80+1 » Bangalore http://www.80plus1.org A Journey Around the World Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:24:05 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Indian scientists laud mission after losing contact with lunar satellite http://www.80plus1.org/blog/indian-scientists-laud-mission-after-losing-contact-with-lunar-satellite http://www.80plus1.org/blog/indian-scientists-laud-mission-after-losing-contact-with-lunar-satellite#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2009 07:38:56 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=4022 At a news conference in western India, G. Madhavan Nair, the head of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), pronounced the mission of India’s first satellite to be a “success,” even though his agency lost contact with the Chandrayaan-I late last week.…

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At a news conference in western India, G. Madhavan Nair, the head of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), pronounced the mission of India’s first satellite to be a “success,” even though his agency lost contact with the Chandrayaan-I late last week.

He added that 95 percent of the mission’s objectives were complete, and that the satellite snapped 70,000 photos of the moon’s surface. The satellite had been slated to be operational for around two years and is now expected to crash into the moon’s surface. The mission lasted only 315 days.

However, ISRO, which is based in Bangalore, says it will learn from this experience and is now working on landing an unmanned moon rover by 2012 as well as launching further satellites to study Mars and Venus. India is also planning a manned space flight by 2020.

The agency has also announced that the design for Chandrayaan-2 has been completed, although no launch date has been slated.

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Cisco to build 61,000 square meter facility in Bangalore http://www.80plus1.org/blog/cisco-to-build-61000-square-meter-facility-in-bangalore http://www.80plus1.org/blog/cisco-to-build-61000-square-meter-facility-in-bangalore#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:49:05 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2582 The Economic Times is reporting that the American tech giant Cisco is going to be developing a new 61,000 square meter (6.6 lakh square feet) facility in Bangalore.

This new facility makes it the largest development plan by a major IT…

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The Economic Times is reporting that the American tech giant Cisco is going to be developing a new 61,000 square meter (6.6 lakh square feet) facility in Bangalore.

This new facility makes it the largest development plan by a major IT firm in recent years — in fact, many commercial office spaces, particularly on the edge of the city are sitting vacant. Further, the company has an option to quadruple the size of the facility in the future. The new campus, which is expected to be finished by mid 2012, and will join Cisco’s current facility at Cessna Business Park. If built, that would make Bangalore Cisco’s largest presence outside the US.

Subash Rao, the director of HR for Cisco India told the newspaper: “Cisco has designated Bangalore as our globalisation centre East and indicated that we will have 10,000 - 12,000 employees based here over the next three to five years. The idea is for 20% of the top talent in Cisco to be based here.”

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Divorce rates on the rise in Bangalore http://www.80plus1.org/blog/divorce-rates-on-the-rise-in-bangalore http://www.80plus1.org/blog/divorce-rates-on-the-rise-in-bangalore#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2009 14:29:02 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2496 The southern metropolis, sometimes referred to as India’s Silicon Valley, is one of the country’s fastest growing cities. Its urbanization continues to rise at a breakneck pace — a controversial metro project in the city has had extensive environmental concerns as…

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The southern metropolis, sometimes referred to as India’s Silicon Valley, is one of the country’s fastest growing cities. Its urbanization continues to rise at a breakneck pace — a controversial metro project in the city has had extensive environmental concerns as the government is trying to make the system operational by 2011. Within the IT sector alone, in 2006, nearly there were nearly 1,300 divorce cases. In 2003, that same number was less than 300.

However, the Indo-Asian News Service reports that as the city “progresses” marriages aren’t quite what they once were in India’s boomtown. Here’s a fun fact: There are 25 divorce cases filed every day.

The news service reports:

According to a recent survey by the Children’s Rights Initiative For Shared Parenting (CRISP), around 13,000 cases of divorce are pending in various family courts in Bangalore. Of these 5,000 were filed in 2008.

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Experts vary on the reasons for the rise in divorce rate in Bangalore.

“There are reasons galore for the rise in divorce cases. Urbanisation and increasing violence against women and financial stability of both husband and wife, to name a few,” Dona Fernandes, a member of women rights’ group Vimochana, told IANS.

“Today’s empowered women are refusing to follow the traditional diktats of Indian marriages. Marriage is the biggest form of displacement for any woman as she has to shift from her home (natural habitat) to her husband’s home.

“It is the wife who is supposed to adjust. But today’s financially strong women are not ready to take undue pressure on their individual existence and thus marital discords are bound to increase,” said Fernandes.

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Bangalore, India http://www.80plus1.org/places/bangalore http://www.80plus1.org/places/bangalore#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2009 07:18:34 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://90.146.8.9/80plus1/?page_id=141 Topic: Progress
Schedule: Week 9 (August 12 - August 18)
Art Project: Digitie (Istanbul, Turkey)
School Project: TBD

Over the last few decades, India has modernized and developed on an extraordinary level. In many ways, Bangalore is the embodiment of such change – the population…

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Topic: Progress
Schedule: Week 9 (August 12 - August 18)
Art Project: Digitie (Istanbul, Turkey)
School Project: TBD

Over the last few decades, India has modernized and developed on an extraordinary level. In many ways, Bangalore is the embodiment of such change – the population has more than tripled from 1.6 million people to over 5.7 million between 1971 and 2001. As an industrial and technological city of over 5 million people located in India’s southern region, Bangalore has often been called the “Silicon Valley of India.” The city hosts the preeminent Indian defense contractor, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, and two major Indian IT companies, InfoSys and Wipro. The city also is the home of the Indian Space Research Organization.

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