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Karnataka Assembly passes bill slashing penalty on property tax in Bengaluru by 50 percent

Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar, who holds the Bengaluru development portfolio, tabled the bill in the Legislative Assembly.With the passing of this Amendment Bill, the penalty amount is halved, saving Bengalureans a whopping Rs 2,700 crores. The BBMP will be able to collect penalties worth Rs 1000 crore, a statement issued by Shivakumar's office said.

The Economic Times 21 Feb 2024 1:44 am

Ktaka: Suspension of SI not possible, action only after report says Cong; BJP hits back

Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) After a massive political storm erupted over a social media post against the Varanasi judge in Karnataka, the Congress on Tuesday outrightly rejected the demand of suspension of the Sub-Inspector (SI) of Police, Tanveer Hussain. The BJP has warned that the Congress government will be held responsible for disturbing law and []

bhaskarlive 21 Feb 2024 12:18 am

Wonderla Plans to Add New Attractions, Resort at Hyderabad

With the holiday season nearing, amusement park Wonderla has plans to add new attractions at Hyderabad. This year, it will invest about Rs 20 crore and follow it up with another Rs 10 to 15 crore the next year to add more facilities. Among others, it has plans to add new restaurants and also a resort here, tells Arun K Chittilappilly, managing director of Wonderla Amusement Parks & Resort, to B Krishna Mohan. Excerpts On Hyderabad expansion In Hyderabad, we are adding about three or four attractions before the end of this year. Some have already been added and some are still being added. Additional water rides are being added to serve in the peak season. We have expanded the waterparks since last year. A lot of new F&B offerings and restaurants and retail items are getting added in Hyderabad and will take a year to complete. We are working to add new restaurants this year. Next year, we aim to enhance the experience by adding a resort. This follows our success in launching a resort at Bengaluru. In the current financial year, we're allocating approximately Rs 20 crore, and for the upcoming year, we anticipate a further spending of around Rs 10 to 15 crore on new attractions. Target segments We are looking at group bookings, including schools, colleges, and corporate. These constitute nearly 30 per cent of our footfalls. When accommodating groups, we provide discounts and also cater to specific requests, such as special buffets or hosting events on our premises. Peak seasons In terms of peak seasons, April, May, and June, along with October, November, and December, are the busiest months. On the other hand, July, August, September, and January are comparatively lower in terms of visitor numbers. February and March see a decline due to children having exams. Post-Covid, there is a noticeable preference for experiential spending over material purchases, emphasising quality time with loved ones. There is a spurt in domestic air travel. This will mean that travellers will look for new options. We follow global guidelines for safety and maintenance Other plans In Bengaluru, we are spending close to Rs 35 - 40 crore on some new attractions including virtual reality. Upgrades are also happening in Kochi. We will add in water slides and two other attractions. We receive approximately 3 million footfalls per park annually, with notable growth last year. The addition of new attractions and a revised strategy position us for continued growth in the upcoming year. New parks We are planning a park in Bhubaneshwar with about Rs 150-170 crore investment to cater to about 2,000 visitors per day. It will have a roller coaster that is imported from Germany. This will open in 2024. Our last park was opened in Hyderabad in 2016. We also have a plan for a larger park in Chennai with an investment of about Rs 450- 500 crore. This will cater to about 6,000-8,000 visitors. Chennai will have India's biggest roller coaster. It will be opened in 2025. Wonderla is embarking on its first simultaneous construction of two amusement parks, a departure from its previous single-project approach. Next year, Wonderla plans to unveil an adventure park as part of a resort upgrade, investing Rs 50-60 crore in enhancement. Following the upgrade, the resort will have a capacity to host events for up to 1,200 people. We have Chandigarh Mohali, NCR, Goa, and Ahmedabad on our list. Key contributors Approximately 70 per cent of our current revenue is derived from ticket sales, while the remaining 30% encompasses all non-ticket resort-related sources. We ensure continuous upgrades in our parks and introduce new elements like virtual reality rides, family attractions, and water rides regularly to engage with visitors of different ages and interests. Age group 12 to 24 is a significant contributor of revenues. Next is older adults or parents, in the 30- 34 years old, accounting for about 15% of the total visitors. Individuals aged 40 and above constitute around 10 per cent of the visitors. They tend to spend more time in the water park or in restaurants. Visitors aged above 50 plus and below 4 are minimal.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Feb 2024 12:08 am

BBMP Property Tax Amendment Bill passed, penalty on tax dues to come down in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) The BBMP Amendment Bill 2024, which brings down the penalty on property tax dues by 50 per cent in Bengaluru city limits, was passed in the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday. Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar, who is also the Bengaluru City Development minister, tabled the Amendment Bill in the house in []

bhaskarlive 20 Feb 2024 11:52 pm

Khelo India University Games: Swimmer Shubhrant Patra dominates with remarkable perfromances

Khelo India University Games: Swimmer Shubhrant Patra dominates with remarkable perfromances Swimmer Shubhrant Patra clinched the men's 200m butterfly gold with a dominating performance and then returned to help Jain University claim the 4x100m freestyle crown and top the medals standing in the 4th Khelo India University Games 2023, Ashtalakshmi, here on Tuesday. Kalyani Saxena of Sarvajanik University, Surat and Danush S of Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences also added a second gold to their tally on the second day of swimming competition at the Dr Zakir Hussain Aquatic Complex as the race for the overall title heats up. With 32 gold medals decided in two days of competition, Jain University tops the standings with four gold, one silver and two bronze medals while Utkal University is second thanks to three gold medals from swimmer Pratyasa Ray, who added the women's 200m backstroke gold to her tally on Tuesday. Patra, who is originally from Odisha but now trains and studies in Bengaluru, bagged the 200m butterfly gold with a timing of 2:06.94s, finishing over half a second ahead of Chandigarh University's Harsh Saroha. Shubham Dhaygude of Savitribai Phule University clinched the bronze with a time of 2:11.18s. He then returned to the pool for the 4x100m freestyle relay, swimming the third leg, as he teamed up with Xavier Dsouza, Dhyan Balakrishna and Sambhavv R to bag the gold with a time of 3:37.76s. Anna University (3:39.35s) and the University of Kerala (3:41.65s) bagged the silver and bronze respectively. Earlier, Kalyani Saxena and Danush S proved that they were far ahead of the competition as they clinched the women's 400m medley and men's 50m breaststroke gold respectively. On Monday, Kalyani won the women's 200m breaststroke gold while Dhanush topped the men's 200m breaststroke race. Elsewhere, in the basketball competition, the University of Madras will take on Jain University in the women's final. In the semi-final, the team from Tamil Nadu hammered Guru Nanak Dev University 105-48, while Jain University got the better of Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science 85-61. In the men's category, Panjab University upset defending champions Jain University 89-87 to reach the final where they will face the University of Madras, who got the better of the University of Rajasthan 79-76. In the weightlifting competition, being held in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, KIIT's Sneha won the gold in the 55kg category with a total lift of 172kg with Punjabi University's Ramandeep (165kg) and Kurukshetra University's Shalu (159kg) taking home silver and bronze medals respectively. Results Basketball (Semi-Finals) Men: Panjab University bt Jain University 89-87; University of Madras bt University of Rajasthan 79-76 Women: University of Madras bt Guru Nanak Dev University 105-48 Jain University bt Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science 85-61 Football Men: Group B: Mahatma Gandhi University vs University of Kerala Shivaji University bt Adamas University 3-2 Women: Group A: vs Chaudhary Bansilal University bt Goa University 4-0 Guru Jambeshwar University vs University of Madras 3-1 Hockey Men: Group A: Chandigarh University bt Manomaniam Sundamar University 4-3 Lovely Professional University bt Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University 7-4 Group B: Rabindranath Tagore University bt Sambalpur University 5-4 Bengaluru City University bt Guru Nanak Dev University 3-2 Women: Group A: ITM University bt Sambalpur University 2-1 Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University bt Guru Nanak Dev University 3-1 Group B: Rabindranath Tagore University bt Maharshi Dayanand University 5-0 Ranchi University bt Punjabi University 4-2 Kabaddi (Semi-Finals) Men: University of Kota bt Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University 37-33 Mangalore University bt Chaudhary Bansi Lal University 35-26 Swimming Men: 1500m freestyle: Gold - R Ruhunu Krishna (Uni. of Ker) 16:29.47s; Silver - Vikrant Bangale (Pandit Deendayal Energy Uni.) 17:36.05s; Bronze - Litheesh Gowda (Visvesvaraya Technology University) 17:43.22s 200m butterfly: Gold - Shubhrant Patra (Jain Uni) 2:06.94s; Silver - Harsh Saroha (Chandigarh Uni) 2:07.40s; Bronze - Shubham Dhaygude (Savitribai Phule Uni) 2:11.18s 200m backstroke: Gold - Subhasish Dey (Adamas Uni) 2:11.81s; Silver - Sai Nihar Bikkina (KLEF Uni) 2:12.90s; Bronze - Aaryan Bhosale (Uni of Mumbai) 2:13.31s 50m breaststroke: Gold - S Dhanush (Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences) 28.66s; Silver - MS Yadesh Babu (Anna Uni) 29.50s, Shwejal Mankar (Savitribai Phule Uni) 29.50s 50m butterfly: Gold - Harsh Saroha (Chandigarh Uni) 25.20s; Silver - Vishnu G (Mahatma Gandhi Uni) 25.47s; Bronze - Veer Khatkar (Maharshi Dayanand Uni) 25.74s 4x100m freestyle: Gold - Jain University 3:37.76s; Silver - Anna University 3:39.35s; Bronze - University of Kerala 3:41.65s Women: 400m IM: Gold - Kalyani Saxena (Sarvajanik Uni) 5:26.71s; Silver - Firdoush Kayamkhani (Uni. of Kota) 5:28.36s; Bronze - Pratyasa Ray (Utkal Uni) 5:28.80s 200m backstroke: Gold -- Pratyasa Ray (Utkal Uni) 2:30.95s; Silver - Bhakti Wadkar (Savitribai Phule Uni) 2:33.11s; Bronze - Bharti (Chandigarh Uni) 2:37.84s 50m breaststroke: Gold - Vasupalli Naga Greeshmini (Mahatma Gandhi Uni) 34.78s; Silver - Aarti Patil (Uni of Mumbai) 35.42s; Bronze - Jyoti Patil (Uni of Mumbai) 35.93s 50m butterfly: Gold - Snigdha Ghosh (Adamas Uni) 28.90s; Silver -- Shristi Upadhaya (Jadavpur Uni) 29.30s; Uttara Gogoi (Chandigarh Uni) 29.81s Weightlifting Men: 55kg: Gold - Vijay Kumar Maheshwari (PRSU) 224kg; Silver - Balaji P (TU-TN) 217kg; Bronze - Donigolla Veeresh (CU) 213kg 67kg: Gold - Tharun T (PU-Tn) 255kg; Silver - Dinesh Chellamariappan (UCC) 254kg; Bronze - Tipannu Lakkhanvar (MU-KR) 205kg 73kg: Gold - Jaskaran Ram (SBBSU) 271kg; Silver - Bellamkonda Krishna (CU) 265kg; Bronze - Logeswaran Sankar (TU-TN) 263kg Women: 55kg: Gold - Sneha (KIIT) 172kg; Silver - Ramandeep (PU-PAT) 165kg; Bronze - Shalu (KU-HR) 159kg 59kg: Gold - Usha (CU) 185kg; Silver - Liza Kamsha (YVU) 181kg; Bronze - Balo Yalam (GKU) 179kg 64kg: Gold - Pooja Rajesh (GKU) 176kg; Silver - Sanapathi Pallavi (AU) 175kg; Bronze - Sukama Adak (CU) 172kg. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 11:18 pm

