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    Bengaluru:

    Six years spent toiling in laboratories and classrooms can make the best of friends out of anyone, and this was evident as 250 proud doctors received their degrees on the graduation day of batch 2011 of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, which was held at Koramangala Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.

    The students had written one liners to describe each of their batchmates, which were read out as they walked up to the dais to receive their degrees. “None of us knew what the others had written for us until we heard it announced,” said Dr. Prerna, a graduating student.

    Minister for Medical Education Sharanprakash Patil, who was the chief guest, declared the graduation day open. Guests of honour Vijaya Laxmi Deshmane, president of Karnataka Cancer Society and C.N. Manjunath, director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research; advised the students on how to carry forward the lessons learnt in the classroom. Dr. Manjunath urged students to treat their patients with compassion irrespective of the circumstances. “One should have tremendous patience when dealing with patients and should allow them to express their problems and symptoms freely,” he told the graduating students.

    Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi said that just having a degree did not make someone a doctor, “you have to earn respect through your work.” Balaji Pai, special officer, Trauma and Emergency Care Centre, BMCRI, urged students to work with passion and to keep a work-life balance. “In medicine, you never cease to learn. Always be a student,” he said.

    Topper Divya C. Ragate, who also came second in her university, comes from a family of doctors – her father, brother and sister-in-law are all doctors and her younger brother is also studying MBBS at BMRCI. The Bidar lass said she was keen to pursue her MD in Neurology at NIMHANS. “I find neurology fascinating. People say it is a difficult subject, I want to see what’s difficult in it,” she said with a grin. Dr. Ragate topped in several courses and her family members who had come down from Bidar beamed as she received one accolade after the other.

    Javagal Amith Thejas, Chirag Jain, Devamsh G N, Priyanka KP, Prashanth V, Megha P., and Kavyashree K won awards for topping individual courses.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter – Cynthia Anand  / March 16th, 2017

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    Mowgli’s jungle, where his friends and enemies walked and prowled, was largely created on a few computer screens in Bengaluru.

    Mowgli’s jungle, where his friends and enemies walked and prowled, was largely created on a few computer screens in Bengaluru.

    It was on a few computer screens in Bengaluru that a blue screen at Hollywood was transformed into a rich canvas of dense forests that hosted the tense drama of Disney’s The Jungle Book.

    A significant part of the film, which took home the award for Best Visual Effects during the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night, was done in Bengaluru, where nearly 300 engineers — out of nearly 800 spread across LA and London — built and provided the finishing touches to a jungle world where Mowgli, his friends and enemies walked and prowled.

    “The film was extremely challenging and would be a huge benchmark for visual effects. We had childhood attachments too, for ‘Jungle Book’ is an Indian story. We always hope for the best, but an Oscar is the icing on the cake,” says Amit Sharma, head of compositing at MPC Studio Bengaluru, which was the lead VFX studio for the film.

    The mandate given to them was to render a photo-real world, where 224 unique animals would be “captured in their surroundings” as if they were roped in for the film.

    Two teams scoured through six forests of south and central India, through three seasons, covering nearly 18,000 km. The result was 20 TB of information and four lakh photographs rendering a landscape, from the rocks to the waterfalls, ferns to pebbles.

    “The ‘man-village’ inspiration came from rural Rajasthan, the wolf caves from Badami caves, Banyan trees from Goa, and elephants from those seen at Periyar… these were the references, but everything was created from scratch,” said Mr. Sharma.

    From LA to Bengaluru

    From Los Angeles, the Oscar statue is expected to come straight to Bengaluru, where the engineers will be given a chance to party with it, said Biren Ghose, executive director of MPC Bengaluru. Engineers in the city had previously played a role in the Oscar-winning Life of Pi in 2012, apart from rendering the graphics for at least six other films nominated for the Academy Awards over the years.

