Friday, November 3, 2006

Bangalaore's New Name

Bangalore Renamed

by Jay Shankar
BANGALORE, India (AFP) - India's high-tech capital Bangalore, known worldwide as an outsourcing hub, has changed its name to reflect the local language and became "the town of boiled beans".

The city in southwest India, capital of Karnataka, will officially use the local Kannada language name Bengaluru from now on, chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the state's formation.

"As per the people's aspirations the government has decided to change the name of Bangalore into Bengaluru," Kumaraswamy told a gathering of more than 30,000 people at a cricket stadium. "The legal process is on."

The change, first announced last December, will take a couple of months to implement as it has to be approved by the federal government.

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