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Urdu meet on July 29

BENGALURU: In a measure to develop and preserve the Urdu language and literature in the state, the Karnataka Urdu Academy will organise an All India Urdu Mushaira at Ravindra Kalakshetra on July 29.

The event will showcase Mushairas, seminars, lectures, and publication of literary scholarly books in Urdu, organised by Karnataka Urdu Academy, an autonomous body established by the state Government in 1977. Mushairas are a cultural assembly of poets and listeners sharing common literary symbols popular throughout the world.

MilansarAther Ahmed, Convenor of the Mushaira, said Bengaluru boats a large number of poetry lovers and this event is sure to spread the charm and rhythm of strong Urdu literary words amongst the audience.

‘’As a matter of common knowledge that lyrics and dialogues in most of the Bollywood movies and Hindi serials have strong Urdu effect,’’ said Ahmed. He added that there is no doubt about the fact that people all over the country have an affinity towards the language, but the Karnataka Urdu Academy strives to encourage people from all faiths and walks of life to carry the age long tradition and culture of Urdu, in the forms of writings, songs, etc.”

A few of the well-known Urdu poets participating in the Mushaira are Muneer Ahmed Jami from Bengaluru, AkramNaqash from Gulburga, Manish Shukla from Lucknow, and NashtarAmrohi from Delhi, etc.

Most of the poets reciting their poetry in the Bangalore Mushaira will also be participating in a Mushaira at Mysore the next day.

The event will be inaugurated by TanvirSait, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Minorities Welfare and Wakf. R RoshanBaig, Minister for Urban Development and Hajj, Government of Karnataka, and Mohammad Mohsin, IAS, Secretary, Backward Classes, Minorities Welfare, Hajj and Wakf, will be the Guests of Honour.


Shirsha Majumder and Pritam Ghosh


Get set to be digital scribes, says IBTimes editor-in-chief

CAMPUS: John Crowley, editor-in-chief of the International Business Times, UK edition, highlighted the evolution and scope of journalism on the digital spaces in SJC on Wednesday.

Speaking on aspects of fast-growing storytelling techniques through digital platforms, Crowley highlighted on some of the key elements of the emerging techniques and approaches in digital journalism.


Mr John Crowley, Editor-in-Chief, IBTimes UK, addressing the audience. PHOTO – REEVAN

There is still room for print journalism, Crowley said, adding that people can’t kill the medium even before it actually has died. Having said that, he emphasized that people must embrace digital media for the new story telling methods using visuals more than words and because contemporary business models revolve around them.

On presenting news in digital media, with the availability of multiple digital platforms, it is necessary for the journalist to strategize what medium to use and how to present the story. The sub-editor is now expected to not just gather stories but also to edit them and distribute them on the Internet to garner likes.

Further, digital journalism is seeking journalists who are versatile and the teams now include graphic artists, animators, video journalists and those scouring the social media for news that can bring in hits and page views. Success is driven by likes, he pointed out.

Crowley cited examples from various portals reporting news to show how stories take shape in the digital platforms. He also mentioned the high use of social media networking sites that can open up opportunities for budding journalists. The key is to avoid clickbait and, the other extreme, old-fashioned boring write-ups, he advised. Clickbait journalism is a false economy, he added.


Rev Dr Fr Richard Rego SJ (Director, PG Research Centre, SJC) felicitating the guest post the lecture. PHOTO – REEVAN

“You have to be at the top of technology,” Crowley said. “You young people have to be well versed in new media and social media technologies in order to become a good journalist in these interesting times,” he concluded.

Shirsha Majumder

City folk adjust to third day of bus strike

BENGALURU:  The indefinite strike by workers of four transport corporations, including KSRTC and BMTC in the City, entered the third day on Wednesday with both the government and the transport unions unwilling to budge from their set positions.

Talks between representatives of both sides continued but with no solution in sight even as the public seemed to be becoming more resigned and acclimatised to not having their usual mode of transportation.

Autorickshaws and private bus services on the roads continued to make a killing in pricing for ferrying commuters to and fro from their workplaces. The only relief for commuters came from the Metro sections that are operational and online taxi services like Ola and Uber, although these services were also under strain.


According to a management-level source at the KSRTC, the government authorities would meet representatives of the union soon after the management decides on what stance to take regarding the issue.


“Negotiations will be made quicker to bring down the degree of trouble the public is facing, and we hope a decision would be made by Wednesday night,” said the official.

“Private buses plying outside the bus stations are a help. We would like to board them from within the bus staion at least during warm daytime,” said Firoz Ahmed, a commuter outside Shantinagar bus station.

Taking into consideration the unexpected loss of working hours, various colleges around the city overruled the “discrete decision” of the Deputy Commissioner (Bengaluru Urban) and made Wednesday a working day after two days of holidays. Attendance was thin in the colleges for the first few hours but by and large students were making an attempt to get to their classes.