Rahul Gandhi promises caste census, legal guarantee on MSP as yatra reaches Lucknow

LUCKNOW: Extending gratitude for the warm welcome that he was accorded in the state capital Lucknow on arriving with his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, Congresss ex-chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the people of Lucknow had opened thousands of shops of love and amity (Mohabbat ki Dukane) in advance. I am grateful that you welcomed me with so much of love. Our country is not a place of hatred. We stand for love and brotherhood, said the Congress leader amid the cheering crowd in the old city locality of Chowk. Promising caste census and legal guarantee of MSP, Rahul Gandhi said that the reason for the current prevailing hatred in the country was the injustice being meted out to poor, unemployed, backwards, Dalits and tribals by the present government. He narrated how he completed the earlier Yatra -- Bharat Jodo Yatra -- from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. On peoples demand, I embarked upon the Bharat Jodo Nyaya Yatra from Manipur to Maharashtra covering UP, Bihar and other states, said Rahul Gandhi. Earlier, in Rae Bareli where Rahul Gandhi accused the present government of having turned a blind eye to the issues of the deprived, jobless and backward, he was reportedly shown black flags at a few places. Meanwhile, a court in Sultanpur, on Tuesday, granted bail to Rahul Gandhi in connection with a defamation case of 2018. The Congress leader secured the bail by filling two bonds of Rs 25,000 each and on a personal surety of two individuals. The bail was granted in a five-year-old defamation case, which was lodged against Gandhi for allegedly making a defamatory statement against the current Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The defamation case, filed by BJP Leader Vijay Mishra in 2018, accused Gandhi of making objectionable comments against Shah at a press conference in Bengaluru. Lawyers aware of the matter said Gandhi skipped the last hearing on January 18 as he was busy with the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra. He appeared before the court on Tuesday. During the hearing, Gandhi was granted bail by Judge Yogesh Yadav after filling the bail bonds, said Kashi Prasad Shukla, Gandhis counsel. Seat-sharing parleys between Samajwadi Party, Congress hit roadblock in UP

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 10:03 pm

Rahuls Yatra to Enter MP on March 2, Nath Says He Will Take Part

Bhopal : Congress veteran Kamal Nath on Tuesday broke his silence on his speculated plan to join BJP, by declaring that he would take part in Rahul Gandhis Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Madhya Pradesh, scheduled to begin on March two. Mr Nath who attended a party meeting, convened by AICC general secretary in-charge of affairs of Madhya Pradesh unit of Congress Jitendra Singh here in the afternoon to finalise Mr Gandhis proposed yatra in the state, though video conferencing from Bengaluru, sought to know from the heads of party committees formed for the purpose regarding preparations being made for the programme. Mr Nath told the meeting that he would take part in the Madhya Pradesh leg of the yatra, a senior Congress functionary said. His close aide and former minister Sajjan Singh Verma, who attended the meeting, said that Mr Gandhi is in the Congress and will remain in the Congress. Former chief minister and senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh also attended the meeting through video conferencing from Guna in Madhya Pradesh. Later, the AICC general secretary Mr Singh said that Mr Gandhis proposed yatra has been given the final shape at the party meeting. He said that the yatra would enter Morena in Madhya Pradesh from Rajasthan on March two and cover half a dozen districts in the state in five days before re-entering Rajasthan on March six. Mr Singh also dismissed speculations of Mr Nath switching to BJP, describing it a rumour being spread by BJP. He also declared that Mr Naths son Nakul, a sitting Congress MP, would be re-nominated by the party for Chhindwara seat in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, due in April-May. State Congress president Jitu Patwari said that Mr Gandhi is scheduled to visit Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh during his yatra in the state. Mr Gandhi is scheduled to interact with farmers, youths and tribals during his proposed yatra in the state. He is scheduled to address three big public meetings in Gwalior-Chambal region in Madhya Pradesh on the occasion.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Feb 2024 10:02 pm

Ktaka govt fooling people by making allegations against Centre: Bommai

Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) Former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said that the Karnataka government is fooling people by not submitting the memorandum in the prescribed format while blaming the Central government only for political purposes over the Upper Bhadra project. To seek funds from the Centre, the proposal must be in the proper []

bhaskarlive 20 Feb 2024 9:47 pm

Rahul Gandhi Granted Bail in Defamation Case Against Amit Shah

New Delhi: A special court in Sultanpur on Tuesday granted bail to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case filed by a BJP leader for his remarks against Union home minister Amit Shah in 2018. The former Congress president appeared before the MP-MLA court at 11 am amid tight security and came out 25 minutes later and headed straight to Rae Bareli. Slogans of Rahul Gandhi Zindabad and Bharat Jodo were raised as Gandhi, who could not attend the last hearing on January 18, arrived for the hearing. The next hearing will be held on March 2. Gandhi was granted bail by Judge Yogesh Yadav after filling two bail bonds of Rs 25,000, his counsel Kashi Prasad Shukla told reporters. A complaint was filed here by BJP leader Vijay Mishra on August 4, 2018 against Gandhi over his alleged objectionable remarks against Shah at a press conference in Bengaluru in May that year during the Karnataka elections. The complainant referred to Gandhis remarks that said, the BJP claims to believe in honest and clean politics but has a party president who is an accused in a murder case. Gandhi, who was supposed to come by a helicopter from Fursatganj in the neighbouring Amethi district, arrived via road covering a distance of about 75 km, with Congress workers welcoming him along the route.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Feb 2024 9:37 pm

IT sector makes a delayed return to corporate air travel

Virgin Atlantic to unveil its first Bengaluru-London flight from March 31

The Hindu 20 Feb 2024 9:31 pm

Nagal, Ramanathan advance to pre-quarterfinals in Pune ATP Challenger

Nagal, Ramanathan advance to pre-quarterfinals in Pune ATP Challenger Top seeded Sumit Nagal and wildcard Ramkumar Ramanathan on Tuesday entered the pre-quarterfinals of the ATP Challenger 100 international tournament after winning their respective round of 32 matches here on Tuesday. Nagal defeated Chinese Taipeis Yu Hsiou Hsu 7(6)-6, 6-4 at the centre court at the Mhalunge Balewadi Tennis Stadium. Nagal, who won the ATP Challenger in Chennai and reached the semifinals in Bengaluru, came back from a break down in the second set to record his win in two hours and five minutes. On the other hand, in a thrilling contest which lasted one hour and 55 minutes, Ramanathan scored a 7-6(5) 7-6(5) win over 160th ranked Stefano Napolitano, who won the Bengaluru Open last week. The 101-ranked Nagal will now take on compatriot Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha for a spot in the quarterfinals, while Ramanathan will lock horns with Russias Alexy Zakahrov. Also moving to the round of 16 was Australias Adam Walton, who recorded a 7-6 (1), 6-2 win over Belgian qualifier Raphael Collignon. The fourth seed Monacos Valentin Vacherot defeated the former world No 25, Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 7-5. South Koreas Seongchan Hong, a finalist in the Bengaluru Open, lost to Polands Maks Kasnikowski 4-6, 2-6. Oriol Roca Batalla, a semi-finalist last week, was knocked out by USAs Tristian Boyer 2-6, 6-4, 2-6. In the doubles, Indian wildcards Siddhant Banthia and Parikshit Somani advanced to the quarterfinals with a 5-7, 7-6 (5), 10-5 win over Luca Margaroli and Goncalo Oliveira. But the fourth seeds Sriram Balaji and Andre Begemann were beaten by Japans Toshihide Matsui/Kaito Uesugi 4-6, 7-6 (5), 10-5.

