Mysore will also be a Silicon Valley

December 21, 2006 at 3:50 am

Mysore will be another Silicon Valley of India as a number of IT firms have evinced interest in setting up shop here, Karnataka industries minister Katta Subramanya Naidu said in Mysore. 
 
Speaking to Business Standard, he said Infosys, Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services and a couple of other companies were coming to Mysore. 
 
Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro and Shapurji had sought 100 acres of land each. A few other Fortune 500 companies are also holding talks with the government for locating their projects here, the minister said. 
 
As the availability of land for new industries had become scarce, the government proposed to acquire 4,000 acres of non-agricultural land. The formalities will be completed shortly. 
 
However, care will be taken to discourage chemical and pharmaceutical industries which may damage environment. 
 
As regard the much-delayed airport, Naidu said that the High Court was yet to deliver its judgement over the disputes land. In the meantime, the Airports Authority of India had sought an additional 67 acres and acquitions process had been initiated. 
 
All these investments will give a tremendous boost to Mysore and it will grow as an IT hub, the minister said. 
 
During the last six months, Naidu said, the Karnataka government had cleared investments amounting to Rs. 90,000 crore in the state. At least 70-80 per cent of investments may come through in about two-and-a-half years. 
 
The government will give a thrust to development of tier II and tier III cities. It is releasing another Rs 100 crore, the subsidy amount due to industries.

I hope Mysore retains its identity and not become another “silicon valley”. Development should not be at the cost of the positives it has to offer today. Long live Mysore! 

Article courtesy: Business-Standard

Any change anywhere?

December 16, 2006 at 5:02 am

First they changed the names of the prominent cities in the state. Bangalore to Bengaluru, Mysore to Mysooru, Hubli to hubballi and so on and so forth. People thought it was uncool, would spoil the brand image of these places and some even went to the extent of saying that it was a political move.

What move? What change? What are they talking about? I don’t understand.

Blow hot, blow cold – that’s Indian Express

December 15, 2006 at 5:03 am

Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes, unarguably, the most successful Indian duo to have graced the Indian tennis scene. They could have been the best ever the sport has seen had they not had a few personal problems. Yet as a team on the court they gave their 100%. The team event at Doha being an exception in a wonderful victories-studded career.

Sadly, the only match which they lost has brought the pair’s personal problems out in the open. Apparently, Leander questioned Mahesh about his ability & fitness to play for the country after the loss at the team event. As a captain, Leander might have done his duty but then questioning Mahesh’s commitment should have never come up. Mahesh has been a bright beacon for Indian tennis alongwith his compatriot Leander. If Leander thinks that by being the captain he gets the right to question Mahesh’s commitment then he is wrong.

Sympathy, clemency and blah blah!

December 13, 2006 at 2:18 am

Five years ago on this day, the Indian symbol of democracy was attacked by terrorists. Our parliament was under sieze by a group of five terrorists (Arundhati Roy says “six”!). The entire nation watched the well-covered event on television. The session was on inside the parliament and they seemed to be going about their business as not many of them were outside the parliament. If I remember right, the zero-hour was going on.

Our security personnel stood their ground against these terrorists and killed all of them. But not before sacrificing eight lives to prevent the heart of our democracy from being attacked (or God knows what was on their mind!)! The martyrs were soon forgotten after giving them a few notes of paper and one piece of metal (no, that’s not a typo error!) each.

The investigations took place. It was concluded that the mega event was well-planned and excecuted. The main guy who planned the event and managed the back-end was found to be Mr. Mohammed Afzal (bloody traitor!). Quite surprisingly, within 5 years he was caught, booked and convicted by the Indian judiciary.

Best original song category for the 79th Academy Awards®

December 11, 2006 at 4:06 am

Fifty-six songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are being considered in the Original Song category for the 79th Academy Awards®, it has been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed here in alphabetical order.

On Tuesday, January 16, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in both Beverly Hills and New York City. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category.

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