Sunday, August 21, 2016

Krishna Pushkaralu – 09 Illustrations of Deployment of Digital Tools

            A very brief introduction.

            A wide range of digital tools have been deployed at Krishna Pushkaralu  to increase the Spiritual Quotient of the Devotees.

            The preparations for the smooth conduct of Krishna Pushkaralu  by Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Government commenced a year ago. 

            The speed picked up after the conclusion of the Godavari Maha Pushkaram

The learning at the conduct of the Godavari Maha Pushkaram were taken into consideration for the smooth conduct of the KP both by Andhra and Telangana Governments

            The respective Chief Ministers were clear that Digital Tools are pivotal for the smooth conduct of the KP

Official website of Andhra Pradesh Krishna Pushkaralu  

Official website of Telangana Krishna Pushkaralu

            Both the website contain detailed information. The respective websites were unveiled to public in Mid-July 2016

Illustrative list of tenders floated for smooth conduct of KP

Digital Tools are handy to understand the rush of Devotees at Ghats, traffic movement and dissemination of information. 

11 illustrations of deployment of Digital Tools in the ongoing Krishna Pushkaralu . 

Illustration No 01: -- Usage of KAIZALA App for group communication  

Illustration No 02: -- Usage of KAIZALA App for reimbursement of expenses occurred during official travel. One of the major fraud prone areas was in improper claims of travel expenses. Through KAIZALA the bills can be geo-tagged which minimises instances of improper claims.

Illustration No 03: -- Toll Free HelpLine  1077 set up and maintained by students of IIIT-Nuzvid

Illustration No 04: -- Launch of  “KrisP” (Krishna Pushkaralu- Mahabubnagar Police). This Mobile App has been conceptualized and developed by a team of tech savvy   cops consisting of consisting of D.V.Srinivasa Rao (Additional SP), Kalmesh Shingenavar IPS (ASP Shadnagar, Ravindra Prasad (CI Amangal Circle), headed by, Rema Rajeswari, Mahabubnagar district police superintendent.

Illustration No 05: -- Krishna Pushkaram 2016 App By Government of AP krishna-pushkaralu-app-2016

Illustration No 06: -- Crowd Visualisation tool by Lab for Spatial Informatics-IIIT Hyderabad

Illustration No 07: -- Unidirection crowd management techniques to avoid stampedes

Illustration No 08: -- Holding areas for Vehicles and Devotees to minimise congestion at the Ghats

Illustration No 09: -- Deployment of Drones for live feedback

Rituals catch the eye in Krishna Pushkaralu

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Delhi Transport Corporation soon to have man-less fare collection

            The heart  of any transport company is the ‘Fare collection system’. The success of a transport corporation is largely attributed to collection of fares at the lowest possible cost.

            Over the decades, the collection cost of ‘fares’, has reduced to a considerable extent.

            One way to still reduce the costs is digitization of the ‘fare collection’, process

            Digitization of  fare collection refers to the process wherein the human staff in the Bus need not issue tickets.   The passengers pay the requisite fare through Physical cards. The physical cards can be wallets wherein the money is stored on the card itself or debit/credit card.

            Each feature has its own plus and minus points.

            DTC with  a fleet size of 5000+ buses, first thought of the man-less fare collection in 2010, when the Commonwealth Games were scheduled. However the scheme could be conceptualized only in 2015.

            In January  2015, DTC issued the Tender Notice for ‘Design,  Develop,  Build,  Install,  Maintain  and  Transfer  of  Automated Fare  Collection  System  (AFCS)   in  entire  fleet  of  DTC’.

            The project finally took in early 2016, with 200 buses fitted with ETMs(Electronic Ticketing Machines) . By August 2016, more than 60% DTC buses were having ETMs.

            In another couple of months, all DTC buses will have ETMs for collection of the fares. 

            Meanwhile, on Friday i.e 20/08/2016 DTC took the first step by using the Delhi Metro card on the electronic ticketing machines installed on its buses. As part of the project, a real-time transaction was carried out with a Metro card on the ETM of a DTC bus.

            DTC and Delhi Metro officials were surprised with the successful pilot results and DTC imposed on itself, a two-month deadline for the launch of the Common Card Project.

            Q: What is Common Card Project?

            Ans: In simple terms, the aim of the Common Card Project is to enable the passenger to travel on DTC buses or Delhi Metro Trains with single Smart Card. The passenger need not use multiple ticketing platforms.