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 9:13 pm

Tejas Combat Jet Flies Successfully With Indigenously-Developed Tech

The DFCC has been indigenously developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru, for the Tejas-Mk1A version.

Bloomberg Quint 20 Feb 2024 8:57 pm

Ramkumar shocks Bengaluru champion Napolitano

The Hindu 20 Feb 2024 8:50 pm

Ramkumar shocks Bengaluru champion Napolitano - The Hindu

Ramkumar shocks Bengaluru champion Napolitano The Hindu

Google News 20 Feb 2024 8:50 pm

Cong candidate Puttanna wins MLC bypolls in Karnataka

Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) In a setback to the BJP-JD-S alliance, Congress candidate Puttanna on Tuesday emerged victorious in the bypolls held for the Legislative Council from the Bengaluru Teachers Constituency. Puttanna defeated the BJP-JD-S alliance candidate A.P. Ranganath by 1,507 votes. The counting was held on Tuesday in the premises of the Government Arts []

bhaskarlive 20 Feb 2024 8:38 pm

Bengaluru and Vienna likely to launch Center of Excellence for Quantum Computing - Moneycontrol

Bengaluru and Vienna likely to launch Center of Excellence for Quantum Computing Moneycontrol

Google News 20 Feb 2024 8:29 pm

Bengaluru and Vienna likely to launch Center of Excellence for Quantum Computing

Karnataka aims to strengthen technology ties with Austria as a new partner

Money Control 20 Feb 2024 8:29 pm

House thefts: Real estate agent arrested in Bengaluru - The Hindu

House thefts: Real estate agent arrested in Bengaluru The Hindu

Google News 20 Feb 2024 8:29 pm

Uttarakhand Man Loses Rs 30,000 Cash, Laptop In Bengaluru Bus, Cops Respond

A certified mountain guide from Uttarakhand, faced a tragic turn of events after his belongings were stolen while he was travelling in a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) bus to Bengaluru.

NDTV 20 Feb 2024 8:18 pm

Fans celebrate De Villiers birthday in Bengaluru, South Africa legend responds

Fans celebrate De Villiers birthday in Bengaluru, South Africa legend responds

India Today 20 Feb 2024 7:49 pm

Uttarakhand Man Loses Rs 30,000 Cash, Laptop In Bengaluru Bus, Cops Respond - NDTV

Uttarakhand Man Loses Rs 30,000 Cash, Laptop In Bengaluru Bus, Cops Respond NDTV

Google News 20 Feb 2024 7:44 pm

Uttarakhand Man Loses Rs 30,000 Cash, Laptop In Bengaluru Bus, Cops Reply

A certified mountain guide from Uttarakhand, faced a tragic turn of events after his belongings were stolen while he was travelling in a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) bus to Bengaluru.

NDTV 20 Feb 2024 7:44 pm

JICA extends ODA loan of 2,809 cr for Chennai Peripheral Ring Road Project (Phase 2)

The Chennai Peripheral Ring Road is placed as one of the priority projects in the Comprehensive Integrated Master Plan for Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (2015)

The Hindu Businessline 20 Feb 2024 7:34 pm

Congress to field Cabinet minister in LS polls in Ktaka

Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) In a bid to secure the maximum number of Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, Congress has decided to field Cabinet ministers as candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections. The party is considering the candidatures of Minister for Cooperation K.N. Rajanna or Minister for Home G. Parameshwara for the Tumakuru MP seat. []

bhaskarlive 20 Feb 2024 7:32 pm

Digital Fly by Wire Flight Control Computer for Tejas Mk1A flown successfully

Digital Fly by Wire Flight Control Computer for Tejas Mk1A flown successfully In a significant development towards Tejas Mk1A programme, the Digital Fly by Wire Flight Control Computer (DFCC) was integrated in prototype LSP7 and successfully flown on 19th Feb 2024. DFCC has been indigenously developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru for the Tejas - Mk1A. Digital Fly by Wire Flight Control Computer features Quadraplex Power PC based Processor, high speed autonomous state machine based I/O controller, enhanced computational throughput and complex on-board software complied to DO178C level- A safety requirements. All critical parameters and performance of the flight controls were found satisfactory. The maiden flight was piloted by Wg Cdr Siddarth Singh KMJ (Retd) of National Flight Test Centre. Aeronautical Development Agency, under the aegis of Department of Defence R&D and Ministry of Defence has successfully type certified Tejas-Light Combat aircraft (LCA). Indian Air Force has already operationalised Tejas LCA Mk1. The improved version of the aircraft, Tejas MK1A features advanced mission computer, high performance Digital Flight Control Computer (DFCC Mk1A), Smart Multi-Function Displays (SMFD), Advanced Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Advanced Self-protection Jammer, Electronic Warfare Suit etc. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh complimented joint teams from DRDO, IAF, ADA and industries involved in the development and successful flight test of this critical system for Tejas Mk1A and termed it as a major step towards Atmanirbharata with reduced count of special imports. Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO congratulated the teams involved in the successful flight test which has boosted the confidence towards delivery of Tejas MK1A to IAF in a stipulated time frame. (With Inputs from PIB)

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 7:10 pm

BLR Brewing Co announces the opening of its fourth and largest brewpub in Bengaluru - ETHospitality

BLR Brewing Co announces the opening of its fourth and largest brewpub in Bengaluru ETHospitality

Google News 20 Feb 2024 7:00 pm

Digital Flight Control Computer for Tejas Mk1A Flown Successfully

New Delhi: In a significant development towards the Tejas Mk1A programme, the Digital Fly by Wire Flight Control Computer (DFCC) was integrated into prototype LSP7 and successfully flown on 19th Feb 2024. DFCC has been indigenously developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru for the Tejas Mk1A. Digital Fly by Wire Flight Control [] The post Digital Flight Control Computer for Tejas Mk1A Flown Successfully appeared first on Pragativadi .

Pragativadi 20 Feb 2024 6:48 pm

Rishabh Pant set for IPL return, plays warm-up match in Alur

Star wicktkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant appears poised for a highly anticipated comeback in the upcoming Indian Premier League. Pant was seen participating in a warm-up match in Alur. Pant has been undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. The 26-year-old also underwent treatment in London, arranged by the Indian cricket board.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 6:44 pm

Rajoshi Ghosh: In the age of fun, Rajoshi Ghosh created a company worth crores, this is how she became a self-made woman.

The increasing presence of women in startup investing in India has led to significant business and economic growth in the country. Indian women are leading the startup investing game today. The CEO and co-founder of Bengaluru and US-based open source engine Hasura is a woman. Hasura is at the forefront of transforming app development in India. The name of its co-founder is Rajoshi Ghosh. Rajoshi Ghosh's startup Rajoshi Ghosh founded Hasura in the year 2017. Rajoshi Ghosh has empowered the developing sector by revolutionizing the technology industry. Under Ghosh's leadership, Hasura has emerged as a leader in the technology sector, attracting global recognition and partnership opportunities. Ghosh's passion for technology and commitment to developer empowerment gave the company a suitable platform for building modern applications. Studied at Singapore University Rajoshi Ghosh had increased the market cap of the company to around Rs 8 thousand crore in 2023 amid the troubles of the Corona period. Ghosh turned the startup into a unicorn through his hard work. Rajoshi Ghosh is 36 years old and is the third highest-earning woman. Rajoshi studied at the National University of Singapore and attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Ignite Global Innovation Program. (PC: X)

Kalam Times 20 Feb 2024 6:39 pm

Nandos is Expanding its Presence with the Launch of New Restaurant in Bengaluru

Nandos, the renowned South African restaurant chain, famous for its mouth-watering flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken, recently opened its doors in Phoenix Mall of Asia. This stunning new restaurant, which is the

nationalchronicle 20 Feb 2024 6:32 pm

Walk through four exclusive designs by Gauri Khan and Manish Malhotra in Mumbai and Bengaluru - Architect & Interiors India

Walk through four exclusive designs by Gauri Khan and Manish Malhotra in Mumbai and Bengaluru Architect & Interiors India

Google News 20 Feb 2024 6:21 pm

Pant Plays 1st Full Game Since Injury. Report Reveals Massive IPL Update

Rishabh Pant was on a journey to recovery and on Tuesday, he played in a warm-up game in Alur near Bengaluru since his near-fatal accident.

NDTV 20 Feb 2024 6:17 pm

Travel tips: IRCTC has brought a great tour package to visit Shirdi Sai Baba, the fare is only Rs 5,230.

