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    AKKA Convenor Suresh Babu is seen addressing a press meet at Pathrakarthara Bhavan here this morning. Others seen are (from left) AKKA Joint Secretary Ravi Boregowda, President Dr. Halekote Vishwamitra, Founder and Treasurer Amaranath Gowda, Joint Treasurer Dr. Naveen Krishna and Vice-President Raja Patil.

    AKKA Convenor Suresh Babu is seen addressing a press meet at Pathrakarthara Bhavan here this morning. Others seen are (from left) AKKA Joint Secretary Ravi Boregowda, President Dr. Halekote Vishwamitra, Founder and Treasurer Amaranath Gowda, Joint Treasurer Dr. Naveen Krishna and Vice-President Raja Patil.

    Mysore :

    The 8th AKKA (Association of Kannada Kootas of America) World Kannada conference will be held at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, USA from Aug. 29 to 31.

    This was disclosed by AKKA Convenor Suresh Babu at a press meet at Pathrakarthara Bhavan here this morning.

    Babu said that it was proposed to invite Chief Minister Siddharamaiah and some of his Cabinet colleagues for the conference. He further said that invitation would also be extended to talented music and folklore artistes along with littérateurs.

    Babu added that the preparations had already begun for the conference and it was intended to meet the CM in a day or two to extend the invitation. He said that the selection of artistes to be invited would begin soon.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / March 26th, 2014

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    BOOK Monuments of Gulbarga is a book that captures ancient art and architecture through photographs.

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    Domes, tombs, minars , forts, moats and off-course masjids . Are you thinking of Delhi? Why travel thousands of kilometres to experience the reminiscences of the sultanate? Prefer going to Gulbarga, a night’s journey from Bangalore. Instead, feel every bit of Gulbarga’s history by just turning the pages of a book. “Monuments of Gulbarga, Treasure House of Islamic Architecture”, a photo-book authored by Mr. Mohammed Ayazuddin Patel gives you this experience.

    Gulbarga, now a district headquarters in northern Karnataka, was the capital city of Bahamani Sultanate for two centuries. It was at its zenith in the 15{+t}{+h}century and was home to hundreds of monuments. The Sultanate was founded by Bahaman Shah or Allauddin Hasan Gangu. He shifted the capital from Daulatabad in the present-day Maharashtra to Gulbarga and laid the foundation for a magnificent city. The other great kings of the dynasty were Mohammed Shah and Mujahid Shah.

    Resembles Spain`s Mezquita

    The book provides a pictorial account of the history of the Bahamani kingdom. Beginning with a nostalgic photo of a tomb of Allauddin Hasan Gangu Bahamani, the founder of the dynasty, the book vividly portrays the beautiful Gulbarga fort, its ramparts, fine arches and abutments. The Jama Masjid, built within the fort, resembles the Great Mosque of Cordova (Mezquita) in Spain with grand corridors and lofty entrance. Various pictures of Shahi Jama masjid in the book unfurl a tableau in front of the onlooker. This masjid located in Shahbazaar was constructed for the members of the royal family. ‘It has a unique architectural style of Mughals and the Persian style’, the book says.

    The mausoleums of Mujahid Shah, Daud Shah, Ghiyat-al-din Shah, and Shams-al-din resemble that of Hasan Gangu. Unique is the Tomb of Feroz Shah, with intricate jalis and twin domes. The pictures of 800-year-old Holkonda fort capture the Islamic culture and the simplicity of Tughlaq style aptly. This fort houses an idgah and a Dargah of Hazarath Mohamad Mashaq Sahib, a Sufi saint believed to have come to Gulbarga at the request of Bahamani Sultans.

    Gulbarga is famous for the tombs of Sufi saints and Pirs . Noted among them is Dargah of Khaja Bande Nawaz Gesudaraz, built by Mohammad Shah Bahamani. It has a Bijapuri arch built by Afzal Khan, army general of the Ailshahis. Other Sufi tombs being Dargah Khabullah Hussaini with beautiful paintings and calligraphy, Dargah Hazarath Kamal-e-Mujarrad and Dargah Hazarath Shaik Sirajuddin Junaidi.

