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


    One thing that inspires fitness enthusiasts not to miss their training sessions is Shridhar Malagi pumping weights at Jairaj Gym in Tilakwadi.

    While others sweat it out, Mr. Malagi seems to do it effortlessly and that too with just one hand. Doctors had amputated his left hand after he met with an accident.

    Mr. Malagi visits the gym only to keep himself fit. His real prowess is seen in swimming.  He is part of the State team that won several medals at the recent national para swimming event. He won five medals under various categories and plans to compete at the 2020 Paralympics.

    Mr. Malagi remembers the fateful day when he lost his arm. He was returning home in Belagavi when his school auto met with an accident. Multiple visits to hospitals, before and after surgery, and many painful nights later, he returned to school. That was 12 years ago when he was in Class 1. “I was feeling down and out. We were poor and could not afford any special school. My father works as an assistant in a factory and mother a maid,” he told The Hindu. And then his swimming story began. Coach Umesh Kalaghatagi, who trains children at the JNMC swimming pool and the Rotary sports centre, spotted him at the edge of the pool, and asked him if he wanted to swim.

    Mr. Malagi hesitantly said yes and brought his parents to meet the coach the next day.

    “I have seldom missed my swimming classes since that day,” he says.

    In his para swimming career of over five years he has won 27 medals at national events.

    A similar inspiring story is that of Simran Gaundalkar who won two medals at the recent World Dwarf Games at Ontario in Canada. The 14-year-old girl has collected 24 medals at the national and international events.

    Born with Achondroplasia, a genetic disorder that restricts growth and leads to dwarfism, she was ridiculed by neighbours and schoolmates. But her parents supported her and sent her to study in a normal school in Belagavi.

    “Coach Kalaghatagi spotted me and initiated me into swimming. I never believed I would do it, but now I enjoy it,” she said. She has been training since she was in Class 2.

    Zilla Panchayat CEO R. Ramachandran felicitated the swimmers on Monday. He promised all help to the swimmers and their coach Mr. Kalaghatagi.

    “We will help them in their search for sponsors and try to provide them with other assistance,” he said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> States> Karnataka / by Rishikesh Bahadur Desai / Belagavi – December 27th, 2017

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    Harshad Rao

    Harshad Rao

    This 29-year-old has made a habit out of scaling peaks. On May 21 last year, Harshad Rao summited the Mount Everest at 8.20 am, and is now aiming to scale the Mt Kanchenjunga, which he will be climbing around May next year.

    Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m/28,169ft) referred to as the ‘treasure of the snow’ is the highest peak of India. Rao will take the Nepal route and attempt this extremely tough climb. The software graduate will also give his climb a unique tech touch. He will adapt Live Location Tracking (LLT) system during his climb. “This will help track my climb real time on Google Maps. This is going to be done for the first time in civilian Indian mountaineering history,” he said.

    The total budget for Rao’s expedition is about Rs 20 lakh and he is currently working on the permissions and logistics for the expedition in form of oxygen, food and equipment. He is practising long-distance running, cycling and yoga. It is going to be a 60-day expedition along with an international team. He will soon be practising in the hyperbaric chamber in Pune.

    “I am working towards it mentally and physically. The peak remains unclimbed in this year and in 2016. In 1988, mountaineers from India attempted to climb Mt Kachenjunga, but fell short of the summit. The summit is definitely technically difficult because of the presence of soft snow on its route. The death ratio is also higher than Mr Everest,” he said.

    Rao hails from Ardi village of Kundapur in Udupi district. He gave up his job for the sake of the Mt Everest expedition, which was a tough one especially because his oxygen mask developed a leak. He developed an interest in mountaineering after going on treks regularly. He got formally trained from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttar Kashi and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. In 2009, he climbed the Jaonli peak (6632 mt) and Jogin 1 and 3 in 2011. He had also undertaken a cycling expedition from Pune to Kanyakumari.

    source: / Bangalore Mirror / Home> News> State / by Deepthi Sanjiv, Bangalore Mirror Bureau / December 21st, 2017

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    December 26th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports
    After bagging three medals at the recently concluded Asian Youth Para Games in Dubai, swimmer Shridhar Malagi of Belagavi wants to qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020

    After bagging three medals at the recently concluded Asian Youth Para Games in Dubai, swimmer Shridhar Malagi of Belagavi wants to qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020


    Shridhar Malagi of Belagavi, who represented India, at the Asian Youth Para Games held from December 8-14 in Dubai, bagged silver medal in 100m breaststroke and bronze medals in 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley. He was included in the Indian team based on his performance at the national competition in Udaipur where he won five gold medals.

