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    January 31st, 2013adminBusiness & Economy

    Considering rise in unemployment in the district, a major food industry will be set up at Mulbagal and London-based entrepreneurs have come forward to establish the industry. Measures have been taken to provide them with suitable site for the firm, said Legislator Amaresh.

    He was speaking at a job fair organised at the Government PU College premises in the town on Monday. Following depletion in groundwater level, irrigation has severely affected. This has led to rise in unemployment in the district. Setting up such industries here will address unemployment issue to an extent, he added.

    He further said that lands have already been identified in the taluk to set up industries and process of transferring lands to these units is already on, he added. At least 4,000 to 5,000 youth will be able to get jobs here, he added.

    The job fair organised by Rajiv Gandhi Seva Trust and Rural Development Institute, Mulbagal and district unit of Kannada Sene Karnataka witnessed a good turn out.
    State Women Congress wing general secretary Sujatha Ramesh and Taluk Sheep and Wool Development Corporation president Venkatesh Gowda were present

    source: / Home> District / DHNS, Mulbagal / January 29th, 2013

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    January 31st, 2013adminBusiness & Economy, Science & Technology

    Bangalore :

    Heart ailments kill about three million Indians every year. Many die because they can’t afford treatment at the right time. Now, there’s a ray of hope for poor heart patients: EMI payment for the treatment in instalments.

    Heart care has gone the EMI way in Bangalore and Mysore. In south India, about 20 hospitals are facilitating cardiac treatments through Equated Monthly Installments.

    Sagar Hospital, Trinity Hospital and Panacea Hospital in Bangalore have come up with Healthy Heart for All (HHFA) – a programme in association with India Medtronic. manufacturers of stents. Fortis and Vikram Hospital in Mysore too are facilitating this programme which was floated a month ago.

    Under HHFA, hospitals provide financial assistance to implant devices such as stents, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in heart patients. Furthermore, cardiac emergencies are almost always life threatening and patients often have a tough time raising the huge sums of money at short notice. To address this issue, HHFA offers loans.

    Said Dr K S Kishore, interventional cardiologist, Sagar Hospital: “Heart patients are often rushed to hospital at the 11th hour. It’s difficult for the patient or the relative to arrange for cash immediately. In such situations, the EMI facility comes in handy. Under this programme, a patient can swipe the card and pay the cost of treatment in 6 installments without interest.”

    The EMI can also be extended up to seven years on interest rate of 8.25%. The three hospitals in Bangalore are offering treatments like angioplasty and valve replacement.

    Instalments for other treatments

    Eye surgeries, robotic surgeries for cancer and dental procedures too can be paid in easy installments at a few hospitals in the city. Manipal Hospital offers this payment option for a range of treatments by tying up with two private banks. The EMI facility is available for procedures like bypass, angioplasty, open heart surgeries, robotic surgeries, a few eye surgeries and dental treatments.

    Said Dr C G Muthana, vice-president, operations, Manipal Hospitals: “Several treatments are available on EMI payment at our hospital. A patient opting for this has to swipe the credit card of the bank we have partnered with and can pay the cost in three, six or nine installments without interest. The project has just started so there isn’t much awareness about it.”

    source: / Home> City> Bangalore / by Hetal Vyas, TNN / January 30th, 2013

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    January 31st, 2013adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Mysore, Jan. 25:

    A Hindusthani vocal music concert by Dr. M. S. Bhaskar has been arranged on Jan. 27 at 6 pm at Veene Seshanna Bhavana, Adichunchanagiri Road, Kuvempunagar.

    He will be accompanied by Pt. Veerabhadraiah Hiremath on harmonium and Pt. Ramesh Dhannur on tabla. The concert is open to all music lovers.

    Profile: Dr. M. S. Bhaskar, born in T. Narasipur in 1949, is a Neurologist by profession. He was very much attracted towards music since childhood, continued his interest during his student days making way for serious learning of music. He could set apart some time for learning music amidst his busy medical studies.

    He began learning Karnatak music with Vid. S. Bheema Rao. Later he learnt Hindusthani music from Pt. Ramarao Naik of Agra Gharana for several years. After his guru’s demise he continued his tutelage from Lalitha Ramanujam, seniormost disciple of his guru.

    Presently, he is onto higher learning from Pt. Indudhar Nirodi, well-known Hindusthani musician of Mysore.

    Dr. Bhaskar has performed at Mysore, Bangalore, Mangalore and Chennai in addition to his participation in several Music festivals at these places.

