Places near Bangalore: Cauvery Fishing Camp, Shivagange, Sawan Durga

August 7, 2008

Kaveri Fishing Camp

The River Cauvery, also known as Kaveri, is one of the majestic rivers of South India. Making its way from the dense forests of Karnataka to the coast of Tamil Nadu, this imposing waterway gives a chance to indulge in fishing and catching the largest and most challenging tropical sporting river fish known to man – the Mahseer.

Ideal Locales for Camps

Bheemeshwari

This is one of the favorite getaways for those wanting to experience adventure and relaxation first hand. It is located at a distance of about 100 kilometers from Bangalore city (Karnataka) and is renowned for its Mahseer sport fish. Bheemeshwari is responsible for turning the ordinary camp into an adventure sport of sorts. You may stay at the various cottages that are available here. Though they look rustic from outside, they provide luxurious comfort to all vacationers, thus adding comfort and elegance to your dream vacation. You could visit the ruins of an ancient Shiva temple adjoining the Bheemeshwari camp, while exploring the place. You could visit the Mekedaatu water falls, Sangam and also the Simsha water falls and take a trek along unspoilt beauty of nature.

Galibore

Located quite near Bheemeshwari and around 95 kilometers from Bangalore, Galibore is a lovely place to camp. The entire locale it seems has been customized by nature just for enthusiastic campers! Wilderness all around, huge trees like Terminalia Arjuna adding to the ‘wilderness effect’, the rushing river right in front of and undulating hills on either sides are at par with perfection, making your adventure vacation one that will be truly memorable. Wildlife enthusiasts can eat their heart out as wild elephants come to the banks often to quench their thirst and play around. You may also spot crocodiles, turtles and birds of different varieties.

Doddamakali

This place is situated around 6 kilometers beyond Bheemeshwari. What makes Doddamakali stand out is the fact that it is so naturally beautiful, it seems as though time has forgot to touch this place. Since it is at a remote location, you will enjoy solitude here like nowhere else. At this place, the River Kaveri collects into a large pool and the water is almost devoid of currents due to the stillness. This makes it perfectly ideal for water-sports. There are around 6 tents here and the staff is very co-operative when it comes to making you feel comfortable.

Best Time to Visit

Any time of the year is fine to visit this Paradise, though you may want to avoid the monsoons from July to September. If you are particularly interested in fishing, then come here during the months of November to June as this is considered the best time for fishing.

How to Reach

By Air

One can reach Bangalore via air by taking a flight from one of the many cities in India that is connected to Bangalore. From Bangalore, you can hire a car to reach here.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is at Mysore, located at a distance of around 85 kilometers. You may reach Mysore by train from different cities and then hire a cab to reach at the camps.

By Road

Bangalore is 100 kilometers from Bheemeshwari and around 132 kilometers from Doddamakali. The camps are easily accessible by road from anywhere in Karnataka and nearby southern states.

Shivagange

Shivagange is 8+Kms from Dabas Pet on the way to Tumkur from Bangalore on NH 4.
Distance from Bangalore: 50+Kms
Nearest Hospital: Shivagange, Dabas Pet.
Nearest food point : Shivagange.

How to get there:

Plenty of buses operate between Tumkur and Dabas pet, Shivagange. From Bangalore also quite a number of buses are available. Many private operators also run between Dabas pet and Shivagange.

Shivagange gets its name from the Holy places and temples it hosts. The spring water found here is considered to the sacred water ‘Gange’.

The hillock has few temples atop and a statue of Nandi carved out of single stone is a beauty. It is about two kilometers from the bottom of the hillock where there is a village to the top of the hill. There are many temples all along the way.

The place being a huge collection of boulders and solid granite rock structures, it invites not just pilgrims but rock climbers and adventure lovers as well. Though there are no bolted routes, there is plenty of climbing.

Manchina Bele, Magadi

This is about 36 km from Bangalore  by road and about 8 km from the Big Banyan Tree. Manchinabele Dam is situated in the midst of hills and forests. Even though it is not a big dam, it is a good picnic spot.

Route: Proceed from the Big Banyan Tree via Chikkappa Circle. This reservoir and dam is about 15 km from the tree

Sawan Durga

In Kannada Durga means Fort (also Goddess Amba). Savan Durga being one of the nine such forts around Bangalore, is situated at a distance of around 50 kms west of Bangalore near Magadi.

This is also the biggest monolith in Asia.

