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    January 16th, 2018adminAmazing Feats, Business & Economy

    The Platform of Women Entrepreneurs (POWER) will be organising an exhibition-cum-sale of products manufactured by women entrepreneurs of Udupi district and other places, titled “Power Parba” (Power Fest) at the Mahatma Gandhi Bayalu Ranga Manidra, Beedinagudde, here from January 11 to 14.

    Addressing presspersons on Tuesday, Gayathri R., president of Power, said various items, including handicrafts, jewellery, textiles, garments, fashion accessories, cosmetics, home décor, food, and paintings, would be on display at the exhibition. Women entrepreneurs from not just Udupi but also other districts and States have already registered. A total of 170 stalls will be put up.

    The theme of the fest is “Go green,” as the district administration was giving importance to cleanliness. Hence, buyers should bring their own cloth bags. Only steel and paper plates would be used in food stalls.

    The objectives of the parba included providing a platform for women entrepreneurs to display and sell and thereby promote their products, bringing rural and urban women entrepreneurs under one umbrella, and promoting mutual learning and collective learning between the rural and urban entrepreneurs. It aimed at creating awareness amongst the local community about these entrepreneurs. It would disseminate marketing, management, and technical knowledge.As a precursor to the fest, a car and bike rally would be held from Rajatadri in Manipal to Udupi and back to Rajatadri. Members of Power and exhibitors will be participating in this rally. The rally will be flagged off by DC Priyanka Mary Francis at 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday. Pramod Madhwaraj, Minister for Fisheries, Youth Empowerment and Fisheries, will inaugurate the Power Parba on Thursday.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Udupi – January 10th, 2018

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    Students sing Vande Mataram on the shores of Malpe beach in Udupi on Saturday. DH photo/Umesh Marpalli.

    Students sing Vande Mataram on the shores of Malpe beach in Udupi on Saturday. DH photo/Umesh Marpalli.

    As many as 4,580 students from 23 colleges sung ‘Vande Mataram’ on the shore of Malpe beach in the backdrop of the rhythmic tune provided by the jingles of waves on Saturday.

    The programme by Samvedana Foundation, Malpe, organised to create a world record by reciting Vande Mataram, indeed spread the fervour of patriotism all over the surrounding. Although the aim was to achieve a Golden Book of World Record, the major goal was to create patriotic fervour among the students.

    Singers, like Sangeetha Ravindranath, Malini Keshav, Suhana Sayeed and others joined the group of students. A 200 metre-long national flag was carried in a grand procession from Gandhi Shathabdhi Maidan in Malpe to the beach before the programme. More than 5,000 people, excluding students, were mute spectators to the mega event.

    The uniqueness of the event was that it was held to mark the birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda.

    The record was created for the green initiative is already being considered at Udupi by the foundation which enabled the students to wear the badges carrying the slogan of saving nature for future. The students were trained for a couple of days to join the chorus of patriotism.

    Speaking on the occasion, District In-charge Minister Pramod Madhwaraj said that youths should  strive for building the country following the ideals of the greate visionaries like Swami Vivekananda.

    The message of patriotism imbibed among the youths should send the unique message of oneness and brotherhood, he added.

    Singer Suhana Sayeed said that event is an outstanding and memorable one.

    It is a special experience that thousands of students joined hands to sing Vande Mataram, she added.

    Golden Book of World Record, Delhi, chief organiser Santhosh Agarwal said that Udupi has created a world record wherein a large congregation has come together to sing the national song.

    “This is for the first time that the maximum number of people gathered at one place and wore the badges. This is a new world record,” he added.

    source: / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DH News Service, Udupi / January 13th, 2018

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    January 13th, 2018adminAmazing Feats, Education, Records, All


    Curiosity often makes us question, and that is exactly what pushed Sebastian Thomas, a first year BSc student from St. Joseph’s College to work on his research that won him laurels recently.

    Sebastian was awarded the Albertian Best Young Scientist Award and the grand prize in the model exhibition at the International Science Conference held in Kochi earlier this month.

    From a group of 5,000 participants across the world, his work on the Fibonacci sequence — the golden ratio pattern and its application to five different fields — received appreciation from the panel.

    Speaking to us about his achievement, Sebastian says, “The competition has a lot of place for mathematics. So, when I got to know about it, I started working towards participating in this competition. I discovered unique properties in Fibonacci numbers. The Fibonacci series has a special position in analytical number theory, basically for its pattern and golden ratio. Hence, I began exploring and thought of its application in five different fields.”

