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Sunday, February 26, 2012 3:42:12 PM (IST)  

Soon, 'Mangaluru' to be Official Name of Mangalore

Narayana Swamy
Daijiworld Media Network

Mangalore, Feb 26 : Six years after the then chief minister of Karnataka Dharam Singh's proposal of changing the names of 12 major cities into pure Kannada forms, the time is nearing to change them officially.

Though some of the cities have already implemented the cities' names in Kannada, there was no compulsion from the government to follow the rule. According to reliable sources, the legal hurdles to go ahead with the proposal is almost cleared now and within a month 12 major cities of Karnataka will be renamed according to their Kannada roots.

This means, Bangalore will be renamed as 'Bengaluru', and Mangalore as 'Mangaluru'.

The Karnataka government is finalising the process, and the official gazette is awaited.

S V Ranganath, chief secretary of Karnataka government said that legal hurdles related to renaming 12 cities have been cleared, and only the opinion from Surveyor of India is awaited. The committee headed by S V Ranganath has submitted the report to Surveyor of India in order to make necessary changes in the map and survey documents.

It may be recalled that when the proposal was made in 2005 there had been opposition from a few corners, specially to changing the name of 'Bengaluru' and 'Belagavi'.  Public Interest Litigations were filed in the high court to put a stay on announcing the change of names. But both applications were rejected by the high court in 2008. Later, even the central government approved the change of names, but the implementation was not possible due to technical reasons.

The old and new names of twelve cities are as follows:

Bangalore - Bengaluru
Mangalore - Mangaluru
Bellary - Ballary
Bijapur - Vijapura
Belgaum - Belagavi
Chikmaglur - Chikmagaluru
Gulbarga - Kalburgi
Mysore - Mysoru
Hospet - Hospete
Shimoga - Shivamogga
Hubli - Hubballi
Tumkur - Tumakuru

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Comments on this article
Sunday, February 26, 2012

why this kolaveri kolaveri di

agra, mangaluru.
Sunday, February 26, 2012

this is nothing but wasting public money ,,,

Stany D'Souza, Mumbai / Miyar
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Yes, in the years to come Karkala to Karla, Moodbidri to Bedra and Padubidri to Paddedra and the list goes on...

khursheed, abu dhabi/karkala
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bye Bye "M A N G A L O R E" .....

Orton, Mangalore
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Soon Mood Bidre will become Bedra

Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah
Sunday, February 26, 2012

KUDLA PANDAD DIVODITTAND..Shuru malpugana onji galate..

Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/ Mumbai
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Forget changing names of our CITIES. First change the name of our STATE.
We are ashamed to say we are from KARNATAKA. It is all because of our CHOR POLITICIANS.

KRPrabhu, Mangalore/Bangalore
Sunday, February 26, 2012

We Mangaloreans refer to Mangalore as 'Kudla' in daily useage by and large.However Keralites pronounce it as 'Mangalapuram'only.Even the train bogies bound to Mangalore carry sign board as 'Mangalapuram'only.I very much doubt that these boards will be changed as 'Mangaluru' when the name is chanaged as such.The decision of the government reminds me the Tulu proverb" Bele daanthina achaari baaleda pinkaan kettiyege"!!!
Government may consider the change of name as"Kudla" instead of Mangaluru which is a true tribute to Tulunadu.

IVAN, Mangalore / Muscat
Sunday, February 26, 2012

when they will repair the roads and provide 24 hrs electricity/water, improvement health sector etc. Just changing the cities name by words what will make difference ! Is there any growth of the city or improvement in Governing system or society will improve. Our leaders lacks vision and intellegence. Transform cities with better infrastructure.

Chetan, Bangalore
Sunday, February 26, 2012

This is Kolaveri effect...U after every term. Moon..u, Colour..u, Girl..u, Luv..u.
Why this foolish..u peolple..u do this..u?

Naik, Muscat
Sunday, February 26, 2012

I only hope they won't change the name of roads in due course

Lancelot N Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pls Change Belthangady as BOLTHERU and Uppinangady as UBAAR.

Peter Pinto, dubai
Sunday, February 26, 2012

What about "karnataka"? Should it not be changed to just "NATAKA"?

prakash, mangalore
Sunday, February 26, 2012

If the Zeebra scratched it wont become tiger! Nothing will change in changing names change yourself! these political gimick. Make the cities look cleaner. take out the goondaism!

vincy, haleangadi
Sunday, February 26, 2012

These people are good for these things only.Development govinda !

Sunday, February 26, 2012

This government is busy in changing the names of the city rather changing the lives of the People. There is much it can do for upliftment of the people than wasting the time on this.

samuel sadanand, balmatta/kuwait
Sunday, February 26, 2012

These babus have no other this is the only change to be brought about by the babus and netas?change of name?first let them change their names.everyone must oppose such silly tricks by politicians.the only contribution they can make to the society is this?