    Majestic, but dilapidated is the Ferozabad fort, built by Feroze Shah Bahamani. He was known for his flair for fine-arts and architecture. This fort, on the banks of Bheema river, encompasses a huge mosque, Tosha khana , and palacial buildings. In spite of its beauty and historical significance, this fort is ill-maintained. Arrays of dung cakes adorn the walls of the sepulchral edifices. Weed-infested mahals are on the verge of collapse due to vagaries of nature. Crumbling structures like Kanchini Mahal, once magnificent and awe-inspiring narrate a story of wanton negligence.

    The Chor Gumbad with floral designs, Chand Bibi Gumbad or Kali Gumbad with exquisite Chajjas andJalis , Upli Gumbad – incomplete, yet beautiful, the utterly neglected tomb of Jaccha Bibi, the Siddi Ambar Gumbad with a rectangular porch, are only a few identified among tens of such monuments wailing for attention.

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    The photos of Hirapur form an interesting set. Hirapur, a suburb of Gulbarga has Ibrahim Adil Shahi Jama Masjid, built in black stone decorated with immaculate designs.

    The town has wells, embedded with finely crafted staircases, jharokas and of all, ingenious technology of water conservation to avoid excessive evaporation in soaring temperatures. The wells are still seen as an evidence of splendour, but grossly uncared for.

    Strewn inside the fort and atop the bastions are numerous canons, cast in brass and other alloys, weighing several tons, flaunting an intimidating appearance. Famous among these canons is Baragazi Toop atop the Burj in the fort.

    Gulbarga is dotted with tombs and mausoleums lost in history, beckoning the curious eyes with their regality. This book displays a tableau of medieval Islamic culture and gives a splendid account of the forgotten monuments. The author also gives an account of Hindu and Jain monuments and pilgrim centres. Patel dedicates quite a bit to the revered Sharanabasaveshwara Temple, Sannati Chandralamba Temple, Ganagapura Dattatreya Temple, and Mallinatha Basadi at Malkhed, but, there is no reference to the nearly 700 year-old-shrine of the Madhwa saint Jayateertha on the banks of river Kagina at Malkhed, a major pilgrim centre.

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    Patel, a national award winner, also records Aiwan-e-shahi, Osmania Intermediate College, MSK Mills established in 1884 by the Nizams. He is President of National Graduate Art and Photographers Association.

    TAMRAPARNI R. RAGHAVENDRA

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Features> Friday Review / by Tamparni S. Raghavendra / March 28th, 2014

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    Infosys Ltd. announced the signing of a five-year agreement with Lansforsakringar AB (LFAB) to provide application development and management support for its life and non-life insurance business .

    The new agreement with Infosys will see LFAB, owned by Lansforsakringar Alliance, a mutual organization of 23 regional insurance companies with a strong local brand, improve the quality of service and time to market for its alliance members at a reduced cost.

    Under the agreement terms, Infosys will be responsible for the development and management of more than 200 applications across LFAB’s line of business. To support this engagement, Infosys will provide support from global facilities as well as its local offices in Stockholm, Ostersund and Linkoping.

    Besides, Infosys and LFAB will work together to improve the systems and processes so that member companies enjoy a more consistent approach to claims and policy administration.

    LFAB Chief Operating Officer Soren Westin said, “Infosys demonstrates strong insurance industry expertise as well as a track record in application development and management. Their commitment to significantly strengthen their local footprint reflects our belief in the importance of local customer service.” 

    Infosys President-Member of the Board and Head of Europe B.G. Srinivas commented, “Our partnership with Lansforsakringar AB will allow the company to transform and optimize their systems and processes and benefit from improved operational performance. Our talented team based in Sweden will play a central role in delivering world-class services to LFAB using an optimal combination of near shore and global delivery capabilities.”

