However, pilot project covers only five localities
Starting today, you can order veggies and fruits from the Horticultural Products Co-operative Marketing and Processing Society (Hopcoms) online (www.hortibazaar.in) and get them delivered home within three hours.
However, this facility is not available across the city. “We have started a pilot project in five high sales areas. Depending on the response, it will be extended across the city,” said G.R. Srinivasan, president, Hopcoms. Sources said that the initiative will cover Jayanagar, J.P. Nagar, Koramangala, Indiranagar and BTM Layout.
The logistics will be managed by a private firm Hunnarvi Technology Solutions. While there is no difference in the prices of the products, the minimum order is ₹250. Hunnarvi will levy a service charge of ₹25 for orders between ₹250 and ₹500, ₹50 for orders between ₹500 and ₹1,000 and ₹75 for orders above ₹1,000.
On top of this, the firm will get a commission of 6% from HOPCOMS, said Mr. Srinivasan. Consumers can reject the products if they are not satisfied with the quality, sources added.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter / April 10th, 2017
Hindustani vocalist Venkatesh Kumar will be conferred the Sri Puttaraj Gawai Award and and Hindustani vocalist from Shivamogga R.B. Sangameshwar Gawai the Gaanayogi Panchakshari Award in recognition of their contribution to the field of music.
The awards for 2017, instituted by Ballari-based Sri Puttaraj Kavi Gawaigala Seva Sangha, will be presented at the Dr. Joladarashi Doddanagouda Rangamandir here on Thursday at 6 p.m. to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Hangal Kumarswamyji, the 125th birth anniversary of Panchakshari Gawai and the 103 birth anniversary of Puttaraj Gawai. Briefing presspersons here on Monday, Mrutyunjaya Bandral, president of the sangha, said that the awards comprises a purse of ₹ 25,000 and ₹ 11,000, citations, shawls, respectively. The cash awards are sponsored by N. Suryanarayan Reddy, granite exporter and Congress leader, and Allum Vinayak.
A host of swamijis of various religious mutts, including Chandrashekar Shivacharya Bhagwatpada of Kashi Peetha, Varanasi, one of the pancha peetas, will grace the occasion.
Allum Doddappa, former president of Veerashaiva Vidyavardhak Sangha, will preside over the function. Venkatesh Kumar will perform after the function.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Ballari – March 21st, 2017
Six years spent toiling in laboratories and classrooms can make the best of friends out of anyone, and this was evident as 250 proud doctors received their degrees on the graduation day of batch 2011 of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, which was held at Koramangala Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.
The students had written one liners to describe each of their batchmates, which were read out as they walked up to the dais to receive their degrees. “None of us knew what the others had written for us until we heard it announced,” said Dr. Prerna, a graduating student.
Minister for Medical Education Sharanprakash Patil, who was the chief guest, declared the graduation day open. Guests of honour Vijaya Laxmi Deshmane, president of Karnataka Cancer Society and C.N. Manjunath, director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research; advised the students on how to carry forward the lessons learnt in the classroom. Dr. Manjunath urged students to treat their patients with compassion irrespective of the circumstances. “One should have tremendous patience when dealing with patients and should allow them to express their problems and symptoms freely,” he told the graduating students.
Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi said that just having a degree did not make someone a doctor, “you have to earn respect through your work.” Balaji Pai, special officer, Trauma and Emergency Care Centre, BMCRI, urged students to work with passion and to keep a work-life balance. “In medicine, you never cease to learn. Always be a student,” he said.
Topper Divya C. Ragate, who also came second in her university, comes from a family of doctors – her father, brother and sister-in-law are all doctors and her younger brother is also studying MBBS at BMRCI. The Bidar lass said she was keen to pursue her MD in Neurology at NIMHANS. “I find neurology fascinating. People say it is a difficult subject, I want to see what’s difficult in it,” she said with a grin. Dr. Ragate topped in several courses and her family members who had come down from Bidar beamed as she received one accolade after the other.
