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    Bangalore ecologist Harini Nagendra is a 2013 Elinor Ostrom awardee, instituted in the name of the 2009 Nobel Prize winner.

    For Bangalore-based ecologist Harini Nagendra, whose name has just been announced as a winner of the 2013 Elinor Ostrom award, it is a bittersweet moment.

    Harini Nagendra and Dr. Ostrom at Kaikondrahalli Lake. Pic: Priya Ramasubban.

    Harini Nagendra and Dr. Ostrom at Kaikondrahalli Lake. Pic: Priya Ramasubban.

    The award has been instituted in the name of Elinor Ostrom, the USA-based scholar who received the Nobel Prize for economics in 2009 for her long standing body of work on the governance of the commons. For Harini, Elinor was, apart from being one of the most brilliant, incisive and deeply humanistic scholars, a very dear friend, collaborator and mentor with whom she worked closely for 12 years. Says Harini, “The award (being) in Lin Ostrom’s name, and is a great honour.” Elinor passed away just a year ago in June 2012.

    The very first 2013 Elinor Ostram Award  on Collective Governance of the Commons goes to eight individuals and organisations from around the world, including Harini. The award is given by a consortium of 15 international organizations including the UNESCO Man and Biosphere programme, Resilience Alliance and the International Association for the Study of the Commons. Harini will receive the award at IASC conference in Mt. Fuji, Japan, in early June.

    The award has been given at end of a process in which experts and an awards council received many candidates and carefully evaluated them in three consecutive rounds.The other laureates are: Foundation for Ecological Security, the Open Spaces Society, Grupo de Estudios Ambientales A.C., Harini Nagendra, Ben Cousins, Charles Schweik, Eduardo Araral and Michael Cox.

    Elinor Ostrom had a deeper connection to Bangalore. She had been herself studying lakes in the city and had deep insights into the way forward for citizen action on lake preservation. She passed away in Indiana, United States, mid last year after a short and intense battle with pancreatic cancer. During her trip to Bangalore in February 2012, she visited Kaikondrahalli lake on Sarjapur Road . Kaikondrahalli lake was restored through a collaborative effort by local communities and the BBMP, was one of the sites of research for Harini.

    The consortium notes on its website that the Elinor Ostrom award is “to acknowledge Ostrom’s legacy for scholarship and policy-making while making it accessible to wider and more varied audiences, within and outside of the academia”. It also wants to promote academic research on the commons, collective action, and related institutions, as well as its application to the understanding of the governance of different types of commons. The website adds that the awards were also instituted to “multiply the impacts of Ostrom’s proposals on scholarship and policy-making, making her legacy a living one.

    For her part, Harini has authored articles in Citizen Matters on environmental issues of Bangalore, and her July 2011 article chronicling the city’s green battles in detail is still an important read for those who want to understand how the city communities have been standing up to grave threat of losing lakes and green spaces to unregulated urbanisation.

    She is currently a scholar at Bangalore-headquartered Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment or ATREE, and is also holds an Asia-level research position at Indiana University.
    Harini, 41 studied at Bishop Cottons Girls School, Bangalore and National Public School Indiranagar. After her BSc from St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, she completed MS in Biological Sciences and PhD in Ecology from Indian Institute of Science. The mother of a 5 year old and National Geographic Conservation Trust grantee has said, “If anything I can do, in collaboration with others, can make the smallest dent in the situation-the likelihood of a better world for my daughter’s generation is worth it in and of itself.

    source: / Citizen Matters, Bangalore / Home> City> People / by News Desk / Citizen Matters – May 24th, 2013

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    May 30th, 2013adminEducation, Records, All
    Subha Ashok

    Subha Ashok

    Bangalore girl Subha Ashok topped the test for the medical stream in the Postgraduate Entrance Test (PGET) held by the Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK), the results of which were announced here on Monday.

    COMEDK released the rank list for the test held on February 3 following the Supreme Court order allowing for examination authorities to do so.


    Ms. Ashok, who was travelling, said that the result was a pleasant surprise.

