June 30th, 2012Sports
Five Karnataka hockey players in the national squad for the London Olympics, left for their European sojourn ahead of the Games rather disappointed after the state government decided not to reward them for their ‘appearance’ at the quadrennial event.
In an unexpected turn of events last week, the players, who had initially been asked whether they would be able to reach Bangalore for a cash awards function, were told that the government had already paid them Rs 5 lakh for qualifying for the Olympics, one of the players said that it was sad that they had been denied. “It is after a long time that five from Karnataka are in the Olympic squad. It is a matter of pride.
“Many other states have announced hefty rewards to their players for having made the Olympic squad. The Maharashtra government said they would pay Rs 15 lakh to Shivendra Singh and Tushar Khandker. Punjab and Haryana too have similar plans in line,” he said.
Quoting chief minister Sadananda Gowda, who had said that his government may give Rs 5-10 lakh to the Olympic-bound athletes, the player said, “We haven’t got similar encouragement from the government.”
The player agreed that athletes from other sports too would have to be paid for having made it to the Olympics. “It would have been better if each one of us was paid additional amount as a goodwill gesture. It would have encouraged us,” he said.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> Olympics 2012 / by Shrivathsa Sridhar, TNN / June 26th, 2012
June 30th, 2012Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Alliance Francaise Bangalore celebrated World Music Day and celebrating with them were musicians Suchitra Lata, Trilochan Kampli and Sameer Rao who came together to perform as Soular Flare. The band has adopted a fusion style and conjures a wicked mix of pop, classical tabla and flute – they call it western music with an Indian soul.
Suchitra Lata is a singer/songwriter and musician; she was initially known for her skills playing the veena, but now she sings in English and Kannada and has gained immense popularity as a performer and spends time with Soular Flare, alongside her studio album, playback singing and other international collaborations.
The band also belongs to Trilochan Kampli and Paulson Joseph, both prodigious musicians who have dedicated their lives to the cause. Trilochan’s debut concert was at the age of 12 and Paulson is known for his unique style on the electric sitar and a precise sense of shruti.
For the show Paulson was unavailable but filling his space was flautist Sameer Rao, a student of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.
The half hour performance given to the musicians to showcase their music is a tight window and there isn’t too much conversation or pauses as they dive straight into the music.
The band started off with a track Suchitra composed called “Siren”; the song introduced the audience to the essence of Soular Flare, a rich tapestry of classical music woven with electronic sounds. And while the flute and tabla were strong pillars that brought this performance together, the vocals were a weak link that threatened to overpower any of the other elements. It was too loud, which made it difficult to hear the mellow, classical notes.
“Picture Is Perfect” followed next, again written and composed by Suchitra and already been released in her album “Love Kite”. They also performed “Wings Of Being” and “Thin Blue Line” which came and went without creating a scene.
There was an instrumental performance, where Trilochan and Sameer took centre-stage and put out some excellent jugalbandi. In a classical format there is usually an alap or a khayaal, so they started with authentic elements of classical music and then progressed into a western song – it was an experiment to blend in authentic elements of Carnatic classical and western music, which worked beautifully. Known for his crisp technique and effortless skill, Trilochan makes playing the tabla look as simple as snapping your fingers.
The most interesting performance of the afternoon was the “Shakespeare Rap”, where Shakespeare’s 30th sonnet has been adapted and his 65th sonnet translated to be brought together in this one song that Suchitra belted out in rap.
What started out as interest in the idea, was quickly replaced with horror as the rapping continued. Soular Flare is a band that can be a fusion favourite — they have language, the right classical elements and some committed musicians — the question is to make them sound like they are one unit, to let one musician continue from where the other left off.
source: http://www.TheHindu.com / Home> Arts> Music / by Catherine Rhea Roy / June 28th, 2012
Udupi, Jun 29:
‘Childhood Cancer’, a book authored by Dr H S Ballal, pro-chancellor, Manipal University and Dr P D Gupta, adjunct professor, MCOPS, a Manipal University Press publication, was released by Dr Boralingaiah MB, Superintendent of Police, Udupi District, at a function recently held Manipal University.