Javagal Amith Thejas, Chirag Jain, Devamsh G N, Priyanka KP, Prashanth V, Megha P., and Kavyashree K won awards for topping individual courses.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter – Cynthia Anand / March 16th, 2017
Final destination: The tombstone of Srikantaraj Urs of the Mysore Infantry at the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement
A chance discovery ends 72-year search to locate the final resting place of a soldier who died in a Japanese PoW camp
Last Sunday, when 22-year-old Nagashree Devyani spoke before her close family members about her great-grand uncle, the late Naik Srikantaraj Urs, it marked the end of an incredibly long wait. She recollected the family’s sustained efforts to trace Naik Urs’ grave for 72 years and how they had finally found it, quite by chance, at the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore.
The family received official confirmation that it was indeed Naik Urs’ grave only last week. Ms. Devyani narrated the story at the ‘Punya Shanthi’ ceremony the family conducted in the memory of her great-grand uncle.
In 1940, young Srikantaraj Urs was recruited to the 1st Battalion Mysore Infantry and stationed at Munireddy Palya in the Bangalore Cantonment. Two years later, the Battalion was deployed in Singapore on the Eastern front to fight the Japanese. A bachelor, Naik Urs left Bengaluru in August 1942. But soon after, he was taken prisoner by the Japanese, who overran Singapore.
R.S. Veeraraj Urs, nephew of Naik Urs, takes a look at the postcards sent by his uncle (portrait) from the PoW camp, at his home in Bengaluru. | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain
“We came to know of it only after he wrote a postcard from the Singapore Prisoner of War [PoW] camp. We would receive one postcard every month,” Ms. Devyani’s grandfather R.S. Veeraraj Urs told The Hindu.
For nearly two years, Naik Urs’ monthly postcards reached his family, who were then living on the Lalith Mahal Palace Road in Mysore. And then, in 1944, they stopped.
“His last postcard came to us during the Dasara festivities in 1944, after which we did not hear from him at all,” said Mr. Veeraraj Urs, who, as a nine-year-old, had seen off his paternal uncle when he left for the war. “Some postcards were addressed to me. Written in Kannada, my uncle would ask me to study well. He never wrote about the hardship in the camp since the letters were being censored.”
It was not until the end of World War II in September 1945 that the family heard any news of him. Another relative, Subedar Major Subramanya Raje Urs, broke the news of his death on his return from Singapore where he was also held as a PoW.
Srikantaraja Urs had died on February 27, 1945, at the age of 27.
In November 1946, the family received an official communication from Buckingham Palace, in which King George VI and his wife offered condolences to the family. Naik Urs’ mother Devaja Ammani also received four acres of land in Nanjangud and cash compensation, which she spent on providing water and electricity connection to the Ramalingeshwara Temple in the Vidyaranyapura area of Mysore.
“In all, 11 officers and soldiers from the Ursu community took part in the war on the Eastern front. Unfortunately, only my uncle did not return alive,” said Mr. Veeraraja Urs.
With no one to guide them, the family, despite being related to the Mysore Royals, had little hope of finding the soldier’s grave. Meanwhile, Devaja Ammani died in 1952.
In the late 1970s, the family renewed its efforts to trace Naik Urs’ final resting place. In 1980, Mr. Veeraraja Urs, a former chief security Officer at BEL Bangalore, wrote to the Union Government. Over the next two decades, he wrote to various agencies and governments to locate the cemetery, if at all it existed. “War memorials are there in Burma, Singapore and Phillipines. We did not know where to find his grave,” he said.
In the early 1990s, he approached the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The Commission, which holds exhaustive information on the martyrs of the two World Wars, however, was not of much help.
After an extensive search, the Commission informed him that it did not find any records with the Indian section of the British Library and the Indian Army Association in England. The Adjutant General’s office in New Delhi also informed the Commission that they had no knowledge, while the Army Records Branch said neither their records nor the battalion’s history had any reference to Naik Urs.
Independently, Mr. Veeraraja Urs’ younger brother, the late Naik Subedar Subbakrishne Urs also tried to trace the grave using his network in the Army, and visited the Second World War memorial in Myanmar, but to no avail.
