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    November 24th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All


    Veteran journalist and editor of ‘Andolana’ Kannada newspaper, Rajashekar Koti died following a massive heart attack on Thursday. He was 71.

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    November 21st, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All
    Miss. World 2017 Manushi Chillar with aunt Dr.Usha Chillar (right)

    Miss. World 2017 Manushi Chillar with aunt Dr.Usha Chillar (right)

    The new Miss World Manushi Chillar, who made the country proud, has a deep connection with Bengaluru. She spent five years of her childhood in Namma city.

    The 21-year-old beauty, who was crowed Miss World 2017 at a glittering ceremony in the seaside resort city of Sanya in China on Saturday, was born on May 14, 1997, in Rohtak in Haryana. When she was two years old, her parents (Dr Mitra Basu Chillar and Dr Neelam Chillar) relocated to Bengaluru.

    Her relatives told BM that it was in Bengaluru that Manushi began learning Kuchupudi. Dr Usha Chillar, Manushi’s aunt, told BM, “Manushi and her parents were in Bengaluru from 1999-2004 and she learned Classical Kuchupudi there. Her father was in Bengaluru when her mother gave birth to her in Haryana. Her father was placed in DRDO as a senior scientist in Bengaluru. When Manushi was two, she was taken to Bengaluru and she lived there for close to five years,” Usha added.

    From kindergarten to first standard, Manushi studied in Bengaluru. Dr Usha Chillar is also a faculty at BPS Government Medical College in Sonepat (Haryana) where Manushi is pursuing third-year of MBBS. Usha , who also teaches Manushi, said, ” She is a wonderful person. She has been a down-to-earth person and very intelligent. She used to always study and never give up. After coming from Bengaluru, she joined St. Thomas Girls school and even there she was a topper.”

    Manushi’s uncle, Dr Dinesh Chillar, Usha’s husband, recalls her academic achievements. Dinesh said, “She was a good student and she cracked the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) in the first attempt.”

    Her aunt and uncle said she balanced her extra-curricular activities and her academics and never gave up on any opportunity.

    Her college director, Dr P S Ghalaut, BPS government medical college for women, Sonepat, told BM, “She is a very bright student. She was hardworking from the day one and she is an ever charming girl. Any kind of event, be it dance, music or sports, Manushi was always there. But, like her parents who are doctors by profession, she is also a dedicated student. ”

    BM delved into her childhood days at her school St. Thomas Girls Senior Secondary School. The principal of the school, Anuradha Amos, told BM the news of Manushi becoming Miss World came in when the school was celebrating its Annual Day on Saturday. “She joined our school when she was in the second or third standard. She came in as an enthusiastic child. Right from her schooling, she was a quiet, down to earth. She was fond of Indian Dance. She had learnt it in Bengaluru before she could come here.”

    “We never thought she would reach here and all the credit goes to her parents,” she added.

    source: / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Bangalore> Others / by Kumaran P, Bangalore Mirror Bureau / November 20th, 2017

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    November 20th, 2017adminBusiness & Economy, Records, All


    Udupi :

    To differentiate Mattu Gullas or Mattu Brinjals from other varieties in the market, Grade-1 Mattu Gullas will be rolled out into the market with stickers.

    The Mattu Gulla, which has geographical indication (GI)tag,is a special variety of brinjal grown by a handful of farmers in about 67 hectares at Mattu and Kaipunjal villages in Udupi district.

    The initiative is aimed at helping farmers growing the crop to get a fair price for their produce, by restricting the different varieties of brinjal entering the market in the name of MattuGulla.

    The School of Management, Manipal University, through the NABARD project, in association with Mattu Gulla Belegarara Sangha Mattu,has executed the plan. Dayananda Bangera, president of the Mattu Gulla Belegarara Sangha, Mattu Katpady, said the sangha has been promoting Mattu for the purpose of uniting farmers and to help them gain bargaining power.

    Last year, the School of Management, Manipal University,identified Mattu Gulla Belegarara Sangha as a Farmer Producer Organisation (FPO) under the project proposed to NABARD. After this, the marketing for the crop received a positive boost. In the financial year 2016-17, farmers, with the assistance of the School of Management and their sangha, have been successful in restricting entry of middlemen from outside for selling the crop. Dayananda said the process of grading, collection and demand creation was done scientifically, and hence it was possible to derive a reasonably fair price for their produce. Approximately 30 to 40 per cent of additional revenue was derived in the year 2016-17, due to their systematic efforts in selling the produce, he said.