    Very much associated with Raga Vaibhava and Swarasankula Sangeetha Sabha he is popularising Hindusthani music in Mysore with a deep involvement, according to Dr. T.P. Krishnakantha, Joint Secretary, Ganabharathi.

    source: /Home>General News / January 25th, 2013

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    Having made science ‘cool’ at home, Dublin’s Science Gallery has global plans that are taking it as far afield as Bangalore, writes Ann O’Dea.

    The highly acclaimed Science Gallery on Dublin’s Pearse Street has been bringing cutting-edge developments in science, technology and the arts to the general public since 2008, through interactive and award-winning exhibits, but the team behind the gallery now plans to replicate that successful model in a further eight countries.

    From Dublin to Bangalore – Science Gallery model goes global . Michael John Gorman, founding director of Science Gallery

    A donation of €1m from Google in December 2011 was used to set up the Global Science Gallery Network, which plans to open similar galleries in key cities worldwide. India was chosen alongside the UK, Singapore, the United States, Australia and Russia for the first wave of science hubs to be launched.

    And it is not difficult to see why the idea is meeting with some success. Here in Dublin, the gallery has become part of the arty tech and science ecosystem, thanks to its quite unique model, says founding director Michael John Gorman.

    “When we opened in February 2008, one of the reasons was we felt there was a real need to inspire and engage more 15- to 25-year-old young adults around science, technology and engineering, and to get more people considering courses and careers in these areas,” he says. “Since then, I think there is a mind shift that has happened where now people actively seek out science-related events and entertainment.”

    The Brian Cox phenomenon

    He does concede this may be partly attributable to the Brian Cox phenomenon – the ultracool British particle physicist and TV celebrity – not to mention figures like Ireland’s own Dara O’Briain, comedian and broadcaster whose background is in mathematics and theoretical physics. Indeed, O’Briain sits on the gallery’s Leonardo Group, 50 ‘creative’ individuals, scientists, technologists, designers and artists who feed ideas into the exhibitions.

    “It was a deliberate decision when we were starting out,” says Gorman. “Many science attractions around the world are focused on very young children and families, and on school groups. We made a decision that we would have a more adult engagement with science technology and the arts. There’s this widespread idea that science is for kids and art is for adults. I don’t know why that exists as a perception but it needs to be challenged.

    “When we were setting up the gallery at the boundary of the university (Trinity College Dublin) it seemed like there was an opportunity for the gallery to be a porous membrane for the university and its researchers, and for all the exciting stuff going on behind the closed doors of labs, to bring that out to the public, and draw the public into interactions with the university. We were determined that we wouldn’t vandalise the science, we wouldn’t dumb it down. There was nothing out there like that.”

    In 2012, 300,000 visitors went through the Science Gallery’s doors. “To put that into perspective, when we’re starting up the gallery back in 2007-2008, our target was 50,000 visitors a year,” says Gorman.

    Not only that, but 2012 saw its exhibitions tour to Singapore, Manila, New York and London.

    “At the beginning of June, we had three exhibitions opening in three continents in three weeks,” says Gorman. “We also ran Ireland’s largest ever TEdx event in September in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, which sold out and had 2,000 people listening to people talking about the future of science and technology. In a strange way science has become cool.”

    It was because that concept was quite unique that the gallery felt it could replicate the model as a ‘plug in’ to universities in other key urban centres around the world.

    Science Gallery and India

    Today, excitement is building in India, where in November the Karnataka State Government signed a memorandum of understanding with Science Gallery, and is launching the feasibility analysis this month. A strong steering committee is already in place, with stakeholders like the Indian Institute of Science, the National Centre for Biological Sciences, and the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology already involved in the process.

    And the Bangalore Science Gallery has other heavyweight backing, with none less than India’s leading businesswoman, self-made entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw a strong supporter of the initiative.

    Often cited as India’s richest woman, Mazumdar-Shaw’s $800m business Biocon is one of India’s leading drug companies, with a workforce of some 6,000. She was included in Forbes’ The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2012 and Time magazine’s The World’s Most Influential People in 2010. When I mentioned the Bangalore project on Twitter, to my surprise, she shot off a rapid and enthusiastic response.

    Mazumdar-Shaw herself has strong Irish connections. She worked as a trainee manager in a biochemicals company in Cork back in the 1970s, before starting Biocon in the garage of a rented home in Bangalore in 1978, with seed capital of an equivalent $200 in today’s money. In 2001, Ireland’s Minister for Health at the time, Mary Harney, appointed Mazumdar-Shaw to the board of Science Foundation Ireland. Today she is Irish consul general in Bangalore.

    She, too, tells me Bangalore was the obvious choice, as a “leading hub of information technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology, not only in India, but in Asia.