After over two decades of following leads and correspondence with various agencies, a disappointed Mr. Veeraraja Urs gave up.
“I had lost hopes of finding the grave. If the British Army, which is known for its meticulous documentation, could not help me, I had no other avenues,” he said, recalling his disappointment.
A serendipitous sighting
When Naik Urs’ grave was finally found, it was quite by chance. Sometime last year, Mr. Veeraraja Urs got a call from Raja Chandra, the son-in-law of the last ruler of Mysore, Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar. One of Mr. Raja Chandra’s friends, who was visiting the Kranji War Memorial, was surprised to see an ‘Urs’ on a tombstone.
He took photographs and showed it to Mr Raja Chandra who, in turn, called the family, ending a 72-year quest. “I had tears in my eyes and could not speak. It was a great achievement because I had not expected to see it in my lifetime,” said Mr. Veeraraja Urs, who is now 84.
In February this year, Mr. Veeraraja Urs’ son, Dr. Vinod Urs, and his wife, Dr. Naga Jyothi Urs, travelled to Singapore to reconfirm that the grave was indeed that of his grand uncle. “Even with specific information, it was difficult to find his grave among the 24,000 graves of soldiers and airmen in the Kranji War Memorial as the graves are numbered,” Dr. Vinod Urs recalled.
“After a search of nearly three hours, some Tamil-speaking workers helped us locate the grave,” he said.
“We believe that he must have died due to malaria or beri beri [a disease caused by Vitamin B1 deficiency affecting heart and circulatory system] as most PoWs died due to similar causes,” Dr. Urs said.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National / by Sharath S. Srivatsa / Bengaluru – March 04th, 2017
When Leo Mavely was in college, he saw a man bleeding profusely after a bike accident. People rushed in to help but there was no way to stem the loss of blood immediately.
This left a lasting impression on his mind and led him to invent a product, Axiostat – the smart band, which is a hemostatic. Today, the band is being used by the general public and the Indian Armed Forces and the paramilitary. In 2014, the Axiostat band was used in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Its website features varied testimonials on its use — from dentists for tooth extraction and senior cardiologists for stopping arterial bleeding to a medical officers with Border Security Force for treating victims of IED blasts and gunshot wounds.
Axiostat is a sponge-like biomaterial dressing that stops moderate to severe bleeding within minutes. This product is manufactured by the Bengaluru-based startup Axio Biosolutions, which is Leo’s brainchild and was established in 2008.
The band is made using chitosan, a natural biomaterial. Biomaterials are engineered substances that interact with human systems to achieve a medical end. Chitosan, which is extracted from shellfish, is highly purified and processed to make this device.
The band carries positively charged components, which when comes in contact with the negatively charged blood cells, form a binding seal.
“The moment Axiostat is applied to an open wound, it reacts with the blood and becomes a very sticky substance that clots blood and stops the bleeding,” says Leo. “The band can be left on the wound for 48 hours. Once the patient has been taken to the Hospital and given medical attention, Axiotat can be removed by applying water on it. It absorbs the water to become a gel-like substance that can be peeled off.”
Hospitals that use the band include Fortis, AIIMS, Manipal, Breach Candy and Columbia Asia.
The smart band received European Union – CE approval in 2013 and Axiostat Biosolutions was named the best emerging startup by BioAsia in 2016. Axiostat, which opened in India, is now also in Middle East, Africa and Europe.
source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Brinda Das / Express News Service / March 02nd, 2017
Mowgli’s jungle, where his friends and enemies walked and prowled, was largely created on a few computer screens in Bengaluru.
It was on a few computer screens in Bengaluru that a blue screen at Hollywood was transformed into a rich canvas of dense forests that hosted the tense drama of Disney’s The Jungle Book.
A significant part of the film, which took home the award for Best Visual Effects during the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night, was done in Bengaluru, where nearly 300 engineers — out of nearly 800 spread across LA and London — built and provided the finishing touches to a jungle world where Mowgli, his friends and enemies walked and prowled.
