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    On the combustion, hybrid and electric platforms

    Ashwa Racing, a brand under Ashwa Mobility of RV College of Engineering, Bengaluru, on Saturday launched three new race cars on the combustion (AMF RZX8- CO), hybrid (AMF X8-HY) and electric (AMF-RZX8 -ELE) platforms for the 2018 race season.

    Undergraduate students, who conceived, designed and build formula race cars, would be competing in national and global events in the coming months.

    The combustion vehicle (210 kg without driver) development is headed by team captain Sweekruth Shetty, project manager Rakesh H.N, chief engineer Prateek Bhustali. The racing hybrid vehicle (300 kg) development is headed by team captain Asfan Khan, project manager Suhas B.U., chief engineer Uday Naik and chief communication officer Tarun Kasa.

    The electric vehicle (200kg) development is headed by team captain Pranave Nanda, project manager Rahul S.D., chief engineer Gautam Singh and chief communication officer Srivatsa Deshpande.

    The combustion and electric divisions of Ashwa Racing would be competing in Formula Bharat, which will be held in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu from January 24 to 28, 2018.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Special Correspondent / January 15th, 2018

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    Manoj Patil, director of operations of Sprouter, and Daniel Everist, developer of the app, at a press meet in Hubballi on Friday.

    Manoj Patil, director of operations of Sprouter, and Daniel Everist, developer of the app, at a press meet in Hubballi on Friday.

    ‘Sprouter’, developed by U.S. student, to be launched in Bengaluru

    A new mobile application that might change the way people connect to their social media accounts has been developed by an American student of University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, U.S., Daniel Everist, and is all set to be launched in Bengaluru.

    The app, ‘Sprouter’, helps one connect to various social media accounts with just one touch. Twenty-year old Everist was in Hubballi on Friday, along with his one-time teacher Manoj Patil, who is now a teacher as well as entrepreneur, to give details of the app that is already being used by thousands in the U.S.

    You can access FB, Instagram etc.

    Mr. Patil, a native of Hubballi, director of operations of Sprouter, told presspersons that through the new mobile app one can access Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Spotify, Pinterest and VSCO. “We are also in talks with other social media platform providers like WhatsApp, and want to help users log into their social media accounts with one touch,” he said. Explaining how the app works, Mr. Everist said users can synchronise their accounts with Sprouter, create one username, and on meeting someone new, they can share their Sprouter username and give access to multiple accounts.

    The idea first came to Mr. Everist while in a dorm room, when as a fresher at the university, he was introduced to others. Soon each one started adding the other on social media giving the different usernames. Mr. Everist then wondered if there could be an easier way to log into all accounts at once. “The idea took an year to take shape and that’s how Sprouter was born,” Mr. Everist said.

    The Android and iOS versions of the app are available on the app stores, or can be downloaded by visiting

    Mr. Patil said their plan is to add at least one new feature every month and get as many social media under Sprouter as possible. After the formal launch for India in Bengaluru, the plan is to get it launched in the United Kingdom, he said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Hubballi – January 13th, 2018

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    Baldev Raj

    Baldev Raj

    Baldev Raj, 71, Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), passed away on Saturday in Pune, Maharashtra, while attending a conference.

    A recipient of the Padma Shri award, he took over as director of NIAS, Bengaluru, in 2014. He had also served as director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research in Kalpakkam.

    Author of around 1,000 academic papers in peer reviewed journals and more than 70 books, the professor won more than 100 awards and assignments in more than 30 countries, according to a NIAS release.

    He was also the recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award of the Indian Nuclear Society, the Homi Bhabha Gold Medal, and the Dr.Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award.

    A member of the Circle of Advisors, University of Cambridge, and a member of the Search Group for the Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering, he was also a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and the World Academy of Sciences.

    He was also the chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Gandhinagar and a member of the court of JNU, New Delhi, the release added.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Staff Reporter / Bengaluru = January 06th, 2018

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    Mysuru :

    Noted science writer JR Lakshman Rao passed away in a private hospital in Mysuru on Friday morning. He was 96.
    Rao was born in Jagaluru in Davanagere district in 1921 and did his schooling in Chitradurga. He came to Mysuru and joined Yuvaraja’s College and completed his MSc in chemistry from Central College in Bengaluru.

    Rao came in contact with noted Kannada poet GP Rajaratnam and published books in science in Kananda. He served as science professor in Tumkur College, Bengaluru Central College, Sahyadri College in Shivamogga, and at his alma mater Yuvaraja’s College.