    Now, with the sale of Mattu Gulla with its symbol,it aims to restrict the entry and avoid other breeds of brinjal from selling in the name of Mattu Brinjal in the market. “Most varieties of brinjals are named Mattu Brinjal in the market, irrespective of their quality and place of origin.

    It is a known fact that Mattu is not grown outside Mattu village, since it is unique to this place. The use of stickers will notonly fetch a fair price for growers, but also for customers, to relish the original taste of Mattu Brinjal.

    Currently, a kilogram of A gradeMattuGulla is priced at around Rs 70. The stickers are put with the intention of differentiating the brinjal from other look-alike brinjals, said Harish Joshi, professor at the School of Management.

    When asked about counterfeiting the same by others, he answered that they will also make surprise visits to shops. On Sunday,the Sode Vadiraja Mutt, Udupi Vishwavallabha Swami, blessed the crop and released the stickers. Kaup MLA and former minister Vinayakumar Sorake, released the product.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Mangalore News / TNN / November 20th, 2017

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    November 17th, 2017adminRecords, All, Science & Technology, World Opinion

    Triumphed over 300 other teams from around the world

    With a new device to measure the growth of microbes as well as a novel method to purify proteins, a team of undergraduates from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) took home the gold medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition held in Boston, U.S.A. from November 9-13.

    The team triumphed over 300 others from around the world who participated in the competition, which encourages students to build genetically-engineered biological systems.

    The six-member core team from IISc. developed a new method to purify recombinant proteins — that is, a protein enclosed in a gene — by using naturally-occurring gas vesicles isolated from Halobacterial species of bacteria, which thrives in salt-rich environments. In liquids, gas vesicles help bacteria float to the surface, and using biotechnology and gene cloning, the team was able to purify protein by tagging them to these vesicles.

    Similarly, the team designed a device, Growth Curve and Optical Density Device (GCODe), to ascertain microbial growth through real-time optical density measurements that can even be read through a smartphone. The device, said IISc., is less than a fourth of the price of a commercially-available spectrophotometer.

    The team — comprising Raj Magesh, Sai Padma Priya, Kunal Helambe, Rajas Poorna, Sharath K. Menon and Rohith K.M.S. — worked on the projects for over six months. They were mentored by Dipshikha Chakravortty, Utpal Nath from Department of Microbiology & Cell Biology, and Akshay Datey from Biosystems Science & Engineering at IISc.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter / November 16th, 2017

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    Alyia Phelps-Gardiner Krumbiegel   | Photo Credit: Bhagya Prakash K

    Alyia Phelps-Gardiner Krumbiegel | Photo Credit: Bhagya Prakash K

    Following a report in The Hindu about the crumbling state of Krumbiegel Hall, Alyia Phelps-Gardiner Krumbiegel, Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel’s great granddaughter, expresses her displeasure over the neglect of the historical structure.

    In her letter to The Hindu, Ms. Krumbiegel writes about how her forefather realised that he had found home when he first touched Indian soil at the age of 26. Excerpts from the letter:

    My great grandfather was a master at economic botanyencouraging the exchange of plants and seeds. He continued this at Lalbagh Botanical Garden. His very last planning assignment for the Indian government when he was 90-years-old was to plan the Rajghat memorial gardens (New Delhi). Royalty protected him when the British saw an enemy in every German. He gave Karnataka so much.

    The lecture hall which he spent so much time in was renamed Krumbiegel Hall in his honour. Which now brings me to the sad state of how Lalbagh (authorities) have treated a building named in honour of one of the five superintendents who made substantial differences to Lalbagh and Bangalore.

    Was Krumbiegel Hall a heritage building or was is it not a heritage building? In 2013, it seemed to be a heritage building.

    I really have heard it all ….. assurance that it was under restoration. Broken promises.

    ‘Whatever he touched he adorned’ is written on his tombstone. But, a man who gave so much to the country he found a home in – he always wanted independence for India and was never afraid to voice these views while he lived and breathed India — his life’s work is slowly being wiped away to be memories in the wind.