    “COMEDK PGET was the easiest. I will wait for the results of State PGET (conducted by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science). Persistent preparation is the key and I concentrated only on entrance tests,” she said.

    The daughter of Kalyani Ashok, a special educator, and A.C. Ashok, principal and dean of M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Ms. Ashok said that she would like to pursue surgery or radiology, preferably at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, from where she graduated in 2012.

    Harish C

    Harish C

    Bangalore got another rank with Harish C., a graduate of M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, coming third in the medical stream. His NEET-G rank was 40. He said that he was also hoping for a government quota seat as a COMEDK seat was expensive.

    Aiming to pursue orthopaedics in KEM Hospital, Mumbai, he said that he spent six to eight hours everyday studying. “It is better to be consistent than going to coaching centres,” he said.

    Santosh Narayanan

    Santosh Narayanan

    Santosh Narayanan, who stood second, graduated from A.J. Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore, with 17 gold medals — the highest given to an individual — in the recent RGUHS convocation. He is a native of Kerala.

    Dental exams

    Meanwhile, only one student from the State managed to make it to the top 10 in dental. Soumya P.V., a graduate of the 2010 batch of KVG Dental College and Hospital, Sullia, came fifth. A native of Kerala, she has now settled down in Bangalore with her endodontist husband. She is also awaiting the State PGET results. Top ranker Jeswin James is from Kerala, while the second and third ranks went to Vikas Sandilya from Udupi and Srirengalakshmi M. from Madurai, Tamil Nadu.


    Of the 13,681 candidates who wrote the PGET for medical, 9417 became eligible for seat selection. Of these, 2534 candidates are from Karnataka and 6,883 are from other States. As many as 5,032 wrote the dental PGET; 3,963 have become eligible for participating in the counselling process. Of these, 518 are from the State and 3,445 are from outside.

    Counselling will begin on May 27. Details are available on

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bangalore / by Staff Reporter / Bangalore – May 21st, 2013

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    Bangalore, (ANI) :

    Decades ago, elderly Bangaloreans used to take their morning walk around the Lal Bagh Fort, and at the end of it, visit the Mavalli Tiffin Room, known more popularly as MTR, for their breakfast. On some days, the Tiffin Room used to be full and one had to wait in a queue.

    One could see persons belonging to the rich, middle and lower middle class waiting in the queue, waiting for their turn. There were no reserved tables. Till the end of the last century, Bangalore used to be a ‘fanless’ city, leave alone air-conditioning.

    A good breakfast, for a Bangalorean, cost hardly a couple of rupees. It used to be rounded off with a warm glass of coffee.

    The demand for MTR cuisine became so pressing that it had to prepare packed ingredients at their ‘factory’ near Bangalore. The packed food became a major attraction following the ‘research’ done by the Defence Research Laboratory in Bangalore in the sixties to ensure that the Indian soldier serving in far-flung posts along the northern border could have healthy food.

    When MTR could prepare more food that was demanded by the armed forces, it decided to market the same in retail across India. Today, you can buy from the shelf, the ingredients for ‘Idli, Upma, Sambhar, Vada, Gulab Jamun and Kheer, to name only a few.

    While other Tiffin chains, like the Woodlands, Dasaprakash, Udupi Hotels, the Sagar Ratna, Naivedyam, Ananda Bhavan and Sarvana Bhavan, to name a few, opened their branches all over India and abroad, the MTR did not. It is news now that the chain is opening a branch of the MTR Tiffin room in Singapore of all places.

    Indian food consists of a wide variety of regional cuisines native to India, and given the range of diversity in soil type, climate and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits.

    Indian food is heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices, and the cuisine is popular not only among the large Indian diaspora, but also among the mainstream population of North America and Europe.

    Apart from Europe and North America, Indian cuisine is also popular in South East Asia, because of its strong historical influence on the region’s local cuisines.

    Indian cuisine has had considerable influence on Malaysian cooking styles and also enjoys strong popularity in Singapore.

    It, therefore, comes as no surprise that Karnataka-based Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, known more popularly as MTR, which has been serving authentic South Indian food, is opening its first restaurant in Singapore on May 26.

