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    August 30th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    The party scene in the city seems to be quite progressive going by the international artists performing and new concepts being introduced, we find out more.

    Bangalore is one city in the country which has seen most number of innovations when it comes to partying. With theme parties  becoming a norm and international DJs and musicians making their first stops in the city, it is but quite natural for Bangalore to be the first city to see new launches. It is perhaps the livelyparty spirit of the Bangaloreans that encourages new concepts to be introduced.

    Bangalore knows its music

    Entertainment  professional Neeraj Joseph says, “Every city occasionally comes up with brilliantthemes and concepts, but when it comes to innovations in the music scene at parties – Bangalore definitely comes first, close to Goa – which is but seasonal and rare. They appreciate creative innovations, and at the same time they can be very judgmental if you try to mock their knowledge with some facade.” Elements like great visuals to go with the music, sound system, lighting and design have become an integral part of the city’s party scene.

    Bonhomie spirit

    The most appealing factor of the party scene in Bangalore is the bonhomie that the party people share unlike any other city. Nikhil Chinapa recently launched a concept party in the city with his friend Rohit Barker, called the Dance Republic, which offers partying experiences at an international level. He says, “I don’t really need to tell about the party crowd in Bangalore, it is such a fantastic city. Even international artists are the most impressed by Bangalore audience.” He goes on to add, “The party crowd in Bangalore is like a community and when any new concept is introduced everyone supports it and party like friends.”
    Partying with an international touch

    Having traveled to the different party destinations and dance capitals in the world, DJ and RJ Rohit Barker says, “Seeing what they are doing in the clubs abroad, we wanted to have the same here.” The highlights of the theme include high-tech sound and light system and interactive visuals which have been created after much research. “It is an amalgamation of a lot of things which is high on production value. We are in touch with people from different parts of the world for new concepts, merchandise, sound, lighting, visuals and more,” informs Rohit. And with both Rohit and Nikhil sharing the same stage, it works out as a package deal. “When I am playing, Nikhil is on the mike and vice versa,” says Rohit.

    Enhanced party experience

    Bangalore is definitely taking the party scene to the next level but city based visual artist Kaycee, says, “Its high time people realize that for quality stuff one needs to shed out money.” To which party animal Sunil Kumar says, “Partying in Bangalore is an expensive affair, while we like to enjoy different concepts and experimentations in terms of partying, the money part is quite disappointing.” He goes on to say, “Clubs in Bangalore are expensive as compared to the ones in Australia or a Singapore. Here the entry fee itself is Rs 2000 – 5000 while abroad most of the clubs don’t have it. Which means, a couple spending that is already thinking – ‘we better finish that voucher or else it will get wasted’ – and then end up in drunken driving cases.

    Cutting through the clutter?

    Theme parties and new concepts in the past have worked wonders in the city with people here welcoming it with open arms, agreeing to that DJ  Tuhin Mehta says, “I think parties with concepts are the way to go really, its a way to cut through the clutter.” But the one thing that might perhaps deter the progress is the deadline. “I think our biggest drawback is the time restriction, everything else can be fixed once we have a more conducive time line,” says Tuhin. Agreeing to this, Aashritha Shetty, the director of a private company says, “Working people like me like to start their night outs around 10-11pm after relaxing a little and then slowly get in to the party mood. But because there isn’t enough time to come home, change and head out, most of the time I end up canceling my plans.”

    source: / Home> Life & Style> People / by  Taniya Talukdar, TNN / August 30th, 2012

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    Aishwarya Rai’s brand new ad for Kalyan Jewellers has just gone public. The poster, for their “Tamas” collection, features the actress in a scintillating red mood.

    The poster (in billboard form) was spotted in Kerala and quickly went viral. It’s by far the boldest ad Aishwarya has done for the company; her previous ads had a certain traditional softness about them. The first featured Aishwarya bathed in gold, the next showed her as a traditional Indian bride, seated on a palanquin, and the most recent displayed Aishwarya in a pale blue avatar.