    Krumbiegel Hall runs deep in my veins. I’m very hopeful that the department will recognise that Krumbiegel Hall needs to be rebuilt with the original frontage restored and reinstated once again.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / November 16th, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    Nikhiya Shamsher, a student of the city’s Greenwood High International School, has become a role model for fellow students at the age of 15. On Tuesday, she won the prestigious National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement 2017 from President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

    The Class 10 student, who has achieved a milestone in social service, runs a registered NGO spearheading various campaigns to ensure that every child has equal opportunities to access basic necessities, learn and become successful in life. The award, instituted by the Centre in 1996 to recognize works of those aged 5-18 in various fields, carries Rs 10,000, book vouchers of Rs 3,000, a silver medal, certificate and a citation. Nikhiya’s initiative of Bags, Books and Blessings aims to provide schools and students with basic supplies such as uniforms, pens, paints, crayons and schoolbags. This campaign, which is in its third year, has helped over 7,700 students. The focus is mainly on underprivileged children and government school students.

    Another campaign run by Nikhiya is Yearn to Learn, which opened free science and maths labs in schools and colleges that lack infrastructure. Thirty-five laboratories set up at various schools have been serving 6,000 students. This year, she launched an ecommerce website,, to raise funds and sustain the activities of offline campaigns. The website sells quirky and unique gifting products. “I hope this will help me reach out to a wider audience and encourage more people to get involved in social activities. The world’s population is around seven billion and some people see this as a burden, but I see it as a huge opportunity. If we can get 10% more students into technological fields, we can solve a lot of problems, such as climate change, scarce resources and conflicts that plague us today. It is simply a statistical advantage,” Nikhiya pointed out

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / TNN / November 15th, 2017

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    November 14th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports

    22-year-old Anand Doddamani small town boy, who has taken the KPL world by storm.

    Belagavi Panthers

    Belagavi Panthers

    A humble, yet determined bloke from Shahabad, Gulbarga, this small town lad made news when he took a remarkable hattrick in recent the KPL semi-final. A chat with 22-year- old Anand Doddamani will certainly leave you smiling as his simplicity and passion to make it big is evident during the conversation. The cricketer, who played for the Belagavi Panthers, which went on to win the KPL trophy, spoke to us about his journey from the gullies to the city, his admiration for Manish Pandey and more…“My KPL experience was really nice – I got to play all the matches and we bowled well in the semis. I don’t think anybody expected the hattrick, especially in a big game. It was great to see two hattricks in the same innings,” beams the bowler, who created a record with co-hattrick taker D Avinash and went on to win the ‘Man of the Match’ award.The youngster is glad to have mingled with seniors in the squad and shares,

    “Aravind (Sreenath) was a great captain and the other players like Stuart Binny and Manish Pandey guided us well. That gave me more confidence.”

    Anand Doddamani

    Anand Doddamani

    As he reminisces his early days, Anand reveals that he took to the game when in sixth grade. He started by playing gully cricket and in school tournaments and soon, his coach Mr. Arshad Hussain called him home and trained him in his camp.

    The move to the big capital seemed surreal for this bowler. “I didn’t understand anything as I had not travelled anywhere before. I was always at home! I was thrilled to move to a city like Bengaluru and that’s when I decided that I have to play well and stay here in the future as well,” says the driven cricketer, who stays at the Just Cricket Academy in Yelahanka. Ask him about his inspirations in the sport and he instantly says, “Daniel Vettori is my absolute favourite – I’m also a left-arm spinner just like him. I like Yuvraj Singh too his hard work is commendable. I’ve learnt a lot from them.”

    When it comes to the current Indian team, he can’t help but praise Bengaluru boy Manish Pandey. “I’ve played with him for three years. I played my first KPL, thanks to him. In the Karnataka first division league, I took 50 wickets, he noticed that and recommended me for the Mysuru team. Thanks to him, I played the KPL for three years. He’s supported me a lot and even now, he calls me and asks if I need anything and helps me,” smiles Anand, who wants to perform better and play the Ranji Trophy and of course, for India.

    source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Sports> Cricket / by Ikyatha Yerasala, Deccan Chronicle / October 01st, 2017

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    From morning to night, NIKC is thriving with cultural activity

    There was a time in namma Bengaluru, where one could only think of Bharatanatya when it came to classical dance. But, Natya Insititute of Kathak and Choreography (NIKC), founded by the late dancer-teacher and Kathak Exponent Dr Maya Rao changed that.

