Monday, October 15, 2018

Skechers Performance Run

Voilà!! Podium finish at the Skechers 10K Performance Run, 2nd place for completing in 66 minutes! All I wanted was to improve the timings in comparison to the Wipro Run in September just short of a month ago! Yes 68 minutes to 66 minutes in a much tougher terrain and taking my stand on the podium just refreshed my memory as a college Athlete winning races.....and running my heart out each time! Being competitive is an Attitude for life, even at 46 years it hardly changes, it could be a lowered target :P 

Running is something I always loved, it just shakes me up and takes of stress form the daily overstressed schedule! I am indeed glad that I still run to stay Fit, Healthy and make an effort to take few podium finish once in a while! 







Tuesday, October 9, 2018

CS & ACS Meeting to Save Lakes, address Civic issues

Most of Bommanahalli is suffering from inaction and neglect, HSR Layout which is a very high profile Ward is turning into a Slum and not a single road can claim to be in good condition. Roads, Sewage lines, SWD, Streetlights, Footpaths, Encroachment, Rampant Commercialization and several other issues are becoming a threat to the locality. 

Met Addl Chief Secretary regarding the pending works of the pavements and also requested him to transfer Doddanekundi Lake from BDA to BBMP to ensure revival and management.  

Met Chief Secretary regarding the encroachment issue of Mangammanapalya Lake and Somasundarapalya Lake.

Both CS & ACS gave a hearing and promised action on priority. 

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Date: 9th Oct 2018

To,                                                                                    
Shri Vijay Bhaskar, IAS
Chief Secretary
Govt of Karnataka


Sub: Encroachments in Mangammanapalya & Somasundarapalya Lake


Respected Sir,
                                                                              
With respect to the above subject, I am writing to humbly draw your attention to serious encroachments in the Mangammanapalya Lake and Somasundarapalya Lake located in Ward 190 of Bommanahalli Constituency.

Mangammanapalya Lake, was revived by BBMP recently, but encroachments have not been cleared to make way to complete the fencing work of the Lake, also recently the local elected representative without any consideration to the NGT order has built a drinking water unit encroaching the Lake land.

Somasundarapalya Lake, is in the revival process, but even after the last survey report the encroachments by private people and KCDC has not been cleared and handed over to develop it as part of the Lake plan.

Even after strict NGT guidelines local elected representatives are misusing their powers and are letting the encroachment happen with their complete support. If these encroachments continue then Bengaluru will lose more Lakes and put the city under great distress, with ground water levels dipping even further.

These two Lakes are the only lung spaces in Ward 190, and in a locality that is almost turning into a concrete jungle, it's more than our (Citizen & Administration) joint responsibility to save these lung spaces and Lakes.

Hence, I humbly request your kind self to take cognizance of this encroachment issue and instruct office to immediately take steps remove the and make way for revival and protecting of these Lakes.