    But the Tamas ad kicks it up a notch, and how! Aishwarya can only be described as luscious in this photo–her hair falls seductively around her face and she sports vibrant red lips. And then of course there’s the jewelry: a massive, sparkling red and gold ring adorns a finger held against her face.

    The ad copy reads “Jewellry in every hue for you.” Hopefully this means even more beautifully colorful ads from the iconic actress are on their way!

    source: / by Renee Shah / August 27th, 2012

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    August 29th, 2012adminBusiness & Economy, Science & Technology

    Kolkata, Aug 27

    Wipro Technologies will expand its campus in Kolkata, Chairman Azim Premji said Monday but refused to comment on the company’s proposed special economic zone (SEZ) project in the city.

    “We will carry out expansion on our existing project,” Premji, who was here for an interaction with industry captains, told reporters without giving further details.

    The project, a SEZ, is in the the satellite township of Salt Lake and employs 7,500 people.

    During the previous Left Front rule, Wipro had bought 50 acres to set up its second campus at New Town, Rajarhat, in the north eastern fringes of the city as a SEZ. But the Mamata Banerjee-led government’s opposition to SEZs has put a question mark on its future.

    Last December, Premji had met Banerjee and indicated that Wipro would invest Rs.700-800 crore in its second campus, providing employment to 15,000 people.

    Another project by Infosys too has run into trouble after being denied SEZ status by the state government.

    There are now four IT SEZs in the state – Wipro, Unitech, DLF and Bantala IT SEZ.


    source: / Home> News / Monday, August 27th, 2012

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    Manipal University and Manipal Hemophilia Society will jointly launch the project ‘IDEEA’ (Identification, Diagnosis, Education and Empowerment for Action) and distribution of higher education scholarships for students with bleeding disorders in South India.

    Dr Annamma Kurien, President of Manipal Chapter of Haemophilia Society said the launch be held at Shirdi Saibaba Cancer hospital and research centre in Kasturba Hospital Campus, Manipal on August 28 at 3 pm. IDEEA is supported by the grant from Novo Nordisk Hemophilia Foundation (NNHF), Switzerland.

    Through this project the accredited social health activist (ASHA) will get the training to identify the suspected persons with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders in the community. The suspected people with bleeding disorders will undergo detailed tests in Kasturba Hospital, Manipal for the accurate diagnosis and the sub typing of bleeding disorders. A specialized hemostasis and thrombosis division, Kasturba Hospital, is being set up also supported by the Manipal University. Patients from the 4 districts of Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Shimoga and Chikmagalur with suspected bleeding disorders will get facilities for free testing.

    This project will also aim to empower persons with hemophilia by education to improve their quality of life. As a part of empowerment, a scholarship distribution for the student with hemophilia to support their higher education will also take place during the function. This scholarship is sponsored by Save One Life (SOL) organization, USA. This year eight students are selected for the scholarship. Hemophilia is a genetic, life threatening bleeding disorder in which blood does not clot normally due to the deficiency or absence of clotting factors.

    The Manipal Hemophilia Society, a registered chapter of Hemophilia Federation of India (HFI), affiliated to World Federation of Hemophilia, Canada (WFH) started its functioning in the year 1999 in Kasturba Hospital Manipal. It provides comprehensive medical services to the patients, who are suffering from hemophilia and related bleeding disorders. More than 250 patients from various districts of both Karnataka and Kerala are registered under Manipal Hemophilia society. It conducts regular hemophilia clinic once a month on every second Saturday for the persons with hemophilia, where a team of medical and allied health science professionals from various specialties trained in hemophilia care are available for the proper care and management.

    The Society also provides anti hemophilic factor (AHF), a costly life saving medicine at an affordable rate to the persons with hemophilia. The support of Manipal University has sustained the care of hemophilia patients.

    source: / Home> Education / by Stanley Pinto, TNN / August 27th, 2012


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    The department of agriculture, government of Karnataka, has launched a pilot programme to promote integrated farming in about 1,000 villages across the state. The government has earmarked a financial assistance of Rs 50 crore for the programme in 2012-13.