            Benefits of Smart  Card Project:-

01) Reduction in cost collection of ‘fares’.

02)Reduction in waiting time at ticketing counters.

03)Reduction of carbon footprints in Metro Stations

04)Real time analysis of customer traffic. Steps can be taken to increase/decrease frequency based on traffic patterns.

05)Introduction of special fares  during off-peak hours to increase the fare collection

06)Elimination of paper based tickets

07)Reduce fraud instances  of fake  tickets/fake monthly passes

08)Increase in the cash  float to DTC and Delhi  Metro, as the money kept by passengers in the Smart Card Wallet can be utilised by the respective corporations. 

09)Special schemes for students, senior citizens, ladies, corporate passengers can be rolled-out 

Impediments overcome so far::_

a)    Revenue sharing agreements

b)   Disparate ticketing software programs in DTC and Delhi Metro

c)    Mindset

The common mobility card project has been in the pipeline for several years now. It was first mooted during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but couldn't take off because of a variety of issues, including lack of clarity over how the revenue of the two transport bodies will be segregated.
Ultimately the Common Smart Card will have the facility of Monthly passess too.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Union Bank of India has begun the race to Boost *99# mobile banking transactions

          Union Bank of India in partnership with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has launched a Unique APP to boost Safe Digital Payments in India.

          The APP christened as “Union Bank *99#” is available at present for Android mobiles.

          The Tag line of “Union Bank *99#” App is  -- Simple and Easy Banking --
No internet is required to transact through the APP, but USSD transaction charges will be levied by Telecom Companies.

          TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has set a maximum ceiling of Rs. 1.50 / transaction for using the *99# service.  This means you can be charged upto INR1.50/- per request, be it Financial or Non-Financial.

          A disclaimer states : T&C Standard Telecom Charges Apply

          Please note that this is the first of its type Banking APP in India and the lead has been taken by a Public Sector Banks. And, there is a general perception that Public Sector Banks are laggards!!

The Union Bank *99# App provides a user friendly menu to prepare the USSD command.

As the product is equipped with 10 languages, this is expected to bring PMJDY customers into Digital Banking fold for satisfying their Banking needs.

*99# service was dedicated to the nation by the Honourable Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi on August 28, 2014 as part of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).

Salient features of *99# Mobile App

-          Does not require data/ internet for performing transactions.

-          Provides basic banking transactions like checking account balance, sending money, Mobile PIN (MPIN) management.

-          Provides Value Added Services like checking Aadhaar linked Overdraft status and PMJDY account Overdraft status.

-          Available in multiple languages – kick started with 6 languages

This App will be the USP for front-line staff to on-board new customers. If the front-line staff trains their account holders patiently, this App will increase the average balances in Saving Banks accounts enormously.

In the coming days, other Indian Banks too are expected to launch similar APPS.

Good to Have Feature: Audit Trial of requested services through the App

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Bank Holidays in India during August 2016

Holidays in August  2016
          The following is the list of Bank Holidays in various Indian States during August 2016

          Please note RTGS/NEFT Holiday is on August 15th, 2016. IMPS is open on all the days.

August 2016: Holidays for unique festivals/occasions

Special Occasion:  De jure tranfer Day – 16/Aug/16 – Tuesday

Please read this Blogpost to know more about De Jure Transfer Day

Treaty establishing De Jure Cession of French Establishments in India

State: Pondicherry

Festival: Parsi New Year (Shahenshahi) -17/Aug/16 - Wednesday
Parsi New Year (Shahenshahi)

2016 Shahenshahi New Year is on August 17, 2016
Navroz Mubarak: 6 Fascinating Facts About Parsi New Year!

State: Maharashtra

Raksha Bandhan - 18/Aug/16 –Thursday

Raksha Bandhan in India

Holiday in the following States: Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal

Janmastami - 24/Aug/16 – Wednesday

Oriya Janmasthami Bhog

Odia Books

Holiday in the following State: Orissa

Janmasthami / Krishna Jayanthi - 25/Aug/16 - Thursday

Krishna Janmashtami Mathura

Janmashtami Menu

Holidays in the following States: Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab, Rajasthan,  Tamilnadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sorry, No ePayments at Bengaluru LalBagh August 2016 Flower Show

          The Organisers of the Semi-Annual Lalbagh Flower Show i.e Department of Horticulture and The Mysore Horticulture Society Lalbagh first experimented with Online Ticket Booking during the January 2015 show and continued for the August 2015 show. However, as there was a lukewarm reception for the on the online tickets, it was discontinued for subsequent shows too.    The tradition still continues.