    Shridharis being trained by Umesh Kalghatgi, Rajesh Shinde and Guruprasad Tangankar. Shridhar told reporters: “He is now targeting the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics and is practising hard to qualify for the event.”

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Hubballi News / TNN / December 22nd, 2017

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    December 17th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports

    Sunil Chhetri and Aditi Ashok bagged top honours at the ACT Fibernet-SWAB awards in Bengaluru on Saturday.

    Before a star-studded gathering that included chief guest Abhinav Bindra and sporting luminaries from the city, former India hockey captain M.P. Ganesh was presented the 'Lifetime Achievement' award. - SUDHAKAR JAIN

    Before a star-studded gathering that included chief guest Abhinav Bindra and sporting luminaries from the city, former India hockey captain M.P. Ganesh was presented the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award. – SUDHAKAR JAIN

    Sunil Chhetri and Aditi Ashok bagged top honours at the ACT Fibernet-SWAB awards here on Saturday. The pair claimed the ‘Best Sportsperson of the Year’ awards in the senior category while Anil Kumble was declared the ‘Coach of the Year’.

    Before a star-studded gathering that included chief guest Abhinav Bindra and sporting luminaries from the city, former India hockey captain M.P.Ganesh was presented the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award.

    Bengaluru FC was adjudged the ‘Team of the Year’ while racing driver Arjun Maini and swimmer Damini K. Gowda emerged the ‘Best Sportspersons of the Year’ in the junior section.

    “Bangalore holds a very special place in my heart,” said Bindra, in an eloquent address laced with humour. “I spent many days of my youth shooting at the SAI South Centre here. There is something in the air of Bangalore that makes it special for sports, and I am not saying that because I have just flown here from Delhi.”

    Chhetri, whose exploits for the Indian National team and BFC saw him edge out the likes of K.L. Rahul, Rohan Bopannaand Pankaj Advani for the top prize, said: “When I started off, I was scared of journalists. Over time, I recognized the role they played and built a relationship with them.”

    Ganesh, who won a bronze medal at the 1972 Olympic Games, spoke of his playing career and his transition into administration. The 72-year-old felt government officials, journalists and former athletes needed to join hands to nurture sporting talent.

    Harendra Singh, coach of the Indian women’s hockey team, presented the ‘Coach of the Year’ award to Kumble, under whom India won five successive Test series between July 2016 and March 2017.

    Kumble was modest in his acceptance of the award.

    “I think coaches in cricket don’t have too much to say or too much to do. But nonetheless, this is an excellent recognition of all the good work that the team did over the past one year and they have continued with their winning ways,” he said.

    “I’m confident that the team which we have will certainly go on to create history in South Africa and then beyond. The team under Virat certainly has the capabilities to achieve that.”

    K. Sriram, a member of the KSCA’s media staff, was presented with the ‘Behind the Scenes’ award while the Karnataka Badminton Association was declared the ‘Association of the Year’.

    source: / SportStar / Home> More Sports / by Team Sportstar / Bengaluru – December 16th, 2017

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    Mayor Kavita Sanil addressing a press conference at the Mangaluru City Corporation on Tuesday.

    Mayor Kavita Sanil addressing a press conference at the Mangaluru City Corporation on Tuesday.

    Three more chosen in Yakshagana, Education, Sports categories

    A committee of the Mangaluru City Corporation has chosen well-known saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath for the corporation’s first Ullal Srinivas Mallya Memorial Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award.