    The result of Sebastian’s research can be applied in five different fields — in the field of Fourier analysis, in the growth of Hollyhock flowers (which he discovered on the college campus), in genetics where the human genes follow the golden ratio pattern), in the field of ECG and drug monitoring system.

    He says, “In the field of ECG, to get an analysis done is very expensive. During an ECG, doctors mainly look at the QT interval and tell the condition of your heart. So, I thought of inter-linking my work to find the QT wave interval and I devised a new mathematical formula and the result coincided with the results of an ECG.”

    Maria Thomas, faculty at St. Joseph’s College and guide for Sebastian’s research work calls him the young Ramanujan, and says, “I feel extremely overwhelmed and proud of his hard work. I am proud to say that I am his teacher. I haven’t seen such potential in anyone in the past 14 years of my career. His month-long research work is being applied in five different areas is something extraordinary. Sebastian’s research work is more about real-life applications such as in the field of ECG, which is cost-effective.”

    Sebastian hopes that his findings will help the pharmaceutical industries to come up with cost effective methods in the field of research.

    The next step, however, he says will be to submit his findings to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he hopes to have an equation named after him.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by Sandra  Marina Fernandes / TNN / January 12th, 2018

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    One purpose and one ride on the same day in 18 different cities – this is what the ‘We Are One’ ride was all about. In Bangalore, 200 bikers from Road Thrill, Sanchari Bikers and Gixxer Club came together to raise funds for the ‘super humans’, as they call the differently-abled people. The collected funds will be donated to that supports differently-abled people across the country.

    On a cool Sunday morning, the ride started from Parle G toll gate at 7:30 and ended at Tumkur Road. Road Thrill, which is spread in many cities in India, organised the ride in 5 out of 18 cities.

    Sandeep KC, one of the three admins of the Bengaluru chapter of Road Thrill, says, “I joined RT 4 years ago. This ride was a different experience. Out of the 18 cities, where the ride took place, Road Thrill organized it in Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi and Coimbatore.”

    Starting the ride on a positive note, the bikers invited two differently-abled bikers – BV Srinivas and Abhi – who rode along on their customised bikes and were honoured at the end of the ride.

    BV Srinivas had polio since birth. He walks using crutches but his energy is infectious. Once when he was lured seeing a bike, the owner mocked him saying that people like him should not dream of bikes. There was no turning back for him after that. He was invited as a special guest to join the ride today.

    Srinivas says, “My mantra is that nothing is impossible. I never give up. Especially when someone challenges me saying that I cannot do it, I get more motivated.

    After the first incident, I went to a dealer at Bannerghatta and asked him to modify a Royal Enfield bike for me. Mine has a side wheel for support and gears and break near the handle and the petrol tank which make it easy for me to control it.”

    Currently, Road Thrill has two chapters in Karnataka – Bengaluru and Shimoga – and plans to extend to Mysuru this year.

    On Republic Day, 26th January, Road Thrill is organidsing yet another ride to promote road safety.

    source: / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Bangalore> Others / by Reya Mehrotra / Bangalore Mirror Bureau / January 08th, 2018

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    Baldev Raj

    Baldev Raj

    Baldev Raj, 71, Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), passed away on Saturday in Pune, Maharashtra, while attending a conference.

    A recipient of the Padma Shri award, he took over as director of NIAS, Bengaluru, in 2014. He had also served as director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research in Kalpakkam.

    Author of around 1,000 academic papers in peer reviewed journals and more than 70 books, the professor won more than 100 awards and assignments in more than 30 countries, according to a NIAS release.

    He was also the recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award of the Indian Nuclear Society, the Homi Bhabha Gold Medal, and the Dr.Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award.

    A member of the Circle of Advisors, University of Cambridge, and a member of the Search Group for the Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering, he was also a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and the World Academy of Sciences.

    He was also the chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Gandhinagar and a member of the court of JNU, New Delhi, the release added.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Staff Reporter / Bengaluru = January 06th, 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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    December 28th, 2017adminAmazing Feats, Uncategorized
    Kamakshipalya DWCC manger Annamma.

    Kamakshipalya DWCC manger Annamma.