    “The University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore has developed a model for an integrated approach to agriculture and the Karnataka Krishi Mission (KKM) had suggested to the government to adopt this model and introduce statewide. The government has accepted our recommendation and launched the programme from this crop year,” S A Patil, President, KKM said.

    Under this programme, the department of agriculture would provide select farmers in 1,000 villages a package of best farming practices, good quality planting material, seeds and training to grow crops. They will also be given training on different branches of agriculture like horticulture, animal husbandry, poultry, fisheries and agro-forestry. They would also be given assistance from seed selection to marketing of their produce, he said.

    Speaking at a panel discussion on ‘Technology as a Driver of Growth: Ensuring Farm Productivity’, organised by Delhi-based commodities’ research firm, Patil said a diploma course in agriculture has been introduced in the Universities of Agriculture Sciences in the state. The objective of the course is to prepare youth on various aspects of farming at the middle level and engage them in dissemination of knowledge to farmers.

    The pilot programme will be in place for a period of five years and scaled up later based on the response from the farming community. Through this programme, the department will develop models of integrated farming in select villages for further replication in other villages over the years, he said.

    The department of agriculture has also started working on identifying farmer leaders, engaged in integrated farming at village level to train the fellow farmers on modern, scientific methods of farming, he said.

    source: / Home> Economy & Policy / by BS Reporter – Bangalore, Chennai / August 29th, 2012

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    August 29th, 2012adminRecords, All, Sports

    Seventeen years ago, Nottinghamshire won the toss, piled up 527 and still managed to lose by an innings. Arunabha Sengupta looks back at one of the lesser-known miracles worked by  Anil Kumble.

    If a team ends the first day of a four-day match at 353 for one, it is generally assumed that they can’t lose from there. Let alone by an innings.

    So, when the Nottinghamshire skipper, Tim Robinson, accepted the offer for light just after 6.10 pm on Thursday, he had every reason for smug satisfaction. He was unbeaten on 204, his second-wicket partnership with Graeme Archer already worth 285. Even Anil Kumble, the imported weapon for  Northamptonshire known for his endless volley of poison-tipped spears, had looked rather less than threatening.

    Northants, still well placed in the race for the County crown, did fight back the following day. Robinson was trapped plumb by the Zimbabwean all-rounder Kevin Curran. Captain  Allan Lamb executed an extraordinary pirouette and double pike, pulling off an one-handed blinder at gully to send back the dangerous Chris  Cairns. But, Archer carried on until David Capel got him leg before for 158. Kumble did pick up a few wickets towards the end to finish with four for 118, but the innings stretched on till tea, amounting to a massive 527.

    Richard Montgomerie and Alan Fordham opened for the hosts and reached 149 without loss when stumps were drawn on the second day. A run-feast looked inevitable before a yawn inducing draw.

    560 in a day

    What Saturday brought forth was more of an orgy than a feast, the spread several times more lavish than expected, wild and unchecked. Northants amassed 560 in a day, with Fordham, Lamb and wicketkeeper Russell Warren blasting hundreds.

    From time to time, Cairns worked up frantic pace, but he had little support at the other end.  With a green coating bang in the middle of the pitch, both seamers and spinners seemed intent on adding that spot of colour to their offerings, and the batsmen had ample opportunity and time to rock back and pull or cut with disdain. Robinson winced and frowned, but could not help it.

    As many as 219 runs were scored during the final session, with Curran and Capel rollicking along the time-tested path of blocking a few and smashing the rest. The score at the end of the day stood 709 for seven.

    After a break to play the 50-over AXA Sunday League game, the teams regrouped for the final day on August 28.