          Today i.e 6th August 2016, the 204th flower show begun in Lalbagh Botanical garden glass house today.

The show will go on till 15th August 2016.

Every show has a main theme and sub-theme. The main theme reflects the show’s personality for the duration.

This year’s Show main Theme : - Replica of Indian Parliament house created out of lakhs of roses.

ePayments at the 204th edition of the Lalbagh Flower show would have been the icing on the cake.

Show Dates: 06/08/2016 to 15/08/2016. The dates are planned that there are always two Sunday’s between the opening and the closing date.

Show Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Ticket Rates: Adults: Rs.50/- (on 6,8,9,10,11 and 12th August 2016)
and Rs. 60/- (on 7,13, 14 and 15th August 2016)

Ticket Concessions: SPECIAL CONCESSION:
Type 1 __ Children Rs.20/- on all Days.
Type 2 __  No charge for all school children on 11th and 15th August 2016

Click here for fascinating photos of the 204th edition of the Lalbagh Flower Show

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The theme was decided couple of months ago and in July the tender was floated for “MAKING FLORAL REPLICA OF PARLIAMENT HOUSE IN THE GLASS HOUSE AS MAIN THEME DURING INDEPENDENCE DAY FLOWER SHOW”

The Mysore Horticulture Society Lalbagh, Bengaluru, was established in the year 1912 by Sri G. H. Krumbiegel, then Superintendent of Lalbagh Gardens, involving the elites of Bangaluru City and Horticulture enthusiasts of the erstwhile Karnataka.

The Department of Horticulture and Mysore Horticulture Society jointly conducts two Horticultural shows every year. Earlier, the shows were called “Summer Show” and “Winter Show”.

However, since 1951, these shows are being synchronized with Republic Day and Independence Day. This year the Independence Day Flower Show will be conducted between 5th August and 15th August 2016.

Since 1912, 203 Flower Shows have been organized and Aug. 2016 show is the 204th Flower Show.

The flower shows of Lalbagh are very popular for their quality and variety. Innumerable varieties of flowers, fruits and vegetables are exhibited in these shows. The flower show comprises exhibition of potted plants, cut flowers, Thai Art, Jannur, Ikebana, Indian Floral Art, Bonsai and vegetable carving. The Garden Competition is conducted among various competitors such as Government establishmnets like Raj Bhavan, Police Dept. schools and colleges, residential gardens of ministers, etc.

The Horticultural show of Lalbagh is very popular not only with the citizens of Bengaluru and the state but also outsiders. Tourists from other states and abroad also visit Bengaluru to have a glimpse of the show. 

Over the years, the flower shows of Lalbagh have seen a great deal of transformation both in terms of quantity and quality. Participants are giving more emphasis to quality and innovation while showcasing their products, creations and services.

There is a steady increase in the number of participants in the various competitions of the show.
Dr.M.H.Marigowda, Father of Horticulture in Karnataka 1916-1993. Service to the department from 1951-1974 (23Years)

Dr. M. H. Marigowda, a visionary who promoted horticulture and heralded its revolution in Karnataka in a colossal way, dedicated his entire life to the cause of Horticulture. He rendered yeoman’s service to the development of horticulture in Karnataka and developed the state into a model state in the field of horticulture in the entire country. He grew as a true friend of farmers and lived as one.

In Karnataka’s history, no match is found to the enormity of the achievements of Dr. M. H. Marigowda in the field of horticulture. He chose the field of horticulture with a desire to work for the betterment of the farmer, who is the backbone of our nation. A person of novel thinking and planning, he reaped gold from the barren lands.

When Dr. M. H. Marigowda, joined office in 1951, the state had only two horticultural farms. At the time of his retirement in 1974 (after 23 years of his service at the Department), the number of horticulture farms and nurseries had risen to 394 and the area of horticulture farms from around 100 acres to around 18,000 acres. To his credit, he also expanded the area of Lalbagh from 140 acres to 240 acres.