Dr Boralingaiah congratulated the authors for bringing out the informative book.
M V Kamath, honorary director, Manipal Institute of Communication said, “It is essential to create awareness among pregnant women and parents about the symptoms of cancer in children so that in the initial stage itself cancer can be detected. We know that cancers if detected early can be cured completely”. He appreciated the simple language used in the book hence making it easy for everyone to follow and also suggested translating it to other Indian languages so that it can have a long reach.
Dr H S Ballal and Dr P D Gupta also spoke on the occasion.
Dr K Ramnarayan, vice chancellor, Dr H Vinod Bhat, pro-vice-chancellor, Dr G K Prabhu, registrar were also present.
source: http://www.daijiworld.com / Home> Karnataka / Media Release / Friday, June 29th, 2012
Two class X students of Sri Ramakrishna High School in Puttur have made the state proud by winning bronze medals in the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Enviornment Project Olympiad (ISWEEP) held as part of the International Science Fair in Houston, Texas, USA in May.
The duo – Karthik Bhat A, 14, and Ramnath Rao , 15, – won the prize for their innovation of a bio-pesticide that can be used for preventing damages caused by termites to buildings. They developed the bio-pesticide using the leaves of Schleichera Oleosa tree that grows in the Western Ghats. “Chemical pesticides will create several health issues and many farmers suffer from life-threatening diseases like cancer because of over exposure to them. The bio-pesticide will help prevent such diseases,” they said.
The Science Society of India (SSI) sponsored the students to participate in the science fair.
“I consider traveling to USA with kids from different countries to participate in the event an achievement in life. If not for the event, I would never have visited a foreign country as my parents cannot afford it,” said Karthik, son of Gopal Krishna Bhat, a farmer of Bettamapady near Puttur.
Ramnath son of Satheesh Rao Bekal, an employee in a grocery shop, said that the victory in an international-level science competition had motivated him to take up more research works in the field of bio-pesticide. Vasanthi Kedila, the science teacher of Karthik and Satheesha said that they had become role models for students in the school.
“They have made us proud. They were selected by SSI a few months back,” she added.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> City> Mangalore / TNN / June 30th, 2012
Dinu D, a second year student of Manipal Institute of Jewellery Management (MIJM), Manipal University won the best design/idea award in MIA ‘My Expression’, a national-level design contest conducted by Tanishq.
The contest started in January 2012 and continued for five months till May. Of the 3,000-odd designs submitted online by professionals and students from well-known design institutes of India, Dinu’s design ‘Honey Comb’ was awarded the best design/idea in the final round.
His achievement entitled him to Tanishq Certificate and cash prize of Rs 1-lakh presented at a function in the Titan corporate office in Bangalore. He also has the opportunity to co-create designs for MIA collections with Tanishq design team. Since MIA is a recent collection introduced by Tanishq , this contest was held for the first time.
source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> City> Mangalore / by Jaideep Shenoy, TNN / June 29th, 2012
June 30th, 2012Education
Sudhanva S. Kamath. / Photo: By Arrangement / The Hindu
Mr. Sudhanva was also qualified to participate in Karnataka Regional Mathematics Olympiad in 2010. He has won national fellowship from the Govt. of India.
Sudhanva S. Kamath comes across as an ambitious youth of Mangalore. Ever since he scored full marks in Mathematics in Class 10, he has been keenly interested in the field of science. Post PUC, he is pursuing a four-year undergraduate B.S. Honours programme at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
He aims to carry out research in Mathematics, particularly in Graph Theory, like his father Shyam Kamath, a faculty in NIT-K Surathkal.
A lover of mathematics, he wants to major in the same subject.