Thanking you,

Warm Regards,

Kavitha Reddy 

CC: DC Bengaluru

Friday, October 5, 2018

Website - Debates & Articles 2017 & 2018

Dighvijaya 23rd Nov 2018 - Kar Govt completes 6 months
New Indian Express, 22nd Nov 2018 - City's Lake Protectors say Privatization will Ruin Agara Water Body
News18 Kannada 21st Nov 2018 - Sugarcane Farmers Issues
TV5 20th Nov 2018 - Sugarcane Farmers Issues
NewsX 15th Nov 2018 - Kaveri Statue
News18 Kannada 9th Nov 2018 - Tippu Jayanthi
India Today 6th Nov 2018 - By-Election Results
Public TV 5th Nov 2018 - Benki Birugali, Tippu Jayanthi
News18 Kannada 2nd Nov 2018 - Ram Mandir, RSS 1992 plan (175th Debate as Official Spokesperson)
Deccan Herald 31st Oct 2018 - BBMP dumps waste near Agara Lake
ToI 31st Oct 2018 - Wasted dumped at lakeside, locals irked
The News Minute, 30th Oct 2018 - Garbage Clearance Deadline by Kar HC
News18 Kannada 30th Oct 2018 - By-Elections in Karnataka
BTV 29th Oct 2018 - By-Elections in Karnataka
Public TV 17th Oct 2018 - Sabarimala Standoff
Suvarna News 15th Oct 2018 - Opposition to SC Sabarimala Verdict
News18 Kannada 13th Oct 2018 - BJP claim that JDS-INC Govt will fall by 6th Nov 2018
News18 Kannada 10th Oct 2018 - By-Elections in Karnataka
TV5 8th Oct 2018 - By-Elections in Karnataka
Public TV 4th Oct 2018 - Fuel Price
News18 Kannada 28th Sept 2018 - Sabarimala Verdict
Deccan Herald 24th Sept 2018 - Polluting SWD a major threat to Agara Lake’s ecosystem 
BTV 7th Sept 2018 - Belagavi PLD Bank Elections 
Public TV 6th Sept 2018 - Belagavi Politics
Deccan Herald 4th Sept 2018 - Locals worried as private firm eyes Agara Lake again
Deccan Herald 3rd Sept 2018 - Shift focus to Sustainable Tourism
Prajavani 3rd Sept 2018 - ಆಗರ ಕೆರೆ ಪ್ರಕರಣ ಹೈಕೋರ್ಟ್‌ ಅಂಗಳಕ್ಕೆ
TV5 27th Aug 2018 - Co-ordination Committee JDS-INC
News 18 Kannada 5th Aug 2018 - Gulabi Gang
Suddi TV 1st Aug 2018 - Prime Time Debate
Suvarna News 31st July 2018 - Change in Kar BJP Leadership
Times of India 26th July 2018 - After two-years of turnaround Agara Lake is on Twitter
Suddi TV 24th July 2018 - Prime Time Debate
Praaja TV 24th July 2018 - Rahul Gandhi face of INC for 2019 Elections
All Time News 23rd July 2018 - Garden City to Garbage City, in Conversation with Kavitha Reddy
TV5 19th July 2018 - No Confidence Motion
Suddi TV 18th July 2018 - Prime Time Debate
News18 Kannada 6th July 2018 - Karnataka Budget
Praaja TV 3rd July 2018 - HDK v/s BSY Debate in Assembly
Deccan Herald 3rd July 2018 - Birds in Agara Lake
Suddi TV 27th June 2018 - Prime Time Debate
Suddi TV 15th June 2018 - Prime Time Debate
News18 Kannada 29th May 2018 - Government formation in Karnataka
Public TV 28th May 2018 - Big Debate (150th Debate as Official Spokesperson)
NewsX 27th May 2018 - United Opposition
India Today 25th May 2018 - Burning Question
Suddi TV 24th May 2018 - Prime Time Debate
India Today 22nd May 2018 - Congress - JDS Alliance 
Praaja TV 19th May 2018 - Karnataka Trust Vote
India Today 19th May 2018 - Trust Vote
News9 18th May 2018 - Karnataka CM Race
NewsX 17th May 2018 - Karnataka Results
CNN News18 16th May 2018 - View Point
TV5 12th May 2018 - Karnataka Election Results
DD Chandana 15th May 2018 - Karnataka Election Results
