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Join us this evening at 5pm, Nanda road.. [Apr. 19th, 2009|12:05 pm]
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..as we continue the run of successful protests to get the Metro to align smart ans save Bangalore.


Join the protest against the impending destruction of Nanda Road, Jayanagar

Sunday, Apr 19, 5pm, 32nd Cross, Nanda Road


 The BMRCL plans to route the Metro through Nanda Road, which will cause the felling of 323 trees on this majestic avenue, and destruction of Lakshman Rao Park. Earlier this week 500 feet of Lalbagh's wall was demolished and trees were illegally felled inside Lalbagh. The BMRCL has also sought permission to acquire land in Cubbon Park.


This protest is in continuation of the successful protests we held at Lalbagh's West Gate on April 15 and 17.  

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Come, join us- Human Chain @Lalbagh on Apr 17, 6pm opposing Illegal Metro Construction in Lalbagh [Apr. 17th, 2009|11:07 am]
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Save Lalbagh, Save Nanda Road, Save Bangalore’s future

Joing the Protest against the illegal construction of Metro in Lalbagh

Friday, Apr 17, 6pm, R. V. Road (at Lalbagh West Gate)

Earlier this week (April 13-14), the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) demolished over 500 feet of Lalbagh's wall and cut down trees inside Lalbagh illegally, all for a Metro Station (which can become a parking lot and a Mall soon).

This protest is in continuation of the successful protest held on 15 April.

Come in large numbers. Bring expressive posters

Simply Stated

Bangalore’s Metro can go underground and save the city and its landmarks for posterity.

We urge the Government to scrap the totally unnecessary Rs. 3,000 crores investment in the High Speed Rail Link from M G Road to Bangalore airport, which will serve the needs of only 30,000 air travellers.

We demand the Government invest this Rs. 3000 crores to take the Metro Underground – and serve the needs of lakhs of people now and in future.

This is techno-economically possible, if there is political will and vision.

Metro's Impact on Lalbagh

l1135.18 square metres of Lalbagh Botanical Garden has been acquired for a Metro Station.

This has been done by an Ordinance to the Karnataka Parks Act, without prior public consultation or democratic debate.

l Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has demolished 500 ft of the wall and cut 5 trees along the Lal Bagh West Gate on 13th-14th April

lThis will surely lead to a greater portion of the park being taken away to create parking zones and malls at the Metro stations, as planned.


Metro's Impact on Nanda Road and Other Parks

  • When BMRCL sought clearance, it claimed that trees on Nanda Road will only be pruned, not cut.

  • Now in response to an RTI application BMRCL has confirmed that 323 trees will be cut on Nanda – RV road. That is ALMOST ALL TREES ON NANDA ROAD WILL BE CUT.

  • 42 other trees will be pruned and cause a huge loss in Nanda road, tree canopy and park areas

  • BMRCL also plans to acquire land in Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain and Cubbon Park and trees will come under the axe.

  • The alignment through Lalbagh and Nanda Road has been extended to Kanakapura Road in total contravention of the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, and is likely to be an economic disaster as the potential ridership here is not very significant.


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Human Chain @Lalbagh on Apr 15, 6pm opposing Illegal Metro Construction in Lalbagh [Apr. 15th, 2009|01:06 pm]
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Earlier this week(April 13 and 14), the Bangalore Metro Rail corporation (BMRCL) has demolished over 500 feet of Lalbagh’s wall and cut down 5 eucalyptus trees inside Lalbagh. BMRCL proposes to have a Metro station inside Lalbagh itself - Bangalore’s distinctive botanical garden!

Lalbagh is protected by a separate, stringent law. In a highly undemocratic move, the Karnataka Government changed the law by moving an ordinance to acquire Lalbagh land for the Metro, rather than prefer a debate over the changed law, in the Assembly. The opposition has also failed to protest this undemocratic move.

Lalbagh and Lakshman Rao Park on R.V.Road, (also called the AC Road, Nanda Road ), both major landmarks and heritage of Bangalore are being destroyed for the Metro. This when the High Court is hearing PIL over alternatives in Metro alignment.

What seems like a minor portion of Lalbagh gone today will surely lead to greater portion of the park being taken away to create parking zones and malls that the Metro plans at its stations.

When they sought clearance, Metro authorities claimed trees on Nanda Road will be pruned, and not felled. Now they want to cut 323 trees on Nanda Road(R.V.Road) alone.


The BBMP Tree Officer has confirmed that the tree felling in Lalbagh was not cleared by him. This makes felling of Lalbagh’s heritage trees, daylight robbery!

Don’t be a mute witness to this wanton destruction and illegal desecration of our parks and open spaces.

Come out and protest. Demand from candidates standing in the Parliamentary Election from Bangalore South to make their stand clear on the issue.

Let us stop the illegal construction of Metro in Lalbagh.

Join the Human Chain to be formed at the illegal demolition site(at R.V.Road, near Lalbagh westgate) on Wednesday, April 15, 6.00 pm.