    At the BSE, Infosys closed Tuesday’s trading at Rs.3,349.25, down 1.19 percent from the previous close.

    source: http:://www.rttnews.com / RTT News / Home> Business> Indian News / by  RTT Staff Writer / March 18th, 2014

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    Bangalore :

    Neil Lobo, a graduate of St Joseph’s Arts and Science College here, recently made his city and India proud. This research associate professor at the University of Notre Dame , Indiana, US, and his colleague , won a $23 million grant from the . The 41-year-old researcher’s team is gearing up for a five-year global project to show the effectiveness of spatial repellency in preventing malaria and dengue fever.

    Excerpts from an interview:

    * Why should we be proactive in tackling malaria and dengue fever?

    Mosquitoes kill more humans every year than any other living being by transmitting diseases. While malaria causes an estimated 300-500 million clinical cases and about 750,000 deaths annually, dengue is a problem for over 3.97 billion people in 128 countries. The people who suffer most are the poor.

    * What helped you get the grant?

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation asked us to work on a project that would look at the benefits of using a spatial repellent product to prevent human infections with malaria parasites and dengue virus. The approval followed hard work, writing, rewriting, discussions and research. Demonstrating that the study was scientifically designed to get the most research out of resources, while still producing the highest quality data that would meet the objectives led to the approval.

    * How will you go about it?

    The primary objective is to demonstrate and quantify the efficacy of spatial repellent products. We’ll work with partner institutions and field sites worldwide. This project has given us an opportunity to combine our skills and work on something which may affect many lives.

    How will you address the concerns of eco-activists’ reservations about chemicals in spatial repellents?

    Spatial repellents are active in repelling insects in concentrations far below toxic concentrations. Also, these low concentrations of active ingredients (not toxic to humans) should be used where mosquito-human contact occurs (i.e. disease transmission) making their use limited to where humans are.

    What’s your take on India’s measures to tackle malaria and dengue fever?

    The health ministry’s decisions need to be evidence based. Various disease interventions (bed-nets, indoor residual spraying, etc) are effective to a certain extent depending on disease transmission dynamics in that area. For example, insecticide-impregnated bed-nets are known to reduce malaria infections. But what happens if mosquitoes in a certain area bite humans outside the house and early in the evening when people aren’t under their nets?

    You wanted to stay in India for higher studies but left for the US…

    I don’t think I’d be the person I’m today if I’d stayed in India. I wanted to be in a place more accepting of who I am, allow me to be the best person I could be, while still being true to what I am. The US universities to which I applied had research programmes in my areas of interest — infectious diseases and genetics.

    What are your memories of Bangalore?

    My favourite memories are the huge trees, particularly the gulmohur and rain trees, though they remain only a memory now. I miss the food and my family the most. I sometimes dream of crisp dosas, South Indian coffee, chaat, biriyani, my grandmother’s chapatis, Goan fish curry…

    What’s your message to youngsters who want to achieve something special in health research?

    Be true to yourself first. You can reach your potential only when you’re comfortable with who you are and the people around you. Hard work and patience and the realization that you’re only learning if you make mistakes are really important.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Bangalore> Namma Metro / by Rohith B R, TNN / March 19th, 2014

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    March 29th, 2014adminBusiness & Economy

    Mangalore :

    The foundation stone laying ceremony of ‘Primero’, the 20th project of Property Infra Tech India Pvt Ltd, Rohan Corporation, on the 20th year since the inception of the firm, was held near Advaith JCB, Padil here on Tuesday, March 18.

    J R Lobo, Mangalore South MLA, Mahabala Maarla, mayor, Rajendra Kumar, chairman SCDCC Bank and co-promoter of ‘Primero’, Monappa Bhandary, MLC, Srikhar Prabhu, BJP president, Pushparaj Jain, president CREDAI, Suresh Ballal, ex MUDA chairman, Fr Santosh Kamath, Fr Joachim, Fr Mathew and Rohan Monteiro, chairman of Rohan Corporation were present on the dais.