If you are planning to undertake any religious journey in February. In such a situation, this news is especially for you. Today we are going to tell you about a very wonderful tour package of IRCTC. Under this tour package of IRCTC, you are getting a chance to visit Shirdi Sai Baba. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is located in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Every year a large number of devotees throng here. It is said that Sai Baba came to Shirdi village at the age of only 16 years. After that, he lived in this village for the rest of his life. In such a situation, this place has a special significance for Sai devotees. If you also want to visit Shirdi Sai Baba. In such a situation, you should not miss this tour package of IRCTC. In this episode, let us know about this tour package in detail - The tour package of IRCTC that we are going to tell you about. Its name is SHIRDI RAIL TOUR PACKAGE EX BENGALURU. Its package code is SBR001. In this tour package of IRCTC, you will be taken for a total of 3 nights and 4 days. This tour package of IRCTC is starting from Bengaluru on February 25, 2024. This is a train tour package of IRCTC. At other places, you will be taken by cabs. You are also getting many great facilities in this tour package of IRCTC. Your breakfast, lunch, and dinner will all be arranged while travelling. Apart from this, hotel arrangements for your stay will also be made by IRCTC. If you are traveling alone. In such a situation, your fare in Comfort Class (3AC) is Rs 10350 and in Standard (Sleeper) it is Rs 7890. If traveling with two people, the per person fare is Rs 8090 in Comfort Class (3AC), and Rs 5630 in Standard (Sleeper). Whereas if you are traveling with three people. In this situation, you will have to pay Rs 7690 per person in Comfort Class (3AC), and Rs 5230 in Standard (Sleeper) as fare. (PC: iStock)

Kalam Times 20 Feb 2024 6:13 pm

Karnataka Assembly debates increasing rates of tanker water supply in Bengaluru

Karnataka Assembly debates increasing rates of tanker water supply in Bengaluru Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar on Tuesday was drawn into a debate on the rising rates of water supplied by private tankers in Bengaluru after opposition BJP MLAs raised the issue in the state assembly. Shivakumar said that he would consider suggestions by BJP MLAs to fix a rate for water tankers to prevent exploitation of consumers and government takeover of tankers and borewells during summer. During the debate, he also revealed that water from the Cauvery Fifth stage scheme will be supplied by April or May to the 110 villages newly added to Bengaluru. Raising the issue in the Karnataka assembly BJP MLA B A Basavaraja (Byrathi) demanded that Cauvery fifth stage water should be provided to 110 villages which were added to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike in 2006. In response, Shivakumar said, Here we have members from both the parties. If everyone comes to a consensus then I am ready to (do it). I have no objection over it. It should work out for the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB). Cauvery 5th stage will be implemented in April or May, he added. On the issue of water supply, Shivakumar said the BWSSB also draws water from borewells on some occasions and supplies them to people, but said that the agency does not have any control over private borewells. They are also fetching water and supplying. Ultimately they dont have any control (over private borewells). It (water) is a big business. We could not try for it (to control water tankers). Let there be some relief to the people till the Cauvery water is supplied,'' he said. Basavaraja told the House that water suppliers are unable to meet the demand. He pointed out that the tankers were providing water only if residents paid more money. When there is huge demand, they will increase the rate. Fix a rate like Rs 750-800. It will help people, the BJP MLA said. Responding to him, Shivakumar said he would convene a meeting soon. Give me a joint memorandum. We will hold a meeting. You have given a good suggestion. Tanker people are charging Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 per tanker. The groundwater too belongs to the government. We have control over it. There are various laws regarding where to drill the borewell. I can consider this request, he said. Participating in the discussion, Leader of Opposition (LoP) R Ashoka sought to know what the next course of action would be if there was no water even after existing borewells were redrilled. Ashoka noted that Cauvery water had declined by 30 per cent. As there was no water in borewells, people were demanding Cauvery water, he claimed. There are restrictions by BWSSB to drill new borewells. You need to remove them. We have four more months to face summer. If it was just one month, we would have adjusted but we have four months to go, Ashoka said. Noting that the situation would further deteriorate as the weather department has predicted a rise in temperature by three degrees, the LoP suggested that the government could take over private borewells under the revenue laws and distribute water to everyone. The deputy commissioners at the districts have the power to do this, he said. He suggested that a common agency should be formed using the existing force in the civic agency to bring all the tankers under one network. Responding to him, Shivakumar endorsed it as a valid suggestion and agreed to the demand of controlling the water mafia.

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 6:11 pm

Good news for Bengaluru EV owners

Electric vehicle owners in Bengaluru has more reasons to cheer for. The Silicon Valley of India is set to get more public charging stations soon.As per reports, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) has awarded a tender to Reliance BP Mobility Limited for settin up of 225 public charging stations across Bengaluru. As per the tender, 150 charging spots will be in Bengaluru city while 75 in Bengaluru rural.We had awarded the tender for setting up the charging infrastructure to Reliance BP Mobility Limited in October. They have agreed to set up 150 charging stations in Bengaluru city and 75 in Bengaluru rural. Currently, a survey is ongoing to identify the land for setting up the infrastructure. Once the survey is completed, they will sign a 10-year lease contract with the land owing agency. Reliance will call the bid for INR 2.19 per unit, a senior BESCOM official was quoted as saying by the Times of India.The estimated cost of setting up an electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Bengaluru is around INR 35-40 lakh, according to recent estimates. Meanwhile, the report claied BESCOM is planning to to establish 1,190 EV charging stations across Karnataka through a public-private partnership (PPP) model. These stations will be equipped with both AC and DC chargers, with a total of 1,190 AC chargers and an equal number of DC chargers. Most of these charging stations will be located on government properties. As per guidelines from the central government, nodal agencies have been instructed to pay a minimum of Re 1 per unit for charging services. BESCOM has awarded the tender to bids that exceeded this rate. Each charging station will feature 10 KW AC 001 chargers, 7.5 KW type 2 chargers, and 60 KW CCS2 chargers. The CCS2 DC chargers allow for the simultaneous charging of two vehicles. Depending on the requirements of the site, either the 10 KW AC 001 charger or the 7.5 KW type 2 charger will be used. While BESCOM charges users INR 7.38 per unit for charging services, Reliance charges INR 15.99 per unit in other locations. A representative explained that the higher tariff charged by Reliance is to ensure profitability and cover the substantial investments required for setting up these charging stations. As of February 15, 2024, Karnataka has emerged as the leading state in the country for EV charging infrastructure, boasting a total of 5,059 charging stations. Maharashtra follows with 3,079 stations, and Delhi comes in third with 1,886 stations. These developments indicate the increasing focus on building a robust EV charging network in India, promoting the adoption of electric vehicles and reducing carbon emissions.

The Economic Times 20 Feb 2024 5:45 pm

KSRTC adds 6 global, 2 national awards to its streak of accolades

Bengaluru: Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), renowned for its innovative initiatives and trailblazing endeavours, has reaffirmed its position as a state road transport sector leader by clinching six prestigious global awards. Adding to its growing list of accolades, KSRTC has amassed an impressive tally of 51 awards over the past eight months, showcasing its Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 Feb 2024 5:41 pm

Nando's is Expanding its Presence with the Launch of New Restaurant in Bengaluru

After making its debut in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1987, Nando's has spread its flame to legions of fans in across countries on five continents who can't resist the allure of succulent PERi-PERi chicken that's been marinated for 24 hours, flame-grilled to perfection, and basted to their preferred flavour and spice. The restaurant is equally renowned for its fiery PERi-PERi flavour - made with the Bird's Eye Chilli that Africans introduced to the Portuguese, centuries ago. Nando's entered the Indian market in 2013, and now operates 11 restaurants in Delhi NCR, Bengaluru and Chandigarh.

News Voir 20 Feb 2024 5:37 pm

Bengaluru-Bali direct flight from March 29

IndiGo started operations to Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, in 2023, and Bali will be its second destination in the South East Asian country

The Hindu 20 Feb 2024 5:10 pm

Indigo Announces Bengaluru-Bali Direct Flights

IndiGo expands its network within Indonesia, with addition of Bali after Jakarta

Deccan Chronicle 20 Feb 2024 5:08 pm

Man spots KFCs long lost brother in Bengaluru. Its hilarious

Man spots KFCs long lost brother in Bengaluru Its hilarious

India Today 20 Feb 2024 5:07 pm

Actor Dhruva Sarja Recalls Moments IndiGo Flight Carrying Martin Crew Experienced Severe Turbulence

In the last phase of production, the Martin film crew was taking an IndiGo flight from Bengaluru to Srinagar for a song shoot.