    India’s High Commissioner to Singapore, T.C. A.Raghavan, will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the restaurant  that is located at 438, Serangoon Road, opposite the Sri Sininivasaperumal Temple.

    Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR) was started in 1924. It was set up near Lalbagh Fort, Bangalore, by two brothers-Yajnanarayana Maiya and Ganappaya Maiya, who came down from from a place called Parampalli, near Udupi, Karnataka.

    In 1936, Ganappaya Maiya decided to go back to Parampalli and Yajnanarayana Maiya assumed full charge of the restaurant .

    It was originally called ‘Brahmin’s Coffee House’, but the name was changed when it was shifted to a bigger premises in 1960.

    In 1950, Yajnanarayana undertook a European tour to see for himself how restaurants in other parts of the world functioned.

    The cleanliness and hygiene there opened his eyes. He resolved that MTR would adhere to the same standard of cleanliness.

    He distributed small booklets on health, proper eating habits and recipes. He introduced the system of opening up of the kitchen to the scrutiny of any customer who was interested.

    In 1968, Yajnanarayana Maiya passed away and the restaurant was taken over by his nephew, Harishchandra Maiya.

    1n 1976, at the height of the Emergency in India, the government called five of the most well known restaurants in Bangalore, including MTR, and told them that they had to reduce the prices of food at their restaurants according to government approved rates, to bring it within the reach of the common man.

    The prices of the items were to be the same in all restaurants. Some restaurants paid up, others started compromising on the quality, but MTR did neither.

    It kept the quality of the food as high as ever and put up a board stating the losses for the day outside the restaurant.

    This practice continued for 16 days, and on the 16th day, MTR downed its shutters, and opened a small departmental store next to the hotel, from where it sold mixes for rava idli and other items.

    The restaurant opened again after the emergency was lifted.

    The food safety and quality assurance policies of MTR are their commitment to excellence.

    Raw ingredients are selected after a careful process of quality checks and satisfying various food science attributes before the processing begins in their kitchen.

    The preparation of food in MTR’s kitchens is based on traditional recipes complimented with food technology principles to blend old world charm of traditional Indian food with swift processing and consistent taste.

    With the storage and supply chain dynamically based on “KAIZEN” principles, the following are the USPs of MTR – finest ingredients; all food freshly prepared; no preservatives added; no mono-sodium glutanate (MSG) and no use of eggs or reused oil. (ANI)

    source: / News Track India / Home> Society / by ANI / Bangalore  – Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

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    May 28th, 2013adminRecords, All


    City Police Commissioner K.L. Sudheer, who presented the Best Police Constable awards to (sitting from left) Gurudevaradhya, Rame Gowda, Venkata Ramu, Babu Lokanath and Vanajakshi, at a function in city last evening, is seen with Inner Wheel West President Thein Perumal, Rotary West President Rtn. V.N. Prasad, Secretary Rtn. V.G. Nagaraj, Rtn. Dr. Jayaram and Inner Wheel West Secretary Jyothi Mukesh.

    City Police Commissioner K.L. Sudheer, who presented the Best Police Constable awards to (sitting from left) Gurudevaradhya, Rame Gowda, Venkata Ramu, Babu Lokanath and Vanajakshi, at a function in city last evening, is seen with Inner Wheel West President Thein Perumal, Rotary West President Rtn. V.N. Prasad, Secretary Rtn. V.G. Nagaraj, Rtn. Dr. Jayaram and Inner Wheel West Secretary Jyothi Mukesh.

    Mysore :

    Five cops were honoured with the ‘Best Police Constable’ award for their services by Rotary Mysore West and Inner Wheel Club of Mysore West at Hotel Regaalis in city yesterday.

    City Police Commissioner K.L. Sudheer presented the award to Babu Lokanath from Udayagiri Police Station (Law & Order Branch), Rame Gowda from Kuvempunagar Police Station (Crime Branch), Venkata Ramu from K.R. Police Station (Traffic Branch), Vanajakshi from Vijayanagar Police Station (Investigations Division) and Gurudevaradhya from Mysore City CCB.

