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    July 30th, 2017adminSports

    Udupi :

    Karnataka too has opened up its purse strings to women cricketers from the state in the Mithali Raj led World Cup squad that finished runners up to hosts England in the just concluded Women’s World Cup cricket tournament. Felicitating the squad for falling historic 9-runs short of an epic win at the Lords, minister for sports and youth empowerment Pramod Madhwaraj said the performance of the squad has done the state in general and nation in particular rather proud.

    The minister also announced a cash award of Rs 25 lakh each to two women cricketers who were part of the squad – Rajeshwari Shivanand Gayakwad, left arm orthodox spinner and right handed batswoman from Vijayapura and leg break bowler cum batswoman K Veda Krishnamurthy  from Chikkamagaluru. The amount will be given to these players at a felicitation function that will be arranged shortly, he said, adding their example should inspire more women to take up this game.

    Incidentally, the BCCI has already announced Rs 50 lakh each to every member of the squad and reward to the support staff as well while Indian Railways Rs 1.3 crore (or Rs 13 lakh each) to 10 members of the squad who are employed with the Railways and out of turn promotions to them as well. Respective state governments too have announced job offers to players from their state with Punjab government offering DSPs post to power hitter Harmanpreet Kaur .

    source: / The Times of India / Home> News> City News> Mangalore News / by Jaideep Shenoy / TNN / July 29th, 2017

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    July 3rd, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports

    Rakshit, Kushi emerge champions

    Rakshit Barigidad and V. Kushi emerged the men’s and women’s champions respectively as the Malleswaram Association State-ranking table tennis tournament concluded here on Sunday. Rakshit defeated Shreyas Kulkarni 14-12, 9-11, 11-1, 14-12, 11-7, while Kushi, who had won the junior title a couple of days ago, held off Koumudi Patankar 11-13, 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-2, 5-11, 11-5.

    The results (all finals): Men: Rakshit Barigidad bt Shreyas Kulkarni 14-12, 9-11, 11-1, 14-12, 11-7; Boys: Sub-junior: K.J. Aakash bt Neil Gollarkeri 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10; Cadet: Rohit Shankar bt Hrishikesh Shettlur 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 8-11, 11-4.

    Women: V. Kushi bt Koumudi Patankar 11-13, 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-2, 5-11, 11-5; Girls: Sub-junior: M. Anargya bt G. Yashaswini 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7; Cadet: M. Deshna bt Sahana Murthy 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 .

    Solomon scores winner

    A strike from Solomon helped Navrathna FC snatch a 1-0 win over Bangalore Youngsters in the BDFA ‘C’ division football league here on Sunday.

    The results: Vel Socials 0 drew with Bentex FC 0; Navrathna FC 1 (Solomon 49) bt Bangalore Youngsters 0 .

    Rail Wheel Factory posts win

    Rail Wheel Factory rallied from a goal down to defeat Customs and Central Excise 3-1 in the Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa Memorial hockey tournament here on Sunday.

    The results: SAI ‘A’ 3 (Stalin 19, Raheel 23, Veeranna 57) bt ASC 1 (Anand Nag 48); RWF 3 (M.G. Poonacha 21, Umesh 60, Deepak 64) bt Customs and Central Excise 1 (Nilesh 17) .

    Dinesh wins title

    IM Dinesh Sharma of Uttar Pradesh won his final round against K. Senthil Maran (TN) in the top board and clinched the title with eight points from nine rounds in the Open category, on the concluding day of the Late Prof. S.K. Ananda Thirtha Memorial all India FIDE-rating rapid chess tournament.

    Final Placings: Open Section: 1. IM Dinesh Sharma (UP, 8 points), 2. FM Karthik Venkataraman (AP, 7.5 & 55 tie-break score), 3. Ram S. Krishnan (TN, 7.5 & 54.5), 4. FM Joydeep Dutta (WB, 7.5 & 54), 5. P. Saravana Krishnan (TN, 7.5 & 53.5).

    Rating below 1800: 1. AIM Trisha Kanyamarala (TS, 7), 2. Yashas Kara Jois (Kar, 6.5), 3. V.P.S. Darshan (6.5).

    Rating below 1600: 1. S K. Kanishk (TN, 6.5), 2. L. Seshadri (Kar, 6), 3. R. Thirumurugan (TN, 6).