News18 20 Feb 2024 4:36 pm

Congress Files Police Complaint Against BJP, JD(S) Alleging 'Horse-trading' Ahead of RS Polls

Karnataka Congress filed a complaint with Bengaluru City police commissioner against BJP and JDS accusing them of allegedly trying to threaten and lure few MLAs to vote for NDA Rajya Sabha candidate Kupendra Reddy

News18 20 Feb 2024 4:31 pm

PM Modi has taken historic steps to develop Jammu: Pralhad Joshi

Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) Minister for Mine, Coal and Law Pralhad Joshi on Tuesday said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken historic steps to develop the region of Jammu. Central government has released Rs 3,600 crore for various universities across the nation, including Karnataka and Jammu and Kashmir. The era of development has []

bhaskarlive 20 Feb 2024 3:37 pm

Ktaka govt made Guv lie over milk incentive: Bommai

Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) Former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said that the Karnataka government made the Governor lie over milk incentive, saying that Rs 757 crore milk incentive for 8.65 lakh milk producers has been transferred to their bank account. No incentive has been paid since the last six months. The government made []

bhaskarlive 20 Feb 2024 3:22 pm

In Bengaluru, Pending Fines, Not OK, Please! Clear Your Traffic Violation Dues If You Dont Want to Go to Court

The Bengaluru traffic police has collected a whopping Rs 185 crore in traffic violation fines in 2023. In January this year alone, the traffic police has collected Rs 4.34 crore as fine, and helmetless driving has topped the violations, officials told News18

News18 20 Feb 2024 3:08 pm

Satyabrata Das brings his skyscapes to Bengaluru

A Visual Vocabulary, by Bhubaneshwar-based artist Satyabrata Das, is on display in Bengaluru till February 25

The Hindu 20 Feb 2024 1:54 pm

A Visual Vocabulary, by Bhubaneshwar-based artist Satyabrata Das, is on display in Bengaluru till February 25 - The Hindu

A Visual Vocabulary, by Bhubaneshwar-based artist Satyabrata Das, is on display in Bengaluru till February 25 The Hindu

Google News 20 Feb 2024 1:54 pm

Quikr posts Rs 51 Cr revenue in FY23, losses shrink 62%

Quikr, the online marketplace and classified platform, experienced a drop in scale from Rs 191 crore in FY19 to Rs 110 crore in FY20. This declining trend continued until FY22. The Bengaluru-based firm, however, has recently shown signs of stability and resilience with its revenue growing for the first time in the last three years Continue reading Quikr posts Rs 51 Cr revenue in FY23, losses shrink 62% The post Quikr posts Rs 51 Cr revenue in FY23, losses shrink 62% appeared first on Entrackr .

entrackr 20 Feb 2024 1:50 pm

Tax money of Kannada people going to Rahuls pocket: Karnataka BJP leader

Bengaluru: Condemning the move of Congress government to provide compensation to the family of elephant attack victim in Kerala, Leader of Opposition R. Ashoka said on Tuesday that the Kannada taxpayers money was going into Rahul Gandhis pocket. Mr. Forest Minister Eshwar Khandre, do you think the state of Karnataka is the property of the Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 Feb 2024 1:32 pm

Tax money of Kannada people going to Rahuls pocket: Ktaka BJP leader

Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) Condemning the move of Congress government to provide compensation to the family of elephant attack victim in Kerala, Leader of Opposition R. Ashoka said on Tuesday that the Kannada taxpayers money was going into Rahul Gandhis pocket. Mr. Forest Minister Eshwar Khandre, do you think the state of Karnataka is the []

bhaskarlive 20 Feb 2024 1:18 pm

Snakebite now a notifiable disease in Karnataka | Bengaluru - Hindustan Times

Snakebite now a notifiable disease in Karnataka | Bengaluru Hindustan Times

Google News 20 Feb 2024 1:17 pm

Karnataka to distribute tick repellents to tackle Kyasanur Forest Disease

BENGALURU: To tackle the increasing number of cases of Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), health and family welfare minister Dinesh Gundu Rao on Monday announced that the government will distribute free of cost Depa- tick repellent oil to people. The minister also announced that free medical treatment will be given to all the KFD-affected patients. The minister said that directions have been issued to all the hospitals to give free treatment. At the meeting the minister said that there is a rush in the number of cases. From January 1, till February 18, the state has reported 4080 KFD positive cases and two deaths. Most of the cases are in Uttara Kannada and Shivamogga. He said that so far 62,794 Depa- tick repellent oil bottles have been distributed to the people. If required more will be procured. The oil is locally made and action on increasing its production has been initiated. Sufficient stock of the oil is available with the government, Rao told the officials in the meeting. At the meeting it was also decided that members of the rapid response teams will be visiting the effected districts and giving timely suggestions and instructions. The minister said at the state level for effective management of the disease, KFD programme has been integrated with other communicable disease surveillance under Deputy Director- State Surveillance Unit and Communicable Diseases. Rao also said DCMO- Visual Detection Level (VDL) Shivamogga has been vested with administrative powers and responsibilities of DD- VDL for proper management and control of the KFD disease in Shivamoga and all other KFD affected districts. The health minister along with ministers Madhu Bangarappa and Mankal S Vaidya held a meeting with health department district incharge ministers and officials from Chikkamagalur, Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga and Malnad regions on KFD, the rising cases, the treatment and strategies needed to control the number of cases on Monday in the City. Also present were district in-charge ministers of the affected districts, along with members of Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council Araga Gyanendra, Beluru Gopalakrishna, Bhimanna Nayak, H D Thammaiah, Nayana Motamma, T D Rajegowda, S Rudregowda, D S Arun, S V Sankanuru, and C K Ramamurthy.

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 1:12 pm

Open Day at Raman Research Institute in Bengaluru on February 28

The Open Day at Raman Research Institute in Bengaluru is between 9 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.

The Hindu 20 Feb 2024 1:09 pm

Open Day at Raman Research Institute in Bengaluru on February 28 - The Hindu

Open Day at Raman Research Institute in Bengaluru on February 28 The Hindu

Google News 20 Feb 2024 1:09 pm

300-Year-Old Karaga Festival In Bengaluru To Be Held In April - MSN

300-Year-Old Karaga Festival In Bengaluru To Be Held In April MSN

Google News 20 Feb 2024 1:04 pm

Rahul Gandhi Granted Bail For 2018 Defamation Case

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi secured bail from a special court in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The hearing was held on Tuesday in a 2018 defamation case. The charges arose from remarks during a Bengaluru press conference where he referred to Union Home Minister Amit Shah as a murder accused. Gandhi, maintaining... The post Rahul Gandhi Granted Bail For 2018 Defamation Case appeared first on HW News English .

News View 20 Feb 2024 12:41 pm

Rahul Gandhi granted bail in 2018 defamation case

The complaint was lodged by Vijay Mishra on August 4, 2018, accusing Gandhi of making objectionable comments about Shah during a press conference in Bengaluru on May 8 that year, amidst the Karnataka elections. In his comments, Gandhi had referred to Shah as an 'accused' in a murder case, questioning BJP's claim of being a party that believes in honest and clean politics. Shah was cleared of charges related to a 2005 fake encounter case four years prior to Gandhi's remark.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 12:07 pm

Technical snag hits Namma Metro services on Purple Line in Bengaluru - The Hindu

Technical snag hits Namma Metro services on Purple Line in Bengaluru The Hindu

Google News 20 Feb 2024 12:04 pm

Slow moving trains on Purple Line irks Namma Metro passengers

Passengers at Majestic interchange station faced inconvenience and long wait times due to slow moving trains caused by technical snags in the signaling system between Baiyappanahalli and Garudacharpalya metro stations. BMRCL officials worked to fix the problem and additional trains were operated to clear the rush.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 12:01 pm

Sultanpur Court grants bail to Rahul Gandhi in 2018 defamation case for remarks against Amit Shah

On Tuesday, in Sultanpur, a special court granted bail to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a defamation case initiated by a BJP leader for comments made against Home Minister Amit Shah in 2018. The case, filed by Vijay Mishra on August 4, 2018, pertains to remarks Gandhi made against Home Minister Amit Shah during a press conference in Bengaluru on May 8 of that year, amid the Karnataka elections.

The Economic Times 20 Feb 2024 11:48 am

Bengaluru Metro Purple Line disrupted, will take time to normalise service: BMRC - Mint

Bengaluru Metro Purple Line disrupted, will take time to normalise service: BMRC Mint

Google News 20 Feb 2024 11:44 am

Courier fraudsters now target Indian CEOs

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Citing a news report in which a 66-year-old Bengaluru CEO lost about Rs 2.3 crore in a courier fraud, Unacademy-owned Graphy co-founder and CEO Sumit Jain on Tuesday said that two weeks ago the courier fraudsters tried to scam him too. Jain, who was elevated to the role of partner []

bhaskarlive 20 Feb 2024 11:38 am

Skydio and Aeroarc Partner to Advance Support for Government Customers in the Region