    Speaking later, Sudheer said Police protect the society from untoward happenings by toiling day and night. It is laudable that such cops are recognised and honoured by associations and clubs, he added.

    Due to the hard work of the Police, the elections to both the Urban Local Bodies and State Assembly could be conducted smoothly, he said appreciatively.

    Nowadays, more than higher officials, even Police Constables have higher education like degree and post-graduation and are well-versed in technology.

    About 80 per cent of Constables do not have proper resi-dential or even basic facilities like higher officials, yet they do their work efficiently and maintain peace in society, Sudheer said praising his department’s staff.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / May 22nd, 2013

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    Puttur : 

    Rashmiparvathi from Puttur has  won a gold medal in the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering  Environment Project Olympiad-2013 for her science project. The event was held at Houston, Texas, USA from May 8 to 12.

    Rashmiparvathi who has secured 93 per cent in her PUC exam, wants to pursue studies at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

    A team   including Rashmiparvathi, Ayush Panara from Rajkot, Nambirajan Konar, Kushal Suvarna, Dhanyeshwari and Manoj Kumar from Mumbai had participated in  I-SWEEP, an international science fair that focuses on energy, engineering, and environmental projects fair. The team also won two silvers and one bronze medal.

    Rashmiparvati was earlier in the news when she won a gold for her invention of remedy for skin ailments, made of a salt from coconut palm petiole.

    source: / Mangalore Today / Home> Main News / by Mangalore Times News Network / Puttur – Monday, May 19th, 2013

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    Uma Jadhav receiving Bharat & Dorris Hair and Make-up Award from Dorris Godambe and Bharat Godambe at Mumbai recently.

    Uma Jadhav receiving Bharat & Dorris Hair and Make-up Award from Dorris Godambe and Bharat Godambe at Mumbai recently.

    City’s Uma Jadhav wins Natl. award

    Beauty is in the nature of some persons, others strive hard to look beautiful, there are a few others who love prettifying other people. The 39-year-old Uma Jadhav is among the third kind of persons. Uma Jadhav’s Cosmos The Brides Pride Beauty Care and Spa, on 13th main, fourth stage in T.K. Layout, has been a part of Mysore since Nov. 1999.

    She was 27-year-old when she decided to become a beautician. She had a diploma in beauticians’ course from Government CPC Polytechnic in Mysore and trained at Waves Academy in Bangalore, Hima Bedi at Andheri in Mumbai and also at Cosmetic Studio in Austria. Uma has won many laurels for her skills.

    She had won first prize in make-up, bridal make-up and creative make-up, third in fashion make-up and creative hairstyle, in the competitions conducted by State Beauty Parlours Association. In the year 2009 and 2008, she had won first prize in make-up and best performance-hair, and make-up and hairstyle respectively in the same contest, thus earning ‘Hattrick’ to her name.

    In the year 2005, she had won first prize in make-up in a similar competition conducted by Mysore District Beauty Parlours’ Association. She had also participated in a competition conducted in Mumbai last year and was among the final 10 out of 400 contestants.

    The latest feather in Uma’s cap is the ‘Bharat And Dorris Hair and Make-up Award’ which she received at the National Bridal and Fashion Hair and Make-up Contest oragnised at Taj Lands End, Bandra, Mumbai on April 29. She has emerged as the first woman beautician to have represented Karnataka in a competition held outside the State.

    Here is a tete-a-tete with the beautifying artiste:

    Star of Mysore (SOM): Why did you decide to become a beautician?

    Uma Jadhav: I have studied only upto 10th standard. Though I wanted to study further, I could not do so because of some health matters. And then I was married. After marriage, whenever I went to beauty parlours, I felt a strong urge to learn how to beautify others. Thus I took up the course and am working as a beautician in Mysore since 13 years. 

    SOM: What is your area of expertise?

    Uma: Though I do all the basic beauty work at the parlour like eyebrow shaping, facial, waxing etc., I specialise in make-up and hair-styling. There are more than 500 types of hair-styling and about 40 types of make-up like fashion, beads, halo, carrots, ramp, mythology, wedding make-up etc. People who compete in fancy dress contests and act in films opt for halo (ghostly look) and mythology make-up. Carrot make-up is chosen to remove facial marks.