    Rating below 1400: 1. Vijay Ravi (Kar, 6.5), 2. Vishnu Sundar (Kar, 6), 3. S. Selva Kumar (TN, 6).

    Rating below 1250: 1. Abhay B. Bhandarkar (Kar, 6), 2. M.N. Eshanvi (Kar, 6), 3. H.N. Preetham (Kar, 5.5).

    Best female (above 30 years): Prasanna Swamy (Ker, 6).

    Best veteran (above 55 years): K. Upendra .

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Sport /  Bengaluru – July 03rd, 2017

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    June 18th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports

    Having taken a big step towards Formula One, Arjun Maini is working hard to realise his big dream.

    confident: Arjun Maini says he is eager to learn as much as he can from the F1 paddock. DH PHOTO/ BH SHIVAKUMAR

    confident: Arjun Maini says he is eager to learn as much as he can from the F1 paddock. DH PHOTO/ BH SHIVAKUMAR

    History has been beckoning this youngster right from his formative days but still, nothing can be as sweet as hitting the right path to realising a childhood ambition.

    The teenager in question is Arjun Maini, a 19-year-old who has really caught the attention of the motorsport world with his performances on the GP3 circuit. So much so that he has been roped in as a development driver for the Haas Formula One team, alongside American Santino Ferrucci.

    From the go-karting tracks of Bengaluru to the historic tracks in Europe, the boy who fuelled his adrenaline rush at the tender age of five could well go on to secure a position in an F1 cockpit.

    Unusually grounded for a teenager his age, Arjun says that not much will change and that he will leave nothing to chance and continue to strive towards racing at the top level. He, however, does explain the experience of witnessing an F1 paddock was the stuff of dreams.

    “It’s unbelievable. It’s hard to explain. When you walk from the GP3 paddock to the F1 paddock the difference in everything, the size, the glamour, it’s absolutely unbelievable. I’m not going to lie, it does feel a bit overwhelming initially, but when you get over it, the racing is still the same.

    “You still go out there to win. Haas wants me to be completely focused on what I’m doing now and that’s the GP3 series and that’s what I’m going to do,” he adds.

    Interactions with the technical staff in the pit garage will only enhance his skill and knowledge of the motorsport, something that is the key for longevity in the sport. And Arjun is making use of every opportunity he receives.

    “I got signed just before my first weekend of the year. I was able to be in the garage during the session. Basically understand how the drivers work with the engineers and how the teams operate at the peak hours of motorsport. That’s what’s important about this role. That’s what I want to take with me, all the experience I can to prepare me for what could be in the future.”

    Two days after he was signed by Haas, Arjun reached another milestone, becoming the first Indian ever to win a race on the GP3 circuit, no mean feat considering he had Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandok as predecessors.

    A visibly emotional and teary-eyed Arjun had stood atop the podium as the Indian National anthem wafted across the Circuit de Barcelona in Catalunya. But the Bengaluru lad admits the predominant emotion he felt at the time was relief.

    “I started from second and took the lead a little into the race. And then I had to battle with (Dorian) Boccolacci for two laps… I think the best laps of my career so far. The battle was so intense. I know it was very important for me to win but I did cherish that battle even though that could cause me to lose the lead.

    “After that when I pulled away and crossed the flag the first feeling was relief. I was really relieved I had done that because that was very important for me. And then there were so many emotions that took over that it’s hard to explain the feeling, when you’re in the lap coming back to the pit,” he quipped.

    While Karthikeyan and Chandok did not have the luxury of a step-by-step progression in the sport, it has been a lot more organised and has panned out better for Arjun, who believes that it gives him an edge.

    “I am extremely lucky to be in the position that I am in right now and really grateful for everything. I’ve had fabulous support from JK Tyre during my younger days and with Haas now. Family support has been absolutely incredible from the beginning and support from Karun as well. Everything is pointing in the right direction and I’m much more prepared than Karun and Narain were and hope I can cash in on it.”

    Arjun’s foray into motorsport was an obvious one with his father Gautam Maini, a former National racer, providing the necessary encouragement for both his sons. His younger son Kush races in Formula 4.