Business Wire India Skydio , the leading U.S. drone manufacturer, and Aeroarc, India's premier drone manufacturer, today announced a groundbreaking partnership that expands AI collaboration between the U.S and India by bringing advanced autonomous flight technology to the subcontinent. Through this partnership, Skydio will support Aeroarc in the development, manufacture, deployment, and support of small uncrewed aircraft systems (sUAS) for Indian customers. This announcement coincides with Skydio and Aeroarcs invitation to speak at and participate in the February meeting of the India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X), a strategic technology partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) to spur defense industrial cooperation between government, business, and academia. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240219867057/en/ (Photo: Business Wire) Skydio has a strong record of investment in Indias technology ecosystem, including the establishment last year of an R&D center in Bengaluru. Through its relationship with Aeroarc, Skydio will grow its manufacturing presence in the region, co-develop domain-specific UAS applications, and promote market expansion. The Skydio-Aeroarc collaboration will serve the needs of the Indian Ministry of Defense as well as other global defense customers in the Indo-Pacific region, supporting the establishment of India as a global hub for advanced defense technology. As the largest manufacturer of small uncrewed aircraft systems outside of China, were excited to continue our investment in India and partner with Aeroarc on critical, dual-use products and capabilities that help allied nations in the Indo-Pacific region deter conflict and protect troops, said Adam Bry, CEO and co-founder of Skydio. We support the objectives of the INDUS-X partnership and believe autonomous drone technology is central to the future of Indias defense innovation strategy. Our partnership symbolizes the strengthening defense & technological ties between India and the United States. Aligned with our Prime Ministers' 'Make in India for the World' initiative, Skydio & Aeroarc will locally manufacture state-of-the-art drones, catering to both domestic and international markets, said Arjun Aggarwal, Managing Director of Aeroarc Pvt Ltd. This will amplify India's role in the global defense supply chain and enhance the resilience of both nations against supply disruptions, as recently seen due to situations in Ukraine and the Middle East. Skydios partnership with Aeroarc aligns with broader U.S.-India strategic goals announced by President Biden and Prime Minister Modi in the January 2023 initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET). iCET aims to deepen cooperation on critical and emerging technologies, strengthen mutual defense ties, and accelerate the U.S. and Indias innovation ecosystem. Skydio provides drone solutions to over 1,900 corporations and government agencies including every branch of the US military and numerous allied countries. Skydio remains the solution provider of record for the U.S. Armys Short Range Reconnaissance program, which it won in November 2021 , as well as the U.S. Marine Corps Short Range Short Endurance program which it won in 2021 . Skydio recently debuted its newest drones, the Skydio X10 for commercial enterprises and the Skydio X10D for defense and other government applications. The Skydio X10 platform combines cutting-edge sensors, autonomy, and airframe design to serve a range of industries including defense, public safety, and energy utilities. The Skydio X10D is an offline variant that provides superior performance in tactical environments and is the first sUAS capable of 24/7 operations with its revolutionary NightSense technology, enabling autonomous obstacle-avoidance in zero-light environments. It is also the first small UAS to integrate a FLIR Boson+ sensor, achieving the categorys highest thermal imaging quality and more accurate radiometric readings to improve operational outcomes at any time day or night. About Skydio Skydio is the leading U.S. drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight. Skydio leverages breakthrough AI to create the worlds most intelligent flying machines for use by enterprise and government customers. Founded in 2014, Skydio is made up of leading experts in AI, robotics, cameras, and electric vehicles from top companies, research labs, and universities from around the world. Skydio designs, assembles, and supports its products in the U.S. from its headquarters in San Mateo, CA, to offer the highest standards of supply chain, manufacturing, and data security. Skydio is trusted by leading enterprises across a wide range of industry sectors and is backed by top investors and strategic partners including Andreessen Horowitz, Levitate Capital, Next47, IVP, Playground, and NVIDIA. For more information visit Skydio.com . About Aeroarc Founded in 2019, Aeroarc Pvt Ltd has rapidly emerged as a force within the Indian Drone and Robotics industry. Specializing in the development of cutting-edge aerial & terrestrial unmanned systems, Aeroarc's offerings are designed for the most challenging conditions. These advanced systems are tailored to minimize human risk and enhance the success rates of operations, reflecting the company's commitment to safety & excellence. Operating from its headquarters in New Delhi, Aeroarc boasts a dedicated workforce of over 100 professionals distributed across two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities within India. The company's strategic focus on dual-use technology enables it to serve a wide array of clients, ranging from government entities to various sectors within the enterprise domain. For more information visit Aeroarc.in View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240219867057/en/

BusinessWire India 20 Feb 2024 11:37 am

Bengaluru IT firm CEO loses Rs 2.3 crore in courier fraud: Here is what's courier fraud and safety tips

A founder-CEO of an IT firm recently lost Rs 2.3 crore in courier fraud. The fraudsters posed as FedEx executives and accused the CEO of being involved in money-laundering. They coerced him into transferring money to verify his transactions. The victim filed a complaint with the police, stating that the fraudsters had access to his personal information.

The Economic Times 20 Feb 2024 11:31 am

Top Botanical gardens of India: - You will also be fascinated by the beauty of these botanical gardens in India

India is a country that attracts tourists from all over the world. Whether you are a history lover or love nature, you will find a lot to visit and see here. This is why so many tourists from all over the world visit the country throughout the year. One of the most fascinating things to see here is the Botanical Garden. There are many botanical gardens in India, which are no less than a gift for a nature lover. You can not only see the plants in these botanical gardens, but they also educate you. In such a situation, you should visit these botanical gardens once. So, today in this article we are telling you about some of the best botanical gardens in India- Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore Lalbagh Botanical Garden is one of the most famous botanical gardens in the country. If you are going to Bangalore then you must visit Lalbagh Botanical Garden. The total area of this garden is 240 acres. Here you can see beautiful plants and various species of birds. Apart from these, you can also see a glasshouse here where flower shows are organized between January and August. It is this flower show that makes the Botanical Garden extremely popular in Bengaluru and across the country. Government Botanical Garden, Ooty The Government Botanical Garden in Ooty is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu. It was established as a public garden in 1848 and later handed over to the Government for public access. Located in Udhagamandalam, the Botanical Garden is spread over an area of 22 hectares and is divided into five different sections. There are the Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, Conservatory and Nurseries. This Botanical Garden is very famous for hosting the Flower Festival in May. If you go to this garden, you will like it very much. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Botanical Garden, Srinagar If you are going to Srinagar then you must visit Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden is spread over 70 acres and has more than 15 lakh plants and flowers. Not only this, here you can see the garden as well as the waterfall and lake which enhance the beauty of this garden. This Botanical Garden is also considered a popular picnic spot. Along with roaming in the garden, you must also enjoy a boat ride in the lake. Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Kolkata This excellent botanical garden was established in 1787. It is considered one of the best botanical gardens in the world. The Garden has many species of plants, numbering more than 12,000. The most interesting part of this botanical garden is the Great Banyan, a tree more than 250 years old that is spread over about 4 acres. It is considered an ideal place for nature lovers because here you will be surrounded by greenery and peace. The best time to visit this garden is considered to be from December to February. Image Credit- wikipedia

Kalam Times 20 Feb 2024 11:29 am

BJP slams Karnataka govt for giving compensation to Kerala victims kin

Bengaluru: Karnataka BJP has slammed the Congress government for announcing Rs 15 lakh compensation to the family of a man, who died in an elephant attack in Keralas Wayanad. BJP state President B.Y. Vijayendra said that it was a shameful act to please Rahul Gandhi. Taking to social media on Monday night, Vijayendra said, The Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 Feb 2024 11:18 am

FedEx courier scam in Bengaluru: Tech company CEO loses Rs 2.3 crores to fraudsters claiming to be Mumbai Crime Branch officers

The unknown caller told the victim that they were calling from FedEx Mumbai and they repeated his name, Aadhar number, and mobile number to confirm his identity.

OpIndia 20 Feb 2024 11:11 am

PLAKA by Celebrity Chef Ajay Chopra Opens in Bengaluru - Indian Retailer

PLAKA by Celebrity Chef Ajay Chopra Opens in Bengaluru Indian Retailer

Google News 20 Feb 2024 11:10 am

Nyay Yatra will not be derailed: Jairam Ramesh on Rahul's appearance before UP Court

Amethi: In response to the summons issued by the District Civil Court in Sultanpur to Rahul Gandhi to appear before the court in a defamation case, Jairam Ramesh, the Congress General Secretary in charge of Communications on Tuesday said, The 'Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra' will not be derailed. Rahul Gandhi will not be silenced. The Indian National Congress will not be intimidated. This morning Rahul Gandhi will be at the District Civil Court in Sultanpur that had issued a summons to him 36 hours earlier to appear before it on a defamation case filed by a BJP leader in August 2018. Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will not be derailed. Rahul Gandhi will not be silenced. The Indian National Congress will not be intimidated, he said in a post on 'X'. The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra entered its 38th day on Tuesday. The yatra will start from Fursantganj in Amethi district and will move towards Raebareli and Lucknow today. Today is the 38th day. We have paused the yatra this morning. At 2 pm, we will start again from Fursatganj. There will be a public rally in Raebareli. After that, we will move towards Lucknow, he told ANI. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been summoned by the District Civil Court in Sultanpur on February 20 in connection with a 2018 case over using derogatory remarks against Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a Bengaluru conference. The complaint was filed by the then BJP District Vice President, Vijay Mishra. I was the vice president of BJP when this incident happened. Rahul Gandhi had accused Amit Shah in Bengaluru that he is a murderer. When I heard these allegations, I felt very pained because I am a 33-year-old worker of the party. I filed a complaint regarding this through my lawyer and this continued for almost 5 years. Today the decision came in this, Vijay Mishra told ANI. Santosh Kumar Pandey, lawyer appeared for Vijay Mishra said that Congress MP Rahul Gandhi can be given a maximum punishment of 2 years if sufficient evidence found against him. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi held a press conference in Bengaluru. About 5 years ago Amit Shah who is currently the Home Minister, objectionable remarks were made against him. On August 4, 2018, this case was filed in the District and Sessions Court of MP-MLA Court Sultanpur. On which on Monday, Judge Yogesh Kumar Yadav of MP MLA Court Sultanpur has summoned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on December 16. This statement came from Rahul Gandhi during the Karnataka elections in Bengaluru in 2018, Santosh Kumar Pandey told ANI. The Congress's 'Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra', succeeded by the party's 'Bharat Jodo Yatra', aims to cover 6,700 km through 15 states, with Lok Sabha polls around the corner.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Feb 2024 11:02 am

Morning Mantra by Bengaluru-based singer, Iman Das, brings a holistic start to the day

Morning Mantra curated by Hindustani expert Iman Das brings together yoga, morning ragas and meditative sessions

The Hindu 20 Feb 2024 10:58 am

BJP slams Ktaka govt for giving compensation to Kerala victims kin

Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) Karnataka BJP has slammed the Congress government for announcing Rs 15 lakh compensation to the family of a man, who died in an elephant attack in Keralas Wayanad. BJP state President B.Y. Vijayendra said that it was a shameful act to please Rahul Gandhi. Taking to social media on Monday night, []

bhaskarlive 20 Feb 2024 10:57 am

Bengaluru metro update: BMRC Namma Metro purple line service affected at these stations. Here is current status

Bengaluru BMRC Namma Metro Update: Bangalore Metro's Purple Line services was severely disrupted for hours today, causing delays and crowded stations. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) has deployed additional trains to ease congestion, with efforts underway to restore normal schedules. Passengers were advised of potential delays, and BMRCL apologized for the inconvenience, promising to resolve the situation promptly.