“People who use public transport are more prone to take out their own vehicles for convenience which has increased traffic-related problems in the city. This has made it difficult to follow a safe time-table to commute to and from the college,” said Mariam Fernando, III BCA, who shared her sense of happiness of getting to spend a longer weekend.

Yuvaraj G, an Ola driver, said that some roads were freer without buses. “Traffic signals were peaceful to handle,” he said. He added that more people were seen taking the option to share/carpool the cab more than ever before.

Private buses plying along the normal routes of BMTC and KSRTC buses were seen more on Tuesday than that on the first day of the strike. They were allowed to be parked and even pick-up points were made possible at Kempegowda Bus Station, Majestic.

Commuters complained of private buses taking the situation for granted charging twice or even thrice the price of a normal bus ticket.BasavaLinga, who travels from Majestic to Whitefield and back, found it difficult to manage his daily budget for transportation due to this. “I’m spending Rs 170 each day now over the expense of Rs 50 which was for a normal day. Reaching a metro station without buses is also a major challenge,” he said.

The Beacon spoke toMurugesh, a private bus driver at Kalassipalaya, who said that they were “running on high risk.” These drivers are keeping an eye out for trouble from an irate public in some places in the City. He added that the ticket fares they charged was reasonable when compared to how they risked their lives to serve the needy people.

The special checking drives conducted by the Bengaluru Traffic Police, to avoid demands for excess fare, was seen as disturbing by some auto drivers.Gurudasappa, an auto driver, said that police interventions at almost all junctions affected smooth transport. “We felt like we were targeted and the checking contributed to more traffic problems in the city,” he said.

For Saranya S.R, an accountant, Namma Metro was a blessing as it helped her reach office faster even though it was packed. “The bus strike has made me rethink on the style of commute I choose. I am planning to take a yearly pass for metro,” she said.

Sathivathi M, a fruit vendor outside Halasuru metro station, was seen welcoming commuters with a full smile. “I thought of trying my luck by moving my cart close to the metro station as a huge rush was seen from Monday morning. My business has been more successful the last two days, thanks to the bus strike,” she said.


Ralph Alex Arakal

More protests against anti-Dalit atrocities

Chethan & Sonam

BENGALURU: Minority parties in the state join hands on Friday to protest against the atrocities faced by the Dalits in light of the recent Gujarat incident in which four Dalit menfrom Una were lined up and beaten up by “cow vigilantes”.

The Welfare Party of India (WPI)condemned the assault on the four Dalits and charged that the Constitution which promised the safety of the minorities had been neglected from the time the Narendra Modi government came into power.


“We must take the issue seriously. Bajrang Dal and the likes that attacked the Dalit youth must be punished severely. BJP, despite its stand for development, is supporting such fundamentalists which must stop,” said Dr Lalitha Nayak, the newly elected state president of the WPI.

The Republican Party of India (RPI), also protesting against the atrocities, asserted that there have been repeated attacks on Dalits in Gujarat and that the government must take stern steps to ensure their security.

The party also criticised the recent incident in which Rahul Gandhi was found sleeping during the Parliament session held to discuss the Dalit issue. They also demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi for being insensitive to the Dalit cause.

“The Chief Minister of Gujarat has failed to safeguard Dalits from such attacks. She must resign,” demanded A. J. Khan, State Working President, RPI.

Campus radio programmes come to SJC

Aysha Sanam

CAMPUS: Soon you can listen to songs broadcast by the college radio club on SJC campus thanks to the Communication Department which has taken up the initiative to launch a campus radio.

The first core committee meeting to implement this project was held on Wednesday. It discussed the future plans for creating the content, production and dissemination for the radio programmes.

aysha radio pic

“We have not limited the opportunity to any particular department; the floor is open for all the students in the campus. This initiative is basically to provide an opening for all those talented students in our college. Even though the call was voluntary, the response we got from the students gave us a positive vibe.” said Nevil Pradeep D’Souza, faculty of the Communication Department.

He also added that the project will help the students learn much more about the field and will give them a good experience.

The college radio club will broadcast its first demo radio show on Monday. Both the students as well as the faculties are excited about the initiative taken.

“The main aim for us to come up with such an idea is to train the students in the field of audio production. This will also help to make the students as well as the faculty to get to know all about the updates about the college happenings,”said Johnson Rajkumar, head of the Department of Communication.

The productions will be aired every day and will have duration of 20 – 30 minutes. This will include music, news sessions, talk shows, vox pops, college announcements, interviews etc.

“We are all are very excited about the college radio. It’s thrilling to see our batch mates being actively involved in such exciting activities. It will be a great source of entertainment for us” said Ajmal Keloth, II MSW.