    “The Science Gallery project is a welcome and timely addition to Bangalore’s growing stature as India’s science and technology capital,” she says. “It provides an ideal platform for interactive and multidisciplinary learning and knowledge creation.”

    “Conceptually, the Science Gallery is the perfect format for advancing scientific education that has a mindset of explorative research,” she continues. “As the Irish consul general in Bangalore, I am delighted to see this meaningful and path breaking bond between the two countries being catalysed by Trinity College.”

    Science Gallery is funded by a combination of Trinity College Dublin support, Government support, corporate partnerships, foundations, philanthropy and earned income.

    “These supporters allow us to keep entrance to Science Gallery free of charge, which was a key principle from the outset,” says Gorman.

    The earned or operational revenue has grown to about a quarter of its funding, says Gorman, thanks to the growing success of the café, the retail space, corporate hire and of course the successful touring exhibitions. During the financial year 2010/2011, Science Gallery increased its annual turnover by 20pc from 2010 to €2.2m.

    Back in Bangalore, Gorman says the feasibility analysis should be completed in April, and shortly thereafter the gallery should move to the development stage, but the UK is likely to pip them to the post. Closer to home, Science Gallery is in advanced discussions with King’s College, London, regarding the setting up of a Science Gallery on its Guy’s Hospital campus there, scheduled to open in 2015, close to the Tate modern and the Shard building – a suitably edgy location for a very cool concept.

    A version of this interview first appeared in The Sunday Times on 27 January

    source: / Home> Innovation / by Ann O’Dea / January 30th, 2013

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    Mangalore :

    If everything goes according to the plan, Dr Shivarama Karantha Balavana  in Puttur will soon have a library-cum-art gallery after writer Kota Shivarama Karanth .

    The new building, which will also have a skating rink on its terrace, will be opened at Balavana by March.

    The library will have complete works of Karanth and available books and research papers on the writer, and the art gallery attached to the library will have paintings and pictures of Karanth.

    Assistant commissioner, Puttur sub-division H Prasanna told TOI that, Balavana, where the revolutionary writer had lived, will be preserved as a historic monument. “The gallery has been designed in such a way that more windows will be placed to make it bright even during power cuts. The full-fledged building will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 80 lakh by the district administration under the chief minister’s special funds,” he said.

    “The 15,000 sqft gallery, which is under construction, will have more than 20 tall windows and facilities will be made to display paintings on the wall in between the windows,” he said.

    As many as 13 artists from various parts of the state had sketched characters and messages in Karanth’s novels as part of a literary interaction and oil painting camp on works of Karanth at Balavana on Monday. “We have plans to organize two more such camps in the days to come. All paintings created at these camps will be kept at the new gallery,” Prasanna said.

    There are also plans to create mural art on two huge walls on either side of the hall of the art gallery, he added. “We have requested the department of Kannada and culture, Kannada Book Authority, Mangalore University and other institutions to contribute books and research papers on Karanth to the library,” he said adding. The terrace of the building will be converted into skating rink for children,” he said.

    source: /Home> City>Mangalore / TNN / January 30th, 2013

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    Noted physicist Yash Pal and space scientist Roddam Narasimha were named for the Padma Vibhushan awards Friday, with 106 other Padma awardees, including actors Sharmila Tagore, Sridevi, the late Rajesh Khanna, late satirist Jaspal Bhatti and Olympic medallists Mary Kom, Yogeshwar Dutt and Vijay Kumar.

    Sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and painter S Haider Raza were among the four chosen for the second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan. Nobody was named for the Bharat Ratna for this year too.

    Cricketer Rahul Dravid made the 24-strong list for the Padma Bhushan . List of Padma Awardees

    Joining him was Godrej group chairman Adi Godrej and missile scientist A Sivathanu Pillai. The awards will be presented in March and April.

    Kom, silver medallist at the London Games, is the only Olympian in the Padma Bhushan list. India’s other two Olympic heroes, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and shooter Vijay Kumar, were named for the Padma Shri, along with actors Sridevi and Nana Patekar, filmmaker Ramesh Sippy and fashion designer Ritu Kumar.

    Rajendra Achyut Badwe, director of Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Centre, oncologist Pramod Kumar Jhulka of AIIMS, homeopath Vishnu Kumar Gupta and sculptor Rajendra Tikku were named for the Padma Shri.