When asked what drew him to it, “Perhaps the intricate beauty in it,” he replies. “Not limited by nature, it is a world where you can take your imagination to highest levels. One cannot live without Maths,” he says.
Mr. Sudhanva was also qualified to participate in Karnataka Regional Mathematics Olympiad in 2010. He has won national fellowship from the Govt. of India. This 18-year-old qualified for ‘Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana’ (KVPY) fellowship program under which he is provided up to Rs 80,000 each year for the duration of his course.
The eligibility was determined by KVPY aptitude exam, which he sat in 2010 after his Class XII.
Out of 75,000 students who appeared for the exam, Sudhanva was one among those who were selected for the fellowship.
He said that the aptitude exam gave him a chance to see how science was interpreted in the real world. “This was different from usual competitive exams. They test your skill in solving problems, and how you approach or attack them. They check whether you have the aptitude for research,” he told The Hinduduring his recent visit to Mangalore.
This youth enjoyed solving math problems. He is working on a project on graph theory under his father, whom he sees as a role model. “I have seen him in research mode and am inspired by his work. There were very few teachers in school who have also inspired me,” he said. Once he completes his honours degree, he will be eligible to pursue a Ph. D. programme. The website dedicated to KYPY (kypy.org.in) informs that generous scholarships (Rs. 4000 to Rs. 7,000 per month) are provided (up to the pre-Ph.D. level) to the selected students.
Like any normal teen, he too often gets stressed out. “When problems seem impossible to solve, I take a break, and then try to look at them in a different light. This often helps.
“Other times, problems become more interesting when you aren’t able to solve them,” he said. Did he consider himself lucky? Well, one couldn’t attain everything with pure hard work, the whiz-kid believes. “Luck may often play a role in getting you somewhere,” he said.
Apart from mathematics, he is into music, which soothes him. He also plays the harmonium and piano. He is an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club of the English Premier League.
source: http://www.TheHindu.com / Home> News> Cities> Mangalore / by Safoora Ali / June 29th, 2012
Apple ranked as the top innovator globally, while in India it was Infosys. The Indian IT bellwether, which has been attracting flak for its performance in recent months, was identified as the innovation leader in a global tech innovation survey done across Americas, Asia Pacific (ASPAC), Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by KPMG.
About 44% of the survey respondents felt Silicon Valley’s famed position as the innovation center may be challenged, and the world’s technology innovation center would shift from US to another country in the next four years. Almost 30% of the 668 business executives in the survey said China and the US show the most promise for disruptive breakthroughs with global impacts, while 13 percent cited India.
“”The pace of technology innovations today is happening at unparalleled speed and China’s projected rapid rise to prominence as a technology leader would be another example of this,” said Gary Matuszak, partner, global chair and US leader for KPMG’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice.
“China’s anticipated parity with the US tech sector shows the significant challenge facing the US to retain its position as an innovation leader. Other countries will continue taking steps to boost technology innovation and to attract tech entrepreneurs,” he added.
source: http://www.articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com / by N. Shivapriya / ET Bureau / June 28th, 2012
Mysore, June 28
A South Korean Youth Delegation of 20 members including 10 women visited the Amba Vilas Palace here this morning.
The visit is as part of the ‘India-South Korea Youth Exchange Programme-2012’ organised by the Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs in association with District Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK).
The delegation was accorded a warm reception at the Palace Board office. They were presented with Mysooru Peta and white T-shirts with the insignia ‘Welcome to Mysore’.
Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad, Mysore City Corporation Commissioner Dr. M.R. Ravi, City Police Commissioner K.L. Sudheer, Palace Board Deputy Director T.S. Subramanya, NYK Delhi Convenor Prakash Vaidya and District NYK Co-ordinator M.N. Nataraj were present.
Briefing the delegation on places to visit in and around city, Vastrad pointed out that such youth exchange programmes would strengthen cordial relationship between the two countries. He lauded the city as a cultural capital of State with a lot of greenery and innumerable heritage tourist spots to visit. He disclosed that the city was usually chosen as a pilot for several national projects.
