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Replacing lost documents is just a click away

BENGALURU: It’s time to stop worrying about your lost documents. The Bengaluru City Police (BCP) has joined hands with the website lostclikfound.com to help the public find important documents they have lost.

There have been increased complaints from the public that their driving licenses, school certificates, ration cards, pan cards, passports and other vital documents are getting misplaced. The BCP is seeking to help those who are in this predicament.

To address this issue, BCP has launched the E-enabled service, www.bcp.gov.in, to help the public obtain an acknowledgment about misplaced or missing documents sitting at home. This acknowledgement may be used for getting a replacement of the document.

“There are various important documents that people lose in the city. Documents like marks card, passport, and pan card are very important to confirm your identity. Keeping this in mind we took an initiative to stretch our service to the public. This service helps people who are busy in their daily life to get an acknowledgement for their lost item online irrespective of their location,” said M G Nagendra Kumar, head of the social media wing of the Karnataka State Police Service.

To apply for your lost documents, you need to visit www.bcp.gov.in and click on report lost item, update all the required fields and click on submit. You can print out your acknowledgement that comes with a unique code number.

The acknowledgement will be issued without any investigation. However, it is a punishable offence if anyone tries to lodge a false complaint.

This free service is also provided for foreigners in the City.

-Pawan S

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Nirvaan: City colleges battle it out for fame.

CAMPUS: Tough contests were witnessed between students from leading institutions like Christ University, Mount Carmel, Jain CMS, and SJCC in the City in the competitive events at Nirvaan 2016, the blockbuster, two-day intercollegiate festival of SJC that began here on Friday.

In the past couple of years, students of SJCC had swept the events at this festival. But even as results began coming in from various events across campus, the trend seemed to show SJCC facing stiff challenges from rival colleges.

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Scenes from Nirvana 2016. PHOTO:REEVAN

Dayanand Sagar, for instance, won both the first and third places in the debating event where the theme was “Do 90s cartoons legitimise violence?” Christ University won the street play event with Jain College coming in second.

SJCC, however, still showed their prowess in segments like 9XM Jalwa, an Indian musical event, where its students swept all the categories.

Given that the central theme for the fest was “Cartoonia”, dance crews from several colleges arrived in droves determined to win the title of the best western dance team. Mount Carmel College’s all-girls team were placed first. Crews that entered the contests paid tribute to the spirit of the theme by naming themselves after their favourite cartoon shows – Dragon Ball Z, Dexter, etc. Many of the contestants came dressed up in cartoon costumes.

Nirvaan witnessed some new characters in the stand-up comedy event. The judges were famous comedians Sumukhi Suresh, who shot to fame for her act in the Anu aunty video on youtube, and Deeptago Ghosh.

There were some comedians who even ripped off sets from revered comedians. Sumukhi, speaking to the Beacon Bureau, said, “Comedy aspirants need to break out with more originality; most jokes made today were either from the internet or other comedians. One thing I’d like to see is more girls picking up the mic for stand-up comedy. The reason you don’t see that is because the world perceives that girls due to their sensitivity cannot handle such jokes.”

The event took a regional turn with comedians mimicking famous Tamil actors like Rajnikanth, Vijaykanth, Prakash Raj and Simbu. Participants from other colleges made fun of their own institutes to humour the Josephite crowd.

-Vijay Rao

 

 

Drought-resistant crops being designed

CAMPUS: Drought conditions can be resisted or fought by means of discovering which appropriate crop to plant in a drought-prone region, according to a researcher from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS).

According to Professor M K Mathew from the Department of Membrane Studies, NCBS, TIFR, one ought to identify plants that can easily fight drought conditions. Plants like mangrove and halophydes are able to adapt to withstand salt and drought. The properties of the latter can be introduced into plants that provide staple food for most people and can easily be grown in such areas, he suggested.

He was presenting a paper an interactive workshop with students and assistant professors from various college at SJC at an event titled “Recent trends in cellular mechanism and gene expression’ hosted by the Department of Botany (Post-graduation and Research Centre).

Academics from NCBS, Indian Academy of Science, Bangalore, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi and National Academy of Science, India, Allahabad are participating in the two-day workshop.

Professor Mathew explained his experiments with gene expression in rice crops relating to drougt and salt resistance. “Drought is the major factor that determines the levels of crop productivity, and 40% of people in India have also reported the same. So this is something I really like to study about,” he said.

Around 150 delegates are attending the workshop. Among the experts making presentations were Dr Rajalakshmi Gopi, Professor and Head, Department of Human Genetics, NIMHANS, and Prof. Bharathi P Salimath, Department of Biotechnology, Mysore university.

-Pritica

Move to get Air Asia to connect Mysore

BENGALURU: Efforts are being made by the Mysore Travel Agents Association (MTAA) and the Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka, to get Air Asia to operate flights via Mysore which boasts a good airport but has few air services.

It is hoped that Air Asia flights operating out of Goa to Chennai and Kochi to Delhi can make stopovers at Mysore.

The objective is to bring in tourists who are interested in Mysore, Coorg and Mangalore as destinations. There is also a plan to start a film city in Mysore too and these flights would be useful in bringing stakeholders in the film industry to Mysore and nearby areas, according to Prashant B S, Chairman of MTTA.

Meanwhile, the MTTA is organizing the Mysore Travel Mart 16 in Mysore city from February 12 to 14. It intends to bring together business tycoons, hoteliers, travel agents and local businesses to develop the travel industry in the region. There will be 85 exhibitors from across the country.

The exhibition of the luxurious Rolls Royce Ghost owned by Ramesh Babu, owner of Ramesh Tours and Travels, Bengaluru, will be the highlight of the tourism expo.

Memories of Mysore, a photography exhibition showcasing old Mysore, will be another attraction. The City’s well-known photographer Amardas will be showing his collection of photos at the event

“The department of Tourism is focusing on promoting Karnataka tourism. The main focus of this mart is the health and wellness prospects of the tourist places and the old Mysore city,” said Sudheer Naik, Vice Chairman, Mysore Travel Mart.

-Ashika A Rao

Kempapura to be secured by CCTV

BENGALURU: Chain snatchers, robbers and antisocial thinking of operating in the Kempapura ward, beware! A slew of CCTV cameras will be keeping watch across the ward to identify miscreants and their activities.

“A lot of instances of chain snatching and robbery have been reported in the area. We have decided to install CCTV cameras at strategic locations to prevent such activities and ensure the safety of the public,” Kempapura ward corporator Manjunath Babu told the Beacon on Thursday.

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This initiative, it is hoped, will curb the enthusiasm of antisocial elements who have recently been acting with impunity in the ward. Apart from enabling better safety of the residents against crimes, the CCTV network will also be able to identify those who illegally dump and burn garbage in the ward.

The locations at which the cameras have been installed have not been disclosed by the corporator as he fears that the cameras might get damaged or be stolen. “For now we have decided to install 10 surveillance cameras in selected spots. Eventually 16 more locations will also get cameras to help nab the culprits. Criminals might choose areas that are not under surveillance to strike, so we have not disclosed the camera locations to the public,” he said.

Bullet cameras have been chosen for surveillance. These are waterproof and will function even during rains. The cameras capture high resolution pictures even in the dark.

“We will be monitoring the cameras all day to ensure the security of residents. A special team has been appointed for the same and every unusual activity in the area will be recorded and strict action will be taken based on the footage,” he added.

“The installation of CCTV cameras should be done by the police department but an elected representative is doing it here. We appreciate that. The installation of CCTV cameras will help us to keep a check on those who dump garbage on the road as well,” said Sushanth B, president of the Kempapura Residents Association.

-Ananth