Tribute to Dr. M. H. Marigowda, father of Horticulture in Karnataka:
Dr. M. H. Marigowda, who spearheaded the horticulture revolution in Karnataka, made a positive impact on the lives of tens and thousands of farmers by introducing them to horticulture. A statue of Dr. M. H. Marigowda will be placed at the entrance of the Glasshouse and floral tributes will be paid. Miniature replicas of the Department of Horticulture, HOPCOMS and Nurserymen’s Cooperative Society, the organizations, which he built and nurtured, and Mysore Horticultural Society, a society that was actively promoted by him, and floral arrangements, will be exhibited in a distinct way around the statue.

An Exposition of Dr. M. H. Marigowda’s Achievements and Quotes:
Inside the Glasshouse, details of contributions made by Dr. M. H. Marigowda to the development of horticulture and his famous quotes on farmers and the agricultural sector will be showcased.

Floral Replica of the Parliament House, New Delhi:
Originally called the House of Parliament, it was designed by the British architect Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker in 1912-1913 and construction began in 1921. The opening ceremony of the Parliament House, then called the Central Legislative Assembly, was performed on 18 January 1927 by Lord Irwin, the then Viceroy of India. The third session of Central Legislative Assembly was held in this house on 19 January 1927. The Central Hall of the Parliament is designed to be circular in shape. The dome is 98 ft. (29.87 metres) in diameter and is believed that it is one of the most magnificent domes in the world. The Central Hall is a place of historical importance in India for two reasons: The transfer of colonial power to the Provisional Government under Nehru in 1947 and the framing of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly took place in this very hall. The highlight of the 2016 August Flower Show, which also celebrates the birth centenary of Dr. M. H. Marigowda, is the floral creation of the magnificent Parliament House using more than 4 lakh roses. 52 expert florists and 32 skilled laborers have worked for 9 days to create this floral replica.

Colourful Chrysanthemum flowers to hog the limelight:
Arrangement of attractive chrysanthemum flowers from various parts of the country and abroad by Sri Bhaskar Reddy, florist and chrysanthemum expert, is expected to lend an extra charm to the Glasshouse.

Green Energy Concept with Temperate Garden:
Sri Kirshanmurhty, Special Officer of Fernhills Garden, Ooty, will showcase Floral Windmill and Temperate Garden to spread the concept of Green Energy.

Attractive Landscape Designs:
The Reddy Group, located near the famous Big Banyan Tree (Dodda Aladaa Mara) in Bengaluru, will present attractive landscape designs during the Show.

Special Floral Arrangement by Indo-American Hybrid Seeds:
Dr. Manmohan Attavar, founder of Indo-American Hybrids, a nationally renowned company, and Smt. Rashm Attavar, Head of Indo-American Hybrids, will showcase Tub Concept, arrangement of Orchid flowers involving several novel flora models, Anthrurium, Impatients, arrangement of rare species of plants, etc.

Installation of Foggers to keep the Glasshouse Cool:
Flower shows are organized in the Lalbagh Glasshouse every year. The dust raised by circulation of the crowd not only makes the flowers look dull but also makes it uncomfortable for the visitors. The flowers in the Glasshouse begin to wither quickly especially during the summer due to high temperature. Now, a mist system backed by the Israeli technology has been installed to keep the glasshouse cool and provide a pleasant experience to people of all ages visiting the glasshouse.

Get swayed by the enticing beauty of hanging flowers:
Flowers hanging from stands, which are placed among the spread of flowers on ground, are a distinct feature of this show. Hanging flowers being at eye level, will provide a different experience to the visitors.

Attractive Mega Hanging Baskets:
Mega Hanging Baskets created from attractive flowers will be arranged at several points inside the Glasshouse.

Spectacular Display of New Flowers:
Only flowers can match the beauty of flowers. There is not a mind, which is not mesmerized by their splendid beauty. Beautiful flowers take the level of appreciation in the mind of the viewer to a new level. Therefore, we are bringing several beautiful new flowers to this year’s show.

Hawaiian Hibiscus, Dwarf Asiatic Lily, Ultra Miniature Button Rose, Attractive Miniature Poinsettia Flowers, 45-year old Stag Horn Fern, Fragrant Thai Jasmine, Deep Blue Octanthus, Light Red Loropetalum, Calibrachoa, Hanging Heliconia are some of the flowers that are on display at this year’s show. In addition, there will be foliage topiary to offer an exquisite feast for the eyes of the visitors.