The delegation members were shown paintings of Dasara festival and those depicting the days of the Maharajas. The members also enjoyed riding on bicycles in the premises of the Palace.
Lok Sabha member R. Dhruvanarayan greeted the delegation and left. Former Corporator D. Nagabhushan and Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry President S. Sudhakar Shetty were also present.
The delegation members later left on a trip to visit Chamundi Hill, Srirangapatna and Brindavan Gardens at KRS.
source: http://www.StarofMysore.com / General News / June 28th, 2012
Royal reception to Wadiyar couple
Caption: ROYAL SALUTE: The scion of the Royal family Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar and his wife Pramoda Devi Wadiyar being accorded a royal welcome on their arrival at Ursu Boarding School to attend a function yesterday.
Mysore, June 25
Based on the achievements of IT czars N.R. Narayana Murthy and Azim Premji, who have displayed to the world that anything could be achieved by acquiring knowledge, we are planning to launch an Ursu University over the next five years, declared scion of the Royal family Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar here yesterday.
Speaking at a function organised for resumption of hostel facility at Sri Chamarajendra Ursu Boarding School at Krishnaraja Boulevard in Chamaraja Mohalla in city under the auspices of Sri Jayachamaraja Ursu Education Trust, he said that efforts would be made to provide quality education to students of schools and colleges coming under the jurisdiction of the Trust to achieve the aims of the royal family’s commitment to provide quality education to people.
Wadiyar further said that the Trust had been launched in the 19th century keeping in line with western countries that established such Trusts to provide education to their people and added that the Trust would be developed to suit the requirements of modern day education.
Dwelling upon the concerns of the royal family to the people, he said that the Trust had plans to utilise latest technology for the purpose of educating people.
School not closed
Dismissing reports that the 75- to-100-year-old school had been closed, Wadiyar claimed that the school had been temporarily shut for repair works such as providing underground drainage and water facilities and urged people not to be carried away by rumours. He also said that steps had been taken to curb illicit activities in the premises owing to lack of adequate security.
Blaming the media for reporting false information about the school, Wadiyar said that a case had been pending in a court of law between the Chamaraja Ursu Education Trust and the University of Mysore. He added that he had personally donated Rs. 20 lakh when the Trust ran short of cash besides claiming that the Trust belonged to the royal family and not any one else.
Trust President Pramoda Devi Wadiyar presided over the function in which members of the royal family Meenakshi Devi, Kamakshi Devi and Indrakshi Devi and Trust Vice-President Bharathi Urs were present.
Palace is not 100-years-old
Meanwhile, Wadiyar said that the Mysore Palace was not 100-years-old and that it was not proper to celebrate its centenary now.
Speaking to media persons, he said that the works on the present Palace which began in 1896 were completed in 1943 and claimed that he had photographic evidences that the works had not been completed in 1912 as being reported in the media of late. I have already clarified the matter with the Palace Board in the board meeting, he said.
However, Wadiyar refused to react when a reporter asked him whether he would agree if the Palace Board came out with a centenary celebration of the earlier or the last ruler of Mysore Sri Jayachamara-jendra Wadiyar.
source: http://www.StarofMysore.com / General News / June 25th, 2012
June 25th, 2012Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Suparna Goswami Bhattacharya & Supriya Ghorpade l Bangalore
It is 10.30 on a sunny morning in June. A middle-aged couple seated pretty in their BMW are hunting for a parking spot. They are out for some scrumptious mutton stew and appam—something they have been having almost every weekend at this British-style cosy cafe, Koshy’s, for two decades.
For those well acquainted with Bangalore, this is a familiar scene outside the eatery.
“The other day I met a regular customer, who usually comes in his limousine, on a bike. I asked him what happened to his car, to which he replied that he had to come on his ‘jet plane’ (two-wheeler) to get parking at Koshy’s,” jokes Santosh Koshy, who runs Koshy’s Restaurant along with brother Prem Koshy.