    August 28, 1995

    Capel raced to his century from just 87 balls, the fourth hundred of the innings, and Northamptonshire declared 254 runs ahead – having added 72 from 35 minutes in the morning. Extras contributed a whopping 64.

    When Nottinghamshire started their second innings, opener Paul Pollard was bowled by a superb in-ducker from Curran. But, Robinson and Archer once again started to frustrate Kumble, lunging out to defend, not allowing the ball to hit the pads.

    They were cruising on 72 for one, the stalemate looming large, when Kumble got one to skid on to Robinson’s stumps. In the same over Paul Johnson was caught and bowled off a leading edge. In the next, Archer missed a straight one from Capel to be caught plumb. Suddenly, it was 72 for four.

    Thirteen runs later, Kumble snared Cairns at the short-leg, and at the same score Curran induced a flash from Matthew Dowman, brilliantly held by Jeremy Snape. The score now was 85 for six.

    It soon became 90 for seven when Curran castled Jimmy Hindson.

    Lamb brought his fielders in and crowded the batsmen, but on this deadest of pitches, it did not take much to settle down. Wayne Noon and Andy Pick hung on and looked like playing out time. A couple of chances went abegging. Pick was put down by Lamb, and Kumble acquired a large bump on the head colliding with Tony Penberthy while trying to latch on to a looping edge from Noon.

    However, after all these years, it is now well known that head injuries often added an extra dollop of menace to the tenacious Indian leg-spinner. Forty minutes after his collision, Kumble, tireless and persevering, had the stubborn Pick caught in the leg trap. After some gutsy resistance, Bobby Chapman fell to a controversial decision, caught at leg slip and it was nine down for 150. The last pair put their heads down and batted, as time ticked by. And with just three overs to go, Kumble spit out one of his missile-like deliveries, those that hastened across and hurried the best of batsmen. Poor Andy Afford was struck helplessly on the pads and it was all over.

    Bowling virtually unchanged from midday, Kumble picked up five for 43 off 39.1 overs. Nottinghamshire lost by an innings and 97 runs.

    Northants managed to remain in the race for the title – although at the end of the season they finished third behind Warwickshire and Middlesex.

    However, the dubious record, still unbroken and likely to remain so for long, was created by Nottinghamshire– notchingup the highest ever total in First-class cricket while suffering the ignominy of an innings defeat.

    Brief Scores:

    Nottinghamshire 527 (RT Robinson 209, GF Archer 158, A Kumble 4-118) and 157 (Anil Kumble 5-43, Kevin Curran 3-39) lost to Northamptonshire 781 for 7 declared (A Fordham 130, RR Montgomerie 69, AJ Lamb 115, RJ Warren 154, KM Curran 70, DJ Capel 114*, JA Afford 3-223)

    ( Arunabha Sengupta is a cricket historian and Chief Cricket Writer at CricketCountry. He writes about the history and the romance of the game, punctuated often by opinions about modern day cricket, while his post-graduate degree in statistics peeps through in occasional analytical pieces. The author of three novels, he can be followed on twitter at

    source: / Home> Cricket-Articles / by Arunabha Sengupta / April 28th, 2012

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    August 29th, 2012adminBusiness & Economy, Education

    Brickwork Finance Academy announces session on “Finance Careers in India” at its campus on Kalena Agrahara, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM.

    The professional courses and the MBA courses available in the country today, aim to address the requirement of qualified and competent workforce in industry. However, the gap between demand for and availability of skilled workforce continues to exist as a large number of qualified graduates are not competent enough to be absorbed by industry. This deficiency may be a result of the diminishing focus on quality of education across the plethora of management institutions that have mushroomed across the length and breadth of the country. The industry academia gap may also be a result of excessive focus on theoretical concepts rather than ahealthy mix of theory and practice.

    An important aspect crucial to any finance function today, is that finance professionals have to constantly upgrade their knowledge base, in order to cope with the dynamic external environment. The changing regulatory framework, introduction of new financial products, and changing client requirements require a finance professional to keep abreast of the latest developments in these markets. Focused financial courses can enable an individual to keep up to date with developments in their respective domains.

