some merchants from Shahapur in Belgaum who were prepared to underwrite the expenses of the Congress to a tune of Rs. 30,000. That clinched the venue of the 39th Session of the Congress. This move was enough to convince Gandhiji and the senior leaders that Belgaum was indeed a Little Town with a Large Heart.

Gandhiji Addressing Open Session at Belgaum 1924 session

For a small town of 36,000 to attempt to host an All India Congress Session was an audacious move – something like a small country wishing to host the Olympics today.

Gandhiji Evening walk in BGM in 1924

But the 39th Congress Session at Belgaum in 1924 proved to be one of the most momentous sessions.
By Nitin Khot

Mahindra Plant in Belgaum

1:23 PM Posted by ukmad

On August 2, 2010 many news papers and I am quoting TOI here, in which Minister for large and medium industries, Murugesh Nirani was quoted saying that Mahindra and Mahindra and few other industries have expressed their willingness to establish their units at Dharwad.
The Hindu on same day, published this “While the Mahindra and Mahindra had agreed to set up their unit at Belgaum”
Mahindra and Mahindra company has the largest OEM from tractor engines to allied auto castings based in Belgaum. These components supplied by manufactures based in Belgaum and are direct standards of Mahindra QC standards, so Belgaum is a much obvious choice of Mahindra’s. Government of Karnataka should take interest in brining big names of foundry industries in proposed 500 acre foundry park near Machhe for international supplies, and give a support to local foundry industries to have joint venture for future entrepreneur developments in Belgaum , or else what is the use of establishing foundry cluster and including Belgaum for development of Automobile industry belt in Suvarna Karnataka industrial Policy.
From the news coverage it seems that the minister is not happy with the Mahindra unit being established in Belgaum and he is busy telling that even Mahindra is coming to Dharwad.
With inputs from Satish Kumar.

Winners of Zaika and Subhash Photos give away

11:19 AM Posted by ukmad

Here are the lucky winners of the Zaika and Subhash Photos Give away:
Winner of Zaika voucher of Rs.500
Fahim Bepari – beparifahim at
Winner of a personalised Photo Mug is
Pallavi Dhotre
Congrats to the winners.

Stpauls win Royceton memorial

6:09 PM Posted by ukmad

St.Pauls won the 31st Royceton memorial cup today, they beat Marathi Vidya Niketan by 2 goals to nil.
It was jam packed hostel ground with excitement to its fullest. Young and old both were there to cheer their teams.

Load Shedding again

9:50 AM Posted by ukmad

In spite of good rains and relief from power cuts for about 15 days, HESCOM is back with its routine load shedding of SIX hours in city and 12 hours in rural areas.
Load shedding is necessary as there are problems with the power production.
Belgaum is getting about 90 MW where it actually needs 120 MW.

Voice of Belgaum

9:40 AM Posted by ukmad

After the avid success of, AAB and DotCord IT solutions have come together to float a new platform for the people of Belgaum.


The very name says it all, this will be a platform all Belgaumites to raise their voices on various matters on a single platform. We dont flatter ourselves with this, but we hope to get a platform where people will come and review, share and exchange their ideas.

What can be done on the site:
Reviews of various products and services
Business listing (will be launched shortly)
Discussion forums
Social networking with sharing of photos, videos, status updates etc.
and many more will added with time.
 Now a question to everyones mind why another website, yes Voice of Belgaum in future can in real be the voice of people of Belgaum and time will come when all will have to adhere to this voice.

AAB and DotCord have joined hands in this case not for money, but to give Belgaumites a voice, a platform on which they can share what they feel and also at the same time come together for making a better Belgaum.

Third Anniversary is here

7:07 PM Posted by ukmad

oday marks the completion of THREE YEARs of
Dont forget to try your luck at the Give away.
And what 3 years it have been! Looking back at the Three years only gives us confidence to look forward with renewed energy and motivation.
The triple “S” – Strong Support System that we have been blessed with by way of YOU, the readers humbles us greatly.
Needless to say, yet so very essential for us to mention here is that unparalleled support we have received from our designing team LeadingmindsITBelgaum, our advertisers and so many others who helped us getting photos, news bites and so on.

So here is the Third Give away for you readers:

Swine flu affects 2

4:53 PM Posted by ukmad

H1N1 influenza, Swine flu is back. Since January 111 swab tests were conducted and 49 were found positive with H1N1 virus. Two deaths were reported among them.
Today 2 more women were detected positive for H1N1 aged 45 and 40, one of them is from Belgaum and the other from Mavinkatti.