The anecdote signifies the place Koshy’s holds in the hearts of many Bangaloreans. What started off as a bakery outlet in the 1940s has today become an iconic eatery.
Looking back, unemployment was the beginning of good things to come for the founder, PO Koshy. Having lost his job as a senior executive with a private bank when it shut its doors, Koshy carved out a lucrative career in the food industry by starting one of India’s first bakeries.
It later went on to become a department store on MG Road, which now houses the showrooms of Kelvinator and Samsung. In 1952-53, with the backing of the warden of Bishop Cotton School, Rev Cannon Elphick, Koshy leased a plot of land from St Marks Cathedral and built the premises where Koshy’s now stands on St Marks Road. The eating house was initially called Parade Cafe.
Fast forward to the third-generation restaurateurs, and in keeping with the times, Koshy’s has revamped its ‘Jewel Cafe’ while still maintaining its old-world charm. “My father was very apprehensive of expanding the cafe by eating into the department store space. I had to fight to get my way,” says Santosh.
The menu has more than 800 items on its list with old favourites such as fish and chips, mutton stew and a traditional English breakfast of sausages, eggs and bacon still finding a prominent place.
“During peak hours, the restaurant is nothing short of a fish market,” he says. “Sometimes customers, while talking among themselves, are not in control of their emotions. They are so regular at Koshy’s that they have started treating the place as their home. Our non-air conditioned section is very popular. We have old-timers who come and sit for hours reading a book over Koshy’s coffee, but there is another section of customers who would want a more sophisticated, quiet environment to have a date or business meetings over lunch.”
This is the customer base Jewel Cafe caters to today. “Yes, dining in this section would mean your bill is slightly on the higher side, but we cannot help that—the overheads are larger,” he says.
Santosh insists the company has never increased its profits beyond 20%. “My grandfather always insisted that we should not treat Koshy’s as our business, but as a means to service people. I also come from that school of thought. People may term this as conservative but if we have survived this far, we will surely survive in the coming years as well,” he says.
This partly explains why Koshy’s bakery arm has not been able to sustain competition from the likes of Daily Breads and Spencer’s.
“Daily Breads has done well to sustain itself. Unfortunately, we could not do it,” Santosh says.
It has not been all praises for the brand. The family has had to fight off the way people sometimes perceive Koshy’s. “We often hear that despite us starting way ahead of other brands, today we are lagging behind in the race,” he says.
Expansion, however, is on the cards for the group with another fine-dining restaurant opening in Koramangala soon.
“Our customer base is spread all across the city. With the traffic and parking constraints these days, they find it hard to come all the way into town for a meal at Koshy’s,” Santosh says. “We’d be able to cater to more customers by expanding our footprint in other parts of the city.”
As it usually happens in family businesses, the third generation faced differences of opinion in the way business had to be run. “Those were crazy days. For instance, I wanted to change the way payments were made to suppliers. Instead of locking their payments for days, I felt it was best to clear the accounts on a daily basis,” Santosh says.
Even the equation with employees became more open. “I discouraged them from wishing me or saluting me every time they saw me. I told them to do their work sincerely so that they could go home on time. These workers have their own problems, right from alcohol addiction to womanising, but that is strictly after their work time. The time they are here, they are under my custody, and we take personal care and interest in them,” he says.
Bangalore has seen a lot of changes, some may like it, some may not. However, there are things that never grow old, despite their retro style. The city has hundreds of such things that give it character and life. Koshy’s, many will agree, is one such place. Just like namma Bengaluru, it welcomes both old and new.
source: http://www.dnaindia.com / DNA – Daily News & Analysis / Home> Bangalore> Report / by Suparna Goswami Bhattacharya & Supriya Ghorpade l Place: Bangalore / Agency: DNA / Monday, June 25th, 2012.