    Founded by Rao in 1987, the institute was affiliated to the Bangalore University for years and offered degrees in dance. “But a few years ago we decided to go back to a diploma. Now, the courses are shorter and ideal for those who want to do a crash course in dance and choreography, making it a liberal arts course,” explains Madhu Natraj, dancer and daughter of Maya Rao, who adds, “My mother started this place in Malleshwram as she was born here and had many friends in the area, inlcuding Vimala Rangachar, who offered this space. That is how NIKC was built in the premises of MEWS (Malleshwaram Enterprisers Women’s Society).”

    Today NIKC, is one of the most sought-after spaces for every form of cultural activity. Be it yoga, Kathak, lecture demonstrations, dance workshops or contemporary dance — NIKC is open to all.

    The idea, adds Natraj, was to convert the place into a cultural hub. NIKC was originally on the ground floor. “It was just a huge hall with a restroom in the back,” recalls Natraj. Five years later they moved to the first floor and Natraj, who has a fascination for designing interiors, kept converting the place to suit the multi-functional works of the dance institute. The huge hall is now divided into two with a foldable door. “We shut the door when we have two workshops happening simultaneously. The foldable doors are also used as side wings for performances,” adds Natraj, who also conducts choreography and contemporary dance classes here.

    The place also boasts of a huge library with over 2,000 books on dance, culture and dance history. Natraj also adds that many travelling dancers — Astaad Deboo, Anita Ratnam, Helen Acharya — visit NIKC to conduct workshops and lecture demonstrations. “Kalanidhi Mami (a well-known abhinaya teacher) opened up her first workshop in Bengaluru here,” she adds.

    The the space is also let out for an event called Company Kutcheri, where they invite artistes on a regular basis. So there are also talks and seminars besides music that are held on its premises.

    “In fact, we fight for the space. We have students, performers, Kathak dancers, working women, contemporary dancers and yoga practitioners — all trying to fit in and use this space. From morning 8 am to 9 pm, we have something happening here. It is always thriving with some activity or the other,” laughs Natraj.

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    source: / The Hindu / Home> Life & Style / by Shilpa Sebastian R / November 13th, 2017

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    November 12th, 2017adminEducation, Records, All, Science & Technology
    Students Dhruv Suri, Rahil Nayak and Priyanshi Somani have developed the billboard

    Students Dhruv Suri, Rahil Nayak and Priyanshi Somani have developed the billboard

    Mangaluru :

    The air quality in India is deteriorating by the day and to tackle this problem, a group of students from the Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University, have devised a green billboard. Conceived by a budding aeronautical engineering student and his team, GreenBoard incorporates an air purifier into an ordinary billboard and purifies the air flowing through it.

    The team obtained the Intellectual Property Right for it on Thursday. Dhruv Suri and Rahil Nayak, both aeronautical engineering students, and Priyanshi Somani, a computer science engineering student developed the billboard. Dhruv said carbon is one of the most important building blocks of life. Industries, automobiles, power houses, exhaust vents — all produce carbon dioxide and increase its concentration in the air.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Mangalore News / by Kevin Mendonsa / TNN / November 12th, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    A square dedicated to the former erstwhile commandant of ASC Centre North, Colonel Girdhari Singh, was inaugurated in the city on Saturday. The Colonel was responsible for shifting of the centre from its initial location in Meerut to Gaya city in Bihar.

    A memorial for Colonel Girdhari Singh, AVSM, was inaugurated at the ASC Centre and College in the city on Saturday. (Express Photo Service)

    A memorial for Colonel Girdhari Singh, AVSM, was inaugurated at the ASC Centre and College in the city on Saturday. (Express Photo Service)

    A bust of the Colonel was inaugurated by Lieutenant General Vipan Gupta, Commandant ASC Centre and College in a grand ceremony at the ASC Centre on Saturday. “Colonel Girdhari was a thorough professional, under whose dynamic leadership, the centre had successfully moved and re-established itself in Gaya in an incredibly short time. He had been awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India in 1978,” a statement from the Ministry of Defence said.

    A memorial to the Colonel was already existing in Gaya and when the ASC centre moved to Bengaluru in 2011, it was felt that the new campus must also have a memorial in order to keep up the heritage of the centre.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Express News Service / November 11th, 2017

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