“The film was extremely challenging and would be a huge benchmark for visual effects. We had childhood attachments too, for ‘Jungle Book’ is an Indian story. We always hope for the best, but an Oscar is the icing on the cake,” says Amit Sharma, head of compositing at MPC Studio Bengaluru, which was the lead VFX studio for the film.
The mandate given to them was to render a photo-real world, where 224 unique animals would be “captured in their surroundings” as if they were roped in for the film.
Two teams scoured through six forests of south and central India, through three seasons, covering nearly 18,000 km. The result was 20 TB of information and four lakh photographs rendering a landscape, from the rocks to the waterfalls, ferns to pebbles.
“The ‘man-village’ inspiration came from rural Rajasthan, the wolf caves from Badami caves, Banyan trees from Goa, and elephants from those seen at Periyar… these were the references, but everything was created from scratch,” said Mr. Sharma.
From LA to Bengaluru
From Los Angeles, the Oscar statue is expected to come straight to Bengaluru, where the engineers will be given a chance to party with it, said Biren Ghose, executive director of MPC Bengaluru. Engineers in the city had previously played a role in the Oscar-winning Life of Pi in 2012, apart from rendering the graphics for at least six other films nominated for the Academy Awards over the years.
“The complexity, technology and technique used was far beyond Life of Pi because of the scale we were looking at — an entire world that was a crossover of animation and visual effects. All of which was created to an extent that the line between reality and computer-generated characters became blurred… at one point, even Mowgli was computer-generated, and the audience did not know it,” said Mr. Ghose.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter / Bengaluru – February 28th, 2017
Safe drinking water is a mirage for most people in the country. While some urban areas may still have access to potable water, it’s not so in the hinterlands. Despite scientists trying to develop new technologies to provide clean water, they are yet to reach rural areas.
But an engineering student has designed and developed a cost-effective, eco-friendly solution to make safe drinking water available to everyone.
Niranjan Karagi, a final-year student of Angadi Institute of Technology and Management in Belagavi, has come up with a portable water purifier called ‘Nirnal’ that costs just Rs 20.
Ask him how he came up with the idea and the 22-year-old explains, “There is a playground near my house where schoolchildren play daily. I often see them filling up their empty plastic bottles with dirty water from a tank nearby. The sight of children drinking unclean water motivated me to design the purifier.”
He added, “After a few days of working on the product, I filtered some water and sent the sample to the Chief Food Divisional Office in Bengaluru and the results were good.”
And then, there was no looking back for the young engineer. He decided to take the project to the next level and approached Leaders Accelerating Development (LEAD) programme of Deshpande Foundation in Hubballi and Sandbox Startup. Both the organisations partially funded the project and guided Niranjan on developing the filter unit. In July 2016, the product was launched.
“As of now I have sold more than 8,000 units to schoolchildren, farmers and daily wage labourers,” says Niranjan. He also supplied the units to Army commandos who came for training at the base camp in Belagavi in January.
He has also received bulk orders from countries in Africa, and Qatar. At present, he is working on a prototype of the purifier that can be fit into a bottle of any dimension, not just pet bottles. The newly-designed product will be launched in March.
“It is in the final stages of completion. I am also planning to tie up with the Karnataka government so that I can reach more children across the state and distribute the purifier free of cost,” he says.
source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnataka / by Payal Gangishetty / Express News Service / February 19th, 2017
This is no run-of-the-mill ordinary oven. It is an eco-friendly oven that saves up to 60 percent of gas, and what’s more, it can help restaurants and hotels save lacs of rupees.
Vijay Kumar Hegde, director of Susi Global Research is the inventor of this energy saving oven. Normally, when the flame touches the utensil, 35 to 40% of energy is used and the rest goes out in the air as waste. This oven, however, converts the wasted flame into steam out of which food items like rice, sambar, idli etc and non-veg can be prepared at no extra cost.
Speaking about the oven, Hegde says, “There are 25 to 30 lac hotels operating in the country. If only 7.5 lac hotels use this oven, they can easily save at least Rs 600 per day. And if the whole nation uses this, we would save of Rs 16,000 crore per day.”
