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Few Cities in the World have the power to attract and motivate a casual visitor to move there permanently. Bangalore is one of those rare cities which makes people who are new to the City to call themselves proud Bangaloreans

Bangalore, a real cool place on Planet Earth is the capital of Karnataka, a major state in the southern part of India. It is indeed cool - the people, the place and of course the weather. This website is dedicated to Bangalore and its cool people.

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Can BANGALORE become India's first smart city
Rapid innovation and adoption of technological tools by municipal governments across the globe has given rise to a new nomenclature in urban planning – smart cities. If voted to power, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has promised a hundred of them in India. Can Bangalore set the trend for rest of the country by becoming the first one?

Although definition of smart city is still evolving, currently there is a wide-ranging consensus amongst experts on what constitutes one. Six broad characteristics are evaluated to conclude an existing city to be a smart city – smart economy, smart people, smart mobility, smart environment, smart living and smart governance. There are many factors and categories that are assessed under each of these characteristics but suffice to say Bangalore definitely scores high on the first three and can rapidly make amendments to fulfill the criteria of later three. Amongst all cities in India, it has the pedigree to evolve into a smart city the fastest and hence deserves to be the pilot project.

The city indeed is a smart economy with thriving entrepreneurship at the centre of a vibrant IT-BT sector. Known for its competitiveness and an extraordinary labor force, it is home to many Indian and multinational technology giants. It is internationally recognised for its IT/ITeS prowess and many presidents and prime ministers of other countries often speak with envy and awe. It is also a place for pioneering research at academic institutions and technology labs.

That 70s show featuring Bangalore
Want to have a peep into the hustle and bustle of the chaotic Russell Market, the classy Bangalore Club and iconic eating joints in the city as they were in the 1970s? View it from the creative lens of cartoonist Paul Fernandes.

Bangalore plays muse to Paul Fernandes, whose exhibition of cartoons titled “Bangalore – Swinging in the 70s” will open at the Indian Institute of Cartoonists on March 22.

Born and brought up in the Cantonment area, he worked in the advertisement industry before shifting focus in running his own gallery ‘Apaulogy’. Mr. Fernandes has illustrated a number of books.

The exhibition will be inaugurated at 11 a.m. at the Indian Cartoon Gallery, Midford Garden, by noted photographer Ponappa Subbaiah and will be open to the public up to April 8.

Nano park coming up in Bangalore
A Rs. 100-crore nano park, complete with an incubation centre and an institute for nano science, will take shape on the outskirts of Bangalore. It is being funded by the Union government’s Nano Mission, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced here on Thursday.

Inaugurating the two-day Bangalore India Nano 2013, Mr. Siddaramaiah said the State had provided 14 acres of land on Tumkur Road for the park, which is meant to catalyse new businesses and innovators.

He invited nanotechnology industries and entrepreneurs from India and abroad to set up their businesses in the park.

The Chief Minister urged scientists to use nanotechnology — the science of ultra-small materials one-millionth of a millimetre — to solve common problems, and said the State will consider increasing the outlay for nanotech and other science initiatives. “I call upon scientists to come up with tangible nanotechnology-based solutions for food security, energy, water purification, medicine and healthcare as well as waste management,” Mr. Siddaramaiah said, while addressing several hundred scientists, academics and entrepreneurs. Sir Andre Geim, joint Nobel Prize 2010 winner for his research in nano carbon called grapheme, was among the key people present at the event.

C.N.R. Rao, the force behind the event and Honorary President of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, said two of the top national institutions to have contributed to nanoscience and technology, namely the Indian Institute of Science and JNCASR, are both in Bangalore.

He called for continued funding of nano science, a difficult and complicated area for research.

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.

The city has the lowest sex ratio of 916 women to 1,000 men, while Udupi has the highest: 1,094.

Bangalore also has the lowest work participation rate (WPR) among women, and ranks 14th in the state's 30 districts child sex ratio.

Only 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.

BIA's T1 comes to Bangalore
Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) is bringing the airport experience to the city, leveraging technology to present a preview of the soon-to-be-inaugurated T1A to citizens.

A press release from the BIAL said that starting Thursday, Bangaloreans are experiencing first-of-its-kind and a unique preview of the airport with its new features, services and facilities. All this through vehicles fitted with state-of-the-art Glasstrons and photoboxi that will travel across the city to experience and share a truly inclusive partnership between the city and the airport.

GV Sanjay Reddy, managing director, BIAL, said: “True to our roots in the IT city, we felt that the best way to share the new infrastructure with all Bangaloreans was through technology. The preview provides a glimpse into the exciting new features and facilities at the airport and is in line with our objective to bring the airport closer to the city that we serve. We encourage citizens to be the first in experiencing their airport.”

Three vehicles will tour different spots in the city each day. To participate in the campaign, people need to watch out for the ‘Smile Bengaluru’ vehicle, which will be in their area as per a predetermined schedule. People can also follow the ‘SmileBengaluru’ hashtag (#SmileBengaluru) on Twitter to share their experiences.


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