International coffee festival
fifth edition of India International Coffee Festival (IICF)
– 2014 will be held in Bangalore from January 21-25. next year
Coffee Trust and the Coffee Board are holding the festival to
facilitate interaction between coffee growers, exporters and
manufacturers of machineries used in coffee sector. The festival
is also expected to share and discuss the emerging trends in
domestic coffee consumption.
300 delegates from major coffee growing and coffee consumption
countries are to participate in IICF 2014.
Guideline value for properties
in Bangalore zooms
The Karnataka stamps and registration department has proposed
a sharp increase ranging from 40-80 percent in the guideline
value of properties across Bangalore, a senior official said
The fresh guideline value will also be applicable to apartments
and gated communities that have mushroomed in and around the
city due to shortage of vacant sites in private or state-owned
"With demand for scarce vacant sites in residential and
commercial areas growing due to influx of people from other
parts of the state and country and rising aspirations of the
local citizens to own a house or flat, the market value of all
properties has shot up astronomically forcing the government
to increase the guideline value, which was last revised in September
2011," the official said.
Guideline Value of a land is the value of the land as determined
by the government, based on its own metrics of facilities and
infrastructure growth in that locality. The stamp duty and registration
charges for registering a property deal are based upon this
Guideline Value. The Guideline Values are revised periodically
to have them in sync with the Market Value.
In the city's central business district, spread across M.G.
Road, Brigade Road, Kasturba Road, Infantry Road, Commercial
Street and Church Street, the guideline value has been increased
to Rs.15,200 per square foot (sq ft) from Rs.10,000 per sq ft
two years ago.
Similarly, in posh suburbs such as Jayanagar, Indiranagar, Koramangla,
Malleshwaram, Rajajinagar, Basavangudi, Gandhinagar, R.T. Nagar,
the state's guideline value has been revised to Rs.7,000-9,000
per sq ft from Rs.4,200-6,500 per sq ft.
Bangalore population booms
to 96 lakh
The population of Bangalore grew by about 30 lakh in 10 years,
but its social indicators nosedived. The Primary Abstract of
the Census of India 2011, released on Thursday, puts the city's
population at 96,21,551 — a growth of 47.18% during 2001-2011.
city has the lowest sex ratio of 916 women to 1,000 men, while
Udupi has the highest: 1,094.
also has the lowest work participation rate (WPR) among women,
and ranks 14th in the state's 30 districts child sex ratio.
24 women out of 100 in Bangalore go to work. Chitradurga has
the highest WPR of 41.9. Of the 96.21 lakh populace, only 11.31
lakh women were found employed for a year before the enumeration
was done on March 1, 2011.
25 CNG filling
stations to come up in Bangalore
State government, in collaboration with Gas Authority of India
Ltd. (GAIL), will establish 25 CNG filling stations across Bangalore
city to supply gas to the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation
the number of stations will be increased to 65. GAIL has sought
land for setting up the stations. CNG-run buses will be on Bangalore
roads after five months.
commenced delivery of gas through its 1,000 km-long Dabhol-Bangalore
pipeline in February last. GAIL and the State government signed
a pact in 2009.
Minister Siddaramaiah, who on Saturday reviewed various oil
and gas projects with Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural
Gas M. Veerappa Moily, State Ministers, and top government officials,
said in the first phase 25 CNG filling stations would be set
up, mainly in BMTC bus depots.
BMTC would purchase 300 new buses equipped with CNG engines
under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
The government and GAIL had already formed a 50:50 joint venture
to undertake distribution of clean natural fuel for transport
and other sectors in various cities of the State, he said.