    Four more sportspersons were named for the Padma Shri — mountaineer Premlata Agrawal, para athlete Hosanagara Nagarajegowda Girisha, boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh and rower Bajrang Lal Takhar.

    source: / Home> North India> New Delhi / by HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times / New Delhi, January 26th, 2013

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    January 30th, 2013adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Mysore, Jan. 25 :

    Akka Adventures has organised ‘Divya Drushyavali,’ an expo of 31 photographs of Kailas Manasarovar taken by M.Madan Gopal, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, at the Institution of Engineers on JLB Road.

    The expo will be open for public today and tomorrow between 9 am and 8 pm. An avid wildlife lover and traveller Madan Gopal is also a keen listener of Hindustani Classical music, voracious reader and is now addicted to the Himalayas.

    His interests other than trekking in the Himalayas include taking pictures of the landscapes there during sunrise and sunset. ‘Divya Drushyavali’ tries to convey this passion to the world through 31 photographs from his collection of more than 5000 photos.

    Following Mysore, the expo will be held in Bellary, Raichur, Gulbarga, Belgaum and Dharwad.

    source: / Home> General News / January 25th, 2013

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    Bangalore :

    Scientist Sharada Srinivasan , who won the Dr Kalpana Chawla  Award for Young Scientists recently, has explored linkages between art, metals and materials, heritage, archaeology, aesthetics, science and technology and the performing arts. Apart from being a professor of heritage at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore and collaborating research with people all over the world, she’s also an adept Bharatanatyam dancer. She speaks about her life and work:

    Tell us about your work…

    A major aspect of my work includes archaeo-metallurgical characterization and technical fingerprinting of South Indian bronzes of the Vijaynagar and Chola periods, uncovering of evidence for the smelting of copper, lid and tin bronzes of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. I’ve also worked on preservation of ancient mirror-making in Aranmula (Kerala). Certain parts of north Karnataka also produced high carbon steel during 700 BC, which I’m looking into as well as gold mining heritage sites in North Karnataka. We found evidence of bronze melting from a very long time ago around Hassan.

    What are the major challenges?

    Metallurgical items are often not taken very seriously by many at archeological sites though they give many insights about the era in which they were crafted. Modern mining also destroys much of our old heritage mining sites. Also, we need more support and grants for our work.

    What do you think of heritage in Bangalore?

    I’m concerned about the heritage culture of Bangalore. We need to build a museum culture.Youngsters spend a lot of time at multiplexes and malls which they could well spend at museums and heritage sites learning about culture and history. Museums here are disconnected when it comes to providing information to youngsters. The central government needs to inspire museum employees to do better as most artifacts on display have only brief descriptions. There needs to be creativity in this and apt explanations which youngsters can relate to.

    What’s the solution?

    Academic courses need more of practicals in subjects like history, and students need to learn from craftsmen  and artisans. Also, the scientific community needs to come up with relevant services that help the community.

    What do you think about cannons found near the City Market?

    They look like cannons from the 18th century but more scientific testing needs to be done to prove they belonged to Tipu Sultan

    source: / Home> City> Bangalore / by Rhik Kunda, TNN / January 26th, 2013

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    …from US Golf Open to Mysore’s Dolphin Cup

    By Dr. Eskay Ghori

    It was a wonderful morning at the JWGC Golf Club in Mysore reminding me of the day I set out to watch the US Golf Open in San Francisco on June 14, 2012. My son Zaid Ghori had bought me a ticket to the US Open as a Father’s Day surprise gift. Back here, the Dolphin Cup Golf Tourney was being played in Mysore when a lady golfer walked in with her daughter-in-law. I exchanged pleasantries and promised to catch up with them at Regaalis hotel in the evening where the prize distribution and a grand dinner party was organised by the Dolphin members.

    For the first time since June 14 last year, I practiced a few shots and putted, the game and the swing was there and thought of future golf as a would-be 62-year-old man having played a handicap of 3 as a youngster and having won many a golf tournament in Nigeria, England and India.

    It was 7.30 pm and all dressed formal for the evening, I stepped in accompanied by my wife Dr. Reshma Ghori to the poolside party at Regaalis. I saw Indira Venkatraman seated with her daughter-in-law Jennifer, who is an American lawyer living in San Francisco, California, USA, wearing a wonderful saree. I was told by Indira, the golfing lady member and a good socialite, that I have lost weight. I said, “Yes I am on weight control as advised by my doctor as I had a cardiac event, in simple terms a heart attack, at the US Open Golf Championship at the Olympic Club in Daly City near to San Francisco — a very challenging golf course by the Pacific Ocean, hilly with cold breeze blowing. I had forgotten to take my jacket in all the excitement to meet Vijay Singh whom I happened to know in Nigeria from his rookie days. Indira told me that her son Anand was a marshall at the US Open at Olympic Club and he was at the dinner at Regaalis.