    “The main thing is the support from the family. My father, mother and brother are completely supportive of what I do. My brother being a driver, we push each other when we are training or when we spend time in the simulator. I think that way I’m in a very very privileged position and I’m really grateful for that,” he said adding that another guiding force has been Chandok, who is his mentor-cum-manger.

    “He started guiding me pretty much from when I got into cars. He’s guided me all throughout. It’s very important that someone like Karun is guiding me, he’s been there and he’s made it. He knows what I need to do and what not to do. And that’s what’s great. It’s made it easier for me.”

    India has a real dearth of good tracks in the country — barring a few in Coimbatore, Sriperumbudur, Bengaluru and Hyderabad — so a success story like Arjun’s may not be a constant occurrance. Apart from the tracks, Arjun believes that there is also a need for further exposure if India have to announce themselves on the big stage.

    “There are definitely not enough tracks. When I was young we had the Speedzone track in Bangalore and I used to go there every Sunday to drive and that’s how to start. That’s how you fall in love with the sport. Not having enough racing space is a problem but it’s coming up.

    “There is also the issue of lack of exposure. There are a lot more championships and there are a lot more karters that are there in the junior karting championships. A lot more people watch motorsports there. When I got into it I started off by watching Formula One. That’s what got me into my first go-kart. But the opportunity lower down is a lot less,” added Arjun, who is an ardent Sebastian Vettel admirer.

    Having taken the first step towards what could be a fulfilling career, Arjun is keen to stay grounded and take one day at a time rather than set himself any long-term goals.

    “I think I am just taking it as it comes, day by day. I’ve just started doing really well. We’re third in the championship in GP3 and that’s how we want to continue, be in the top three-four in the GP3 championship. That’s what I’m looking forward to this year,” he signed off.

    source: / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> Sportscene / by Arjun Ganesh / June 17th, 2017

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    May 31st, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, Uncategorized

    Ridhima Kumar obliterates 18-year-old 100 freestyle record en route to gold.

    big splash Srihari Natraj of GSC en route to the 100M backstroke gold at BAC in Bengaluru on Tuesday. DH photo

    big splash Srihari Natraj of GSC en route to the 100M backstroke gold at BAC in Bengaluru on Tuesday. DH photo

    On a day when the evening session was delayed due to persistent rain, it rained records at the State Junior and Sub-junior Aq­uatic Championships at the Basavanagudi Aquatic Centre (BAC) here on Tuesday.

    Srihari Natraj, Prasidha Krishna and Ridhima Kumar were the pick of the lot on the opening day of the four-day meet as they set new State records while bettering existing national marks.

    In Group I, Srihari was the fastest in the 100M backstroke, touching the pad in 57.85 seconds. He obliterated the previous State best of 1:01.46 set by Aravind Mani of BAC in 2013 in the heats. His time was also faster than the national mark of 59.87 seconds held by Vedant Seth of Delhi.

    In Group II, Prasidha Krishna stole the limelight with his fine swim in the 200M butterfly final. The Global Swim Centre’s trainee won the gold in 2:11.32, a new meet record. He bettered the previous best of 2:16.02 by BAC’s Aaron D’ Souza in 2006. His timing was also better than the national best of 2:12.09, another mark set by Aaron in 2006.

    Later in Group IV, Ridhima set the pool ablaze with a record gold in the 100M freestyle. The BAC swimmer won the top prize in 1:09.20, obliterating an 18-year-old the record of Shivaranjini, set at 1:14.46 in 1999.

    Later, BAC’s Khushi Dinesh created a new meet record en route to her gold in Group II, 800M freestyle. Khushi touched the pad in 9:48.95, six seconds faster than the previous best of 9:55.51, set by Sreelakshmi G in 2008.

    DH News Service
    Results: Boys: Group I: 1500M freestyle: Saif Chandan KS (BAC) 17:08.40, 1; Yatish S Gowda (BAC) 17:09.70, 2; Om Kumar TK (BAC) 17:34.23, 3.
    100M backstroke: Srihari Nataraj (Global) 57.85 (NMR; Old: Aravind Mani, BAC, 1:01.46, 2013), 1; Nishant Kumar (Global) 1:02.37, 2; Siva S (BAC) 1:02.86, 3.

    100M breaststroke: Pruthvik DS (BAC) 1:08.40, 1; Manav Dileep (Global) 1:09.09, 2; Pranav G Mitra (BAC) 1:16.80, 3.