CNBC TV 18 14th May 2018 - Karnataka Elections
CNN News18 11th May 2018 - View Point
NewsX 11th May 2018 - Karnataka Polls
NewsX 8th May 2018 - Karnataka Polls
Public TV 7th May 2018 - Legal Notice to Modi by Kar CM
CNN News18 3rd May 2018 - View Point
India Today 2nd May 2018 - BJP & JDS pact
India Today 2nd May 2018 - Karnataka Elections
India Today 30th April 2018 - Lingayat Voters in Karnataka
NewsX 30th April 2018 - Congress Manifesto for Bengaluru
India Today 29th April 2018 - Siddharamiah v/s Modi in Karnataka
Suddi TV 27th April 2018 - Prime Time Debate
CNBC TV 18 27th April 2018 - Congress Manifesto
Public TV 26th April 2018 - Janardan Reddy Campaigning for BJP
NewsX 25th April 2018 - Yogi Adityanath in Karnataka
Mirror Now 25th April 2018 - No place for women in politics
News9 13th April 2018 - Karnataka Elections
Raj TV 13th April - Sexual Crime against Girls & Women
BTV 12th April 2018 - Bribe to Voters
NewsX 7th April 2018 - Lingayat Debate
Suddi TV 6th April 2018 - Prime Time Debate
Suddi TV 4th April 2018 - Prime Time Debate
Dighvijaya 1st April 2018 - Politics of joining other parties
NDTV 31st March 2018 - Left, Right & Center
BTV 30th March 2018 - Tickets for Women, Assembly Elections
Public TV 23rd March 2018 - Congress v/s JDS
Suddi TV 22nd March 2018 - Prime Time Debate
India Today 20th March 2018 - Separate Religion for Lingayats
BTV 20th March 2018 - CM phone recording
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Public TV 9th March 2018 - Pro-Congress WhatsApp messages
BTV 7th March 2018 - Attack on Lokayukta
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Dighvijaya TV 5th March 2018 - Kheny joining INC
News 18 Kannada 1st March 2018 - BJP list of allegations on INC Govt
Praaja TV 1st March 2018 - BJP list of allegations on INC Govt
Suddi TV 27th Feb 2018 - Statement of Ananth Kumar Hedge
Public TV 18th Feb 2018 - MLA Harris Son Gondagiri (100th Debate as Official Spokesperson)
Focus TV 16th Feb 2018 - Karnataka Budget
Suddi TV 15th Feb 2018 - Prime Time Debate
Prajaa TV 15th Feb 2018 - Karnataka Budget
Suvarna News 13th Feb 2018 - Possible IT Raids on GoK Ministers
BTV 13th Feb 2018 - Postpone of Karnataka Elections
Raj TV 10th Feb 2018 - RG Election Campaign in Karnataka
Dighvijaya TV 8th Feb 2018 - Modi speech in Parliament
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Public TV 6th Feb 2018 - Benki Birugali
Dighvijaya TV 2nd Feb 2018 - Modi visit to Karnataka
NewsX 26th Jan 2018 - Karnataka Election Survey
MirrorNow 25th Jan 2018 - Urban Debate
Dighvijaya TV 25th Jan 2018 - Mahadayi Bandh
Dighvijaya TV 22nd Jan 2018 - Mahadayi Bandh
TV5 20th Jan 2018 - Bellandur Lake Fire
Public TV 19th Jan 2018 - Republic - CVoter Survey 
Economic Times, 17th Jan 2018 - How Citizens Saved the Agara Lake
Suddi TV 17th Jan 2018 - Haj Subsidy
Suddi TV 10th Jan 2018 - UP CM comment about Karnataka
Public TV 9th Jan 2018 - Amit Shah in Karnataka
Suvarna News 5th Jan 2018 - Retd Justice KT Thomas view on RSS
Prajaa TV 4th Jan 2018 - Deepak Murder case
News 18 Kannada 3rd Jan 2018 - Target RSS? Land allocation issue
Suvarna News 1st Jan 2018 - Is Rastrapati Bhavan Secular?