    Most of the city’s waste managers, including pourakarmikas, are women. Of the 181 dry waste collection centres (DWCC), many are managed by women, who were formerly waste pickers. These women have not only transformed their lives, they are also helping other women move up. The batch of women managers have also earned the respect of the communities they work with.

    Waste management experts say women have the drive and desire to do something good for the city and also improve their lives in the same process. “For this, they are ready to face all odds and circumstances,” they point out. These are some of the women waste managers who turned around their lives.


    Annamma has been managing the DWCC at Kamakshipalya for the past five years. From being a waste picker for nearly 30 years, Ms. Annamma now is no less than an entrepreneur, employing eight women who were also formerly waste pickers themselves. “Initially, I hesitated to take responsibility of managing a centre. Later, I changed my mind … I knew the basics of segregation. I’m happy that my decision has brought me thus far,” she said. Life as a waste picker was difficult and she is now leading a comfortable life. “What gives me immense satisfaction is that I have helped other waste pickers out of their situation,” she said.

    Ms. Annamma’s centre collects nearly two tonnes of dry waste every day.


    “I used to face verbal abuse on a daily basis, and also harassment from the police. People used to look at me with suspicion. I lived in a hutment and had no idea where my next meal would come from,” said Subbamma, a former waste picker. She now manages the Kamalanagar DWCC, sometimes guiding local residents about waste segregation.

    “It has been a long five years. My journey has seen ups and downs. I now live with my three school-going sons, and my daughter and her husband in a rented house,” she said proudly.

    Though she was earlier collecting dry waste going door to door in the ward, the garbage contractors now drop off the dry waste at the DWCC every day. “We get around 400 kg of dry waste on an average every day. Though I am not making much, I’m satisfied,” she said.


    Four years ago when Geetha was entrusted with the Rajagopalanagar DWCC, she faced a lot of difficulties for the initial three months. She used to work at another DWCC before she was asked to manage the Rajagopalanagar one. “I used to regret my decision … I didn’t have money for the vehicles, the contractors were creating problems. I was incurring a loss,” she said, and added that she persevered to overcome her problems.

    Today, Ms. Geetha leads of team of eight men, who work with her at the DWCC. “With four vehicles, I am able to collect more than one tonne of dry waste going door to door every day. We have divided the area into blocks and have a rota for collection of dry waste from each of these blocks.”


    As early as 6 a.m. every day, Kumuda and her team of 12 women, who were formerly waste pickers like her, come to the Katriguppe DWCC to start work. Ms. Kumuda, who manages the DWCC, instructs the three drivers on the areas they need to go to collect dry waste. “I have to start early. The DWCC is on the main road and the shops next to the centre raise objections. We are also grappling with limited space,” she said.

    Despite the cramped centre, Ms. Kumuda manages to collect more than two tonnes of dry waste a day, earning her a revenue of around ₹1 lakh a month. “But that is hardly enough. After payment of wages and expenditure towards diesel and maintenance of the three vehicles, there is hardly anything left. Some months, I am forced to borrow to meet the expenses,” she said.


    Over the past seven months, Sampangi’s confidence has grown by leaps and bounds. As a waste picker, she was wary of interacting with people. Today, she has no problems. She has been effectively managing a team of 10 former waste pickers at the Kumaraswamy Layout DWCC.

    “I knew nothing when I started. Over the past few months, with a lot of cooperation from the BBMP’s health inspector and supervisor, I am able to collect around two tonnes of dry waste a day,” she said, and added that the local residents have also been cooperative.

    The centre lacks water connection and does not have a functional toilet. That has not deterred Ms. Sampangi and her team. “The only problem I face is that most recyclables get picked by the pourakarmikas and contractors themselves and I’m left with low- value waste that just eats into the space at the centre,” she said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Chitra V. Raman / Bengaluru – December 28th, 2017

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    Langurs, boy can’t live without each other; 2-yr-old brokers peace between 2 troops.

    Samarth Bangari of Allapur village in Kundol taluk of Dharwad district plays with wild Langurs. DH photo by Irappa Naikar.

    Samarth Bangari of Allapur village in Kundol taluk of Dharwad district plays with wild Langurs. DH photo by Irappa Naikar.

    The grey langurs or the Hanuman langurs, as they are called, are often not preferred as pets. While some ‘madaris’ tame monkeys and make them dance to their tunes, the langurs are usually not so friendly.