    “The complexity, technology and technique used was far beyond Life of Pi because of the scale we were looking at — an entire world that was a crossover of animation and visual effects. All of which was created to an extent that the line between reality and computer-generated characters became blurred… at one point, even Mowgli was computer-generated, and the audience did not know it,” said Mr. Ghose.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter / Bengaluru – February 28th, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    Bengaluru has emerged as the biotech startup capital of India -it’s home to 190 ventures out of the 1,022 set up in the past five years, according to a study by the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE).

    The National Capital Region (NCR) comes second with 164, followed by Mumbai and Hyderabad with 163 and 160, respectively. The study finds that $2.6 billion of private equity investments went into these companies, with $851 million coming in 2015 -the highest in a year so far. The segment also received government grants and funds from HNIs.

    “This is good news and we are aiming to double this number with the ABLE Startups 2020 initiative to take the count to 2020 companies by the year 2020 and $5 bil lion of investments,” ABLE president PM Murali said.The study observed that 3,000 new entrepreneurs emerged between 2012 and 2016 in the biotech sector and at least a third of them were women. The bio-pharma sec tor continues to dominate the indus try, accounting for 57% share of the companies formed, followed by bioresearch (16%), bio-agri (10%), and bio-industrial (9%). Of the total, about 40% of the companies were involved in manufacture of products and ingredients, and 16% were into research and experimental development.

    The study observed that the government’s startup policy, funds allocated for the sector, and presence of bio-incubators such as C-Camp and Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre were helping the sector to grow.

    Of the 1,022 new startups, 104 were formed in 2016, 367 during 2014 and 2015. Another 551 companies were established between 2012 and 2014.

    Biocon chairman and MD, Kiran MazumdarShaw, also ABLE honorary chairman, said ABLE is initiating a mentoring cell of senior industry leaders to guide the next generation of biotech entrepreneurs.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / TNN / February 2017

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    Ajit Lamba has served on Indian Air Force for 36 years

    Ajit Lamba has served on Indian Air Force for 36 years

    Bengaluru :

    What’s the right age to start flying an aircraft and when should one stop flying? If you ask 81-year-old Air Vice Marshal Ajit Lamba (Retd), his reply will be: You start flying as early as you can (if not when you are born) and you stop flying the day you die.

    He is the oldest pilot to fly in the history of Aero India, but he calls himself the youngest aviator. Lamba will display his skills at Yelahanka Air Force Station on Wednesday. He will be given two slots of six minutes to showcase his skills with Hansa-3, which he will fly from the hangars of National Aerospace Laboratories.

    “I had skipped two editions of Aero India as Hansa-3 was grounded for a few reasons. NAL approached me to fly it and I accepted it the very moment. I will fly Hansa-3, which is non-aerobatic. I am excited to perform for the Bengaluru crowd,” Lamba told Express.

    An ace pilot with decades of experience, Lamba has served the Indian Air Force for 36 years. He retired in 1991 but continued to fly planes when he is not playing golf. “I fly planes frequently as it is my passion and hobby too,” he said. His last posting was at Bengaluru-based Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE), an institution training test pilots and flight test engineers. He has been living in Bengaluru for the past 25 years.

    The veteran pilot has an enormous amount of experience having flown at least 100 types of planes and logging close to 7,500 hours in his 60-year career.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Express News Service / February 15th, 2017

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    ‘Mysooru Mithra’ Sub-Editor A.C. Prabhakar among 15 awardees

    Prabhakar, Shantala, Chandru & Rajeev

    Prabhakar, Shantala, Chandru & Rajeev

    Mysuru :

    ‘Mysooru Mithra’ Sub-Editor A.C. Prabhakar and photo journalist K.H. Chandru of Mysuru are among the 15 journalists who have been selected for Karnataka Media Academy awards (2016).

    Other awardees are senior journalist H.R. Sreesha of Bengaluru, Shantala Dharmaraj of Samyukta Karnataka, Mysuru, G. Veeranna of Vijayavani, Ballari, Siddiqui, Alduri of Chikkamagaluru, Ronald Fernandes of Deccan Herald, Mangaluru, Chini Purushotham of Tumakuru, Ujjini Rudrappa of Koppal, Hemanth Kumar of Bengaluru, Ramaswamy of Ramanagaram, Shankarappa Chalavadi of Bagalkot, Nagaraj Sunagar of Dharwad, Anil Kumar Hosamani of Vijayapura and Malatesh Angur of Haveri.

