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    February 27th, 2017adminEducation, Science & Technology, Sports
    Students of RV College of Engineering with their car

    Students of RV College of Engineering with their car

    Bengaluru :

    The RV College of Engineering’s student racing team, Ashwa Racing will unveil two cars – one hybrid and another combustion-based that have been developed and designed by its students, today. The team will also be participating at two international student competitions in USA and Italy to be held in a few months.

    The combustion vehicle will take part in the ‘Formula SAE Italy’ that will take place in July that will see participation from around 80 teams from across the world. The hybrid vehicle will take part at the ‘Formula Hybrid’  competition to take place in May. Both the events have been organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers or SAE.

    Dr Ravi Kulkarni, professor and mentor of the student team say that there have been a few tweaks and changes this year in the vehicles. For example in the combustion car they have reduced the weight by as much as 40 kgs compared to previous vehicle. There are also very improvements in the combustion vehicle. “We have been taking part in these competitions for quite now and I can tell you that we do pretty well. For example in the Hybrid category we came fourth last year. This year we want to finish in the top three.”

    Kulkarni further says that the team has been improving over the years. “People think that these are primarily racing events however more then racing these test the engineering capabilities of a team. The races test parameters such a drivability and maneuverability, endurance and other factors.”

    Rounak Maru, a fourth year instrumentation student and a team member highlighted that there are as many as 110 students from across all years and various branches who are part of the team.

    He also highlighted that for the combustion based vehicle, a few teams from India may also be participating. “For the hybrid event however our team is probably the only one from the country,” he adds
    Rounak Maru, a fourth year instrumentation student and a team member highlighted that there are as many as 110 students from across all years and various branches who are part of the team. He also highlighted that for the combustion based vehicle, a few teams from India may also be participating.

    “For the hybrid event however our team is probably the only one from the country,” he adds.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Express News Service / February 25th, 2017

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    The team of students from SDM Institute of Technology, Ujire, receiving the Guinness certificate at Dharmasthala recently.

    The team of students from SDM Institute of Technology, Ujire, receiving the Guinness certificate at Dharmasthala recently.

    SDMIT Cubers, a team of students from SDM Institute of Technology, Ujire, recently entered the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the ‘Largest Dual-sided Rubik’s Cube Mosaic’, measuring 14,981 sq m and involving 4,500 Rubik’s Cubes.

    Led by Prithveesh K., a final-year engineering student, the team attempted the record on October 2 last year at the Indraprastha Indoor Stadium, Ujire. Mr. Prithveesh said the mosaic was constructed vertically, depicting images — of Charlie Chaplin and Mr. Bean — on both the sides using 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cubes. The team began working at 7.30 a.m. and completed the 15-foot mosaic around 2.30 p.m.

    Mr. Prithveesh said Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D. Veerendra Heggade had offered financial support for their effort, which was also backed by SDM Society secretary B. Yashovarma and SDMIT principal K. Suresh. The certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records was received on February 15 and handed over to the team members by Mr. Heggade recently.

    The team also included Sharathkrishna K., Viresh Baragi, Shantinath Bharatesh Khurd, Shivakumar T., Prajwal Patil, Vinay T., Swapnil A. Arali, Prahlad M.M., Harikrishna V., Shayeel S. Naik, Sathwik S. Paranjape, Stephen K.A., Madhur G., Karthik M., Mallanagouda Meti, Sujay Suresh, Sanjaya Holla, Rohan R. Gumathanavar and Shiva H..

    Mr. Prithveesh said he has been promoting ‘cubing’ through various workshops and he entered the India Book of Records for training 500 students in solving different kinds of Rubik’s Cubes in 2015. He hails from Cherkady village in Udupi district and is the son of agriculturist Shyam Prasad.

    He said, “I want to make Rubik’s Cube more popular in India and hope to create another Guinness record at my home town Udupi.”

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correpondent / Mangaluru – February 23rd, 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: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Express News Service / February 15th, 2017

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    February 14th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion


    Mysuru :

    Kaviraj Prithvi of Mysuru recently participated in the Junior World Ice-skating Championship held in Innsburck, Austria between Jan. 26 and. 29.

    The qualification criteria to participate at any ISU (International Skating Union) World Championships are based on the personal best timings in 500 mtrs.

    The cut-off is 51 seconds. This is the first time any skater in junior category from our country has qualified with this timing. Kaviraj Prithvi (Mysuru) and Ashwin D’silva (Mangaluru) represented India.