    200M butterfly: Rahul M (BAC) 2:09.85, 1; Saif Chandan K S (BAC) 2:14.09, 2; Om Kumar T K (BAC) 2:18.36, 3.

    Group II: 800M freestyle: Raj Vinayak Relekar (Dolphin) 9:28.98, 1; Dhyan Balakrishna (BAC) 9:29.56, 2; Litheesh G Gowda (BAC) 9:29.61, 3.

    100M backstroke: Shivansh Singh (BAC) 1:04.40 (NMR; Old: Srihari Natraj, Global, 1:04.96, 2017) 1; R Vaibhav Shet (Global) 1:06.61. 2; Jatin B (Global) 1:08.17, 3.

    100M breaststroke: Litheesh G Gowda (BAC) 1:13.07, 1; Hiten Mittal (BAC) 1:14.09, 2; Pragun Dev (Dolphin) 1:14.67, 3.

    200M butterfly: Prasidha Krishna P A (Global) 2:11.32 (NMR; Old: Aaron D’ Souza, BAC, 2:16.02, 2006) 1; Tanish George Mathew (Dolphin) 2:12.07, 2; Shivansh Singh (BAC) 2:22.93, 3.

    Group III: 200M freestyle: R Akshaya Shet (Global) 2:21.33, 1; Dhyaan M (Dolphin) 2:21.97, 2; Adith Smaran Olety (BAC) 2:23.00, 3. 100M butterfly: Utkarsh S Patil (BAC) 1:07.29, 1; Shreyas V (BAC) 1:08.00, 2; Nayan Vignesh P (BAC) 1:08.03, 3.

    Group IV: 100M freestyle: Krish Sukumar (Dolphin) 1:12.49, 1; R Navaneet Gowda (Dolphin) 1:12.49, 2; Renukacharya C Hodmani (Dolphin) 1:12.75, 3. 50M backstroke: Rithish Vikram D (Global) 37.30, 1; Krish Sukumar (Dolphin) 37.67, 2; Renukacharya C Hodmani (Dolphin) 38.94, 3.

    Girls: Group I: 1500M freestyle: Dhruti Muralidhar (BAC) 18:59.86, 1; Nikitha SV (BAC) 19:35.34, 2; Nandini SS (BAC) 19:35.79, 3. 100M backstroke: Jhanati Rajesh (BAC) 1:11.56, 1; Spoorthi M J (PAC) 1:13.66, 2; Shriya R Bhat (BAC) 1:13.91, 3; 100M breaststroke: Riddhi S Bohra (Pooja) 1:16.80 (NMR; Old: 1:18.60, Saloni Dalal, BAC, 2017) 1; Saloni Dalal (BAC) 1:16.83, 2; Harshitha Jayaram (Global) 1:17.06, 3.

    200M butterfly: Mayuri Lingaraj (BAC) 2:36.24, 1; Hita Nayak (BAC) 2:39.41, 2; Nikitha S V (BAC) 2:39.67, 3.

    Group II: 800M freestyle: Khushi Dinesh (BAC) 9:48.95, 1 (NMR; Old: 9:55.51, Sreelakshmi G, KCR, 2008) 1; Poojitha G Murthy (BAC) 9:51.99, 2; Divya Ghosh (Global) 10:18.10, 3. 100M backstroke: Suvana C Baskar (Dolphin) 1:10.56 (NMR; Old: Suvana C Baskar 1:10.96, DA, 2017) 1; Bhoomika R Kesarkar (Dolphin) 1:13.68, 2; Krizana Irani (Belagavi) 1:14.30, 3. 100M breaststroke: Rachana SR Rao (Mangala) 1:19.73, 1; Shania G Siromani (Dolphin) 1:21.68, 2; Madhura BG (BAC) 1:21.76, 3.
    200M butterfly: Saachi G (BAC) 2:34.36, 1; Smruthi Mahalingam (BAC) 2:39.31, 2; Adya Nayak (BAC) 2:41.87, 3.