Diverse Floral Pots Display:
In addition to attractive and huge floral themes, a wide range of pots with flowers grown in tropical, subtropical and temperate climate will be displayed. Important flowers among these include Orchids, Anthurium, Rose, Poinsettias, Pentas carnea, Gerbera, Carnations, Helichrysum, Fussia, Tuberous rooted begonia, Begonia, Impatiens, Geraniums, Hydrangeas and other varieties of rare flowers.

Exhibition of Rare Plants and Dwarf Ixora Plants:
The exhibition of insectivorous plants (a natural wonder) will give a new experience to the visitors during the show. Sri T. P. Venkatesh, an office bearer of the Nurserymen’s Cooperative Society, and proprietor of Balaji Nursery and Garden, will exhibit them during the show. In addition, his nursery will also exhibit dwarf Ixora plants. The sale of insectivorous plant by his nursery during the show will provide a special opportunity to the plant lovers.

Colourful Display of Perennial Flowers:
Prestigious public sector organizations and government bodies such as HAL, BDA, BBMP, etc. and several private organizations will showcase colorful pot-grown perennial flowers during the show.

Band Music for Flagging off the Event:
The flagging off of the main event will be accompanied by background music performed by renowned bands, i.e., Bands from Border Security Music and Madras Engineering Group. These bands, along with KSRP band, will enthrall the visitors on the other days of the show as well.

Flower Pyramids:
While in the three of the four corners of the Glasshouse, flower arrangements will be made by Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Cubbon Park, Sri T. P. Venkatesh, in the fourth corner, Sri Jagadish of Mahalakshmi Farm, Doddaladamara, will make the arrangement with Medinilla flowers.


In additions to Glasshouse, the show will feature several other attractions to de-congest the visitors at Rose Garden.

Meeting the nursery needs of plant lovers:
The show features of hundreds of technical stalls and specialized nurseries where plant lovers can purchase their requirements of manure, seeds, pesticides, plants, pots and other materials.

Mega-Floral Flow:
Huge floral cascades will be created using gorgeous Petonia flowers on the lawns outside the Glasshouse. They are expected to be among the major attractions of the show.

Dancing Peacock (India’s National Bird) from Vegetables and Flowers:
A floral peacock created from beautiful flowers and a dancing peacock created from Capsicums, are among the fascinating features of the show.

Display of Huge Bamboo from Sikkim State:
Sikkim, which is one of the loveliest destinations of India, is also home to Dendrocalamus sikkimensis, a giant bamboo plant. Fifty giant bamboos of this exclusive variety have been brought to Lalbagh for this year’s show with the help of tribal people from Sikkim. Various artistic forms will be crafted using these bamboos and their display on the lawns outside the Glasshouse is expected to enchant the visitors and give them a unique experience. (Steps have been taken to grow these bamboos in Cubbon Park, Lalbagh and the hills stations of the Horticulture Department).

Sand Replica of Dr. M. H. Marigowda:
Prashanth, a Sand Artist from Mandya, will create a Sand Replica of Dr. M. H. Marigowda in the stall area. The Department of Horticulture and Mysore Horticulture Society will pay tributes to Dr. M. H. Marigowda through this creation.

An Exclusive Stall on Dr. M. H. Marigowda:
The Department of Horticulture is erecting an attractive and huge stall near the Bonsai Circle to showcase the life of Dr. M. H. Marigowda. The stall will shed light on the life and achievements of Dr. M. H. Marigowda as well as the accomplishment of the Department of Horticulture.

Display of Vertical Garden and Bonsai Plants:
Bhagyalaksmi Farm, a reputed nursery, will arrange a huge vertical garden and exclusive bonsai plants. Topiaries from Gujarat and specially designed Bonsai plants are among the displays.

Notes to Visitors :
·       Food Court Facility • No food court facility is allowed inside Lalbagh during the show. • HOPCOMS will sell the following food and beverages inside Lalbagh at strategic points. a) Fruit Salad b) Dry Fruits C) Grape Juice d) Drinking water
·       Visitors are requested not to bring any food packets and not to litter inside Lalbagh.
·       Entry tickets will be sold at all entry points from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm
·       Sale of tickets will close at 6.00 pm.
·       Entry to Glass House will close at 6.30 pm.