    One such course is the Post Graduate Program in Finance offered by Brickwork Finance Academy. This course covers vital areas in finance namely, Credit Management, Investment Management and Risk Management, with specific reference to the Indian and Internationalfinancial markets. The faculty of the program, are highly experienced industry experts, practitioners and academicians with hands on experience in the financial sector. Spread over nine months with 270 contact hours, the program provides its participants an opportunity to interact with industry experts enabling them to understand practical aspects of the current environment and the challenges in the finance sector.

    In line with the objectives of facilitating continuous learning, laid out in its Charter, Brickwork Finance Academy will be conducting an interactive session on “Finance Careers in India” with specific reference to the BFSI sector in the month of September.

    Those interested in attending this session are requested to kindly mail a small brief about themselves along with their contact details to by 30th August, 2012, or please call Raghavendra @ +91 80 4040 9950/ +91 97434 37999.

    Attendance to the session is by invitation only.

    To know more about Brickwork Finance Academy visit

    source: / Home / Business Wire India / August 28th, 2012

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    August 29th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Mangalore, Aug 29:

    Mandd Sobhann will be organizing the fourth global Konkani music awards on December 9 at 6.30pm at Kalaangann, informed Eric Ozario, gurkaar of Mandd Sobhann at a press conference held on Wednesday August 29.

    Songs of any Konkani vocal music album released in the year 2011 anywhere in the world, in any dialect of Konkani by anyone belonging to any religious denomination are eligible. Devotional songs are also eligible

    The award will include a cash prize of Rs 25,000 (each), the title and the trophy with felicitation.

    Application and nomination in the prescribed form, with proper attachments, can be sent to Kalangann, Makale, Shaktinagar, and the last date to receive applications is September 30.

    An eminent panel of accomplished musicians will select top three nominees in each category from the applications received and they will be honored at the Awards Ceremony.

    A separate set of judges will select the winners. The final winners will be announced and honored at the function.

    The awards include Best Singer Female – 2011, Best Singer Male – 2011, Best Lyricist – 2011, Best Music Composer – 2011, Best Music Arranger – 2011 and Best Music Album – 2011. There is no age limit for the contestants, Eric informed.

    Eric also added that either a bollywood singer or music composer will be giving away the award. Ranni Kogull – Queenie Fernandes and Rai Kogull – Akash Telgu (of soad -3 international) will perform on the occasion.

    One can also log on to to know more about rules and application forms.

    Stany Alvares, president, Louis J Pinto, ex president, Arun Raj Rodrigues, coordinator, Irene Rebello, secretary were present during the press meet.

    source: / Home / Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore(PS) / Wednesday, August 29th, 2012


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    August 29th, 2012adminEducation, Leaders

    Bangalore, Aug. 25

    President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Jnanpith awardee Dr. U.R. Anan-thamurthy (URA) as the first Chancellor of Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga, for five years.

    The 80-year-old litterateur earlier served as Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam, Kerala. He was also the President of Sahitya Akademi and Chairman of National Book Trust of India, New Delhi.

    Born in 1932 at Melige village in Shimoga, URA started his career in the Department of English in the University of Mysore.

    source: / Home> General News / August 25th, 2012

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    TSR Memorial & Mohare Hanumantharaya awards to be presented

    Caption: Shivasharanappa Vali, Ranganatha Rao, M.B. Desai, Nagaraja, Narayana Karantha, K.V. Paramesh, Ramesh Kuttappa, Ravindra Bhat

    Bangalore, Aug. 25

    The State Government will be honouring journalists by presenting the TSR Memorial and Mohare Hanumantharaya, Development and Environmental Journalism awards for the years 2010 and 2011 at Ravindra Kalakshetra here on Aug. 27 at 11 am.