    The award carries a purse of Rs. 20,000 and a citation.

    Shivamogga Times has bagged the ‘Andolana’ award, while Chandrashekar More of Udayavani has bagged ‘Abhimani’ award, C.J. Ravi of Vijaya Karnataka has bagged ‘Mysuru Digantha’ award, Cinema Journalist Snehapriya Nagaraj has bagged ‘Aragini’ award and senior journalist Dr. Nataraj Huliyar has bagged ‘Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Mookanayaka’ award.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / February 04th, 2017

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    An award in recognition of some good social service or contribution to the society is not an end itself but puts up greater responsibility on individuals, says the Karnataka State ‘Jeeva Rakshak Prashasti’ winner Rajesh Gopalrao Khatavkar of Belagavi city.

    A few months ago, two senior citizens were seriously injured in an accident on Fort Road in the city. They were hit by a motorbike rider from the rear. They fell down in a pool of blood oozing out from head injuries and injuries in other parts of their body. Mr. Khatavkar, who was passing by, immediately shifted them to the district government hospital and ensured quick medical help instead of calling and waiting for an ambulance to arrive. The injured victims survived the accident.

    But, what followed was days of unexpected ordeal with the police often calling him in connection with the accident. Finally, his name was recommended to the district administration for the award, which was presented to him on the occasion of Republic Day by Deputy Commissioner N. Jayaram.

    Speaking to a section of the media here on Tuesday, he appealed to citizens to play a proactive role instead of being mute spectators to various unexpected happenings, in order to save life and property.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Belagavi – January 31st, 2017

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    Belagavi  :

    Almost six decades ago, he walked the streets of Sangargali and neighbouring villages at night, guarding them from thieves and other crimes. Ravalkatta Baba went on to become a local hero and was so revered that villagers built a temple in his honour.

    The temple is built on the spot where Ravalkatta Baba used to rest | tushar a majukar

    The temple is built on the spot where Ravalkatta Baba used to rest | tushar a majukar

    The initiative to build the temple was taken up by ex-serviceman Vasant Bandodkar, a resident of Sangargali. He recalls stories of Baba roaming Sangargali, Gunji and nearby villages with a stick fitted with a bell in one hand and a lamp in the other. As he moved around, he would tap the stick on the ground, sounding the bell every time.

    After his death, other watchmen tried to take Baba’s place but one of them died and another fled due to unknown reasons. Some villagers believe they can still hear the sound of Baba’s bell.
    Bandodkar said in 2006 villagers decided to build a temple to honour his service. “We searched the whole forest for 3-4 days along with forest department personnel, but could not find the spot where Baba used to sit.

    One day, as we were searching, an old man from a neighbouring village was passing by and asked us what we were searching for. He directed us to a spot. When we cleaned the bushes, we found the platform on which the Baba used to rest.

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    We built the temple at this spot and cleaned up the platform,” said Bandodkar.
    Villagers used to earlier conduct a jatra (fair) once a year. Devotees sacrifice hens, goats and sheep at the temple as part of the pooja. “Baba used to take a train every day to the village and he would arrive at the neighbouring Gunji railway station around 12 noon. It became a practice to sacrifice the animal only after 12 noon or after hearing the sound of an approaching train,” he said.

    In 2012, however, the practice of conducting the jatra was stopped by villagers after seniors of the village said it was improper. Forest department too objected to the jatra, saying it was disturbing wildlife.
    But this hasn’t stopped devotees from thronging the temple. The temple is open only on Sundays and Wednesdays, but devotees visit throughout the week. Villagers from Sangargali, Gunji and surrounding villages, and from neighbouring states like Goa and Maharashtra make their journey to the temple to seek Baba’s blessings. The temple restricts entry to women. With the temple gaining such popularity, a local MLA provided `2.5 lakh for development of the temple a few years back.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnataka / by Tushar A Majukar / Express News Service / January 29th, 2017

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