    SOM: Have you dressed up film artistes?

    Uma: Yes. I have also done make-up for film artistes but only if the shooting is done in Mysore, because travelling outside the city for months together along with the film crew is difficult.

    SOM: You have won many awards for your skills in beautifying others. Does your family support you in your endeavours?

    Uma: Absolutely. My husband Gopal Rao, who works in building construction, son Naveesh, who is a II PUC student at Vidhyaashrama, my brother, sister… all help me. Without their help, I would never be able to successfully participate in so many contests and win awards.

    SOM: Many people believe that application of cosmetics for a longer duration is harmful to the skin — facial or other parts of the body. This can be seen when one looks at the faces of yesteryear actors. As a beautician, do you agree?

    Uma: May be it was so in earlier days when there were no good quality creams or cosmetics available. People had less knowledge too about cosmetics. Nowadays, a lot of scientific research is going on in cosmetic industry and many quality products are available in a wide variety of brands.

    Most people buy good cosmetics, keep them aside if no occasion arises to use them, and one day remember about them. They then take it out and use it even after its expiry date just so that it doesn’t go waste. This harms the skin.

    Mostly make-up artistes of actors other than stars don’t get good remuneration. So they refrain from buying very good quality cosmetics for the actors and this results in the skin of actors losing their vitality after some time.

     SOM: Do you teach others who are interested to become beauticians?

    Uma: Yes. I have been teaching interested persons since many years. At present, four students are training under me. I conduct regular classes from 11 am to 1 pm. For economically backward students, I teach free of cost.

    SOM: Keeping aside your profession for a moment, tell us what do you personally believe in — inner or outer beauty?

    Uma: Of course, I believe in inner beauty. One’s words, behaviour and attitude makes one look beautiful even though that person is without make-up. I remember that I had gone to attend a function recently where Dr. Dharanidevi Malagathi (Dy.SP and Karnataka Police Academy Director) had come as a guest. She was quite simple in her dress and with minimum of make-up. Yet, she was so beautiful. The words she spoke and the way she behaved made her attractive.

    [Uma Jadhav may be contacted on e-mail: or Ph: 4267381]

    — Shwetha Halambi

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / May 20th, 2013

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    Mysore :

    A miniature steam engine is the main attraction at the Railway Museum’s Sriranga Pavilion at the City Railway Station in city.

    This is said to be the first of its kind model of a railway engine that actually runs on steam on miniature tracks laid inside the museum. The mini locomotive measures 84 cms in length, 31 cms in width, 36 cms in height and runs on a track measuring 15 cms in width. This engine is said to be a replica of Fairy Queen, a steam engine of the pre-Independence era.

    The miniature model has been created by J.R. Antony Raj Padua and S. Shivakumar, technicians of the Mechanical Department of South Western Railways (SWR).

    “Using scrap materials at the Railways Workshop and discarded brass items, we created this replica under the supervision of our superiors in six months’ time, spending Rs. 15,000,” they said.

    This steam engine has a boiler unit in which the steam generated from boiling water is passed through a cylinder containing pistons which make the wheels of the engine move forward. Like the real engine, this too can move backwards when engaged in reverse gear.

    Though such miniature railway engines were built in the past too, they were electric-powered. But this engine is the absolute replica of the Fairy Queen, which used to run on steam.

    SWR General Manager Ashok Kumar Mittal flagged off the mini engine yesterday. Mysore Division DGM Vinod Kumar, Engineering Division Senior Divisional Engineer Kashi Vishwanath, Sr. DCM Dr. Anup Dayanand Sadhu, Publlic Relations Officer Ravindra and others were present.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / May 19th, 2013

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    Director Yograj Bhat needs no introduction to Kannada moviegoers. A prominent film director, lyricist, producer and screenwriter in the film industry here, he has managed to mesmerise his fans with his decidedly different take on story-telling. A Sharadhaa chats with the director at his Banashankari office.