The Economic Times 20 Feb 2024 10:55 am

Technical Glitch Disrupt Services On Bengaluru Metro's Purple Line

Efforts to rectify the technical snag at Bengaluru Metro's Purple Line were successful, with services returning to normalcy by 9:20 am.

Zee News 20 Feb 2024 10:54 am

Namma Metro services disrupted on Purple Line due to technical snag

Metro train services on the Purple Line were disrupted for several hours on Tuesday due to a technical snag. The snag was resolved by 9:20am, but train schedules will still be affected for another half an hour before returning to normal.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 10:42 am

BYJUs Trims Costs, Vacates 4 Lakh Sq Ft Bengaluru Office Space

In a bid to trim expenses, troubled edtech giant BYJUS has reportedly vacated a 400,000 square feet property at Prestige

inc42 20 Feb 2024 10:35 am

Nyay Yatra will not be derailed, says Jairam Ramesh on Rahul Gandhi's appearance before UP Court

Rahul Gandhi has been summoned by District Civil Court in Sultanpur in a defamation case. Congress party remains undeterred and continues 'Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra'. Rahul Gandhi accused of making derogatory remarks against Amit Shah during a Bengaluru conference and will face up to 2 years of punishment if found guilty.

The Economic Times 20 Feb 2024 10:34 am

Nyay Yatra will not be derailed says Jairam Ramesh on Rahul Gandhi's appearance before UP Court

Nyay Yatra will not be derailed says Jairam Ramesh on Rahul Gandhi's appearance before UP Court In response to the summons issued by the District Civil Court in Sultanpur to Rahul Gandhi to appear before the court in a defamation case, Jairam Ramesh, the Congress General Secretary in charge of Communications on Tuesday said, The 'Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra' will not be derailed. Rahul Gandhi will not be silenced. The Indian National Congress will not be intimidated. This morning Rahul Gandhi will be at the District Civil Court in Sultanpur that had issued a summons to him 36 hours earlier to appear before it on a defamation case filed by a BJP leader in August 2018. Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra will not be derailed. Rahul Gandhi will not be silenced. The Indian National Congress will not be intimidated, he said in a post on 'X'. The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra entered its 38th day on Tuesday. The yatra will start from Fursantganj in Amethi district and will move towards Raebareli and Lucknow today. Today is the 38th day. We have paused the yatra this morning. At 2 pm, we will start again from Fursatganj. There will be a public rally in Raebareli. After that, we will move towards Lucknow, he told ANI. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been summoned by the District Civil Court in Sultanpur on February 20 in connection with a 2018 case over using derogatory remarks against Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a Bengaluru conference. The complaint was filed by the then BJP District Vice President, Vijay Mishra. I was the vice president of BJP when this incident happened. Rahul Gandhi had accused Amit Shah in Bengaluru that he is a murderer. When I heard these allegations, I felt very pained because I am a 33-year-old worker of the party. I filed a complaint regarding this through my lawyer and this continued for almost 5 years. Today the decision came in this, Vijay Mishra told ANI. Santosh Kumar Pandey, lawyer appeared for Vijay Mishra said that Congress MP Rahul Gandhi can be given a maximum punishment of 2 years if sufficient evidence found against him. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi held a press conference in Bengaluru. About 5 years ago Amit Shah who is currently the Home Minister, objectionable remarks were made against him. On August 4, 2018, this case was filed in the District and Sessions Court of MP-MLA Court Sultanpur. On which on Monday, Judge Yogesh Kumar Yadav of MP MLA Court Sultanpur has summoned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on December 16. This statement came from Rahul Gandhi during the Karnataka elections in Bengaluru in 2018, Santosh Kumar Pandey told ANI. The Congress's 'Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra', succeeded by the party's 'Bharat Jodo Yatra', aims to cover 6,700 km through 15 states, with Lok Sabha polls around the corner. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 10:25 am

PSI recruitment scam: Three more held in Karnataka

BENGALURU: Continuing its investigation into the police sub-inspector (PSI) recruitment scam, sleuths attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have made three more arrests, including two government officials. With this, the number of arrests has touched 113. The sleuths attached to the Financial Intelligence Unit of the CID have arrested the three for allegedly colluding with the prime accused RD Patil. The accused trio used to find out the key answers by sitting in Patils farmhouse. The key answers were shared with Patil who would then send them to his candidates using Bluetooth devices. The case against the accused was registered at Ashoknagar police station in Kalaburagi in October 2021. The accused have been identified as Chandrakant Thippanna Pyati, first division assistant of Shahabad community health centre, Basavaraj Siddaramappa Jamadar, Hostel Superintendent of Backward Classes Departments pre-metric hostel in Afzalpur, and Shashidhar Shivasharanappa Jamadaar, a BCom student from Hirapura in Kalaburagi district. Pyati is from Afzalpur in Kalaburagi and Jamadar is from Karekanahalli. All three accused were absconding for more than two years. The accused who were produced before a local court in Kalaburagi have been remanded in judicial custody. The role of the three arrested is to find out the key answers to the PSI exam question papers. They were sitting at Patils farmhouse in Sonna village of Afzalpur taluk. They were finding out the answers on the Internet and were informing Patil who used to help his candidates with the key answers using Bluetooth devices. Of the two accused, Chandrakant and Basavaraj are alleged to have helped two candidates using Bluetooth devices. It may be recalled that one ADGP rank officer, a few police officers, including two DySPs, government employees, and some candidates who managed to get selected in the exam through illegal means have been arrested.

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 10:11 am

Direct flights from Bluru to Maldives underscores imp of Indian market: Manta Air chief

By BD Naraayannkar Maldives, (UNI) Marking a historic moment for the Maldives aviation industry, Manta Air, carrying a group of journalists and a few other tourists, made its first international charter flight from Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru to Dhaalu Airport in Maldives on February 16. Manta Air CEO Mohamed Khaleel, who was at the...

Central Chronicle 20 Feb 2024 10:08 am

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Google News 20 Feb 2024 9:49 am

Surviving the circus on the roads of namma bengaluru

BENGALURU: Years ago, when I was dabbling with the basic concepts of driving in what was then Bombay (now Mumbai), my father had told me, If you learn how to drive safely in Bombay, you can drive in any city in the world. It was certainly not a compliment for Bombay. That was 1984 (nothing to do with George Orwell). Today, the scene has changed, with the honours being taken over by Namma Bengaluru. And we have a full-blown circus on the city roads complete with giraffes, elephants, bears, lions and tigers, simians of all varieties and, of course, how can you forget the clowns in control of all of them, and the trapeze artistes! Its nothing less than a circus a circus without a tent! You just have to find a safe spot (that is a major challenge in itself, though) to spend a few minutes to observe the circus unfolding, that too for free (another freebie!!). You will be treated to all kinds of acrobatics vertical (wheelies and pillions and riders standing on their pedals as they ride, among others) and horizontal (cars, bikes and vehicles of all shapes and sizes swerving left and right to beat the others and get ahead of the rest). You may be stumped while wondering what those neatly-laid out lines on the roads are for. In normal traffic and motoring parlance, they are called lanes for the motorists to drive or ride within. They are for safety. But who cares? It appears that most motorists in Bengaluru assume those lines to have been drawn for aesthetic purposes, some kind of rangoli. Lanes apart, traffic signals, junctions, intersections, one-ways, signage for instructions for motorists or footpaths (mostly non-existent), hold no meaning for the average Bengaluru motorist. They take the vehicles to anywhere that the wheels can take them. And the circus is growing. Bengaluru has overtaken the national capital to host the largest number of private vehicles in any Indian city. As per data of December 31, 2023, there are 1,14,28,331 vehicles of all categories in Bengaluru for a human population of 1,40,08,262 which is close to one vehicle per head. Thats a mind-boggling cram! And it is not close to slowing down. In just one decade, Bengalurus vehicle population has doubled from 55.26 lakh to 1.14 crore. Normally, the vehicle population itself is not a problem if motorists know how to control their vehicles in a disciplined manner. But that do synonymous with speed and reaching a destination at the earliest. Safety of self and others comes last, if at all it figures on the mental radars of the motorists. The shockingly rapid increase in vehicle population compounded by the lack of discipline on the roads is what has evolved the once-serene Bengaluru traffic (decades ago, that was) into what can be described as a circus on the city roads a deadly circus that claims lives every day. Therefore, its not surprising that on long weekends, like the one which started with the Republic Day last week, Bengalureans almost crawled over each other like crabs to get away from the city, only to end up creating congestion elsewhere they took the circus away from the citytemporarily. While driving or riding these days, my fathers words often echo inside my head: In life, always remember to be humble and modest, except while driving (or riding). While driving (or riding), always remember to remind yourself that you are the only wise and responsible motorist, and all the others are fools! Always anticipate others faults to avoid accidents! Now, thats especially applicable to driving in Bengaluru to survive the citys traffic day after day. (The writers views are his own)

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 9:45 am

Is there such a thing as perfection in a relationship?