Free Seminar for MBA aspirants

11:44 AM Posted by ukmad

Bharatesh Education Trust’s Global Business School has organized a unique seminar for MBA aspirants, named ‘Jagruti 2010’. This seminar aims to guide students about the current management education scenario as well as educate them about the various streams available for MBA education and the prospects thereof, various career options available in today’s world, etc. It will also help students understand what an MBA is about, how to choose the right institution and what to look for while making a choice.
The seminar is scheduled on Sunday 8th August between 2 to 6 p.m. at The Banquet Hall, Hotel Sankam Residency, Airport Road, New Gandhinagar, Belgaum.
Considering the fact that there are very few Management Schools in North Karnataka, a student desiring to pursue an MBA degree has to go to other states or even other parts of the country for quality Management Education. With a host of management degrees to choose from like MBA, PGDM or part time courses like Executive MBA, Distance Education Programs, etc., the students may not be aware of the authenticity of the program or institutes offering them. There is a chance that they may end up disappointed. Students and parents seek guidance for all these matters from experts.
The seminar is free and is open to all graduates/ undergraduates from any stream (Science, Commerce, Arts, Engineering, Pharmacy, etc.) who wish to pursue an MBA after graduation. Fresh graduates who have already appeared for PGCET/KMAT or other management entrance exams will also benefit immensely from this seminar. Parents of students are also encouraged to attend the same.
The seminar will be addressed by a chosen panel of Dr. A. H. Chachadi- Sr. Faculty- Kousali Institute of Management Studies- Dharwad, Prof. V. K. Malali- Retd. Principal- RLS College, Belgaum, Shri. Gopal Jinagouda-MD, Jinabakul Forge, Belgaum, Shri Amit Soundalgekar- Corporate Trainer, Belgaum.
Contact the following number for registration - 0831- 2421513.

Indian Express writes about AAB

11:37 AM Posted by ukmad

The New Indian Express wrote about AAB today in its Belgaum edition on Page 3.

Reserve Bank Cancels Licence of Belgaum Catholic Co-operative Bank

8:01 AM Posted by ukmad

In view of the fact that the Belgaum Catholic Co-operative Bank Ltd., Belgaum had ceased to be solvent, all efforts to revive it in close consultation with the Government of Karnataka had failed and the depositors of the bank were being inconvenienced by continued uncertainty, the Reserve Bank of India delivered the order canceling its licence to the bank after the close of business on August 03, 2010. The Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Karnataka has also been requested to issue an order for winding up of the bank and appoint a Liquidator for the bank. It may be highlighted that on liquidation every depositor is entitled to repayment of his deposits up to a monetary ceiling of Rs.1,00,000/- from the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC).
The bank was granted licence by Reserve Bank of India on December 23, 1986 to commence banking business. The statutory inspection conducted by Reserve Bank with reference to its financial position as on March 31, 2005 revealed several disquieting features in the functioning of the bank. The bank was classified as Grade IV and was placed under operational instructions banning accepting of fresh deposits and premature withdrawal of term deposits, etc. The next inspection conducted with reference to position as on March 31, 2006 revealed that the financial position continued to deteriorate and the operational instruction issued were continued.
Consequent on cancellation of its licence, Belgaum Catholic Co-operative Bank Ltd., Belgaum, (Karnataka) is prohibited from carrying on 'banking business' as defined in Section 5(b) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949(AACS) including acceptance and repayment of deposits.

Movies as on 06-08-2010

7:47 AM Posted by ukmad

Theater Movie Timings
Big Cinemas Once upon a time in Mumbai 1015,3.45,9.45pm

Aisha 10,12.30,3.30,6.30,9.30

Inception 12.45,6.45
Inox Chandan Once upon a time in Mumbai 12.45,3.45,6.45,9.30pm

Inception (ENG) 10,1.15,6.45,9.30

Aisha 10,12.4,3.15,4,6.15,9.15
Nirmal Hendtira Darbar (K) 12.15pm,3.15,6.15,9.15
Huns Maleyali Joteyalli (K) 12,3,6,9
Arun Closed for Renovation
Roopali Yerdana Maduve(K) 12,3,6,9
Balkrishna Inception(H) 12.303.30,6.30,9.30
Chitra Golimaar (T) 12.15,3.15,6.15,9.15
Swaroop Once upon a time in Mumbai 12.15,3.15,6.15,9.15
Hira Aisha 12.15,3.15,6.15,9.15
Prakash Gandede (K) 12,3,6,9
Nartaki Khatta Meetha 12,3,6

Platform Film made by Belgaumite Veena Lokur. Leading role by Sai Lokur. 9.15pm
Santosh Matte Mungaru (K) 12.15,3.15,6.15,9.15
Kindly check the exact  timings with the theaters