    The award carries a purse of ₹ 1 lakh, a memento and a citation. The award will be presented during the Mangaluru City Corporation Day at the Town Hall here on December 8.

    In addition, the committee has chosen three persons for the Ullal Srinivas Mallya Memorial Award for Yakshagana, Education and Sports.

    They are Agari Raghurama Bhagavatha (Yakshagana); K.A. Rohini (Education) and M.R. Poovamma (Sports). Each one of them would be given away a purse of ₹ 50,000, a memento and a citation.

    Announcing the awards here on Tuesday, Mayor Kavita Sanil said that the corporation has instituted the awards for the first time to recognise the contribution of those who have brought laurels to Mangaluru.

    The selection committee comprised B.A. Vivek Rai, former Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University and also Karnataka State Open University; B.A. Abdul Rahman, former Vice-Chancellor, Kannur and Calicut universities, K.N. Tingalaya, former Chairman of Syndicate Bank, Rita Noronha, a social worker, and Manohar Prasad, a journalist. The Mayor is the ex-officio chairperson of the committee.

    She said that the corporation would conduct a drawing competition for primary and high school students within the jurisdiction of the corporation in the forenoon on December 8. The topics would be Mangaluru International Airport; New Mangaluru Port; National Institute of Technology, Surathkal; National Highway 66 and Mangaluru-Hassan railway line.

    The topics have been selected on the basis of contribution of late Mallya for their development. The venue would be the mini Town Hall. There will be three awards each in primary and high school categories. Students will have to register their names either by sending a message on WhatsApp to 9964160249 or 9113995063 before December 6.

    She said that the programmes of the City Corporation Day would be conducted from 2.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. The awards would be presented at 6.30 p.m. There would be cultural programmes before and after the award presentation. D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala, would present the awards.

    The Mayor would present a karate demonstration after the award presentation.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Mangaluru / by Special Correspondent / Mangaluru – Decemberj06th, 2017

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    December 1st, 2017adminAmazing Feats, Records, All, Sports, World Opinion
    Flying high: Captain Audrey Deepika Maben and her daughter Amy Mehta with their aircraft at the Jakkur Aerodrome in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

    Flying high: Captain Audrey Deepika Maben and her daughter Amy Mehta with their aircraft at the Jakkur Aerodrome in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

    Woman, daughter to fly 50,000 km to garner support for women’s empowerment

    In Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, Phileas Fogg and his valet take steamers and trains and even an elephant while in India to win a bet with £20,000 at stake. Flying instructor Captain Audrey Deepika Maben and her 19-year-old daughter Amy Mehta are driven by a different goal as they get ready to fly around the world in 80 days in a motor glider: to spread awareness on women empowerment.

    They will cover 21 countries and 50,000 km to garner support for the We! Udaan scholarship for underprivileged girls who want to fly.

    K. Moses Chalai, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, congratulated the mother-daughter duo and also read a message on behalf of Menaka Gandhi. He said the expedition would be a great example of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign.

    The expedition

    Talking about the expedition, Captain Audrey said the it was very dear to her as it would help young girls around the country realise their dreams of flying. “This expedition is only one part of our mission. The larger goal is to encourage women across the country to take up flying,” she said.

    She explained that this expedition would be a challenge as they would have to land for washroom breaks and prepare their bodies to accustom to tough conditions during their monthly cycles.

    The expedition, in its planning stages now, will be finalised in the next two months. They plan to travel across 21 countries with 70 to 90 landings in between, which may vary depending on prevalent weather conditions and re-fuelling. They will fly eastward towards Japan, Russia, Alaska, North America, Greenland, Europe, Pakistan and back to India. As the motor glider requires fair weather and as Captain Audrey only has a daylight flying licence, they will be flying around 5-6 hours per day.

    Training routine

    As part of her training routine, Captain Audrey, a mother of three, works out everyday and has regular physical training. She is also following a strict nutrition plan along with yoga and meditation. The initiative is undertaken by an entertainment channel in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Child Development and Social Access Communications.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Ashwini Raj / Bengaluru – November 30th, 2017

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    November 28th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion
    Cruise control: Pankaj Advani was at his fluent best as he outclassed Amir Sarkhosh.

