Tuesday, February 22, 2011

First rains of 2011 in Bangalore

Yesterday around 7 pm Bangalore got its first showers of 2011. The moment people heard the pitter patter of rain drops and they sensed the smell of damp earth, they rushed to the windows to enjoy the sight. Going by previous years, there will be intermittant showers in the evenings after warm afternoons. For today though it's lightly overcast - the perfect Bangalore weather.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A town changes name for road safety awareness

Changing names of cities is a fad among politicians in India. The reason is to junk Anglicised versions and revert to original Indian names.

Thus Bombay became Mumbai, Calcutta is Kolkata, Madras is Chennai etc. The plan to change the name of Bangalore to Bengaluru is stuck in bureaucratic redtape.

This has given rise to tricky problems. While the changed name, it's still Bombay high court. On the other hand, while it's Bengaluru International Airport, the city still keeps the anglicised Bangalore.

In Australian state of Victoria, a small town has changed its name,but with a purpose. The place called Speed will henceforth be called Speedkills on order to raise awareness about road safety. Really interesting and sensible. BBC has a very good story on it.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Another scandal hits UPA govt

We now have another corruption scandal hitting the UPA govt as if all the existing troubles aren't enough. And this involves India's premier space agency Isro which is one of the world's highly regarded technology institutions

And to make matters worse Prime Minister Manmohan Singh handles space portfolio. With the opposition still not relenting on the need for a JPC probe into the telecom scandal, things are hardly looking bright for the UPA govt.

Earlier I thought the govt was winning the PR battle with the opposition. But now the pressure is so much more on the govt. If the govt does not get into some serious damage control measures without losing time the raging corruption scandals could very well cost the Congress the Lok Sabha election.