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Urban ‘farmers’ warned on pesticides

Bengaluru: With more and more City folk taking to farming on terraces, balconies and other available homely spaces in the City, the Department of Agriculture is hosting a series of workshops to educate these urban ‘farmers’ on the harmful effects of pesticides.

A workshop by the department was conducted on Wednesday in Jayanagar 4th Block to bring about awareness on organic farming and how to avoid using harmful pesticides for a healthy produce.

The workshop focused on urban ‘farmers’ primarily, but a number of rural farmers who use pesticides on a large scale were also invited. Nowadays, farmers growing fruits like mango, chikoo, guava, etc., on the fringes of the City are tempted to use harmful pesticides.

For instance, Carbide gas and ethylene gas are used to stimulate the fruit ripening hormones and for vegetables deadly chemicals like Lindane, Malathion, Atrazine, Fenthion and Sodium Cyanide which are banned all over the world are still being used in India. Sodium cyanide is the most commonly used and is the most harmful, as it flows into groundwater and other water bodies nearby.

The workshop encouraged increased farming of fruits and vegetables at home but prescribed the organic route for the urbanites. Going organic would preserve the ecological balance and protect the environment, the farmers were told.

The farmers from the outskirts, on their part, cited the issues they face like shuffling crops, late bloom of produce, and the need to the city’s demands and have a steady stream of revenue if they went organic.

Director of Agriculture, Dr.H.Subaiah said: “The Department of Agriculture has been created mainly to provide agricultural services to farmers and to transfer the latest technical knowledge to the farming community. But extending the services to citizens and encouraging them to start organic farming at home was a delight. The response was over whelming.”

Sangeetha Kumari, a participant, said, “I’ve been doing organic farming at home from past 5 years. The food we grow ourselves is safe, free of chemicals and healthy. We make use of our dry kitchen waste as compost at times, which enhances the fertility of the soil.”

More such workshops are planned across the City in the coming months.





Jain University lifts rolling trophy at WAAC

 CAMPUS: Jain University, Jayanagar won rolling trophy at Wild 5 fest organised by Wildlife Awareness and Conservation Club (WAAC) at UG quadrangle on Saturday.

Claiming to be Bengaluru’s biggest inter-collegiatefest, 12 colleges around the city participated,Kristu Jayanti College won their runner up rolling trophy.

As an educative cultural fest, Wild 5 was inaugurated by Rev Prem Mitra, and Head priest of St John’s Cathedral and a renowned Environmentalist. Spreading awareness among students regarding wildlife, the wildlife theme was seen in and around UG Quadrangle.

Pangolin (Manis Tarsi Caudata) was centre of attraction, as this year’s Mascot–Theme animal. “To be found mostly in Karnataka, Pangolin is getting in danger and it is our duty to preserve and spread awareness among citizens.

We have been showcasing Mascot for every year in wild fest to ensure that students know about the animals in danger,” said Nairika Barucha, 2ND CEB, and Convener of wild.

Moot court was exclusive event which was added to this year’s wild fest that welcomed law students around the city from Al-Ameen Law College and BMS Law College.

This event included a virtual case where the competitors were given a situation regarding environment crisis and was judges upon their judgment on the case.

We read lot of judgment and analyse those in our course, but standin g at position as judge will be a tricky one and interesting for us to know how balanced we are in dealing with environment cases, said students of Al-Ameen College.

-Pawan S

A.R.Rahman steals the show at the Weekender

BENGALURU: The NH7 Weekender, an indie music festival was held on 5th and 6th of December at Laxmi Lawns in Magarpatta, Bangalore suburbs.

The much awaited music festival was organised and managed by Only Much louder(OML) in association with Bacardi and Vh1. Wth around 4000 people attending the festival the ambience became lively and energetic.

“It was a one-of-a kind experience, in handling such a huge crowd at once. The artists as well as the attenders were extremely happy and enjoyed to the fullest,” said Payal Jairaj, one of the organisers of the event.

The two-day event had 30 plus artists and bands from all over the world, A.R. Rahman who made his debut at the weekender this year, mesmerized the audience with his classic songs like Dil se re, Jo bhi mein, Rehna tu. The Indian bands like Brodha V, The Ganesh Talkies, Noori, Swarathama,Thaikkudam Bridge and many more were a part of the festival.