    Cruise control: Pankaj Advani was at his fluent best as he outclassed Amir Sarkhosh.

    Sarkhosh fails to mount challenge

    Pankaj Advani dished out another superb performance to outclass Iran’s Amir Sarkhosh in the final and claim the IBSF World snooker championship here on Monday.

    Advani’s deadly attacking game coupled with a phenomenally tight safety play helped him secure his 18th World championship title with a 8-2 win over Sarkhosh at the Al-Arabi Sports Club.

    The best-of-15 frame final witnessed Sarkhosh pocketing the first frame easily. The Iranian looked strong and focused in the second frame too but a missed green pot gave a lifeline to Pankaj as he seized the opportunity with both hands and drew parity.

    Pankaj never looked back from there as he raced to a 5-2 lead, though Sarkhosh came with a century break to win the sixth frame, and after the break, wrapped it up with three straight frames.

    The result:

    Pankaj Advani bt Amir Sarkhosh (Irn) 8-2 (19-71, 79-53, 98-23, 69-62, 60-05, 0-134, 75-07, 103-4, 77-13, 67-47).

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Sports> Other Sports / PTI / Doha – November 27th, 2017

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    November 22nd, 2017adminSports
    To hell and back: Sadanand Vishwanath had to deal with personal tragedy and an early end to his international career before finding his feet again.

    To hell and back: Sadanand Vishwanath had to deal with personal tragedy and an early end to his international career before finding his feet again.

    Former ’keeper requests umpiring stint extension

    He developed “friendship” with “solitude” and in the process was lost to the world of cricket.

    As he explored means to sustain himself, living a hand-to-mouth existence at one point, Sadanand Vishwanath discovered a new vocation and some new friends.

    From the heady days of being hounded by fans, the pin-up boy of Indian cricket, described by Sunil Gavaskar as the key man behind India’s success at the 1985 World Championship of Cricket, Vishwanath faced the harsh realities of life as he played his last match in 1988.

    After toying with the idea of employment overseas, struggling to float on his own, he reconciled to a career again on the cricket field. He donned the umpire’s role and served in that capacity from 1995.

    On Tuesday he retired as an umpire at 55 after the Chhattisgarh-Odisha match in the Cooch-Behar (under-19) Trophy at Bhilai.

    Was he a case of talent gone astray in the world of fame and glamour? Losing his parents, he insists, in quick succession (1984 and 1985), left him disconsolate.

    “It was a difficult period. My cricket was not progressing and personally I was alone. The grief of losing my parents pulled me back,” said Vishwanath.

    His brilliance as a wicketkeeper has been documented with some unbelievable stuff in 1985 when India won the WCC at Melbourne and the Rothmans Cup when India tamed Pakistan in both the finals.

    His international career, however, ended at 26, the age when some begin their cricket journey.

    No one to blame

    Vishwanath, who played three Tests, 22 ODIs and 74 First Class matches, deserved more. “I shall blame no one,” he says.

    In a festival match, he was hit on the back of the head by Imran Khan. “I was never the same batsman again. I was never the same backfoot player again. Sachin (Tendulkar) and Mohinder (Amarnath) were hit too. But they hit back. I couldn’t.”

    He was among the 10 candidates invited by the Board in 1995 to become umpires.

    “I saw it was a nice way to get back on the field. Cricket was a passion and umpiring became an obsession. It took me to remote corners of the country and gave me an opportunity to meet so many people. I saw some young players from close. They went on to become impact players later (Virat Kohli, M.S. Dhoni, R. Ashwin, Ishant Sharma).

    “I have seen them all grow and I love the joy of it all. The joy helped me overcome the pain, anxiety, hardships of being a professional player.”

    Former India captain Anil Kumble had offered him a coaching job in Karnataka. “But I preferred umpiring.”

    Vishwanath has requested the Board to give him an extension. “I can live cricket that way,” he concludes.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Cricket / by Vijay Lokapally / Kanpur – November 21st, 2017

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