    In 1933, Mysore University invited him to be the technical and scientific editor of Kannada – English Dictionary.

    Apart from various books on science like Aahara, Paramanu Charithre, Galelio, Vignana Vichara, Rao has written his autobiography – Nenapina Alegalu (Ripples of Memories) in 2015 where he has not only recollected his life and times as a teacher but also the history of University of Mysore and evils of higher education in the erstwhile state of Mysore.

    Rao was a resident of Saraswathipuram. He leaves behind his wife Jeevu Bai, son JL Anil Kumar and three daughters, Brinda Nagaraj, Vidya Shankar and Anuradha Rao. The last rites were conducted at the foothills of Chamundi Hills without following any rituals.

    The Breakthrough Science Society has condoled the death of Rao. In the press note, society head Dr Sudha has said that Rao is a great science writer and progressive thinker who was the pioneer of writing science literature in Kannada language.

    Sudha said that Rao was associated with Breakthrough Science Society from the past two decades and has raised his voice against superstitions and unscientific beliefs.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Mysore News / TNN / December 30th, 2017

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    Meet a doctor, who recently won an MMA bout at the Rampage Fighting Championship in Malaysia

    Twenty-five -year-old Kajal is an Ayurvedic medicine graduate from Mysuru. She is not someone you would associate with an argument, let alone a fight. In fact, last year she started going to a gym in the hope of putting on some weight, as she “was underweight”.

    But this December, she surprised everyone by taking part in the Rampage Fighting Championship, Malaysia. She was picked for an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) bout in the 56 kg flyweight category against a local girl. And, she won the 3-round contest in the 2nd round on a technical knock out. Her opponent had no reply to her relentless punches. That is a far cry from the general perception of Dr Kajal Naresh Kumar.

    Now, instead of mending bones and prescribing medicines, this doctor is keen to pursue her passion in the cage (the fighting arena of MMA bouts)

    Her relatives are trying to understand how Kajal, a budding doctor, transformed into a fierce fighter in a matter of months. She played tennis and was into skating, but fighting was not something her family ever associated her with. Nevertheless, they were rooting for her when she was throwing punches at her Malaysian opponent. The win was the icing on the cake.

    It all started when Kajal joined a gym in April 2016, where she was fascinated by those practising kick-boxing. She was hooked and joined kick-boxing classes in June. Her trainer, Samith Bhat, says, “She expressed an interest in learning kick-boxing. She is a sincere pupil and regular for classes. So, I asked her if she would like to compete.”

    Kajal’s first fight took place in the club in November 2016.

    Samith says, “When she took a few punches, she did not back off. She went right back into the fight and I knew she was a fighter in her heart.”

    The doctor won the bout. Later she participated in the National kick-boxing championship in Patna in December 2016, organised by the Kickboxing Federation of India. The event had over 1,500 participants — men and women — in various categories. Kajal won the gold in kick-boxing in the 56 kg category that had 10 participants.

    More contests followed and her first MMA bout was held in April 2017.

    But while her bouts were giving her a high, her family was getting uncomfortable seeing her return home with bruises.

    Anyone who has watched an MMA fight will understand that the only protection for fighters in this full-contact combat sport —that allows striking and grappling — is a pair of gloves.

    However, the family did not put hurdles in her path. In fact, the first time she lost a fight, her parents and siblings rallied around her.

    Samith says, “Kajal is good. She is now a member of Team Genesis, which I formed to participate in domestic bouts.” The sport has a huge following in the North-East. However, in India, MMA is a niche sport and is not officially recognised by the Government. Bouts are organised and overseen by enthusiasts and fans.

    As of now, the country has few fighters, but the number is growing. The size of the crowd is also increasing. The events are being covered by local television channels, which is helping popularise the sport and draw crowds to contests.

    However, this sport is not all about fighting. Suraj Shetty, who runs the Grounds Sports Fitness in Mangaluru, says, “People who come to me focus on fitness. Most are in the 25 to 35 age group. For such people, after a hard day’s work, it is a good stress-buster. Some women too joined my classes for fitness and realised some of the techniques can be employed for self-defence. Some companies have even organised classes for their employees — for fitness and self-defence.”

    Samith adds, “Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, kick-boxing and MMA come as a breath of fresh air for people who were put off by dumbbells, barbells and weight plates. It is also about correct posture. The age range in my classes is 15 to 40. Actually, one of my pupils is 41.”

    Kajal is eyeing the ultimate prize — participation in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which is one of the most high-profile contact sports events, thanks to the real fighting.