    Both the skaters had qualified for this event during the European Championship held in Sofia, Bulgaria during December 2016. Kaviraj trains under Srikanth Rao in Mysuru and was coached by Avaduth Tawde during his participating in World Ice-skating Championship.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / February 08th, 2017

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    February 13th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Education, Sports



    Bengaluru :

    An assistant professor who doubles as a Karate trainer is teaching women self-defence on the campus, has been recognised by the Karate Association of India for promoting the martial art.


    Mathews P Raj, 29, an assistant professor of the department of Life Sciences at Jain University, Bengaluru has been conducting self-defence classes for the university’s students, as well as staff on the JC Road campus since 2012.

    While a few students are trained only for competitive karate to participate in tournaments, many girls and women are trained in self-defence, which includes a lot of mental training too. “The course lasts from six months to an year. Basically we train their minds and teach them how to act and behave in critical situations. They are even taught to defend themselves while wearing a saree,” says Mathews, who himself began learning Karate in 1992, when he was in class II.

    At the university, about 15 girls, 10 boys, five staff members and 10 sports students attend the training every day from 3.30 pm to 5 pm. The girls are also taught gymnastics. Regarding the mental training, Mathews says, “Everyone has this thing that once you join karate you can defend yourself. But in training, they are taught the concept of fighting without a fight. Even calling out for help is a part of self-defence.”
    In 2015, Jain University signed an MoU with the Karate Association of India, by which the varsity’s team gets direct entry in national karate competitions and competes as a special team. As of now, Jain is the only Indian varsity to promote Karate and self-defence.
    Mathews’ organisation – Wakayama Karate Do India, has conducted corporate training programmes, self-defence camps on the occasions of women’s day, one-off workshops lasting three to four hour in corporate sectors and schools.

    A CD of a video demo for women was made by the TCS group and the CDs were distributed to all women employees of TCS in India.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Tushar Kaushik / by Express News Service / February 12th, 2017

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    February 11th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports

    General State Games: BUDAA athlete breaks 30-year-old record in men’s 800M


    Vishwambhar Kolekar was undoubtedly the star performer of the day after he took down a 30-year-old State record en route to the men’s 800 metres gold here on the opening day of the athletics competitions of the State Games on Wednesday.

    In the first event of the day at the RN Shetty stadium, Vishwambhar, representing Bangalore Urban District Athletic Association (BUDAA), powered to gold in 1:47.5 seconds.

    The 26-year-old’s superb effort erased the long-standing State record of 1:50.4 seconds set by Damodara Gowda in the National Open Athletics Championship in Mangaluru in 1986. Gowda had won the silver then.

    Such was the dominance of Vishwambhar that he eased past the finish line ten seconds ahead of the silver medallist Kumaraswamy BK (BUDAA), who clocked 1:57.5.

    Vishwambhar, who had won the 800 and 1500 metres in the State Championhips in Bagalkot in October last, started as the favourite in an average field. He took the lead from the 400-metre mark and increased his pace to widen the gap. With no one to push him, Vishwambhar crossed the finish line with ease.

    “I was aware of the State record but my goal was to improve upon my personal best. I am delighted to have set a new State mark. I was confident of winning the gold but to have done it with a record is something special,” Vishwambhar, who is employed in the Indian Railways, said.

    In the men’s 200 metres final, Vidyasagar finished first in 21.3 seconds.

    The Mysuru athlete, winner of a silver medal at the South Asian Games last year, finished just ahead of Manish (Udupi), who timed 21.4 seconds to come second while Bengaluru’s Kiran settled for bronze in 22.0 seconds.

    In the corresponding women’s event, the experienced H M Jyothi of Bengaluru cruised to victory in 24.30.

    In women’s long jump, Dakshina Kannada’s Sneha SS emerged winner with a jump of 5.65 metres. Dakshina Kannada’s Aishwarya RB (5.56M) pipped Praneetha Pradeep (5.55) for silver.

    Kodagu triumph

    Meanwhile, Kodagu clicnhed the men’s hockey gold with a comfortable 2-0 win over Rail Wheel Factory in the final.

    Kunjappa opened the scoring for Kodagu in the 18th minute, while Rathan Muth­anna added the second in the 27th minute.

