Wg Cdr G B Athri (retd)

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Born on 3 Dec 1954 at Sringeri in Chikmagalur District, Karnataka Wg Cdr GB Athri (Retd) joined the Indian Air Force as a commissioned officer in 1976. He served the IAF with distinction, for over 25 years at various stations, all over India including the border posts.

He was awarded the commendation by the Chief of Air Staff twice for his meritorious service in 1987 and 1996. Post voluntary retirement from IAF, in 2001 he worked in the corporate world for some time including IIMB. He has run Arjun Prashikshan Kendra as the Managing Director, a Training and Coaching Institute, engaged in motivating eligible Karnataka youth to join the Armed Forces and providing necessary training for the interested candidates. Commander Athri has planted over 1000 trees in the area he lives. Currently he is an RTI activist who has been unearthing scams and corruption at high places. 

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It is common knowledge that there are a set of standards laid down by the government, both central and state governments, for taking up any activity in India.  

Elections to the legislative assembly of Karnataka are to be held in May 2018. It is very routine and usual for the politicians of all hues to make politically correct noises. The whole saga of consolidating their vote base by targeting the gullible and exploited sections of society with grandiose schemes is not new to us at all.   Continuing this trend is KS Eshwarappa of the BJP.  

The NDA rode to power in the most sensational manner at the Centre in the 2014 general elections. After a very long time, a single party got majority in the Lok Sabha. Modi as the PM candidate was at the forefront of the campaign for the NDA led by the BJP. Undoubtedly it was a historic win for both the BJP and Modi. The government was sworn in May 2014 with the promise of delivering on their poll promises of “Minimum Government and Maximum Governance”. Today, the cabinet is nothing but “jumbo” in size, exactly the way it was in the UPA regime.

In recent times, we have read about stories of gory and heinous crimes in public places where people present at the scene of crime remained mute witnesses instead of acting. Tales are same; just the names of cities differ.   We have read how passers-by were merely recording the scene of a road accident, where the victim was lying in a pool of blood, rather than calling for an ambulance and alerting the police.  

In recent times, we have read about stories of gory and heinous crimes in public places where people present at the scene of crime remained mute witnesses instead of acting. Tales are same; just the names of cities differ. We have read how passers-by were merely recording the scene of a road accident, where the victim was lying in a pool of blood, rather than calling for an ambulance and alerting the police.

Instead of going after big defaulters and targeting the NPAs, the finance minister strangely became fixated with reforming PF

Motor vehicles of all types are licensed, accounted and regulated in the country through the Indian Motor Vehicles Act, 1914. This act was amended in 1920 and again in 1924 and finally replaced by the Motor Vehicles Act, 1939, which came into force in 1940.

It was a spectacle of sorts to witness ‘Modi masks’ during the 2014 general elections. They were so popular that the masks gained currency and helped Saffron party to gain unprecedented win. While the ‘Modi masks’ proved advantage to the BJP and showed lot of promises to the people of this country, no one knows what the real agenda behind those masks.  

Trees collapse because we don’t take care of them. Instead of making noise during fatalities, citizens and civic bodies should give them the attention they deserve Every monsoon, we witness trees falling due to strong winds and causing fatal accidents, like in “Namma Bengaluru” in the recent past.  As usual activists, government officials, and citizens make noise on the incident from their perspective either blaming the government agencies for the lapse or citizens for their carelessness.

She is still in service as her resignation is yet to be accepted

Every Indian certainly feels that it is the job of the Defence Minister of India to ensure that its armed forces are kept in fit and fighting conditions at all times. Any fighting force is required to be fit physically, mentally and psychologically. The armed forces keep themselves fit and ready to combat 24/7 due to its strenuous regimen of training and continuous exercises in the field.

Never ever in the history of India, a serving PM had to prove his educational qualifications to the country the way it is today

The LDA has failed utterly and miserably to protect Bengaluru’s lakes. Why not disband it?

The whole country, it seems, is fixated in the discussion on the alleged corruption in the Augusta Westland VVIP helicopter deal. Opinions, albeit coloured, are flying thick and fast. However, it is the duty of the government to place the truth in front of the people of the country who are supposed to be the real masters of the country.

For generations of devout Hindus, the adage ‘Ganga Snanam Tunga Panam” has been like a prayer. Whenever one pays obeisance at the famous Sringeri Sharadamba temple at Sringeri, the devout takes a dip in sacred Tunga and takes the river water as teertham.   But the Tunga is no longer like it was once. The Tunga at Sringeri is getting polluted due to the unchecked inflow of raw sewage and other effluents.  

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