    Blessing the occasion, Fr Santosh Kamath said, “‘Primero’ mean ‘First’ and this project is one of the first of its kind in the surroundings and on the NH 75 stretch in Mangalore city limits.”

    Addressing the gathering, J R Lobo said, “Rohan Monteiro always thinks twice when going ahead with the construction of his projects. He has also played a very important role in giving basic necessities to the people of the city. He has won the trust of his clients through time bound service, quality management and cost effectiveness, and thus has become a successful builder in the city.”

    Rendering his best wishes to the project, Mahabala Maarla urged builders to join hands with the MCC in the beautification of the city.

    Architect Suresh Kumar of SK Associates, contractor Mahabala of MM Constructions and structural engineer Anil Hegde of Anil Vimal Associates were felicitated on the occasion.

    Mathew of Rohan Corporation proposed the vote of thanks. Saheel Zaheer of Platform Productions event management compered and organized the event.

    This is the 20th year since Rohan Monteiro forayed into the real estate business, and ‘Primero’ is the 20th project of his firm. The ‘Primero’ is packed with all the latest and high class modern amenities with 88 homes of 2 and 3 BHK with ground plus 11 floors with one exclusive commercial zone.

    For more info:

    Email : info@propertyinfratech.com

    Website : http://www.rohancorporation.in

    Address and contact details

    Property Infratech India Private Limited
    Rohan Corporation , Balmatta Road, Bendorewell
    Mangalore – 575002, Karnataka, India

    Phone: 91 824 2431510 / 91 824 2437744 / Fax: 91 824 2439578

    source: http://www.daijiworld.com / DaijiWorld.com / Home> News> Daijiworld / Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (BG) / March 18th, 2014

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    Kuwait :

    Tulu Koota Kuwait Family Picnic was held on March 14 at the Mishref garden, Kuwait with great vigor and pomp and participation of a huge enthusiastic audience.

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    The event was inaugurated with a unique concept of lighting the torch. The torch was lit by the first president of the Koota, Sudhakar Shetty and then carried forward to other ex-presidents finally reaching the present president, Tharendra Shettigar who then lit the big torch declaring the event open.

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    Children with balloons and pom-poms ran along with the torch bearers around the ground making the inauguration vibrant and colorful which was beautifully structured by Suresh Salian.

    The get-together,full of traditional games of Tulunadu, was very well coordinated by the sports secretary, Ronald D’Souza. It started off with popular rural game of marbles (Goti) and then continuedin rapidrotation all through the day.

    Tiny Tots upto2 yearsof age played passing the ball and picking the ball and giving the mother with ease, while 4-6 year old children competed in the clip race and zigzag race. Children also participated in kicking ball with balancing the cardboard, sack race and skipping race, while children above 10 played Kutti Donne, Lagori, needle race and ring in the wicket.

    Ladies enjoyed Breaking the Pot, Tonka and Shot Put, while men relishedPillow fighting,Breaking the pot,and shot put. The couples had real fun in exciting games of blind walk and couple relay, while the game of Musical chair for the seniors was a feast to the eye.Competitive team games played for coveted trophies of Throwball, Voleyball, Kabbadiwere keenly contested.

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    Men and women came to register in large numbers for the teams and the games kept the audience fascinated and engrossed for an extensive length of time.  Govinda  and a game of Housie-housie were  played while the audience settled after the games.

    The grand raffle draw that was held at the conclusion of the event continued to interest one and all with the exciting prizes after which the general secretary, Satish Acharya gave out  vote of thanks.

    The event was beautifullycompered by Manoj Shetty, Ashwitha Shetty, PuranderManchi,Sushma Bangera, Harish Bhandary, Ramesh Bhandary and Suresh Salian.

    Banana Leaf organized a breakfast and a scrumptious lunch was served by Avanti Palace. Lighting and sound was arranged by Anand Illuminations.