    In a career spanning more than a decade, how would you describe your achievements and where would you place yourself  in the Kannada film world?

    First of all, I don’t consider my career as any big achievement. I entered this field on a lark to become a cinematographer but soon turned a director. Even my directorial ventures faced hiccups and some of them flopped. Mungaru Male was a roaring success but was it me or the  people –  the team comprising Ganesh and E Krishnappa –  that made that happen? Probably, whatever I do, I do with bare minimum responsibility and that is what has kept me going.

    In ten years, you have made only 5-6 films.  Why is that?

    Essentially, I am not a story writer. But since we don’t have many competitive writers in the industry, director Soori, who is a friend, and I started writing stories. That process takes time, at least, six to eight months to bring ideas to paper. Sometimes, we even trash a finished story, if it doesn’t feel perfect. Once we chance upon the right stories, then at least 2-3 films can be churned out in an year and a half. But that doesn’t happen.

    Mungaru Male was a runaway success which has been hard to repeat. Is it because you became formulaic –  scenic locales, an unusual angle coupled with Ganesh in the cast? You did this with Galipatta which did well, but not like Mungaru Male.

    It is a complicated question. I don’t know whether Mungaru Male can be replicated. Even if I do make a better film than that, I wouldn’t know if it will run. If I attempt a good film, what is it that I should do for it to run at the box office? Who decides that? It is definitely not in the hands of the creator. Success and milestones are created by people. We only attempt to go deeper into the art and hope to make a success of it. All records are b*&%#@*t. I never expected Mungaru Male to be a big hit.

    Entertainment is what drives Yograj Bhat. Can he ever get into serious films?

    I am not sure. I might try to do a dark movie sometime in the future. I don’t know how to preach or underline a story. I can’t justifiably show whether this guy is good or bad or how the good should fight the bad. Love, also, can’t be overemphasised. Since there is no one underlining element in my films, they lack strong stories but they definitely have engaging content that connects with the audiences. I go by this expression and narrative; I can’t be philosophical or give messages through my films.

    You are rated as the number one director in the Kannada industry.

    This number 1 to 10 is sheer stupidity. I was never in the race then or now because the term success or top rank is a passing phase. Today what might be ours will be for somebody else tomorrow. It is better not to get into the race.

    Your films tend to target the youth most of the time. Is that on purpose?

    It is the youngsters aged between 16 to 20 who first get attracted to cinema, followed by the 30 and 40-plus category. They spread the message and publicise the package and that’s how a film is seen by a varied audience. If we make movies for the 50-plus audience, we will not be able to reach them. Even if we go house to house and spread the word, we will not see these people coming to theatres. Target audience is a cliched term. The youth need entertainment. They easily connect with society and bring more viewers to the theatre.

    Many feel that your dialogues rely on double meanings, comical elements and punchy one liners. How do you manage to write such colourful lines?

    I have never portrayed vulgarity in my films. Probably, that is my strength. What you call vulgarity has never entered my arena. Writing is a kind of meditation which has to be told in a cinematic and entertaining way. Peculiar characters need to be created and the right kind of actors have to be selected. Actor, character, writer, they all get linked to each other. All this put together converts to a performance which is cinema.

    People come to see Yograj movies with lot of expectations. Does it scare you?

    Always. I am terribly scared. Be at signals or going to a petty shop, I feel anxious about people’s reaction. The recognition and love showered on me is unbelievable. We don’t know when they will chase us out or love us, and that’s what scares me.

    Who are your favourite stars, those you feel most comfortable with? Who best brings alive your ideas and thoughts?

    Everyone with whom I have worked is quite competitive. It is wrong to rank them high or low.  There are actors who put in lot of effort in playing a role that a few do effortlessly. However, some have failed miserably in spite of their hard work. I don’t want to name them as I love them all.

    You are the highest paid lyricist in recent times; why not shift to this full time?

    Writing lyrics is a temporary phase. I don’t have any qualities to be a full-fledged lyricist. My schedules are really horrible. I started writing for my friends six years ago. I might have written lyrics for some 60 to 70 songs. Although, they say I am the highest paid lyricist, I am yet to be paid for 90 per cent of my work. That is the irony of it.