    As we were talking, her son Anand Venkatraman walked in and I asked him, “You marshalled at the Olympic Club in the US Open on the 14th of June 2012?” He said, “Yes, I did.” I asked him, “Do you remember a golfing spectator collapsed and was pronounced dead and the US Open came to a stand still for a few minutes, even Tiger Woods had to wait!” He said, “Yes, I was told he was an Indian.” I said, “Well Anand, it is me the dead man alive and fine, thanks to marshalls like you and the team of cardiologists who happened to be watching golf on the 14th tee box where Vijay Singh was teeing off. I collapsed and my heart, I was told, stopped for 3 minutes.” On hearing this, Anand was so overjoyed that he embraced me.

    I was very lucky. They rushed me after giving me first aid and had me in a hospital in the nick of time and a life was saved like so many lives that are saved every minute in the United States with their state-of-art medical services — the emergency response team.

    I felt like sharing this coincidence with my long-time friend and Editor-in-Chief of Star of Mysore K.B. Ganapathy who was enjoying the party with JWGC Captain P.M. Ganapathy, JWGC President Dr. P.A. Kushalappa and Dr. Joshi of the Dolphins who had invited us.

    Is it not destiny that I had to meet Anand Venkatraman here in Mysore, a software marketing wizard who lives in San Francisco and a marshall. God, the supreme power, has many surprises for us in many ways — when it’s not your time to go up the seven skies, it’s not and when it is time to go, nothing can stop the order from God Almighty.

    As a medical doctor who has spent all my career in the emergency rooms in India, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, I have seen many a drama. But when it happened to me, I realised the value of a good emergency response. As lady luck would have it, I met a friend John Paul, an American golfing spectator whom I later called an angel who stayed by my side till the evening until my family arrived.

    The excellent services at Seton Medical Center, a cardiac specialist hospital in San Francisco whose Medical Director Dr. Hasselherst was the one who gave me CPR with the help of an Aneasthetist Dr. Martin, who incidentally works at Loma Linda Hospital with Dr. Ramdas Pai, a Cardiologist who happens to be my friend and junior at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, and told him that an Indian doctor had collapsed.

    I did call Dr. Pai as soon as I was well enough to call from Seton Medical Center. He was also watching golf at the 14th tee of Loma Linda Hospital and the world-famous cardiac surgeon Interventionist Dr. Felix Milhouse and Dr. Gauhar Khan, a cardiologist at Modesto California, who took care of my follow-ups.

    The time when one gets to the age of 60 is very crucial. One must get a heart check every year, a simple ECG, consult your family physician, eat a lot of vegetables and stick to a healthy diet, go for walks and keep stress at bay.

    I cannot but less thank my wife Dr. Reshma Ghori, my son Zaid Ghori and would-be daughter-in-law Shanaz Ahamed for all the care and attention given for me to be back in Mysore with my friends and daughter Nisha Ghori, who travelled to the US to see me and brought me home. While I was getting well, I had an august visitor in Dr. Shivaram Malavalli who gave me much inspiration as his brother, urologist Dr. Sitaram Malavalli, also living in Modesto California where I lived.

    The world is a small place and I always believed in the world as a place rather than a place as the world. Thank you God for this new life. Life is a very precious gift from God, take good care of it. I told my son Zaid Ghori that he not only bought me a gift of a ticket for Father’s Day but ended up giving me the gift of LIFE.

    [Dr. Eskay Ghori runs Jubilee Clinic at Sareniza Villa in N.R. Mohalla, Mysore. Mob: 9945852340]

    source: /Home>  Feature Articles / January 19th, 2013

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    A Bangalorean visits the Lalbagh Flower show and finds much joy and photo ops.

    I would like to share my joy and happiness on visiting the Lalbagh Flower Show organised by the Horticultural Department of Government of Karnataka.

    Every year, they focus on a theme – this year the idea was to celebrate Republic Day and the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The department has put in a great deal of hard work in the excellent arrangement of flowers, vegetables and potted plants.


    The show was inaugurated on January 18th and is open till January 28th.

    Feel free to share the pictures with your friends and relatives so that everybody enjoys the beauty of Mother Nature seen at Bangalore twice a year.

    This year, there is a parking problem as no vehicles can enter the garden area. Visitors have to park their vehicles elsewhere and walk to the venue. Despite this, the visit is worth as such flower arrangements are rare. Congratulations to the Horticultural Department team for such a fantastic show.

    Srinivasan S is a resident of Chikkallasandra.

    source: / By S. Srinivasan / January 23rd, 2013

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