Be there. 6 pm today

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(no subject) [Apr. 3rd, 2009|08:45 pm]
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hello everyone =)  I have several questions:

I'm currently in the USA.  I'm studying nursing, and as I've had a deep interest in Indian culture for many years, I'm interested in spending time there.  From what I hear Karnataka is very beautiful, and I think it's the part of India I'd want to visit, if I could.

does anyone know of medical organizations which would accept nurses from the US as volunteers?  I know Karnataka is very developed but I want to be doing something helpful to others while I'm there and not just be a tourist.  I'm a white male, if that matters.  I'd love to become fluent in pretty much any Indian language (actually I'm rather interested in Tulu at the moment).

is it easy to be a vegetarian in Bangalore and/or Tulu Nadu?  I'm a vegetarian for religious reasons and that seems hard for a lot of americans to understand.  I'm assuming it's easier in India.

this is a shot in the dark, but can anyone tell me anything about Bhuta Kola, it's perception, or its accessability to foreigners?  I've studied african religious practices of a similar nature and have have a profound respect for this sort of thing and would be very interested in seeing the south asian varity.  I'm also very interested in Veerashaivism but I've found that Veerashaivites are easier to contact via the internet.

thanks for your input on any of the above =)
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at K.R.Circle tomorrow - Procession for GM-free Karnataka [Feb. 27th, 2009|04:10 pm]
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A few months ago, a nation-wide campaign opposing Genetically Modified (GM) crops, under the banner of  ‘I am no lab rat‘, was launched. The campaign’s most pressing objective is to prevent the entry of Bt Brinjal in India, for which your help is indispensable. [For more scientific evidence on proven health hazards of Bt Brinjal, please visit http://gmfreekarnat aka.wordpress. com/about/ ].

We the members of GM-Free-Karnataka (
http://gmfreekarnat aka.wordpress. com/) are coming together on Saturday, 28th February, 2009 at to take a Shava-Yatra (Funeral Procession) of Brinjal which will culminate in handing over petitions to the Health minister.  We invite you to participate with friends in large numbers and show solidarity in this effort to stop the entry  of Bt Brinjal in Karnataka.  We want your help to pressurizing the State Government to declare  GM Free Karnataka .

Place : K.R. Circle

Time : 10 am - 12 pm
Date : 28th Feb, 2009.

Please come in large numbers and let us show solidarity in the fight against
making us lab rats.

With warm Regards
GM Free Karnatka (http://gmfreekarnat aka.wordpress. com/)
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All you need is love. Interactive Theatre Performance [Feb. 20th, 2009|11:47 am]
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[Current Location |bengaluru]
[mood |bouncyfriday]

In true bohemian revolution spirit of believing in truth, beauty and freedom; but above all love.
[ YOURS TRULY THEATRE ] presents an interactive theatre performance titled ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE.

All we need today is a revolution of love to change the world and conquer hatred, violence and war.
So join us in recognizing, reliving and celebrating all the love we have in our lives.

Share those love filled moments, feelings, emotions, dreams, memories, fears, hopes and aspirations and watch them being enacted them on stage.


WHEN: Sunday, Feb 22, 2009
WHERE: Nayana Hall, [ Ravindra Kalakshetra ], JC Road, Bangalore.
TIME: First Show at 5pm. Second show at 7pm.
1. Call 9845243051 or 9845853093.
2. Email [ yourstruly@gmail.com ]


This performance is a purely unscripted and unrehearsed interactive theatre show and is created through a unique collaboration between the performers and the audience.

Members of the audience share feelings, moments, stories and events from their life and watch their story immediately being recreated on stage with artistic and aesthetic coherence.

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ILUG Bengaluru Meet - Saturday 21st February 2009 [Feb. 18th, 2009|05:06 pm]
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Featured Talks:

Introduction to the Android Platform - Manish Chakravarty

Device Mapper - How it works and why you should be using it - Ritesh Raj Sarraf

Time : 1630hrs onwards
Venue: ThoughtWorks Technologies, 2nd Floor, Tower C, Corporate Block, Diamond District, Old Airport Road

RSVP : http://ilug-bengaluru.wikia.com/wiki/Meetings

Meet Details at
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Women beaten up by moral police in Bangalore too? [Feb. 17th, 2009|09:58 am]
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[mood |angryangry]

I saw this blog post which has details. Does anybody have more info?

Details of attack excerpted here, or go to the link aboveCollapse )
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Bangalore Mid Night Marathon [Jan. 6th, 2009|09:48 am]
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[Current Location |Bangalore, India]
[mood |awake]
[music |Ghajani]

There is a Marathon thats going to held in Bangalore on Jan 10th and Jan 11th.

Its a mid night marathon, and it has different categories in it. Select the one that suits you.

Registration is open and for more info log on to: Bangalore Midnight Marathon

Any one game for it?
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Staying and Finding Accommodation in Bangalore [Jan. 3rd, 2009|07:03 pm]
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Hello there. I would appreciate if anyone could recommend me an accommodation suitable for a student in Bangalore. I am a PhD student working on my thesis about IT industry, and am planning to stay there from late February until May for my research. So far, the budget hotels and services apartments I have come across on the Internet are still too expensive for me. Thus I am wondering if anyone in this community could recommend me a place to stay or a more specific source where I can find information? I do not need an A/C room and I do not mind staying in women hostel or a rented room. It would help if the place locates near city centre as I need to go interview people.

This will be my first time going to India and I do not know anyone there. Therefore, any other tips about living in Bangalore will be very much appreciated. Thanks.

PS. In my research, I look for the government's policies and initiatives towards the growth of IT industry. So if any of you here are working with the government or the IT business and would like to share your thoughts, it would be great to here from you.
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