    But langurs are soulmates for two-year-old Samarth Bangari of Allapur village in Kundagol taluk, Dharwad district. He literally eats, sleep and plays with the wild langurs.

    The langurs, which are tree canopy dwellers, of this village too cannot live without him. If Samarth doesn’t come to play with them at the break of dawn, the langurs go to his bed, remove his bedsheets, wake him up and ‘drag’ him to play.

    It all started six-eight months ago, when the tiny Samarth, along with his mother, went to his maternal grandfather’s village. To stop Samarth from crying, his grandmother gave him a piece of jowar roti to eat. He walked straight out of the house and offered the piece of roti to a langur that was resting on a tree along with its little one.

    As Samarth babbled, the mother langur climbed down the tree and took the roti from him. Relatives were wonder-struck when the 18-month-old Samarth did not even flinch when eight to 10 langurs came to him, expecting him to offer something for them too. He stood there with a giggle on his face.

    The friendship has only grown ever since. The toddler lifts the young ones in the troop or sometimes hits them. The monkeys have no issues with it.

    “Earlier we used to fear for the safety of Samarth. The elders used to rush to his ‘rescue,’ but the langurs would attack us,” said Mallikarjun, Samarth’s father. Many times, the elders have sustained injuries or have been bitten by them in their ‘rescue’ mission. There have been instances where these animals have chased the elders for kilometers. But Samarth has not sustained even a scratch due to the langurs.

    Family members tried several tricks to make sure Samarth was out of the reach of the langurs, but failed. They had taken Samarth to another village for a few days, but were forced to bring him back, as the langurs trooped there and ransacked everything in their wasy. They virtually searched every house in the village for Samarth. “The langurs stopped the ruckus only after he returned with them,” said a villager.

    The village residents said there used to be two groups of langurs in the nearby woods of Allapur and they had constant fights. This had resulted in losses to farmers and housewives, in terms of crops, utensils or eatables. But now, truce prevails as Samarth has played the perfect peacemaker.

    The boy now has a fan following of sorts as people from far and wide are coming to Allapur, to see for themselves this strange but strong bond.

    source: / Deccan Herald / Home> State / DH News Service / Hubballi – December 03rd, 2017

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    December 22nd, 2017adminAmazing Feats, Education, Records, All


    Bengaluru :

    Disability is not a reason to give up on life, but a weapon one can use to prove that nothing is impossible. Nagashetty, 37, swears by this motto. Born blind in one eye and losing sight in the other when he was 15 years old, the gritty professor is probably the first visually impaired candidate to receive a doctorate from Bangalore University.
    A notification on Nagashetty’s doctorate was released by the varsity on Thursday. Completing his thesis on the topic ‘Intuition in Kuvempu’s literary works’ (‘Kuvempu Kavyagalalli Anthardrishti’ in Kannada), from BU’s Kannada department, Nagashetty was awarded the doctor of philosophy degree and will be felicitated at the university’s convocation in 2018.

    Nagashetty’s happiness knew no bounds while TOI spoke to him about his achievement. Saying his hard work and patience have finally paid off after nine years, he stated: “It took me six years to get this doctorate. I registered in 2008 and submitted the thesis in 2015. But because the panel was undergoing some changes, I received the doctorate this year.”

    “I learned about Kuvempu’s work in school and realized that the prose and poetry have a deep impact on the reader’s mindset. I wanted to delve deeper and and took this up as my thesis topic,” said Nagashetty, a Kannada professor at Government PU College, JC Nagar. He added: “I got some of my PU students to read the works to a group of people and asked them to write down what they understood. Then I got them converted into braille format for my knowledge,” Nagashetty added.

    Nagashetty, who lost sight in his second eye in class 9, decided to resume education at Kalaburagi’s blind school where he learnt braille. He secured 75% in SSLC exams. “That pushed me to study further,” he said.

    After completing pre-university education in Gadag, Nagashetty came to Bengaluru to study at Sree Veerendra Patil degree college where he studied history, economics and Kannada. Then he joined Bangalore University to pursue postgraduation in Kannada.

    Even though the laborious process of converting braille into conventional text and vice versa took up much of the time while completing the thesis, Nagashetty is determined about compiling SL Bhyrappa’s works. “This too may take a long time but I believe it can be achieved,” he signed off.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by Deepika Burli / TNN / December 22nd, 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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