Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Is it Bengaluru from Nov. 1?

Is it Bengaluru from Nov. 1?
The Times of India

Bangalore: With little more than a month left to rename Bangalore as ‘Bengaluru’, the BMP is expected to discuss the issue
at the council meeting on Wednesday.
The urban development department, which is the nodal agency to implement the move, said it is awaiting nod from the BMP, which has to pass a resolution.
Speaking to TOI on Tuesday mayor Mumtaz Begum said: “We will have a discussion on this and pass a resolution in Wednesday’s meeting. Once the resolution is passed, it will be sent to the state government for amendments and approval.’’
Notwithstanding this, last week, CM H D Kumaraswamy announced in Magadi that Bangalore Rural district will be named as ‘Kempe Gowda district’. Former CM Dharam Singh had announced to rename Bangalore city as Bengaluru. His successor Kumaraswamy too echoed and said Bangalore will be called Bengaluru from November 1. But the process stopped at the announcement.
The state government decided to implement a suggestion from Jnanpith awardee U R Ananthamurthy that the IT city, on the lines of Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, should revert to its pre-colonial Kannada name, ‘Bengaluru’.


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