    Why have you turned to acting now? Is it for the rush of seeing yourself on the big screen?

    No. I never wanted to be an actor. A few of my assistants are making a movie with Gadda Vijji who has now turned director. It is one of the best scripts I have come across, till date, and, therefore, I supported the producers.

    There is no particular hero in this film. The makers couldn’t cast the right person or weren’t able to afford an actor. I don’t know who gave them the idea but they pushed me into doing this. I am doing it for a cause.

    Any message for your fans?

    Be naughty and happy.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home > Cities> Bangalore / Express News Service -Bangalore ,  by /  May 18th, 2013

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    The district tops Karnataka in utilisation of funds released by the Union government under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

    Several development projects have been implemented across the district, utilising all the money released for the financial year 2012-13, under the Scheme. Udupi is at the bottom of the list by making use of only 15.5 per cent of the funds – the least utilisation.

    “The Centre releases grants according to the demands of the district. Dharwad Zilla Panchayat was the first one to prepare the action plan and  submit it to the implementing officers. Early release of grants ensured complete use of the money,” said Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer, A P Meghannavar.

    Last year, Rs 63 crore was allotted under the MGNREGS for the district. This time, a proposal for Rs 80.90 crore has been submitted, he said.

    The Zilla Panchayat and Gummagola Gram Panchayat of the Navalagund taluk in the district have been bagging several awards from the Department of Panchayat Raj and Rural Development for successful implementation of the job scheme. This also played an important role in Union and State governments according priority to the district. Thus, Dharwad was among the seven districts selected for the pilot project of ‘e-FMS,’ an initiative for online payment of MGNREGS wages.

    “Payments were delayed during the initial stages on account of the non co-operation from banks. However, the situation has improved now and wages are being deposited in the bank accounts online within 15 days as per rules,” Meghannavar said.

    However, there have also been complaints of “improper” implementation of the scheme in some parts of the district. Social activist Sharada Dabade alleged that many with job cards had been denied job in Mukkal village of Kalghatagi taluk.

    “Earthmovers are being used to desilt tanks while the rules stipulate that manual labour should be deployed for the purpose,”Dabade said.

    source: / Deccan Herald / DHNS – Dharwad, May 17th, 2013

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    Mangalore :

    Rashmiparvathi K ,17, has made her remote village Nekkila near Bannur in Puttur taluk, 60 km from the city, proud.

    She has won the gold  for her science project in the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEP) 2013 held in Houston, Texas, USA from May 8 to 12.

    Her project titled, ‘Salt from coconut palm petiole & its anti-microbial activity’ was among the four projects selected to represent India at I-SWEEEP, an international science fair that focuses on energy, engineering, and environmental projects. The team won one gold, two silvers and one bronze medal.

    Rashmiparvathi, who returned home on Wednesday, told TOI that it was a wonderful experience to be a part of an international event. “I could present my project and I shared the happiness with other students. I want to be a scientist in future,” said Rashmiparvathi, who is the daughter of Ravishankar K, an agriculturist and Durgarathna, head of the department of Hindi, Vivekananda Degree College, Puttur.

    Rashmiparvathi, who has secured 93% in the PUC exams, is keen on studying basic science at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

    “Her dedication and hard work helped her bag international laurels. She was guided by a progressive farmer Shankar Bhat Badanaje in her research,” said her father Ravishankar.

    Rashmiparvathi is a student of Vivekananda PU College, Puttur.

    Her study has found that the bio-waste of coconut petiole can be used as a substitute for increasing the plant soil nutrients and as anti-microbial agent against certain fungi that cause skin diseases.

    Ayush Panara from Rajkot, Nambirajan Konar, Kushal Suvarna, Dhanyeshwari Manoj Kumar from Mumbai are the other students from India bagged medals at the I-SWEEP. The students were qualified to participate in the I-SWEEEP fair through the Indian Science and Engineering Fair (INSEF) organized by Science Society of India (SSI).

    source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Mangalore / by Vinobha KT,  TNN / May 18th, 2013

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