There are several routes to the monolith at Sawana Durga, rising to the height of more than 1000ft, At the foothill there is a village by the same name and the forest around has been declared as Reserved forest and there is protected garden of the Herbs of medicinal interest


How the $100-laptop dream can transform India

August 7, 2008

Imagine a world in which every school-going child owns a laptop, no matter how poor his or her family is. In India alone, this would mean well over 300 million units. Sounds like a pipedream, right?

The One Laptop Per Child scheme is, on the face, a simple one: provide affordable ($100 or Rs 4,200), low-energy consuming (less than 2 watts), rugged laptops (called the XO laptop) to children in remote and impoverished areas.

The laptops come with built-in wireless (wi-fi) capability, so that children can create what’s called a ‘mesh wi-fi network’ that keeps them interconnected. They’ve achieved three parts of the four-pronged plan, Negroponte says, but the current price of Rs 8,000 is nearly twice the Rs 4,200 that the group envisages.

The Digital Bridge Foundation, part of mega-corporation the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, has been tapped to help orchestrate the group’s initial forays into India.

But India presents more challenges than just scale. With only 3 per cent of the country’s GDP (gross domestic product) dedicated to education, it means that about Rs 5,000 is spent each year per child.

Obviously, when the laptop alone exceeds such a paltry allowance, the plan faces a serious uphill battle. One way to circumvent this dilemma would be to make the XO laptops school property, so that many children could avail of one unit. But, according to Negroponte, this is a poor idea.

Source: Rediff


3 Steps to Contractor Safety

August 7, 2008

Anytime you have contractors working on one of your jobsites, you could be at risk if one of them gets hurt. Even if you don’t wind up with a Cal/OSHA citation, your business is affected—your workers’ comp costs, your lost time, your bottom line. Managing contractor safety concerns can be complicated and time-consuming, but taking even just a few simple steps can help reduce your risks.

  1. Train workers well: Train anyone working at your site—whether they’re contractors or your own employees—on the specifics of the jobsite and the type of work they’ll be doing. Their knowledge level should be more than just introductory. It should be at a level where they can recognize an unsafe condition and help to prevent injury to themselves or others by reporting it. Most importantly, as part of that training, they should know when (and how) to say “no” to whomever is in charge if they are being asked to do something unsafe.
  2. Inspect jobsites: Whenever you have multiple employees on a site, and particularly if you have a mix of employees and contractors, inspect the site yourself to determine whether or not you’ve created a safe work environment. If you note special conditions that your contractors may not be familiar with, such as a need for specialized PPE they don’t normally wear, or permit-required confined spaces they should stay out of, make sure you bring everyone up to speed.
  3. Keep communication lines open: Both your employees and contractors need to know who to contact about everyday safety or health concerns, and who their emergency contacts are. Encourage your employees to report any unsafe behaviors on the part of your contractors, and vice versa—and be sure to promptly address these complaints, regardless of whether those responsible are “your” workers or “theirs

Source: Cal/OSHA Compliance Advisor

You can also refer ComplianceOnline for OSHA related webinars


FDA hoping fake ads help monitor real ones

August 7, 2008

Drug regulators plan to produce commercials for a make-believe blood-pressure medicine to test whether images in ads distract attention from required safety warnings.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to use the internet to survey 2,400 consumers ages 40 and older on responses to the simulated ads, according to a notice posted yesterday on the agency’s website. The study has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for approval.

Drugmakers spend $30 billion a year marketing products in the United States, triple what they did a decade ago, according to a study last year in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dozens of companies are warned each year about ads and marketing materials the FDA says mislead consumers that drugs are safer or work better than proven. The new study would show what techniques in commercials add to misperceptions.

The FDA is “responding to criticism of many of us that the risk information is underplayed” in ads, said Steve Findlay, a health care analyst in Washington for Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. “It’s unfortunate that this has taken so long, but I think we’ll probably learn some valuable things from this.”

Drugmakers use different techniques to convey the mandatory information about their products’ dangers, from recitations by actors dressed as doctors to the phrases that stream across an animated blue landscape in a commercial for Pfizer’s painkiller Celebrex.

The FDA intends to create a number of ads for the fictitious drug for high blood pressure using different images and text on the screen while a narrator reads the risk information. Some of the visuals will focus on the benefits of the drug, to see if that diverts attention from the safety warnings. Participants will be asked questions about the ads and their attitudes toward the purported new medicine.

The study was first proposed by the agency last August as a survey of 1,020 consumers in shopping malls. The FDA made “extensive modifications to the study’s methodology” as a result of comments received on the proposal, including changing the mode of surveying and the type of questions asked.

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