BENGALURU: Do you need to love perfectly? Is there such a thing as perfection in a relationship? Imagine for a moment you are having a great time with a lover, and then as you are cuddling, your lover says, Do you know what is needed to make this moment right here right now the most perfect moment ever? At that moment, being together as you are, what thoughts would run through your mind hearing such a thing? Would you look at yourself and think maybe I should be working on my abs or my arms, and bringing up your own insecurities to the forefront, or would you look at the context of where you are and think maybe the lights should be dimmer and get annoyed at the rajnigandha, or wish the music was Usha Uthup singing instead? Would you immediately know what would have been better? Perfection is the enemy of good. Voltaire apparently said that first, but it has become common wisdom now. Very often, we do not get to experience the joy and beauty of what is good because we cannot relax into it, our inner critic being as constantly activated as they are, we cannot let ourselves enjoy the moment for what it presents, and instead dismiss it for not being what a search for perfection would demand of it. We fear failure so much. It is not a single failure that scares us though, is it? If we can bear looking a little more deeply, it is what failures would mean about us we fear that we might be inadequate and incompetent. So much so that we tell ourselves that we cannot relax and coast along for even a moment lest we let ourselves get drawn into a whirlpool of mediocrity that we will be self-loathing blobs. Few places bring up that kind of insecurity in the way love and relationships can do for us. When we are with another person, we need so much for the lover to say, Nothing at all. You are perfect, I am, and everything is just right this moment when we are here with each other. Anything short of that as a response to the question we asked might feel short and trigger insecurities we didnt know we even had. The point is not about whether you get the correct answer to the question, Do you know what will make this moment perfect?, but to check why we even have to think or ask such a question. If you can just be annoyed at the lover for even asking such a stupid question, taking away from your enjoyment of the moment for whatever it is, instead of actually thinking about what needs to be better, kudos to you. Love is a beautiful accident. It is not a given. There is no assurance that we will love someone or be loved. Love is like a wildflower blooming through a crack in the concrete in a busy city street. It is a miracle it even exists. Can we let ourselves love, and enjoy how good it is, without seeking perfection? (The writers views are his own)

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 9:40 am

CS Santosh: Desert Phoenix

BENGALURU: Avast expanse of sand as far as the eye can see, and a silence that is only shattered by occasional sounds of motorcycles tearing across the dunes. The Dakar Rally isnt merely a race; its a raw test of survival in the most unforgiving of places. Riders, one with their machines striving to conquer the brutal yet awe-inspiring desert. Motion is their mantra. Stillness is disaster. Just a few minutes before two fellow Dakar competitors found Bengaluru-based CS Santosh lying unconscious with no pulse or heartbeat and his motorcycle on its side a few metres away he had struck a rock, camouflaged by the sand, at high speed. It was stage four of the 2021 Dakar Rally. The then 37-year-old sustained head trauma and a dislocated right shoulder and was kept in a medically induced coma in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, before being flown back to Bengaluru. Having become the first Indian to finish the Dakar in 2015, 2021 was supposed to be a highlight of the 40-year-olds career. It was shaping up to be my best year yet. Id been training hard, for years, putting in everything I needed to perform at my best. Finally, all that hard work paid off, and I felt ready to hit my goal of being in the top 20 in my field. But, as life would have it, things didnt go as planned, reflects Santosh, who, having been on a road to recovery for the past three years, feels he is ready to take on the gruelling race once again. The Dakar Rally was more than just a race for me; it was a way to express myself. People have many different ways to express themselves, I find my true expression on a motorcycle. Thats the core reason Im drawn back to Dakar. Returning to Dakar is not just about the race; its about fulfilling a personal vision and continuing a journey thats deeply meaningful to me. My journey was interrupted in 2021, and my main focus now is to complete it, he says. Meanwhile, the accident in 2021 did more than just sideline Santosh from the tracks, stripping him of several years of memories. The thing is that I was not a human being after the crash. A lot of things which make us human, things we take for granted, like balance or the bodys natural chemical processes, became obstacles I had to overcome, he shares, adding, I remember 2015, my first Dakar; I remember that we lost Paulo [Gonalves in 2020], one of my teammates and an incredible human being. I also remember a lot of memories from the past, but nothing from the last four-five years. Nothing. I dont remember the crash, I dont even remember three or four Dakar(s). An alumni of St Josephs Boys High School, Santoshs love for motorcycling blossomed during his college days. Even as a student, I had a thirst for adventure. Back then, I was inspired by what I saw on the Discovery Channel. I aspired to work with the World Wildlife Fund and also harboured ambitions of becoming an airline pilot. Despite these varied interests, adventure was always at the core of what I wanted. However, I never fully realised these potentials until I found a motorcycle in college. Thats when I discovered that my true calling was the adventure that motorcycling offered. It wasnt about winning or being on the podium; it was about the thrill of the ride, he shares. As he prepares for his return to Dakar in 2025, Santosh reflects on the importance of completing his journey. This completion is my top priority at the moment, he asserts. Theres something unspoken, something I still need to share, and once Ive done that, I can move on to the next chapter of my life.

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 9:32 am

Uncharted Waters

BENGALURU: When one thinks of a musical instrument serenading harmonious notes, one would not even in their wildest imagination think of an 18-deck tall cruise ship. But making this unimaginable feat possible is musician Akshai Sarin who has successfully managed to evoke waves of sound from the Royal Carribean Cruises Spectrum of the Seas. The original plan was to convert a five-star hotel into an instrument for their 10th anniversary. But then my parents told me about how they had gone on a cruise and they were telling me the size and the scale of the cruise ship. So I thought thats an interesting idea. Why not do something even bigger than a hotel? I approached the CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise in Singapore with the idea and it obviously took some time to get them to understand what I wanted to do because its kind of a strange concept but then they liked the idea and said they would be happy to do this, says Sarin. The ship, which is open to passengers with its musical prowess, took nearly two years to complete. There are a lot of variables because its something thats never been done before. So the sea conditions, the vibration of the ships engine, all of that had to be decked out, says Sarin, who is also the creator of Blessdbuy, a social enterprise in the city. The backbone of this project is an array of vibration sensors, each tailored for different surfaces. The vibration sensors can be attached to any object and then the next step is connecting it to a series of hardware and then using software to train the sensors to pick up different positi, gestures, and locations. So the vibrations are translated into data and the data is then translated into sound, explains Sarin. At the heart of all of Sarins work is the concept of Sonokinesis which is a project intersecting art, music, and technology and revolves around transforming everyday objects into dynamic, playable musical instruments. The musicians fascination with technology and music dates back to his teenage years. As a teenager, I used to open up all my walkmans and resolder the wires. I started making my own music instruments as a kid. Ten years ago, I was inspired by the movie Minority Report and worked with this Portuguese company to create a transparent touch screen with which I could play instruments, shares Sarin, adding, People today are so easily distracted because there are so many different things. So, I envision using that to make things come alive in a different way.

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 9:28 am

Silver that sizzles

BENGALURU: When model Sakshi Gupta, a regular in the music festival circuit, was planning her outfit for the recently-concluded Echoes of Earth festival in Goa, she wanted a brand new look that she could later repeat with a twist. She stumbled upon an outfit that had a silver coins theme and Gupta knew that was the one. This piece immediately caught my eye, and I could visualise the perfect ensemble for an upcoming party or concert, says Gupta, adding, This top isnt just a one-off piece; its versatility makes it a staple in my wardrobe and it can be styled in numerous ways for different occasions. For an urban night out, it can be layered over a basic white top, mirroring the citys luminescence. At beach parties, pairing it with a bikini adds a fun and flirty twist. The silver coin outfit trend has been making waves in the city after Bengaluru girl Deepika Padukone was seen in one of the song Ishq Jaisa Kuch in her latest movie Fighter. Amruta Singh, a college student, says, Since I am a huge fan of Deepika Padukone, I picked the top after I saw her wearing it. I was also going for a beach party, and the look fit into that really well, says Singh. Having pieces like this is tricky because these are most likely categorised as single-wear looks. But not for socialite Ila Dorairaj Naidu, who loves a good disco look and easily styled her silver-foiled midi-dress with silver coin work, in two looks for two different evening events. For one of the events, I went all-out disco with silver stilettos and Rabanne earrings. For the second look, I paired it with a designer hot pink pleated poncho top and completed the look with an heirloom pearl and diamond necklace, explains Naidu. HR professional Shalini Parupudis way of styling this coin top should be in your lookbook if you are thinking of going to a glam evening. I am a firm believer in restyling and reusing, so whenever I pick anything, I try to restyle it in many ways. While the silver coin top is quite popular and mostly styled in the Western way, I tried to team it with a saree. It goes well for a cocktail evening. It looks as stylish in the ethnic attire as well, says Parupudi.

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 9:24 am