    Results: Athletics: Men: 200M: Vidyasagar (Mysuru) 21.3, 1; Manish (Udupi) 21.4, 2; Kiran M (Bengaluru) 22.0, 3.

    800M: Vishwambhar K (BUDDA) 1:47, 1 (State record. Old: 1:50.4, Damodara Gowda, 1986); Kumaraswamy BK (BUDDA) 1:57, 2; Devaiah TH (BUDDA) 1:58, 3.

    5000M: Immanual (Bengaluru) 15:46.08, 1; Saidappa (Belagavi) 15:50.9, 2; Chetana GJ (Mysuru) 16:62, 3.

    400M hurdles: Nagabushan (DK) 53.2, 1; Akshay D (Bengaluru) 54.3, 2; Bhakshith Salian (DK) 54.9, 3.

    Long jump: Siddarth Naik (Dakshina Kannada) 7.55M, 1; Anil Biju (BUDDA) 7.21M, 2; 7.17M, 3.

    High jump: Nithin K (DK) 1.95M, 1; Pramod SS (Shivamogga) 1.79, 2; Karthik ER (Mandya) 1.73, 3.

    Shot put: Suryaprakash M (Bengaluru) 13.00m, 1; Shantharam T (Bengaluru) 12.18M, 2; Yashas Aiyappa (Bengaluru) 12.18M, 3.

    Javelin throw: Anand VH (Bengaluru) 67.52, 1; Thippanna (MEG) 58.54, 2; AVG Krishnamma Naidu (Belagavi) 57.90, 3.

    Women: 200M: HM Jyothi (Bengaluru) 24.30, 1; Sneha PJ (Bengaluru) 25.0, 2; Vishwa CH (DK) 25.6, 3.

    800M: Maanya KM (Bengaluru) 2:30.04, 1; Kamalaxi K (Bengaluru) 2:30.05, 2; Navyashree C (Bengaluru) 2:33.00, 3.

    5000M: Thippavva Sannakki (Mysuru) 18:39.8, 1; Supritha (Hassan) 19:53.7, 2; Suma (Udupi) 20:10.2, 3.

    High jump: Abhinaya Shetty (DK) 1.61M, 1; Chaitra RV (DK) 1.61M, 2; Supriya (DK) 1.55M, 3.

    Javelin throw: Shahajahani (Mysuru) 44.59M, 1; Karishma Sahil (Udupi) 37.47M, 2; Kanika M (DK) 35.08, 3.

    Long jump: Sneha SS (DK) 5.65M, 1; Aishwarya B (DK) 5.56M, 2; Praneeta Pradeep (Bengaluru) 5.55M, 3.

    Shot put: Uma PS (Bengaluru) 13.15M, 1; Nivetha T (Bengaluru) 12.76, 2; Chinnavva S (DK) 11.77, 3.

    Hockey: Final: Men: Kodagu: 2 (Kunjappa 18th, Rathan Muthanna 27th) bt RWF: 0. Third-fourth: SAI, Bengaluru: 4 (Kariappa 12th. Machaiah 18th, 29th, Rahul M 34th) bt Hubballi-Dharwad: 0.

    Women: Final: DYES, Mysuru: 6 (Sandhya 7th, Rashmi 20th, 39th, Kruthika 28th, Neha 31st, Bhavya 37th) bt Bellary: 0. Third-fourth: Hassan: 6 (Sushma 9th, 34th, Chandana 21st, 44th, Devi 26th, Avinashree 27th) bt Hubballi-Dharwad:0.

    Kabaddi: All finals: Men: Vijaya Bank: 22 bt BMTC: 11.

    Women: Karnataka State Police: 29 bt GKC: 10.

    source: / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports / by Vivek MV, Dharwad / DHNS – February 09th, 2017

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    January 28th, 2017adminAmazing Feats, Records, All, Sports


    New Delhi:

    Olympian and Mysuru-born Vikas Gowda has been chosen for the prestigious Padma Shri award by the Government of India. The Government of India announced Padma Awards 2017 on Jan. 25.

    Discus thrower Vikas represented India at four Olympics-2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London & 2016 Rio.

    The athlete from Mysuru, based in the US, Vikas also made India proud by winning two consecutive gold medals at the Asian championships in Pune, Indian in 2013 and Wuhan, China in 2015.

    He also won the gold medal at Glasgow Commonwealth games in 2014.

    Vikas Gowda is the son of Shive Gowda, a former Mysore University athlete, who initially was based in Saraswathipuram, Mysuru and later on shifted to the US for better prospects.