“The festival was very well organised, the art installations were interesting and the line-up was just fantastic. Rahman stole the show, the only problem was between the stages and the artist’s line-up which overlapped between stages,” said Dexter, a music enthusiast at the festival.

Music with a conscience was the theme of the weekender festival, which saw famous Bollywood artist Vishal Dadlani dedicating a solid one-hour empathising with the drowning state of the Chennai city. Politics and current affairs were also discussed with music by Vir Das, who wrote songs on the various bans in the country.



Play Learn Change -‘Arivu Disha’ arrives at SJC

 CAMPUS: Around 400 students from various government schools across the state gathered at St. Joseph’s college as a part of Tackle fest held at the college campus by Headstreams in association with the English Department on Saturday.

A creative and an interactive platform was setup at the college premises for the students to understand and learn about various opportunities available after completing school. They were engaged in various learning activities conducted by the volunteers in the learning stations setup at the campus. Nearly 45 such stalls were put up around the campus for this purpose.

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PHOTO: Srimathi P

Various concepts related to Science, Maths and Communication were demonstrated through simple experiments and models for the better understanding of the students. “When students get to see practical applications of the concepts, they can understand and remember it better ”, said Headmistress of Mudhuvadi Government school, Kolar, as she spoke about the objective of the Tackle fest and also exclaimed that the students were very happy and enjoyed the learning at St.Joseph’s college. She also spoke about their plan to implement a similar learning methodology at their schools. “As the students now have a better understanding, they will be able to explain it better to other students who could not attend the fest”, she added.Talking about her experience in the fest, Rajeshwari, a Student from KR puram government school, Bengaluru said that she found the science experiments very interesting as they were explained very well by the volunteers; she also enjoyed the fest and learnt a lot here.

Talking to The Beacon about the Tacke fest,Anu Thomas, Project Manager, Headstreams, said ,” This is the 4th year of ‘Arivu Disha’, a program that aims at providing opportunities to government school students in gaining access to well established colleges in the city and learn about multiple courses available after schooling.” The 9th standard students from 4 Government schools of Nandhagudi, Mudhuvadi, Kolar, KR Puram, Bengaluru and Harati, Hoskote were a part of this Tackle fest.


Hundred Hands wrap up Handmade Collective artistically

 BENGALURU: Beautifully crafted colorful work of art was displayed by skilled artisans at the Handmade Collective in Benson Town, successfully concluding on December 6th.

The sixth edition of this initiative conceptualized by A Hundred Hands helped bringing various craftsmen together with much interaction and appreciation from the visitors, as it wrapped up on Saturday.

The 5 days exhibition served as a mixing pot of multiple art and culture, with delinquently crafted handmade pieces. There were over seventy-eight stalls put up by craftsmen from unheard rural places of the country.

Molded work of tin to create names, iron indigenous cutlery, clay jewellery, straw baskets, spices art work, art of tatting, woven carpets, scented candles, etc. were some of the handmade items displayed by Mughal designers, Sanjhi workers, Gond painters, Pashmina stitchers, Kutch weavers, and few of the entrepreneurs of urban Bengaluru who left their corporate fields into the world of art.

The adoption centre for little puppies grabbed a lot of attention from the people, many of who proposed to adopt them.

The show stealer of the event was the stall of Mednipur artists, Pattachitrakars, who sang their folklore to the people explaining their naturally painted artwork, narrating his melodious generational old stories. “We are grateful to Mala ma’am, who gave us this platform to showcase our traditions to all,” said Prabir Chitrakar.

“This is the bigger show. It is amazing how so many artisans play wonderfully with their colors,” said a volunteer at A Hundred Hands, Deity. She added that the footfall this year was tremendously high.

From gorging on some mouth-watering food to sighting the varied spectra of vibrant colors were a treat to the eyes.“We are celebrating handmade. It is nice to see people, young ones especially, appreciating the handmade art and craft,” said Mala Dhawan, one of the trustees of the initiative, who had been interacting with the visitors at the venue with her sister, and other trustee, Sonia Dhawan.

-Shirsha M