Raj TV 1st Jan 2018 - Soft Hindutva by Congress to counter BJP? 
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Public TV 28th Dec 2017 - Ananth Kumar Hedge apology in Parliament
Kasturi TV 27th Dec 2017 - Mahadayi Dispute
Suvarna News 25nd Dec 2017 - Ananth Kumar Hedge comment on Constitution
Suddi TV 25th Dec 2017 - Ananth Kumar Hedge comment on Constitution
Suvarna News 22nd Dec 2017 - SDPI - Congress alliance? 
Mirror Now 21st Dec 2017 - Denial of permission for Sunny Leone event
Prajaa TV 21st Dec 2017 - Mahadayi Dispute
Public TV 20th Dec 2017 - Mahadayi Dispute
BTV 19th Dec 2017 - Modi v/s Siddu
Suddi TV 18th Dec 2017 - Prime Time Debate
Raj TV 18th Dec 2017 - Gujarat & Himachal Election Results
Dighvijaya TV 18th Dec 2017 - Gujarat & Himachal Election Results
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Suddi TV 11th Dec 2017 - Upendra's political party 
Suddi TV 7th Dec 2017 - Prime Time Debate
TV5 4th Dec 2017 - MP Pratap Simha Arrest
BTV News 2nd Dec 2017 - BJP Leaders assaulting a Journalist
BTV News 28th Nov 2017 - Abuses in Politics
Suvarna News 27th Nov 2017 - Yogesh Gowda murder case
Suvarna News 23th Nov 2017 - Yogesh Gowda murder case
Suddi TV 21st Nov 2017 - Alcohol Ban Debate 
Suvarna News 20th Nov 2017 - Fake Rs2000 currency
Suvarna News 17th Nov 2017 - KPMEA Amendments
Public TV 15th Nov 2017 - Hardik CD, and Privacy violation during elections
Suddi TV 15th Nov 2017 - KPMEA Amendments
Prajaa TV 14th Nov 2017 - KPMEA Amendments
Public TV 6th Nov 2017 - PFI Ban
Suddi TV 6th Nov 2017 - Food Wasted in BJP Parivartane Rally in Tumkur
Suvarna News 3rd Nov 2017 - Dinesh G Rao statement on PFI ban
Dighvijaya News 3rd Nov 2017 - Dinesh G Rao statement on PFI ban
Suvarna News 1st Nov 2017 -  EC Statement to SC about Convicted Elected Reps
Raj TV 30th Oct 2017 - Corruption allegation on R Ashok
Suvarna News 29th Oct 2017 - Modi visit to Darmastala Temple 
Public TV 26th Oct 2017 - Ramya Tweet
Kasturi TV 25th Oct 2017 - Vidhana Soudha Diamond Jubilee event
Suvarna News 25th Oct 2017 - BJP remerks on CM Temple visit after having Fish for lunch
Suddi TV 23rd Oct 2017 - Tippu Jayanthi
Raj TV 21st Oct 2017 - BJP double speak on Tippu Jayanthi
Suvarna News 18th Oct 2017 - Attack on Techi Nandani
Public TV 17th Oct 2017 - Is Taj Mahal built by traitors 
MirrorNow 16th Oct 2017 - Urban Debate, Bengaluru Rains
Suvarna News 16th Oct 2017 - Infighting in Karnataka BJP
Suvarna News 14th Oct 2017 - PFI event in Bengaluru
Suvarna News 13th Oct 2017 - Bengaluru Rain troubles
Suvarna News 13th Oct 2017 - SC order on Women entry to Sabarimala Temple
Dighvijaya News 12th Oct 2017 - VAT on fuel in Karnataka
Suvarna News 11th Oct 2017 - Rahul Gandhi comment on RSS
BTV News 11th Oct 2017 - MLA threats to IAS Officer
Suvarna News 10th Oct 2017 - SC Crackers ban
Kasturi TV 10th Oct 2017 - BJP Tapes
Suddi TV 6th Oct 2017 - Prime Time Debate
Suvarna News 5th Oct 2017 - IT Dept and ACB
Samaya News 20th Sept 2017 - Karnataka Politics and Ticket tension
Raj TV 15th Sept 2017 - Rise in Fuel Prices
Suddi TV 13th Sept 2017 - Lingayat - Veerashaiva debate
Samaya News 12th Sept 2017 - Lingayat - Veerashaiva debate
Suddi TV 4th Sept 2017 - Linking of Rivers
Prajaa TV 31st Aug 2017 - Election preparations, who has the edge in Karnataka