    Her inspiration is fellow fighter and Team Genesis member Basavesh — a 25-year-old, who a clinical psychologist in Mysuru. He started much before Kajal and is now a veteran of several bouts and contests. The young man is among those aiming for the UFC too.

    So next time, you visit a hospital or travel by a BMTC bus, you might be tempted to take a closer look at the body and posture of a doctor or the conductor. People like Kajal make you wonder if there is a fighter underneath every uniform.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Life & Style / by Dhiraj Shetty / January 10st, 2018

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    December 31st, 2017adminEducation, Records, All, Science & Technology
    Achievers all: Some of the gold medal winners at the 22nd convocation of NIMHANS in Bengaluru on Saturday.

    Achievers all: Some of the gold medal winners at the 22nd convocation of NIMHANS in Bengaluru on Saturday.

    Sai Deepak Yaranagula, who bagged the Dr. Ansiya Vasanth Memorial Award for the Best Postgraduate Resident in Neurology – 2017 on Saturday, said he was keen to join government service because that is where there are a lot of patients from different backgrounds.

    “I am disturbed and concerned over the increasing mistrust between doctors and patients. I want to create awareness through my patients that medicine is an imperfect science and that it is not like calculative mathematics. Sometimes things can go wrong but that does not mean it is done intentionally,” he told The Hindu.

    “Communicating with patients in government hospitals to create awareness about our relationship is the best way,” the young doctor said.

    All toppers that The Hindu spoke to owed their success to their alma mater. Dressed in their convocation robes, the bright young minds spoke enthusiastically about taking forward their skills to serve the community. Bharath S., who bagged the Dr. Usha Punja Award for Best Outgoing Student in DM Neuroanaesthesia – 2017, said his inspiration was his alma mater.

    “I always wanted to pursue higher studies in NIMHANS, and this is the culmination of my dream,” he said, and added that he wants to do further research in his speciality.

    Lakshmi S., who was awarded the Dr. D.L.N. Murthy Rao Memorial Prize for the Best Outgoing Student in MD Psychiatry – 2017, said there should be more institutions like NIMHANS in the country to meet the shortage of psychiatrists.

    “Although neurology is tough and challenging, the training that I got at NIMHANS has made me confident of serving the community. It was my mother’s dream that I become a doctor and I am happy I have fulfilled her dream. We lost her two years ago,” she said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Bengaluru – December 30th, 2017

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    Visitors at the two-day Millet Mela that was inaugurated in Mysuru on Wednesday.

    Visitors at the two-day Millet Mela that was inaugurated in Mysuru on Wednesday.

    People can now look forward to certified organic produce that will be promoted under the brand names Siri and Shreshta in the State.

    This is a bid to ensure quality and authenticity of the produce, which will be certified by the Karnataka State Organic Certification Agency (KSOCA), which was established for the purpose and duly accredited as per the National Programme for Organic Productions, Government of India.

    The certification and branding will help filter fake organic produce from the market. H.A. Suresh, assistant director of KSOCA, told The Hindu on the sidelines of the Millet Mela here on Wednesday that as per the new norms of the food safety regulator, organic produce should also sport a common logo which was unveiled recently. The produce will be branded and marketed by the organic federation constituted on the lines of the Karnataka Milk Federation, he said.

    Over the past three years, ever since the KSOCA was established, an increasing number of farmers have shown an inclination to switch to the organic mode. As on date, there are 566 farmer groups, each with at least 100 members, across the State.

    Besides this, there are four horticultural groups, while 100 individuals have taken to organic practices ina agriculture“Karnataka is among the leading States promoting organic farming. Area under organic production is 81,000 hectares,” said S.S. Parashivamurthy, quality manager at KSOCA.

    The production is around 1.64 lakh tonnes of agricultural produce and it is expected to increase with additional area being brought under organic cultivation, he said.

    “The Mysuru-T. Narsipur-H.D. Kote-Kollegal-Chamarajanagar belt has a good number of organic farmers and similar groups are active in Belagavi, Dharwad, coastal regions and parts of north and central Karnataka,” Mr. Suresh said.

    In Nanjangud, a cluster of villages was identified where 48 farmers are practising organic farming on 100 acres of land, according to the group president Rangaswamy Naik. “Though the yield was initially low, it was compensated by the decline in investment and good income,” said Mr. Naik.