    Group III: 200M freestlye: Jedidah A (Dolphin) 2:26.31, 1; Samanvitha R (Aqua Swim) 2:28.33, 2; Medha Venkatesh (BAC) 2:29.98, 3. 100M butterfly: Jedidah A (Dolphin) 1:12.82, 1; Medha Venkatesh (BAC) 1:15.17, 2; Anveesha Girish (VAC) 1:15.40, 3.

    Group IV: 100M freestyle: Ridhima Veerendra Kumar (BAC) 1:09.20 (NMR, Old: 1:14.46, Shivaranjini, BAC, 1999) 1; Aashna Ashwin Mattur (BAC) 1:10.84, 2; Ambar J Singh (Dolphin) 1:12.97, 3. 50M backstroke: Ridhima Veerendra Kumar (BAC) 36.31, 1; Aashna Ashwin Mattur (BAC) 38.22, 2; Ambar J Singh (Dolphin) 39.42, 3.

    source: / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports / DH News Service / Bengaluru – May 31st, 2017

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    May 26th, 2017adminSports


    Once famous for his moves on the football pitch, former India international and ITI defender, J Mohan Kumar, now keeps vigil at the gates of Mount Carmel College

    J Mohan Kumar has gotten used to obscurity. He still has the bearing of one who was once famous, and takes great pride in his job as a security guard at Mount Carmel College, but he is no more than a man in a uniform, a fixture to those who pass in and out of the gates of that famous institution.

    Mohan though has fond memories of his time in another ‘uniform’, a time when his name often rang through football stadiums and his face was instantly recognizable.

    The former Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) deep defender looks back with a smile on the collective exploits of his team and his teammates with whom he ached, sweated and toiled. Those were good days even if he was merely a pawn in a flawed system, discarded and forgotten once his legs turned weak and his hair gray. Not that he would trade his playing career for anything in the world, mind you.

    In a 30-year career as player and coach, Mohan stayed loyal to ITI. He won the first edition of the Federation Cup with ITI in 1977. He was also briefly the coach of the Garden City College football team, but left abruptly due to differences with his players and did odd jobs for a living. He eventually wound up manning the gates at MCC.

    Mohan says the job is a boon and “better than doing nothing at home”. “One of my friends worked as a driver here,” Mohan told Mirror. “I asked him if there was a vacancy for me and he told me of the opening for a guard. He did ask me if it’s something I would do considering I am a footballer who has won many laurels. I told him it’s difficult if I do nothing. Here, I have to check for ID cards and ensure there is no trouble. Since this is a girls’ college, my job is to keep the women inside safe. I don’t look at it as something that is beyond my dignity. It’s still a job and I enjoy it.”

    He also enjoyed his time in ITI colours, his days with the Indian team and as coach.

    As a player, he reached the final of the Stafford Challenge Cup in 1980 where they lost 2-4 to Iraqi Youth Football Club. His football skills took him to Korea, Afghanistan and Malaysia — at a time when most people didn’t even have a passport. Memories like these sustain him during his vigil at the gates.

    Life for his teammates in ITI is a struggle too, Mohan says, but he has accepted the roll of the dice. “There was Rajashekhar, Silambaranathan and Kanthraj who were good defenders,” he recollects.

    “Immanuel was a striker in our team and Ayatullah Khan was another great player. Some of my teammates have passed away, while some are struggling with diabetes.

    There are others who are doing okay too. I’ve tried to maintain myself physically and I’m doing quite well.”

    Penury is a familiar foe. His story is typical of many other great players of his time. Born in Ambur, Tamil Nadu, he moved to Bengaluru after Class 11. His parents couldn’t afford to send him to college — he was one of 11 children — so he was drawn to football like iron fillings to a magnet.

    He began playing with his friends at 515 Army Base Workshop (ABW). He was soon spotted by state officials who guided him to greener pastures in the early seventies. His time with ITI earned him a call up to the national team.

    Playing against an Iraqi club in the Stafford Challenge Cup in 1980 counts as one of his best moments. After that, it went downhill for Mohan as he was rejected for the post of a coach. His health began to deteriorate too and he was soon out of work. “I became restless at home,” he said. “I just couldn’t sit doing nothing and living without earning a penny. I took up this job without hesitation as it would help me feed my family. Things are starting to look up again. I greet all people here with a smile.”

    source: / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Sports> Others / by Farheen Ayesha, Bangalore Mirror  Bureau / May 23rd, 2017

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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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