    PERSONAL BEST – OUTDOOR: Shot Put- 19.62 Atlanta, GA 13 May 2006; Shot Put (6kg)- 19.30 Kingston, JAM 16 July 2002; Discus Throw- 66.28 Norman, OK 12 April 2012; Discus Throw (1.750kg)- 56.93 Kingston, JAM 17 July 2002; PERSONAL BEST – INDOOR Shot Put- 19.60 Chapel Hill, NC 18 February 2005.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / January 27th, 2017

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    January 27th, 2017adminAmazing Feats, Records, All, Sports, World Opinion
    Daunting task: Nidhi Tiwari completed 5,080 km from Yakutsk to Magadan and back. | Photo Credit: Handout E Mail

    Daunting task: Nidhi Tiwari completed 5,080 km from Yakutsk to Magadan and back. | Photo Credit: Handout E Mail

    Adventure lover flew to Yakutsk and drove East solo for 14 days along icy roads, to Magadan and back

    Even for experienced drivers at home in extreme terrain, the route to the icy Russian village Oymyakon, dubbed the Pole of Cold, and Magadan beyond can be daunting. So when Nidhi Tiwari, an outdoor educator and a passionate driver from Bengaluru steered her Toyota Prado through –50° C temperatures, many Russian villagers were surprised.

    The 36-year-old adventure lover and mother of two completed her 5,080 km solo expedition from Yakutsk to Magadan and back, through the coldest regions of Sakha Republic to become the first Indian to get there.

    Ms. Tiwari, born in Dharwad and raised in Bengaluru, wears her badge for inter-continental expeditions proudly. “My drive from New Delhi to London in 2015 put me on the road for 97 days, covering 23,800 km across 17 countries,” she says. She zeroed in on Oymyakon in December 2016, as she wanted to see the coldest place on earth, and take the treacherous ‘Highway of Bones’ route from Yakutsk to Magadan, viewed by some as one of the world’s most dangerous roads.

    The trip started with a flight to Yakutsk, followed by the drive for 14 days with a low temperature record of –59° at Ustnera near Sakha Republic. “I would drive for 14 hours a day on rough snow and ice. Even a minute’s exposure would freeze me with pain,” the explorer says.

    During the trip, she had Skype conversations with 5,000 school children in India on what she saw.

    With many geographical surprises popping up en route, adaptability was crucial. “The weather pierces the skin, and one has to deal with fatigue,” she says. What helped her was perfect four months of road-mapping and planning. Her SUV achieved an average of 12 km per litre.

    Villagers surprised

    As she covered the miles to Magadan, people could only stare in disbelief that someone from faraway India had made it to Oymyakon. “Shocked people offered free food and told me that I was crazy to be driving there,” says Ms. Tiwari who had to get used to just reindeer and horse meat with hot soup.

    As the goal was reached, historian Vasielia Tamara Yagerovna of the Russian Geographic Society said on Facebook that the list of visitors from 47 countries to Oymyakon now had an Indian name, the first.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Ranjani Govind / Bengaluru – January 27th, 2017

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    January 24th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports


    City’s S.D. Prajwal Dev (right) and Kunal Vazirani, winners of the Men’s Doubles Title of Rs. 2 lakh AITA Dinshaw Godwana Club’s National Level Men’s Tennis Tournament 2017 at Nagpur on Friday are seen with the winner’s trophy.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / January 23rd, 2017

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    December 28th, 2016adminRecords, All, Sports, Uncategorized


    Mysuru :

    Mysuru girl Aishwarya Rao, who participated in the 6th national-level inter-school & college and open yogasana championship at Mandya, has bagged the national yoga championship by winning first prize in both the events.

    The event was organised jointly by Swami Vivekananda Kannada Yuva Yoga Balaga, Mysore Yoga Okkuta and MDCDA, Mandya, on Dec. 17 and 18.

    A student of Brahmashri Narayana Guru Yoga Mandira Trust, Kuvempungar, she is trained by yogacharya B. Shantharam. Apart from yoga, Aishwarya, who is a talented dancer, has set her foot in Sandalwood too and one of her films will be released soon.

    Aishwarya who is undergoing training as yoga teacher and learning Ashtanga Yoga, is the daughter of B. Narayanarao and Sujatha, residents of Kuvempungar here.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / December 23rd, 2016

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