Daniel, Mangalore
Sunday, February 26, 2012 took 6years just to change the names of cities THEN imagine how many more years/centuries required to make the city or improve the poverty stricken public.... What a great acheivement by all then and now Karnataka governments!!!! No award in whole world would be enough to honour our leaders and system. Anyway with the new names let us hope the cities will have new light n better life.

Abdul Khader Kukkaje, Mangalore/Abudhabi
Sunday, February 26, 2012

After changing also people will say as previous only.the official changing will get some works to printing press to change the documents and some works to painters and some good business to paint shop. one more orguments why we cant change it as "KUDLA " mangalore is known as Tulunadu Tuluvara Nadu.some people can also say their demand or interest as kodiyala maikaala etc.

john Dsouza, USA/Mumbai
Sunday, February 26, 2012

When there is lot of Work or changes to be done for the development for the State and for the People. they are worried about the changing the name of the Place. Our so called Political representative are Fit or making Money and Looting Common People moneys

Vincent, Kadubettu
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mr Stany Robert

As u r request, i will suggest u as Kaarukalla!!!

Mitwa, Sharjah
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Please change this Govt First... Rest all can be changed later..

Abdul Khader Kukkaje, Mangalore/Abudhabi
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Kannada schools are going to close.there is no facilities in kannada school.there is no teachers as well as no students for kannada school. government itself thought and coments about closing the kannada schools in karnataka.there is lack of kannada talking people in Bangalore.,which is the capital city of karnatka. may be tamil telugu hindi and english talking people are more then that. Regarding the language Bangalore is known as ENNADA EKKADAGALA NADUVE SWALPA KANNADA.Even the politician childrens (their sons,daughters,grandsons,grand-daughter,etc and all their relatives are studying in english medium school only.,if survying about this, may be there is no kannada medium student of of any politicians.for them, thease language emotions are only for their political benefit.after all there are many politician they can't speak fluent and proper kannada.sometime even our chief minister is speaking english (n tulu) mixed kannada.then what they are going to gain by changing the names of the cities. what they say that in pure kannada.which they are not able to speak..,kannada is a rich language there are the origin kannada words for most of all the things., did they aware? which the kannada words are availbale there still they omit english words for that, while they are speaking kannada. If they have sincere love and respect with our Great Kannada Language.then give all the facilities to goverment kannada schools.should give priority to the kannada medium,students while recruiting for the government jobs. restrict some of the government jobs only for the kannada medium students. First of all better to arrange a kannada class to all the elected represents to speak fluent in kannada.then we can think about changing this names of the cities.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

We need development.

GERALD, Modankap-Bantwal
Sunday, February 26, 2012


Ibrahim, M'lore/Riyadh
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Name of Bombay changed to Mumbai is there any changes they find, still most of the people say Bombay only, instead of concentrate on developemental works?? Jobless people and Hopeless too,,,,,

Arman, Managalore
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Why we don’t want name to be changed. However yes we want good drinking water electricity and the most important proper drainage systems.

ben, kinnigoly
Sunday, February 26, 2012


Louis, Kuwait
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Yedyrappa changed his name become CM n went to Jail. Change the name of Dharam Singh too. Foolish politicians nothing else to do. Bombay is internationally known and Bombay n not Mumbai. On any way it won't help the public. New generation won't accept these new names with old accent. One more development work from BJP.

vimith peter mathias, pilar/shiva
Sunday, February 26, 2012


Zahoor Ahmed, Karkal
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Last 6 decades we made such kind of works only.Why not Change India to Bharath

Vinod, Udupi
Sunday, February 26, 2012

When our governments can't do any development work, they change the names! utter non-sense.. I think the status-quo on the names should be maintained! Wasting tax payers money in changing the names is ridiculous indeed when thousands of people find it difficult to earn livelihood.. Sensible people should protest and hope that sense prevails on the government to maintain status quo!

Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Very nice step taken. Hope this time it will materialize..

Penalize the people who do not follow the Govt Rule, cancel the licenses of the firms which does not respect the Govt order.

Bangalore Mirror should become Bengaluru Mirror. Bangalore/Mangalore times should become Bengaluru/Mangaluru times..

Also make learning Kannada compulsory for outside people. They are earning their bread and butter here, they should respect our language also..

R.Fernandes, Dubai
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Nonsense. There are better jobs to do.

Ronald Raj, Mangalore
Sunday, February 26, 2012

What next change name from Daram Singh to Daramanna Simha? Will he agree to that? This is Stupidity!.

Noel F Lewis, Kinnigoli/Dubai
Sunday, February 26, 2012

This is BS! Guys are you not comfortable with the existing once??

Ananth Prabhu, Mangalore
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Old Wine in New Bottle! Or i must say, Old Wine, Old Bottle, New Cork!!

GERALD, Modankap-Bantwal
Sunday, February 26, 2012


Stany Robert, Nitte/Kakarla
Sunday, February 26, 2012

How can I change name of my town - Karkala to KARLA.....Anyone suggest please.

Dexter, Mangalore
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oh Gosh.....absolute non sense

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