Economic Times, 25th Aug 2017 - Reinventing Elephant God
Raj TV 18th Aug 2017 - FIRs against Karnataka BJP President BSY
Raj TV 16th Aug 2017 - Bengaluru Rains
Samaya News 13th Aug 2017 - Early Elections
Samaya News 12th Aug 2017 - Upendra entry to Politics
Prajaa TV 11th Aug 2017 - Amit Shah visiting Karnataka
Suddi TV 10th Aug 2017 - Prime Time Debate
Udaya News 9th Aug 2017 - State Govt Baghya v/s Central Govt Shagun schemes
Samaya News 31st July 2017 - Demand for separate religion by Lingayat - Veerashaiva
Udaya News 25th July 2017 - Lakes de-notification debate
Suddi TV 19th July 2017 - Prime Time Debate
Samaya News 29th June 2017 - Anti-Superstition Bill Draft by Govt of Karnataka
Samaya News 26 June 2017 - Kalladka issue discussion
Samaya News 24th June 2017 - Council Chairman
Samaya News 11th June 2017 - Namma 100 by Bengaluru Police
Garden City Plus 20th May 2017  - Kaagaz Foundation CSR

Garden City Plus 15th April 2017 - Award goes to Kavitha Reddy for Social Service 

Garden City Plus 19th March 2017 - Women’s Day Run

Andhra Jyothi 21st Feb 2017  - Mission Bhagirath Kadu Commission Bhagirath

Nava Telangana 7th Jan 2017 - Janaavadana Samallana

Garden City Plus 26th Nov 2016 - Govt School students in Agara and Parangipalya receive free workbooks

Samyukta Karnataka 21st Nov 2016 - Athmasthiryiddre Parvatharohana Kastavalla

Bangalore Mirror 28th March 2016 - HSR Residents Start Kill Bills Drive

Economic Times 15th Feb 2016 - She makes sure Lakes & Hills Remain Serene

Deccan Herald 26th Dec 2015 - Weekly SMSes to cajole HSR Layout Residents into Waste Segregation

Deccan Herald 14th Dec 2015 - No time to waste, Residents trash out solution to trash woes

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

What is killing Mangammanapalya Lake?

Depressing stories of Bengaluru Lakes have been making National News for sometime now. Froth, Stink, Sewage, Dead Fish, Encroachments, Vanishing, Fire have been the stories on Lakes. 

With all the negativity over 50+ Lakes got revived in Bengaluru and that never made it to the news. One of those Lakes that was revived after a series of citizens campaign is the Mangammanapalya Lake, a small Lake situated in the middle of a densely populated area. Marred with encroachments, sewage flow and complete neglect, BBMP took up the Lake eventually after pressure from Lake Activists and Citizens. 

The Lake was revived and ribbon cutting was done by the Elected Reps who in fact had no role in the revival, but have a role in not addressing serious encroachments issues. To review the current condition, the fencing around the Lake in not complete due to unchecked encroachments, there are even encroachments authorised by the Elected Reps in the name of drinking water plant, Lake has no gates and anyone can walk through the unfenced sides, there is no Lake keeper to take care of the Lake on a daily basis, benches and Tree plantation is still not complete. Yes, the core Lake got revived but with lack of political will and active citizen participation the Lake is heading towards the same situation form which it was once revived.

So, just revival is not enough there has to be a focus on maintenance and removal of serious encroachments as per the NGT guidelines if we have to save Lakes in Bengaluru and make them RWH Zones and Lung spaces. 

On 2nd October as part of Gandhi Jayanthi, HaSiRu Mithra Team did a #Plogging event along with Citizens and BBMP PKs to bring a much needed focus on the Lake, and to initiate action to address all the pending issues of the Lake. 

Hope this event can bring more pressure on DC & BBMP to ensure the pending issues of encroachments and fencing gets addressed on priority so that this beautiful Lake can be restored, protected and maintained!