    G.N. Ranganath Rao and Garudanagiri Nagaraj will be honoured with TSR Memorial Award for 2010 and 2011 respectively. Shivasharanappa Vali (2010) and M.B. Desai (2011) will be given the Mohare Hanumantharaya Journalism Award while K.V. Paramesh (2010) and Ravindra Bhat Ainakai (2011) will receive Development Journalism Awards. Narayana Karanth Peraje (2010) and Ajjamada Ramesh Kuttappa (2011) will be given Environmental awards by the government.

    Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar will present TSR and Mohare Hanumantharaya awards while Dy.CMs K.S. Eshwarappa and R .Ashok will present Development Journalism and Environmental Journalism awards respectively.

    MP Ananthkumar and Justice G.P. Shivaprakash, retired High Court Judge & President of Journalism Award Selection Committee will be the chief guests.

    Chikpet MLA Dr.D. Hemachandra Sagar will preside.

    Late T.S. Ramachandra Rao (TSR), as the Editor of Prajavani, was famous for his column Choobaana. The government is presenting an award in his name since 1993 which includes Rs. 1 lakh cash prize. Till now, 18 journalists have received this award.

    TSR award recipients: G.N. Ranganatha Rao entered journalism field by joining Tayinadu as a Sub-Editor. He also served in Samyukta Karnataka. He worked in Prajavani for 34 years and has authored 30 books.

    Garudanagiri Nagaraja joined the movement for a responsible government against Mysore State when he was a student and was imprisoned. He received progressive farmer award also. He first served in Janavani, Praja-matha and later in Kannada Prabha. He has also served as the President of Karnataka Newspaper Academy.

    Late Mohare Hanumantharaya was a freedom fighter from Bijapur district. After working as the Sub-Editor and Editor of Karnataka Vaibhava weekly in Bijapur, he joined Samyukta Karnataka as Editor and later became its Managing Editor. He started Kannada’s first digest Kasturi in 1956.

    Mohare Hanumantharaya award recipients: Shivasharanappa Vali of Bidar district was involved in freedom movement, journalism, social work, educational, religious and political activities. He worked in Delhi’s Hindustan Samachar for 10 years and later in ‘Uttara Karnataka’ daily.

    Mohan Basavaraja Desai: He started a Kannada weekly Darshana and later converted it into a daily Loka Darshana in border district of Belgaum. He has served as an Editor for 50 years in Kannada journalism.

    Development journalism: K.V. Paramesh – Entering journalism field through Kodagu’s Shakti daily newspaper, he also served as Mysore Centre Head of E-TV Kannada, Bangalore Senior Reporter & Head of Political Division of Suvarna 24×7 and also in Samyukta Karnataka. His contributions include reports on Nagarahole forest fire, H.D. Kote taluk forest conditions, smuggling and sale of minor girls of Girijana tribes in Mysore district etc.

    Ravindra Bhat Ainakai joined Samyukta Karnataka in 1990 and later served in Kannadamma of Belgaum, Aragini, Abhimani and Ee Sanje papers, for three years in Udayavani and later as Mysore Branch Chief of Prajavani. His columns have been published in book form titled Baduku Marada Mele, apart from other books Hejjenu, ‘Moorane Kivi’ etc.

    Environmental journalism: Narayana Karantha Peraje – He has been serving in Dakshina Kannada’s monthly Adike since 22 years. He is well-known for his columns in Sudha, Taranga, Udayavani, Hosadigantha, Kannada Prabha etc. He is the author of more than 10 books including ‘Tala Tapasvi.’

    Ajjamada Ramesh Kuttappa – Entering journalism through Kodagu’s Veeranadu paper, he later worked in DK’s Kannada Janantaranga and as Senior Reporter in Vijaya Karnataka for 11 years. At present, he is the Kodagu Reporter of Vijayavani. He has penned many articles on Kodagu’s environment, developmental works in forest, Nagarahole forest’s condition etc.

    source:  / General News / August 25th, 2012

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