    The success of the event was owed to the wholehearted support of all the committee members.

    source: http://www.daijiworld.com / DaijiWorld.com / Home> News> Gulf / Media Release / Kuwait – Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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    March 29th, 2014adminBusiness & Economy

    With reference to the earlier announcement regarding the Board of Directors had decided to install a New High Pressure Moulding Line at existing plant premises at Koppal, Karnataka to enhance the production capacity of castings.

    Kirloskar Ferrous Industries Ltd has now informed BSE that the installation of New High Pressure Moulding Line has completed at Koppal plant in Karnataka and the commercial production has started with effect from March 19, 2014.

    With the installation of this new Moulding Line, the production capacity of castings has increased by 48,000 MT per annum.

    source: http://www.moneycontrol.com / MoneyControl.com / Home> Markets> Announcements> Steel-Pig Iron> Announcement / Source: BSE / March 19th, 2014

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    March 29th, 2014adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    DelicaciesBF29mar2014Mysore :

    Colourful miniature and medicum-sized dolls, attractive unimaginable carved designs on Copra (dry coconut) and alluring replica of food items made of wax!

    These wonderful artefacts are conceived, conceptualised and made by four sisters — Indira, Meera, Geetha and Vathsala of Kuvempunagar in city. The sister picked up the skill of making innovative artefacts from their mother Padma.

    The sisters are adept in making traditional dolls from plastic and cloths for religious occasions like marriage.

    Copra carving

    The sisters are too good in carving innovative designs on the surface of copra which is popularly used in religious function. The carved designs can be Radha-Krishna, Shiva Parvathi, Rama-Seetha, Srinivasa-Padmavathi or the attractive peacock, swan or love birds.

    Wax ‘delicacies’

    The outstanding talent of the sisters is making wax ‘delicacies’ that include laddu, mysorepak, kadabu, masala dose, chiroti, bisibele bath, samosa, mosaranna, idli and list is endless. The items replicate the real food items so much that one could be even tempted to savour them.

    The sisters are keen to share their knowledge of making the artefacts. They could be contracted on their mobile phone numbers 89707-82994 and 93416-25729.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / March 23rd, 2014

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    Krumbiegal was a landscape designer who designed the Brindavan Gardens, Lal Bagh, Chamundi Gymkhana…

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    by S.N. Venkatnag Sobers

    We have come across many incidents in the past where foreigners have visited India in search of their roots or to know more about their relatives who lived in India for a long time. Many of them have also visited India for research work, especially from England, as ours was a British Colony.

    Mysore city recently had one such visitor from Dresden, Germany, who had come here to study the works done by Gustav Hermann Krumbiegal, a German Botanist and garden designer, who is known for his works at the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore and for the planning of the avenues of Bangalore.

    Dr. Anja Eppert, Garden Superintendent, Dresden, was in Mysore to study the works of Krumbiegal. She visited Brindavan Gardens, Chamundi Gymkhana inside Mysore Race Club premises, Mysore Palace, Fernhills Palace, Ooty, which are said to be designed by Krumbiegal during his stay in Mysore.

    Her visit has gained prominence as the German Authorities in Dresden have decided to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Krumbiegal and also introduce him to Germans as majority of them do not know much about him.

    Speaking to Star of Mysore, Dr. Anja said that some of the gardens designed by Krumbiegal have not been well-maintained. “In case of buildings, it is a different as they get older and sometimes have to be demolished and reconstructed. But, in case of gardens they have to be maintained well throughout. Gardens tell us stories about the kind of people who lived at the time when it was created. It is very important to tell people about the historical relevance of the parks,” she opined.

    Dr. Anja added that the German authorities had taken up the research works of Krumbiegal and had sent her on a visit Mysore, Bangalore and Ooty. She mentioned that the German Counselor General in Bangalore informed the authorities about the works done by Krumbiegal during his stay here and that is when they decided to organise an exhibition on Krumbiegal works.