    Horse gram, green gram, black gram and chilli are being cultivated under organic conditions. The KSOCA is confident of promoting organic farming as a viable practice and of increase the coverage area.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by R. Krishna Kumar / Mysuru – December 27th, 2017

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    December 25th, 2017adminAgriculture, Science & Technology


    Mother Teresa Peace Park has an avenue with over a 100 trees created from tissue culture

    A walk through Tissue Culture Avenue at St. Aloysius College in Mangaluru is a revelation. The avenue has endangered trees created from tissue culture. Over 100 trees have been produced by tissue culture at Dr Kupper’s biotechnology lab in St. Aloysius College.


    “These trees form an important lung space on Light House Hill,” Fr Leo D’Souza, director of the lab said. “Research students use biotechnology to clone endangered species, some of which are hyper endemic. I vividly remember the day we planted the first cloned cashew sapling in the world in 1989.”

    Tissue Culture Avenue is at Mother Teresa Peace Park and is a haven for collegians doing last-minute preparation and revision. With the fast-approaching festive season, youngsters are also rehearsing carols. Ashwin, a student who was hanging out with his friends, was overwhelmed on learning of the history of the avenue. He hugged the 50-foot-matchwood tree saying, “I never knew you were here.”

    Smitha Hegde, a researcher and former associate professor said the matchwood tree (scientific name ailanthus) was planted 26 years ago. In an article in the golden jubilee souvenir of the St. Aloysius Evening College, she writes how Fr D’Souza motivated students to clone endemic trees of the Western Ghats including the Flame of the Forest.

    The millingtonia hortensis (akasha mallige) creates a carpet of white, fragrant flowers every morning. Students enjoy studying under this tree. Smitha describes the gnetum ula as a “living fossil. The tree has conical bunches of flowers. It grows on other trees.”

    The trees have plates with the names of the researchers and students who have contributed to the development of the tree. These are painted regularly to motivate the students and researchers to keep up the good work.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Life & Style / by M Raghuram / December 25th, 2017

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    December 24th, 2017adminRecords, All, Science & Technology

    In a first, scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) have combined two different types of transistors — MOSFETs (Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor) and tunnel FETs (Field Effect Transistor) — into a single device that can easily switch between power efficient and high performance modes, depending on the need.

    The device has a special type of metal-semiconductor junction, which can be tweaked to make it behave either like a MOSFET or a tunnel FET.

    The hybrid variety is an answer to issues that the most common MOSFETs have, that of being unable to bring down the supply voltage for MOSFETs proportionately with transistor size, because of a fundamental design flaw.

    To overcome this, the tunnel FETs are being used. But they also have a disadvantage: the desired output — the current flowing when the transistor is on — is greatly reduced.

    The hybrid device is capable of switching between MOSFET and tunnel FET modes using two gates instead of one, and a special type of electron barrier called Schottky junction. The Schottky barrier is created when a metal and semiconductor are joined under certain conditions.

    According to a release, the dual-gated device was able to operate at a voltage lower than possible with conventional MOSFETs, greatly reducing power consumption. It also showed superior performance compared to current state-of-the-art tunnel FETs.

    “You have flexibility,” says Shubhadeep Bhattacharjee, PhD student at the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, IISc and first author of the paper published in Applied Physics Letters.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter / Bengaluru – December 21st, 2017

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    December 18th, 2017adminEducation, Records, All, Science & Technology


    Two city-based engineering students have come up with a device that may just help people affected by paralysis to communicate with others. The duo — Mohit R Golecha and Gadhiya Abhay Dipakbhai —third year engineering students from Oxford College of Engineering, were recently selected to be a part of a competition for their innovation called V Info (Visual Information).

    Speaking to us before heading for the competition, scheduled to be held in Dubai, Mohit said that the idea for having a device for patients affected by paralysis came after he saw his friend, whose relative had a stroke and couldn’t communicate at all. “When our friend visited his aunt in the hospital, we realized how traumatizing it must be for his relative and others to be unable to communicate with each other,” says Mohit, adding that that is when he thought why not have a device which such patients can wear and communicate with others. The device, V-Info, can be worn like a spectacle by the patient either on the left or the right eye. It is then that the patient, using an interface such as a computer or a TV, can communicate with others. “The device detects the motion of the pupil in the eye. Using this device, the individual using the virtual keyboard can type a message for others to read. The cursor moves as his or her eye moves to every letter,” explains Mohit.

    The device, which the duo took two weeks to come up with, as of now is compatible only with a computer or a television. “Since the screen of a phone is small, there isn’t much eye movement from one side to another. However, we will keep working on it and hopefully will come up with a solution to this so that it can be paired with other devices as well. This is a very simple integration in a strong application,” Mohit sums up.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bengaluru News / by Sandra Marina Fernandes / December 18th, 2017

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