Rajya Sabha member Oscar Fernandes launched this unique oven and observed its functioning.
Oscar wished Vijay Hegde on the occasion and said that people would support his project because the country will gain by this invention.
“It is very difficult getting patent for an innovative product. If he succeeds in proving his invention, he will definitely get patent right. Not may are doing research on energy saving methods and subjects.
“If Vijay demonstrates his project successfully, the parliament will recognize his work and government will provide support. There is surplus energy, but it is not permanent. Wave energy is an unlimited source so we should make use of it.
“I am working on fuel saving methods myself. When time comes for joining hands, I will work with Hegde,” Oscar said.
The advantages of the oven are many. The use of this oven will maximize the utility of fuel by 60%. It reduces carbon emission by 60% and power consumed by chimney can be cut down. It is kitchen-friendly and hygienic as well.
The oven costs about Rs 75,000. Hegde has already installed this oven in hotels at Kota wedding hall and Manipal. He has been receiving good response from his clients.
Vijay Kumar Hegde is the patent holder of tidal power generator unit in Udupi.
Hegde says, “I have spent crores of rupees on my research. But I did not get any support from the government for this project. Without the support of government, it would be difficult to complete my dream projects.”
His next projects are battery-powered automobile with self-charging feature, battery-powered self-charging system for railway, tidal drive in cooler for fish transport in vehicles, sky jet bus, folding car and many others using renewable energy sources.
Narayan Shanbhag, retired principal, Canara College helped Hegde in this project.
Gurme Suresh Shetty, Baikady Suprasad Shetty, Mattar Ratnakar Shetty, Sudhakar Shetty, Nagesh Hegde and others were present.
source: http://www.daijiworld.com / DaijiWorld.com / Home> Top Stories / Sunday – February 19th, 2017
Dakshina Kannada’s Vilas Nayak is a name that probably the whole world is familiar with.
Now meet Shabari Ganiga, Karavali’s sole female fast painter, who like Vilas is steadily carving a niche for herself in the region. “Painting has been a passion since I was a five-year-old. It is what I looked forward to doing soon after coming back from school,” says Shabari.
The fondness for the art grew and it was five years ago that she decided to take up another dimension – fast painting. “It all began when I started attending events to participate in cultural programmes. I’m also a singer, so whenever I finished my turn and had to wait for my team mates to perform, I’d end up getting bored. So, I decided to start painting when my team performed on stage. I gradually started doing live paintings on stage based on the dance/song that was being performed. Initially, I’d sketch and then paint it.
But that drew taunts from my team members as they felt it was no big deal to do something like that. I took it up as a challenge to start painting straight off and soon I was doing 6/4 feet paintings in less than five minutes,” adds Shabari.
The 23-year-old MCA student loves painting portraits and has already done many live fast paintings. “My dream is to go international and show Dakshina Kannada’s inherent and rich culture on a big platform. I also want to paint Dr Veerendra Heggade, a personality I look up to,” she tells us. Shabari has one grouse though. “There are not many female artists in our country and that is something I’d like to turn around,” the artist sums up.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Mangalore News / by Madhu Daithota / February 25th, 2017
Shivaji spent some of his childhood here, but details of the period are limited and sketchy.
The man with the “quick eyes” was none other than Shivaji, then lord of the Bhonsle warrior clan, the man who would go on to become the founder of the mighty Maratha empire. Today, of course, is his birth anniversary (his 387th, if we go by the generally accepted date – there are other accounts where his year of birth has been given as 1627), and there will be great celebrations of the Maratha icon in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, the core of his empire.
But Shivaji had a significant connection to Bengaluru as well. He spent some of his childhood here, but details of the period are limited and sketchy.Historical records say that he came to Bengaluru as a 12-year-old with his mother Jijabai to meet his father Shahaji Raje, who then ruled Bengaluru. According to city historian and author Maya Jayapal, Shahaji summoned Jijabai and their second son to Bengaluru. “Shivaji lived in Bengaluru for some time between 1640 and 1642 and took a liking to the city,” she says.