The Little Town with a Large Heart

11:04 AM Posted by ukmad

For the past few years and few days to be very specific, Belgaum has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
This was not always so.
There was an earlier period when Belgaum was frequently in the news for all the right reasons.
For a hundred years, from the Kittur uprising of 1824 to the 39th Session of the Indian National Congress of 1924, Belgaum featured in the national news for its role as a catalyst to the freedom struggle.
We now propose to harness some of the positive energy of this earlier epoch to bring to the people of Belgaum a type of development that they rightfully deserve.
To understand this ‘birthright’ of the Belgaum people it may be necessary to cast a brief backward glance at history.
 The Age of Imperialism was brought to its close not by a single blow delivered by a towering figure, but by a series of small blows delivered to the body of the far flung Empire. It was akin to the numerous small tears that the hull of the ‘Titanic’ suffered in its collision with the iceberg – the tears that collectively sunk the ‘unsinkable’ ship.
One of the first blows delivered to the ‘invincible’ British Empire was in Kittur, near Belgaum in 1824.
Raising the banner of self-rule, Rani Chanamma resorted to direct action and eventually killed several English Officers including the then Collector, Mr. Thackeray and the Assistant Collector, Mr. Munro. The reverberation of this rebellion were felt throughout Belgaum District which began to propel the people here powerfully to seek freedom.
In 1857, one person by the name of Munshi serving in the British Army, began to galvanize Sepoys stationed in Belgaum Fort, but the rebellion was stubbed out and five of the rebels were hung and five others sentenced to life imprisonment. Subsequently one Manipal Singh was arrested on 23rd August 1857 for stirring up a rebellion against the British and hanged. Bhaskar Rao ‘Babasaheb’ Nargundkar, the famous revolutionary, was taken from Belgaum Fort to Haystacks Hill outside the city and hanged in public on 16th June 1858.
Before founding the Indian National Congress in 1885, Allen Hume visited Belgaum in 1883 and met the intelligentsia here, prominent amongst whom were the lawyers Vishnupant Natu and Bhate.
 By Nitin Khot
From the 8th of August until 15th of August some never before seen pictures of a great event in history will be showcased, so dont miss that.

Give aways continue

10:35 AM Posted by ukmad

This month marks the completion of THREE YEARs of
And what 3 years it have been! Looking back at the Three years only gives us confidence to look forward with renewed energy and motivation.
The triple “S” – Strong Support System that we have been blessed with by way of YOU, the readers humbles us greatly.
Needless to say, yet so very essential for us to mention here is that unparalleled support we have received from our designing team LeadingmindsITBelgaum, our advertisers and so many others who helped us getting photos, news bites and so on.
So here is the Second Give away for you readers:

Adam Realty partners bring World class flats and bungalows to Belgaum

6:45 PM Posted by ukmad

With the global economy booming and the luxury becoming necessities, the real estate market has seen a boom in major cities of the world and India as well.
After a slow down in the US and also a saturation in the metros, the developers from these places began eying the tier II and tier III cities.
 One among them is Adam Realty partners, a Mumbai based developer which was envisaged by Raj Bhandari who has a 26 year veteran in real estate in USA and India.
Th Adam team brings extensive experience in real estate development, master planning, construction, project management including with some of the leading companies in USA, Europe and India.
 The Adam team is building a gated community at Nanawadi on 12 acres. The community will have nearly 200 bungalows, sky villas and apartments. This will also consist of a 12000 sqft. Club house with swimming pool, 4000 sqft. Gymnasium, game rooms, business center, guests rooms and more.
This community will have some world class amenities the Firsts in Belgaum city. Acres of landscaped land with walking paths and play grounds and lush greenery in the surroundings.

BellaVista which in Spanish means beautiful sight”The current project site atNanawadi, which is near to the city and yet clean & green is a correct representation of BellaVista.
All the homes are Vastu complaint and will have some never before seen features like island kitchen, 24x7 full power backup and security.
The Belgaum Project is carried on with association with Vega and B.K.Joshi is the architect.
 Casa Bella – a Beautiful independent bungalow with a option of 3 & 4 bedroom layout from 2655 to 2836 sqft area.

Casa Grande – a Large bungalows with custom design with 4000 sqft and above area.

Sky Villa – This is first in Belgaum with One villa per floor with private elevators and entrance and one can have beautiful views from all sides.
Sky Villa Duo – This will have twin tower with one villa per floor for upto 3 bed rooms with private elevators and entrance to each villa.

Venetia- are duplex row houses with about 1800 sqft, a cosmopolitan style house.

Bella Torre- Apartments with 2/3 BHK but No common wall between apartment and large open views.

The construction on the project has commenced and Mr.Glen Bond is on the site as the Chief quality engineer who has 37 years of experience in home building and has all USA based licenses in all areas of home constructing.
All the construction is being carried out bu making use of international tools and construction methods for better durability. Bella Vista will also have its own sewage treatment plant.

Mr.Raj Bhandari, MD of Adam developers who has had connections with Belgaum since long due to his family business, who started the first India related fund in USA started Adam developers in 2007 with a great team.
Raj told this blog,” Belgaum has a great potential to grow and he has come here only after sighting it and Belgaum still does not yet have a world class gated community.” He also shared his view that “ Belgaum is one such place with so much talent that if properly planned and one big company sets shop here, others will follow suit.” “People should try and come to the forefront and not only depend on the government to do all the things. People should take a lead and do things on their own. What was Bangalore earlier, it had no international flights but now it has its own international airport. Once a few big companies start shop the growth will be exponential, but for all this to happen we should have a plan in mind.”
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