    The exhibition will be held next year at Pillinitz Castle and Park in Germany. The German authorities have also planned to publish a book on Krumbiegal. Dr. Anja said that a similar exhibition is also being planned in Bangalore as it would be a good opportunity to exchange garden culture among the two countries.

    During her visit to Mysore and Bangalore, Dr. Anja was accompanied by Prasanna Kumar, Retd. Deputy Director of Horticulture, who was in-charge of gardens in Mysore, especially at Lalitha Mahal and had knowledge on Krumbiegal’s works.

    For those who do not know about Krumbiegal, he was born in Lohmen near Dresden, and his early studies were in Wilsdruff and Dresden after which he trained in horticulture. In 1884, he worked in Schwerin and from 1885 to 1887 he worked as a landscape gardener in Hamburg. In 1888, he moved to England, designing flower beds at the Hyde Park and became a staff at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. He then took up a position in 1893 with the Princely State of Baroda as Curator of the botanical gardens there. He also worked with the Government Botanical Gardens at Ootacamund and was responsible for redesigning the architecture. In 1908, he was requested by Krishnaraja Wadiyar, the then Mysore ruler, to serve him and he succeeded John Cameron at the Lal Bagh Gardens as an economic botanist and superintendent.

    Krumbiegal introduced numerous plants and was involved in designing the landscape for Brindavan Gardens in KRS. He was also actively involved with the Mysore Horticultural Society that was started in 1912. He obtained seeds from other countries and sent collections in return to Kew and USA. These included Indian specialties such as bamboo rice, varieties of other rice, mango and others.

    Outside his key work area, he was often involved in architectural design. The Dewan of Mysore appointed him as an architectural consultant despite protests from the British Resident in Mysore. During the Second World War, Germans in India were declared as enemies and Krumbiegal was along with other Germans kept in an internment camp in Bangalore.

    Krumbiegal was responsible for the introduction of many ornamental plants and flowering trees. He was also involved in the choice of avenue trees for Bangalore. The road adjoining Lal Bagh is named after him as ‘Krumbiegal Road’.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / March 21st, 2014

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    With little expertise, wildlife expert Saleem is trying to give them a new lease of life

    The city wildlife team is facing an unusual challenge. They have to pull off what is considered a one-in-a-thousand rescue and rehabilitation of young house swifts (Apus nipalensis), which experts term is a touch-and-go situation.

    Despite lack of expertise in rehabilitating the house swifts, which are very delicate, the six young ones are being cared for round the clock with great diligence by wildlife rehabilitator Saleem Hameed.

    The birds were rescued from the HAL campus on Friday. At present, Saleem feeds them 24 times in 12 hours, once every half an hour.

    This is what Saleem said:

    “They were eight birds when they came here. They were rescued after a fall from a hangar. The good thing is, they were rescued along with the nest. Sadly, two died soon, but six are alive.

    ”They are very difficult birds to raise. With a high rate of metabolism, they have to be hand-fed every half an hour and they need attention round the clock at least till they fledge. The feeding starts at 7 in the morning. They are fed an insect diet, Mazuri, shipped down from the US. They are responding well. They need great care and attention, predominantly between 7 am and 7 pm.

    ”Unlike most birds, these are very sociable and live in huge colonies. In most birds, we find the territorial fight and new ones are not easily accepted. But here, they are accepted soon as they are sociable. As nothing much is known about swifts, we hope these birds which are roughly about 3-4 weeks-old would take a week or two to fledge. Some birds fledge within a month. Sparrows fledge within 14-15 days.

    ”An interesting thing is that one of them, probably the oldest of the lot, has already started jumping and is trying to fly. He jumps about 2-3 feet. As they fledge, they have to be launched into air to ensure they can join other swifts that are in a colony.”

    source: http://www.bangaloremirror.com / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Bangalore> Others / by Chetan R, Bangalore Mirror Bureau / March 27th, 2014

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