“Shivaji stayed in Bengaluru for a few years and his wedding took place in between. He liked the place and wanted to stay on for longer,” says city historian Suresh Moona, citing recordings from the Bengaluru Darshana, a city chronicle.
In 1973, well-known historian Sir Jadunath Sircar wrote a book titled Shivaji and his Times. In it, he records Jijabai’s letter to her husband Shahaji, where she tells him that the 12-year-old Shivaji, has gone long past marriageable age for a Maratha nobleman. The letter may have been the trigger for Shahaji asking Jijabai to Bengaluru, bringing their son with her. Shivaji duly arrived in Bengaluru around 1640, accompanied by Jijabai and Dadaji Konddeo, the head of Kondana fort and Shivaji’s guardian.They came to Shahaji’s Bengaluru palace, where he was residing with his second wife Tuka Bai and son Vyankoji (aka Ekoji), writes Sircar.
Sircar also provides details of Shiva ji’s wedding to Saibai Nimbalkar of Phaltan in Bengaluru, after which Shahaji bestowed him with powers to rule Pune.He sent the couple back in 1642 along with four handpicked administrators Shyamraj Nilkanth Ranjhekar as chancellor, Balkrishna Hanumante as accounts general, Sonaji Pant as secretary and Raghunath Ballal Korde as paymaster.
DV Kalauvkar, a retired school teacher who lives in Indira Nagar, has been researching the Maratha Empire since 1999. According to him, Shivaji’s first wedding to Saibai took place at Lal Mahal in Pune in the absence of his father. “Shahaji summoned the couple with Jijabai, and the wedding ceremony was conducted again in Bengaluru at Shahaji’s palace,” says the 72-year-old researcher.
The exact location of the palace where Shahaji lived and governed Bengaluru remains disputed with historical records providing little information. The Karnataka State Gazetteer of Bangalore District (Urban) edited by the late Karnataka historian Suryanath U Kamath speaks of a Gaurimahal Palace in the present-day Chickpet area where Shahaji is believed to have lived. This is also supposed to be the place where Shivaji and his elder brother Shambhaji spent some years of their childhood.
Historian M Fazlul Hasan in his famous book Bangalore Through The Centuries describes a Gowri Vilasa Hall in the city where Shahaji lived and conducted court. Hasan quotes a poem – a Sanskrit champu – called Radha Madhava Vilasa, which the poet, Jayarama Pandye, is said to have read to Shivaji and Shahaji at the Hall.
Hasan speculates that the Gowri Vilasa Hall was perhaps inside the old palace built by Kempe gowda, built at what is now the dilapidated Mohan buildings (built in 1909) and the defunct Vijayalakshmi theatre building in Chickpet stand.
Another link between the Marathas and Bengaluru is explored in Bengaluru to Bangalore by Annaswamy TV. According to Annaswamy, Shahaji repaired Kempegowda’s fort, reinforcing its four towers and nine gates. He too, places the fort in the Chickpet area.
SHIVAJI MEMORIAL IN SADASHIV NAGAR
In Sadashivnagar still stands the 14ft tall and six ft wide bronze statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji on a two-storey fortress like structure. Unveiled on January 10, 1993 by then Maharashtra Chief Minister Sharad Pawar alongside his Karnataka counterpart M Veerappa Moily, the statue was the subject of protests by linguistic groups and it took over a decade for the statue to be unveiled to the public after it was originally commissioned in 1983.
SHIVAJI THEATRE ON JC ROAD
A landmark cinema hall in the Garden City, the Shivaji theatre near the Town Hall was unveiled by Sir Mirza Ismail, then Diwan of Mysore, in 1940. Former Bangalore city mayor and Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce President KM Naganna took the hall on lease from its Marathi owners and operated the place till the early 1980s. The theatre building with the statue of Shivaji displayed prominently on top was partly demolished in the late 80s and has been used as a warehouse ever since. But the statue still stands on the dilapidated structure and can be seen as you pass the busy JC Road.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by Petlee Peter / TNN / February 19th, 2017